An Aspiring Vegan Is On A New Mission

April 7th, 2011

It has been a busy time! Luckily though-I am staying on track with my workouts and eating well. I don’t have much time, but I wanted to post my most recent blood test. To all those haters of the plant based diets, here is proof you can survive and in fact excel on a Vegan diet. Just click on the thumbnails to see my report. (WP won’t allow a third pic for some reason. But the first page is the important one!)

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Feb. 20th, 2011

When I had more hair in 1984

Had an incredible Saturday afternoon touring the facility of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA. Incredible strides they have made in the last 25 years I was last there to relocate one of my “patients”. From 1984... A looong time ago.Back in ’84, I was curator of a terrific mammal rescue center in Laguna Beach. We had an adult male Sea lion that could not be released back in the wild, (gunshot wound to the head) and needed a new home. Luckily-TMMC of Sausalito would be happy to help find Trooper a new home…

Seeing the center today just blew my doors away. The latest in research, treatment and facilities were all state of the art. So glad groups like these are around today. John Cunningham who was one of the co-founders of FSLMMC in Laguna Beach had a terrific saying as to why rehab facility’s like this are needed; “The beach is a line that represents where mother nature and mankind meet. And with that line, there is always conflict”. This past Saturday at The Marine Mammal Center-SausalitoI took that to mean that there is nearly no way man and sea mammal can happily let each other be 100% of the time. Man has got to push their collective will upon the habitat of seal and sea lions-And when we do, it is often these very same critters that suffer. Gun shot wounds, crossbows, chemical poisonings and so on. We have made tremendous strides in this field, and we still have a long way to go.

A happy day and a second chance at life.

Feb. 14th, 2011

As promised-My first set of progress images! I’m a little nervous posting, but I am happy with my results so far. 5-1/2 months and still going. View my images!!
Jan. 06th, 2011

A new year, a new plan and a new attitude. Starting my 5th month of Vegan Bodybuilding, I am looking forward to my “6th month look”. Will there be a huge change? I doubt it, BUT the change far more important to me is the fact I am committed to this plan. For years I have been told “genetics” is the ultimate winner… Well not if I can help it!

Dec. 30th, 2010

Feeling a little under the weather the last few days. But not bad enough to stop working out! Funny-The pain of not working out is far greater than hitting the gym. Good! Means I’m on the right track. Hit the Triceps as hard as I could this evening. Added in a few variations as well as drop sets to really blast the tri’s. Gonna feel it tomorrow. Hey that’s also good!

Dec. 27th, 2010

Had my gym session tonight and worked away at chest and biceps. Whoa that bicep routine is a monster… Basically you keep parts of your entire body against a wall (to keep you motionless) while doing bicep curls. Oh man… No cheating at all and wow is it tuff to do. (I use a 50lb. barbel for that on my first 2 reps) I am nearing my goal on the 50’s for my DB bench presses. Just 5 pounds to go!

Thank goodness for things like Celebration Roasts and Tofurkey! Great meals AND terrific for leftovers. Lot’s of extra power lunches for the week. Thanks Hun!!

Dec. 24th, 2010

I don’t have a photograph here… But just finished a batch of incredible BBQ Soy Curls. De-Lish!!! Sue whipped them up and added her special touches. My Thursday/Friday routines were tough this week. I have been bumping up my routines and including the “lifting to failure” portion when I can. TUFF! But the shoulders are widening little by little, and legs see some improvement too. I can’t believe that I am just days away from completing 4 full months of training!!!

Nov. 27th, 2010

Well I have to show off my latest carbo/protein creation I assembled the other day.

The right dish is pretty straight forward…. A large avocado with a little lemon juice, Tabasco, and a couple tablespoons of vegan sour cream. On the left is a batch of mashed potatoes, vegan meat(less)balls, brown rice and a little of that “magic red sauce”. OK-It’s just ketchup but it sure tastes good with everything else!

Nov. 20th, 2010

Well it’s been a busy month since my last post. Not the least of which spending a good week and a half getting over a cold. As the say, it’s never a good time to get sick. But did manage to stay on track with my workouts. Not a 100% mind you, but at least keeping on track with the gym. I even had a personal best on my DB bench press, which considering how I was feeling, was pretty cool. I am starting to add variations in my workout schedule too. Including a new one for the delts and triceps. In just another 10 days, it will have been 3 months since the start of my transition!!

Oct. 19th, 2010

So if there are any doubts as to how serious I am about this, let them be cleared away… I can’t go into details… Yet. Suffice to say I am looking into and trying all aspects of the Vegan bodybuilder lifestyle. Monday was a forced off day with a slight skin issue that is clearing up. (hmm.. there’s a hint in there somewhere) So I am on day 1 today in the gym and I am swapping out my Wednesday day off for Thursday. Then I will double up Friday since one is a upper body workout and the other is a lower body session. Should get me back on track. Starting to see a little definition which is very cool. I was checking out a few websites and realizing I have so far to go.

