Happy Transformation Tuesday!
I have never actually done a Transformation Tuesday before, but I figured I would give this one a shot, and I might as well call it an ultimate, right? Go big or go home.
I’ve always regarded myself as a relatively fit individual, but veganism has taken me to greater heights, opened my eyes to the possibilities and the benefits of a plant-based diet. It has become who I am and what I believe in. Veganism has changed me, for the better, forever.
In July 2013, I began eating completely plant based to continue along the journey to better myself, by cutting out all meat, dairy and eggs, which covered almost all processed foods and essentially all unhealthy fats, sugars and salts that comes along with them. In turn, I leaned out and my inner fitness fanatic veganista goddess was revealed. (An 8 month vegan is entitled to goddess status, right?)
I think I can say I’ve undergone a decently grand transformation over the past 8 months or so. Wouldn’t you say?
June 2013 December 2013
April 2013 February 2014
May 2013 January 2014
April 2013 January 2014
June 2013 December 2013 February 2014
It’s so crazy to put all these pictures side to side to compare where I was and where I’m at now. I knew that I felt leaner and more toned, but I didn’t know the extent of the changes my body had endured. Plant power, yo.
Back when I became vegan, I also decided to completely ditch any fake tanning and have learned to embrace my paleness. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fad in college and I’m so shameful to say I did for a little while. Healthy, pale skin is better than wrinkly cancerous, tan skin any day. #palegirlsclub After all, it’s kind of fun to be able to blend with the ground when it snows! 😉
Now I can’t simply give it all up to my diet, although diet is #1 in my book. Last November is when I really began my weight lifting regimen. Before that, I exercised plenty, but it was almost entirely cardio, and cardio will only take you so far. Weight lifting 5-6 times a week and eating 5-6 small plant-based meals a day has gotten me to where I am today, a state of utter veganista bliss.
Oh and trust me, I’m not one of those individuals that simply didn’t care for animal products and so giving them up was no biggie. I would say majority of my daily diet revolved around animals products up until July 2013: eggs/egg whites for breakfast, chicken or seafood for lunch/dinner and greek yogurt for the best snack around. Becoming vegan was a sacrifice, but a sacrifice well worth it.
So yes, eating all plant-based foods has its challenges, but what is something rewarding that doesn’t? I can’t think of something more worth the struggle than improving your health, the environment, others lives and the world as a whole.
You want to make a difference you say? Go vegan.
And trust me, you’ll see change alright. 😉
Chow for now!