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So, after 3 weeks I’m still going strong and feeling great. My energy level is as high as ever and my physical conditioning has not suffered.  Overall, I’m very happy with the transition that has taken place.

The last 2 weeks since my last post have been hectic. I find that the more hectic my week is can effect how easy it is to stay away from meat.  In my case, this mainly comes from the fact that I pack most of my daily meals. When I am too busy to pack my lunch or even food shop ahead of schedule I usually wind up putting myself in a situation where I have to refuse meat based meals.  Mainly this is because when you go out to eat many of the options at most places are meat based.

I almost did breakdown once last week.  I had an estimate for work at 630 and I went to the gym before hand  from 5-6.  I had planned to eat dinner somewhere after the gym and figured I could find a place with a good vegetarian selection. Well, the time frames didn’t work out and I found my self at Wawa trying to decide what to get. They only real option was the cheese sandwich/sub and I really didn’t want it. I seriously stood at the ordering kiosk for 5 minutes looking at other sandwiches.   In the end though I did buy the cheese sandwich and I am extremely happy I did.   What made me decide on the cheese sandwich was my responsibility to this blog and my readers…. Thanks for supporting me!

Anyway, overall I have been eating great and I don’t really miss too much of my former life.  The hardest part so far is simply getting enough variety into my daily diet to keep me interested.  It is easy as a vegetarian to simply find 1 or 2 places that you like to eat and wind up eating there all the time.  You really have to make a concerted effort to leave your comfort zone and try some new things.

Attached you will find some photos of meals that I’ve been enjoying.  This past weekend was the easiest so far because I went away on a mini vacation with my girl friend who is a vegetarian as well.  We ate like kings all weekend and it was great.  Well, till next week; 8 days left!

 

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Week 1 down and it is not that difficult being a vegetarian. I realized how little of my life I actually had to change around to make it comply. I already don’t buy meat at the store and I don’t really eat meat for breakfast or lunch anyway.  Dinner and eating out is the hardest part.   One instance that was difficult to avoid was Friday at lunch. I went to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Guadalupana, on Haddon Avenue in Westmont, NJ.  Mexican meals typically always have meat as the base for their meals. Thankfully though I was able to find some bean and rice based dishes that allowed me to eat with everyone else.

Overall, it really wasn’t that bad.  I ate well all week, feel great, and always had options at the restaurants I went to.  Regardless I’m excited for the rest of the month. I’ll keep you guys updated.

I’d love to hear about any challenges that you guys/gals are going through. Anyone?

Justin

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Happy New Year everyone!  I trust that everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves responsibly.  My new year was fun.

After the first month of the blog, I must say that I am very excited for the new year and the twelve challenges that I am going to attempt to complete this month. December ended great and I’m excited for January’s challenge.

December review: I will admit, attempting to get 31 separate 25+minute Spanish lessons in 19 days was quite the challenge. I don’t believe that I was really prepared for the challenge when I issued it to myself.  Although, what kind of challenge would it have been if I didn’t have to go through some discomfort?  A boring one.

Well, I tallied my results and it appears that I missed my 31 separate lessons by about 5 lessons. I simply ran out of time and energy at the end to do 3-4/day.  They can be tiring and extremely time consuming.  I will admit, that every time I wanted quit and just take off one day, I kept thinking of my commitment to myself and this blog. It really kept me going. Also, after the month, I am going to keep up the ritual and attempt to do a spanish lesson as often as possible, like 4-5x/week.

I am disappointed that I did not complete the objective for the first month. What a let down.  But, I am not the type of person to just give up, hence I’m here to admit defeat and ready myself for the next challenge.

JANUARY 2012 Challenge

I had what I thought was an excellent challenge for January until my “special lady friend”, Jess, came up with a challenge for me that I am going to undertake: No meat for 1 month. 

Now, I must say that I do love meat but it is not something that I have not lived with out before.  Personally, I have issues with meat because of the health issues involved (plant based diet=longer life and chemicals/practices used by the meat industry) and environmental issues (energy required to raise 1 lb. of meat vs energy for 1 lb. of crops and that the meat industry is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, methane), over my concern for animal welfare.

After seeing Food, inc. I have made a choice to be what I call a, “Freegan”. I only elect to eat meat when it is free.  I have chosen not to vote for the food industries with my “food” dollars.

Well, since I don’t have too many readers right now, I’m not that concerned with alienating anyone with my above comments. 🙂

I’ll keep you posted. Let’s see how this month goes! Thanks!

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