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  1. Tag, Jean! Congratulations on your new workout addiction! You are among friends. You're already doing all the right things regarding nutrition: recognizing that an omnivorous trainer may not be the best source for information, seeking out and finding places like Vegan Bodybuilding where you can ask questions, experimenting with new ideas as you go along and seeing if they work for you. And you've acquired the most important tool of all, awareness of your body and the signals it's sending you. This is the quickest and most powerful way to health, as you know, simply because it allows you to know right away whether something is keeping you in balance or throwing you off. With that skill alone, you will do very well no matter which route you take. Have fun reading through posts and gathering ideas, try out the things that resonate with you, discard the rest for now. Every person's body and mind is different so what feels right will be right for you. Bis später! Baby Herc
  2. ?! I wasn't aware of that. I was just warned that the aroma could be a put off, no one said anything about getting sick. Hmmm. Durian may be off my list, now. Too, bad, because it sure does have a lot of goodies in it, especially a bizarre high concentration of protein and vitamin C: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2088/2 Baby Herc
  3. My favorite comedian of all time. Watch these in order, the joke is continued....
  4. Another good reason to be vegan....
  5. Jase, those look so tempting. I love tasting new things. We have an Asian import market here in Portland, Oregon, that has fresh Durian. I liked the smell despite how everyone warned me about it. How do you prepare it? Or do you just eat both fruits raw most of the time? Baby Herc
  6. When I do segments of raw veganism the same thing happens to me. It's just the increased water and fiber content flushing you out. You'll go through vitamins and minerals faster and may want to consider a supplement or two but it's your call. If you're not concerned and experience no symptoms that you want to change, just go with the flow! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) You could print this out and put it on the wall in your bathroom, but only if you live alone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_stool_scale Baby Herc
  7. Have fun! Your ass will enjoy it, literally and figuratively. I can be found there, 24/7, day or night. In my case, I sure hope so. Baby Herc
  8. Well...I bought a bomber of the infamous Southern Tier's Imperial Pumking and prepared to be amazed. I'm still waiting to be amazed. Okay, it is good--it has a nice subtle pumpkin pie flavor that hits you like an afterthought. You can even taste the whipped cream on top, though it's totally vegan. I guess I was just expecting something thicker and sweeter. I favor the kind of beer you have to sip or else, the stuff you can stick a fork up in. This was very mild compared to the imperial stouts I'm used to. At 8.5%, you can't not feel it and I can see it going very well with a nice vegan Thanksgiving dinner. But stock up now, it's a limited release every year. I had to woo a local New Seasons beer sommelier to tell me when his one case came in stock. It'll be sold out by the end of Labor Day weekend, mark my words. Baby Herc http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/3818/38394 http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/southern-tier-pumking/77640/ http://www.stbcbeer.com/stbc/our-beers/seasonals/seasonal-imperial/pumking-beer-page/ http://www.slashfood.com/2009/09/28/southern-tiers-pumking-imperial-pumpkin-ale-beer-of-the-week/ http://www.thebrewsite.com/pumpkin-beer-week-imperial-pumking/ http://www.halftimebeverage.com/browse.cfm/southern-tier-pumking-12-22oz/4,2118.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-JHautu9F4
  9. Wow, Pittylove, that's quite a journey! You are doing spectacularly well, considering, if your levels of testosterone are at 110. I'm impressed with your determination to exercise. Keep the faith and keep looking for what you need, I know you'll figure it out. Somewhere out there is the answer and with that determination of yours, you'll find it. Baby Herc
  10. Yaaaaaay! I knew you could do it! Road Runner can suck it! HIIT sprints will build the density and strength in those tootsies faster. Baby Herc
  11. Just send me a ticket, I'm packed and ready. What's a fruit that you love that we probably can't get here in the US very well? Baby Herc
  12. There's no hatred like international sports hatred. http://comedians.jokes.com/vic-henley/videos/vic-henley---international-sports
  13. Oh, man, I just had a flashback to a highly weird man I dated many years ago who ate the same thing every night: a plate of 16-bean made with water in a crock pot, a piece of Ak-Mak, and a large leaf of red cabbage. I mean EVERY NIGHT--no spices, no oils, no flavor to speak of. I just know he was shopping for a stay at home wife. Baby Herc
  14. markanthony, doing a special kind of assisted squats might be a pain-relieving alternative. I learned this technique from a body building physical therapist who took pity on me when a doctor told me to stop hiking and doing squats altogether. (Never! ) Use an unangled or only very slightly angled Smith Machine, load up with about 20% of what you normally do (to practice with and get your form down), and use a neck cuff if you feel like it. Position yourself for a regular squat but take a short step forward away from the bar and then lean backwards onto it. Keep pushing back into the bar as you go down into a perfect seated position, toes slightly outwards, and flex your glutes and hams as hard as you can at the lowest point. Push up from your heels using these muscles so that your knees and quads aren't stressed. The only tricky part is leaning back into the bar while balancing it not-quite-on-top of your shoulders. If she had her feet two inches farther forward, she'd be doing what the physical therapist described: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nr7x0OQRjY Baby Herc
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