I have a confession, in the past couple months I have become a Huge Oprah fan. Groupie would probably be a more accurate description. Every day I run home and watch episodes of The Oprah Winfrey show  and shows that I have DVR’d on the OWN network.  I have done just about everything except for put posters of her on my wall like a teenage girl!  Which today, I actually considered…. Anyway, last week she had a riveting episode of her show detailing ins and outs of the meat industry.  She took us way too deep into the slaughterhouse.  She encouraged all of her staff to go Vegan for a week or a month I can’t remember which. I knew there was no way in the world that I would attempt to be a vegan. Vegans do not consume any animal products, that means no eggs, no cheese, no meat.  Cheese is perfect with almost every meal for me, so I wasn’t even going to pretend to consider becoming a Vegan.  However, she piqued my interest when she said that you could try a Meatless Monday. I debated it back and forth not mentioning it to you guys until I was sure that was what I wanted to do. Finally, Sunday night I realized I was ready to commit.

Today I had my first Meatless Monday. For breakfast I had a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch cereal and milk. For lunch I made a fantastic pasta that I took to work. I chopped up fresh zucchini and squash and added some red spaghetti sauce. However my big little sister called and threw me for a loop. She’s been experiencing a series of unfortunate events, and asked me to go to lunch with her. How could I say no? I left my veggie lunch at work and went with her to TGI Friday’s restaurant. Everything on the menu had meat in it. I almost gave in and then I asked the waiter for help. He recommended that I get a pasta, add all the veggies, and hold the chicken.  My Big Little Sister on the other hand, ordered the Jack Daniel’s platter with steak and shrimp and french fries.  I wanted one of her shrimps dipped in Jack Daniels sauce so bad!  However, I didn’t want to fail at my very first attempt at a Meatless Monday it’s only one day after all.  The pasta was okay, but not as good as the one I had cooked.

 I didn’t get home from work until almost 7 o’clock and my other sister called and asked “We’re still going to the gym right?” “I’m so excited to workout!” she exclaimed, I’ve been waiting all day for you to get home.  I forced a fake smile and said I’m so excited to go to the gym I can hardly stand it !  I swapped my business clothes for sweat pants and a T-shirt, bundled up against the brutal cold and picked up my little sister, and headed to the gym.  We went to the indoor track and completed 3 miles. By the time I got home I was exhausted. I didn’t want more pasta with veggies. I was too tired to cook as well. So, I made another bowl of cereal and ate some Doritos left over from Super Bowl. It was definitely not the healthiest meatless Monday, but, it was certainly meatless!

What Did Carli Eat Today?

B– Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal – My fave

L– Pasta with Veggies at Fridays

S– Slim-Fast

D– Cereal & left over Doritos (totally Random and dead wrong, I know)

  1. Hiya, found your blog on the C25K page…Good on you for taking the plunge with MM! I think you’ll be surprised at how good you’ll begin to feel! Leaving the meat out (and other stuff for me) opened up a whole new world of delicious that I never would have known existed.

    And nice work on getting to the gym after a long day :-).

  2. Hey Carli!
    You are my idol! ;o) You are such a inspiration.. really really great done… I just found your website, and what a great lifetime “job” you are doing.
    I wish you all your best.. and thank you for your podcast… love the music :o)
    Best wishes from a small country up noth Europe :o)

  3. Katie, tell me some of the deliciousness that you discovered? I can’t picture anything beyond salad and pasta with veggies.

  4. Jeanette, how cool that you’re from Denmark! I wish everybody would say where they’re from, it amazes me how the internet can connect people that would probably have otherwise never met. Keeping up my blog and making my podcasts certainly is a “job” but I love it! I just wish it paid like a Job so I could do it full time. Good luck with your 5K.

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