VeganBeast training log

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#106 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:08 pm

Great work with everything, sounds like you are doing really well! I love the consistency of your training and amount of detail in your journal, very motivating.

All the best for a top weekend, do you have much planned? MF
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#107 Postby Gaia » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:07 am

Doing very well Thank-you. Nice to see you posting on here again. I hope all is well with you and your family.
It is funny that you mention weekend. I am now not even in that frame of thinking anymore. I am thinking only of Calorie Overload days! :P or every fourth day.

Speaking of which, I am on Calorie Restriction day 3, and trying to get myself going. I put some music on, played around with my stuffed Minion Stuart (made me laugh as he flew thru the air and bounced off the ceiling - kind of like a chest press with a pillow while laying on the bed), and had my 4 oz antioxidant juice - 2 oz of carrot juice and 2 oz of acai berry juice. I am also taking a Lipo6X (caffeine) to get my metabolism stimulated and to make me feel like I am flying as I jog this morning (which happens when you are very sensitive to caffeine).

Delts are on the workout agenda for today. Kind of easy peasy for me to do delts, since they are not a huge prime mover group. I won't be dizzy upon standing like I do when I do Legs, or even Back lately.

I saw on VeganEssentials website that Daiya is now making Key Lime Cheezecake! OMG! I want that on my Calorie Overload day! The WholeFoods around here doesn't have it in yet (they don't have the strawberry one yet - though I just get the regular NewYork Cheezecake and put strawberries all over it as they are now in season here in Michigan).

I feel like I have lost half a pound last night (weigh myself after morning cardio). I woke up to go to the bathroom, and was able to go back to sleep, but could still feel a racing in my body. Metabolic overdrive. That is what I am striving for with this 3 calorie day restriction/1 calorie overload day cycle that I am currently trying out.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#108 Postby Gaia » Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:39 pm

Under 150 lbs! \:D/

Got in from jogging 7 miles (more like 6 miles of jogging with 1 mile of walking/texting, LOL! :lol: ), and weighed in at 149.6. And then I found myself having to go to the bathroom - I joke about being the only person who can go for an hour long (or more) morning cardio, sweat up a storm, not drink any water, and still find myself having to relieve myself of extra water when I return, and then reweighed myself at 149.4! So I am going with the 149.4!

Yeah!!!

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#109 Postby Mini Forklift Ⓥ » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:32 pm

Great work with both getting under 150 and of course your running. Looks like you are really turning over those miles!

The calorie restriction/overload sounds interesting, I'll be following along to see how it all works out for you. Keep up the good work MF.
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#110 Postby Gaia » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:14 am

The concept for the calorie restriction/overload is you track your calories for a week. Find the average. Shave 1000 calories for 3 of the days in a row, then eat your average amount on the 4th day. The 3000 calories translates into a pound of fat lost, and the 4th day is to refuel your body back to normal, and hopefully your body will not start to shut down the metabolism in order to survive on the 1000 calorie deficit. And according to my research, you can only do this if your metabolism can support not gaining weight with a calorie count of over 2000 calories (otherwise you are already in metabolic shutdown mode). Mine was 2800 calories (with all my running and weight training) for my average. Thus, I go 3 days with 1800 calories, and then on the 4th day it is back up to 2800.

On that note, today is back to normal calorie day. And it is Leg day! It is going to be an epic weight training today! I am going to try and keep the food choices clean so I don't go into food coma mode. . . Daiya cheezecake it is! Plus I have some sweet potatoes that need to be eaten. . . perhaps I can eat them with pineapple? Yum!

Did my usual Acai berry/Carrot juice already this morning, and am off to do a casual bike ride (no strain as I have Legs today in the gym) this morning. It is a very cool morning here in Michigan today, but the sun is shining and will probably warm up by the time I get back in 2 hours. I had pancakes last time for my first meal on my first normal calorie day/calorie overload. Muffins this time?

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#111 Postby Gaia » Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:44 am

I didn't keep track of what I ate yesterday. I just tried to keep the portions small as I ate so my stomach would not physically stretch out.

