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Okay, y’all, I’m conflicted as all get out.

I keep flip-flopping back and forth between wanting to stay vegan and go back to vegetarian. I feel like things would be so much easier if I went back to vegetarian, plus I’m having some cravings for non-vegan junk food like mad… but I love the way my systems work and how I just generally feel better since I became vegan in May. I switched for health reasons, FYI. Can I get some advice please on what to do?

CALLING ALL PARAMEDICS/EMTS.

I need advice. If some of y’all could message me, that would be wonderful. I’ve thought about becoming an EMT/Paramedic for quite some while now, and I’m seriously considering making it my career. Can y’all message me about your experiences? Whether or not you think it’s a good career for you? What do you like and hate about it? And anything else you think would be helpful.

Thanks. 

So, I know none of y’all are health experts. but….. help?

But if you have any idea what could be causing this, tell me? My sternocleidomastoid has swelled up several times in the last month, and each time it happens, my throat goes numb and it’s very difficult to swallow. 

As you can tell, it’s more pronounced on the left side of my neck. 

It’s not an allergic reaction. There’s currently no correlation between the times it’s happened. 

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My story.

So, I was reading a bunch of people’s fitness stories earlier, so I decided I’d post mine :)

I was at my highest weight last March, around 132 lbs. It’s not super overweight, but I’m only 5’1 so the goal weight is between 100 and 125. I just wanted to change. I was done with having rolls all over my stomach. I lost the first 8 or 9 lbs from March to May, because I was playing lacrosse every day after school, but I was still eating like crap.

In May, I decided that I HAD to change. I started to run every day. I hated it at first. I could barely run half a mile before I was out of breath. One day, I randomly decided what the hell, I’ll sign up for a half marathon. How hard could it be?

So, with that goal in mind, I forced myself to run every day, at least 4 miles. The weight quickly started to come off, but I plateaued at 120 because I was still eating like crap. I decided to run cross country. I started eating healthier (but still not perfect), and drinking at least 70 oz of water per day, and I dropped down to 115. Currently I’m at 114. 

My initial running time was 10:40 in May. My PR as of tonight is 6:54. I did my half marathon about a month ago, and I did that in 2:30. I can run between four and five painful miles without having to stop. The runs that started out sucking completely is really easy now. I went from thinking, “Oh god, a mile without stopping….” to “oh, only 3 miles left!!!!!” I’m addicted to running. 

Left pics: May

Right pics: currently. 

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My abs still aren’t as defined as I’d like, but I’m working on it. I’m also working on getting my times even lower…. my goal for when I move in August is that I will be able to run a mile in under 6 minutes, and be able to run a full half marathon without any walking. 

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