Six Months To Change My Life: Chapter One - The Eight Week Boost

Sounds dramatic, right?
Well, I guess it is a little; but in a good way.

About a month or so ago, a group I'm part of on Facebook decided to start this challenge. A lot of the members felt there were parts of their lives that they could improve on, and I instantly thought it was a great idea.
The idea is that in six months, you make small changes within your life/daily routine to make it 'better.' Whether that be health, family, or just general organisation etc. The challenge is to realise what it is that you want to improve, then set daily goals, weekly goals and monthly goals until you feel like you have achieved those things.

Within the first month, I haven't really made many changes, and I feel like a lot of this is down to me not actually being accountable for the things I do; or don't do in my case. So, I have decided to blog about my journey, and how I intend on getting to my end goals.
These goals for me are very much focused on my health and mental state. I've made it very clear on social media that I'm trying to get fit, eat better and feel better about my body. But, I've also realised that my moods have been dipping again recently and I'd like to make positive steps to help that from happening too often.

I sat the other night and wrote out my goals, and it was a lot harder than I thought. To achieve said goals, I'm going to start a little mini series of chapters. The first being an eight week boost for my health and fitness. I figured I'd start with the thing that not only is most important to me, but also plays a big role in my troubles with depression.

So now I'm going to be 100% honest, and I completely understand if I get ripped a new one for it, but accountability and all that.
Since going Vegan in the new year, I've hit a road block and fallen off the wagon. Big time.
The first struggle for me was the cravings. I struggled to fight them and ending up eating meat. Then silly Sam's brain said, oh a little bit of cheese won't hurt. It's now been about two months since I last ate totally vegan. But this ends today. I decided to make these changes for all the right reasons, and I decided to stop making the right choices for all of the wrong ones.

In the next eight weeks I am going to focus on finding amazing vegan recipes that I love, and educating myself on why this is the best thing to do. Not just for me, but for the animals and our planet too. I know how much I love to cook, I'm just a lazy sod who doesn't do it often enough. The satisfaction of eating something that I've spent a little bit of time cooking myself, may be just what I need.

I'm also going to be making sure that I make exercise a big part of my routine again. If I get an hour free in the day, I'll go to the gym. Even if it's only for 40 minutes of cardio.
Since falling of the good vegan wagon, I have gained roughly half a stone, and I need it go to. Clothes are getting tighter again and I'm not feeling very confident. Something that I was starting to feel at the beginning of the year.
I'm going to be making sure that my protein intake is kept as high as I can, and I'm hoping that will help keep the cravings at bay. I'm also going to boost my fruit and veggie intake. This is something that severely lacked at the beginning of my vegan journey. I was practically living on bread. Upping my water intake is also very important.

A year ago, I was a stone lighter than I am now, and Timehop is giving me a daily reminder of that. So that will be my first goal. If I can get that first stone off, then I'll be laughing. I've been saying since the beginning of the year that that is what I was trying to achieve, but honestly, I wasn't trying at all. If in these eight weeks that's all I achieve then I shall be a very happy person, and I will start to focus a bit more on the other goals I have for my 6 months.

I hope you guys don't mind a bit of a rambly update every now and then. I'm thinking I'll make this a bi-weekly regular just to keep you updated, and like I said at the very beginning, keep myself accountable.
I will be taking progress photos, which I will eventually post. But, if you would like to follow my journey a bit more closely, then feel free to follow me on my 'health' instagram account - @gypsyflower_healthyme.

1 comment

  1. Sam, please don't take this the wrong way, as your fabulous the way you are, but, good on you! :)
    Our moods are easily related to what we eat and drink, I find and know this myself.
    I need to make some changes myself, so reading this was a bit of a kick up the bum for me too.
    Wish you all the best and sure, once the zone, you'll be on it. :)



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