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  1. My arms are showing definition, that's pretty frakkin awesome. Everyone's pictures in this thread are so amazing. Can't wait to see what the rest of this year has in store for VBB.com 04-29-2011
  2. I'm not one to consult on diet, but your workout set sounds good as long as your muscle groups are getting enough rest, which could be hard with 3 lifting days in a row. As far as the brutality starting May 1st, awesome! As far as it lasting 12 weeks, why not just keep it up forever? The way I lost 40 lbs and kept it off was by picking up a workout plan and staying consistent. I think you'll have much more long-term success if you pick a plan that will be your routine for years to come! Good luck!
  3. Welcome! Those are all great goals, can't wait to see what your detailed plans are. As far as uploading a video, you can click on Full Editor in the reply box at the bottom of this thread and choose Upload Attachment and then choose the file from your computer. If that doesn't work, there's plenty of sites online that will host your videos (vimeo, youtube, twitvid, etc).
  4. Welcome! There's lots of great resources here, can't wait to see your progress!
  5. Okay, server has been rebuilt, managed to get everything restored from backup and all should be good now. That was a ridiculous amount of work . Been working out, finished my TRX program and joined my local gym (a 4 minute jog away from my apartment) and have been lifting weights 4x a week and running the other 3. I think I've lost a bit more stomach fat and am progressing well! Here's all the pictures that I've taken since my last post. http://frodux.org/VBB/03-04.jpg 03-04-2011 http://frodux.org/VBB/04-01.jpg 04-01-2011 http://frodux.org/VBB/04-08.jpg 04-08-2011 http://frodux.org/VBB/04-15.jpg 04-15-2011
  6. Okay, I'll throw my hat into the ring. Accountability is always a good thing! http://frodux.org/VBB/before/1.jpg http://frodux.org/VBB/before/2.jpg No flexing, no posing, just relaxed. Need to work on the belly! http://frodux.org/VBB/before/3.jpg Flexing upper body, have built up some muscle over the last few months, just need to trim down to show it off. http://frodux.org/VBB/before/4.jpg http://frodux.org/VBB/before/5.jpg The lighting is kind of crappy (stupid webcam!) but here are my quads and calves flexed. They've always been pretty muscular and trim, I love running and biking! Quads could use a little more work, I'll just have to run harder, work harder, and eat even better!
  7. tebriel


    Welcome! Hopefully you'll learn all the awesome benefits of a vegan diet/lifestyle (both for the animals and nutritionally) and stick around! I look forward to seeing your progress.
  8. No, the Apple Juice has only 1 ingredient and that's apples. The vegetable stock I make myself, so it's just a bunch of veggie scraps that I save from other meals and then make the stock out of the leftovers I don't add salt or oil. The graham crackers do not contain trans-fats. But I'll definitely cut back on nuts and seed oils and add more steamed veggies to the menu. Thanks!
  9. Dinner #1 was a huge salad with mixed greens, carrots, and radishes all with 1.5C fresh-cut pineapple, & 1C quinoa. Gotta figure out what dinner #2 is!
  10. @vege thanks for the support and honest criticism, this is exactly what I need. As far as cardio here's my running schedule: Tuesday: 10 min warmup, 4x5 min hills with 5 min easy inbetween, 10 min cool down. (average 6.2 mi) Thursday: 10 min warmup, 2x10 min Threshold with 5 min easy inbetween, 10 min cool down. (average 5.2 mi) Saturday: 10 min warmup, 35 min at hard tempo, 10 min cool down (average 7 mi) Sunday: 1.25hr easy-moderate run. (average 7.9-8.0 mi) Mon/Thurs I do lower body work like lunges, squats, bicycles, leg curls, hip presses, and core work such as planks plus bleed-over like curls, triceps presses, and rotations (all in the TRX) Tues/Fri I do upper body like incline presses (pushups from a handstand position), pushups, rows, chest presses, shoulder stuff (Y Deltoid Raise, T Deltoid Fly, and Low Deltoid Fly) along with core exercises such a suspended pendulums and pikes (all in the TRX) I started tracking my diet in great detail this past week, so here's an overview: Breakfast-1: Kamut Flakes or Raisin Bran with blueberries and soy milk. 2 Bagels (sometimes with hummus and sprouts), 8 oz of Apple Juice, 12 oz of coffee. Breakfast-2: 1 Banana and 2 scoops of Vega Health Optimizer Lunch-1: 1 or 2 Apples, some sort of sandwich (like a tempeh reuben marinated and grilled, not fried, I can't eat any fried foods, they really upset my stomach) (or PB & Agave Nectar) Lunch-2: 1.5 C of home made soup such as Carrot Bisque (carrots, onions, garlic, seasonings, veg stock, and coconut milk) or Lentil Soup and a small mixed greens salad with a Flax Seed Oil vinaigrette Dinner-1: Varies, but often it involves a burrito (tortilla, black/pinto beans, rice, salsa, guac, onion, lettuce) Dinner-2: 2 Scoops Garden of Life Raw Meal, piece of fruit or graham crackers, some sort of grain (quinoa, brown rice, etc) Snacks: Clif bars, extra fruit, carrots, radishes, celery, other raw veggies Water consumption: about 1 Gallon incl Protein Drinks Average Calories: 3800 Average Protein: 160g Average Fat: 100g Average Carb: 516g Any advice, tips, suggestions you could give me would be great, I'm kind of feeling my way around by using tips from Robert's book (like 1g of protein per lb, eat lots [previously I was getting about 2000-2500 calories]) and finishing out the current workout routine that I started (TRX Force). I don't like to do something part way, I'm going to see the 12 week Force program to the end (only 2 more weeks). From your advice I should cut back on things like my 2 morning bagels, switch my lunch sandwiches to wraps, add an extra salad (or double down on the small one) and switch to lemon juice for my dressing. I very infrequently use salt, and only in recipes, I never add seasoning to any food once it's cooked, but I'll be sure to stay away from it as well. I do use olive oil for anything that I sauté, but I'll find recipes that don't require that to avoid eating the oil for a bit. Thanks and I look forward to any tips/suggestions that you have!
