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Day 16: Oops, my camera!

Today was a crazy day! First off, I woke up at 6:50 when I originally had my alarm set for 5:45. But somehow I managed to walk the dog, throw everything together, take a shower and get to work just a few minutes late.

I pretty much just laughed at myself and decided to not let being a little bit late take away my sunny disposition 😉

I had to eat breakfast at work and as I was preparing it, I realized I left my camera at home, ahhh! Luckily, my cell phone pics aren’t too bad (it’s what I used on my blog for a long time when I first started out).

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5 grain cereal, peanut butter and banana. This and a HUGE cup of coffee helped perk me right up 🙂

When I finally started to get settled into work, I had to walk over to a meeting about open enrollment for our insurance. It sort of gave me a headache but I am grateful to have insurance and it was a nice 10 minute walk to get over there too, so I didn’t mind!

Since I had breakfast so late (for me), I didn’t eat again until lunch, which was another artichoke burger on an Ezekiel muffin with sugar snap peas. It was the easiest thing to throw in my lunch bag in a rush!

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Not long after lunch, it was time to meet Farrah for a walk/run. We did our same 0.25-mile intervals and increased our running intervals up to 7.0 mph for the last mile (we did 3.2 or so in 45 minutes)!

At one point, I had a huge pain in my side and then I got kind of nauseous toward the end. So I’m glad we didn’t go any longer or I would’ve had to slow down for sure. I think I’ve found my threshold!

Not long after I got back from my workout, I had yet another meeting to go to!

Finally, I got to snack on some soy yogurt that was quite a treat (and on sale for 59 cents).

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The sugar content of the Whole Soy & Co brand does not thrill me but it was still a good snack. I just wouldn’t eat it everyday.

I also spent a good part of the day trying to figure out where the heck Josh and I would eat dinner tonight. We couldn’t be more opposite! I’m vegan and he eats meat. I love veggies and he pretty much avoids them (except corn and potatoes). Yikes!

In order to save money, and our sanity, we went to the mall where I was able to get Panera and Josh was able to get Sbarro. He swears when his gym membership takes effect next month, he’s going to clean up his diet. It cracks me up when people wait to start eating healthy to coincide with their new workout routine. I guess because I started with one thing first, I just can’t imagine trying to start them both at the same time.

At Panera, I got the You Pick 2 of garden vegetable soup (which I saw listed on Vegan Eating Out) and the Greek salad with no feta (and a whole grain baguette). I’m not sure about the dressing, oops. I didn’t use much of it.

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And finally, I am at home reunited with my camera!

I tried to get creative with a snack later and melted some chocolate chips and dipped some leftover bread in them. I’m so glad this bread is gone now 😉

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I’m very excited about tomorrow. A new Target opened near us and I hear they have an expanded grocery section (still not quite like Super Target) and I think I’ll do some of my shopping there in the morning!

I wrote out the ingredients of a few new recipes I’m going to try this coming week and I can’t wait. It really does keep things exciting by trying new things more often 😉

I’m going shopping early tomorrow so I can come home and watch the Texas vs. Oklahoma football game tomorrow. Josh is a HUGE Texas fan so there will be some craziness at my house for a while.

Good night friends!

Day 10: On the road

Saturday started off in a very good way with some yummy PB&J oats that were perfected this time around. With some Starbucks Columbian VIA to compliment.

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I used a bit less jelly this time and no banana (which I saved for lunch). I love how the peanut butter just melted all over the top, then I stirred it together a bit. YUM!

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Not long after, we hit the road to visit Josh’s grandma a few hours away. On the way there, I managed to get a grocery list together, using quite a few recipes from Vegan Planet. I can’t wait to cook this week!

For lunch, I had a peanut butter (no jelly!) sandwich and a banana.

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We stopped at a gas station before heading back home and I got to post another Operation Beautiful note!

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This was in a very small town so I’m hoping everyone hears about it 😉

I snacked on a surprise find at the gas station!

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Josh found some supposedly hotter than Hot Tamales which we don’t have at home, he was excited!

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I tried a few too but they just didn’t seem hotter. He’s trying to convince me that he needs to do a side-by-side test, which means buying more Hot Tamales. Yeah right! Ha ha.

When we got home, I grabbed some Panera for dinner because I had yet to go to the grocery store.

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I had 1/2 a Classic cafe salad, cup of black bean soup and a whole grain baguette. Yum! I love it when I make black bean soup day, I have missed it so many times before. 🙂

After dinner, I went to the store, well stores, and I had major success. On the road, I wrote out all the ingredients for the few recipes I chose to make this week and went to three different stores but I managed to get a ton of stuff and stay well within budget (actually $5 under)!

Check this out:

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  • Bananas (a ton, I’m making soft serve this week!)
  • Carrots
  • Avocado
  • Green pepper
  • Red onion
  • Bagged salad
  • Peanuts
  • Rice milk
  • Hummus
  • Spices
  • Soy yogurt
  • Pumpkin
  • Black and great northern beans
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Black olives
  • Celery
  • Sweet potato
  • Whole wheat tortillas

I got all of that plus everything Josh needed for $45. I rule! And I’m glad I don’t have to eat PB&J every day this week again 😉

After all that shopping (two plus hours) I was hungry again, so I snacked on my current fave…with a twist.

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1/2 a whole wheat tortilla with PB and chocolate chips. Folded in half, woo hoo!

Next up, Day 11. I can’t believe I’ve officially been a vegan for 11 days.

I love it, it feels so natural to me. It has been a challenge at times but not one that I can’t manage. I feel so good in all aspects of my body and mind. I think I might just have to keep this up 😉

13 months

That is how long I made it in between colds. I slept really well on Friday night and then Saturday morning I woke up feeling amazing! Rest is the best.

