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  1. But I'm not doing it for fat burning, I'm doing it for my heart and mostly for my poor gasping lungs. I had no idea there was "true cardio" because I've never seen a source with such a limited definition as yours, but I'll just refer to it as aerobics now.
  2. So I did my upper body using my new bench in as many ways as possible. I didn't have any scheme in mind when I went at it, I was just eager to hit the weights again. Incline Bench BB Press 3 x 75 lbs x 12 Incline Bench DB Bicep Curl 3 x 19 lbs x 12 Incline Bench Leaning DB Lateral Raises 3 x 14 lbs x 12 Incline Bench DB Rows (I admit, lame exercise, I just wanted to use my bench for my rear delts, my weak little rear delts) 3 x 25 lbs x 12 Lat-Pulldowns 3 x 80 lbs x 12
  3. And I just noticed this. I don't know what you're still trying to get at. Since I'm not able to go as long as you can I'm not doing cardio??? Google aerobics if you don't know what it refers to. You insistance that I don't know what I'm doing is rude and irritating.
  4. EEEEEE! I went for my group bike ride this morning, it was a bit over an hour. I enjoyed it so much I looking foreward to next Saturday already.
  5. I do yoga and is yoga enough for me? Not at all. I enjoy skating, biking, breakdancing, lifting weights, swimming, sprinting... you get the idea. If you aren't feeling fulfilled by yoga then don't be afraid to add other activities that you enjoy, it isn't going to throw off your practice. If you don't feel strong enough try lifting weights, you might like it. Same goes for if you want to lose fat, find something fun that doubles as cardio. The post above me is correct that you can't build mass and lose weight at the same time unless you're a beginning lifter (which you are) but you can build strength and lose fat at the same time so that should work out for you if you try it. Good luck.
  6. I recieved this in an email from Russell James (http://www.therawchefblog.com) Enjoying a few slices of avocado in your tossed salad, or mixing some chopped avocado into your favorite salsa will not only add a rich, creamy flavor, but will greatly increase your body's ability to absorb the health-promoting carotenoids that vegetables provide. (In tests) adding avocado to salsa increased lycopene and beta-carotene absorption 4.4 and 2.6 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these nutrients absorbed from avocado-free salsa. Since avocados contain a large variety of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, eating a little avocado along with carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits is an excellent way to improve your body's ability to absorb carotenoids while also receiving other nutritional-and taste-benefits. He doesn't give a source but I found it interesting. Just today I was talking about how the most common comment when I mention how healthy raw foods are is "But tomatoes are healthier cooked".
  7. I just did the legs for Cindy Crawford today, will get around to the abs after showering. I'm avoiding the upper body because my wrist is really painful today (not an injury, just a chronic problem I've had treated unsuccessfully). I hope it is better tomorrow afternoon because I finally used my Christmas gift card on the missing piece in my gym, an incline bench! I can hardly wait to try it out. Hi Mike, thanks for commenting. I totally forgot about PTP until you mentioned it, I think you might have made me hold off on GTG even longer in favor of PTP. I'm having a hard time mentally preparing for GTG because of what you mentioned, overtraining is definitely a "once bitten, twice shy" experience. Heaven knows I've overtrained a couple times on max strength techniques and ended up avoiding the gym for over a month, I cannot have that. And you should totally try Cindy Crawford's The Next Challenge. Check out Amazon's ratings for it if my enthusiasm isn't enough.
  8. Yesterday was a reluctant day off. I didn't work out before my hair appointment and then my hair was too fabulous to get sweaty so I just stretched for 30 mins. Today I actually went out jogging for 30 mins. I need to step it up. I need to start up GTG again. But I have taken a step that I hope really turns into something. I found a local cycling club and I'm going out with them Saturday. I miss biking so much and I'm so happy I've found people to bike with.
  9. Thank you, thats the method I'm leaning towards trying. It seems logical that if you want to improve your endurance than try to endure more, kind of 'duh' but there is so much conflicting advice that its not so obvious.
  10. Did more bboying today. I love it so much! I also did 30 mins of stretching. Good day. Good day. Food however... I'm coming to the decision of including cooked foods in my diet. I cannot seem to eat enough calories when eating all raw, its so much volume! A salad that has 100 calories makes me too stuffed to eat for 2 hours. My smoothie of 350 calories takes me over 2 hours to drink, its so filling. I don't know how people get everything down, maybe it just takes time.
  11. I want to build up my endurance but I've never done it before except by accident and I don't remember how I did it so I thought it best to ask advice. Which way would be a better way to build endurance, to have a set duration or distance and go at whatever pace I can maintain or to pick a pace and go for as long as I can keep it up? Or any other method that you recommend? Or sources I can read? Thanks in advance!
