2012

Sandy

Photo Stream-996 Sorry for the brief blogging hiatus. I haven't been super inspired to blog lately, and on top of it I've been getting used to some new routines in both my work and personal life that's been eating up a lot of time. Jim and I spent majority of this past weekend either going to Halloween parties, or getting ready for Sandy. As I write this, I'm looking out my window at the beginning of it. Thankfully, since we recently just last year rode out Hurricane Irene, so we were no wear near as panicked for Sandy as we probably would have been had we not just dealt with a hurricane last year. That's not to say we're not taking Sandy seriously, we just know how to best prepare now and can do so in a calm manner. Saturday we did all our shopping and picked up everything we needed at the hardware store, including flashlights (we embarrassingly never owned any), candles, and materials to insulate and protect our air conditioners. We then did some crazy grocery shopping. I'm well stocked for probably two weeks worth of food, both perishable and non-perishable. Oh, and we also got some wine. What's a hurricane without some booze? So far the worst of what's to come is supposedly going to hit in about 2-3 hours. The flooding has been pretty extreme already. Luckily our block is one of the only blocks in our neighborhood that's not in a  hurricane flood zone per the city, so we're safe and sound we're we are at. While hurricanes are scary and they suck, it is kind nice to have the day off from work. We shut down our entire operation just to be safe (my company's territory covers the entire Northeast, so all of our offices are getting hit). Fingers crossed everyone makes it through the night ok and we go back to somewhat of a normal life tomorrow. My thoughts are with all our fellow Northeasterners today. Good luck riding out Sandy!

Vegan Vogue / Fall Boot Roundup

This fall boot roundup originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass.  If you haven't stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!  There's a ton of great vegan content over there ranging from recipes, to health and fitness, to even a sex column!

{image credit: www.herblog.com} On the last Vegan Vogue post, I received a request in the comments section from Zoe of Sexy Tofu for some suggestions on vegan boots for fall.  I can't believe it's about that time to start thinking about putting away our sandals and bring out the boots! Here's my favorite vegan boot picks for this coming fall.

Flat Boots

Okay I'll admit, my "flat" boot selection also includes some western style ankle boots which are very on trend for Fall 2012, and have an ever so slight heel.  Also, did you know Doc Martens now make a vegan boot?! All these should be very comfortable and perfect for weekend stroll enjoy the crisp fall breeze.

Wedge Boots

Wedges are not only super comfortable but make it really easy to navigate icy streets without slipping. Here's some of my picks.

Dress Boots

If you work in a professional environment, you've gotta go with a dress boot to keep you warm in the office when temperatures go down.  These boots are also great for dressing up for a night on the town as well

Trendy

Looking for something more trendy?  This fall it's going to be all about square heels, fold over boots, and a continuation of the cap toe trend we saw on ballet flats and pumps this spring.  Also, anything Jeffrey Campbell is always trendy and he has a pretty fab python pattern boot out that's coincidentally vegan.

Waterproof

Looking for something waterproof so you can splash around in some puddles?  Good news is almost all rain galoshes are vegan.  Here's some of my picks.
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Summer Rooftops

This summer has flown by so fast and I feel like I've barely had any time to enjoy it.  While taking some time to finally go through the photos on my camera this weekend, I came across a bunch from the last few weeks and it's obvious where we had the best time so far this summer: on the city rooftops. Here are some photos I took while sunbathing on my friend Tracy's roof in Brooklyn, and at another friend's rooftop party in Manhattan.

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I’m Attending LuckyFABB!

