Day four vegetarian

Well, I’ve made  it another two days!

I am definitely feeling much better, much lighter – in fact, I lost five pounds already!
Which I know could come back the second I eat something non-vegetable, but I do like the feeling of seeing the scale go down that much.

I do have one complaint though, and it’s that I am definitely feeling the effects of not eating anything too protein-centric, aside from the egg whites I had for breakfast this morning after I woke up feeling kind of weak and woozy.
I did feel better after my spinach-stuffed omelette, which was so very tasty. I’m kind of mad for spinach right now.

But aside from that, I’ve been more energetic – clocking 25 minutes on the Air Climber – and much happier with myself, which is always good for the old self-esteem. And one of the biggest things, is I’m finding myself staying fuller much, much longer because I am eating naturally good-for-me foods, not that processed BS I am (hopefully “was”) so fond of that made me hungry all the damn time.

Tonight I’m heading out for dinner with a dear friend and already scoped the menu out to prepare my options. I can tell my body needs something substantial (in addition to a glass of Riesling), so I’m thinking a fish dish, like ahi tuna, which I’m always in the mood for and a nice big salad to start things off.

While I’m excited about My First Meal Out as a Pseudo Vegetarian, I’m nervous about the upcoming weekend. Weekends have always been my dietary downfall because we’re a big food-lovin’ family, and I love having the four of us together sharing Chinese food and cinnamon buns and whatever else we find ourselves in the mood for, so it will definitely be a challenge.
I’m already trying to rack my brain to think about foods I can use as a “safe house” of sorts for me.

But I never thought I could do what I did these past four days, so maybe the weekend will be easier than I thought …

Nikki

Day two vegetarian

I had this tasty little number for dinner tonight.

So after the weekend’s incredible and, seriously, unregrettable eating extravaganza, I decided that I needed to think long and hard about detoxing myself.  Especially considering the fact that today was the first day I exercised in 10 days.

I decided to finally make good on my Try to Go Vegetarian As Often As I Can resolution, and today marks the second day in a row I’ve not eaten anything with meat in it. In fact, until I started looking into it, I thought that, aside from a tiny bit of cheese on yesterday’s salad, two cheesesticks and a small amount of ranch dressing, I came thisclose to being vegan both days. Turns out Special K is not vegan, who knew?
Maybe this isn’t thisclose for real vegans, but for someone who is doing the best she can to start out, methinks that’s pretty darn close indeed.

What I ate, Monday:
– Special K with red berries and vanilla almond Silk
– Two bananas
– A salad with cheese and ranch dressing
– Tofu and mushroom stir fry and rice
– A cheesestick

What I ate, Tuesday:
– Special K with red berries and vanilla almond Silk
– A banana
– Leftover tofu and mushroom stir fry with rice
– A cheesestick
– Roasted cauliflower with green olives, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, crushed red pepper and a smattering of fresh parsley from a recipe I saw here on one of my favorite foodie sites, Serious Eats.

Even though I got home late and was starving, just as I was last night, instead of reaching for one of my standby Lean Cuisine pizzas, I took the extra time to make this dish, and I am so glad I did. It was seriously yummy, and I feel full, but not that I-gorged-on-all-sorts-of-bad-processed-foods-like-I-often-do-on-my-late-nights full.

Notes: I didn’t use but a smidge of the garlic the recipe called for (and used minced in a jar instead of actual cloves). Next time I will definitely add more olives because they were incredible.
In fact, as much as I liked the cauliflower, I think making the dish with just the olives and chickpeas would be stellar.

What did you have for dinner?

Nikki

(photo taken on my iPhone using Instagram)

I did a bad, bad thing

I haven’t exercised since Saturday.

And I’ve eaten terribly this past week. In fact, it was emotional eating of biblical proportions, and I feel so damn guilty about it, which I guess is a good thing, right?

It shows in my face, it certainly shows in my body, and it doubly certainly shows at night, as I haven’t been able to sleep because I feel so uncomfortable.  

But then I became inspired by Sondra, a blogger I follow here on WordPress. I’ve been inspired by her many times since I started following her a few months back, but this particular post made me adore – and support – the journey of this post-weight-loss surgery blogger all the more.

And I was so moved by this post of hers that I commented, something I’ve done on her blog before.  Her response to me was so selfless and again, inspiring, that I found tears running down my cheeks because I found comfort in her words – and the fact that I know I’m not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with food.  
Now I just need to find the perfect balance of being the foodie I am in the healthy body I need before it’s too late.

If you struggle with your weight (as I do and have for years), if you are dependant on food (as I am, being one of those who “live to eat, not eat to live”), if you want to be inspired to help (as I am after reading this), or if you just want to meet a great blogger, I encourage you to check See Sondra Slim out – but start with the above post, because as Sondra wrote:

“The fight against hunger is just as important as the fight against obesity.
As a matter of fact, sometimes, they go hand in hand.”

Nikki

Bread is dead.

Oh, if only there was some truth to that statement for me.

I’ve never understood the whole “ban carbs” thing.

I wish I did because I’ve seen how super fast my best friend has lost weight subsisting on nothing more than cased meats ands cheeses.  And as much as I adore those things, what’s a hot dog without the bun? What’s cheese without it melting between two thick slices of bread?

And furthermore, ever since I was a wee lass, I’ve loathed milk.  Its smell and taste make me sick. I always made sure to eat cereal – which I love – as often as possible just to try to get the calcium I needed. Luckily, I discovered soymilk and almond milk and fell in love with Silk Coconut, which is a million times better than anything from a cow!

But back to my point.
Going carb free has never really been an option. I’ve pondered it, but when I realize that I couldn’t have my cereal or the crackers I so love putting my cheese on, I lose my nerve. 

Though we're a family of four, this just seems excessive. Goal: Replace most of it with fruits and veggies!

At this exact moment, there are about three thousand carb bombs in my kitchen.
– Eight croissants
– Half a loaf of Sam’s Club’s rosemary and sea salt focaccia bread
– Martin’s potato buns 
– Honey corn bread
– Two half-eaten bags of Sun Chips
– Ritz crackers
– Peanut-butter filled pretzels
– A near-empty box of carraway rye Trickets
– Left-over homemade Christmas cookies from the fella’s mom 
– Three boxes of Special K with red berries 
What? They hardly go on sale so you have to stock up when they do!

So how is a girl to not eat bread or its fattening cousins?
Willpower seems to be faltering, so I’d love any suggestions you might have!

NMM