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Wow, it has been a packed weekend. So packed that I’m just going to do some food highlights.

Started off Saturday with our weight watchers meeting and then pilates. Immediately after pilates we went off to the second class in the Vegetarian Series at Cookology.  Only 6 people had signed up for the class and only one other couple actually showed up, so it was quite an intimate class.  We had a blast and the food was awesome as always.


Vegetable Tagine

This dish was so wonderful.  The dish was a simple stew with onion, butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots, tomato.  It was spiced with fresh garlic and ginger and then cinnamon, cardamon, star anise, and cayenne pepper.

Prepping the Vegetable Tagine

Prepping the Vegetable Tagine

Vegetable Tagine

Vegetable Tagine

Vegetable Tagine Close-up

Vegetable Tagine Close-up

Stir Fried Egg Noodles

Tangy, salty and oh so yummy. This dish was very simple – sauteed garlic/ginger/some spicy pepper, mushrooms, bean sprouts and egg noodles.  We finished it with soy sauce and some Thai basil.

Stir Fried Egg Noodles

Stir Fried Egg Noodles

Stir Fried Egg Noodles Close-up

Stir Fried Egg Noodles Close-up

Plum Compote

We sauteed the plums to give them a bit of color and then added some sugar and then some Liqueur 43 (or something like that).  The liquor and sugar made a wonderful sweet, fruity syrup.  Need I even say this was heavenly and it was the first thing I ate once everything was ready? Yeah, didn’t think so. 😉

Plum Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

Plum Compote with Vanilla Ice Cream

Food Inc., Poets and Busboys, and Maggie Moos

After our class we headed down to Shirlington to catch the 3:15 showing of Food Inc.  My thoughts on the movie are so jumbled and I really still have such a lot to think about, but I just have to say wow.  I was tearing up many times during the movie and left feeling that there are some serious changes I need to make in my life and lifestyle.  If you haven’t seen it I strongly urge you to do so.

My rough thoughts are that I need to stop buying so many pre packaged foods.  Really, I would like to move as far as possible away from the manufactured food industry as possible. This means that I would like to grow as much food as possible and look to farmers markets before the grocery store.  I would like my diet to include primarily foods that are in their natural state or foods that I prepare from whole foods.

Over the next month or so, the boy and I will be researching ways to implement these changes.  In addition, we will be trying to use up our packaged foods.  As we are clearing our kitchen of packaged foods we can augment them with homemade foods and then switch over to make most everything ourselves.  While I think this will be a lot of work I also think it will be a great challenge.

For dinner we ate at Busboys and Poets, a lovely vegan friendly establishment.  They strive to buy local and have a gift shop to support fair trade in the restaurant. I highly recommend it.

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Tempeh Panini with Fruit

Tempeh Panini with Fruit

For dessert we stopped by Maggie Moos for the first time.  So much better than Coldstone.

Maggie Moos - Toffee Temptation

Maggie Moos - Toffee Temptation

So yeah, I ate way too much yesterday. 😀

Long Run, Farmer’s Market and Pho

We set out for our second try for 17 miles this morning.  It was crisp and just beautiful out.  I fueled pre-run with a mini clif bar, which may be exactly what I was looking for – no nausea at all! Everything was going great, until right before 11 miles and then my Achilles tendon started acting up.  Running was no longer possible, but walking was fine.  So, we finished out our 17 miles walking…. could have been worse. 🙂  Our next long run is in two weeks and we will try 17 again.  I love that we built in so much cushion into our training schedule.

After the run/walk we ate, showered and headed over to the farmer’s market in Sterling.  I picked up some zucchini, yellow squash, onions, red potatoes, egg plant, watermelon, cantaloupe, no sugar added apple butter, bacon & jerky for the boy, and this oh so yummy oatmeal bar.