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Every year during NYC Fashion week in September I would always feel so left out. Seeing post after post from my favorite fashion bloggers attending the varying conferences made me vow that "next season I'll take off from work and go!". It's such a great opportunity to not only network, but learn how to better your blog and social media skills. This year I was making plans to attend IFBCon and was just about ready to pull the trigger and buy my ticket when I got a surprise invite to attend the LuckyFABB Conference. Holy crap! I've been reading Lucky for years, I love their magazine! Their conference also pulls some amazing celebrity panelists. Last years featured Jenna Lyons from J Crew and Diane Von Furstenberg! That's not to say IFBCon isn't an amazing event too, this year just about every single blogger I love on my blog roll will be a panelist there. While IFBCon starts on the 4th and LuckyFABB on the 5th, I could attend both but didn't want to take off that much time from work to do so. So I had to make a really tough decision. With the help of my friends on Twitter, I decided to go ahead and register for LuckyFABB. I'm super excited! Now I need to find something to wear. Are you attending LuckyFABB too? Let me know I'd love to meet you! A quick disclaimer to clear my conscience. Only after I registered for the event did I see it's sponsored by P&G Beauty and Grooming. I at the time didn't put two and two together that P&G stands for Proctor and Gamble, one of the most notorious animal testing brands out there. For my militant vegan followers I did want to let you know I realize this now, though I didn't then and I still plan on attending. If anything it's a great opportunity for our community to be represented in this setting and for me to build awareness and stick to my own beliefs. Just because they will be there and will be demoing products (as well as most likely giving them away in goodie bags), it doesn't mean I have to use them. My beliefs are much too strong to be swayed by freebies and I wanted my blog followers to be aware of this.

My Life According to Instagram / July 4th Edition

Boston Instagram Boston Instagram #2 Boston Instagram #3 Wow, I didn't realize I've been MIA on the blog for so long.  I had been feeling under the weather for several weeks, and thank goodness just started feeling better just before the July 4th holiday, which Jim and I spent in Boston!  Boston wound up being the best city to visit for that specific holiday.  It was insanely patriotic and many of the historical sites that make the holiday so important are all located there. Highlights of the trip include watching the fireworks from our hotel balcony, getting some great vegan food, and exploring Boston's Freedom Trail. Stay tuned for future posts on our trip.  We had sooo much fun I have days and days worth of posts and photos to work on just to recap everything we did!  I also have a great tutorial coming which I have been working on forever on my travel packing system, which is quite extensive considering my OCD tendencies.  I packed for this 4 day trip with a tiny overnight bag. If you're on Instagram, be sure to say hi!  You can find my feed at @BrooklynBliss.

Whitney Biennial 2012

Whitney Biennial 2012 Jim and I have been on somewhat of an art kick lately. The last day of the Whitney Biennial was last Sunday, so we decided to check it out. All in all, I wasn't blown away by any of the pieces in the show, but there was still a lot of great art to look at. In particular, my favorite piece was an installation with a room filled with baseballs and a very serene soundtrack playing. It was quite stunning, especially being it consumed you as soon as you stepped off the elevator. Another highlight of the show was this installation of this animatronic dummy who would speak in this incredibly creepy voice. I for the life of me couldn't figure out what the piece meant, but it was so creepy while I was in there a kid came in and was so terrified started screaming and broke down crying. Does that being the highlight make me a bad person? Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012 Whitney Biennial 2012

Gunas Earth Month Celebration Party

Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase After lusting over their handbags for months, I finally got to see Gunas' handbags up close and personal at their Annual Earth Month Celebration bash.  The event was held at Candle 79 (I had never been there, awesome restaurant!) and featured fantastic organic wines and hor dourves.  While there, I got to meet the brand's founder, Sugandh Agrawal and got to talk about cruelty free handbags with her and the rest of the guests for the entire party.  It's a vegan girls dream. Seeing their collection up close did not disappoint.  I love the design aesthetics of their bags.  Lots of chains, hardware and studs, which is totally up my alley.  There was even one decked out with faux fur.  I find although there are a lot of great vegan fashion brands out there, that many of them cater to more of a boho aesthetic, which is not really my style at all.  It's so refreshing to see another brand come along that takes vegan, eco-friendly design in a totally different direction. I have a lot more to say about Gunas and my favorites, but I'm going to save that for another post.  In the meantime, here's a post full of cruelty free handbag and wallet eye candy for you to feast on.   Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase Gunas Vegan Handbag Showcase

