YOU: “Have you flipped your lid?”
YOU: “Won’t it be HARD, Carla? Didn’t you just talk about letting go of perfectionist tendencies?”
ME: “Nope and yup. Shall I explain?”
YOU: “You’d better, woman!”
I swear, y’all…I haven’t gone crazy. This is not me going crazy; on the contrary. This is me getting really, really sane.
In the past, I have taken on more than I can chew. I’m a driven perfectionist, and I’ve always believed in going all out for my desired goal, only to fall short because I piled on too much to manage. This is me gettin’ all new and stuff, folks! I have decided to go raw and ONLY raw for 365 days. Not raw AND a new exercise regimen. Not raw AND oil pulling, hot yoga and acupuncture. Not raw AND yadda yadda yadda. Just plain ‘ol raw.
The point is to do it until it’s done. All year, no excuses. However, this isn’t about excuses – it’s an exercise in possibilities. What’s POSSIBLE for me on raw? What is my body going to feel like? How is my health going to change? What will my skin feel and look like? How will my body regenerate? What can happen if I really and truly do it all the way?
That’s what I’m ready to discover. The only way to find out is to put on the blinders and step forward, one banana (or cucumber or juice or salad) at a time.
Now, we have all had successes and failures in the past. The only true “failure”, however, is not learning from past mistakes. Knowing that, I realize I have some hangups around weight loss. For example…I get funky around the scale. I let it take my power, change my mood and shift my focus. I have thought over the past two years of weight loss/healthy lifestyle efforts and have seen it screw me each and every time. So, this year, I’ve decided NOT to look at the scale. No scale, no measurements, no pictures…at least, none that I see until December 31st. I’ve asked someone to partner with me and take a picture of my progress on a monthly basis. I’ll also stand on the scale and have her document the number while I clasp my hands tightly over my face. I don’t WANT to do this, honestly. I would prefer to just focus on the action and not obsess over the results. However, I am doing this for y’all. I mean, it’s for me as well, but it’s really for those people who need the visual and proof of how veggies can really change the body. After the year is over, I will do a montage of the photos to show the overall progress. Until then…I’ll just have to see the difference in the jeans.
Here’s what I know for sure: I am ready to make it all really, really simple and take my health to a whole new level. I am ready to embrace the LIFESTYLE, not just focus on the scale’s number getting smaller. I was reading the Plant-Based Benefits page on my blog and realized that’s exactly how I want to feel all the time. Also, raw isn’t as hard as people make it out to be, and for a new mother, it is INFINITELY simpler than chopping and preparing cooked meals. The “grab-and-go” factor is so damned appealing, and even more than that is the possibility of what can be. In order to get that, I have to do the thing.
So…here we go! Into the raw raw yonder!
Now that y’all know what’s going on over here, what are YOU doing to take your health to a new level in 2014?