Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vegan?? Me a vegan??

It's no big secret that I have a weight problem...  Although it's no excuse, it didn't help that I surrounded myself with people who embraced my size...  In fact, they did more than embrace it, they celebrated it - had parties about it, formed clubs because of it and have websites devoted to it.  I guess I never identified with those groups, not because I thought I was not heavy, but just because I didn't understand it.  Everyone wants to be wanted, but I certainly didn't want to be wanted because I was fat - that makes no sense.  I wasn't always huge, but I certainly had gotten out of control.

I have blogged before about depression, and why I started to loose weight, however after a certain period of time I started to remember what it was like to be healthy and feel healthy, and it started to feel good!  Although I had lost a good deal of weight (100 plus pounds) I still was not as healthy as I could be.  During an annual physical, I got a clean bill of health aside from my blood pressure which routinely ran around 200/110 - much too high.  The doctor surmised that it was a combination of stress, weight, food choices and genetics which were contributing to my blood pressure issue.  At that point, I made a decision that although I had lost a good deal of weight, I was still not living a healthy life - I drank too much coffee, too much soda, and ate all the wrong things.  

I started slowly at first, no soda, cutting back on the coffee, trying to not take stress so seriously...  and from there it just snowballed out of control - and that was a great thing!  I stopped eating read meat, and then stopped eating meat all together...  I cut back on cheese, and finally stopped that all together too.  And it was not easy but I do have to give credit where credit is due as my partner Carlo was the single biggest encouragement anyone could have asked for.  He is a vegan now as well, starting a bit before I did - and there was no one who was as supportive in this journey as he was.  

So now, its all about eating healthy, staying active, and not sweating the small (and big) stuff!  Life is just too short to be unhealthy and unhappy and certain too short to let specific people bother me.  Carlo and myself make it a point to search out the best options for us, and you would be very surprised at how easy it is to eat  like this.  This weekend, we went to a new place for us, Native Foods, and the food was amazing.  Who would have thought vegan food could taste so delicious and for those who may think they need animal protein to be healthy, do a little research and watch Forks Over Knives - it was a transforming experience.

So, today my blood pressure is more controlled and I feel better than ever!  I am going to start doing blog posts about the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and I welcome you to join my in my journey!

Here is a sample of the delicious food at Native Foods - it's the "Chic'kan Run Ranch Burger" with Sweet Potato fries.  We ate at the Costa Mesa location, but there are several around Southern California.  Try it once, and I promise you won't be disappointed!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Behind The Candelabra....

I have been very busy lately, however thought tonight would be a good time to write a blog!

There is a lot of things going on at the moment...  The AEG vs Jackson trial - the Klein arrested and not arrested news, the astonishment when a "certain someone" take the 5th all while complaining that he wants to be heard.... All this crap and keeping up with regular life events is exhausting sometimes.

I thought tonight was a good chance to just enjoy myself and be with friends and family.  For those of you who do not know, tonight was the premier of the HBO movie, "Behind The Candelabra" about the life of Liberace.

I have always been a Liberace fan as I am also a pianist - something which is starting to take a bigger role in my life.  Overall, the movie was excellent.  Its an honest and revealing look at a celebrity who was an intensely private person.  Some moments, you just sit there thinking wow, is this really Michael Douglas?  Liberace felt the need to spend his life in the closet for fear his fans would not understand that he was gay, it's an all too familiar problem in the world of celebrity, even to this day.  The movie was also an interesting look at how celebrities and the wealthy have this need to control those around them and when they are done with you, your kicked to the curb lucky to get any of your personal belongings.  They tend to feel that being in their presence is enough, what more does someone need they think.  Its a warped world that is easy to get sucked into.  If you did not catch the movie, try and see it - I am sure HBO will replay it several times.  I use to have a cool collection of Liberace memorabilia, but unfortunately it was stolen by a band of Gypsy's, tramps, thieves and douche bags, but that's a story for when the book comes out...

We all had a nice time tonight....  Friends and family coming tonight is always fun and a huge thank you to Carlo who coordinated everything, right down to the vegan food & Birthday cake for a party guest!  Who would have thought we could have vegan pigs in a blanket??

There is a lot more come soon...  The closure I need is getting close at hand.  An entire new beginning and adventures for myself, and Carlo!  Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

And in the words of Liberace, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful!!"