Vegan-tarian challenges complete- CHECK.
You know those commercials for Mucinex where the jolly family of lime green looking Pillsbury dough boy creatures have set up shop in someones chest complete with fun curtains and a herb garden as they prance around on the TV screen. Well the little suckers that have moved into my chest from this lingering cold are far from jolly looking and more like something out of a sci fi show like Lost Girl from the dark fae of evility. I am a mess, but I am on the mend I promise. I just wanted you to know that my delay in posting about my vegan and vegetarian challenges is not because I did not complete them. I did complete both 61 days without meat and 31 days without animal products. (well minus my honey slip up, which I totally blame on the Mucinex minions).
Just when I thought I knew a lot about food, this challenge has opened my eyes to so many new ways to prepare food, and a little bit more about self discipline. There are few vegetables I don’t like so the vegetarian challenge I found to be enjoyable, the food was amazing, eating out was not an issue and I felt great. After 30 days of not eating any meat, moving ahead to the vegan challenge and eliminating all animal products from my diet and focusing on plant based eating became more of a challenge. I cooked about 80% of my meals, made sure to pack lunches and snacks for work and when I did dine out, there was research into what would have options for me. It took effort, and to be honest that is one of the best parts of the vegan eating portion of the last two months. There was no willy nilly stopping to get a (insert food craving of your choice here) it was a thoughtful choice, a planned out well orchestrated dance with what you were putting into your body. I like the idea of eating like that as one of my biggest struggles has always been spree of the moment bad decisions that would lead to binge eating.
I have so much respect and admiration for people who embrace the vegan way of eating 100% of the time, it is a labor of love. I have put a lot of thought into what it will look like as I move forward, especially as I start to train for the half marathon in the upcoming days. I will make a commitment to include plant based eating into my diet in a greater way than ever before. Going forward I will eat mostly vegetarian with some fish included in my diet and on occasion (and by “on occasion” I do not mean occasionally each day!) but once in a while I will eat meat. I thought to myself will people think that I failed if I don’t decide to eat like this forever, but I know I did not fail, and the knowledge I take with me from my eating over the last two months is just another piece in my giant puzzle of the dog-lbs project. When I look back at my starting place of decades in a toxic relationship with food and where I stand now, I can tell you I am very proud of where I am in this process. It’s one step and that is how any life long change happens. I was surprised that I only lost 6lbs during the vegan challenge, I don’t know why I had it in my head it would be a lot more, but I am happy with the 6 and continue to fight hard through the mental games of the scale, I am slowly letting it not be about the number, but it’s ingrained in so much of my shame and so much of who I have been for so long.
I am so, so grateful for the experiences and people who have support me over the last few months. Now it’s time to start training for the half marathon. (ahhhhh every time I type those words it seems crazy to me, crazy in a good exiting way!) Much more on that in the next few days.
Now is the time for a cute puppy pic and my plea for donations!
I am going to throw this out there in hopes some of you will want to help a few doggies who need to find their way off of death row and into the loving arms of Recycled Doggies!
You can donate by sending a check to this address:
Attn: Lori’s Dog lbs
P.O. Box 12773
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