VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Reminder of My Journey Do you look at "On This Day" on Facebook? It's something I enjoy doing. Pictures of babies who have now turned in to walking, talking, thinking children. Loved ones now gone smiling at holidays. College days that seem like eons ago. Children who have aged in to young adults. Boyfriend who never should have been boyfriends. Buying my first home. It's amazing to see my life in the picture of what I was doing on this one day - all put together for the last 8 years. <BR> <BR> It is also a prett... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:50:12 EST Crossfit Open 18.3! Two hundred and twenty one reps. That's how far I got in the Crossfit Open Workout 18.3. That one rep is probably one of the most important reps of my 2 year long Crossfit career. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday night I battled, and against all odds, I got my very first pull up. I actually got so far over the bar that I hit my chin coming back down! It wasn't pretty. But it was beautiful. It was amazing. ... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:46:49 EST Crossfit Open 18.2 Sorry I haven't had time to post! It was a busy week last week and while I had lots to say, I didn't have any time! Not to say I have much time now. So as I sit in this meeting, I figured I'd briefly share with you what my Crossfit Open 18.2 was like! <BR> <BR> I elected to do the workout scaled. I felt more comfortable doing scaled and for me, that was all I needed to know to decide what I wanted to do. I also read this article recently and it made me really feel empowered not to have to ap... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 12:01:15 EST Crossfit Open 18.1 Friday marked my first workout of the 2018 Crossfit Open! I was torn between performing the workout Scaled or Rx. <BR> <BR> Scaled <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rx <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was super worried about doing the clean and jerks at 35 lbs rather than 20 lbs. BUT thanks to a lot of encouragement from friends I decided to d... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:56:20 EST Honesty, Perfection, Running and a New Book! I feel like it's been forever since I've blogged! So lots to catch up on! <BR> <BR> First of all - honesty. Take a glance at the bottom of this blog, of the 19 days of February I only have 18 days without alcohol. As I went in to February hoping to abstain from alcohol for the full month, I had planned in to it to drink on the 24th for the Whiskey tasting we attend every year. Obviously, it's not yet the 24th and I have a day of drinking already! When I got home Thursday I just really wanted... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:06:23 EST 2 Books, 3 Miles! Well, I'm already done with my second book! I finished it over the weekend. I was surprised I could get through almost 400 pages that fast but reading on the Kindle was an experience I really enjoyed more than I thought I would. I didn't think I would enjoy reading on a screen but the way it is lit really works out. It's also super light and easy to handle. <BR> <BR> As far as the book Teresa Driscoll's "I'm Watching You" had some really great parts and some not so impressive aspects. I feel... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:30:00 EST To run? Two years ago in March I ran my first half marathon. For those of you who don't know the story, I was at a wedding the November before and after a few cocktails my best friend (who ran in high school) brought up the prospect of running the Mini Heart Half Marathon. Her father (who is a long time distance runner) was having heart issues and she really felt it important to compete for her dad. <BR> <BR> Just so we're all aware I had run about one mile since high school. And in high school I w... Fri, 9 Feb 2018 13:42:37 EST My Machine Day 8 of no alcohol. Last week at my weigh in I was down 3.5 lbs after gaining about .2-.5 lbs a weeks for 3 weeks. This week...I gained back 3 of the lbs. Not at all what I expected when cutting alcohol out of my life. <BR> <BR> It's sometimes hard to remind ourselves that we are not a number on a scale. We should celebrate the victories of heavier weights lifted and eating a healthy salad instead of cheese fries, macaroni and chocolate cake when out with friends. <BR> <BR> We need to know... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:24:00 EST Fabulous February! Five days in to February and I'm going strong! I'm feeling fabulous and making great progress! <BR> <BR> Saturday I finished my first book of the year! The Golem and the Jinni is a book I would recommend to others. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It wasn't a book I just couldn't put down and at times it was a *tad* slow, but it was descriptive, had great character development and overall was a wonderful story. It has a lo... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 13:43:54 EST January Results! It's January 31st and the first month of 2018 is about to be over! Are you still hard at work on your yearly goals? According to statistics if you're still going strong you are one of only 58% of people who make resolutions and are still sticking with them after a month! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling really good about my progress thus far! It's nice to break things down by the month so that you're goals don't just sneak up on you when it's too late! It's also nice to have the changing goal each mont... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:50:12 EST Coming Soon - February! Coming soon to my life and yours - February! And as January comes to a close I've been thinking about what I might do for my resolution for February. Not hitting snooze in January has been 100% successful thus far. I'd like to keep that success up in February! I'd also like to give myself an extra push this month. With vacation only 67 days away - it's time to make things really happen! <BR> <BR> So I've decided to give up alcohol for the month! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:27:16 EST New Year, New You - I'm with you! Each year our Facebook feeds get inundated with pledges of more workouts, vegan diets, training for marathons, new gym memberships, check in's at health food stores. In the first few weeks of the year people announce their New Years Resolutions, their goals, their commitment to "New Year, New You!" The gym's get busy, the workout classes overbooked, the instruction at your yoga/crossfit/trx studio more focused on the "newbies" instead of the usual class instruction. <BR> <BR> Some people don... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:30:26 EST I ran! For all those who were wondering after yesterday's blog - vacation is officially booked! While we did end up paying more than we would have Friday, we didn't pay as much as we would have Saturday. Isn't that crazy? We used our miles from Capitol One and booked the hotel through I like doing the hotel on booking because then you have your room booked but you don't have to pay until you're trip. Only 73 more days to paradise! (you ALL are going to get sick of this countdown, huh?) ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 12:48:55 EST Happy Monday! Happy Monday all! I'd love to say it was a great weekend, but I can't exactly say that. I had a decent time but have had some under lying stress that basically had me nearing a breakdown this weekend. The long and the short of it is that I'm a consultant and the company I work though pays me when they get paid by our clients. Well, it's been months since I've been paid and it's starting to take a toll of on our planning and home life. We're not in any real trouble, but it makes me stressed ou... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:13:52 EST Viva La Mexico! Well it's official - this weekend we book vacation! The other night I was going to convince DH that I had found the perfect vacation spot. It didn't go as planned. DH loved the place and the price, but there was no casino nearby. We had a little bit of a disagreement and I got stressed out. <BR> <BR> So yesterday at lunch at work I went back to the drawing board. I found the casino he liked and searched the area around it. I found another place that I really loved and brought it home to DH ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:19:53 EST Steps up! I made my steps for the week! Monday my weekly fitbit e-mail came around and there it was - the first week I made over 47,000 steps! I'm up over 10,000 steps from the week before! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't say I'm proud of all of my eating habits - but I was nice and active! I'm already up to 600 fitness minutes for the year! If I can get 1,000 fitness minutes a month I'll be more than good to make... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:15:15 EST AeroGarden! As the great "white death" sweeps down on Cincinnati, I can't help but be grateful for indoor activities like yoga! I also am very thankful for DH's new AeroGarden. I didn't quite understand his fascination when he talked about it, but now that it's up and running it's pretty cool to watch the progress. <BR> <BR> December 29th - Day 1 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January 3rd - Day 5 <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:09:51 EST Walk! After not making my 49,000 steps last week I have decided to truly take matters in to my own hands, or feet as it was. Last night was my first step in making sure this week is more successful. <BR> <BR> DH was stuck working late so I cleaned up the kitchen, took the dogs out, did a few things and then watched some television. As I waited around for DH, I realized I only had 4,000 steps for the day. With it being cold and a little bit icy outside, I couldn't really go for a walk. Rather than ... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 13:13:38 EST Mindless Eating We all make mistakes. I made a few yesterday. Yesterday was a day of not enough steps and some mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Saturday night I went out for a girls night with some of my friends. We typically just drink wine and have dinner at someone's house and do crafts. While there is drinking involved, it's usually pretty tame. We didn't do anything too crazy but we did leave the suburbs, head to the city and let our hair down so to speak! We started at a bar called 16 Bit. It's a place tha... Mon, 8 Jan 2018 16:12:32 EST Inspiring A lot of people inspire me. From people here on Spark People like the inspiring IndyGirl! I've been following her since I started SparkPeople and her story is truly amazing. I think the thing that inspires me the most is that she keeps up her hard work, hasn't gained the weight back and continues to work hard to inspire others. People can have success but I believe it's truly an inspiration to use your own success to teach others. <BR> <BR> I also find inspiration in the ladies of the group... