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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:40 pm 
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12 noon: 2 veg sausage patties, baby spring greens, a tomato
1pm: coffee with a splash of soy
5pm: coffee
WORKOUT
9pm: 2 veg burgers and 200 calories of mixed veggies

Ran the same schedule on that treadmill (2, 2, 1, 1) but not gimpy at all! It was tiring, yes. When I got done, I hurt, but not as much as the past few days. Good news! Now to figure out why. Possible causes
    I ate protein earlier in the day before workout.
    I slept late.
    I carbo loaded with tequila last night.
    New shoes. (I really doubt this, they allow me to pronate too much)
    Effect of serious stretching of quads and hams after yesterday's workout.
    I'm injuring myself and killing my nerves and making them numb. :p
    My tolerance to this particular discomfort is increasing.
    My muscles are actually adapting.

The rest of my cardio and lifting was pretty strong today, so I'm inclined to think it has something to do with rest and nutrition. If only I could get enough sleep to do this every day!

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:58 pm 
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It was a "special" day today. I got to the gym, tired, but all ready to go. I just couldn't go. I still did my regular cardio, a little less intense - only one minute of running on the treadmill, it hurt everything to run today. Lifting went ok, but I didn't do any abs cause the gym was so gross and smelly and crowded to me tonight. I'm exhausted. Plan: take a day off the gym tomorrow and bike commute to both workplaces.

Intake:
coffee w/ a splash of soy
4 celery sticks
1 zucchini
1 tomato
A couple leaves of spinach
2 rice cakes
A couple carrots
Coffee
WORKOUT
Baby greens, broccoli, tomato and 2 veg burgers
2 more rice cakes

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:18 pm 
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No gym today, half a day of work, napped, blew off an evening work meeting. I feel really good. On the bike commute today I massacred a hill. Happy with the way my strength and coordination are improving.

Food:
2 tsp miso
1 cup jicama
4 sticks celery
baby greens and broccoli salad
4 rice cakes
150 calories of mixed veggies
2 veg burgers
2 more rice cakes

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 12:23 am 
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Back at the gym today. I really needed that day of rest. I wasn't even tempted to fall asleep in the staff meeting, and I had decent energy to work out with. I even added another minute interval of running with no problem. (2, 2, 1, 1, 1) Baby steps, baby steps... My thighs do not hurt at all right now. Way to rock that workout :)


Maybe it was due a little to a change in my food schedule:
6am 2 tsp miso
coffee
1 cup of jicama
12:15pm 1 zucchini, 1 tomato, 1 veg sausage patty (80 cal, 10 g pro)
2 rice cakes
12carrot stubs
5pm coffee
WORKOUT
1 veg burger, 1 cup cooked collards, 1/2 pepper, 6 carrot stubs
4 rice cakes
1 tomato

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 2:48 pm 
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Thurs & Fri workout and food: I went to the gym with all intentions of working out hard. I won't explain why here, but both nights I had to bail after 30 mins on the elliptical. They were good 30 minutes both times, although my leg was sore. Thurs night a did a lot of abs work when I got home. It was good to shake up that routine for sure. Fri night I was gonna use free weights on deltoids when I got home, but I ... ... ... forgot. I wasn't feeling good, for real. So on the way home I got some ground flax seed, gonna add 1-2 tsp per day to my diet. Probably 1. Maybe 2 to prime myself then down to 1. Also got some dandelion/milk thistle/oregon grape root compound to at least help my liver detox from losing weight. My skin and the rest of my body are doing weird things which I am almost ready to go visit the GOD of naturopathic health care about.

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2008 8:33 pm 
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Workout:
Treadmill was hard at first, but I got through it, not too winded! I stopped after 11 minutes and only 6 mins of running (back to 2, 2, 1, 1) just so I don;t overdo it. More will happen. It will. My legs are not sore at all, and no pain or gimpiness. Cardio went easy. I added 10 more pounds more to one of the deltoid machines too.

Harder, better, faster, stronger :boxer:

Food:
Coffee with a splash
Baby greens & tomato with lime, veg burger, tsp of flax
1 Cup of broccoli
6 rice cakes
Veg burger and 150 cals of mixed veggies

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 8:55 pm 
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Fast cardio today. Lots of reggaeton on the ipod! :) The treadmill went well. instead ot 2, 2, 1, 1, I went 2, 2, 2, 1. I wanted to do more, but I am holding myself back. I know I have to go slow. BABY STEPS! I was thinking today how bummed I would be if I re-injured myself yet again. I would probably give up completely. I am finally finally coming back and I like it.

Food so far:
2 tsp of miso
Big coffee with a splash
spinach, a tomato and a veg burger
4? rice cakes
1 tsp of ground flax
1 cup of green beans, veg sausage
maybe another tsp of flax in a sec

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:23 pm 
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Lots of energy for a Monday... although C told me I looked ragged and tired. Cardio went fast, and I increased treadmill intervals to 3, 2, 2. I'm going to hold it there for a bit or maybe even decrease it, so my muscles can catch up. I'm really happy though!

