Hi Jp! That is fabulous that you were able to do the AT like that. I have been on it around clingmans dome - it is really beautiful. That should be proof in itsself that you can do anything that you want to do. I mean ANYTHING!
Just think of that!
Maybe you could be in the peace corp or something like that. Where you didnt worry about earning money- just doing good.
Just use the same perseverence in everyday life that you used on the trail and you will be rebuilding yourself in the right direction. The world is waiting for you! <3
Thank you, SuperduperCucumberLover! (jeez, what a mouthful =)
I was lucky to be on Clingman's Dome on a clear day - hazy, but clear. It is beautiful.
I've considered the Peace Corps in the past, but did Teach For America instead. I taught 8th grade science in rural Louisiana. Honestly, I hated it. It was a great learning experience but trying to help people that don't want to be helped "ain't my thang."
Thanks for your encouraging words.
Kind of late to reply just saw this now,
Since I was small I was always on the sad side (probably have had a gluten /cassien intolerance all my life). Honestly I have always felt like if a big boulder fell from the sky and squished me then I would be happy (pretty well every second day I had those thoughts). It now has been 11months and I may have thought that way once for a split second in that time.
This is the first year in my life that I can say I am not depressed and feel good. I wish that I could have eaten this way since I was young I know so much would be different. But at least now I have a chance to live happily. Funny I know more bad things now then any point of my life but am happier (it really did not have much todo with anything that what was going on in my life it was just a feeling that burdened me). I use to feel down for long periods of time, and have not had that since 811 (unless I cheat which has been rare). I bounce back quick have so much less anxiety and negativity, sleep so much better, the energy is fantastic and much more stronger mentally. Although I have had a lot of good moments in my life I feel now I can fully live (thanks god I have 2 young ones and had to hide that dark side from them now its is no longer there).
Make sure you get in the calories try to add some variety in between you staples but bang in the calories (mine are bananas, dates and sundried figs which I rehydrate). I eat a lot of other fruit and some greens but the three I mentioned are usually daily staples. Summer is a bit different when there is more stuff. If you don;t get enough calories you won't feel as energetic or happy and might have some sleep issues. I always thought that I was just genetically and unhappy person like most of my family but now know that is not true I am genetically a happy person just have been eating things that make me unhappy without knowing it. We all have the ability to be healthy and happy if we do the right things
All the best on you journey.
Never too late to reply. Thanks for sharing. I'm so glad for you! =)
How are you these days.
Were you able to start 811
There are good days and there are bad days. I am not 811. I eat a lot of fruit, try to have a salad every day, but still making the excuses to eat junk food or cooked. I am a vegetarian (technically pescatarian as I will eat a piece of fish or shellfish every once in a while-usually only once a month). There are several factors playing into my lack of commitment right now but really they are just excuses. I have $30 to my name until I get my tax return and finish training at my new job. I don't have any support -- it's hard to be with a partner that has no interest in this lifestyle -- i buy the food and prepare it so i would say that is my number one challenge.
In the mean time, I'm focusing on getting back into good shape - getting a daily dose of exercise induced endorphins. But like I said, I realize these are just excuses and I could be doing it if I really wanted to.
I'll get there.
It is good to see you recognize you are
" still making the excuses to eat junk food or cooked" at the end of the day it will always be about the choices.... YOU.... make.
Lots of support across the interwebs to ya, get them endorphins flowing, kick of your shoes and head out the door.
All the best on your journey and it is very good that you are honest with yourself.
Exercise for sure helps, try at least to go low fat to have the energy (feeling tired leads to a defeatist attitude. When your ready and have the knowledge to succeed then dive in. If you mix and match you won't get the greatest results. Once you go all in you will notice the benefits and have the energy and the desire to stick with it (although sometimes can be a challenge). We limit ourselves with our own thoughts. I never thought that I would eat dates and cucumbers and joke about it with my beer guzzling pizza eating hockey buddies after a game.