Ate My Weight

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 15, 2010

Hi there!

Thank you for sharing all of your comments and personal stories today on my Always trust your gut post. Unfortunately, many women have either felt vulnerable or been in an unfortunate situation, but I think the fact that we are having this discussion will do a lot of good. It will help keep us safe, aware, and open to new ideas to help protect our safety.

Eric and I didn’t have much luck finding any personal safety items in stores today so we ended up ordering online. I purchased Sabre Dog Spray (which is legal in Canada) and a Street Defense Personal Safety Alarm that clips on to a waist-band. I figured the waistband would be the most practical place for me to put an alarm because I will likely be carrying the dog spray in my hand. I plan on bringing both items on my runs from now on.

When the items arrive, I will be blogging about them and letting you know what I think!

I also got around to updating my Half marathon and Try-a-tri training plan, which can be found below, on my Run page, or by clicking here.


I started my half marathon training on February 1st. This training plan morphed into half-marathon + try-a-tri training shortly after our announcement on April 12th.

Since February 1st, I have had 37 rest days, which averages out to being 2.46 rest days per week.

This included a week off from my groin pull and exercise ‘funk’. It pays to rest your body! Today was a rest day as well.


Last night’s birthday celebration was fun!

We went out for Mexican food…yum.

I started off with a huge beer:


Followed by my weight in salsa and chips.


For my main, I ordered veggie fajitas.

Look at this steaming veggie skillet!




The veggies were fried in lots oil and they tasted sooooo good.

I also ate my weight in fajitas. I lose all hunger cues when I order fajitas and I just eat until I am stuffed and can’t move. It happens every time!


Oh guacamole, how I love you.


But boy did I get stomach pains later from the garlic (I can’t digest garlic well). Gets me every time.


I had 4 fajitas and I couldn’t move. Either could the rest of my family. I was in good company.


After dinner, we went back to my brother-in-laws and we exchanged gifts for 1) Mother’s Day, 2) My father-in-law’s birthday, and 3) My birthday.

We had a grand ‘ol time.

My brother-in-law, Dave, looking thrilled to have his picture taken.


My brother-in-law Steve (looking less thrilled) and Joanne (thrilled). :biggrin:


My mother-in-law Margaret and my sister-in-law Ewa on the far right (ignoring the photographer).


Not sure where my father-in-law was when these pics were taken! Hiding?!

BENNY (thrilled, but wishing you would scratch his head)


Like most Goldens, Benny will be your best friend if you so much as look his way. Or just stand in his relative vicinity (within a 2 mile radius).

I got some lovely and very thoughtful gifts!

  • Measuring cups
  • Bike tune up kit
  • Bike pump
  • Padded Chef’s mat from Costco (oh my feet will be HAPPY come Monday!!! yippee)


and some lovely dish towels.


Tomorrow is my actual birthday. The big TWO SEVEN on the oh five, one six, twenty-ten. Tomorrow, Eric tells me what we are doing is a surprise. Sounds exciting!

We are celebrating my birthday next weekend with friends, so the festivities will continue on another week. Just the way I like it. :tongue:

Enjoy your night!

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Megan @ Sweet On... May 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

O.M.G. that guacamole!!!! I can just taste it and it is gooooooood :)

Over here in Germany it’s already your birthday — Happy Birthday, Angela! Thanks for everything you do to help us all glow in our own way.


Bekah May 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Happy Birthday!


[email protected] May 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Happy Birthday! That’s great you have so much family around to celebrate with you. Enjoy your surprise tomorrow.


misty May 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Happy Birthday! The guac looks SOOOO tasty!

have a great day tomorrow, just 3 years till 30…but by then I will be 33…dammit!

come run with us soon!

Misty (


Mama Pea May 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I love that tea towel!!! And a forewarning about those measuring cups: the handles break off very easily!

I hope you get a Vita from Eric for your birthday. I think it is a necessary business expense for the bakery!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, hon!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Looks like a fun birthday dinner! I always tend to overstuff myself with certain foods too (all you can eat sushi gets me EVERY time haha).

Enjoy your real birthday tomorrow! Can’t wait to see what Eric has planned. :)


Lauren May 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

That guacamole looks really good! I love Mexican food.

This might be a dumb question, but I’m wondering when we see things like tortillas and chips, are they vegan? I don’t know very much about the availability of vegan food and I always think when I see those things that unless you were at a vegan restaurant, it might be kind of hard to keep all the “extras” in a meal vegan too. Or maybe you just do the best you can when you’re eating out, even if it’s not 100% vegan? Or maybe those things tend to be naturally vegan? I have no idea! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I know what you mean! I always ask the server if I am unsure. Often they don’t know, and have to go ask the chef.


Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Holy Yum! Those Fajitas look amazing! Spending an evening with family is always so much fun! Thanks for sharing your story this morning. I get frustrated sometimes having to make a decision to cut a workout short or risk putting myself in a dangerous situation just because I’m female. But safety always outweighs everything!

