I have been a vegan for the last 4 years. I am a male, 5' 9" and as embarrassed as I am to admit this, I weighed 330 pounds before I started my vegan diet. I had experimented with vegetarianism/veganism for several years before I finally committed to the diet. I knew I was eventually going to become really sick with my lifestyle. Diabetes, heart problems, etc. In less than two years I went from 330 to 192. I was shooting for 160 pounds and then I would focus on building muscle (though all along I have been lifting weights 3 days a week but several days a week of cardio). The last two years has been a bit of a struggle for me though. I have gone up and down several times, hitting a high of 228 at one point. Now I am about 215 but I have not been down under 200 for about a year now. I'm not making any excuses for myself. I know what the problem is...my portion sizes have gone back up and I have been eating too many vegan treats. Other than that, I am still eating exceptionally well. I am by no means a junk food vegan. I drink a lot of green smoothies, eat salads every day, whole grains, plenty of vegetables and raw foods...some nuts. But I also find myself (lately almost every few days or so) eating an entire bag of vegan cookies, or eating a big plate of brown rice pasta with veggie meat. When I'm at my best, I don't eat any sweets save for some fruits. I hardly touch the veggie meats either, but when I am at my worst, I indulge in both too often.
I joined the forum to network with other vegans and to help myself recommit to what I started 4 years ago. By next summer I want to be at my goal weight (160 or under). Then I want to shift my focus to bodybuilding. For now, do plenty of cardio and I lift 3 days a week (only one exercise per bodypart, 3 sets 12/10/6-8 reps, increasing the weight with each set). I am a bit firmer than I was when I was at my largest, but I don't seem to be able to increase the amount I can lift (my strength). Perhaps I need to focus on the weight loss now and then worry about building muscle.
Anyway, I am hoping to learn some more about fitness and weight loss at the forum. I just purchased Robert Cheeke's book on bodybuilding. I look forward to reading it and learning from it.
That's all from now.
Introduce yourself. Tell us about your training history, how long you've been vegan, share some of your goals and some of your interests.
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