Whoops, P90X and Vegan Challenge Wrap Up, && Day 3 :: Journaling Challenge10:40 AM
Well, this is a tad bit embarrassing. I dropped off the face of the planet for over a month and now I just come waltzing back. I won't bore you with any excuses or details. I was just busy. Done.
I'm planning on getting back too this a more religiously, especially given my new May challenge. But first, I want to wrap up the two challenges that are done and past now.
Really this should be called the "P90X3 Challenge." Guess what, I loved it. And I'm still doing it. I'm getting close to finishing the full 90 days and I've only missed one or two days of the entire workout. I feel great and I'm debating on whether I should start P90X2 afterwards or if I should create my own workout. I couldn't be happier about this and I definitely recommend this to everyone!
No. I tried. I really did. I had some great meals. I really enjoyed the vegan dishes that I did make. But a lot of vegan substitutes for dairy products or anything had coconut in it. So every dish felt like it lacked something. Also, with doing P90X at the same time, I always felt hungry. Don't get me wrong, there are some great vegan protein sources (I'm looking at you, beans). But I was always craving something more. I think that my semi-vegetarian lifestyle works wonderfully for me and that I'm just not a vegan-only person. I've got no meat on the menu this week so far, actually. And I do have a tendency to naturally include vegan dishes into my day-to-day life. That being said, I can't emphasize enough how this is a to-each-his-own subject. I've know incredible healthy vegans and horribly unhealthy vegans. I've know people who are only in it for health reasons, only in it for ethical reasons, and in it for some combination of the two. What I've learned is that if you are going to incorporate a diet into your lifestyle for any combination of reasons, you need to do your research and make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. And if it is a flexible, non-critical diet and you just aren't feeling it, it's okay to quit and finding something better and more suited for you. Also, vegan cooks and bloggers - you guys are magicians. Those were some really cool recipes and tricks that you found.
Now onto the journaling challenge. I'm concerned about this challenge for some ridiculous reason. I've never really been good at keeping the journal. The closest I've ever come to a journal really is my planner (which I do in bare-bones bullet style - no fancy drawing or stickers for this girl). Actually, let me know if you want me to run through how I organize my planner! So this challenge is definitely taking me out of my comfort zone.
First I had to get a journal. Thankfully, I had an old one someone gave me years back. I never really liked it and of course never used it.
The pattern is not my style and I hate the wide rule. I'm a give-me-the-smallest-rule-possible type of a person. But I decided that it would work for thirty days and if I really liked the challenge to the point I want to continue with it, I'll get myself a much better notebook.
On the first day, I sat down, stared at the notebook, and did...nothing. I honestly stared for a good five minutes, completely clueless on how to start. "Dear Diary?" "Hey there, notebook?" Or do I just jump right in? And once I started, what do I talk about? And then I remembered the Lavendaire did a video about her morning pages routine. So I watched that and decided to give that a shot. I modified it for the notebook (6 pages as opposed to 3) and I've started to take it relatively casually.
So far, it's only been day 3, so I haven't seen any effects. Do you keep a journal? What exactly do you do? Because I need some help.