Thursday, May 21, 2015

Vegan Week 1.5 -- Struggle Street.

So the other day I posted about going vegan to lose some weight.  I had just finished up a week of veggie only meals and was feeling fabulous! It was all rainbows and sunshine and veggie patches! not so much.

I'm struggling you guys -- big time -- and I don't know whether it's all in my head or if my body is actually weak.

At first I thought maybe my body is lacking in iron. I used to eat a lot of red meat, so it was a pretty easy assumption to make. But then I found out that spinach, whole grains, tofu and beans all contain iron, which are foods I've been eating plenty of all week!

Then I thought maybe it's the lack of sugar in my diet? But I've been having stevia in my coffee and breakfast yogurt every morning.  Full disclosure -- greek yogurt isn't vegan. I've been having it for brekkie every morning. I forgot to mention that caveat in my last post! woops.

Or could it be that maybe I'm just feeling sleepy and I need a little caffeine to pep me up? Nope, drank some green tea and even had a coffee and both did absolutely nothing for me.

I'm at a loss you guys. I have no idea why I feel like I'm in a perpetual state of lala land today.

Fingers crossed it goes away soon.


Monday, May 18, 2015

Veganism: week 1

A couple weeks back I was challenged, by my mother no less, to go veggie for a full month. She spun a tale about needing a partner to eat healthy with, and wanting to lose some extra weight, and would i pleeeease join her for one month of vegetable hell?!

Before she even finished her spiel I was already shaking my head vigorously. Why on earth would I want to diet when I felt that I was already doing a decent job of eating healthily? Diets are not my thing. Food is.  

But then our lunch date went on, and we got to talking about health and weight loss and goals, and slowly I found must getting convinced. By the end of the lunch we were diving into rules, boundaries and timelines. My mother is quite the convincing woman. 

The rules were set: 1 month living the vegan lifestyle minus the carbs and sugar. There would be no meat, no bread and no glorious chocolate. We set the start date for the day after Mother's Day, so I had some time to adjust to the challenge and do some research. 

Immediately I felt like the food options available to me had drastically decreased. I knew that if wanted to be successful I wouldn't eat out. I would have to cook all the food myself. This actually worked in my favour because I wanted to disappear from the social scene in May so that I could save some money. It worked against me because I had no idea what to cook, and it was scary to not have any fast food back up plans in case my cooking turned out terrible. But I had no choice. 

On the eve of the challenge I Pintresseted some options and landed on the ever popular Oh She Glows website. Finding her was like finding the Vegan messiah. Every recipe posted was vegan, looked filling and most importantly wasn't a recipe for a cold salad. (It's winter here, and nothing is turning me off atm more than a cold salad. yuck!) I found pages and pages of interesting recipes, and I decided on my first week of meals: veggie chilli, green tacos and tomato and lentil soup

Veggie Chili 

I went to the grocery, purchased things I've never purchased before like lentils and came home to make the first meal of the menu: veggie chilli.  The verdict? Amazingly delicious and incredibly filling! A couple nights later I made the tacos which called for some weird lentil/walnut "meat" mixture. I was skeptical, but it too was amazing. Tonight I made the tomato and lentil soup and again, I have nothing but good things to say!

Green Taco
1 week in and my body is feeling fantastic. I don't think I've lost any weight per se, but I do feel lighter if that's a thing. I don't get nearly as bloated as I used to and oddly enough, I'm not missing meat. Don't get me wrong, I'm craving French fries and ice cream every day and I can never get dessert out of my head after I finish a meal, but I'm finding substitutes for these cravings. 

(half eaten) Tomato & Lentil Soup 

I'm excited to see how week two goes and whether or not I'll be in such high spirits this time next week. 

What do you guys think? Am I crazy? Would love to hear. 


*I took these pics in haste hence the weird angles/blurry lines etc. I actually wasn't planning to write this post and include these pics! I'll try harder next time... 

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Most Awesome Day Off

*Warning this post is a bit self-indulgent. Read on to see lots of photos of my face.* 

I'm one of the lucky ones who work for a company that believe in the coveted RDO or Registered Day Off.  It's a beautiful little perk to my job that allows me one day off a month in return for lessening my lunch from one hour to 40 minutes, which obviously is so worth it.

Normally I utilize my day to do those boring necessary life tasks like going to the doctors, but this time I wanted to have a no holds barred, perfectly Praxis day off. Here's what I did.

I started my day with a little reading session in the jacuzzi upstairs.  One of my favorite things to do lately, is spend the morning relaxing in the spa reading a good book. No one ever thinks to come up in the morning, so it's like the jacuzzi is all mine.  I'm currently reading Wild, and after a slow start, am starting to love it.

Then I decided to get my lazy butt moving and head over to the gym.  It was cool to go during the day and see how different the dynamic is from the night time when I normally go.  I really pushed myself on the treadmill this day and managed to run 4 kilometers in 30 minutes! It was the farthest I've ever run in that time.  I know I still have a long way to go to meet my goals, but I was really proud of myself to get that far. 

After that, my sweaty self checked out the new Mambo exhibition in our building. The artwork was crazy, outlandish and fun.  The brand has been around since the eighties and their latest project is a collaboration with DC comics. #poorbatman 

Nothing better than a delicious lunch after a workout. 

...and then after a few hours some whisky to put the calories right back on.

I was meeting Miguel and some friends for after work drinks, so I obviously had to pregame while getting ready. Tee Hee!

Then came the best part -- meeting up with friends, drinking copiously, eating pizza at Frankies, dancing to death metal and to Journey and taking extra happy faced snapchats to cement the occasion. 

It was the perfect day. 

May God bless the human who invented the RDO. 



Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Just SO Proud! + a bit of that Anonymous message to Kanye.

This week has been an incredible one for my family. My step dad, sister, her boyfriend and mine have all accomplished little (big!) victories in their lives in these last seven days.

I won't embarrass them and lay it all out here, but I will say that I am just so proud!

Watching these four achieve success this week was a real reminder that through hard work, dedication and a touch of creativity one can really move towards greatness.

Congrats to them!

...While I spent this afternoon being so happy for my family, I stumbled upon this message sent to Kanye West by the Anonymous group.

Now while I can't say I agree with everything they've said, I did find one point quite important.

Kanye West sings "no one man can have all that power." But he does right? He is an internationally known, wealthy, loud, opinion-driven man.  He can say almost anything and millions of fans will lean on his every word.  I know, I'm one of them! But instead of using his 'power' for good (cue Peter Parker) it seems he uses his celebrity to push the agenda that he says he is actively fighting.

It feels like one big confusing circle.  He rejects the 'New Slave'* mentality, but yet is completely involved with fashion, celebrity and using sex to sell objects. You can't be a 'Renaissance Man' if you're pushing the stuff everyone else is pushing. You can't reject the 'New Slave' mentality if you're one yourself.

The Anonymous message as a whole was about using success and power to do good. It bashed Kanye sure, but I think the main agenda was to explain that power and success should be used wisely.

I found it quite poignant that this message was released on the same day that members of my family were experiencing their little successes. It served as a great reminder to use power and success for good.

Weird, mis-mashed blog? Sure!
...but hey at least we've finally moved on from those Currently posts right?


*I hate the term New Slave. I think it's inappropriate and disrespectful.  Kanye made it up, not me!