Have a Happy Birthday tomorrow!!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm

That guac looks so good I might be drooling! Thanks for sharing that post this morning. Sometimes I feel like I overreact to those kind of situations but I tend to get freaked out pretty easily. Better safe than sorry right!


Alexis May 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Tomorrow is my birthday too! Yay for May 16th


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Happy birthday!


Alycia @ FitnFresh May 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

mexican food is up there on the top ten lists of food i love for sure! especially chips and salsa, i honestly have no self control when it comes down to that lol


Lauren @ Eater not a runner May 15, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Love guac! And hope you have a great pre-birthday :-)


Amber K May 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Happy almost Birthday! I turned 27 on the 12th. =)

Mexican food always gets me too. I could continue to eat all of the delicious flavors long past when it is acceptable to do so! But that’s usually why I try and stay away from eating out! I can go overboard too easily. I did better when I went out for my birthday though. Ate at Sweet Tomatoes and had an amazing time. =)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

happy b-day!


Bridget May 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm

It seems like a common theme around the blog world, but I too can never control myself around chips and salsa. It’s dangerous haha!

Yay for your birthday! Have an amazing day – you deserve it :)


White Rabbit May 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm

MMMn that food looks seriously good. Think I’m going to have to whip up a Mexican feast for dinner tonight. Hope you are feeling better after this morning’s post. My heart was in my mouth reading it. It does sound strange – your jacket being gone and a guy being in a car nearby .. also weird how he got out the passenger’s side door. I don’t want to scare you but more often than not gut instincts are right. I have had a few situations myself where things just didn’t feel right. I think as women we just kind of know. It’s hard to explain. I am so glad you’re okay. I don’t think women should live in fear but I know with myself, it’s easy to get complacent. We just need to go about our normal lives but be a bit aware. Thanks for sharing – it’s a good reminder to us all. Hope you have a lovely, relaxing, week ahead. :)


White Rabbit May 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Oh and it’s a bit remiss of me to post without wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Welcome to to 27 ( I am 27 and it’s pretty good really) – you’re not as old as 30 but you’re more wise than 25!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I lovethe way you think! ;)


Camille May 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love how in the pictures everyone is sitting back and holding their stomach :)
Haha, that’s exactly how I feel after the glory that is Mexican food!


lindsay May 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Happy Birthday! I turn 27 next month, eek! Hope get some awesome gifts like you did. Enjoy your day!!!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 15, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Aww, glad you had such a wonderful (and delicious!!) birthday celebration. Those chips look sooo crunchy and good! I’ve never heard of dog spray…I don’t really know too much about safety items beyond mace and pepper spray. I know that in Massachusetts you are required to have a permit for – I think it’s pepper spray…but perhaps both.


Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm

What a fun evening!!!!


kelli May 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I love this post, someimes you gotta just indulge and enjoy it at the moment! Love the chef mat also! If only I lived in canada I would so work for your bakery and help you concoct awesome things. Move to ny :P Anyway I hope you have an awesome birthday !


[email protected]:// May 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Happy early birthday. Hope you have a good day and an amazing surprise.


Erin May 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

There’s really nothing better than a good platter of Mexican food. Yum!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Sounds like so much fun! Guacamole is the best when it’s like that, super fresh!


Gillian May 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Happy early birthday!

I always eat my weight tortilla chips and salsa. We always had the Que Pesa brand growing up, alllwaayyss, it was the one thing that you could be sure would be in our kitchen, and whenever I get my hands on chips and salsa it’s big time comfort food!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I hope you have a wonderful day, girl! :)


Lauren May 15, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Happy Early Birthday!!! Glad you had a good time!! :)


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 15, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Bring me into a Mexican restaurant and I am uncontrollable! haha the chips, oh the chips! Too bad I live in San Diego and there is a mexican restaurant on every corner. ;-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day is amazing and I’m glad you’re okay after yesterday’s fiasco!


Kristina ( spabettie! ) May 15, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Have a GLOWING Birthday! Have fun with whatever awesome surprise Oh He Glows has for you, and enjoy the continued festivities!


nicole @ Making Good Choices May 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Angela, Have a wonderful birthday! I also loose all cues when I’m around chips and salsa…it’s just something about mexican food!


Tina May 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Happy early birthday! How fun that you get to enjoy it now, tomorrow, and next week as well. That’s the way to do it. I’m excited to hear what the surprise is.


jj May 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for sharing the information about the personal defense items. You REALLY got me thinking about this and how I would like to get some of these too (I have been chased by more dogs than I can count). About the “street defense personal safety alarm”, how did you decide on that one, over other similar items? I was also noticing this one: which seems to be smaller and more compact. Just curious how you decided on the one you got, as you’ve obviously done the research, please share how you came to your decision. Thanks for bringing this to light…I have similar concerns and often get very indignant that as women we have to fear for our safety. Guys don’t seem to have the same risks and can just go out for a run just about anytime or anywhere and not really worry about their safety simply becaue they are GUYS. But females absolutely cannot do the same thing. Such is life I suppose, but thanks again for sharing your safety ideas on this.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 15, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I looked at that one too, but it didn’t seem to have the belt hook that I was looking for. I think the website has a FAQ page too with more info about the different kinds.


