So for those of you who don't know me, I'm Emma. I went vegetarian back in 2003 and I went vegan almost exactly two years ago after deciding to give Veganuary a try. I'm not going to lie, there have been a lot of times I've fallen off the wagon - holiday's have been tricky, being a photographer at weddings even harder (up your game Aberdeen hotel chefs, many of you are shockingly bad at this!) and when my boyfriend ended up in intensive care back in 2016 there were many cheese pizzas and comfort food consumed.

But after the difficult times I have always felt an overwhelming need to climb back on the wagon. My body is happier (cheese and me never really got on well at the best of times) and my conscience is certainly more at ease.

But one of the things I've found most difficult about being vegan is the overwhelming desire to eat junk food. The vegan supermarket shelves are full of unhealthy options and so many restaurants and cafes serve vegan cake that is absolutely amazing (Foodstory, I'm looking at you!) and with willpower as weak as mine it's so easy to skip a decent meal and eat 3000 calories of sugar instead!

But that all came to an end in winter 2016. After my partner was given the all clear from hospital we ate out to celebrate. We ate out a lot. And we felt gross because of it. My usually 55kg body was approaching 60kg and I felt horrendous. I had once been a committed roller derby player and now I was tired bending down to tie my shoes.

So I decided in early winter last year that this was all going to change. I fired up MyFitnessPal and decided to get tracking again. Between work, animals and general life I find it difficult to fit in a gym routine as well so I restarted roller derby to give me that extra fitness commitment that I so desperately needed. I got back to making breakfasts that were under 300 calories (bagel and peanut butter with an oat milk coffee is a hard one to beat!) and lunches are usually soup or something protein dense, whilst still staying around the 300-350 calorie mark. Dinners are anything up to 800 calories and we allow ourselves a treat afterwards (usually a cheeky cocktail or a bit of Bourneville chocolate) and since committing to this I have been steadily dropping back to down to a weight that I feel comfortable with - at this point in time I'm just under 52kg and feeling great.

Sticking with this plan has been so easy - I rarely feel hungry, I know I can always have a treat if I factor it in and we still eat out regularly (Wagamama Saturdays 4 Life!)

And the best part? I haven't missed animal products in months. I used to crave cheese, chocolate and various things and felt like I was depriving myself. But now that I have the balance just right, it really doesn't feel like I'm missing out on anything. It helps that we always have a stash of low calorie protein dense treats in the car glove box just in case a wedding meal is a major let down and I need something to fill me up (FYI chefs, a plate of iceberg lettuce and some croutons is NOT a meal...)

So with all of that in mind, I can't wait to head off on holiday at the end of this month. I feel far more comfortable about wearing a bikini now that I'm at a weight I feel happy with again. I feel ready to get back to full skating fitness and kick some ass at roller derby and I can't wait for the warmer weather so I can get out running with the dogs again!