By Victoria D’Andrea
Today is the first day of February. This change went by quite unnoticed (at least by myself) until we were reminded that we needed to create at least a topical ad a day. Because I’ve been doing Vegaunary this year, I immediately had in mind a variety of food-related ads. Typically, however, the only time I have some ideas something happens that stops me (or at least that I can blame for not completing my goals). Namely this time, my computer broke mysteriously. I’m just going to say this, be careful when you leave your computer unattended in the studio.
Anyway, the fact that no-one seems to care about the beginning of February is quite surprising. After all, we can now all stop talking about new year resolutions and go back to living our normal gymless lives. More importantly, now we can all go back to drinking or eating cheese and honey.
However, while I found this January my hardest in all my years of doing Veganuary, at the end of it I again decided it’s worth doing. I like to think it’s because of the feeling of saving animal lives, as well as helping make veganism an ever easier lifestyle for everyone.
Thinking about it though, I’m starting to think it might also be about something else.
I’m really bad at changing my eating habits. I have really little self-control when it comes to eating. I guess it comes from a mix of having an extreme sweet tooth and growing up with very little desire to eat food that didn’t contain sugar. That means that now that I’m a lot less picky I still don’t fully recognise the feeling of being full. So now my eating habits are a mess, and the only way I am sure I don’t overdue it nor starve myself is by eating a lot during the day and then not eating after 5 in the evening. But of course I only keep to that for a few days at a time, going back to stuffing myself with pizza at 9 pm at the first opportunity I get.
I’m finding it really hard in this SCAB to not get derailed with different lines of thought. I will blame that on writing this whole thing on my phone.
Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I love Veganuary because it’s a challenge I manage to complete every year. Yes, sometimes I slip on a drunken night out, but the fact that after that I manage to not give up and go back to the challenge makes me even more proud of having succeeded.
After some reflection, I’ve realised that this month-long challenge is the perfect example of a smart objective. It’s specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, which is probably why I can stand to go through with it. Normal dieting has never worked for me because after a few days I remember that healthy living is a ‘lifestyle ‘ that you have to continue all your life to remain in shape. And every time I realise it’s definitely not worth it. We’re all going to die anyway, I might as well die fat.