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  1. Congratulations, your progress is so awesome! Robert posted a facebook link to your progress photos. I suddenly feel like I can tackle the last 10 pounds which shouldn't take more than a couple months but seems overwhelming. Anyway I have to tell you, since you want ghetto-booty, that when I was training earlier this year I developed the most amazing butt. I had been doing walking lunges around a track with 40lbs in a backpack. You don't need to carry that much weight, I worked up to a heavy weight over a few weeks, the results probably will be the same with less weight and proper form. If you try this go easy and light to protect your knees at first. I walked around the track twice, pulling up with my forward leg and not pushing off with my back leg. 30 minutes total twice a week. I wasn't looking for a ghetto-booty AT ALL but it was a super nice side effect.
  2. love the youtube idea, count me as entered!
  3. it's awesome! thanks! today same distance but my first climb was awesome 25minutes and change. I used a lot of energy and my second time slowed to 31:15min. Next week I'll do three rounds for a total of 1950'. Washington DC this weekend!
  4. I'll be meeting up with veganmomma in a couple hours, I'm in Philly now, going to a veg restaurant. Trying to decide if I should nap now or not, got here 2:15am and chatted with the cousin I'm visiting til 4am or so. I'll update my journal while I decide. Eating too much cake but I did have a spinach banana smoothie and had yummy sushi in the market here. Thursday night cardio: started my SRT training, climbed 1350' (675' x 2) in 34:43/31:15minutes. About four years ago I timed myself on a 400' drop and did it in 28 minutes, so I'm definitely in better shape. It can only get better and I'm looking forward to the day it doesn't suck so much. My goal: 1) two practices a week. 2) 2700' with 40lb pack in under 2hours by February.
  5. My workout from last Friday. Again I didn't bring my workout plan with me so I made it up. Walking Lunges 18 steps with 15lbs in each hand X 3 V Squat 90lbs X 10 X 2 70lbs X 10 X 1 going a bit lower Squats 30lbs x 12 X 4 Deadlifts 20lbs each hand X 15 X 3 Standing Calves 50lbs X 12 X 3 Abs 40 crunches, abs were too tired to do more or i was too lazy to push myself, i don't know i can't tell I'm still sore! I wonder what did me in. Eating has been ok. This week I'll try to plan my day in advance and prepare all foods ahead of time and bring it along with me. This weekend I might meet veganmomma in Philly!
  6. YES! L.A. sounds awesome, I'll already be in Texas for a few weeks next summer, as long as the dates work I can join you guys.
  7. Eating has been good last couple days, lots of veggies. Today fries and a pop. but the rest was ok. HOWEVER, I don't know how I let this happen, I thought i did what was a LIGHT legs workout on friday, but I must have become extremely unfit cause I was and still am in HUGE pain, my calves, hams, glutes, I could cry, everytime I move after sitting for a few minutes kills...I limp and hobble around, and I had no time to rest, it was a survey day Saturday and Sunday I had to lead an outdoors trip for my club, SOO PAINFUL, after you move a bit the pain lessens but gosh, I thought I was being wimpy during the workout. Plus the same day I rockclimbed a couple hours and had some soreness in my upper body but not nearly as bad. I don't think I will recover for a few more days yet. As for food I made a delicious kale/chickpea curry, blending onions and frying them in a bit of oil til brownish makes them sweet and yummy. And yesterday had my yummy black bean burrito with avocado and salsa and lots of veggies.
  8. Yes today I ate well. Bought some more protein powder, this time hemp. Plus Udo's oil with DHA/EPA.
  9. So today I didn't follow my diet but I didn't go crazy on the junk...that's kind of acceptable. Actually I did go overboard on the carbs I noticed now that I'm writing it out. Morning: Rice/Millet cereal with Ginger Zing granola, Grape nuts, bits of pear and craisins thrown in, in no sugar Almond Milk Snack: did I have one? don't remember I had a camomile tea Lunch: Burritos; black beans, salsa, corn, cucumber, red pepper, avocado, cumin, in a whole wheat wrap. Snack: Whole wheat wrap and peanut butter and jelly Dinner: Protein bar and a few nuts Snack: apple and whole wheat wrap and peanut butter and jelly Tomorrow I'll stick to my diet plan better.
  10. Congratulations on your ultramarathon results! Your run was incredible. I can't imagine how much pain or discomfort you have to endure. How did you get into ultramarathons? How did you discover you could run for so long?
  11. I workout in the living room of my apartment which only fits ONE person So since I would make two people I guess we're just meeting?
  12. This is great! When you have the exact date and time please post it so I can work my schedule around attending it! Thanks! Hi Ron, I just checked out your workouts, they're sort of extremely hardcore, I'd love to workout with you (or just be in the same gym while you workout ) As the date approaches I'll get a better feel for how my weekend will play out. When do you usually work out?
