It has been 2 weeks since I last posted. I’ve been crazy busy with my animal advocacy page. I’ve even been on a stay-cation for the last week and spent an abominable amount of that time networking around the clock. Rewarding, but time-consuming, as I’ve said before.
I kept hovering at the 237-243 level as far as subscribers to the page. When I got up to 243, I was wondering when I’d hit 250. But then 2 people would “unlike” the page. You never as an administrator of a page know why someone bails unless they tell you. I’ve lost 12-16 subscribers since starting it up. I get stats on this, though they’re always a few days behind. For example, today is March 25th, but I’ve only got stats up to the 22nd. When I realized I was losing some fans along the way, I started posting once per week that if anyone would like to see something different from the page or they have dissatisfaction to let me know so that I may address it. I’ve never gotten a response positive or negative to such posts. I sent a suggestion to FaceCrook to add a questionnaire to the process of “unliking” a page so that administrators could adapt to their subscribers’ needs, wants, and or expectations.
Today, I finally broke 250, and some of my contacts made a “recruitment push” to get me to 282 as I write this. A lot of the pages to which I subscribe are between 600 and 7,000 followers. So I’m still in the larval stage as far as that goes.
The other major battle front in my life is the diet change from strict meat-atarian to vegan or near-vegan. I always used to think that I’d die on a vegetable-based diet because there weren’t enough fruits and vegetables I liked enough to subsist solely or even predominantly off of them. To a large extent, that’s still true.
"These are a few of my favorite things...."
I like carrots, celery, peas, bananas, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. I can tolerate peppers and cauliflower and spinach, and will eat broccoli, though I prefer it cooked. I’m not fond of asparagus or melons. I HATE tomatoes. Kale is supposed to be incredible for you, but it’s so friggin’ chewy it’s a blah-fest. Same with chickpeas. Surprisingly, I find myself addicted to apples. I ate a Fuji apple one morning, and found myself thinking, “This is the most amazing fucking thing ever.” And then I was stupefied that I actually just had a mental orgasm over an apple. I’m still digging them over 4 weeks later, though. One thing I should be doing is cooking more to get a variety of styles of meal, and to eat less of the processed soy meat-substitute stuff. But I CAN”T STAND cooking. I abhor food prep, and loathe taking the time to do it. I have done so in the past, of course, but only do it every 2 months or so. I like a grab and go type of meal if I’ve got to fend for myself.
I have eaten chicken 3 times in the last month and no other meat products. I think it might be close to 2 weeks since I even did that. Dairy has snuck in there if I forgot to read the ingredients on something, but it’s been otherwise non-existent. This past week and a half has been hard because I’m jones-ing for pizza. And I LOVE corned beef, so to go through St. Patrick’s Day without my traditional C.B. was rough. I was very tempted to break my morality diet over it.
I was concerned over how my body would handle the change since I felt like crap for 5 months when I tried this a couple of years ago. And I was still eating some seafood and dairy that time. I feel okay energy-wise, and I’ve had some stomach upset, but the main thing is the GASSINESS that comes with this change. It’s brutal.
I decided to go back to white bread because so much of what I’ve been eating hasn’t any flavor or enjoyability to it other than the carrots and apples. The multigrain bread is getting to be a deal-breaker. The vegan hot dogs will be more and more tolerable over time, but the bread products I was using kill it. I found a vegan white bread today, so I look forward to liking a little more of what I’m eating (I hope).
In my attempt to keep a decent level of protein in there, I’ve been eating a lot of cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds, and the aforementioned soy- and wheat-based meat substitutes.
One meal I look forward to each week (because I don’t have to make it) is a grilled veggie burrito at Qdoba Mexican Grill. One of my writers’ groups meets there every Tuesday night, and I’ve been getting this amazing dinner each time. Sour cream is such a staple of burritos and such, but since I ditched dairy, I decided to pay a little extra and add guacamole to the burrito so I still have that texture and coolness in it. It’s fantastic!
So that’s my update. I’m still fighting my chosen battles. Ooh….that reminds me of one last thing. My birthday (which I always hated–we don’t need to get into that now) was within the last week. I bring this up because of the card my father gave me. In it, he wrote,”You have always stood up for what you think is right. Continue on your journey.” It meant so much to read that. So, Thanks, Dad! Onward!