Sunday, October 10

vegetarius maximus

Oh Lord. Its finally happened.

I've gone vegetarian.

For a month.

Stop! Stop!! Don't run away! WAIT!! Here me out!

I'm not a "Meat is Murder" kinda gal. (Although I do think some of the U.S. meat industry's standards are extremely sub-par and unhealthy) When you get to the point that your "fat pants" are now too tight, its really time to do something. A few months ago I was on a exercising kick, which I fell off that wagon with an earth shattering THUMP! So I need to take some drastic measures and get my life on the right track. This includes eating better and smarter. Here's where the vegetarianism comes in...

Everyone always says to stop drinking to lose weight. Now I don't generally drink a lot but I do really loves my beers. I'm a beer afficionado, and I just love beer. Not the Natural Light, Coors, or Budweiser kind, but the craft brew ultra delicious kinds. Can't get enough of 'em. Soooooooo... I've decided to keep my beers, and cut out meat. Mostly red meat, but I'm going to try for all meat except for fish for one month. Hamburgers are the real culprits. Those and chicken wings (soooooo good) so I'm going to give it a whirl. Don't worry, I'm not going to become a tofu/garden burger junkie (no offense to those of you who are *winks*) cause that's just not my style.

I've been doing good so far, almost been one week. What's really funny is, I haven't even had any beer this whole time either, hahhahaa! Double whamey! I'm also doing pretty good with my workouts. Haven't missed any yet, and am trying really hard to stay active even when not working out. Less couch time for me!! I mean seriously, I've been unemployed for about a year now, and have put on about 15 pounds. This is not a coincidence. For serious.

All of these things, on top of the fact that my mom was recently in the hospital for Congestive Heart Failure. Yeah, for serious. She goes on her "Vacation of a Lifetime!" trip to Greece for 3.5 weeks and one week in, she is hospitalized. So not only is she in the hospital for heart problems (scary enough) but she's in the hospital in ATHENS GREECE! So I can't go visit her, she's 10 hours ahead and its virtually impossible to get a hold of her.

She's doing much better now, is home and looks good. There's no damage to her heart muscles, arteries or veins and is on heart medication now. Mom was in relatively good shape and has never had any heart troubles before, so you can see how this was a little unnerving.

So the point of this story is, its time for me to start taking better care of myself! Exercising and eating better. GO ME! I'm hoping I can shed some of this "unhealthy belly fat" and get into a little better shape so that if I need to go for a hike or a bike ride, I won't be passing out after the first half mile. Plus I'm getting old enough that when I get out of bed in the morning I have to hobble myself to the bathroom because my joints are all stiff and seized up. How fun it is to get old!!

Wish me luck! And thanks to everyone for the well wishes for my mom (here, and in person).


Dr. MVM said...

I like a gal who likes her tasty crafty brews.

Meghan said...

Good luck! I dabbled in vegetarianism for about two months and felt fantastic! I still eat mostly veggie at home, but sometimes order meat when I am out.

And lots of love and hugs for your mama!

Heather said...

ZWEI MAß!!!!

Sehr gut, gut, gut!

Heather said...

ZWEI MAß!!!!

Sehr gut, gut, gut!

Lisa said...

Good luck! I've often made the comment that I'm "dangerously close to vegetarian". Like you, not in the crazy PETA sort of way, but in the "I really just prefer veggies" kind of way. Maybe someday I'll try to do the same thing as you :)

denise said...

So when we are in I not allowed to eat burgers in front of you?

Good for you. I need to take drastic measures too, but haven't gotten around to THAT yet.

Salt said...

I think what you are doing is fantastic. I've considered going veggie for a month or two just to see if I could handle it. Good luck with it! Maybe it will stick. :)

Grace Matthews said...

I wish I could be so strong. I just love meat.

Grace said...

I'm impressed that you haven't been drinking the beer. I love the stuff, too.

"Seattle" Heather said...

Yo McGrid, I'm catching up on my blog reading this morning and this post really struck a cord with me. Especially about the part with your mom. My momma is gone because she didn't take good care of herself and her heart gave out and that is the very thing I have been trying to run from. But since my knee injury I have fallen off the wagon and have become so slobbish in my eating habits that it makes me sick to think about it, (although it tastes so good) anyways thanks for this post it was a reminder to me what I need to do for myself and what my long term goals are. What you do now surly affects the way you live in your later years. Thanks and Peace Out!