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#1 Postby Justin » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:01 pm

My name is Justin. I live in Chicago. I teach Automotive Technology at a Community College near Wrigley Field. I live near the beach off of Lake Michigan. I teach everything from the Basic Introduction classes to Steering and Suspension…Anti-Lock Brake systems…Automotive Electronics Systems and Engine Performance. I am currently involved with re-programming new vehicle computers, advanced wave-form diagnostics and Alternative Fuels. My current interests have shifted to Fully-Electric cars and the whole conversion process that is associated with it. I have been in the Automotive Industry for 12 years and I have been teaching for the past 4 years. Check out the documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car?” I showed this documentary to my Automotive Electronics class and they loved it.

I have been lifting weights for 15 years and I have been competing in Natural Bodybuilding shows for 7 years. I wanted to do another Bodybuilding show this coming May and another in the fall. I wanted to take a totally different direction with my diet, because it has been difficult in the past to cut the body fat without losing excess muscle mass. I have tried many different strategies, but I now that feel that meats, dairy, and egg products made digestion very difficult; especially when I was cutting carbohydrates! ;-) My protein intake is sort of high, because my bodyweight is normally 210 – 220 @ 5’ 11”. I wanted a diet that was more “balanced”; yet without all the bad fats and excess calories.

I have recently switched to the Vegan diet 4 months ago. I have felt much better; as far as energy levels. I noticed my definition in muscles have increased; while my body weight is still at 220! Everyone said that when I switched a Vegan Diet that I would lose muscle mass and strength; NONE of which is true at all!! My strength has not diminished at all, and I have noticed much more striations and vascular developments in all of my muscles! I happy that I switched to a Vegan Diet; although I really don’t have very much to write about it…since this is all fairly new to me! I also am glad that I have Robert and this community of other Vegan Athletes to gain practical information to apply in achieving my fitness goals!

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#2 Postby michaelhobson » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:07 pm

Cool about the auto mechanics, I like "real" work like that, stuff that has a tangible result.

Contrats on going vegan! Vegan nutrition can be tailored to any need. We have endurance athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, strong men and just lazy fat guys like myself. You should search posts by Jonothan. He is 6' 8" and before going vegan a few years ago was only 160 pounds, now he's a 275 pound powerlifting/strongman monster. Oh, and don't miss "veganessentials" aka Ryan, he's only about 6' and around 280 pounds and been vegan for over a decade!

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#3 Postby Zack » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:12 pm

Welcome to the forum, glad to see someone else interested in electric cars.
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#4 Postby cubby2112 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:21 am

Welcome to the boards! I am around the Wrigley Field area quite often at certain times of the year; it is my main area to visit in Chicago.
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#5 Postby robert » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:58 am

Welcome Justin!

We have a great group here and we just got better with you joining us. Awesome that we'll have another vegan on the bodybuilding stage this year. I think about 10 of us will hit the stage. I'll make a list soon so you'll know exactly who competes. We have about 700 registered vegan athletes but only a small amount of competitive bodybuilders.

I've heard about that documentary you mentioned. Cool stuff man.

Please explore the forum. There is a lot of info here and even better, we have a really awesome community of members.

All the best and welcome aboard!

Be sure to post some photos in the Photos Section sometime!

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#6 Postby AVOJAMACADA » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:33 am

Damm straight Justin!! Good job!!
Hit it HARD!Best wishes on your progress.
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#7 Postby CollegeB » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:44 am

Nice of you to join the board Justin. Dont be shy, post often :D

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#8 Postby Michelle » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:46 am

Welcome! :) :)

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#9 Postby flanders77 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:38 am

Welcoem for the datailled intro! Great to see that you went vegan and immediatly saw results!
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#10 Postby jonzen » Fri Feb 02, 2007 8:35 am

Welcome to the Forum, Justin. I am pleased and excited to read of your interest in electric cars! Will you be teaching the process of conversion? I wish my Jeep Wrangler was electric!

Congratulations on your decision to go vegan. It is a healthy lifestyle, both physical and mental.

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#11 Postby xjonfastx » Fri Feb 02, 2007 10:50 am

Congrats on your new life choice! Welcome to the site. :)
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#12 Postby pelicanAndrew » Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:13 am

Sweet, another chicago style vegan.

I'm from the northwest suburbs but go to school in central illinois. Welcome to the board!!!

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#13 Postby loveliberate » Fri Feb 02, 2007 1:58 pm

Hello & Welcome Justin! :D
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#14 Postby offense74 » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:19 pm

Nice intro :D
Welcome Justin :!:
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#15 Postby lelle » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:43 am

welcome justin :)

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