Oatmeal Bar

Oatmeal Bar

As we were heading back from the market, the boy got a call from his dad.  He had biked out to our house and wanted to know if we were up for lunch.  We headed to a local indian restaurant we’ve been wanting to visit, but there was a line, so we went next door for our first experience with Pho.  I started off with a tofu summer roll and then had a small (which was HUGE) bowl of vegetable pho.  I added way too much spice, but it was still pretty good, and I have regained feeling in my lips so that’s good.

Pho 99 - Summer Roll

Pho 99 - Summer Roll w/ Fried Tofu

Pho 99 - Vegetable Pho

Pho 99 - Vegetable Pho


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Sorry for the extended absence.  It was sort of intentional, sort of.  It was brought to my attention that my thoughts may be a tad food centric, so I thought I would abstain from taking pictures and blogging for a while. I don’t know that it helped at all, and perhaps hurt in reality.  Without the public “evidence” of my eats I have to admit that I nibbled more than was necessary and my choices could have been better.  Alas, it is best to not dwell on the past. 😉

So since I’ve been gone we went to Williamsburg.  We had an awesome time at Busch Gardens (rode every scary roller coaster), visited Jamestown, had a cold rainy day at Water Country USA (blessing in disguse – NO LINES!) and got rained out of colonial Williamsburg.  If you are ever in Williamsburg stop by Food for Thought – you won’t be disappointed.

Trip Food Highlights

Silver Diner - Oats topped with strawberries and low-fat sour cream w/ cinnamon

Silver Diner - Oats topped with strawberries and low-fat sour cream w/ cinnamon

Smokey Bones - Peanut Butter Pie

Smokey Bones - Peanut Butter Pie

Cracker Barrel - Oats topped with fried apples

Cracker Barrel - Oats topped with fried apples

I celebrated my 31st birthday with the boy on July 7th and then again with the family on Saturday.  We all attended a vegetarian class at cookology.  It was a blast!  We made corn and mushroom crostini, bulgur burgers, summer succotash and a fig and berry tart.

Cookology - the boy and I

Cookology - the boy and I

My MIL also made my favorite cake and brought it to the class.  I had a huge piece and a half. *burst*

Cookology - Me looking strangely suspicious with my lovely cake

Cookology - Me looking strangely suspicious with my lovely cake

After Cookology we biked about 20 miles trying to plot a route for Sunday’s run, which we found out would work for a run.  And then yesterday we attempted a 17 mile run.  I say attempted because we completed 12 and walked 2.  Its a long story, but it involves a Cliff gel and an iPhone.  The boy was very upset and we ended up buying another new iPhone shortly (the external speaker and powerbuttons aren’t working).  So anyway, I just don’t think the boy had the heart to keep running after he discovered his sticky phone.

The rest of this week has been pretty boring, but I have had some good eats!

More Food Highlights

Panera - Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, Garden Vegetable Soup, Multigrain Baguette

Panera - Strawberry Poppyseed Salad, Garden Vegetable Soup, Multigrain Baguette

Oats topped with blueberries, nectarine, almonds and (my new favorite topping thanks to Silver Diner) oikos w/ cinnamon

Oats topped with blueberries, nectarine, almonds and (my new favorite topping thanks to Silver Diner) oikos w/ cinnamon

Flat bread pizza with roasted zucchini, onion and orange pepper (almost exactly like Bertucci's Tucci) and sauteed broccoli

Flat bread pizza - lavash topped with roasted zucchini, roasted onion, spinach and roasted orange pepper (almost exactly like Bertucci's Tucci) with sauteed broccoli.

I’ll see you all tomorrow. Promise.

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Our long run this week was 15 miles, the furthest either of us has ever run. I have to say it wasn’t the smoothest run ever though. My tummy was upset for the first few miles, my hip hurt for a few miles around mile 6. Overall though it went well.

