Hi there! Sorry to hear you have back problems, too :( No fun! I have found ways to modify a lot of things - but darn core work is tough! Crunches or anything that cause rounding or bending of the back are limited - but I was surprised to find even things like laying on back, and lifting my legs or doing scissor kicks was painless while doing, but then as soon as I tried to get up, would get gripped in nerve pain. Plank so far seems to be the one core-building exercise I've found that doesn't hurt my poor little L5-S1. I'd love to hear if you have some other ideas!
Good question! Firstly, when I became a vegetarian in a small town, it was the hardest thing every. It only last a month, but I didn't want to stop, I just wasn't prepared. So I vowed that I would go vegetarian again when I moved to a place that would allow for a easy transition. So 2011, I did just that. I never looked back. For that I think, that something about this lifestyle just resignated in me. Then in 2012, I started to have stomach/digestion issues, so I found out I have a few minor intolerances that cause uncomfortable symptoms, which I felt if I just kept eating them, then it'd become a serious problem. That's when I started to go gluten-free and then vegan. I've only made small changes, but by March 1st. I should be vegan all the way.
So long story short, for health reasons and once I started the journey by reading up on it, animal cruelty is so sad and horrible too.
"Veganism isn't about self purity, it's about compassionate choices."
Thanks for your comment on my blog. I had WLS surgery in September, 2011 and have pretty much just stuck with lower calorie / higher protein / less carb eating plan, plus I started running and now put in on average 10 miles per week, in addition to 2-3 day of strength training. The one thing I gave up: beer! And in spite of my worries that I'd miss it, I don't!
Thank you so much for offering to help me with fitness. When I can walk a mile unwinded or run up and down my four flights of stairs, I just might take you up on it. I need to get into shape to get into shape!