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Shred It! Challenge Week 9 Update ... No Meat, No Problem!

It's been officially two months since I had any kind of animal products. The last time I had poultry was at the beginning of September. One thing's for sure, I haven't been missing it!

I love the energy the plant based foods provide. The common misconception among many who go to the gym is that you need a ton of protein to build muscle. This is just not the case, as many athletes have now proven.

I've been getting all my protein from foods like broccoli, kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, etc. I also incorporated chlorella powder, an algae that helps repair and build muscle. I started adding it to my smoothies last week.

I'm really happy with how my arms are developing. My chest is taking longer, which is why I know I won't be satisfied at the end of the 13 week challenge. That's OK though, I plan to keep working hard!

I never thought I could go that long without animal products. I used to think, how can I give up eggs as they have B-12, along with other nutrients. Well I now take a B-12 supplement and I haven't been missing eating eggs.

If my energy was low or maybe I wasn't developing muscle, I would probably rethink my diet, but I am getting results better than when I ate poultry. I know it's tough to tell from photos, but I know how my arms feel.

I plan to have my body fat checked soon. That will really tell me how much muscle has grown since I started the challenge.

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