VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Battle Frog 2016! My last Blog highlighted the pride I had in finishing the Cincinnati Battle Frog 2016! And I've got to say - I'm still so very proud. The number of people congratulating me feels amazing. And my crazy bruises? They are now a nice purple yellow color. Funny thing? My bestie (who I usually run with) has admitted that she's jealous she didn't do this race as well! And my bruises? She's jealous of them too! She says they make me like "hard core" and "tough!" <BR> <BR> The photos from the run ar... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:16:32 EST Bruises of Inspiration I thought running my first obstacle race in the middle of the afternoon was going to have it's quirks. I figured 3pm meant that hot summer sun beating down on me. Having done races in the past I've complained about 11am starts for this exact reason. But little did I know this past Saturday that would be the least of my worries. <BR> <BR> Issue #1 of running at 3pm. The anticipation. Saturday was my first ever obstacle course race. And I was intimidated. I was excited. I was terrified. I didn... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:03:21 EST Do Better I could do better. <BR> <BR> I should push myself to be better. <BR> <BR> Nutrition is something I CAN do great at. I have not lately. It's just a few gummy bears here, to a few ounces of cheese after work. And I'm not tracking it. And it shows. I preach it and I know it - you CANNOT work off a bad diet. <BR> <BR> I skipped Crossfit last night. It was actually the right thing to do. I was a little hungover. Honest to goodness I was functioning fine at work and normal life. But I knew an h... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:32:45 EST Intimate Moments This morning I identified the most intimate moment of my week. The moment when while I am actually naked, I FEEL the most naked. And I don't just make sure I have no clothes - dry hair, no fit bit, alone. I breathe in and hold my breath in. I think happy thoughts. I remind myself - naked and afraid - that no matter what happens - "I am strong, I am fast, I LOVE myself, my body is beautiful, my mind is beautiful, no matter what." <BR> <BR> And then I step on the scale. In that moment my mind ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:21:08 EST 15 Minutes It's time to get back in the saddle again! I've learned that sometimes I push myself too much. No booze, perfect tracking, 1500 fitness minutes - I give myself some pretty big goals. And in some instances (like my Amazing April!) they yield big results! In other cases they just burn me out quickly and I don't make it long term. <BR> <BR> Well today it's back in the saddle - but in a way that is tride and true. Here's to starting 15 minutes of fitness a day. To start - I'm just focusing on do... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:31:28 EST Still Hard At It! Just wanted to check in and let everyone that I'm still hard at it! I have continued to keep myself working out and counting calories. I'm down within 5 lbs of my goal and still pushing myself to make good decisions. I haven't been perfect - but the point is - I didn't let myself fall during July like I have so many times in the past. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my 1500 workout minutes in July. Not even close. BUT I also didn't just fall off of the workout bandwagon like I have in the past. AND ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 16:51:36 EST Divided - A Heavy Heart I woke up this morning with a heavy heart. <BR> <BR> My husband and I often fall asleep with the television on. Last night was no exception. And in the wee hours of the morning I rolled over to see flashing lights and police cars covering the news. The saddest part is it's an all too familiar image. <BR> <BR> This week has been unfathomable. <BR> <BR> Early Sunday morning an Isis bombing claimed the lives of nearly 300 citizens in Baghdad. Amongst the ruins, body parts. I hate to be grap... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:36:09 EST July Fitness Minutes -My Plan to Rebound! Six days in to July and I only have 90 Fitness minutes under my belt. With my plan to get 1500 minutes in a month for the first time ever - this just isn't going to cut it! LUCKILY it is way early in the month and I'm ready to rebound and make sure I'm still on track! <BR> <BR> Why didn't I get many minutes these first 5 days? Well - best laid plans right? I was in Pennsylvania with my family for the holiday weekend and didn't get in the walks and swimming I expected to. I DID run my 5k on S... