Now that July is about half over, I thought I’d take a look at my challenges, and honestly assess how I’m doing with them. This is my first month, so I expected it to be a bit bumpy, but overall I suppose I need to start working harder in future months.

As far as going vegan for the month goes, I made it about 5 days, then messed up. After that I kind of continued to do so, including last night where I ate an entire calzone with some marinara and alfredo sauce, because I am an idiot. I’m kind of hoping that the getting sick from it part will deter me from consuming them in the future. Not fun, and it made me feel like crap afterward, a reminder that I need.

The sketching has been going better, with me doing significantly more this month than usual. It still means maybe half a page a day of doodles, but it is progress nonetheless. I plan on continuing this onward in general, and trying new things with it. I have sketches done for 12 of the 14 days that have passed so far, which isn’t perfect, but again, way more than my average. I will attempt to fill every day from now on, as well as doing a bit more each day than I have so far. I have the free time, so that shouldn’t really be an excuse for me.

The list of thanks I am posting to twitter each day, as it’s easier for me to record them there to remind myself of it. Some of them are a bit sarcastic I admit, but I’m still trying to make it positive while dealing with some less than stellar days. Without further ado, today I am thankful for:

  1. That I was not in the car accident that delayed traffic for over an hour today.
  2. The excellent stand up sets that are available to stream on Netflix. Saved my day!
  3. All of those dragonflies doing handstands on the bushes outside. They can fly and are gymnasts. #showoffs
  4. No matter how much it is clearly a bowl of sugar, kids’ cereal boxes can still sound like it is healthy for you.
  5. Late nights and net surfing. Still counts!
  6. The delicacy that is amazing Sicilian pizza. It has nothing to do with the cheese that it totally was not covered in.
  7. New opportunities and hope that good stuff can happen.
  8. This puppy: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lk71s6mgWW1qhhroto1_500.png
  9. The film “Horrible Bosses”, which was all kinds of hilarious.
  10. That odd feeling you get when you wake up from a nap thinking it’s the middle of the night to realize that it was just a nap.
  11. Today it is completing the GRE and delicious cupcakes that I am thankful for. And the new full trailer for Tin Tin
  12. My car, crappy as is, running for me after hitting 135k, and also for this wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inventors_killed_by_their_own_inventions
  13. Today about the only thanks that I can give up is for a slice of cake and coffee, provided that I ignore the unhealthiness of it.
  14. Good friends are always something to be thankful for. That, and getting ready to go to a midnight muggle fest 😛

There’s more to come, stay tuned!

Yes, I have to admit, I already have a bit of a problem with my first month of challenges. Even giving myself foods that I can eat, it turns out the temptations of processed cheese were a bit too much for me yesterday.

Mario Mac and CheeseSomeone who will not be named was telling me that he didn’t want to be the cause of my slipping up on the month of veganism, while at the same time cooking homemade whole wheat macaroni and cheese, and proclaiming what a great cook he is. It was after everything was done and “Jurassic Park” was rolling that we began to eat, he the macaroni and cheese, and myself pretty much half the snacks in the apartment. It was only after he was near done with his plate that I decided that I had to have some. And it was delicious. And I don’t really regret it.

I figure that it is a personal thing; that I am working on trying more foods and using the constraint to think differently about what I put into my body. It is not an exercise in deprivation, but in broadening of scope. Considering the last time that I had homemade macaroni and cheese was at least a year ago, I am alright with experiencing it (and it was delicious). Future challenges will involve more broadening of scope, like maybe baking vegan cupcakes that taste more like cake than cornbread, or trying to eat something different each day. Maybe it’s me rationalizing, but I’m thinking that as a personal improvement challenge, I’ll get it off my chest now that I won’t beat myself up about it, and figure that if anyone else does, they have a different idea of what it is that I’m trying to do.

 

By the way, it was Daniel. Totally Daniel.