Seeing as January has come and gone, I wanted to take some time to share about my experience of Veganuary and my 30-day yoga challenge. To be honest, the last month seems to have flown by in a flash. Even sitting down to write this (which I intended to post on the last day of the month) has taken me a few days! But that's life, right? And life goes on...
It’s been a whirlwind month to say the least; family life, work, part-time work, birthdays (including my own), friends, plant based eating and plenty of yoga. I won’t deny, there have been some tough moments, but overall it’s been really positive and probably the best start to 2017 that I could have hoped for. The changes I made felt really constructive, but as always, doing things differently brought up a lot of emotions. Emotions are good though, and sometimes you’ve just got to let them in!
I decided not to share every single moment of my month as it felt important to work through things myself. I hate the idea of it appearing as though I’m ‘gloating’ about my progress, or lack thereof. We all do things our own way and for our own reasons. I love to share and inspire, but there's a limit.
Nevertheless, I can say I successfully completed my 30 days of yoga, venturing to my local studio in South London 30 times over 30 days. I loved the studio already, but fell in love with it even more. I got to know knew faces and teachers, met some wonderful people, and discovered the bliss of Yin Yoga (something I never thought I’d be able to sit through, let alone for an hour and a half!). I feel stronger, more alive, and more inspired than ever. Yogarise, you're incredible.
Now, to Veganuary. I remained veggie for the whole month, but must admit that I ‘slipped off the Veganuary bandwagon’ a couple of times. I had the occasional poached egg or spoonful of greek yoghurt. The first time I did this, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I felt awful, I felt judged. But then I thought, why? I’m doing this for myself, not to prove anything to anyone else. With that in mind, the remaining two weeks felt so much better. I continued with the challenge but I also listened to my body. If I really wanted an egg on my avocado toast, then that’s what I did. I know for some people that’s awful, but I’m very much of the mindset that we do what we can and as much as we can. I'm incredibly eco conscious and am hugely aware of the environmental impact of our modern day society, especially with the meat and dairy industry. Yet right now, I don’t feel like being 100% vegan is right for me, both in terms of how it makes my body feel and in terms of cutting out certain food groups. I honestly felt, and continue to feel, really great eating a primarily plant based diet. I explored new foods, rediscovered my love for sweet potatoes and avocadoes, made vegan birthday brownies, enjoyed vegan pasta in the cutest little Italian behind my yoga studio, and realized there’s more to life that what you think you know!
Here's a few photos to round up the month - I had some delicious meals and enjoyed plenty of variety, both at home and out and about. Is there anything in particular you'd like me to share next?
So what next?
I don’t know.
Right now, I’m going to take each day as it comes. I’ll continue with my yoga, although I won’t be going daily. As much as I love my studio, it’s a huge commitment to go everyday. Without that pressure, I already want to go even more! I’ll continue to explore with more plant based eating and also with listening to my body. With so much pressure from society, media, advertising, and other people, about what we should and shouldn’t do, it’s hard to listen to the inner you. This month has taught me that I can. If I want to sit and eat peanut butter out of the jar at 11pm then so be it. Life is for living after all!
I guess the important thing with this reflection is to make you question yourself a little. Do you ever feel that you’re forcing yourself into something for the sake of others? Whether it is eating in certain way, doing certain activities, or socializing with certain people? Sometimes it’s really important to think about why you do things. Learn to say no. Learn to listen to your heart.
If you have any questions or would like to drop me a message, feel free to comment below, send me an email, or contact me on Instagram @mylifeisforliving. The feedback I’ve had over the last month has been wonderful and inspiring. I’m open to your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions, or even just a general hello.
Until next time,