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Another Failure, More Challenges, and My First Quarter Weigh-In

Awhile back I wrote a post on embracing failure. I think I’ve gotten a little too friendly with it. Now me and failure are like every Beyonce song I’ve ever heard.

First I loathe the song. (No failure this year, healthy vegan all 2013!)

Then we start flirting a little. (Maybe a few Oreos aren’t so bad.)

Next thing I know that song has rented a room somewhere in the back of my brain, and it won’t leave, and I’m doing the damn dance from the video in my shower. (Mmm. Brownies. And chips. And did someone say vegan chili dogs? Yes please!)

A third of the way there

Yeah, this month was a failure. The last two months really. I’ve learned how easy it is to be vegan and that I can eat just about anything my heart desires, but I’ve only lost a little over 5 pounds the past two months.  Still I’m doing alright a quarter way through my first full year going vegan.

November 20: 371.2; March 1: 333.4

My goal is to drop 120 pounds in a year. So far I’ve lost at 37.8 pounds.

New challenges

I lost a whole 1.6 pounds in February. It’s time to step it up. I need some motivation. That’s why I co-founded the Fat-Man-in-a-Tight-Pink-V-Neck-T-Shirt Challenge. If I hit my 120-pound goal I should be 250 pounds by the end of November.

I’m also tracking every single thing I eat this month. At the end of the month I’ll finally be able to put to rest all the questions like “Isn’t eating healthy expensive?” and “Do you get enough protein?” and “What do you eat every day?”

I don’t know the answer to those questions either so it will be nice to finally know. Plus, having just stepped down in my job to pursue freelance writing, I will need to learn how to eat cheap.

Eighty-three more pounds to go. Then it’ll be time to set some new goals.


  1. You’ve got this.

  2. Good luck, you can do it!

  3. I wish you well in your venture. I can’t help but wonder – do you have any supportive friends taking this journey with you? My sister has been very successful when she’s been active in an “Overeaters Anonymous” group. Just wondering.

    • Yeah, my family weighs-in and has been doing a monthly weight loss contest for the past year or so. Sometimes we collectively take it seriously, sometimes not. Now we’re all getting back into it again.

      I use all of you guys as my “group” to keep me accountable as well. 😉

  4. It’s so easy to just slide. Putting structure in place helps me the most—keeping a food journal, never putting junk in my grocery cart (if I want junk, I have to go out for it, which gives me a minute to pause and think about it), making my workouts top priority and the first thing I do in the morning.

    I try not to think of that long term goal–it’s sooooo far out there. I think in terms of 2 pound increments. Those are absolutely do-able.

    • Good advice. I try to go out for those extra snacks and things as well. I haven’t started working out again yet, but hopefully I can get back in my early morning habit. 😉

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