The Vegetarian 100 days challenge fifth week is behind! It was another challenging week.

The first and best victory is to conquer self.” — Plato Greek Philosopher

CHALLENGES:

The first challenge was being at Korean BBQ restaurant.

My friends sat me away from the BBQ grill. So I didn’t had to sit there smelling and had the BBQ starring at me. It was good thing that I got there later than the rest of them. By the time I got there, they were almost done eating.

But once in awhile they would say, “This is very good. Try this Neary!…Oh yes, you are vegetarian for 100 days. I keep forgetting.”

By the way, their vegetarian dishes weren’t the best, but they have some options. I had their house salad, spicy hot tofu soup and stir fried glass noodle. Stir fried glass noodle was the best. If you go there, try it. The rest were eatable. I don’t recommend you go there if you are a vegetarian. Unless you go there to socialize like I did.

Hey, what do you expected from a place is known for great Korean BBQ (meat) restaurant! 🙂

Later on in the week, my mom and her friend cooked a traditional Cambodian dish. Do you know what happen when two old Moms get together and cook?

Awfully more drooling for me!

The most challenge of all is the state of mind. 

MENTAL DISCIPLINE:

If you google, there are many claims that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.

I personally do not think 21 days is long enough. Even one month isn’t long enough base on the past four weeks and life long experience.

Of course every body is different. It’s hard for me to explain this. I try to explain this as simple as I can.

Your favorite might be juice filet mignon, grill salmon or whatever it is. One of my favorite dishes is a grill fish with green mango sauce or pickled dish. When I see it in front of me, in my mind I’m already savor the taste. Why? Because I know it tastes delicious. I’ve been eating it all my life.

For me to stop myself from actually eating it when it’s in my face that is when the true mental discipline comes in.

Can I stop myself?
No, I’m not saying tell my mind to stop while the hands are reaching for it.

Can you stop yourself? If you can stop your mind, then the hands will stop on its own. The craving, the urge or the desire will stop!

I find that mental discipline is the most difficult thing to do. One month is only the threshold. Telling your mind to undo in 21 days from what you have bombarded it to do for along time (or all life long in case of eating meat) is a very huge task. It requires longer time to train the mind.

It is my belief why some people go back to their old habits or pick up new one in the process because they don’t break through the mental discipline.

I think this also true with diet, exercise, meditation and so much more.

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle

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PHYSICAL CHANGE: SHOCKING!

Surprise! I want to gain healthy weight all my life. I never thought I would gain weight being a vegetarian. How many pounds I gain will be revealed at the end of the 100 days challenge.

My wrists have more meat on them than before. That’s how I tell my weight. It’s not that I’m afraid to step on the scale. The scale I have is not an accurate one.

I know why I gain the weight. As you know by now, if you have been following me. It’s so annoying that I get hungry after each meal sooner than when I was eating meat.

The portion of the meal is the same or bigger now. Plus, I don’t get that 100% satisfaction after having a meal.

Yes, I eat more sweets which is not good.
And no, I won’t adopt this bad habit! 🙂

My Body is adjusting better than a month ago in any event.

Going through this makes me think of why some people who are on a diet can’t lose the weight they want.

Of course, there are many factors contribute to losing the weight. It is not easy. I’m not the expert.

I’m an expert of knowing my body, myself. I know what it likes and doesn’t like. For that reason and base on my life experiences, I am not a fan of eating less and often.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand eating about every two and half hours! The routine is eat, drink, restroom and over again. How disturbing that is!

Self discipline is necessary as part of surviving just like eat, breath and sleep.

WHAT IS ON MY MIND?

YOU! If you are trying to break a bad habit, lose weight or whatever challenge you want to eliminate, know yourself! Listen and know what is good and bad for your body.

It is so easy to get lost, persuade and wanting to fit in the society with all the “noises” out there. Plus most noises sound so right too. Especially when they are from the “proclaimed experts” in the fields.

Next week, I just checked my calendar. I’ve a wedding reception to attend. Oh, oh my!!!
Will you tell how to say to no a ten-course meal while sitting at a table for three hours?

What am I getting myself into? LOL

Will I make it to week six?

Sighing…

Stay tune for next week update.