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  1. Thanks for the advice. My ankle is completely healed now and I pretty much picked up from where i left off with my running. I'm alternating between running 5 miles and cycling 10-12 miles every other day. I'm doing bodyweight exercises everyday and lifting weights every other day. My fitness levels have improved a lot and my times are improving for running and cycling. My asthma has practically disappeared. changing my diet has had a huge effect on me. I think I had a lot of food allergies I wasn't aware of. I am having to eat more the more exercise i do though but I am still eating really well.
  2. I got a bike a few days ago so have been cycling until my ankle heals and I can run again. The previous two days I cycled 6 miles and this morning I cycled 10.I have decided to alternate cycling and running. I'm going to run again tomorrow but take it easy to make sure my ankle is okay. I've started doing bodyweight exercises- plank and side plank along with pushups, pressups and pullups.
  3. I injured my ankle yesterday, which is really frustrating because I won't be able to run for at least a few days, maybe longer. I haven't run for about 4 or 5 days due to heavy rain in the mornings and now the injury. I'm going to try and focus on strength building exercises until it heals. I haven't been losing much weight recently either (I'm at 210lbs), which i'm surprised about considering my diet and exercising. I have noticed a big difference in my clothes though and I think I've probably gained some muscle.
  4. I just checked google maps and it looks like closer to 9 miles (in 30 degree C heat) I ran today so I'm feeling really good.
  5. Thanks for the advice. i'll check out the running forum. My diet has stayed the same but I am feeling hungry and having to eat more on the days that i am exercising. I am only having the hemp protein on my exercise day too. I am drinking a lot of water but that could be more to do with the heat-wave we are having. I ran 8 miles today. 6 miles cross country and 2 miles on the road. I am only going to run cross country now because i didn't stop at all during that time but had to stop a few times on the 2 mile run because of traffic. My breathing has improved a lot but I have started using a natural salt pipe inhaler so it could have something to do with that. Also, i am only going to run before 9am because it is far too hot otherwise. I am still lifting the light weights but doing a lot of reps.
  6. Thanks for the support My running has been going well but today I couldn't run as far as usual because I've upped my pace a bit so that was a bit disheartening. I'm not sure whether it's best to keep running at the same pace and cover more distance or running a shorter distance faster. I did feel better tonight though when I realized I can now do 20 push-ups in a row, as before I could only do two. The 8kg weights must be doing some good. lol My diet is good-loads of energy but I have had a headache for the past couple of days and I think it's because I've been drinking more coffee than i have been. I'm going to stop drinking coffee and only have dark chocolate once a week.
  7. A month ago I weighed 225lbs, was eating a very unhealthy vegetarian diet and not exercising at all. I now weigh 215 and am eating a vegan diet (mostly raw), running and lifting dumbells- 8kg each. I plan on joining a gym and buying some heavier weights. My diet is giving me so much more energy. I'm waking up really early and literally jumping out of bed in contrast to before when I was tired most of the time. I feel much happier too and very optimistic. I went for a run this morning and ran 3 miles without stopping then had a rest. I stopped a couple of times on the way back and power walked until I could run again. I've only been running for a couple of weeks and the first time I ran I was out of breath within the first five minutes so I was feeling proud because i really pushed myself today. I haven't been having to use my asthma inhaler while running recently. I'm starting to enjoy raw food a lot more than cooked food, which feels heavy and I am drinking a lot more water. I wake up every morning with a bad taste in my mouth but I think it might be due to detoxing. Another change is that an old scar which looks pretty bad has drastically started to improve 5 years after surgery. Example meal Plan: Breakfast: Smoothie-Bananna, Strawberries, Spinach, Wheatgrass, Hemp Protein, Spirulina Snack-Peanut Butter and celery Lunch: Large Salad with Hemp oil, Chia Seeds, Flaxeed Snack-Almonds Dinner-Sweet Potatoe with Homemade vegan Guacamole. Naked Bar.
  8. Hi, here are some photos that were taken today. Matt
  9. Hi, I started an account here a while ago but never used it. I have had a few failed attempts to lose weight and build muscle so I'm hoping to stay motivated this time. I decided to post this because I would like some support and advice particularly from vegan bodybuilders. In the past month I have lost 10lbs (currently 215lbs)- I have changed my lifestyle quite a lot-I am running every other day and lifting light dumbells (8kg each) most days. I am eating green smoothies, salads with occasional cooked vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, oils, peanut butter, shelled hemp, flaxseed, spirulina, wheatgrass and hemp protein powder. I am having dark chocolate or crisps every few days but I have noticed that I am craving it less and less so will probably cut it out completely and I have stopped drinking alcohol. I want to lose fat and build a lot of muscle. I don't have heavier weights but will join a gym soon. I'll post a photo in the next couple of days.. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  10. I don't enjoy being drunk or being around drunk people but I occasionally drink real ales because I like the taste and like to try different varieties. I haven't had one since going vegan so I'm not sure whether they are or not. Also, I wondered if raw vegans drink alcohol?
  11. matthew_82


    Hi, I'm Matthew. I've been reading the forums for a few days and thought I better introduce myself. I became vegetarian when I was 14 (i'm 28 now) and have just recently gone vegan. My diet up until now has been quite unhealthy- lots of cheese, pizza, chocolate. I am happy to be vegan at the moment but slowly want to introduce raw foods. I have started eating more green vegetables, fruit, oats, beans, seeds, nuts and sprouts. I am not taking any protein powders but am considering Sunwarrior protein because I don't want to consume too much soya. I am taking spirulina which is giving me a lot of energy. I have just started lifting and bought some 8kg dumbells, which are fine at the moment but i intend to join a gym soon.
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