AWOLF24's SparkPeople Blog AWOLF24's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Pregnancy weight 194.9 this morning....ok, so my pregnancy weight from my 2 year old is officially GONE! Now, I just have to work on the additional 30 pounds left over from my 7 1/2 year old! LOL <BR> <BR> "Baby" steps, right? <em>334</em> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:48:47 EST My "back on track" plan for the weekend This is my plan to get back on track for eating (= LOSING). <BR> <BR> 1) Don’t be totally awful until I get to grocery shopping <BR> 2) Saturday morning - hit up the farmers’ market while there is still awesome produce to be had AND go to Whole Foods (need coconut aminos! And a gift card for someone at the gym who gave me some clothes that are now too small for her, but added some new pizzaz to my casual clothes! Feel so bad it has been like 2 weeks and I still didn’t give a proper thank yo... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:41:54 EST A few CrossFit and other random updates I completed my first prescribed or "Rx" WOD last Tuesday! WOOHOO! And here is the proof! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I actually snapped a picture of the whiteboard with my phone because I had to document proof! :) Oh, and I should explain that "Backdraft" is me. Everyone at our gym is assigned nicknames, and that is what is used to post scores on the whiteboard. Maybe it provides some comfort in anonymity - you can compar... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:22:18 EST The best beef stew that is really soup (oh, and yes, it is Paleo too) This is what I make for my lunches pretty much every other week. I've done it a few times and still have not gotten tired of it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I get about 6 - 7 servings out of it, so I pack it every day to eat for lunch and then I get a dinner or two out of it also. So easy. So yummy. It is definitely a soup in my book, and not a "stew", but it doesn't really matter, does it? I put the beef in my crockpot first,... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:42:38 EST What I'm eating these days...a few Paleo ideas I absolutely love summer and all the fresh, in-season, absolutely DELICIOUS produce that is available. <BR> <BR> For anyone who is in the northern metro Detroit area, the Rochester Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings is fantastic!! My boys and I went and stocked up last weekend, and we are going with my sister (PURPLEVALENTINE) this weekend too. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>armers-market/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am really happy with sticking mainly to a Pal... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:25:37 EST Bacon Epiphany One awesome part of eating Paleo that I love is bacon (no surprises there!). Unfortunately, my budget does not allow me to shop for all organic grassfed meats from Whole Foods all of the time, but a healthier alternative I've found at the regular grocery store is uncured smoked Oscar Mayer bacon. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/original-smoked.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've also recently tried and decided that the BEST way to cook bacon is to BAKE it. Yes, bake it... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:51:45 EST Woehlke WOD As I had written previously, one of my husband's co-workers (Brian Woehlke) tragically lost his life in the line of duty back in May. <BR> <BR> Before that, Brian Woehlke had been training for the Tough Mudder by working out with his partner, Tony, and other firefighters doing some CrossFit workouts. Today would have been end of Brian's one-year probation period at work so in his honor, my husband and a few other CrossFitters in the department have organized a "hero WOD" to be done today,... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:42:47 EST Jax's 2nd Birthday party! very NON Paleo LOL Yesterday we had Jax's 2nd birthday party. We invited mainly family members over and a close friend's family with their kids and we had a nice afternoon. It was Minon themed! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and my older son helping Jax open his presents: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A blurry picture of Jax on his new Sit N' Spin and our dog, Elvis (who is not evil or p... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 10:21:06 EST Meatball recipe and getting myself to drink water What an original title for a blog! LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway....yes, I am eating Paleo but that is not why I am posting this recipe. I am posting it because it is FANTASTIC!!! My pesto turned out more like a condiment to dip my meatballs in (I could have thinned it with more oil - just didn't). It was so good I took a picture of my version and had to stop myself from eating more. I am actually excited I have leftovers for lunch today and tomorrow too. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <link>everyd... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:10:56 EST Randomness....4th of July and more So here I am at work on July 5th, and NOT excited about it. I am just angry that the office is open and that I have to be here today. I know that being mad about it is a complete waste of energy on my part, but yeah, I'm still angry. LOL <BR> <BR> I hope all my U.S. spark friends had a nice 4th of July yesterday! I got in the festive mood a bit (please disregard my horrid cuticles). