Friday, March 29, 2013

A Good Friday!

I had to work pretty late in the day, but since Josh was off work, I spent the late afternoon taking a long walk with him, going shopping for camping gear, and having a nice US Pizza date. They made me an amazing guacamole covered veggie pizza, and now I'm full. I'm off to work for a few more hours then watch some scary movies. I am building a new workout and diet regiment, so stay tuned!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pulling Myself Together

Sometimes it takes a few bad days to really make you appreciate what it feels like to be healthy.  This morning, I was in a horrible mood, felt bad in my clothes, and was just generally depressed.  I am not going to do what I usually do, which is wallow in feeling horrible and eat all the things I swear off when I'm "healthy."  Being healthy is not just about eating the correct foods and moving your body, it's about having a good attitude about the way you treat your body.  We all stumble, but it's how long it takes us to get up that's what matters.  All of last year, I kept stumbling, and it seemed as though I could never get back up.  January I got up, and I've been going ever since.  Now, it would seem that I have stumbled, but I'm standing now.  I am trying to get my head into a healthy space before I get too rigid on calories or foods.  Dieting can only work if it makes you feel good.

So, I step down from my soap box and step into tomorrow.  I think tomorrow will be a good day.

I ate progressively better as the day went on, which is a good change.  I'm still working late as of tonight, so I'm still treating myself to wine.  The work will not slow for at least the next week, but I have got to stop putting myself aside.  I took a long walk with Josh tonight, and I'm not going to continue to skip yoga for the sake of work.  So, anyway, here's the food for today.  Tomorrow will be even better!

Also, my vegan cuts snack box came today.  It was my 2nd box, and I really like it.  I know it's not economical, but it exposes me to some products that I can't get in Little Rock.  I might do a review at some point in time.  There was a small easter egg that I ate immediately.  Yum!  There are some falafel chips that I really want to try.  I will be trying to not eat them all at once.

Is there anything that helps you get back on track?  I would LOVE some suggestions.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Another Day of Stress Eating

Breakfast was lots of snacks, tropical smoothie, trail mix and Laylas with Josh for dinner.  I'm still up at 11 pm working, but I'm bringing it to a close.  These long days of work and bad eating are not great for my waist line.  I know that a healthy eating blog full of unhealthy eating is not really working, but this has to be an honest expression of what's going on with me.  Right now, it's a lot of work and not a lot of working out.

I promise to get things back on track.  Until then, this is how today went...

Bodhi says get back on track, Mama.  No calorie count for today.

Rev Room Review

Last night, Josh and I went out to see Jim Gaffigan with my sister and her boyfriend.  The show was hilarious, although a bit too short.  Before comedy, we went in search of food.  The Rev Room on President Clinton Avenue has always been a good place to get drinks and some veg friendly food.  They have a new menu, and it has even more veg friendly items!  Click HERE for more info.

This week is turning out to be incredibly stressful for Josh and I.  We should have stayed home working, and we'll continue to work pretty much non-stop all through the weekend.  So, we were in need of a little relaxation.

I started off with some wine, and Josh and I decided to try their mango salsa. This was REALLY good, and it tasted very fresh.  This week has still been kind of a disaster on the healthy eating front.  I'm having a hard time getting back in my groove, because work is taking up so much of my focus.  I'm even having to skip yoga classes just to keep up with everything I have to do.

I got the California Free Love tacos on flour tortillas.  I asked for no cheese but add guacamole.  These had spinach and portabellos and were REALLY good.  I got the corn salad and sweet potato chips as a side.

Obviously, this is not diet food.  I'm still struggling with that.  When I get off schedule and work presses down on me, I turn to food and non-stop working to help compensate.  I realize that this isn't healthy, and it's why I've gained so much weight when I moved here.  I don't know how to get myself un-stuck.

Any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bachelorette Weekend Recap

So, I am finally back from my looooong weekend trip to Hermann, Missouri via Fayetteville and Kansas City.  It was exhausting and really fun, and I'm still spinning my wheels a bit on the healthy eating band wagon.  I feel there is some grip there, but I'm still not back to my normal eating.  I knew this trip was coming, though, and I'm more determined to take this weight loss quest more seriously from now on.

