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Monday, October 14, 2013

Well, I'm back! It has been a long and hard road to get back to this place. I have lost a lot to come here for good. We all need motivation in our lives to lose weight, but I never thought that this would be the form it would take. Two weeks ago a dear friend of mine passed away at the age of 42. I was devastated by the loss. She had diabetes, heart disease and asthma. She was well over 100 pounds overweight. I had seen her eat 3 candy bars every morning and skip taking her medication many times. Although I feel so sorry that she has died, I feel that her death has served a purpose in me. You see, I am 38 and overweight. And although I don't have the health issues that my friend did, I am heading in that direction. As I attended her wake, I could see my own young death. You see, my mom was overweight and unhealthy as well. She died at 61 after many years of failing health due to her weight.
I have been thinking about my mom and my friend so much in recent days. I cannot help but think that they both were not unlucky or rudely taken by God. They, in my opinion, slowly killed themselves. They killed themselves by leading an unhealthy life. And I'm killing myself. If I stay on this track that I am on, the outcome will not be good. Now, I know that everyone dies, and I accept that. But, why die so young? And why live a life suffering from ailments and surgeries? Why not live an active life, a happy life? A life full of....LIFE? That is the conclusion I have come to.
So, I have started my organic, low carb lifestyle. I only shop at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. And as I was shopping, it occurred to me. People spend so much money on their cars, houses, hair, nails, clothes and so on. But, when it comes to the food we put in our bodies, we are always looking for the cheapest stuff around. Just think about that for a minute. We treat our outside like gold, but our insides we treat like nothing. We buy a burger from McDonalds for $.99. Is that crazy??!! What can possibly be in that burger that is good for me? Yes, healthy food IS expensive, but aren't we worth it? Shouldn't we spend more money on what we put IN our bodies than what we put ON them? I think so. That is exactly what I am doing. Yes, eating organic is going to put a dent in my wallet, but the rewards will be so worth it. I have been eating organic low-carb for a week now and I feel so much better! My aches and pains are dissipating, and I feel happier and healthier already. One great thing I found out is that organic food tastes so much better! It has a freshness about it that I cannot explain.
I think that God has sent me a wake-up call that I can no longer ignore. I have spent many years dieting to look skinny, but I have never done anything to LIVE HEALTHIER. There is such a huge difference. I promise myself now that I will do all that I can to finally start living this precious gift of life that I have been given!

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    I'm sorry for your loss. I had some similar life lessons that helped me make some healthier lifestyle changes. Sometimes I walk extra laps or minutes on a treadmill and mentally dedicate each of them to those who are gone. You can't change your past, but you can take steps to make sure you take good care of yourself and enjoy life to its fullest. Good luck in your journey!
    1684 days ago
    You are doing honor to your friend and to your mother and I'm sure they are blessed to know that you're inspired by them.

    I couldn't agree more with your insight about the cost of eating well! Processed food and fast food is SO much more expensive than fresh!! Every time someone tries to tell me that "low carb is so expensive!" I point out that for the $5.49 they spent on one burger of questionable quality I got a couple of POUNDS of the good stuff!
    1684 days ago
    You are absolutely right!! I have recently started paying attention to the processed foods in my diet and it makes me sick to thiink of the years I have done this to myself. Trying to cut out processed carbs and eat right for my health, rather than to see a number on the scale. Keep up the good work and great post
    1684 days ago
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