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Day 7: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Friday, March 12, 2010

Amazing that we are finished with one complete week of eating our Vegan Challenge!!! We both have been doing very good and I'm really pleased. So far I have not lost any weight however I am feeling good. I'm not sure if I feel more energetic because of the diet or because of the amazing weather we have been having this last week. Seriously it's only March and we have had 70 degrees for the last two days! A girl could fall in love with this sort of weather!! Especially a girl that loves to run and do as much as possible outdoors.

Food today was rather boring. I was going to make Vegan Blueberry pancakes and also "facon bacon" however we ran out of garlic and so we decided that we would make something else for today and eat that meal tomorrow morning as something special to kick off our second week. Breakfast included a large Caribou coffee with a little dash of cinnamon - yummy! In addition two slices of Trader Joes' 7 Grain Sprouted bread. It had Earth Balance Whipped Butter spread (vegan) and a little vegemite. In addition I had a pear and 2 prunes. Perfect morning kick start! Everything was pretty basic so I didn't bother with taking a photo..

Lunch: Leftover Vegan Stir-fry from last night, another pear and some spinach/Orange Salad. The salad was amazing! I have to find the photo to post later...

Dinner: Another easy recipe but we didn't really care for it's lack of taste. It was Simple Spaghetti and sauce. Well, I had macaroni noodles instead with my tomato sauce because I don't like spaghetti shaped pasta - don't ask - I don't know...

This week has been good and not much has changed as I stated before hand. The hubster has had problems with things running through him too fast, however I have had not any problems. But then again I was mostly vegan before starting and he was eating meat so... Guess that makes a difference. Still feeling good about the diet change and hoping for another pound lost sometime. I have worked off around 7000 calories in the last week and a half however not a change in my weight. But then again I usually have to burn off 14000 or more calories before I can lose one pound - my body is strange...

Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start to our second week of veganism!

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SUGIRL06 3/13/2010 4:37PM

    Sounds great so far! I love seeing your recipes. Sorry for it not agreeing with your hubby;) Maybe he'll adapt? Good luck this week!

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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IMVEGAN 3/13/2010 12:48AM

    Great job getting through week one. Sorry you didn't like the spaghetti. Instead of a simple sauce I make ratatouille to server over pasta. It is full of eggplant, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms and peas. It has nice spices in it and it is delicious. You can really use any veggies you like. My daughter doesn't like eggplant so I make a separate pot for her with her fav. veggies.

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Day 6: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Thursday, March 11, 2010

So today was an amazing day - not only for the weather but for my personal goals. My blackberry told me that it got up to around 70 degrees when our car stated around 72 degrees! Amazing weather for March! But I am seriously not complaining. It really has given me a spark of life once again and I am thrilled because it could not have come at a better time! Today I sat outdoors reading a lovely book that has been sitting on my bookshelf calling my name for some time now - book is called "1421". It is basically a research study and findings from when China discovered America and other countries such as Australia. I believe that my skin really soaked up all the sunshine and vitamins and gave life back to my white as paper body.

A few amazing things happened today:
1. I got to enjoy the wonderful weather as described above...
2. Got inspired to bring out my spring clothes which included my skinny jeans from college. I gave myself a talk that I was not going to fit but it was just to see how much farther I had to go. I wore these jeans when I was around 20 pounds like than I am today. Amazingly (yes, that is my word of the day it seems), they fit! Actually they were a little loose! I couldn't believe it because my jeans were from when I was lighter than I am today. And that was when I lost weight after I came back from Japan (gained 30 pounds there) and I was exercising about 2 hours a day! What a pick me upper! Highly suggest getting older clothes out of the closet and just giving it a try...
3. Ran 6.5 miles! Yes, you read that correctly. It has been five months since I started to run with my husband (on and off because of the cold weather) and we actually ran more than the distance of a 10K! Amazing (seriously, I can't stop saying that word...)!! We averaged around 10:45min/mile but our best time was 6:47min/mile. Yes, gotta love the play backs from our Garmin forerunner CX.
4. Completed Day 6 of our Vegan challenge.

