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  • Birthday 03/05/1983

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  1. Hey guys! Stephen from Texas here! I've been a vegan for roughly a year and half now, and have loved every bit of it. I look forward to getting to know you guys here. My fitness goal is really single-minded. I want to be between 10-12% body fat, but I've been stuck at a plateau for a while. I'm hoping that joining this board, I can get some ideas on how to break through this plateau. Also, I've attempted to post to other parts of this board, but they have yet to appear. Any help is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to learning from you guys!
  2. Tried to start a new post in the Topic "Before and After" section. Was told that the post needed to be checked by a moderator before it was posted. Now I checked under the "Your Post" section, but the search came back with 0 Posts under my name. How do I know if the post even went through or not?
  3. Hey all! New to the boards and just wanted to show a before/after photo of me, but also to get some advice because I seem to have hit a plateau. Anyways, first are the before/after pics..... Before: After: So the first photo is me back in 2009 on a trip to Destin, FL. Its surprising looking back and not even realizing at the time how fat I was....the second pic is from another Destin Trip last year. All in all, I have managed to lose 101 pounds and keep it off for a little over 5 years now. Now comes the part where I need help. I have reached a point where I do not believe I need to lose anymore weight, but I'm also not nearly as cut as I want to be. In spite of losing all the weight, I still have this fat that has hung around my midsection for the better part of three years after dropping most of the initial weight. Here are pics i took this morning to show what I'm talking about: http://i1320.photobucket.com/albums/u536/lock_stephen/IMG_02831_zpsshaqxdqt.jpg http://i1320.photobucket.com/albums/u536/lock_stephen/IMG_02821_zpshgx0tf1p.jpg You can see that little bit of fat around my mid-section that I just simply cannot get rid of, no matter what I do with my diet or workouts. For my workouts, I do the 5x5 Stronglifts three days a week with HIIT on my non-lifting days. Here is an example of what i eat on a daily basis: Breakfast: Bean Smoothie - 1/2 cup of white beans, 3 bananas, cocoa powder and Almond milk Two slices of Ezekiel Toast with one serving of PB2 Lunch: Taco Salad: Black beans, pico de gallo, spinach, lettuce, Salsa, corn (might have one whole grain tortilla as well) OR if I'm in a hurry, a Footlong Veggie Sub with lettuce, spinach, tomato, onion, and banana peppers with Spicy Mustard Snack: One cup of Oatmeal with almond milk, Banana Smoothie with 3 bananas, cocoa powder, cinnamon and almond milk Dinner: Cup of brown rice (cooked), corn, bell peppers and 2 slices of Ezekiel bread Not sure what I am doing wrong, but I would really like to get rid of this freakin' last bit of fat. I was told that it would be a slow process, but this has been well over two years, and very little progress has been made. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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