It’s been five months since I announced I was adopting a vegetarian diet, and four months since my last update. It’s time to do another post on this topic.
First Things First
Well I seem to have reverted back to my old ways.
My excuse is I am just too tired. Too tired thinking about what to eat, trying to find alternatives. Too tired trying to avoid this and avoid that.
You could say I lost motivation to follow through.
Circumstances didn’t help. We had a trip to Ipoh with all the wonderful food. There were a few wedding banquets with tasty delicacies. A few celebrations came in the way, and a month of confinement food was served on the dining table at home.
All vegetarian plans went out the window.
At this moment, I would not say I ‘qualify’ to say I follow a vegetarian diet.
What Has Worked
Generally I am still consuming less meat, just that I am not abstaining totally.
When I have the choice, I would be able to choose a vegetarian option. So it’s not a matter of cravings or willpower.
What Didn’t Work
I am starting to gain weight. Maybe it’s due to lack of exercise, or maybe it was all the rice I was eating to get more minerals.
I lost motivation somewhere along the way. Maybe it’s harder to do it alone.
As I write this post, I remember some of the reasons why I wanted to do this. After a while, I lost sight of that and maybe it has caused me to wander off.
Moving forward, I will be more mindful of my goals and try a little harder. Maybe take that extra step to find vegetarian options. Maybe try to communicate more.
I heard this word of advice: don’t beat yourself down when you fail. There aren’t any vegetarian police out there to catch you. Just do what you can, even a small change can make a difference.
That’s so true and liberating. Why feel guilty or try to hide when I eat meat? It was never my intention to be religious about it.
Eating even a few vegetarian meals is better than not doing anything at all.
Sometimes if we’re too strict, the task seems impossible and we will give up or lose motivation.
But I’ve not given up. Yes, I will try harder. But at the same time I’m not going to be guilty or quit if I fail.
Photo By: Ivan Prole