As I was going about my day yesterday, the phone rang. "What's this gate doing closed?" a voice filled with laughter greeted me when I answered. Quickly I identified the voice from my past as the very distinguished voice of a Pastor friend of mine who had been trapped in the same religion (based on vegetarianism not Jesus) that I was in for 28 years.
He and his wife were passing through and decided to pay me a visit. It was wonderful to have a chance to catch up and compare notes about our transition and what it feels like to be healthy now.
I've been reflecting on my journey. It's absolutely amazing how resilient our bodies and minds are if we feed them with the right nutrition, get them moving in the right direction, and start breathe in some good clean air.
I am a living testimony that amazing things can happen to broken people.
My Dr's office called - my labs are back. I am out of the danger zone for diabetes and my cholesterol is just a bit above where it was last year before he took me off the Rx.
No, I am not perfect.
I still don't like to cook - but I like to eat. So I eat differently than I used to.
I still don't have a gym membership. I don't like to exercise (there, I said it!).
But I don't like to hurt. I don't like shoulder pain. I don't like arthritic knees and hips. So I find ways to get my body moving anyway.
I don't like having acid reflux. I don't like being uncomfortable in my clothes. I don't like being at risk for diabetes and stroke.
And I've lived long enough to know that if I don't do something about it, it's not going to get any better.
And that's not going to get me where I want to go.
So it takes a good plan and dedication to the plan.
And I know if I can do it, you can too.