Eat your heart out, Jamba Juice

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Brrrrrreakfast of 2 bananas, 3oz fzn blueberries, 4 oz fzn strawberries, handful of spinach, and a lil bit of soy milk. YUM.

much love,
M.E.

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Happy early birthday to me!

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Mike is so fabulous, he got me P90X AND a pull-up apparatus. He also says something else is coming. Soooo excited to bring it! Did someone say TF P90X hybrid? HELLO!!

much love,
M.E.

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Day 150+ of Turbo Fire

So, anyone who spend any amount of time with me or who is friends with me on FB knows… I LOVE Turbo Fire and Chalene Johnson.

Still, I haven’t lost any weight doing TF and going hard for over 150 days. I am in much better shape, and I feel great most of the time. I can’t look at my 150-day pictures (which are nearly identical to my day 0 pictures) and complain too much. I look better than I ever have in my life. It’s really something else entirely: my diet.

I really need to stop overeating (nutritious and delicious as my food may be) and I need to stop consuming so much junk food! Mostly, I really have to deal with my sugar addiction. When I’m stressed out, I want candy/sweets like whoa. Refined sugars are no good for me, and I need to cut them down dramatically. I’d like to cut them out entirely, but I don’t think that’s realistic at the moment. I can limit them to social meals, which are once or twice a week. Otherwise, my sugars will come from whole foods.

Anyway, at least I can see my muscles are a little more defined (particularly my tricep- that baby needs some work!!), and I know I am more in-shape. I started a second round of TF this week (starting in month 2 because month 1 just seems too easy), and then there will be half-marathon training starting in February.

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Mmmm… and then there are these job applications and that pesky dissertation to get to… Like, now.

much love,
M.E.

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How I differ from others…

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Perhaps it is all the years of low-brow humor, but this just doesn’t seem appealing to me at all.

much love,
M.E.

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May Wah trial #1

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So, this is what came of one package of May Wah dehydrated vegan beef. It was pretty good except it tasted super salty because I added kelp powder. Alright, back to coding!

much love,
M.E.

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If you are not on this, you need to GET ON THIS.

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From Earth Balance? Woot!

much love,
M.E.

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Good stuff.

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Dig it.

much love,
M.E.

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Breakfast

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Mmmmmm… strawberry, banana, and spinach smoothie made with unsweetened soy milk.

much love,
M.E.

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Samhain 2011

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Tonight, I’m honoring the memory of my little Patches. I’ve cried a few times today thinking about her. I know it’s supposed to be a celebration, but I just miss her so much and still feel incredibly guilty for the terrible last few days of her life. She loved chickpeas, and she really loved watermelon.
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She was a wonderful companion, and my life was made better by having her in it.

much love,
M.E.

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Boston Veg Food Fest 2011!!!!!!

I am so incredibly fortunate in my life. I have wonderful friends and great resolve. I aim high and go hard, and I have fantastic people to support me in my journey. I had thought about going vegan for a while, but it wasn’t until going to the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival in 2007 that I decided to make the change. I saw a whole community of people who not only did it but were happy and thriving. This weekend, I celebrate four years of being vegan (my veganniversary!), and I got to spend it with fantastic veg friends eating delicious veg food and being a part of an awesome community.

Saturday was cold and rainy outside, but it was ridiculously hot and jammed with people at the VegFest. Laurie, Steph, Anne, and Kristen joined me that day, and four of us went to hear Ellen Jaffe Jones talk about Eating Vegan on $4 a Day.
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After having milled about and attended the talk, it was slightly above freezing and raining outside, Kristen enjoyed some soft serve from Like No Udder!
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I got my own with PB sauce…
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Actually, on Sunday, when I came back with Steph and Amber joined us, when we walked in, we were sad to note that Like No Udder was not back… until we went out later!!! Here is Steph, super excited
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and with the owner
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and me, very joyful with my vanilla with strawberries and chocolate sauce
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Some other highlights-

Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe (poor Cosmo passed recently, a well-loved kitty who will be missed)
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Mercy for Animals
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Food-wise, there was a lot to offer, but just a taste is Cafe Indigo (where they were selling vegan philly cheesesteak sammiches… oh yes, oh yes I did)
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Veggie Galaxy had pies and cakes and other baked goodies the first day and burgers on Sunday
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Bought some stuff from Vegan Treats. Here’s just the cannoli…
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But, of course, my fave place to visit was Vegan Proteins, No Meat Athlete, and Vegan Body Building, all in a row!!!
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The best part was seeing Chef AJ. I had already been thinking of giving up processed sugar (despite the images above), but she really inspired all three of us who attended her talk today. Of course, it helped that her Life By Chocolate truffles were AMAZING!!!!

I love how much this event inspires me every year. I will miss it!

much love,
M.E.

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