So, once upon a time, Veganopoulous was much heavier. This was in pre-vegan days, about four years ago. My fitness was beyond terrible. We live on a slight hill with a tram stop about a four minute walk away. By the time I’d reach the tram stop, I’d be completely out of breath. I realised this was also a safety issue because my son would run off ahead of me at the park and I wanted to keep up. Except… I couldn’t. I was also fairly depressed, refused to go out socially (unless it was with people I didn’t know, because they would not have known I stacked on a lot of weight). I turned down offers to meet friends I hadn’t seen in so long, because I hated the way I looked.
Eventually I started exercising and eating better. My chronic lower back pain disappeared. Before I lost weight, I went to the doctor for the pain in both balls of my feet. X-rays showed I had very, very fine hairline cracks and I was told I had to lose weight to help the cracks heal. I also had another health scare, where surgery (with painful recovery) was on the cards. I was told I could get the surgery or I could lose weight to see if the problem would go away. I chose the latter of course!
So I ended up losing about 20kg (about 44lbs) over the space of a year and a half (had I worked harder, I could have lost it in well under a year). I ended up joining a gym and training with a friend who is a vegan personal trainer, doing heavy weight training. We also did cardio work. I really dislike cardio (hated the bike class!) but weights were great. I was pretty happy with my muscle gain. At that time I became vegan, and put on a couple kilos because I wanted to try all the vegan things I saw: pies, cakes, desserts, you name it. Fortunately I got sick of them very quickly and lost the weight I’d gained.
In that time I tried mostly-raw for three weeks. I felt amazing, I slept amazing and I could not believe how good I felt. I was all “woah… so THIS is what it’s like to feel completely amazing and full of energy!” I’ve never forgotten how good it felt but of course, I became slack and lazy.
And now I’m back at the point where I’ve stopped exercising, the gym membership has been cancelled, I’ve put on about 5kg and feel absolutely crap because my jeans don’t button up. When I put on weight, it all tends to go right to my stomach and face, which really don’t need to be any bigger! I told my mum my jeans don’t fit and she said “well, yes, you can see you’ve put on weight”. Righty-o, time to do something about it. AGAIN. I’m already slipping back in to not wanting to go out (I have a history of blahness when it comes to body image, which doesn’t help matters). So I have warning sirens blaring right now!
I recently watched ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ and that was what got me back in to juicing. In the movie, Joe only has juice and no solid food. In the past I twice tried Ani Phyo’s (unfortunately titled IMO) ‘Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast’ and didn’t make it past day 2, because I couldn’t stomach the ‘soups’ (which are just blended vegies… I’d rather eat the veggies whole than blended. I can’t help it, I would start retching halfway through the bok choy soup).
Since putting on the 5kg, the pain in my feet has returned with a vengeance. Even standing on my feet at home hurts. I went shopping the other day and had a 4kg bag of produce over my shoulder and the balls of my feet were screaming. And of course, my clothes don’t fit properly.
I’ve decided to stick this on my blog because then I’ll be honour bound to follow through. This time. Ha! I plan on using a combination of the recipes from Ani’s book, Ani’s ‘Raw Food Asia’, ‘Eat Raw, Eat Well’ by Douglas McNish,and the Mean Green Juice from Reboot with Joe (the juice used in his movie F,S&ND). In the past I used many recipes from the awesome Choosing Raw site. I’ll also get back in to exercising, though with stabbing-knifey-pain in my feet that will be a barrel of laughs… but this is precisely why I need to lose weight, because my health problems may all come back.
Wish me luck! Waaaaaaaaah! TSSSSSSSS!