AGREEN82's SparkPeople Blog AGREEN82's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Observations Today is my third full day being a vegan. I figured since I had been a vegetarian for 18 years that it wouldn't be that different. Boy was I wrong! Warning, this is going to be a long blog. FYI, my partner and I watched "Vegucate" and "Fork Over Knives." The documentaries really solidified the vegan diet for us. <BR> <BR> I thought I was always pretty aware of what I ate. I would ask what was in soups and make sure there wasn't animal broth in anything. I checked labels on packages and so f... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:17:19 EST Getting Serious Yesterday my fiance and I went to a coworker's wedding. It was sweet. They were highschool sweethearts. During the reception we were talking and realized that three couples we know got engaged after us and their weddings will happen before ours. We haven't yet set a date. Maybe we've been a bit lazy about it all. We talked about dates, one is not set in stone yet, but we know it will likely be fall of next year. <BR> <BR> So, after we had decided to get on the ball and set a date we went to ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 12:09:46 EST Rough Patch These last two weeks I haven't seen any progress forward. I've seen the scale go up a little and it really discouraged me. This week I have been making teeny tiny changes to get myself back to where I was. I've worked harder to stay within my calorie range. I haven't accomplished it, but I am much closer (within 100 calories or so). Since I've been trying I've seen a downward trend in the scale so that's given me a little hope. <BR> <BR> I've been eating an apple a day. I struggled with it ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:04:15 EST Struggling I've been struggling since we left for vacation the first of the month. The last 7 days I haven't been at all within my calorie range. 4 out of the 7 I went way over. I haven't gone to the gym or had any exercise. However, I spent 6 hours today cleaning the house, detailing my car, and doing yard work. <BR> <BR> I realize that a large part of my going over was that I had junk food left over from camping in the house. I didn't binge and eat it all in one day, but I've been snacking throughou... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 21:31:57 EST I knew there was a reason I hated ladders My day started off pretty roughly. I got to work and had to load a 24' extension ladder onto a truck by myself. I succeeded, but as I was driving down the highway the ladder slides off the cab of the truck and hits a pole while I was going 65 mph. Luckily the ladder was still holding on in the bed of the truck. I got off the highway and saw the ladder was toast. So, telling my boss wasn't the highlight of my day. She was pretty upset because they're really expensive. I was pretty upset and sc... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 15:42:59 EST Buffet...Oh no or Oh yeah? When we were discussing dinner options I knew I wanted to go somewhere with yummy, not necessarily healthy food. We've found a lot of really good ethnic places and fresh food/vegetarian places lately, but I wanted somewhere where I could get something that I wouldn't make at home. We decided on an Italian buffet that I've heard a lot of good things about. I wasn't really worried about going because I've been very consistent all week and have eaten really well. I don't mind a splurge once in a... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 21:23:15 EST Rant I've been talking to my friend about her girlfriend (I refuse to call her her fiance) most of the day. It's a very slow day at work, which is very rare. We are moving into our newly renovated building next week so I've been packing my office and such. So, we've been texting back and forth about this most of the day. Basically she's hurt and upset that I think her girlfriend is controlling and wants me to "give her (the girlfriend) another chance", but I just can't do that. I think spending 5 ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:25:32 EST Vacation and other assundries Today I've finally found time to write. I had planned to track my intake while on vacation, but that didn't happen. I kept a loose count, but didn't enter them into spark. One excuse for not keeping track is that we were on top of a mountain with no electricity. Our camp ground had no running water or electricity. The only way for me to charge my phone would be with my car and we couldn't risk killing the battery or running out of gas. I think I did okay. I ate the usual camping food includi... Wed, 30 May 2012 13:12:58 EST Time. The only thing that's really in short supply. I wish I had time to write a proper blog, but I don't. Hence the title. <BR> <BR> I'm still at work at 6:30pm. I just finished writing one of the seven reports that I've written today. Unfortunately, the week that I'm finally taking a little vacation all our clients have "emergencies" and need things now, now, now. So, I've been working my butt off this week. Yesterday and today were the most hectic. I'll be working tomorrow during the drive because I have a HUGE report that I haven't even s... Thu, 24 May 2012 19:41:20 EST Stupidity and Other Madness I'll start off with admitting that I went over my calories yesterday. I can't pinpoint one choice that put me over (besides polishing off that Darned cheesecake! I wouldn't have even remembered it if I hadn't blogged about it). It was several small indulgences that put me over. I feel okay about my Sunday though. Normally, on Sundays I tend to go crazy and eat over 3,000 calories. I think it's because it's my non-gym day and because I usually have a lot of free time. Boredom and restlessness ... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:24:38 EST Small Victories! This weekend has been unusually busy and it isn't over yet! <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> We went to Cheesecake Factory (against my better judgement). I was worried about calories, but I didn't want to feel deprived because that usually leads to not so good choices. I mapped out what I wanted and how much I could eat of what to stay within my calorie range. I stayed amazingly close to my dinner calorie goal. I ate more of the cheesecake than I had wanted, but ate less of my entree so I went over b... Sun, 20 May 2012 15:08:14 EST Ah CRAP! It's gonna hit the fan! I just got a text message from my partner that she wants Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I promptly called her and said "Cheesecake Factory?!?! Seriously, that's like the most calorie laden place EVER!" We are going to go. My mind is screaming at me to go whole hog, but I'm not going to let that happen. I know how to control what I eat. Fortunately, I trust myself to not gorge. However, I've been researching calories and realized it's worse than I imagined. I know they have that skinnylicious ... Fri, 18 May 2012 17:44:28 EST Randomness I have randomly weighed