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02/24/11:

 

AM: short 2.5 mile run. This felt tough. My legs were still quite fatigued from lifting yesterday. It felt like I was running super fast but I looked down at my garmin and I was actually running 10:31/mile! Ah well, just went with it.

 

Went to a chi running workshop at work today. It was really, really helpful. It was focused on posture. I'm going to incorporate some things I learned into my own running, especially engaging the abs/upper body more. He said that it should really be an upper body sport, the legs are just along for the ride. Looking forward to Sat. morning to try some things out.

 

 

Food:

 

Lunch:

Salad with romaine, navy beans, nutritional yeast, and flax

Baby carrots with navy bean dip

1 apple, 1 orange

 

Dinner:

Tofu fritatta

Roasted broccoli

1 birthday cupcake - yum!

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There is a Sprinkles cupcake place at Stanford and they make one kind of vegan cupcake - red velvet with cream cheese icing. It was so good! Not too sweet, icing was really cream chees-y. My husband totally surprised me by bringing some home. Tonight is birthday pizza!

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02/25/11:

 

Noon workout:

 

Squats: (I had major quad DOMS today, so I have no idea why I felt so strong on squats.)

45x5

65x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

135x5

135x5

145x5 (PR!)

145x5

 

Bench:

45x5

55x5

75x5

75x5

75x5

85x5

85x3

 

BB Row: (based on the thread that's going on right now I tried these with my torso at 45 degrees instead of 90. I'm not sure which I prefer)

45x5

65x5

5 sets of 5 @ 85 lbs

 

Incline Pushups:

2 sets of 8

 

 

Food:

 

Lunch:

Salad with romaine, navy beans, nutritional yeast, and flax

Baby carrots with navy bean dip

1 apple, 1 orange, 1 pear

 

Dinner: went out for my birthday meal

Salad with mixed greens, avocado, olives, and tomato

Pizza with daiya, "sausage"crumbles, and veggies

1 beer, 2 cosmos

Had the last 2 birthday cupcakes when I came home

 

Yum!

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Thanks!

 

02/26/11:

 

AM:

Planned to go for a 5k run. I forgot to charge my Garmin so it died shortly after I started running. I mapped the route when I got home and it was 3 miles, so just shy of 5k. I started out too fast so the second half was definitely slower. Was an all out effort. I had to stop a couple of times at traffic lights which is annoying, but it wasn't for very long.

 

Food:

 

Snack:

baby carrots with navy bean dip

 

Lunch: (at a restaurant for a vegan meet up group thing)

salad with shredded cabbage, carrot, soy protein, tofu, and peanuts

 

Dinner:

Salad with romaine, navy beans, chickpeas, nutritional yeast, flax

Banana

 

Snack:

Protein powder with frozen strawberries and peaches

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02/28/11:

 

Couldn't get to the gym during my normally scheduled time so I went at 1 pm instead. No way I could make it that long without eating something so I ate my lunch pre-WO instead of lifting fasted and eating my lunch post-WO. I wasn't all that impressed with my numbers today. Ah well.

 

Warm-up:

20 air squats

5 push-ups

15 kettlebell swings (did this with 15# dumbbell)

60 sec. jumping jacks

 

Was my first time doing kettlebells. I watched some youtube videos before I went and kept the weight kind of light so I could concentrate on form. Thanks for the warm-up MaryStella!

 

Squats:

45x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

135x5

135x5

145x5

145x5

 

OHP: (thought I would give 75# a go...that was a major FAIL)

45x5

75x3

75x2

65x5

65x5

65x4

 

Deadlift:

65x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

165x2 (boo...)

 

Assisted Pull-ups:

80x8

80x5

80x4

 

PM:

did some mobility stuff, really concentrating on my hips

prone bridges

stretched out my hamstrings and calves

 

Pre-WO:

salad with mixed greens, black-eyed peas, nutritional yeast, and flax

apple

 

Post-WO:

protein powder + water

apple

orange

 

Dinner:

salad with mixed greens, roasted brussel sprouts, tofu, and navy bean dressing

orange

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03/01/11:

 

AM:

Run -

5 min. warmup jog

4x400m, 2 min. rest between

 

Wowza that was tough. My times are at home on my Garmin. On the last 400m I only made it to 350m, I was fairly certain I was going to collapse on the sidewalk.