I started off with leftover pasta with tomato sauce, baby spinach, onions, and apple-sage vegan sausage (FieldRoast). Then it was raisin toast with EB and orange juice. I stopped after that, but then went to Whole Foods and got the Daiya new york style cheezecake, med container of raspberry beets and roasted Brussel sprouts, and the Gingerade Kombucha (in case my tummy starting hurting - which it did not).

Was sluggish thru my Leg workout (probably due to food coma of a PB and J right before heading to the gym to workout) and the gym was very busy and the guys were bummed that I took all the 45 lbs plates for the Leg Press/Sled. I just sat on the Leg Extension machine and kept doing set after set of the whole stack for 8, then 10, and then 12 reps.

Last night was a waking up after only an hour of sleeping/passing out drooling with my body racing, and again probably at 3 or 4 AM. Morning cardio of only a 3 mile jog with a 3 mile walk (got my first deer fly bite on my hand while trying to swoosh them away from my head), and I am still at 149 lbs (so no damage done yesterday. hopefully my body will continue to utilize its own bodyfat for fuel today and not shut down). Goal this week is 148lbs by Saturday, June 27, 2015.

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#112 Postby Gaia » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:03 am

Was able to keep the calories 200 below the 1800 allowed for the CRday1 (CR1) yesterday. I did not feel like eating at night. I had a good workout for my Chest, in which I headed over to the Anytime Fitness Gym in Troy, MI. I love the vibe there, and in the afternoon it is quiet. I proceeded to do my workout in peace and whatever equipment I needed at that moment was available for me - where you can do one set, walk around for the rest, and come back to the same equipment without someone using it or used it and messed with the settings. And I saw the older couple that I saw alot of during the winter when I would go to Troy to escape from my usual gym, and they looked awesome working out. Plus I saw some teenagers with their brightly colored hair (love it when someone is creative with their body - yeah I love tats and piercings too) and how they just play around with the equipment trying new things out. Love it there.

Flash forward to the morning. Woke up hungry and sore in spots. Good stretching session got rid of the soreness, and one Lipo6X (anhydrous caffeine) took the hunger away and woke me up. Time for my usual 2 oz of carrot juice/2 oz of acai berry juice morning introduction to some calories in form of fruit sugars (though not much in either one of them), another Lipo6X to get me really going, and then my 2 hour bike ride on the Polly Ann Trail. CR2 today, and lets see if I lose any weight today when I get back from the bike ride (which is when I usually weigh myself).

Bodypart at the gym is only Triceps today, with a set or two for Delts (doing Delts twice per weightlifting cycle because I want to keep them full and large as that is the trend in the competitions lately).

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#113 Postby Gaia » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:14 am

This has been a trying month this summer for me. I gave in yesterday again. This time it was Thai food (drunken noodles with tofu), quick bread, sprouted wheat toast with EB, and alot of grape juice, and when that was gone I made orange juice. My daughter laughed when she heard about all the horrible food choices of bingeing on yesterday, she told me that most people do more like cookies, cake, and my favorite tiramasu. I told I know, but that was all that was in the house (except Thai food) and I wouldn't let myself get in the car and go buy the things I wanted (part will power, part lazy - it is very hot and humid here in Michigan - finally the dog days of summer). The one good thing that comes from bingeing on so much carbs is the - TMI warning - BM I had this morning/the day after. It makes me mentally think of how much of the food I ate yesterday is now gone from me.
I am off to go and bike. It is a nice cool 65 F right now, but it will be a balmy 75 F when I get back in 2 hours. A nice breeze will be nice, and the trees in parts of the trail thru the woods is also cooling.
A part of me does not want to go though. I am getting to be bored with this bike ride in the morning. I am also in the mental mood that every workout lately is boring also. I think it is time to switch it up to do something different. I was thinking of doing dance, especially hip hop. . . . LOL.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#114 Postby Gaia » Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:11 am

