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  1. sun warrior makes a raw vegan protein powder. I bought chocolate. It has a pleasant flavor, and mixes well.
  2. Thank you!!!!! I see a lot of folks following the 80 10 10 path do a lot of running/biking etc. Of course, I have always limited cardio because I want to make sure I gain weight *muscle. How much cardio is appropriate? I really love spinning, but I want to continue to put on muscle! You look great!
  3. That's good! I have been doing something pretty similar...well with the occasional cooked food. I am glad to know I can still build some muscle on this program. Aside from maybe a little bit of bloating on the first or second day I have felt great. The last few days I had plenty of energy to work out. Also, I am so excited I no longer crave sweets! I think my body must really want fruit. Hehehe! Thanks for the input!
  4. I'm doing great! Work out: Legs Machine abduction/adduction Weighted calf raises Machine leg flexion/extension Weighted squats Leg press Diet: 1) Smoothie w/three bananas and OJ 2) Oatmeal w/small portion of raisins, cinnamon, peanutbutter 3) Green smoothie w/banana (1),collards,pineapple and red pepper w/hummus 4) Bananas (4) and sun warrior shake ____worked out here_____ 5) Oranges (4) 6) Half a baked sweet potato Today I had a ton of energy! I didn't experience gas or bloating. I consumed just about 2000 calories *82/9/9* Protein = only 50 grams, lipids less than 25 grams I included some cooked food including the oatmeal and potato...but I am perfectly okay with that. Today I went to the store and purchased organic fruits and vegetables. I bought kale, red peppers, apples, bananas and hummus. I already have a ton of fruit at home (pineapple, kiwi, oranges.) I decided to focus my diet on apples and bananas because I do not want to consume a lot of acidic fruits, and risk damaging my teeth. O/w I could easily eat oranges all day. LOL. I must add that as a person with a history of binge/starvation problem...I no longer crave sweet carbs, such as cookies, cakes, muffins, bread, pizza, donuts, etc. I also don't crave diet pop. This is huge for me! So I am going to stick to this plan.
  5. oops I forgot I also had a spinach/lettuce salad in the morning!
  6. Today was bicep day! Two sets, ten reps. Heavy! Exercise: Hammer curls Bicep curls Machine bicep curl Planks What I ate: 1) Smoothie with 3 bananas, OJ, soy latte 2) 5 oranges, 2 kiwi 3) protein shake w/almond milk 4) 2 apples, 1 clementine Exercise here!!! It was at 4 PM 5) protein shake w/almond milk and banana 6) tofu and half of baked sweet potato About 1800 cals, 86 grams protein, 321 grams carbs, 33 grams fat (approximately 66/18/16). I seemed to experience some tiredness towards the end of my work out. I was there about 1 hour 15 minutes. Otherwise, I felt great all day. Lots of energy. I wonder if I need to change what I am eating prior to my workout???? Also, I have been rather bloated this evening...any advice would be stellar!!!
  7. I read a book called " Eat Vegan on $4 a day" (About ten bucks on Amazon.) It is available on Amazon, and a quick read. The author provides some good advice on transitioning to veganism, and saving money. I believe if you stick to purchasing whole foods, and stay away from the processed counterparts you will be okay. I take advantage of farmers markets for certain items, like green leafy veggies. Also, I agree that bulk bins are very important. Lastly, you may consider joining Cosco/Sams because you can get large amounts for cheap. I don't think I can pin it down to an exact number since my protein requirements are a bit less. You may have to just try it for a few weeks to get a feel for what you spend. I found once I cut out the "extras" such as starbucks and pizza, I saved money overall. Good luck!
  8. How do you like Go fruit yourself??? So far I feel good eating mostly fruits. I have a history of disordered eating. And I def don't feel the need to binge anymore. I believe the sweetness of the fruits cures the desire for sweets/diet soda. Also, I am pretty darn full. I am still drinking almond milk, and vegan protein powder. I think in the last two days I have been more like 70.15.15. Which is fine with me. BlueRose, how are you doing with the diet?
