Sweet Things 4 Life
Sharing our journey toward a more natural, simple, healthful lifestyle.
One of the easiest ways to convince someone to go vegan is to show them the results. If you talk about all the health benefits, you need to back it up. Although Mike and I have been vegan for over a year and a half we didn't start focusing on losing weight and getting into shape until about a month ago. There was a long transition time where we primarily focused just on eating vegan, not on eating whole, plant foods and we hardly worked out at all. I hope you don't think this is true of all new vegans, part of it was the circumstances. We had just moved into an apartment and couldn't afford gym memberships so exercise wasn't a top priority.
Anyway, we got serious about getting fit a month ago. I've been working out consistently 4-5 days a week, sometimes twice a day. For the first two weeks my workouts primarily consisted of shorter HIIT workouts, but I've increased to doing more weight training and running. A few days out of the week I'll weight train in the morning before work and go for a run with Mike after work. The weight training sessions are between 30 and 40 minutes and the runs are about an hour.
Aside from following a vegan diet my eating habits have changed considerably. Mike kept telling me I wasn't eating enough calories, but I was still subconsciously restricting my calories. That's one thing I've heard in the vegan fitness community time and time again, don't restrict your calories! So I've increased my calories to between 2,000-2,500 calories a day, most coming from whole, plant foods. I always eat until I'm satisfied and I never feel restricted.
We weighed ourselves in May and took before pictures. I can already see a difference and feel my clothes fitting better. My starting weight was 129.6 lbs. and after a month of a healthy diet and a more intense exercise regimen I weigh 126.6 lbs. However, I think the pictures show the most noticeable difference.
I know the change might not seem tremendous, but this is on an unrestricted calorie diet. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be able to eat unlimited amounts of food, never feel hungry, always have energy for workouts and have sustainable weight loss compared to the endless cycle of starvation, binging and yo-yo weight loss.
I haven't reached my goal physique yet, but I'm working towards it every day. Hopefully, seeing my results will motivate you to make a positive change in your life too!
Katie & Mike
We want to share our journey toward living a simpler, more natural and healthy lifestyle with you. As we navigate through an increasingly complex and tech-driven life, we'll share our goals, triumphs and struggles as we attempt to return to a simpler way of living.