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Thanks, C.O.

 

Feel free to be constructively critical! My food for today:

 

Breakfast:

2 cups coffee w/soy creamer (haven't been able to give this one up...)

Lara Bar - Key Lime Pie

 

Lunch:

Kale - 4 cups

Raw Sunflower Seeds - 1/4 cup

Braggs - 1/2 tsp

Nutritional Yeast - 2 TBSP

(I made a little mix with these.)

 

1st Snack:

Asparagus, lightly baked - 14 spears

 

2nd Snack:

Banana - 1 medium

 

Dinner:

Homemade Chili - about 1 1/2 cups

Tofutti Sour Cream - 1 TBSP

Daiya Cheese - 1/4 cup

Crackers - 1 serving

 

3rd Snack:

Kiwi - 1 medium

 

 

Totals:

Fat - 58g

Sodium - 2161

Total Carbs - 215

Protein - 42 (I understand that this is very low. Out of protein supplements at the moment and not terribly good at eating the meat substitutes.)

 

Please make suggestions on what I can improve diet wise. I know one day is not a good indicator of how a person typically eats but I plan on posting many more days. I also can not have tree nuts in the house as one of my children is allergic. Lara Bars are an exception I sneak when I am not at home.

 

I will post my workout later. Unfortunately, the kids had Fall Festivals today as everything was postponed due to weather. So, I folded a couple load of laundry and walked the neighborhood - does that count as a workout? And no worry, we don't eat the candy...they just have the experience. The candy goes to the soldiers over seas.

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Today was P90X Plyometrics. I think maybe I am not eating enough...feeling very drained during workout. Since I finished Insanity I don't think P90X cardio should be hard to keep up with...

 

Food today:

 

Breakfast:

1 cup Coffee w/soy creamer

Banana

Lara Bar - Apple Pie

 

Snack 1:

1/2 cup grapes

 

Lunch:

1.5oz Baby Spring Mix

1/8 cup raw sunflower seeds

3oz. carrots

 

Snack 2:

1/2 cup Cucumber slices

 

Snack 3:

Med Fuji Apple

 

Dinner:

Small Baked potato

1 TBSP Tofutti Sour Cream

1/4 cup Daiya cheese

1 1/8 cup frozen veggies

2 TBSP barbecue sauce

 

Totals:

Fat: 29

Carbs: 198

Protein: 23

 

..I just noticed calories are at 1096...I am going to find a snack before bed.

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Hello Veggiewarrior13!

 

I just started my journal here a few days ago and tonight I will start the P90X myself (and my wife).

My first impression is that you dont eat enough and that's not good for you, especially when you work out.

Coffee dehydrates big time so, by the time you're having your coffee in the morning you're supposed to have had enough water. How much water do you drink in a day? How about sleep?

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Thanks, GeorgeP. I believe you may be right; I am not eating enough. Upped my intended calories today. Hopefully that will help me out. I have been operating at a deficit so long it seems weird to intentionally eat more.

 

I drink a good deal of water. Get a gallon or just over every day.

 

Is coffee very detrimental? I can stop drinking coffee (and have for raw weeks before) but I just happen to like it in the morning.

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Personally I don't find anything wrong with coffee. Lots of athletes using caffeine supplements, I just prefer to drink mine

I definitely agree that you want your calories to be higher. I've noticed that I get really sluggish pretty quickly if I'm not eating enough, and then my lifts suffer. An idea for you because you have a hard time with the meat replacements... maybe try to incorporate more beans? I pretty regularly take a can of beans and empty the entire thing out onto a "side salad" at work to make it into an appropriately sized entree for myself during lunch, even add an avocado if I'm feeling like really filling up. I know this isn't a possibility for some people because they have trouble digesting beans or just don't like them, but if this isn't the case for you I bet it would help you pack on some more calories and protein! I've found substituting lentils in for recipes where I would've previously used ground beef helps keep my protein high, as well, without having to rely on store-bought meat replacements.

Also, I know you said that you were out of protein supplements, so I'm not sure if you regular supplement with a shake or something similar, but if you don't that might be a good idea too. I fix a morning shake with soy protein, soy milk, peanut butter, and a banana that gets me to ~45 g protein and 450 kcal before I even walk out of the door or have my first sip of coffee in the morning. It fills me up and gets me ready to go conquer the day with some solid nutrition already behind me.

Anyway, welcome to the forums!

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Thank you for the welcome, BeansNBroccoli. I read a bit about coffee today and decided I will keep my one cup per day. I understand that it can be dehydrating as GeorgeP said but I think that one caffeine drink in the morning will not hurt so much.

 

Beans aren't a problem for me, we actually eat them pretty often in my house. With all these children running around we have a weekly menu every week and Wednesday is taco night. It's our busiest day and tacos are quick. Yummy. Not a bad idea to take them to work with me. I need to get some dry and cook them up...trying to watch my sodium so too many cans are out. Thanks for the suggestion. Avocados rock too. The two days before I began my journal I had two with lunch each day. That's the only reason they haven't been in my lunches since I began posting.

