I’m really excited.
You know when you’ve been thinking about something for so long but just not quite ready to make changes?
I’ve been super frustrated with myself lately on the food front. It seems like since the new year began I’ve lost all control and all the sensible choices I was making last year have long flown out the window. I’ve been eating all the wrong things and feeling like crap physically and mentally. The weight has been creeping on and my confidence has been sinking lower with each kilo gained.
The other night it all came to a head, and in a surprising way. It started with one photo on instagram. Then another post about duck shooting. All those Facebook videos about live exports that I don’t have the stomach to watch came to mind. And as I thought of how bloody good the few vegans I know look the notion of change began whispering in my mind.
In the end I made the decision to go for it. I’ve set myself a thirty day vegan challenge, with the aim of making it permanent. The benefits health wise as well as ethically are something I just don’t think I can ignore any longer.
A few days in might not be the right time to shout it from the rooftops, but you know, EXCITEMENT. Plus I really just know I am ready for this.
I have the definite advantage of working in a kitchen, so I have a lot of say in what I eat. Dinner has been interesting and I’ve really had to get my family on board, because they’re not used to me eating something different to everyone else.
So far so easy, and I think that’s because I’m really determined and motivated to do this. The last few months I’ve been trying to exercise some willpower and not eat crap, with zero success. But the second I decided to go vegan I’m not even remotely tempted by anything I can’t eat. Go figure.
There’s still so much to learn, and I’m sure there will be tricky situations ahead. But it kind of feels like, now that the decision has been made there’s no going back. Almost like it’s out of my hands.
Will I become that annoying person on her soapbox boring everyone with why she’s gone vegan? I hope not, and to be honest I’m already not looking forward to all the questions from friends and all the explaining I’ll need to do. And I don’t think I will bother trying to explain it to everyone. To each her own.
But I will just mention how relieved I am that vodka and tequila are made from plants and vegetables.
Cheers to that.