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#1 Postby MontanaVegan » Sun May 14, 2006 8:09 pm

This weekend I bought myself a new Weider Pro 396 Weight Bench.
I also got an Olympic bar and an assortment of weights.
Since I'm too heavy and too weak for pullups I liked the pulldown feature.

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After I can do 3 sets of 10 reps, then I'll try more weight the next time.
Since I'm new, all advice will be apreciated.

Chest, Shoulders
BB Bench Press
BB Incline Bench Press
BB Decline Bench Press
DB Fly

DB Military Press
DB Front Raise
DB Lateral Raise
DB Rear Deltoid Row

BB Tricep Extension
DB Tricep Kickback


Arms, Back
BB Preacher Curl
DB Bicep Curl

BB Wrist Curl
BB Reverse Curl

BB Shrug
Pulldown
Seated Cable Row
DB Bent Over Row


Legs, Abs, Waist
Lever Leg Extension
Lever Lying Leg Curl
Single Leg Calf Raise
DB Squats

Crunch
DB Side Bend
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#2 Postby MontanaVegan » Sun May 14, 2006 8:14 pm

Breakfast - all ingredients are organic except the cinnamon

1 cup oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup raisins
1 apple (shredded in blender)
1 banana and soymilk added to blender.


Lunch - Raw fruits and veggies several times during the day.
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#3 Postby MontanaVegan » Tue May 16, 2006 4:40 am

Sunday - May 14-2006
Went for a hike at Phipps Park

Monday - May 15-2006
Stayed up way too late, slept in a little.
My first day on my new weight bench.
Only had time for bench press, had to be to work by 08:00
10 reps - 2x20# Dumbbells
10 reps - 2x40# Dumbbells
3x10 reps - 135# Barbell

I guess that I'll need to add a little weight next time.

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#4 Postby _raVen_ » Wed May 17, 2006 9:29 am

Hey, Montana, pretty fancy machinery you got there :D.

Your food intake looks pretty light -- what do you do for dinner?

What are your goals?

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#5 Postby MontanaVegan » Wed May 17, 2006 2:40 pm

Hi Raven
The day I bought this, I was going to buy a different one.
Play it Again had a used bench for $100 last time I was there.
It was better than the new $150 benches I saw
I went back to buy it, but it was gone.

We've only got 3 real places to buy weight equipment in Billings.
I saw this model at a different store and decided to get it.
So far I'm very pleased with it.

My dinner usually consists of a fairly large meal.
Rice, Pasta, Chili, or something wrapped in a tortilla.
I've got 2 basic rules for what I eat:
1. no refined foods
2. no animal products
I'm still a new vegan, so I don't have many new meals yet.

My most important goal is my health.
Both my dad and his brother had angioplasty at age 50
Neither one is overweight like me and both ate better than I did.
Both are taking drugs for high BP and cholesterol.
Both take their cholesterol drugs before they eat their steak.
I'm not going to follow in their footsteps.

My weight lifting goals are to be stronger and bigger overall.
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#6 Postby SeaSiren » Wed May 17, 2006 3:02 pm

MontanaVegan wrote:My most important goal is my health.
Both my dad and his brother had angioplasty at age 50
Neither one is overweight like me and both ate better than I did.
Both are taking drugs for high BP and cholesterol.
Both take their cholesterol drugs before they eat their steak.
I'm not going to follow in their footsteps.

This sounds familiar. Good for you! :D

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#7 Postby MontanaVegan » Sat May 20, 2006 11:00 am

Saturday - May 20-2006
Went for a hike at Phipps Park
Took a few pictures

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#8 Postby MontanaVegan » Sun May 21, 2006 4:30 pm

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Day 1 workout

Went up to 40# DumbBells today for Bicep Curls.
OUCH! 5# makes a big difference.

Also increased weight on the Triceps and Shruggs

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#9 Postby MontanaVegan » Thu May 25, 2006 9:22 am

Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Day 3 Workout, no significant improvements

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Day 1 Workout
Was able to do a couple more bicep reps with the 40# DumbBells
I completed 4, 5, and 4 reps. Felt good to improve a little.

Last time I only got 3 reps on first set and 2 on second set.
I had to quit last time after the second set, there was a lot pain.
I'm not sure which muscle but in the forearm near the elbow.
Doing 20# curls afterwards was even painful.

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#10 Postby _raVen_ » Sat May 27, 2006 10:21 am

MontanaVegan wrote:Hi Raven...

I saw this model at a different store and decided to get it.
So far I'm very pleased with it.


Cool!

...
I've got 2 basic rules for what I eat:
1. no refined foods
2. no animal products


Awesome. Now how about some raw? ;)

...I'm still a new vegan, so I don't have many new meals yet.


Post what you like and I can dig up some recipes for you. I've got a ton of vegan recipes and a lot of veganized versions of favorites. However, if you're into fresh, whole foods, then I say eat as much raw as you can. I don't mean gourmet, complicated, fatty raw concoctions which are not health promoting; I mean eat simple, raw, whole foods like veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts. Super easy to add to your diet.

My most important goal is my health.