Food for Today:
Brekkie: We ran out of garlic so we couldn't make the planned recipe of facon bacon and blueberry pancakes... try again this weekend. But had Vegan Sprouted 7 grain bread with a little Earth Balance Butter (yummy!!) and a little vegemite. In addition I had a lovely little treat from Korea that is basically a sweet potato that has been roasted and then sliced. I used to love them in Japan and Korea - found them at our local Chinese store. Go figure!

Lunch: Had the largest lunch that I have had in a long time. I was cleaning the house this morning though after I worked a little so I was hungry. Had leftover 1/8c Vegan chili mac; Vegan Salsa Bean Dip with homemade Corn Tortillas; a pear; earthbound salad mix with some Japanese sesame Ginger Dressing. It all come out to be around 300 calories and it was an amazing meal! Yummy! Photo is of the salsa/bean mixture in a bento box (2 servings) and the salsa that I purchased at Trader Joes.

Dinner: Thankfully tonight's dinner was really easy to make - Easy Stir-fry dinner. I didn't purchase any stir fry sauce like the directions were from the kickstart challenge website however I used just some sake (which yes is vegan!) and also some soy sauce. So easy! Made my Japanese brown rice (short grain) and side of edamame. Then I had prepared Chocolate Raspberry Mousse for dessert a little earlier in the day. Perfect combination of everything and boy were we full! BTW, we added some raspberries and vegan chocolate chips on top the mousse for appearance. We sat outside so I didn't get a very good photo of everything put together... but at least you get the idea.

Day 6 gone and it was very good! We loved the food once again and we were full of energy - not sure if that was from the sunshine or from the food. Either way, we are loving this march!

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SUGIRL06 3/12/2010 10:16AM

    Amazing day! emoticon
Sounds like you really had an awesome day. Those berries look so delicious!
And on a side note, my husband has been talking about getting me a forerunner. The CX looks awesome but I keep stressing over the price! Do you use the footpod at all? I do have to suffer through treadmill runs sometimes so I'll need to use it if I get it. I could get the cheaper model but I call it "a computer on my wrist" because its so huge but it saved like $200. I'm stressing over it now! Haha.
Have a good weekend!

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ELISA322 3/11/2010 11:27PM

    Glad you had such a great day and that the weather was good for you. And huge congrats on your run, and that's a pretty good pace! I'm waiting for the day when my husband and I will be able to run together too. He's currently training for a 5k (he just finished week 7 of C25K), so I'm patiently waiting for him to catch up with me. haha Next week he'll be able to run for 30 min straight, and he just ordered his Garmin a few days ago so it should be in this weekend. I'm very proud of him.

Those sweet potatoes brings back so many memories. My grandmother used to roast them and we'd all gather together and eat them after dinner. She's back in Korea and I miss her very much.

ETA: I forgot to say that's great that you fit back into your jeans!

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SKYELIN 3/11/2010 10:47PM

    It sounds like you had an AWESOME day!! Congratulations!!

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Day 5: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wow! Today has been really hard for me! Normally I can fight off hunger however today was not off to a good start. This morning I continued to follow along with the Challenge and made the recommended smoothie. I made it without the yogurt because I wasn't ready to handle 400 calories for a smoothie - so I opted for a 300 calories one. Two hours after drinking my one tall glass of fruit smoothie, I was so hungry! I even started to black out because I wasn't supplied with even this morning for breakfast I think. Usually Breakfast is the largest meal of the day however with a smoothie, I'm not sure my body could handle just something smooth and not really hard to digest. I couldn't concentrate and when I started to black out for the second time, I knew that I had to eat some more. So I snacked... and then I snacked some more... I guess you can tell how the entire day went for me. It is true that the morning needs to be kicked off with a good nutritious breakfast otherwise you can fall through the cracks like a bug on a windy day. So, I have learned my lesson that although I love the recipes given, I can not subside on a smoothie alone for breakfast. I have taught my body to depend on that good breakfast in the morning, so I am going to continue with the challenge but make sure that I have something as a substitute for the breakfast portion. (Found out my husband had the same thing happen to him...) If you are a smoothie junkie, sorry, I didn't mean this to offend. Love smoothies, just not as a full meal for breakfast.

Meals for the day: (minus my vegan snacks)
Fruit Smoothie - Gorgeous looking but not enough for me for breakfast.

Lunch: Trader Joes Black Bean Soup again (see yesterday for photo) Loved it!

