Many people might think this is an oxymoron-an overweight vegan, but unfortunately it's not. I have always been overweight. My weight has constantly been a struggle. When I was in college, I lost a lot of weight-around 80-90 lbs doing Sugar Busters and then Weight Watchers. This was before I was vegan or vegetarian. Once I was out of college and working and going to graduate school full time, my healthy eating habits started to slip. I thought I was too busy to focus on my weight loss journey. My weight started creeping back up. Then I became a vegan in 2005 for ethical reasons but I naively thought that it would solve my weight loss struggles. I thought I would no longer have to worry about my weight. However, being vegan does not equal being healthy. Proof of this, here are some vegan foods:
-Reeses ice cream shell topping
-Krispy Creme Fruit Pies
-Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Doritos
-Lays Potato Chips
......and the list goes on. Vegan, yes. Healthy, no. And when I first became vegan, I had something I like to call the "Vegan Survival Instinct." When I found vegan foods, I would eat them. I would have never eaten the Reeses Ice Cream Shell topping or Oreos before I was vegan, however, all of a sudden I felt like it was my vegan obligation to indulge in these foods now. The weight continued to creep up.
Fast forward to the summer of 2009 and I have gained all but maybe 5 pounds of the 80-90 pounds I lost in college. This was quite an eye opener. I knew I had to do something. Half assing my way through Weight Watchers wasn't cutting it. Following the points in the morning and then falling off by evening just wasn't working. I knew I had to join and I had to jump in head first in order to be successful. I had to attend meetings, get online on the vegetarian message board and be a "super Weight Watcher." The summer was a perfect time for me to do this since I am a school counselor and have summers off. I was able to join WW, get organized and figure out how to be successful.
Now it's January 2010 and I am sticking to Weight Watchers. I am down 38 pounds since the end of June and have a long way to go. But I feel so great about the progress I have made. I try to cook at least one new recipe a week. I get excited about finding new, healthy foods and recipes. I am figuring out how to make being healthy a way of life. I want to be a healthy vegan. I feel like my veganism has evolved. I enjoy vegan recipes that have all kinds of produce in them whereas before, I only liked the "trashy" vegan recipes. I feel like I am moving in the right direction. I also turn to the veg message board a lot for advice, tips and support. It has been an excellent resource.
Welcome to my blog. I plan to share recipes, pieces of my weight loss journey and my quest for health here. Thanks for reading!