I started my crazy raw vegan adventures in March 2010. I was super-motivated when I started and managed 100% high raw vegan for the first six months… I felt great, I lost 13lb without trying, my troublesome skin started to clear up (a little), and I generally had more consistent energy – or at the very least, eliminating gluten meant I wasn’t falling asleep at work after lunch!
This time last year, after a little time off the raw wagon, I made a resolution to get back into a very high raw diet. To be an organized, inspired, blog-writing, crazy raw vegan again. To be honest, I’m not sure that lasted a week. I made the same resolution yesterday. It lasted a day. I needed some vegan Indian take-out to recover from the NYE celebrations. But I am determined to start properly tomorrow once I can get to the store to stock up my fridge…
I am feeling better about my potential for success in 2012 though, having just started reading a new book – Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, by Dr. Heidi Grant Halverson. She talks about the ways in which we set and pursue goals, what willpower is and how we improve and utilize it, and avoiding ‘positive thinking;, which surprisingly, often ends in failure. It’s a very accessible presentation of a lot of scientific studies, written in a way that both helps you understand the psychology of goals and success, and has practical ways in which you can approach goal setting and execution. Without providing an in-depth book review (and I am only half way through it anyway), this what I have learnt:
Big Picture vs. Nitty-Gritty
Being Good vs. Getting Better
So that’s it so far! I’m hoping that understanding my motivations and natural ways of approaching goals will result in MORE RAW FOOD, more weekly meal plans to share, more new recipes, and hopefully some useful insights for you to do the same! This is in the context of me starting a new job on Tuesday that is going to be crazy-busier than my current role, and then starting an intensive MBA program on top of that in March, but as the saying goes – the busier you are, the more tie you find to get it all done! Fingers crossed :)
If you’re interested in learning more about this, I definitely recommend the book – amazon has a good price.
Best wishes for a vibrant fulfilling 2012! Look forward to hearing more about your journeys, recipes, and challeges.
Much love xx