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Hi everyone, and Happy New Year

#1 Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:37 pm

I've spent a fair bit of time reading through your many posts on a lot of different subjects and I must say, even before introducing myself, you guys are a very special group of people. Your sensitivity, compassion and zest for life come through clearly in your interactions with each other.
What a great international community!! It probably has something to do with the diet...

Well, I switched to a vegetarian diet about 4 months ago and have been fighting the desires ever since although I find the sight and smell of flesh disgusting now. Good thing.

I switched to a veg. diet because of the spiritual path that I have been on but perhaps more on that later.

I'm into working out as a way to stay healthy so I can't wait to take advantage of the wisdom and experience accumulated here. I have been working out off and on as a hard-gainer for years but have been away from it for about a year now.

I was stressing over how I'm going to gain and keep lean muscle because I used to get it from chicken and fish. Until now. You guys are proof it can be done.

It's nice to see you guys are so supportive. I think I may post some pre-post pictures just to force me into making some changes.

P.S. Congrats Daywalker!!
And great site Rob!!
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#2 Postby Daywalker » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:43 pm

Welcome Phoenix!

I like your screenname :D

Thanks for the detailed introduction :)
Good choice to go veg :D

My road to veganism also began with my spiritual interest. I'd like to hear more about that from you :)

You call yourself hardgainer, i think i am one, too. I know i don't look like the typical hardgainer now, but i've started at only 145lbs bodyweight at my height of 6'1" and was still flabby. I know guys who weigh more than i do now when they start, and they tell me i've got great genetics. Not size-wise.
So, i KNOW you can get muscular! Bodybuilding is about individual progression, not about comparison with others.

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Re: Hi everyone, and Happy New Year

#3 Postby compassionategirl » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:50 pm

Phoenix wrote:I switched to a veg. diet because of the spiritual path that I have been on but perhaps more on that later.



Excellent. Yes, it is all about a higher awareness/elevated consciousness or however you want to describe it.

Anyway, welcome and thanks for the kind words about us being a special group.

By the way, the phoenix is something that has special meaning to me too. Have you ever heard the song by Sinead O'Conner called "Troy". I LOVE that song - it is sung with such passion and intensity and I can relate to the words. One of the lines goes:

"You will rise, you will return, the Phoenix from the flame, you will learn, you will rise, you will return, being what you are, there is no other Troy for you to burn...."

Anyway sounds better when she actually sings it.... :oops:
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Re: Hi everyone, and Happy New Year

#4 Postby compassionategirl » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:52 pm

Phoenix wrote: I must say, even before introducing myself, you guys are a very special group of people. Your sensitivity, compassion and zest for life come through clearly in your interactions with each other.

Thanks! Great to have you here too among us! (sorry my last post got cut off because my computer booted me out again before I was finished!
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inspiration

#5 Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:53 pm

Thanks Daywalker, you're an inspiration.

Long story to the username, I'm thinking it has a happy ending.

I've always been thin because of a high metabolic rate. Until lately.

I'm turning 45 in April and I'm 5'11 and 165, so I'm hyped to get back on the wagon.

I'll get back to you on the spiritual side of things.

Peace.
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#6 Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:08 pm

Sinead O'Conner has an incredible voice and I've probably heard that song but I can't recall it now.

You're right about the phoenix though, a very powerful symbol/archetype indeed.
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#7 Postby compassionategirl » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:16 pm

:D
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#8 Postby FormicaLinoleum » Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:34 pm

Daywalker wrote:You call yourself hardgainer, i think i am one, too. I know i don't look like the typical hardgainer now, but i've started at only 145lbs bodyweight at my height of 6'1" and was still flabby.

Hey, do you have any "before" pictures?

Sorry for the slight hijack, Phoenix. Welcome!
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#9 Postby Crash » Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:00 pm

Welcome Phoenix ! :)
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Re: Hi everyone, and Happy New Year

#10 Postby CrispyQ » Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:14 pm

Phoenix wrote:Well, I switched to a vegetarian diet about 4 months ago and have been fighting the desires ever since although I find the sight and smell of flesh disgusting now. Good thing.


Soon you will be mapping out paths through grocery stores that avoid the death department!

Welcome to VBB, and check out the recipes forum, especially anything posted by Vegan Madre. ~~smacks lips :D
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Re: Hi everyone, and Happy New Year

#11 Postby compassionategirl » Wed Jan 11, 2006 6:35 pm

CrispyQ wrote:
Welcome to VBB, and check out the recipes forum, especially anything posted by Vegan Madre. ~~smacks lips :D

Oooo I second that.

And crispyq is being modest. her recipes are lipper smackers too. :wink:
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#12 Postby Phoenix » Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:00 pm

I'm on it.....

Thanks crispyq and compassionategirl...
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#13 Postby robert » Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:51 pm

Welcome Phoenix!

Thanks for joining our group. We do have a very nice feeling about this team of vegans. Many people here are my friends, my extended family, and I feel at home here.

Everyone is welcome. Sometimes we argue about things like brothers and sisters but not much. We try to encourage one another and we also provide a great amount of information and motivation or each other.

Great to have you here!

All the best,

Rob

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thanks....

#14 Postby Phoenix » Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:45 am

Thanks Robert. And nice to "meet" you Formicalinoleum and Crash.

I love these "handles" I think they say much more about us than our given names. That's the one interesting thing about this type of communication, we can put it all out there cryptically and stay safe. that's neat.

Peace...
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#15 Postby offense74 » Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:56 am

No more Canadian bacon, eh? :D
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