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  1. Hi Mike! What a great story you have! Thanks for joining the site, and welcome to the VB&F community! There are so many people here with so many different experiences, goals, stories, etc. I'm sure you'll find lots of helpful information. And I hope you'll feel free to leave helpful information for others, too! We're all here to build one another up!
  2. "Amen" to Mina's words above! I absolutely agree! That's been my experience as well. I'm also very proud of you!
  3. AAAGGGGHHHHH! BOTH of these things are so awesome!!!! Great job promoting veganism and fitness, Kane! You rock!!!
  4. You're so sweet, Kelly! I love that you love posting here! Thanks for your words of encouragement. Yes, I am now back home, but hopefully only temporarily. I am applying for a new job, which if (when!) I get it, would (will!) involve moving out-of-state. (Trying to think/speak positively! ) Hopefully, I'll be able to say more about it soon! Got a run in yesterday and am looking forward to doing some more weights. I like doing them, but think I'm figuring out that I don't like doing them alone. I prefer to do them with a partner. Hmm... I'll have to get over that pronto! Your workouts are inspiring, for sure!
  5. Yesterday I did 5K on the treadmill, followed by 20 minutes on the stationary bike. My run wasn't awesome, but considering that I hadn't really run much the past couple weeks, I felt pretty good about it. I ran most of it, with a couple short breaks (I stopped the clock for those) and several minutes of walking. Overall, it was 38:27. Again, not amazing, but I felt good about it nonetheless. I'm also learning that I like running outside more than I thought. Running on the treadmill is starting to bore me, but the main thing is that I overheat. Running outside helps keep me cooler and able to sustain longer, I think. A couple of times I've ran on treadmills that had a built-in fan or had a fan closeby, and that helped a lot. But at my gym, there are no fans. Yesterday's food was oatmeal with chia and blueberries, a couple of Odwalla bars, bean and spinach burritos, and popcorn with peach habanero hot sauce. (Mmmmm!) Should've had more fruits/veggies. Was dealing with a headache the past couple of days, though, so I was probably choosing more comfort foods. Back at it today!
  6. Okay, good to know. Haha! I'm such the antithesis of a morning person, so I'm always amazed by people who can hop out of bed and function immediately, let alone exercise! Keep up the awesome work! How's the vegan "thing" going for you?
  7. Welcome! Great start, and good luck with your continued journey!
  8. CONGRATULATIONS, SHERRIE!!!!!!! Or should I say "ConGRADulations"!?!?!?! And a Happy Belated Birthday to you! Wow, what an exciting week or so it has been for you! Keep up the great work, and I hope your training and nutrition program is going well, too.
  9. Congratulations, Lisa, for getting back in the swing of things with a great run yesterday! Good job!
  10. Kelly, I'm so proud of you! You are so incredible for keeping up with your fitness and nutrition routine while enjoying your vacation! Very admirable! And I also love that you got your husband working out with you! So great! Hope you're enjoying getting back into the routine of "normal" life again. You're doing so great!
  11. Hey Adam! Do you do those crunches first thing in the morning, right out of bed? Or when do you find is the best time for you to do them? Hope all's well!
  12. Heading back home tomorrow, but finally got in some decent exercise today. There's been a little here and there over the past couple weeks of traveling, but not nearly enough. Anyway, here was today's workout: ~5 minute jog to gym Mountain climbers: 4 sets x 25 Arm Circles: 2 sets x 10 of 4 sizes, both arms DB hammer curls: 12.5 lbs x 10 each arm 15 lbs x 12 each arm 20 lbs x 8 each arm 15 lbs x 12 each arm DB concentration curls: 12.5 lbs x 10 each arm 15 lbs x 10 each arm 15 lbs x 10 each arm 15 lbs x 9 each arm Standing 2-arm straightbar bicep curls: 30 lbs x 10 30 lbs x 10 30 lbs x 8 30 lbs x 10 Reverse grip straightbar bicep curls: 25 lbs x 8 (or 10, couldn't remember) 25 lbs x 10 25 lbs x 10 25 lbs x 10 ~5 minute jog home
  13. Hi! Buy rice and dried beans from the bulk section and cook lots of them once or twice a week for eating throughout the entire week. That's super, super cheap!
  14. Glad you're feeling so great with whole foods! Keep up the great work in all aspects!
  15. Wow! Impressive, Colin! Glad your little girl is feeling better, too.
  16. Yaaaay! That's so awesome that you're planting a veggie garden! That's a dream of mine for "someday". Also happy you ordered a vegan Bodybuilding shirt. Awesome!!
  17. I love reading your journal, Lisa. So inspiring! Glad you're feeling great!
  18. Hey Kelly! Sorry to hear about the loss in your family. Hope you're doing okay. And I hope you had a fun boxing workout!
  19. I've been traveling a lot lately, so haven't worked out a whole lot either. Glad you got some in this weekend, though! Have a great week ahead!
  20. Kane! I love what you said about wearing the shirts, and the impact that can have. I was working the VeganBodybuilding table at Seattle VegFest this weekend, and I told several people the same thing. Some people worry about not looking enough "like a bodybuilder" or fit enough to wear a shirt that advertises bodybuilding. While I can somewhat see their point, I also tell them that it's not necessarily about saying "Hey, look at me, I'm a vegan bodybuilder." But, it's about bringing awareness to the website and the concept that, yes, you can be vegan and extremely fit at the same time. It's about being a walking billboard for the website and hoping people will be curious enough to go check out the website and see the profiles, pictures, videos, and articles. Anyhow, glad to see you putting that into practice, and thanks so much for your support!! Hope you had a great weekend. Karen
  21. I didn't exercise yesterday, and so even though I'm getting ready for a long trip and leaving very early tomorrow morning, I was determined to fit some exercise in today. So, I went to the gym this evening, thinking I would get a run in. I figured that since I was kinda short on time, and I also thought this would be a good thing to do anyway, I figured I'd run a shorter duration -- 20-25 minutes -- but at a faster speed. So, I set the treadmill to 6.0 mph. That's the speed I was able to run at several weeks ago when 20 minutes was part of my Couch-to-5K training. But, damn, I just couldn't keep at it tonight. I had to stop every several minutes for a 20-30 second break. And even at that, I backed the speed down to 5.5 mph. I SUCKED! I'm not sure which would have felt worse/better: A) skipping the gym today (which would probably make it 3 days in a row, since I'll be traveling all day tomorrow), but believing I could easily run a shorter duration at a faster speed, or B) going and sucking so badly. Oh well. My legs are aching and I'm just so very tired. I'm sure it was just a bad day. I'll be back at it soon. To be honest (and to answer your question, Lisa), I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym and doing some weights. It felt really good the other day. I would like to make it part of my routine, 2-3 times/week. We'll see how things go. So tired.... And still have packing to do. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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