Monday, January 3, 2011
Well, today has, so far, been a rather interesting day for my dare. Today I got to deal with what they call "the haters".
The thing is, I started this whole idea based off of my wanting to push myself out of the box, give myself constant fodder to write about. NOT start political arguments or lifestyle judgement. But it seems some things just can't be helped. When you open yourself up to comments you get them, good or bad.
Today I saw a couple FAMILY members come in and leave snide comments on a post on Facebook (oh Facebook, you little drama whore!). At first I accepted it as good ol' fashion familial ribbing.
"Hey! since a cow's diet is basically a Vegan, and I eat the cow, doesnt that qualify me as a Vegan? A big Juicy T-bone...yum"
I can accept that! I can even laugh at it because it's actually kind of clever! But when you get-
"see Amanda, I told you so, liberal vegans are all the same - I see you deleted my earlier comments and those of Adams - dont post stuff if you cant take the response - oh by the way happy new year to You, Jack and Greg - love you - "
The thing is I hadn't deleted any comments. I posted two pictures of my lasagna on Facebook. One on my wall and one as a note with the link to this blog. The leaver of the aforementioned comment simply mistook one (that Adam had commented on) for the other (that Adam HADN'T commented on) and assumed I deleted their comments. Simple enough, people make mistakes. I sent the wrong text out to somebody just the other day! But what I can't excuse is false, disrespectful blanket statements.
I replied with the basic gist of the last few sentences. It made me upset. Don't insult me and a large number of others just because you don't get it. Different strokes for different folks. I was upset at being challenged over something that I'm doing for fun and new perspective, and for what? Because you like meat? Eat your fucking steak! I DON'T CARE. I think most meat out there is crap pumped full of hormones and fed shit while living in just that, shit. But I've also been an omnivore for 22 years so it's not like I'm missing out on the glorious flavor of the flesh. I've had my share, believe me I've had my first, second and third share and it's time for something new. I'm doing this for me. Not to make others feel bad about their dietary choices (your body, your life, your business). Not to make some sweeping gesture. Just to do it. What's wrong with that?
Before the rant goes on longer, I'll cut it off there. I'm 3 days into this dare and I've already just felt a little bit of backlash so I can't imagine how it is for people who do this all the time. Frustrating. That's the only word I can come up with.
So far I feel great. I did the elliptical at the gym today for what it digitally told me was 4.5 miles. I thought I'd be hungry after these workouts but it seems to have an opposite effect. The endorphins are too busy tickling my brain for me to notice any sort of hunger. Today I had a cup of coffee (with soy milk, dairy is a no-no now!) this morning and contemplated eating some oatmeal just to say I ate some oatmeal because I just wasn't hungry! By 3:30 I felt a little rumble and I cooked up my one of my favorite comfort foods- potatoes o'brien! I'm so obsessed with this stuff.
Potatoes O' Brien con lots of ketchup. Or catsup if you're old school. Or "fancy ketchup"...if you eat it with your pinky extended and/or wear a top hat.
For dinner I'll likely have some of the left over lasagna, but I'm still not really hungry. I think the plant based proteins and fiber of vegetables are keeping me full longer. Drinking lots of water has helped too.
So far, so good. Colleen lent me a few cookbooks tonight so I'll be cooking up something new soon!
Here's a picture of Jack!
He rocks out 'til he knocks out.
Posted by Amanda at 3:55 PM