October 1st

Happy Halloween! well not really, but it is October 1st, so it basically is the same thing. If Christmas gets the entire month of December and half the month of November (Also i have already seen Christmas decorations and it was only September so Christmas sort of gets the last third of the year), So, Happy Halloween!

That literally isn’t even what this post is about. October 1st is World Vegetarian Day, it was also VeganMania in Chicago, but I had to babysit for the entire duration of the event so I unfortunately couldn’t attend. I also missed a goat walk, so that was probably the worst part.

Anyway, I have decided to go back on my journey through veganism over the past year and see what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed.

I remember vividly, my first night of college, my roommate and I went to Chipotle. I ordered chicken on my burrito bowl and my roommate looked disgusted at me and said “Chicken? You know they kill them right?” And I sat there, unfazed, as I continued to spew my order to the guy behind the counter. And here I am, a year later, yelling at the man in the chicken commercial who brags that their chickens are organic and cage free.

While I mentioned in one of my most recent posts that I had been a bad vegan, I have been. This journey has been long, grueling, however rewarding. I have no shame that for my first 18 years of my life, I lived on mac and cheese, grilled cheese, chocolate milk and bacon! Then my roommate has me watch forks over knives, cowspiracy, and other random videos about animal abuse.

Then, I went full vegan. Something not many people do all at once. Most people I know go vegetarian first for a few years, and then if they’re feeling outrageous, they go vegan. I however, cut animal products cold turkey. It has been a struggle, a rewarding one but a struggle nonetheless. I really feel that I should have transitioned slower, and maybe I wouldn’t have ‘cheated.’ I didn’t, and am learning how difficult this is.

I understand that this isn’t cheating, technically, because I am the one who is doing this. I am in this by myself for myself and for the animals.

I have been trying my best to remember why it is that I started the transition to veganism. I am doing it for the animals. I am doing so that 100 less animals are killed every year, and that despite all of the animals killed and tortured, it won’t be because of me.

Today, a year later, here I am, struggling but doing very well at it. I wouldn’t consider myself full vegan because I have slipped up a few times, but I am trying. Today, I am 30 pounds lighter, happier, crying whenever I see farm animals that were saved, and yelling at every chicken commercial I see. I really needed to write this post, for myself, to show how far I’ve come, and to shoe how far I need to go. I am doing well, but still have a long way to go.

So, happy world vegetarian day. Go vegetarian. Then vegan!

Alicia

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The Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers

Hi, everyone. Look at me double posting. My life update post will be up in the next few days, however, I was checking my stats page this morning and saw that I had a lot of viewers that were referred to my blog by DietToGo.

Curious as to how that was, I clicked the link in my stats and was brought here

I immediately noticed that the post was entitled “The Top 100 Inspirational Weight Loss Bloggers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of (Until Now)” and got super stoked because people have noticed I exist and they think I’m decently cool.

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Your girl (me) was lucky enough to score spot #13 on that list (happens to be my favorite number too) and I’m just so happy/stoked/honored to be put on this list with so many other amazing bloggers.

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So, I recommend everyone check out DietToGo’s post and check out all of the other amazing bloggers who are also featured on the list. I know I did!

Anyway, I want to say again how excited I am that I was featured and want to thank Caitlin (author of the post) for taking the time to hand select my blog and to read some of my posts. It means so much

Talk to you all soon,

Alicia

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Halloween

Unlike most college students, I didn’t go out and party during Halloween. Halloween has never really been a favorite Holiday of mine mainly because I haven’t dressed up since like 6th grade because I’ve either been sick or had practice on the day. So, Halloween has ceased to become a day of importance. I guess people take Halloween very seriously in college because it’s literally a day to be a ‘skanky ho’ as my roommate would say without being judged. I always thought was supposed to be about originality too, but after seeing hundreds of cats, bunnies, angels, and devils, I have become aware that isn’t the case.

Personally I would never dress up in a bra, underwear, and some ears and call that a costume, but if you don’t dress up as that in college, you’re sort of looked down as prudent. I’m not a prude but I don’t want to dress up in nothing just to get the attention of people. That’s only my opinion and I know there are others, but it’s my blog, so I’ll say what I want.

I also didn’t go out because I’m pretty sure I’m getting sick and going out until like 3am and drinking from cups other sick college kids have drunk from is probably a bad idea. My roommate went out while I was in bed doing a mixture of blogging, sleeping, watching Netflix, and blowing my brains into a tissue. Wow love Halloween.

I mean I haven’t been completely unfestive. A few girls and i went to a pumpkin patch a week or two ago and picked some pumpkins (pic on my insta found on the bar to the right) and my roommate and I have also decorated our white board on our door with a ghost, and we have also decorated the room with a few fake spiders and other pumpkins. I enjoy the season of fall, not to seem like a basic white girl, but it’s a nice season. Just not a big fan of Halloween.

That’s just an opinion of mine. What do you all think of Halloween? If you all like it, what did you dress up as?

Talk to you all soon

Alicia :*

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