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Hi all,

 

So sorry to start my online journal early, but it is summer in New Zealand and I am currently on holiday.

 

At the moment my diet and training is not that good and I am starting to feel and see it in my body. The holiday that I am on is much needed for rest and relaxation.

 

I have a goal of competing in my first competition, sometime in May, and I thought doing this challenge would be good for me. I need the extra little bit of help and motivation to reach my goals.

 

My food today is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Oats

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Soy milk

 

Morning tea

- Cupcake

 

Lunch

- Hummus

- Quinoa and millet crackers

- Vege sausage

 

Afternoon Tea

- Cupcakes x2

- Salt and vinegar chips

- Peach

 

Dinner

- Vege protein satay stick/kebab things

- Stir fried veges

- Garlic bread

 

Also consumed four alcoholic drinks after dinner.

 

In terms of exercise, I managed to only walk about 3km. This is rather low for me, I walk 10 to 15 km most days.

 

I also help run at vegan outreach stall today in a small semi-rural town near the sea at a carnival/festival. We didn't do as well as we expected, in terms of shifting vegan cupcakes, but we did manage to talk and influence a couple of people to veganism.

 

And before I end this, I shall introduce myself. I am 27 years old and a mother to a very vibrant 3 year old vegan boy I will be starting med school at the end of February (our academic year is different to the northern hemisphere). I have been a vegan for 4 years now. I have been interested in bodybuilding training and competing for a number of years.

 

I would like to thank Robert and the team for accepting me as a participant, and I am looking forward to the mentorship from Michelle Risley.

 

Denise

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Yesterday and today have not been good diet wise, however, I have done a fair bit of cardio.

 

I know I shouldn't use the fact that I am on holiday as an excuse to eat food that is not going to help me towards my goal.

 

My food for Tuesday is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Oats

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Soy milk

 

Morning tea

- Peach

- Banana

 

Lunch

- Garlic bread

 

Afternoon tea

- nothing

 

Dinner

- Marinated tofu

- Sir fry veges

- Rice

 

Dessert

- Soy ice cream

- Chocolate sauce

- Chopped peanuts.

 

I went for a 2 and a half hour walk. Walked 13.5km in total and burned 694 calories. I use Endomondo Pro on my phone to work out distance and calories burnt. I also managed to drink 3 litres of water on Tuesday.

 

My food today wasn't that good

 

Breakfast

- 4 Weetbix

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Soy milk

 

Morning tea

- Salt and vinegar chips

- Peach

 

Lunch

- Broad beans

- Peanuts

- Ginger beer

 

Afternoon tea

- Cupcake

 

Dinner

- Quinoa and millet crackers

- Hummus

- Avocado

- Popcorn

 

I walked a total of 10km today and burned 506 calories.

 

I use Cron-o-meter on my phone and on the web to track my calorie intake, but to also make sure that I am getting the right amount of nutrients. At the moment I am running a deficiency in calcium, some of the B vitamins, and Omega 3. My iron and zinc levels are fine, as some of the foods I eat are fortified.

 

It is summer here in NZ, and I find it strange that I am eating the amount of fresh fruit and veg that I normally do.

 

So what I did was go to a bulk food place that sells many of the the foods that I normally eat, today, and brought food that I can eat for the rest of my holiday that will ensure that I will now remain on track.

 

I also have to stay away from gluten, as I have gluten sensitivity. However, I have been in gluten overload and my body looks and feels quite puffy from water retention and my body's reaction to gluten. I don't feel well because of it and I wonder why I do things like this to myself, when I know it affects my body the way that it does.

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Thanks for the very organized and detailed journal updates. It helps me tremendoulsy. And based on your emails, I can tell you are very organized and disciplined.

 

Once you get home from holiday, I'd like to see your daily macros and daily weights (either here or via email). Your nutrition training and background will definitely help you prepare for your contest.

 

Keep up the great work and enjoy the rest of your trip! Touch base when you get a chance...

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Feel like my eating is starting to sort itself out while I am on holiday.

 

Yesterday (Thursday) is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Oats

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Banana

- Soy milk

 

Morning tea

- Peach

- Almonds

 

Lunch

- Brown rice crackers

- Hummus

- Almonds

 

Afternoon tea

- Nothing

 

Dinner

- Smoothie comprised of the following: hemp protein, spirulina powder, banana, orange juice, soy milk

 

Evening snack

- quarter of a pack of Salt & Vinegar chips

 

I also enjoyed a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc witha friend that I had not seen for quite sometime. Exercise wise, only got in a 4km walk.

