Ten pounds

In the past two months, I have gained ten pounds. TEN. POUNDS.

When I was younger, I never had to worry about my weight. In fact, I had a hard time gaining weight, so losing it never crossed my mind. Even when I was pregnant, my doctor would exhort me to “drink more milkshakes!” because I wasn’t gaining quite enough weight. And in the weeks after my babies were born, my pregnancy weight just sort of slipped away.

But middle age is different. I’ve gotten a little thicker around the middle in the last few years. I’ve been hoping to lose ten or fifteen pounds, but truth be told, hoping is just about all I’ve done about it. And now I have another ten pounds to deal with!

It’s really time to do something about this. No, I’m not seriously overweight, but I’d like to prevent that. I’m concerned about my health, but more than that, I just don’t feel as good about myself as I used to.

So I am going to start on VB6–that stands for Vegan Before 6, not Visual Basic 6–next week. Long story short, this is pretty much just what it sounds like: from the time I wake up until 6 p.m. (or whenever I eat dinner), I’ll be vegan. For dinner, I can have whatever I want.

I’m hesitant to call it a “diet,” because the intention is that (if all goes as planned), I’ll be eating like this for the rest of my life.  It’s not meant to be a diet as in, “I’m going to do this until I lose 25 pounds, and then I will go back to normal.” Instead, VB6 is meant to be a new normal. It is diet as in, “the way you eat.”

I haven’t started yet, though. For this week, I’m just reading through the book, looking at what I eat now, and preparing myself for changing how I eat.