Net calories – 600
Another super productive day! And I also got amazing news–I was worried about my anthro exam since I haven’t done essay-based exams in quite a long time as a science major, so I was considering pass/no-passing (grading option) the class if I didn’t get a solid A on the first midterm. The pass-no pass deadline was today too, so that threw in some stress since I didn’t know my grade yet!
Thankfully we got them back just in time, and I ended up getting 100%, with a note written that I was “easily the best in the class” and that my essays were “beautifully written”–I was just over the moon with gratitude! Especially in a class of 200 mostly-anthro majors… I just couldn’t believe it. I feel like my healthier lifestyle is transferring over everywhere, since my midterm grades have now been 100%, 96%, 99%, and 100% (at UC Berkeley, no less!) Sorry to sound obnoxious, I’m just so grateful and excited about it… a healthier mindset and healthier diet is leading to all sorts of wonderful things. ❤
I feel much more energized and yet peaceful, so I’m getting a lot done without stressing out about it! Like today, I went to class, wrote 2000 words of my novel, went grocery shopping, walked 8 miles, had a 1.5 hour workout, and made raw pumpkin pie for a potluck tomorrow.
Speaking of which, I’m already 10,000 words into a novel I started last week! Nanowrimo, here I come 🙂
Crazy good nana ice cream!
Exercise: Walked 8 miles + lifting
- Strawberry-avocado nana ice cream: 335
- Flax bread with homemade walnut and apple butters: 390
- Tea: 60
- Tastes of the pumpkin pie I was cooking: 140
- Strawberry banana smoothie: 140
Total: 1510 | Exercise: 910
Net calories – 1075
It was 80 degrees today and although I gave in and wore a skirt and sandals, I decided to pretend it’s actually fall once I got home. For my first full day of having my Vitamix, I couldn’t resist making apple butter AND walnut butter… then I combined them on toast.
And it was pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever had. The flavor combination is just perfection, and together they’re so rich, that just a little bit is really satisfying. No more paying tons for overpriced $20 raw nut butters–I can make it myself now for $10!
And of course I also made a smoothie this morning… have to use the vitamix as much as possible to justify the cost 😛 Plus I can’t resist the option of such healthy raw/fresh food!
Please excuse my sickly kitchen lighting
Exercise: Walked 3 miles
- Almond milk, soy creamer, cocoa powder: 70
- Blueberry banana protein smoothie: 370
- Sesame bagel with hummus and veggies: 340
- Flax bread with homemade walnut and apple butters: 370
- Tofurkey: 50
- Tea: 45
- Apple with almond butter: 180
Total: 1360 | Exercise: 285
Net calories – 70
That’s not a typo: I managed to net SEVENTY calories! It wasn’t intentional, but things just worked out that way because I decided to try a bit of intermittent fasting and exercised a lot. Also, that doesn’t even include the calories burned from lifting, so I probably came out negative! (That is, I probably burned off what I ate with just physical activity beyond my BMR)
And I felt good all day long! (Despite that time of the month, in fact.) I waited to eat til noon besides a coffee with almond milk in the morning, and even managed to do well on the calorie count despite going for a chocolate biscotti later while writing at my favorite cafe.
And most importantly, my Vitamix arrived today!! Once I got the mail room notification, I walked a 9-minute mile to get home right before the mailroom closed (it has horrendously short hours). I made my first savory green smoothie, but made the mistake of adding extra-firm tofu because it’s all I had and I wanted some extra pre-workout protein. So the smoothie had horrible texture and I could only drink half of it–time to pick up some silken tofu! I made up for it with a super delicious almond milk-date-maca shake afterwards, though. 🙂
Despite such a deficit, I still managed to kill it at the gym and had one of the best workouts ever–1.5 hours of lifting followed by 30 minutes of HIIT because I still had so much energy to get out. I couldn’t even stop moving once I got home, I just wanted to keep going!
My Sunwarrior vegan protein also arrived early–lucky day!
Exercise: Walked 7 miles + lifting + HIIT
- Almond milk, soy creamer, cocoa powder: 85
- Seitan tikka masala: 240
- Almond butter + chocolate chips: 220
- Savory green smoothie: 180
- Almond milk date shake: 110
Total: 1020 | Exercise: 950
Net calories – 980
Walked and walked and walked today! Still anxiously awaiting my Vitamix, and am getting inordinately disappointed that it’s probably not going to arrive til Wednesday. It was supposed to be here tomorrow, damnit! 😦
When I get really excited about something–especially something involving coming up with lots of new recipes–I get very impatient. I can’t wait to start drinking tons of green smoothies!
