As you can see, I did a little photo shoot the other day to show off what vegan body building has been doing for my body. As you can see, I am making progress. And, I am grateful for the Vega protein powder that I put in my smoothies that is helping me reach my goals a little easier. It’s good stuff, it provides a ton of protein and it helps me recover faster, so I can work out harder and more often and make gains quicker.  And, no, I’m not being paid by Vega to say any of this. I just feel that it is my civic duty to share information with you about products that I find that work so well toward building a bigger, better, stronger vegan body!!!

Speaking of which, on Saturday I watched track and field on TV as I ran on my treadmill for 45 minutes.  It was very inspiring watching the best female athletes in America break all sorts of records.  In the meantime, I pushed myself to run more and go a little faster because of them.  After that I was completely wiped out for the rest of the day (my calves were also brutally sore because I ran on my toes the whole time) and I was unable to work out again until Sunday night. This is my gym work out from Sunday night, enjoy!

  • seated hamstring curl machine: 4 reps/120 lbs (drop set to) 8 reps/100 lbs, 8 reps/100 lbs, 10 reps/90 lbs
  • leg extension machine: 10 reps/160 lbs, 10 reps/175 lbs X 2
  • prone hamstring curl machine: 12 reps/65 lbs, 8 reps/70 lbs, 10 reps/65 lbs
  • outer thigh roc-it machine: 20 reps/28 lbs, 12 reps/45 lbs, 10 reps/50 lbs
  • inner thigh roc-it machine: 15 reps/45 lbs, 10 reps/60 lbs, 12 reps/45 lbs
  • weighted abdominal twisting roc-it machine: 15 reps/80 lbs (one set knees left and one knees right) X 3
  • elliptical cardio machine: 30 minutes/ramp 16/ level 8-12

And here’s what I ate.  Check out the organic cocoa powder I found at Whole Foods that has 8 grams of protein per ounce!  I put it in my dessert/pre-workout smoothie after dinner and before the gym. Yummy!

  • Breakfast (36 g protein): smoothie with bananas, strawberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Berry Flavor Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Snack: 1 cup walnuts (20 g protein)
  • Lunch (46 g protein): 2 cups quinoa (16 g protein) with 1 cup red lentils (18 g protein), carrots, onions, oyster mushrooms and 2 cups cooked spinach (12 g protein), cooked in a white miso broth with oregano, basil, garlic powder and lemon pepper.
  • Dinner (39 g protein): Pizza (shared with my husband) made with corn crust (1/2 crust = 6 g protein), topped with tomato sauce (2 g protein), veggie pepperoni (my share= 15 g protein) and daiya cheese (2 g protein).  With large glass of soy milk (2 cups= 14 g protein)
  • Dessert/ Before Workout (44 g protein): smoothie with 1 oz. organic cocoa powder (8 g protein) bananas, strawberries, 2 oz wheat grass (2 g protein), 2 cups soy milk (14 g protein), 1 scoop Berry Flavor Vega Sport Performance Protein (20 g protein)
  • Total: 185 grams of protein for the day!

4 Responses to Thighs, Abs, Lots of Cardio and Vegan Protein

  1. Hi Brenda, I stumbled upon your website and just wanted to give a shout out from another fellow vegan who loves fitness :)
    Love your daily eats…Who says vegans dont get enough protein?!

    • Brenda Carey says:

      Thanks for the comment, Deborah! And you are SO right about the protein thing! You are going to make an excellent personal trainer! (Yes, I visited your blog, that’s how I knew)—did I freak you out for a second there? Ha ha! Anyways, I’m pulling for you as you take your exams and enter this field! We need more vegan personal trainers!

      • Haha! Thanks for stopping by the blog! I have not posted anything in ages but I think I will start again …It keeps me accountable.I turn 40 on my next birthday and would like to be in the best shape of my life as a gift to myself built on a plant based diet of course ;) Seeing your progress has inspired me to get to posting again.
        Will be following your progress!

        • Brenda Carey says:

          I just turned 40 this past June 1 and I started bodybuilding in January for the exact reason you stated—to get in awesome shape for this momentous birthday! I must say, I am very glad that I made that decision. I’m 40 now and I feel like I’m just getting started! I can’t wait to see how ripped I am by the time I’m 60! Ha ha! In fact, I just found a YouTube video of a woman who is 74 who is a body builder and she looks amazing! What an inspiration! If only she were vegan, just think how much MORE awesomely healthy and strong she’d be! Ha ha
          Looking forward to your posts and your progress!

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