Monday, August 15, 2011

Starting the UP

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Ups and Downs.

When I started the healthy plant based diet last year I worried that like any diet, career, relationship, long term commitment, I would have ups and downs. But after 4 months I believed I would only have ups! I felt so great and only wanted super healthy food and I was sure I would never be tempted by food again! It was a glorious feeling. Definitely the highest up of the whole life style change experience. Then slowly, quietly, almost invisibly, I started flirting with sugar and that led to the up and down part of the experience. I was a little embarrassed to admit it on this blog. But my goal with this blog was to be real about the whole experience and being real includes the parts where it didn't go as well as I wanted it to.

I dusted off the key board, thought long and hard about what has happened, and realised that I am happier when I take care of myself and feed myself the good stuff. So. I am back. You know how when you make a decision to do something and you can tell that it is going to really happen? That's where I am!

After a summer filled with local and international travel I am finally home to stay, at least until Thursday when I will be in LA for the day, but otherwise I am HOME TO STAY for 6 weeks. And guess what? 6 weeks is how long Phase One of Eat to Live lasts. Coincidence? I think not!

I went to the farmer's market on Saturday and loaded up on fresh local veggies. Breakfast was a green smoothie (with beet greens and carrots and the usual stuff) and a small bowl of garbanzo beans (hey, I like them. A lot.) and there is a huge salad on the menu for lunch and tonight we are having burritos, roasted green beans and beets, and local sugar baby watermelon (it really is amazing that anyone can grow anything here).

Oh, and I am SO glad that I started last year. SO thankful. SO filled with gratitude for all those wonderful people who encouraged me and nudged me along.

Are you ready for this up?


queenieweenie said...

I'm so glad you are doing this! I need all the motivation I can get right now! I got up this morning and decided that I'd let way to much "creep" into my eating plan-namely sugar and baked goods (my cookies are too darn good!)

I actually challenged my husband to see who could lose the most weight in the next week or so-I need some motivation! I am taking family pictures in exactly 1 month and I need to get some of this "fluffiness" off me!

Keep posting...I love the motivation :)

Elizabeth said...

I am so glad to read this. I have just come back from our OS holiday and I have decided to go back to a stricter version of Eat to Live. I am so looking forward to the buzz of healthy eating again. As its still winter here I am very jealous of all your fresh fruit and Veg.
Good Luck with the next six weeks :-)

Nina @ Daily Kale said...

Robin, I ♥ this post!! This is inspiring beyond words. Thank you for your is *so* uplifting. We all go through periods of vacillating...move a little forward, move a little back..until we really come to KNOW what best nourishes our bodies/minds. Same thing happened to me a few yrs ago after Eat to Live. Your dinner tonight sounds wonderful! Cheers to a fantastic six weeks for you! Bravo! please keep blog posts coming..!! xoxo

Jasmin said...

I can relate so much. :) Don't worry, you are doing just fine, and I am sure you will love it! Wish you the best!