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The plant-based diet is working

Just a quick update about my weight-loss efforts:

Since switching to a mostly-vegan diet, I’ve lost a few more pounds and an inch off my waist. Overall, I feel lighter and more energetic.

I haven’t lost as much fat as I’d like, but I can easily tell that what I need to do is simply stop the “cheating”. I tend to munch on cookies, chocolate, and other treats when I’m too busy or stressed. And I’ve noticed the difference right away when I have a little too much fat or sugar: I get bloated. Whenever I do this more than once or twice a week, I put on a pound or two. It’s very predictable.

So, I know what works and what doesn’t. My goal for the coming weeks is to avoid the junk food.

Fitness inspiration: Recovering

In case you haven’t seen it, this (below) is an amazing, almost unbelievable video about a man who used yoga to recover from a traumatic injury.

I’m not a fan of yoga. (No particular reason–my body just doesn’t like it and I think the poses are unattractive. Shallow, I know.) But this story struck a chord with me because my own fitness problems began as the result of a difficult recovery from surgery, many years ago.

My post-surgical troubles were not remotely as complicated as the troubles experienced by this man. But I do still suffer from issues related to a wound that didn’t heal quite right. It affects my core strength, and as I’ve learned, core strength is everything when it comes to feeling strong and fit.

This year, I’ve been working on getting healthier, stronger, and losing some belly fat. This video gave me hope that I can get where I want to be. (I’ve gotten close before, but I’ve quit.) I’m posting this here to remind myself and others not to quit on ourselves.