New You for the New Year Contest 3 in 12 Days of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness Posted January 13, 2012 I became vegan in May of 2005 after working at a Fast Food Restaurant for several years, and becoming very disgusted with what I saw. There have been numerous changes in my life after almost 7 years of veganism, and I've had lots more energy than I've had in the past.- I lost weight around my mid section, and had a 6 pack for the first time in my life by the end of the Summer, 2005. - I've gotten very much into gardening, food production, and trying to make better produce more readily available at lower costs. - While I've always loved fruits and vegetables, being vegan opened my eyes to so many fruits and veggies I've never really tried or appreciated. - I've gained a major appreciation for food, everything from cooking to raw foods, seasonal and local. - I've gained the Superhero ability of inspiring people around me to eat more fruits and vegetables. (okay, not Superhero, but it's still cool) - Most importantly, I've made friends in all corners of the world, and have networked with so many amazing people doing so many incredible things.