Today I decided it's time to take stock and think about where I am at and where I want to be so that's what I'm doing now. Well, I very quietly became a vegan about three months ago and honestly, I LOVE IT! I'm starting to feel like making this change was the missing link in terms of the body I have and the body I desire...for now I truly believe that I WILL have a flat stomach by next summer...that is my primary goal. It will be so awesome to go to the beach then, take my shirt off and feel comfortable about it...not feeling inclined to shy away from water activities like swimming, etc...I can't wait for that day!
However, since going vegan, I haven't lost any weight! But truth, I know why...I've been pigging out! lol but it's not really funny! Seriously, I've been eating so much food since becoming vegan. Thankfully I haven't gained...just maintained so that is good...probably because I have never stopped with regular exercise. Yet even though the # on the scale hasn't really changed for a while, my stomach is getting smaller. And I feel this because my whole unsightly gut is the result of years and years of dairy abuse (also, now that I'm vegan, I'm pretty sure that I am lactose intolerant...sure do wish I realized this sooner but better late than never right?).
So now that I have a handle on eating as a vegan, I am ready to focus on being more strict about the number of calories I consume in order to actually get to the place I want to be in terms of my body image. Even as a vegan, sugar is still my major weakness. You might be surprised at how GOOD vegan desserts can taste even though there is no dairy or eggs. Well, I've partaken a bit too much in all of that deliciousness so from now on, I'm only allowing myself a sweet treat once a week. If I can do that, I know I will succeed at toning up and being as sexy as I can at 34.
I'm really embarrassed/depressed that I'm 34 and still overweight after years of trying *half-assed* to change my appearance into something more desirable. Whatever, I should not focus on the past. Instead I must live in the present and look to the future.
I've said it before so guess I'm saying it again but in order for me to be successful, I HAVE TO log all the food I'm consuming each day and be sure to stay within the appropriate ranges. Even if I worked all day and it took two hours to make dinner afterwards...I still need to figure out what each serving amounted to and log it! It's not really hard...just time consuming but it must be done from here on out.
Alright, that's enough reflection for now so to close this entry, I just want to say, THANK YOU fellow sparkers. You are so inspirational and it helps so much to know that I am not the only person going through this. Keep up the great work everyone!
Frank Paul :-)