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  1. Thanks for the positive comments everyone. From 205 (ish) lbs around January 2008, to 178 lbs, and 12% Body Fat around June 2008. The before pic was taken in June 2007 and the after in June 2008. Right now I am sitting at 183 lbs, and an unknown body fat % (no doubt its somewhat higher than 12%). I am setting a goal to be 185 with a body fat of around 12% or lower for the 1st of July. Don't know if that is an unreasonable goal but I am going to try. I'll post some progress pics here along the way.
  2. I thought I would post the progress I made last year with the help of the forum. I am setting some new goals and will post some new before and aft pics for those goals too. http://i40.tinypic.com/2utte7k.jpg Before http://i44.tinypic.com/2rfcugl.jpg After
  3. I had some great losses bf wise last year following the advice of people on the forum. I found my basal metabolic rate and tried to honestly calculate my daily calorie needs. Went out of my way to reduce the amount of processed foods from my diet. I am a vegetarian too but I really gave it a good go to reduce the amount of animal products in my diet to 0. (I didn't succeed but I am pretty low and it still is a goal of mine.) I set 2 month goals with workout programs and then changed the goals up. And the big thing that I think helped was trying to everyday get my heart rate up for least 20 min. No matter what. Every day I tried. I didn't always succeed but I tried. Ride my bike to work hard on my off days, go over to the track to take a jog around the track on my off days, what ever. If I wasn't doing a resistance training day I would try to get something in for at least 20 min. I didn't get the kind of muscle mass gains I was hoping for but I certianly shed a nice amount of bf. Just my 2 cents. Whatever you do don't give up. When you come to a forum with passionate people you get passionate answers.
  4. Thanks for the response guys. I like the idea of doing more with less which is what I seem to be getting from what your saying and the programs you are suggesting. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. A problem for me is some of the exercises that you suggest are a bit awkward for me or I just don't do them cause I am worried about having proper form and getting injured. I am going to give them a try with just the bar and some real light weight but too be 100% honest I really feel like a dork when I can't do an exercise with a reasonable amount of weight for a guy my size and build. I know it's something I just have to get over but man it's pretty ego deflating. A question I have is about repetition of the same exercise in following workouts. I was to the understanding that it was better not to try to work the same muscle groups in following workouts.
  5. Hey could anyone help me out with some resistance program advice. I can't afford a trainer so I have pulled this program from a combination of a book and a website. I have changed some of the exercises because some of the ones posted I just can't seem to do safely, or are just too awkward for me. I am just looking to change up what I was doing before and get a pretty good well balanced program. Day 1 1- bench press 2- db flys or pec deck 3- barbell overhead pull 4- cable crossover 5- dips 6- triceps cable pull down 7- french curl 8- roman chair leg lifts 9- decline sit ups with weight plate 10- oblique side bends Day 3 1- Seated row 2- Lat pulldown 3- one arm db row 4- chin up 5- barbell curls 6- hammer curls 7- forearm curls 8- rev forearm curls 9- back extension with weight plate Day 5 1- Overhead press 2- upright row 3- side delt raise 4- front delt raise 5- shrugs 6- squats 7- leg curls 8- leg extention 9- hip aductor machine 10- hip abductor machine 11- toe press 12- toe raises So if you have any advice as to wether I have forgotten muscle groups, placed excercises in a bad order, or I have a bit to much redundancy please let me know. Thanks
  6. Oh man, I am feeling for you. Hope you feel better soon. I had an injury playin some competitive hockey when I was a kid, man did it suck waitin on it to heal. I feel your pain. Hope you feel better soon and the swelling, and pain drop away for you. Take care
  7. I don't know if this will work for you but it did and does for me when I get in a funk and can't seem to motivate my ass off the couch. 1st keep a gym bag packed and ready by the front door. 2end give myself the 10 min rule. If I am just sitting there I force my ass out the door calling myself all sorts of names while I do it and say to myself well if I really want to come back after 10 min of an honest effort at the gym Ill come back. Some days when I have to do this to get there I spend the most time and have the best workouts. I can't really recall who or where I picked this little motivation tool up from but it works for me. Hope it helps for you.
