"It was a sacrifice, no doubt, but one I am glad I did."
How I did it: I decided I wanted to be vegetarian since I was seven years old. The problem was that I had no consistency or REAL commitment.
When I was fifteen (2009) I had an extra pound or two that I wanted to get rid of, and that helped me as a personal motivation. Then I got involved in PETA2 information, and I made my decision: it was time.
In November, I stopped eating pork and cow altogether. No hot dogs, ham, pizza, salami, pepperoni, steak, pork chops, etc. The last week, I stopped with the chicken. Then next week, December now, I wasn't eating fish anymore.
I never though on keeping track, so I don't remember the last time I ate bacon... So I count from January 1st of 2010.
On New Year's Eve I made my resolution: not eating meat on 2010. I did it!
On 2011's New Year Eve I made my new resolution, not eating meat on 2011. So far, I've made it.
As of the 20th of July I have been ovolactovegetarian for 18 months and 20 days.
Lessons & tips:
- Avoid eating outside!
- Substitute the meats for carbs first, then for greens. It makes the transition easier.
- Start slowly. Don't eat pork for a fortnight. Next week stop eating cows. Next month stop the chicken and so on.
- Buy a vegetarian recipe cookbook!
Resources: PETA2 helped me tons. I saw Food Network for veggie recipes, and I searched vegetarian cookbooks. There are loads.