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I also was ab... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 14:04:33 EST My quads!! Ahhh...yesterday's workout involved squats. A lot of squats. They weren't weighted, only "air" squats, but I did 225 (and still didn't get to the last 25 before time ran out). So needless to say, today my quads are a LITTLE shaky (is the sarcasm coming through?) and I can already tell I will feel more and more sore every time I get up from my desk at work today. LOL <BR> <BR> Then I saw that today's workout involves snatches. <BR> <BR> <link> </link>... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:17:27 EST Latest healthy snack So instead of focusing on how I'm doing all of these healthy things and am NOT LOSING WEIGHT (that was only a little whiny, right?), I'm going to share my current favorite healthy snack that I really look forward to as a treat, and it is so easy. <BR> <BR> one apple - sliced <BR> sprinkled with cinnamon <BR> crunchy (or smooth if you prefer) organic almond butter to spread on/dip in <BR> <BR> YUM! <BR> <BR> (wait, seriously, NO apple emoticon available? WHAT? LOL) Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:59:47 EST Lunch today Here is a picture of my very healthy but non-exciting lunch today. I need to batch cook some stew or soup or something for next week...gotta be better about that! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Jun 2013 14:20:32 EST Salmon for non-salmon lovers? I WANT to like salmon. I do. It seems like I used to like it more than I do now...we even served it at our wedding and I loved it. Weird. But in the past few years, whenever I try to prepare it. I don't love it, or I downright don't like it. <BR> <BR> I can search the web for recipes until I am blue in the face and have a good ole' pile of printouts, but I'd like to hear some real life recommendations. Does anyone have an AWESOME salmon recipe that they would like to share with me? I kno... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 08:46:36 EST I made the homepage! Yup, I made the homepage for my crossfit "box" from Saturday's WOD. Of course I am red, SWEATY and basically unsmiling (and in the pic with 2 other girls who are TINY) but whatever! LOL <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This week my husband and I are really focusing on going mostly Paleo so today is Day 1. I did a ton of food prep yesterday including making a veggie egg breakfast casserole, making protein bars (not strictly Paleo - but surely more healthy than Clif... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 09:26:20 EST Pics and general musings I hope everyone in the U.S. enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend. It was awesome to have an extra weekend day. I still didn't get as much done as I needed to, but we had fun. On Saturday my husband and I saw Fast & Furious 6 (he has been anxiously awaiting the, not as much LOL, but it wasn't bad) and we grabbed dinner. It was really nice for just the 2 of us to have some time out together. Then on Sunday we had a small BBQ over at my parents' house (kids were very wa... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:20:26 EST Random Mondayness Today is a true Monday for a few different reasons that I don't really need to complain about. But here are some things that are making me happy today. <BR> <BR> I don't really eat hot dogs much (processed, high in calories and fat, blah blah blah) but when I do, I prefer a natural casing one that is on the BBQ - pretty charred. This weekend I was looking for a healthier alternative and came across these chicken breast ones from Oscar Mayer and they are GOOD! (grilled on the BBQ) The tex... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:48:46 EST New favorite lunch combo This: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Plus a handful of these in halves/quarters and LIGHTLY salted: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't know why they are more fun to eat when they are yellow instead of red, but they are. Trust me. <BR> <BR> And a half of one of these: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SO yummy! A... Wed, 15 May 2013 14:33:50 EST Extra hugs for friends and family - you just never know We live and work in SE Michigan and anyone in the area knows from the local news recently that on Wednesday morning, a young 29 year old firefighter lost his life while on duty fighting a fire in Westland, leaving behind his wife and a 13 month old daughter. My husband is a firefighter for the same department, and oddly enough, they both began their first day of work for the department together last July, so he worked directly with him and knew him well. <BR> <BR> It has been a very diffic... Fri, 10 May 2013 15:01:59 EST AMRAP is much better than For Time Well, CrossFit class #3 was semi-successful last night. I actually made it all the way through all the segments of class. For the first two classes, I did the warm up, the WOD (workout of the day - this is the main part of class), and whatever we were doing to work on strength. But last night I also did the conditioning at the last part of class and at no point was I close to tears so in my book, that = SUCCESS! <BR> <BR> On Sunday my husband and I were going to go together but last Frida... Wed, 8 May 2013 08:51:39 EST First REAL CrossFit class! Yesterday evening was my first REAL CrossFit class after completing my foundation/on-ramp sessions. I was SO nervous. In short – I didn’t die, throw up, pass out, fall over or cry (although I almost did cry once LOL). So – in my book, that was pretty much a success! People were all SO super nice. One couple was even there on a first date! WHAT?? <BR> <BR> Anyway, we started off class with a six minute warm up. We were given "skills" to do for a minute each - across the floor, then ... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:41:46 EST 4th CrossFit foundation class Today was #4. I had the other co-owner train me and I learned the "push" series...the strict press, push press and push jerk. At first I was using a PVC pipe to get the motion of the movements down with something approximating correct form. Then I tried each using the 15 lb. training bar with no weights on it. All 3 movements begin with the bar up at shoulder level in front of you. The strict press is just that, pushing the bar up until your arms lock out straight. The tricky part is ge... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 22:47:09 EST Headbands Back in September I chopped my hair off into a bob. Great - until I try to work out and there is no good way to keep my hair back. This is the ONE time I miss the old hair and a quick messy bun. LOL So, here I am currently - this was a few weeks ago before a night out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hair is JUST long enough now that I can get it into a teensy tiny ponytail in the back, but there are a ton of pieces that aren't... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:20:25 EST I gave away Godiva truffles Yes, yes, I did. This was a HUGE non-scale victory for me. Yesterday was Administrative Assistant's Day and I was very lucky to receive this absolutely FABULOUS box of Godiva truffles from one of the owners of the company. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not going to pretend that I didn't eat any. I had a few throughout the work day yesterday, and then 2 more last night. But I put the majority of the truffles (there were 36... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:00:55 EST CrossFit foundation class #3 So last night was #3. It went well, but it was definitely the most challenging so far. I am starting to not feel SO out of place when I walk in. Last night I walked in to the middle of the 6:30 p.m. class so it was fun to see a class going on (which I have never actually seen before). Uh, yeah, women climbing extremely tall ropes right in front of me as I pedaled away on a bike for my warm up. Still - cool to see. That will be me one day! <BR> <BR> As I did my warm up, the trainer told... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:37:40 EST Possibly the best salad ever <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had possibly the best salad ever today. For anyone who is in the metro Detroit area, I found it pre-made at Westborn Market. This "Nature's Power Salad" is baby kale, arugula, blueberries, blanched sliced almonds, dried cranberries, edamame, grape tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette dressing. It is $6.99/lb. so this whole salad was only $5.66. <BR> <BR> Then I added a really yummy (slightly bitter in a good Ja... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:06:47 EST Crossfit update - first 2 foundation classes Well, I lived! LOL Actually my first 2 crossfit sessions have gone really well so far, even though I haven't even started really working out and I'm already pretty sore. <BR> <BR> For anyone who is unfamiliar with crossfit, it is standard to go through a series of "foundation" training-type sessions to learn proper form and movement before jumping into the crossfit workouts. At the particular "box" my husband and I just joined, the standard is 4 of these classes and I had my first two o... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 22:23:47 EST Crossfit this evening! 7:00 p.m. - my first one on one crossfit training/orientation session - super nervous - will try to blog about it this weekend (training session #2 is on Sunday so maybe I'll wait and talk about both). <BR> <BR> I have been LOVING my "fancy" water this whole week. Every morning at work I throw a lemon wedge and a few torn up mint leaves in my tumbler and off I go about my day. Before I was drinking maybe one throughout my entire work day and now I'm drinking probably 3. I need to figure o... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:04:35 EST Friday is the day Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn…. <BR> <BR> 7:00 p.m. – 1st crossfit orientation appointment – one on one session where I apparently begin to learn what the heck I’ll be doing……….. <BR> <BR> Eeeek! <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:07:35 EST Up After my first week "back", I'm up .7, which I'm not happy about but not unexpected. I added a lot of healthy behaviors back into my routine, but I didn't totally cut out the junky stuff, I still need to watch my portions and I haven't added exercise back in yet. So, there is plenty of room for improvement but at least I'm making some good changes. <BR> <BR> I am drinking lemon and mint infused water today - so good! I found this website with a lot of good ideas for flavored waters. I am... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:24:21 EST Just a few things Happy weekend everybody!! <BR> <BR> My husband and I have date night tonight and here's the fun leopard mani I put together. