It is quite likely that your friend has been using better wise portion control and choice of foods, and probably some exercise that she hasn't let on about, OR that you haven't picked up on. One point you mentioned is her skipping the occasional lunch - I hope that you don't follow suit - that isn't a way to lose weight or to do it in a healthy fashion.
I am sure that if you weight all your food and enter it into the Nutrition Tracker; follow your suggested calorie range; don't UNDEReat or skip meals; swap soda/juice for water (no calories or additives), and get some exercise in, that you will start to see some good results, too! Just remember, tho' - any result is far better than none. Putting your baby into a pushchair and going for exploratory walks is a good way of doing this - if it is cold where you are, just wrap you and your littlie up well or go to an under-cover mall and walk around it.
You mention eating Vegan - IF you are eating this way merely as a means to help you lose weight, then you must realize that even Vegans can be considerably overweight. Too much of a good thing does it, and even vegan food can cause weight issues if you eat too much. I hope, also, that you are getting in the supplements that you will need to accommodate this because otherwise you will be missing out on essential nutrition. It might be worth asking your Dr for a referral to a Dietitian to ensure that you ARE meeting all food bases/nutrients.
Another thing that may be worth considering while you are with your Dr - it might pay to ask for a Thyroid and Diabetes test to be done as well as other bloods (like iron, B12, etc.) Often people have hypothyroidism or Diabetes without realizing it, and this can contribute to weight issues.
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