Run stats:

  • Time/distance: ~2:45:41 /15.02 miles
  • Avg pace: ~10:56
  • Max pace: 7:47
  • Avg hr: 145
  • Max hr: 172
  • Calories burned: ~1522

Run fuel (153 cal): As soon as I came downstairs I had a Banana, honey and wheat germ on an English muffin, which I nuked for 30 seconds. It was probably 45 minutes before we headed out, but my tummy was still upset.  I think my tummy just isn’t ready for food FIRST thing upon waking.


Mid-run we tried sport beans. I liked these a lot, they hardly upset my tummy at all.

Breakfast (553 cal): Banana oatmeal pancakes topped with sf syrup and walnuts.


Lunch (521 cal): Sloppy Joes on a sandwich thin topped properly with potato chips.  On the side – rest of the potato chips, carrots, string cheese and an oddly colored plum.


Snack (297 cal): I was craving carbs and salt so I popped up some popcorn, liberally salted and a string cheese.
After the run I spent most of the day cleaning up the kitchen and making some cupcakes to take over to my in-laws for Father’s Day.  After the boy and I tested them they were deemed “not fit for company” so we had to go with plan B – Amphora Bakery. 🙂

Dinner (1054 cal): We ordered takeout from Sunflower Vegetarian restaurant.  I got the grilled vegetable salad, mixed grain rice topped with a piece of the boy’s general tso’s surprise, and a little of the jimica, goji berry and avocado salad.  Not pictured was all the avocado, oranges and jimica that I later picked off the top of that salad.  The cake we got from the bakery was amazing.  It was an Opera cake – chocolate with Bavarian cream covered in a thick ganache.  I paired mine with a little scoop of Slow Churned vanilla bean and chocolate fudge brownie. Later I went back for another little scoop of the chocolate and the tiniest shaving of cake.

Calories in/Calories out: 2679/~3333

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So I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post last night, but we got home at 9:30 and I was quite grumpy.

The boy and I took the day off of work to attend his littlest sister’s high school graduation.  Since we didn’t have to be over at this parent’s house until noon we could afford a lesurily morning.  We biked to the gym, swam for about 30 minutes, had breakfast in the cafe and biked back home.  I learned that I am really bad at swimming and it is quite tiring.  😀 Before getting ready we also took a short walk through a neighborhood close to ours. 

The graduation ceremony was very nice.  Colin Powell spoke.  He was funny, amusing and uplifting.  He stayed through the whole ceremony and shook each student’s hand, hugged some and even fixed the hats of a few. 

I was so very proud of Hannah. I first met her when she was 4 and she was just cute as a button.  I remember going with her mom to pick her up from pre-school and she would sing the latest song they had learned.  I have watched over the years as she has changed from a cute girl and into a beautiful woman. I wish her well at college.  We will miss seeing her quite so often.

Breakfast (449 cal):The cafe at LifeTime Fitness really is top notch.  They give nutritionals of everything and their food is excellent.  Both the boy and I picked the garden omelete (yes it looks like a pizza) and I also had a bowl of Kashi GoLean on the side with a splash of milk.  All those good things being said, I’m a bit suspect of their calorie counts with the amount of cheese they used, so I just upped their numbers by 25%.



Snack (177 cal): Carrots, hummus and a cheese stick.


Lunch (541 cal):I packed a quick lunch to eat in the car on the way to the graduation.  Quinoa, veggies, boca bruschetta burger and fresh mozzarella and a mix of nectarine/blueberry. I also had a Luna bar when we got to DAR Constitution Hall.



Snack (201 cal): This is where the day starts to spiral downwards…
The ceremony lasted a bit longer than we expected and we didn’t end up getting out of D.C. until 6pm. I didn’t have an afternoon snack and it was already past dinner time… Let’s just say everyone was starving.  When we got to the in-laws to pick up our car and head to the restaurant the boy and I immediately went to raid the pantry. I picked up a fiber one bar and a SF/FF pudding. Even though the boy didn’t care for this flavor, I thought it was super yummy.  Also, it had a more solid texture to it, unlike some of the other FiberOne bars.