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:59:21 EST My Sweet Ruby When I met my husband and we started dating he'd celebrate everything. Every week he'd bring me home flowers "Happy 1 Week Anniversary my love." He'd always ask me "What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for our Anniversary? How bout Christmas?" Every time he asked I would say the same thing "I want another dog." <BR> <BR> I've had our Pug Loomis for almost 11 years now. I got him in college and he's been my right hand man for all of those years. He's sweet and gentle. Funny an... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:04:27 EST Cooking at Work! Just wanted to share with all of my fellow Spark Friends one of my new favorite things to do - Cooking at Work! No, I'm not talking about heating up leftovers or popping in a frozen meal. I'm saying really actually cooking in that microwave at work! <BR> <BR> My new favorite lunch campanions include a Silicone Steamer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:04:47 EST Already Looking Forward to July! July is by far my favorite month of the year. The weather's great. 4th of July is always fun. My husband's birthday is in July. And did I mention it's my birthday month? No - I don't celebrate the WHOLE month, but at least a few days to a week! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last July we went on vacation for DH's 30th birthday and it was the beginning of the end for me for the year as far as health and nutriti... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:11:41 EST The Rusty Race! Sunday me and the bestie ran our race for the month of June. We had a fun time but it was SOOO hot! Usually our runs are earlier in the morning - but because this was a run hosted by a local band and had a lot of activities afterwards it was held at 11 AM. That meant instead of a nice 65-60ish it was a balmy 84! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The run itself wasn't really laid out well. It was kind of obvious t... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:55:38 EST Home is Where... Well, it's official. My story is out in the world to be scrutinized. Or praised. Or totally ignored. Today I'm officially a Spark People "Home is Where The..." feature. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=stronger_than_i_have_ever_been_in_m<BR>y_life_abbys_crossfit_conversion </link> <BR> <BR> The article turned out really nice. I'm proud to be a face for Crossfit - something I've come to really love and be passionate about. I'm proud to be a promoter of Spark Pe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:28:46 EST Pride Sometimes we need a reminder to be humble. Sometimes we need a reminder to be proud. In my workout life - I feel like I'm honestly constantly humbled by others and maybe not as proud as I should be. <BR> <BR> I am the strongest I've ever been. Where I used to struggle moving from 5 to 8 to 10 lb dumbbells for movements - I'm now doing things like back squatting 55 lbs - 3 rounds of 12 reps. Who would have thought I could lift 55 lbs in any way let alone on my back in a squat?? <BR> <BR> I'm... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:28:55 EST Farmers Market Love! Have I ever told you that I love Farmers Markets? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And right now is *almost* the perfect time of the year for them! Yes - here in Cincinnati they've been going on since May, but late spring is when stuff gets interesting. It's time for the parade of fresh fruits and vegetables to start! And start it has! Awesome finds last night? <BR> <BR> Fresh zucchini! Which means a big bowl of zoodles is ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:51:45 EST Back in the saddle! I felt bad I didn't work out on vacation. I didn't even rent a paddle board or go for a few mile walk on a few occasions. But what's done is done. Can't change the past. When we got home we had a party to attend the following day so another day of booze, other people's cooking and I didn't work out. Again - I had to brush it off and call it what it is - THE PAST. One week does not dictate my lifestyle. And honestly - it wasn't that bad of a week when it came to food. We grocery shopped and at... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:47:32 EST Vacation Blog! A few people have asked - so here it is! A blog about our beautiful and amazing Dutch Caribbean vacation! <BR> <BR> First off - while I took stuff to work out I'm not going to lie, I didn't. Lots of walking and swimming- but I didn't go for a run or hit up Crossfit of St. Martin like I had planned. One week of less exercise is not going to make or break me. Last summer my vacation was the beginning of the end as I skipped one week of exercise and tracking and that turned in to two, in to thr... