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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:55 am 
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Buddha Hey?

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Just a quick update on last week's progress. Got my 4 workouts in. Seems to be what I am able workout into my daily routine which is pretty hectic. Still though I am glad I am working out consistently again!

4 resistance training workouts last week.

Nothing too eventful to add to this for my progress.

thendanisays dad though has went from 282lbs to 247lbs in 2 1/2 mos. He has also been vegan for about 1 mod now. We are starting a juice cleanse in about 1-2 weeks. I am so excited for him. We are going to kick his heart diseases' butt :boxer:

I'll be blogging and posting pics hopefully.

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Haven't been on in awhile. After losing my full time job, I decided to try and take on VeganProteins.com full time instead of looking for another job. Working around the clock was killing me anyway and it was becoming unsustainable. The good news is that things are starting to work out for us. I lost my job on March 1st and so far so good. I have been able to pour my passion into something I actually believe in and am passionate about. Orders are going out faster, we have added new products and there have been more customers checking out our little shop. I haven't had the need to search for other employment yet and hopefully I won't have to. To everyone who has looked to support us from VBBF, thank you so much. Without this community, honestly I have no idea where I would be but my guess is that I would not have an awesome vegan fiancé that I met from here, i'd be caught in a soulless job, i'd have never moved around and met so many people who are very dear to my heart and the list goes on and on. This community is the best thing that ever happened to me. I don't post as often but I do want to start getting back on the forum more regularly and will continue to try.

A part of it has to do with the last 3 years and not being consistently active and training. I enjoyed coming to the forum to post my progress and hold myself accountable. With so many major life changes though, I lost my grip on training regularly and so I have not been around much. All year I have been working on changing this. Once you know what it feels like to be healthy AND fit, there is no going back on the lifelong journey. If you take a step back, you'll always want to find a way to push forward again. So.. here I am :)

From January 1st to March 1st, I trained pretty consistently. For the most part I was in the gym 3-4 times a week, every week and I started to see changes and feel a lot better. Then the whole job fiasco happened. I took this as an opportunity. It could have been a bad thing or the best thing that ever happened to me. I chose the later and it is working out so far. Things are coming along one step at a time.

Now that the store is running a bit more smoothly, I started up training again on May 15th and have not stopped since. The last 2-3 weeks have been terrific. I feel like I am going to be getting somewhere again. I miss being muscular. I still have my frame and a fair amount of muscle but I am nowhere near the level that I used to be. Well, not for long. I am going to start updating weekly again as soon as this week's training has concluded and I won't stop, can't stop.

If I disappear from the boards you know why. I'm probably caught up with work or some drama as life generally tends to throw things at you whether you are ready for them or not. It hasn't been easy watching my family being ripped apart by the seams due to my father's angry tirade as his cancer keeps beating the crap out of him until there is nothing left. One step at a time..

I have no intentions on stopping though. I feel like there are goals in my mind that have been in place all year and there is nothing to do but keep on trucking' along. I'm gonna do this. LnG style :mrgreen:

If you read this, thanks much for checking up on me. I'll be around. Time to get back into the community. I miss everyone so much!!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Green Machine!

Yeah Vegan Proteins Buddy!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Good luck! I wish you much success.

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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I know what you mean. Life has got me caught more than once in a trap of being too busy to get to the gym, or visiting this motivating forum. Looking forward to reading about your progress, and consistency!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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@ICanDoThis Thanks so much!! I'm still working on the consistency thing but I think I may have got it down pat this time around. :D

@HsOrlando I hear you! I am doing a better job lately of prioritizing! 8)

Update from 05/15, got in another 6 workouts in May, 4 in June... fell out of it a bit there BUT I am back on it now. I am not sure how the wheels finally clicked but they have. Created a nice workout and food journal chart that glares at me while I work. Without a plan, it's too easy to put it off.

21 days to make a habit! Today is day 12 8) :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

*For my food journal, the goal is to get in a minimum of 2 LARGE servings of greens, 4 servings of fruits, 4 - 32g protein shakes, vitamineral greens + earth and D3/B12. After I get this in, whatever else I can eat throughout the day is cool. No need to monitor it.

*For training, my absolute minimum goal is resistance training 3x a week, cardio 2x a week and stretching 2x a week.

07/23 - 07/29:

Gym: Chest & Tris, Back n Bis, Legs & Forearms
Cardio: Cycling (9.5 mi) & Running (2 mi) outdoors

Gotta do it!!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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I am enjoying seeing your consistency in training while jugging a very busy work schedule.

Great work, buddy!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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It's not going to happen on it's on. I need to put in the work to make sure and prioritize training :) YB!!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Today is day 14 of 21. 21 to make a habit. Training consistently is the only way, before, during and after a goal. I'm gonna do this!

