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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#106 Postby vivalasvegans » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:32 am

I love reading your workout blog. It seems like you're having so much fun!
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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#107 Postby veginator » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:55 pm

Well, it's been a few days since I've posted, so I'm a little hazy on details. Sunday I ran (or, rather, slowly jogged) the same approximately 7 1/2 mile route I've been doing lately. Monday I played about 5 games of racquetball. Having not played in about 10 days prior to that, I totally sucked at it compared to the way I usually play, but it felt good to get out and move around anyway. It's been a busy week so I haven't done any aerobic activity since then. I've been doing some free weights--barbell curls, shoulder shrugs, and shoulder presses--and push-ups, but I haven't been really pushing myself much so far. I'm hoping to get in a good, long run tomorrow before leaving for a weekend in Illinois, watching my son's soccer team and visiting a friend in Champaign.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#108 Postby veginator » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:58 pm

vivalasvegans wrote:I love reading your workout blog. It seems like you're having so much fun!


Thanks. I've loved playing (some) sports since I was a wee tyke, and I enjoy running and biking enough that I can usually get motivated to do them. But there's no fricking way I'm ever going to spend much time on an elliptical machine or stationary bike the way some fitness buffs do. To me, nothing could possibly be more boring! :)

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#109 Postby veginator » Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:04 pm

Didn't get in my run until Friday afternoon due to crazy busy-ness getting work done and packing for my weekend trip. I was over in Champaign visiting a friend so I didn't have time to plan out a route and measure how far I went, but I ran at a good pace so I'm guessing I did maybe 5 miles in about 45 minutes. Average heart rate 146, max of 175.

This weekend was a vivid reminder of one of the things I hate about the Midwest. After being perfectly nice spring weather most of the past couple of weeks, it's gone back to winter in a big way--cold, torrential rains and 25 mph winds yesterday, and today I woke up (in Springfield, IL, where my son was attempting to play a soccer tournament) to about 4 inches of snow on the ground! :roll: After standing in the pouring rain watching soccer for 2 hours yesterday, I just couldn't bring myself to spend another couple of hours being cold and wet going for a run, so no exercise (so far) this weekend other than some pushups in my hotel room.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#110 Postby veginator » Wed Apr 01, 2009 7:06 am

Well, with the weather being so completely awful, I wasn't up to running this weekend. Played racquetball for an hour and a half Monday, as well as running about 10 minutes back to the car. Weight training is still sporadic, but I'm managing to get some in--roughly the equivalent of a couple of full upper-body workouts per week, but spread out at various times throughout the week.

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#111 Postby veginator » Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:41 pm

Thursday: played racquetball for an hour. Did incline press machine, upright row machine, and back machine.
Friday: 20 minutes on elliptical trainer (I was desperate and the weather sucked!), average HR 142
Saturday: 20 minutes on elliptical trainer, average HR 147, max 167. I don't plan to make a habit of this, but one reason I haven't run much lately is that my achilles tendon has been bugging me again, as it did last spring and summer. Hopefully that will clear up if I do other stuff for aerobics for a while and do some eccentric stretches. Worked last time.

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#112 Postby veginator » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:43 pm

Monday: 1 hr. racquetball--kicked off of the racquetball courts by a stupid dodgeball tournament! Couldn't they wait 'til 7 when we usually have the courts reserved until?
Wednesday: ran 4 miles; avg. hr 147, max 167, around 10 min/mile pace
Thursday: about 1 hr. 15 minutes of racquetball
Friday: I was looking forward to my first long bike ride in a while, but damn if it didn't rain nonstop the whole day! I decided to work much of the day instead and am looking forward to biking in the expected sunshine tomorrow.

I've been lifting (all upper body so far--time constraints!) fairly regularly for about a month now, and I'm starting to see and feel a difference. Strength and bulk-wise, I'm about back to where I was when I first started this blog last summer (at which point I'd been lifting a couple times a week for about 3 months except for a week vacation)--only I'm about 13 pounds lighter, which is good. If by the end of the summer I can drop another 20 pounds (i.e., get back down around 150 where I was early last fall) while gaining strength and improving my time in the 5k by a minute or two from what it was in the fall, I'll be happy with my summer fitness work. And if I can convert some new folks into vegans as well as having fun and getting fitter, that would be even better! :)

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#113 Postby veginator » Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:40 pm

Did 33-mile bike ride today. Pushed myself a little bit on the way out, getting my heart rate up to 165 at one point where there were three big hills in a row, but took it easy a lot of the time coming back. Average heart rate 120.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#114 Postby LocalBrada » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:17 pm

33 miles! Woot! Also nice to hear that you're back at the lifting game.
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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#115 Postby vivalasvegans » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:08 pm

veginator wrote:Did 33-mile bike ride today. Pushed myself a little bit on the way out, getting my heart rate up to 165 at one point where there were three big hills in a row, but took it easy a lot of the time coming back. Average heart rate 120.


Ooo that sounds like a good time.
Do you use some kind of heart rate/calorie monitor?
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#116 Postby veginator » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:27 pm

Today I did a variety of things. Practiced racquetball for an hour, which burns a lot fewer calories than actually playing, but, hey, it was fun anyway & hopefully I'll play better tomorrow. Then I did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine. Forgot to write down the heart rate monitor figures, but I think it was something like average 135 with max in the 150s. Then I did incline presses, back machine, and upright rowing maching. After coming home to get a snack, I went for a 25-mile bike ride. Average heart rate 127, max 164.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#117 Postby veginator » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:25 am

Played racquetball Monday and Thursday. I don't recall exactly for how long, but I think it was for about an hour and a half both days. Now that I'm playing or practicing at least twice a week regularly, I'm starting to experience more times where I get "in the zone" and play really well for a while, which feels great, but my game is still very up and down.

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#118 Postby veginator » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:21 pm

Saturday: Ran for half an hour at a pretty fast pace (but no idea what the distance was--somewhat over 3 miles I guess). Average HR: 147, Max HR 165.
Monday: 1 1/2 hours of racquetball.
Thursday: 1 hour of racquetball.
Friday: 1/2 hour slow jog. My Achilles is bothering me tonight, enough so that I'm going to need to work a little harder on resting and rehabilitating it. So, biking instead of runs for a while I guess.

I've been eating very low-fat and almost entirely avoiding refined sugar (just some alcohol here and there), but I'm still stuck on about 170 pounds. I guess I'll have to wait until the end of May when my schedule eases up and I can exercise more before I can take a few pounds off.

Still lifting, maybe twice a week. I need to hit the weights a little harder.

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#119 Postby veginator » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:42 am

Saturday: 20-mile bike ride in slightly over an hour and a half. Average HR 125, max 168 (woo hoo, love those hills!).

I haven't even bothered stepping on the scales lately, it's too frustrating. Damn middle age! :) I'm assuming I'm still about 170, and unless I drop my calorie consumption to an unpleasantly low level (which I'm not going to do), that's where I'm going to stay until I can at least double my exercise volume. I'll have time to do that starting in a little over a month. Can't wait!

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Re: Jeff's training blog: 3 months, 30 pounds lost!

#120 Postby veginator » Wed May 06, 2009 12:31 pm

Well, not much time to post--or work out--lately, too busy with end of the semester grading. I've managed to get in an hour and a half of racquetball twice last week and once this week, and jogged 3 miles this morning. I've been pretty happy with my racquetball game lately considering I only get to play twice a week. Although I lose more than I win, I manage to make it close against some of the better players in town--who are mostly about half my age.

Another week or so and although I'll still be busy, I'll have a little more time for working out--woohoo!


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