Hello! My name is Katie. I’m 23 years old and am about 130 pounds over what most BMI charts consider a healthy weight. My ultimate goal is to weigh the same amount that I put on my driver’s license, even though I haven’t weighed that little since middle school. My starting weight is 304. My goal weight is 190. That is a 114 pound difference. I would still be considered overweight by BMI charts, but I’m not concerned about that. I don’t want to be skinny. I don’t believe that BMI charts are the only way to decide if someone’s healthy or not. I just want to get in the habit of eating better. I want my knees not to hurt all the time. I want not to have to worry about being too big to fit places. I want to be able to find clothes that fit me and look good. And in order to do so, I am going to exercise more and make the transition to a vegan diet. And that’s where this blog comes in.
About This Blog
On this blog, I am going to track the changes that I’m making. I’m going to talk about the food that I’m eating. I’m going to talk about how much I’m exercising. There will be weekly weigh-ins. There will be reviews of the vegan recipes that I’m trying. There might be daily reviews of calorie counts and observations about things I did well and things that I need to improve on.
This is where I am tracking my journey from fat meat-eater to healthy vegan.
I’m sure I will stumble along the way. When I do, I am going to make a note of that and try to look at why I stumbled and what I could do to prevent that from happening again. While I would love to believe that this is the last time I’m going to have to start over in my weight loss journey, I’m not naive. I’ve been trying to lose weight for ten years and I haven’t been successful yet. There is nothing I can say about my determination now that wasn’t true all of the last times that I wanted to lose weight. So I’m not going to make any promises this time, other than my promise to do my best and track what happens, the good and the bad.
Every other time I have tried to lose weight and have kept up with blogs about it, I have ended up stopping when I gained weight or lying about what I ate because I was ashamed. I will try not to do that this time. I will try to learn from my mistakes.
This might be the last time that I start over. It might not be. I’m obviously hoping that is, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it if it’s not. Losing weight is hard. I don’t know why we expect to succeed right away. No matter how many times someone shows you how to tie a shoe, and no matter how much sense it makes in your head, it still takes you a while to learn, and everyone learns at a different rate. Some people learn to tie their shoes right away. Some need more time. The important thing is that we all learn eventually, and we never give up. We just keep trying, as many times as it takes to get it right. And then, one day, we realize we know what we’re doing.
That’s what this blog is all about. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about not stopping until you succeed, no matter how long that takes you. No matter how many times I have to start this journey over, I will continue to restart it until I can complete this journey from start to finish.