Monday, December 30, 2013

21 Day Vegan Challenge

I haven't used the blog in some time. With Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and all the other social tools, there hasn't been a reason to use it. Jenni and I have been so busy with work and with the boys that there hasn't been much to post either. But since we last used the blog I completed chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer. How I ended up with cancer remains a mystery. We have no history of colon cancer in my family and I have been a very healthy adult, an atheltic vegetarian for 16 years. It was an unweclome surprise in June 2012, but we made it through it, as you do. This year has been largely about putting that behind us, living for today and focusing upon tomorrow. Our sons are growing up and getting involved in their own things and keeping us on the go: football, soccer, swimming, school, birthdays, parties, etc. And for some reason we added a puppy to the mix. So we have a furry companion that adds a healthy bit of chaos on top of everything else.  Over the summer we visited family in Sweden. A dream come true for them and for us. Two weeks in beautiful Scandinavia. This fall found me traveling to Washington DC, San Francisco and Boston here in the States. 2014 will probably find me on the road a bit more as well. Jenni starts her new job at the start of the year and I'll be assuming a new role for my company as well. Well, what can a hyper active modern family do, but start the year off taking more steps toward better health and well being.

What I'm going to do over the next month is add information about the vegan challenge we've decided to do. We were vegan leading up to my diagnosis but went back to eating a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet afterwards. My diet during my cancer surgery and chemo was a mixed bag, spiked with supplements and as much fatty foods as I could eat to maintain my weight. This year we've found ourselves relying on too many on the go meals. I plan on documenting what we're eating, how we're exercising, and how it's going.

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