Happy New Year Lovelies!!!
2014 is upon us and I’m excited for what this year has in store! I’ve looked over the goals that Hubby and I set for last year and I’m always impressed with what all we’ve accomplished! Each year I have three set goals that are standard. While most people dive right into the “Lose Weight” resolution, I prefer to focus on these three themes:
- Be Healthy
- Feel Confident
- Get Fit
It’s my belief that if you do these three things, losing weight will come naturally. You have to remember that if you’re looking to look good, you have to CHANGE YOUR LIFESTYLE. Fad diets, temporary fasts, and skipping meals do not help you to permanently lose weight. Don’t get discouraged though! You can change your lifestyle and accomplish all these things easily by becoming vegan.
I don’t suggest diving right into being vegan unless you have a knack for being very disciplined. Fast, drastic changes don’t tend to last. So what do you do then?
- Start Small.
-Replace your dinners with a vegan meal. Once you’re comfortable with that change, include lunch and transition to all meals and snacks being vegan.
-Buy a Vegan Cookbook. Some of my favorites are The SuperMarket Vegan, Veganomicon, and The Four Ingredient Vegan for simple but tasty recipes.
- Try Something New.
-Have you ever had a green smoothie? Sound gross? It’s not! Take out your blender and throw in some spinach or kale, some bananas, strawberries, and a little almond milk. Voila! Pure deliciousness and it’s oh so good for you!
-Look up vegan or vegetarian restaurants in your area and make an evening of it. Experience vegan culture and dining. You may find a new favorite place to eat! In Dallas, my favorite is Spiral Diner. In Austin, Casa De Luz.
- Be Realistic.
-Results do not happen overnight, but if you’re new to being vegan, they will happen quickly. Make goals you know you can obtain like, try one new green smoothie a week or fill your fridge with the vegan basics. (Check out my starter grocery list)
-If you set goals you can reach, even if they are just baby steps, you’ll feel accomplished and encouraged to continue pressing on.
- Stay Focused.
-Don’t give up! It’s ok to hiccup every once in a while. Don’t guilt trip yourself. If you fall behind, make a new goal, find a friend to hold you accountable, and keep moving forward.
-When you see results, you’re likely to stay on top of your goals. Post pictures of yourself or motivational quotes where you’re likely to see them every day.
Some other tips to help you get and stay on the right track are:
Stay away from sweets and meats.
Eat large when it comes to veggies and grains.
Exercise. Walk. Lift Weights. Target different muscles every day. Switch it up so you don’t get bored.
If you do the things listed above, you’re guaranteed to Be Healthy, Feel Confident, and Get Fit and isn’t that what you really want for your life? Not just this year? I believe in you!
If you’re trying one of these steps out, have a recipe to share, or would like some accountability, share with us on Facebook! As always, I love to hear stories and feedback!
Happy New Year Lovelies! I look forward to spending it with you! 🙂