Hello folks! I'm new to the forum. Its nice to meet you all. My name is Courtney and I'm on a quest to get healthy. I want to lose weight, gain health, and be a better role model for my kids! I'm looking forward to seeing how a vegan diet can help me reach those goals. Back in 2006, I went vegan for 4 months. I lost 40 pounds, I was feeling so much better, and I was so much healthier! I rewarded myself with a cheeseburger and that completely undid all of the good that I had done. Just like cigarettes and alcohol can be an addiction for some, meat and sugar are an addiction for me. I realized that after four months went by and then I treated myself to a cheeseburger. It's like it set off something in my brain, something that turn me into a raging meat addict again. I want to fix that. For my health. For the planet. For the animals. Helpful and friendly advice is most welcome! I'm looking forward to taking this journey and enjoying the support and new friendships that I will gain along the way.