Michelle’s Naturally Vegan Choc Chip

I found these Chocolate Chip cookies at WF today. I have been craving a really good chocolate chip cookie for a while. I wanted a thick chewy one that you can really sink your teeth into. These cookies are very good, but not what I wanted. They are not too sweet, in a good way, so the chocolate chips really make the cookie, But, the cookie is a little dry for my taste and I like big chocolate chips not the mini ones. The chocolate-ness gets lost in the cookie.foodies-867I did like that they are vegan and all natural.foodies-872foodies-868

Since I wanted a more chewy cookie I put it in the micro to warm up, but that still didn’t help. Overall, they taste good, but I wouldn’t get them again. They are not my style, but to each their own right? My mom liked them. This of course didn’t stop me from eat 2 of them though!

RUN 11/29/2008

I ran 16.75 miles today. I was supposed to run 17, but I’m lucky I made it that far. I was psyching myself out the whole run. From the very beginning I was telling myself that my legs felt tired, that maybe I should just do 14 today and increase my mileage next week, that I could just run as far as I wanted and call the BF to come pick me up. I just wasn’t excited about the run this morning and saw it as a chore. I just didn’t have as much energy as I did on last week’s run. I don’t know why that is, but I have to figure it out because my runs are just going to get longer and more difficult. I ate good last night so I don’t think it’s that. I went to bed at a decent time.  The only thing I can think is that I wasn’t hydrated enough – which can also help explain why I was so hungry today.

After the 16.75 I was still about 1 mile away from home, so I walked it to cool down. So, I was definitely out for more than 17 miles at least.

Note: I take small walk breaks when I drink from my water bottle so I don’t choke. I also had 2 of these little chewy fuel things that I got at the Long Beach (Half) Marathon Expo – but that is just a sample pack so it only had 2 chews in there and I need more than that. I just feel that I should let you know that I take a couple of small walk breaks on my long runs to drink up. I walk through aid stations during races too for this same reason. I would rather make sure I am getting a good drink of water than be coughing the next mile!

Eat 11/29/2008

I was super hungry after my run – which is unusual. I think I may need to start eating more before or during my long runs. Before my run I ate half this Clif Bar. I ate the rest after breakfast and gave a bite to the BF. foodies-847After my run I had a bowl of cereal. This is usually what I crave after a long run. foodies-846The BF is sick and wanted a Cold Buster from Jamby to make him feel better. I got a Mango Mantra (one of my faves) with immunity – I hope I don’t get what he has! Maybe we shouldn’t have spent all last night making out…foodies-848I was hungry all morning! After my bowl of cereal, half a Clif bar and literally downing the smoothie I was still totally hungry! I figured I needed protein so I had a veggie burger and small portions of T-day leftovers – veggie medley and corn pudding. The corn pudding is actually not that bad since I make it with low fat sour cream and use apple sauce instead of butter. The BF was surprised when I told him that. foodies-849I went shopping for Christmas presents at Target and took my time. I love walking around Target, but I always end up spending too much money. I ate an apple in the car on the way to my next stop. foodies-850My next stop was Whole Foods. I spent a lot of time perusing the aisles there too! And I also spend way toooo much money there! I told the BF I can’t buy groceries again until Christmas. I am actually going to try to stick to only buying fruits, veggies and dairy until then. I pretty much have all the other stuff I need for a while at least. Having time to check out the loot means I find new things and spend more money. Which is good and bad.


I bought one of these great drinks with Kombucha tea in it. Kombucha is a tea that is cultured for 30 days and this process brings out a bunch of great nutrients like probiotics, antioxidants and amino acids. The label actually says …”G.T. Dave began bottling Kombucha in 1995 after it his mother’s success from drinking it during her battle with breast cancer.”  It is pretty expensive so it’s a once in a while time thing. But, I figure I did a bunch of damage to my body today with all those miles and this would be good for me 🙂 I liked how it tasted too!foodies-852I got food from the Whole Foods hot food bar and salad bar for dinner. I ate this on the way home, it had a piece of spicy chile tofu, eggplant something or other,pad thai and a tiny bit of pesto pasta. All of it was amazing! I usually only get a tiny bit of random bites of things from the hot food bar since th salad bar is so great.foodies-853On the way to WF, even after the apple I was still hungry! Luckily, I had a couple of Clif bars in my bag. I ate half the pear apple studel bar. It was okay, I like many of the other flavors better.foodies-6691The highlight of my day was 2 kinds of couscous on my salad! I love couscous and never make it as good as WF does! There are also other goodies in the salad like 2 pieces of tofu, a bite of potato salad and mac salad. This stuff is so satisfying. I feel like I eat these salads smiling. I am lame.foodies-858My stash from WF included a new cookie. I ate 2. Boo, the plan was to eat 1 but my mistake is I left them right in front of me while blogging. I also ate a couple of chips with beans/cheese no pic. foodies-883

I am thankful for Beyonce…

My family didn’t go around the table this year saying what we were grateful for and I was disappointed. I told the BF when it was my turn I was going to say “I am thankful for Beyonce.” Seriously, after I saw her Single Ladies video I was so thankful that you don’t have to be anorexic to be considered hot. I am thankful for Jennifer Lopez and Kate Winslet too. These ladies are great role models for me. I feel like crap when I compare myself to actresses and models, but it’s hard not to do sometimes. I used to hate my butt. I was so self concious and would always wear long shirts and sweatshirts to cover it. It did not matter if I was at a good weight for my height – my ass made me look fat. I wanted to be thin, not curvy damnit! Why didn’t God make me skinny?

