I’m heading into my third week of eating almost completely Vegan. Almost, because I don’t look to see if every ingredient is Vegan and I don’t make things difficult when I go out for dinner with friends. I had Sushi with a friend the other night and it was all Vegan except for the small pieces of seared Tuna. What I mean by ‘almost’ is that I stick to a 90% plant based diet.
Something happened yesterday that I have to talk about. I decided at the beginning that I wasn’t going to really put that much extra effort into exercising until I knew I had this eating thing down pat. I’ve read a hundred times that it takes four weeks, or 30 days, or one month to really break a habit. Normally when I do things I’m so motivated that I do it all at once and I burn myself out. It’s too much too fast. This time I want to master one thing before adding the other.
But yesterday I went for a hike with my best friend. We like heading up into nature, so it wasn’t really supposed to be much harder than normal. Just a friendly weekend hike to reconnect. She’s been training for a half marathon and although she’s just starting and has a long way to go, I could tell right away that she was more energetic than usual. When we started the hike it was clear that both of us were in a great place health wise, and even though physically we were not very conditioned, before we knew it we were powering up this hike passing people, breathing hard and feeling amazing. I mean my endorphins were pumping, my body was strong and I just felt… powerful! We did the whole thing in less than 40 minutes (normally about an hour). I was thrilled!
This Vegan thing keeps taking me by surprise. Everything I ever thought about it is totally wrong. I thought it would be a real effort to try and keep my energy up because protein would become an issue. But I can push harder than I’ve been able to in years! I don’t feel like I’m starting from scratch with exercise. I feel like I could start right now and jump ten steps into the process!
I’m addicted. Everything I do I feel amazing. I look in the mirror and I feel beautiful. My eyes sparkle, my skin glows, my pudge is melting away and I feel like I could take on the world.