Well, I did it!!
As of August 1st, I have officially been vegan for one year.
One year ago, my life changed. I was fed up with my weight and poor health. I wanted to try something new. I wanted to do something amazing for myself. One year ago, I had nothing but hopes that the vegan lifestyle would work for me. Fortunately, I quickly found out that I would absolutely love the vegan lifestyle. I have learned so much about nutrition, the environment, and the ethical side of veganism. I have also joined a gym, and have been making good use out of the extra energy I have from eating a healthy vegan diet.
In one year I have:
- Lost 53 pounds (maybe more, I actually haven’t weighed myself in awhile)
- Lowered my high blood pressure dramatically
- Became a certified instructor for a dance fitness course
- Gotten super into yoga
- Signed up for 2 5Ks
- Dodged every cold and flu season and was sick for a whopping one day in March
- Given up caffeine almost completely (with an occasional cup of tea, but that’s usually decaffeinated)
- Started a blog about how awesome it is to be vegan!
And those are just the highlights.
I have discovered that vegan food is amazing! I honestly enjoy food so much more than I ever used to. I have a good relationship with food for the first time in my life. I eat when I’m hungry and don’t feel guilty because I know that I am feeding myself with essential nutrients that will do my body some good.
I have fallen in love with plant-based cooking, and have become so passionate about developing the most delicious plant-based recipes. I am learning more and more everyday, and teaching myself how to cook has been a blast. I can’t wait to see how I improve in the next few years.
Besides falling for healthy food, I am also in love with fitness. I love working out and I love pushing myself. I used to hate working out because I felt like it was just too hard. Now, I am much more confident and progressing. I have learned that you don’t have to be amazingly fit to have a good workout. You don’t have to be perfect and you can have setbacks. It’s the fact that you are showing up to get the workout done that truly counts. Exercise really isn’t so miserable after all!
Lastly, I have become such a compassionate person. I can finally call myself an animal lover and truly mean it. I finally really make an effort to improve the environment. I don’t feel like I’m “all talk” anymore. I truly feel like I am fighting for something and making a difference everyday. I just love that.
I have become so much more confident and I am actually going for what I want. I would have never wanted to start a blog a year ago. I would have never had the confidence. Now, as much as I still feel like I have room to grow, I am putting in effort and I am trying. I have a mission and goal in my mind, and I feel confident that I can continue to bring out content that I love. I am also more confident in school, in social situations, and just going after anything I want. It’s so crazy to think that a diet change did that to me, but going vegan has truly changed my life in every possible way.
This has been the greatest and most life-changing year of my life!
Well, I feel like I have accomplished so much in this last year, and this year, I just want to take everything to the next level: my health, fitness, mindset, everything.
I want to continue eating as healthy as I can, and I also want to try lots of different recipes. I went from the ultimate veggie-hater to mushroom lover, and I am super proud of that. I want to try different ingredients and recipes. I want to create some amazing recipes to share on the blog as well.
I want to get really into fitness. I love yoga, and I want to practice almost every day. I want to run more, bike more, swim more, lift more, just get stronger, faster, and more fit overall. I really feel ready for the physical challenge this year, which shows how much I have improved since last September, I napped for 3 hours after taking a Zumba class (which was the longest hour of my life).
I want to continue doing well in school…this is a big year since it’s time to start thinking about grad school! I want to build up my resume and embrace any opportunity that comes my way. Oh, and it’s probably time to start thinking about the GRE (eek).
I want to work hard on the blog. I have so many posts coming that I am really excited about and I have countless ideas in my head. I will just keep trying and putting myself out there. All I want is to reach out to people and show how delicious vegan food is and how easy and rewarding the lifestyle really is. I won’t give up on spreading that message.
This has been an incredible year, and I know that it is all up from here. I can’t wait to see where life will take me. All I know is that I am never going back. I will be vegan forever, and that is the one thing that I am the most sure about at this stage of my life. I will never give up on being my happiest and my healthiest. I will keep up with my weight loss and I will keep up with my fitness. I will always try, and I will always do my best. That’s all I can do.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope my story can make some form of impact on anyone. I also have my vegan and weight loss story that I am still updating. I hope that you enjoy my blog.