Finding the Value of National Novel Writing Month

It is already five days into National Novel Writing Month and I don’t have much to show for it. Another National Novel Writing Month “competition” has arrived and I am, once again, most likely not going to have fifty thousand words written by the end of the month. In all likelihood, I will abandon the novel I started planning a few months ago but only really decided upon a few days ago, and I will not look back upon the text until next year, when I wonder what I have been doing for the last eight years.

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Vegan a Month

Hoorah! Forgive the exclamation, but my wife and I have been Vegan (pronounced VEE’-gun) for precisely one month today and it’s easier than we thought it would be! We tried to “eat healthy” but we always found room for an occasional pizza or doughnut or plate of nachos or some other awful, saturated-fat-filled delights that undid our frequent good attempts to feed our bodies.

Going Vegan
We came to the realization a month ago that we could feel better if we put our hearts and minds to the business of feeling better and the strict call of the Vegan lifestyle gave us a framework and a method of controlling our weakness for sweets and other dangerous foods. We don’t eat meat or eggs or dairy or oil. Oil isn’t a purely Vegan premise, but it is an additional step we’re taking to lose weight and feel better. This new Vegan lifestyle is working wonders from the inside out as you’ll soon see.

Weight Loss
In a month I’ve lost 12 lbs. and I’ve done it through moderate exercise (though nothing more than I did in my pre-Vegan days) and Vegan eating. I feel 100% better. I have more energy. I have new willpower that I can recall at any time in my life, in any situation, and not just when it comes to admitting or denying foods. My wife has lost an incredible 9 lbs. in a month and, she too, looks and feels better now than she did four short weeks ago. We have another 10 pounds each to lose and we predict we’ll hit that goal weight in a month or so.

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