Good evening! Iâ€™m posting dinner quite early, but thatâ€™s because I think Iâ€™m going to sleep very soon (if you can believe it!). I am so tired, and I am running 18.0 miles tomorrow as part of marathon training. I need to get to sleep STAT.
First things firstâ€¦.
Today I got into graduate school! :) I have been taking night classes in an attempt to gain entrance into USCâ€™s Physical Therapy program, and I am happy to announce I earned one of the 18 coveted spots today. I am not entirely sure what my game plan is right now because of the book, but itâ€™s nice to know that all my hard work over the last 6 months have been rewarded. :) Yay! (You can read more about my grad school application process in this post, and yes, we are moving in the summer).
Secondly, I did this huge Operation Beautiful note in a parking lot this afternoon (I was bored):
Thirdly, I also took this really cute picture of James. My, my â€“ what big ears you have!
By the way, Iâ€™ve been keeping the puppy page updated! 🙂
Fourthly (OK, Iâ€™ll stop now), Blogger Vegan 4 A Day was a success! As in, I did not give in to my 4 PM cravings to inhale an entire pint of coffee ice cream. :) No, really â€“ in all seriousness, here are my thoughts on being vegan for today:
- In many ways, it wasnâ€™t as hard as I thought it would be in terms of finding things to eat. I think it wouldâ€™ve been harder if I was a meat-eater and was transforming my entire diet, but going from vegetarian to vegan (for just one day) wasnâ€™t bad at all.
- In other ways, I felt like I was on a diet in the sense that â€œnotâ€ being able to eat something made me seriously want to eat it SO BADLY. Now, I do not think veganism is a diet, of course. Itâ€™s a serious lifestyle choice. However, because I just agreed to do it for fun and didnâ€™t actually have the desire to give up eggs and dairy, I was tempted. This, my friends, is exactly why â€œdietsâ€ do not work in real life. Restricting yourself from anything (when you secretly still want to eat it) is going to backfire. Iâ€™m fine with restricting myself from meat because 99% of the time I donâ€™t secretly want it. However, I will probably have ice cream for breakfast tomorrow. :)
- I realize that I should not judge veganism on one day. I think I would probably have to do it for a full week to understand how it would impact my life and energy levels.
- Vegan 4 A Day taught me that I donâ€™t need milk as much as I thought I did. I liked using almond and rice milk in lieu of milk, and I think Iâ€™m going to make that change permanently. Itâ€™s an easy way that I can reduce the amount of dairy I eat.
So, I am proud to say that I am going to try to choose non-dairy alternatives over regular cowâ€™s milk from now on, when practical! :) But seriously, I love my yogurt, cheese, ice cream, etc. and donâ€™t plan on giving that up anytime soon.
Here are my vegan eats for the afternoon:
I snacked on Grape Nuts (my granola wasnâ€™t vegan!) and Rice Milk:
Dinner was homemade Butternut Squash and Carrot soup, which was so easy to make!
I just boiled peeled and chopped butternut squash and carrots until they were soft, and then blended the veggies with organic vegetable broth. Tada!
Iâ€™m also going to have a bagel with PB (vegan!) before bed.
Going to get a little bit of work done, and afterwards, Iâ€™m prepping for my run and hitting the hay! Iâ€™m also going to walk the dogs down to the chin-up bar and try to bang out 3 chin-ups. :) Have a good night!