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  1. lovin' the arms and the ink!! and welcome to being vegan! congrats looking forward to watching your progress! --Andy
  2. i see the difference in your biceps! looks like your lifting is paying off, are you still doing the p90x? do you have a journal on here also? i thought it was you i posted on a while ago but cant seem to find it, i suck at this internet thing adn i have to leave for work in ten mins so im a little rushed anyway apologies if i remembered wrong but i think you said something about eating 12-1500 cals a day? everyones body is different but i think you might see even more progress if you upped it a little. dont get me wrong, you look super good and really fit, but youre on the skinny side and sometimes its hard to adust to eating enough to make up for increase muslce % and workout time! oops that was such a ramble. anyway, keep up the great workouts and dont be afraid to chow down so your great bod can do its best at building up that muscle! --Andy
  3. cant wait to watch your progress do you have a specific training reg yet? Good Luck! --Andy
  4. disclaimer: climber not bodybuilder. but in my opinion youve got an awesome start point, nice and lean and great biceps. im sure youre all ready targeting your chest and back, and im excited to see the progess pix as you start prepping for competitions!! go for it! --Andy
  5. NICE arms! how long have you been lifting? --Andy
  6. nice progress man! i think someones already mentioned it but definately add nuts and other high-cal foods if youre trying to get in more cals. im naturally a stringy girl but i really wanted to bulk up a couple of years ago to improve my climbing, and i started just carrying around a big bag of almonds, cashews, and dried fruit everywhere i went. im a huge fan of seitan for protein, by the way. cook up some whole wheat pasta, sautee some veggies and seitan, and mix it all up with olive oil and oregano and chunky tomato sauce...yum. can't wait to see your next set of progress pix! --Andy
  7. i think i'll pass on the chicken for my table, thanks
  8. i could ramble all day about how awesome it is to be vegan, but im sure you've heard it all! but vegan or not, i think the most important thing to do is have your food as unrefined as possible. if you can cook instead of buying prepared packaged stuff, its almost always healthier (and cheaper! ) The more processes food has to go through before it gets to your plate, the more nutrients it loses, so youre pretty much just getting macros (carbs, proteins, fats) instead of all the micros (vitamins and minerals), especially in fruits and veg! always go for brown sugar or turbinado instead of white sugar, and unbleached or whole wheat flour. i like to avoid fake sweeteners, too. basically the shorter the ingredient list the better! nutritiondata.com is a great site. it breaks down all the nutrients in any food you enter and it will list "smarter choices" for any food also. you can keep a food diary that adds up the cals and nutrients in everything you eat for the day, and its sometimes really surprising to see what you hit or missed at the end of the day. Good Luck! --Andy
  9. welcome!! your goals are great, its awesome youre thinking in long and short term both! i work each muscle group 2-3x per week, but i mostly climb and do full-body ex that works the groups rather than heavy lifting, so it might be different. id say try both ways and see which seems to work best for YOU! --Andy
  10. welcome!! it seems like half this forum is from CA. makes me miss being there
  11. welcome! what helped you make the choice to go veg? congrats --Andy
  12. Plan looks good to me. have you done any half-marathons before, and if so how did you train for those? the only thing i'd ask about is the calories youve listed. 1400 is pretty low for 10 mile runs!! you might want to consider hitting closer to 2000 on your long run days. then again i dont know what youre used to, just that im a girl who feels like shes starving if i eat under 2000! i think the weight wont be an issue with that training plan, as long as the foods you eat are nutrient packed and varied. good luck and keep us posted on your progress!! -Andy
  13. Sounds like a great amount of cardio to me, as long as youre eating enough!! im naturally a little scrawny, but i bulk up and still do cardio every day as long as i'm eating lots of carbs and good fats. I have almonds in my purse or training bag at all times! Have you ever thought about trying swimming instead of running sometimes? It really gets the upper body involved, too, and to me it warms up the whole body better than just the treadmill. Inclines on the tmill definately help, though! Keep it up! -Andy
  14. see if I ever visit sweden!! i'll stick to my climbing and my dolphins, thanks very much! -Andy
  15. Vegan milkshake?! Whats your recipe for that? Whenever I attempt, it turns into a giant fruit smoothie. and if i were you i'd replace the sprite with pineapple-mango juice -Andy
  16. I agree, go for used!! Are you sure its really sheep gut? I know when my sister played violin the strings were called catgut but it wasnt real catgut, it was wholly synthentic. (Yes I did freak out when I heard the word "catgut" the first time...!) Maybe talk to some expert lute-ists and see what advice they have? -Andy
  17. Hello Apple, thank you for the welcome post a few weeks back! How are you getting on with the P90X? A couple of my tramping buddies swear by it, but Ive never stuck to it. Id way rather be outside! Didnt really read too closely, but Im getting the vibe that youre a natural pear shape and not too happy about it? Im more stringy naturally, which i hate, I'd kill to have some girly curves! But when i got serious about climbing and loaded up on the upper body work and the carbs I bulked up more than i thought a skinny girl could. I love my body where its at now because i know i treat it right with lots of vegan goodness, fresh air, and exercise! If youve ran alot and never done much strength work the result would be a strong muscular lower body and skinny arms. The ex-gf that converted me to vegan used to call it T-Rexia whenever we would be running on the beach and see all the tourist chicks running miles and never working the upper body, they were working so hard to get those skinny legs but they didnt get why their legs kept getting bigger and their arms looked sadly puny. Id say youre right on about not thinking about looks. Whats importnat is feeling good about your awesome body!! Vegan isnt just about animals or the environment, its about doing something great for you!! Love those workouts and dont be afraid to load up on apples with almond butter when your done. your muscles and your taste buds will thank you for it Keep up the good work! -Andy
  18. thanks for your comment, Dani, it's very well said. i too have met too many "vegans" and "vegetarians" who are only doing it to lose weight and hide disordered eating. this bothers me a LOT. while i don't _blame_ people with eating disorders as i know a true eating disorderis not something a person CHOOSES, i do find myself annoyed at the abuse of the term "veg*n". i work VERY hard to be as fit as possible, because i want others to see that TRUE veg*ns can be in awesome shape. i eat about 2500-3000 calories each day, work out intensely (both strength training and cardiovascular), have a B.M.I. of 22 and a body fat percentage of 16%. I am very proud of my body and the lifestyle that i live. i suppose, that for me being raised by ethical/environmental vegetarians (we consumed eggs from the free-range chickens a friend raised, and natural honey--ive since become vegan, of course), and not having had an eating disorder, i wouldn't understand the 'other side". but i can't help but be frustrated and feel that using the term is selfish, knowing that there ARE veg*ns out there doing it for the RIGHT reasons, and that our work is undermined by people abusing it for personal reasons. ok I need to go to sleep before i write anything else, it's 2:30 in the morning and usually get up at 4 to work out! -Andy
  19. Hey all! My name is Andy (please do NOT call me andrea! ) and I've been in Tauranga NZ for seven years, originally from San Francisco. came here during college and liked it so much i put my degree "On hold" and stayed! i'm vegetarian born&raised, vegan since September 04. my gf convinced me to to go vegan, and that lasted even though the relationship didn't! my sport is climbing and my dream is to do a handstand on the peak of Everest someday. excited to join this great community! -Andy
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