Remember that iconic commercial? “Where’s the beef?”  Brilliant marketing on the part of Wendy’s Hamburgers.

And then there was the whole “Oprah – vs – The Beef People” debacle of 1998.  Not so brilliant for the beef industry.

Apparently, I’m in the mood to talk about beef, but in a much different context.  I am taking the leap (and dragging Abi along with me) and I am saying good-bye to beef – and pork.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good T-bone steak or a juicy cheeseburger, it makes me drool just to think about it, but I’ve been talking about eliminating red meat from my diet for quite a while now, but never stick to it.  I’m actually a big believer in the – all things in moderation philosophy – but this …. this has me thinking along different lines and it probably doesn’t help that I recently watched a short video that was buzzin around Facebook about the processing of animals.  Anyway…

Couldn't resist!  photo credit:  ocdeals.ocregister.com

Couldn’t resist!     photo credit: ocdeals.ocregister.com

I’ve made some pretty big decisions in the past 2 1/2 years and now I think I’m ready to make a couple of more.  Since moving to Oregon I have lost 40+ pounds, weaned myself off of caffeine and I can’t remember the last time I ordered a diet coke and just so you know, I love diet coke.  Seriously.  I do.  Losing the weight was a good thing, but it’s a mixed bag for me because I should have never gained the weight in the first place.  Sometimes though, life gets the better of us and we (and by we I mean me) turn to food for comfort to get through the mind numbing days of whatever is making us unhappy, which in my case was the downward spiral of a career I once loved.  But, that’s another story.  How did I lose the weight you might ask?  I call it the Innkeeper Diet.

So I’m starting a 30-day challenge, no moo or oink for the month of October.  Seriously, I don’t think it will be that hard except for… wait for it… bacon.

photo credit:  www.ethicalocean.com

photo credit: www.ethicalocean.com

Yes, this means I will have to give up bacon and trust me when I say just how difficult that will be – more than anything else.  Keep in mind we own a B&B and I cook copious amounts of breakfast foods everyday.  I may have to eliminate bacon from my repertoire.  I’m not sure I could stand to have sizzling hot bacon sitting on a plate and not eat a piece.  The guests will never know, right?!

Abi asked me, “What happens after 30 days?”  to which I replied, after 30 days of not eating moo and oink it will become  ordinary and we will no longer crave it – we’ll be done with it.  Abi doesn’t eat pork anyway so that’s not an issue for him.  And we’re keeping chicken and turkey in our diet – sometimes ya just gotta have a piece of meat.  A hot steaming bowl of chicken soup on a cold winter day goes a long way, ya know?

I’ve always been a reasonably healthy girl, a few more than my share of surgical procedures, but health wise I’ve been good.  I currently find myself living in a chapter of change though; opening my eyes to the bigger picture. It’s the next step for me.  I’m gearing up to….  oh, I don’t know what, just life I suppose, trying to age as gracefully as I can.  You know – get smart, get healthy, get wise, get free – get on with it!   Weight, caffeine, soda, moo and oink, I’m cutting you off … see ya!

So that’s my story and this time I’m stickin to it.  What’s in your life that you know you should say, “See ya!” to, but haven’t quite mustered up the courage to take the leap?  Pick one thing and join me in the 30-day challenge; our bodies will thank us!

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