Day 52: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Actually woke up rested and had time to fix a real, hearty breakfast this morning before work. Made an egg sandwich with sautéed onions and peppers. Lunch was with my dear friends Shannah and Annette. We met at Shannah’s and had a delicious lunch together, which turned out to be vegan without trying. I don’t think I could be vegan all the time, but occasionally, a meal like this is refreshing and rejuvenating.
I brought some pumpkin black bean soup that had fresh onions, peppers, garlic, cumin, and tomatoes in it, made with vegetable bouillon (similar to this recipe); Annette brought homemade bread made with olive oil, along with some homemade strawberry jam, and a fresh corn, red pepper, and carrot salad, using vegan mayonnaise and basil; and Shannah made baba ghanoush (roasted eggplant, tahini, parsley, lemon, garlic, etc.), which tasted amazing by itself or on the bread.
Bryan and I went for a walk after work before dinner and had a really good conversation about future direction, dreams, and trusting God. Dinner was a salmon patty on top of sautéed greens, with a dessert of almonds and blueberries topped with whipped coconut cream, and a square of dark chocolate. So yummy!
Day 53: Friday, February 22, 2013
Down another pound this week, which surprised me since it’s been such a busy week and I haven’t been able to make it to the gym as frequently. Fortunately, I was able to help with setup at church some, which always counts as a workout. Had a very light breakfast today of peanut butter toast–I was saving up for lunch with my friend Mandy. We went to Brick Street Cafe, and I splurged–cheesy vegetable quiche with creamy tomato dill soup, and half a slice of the sweet potato cake with cream cheese icing. I’ve been off dairy for about a month now, so I wanted to try to eat some and see if it made a difference. (Verdict: I need to stay off dairy pretty much permanently–though the cake was definitely worth it for a special occasion!). Dinner was a bowl of the pumpkin black bean soup, a small sandwich with salmon, spinach, and a touch of mayo on hearty bread, and a side of green pepper strips! Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow, followed by good coffee…and housecleaning!