Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 42: the End

In some respects I can't believe day 42 has arrived. Sometimes it doesn't feel like it has been that long, other times it feels like it has been forever.
We had whole wheat waffles this morning with some nutritional modifications, but they were delicious, especially with honey and blueberries on top. We did indulge a bit and have bacon, but the world won't end.
I golfed the Par 3 at OP and was really glad to be done at noon because it was getting HOT!
I came home to help a bit more with the room, but really ended up watching the Royals game on tv and being a bum. I did have a bowl of veggies for lunch.
Finally I showered and headed out to a KU Alumni wine tasting event. I really didn't want to go when we left, but was glad I did. The event was fun and the lima bean salad I had for dinner was pretty darn amazing, as was the lemon strawberry dessert in the tiny little cup. A perfect serving to me.
The challenge is over! I'm not going to go crazy, but I will begin eating bread, cheese and pasta again. No carb loading though. Now the real challenge begins, getting up early to work out. We'll see how it goes...

Day 41: Ice Cream Cake

The day started all too well, with a text to wake me up making me realize that I set the alarm for the wrong day. Dumb.
I went and played corporate challenge basketball, which was fine, we lost both games, but I pretty much decided I shouldn't play competitive team sports any more. I get overly competitive. I really try hard not to, especially when it is corporate challenge, but I can't help it. Then I get in a bad mood. To add insult, I usually end up hurting myself or being reall sore the next day. Probably best to quit while I'm ahead.
I went and picked up tile for the bathroom on the way home, and after only one trip back to the store had the tile I wanted.
I ate a huge wrap thing because I was starving, but I overdid it on the veggies a little bit. It was a bit messy to eat.
I spent the afternoon painting and helping dad get some of the bedroom/bathroom finished. The rest of the time I sat on the couch while he did all of the hard work.
While on my way over to Waldo Pizza, I stopped at my parents' house to return my dad's phone and was enticed by the quinoa burritos and guacamole that was for dinner. Never one to pass up free, good food. I stayed for dinner and wine. Finally made it to Waldo pizza for the graduation party and couldn't resist the chocolate layer ice cream cake. I tried to cut a really tiny piece and almost knocked the whole cake over, but the five-bite piece was well worth it.
It was also night two of drinking rose wine. A true testament to a French summer.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 40: Relaxation

I sleep well last night, but boy I did not want to get up this morning. Of course it was the only morning this week that I didn't have a smoothie ready to eat on the go. Instead after I hurried through a shower and getting ready, I had to run to my parents' house to drop off my trash to be picked up. Yes, I don't pay for garbage removal because 1. I don't have enough to warrant it weekly and 2. my parents live 3 blocks away so I just use theirs. Convenient, I know. After dropping off the trash, I ran in and made myself a pb and honey sandwich for a quick breakfast and then headed to work a bit late this morning.
I had a banana at morning snack time and for lunch went down to the company bbq, but all they had were ribs, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans with cookies for dessert. I had a little bit of beans and coleslaw, but not too much because I knew it wasn't exactly good for me.
I came home for lunch and had black bean nachos, which also weren't an ideal meal, but I didn't have anything made. It sustained me through the afternoon though.
When I came home from work, I already knew I was going to have homemade pizza for dinner. I had bought some flatout breads before, so I filled one up with tomato sauce, onion, mushroom, spinach, zucchini, black olives, tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts and avocado. I had a tomato, basil and balsamic salad while the veggies cooked onto the pizza and then ate the whole pizza. Yum.
For some reason lately I have been craving chocolate also. I haven't really the whole challenge, so not sure why I am now. It might have something to do with it being almost over, but I have to get away from that craving again. I had a spoon of natural pb to try and appease the sweets craving, and it has done the trick. Sadly I watched the Royals get killed by the Cardinals before going to bed at 10 on a Friday night. Exciting life huh?

