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  1. Hitting the gym again... Went with a nnice back and abs workout. Pull up's-rows-pull downs... felt really good to be back in the gym. And yes-plenty warm up this time. 5 minutes on the eliptical machine and streching. will hit shoulders and tri's tomorrow. Later!
  2. Thanks asparagus. Yeah major pain to have something like that happen when you are seeing results little by little. Will certainly try those forearm stretches and be more careful about proper warmup. Most times I workout at the end of the day and take being warmed-up for granted. Cheers!
  3. Been out of the gym (except for legs) due to a forearm injury on the top of my left arm. Went to do a second set of 55's for my DB bench press and felt something really wrong. Ugh!! I can't grow if i don't add weight/reps. At a loss for what's next... Hopefully can work my way back up... Just don't want to loose 8 months of gains. I believe it was either the Extensor Digitorum or the Extensor Carpi. Either way gotta lay low till they heal. it's been just a week, so hopefully I can get this behind me.
  4. Today I was back at it and hit shoulders and tri's. (on 5 days rest) I think this step of hitting each workout every 5 days will really pay off. That is roughly 4 extra workouts per month. And the rest time seems to be working. I hit a personal best on the tricep pull downs. 100lbs for 8 clean reps and 3 partials. (down to 85 after that) hitting 60lbs on my military presses. Don't know why but my overhead work is the slowest to increase weights on. I'm ok with it though as long as I am adding more weight or a few more reps each time. Ran the dog today too. Good workout for me because she loves to play fetch. She just doesn't run back to me after catching the ball! So I have to run to her. Hmmm... I think she knows exactly what she's doing. hey-it can't hurt to run a little more!
  5. Congrats on competeing in that race!! dang.. 48 minutes in the water... (I can barely last 30 minutes in the bath tub! ) Incredible to say the least. Oh and that getting kicked in the face thing. Next time I say wear those spiked gloves and see how many kick you then. Must be some 70's roller derby gear on ebay... Glad the knee hung in there. I'm sure that was a concern from time to time... You are on the East coast and they had vegan munchies at the end?? Wow-Very cool. Cruddy about the breathing.. I know for me anytime I enter a patch of scotchbroom or other types of plants, my throat starts itching and harder to breath if I'm working. Hopefully that's all it is. Thanks for such a great after race report. Fun to read. I can't agree more. Well done!!
  6. Nice going on the 40lb bicep curls... As far as the number of meals... It really comes down to planning ahead of time. (something I really have to work at) But it pays off big time. When I'm off to work, I use one those larger coolers with the single handle on top. My mid day meals have to add up to around 1200 calories/100 grams protein. (body builder workouts) The last 1000 calories and 125 grams protein I get at breakfast and meals/shakes at home after work. You already have a food journal going so big plus there. If you have not yet got Robert Cheeke's book, I would recomend it 1000%. Really helped me plan/stratagize meals/workout's etc...
  7. Today was actually back and abs day... I was a little off on my last post. Did great and felt good today for some reason. Best day on the T-bar rows Just eeked out 10 reps at 150lbs. (followed by 135x2 & 120x2 each with DD sets) Pull ups are still a struggle but grinding them out. Tomorrow will be shoulder and tri's. Plus legs Still dealing with waist fat! Probably ok as is with the greater amount of workout's I'm doing now. We'll see after the July 4th weekend.
  8. Have a great race and looking forward to your post race report. GO GET'EM!!!!!
  9. Yeah major congrats on the 2 year mark. Oh-And hitting over 90 seconds on the plank!! Freaking awesome strong core. Well done!
  10. Wow this is a VERY COOL journal And hitting more than 100lbs for your OH presses is just insane over a 16 week period. That is PROGRESS!! I swear as soon as I am more certain that my "not so great" lower back is strong enough, I would love to hit the 5X5 program for 16 weeks to see how I do. (And to throw a variation at my muscles) I'm one of those people that has my 4x5 cards and writes down weight/reps in the gym. No way I could track those things in my head. Good journals I feel are a big key to success to gaining the body you want. Looking forward to more posts!!
  11. Great couple of workout sessions the last few days. Wednesday hit the cardio and Thursday nailed chest and biceps. *Tonight will hit shoulders and tri's. Working towards 5 workouts per week and so far so good. Now just have to eat enough! Oh! Tried the 55's and pulled off 7 reps and 3 partial ones. Pretty happy with that. *update-did not hit shouders/tri's.. will do those today (saturday) triceps still felt a little sore-but good today!
  12. Yeah I am struggleing with that too. I have been increasing my carbs some, and going for 1.5 to 2 grams protien per pound of body weight. that has seemed to be a better target for me. (Bodybuilder training is my main thing right now) Keep a food journal? I really suggest it. That way you know where to make those subtle changes and what works best for you. I even use to plan my meals for the day. Make Sunday afternoon your "meal prep" time for the week. keep going for it.
  13. Dang... Wish I made progress like that in just 2 months... Freaking nice going!
  14. Ummm... Not unless I get a 5 minute running head start! Great definition/mass in the upper body... Dig the shoulders for sure. Vegan since Jan 2011?? Right On!!! You will love the change in your diet.
  15. Today is Wednesday June 8th and just doing cardio. (Including a fast paced mile with my doggie) Yesterday was a hard back and abs session. But worth it! Tomorrow will be chest and biceps done on 5 days rest. (Going to try the 55's again on the DB bench press!) Checked and since fall of last year, have gained 2.5" on my chest and 2" on my biceps!! Yee haw this is REALLY WORKING! Shoulders are bigger too. Never before have I ever had a chest and shoulders to be proud of. Ok-Ok... I'm not at my goal by any strech, but super happy I am moving in the right direction. Love seeing those veins pumping vegan goodies to rebuild my muscle tissue...
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