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  1. Dry lentils Cans of lentil soup Dry, frozen, and canned beans: pinto, black, kidney, great northern, garbonzo, lima, edamame, etc Brown rice, parboiled rice, wild rice, etc Quinoa Oats Natural Peanut Butter Nuts and seeds (almond, cashew, cashew, sunflower, pumpkin, pistachio, brazil, macadamia, etc Greens (collards, kale, spinach, dark greens, cilantro, etc Fruits and vegetables Fruit juice Olive oil Coconut oil Avocados and guacamole Spices/seasonings
  2. Welcome to the forum. How is Myrtle Beach? I'm from Charleston, SC!
  3. I eat a lot of lentils for protein too. I didn't think about powders. 290 g!!! I can't imagine eating that much protein! I struggle to get 70 grams per day. But I don't take any powders or other supps. Maybe I should look into that. The protein recommendations for athletes must be overstated though because I lift like a beast and I don't get a lot of protein. Gaining on the 811 sounds interesting. I like eating fresh fruit. But I wonder about cavities with that much fruit.
  4. johnthomas, what is your diet like? How in the world do you manage to get 300 grams of protein per day on a vegan diet?
  5. I haven't seen any academic literature about abdominal fat being a sign of insulin-resistance. But if you are worried about insulin resistance, there are some steps you can take to help reduce insulin resistance and promote insulin sensitivity. Eat less carbs, avoid sugar and flour, avoid processed foods, avoid foods that are high on the glycemic index, eat less frequently, reduce stress, lift heavier, exercise more, eat more fiber, and get adequate sleep. Stay well!
  6. Since getting that tooth pulled, I had just been eating lots of lentil soup, dairy-free coconut milk ice cream, and peanut butter smoothies. 12-26-11: It has been two weeks since I worked out. Attempted Frank Medrano's chest workout. The first part of the workout is to do 30 muscle-ups. Frank does 30 in two sets. I did a set of 6, 3 sets of 5, 2 sets of 4, and a set of 3 for a total of 32. But my form was really bad and I ended up straining something in my neck. I should have done 10 sets of 3 with perfect form instead of trying to do sets of 5 or 6 with bad form. I also tried to do some incline bench pressing, but I only ended up getting 175 lbs for 8 reps which is really pathetic. 12-28-11: 3 minute jog, some dips, and some shoulder rotations for warm-up. Then incline bench press: 135x5, 155x5, 175x5, 185x7 Then some close grip chin-ups: bodyweight x 5, +25 lbs x5, +45 lbs x 7. 12-30-11: Had two more wisdom teeth removed. Had some bean chili for breakfast. Had some lentil soup for dinner. Had some peanut butter and some dairy-free coconut milk mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert. I don't get anywhere near the amount of protein that everyone tells me I need. Which is why I used to eat some organic free-range eggs because it is such easy protein. But I haven't been eating any eggs in a while because I got a bit sketched about cholesterol.
  7. I am going to try to get back on track for the new year! Thanks for this motivation, Robert! viewtopic.php?f=24&t=26981&p=267249#p267249
  8. So much has changed with me since I last posted here! I am excited for the new year and I plan to start eating better and training harder! Name: John John John Email address: [email protected] New Year’s Resolution Goal: To be able to do 20 consecutive muscle-ups, to be able to get 225 for 8 reps on the incline bench press, to be able to do 8 chin-ups with two 45 lb plates tied to me, and to be able to run a 5:15 mile. Also, I would like to get up to about 180 lbs. Right now I weigh 155 soaking wet. Start Date: January 1st? Desired Achievement Date: May 2012 Past workout History: I've been lifting on and off for the past 7 years. I work as a personal trainer now and have been lifting pretty steadily for about a year now. I do lots of chin-ups and dips. The only cardio I really do is kayaking or racquetball a few times per month. Biggest Obstacles: Being too skinny, not eating enough, not getting enough protein, hating cardio, trying to figure out if I should eat organic free-range eggs or not. Favorite Foods: Guacamole, organic apples, coconut oil, peanut butter, dark chocolate, lentils, oranges, fruit juice Favorite Exercises: incline bench press, muscle-ups, chin-ups, dips, plyometric squat jumps Current training frequency: Not much at all right now since I just had a wisdom teeth extracted and I bruised my kidney last week. Normally I train hard about 2 or 3 days per week. Any injuries or info your mentor should have: Previous rotator-cuff injury so I try not to break right angles when benching. Lots of other minor training-related injuries, but nothing that really gets in the way of my workouts The last time I worked out was Monday, 12-12-11: Plyometric squat jumps at waist-height, 3x10. Muscle-ups: 3x8. Weighted close-grip chins: 1x8 @ +25lbs, 1x8 @ +45 lbs. Incline bench press: a few warm up sets, then 1x8 @ 195 lbs. I have been trying to keep a food log. Yesterday I had a kale smoothie with mixed berries and orange juice and then some collards and pinto beans and mixed veggies and then another smoothie with peanut butter and mixed berries and V8 Splash juice. Today I had a giant bowl of green baby lima beans with smart balance, a large cup of V8 Splash juice, an orange, and then some leftover collards and pinto beans.