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival This past weekend, Jim and I hit up the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival.  I had tried to go last year with a friend, but the line to get in was over 2 hours long and wrapped around the block!  I had almost dismissed going again this year, until I saw a Living Social deal for VIP entry tickets on the cheap, so I grabbed them.  This time around when we arrived there was still a crazy line, but it didn't matter because the VIP entry line had no one on it, so we got right in. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival NYC Vegetarian Food Festival All in all, there was no shortage of tasty bites of great vegan and vegetarian food (though mostly vegan).  They even had vegan marshmallows and caviar! I do have to say, I had come that day really expecting to stuff my face, but with the small tastes most of the vendors gave, I still left a bit hungry.  You could get larger plates of food, but you had to cough up anywhere from $3-$5, which kind of put me off considering I had spent money on a $30 VIP entry ticket expecting to eat all day.  It's a small gripe, I still had a fantastic time and sampled some amazing food. That aside, the event had some great speakers and demos going on.  There were three separate stages, one of which was a speaker stage, another for musical acts, and a third for cooking demos.  My friend Ashley who works for Peta gave a great presentation on the best ways to approach vegan advocacy. NYC Vegetarian Food Festival The festival was a great way to spend the afternoon.  We actually had two-day passes, but since the L train wasn't running to the city this weekend we decided on just attending the one day. Did anyone else attend this year?  How did you like it?

Clean Detox Week Three

Clean detox snack box at my national sales meeting My clean program detox snack box I kept with me at my national sales meeting.

