Three years later, a look back -
AUGUST 20, 2013
My birthday present to myself this year was to be in the best shape of my life.
On January 1st, I quit drinking. Stone cold turkey cut off indefinitely end of story.
I've always eaten well and made working out a priority but this go-round was the real deal. Mission. I'm good at those.
What ensued was a coming out of sorts. While I've Googled "what is the healthiest food on the planet" about 900 times, and tend to read up on every other thing that I eat, I started documenting the process. Pausing to photograph or allowing the exploratory spend on odd herbs, new produce and also psychological health pursuits like meditation, wellness books and even a psychic awareness class. I will try just about anything once and my curiosity in the health and conscious wellness departments is insatiable.
I also gave up meat. Just to try it, and it stuck.
As the months progressed, I emerged.
In late Spring, months before my birthday, I hit my goal weight.
By the time the big day rolled around, I'd entirely exceeded my goal - looking it, feeling like and knowing that I was truly in the best shape of my life.
Today we are 90% raw vegan, a lot of pounds lighter than the original target, stronger and faster than ever, nine months sober, and just getting started.
To celebrate, I did two things:
1. I took myself on a raw, yoga retreat in Honduras.
2. I launched Erthly Dlights.
Photo by Wendy Green, masteress and maker of a modern Garden of Eden.
Self portrait. Birthday. Casa Verde on the Cangrejal River, outside of La Ceiba, Honduras.