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Those are great results.@Steve A
Honestly by weight I don't eat a lot of meat products anyway. It wouldn't be any trouble to eat double the legume by weight compared to most meats, I just shrink my "starch" portions a little or swap them out entirely.
I put on about 20 lbs lean weight on nearly 100% vegan / 100% vegetarian diet. As long as your digestive system is OK with legumes and soy it really isn't difficult. All the rest of the diet is not very different.
I'll say this, it takes a lot less know how/planning to get all your nutrition if animal products are added to the list, makes it easier by far.
I think you should give yourself more credit. You've acquired a level of knowledge (which took time and effort) and you gain well (some combination of knowledge, effort and physiology).