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Angie
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  • Mahtomedi, MN
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Doin' it Veg Style!

A group for people who are losing weight while still maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestlye or vegetable enthusiasts who just want some recipes. Tips, tricks, and support in a meat-eating world. Probably NOT Atkins-approved.
Sep 14, 2011
Paula commented on Angie's group Doin' it Veg Style!
"Allie have you tried the Quorn products? I just found them this week in my grocery. We tried the strips. We made a chili. These were meat & soy free, however, they did contain egg whites. These strips really reminded me of chicken breast."
Nov 9, 2010
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A group for people who are losing weight while still maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestlye or vegetable enthusiasts who just want some recipes. Tips, tricks, and support in a meat-eating world. Probably NOT Atkins-approved.
Nov 5, 2010
Allie commented on Angie's group Doin' it Veg Style!
"Hello everyone! I am a pescatarian and have been for the last almost 10 years. Day to day my diet consists of a whole bunch of fruits, veggies, and veggie "meat" products."
Nov 4, 2010
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A group for people who are losing weight while still maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestlye or vegetable enthusiasts who just want some recipes. Tips, tricks, and support in a meat-eating world. Probably NOT Atkins-approved.
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Oct 22, 2010
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A group for people who are losing weight while still maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestlye or vegetable enthusiasts who just want some recipes. Tips, tricks, and support in a meat-eating world. Probably NOT Atkins-approved.
Jul 22, 2010
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Apr 2, 2010

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About Me:
I started out fat. I'm guessing I weighed well over 10 lbs at birth, but my mom disagrees. I spose she would know.

I was really "chunky" all through elementary school, but lost a little weight in middle school. I remember I got one of those Tony Little leg swinging machines and read Susan Powter's book and did her exercise dvd's. Something worked; I actually lost some weight.

Going into high school I just got worse. I started high school in a size 18 (getting tight) and eventually worked my way up to a 24. I didn't weigh myself, so I have no idea what I actually gained. I ate JUNK. Major junk. I had gallstones by the time I was 18, and convinced myself it had nothing to do with my midnight Taco Bell/Wendy's runs or the fact that I ate peanut butter and Dorito sandwiches (on white bread, even) daily. No, it was just a fluke. Hereditary, even. Yeah. Right.

I went off to college still fat and still miserable. I remember wanting so badly to be a health nut. I'd read all these books/websites/magazines and convince myself that TODAY was the day. I'd change. Then I'd waddle my big behind down to the cafeteria and manage to eat about 3 days worth of calories in one sitting. Who turns down a WAFFLE BAR? Or soft serve ice cream? I was a poor college student and needed to live it up, right? Wrong.

The summer after my freshman year something clicked. I started doing the South Beach Diet and walking/running regularly. I lost about 30 lbs or so in a few months and felt great. I went back to college and did ok for awhile, but then the ice cream runs started getting more frequent, my meals not as healthy, and I gained some weight back. I don't know how much (maybe 15 lbs?), but I know it was something.

I decided not to go back to college after my sophmore year and instead went to the Aveda Institute to learn about hair. While the hair part sucked (I got my license and promptly went right back to teaching), I met the most AMAZING friend I've ever had (Missy, look her fine-ass up on here!) and we proceeded to eat our way through school. Dinner out almost every night, endless snacking and candy runs during the school day to keep us sane, you get the idea. Not good.

We joined Weight Watchers November of 2006. My husband was gone in Iraq and I was ready to do something. I started out ridiculously slow; basically just eating less of the crap I was eating before, and MAYBE walking about 15 minutes a few times a week. It worked, and the weight started coming off. I definitely had my weeks of gains/maintains, but the loss overall was consistent and at a great pace.

I lost about 70 lbs and decided Weight Watchers was no longer for me. I was getting obsessed with the scale and I didn't like it. I was obsessing over my food, exercise, anything. I needed to take a break and just LIVE. Not only that, but I was having major issues with my digestion because I wasn't eating enough good fats/oils. After being put on countless medications and seeing specialists, I decided to take it into my own hands and put myself on a whole food, vegan diet and ALL of my issues are now non-existent and I feel better than I have in my whole entire life.

This winter I did some MAJOR soul searching and decided I'm happy right where I'm at. I'm in the best shape of my life, I eat healthy/unprocessed foods 90% of the time and I'm happy. I'm not anywhere near my goal weight, but if I get there, I do. I'm finally at a weight my body likes and I feel like I could do what I'm doing now for the rest of my life. Sure, I could drastically cut my calories and lose a few more pounds, but I'd go nuts. And I REALLY like food. I'm mildly obsessed. Grocery shopping for me is an activity and I do it recreationally.

