I was craving a pasta salad a few weeks ago so made I this veggie pasta salad and the hubster and I ate this big bowl of pasta in 2 days. Since becoming a vegan I have found that I need to make my own version of just about everything that I love. If you make this veggie pasta salad please tag me on your post on Facebook @ Journey of a chocolate chic or instagram @journeyofachocolatechic1 good luck my beauties.
1 box of pasta
Veggie pasta salad
3 large carrots
4 small tomato
1 large onion
4 celery sticks
1 large cucumber
half bottom of italian dressing
I know I stated that I was going to continue my juice fast for breakfast and lunch well…..WHAT HAD HAPPEN WAS……lol….. I started taking my weight training really serious and in doing so I have to eat at least 6 times a day and work on eating enough protein to gain muscle. So I have canceled out the juice fast for right now so that I can channel my energy into eating a healthy high protein vegan diet. This new diet will give me more energy so that I am able to build muscle and lose fat. I have found that this journey has not only transformed my body but it has also transformed my mind. The funny thing is weight training was never apart of my journey it just happened, and at first I struggled with it and thought yea/nah and then I said to myself phuckit let’s do it ….. I know that sounds strange and it feels strange because everything about this weight training journey is nothing that I thought that I was or that I could be. This journey has been an amazing journey because again it has shown me how weak/strong I really am so please stay tuned there is more to come because I have only just began.
See my menu for the week below I found this food plan on http://veganbodybuilding.com/ check it our if you are vegan or non vegan it’s a really great site with amazing information.
Large bowl of oats
Vega Smoothie Infusion (protein, fiber, greens, essential fats)
Vitamin and mineral supplements
Protein or Meal Replacement shake
2 whole pieces of fruit
Bowl of potatoes, broccoli, carrots.
Mixed raw nuts, unsalted (cashews, walnuts, almonds)
2 energy/protein bars (Organic Food Bar, Vega Bar or Pro Bar)
Vegetable stir-fry with quinoa and mango chutney
Spinach, lettuce, cabbage salad w/kidney beans/chickpeas
12oz chocolate almond milk
Protein or Meal Replacement shake
Apples or dates with coconut oil
If you have been following my post the last few weeks then you know that I am currently into week 11 of a 12 week weight training program. So I begin researching vegan body builders and I found Jehina Malik Check out her story it will inspire you vegan or non-vegan.
A few weeks ago I started a 12 week online weight training program and it has been hands down one of the most challenging fitness journey to date. This training has shown me how weak/strong I really am. I started the program because I wanted to build muscle so I started researching weight training programs online. I also begin to ask friends for suggestions and one of friends shared this website http://www.bodybuilding.com/. So I begin to check out all of the trainers on the site and choose the Jamie Eason program. Jamie’s program promises to help you to lose body fat along with gaining muscles and this is exactly what I was I was looking for. A few weeks into the program and I begin to noticed that I was getting stronger and leaner…YES…… but don’t get me wrong I have not arrived I am still a work in progress. I often think what if I would have started this program along with my weight loss program would I have reached my fitness goals by now? Then I think “She, I ,her was not ready then. Every season comes with new challenges and this weight training program is my new challenge so please stay tuned for the good/bad and the ugly. If you have any questions please leave your questions below within the comment section or you can send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been natural for 5 years this coming September 2014 and it has been both challenging and rewarding all at the same time. In 2008 I was laid off so I begin to lose myself into cooking unhealthy foods every day to fill the void.
Then I had an aha moment about how I needed to lose weight…..click this link to find out how I lost the weight http://wp.me/P2EYPn-PZ . Losing weight and continue to get a relaxer no longer made sense to me. I would get a relaxer and it would sweat out within the same week.For one I was laid off so I did not have money to waste and two I wanted to be healthy not worry about being cute…. REAL TALK….I then begin to do my research on transitioning to natural and I found ” Natural Hair bloggers and you tubers they would explain step by step on how to transition. Watching the videos and reading the blogs helped me to begin to embrace my natural. After doing my research I then begin to transition and the first couple months was the hardest part of the journey so I wore braids to continue educating myself on how to care for my new-found natural.( It feels strange to say that I was unaware of how to manage the hair that grows from my roots right…????)…. After all of my researching I knew that it was time to do “The big Chop” and in doing so I felt both fear and fierceness. After the ” The Big Chop” I looked in the mirror and I had so many emotions going on like disbelief, what will other people think? and then the longer I looked I begin to see the beauty that I had longed to see within this journey. Five years natural has helped me to find myself and begin to live my life with no apologizes for who I have become.
I know that I stated I would start a 60 day juice fast on Jan 19, 2014.. “Well what had happen was”<<<<<< some are thinking what’s up with the broken English. This is just something that the African-American community use as they are trying to make up an excuse as to why they did not do something…lol. I did not start on the Jan 19. BUT I did start on Feb 3 and I had to make some changes to it. instead of a full day juice fast I am only doing breakfast/lunch juice fast and eating a full vegan meal for dinner.
At first I felt like I was failing my readers and myself but then I remembered something My bishop Dale C Bronner wrote on face book a few days ago… ” Be teachable! Never assume that what God gave you for one season will work for all seasons. Trust him for the season that you are currently in.” Once it became clear to me that I was in a new season I was able to move on and begin to enjoy this journey please stay tuned I will share weekly updates