Shoulder Changes and Vegetarian Protein

Posted: February 27, 2012 in food, prep, training

First off… a giant, huge, massive, amazing thank you for all your kind words and comments on yesterday’s post. I was totally blown away by how awesome each and every one of you are. Thank you thank you.

Today was shoulders and quads. Yay.

Okay, I do love shoulders… but by the end I’m hurting.

And walking lunges? … yeah, they’re never fun.

Like I mentioned yesterday my shoulders are my sticking point and what I’m really needing to work on for the next eight weeks… so some changes were made today. Nothing huge, but changes.

First, for military press I decided to use the smith machine today. My gym is pretty empty in the early mornings so getting a spot is tough some days. So loading the weight up on the smith machine for presses allowed me to really push a bit more and actually fail out on my last set without fear of throwing out a shoulder or dropping a weight on my head.

It was a tough workout, but one that set the pace for the next eight weeks. Eight weeks of all out pain and effort. That’s really not that long in the grand scheme of things, so bring it on.

Cardio was cardio. I was almost late for work. I forgot a belt and a hairbrush. Hairbrush I could really care less about…. the whole no belt thing was a bit tricky. Definitely had to remind myself to hike up the jeans when I stood up.


So onto the prep questions… version 2.0?

The first one I’m going to tackle is a 2 part-er.

What is your breakfast and what type of protein powder do you use?

Breakfast is… a vegetarian protein shake.

This year when I decided to take a different approach to prep that also included changing my diet “rules” quite a bit. By choice, at the recommendation from my coach, I gave up wheat, dairy and starchy veggies. (… as well as a large portion of my cardio)

Wheat, okay no problem I could do without. It really wasn’t a difficult choice or adjustment.

Dairy on the other hand?

july 7 010 Goodbye to my greek yogurt and chocolate cheerios.

Oddly enough the greek yogurt wasn’t that hard to say goodbye too. First the first month we kept my whey protein shakes as is, basically as a way to ease into it? Regardless eventually the diet change came in and I was advised to go from my beloved Myofusion to vegetarian, aka whey/casein free. I did a lot of research on the options, and the general consensus was that it was going to be nasty. They are rarely tasty and it was going to be a suck it up and suck it down situation.

So I did what I always do and took the cheap route. Wandering through the Superstore one saturday night (yes, I live the wild and crazy life) I came across their veggie protein blend and well, the price was right so I tossed it in the cart.

JAN 7 016

The next morning I tossed a scoop in a shaker cup, added water and tried to shake it.

ummm. Yuck.

It was a big, gloopy, chalky, gross, nasty mess.

As always, mom to the rescue. “why not use your magic bullet?”

I added some water, plopped the goopy mess in the cup with a few drops of flavor extract and blended away. The bullet adds some air bubbles and if you leave it to sit in the fridge it kind of solidifies into a mousse like substance?

… which brings me to breakfast. My protein mousse.

photo (25)It’s actually grown on me. Sad, but true.

I enjoy it.

Who knew?!

Does this mean April 22nd I’m going to keep using it and give up Myofusion forever?

Umm… Hells no.

But it does mean I may try and bullet the MF and see if I can make an even tastier mousse!

Nom nom!

So long story short, I use the 22$ tub of president’s choice vegetarian protein powder and blend it in the magic bullet for breakfast every single day.

The end.

  1. Kathleen says:

    I’m curious as to what your carbs are per day? Are you eating other starchy carbs such as oats rice cakes sweet potatoes ?

  2. On my new plan I’ll be drinking more protein shakes, but I hate the taste of them, I’m going to have to try a mousse for sure!!! That looks delicious, what kind of extract are you using?

  3. Robert says:

    I use Progressive Nutrition Berry flavour Vegan protein in my green smoothies and its nice. You will NEVER find a vegetarian protein that is anywhere close to Myofusion. The closest you will get is the new version of Vega Sport Protein (chocolate) now with saviseed. The saviseed makes it creamy tasting and its as close to myo as you can get in the veghead world. I use pumpkin seed protein powders, hemp protein powders, yellow pea and brown rice. Its the brown rice that makes it chalky as all brown rice proteins are like flour and very chalky. FYI Yellow Pea Protein is almost identical in amino acid concentrations as whey. The dicks at the sup stores dont know this and dont care as they all have the same attitude that whey is king. Yellow pea protein also has a very high arginine levels in your a fan of NO boosters. You could also add some choc hemp protein powder to your PC Veg Powder to give it more fibre and flavour. 🙂 I just bought some as I was in Superstore and saw it. I seldom ever go there but for 20 bucks I figures I would give in a go. Even Now Sports plain old Yellow Pea Protein is 30 bucks for 30 servings so I save 10 bucks right off the bat. Feel free to ask me any questions if you like. I have not had meat or dairy etc in 3 years, take a max of 130g protein a day and can outlift most of the guys in my small gym, even the 20 year olds. So the idea of 1g per pound and having to take whey and meat to build muscle is bullcrap! I bench over 315 in my final flat bench sets and figure that speaks for itself. Fruits and Veggies and an alkalizing diet for the win! Cheers

  4. Elsy Tangabekyan says:

    Our society is set up to regard meat eating as the ‘norm’. Those people who choose a vegetarian diet are often thought of as difficut, ‘trying to be different’ or just odd. A common nutritional fallacy is that meat and animal products must be consumed in order to maintain a well-balanced, healthy diet.`

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