Hello everyone. I became a vegan last February after my fiance decided to go on a plant based diet. I have to admit, I have really struggled recently, and I have cheated.
Eating meat makes me feel sick, so I have recommitted myself to staying vegan and I am looking to build muscle. I want to give you a brief synopsis of why I went vegan, why I want to stay vegan, and why I want to build muscle:
--> I have had several health issues since adolescence and recently went through 3 surgeries in two years. I found out milk, wheat, and eggs were contributing to my stomach problems and rearranged my entire diet. I still ate meat, but I tried to stay "organic" due to extra hormones/poisons in factory farmed meat that could worsen my issues. But, I could not digest meat properly and would get heartburn and reflux from it. I also felt "heavy." Last February, I decided to go vegan. Adopting a plant based diet has improved my life and health tremendously.
--> I lost a lot of weight due to severe pain and the trauma of surgery. After surgery, I did not have much of an appetite and I am still struggling with that. I am petite/slim and losing more weight made me even slimmer. I lost muscle tone. My back aches, I can barely lift things, and I am out of shape. I would like to have an athletic physique without eating meat/milk/eggs/soy.
--> I was always the weak one in gym class. I could not do monkey bars, climb a rope, do pull ups or push ups. I was the slowest runner and the last one to be picked for kickball. I do not want to continue to be weak. My goals:
Stay healthy & manage my condition
Build muscle and compete in Tough Mudder & various athletic competitions in 2 years.
To become strong.
To become an inspiration.My 30 day journey goal:
Gain muscle on my arms, upper body, and legs. Diary:
Today, I did chest flys using a resistance band 3 sets of 10
Bicep curls w/ 2 lb weight 3 sets of 10
Triceps 3 sets of 10
Breakfast: Quinoa w/blueberries & almonds w/ spinach/banana/berry smoothie w/ Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder & Hemp Powder.
Mid morning: Vega whole food health optimizer
Early Afternoon: Brown Rice w/ spinach, sunflower seeds, cannellini beans, hemp seeds, walnuts, topped with lemon juice.
In between: Workout and then spinach/banana/berry smoothie w hemp powder.
Dinner: Black bean spaghetti w/ garlic, tomato sauce topped with avocados.
After dinner: Green smoothie w Garden of Life Protein and Glutamine powder. Hurdles:
Since I have a small appetite and still have some digestive issues left I do not eat as much as I should. This is improving by the day and I am going to get past this major hurdle. When I have issues, I make smoothies to get protein/calories.