So here I am frozen in another Minnesota winter, huffing and puffing on the treadmill. I'm overweight, coming up on my 35th birthday, have a beautiful 9 month old baby and I want to drastically change my life; for myself and for her.
I've decided to eat plants, and only plants.
I've never liked the word "Vegan." It just sounds like another 4 letter word. I first heard the phrase "Plant Powered" while reading Rich Roll's "Finding Ultra" and decided that it suited me better. His story and mine have many commonalities. Like him, I can't just eat better "some" of the time, or go to the gym occasionally, or have just one beer. I need a plan. I need guidelines. I need limits. I need goals.
I need to eat plants, and only plants.
After watching Forks Over Knives, reading Scott Jurek's book "Eat & Run" and listening to the many
This blog will mostly post pictures and recipes of the success and failures I find in the kitchen, but also in life and on the running trail. I ran my first 25K trail race last fall. My goal was to not come in last. I succeeded in that, but not by much.
|Surph the Murph 25K|
So starting Jan 1st, I stopped drinking alcohol. I stopped eating refined/heavily processed foods. I stopped eating animal products, including dairy. My step-mom and dad said that if I visit this month, they can cook my wife something with meat and make fish for me.
"Fish? That's an animal dad."
"No it's not. It's fish!"
"It has eyes and a parent, didn't it?"
But luckily, everyone is supportive of my adventure in eating plants.
I have also signed up for the Minneapolis Half-Marathon, along with my wife, and the same 25K trail race that I entered last fall. I hope to do a full trail marathon in the near future.
So here it goes, my first few meals!