I thought this might be a good time to share "my story," and if others want to share theirs, too, all the better!
On New Years, 2008, I realized I was staring down the barrel of my 25th birthday. To me, this was a milestone - a quarter-century and the end of my carefree youth. I also realized that I had been flabby, unhealthy, and slightly overweight (more or less) for my whole life, and if I was ever going to change it, it needed to happen NOW, before my metabolism started to slowly die.
So in March of 2008, I vowed to get happy with my body. I started counting calories, which was a real eye-opener. I also started working out (really sweating) 5-6 days a week, and with hard work, I started to see a real change. By early summer, it was clear that I was really doing it - getting healthy FINALLY. So I took the plunge and committed to two other things that I was too scared to try before. In August, I became vegan and I took up running. By the end of that month, and my birthday, I had met my goal weight...and almost 9 months later, I'm still maintaining, still running, and still vegan! WOO HOO!
I've hit a few roadblocks (don't get me started on the digestive havok that is possibly when you combine veganism and running!), but I'm in it for the long haul. Maintaining has been hard...I've actually lost maybe 5 pounds since August, and sometimes I worry that I'm too thin or that my body fat is too low. For the most part, though, I feel strong and healthy, and I'm happier with my body that I ever have been.
I would love to discuss body issues after weight loss...I've gotten a really boyish figure now, and I personally love it. While I know that I am no longer the ideal picture of feminine beauty, I am what I consider to be beautiful, and for the first time in my life, I'm actually NOT desperate for the approval and interest of men. Now that I'M happy with me, I could care less what they think! I would love to talk to others about the psychology involved in weight loss - how we see ourselves, etc. Also, the physical changes...I find that there are certain things, like ways that I sit, that I can do now that I could not do before and others things that I can no longer do or are now uncomfortable.
I also want to disclose that I am NOT a clean-eater. This is something I'd like to work on in the future, but right now it just isn't important enough to me. I love convenience food, (who can say no to kashi frozen dinners??) and I still crave my "diet" foods - like weight-watchers bagels and PB2...oh, and the dreaded DIET SODA! Nutrition *is* important to me - I'm always careful to get enough protein and I try to get enough fat. I would love to discuss food...but let it be known that I'm not all quinoa and walnuts...I just don't have the patience for that at every meal.
I also love to exercise - like I said, I'm a newbie runner, but I lost most of my weight by doing workout videos! I still do them at least a couple days a week. I also love doing group fitness classes at the gym and horsing around in the pool (I'm a crummy swimmer, but I still enjoy it). I'm moving soon, and when I do, I get to pick a new gym. I'm toying with the idea of taking up mixed martial arts or focusing more on weight lifting in order to tone up more. I would love to talk fitness with anyone!
So, anyone else out there want to share their story?
Vegan Weight: Losers, gainers, and maintainers
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