  9. Wow, your transformation looks incredible dude. I read you upped your calories to over 4000. Any chance you could post what your typical diet is like? I'm having a really hard time getting anywhere close to 4000 cals a day and I would love some more food ideas / a sample diet plan for 4000 cals per day. Congrats again!
  10. 1 set of 6 chins at 138% of body-weight (using a backpack with weights in it). I shouldn't have gone so high for the 6th chin today, I kinda put my neck in a bad position for a second there. It has been 2 weeks since I did any chins. Or much of anything else for that matter. It has been 6+ months since I was in the gym. I can do everything at home except triceps it seems. A dip bar would be a good investment, but dips kinda mess with the wrists after a while. Today I had to work a 12 hr shift, so I didn't eat so well today, but still tried to get some cals in. Breakfastish: 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, glass of cranberry juice munchinging/lunch/dinner at work: ~800-900 cals (~30g protein) of sunflower seeds (the roasted salted kind.. yuck. I need to get to Earth Fare for some raw sunflower seeds!). 1/2 bar (300-350 cals) of really dark chocolate. Dessert after work: 1/2 of a large vegan pizza (frozen pizza crust soaked in olive oil with some veggies and spices and more olive oil on it) ~700-800 cals and not enough protein since I forgot the cashew cheese today. 2 tablespoons almond butter and some cranberry juice
  11. Took a month off seeing if the shoulder injury is going to get any better. it probably isn't. I don;t have much time for the gym lately. But I have been doing chin-ups every other day. I do as many wide pronated grip chins, then narrow the grip a bit and do a few more. rest 5-10 seconds, switch to a medium supinated grip and do a few more. rest 5-10 seconds and then do 2-3 more with a narrow supinated grip. today it went: 16,4,5,2 I need to get back into dips at least on weekends if nothing else. Also made the switch to all organic food. I spend more and am probably going to lose weight, but at least i won't be poisoning my body with chem residues or contributing to enviro degradation anymore.
  12. I was shocked to have a great workout today, despite having taken a week off from the gym. I tried to eat really well while camping (fire-roasted bagels with avocado and tomato were definitely a highlight!) and even after all the beer, I still managed to lose three or four pounds : ( Hiking was fun and I got to do some rock climbing around a waterfall before I busted my ass! 3 servings oatmeal (15g protein), vitamin c pill, multivitamin, lots of sunflower kernels (15-25 g protein) , 1.5 bananas, peanut butter banana fruit smoothie (20+g protein), and tacos with beans, tomatoes, and guacamole (30g protein). 1 awkward lopsided muscle-up rest another awkward lopsided muscle-up rest another awkward lopsided muscle-up rest another awkward lopsided muscle-up Incline bench press: 100x10, 100x10, 120x10, 135x8, 135x8, 135x7 4 sets of 10 chin-ups in between sets of benching. Then 2 sets of 5-6 chin-ups afterward. The shoulder still hurts like a bitch (after workouts, usually not during).
  13. i didn't mean to be rude earlier, it just looked like you were kinda mocking the OP.
  14. Why would you post on this thread just to imply that Boardn10 doesn't know what he is talking about? He is the one with the sickness so he and his doc probably have a better idea of what is going on than whatever dictionary you looked up the term in. And for the record, wikipedia states that, although rare, human cases do indeed occur. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babesiosis best of luck Boardn10
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