One Month Challenge: No Meat, No Dairy, No Problem, Week Two

Okay, so this week was kind of hard. And I think I may have accidentally cheated. I went out over the weekend and have a tendency to eat when I’m drunk. On Friday, my friend and I stopped at McDonald’s (a forbidden land for vegans) and I actually was able to resist any burgers or nuggets. On Saturday, as the drunk munchies struck again, I got bread sticks from Pizza Hut. In my drunk, hungry state of mind, I was pretty sure these must be vegan, but on second thought they must have had butter, which, of course, is a no-no. Oops. To be fair, I really thought I was making the right choice (as opposed to, say, a personal pan pizza in all its cheesy glory).
My time at work wasn’t much easier. On Tuesday my manager brought in pints of Ben & Jerry’s, just for fun. Really? Like, REALLY? Just rub it in a bit more that I, the biggest ice cream lover of all time, can’t dig in to free Ben & Jerry’s (mint chocolate chip, no less). But I was actually able to stay focused and keep my eye on the prize.
I’m trying to really connect with why people choose this sort of diet. In fact, I’ve tried to seek out a bunch of vegan blogs and books to help motivate me and get me to understand what sort of things I can gain by doing this. I never would’ve called myself a huge animal person before, let alone any type of activist, but I can’t help but feel a tug on my heartstrings when I look through the PETA website for inspiration to keep going with this.
And I have to be honest, I already feel a lot better. It’s kind of weird that it happened this quickly, and yes, it’s been a challenge so far, but I truly feel good. My family had a vegan night on Sunday since they knew I was doing this challenge, and there were a bunch of dishes with lentils, rice and chickpeas. And let me tell you, it was GOOD. Let’s just say I may have helped myself to seconds…or thirds. When I was done and full, it wasn’t the kind of full that weighed me down, like after a big steak. It was more just satisfied, but not icky feeling.
So after week one, I can tell this isn’t going to be easy, but I’m feeling good enough to want to finish strong. My next big hurdle: homecoming weekend at the school I went to. Wish me luck, ‘cause I’ll need it.

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