Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I have a huge problem with consistency. I start, I do well, I get distracted by something shiny and I stop. Rinse. Repeat.
So, now that I'm 30 (blech), Shauna and I have decided to make 30 "The Year" and really get our butts into gear. We both need to make a serious commitment to health and well-being. I hit 30 in October and she hit it in December (exactly 2 months after me) so we figured 2011 would be a great time to do it. After 30 it supposedly gets more difficult anyway. If we set ourselves up now we will only have to make some minor changes to continue a healthy lifestyle throughout the rest of our lives.
We originally set January 1st so we, like all other New Year's resolutioners could be off track and failing by January 2nd. January 1st didn't really work out - go figure. She just moved to Tennessee and hasn't gotten a place yet (hopefully by the end of this week) and I'm half waiting for her and half looking for the motivation I need to get started.
First it was getting food on track, which doesn't seem to be working so well since I have a serious binge eating problem -- mostly with sweets but anything really. I rarely get full but when I do it's sickeningly full so I need to work on finding my stopping point. I'm also trying to transition from my normal vegetarian diet to a vegan one, but that has proven to be somewhat difficult as well. Once I figure it out, I should be good. Going vegetarian was the easiest thing I had ever done, but vegan is a whole new game. I'm looking into dairy practices and have issues with calves being sold as veal and the mother cows being in this perpetual state of pregnancy/post-pregnancy. It just isn't fair to them. I'm huge on animal welfare so anything that hurts animals hurts me. Unfortunately, tons of stuff has dairy and if it doesn't have milk it has some derivative of milk and/or eggs, but I'm working on it...slowly.
I started today by walking to work. It's only 1.6 miles but it's something and something that I think I'm going to try and do a couple of times a week. It's good for me and as long as I can get out of bed early enough, it's a simple way to get in extra calorie burning. Now, I just need to make sure my food intake while at the office is under control and then enjoy my 1.6 mile walk back home this afternoon. Easy enough, right?