A Fresh Start

Today marks the opening of a new chapter in the book of my life (gotta tie this into writing somehow, right?). Over the past several months, I’ve put an emphasis on losing weight and generally trying to better my health. Since hitting my record high weight last November, I’ve managed to lose 30 lbs. I achieved this through following a fairly strict low carb diet, and supplementing it with exercise (though not as much as I should have).

While I was happy with the overall results (I forgot what it was like to have clothes that fit!), I have to say the low carb lifestyle didn’t make me feel good. As much as I loved eating fats and losing weight (I was on the ketogenic diet), I never felt all that healthy.

Well, starting today, I’m doing a complete and total 180.

I’m going on a raw vegan diet. That means no meats. Nothing cooked. Salads, juices, smoothies, some nuts… this will be my life for the foreseeable future. I chose to do this first to support my wife in her efforts, as she’s had resounding success in the past following this diet. But as I looked into it more, I realized this was something I also wanted to do for myself. I have long stated I could eat a salad every day and not grow tired of it. Now I will put that to the test.

So goodbye burgers! I’ll miss you. Adios dairy. Let’s face it, we never really got along. Farewell bacon… hold on. I need a moment….

I know this particular diet may seem extreme (and perhaps even dangerous) to some people, but I’m committed to it. Hopefully the scorn and pity of others will help to sustain me during this time. And for those of you who have undergone this journey, I’m open to suggestions on how to make the transition easier.

I’ll continue to use this space to talk about my writing endeavors, but I’ll also use it to update my progress with this diet.

Starting now:

Day One:

175 lbs

Had a bloody nose this morning. Coincidence? Yeah, totally. A co-worker commended me for attempting to do this. Completely not the reaction I thought I would get, especially considering his love of animals (or at least the way they taste). I’ve noticed that despite the fact I have more snacks packed today than I typically do, there’s a little voice in my head telling me I won’t make it through the day, that I’ll be too hungry. Honestly, I don’t think I’d be able to eat it all even if I wanted to. Strange how our minds have a way of sabotaging us sometimes. Now that I think about it, I’m actually less hungry than I typically am around this time. Usually I can’t make it to lunch (1300) and end up eating around 1230. Now I’m halfway through this salad and I think I could’ve waited another hour before eating it.

Hopefully this will last into the afternoon, the period of time I usually get the munchies.

Thanks for reading,

S.L. Madden


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