In better news, I tried cooking with seitan for my second time ever, and found it to be a great replacement for paneer/tofu in my usual tikka masala. So easy to work with, so protein packed, and so delicious!
Exercise: Walked 5 miles
- Seitan tikka masala: 250
- Peanut butter: 150
- Tea: 25
- Almond butter: 140
- Justins peanut butter cup: 80
Total: 1430 | Exercise: 450
Net calories – 940
Had an amazingly productive day! Started and finished my client product shoot (which financed my Vitamix purchase!) in under 2 hours, which is a new record for me. In addition to studying, cleaning, walking and grocery shopping, doing a bit of bodyweight exercise, and baking protein bread for my friend.
I’m trying to use up all my non-vegan foods over the next week, so it’ll be a bit of a cheese binge… I’m already getting sick of it. I’m so ready to get back to experimenting with tofu and beans!
Whole grain toast with flax topped with goat cheese, dates, and apple slices
Exercise: Walked 3.6 miles + bodyweight exercise
- Rice cakes with cheese and tofurkey: 115
- Apple with almond and cashew butter: 300
- Open face goat cheese and apple sandwiches: 400
- Decaf americano with soy: 25
- Walnuts: 55
Total: 1300 | Exercise: 360
Net calories – 720
Based on getting a big order this weekend, I made a big decision: I finally ordered a Vitamix! My vegan friends have been raving about them and telling me to get one for ages, and because my client photoshoot this weekend covers the cost (I love my clients! <3), I finally shelled out for a $330 reconditioned one. It’s amazing they offer such a deal, considering the brand new model is $430–reconditioned ones are just like new but were either lightly used at demonstrations, or returned by someone within the 30 day grace period. A hundred dollars is totally worth the possibility of a scuff or two!
Depending on how much I fall in love with it (I have a feeling I’ll be very, very in love with it), I’m considering trying a 30 day juice challenge of sorts by making new green smoothies every day!
In less exciting news, I felt easily fatigued and weak today while lifting–I have a feeling it’s the calorie deficit and my rather lackluster food choices this morning. But I still finished my planned routine (at lightning speed, somehow.. perhaps I just wasn’t resting long enough) despite it. Can’t wait to lose the fat and get back into muscle building mode.
Scrumptious and nutritious 10 minute dinner!
Exercise: Walked 5 miles + lifting
- Soy americano: 20
- Chocolate hazelnut croissant: 320
- Dates dipped in cashew butter (throughout the day): 360
- Rice cake with tofurkey: 75
- Stewed pinto beans with kale, over cauli rice: 260
- Almond butter: 95
- Homemade carrot cake protein bar: 90
Total: 1210 | Exercise: 490
Net calories – 1020
I was planning on working out, but I was STILL sore from Wednesday’s workout–I feel much better about how well my routine is targeting my glutes and hamstrings! Not to mention, I ran around all day carrying tripod + camera bag and my shoulders were a bit out of whack.
It was an incredibly animal-centered day, and it was wonderful. I spent the morning helping hand out vegan samples for my animal club’s table at a food day event on campus, including vegan cookies and almond milk. The brand of almond milk we were giving out as samples was so amazing I had to IMMEDIATELY buy it myself. So I did on the way home!
Then I went to my research apprenticeship studying squirrels–being natural happy squirrels in the wild instead of stuck in cages in labs! Our tasks with them vary, and today’s was getting them used to figuring out how to open a box with nuts inside, and finding out if they preferred corn vs. walnuts for use in future tasks.
After that I had a meeting for aforementioned club, and I was tasked with taking a group photo. So I spent the entire day walking around with my 20 pound camera gear, taking pictures of the event, the squirrels, and the club!
Setting up our table!
Exercise: Walked 5 miles
- Paneer tikka masala: 150
- Toast with cashew butter and dates: 375
- Twice baked sweet potato: 365
- Vegan chocolate chip cookie: 130
- Hot chocolate: 70
Total: 1530 | Exercise: 510