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My 30 Day Change!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In my last blog I noted that I had watched an amazing documentary about the effects meat and animal products have on your body. On December 29, 2012 I pledged to PETA to be vegan for at least 30 days! Now making this change was a little drastic for me but I'm proud to say I only had four slip ups. Now that my pledge is over I still plan on keeping this lifestyle change because I feel so great!! My body feels awful if I try to eat any animal products now. My skin feels and looks so much better!!! The best part about this lifestyle change is that I have more energy and my daily headaches have stopped all together! I would drink about 120 oz of water daily, and would still get a headache everyday. I even considered seeing my uncle's brother who specializes in headaches and now I don't have to! I haven't had one headache since making this switch and I have to thank it all to becoming vegan. Who knew that just eating whole foods could have such a positive impact??!! I'll be sure to update about this journey to health but so far its been a wonderful ride!!


Learning To Be Vegan - Day 1

Sunday, December 30, 2012

So yesterday was my actual first day turning to a vegan lifestyle but I'm finally getting a chance to write this so here it goes...

For breakfast I had apple cinnamon oatmeal which wasn't sweetened at all and I actually enjoyed that better and REALLY tasted my food and took my time eating and enjoying it. Lunch I had a slice of toasted wheat bread with natural almond butter and sliced strawberries on top with three strawberries on the side too. My mom came back into town from taking my sister to San Antonio so she called asking if I wanted to go to dinner and she originally wanted to go to a burger joint here but I asked if we could go to Chili's instead. Once we got there I felt overwhelmed because every page in the menu had some sort of meat or dairy in it. So I thought to myself don't give in you need to give this a chance to see if your body responds well to cutting these things out. So I stuck to it and ordered a house salad with no dressing, a side of broccoli with no butter or seasoning, rice, and black beans with pico de gallo on top. It was delicious! I felt satisfied without being stuffed and I was happy because I didn't give in!! Later that night around 8 I had another slice of toasted wheat bread this time with natural peanut butter and sugar free apricot jelly.

One thing I noticed yesterday was that I wasn't "hungry" as much as I used to think I was. I really think I had a successful emoticon I know I still have a ton to learn but I'm taking it one day at a time. I don't think I'll be able to commit to using vegan beauty products like makeup and shampoo, or give up Louis Vuitton because I love my purses!!! emoticon

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Scared Straight

Sunday, December 30, 2012

So two days ago I was on Facebook and saw some photos of an old friend who had recently lost about 50 pounds in about 6 months. After catching up with her and congratulating her on her success I asked what she used as her motivation. (I lack motivation big time!) She told me it all started one night when she and her husband watched a movie on Netflix, suggested I watched it first then we could talk about it afterwards...

I thought hmm... I have never heard of this movie, I have Netflix, maybe later tonight I could watch it if I finish my assignments for class early enough. So I went about my day running errands for my mom and met up with another old friend to finally eat my first meal of the day at around 5 P.M. (which is not normal for me) We went to Chili's which is my weakness I love everything there!! I did everything wrong when I was there because I was so hungry! We had chips and salsa with queso dip on the side, margaritas, and to top it off we both had our OWN triple dippers!!! (I got big mouth bites split with boneless chicken wings) emoticon I luckily I couldn't even finish half of mine and took it to go. We left and went to go do some shopping and try to "walk it off." As we were dining I told my friend that I heard about this movie and when we parted ways I told her I would let her know how it went.

I returned home finished some of my assignments for school (winter mini) and I fired up my PS3 and went to Netflix. I didn't read the synopsis because to me it wasn't important what it was about but what I COULD LEARN FROM IT. I found myself shrieking and cringing in horror when they showed simulations of what is going on in your body, especially your arteries, when you consume meat and dairy products. Throughout the film I kept thinking to myself I'M KILLING MYSELF WITH FOOD!!! I'm 25 and I've been eating this "western diet" most of my life! For the first time I've been on this long journey I thought about my health and well-being over being thin, because my priority has always been be thin then be healthy and take care of myself. So during this film it was just a HUGE wakeup call! My priorities shifted and I emailed my friend on Facebook and told her I was just scared straight! Again I'm 25, I've been eating horribly for about 13 years of it and I thought to myself who knows what my arteries look like, how much damage I've done to my body, and I DON'T WANT TO DIE all because I eat horribly!

I watched this film about a year ago

This was an eye opener and I started eating more veggies but it wasn't science based or clinical based like Forks over Knives. So I'll admit I took the advice in but with a grain of salt. I obviously like to eat my food; why else would I be overweight! Drinking all my meals just wasn't realistic to me, so I couldn't take the message seriously.

After watching Forks Over Knives I went downstairs took my left overs and dumped them in the trash along with anything else (which was about 90% of my kitchen) that was a meat product, contained dairy or egg, and it was in the trash! So basically this film does talk about the importance of living a vegan lifestyle. The information is LIFE ALTERING!

So if anyone is like me, trying to lose weight because you simply wanted to be thinner and lacked all motivation to be HEALTHY, this film would be beneficial! I've had 3 trainers and a nutritionist even and they all tell you to eat meat, have milk, and whey protein to lose weight when really all this time I could have been on a whole foods diet and worked out and been more successful! I love cheese so I would eat my grilled chicken or fish with broccoli and cheese, or baked potato with a ton of cheese, and light sour cream. Or just a cheese stick! I now realize how much dairy I was actually consuming and that is pretty scary to think about! I'm in no way saying this would work for everyone but this movie really made me think! I've been on this journey for 4 years and itís been a yo-yo this whole time, so maybe this is the change I needed to make personally to be successful and most of all HEALTHY! But I'm glad to say I was SCARED STRAIGHT!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 12/30/2012 5:49PM

  Yes, there is a difference about wanting to be thinner verses healthy that got me hooked also. I want health which will bring about weight loss and more muscle mass.

