Back at it and Meat eating

I had to teach last night so I decided before I coached a WOD I would get a workout in myself!  The WOD I was coaching was my favorite…. a workout with no repeated exercises.  It also wasn’t too heavy on weighted movements so I thought it would be a good first one back.  Now, I had been keeping up with my burpees and periodically doing pull ups and push ups. I definitely think that helped!

Before I jumped into the WOD I did a quick 25 minute treadmill run

10 minute warm up :: starting at 7.0, increase by 0.1 every minute for an additional 10 minutes :: at 20 minutes drop the speed by 0.2 every minute for an addition 5 minutes

(does that make sense?)

After I was nice and warm I did a few dead lifts and kettle bell swings to make sure my form was right and choose the right weight.

WOD

It took me 8:15.  Not too bad! and I am happy to say I did all kipping pull ups.  boom.

I must have had a brain fart and didn’t remember that it had been well over 5 months since I dead lifted any significant amount of weight.  I went with 135#.  Considering I used to do around 180# I didn’t think I was over estimating.

Today… my body is telling me that I lifted too much.  I am also concerned that my form wasn’t great because my back is also sore.  No bueno GM.

Oh well.  It felt great to lift!  I am taking today as a rest day…because I can 🙂

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Did you know I used to be a vegetarian?  Yup. For over 3 years I think it was.

Food inc, a documentary basically on where food comes from is what turned me into a veg head.  Well…the animals are still being treated like shit so what made me decide to eat meat again?  I am ashamed to say it…the convenience factor.  And I was really bad at it.  I don’t like a lot of vegetables.  The texture of tofu bothered me.  In general, I am not a great cook so there wasn’t much variety to my diet.  I think I mostly survived on cottage cheese and yogurt. Not great.

Now it is way easier deciding what to eat when I am at a friend’s house or going out to eat…chicken it is.  BUT.. I constantly feel guilty.  I mean, I know I could buy local where the animals are treated more humanely.  But I still feel guilty for the animal even dying in the first place.

little piggies

poor piggies

I try not to eat a ton of meat but it is still in my diet.  It’s just easier for me.  It doesn’t make me feel less guilty about eating it though.  I try to play ignorant and not think about what I am eating.

Anyone ever have a problem like this?  Any suggestions on how to make life as a vegetarian easier for me and everyone around me?  *particularly boyfriend, his family eats meat and his poor momma would always make me a separate dish and I feel/felt awful every time*

gm

I am not trying to upset anyone in this post.  I understand I have different options when it comes to where I purchase my meat from.  I also understand that I am a freak and if I even think about what goes into making yogurt I could gross myself out and not eat that too.  Yes, I am a freak

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10 thoughts on “Back at it and Meat eating

  1. I’ve teeter tottered between omni, veggie and vegan for the past 2.5 years so i know exactly where you’re coming from with this post! if i learned anything, it is this: don’t let anyone try to make you feel bad for the choices you make 🙂 we’re all human, we’re allowed to find what works best for us.

  2. I’ve been vegetarian for about 12 years now and I think meat meals are stupidly complex. I hate wasting time with meal prep so a plant based diet is just easier on my schedule and my wallet. I can understand how it seems convenient though because meat is so readily available and all around you. But it basically just comes down to your real values. If you don’t want to kill other beings then you won’t eat meat. It’s as simple as that. I give the same mentality to people who say working out or living healthily is too hard – it’s not too hard, it’s just different and you have to work hard at positive change. 😉

    (And I do think yogurt is disgusting… I don’t like to consume puss no matter how “clean” it is.)

    • I never looked at it that way… .working out is super important to me so I make sure I do it. Same should go for what I eat; what I decide to fuel with should be just as important to me too! Thanks for showing me a different point of view!

