Hi, my name is Kelly and I'm from British Columbia. I've been vegan for 3 years, and I was a (crappy) vegetarian for a long time before that. I've always been overweight, ranging from 150 at my brief low points to 170 and 172 at my high points (I'm 5'5). Last spring I decided to start learning about vegan nutrition and fitness, not only for myself but to be a better representation of a vegan. I lost more than 25lb in the last year by changing my eating habits and taking up running. A few months ago I decided to start lifting weights. I really want to feel and look strong, not just get thin. I've been trying to work on my own weight program using information on here and other places online as well as a book I got, and I've pre-ordered Robert's book as well. I don't expect much progress in the muscle department since my priority is to lose weight, but I can already see changes in in my body, especially my arms. My goal is to get down to my goal weight and then concentrate on building muscle.