Vegan Adventure: Confession and Waving the Red Flag
Monday, January 28, 2013
I got on the scale this morning and was up THREE pounds. My mind went to the usual places:
"I exercise! I watched what I ate! How did this happen?!"
"I have been mostly vegan for cryin' out loud!"
"This will never work!"
"I am doomed to be fat forever!"
"Why do other people lose weight and seem to have an easier time of it?!"
I am sure most people can identify with some of those thoughts. I know they have been running around my head for years.
But those thoughts aren't reality.
The reality is:
I went out to eat Saturday night and went off the vegan track. Should I be surprised that my weight is up? No. Should I declare myself a loser because I am holding onto salt/fat and wine? No. But it IS a night that came on the heels of little bits and pieces of unhealthy foods that slipped into my diet over the last couple of days.
I had been doing well and figured - what the heck? Red flag! Red flag! Red flag!
So my self-righteous "why me?!" is misplaced. I ignored the red flags and earned the pounds.
The good news is that three pounds is a drop in the bucket and I can turn this around. I know it will come off quickly if I continue to do the work. And I am not doing this to lose weight anyway. My goal is to establish lifelong healthy eating and exercise habits.