Hello, i have viewed the forum but decided to join today because I wanted to tell you guys how i have lost weight. I haven't reached my goal just yet but anyway I'll start from the start
I'm 21 and since I was 17 i was just getting fatter and fatter (i was always just a normal healthy weight, not sure what happened). I weighed myself at some point last year and I was hitting 90 kgs but in the mirror that is NOT what i saw! I think i have the opposite thing to anorexia where i see an average weight but everyone else sees a fatty. When i got the pictures back from my mums wedding where i was the bridesmaid, i could not believe, i looked like 'a fat girl'. anyway im sort of rambling but i need to add in
DIET'S DON'T WORK. As in, logically, if you drink your shakes or whatever, and u lose some weight, as soon as u go back to eating how u were the weight will just come on again. People fool themselves into thinking they can go on jenny craig for a while and be skinny. No ull have to stay on jenny craig for life. It's for life.
So anyway, personally, i went through something and ended up Vegan, about 5 months ago. I know someone posted about Skinny censored before, which is a great book but probably more for new vegans than omnivores.
So me opening myself up to the truth of animal products meant that my brain could no longer fathom eating the censored i always ate. I was forced (happily) to cook, to make vegan mash potatoes, to learn. Because being an animal activist is the most important thing to me now, i have met other vegans and we all support each other. (yes there a few fatty vegans but i haven't met them yet haha) and there are all these products out there now like vegan CHEESE (it's called cheezly) and vegan sour cream and cream cheese not that i recommend to stock up on those but im just saying! Also the mock meats (imitation bacon, chicken, etc etc) are not only yum but really good for you.
Basically, I have never felt healthier, happier or cleaner it's hard to explain.
I now am hovering just under 70 kgs. and for the first time, i am getting comments about how good i look- which is hard to get used to but i think i smile at the end of the day. My size 14 clothes are loose on me when they used to be so tight on one of my skirts i used to leave the top button undone haha
Some vegans just simply don't eat right and then put on weight, my biggest tool is keeping it simple. I don't cook alot of fancy recipes like vegan lasagna or vegan cakes and stuff.
Anyway so yes it has changed my life dramatically, and i'm STILL LOSING WEIGHT. And i'm helping animals and the planet.
I don't drive, i study, i work one shift a week and i volunteer and walk my dog. These things are my exercise. i have only just started doing 20 sit ups a day.
and i have a tip for everyone whether you consider being vegan or not- NO WHITE BREAD OR POTATO FRIES!! http://www.vegansociety.com
i highly recommend http://whyveg.com/http://www.tryveg.com/cfi/toc/
these type of sites will give you the why's and hows. notice i haven't even gone into the animal cruelty behind the meat industry, that's because it's so amazingly inconceivable and too many times people turn their backs and shut it out and go get a bucket of chicken from KFC.
Anyway I've lost at LEAST 15 kilos in 5 months and still going. I feel good. I eat well. I get all my vitamins (yes, im not fricken malnourished lol) and i think i can say im happy?! i doin't know. i do know my old eating ways messed with my brain.
Anyway, if you haven't already dismissed veganism because of stereotypes or misinformation, i hope you give it a look and feel free to email me at [email protected]
if you want to talk.
thanks for listening.