I am a 40 something woman who went vegan for ethical reasons over three years ago, prior to this I was a lifelong vegetarian. I live in the UK where veganism is increasing in popularity at the moment.
Until recently I worked full time as an Accountant in an office based role. Having just collected my twenty year long service award I decided that I wanted a change, to take a break from work and spend some time doing something different than the nine to five for a while. So with the support of my husband I was able to quit my job for a few months (three/six/nine/twelve – we are currently negotiating!) and think about what it was that I wanted out of life. My list isn’t hugely ambitious, I want to finally learn to drive, to volunteer at my local library and at a local wildlife rescue centre. I want to read more, to learn to knit, to spend time experimenting with vegan cookery. I would like to learn another language and get all those jobs done that we never got round to when we were both working. But, more than this, I want to get my health back on track and undo the damage that 20 years stuck in an office, along with “living the high life”, has caused.
I have struggled with my weight for all of my adult life, despite the fact that I constantly seem to be starting a diet (although not actually sticking to it for long!). I used to have varying degrees of success with my weight loss, often losing a stone and a half before losing my mojo. However, since I married seven years ago even my half-hearted attempts at weight loss yield no success. My husband and I share a love of delicious vegan meals (in very large portions), of socialising at the weekend with a bottle of vegan wine or two and tucking into vegan nibbles in front of Netflix at night. I also eat far more chips than I ever did since I went vegan!! This coupled with the fact that although I want to lose weight I otherwise lead a very comfortable and settled life, means that I have just got fatter and fatter since getting wed.
I have never been afraid of exercise, in fact five years or so ago I ran six half marathons in one year and was an active member of a running club. However, since then my exercise has dwindled and become sporadic, I’m still a paid up member of that running club, I just don’t go anymore! I often come up with some crazy idea which I sometimes see through (i.e. two years ago I took part in RideLondon and cycled 100 miles in the Surrey hills) but more often I don’t (I have lost count of the amount of half marathons that I have entered then pulled out of because I wasn’t actually fit enough to do them when the time came). Last year I was struck with a back complaint which served to put me out of action for at least six months, the most I could do was go to work everyday and walk my dogs on a good day. Thankfully I am now on the mend and trying to rebuild my strength and my fitness.
And so, I have finished my last shift in the office and my journey to good health can begin in earnest.
Wish me luck!