Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead

I recently watched the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, and it was very inspiring. Its about a man named Joe Cross, who finds that he allowed himself to become obese. The extra weight and his unhealthy lifestyle caused him to get an autoimmune disease, and he has been on medications for nine years. He decides to take charge of his life and go on a fast for 60 days, drinking only juice that he made by juicing fruits and vegetables. As he went along on his journey, he was able to help another man he met, who was morbidly obese and suffering from the same autoimmune disease.

As both men did their juice fast you can see their faces getting brighter and clearer, and they had so much more energy. This journey started out as trying a juice fast in order to get off of medications, and hopefully get rid of disease. Then it turned into changing their entire lifestyle and helping show others how to begin to change.

The documentary seemed kind of like it was filmed as video journal for both men, and it was showed their struggles as well as their triumphs. There were also little snippets of animation that were amusing well placed throughout the film. While watching this documentary, it reminds me of another one I’ve seen about obesity in America. There were doctors who were saying that the only option for obese individuals is surgery. This documentary has proven those doctors wrong. Surgery can help and is even necessary in some cases but it is just a quick fix, and most people end up right back where they started. The best way to get healthy and lose weight is to change your life permanently, which is what these two men did.

After watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, doing a juice fast seems somewhat doable, and I really do want to try and do it….for at least a week.


Like A Dream To Me.

We cut down branch after branch as we make our way through the dense jungle. My partner Eddie, our professor Mr. Thomas and I have been on an adventure to see the world. Our travels have brought us here, to the jungle. After about an hour of bushes, trees, and insects we finally stumble upon a clearing.

Before us is a huge ancient looking castle. Eddie and I look to each other and decide to go inside. Our professor follows, commenting on the type of doors and the tall archways, and who knows what else. When we get inside, we see there is an extremely high ceiling and many different floors and hallways. We look in door after door but there is nothing but empty rooms and dusty hallways. We finally reach the top floor and there is only one narrow hallway that leads to a door. We open the door to find a huge library with thousands of books. There is a big square opening in the wall at the back of the room which lets in some light. As I moved further into the room and take a closer look at the shelves, I see that the books are not books but actually small containers. I open one to find that there are small chocolates in the containers.

” Professor”, I call, “The room is full of chocolate”!  We each go to different bookshelves to see that this is true; Hundreds of thousands of containers of ancient chocolate. Above each bookcase of containers is painting of a person.

“I assume that those paintings are either the ruler of the castle at that time, or possibly the keeper of the library…who knows”, Professor thinks aloud.

I walk into the center of the library to see a raised portion with a few podiums. On each podium is a container. In the middle there is a stone with an engraving on it. After a rough attempt at translating it Eddie come to the conclusion that it says ‘Do not Touch, Beware of the Dragon”.

“Professor this isn’t making any sense, a room full of chocolate and a engraving saying to beware of a dragon”, she sighs exasperatingly, ” we have come all this way and haven’t found anything worth publishing”.

I look up at the ceiling and see intricate paintings and stone designs and a giant opening in the middle.

“Well we’ve seen everything, lets go” I say as I turn to see Eddie pick something up and put on her lips, “what are you doi-“.  A loud shriek cuts me off and a shadow passes swiflty over us. Professor runs over and immediatley jumps into action ” Eddie has released the dragon….she ate the chocolate”!  Suddenly there is a dragon in front of us.


“You bet it is”, Professor, suddenly and expert on dragons, yells, “use your ropes and tie each limb to a pillar. Somehow after about 15 minutes we actually manage to do so.

Professor then gives us thick sticks, “take these sticks and hit the dragon, it must be physically beaten in order to recapture it”. Not knowing what else to do we take his advice and soon the dragon is still. Then it starts to quiver and there is a bright flash of light and the floor begins to shake. We drop to the ground and close our eyes,when we open our eyes we see that the dragon has turned into an owl.  Eddie and I sit on the floor confused, not able to understand what just happened.

