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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:35 pm 
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WTF on the massage! My fingers all hurt, and my traps are so sore that Delts was a real no go on the heavy weights today. In fact, it has been 3 hours and right between my shoulder blades it feels like it is tight and contracted and very painful. So I am thinking, am I that out of wack with my muscles (one side being all knotted up, and the other too loose), aka imbalance, or did the massage therapist do a bad job? So how to proceed? Well, I will first let my muscles heal up correctly, so I will back off on the weights, and while lifting, keep all my alignment training from Anusara Yoga in focus as I execute the movements. Maybe some yoga poses for stretching out the neck/shoulder/upper back tie-ins. And some pycnogenol to keep the inflammation down and speed up healing. Then, I will get one more massage and see what happens.

Bummer. Tomorrow is Leg day, but they are not hurting, so it should be doable for heavy weights with the leg exercises. I did only 5 miles for morning cardio jogging today, and I will walk tomorrow morning to keep the Legs primed for heavy weights. Power Squats this time instead of Leg Press. My PB was 270lbs for 8 reps. Shall I go for 300lbs? and some glute machine exercises to help get more mass on the upper shelf of my butt (what else do the bikini girls do to get the perfected round butt for competitions?).


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:56 pm 
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Leg day was awesome. I was too scared to try the 300lbs Power Squats, but I did do 270lbs for 10 reps instead of 8. I was scared that my lower back would not be able to handle the weight. I have a fear (from a previous accident of not putting up the safety catches on the Smith Rack, and as I tried to put the hooks into the Smith Rack, my shoulders bumped the bar back out of the hooks and I plummeted down the whole length of the Smith Rack with 270lbs on my back - I was thrown down the ground with my feet out in front of me and my back severely compressed) that nags at me. Which is good in a way, as it keeps me on my toes with a focus of safety in my mind.

Today was a light biking by myself this morning - well with music blasting in my right ear. I increased my weights while doing Chest today in the gym. Nice and quiet day in the gym on this Friday afternoon. Was able to do 200lbs on the Hammer Strength Incline Chest Press Machine for a solid 10 reps (as oppose to 8 short reps last time). I also caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror in the bathroom (nice lighting for muscle def in that room) and having eaten only rice as carbs for 2 days now, my veins were popping out here and there. Nice. Keeps me inspired to watch what I am putting into my body more closely in the next 8 weeks.

Laid out in the sun also: free tanning session. Sweet!


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 7:31 pm 
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Saturday is the day I head out for the Paint Creek Trail and go the over 12 miles from Clarkston Rd to Tienken and back again (Lake Orion to Rochester to Lake Orion). I was stopped at the end of my driveway to talk to a fellow Polly Ann Trail user (the one I usually go on that is right near my house), and before I knew it, 30 minutes had passed! Eek. Yeah I was late already, and it was very hot and humid on my way back to the place where I parked the car. Needless to say I walked about a mile, and it was already after 11 AM by the time I got home for my morning shake. I took a shower and passed out on the bed - just not moving but not sleeping, as I am already having problems sleeping at night. I always do when I am dieting down - the metabolism just kicks in at night for some reason. I could blame the Lipo6 Unlimited, but that is not the case as I can sleep at noon, which is about 5 hours after I had taken the Lipo6 for my morning cardio, and before I take them a second time at 1 PM for the caffeine induced supplements which is needed to power thru a grueling weight workout.

Today was just Triceps, and I was able to use the caffeine to get over the fatigue from the jogging half marathon this morning. I was able to power down a Tricep Rope Pressdown of 130lbs for 8 reps for a PB. Couldn't match it on the Overhead Tricep Rope Extentions, but did a 120lbs for 8 reps. Needless to say I was fatigued by the time I did Dips, and those weren't so great. Maybe next time.

Tonight I walked around the subdivision block that is right next door to our acreage/house - 30 minutes. Weigh-in is tomorrow morning.

Last week I was 145lbs/18%bodyfat on my scale. Don't know if it is accurate, but I will just go with it going down week by week.


