I have reached the point of my twenties where I am closer to thirty than twenty. Because of that, some of my priorities have begun to shift.
I know that I want to have a child. Not quite yet. I want a few more years to settle down (and get good sleep). But I want to be young enough to keep up with a kid, too!
I don't know yet if I want to have a biological child, or whether I will adopt. Either way, I want to make sure I am as healthy as I can be.
If I decide to have a biological child, I want to develop healthy habits well before I become pregnant, so that my kid has the healthiest start in life that I can give them. If I adopt, I still want to develop healthy habits long beforehand, so that I can keep up with my kid, and so that I can pass those healthy habits on to them. No matter what, I want my child to have a long, healthy life, and a mom who's healthy enough to live it with them.
Don't get me wrong. I'm terrified of becoming someone's mom. But I know that I have love and empathy and compassion enough to handle it, even during the tough times. And I know there will likely be a lot of those!
I will frequently do things for others that I am unwilling to do for myself. I want to be healthy for the sake of my future kid. If that's not inspiration, I don't know what is.
I've restarted my SparkPeople program a few times. I go a few months diligently tracking and improving...and then my depression sneaks back in, or I lose my motivation. Like I said. I will do for others what I won't do for myself. Sometimes, I need outside motivation. And knowing I want to be a mom is pretty motivating!
1. Learn to eat a nutritious, plant-based diet.
2. Work up to walking a mile each day. When I can jog up Cardiac Hill on the college campus where I work, I will feel triumphant!
3. Learn to set small, bite-sized goals for myself.
I don't eat very much dairy, and I almost never eat meat, fowl, or fish. I'd like to phase out the last of the dairy, and eat a solely plant-based diet.
I would like to incorporate gym workouts, hiking, and horseback riding into my fitness routine. My gym member ship is underused, my local state park is sadly neglected, and my horse is starting to get a bit fat, because it's been a long, bitter winter, and neither of us felt like going for trail rides in below-freezing weather. I'd like to change all of that.
Graduated college (undergrad) a year ago, and working full-time for the same university I graduated from. What can I say? I liked my school, so I stayed on.
I'm not a strict vegan. I don't try to convert others, and if there isn't anything vegan to eat in a given situation, I'll eat vegetarian food.
The point of vegan food, for me, is to do the most good and the least harm that I can. Sometimes, doing the most good means eating the food your host prepared, and keeping your mouth shut. The point is not to make others' lives more difficult.
Basically, I try to be vegan at home, and vegetarian out. If the "vegetarian" food is cooked in chicken broth, I'll eat it without making a fuss. (I may quietly comment at a later date that chicken broth isn't vegetarian.) I want to save the lives of critters, but I won't make the lives of my human friends a misery, either.
So, if I mention eating vegan food, don't let that scare you away! I'm not trying to convert you, and I will never judge you for your choices.
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