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  1. I know this story. I worked for PETA. Thank you for the practical way of looking at this. Since I have posted, I started thinking that I am over thinking things and been too hard on myself! I also realize that I have been feeling super impatient. I should have a more gentle attitude towards my body and appreciate it more. I have walked through cancer and more and so I should express more gratitude rather than nit pick about a few extra pounds. I am also trying to look at the overall picture and focus on what is working and the percentage of progress rather than the lack of it. As for mixing it up, I am certainly doing that. I have a rebounder, which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. I have started interval cardio, which I really like. I also ordered a hula hoop so I can hoop dance! I can't wait until that arrives. As for eating less, that is where I am challenged. When I workout more, I am more hungry. I will have to experiment. Anyway, thank you vivalasvegans for the post!
  2. 46 here. Hanging on to as much fabulousness as I can handle until I explode (or have to wear diapers)
  3. I am type O and have been veg for 20 years 12 of them being vegan. I am still alive and flourishing! This myth is no doubt put out by the freaking cattleman's association. What's for dinner? Bloody tortured carcass. Yummy and healthy!
  4. Marcina, Thank you so much for the lovely compliment. I attribute any remotely youthful look in my appearance to being vegan.....and laughing! I have known women in their 60's from AR groups in Chicago who were vegan for 20-30 years and they were such amazing examples of what a vegan diet can do for you physically. I also thank you for all the suggestions. I will definitely try eating veggies with a bean dip for snacks versus fruit. That is a great idea. I will also try to lift heavier with less reps. When you suggest lighter lifting, do you mean lighter than the weight I do now? Or do you mean even lighter? I have gotten lazy admittedly and don't push myself to exhaustion. I rarely get sore. As for having fun working out, I sure try to switch it up! I bought a bad ass rebounder about 6 months ago. I spared no expense and bought a beautifully made German one from http://www.qibounding.com. It was a wise investment. This is the funnest form of cardio known to man! I also ordered a hoop and I am going to try hoop dancing! I will likely fumble all over myself, but who cares! It looks like it should help with the mid section. I live in a town nestled at the base of a mountain so I can be on hiking trails in like 3 minutes. How great is that? BTW, I did not move recently. I have been in Oregon for 9+ years. Maybe the lack of community/social life for so long has not helped things. Well, thanks so much!
  5. Thank you to everyone for the welcome and comments! aluck, I want to change a lot of things. I want to firm my mid section, strengthen and tighten my legs and feel lighter. I can go through periods when I am exercising pretty damn heavy. The challenge is that I get really hungry when I workout heavy. I try to stay in the range of 1600-1700 calories, but I may exceed. I can't be too rigid or I will be miserable i.e. calorie counting precisely. I want to weigh 127 lbs. I am probably 8-10 over that now. That may not seem like a lot to some folks, but it is a lot to me. I am uncomfortable. I have actually lost 5-7 already. I was 127 a couple years ago and I never felt better in my whole life. Some challenging events happened in my life and I battled some depression hence the weight gain.....15-20 lbs to be exact. A little info for anyone who wants to offer more aid: I came up with 1600-1700 calories based on something I read. It stated that you take the number you want to weigh and multiply it by how active you are. In my case, I chose moderately which was 13. So 127x13=1651. When I am on track, a typical day in my diet is something like below: Vegan, organic, raw bar of some sort for breakfast. Piece of fruit 2 hours later - sometimes dried, but primarily fresh Lunch might be rice with veggies or maybe a raw cracker with hummus and tomatoes. Another snack 2 hours later might be a green smoothie which has fruit too or more fruit. Dinner might be apprx. a cup of rice and a cup of beans with toppings like olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Or perhaps I will have a nice meal out with some tofu stir fry type dish. Another snack at night will be some fruit If I slightly go over calories or cut back on exercise, I blob out fast! It is freakish. I should be in the Guinness Book of Records. My workouts