I am a 30 something vegetarian who eats fish. So I guess you could say I’m a pescetarian, but since the occasions when I do eat seafood are rare (once or twice a month, if that, unless it’s summer, then a little more often), describing me as a pescetarian is fishy. In all honesty, I’d probably be a vegan, except the grocery stores near me aren’t vegan friendly (they are hardly vegetarian friendly) and, being raised on the Chesapeake Bay, I find it impossible to give up seafood. I spend a lot of time reading – books, blogs, tweets, Facebook statuses, etc. I also like to dabble in writing my own stories, but nothing has been completed or published…yet. For work, I’m back to working from home. It does make fitting in exercise a bit easier.
The Weight Gain
When I was a little girl, I could eat all of the fast food and processed food and junk food I wanted. I had a bike to ride and woods to explore in and around my townhouse community, so it didn’t matter. I was a bean pole. *sighs* Those were the good ol’ days. However, at the grand age of 12, my parents moved to a rural area and took me with them. It wasn’t such a great area for riding my bike (no sidewalks) and exploring woods (too easy to get lost, bitten, or eaten), especially on my own. Now I had to get a ride from my parents just to go see my friends. Without the active lifestyle I once had, and likely puberty as well, the diet of processed foods, fast foods, greasy and buttery foods, and sweets began to work their magic and the weight slowly crept on.
By the end of high school, I was 180 pounds (healthy would’ve been 140-160 pounds). By the time I was 21, I was 200 pounds. I hit my all time high of 273 pounds when I was 28. Shortly before my 29th birthday I made the decision to go vegan, and lost a little over 35 pounds just from the switch, getting down to 235. But then I had to move back home, and I regained some of that weight, getting back up to 258 pounds.
Besides the Obvious, Why the Change?
Plain and simple, I am tired of being fat. But I also saw I was on the path to becoming like my mother and grandmother with all of their health and joint issues, and that scared me. And I want to wear cute dresses and not look like I am pregnant or wearing a moo-moo.
- Snickers bars – Caramel, chocolate, & peanuts. Happiness in my mouth.
- Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate With Raspberry Filling Squares – Best. Combination. EVER!
- Potatoes – Anything potato. French fries, baked potato, mashed potatoes, hash browns, etc. You get the idea.
- Cheese – It’s about 75% of the reason I’m not vegan. I love the stuff in any form I can get it.
First Thing You Will Do When You Hit Your Goal?
First thing I will do when I reach my goal will be to whoop and holler and do a happy dance. When I’m done with that, I will likely announce my success on Twitter and Facebook because I know how crucial that information is to the world. After that, I am going get my first full-body massage and I will buy cute dresses (and the adorable shoes to go with them). And like Zee, I will continue with this blog as her and I learn how to maintain our new figures.