It was day 6 of Veg Week and I was feeling like a pimp. I was eating my weight in vegetables and smacking hoes who weren’t. Not only that, I had taken the challenge to another level. I was forcing myself to not only eat as healthy as possible but to also resist things that tasted like meat, i.e. fake chicken nuggets, veggie sausage, etc. (I decided that avoiding meat-like products would be a harder challenge. I didn’t want this to feel easy.) I hadn’t eaten meat or any product pretending to be meat. I was unstoppable. I was Kick Buttowski.

When Day 7 came around, it felt like a normal day. I didn’t realize freedom was near. I didn’t plan how I would celebrate my success. I didn’t think about meat at all. Day 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 came and went – without the consumption of meat! It wasn’t intentional. It just was. On day 13, I went out with a friend and ordered chicken skewers. They tasted good but I didn’t have that “it’s been so long since I’ve seent you, let’s go home and make magic” feeling. Speaking of chicken, do you remember that grilled chicken from the eve of the challenge? It was still in the fridge.

Yes, that’s what happens when you open a package of chicken, put in the fridge, and don’t seal it. It molds. I had kept it because part of me wanted to know I could quit the challenge at any time. Fortunately, I didn’t. I had made it 12 days as vegetarian. Geese, chickens, and hogs were knocking down my door offering me cheese and booze. They wanted to thank me for sparing their lives and the lives of their children. Speaking of cheese, you need to see proof of my unraveling.

Mid-way through the challenge, I had consumed an entire block of cheese in one sitting. Aside from that one weak moment, I had made it. I had knocked the Veg Week Challenge out of the park. It was hard. And it was easy. My eyes are wide open.

Lessons Learned:
1. Being a good vegetarian is hard. You have to eat healthy without eating crap.
2. Being a bad vegetarian is easy. You can eat all the pizza, cheese, potatoes, chips, and candy bars that you want.
3. Everyone should do something that forces them to step outside of the box.
4. Stepping outside of the box is, and always will be, SEXY.

Categories: Fitness

11 Comments

Badiyah · 05/23/2012 at 1:05 pm

I totally agree Slomo. You crack me up Angel! Love the Bishop Don Juan reference.

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:45 pm

@slomo. I was wondering if anyone read that sentence. Personally, I thought it was brilliant.

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:45 pm

@Jane. Thanks for your motivation. You are an inspiration. Period. xoxo

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:44 pm

@Nicole. I’m glad you put me onto this. It was hard but a worthy endeavor. I’m still eating meat but it’s interesting how much LESS I’m eating since the challenge. I realized I was eating meat for proteins sake and not because it was delicious. Since the challenge, I’ve decided to only eat delicious, farm fresh stuff. You’ve taught me a lot. Now, I get the cage-free, super expensive eggs. Now, I buy only grass-fed beef. And I’m sticking to fish. I don’t know how I feel about chicken anymore – meaning what they’re doing to it. Again, thank you for being informative without being pushy. You were supportive and encouraging and you opened my eyes. Thank you, love.

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:41 pm

@tinachris. Have you ever heard of kick buttowski? I was sure only my moms did. I only know it cuz me Nico put me on to it. It’s actually one kid cartoon that I truly enjoy. And yes, I know you can’t really do veg week but we can all be more conscious consumers, in general. xo

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:40 pm

@FVR. I recommend everyone try veg week at least once. It changes your perspective. I’m happy I did it!

FVR · 05/10/2012 at 10:48 am

Congrats Angel, and yay for Nicole for inspiring everyone! Maybe one day I will have the balls to join yall! 🙂

TinaChris · 05/10/2012 at 9:43 am

Go Kick Buttowski! Loved reading-and laughing along with you-about your vegetarian experience! While I don’t have the ability to go vegetarian due to my health condition-it definitely made me rethink some of the stuff currently in my diet and how I could modify it to make my food choices healthier.

Nicole · 05/10/2012 at 8:58 am

I’m proud of you for making this effort, Angel! The author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has been my guide into this healthy lifestyle. I got two of her cookbooks from my local library and they reminded me of all the wonderful food I can make without animal products in them. Honestly, without them I think I would have sat in my kitchen with a glazed look on my face and consumed nothing but fake meat and bags of pita chips. And her podcast “Vegetarian Food for Thought” is amazing. It’s been sooo helpful to me in so many ways – educating me on animal issues, on how to deal with responses to “I’m vegan” and just giving me hope in general (because thinking about animal rights issues really depresses me). You should check that out! Her website is compassionatecook dot com. It’s too bad we didn’t have more time to hang out last Saturday — hope to see you again sometime soon!

seejanesweat · 05/10/2012 at 8:55 am

Love it Angel. So true about being a good and bad vegetarian. Congrats on your success. The thing that help me stay a vegetarian was the research I did on how animal protein and animal fat effects the body. I will be without meat 2 years in July and though I miss an occassional burger or peice of salmon, or slice of bacon, my husband and kids eat meat, I’m good and I feel great. Have an awesome day.

Slomo · 05/10/2012 at 8:53 am

The second sentence of this post is one of the best things I’ve ever read. This is marvelous.

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