Happy New Year, friends!
Since last night, I’ve been thinking about new year’s resolutions, like most everyone else. I’ve always been one of those people who makes changes as they come and doesn’t focus too much on change specifically on the 1st each year, but it’s nice to think about what this year could be like. Also, two years ago today I did actually have a new year’s resolution: to go completely vegan, and it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Something I’ve also been thinking about is how my view of health and fitness has changed over the years. I’ve talked about this on other blogs before, but I’ve struggled with my body image and eating habits for many years until a little after I went vegan.
I’ve always enjoyed working out, but for most of this time it became so much of a necessity to get in a great workout at the gym that I didn’t feel okay if I didn’t. It became one of the most important things to me, taking precedence over friends, family, downtime. And if I didn’t eat 100% “healthy” (a word whose meaning has changed a lot for me over the years), I wasn’t able to enjoy whatever I was doing or whoever I was with. I am someone who loves food and loves to eat, and often, so I’m guessing this feeling of “needing” a workout would come from feeling like I needed to burn off the excess calories I was consuming.
Well, in the past couple of years and since I started eating a vegan diet, things have changed. I still love food and still love feeling healthy, but it doesn’t feel like a struggle at all anymore. In fact, I actually workout — as in, hardcore workouts at the gym where I feel exhausted after — a lot less often… which would seem backwards to most, but for me… I’m finally at peace. Not to say that I’ve become a couch potato. I still enjoy yoga in my living room, walks with my dog, and playing those dancing games on the Wii that my family has. But these are things I wouldn’t have felt up to before because I would be consumed with getting a “good” workout in that evening instead of something “light” like these activities. But now, I’m enjoying my life and my time with others, and I’m still staying active and healthy — and actually healthy, now that I’m eating fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, things that are nourishing to my body and aren’t junk that needs to be “worked off”. Even when I eat vegan candy or junk food, like we did last night, I’m able to enjoy it and realize that I’m still gonna be okay and eat well the next day.
So, my New Year’s resolution for this year, and each one to follow, is to take care of myself and enjoy my life.