I love the start of the new year way more than almost any other holiday. If you approach it with the right mindset, it's so hopeful, so positive. There are no pressures to give gifts or put together elaborate feasts or get-togethers, just friends and fun (if you so choose), reflections and new goals (NOT resolutions, which sounds almost like punishments, something negative about yourself that you feel you *should* change).
Every year in the 5 years since since going vegan I've made myself a January Challenge, just to shake things up a bit. One year it was raw, one year it was 80/10/10 (which was the one year that failed; I gave up on all the fruit about halfway through the month); last year it was the McDougall MWL Plan. This year it's a month without alcohol or chocolate (yes, I know a lot of people do not consume these things as a matter of course, but they still feature regularly in my life), and as close to the MWLP as possible. I think I'm going to keep my hemp milk in my coffee, but even that is something I'd like to do less often, as I know it's a source of fat and sugar. For a while last year I was only drinking coffee on the weekends with my husband, and I can see that happening again.
I have not weighed myself in a while, and I often feel happier that way. Maybe I'll get on the scale at the end of this month, especially if I feel like my clothes are fitting differently. As it is, though, I know I am maybe 10 pounds from being a ways into the Normal BMI category. I don't put a whole lot of stock in the BMI, but it is a marker and a milestone so I'll keep it for that. So I've renamed this journal Nearly Normal, as it sums me up in several ways: my weight/BMI, my health (which is excellent except for some facial acne and IBS-C), and my character.
I'm playing with the idea of posting my food daily. I've never been good at being a regular poster, but it's something to try. Since this is my month of challenges and experimentation, why not?So today
B: 2 bananas
E: Walked/ran 5 miles with a stop for coffee in the middle: 16 oz soy vanilla latte
L: Romaine salad with roasted beets, an orange, and some white beans
S: large apple
D: Columbian lentil soup (someone recently posted it: http://theeverydayveggie.com/?p=1432
) with steamed broccoli, ginger tea