Day 39: Michael Smith

Day two of the same smoothie from yesterday.
Lunch was leftover tacos again.
After work I went to Lulu's and had some appetizers of viatnamese spring rolls and a corn cake. The corn cake was a little spicy, so I shared with a friend. The spring rolls were fresh and crunchy and a perfect starter for my evening. The night was a benefit for Harvesters. There weren't a lot of people there, but that's ok. I want to start going to as many of those that I can. I need to volunteer more and give more of my time. It'll be a good way to meet people and to give back. Lulu's also has different alcohols infused with berries. I had gin infused with lime. Shocker I know.
After the happy hour we went over to the infamous Michael Smith. We have the dining cards, so it isn't as pricey as it normally is. We got a bottle of Rose wine because it was Pink Thursday and Rose wine was half price. Good enough reason for me. While I lived in France it was amazing how much rose wine they drink. I had always thought all rose's were like White Zin, meaning all sugary and sweet. That isn't the case though. The wine we had in France varied just like whites. At MS we had a dry rose that was decent.
For dinner I had....blueberry ravioli. Quite random. It was in a brown butter sauce with crimini mushrooms and parmesan cheese. Whoa have I missed cheese. I decided that last night I was going to divert from the challenge a bit because the food is so famous, I figured I might as well enjoy it fully.
For dessert we shared a rhubarb tart with orange ice cream and an olive oil cake with strawberries and champagne sorbet. I only had a few bites of each, but a good way to blow the challenge.
I came home and had a snack of edamame for heading to the battle of Waterloo.

Day 38: Beer

Another green smoothie started off breakfast. I finally had gone to the store, so I had spinach, strawberries, blueberries, spinach, dates, a banana and a peach. Made enough for two days because I put lots of coconut water in it. Forgot to take a snack to work, so I was starving half way through the morning, but made it to lunch and came home to have veggie tacos. Work was just work in the afternoon, but after work, I came home and had to cut my brother's hair before I went out to dinner with a new acquaintance from down the street. We went to Maloney's and sat on the patio. The weather was perfect and I had a beer for the first time in 37 days. It was delicious. I had the spinach and strawberry salad for dinner and we just hung for a while. When I got home, I looked in the mirror and had seeds stuck in my teeth. So cute. I had some edamame to end the evening and headed to bed to read more Les Mis. I'm stuck in the battle of Waterloo and have had quite a time making progress on the book because this part is so boring. I'll get through it though, at least I know there is a story coming.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 37: Chickpea Fajitas

Another green smoothie started off the morning. This one was the same as yesterday but much denser. I had to add quite a bit of sparkling water to it to make it fluid enough to eat. I finished it before heading off to work thoughso I didn't have to check my teeth for seeds when I got there.
The morning was spent on a variety of activities, but I was starving by 9am. I'm not quite sure why, especially because there was a pretty substantial amount of green smoothie this morning.
I came home for lunch and had leftover no pasta lasagna with black beans on top and a few pickled beets. Boy do I love those beets. Probably not the best for me, but whoa they are good. The lasagna was still better again than it was even the first night.
This afternoon at work I decided I needed a new desk. For some reason, mine is way crappier than the others in the department. Mostly the problem will be that I have to sit at such a weird angle. Lots of crazy exciting stuff is happening at work, just gotta figure out how to pull them off.
After work I came home and had a few chips with some black beans on top because once again I was starving. I do find it interesting that I didn't want to stop eating the chips. I haven't really had that problem since before the challenge. I also craved chocolate for the first time today. I'm not sure if it is just a mindset thing or what, but I resisted.
I went to the store and bought lots of veggies and lots of frozen vegetables. I came home and made baked chickpea fajitas. The chickpeas were crunchy and all the veggies loaded into the saute pan made the fajitas really tasty. I think the lime juice helped, and cumin is never a bad thing. I tried to clean up the house a little bit while watching the Royals. I made some more green smoothie and headed off for more Les Mis.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 36: Livestrong tour

