December 27, 2012
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Exercise! Anything Is Better Than Nothing 😉
You can diet away weight and bring about better health, and the same can be said for exercise, but for the best results, I recommend both. Don’t worry, I’m not expecting a marathon out of you at the end of 30 days. I just don’t want you resorting to coach-potato tactics. If you already have an exercise plan you routinely do, good enough.
What I’m hoping for, bare minimum, is 15 minutes a day, three times a week, or 10 minutes a day, five times a week. If you’re used to doing more, keep up the great work. If my expectations are too high for you, do your best on a regular basis and your best will continue to get better. Progress is progress no matter the amount. 🙂
What kind of exercise should you be doing? I highly recommend doing something you enjoy. Walking, jogging, running, hiking, biking, swimming, exercise videos, parkour, free running, aerobics, calisthenics, weight lifting, yoga, tai chi, pushups, situps, jumping jacks… Just as long as it gets you moving.
No time for a workout? How about a work-in? Every time your phone rings, do a few squats. While cooking dinner, do some soup can curls. While standing in line, do some calf raises (stand on your tiptoes, up, down, up, down…) and/or do some shopping cart curls. Park on the outskirts of parking lots for a little jog, in and out. Jumping jacks during TV commercials. Pushup poker! You get the idea. No excuses, there’s always time for better health. 😉
Final thoughts: anything is better than nothing. If you can only do one pushup, just do one. Sooner or later you’ll be able to do two. Challenge yourself, push yourself, but don’t over do it. Some day you may surprise yourself. One day you may even amaze yourself. Last but not least, don’t forget to consult your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise plan. 😀
December 25, 2012
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Why 30 days? Some people like three weeks, while others prefer four. Myself and others like 30 days. For me, 30 days is what most people think of as a month. 30 is a nice round number. It worked for me and Bunny (and Bunny’s parents), and I hope it works for you too.
As with pretty much any new diet, the first week will be the hardest. There will be some irritability and crankiness. This is perfectly normal. You are going to be putting good stuff in, bad stuff will be coming out and you will experience mild withdraws (headache, irritability, sluggishness).
Week two should be much easier. The withdraws should be gone, your energy should be on the rise and your cravings for animal products will be subsiding. You will be over the first hurdle and making great strides.
Weeks three and four should be smooth sailing. At this point there’s nothing to it, but to do it. After that, only two more days to complete your 30-day-vegan-challenge. Time to look back, reflect and decide where to go from here. I’m hoping forward, not back.
If you get to three weeks and want to quite, congratulations on getting to the three week mark, and I’m sorry it wasn’t for you, but thank you for giving it a try. 🙂 If you make it to four weeks, the same goes for you, only more of it. 😉 If you make it two more days than the others, a whole 30 days, you are awesome! 😀 Where you go from there is up to you.