6 month, 22 days. SIX MONTHS, TWENTY TWO DAYS. That just blew my mind when I looked up the duration of our journey thus far. I apologize for being on blog hiatus for a bit there. Our trip to Greece was incredible. The best part for me was introducing Dean to so many special people in my life that I haven’t been able to see in the past five years.
I so wish that Greece was a two hour plane ride that cost a fraction of the price, because I would be there 10 times a year, but it’s not. The trip is far, the trip is expensive, and the trip is emotional. It’s tough loving two places as much as we do. I am an American through and through, I live here, I work here, I was educated here, I got married here, and as American’s we take for granted many of the freedoms and benefits that we are entitled to. Greece on the other flip side of the coin, in my opinion is the most beautiful country you will ever have the opportunity to see. Look to the right, you see mountains, look to the left you see the ocean, look in front of you, you see a man peddling roasted corn on the cob.. What could get better than that? Honestly, the department of tourism in Greece was on to something when they made their slogan several years ago, “LIKE HERE, NOWHERE”.
We were in Greece for two weeks. I knew that this vacation would obviously be the most difficult where meat is concerned. Greece and Meat are synonymous. In the first week I had no problem staying far away. Yes, I was eating some dairy, not as much as you might think. If there was a dip that had dairy, I might have tried some, if there was some Feta on my salad, I wasn’t about to throw it off, but I wasn’t ordering items like yogurt or eggs. I didn’t have one bite of meat the first week. Not one…. And then we got to Athens. My sweet theo, whom we call “Babino” picked Dean and I up from the airport and was so excited to tell us that Thea Magda, his wife, had been slaving away making my favorite meal. We get to their home and of course the “Biftekia” or grilled beef patties are sitting on the table alongside big plates of fries and a village salad. I’m not sure I even hesitated. I’m being honest, I ate three of them, and it felt good that the first time I broke my fast was with Magda and Babino, eating Magda’s famous biftekia… they are famous, just ask my brothers.
For the remainder of the trip, I only ate meat on 3 other occasions. I wasn’t excited about eating meat, it didn’t bother my stomach. But truly, I have been eating vegetables like a mad woman, and what I wanted was vegetables. I did eat fish, which I know is considered meat - but to me it feels different. While I know they were both once alive, what weighs heaviest in my mind is that the beef patty is doing atrocious things to my body.
While on our vacation, I gained about 5 pounds in two weeks. Can you believe that? I can. And overall at this point I am only down the original 15 pounds; since I just packed on some lbs. Dean is down 50. Is that crazy or what? We baptized a baby this past weekend (who is perfect, and we are very proud Godparents!) and it was so funny watching Dean try and put on a suit. He is really starting to look like his clothes belong to someone else. He could wrap his suit jacket around his body like a blanket. I am so proud of him it’s crazy. I’m proud that not only has he really stuck to being plant skinny, but also he has really taught himself new habits, and new portion sizes. Dean eats fruit every morning for breakfast; I on the other hand have been eating cereal. Dean tries to eliminate all grains from lunch; I am more so-so with eliminating grains. Truly, If you can’t eat meat or dairy, and you eliminate the grains.. What the hell do you eat?... apparently fruits and vegetables, lol. I have to say, I am starting to understand why people are successful at weight loss with the Paleo diet. No dairy, except some eggs, limited meat; they eat seeds and nuts, fruits and veggies. Oh, and zero processed foods. I am assuming that paleo might be the direction of my diet at some point, but it is tough to even fathom putting meat into my diet on a regular basis.
The bottom line is, I have this down. My body hardly knows what processed foods taste like anymore. If I do have any sugar, that sugar doesn’t taste the way it used to. I don’t get excited. I don’t need meat two times a day and I never will need meat two times a day again. I have gotten used to not eating dairy. I don’t need milk, I definitely don’t need cheese. Now that my mind is ready, I need to start following in Dean’s footsteps and I need to start losing some damn weight.
My problem is that ever since I have been with Dean I have learned to eat portion sizes that are similar to his. Seriously, Dean eats a sandwich; I eat the same size sandwich. So now that I have what I am going to be eating down, I need to start eating less of it. Yesterday, I added the “my fitness pal” app to my phone. I have tracked my food many times. Generally I am pretty successful with it. So, what the hell I am giving it a try. I used to pay for weight watchers online, so why not try my fitness pal for free? My goal is to lose another 15 lbs by year end. If I can have lost 30 lbs in 2013 I can be happy with that. This is a marathon, I get that, at some point I will cross the finish line.