Posted by Cascadian at 11/12/11 23:17:52Hiya Marty!
You have take several excellent steps, including asking for support and working to build connections with like-minded folks - great work! I am a 20 year vegan who lives to the south of you in Portland, Oregon - come visit & I will show you around what is quite probably the worlds most vegan-friendly city!
And I am of course happy to help support you being vegan too! Email and texts work great for me, send me a PM to get my contact info.
From your profile it looks like you are in Olympia and that should be helpful too. Oly has great food cooperatives, a number of vegan friendly places to eat out and if you want to get out of town you have 5 of the worlds most vegan-friendly cities close by!
As some of the goals you mention are health and losing weight, may I suggest getting active over at http://www.veganfitness.net ? They have a great worldwide community of friendly vegans and vary from professional competitive athletes to folks like myself who just like to keep active. Give it a try!