Friday, June 24, 2011

Long Time - No Post

Hello to those out there still reading this (if there is anyone still reading this) in the blog-o-sphere.

I haven't posted in quite some time.  Basically, from January until June, I was working an insane legislative internship.  While it was incredibly rewarding and I wouldn't have changed it for the world, at times, it felt like a hell from which there was no escape.  So, basically, I was stupid busy then and decided to take most of June "off".  Well, frankly, I'm taking the summer "off" as far as work goes.  I start graduate school in the fall, and I start my assistantship on August 18th.

So..... stuff and things.....

I have lost 15 lbs in the last month.  I've definitely been eating better and getting out more and getting more exercise.  Granted, I'm not gonna be super-psyched about it or anything.  I've been down this road.  My weight always fluctuates.  I have to pretty much be working out at least 5 days a week, never eating anything that could be considered "junk food" (AT ALL), and only drinking water to even hit the 240s range and hold on to that.  So it is probably never going to be feasible for me to be "thin" unless I have plastic surgery, which will never happen.  I don't believe in risking your life and future over vanity.

What have I been up to so far this summer?

I feel like it is shameful to say.  In fact, it hurts my soul.  All I've accomplished all summer is watching all of the completed seasons of "Jersey Shore" (which I said I would NEVER watch) and making GTL ("gym, tanning, laundry" for those who have the common sense not to watch this show) part of my regular routine.  I will say that I'm both shameful and glad I did it.  Glad, because I was in a place where I didn't know what to do with myself and found myself in bed all the time on my laptop, never having ambition to do anything.  So it gave me something to do.

I will say that the time spent in bed was not a complete lost cause.  It helped me to plan my next summer.  Yeah..... I know it is premature, but I figure that I ought to get a head start.  I'm planning to backpack through Europe next summer!  Here is where I hit a conundrum.

So, I feel like a terrible vegan.  I started being vegan for dietary reasons, so that I could live a healthier life.  Needless to say, that didn't last long when I learned that Oreos were vegan.  :)  Yet, despite the reasons for starting, eventually the morality and ethics behind it caught up with me, and those became my primary reasons.  The conundrum I now face is the fact that I always had one rule from the beginning: If I go on a real vacation to a place with a differing culture, I will not be vegan on vacation.  The reason for this?  I was afraid that if I stayed vegan on vacation, I might be missing out on some amazing cultural experiences that I will never get the chance to experience again.  This is where my conundrum comes in.  I'm planning this backpacking trip through Europe and I'm thinking back on this rule I made.  Part of me really doesn't want to be vegan in Europe.  It would mean I'd have to give up trying pastries and cheese in France!  Or bratwurst or wiener schnitzel or some beer in German!  It would mean no chocolate waffles during my boat rides in Amsterdam!  Oh the humanity!  But..... at the same time, I'm starting to wonder if I could actually make myself non-vegan for a trip now.  I might actually cry from eating cheese.  How lame?!  But I don't know if I can do it..... I guess only time and thinking will tell.  Of course, if you have insight on this and would like to share your opinion, I'd love to hear it!

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