But then I tried too hard. I did a 3 mile walk, went to the grocery store, cleaned and then this cold reared it’s extremely ugly head. But let’s take a step back.

Saturday morning, I had some 5 grain cereal with peanut butter and banana.

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I also stopped on the way and got some coffee at a gas station with some International Delight creamer, which I learned contains caseinate so it is not vegan. Sad 😦

After the walk, which was great, I snacked on a Nature Valley bar. I’m really getting hooked on these. Is that bad?

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For lunch, I had the last serving of the falafel I made along with a big carrot and creamy Italian dressing to dip it in. And ketchup 🙂

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I snacked on some nuts (about 1 tbsp left in the jar) and half a PB sandwich in the afternoon. I tried to take a nap but when you can’t breathe through your nose it makes sleeping interesting, at least for me.

Luckily, I had an easy-going girl’s night on the agenda! Getting out of the house for a while actually did me some good I think.

We had dinner at Penn Station where I got an artichoke wrap with no cheese or mayo and added mushrooms. And fries sounded so much better than chips!

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After dinner, we went to a book store and then stopped at Starbucks where I got a tall soy chai tea latte. It was so good! This may be my favorite now. I’m still bummed that the pumpkin spice syrup contains milk.

At Court’s house, we watched some TV including the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. I wasn’t too impressed but at least U2 was the musical guest. Next week is RYAN REYNOLDS! I need to write that boy a letter to thank him for all my blog stats 😉

I drank lots more tea and had some chocolate too. The 60% Ghirardelli has milk fat, boo!

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This morning I woke up feeling just okay but definitely still sick. I only had one thing on my mind when I woke up…PUMPKIN.

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My stores have been out of this stuff forever, but I managed to find this HUGE can lurking on the shelves over the weekend. How can pumpkin be out of season? I thought they kept it year round. I’m sure I will use this though, so no harm.

I made something I hadn’t had in forever…pumpkin oats!

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This bowl contained 1/3 cup quick cooking oats, 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup pumpkin. Topped with chocolate chips, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice. Oh how I’ve missed you. And it’s totally vegan hooray!

Coffee with Almond Breeze was also in order.

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It wasn’t my best use of judgment, but I snagged two pumpkin muffin “bites” at church because I got hungry. This cold has increased my appetite, it’s crazy. But it was just a snack so I left it at that (just not sure about the contents).

For lunch, Mom so kindly offered to get me something, so I chose Panera because I was so in the mood for some soup!

I got the black bean which I ate with the French baguette. That filled me up for a while but an hour or so later I got hungry again so I went back for lunch part 2, half a Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.

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I totally forgot to ask for no feta! But I ate it anyway, still got a few days until October 1 and I’m learning from each experience 😉

I took a 2 hour nap (hooray) and then snacked on another selection from Nature Valley.

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I still think this is my fave flavor. Good thing, I bought a whole box of them 😉

My diet has been rather carb-heavy but I’m chalking that up to sickness and what my body is craving, perhaps for more energy to fight off this cold. So I’m just going with it for now and when I start feeling better, things will even back out.

For dinner, I made a Boca vegan burger with spinach and hummus on whole wheat toast with carrots and more hummus.

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The hummus was a new selection for me from Sabra which I found at Kroger this weekend on sale for $3!

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I couldn’t really tell how hot it was but it seemed to make my nose run a bit so it must have some kick. What I could taste of it was very good and a nice change from my usual plain hummus.

Time to drink some more fluids and hit the hay early. I’m doing what works for me which is NOT taking cold medicine or any yucky stuff that just makes me feel worse.

I rely on rest, fluids, healthy food, and a vitamin C supplement (500 mg per day) plus lots of hot tea and soup to nurse me back to health.

Hopefully it will be even longer than 13 months before I get this again 🙂

Good night!

Is summer here?

It’s going to be 86 degrees today! I took the dog out for a walk this morning and it was a crisp 65! While I’m not complaining, did we just skip over Spring and go straight to Summer?! 🙂 My walk yesterday was amazing, we were out for about 50 minutes in the sunshine with the wind in our hair. So nice.

After work, I met my friend at Panera for some dinner, which came at the perfect time because I was hungry! The Choco-walla bar I ate yesterday actually didn’t have that much protein in it, just 5 grams, so that was a big let down (though it did have 5g of fiber too). But remind me not to get that one again. If I want a chocolatey bar, I will get a Z bar that has fewer calories!

For dinner, I got the “You Pick Two” (because that’s how I roll) and I chose 1/2 a smoked turkey sandwich on sourdough with no mayo and 1/2 a caesar salad. I ate everything on my plate, even the croutons and the roll that came with the salad!

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I don’t know how a “line” ended up in that picture, its kinda weird. Oh well.

Dinner was amazing and I was really satisfied by my food and the good visit with my friend. Plus the weather was mild, even though it was rainy, and I just felt really good being in the moment instead of worrying about the past or the future. That has been one of my biggest lessons in this stress management class, just living in the moment. Taking the time to enjoy every aspect of what you are doing right now.

While we were sitting there I started thinking about ice cream, so on the way home I stopped into Graeter’s and got a single scoop of Peanut Butter Chip to go. I hadn’t had real ice cream in forever and I’m pretty sure the last time I went to Graeter’s was the night before we left for Nicaragua last summer. Don’t ask me how I remember stuff like that 😉

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Yum.

I went home to hang out with the husband & dog and drank some of this awesome black peppermint tea my friend Courtney gave me :

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I am just in awe of how intuitively I ate yesterday and how that really paid off. Plus, I actually felt good knowing I would be posting a healthy meal and ice cream on my blog, showing you guys that this is how a real human eats and yes I’ve lost weight and maintained it this way. It can be done, its all about balance.

Love you guys, thanks for the comments!