by Daria James – Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off. If you are reading this, it is too late for me. Save yourself is what I would have said a few months back if you asked me to turn vegetarian. Not sure if you knew this about me but, many moons ago I, too, was a vegetarian. Not the preachy kind. I just opted for greener choices back then. Then, I got pregnant and the little person inside me wanted steak. The rest is delicious history. No, seriously, if you have a chance to eat Kobe beef, please do!
Well, this past October I made a bet with a coworker to see who could lose more weight starting that day until our Christmas party. I decided to give up alcoholic drinks, red meat, pork and poultry, as well as cut back on those sweets I love. The first two weeks were rough (like your mother liked it last night… sorry, Sean Connery took over for a second). I was having red meat withdrawals. To get my mind off that type of carnal desires, I started doing more cardio. Yeah, yeah, I totally flipped my script, changed my tune and like a politician after election, I did the opposite of what I stood for (eating bacon wrapped steak in my case). I am a Vegetarian again; although, I feel like we are in an open relationship. I could go back to red meat whenever I want to, if my soul so desires. Nevertheless, I will try this out again. One day at the time, like a 12 step program.
The one thing I must overcome is that six-month hump. If you tell someone you have been a vegetarian for a month, they get annoyed for some reason, but if you say anything over six months, they respect the discipline you have for doing something to better your lifestyle. In addition, there is a significant environmental impact one makes when giving up certain products. I would like to clarify: I did not quit to make a difference in the world. I did it because I did not want to buy bigger clothes. Think globally; lose weight locally, if you wish. I am also very competitive, and was determined to smoke my coworker (I won our bet, in case you were wondering). Anyway, back to the judgement. I was talking to someone and I mentioned that I would eat tuna if I were craving meat. He quickly jumped to call me a hypocrite because fish feel pain when they are being killed. To which I replied, I would be a hypocrite if I had quit for ethical reasons. I was just being selfish and fat when I stopped consuming most animal goods. Of course, I wanted to say booyah! And in your face. However, I refrained. I am civilized above all other things.
If you have a desire to change something in your life, you do not have to weight (see what I did there?) until January to begin making those changes, and it’s better if you don’t.
?PS: Brought it whole circle! Moreover, this sentence is to point out obviousness. Happy New Year!!