I wanted to share a conversation Drew and I had on a drive home from a visit with my family this past weekend. We spent about 6 hours total in the car that day, so there was plenty of time to muse about things. We've had an ongoing conversation for awhile that we want to reduce our grocery bills. Ever since going vegan last January, we have spent a lot on food. And I really can't complain too much, because it's been so great experimenting with recipes and learning new ways to cook. But, I've cooked big, full meals nearly every night this past year, not to mention making desserts or other treats just because we wanted to try them! Not only was it expensive, it's also been very time consuming.
On top of that, I started a new job about a year and a half ago that is much more sedentary than jobs I've had in the past. I've always been a sporadic exerciser and am constantly settting new goals to implement a more steady exercise regimen....that of course, have never really stuck. Maintaining a healthy weight wasn't too difficult in the past, because my job allowed me to stay active and any extra exercise I did was just bonus. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case and I have gained weight since starting this job, which is the exact opposite of what I expected would happen when I decided to go vegan. I know my lack of exercise is probably the biggest culprit, but also, for whatever reason, I gave myself some kind of "free pass" to also eat whatever I wanted since going vegan. And we all know that just because it's vegan, doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. I'm still not really sure why I did this. When I first became a vegetarian, I lost a lot of weight. So, I was sort of expecting the same thing after going vegan. But, I realized as a vegetarian, I was much more concerned with maintaining portion control and not eating too many sweets or fried foods or cheese. I also didn't cook nearly as much - I relied heavily on convenience foods. I'm not saying that was a good thing necessarily, just different from my switch to veganism.
So, maybe just all of the excitement got to me over the last year and it's been great fun, but I know I need to take better care with my diet and with my body. All of that to say, Drew and declared last year to be the Year of Food. We have declared this year to be the Year of Fit!
Aside from a steady exercise routine, we plan to simplify our meals, make healthier choices and just make less food in general, so it's not a constant temptation. We also plan to maybe mix in a few more convenience foods so that our entire night is not centered around cooking and eating. Don't get me wrong, we still plan to cook, but maybe only a couple of nights a week so that we can focus our time and energy on exercise and doing other creative things with our time.
I feel really good about these decisions and look forward to seeing our grocery bills and hopefully my waistline start to shrink. These feel very much like New Years resolutions just a month late. haha! But better late than never, right?
Did you notice changes in your weight or eating habits after going vegan? Did you allow yourself to eat more "treats" just because they were vegan?