Relay for Life

My little mom is a teacher and her school participated in the Relay for Life.

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length.

DSCN9574My mom signed us up for the 12pm to 1pm shift. So after my run I ate some foodies and got to walking. Many of the groups had some kind of baton that you had to be on the track with a walker at all times.

DSCN9579I love the message of the American Cancer Society. They had a bunch of signs up around the track.





DSCN9567Slip, Slop, Slap, Slide!







In other news I did a long run today of 11 miles. This doesn’t seem that long after training for the mary. I want to do one more full before I stick to the halfs. I’m looking at one in November?

DSCN9556After the run I went to WF and tried some scrambled tofu from the food bar.






DSCN9585I also got some tempeh salad for a sandwich for lunch. Amazing stuff. Full of vegan mayo (and fat) so that is part of the reason!





The rest of the day was a lot of random snacking. I never felt full, so I can’t tell if I was really hungry. DSCN9588


They weren’t all pictured, but you get the idea… 



I talked to the RD about paying attention to my hunger and given my current super busy/stressfull/crazy life she said I probably will not be able to tell when I’m hungry. The high stress that I am under is definitely messing with my hunger cues.

So the plan is –

– If I am more active than normal, make sure I am fueling well

– Eat every 3 to 4 hours

– Make sure my meals are balanced! My stress level is telling me all I want is carbs, but then I feel like crap 😦

Today was another snacky carb kind of day, but I stopped myself and made sure the have a balanced lunch and dinner. The snacking was still there, but I am observing myself with out judgement and am learning about how I react to stress/loneliness/boredom and this way I can prevent it going forward 🙂

Reality Blogging

So many people say their life should be a reality show, but really I think mine should be one right now!

There is so much craziness going on with my personal life, friends, fam, wedding, work and more. A lot of this stuff I can’t even talk about because not everyone close to me even knows yet! But, when I finally spill the beans on everything exciting in the world of Monica – you will agree that it’s crazy!

Last night I helped Ben move into his new place until midnight. Oh, and they had already turned the electricity off so we were moving by candle light. Fun stuff.DSCN9513

DSCN9515This morning I took a walk around the new neighborhood. There is major June gloom today – it was misting. It even rained last night!

I found a cute little park nearby with a running trail for next time I’m here 🙂






I had to stop at Ralph’s on my walk to pick up some yogurt. Ben doesn’t have a fridge yet. So I took all my frozen goods from his place and they thawed out overnight 😦 I’m hoping they are okay and won’t kill me because now they are in my work freezer.DSCN9517

I ate my breakfast in the kitchen…on the floor. We don’t have a table, obviously. We are literally starting from scratch with stuff we need. This is exactly why people register for wedding gifts! We have nothing! DSCN9520

DSCN9519But, we’ll be eating on the floor for a while because there are no immediate plans to buy a kitchen table. Our reasoning for this has to remain a mystery for now 😉

After work I have to drive back to the OC to take Ben to the airport. He’s going to NJ tonight and I’ll meet him out there Monday. His brother is graduating on Tuesday and he has some family out there that I’ve never met 🙂 Now I need to get to work since I have a ton to do before I leave!!!

Matt meets the monster

Foodies 1974I made Matt a Green Monster for breakfast this morning. He liked it, but didn’t finish it, so I don’t know if he was just being nice or the green color weirded him out.







After a 5 miler with hillsI wanted a smoothie and PB toast for breakfast too! I used a scoop of  Amazing Grass, blueberries, frozen naner and almond milk. Plus PB&PB on Ezekiel bread.Foodies 1976

Foodies 1978Then, my other brother wanted me to make him eggs so I made him fancy style with spinach, green chili, peas and potatoes. I had a bite 🙂


Now I must start another crazy day!!!


Vacation Time: I am so ready for my vacation! I have to work today and tomorrow then I have next week off 🙂 I’m flying out to NJ Monday morning  and I’ll be there till Tuesday. Then, I’ll be in MD and FL for the rest of the week. So I have to make sure all the major wedding things are done before I leave. It’s a long list.

I have to come back and work for a week and then finally… I’ll be off for the wedding!!!

No Time to Cook

I went out and bought coconut milk for a curry tofu recipe I wanted to make yesterday for dinner…yeah, right. I barely have time to make a sandwich right now!

