Eating like a Vegan…The beginning.

Today, June 10th, was day *1* of my Vegan eating journey. I already know I need to tweak and create meal plans for myself in order to get it on track for the “big picture” goal. On Saturday, as I was visiting my favorite quick breakfast and coffee spot with Daina, I spoke briefly with the dude at the counter. He has been a vegan for 6 years and the first thing he said to me was “Prepare to be hungry all the time”. I have noticed some truth to that today. I do know that with proper meal planning it shouldn’t be an issue and I wont be in a state of constant hunger. 

Overall I will say that day 1 was fairly easy. I have been slowly weening myself off of the mass consumption of meat the last 2 weeks and I do believe that helped. No weird cravings or anything, we shall see how it progresses though. I remember when I quit eating dairy about a year ago now I felt like a crack head coming off the rock. That was actually so bad that I thought I was going to die one night as I had cold sweats and shivers. Here’s hoping that coming off of a meat addiction isn’t as troublesome. I am psyched for what is ahead though and cant wait to get in the gym and prove to myself that bodybuilding can be done without the animal products that are commonly used. 

If you all are expecting progress pictures, you will get them. If you expect a *starting* picture…you’ll have to follow along, that picture will come when I feel I am close to competition ready and not a day earlier. I will however show some 30, 60, 90 day progress shots and more ONCE I start in the gym and not a minute sooner. 

Follow along and get inspired. Get up, make changes and do something for yourself. Its OK to be selfish sometimes especially when it comes to your health. 

JP

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First Post – A New Life Adventure

This is MY first post to this blog…notice the “MY” in this because if you read the blog address its the vegan bodybuilding BROTHERS. My younger brother and I decided that it would be a good, fun way to compete with one another if we had a contest. We would both eat completely vegan and would workout in an attempt to do a bodybuilding competition. We have yet to decide a particular show to enter in but that will come in time. 

I want to give a tiny bit of background on my knowledge in the weightlifting world and bodybuilding in general. I first took a stab at bodybuilding back in 2005, where I spent about 2 years in the gym testing out different workout routines and diets. At the time I managed to bring my 6’2″, 168 pound frame to a whopping 225 pounds. I can not give exact measurements because I lost all of my log books. I remember my arms measured 19 and 3/4 inch and waist measured 34 inches. I cant even try to guess other measurements but I was pretty excited about how big I was at the time. 

Life took hold and I spent more time working then working out and more time eating junk then anything even remotely good for me. Needless to say I am now sitting at 225 pounds but nowhere even close to the shape I once was.

This blog will follow my diet challenges (I am currently a proud meat eating dude) but I realize that meat isn’t really all that great for me to be ingesting in such quantities daily. Drastic changes will surely come, pictures will come, recipes I learn and meals I eat through the days will also appear. I may even toss in some of my favorite workout routines when I get back in the gym. 

The current plan is to start my VEGAN diet journey June 10th 2013 and my jump back into the gym on July 1st 2013. My writing will become less scattered and more focused. You will also be blessed with plenty of writings of my brother Daniel. I am JP and blog posts will be signed accordingly in a simple way demonstrated below.

-JP