Still bored with the bike ride and now the trail jogging. Funny though, I still get up and do it out of routine. Once I get out there and am doing it, and the endorphins kick in, I am happy as can be. It is only when I am not doing it, and only thinking about doing it, that it is boring. Which makes sense as I am bored not doing it.
I am also aware of how the light is not getting shorter and shorter, thus winter is coming - which means that cardio will either be in the freezing cold or inside the gym (yuck! treadmills and ellipticals).
So I am off to go and run. It is already 70 degrees this morning, so I will be sweating and a chafing rash is sure to follow. My Legs last night actually were hurting as I went to go lay down to go to sleep. About time they started to hurt! I thrashed them with weights on Wednesday, went for a 2 hour bike ride the next day, and now DOMS has finally come! Only twice has this happen all summer. My Legs recover fairly quickly, plus they bike ride is not really cardio as I do go slow and steady and just "use" the leg muscles - not pushing them to their limit while biking.
Today I am going to make my own seiten again. I haven't make it in a very long time because I usually end up just buying seiten stuff. But now there is so much extra "stuff" in with seiten that I am going to make plain seiten with only garlic and onion granules in it for flavoring. And I add nutritional yeast for the earthy flavor, and wheat bran to make the texture unique. I will also add some other grain flour (maybe tapioca flour for a smooth seiten or coconut flour for a grainy texture) to make sure the vital wheat gluten doesn't become fully rubberized once the liquid binds it. I then put it in a loaf looking shape, wrap it in cheesecloth and boil it for 2 to 3 hours in a veggie broth (turning it every 1/2 hour so it cooks evenly). Then I unwrap it, refrigerate it, and it is ready to be used for whatever I need it to be. Cubed for many stirfry entrees, or even a huge slab slice with avocado all over it (need some kind of oil/fat, as the seiten cooked this way has no fat added to it - unless I add it).
Well, off I go to go and run. Spinning Session episode 118 is on tap for my music for today. Last 2 episodes have been awesome. EDM producers are coming out with some new stuff lately that I really enjoy listening to. Very uplifting and inspirational. (Beginning of the summer is seemed to be all about unrequited love and breakups/relationships gone wrong). Favorite for this week is Opus by Eric Prydz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRA82xLsb_w

(I listen to it at the beginning of a long downhill bike ride . . . it was awesome by the time I got to the end of the hill and was then using the momentum to go back up the next uphill part of the trail).

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#115 Postby esqinchi » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:01 am

Interesting notes on the seitan recipe. I'll have to try adding in the different grain flours for texture. Never thought of that. I wish it were easy/safe to cycle here, but I think I'm going to get a water rower and stay inside for cardio. Cycling here (Chicago) can be really dangerous, and otherwise the atmosphere is just plan ugly; not to mention the poor air quality. Have a good weekend!

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#116 Postby Gaia » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:13 am

Seiten turned out very rubbery. Not enough grain flour to minimize the vital wheat gluten. I will just have to make sure I cut it up into very small pieces. Also way down in the dungeon (basement) there is a sausage grinder also - but I think I will be horrified to try and find it down there. I will have to add "clean up basement storage area" to my to do list. :? not fun.

Went for a lovely 7 mile jog on the Paint Creek Trail from Clarkston to Gallager Rd this morning. Was late getting out at 7:30 AM as the temp was already starting to rise. Yeah, I was sweaty when I got into my car to drive home - yes, I was ambitious enough this morning to drive somewhere to jog. I am trying to get out of the boring mind set of jogging on the trail that is just down the road from my house.

Today is making sushi and brown rice, to go for my lettuce wrap rolls. I do not have a sushi wrap roller, but parchment paper works just as good. I cut a piece, lay it flat on the counter. Spread out 4 romaine lettuce leaves, end to top in a rectangle shape, drizzle a little vinaigrette salad dressing (Whole Foods 365 Herbs de Provence), spread on the sushi rice first and go really wide, but still within one inch of the lettuce ends. Then a little brown rice (mostly for nutritional value) in the middle of this rectangle, and then slices of seiten, avocado, and usually shredded carrots over the brown rice. Pick a sauce to drizzle over the middle part (Thai peanut for today) and then roll it up by first putting the ends of the parchment paper together, look inside to readjust the lettuce leaves over the rice, and then put the parchment paper back together and basically squeeze and roll it together into a tube. wrap one end into a twist, and the other side cut to open and pull down to the roll as you eat it.

