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#1 Postby vivalasvegans » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:00 pm

I need to start a workout log. I want it to focus on the good stuff, to keep me motivated.

I've been getting most of my cardio at the gym from elipticals, cross trainers, and bikes sometimes but the bikes don't do much for me. I've been throwing ten minutes of fast treadmill walking on top of it and yesterday YESTERDAY...
I ran on a treadmill for the first time since I got injured.
Time: 2 minutes.
Got my quads strong enough to compensate for my injury. Gonna try more really high ramp height on the cross trainer to increase strength.
Go me :)
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#2 Postby VeganDeVil » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:10 pm

go you!

Keep posting, let us know how you're doing.

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#3 Postby Karmacharger » Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:36 pm

Congrats! :)
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#4 Postby Richard » Mon Sep 01, 2008 2:54 pm

HUR! Let's do this
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#5 Postby vivalasvegans » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:03 pm

OMG thank you so much for the support.

I don't think I'll get to the gym for a few days - only bike commuting. So here's today for the record:
I used higher ramp height in the cross trainer.
Added 30 seconds to treadmill running (running!)
My idea for next time is to do 5 intervals of one minute run, one minute walk. I just want to take it really slow so I don't re-injure again. I'll probably drive the people next to me crazy but they will just have to deal.
Music that worked good for running today:
I Woke Up Today - Port O'Brien 3:21
Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones 3:44
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#6 Postby vivalasvegans » Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:59 pm

I did make it to the gym today with some intricate planning and some trickey wardrobe magic.

Treadmill progress: one minute walking then running intervals for ten minutes. After the first minute of running my leg started hurting and then got kind of gimpy but i did the whole ten minutes that way. Yay! It will be good to take a few days off and just bike around for a change.

Potential ways to talk myself out of keeping this up:
I will reinjure myself.
Solution: Be brutally honest with myself. Go slow, make slow increases. Baby steps! (litterally.)
I don't have enough time.
Solution: Make this a top priority. If I absolutely can't make it to the gym, do fast sprints on the bike. At least maintain on the weekends.
I'm too tired.
Solution: I'm always tired. No excuse. Remind myself that running increases energy. Don't be afraid to drink coffee in the afternoon. Don't stay up late to hang out with you-know-who.


Good music for the treadmill today:
Captain Bligh - Filter 5:12

Rock on. :boxer:


PS: think about adding more weight to lateral raises.
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#7 Postby Richard » Wed Sep 03, 2008 3:48 am

I think another good way to make sure you go to the gym is to schedule it in advance if possible, or have a routine. That way, when you wake up on that day, you know it's a gym day, that's what you have scheduled. Rather than waking up and then deciding if you want to go to the gym that day; if the decision is based on whether you want to or not, then that may cause a dilemma
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#8 Postby vivalasvegans » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:55 pm

Yeah very true. I'll be more likely to pack my gym gear if I'm scheduled to, I'll be more likely to go to the gym if I'm exhausted if I have my gear with me. The stress and energy levels at my day job can go crazy without warning. Thx Rich.


Progress: Increased resistance on the eliptical and immediately felt pain, backed off, then raised again slightly, it was fine. ran treadmill at minutes 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, upped it to speed 5.7 from 5.5, only pain and gimpy feeling on the first minute. Maybe that was endorphins kicking in. I don't think so though so :boxer: yay
Good running music for today:
Jackass Ginger - Poi Dog Pondering

Intake
2 tsp miso
coffee
splash of soymilk
a cucumber
15 carrot stubs
4 rice cakes
coffee
2 veg burgers (100 cal 10g pro each)
3 cups of broccoli
maybe will eat a tomato tonight or a rice cake

I am beat... but happy :)
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#9 Postby vivalasvegans » Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:29 pm

Yesterday was a ridiculously sucky unexpected 11 hour work day, but I still dragged my sorry butt to the gym. Only 40minutes of medium exertion cardio -no lifting. By 9 pm I just had it, I had to get out of there and come home. Still, yay for me for doing at least something.

Today, ran 6 out of ten mins on that treadmill, on top of the regular cardio! Also added 5 pounds to lateral raises.

I do think that keeping this journal online is helping me focus. I'll have to see if that holds true as work gets more hectic.


