Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Hopefully all of you made it back from the weekend without too many "oh no! What did I just eat!" situations.
Around 6PM on Friday night as my husband and I were driving to get some lovely vegan pita sandwiches from our local Lebanese restaurant, we decided that we were going to go away for the weekend. Now, this doesn't sound that bad however we have one dog and one cat that needs to go everywhere with us on vacation since we have just moved to a new place not knowing anyone. But, that was okay - we were ready for some spontaneous fun!
So, we drove four hours away to our hometown and spent a lovely three days in hot Michigan! Not really the most exotic getaway to our parents house (them as our hosts) but it was a nice turn of scenery. We basically lounged around the pool and also the lake sitting in the sunshine and eating copious amounts of fresh Michigan fruits such as strawberries from my grandmothers' garden. Yummy!
One thing I did notice though is the drastic change in our diet/lifestyle since we have decided to be healthy. Our parents, in our opinions, have eaten the same way for years however who would have known the parents that raised us ate such a typical American diet of meat and potatoes! For instance, my mother had three salads on our Memorial Day table - each probably containing over 400 calories each serving full of meat, oils and mayonnaise. It actually turned our stomachs looking at the table ingredients. In addition, the desert was filled with of course double chocolate brownies thanks to Betty Crocker and a tub of frosting to go on top.
Thankfully we rushed to our local grocery store were we could purchase a lot of vegan items. We were surprised to find that our city of 12000 people actually had tempeh, tofu, vegan cheese and etc! Amazing! Seriously if our little hometown has vegan items, just about everywhere will have it now. Sure we were ridiculed for the healthy foods we were eating but at least we felt healthy at the end of the day. I did have a slip up here and there with a few extra vegan muffin "poppers" as I like to call the tiny sized muffins. I have to work even harder now for my June 25th weigh in challenge but at least we were healthier than what we could have chosen if not for our determination to keep strong.
If you are ever in this situation, take it into your own hands and make your own delightfully healthy meals. I'm sure not too many people would find it offensive if you were to take your own foods with you.
Now on to my worries... okay, so maybe it is a complaint. Since you all have lost weight, does anyone notice the difference? No one from my family has seen me since Christmas last year and no one mentioned anything about the weight loss... It make me kind of sad to think that all this work didn't bring along any comments. But then again, I'm not doing it for the compliments - just would have been nice to have all my hard work noticed. I'm slightly saddened by it but I guess it is something I have to work through.