 

Today (Friday) is as follows

 

Breakfast

- Tofu scramble: tofu, silverbeet, onion, capsicum, tumeric

- Beans with a sauce made of tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh herbs

- Homemade hash browns

 

Morning tea

- Raw chocolate thing a friend made from almonds, coconut, cocoa, and raisins

 

Lunch

- Almonds. I couldn't eat anything else as I didn't feel hungry

 

Dinner

- Broccoli sprinkled with soy sauce and shredded coconut

- Fresh corn

- Vegan schnitzel, made by Frys

- Garlic bread

 

Walked 8km today and it felt good.

 

I sometimes feel like a fraud doing this challenge whilst I am on holiday, but it is a good accountability thing for me. I am loving your mentorship Michelle, and will most definitely be back on track with what I have planned when I get back home in 6 days time

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You're not a fraud and you're doing great! Accountability is one of the biggest differences between good results and amazing results. Remember, it's not what you eat a few weeks out of the year that ruins your results; it's what you do rest of the 365 days that makes the difference. I splurge occasionally, too, when I'm not dieting for a show. But I always track what I eat and drink, every day.

 

Knowing exacly what your nutrition is, and how it is affecting you, is the first step. Don't worry, we'll get you on track next week.

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This is a update for the past three days.

 

Saturday is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Soy milk

- Almonds

- Banana

 

Morning Tea

- nothing, as did not feel hungry

 

Lunch

- Quinoa and Millet Crackers

- Hummus

- Vegan pate

- Almonds

- Raisins

 

Afternoon tea

- nothing, as did not feel hungry

 

Dinner

- Vegan sausage

- Quinoa and spinach salad

- Soy protein stuff on skewers

- Bean salad

 

Dessert

- Doughnut

 

I managed to drink 3 litres of water that day, and had one alcoholic beverage. I did one hour of yoga and walked 13.5km; burned about 690 calories. It was a fairly warm day as well.

 

Sunday is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Spirulina smoothie made from spirulina, hemp protein, soy milk, and a juice

- Almonds

 

Morning tea

- Cupcake

 

Lunch

- Quinoa and spinach salad

- Avocado

- Beans

 

Afternoon tea

- Soy ice cream

 

Dinner

- Went out for dinner and had vegan laksa and a sago dessert

 

Drank 3 litres of water that day, along with a couple of glasses of herbal tea. No exercise, as was travelling to my next destination.

 

Today (Monday) is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Oats

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Banana

- Soy milk

 

Morning Tea

- Banana

 

Lunch

- Quinoa and Millet Crackers

- Vegan pate

- Almonds

- Raisins

 

Afternoon Tea:

- nothing, as was not hungry

 

Dinner

- Homemade Vietnamese fresh rolls made with: lettuce, carrot, beetroot, parsley, beetroot leaves, red onion, tofu, sesame seeds, and avocado. Dipping sauce was sweet chilli

 

Dessert

- Soy ice cream with berries

 

Drank 3 litres of water, along with 4 cups of green tea and a cup of herbal tea. Walked 3km today, so not that good.

 

I have about 3 to 4 days left of my holiday, but I am going to make a concerted effort to update this daily from now on and get some form of exercise fitted in daily whilst I am on holiday.

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Yesterday was a very good day for me, food wise, and I was happy that I was eating healthy food and had no crap whatsoever. I was tempted a couple of times, but I am starting to get my mind into the space that I am aiming to compete in May and that I need to get m food and exercise sorted.

 

Yesterday (Tuesday) is as follows:

 

Breakfast

- Oats

- Raisins

- Shredded coconut

- Almonds

- Banana

- Soy milk

 

Morning Tea

- nothing, as was not hungry

 

Lunch

- Went out for lunch at a vegetarian/vegan cafe. Had scrambled tofu with wilted spinach, along with two slices of wholegrain gluten-free toast with mashed avocado on top.

 

Afternoon tea

- Nothing, as I was still full from lunch

 

Dinner

- Went to a Hare Krishna restaurant with friends. As expected, had the vegan options. I had dahl, potato and pea curry, salad, carrot and okra curry, and small round flat bread thing. I only got a small plate (as it was a buffet), and I was satisfied with the serving I had.

 

I also managed to drink 4 litres of water (yay!), and also had two cups of herbal tea. I walked about 4km yesterday, which isn't a lot, but was out and about socialising with friends.

 

I head back to Auckland tomorrow, so today is my last day on holiday. I've now read Robert's book on vegan bodybuilding three times since being on a holiday, and have also been re-reading Brendan Brazier's book as well. Along with my nutrition training, I should be back on track when I get back home.

 

I'm getting really excited about this phase of my life at the moment. I will be starting at med school at the end of February, and I like that I have a health and fitness goal to work towards while I am studying. I also find working out a good form of stress relief

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Hi Denise! We're halfway through the VBB New You for the New Year challenge! How are things going? I notice you haven't updated your journal in about a week... Are things okay? Hope you had a wonderful conclusion to your holiday and that you're right on track with your goals now that you're back at home.

 

Hoping your 2012 is off to a happy and healthy start!

 

All the best,

Karen

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