Last night I decided to make my smoothie for breakfast this morning. This is one of the few times I haven't really had many veggies in the house. I did have lots of strawberries from the Hen House text on Friday, but other than that all I had was a banana. Then I opened the freezer and saw the frozen peaches and blueberries. I found some kale in the fridge and set myself up for a smoothie today and one for tomorrow.
Work was pretty low key this morning. I spent quite a bit of time helping the new guy get situated and settled. I gave him some info and then just did some more work maintenance.
I came home for lunch and had leftover no pasta lasagna which was simply delightful. I think it really is better the next day.
The afternoon wasn't too eventful, but I finally feel like I'm getting a handle on things. I need to get some retailers in the pipeline to sign up for some programs, so tomorrow will be a bunch of phone calls. I got a good bit of emails from people contratulating me on my promotion, which is nice to see. At least people are starting to know who I am and what I do. I feel like that is the biggest win for the company.
After work I headed out to Livestrong for the KU MBA event. It was actually really good. There were lots of people there and the tour of the stadium was awesome. I really enjoyed the talk by their VP of Marketing too. I hope we can continue to get a big crowd for events like these. It only makes it better for all of us. I did have mostly veggies there, they had a great spread of partially steamed veggies. But the cheese plates were absolutely humongous and awesome, so I broke down and had a few pieces of cheese. So close to the end, but I feel like now I am feeling out more of how I'll continue the challenge once the 42 days are over. I think I'll eat cheese again, drink some beer and try to still stay away from meat at home. I'll enjoy it at restaurants and other people's houses, but if I can eat decently the same at home, I think I'll be pretty good.
I had some black beans and homemade tortilla chips when I got home. I absolutely loved the first batch, the second batch got burnt to a crisp and now my whole house stinks. I have to perfect the art. I also have to figure out if I can change the broiler temperature on my oven. Dad finished installing the new windows today and I already feel like it is much quieter. The air came back on tonight too, so I hope the new windows contribute to the energy efficiency as well.
I'm excited to read some more Les Mis tonight before hitting the pillow.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 35: Father's Day

I didn't feel stellar to say the least this morning, but got up and headed to mom and dad's for the day. We had eggs and bacon for breakfast, which was the only real big cheat of the challenge. It was a veggie frittata with lots of vegetables in it though, so wasn't all bad.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching the marathon 15-inning Royals game and lounging. I had gotten 21,000+ steps last night, so I had a few to give. I still got about 8000 today though, so a pretty good week for steps. I munched throughout the day on bits of veggies and leftovers, but was pretty low laying.
We gave dad his presents and had no pasta lasagna for dinner that was delicious as usual. The cheese really makes it better. I can't believe there is only one week left for the challenge. It hasn't been that hard, but I will enjoy a beer here soon, and maybe some cheese!

Day 34: Girl Talk

I woke up to the sounds of my dad's truck backing up into my driveway. It was about 8:30 and he was off to work at the duplex, but needed something from my house. I decided it would be a perfect time to get up and head to the Farmers' Market. I went and picked up my mom, had a piece of Farm to Market Grains Galore bread topped with natural peanut butter and we headed out to the OP market. It was packed. We made our way through though and picked up all kinds of produce. We got veggies like beets, swiss chard and lettuce and even some peaches and herb plants.
I needed to pick out a fan, so I opted for the same one I got for the living room, but had to run out to Wilson's to pick it up.
Then made it to the paint store to make the ever-important color decisions. After paying an arm and a leg for the good paint, we ran by Hen House to pick up our CSA. There was bread, chicken, eggs, honey sticks, tomatoes and cucumbers. I hope for more veggies in the future!
Finally I made it home and loaded up on carrots and grapes while I drove out to the bowling alley in the Northland. Corporate challenge bowling was today and I did ok in the first game (168, 137, 143). I was kinda of bummed that I didn't do better, but I did give them my sheets with the average of 138 on it, so I shot above average. We ended up getting the bronze, which was cool.
I got home and picked up mom again to head out to Macy's to get dad some shirts. Then we swung by Old Navy to see if they had any sun dresses, they didn't. I grabbed Dad a golf bag at Dick's and went home to get ready for the evening.
I showered and waited for the ride and we headed off to P&L for girl talk. We stopped at Johnny's first to have dinner. I had a veggie burger with no bun or cheese and stole some guacamole from a friend that made the meal delicious. I was actually surprised at how good it was. I started drinking gin before I left my house and that was probably a bad idea. I continued drinking it through the night and paid for it in the morning.
The DJ was pretty good, it was packed and somewhat hot, but there was lots of dancing! We stayed out a bit after the DJ, but that was just annoying really. I should have left right after and wouldn't have had another drink. I got home and was forced to turn on the AC so that it would be comfortable sleeping weather. I guess it was 83 inside at 2am, so probably a good idea.

