The dog days of summer

Man oh man. We have reached the time of the year where you can’t hardly even walk out to the car without wishing you were in an ice bath! I’ve got deodorant in every corner of the house JUST IN CASE! Gross. I try my hardest to avoid anything that makes me sweat. Wet t-shirt contests aren’t my thing, yet this time of year it looks like I’m constantly trying to compete and I’m doing it very wrong. Armpit sweat spots just aren’t sexy. Nope. The only time I don’t feel self-conscious of the copious amounts of sweat pouring from each and every single pore from my body is when I’m working out, and even then it’s pretty damn bothersome.

For instance yesterday, I couldn’t even visit a store in the mall without looking like I was 3 minutes away from a heart attack. I had to find something in the store to fan myself with because I was so hot and sweaty that I couldn’t even enjoy spending time with a girlfriend of mine. I’m so sick of being embarrassed every time I walk outside of my house that I never leave anymore. All I do is sit inside where it’s nice and cool. I don’t have to worry about getting sweaty and gross and having people stare at me like I’m about to fall over and die.

We were pretty hungry so we decided to stop and get some food. My friend knows that I’m practicing a vegan diet right now and was so sweet to ask where we could eat together that would make it easier for me to choose. We went for some more Asian food. (I might be becoming an Asian food addict. Seriously.)

We headed back to mi casa so we could eat a bit more comfortably. Asian take out for the win! She was asking me about what made me choose to make a diet change… I don’t push my choices on anyone. It’s been my experience that people do what they want to do, when they want to do it because they want to. However, if you ask questions, I have no issue with sharing my story and the information I’ve learned over the past year or so. I suggested she watch some of the food documentaries on Netflix. She surprised me by wanting to watch one of the right then! Hey. If I can inspire just one person to find out the truth about the food they are eating, I feel like I’ve done my job.

My heart jumped up and down when she said she was going to go to the grocery store to buy tons of veggies after she left my place. I’m very anxious to talk with her soon to see if she has decided to make any changes or if she will continue her current lifestyle. Even if she does though, at least she’s a bit more informed about the choices she’s making. I would like to suggest a few of my favorite shows to watch when I’m feeling like having something terrible for me. If you’d like to educate yourself just a little, start with some of these titles on Netflix!

Today I got to play with my adopted puppies. It was nice to run around the yard and get them all hyped up. I’ve never had the desire or the energy to do something something like that with them in my previous visits. Sure, we all came in and passed out in the coolest places we could find, but we had a grand time up until we were completely exhausted. It was a great day, nice and relaxing for the most part. Just for grins here’s an epic picture of play time with 2 of my favorite pups.

After I got home I took a look at my heart rate activity for the day. I’m pleased to say that even with the running around and the disgusting heat and humidity, my heart rate never went above 120. This is a significant difference from just a few weeks ago. I suppose I’ll have to keep it up. Perhaps one of these days I’ll be able to take these 2 goofballs for a nice walk. I was going to say run, but we ALL know that’s never going to happen.

Well my lovelies, it’s time to wind down my weekend. The alarm clock will be screaming loud and clear before I know it and the storm outside is doing a fine job of sending me into a coma. (Could be the Benadryl too. Ha!!)

Sweet dreams, my pretty souls.

Quick Update – Day 13

Time to get personal.

Time to put it ALL out there.

🙈🙊

Yeah, I know. Disgusting.

By this time next year that first number will be a one. Mark my words.

Cravings:

I had a small craving today for some meat but I managed to smack it in the face with fresh guacamole. All in all though, I’ve been feeling pretty great. After having a small procedure earlier this week to help clear an ear issue that’s been bringing me down for well over a month – I’m finally feeling like myself again, better though! I haven’t been craving any dairy at all. Nope, not even cheese. Since I haven’t had nearly as much of a problem with angry guts as I usually do, I’m finding that I don’t even want dairy.

Medications:

I’ve cut down taking Prilosec from 2 a day to 1 every other day. My indigestion has almost disappeared and I’m pretty sure if I would lay off the spicy foods I could get rid of it. I haven’t used my prescription face wash, shampoo, and steroid cream in over a week. My face is no longer going back through it’s teenage phase!

