A year ago, I decided to give myself a personal challenge for a month. The challenge? No meat Monday-Friday for a month. Why would I ever choose to do this? Well, I was someone who didn’t consider something a meal unless there was meat involved. I found vegetarians and vegans kind of “try hards” if I’m honest.
But then I did what so many of us do, and I watched a documentary. This was about some of the adverse affects meat can cause to our bodies and the environment. One documentary led to about ten and a whole lot of time going down internet rabbit holes on the subject. This struck a nerve with me because heart disease runs in my family, and I’ve been known to throw on some extra LBs from time to time.
I was also pretty lost overall and was ready to make a life change, just wasn’t sure what it would be. So, I figured why not see if I can go without meat during the week and test my willpower. Like anything new, the first couple of days I was determined and pumped to see what I could do. However, after the initial excitement wore off, I thought to myself “am I really going to do this for a month?” But before I knew it, week one was over. “Ok, that wasn’t so bad.” Then I started feeling fantastic in week two, sparking a shift in my outlook.
I want to point out; I did zero research prior trying to find vegetarian, vegan or plant-based recipes. I said to myself, “I’m going for it, and I will figure it out as I go.” Halfway through the month, it hit me; this was pretty damn easy when my mindset switched. It was smooth sailing from there on out. The month ended in a flash, and I completed my challenge without a hitch. It’s crazy to think, the previous month I couldn’t fathom the thought of a meal without meat, and here I was eating mostly vegan.
Maybe the wildest part of the whole thing? To this day I don’t consume meat during the week. I have been eating this way for a year now and don’t see myself changing that anytime soon. I simply enjoy how I feel eating clean.
Besides feeling better and getting healthier, this brought some much-needed discipline to my life. It’s funny how forming one good habit leads to another. Before I knew it, I was regularly working out again, getting my sleep schedule back on track, and my mind was clearing up.
This one personal challenge has helped me endlessly and has been a big reason I have been able to launch the podcast and website. I have the discipline in place to work two part time jobs, and put the majority of my time towards this new venture.
I learned that when starting something new, and it seems next to impossible, approach it one day at a time. You will be amazed what you can do when you go all in on something even with little to no background in it. Take that first action step that puts things in motion and gets you committed. I bet you will surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.
My advice? Think of a personal challenge you can give yourself for a month. Don’t wait for the perfect time because you will always find reasons not to start. Do it now. Test yourself and see what you learn!