myself over the past two weeks since my last doctor's visit. Not too often, about 3 times total, but too much for my liking. The scale said an unbelievably low number , then it went close to my last official weigh in, now it's back to being pretty low. I'm choosing to not post my weigh in as official because I'm sticking to my schedule of once every three weeks. Now, if I could only stay off the scale. <BR> <BR> I've been frustrated the last two weeks by my lack of s... Fri, 18 May 2012 09:48:55 EST Camel Bak I'm doing an inspection that will likely last all day today. The place has no water or electricity. I'm wearing my Camel Bak so I can make sure I stay hydrated to keep up my energy. That got me thinking. I could totally stay hydrated all the time if I always wore my Camel Bak. I would be like a real camel! Wed, 16 May 2012 09:38:16 EST I guess some would call today a "Fall off the wagon" I've gone seriously over my calorie goal today. Today is also my non-gym day. I've done quite a bit around the house this weekend. I got a lot done, but today I just wanted to eat potato chips and sit on my butt. I accomplished my goal. I'm not sure whether I ate crappy because I'm tired or I'm tired because I ate crappy. <BR> <BR> Now, I really want a nap. Looking forward to hitting the gym and eating better tomorrow. I love how I feel when I go to the gym and eat well. Sun, 13 May 2012 16:32:42 EST Furious! Here I am awake at near midnight and I'm still so mad I can't sleep. My partner and I ordered Mother's Day flowers for both our mother's. We (I did really because I'm the one who takes care of all that, but Bobbi did pick out the ones she wanted sent to her mother. Turns out it didn't matter.) ordered flowers from FTD. What a BAD decision! <BR> <BR> Do NOT order from FTD. After reading other people's horror stories (I wish I had checked reviews before I ordered them), I guess the only thing ... Sat, 12 May 2012 00:41:25 EST My worst enemy My worst enemy is my mind. My mind can talk me out of exercising, but RARELY talks me into it. My mind talks me into making less than stellar nutrition choices, and almost never talks me into it. Maybe it's that my mind can't convice itself to make good choices. You know what I'm talking about. The back and forth that happens in your head when you want to do something you believe you shouldn't. I laid in bed this morning debating the gym. The conversation went like this: <BR> <BR> I should ... Mon, 7 May 2012 10:20:54 EST Wait for Weight This morning I set my alarm for 4:45am so that I could go to the gym before my 7:00am doctor's appointment. Of course I didn't get up and go to the gym that early. I had good intentions... So, I woke up a half hour before I was supposed to be at the doc's. I threw on some clothes, brushed my teeth, and ran out the door. On the way there, while concentrating on speeding and not dying on the wet roads, I realized I was nervous about what the scale would say. I pondered how my feelings went back... Tue, 1 May 2012 08:56:41 EST Calories In I feel like I'm getting a handle on exercise. It helps that I love how I feel on the days that I work out and dislike how I feel other days. My goal is six days a week at the gym. For me the gym is a must. It's hard to explain, but when I go to the gym I know I'm working my butt off and I'm getting more in shape. Being more physically active is great, but there's no solid way for me to measure how hard I work throughout the day. Some days I'm in the field working pretty hard. Some days I sit ... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:34:05 EST Goals I had planned on waiting until my next doctor's visit to see what the scale said, but I had a moment and checked because I was feeling REALLY good and thought I would,for sure, see a low number. Well, the number was higher than I wanted to see. Even though I lost three pounds I was disappointed. I took the week to reflect on my disappointment (after a weekend of not so healthy eating). I came to the realization that the scale doesn't reflect how I FELT. It only said a number. It didn't say th... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:57:49 EST Vacation has been chosen! I worked all weekend. I didn't get as much done as I needed to. In fact, after dinner I'll be working the rest of the evening until bed. We've hit our busy season at work. Yesterday I went to the gym. My back started hurting really badly and I was cramping something awful. I tried to power through it because they say walking helps. Not this time. I managed to get in 18 minutes, almost a mile, and about 80 feet vertical I believe. Not bad, but not great. The day was a complete wash with eating... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:57:32 EST Whaaaaat? I was just reading a Spark article about gratitude and the author was relaying her bad day. I started thinking about my Monday. It was pretty crappy. I hit the gym (good), but decided to leave my wallet in the car so it wouldn't be bothering me in my pocket during my workout. Once at work I had to do 4 inspections in a city about an hour away at work that were super important. I had to do all of them in one day so I wanted to get going as soon as possible. I get to my first site and realized ... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:30:10 EST Fun! My partner and I are both working on getting into shape. We've decided to reward ourselves by saving money for each pound we lose and taking a vacation to Europe. I'm waaaaay too frugal to do this otherwise so we wouldn't get the chance to take an expensive trip. So, today I had the idea to go ahead and pick our destination so that we can start learning the language. I think it will be fun to learn a language together and start trying to use it in every day conversation so we will be somewhat... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 09:55:55 EST It's all Relative Earlier this week I was pretty down on myself for not being as motivated as I wanted to be. Throughout the week I noticed little changes that I hadn't been noticing because I was so focused on doing things the way I had before. The first time on my weight loss journey I was focused, determined, strong willed. I accomplished any goal I set my mind to with few set backs. Or, more likely, that's is just the way I remember it. <BR> <BR> I was upset at myself for not eating 1,500 calories every d... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 22:11:27 EST Cooking Healthy So, last week I came across a Groupon for an online company called The Fresh 20. Since my partner's been complaining that we're stuck in a food rut I decided to try it out. Every week I get a dinner menu for the week. The menu is made up of dinners made from only 20 ingredients that are fresh and in season. Nothing is frozen or processed. I've looked at this weeks menu and at past menus. Some of the dinners look amazing and I'm really excited to try them. Some dinners are salads or homemade s... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 13:09:15 EST