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:11:04 EST 8 More Days! Shook my funk. Didn't kill the husband. <em>43</em> And looking on the sunnier side of life! <BR> <BR> I gained a 1/2 lb this week. I didn't well with my workouts and drinking - so I'm not surprised. I was also rather hormonal so that may play a part in it. <BR> <BR> But last night after getting back to Crossfit and kicking some butt - it set me back in the right mindset of being healthy AND of being positive! I suppose we all get in those moods - but THANK YOU sparkfriends for always h... Fri, 27 May 2016 14:56:41 EST 9 More Days! Nine more days - and I'll have my toes in the sand, a drink in my hand and a smile on my face! Vacation here I come! And according to the forecasts - there's nothing but sunshine in St. Maarten! <BR> <BR> Work is busy, I'm ready to strangle my husband but all I do is remind myself that it's worth all of the craziness for seven days in the Caribbean! Why is my husband driving me nutty? One of the usual things I guess wives seem to complain about in marriage - my IN-LAWS~! He's doing a ton of ... Thu, 26 May 2016 12:46:51 EST Another great weigh in! Weekly weigh in yesterday was great! another 3.2 lbs down! And I got excited - this is the thinnest I've been in 7+ years! 25.6 lbs! Wow - that's quite an amazing feeling! <BR> <BR> Even better feeling? As soon as I thought to myself "I haven't been this thin in years" - my next thought was "I have NEVER been this strong or fast in my ENTIRE life!" How cool is that? I was excited to drop the weight - but my mind change has been so great that I automatically went to how amazing my body can be... Sat, 21 May 2016 15:36:54 EST Dear Catcalling Men... If you're a man who has never done it - don't be offended, this isn't directed to you. But I would appreciate your help. <BR> <BR> Dear Man Who Catcalled Me This Morning, <BR> <BR> I am not outside for your entertainment. My fit body and yoga pants were not put on this earth for your enjoyment. Me bike commuting to work was not invented for you to react to over your morning coffee in the park. I was exercising, and commuting to work - and I'm not looking for a yell or a whistle. I'm looki... Wed, 18 May 2016 11:10:33 EST Not so Very Vacation! I'm going to be honest - I haven't been doing great at this challenge I set fourth for myself. I should have kept the momentum rolling for doing SO very well last month but I seem to be dropping the ball a little bit. Especially on the weekends. <BR> <BR> I don't like how it's making me feel. I know I can do better. So I think I'm going to stop drinking until vacation again. This will keep me focused and give me the opportunity to MAYBE catch up with some of the goals I've let fall to the w... Tue, 17 May 2016 09:21:47 EST Very Vacation Challenge - Day #8! Last night was exactly what it is to be going in the right direction. It was already 8pm and lightly raining. The Crossfit gym was closed and I didn't feel like working out. And all it took was strapping on my workout shoes and heading out the door. I promised myself I would walk for at least 30 minutes. And I did, and as the sunset and the rained misted down - it felt wonderful. Not only was I getting in my exercise, I felt spiritually lighter and stronger walking quietly in the rain as the ... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:58:54 EST Very Vacation Challenge - Day #6! Very Vacation Day 6. Confession time - I didn't do so well at my challange this weekend. I drank more than 6 drinks over the weekend, and I didn't work out on Sunday. I also didn't track on Sunday. I made the decision to hang out with friends all day Saturday and have drinks after my race and I'm okay with that. I'm okay that I'm not always going to be perfect. But today's blog is all about getting back up on the horse and attempting to keep doing well at everything else. A stumble is not a r... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:37:56 EST Very Vacation Challenge - Day #3! Very Vacation Challenge Day 3 - and the weather is getting me in the mood! It's an absolutely beautiful day here in Cincinnati! And even better - it's supposed to be beautiful tomorrow for my run! I'm making a vacation play list on Spotify - what songs make you think of vacation or the beach? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, me and two friends are running the Butterfly Run to benefit Cancer Free Kids. While me and the bestie are continuing our run a month with this run, one of our dear friends is doing h... Fri, 6 May 2016 14:18:14 EST Very Vacation Challenge - Day #1! Today was my first day of my Very Vacation Challenge. And it was only fitting that I started today because I booked our flight to Sint Maartens today! On June 4th we'll be on a plane to paradise! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another step in planning is trying to decide how much and what types of workouts I'll do while on vacation. Last year we rented a house on a lake in Tennessee and I had grand plans to wal... Wed, 4 May 2016 21:26:37 EST One Amazing April! 30 Days! An amazing April! And something I am very proud of. <BR> <BR> I didn't drink a drop! I cleaned EVERY day! I drank at least 64 oz of water a day! Didn't hit a single snooze button! And I got in at least 15 minutes of exercise a day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Final results? <BR> <BR> Day #: 30 <BR> Current Weight: 130 <BR> Alcoholic Drinks: 0 <BR> Restaurant Visits: 4 <BR> Workout Minutes: 20 h... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:21:12 EST April Adventures -Day #29! Day 29 and going strong! Had a great night celebrating my best friend's 30th birthday last night! It was a little tough not drinking at the bar with everyone - but I just couldn't let myself screw everything up this close to the end! Which got me thinking about not screwing up my progress in May. I started thinking about my goals for May today and I've come up with ideas for the following: <BR> <BR> -6 drinks a week <BR> -15 blogs for the month <BR> -15 Minutes of workout time a day <BR> -8 ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:21:48 EST April Adventures -Day #28! Day 28 - and Bestie's 30th Birthday Party tonight! I hope she's as excited to get the signed Felicia Day biography as I am to give it to her! She has expressed how much she likes her - so I think she will! I'll be sure to share pics tomorrow of the birthday bash tonight! <BR> <BR> Since we have a busy evening, I got up this morning and rode 5.5 miles on my bike before work. It was foggy but nice. I always like getting my exercise in before work so that I can enjoy the evening afterwards. I'... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:48:29 EST April Adventures -Day #27! It's really starting to become real - that I'm almost done with my month of awesome! What seemed like such a long time has flown by and has been proven to be a lot more pleasant than "self induced torture" as one of my best friends called it! <BR> <BR> I'm really starting to think about what I may continue on with after the end of the month. I'm really thinking I'll keep my 15 minutes of cleaning and workout each day. It helps keep the house in order and keeps me always moving and planning m... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:22:10 EST April Adventures -Day #26! Day 26! AKA - the day I met Felicia Day!!! That's right - I spent 4 hours in a book store waiting for my tiny window of time to meet an amazing actress, writer and business woman. <BR> <BR> I'd love to tell you that it was kismet - that Felicia and I were meant to be best friends and that 15 seconds launched me straight in to an upcoming internet collaboration with a cyber genius. But alas - much of my 15 seconds was spent on her mispronouncing my best friends name! <BR> <BR> I had two bo... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:39:52 EST April Adventures -Day #25! 25 Days. WOW! And I haven't missed a day of all of my water, workouts, cleaning, sobriety and snooze button hits! While some days are harder than others for different reasons, overall this experience has been great thus far and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! <BR> <BR> One of my other goals was to save money for Vacation and book our hotel by the 15th of this month. We did not book by the 15th - BUT we did TODAY! We are officially heading to Sint Maarten in June! I booked our 7... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 21:17:12 EST April Adventures -Day #24! <BR> What a gorgeous Sunday! Spent it with family plus hundreds of people! <BR> <BR> DH's family owns a local deli. It sits on the local square. Our family is…charismatic to say the least! Many people know their restaurant not only because of the good food, but colorful people who work there. <BR> <BR> Each spring, the local Chamber of Commerce has a Classic Car Show - right on the square! So along with the normal Sandwiches and food inside at the Deli, a team of us run a stand selling Bur... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:59:31 EST April Adventures -Day #23! My apologies to my loyal readers - all 5 to 10s of you! I didn't blog yesterday. And it wasn't some catastrophic event - I just didn't. I was busy doing life, and sometimes that happens. <BR> <BR> But don't worry, that doesn't mean I strayed from my goals. I worked out by bike commuting to work, I cleaned up the kitchen for my 15 minutes and I drank all of the water and none of the booze! Hubby and I went out to dinner with my bestie (her husband is out of town on business) and we sat out la... