Challenges, Goals, Health and Wellness, Uncategorized

Day#1 – The Vegan Challenge Has Begun

Today is the first day of my 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and I’m excited! After work in a previous “career” in agriculture, I learned a lot about how different foods are produced, and the effects which some of the things which are used to produce foods have on our bodies. For example, many foods are produced with pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and nematocides— natural and articifically-developed chemicals which could impact human reproduction, hormonal balance, and so on.

So, why am I embarking on this challenge?

The answer is multi-faceted, so here goes:

  1. Yes, I want to lose weight! I’ve gained a lot of weight within the past few years after suffering from an illness, and I need the weight to go away!
  2. I want my lean, flexible, and strong physique back— and this time, I’m keeping it!
  3. I feel great when I eat fresh fruits and vegetables, so I’ve decided to give my body more of the healthy foods it’s been craving.
  4. The things I’ve learned about food production have caused me to look at food differently. Therefore, I want to produce and consume foods that are as fresh, clean, and natural as possible.
  5. I want to inspire others to be as healthy as they can be.
  6. I want to feel and look my best.
  7. I want to stop eating meat altogether, and be a lifelong vegan— it just seems healthier than consuming meat.
  8. I’m interested in learning about the variety of fruits and vegetables which I can eat for optimal health (and to satisfy my curiousity about different foods).
  9. Foods from the ground are generally full of vitamins and nutrients, and there’s nothing like being nourished with good whole foods.
  10. I like to try new things and challenges can help us to build character and to grow in our walks of life.

So, what do I expect during my 30-Day Vegan Challenge?

I expect:

  1. To lose weight.
  2. To feel and look healthier.
  3. To decrease my desire to eat unhealthy foods.
  4. To inspire others that they can have their best bodies, and enjoy good overall health.
  5. To give people ideas on how they can make small, and simple, changes which can have big and positive results in their overall health, fitness, and life, in general.
  6. To inspire others to lead healthy lives.
  7. To gain an appreciation for healthy eating and living.
  8. To successfully complete this 30-Day Vegan Challenge— I like good challenges every now, and then.
  9. To be an example of the positive change which I want to see in the people I love, and in the community where I live.
  10. To set the tone for how I want to live the rest of my life— a life full of good and healthy habits which can influence others to do, and be, their very best!

So, what about you?

Do you have a challenge which you want to overcome? And, have you ever embarked on a challenge of this sort? Leave your comments below. Be sure to let me know if you are participating in any kind of health, or fitness challenge, and share the details! We can learn from each other.

 

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My 28 Teachers

Over the course of one semester, 28 children gave me nuggets of wisdom which I will never forget, and will use to make me a better [future] wife, [future] mother, daughter, sister, aunt, woman, person, etc.

In short, while I taught this group of energetic and, often, rambunctious of first graders, I also spent this time as a curious student learning a little about what it means to be a teacher, student, mother, mentor, leader and advocate. These beautiful children taught me endless lessons on mercy and grace, justice, fairness, accountability, acceptance and rejection, forgiveness, compassion and love.

I am proud to have taught them! And I am proud that they [unknowingly] taught me each day. And, perhaps, the fact that they don’t seem to realize that they were, indeed, teaching me is something which also amazes me!

I am drafting an essay about these experiences so that I may detail the things I’ve learned during this semester. I also want to share some of my personal and professional views on how public schools could be managed in order to more effectively educate their students’ needs— especially schools which serve students from underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds.

For now, I just want to say that children are excellent teachers in their own way. And, when we interact, observe and hear them, we can learn how to be better people for ourselves and for others.

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #31 – I’m thankful that trends eventually fade away

Honestly, I don’t like trends because that usually means that lots of people are doing and/or, saying and/or thinking the same thing(s). I’ve never “fit-in”, and I’ve never been a “follower”. I’m more of an “anti-trendster” because if I see a trend which I think is cool, I generally don’t participate in it until it is no longer popular amongst the masses.

I’m sitting here trying to think of trends which I waited to embrace. One which I can think of off the top of my head is Facebook. I could be wrong, but I waited until 2009 to open my Facebook account for the simple fact that it was so popular amongst my friends and associates. So, i don’t do trends. What about?

Do you follow trends? Which are your favorites?

100 Days of Dance, Challenges, Fitness, Goals, Health and Wellness, Lifestyle & Culture

I Enjoy My #Fitbit

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#Fitbit makes monitoring my fitness progress so easy 🙂 This week, we’ll take it up a few notches!

Goals for this Week:
+100,000 steps
+100 floors
+40 miles distance
+Weight 2 lbs less body fat
+8 hours of sleep each night

#itsalifestyle
#tdarris

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Challenges, Thank You

Thank You

A few months ago, I challenged myself to reflect on 30 reasons why I’m thankful, and to write about them. That challenge ended a few weeks ago, and I’m more thankful than ever. So, now, I’m going to post more often about the things, experiences, and people, for which I’m thankful. I believe that thankfulness helps us to be more content in our daily lives.

So, the tab on this site which read, “30 Days of Thankfulness” now simply reads, “Thank You”.

Join me each and I’ll share why I’m thankful!


Share Why You’re Thankful!

You can share why your thankful on the TDarrisBlog by posting in the comments sections of each post, or, if you send your “Thankfulness Story” to me via e-mail, teyunatdarris@gmail.com, your story could be featured on the TDarrisBlog.


30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

I’m thankful for my daddy

My daddy used to call me his “Brown-eyed girl”. He is a pillar of my life. He was my teacher, leader, defense and strength. I was his little girl.

He pushed me and my siblings to study music and to explore the arts. He was so proud of us that he would showcase our talents to his friends whenever they’d come visit us on Saturday mornings.

He’d make us play the piano and keyboard. My brother would play his clarinet. My sister and I would play the violin. I would play the trombone— which my mother did not approve of me playing because she thought it would make me have big cheeks like Satchmo and Dizzy Gillespie— LOL!

It wasn’t until I started undergrad that I realized that so many people come from households which did not include their fathers and mothers living as one with their children. And just as I said in a previous post about my mom, I don’t know what my life would be like if I did not have my daddy.

I am thankful for the strength and life lessons he poured into me all my life before he died. And I’m thankful for the identity he gave me, and for the legacy which he passed down to me.

There is so much that I could say about him, but tears are rolling down my eyes as I think about him— maybe this post should be a podcast instead of a text post so that I can fluently express the gratefulness I have for my daddy 🙂

He gave me some instructions before he left this life, and I’m so glad to say, “Daddy, I’m doing everything you told me to— thank you. I love you. 🙂

God, I just want to tell you THANK YOU for my daddy 🙂

(In today’s post, I’m embedding two videos from YouTube: One is Van Morrison’s Brown-eyed Girl, and the other is the Temptation’s My Girl— he used to sing these songs to me 🙂)

30 Days of Thankfulness, Challenges

Day #30 – I’m thankful for the Internet

I used Internet to write this post and website. You are reading this post. All of this happened because we’re using the Internet. I’m thankful.

Enjoy this video about the “Power of the Internet” and share your thoughts 🙂