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Today was day 3 of my 30 day vegan challenge. How did I fare?! Keep on reading below to find out!
30 Day Vegan Challenge
Today marks day 3 of my 30 day vegan challenge. I’m still going strong! One thing that I have noticed is that I am hungry more often! I attribute this to the increase in my workouts.
Also, I have not been having my usually Gnarly Feast protein powder every morning which has 22g of protein and 11g of fiber which helped to keep me full when I was not eating a plant-based diet.
I skipped my 1 mile run today because I am getting up early and meeting my friend Nicole for a 4 mile bridge run/walk at 6am (I’m bringing the pup too!) and I didn’t want to tax my legs too much after doing squats and deadlifts tonight.
Tomorrow is going to be a longggg day. Bridges at 6am and then I am working on a blog post, laundry, organizing the office so I can actually use it lol, and then I am leaving for a bachelorette party at 5pm.
We are all spending the night over in Orlando after going out and then we’ll be driving back home in the morning. When I get home, Erica, David, Stella (the pup) and I are going to walk/run the bridges (~4 miles) and then go out to brunch afterwards.
Luckily brunch is the starting point of the bridge loop so we won’t have to drive to get to brunch and they have outside seating where Stella can sit with us while we eat. I’m hoping that brunch has some vegan friendly options or I might have to resort to bloody mary’s lol (just kidding! or am I? hahaha).
Day 3 FOOD INTAKE
Super green smoothie made with 1 cup Spinach, 1/2 cup Strawberries, 1 banana, 1 teaspoon organic matcha green tea powder, 1 teaspoon organic mama powder, 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 5 drops stevia extract. The fruit was fresh, but I meal prepped them in baggies and froze them to save time every morning. I upped the banana to a whole one and it made all of the difference! It tastes sooooo much better!
Cashews and Chia seed pudding (1 Tbsp chia seeds blended, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1 Tbsp cacao powder, 5 drops stevia), Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Pita + roasted beet hummus + sprouts + avocado, fresh fruit (honey-dew, grapes, strawberries, oranges). Instead of a half of an avocado I ate a full avocado (a small one, see my instagram photo) and it took it up a whole notch!
Do yourself a favor and don’t buy the vegan Ben and Jerry’s chunky monkey. It is so good! I seriously can’t buy it again because if it’s in my house, I will eat it. So I did. The rest of the pint was demolished. But all of the extra carbs fueled an awesome workout!
Post Workout snack:
Coconut milk + vegan protein powder + peanut butter
DAY 3 WORKOUT:
Today was workout “B” of the strong lifts program. Today I had to add 5# to my squat weight. Squats are done in both workout A and workout B and the weight is increased by 5# each time so it is very important to start out at a light weight so you don’t hit a plateau as quickly.
Deadlifts are the only exercise that don’t follow the 5×5 and 5# increment. They follow a 1 set of 5 reps and increase of 10# each time the workout appears. I’m not sure their exact reasoning behind it but it works! I did the strong lifts program about a year ago and I’m kicking myself in the butt now for not continuing it. Think of how strong I could be now if I would have still been doing the program?!
A little off subject, but my friend Erica from The Crumby Cupcake has decided that we should run a Disney marathon/half marathon next year. She is a total Disney fanatic just like my mom LOL.
We’ll be on the hunt for a good training program for running the race. We still haven’t decided which one we are going to enter. They are in January and February of next year which is still a good ways away. We should have plenty of time to train for either by then!