View Full Version : My 3 year raw anniversary!
08-23-2010, 12:36 AM
Today is my three year raw anniversary. Three years ago I stepped into the world of fasting and raw and discovered health... and some great weight release.
This journey has brought me to a place of deep connectedness with my Self, a deeper connection with my body and into a place of being an example for my kids - which is the greatest benefit to all of this. Me making this change has changed their lives and I love that.
So please take a moment and say a small blessing for this journey we are all on... we are truly blessed to find this lifestyle... and the many gifts that comes from it.
I already have a picture thread here (http://www.rawfoodtalk.com/showthread.php?t=47421) but I thought I'd show you a few before pics and a pic from a few weeks ago... just to show my progression.
08-23-2010, 12:45 AM
Woot woot! Happy Rawniversary, Aleesha. *hugs*
08-23-2010, 12:46 AM
Thanks Al!!! (((hugs))) I can't wait for YOURS!
08-23-2010, 12:48 AM
Ooh mine! That's going to be SO awesome...especially since your pics look so much like where I was just 2 months ago. It's like seeing where I might be headed, minus the tattoos. :P
08-23-2010, 12:50 AM
we'll have to hook you up with some LOL (tats that is)...
and we are starting at similar weights! i started at 300ish pounds and today i'm 150.
08-23-2010, 12:52 AM
The thing that makes me want to laugh hysterically is how easy this is. I'm NOT hungry, and if I am, it's my own fault for not eating enough, but it's so easy... don't count calories, don't limit myself, if I want chocolate I have it in the form of brownies or banana ice cream, and the weight is just falling off. But honestly the weight falling off is even secondary to just how absolutely amazing I feel. I can't believe I felt so bad for so long and didn't think of doing something sooner...What's even funnier is that my sweet tooth is disappearing - I made the chocolate comment and then I'm sitting here thinking umm...yeah haven't even had those things for quite a while. I just love the freshness of fruit and veggies. :o
08-23-2010, 12:54 AM
ahhhhhhhhh now that's healing!!! so happy to be here, watching your journey!
08-23-2010, 12:56 AM
And I'm SO glad you're here - I "talk" to you more than anyone on here, and just knowing you're here is enormously comforting to me. :)
08-23-2010, 12:57 AM
(((hugs))) glad to assist ya al... glad to assist.
08-23-2010, 05:41 AM
Congratulations Aleesha.....you are beautiful~
08-23-2010, 07:38 AM
Another week celebrating Aleesha! Party time, raise your juice goblets! :D
08-23-2010, 07:48 AM
Happy anniversary Aleesha..wow what a great sample for me who is on the 26th day of %100 raw...
You look wonderful.. Great inspiration to me ...Thanks for sharing...
08-23-2010, 08:03 AM
You are an AMAZING person - inside & out~
I am so happy to have met you on this journey :)
(((Hugs))) My love tea friend~ ;)
08-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Yes.. we are all blessed to find this way of living. Congrats... myyyy precious... wonderful job!! ((hugs))
You are an amazing inspiration, Aleesha!
08-23-2010, 09:14 AM
Happy Anniversary....don't know why I thought you were older than me in raw vegan years....make sure you do something extra special because I let my 4 year slip right by (August 1) but will eventually take time to pause and reflect on the journey....
HAPPY RAW VEGAN ANNIVERSARY
It's amazing how it effects every part of your body. You know when people lose lots of weight they look gaunt with dry skin, brittle hair, etc. You don't have any of that in fact the complete opposite. It's amazing and inspiring. I have been on/off with this lifestyle and decided to start back in full force now that school is in session. In fact I'm going to get lab work tomorrow and can't wait till go in a couple of months to see the difference. Thanks for being an inspiration!
Tell DD she is cute and just glowing!!
08-23-2010, 09:58 AM
Happy :) 3 Year Raw Anniversary!!
Congrats on the wonderful transformation on raw!!! You are beautiful, Aleesha!!!
I thank the Universe for you and for being a shining example for your family and for others!!!
It's an amazing journey to be on and cheers for many more Raw Anniversaries!!!