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:12 am 
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I am having an argument with my scale this morning. LOL! Really? and the usual WTF? can be heard. LOL! I am happy with the 141.4 lbs (4.2 lbs loss this week - almost back under 140 again), but then it spits out a 19% bodyfat/58% water weight. So I lost 4.2 lbs, but gained 1% bodyfat? Again, I can feel my abs beginning to be defined, so I am not going to believe that increase in bodyfat - not yet at least (I will change the battery first, and make sure that it is in optimal charging mode to zap thru my bodyfat in order for it to "read" me a statistical number for my bodyfat amount).

So on that note, I have taken my supps for the morning, and the rain looks like it has stopped and the sky is getting lighter, and a bike ride is on the agenda. Not so hungry this morning, so I take 1/2 glass of Acai berry juice for a quick releasing into the blood stream carb to fuel part of my bike ride. Now to see if my partner's foot can take a ride this morning - bothers me that I do everything in my power to keep from getting hurt and sick, and yet other people don't. . . . obsession anyone? Who me? Hahahahaha.


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:22 pm 
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Is it cooler up in your neck of the woods? Temps and humidity are down here so I might actually get to enjoy a walk today with my pup. How is the back feeling? I am passed due on a massage and will be booking me one for next week. I know my back and shoulders are all tight and knotted up.

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 Post subject: LiL' VeganMonster training log
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:47 am 
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Much cooler. In fact, I switched up my workout routine starting today, and it looks like a bike ride in the afternoon might be on the agenda as it is cool outside/low humidity too! I high of 66 degree F for today, and 70 degrees for the rest of the week. Nice little rain in the wee morning hours helped the garden out alot too! I think the drought here in Michigan may be over - at least for this summer! Though August can be a rather dry and hot month, so we shall have to see.
Massage is next week on Monday again. My back is almost back to normal, one side is still hurting from the bodywork she did on that side. I am going to try again to make sure it was my back that was messed up, and not the fault of the massage therapist.
I am also changing my nickname as I no longer feel like a Beast lifting heavy weights, since I am trying to get ripped and the weight is going down both on me and the amount I can lift. Plus I feel like a Monster instead of a Beast lately.
I did 4 sets of 25 with light weights for Legs in the morning session, and tonight I will do Delts (Legs need more energy, so I worked them in the morning when my energy is the highest - as long as I do not do a long time of cardio like going running for 12 miles or so). Inspired to get ripped now. Muscles just need to be maintained, and bodyfat needs to vacate the premises. LOL!


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:57 am 
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Decided to be a VeganBeast instead of lil VeganMonstar. Just feel beastly with the weights. Though I still enjoy jogging/biking in the mornings for my "start the day off with the heart thumping" cardio.

On that note, I just finished my usual 5 mile jog on the trail. I feel blessed so far that it is November and there is no snow and ice all over the trail yet. I also biked yesterday, and it was still pleasant - though the toes get cold after the first 10 miles biking into the trail loop, and then head into the wind on the way back home.

Yesterday I did Chest, which surprising was hard to do since my Biceps were still sore from the day before. I always thought Triceps (which are on the agenda for today) were used mostly for Chest. I could really feel myself using my Biceps on the PecDeck/Chest Flye Machine. Had to focus on just squeezing the Pecs together as I brought the handles in front of me, and not man handle them together with the Biceps. Very interesting when you can feel pain from another muscle group than the one you are working on.

Trying to clean up my diet. I am really good during the morning and afternoon, but night time . . . yeah, that is when the Beast wants to eat! and it has decided lately that vegan treats are great! Especially when it is so easy to whip up a rustic pie crust and use the seasonal apples here in Michigan to fill it! Mmmmmm...streusel is what puts the calories over the top! :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:01 am 
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First snow of the season, that is sticking to the ground. It was a very cold 30 degree F bike ride on the trail this morning. I bundled up with a scarf as my extra insurance to stay warm, and it helped on the way back when my extremities went numb, but my head was nice and warm - a hat, scarf, and I decided to wrap it all up by putting my hoodie on over all that - had to let out the chin strap on the bike helmet though LOL!

Yesterday was Recovery Day, and I can see by the half dozen cookies left on the baking sheet this morning that I might have done some damage to my diet. . . but NOT! It was the day after Leg day, and I had been very good for days with my diet and working out/cardio. Still, the cookies were yummy. And the out to eat Thai Curry Noodles with Fried Tofu was awesome!

Back to my green spirulina laced cream of rice with cut up apple, protein powder, wheat germ oil, and peanut butter breakfast. Thought of quinoa again as a powerhouse protein grain for breakfast. Have to see if I have some in the pantry somewhere.

