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A 60-day Journey to Better Health: DAY 1
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A 60-day Journey to Better Health: DAY 1

I'd like to officially open this blog for my journey by praising God. It is by His grace alone that I can even begin to desire to do this... to take on this challenge of a 60-day journey to Veganism.

I want to give Him glory for all the little victories and setbacks I will encounter every step of the way.

There's a quote that's propelling me onto this crazy, yet wonderful, journey. And it is from none other than the Good Book... from the first book called Genesis. And it says this: "Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." (Gen 1:29).

Veganism, raw fruits and nuts, began in the Bible— from the hand of the Creator Himself. No flesh of animals or fish was ever intended from the very beginning as food for mankind.

On this quest, I'd like to show that God's original food for man is still the best! And that He also is still in the business of empowering people today to overcome all difficulties in their lives. ALL difficulties.

God's grace given you and me so freely is his enabling power.

Seriously, I am stoked! But I have to be smart about this whole journey. Otherwise, it could become too stressful and, perhaps, even dangerous.

Initially, I was going to go against my better judgment and begin this journey all on my own—foregoing the advice and supervisions of professionals. But, I must reconsider and seek help from the experts. I must.

Ok, the whole day slipped by real fast. It is now 9:30 in the evening and the help I thought I'd be able to find, I have not. But, at least, I tried. Right?

So, I go it alone. No turning back.

I should have been very tired and sleepy. But I am not. I haven't slept a wink since the night before last. Yet, I feel like I just got up. I'm actually ready to just go, go, go. In fact, I've just been going on pure adrenaline— all day.

I hope it lasts. And with prayer it will!

Anyway, I ate nothing today but I was not hungry. Very different from my earlier experiences with fasting in previous years. Usually on the first day, I get hungry. But this time around, nothing. No hunger at all.

At 7 p.m. though, when I picked up my wife from her work; I drank a glass of fruit blend juice... I call it, "detox." It tasted very good.

We got home minutes ago and I quickly secured my trusty empty bottle of Minute Maid. This will be my daily companion on this journey. In a minute, I will fill it up with water... my "flush" for the next three days... and keep it by my side at all times.

Any of you know if I should maybe lose the bottle and just drink water sparingly?

Finally, my son and his cousin took photos of me today. For the first time in my life, I am looking at an obscenely obese man—me! These photos are just gross... way too gross. I'll use them as motivators to keep me going on this journey.

When I get up enough courage, I'll post them for comparison with later photos as I progress.

Right now, I haven't actually weighed myself yet. I'll do that tomorrow. Two weeks ago, however, I came in at 289lbs. I'm going to use this unofficial weight as my initial marker until I actually weigh myself tomorrow.

All things considered, though, I think I am ready. I believe I can do this.


Two reasons... because:

1. I trust that you're praying for me; and God hears the prayers of His people.

2. God's grace given me is His enabling power.

He said so in His Word: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Phil 4:13).

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  1. The Flaming Vegan Crew
    The Flaming Vegan Crew
    Alex-- a great way to get some discounted produce is by asking your local grocery if they have "shrink" fruits and vegetables that they're going to toss out. While some of the goods may be wilted or bruised, it's generally perfect for juicing-- just use sound judgement and don't use anything that's questionable. Best of luck on your journey!
    1. Alex
      You know, I've used those in the past for underground oven action in Oregon, but it totally escaped my memory this time around. Thanks a bunch. I truly appreciate it. I may be alright on this journey after all.
  2. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    How rude of this site to tell you how wonderful your post is then turned around and tell you to stop posting. I had such a message left for me which is embarrassing and unprofessional of Cerrisa. I have written to the site office complaining and hope you will do the same. This is not professional and such a person should be terminated from her position. I have enjoyed all your posts and look forward to hearing more. Please see the comment she left for me. I am embarrassed and should delete it. I have decided to leave it on my site so others can see how rude she is in pushing people around. This young lady needs to learn some manners. I would never allow my children to speak to elders like this.
    1. Alex
      Julie, I'm sorry this happened to you. And, yes, that's very unprofessional of anyone and any organization to be doing that. I hope this is resolved in your favor. Thanks for watching though. -Alex


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