Back is on the agenda for tonight's workout at the gym. I shall do the usual pulldowns and rows, but am now putting emphasis on the traps of the middle and upper back. I want to have muscle there and not just my spine sticking out as I lean out more and more.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#117 Postby Eiji » Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:27 pm

Who the hell named it seiten? Whoever that is they should be shot. I will not ever think of eating something that sounds like satan. Did they even think that through?
Make no excuses to skip a training session. Feel stressed, sad, sick or tired? Go train. Your friends, your heart, mind and body will lie to you. Telling you that you need that recovery day. Go ahead, stay home. I'll be training that day and getting better no matter what.

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#118 Postby Gaia » Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:33 am

What a week it has been. I am follower of Dana Lynn Bailey, and to hear her facebook vid on why she wasn't going to be in the Olympia this weekend was sad, but at the same time the posts of her and Rob out traveling the US instead of last years post of her falling asleep before a workout 2 weeks out from the Olympia are heartwarming this time. The last photo of them posted made me realize that from my own experience traveling around the Western Coast of the US one summer with my husband (2 years into the marriage) resulted in starting a family. . . love and no stress makes for good fertile grounds. ^.^
And now to hear Kai Greene is not going to be in the Olympia. Though I am hoping that this is just a cry wolf stunt, and that he will show up for the athlete's meeting later on. Still, to see his resolve to keep to his responsibilities and realize that there is always next year, or the year after that. . . which he is SOOOO use to, inspires me. I am so use to waking up every morning and heading out the door for my morning cardio, with the intent of losing bodyfat, only to have the scale and pinch of the calipers not move the next day. I am in it for the long haul, and I guess I just keep moving forward. I also decided this week that I just like making muscles on my body, and using my body. I don't like to throw in that I am over 50 and can still jog 10 miles in the morning if I want to, or I can kick my ass pushing over 1000lbs on the leg press (like yesterday), because I don't feel like I have the usual 50 year old body. I guess I can make an analogy to the beautifully kept cars that we see during the Woodward Dream Cruise here in Michigan. Lovely old cars that are spectacular and well cared for, and they can still hum along on the road.
Well with that said, it is the day after Leg/Delt day (I am doing 2 bodyparts on a day, with a rest day in between - trying to figure out how to push it alittle bit more, but rest this body as it is feeling the affects of the morning cardio - which I won't give up, so I have to manipulate my weight training - only 1 more good month left before winter kicks in around here and I am not fond of jogging in 20 degree blizzard weather - though I do it, just not as much - and I am back to stepping on Stanley the StepMill again in the gym).

Seiten, or the teasing word of satan as some of my friends call it, is also called wheat meat, which I just can not like at all. I listened to the CEO and founder of Field Roast with his grain meat as he called it - "why does meat have to be strictly flesh? it can be a nicely textured grain also" was the comment that stuck in my head from his seminar about ten years ago. Sorry, meat to me is murdered animal flesh all cut up into tiny little parts and pieces.

Time for colors out on the trail for a casual 3 mile jog this morning, and a crisp 50 degree F! Lovely day so far . . . .

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#119 Postby Gaia » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:25 am

OK, it is now cold in the morning in Michigan: 46 degrees F. I get to wear my long running pants with the pocket for my iPhone on the sides of the legs - luv it because I do not have to strap the fanny pack around my waist. And I do not know what I did before my earbuds with bluetooth (just have to remember to charge it up at night as I use it for the 2 hour morning cardio and 2 hour workouts at night).

Decided to put my diet on pause for the year. I am going back to bulking. I am not pleased with the scale of 145 lbs, but my abs are flat (and the skin on my abs have started to fill out smoothly now that I am eating fat again). So I am lifting heavy. Eating reasonably. No cake and cookies ALL the time. Just after morning cardio or before working out at night - so they can go to use instead of filling up my adipose tissue (fat cells) again. I have 2 more months left of being able to be outside in the morning without fear of frostbite, so I am still keeping my morning cardio . . just because I love it. I am trying to balance it out by keeping 12 hours between cardio and lifting heavy, with eating to support my recovery - which is easy on a vegan diet full of veggies and fruit. Supplementing heavy with protein powder in chocolate almond milk also (YUM!!!).

Saw this and thought that this is so true, and easy to do when bulking! Not so much when dieting. . LOL!
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#120 Postby Gaia » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:28 am

I also wanted to post this photo because this is my perspective.
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