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Back To School

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 6:34 pm
by pelicanAndrew
New school year, new me, new routine and diet.

Low gluten and hopefully soon to be zero gluten. Lots of pulses and brown rice and plenty of greens and fruits. I gotta go to the store tomorrow to pick up some produce and tofu/tempeh.


Upper Body Day One- Bench, seated row, tricep cable pull downs, curls, side rows, ab workout

Lower Body Day One- Back Squats, Calf Raises, Leg Press, leg curls(backwards and forewards)

Upper Body Day Two- (maybe deadlifts), Shrugs, high pull, overhead press, curls, tricep kickbacks, Dips, abs

Lower Body Day two- (maybe deadlifts), front squats, leg press, calf raises

I'm not sure whether or not to group deadlifts with upper or lower since it uses both groups. I'm leaning towards lower since it mainly uses my legs and butt muscles.

My one non-healthy allowance will be 1 pint of fancy pants beer per week. I also can't function without dark chocolate, so i'll probably have a small piece or two a day. The crappy part is going to be cutting gluten out(i'm doing it to see if i feel better). I did some math and realized that although I didn't gain much weight when I drank more, it didn't help with losing it that's for sure. Also, buying fancy beer is going to cut down on buying from large corporations and allow me to support microbreweries.

Wish me luck guys and gals!

First day



Seated Rows


Found my limit there.



Also found my limit there.

Triceps Pulldowns


perfect. Will up next upper day.

Side Rows


Also perfect. Will up next week.

Now to eat some leftover brown rice, have a vega shake, and cook up some lentils.

Oh yeah and shower. :lol:

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:08 pm
by Zack
Nice job on the tricep pulldowns. :shock:

Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 11:55 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Oh those were two handed. :lol: Probably should've stated that. I am by no means that strong(yet!).

I'm hoping to hit a 300 lb bench, 400 lb squat, and 500 lb deadlift by the end of the school year. I'm much more motivated and positive than I was last semester. I'm also on the exec boards of a bunch of school clubs and I'm hoping to start some more. Maybe some illicit veg*n activities. 8) :twisted: :lol:

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 12:02 am
by Zack
Still impressive, I can't even do half that on tricep pushdowns...haha

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:15 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Bah, I've been sick for the past couple of days and I'm just feeling well enough to want to cook for myself today. Not very good nutrition going on while I was sick. I hope to get a oven thermometer(for the falafel i'm cooking) and some fruits and veggies at the store(melon and spinach most likely, i already have 17 bananas that I got from the school cafeteria, for free!)

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:52 pm
by veganpotter
Are you gonna do gluten free beer as well??? There are a few Sorghum beers I've tried that have tasted quite good.

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:22 am
by pelicanAndrew
I'm doing very low gluten which basically means snacking on more fruit and less bread and eating more brown rice and beans and things like that then bread. I just feel better when I eat that way.

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:25 am
by BJJVegan
pelicanAndrew wrote:I'm doing very low gluten which basically means snacking on more fruit and less bread and eating more brown rice and beans and things like that then bread. I just feel better when I eat that way.

there are some gluten free breads. They dont taste as good as "normal" bread though.

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:15 am
by pelicanAndrew
They're also uber-expensive down here. Decatur isn't exactly a hot bead for veganism and health foods. There is one health food store in town where I can get that stuff and I think they might sell like one loaf of the stuff at the Kroger by my school.

I did find out the location of a farmers market though and I'm totally going on Sunday.

My ska band is playing a big concert today(we're opening) so I'm going to workout with my sax player afterwards.

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2007 6:56 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Had a bitch of a leg workout. I think I'm going to maybe do a light jog before every leg session I do to loosen my legs up. Today was NOT FUN!



Not bad for having not done squats all summer( I had no room :( )

Leg press



Leg curls


Leg curls were easy but after that I was exhausted. I need to get my diet in better shape. It's a little hard since I just got my classes all figured out. I switched majors (not a big switch, and I'm still focusing on recording as what I actually want to do with my life) and had to flip a bunch of crap around. MWF and Sat are most likely going to be my lifting days. Saturday night will be party night. :lol:

Next upper body workout should be pretty epic, as will the next leg workout.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:13 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Fuck, I hope I can move tomorrow. :lol:

Close Grip Bench




Overhead Press


Seated Row


Right about now my friend calls me and tells me we're going out for mexican. I kinda skimped out a bit(i was gonna do some high pulls) but the food was delish!

Hammer Curls

3x8@30(little bit too easy)

One-handed Tricep Cable Pulls(foreward)


One Handed backwards tricep cable pulls


Back was still a little stiff from back squats yesterday so I didn't do my best but my body is still getting back into the routine so I'll be kickass by next week. I'm trying to figure out where I can fit a cardio day or two into my schedule. Might just have to workout 6 days a week, which wouldn't bother me at all. It really just completely gets rid of any school stress(and a bit of sexual frustration as well :lol: )

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:40 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Right on! A little update to my leg press stats, I miss counted by a hundred pounds. Nothing big... :lol:

Back Squats

1x6@135(warm up)

I'll be repping 3 plates in no time!

Ab cable pulldowns


Will go up to 20 reps and 80 lbs next time. I took it easy because I need to do deadlifts on friday.

Leg press

1x8@290(originally i thought this was 190, hehe)

That's all I did for today. I might do some bodyweight stuff(calf raises, lunges, planks) later if I'm feeling sassy but I really want to have a good deadlift session on Friday.

Alright, 45g protein shake consumed, time to hit the showah.

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:05 pm
by pelicanAndrew
Forgot about an event my club to which i'm VP of(anime/gaming/other fun "alternative" entertainment) had a party on friday. And then Saturday I had crap to do.

Bench(regular grip)


Seated Row


Some poor choices last night(staying up till 4 in the morning playing sardines in the schools music building) left me pretty drained so sorry for this pathetic 2 set stint at the end. :lol:



Triceps pulldowns


Side Rows


Now I'm going to the store to buy some stuff to make pad thai. 8)

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:19 pm
by pelicanAndrew
OH wow oh wow i had a crazy workout today


1x8@145(warm up)


Decline negative sitdowns

5 sets held out to as long as i could(went from about 15 seconds of negative motion to about 10 on the last set)


foreward leg curls



Abdominal Cable Pulldowns


Leg press


Bit much on the leg press, probably going to do less next week because I'm really exhausted and not exactly in a good way. :?

Tomorrow I rest.

Re: Back To School

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:29 pm
by xveganjoshx
pelicanAndrew wrote:
Now to eat some leftover brown rice, have a vega shake, and cook up some lentils.

How do you make your lentils? I just bought some and I'm curious how to make them.