Monday, January 7, 2013

So You Think You Can Veg

Over the past three weeks - ok, three years - my significant other has learned to expect the unexpected when I open my mouth. Between the random, borderline-inappropriate comments, to the spontaneous crying, to my oftentimes-uncontrollable laughter, I am just way, way too much fun. Bottom line, it takes a lot to shock him these days. Which is why he was less than surprised when this little scene went down...

Me: "I'm going to be a vegetarian for the month of February."
PG: "Ok."
Me: "That's it?"
PG: "As long as you don't expect me to do it with you then yep, that's it!"

Needless to say, my craving for drama was not satisfied by his ultimately-supportive acceptance of yet another one of my little life challenges.

I'm going to grow out my hair.
I'm going to try to work out every Saturday and Sunday.
I'm only going to eat white meat and fish.

Inevitably turns into...

Long hair is a pain in my rear. I'm chopping it.
I'm so tired! I don't want to workout every day, I need a break! *cue tears*
Can I have a bite of your cheeseburger?

But this time, I'm going to do it! Why February? Well, what else happens in February? Nothing. No vacations, no big events, nada. Which also means zilch in terms of motivation to get my act together.

But then comes March - a benefit dinner with my family, a vacation that will most likely require me to wear a bathing suit, birthdays, and the like. Then, pretty soon it's warm weather yet again, we have about a million weddings this year, and are planning a vacation of our own in October. Oh, and I'm running on a relay team for the Pittsburgh Marathon. There's that too.

Essentially, February is the lead in to a crazy, photo, running and bathing suit-filled year. And I need to get a jumpstart on it. Is part of this a personal test? Absolutely. I love to challenge and bother myself. But it is also a way to make sure that I am starting off the year in a great way, and feeling fabulous heading into my big March.

It is also going to be a cooking challenge of sorts. As PG and I are working on learning how to cook, being a vegetarian for a month will force us out of our meat-centric cooking habits, and into a realm of veggies, tofu and all sorts of deliciousness. And by us, I mean me (see above).

So I'm doing it.

I solemnly swear that I will be a vegetarian for the month of February, and will keep you all posted as I struggle along this untraveled (by me) path.

Tips? Recipes? Well wishes? What-are-you-doings? Share away!



  1. you can do it! i posted on my blog (on fri) about being a veg for years. it's pretty easy to just cut out the meat part of the meal. i think ethnic foods make it pretty easy too where it's a one thing kinda meal (think pasta, veggie fried rice, thai curry, indian food, etc) - good luck!!

  2. Good luck with your meatless February. I go thru phases where I won't eat any meat and I really don't miss it. I think the key is to find well seasoned, flavorful dishes you like...{I agree with Jackie}