Dieting, General., Goals., Health., Uncategorized, vegan, veganism

Vegan Gains. For Real.

Good evening to those of you reading my post. I know it’s been a long ass time since I’ve even attempted writing. A lot has been on my mind lately, so it’s been difficult trying to make this blog a priority. As silly as it might sound, I probably should make this a priority for the sake of my sanity (no, not really, but I think it could help).

With that said, I will begin my vent, rant, whatever.

Let me get a little personal… I’m very uncomfortable about my body and my weight. I’m not usually comfortable talking about it either, but maybe it needs to be said for me to get my shit together. I’ve never been extremely “overweight”, but lately I can say that I’ve packed on quite a few, unflattering, pounds. Crazy thing is, I’m vegan! “Aren’t vegans supposed to be skinny?” Hell no, so shut up and sit down.

Sure, I don’t eat fast food like I used to, but that doesn’t mean I can’t gain weight! I. Love. Bagels. There. I said it. I love bagels smothered with Vegenaise, Follow Your Heart cheese, and Tofurkey. I could eat those ALL DAMN DAY! With a little lettuce, tomato, onions…. ahh… All that, and pizza. Of course pizza. It’s so easy! And they have a pizza place near me that has vegan options and it’s so cheap. I could go on and on about my favorite foods (to 100% include Thai..oh and lots of desserts), but let’s face it, what good will that do me? None.

Anyway, I figure if I can change my lifestyle so drastically in one way (from eating so much meat and cheese! to cutting it out completely), then I can change it in other ways as well… right?

This is where my dilemma comes into play. Where do I even begin? Do I want to commit myself to dressing-less salads for the rest of my life? I don’t want to start some diet fad or starve myself. I just want to find what works for ME. *Insert exaggerated crying emoji here*.

Basically this is where I’m at: deciding on what to do next. I’m 5’6″ just sitting here with 150lb weight. It doesn’t sound like much, but just a year ago I was 135lbs. So within 365ish days, I’ve gained 15lbs.

And in case you’re curious (not that you are, but in case, you never know), my BMI reads normal.. the normal range for my height is 114.6lbs-154.9. I’m pushing more towards that far end.

And ya know, I’ve tried out the whole Facebook workout groups and B.S. and even tried doing some BeachBody crap. I realized that it’s just not for me.

So now I look at it like this, I can either do something about it, or I can keep on bitching as an attempt make myself feel better. I’m going to do a bit of research to see what lifestyle change will suit me most. You are more than welcome to sit back and read my journey or you can totally join me! That would be awesome! Just hit me up and let me know. It would be super supportive and I would give that support right on back.

Guess it all ends here for now. “Stay tuned” for my next blog. I’ll throw in recipes and exercise ideas, or whatever the hell I decide to do. We’ll see how it goes. Thanks all! 😉

7 thoughts on “Vegan Gains. For Real.”

  1. Body image aside, ‘vegan’ and ‘weight loss’ are indeed two separate things. The problem with many vegan processed foods is that they are so far removed from the vegetable they once were that all is left is the calories.

    Creeping obesity — the term I use to describe the 5lbs a year most people gain — is an epidemic. We are eating too many calories and too little nutrition, leaving us hungry all the time and enforcing the loop. (http://wp.me/p28k6D-22y)

    Hang in there. You are most certainly not alone! But remember: vegan is about not causing harm to others. Be patient with yourself and learn how to do this without harming YOU. It can be done! Cheers. ~ Shannon

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words! Also, you’re 100% right about how far removed processed foods are from the source and most of that crap is calorie dense. It’s hard to remind myself of that when prepped (processed) food is so easy to obtain. Fruits and veggies aren’t exactly cheap and prepping the food takes more time and effort than popping something pre-made in the oven. Of course, that’s the lazy and unhealthy perspective. That’s what I want to grow away from!! Anyway, thank you again for your comment, Shannon! I will be patient and do this the right way. 🙂

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      1. Also, I’ve written a few posts (pages) on the subject. There is a whole lot of convenience foods out there, but the purpose of them is $ — to taste good. You have to be wary of anything you didn’t forage for yourself.

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