I think that’s the word I can describe best my feeling today.
You see, my sister and I shared similar passions.
The passion to travel and to experience new culture.
The passion to help less fortunate students.
The passion to treat others equally and generously.
The passion to hang out in coffee shops to work and brainstorm ideas.
Lately, as I try to engage in sports (and wish to pursue an active lifestyle), I am embracing her passion for active lifestyle too. And oh, because of this, I start to appreciate the guys she likes. You know, those guys who are sporty, active and easy going peeps. (peace sister! lol!)
The passion for great and yummy comfort food!
But since a ditched my old eating habits, I have now my own definition of yummy food. I turned away from ice creams, rich-dairy pasta sauces, baked goodies, burgers, fries, pizza and fried chicken.
Nowadays my yummy food is pasta topped with spinach sauce or flourless muffins or vegan mac and cheese.
My sister is also on the heavier side like I used too. With all these great results that I am reaping from plant based lifestyle, I keep pitching (non-stop, lol!) this idea to her.
Try it for a week. Or maybe just for three day. Try water frying your spices instead of using cooking oil. blah.. blah.. blah..
I was trying to evangelize her about the ‘awesomeness’ of this lifestyle. I wanted her to experience what I am experiencing. But I failed.
But when we met earlier this month in Nepal, I knew she saw the difference in me even though she wouldn’t admit it. I have somehow kept off my weight for the last one year.
I was 83 kilos (I guess more but I stopped weighing, afraid to be confronted of the real score in the weighing scale) before I started my lifestyle change journey last March 2017. Now I weigh between 66 – 67 kilos. On days I disregard healthy living I balloon to 68-69 kilos.
But still, I am proud of what I have achieved, not only about the weight loss but importantly the fact that I manage to keep the weight, without really bouncing back to 83 kilos.
So just imagine my intense desire to take my sister on board in this journey.
As mentioned in my previous post, Nepal has given us a ‘fitspiration’ resulting to a plan to trek Poon Hill this August 2018 to celebrate my 40th birthday. I can’t wait to see the Himalayas range! Promise, I will post an ‘instagrammable’ photo with the Himalayas backdrop. LOL!
Because of this plan (well, the real plan really is to trek to Annapurna Base Camp some time next year), it pushes us to be physically healthy. We have to.
So for the last few days my sister is doing her own way of transformation. And today, I was sooo happy when she messaged me that she wanted to be a vegan. Hooray!!!
Big sister here is more than happy to support her!
As you know, I follow a vegan diet with no cooking oil and processed food. She can’t imagine food without cooking oil. How can you possible whisk some yummy food without cooking oil (and dairy products), right?
The supportive sister offered her help. I suggested to come up with one week plant based menu. Since she lives back home in Philippines, it means I have to consider the the local ingredients.
And earlier today, she cooked her first vegan dish without cooking oil! bravo!!
So let’s see where the WFPB (whole food plant based) diet will take her.
I really hope that we will trek together more places in the future. I am optimistic that Poon Hill trek is just the beginning of so many more trekkings and hikings adventures.
Cheers to healthy living!