Day 33: Jazz in the Woods

As with most mornings, I had a smoothie this morning for breakfast. I didn't have any containers though, so I had to use a cup. The only bad part was that the smoothie was actually pretty ugly. It had the rest of the strawberries, blueberries, a banana, spinach, coconut water and some frozen peaches in it. Tasty enough.
The day was filled with meetings and calls and moving offices. It was somewhat weird moving offices, but I had to get the cube ready for the new guy. I'm not really sure how he is going to work out, but I'll have to do my best because I don't have much of a choice.
I came home for lunch and ate the rest of the huge salad I had made the other night. Dad was here and he was working on my shower. The walls are finally going in and I'm pumped that it is getting closer and closer to being finished.
I basically spent the afternoon moving and cleaning and answering emails. I had to get my computer all hooked up in the new office, plus clean out all of the old stuff. What a pain. It finally got all set though. I don't know why someone didn't think to get all the new guy's stuff set up, but for some reason he doesn't have his phone or computer set up yet. Another thing for me to do I guess.
I went by the store after work to get some strawberries since they were on text special. I grabbed some water too and came home to get situated for going to Corporate Woods for Jazz in the Woods. The traffic and parking wasn't that bad when I got out there, so I was able to find the pals and get a good spot. Then it was the hunt for falafel. Jerusalem Cafe was out there and we waited in a short line for Jerusalem Cafe and then had in our hands the delightful falafel. It was everything I had been waiting for. I had a glass of sangria with it. Heaven. I debated for a while getting another one, but by the time I went up there the line was forever long, so I opted for a glass of white wine instead.
The Elders were great as usual and then the saxophonist Warren Hill was just simply amazing. I think listening to the sax might be one of my favorite instruments. It was a great night. I was going to go out after, but decided instead to come home and rest up for the weekend.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 32: Royals win

The morning started off with a green smoothie that had strawberries, blueberries, spinach, a peach and coconut water in it. It was still a bit bitter, but I decided it was the skin from the peach. I spent the morning finishing presentations, had some carrots for snack and went to lunch a bit early.
For lunch I had a big salad that I had made a few days back and some bean chips that I got at the store. The chips were actually pretty darn good. I'm sure they aren't the best for me to eat all the time, but a tasty alternative to corn chips. There is all the salt that is still involved though. I had some grapes when I got back to the office for "dessert".
The afternoon consisted mostly of a big presentation to business managers, and then I was off at 4! I went to the bank finally and came home to get ready for the baseball game. I headed to my parents' early and had a sweet potato burger for dinner and a bit of my leftover Mexican.
We went to the game and tailgated a bit. I didn't have any meat or any beer still. I had Sparkling water with gin and limes though. Yum.
The game was pretty boring for awhile, but we finally ended up winning in the 9th after a double and an error by the Brewers.
I came home and had the rest of my edamame, a tall glass of water and then hit the hay.

