P90X – Week 1 Experience & My Sample Vegan(ish) Nutrition Plan

So I just finished my first week of P90X, and I have to honestly say….I friggin’ LOVE IT!!! Here’s how I feel in one picture:


hahah :].

Ok so, the first week of the “classic” P90X program consisted of the following

  • Day 1 – Chest & Back + Ab Ripper X  (ALL my pullups were done with one foot on a chair…womp womp, but I will get there!!)
  • Day 2 – Plyometrics (I thought this would be cake after Insanity, but I still worked up a sweat and felt the burn)
  • Day 3 – Shoulders & Arms + Ab Ripper X (I was sOOO SORE from Day 1, but I pushed through and honestly I’m that type of person that lovesss the burn :]).
  • Day 4 – Yoga X  (Ok, so this one is an hour and a half!! Was not expecting that! I work out in the mornings, so I was only able to do an hour and then I had to get ready for work.  The first 45 minutes is Vinyasa yoga – and was great – a little difficult, but I am confident as I progress, I will be able to get it down :])
  • Day 5 – Legs & Back + Ab Ripper X (Coming from a girl who LOVES her smith machine squats and leg press machine, I was pleasantly surprised by this leg workout, great intensity and variety, plus the pull ups are still killer. I burned the most calories during this workout)
  • Day 6 – Kenpo X (Great cardio workout, brought me back to my days of boxing and muay thai – man I miss that!)
  • Day 7 – Stretch X or Rest (I was wavering between just resting or stretching….and I decided to do Stretch X. For a stretching routine, this was no joke lol. I really felt it, and I’m glad I did it – my body definitely needed it).

Again, just in case you didn’t get the message the first time, I am LOVING the P90X workout regimen :]. I am so pumped for this program!

As far as nutrition goes, I purchased the P90X2 nutrition guide on eBay, because it has a “vegan” option, and used some great resources I found online:

I then created meal plans for the week, trying to stick as closely as possible to the P90X2 Level A (1800 cals) Fat Shredder 2.0 Plan  (Vegan Option).  Please note that my “meal plan” is “almost” vegan, due to the fact that I am still eating eggs :]. Here are a few examples (click link below):

P90X_VeganMealPlan_Example_FS_Level A

Few things to note with the plan above:

  • The Vegan Recovery Formula, is a recipe that is included in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide, (which I tweaked slightly). I make it by blending 1 medium to large sized apple, 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 cups of water, and ice (very tastey! :]). I definitely look forward to this after my workouts!
  • The Pure Energy Smoothie, is a recipe I obtained from the book “The Hormone Diet”, it entails: 1/4 cup of blueberries, 1/4 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup of raspberries, and 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk; in addition I throw in about 1 cup of kale, and 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed.
  • The “Shakeology Alternative 4” smoothie, is a superfood concoction I have put together, including: 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood (chocolate flavored), 1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 3 tablespoons of Hemp Protein Powder (I use the Nutiva brand), 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and 1/2 cup of water. I’ll admit it’s not an award winning smoothie, taste-wise, but add a little sweetener of choice (I use stevita) and it is pretty good :].
  • The “Garden of Life Protein Shake” is just one scoop of Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder (vanilla), with about 1 cup of water, a few ice cubes, and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. I blend all the ingredients together to make it a nice thick smoothie consistency.
  • You’ll note that my calorie intake ranges from about 1500-1600 calories a day, although the P90X2 nutrition guide recommends about 1800 calories a day for “Level A”, I used the calculator within the “P90X2 Nutrition Plan Made Easy” workbook, and my recommended caloric intake came to about 1275…which I thought was ridiculously low, especially with the calories I am burning with these workouts, and for someone who is trying to build some nice lean muscle ;). So I came to a happy medium of 1500-1600 calories :].  If I find that I start to feel tired as the workouts progress, I will probably increase this intake. As my favorite blogger PowerCakes, always says: BE TRUE TO YOU, do what is best for YOUR BODY, everyone is different :]

I plan to post my 30, 60 and 90 day progress shots/details as well.  Wish me luck!! :]

<3 Sami

6 thoughts on “P90X – Week 1 Experience & My Sample Vegan(ish) Nutrition Plan

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  2. Rachel

    Hey! I am a vegan just starting P90X. I just completed my 1st week and the workouts were great, but i found the meals a bit… boring. I was wondering if you had any good protein packed and carb loaded recipes? I am a little tired of steamed veggies, sweet potatoes, and tofu (which seems to be my meal everyday) Thanks for your blog its great!

    1. surquidi Post author

      Thank you! Yes I do! I will send you a few of my favorites. The P90X2 Nutrition guide actually has some pretty good easy vegan recipes. I was able to just buy the nutrition guide on ebay. Enjoy!

    1. surquidi Post author

      Hey there! It actually went really well! I finished it last Fall, and am now trying out a different program from Bodybuilding.com. However, I still use a lot of the exercises I learned from P90X. Love Tony Horton! 🙂

  3. fitclubnetwork

    Awesome. Glad to hear you are still at it! I just tracked back a link from your page to our post and thought I’d check in and see how things are going for you.


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