veg week day 1 / long-range planning

February 8, 2011

vegan week day 1: success!
when i signed up for this 7-day challenge, i had my doubts. after all, i had attempted just one day’s worth of totally plant-based eating a little over a year ago, and let’s just say . . . there was a little cheese incident. oops.

this time, though, i feel like i am more prepared — perhaps because with a week of meals to think about, a little more planning is necessary. some things that surprised me about yesterday’s vegan experience:

✰ my meals/snacks didn’t really seem different from what i usually eat

✰ it wasn’t any harder to put them together — really, there was no extra prep time involved

✰ i didn’t miss cheese or meat. however, i think that is because i know this is temporary — if you told me i couldn’t have pizza or sushi for the rest of my life (please don’t, btw), immediately i would begin to fixate on the perfect gooey slice, served with a side of spicy tuna roll.

the recap: food-blogger style
you all know that i don’t usually do this, but this week it seems reasonable to share my vegan adventures with you all! [note: unless specified, you can assume that for breakfast i had the usual. if it ain’t broke . . .]

snack #1 (post-workout)

brown rice cake + sunflower seed butter + dried apricots
yep, i followed up my carb + nut butter breakfast with . . . more carbs and nut butter. this is in part reflective of the plan my RD suggested, and who am i to argue with that?

lunch (@ work)

ww wrap (yes, vegan) with hummus + tabbouli; veg; some flax/corn chips
snack #2 (during marathon-length monday meeting @ work)

how am i always the ONLY one that needs to eat during this thing!? it’s from 2:30 – 5!
dinner (while watching glee)

curry tofu scramble amped up with kale + sweet potato rounds with organic ketchup
i am not 100% sure that the ketchup qualifies as vegan, given that it contains organic sugar and some sugar is processed using non-vegan ingredients. however, i decided to take a big-picture stance and not care.

i was still a little hungry after this and knew i needed something to get my to the calorie level recommended by the RD. hence, THIS:

no explanation needed
i’ve actually had coconut milk ice cream before, and i love it (yes – as much as the dairy kind). it is pretty rich and certainly does not qualify as health food — but it was vegan, and helped me meet my requirements for the day.

overall thoughts on day #1? that it was fun, not too hard, and i’m still excited about continuing for the week. i guess we’ll just have to see if i end up doubled over in the fetal possession demanding cheese by day #7 . . .

longer-term goals
before we left for vacation, i received an inquiry about how i track longer-term goals.

the truth is that usually, i don’t think much farther ahead than a month. this helps me to not get too bogged down in big projects (which tends to get me overwhelmed). for example, if i had a grant due in april (so glad i don’t!), instead of worrying about finishing the whole thing, i would focus on getting a draft of certain sections done by the end of february.

i use my planner for this long-range planning — the one i have (details here) is wonderful in that it has space for daily/weekly/monthly activities, plus plenty of blank space for long-range scheming and dreaming (for me, this part is more for fun stuff!).

monthly plan example

here, you can see my february projects — kept down to a realistic level, i think. below (not shown), i wrote out my life goals for the month, to serve as a reminder since i refer to this page fairly often.

long-range dreams + schemes
in the back of my planner, there are a lot of blank pages — really, almost a whole notebook attached, with different color paper (ooh) and gridlines (ahh). i use these sheets to track mostly fun things: blog ideas, movies i want to see, outing ideas, and the like! recently, i’ve also liked keeping a record of the movies/books/music that i’ve taken in over the course of the year (i promise, i’m not OCD . . . it’s just so much fun to look back on).

Q&A: how do you track your long-range goals? i am sure there are many great methods out there!



workout: 25 minute elliptical (levels 9-11) + NROLFW workout #1, which consisted of:

— 2 x 15 squats with barbell (at my gym, this had to be using a smith machine) — i used 30 lbs the first time and 25 the second.

— 2 x 15 pushups (2 x 11 standard, 2 x 4 knee each time)

— 2 x 15 seated row (40 lbs)

— 2 x 15 step-ups — i used a pretty high bench for this and it was HARD! the first round i held 8 lbs total; the second i just used 4! plus body weight, of course.

— 2 x 8 plank jack-knife (jack-knives?)

i am a little bit sore in the legs this AM but nothing major.


  • Reply movesnmunchies March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    yay for day one!!! i LOVE tofu scrambles.. dare i say.. better than egg scrambles?? i love making sweet ones too with cinnamon and agave!

  • Reply Kari March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    This looks like an awesome day of food. I particularly love the sweet potato rounds. And in terms of the ingredients like sugar, I think you’ve made a good call there. I know different vegans draw the line at different places, but I’m more an ingredients-based vegan as opposed to process-based, and I don’t think that makes me (or anyone) less vegan.

    I’ve looked into that planner you have, in fact I think I have it sitting in an on-line shopping cart right now, but I guess I’m waiting for the right push to actually buy it. Then again, maybe boards studying is a great excuse? Maybe boards studying is a great excuse for anything actually…

  • Reply girlinmaths March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Great post. Very interesting to see a vegan tryout. I am curious how that works out for the long time (even if long is only a week). I am quite ok at cooking healthy and nice dinners, but good snacks and packed lunches are always a challenge. Especially since I already carry so much with me to work (books, notebooks, printed journal papers, laptop) that I don’t really want to add to it.

    And now I see what you have in your planner that I was missing in the space 24 I bought. In that there are no extra notes pages to track book and cd wishlists and to dos that don’t have to be done in a certain week, for example make a good powerpoint template for conference presentations. I do have that in my filofax. What did you do about this when you were using the space 24.

  • Reply marathonmaiden March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    i totally would have needed a snack during that meeting! i keep stashes of snacks at my desk hahah.

    i’m liking this vegan try-out. thanks for posting your adventure with it 🙂

    and i like that workout 1. i think i’m going to try it post-work at the climbing gym

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

      wish you could come to our meetings + snack with me! sometimes i feel like so awkward. it’s not like the group is an unhealthy bunch either – they’re all endocrinologists!

  • Reply Valerie@CityLifeEats March 10, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I love reading about your planner. I am loving my Space 24 – even took pictures of it and everything, but am still putting my 2011 post together (I know, embarrassing, but January was an odd month for me this year).

    Your meals look great 🙂 I love wraps and tofu scrambles 🙂

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