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  1. Yep, It's been a while. I probably should start a new thread. I need something to keep me honest right now. lol Maybe I'll name it KIM SMASH!
  2. You'll be fine, no worries. You're going to have a fantastic time I'm sure.
  3. Where are you going to be? I dig Veggie Galaxy and Veggie Planet. My Thai was pretty good too. I hear good things about the Clover food trucks, but haven't tried them. On the Cape, just go to Ptown. You can find a few places on Commercial that serve vegan food, and the whole place is super friendly. 100% agree on all the above. Ptown is my favorite place ever, it's like a gay Mr. Roger's neighborhood and it's awesome. There are some vegan friendly places there as well though I don't remember their names. lol And I have tried the Clover Food trucks...they are amazing. I've had their sandwiches and they make these rosemary and sea salt fries that are to die for, they even toss the fries in front of you which is awesome. I LOVE MY Thai and Veggie Galaxy is the bomb! I've heard Peace O'Pie in Allston is good though I haven't been there yet and there is also Grasshopper in Allston which I have also heard is good. There is a place called Life Alive in Cambridge, I haven't been to that one but they just opened up one close to me in Salem and it was amazing. So I am assuming the one in Cambridge is also delicious. Their smoothies are bitchin' Government center and Faneuil Hall are good places to check out. There are always things going on there, and there are street performers doing all sorts of different things. Plus it's very historical and cool to check out. Quincy Market which is sort of behind Faneuil hall and is a long building is just one big food court and they have indian and japanese places that are veggie friendly. My husband and I were just there this weekend and we went to Wagamama which is on one side of Quincy Market and they had some great veggie meals. You can also check out Fenway park or go to the Back bay near the Prudential center. It's personally one of my favorite places to walk around, probably because I used to lead a walking group there. The Prudential center is kind of cool, it's a very pretty expensive mall but it's still cool to walk around. Boylston street I believe is good for night life, I think all the clubs I have gone to are on Boylston near the park. The Aquarium is kind of neat and although I haven't been in a while the Museum of science is cool. You can also do whale watching or take a duck tour of the city. You could also take a train up to Salem, Ma which is about 30 minutes north of Boston. It's a nice walking town and because it's known for the witch trials you usually see some interesting people walking around. haha trust me I drive through every day, it's a good people watching town. Plus they do walking tours, there are witch museums and some neat little stores. Hopefully that's helpful. I didn't grow up in Boston but I've worked there for a few years and lived north of the area for a few more so I am just giving you the info that I know from experience. I'm sure someone from Boston can give you more info and better places to go. -Kim
  4. Thanks! Yes, I am thinking the way to go is to request a mini-fridge in the hotel and stock it full of fruits and veggies. Plus, I figure most restaurants that we may go to while there (my husband is a carnivore) will have vegetables even if they are side orders. So I can always order a bunch of sides. And I believe there are a couple of grocery stores near the hotel we're staying at so I think this will be good.
  5. KIM! Thank you so much, thank you for the thoughtful reply, this information has been tremendously helpful and so wonderful to meet you congratulations on your progress/transition to raw! so cool, this shift is! I love all the inspiration one can find on this subject alone, the amount of awareness and desire to follow this path has definitely increased! quite hopeful indeed! hope youre doing well this evening! blessings! I'm glad I could help out some. I look forward to following your progress. Good luck!! Kim
  6. Thanks for this link!!! I am travelling to Chicago in August and have been freaking out about the lack of vegan-friendly restaurants near the hotel I'm staying at. And the last time I flew was when I was vegetarian and I also wasn't the healthiest vegetarian at that. So, this is a new experience. I've definitely taken coolers filled with prepared foods and snacks when driving but I won't have that luxury with flying. I will have to try some of the tips on the blog. Plus I have a few months to prepare for the trip. Thanks!