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are going to dinner at Vicente's in downtown Detroit for Cuban food and then going to see Stephen Lynch (VERY inappropriate comic) at the Fillmore afterward. I'm pretty excited - it should be a fun night out. Stephen Lynch is more my husband's thing, but I'm just looking... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:53:16 EST I've been away awhile... but here I am again! I stopped doing pretty much everything healthy for a few months. And I finally said ENOUGH! I feel pretty awful about myself - both about how I feel and how I look and that's enough. It is time to get back to healthy habits. The way I'm feeling is just ridiculous - I feel like I'm wasting time with my husband and kids because I just want to hide all the time, which is crazy because I have the power to change that and I owe it to myself to be happy and healthy. <BR> ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 12:13:54 EST Sunburst Juice This was yesterday's juice for dinner and also for breakfast this morning: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is the recipe and my picture didn't do it justice. It turns out a really pretty deep orange-red color like in the picture that is posted with the recipe. This one was really easy to make - one red pepper, 3 carrots, half a lemon and an orange. That's it! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kitchen... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:27:21 EST Juicing So yesterday my husband came home from Target with a new juicer (a Juiceman in case anyone is wondering...I was quite impressed with the quality and how well it works and it was not that expensive). <BR> <BR> I had gone shopping and bought more produce than I ever have before (and I thought I ate quite a bit of freggies before...boy, was I wrong) and it was only for 2 days' worth of juicing! My husband is going to try to only have juice for 2 days to get started, and we had chosen 2 recip... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:36:59 EST Nashville and now back to business I am back from our weekend in Nashville. We had a really nice trip and the Kid Rock concert was absolutely fabulous - we have seen him at least 5 times now and he always puts on a fantastic concert. He is one of the few artists who I think puts on a better show live in person than what his recordings sound like. The first time we went to one of his concerts years ago, I was really surprised to realize what a talented musician/singer he really is. <BR> <BR> I barely took any pictures of... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:44:24 EST Greek yogurt dip LOVE these!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>roduct.php?bc=44&cid=65 </link> <BR> <BR> I keep one at work for the week along with some raw veggies...awesome for days I don't bring a lunch or I want an afternoon snack that actually tides me over. It definitely helps me get in a few extra veggie servings each week! <BR> <BR> <em>291</em> <em>69</em> <em>267</em> <em>370</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:47:46 EST Chugging along Well, FINALLY a few pounds are starting to come off. It really helps being back in our own place. My parents keep a lot of junky snack foods around, and I just can't help eating them in the evening and on the weekends. In my own house, I have more control over things - if I don't buy it, I won't eat it. So, I think that is helping. Plus moving and unpacking is good for a little added calorie burn. <BR> <BR> It snowed here...not as much as on the east coast, but we got a good 4 inches an... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:23:44 EST Quick Friday update Well - things have been a little crazy. I was sick last weekend, stayed home Monday to go to the dr. and found out I have a sinus infection. I had been coughing since Christmas but the congestion last weekend was just awful so I knew something was up. I got antibiotics and am feeling MUCH better and am finally getting rid of the cough. Both boys had ear infections too, so we are all on meds, but all feeling better. <BR> <BR> In the midst of not being able to taste much of anything for a ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 08:22:10 EST On track day Yesterday, after my less-than-stellar (= completely horrifying) weigh in, blogging and really considering what the $%^@ I am doing to myself, I had a really good day. I drank a lot of water, had lots of freggies, was on track with my eating as far as calories and portions go, AND went to boot camp. I had almost forgotten what it feels like to stick to the plan - how good it feels and realizing it isn't really THAT difficult. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>380</em> <BR> <... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:09:58 EST Up Yes, I gained. No, I'm not happy. Yes, I am frustrated. But if I am being totally honest, I know where I need to improve. I am so frustrated because I've been doing a LOT of things "right" - much more water, exercising, way more freggies. But I haven't scaled down my portions as much as I need to, and I'm still "cheating" and losing control with some snacky sweets more often than not. Ugh. I was still SO disappointed to see that number on the scale this morning. This is way higher tha... