Hi all So glad I found this forum, it's always great to share and learn everything about veganism+fitness. All my life I felt awful, I had no energy and every time I tried some physical activity it was very strenuous to me, even if I wasn't too much overweight. My life began changing when I became a vegetarian. I started to get more interested on diet and noticed how if affected my overall wellbeing in a dramatic way. It took me some time to become a vegan. After 6 years being a vegetarian I became a vegan and quickly adopted raw veganism (80-10-10 style) and it was by then that I found a real interest in exercising regularly. The fact that diet made me feel better contributed a lot to start working out. Sadly, about 18 months later I ended up falling off the vegan wagon, and went on and off vegetarianism for about 3 years. I see how the poor diet also contributed to me stop doing exercise, it was a vicious cycle, hard to break, since i felt bad and that contributed to me making poor choices in other areas of my life. About 2 years ago, feeling so crappy, I made the decision to start lifting weights again, but made poor choices in diet (I was doing a paleo-keto diet with a lot of animal fat), combined with overexercising, after a few months I crashed. I knew something was really wrong and I began moving towards fruits and vegetables to heal myself. Then, about 1 year ago I became a vegan again. Nothing compares to this diet in terms of well being. For the past months I had been practicing yoga, acrobatics and some martial arts. For some reasons I had to quit those classes and began lifting weights again 2 months ago, even though I still practice a form of martial art once a week. I made adjustments on my diet following some guidelines from Brendan Brazier's The thrive diet book, and even if some principles were similar to things I had seen before, I guess the fact that he's a top athlete really inspired me. I made up my mind about lowering my body fat (it had been 20% for over a year), and now I'm finally seeing results, results that I never believed I could achieve. I'm very excited about it and I hope I can keep improving my fitness level and my diet everyday. I also find motivation in being able to be a healthy and fit vegan, so the world can see how great this lifestyle is. I'm always looking forward to learn more and if I can share my own knowledge with others it is a great pleasure. Thank you for this forum! Veganism for the win!