Wei-Wei May 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Happy birthday! My gosh, I feel young. ;)


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Yay for birthdays! I hope you take the day off tomorrow and enjoy ringing in the big 2.7 : ) Love the pea towels – super cute!


Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex May 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Happy birthday, Angela!


glowingBIL May 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Happy birthday SIL. Hope my brother spoils you tomorrow

Glad you see safe and sound after your adventures in the woods


Kellie May 15, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I ate my weight in cheese pizza, frozen yogurt and candy today. Good thing tomorrow is a new day!


Leah May 15, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Im the same way with fajitas, when I eat them I eat until I cant move. Theyre just so good!


ashley May 16, 2010 at 12:13 am

I’m SO glad you were okay from the scary happenings on the run. Also glad you found some safety items to carry along with you. I didn’t realize we are pretty much exactly the same age. I’m 27 on July 3rd :) Happpppppppppy Birthday!!! It looks like your gifts were perfect and how fun to celebrate all of those different occasions. I’ve decided it’s pretty much IMpossible to not eat a whole basket of chips while out for Mexican. Just one of those thing…I have the same problem with fajitas. Glad you had a good night with the fam and can’t wait to see what Eric has in store!! Have an awesome relaxing fun day!!!! xo


Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl May 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

Oh, the veggies look YUM! I love salsa, guacamole, etc. Mexican is my fave – so good!

I tweeted your post on the women’s intuition and self-defense. Thanks for sharing your experience, and your heart. That’s such a beautiful – and very important – post!

And Happy Birthday, girl! Hope it’s the bestest ever!!!!

Healthy hugs,


Jocelyn May 16, 2010 at 12:39 am

o.m.g I am betting you went to Mexacali Rosas????? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. I go there for my bday every year :D:D:D



Julie May 16, 2010 at 2:52 am

Wow!! Those veggie fajitas look amazing! And that guacamole!! MMM!!

I’m so happy you feel back on track after your injury! You will do great in you Tri and half marathon!! Can’t wait! :D

Glad you had a good time with your family!!


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

Whoo! That is some DELICIOUS vegan food! What a great birthday celebration :D

Love those dish towels, so cute!

HAPPY 27th!!! Have a wonderful day :)



Laura May 16, 2010 at 6:56 am


You and I have the same beautiful birthday, May 16th!! I love this day because it represents spring time, flowers and joy. I hope your day is fabulous. My plans involve no formal exercise or crazy eats, but bike rentals and a picnic in the park. I hope you find peace and happiness with your husband today.

Love your blog!!


Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story May 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

What a feast!! Looks fantastic! Happy Birthday. :)


Melissa May 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )


Lena May 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Happy birthday Angela!!! I hope u have a good one! And I cant wait to hear about the surpriseeee!!!

P.S. those mounds of guac look heavenly YUMMERZ!


Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

I love eating my weight in things :) your post title made me wonder if it would actually be possible and if so, what i would want to make my attempt with… probably XXX number of pounds of funfetti cake with rainbow chip frosting :) happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!


Jaya May 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

It’s now “tomorrow”, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!


Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 16, 2010 at 10:20 am

Love those towels. Looks like ya’ll had a great night!


Triathlonbabe May 16, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Wow, those veggie fajitas and guac look awesome! Well, so does the cerveza! Sounds like you had an awesome pre-birthday celebration and it always fun to continue the celebration for as long as it will last! Love getting prizes!


lorna May 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Oohhh now I’m craving guacamole! Happy Bday!


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Mmmm I bet that chef’s mat is absolutely perfect since you seem to be baking for hours straight!


Jolene ( May 16, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Happy b-day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That Mexican food looks delish!!!


Amy May 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I love Benny! That look makes me want to scratch behind his ears!
It looks like a great birthday spent with family! Happy Bday from one Taurus to another. :)


Ana May 17, 2010 at 6:08 am

Happy Birthday Angela!!!!


Heather May 17, 2010 at 7:49 am

girl, fajitas get me every time too! i’d probably be better off just eating off the skillet rather than with a tortilla but it’s so amazing….just can’t help myself!


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life May 17, 2010 at 8:51 am

Happy Birthday!

Let us know how you like that mat! I’ve been eyeing them at Costco. :)


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 17, 2010 at 11:37 am

Happy Belated Birthday! :-D
I get the same way with some foods, including chips & guac…I just can’t stop and end up stuffed to the brim! :)


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