PD – Day 4

Accountability! Isn’t that what it is all about? If you are not accountable for your actions and decisions, who should be? The answer, no one! The New Year always rings in many resolutions from many people looking to make change. A 2016 article cites, “ 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to one commonly cited statistic. There are many reasons people can’t stick to their resolutions, from setting too many of them to getting derailed by small failures.”

For those who follow a Protective Diet lifestyle we must learn to build on what we’ve started. For me, I started this whole foods, plant-based journey in 2011 behind Dr. John McDougall and the documentary, Forks Over Knives. Thankfully I found my way to Julie and her Protective Diet, taking the plant-based lifestyle to a healthier dimension. I do appreciate all the information supplied by Dr. McDougall because without him, I probably would have never made the change.

My transformation was staggering, to say the least, but not unexpected. However, there were points in the journey that saw me take a few steps back before making a small gain. Maybe that is to be expected. We know this lifestyle has amazing health benefits, we watch Julie and listen to her on a variety of lifestyle topics. We read testimonials from other PD members but yet we still hold onto some doubt that it won’t work.

While I never stopped following a Protective Diet lifestyle, I did slide far enough away that I needed to reassess where my health was at. A blood test was not needed to tell me I wasn’t in a good place, every time I stopped to get fast food, I felt guilty, knowing it was a wrong decision, yet nearly every time I went through with it. So here I sit, looking to build up a strong foundation I laid years ago. Thanks to people like Julie Christensen, John McDougall, Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell.

While I did not resolve to “follow a PD lifestyle” ahead of 2018, I did recommit myself to change. Again, pictures are worth a thousand words and while it might be monotonous seeing my before/after picture, it’s a driving factor for me. I recall how strong I felt when I participated in my final Tough Mudder event in 2014. The previous year was even stronger, as I said, “I accomplished more than I ever could imagine. While I won’t call Tough Mudder easy, it wasn’t as difficult as I had made it out to be. I had fears to face out on the course, which only strengthened my resolve and increased my confidence when I accomplished certain obstacles.” This was a result of improving my health and gaining strength.

Even now, I am sure there will times of weakness or exception made. While I admire those who hit that “100% PD compliant,” I am not sure I am at that point. Yet. Even when I was a mindful eater, running and lifting weights on a regular basis, I still had my weak moments but those did not dominate my lifestyle, like they do now. Those little moments did snowball and gain momentum, which eventually saw my lifestyle and health do a complete turnaround for the worst. So maybe those “weak moments” are the ones I attempt to work out this time in order to achieve and more importantly, maintain my health.