Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Back to the Back!

This has been an, ahem, interesting week. Thursday afternoon I suddenly had a horrendous muscle spasm in my lower back, causing me to seek relief in all sorts of interesting positions involving the floor, the couch, the coffee table, etc. None of them really worked for long, but if nothing else, I got a really good look at our living room carpet. (Um, I think it's time to replace it - or at least invest in a really good steam cleaning service!)

And the litter box odors that aren't that noticeable at 5 feet up are VERY noticeable at 5 inches!

Fortunately, after about 24 hours of unrelenting pain and torment, the spasm subsided and I was able to make my way, moaning and groaning, to my WW weigh-in, where I was pleased to find I'd lost a whopping 2.4 pounds! Pretty sweet, after such a long period of maintenance, to finally start droppin' the flab again.

Let's see if it lasts. And yeah, I'm hoping it wasn't just from the pain and loss of appetite. I don't think it is, as I weigh myself every day and had been seeing a slow but steady drop all week. But I won't be too upset if it goes up a little next week.

I must say, being from Missouri (both literally and figuratively!), I'm pleased to see such immediate results from my decision to "go Vegan". I've tried this in the past, with varying levels of success, but obviously didn't succeed for long, since I keep having to start over. Maybe this time it's working because (a) I'm more motivated and (b) I have a support system (hi, sweetie!).

Anyway, I'm back at work now, surrounded by incompetents but trying to keep it real (nyuk nyuk!). Hope your week was a little LESS interesting than mine!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hey, this Vegan stuff really works! and a fun hike through Chatsworth history

Wow, folks, after just one week of being a Vegan, I lost 1.8 pounds!!

My official current weight as of Saturday morning is 182.6, in case you're keeping track.

Not only do I feel great, but my husband and I did a moderately serious hike yesterday! Things did get a little hairy there for a while, as you can see in this video:

However, we got back on track and had a great time! Where we were was this neat old stagecoach trail in Chatsworth, California - all the way up to this sign:

Part of the trail is called the "Devil's Slide", and boy, is that ever accurate ... I kept thinking I was going to slide all the way down from the top!

But fortunately I had a sure-footed guide (my hubby) to lead the way (and catch me, just in case)!

All in all, it was a great weekend, and a great ending to my first full week of Goin' Vegan!

P.s. Steve confessed that he was afraid I was going to become one of those tree-huggin' hippie liberals. It's true - there does seem to be this, shall we say, interesting mental image that comes to mind when you think of "vegans":

As for me, every time I think "Vegan", I think of "Vulcan" - or worse yet, "V-ger" from the first, worst Star Trek movie. (I won't post a photo - that sorry piece of you-know-what doesn't deserve any more free publicity!)

So anyway, either I come up with a different name for "a person who tries to avoid consuming animal products" - like maybe CCV (for "conservative Catholic vegan) -

OR - we just shout it out loud: I'm a conservative Catholic vegan and proud!

Decisions ... decisions!