Friday, April 30, 2010

What's Next For My Vegan Quest?

The question asked most often of me is this, "What's next?" What happens tomorrow? Well, I will be on the shores of Ireland tomorrow. I am not worried about what is "next." Next is tomorrow. If the question "what's next" is really a hidden question of "will you go back to your gluttony?" Well, I can emphatically state that my lifestyle has changed for good. I will never go back to that unhealthy body again, ever!

The vegan quest ends today, but the healthy quest will continue forever.

I will continue to blog -- mainly to document how I ease back into a life that includes animal products and measure my reactions, feelings, and thoughts.

But, I have no snappy answer for what's next. What's next? Nothing, except for eating mostly a plant based diet, and continuing to exercise.

For me there is no finish line. Today is the end of a journey that taught me self-control, discipline, and moderation. And although I will celebrate when I knock the remaining 15-20 lbs off, the real finish line is dying a natural death at a very, very old age.

The blog will continue, but I will take this moment to thank you all so very much! The encouragement and support from family, friends, and strangers alike was humbling, and motivating! Writing this blog was my silent partner because there was no way I could have done this alone.

Thank you especially to Heather Mills for supporting me so thoroughly with this crazy idea of hers, and to Dr. Joel Fuhrman who was a terrific coach during the process, and to dear Andi who guided me into this endeavor and remained in my corner the entire bout. And to those who read my blog every day and commented publically and personally - I was really touched my your words and encouragement.

This is not the time for long good-byes since this blog will continue, and my journey is never over.

So, my thanks to all of you and now it's on to Ireland and let's see what happens there!


S said...

This is my first time commenting, but I've followed along most of the way. I'm glad you won't be discontinuing the blog! Thrilled!
Congratulations on your achievement and continued success in this area! It's inspiring and motivating!
Have a great trip!

erin m said...

Congats, Terry. An amazing accomplishment, for sure. And great pic, you look so happy and healthy. Have a great time in Ireland.

Vegan Epicurean said...

Congratulations again and enjoy your trip. I am glad you will be continuing to blog. :-)


Anonymous said...

Terrence, this has been a grand race with a fine finish. I'm glad I've been along most of the way: had fun, found interest, been inspired. I'm signing off but I'll well remember you and your vegan quest blog. DarrellW nutritarian.

Anonymous said...

Stay Vegan!

It's better for you, the environment...not to mention the animals.

horsiechick1127 said...

Are you wearing makeup? YOU LOOK FABULOUS! I am so very proud of you. You look just like you did 16 years ago, the last time I saw you, although I think you were in the hospital. but you look like you did back in the FFX towers days. I can still picture you sitting at my desk, telling me the tales of your escapades. You should be very proud of yourself. God only gives us one body, we truly need to take care of it. I was up in Jersey this week and stopped by a pizza joint with my sister who insisted the buffalo chicken pizza was to die for. I humored her not wanting to hurt her feelings.(I hate blue cheese) As I looked at the assortment of pizza before me, all laden with meats and cheese, I asked Tony behind the counter if any of his assortments had vegetables. Now mind you Tony was a bit rotund to say the least, nice guy though. His response was, "Hey lady, ya only live once!" I replied, " Yes, But I would like to live a long time" the rest of the people in the pizza place laughed and Tony was not happy with me. Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Pizza, especially NJ/NY pizza being that the Pizza here in VA is crap. But when I saw the cheeseburger pizza with the slice of processed american melted on top, I wondered just how long Tony would live, and would I even see him the next time I ventured into Pasquales?
You made a good choice to change your life for the better. Live in Balance...YA only Live once ;o). Hope to see you soon Terry. Keep up the good work.

Love Ya,