Wednesday, February 27, 2013

#myveganjourney - 30 day Update!

January 2013
February 21st marked my one month veganversary. To be honest, some days it feels like it's been longer than 30 days. There has been so much detoxing and growth that has occurred over the past month that I feel anxious (in a good way) about what's to come in the next 60. My coach, Lasse, has provided tons of support, inspiration, and perspective. It's made this journey that much more enjoyable.

In the beginning, he asked about our goals. I only had one -- to lose weight.  Little did I know it wasn't going to be 'physical' weight that I'd lose in the first month.

In my previous post, I listed my weight and measurements, and I did the same thing the morning of Feb. 21st. However, a funny thing happened. I didn't feel discouraged at all when I realized I only lost .4 pounds**. I guess it's because overall I felt lighter emotionally. I was able to rid myself of baggage that I didn't realize I was carrying. This was something I hadn't prepared myself for.

Lasse helped me to see that by dealing with the emotional 'stuff', my relationship with food would change. In a sentence -- I became conscious. I am more in tune with my body and know what works and what doesn't.

February 2013
Initially, I worried about being an emotional eater, fueling for my races, and maintaining a social life.

I'm proud to report that:

1.) The emotional eating has subsided. (Meditation has helped tremendously with this.)

2.) I find that since I'm on a plant-based diet, I don't need nearly as much food to fuel my workouts or runs. My energy level has increased. I don't feel sluggish or weighed down.

3.) My social life hasn't slowed down. I'm able to dine with friends and make healthier selections from the menu.

Three added bonuses: I am regular, sleeping better, and cooking more.

This journey has proved to be an enlightening one so far. I can't wait to see what's going to happen in the next 30 days for me and the other journeyers. You can follow their journey here: Ayesha (, Donna (, and my coach Lasse Larsen (

**Despite only losing .4 pounds, I did lose inches in certain areas. My stats are below.

February 21, 2013
Weight  - 272.2
Bust - 49
Waist - 45
Hips - 52.5
Thigh - 28.4
January 21, 2013
Weight - 272.6
Bust - 50
Waist - 48
Hips - 49.5
Thigh - 29
 Stay tuned. :)

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