  Day Fifteen- January 16th: Had good sleep and got to work and got a ton accomplished. Today went more or less like my other good detox days. I had great energy and focus and got a lot done at the office. For lunch today I had collard wraps with the nut pate I made last night, and I have to say I really enjoyed them. Just as filling as a whole wheat wrap, but without that carb "slump" you get afterwards. After work I got home at a normal time, enjoyed my curried cauliflower soup dinner with Jim, and then headed out to the gym for 30 minutes of cardio, followed by a 30 minute personal training session. It was probably one of my best work out sessions yet, I felt fantastic and full of energy. Afterwards in the evening while relaxing on the couch on my iPad, I discovered kinda by accident some bento box websites and think I'm not totally obsessed. I don't know if it's the cleanse and mentally wanting to eat more food, or the fact the food is so cute and organized that's so appealing. I wasted about an hour looking at photos of bentos, and then fell into a deep sleep around 11. Day Sixteen: January 17th: Pretty much same day as I had Monday work wise. Got everything on my task list done and felt fantastic. For lunch I had another grain/bean/greens salad. That seems to be my new favorite thing, I love them. So easy to throw together yet so filling and healthful. After work I went straight to the gym and put in around 45 minutes on the treadmill doing an intense hill workout. Came home, browsed more bento blogs (haha) and crashed by 10:30. Day Seventeen: January 18th: Today started great, and ended not so great. Up through around noon at work was fantastic. I was right on track to complete everything I wanted to accomplish. It all went downhill in the afternoon when a variety of projects either threw me massive curveballs, or I was still waiting on information to complete things from other people who I had consistently reminded them of several times a day for the past several days. By the time I left the office at 5:30 pm, I was totally defeated and felt horrible. It made me really, really cranky. Being cranky is not normal at ALL for me, I'm usually a really positive person. When I got home, Jim gave me some space and I kinda just zoned out. I originally had plans to go to yoga, but scrapped that idea and instead opted to just vegetate on the couch all night. So what did I do? I spent probably three hours reading bento blogs, again. What the hell? In bed by 10:30 to start it all over again tomorrow. Day Eighteen: January 19th: After today, I realize I need a vacation very, very badly. Today at work was a continuation of the issues from yesterday. The icing on the cake is I started to feel a nasal drip coming on. There's been a flu bug floating around my office that's affected seemingly everyone except for me. It was a bad enough bug several people were out of the office multiple days this week. After having a mini-panic attack I was next and I have SOOOOOO much shit to do, I loaded up on vitamin C all day (via a vitamin pill and green leafy veggies, being OJ is not allowed on the program) and I drank a TON of water. By the end of the day my energy leveled out and I felt back to normal, but still had a massive amount of crap to deal with getting ready for my big company sales meeting I've organized in Baltimore for this weekend. The end of the day I left the office feeling much like I did last night, just depressed cranky and defeated. I had plans to go to kettlebell class with a friend, and to do some cardio with her after so after my evening soup I headed over to the gym. Right when I pulled up to the gym, I got a phone call from my office that the trip I was supposed to leave for on Saturday morning I now had to leave for Friday night immediately after work due to weather issues. I can't seem to catch a break. So I did kettlebells (and I'm glad I did), skipped the cardio and then ran home to pack my food/snacks for the trip, all my clothes, electronics, and everything else I would be needing. By the time I sat down for around 10 minutes in the evening it was already 10 pm. Day Nineteen: January 20th: After my hellish day yesterday, I arrived at work this morning and received the news that I would in fact have to leave today for a trip I was supposed to go on tomorrow morning. That and by the way, the office is being shut down right at 5 pm so you better get everything finished EARLY today. Yikes! I've never been so stressed in my entire life! Luckily I spent the time last night to make my lunch as well as pack lunch and snacks for the trip so I could stick to the cleanse. After work, we went straight to the airport and then to Baltimore via our company plane. I think I finally got to the hotel around 9:30 pm. The hotel luckily had a fridge in the room, which worked perfect for all the cooler goods I brought with me. There was no microwave in the room, but they had one in the lobby which made it quick and easy to heat up my soup for the evening. After my soup and double checking my presentation for the following day, I passed out around 11 pm. Day Twenty: January 21st: I woke up early and hit up the gym at the hotel. I really didn't want to, but I knew tomorrow I'd probably be so tired it wouldn't happen then, so I wanted to strike while the iron was hot. I did a quick treadmill hill workout, then showered and headed out to pick up a co-worker arriving by train at Baltimore's Penn Station. In college, I used to live across the street from there, so it was a pretty nostalgic drive for me seeing how the city has changed since I moved back to NY. Once I arrived back at the hotel, my big company sales meeting I organized began. Since I personally booked and planned the entire event, I made sure to order an additional "vegan" meal for myself, which worked perfectly. For our lunch, they brought me a massive salad which I supplemented with some quinoa and beans I brought from home. Later on in the day, there was fruit for snacks which I had with some pre-packed almonds I had brought. During our break prior to leaving for the dinner event, I microwaved my soup and enjoyed that and then we all head out for dinner. It was a little weird not eating with the group, but easier than I anticipated being I was in event organizer mode the whole time. I drank a lot of seltzer since I couldn't have alcohol either. It was a late, late evening, I wasn't in bed until around mid-night. Once in bed I had a splitting headache. Day Twenty One: January 22nd: It's the last day!!! We were up at 7:30 am to finish up the sales meetings. I made my own smoothie for breakfast using my portable blender, which held me over until we left Baltimore around noon. It was a long ride home, and at that point I was so exhausted I snuck eating three Oreos on the plane, and then had Jim order me some vegan nachos for when I got home. I was very unapologetic about it too. I made it almost 21, full days including two business trips and barely cheated at all, so I wanted to go out with a bang! Plus, the nacho's weren't that bad per the clean program. I already know I'm not soy intolerant, so the soy cheese and meat was ok. So basically all I was adding in was some nightshades and corn chips. Not even 5 minutes after eating, I passed out on the couch and slept (no joke) 14 hours straight. Crazy way to end a crazy month, and my 21 day detox cleanse. Overall: It seems I still really enjoy and have been craving salads. I plan on continuing to eat lots of them now that the detox is over. Although I'm totally exhausted now from this past crazy weekend, I'm in hindsight really glad Jim pushed us to do the detox right after New Years. I don't think I would have had the energy otherwise to not only be as productive as I've been at work, but also to get through the stress of the past 3 weeks. The ending of my detox couldn't come at a better time, I won't feel guilty at all indulging in a little chocolate after this past week!

Clean Detox Week Two

Photo Stream-344 My first ever clean program cheat: Treasure Island's "The Vegan" Gardein Chicken with Pesto Sauce, Broccoli, Morel Mushrooms and Potatoes; My apple carrot ginger juice I miraculously found at McCarren Airport prior to flying back to NYC.

