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Fine-Tuning the Machine & Tacking on the Vanity Plates


#1

I'm 31 years old, have been training for several years, and a vegetarian for nearly 20 years. I have been involved in athletics since I was less than 3 years old. Gymnastics, track & field, soccer, cheerleading, lacrosse, and lastly, raving (I like to think of it as sort of an endurance sport!) before I was 18. After high school I started running, mostly on trails. Also body weight exercises, some dumbbell upper body work, and dance classes. Did some 5Ks and eventually ran myself into injury. Enter weight training. I fell in love with it immediately. Over the years I have trained with partners and solo. Currently solo except on the rare occasion that my man and I lift together.

Today's training, chest/shoulders
Bradford Press
3 x 6 x bar I do these to warm up before benching
BP
1 x 5 x 75 lbs.
2 x 5 x 95 lbs.
2 x 3 x 105 lbs.
DB Incline Press
3 x 8 x 35's
Medicine Ball Pushups (I roll the ball from one hand to the other between reps)
5 x 10
Upright Rows
2 x 8 x 65 lbs.
1 x 8 x 75 lbs.
Standing One-arm MP
1 x 7 x 30 lbs.
1 x 6 x 30 lbs.
1 x 5 x 30 lbs.
Then for conditioning I did a series of overhead DB carries. I use the (usually) empty group fitness room and walk from one end to the other and back. Tonight some guy came in and sat down to read a book while I was in there. He was still there when I finished. Strange? Anyhow.
Single-arm
1 x 20 lbs. each side
1 x 30 lbs. each side
Cross-carry
1 x 20 lbs. each side
1 x 30 lbs each side
Double-arm
2 x 25 lbs.
2 x 30 lbs.
Delt work last: Lat raises 3 x 8 x 15's, Seated rear delt raises 3 x 8 x10's


#2

Welcome and I look forward to following along!


#3

Thanks Alisa. Your vixen pix are hot!


#4

welcome veggie! training looks good! I'll be following along.

Any training goals?


#5

LOL at the guy reading in the fitness room.

Welcome to PW Gawgeous!


#6

Going by your avatar (which is smokin', btw), your diet doesn't seem to hold you back. What are you eating on a day to day basis?


#7

welcome :slight_smile:


#8

Thanks ladies! I decided to start this log after reading all of yours. You all are so supportive of each other. I really don't have any female lifting friends, so this is awesome.

Masch: I would really would like to be able to do a bw bench. Forgot to list stats 5'2" 132ish lbs.

Cal: My diet varies a little depending on how I'm feeling. I don't like to eat if I'm not hungry. From reading around this site, I guess I sort of do intermittent fasting. But I do it on an intuitive basis. That's how I've always eaten. Anyway, here is what I ate yesterday - lazy Sunday w/evening training session. Morning: Before I consume anything I drink a concoction of 2 scoops of milled flax mixed w/cranberry concentrate and water. Drank 2 cups of green tea and a bunch of water while napping, watching tv, etc. Felt hungry around 11ish, so I had a couple handfuls of walnuts. Afternoon: Another cup of green tea, ran to grocery, got home and ate a big bowl of homemade veggie soup and some more nuts while I was putting them in the kitchen canisters. Evening: Drank my pre-training stuff and went to gym. Immediately after I got home I made a shake w/ a cup of organic skim milk, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (about 46 g blended proteins) and 1 big spoonful of peanut butter. Yesterday was a really light eating day for me, but I wasn't hungry. I only drink water, green tea, and on occasion black coffee and single-malt scotch. I also take vitamins, supplements, etc.


#9

welcome!
I think you'll make a fine addition to our little family here :slightly_smiling:


#10

Welcome. I saw your smokin' pix and I'm happy you decided to start a log and share your training.


#11

Cool deal, nice to have ya hear. Very interested to follow your training and see what you are doing.


#12

Welcome! I'm looking forward to following along too.
I don't have any female lifting friends either and I think PW fills that gap a bit. Support and inspiration!


#13

Sweet! we're practically the same size - 5'2(ish) and 133 for me. Another shorty in the mix is good around these parts.

2x3x105 is great! You'll hit BW in no time.


#14

I sort of IF too but not in any regimented way - in my current job (which is only three days a week) I'm too busy to eat, and on the other days I never eat before training so the earliest I'll eat is lunchtime. I'm not veggie, mind you, though I was for five years back when I was a student.

I actually stopped not long after I started lifting weights seriously, began craving meat and then realised I didn't really care about eating animals any more. Each to their own, though - being veggie obviously works for you.


#15

Yes, everyone has to eat in a way that works for them. For the record, I stopped eating meat not long after I started menstruating. I never was a "meat lover", but it totally stopped appealing to me for some reason. My folks thought that it was a "phase". Here I am all of these years later.

I just want to put it out there that, although I respect those who do, I have no moral or "health" reasons for not eating flesh. I just don't feel compelled to eat it. If I ever have the urge I will. I trust my body to tell me what it needs. I know a strong, athletic woman who was a veg for over 20 yrs and started eating meat again when she hit peri-menopause. She said that it "just felt right."


#16

I'm a casual IF'er as well..only I was doin it before it even had a name.

I was always a chronic breakfast skipper and a morning coffee drinker instead. Nowadays I eat something smallish(cottage cheese) before training, and lunch is my biggest yummiest meal!

I also believe in the 'eat when your hungry, stop when your kinda full' mantra. I never liked eating by the clock, yanno?


#17

can you do handstand pushups?


#18

Yea I actually pulse feast, take a dose of MAG-10 in the a.m and one in the afternoon and dont eat til dinner time usually from 5:30 to 7:30- other than my workout nutrition. I usually eat for about 2 hours til I am good and full and that is all for the day. I have never functioned better or felt better - really enjoying it!!! Also I am able to keep up with my work schedule which can be pretty insane at times, plenty of get up and go for me.
Good stuff in here & I am a short gal too - 5'3" about 135-138lbs. Yea for short gals!!


#19

I've never tried them. Sounds fun, I will generally try anything at least once. What the hell. I'll keep you posted on the outcome of my attempt.

Here is a back pic, realized I hadn't put any pix up on the log yet.


#20

OMNOMNOMNOMNOMNOM.. That's Canadian for "welcome".

Impressive stats you have there. All the best with your training.