Thanks to all of you for the warm welcomes! I feel even more thrilled that I decided to join in the forum. I am traveling for business right now, but when I can sit at my desk I plan to be more active in the forum and possibly post my training/nutrition/photos(gulp!). Lean and Green -- as you deduced, that is not me on the Raw Forum. I am new to all of this. In any case, thanks for your input on starting a ljournal -- the idea of being "held accountable" coupled with others' knowledge and support is just what I need to push me a bit more. Thanks also for appreciating my handle and my commitment to veganism. I'm sure you're in it for the long haul as well! Thanks again everyone!