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Re: VeganBeast training log

#121 Postby Gaia » Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:25 am

This week I decided to stop fighting all the holiday treats and go with bulking up in the next 2 months. I will follow the culture this time and use it to my advantage. So I have been trying to eat more, bread and pasta are back on the menu, and the weights are progressing up, up, up! The only thing that I do that hinders my body from using everything to go to repair is my morning cardio. Like today is Leg and Delt day, and I am gearing up to go outside and jog. It is already November and the above 40 degree F outside means it is still warm to go jogging/biking. Today is jogging, but I will only go the one loop for 3 miles today. I go really slow (12 miles an hour) so it is just basically a walk outside. . . for an hour or a little bit less. It invigorates my day for me, so I will keep this up while the weather holds.

I have been warming up almond milk to put my vanilla protein powder into with a touch of cinnamon when I get back from my morning cardio, long hot shower, and then cook up pancakes and vegan breakfast sausages for real meal #1. Also I will have grapefruit. I think my body is craving Vitamin C, and maybe it needs it to processes all this food I am eating. (I also have orange juice on hand at all times so I can down a juice glass full whenever I crave it during the day). I will feel sleepy after eating sometimes, and will sit down on the couch and watch something on the moniter, so all my energy can go to digesting the food. Then in half an hour I am ready to get back at it (whatever I was doing before eating).
I will try and post my bulking techniques for the next 2 months, and then January is the getting lean stage - hopping on the New Year's Resolution band wagon with everyone else.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#122 Postby Gaia » Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:18 am

Well, I am just under 160 lbs already. I have gone up in weights by 5 lbs for the dumbells, and off the charts for my back and legs. I did a 360 lbs on the Smith Machine Power Squat! Now, the range of motion was short, and my glutes were sore, but so was my lower back (core muscles had a hard time stabilizing that squat, but they helped alot to keep the weight smoothly moving up and down).

I was working out at night, and coming home and downing a Rice Milk/Protein powder shake, and then going for dessert like donuts and cake. Maybe that is why I am already 160. LOL. Last night instead I had an everything I wanted protein powder induced oatmeal bowl. I added some coconut, agave, EB (the new olive oil type), and walnuts. Very delicious, and I went to bed easily (not all zooped up on sugar and fat).

I was doing 2 body parts every other day. Too taxing to my system, even with the day off in between. In fact, I really didn't like the rest days. Yesterday I was able to do 4 exercises for Chest, and tonight's it will be 4 exercises for Triceps (instead of 2 exercises for each Chest and Triceps during the one workout session: lasting 90 minutes).

Right now it is 60 degrees F outside and it is bike day. These are now starting to really tire me out for the day, but I have a limited amount of these bike rides left before winter comes swooping in and making me have to choose the spin bike. . . November in Michigan can be warm like today, but snow is inevitable by Thanksgiving. Thank goodness my Legs feel almost back to 100% since leg day was a week ago. . .

Well off I go.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#123 Postby Gaia » Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:17 am

Dedicated December my son has coined the term for the month of December starting tomorrow. I like to start on Mondays, so I decided to start today - and if I blunder by eating something yummy (like vegan pumpkin pie) then I will just say it was a trial run.

So far I jogged 5 miles this morning. I did Chest and Triceps heavy last night. Afterwards I had one serving of cream of rice hot cereal with 1 scoop of protein powder, and wheat germ oil. (why I do wheat germ oil is to provide squalene to my body to make into cholesterol, that can then be the building block of testosterone, and also just to help my skin with putting cholesterol into the cell membranes to keep them pliable/fluid - I am beginning to chafe too easily).

The scale said 162.6 this morning. So that is my starting weight for beginning to get lean for December.

I have had so many PBs for the month of November and thoroughly enjoyed watching the weights go up, up, up, while eating what I would consider Normal for me. I did not overeat like I did one off season where my weight soared up to 180 lbs, and I came in at 145 for contest weight and that was hard for my body to get back down to.

I plan to eat minimally again (rice, beans, tofu, veggies, yams, seiten) and it is my day off from lifting, so maybe I will just hop on an elliptical tonight as I watch the Monday line up of TV shows, or pump up to EDM on my playlist.
Favorite so far:
https://soundcloud.com/tritonalmusic/tritonia-099

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#124 Postby kathymtns » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:54 pm

good plan

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#125 Postby Gaia » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:55 pm

I did have leftover stuffing (three types of bread, EarthBalance, and walnuts - plus other veggies but those are OK for this eating plan) yesterday that would not be allowed anymore.

