I have just completed week 5 of my 8 week weight loss/ cleanse diet. Why 8 weeks? I don’t know, I just figured that was an amount of time I could commit to. At the end of the 8 weeks I plan to evaluate my progress and then change if I need to. I only have 3 weeks left and I really don’t plan to change anything. Everything is going great!
Well, guess what? As of Friday I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight. After having a baby I look different, larger bust, saggy stretch marked belly, and bigger hips, but I weigh the same! I’ll have to post pictures of me pre-pregnancy and me now. I just need someone to take the pics for me. Anyway, so I celebrated this weekend!
We decided to go out to lunch one day and I was excited that I wouldn’t have to cook or clean up any messes. So I narrowed it down to 2 places, the new German place and the newly remodeled Chinese place. The German place was closed on Sundays and the Chinese place was again closed for remodeling. I was very disappointed because I love trying new places to eat. And I am excited to try the German place because they have a few vegetarian options. How cool is that?
So we decided to try out “Beef O’ Brady’s” because it was the only restaurant listed on the tourist map in our town. I can always find something to eat anywhere, so we thought we’d take a look at the menu.
Before I go into the story more, I just want to say something. I am vegetarian, my husband is not. When I see a Thanksgiving turkey I don’t see a beautifully roasted feast, but a cooked carcass on the table. This is how I’ve always been, even though I’ve only been vegetarian for 1 yr 8 months. But I’ve finally accepted my sensitive side and I’m very very satisfied with my choice of lifestyle. That said, I feel bad and I don’t want to restrict my meat eating husband from eating what he wants. I cook him meat and I will go out to eat with him anyway. My husband is so supportive of me and he is so great with all this. But still, I never want him to feel restricted by my choices.
So we go into “Beef O’ Brady’s” after I strongly insisted we should. We look at the menu and there is not one meatless option but the side salad and fries. I don’t like eating side salad and fries as a meal, but whatever. Anyway, the waitress comes over and rushes us through our order. My husband asked about the vegetarian options, and she says there aren’t any and gives me a goofy look. I’m used to this look by now and I feel like I put up with a lot of crap for my meatless lifestyle. After we order, she walks into the kitchen and tells her waitress friends I’m a vegetarian. Her friend says, “Why would a vegetarian come to Beef O’ Brady’s?” and several waitress roar in laughter, making fun of me.
I feel my face get hot and tears start welling up in my eyes. My husband didn’t hear and asked what the matter was. I told him, his face got red too and we just got up and left.
I can get a veggie burger at Buffalo Wid Wings and Burger King. I can go into a seafood place and get a meal. Chili’s even has a bean burger! I have never been to a place that has absolutely nothing. Had I been with a group of other veg’s No, we wouldn’t have gone in there. If someone doesn’t drink coffee but goes into a coffee shop with their coffee drinking friend, they can order something that isn’t coffee. Generally places have other things on their menus that isn’t in their title.
Well, today I’m over it but still a bit angry and embarrassed. If I can muster up the courage, that manager will get a [meek and timid] earful.
So we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, “La Rumba”. They have a vegetarian menu and I had a lot to choose from. I’ve been missing ice cream so I ordered a virgin Mango Colada. Oh, it was so good. It didn’t have alcohol in it because I don’t care to drink, especially since I’m breastfeeding. They say it’s okay, but I still don’t feel comfortable and would prefer to avoid it altogether.
My baby is getting very curious about food. He’s not quite ready for solids yet, but I let him have tastes of things. I let him lick my banana or pear, and stuff like that. He doesn’t actually get any food yet, but I don’t think there’s any harm in tasting. Anyway, I was letting him lick my straw from my virgin mango colada, and people around were giving me the strangest looks. I didn’t put it together until after we left, but they didn’t know it was virgin! They thought I was giving my 5 month old alcohol! We got a good laugh about it after we realized what the looks were for.
That was my crazy weekend. All this happened within an afternoon.
I’ve been so happy with my diet. I haven’t been counting or reducing calories and I eat as much as I want, but still avoiding animal products. I’ve lost 5 pounds, a pound a week. Everyone said I would never get my body back, but I now weigh the same and I feel great. My belly skin is shrinking at a surprising rate. And I feel fantastic. I’m so very happy with all this.