Sunday goals for week 16

After 3 weeks off during Easter I’m ready for a reset and get into hustle mode again! One of the things I want to do to get back on my productive feet is to write weekly goal posts. Just a little list of my goals for the coming week and why, to keep myself accountable and hopefully inspire you to set some goals yourself!

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  • Drink 2L of water every day: I used to drink loads of water and I still drink my fair amount – yet I’d really like to get up to the 2L daily since that’s when I feel the best and because I’m working out 5-6 times a week and need the hydration.
  • Wake up at 6 am and still get 7-8h of sleep: I’ve been craving some morning time now that the sun is rising earlier and earlier. I think waking up earlier than the others in the house will give me some me-time and set the mood for a calm and stress-free day.
  • Stick to my meal plan: I spend way to much money on random snacks because I don’t want to make food – this can’t continue! If I want to have a healthy vegan diet while still saving I need to stick to my weekly meal plans!
  • Work at least 2-3 hours daily with uni work: I don’t spend a lot of time at uni – about 10 or so hours a week. This leaves me with loads of time where I could do my uni work, but I decide to do other non-productive things instead. This needs to end and starting with 2-3 hours daily will be a huge improvement
  • Start a 30 day challenge: I want to learn new things about the world and myself. I want to adapt positive habits and a healthier mindset. I’ve therefore found a 30 day challenge (link) to help me do this and I’m really excited to give you guys weekly reports on how it’s working!

 

Do you have any short-term or long-term goals you’d like to share with me?

Back to Vegan

Four months ago, I did something I never thought would happen. I took a step back and decided to become a vegetarian rather than a vegan. It was an extremely difficult choice to make because it’s not something that matches with my ethics. It was something I felt I had to do for my own physical and mental health.

When I went into the military my diet was far from good. Sure, I ate vegan, meaning loads of veggies and fruit – but that was basically it. As the young idiot I was I thought I wouldn’t need to take vitamins and that I’d be fine without it. Boy, was I wrong!

 

After one year living off carrots, potatoes, toast and rice I found myself feeling blue and constantly tired. I’d go to work and straight to bed afterwards. Turned out, from my blood results, I was low in vitamin D and B12. What many vegetarians and vegans know is that vitamin deficiency is a serious problem, especially a lack of B12. I ended up taking a multivitamin, but my B12 was so low I had to get regular shots into my buttchecks, which was a new low I didn’t think I could reach.

 

After my levels increased I started feeling great again, and everything was good. That was until I found myself in an incredible stressful period in May 2017. For years I’ve struggled with restricting behaviours whenever I feel stressed. Apparently, I feel the need to control at least some aspects of my life when I feel this way, and my focus shifts towards my eating habits and weight. So, I started restricting heavily, blaming me not eating with friends and family on veganism. That summer I ended up losing over 10 kg and some days not eating more than 500 calories.

 

Finally, after months of misery I, and a few close friends, pushed me to seek help. It was decided that I should try out vegetarianism so not to feed my restriction. With this and other mental exercises I managed to let myself have enough food, gain back the weight (and a bit more, naturally), and I was feeling amazing.

 

Going back to vegetarianism helped me see how restrictive I was living – not because of veganism itself, but because I was hiding behind it. But my ethics doesn’t agree with vegetarianism, I believe that veganism, for me, is the best way to live when done properly. So, I’m now cutting out the dairy and the eggs and going back to a happy vegan life.

 

I’m writing this as a reminder that what you eat is incredible important for both your mind and body. I know that, after 4,5 years, there sometimes are hard times being a vegan, but you should always put your mental and physical health first. Once this is at its best you can hopefully properly commit yourself to matching your ethics and your diet.

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Please take care of yourselves and make sure to eat in a way that makes the world a better place, but also in a way that makes you the best you can be!