7 Months Vegan!

I’m happy to report I haven’t seen any loss in muscle or strength after 7 months with no meat, eggs or dairy. I’m not taking any supplements, just getting my protein from beans and vegies. And I feel GREAT! Weight loss has plateaued but hopefully will kick in again soon.  I’m going to be featured in a magazine that comes out in 2 weeks, more about that soon!  Know anyone who needs a nearly-50 Vegan fitness model?  No?  Anyone?  :))

Love and Vegetables,

Plant Powered Woman ❤

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2800 “Likes” on the Forks Over Knives Website

My story was up on the Forks Over Knives website for a week and received 2800 likes!  I couldn’t believe the awesome response. 

FORKS OVER KNIVES
Fluffy to Fit at 49

In February my Dad encouraged my husband and I to watch “Forks Over Knives. Before it was over we were convinced of the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. Since that night our lives have changed completely. We haven’t had meat, dairy, eggs, or oil since — and the results have been amazing! The “Engine 2 Diet” by Rip Esselstyn, and Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to  Live”  helped us with the basics as we got started.

All my life I had been very healthy and fit, but something happened in my late 40s. None of the diets or exercise I had used in the past to control my weight were working. I had gained a lot of weight, and was developing health problems. I assumed it all had something to do with menopause and was becoming very depressed and desperate. I was even considering a trip to the doctor to find out what was “wrong” with me and get the appropriate medication. After just a few weeks on a plant-based diet I realized that along with losing weight, my health problems were clearing up! Here are a few of the changes I’ve noticed:

My body recovers much more quickly after exercise;
My resting heart rate has gone from the 100s to the 60s;
Allergies are GONE (no more Allegra);
Sleeping through the night
I’ve lost 20 lbs! (That’s a lot on my 5’2” frame!)

My cardio has been INSANE — I’m running and biking like I did 20 years ago. I did two hours of cardio yesterday just because it felt so good!

I wrote a letter to the editor of a wonderful new magazine “Vegan Health and Fitness” (http://www.veganhealthandfitnessmag.com/) and she invited me to submit photos for their model search! So at 49 years old, I went from unhealthy and overweight to burgeoning fitness model.

One of the most satisfying things has been seeing our kids eating more and more healthy foods. They’ve developed a taste for fruits and vegetables and even enjoy things like lentil soup! How great to be able to pass this information to them while they are young and know they will be healthier because of it for the rest of their lives!

Vegan Essentials

I’ve only been Vegan for 6 months, but I swear the Vegans I have met so far are some of the sweetest people on the planet!

When I ordered my Vegan Bodybuilding t-shirt to celebrate my Vegan Fit self, this is what else I got. Personal note, multi-colored drawings on the envelope (yep that’s me on the pedestal), and some free nutritional samples.

They don’t only offer t-shirts on their site, they’ve also got links to vegan footware, skincare, and all sorts of other products. They have amazing service, and they’re good people, check ’em out: http://www.veganessentials.com/

Love and Vegetables,

The Plant Powered Woman

My package from Vegan Essentials

Vegan Bodybuilding Forum!

Ready for a forum full of vegan athletes, solid advice and inspirational journals?? You have to check out http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/forum/.

It’s a part of http://www.veganbodybuilding.com which has tons of info, videos and profiles of successful vegan athletes. The site and forum were started by Robert Cheeke, the guy who wrote the book on vegan fitness literally “Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness” by Robert Cheeke.

They even have t-shirts.  😀

<3 New Vegan Fitness Mag! <3

Pass on the word and let’s help grow the subscriber base for a brand new VEGAN Health and Fitness Magazine!

The premiere issue has features like:
– Vegan Lifestyle (Soy, Exercise, Sexuality)
– Inspirational People (bodybuilders, models, artists and activists)
– Advice from the Experts (Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Berman, trainer Melissa Brey)
– Vegan workout gear
– Recipes for Athletes
– Vegan Model Search

This magazine is well-written with awesome photos of famous and everyday vegans that inspire and inform.   Check it out and let me know what you think!!  http://www.veganhealthandfitnessmag.com/

Love and vegetables,

The Plant Powered Woman

Plant Powered Woman Takes Off!!

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Can one woman get ripped and ridiculously muscular on a plant-based, whole food, nutrition dense diet?

Stay tuned and find out! 

Hello and welcome to my blog!  This blog will follow my journey as a 49 year old woman on a journey to better health and ripped abs.

“Wait whaaat?!” you say.  “Is this even possible?”

It is, my friend.  I am not the first woman to do this and I certainly won’t be the last.  Many female pioneers have hit the stage in bodybuilding and figure competitions, running marathons, playing in sports; powered 100% only by plants.  Many of their journeys have been featured on veganbodybuilding.com, PETA or other websites.

This blog will document my fun and foibles as I learn about plant-based, whole foods nutrition, kill it in the gym and get ripped and muscular.  Is it possible?!  It IS!!

Want to watch?

Love and vegetables,

The Plant Powered Woman