Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Eric, 44 year old health crucader in So-Cal. Went Vegan after seeing the movies Forks over Knifes, Food inc, idiot cycle and all the rest of them. Had a bad health scare in 2009 from colitas and digestive issues that I link to GMOs and built up toxins from a lifelong SAD diet. It was crippling not to be able to eat anything without stomach pain and nausia. My diet was full of meats, dairy, sugars and processed food... YuCk! Started to eat clean after the hospitol but still had health problems. I turned Vegitarian in 2011 and health got better. Then finally Vegan now for 8 months... Health and stomache issues are almost all gone and I feel great! Will never go back to flesh, dairy, toxins and GMOs ever again.
Dropped 40lbs of blubber fast after going Vegan and went from 170lbs- 36 inch waist to 128lbs- 29 inch waste. But now I'm skinny with saggy abdominal skin and zero muscle. I was big into weights in my 20s and followed all the Weider mag routines and diets. I could bench 225 and squat 335 back then... Now at 44 I'm trying to gain back some muscle and strength like I had in my youth but its all gone. I can't hardly bench 105 now and squat 135. arms are 11 inches. ouch! How can I be so incredibly weak? 3 push ups and thats it!? Being a small boned ectomorph body type, putting muscle on is almost imposible now. I work out like I'm training for the Mr. Olympia but have seen almost Zero gains after months of killing it at the gym. So I'm fustrated to no end. I workout 5 times a week and split my bodyparts like this...
Day 1- chest / abs /30 min cardio
Day 2 - back / abs / 30 min cardio
Day 3 - shoulders / abs/ 30 min cardio
Day 4 - Arms (Bi & Tri) /abs / 30 min cardio
Day 5 - Legs /abs/ 30 min cardio
Day 6 - rest
Day 7 rest
Meals - Workout
workout (9AM) fasted state, no food.
Breakfast - Sun Warrior shake with blue berries, banana (after workout)
Lunch - noon - black beans in a bowl, huge salad (1,000 calories)
dinner - burrito with brown rice, beans, veggies - 1,0000 cals - 5pm
I tend to hold fat in my low back, stomach and thighs and when I increase cals, thats where it starts to store again. makes me look skinny-fat... tiny ripped arms and a big fat pear ass and gut. gross!
So I'm here to try to put on muscile and keep my healthy Vegan lifesytle alive and well.