VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community #Find30 Over the summer I was a part of a SparkPeople Challenge on Facebook that I really enjoyed and really got me involved with other members. I honestly couldn't tell you what challenge it was - but it was on Facebook and it really gave me a wonderful drive and sense of community. <BR> <BR> Today, I decided to do another challenge. After looking around I've elected to start the #Find30 Step into Health Holiday Challenge. Because it has a hashtag it's another wonderful moment for me to get connect... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:30:13 EST Today I Weighed In Today I weighed in for the first time since August. <BR> <BR> I knew I haven't been treating my body right. <BR> <BR> I knew my clothes felt much tighter. <BR> <BR> BUT I also knew that weight loss is a lifelong journey. Change does not come in a day. Everyone falters. <BR> <BR> So I stepped on that scale, told my husband to be ready for tears. But I was actually rather happy. This year I lost 23 lbs. This year - I gained 10 of it back. And this year I was smart enough to realize I was he... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:28:21 EST Three Steps to November Back to basics. <BR> <BR> Another beginning. <BR> <BR> There are so many titles that this Blog could have had. I've written them in the past. But it all seemed so simple, it all seemed like everything I've said before. <BR> <BR> So the long and the short of it is this: I've not been treating my body 100% well 100% of the time lately. Since our vacation in July I've bounced around with sticking to my plan. I tend to do this every year. I spend 6 months following my plan perfectly and then 6... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 09:48:27 EST July Goals So I was inspired by my SparkFriend PickleFish7 to set up goals at the beginning of every month. I've always had goals. Goals for each day, goals for the summer, goals for my overall weight loss - but I feel like monthly streaks, challenges and goals will really push me. As a Type A person - I love making goals and lists and what not - and crossing things off! So for my first month of goals - here we go! <BR> <BR> July Goals <BR> -Eat 5 servings of fruits/vegetables EVERY day <BR> -Lose 5 lb... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:29:37 EST Why I love 30! Here I sit a month before my 31st birthday. And I have to say I have absolutely LOVED being 30. Most women probably think me mad. We stare at the # 30 and think "OH MY GOD!" And I was in that boat. <BR> <BR> But - oh the amazing things that I have done while 30. <BR> <BR> 1. I married an amazing man. He's my rock, my best friend, my goofball in crime. I've pretty much been dating since I was 5 - but it took me 25 years to find one worth keeping! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:36:51 EST Pretentious isn't a word you call a friend... To my friend at work. Yes, I'm sorry you assumed I would go to lunch with you yesterday. I would have been more than happy to join the group. But you've watched me bike to work each day, bring in packed lunches and breakfasts - and make healthy decisions. So why you're now hurt that I didn't go to Waffle House is beyond me. <BR> <BR> You won't say that you're hurt. You'll just suggest eggs (as you know I eat many in a week. That, apparently, you have paid attention to.) I explained that the ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:12:07 EST I'll see your Advocare Bar and raise you some breakfast tacos! We've all been guilty of it in our lives. You, me and that friend next to you. We've all somehow plunged in to the rabbit hole, lost our minds and thought that money was the way to improve our health and wellness. Rather than taking the time to go for a walk, we've spent massive amounts of money buying "super" foods recommended by quack doctors, pills supported by celebrities or magical powders and shakes sold by a friend from high school we haven't seen in 10 years all because of her dimly l... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 10:34:10 EST To Judge the Face of Courage I need a place to vent. My internal screaming has started to leak on to my Facebook page and for the sake of my acquaintances I've elected to bring it here instead. <BR> <BR> How dare you judge the face of courage? How do you decide who is brave? Who's a hero? You - from the safety of your computer, from the soapbox of Facebook -who gave you the right? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To me, Caitlyn Jenner is a hero. ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 14:48:24 EST Oh The Skinny Fat! For today's weekly weigh in - I gained a pound. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's be honest: it wasn't water weight, it wasn't new muscle. It was the ice cream on Memorial Day or the nachos and fried pickles I shared with my husband Saturday night for dinner. It was too many drinks with friends. But that's okay. I can't change it, nor do I regret any of it. All I can do is move on and be better. <BR> <BR> As I r... Thu, 28 May 2015 12:29:09 EST Girls Gone Strong! Just wanted to share some of my favorite things related to strength training. Including a saying, a website, and a person who all tickle my fancy when it comes to lifting weights! <BR> <BR> First of all, the person: <BR> Molly Galbraith <BR> This woman amazes me. She's out there to help women look and feel their best and to have grace and compassion towards their bodies. Her words move me, her workouts, inspire me. Check her out at <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:29:03 EST To Do! I'm infamous for lengthy to do lists! They hang nicely on my refrigerator with many cleaning, scrubbing, organizing and improving things to do around my home! Time for a better to do list! A to do list to clean, scrub, organize and improve my body! <BR> <BR> Before the end of the summer, the following is my "to do's!" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> -Start using my Yoga DVD I got for Christmas <BR> -Read the Yoga bo... Tue, 19 May 2015 14:38:17 EST Why my battle with the scale has made me everything! Just like so many others - I fought the scale, and the scale won. <BR> <BR> For the past six months I've quietly been whittling away at a goal weight that I was sure would be easy. On January 1st I stepped on the scale like so many others across the nation. And I frowned to see that I weighed 147 lbs. Many folks do not see that as a large number. Try living in the body of s short woman - even an extra 5 lbs truly makes a difference. <BR> <BR> So I set out on a journey. To work my hardest. ... Thu, 14 May 2015 09:37:07 EST In The Army Now! (Not really) The other day I had the inspiration to run. I often go for walks, and I've been adding some interval jogging - but I just looked at myself and said "I'm going to run a mile, and I'm going to see how fast I can do it." As Run Keeper told me my one mile was complete - I was exhilarated to hear I had done it in 9:57. I've since heard from several people that "you were more like walking" and I want to punch them in the mouth. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So I thought to myself - how fast should I ... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:13:29 EST New Look! As a reward for my hard work and progress I decided to change my look! Last night after several hours in a beautiful salon - I came out feeling like a whole new woman! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy to get the extra weight of hair gone for the summer! And to try something new! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In some of these pictures you can see that I have highlights, ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 15:29:11 EST Working Out - Pug Style! I recently read a great article in the Wall Street Journal about the newest trend if workout clothes - bright and crazy yoga pants! Luckily for me - I had just recently purchased a few pairs with a Victoria Secret giftcard and some prodding from a friend who was with me to "not just get black." Who knew a 50+ man could know the trends of women's workout gear? Within the comments of the on-line article was a bunch of horrible comments from disparaging men. One exclaimed that if you care what y... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:08:20 EST Dear Mom... Dear Mom, <BR> <BR> Let me start this letter out by reassuring you that you have been a great mom. You have given me opportunity my entire life, nurished me, encouraged me and made me the woman I am today. None of what I'm about to say should take away from the 30 years of effort you have put in. <BR> <BR> But know that there are things that you have done that have made me who I am - and not in the best way. <BR> <BR> Know that I have struggled with emotional eating my entire life. You ta... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:28:28 EST Time to go streaking!!! You heard me. Don't sound surprised. Everyone needs the freedom to streak every once in a while, right? <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I've been so focused that once I hit my goal weight (again) this time around I'll be all ready to start a streak of maintenance. I'm always able to have the push and the drive to lose the weight, but I've never even tried to maintain my weight for an extended period of time. I know it's a great goal. Just like weight loss - I'm sure it will be difficult at tim... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:47:44 EST Is anybody out there? I love SP. It's a place I've recommended and come back to time and time again for about the 7 years. I always end up seeing results, I always change *some* habits for the long term, and overall it has been a super healthy addition to my life since an old coworker introduced it to me. <BR> <BR> But at times I feel like I'm launching thoughts in to an abyss. I'm often left wondering - is anybody out there? Are my blogs ever getting read? Are my daily Message Board posts just being buried by th... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:22:52 EST Learning the word "exercise" With starting a spark streak and exercising daily - I've been working in exercises however/wherever I can. This weekend - while spending time with my fiances family I took advantage of the pool we have access to each weekend at his grandparents. <BR> <BR> Two days in a row I swam laps to get in my 15 minutes of exercise. My fiances daughter asked "Abby - why are you doing that instead of playing and having fun?" And I replied that I was exercising. It's amazing what you learn from kids. Her ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:46:54 EST I'll show you mine if you show me yours! A few days ago, I recommitted myself to a bigger health and fitness goal that I've done about once a year on my spark journey to respark my weight loss, enthusiasm and drive. I committed to two weeks of not drinking, never eating restaurant food, and working out at least 15 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> Sounds easy, right? It's only 14 days! Well...for some of us - it isn't always easy. So when I made this commitment this time around - I posted it to Facebook and asked that my friends and fami... