Greetings WOLFHARTWELL - glad to have you onboard!
Slow and steady wins the race, just think of The Tortoise and The Hare - keep up the good work. I'm not a vegetarian or vegan, but do have friends who are and along with soy, tofu and beans they rely on seeds and nuts to get their daily protein.
Here's some recipes that a fellow vegetarian has created that you may find helpful: recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.asp?cook
Wishing you the best as you continue working on becoming healthier and more fit!!!
Moving More! Eating Less!
Motivation gets you started, habit keeps you going!