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Vegetarianism and the path not taken

I’ve always had a tendency to embrace the different, the abnormal, the path not taken.  I’ve been called white bread, main stream or even normal by those who haven’t taken the time to know me.  I’ve always felt that it was the 1 or 2 percent of the population that leads the flock.  Not that I’m part of that 1 or 2 percent, but those people are my heros.  In a flock of white sheep, I’m not the black sheep.  God knows being an out right radical would take too much energy and I’m already working hard not to be lazy.  If you understand that sentence, you understand me.  I’m more of a grey sheep.  The sheep who doesn’t clean up with the rest of the flock, the one who says, “hey, lets take this muddy path, the grass just might be greener”.   Yes, of course, 80 percent of the time, it’s just a muddy path, but wow, those other times are what make all the difference.

Some Day

I thought that if being my own boss, didn’t work out I’d just go back to being a normal sheep and get a job like everyone else.  Life is interesting.  Life doesn’t allow me to make easy decisions  like that, something always stands in my way.  I’ve always had a fear of the end, the long nap, the transition, change.  I guess it is more of a fear of the unknown.  I’ve known many people who have gone on without me.  My Great-grandparents,Grandparents, my Father, my brother, aunts and uncles, close personal friends.  Each a every one of us must deal with death in our own way and face it alone.  I’m going to be 60 this next year, too late to go back, my path has been chosen.  Twice in my life I was told I wouldn’t live to see that birthday.  Four other times I shouldn’t have lived at all.  God must have a purpose for me.  Please God, show me what it is.

My Path

I’ve had an amazing life.  A life very few people have or will be blessed enough to enjoy.  I don’t need a bucket list, because I’ve done most everything I’ve ever wanted to do.  I was given the gift of “jump” early in my life and in a small way it allowed me to be part of an elite group.  I’ve been a winner and I’ve been a loser.  I always learn more when I lose.  I’ve made a couple of good choices but I’ve guessed mostly wrong or was not given a choice at all in most of the changes in my life.  No regrets, none.

I digress

Sorry, my first bloody mary just kicked in and I lost my train of thought.  My point was vegetarianizum

To be or not to be

Vegetarian Times shows that there are roughly 7.3 million vegetarians in the U.S.  An additional 22.8 million are flexi-tarians, which means they try to be vegetarians but eat meat every once in a while.  Of the 7.3 million vegetarians, 1 million are vegans who don’t eat any animal based foods at all.  I’ve been a vegetarian for 88 days now.  It really hasn’t been hard, I’ve even cooked meat dishes for others.  I’ve come to the point now that I need a change.  I’m finding myself eating way too much cheese and dairy, which doesn’t allow me to reach my goal of reversing any plaque or heart disease I might have.

Today is Christmas day.  My Mother, my brother and his wife and my wife are all going to cook a nice Christmas meal together.  I’m going to join in the consumption of meat.  Today will start the next phase of my plan.  I am intending to take the next step.  After today, I will become a Vegan.  Yes, I can say the word now.  I plan on eating meat or dairy only 1 time per week and transition to eating meat or dairy 1 time per month for the entire year of 2012.  But my main focus will be strictly a plant-based diet with no eggs, cheese, milk or meat.

Wish me Luck

Wish me luck, is a line for those who still don’t know me.  I believe that luck is the point where preparation meets opportunity.

Conclusions

I’m happy doing this,  join the 2 percent if you dare.  What do you have to lose?  You can always go back, right?  Take it one day at a time. – jughandle

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL YOU FAT FARMERS OUT THERE.

Confessions of a Fat Man

I don’t know about you but my scale and the BMI say I’m “morbidly Obese”
Now, that is an ugly term. I don’t like it and I’d like to be just “obese”.

I haven’t always been this way. For most of my life I was an athlete. I lived and breathed it. Then in or around 1995 I was teaching a few 8th grade kids how to triple jump (My specialty in college.) I felt a pop in my left hip and to make a long story short, I’ve been on and off crutches ever since with a diagnosis of “Avascular Necrosis” of the hip. That is bone death and the only remedy is a $50,000 hip replacement. Since then my other hip has suffered the same fate. I only tell you this to explain that my weight gain is more or less food related and not due to lack of exercise. “What?” You say. “If you have a fractured hip you can’t exercise, please explain.” Ok, I believe that exercise is just a faster way to burn calories and an excuse to keep eating large. I love to cook and eat, I can’t stop. I can stop a lot of things cold turkey, but since we have to eat to live, it makes it hard to give up.  So I have to learn to eat and lose weight.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe in exercise, I just can’t do it like I need to.

I’ve tried most of the popular diets in the last 15 years.  I even lost 47 lbs 3 years ago by joining “SparkPeople” and counting my calories.  I hated it.  Since then I blossomed to my all time high last December at 287.  Wow, that is hard to write, but you have to own it to change it.

I’m an old 58 years, having had cancer twice, making me a survivor of sorts.  In January of this year I had a sit down with myself and decided I needed a permanent solution or resign myself to an early demise.  This blog is the result of my conversation with my alter ego, Jughandle, and also a way to give back to others for God allowing me to spend more time here on earth.

“Jughandle,” I said, “What the hell are we going to do about our ugly self?”

“Jerry”, Jughandle replied, “you know you can’t do a diet for more than a month, and you love to cook and eat too much to stop, you might as well go ahead and die…except for the fact that we both love living so much.”

“I’ve got it,” Jughandle snapped, “I’m going to read and study the interaction of the body to the food we eat and find the best way to lose weight while staying healthy and eating delicious meals.”  “Then we both are going to blog about it to share that knowledge with our friends and others who need it.”

Born from a mountain of fat is “Jughandle’s Fat Farm” and the NO Diet, Diet.

You might be asking, “Jug, have you lost any weight yet?”  Yes, I have, around 27 lbs since February.  Not anywhere near my ultimate goal of 87 lbs or 200 body weight, but a start none the less.

My point of all this conversation is that we can lose weight and stay healthy just by eating the proper type of food at the proper time of day in the proper amounts.

Will you join me.  I don’t care if you lose a pound, I just want you to be healthy.  And there IS a revolution in the making!

Jughandle and Jerry out.