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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 4:04 pm 
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This past week has been pretty good, but I'm still finding it hard to get back on track as far as consuming less calories, and getting several servings of fresh vegetables every day, I think eating all of that crap for a couple of weeks really dramatically increased my appetite. I haven't had any problems at all with dieting the past 6 months or so until I went to L.A. When I was in Taiwan it was easy to diet because there is so much healthy vegan food everywhere.


I know exactly what you mean. It's like you get off track for a week and your body is paying for it for a month! I think my appetite was increased too, but it seems to be pretty much back to normal now. Although, I'm still dealing 2ith 3 lbs. I want gone. My trainer/friend is trying to convince me it's muscle, but I'm not buying it!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:47 am 
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Yesterday was pretty good considering that my energy level was really low and I was in a rotten mood all day.

AM Workout: 25 minutes of spin class and 20 minutes on the step mill
PM Workout:I did legs and could barely get through it. I was nauseous by the end. I didn't think it was food related, but came home after and had some carrots and hummus and felt instantly better. Later, I asked my trainer and he fussed at me for not eating enough carbs.

Dumbbell Lunges: 11x35 10x40 10x40
Leg Press: 16x120 14x120 13x120 14x120
Lying Leg Curls: 12x55 14x50 14x50 13x50
Calf Raises: Total of 6 sets to failure
Inner hip Abductor: 15x40 16x40 15x40

After my snack at home, I did a half-ass ab workout. Also, my piriformous is bothering me again so I'm stretching like crazy...I even stretch at my desk in the office. I'm sure my co-workers think I've lost my mind.

DIET:
M1: Rice protein & H20
M2: Tofu Scramble & a mango
M3: Pinto beans, salsa and 1/2 an avocado w/ 2 corn tortillas...and a handful of what I'm sure was sugar-laden granola...my only stray for the day
M4: banana, cantaloupe & Rice protein
M5: Huge spinach salad w/ tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers and some steamed broccoli
TOTAL= 1400 calories, 55% carbs, 25% protein, 20% fat

I'm leaving for Austin for the 3-day weekend today tonight. I've already squeezed in a 30 min. run and an awesome ab routine and I plan to do back & bi's at lunch today. It sucks because right as I feel like I'm making gains, my boyfriend whisks me away!! I know it's awful to complain about that, but I also know when I get back on Monday my diet will have suffered and I will have missed 3 days at the gym. Oh well...the things we do for love :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:36 am 
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It's been a while since I posted. I went out of town and then came home and was extremely busy. The good news is, everything is back to normal. This week has been awesome as far as diet is concerned. I haven't had any wine since Saturday (yay) and I'm back on track as far as calories go.
Today was:
M1: Rice protein shake w/ almond milk
M2: Banana and nectarine
M3: Tofu Scramble (tofu, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms) and a green salad
M4: piece of homemade banana bread and handful of grapes
M5: Vegan Enchiladas (corn tortillas, black beans, carrots, and zucchini)

Portions were small so I only hit about 1300 calories

Yesterday's workout:
Bulgarian Split Squats ( my first time so my form was awful)
11x30 11x30 11x30 16x25
Straight-legged deadlifts
15x40 15x45 15x55
Lying Leg Curls
9x55 10x50 12x50
Seated Leg Curl (quads)
14x55 12x55 13x55
Calf raises
6 sets to failure
Outer abductor
15x55 12x55 12x55

Today's workout:
Incline Chest Press
17x40 10x40 12x40 13x40
Pec Deck
14x13.5 13x13.5 13x13.5 14x13.5
Chest Press Machine
10x70 12x60 12x60 14x60
Pushups
2 sets to failure
Tricep Dips
10, 10, 11
Tricep Rope Press
14x55 12x55 13x55 12x55
Tricep Kickbacks
13x10 12x10 12x10

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:09 pm 
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So I know I haven't posted in a while. I've been pretty busy, which is still no excuse. My diet seems to be better than ever and it's because I've really taken the time to put together a diet that reporesents a vegan athlete. It may not be perfect, but it's a definite improvement. This is what I ate yesterday:

M1: Protein Banana Muffins
M2: Rice protein & H20
M3: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots w/ Pesto Sauce over raw spinach
M4: 1/2 Apple, 1/2 banana and 25 gms. natural peanut butter
M5: Broccoli, yellow squash and seitan
53% carbs, 29% protein, 18% fat

I also have a little story to tell if anyone actually reads this. My brother has recently converted my parents 30 acres in Louisiana to an organic farm. He's only farming about 5 acres now, but wants to make it fully functional by the end of the year. He also has about 18 chickens that he uses to sell their eggs at the market. I was visiting there last weekend and decided to take my dogs for a walk around his gardens. Now my dogs are "city" dogs. They turn there heads when they see potential prey such as a mouse or bird. That's why I was shocked when my 10 lb. miniature pinscher took off after one of the chickens. I mean she was full speed ahead and neck to neck with this chicken. Well, I naturally freaked out and was able to corner the dog and get her away from the chicken. I carried her away until I thought we were far enough from chicken territory. Right as I put her down she took off again. By the time I caught up with her the second time, she had the chicken pinned down and was in an all out battle with poultry. I didn't know what to do and instantly became hysterical at the site of this poor chicken being tortured. My mom came running and as she went to help the chicken, my other dog went in for the kill and took the chicken out by the neck. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT SIGHT! My innocent, sweet baby taking a chicken down by the jugular. Now I know this is nature and I know a dog's instinct is something much different than that of humans, but that didn't stop this event from making it's mark. I'm still pretty upset, but in a way it only strengthened my vegan convictions.

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:30 am 
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I contemplated starting a whole new journal, but decided to continue with this one. Long story short, I've been dealing with a lot of stress and most of it was stemming from my job. It was affecting everything...my relationships, my workouts, my diet, everything! So I quit and the relief is unbelievable. I;m taking this opportunity to really start hitting it hard at the gym again and returning to my clean diet ways. If you could've seen my diet during the past few weeks, I probably would've been kicked off this forum! :wink: Let's just say it was shameful and I've got 8 extra pounds to prove it. Today is the start of me taking control of my life and reclaiming the old me! I'll be posting workouts and diet like I used to and weighing in once a week to track my progress.

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
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Regarding your statement about regaining control and the old you...that's totally how I feel. i'm working to regain my old habits and my old body...struggling with time constraints and stress...didn't study for an exam I was suppose to take tonight but because I had a medical procedure my prof is nice enough to let me take it wednesday too bad i have another test that day too. I bindged so bad on friday so I know what you mean about not wanting to post your diet...lately my hunger has been out of control as has my mindless eating...

your workouts are great...I'm trying to find the time and energy to do the same...just ordered a weight bench so i can do more at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:03 am 
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How are things going?

I hope all is well.

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 Post subject: Re: Sarah's progress not perfection journal
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Thanks for checking in! They're going well. I've been super busy and my trainer has me on a cardio-only prescription for the next month so I haven't been posting. I can't wait to get back into it though!

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