Eaten so far today:
4 tomatoes (2 biodynamic)
4 cute little summer squash (biodynamic, yeah i love saying it)
6 rice cakes
2 tsp of miso
splash of soy in coffee
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#10 Postby vivalasvegans » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:21 pm

Ran a total of 5.5 minutes in one minute inervals except for a two minute (YAY!!!) running interval. I can feel it getting easier. I did feel a little pain but ran through it and it went away. I'm wondering if this could be a function of heating my joints up. Kicked ass on the rest of the cardio.

I tried stripping weight off with no rest after my regular sets on a tricep machine and OMG I was surprised at how much I could do! It made them a bit more pumped than I wanted them to look. Will def try this for deltoids, it will be pretty.
Good 4 the treadmill today:
Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall 3:21 and a new cut from Ice Cube?

Food so far today:
Some cherry tomatoes
2 tsp of miso
splash of soy in coffee
mock tabouli (parsley, tomato, mint, onion, lime, salt)
3 rice cakes
veg burger
will probably steam some zuccinni later and maybe eat another veg burger


Planning to take a day off from the gym tomorrow so my quads can catch up to their training, I'll try (I'm feeling pretty lazy) to go some extra miles on the bike or pack more weight.
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#11 Postby vivalasvegans » Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:46 am

Eleven mins on the treadmill, ran 6 in two - 2 minute intervals and two 1-minute intervals. It felt good, but - my leg got pretty draggy. I want to use this as an excuse to back off. I will not use this as an excuse to back off. Forward. Maybe with baby steps, but forward.
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Food for today:
1 tsp of miso
coffee with a splash of soy
passion tea (a meetng this morning and this tea killed my appetite till noon)
1 cup of jicama
1 small dill pickle
7 carrot stub things
2 tomatoes
5 rice cakes
coffee
1 dill pickle spear
2 baby cukes
green salad with hot sauce
2 veg burgers
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#12 Postby vivalasvegans » Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:31 am

Yesterday: Same thing on the treadmill as last time: 11 mins, with 2, 2, 1, 1 minutes of interval running. Worked triceps yesterday, it is time to add more weight! I won't be afraid to make them more muscly because now they just look bleah.

Food:
Breakfast - a cup of jicama and 2 baby cukes, 2 tsp of miso
Lunch - a patty pan squash, 5 cherry tomatoes, 3 rice cakes
Snack - 10 carrot stubs
Dinner - 2 cups of spinach and two veg burgers
Drinks - 2 cups of coffee (stumptown!) and a splash of soy
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#13 Postby vivalasvegans » Sat Sep 13, 2008 1:04 am

food today:
2 tsp of miso 6am
1 cup of coffee, 1 splash of soy 8am
3/4 cup of jicama 9:30am
2 baby cukes 10am
12 oz of chopped up tomato and parsley 12:15pm
4 rice cakes 1pm
(aha looking at the gap in here, it makes sense to me why i get so tired in the afternoon)
coffee at 5
*Workout start 5:30*
2 100 cal veg burgers and 200 cals of mixed veggies 9:30pm
2 cups of popcorn 10:30 <-- carbotreat

The same cardio as yesterday, but my leg was very gimpy after the second 2 minute run. Afterwards my thighs (quads? femurs?) were absolutely killing me. I don't know if this is because of me increasing the resistance on the crosstrainer or because the running is actually so draining or hurting me. I upped the resistance a few days ago so maybe it's that. Gonna try and get new running shoes this weekend and see if it helps. (And maybe get some new stuff to work out in, the stuff I have now is literally falling off me!) Go me! :boxer:
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#14 Postby Richard » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:51 pm

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#15 Postby vivalasvegans » Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:12 pm

Doing it!

I got really mad at myself yesterday. I got new running shoes (very cute ones) and decreased the resistance on the crosstrainer, but I still can't run on the treadmill the way I want to. My legs were killing me again and my lungs were even burning. Yesterday there was a guy next to me who was running like he was floating through the air, and he kept it up for about an hour. I was jealous. I felt betrayed by my body. It's always done what I've asked it to do.

I guess I have to be more patient as I get older. Lessons in humility, patience, and self-love. (there's a dirty joke waiting to happen.)

Food:
2 tsp of miso
coffee, splash of soy
coffee
Forgot to eat till 5:30pm
2 veg burgers and 180 calories of mixed veggies
2 corn chips
some kind of gross salsa from a bottle
2 BIG shots of tequila
some kind of margarita drink
handful of popcorn
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