I wanted my first post to set the pace. Every good runner knows you can’t finish the race unless you set the right pace. So, I’m going to share how this journey started and why I decided to start a plant-based diet. The answer is logical, but when faced with an In-And-Out Burger, irrational. I am unhappy with my weight. Because of that, I’m unhappy about the way I look.
There are many times where I find myself unhappy about the way I look in a certain outfit. I look in the mirror and immediately change my outfit into something more comfortable. I always compare myself to the people you see on TV: models, movie stars and athletes. I know I shouldn’t do this, but all the same, I wish I could have the body that they have. Like most of you, I’ve always just told myself that I will make a change tomorrow. More specifically, I’ve always pushed out my start date to “mythical Monday.” Every Monday would roll around and my diet would disappear in the rear view mirror.
So what made me finally decide to make a change in my life? New Year’s 2017. I was on a family vacation in Florida for the holidays. My uncle asked me what my New Year’s Resolution was.
I immediately replied “the same resolution I have had since I was 21 years old–TO LOSE WEIGHT.” He introduced me to the Netflix documentary called Forks over Knives and told me I should watch it when I get home. I watched it in the airport on my way back to California. The whole documentary just made sense. I was so intrigued and wanted to learn more. After watching the documentary, I was so excited and was determined to make my New Year’s Resolution stick. When I got home the research began.
Diet or Lifestyle
I have never stuck to a healthy diet plan for more than 3 weeks. So, I knew I needed to dive in and read a lot about plant-based diets vegetarianism. To be honest, I always thought vegetarians and vegans ate grass and carrots. I never understood how they could get enough protein. But the more I researched; I realized you can get everything your body needs to function by eating plants. After watching Forks over Knives, reading some other books, and researching online I decided I was going to commit to the plant-based diet for at least one month. As I get older, I realize how much diet and nutrition is such a priority.
My 2018 Goals
I want 2018 to be the year where I take control of my health and stick to my resolution.
And because nutrition is so tightly intertwined with the rest of my life, I’m going to throw in some bucket-list items I’d like to tackle this year and next. As Jim Collins says in his book, Built to Last, these are “big, hairy, audacious goals.”
- Lose 50 pounds in 2018
- Run a 5k race
- 1 blog post a week
- Climb Half Dome in Yosemite
- Run 7 miles without stopping
- No meat for 3 months (help!)
- Do a one-hand stand push up (Crossfit power)
I am hoping this journey will be the start of a much healthier lifestyle. I know it is not going to be an easy journey. I’d also like to hear about what’s working for you, so feel free to comment on my posts. Sign up for my weekly updates if you’d like to get the latest posts delivered to your email box. I’m hopeful that come summer, you’ll see some pics of Yosemite and my 7-mile run.
There will be times where I might hit a rough patch or fail. But, I am ready to take control of my health and start this life changing journey.
Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.