Back At It Again but Not Yet there!

 

I know it has been ages since I have posted on this blog. Honestly, I’ve let things go as I became disenchanted, discouraged, etc.  but I had not given up. I just let extensive work hours, a hurt knee and other things get in the way.

At the same time, I have taken a new view on things. Recently my wife saw a Ted Talk that was really interesting, which pointed out that kids can be taught the mindset that there is not failure, but that are just “not yet” there…that would should take a “Not Yet” perspective instead.  In many ways, I have always tried to take that kind of a positive approach. But it’s not easy.

Over the last few months, I have strived to support Julianne in her efforts to be fully plant based/whole foods in her dietary efforts. When we go out, I eat the same way. But, I have struggled when she has not been around. There have been days where I felt like I was committing some sort of “dietary adultery” by getting something with meat or cheese.  Ironically, I am sure that my sweet wife knew it, but just decided not to say things. In the mean time, I wouldn’t admit it either, both to not admit my weakness and my struggles and also to not cause my sweet wife to have disappointment with me.

I know that Julianne is sold on this dietary lifestyle of whole foods, plant based eating. I know that she has read voraciously about the benefits. Through her, I too have learned, second hand, of the benefits, but, despite my agreeing that this direction is “probably” much healthier and better for me, I find that I still cling to my “comfort foods” as well.

Many people wake up in the mornings craving sugar. I wake up in the mornings craving protein. Meaty, cheesy protein. If I could find a place with steaks in the morning, I would eat there. But I also feel guilty for having these cravings and, many times succumbing to said cravings. Unlike Julianne, I am not there yet.

Returning to the dietary adultery theme, I must admit that I am also committing it on myself. In other words, I know that I am not always being honest with myself nor taking care of myself the way I know I should.

Recently, I had a discussion with my wife. She is concerned about my health, and rightly so. But, I realize within my heart that I will never succeed at this unless I convince myself and commit to it myself.

Its not that I dislike plant based whole foods meals. In fact, I enjoy them. But, I still crave the meat and the cheese. That is the great big challenge that I have not yet conquered.

 

So, I am determined to get back on track and get up, dust myself off and go at it again. This is NOT a New Year’s Resolution!! It is a day to day, week to week resolve. Do I plan on tripping up and succumbing? Absolutely not! Will I? Perhaps, but, if I do, I have the next day to get back up and pursue the path again. Just like repentance in church,I know I must face the daily “starting over” for the next little while.

 

Beginning today, we will have a weekly “weigh in” at home and will do this only to track some measurement of progress. But, I know that this has to be a lifestyle change, not a “diet.”  For all to know, I weighed in at 452, which is quite a gain from the middle of last year (sigh).  Obvious that I need to work harder at it.

Watch here for my progress and reports in the coming weeks as I relate my struggles, challenges and successes.

Aaron Kravetz - January 20, 2015 - 20:13

Hi David and Julie,

I have been reading “Whole” by T Colin Campbell all about WFPB ( of course whole food plant based). Natalie and I are changing our diet in this direction. Our intention is to reach 100%. It isn’t effortless, though we find it quite satisfying. So many recipes that can just come together. It is quite a logical diet.It is a bit expensive to shop at Trader joes but they do have many useful ingredients that fit the bill. There are so many beans and yummy types of rices. Add Kale,baby Bok Choy, small beets etc. Bonus as a rule beans and rice are inexpensive!

God Bless,

Aaron

sumoflam - January 20, 2015 - 20:24

We both know abt Colin Campbell. Been easy for Julianne. Not souch for me. The food is good, but i find myself craving meat and cheese

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