What's up everyone, my name is Dave and I've been vegan since Jan 14th, 2011 after having read The China Study. My vegan standpoint is more of a nutritional one than ethical but I'm on board with a harmonious life with our animal buddies for sure
Just a little info about me, I'm 32 years old born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and have been living in Hampton Roads, VA since 2000. I've been in the Navy for 14 years and am currently a Chief Petty Officer (E-7). I love the outdoors, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, trail running, etc... anything with a beach, pool, or trail is cool with me! I've been married for 8 years to my super hot wife Ashley and we have two kids: Enzo (6) and Roman (4) and we have 3 dogs Daytona (11 y/o boxer mix) Chino (10 y/o beagle), and Chili (1 y/o black lab/golden retriever mix).
I've been athletic my whole life but have struggled to battle back poor genetics and a family-wide history of heart disease, cancer, alcoholism, hypothyroidism, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. As you can see, veganism resolves a lot of these issues hence my decision to live that life!
At 5'7" and 200lb my body composition is not exactly where I want it to be. I'm an natural endomorph with mesomorphic traits and build muscle easily and fast, as well as the negative side of gaining fat fast and having a hard time getting rid of it. At this point I'm about a month + into lifing again and will post some pics soon of my current state. Reading Roberts VBB&F book has definitely given me some excellent direction but being in the military and having standards to meet I cant work purely bodybuilding and exclude cardiovascular fitness as well so I'm working a combination of the two as my primary fitness goal.
This is kinda turning into a novel so I'll stop here and say a hearty hello and nice to meet everyone.