This Miamian wants to go vegan and build muscle. Here’s how she’s doing it

We asked New Tropic readers to tell us one wellness goal they’re trying to reach, and then we chose six of them to pair with fitness and wellness experts across the 305 who are helping them achieve those goals.

The catch? Each challenger has to keep us updated on their progress and share all their best tips and advice along the way. Our hope is everyone in our community can learn from the advice experts give our challengers.

So help us in cheering on each of our challengers. Now meet one of those brave Miamians:

Kara Maynard

Wellness goal: To commit to a vegan lifestyle and become a vegan bodybuilder

Why she wants to achieve it: “I’ve tried a few times by myself and it’s pretty challenging without someone helping you. I want to switch to a vegan lifestyle and I also want to increase my muscle.”

Her wellness expertKorin Sutton, the owner of Body HD Fitness.

Update #1
We asked Kara: Does reaching your wellness goal feel impossible to you? Why or why not? What’s the first step you’re taking to try and reach it?

“Thanks to the New Tropic’s help I have been able to connect with someone who shares my same goals, and is actually trained to help me meet those goals. I have met with a vegan lifestyle coach and am looking forward to his help in developing a meal and fitness plan.”

Update #2
We asked Kara: What’s one thing you tried to do this week to reach your goal? What did you learn?

“This week I have switched up my breakfast routine to a vegan based power bar (Vega plant protein). While I can’t say I ‘learned’ too much, I have definitely been staying fuller longer and have found a nutritious and tasty breakfast!”

Update #3
We asked Kara: What’s one valuable piece of advice you’ve received so far from the trainer we’ve paired you with? How have you used that advice?

“Do not put off what you could get done today for tomorrow. I am sure many people have heard this phrase before, but I think it’s especially crucial for someone beginning a new diet/fitness program. There’s always an excuse. I’ll start to diet AFTER my friend’s wedding, my trip to LA, etc—but, we have the opportunity to start fresh at every meal. You do not need to wait until tomorrow to begin a new lifestyle change, you can get started today!”

Update #4
We asked Kara: What did you learn? Do you feel like you hit your goal? If not, do you plan to keep working at it?

“Every day is a fresh day to begin your fitness journey.”

“No. I look forward to continue working on my fitness goals.”

We’ll keep updating this page with #realtalk from Kara and tips from Korin. Want to share some advice that’s worked well for you? Leave it in the comments!