MIA for Good Times!

Oh man, what a weekend!

But first of all, thank you to every single one of you who responded to my thoughts on whether I should go back to eating meat, occasionally

I think as of right now, just in my head (so who knows if when it come down to it if it will actually happen), I will eat meat if I find the want to, but it will most likely be at a restaurant or something of the sorts (maybe weddings or parties).  I’ve been getting a bit more interested in fine dining and trying out really good, expensive and delicately plated food and I feel like meat is a necessity in these places.  It’s not often you find a really good place with Vegan or Vegetarian Tasting Menus (unless you have suggestions!  I am all for them!). 

In addition to wanting to try fine dining, I do kind feel like I’ve been missing out on quite a few meat dishes that I had never eaten before I became a vegetarian.  I know that everyday I look at Foodgawker I am jealous of the meat dishes and want to try some of them.  So I’ll take it slow, start off with some fish dishes if the want is there, and work up.  Otherwise, if it’s a dish I’m not too fond of or have had before, then I won’t try it.  I’m all about being unique, trying new flavors and combinations, and enjoying the pleasure and experience of eating new things.

Now some of you asked me to look at my values behind why I became a vegetarian and even my current diet and seek those factors when deciding when to eat meat.  The main reason I don’t eat meat is ENVIRONMENTAL and HUMANE reasons.  As an environmentalist I know a lot about how farms are destroying our precious earth and soils, how we feed more corn/soy to our farm/butchered animals than we do to humans, etc.  I also am aware the the conditions which many of these animals live, grow up in and are subsequently killed (sometimes ripped off flesh while still alive) and it breaks my heart.  It pangs my heart to know that pigs are just as smart or even smarter than dogs yet we eat them…and many seem to think it’s no worse for wear.

Anyhow, like I said, I’ve made the decision in my head.  But really, that could be mean nothing.  It could come down to me ordering a plate of sashimi, wild game or something and I have it in front of me, but I simply won’t be able to eat it. 

We’ll just see how it goes, I’ll take my time, and be happy no matter what with the decisions I decide to make on the matter.

Thank you again for all your input and support!  I was actually quite surprised by the abundance of reaction on the subject!  I love a good debate!

Anyhow, I am so sorry I went MIA on you this weekend! I was offered another fishing trip by my friend and couldn’t pass it down!  That meant limited access to internet and cameras, so I’m sure you get the picture (hah).  But I have been having a blast being able to go down to Key West and out on a boat!  You’d think I’d be sick of it, working on one all the time, but these are two different things!  It was an amazing experience this weekend!

I left Saturday morning just before 8am after running a dark and breezy 4 mile run! I ran early to get it done and because it’s cooler, but I made the mistake running w/o my contacts and I couldn’t see a freak’n thing!  It was horrible not knowing what I was stepping on or how far away the cars were!  Luckily I had my trusty flashing red light to tell al the cars, “Hey you, there’s a runner on the road, please be aware.”  And for all my runner friends, please get one of these and wear them if you run in the dark early in the morning or late at night!  It could save your life!

I shot off like a bat out of…a cave (hahaha) for the 2.5 hr drive to Key West.  I packed a breakfast to take along with me to eat on the road:

Yogurt Mess


  • 1/2C Fage 0% Greek Yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Strawberries
  • 1T Natural PB
  • 2 T Back to Nature Original Granola

This held me over for quite some time thankfully because as soon as I got there, out on the water I went!  It’s amazing that my friend has been able to grow up, living such an awesome life in Key West all the time, being on a boat, fishing…the works!  I’m envious!  But when I think about it, I suppose I grew up with beaches, the mountains and the desert whenever I wanted!  Just two different realms I suppose!

Isn’t it gorgeous!

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I brought along a banana and almond butter sandwich not knowing what I was going to eat, but luckily my friend’s mom provided a sweet smorgasbord of stuff that I did snack on a bit like hummus, chips and fruit salad.


The earlier part of the day was spent catching bait fish for the fishing we would be doing later on…I kinda stood/sat around and watched my friend do all the hard work:


That was a good cast!  Time to pull it back in now…


And fill up the live bait well!  I already forgot what the fish were called…but they had tube noses!


After dropping off some things and getting necessities for our next boat trip offshore, we headed out on our next endeavor!  But before we left I had an apple and an apple zbar, knowing full well I wouldn’t be eating for a while.

The boys had plans of trying to catch some sailfish and tuna, which they came close to catching, but ended up coming home with this:


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They estimated this baby at about 17-20 lbs.  I never held it so I wouldn’t know.


It was big and bloody though!


We finished and pulled everything in just before sunset…and my picture does it no justice.  I wish I had had my other camera to take the picture but really, you just gotta be there.  Absolutely amazing.

