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  1. Monday 3*28 Abs: Plank on Bosu: 1 min / 2 sets Ceiling reaches: 4kg 2 sets of 15 Leg Raises: 2 sets of 15 Hip Dips: 2 sets of 15 ***** Lower Body: Bosu Squats: 3 sets of 15 Bosu Jumps: 3 sets of 15 Calves: 45lbs inner/outer/mid 3 sets of 20 a piece Leg Press: 90lbs 12/12/15 Smith Lunges: 30lbs three sets of 12 Tuesday 3*29 Abs: Push up plank, alternating every 20 seconds, 2 sets of 1 min Ceiling reaches: 5kg 2 sets of 15 Leg Raises: 2 sets of 15 Hip Dips: 2 sets of 15 Bicycle Crunches: 2 sets of 30 ***** Push Ups (Knees): 3 sets, 10/12/15 Bench Press: 45lbs 3 sets of 15 DB Lat Raises: 5lbs 3 sets of 15 DB Press: 10lbs 3 sets of 15 21’s: 25lbs 3 sets of 21 Bench Dips: 3 sets of 15 Cable Rows: 70/50/65lbs 3 sets of 15 DB Curls: 10lbs 3 sets of 15 Wednesday 3*30 (Notes: I really…really…really hurt today) Abs: Push up plank, alternating every 20 seconds, 2 sets of 1 min Ceiling reaches: 5kg 2 sets of 15 Leg Raises: 2 sets of 15 Hip Dips: 2 sets of 15 Bicycle Crunches: 2 sets of 30 ***** Lower Body: Leg Press: 90lbs 3 sets of 15 Calves: 45lbs inner/outer/mid 3 sets of 20 a piece DB lunges: 25lbs 3 sets of 15 per leg Bosu Squats: 3 sets of 15 Additional Notes: Yes I know I punked out today, but I hurt :’( Thursday 3*31 Abs: Push up plank, alternating every 20 seconds, 2 sets of 1 min Ceiling reaches: 5kg 2 sets of 15 Leg Raises: 2 sets of 15 (did 2 sets of 15 for side lunges today instead of hip dips, shoulder was hurting) Bicycle Crunches: 2 sets of 30 Upper Body: Push ups (Knees): first two sets were on an incline before my shoulder bugged me. 10, 12 and 15. Did a cardio warm up: Jogging, Jumping Jacks, Heismans, Heismans with step, power squats. 1 min a piece, 30 second rest in between x 2 Drills: (something my trainer made me do a while back.) Three tiers on the little man made bench things <_< Step up DB Curl with 10s 3 sets of 15 for right leg. Step up DB Shoulder press with 8lbs 3 sets of 15 for left leg. DB Curls: 10lbs 3 sets of 15 DB lat raises: 5lbs 3 sets of 15 DB Press: 10lbs 3 sets of 15 Tricep Extensions: 45/50/45lbs 3 sets of 15 Cardio Notes: Ran on the f**king treadmill for 20 minutes with intervals of 7.0 for 20 seconds each minute and an avg. speed of 4.5-5.0. I hated life. Seriously I wanted to die. There’s got to be a better hwey. I’m a bit worn out tonight, so I’ll be posting my food diary on the ‘morrow. Cheers everyone! I do have before pictures <_< but I’m a little bit *squeal* about posting them without some afters to show how awesome I am (lol) so once I muster up some guts, I’ll put em up.
  2. http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g258/AilishReborn/18404.jpg My name’s Taija, “T” for all my wonderful friends, who after years, still can’t pronounce my name correctly. I recently decided to browse around the forums again, as I’ve finally made the commitment to start working out regularly. As I was doing a little bit of snooping through other’s fitness journals/logs I noticed a lot of feedback from other members of the site as well as the occasional “Hey where are you? How’s your training going??” if the OP hadn’t posted for some time. This was very encouraging and I decided to go ahead and post my own for that extra liability. Criticism is welcome!!! Especially with the food journal when I start posting. Almost three years ago I went Vegan overnight…literally overnight. Which means I didn’t have the greatest eating habits. My diet is literally carbs, carbs and more carbs on top of carbs. Thanks to a couple books *Thrive Fitness has amazing recovery drinks and recipes* I’m working on a more whole food and in some cases raw vegan diet to help me reach my goals. However, in doing so I lost 90 pounds accidentally and I’ve always wanted to really give body building and gym ratism a good shot. There were several times I went to the gym with high hopes and would only last about a week or so, but I just wasn’t ready. I feel this time is different because I felt a genuine change in my attitude, something I haven’t felt in a long time and I actually look forward to going to the gym, and even inspired a friend to start tagging along with me. So here’s to gettin’ shredded My Stats: Height: 5’10 Weight: 185 (x_x) Biceps: R: 12 1/8 L: 12 Waist: 32 Hips: 38 Thighs: R: 20 L: 20 Calves: 15/15 My Goals: I’m going to be straight, ever since I read up on Marzia Prince’s profile on the site about a year ago I’ve had an Idol Crush on the woman. She’s only an inch away from my height, and I feel that once I get to where I want to be, our frames are very similar so I feel she’s a great inspiration to get my butt in the gym 6 days a week. Where I’m hoping to be weight wise is in the 135-140. What I’m doing now: I spend about an hour a day weight training in the gym, and unfortunately where I fall short of my motivation is when my eyes rest on the dreaded treadmill. I despise running with a fiery burning passion. I feel like the elliptical is a waste of time as even if I’m pushing out every ounce of strength I have on the damn thing, it just falls SO short of running. Stationary bikes are so droll I get insatiable urges to drive spoons into my eyes. I own P90X and Insanity. My plan is, next week to start doing Insanity in the mornings *wheezing breath* and weight training in the evenings *L glutamine and ambien here I come* to hopefully offset the need for running on a treadmill. Areas of needed improvement: Cardio for sure Learning to efficiently and accurately count calories // Portion sizes. (I have a massive stomach) I haven’t been keeping a food diary, I’m going to start today and I have a weeks worth of work outs logged since I’ve been back to the gym. Cheers!
