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 Post subject: Hello from Georgia
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:50 am 
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Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, I'm 23 and an extremely new to being vegan.

Back in 2010 I had my daughter. I was always skinny in high school and being a young mom I was determined to be back to high school skinny within 6 months of having my daughter. That did not happen. I was in an emotionally abusive marriage and all I wanted to do was sit on the couch, cry, eat nothing but junk food and feel sorry for myself. I was one of those people that didn't realize how big I was until years had passed and I finally started losing weight then saw pictures of myself. In January of 2012 I decided it was time to lose weight and start living a healthy lifestyle. 150 lbs on my 5'2 frame was not flattering. I decided I was divorcing my husband and moving on with my life to begin my journey of healthier living. I started by cutting out soda (I drank anywhere between 5-8 cokes a day!) and I dropped 20 lbs almost instantly. I didn't really work out because I was proud of my progress. I ended up meeting a really awesome guy who is now my boyfriend who was a personal trainer and body builder for 5 years. He hasn't done anything in quite some time due to several injuries he had from both bodybuilding as well as a car wreck and my weight went back up to 150 in march of 2012 because we were hanging out and eating whatever we wanted whenever we wanted. I began haring myself again and went about losing weight the wrong way- by only eating once a day. For the next few months after that my weight slowly dropped until I was at 130 and I hit a plateau. My boyfriend is a huge animal lover and made the decision to become vegetarian in October of 2012, I tried at the same time but wasn't really ready to commit so I caved on Thanksgiving. My boyfriend continued the vegetarian lifestyle and lost so much weight! ( he started at 180 and by march of 2013 was at 225!) So march came around and I made the decision to become vegetarian. We also joined a gym and began to workout. Now here we are and just 2 weeks ago we made the transition into veganism. It's been such a learning experience and I love this lifestyle.

We haven't been to the gym since June due to some back problems my bf has been having and him not being able to work full time so money has been tighter than normal. I have an itch to get back in and recently (the past month or so) have been reading boards on here and researching on becoming a fitness model. My goal is to be competing in 2 years from now. I'm so new to this and that may seem like a lot of time, but I know that I'll have to start slow. The first step I've taken so far is to make sure I'm drinking at least a gallon of water a day. Then once I achieve that for at least two weeks and know I can do it continuously ill start on my workouts and dieting.

I look forward to participating in this awesome community and having the help and support I'll need to start this new chapter of my life.


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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:14 am 
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Good luck with your goals Ashley, I think 2 years is a great timeframe for you to get into amazing shape and get onto the stage! How have you found the past couple of weeks transitioning into turning vegan?

Welcome to the forum, it's a great community in here with plenty of knowledgeable and friendly people. Feel free to start up a training journal so we can follow along with everything. All the best Ashley, look forward to seeing you post more around the board MF.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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Thank you so much! The transition was actually a lot easier than I expected it was going to be. We had already cut out milk back in October so really all that was left was cheese and eggs and really looking at labels to make sure it didn't contain anything in it. I've some really awesome recipes of some of my favorite foods and that has helped too. When I was a meat water I never would have imagined you could make things taste almost identical without using things like milk and eggs. It truly is amazing and my body feels great!

I've got a before picture of January 2012 and then another one from January 2013 when I was losing weight the wrong way. A huge transformation, but still have a long way to go. I added it to the main post :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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I think you are on the right track but let's discuss this goal of drinking a gallon of water a day? Why are doing this? Why is it a goal? For a 5'2 female not doing cardio or training that might actually be to much water. You should drink plenty of water but having a goal of drinking a gallon a day isn't necessary and it's not really going to accomplish much. It may even be flushing needed vitamins and minerals from your body.

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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Hi Ashley! Good to see another vegan in Georgia. If you're near Atlanta and need any tips on vegan eating or shopping, let me know!

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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I still do cardio (I'm a runner)and some training at home (I have a kettleball and a couple of smaller weights but also get help from my boyfriend) so I feel a gallon of water a day isn't too much. Before this goal I was drinking half a gallon a day but I was always still thirsty but resorted to things like juice so just drinking more water and cutting out all that sugar I feel is helping me. I guess I should have mentioned in my main post that I still do cardio and some things at home, I'm just itching to get back into an actual gym, ya know?

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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Amt90 wrote:
I still do cardio (I'm a runner)and some training at home (I have a kettleball and a couple of smaller weights but also get help from my boyfriend) so I feel a gallon of water a day isn't too much. Before this goal I was drinking half a gallon a day but I was always still thirsty but resorted to things like juice so just drinking more water and cutting out all that sugar I feel is helping me. I guess I should have mentioned in my main post that I still do cardio and some things at home, I'm just itching to get back into an actual gym, ya know?


Oh catch ya.. yeah the way I read it I thought you weren't doing any cardio or training atm. So yeah good. :) And yeah I so know! I"ve been out of the gym for a week cause I have poison ivy. It drove me nuts all last week. lol

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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Nice to see a lot of runners joining up on here lately, great stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: Hello from Georgia
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Hi Ashley,
Sorry for the delay, but here is another warm welcome to the group here!

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