Fat Vegans? [Rant]

How is it possible to be a fat Vegan? Are you doing something wrong if you’re Vegan and fat? That’s what some people seem to think and oddly enough it’s the same people that think you can achieve long term weight loss on a Paleo diet.

I’m here to tell you that I actually got fat as a result of going on a low carb diet for a couple of months.  I got myself down to my smallest adult size – woohoo! But a couple of months later was the beginning of my health decline. I later learned that Hashimoto’s reared it’s ugly head around that time.

Coincidence? Maybe. But I think not. Sure I might have been prone to Hashimoto’s due to genetics or perhaps I had it already and didn’t know it. But what I do know is that a low carb diet added fuel to that fire.  I gained back the 15 lbs I lost plus another 85 lbs. By the time I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I was 260 lbs.  Way too much for my 5’4.5″ frame. I was sleeping 15 hours a day, depressed and suicidal. It wasn’t pretty.

Anyway I’m veering off from the message of my rant video. In a nutshell, you never know where someone is at in their journey. Next time you see a fat Vegan, don’t wonder how they can be fat and Vegan, perhaps wonder what their life was like before they went vegan. Also know that Veganism isn’t an actual diet (Veganism is a lifestyle in which we live by a set of morals to not cause unnecessary harm to living, sentient beings.)

There are many “diets” in the Vegan realm. Also know that whatever diet a Vegan chooses will not make them slim overnight.

Click below to watch the video: WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE

My 2016 Fitness Goals

What’s the difference between a resolution and a goal? For me a resolution is just a wish or a hope without an action plan. A goal is more concrete, something I am willing to invest some planning and effort into.  What are your goals for 2016?

This year is all about being consistent with my fitness. To keep myself committed and on track I’ve signed up for a couple of races.  I’ll be participating in the Vancouver St. Patrick’s 5K run and the Portland Spartan Sprint in August. There will likely be more but that’s what I’m currently committed to financially.

Here’s some of the fitness goals that will help me with the Spartan Sprint:

  • Be able to do 20 regular pushups
  • Be able to do 10 pull ups
  • Be able to do 30 burpees
  • Hold a deep squat for 60 seconds
  • Easily run a 5K

I’ve set myself up for success with some tools to keep me motivated and on track.  I have a weekly planner to keep track of my daily health to-do’s and a large calendar to track my fitness progress.  Watch the video below for more info and be sure to leave a comment, I could use some extra cheerleaders to keep me going!