Day 8- January 9th: Today started off awesome. Woke up way early do to the time difference and instead of going back to bed went to the hotel gym instead. I completed a tough hill treadmill workout and felt amazing. After I enjoyed my smoothie made in my hotel room using my new mini blender (which worked awesome by the way) and my Whole Foods grub. After catching up on emails it was time to go to a press conference, so just before leaving I heat up my soup and put it I. A coffee thermos to sip for lunch after the event. The event and subsequent meetings went great. Later on at the hotel bar around 6 pm I noshed on some hummus and veggies sans drink and was freaking proud of myself for going that long before eating solid food. It all went downhill quick at dinner. It was a prefixed executive dinner and despite the restaurants efforts, handling the fact I was vegan and gluten free was a challenge, never mind the no nightshade or corn thing on this cleanse. I ended up having to eat (if I didn't in this setting it would have been really rude) gluten free (probably corn) pasta, lots of tomatoes between the pasta sauce and special tomato and avocado salad they made me, and a few bites of raspberry sorbet that more than likely had sugar in it. I feel so defeated. In hindsight it could have been worse (i.e. pizza) so luckily all I cheated with was some nightshade veggies, corn and sugar. I'm going to get back on track tomorrow and extend my cleanse an extra day to hopefully make up for it. Day 9- January 10th: After last evening's disappointment, I tried my best to not repeat the same errors today. I woke up a bit earlier and squeezed in a bonus workout that I hadn't planned for during my trip and felt great after that. Then it was on to work and walking the show. I had a business lunch, where I ordered a chopped salad with chickpeas and that worked out well. I was also sure to drink a ton of water from my bobble. Where I ran into an issue again was at dinner. Most of our vendors know that I'm a vegan, and in this scenario little did I know that our dinner host for this meal had actually done research prior to our meeting and found a Vegas restaurant with an actual vegan entrée for me (it was at Phil's Italian Steakhouse in Treasure Island for anyone wondering). For me not to eat this entrée would be been horribly rude considering he made it a point to point it out to me on the menu. So I ordered it. It was mostly clean with the exception of the gardein chicken and the potatoes. I have to say though, it was delicious! Well worth cheating on the cleanse for. All in all I'm really trying not to beat myself up over it. Instead I think I'll go ahead and try to either extend my cleanse two days, or substitute two days with a liquid only meal plan to make up for the slip ups. I'm trying to consider it an occupational hazard and I'm still pretty happy with how much I stuck to the program, in Vegas of all cities to begin with. Day 10- January 11th: I had to get up crazy, crazy early this morning to head back to NYC from Vegas. I didn't have time to make my own smoothie and clean the blender and pack it before heading to the airport, so I was a bit stressed out about it. After we arrived at the airport, I used my Gate Guru app on my iPhone and learned there was a juice bar in our terminal, so I ran over and got an apple ginger carrot juice, which worked out perfect. By the time I got back to the gate it was time to board and I from there had a pretty uneventful flight back to NYC. I decided to go home and finish up a few work items from there as opposed to headed to the office, so Jim hooked me up and got me a Waffle and Wolf #7 waffle for lunch to have while I worked. Later in the day I fell asleep on the couch, and before I knew it Jim woke me up with a nice bowl of soup for dinner, which was a pleasant surprise. We watched a movie, and then I took some time to put together our lunch for the following day (Deconstructed Sushi Salad from the Appetite for Reduction cookbook, delish!). After popping a melatonin to attempt to get back on an eastern time sleeping schedule, I read Brendan Brazier's Thrive book and then fell into a deep sleep until work the next day. It was nice to be back on the "clean" schedule. Day 11- January 12th: I had an all day sales meeting today with our company Sales Directors, of which I was super prepared for in advance of my trip to Vegas so it was a pretty non-eventful, stress free day. My sushi salad was one of the highlights. It included greens, brown rice and edamame mixed with rice wine vinegar (just like sushi) and topped with carrots, cucumber, shallots, nori, sesame seeds and a green onion dressing. I generally hate salads but I'm really starting to love the greens plus legume plus grain combo in my meals. After work I made a quick stop at home for my dinner soup, and then headed to the salon for a much needed trim. After Jim and I got our meals and clothes ready for the next day, we made giant cups of herbal tea because we were starving. This is probably the first time the entire cleanse I was genuinely hungry in the evening. The tea did the trick, we had the tea, watched a movie, and was in bed by 10:30. Day 12- January 13th: Friday the 13th! Today went just like all the others energy wise. I was still crazy focused and productive. I had a great day at work, and after work had plans to hit up the gym, and then go out to dinner with some of