I was impressed with myself for making it 30 days as a vegan. I am still patting myself on the back and thinking about how good I am feeling physically, emotionally, and as an Earthling on this big blue marble that we call home… but you can put all that in the composter because right now I am just JACKED! Don’t worry- that’s a good thing.
Twenty pounds in 34 days, my friends.
My pants fall off now. Boo hoo. My belt was so long I couldn’t even punch another hole in it without also needing to cut an extra foot off the end. I just pulled out a storage bin full of 2XL shirts because that’s all the X’s I need now! My shoes are the same size, but you should to see the hunky calves that come out of them. Rawr.
Seven months ago I started this journey with 150 pounds to lose and no idea what new fad diet to try out. It seemed like a daunting quest and any day that I ended up at the AUCE Chinese Buffet was another day that I had decided that such a perilous journey should be started on a full stomach and after several more weeks of careful research. Several plates of General Tso’s Chicken were usually enough to smother the common sense and discipline that kept trying to interfere with my lethargy.
Fifty pounds fell off in a little more than five months thanks to low-carb, Atkin’s style dieting. Subtracting the newest 20 lost pounds, which came off twice as fast, I find myself very close to the midway point of this journey.
I will need to decide what analogy to use in a few days when I can say that I have lost 75 of 150 pounds. I am leaning toward the mountain and the little engine that could. This analogy implies that the downhill side of the mountain will be less effort and more Toot, Tooting (Vegans and their families understand that joke the most).
I am not sure what to expect in the months to come, but I am rooting for this weight loss pace to stay pretty consistent until the last of my excess stored energy is used up… you know, my fat. I have always seen the wisdom in the saying that a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step. There is a tricky part to that saying that seldom gets mentioned. After the first step there are a billion more steps to take, all in roughly the same direction, each necessary to reaching your destination. Based on that, I will have 500 miles to go, and a half billion very important steps to take.
My family, friends, and co-workers are all very supportive and understanding omnivores. They can see the results and they share my joy each day I show off a new shirt. However, the kindness and encouragement I get from the vegan/plant based diet community has truly helped me keep my steps going in the right direction. ‘Atta boy’ tweets have kept me away from pepperoni pizza and virtual high-fives on the Facebook page have prevented cheeseburger cheating. Just knowing that you are reading along has made all the difference in this drastic life change.
Thank you from the bottom of my much healthier heart.