Day 31: Promotion

The day started off with just a banana because I knew I'd be going to an early lunch. The morning was somewhat hectic, but I left for lunch at 10:50, which made the time pass even quicker. I picked Carolyn up and we headed to First Watch.
We met with Cindy and Shawna. I had a veggie burger for lunch, but on a tortilla instead of a bun. They actually have quite a few things that I could have eaten there, but the burger was definitely filling.
The afternoon at the office went much more nicely. Jerry called me in and gave me the promotion, a generous raise and a new office. Pretty nice way to spend the afternoon.
For dinner, I decided I wanted Mexican to celebrate, but I didn't go crazy. We went to Manny's and while I did eat a ton of chips and some salsa and guac, I did not have any meat or cheese. I had sopes with just beans on them. I know the refried beans weren't good for me either, but better than meat and cheese. I had a margarita also, but it was celebration time.
I came home and walked around the block a bit while talking to people on the phone. I headed home to new windows and primed walls and was asleep pretty quickly.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 30: sweet potato burgers revisited

Today was another round of the green smoothie I made on Sunday night. It was a bit more bitter today though, and the container that I put the smoothies in is really not good to drink out of. Every time I do drink the smoothies out of it, I cut my upper lip. Sounds like it is time for a trip to Target to fix that problem and find something a bit smoother.
The day was pretty low key, which was nice because I got quite a bit done. We went to Hen House for the text special salad bar. I got a pretty hearty lunch in, which was good because I had corporate challenge soccer right after work. There weren't any beets at the salad bar, which was a bummer, but the bean salads were good despite the knowledge that they are loaded with sugar.
After work, I came home and changed, grabbed some cashews and headed to soccer. We lost of course because we only had three people. I didn't really care that much, which the competitive side of me didn't really enjoy, but my shoes literally fell apart. The bottoms came away from the sole and I had to tape one together, only for the other to fall apart. What a cluster.
Our second game was a forfeit, but at least we didn't have to wait until 8 to play again. We played early and lost, so I headed to softball. I didn't play there, but got steps in.
I went to Mom & Dad's after to have sweet potato burgers and they were just as delicious as the first time. I had a few glasses of wine and headed home for unwinding and bed.

Day 29: Week 5

I can't really believe it is week five. I do feel like I've been on the plan a while, but it doesn't feel as long as it should. I did make a pretty good green smoothie for the beginning of week 5, it had strawberries, blueberries, a peach, a banana, some spinach and some coconut water in it. I had it when I got to work because I can enjoy it more there.
For lunch I decided to come home and have a quinoa burrito with black beans.
Golf was after work, so we went and played Heart of America. I shot a 45, which was pretty decent. The course was shorter than a standard course, but still played pretty well for normal.
I came home and made myself a huge salad with the tons of stuff I had in the fridge. There were beets, mushrooms, green onions, spinach, carrots, olives, black beans and probably more. I also peeled and sliced a beet, which I then roasted. It was awesome. I wish I would have done about four more. I ate the whole thing before going to bed.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 28: sick?

I felt horrible when I woke up this morning. Somewhat like I had a cold. My body ached and my head was cloudy. Not ideal. I stayed in bed as long as possible, but by 10 had to get up.
I went to my parents' for fruit and a piece of toast with natural peanut butter and headed back to my house to begin the work. Dad and I primed the ceiling and walls and listened to the Royals game. It was hot and dusty, but at least there is progress. I think I'm really going to like the wall color. I can't wait to see it all finished.
Went to Audrey's birthday party after that and the only thing I could eat was lettuce with tomatoes. I had to put some Caesar dressing on top to make it at least somewhat tasty. I think I got my pound of raw veggies today.
Then I went out and played outdoor soccer for the first time in forever. I was definitely not in shape for it and the other team was much younger than us. We lost 4-0. I think if we played together more often we'd be much better off.
I headed home and was on the phone for a while getting random chores done. I cleaned up the house a bit, made smoothies and got ready for a Monday. After a shower and some edamame, it was definitely bedtime.

