memorial day weekend recap

Hi lovelies!

i’m getting ready to head to bed soon so i’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for an early flight tomorrow morning. i wanted to catch up because lots of fun things have happened these past few days. i hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  friday was my birthday! what a great way to kick off a weekend.  Hubby P surprised me with an amazing gift and told me we could spend the night any way i wanted to – and you know what sounded terrific to me? ordering in, with a glass of wine and watching movies on the couch. it was perfection! i also celebrated another fun milestone – my one month vegan-versary! i officially made it one entire month sans cheese, dairy and eggs. it wasn’t always the easiest, but i definitely feel it was worth the work. i felt healthy, energetic and completely satisfied food-wise.  i had a good time experimenting in the kitchen with new dishes, i’m now a cous cous connoisseur, and enjoyed learning about new foods and ways to enhance my diet. after the one month vegan diet and a raging stomach flu i was officially down 10lbs. 

when i first started this diet, i wasn’t sure if i’d keep the lifestyle but it was always a goal of mine to transition to a vegan lifestyle at some point. i did have a slice of pizza a few days after my vegan-versary to see how my body would react. i felt alright, but definitely realize that i really enjoy my new lifestyle and will probably adopt a 98% vegan diet from now on.  which should be interesting on this upcoming trip!  i always feel like traveling can sometimes pose challenges when you’re trying to maintain your daily activities.  but i’m going in as prepared as possible.  i’ve checked for vegan food and options at all the places we’ll be, i packed my running sneakers and tossed in some yoga togs.  i even tried to look up the fitness classes at the hotel, but had trouble viewing it, so i’ll just see if i can pick up a schedule when i get there.

i’m out like sauerkraut –

♥  peace out loves ♥


21 day vegan kickstart success!

i am so happy to announce that today is officially the end of the 21 day vegan kickstart. i found this kickstart through a tweet from kris carr and decided to jump on the bandwagon as one of my overall goals for myself is to adopt a vegan diet. at first i thought this was going to be so hard. give up cheese, my occasional bagel egg sandwich and my beloved quesadillas? i couldn’t imagine a life without them! but now, 21 days later, i’m feeling fresh and craving-free. being vegan eliminated my desire for “quick” eats and grabbing take out that i knew wasn’t the best for me. and even though i indulged moderately, i still really wanted to be in control of my diet and food. plus, with a vegan diet – i win, the animals win and the earth wins. score.

i strayed a bit from the exact kickstart, but i definitely used the recipes for the first 7-10 days. they were easy and didn’t require ingredients i had never heard of. that’s always a bonus as i’m nowhere close to being mistaken for a chef. i had some fun, got creative and really ate like a queen. overall, i give the experience two thumbs up. and here’s the best part. and if i had a third thumb i’d raise it for this reason as well – my anxiety is at an all time low. i’m nervous by nature (which is probably how my panic got so out of control way back when) and i always tend to feel twinges every now and again. but this vegan diet has really squashed those feelings. it’s kind of unbelievable. the food i’m eating is whole, unprocessed, veggie-rific and clean… and my body is really diggin’ it!

here’s some recent eats

egg(less) salad sandwich


tofu thai


breakfast scramble

i’ve also started to incorporate some ideas from alicia silverstone’s the kind diet 
she talks a lot about having whole grains make an appearance at each meal. so i grabbed whole wheat cous cous, barley and my recent obsession… quinoa.
i get creative with my quinoa

toasting it up


toss in some broth


20 simmering minutes later its ready to fluff

 add some rosemary herbed pecans, dried cranberries and parsley

and you've got dinner!

totally easy.  and kinda delish.  of course, a vegan greek salad made it’s way onto the plate too. who knows how this stuff happens 😉

i’m feeling this diet and i think i’m gonna stick with it. and i’m freakin’ excited to cross that goal off my list! i did it! is there a special vegan handshake or chest bump i should be aware of? 

over the weekend, hubby p and i celebrated our pup’s birthday. i still have to upload the photos, but here he is enjoying one of his many birthday treats

that stick doesn't stand a chance

how was your weekend? anything fun happening for this week??

the vegan chronicles part duex


happy wednesday afternoon beauties!

i’m checking in with you on the great vegan experiment. i kicked off this experiment a couple of days ago because i needed a little detox in my life. i also fully believe that there isn’t a downside to going vegan and while i’m not sure if i’ll stay 100% vegan after these 21 days, i’m already beginning to learn some interesting things about myself that make me happy i’m doing this.