  12. That's fantastic. I hope he kicks your butt.
  13. I did nothing physical today and enjoyed every minute of it
  14. Jason- The energy bars can be found in The Thrive Diet book so if you make them and like them check out the book. 1 small apple (cored) 1 cup fresh or soaked dates 1/2 cup sprouted quinoa (or cooked) 1/4 cup almonds 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds 1/4 cup hemp flour 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg sea salt to taste Blend it in a food processor until smooth. Then transfer to a clean surface and make a loaf. Cut into 12 pieces to form the bars. Place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet and put the bars in them and freeze. Once they're frozen you can either wrap them individually or put them in a freezer bag. HighVelocity- Thanks for the advice again.
  15. I'm a female but I'm seven inches shorter than you. I eat 7-8 cups (packed) of greens a day. Usually romaine, beet greens, spinach and mesclun.
  16. Veganpotter, I don't like your know-it-all attitude and I would like for you to keep it out of my log from now on please. You don't know what level I'm at and you don't know what a workout is to me. I shouldn't have to defend myself against some stranger's assumptions so just stop it. HighVelocity, thanks for being reasonable. The only cardio I've done in the past year is low intensity and its been sporadic at that. I have a HRM but I haven't been using it when I dance or do aerobics, I've opted for the "how wet is my sports bra" test but I think I will start using it. Thanks for the suggestion.
  17. How can you make that comment when you have no idea what kind of exercises these are or the tempo they're performed at? Over half the leg exercises are plyo (broad jumps, high jumps, lunge jumps...) or jumps (similar to jump roping) with no rest between sets. Half of the other leg exercises are equivilent to walking lunges. The rest of the legs are kicks and squats that are at the end of the legs and are a cool down. That portion of the workout is 20 mins long total so thats 15 mins of moderately intense aerobics that I'd compare to the same effort of jump roping for 15 mins. Its cardio to me.
  18. I don't really have a set plan yet other than building up my endurance at the moment because I'm more focused on the 3 fitness skills than the OC.
  19. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71G5X7M8DJL._AA280_.gif Did The Next Challenge today. I have improved noticeably since the last time I did it Man, it is such a fantastic strength endurance workout. Its about 300 reps of legs (which doubles as cardio), 80 ab reps, 100 chest reps, 80 more abs, 280-320 arm/shoulder reps and then 80 more abs. Ahhh, so much volume! Food today was holiday influenced, Easter and a birthday. Holidays are so less damaging when you're the only vegan. I had a little bit of a spinach/rice/sweet pepper/raisin dish set aside for me before the feta was added as well as some plain steamed green beans before the smart balance was added. But then I smelled all the kids chocolate and spent hours in a room with two cakes and it drove me to go get a few squares of Endangered Species Extreme Dark Chocolate. It was so satisfying.
  20. I personally do find it unethical. Its the equivilent of walking into your neighbor's house and taking food but justifying it by saying that you left them with enough to eat. Unethical and unvegan. Others who aren't for animal rights but rather animal welfare may or may not see it as unethical though. It really doesn't matter what you call yourself but if you want to be respectful you wouldn't go around suggesting animal products to a vegan. This should be obvious...
  21. Yeah, I'm not sure about the competitions either but they do happen frequently. Looks like most are out of Tampa too... Schedule Feb. 16, 2008 Valentine Victory Challenge Tampa Mar. 15, 2008 March Madness Challenge Tampa Apr. 19, 2008 Tax Exempt Fitness Challenge Tampa May. 24, 2008 2008 Spring Classic Tampa June. 21, 2008 Fun in the Sun Fitness Challenge Tampa July. 10-13, 2008 2008 World Challenge Las Vegas July. 19, 2008 Red Raider Fitness Challenge Lubbock TBA Atlanta Ft. Lauderdale Orlando
  22. I got some bboying in this morning. +1 I also did pullups throughout the day but didn't keep track, anywhere from 10-15. +1 Then some very kind people bought me some very crunchy seasoned fries so I graciously accepted them. -10
  23. I would like to retract what I said about being able to get enough sodium from whole foods. Last night I was using fitday and put my daily intake in there (not including the salt that I add), with 2000 cals I only had around 450 mg sodium. I'd never be able to support a good hour or two long sweat session with that much. So if you're really going to cut out salt, make sure you're getting enough sodium somehow.
  24. Some people don't find it unethical but rather unvegan.
  25. Good luck with yoga. If you really want a good guide to flexibility check out Thomas Kurz's Stretching Scientifically. Its good for strength too.
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