 

I don't actually dislike the meat substitutes; I am just trying to stay away from too much processed food. When I began a vegan diet I relied on them. I had to learn how to eat veggies.

 

I do usually use a protein powder but we don't have any in the house right now. Today I did start with a smoothie, though.

 

Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Fruit smoothie w/banana, frozen fruit, soy milk, flax seed

 

Snack 1-

1/2 block tofu sauteed in olive oil

 

Lunch -

2 cups kale

1/2 block tofu sauteed in olive oil

2 TBSP nutritional yeast

1 tsp. Braggs Amino Acids

 

Snack 2 -

1 medium apple

 

Dinner -

4 spears asparagus

1 cup elbow macaroni

2/3 cup broccoli & cauliflower

 

Snack 3 -

Protein Bar

 

Totals -

Fat 50g

Carbs 199

Protein 90 (much better)

Calories 1572

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Food today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

smoothie w/banana, soy milk, frozen fruit, flax seed

 

Snack 1 -

1 cup grapes

 

Lunch -

2 cups garden salad (with olives, zucchini, carrots, green onions, Bragg's)

 

Snack 2 -

Avocado with nutritional yeast

 

Dinner -

Taco Night!

1/2 cup black beans

1/2 cup refried beans

1/4 cup Daiya cheese

2/3 cup spinach

small flour tortilla

two hard taco shells

 

Snack 3-

Protein bar

 

Totals:

Fat 60g

Carbs 223g

Protein 60g

 

 

Workout today was P90X yoga. I do NOT like this workout. Ugh.

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Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup Coffee w/soy creamer

1 cup steel cut oats

1/2 tbsp flax seed

1 banana

 

Snack 1 -

Banana (was feeling bananas today)

 

Lunch -

1 1/2 cup garden salad

1/2 cup spinach leaves

1/2 cup black beans

1/2 cup grilled zucchini

 

Snack 2 -

1 medium fuji apple

1.5 cup boiled kale

 

Dinner -

Veggie casserole w/rice

 

Snack 3 -

Protein bar

 

Totals -

Fat 23g

Carbs 246g

Protein 51g

Calories 1344

 

Workout completed today was P90X back and legs.

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Today's food:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

1 banana

1 serving steel cut oats w/flax seed

 

Lunch

2 cups 15 bean soup

 

Dinner -

1.5 cups veggie soup

 

Snack -

protein bar

 

Totals:

Fat 32g

Carbs 205g

Protein 59g

Calories 1332

 

I am taking a day off from workouts as I have a big physical day planned tomorrow.

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Didn't get a chance to welcome you aboard.. So ... Welcome

 

With regards to coffee, you're right a cup a day won't hurt, in fact I've found that drinking coffee an hour or so before training or even directly before training in some cases really improves my performance. Right now though the cup I'm drinking is to get me through work..

All the best and I look forward to seeing your progress

Ross

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Thank you for the welcome, rossco. I have been enjoying your journal.

 

Food for today

 

Breakfast -

2 cups coffee with soy creamer (Saturday cheat, I suppose)

1 cup oatmeal

 

Lunch -

4 small red potatoes

1.5 cups kale

1/4 cup green onion

1/4 cup yellow onion

1 TBSP nutritional yeast

 

Snack -

Protein Bar

 

Dinner -

Vegan Un-chicken nuggets (the kids get a cheat meal too )

1 cup green beans

1 cup cous cous

 

Totals

Fat 23g

Carbs 246g

Protein 72g

Calories 1412

 

 

My workout today included moving a wood pile, then moving it back. Moved it about 30 feet up a small hill.

This pile:

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Then, I pulled this sled around for about half an hour. I went up and down the small hills around my house. Had a little help getting the weight on the sled up. The kids took turns.

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Food for yesterday (11.10):

 

Breakfast-

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

1/4 cup dry steel cut oats

1/2 TBSP flax seed

 

Snack 1-

Coconut macaroon bar

 

Lunch-

5 small new potatoes

3 cups kale

 

Snack 2-

1 cucumber

2 TBSP red pepper hummus

 

Dinner-

Homemade vegan lasagna

 

Snack 3-

Protein Bar

 

 

Totals:

Fat 42g

Carbs 236g

Protein 68g

Calories 1515

 

 

 

Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Coconut macaroon bar

1 banana

 

Snack 1-

Fuji apple

 

Lunch -

1 cucumbers

carrots

2 TBSP peanut butter

 

Snack 2 -

banana

 

Dinner -

Bean and rice burrito

 

Snack 3 -

Protein bar

 

Party bonus! It's my wife's birthday so I had a piece of delicious homemade pistachio rosewater cake. Those calories don't count.

...they actually don't count because I have no idea what all is in that cake and since it's a once a year thing, I am calling it my cheat meal.

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Food for yesterday (11.12):

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Coconut Macaroon bar

 

Snack -

Banana

 

Lunch -

Vegan Chili 2 types (Cookoff at work)

 

Dinner -

2 cups Baby Spring Salad

4 Boca Chik'n Nuggets

1/4 cup Daiya cheddar cheese

 

Snack -

Protein bar

 

Totals -

Fat 61g

Carbs 182g

Protein 63g

Calories 1508

 

Workout was Body Beast legs.

