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!

xx- Lori



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  1. Kelly says:

    Lori, remember me? The woman who began her yoga teacher training when you began your journey? I promised to fly out and teach a class with you when you reached your goal. Well I’m still here watching you and I loved your post today. Why? Because I planning on going vegetarian the first of the year. Why? Because I feel hypocritical eating meat because I love animals soooo. And just because I don’t kill my own chicken or fish it’s okay. No it’s not, I would never be able to. So here I go.

    I thought you might like to know that my husband and I adopted an 18 year old lady from a NYC kill shelter in hopes of making her comfortable in her last days/weeks. That was almost 6 months ago. Her name is Tiger but we call her Tiger Lilly. She’s a cute little button of a dog and she has captured a lot of attention of friends who always want to know how she is doing so I created her own fb page. Check her out sometime. It’s 5:45am and she’s in her morning food coma as usual on the floor in front of me. Anyway…..BEST OF LUCK training and completing your 1/2 marathon, as well as congrats on the 30 and 60 day veg/vegan challenge! BRAVO stand up and be tall!

    All the best!

    • Angie says:

      Lori, read this part of your blog today…I too have been trying to research the vegan life…I have such a heart for animals…and it seems with each passing day I ache to do whatever part I can to be a more positive presence here on this planet and one who is kind to ALL animals. I salute you on your progress! About that 1/2 marathon…YOU CAN DO IT!! Its one step at a time and on race day…when you are at the start line you might be nervous…but when you cross that finish line it will ALL be worth it, every bit of the training and aches and pains will be worth it!! I have done a few halfs and 2 full marathons…each one thinking AM I CRAZY and the race day came and it was a wonderful experience…CHEERING YOU ON!!!!

      • dogl2324 says:

        Hello Angie!

        If anything has changed for me in a massive way, it’s that I am so aware of what I am eating and where it comes from now. Not to say that I make perfect choices all the time, but it’s a far cry from the “turning a blind eye” to what I was consuming. I support you totally in your search to sway more into a vegan/plant base diet. I might need you to remind me about that 1/2 marathon YOU CAN DO IT along the way! 😉 WOW, multiple full marathons, totally impressive. Any tips for me you are willing to share? Thank you so much for following along and all the encouragement, it means A LOT!!! xx

    • dogl2324 says:

      Hi Kelly!
      Of course I do!! It is soo good to hear from you!Yay for going vegetarian at the beginning of the year. I totally understand you words and they resonate with me through and through. Being blind to the things we consume is not the answer, but change certainly is! I hope you will let me know how your journey with the veg eating goes. I will be sending good vibes for sure!

      Well, Tiger Lilly sure hit the lottery of love! Amazing what the unconditional love will do to the “timetable” they are given. I would LOVE to follow her on FB, what is the page under? You have made my day with this post, thank you so much for the encouragement the support and your kindness! Bring on the training! 😉 xx

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