  7. Welcome!!! I think you are looking great! I am personally trying to go the more raw vegan route as well. I'm about 80% to 90% raw right now. It definitely takes some getting used to and adjustments, but I feel so much better when I eat raw then when I don't. Also, I know this great guy who is a vegan athlete who focuses on Calisthenics. He has tons of videos and posts them on his Facebook page, his name is Frank Medrano and he is seriously inspirational. I would love to do some of the body weight exercises he does. His FB page is http://www.facebook.com/frank.medrano1 and you should check it out. He also has a web page that might help you get into the calisthenics as well, http://vegancalisthen-x.com/. He also has a interview on Cut and Jacked, http://www.cutandjacked.com/CutAndJacked-Interview-Calisthenics-Vegan-Frank-Medrano. There are a couple of raw vegan athletes too out there, one is Nathane Jackson, I also follow him on FB because he posts some recipes sometimes. Joanne Gero is another athlete who is raw. She also posts some recipes sometimes and her site is http://www.vibealive.ca/. Chana Serenity is another raw athlete. I'll end with a couple other athletes that I like to follow then leave you alone since I could keep going haha. Rich Roll and Claudia Lailhacar are both vegan athletes. After writing all of that, I've realized how many vegan athletes that there actually are these days. It's actually pretty amazing. I remember 10 years ago when I made the transition how little food options I felt I had and how I didn't know of any vegan/vegetarians out there never mind athletes. And now there are so many. It's quite hopeful. Hope I helped out some Kim
  8. Who is starting to feel muscle in her bum? THIS GIRL!!! That's bloody right ...I just can't wait until it's actually visible to other people. I'm pretty sure that once I attain my goal of a nice toned and fit body..I'm going to look for every damn excuse to walk around in a bathing suit or booty shorts. Maybe I'll move somewhere perpetually warm and then I can rock it all year round. I have about 3 more weeks of bulking and lifting heavy. Then, I'm going to spend the next few weeks doing circuit training and lifting mixed with HIIT to hopefully cut down some of the fat covering the muscles I've built. WOD: LEGS!!!! Leg Extensions 2 warm-up sets of 30: 60lb Barbell squat 2 light x 15 reps, 2 heavy sets to failure: 50lb light, 120lb heavy x 10 reps (I could probably go heavier and drop the reps) Leg Press 4x 8: 330lb Barbell Lunge 3x 20: 40lb Barbell Step-ups 3x 10: 40lb Plié Squat 3x 15: 25lb dumbbell Standing Calf Raise 3x20 last set to failure: 120lb, last 130lb x 30 reps Calf Raise on leg Press machine 3x 20 last set to failure: 320lb, last 320x 40reps
  9. So, I discovered last night the best dessert/treat OF ALL TIME!!! Seriously. It's delicious and still healthy. I usually roast a bunch of sweet potatoes on Sunday to have throughout the week as a snack. I usually do a huge batch on Sunday because those buggers take forever to bake through, and I bake them individually wrapped in tin foil. I usually then take one each morning and mash it with some cinnamon, and sometimes add sugar-free/cal free maple syrup (I know it's bad but I'm trying to ween myself off it and go 100% sugar and sugar alternative free). Well last night, inspired by my friend's craving for chocolate, I decided to add cocoa powder to my baked sweet potato and mash it up. I added a bit of the maple syrup and cinnamon...and then died from ecstasy after I tried it. It is seriously one of the tastiest things ever. I don't know why I didn't think to try this sooner. I've made a chocolate custard in the past that was made with acorn squash, so that's how I came up with the idea of using one of my sweet potatoes instead. This is almost a tie with the raw chocolate pudding I make with banana and avocado and dates, which is also equally delicious by the way. WOD: BACK!!! Assisted Pull-Ups 3x10: 110lb resistant (Super Set) Bent-over Barbell rows 3x8: 40lb Cable Rows 3x8: 60lb (End Super Set) Lat Pull down 3x10: 70lb One-arm Dumbbell row 3x8: 25lb, 30lb Hammer Strength Lat Pull down 3x10: 50x10 (too easy), 100x5, 100x5 Back Extensions 3x8: 25lb plate held 40 minute run on treadmill I didn't end up doing my second workout last night like I wanted to do...but I ended up doing a different workout instead which I think still counts (the one that involves a husband ;D). So I may or may not try and do the second work out tonight instead.
