Friday, June 19, 2015

2-Year Update

Wow!  It's been two full years since I completed my 21-day vegan challenge. So much has happened since then.  I ditched the dairy in January of 2014, and have managed to stick with that choice (other than a few questionable meals) since then.  Hey, no one is perfect!

Being plant-based forces a person to really get creative with meals.   My husband and I are not chefs by any means, but we have learned to love experimenting with our meals.  We have stumbled on some tasty (and easy) meal ideas which we may have never found out about had we not embarked on our vegetarian/vegan journey together.

(Leo and I)

We have decided to get this blog rolling again, together, and to share our discoveries with anyone who wants to know more about how an average vegetarian/vegan couple keeps our meal time interesting and fun. We have tried so many meat-free and dairy-free products in the past couple of years that we should be experts by now. The truth is that there is still so much more to learn!

We are looking forward to sharing with you.  Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Results of the Challenge

I lost a total of 4 pounds over the three week period.  I am certain that I converted some fat weight to muscle weight during this time, because I was exercising every day.  I lost 1.25" around my waist and the same amount around my hips.  I'm really happy with that accomplishment!  I can feel the difference in my clothing, and that is what matters most!

Starting out, I knew I could complete a 21-day vegan eating and exercise challenge. I assumed it would be much more difficult than it actually was. Time flew by, and I had a good time with it. At the beginning, I thought I would really miss cheese. That did not turn out to be the case after the first few days.

The positive changes I have noticed about myself or those which have been pointed out to me are no small things.  I hit a patch of adult acne a while back, and that is completely gone.  I am more energetic, even though I have not been drinking coffee. My digestive system is regulated for the first time in I don't know how long.  I have many more good mood days than bad mood days. I actually FEEL lighter.

Here are the top five things I learned:
1.  I can eat vegan foods without inconveniencing or causing stress to others.  *This is the main realization I had over the past three weeks.
2.  I can and should exercise more than 2-3 times per week. Seven days a week is a bit much, but 5-6 days a week is completely doable.
3.  Life goes on without cheese.
4.  There are a TON of amazing vegan recipes out there I still need to try. I will never run out.
5.  I really enjoy reading and learning about health and plant-based nutrition. I used to ignore these two very important subjects, but they are now at the top of my reading list.

I would have extended this challenge another week, but my original plan was to give myself just a three week break from studying accounting.  This challenge provided the perfect distraction to fill up my time off from studying.  I feel rested, rejuvenated and ready to get back to it.

Even though I am not going to blog on a daily basis, this is just the beginning of a new chapter of healthy eating and exercise in my life.  It feels great to be moving in a positive direction. I will continue this blog on a casual basis. I am not a chef, but I stumble upon some great recipes.  I will post easy vegan/vegetarian meal ideas from time-to-time, and see where this adventure leads me.

Thank you to anyone who took the time to read my story.

~Amy