I’ve been on a little unintentional blog hiatus lately. I didn’t mean to get so behind, but life happens. With the semester over, I’m proud to say I managed a 4.0 GPA for my first semester of grad school! Definitely proud of that, but it came at a price: a sore throat and a cough during finals week. I’ve pretty much recovered except for a residual cough.
I also survived the holidays. Ok, just one holiday (my crazy new year’s eve plans are yet to come). Unfortunately, my cravings got the best of me. I ate cookies, fudge, pie, oh my! I have no documentation to embarrass myself with (trust me, if you saw my dessert plates, yes plural, you would shake your head in shame).
However, with the new year comes new goals. I want to refocus. My goal currently was to reach 120 by the new year. Well with only a few days left, I don’t think that will happen. I’m at 123.7 lbs. I haven’t been sticking to any diet, counting calories, or exercising regularly. Whoops. But that’s all about to change.
With this new year I plan to take on new challenges. Particularly, a vegan challenge. Ok, I know I’ve been testing out so many different diets, different exercises, and I haven’t been good at really committing to them. But I’m hoping for a better outcome this time, mainly because I’m going to PLAN EVERYTHING. Everything I eat, drink, and do. The ‘do’ part is the exercising. I found a blog that really got me motivated. Robin, from Robin’s Sweet Confessions, has a 30 day Paleo Challenge which has a plan for each day describing what and how much to eat and drink. It even provides the youtube video workouts that you do each day. I got so pumped up about it that I even did the first couple of days. I didn’t buy everything on the first week grocery list luckily, because I’m going in a different route now as I mentioned. Instead of Paleo, I’m going Vegan for thirty days. That means no meat, or products made with animal by-products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, or any processed foods that contain these. So if it has eggs, or whey, I won’t eat it. I am still going to eat honey though.
One road block I see in the near future is my trip to the Northwest United States. Daniel and I will be gone for about two weeks. We’ll head to Kansas City for New Years Eve and then fly out to Seattle on the 2nd to see one of my best friends that I haven’t seen in three years and probably won’t see for another three (she’s moving to Japan with her husband who is in the the Navy). After visiting her, we’ll head down to Portland to visit Daniel’s sister. I’m so excited for the trip! However, I’m worried about when I’ll workout and if I’ll be able to stick to my new diet. I plan to fit in a workout whenever possible and just try to stick to veganism as much as I can. If I end up just being vegetarian, that’s ok too. I just want to attempt a mostly vegan diet.
Why, you may ask, is my new obsession with going vegan? Watch Vegucated on Netflix! It’s an excellent documentary! Also, if you’ve kept up with me since August, you now about my aversion to animal cruelty. So, in an attempt to save a few animals’ lives and not support large agriculture tyrants like Tyson, I’m attempting to be vegan for thirty days.
If you still don’t understand what I mean by all the cruelty animals experience, watch this Video of what happens to the animals we eat posted by Pissed Consumer. It was posted on Facebook so you may need to be logged in to view it. I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. It’s horrendous.
So, pretty soon, I’ll be posting my own version of a 30 day challenge. I still plan to follow the exercises that Robin has provided on her site, but I’ll add in some strength training, and of course my own meal plan. I can’t wait to share it!
If you don’t want to go vegan but would still like to try the challenge, feel free to follow Robin’s challenge in the link above. She had great results from it and some good food plans! Here’s some delicious stuff I ate for the first couple of days!
Grilled chicken with fresh spinach and sautéed onion and green peppers
Quiches made with eggs, broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, and spinach (so good for breakfast)
Spinach salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, blueberries, feta, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds
Mediterranean vegetable bake with eggplant, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, Roma tomatoes, and basil
I’ll still be able to enjoy the vegetable bake, but the chicken and feta will have to go. It’s going to be tough! I’m not sure when the official start date will be though the past couple of days I’ve avoided meat and dairy. It may not officially start until I return from my trip or I may just jump the gun and start it even if I can’t fit in all of my exercises or eat exactly what’s in the meal plan while traveling. You’ll find out soon!
What are your new challenges or resolutions for the new year?