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Vegan in Ecuador??

Thursday, June 03, 2010

We just returned last night from the most fabulous trip to the Galapagos and the Amazon rain forest. The trip was magical but my first extended trip as a vegan.
I packed food, such as tofu jerky, dates, nuts, fruit and nut bars so I would always have something in emergencies. Greens I obviously couldn't pack. The 2 day stay in Quito, Ecuador was fine, fruit in the AM, a few mini empanadas of corn or plantains for lunch and salad, soup for dinner. I had requested a vegan menu for the cruise through the Galapagos but they don't get vegan, only vegetarian. Tons of eggs and cheese. I was able to manage ok and had a bit of seafood to supplement the largly missing beans - which was surprising. The big surprise was at Sacha Lodge in the rainforest. They presented us every meal with a large choice of veges and salad items that were all delicious. I will weigh myself on Sunday but I am either the same weight or slightly less than when I left. Very tired from the long journey home so will make this very short today but wanted to just say HI!

  
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WILD4STARS 6/4/2010 5:13AM

    Sounds wonderful! Would love to see some photos.

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10 lbs, yippee

Sunday, May 16, 2010

What is it about getting to and passing the 10 lbs mark that is so uplifting. Confirmation that we are doing something right? Whatever it is, I am thrilled this am. I have actually lost about a pound more cause I lost a pound before starting SP.
Obviously with 40+ lbs to go, I am still distressed by what I see in the mirror. I think I will post some pics so I have some visuals to go by. "Seeing" myself is never easy, I don't see my own weight changes at all, either on the way up or on the way down. Until I've lost like 30 lbs, I won't be able to tell the difference. Hope the next two travel weeks go well. I have special requested a vegan diet so perhaps it won't be too difficult. Wish me luck everyone and if you have any special tips for travel outside the country, let me know. I am bringing food!

I just figured out how to adjust my starting weight so I did that and also reset my goal weight to what I REALLY want to be. 129Lbs is the new goal.

  
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VM4HIM 5/16/2010 6:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on the ten pound weight loss!. That is emoticon!
Enjoy your trip overseas!

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Body Image

Friday, May 14, 2010

Well it is now confirmed, I have a terrible body image. Went shopping today for our trip and it was not fun. It isn't just the extra weight, my body is 64 years old and bulges, and puckers and does some pretty awful things that it didn't used to. How does one have a good body image when the body doesn't look at all good? I know we are supposed to strive for self-acceptance but that is not the same thing as liking the view in the mirror.

  
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FLUFFYANDFINE 5/14/2010 7:32PM

    Don't trust department store mirrors! They are BAD! Everyone's body image suffers after seeing yourself in that badly lit dressing room mirror. Put on something that you love. Do your hair. If you wear make-up paint your face. Then smile at yourself in the mirror and remember that you are beautiful. FUGGITABOUT that dressing room mirror. emoticon

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Travel and Spark streaks

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

we are travelling for two weeks. What do you do about continuing streaks when you are away. Don't know what our internet of phone access will be and on mobile you can't spin the wheel.
I hate that!

  


Well, it seems to be getting easier not harder.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I really never thought this would happen. I am less hungry, with almost no cravings. I am looking forward to my healthy VEGAN meals and my body doesn't seem to want anything else. I also find that I am able to resist the passing bad thoughts, like - oh there are bagels in the freezer- without too much effort. For me, this is nothing short of a miracle. I can luxuriate in my meals with no guilt what so ever. For years I obsessed about food, what to eat, when to eat etc. Not now. This is true freedom for me and I am relishing it. I think when the body gets what it needs it doesn't send messages to eat the wrong things. Mental hunger, not just emotional eating, but the search for NOURISHMENT really is a problem that is ameliorated by actually eating food that is healthy. If we are putting into our bodies what our bodies need then the desire for a quick fix is greatly diminished.

  
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HOLLYM13 5/9/2010 6:10PM

    I'm finding it getting a little easier after this last week. We went to Texas Roadhouse last night and I ordered a 6oz filet with a baked sweet potato and salad with fat free ranch on the side. I only ate 1/2 a dinner roll, and gave my grandson about 1/4 of my steak. The sweet potato was so good, I didn't even add butter. Normally I would have ordered the 8oz filet, baked potato with butter and sour cream and had my salad with regular ranch dressing, plus 2 or 3 dinner rolls (they're so good!) with loads of cinnamon butter.

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