As predicted, vegetarian is easy, and vegan was very, very hard. I say "was", because I gave that up on the third day.
The breaking point for me was Chipotle. I had been eating most of the same foods that I always had, but making substitutions. They tasted fine, but were super light on calories. So, I ended up eating a bunch of junk food, like chips. It all just seemed off. I got most of my nutrition from a wholesome dinner, but half my calories were coming from soda pop and junk food.
I know it doesn't have to be that way, and I would have figured it out. In the mean time, I had one easy answer; Chipotle. I knew I could get a good nutritious meal that has a meal's worth of calories. But then I got there, and I took a hard look at that cheese. I can replace the meat with sofritas, or guacamole, or even both. It just seemed hollow without the cheese. I didn't order the cheese, but I did really miss it.
Part of my problem is that I'm doing too much at once. I'm still getting used to being back on a low calorie diet. I'm also walking considerably more now that the weather is getting nice. Then there was meet. Now dairy?
I know a wiser man would suggest going vegan one day a week, and slowly increasing it. I just think I'll be happier with the cheese and ice cream. I'm going to remain vegetarian for now, but I think I'm going to literally wait a year before I even consider vegan again. Food is just so much of our lives, this is really all I have the will power to do at the moment.
I will say this though. If I started trying to cut out meat, I'd probably be obsessing about the meat I'm not eating. Instead it seems almost trivial, and I keep thinking about all the things that I can eat.