“Its over”, says Professor. He puts the owl into an iron cage. ” How’s that for the 7 o’clock news”.

I am still on the floor trembling so badly that I can’t get up. I close my eyes and try to calm myself. In the distance I hear music playing. It seems to be getting louder and louder.

“I can’t take anything else”, I shout as I shut my eyes tighter. Finally the music is so loud that curiosity forces to open my eyes. I am shocked to see that I am in a bedroom lying on my stomach on fresh creamed colored sheets. As I look around the room looks more familiar, ‘this….it’s my bedroom’, I think to myself. Confused I sit up in bed. Was that all a dream? My body still feels tense from trembling. I look beside me to see the source of the music, my cell phone alarm ringing. I shut off the alarm and lay back down. Closing my eyes, I think about my dream. It felt so real. Still slightly shaken I listen to the birds singing outside my window and somehow I drift back to sleep.

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is one of my favorite new shows. Well its not exactly new, but its new to me. I graduated from college in May and I finally had some time to catch up on some TV shows. I was watching TV one night and happened to see the finale of the first season. I was a little confused because it was already halfway through the episode and there was a woman fighting a dragon! Random right? So a few weeks later I saw that Once Upon A Time was on Netflix and I started watching it from the beginning. I was immediately hooked.

Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) is a Bounty Hunter living in Boston, Massachusetts. Her son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), whom she gave up for adoption 10 years ago, found her in Boston and begs her to come home with him. She drives him back to his adoptive mother Regina (Lana Parrilla), in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine. Henry has this big book of fairy tales and tells Emma that everyone in the town is a character from the book. According to him, Regina is the Evil queen who has cursed everyone, so that they have been transported from the Enchanted Forest to the “real world”. Part of this curse is that they have all forgotten who they really are. Henry tells Emma that as the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), she is the only one who can break the curse.
I love this show because it is unpredictable, the character story lines are never what you would expect. These are not the fairy tales we knew as children, they stories are just a tad bit darker. Throughout the season you see that a lot of the character’s stories cross paths every now and then. Even though the residents of the town don’t know who they really are, their lives in Storybrooke are somewhat parallel to their lives in the Enchanted Forest.

My favorite character would have to be Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). He has an amusing way of talking and a whimsical little giggle, and I love how he calls everyone ‘dearie’.  When he makes deals with people he always has something up his sleeve, a play in his master plan, which we have yet to find out what it is. Although he is the most powerful being in the Enchanted Forest, he does most things in an almost playful manner.

When I describe this show to my friends they usually seem uninterested. I admit the story line sounds somewhat childish, but is an amazing show. I definitely recommend it.

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Adventure, Mystery

Rating: 9 out of 10

Sundays at 8pm on ABC

Prompt 256

I sit in silence, thinking back on my life.

I grew up right on the edge of the forest. In Autumn days, I danced as the wind whirled through the trees. The leaves had let go of their green hue and changed into beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. Squirrels gathered their nuts, and the birds called to each other as they took to the skies.

As the season changed to winter, snow flakes swirled in the air, gently settling into gleaming blankets of white. A white rabbit hopped through the frolicking flakes, hastening towards it burrow. Many days and nights were cold and quiet; But as warmer days came closer, glossy green buds popped through the branches.

The forest became new again.

The birds returned and brought with them melodious symphonies. Flowers bloomed, sending their aromatic fragrances into each corner of the forest. I am so glad to have grown up by the forest. My youthful days were exciting and filled with beauty.

I am old now. As I stretch in the warmth of the midday sun, my limbs shudder and creak. With a sigh I look at my surroundings. I no longer live at the edge of the forest, all of the trees are gone. Cut down in their old age and hauled away, leaving only a stump as their legacy. The birds no longer sing their song; they have moved on in search of trees to nest in. The squirrels no longer have nuts to gather, and the rabbits and flowers have lost their companions.

Only I stand, weary in the winter of life. Waiting for the day when I too will leave my legacy behind.