|Hi vegan muscle friends! I’m currently considering buying this program. I currently have an active job (vet tech: lots of walking, lifting, bending, cleaning etc). I’ve been vegetarian for a long time and now almost officially vegan. We cook most of the time ourselves, but still I notice I am gaining weight, mainly belly area.. I’m not sure why. Since I have an active day job, I’m too lazy to go to the gym afterwards, yeah I admit. I need something that obligates me to really go and work out. Once I’m there I really enjoy myself, have some good competition with my husband. It’s just getting there.. Now I am wondering if this program will work if you only can visit the gym 2 days, max 3 a week?? Thanks|
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If going to the gym does not fit your lifestyle, then you may need to adjust what you eat in order to lose weight. If you are gaining weight right now, that means your body is in a caloric surplus. Even too much of a good food can make you gain weight. Find out how much energy you burn on a daily basis and then take a look at what you are eating. Are you getting enough carbs? If you are not eating enough carbs, your body may be going for protein as an energy source. That can make your very tired. Or you may be eating the wrong stuff and your gut is working too hard, costing you a lot of that energy. I wish the food part was not so tricky. Once I started to count my macros, I realized that I am eating way too much of the good stuff. Handful of walnuts here and another handful of dried fruit there (heck, I even dehydrate my own). I had way too much good fat in my diet.
I’m now counting my macros daily. I’m getting pretty good at eyeballing, but still everything gets measured and weighed. It takes a lot of getting used to and definitely adds some extra steps in your cooking process. So much calculating. I
have since figured out that you can enter entire recipes into your My Fitness Pal app and it will calculate the macros for you.
I am a full-time photographer and I’m a single mom of 3 kids, so at the moment I only get to the gym 1-2 times a week. I always go with my boyfriend Felix and we stay for 2 – 2.5 hours and work full body (lifting heavy is our exercise of choice at the gym).
I did buy some very basic equipment for the house as well. I do small exercises daily, at random times. While I’m cooking, I’ll spontaneously do a few sets of push-ups or I will use the kitchen counter to do some elevated leg raises. I also bought a pull up bar and I will do some pull-ups whenever I go to the restroom (that’s where the bar is installed).
I also got some resistance bands, I will crab walk through the house with those. There are tons of exercises you can look up on YouTube that do not require a gym. I use my kids as weights. I can totally bench press my 13 year old.
I also stretch before I go to bed. Felix and I usually watch a movie and I will stretch during that time and/or roll out my muscles with a giant foam roll.
I know this all sounds overwhelming and like a lot of work, but baby steps are key! It took me years to get to the point where it is not a chore anymore.
Truly find out what motivates you. Is it the health part? Do you want to get fit and healthy to build a family? Always keep your “”why”” in mind. Do you like cute clothes? Reward yourself with a new cute piece of gym clothing at the end of the month. I love looking cute at the gym (will lift for clothes haha) so I tell myself “”alright Stef, if you nail your macros this week and you hit the gym hard, then you get to buy that Wonder Woman sports bra! My inner child kicks in and I will work for my reward. Plus, a cute new shirt gives you back more than a reward donut would.
Sorry about the novel. I really need to start that YouTube channel one day… Haha”
|Building muscles and burning calories are necessary parts of keeping a healthy body lifestyle, along with a health vegan diet. What may motivate you is spending money. That commits people real quick! Lol. Get a personal trainer or buy a package of classes at a studio you may enjoy. Yoga, barre, jazzercise… whatever. If exercise is not your thing, I still think it incredibly important to do, especially with out sedentary lifestyles in this day. Please, you’ve made great food choices for your health now make good exercise choices. Just get moving. Accountability to your trainer or teacher and the investment should make it work! Hope this advice helps! Stay healthy, stay well! Peace.|