Ok, so this is my firs day journaling this part of my vegan fitness/bodybuilding journey. Its been a year (a bit more) that it started. Last year, this date I just wanted to finish losing the last couple of pounds and reach my ideal size (I've never been a big fan of the scale, rather rely on how clothes fit). Anyway, my goals started to change and as I've traveled farther in this road and learned more about the sport (bodybuilding) the desire to grow more muscle has increased. I'm regarded as a freak as it is in this town (imagine not eating animals by choice, not because I'm sick or anything
), imagine now! Some people boldly come up to me and ask me why do I come to the gym (you're too thin already) why would you like to be more muscular, why do you wanna look like a man???? (Small town people, tsk tsk!) Anyway, it was easier to lose the pounds (82 in total) than to gain the muscle. I've managed to increase my strength significantly, and there is some muscle and definition here and there, but I hardly look like an IFBB pro, or am anywhere near to benchpressing my own weight. To state the truth I look thin... Some days I feel like Popeye's Olive Oil (was that the name of his girlfriend?).... I'm still getting the hang of vegan nutrition for performance and results....
On another note, I've been following Jamie Eason's Live Fit 12 week program, I'm on week 6 now. I'm kind of following the nutrition guidelines that aren't vegan friendly, and making substitutions here and there. But there's a problem here: I've started to lose weigh and I don't want that to happen. And the minute I eliminate cardio and increase food intake (in the form of starchy carbs I admit) I start to grow a pouch. I still look thin, but with a flabby pouch!!! :'-(
So that's basically the situation here: once an obese omnivore, now a scrawny vegan... well at least I have biceps that can be seen when I flex, LOL. But I want my arms bigger. And my legs. And the cuts. I want it all.
Enough of my worries already, let's get into the juicy stuff here: today's workout and diet.
Went to the gym at 6:00am, with two young kids there isn't any other time. This was my workout today:
Back and Cardio
Pullups 3/10 (negatives and assisted)
Bent over bb row (EZ bar 20lbs weight discs)
Seated cable rows (60 lbs)
Wide grip lat pulldowns 3/10 (50lbs)
One Arm DB row 3/8 (30lbs)
Hammer Strength lat pulldown 3/10 (40lbs)
Hyperextension 3/8 (25lbs weight disc)
Elliptical: 30 minute moderate cardio
When I was done, drank soy protein shake mixed with favored water.
Meal 1: 3/4 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons of milled flaxseeds, soy milk
Meal 2: 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
Meal 3: TVP styrfry (with broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and stringbeans) seasoned with fresh onions, garlic, basil, soysauce and a teaspoon of olive oil (poured after cooked)
sweet potato(about the size of my fist) boiled with skin
Meal 4: Another soy protein shake
Meal 5: whole wheat roll w/peanut butter, a cup of fresh avocado
Meal 6: 1 cup of TVP styrfry with avocado and tomato salad.
Well that was it... I hope I'm not trashing in the kitchen what I'm doing in the gym!