Meat-Free January

January is a wrap! How did it go for you? Were you able to make progress on some of your 2016 goals?

At the beginning of the month, I decided that I wanted to try going meat-free again. 

Backstory: I stopped eating meat when I was 8 years old because I really loved animals. When I went to college, I decided to go full vegan. I loved it for a while, but about 2 years ago, I started questioning my thought process behind it and wanted to give meat another go. I added dairy, eggs, chicken, and fish back into my diet. 

But at the beginning of this year, I started questioning my mindset towards adding meat back in. Was I doing it because I preferred eating meat? No. Was I doing it because the animals were absolutely treated humanely? No. Was I doing it because I thought I needed to eat at least 35% protein in order to have great abs? Maybe...?

While I think that macronutrient tracking is a really effective way to lose weight and repair your metabolism, I really don't think it's mentally healthy to track forever. 

I want to make decisions about my life, my training, and my diet based on things beyond aesthetics. I want to love what I eat and feel energized by it. I want to love my workouts and feel stronger from them. 

After a month of vegetarianism, I think this might stick. I'm trying to eat mostly vegan/plant-based, but I'm not being incredibly strict about it. I just want to live a vibrant and joy-filled life, and I think that this is the right path for me right now. 

For my February goal, I want to add yoga back into my regular routine. I haven't been doing it much lately because studios are so expensive here and my apartment is too small to set up a mat without moving furniture. But I'm tired of making excuses while my hamstrings grow tighter and tighter. 

The goal is to do 20-60 minutes of yoga at least twice a week. 

What are your February goals?