I've always been interested in vegetarianism. I've loved going to the natural foods stores since I was a teen and consider myself an earthy girl. I recycle, buy only eco-friendly house/laundry cleaning products, nearly every light bulb in my home is a newer compact fluorescent one (the ones that aren't haven't blown yet), been a loyal user of a variety of natural/cruelty free products for years. Heck I was using Tom's of Maine toothpaste before they were even ADA approved 27 years ago. Even our cat eats a more natural grain free diet. In addition I was exposed to vegetarian/alternatives products because my daughter has a number of serious food allergies - so I was well acquainted with soy milk -ice creams-cheeses, vegan worcheshire sauce, etc.
About 7 years ago I managed to maintain a vegetarian diet for about 7 months but got resistance from my then 7 yr old daughter's pediatrician. You know the protein issue - seriously besides world class athletes does anybody know how much protein they get or even need on a daily basis? And then BBQ season beckoned. I love charcoal flavor on just about anything well maybe not cake but especially meat and the Colonel has nothing, I mean nothing on my Mama's fried chicken!! And I just got tired of defending my eating choices and feeling like a freak, so I bailed but never really forgave myself. In 2010, I embarked on year of meatless Mondays and sometimes it lasted a week or more. Since I've always been a good girl who ate all her veggies...and everything else...man oh man do I have the figure to prove it, it just wasn't a big deal for me. I also love to cook and am good at it - very good (it's the clean up afterward that I take issue with : ) so trying new vegetarian options are a nice way to mix things up in the kitchen.
Fast forward about 7 years, I decided near the end of last year that since I'd been interested for so long I needed to give this whole veggie thing another try. I actually prayed that my desire for meat would go away. I am one to make new years resolutions every year without fail - unlike my resolutions. 2011 I decided to put my focus only on my diet and my finances both of which are about one car short of all out train wrecks. Nevermind that I desperately want an awesome new job closer to home and would like a date that goes beyond the first one. My focus though is clear -laser like - diet & dollars, get 'em right girl!!!
With my daughter starting high school in the Fall, I figure I'm just a few years from being able to live the life I've always wanted - traveling the world - doing whatever I want or not -just living on my own terms - in the fullest while traveling. Did I mention that I LOVE to travel??? The thought just makes me giddy, absolutely giddy!! Anyway, there's just no freakin' way to get from here to there without lots of meds, drama and probably heartache given my family's history of diabetes, hypertension, polycystic kidney disease and my own funky probably arithritic left knee.
In little less than 2 months, I have lost 18 pounds. A combination of a nearly total vegan diet, Rhythm boxing and Zumba on my daughter's Wii (easily the best $300 I've ever spent). I have a long way to go but I reached a threshold this weekend which has me feeling like I might just make it. Besides this is no where near as "out there" as being on the Biggest Loser. Anyway, I've given you the why and if you're interested, I'll be chronicling the hows and huhs?!- with pictures - (writing keeps me honest and gets it out of my head so I can go on to the next thing) as I inhabit my new space as an emergent and hopefully voluptuous vegan.
Cheers & Greens,