  3. Thanks guys for the welcome, this website is really insightful!
  4. Hey, My name’s Taija, Most can’t pronounce my name on the first try so “T” has been the trend. I decided to become Vegan utterly and completely overnight when I was 18. I was watching this show Taboo, curled up with my two dogs on the couch and an episode of the show came on where they did a documentary on Korea and how they bred the cutest little dogs to skin them alive and eat them. I remember hugging my dogs and looking at them, thinking “How could anyone ever want to eat you guys?”…Then my step dad walked in the house and yelled “Barbecue is ready!” Needless to say, I felt like a hypocrite. I had a salad instead. My mom decided to take the journey with me that night after I was on the computer researching vegetarian and veganism for several hours. So it was nice to have some support going through that =) She was a great cook too, but I couldn’t live with her forever! I’m 20 years old and before going Vegan I had horrible eating habits: Fast food, piled cheese on everything I ate (Ice cream once, it wasn’t a pleasant experience), it was bad. I got to about 225lbs and after going Vegan that dropped dramatically to 165ish in a couple of months and that’s where I’ve stayed. I was never really into fitness until just recently and I have to admit, I am completely out of my element. I was primarily raised by my dad, bless his heart, but the most he ever cooked growing up was Spaghetti and Steak, so I didn’t really learn any culinary skills aside from “buy, open box, throw in microwave” or “get in car, drive through the drive thru, food magically appears in lap” I just recently started learning how to cook for myself, now that I’m on my own. after (I just realized I’m prattling on and I’m sounding kind of pathetic. Who the heck is 20 and can’t cook? Especially vegans?!) I take a multivitamin as well as B12, L Glutamine, and I take Pea Protein powder (Absolutely love the stuff) after my trainer told me 25g of protein with every meal. I tried to get a little bit of everything, so my diet pretty much consists of: Spaghetti, Portabello Mushroom Burgers marinated in teriyaki sauce, salad (ugh), Tofu veggie stirfry, Whole wheat tortillas with Soyrizo (aren’t these names ridiculous?) and salsa, and quinoa pilaf. I’ll make smoothies with almond milk(I don’t mind the soy milk, but I prefer the taste of almond) and frozen fruits. I eat fresh fruits and I’ll usually eat Celery w/ peanut butter or cut up carrots every day for my snacks. I’ll buy the veggie soy meat products and make sandwiches too. Sad to say, but that’s pretty much the span of how I’ve been living for two years with the occasional Miso/Veggie Broth soups or occasional experimentations from my cookbook. So, as I said earlier, I recently got involved in fitness. I hired a personal trainer and I think he’s good as far as work outs go but he gave me a little shopping list and little guidance. He’s not vegan, so I don’t think he understands that I need help with my diet. I have no idea about anything what so ever when it comes to working out and what your body needs besides protein. I checked out the site for a couple days before joining the forums (You all seem so nice  so I decided to join) and I looked at a couple of the diet plans and tried them as a general guideline, but I don’t know if those are the kinds of diets I need. I look at some of them and think “Holy hell that’s a lot of food, is this diet supposed to be for a guy looking to put on 50lbs of muscle? Or a girl that’s trying to tone, reduce body fat and only build muscle in certain areas? Does the diet translate to both genders?” I want my goal weight to get down to 150-155 tops. I’m 5’10’’. However, I am looking for help with a solid eating plan that I can depend on to help me with my work outs, if anyone could help me with that it would be greatly appreciated. I’m sure I’ll have more questions, but that’s the big one I’m focused on right now. Looking forward to chatting with you all =) Meanwhile, I'll be browsing the forums =D -Thanks, T!
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