are likely stagnant. I can easily get in ruts. I am sure I am in one now and it goes as follows: Cardio plus weights - back and chest (2 exercises for each body part, 12 reps each) Cardio plus weights - triceps, biceps and shoulders (2 exercises for each body part, 12 reps each) Cardio plus weights - legs - 15 rep each - I usually do a sled of some sort, hamstring varies between deadlifts or a machine. Inner thighs and quads are usually a machine. Then I repeat this cycle. I may workout 4-5 times per week. I did weights before cardio this morning. I will keep trying this. I have tried a cup of hot tea at night while hubby snacks and I always have a piece of fruit, but this does not always suffice. Sometimes I rely on dried fruit, which probably is not so good because high in sugars. The main problem with overeating is at night. If we watch a movie, I am screwed. Some kind of robotic hypnotic force takes over and says "shovel food in your face!" Anyway, I know I am making light of this and maybe 8-10 lbs does not seem like a lot, but I really don't feel right and this is a big problem in my life. My clothes just don't fit right. Some don't fit at all and I am just struggling emotionally with this. I know I am getting older and the shift may affect things, but the extra weight is not helping. My stomach is bizarre! I stated that I work my abs, and this is no joke! I should have a lean stomach. I notice, however, that it is not really the exercise that trims my mid, but watching my diet. Any continued support is so appreciated. I am already inspired just by putting this out there and connecting with others. I really don't have any friends to speak of in this town and my husband does not understand. He is the most amazing and supportive guy and he would abstain from snacking if I asked, but I want him to be happy. The pay off living in this town is beauty beyond words, but I miss vegan friends. Hell, I miss having friends period, but vegan is always preferable. I mean, how close can you get to a close-minded flesh scarfer? P.S. Robert, if you are coming to Ashland and want to have a vegan meal with my husband and I, let me know! Peace! Mary
  6. Hi everyone, I happened upon this site and I am grateful and will hopefully be inspired. I have been veg for 20+ years, 12 of which are vegan. I don't know why most people envision vegans as waif malnourished hippies! I have struggled with having too much weight for longer than I care to admit. I am 46 now and it is the strangest time in my body. The fat is moving places it never had! I am pissed! As women, we brace ourselves for things to shift apprx every 7 years. I guess I am in one of those shifts. But seriously vegan folks, I am depressed about it. I won't deny that I don't have the healthiest relationship with food and I use it to block feelings sometimes. Embarrassing to admit, but true. Also, I am so frustrated with how long it takes to lose weight....these days especially. When I commit myself, I workout 4-5 times a week. I am no slouch to exercise. I lift weights and do 40-50 min of cardio every workout. What frustrates the crap out of me is if I exceed my calories on any given day by a piece of freaking fruit, I feel the weight gain! This is not an exaggeration. So my frustration leads to giving up and over eating. FYI - I TRY to eat 1600 calories per day. Another struggle is my husband (vegan of course) wants to eat all the time! He is a big guy and he likes to eat and can get away with eating at night. I am weak and I partake with him. I make pretty good choices so don't visualize me eating junk food because that is not happening. I make raw desserts, which are better in the sense of quality, but still contain massive fat. Regardless how good my choices are, I gain weight if I eat more calories than I should. So I just wanted to take the time to introduce myself and ask for some support and inspiration. I live in a small town in Oregon. I am from Chicago and I miss having a vegan community. One thing I read on this site before posting is to do cardio after weights, so I will try that. Lastly, as a tidbit of info, I already eat small meals during the day because I am hypoglycemic so I am frustrated that this does not help my metabolism. Did I mention that I was frustrated??????? Any suggestions how to help me 1, overcome unwanted fat, and 2, not let discouragement get the best of me would be mucho appreciated! My stomach is starting to feel like a separate entity! I do so many freaking sit ups! It makes no sense. Thank you for listening to the ramblings of a slightly chubby, but not hideous vegan!
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