Day Sixteen ~ Vegan Challenge

Day 16
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Black Bean Veggie Burger with rice 8 oz of water
Afternoon If you're hungry any time throughout the day have a Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie or an apple with 2 Tbsp of nut butter 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Spinach salad with cucumbers; tomatoes; yellow squash; and balsamic vinaigrette 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I had toast again. Then for lunch I crumbled a veggie burger over rice.

For dinner I went with a simple spinach salad with lots of fresh veggies.

Then I followed Day Three of the Five Day Workout Plan. Up the weights if you need to! Then followed Jillian Michael’s yoga video below. It’s a great stretch while working the muscles.

day 3 of five day workout plan

Day Eight ~ Vegan Challenge

Now that I’m caught up again, here’s day 8!

Day 8
Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Black Bean Veggie Burger topped with red pepper hummus OR crumble a veggie burger on top of a salad and use salsa as dressing 8 oz of water
Afternoon Kale chips! or an apple and a handful of almonds/walnuts 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Mediterannean Baked Tofu from Vegan Eats World (recipe and pictures to come) and a side of rice 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

I was rushing in the morning so I had a quick piece of toast with some almond butter and a banana for breakfast.

For a snack I was craving some kale chips so I made a small batch.

Kale Chips

I added a little paprika to them. They’re addicting!

For dinner I made a recipe from one of the books I bought while in Portland: Vegan Eats World. It’s by the same author of Veganomicon, which is also an awesome recipe book. Daniel’s sister had it, and I perused it quite often while we visited to help prepare me for my vegan challenge. It has so many good recipes and tips! Vegan Eats World has similar tips but the recipes are of an international variety. I literally want to make every recipe in it — they all sound so delicious and the pictures are mouthwatering. I think every vegan should have both books.

I had another rest day instead of exercise… sort of. I went to the chiropractor and have some major problems with my left shoulder. I’ve felt a dull pain/uncomfortableness in it for at least six months and finally decided to do something about it. Turns out my shoulder is out of place and is being pulled forward by ligaments over compensating for the weak/tight muscles (or something to that sort). Every time I do a push up or arm exercises it pops. My chiropractor gave me some exercises to do to strengthen my shoulder so I did those instead of a more intense workout. If you’re following the challenge, just restart the Five Day Workout Plan on Day One. Keep getting stronger! It should be easier this week and you shouldn’t feel as sore.

Five Day Workout Plan Day 1

Make sure you’re not using too light of weights. It should be difficult to get through 3 sets of 12. I use 10 lb weights. Be sure to stretch afterwards (arms, shoulders, quads, hams, and calves) and rehydrate as well!

Day Seven ~ Vegan Challenge

Sorry about the delay on day 7! And to think I had just mentioned I’d be better at posting. Whoops!

Day 7

Eat Drink
Wake Up 8 oz of water
Breakfast Oatmeal with a variety of toppings OR 2 pieces of whole wheat toast topped with a nut butter of your choosing and a side of fruit (apple orange or banana) 8 oz of water
Morning 8 oz of water before lunch (I always keep a water bottle handy)
Lunch Leftover Quinoa Pesto and Vegetables and Sweet Potato Veggie Burger (if you have any left) or some fresh veggies and 2 Tbsp hummus as a side 8 oz of water
Afternoon A handful of almonds and an apple OR Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (recipe to come) 8 oz of water before dinner
Dinner Black Bean Veggie Burgers from my Whole Food Life (noticing a trend? I love her recipes!) 8 oz of water
Exercise At least 16 oz of water after exercise to rehydrate

For breakfast I had 2 slices of whole wheat toast with almond butter and banana slices. Seriously, can’t get enough of it. It’s like dessert to me now. My, how times have changed. Have I said this before? Déjà vu!

For lunch I had some of the leftover Quinoa Pesto with Vegetables. Pretty good the next day! I was still a little hungry afterwards so I ate a leftover Sweet Potato Veggie Burger as well with a little ketchup. I’m a fan.

pesto pasta and vegetables

Dinner turned out tasty! I actually cut the recipe in half just because the extra black beans I had cooked back when I made the Black Beans and Rice only measured out to be roughly one can instead of two (I’ve started buying dried beans because they’re cheaper and easy to make, just time consuming because of the over night soaking). But I was still able to make 8 patties! They seemed pretty mushy as a mix (maybe I should have added less milk) but an hour in the oven firmed them up. They were still pretty soft though. I ate mine with ketchup and mustard and a roll. Crumbling them up over a salad with some salsa would be really good! Ooohhh total lunch idea!

Black Bean veggie burger

It doesn’t look the prettiest  but it tasted so good!

black bean veggie burger

Today was a rest day for exercise. Just do some stretching and maybe go for a walk! I went walking around campus for classes, does that count?

Who’s seen some weight loss or changes yet? This completes the first week now. I’ve lost 1.5 lbs! I’m feeling pretty good. I love all of the tasty recipes but I could be doing better on exercise. I need some more cardio I think. I’ll try to incorporate that more into this next week.