I'm healthy, I'm happy, and I can now eat (and enjoy, even) good food. It's a nice place to be.
Plan of Choice:
Low Fat, High Fiber, Weight Watchers, Other
Website/Blog:
http://wholefoodwholefaith.blogspot.com/
Workout Philosophy:
I stay active doing everyday activities, I'm a walk-a-holic, I'm a gym rat ALL the way, I'm a Running Fanatic, I love lifting weights

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oldest trick in the book!

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 9:23am 2 Comments

I almost succumbed to one of the oldest lies in the book... "I don't have TIME to exercise!" Ha. I showed you!



I had everything planned out perfectly; bag packed for the gym, food packed for today (it's my long day, which means three meals eaten away from home, which means one big ol' sack of food!) and alarm set and the unGodly hour of 5:45 am. Ew.



But I realized after I woke up that my whole plan wasn't going to work- my day is a little thrown off and out of whack. I'm… Continue

yoga did that?!

Posted on November 4, 2009 at 5:37pm 1 Comment

I like yoga. I think. I think it's more that I WANT to like yoga. I always feel better after doing it, but during it I just get sort of bored. I know, I know- there are plenty of intense yoga workouts, I just don't happen to have any. Maybe that would help? For now I seem to do ok with the YogaDownload 20 minute freebies, so that's good enough.



In my head, I look like this while doing yoga.…

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QUICK BOB GRAB THE CHILDREN!

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 1:42pm 6 Comments

The world is ending!



At the grocery store yesterday, I saw a sign alerting me to something rather distressing. A PUMPKIN SHORTAGE!



Luckily through my tears I was able to remember, like a true addict, I already have my stash of 10+ cans at home. Whew. Crisis averted. For a second I was worried my orange "hue" would be no longer. What would I be, if not for… Continue

s-u-c-c-e-s-s...

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 8:10pm 0 Comments

that's the way you spell success. Only I thought about Googling it three times because it looks wrong. Whatever, the song can't be wrong. That just ain't right.



First day of "Back on Track" Week was ahhhmazing. I decided what that means for me, and it's very simple and yet feels great. Whenever I need to reign things in, I immediately go back to some sort of diet thinking; "I need to count calories!" "I need to count Points!" "Nothing but salads for a week!" "Nary a carb will touch… Continue

back at it.

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 10:47am 3 Comments

and I'm back!



I come and go. That's just the way I roll. All stealth, all the time. You never know where I might show up ;)



Hi. I'm Angie. I used to blog here. Frequently. Then life happened and I fell off the face of the earth. Forgiveness? Come on, don't make me throw out the WWJD on your butts.



Life has been crazy good, and crazy busy. Since August (which is probably when I last blogged regularly) I've:



-moved (FINALLY sold our house after THIRTEEN… Continue

Comment Wall (100 comments)

At 12:44pm on June 21, 2008, Missy! said…
well god knows i cant NOT join another internet community. haha.
At 11:09am on June 22, 2008, Holly said…
Thanks for the comment!! Your story sure is motivating!! :~)
At 12:17am on June 24, 2008, Missy! said…
i have to laugh at the tank top tee shirt picture. because i remember you going... " is it too 1990 of me to wear a tank top over a tee shirt? " youre the best!!
At 10:54pm on June 24, 2008, Lizzie said…
thanks for your comment! it's so fun to know that i inspired someone!! i'm totally an all or nothing person too, and find myself cutting out the gym if i don't make enough time for it--but that 30 minute workout definitely perked up my day. hope you have a great night!!
At 12:21am on June 25, 2008, Courtney said…
Thanks for the encouragement Angie ... I need all of it I can get!
At 11:02am on June 25, 2008, Lindsay said…
Thanks so much for your comment, Angie! Now you just need to pass along some of your exercise ambition to me lol. You look great, btw!
At 8:08pm on June 26, 2008, Lori said…
Just wanted to say CONGRATS on the hugenormous loss!!!
At 12:39pm on June 30, 2008, J. Ross said…
You look AWESOME!!! Congrats on your amazing loss!
At 9:18am on July 1, 2008, Tanya said…
Hey there-I laughed so hard when I read the comment about the cupcakes! I feel so much better that a few people wrote and commented that they have the same problem! I don't feel so alone. Yes, I too love the icing....
Thank you so much for writing and for your support. I appreciate it so much. I just looked at your page - 100 lbs...wow, that is an accomplishment! Truly inspiring! Thank you once again....
At 11:04am on July 3, 2008, Robyn said…
Hi from a fellow Minnesotan...(originally north dakota though) lol!

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