Failing at Trying Vegan
So there was a small break in my try vegan posts because I was rushing around Wednesday and just plain FORGOT that I had committed to eating vegan for lunch every work day.
I felt bad that I ate cheese spaetzle; I felt worse that I had forgotten my commitment to eating vegan. It’s like forgetting to pick up your son at school or to put on your skirt when you walk out your front door–how could I forget?
Looking back I see now that two big things contributed to my forgetting:
Being too busy — I came back from a long weekend with a full plate, putting out fires on several fronts at once, as well as having places to be at specific times.
Not systematizing it — I didn’t write it down in my calendar. I write almost everything down I don’t want to forget, because my brain is a selective sieve.
I spent all day Thursday moping about it and feeling guilty. But that doesn’t help! I’m eating vegan to bring more joy, not more suffering, to the world.
So if you ever slip in your commitment to anything you said that you’re going to do, whether that’s trying vegan or practicing yoga, here’s how to get back on track.
1. Forgive yourself.
Lose the guilt. Keep going. Making mistakes is part of the game.
2. Figure out what went wrong.
What led to you not doing what you said you’d do?
Was there just nothing vegan to eat? If so, was it a lack of time to prepare something ahead of time or lack of options at the restaurant?
Was the social pressure too great? If so, meet people for drinks or not around eating.
For me, it was not having a daily reminder of my commitment, especially for the busy times when I can only focus on the task in front of me.
3. Take action to implement whatever needs to be in place.
Make a list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants around your workplace so that you always have good places to suggest.
Change your lunch plans with carnivorous friends who only eat greasy roasted chickens to meeting for coffee.
In my case, I’m going to write ‘vegan lunch’ every single day on my calendar for the rest of August.
4. Repeat again every time you fall off track.
Maybe this seems pessimistic to assume that falling off track is a given, but it’s a fact that humans are not perfect. We learn more about ourselves from our mistakes.
For example, I know that I’m good at focusing on the task at hand and blocking out everything else. Now I have to put in reminders so that I don’t forget anything that’s important to me.
What do you do when you fall off track on your goals and commitments?
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