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:31:56 EST April Adventures -Day #21! Great day 21! Except my stupid Fitbit died without warning! There goes the workweek challenge I was in! Not that I was going to win but still! <BR> <BR> Normal day here at work. Nothing special, which to me usually means good things. The bosses (who are married) are both out tomorrow - they are going on a weekend away together. While they deserve a great weekend away and I love them both - they are my Crossfit partners so I had to go without them tonight and will be without them on Saturday!... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:28:15 EST April Adventures -Day #20! Twenty days in. And honestly, it seems like I just started yesterday. Some things continue to be a little bit of a struggle, but change always is. About twice a week I really don't want to pop out of bed at the alarm, but I do. About once a week I think it would just be easier to use my restaurant night by picking up take-out on the way home from Crossfit to make things easier. And about twice on one given weekend night I think "ohhhh I just spent the day painting and running errands - a beer... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:58:00 EST April Adventures Day #19! <BR> So I left my computer at work so I'm posting from my phone! Just a warning that this post will be short and perhaps riddled with autocorrect issues! <BR> <BR> Workout today was a three and a half mile run. It was over 80 degrees outside and my left knee has been a little tender but all in all it was a pretty good run. I hope to increase my distances the next few weeks as I am running a 10k early next month! <BR> <BR> Bought my Felicia Day ticket today and three friends are going with ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 21:43:57 EST April Adventures -Day #18! Eighteen days in and things are starting to become habit. I'm sneaking reading in whenever I can. I'm cleaning a little before work to start getting my minutes in and I'm planning workouts for days ahead of schedule. I'm also giving myself mini goals throughout the day. Like making a list of three things in the morning (write thank you note, transfer money from bank accounts, start passport update application) and then making sure I at least try to finish them that day. It's helping me accomp... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:33:48 EST April Adventures -Day #17! What a beautiful day! And what a relaxing day. I had grand plans to continue painting today, but I woke up and decided that perhaps I'd spare myself a day of work and just enjoy myself. After my long day yesterday - it was a perfect compliment for a nice weekend. That's not to say I didn't do ANYTHING. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up and lounged on the couch reading my book. I may not have been painting - but I was doing important stuff to reach my monthly goals! And early this afternoon I ... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:41:59 EST April Adventures -Day #16! Quick blog because I still have friends over! It's been a nonstop day! Got up at 8, finished taping off the bedroom for painting. Then went to the grocery store. Afterwards, I hit up Crossfit at noon. HARD but awesome day at Crossfit! Today's workout: 24 Squats 24 Pushups 24 Walking Lunges 400 Meter run -SIX ROUNDS! That ends up being 144 of each movement and 1-1/2 Miles! I got it done in 33 minutes and 8 seconds! It was exhausting but so awesome! (The gym best time? 22 minutes and 3 secon... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:33:53 EST April Adventures -Day #15! Day #15 and a much more positive day! Heard the alarm this morning and wasn't really wanting to pop right out of bed - BUT I did. Nothing special happened at work today - but those are usually the best days. Things went fast, always good for a Friday. When I got home, DH was out in the beautiful weather and my step daughter and Mother In Law were over. We sat around and talked for a while, until bestie's hubby came over. I didn't expect him, but DH had invited both he and bestie over for di... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:19:33 EST April Adventures -Day #14! As good as my attitude was going in to my weigh was bad coming out. The 1.4 lbs I lost last week? I gained back 1.2 lbs of it! And I'm going to be honest. It killed most of my day. It mentally just killed me. I said that I was okay with it, but the truth is I'm like so many other women out there - I've been conditioned since I was young to believe that the magical number on the scale matters. And the truth is - it still does to me, but I know it shouldn't. <BR> <BR> I actually text ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:01:56 EST April Adventures -Day #13! Day #13! <BR> <BR> Another great day! Lucky #13 - and look at how good that calendar is looking! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haven't missed a day of any of my goals! <BR> <BR> And thanks to today -I got my 3 project days in for this week! After work, DH and I went to Menards and picked out paint and got painting supplies. Along with that, I moved everything out of the bedroom and started masking! I'm hopi... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:33:48 EST April Adventures -Day #12! Started the day strong with an awesome run! Today I set a New Personal Record (NPR) of running 2 miles in 19:18! That's 9 minutes and 39 seconds a mile! Hard to believe that last summer I was pretty sure I couldn't pass the Army PT Test for my age/gender group which requires you to run 2 miles in 21 minutes and 42 seconds. And my runs include hills -so I KNOW I could do a flat run faster! <BR> <BR> Got my workout in early so I could come home and continue my project cleaning upstairs! And ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:02:01 EST April Adventures -Day #11! Some days are just uneventful. Today is that day. I had no inclination to drink, I cleaned my 15 minutes, got more than enough water and thankfully didn't hit the snooze button. Best part of the day? Crossfit! <BR> <BR> The WOD (workout of the day) today was called "Death by Burpees" and "Death by Pull-up" which simply means you do burpees (or pull-ups) every minute on the minute adding one after each round. So minute 1 you do 1 burpee, minute 2, two burpees, until you can't do the total num... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:48:17 EST April Adventures -Day #10! Man plans, and God laughs. That's the saying, right? I had a LOT planned for this weekend. And I can't say I got it all done BUT it was very productive none the less! <BR> <BR> This morning the bestie and I ran our 4th race together this year (my 5th race this year and 6th since December). We ran for the Matt Haverkamp Foundation. Matt was a local police officer here in Cincinnati who passed away right around the time that I moved to Cincinnati. He had a K9 partner and a real passion for K9... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:55:47 EST April Adventures -Day #9! Busy day - so a short and late blog! I spent most of the day out of the house or cleaning, which didn't leave much time for SP. I started on and made a lot of progress cleaning our upstairs. While doing so I found $75 in Bed, Bath and Beyond gift cards! Always great to find that hidden surprise! I still have a lot to do tomorrow. Don't believe me? These are the before pictures... <img src=""> Scared yet? <img... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 23:54:37 EST April Adventures -Day #8! Happy Friday! It's an amazing feeling to wake up on Friday wanting to hit the snooze and then follow that by forcing yourself to get up, get dressed and run 2 miles! That one decision starts the day with so much energy and accomplishment. It really set the tone for the day and my weekend! And what a weekend it will be! <BR> <BR> Tonight I get to leave work a little early and get my hot stone massage. I'm SO excited for it. I love professional massages and I haven't had one in years. It will ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 13:17:39 EST April Adventures -Day #7! Day 7 started out in a wonderful way - by stepping on the scale and seeing results! After 1 week I am officially down 1.4 lbs. Before this week I've only lost around 3 lbs this year so 1.4 in a week was a BIG accomplishment. I'm trying more and more not to focus on the scale as Crossfit and running really has me gaining a ton of muscle in replacement for the fat I'm shedding. None the less - it feels great to see results when you're really putting in the effort. <BR> <BR> Last night I must ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:23:56 EST April Adventures -Day #6! Day #6 and happy to report that I've continued on my streak. During the work week the hardest component is definitely getting my cleaning in and making sure I do at least one of my 3 big projects. Tonight I don't have any appointments or Crossfit so that means tonight is project night! <BR> <BR> And what better project for April than doing taxes?! Tonight I'm going to sit down and do our yearly taxes. Happy to say I'm not saving them for the VERY last minute! Not to mention that compared to ... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 12:58:41 EST