14 July 2012

The Plan

I am a firm believer in signs and the universe and karma and all whatever you want to call it. While I believe some things are worth fighting for, I also believe that things you are supposed to have/be will be the easiest path open to you. I'm not sure that makes sense, but I fought hard to get into and through teacher education, yet a job dropped into my lap before I graduated. See? It was hard but the easiest path. I also believe that you have to find what works for you. What works for one person will not work for everyone, yeah, I hate that whole one size fits all. I also hate when there's a program of some sort, workout or eating, how the person promoting it says you have to follow it exactly. Really? If I don't run every other day for 6 weeks I won't be able to complete a 5k?? I think you may be exaggerating a little bit. Everything in moderation.

With all that in mind, a few weeks ago I tried to go vegan. I could not do it. I found that by going a couple of days without meat or dairy I craved it. Seriously craved it. So I stopped trying vegan and went back to my old way of eating. I'm not thrilled with that either. There are times when I feel that fat, stuffed feeling again and I do not like it. So what to do? Also, my workouts have been sporadic at best. There is a number of possible reasons for this: 1) that's kind of the way I do things, sporadically, 2) because I'm not feeling so great because of the way I'm eating I have little to no energy to work out, 3) no reason, just lazy. Then the other day I caught about 20 minutes of Dr. Oz and he was talking about weight loss (isn't he always talking about weight loss??). Since I missed most of it, I went onto his website to try and find it. Instead I come across this 7 day crash diet by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, actually the book is called Eat to Live. What caught my eye you might ask?? Well, he espouses the 90/10 rule. 90% of your calories should be from fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts. 10% should be from dairy and meat - animal products. That right there got my attention because I thought, I can do 10%. I feel 1000% better when I eat mostly plant based foods, but I got so discouraged that I had reverted back to my old ways. So, taking this as a sign from the universe, I'm back on track. The plan is to eat vegan breakfast and lunch and have a little bit of meat for dinner. That's all. I can live with that.

So looking at the signs, I believe that the universe is trying to tell me how to eat, I just need to pay attention. Along with that comes moving. I need to move. Every single day. So this morning I'm off to the gym in a bit to run, then I will be doing the Bodypump class, and then riding over to Kailua to meet Hubby to go to Whole Foods. It really is not that hard at all. It just takes a little thought, planning, and advice from the universe.

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