It’s amazing how quickly life can get in the way of good intentions! I think one of the most important skills or lessons you can learn in life is adaptation. Any diet or exercise plan that doesn’t allow for that will not work. I’m living proof.
Now this isn’t to say I’ve completely given up on the Yogalosophy challenge, because I haven’t. I was pretty upset Saturday when I become apparent that between needing sleep after a last minute night shift at work and having company over to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, I wasn’t going to be able to stick to the plan. But the thing is I had a great visit with my dad and step mom and the kids had fun, so I couldn’t be too upset. And then Sunday was more of the same minus the night shift. I would have stuck more to it if it had been a little more flexible, or perhaps I just couldn’t see how to make flexible. Either way though I feel off the diet wagon. Then I sort stood and watched a it started driving away.
Personally I find that my OCD can both help me and derail me. If I can get into a routine then I’m golden and will stick to something. But throw one wrench in it where I can’t do the routine and I basically walk away from it. It’s funny because in all other aspects of life I adapt, but when it comes to my own health; I get a D. So this diet was not surprisingly hard to maintain. However I do believe that I can adapt it to be what I need.
I really like the daily “lessons” or intentions. No also like the exercise routine. So those I will work hard to continue. The food components are harder. I’m not sure how people do it. How people who are vegetarians and non vegetarians work out their meals when they live together. One must really work hard to be a vegetarian and find the right food choices. I am supposing that over time it gets easier but I found it difficult. It wasn’t even that I missed eating meat while my family did. It was more that it was too hard to fit in making such drastically different meals for only myself and all the time that took. As parents I’m sure you can appreciate that there are only so many hours in the day, especially ones that you can be productive in. So prioritizing is a necessary skill. I like to cook but what I make has to feed more than me.
So my new short term goals are to keep up with doing the daily exercise and the books “inner” work. As far as diet goes I’m going to go back to my original plan of eating healthier foods and keeping my calories to between 1200 and 1500 a day. More so towards the 1200. This was producing results already so I shouldn’t have messed with a good thing. It’s very easily adaptable. I will probably try to sneak in some of the try vegetarian dishes from the book. They were very good.