Blog #12 ~ The Jane Experiment
I’ve never much liked fish. Well, not eating them anyway. Not because I had a cute gold fish growing up who died in a dramatic fashion or even because I really love the movie Finding Nemo. I just wasn’t one for that fishy taste, growing up.
I occasionally didn’t mind fish if it was battered and deep fried, but even then I preferred the chips served on the side.
I have been a vegetarian for the last year and a bit, (something else that started as an experiment) but under Chad’s advice and the advice of many others I have been really questioning why I’m a vegetarian and why I might want to, or not want to eat meat.
There are obviously arguments for all sides here, and I don’t really want to play a ‘who’s opinion is right’ game but I will share some of my honest personal reasons for being veggie.
I do think it is better for the environment, the way animals are treated is horrible, and personally, it does feel weird to eat something that was once living. Maybe it had a family and a name? (that is if you’re unrealistic like me and Disney.)
Before I became a vegetarian I was actually a far pickier eater than I am now, it completely changed my taste buds. But it’s also a very good excuse to eat junk, but feel healthy because you eat vegetarian. Potato chips were a major part of the beginning of my veggie diet, as was Thai food with tofu. But over the past few months as I’ve become more consistent with my healthy choices and learned more and more about myself and food from working on this ‘Experiment.’ So, I have decided to start pushing in more new and uncomfortable ways.
Also, it’s September, so that’s pretty much January to most people. Time for new goals, new dreams, new clothes, new workouts and therefore new tactics!
Chad and I met yesterday to discuss where I’m going, how I’m doing and perhaps a new approach to the fitness side of things. We have been very ‘food’ focused, and that has been great, but I also want to build consistency and self esteem in exercise.
First plan: don’t imagine the workouts to be way harder than they actually are. Just try. Fail. And try again.
Second plan: Do it little by little. We are starting with a daily practise of a max plank hold, measuring and tracking results.
So I figured with this new time of year and new season, since I’m experimenting and pushing my limits; why not try fish? I’ve had it a few times in the last week and it actually is kind of yummy, without the batter. Who knows what it’s name was or how it was treated, but figuring out those parameters and conditions of satisfaction for myself will be part of the journey of fish eating.
I’m off to plank now, and I will report back next week with my results!