  10. If you end up in Boston I can do my best to help. I live north of Boston and used to work in the city.
  11. So I have really been trying to focus on making my legs stronger. Not only because I want them to look nice and muscular but because I have several tough races coming up and I want to make sure that my legs can carry me the distance. A couple of months ago I felt like I wasn't really working them hard enough, I was seeing progress in the rest of my body except my legs. So I started doing leg days on Monday's and Friday's since those are my off days for running. I started to lift heavier (though I still feel like I could be lifting heavier) but still haven't really been seeing a difference. Well, yesterday I felt one of my legs and was surprised to feel muscles. I haven't been able to see a difference, but I'm starting to feel a difference. There seems to be slightly less fat than before and a lot more muscle. I still have a ways to go and not just with my legs, but it's good to know that I'm still making progress even if I can't see it yet. I have also been meaning to take my body measurements again, but I lost the paper I have all of my numbers on from last time. I'm going to have to do a full house search for it so I can see if any progress was made from a few months ago. WOD: Shoulders! Military Press on hack machine 1 warm up set, 3x10: 10lb, 30lb (Super Set) Dumbbell Upright Row 3x10: 17lb Standing Dumbbell Press 3x10: 17lb (End Super Set) Incline Front Dumbbell Raise 3x10: 10lb Rear Delt Cable Flyes 3x10: 10lb Lateral Raise 3x10: 10lb Rear Delt Raise 3x10: 10lb 30 minutes of HIIT (30 second sprints followed by 30 seconds rest) at speeds 8 and 8.5 Note: looking at this, it's clear that my shoulders are still a pretty weak area. I dislocated my left shoulder twice a few years ago, and it's one of the reasons I try to continually lift weights. It's still a weak area and I need to consciously make a better effort to build strength here. The stronger they are the less likely I'll dislocate it again (I was told if it dislocates again I will have to have surgery). Yesterday: I did arms yesterday morning but was too lazy to post it here. Last night I also ran 4 miles with a 5 pound backpack and loved feeling every muscle in my legs work. I usually do 6 miles on tuesday nights but felt that my legs are still a bit tired from the work they did over the weekend and Monday's Leg day.
  12. I definitely worked up a sweat today with my workout. I also had a woman approach me at the gym while in between my leg extension sets and ask me if I was a trainer there. I told her I wasn't, but thanked her for the compliment. Made me feel pretty awesome. I am slowly starting to increase the weights for my legs because I feel like I should be lifting a bit heavier. I am not seeing as much change in my legs as I would like. I am just going to keep at it because I know that these things take considerable time. Also, I ran 16 miles Saturday morning....16 MILES!!!!! I wanted to throw up when I got home and just laid on the floor for a bit because I couldn't do much else without shaking. But I was so proud of myself, it's the longest and farthest I have ever run. 2 years ago I would have told you you were smoking something if you mentioned me running anything more than a couple of miles. And here I am running 16. Of course, I tell my friends and family this and a lot of them ask me why? Why would I want to run that long or that far? Or, am I still doing that weight loss thing? I've come to find comfort and support in my new fitness and athletic friends that I have made within the last year or so, because they understand these things like no one else. They are the ones cheering me on when I announce my first unassisted pullup or the inkling of an oblique outline in my stomach. I am thankful for a forum like this as well for providing this support as well. I also seem to be struggling with my diet on the weekends still. It's getting better, but it looks like for a few months most of my weekends will consist of traveling and driving. I am going to have to start packing all my food and actually eating it. I made a wonderful salad sunday for lunch, but ended up making and eating a sammich(yes sammich) later, which partly screwed up everything. It wasn't a horrible sammich, hummus with tofurky slices on a gluten free wrap. But I don't really eat hummus unless it doesn't have oil in it and is homemade, and tofurky defeats the purpose of the GF wrap. I try and stay away from processed foods and gluten which includes all fake meats. Well, I think I'm done ranting for now. WOD: LEGS Leg Extensions 2 light x30: 60lb Leg Press 4x8: 330lb Calf Raises on leg Press 3x20: 330lb Barbell squats 2 light x15, 2 heavy to failure: 50lb for light, 110lb x10 and 120lb x 8 Barbell Lunges 3 x20: 40lb Barbell Step-ups 3x 10: 40lb Plié Squat 3 x15: 20lb Standing Calf Raises 3x20: 120lb PM WOD: Circuit x 3 Bulgarian Squats x 10 each leg Skate Hops x 15 each way Mountain climbers x 20 each leg V-ups x 20 Hold v-up or boat pose x 20 seconds 50 push-ups 300 crunches
  13. So, contemplating starting a progress feed with photos. I see a lot of people posting theirs and I love looking through them for inspiration. I think it might help me keep track of how I'm doing. We shall see. If I get a chance this weekend to take some photo's then I'll attempt to do that.
