Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 1: Feeling the Burn

The first day started off pretty well.  I am not used to eating 5 times a day, so it felt like I was constantly consuming some foodstuffs.  Let's go through the list

My breakfast was pretty simple, I had tofu mushroom scramble with a glass of milk and a cup of strawberries.

Tofu Scramble:
1. Heat non-stick skillet to medium high heat.  Take 8oz of tofu, cut in half, and squeeze to let a good portion of the liquid out.  Crumble the tofu into the skillet. Cook about halfway through (till it's about half brown, or about 5 minutes)
2. Add in 1/2 cup of diced Roma tomatoes and a handful of mushrooms.  Cook until tofu is firm and mushrooms have released their juice.

You can mix this up with anything, the base is the tofu, but you can do soy cheese, spinach, tomatoes, anything that suits your fancy.

According to the program, this should be the P90X bar and shake, but I'm not paying for that crap, so I had a Cliff bar instead.  Those things are darn good.  It's like a candy bar, only it doesn't have an entire day of saturated fat in it.  The chocolate peanut  butter is to die for.

I had a salad and two veggie burgers, no bun or condiments.  The salad was basic, 2 cups romaine, 1/2 cup tomatoes, 1/4 cup hearts of palm, some avocado, and 3 tbsp of dressing.  Would be great with ranch.  Not sure if they make vegan ranch dressing.  I guess I could make my own.

I have to say, the salad was a nice diversion.  After such a filling breakfast and snack, it felt good to just eat some greens.

30 pistachios.  Pretty tasty, and I knew I would need some energy to get me through the rest of the afternoon.  More water, constantly drinking water.


Baked tofu, 1 cup steamed asparagus, 1 cup brown and wild rice, vegetable soup.

The tofu was great!  It was simple to make and tasted pretty good.  I've developed a taste for tofu over the last two years.  Before I went vegetarian, I wouldn't touch the stuff, now I honestly like the texture and taste, if prepared right.  The soup I made last night, so it was just heat and eat, the rest was basic steaming/boiling.

Note to self: It says to add protein powder to the soup.  Never do this again!  After adding the soy powder, it turned my once palatable soup into a creamy (not in a good way) mess that almost made me blow chunks.  I had to throw half of it out because if I finished it, I would have been praying to the porcelain god.  It's bad enough having to power through so much food, but to add this creamy gross mess to it made it ten times worse.

The First Workout:
Holy crap.  They are not messing around with this.  I did arms and back, with ab ripper X.  After the first round, I felt like I was whipped, and then came the second round, and there were times when I couldn't do a single rep.  I need to pace myself better in the first, because after the first hour, I thought I was going to die.  Then came the ab ripper and I couldn't get much of anything accomplished because I was so weak.  As I type this, I can't raise my arms above my head and I collapsed on the couch and didn't do so much as blink for a half hour straight.  I couldn't even lift a glass of water.  This is going to be tough.

Bottom line:
I feel like I have been eating all day long and I don't know if I'm going to be able to get out of bed tomorrow morning.


  1. This is really cool! I'm vegan, and would like to train for a marathon next year, so I'm subscribing to your blog for food ideas :)

  2. Thanks Emily,

    I will try to mix up the recipes and try new stuff as I get more and more comfortable with the balance of nutrients I need.