Firstly, I need to apologize for my lateness. Been busy with things so I haven’t updated like I should have. Still getting used to this whole blogging thing so to anyone reading, I would not expect daily updates until I get better with scheduling my time between work, marketing, and blogging…and gaming.
So it seems that once you start this diet of changing the way you eat it turns into habit. I’m finally at the point where I don’t actually crave meat like I used to. I spend a lot more time eating food from my local grocery delis when I’m not cooking at home. Its great because most deli locations have vegetable/side plates for around 5 bucks. Food Depot, Vowell’s, and Kroger have been my best friends during the past few weeks. Understand that I’m not out here saying that I’m eating healthy. Taco Bell has also gotten to know me very well. Since I work late I don’t always feel like cooking when I go home. I hit my local Taco Bell and look for tasty meatless entrees (that was a joke lol). My normal order is usually a 7 layer with no beans because I have to admit that their beans are terrible. Recently I have just been trying different menu items without and my favorite has been the shredded chicken burrito without the chicken. It has cheese, cilantro rice, and this really good ranch flavored sauce. Like I said not healthy but alternative.
Ill be back in about 7 days or so with an official weigh in. I know I said day 15 but I waited too long so screw it. I will weigh in at day 30 to se how much has changed. Afterwards ill be moving on to the next challenge on myself. I recently bought this 3-week diet and I may start it next. Depends on how things go. I may do it anyway cause I don’t like wasting money lol
So 10 days ago I challenged myself to reach a new weight loss goal. I’m not much of a planner in most situations so I knew already that treating this like a job would only lead me to bad results. I consider myself at most times a “doer“ so this needed to be something I could execute quickly without much thought. So what did I decide…
…I stopped eating meat.
Now anyone who knows me knows that I not only love my meat ( lol ) but I also am a king of BBQ and bacon alike. So I took the hardest thing I could think of and decided to make it my new strength. After 9+ years serving with the U.S. Army, I’m used to giving things up for long periods of time. So this was a no brainer. The first 2-3 days were the hardest since everyday my friends wanted to go out and I had to forcefully decline. See if this was gonna work it had to be on my terms. While I tend to work best with a team, this was a road that I had to start alone if I was truly going to succeed. I now stand 10 days into my own personal challenge feeling better than I had before and making strides to living a much healthier life overall.
Understand that this choice is not a permanent one. I love meat too much to never eat it again. I am giving myself 30 days to reshape my life as a whole starting with my diet. I have been to scared to hop on a scale to weigh myself since I started so I don’t know my actual weight loss as of yet. Day 15, being the mid point in this exercise, will be the official weigh in day. Those of you still with me, I appreciate the vote of confidence. I will list below some of the cooking alternatives that have helped me tremendously through this process.
– Richard a.k.a Toastman
Chinese Vegetarian Cookbook – Some great recipes in here!
Jason Ferruggia’s Easy Vegan Recipes – Interesting ways to spice up plain vegetables