Dinner: Vegan Chili Mac (It was a DIY night so I got the recipe from the Fat Free Vegan Website listed below. Loved the recipe but I think that next time I will add some garlic because I really needed some more flavor however the hubster who seems to not like much flavor lately loved it. It was tasty though.

Oh, almost forgot to mention dessert - which yes I know I should not have had because I snacked the whole day and went over my calorie count by a lot - but I had to have something more for dinner. Something sweet again. So, I had some Trader Joes Soy Ice Cream that we purchased this last week in the freezer. It's Vegan!!! It tastes just like ice cream and is amazing!!! I highly recommend it to everyone! This was the last one left in the frozen department so I assume it is popular among other shoppers. I can tell why! I had one spoon and then added some of the leftover Ambrosia. Photo shown is the hubsters who had a large portion of both.

It's been five days and I'm not really seeing that much of a change in anything physically or emotionally. Today I did have a bad experience but I know now that my personal body and the hubsters' can not take a smoothie for breakfast. I think we will will go back to chewing our foods in the morning instead of making a mixture to drink. We must listen to our bodies after all...

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BREW99 3/19/2010 10:17AM

    Ka-Jun: I snack on so many things - mainly fresh fruits and veggies. I'm trying to stay away from the higher calorie snacks since I have a low-calorie amount per day since I'm so short. haha Love raw almonds but just as a treat - since they are about 140 calories for 1/4c! I love to make fresh cut fruit salad and then place it in the fridge. Then I eat it the next few days - I make sure that I eat it instead of other snacks in the household. I have to get better about snacking so this is my method for now to train myself to get in more fruits. :) Plus I'm a little addicted to the small reduce sodium cans of V8 right now. I hated them since I remember seeing it for the first time but found that I love them right now since the sodium has been reduced. Yum!

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KA_JUN 3/11/2010 10:03PM

    Out of curiosity, what did you snack on? I find that almonds are pretty good to get you to lunch.

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IMVEGAN 3/10/2010 11:33PM

    Smoothies just don't appeal to me. Maybe cutting that 100 calories was not a good idea.

I always have oatmeal for breakfast. It is only about 220 calories but it holds me for quite a while. My mix is 1/4 Cup whole oats, 1/8 cup steel cut oats, and 1/8 cup of wheat bran. I add boiling water and agave nectar and microwave for 30 seconds and then add a splash of soy milk. It is yummy and I eat it almost every day.

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PAPRINIKA 3/10/2010 10:23PM

    I wished I have the freedom to try out being vegetarian. *sigh*

Anyway, I'm getting the hang of transcription. Maybe it's the right career for me. Haha!

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SUGIRL06 3/10/2010 9:54PM

    I can't do smoothies for breakfast either! I need "real food" as I call it. And I've been starving today too. Must be something in the stars. That's my story anyway... A better day tomorrow!

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ELISA322 3/10/2010 9:29PM

    I couldn't make it on just having a smoothie in the morning. I tried it once and as you said, it just wasn't enough. I do have one every night for dessert though.

I wish there was a Trader Joe's closer to me. I just went a few weeks ago, but I have to travel 45-50 min one way to get there so I don't go very often.

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802USER 3/10/2010 8:13PM

    that's good you learned your lesson :) i had a similar experience at the gym today, and i won't be going again without fueling up beforehand...

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Day 4: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Today was a much better day for me personally (not necessarily due to the diet change) because it was a beautiful day. I had a headache the other day for spending too much time in the sunshine/wind mixture. Thankfully most of the headache is gone and I can actually enjoy the nicer weather. Have to admit that I actually took a nap with my furry babies in the afternoon since the sunshine was coming in our windows... work can wait. haha

The vegan lifestyle is not changing me too much, just feeling a little lighter on my feet. I still have not lost any pounds although I should have lost two by my counting calories. But that is an entirely different story - always the hard work, almost never earning the fruits of my labor... My husband has been stating though that he can think a little more clear lately since eating a little more healthy. Our diet hasn't changed that much however I have been taking him off chocolate little by little since he needs to eat a little more healthy in the mornings. haha Just don't tell him that's my plan. Anyways - here are the lovely photos to make you go hungry again today.