  8. 4 hours! Man that is hard core! Yep I gotta get my but movin.
  9. Good job pushing yourself, and staying motivated. I really had a hard time getting myself going in the beginning too. Keep up the hard work and you'll meet your goals.
  10. Well it was a long summer, and I have to say I fell off the wagon pretty good with the "treats." Didn't get to the gym even close to enough. But all it took was a read back through the trusty Vegan Bodybuilding forum to provide the kick in the ass I needed to get back into the gym. I haven't set a new goal yet cause I don't really know what I want this time around, so I guess Ill set this as a first goal. Get back to an intake of 2500 cal a day. and get into the gym for resistance training 3 days a week, 2 days of cardio. I guess that is as good a goal as any when I don't really know what I want to try to accomplish yet. I think I would like to try to bulk up a bit but I am a bit nervous about taking in too many cal and having a return of the dreaded muffin top! Any way Ill see if I can get a 5 of 7 plan going consistently for September then Ill decide what my next goal is.
  11. I am going to give it a try, if only for the reason that i can't even remotely see how a potato smoothie could be good. But hey Ill giv'er a go. I don't know what Gemma powder is either, can it be left out, or you think there is a swap?
  12. Well I am in the 12th week of the "program" I set out on way back when. I finish out this week and check my progress against my before pics and maybe post them if they look ok. Here's my stats to date. Started out wearing a 36 waist pants, I think my actual waist measurement was like 35 or so. I weighed in at 205 lbs. I just had to go out and buy some shorts cause even with my belt they were beginning to look real silly. Waist 31! Weight 176! I have to say I am pretty happy. Can't believe I was worried, I feel great. I need to start thinking about my next goal. I would like to build up my chest a bit I think, got to figure out how to do that and still have a well rounded program.
  13. I have lost weight and leaned out. I can tell cause I look in the mirror and can see it. I like what I see, I think its almost where I want to be before I really try to put on some mass and some shape. I was 205 when I started and I am 176 now. I have been off track over the past few weeks lost some motivation to push past the busy stuff that happens in life. I was feeling real good though, knowing now that I can probably get to a "look" I might like. Then tonight a good friend I haven't seen for a while told me I am looking sick. I sit here a bit paranoid that I might not be looking as good as I thought. I know 31 pounds is a decent amount to loose but I am eating, I am assuming about 2300 cal to 3000 cal a day. Lots of veggies, more nuts and seeds, blah blah blah. In the past before stuff like that didn't bother me, I feel weird cause to be honest, its really riding me.
  14. Yea, the most exciting part of my week was just figuring out you can change the name of your blog! How fun. Last week was pretty weak for me. Didn't get out to the gym to much, wish it was on purpose but I have just been too laxed and lazy. Went for a 40 km bike ride on Sat though. But I did it while drunk so I wouldn't advise it. Especially after not having a drink for about a month. Not to mention I guess it's illegal and kinda dangerous. I had a great time though, nice ride. It was hell on my body though and I think it took about two days to recover. I went to the gym tonight and everything was sore. Oh well old enough to know better and young enough to do it anyway I guess. Back to the grind, but the next two weeks are super busy with work and work parties so I imagine I will be having a pretty hard time to stay the course.
  15. Congrats Karma! It's great to be moving toward your goal, and with such a positive outlook, your bound to smash it! Never underestimate the power of positive people and thinking.
