I love personal stories that are uplifting and inspiring. Often I pour of magazine articles and books that features a person’s coming of age story, and how they defeated the odds and prospered through it all. These stories encourage me to stay focused on my goals regardless of the obstacles. If they can, so can I, and you!
I am particularly fascinated by people who make the conscious choice to live healthy. In the June issue of Runner’s World Magazine contributor Charles Bethea shared Clarence Hartley’s amazing story. Hartley a 81-year-old two-time war vet., cancer survivor ( both lymphoma and prostate), defeated the odds, and I’m sure the doubts of others to run the Boston Marathon. In “Old-Age Dream,” Bethea praises Hartley’s achievement as “a well-deserved journey.” Indeed so! I could think of no better way to celebrate your life’s journey than by treating your body well and staying fit. Consider it as sort of a sucker punch to all of the trials and hardships that you have faced. Using health and fitness as a catalyst to push through life is, in my opinion, the ultimate source of a reward. Read the full article here Runner’s World.
I want to create a community of inspiration here at Vegetarian Lifestyle that will encourage you to live a healthy happy lifestyle. Though this is a “veggie” blog I am becoming super adamant about health, regardless of diet. Sometimes it is hard, and somewhat discouraging to maintain your health in the hustle and bustle of life. Too often, and particularly as a vegetarian, temptations to take shortcuts arise. Ever heard of the term “carbivore.” The veggies know what I’m talking about. When we don’t prepare ourselves for the week; breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, we rely on the quickest and easiest thing; carbs, with most carbs coming from fast food stops. This is not the proper definition of a vegetarian. Just because a person calls themself a vegetarian does not mean they automatically eat healthy. Just like other diets, a vegetarian diet requires preparation to gain the benefits of a healthy body. I had to learn this myself. And through much determination and encouragement I can truly say that I am a Vegetarian. In all, with any diet, preparation is key. Prepare meals and free time to get active. This requires work. Hard work. But speaking from experience it becomes apart of your life’s routine. In essence, it is your lifestyle. Okay, I will step down from my soap box. 🙂 But I guess that is my story. I have decided to take control of my body and health and not the other way arround.
Tell us your story! What prompted you to take control over your body and health? What is your “Veggie Story”? What encouraging words do you have for those who are struggling with health and wellness? What encouraging words do you have for those who are interested in vegetarianism or veganism?
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