Greetings To All,

For the rest of this year, I'll be writing weekly posts, of my Healthier Me Challenge!
In each of the posts, I'll be sharing a variety of things: my weekly goals; new recipes; excerpts from books I'm reading; and a few mental obstacles that I'm fighting, to name a few. My hope, is that as I share my journey, I will encourage, inspire and motivate others to reach their Best Self!!!

Weekly Goals:
Instead of focusing on words like "can't", "don't" and "bad", I decided to make some changes. So, each week, I'll adopt a healthier habit, and eliminate an unhealthy habit. It can be anything! The only rule is to adopt AND eliminate!

Week #11
Healthy Habit to Adopt: Vegetarian diet
Unhealthy Habit to Eliminate: lack of exercising

Update:

Vegetarianism here I come!!!

I love vegetables...I love fruit...I love meat...basically, I just love food!!!

Now, I have no intention of becoming a vegetarian for life, but I do find that I have a lot more energy when I adopt this particular diet. What I noticed for me is that meat in itself is not bad, but I find that a lot of times, the things that I like to eat with meat tend to be too high in carbs, sugar or salt. I'm not really sure for how long I'll be doing this, but at least until the end of April, possibly May. In the near future, I'll incorporate vegetarian meals on a regular basis each month.

I did a fruit and vegetable fast once for 40 days - strictly fruits and vegetables - so a vegetarian diet for a month or so is more than doable. I also feel as if my body is craving it as well. The timing couldn't be more perfect: one of my housemates has adopted a vegan lifestyle for several months now, so this has introduced me to a wide range of new, interesting and tasty recipes.

Contrary to what many people believe, vegetarianism is not dull - it's all in the seasoning!!!

Despite not exercising as much as I should have or slipped into some unhealthy habits the last few weeks, I only gained 1.4 pounds! I was both shocked and happy that I didn't gain back all the weight I had lost.

I'm looking forward to getting my body in motion again (yes, I'll continue with Yoga) and writing in my journal daily.

What I'm most thankful for is the way GOD has designed our bodies; that when we adopt healthier habits, it responds!

Strive to Thrive,
Veronica

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Ultimateless Premium
I have been strict vegetarian for over 40 years. But that doesn't mean I don't have bad habits.

One thing I learned from a friend is never eat anything that comes in a packet, now he tells me after I became a blimp, lol !. I tend to agree now. Fresh is always best.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
WOW!!! 40 Years!!!! That's incredible!!!
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Ultimateless Premium
It happened quite naturally as soon as I left home. Weird huh?
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Indeed...
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GayleneNepia Premium
Yes I love food too Veronica, but unfortunately some of it is the bad stuff (sugar, bread and pastries).

I've made good progress in the exercise department but still working on my diet.

But you're doing great Veronica, looking forward to your next update :-)
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Yes, the battle continues....so grateful for being able to start again....and again.... Great job yourself, Gaylene!!!
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Clbrooks57 Premium
Good information.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thanks Carole!
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Massagearroo Premium
Good plan I need a bit of that and a bit of ' get up get active' again after the winter.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Sounds like a plan! Thanks for reading, Sinead!
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laparra1 Premium
Good morning Veronica,

That really sounds good your new action plan.
I am blessed with a finca=farm so a lot of things that grow here are organic, that is very important as otherwise while we think we are eating healthy stuff one loads up on chemicals.
Since beginning 1990 I have done more than 40 times a 9- day fasting cure, homemade veg. juices with perhaps an apple just for the taste and soups of which I then only drink the broth, lots of water and teas. I am soy and gluten free since 2 years and apart from a lot of olive oil I take coconut oil. Another good thing to cleanse the liver is to take first thing in the morning a glass of warm water, the juice of a lemon and a small spoon of Himalaya salt.
I am sure you will feel and look gorgeous.

Good luck, Taetske
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VeronicasLuv Premium
WOW!!! We could all learn a lot from you! I appreciate you sharing those tips, Taetske.
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WilliamBH Premium
I love food too Veronica .. keep up the good work. Cheers, William.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I appreciate that, William!
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Marquette Premium
I am like you. I love food. I will try to add a better habit and eliminate a bad habit weekly too. Thank you.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
It makes it so much easier than trying to incorporate everything all at once. All the best with striving towards a healthier you, Marquette.
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Marquette Premium
Thank you.
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bbudhoo Premium
Husband loves this piece. He is vegan
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Excellent!!!
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spurway Premium
great on you, keep going
I am vegetarian and I love it .
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VeronicasLuv Premium
For how long?
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spurway Premium
since 2009. My family is still on Meat.
But I trick them sometimes to eat vegetarian
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That's funny! I'm finding that with the right ingredients and seasoning, I can really make some delicious meals. I made my first vegetarian chilli about a month ago. It came out so good, one of my vegan friends got hooked and made it herself about 2 weeks later!
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MKearns Premium
Just had paleo steak and broccoli tonight Veronica. A great combination!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That sounds delicious Papa l!!!
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MKearns Premium
Similar to Tyrell's great successful diet!
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AGOgden Premium
LOVE the menu!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I just finished a baked red potato and green beans and it was so yummy!!!
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AGOgden Premium
NOW you have me just plain jealous and famished!!!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Hahaha....I wish I could share!
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OTolo Premium
I should follow your example, you inspire me to start again withgood habits and with spring it is really a good idea with vegetables, fruits. Thanks for sharing
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Just start with something small, Odile. If you only eat 1 vegetable a day, shoot for two; perhaps you can start with having one vegetarian meal a week. I'm fortunate tbat I really do love fruits and vegetables, so that's a tremendous help. All the best!
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OTolo Premium
Thank you very much for the tip ;)
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xanfo Premium
Fantastic decipline Veronica
I've been trying hard go all Vergi but always get stuck at the middle. May when my kids starts Uni and I'm all alone.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
If you like to cook, you can find some great recipes. Thanks for stopping by, Alexandra!
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SondraM Premium
I like the concept of your challenge! I wish you best luck or perseverance or what it ever it requires to accomplish this weeks goals.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Thank you, Sondra!
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Rozita1 Premium
Great Veronica. Inspiration for me to begin (again) my own program. All my life and up to February 2016 I was a health buff, eating, working out, cleansing, the works. Then I don't know what happened. This year in particular started out really badly. I've gained 20 pounds already between November 2016 and now. It's depressing. But yesterday I started a move towards eating healthier, exercising regularly, and cleansing the body as I should. I'm getting back on track, darn it. I'd try to keep up with you (not the vegetarian diet yet, tho). Be good.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
That you decided to get back on track is a great stary, Rozita. I find that instead of attempting to do noo much, every week, I just focus on one - just one - healthier habit to adopt and eliminate.

I got my 50th birthday in Spetember - I want to look and feel the healthiest I've ever felt!!!
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reanna1 Premium
That's great, Veronica! You know I am fasting too. You see we Orthodoxe are fasting for 40, it is 49 with the Holy week, before Easter! So I eat vegetables and fruits for the last 22 days!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
It's really not as difficult as it may seem. As with many things, it's about controlling your mind.

I hope your time of fasting is an enlightening one, Reanna!
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AlexEvans Premium
Well done Veronica, go you, it is so amazing the complexity of the human body we are so blessed.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Yes indeed. Thanks for stopping by, Alex!
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