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Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Coconut Macaroon bar

 

Snack -

Fuji apple

 

Lunch -

Garden salad with olives

3 oz. carrots

 

Snack -

1.5 cups grapes

 

Dinner -

Taco Night!

2 taco shells

1 flour tortilla

0.5 cup refried beans

0.75 cup black beans

1 cup spinach

1 TBSP taco sauce

0.25 Daiya cheese

 

 

Exercise for today was P90X Shoulders and Arms. Kept track of weight used today (in lbs):

 

01 Alternating Shoulder Presses

R1 15 W 13

R2 15 W 13

 

02 In & Out Bicep Curls

R1 16 W 13

R2 16 W 13

 

03 Two-Arm Tricep Kickbacks

R1 12 W 8

R2 15 W 8

 

04 Deep Swimmer's Presses

R1 15 W 8

R2 8 W 15

 

05 Full Supination Concentration Curls

R1 22 W 10

R2 22 W 15

 

06 Chair Dips

R1 15

R2 12

 

07 Upright Rows

R1 16 W 10

R2 12 W 15

 

08 Static Arm Curls

R1 16 W 10

R2 16 W 15

 

09 Flip-Grip Twist Tricep Kickbacks

R1 16 W 5

R2 10 W 8

 

10 Seated Two-Angle Shoulder Flys

R1 16 W 5

R2 16 W 5

 

11 Crouching Cohen Curls

R1 12 W 10

R2 15 W 10

 

12 Lying-Down Tricep Extensions

R1 12 W 10

R2 10 W 10

 

13 In & Out Strait Arm Shoulder Flys

R1 16 W 5

R2 12 W 8

 

14 Congdon Curls

R1 15 W 10

R2 10 W 13

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Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Coconut Macaroon bar

 

Snack -

Large Banana

1/4 cup cashews (someone brought these in at work. yum.)

 

Snack -

1 cup grapes

 

Lunch -

1 cup black beans

3 oz. carrots

 

Snack -

Protein bar

 

Dinner -

veggie burger patty

small baked potato w/topping of tofutti sour cream and daiya cheese

baked zucchini

 

Totals:

Fat 54g

Carbs 215g

Protein 71g

Calories 1617

 

Exercise for today was P90X stretch. It was scheduled to be P90X yoga but I can't tolerate that workout...

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Food for today:

 

Breakfast -

1.5 cups of coffee with soy creamer

Coconut Macaroon bar

 

Snack -

1 cup grapes

 

Lunch -

2 zucchinis baked

2 cups boiled kale

1/2 cup black beans

 

Snack -

1 cup grapes

 

Snack -

1/4 cup cashews

 

Dinner -

large baked sweet potato

1 1/4 cup mixed veggies

1/4 cup daiya cheese

 

Totals:

Fat 54g

Carbs 201g

Protein 54g

Calories 1456

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With the kids, I completed 20 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, and 125 jumping jacks.

 

Workout tonight was P90X Back and Legs. Pull-ups and chin-up completed with 60lb assist (slowly).

 

01 Balance Lunge RLeg 15 LLeg 15

 

02 Calf Raise Squat Reps 25 Weight 25 lbs

 

03 Reverse Grip Chin-ups Round 1: 9 Round 2: 8

 

04 Super Skater RLeg 25 LLeg 25

 

05 Wall Squat (sec) Round 1: 60 Round 2: 60

 

06 Wide Front Pull-Ups Round 1: 5 Round 2: 4

 

07 Step Back Lunge RLeg Reps 15 Weight 10

LLeg Reps 15 Weight 10

 

08 Alternating Side Lunge Reps 24 Weight 10

 

09 Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups Round 1: 6 Round 2: 4

 

10 Single Leg Wall Squat (sec) Round 1: 60 Round 2: 60

 

11 Deadlift Squat LLeg Reps 20 RLeg Reps 20

 

12 Switch Grip Pull-Ups Round 1: 7 Round 2: 4

 

13 Three-Way Lunge RLeg Reps 5 LLeg Reps 5

 

14 Sneaky Lunge Rep 20

 

15 Chair Salutations (sec) Round 1: 30 Round 2: 30

 

16 Toe-Roll Iso Lunge RLeg Reps 10 LLeg Reps 10

 

17 Groucho Walk Reps 24

 

18 Calf Raises Reps 50 Weight 40lbs

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Food for Saturday, 11/16

 

Breakfast -

1 cup coffee with soy creamer

Coconut Macaroon bar

 

Snack -

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

 

Lunch -

2 cups mixed veggies

1/4 cup daiya cheese

 

Snack -

protein bar

 

Dinner -

16 bean soup w/kale, spinach, pepper and onion

1 piece cornbread

 

Totals

Total fat: 65g

Total carbs: 191

Protein: 62

Calories: 1517

 

No workout today. We have stayover company and I couldn't get one in...

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