Oatmeal once again - supposed to have cereal but we don't purchase cereal. We have granola and oatmeal. So instead of posting boring photo - here is a cartoon that I don't get... can someone please explain to me?

Lunch: Today was soup that you were supposed to purchase instead of make. Naturally I love to cook so I would normally cook all our soups. But, keeping with the plan I chose to purchase one from Trader Joes. It's Vegan Black Bean Soup. It tastes really yummy, similar to my Spanish soups - minus any chunks since it's a smooth soup. Highly recommend! 70 Calories per cup! In addition I added two slices of sprouted 7 grain vegan bread.

Dinner: Tonight was a DIY. I found a lovely recipe that was Coconut Corn Soup that really caught my eye. We love coconut (although the verdict is still out on if it's good or bad for the heart) so we had to try this one. The link is below from It is really easy to make and reminded us of Indian dishes, minus the rice. In fact, you could throw some over rice and it would surprise many people that it wasn't Indian. Our curry powder is hot and spicy though, so that could be the reason... haha Then we made the Ambrosia dessert from the 21 Day Kickstart Vegan Challenge Program online. It was amazing! Just look at the photos and you will see for yourself! Yummy! We cracked open a Thai Coconut and used everything fresh, minus the dried cranberries. So amazing! I highly recommend it! Please ignore the terrible photos - after our 5k run, a walk, and then showers - it was rather dark out and fake lighting just doesn't do wonders with our camera.

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CAROLWARD99 3/10/2010 2:02PM

    I loved the ambrosia dessert.

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SUGIRL06 3/10/2010 8:13AM

    LoL I didn't even notice the hello kitty bowl but I'm not surprised;) Food looks yummy! I like that last picture actually. Looks like it could be in a cookbook or something on And I don't get the comic either. Hm.

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BREW99 3/10/2010 8:03AM

    Oh, I double checked on and found that the Thai Coconut Corn Recipe is actually from the cookbook Vegan Express. There are a few sample recipes on when you look inside the book. Highly recommended - yummy!

BTW, if you are wondering, we do have nicer china for serving but I prefer to have my Hello Kitty bowl for special treats like the Ambrosia... haha I'm addicted to H.K., but the bowl is cheerful and holds exactly one cup of food! emoticon

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Day 3: 21 Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

So day three has come and gone already! It is going by so fast! I'm posting these one day behind so actually day 3 was yesterday. Anyways, day three wasn't as prosperous as I had anticipated in the morning. I woke up with a slight headache - I believe from sitting out in the sunshine for about two hours the night before when it was around 40 degrees. Still cold but the sunshine was hard to pass up. In addition to that, my husband and I went for a 10 mile bike ride to a bird reservation and had tea time so we had lots of fresh cool air... I ate a smaller breakfast and the whole day I think my body was telling me to eat more food. Besides a slight headache - which I get sometimes when I'm outside too long (has nothing to deal with the food) and feeling a little more hungry, I'm loving the challenge. The recipes are really tasty and fresh! I wish that there were so more veggies and fruits in the diet but I'm adding more to get my daily calorie count. All in all, I'm happy with the challenge and am already planning for next week!

Brekkie: Oatmeal, truvia and 1/2 cup of coffee. Since everyone has seen oatmeal I decided that I would take a photo of my snack - Numi tea and a lovely organic apple!

Lunch: Seriously, if you have a Trader Joe's nearby, I highly recommend the Edamame Hummus! It's delicious on some sprouted 7-grain vegan bread!!! Add some veggies on top and you have a tasty lunch!

Dinner: Not as impressed with dinner recipes. It was supposed to be cold couscous confetti salad again however I chose Hoppin' John Salad because it looked yummy with rice. Sorry, I'm a rice addict but at least it's Japanese brown rice so it's better than white rice. In addition, the recipe was for a Curried Lentil Soup. Now I'm one of those people that can eat tons of hot peppers and be just fine so maybe this is one-sided but I found the soup to be extremely bland. I was expecting something with more of an India flare but was discouraged when it had very little "kick". I added a ton of vegan hot sauce and had a smaller portion. Then I added hot sauce to the hoppin' john salad too. haha Couldn't be stopped with the hot sauce when I started it... at least it's 0 calories!

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SUGIRL06 3/9/2010 7:40AM

    That salad for dinner looks yummy! You are making me hungry!

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