  3. About a month ago I stopped eating meat (except for fish) for similar reasons, mine was a book I read instead of a documentary though. I’m allergic to most dairy so I suddenly became a vegan. It has been hard on the convenience side, but a simple veggie and couscous combo for lunch or dinner has really helped me get out of the “all salad mode”. I also tried to get out of the mentality of the meals having to “make sense”. If I want to have an egg with dinner so that I have enough protein for the day, I do. Before I would of thought an egg with green beans and brown rice didn’t make sense, now it doesn’t phase me at all. My bf doesn’t love that I stopped eating meat, so to make up for it I have started to cook a little more. If I know for dinner we might have a meal that includes him having chicken, I’ll make fish for myself so he doesn’t feel like he’s making this whole meal I wont eat. I have lots of easy recipes (aka takes less than 25 minutes and has normal/not a lot of ingredients) if you want to try some!

  4. i was a vegetarian too! actually, a vegetarian for 2 and a vegan for 1. this was before i started running && cared about health. it was more “for the animals” type of thing.. i became really really unhealthy because i didn’t keep up with what nutrients/vitamins i wasn’t getting. so i gradually started eating meat again…

    mainly chicken. then i wanted steak all the time. i then became a beef jerky addict. i’ve recently (the last two months-ish) cut meat (aside from fish && eggs) out of my diet && noticed i started feeling a lot better on my runs. at the same time i also cut out (MOST) dairy. I LOVE CHEESE.

    i avoid soy products at all costs, apparently it prevents your body from absorbing certain vitamins & minerals? i opt for the “almond” or “coconut” alternative when possible. also as far as “burgers” go — veggie or blackbean. you can either make them at home (AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!) <—my thoughts, or buy them at the store. they also make them in "crumbles" so you can make tacos, stir in with spaghetti etc.

    also as far as veggies go, kale chips & spaghetti squash are actually pretty quick & easy, also LOTS of possibilities for flavoring… just add your favorite spice!

    i think it's easier if you just do it gradually. i really like myfitnesspal to help keep me on track, make sure i'm eating enough & enough of the "right" things.

    if you enjoy reading, pick up a copy of scott jurek's "eat && run". lots of helpful things in there!

  5. i was a vegetarian too! actually, a vegetarian for 2 and a vegan for 1. this was before i started running && cared about health. it was more “for the animals” type of thing.. i became really really unhealthy because i didn’t keep up with what nutrients/vitamins i wasn’t getting. so i gradually started eating meat again…

    mainly chicken. then i wanted steak all the time. i then became a beef jerky addict. i’ve recently (the last two months-ish) cut meat (aside from fish && eggs) out of my diet && noticed i started feeling a lot better on my runs. at the same time i also cut out (MOST) dairy. I LOVE CHEESE.

    i avoid soy products at all costs, apparently it prevents your body from absorbing certain vitamins & minerals? i opt for the “almond” or “coconut” alternative when possible. also as far as “burgers” go — veggie or blackbean. you can either make them at home (AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!) <—my thoughts, or buy them at the store. they also make them in "crumbles" so you can make tacos, stir in with spaghetti etc.

    also as far as veggies go, kale chips & spaghetti squash are actually pretty quick & easy, also LOTS of possibilities for flavoring… just add your favorite spice!

    i think it's easier if you just do it gradually. i really like myfitnesspal to help keep me on track, make sure i'm eating enough & enough of the "right" things.

    if you enjoy reading, pick up a copy of scott jurek's "eat && run". lots of helpful things in there!

    • I can’t decide if I felt better with or without meat. I think since I most likely wasn’t getting enough of the right vitamins and minerals without meat, once I introduced it back in my diet I felt better. I wonder how I would feel meat-less but eating the right things! Definitely asking Santa for that book! Thanks 🙂

  6. Hey Chickadee… I am Not vegetarian but Paleo actually and while I still eat meat, I too watched Food Inc. and was appalled by how the animals were killed. Which is why I buy local and only grass fed vegetarian raised meats. I love meat and so I can’t give that up but I have cleaned my palate of processed foods. Eating Pale can be difficult because you refrain from grains and so I had to change my way of what a meal was, and not worry about what was appropriate foods for breakfast lunch and dinner. So if you are eating an egg with dinner who cares or garlic green beans with your breakfast. You just need to change what food is appropriate and just make the change for yourself. Your family and boyfriend will understand…. and don’t worry when they make you your own dish, I love to host dinner parties and I always make sure everyone has what they enjoy in front of them even if I make them there own homemade Mac n Cheese. 🙂

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