08-23-2010, 10:00 AM
thank you all, every single one of you. i gratefully appreciate you celebrating with me. my first thought when i woke up this morning was... "i began my first fast three years ago and i'm fasting again right now. i wonder what amazing transformations and growth are still awaiting me on this journey?"
i'm sipping my glass of water reading each of your posts slowly and drinking them all in. allowing them to penetrate my soul... *bows head in respect*
thank you my friends... thank you.
*myyyyy precious lifts love tea to my lips and strokes the rim of the cup*
08-23-2010, 10:22 AM
My blog posting from today:
Wow what a day this is... anniversary-wise that is. Three years ago I began this journey into health. I wanted to be healthy, I wanted to be able to go for a walk and make it further than the corner and back again.
I wanted to eat a meal and not suffer through the night in severe pain. I wanted to see the Aleesha I knew was buried beneath layers of fat... the Aleesha I saw myself as every day instead of the bloated figure I saw in the mirror.
I wanted to - simply put - feel good. Is that so much to ask? To just feel good everyday? To go for a walk if I want to. To clean the house. To walk to the bathroom and back and not be winded? Really... is that too much to ask?
Well I asked and the answer I got back was "Why don't you try a fast Aleesha?" My girlfriend Georgia knew of the healing power of fasting and thought perhaps it would help me. She knew I didn't want to go on a bunch of pills and so... on her suggestion I jumped at the chance to heal my body naturally... I fasted.
I borrowed a 'Lady Jack LaLane' juicer from another friend and bought some produce. I loved the juices, loved how I felt... and there it began. My journey into complete health.
Complete health. I don't want to just be healthy enough to get by. I want complete health. I know my body still has healing to do. I still get that painful experience after I eat sometimes (if the meal is heavy on nuts or SAD food) and so I fast to heal my body. That's not the only reason I fast, but it's part of the reason. I figure I've put my digestive system through so much in this lifetime, it's time to give back... and fasting is my way of giving back.
So here I stand... three years later... still 150 pounds lighter than when I began (I released 145 pounds in the first year). I can hike, walk, run (oh how that felt when I ran for the first time!!!). I can sit on the ground AND get back up again!!! I can feel my collar bones and my ribs. My hips bones are another bone I discovered again.
I have no saggy skin from weight release, I have no wrinkles... ya I've got some grey hair but I love grey hair so I'm happy about that. I'm 47 years old and feel healthier than I've ever felt in my life.
3 years raw - Day 72 of my fast... ah what a journey this has been. Wonder where I'll be in a year from now!!!
08-23-2010, 01:25 PM
What an amazing transformation! Happy 3 year raw anniversary, you look great :)
08-23-2010, 02:09 PM
Thanks, it's a happy happy joy-filled day!!!
*celebrates with a glass of cold watermelon juice with mint and ginger... and a sprinkle of cayenne*
08-23-2010, 03:17 PM
Happy, HAPPY, HAPPY Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!! :D And many more!!!!!!!!!
08-23-2010, 03:43 PM
i know eh? i'm sooooooooooooooo thrilled. i'm having the most magickal day today. i love days like this!!!
i bet it's because of all the love i'm being gifted from you all!!!
08-23-2010, 07:31 PM
i bet it's because of all the love i'm being gifted from you all!!!
You make it easy to gift love to you, dearest Aleesha.
08-23-2010, 09:21 PM
Bleesings and Bliss to us all on this journey to health, this journey to our collective authentic self.
Aleesha you are RAWmazin'. Thank you RAW goddess and friend for your transparency and support of all. BRAVO on your temple restoration effort!
As a RAW enthusiast I am always impressed by the paths shared here and encouraged all the more to embrace RAW with greater consistency.
08-23-2010, 10:31 PM
namaste' to all...
08-24-2010, 04:39 AM
Wow, that's some MASSIVE weight loss there Aleesha!
I think you've lost, like... over one whole ME! :eek:
That's absolutely fantastic!:D
08-24-2010, 11:16 AM
think about carrying around 150 pounds of potatoes with you, everywhere, everyday for a year.
that's what my life was like. ya you get used to it... but that's what it's like. no wonder it's so hard for people who are overweight to do physical activities --- it's hard to go hiking carrying 150 pounds!
08-24-2010, 11:20 AM
CONGRATULATIONS ALEESHA!!!!!! You are SUCH an inspiration!!!
08-24-2010, 07:46 PM
takes one to know one! (((hugs)))
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