So here I go. Official weigh in this morning was 164.4 lbs.

My son reminded me that I have to go back to looking at all my macros. I am back to weighing my food, and writing it down. Tonight I will plug it into my Armstrong: MyPlate acct, and figure out my macros for the day. Since I am just starting back, I thought I would just eat a serving of whatever I am eating, and adjust accordingly as I go along.

So far I did only a 3 mile jog this morning (in the 45 degree F drizzle here in Michigan - it stopped pretty much thru my jog, but as I came up the driveway the drizzle began in earnest again) as I do not want to tire myself out for tonight's workout.

Now the trainer in me is suggesting supersets again, but the weighlifter in me is screaming to try and keep all my PBs that I made in November. So I am going to compromise. A warmup set first, then a 15 rep middle weight, and then try for the PB. After that, it is superset of 2 different exercises. Last time I did 4 sets of 25 rep supersets I hurt more overall then just doing heavy weights (with a nice 3-5 minute break by walking around the gym and letting the blood return thru out my whole body and not just the bodypart I just finished pushing the weights with). I am going to have to figure this out with my body thru trying something and observing the results and adjust accordingly.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#126 Postby Gaia » Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:00 am

Lost only a pound for this week, but I haven't pushed myself with the diet - just cleaned it up and regulated portion control. My main focus for the past week has been trying out a different workout routine. I have gotten into a routine just the past 3 days - which means I have been consistent and trying hard not to overtrain (my biggest worry as I have experienced this in the past).

So On Tuesday I did Back and Biceps (which I have always done together when doing 2 bodyparts for 1 workout) in which I did a Back exercise for 3 sets with the last set being my PB, and then I went to the Bicep exercise for 3 sets with the last set being my PB. After doing the PB to keep my muscle mass, I then proceeded to do 4 sets of 25 reps with a low weight back to back (superset) for the two exercises (Back first, then right to the Bicep, and I was able to do it for 2 sets, but then had to walk around to get some energy back into me, and then finished with the last 2 sets).

Then on Wednesday I would usually just stay at home and recover, but I decided to just go to the gym, hop on the elliptical for 30 minutes and do the 5K trail, and then was suppose to do some body weight only exercises, but I got so light headed and sweaty (my hair was drenched within 5 minutes) that I just got on the Stationary Bike and drank some juice water to get the glucose back up into my brain. Ummmm...overtraining already?

Mind you, on those days I still did my 3 mile jog in the morning.

Thursday was totally rest day. I even didn't go jogging in the morning. My body was sore and kind of achy in the joints. Just focused on recover and what I was eating that day (Pomegranates are in season here. Love how I have to "work" to get at those little fruit encased seeds!).

Friday, jog 5 miles this time in the morning (feeling much better) and then I was able to do Legs and Delts that night at the gym. I was still able to do my PBs for my Legs, even though I jogged 5 miles instead of only 3 miles in the morning. I still took a walk around the gym as a break during my supersets (the routine for supersetting is now getting to be two 2 sets of 25 reps because my muscles are still running out of energy . . . . thought - maybe I need to do creatine again? Get the micronized form and put it in my workout drink. I shall wait till next week. See if I can establish the routine without it first. If not, then I will look into it and see if it helps).

Saturday I was able to go to the gym, get on the elliptical for the 30 minutes/5K trail and not faint this time. I did 4 sets of 25 reps of back and bicep exercises that are fun and isolated with either body weight or low weights. And what I mean by that, is for example for a Back exercise (with the PB on the last set) is is Widebar Pulldown, and a fun one is light weight straight bar/arms with elbows locked front pressdown.

Sunday was Chest and Biceps (favorite pairing) in a "nobody here but me and the music was off" gym . Creepy feeling. . . also hard to get motivated. This is why you have written down what you did last time, with the PB circled, and then you just do what you did last time, and then do the supersets of 4 sets for 25 reps added in. Just do. No thinking.

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Re: VeganBeast training log

#127 Postby kathymtns » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:02 pm

Looks like some good workouts.


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