My Vegan Competition Journey: 8 Weeks out (again!)

Over the weekend I made a couple of changes regarding my journey. Number 1) I changed the show I was doing. That is why I am 8 weeks out (again.) This show is April 7th.  Number 2) I changed my diet. My previous diet had me stressed out for a few weeks now.

I’m sure y’all could have guessed by now that I am vegan…(hence the title!) So as a vegan, my diet is already restricted. And when I became vegan back in October, my body started shedding fat and I started leaning out without any extra dieting. But once I started gearing up for this competition, I wasn’t confident that I could build my own diet and get “competition ready.” So I paid someone to build me a diet. I looked at that diet, and knew pretty quickly that I would have a problem staying on it. Everyday I was supposed to eat tofu and tempeh…and I had never cooked either…le sigh. Oh, and I really don’t like “faux” meats very much and definitely not enough to eat it everyday. Anyways…I drudged ahead and followed the diet as best I could. I cooked my tofu and tempeh and ate it with the enthusiasm of eating styrofoam with seasoning…(yum!) And after a couple of weeks on this diet, my stomach started acting up and my hormones were out of wack. I stuck with it as long as I could, but then I had someone revise it for me. But it still included the meat-substitutes…so I still wasn’t happy. Anyways, after much deliberation and really listening to my body, I decided to make a change.

I want to be healthy first and foremost. That is more important to me than being a figure competitor. And I really didn’t feel like my previous diet was really healthy. Eating all that soy is just not that good for my body. Plus I didn’t have very much fruit in my diet, (fruit is like kryptonite to body builders), but fruit is healthy and I love it! So I put it back in. And I basically ditched everything else about my diet! I am not saying that I am about to go crazy, but I think I can listen to my body and still prep for a show. If I don’t win…well, my body will still be healthy and strong. But my main focus of this journey is to show that you don’t have to eat meat, dairy, or a traditional “bodybuilder diet” to get lean or strong.

Last Week’s Weigh-In: 128
Current Week’s Weigh-In” 127.5
(Oh, and I am much happier!)

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Published by Coach LQ

I am a mom, wife, and personal trainer. And becoming a mom has fortified my passion for health and wellness. I want to be the healthiest I can be for my family, and I want to help others be the same.

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