Breakfast today was another cherry-pineapple-almond milk smoothie, only difference was I added a couple huge handfuls of spinach. It ended up being a full quart, which is my goal amount! I though it would take longer to work back up to that. I drink it in a mason jar, but I forgot to take a picture. I carried it with me to the doctor today (I had to have some fasting blood work done) and it was so filling and refreshing to drink on the way home after not eating all morning.
Lunch was a big huge salad again (these photos might get repetitive after a while haha). Today I included half a head of romaine, english peas, mushrooms, tomato, cucumber, carrots, snow peas, apple, and I used just balsamic vinegar as a dressing. I was feeling a little grumpy about eating MORE SALAD but I knew how great I was going to feel after eating it. I was super happy to find that I REALLY enjoyed the flavors and textures and it totally was what my body wanted. I was satisfied afterwards for hours!
I had two dinners tonight; the first was at a friend's house. Both of our husbands work really late (usually miss dinner and bedtime, etc) and so she last-minute invited me to her place to eat. We were just leaving the YMCA and were starving (it had been about 5 hours since my salad) and so I said sure! This friend is super health-conscious, a serious runner, and always has lots of fruits and veggies at her house (she's the one who turned me on to the organic CSA delivery) and so I knew that 1) she'd understand and respect my new food lifestyle 100% and 2) she'd could easily and would happily accommodate me. All she did was steam up some veggies but it was SO GOOD. She thought I was hilarious for raving so hard about some simple steamed broccoli, carrots, and spinach with a drizzle of oil and squeeze of lemon juice. I loved how she chopped them into huge pieces; it made it feel more like a meal and something you could really bite into. I'm going to start doing this a lot more.
Also while I was at my friend's house, she offered me to try one of these delicious things and I am hooked. No sugar, vegan, healthy treat? I'm ordering a box this weekend!
When I got home a couple hours later it was about 8:30PM and I was suuuuper hungry. I knew I couldn't relax or start thinking about going to bed without eating something. So I warmed up some of the leftover potatoes w/ tomatoes from the other night and sautéed some baby bok choy with mushrooms and onions in soy sauce. It totally hit the spot!
I also had half a banana and four dates for dessert:
When I was eating like this in the past, one of the reasons I quit was because I always felt guilty that I was inconveniencing people and worried that people were going to think I was weird or crazy for choosing to eat this way. This time, I don't care. OK, a little bit of me cares, but I feel strong enough to tell that part of myself, "Stop it, crazy. You aren't going to let the unlikely possibility of someone else's judgement over what you choose to put into your body impact what you believe to be best for you." It also helps that I have a lot of supportive, health-conscious friends, which wasn't the case when I lost weight before. I had some supportive people in my life, but I had a lot of saboteurs, too. Life is too short to keep people like that around. And also, most people respect what you're doing if you're confident about it and don't make excuses. That's how I'm choosing to live my life now. I don't feel like I have to scream "I'M VEGAN!" from the housetops, but I also don't feel like I have to hide it. It is an empowering feeling.
Workout today was half an hour on the elliptical machine. Also, I weighed myself today and I'm down 2.2 pounds! Only 65.8 to go!