  13. I would like to meet some of the fabulous people here and am wondering if anyone is available to meet or workout in Washington DC (October 4-5) or Philadelphia (September 27-28). I don't know yet how busy I'll be but I definitely should squeeze in a workout and would love to workout with someone from the forum. I'll be driving down from Toronto both those weekends.
  14. I got up went straight to the gym without thinking so I had no time to talk myself out of it. Forgot to bring my workout plan though. I hit biceps, delts and triceps. Gravitron 85lbs 20 reps Chinups 85lbs 20 reps Pullups 70lbs 12, 10 reps Chinups 70lbs 10, 6 reps Pullups Bicep DB Curls 15lbs 10 x 2 10lbs 10 reps DB Front Raises 10lbs 13 reps 12lbs 10 reps 15lbs 5 reps 12lbs 10 reps Bent Arm Side Raise 10lbs 12, 10 reps 8lbs 8 reps (L arm tired!) Reverse Flies 8lbs 12 x 2 reps 5lbs 15 reps Shoulder Press Machine 10lbs 8 x 3 reps Triceps DB overhead 10lbs 12 reps 12lbs 10, 8 reps Triceps Cable Pulldown 20lbs 5 reps 12.5lbs 12 x 2 reps I still hate doing triceps. I'll work on them more 'til I love em. Abs Crunches 30x3 Bicycle 30x3 Don't know the name, butt lifts 20x3 35 minute easy elliptical Eating is not good today, one clif builder and one iced venti soy toffenut latte so far. I'm setting a short term goal: by Sept 26th lose 3lbs and gain back lost muscle in quads and delts. Improve hams and triceps. Eat well each day. Take the xtend every workout. Cut out sugar. Plan menus ahead of time and cook meals to take on the go...
  15. Yup I like D.C. Just 8 hours away. But I really want to meet everyone and probably will make a roadtrip out of it wherever VV is next year. Do you have a rough idea when it would be?
  16. I'm back from a long vacation. I have many a goals for myself this year. This coming March I'm going on a major expedition and need to train. Love having something to work towards, it'll make weight training so much easier. My goals revolve around becoming extremely fit in all areas so i can keep up with the others, be a strong and reliable team member, and not kill myself. I started training my newly adopted doberman/german shepherd to run with me, she's still very aggressive towards anything/anyone else but me and the family. She needs to be seen by a behaviourist cause she's fricken psycho. Poor thing I wonder what her previous life was like before she arrived at the shelter. Some goals: Bike and Run more with hills to develop more leg strength and endurance Stair climb with 50lb pack (buildings or stepmaster) be able to do 2 pull ups and 5 chin ups Up my weights significantly to build strength and power weight train in endurance too, lift lighter but much longer Rock climb/kayak for fun ways to build upper body strength Other technical stuff specific to the expedition...so fun!!!! Improve spanish It'll be a busy busy year! but soo awesome. Workout for today was just a short stressful run with my dog in the rain. I ate a couple berry protein shakes, some granola, two gala apples, a veggie tofu coconut curry and had a soy latte with 3 espresso shots (which keeps me awake for exactly 9 hours, 3 more hours to go then it should wear of and then just maybe sleep will finally happen.)
  17. I definitely would attend VV East! I was almost willing to drive the 43 hours to Portland this past summer but an 8 hour drive is much much nicer. And unless you can take two vacations like this a year, I think holding them on alternate years would be best since I'd expect/hope to meet you there!
  18. Just from having three friends in the past who find they sleep a lot and don't have the motivation and energy to do things. They all had low iron stores, one of them was extremely low, have you had a blood test recently done? (they were all meat eaters and all female fyi)
  19. Today a friend woke me up at 5:50am and I biked her to work. I alway forget how productive I am for the entire day when I work out first thing in the morning. I even mopped today and I rarely mop. It was a 25km round trip lots of hill. Now I'm dog training my monster. There is a bar installed in the hallway to do pullups and hang from in the house! So fun, I've set my goals. Currently I can not pull myself up without a little jump and can do a couple half pullups from the top. My goals is to do two complete pullups without the jump start by Sept 15. Nice to have it in the house, I look forward to training on it. Also hanging from it now at 60sec. Eating: very clean today so far! I've set my alarm clock to go every three hours so I don't forget to eat or so I won't overeat.
  20. Muchas gracias por el libro de espeleología Lena! I've been trying to accumulate technical terms from the internet but this book has everything I need plus the internet is not always accurate. It covers the technical side really well and that vocab is so hard to find! Thanks so much, such a nice surprise. Birte and Inga had a blast with you. I love her first coconut story. Apparently you know your buildings...anyway they are both so thankful to you. Talk soon!
  21. Cardio: 45km bike ride, lots of hills, not so fit anymore cause they hurt. Diet: wasn't great, lots of pasta and watermelon Yesterday: rest day Wednesday: 6 hours surveying, something like yoga or pilates at some points but no cardio
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