Q & A on my first year as a vegetarian

It has been almost a year since I left meat behind and changed my diet. People often ask me about what my experience has been like: Has it been hard? Did it cause you social stigma? What was hardest to give up? Are you protein deficient? I thought I would compile my answers to some …

Time discipline

One of the comments I often get from people is: "You are the most productive person I know!" I am grateful for having the stamina to be so productive. However, I am discovering, as I become more mindful and self-aware, that my productivity is not the result of great planning, but of brute force effort …

200 day report on my Life Transformation Experiment

I thought that it was time for an update. 200 days ago, on Ash Wednesday, I started what I thought would be a temporary personal mortification... a Lenten sacrifice. I adopted a pescetarian diet and committed to 30 minutes of daily exercise. My Numbers, Pre-Pescetarian Life Transformation Blood Pressure: 130/85 Weight: 192lbs Resting Heart Rate: …

A key to productivity without anxiety: get one thing done

I am generally very productive. I get things done, I forge forward, and I pursue goals until they are achieved. I recently found a link between my "productivity" and a constant, low-level hum of worry, disquiet or even some anxiety. Taking a mindful approach to life has made me discover that my approach to productivity …

Being inspired and inspiring

I woke up today feeling inspired. I had a good night's sleep after having accomplished a few simple things during the previous day that I had been thinking about. The feeling of sunlight on my arms and face was beautiful as well. I got to thinking about how I could transmit that feeling of being …

Pleasures of public transit

I am taking public transit as a part of my wellness journey. I am on a trip to Ottawa today, which meant an early morning wake-up at 4am to catch the early train. I took the GO Train at Aldershot Station with the other bleary-eyed riders to Union Station in Toronto. Then VIA Rail from …

Personal discovery: Nutrition is a practice and requires planning

Proper nutrition is a practice, I am finding. And not necessarily one where the path is obvious. I am discovering that for me, proper nutrition requires a little research and planning coupled with mindful cooking and eating. After paying the $50 or so annual membership to unlock the hidden features of myfitnesspal, I have been …