  9. 1/4 Today was chest day! I performed the following...again two sets of ten...heavy heavy heavy machine incline/decline press machine chest press machine assisted tricep dips machine fly diet: 1) 3 bananas, oj in a smoothie, coffee with almond milk 2) 3 bananas, grapes, 4 clementines 3) protein shake with almond milk and 1TB almond butter 4) 3 pears, 1 clementine, quinoa/beans w/salsa 5) baked kale sprinkled with Braggs (one whole bunch...too yummy!) Vitamins! Pretty sure I didn't get enough cals in....aiming for about 2100 to put on muscle!!!!!
  10. Lol. I am certain no one is reading this, but it will make me feel better... I have figured out a way to mix up parts of the 80 10 10 diet and add some more protein/fat! Hehehe. Which I guess sort of makes it a different diet altogether, but I don't care...anybody who sees this please let me know your opinion. Keeping in mind I am 5'5 125 with some muscle build...and working toward bikini build. This is the food I would consume in one day: 8 bananas, 6 oranges, 2 tangerines, 1 grapefruit, 3 stalks celery, 3 tomatos, 3 cups lettuce, 3 cups cabbage, fennel, 0.2 cups pumpkin seeds, 2 TB flaxseed mill, 2 scoops mrm veggie protein in water This ends up equaling: 2200 cals/80 grams protein/460 grams carbs/27 grams fat I also take prenatal vitamins. So basically I am adding the sun flower seeds/ flax seed mill for a bit more fat. And continuing my protein powder. Any suggestions.......
  11. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention, I invested in sun warrior raw vegan protein powder as well. It has only 80 cals/and provides about 15 grams of protein. Right now, I have MRM veggie protein.
  12. Day 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 (1/3) Exercise: I worked out with my husband who looks wonderful, and has successfully built lots of muscle. He is not a vegan/vegetarian, but is always very supportive of my efforts to get more fit. Today we worked on shoulders and back. We did two heavy sets with ten reps because we were in more of a hurry. And no cardio today! Here is what I did: Weighted shoulder shrug Machine shoulder press Free weight lateral raises Machine lat pull down Machine lower back extension Machine upper back Planks Here is what I ate: Breakfast ---Fresh OJ, pineapple, bananas blended (so good), coffee and almond milk Lunch --- Tofu and collard greens, banana bread w/almond butter Snack---Lots of grapes Dinner---Quinoa and blackbeans w/salsa, vegan sour cream My gym has a contest to transform the physique, so tommorow I get all my measurements and weights, etc. My personal goal is to end up looking like a bikini competitor. Therefore, I will be kicking everything up a notch. I am aiming to get around 120ish grams of protein, 30 grams of fat, and as many carbohydrates as I need to perform. I will incorporate as many raw foods as possible, but I am not going to sweat it right now. For now I will continue to eat the tofu, seitan, etc. (Maybe macros will be 50/30/20?). I have seen a book about raw veganism by Channa Serenity, but it hasn't been released...I may pick it up when available to help me work out the best diet possible. She has the best physique. I am also reading a book called "Becoming Raw" to learn more information. It is very well researched. My parents have also bought me a juicer, and will be bringing it to me at sometime this month!
  13. Day 2!!! (1/2) Exercise - Off. Diet- Breakfast --- Smoothie - two bananas, mango, fresh oj Lunch --- tofu and onion on top of collards w/oranges Snack --- mrm veggie protein w/almond milk Dinner --- quinoa and beans Snack --- I actually had a piece of carrot cake *Totally unauthorized. January 4 is day one of contest I am entering at my gym. I will get measured and my picture taken. It is a three month ordeal. So from that point I will not have any sweets/diet sodas in the home. I am considering strictly following the 80 10 10 diet plan for one month, and then possibly adding a bit more protein to it for the long haul...SIGH! I don't know!!!!! I like the sound of the plan, but the protein/fat levels do not seem high enough to build muscle mass...Anyways! I am just going to focus on clean eating and exercising tommorow!
  14. Journal entry for New Years: Exercise - Off. Diet - Breakfast - Nada. Lunch - Orange. Dinner - Tofu and onion w/baked sweet potato, pear. Yeaaaah....Overindulged a bit New Year's Eve so I didn't pick up an appetite until 10PM. Time to get my butt into gear. I have decided to also avoid alcohol in the future, due to the empty calories PLUS it KILLS my appetite!
  15. Any advice? Specifically since I am working on building muscle?
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