Veg and I found this magical place after hearing about it from friends. There are three different spots you can hike to and we did all of them so that we could see the whole waterfall.
We also sat down and had a nice snack at the base of the falls while taking a break and feeling the cool mist. It was pretty awesome.
Now, when I say hike, I actually mean: "climb down rocks on my bum so I didn't crack my head" But I did discover that the Vegkid is part mountain lion and part gazelle the way he could maneuver that terrain!
Turned out to be a beautiful day and certainly one for the memory books.
For those of you that have been around a while, you know that my hubs isn't the best gift giver on the planet.
So I thought when he showed up for my birthday with this rose, some kudos were do. You see, I don't like flowers as gifts. He knows this because I don't like the smell. Well, and they die... There is that too.
But he found this orange rose that he thought looked like a happy flower. And he said, a happy flower should be mine on my birthday. He also said that he'd never seen an orange rose before and therefore it was weird, just like me!
Since I have been eating Veg, I've taken my blood work numbers pretty seriously. Granted I don't go to the doctor often, in fact I haven't had a check-up in three years. However, I decided that being a female, I should probably go get that business over with for another three years. Of course, if I'm going to be there than I'm going to get some blood work too.
In my brain, the blood doesn't lie and when things are a little off, it is your bodies way of telling you that change is needed. The only thing I've had "off" in the past 15+ years was Vitamin D. So I found a vegan supplement to take sporadically in the winter along with using some magnesium oil as muscle relief after strong workouts. Then upped my beneficial sun exposure patterns in the summer.
Well my Vitamin D numbers were perfect this time. Woot!!! My plan has worked.
Since starting a strength training regimen, my Good Cholesterol went up while my bad cholesterol went down, keeping me in the better than perfect total range (still) and taking away the myth that Veg eaters have too low HDL. Turns out it was the exercise shift that upped my HDL (although it wasn't bad in the first place) and had nothing to do with what I eat. But even better is that I've been told my whole life that high cholesterol ran in my family and that I couldn't change the outcome without medication... well yeah, I can! And I did, 15+ years ago.
My iron is also better than perfect and is another myth buster to check off the list.
Iron is one of those things that people generally think Veg eaters are deficient in. Truth be told, I know more meat eater friends that are deficient than veg eaters. Same goes with B12! These aren't Veg only conditions. Some people just don't absorb properly or don't eat the right things to help with absorption. Thankfully, I don't have to worry about it!
My inflammation markers, sugars, fluids, white blood cells, thyroid and hormones were all Great!
In fact the lady I spoke with said she rarely sees anyone with those results let alone a "Vegetarian"....
Obviously this all makes me happy. Not only because the numbers are good but because I hit another birthday. At 42, I feel more alive than I did at 20. To see the blood work show consistent results each time, says that I'm doing the right things for MY BODY even as I age.
Why am I posting this here? Because as a busy Vegmom, I'm here to say that we DO have it within our power to change the way we feel. We CAN change what the numbers say and that genetics don't have to be our demise. 20 years ago, my numbers were very different and it makes me wonder where I would be now or if I'd even be alive had I continued on that path.
That doesn't mean that everyone will feel or react the same to any diet or exercise shift. But it says that I'm doing the right things to age in a way that feels great for me. That my body is happy with how I fuel it and no changes are necessary.
All the naysayers, "can't build muscle" ranters, jokesters, "But it is hereditary" Claimers are on their own journey. And I am on mine!
The hubs said he wanted a new TV. I told him that we'll add that to my "Ship comes in" list.
He then requested a riding mower that actually runs. I added a screened in porch, windows that open and a garden in a spot that grows. Our list continued to build with all of the things we would like to have some day.
And I said, "When my ship comes in, I'll make sure that all of this stuff is purchased first"
Then Veg chimes in from the peanut gallery:
"Mom, I didn't know you were getting a ship and where will the TV go?"