Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2020, a new decade. So much has happened the past decade and I can’t what to see what’s in store for this decade, and year.
So, on a bad note, I have not lost weight as I had wanted to. But at least I did not gain weight. I feel like this is my maintenance weight when I workout (unstructured) and eat how I want to normally. If I were to be strict on my diet and my workout, it’d be a lot different. On a good note, I am happy to start off the new decade with new changes and goals! Here they are.
First Goal – Transition into a more plant based diet
Mi novio and I will be transitioning into a more plant-based diet. The end goal is to be vegan. For now, we won’t buy any more meat products and finish any that we have at home. We don’t like wasting food. However, we do want to do a full vegan challenge next month in February. I will be testing my blood right before the challenge and right after it. I want to see how my cholesterol and everything changes when switching to a vegan diet. I will also be taking my blood pressure too. We will post before and after pictures too to see if there are any changes.
We are still being flexible as we want to see how the food is and if we can maintain it. At least now is the time to be vegan since there are so many more vegan options out there and that it’s becoming more popular and acceptable in society. For now, we do want to be vegan. However, if we are with our Asian families (who believe that you have to eat meat to be healthy), we might eat small amounts of meat. However, we do plan on eating mostly plant based foods, hoping that it isn’t cooked with any animal products (oyster sauce, chicken broth, etc.). One way to combat it is to bring a vegan entree that we can eat. But we will see how it goes. The other thing is when we are on vacation, how that will work out. Some places might not have that many vegan options. The point is that we will eat vegan for the most part and will not go out of our way to eat meat products. For sure during our challenge, we will be full vegan and see how it goes.
The reason we are transition is that we same a Netflix documentary called The Game Changers. If you test the blood of a vegan person and of a meat eater, you can see how cloudy the blood of a meat eater is. Imagine that going through your blood vessels, seeing how it could clog your arteries. They claim that going vegan will give you more energy and that it will be especially helpful when doing sports and physical activity. I do believe that. Mi novio is doing it because he wants more energy and is hoping it will improve his basketball. I am doing it for more of the health benefits and I don’t need meat in my life. I had periods of time in my life that I ate vegetarian but it wasn’t sustainable since my parents did not support that diet.
Back to the documentary. I don’t believe that meat is evil, that it is terrible for the body. That is what the documentary is trying to do. However, I do see the benefits of eat less meat and going towards more of a plant based diet. After the challenge, we may decide to be flexitarian, eat vegan for the most part and eat very few meat/meat products when with our families or on vacation (depending on what food is available). Or we will maintain our vegan lifestyle. We will see.
Mi novio has done a lot of research to see what nutrients, food, etc. we need and what we can eat if we were to go out to eat to inform himself. I already know as a nutritionist. We will have to stick to a meal plan so that we can be healthy and not be deficient in anything.
Second Goal – Fitness
My 2nd goal is to become stronger and lose weight. I am going to have more structure to my workouts. Before, I was just randomly doing weight machines with no specific goal in mine. Now, it will be more structured. I will be doing a pull-push-legs/abs type of thing. I will be doing cardio 3-4 times a week. This will help build strength and I hope to be able to do a pull-up this year. I will also be stretching after every workout so that I can be more flexible. Here is the plan.
Sunday – legs/abs + cardio
Monday – Push
Tuesday – Pull + Cardio
Wednesday – Legs/abs
Thursday – Push + cardio
Friday – Pull + cardio
Saturday – Rest
The cardio will be randomly spread out throughout the week depending on how I feel and how busy I am. I will be doing Pilates core workouts to work on my abs and do a 15-20 minute night yoga video at least 3 x a week. `This should help relieve some stress, muscle tension, and help me relax before going to bed.
I do have other goals in regards to my professional life, my personal life (such as organization skills, etc), and working on improvement relationships I have in my life with my family, novio, and friends. However, I feel that once I reach my goal of losing weight, it will give me the confidence to be able to improve everything else in my life as it will improve my self-esteem and confidence.
That’s it for now.
Do you have any new goals for the new year/decade?
If yes, what are they? If not, why not?