December 02, 2016

Settling in

We're heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party in a little while, so I'm going to try and squeeze in a quick post...

Things are going much more smoothly with the vegan challenge now that I bought some food from Trader Joe's. I'm actually kind of enjoying it! I tried one of the veggie burgers from Trader Joe's yesterday, and I was VERY skeptical that I would like it. The frozen patty was green from the veggies that are in it, and it just looked gross. But, I'd already bought them, so I figured I might as well give them a try.

Instead of eating the patty on a bun, I decided to chop it up and eat it with rice. I was truly shocked when I tasted the veggie burger, because it was amazing! The flavor reminds me of an egg roll. The patties are only 120 calories, too--I'm going to have to stock up on these the next time I go to Trader Joe's.

I liked it so much that I ate it again today. I will continue to eat these after the vegan challenge is over--they're that good!

I really don't miss meat at all. I do miss dairy, but it's getting easier each day. I've even been having a nightly dessert--Oreos :) Next week, I'll probably start getting a little more adventurous in cooking or baking, but this week was all about getting used to eating vegan.

I've been logging my food, and I was surprised just how much fiber I've been getting every day--probably double what I usually get! My protein has stayed about the same as usual. My carbs are higher, and fat is lower, though. It's been interesting to see the changes in nutrition.

The hardest part has actually had nothing to do with the vegan challenge, but the little deal I made with Bonnie--no alcohol until 2017. I didn't think I'd miss it, but I do! I'd gotten used to having wine almost every night. I actually feel a lot better, though. It's been almost two weeks, and I've been sleeping better and my skin looks better. (I wasn't drinking a ton before, but even one glass of wine affects my sleep and how I feel the next day.) Anyway, I miss my wine, but I think it's good for me to go without for a little while.

Today, Jerry and I went Christmas shopping while the kids were in school. We drove down to Toledo to the mall. Normally, we don't like doing mall shopping, but I happened to have a coupon for free panties at Victoria's Secret, so I wanted to get those. I got a tea from Teavana, and then Jerry and I saw the massage chairs in the middle of the mall. It was $1 for 3 minutes, so I decided to try it. Ahhhh, it was amazing! I want one of those chairs for my house.

I could have sat there all day, but we had to finish our shopping so we could get home for the kids. We got most of our shopping done, so that feels good :)

Now, I've got to go put on an ugly Christmas sweater for the party. Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Those chairs are the BEST! The nail places I go to have them for use during pedicures -- and that is one of my absolute favorite things ever. I'll recline, enjoy the chair's massage, and at the end of it all have gorgeous feet and nails!

  2. Hi Katie, glad to hear you are finding your stride on the challenge! Funny thing, the few posts you have mentioned it in made me want to try it (I was vegan for a time a few years back) but I didn't think my husband would go for it.Friday night we are his work holiday party and several ladies at the table asked if we were going to do the vegan challenge. Slightly baffled I turned to my husband who sheepishly admitted that he wanted to join a vegan challenge with some coworkers. I was amazed! So in January we will be eating vegan as well (the challenge only requires us to eat one completely vegan meal a day but we will likely go all out). So I will be watching your blog for updates and recipes over the next month. Good luck!!

  3. Those veggie burgers are my favorite EVER!


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