Between the holidays and moving into a new house, eating right and exercising has not been at the top of my list. Thankfully I haven’t thrown all caution to the wind and I’m in decent shape, or so I’d like to think. I also like to think that I’m a genius for giving myself a week to settle into better eating habits instead of forcing myself to start a diet on January 1. I HATE diets with strict meal plans. They just make me want to break all the rules and stuff my face with a bag of chips.
Which reminds me of another thing I don’t do well with, new year’s resolutions. The only one I’ve kept is to fix my bed every morning. My mom is surely proud of me even if it wasn’t until I was in my twenties when I got it together!
Nine times out of ten new year’s resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January because they are usually a vague statement with no direction or path to follow. Also, we unconsciously expect them to fail. We are wired to believe that we can’t keep up with the huge goals we set for ourselves. And when we fall off the wagon, we are in good company. There are hundreds of other people doing the same thing so we feel “normal” and then it’s ok that we don’t see our goals through. Misery loves company.
So instead of coming up with a “resolution” for the new year I am going to approach the year as a whole. I got the idea from Chef Carla Hall on one of my favorite daytime shows, The Chew. She called it “Operation 2012.” My ultimate goal is to live a long and healthy life (which seems like wishing for world peace sometimes), and get down to my dream weight in the process. The path to my goal will be thorough a series of challenges I will tackle throughout the year regarding nutrition, fitness, and mental health. By taking it one challenge at a time I will be inching my way toward my goals so they won’t seem so unattainable.
I’m kicking off the year with a 30 day (and beyond) vegan challenge. I say beyond for my husband who apparently wants to try it for 3 months. I’m focusing on 30 days and if all goes well, I’ll continue. The good thing is that this challenge won’t be a shock to my system since I have been eating a vegan-ish diet for a little while now. It has been about 4 months since I stopped eating beef, pork, chicken, eggs and most products made with cows milk except cheese. Bread and cheese are my comfort foods and they are hard for me to say no to. Among my favorites are grilled cheese, mac & cheese, pizza, arepas, pupusas, I think I’m going to cry now.This will definitely be a challenge for me but it’s something I’ve been flirting with since last April. I am curious to see if I feel a difference in my body after eliminating all animal products from my diet, and to see how well I can perform athletically eating this way.
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