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Day 3 – Coming out

Hello friends!

I am so tired and yet feeling so great. I had a great day out with my friends today at the St. James Court Art Show, an annual thing here in our city that I have been attending for the past few years. It’s such a beautiful area.

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Jim, Courtney, Renee, Me, Carrie and Beth. I love Fall clothes with sunglasses. It was a beautiful day today.

To get the day started I had some pumpkin oats with peanut butter 🙂 I just totally forgot to get a picture of it even though I finally replaced the batteries.

On the way, we stopped at Starbucks where a friend and I took the VIA test challenge and we CORRECTLY identified which one was which. However, I’m still a fan of the VIA and I used the $1 off coupon the guy gave me to buy some for home! I also had a tall soy vanilla latte to warm up on a crisp Fall day.

Also on the way there, we discussed my recent decision to go vegan for a while. For the most part, my friends are supportive, but I know it is not easy, so I’m not expecting them to bend over backwards. I am totally capable of peeling off cheese and whatever other exception I may have to make from time to time when we all eat together (like Wednesday night dinners).

I know it sounds cheesy but I’m sort of glad to be “out” to my friends now. My family is next I suppose 😉

Obviously, there were lots of food options at the art fair:

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But I just decided to eat a Nature Valley bar and a banana while I was there. We also got a free can of La Croix which was totally awesome! I had the orange flavor and now I hope I can find it at a store somewhere 😉

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My friend Jim ate for us though…I believe he had a cheeseburger, two hot dogs, a big cookie and this bratwurst. We love Jim!

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Then after the fair, we went to one of my favorite places in Louisville…Shiraz!

I got hummus, of course.

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And I also ordered the falafel, minus the tzatziki sauce. I just used hummus instead 🙂

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I ate just about everything as I’d worked up quite the appetite from walking around all day. It was such a good meal and a great day with friends.

After this, I went home for a while then went grocery shopping for the week. We are sort of under a tight budget this week, so it made things interesting. But I think we will manage, we usually do.

For “dinner” I wasn’t too hungry, so I just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…love this blueberry! It’s Smucker’s Simply Fruit, which I believe to be vegan as I examined the ingredients list 🙂

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My internal clock must be out of whack because I am ready for bed now, ha ha. I’ve gotta try and stay up a little longer to see Ryan Reynolds on SNL but I’ll most likely record it too because I know I won’t make it very far 🙂

Hope you all had a great day and a wonderful weekend!

p.s. I realize I did not have a Day 2 post but it was rather unremarkable (and with no pictures). Except for the awesome 3 mile run that I did in 29:30 with NO WALKING! Woo hoo.

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!