Ok, I don’t know how many out there are listening, but I’d like to issue a challenge… no, a journey! I want to call it a journey because that sounds far more uplifting than a challenge. Challenge kind of evokes the thought of pain right out of the gate, whereas a journey brings feelings of anticipation. When I began reflecting on this past year, I realized that if I had stuck with eating LFRV last December, I would have made it a whole year by this point. The time passed anyway, and here I am wishing I had kept going. Of course, I don’t know that I was mentally and spiritually ready because I’ve been on quite the journey this last year despite not being 100% raw. Well, now I think I’m ready, so, I started my own 365 raw journey the day after Christmas. This is day four for me (which I will post about later), but it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, someone else needs a bit of accountability for 2013 so that they aren’t looking back thinking “if only”.
No, I don’t want you to jump into LFRV unless you’re ready. We can get all hopped up excited, but if it isn’t a true conviction, we’ll lose steam quickly. Now that you’re breathing a sigh of relief, let’s get to it. Some of you may have thought immediately about what you’d like to do for a challenge in 2013. Maybe you’re thinking 30, 60, or 90 days of raw, maybe it’s 90 days of tracking your food and exercise, maybe it’s to start walking four days a week, maybe it’s P90X, maybe it’s giving up soda (or tartar sauce – still thinking about Freaky Eaters… so sad), maybe it’s even more specific than these… whatever it is, you are welcome to join in! I’m not going to tell you how or what to do. You decide the changes you want to make, commit to making them, and then report here in the comments on any of my challenge related posts.
Ok, so others of you may be thinking, “gee, I just want to get healthier this year.” Perhaps you have difficulty getting any more specific than that. Maybe you’re just tired of starting a new diet every year only to fizzle a few weeks (or days) in. Well, maybe you could do My “12-Step Journey”. This version of the journey will be designed to gradually help you become a healthier person in the next year. I’m not promising massive amounts of weight-loss, I’m just offering a recipe to help you improve your health.
As you know, I am a vegan. I wholeheartedly believe that eating animal products is not ideal, unless you have no other choice to survive. However, I do understand that not everyone has come to that belief; so, I’m going to do my best to gear the monthly journey to promote better health, no matter your stance on animal products. This will be a gradual process. This will not be one of those challenges where you’re dropping “Biggest Loser” amounts of weight each week. Our focus is long-term change… mind, body, and spirit. Our focus is feeling better and doing good to ourselves. This means, the scale may or may not be your friend on the 12-Step Journey, but that’s OK. There are far more important things in life than what you weigh.
No matter what category you fall in: I already know what I need to do or The 12-step journey, you are welcome to join in. The Journey begins on January 1st, and will be broken up into monthly segments. You have a few days to decide what works best for you. Just let me know your plan in the comments of this post.
Looking forward to traveling the path to better health with you in 2013!