May 20, 2011

Roses and thorns

I know I'm only a few days in, but can I just say ... I kind of love being vegan.

Maybe it's the diversity - every day I eat something new, whether a new ingredient...

... or just a new recipe.

Massaged kale salad, portobello mushroom and rainbow pepper tacos, and seitan potato hash with collard greens and tomatoes. Even if I go back to eating meat at the end of the challenge, I'll still keep these recipes in my rotation - they're unbelievably delicious, and all veggie - no meat, no dairy, no oil. And it's all so colorful! Nothing picks you up and out of a funk like a fresh burst of color.

I don't feel like I'm being deprived by not having meat or dairy, and I feel cleaner, which is really remarkable because I thought I felt pretty great before. Something a little surprising is that I don't feel hungry all the time - I thought without meat, I'd have trouble feeling full. But actually, it's kind of the opposite - I feel like I eat more now because I still want to make my 1150-1350 calories a day. So I'll pick up a piece of fruit or have a little salad, and I'm more than satisfied.

I had a ton of energy this week - maybe because of the clean eating, maybe because I decided I was done feeling sorry for myself. But I totally killed all my workouts, ate well, slept great, and came back to life in a big way. I applied for a half dozen jobs - we'll see what happens, but I feel better already just knowing I'm trying my hardest.

For today, I'm weighing in at 205, a 5 pound loss for the week. I couldn't be more pleased. I worked incredibly hard this week, and it's paying off. I'm looking great, feeling fantastic, and so totally ready for greeting the summer as a lady living in onederland for the first time since I was a preteen.

What about you? What's your favorite thing you cooked/ate this week? What are you looking forward to this weekend?

P.S.! The winner of my Carb Queen giveaway is... Ann! Please e-mail me your address and the book will be on its way!


financecupcake said...

Wow, it sounds like the vegan diet really suits you! You're doing great. Nice loss this week!!

My favorite recipe this week is Biz's pumpkin scones:

So, roses and thorns? I'm failing to see the thorns. :)

Corryn said...

Holy cow, those tacos look and sound amazing! I'm googling them now!

So happy for you and your good week. :o)

Life as a Caterpillar said...

Ha ha ha ha Mary! I just posted a blog linking to yours, and i come here to see you mentioned the 'eating clean' subject i wrote about today!

Great minds think alike?

Glad to hear you are enjoying your veganism. I think i've missed about 100 posts of yours, so i will have to go back and see how this started. I've been Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian for 22 years, but i know on the days when i eat closer to Vegan, i feel amazing. How cool are we?

Amy said...

My jaw actually dropped when I read that 5 pound loss this week! That's AMAZING!!!

I've been eating SO bad this week, I don't know why, but mainly laziness, and since I'm going home I just didn't want to buy groceries and have been eating out pretty much every day (okay it's true every day).

I woke up this morning with a headache, stomach ache and all around feel terrible body-wise (I'm still on freakin' cloud nine though!) I had a very out loud conversation with myself saying "Okay well no wonder you feel like this... enough!"

The worst part? I haven't gained ANY weight which tells me if I was eating even slightly better I would have probably had an amazing loss this week. Doh!

Luckily I'm going home this weekend to good food (some bad) and home cooked meals, I'm coming back Monday stocking the fridge with fruit and veggies and going to run my first 5K feeling awesome!!

Caron said...

I noticed you said the recipes had no oil and wondered if oil is not allowed. I've read some vegan posts of people who use coconut oil. Maybe you're getting all you need with things like avocados? I'm no expert but Weight Watchers encourages us to have two teaspoons a day of olive oil or other "good" oils. :)

Ann said...

Wow, sounds like things are going GREAT and I'm so happy you're out of that funk!!! And.... I won?!!?? SO cool. Emailing you today!!!

Jen said...

I love being a vegan too!! I agree it is much easier than ever anticipated!

You are doing FANTASTIC!

Anonymous said...

What a great week! Keep up the good work!

Sarah said...

I love the vegan style of eating. So many yummy foods and all your pictures look beautiful.

I'm looking forward to a having a veggie burger with avocado tonight.

Karen said...

Glad it's going so well for you. I know I am not cut out to be vegan. I wish I had seen the Oprah episode about her trying it.