  16. Holy k rap! When I saw the thread I looked in to see how I would fair if I put some pics in. I feel my legs are my best muscle group for me. Holy! I am impressed, and seriously motivated to start doing some serious leg exercises now and not stop until next year! Nice legs all
  17. The end of May has held a lot of cheat days on the diet for me, and to make matters worse, I have been a little less active. I have made it out to the gym but other things that I might do in between, those activities have fallen off. I think I am hitting a motivation wall. I am super happy with how far I have come. From 205 lbs and ??? Body Fat (I am sure it was up there) to 178 lbs, and 12% Body Fat (I took it with a machine, I would like to double check to make sure.) Anyway this week I'm gonna rock it as hard as I can. Week 8, May 19 - 25 Tues: Gym - Arms, Sholders Wed: Cardio - Swim 1 hr Friday: Gym - Chest, Abs, Back Week 9, May 26 - June 1 Mon: Gym - Butt, Thighs, Legs Tues: Cardio - Swim 1 hr Wed: Weigh in 179 lbs, 12% BF Thurs: Gym - Arms, Sholders Fri: Cardio - Hockey Yea I removed my rant.
  18. I'm envious. I am busting my butt, and trying to cut to get down to have abs like yours! Lol! I agree with Lean I think you've got a great body type to start from. Setting a goal and a goal date helped for me. Even though I have changed my mind on what I want, I know that after my goal date I can set a new goal with a new diet, and routine if I want to. Keep posting I'm interested to see which direction you go.
  19. Man I love the pics! Must be a beautiful ride on a nice day!
  20. Week 7. May 12 to May 18. I lost a few weeks of tracking my workouts due to some crazy life krap and some plain and simple laziness. This week I got back to tracking but it was a busy week and I really didn't have much to track. Kudos to those who somehow manage to stick to the w/o schedule no matter what. It being the long weekend I went away camping and cut loose a bit, well not really a bit Monday: Gym - Butt, thighs, legs. Tuesday: Jog - 10 laps Swim - 1hr - 10 laps & 1/2hr tread water Wednesday: Gym - Jog - 30 min - treadmill Gym- Chest, arms, back. Fri - Sun: Camping. Way to rainy to jog or try to get out to do much. Small hike with family, and some walking.
  21. Thanks for the encouragement Vegan Joe. Hey Dawg, I was basicly messing around in the gym on and off for about a year before I found this forum and others. After reading forum posts and discovering that having a balenced program is a real good idea for many reasons, and seeing people who were pulling off some pretty good before and after pics I decided I wanted to be like them. I set a goal to get to the weight of 195 (from 205 - 215, I bounced around depending on the sport season) by the end of June or to see my abs. I was hoping to build some muscle with that, but I don't think I am eating right to build any real significant muscle, plus I workout alone and outside of computer land am pretty shy and have a hard time talking to people. I think it's hard to push it without a spotter I watch some guys and girls in there wow I wish I could push it that hard! Anyway the diet I tried to follow along with was the Men's Health Belly off one but with out the meat. I think I am taking in 2000 to 2500 cal per day, occasionally a 3000 cal day but not often. I try to write down the weight I am lifting so I can get better but I don't really think I have a goal as to how much I want to get to, just that I would like to progress and get a nice chest and back. When this goal date is done I may try a new program with deadlifts and stuff I keep reading some real interesting ones and would like to try, guy at the gym is just killing krazy lifts looks like he's in a strongman comp! Anyway I would highly suggest a journal like this, keeps you motivated and I find it cool that other can give enouragement or constructive critism or just say hey, since I basicly keep my head down in the gym and look at my feet
  22. Wow! Good job man! And the beard is Kick [email protected]@! I've tried to grow one and I look like a porcupine died on my chin!
  23. May 5 - 11 Well it's been a while since I jotted down my work outs. I have fallen out of habit with writing everything down. At first it was ok I was still getting to the gym for resistance training about 3 times a week and getting out for some cardio, a run, bike, or swim about 2 or 3 times a week. Diet was pretty good too. But this past week I can see that the writing is what keeps me focused. This week my diet has been off and I haven't really had good workouts. So I am going to get back to it this week. I am still on my way to my goal and have way past my goal weight of reducing to 195 by the end of June. I am beginning to see some ab definition too. I am not seeing a great increase in the weight I am lifting though and have to figure out how to get to pushing more weight to add some lean muscle mass. Anyway till next week.
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