It has been ages since I last had a blog post. I know. I’m a slacker. Shall I give you an update on where I am in life?
First, all of my awesome weight loss efforts from waaaaaay back were in vain. Laziness got the better of me and I gained it all back. (Insert sad face). Don’t fret, though, I am NOT giving up! Second, My financial situation has improved. Not drastically improved, but improved. I have less debt and am making a conscious effort to rid myself of it. I still have a habit of overspending and am working to reign that monster in.
Now, here is what is on my mind at this particular moment. For the last week, I have adopted vegan-eating. As of 12:00 this morning I made it through an entire week of eating like a vegan. I am pretty proud of myself, because I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it. I love meat, and eggs, and butter, and cheese. Oh goodness do I ever love cheese. Despite my love of animal food-products, I persevered and made it through a full week without them, and I did it rather easily. Don’t get me wrong. This is NOT an easy lifestyle choice. I find that I have to be very intentional with my eating (as in make a plan…ahead of time). I have to buy food and prepare it, and then I have to eat it before it goes bad. This is not convenient. But, right now, it is worth it.
So many of my friends and family have asked me why I am doing this and I haven’t been able to articulate to them The real “Why”. So here is my attempt to convey “The Why” to you.
First of all, I believe in GOD. I am a Christian. For those of you…most of you…really confused as to why I am starting with this, bear with me. I believe that GOD designed our bodies to function a certain way and to be healthy. I also believe that all types of food options were created for us to use to keep ourselves nourished and healthy. Including plants and animals. I was given the gift of life and a healthy body from the beginning of my existence. I have not taken good care of that gift. Right now I am not healthy. I am overweight. The very unhealthy type of overweight. My cholesterol is too high. I have started to see signs that my blood pressure could become a problem if I don’t make some changes. These issues have been brought on by my lifestyle decisions and are not the way my body was intended to be.
31 29.2 years of my life I have abused my body by overindulging in food and drinks and not exercising enough. This past year I have found myself dreading going to sporting events, concerts, and riding on planes (these are things I LOVE). I have passed up free tickets to games because I know that I will be uncomfortable in the seat and will make the people next to me uncomfortable. I have never felt like this before and it scares me. I feel it is time to make a change. So why Veganism and not some other way? I do believe that animals were meant to provide food and can be part of a healthy life. However, animal food products are the primary source of my overindulgence (that and sugar). I am eliminating them until I can be healthy and learn to use them appropriately in my diet.
I am following Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat To Live principles and am primarily eating vegetables, fruits, and beans/legumes. This is a very different approach to health for me. In the past I have focused on “diets” that make me lose weight very quickly. That has not been the case this week, and I have been tempted to be discouraged. I have to keep reminding myself that it isn’t just about the number on the scale (although that is important), but about improving my overall health. This isn’t about how much I will weigh a month from now. It is about how much I will weigh a year from now, and that is a difficult concept for me to wrap my mind around.
So, friends and family, there is your why. Hopefully I explained it in a way that you can understand. I really believe that this new lifestyle change is a good one and I also know that I am going to be tempted to stray. Encouragement from you all will be so helpful to me. Also, exercise and gym date requests are appreciated. Friend Jenny, I’m talking to you!
Listening: “Hit ‘Em Up Style” by Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Eating: Oatmeal with berries and walnuts for breakfast. Salad and beans planned for lunch.
Drinking: just finished my morning coffee and am sipping water.
Wearing: black pants, pink top, black shoes.
Feeling: a little sore, but ready for my workout tonight.
Weather: rainy and 72 degrees.
Wanting: to be able to fall asleep easily tonight. The past 2 nights have been dreadful.
Needing: to clean my closet. It is a complete disaster.
Thinking: about my parents. I just love them.
Enjoying: my accomplishment. It is a small first step, but everything starts with a first step, right?