But it’s the little victories that add up…

Knowing that this is a “cumulative” effort in the gym, I still feel great about my progress. My weight is still under my target of 175lbs right now, (by 6) but i know I can knock that out by the middle of November.

Oct. 10th, 2010

So one thing I have been noticing is a little heart burn as I begin to eat. Generally happens later in the day and even early in the morning before my usual wake time. Not sure if I am eating to often, or too much food with acid like tomatoes etc… Well whatever the reason, I think I will do a little more research into this and see.

Oct. 8th, 2010

Been a good week so far…. I have had a few late nights, not as much sleep as I like but still getting to the gym and being really effective. I have been sticking to my food journal but missed penciling in a few meals. Overall good with record keeping, and man is it IMPORTANT!

Keeping a meal journal is crucial in my eyes to daily success

It’s amazing to see what your eating and the “end of day totals” you mass. Just like counting out a money till at the end of a shift, you must know what your “putting in your bank” and where you can do better the next day. Speaking of food, (as often I do) here is one of my mass building dishes I made last Tuesday.

One of the things that has really helped is preparing my food and water before I leave for the day. Yeah-It takes a few extra minutes in the morning, but the reward is massive. There is little temptation to stop by a store for a “bad” snack, or drink something I shouldn’t.

Here is a closeup of my builder dish too.

Just look at those yummy ingredients. Potatoes-Vegan chili-veg sauce-fresh veggies and more. This kind of dish makes about 4-6 good meals and get’s me 25% of my daily “4 meals a day” routine.

Oct. 5th, 2010

I have started my second month (hooray!) of my new workout plan and must say, results are there. Do I still have the “extra” middle section I want to reduce? Yes I do, but more importantly, I have been able to add more weight and I really do feel a change in my day to day activities. I have more energy, feel better overall and I just don’t have the up’s and down’s I did, even back when I drank coffee. (How did I get to coffee all of a sudden??)

Quitting coffee was another thing I thought I would never do….

Alas-I did and it was the book “Skinny Bastard” that was responsible. So much about what authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin wrote honestly made sense. And to be able to get ideas thru my thick skull is no easy task. Anyway-When I was on the coffee train, those afternoon crashes and needs for a jumpstart in the morning, I thought would be with me for the rest of my life. I am so glad to have made the leap from da bean….

Oct. 1st, 2010

Well I accomplished my first goal. To get through 4 weeks of my new plan from Robert Cheeke. Yup-1 month and so far I like the results. Not massive mind you, but very happy all the same. My weight is up 9 pounds and without adding to my slowly decreasing gut. So far the biggest challenge has been my caloric intake. While I’m happy with the protein intake, I have been adding a little than I like.

But as they say-Eating as close as you can to raw/whole foods….

…the better you will be. Simply, I was relying way too much on the MRB’s. (meal replacement bars) So last Sunday, I made a week long dish that included potatoes – brussel sprouts – green beans – vegan chile and brown rice. My wife almost freaked when I said brussel sprouts! She couldn’t belive I would voluntarily eat those awful tasting things. hmmm… Well me neither!

Sept. 16th, 2010

So I just completed my second week of my new program and I am thrilled! (of course I am also ready for bed) I decided after reviewing my notes I was really close to calorie target but need to finish strong with a great meal. So here is what I made!

First off, if you don’t have one of these, you must get a grilled Panini maker. This is the Krups model and it works! This was a gift from some terrific people.

So tonight, I prepped a sandwich with the following goodies. 4 slices of Pepper Tofurkey-1/3 cup of rice and vegan chili and a slice of vegan cheese. Yummmm. And about 350 calories if my math is right. I finished up with a bowl of avocado dip I made that gave another 400 calories! So 750 on top of 2300 for the day. (gives me around 3000 calories) Not bad. Before I forget, here is my funky creation…

Pretty tasty too if I don’t say so myself. This followed my post workout Vega shake so a great combo.

Sept. 15th, 2010

So I have been looking more into other types of Vegan training and the fact so much can be attained with a healthy diet. (Not diet in the sense of “cutting back” on what I eat) I mean my appetite is increasing and being able to work towards 3500 calories is kinda fun. But being organized is huge to a succesful diet. I leave home with my lunch bag(s) crammed full of food, and my Vega drink mixes ready to go. My target is to be eating a meal every 2 hours during the day. (3-4 big meals and 4 snacks) It’s just been a matter of mathematics to make sure I eat a varied diet and the numbers come in correct by the end of the day. (ie. 3500 calories/260g. protein)

The challenge is on and underway!

Currently I have just finished my first week of the new workout schedule. Following a program set forth by Robert Cheeke, it combines a planned array of specific weight programs and dietary schedule. I have just finished putting together a daily plan that tracks my calorie and protein intake too. Robert’s book has got me hooked for sure… And it’s only been a week!

I will be taking extra blood tests thru my doctor to make sure I am staying healthy and managing my new plan correctly. It’s kinda funny: I can’t wait for the first person to ask me, “Isn’t the weight lifting lifestyle dangerous?” or “Where do you get your protein from??”

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