Winter is here, and I will have to do some shopping for thermal insulated training clothes. Do some girls with big quads/hamstrings have the same problem as me - the material between the thighs goes to shreds after one season of training? Ah, such is the side effect of a good Leg routine! Coupled with this obsession for running in the morning for cardio. Thus I am off to buy some winter running tights. (My bike shorts have been around for a couple of years now - the seat keeps the thighs apart just barely, so no shredded material there).

Breakfast done. Feet are now warm enough to not go into hyper pins and needles upon touching warm water from the shower head! So, hot water shower time! Thinking about a massage pretty soon. . . . muscles are not getting what they want from the hot water pelleting them with the shower head put on full force mode.


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:01 am 
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The snow finally broke here in Michigan (lower peninsula near the Detroit area)! Yeah! I can try out my thermal tights and go run! The rain from yesterday melted the snow, and it is wet on the ground (but I can handle the wet shoes . . . I hope). No sun for my morning run, but just to be out of the house! Shall I wear something bright so the deer hunters do not shoot me? Just waiting for my morning BM (as they took away the awesome porta potty that was at the turniing point on the trail, and the leaves are now gone also, so no trees for me) and then off I go. Stretch polartek fabric keep me warm! though 45 degrees F is fine for me!


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 10:22 am 
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Lovely run. 5 miles (plus a quarter mile to walk/warmup to the trail itself and back) in 1:02. I have gotten down to 54 minutes before, but there was still some ice on the trail, so I was careful as I ran, which may have slowed my pace. Whatever, it was nice to be outside!

Breakfast in front of me now. (I had a small 2 oz glass of 1/2 organic carrot juice and 1/2 acai berry juice before I ran - giving my bloodstream some nutrients and sugar to jump start, and then after the first ten minutes the glycogen stored was utilized to power my run). 1 cup oatmeal (dry), spirulina (1 teaspoon), 1 scoop of protein powder, wheat germ oil (1 Tablespoon), and 3/4 raw gala apple (I give a whole cheek to my huusband - just so he can have something raw to go along with his sugar crusted banana bread - made with real butter and milk, so vegetarian, but not vegan). I also popped down algae oil capsule (DHA/EPA supplement).

Morning supplements upon waking are resveratrol, grape seed extract, 7-Keto, and tonghat ali (the first 3 are for anti-aging: resveratrol-DNA repair, grape seed extract - inflammation, 7-Keto - DHEA without hormone side effects, and tonghat ali - frees up bound testerone).


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 Post subject: Re: VeganBeast training log
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:42 am 
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Cream of Buckwheat is my choice for my breakfast grain today. And walnuts as my nut of choice (I bought some more at Whole Foods yesterday - Organic Nuts are always so pricey! and if you want the nut to be whole, even more pricey! Why would I want it whole? Cashews are for creamy soups, and still broken pieces are OK for stirfry. I guess if you want a pretty pecan pie, then whole pecans are warranted, but still, 19.99 for a lb!).

Gaining muscle mass. My Legs are still so sore, with 3 days ago I did a PB on the Leg Press! I put all 11 45lbs plates on each side (22 so far), and then attempted and succeeded to put 2 more 45lbs plates ontop of the platform! I was able to push out 8 reps in a short ROM-and my knee and sacral are still making themselves known that I microteared them! The morning cardio is low keyed, with hardly any resistance and just moving to get a sweat going - even my run yesterday was just a slow jog. I wanted to do 60 minutes on the elliptical, but I kept it at 30 minutes instead. Need to recover.

Today is Chest day, with the hope that I can get my body to the gym tonight to make up my Bicep workout for yesterday. If not, then I will roll Triceps and Biceps into an Arm day perhaps. Doing strict form, with my core engaged during all exercise movements is not really affecting my agonist/prime mover muscles, but all the synergistic ones: aka Biceps and Triceps. So after Back day, the trapezius between the shoulder blades hurt, and also my biceps for some reason: thus I did not do Biceps that next day. Going to have to do some intuitive training soon I think. If a muscle hurts, I need to give it time to recover, even though it is on my workout agenda, I am going to have to juggle body parts around to find out what works for me - :roll: too much work, I rather just follow someone else's plan, or even my own!


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