Welcome to Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan!  

My name is Kristi.

I am: A constant work in progress, a wife, a dog-mom, a lover of adventure, and an aspiring writer.

This is my adventure log, recipe book, photo album, and more. 

I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places, try new foods, and experience new things.

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"Marching" into a New Year

"Marching" into a New Year

Hello, friends! Hello, 2017!

We made it! 2016 is officially behind us, while the hope and promise of a new year are upon us. (I know, I know, I’m pretty late to the party...but at least I showed up!)

So, how was 2016 for you?

For me, 2016 was full to the brim with a mix of amazing things, with a smattering of not-so-great things here and there.

The highest point of the year for me was definitely Josh’s and my wedding. It was so perfectly us, and I am very grateful for the celebration we shared with our family and friends. We have been husband and wife for about 9 months now, and we love it. We are looking forward to many more months/years/decades of love and adventure as a married couple. 

A few more of my favorite highlights from 2016: 

  • Our honeymoon! (Our first visit to California!)
  • Being a part of our friends' wedding. (Congratulations again, Katherine and Addison!)
  • Visiting Philadelphia and being a part of my sister in law's (Josh's sister's) magical engagement.
  • Visiting Washington, D.C for the first time. 

As for the not-so-great, I think the lowest point of 2016 for me was my surprise illness.

In December, I ended up in the emergency room with severe abdominal pains and severe nausea. After a lot of pain and nausea medication, some ultrasounds, and a couple of consultations with a surgeon, it was decided that I needed to have my gallbladder removed ASAP.

I went in for surgery two days before Christmas. Everything went as planned - I had five small to medium incisions from the laparoscopic procedure and my malfunctioning, stone-and-sludge producing gallbladder was completely removed. After a few hours of recovery in the hospital, I was sent home to recover further.

The next few weeks were pretty rough - I didn’t heal as quickly as I hoped I would, and the medication I was on made my brain foggy and my stomach sick. I couldn’t eat very much (a cracker here, a slice of bread there), and I still can’t remember everything that happened in the few days following my surgery. Apparently, my brother came to see me a day or two after Christmas, and he brought a friend of his with him. This was my first time meeting this friend, and up until Josh was talking about it the other day, I didn’t even remember that I had met him.

Thankfully, I’m feeling much better these days. I’m all healed up, and I have five funky battle scars to show off. I’ve been able to get back to my regular routine, and I can eat and exercise normally again.

Overall, it was a pretty scary situation, but my wonderful husband was by my side through it all, which made it much easier to deal with. Our family and friends were very supportive throughout the whole ordeal, too. My friend Katherine even stayed with me for almost an entire week after the surgery. She helped me get up/get out of bed/sit down/use the bathroom/take care of my stitches/etc. while Josh was at work. (I basically couldn’t utilize any of my core muscles without fainting from pain or falling over, so getting up and down on my own was impossible for several days.) I couldn't have done it without all of the help I received. I'm extremely grateful, and very happy that it's all over.

Now, I'm ready to get to work on new things and set new goals.

Some of my main goals for this year are to:

  1. Make healthy decisions every day (Eat healthy food, get moving (gym, walks, hiking, kayaking), make time for self-care, etc.)

  2. Further my education (Work on bachelor’s degree, work on writing, etc.)

  3. Keep working hard to make my marriage as healthy and happy as can be

  4. Travel to new places (Right now, we are planning a trip to Colorado!)

  5. Write more! 

I am looking forward to making this year even better than the last. I hope you are, too!

What were your highs and lows of 2016? What are your goals for 2017? Share them in the comments below!


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