The truth is that I like meat. I just decided that I didn't like the feeling it gave me and I wanted a clean life more than I wanted the meat.
Same for me. I didn't stop eating meat because I didn't like it, it was darned tasty. It was how meat was affecting my body and then subsequently my mood that ultimately led to the decision to start cutting it out. I took a road that's pretty common to many by first cutting out beef, then pork, then chicken. This took about four years. I remained pescatarian for a while, then dove into vegetarianism. But too many comfort foods were still available to my sorry ass (read: cheese) so I decided to cleanse my mind while dabbling in longer and longer trips to veganland. I always felt tons better when I did. When I decided to stay permanently, it was easy and smooth, a natural progression. Veganism was like the gateway drug to raw veganism--my raw vegan high floats me on clouds, I swear, and I'm quite happy to be addicted. I should note that I naturally put on muscle mass very, very fast and am built to carry it around in style along with fat, so all peripheral weight loss has been a blessing for showing off my natural lines. I'm raw vegan now since summer and all the dumbbells in the gym just keep getting lighter and lighter and....
I think that is the trick to any diet, exercise program or way of life. You have to want the change more than whatever it is you are giving up.
I'll go you one further and declare that if it ain't easy and natural, it ain't right for you right now
. A lot of people do stuff that feels hard, goes against their instincts, or just plain hurts. They call it a "challenge" and everybody claps for them when they conquer whatever it is they are pushing against. I've discovered another way. You can prep your mind and body for transitions so that when you take the step, it's so effortless that it's like walking through a door--no stress, no drama, no pain. The challenge-lovers won't clap for you but a new group will. I have a whole new group of friends now who support me like I never knew was possible. It's like a bonus check in the mail. And my body rewards me for not pushing it around by being so youthful and strong that I'm scrambling now to look for things to do to use up all the energy I have.
Do what you need to do until it feels right to do something else, then do that. We are all different and thank goodness. Otherwise the Earth would be one boring hunk of rock. Enjoy the journey.