Dinner (612 cal):Now, I was under no preconceived notion that Joe’s Crab Shack was going to have anything I could eat.  But once I sat down, starving, I literally almost cried looking at my complete lack of options.  😥 Yes, I get highly emotional when I’m really hungry.

I ordered a salad with candied walnuts and steamed veggies.  What I got was iceberg lettuce, red onions, candied walnuts and broccoli. A meal this did not make.


We hit 7-eleven as soon as we left.  I got cheerios, string cheese, and a little piece of toblerone.  When we got home I had a little cheese “quesadilla” and then I promptly went to bed. Let’s just say my tummy was still upset this morning. :-/



Calories in/Calories out: 1980/2333

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Here is the after picture from yesterday’s pruning that I promised – isn’t the house so much more inviting now?





I think we did great on our run this morning.  The route took us through Reston. It was nice and wooded and we winded through all these neighborhoods and “day dreamed” about buying a new house.  This run was so much better than the 12 mile.  We both finished feeling great and not tired.  Certainly, there is some soreness, but not that overwhelming tired feeling.

Run Fuel (210 cal): Before the run I had these little MeteorBites.  They are little granola cylinders.  Quite tasty and they didn’t upset my tummy.  For mid-run we tried out Cliff Shots in Mocha flavor.  Around mile 7 we stopped at a 7-11 and got a water to go with the shot.  Tasty, but a little upsetting to the tummy for about 10 minutes.


Breakfast (470 cal): Once we got home I blended up a green smoothie.  This was probably my favorite so far: Chocolate soy milk, spinach, vanilla praline designer whey, pineapple, banana, ice.  After I slurped that down I made some french toast: Ezekiel cinnamon raisin sprouted bread, one egg, splash of vanilla soy milk. Covered with SF pancake syrup.


Lunch (~976 cal): Traveling over to the in-laws I had a tootsie pop…

begging pups…


We went out to The Four Sisters, a Vietnamese restaurant, with the in-laws for lunch. We had gotten take out from there before and weren’t impressed, but the in-laws said it was much better dine in and they were right. The boy and I split some summer rolls with peanut sauce. For my entrée I had the stir-fried tofu and vegetables over wide rice noodles. Very good – lots of veggies and a favorable sauce. The noodles were very delicate. I ate everything except a bout 1/3 of the noodles. Afterwards we went to Cold Stone. I first ordered a blended mocha latte lite, but it was so horrible I actually went in and asked to exchange it. Instead I got a sinless sweet cream with Oreo. I ate about 2/3 of the “love it” size. After lunch we went back to their house and watched The Spirit. It was good, but very strange. I liked the director’s other two movies, 300 and Sin City, much better.



Snack (205 cal): we had to go to the mall to the Mac store because something is wrong with the touch pad. I picked up this Luna bar to tie me over until dinner – oh and a tootsie roll..


Dinner (536 cal): For dinner I was craving fresh fruits and veggies and just cleaner food.  I feel like I have been eating nothing but junk for the past two days. My plate included a greek salad with hummus, carrots and a little more hummus, a chunk of whole wheat baguette and the rest of my cherries. 


Calories in/Calories out: 2396/~3100

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We got up early this morning and headed to the community center for our 10K.  When I ran this last year my time was 1:10:34, but it was the first time I had ever ran 6 miles.  This year my goal was to finish in under 1 hour.  The boy and I lined up near the middle of the pack and once the gun went off we wished each other good luck and he took off.  I started up a nice jog and many people were passing me, which is just fine by me – I love being near the back of the pack. I had to keep reminding myself “slow and steady” because I am a little competitive. Anyhow I kept a nice pace around 9:30 the whole race, except for the downhills, where I “let the hill carry me down.”  The last stretch was a climb until the last .2 miles…  I LOVE to sprint to the finish… I picked up the pace as I passed the mile 6 sign, but had to slow a bit… until I saw the finish line that it, then I saw the clock – 59:something and I went all out. I finished in under an hour clock time! According to my watch I finished the race in 58:21:2. 

