The holidays are among us and it is usually the time of year that everyone goes completely ape crazy. Me included. But not this year. Not this time. I will not give in and gain weight. But I will not miss out either.

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a million times. Then I realized, I wasn’t actually listening. When people say they eat whatever they want…. they don’t really mean that. It means they eat really, really good 80-90% of the time, so when they go somewhere out or to a party, they eat whatever they want. Sometimes, we take one part of someone’s fitness or health journey and run with it. I know I use to. Someone would say, ‘I don’t count calories,’ so I wouldn’t. I didn’t care about the fact that they never touched bread or sugar and that’s why they didn’t have to count calories. Or ‘I eat whatever I want…’ only to find out that they eat whatever they want, up to 1700 calories, because they track. So don’t hear only a part of what I’m saying. Don’t take the best part and apply it to your life, you have to be reasonable. For me, that means, no dairy, no meat in the home, plant based and freedom when I am out. BUT, I go out to eat only 2 times a week, maybe three. So if you’re eating out once to twice a day, you can’t have that freedom when you go out….

For me, freedom means measuring and keeping track. It allows the freedom to splurge, thus eating what I want. Not WHENEVER I WANT, WHAT I WANT. Totally two different things. Knowing where I’m at and what direction I’m going…. it’s huge. It frees up space in my mind to not have to worry about if I can eat that cookie, I just track it, move on and try to make up the difference in my workout or the rest of the day.

I think when you are so strict, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Yea, sure, you might be losing weight faster than I am… but can you maintain this way of life? Give yourself freedom to give into the cravings sometimes, but within reason. What is within reason?!?! Counting calories! With freedom, their is less guilt. With less guilt, their is less spiraling of going crazy with your eating.

You’ve heard even me say, I’m not on a diet, it’s a lifestyle change. Why? I think diets increases desires. Like everyone wants to be a little crazy. When you are on a diet, you have good food and bad foods. Things you can have and things you can’t have….

But the biggest change for me! Accountability! How? I let others know what I was doing….. I didn’t initially plaster it on Facebook for the world’s scrutiny. I myself joined an accountability group online. I told my husband, my family, friends at church, my peeps, even Cricket. Before long, I had told everyone. But it wasn’t, HEY I’M VEGAN SO IF YOU SEE ME EATING MEAT YOU KNOW I’M OFF THE BANDWAGON…. It was, hey, we are MORE plant based and it’s changed our lives. Now, everyone knows, so dang it I can’t quit now….. Which is an amazing feeling. I’m not there yet, but I’m on the journey.

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