Today I reached a major milestone in this new lifestyle I have embraced. I say new lifestyle because I don't consider it a diet at all, but rather a new way of living. In this process, I went from a guy counting calories and reducing the intake of certain food items (namely meat and dairy) in order to lose weight, to a guy who had embraced a new way of treating his body. What I do now relative to my food intake is more of a lifestyle than a diet. I am proud of what I've been able to attain with regard to self-esteem, with running and with my health. I'm adding years to my life; years that I will be able to enjoy growing older with my family and friends.