Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I have moved my blog!

Hello everyone,

Since I have started blogging, albeit infrequently, I have seen a need to relocate to another server. I have retitled and moved my blog over to Wordpress. I will soon have my own domain (when I can find the time to set that up), but for now, you can find all of my new stuff as of March 2015 at:

I can do more over there than I can here. All of my information from this blog has been migrated over, but I will leave this one live until I manage to completely link and finalize the move.

Thanks so much for reading!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Impulses (Not all vegans are skinny waifs)

Impulses bug me. Not because I am a person prone to many of them, or none too frequently, but when a strong impulse hits me I lack control to withstand it. This bothers me. Impulses have hit me hard - in my wallet, in my personal relationships, in emotions and especially - food. I can say that one impulse that I could not resist when I stumbled across a WW ad quite by accident, was the impulse to join again. WW saved me after my second pregnancy and brought me back to my pre-marriage weight about a year after my daughter was born. And then over the last 15 years I have watched my weight creep up - after job changes, medical issues, physical injuries resulting in surgery that kept me inactive for many years and a whole host of other things that are called "life."
I became a vegan 6 years ago for health reasons surrounding stomach issues - a virus that knocked me on my butt for 6 weeks, thyroid problems, etc. I have not once ever regretted that decision and since then I have opened my palate to dozens and dozens of new foods so far outside of the S.A.D (standard American diet) that I could never go back to that way of eating. But that said, let me say this - NOT ALL VEGANS ARE SKINNY. I am a foodie, I love food - all kinds of food. And I am a baker, I specialize in baking vegan delicacies and treats, but I also bake your standard fare for carnivores. No amount of baking is healthy when large amounts of sugar are involved and I will be the first one to indulge.
Impulses. I have a love hate relationship with food that rivals no one. And if there is vegan junk food out there, I for sure have found it. Oreos, sour patch kids, Swedish fish, unfrosted strawberry Pop Tarts, bagels, my own baked goods, and the list goes on and on. My food choices have become unwise and I have paid the price in my waistline.
I am not obese by any means, and comparatively speaking, my weight loss goal of 15 pounds might seem small to some. I am considered overweight for my height at just 5'2". Now this might not seem like a very big weight loss goal for many folks, but 15 pounds on my small frame is huge.
Impulses. My inability to resist sugary treat impulses has lead me here today. I am a broken food addict. My goal is not only to lose this weight, but to also relieve some pain in my legs and joints that I know are caused by the excess weight I have been carrying. My overall health is top notch- my cholesterol is low, I am not anemic, my vitamin D is perfect, B12 - perfect, and every other test comes back exactly where it should be- normal. 
As I am aging and gravity is taking over, it is time to take back control. This is an impulse that I hope will result in some good health in the very near future.