Day 27: Sweet Potatoes

I woke up not feeling fantastic, probably because I consumed a good 2/3s of a bottle of wine by myself on Friday night. I got up at 7:45 though because the guys were coming to finish the sheet rock in my bedroom. I had a banana and drank some water, but still wasn't feeling stellar. I did sign up to volunteer though, so off I went to Ilus Day park in downtown KC to help plant sweet potato plants.
So I thought this was going to be a little plot with a few potato plants inside of it. I was wrong. You can learn about the project here:, but whoa was there a ton of land to cultivate. People were getting weeds out when I got there and I got the task of digging holes for an hour and 15 minutes. Then afterwards planted sweet potatoes. I was so not prepared. I wasn't in great shape after about 2 hours, and had to leave to get some food and shade. I felt bad leaving when they weren't even half way finished, but I had to.
I came home and had a burrito with quinoa, veggies and black beans and really just bummed out in the afternoon. I watched some Euro cup soccer and enjoyed the relaxation.
I did head to the Plaza to do a little shopping and found two of the items on my list.
I came home and made some avocado alfredo with soy noodles. It was pretty bland. Went to a party with friends and ended up at Gram & Dun on the plaza for a drink. They had nothing vegan friendly on the menu, so I had a salad without the feta. We drank a bottle of wine and called it a night.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 26: Shopping

I had a banana and applesauce for breakfast again today and had a busy morning at work writing job descriptions and having meetings on everything that is going on with the new people and the website program.
For lunch I took Mary to D'Bronx for her birthday since a piece of cheese pizza is what she wanted. I had their healthy veggie sandwich which had hummus, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, carrots and olives on a wheat bun and it was AWESOME. I will definitely eat it again.
When we got back to work I broke out the vegan cheesecake and didn't tell anyone what it was until they tried it. Surprisingly everyone tried it and somewhat liked it. The raspberry sauce helped make it a bit sweeter, but I actually thought it was pretty good for having no sugar. I'll be interested to see what mom and dad say if they try it tommorrow.
I came home after work and had leftover stir fry with black beans stirred in. I also had some guac and a whole wheat tortilla. Man I love avocados.
Then I went to Old Navy and didn't buy anything. I decided to go to Town Center though and found a few things to buy, but there isn't much out there that makes sense for work and for normal times. I talked to Carly for a bit while drinking wine at home and went to bed to prepare for a big day of volunteering, priming bedroom walls and having normal Saturday fun.

Day 25: Starlight

This morning had a banana and apple sauce for breakfast as I hadn't made a smoothie last night. Work was normal, yet came home and had a leftover bean burger with guacamole, lettuce and tomato for lunch. Made it back to work in time for my meeting at 1:30 then got to leave early for a meeting with Alex. Thankfully I got home a bit early after going to mom and dad's to borrow the Cuisenart to make the vegan cheesecake. I really need to either invest in one of those things or get married and have someone give one to me. That seems like a better idea, but much harder to pull off. For dinner I make quinoa and stir fry veggies, and when Sarah got here, we ate before heading to Starlight.
In the Heights was absolutely awesome. They rapped and it was hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I felt like the end got a bit slow and predictable.
I made the vegan cheesecake when I got home. It took about 15 minutes total. It went in the freezer for the night and I went to bed.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 24: Home improvement

Once again had a green smoothie for breakfast. This one had pear, banana, spinach and coconut milk. Pretty basic, but delightful.
It was birthday day at work today and everyone did a nice job of staying away from sweets. There were lots of veggies, fruit and hummus. I also ate Nut Crackers for the first time and they were awesome. Still not great for me, but yummy as an alternative. Somehow I got so busy this afternoon I didn't realize I had to leave for lunch and then it was time for a meeting. I tried to eat as many veggies as possible when I got back but I was still hungry.
After work I went to Whole Foods with mom to get some supplies and thought I'd be eating veggie burgers for dinner not long after, but dad was working on the house so I had to help him. We didn't end up eating til 9:30! The burgers were really yummy though, and guacamole only helps everything.

