Fitness, Transitions, Veganism

My Vegan Story

I haven’t always been vegan.

Shocking, I know.

But in all seriousness, I grew up eating some meat and TONS of dairy. Meat was never really my favorite, but I ate it if it was put in front of me. Cheese, however is a totally different story.

I loved cheese. I ate it every single day, multiple times per day. The salty, melty, gooey mess was just my favorite thing.

But all that cheese caught up to me. By 2014, Kyle and I were about to move back to the east coast of Florida from Tampa. I had ballooned. I reached my highest weight at 160 pounds. Throughout college, I typically maintained around 115-120 pounds. So, 160 pounds on my petite, 5’4″ frame was definitely overweight. No doubt about it.

There was a moment when we were in Tampa getting ready for a Fourth of July party when I couldn’t button up my “fat shorts”. {Ladies, you all know what I am talking about. You have some pair of shorts or pants that are perfect for those bloated days.} That was the moment that my weight really hit me. Until then, my clothes were fitting a bit tight, but I was still able to button everything up.

But those damn “fat shorts” didn’t fit. I actually had to use a hair tie to close those shorts. Ya know, like pregnant women do to avoid buying maternity clothes. It was a low moment, for sure.

I remember sitting on our bed crying because I couldn’t believe how big I was. It was in that moment that I knew I had to do SOMETHING different. I didn’t know what it would be or how I would do it, but I was going to make a change.

I dabbled in cleaning up my diet a bit, but I was still eating meat, dairy, and eggs and binging occasionally. I was lifting weights and practicing yoga regularly, but the weight wasn’t coming off. Looking back, it’s pretty obvious why that was the case.

Fast forward to moving back to Brevard County. Our hometown. I was getting ready to go back to work at a new school. As I was unpacking my clothes, I realized that none of my work pants would fit. So, I tried on my work “fat pants” and sure enough, I couldn’t button those either.

Furious.

Devastated.

Disappointed.

It was around this time, that I found out I had borderline high cholesterol and blood pressure, especially considering my age. This sick thing is, the doctor assured me that because it runs in the family, there’s not much I can do about it and eventually it would get high enough to warrant medication.

So, I did a practical thing and went shopping for new pants. At the Goodwill, that is. I was NOT about to spend money on nice pants in a size 10-12. I promised myself that I would not be able to wear them next school year because they would be too big and baggy.

Not much longer after that, we watched Forks Over Knives and had a life changing moment. Toward the end of the movie, Kyle looked over at me and said why don’t we give this a try? We don’t have to be perfect with it, but at least it might help.

Boy, did I take that and run with it.

We brought home our fur baby girl, Luna around this time so it gave me a good reason to get out and take her for regular walks. I joined a local gym and continued lifting weights after school and for a short time, my mom joined me for those workouts, which was really a blast.

The weight started slowly coming off. I was feeling better and better about my body and my diet. I knew that I had made a change worth maintaining. And when I really think about it, it was the shift in my diet that made the biggest difference.

For quite some time, Kyle and I would go out to dinner on Friday night and have a cheat meal. We ordered anything we wanted (meaty or cheesy). And that worked for a while. But as I learned more and more about animal agriculture and the health impact of eating animal products, I just had to leave meat and cheese off my plate.

So now here we are, three and a half years later blogging about how veganism changed saved my life.

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3 thoughts on “My Vegan Story”

  1. I remember what was and how you changed for the better, lot of blood sweat and tears, but Look at you now! What an amazing transformation. Keep blogging and I’ll keep commenting

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