5 Days as a Vegan

Today is my sixth day of eating like a vegan. I would like to say that it has been all whole foods, but it hasn’t, and there have been a few minor errors, like in the first day with eating a slice of homemade bread, that was gift, that may have had some butter and an egg in it, but I’m not looking at that. I’m looking at the major decisions I made in my diet, because I am NOT going to look a the small mishaps, but rather the big steps I have taken.

Day 2:

Breakfast: Chia pudding (chia, almond milk, raspberries), Kashi vegan blueberry waffles, Silk yogurt. Lunch: Slice of oat bread, Buddha bowl. Dinner: Protein shake, Daiya Alfredoimageimageimage

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Day 3:

Breakfast: Breakfast Quinoa with almond milk, lemon, and blueberries. Lunch: Daiya Alfredo. Snack: Larabar, Strawberries. Dinner:…? I don’t remember! I do remember polishing off the coconut ice cream though!

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Day 4:

Breakfast: The same breakfast quinoa. Lunch: Veggie Hummus wrap. Snack: Protein shake, plums. Dinner: Daiya White cheddar.

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Day 5:

Breakfast: Ezekiel bread with vegan butter and jam. First lunch: Leftover mac, Larabar. Second lunch: Breakfast quinoa with blueberries and strawberries. Snack: Banana. Dinner: Vegan mac with veggie/nutritional yeast sauce.

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So far I have started out my morning with chia pudding and fresh berries and two slices of Ezekiel bread with “butter” and preserves!

It is safe to say that I am really feeling a difference. Everything is still kind of weird because it will take a long time to adjust to the idea of “no dairy” and just eating differently, seeing food differently. The first 2 days were the hardest. I was hungry all the time and felt like crap. My body had had enough and was in shock because I wasn’t feeding it the same, but day 3 was a day off and I was able to get the sleep I needed and take things slow and after that I started noticing a difference. It hasn’t cured my morning problem yet. I am Jekyll and Hyde in the morning. Almost every day I carry the regret of not waking up on time, but I am someone else in my sleep, someone desperate for more rest like their life depends on it, then I snap out of it, only lately after snapping out of it I have pep! I haven’t drank any coffee for a week either!

So this is my testament to you. Give it a REAL try for more than one day. The Meatless Monday is a joke. This is the real deal. Get over you own tastes buds that you have been spoiling your whole life! Get your brain off of sugar!

Watch Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, read The Omnivore’s Dilema, and it will change they way you make food decisions.

Thug Kitchen is on it’s way to me and I have a list of other cookbooks that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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Running Record Resolution

I’m back with another resolution update. I hate to leave everyone hanging, it has been som e times since my last post, but I also try not to constantly post OOTD/Update type stuff… I like stuff with real substance, but then what would a blog be with out a real person behind it?!

So here’s another update of a different kind!

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I mentioned that fitness is always a part of renewing myself or personal growth, especially in the new year. Normally I keep plans and goals that are risky to myself. I’m afraid of be scoffed or failing, or worse… scoffed into failing! But I have learned that there is a great freedom in being open with your goals, and it is humbling to fail and try again.

Last year I did a fair amount of working out. I decided to try to embrace the gym. Oh, man do I really love lifting weights! I really do! But I did not like it enough to continue after my membership expired. There was something about spending an hour or more with all kinds of grunting sweaty strangers that were using all of the things you wanted to. There was something difficult about thinking of what were the right exercises to be performing and reps and sets. There was something exhausting about planning my day around all of it and not seeing results as fast as you wished. I can truly appreciate the sport because I have given it an Ashley try. I commend weight lifters and body builders. You have strength, focus, drive, and patience.

So here I am. Avoiding a yoga class that I am afraid will cost me our the ying-yang and that I will end up not liking… And I put on my running shoes instead.

I looked at the amazing past progress I had made on Nike+, then the coach feature of the app. A beginner 10K program that took 8 weeks. I looked up a race that was a little over 8 weeks out and set up my program and did it. I’m just doing it. I am only in the 3rd week, so I might be getting my hopes up. But Ashley really is a runner. She just never felt confident enough to call herself one until now.

Funny things always happen when you make a choice like this in your life. Here I was worried about paying so much for memberships… My Lunar Flyknits have 13 miles on them according to Nike+ and they are clapped. They probably have more than 13, but not 250!

So yes, of course I got some new shoes! My ankles were bleeding and me feet were so sore. So… here I am still spending money, but there is something different about doing it for something that you love. Whether the love is in the moment or not. I’m about as impulsive as a Taurus gets! Good news is I am feeling NO pain in the side of my knee now!

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How’d my very first run go?

I felt terrible. I felt worse starting out than I can ever remember starting out before. I am officially getting older and it’s time that I take charge of my health and not take such a long break between. I hadn’t been to the gym since AUGUST! What was my excuse all winter? I was working full time, going to school…But I was giving up. I felt I had done all that I could do. Here I am, full time with two internships and trying to kill it. I guess some desperate times make you finally reach for a little salvation.

So running has always been there for me. I’ve been running since the 7th grade. But for the first time in my life, I feel like I am there for running too. Looking back at these photos I am so impressed with what I have accomplished in the last 3 weeks!

So yes, while I wish I had the money and time to blog about nothing other than home decor and crafts, I am a real person, trying really hard to better themselves in more areas than one! This Taurus is a jack of all trades! I can’t wait to share more with you. A progress update before I get to sure of myself about this race! Yes, I’m still nervous!

Are any of you runners? What are your favorite ways to stay healthy?