Hello everyone, this is my first post here.
It has been my dream for two years to get into bodybuilding. I have been exercising as a vegetarian that eats a lot of cheese and other fats and have known for a long time that I really need to go vegan for a myriad of reasons.
Everyone I have shared these two goals with has done one of two things: laughed at me or flat out told me it can't be done. I live with my partner and he is supportive of my fitness goals, but doesn't think that I can do it as a vegan. I, of course, know better...I can do both and do them well!
I'm not sure if I should begin a serious training program AND go cold turkey vegan or if I should go vegan for a solid month before I add more intensity. I currently don't eat eggs, cows milk, or butter. I guess the cheese, overdoing the carbs, and not **truly** pushing myself physically is what is really holding me back from my fat loss/muscle gain goals. (You could be thinking it'd take a lot of cheese to do that, and you'd be right. It's obscene really.)
My current routine is:
Cardio & Abs - Tuesday Thursday & Saturday
Weights - Monday Wednesday & Friday
I workout at home and lift using a gym we bought last year
. Cardio includes a kickboxing video, yoga, aerobic routines, cycling, and using a really cheap-o elliptical indoors.
I get *so* hungry after I workout that I have absolutely got to be prepared to keep me from doing something stupid. I've got a handful of practical vegan recipes I love so I can cook in bulk and use the freezer for something other than pizzas and Amy's burritos. I'd really rather keep it as fresh and raw as possible, though.
I make a pretty mean green smoothie with my strawberry soy protein powder,too. (Kale, bananas, almond milk, + 1 scoop)
Other things in my arsenal:
A-Z Animal Ingredients List for iPod
OAMC Veggie Style
Vegan Freak Radio
Vegetarian Food For Thought
I'm thinking of getting this book
because I have plenty of cookbooks but nothing like this. If you've got an opinion about it, have some inspiration to offer me, tips or anything else positive to share, I'd love to hear it.