So this is where everyone introduces themselves. I'm really bad at these so I don't really know what to say. OK, let's see...
I'm Caroline, I'm 26, and I live in DC. I've been vegan for about 6 months now. I'm about ~200 lbs and have made it one of my new year's resolutions to go on the Starch Solution and get down to 145. The vegan part has been easy to stick to (expect when I don't check labels carefully enough sometimes), but it's the healthy thing that I continue to struggle with. I'm a compulsive overeater. Years of depression have left me with basically no hobbies.
I've been veg on and off for over a decade. I first went vegetarian when I was 14. I was IMing with one of my online friends who was a vegetarian. We argued about it, I made some stupid remarks, and then he sent me a video of animals getting tortured in factory farms. I don't really remember much of the conversation itself or the contents of the video, but I do remember it was REALLY upsetting. I was just in total shock, and then went vegetarian... for four months. I don't remember what made me give it up. The shock from the footage wore off. Then I became a vegetarian again when I was 21, and sort of trying veganism but never sticking with it because I was just eating salad and stuff like that. Then I went back to meat when I was ~22. But I guess at some point this year, I was just... ready. You know? Like after educating myself something in my switched. It's like this unbreakable contract with myself.
I look forward to learning from you all, as well as giving and getting support from this community