After the dress fitting I walked the dogs and threw something together quick: A veggie burger in a flat out wrap and kale chips. I love kale chips and bought kale from the farmer’s market specifically for this 🙂Foodies 1971

Foodies 1973 I had a little ice cream and waffle cone for dessert 🙂 My mom is good and bought a lf ice cream 🙂


Then, I read my book and went to sleep.

See you manana

I don’t have the time to post a full dinner update tonight, but just wanted to say I’ll be back first thing (Pacific Time!) tomorrow 🙂

I figured you guys would be okay with me skipping a post since I’m … planning a wedding, going on a trip in 4 days, working full time, blogging, packing for a move and more!

I accomplished a lot today including:

– A dress fitting!

– Calls with florist

– Writing out checks for crazy amounts of money (buyer’s remorse for a wedding?)

– Making more lists of things I have to do!

Life is a bowl of cherries

and that makes me happy 🙂 Foodies 1965

this was my afternoon snackage today. I basically made myself sick from too many cherries yesterday, but still came back for more today! I am messed up.

I was really craving veggies and protien for lunch today. So I mixed up some tuna, hummus and curry powderFoodies 1952

and put it on top of a salad with a ton of veggies. plus 2 3 mini ww pitas on the side. And I added extra hummus when the tuna ran out 🙂Foodies 1954

I made a little lunch dessert too  – a piece of pita with PB and melted chocolate chips. Amazing.Foodies 1961

A little later I tried this new find – a bar especially for Runners! Foodies 1958

Calories: 200

Fat: 3.5g

Fiber: 4g

Protein: 12g

It has MicroLactin for joint health – that’s what makes it runner worthy I guess. Foodies 1959

It was good, but has a lot of ingredients…Foodies 1960

I love everyone’s feedback on what is easy for them and what is hard! It’s so interesting that something that is super difficult for me is a natural habit for others and vice-versa!

Oh, and thanks for letting me rant earlier. There’s a lot going on right now and I’m a little on edge 🙂

Whose opinion counts

No matter what other people tell me about my running, clothes, body, etc I have my own opinion on it. And their opinion will never be more important than mine. I appreciate feedback and other’s thoughts, I often ask for opinions on certain things. But I never ask for opinions on my body. It doesn’t matter what other people think. How I feel is the deciding factor.

I am on this rant today because my mom told me this morning that I look thin in my running gear. I should have just said thanks and walked away, but I told her I haven’t lost any weight for the wedding. This comment started a big back and forth discussion where she insisted I look thin and I insisted she should make an appointment with the eye doctor.

Fact: No one that is 5″6 and 158 appears thin. I don’t care if you’re dressed in black and wearing heals – that’s just not “thin”.

It’s super frustrating because I almost take the comment as, “This is as good as it gets for you, so just accept it.” And I don’t want to just accept it. I used to be heavier so this isn’t the worst I can look, but let me have some hope that I can get to my goal weight. I am not giving up over here, and I have a long way to go.

Fact: It could be worse.

I agree that it could be worse. I have been heavier, but I have also been thinner. I am making lifestyle changing and learning about my body’s food needs every day. I am moving in the right direction (down).

W/O: Well, that rant was a workout on it’s own, but I also ran 5  slow miles. I was feeling super sluggish today. Could the carb fest from last night be to blame?

Breakfast: oatbran, almond milk, naner, topped with brown sugar, a few dried berries and a little almond butter.Foodies 1949

The almond butter is the same color as the oatbran 🙂 I’ve decided this meal is so heavy I feel like I’m going to barf when I’m done. Oatbran is like a brick.Foodies 1951

My friend recently commented that she doesn’t know how I am so “good“. Obviously, this is relative because I am very “bad” compared to most bloggers out there. Again, it’s all relative…

But some things are easy for me to do

 – running in the morning (my therapy),

– eating a healthy breakfast (been doing this my whole life)

– eating veggies (love them!)

– not eating meat (never crave it, only eat it if it’s there)

But other things are very hard for me and I’m working on it –

– Not eating after dinner!

– Not eating Ben’s food

– Only eating when I’m hungry

– Learning to stop before I’m stuffed

– Not eating for emotional reasons

Question: What is easy for you? What is hard?