Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Life as a Vegan - Day 2

When you make a life change as we have it doesn't come without some soul searching. Something I have known years but rarely done is do what makes me happy. I find myself volunteering to help others with their dreams and ideas. However, when it comes to mine....I am usually on my own...this is probably self-imposed. I'll have to come back to that at a later time. I have the type of personality that will just do it. I have a certain standards. I want things done a certain way. Also, I have been disappointed many times when asking for help so I prefer not to. My dad taught me to be self-sufficient. He used to tell me if you don't expect anything from anyone then you won't be disappointed. I must say when i forget this rule, I get the sharp spanking of disappointment.

I keep coming back to my true love of teaching. I love teaching. I have wanted to teach at the University level. I have a master's degree with 14 years experience. I cannot seem to find a job teaching. I tried about three years ago to teach HS in an effort to get experience teaching in an educational environment, but because of No Child Left Behind, the school system was not hiring lateral entry teachers. I didn't really want to teach HS so I probably put this energy out in the universe. I do want to teach Community College and Online. I would love that! I do teach part-time now and I get to travel around doing it which is like my two loves in one job, but that is only 3+ times a year. I said all that to say I have been thinking about grad school. I figure if I get my doctorate then maybe I will get a chance.

Ok, back to the veganism. I lost 3.1 lbs after my 1st day. We are juicing during the day and eating a vegan meal for dinner. I am using my Vitamix blender and using Odwalla juice as a base then adding spinach or kale, celery. a beet, cucumbers, an apple, ginger, carrots and I add a powder spirulina and wheatgrass. On Monday I added garlic...bad idea. We split 1 clove of garlic. We had garlic coming out of my pores. Ugh! It was too strong. So today I omitted the
garlic and the juice was fabulous!

I announced on facebook that I was converting to vegan and I got a lot of support. It was great! Folks came out of the woodwork to offer support and to tell me about their journey to eating veggies. I really love my Vegan and Vegetarians FB group!!! They are fantastic.

So we decided to start working out next week. Walking to start, then working our way up to doing "Insanity." Tim is doing it with me. This has been great! However, he has been experiencing some pain in his hip and shin and his foot. Because of this, I have made sure to include celery to our juice. This may take some time, but should help with his aches and pains because he is too stubborn to go to the doctor.

I have bouts of mild depression where I can't put my finger on what exactly is causing the issue. I have had this for years and have learned to live with it and hide it. But I remember when I fasted on juice for a week...I was happier. Part of that was due to the fact that I was working out and the dopamine was making me feel good. It was great! Then I read that meat some of the poison that is put into our food can cause depression. In the Kind Diet Book, Alicia Silverstone talks about feeling more at peace. I think for me....developing a regular meditation schedule, getting on a regular work out schedule and getting a job teaching or going back to school would be great! Maybe allowing more time to read and going to the mountains and places in nature just to re-connect would help me out as well.

Ok, so I apologize for dumping like this....lol... I will try to focus more on the food but with this transition, you never know what you will get.

P.S. I made a bucket of beans and some brown rice. Yummy but very experimental :-)

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