After a while of watching girls like J Lo. and Beyonce I started to appreciate how I was built. This booty is not going anywhere! No matter how much I run or how much weight I lose this is how my body is shaped.  I know it must suck for stars who are curvy because the press says mean things and they have to deal with it. But watching them in videos has made me like my body more.

I am thankful that there are role models like them out there for girls like me 🙂

No Run 11/28/2008

Today was a rest day so I just took a long walk. I am glad I wasn’t scheduled to run today since I am still feeling bloated from eating too much yesterday. It felt great to take a walk though 🙂

I have to work a bit from home today and then have some errands to run. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

EAT! Thanksgiving 2008

After my run I still wasn’t hungry from eating so much the day before 😦 But I knew I should eat since we have a late lunch kind of Thanksgiving meal around 2pm. I had a big bowl of cereal…foodies-811My mom had to go to my grandma’s to help her make the stuffing so I was running around all day cooking and setting up tables and getting everything ready. I seriously felt so busy all morning – I needed help. Luckily the BF came over early to help and I put him in charge of the cranberry sauce. Even though it is pretty easy to make just cranberries, sugar, oj and orange rind, I was very impressed. It came out great and I really appreciated having to make one less thing. I kept an eye on the turkey, but didn’t have to do anything to it, just take it out of the oven at 1:30pm (we cook it in the bag so we don’t baste it).

I made cornbread pudding and pumpkin butter cakein between organizing the tables, chairs and decorating. I also sliced the turkey. I actually insisted on slicing the turkey since I had been watching the Food Network like a stalker these last few weeks to get Turkey Day tips. The best tip I learned was how to slice the turkey. It did come out noticably better than usual. Yeah for me 🙂 I was proud.


Here is my HUGEplate of food. Like I mentioned before, my family members each have a special dish that they are in charge of so we have sooooo much good food. Each dish is delicious since it’s someone’s specialty and they’ve really perfected their recipes over the years!

From the top center clockwise: cornbread pudding, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable medley, turkey with cranberry sauce, stuffing, ham, sweet potato casserole and a roll in the middle. foodies-815I ate everything and was stuffed to the point of feeling sick after I was done. I think I ate super fast too since I was hungry at that point, which made it worse. Oh yeah and I may or maynot have had a couple of drinks since that’s another one of my fam’s specialties – drinking. We had all the food set up on a big table in the kitchen so I kept passing by it all day and I did keep picking here and there. I should have just stopped since I was full. Oh well, it’s one day and now it’s over.

Here is my cousin with my dog. I think little kids with big animals are adorable. foodies-817I was in some kind of food coma I guess because I didn’t take any pics of the dishes I made or my dessert. I am sure you believe me when I write that I did eat desserts – homemade pumpkin pie, lemon cooler cake, bite of b-day cake (my Nina’s b-day) and my pumpkin gooey butter cake. It was all so good, but I was so full I didn’t really enjoy it. I ate way too much on Thanksgiving this year and I do kind of feel bad about it. But, I did say previously that it is one day and you should just enjoy it and move on. So, that’s what I’m doing.

Since I didn’t take a pic of my desserts here is a pic of Matt (my little bro) with his pie. He is not happy that I am making him pose with his fork held up – maybe that explains that crazy/creepy look in his eyes.foodies-824

I had a great Thanksgiving and I am truly thankful for so much. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog and read about my struggles with weight-loss and staying healthy. It is not easy for me to overcome the habits that cause me to stay heavy, but I truly appreciate the support from all my readers.

I am very lucky and I have a great life, a great family, friends, animals and future. I know sometimes I get caught up in what is wrong with me and wrong with my life. This is a self-improvement blog so I am often talking about things I am unhappy with. Overall, I am very fortunate and I do appreciate everything I have.

Have a great day 🙂

Run Thanksgiving 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope you all have a great day 🙂

I did 7 miles this morning and walked about 1. I couldn’t do any more than that since I still felt bloated from overeating yesterday. Oh well, moving on – I did pretty good considering, right?

Now I’m watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and I have to start cooking my dishes. I am making cornbread casserole and I think pumpkin gooey butter cake (I hate that name for it). I stole the idea for the cake from Bobbi. She mentioned it getting great reviews and I needed a dessert, so I decided to go for it. It’s a Paula Deen recipe and you can find it at the Food Network site.