Life changes, and finding my way

This is going to be a very personal entry for me.. something I am not used to doing. 

Last weekend, my fiance and I moved to NYC from a small town in New Hampshire. This is a huge change for us but it’s one we are really excited about. He programs apps for iPhones and iPads, and I.. well, I don’t know what in the world I am going to do. I’ve been through different types of jobs over the years. None of them were quite right for me. I’ve never really felt like I belonged at the companies I worked for. It’s a bit depressing to think about. It took me years to get to this point where I finally know what I should do with my life.

A few months ago, I came across an exercise on finding your true passion in life. The goal was to write for 20 minutes straight in complete silence about what it is that you’d like to do with your life. At the end of the 20 minutes, you should have basically repeated the same concept over and over. And it is said that at this point, you will be in tears. I didn’t complete this exercise because I kind of already knew what I wanted. I just didn’t have the opportunity in NH. What I want is to help change the lives farm animals, and change the way humans view animal products. Every time I see farm animals being abused or inhumanely slaughtered, I get emotional. And seeing others fight for their well-being makes me emotional too.  I don’t believe in mass-produced meat & dairy. I don’t agree with confining animals to small cages, in filthy places. I don’t agree with the cruelty. And I don’t believe we need to consume animal products to be healthy. I think they make us unhealthy.

I’m a little lost right now. I’ve applied to Mercy for Animals, and the WSPA. Both are great organizations, fighting for animal rights in different ways. I personally would love to work for MFA because I love how smart their marketing techniques are and I love that they’re not aggressive. Maybe some day I will be lucky enough to work with them. I think my voice will be heard through them because they are a well-known organization and have made quite an impact through web marketing. But at this point, I am just one person and can’t make a big difference on my own. I have managed to convert a few people in my life to vegetarianism, and I am very grateful to have that experience.

I don’t know.. for now I am making a difference any way that I can think whether it’s sharing books or documentaries on the treatment of animals for consumer products or just through talking. When the time is right, a huge opportunity will be available to me. 

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Dance Cardio Playlist

I’m always looking for additional songs for cardio. Here is my current playlist. Any other suggestions??

Adele – Rumor Has It
Annie – My Love Is Better
Annie – Bad Times
Basement Jaxx – I Want U
Basement Jaxx – Get Me Off
Basement Jaxx – Cish Cash
Basement Jaxx – Oh My Gosh
Basement Jaxx – Take Me Back To Your House
Britney Spears – Me Against The Music
Britney Spears – Womanizer
Britney Spears – Kill The Lights
Britney Spears – Circus
Britney Spears – Gimme More
Britney Spears – Break The Ice
Britney Spears – Get Naked
Britney Spears – Till The World Ends
Britney Spears – Toxic
Florrie – Left Too Late < I think you can get this on her site
Florrie – Give Me Your Love
Goldfrapp – Rocket
Goldfrapp – Twist
Goldfrapp -Beautiful
Gorillaz – Dare
Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc
Heart – Barracuda
Husky Rescue – We Shall Burn Bright
Lady Gaga – Just Dance
Lady Gaga – The Edge of Glory
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Lady Gaga – Telephone
Lady Gaga – Hair
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
Nelly Furtado – Maneater
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Rihanna – Disturbia
Shiny Toy Guns – Burning For You
Shiny Toy Guns – Major Tom
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll

My exercise routine

Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis DVD set

After my initial weight loss from 5 days a week of cardio, I switched over to the Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis program (omnicentric). Doing cardio was great, I lost weight pretty quickly, but my body wasn’t quite in the shape I wanted it to be. I wanted to look toned with more definition and this program is really great for that. Tracy uses light weights to prevent bulky muscles.

I’ve been doing the program since May, and I have to say I really do love it. My body has changed so much since I started. I’m not flabby anymore! My arms are tiny, and I have ‘the sexy v’. Love that v. Woo! By the way, I don’t follow her diet plan at all – it’s extremely strict, and I do feel that the calorie count can be too low. But with the right amount of calories and decent food choices, the program still works. http://www.myfitnesspal.com is great for tracking food intake.

One last thing – each day consists of 30 mins mat workout/30 mins dance cardio. The dance cardio can be tough on your knees and shins, so I recommend using a rebounder if necessary. This is the one I use. It’s been very helpful!

Getting started

Wow so this is my first blog post. Very exciting! I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts about food & diet, life, and other things I enjoy on this site, and along the way I hope to learn from other bloggers with the same interests.

Over the last year and a half, I have changed quite a bit – I changed my diet and started an exercise program and was able to lose about 40 lbs. I went from eating dairy products all the time, to being a vegan. I didn’t really cook prior to the weight loss. I went out for dinner or heated up meals microwave. And now, I love to experiment in the kitchen although I’m not an expert.

I feel like I have learned so much about diet – about the effects of eating animal products (how unhealthy they are and not to mention how our consumption affects them), and in general how the American diet impacts our health, and our happiness. I feel like I need to help others by sharing what I know, and I hope that my positive changes can help inspire the people around me to be healthier. ❤

By the way, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of this little guy. This is Orion. Isn’t he handsome?!

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