  11. @lobsteriffic @VeganGirl2006 yes, kitties are awesome, I never want them to be sad! Thanks for the welcome! @vege Thanks, it's very unusual for someone my age (27) to have it. Gastroparesis usually occurs in older people (60/70+) But yes, I do love miso! I have both dark and light in the fridge and add some tofu, sprouts, green onions and noodles for a tasty snack. And I let the soup cool just a bit after boiling to not destroy the enzymes. That sound about right?
  12. Okay, so, let's play a game of catch-up real quick so that I can start showing progress moving forward! Please reply to this thread if the images aren't loading, they're hosted on my home server right now, but I'll move them somewhere else if that isn't sufficient! http://frodux.org/VBB/plus40.jpg This is from a few years ago before I lost 40 lbs by cooking at home (instead of eating McDonalds daily. Makes me sick to imagine that I ever did that. http://frodux.org/VBB/12-31.jpg This is from my second week of working out again (12/31). Starting to show some definition and regaining lost muscle. http://frodux.org/VBB/1-14.jpg This is from my fourth week of working out again (1-14). Really starting to feel good about my body. http://frodux.org/VBB/2-8.jpg This is from 2-8, week 6 of the TRX Force workout, 7th week working out (felt like I needed to repeat a week). http://frodux.org/VBB/2-25.jpg http://frodux.org/VBB/2-25-2.jpg These are from this past thursday (2-25). Finishing out week 10 of the TRX Force program, week 11 of working out as I caught a cold for 3 days, I repeated a week. I don't think these pictures show off what I've built too well, but they're still showing improvement, it's hard to pose and take the picture in a mirror with a 1st generation iPhone! I'll post again in 2 weeks with the next set of pictures, I'll be done with the TRX Force workout and headed on to kettle bells the week after that! Thanks for the support. Chris
  13. Hi! My name is Chris, nice to meet you. ::shakes hands around the room:: I'm a software developer, been vegan for about 1.5 years (have previously yo-yoed between vegan/veg and omni, but that's a tale for another post). I've been training off and on for about 3 years, doing lots of random stuff like: running, cycling, weight training, capoeira, TRX, and kettle bells. I've never had a specific goal in mind, just "get in shape" was always my goal. After some long hard thinking about 4 months ago, I decided that I wanted to actually build muscle, tone up, and be able to run long distances (ie. half/full marathons). My current goal is to outgrow my favorite shirt (it's an american apparel medium (which is kind of like a small medium) with my arms and chest. Why Vegan? I've always felt close to animals, and I've always been bothered by eating them or forcing them to give me something that they make just so that I could sustain myself. For a few years after my first failed attempt at being Vegan (I wasn't committed, educated, nor did I know anyone who could support me) I just ignored that voice (that I believe exists in everyone's head) that says "don't eat me! I have a mom too, she'd be sad to see this!" After those years I became sick with a condition named Gastroparesis*. I did a lot of research on how the stomach processes/handles food and realized that what would make my condition a lot easier on myself would be doing what I had known was right all along. I'm now happier than I have ever been, I'm in much better shape, and I almost never notice any side effects from my medicine nor my condition. Things could not be better! Why Vegan Body Building? I saw that Robert was selling his book at 1/2 price to benefit a sad kitty. I cannot say no to sad kitties, so I immediately ran to paypal (yes, you CAN run on the internet) and happily handed over my money for this awesome book and for a sad kitty! Training Routine? I constantly doing something active. Tu/Th/Sa/Sun I run, M/Th I do lower body muscle work and Tu/Fri I do upper body muscle work. Both sets of muscle work bleed over into the other and both are heavily focused on core strength/stability. Right now I'm doing the TRX Force trainer program (lots of functional strength training and core work) to build up a base set of muscle and endurance to move back in to kettle bells (which are my true weight love). I'm going to go over to the progress pictures thread and throw some pictures of before (back before I lost 40 lbs), then right when I started working out, and where I am now. Everyone in this form sounds super supportive and I'm very excited to be a part of this community! Thanks, Chris *Gastroparesis is basically that the Vagus Nerve which controls the emptying of the stomach just doesn't function. Food will sit in my stomach forever and never leave. It gets quite painful, but thankfully there's medication to help. Unfortunately it's an anti-biotic which just has the side effect of stimulating the Vagus Nerve, so I'm on an anti-biotic 1x a day, for the rest of my life...probiotics are my friend!
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