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Hi there, Jay here. I've been vegan now for around two years. I can't remember exactly when the change in my diet happened, but I had been vegetarian for over 10 years and just started to feel ethnically uncomfortable eating all those eggs and dairy products. Around the same time I looked down at myself one day and realised, as I approached 40, that my cute slender physique was no longer slender and not very cute.


In the past, during my 20s, I hated my skinny body and would punish myself in the gym with no success. Now, being older and wiser, I knew I couldn't repeat that cycle. What I had to concentrate on was just making exercise part of my daily life. I had to forget any motives based on a low self image and just concentrate on feeling healthy.


Armed with my new diet and the worldwide interweb for home exercise routines, after a year I felt that I had achieved making exercise part of my life. I was enjoying the exercise and my motivation generally stayed pretty good. Then I joined the gym with the aim of building up my body. I started doing more intense strength based routines and ramped up my diet. That was a year ago. I think I've had mild success. I've put on a little bit of size, and I do stress the little bit.


It has been a little frustrating as I flounder with my diet (sometimes I think I've put on more fat around my belly than muscle )and consistency with the gym comes and goes. I work hard for two months and then something will happen where I'm distracted from the gym for a month and then I feel like I have to start all over again. I'm really looking forward to these forums, as I hope they are a place for motivation, inspiration and hopefully consistency.


Plus, I have no idea how to write a short message ha ha

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Hi Jay!

From Melbourne also, been vegan 5 years now, training about the same amount of time.



Great work on going vegan and amping up the training! The best advice I can give is to keep trying your best to be consistent. Consistency with your training and diet is what's going to give you the best and fasted results. And also to be patient... results take time and there are no shortcuts!

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