Wednesday, January 12, 2011

30 Day Dare- Week 2

I haven't been posting these as frequently as I wanted to. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I tend to cook more than I need to so I don't have to cook the next day which means we end up with a lot of leftovers. Yes, I'm proactively lazy. I am the person that cleans the house before bed so I'm not obligated to really do anything the next day. I call it "smart" but whatever...

So the last couple days I have been eating at-home Chipotle bowls. I figured out how to make them and they taste pretty similar so I've been going crazy with that lately.

Sunday the in-laws had us over for the usual family festivities in which I talk and possibly drink too much (they keep my glass refilled so it isn't MY fault, they're just really good hosts!) and made me a vegan meal! My mother-in-law made a kind of stir fry with her delicious mushroom sauce and it was so simple yet absolutely scrumptious! The fact that they're so supportive and willing to go the extra mile for my silly ass is what really made the dinner lovely though. They've always been this way. I feel like a stray, mangy puppy that they adopted, bathed and spoil. I mean what mother-in-law calls you up to say that "they're so happy to have you in their sons life and in their family"? I want to cry when I think about how blessed I am to have them in my life.

Other then that I'm just happy I'm still on the ball with this challenge. To sum up so far-

Changes- 1 inch lost in my waist, skin is not dry anymore, my palette is changing (I REALLY like veggies now, more than fruit even!), more energy.
Iffy changes- My hair. It seems to have lost a bit of the luster it had. But I think I can remedy that with a mask and a ton of avocados!
Thoughts- So far so good! The positive changes are what's been keeping me from reading too far into my cravings (I REALLY want a Reuben). My palette has changed. The first week I thought I was going to go crazy with the amount of things I had to cut out, the biggest being cheese! But I've just learned how to become more creative. Now I don't really crave cheese too much. My appetite has gotten smaller. Most days I can run on two meals and my morning coffee and feel great. I'm looking forward to the rest of this challenge and have been thinking of where I want to go after it's over. I'm thinking I will very likely go vegetarian after all is said and done, but I also want to utilize vegan cooking into our diets.

Here's to week two (even though I'm almost through with it!)!


Chelsea said...

Dayyyyyyyum gurl!

You go on wit' yo bad self!

;) I'm proud of you!

cdugan said...

re: you "REALLY like veggies now"

For a walk on the vegetable wildside, make yourself some baby bok choy and drizzle this dressing on top:

You can usually find some baby bok choy at any Asian grocery. I think there is a LeeLee's or Lee's or something like that over in your hood. I get mine at Grant-Stone Supermarket and it's seriously $1.50 for a bag of like 15 babies (that's what I like to call them). An easy way to prepare them is to steam them in a medium or large size Ziploc Zip'n Steam bag. I figured out that two babies should be steamed for 3 minutes.

Amanda said...

@Chelsea- Thank you! The support from all you lovely bloggers and friends has been huge for me.

@Colleen- Will try! Greg loves bok choy. You are my vegan Obi Wan Kenobi.