my vegan friends at Soy and Sake. I actually got out of work on time for the first time in a very, long time on a Friday and was super excited to go to bootcamp class, but then ran into this on the way to the gym and had to revert home since I couldn't cross the road to get to the gym. Crazy. I instead skipped the gym and headed out to dinner and had a fantastic meal. Since I knew I was going for dinner in the evening, I had my soup in the afternoon for lunch and switched my solid and liquid meals for the day. By the time I got to the restaurant I was pretty hungry, but proud of myself in that I ordered a giant avocado salad to start (which was AMAZING, definitely getting that again next time I go to Soy and Sake), and I also got a few sushi rolls. Where I failed was I totally forgot to get my rolls with brown rice instead of white rice. I ate them anyway. So that makes cleanse fail #3.  It was also tough not to have any cocktails with my friends, but they were all cool and understanding of my detox and totally supportive. In the end it wasn't a super late evening, I was home by 11 and in bed shortly after 12. Day 13- January 14th: I slept in an extra hour or two and then headed to yoga with a friend, and then to get our nails done in the neighborhood. I had my smoothie prior to yoga, and then Jim ordered us some sushi which arrived when I got home after getting my nails done. I had ordered an avocado salad again as well, but it was so sad compared to what I had the night prior, so I didn't even eat it. My rolls were great though. Jim accidentally forgot to get two of the rolls with brown rice, which was funny being I had done the same thing the night prior. I ate my two rolls that had the brown rice and was stuffed, so I wasn't affected but Jim had some really strong sugar cravings after having the white rice. It was pretty amazing to see how easily food can "flip a switch" and make you crave something you wouldn't have wanted if you didn't prompt the craving with another food. After the sushi we had a relaxing afternoon at home and watched a movie or two, and then got dressed up and went out to a really rad gallery opening in Chelsea. The gallery closed up at nine, so we were still home pretty early and made it a point to rest up and get most of our errands and chores done tomorrow. Day 14- January 15th: Jim and I both slept in until around 10:30 am, and as a result we ended up skipping our smoothie in the morning and diving right into our solid meal for lunch. We went to Waffle and Wolf again and got another #7 (which is so, so good!). During the week Waffle and Wolf ran a Groupon special so we bought two of them and redeemed it for our lunch. Afterwards we did some random house chores and then together went grocery shopping for the third and last week of our detox. Since we didn't do a smoothie in the morning, we had a more substantial "snack" consisting of a larabar and a rice cake with almond butter, but in all honesty we really weren't that hungry up through our dinner. Just like the first week, I made large batches of two different soups at the same time. I made another broccoli cream soup and a curried cauliflower one. I also took the time to make a nut pate, homemade hummus, kale chips and some other snacks and meal prep while the soups were simmering. I was super multi-tasking like crazy. Worked like a charm, I now have little to no cooking to do all week and it only took me about an hour and a half to prep everything for the week. After enjoying our soup, we had some tea and watched Moneyball, which was a great movie if you haven't seen it! Overall: Holy freaking cheat days.  Or should I say fail week?  I haven't slipped up this much on a cleanse in my history of cleansing. The two slip-ups in Vegas were tough to avoid, but I'm also beating myself up over the white rice on Friday as well. I'm going to try to make an effort to maybe extend my detox an extra few days so I can make up for it. Not that it's 100% necessary per the program, I'd just feel better doing it. Another thing I've learned this week is salad can be awesome! I previously used to hate salad, but I had some really great ones this week. I especially love adding grains and legumes to them, yum. On the scale, I'm down another pound from where I was last week, which isn't as huge a drop as the first week but I'm still happy with it.  I did notice that it appears tamari sauce makes me bloated probably due to all the sodium.  Since I had sushi two times this week,  I'm guessing I'm retaining more water than usual and that I actually did lose more weight than I'm showing on the scale.   I'm also really happy with how much I worked out this week despite my crazy travel schedule. I have to travel for work again this coming weekend but it's for an event I organized so I have control over the food I get, which is good. I'm looking forward to finishing the last week strong, and seeing how I feel by day 21 to see if I continue for another few days to make up for my lost ground this week. On a non-cleanse related note, I have a bunch of photos I took both at Vegas at the CES show as well as at the art gallery opening this past weekend.  I'm working on posts for both, so stay tuned!  I'm crazy busy with work the next two weeks so once February 1st rolls around hopefully my life will return to normal the the regular blogging can commence again.
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