So, let's start with Thursday.  I took my ARE test (building systems), and I think I did really well.  I went to lunch with Josh, and that kind of started a weekend of indulgent eating.  We went to Taj Mahal in Little Rock, which usually has a lot of more vegan friendly dishes.  I first filled up with salad, then tried some of their dishes, but they were a bit greasy for me.

After lunch, I drove to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and met up with my wonderful friend Devon.  We soon went out for martinis and sushi (vegan sushi, of course).  Devon is not even a vegetarian, but around me she's always happy to split meals and be a pretend vegan.  This is kind of the beginning of me forgetting to take pictures of everything.

We had martinis at Theo's off Dickson Street, then walked over to Wasabi for seaweed salad and avocado rolls.  These were good, but the combination wasn't the best for my stomach.

We got up the next morning and hit up Subway for some pre-workout breakfast.  I got a flatbread full of vegetables.

We headed to Fayetteville Athletic Center for body pump and yoga.  My arms are STILL sore.  Devon and I used to be workout buddies back when I lived in Fayetteville, and I miss it a lot.  After our double workout plus steam room and sauna, we were both pretty hungry, so we munched on some kale chips and got ready for our trip.

I got these at Fresh Market in Little Rock, and OH MAN were they good.  I would not, however, pay $7 again for them.  Way too expensive.

After showers we loaded up the cars and got ready to head to Kansas City, but not before we stopped to have lunch at Common Grounds on Dickson Street.  Devon and I split the avocado cubano salad (all non-vegan stuff on the side for her) and the falafel pita.  My part of the pita was really dry, so I ordered a side of hummus and stole some avocado from our salad to put in the pita.

We picked up some veggie chips for the road in Rogers, then we headed to Kansas City!

I forgot to take pictures of the beautiful spread that Alisa, the bride, had for us at her house.  There were pita chips and different fruits and salad;  it was wonderful.  We also had several glasses of wine.  We had to leave by 6:30 AM, so there wasn't TOO much wine.  The next morning we got up and downed some quick food. I made a plate of fruits and seeds.

I also brewed some Jasmine Tea and had a granola bar from my Vegan Cuts snack box while we were waiting on the train.

Saturday was a blur of traveling, drinking, winery tasting and dancing.  Alisa packed us lunches for the train, which I again failed to snap a picture of.  I will just say that it was an amazing day.  We arrived in Hermann, Missouri around noon and continued our festivities well into the night.

Sunday morning we woke up to SO MUCH SNOW!  The trolley's weren't running, so we had to DRAG our bags (well, they did, I brought my pack) through the snow.

Needless to say, we were not all feeling our best.  I had a greasy vegan burger on the train (who knew Amtrak had vegan burgers?) and slept most of the way.  When we got to KC, we had originally hoped to eat at Cafe Gratitude, but we just wanted to get home, so we got clear of the city and grabbed some snacks at a gas station.

We mostly snacked the whole trip, as in not a lot of sit down meals, so when we got back to Fayetteville, we really wanted to have a nice dinner.

This, however, was a disaster.  Oseguera's used to be a FANTASTIC Mexican restaurant, and they recently moved to the square and changed their name to Celia's.  This was the worst service and food I have had in years.  We eventually had to cancel our order because it came out TWICE with cheese on it and the servers were unhelpful, rude and didn't seem to know what was going on.  There were only TWO tables there.  So, we left and Devon and I split a Jimmy John sandwich.  It was a lame end to a great trip.

I did, however, get to cuddle Marvin, who is a larger version of my Bodhi.  Isn't he cute?

The recap for the next day was posted yesterday, which I know is a little confusing, but I'm still not on a great schedule.

Tonight I'm going to see Jim Gaffigan and probably won't be posting about food, but I will start back on my regular schedule tomorrow.

As for being a vegan and traveling, I actually had no problems at all.  My backpack was FULL of snacks, and I barely ate any of them.  My friends made sure to bring a lot of vegan food (even though I'm the only one), and even the train had things I could munch on.  I like being prepared and being pleasantly surprised at the availability of food.  Do you find it easy to travel where you live?  Leave some comments! :D