Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

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Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#1 Postby byerschad » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:15 am

Hey everyone!

I am a P.E. teacher and conditioning coach in Austin, TX and have been Vegan for 6 months now and I am adjusting well. I love talking to people about the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet. I was vegetarian for a year before and have also tried a Raw diet for a summer, but it was to difficult for me.

I am considering competing in the Naturally Fit Super Show in Austin, TX in July, but I have never done anything like that before. I consider myself a pretty fit guy for a 35 year old, but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do it. We'll see...

Currently I am 6'4, 200lbs, 7% BF.

Cheers,

Chad
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#2 Postby Synny667 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:26 am

Hey Chad my vote is go for it!! No regrets in life man. It is my goal and fear to compete myself. I have terrible stage fright but I am determined to do it so I can look back later in life and be proud that I did it
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#3 Postby Iron Clad Ben » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:14 pm

Welcome! Robert just moved to Austin yesterday. Suddenly, the scene is exploding, LOL!

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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#4 Postby byerschad » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:21 pm

Hey Synny667! Thanks, I think I will take your advice.

Hey Iron Clad Ben! Maybe I'll see Robert around town...or at the gym.
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#5 Postby Synny667 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:58 pm

Yay!!! I am all about living with no regrets now.
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#6 Postby Fallen_Horse » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:39 pm

byerschad wrote:Hey everyone!

I am a P.E. teacher and conditioning coach in Austin, TX and have been Vegan for 6 months now and I am adjusting well. I love talking to people about the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet. I was vegetarian for a year before and have also tried a Raw diet for a summer, but it was to difficult for me.

I am considering competing in the Naturally Fit Super Show in Austin, TX in July, but I have never done anything like that before. I consider myself a pretty fit guy for a 35 year old, but I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do it. We'll see...

Currently I am 6'4, 200lbs, 7% BF.

Cheers,

Chad

My first thought when I saw your picture was, "Hugh Jackman?" :D

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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#7 Postby Synny667 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:48 pm

I agree fallen_horse would love to know your diet and work out. Btw I think chad looks better than hugh jackman
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#8 Postby byerschad » Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks for the comparison with Hugh, Fallen_Horse and Synny667. Well, my diet is pretty boring and is mostly fruits and veggies. On the weekends I usually juice a couple times a day. A typical weekday looks like this:

6:00am
whole grapefruit
Smoothie (water, almond milk, spinach, apple, banana, carrot, blueberries, flax seed oil and protein mix of pea, hemp, rice)

9:00am
Protein shake (water, pea, hemp, rice)
Larabar
banana

12:00pm
Mixed veggies
Avocado
Protein shake

3:00pm
protein shake
Larabar
apple

6:30pm
mixed veggies
avocado
apple

9:00pm
Post workout smothie (same as breakfast)

My workouts are extremely varied. I usually train 4-5 days/week, depending on how my work schedule. I like to alternate weeks of 5x5 heavy weights and kettlebells with 3x10 lighter weights and body weight exercises and TRX. I like to do circuits with little to no rest between sets in order to get my cardio in at the same time or I'll finish with 10-15 min of HIIT on the concept 2 rower or battling ropes.
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#9 Postby robert » Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:39 am

Welcome, Chad!

I just arrived a few days ago! Great to have you here on the forum. Looking super fit!

Thanks for being part of our community.

All the best and welcome aboard!

-Robert

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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#10 Postby Synny667 » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:29 pm

Nice diet. Wish I could tolerate the grapefruit and avocado....
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#11 Postby Akiva » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:42 pm

I've lived in Austin my entire life! A great city :)

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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#12 Postby robert » Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:14 pm

How's your training coming along, Chad?

Going to compete in July?

I'm still figuring it all out, taking it week by week to see how I progress. I had some good lifts over the weekend that got me excited.

If I'm ready by July I'll give it a shot, but I might wait until the San Antonio show in September. We'll see.

Anyway, totally loving The Riata!

Thanks for hooking me up!

-Robert


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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#13 Postby byerschad » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:43 pm

Hey Robert!

Training is going great! I'm increasing weight in squat, dead, weighted dips and chins every week. I'm trying to add size while maintaining my BF% at 6-7. I'm shooting for an additional 5-7 lbs by competition time in July. How is your wrist?

I met with my agency today and I'm getting my head and body shots taken next month. When I get them, I'll send them to you along with my bio for the site.

Glad to hear that the Riata is working out well for you!

Lindsay Nixon told me she was coming back to Austin in a couple weeks. Do you know when Rip's next potluck is?

Chad
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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#14 Postby robert » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:56 am

Awesome. Sounds great, man.

Keep after it.

I'm doing alright. Wrist still bothers me during certain exercises and in some general movements (opening trunk of car, etc.) but it is starting to get better. I even pulled a 313-lb deadlift over the weekend and the wrist didn't bother me at all. But then during bent-over rows, it did. Same with pull-ups. Just fine with a pronated or neutral grip but as soon as I supinate my wrist, I can't even grip the bar. Same with bicep curls. Only neutral trip for me.

Riata rocks!

At airport now on my way to NYC. Back in 6 days.

Rip's potlucks are usually posted on the Engine 2 pages on Facebook and Twitter. I'm sure they're online somewhere else too. I think they are the last Thursday of each month, but I'm not totally sure. I'll look into it.

Have a great one!


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Re: Newly Vegan in Austin, TX

#15 Postby Sammee » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:17 pm

I was about to write a post introducing myself when I saw this one. I'm actually moving to Austin in a month. I've lived there all my life, but left 5 years ago for college. Maybe I'll run into y'all someday.


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