Good morning!

Hello friends!

PD has been a little crazy recently with the amount of products I've been receiving to review - and there are TONS more to come, trust me! - that I decided to take a little break today and just have a nice, simple post!

This week has past week been really crazy for me, has anyone else had one of those weeks? Last Thursday I had all sorts of projects and assignments due, mock interviews, Chipotle plans, RA staff meeting, and a Forensics crime scene photo project to work on. It was nuts. But you know what? I plowed through it, and here I am now!
Nothing a little dancing can't fix!
I still have lots to do, so I've been spending pretty much every free moment I have working on bigger, upcoming assignments. It kinda stinks, but thankfully Thanksgiving will be here soon, and I'm really excited for that. Lots and LOTS of delicious food. Yummy! And Thanksgiving leftovers are the BEST. Right?!

Then, it's on to Christmas. I feel like Thanksgiving has been pretty much skipped this year because everyone around me already has their Christmas decorations up. This is a problem. Thanksgiving is a holiday too, people! And a good one! Has anyone else noticed this? What do you think?

However, I have been struggling a lot with one thing this week, not related to the Thanksgiving/Christmas battle, school, or the stress that comes with it: my weight. 

Pretty much every women and some men struggle with this topic. I have always struggled with it. I'm really upset with myself right now because I love to snack, even when I'm not hungry, and that snacking is leading to some unwanted weight gain.

I originally lost about 27 pounds, but now I've gained some back to where I've only lost about 15 pounds. Still a good amount to lose, but I'm frustrated. The thing is, I don't have much time to work out unless I wake up at 6:45am (and I DONT want to do that...), and when I could work out I'm extremely lazy and would rather lot. Plus it's hard to fit into my busy schedule.

Then there's the problem of my continuous snacking. I just love food so much that I constantly want to eat! It's terrible! I've been trying my best to stop this problem and take control back, but it's not easy. What to do? Has anyone else had similar problems? 

I have another struggle I've been debating: whether or not to stay "vegan." I love food, and I want to taste things... although I really enjoy being vegan and I know all of the health benefits, I want to forgo the label and just call myself a vegetarian. I would be trying to still eat as healthfully as possible and would still be eating and using many vegan products, with the occasional bit of dairy in my diet. I've already been doing it recently - been calling myself "95% vegan" and indulging in small bits of dairy-filled foods daily. I feel like just trying to eat as healthfully as possible is fine as long as I don't eat tons of dairy all the time. What do you guys think? Has anyone else been through this struggle?

How do you prevent yourself from overeating/constantly snacking? 
What do you think of the battle between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Have struggled with the "vegan" label? 
Much love,


  1. I struggle with the vegan label - I actually have plant-based diet on my descriptions (although it depends if people understand that). I don't eat any meat, dairy, or eggs, but I know the term extends way past eating and I'm not 100% there yet.

    I think you need to determine why you are "vegan" and what that means to you. Then live honestly in respect of your values - regardless of any label.

    That's my 2 cents, anyway. :)

  2. I don't keep sweets in the house. Because if it's there I will eat it. if i'm hungry or not. If I have a craving for something bad enough then I'll go out and get it. But not keeping temptation in the house is what works for me. I usually do well around the holidays because I am vegan And most of the food around me is not. Plus I just have a thing about communal food. I am very pick about stuff.

  3. Re: the vegan label. This is something I've struggled with for the 2+ years I've attempted to abstain from animal products. I have personally found it extremely tiring to maintain being vegan 100% of the time. For me, I would rather eat a plant-based diet with very marginal amounts of dairy/honey, etc. and not worry about a title. I don't want a word to dictate my life and actions.

  4. I force myself to wake up early (5:15am) to work out because I know it is the only time I can and will. It's hard to get in the routine at first, but then I just weigh the benefits. When I do get a work out in, it increases my water consumption and energy levels all day long. Increased water and hydration means I am not mindlessly snacking all day, but instead eating only when I am truly hungry. Also, working out encourages me to eat healthy. When I don't work out, I don't always eat healthy. (Sometimes this seems backwards to me, but it's true!) In terms of the vegan thing... I am heading in the direction, but I have no clue how I would truly sustain the vegan title even 95% of the time. So I have no advice for that. I would highly encourage you to get up early and work out... I know you probably don't want to hear that, but just think of all the great things that will come of it!!!


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