Skin:

That’s right, no more oily & itchy skin on my scalp or my face. The stress sores that I develop in various places all over my body have started healing much more quickly and I’ve only seen 2 pop up over the past 2 weeks. Usually I’ve have upwards of 3+ per week that take weeks to heal.

Beans, Beans, The Magical Fruit:

The amount of black beans I’ve consumed over the the past 13 days has taught me that I can play yet another instrument! (This gas is LEGIT. Recently I’ve heard octaves I didn’t know I could hit!)

That’s all I have for you guys for today.

Bonne Nuit.

I’m already dead…

Today was a hard day for me. I woke up really excited about this new vegan adventure, and I mean REALLY excited about it. I talked to my husband during our 4-hour road trip this morning and I’m really feeling his support through all of this. He understands why I’m making this change and he’s curious to see how I will feel after I complete my 4-week “adventure.”

Now, let’s fast forward to the point when we arrived at the river. It came time for me to take the luggage from the car to the house. “No big deal…” right? Wrong. It’s heavy luggage, there are stairs involved, it’s 98˚ outside, & I’m already struggling to get out of my husband’s tiny little car. Ugh. Finally, we get everything inside and get settled into the house. We decided to make our cold drinks, slap on our swimsuits, & head down to the very chilled and calm water of the good ol’ Guadalupe River.

I start to get upset all over again because now everyone is down in the river with the exception of one person who is napping on the couch and I still have to do my tricky yoga poses in the shower to shave my legs. Guys, it’s a chore. Trust me on this. There is a LOT of leg to shave.

I squeeze my lumpy large body into my swimsuit and slather on some sunscreen because I’m about as pasty as Casper the ghost. After getting out of breath and sweating all my sunscreen off as well as pre-soaking my swimsuit before I ever came close to the river, I was physically done. I was out of breath & my heart rate was at 171 all from shaving my legs and putting on a swimsuit. How pathetic?!

I always remind myself that I’m making terrible decisions that will lead me to an early death, but today I realized that I’ve actually already killed myself.

Whoa. Dark. I know. Please don’t take this the wrong way, guys. Hear me out. The meaning behind this statement will become more clear in the following statements.

I missed out on a lot of quality time with family because it took me 5 times as long to prepare myself than everyone else. I missed out on a big happy greeting from my in-laws because I was struggling with getting my shit inside the house. Let’s not forget the most embarrassing and terrible point in the day. The point when I realized that I can no longer climb the stairs back up to the house from the river. That’s right. I had to sit down half way and keep myself from hyperventilating. My legs were so shaky, I was so dizzy, I couldn’t breathe, & I had straight up tunnel vision. Do you have any idea how embarrassing that is? Everyone else just runs up the stairs like it’s a little escalator while I’m struggling to even get halfway. Guys, the days of my past are over. This is what I mean by “I’m already dead.”

So here I am, pretty much at rock bottom. I want my life back. I want a healthy heart and a body that I can live in again! Perhaps going vegan for a few weeks will help me realize what it’s truly like to have a healthy body, once and for all.

Love to all,

The key to success is in the preparation.

It’s the Friday before my adventure to try a vegan diet for 4 weeks. I have been reading tons of books and articles on which ingredients are must haves around the house in order to create almost any vegan recipe. I had a coupon for Amazon Prime Now so I hopped on my phone and and started adding things to my cart. 

2 hours later, I had 5 big brown paper bags on my front porch. 


As you can see, I am a big fan of Red Mill products. I’ve used them even in my day to day normal lifestyle and they are simply the best in my opinion. 

“Where are the … veg..gies?? LOL this looks like a carb adventure.”

@mindbodynart

Yes, by this picture alone it would seem I’m planning on going on some sort of carb adventure instead of a vegan adventure. Rest assured that there will be plenty of other photos posted of my veggies and other essentials. I’m saving the grocery trip for when I’m home from my in-laws house. 

For now, I’m feeling really excited to get this show on the road. Here’s to reversing heart disease and finally living a happier & healthier life.