 

PM:

stretching..need to seriously work on these tight hips and hamstrings!

 

Food:

 

Snack: (knew I would be having a late lunch so I had a snack at 11AM)

2 apples, protein powder + water

 

Lunch:

Salad with arugula, chickpeas, tofu, bell pepper, sprouts, broccoli, mushrooms, carrot, and balsamic vinaigrette

1 apple

 

Dinner:

Sushi roll edamame salad (mixed greens, brown rice, edamame, tofu, nori, sesame seeds, sesame-miso dressing)

1 orange, 1 kiwi

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Definitely! Need to work on getting my HR up there. Haven't done that very much these past few months. It feels so good (after the nausea subsides, hehe)

 

03/02/11:

 

Squats:

45x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

135x5

145x5

145x5

145x5

 

Bench:

45x5

75x5

75x5

85x5

85x5

85x5

 

yay! Improvement on my sad bench press!

 

BB Row:

45x5

65x5

85x5

85x5

95x5

95x5

95x5

 

Incline Push-ups:

2 sets of 8 (chest was fatigued, these kind of sucked)

 

PM:

More hip stuff, mostly dynamic

 

Lunch:

Salad with mixed greens, brown rice, flax, edamame, tofu, nori, sesame seeds, and miso-sesame dressing

Baby carrots

2 apples, 1 orange

 

Dinner:

TVP with marinara and mushrooms

Steamed kale with nutritional yeast

2 oranges

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03/03/11:

 

AM:

'hill' repeats on treadmill (@7% incline)

2 x 0.75 miles, 2 min. rest between

 

Yikes those sucked. I can tell that it's flat flat flat here and I haven't ran hills in forever.

 

 

Lunch:

Salad with romaine, navy beans, nutritional yeast, flax

Baby carrots

1 apple, 1 orange

 

Dinner:

Navy bean & spinach soup (ate 3 bowls!), brown rice

3 oranges

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Chewy - Thanks! After reading that row thread in the Bodybuilding section, I have been doing my rows at 45 degrees rather than 90, it just feels better. This means that I do them from hanging, not the floor, since I can't actually reach the floor in that position. Overhand grip, usually on the wide-ish side.

 

Rob - Thanks! You are right, I will keep going. I know that I will get there eventually. I've gained a lot of strength in the last couple of months so I guess I had to plateau at some point!

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03/04/11:

 

Warm-up:

20 air squats

5 push-ups

15 kettlebell swings (25# db)

60 sec. jumping jacks

 

Squats:

45x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

5 sets of 5 @ 145 lbs (felt super strong on these today!)

 

OHP: not so strong...this felt more difficult than usual

45x5

55x5

65x5

65x5

65x4

65x4

65x3

 

Deadlift:

65x5

95x5

115x5

135x5

165x3 (couldn't even get the bar off of the ground for a 4th rep)

 

Assisted Pull-ups:

80x8

80x6

80x5

 

I think my OHP is officially stalled. I remember there was a thread where the very wise VeganEssentials posted some tips for this, I'm off to track that thread down.

 

 

Lunch:

Navy bean and spinach soup

Baby carrots

2 apples, 1 orange

 

 

05/03/11:

 

AM:

5 mile run, 20 walking lunges after each mile

 

 

Diet this weekend sucked. I need to get it together. I have some body fat I'd like to lose before summer.

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OHP: not so strong...this felt more difficult than usual

45x5

55x5

65x5

65x5

65x4

65x4

65x3

 

 

I think my OHP is officially stalled. I remember there was a thread where the very wise VeganEssentials posted some tips for this, I'm off to track that thread down.

 

 

 

What do you mean? I think if you can do 65 lbs that many times, you could probably do 70 or 75 at a couple sets of 5. Unless you're trying to be really strict and not move up to the next weight increment without getting 5x5 on the previous.

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You would think so, but I can't. I can barely move the bar at all if I go up in weight! It's frustrating. Frustrating and weird.

 

Found the thread I was talking about, VE suggests doing one-armed clean & presses among other things. Will give that a whirl.

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