About Me

Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you found me. I have been a blogger since 2002, and my blogging life has consisted of writing about my life and what is important to me. Most of the time it centered around my faith, which is vitally important to me. However, over the years I have experienced various other passions including school and fitness, and so these topics have been a large part of my blog as well. I have decided that I will no longer try to separate these topics, all of which are relevant at the moment.

My faith will always be number one. On December 16, 2016 my Master of Religious Education degree from Liberty University was conferred. While it is not necessarily a helpful degree with regards to securing gainful employment, it was during my two years of study that I honed in on my core beliefs, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Six short days after I received my degree, my husband was hospitalized with a serious blood clot in his leg. He spent from December 22nd through Christmas morning in the ICU. At that point, I decided that it was time to get serious about health, and my second passion was reignited. I began researching the healthiest way to eat, which led me to a whole foods plant based (WFPB) lifestyle. It took about a month before I made the final transition from “healthy” eater to vegetarian to vegan to WFPB, but now I cannot imagine eating any other way. I dropped thirty-five pounds in about four months and Dan lost about sixty within six months. For me, the weight loss was effortless. I did not exercise until spring, so the first three months of weight loss were strictly because of my diet. After my taste buds adjusted to not needing the hyper-palatable junk food, I realized just how good whole foods taste. Although I have reached my goal weight, I want to lose a few more pounds of fat and so I’ve begun eating an even cleaner diet consisting of mainly green and starchy vegetables and whole grains. I have a food journal in the menu at the top of my page, right below my header, that you can look at if you are interested. I am not sure how long I will continue to keep it current, but for now I like the idea of remembering what I ate each day in case I’m ever at a loss for what to eat. This is unlikely, though, since the possibilities are endless.

Long story short, after I finished my MRE, my intention was to return to school to get my teaching certificate, but I believe that God has closed that door. I am currently working as a substitute teacher for the district I worked in for two years, and honestly, I am very thankful that God has steered me onto a different path. Subbing is a great part-time job, but it made me realize that I would not want my own classroom, especially at my age!

As I contemplated what I wanted to do with my life, I lamented the fact that I missed my opportunity to major in nutritional studies. After voicing my disappointment to Dan, he suggested that I look into a MPH (master of public health) degree. The university that he works for has one, although it is definitely not the most prestigious MPH in the world. Still, I believe that it could open new doors for me, so today (10/12/17) I enrolled in my first class. My hope is that some day I will be able to share my knowledge with those who desire to get healthy when obesity and overweight are an epidemic, along with the diseases that go along with that lifestyle. I know I will never change the world, but I might change a life or two in more ways than one.

My journey continues to evolve, so I hope you will stay tuned and enjoy the ride with me. 🙂

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