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We got back around 9pm and you can bet I was starving, ready to eat my arm, and hangry to the max.  I bet I was a joy to be around, LOL.  I was lucky in that my friend’s dad had grilled some eggplant, red bell peppers and poblano peppers on the grill earlier with some spices (that I freak’n need because it had AMAZING flavor!) along with making some rice and a fresh salad.  I was in heaven as you can imagine.  So tasty…

We headed out downtown for some fun which ended pretty late…and lets just say, I might be catching up with all the parties I missed in college with these kinds of outings…LOL.  I definitely like my yuengling now!

I slept really late this morning as you can imagine and hung out until I had to head back home.  I had two huge red delicious apples and a Berries Omega Odwalla Bar on the drive home.  By the time I arrived, unpacked and cleaned up I was hungry again…for veggies and fresh food! 

I made an awesome wrap for dinner which included:

  • chickpeas
  • laughing cow light cheese
  • cucumbers
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • pepper
  • spinach flat out wrap


On the side I also had a 1/4 of a cantaloupe to suffice the sweet tooth…which of course didn’t last long because shortly after I had a big handful of Dark Chocolate Covered Edamame!  My tub is almost gone! Wahhh!

Whew! As you can guess I’m exhausted, completely sunburned (aloeeeee here I come) and in need of a very good night of sleep!  I hope you all had a great weekend; what was the highlight of yours?! Tell Tell!

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10 Responses to MIA for Good Times!

  1. Jenny says:

    Key West!!! I cannot contain my jealousy. Glad ya had a good time!! When I lived in Boca I used to drive down almost every weekend, but Gainesville is way too far away for that … I only went once the weekend before spring break in the past year and a half and I miss it so much!

  2. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    Glad you had such an awesome weekend girl!! I'm so jealous of all you FL blogs.. haha
    Your friends sure are cute! ;)
    And I agree about the reason behind not eating meat, that is mine as well (even though I do eat chicken and fish). Have you read the Skinny Bitch? I don't agree with their diet concept BUT their chapters on the FDA and how animals are treated was eye opening. Let's just say that I will not look at ground beef or a cow the same way ever again…

    Love ya!

  3. Mama Pea says:

    How fun! I like the conclusion you came to on the meat thing as well. I think just opening yourself up to the idea is a great decision. Hope you have a great week, love!

  4. Thinspired says:

    Talk about MIA–that would be me! So sorry. Wow, so much going on with you it seems! I think the meat thing is exciting. I am going back to read that post. I always say to do what works for you, and that can change every year, month, week, uh, sometimes second :)

  5. Runeatrepeat says:

    That looks like such a beautiful and fun day! I think it is awesome that you are living life to the fullest.

    I understand where you're coming from on the great meat debate. I feel like I am missing out on things sometimes since I don't eat meat.

    More recently if we are out to eat and Ben orders something that looks amazing I will have a bite.

    Also, as much as I feel bad about the animals being mistreated, I don't want to sacrifice my own health. I have been to restaurants where the only veggie thing was a cheese pizza and I ordered something with fish or grilled chicken instead.

  6. Gabriela says:

    Wow, looks like such a fun trip. I have great memories of going fishing with my grandpa as a kid, it's so fun!!

    I stopped eating meat as a taste preference, but as I've learned about their treatment that has become the overriding factor in my vegetarianism. I still eat fish, though!

    Have a great Monday!

  7. jenngirl says:

    Like I said before, I believe dietary decisions are completely up to the individual. And I think it's really good that you are listening to yourself and admitting that maybe you'd like the freedom to try a dish with meat in it once in a while.

    WHAT a fun weekend! Gosh, that scenery is just so beautiful!

    Highlight of my weekend? purchasing new wines, then bringing them home and drinking them with friends! :)

  8. insideiamdancing says:

    Looks like an amazing weekend!

    I have a similar philosophy regarding meat, after being vegetarian for years. I don't eat it often, but it's not off-limits if I DO want it… I rarely buy it for myself and definitely won't handle raw meat but if it's around and looks good, I'm okay with that. I like it on occasion but am happy with a diet veering more towards veggie foods. Though trying to up my protein big time so plan on branching out more.

    Best part of my weekend was hanging out with a reader/soon-to-be-blogger :D

  9. Krista says:

    Sounds like another GREAT weekend, Melissa! I'm happy for you that you were able to come to a decision regarding meat. I think it's a wise one.

    Have a great day!!

  10. ktbwood says:

    AHH LOVE KEY WEST!! so funky and awesome. i love that you love to fish! you are a TRUE outdoors girl-and i think that is soo attractive!

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