1- i actually CAN set my mind to something, create a goal and follow through (even if that goal involves saying so long to cheese)

2- when eliminating said cheese from my life i swear i’ve actually experienced withdrawals that could rival a crack detox

3- i have crazy energy spikes

4- last night these energy spikes woke me up at 3am

5- when i’m forced to, i can get really creative in the kitchen… 25 different ways to create a vegan alternative to chocolate? check!

i also got creative in good old Trader Joe’s.  here are some of my finds

a snack AND a dessert? i'll take it!

i enjoyed this for breakfast this morning
and i grabbed some of this
any recommendations for how to make this??

since my belly’s been on bean, veggie and tofu overload i decided to treat myself to a bowl of thai soup this afternoon pre-yoga

it was just what was needed! light and filling. just the right amount spice. the last time i had this soup was in california and i forgot all about it until i had it again today. so delish!

on a non-vegan related note, i scored an interview with lululemon! i’m beyond excited! after hearing so many people rave about them, i finally applied. its something i actually have wanted to do for awhile now and i’m excited to see how it works out.

have you ever tried a new diet/lifestyle/detox?  how did it make you feel?  if it was dietary, did you stick with it? 

and now i must leave you to finish dinner prep and to return to my ever-mature netflix obsession – beavis and butt-head.

don’t judge.

post-holiday happenings

hello, hello lovelies!

for anyone celebrating holidays this week, i hope you had a wonderful one!

we spent some time with the fam and i got to see my beautiful baby nephew. he’s getting so big!

i took advantage of my extra time off these past couple of days to kind of go over my goals. i have a very (very) rough draft idea of things i’d like to accomplish and i almost have an idea of when i’d like to accomplish them by. the problem is, i am hesitant to write them down and commit. i’ve always been a little flakey when it came to goals. there were millions of them i’d like to do, but rarely took the steps needed to get to there. 

i’ve realized that, while i’m at no shortage of goals and aspirations, i definitely am at a shortage of ways to get there and stay motivated. especially for those long-term goals.

here are some big goals of mine:

open a yoga studio

visit all 50 states

ski in switzerland

take a trip to london

run a marathon

write a book

continue to experiment with holistic health and healing modalities

these, of course, are just a glance and not in any particular order. however, most of them can be broken down into steps to make reaching each of these goals do-able. so while i’m still in the process of putting my goals in month and year order, i’ve also started to break them down into manageable steps. and the two steps i’ve taken so far are going to get me closer to optimum health and a marathon. a couple of days ago i began a 21-day vegan kick-start program. i don’t know if i’ll continue after the 21 days or if i’ll completely transition to the lifestyle, but for now, this process will get me closer to my goal of complete health. as i used to share with you over at Anxiety to Zen, food played a big role in my recovery and healing. i was constantly eating spicy foods or caffeinated foods that caused anxious symptoms like stomach-aches or pounding heart. through diet modification i was able to really help myself overcome a lot of issues. and the second thing i’ve done is researched a half marathon to do by the end of this year. i have a base of 3 miles right now and would adore running some 10ks this summer with the ultimate goal of a half in december. i found one i’d like to do and will share details as the time gets closer, but what better way to train for a marathon than train for smaller distances and work your way up?  so the first step was finding a half that i’d have sufficient time to train for because i’m not a naturally gifted runner. i turn a sexy shade of red and huff and puff my way through my mileage. but every step i take is one step closer to my goal. and hey, no one said i had to look like a beauty queen at the finish line. i just have to make it TO the finish line.

i’m happy to say my official half marathon training began yesterday with a 3 mile loop and some interval work at the end. and today is the 3rd day of being a vegan vixen 🙂

and i must say… i have more energy and i’m feeling pretty good.

and i’ve totally been eating like a queen

homemade vegan rice pudding

PB Cup smoothie

homemade vegan chocolate mousse with strawberries

and for when i want to have a little fun

spicy buffalo wings and blue cheese- all vegan!

we have a vegan italian restaurant by us where i can stock up on all my little guilty pleasures- like these and pizza!

i must say, so far so good!

i’m learning to take each day at a time and stay present in the little steps that work me towards my big goals. making them more manageable makes them seem more obtainable and it feels good to know i’m sticking to something.

i’m also treating my goals like i treat my practice. one day at a time. i may fall off the wagon or miss a day of training or forget a step needed to get ahead, but it’s all ok. it’s not always just about the finish, it’s gotta be about the journey as well.

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