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Things To Remember

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Make Small Commitments. Get Big Changes.

Compiled by Michael Dalton Johnson

Taking Care of You

Drink plenty of water.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
Eat more fruits and vegetables and eat less that is manufactured in processing plants.
Avoid eating food that is handed to you through a window.
Live the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
Play more games.
Read more books than you did in 2009.
Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
Sleep for 7 hours.
Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Your Outlook

Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
Don't have negative thoughts of things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
Dream more while you are awake.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Forget issues of the past. Don't remind others of their past mistakes.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
Learn a new word every day.
Smile and laugh more.
You don't have to win every argument.

Your Relationships

Call your family often.
Each day give something good to others.
Forgive everyone for everything.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
What other people think of you is none of your business.
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Your Life

The worst promise you can break is one made to yourself.
Do the right thing!
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
The best is yet to come.
When you awake alive in the morning, thank God for it.
Your Innermost Self is always happy. Follow it.
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.


Keep these rules handy and review them often. Follow them and small, almost imperceptible, changes will accumulate into something big. Your life will change.

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THEPATHIMON 7/6/2010 8:36AM

    I loved this, thank you so much for posting it!

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MMMYANKEE 7/6/2010 5:43AM

    Love this! Thanks for the 'pick-me-up'!!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/6/2010 4:46AM

    emoticonon things well said! Your blog will be an inspiration to others on SP! emoticon emoticon

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Birthday Dilemma...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

So I went shopping last week with my friend to look for a dress for my birthday emoticon this Saturday. I was feeling pretty good at the beginning of it but once either stores didn't have my size or things just didn't look anywhere near good on me, I was losing steam! I ended up finding a dress I'm not crazy about it but everyone thinks it looks better than the others I've tried on so I went ahead and bought it. I'm so upset with myself because I promised myself I would AT LEAST be down one size by my birthday. I have done nothing but come up with excuses not to work out and be as lazy as can be, which has gotten me no where. I want to lose the weight but the MAIN thing for me is motivation. I'll have it for about three days and lose all motivation I had and it frustrates me because I have no idea why... I look in my closet and see clothes and think I can't wait till I can say these are TOO BIG! I just feel like that's just slipping away more and more. I don't know what else I can try to do. I really don't know anyone near me that needs to lose weight that can be my weight loss buddy. All my friends are toothpicks and don't really understand how I feel. About two weeks ago one friend said why don't you just not eat so much? that way you can be thin! They think I'm fat because I eat 5-6 times a day when they eat like once or twice a day. No one really understands... I don't want to use that as an excuse one why I can't lose weight but I feel like I have zero support so I start thinking what's the point? So I'm making a goal for myself, to lose 20 pounds by the first week of July. I have low expectations about it but we will see if it happens or not. I sure hope so though!

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REJ7777 4/24/2010 2:42PM

    Maybe you don't eat ENOUGH or frequently enough. I've read that eating 4 or 5 small meals a day is better than eating just one or two larger meals a day, because it increases your metabolism. I wish you much success in attaining your goals and btw, Happy Birthday, Done Girl! emoticon

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BUGGIN8919 4/20/2010 12:14PM

    yes I completely understand.. But you know what I decided to do is... Started to think of exercise as my friend.. She is the person that I can confide in when Im sad or when I need someone to talk to... I made a pact with myself that for the time being to decline going out as much with friends... and the one friend that I wouldn't decline is the gym.. She has got plenty of tvs to keep me entertained.. My trainer told me something valuable that has stuck with me and rings in my head every time i want to stop.. It's the people closest to you that want to see you fail... Think about it .. they're always like hey let's go out for drinks.. so what its just one drink or its just one meal... They are always there to tempt you... never to encourage.. You know what motivated me the other day when I got discouraged is it was 94 degrees... I hated how hot I felt... I was like oh no.. Sheena you need to get back on it and stay focused cuz you do not want to spend the summer feelin hot and disgusting..... lol so see what works for you for me it was declining clubbing and hanging with friends until summer.. So that once summer comes around and I have lost that 30.. we can hang and I will feel good about myself... I would rather that then to still be at this weight and have to decline going out because nothing looks good.. u know???

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    I would love to be your buddy, at least online! I would also love to lose 20 lbs by July (my birthday is the 8th). I just started last week but I'm like you, I get super super motivated for a little stretch and then lose interest. I really need someone there to talk to consistently and know that I'm not completely on my own in this. I have so many clothes from high school (I'm 22 and in grad school now) that I've saved, thinking "when I lose weight, I can wear these again, so I shouldn't get rid of them" and they've just been sitting in my room at my parents' house for years.
I'm going to add you as a sparkfriend but feel free to email me if you want to be buddies and motivate each other! msweiland@gmail.com


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LOVE_KRISTIN 4/20/2010 4:46AM

  All you can do is take one day at a time. Motivation is the key to weight loss. You have to push yourself EVERY day to make smart healthy choices! Noone can do this but you, you may not have any friends to go through this with outside... but you have tons of people here on sparkpeople to help you! Me and my sister have each other to go through this, but coming on here and see'ing other people going through the same thing and see'ing their success stories really pushes me the extra mile! Don't be upset about not dropping a size for your birthday, i'm sure you'll still look great! Stick with it and you'll be at your goal weight in no time! Feel free to add me if you need a friend!! =)

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WALIDGAZALA 4/20/2010 4:44AM

    Keep Going
In loosing weight you don't succeed all the time

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