Good. 'Cause a lot of vegans think just because it's vegan it's healthy: it's not! One has to watch a vegan diet just as much as omnis do. For health, I would suggest Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live Plan, which is a way of eating, not a "diet."

Both my dad and his brother had angioplasty at age 50
Neither one is overweight like me and both ate better than I did.
Both are taking drugs for high BP and cholesterol.
Both take their cholesterol drugs before they eat their steak.



That can be tough, I know. My dad always liked to say how he was "fine" no pain, no problems whenever I'd caution him about the junk he ate (even before I was vegan, I knew he ate horribly). I used to tell him it's going to hit him all at once...sadly, it's happening :(.

...I'm not going to follow in their footsteps.


:D

My weight lifting goals are to be stronger and bigger overall.


Well, I think you can get somewhat bigger if you're shooting for health first; but probably not HUGE, if that's what you want...you'll have to compromise optimal health to get really big on a vegan diet. Excessive protein and fat overload is not health promoting; but it will get you "bigger."

Let me know if you need any recipes :)

How's your forearm?

_raVen_


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#11 Postby MontanaVegan » Sat May 27, 2006 11:52 am

Hi Raven, thanks for the response.
I'm always trying to more add raw, raw is so easy, just wash it and eat it.
I do add raw fruit to my oats in the morning.
Most of the food that I eat during the day is raw fruits and veggies. Sometimes nuts.
My dinner usually tends to be cooked though.

I do agree that vegan does not automatically = healthy.
So much of the available junk "food" is vegan, but not very healthy.
I'll look for Dr. Fuhrman's book, I just finished Howard Lyman's book.
I've seen Dr. Fuhrman speak on the VegSource.com website
There are several hours of great videos at VegSource.
My RAVEdiet book and DVD should be here early next week, then maybe Dr. Fuhrman's book will be next.
Other books that I've read are by Dr. Barnard, Dr. Campbell and John Robbins.
Dr. McDougal is another who's book I would like to read.

I don't want to be huge, but maybe that will change as I grow :)
I try for low fat, high carb, moderate protein.
My fats have changed from greasy or hydrogenated to healthier plant fats.
My carbs are now fruits, veggies, whole grains instead of refined garbage.
My protein is no longer animal but instead quality plant protein.
I rarely shop at the supermarket, now I go to the health food stores.
Our choices are a little slim here in Montana.

My forearms are better, thanks for asking.
I had the same pain when I went from 20# to 30# dumbbells.
We've all heard the expression: no pain, no gain. This was a little more.
It wasn't the good burning pain like when I try to do just one more calf raise.
No more pain and more reps on my second workout with the 40# bells.
My upper body is still pretty weak. My legs are strong though.
That comes from carrying around a lot of extra weight everyday.

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#12 Postby _raVen_ » Sat May 27, 2006 4:11 pm

Oh, then you're well informed on nutrition :) Good, good. Your diet sounds good. I'm at about 1 1/2 years of raw :shock: wow, it's flown by...Not psycho about it though; I will eventually eat some cooked food, I'm sure :lol:
I keep my journal here now -- stop by any time and feel free to offer advice, suggestions or just comments :) It's just a food log and workout log like I used to keep here, but I moved it.

Yes, I've listened to some of the stuff on VegSource. I love Dr. F. :D. He's not quacky or extreme. Speaking of which, I see you like McDougall :lol: just kidding...I respect Dougall... in general; I just think his "no-fat" mantra is ridiculous and outdated. His unwillingness to adapt to new science is annoying, though, and, I don't think very honorable, frankly. We need good fats in our diets. But most of his 1970's advice is still good :D.

I need upper body strength too. It's tough for me, though, 'cause I despise lifting :(

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#13 Postby MontanaVegan » Sat May 27, 2006 5:10 pm

_raVen_ wrote: From _raVen's_ webblog
Meal #3: Watermelon; Honeydew
Notes: Yummy melons!

I've been eating a lot of Honeydew lately
Last night I went to Walmart. (I buy a few things there)
Our selection of organic produce is lacking here.
I saw some seedless watermelon and thought, hmm.. that can't be natural.
Are these some type of genetically modified watermelons?

I need to try some of you green smoothies.

Compared to the typical American I'm very well informed.
But against most of the people in this forum, I'm a beginner.
I like Dr. Barnard, Dr. Fuhrman and Dr. Gordon.
They seem to teach and practice healthy lifestyles and food choices.
Dr. McDougal and Dr. Esselstyn seem more about disease reversal.
I guess once you are sick and almost dead a more drastic diet might be needed.

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#14 Postby MontanaVegan » Sun May 28, 2006 9:43 am

Saturday, May 27, 2006
Bench, shoulders and legs workout.

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#15 Postby MontanaVegan » Mon May 29, 2006 9:24 am

Monday, May 29, 2006
Day 1 workout

Another slight improvement on DB bicep curls
After 2 warmup sets of 10 reps with less weight, I do 3 working sets with 40# DumbBells
Last Thursday I did 4, 5, and 4 reps
Today I was able to do 5. 7, and 6 reps
Getting closer to 3 sets of 10


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