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:42:46 EST The Inspiration We Find In Others A friend posted this story to her Facebook wall recently. I find a great deal of inspiration in it...and thought others would to. So here's to you "Cuppy" - your mom would be so proud. <BR> <BR> "Hello everyone! This is VERY LONG but I wanted to share my story here to help anyone who is just starting out as well as to remind myself of where I started my own journey. <BR> <BR> I am 49 years old and I have always had a weight problem. I remember being very little and knowing I wasn't "normal"... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:33:22 EST It's got to be about more than food or weight... While visiting my sister in NYC - I got to meet many of her friends. A wonderful group of people from different races, genders, walks of life, sexual orientations, you name it - they really helped me think. <BR> <BR> Along with meeting these fantastic people, I began reading "The Spark" on the airplane. I also was thinking hard about my sisters upcoming wedding, my brothers upcoming wedding and my life... <BR> <BR> This is my make it year. The year that I realize it's about more than food, ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:35:41 EST To think I would have missed... Today I had one of my wonderful moments where I tried a new brand of a food, or a new food or just a healthier alternative to an everyday food and could only think MmmmMmmmMmmm! <BR> <BR> Spark people, their forums and my healthier lifestyle has lead me to so many foods that I can't believe I went so many years without! Some of my very favorites are: <BR> <BR> Greek Yogurt <BR> Almond Milk <BR> Breakstone Cottage Cheese Doubles <BR> Spaghetti Squash <BR> Tofurkey Meatless Italian Sausage <B... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 12:11:04 EST Unphotogenic? Unattractive? Or just plain Unhappy? When I was a small girl I took some amazingly beautiful photographs. People would rave about my smile, always compliment my style and were amazed at some of the photographs taken of me. One specific photo when I was about 12 sticks out in my mind. I'm sitting on our porch swing, my legs swung up, me leaning back to the side, a dark tan, a cute outfit, and a huge smile on my face, the braces I wore for years sparking in the sun. <BR> <BR> As I got older, I was very convinced that I was just g... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:28:56 EST Family Ties In the past few weeks I've got to see the affect that family truly can have on a persons health and wellness. <BR> <BR> Last week - my grandfather passed away after a long illness. While it was hard - I truly believe he is in a better place, and felt a sense of relief and release for him to no longer be in pain. While I dealth well with his death - I'm an emotional eater, so I chose to really focus on sticking to my nutrition tracking and upping my fitness levels while off work. I succeeded ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:53:03 EST A Healthy Heart Reminder For An Office Who Needs It! Throughout the past week - I have watched so many of my office mates slide after a month of weight loss. (no wonder why we only did a month of biggest loser last year - apparently that's all some of us can take!) It seems like every day there is a new completely unhealthy treat being brought in for the masses and people are caving in easily. <BR> <BR> I kept thinking to myself - what can I do as a reminder without being preachy and over baring. Then it hit me - a healthy Valentines snack! An... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 10:43:56 EST Today - I'm Proud of ME! I've spent the first month of our Biggest Loser Challange at work really trying to be a team player - to encourage everyone, to cheer on the winners board each week, to really make it about being healthier rather than thinner. <BR> <BR> Today - I'm celebrating ME. At this week's weigh in - I'm down another 1.2 lbs. I didn't do incredibly well last week with my calories from alcohol 2 days, and I cheated with food (my emotional binge on Sunday) - so I'm suprised I wasn't like the majority of ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:17:04 EST Cheater... Yesterday I cheated. It wasn't because I wanted food, or was just starving... <BR> <BR> It was because I needed to feel better. I pretty much announced after a conversation with my boyfriend that I wanted to eat my feelings...that I give up on my life. <BR> <BR> Today I'm just too exhausted and hurt to do anything but just stick to my spark plan... <BR> <BR> The sad thing was the food made me feel better....until it made me feel worse. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:07:14 EST The Mystery of Sparkpoints! I try each day to get as many spark points as I can. I find that the more drive I have to get the points - the better I do in my health/fitness/nutrition goals. It makes sense - I'm tracking everything, reading articles, blogs, encouraging others, checking in with teams, starting new exercises, etc. <BR> <BR> So I now inform my boyfriend on a regular basis - "Baby, you won't believe it, I got 100 sparkpoints today!!" His reaction? "That's awesome - what do you get for them?" <BR> <BR> I j... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:48:09 EST Water Consumption - How else is it helping me? I drink a lot of water to begin with - but thanks to Spark -I've focused on drinking at least 8 - 8oz glasses of water each day. While it's had me running for the restroom and flushing out my body - it's helped in some many other ways! <BR> <BR> There is the obvious reasons of surppresing my appetite, and flushing my body - but how else is water helping me? <BR> <BR> Well I have to take 2 flights of steep stairs every time I need to go to the restroom! Up and down all day - with the amount ... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:30:58 EST Inspiration Found For The Day! Been listening to this all afternoon - getting energy for my workout when I get home and getting drive to do good every day! Love the motivation of good music! <BR> <BR><BR>DE Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:35:40 EST Putting Progress Into Perspective I have to admit it - the past few weeks have both been empowering and frustrating for me. Having the will power to get up at 5:15 AM multiple mornings to work out, working out twice a day, only breaking calories twice in 3 weeks - it is such a wonderful feeling. <BR> <BR> The results of losing 4.2 lbs in 3 weeks on the other hand - can be hard to swallow. What makes it even more difficult is seeing some of the people in my biggest loser competition at work just melting a way. In the same 3 ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:07:40 EST A Rock and a Hard Place Two very important things in the last week are the inspiration for this blog. The first being my first few experinces with indoor Rock Climbing - and the other has to do with a blog written by another spark user. <BR> <BR> The rock climbing has been truly inspirational. I am TERRIFIED <em>39</em> of heights. I mean like 100%, HATE HATE HATE them. My other half has asked about rock climbing since we started dating over8 months ago. I've always told him no. So last week - I called and booke... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:30:26 EST Inspiration to Run! I've always told people - the more I use spark - the more inspired I get to be healthy, the better I get at my goals and the overall better I do in my weight loss. Today's such instance is an inspiration from a success story I watched yesterday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>aking_news_sparkpeople_members_on_the_<BR>today_show </link> <BR> <BR> In this Today Show segment - several people who didn't know each other lost over 100 lbs and came together to run in ... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 07:48:40 EST Today - For A Dress (actually two!) One of my big inspirations every day when I don't want to get out of bed to work out - is the upcoming weddings of both my older brother and sister. <BR> <BR> My sister is marrying a lovely young lady on June 1st. I'm happy my sister has found the love of her life - a woman who brings out the best in her, and who is so wonderful with our family. I'm SO lucky that this woman is also super awesome when it comes to wedding planning and each of the bridesmaids get to pick our own dresses (withi... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 07:56:30 EST Diary of an Emotional Eater At many points in my life I've realized that emotions play a big role in my eating. It's my love language to feed those I love. I eat a lot when I'm at my happiest. I also seem to eat fatty temptations when I'm at my most unhappy. Some people can lose 20 lbs in a breakup, or get in their best shape when they are happy with themselves - oh no, not me - I eat on both sides of the fence! <BR> <BR> Last night my boyfriend made me unhappy. He didn't do anything amazingly awful - just brought up s... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:44:54 EST Biggest Loser - First Weigh In! Today was our week one weigh in for our Biggest Loser competition at work. Our initial weigh in had me weighing 147.5 lbs. Today - I was proud to walk out of the kitchen weigh in group 3 lbs lighter! <BR> <BR> I will totally admit I was a little bit discouraged when 2 female friends dropped by 5-6 lbs! I am constantly reminding myself that only a few lbs at a time can be hard and should be celebrated. I'm also reminding myself that all of this is for us to get healthy together. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:28:36 EST If you're not with me... The internet has been such a wonderful tool for me in life. Work, play, dating, blogging, losing weight- it's something I have learned to be very thankful for. With every good thing, there are some bads. Social media has brought that to light for so many people, and I'm no different. <BR> <BR> My last weight loss journey - I posted a lot to facebook. Losses at weigh in's, workout check-in's, healthy recipes. Because I shared so much - I gained a lot of encouragement from friends all over th... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:46:20 EST Today - For My Dad As part of my current adventure in getting healthier - I've decided to come up with random reasons every few days on why I'm doing what I'm doing. My success with weight loss and spark has come for a number of reasons in the past - and I figured this time I will use all of my new reasons as motivators - not just for me, but others. <BR> <BR> Today's reason is for my dad. Four months ago my dad was diagnosed with Diabetes. He's 62, overweight, drinks too much, eats all the wrong foods - an... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:16:52 EST "Medium Sized" I recently started dating someone new and quickly progressed to being "official". His Da (what he calls his step dad) is a rather big man. My boyfriend, his mom and his daughters all lovingly refer to his Da as "Fat Pappa" when the girls are around. I told he and his mother how mean it was to call him that or "the fat man". His Da smiled and thanked me. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend then reminded him that he used to pick at him for being skinny - calling him stringbean, brail, stretch - you name it... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:49:29 EST