Oh my. The Month of Cin was tough. Much tougher than I had anticipated.

I’m glad I did it, though. If nothing else, I proved to myself that I could commit to and carry out a project like this.

A few insights:

  • Being an Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian in Topeka, KS was tough but totally do-able. Being a Vegan in Topeka would be very, very difficult. Eating out, in particular, would be nigh impossible.
  • I got a lot of funny looks in restaurants, when eating out and asking for vegetarian options. (The best comment came from a server who sputtered “vegetarian… but you’re fat…”) Granted we’re in the heart of meat-and-potatoes country but I was really surprised at the number of people who looked at me like I had suddenly sprouted another head.
  • I had hoped to have some incredibly wise and insightful thoughts to share but the best i’m coming up with is that it took a lot of wherewithal to stick with it. There were times I wanted to pitch a fit like a three-year-old. Not exactly the graceful and elegant glide through the month I had imagined for myself. But man.
  • I did take some time to reflect daily on my friendship with Cin. I’m incredibly grateful for the person she is and that I call her friend.

I celebrated my last night of vegetarianism by dining at Tup Tim Thai and ordering their crispy tofu (extra crispy!) pad thai. It was excellent and a fantastic way to cap off the project.