07/30 - 08/05

Monday: Chest, Tris
Tues: Back n Bis + bleacher runs at a local stadium
Wed: Stretching
Thursday: travel, off day
Friday: Shoulders & core
Saturday: Cycling outdoors. 11.57 mi @ 13.75 mph. Mix of hills and flats.

Decent week. Increased weight load with most resistance training exercises. Bleachers were murder but it felt good to get them in. Increased cycling mileage from last week (9.34mi).

Got a tuneup on my road bike but gave it to my friend to ride with me because it's faster otherwise the pace would have been faster.

Starting to train with a partner on Monday which will be nice. I train well alone but it's always good to get a friend involved in fitness. We'll be training together for 3 weeks.

Going to the Cirque De Soleil in a few with thendanisay for our 4 year anniversary.

So glad I am posting on VBBF again!! Let's hope I keep it up. Miss everyone here at the forum. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Nice to see you training consistently, buddy. Inspiring stuff!

Out on a 20 mile bike ride before I even get out of bed.

Way to hammer it!

Welcome back to fitness!

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:39 pm 
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Although I wasn't able to update here last week, the good news is that I am still going strong!

I busted through 21+ days of consistent training and meal planing. WOO HO!! :boxer: Time to push it further. Created a new workout for the next 8 weeks. I upped my sessions from 30 to 45 min each.

On M-W-F, there will be 2 workouts each day. On tues and thur and sat there will be 1 workout a day. 8 reps and 4 sets per exercise. Time to build.

I will try to get in 1-2 cardio sessions a week and 1 session of Yoga a week.

I'll try and post the whole routine next weekend. For now just a quick recap of the last 2 weeks of progress :mrgreen:

08/07-08/09, 3 resistance training workouts. I was unable to get any workouts in from 08/10-08/12 due to a busy trip.

08/13 - 08/18, 4 resistance training workouts. 1 cardio workout (2.25 mile jog at 8:53 mph pace and 10 min of bleacher runs). Pushed a lot harder this past week to prepare for the increased workload. Pumped to start working much harder tomorrow.

Bulking season is rapidly approaching ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Can the green machine make a comeback?
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Week 1 of a more demanding and new workout routine was AWESOME!! :mrgreen:

I'll be doing this routine for the next 7 weeks (8 in total). It's pretty taxing but with the right amount of rest and proper diet I think it will work out quite well.

Here is a breakdown of the routine and recap of last week:

4 sets and 8 reps of each exercise unless otherwise noted.

MONDAY AM
T Bar Rows (Palms Down)
Pullups
Seated Cable Rows
Barbell Curls
Dumbbell Preacher Curls

MONDAY PM
T Bar Rows (Palms Inward)
Dumbbell Rows
Weighted Hyperextensions
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Incline Crunches with ball toss

TUESDAY
Rotator Cuff Rehab Exercise
Reverse Pec Dec
Bent over Flyes
Behind the Head Shoulder Press
Barbell Seated Shoulder Press
Barbell Shrugs
Dumbbell Shrugs
Dumbbell Forearm Curls
Dumbbell Reverse Forearm Curls

WEDNESDAY AM
Squats (6 sets)
Sled Presses
Leg Curls
Ad Ductor Machine
Ab Ductor Machine

WEDNESDAY PM
Sumo Squats
Leg Extensions
Incline Crunches
Stretching

THURSDAY
Rotator Cuff Rehab Exercise
Reverse Pec Dec
Bent over Flyes
Behind the Head Shoulder Press
Shoulder Press Behind the head
Overhead Bicep Cable Curl
Dumbbell Bicep Curls
Barbell Shrugs
Dumbbell Shrugs
Dumbbell Forearm Curls
Dumbbell Reverse Forearm Curls

FRIDAY AM
Incline Barbell Chest Press
Decline Barbell Chest PRess
Pec Dec
Incline Dumbbell Fly
Dips (6 sets)
Incline Crunches

FRIDAY PM
Flat Barbell Chest Press
Incline Dumbbell Chest Press
Decline Dumbbell Chest PRess
Flat Dumbbell Fly
Dips
Incline Crunches

SATURDAY
Deadlifts (6 sets)
Good Mornings
Dumbbell Forearm Curls
Dumbbell Reverse Forearm Curls

Stretching as much as possible also. It is kind of hard with all of the time dedicated to lifting. Once the 8 weeks are up however, I will be doing yoga daily and stretching daily for 2 weeks with light lifting to give my body a break and to prevent injuries and tight muscles.

I would like to get 1-2 sessions in a week of cardio also whenever possible. Last week I got in all the workouts and got in a 30 min run with thendanisays around the track at a local high school.

:boxer: :boxer: :boxer: :boxer: :boxer: :boxer:

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 Post subject: Re: Looking to make it back on stage again in 2014
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Nice to see you back after it!

Great work! Cool to see your dedication in person while I was visiting.

Keep blasting away at it. See you again in a few weeks, a bigger, Swoller, version of Lean and Green!

Ahhh C

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