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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 6:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Thanks guys...I'm still a little sick! I can't even believe it. Hopefully it'll be better by Thanksgiving so I can make some vegan treats for my family and my (almost) in-laws.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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Hope you are feeling better!!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:34 pm 
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I still sound pretty stuffed up, but I feel fine. So this week:

Squat Day

Parallel Squats:

1x5x125
1x5x145
1x5x165

Oly Squats:

2x8x135
1x6x135

Lunges with 35 lb plate held overhead:

3 sets

Bench Day

Bench:

1x5x45
1x5x75
1x5x85
1x6x95

Then a pyramid down:

1x5x90
1x6x85
1x8x80
1x10x75
1x12x70

Push-Ups:

1x16
2x10

Assisted Pull-Ups:

1x8
1x7
1x5

Deadlift Day

Well, I carried a bunch of furniture and heavy boxes out of my apartment and into my new house. So, I was exhausted enough, I figured that counted as deadlifting, at least for this week!

Next week is our wedding, and I'm pretty excited! They better alter my dress CORRECTLY this time and have it ready on time.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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I forget the specific date, but did it happen yet? If so, congratulations!!

But you have to post pictures for us. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:58 pm 
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I'm married! The wedding was yesterday. We didn't tell anybody but the other vegans that all the food was vegan, and everyone loved it. ;) The cake was beautiful, my dress fit, and the church agreed to wait on putting up the Christmas decorations up until after the wedding. (We had a bit of a last minute fiasco with the pastor informing us we were going to have Christmas decorations, and then relenting and letting us use the wedding decorations only.) Weeee, we're married!

Haven't been able to train much this week, but I'll post what I did when I get around to it. Had sort of a lackluster deadlift day, then a little cardio and then I was too busy preparing for the wedding and decorating and such.

Oh yeah, when we got to the church in the morning, the street was closed off right in front of the church and they were fixing a water main or something all day long. My sister and I were like, "You have got to be kidding me!" But hopefully everyone found a place to park who wanted to come to the wedding anyway.

Hopefully I'll build up my calories every day again and feel well fed enough by Tuesday so I can start lifting again. I've been absolutely STARVING this weekend. Just too busy to prepare much food, and then at the reception I didn't really get to chow down like I wanted to because I had to mingle around and say hi to everyone who traveled from afar. I'm about to go have reception leftovers at my parents' house, so that'll be awesome! Yay, vegan cake!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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Congratulations Adena =] Wish you a long happy marriage!

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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Yaaay! I'm so happy for you!!

P.S. I was so hungry after my wedding reception that my husband and I ordered pizza when we got to the hotel room. The pizza delivery guy thought it was hilarious.

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:18 pm 
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Woo hoo! Last week I kind of overindulged in wedding cake and felt pretty nauseous for the next couple of days. Eventually I felt up to doing some cardio, so I did pretty well Monday through Friday. I did some HIIT days and some endurance days. This weekend I still had to clear out some crap from the apartment and run errands, so I didn't really work out much. I'm intending to do some cardio tonight, then get back to lifting Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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Good to hear from you married lady! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:19 pm 
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Ok, I'm back! I've been heartily eating things like tofu and potatoes in miso gravy, and tofurkey leftovers to stay warm and prepare for some heavy lifting. So far, it seems to be working! I decided to redo the same weights I hit last time since I took almost a two week hiatus before the wedding.

Squat Day

Parallel Squats:

1x5x125
1x5x145
1x5x165

Oly Squats:

3x5x135

My powerlifter/personal trainer buddy walked in when I was about to do my second set, and gave me some pointers. Apparently I flare out my elbows a lot on the descent, which is pushing my shoulders and my upper back forward, which is somewhat preventing me from keeping my back aligned properly and reaching a2g depth. Very helpful advice, but really difficult to execute. My elbows just have a mind of their own!

Lunges with 35 lb plate held overhead:

3 sets


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 2:18 pm 
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Bench Day

Bench Press:

1x5x45
1x5x75
1x5x85
1x5x95 :)

Then a pyramid down:

1x5x90
1x6x85
1x8x80
1x10x75
1x10x70

I was pretty happy with this, as my bench numbers sometimes take a nosedive when I take time off. This time, the strength feels about the same, which is good.

Push-Ups:

1x10
1x8
1x7

I think I was losing steam while doing these.

Assisted Chin-Ups (underhand grip):

1x6
1x5
1x4


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
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Awesome on the bench!! My goal is to hit 95 for 1x5 in January. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:07 am 
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BOY it's hard to get in the gym when you get married in December and then have to get ready for Christmas in a hurry!

Deadlift Day

Deadlift:

1x5x135
1x5x160
1x5x185
1x3x210

Not so great, but taking a break hurt my strength gains a little bit. I should've been able to lift 210 five times. I usually get back into the game after taking a break pretty quickly when it comes to deadlifting, so my numbers should get back up there soon.

Rack Pulls:

3x3x235

Farmer's Walks with two 45 lb plates:

3 pleasant strolls

Plate Pinches with two 5 lb plates between my thumb and forefingers:

3 sets each hand; far stronger on the right today. Time to work on ol' lefty!


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 Post subject: Re: Adena gets strong!
PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:46 pm 
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Squat Day

Parallel Squats:

1x3x135
1x3x155
1x3x175

Oly Squats: 3x3x145

That was it, I had to get back home in a hurry for some reason, can't remember why now. Probably getting ready for Christmas.

Bench Day

Bench:

1x3x45
1x3x80
1x3x90
1x3x100
1x4x95
1x5x90
1x6x85
1x8x80
1x10x75

BOR:

1x8x85
2x8x95

Then we had Christmas, so I didn't get back into the gym until Sunday. My husband gave me Robert's book on Vegan Bodybuilding, and I gave him a kettle bell. Merry Christmas, let's get HUUUUGE! Haha.

Deadlift Day

1x3x135
1x3x170
1x3x195
1x3x220

Rack Pulls:

3x3x245

Assisted Wide Grip Pull-Ups:

1x8
2x3

Farmer's Walks:

3 sets

Plate pinches:

3 sets


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