  14. Last night's run with my buddy was pretty fun. It was a short run, maybe lasted 20 minutes, but it was all up hill or down hill. So it was a good workout. And my friend's running pace is a bit faster than mine so it definitely pushed me a bit, which is always good. WOD: LEGS!!!! Leg Extensions 3x10: 110lb Leg Press 3x10: 320lb Calf Raise on Leg Press 3x10: 320lb Barbell Squat on Hack 3x10: 100lb Barbell Lunge 3x10: 30lb Single-leg deadlift 3x10: 25lb Lying Leg Curls 3x10: 50lb Standing Calf Raise 3x10: 120lb PM WOD: Alternating forward lunges x 10 each leg (hold dumbbells by hips) Plie Squat x 12 X-climbers x 20 each leg Penguins x 20 each way
  15. I think I am starting to get back in to the groove again. I have 3 more months until the Spartan Sprint, 4 months until the Spartan Beast and 5 months until my marathon! Oy I need to kick up the weekly mileage for sure. I'm currently stuck at 14 miles at a time. I need to pick it up to at least 16 miles by the end of the month. WOD: Chest & Tri's!! Wide push-ups 3x10 Incline Dumbbell Press 3x10: 25lb Flat Bench Flyes 3x10: 17lb Decline Flyes 3x10: 15lb Bench Dips 3x10: 10lb plate Lying EZ-Bar Tricep Extension 3x10: 25lb Dumbbell Tricep Kickback 3x10: 15lb Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extension 3x10: 25lb Cable one arm tricep press down 3x10: 20lb 30 minute run on treadmill Evening Run with Running partner plus some more push-ups and whatever else we decide to throw in the mix.
  16. Today's WOD: Back and Bi's Assisted Pull-Ups 3x10: 110lb offset Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown 3x10: 70lb Cable Rows 3x10: 60lb T-Bar Row 3x10: 50lb Back Extension 3x10: 10lb Barbell Curl 3x10: 35lb Incline Dumbbell Curl 3x10: 17lb Alternate Hammer Curl 3x10: 15lb 30 minutes of HIIT: 30 seconds at level 8, 30 seconds off for 30 minutes PM Workout tonight (6 p.m.): Circuit 1 x Three Times Prisoner Squats x 10 Squat Jumps x 10 Plank x 1 minute High plank, alternating leg lift & glute squeeze x 10 each leg
  17. Today's WOD: Shoulder's and Abs Seated Dumbbell Press 3x10: 20lb Rear Delt Cable Flyes 3x10: 10lb Dumbbell Front Raise 3x10: 15lb Seated Arnold Press 3x10: 17.5lb and 20lb on last set Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3x10: 10lb Seated Bent-Over Rear Delt Raise 3x10: 10lb Crunches x 100 Leg Raise 3x10 Oblique Crunches x 100 6 mile p.m. run tonight followed by some core work
  18. There is, a few companies make it... I know NOW Nutrition and DEVA do, and I'm sure there are others as well. Oh interesting. I will have to look into it then, thank you.
