Sunday, November 28, 2010


I have a temper, and I hate it. It makes me sad because I spent a really relaxing five days with my family and then five hours in traffic and an internet outage turned me into a psychotic, cursing, screaming bitch. And it accomplishes nothing!! Me getting upset didn't make the cars disappear, nor did it bring back my internet service. But it did exhaust me and leave me in tears on the floor.

I don't want that to be me anymore. I don't want to be a person who snaps at their own mother for losing one of her Thorlo running socks. I seriously did that this morning and not only did I feel crappy, but I upset my mom, and that's not okay. I don't want to be a person who almost throws her laptop across the room because the internet isn't working at that moment. I don't want to be the person who screams and clutches the steering wheel because of holiday traffic.

So as I prepare to start for the first week of the Change Your Life Challenge of going vegetarian for 7 days, I'm going to give myself a little extra goal. My goal is to, when I feel that anger boiling up inside of me, to take a deep breath and say to myself "Is this life or death? Is this going to make a difference ten minutes from now? Is your heart going to explode for no reason?" It's going to take longer than a week to change, but hey, it's a start, right?

Back to the Change Your Life Challenge, I am definitely ready to go vegetarian for the week. I actually got the meat sweats at Thanksgiving so I think the change will be good for me. Even though I was exhausted from sitting in traffic and my six hour long hissy fit, I needed to go to the supermarket. Apparently when you leave your apartment for an extended period of time there are no elves that go shopping so that you've got fresh produce waiting for you upon your return. Shucks.

I stocked up on a lot of delicious, good-for-me food and decided that I'd make a variation of my taco soup to throw into the crockpot. It's so convenient and makes for easy meals throughout the entire week. The recipe is incredibly simple and can be made with basically anything you have in the house, but here's what I used:

1 - package of Morningstar crumbles
2 - cans of black beans (undrained)
1 - can of dark red kidney beans (undrained)
1 - can of light red kidney beans (undrained)
2 - cups frozen corn kernels
2 - cups vegetable stock (or just eyeball it to see how much is needed)
1 - packet taco seasoning (I use the lower sodium variety, but it's a personal preference)
Seasoning - you can use cumin, chili powder, etc - whatever you like!

Throw it all into the crockpot and voila! Vegetarian taco soup for your delicious enjoyment!

For those of you who are participating.. what are you looking forward to for this upcoming week? What are some challenges that you think you'll face and how do you plan to overcome them? Let's discuss!


Unknown said...

I might have to try that recipe. And I love that you added an extra goal for yourself :] I didn't even think about that.

Unknown said...

i normally make it with ground turkey but i'm sure the crumbles will be a good substitute!

the extra goal wouldn't have come about if i wasn't such a psycho haha.

Starfire said...

Hey there - found your blog through your post on the Daily Mile (I'm Tanja over there), and I'm always on the lookout for running blogs to keep me inspired/motivated/suitably-kicked-up-the-attitude when my own motivation wanes, so I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts.

I'm not ready to go Veg at this point in my life, but it's something I might consider later on down the track. Best of luck with your 7 day challenge - look forward to reading how it goes :-)

Every Little Thing said...

Blogger ate my last comment, but I just mentioned that I think I'll struggle with lunches and going out to eat this coming weekend.

I feel like a little chicken or turkey really helps get me through the afternoon, so I'll have to be sure to replace the protein.

And my bff from MI is coming to visit this weekend, so we'll be going out to eat a lot and she is far from a vegetarian, so I'll have my struggles there, but I know I can do it.

Good luck this week!

Unknown said...

hi tanja! i'm glad you found your way over here. i've had a lot of fun lately writing about my marathon training and quest for healthy living. i'll try to get in some good updates during the 7 day challenge!

stacy - stupid blogger eating comments! :) i'm definitely dependent on chicken and turkey, especially during the day. i get SO hungry. i'm hoping that having lentils, beans and other proteins will keep me full! good luck with your bff this weekend, i'm sure you'll do great!

Ashley said...

I've been a vegetarian for the past 7, almost 8, years and I would say that was the start to me changing to become the best person I could be.

It took me a long time to get over being overemotional (similar to what you mentioned over the Internet and the vehicles), but it was worth it. I try to look at things as simply as possible. I have to tell myself "It's life. You have to deal with it somehow and it's entirely up to you how to you do it."

While I'm not participating in the Change Your Life Challenge, I think it's a great idea and wish you luck!


Unknown said...

ashley - i've always been a little... tightly wound about things. i don't know why, but some things just GET TO ME so quickly. i'm going to try to remind myself that it's my decision on how i handle those things, i don't need to turn into an angry, raving lunatic.

and thank you, on day two and doing well so far! :)