I can think of a million and one reasons not to do this challenge. Shall we start a list?
- As a Celiac with intolerance for all dairy products, there are already a ton of foods I can’t eat.
- I shouldn’t add meat to the list.
- I’m tired.
- I have unsolved health issues that cause a great deal of pain daily.
- I haven’t practiced yoga in over a year with the exception of less than 10 visits to my mat.
- It’s going to be too hard.
- I am planning a wedding for the end of August and quite frankly don’t have time.
- I’m not a yoga teacher (I’m convinced they have superpowers when it comes to will power, strength and determination).
The list can go on and on. But when I sit down and face all the reasons I think I shouldn’t do this challenge, it all comes down to one reason. I’m scared I will fail.
I don’t know when in my life I decided that anything less than perfection was a bad thing. But I’ve realized that more often than not, we as people decide to skip out on things that we think we won’t be good at.
I got to thinking about all the reasons I should do this challenge and realized that the benefits far outweigh my fears. Sure it will be tough and I’m sure I won’t be perfect. I miss yoga. I need to correct my terrible posture. I need to strengthen my instable joints. I need to re-learn how to quiet all those chattering monkeys in my head and find some inner peace in the crazy blur that I call my life.
So it may be a few days late- but I’m on board with this challenge. Tonight I pulled together the WORST vegan dinner imaginable and decided that the first thing I need to do tomorrow is buy a cookbook and some groceries. But for tonight I will be happy with setting some reasonable and imperfect goals.
- Yoga – one class each week plus 2 independent practices.
- Vegan diet – I would love to say that I will eat entirely vegan for a month, but I won’t. I come from a very meat and potatoes family. I’m going to give myself 3 cheat meals a week.
- Exercise – I really need some cardio in my life. I’m going to run/swim/bike or rollarblade 3 times a week.
- I’m going to do everything in my power to find ways to deal with my pain – details to come as I figure it out!
- I drink at least 7 cups of tea a day. I’m going to start with cutting down to one tea a day – we’ll see if decaf is an option next week!
I took engineering. I like equations and numbers. I don’t write. And I NEVER write anything personal – especially if other people may read it. Asia asked me to blog about my experience. In writing my response to her, I wrote “Thanks Asia, but I’m not really comfortable writing on a public forum”. But before I hit send, I decided that it’s one more thing I should face…..maybe it will help me stick to the plan! Bear with me as I learn the ways of yoga, vegan lifestyle and blogging!
I’m excited to start this journey and would love to hear from anyone else that is trying to put an end to all his or her excuses!