  19. No, I don't take anything. Not sure if there is a vegan version of that. I could be over training as well. It wouldn't be the first time I've done it. lol Plus working up your mileage for a marathon is tough in general so I am hoping it's just that.
  20. Also, today was supposed to be my Leg day but I woke up at 3 a.m. (which is an hour and a half earlier than I normally get up) and I wanted to vomit and I just hurt, so I took a rest day and slept in a bit. I will be back at it again tomorrow though, it's Shoulder's and Abs day tomorrow followed by a 6 mile p.m. run after work. Plus I need to get 300 crunches in, and 50 push-ups as well.
  21. I haven't posted in a while, mainly because I just haven't gotten around to it. I haven't stopped training though. I will start posting my workouts again, I need to keep myself honest. I am sort of at a point where I feel like I'm starting to take steps backwards instead of forwards. I have a marathon in October as well as 3+ mile obstacle race in August and a 10+ mile obstacle race (hopefully it turns into a 26+ mile) in September. I seem to be somewhat on schedule with my runs, though I think my joints are starting to show the wear and tear. I'm up to running 14 miles at a time, I need to try and push it to 15 in the next couple of weeks to keep on schedule. I am weightlifting as well, and though I am slowly starting to see some progress, it's not as good as I had hoped. This is a journey and a lifestyle and I don't plan on stopping and if it takes me another couple of years to reach my goal then so be it.
  22. Thanks! OOOHhhhh, those both sound awesome. Tough decision. Influential athletes might be a good one. Especially right now when crossfit is SO huge and you know their motto is something along the lines of "BACON". I actually just saw an article this morning on Yahoo about how a high meat intake is bad and can decrease your life expectancy (Finally, I feel like people are starting to get it. It also seemed like the article was geared towards the athletic trend of high meat intake). It's definitely good to see strong athletes who do it vegan, because it starts to debunk the myth that vegans are weak and tiny. I can't wait to read what you write. Thank you again for doing this, you are amazing!! Kim
  23. I've been out for a little while. I celebrated my 3 year anniversary and when we got back I started getting sick and have been sick for the past week and a half or so. But I'm feeling better now and ready to get back at it. I've started doing a cutting phase which has a lot of HIIT's, supersets and triple sets and active rests. The weights are lower because there are higher reps. WOD: (Superset) Seated Leg Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps :80 lb Lunge - 3 sets of 15 reps, per side (Superset) Stiff-Legged Barbell Deadlift - 3 sets of 15 reps: 30lb Bounce-Bounce-Squat (Two jumps in place and then open up into a plie squat) - 3 sets of 15 reps: 15lb weight (Superset) Standing Leg Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps: 20lb Split Squats - 3 sets of 15 reps: 15 lb weight (Superset) One Leg Barbell Squat On A Bench - 3 sets of 15 reps: 20lb Stability Ball Leg Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps (Working Set + Active Rest) Lying Leg Curls - 3 sets of 20 reps, one leg at a time : 15lb Mountain Climbers - 3 sets of 20 reps (Triple Set) Standing Calf Raises - 3 sets of 20 reps: 30lb dumbbells in each hand Seated Calf Raise - 3 sets of 20 reps: 90lb Rope Jumping - 3 sets of 1 min Food: Breakfast: Chocolate Green Smoothie Oatmeal with almond butter, banana, ground flax seed and almond milk and a bit of maple syrup Snack: orange tea with almond milk Lunch: Bag of carrots Salad(lettuce, shredded beets, hemp seeds, pepitas, cucumber, mushrooms, mustard, green pepper, onion) orange tea Snack: apple water Dinner: Raw chili water Snack: banana with almond butter
  24. Back from a long weekend anniversary vacation. I was still able to do a workout Friday morning and Saturday morning and got a wonderful full body massage Saturday as well. However, my diet went slack. I rarely get the chance to eat vegan/Gluten free cake and I took advantage of it as well as some other vegan treats. I am determined to get back on track and eat clean and train hard. I am too close to my goals to give up now.
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