Thought I'd take a second or two and introduce myself to the group. I've been vegetarian for about 7 years and recently (4 months ago) went vegan. I found this place through a random google search and couldn't believe I didn't think to look sooner.
The transition to a vegan diet wasn't as hard as I'd imagined it would be. I LOVE cheese, but so far, have been OK not having it. I guess I could also say that I LOVE bacon, ham, etc. but have been perfectly happy not having that for the last several years. To help keep me motivated to stick with it and to keep my recipes organized, I started a blog to chronicle my journey. Please check it out: www.missionvegan.com
Part of the reason that I started my blog was to educate my friends and family for the reasons why I choose to be vegetarian/vegan in the first place. Just through that effort, I have managed to convert 2 of my friends. I hope the trend continues.
I guess that's enough rambling for now. I'm happy to have found this forum and I can't wait to dive in.