I have been looking through all the before and after shots of everyone on the site and have been inspired to post my story\pics. Late 2008, I was at my heaviest, 5'6, 288lbs.
I told myself, "wow at almost 300 pounds, I have to make a change". Early '09, I purchased the Abs Diet book and really started to study it. I learned the basic's of nutrition, why fad diet's do not work, and how to work out safe and smart. Little by little, I started to change my eating habits to incorporate what I've learned from the book. I wasn't working out as much as I wanted to, but I at least managed to walk more than 10,000 steps a day at work.
People began to notice subtle weight lost here and there. Fast forward to December 31st '09, I plateaued at 250lbs. My wife suggested, well not really suggested, but implied that I couldn't be a vegan for a month, that I had will power, but not enough to fully commit to Veganism since I absolutely love meat, especially chicken. I told her that not only would I do it for a month, but if I liked it, I'd make it into a complete lifestyle change. So on New Year's eve, I had a heaping serving of meat lasagna and some left over pepperoni pizza. That was my last meat dish and have not looked back. I jumped in, cold turkey, did not ween myself off of anything, just did a complete 180. When I look back it, it was not that hard for me. It made a lot of my eating choices very easy for me. I now forced myself to eat more of the good stuff, veggies, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and soy based "meat" products. I have to admit though, my first month of being a Vegan, I really focused on eating soy based meats. My meals revolved around them. I kind of felt it defeated the purpose of my diet because they were heavily processed foods and I did not want put that kind of stuff into my body. So I then began to get creative and started to make my own Seitan and eat tofu here and there. I started to eat cuisines from around the world, especially Mediterranean and Indian, which are by far my favorite.
Working out as a Vegan:
In January, I purchased a treadmill and began to run 4-5 miles, 2-3x a week. Sometimes I would skip a week of running I have to admit. I would still go to the gym and lift weights, however I felt a bit confused on what to actually do for my workout routine to lose weight. I need to be 168-170lbs to be in the Air Force. I thought to myself, "Should I focus solely on cardio and be a runner, should I just work on building muscle to burn more calories, or should I do a combination of both?". Finding the right balance really worried me because I don't want to be efficient since I have to meet a deadline.
This is me at 180lbs March of 2010
Lost 55lbs almost 4 months into being a Vegan.
On July 25th, I started doing Insanity, and man does it get my body pumping. I've never sweated so much in my life. I dread Insanity each day, but in a good way, lol. I tell myself, "Ah, it hurts so good". I can definitely already see results in my arms and legs. However, I cannot move from my current weight, which is 176lbs. I need t be 168lbs and its driving me nuts. My wife is telling me I should cut my calories in half, but I told her that's probably unhealthy since I need them to fuel up for Insanity.
This is what I would eat in a day:
Meal 1: Breakfast: Whole wheat toast with Smart Balance Flax seed peanut butter, cup of coffee with almond milk
Meal 2: snack: Wasa cracker with water.
Meal 3: Lunch: homemade hummus on whole wheat bread
Meal 4: snack: carrots with peanut butter or pita chips
Meal 5: dinner: 1 cup of whole wheat or fortified spinach pasta with veggies.
Meal 6: POSTworkout shake: Soy Protein with either water or almond milk
(also know that I drink a Multi vitamin, D3 (2,000 IU) and B12. I checked all of my vitals with my doctor throughout this whole Vegan change, and my numbers have been amazing, she says I am in the best health of my life )
This is me as of last week, sorry if any of the pics are too much, I just want to get some honest feedback:
See how my gut is still flabby in the front. Since I've lost so much weight so quickly, I have tons of flabby skin around my body, especially around my thighs and stomach.
In this pic, I tried to show the new found "abs" on the sides.. I really feel them pumping and burning when I do Insanity...
Am I doing something wrong that I cannot lose these last 8lbs? Should have I seen at least a weight difference of a pound or two already on my 8th day of Insanity?
What can I do to speed up my weight loss at this point?