whoa, thanks everyone for all the replies. I'll try to provide the relevant info. Part of me knew I was eating too little but for some reason I thought eating small meals spread out through the day would keep me from feeling like this.
Szchatt89 saidMaybe you're possibly overtraining? What exactly do you do during your workouts, and for how long?
Workout is the RJ strength training work out I follow that almost exactly with one exception. I tried P90x for a while 'cause people recommended it but it's just way too intense for me at the moment, I can't keep up. I used to just do the elliptical machine for an hour instead of the cardio portion. when I do the elliptical I just set the machine to 100% resistance and go for 60 minutes. No hills or anything. These days I alternate between the eliptical and swimming laps.
Other forms of exercise are that I walk everywhere usually carrying my gym bag and laptop. On average I walk 2 hours of the day because I can't afford a car or public transit (kinda sucks in 30 below weather, but you get used to it).
Typically I'll also work out later at night. So on an average day I'll walk an hour to school, do work and then after dinner I'll end my day by going and doing my workouts. I started doing this because I found I was getting better weight loss results if I worked out after my last meal of the day from 7-9 PM then walked home from 9-10pm. Like, I'd weigh myself the next day and find that I lost a whole pound. I knew that kind of weight loss is really unhealthy, but psychologically the feeling of making that kind of progress was unreal. You couldn't believe the ecstasy. My first thought is ...what is the reason for vegan sources?
This is a whole other discussion. I mainly do veganism for ethical and environmental reasons and I couldn't be happier doing it. you won't convince me otherwise. I'm also a fairly "good" vegan meaning that I don't rely on processed foods (veggie burgers, etc. If I REALLY want a veggie burger I'll make it myself out of fresh ingredients) most of the time with the exception of clif bars (really the only thing in my diet that counts as processed). There's also the fact that a lot of my weight gain came from being a dairy addict. I just love cheese, cream sauces, butter, etc. I used to drink a carton of milk a day. Going vegan made me way healthier (and a lot less greasy). I'm not sure about creatine, but I'm very particular about my protein sources and I make sure that all my proteins are complete. Diet
I kind of had a feeling I was eating too little, but I guess I didn't know how to make my diet more calorie rich without just loading up on carbs (since most of my proteins are legume based, carbs can be an issue). I try to keep my diet at 30% fat, 30% protein, and 40% carbs. Here's an example of what I eat based on what I had today.
breakfast : Vegan breakfast taco (tofu, nutritional yeast, whole wheat tortilla, little bit of ketchup)
breakfast 2: green smoothie (fruit juice, soy protein powder, spinach, broccoli rabe)
lunch: Sprout Salad (lentils, broccoli sprouts, lemon tahini dressing)
Lunch 2: wrap (whole wheat tortilla, mashed chickpeas w/ some vegan mayo, and sugar snap peas)
dinner: roasted beats w/ toasted walnuts
after dinner snack: dried fruit.