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:41:14 EST Wednesday randomness Hey fellow sparkers! <BR> <BR> SHOCKER - I packed my workout stuff to go to boot camp today at lunch. CRAZY right? LOL So, back to it. And, since I am making up Monday's class today (with the "other" trainer), I'll also be attending my regular class tomorrow. Hello soreness! But it will feel awesome. <BR> <BR> I also packed all healthy food today. WHAT? Are things actually coming together? They may be! <BR> <BR> The other day I posted my new Tervis Tumbler that I drink from at... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:06:24 EST Getting there Hi! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine started off a little rocky, but got better. <BR> <BR> Friday after I got home from work, my oldest son was not looking or feeling good after 2 full days with some sort of stomach bug (plus he had an ear infection but could not keep any anti-biotics down, so it wasn't being treated). I ended up taking him in to the night clinic at his doctor's office, and after losing 5 lbs. in 2 days, we were promptly sent to the ER for re-hydration and meds. ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:38:21 EST Having an "off" day I know...I KNOW! It is only day 3. Well, really day 2 for me. I'm sitting here feeling guilty. I've had this migraine for 3 days that just won't go away (with meds it is manageable, but not gone - and it comes and goes). Consequently, I haven't made it to the grocery store which means I haven't been able to have the healthy meals and snacks I need for an "on track" day at work. My oldest son was sick last night (stomach something going on, on top of the ear infection we just found out he... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:54:00 EST 2013 - the year of ME Happy 2013 everybody! It is nice to see a lot more activity here on SP (me included!). I have decided that 2013 is MY year - the year I am getting back to feeling like ME. I'm done having kids - no more excuses. I'm getting my life on track - I want to be healthier and HAPPIER and I'm going to make that happen. No more waiting. No more excuses. No more putting it off. No more "next week". Enough! <BR> <BR> I weighed in today. Not pretty - 212.6. But honestly, I thought it might be... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:50:58 EST I feel like a blob - but am ready to make much needed changes! I just read someone else's status update here and I am stealing her description because it fits me perfectly. I feel like a blob. A total blob. Do you ever get to a point that nothing fits, nothing looks good, and food doesn't even TASTE good anymore because you are eating so much of it? That is me at this point. I don't drink water. I don't exercise. I keep gaining weight. My next weigh in will be scary and horrendous, but I will face it. <BR> <BR> So, the start of a new year is as... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:19:24 EST Struggling and change of plans Struggling with eating big time....and my work schedule combined with child care schedule this week makes it impossible for me to attend either of my 2 boot camp classes this week. <BR> <BR> My husband and I also decided for various reasons (mainly financial and not wanting to burden family with babysitting on Thanksgiving morning) to not sign up for the Detroit Turkey Trot this year. I'm kind of disappointed, although I completely agree with him based on the reasons listed above. <BR> ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:06:04 EST Just for fun - new NEW hair! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> About two months ago I got my previously medium all-one-length hair cut into an inverted bob. Yesterday, I got it cut again a little shorter and colored/highlighted, which was desperately needed. Here is the finished result! I love the cut! The color is a little lighter and less orange in person than it shows up here (thankfully! LOL) - I thought I was going to go darker but I trusted my stylist and she was con... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 13:29:01 EST Why? Why is it that I can only seem to get my eating on track or my exercise going really regularly...but not both at the same time? No wonder I eternally hover around the same 10 pound range (and at the very high end of that right now). Does anyone else feel that way too? It seems very counterintuitive...why eat so well and NOT exercise? Or why exercise and then just counteract that with not-so-stellar eating habits? Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:48:04 EST Lots of exercise and I GAINED? Yes, yes, yes, I know that when you exercise more than usual, sometimes you initially hang on to weight or don't lose. That doesn't make me happy about it. I am large enough and enough overweight that I should be LOSING. Grrrrr. I'm only up .2 from last week, but I had a solid good week of eating (granted, not perfect, darn mini Twix bars!!) and I drank tons of water. So, I'm crabby about it. <BR> <BR> What I'm not crabby about is that in addition to the 2 boot camp classes this week, I... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:26:33 EST I started boot camp again today I lived. I didn't die, faint or puke (though I think I was close to puking). <BR> <BR> Cardio warm up <BR> 7 stations - 3 circuits <BR> Abs <BR> Stretching <BR> <BR> Prediction for tomorrow - holy SORENESS! <BR> <BR> It is great to be back at it. I am a little of sad remembering how far I know I had progressed before, and now I am back to basics, with even some modifications to make some things easier/lighter than the "standard" that everyone else is doing. But I know I can get back the... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:48:08 EST