Race Stats:

  • Max Pace: 6:43
  • Avg Pace: 9:20
  • Max HR: 191
  • Avg HR: 169

It was also the best weather I have ever experienced for the Herndon Festival 5k/10K in the 5 years I’ve been running it. The boy’s parents my us afterwards and gave us these sweet little silver dollar metals. I’ll post the picture once the boy’s mom sends it to me.  After changing clothes and stuff we made our way to IHOP with them.

Breakfast (630 cal): Like last Sunday, I ordered a eggbeaters veggie omelet (no tomato, hollandaise sauce, cheese) with the harvest nut and grain pancakes topped with SF syrup and banana.


Lunch (486 cal): We took a nice long nap and then I finished the rest of my IHOP meal with peanut butter on the pancake and a side of watermelon.


Afternoon Snacks (390 cal): As we were getting ready to head down to the Herndon Festival to go get the fried confectioneries we scoped out yesterday the boy was emptying the washing machine.  After he took everything out he reached back in and says “hey look what else is in here”… MY RING!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, BEST DAY EVER.  I am just so happy.  My ring is “just” a band, nothing flashy, but I love it so.

Anyhow, on to the yummies… I would also like to state that I have never before had these items AND the boy and I shared each. 😉

Fried Oreo…


Heaven…. my portion was already in my tummy. 😉 BTW, 5 of these came in a serving and they wouldn’t just give me one and charge my full price, I was able to give two of the others away, but I had to throw the other two out.  I seriously could have eaten all five.


Fried Snickers…


This was very sweet, but everything good about a melty snickers bar.


I also had some of an un-pictured Mango/Papaya smoothie and then we stopped my McDonalds.  I’ve heard so much about their new coffee drinks that I had to try one – iced nonfat coffee with sugar-free vanilla syrup. I think I’ll stick with Starbucks!


Dinner (360 cal): Dinner was back to my normal nice and wholesome eats ;). Roasted cauliflower and butternut and tofu hash.


Late Snack (102 cal): Later I had the rest of the watermelon!


Calories in/Calories out: 1986/~2800

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Missed the mark

The boy and I inadvertently skipped our walk this morning.  We didn’t get out of bed until about 8am, which is SO late for even me. Of course I was hungry, so I made breakfast and then I clipped coupons and before I knew it we had to get ready to go over to the in-laws to see the out of town family off.  We had a yummy lunch over there and then we had to hit the grocery store. So we weren’t even able to get out for our walk until 6 pm and it was raining, so we went mall walking. We are SO 70 years old.

Breakfast (484 cal): Egg white scramble with broccoli, FF cheddar, avocado and corn salsa.  On the side I had a bowl of cinnamon oats topped with soy milk and banana. 

Mid-morning Snack (221 cal): I must have been really carb depleted because that breakfast just didn’t do it and a short while later I grabbed a mug of cereal – puffed kamut, Total flakes, shredded wheat and soy milk.  That hit the spot!

Lunch (466 cal): Like I said, we went over to the in-laws for lunch.  I had a Boca on an english muffin topped with lettuce, onion and avocado. On the side I had some pickles, carrots and a piece of freshly grilled corn.  I of course, had to have another piece of corn. So good.

Dinner (437 cal): I a sample of a cheese/leek spread on a petite toast and then I picked up a bowl of vegetable orzo soup, mochi (Japanese rice pastry) and a huge salad at Wegmans: romaine/greens, onions, red peppers, cauliflower, olives, broccoli, roasted chickpeas, grapes, strawberries, FF raspberry dressing and a cucumber salad.  I had about half the mochi and only one of those big cucumber slices because it had cilantro in it. *blech*

After-dinner Snack (121 cal): I was lacking in protein, so I had a Oikos + cinnamon topped with Kashi GoLean and strawberries. YUMM!

Calories in/Calories out: 1728/~2050

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