Day 23: Tuesday

There wasn't much exciting about this past Tuesday except that we played softball. Other than that, had a green smoothie for breakfast, come home and had a quinoa burrito for lunch then after work had some grapes and a banana before going to play softball. I also finished off the corn/bean salsa. I had the last of the quinoa burritos for dinner when I got home and that was pretty much it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 22: Pretty ho hum

This morning I had a smoothie made with all the leftover fruit from Saturday night. There were cantalopes, kiwi, strawberries, pineapple and spinach. I mixed it was coconut water and it was pretty good. I didn't need a snack today, which was quite odd, but for some reason the smoothie filled me up.
I didn't have a lot to do today, so it was pretty nice to get some random work done.
We ended up going out to lunch today. We went to Applebee's, but should have gone to Chipotle. There is NOTHING to eat at Applebees for vegans. Even if I took the chicken and shrimp out of the salads, all that would have been left was lettuce and maybe carrots or something. It is really pretty ridiculous. I ended up having a jalepeno-lime shrimp thing, and I ate shrimp for the first time in at least the 22 days. It was pretty tasty, but I would have rather just had double the veggies. I couldn't not eat though, it is the point of lunch.
We had golf after work, so I came home and scarfed down some grapes before going to tide me over. After shooting horribly today, I ran by Hen House to get some avocados to pair with my quinoa burrito I had when I got home. An orange sparkling water later it was time for bed.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 21: Back to Real

It isn't like I ate horribly the past few days, but I didn't eat strictly to the plan. This morning I woke up really hung over and didn't feel stellar. I had a banana and some blueberries and went to play softball. We lost our first game, so I got home around noon and had some leftover quinoa burrito and salads. I didn't do much this afternoon except watch the Royals and do random stuff around the house. Dad was here working on the bedroom/bathroom/closet. He got it all framed in, and it makes me excited for the room to be finished!
I went to the backyard neighborhood bbq and everyone was freaked out that I wasn't eating or drinking. I know it was just because they wanted to make sure I was comfortable, but everyone kept asking me if I needed a seat or something to eat. Plenty of really nice people though. I can't remember everyone's name, but such a nice group. I hope to get to do more with them all in the future.
After the bbq, I went to mom and dad's and had a big salad, some black bean enchiladas leftovers and some three bean salad. I'm full but not really. Back to the real eating schedule.

Day 20: Going-Away Party

Got up and ate an apple and headed to the softball field. We played 3 games. Won the first one, lost the second, then won the third. I did put on sunscreen, so didn't get burnt. Point for me.
I came home and had some more black beans and edamame then finished up the no pasta lasagna. The afternoon was full of chores. I cut the grass, did some weeding, went to the grocery store and then Mitch came over and we made some food. Texas caviar, guacamole and three bean salad. Then Andrew came over and brought all of the leftovers. There was so much food.
People arrived slowly and we just kind of hung out all night. Somehow I didn't end up going to bed until 3am and didn't eat horribly all night and drank gin and water again til the gin was gone, then drank some wine. It'll be sad to see Marcus go when he actually leaves for good, but it was fun to get together with everyone.

Day 19: Jazzoo

Started off the day with a green smoothie and then the morning at work was just crazy. Lots of meetings and not really much time for anything else. I did go to the Superior Selections tasting where the only thing I ate was hummus and salsa. The salsa was so spicy! Unexpectedly. I didn't realize it was already noon, and I had to be at a meeting at 1, so I ran home and ate the rest of the no pasta lasagna and busted it back to work. I did the training session, explained the contract to Caroline and then just cleaned up loose ends until the end of the day.
I did come home and eat some black beans because I was starving, and we headed out to Jazzoo.
I didn't really hold myself back from eating at Jazzoo. I had the chopped salad from Sunset Grill and it was delightful. It had bleu cheese and bacon in it, but the flavors were awesome. I had a bunch of Andre's goodies too and the rest of the night I was pretty good. I didn't eat any beef, pork or fish. I did have some smoked cheese that was awesome. I drank gin and waters all night, and only had 3, so was pretty sober most of the night. I didn't ever feel stuffed and really considered the night a success from an eating perspective.
We left somewhat early though so I could get some sleep for softball.