I’m back! With my classes coming to an end soon I have had (and still have) several papers to write and Exams to study for. Classes have really been tough so far this semester. That along with traveling has made me super busy. I apologize again for abandoning the blog for the last couple of weeks. For starters on March 5th (start of lent) I will be kicking it up a notch and starting the Daniel Plan, which is basically a 40 day jump start into a life long commitment of making better choices. It cuts out processed foods and encourages whole foods. The Daniel Plan is something I can really get behind because it’s not a diet. It’s not fake, processed, pre-packaged garbage and it’s not a ‘quick fix’ diet. I passionately hate crap like that. Cutting out processed foods in my diet I know will be difficult but I know it is something that I believe is vital to my personal health.
Last year both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. My dad was diagnosed in the middle of my mom’s second or third chemo session. She couldn’t even be at the hospital with him because her counts were too low and she literally couldn’t get out of bed without throwing up. While my mom’s cancer (Ewing Sarcoma) is not genetic and was not caused by lifestyle choices there is a possibility I have a gene passed down from my dad that may increase my chances of getting colon cancer- the cancer he had. Many people in my family have had cancer in my family and some have died from it. Lung cancer, stomach cancer, and Melanoma have all taken lives in my family. My Nana is a 10 year breast cancer surviver. I really don’t want to be the next victim. I’m no doctor but I understand the negative effects of processed foods. I’m not saying that it causes all cancers but it is definitely linked to some cancers and has other terrible effects on the body.
Sure, eating all natural foods may be inconvenient and more expensive but, I mean, so are medical bills. I’m not trying to force this lifestyle on anyone because I firmly believe it has to be a personal choice and commitment. I’ve had that epiphany and it took me my whole 21 years. I’m doing this because I want to live instead of just existing. I desperately want to be healthy not only for myself but for my loved ones. My future spouse and my future children. Losing weight is obviously also a big part of this not only for my physical health but for my mental health and even my spiritual health. Hopefully a year from now I can look back at this post and have most, if not all, of my weight loss goals met. I know it will be worth it.
Don’t Give Up