Food:
The usual, no earthshattering changes.

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:29 am 
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Yesterday:
Only bike commuting. It went fast.
Yesterday food:
The usual, plus 2 diet sodas at work, which made me feel like a hippo
Added an extra cup of veggies, I think the cold weatheris making me really hungry!

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:26 am 
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Yay, today was awesome! Even though it was a busy work day, and there was a 2 hour staff meeting after work, and i didn't get to the gym till 6, it went well! Strong, fast cardio, and more treadmill running! It went: 1min walk, 4 mins run, 1 min walk, 4 mins run. It's hard for me to believe that just a few weeks ago I was struggling to go 1 minute with a gimpy leg. I am not going to push myself to do this again too soon, I'm just going to let it come to me (within reason.) I would die if I got injured again.

This week is the beginning of the time of year when I will most likely have one day, quite possibly two per week where I can't do any workout or training at all. I'm thinking I should be ok if I keep my food intake like it's been, and I amp the training up a bit on a day after I miss.

The hazards are going to be
if I get over tired and flake off a day or two after my off days. I don't know how to combat this, I know I'm going to be really tired. I guess I can always bike to work except for thosedays... but I'm gonna need more... more cardio, more access to weights (and more sleep!)
Possible solutions: sleep every chance I get (that will be great for my social life) drink more coffee (that should be great for my complexion) better time management (I can't even imagine what that would look like) or just don;t sweat it and don't miss a beat in training even though I miss a day or two a week. I can think of this total physical down day as recovery time, not a missed opportunity.
me going slow and carefully will turn into an excuse to slack off
Possible solutions: knowing that I am a pro at rationalizing laziness, and fully understanding what drives my fear to succeed. On the other hand I need to completely understand what is motivating me to get fitter, celebrate it, and find even more reasons.

Ok maybe I missed my calling as a shrink.

Food today:
2 tsp of miso
coffee with a splash
1 cucumber
1 cup jicama
1 veg sausage, 1 zucchini, 1 tomato
couple rice cakes
coffee with a splash
WORKOUT
1 veg burger, 2 cups artichoke hearts, 1 cup collards
couple more rice cakes

NOTE TO SELF:
DON'T FORGET YOUR FLAX
GO TAKE IT RIGHT NOW!
ok, ok self, I am going!

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:26 am 
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Friday (yesterday)
I got to the gym, turned off the car, and fell asleep for 20 minutes with a coffee in my cup holder. Woke up, did the usual 50 mins of cardio fast, the treadmill went 1min walk, 4 run, 1 min walk, 4 run. I'm pretty happy I could do that again! Lifting seemed really difficult. It was a deltoid day.

Food:
2 tsp miso, coffee, splash of soy
4 baby cukes
2 sticks of celery
1 zucchini, 1 tomato, 1 veg sausage
coffee, splash of soy
WORKOUT
1 cup of collards and a veg burger
1 tsp ground flax
5 rice cakes

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:45 pm 
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today:

Treadmill running was 1, 4, 1, 4 again YAY! The rest of cardio was pretty good. Lifting with M was really fun.

Food:
Big coffee with a splash of soy
WORKOUT
a bowl of stewed collards, spinach, green beans and tomatoes
protein shake with 1 tsp extra flax
2 sticks of celery
3 rice cakes
NAP mmmmmmmm
1 veg burger with mixed veggies
1 rice cake

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:34 pm 
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Treadmill today was victory 8 mins straight of running. Yay yay yay yay I'm doing it! The regular cardio was amazingly easy, but lifting was very difficult (deltoids.) I think i might be headed for a huge switch up of the routine. Did I mention I ran for 8 straight minutes? 5.6 speed, down from 5.8. I'm not going to try to duplicate it this work week unless I'm really feeling it.

I got a massage today, and he seemed surprised at how tight my quads are. They're pretty flexible, yet knotted up, especially on my injured leg. I need to hold my stretches much longer. And I ran 8 straight minutes today!

Food:
Big coffee with soy
WORKOUT
1 veg sausage, 2 baby cukes, 1 tomato
MASSAGE
much water
2 sticks of celery, 3 rice cakes
1 veg burger, mixed veggies, 1 tsp ground flax

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:21 am 
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Either the air here was really bad today or I'm getting sick. Cardio was ok, but running 4 minute intervals was so hard! My lungs were killing me all day, I think that's what was up. But also lifting was pretty hard. I'm gonna hit the sack in a sec,

Food:
6am 2 tps miso
8am coffee with soy
9:30am1 cucumber
11:30 am 1/2 green pepper
12:30pm 1 zucchini, tomato, and a veg sausage
1 pm 2 rice cakes
4pm 10 baby carrots
5pm coffee with soy
WORKOUT
8:30pm a bowl of green beans, veg burger, 1 tsp flax
9pm 3 rice cakes
10pm lettuce with lemon and 1 tsp flax

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 Post subject: Re: Vivalasvegans Victories
PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:58 am 
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how many calories do you eat a day...doesn't look like much!!


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