I stuck to my guns and made it through the rest of the week with relative ease. My downfall, of course, was the weekend. Not to make excuses, but this wasn't just any weekend, it was a special beach weekend with dinners at Specchio, Buddakan, and McCormick & Schmick's. Naturally, my vegan lifestyle fell by the way side as I scarfed down fish, meat, and dairy by the forkful. Do I regret it? Not even for a minute. After all, how often do I get to eat at these terrific restaurants? Today, I'm back on my game knowing full well that I am likely to make special allowances for certain special occasions, like vacations, holidays, or my upcoming 5-year wedding anniversary. Week 1 taught me that with a little thought and preparation, the vegan lifestyle cannot only bring you better health and weight loss, it can be an enjoyable and satisfying lifestyle. Maybe one day I will be able to commit 100%, but in the meantime I am going to follow the rules day-to-day and allow myself the freedom to make allowances for special circumstances.