Last week I gave an update on my progress after 4 weeks of Project New Me and I was happy to report all positive experiences and outcomes. This week has been more of a challenge and though reluctant to share my ‘failures’, in the interest of transparency I thought I would tell you about the experiences of the past week.
Perhaps I have taken on too many changes, or maybe the honeymoon was fading, maybe it was a change in my home routine and additional dining out or the anticipation of taking ‘the show’ on the road next week. Whatever the reason, I have struggled with aspects of my new habits. Surprisingly the vegan diet is the one change which hasn’t altered, but the it is the habit which I adopted first and has had longer to bed in. I have be more relaxed about my water and exercise commitments. Keeping limits on my technology usage is also holding but meditation yet again has proved to be a stumbling block.
Mentally doubts are also creeping in. Though people are supportive, I have found some of the comments, questions and questioning difficult and experience some of them, less as peoples interest and more like criticism. I believe this to be coming largely from my own insecurities rather than their views. It is something I will be considering in the days to come. For the first time this week I have begun questioning the wisdom of my new vegan lifestyle, but for now I will persevere. I am notoriously hard on myself and coming from a long line of perfectionists on both sides, I need to acknowledge and reward my successes and see set backs as just that, a set back not a failure.
So where to from here?
This is my last week fully ‘in situ’, with access to my own kitchen etc. From the middle of next week I will be travelling for 4-5 days, which will bring it’s own challenges, particularly as it will be my first time taking my vegan diet for a prolonged ‘on the road’ test. I am reassured that I am not blazing a trail, there are others who have gone before me and lived to tell the tale. And so this week I will keep the 5 habits I have outlined for myself previously and try as much as possible to implement them each day where possible or at least as often as I can.
Habit 1: Eat fruit and/or vegetables at every meal or snack
Habit 2: Exercise of 15 minutes per day
Habit 3: Drink 2 litres of water per day and go easier on the voices in my head!
Habit 4: Turn off technology at 9pm and start preparing for bed by 10pm, lights out by 11pm wherever possible.
Habit 5: Meditate for 10 minutes each day