What better day to renew my commitment to blogging than EARTH DAY. Although I will occasionally share things I make, animal pics (well, probably more than occasionally), and other miscellaneous items on this blog, for right now I am going to devote a lot of time to my vegan life (vegetarian for 15 years, and made the switch to veganism in March 2009) and my switch to all whole foods (starting today) and my main focus right now of NEEDING to lose more than 100 pounds.
People always seem surprised that I am vegan – “how can you be a vegan and have such a weight problem?”. Well, duh folks, if you are eating too much, eating processed a lot, have major portion distortion, don’t exercise, etc……the weight piles on. I have gained and lost and gained and lost so much in my life and really that stops now! I have osteoarthritis in both knees (very painful and I have to use forearm crutches to walk) and I have extremely high blood pressure that is only regulated with a high dosage of medication ($60 a month). CHANGE STARTS TODAY. I need to get healthy for me, for my beloved four-legged children and so that I am here to try to make my mark in this world.
I belong to a weekly weight loss support group, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) so will have a weigh in every Thursday night. So far this year I have lost about 18 pounds, but that should have been more, since I would lose 4 pounds one week, gain 2 the next and so on. I am all about consistency now. A friend in the group took me aside the other day and said, “What would it take to get you to eat a piece of meat?” I was shocked by the question because this friend knows how passionate I am about my veganism. I immediately said “Never – that will never happen.” She then asked me, then why can’t you apply that same passion and resoluteness to your weight loss journey? Hello, folks, lightbulb *AHA* moment.
So, I am going to share my journey with you and hope that I will have your support. I will also be more than happy to hear any tips, suggestions, guidance you all can give me on this road. I am hoping to post something every day. Change is hard, whether you choose it or not, but I am worth it. OK, I am going to be brave here and insert a few current pictures of myself…most were taken at work over the last few weeks (clearly I don’t have enough to do – lol) so let’s consider these my “before” pictures (no full body shots, though – don’t think they even exist).
Thanks for listening and I look forward to getting to know you all!!
(my sweet boy, Marty)