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:29:27 EST Now You're Cookin! My inspiration to cook seems to come in spurts. The new year, a refreshed mind and body seems to have brought me inspiration! <BR> <BR> Last night I got it in my head that I wanted meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. In our house, that means different things for different people. For DH and DSD it means good old fashioned meatloaf and mashed potatoes with a half a stick of butter and whole milk in them. (Some people get all the luck- haha) I don't believe I've made meatloaf in at least 10 ye... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 13:17:18 EST First Fitness of 2018! On this, only the third day of 2018 I already have a good feeling about my fitness! <BR> <BR> Last night was my first Crossfit Class of 2018. First class - first PR(personal record) already! Actually my first 2 PR's! (Not that I'm tracking PR's this year but still!) It was a good night for PR's though as we were specifically attempting to get PR's for three different movements. While I didn't quite even reach my existing PR for my deadlift (210), I did PR my strict press and my back squat! I... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 13:04:49 EST 2017 Results! Well congratulations - not only did I make it through a wonderful year - but you made it with me! One hundred and forty blogs of flowing A Year In The Life! And the results were good! I didn't make all of my goals - but I stuck with my resolutions for an entire year - tracking and striving! Most people can't say that. <BR> <BR> New Recipes Made: 64 of 50 <BR> Crossfit Classes Attended: 102 of 100 <BR> Months less than 125 lbs: 1 of 3 <BR> New PRs Accomplished: 27 of 5 <BR> Book Chapters ... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:12:40 EST AYITL - Blog #140 - Sweet Potato Friday As I often do on Friday's - it's Sweet Potato Friday lunch time! Full of fiber, full of flavor - it's one of my favorite lunches! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Would you believe there is vegetarian bacon and a 1/2 a cup of cottage cheese on there? It's buried under all of that broccoli! <BR> <BR> First Crossfit after Christmas last night was HARD. I dedicated it to the day when I ate three Christmas cookies... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:07:22 EST AYITL - Blog #139 - 2018 Goals Since the year is not quite over, I'm holding off for a few days to reflect on my 2017 goals. With that in mind, I decided to start planning my 2018 goals. This year I decided to keep things a bit simpler. After thinking about it over the last few weeks I came up with the following 2018 goals: <BR> <BR> -Log in to Spark People all 365 days of the Year <BR> -Log 8,000 Fitness Minutes <BR> -Read 12 Books <BR> -Average 49,000 Steps Per Week on Fitbit <BR> -Have a Trackable Monthly Goal Each Mon... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:18:49 EST AYITL - Blog #138 - Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays all!! Whether you celebrate Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, Festivus, Yule or anything else in between - Happy Holidays!!! <BR> <BR> I got lots of great presents including an Amazon Fire, jewelry, make-up, new Steelers gear, lots of new clothes, and well, more things than I can think of! DH really appreciated his brand new 55" television - which he hasn't even gotten to try yet since it's been sitting at my office all holiday weekend to hide! I'm taking it home today for him. <BR>... Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:58:14 EST AYITL - Blog #137 - Hippopotamus for Christmas! Just a little something to make you smile. Cincinnati's favorite hippo is taking Christmas by storm! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w/videos/454105491657919/ </link> <BR> <BR> New Recipes Made: 61 of 50 <BR> Crossfit Classes Attended: 99 of 100 <BR> Months less than 125 lbs: 1 of 3 <BR> New PRs Accomplished: 27 of 5 <BR> Book Chapters Written: 4.5 <BR> Blog Posts Written: 137 of 200 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:43:52 EST AYITL - Blog#136 - Goals The year is soon coming to an end, and with it, the New Year begins. What is the first thing we think of when it comes to New Years? (right after champagne of course!) New Years Resolutions! <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report that with only a half of a month left in the year, I am still going strong at attempts to make this year's goals. I have accomplished many of my goals for the year but there are goals that I know I won't be meeting. <BR> <BR> One such goal is the goal to be less than 125 lb... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:11:02 EST AYITL - Blog#135 - Christmas Update! Well I got my first dose of Christmas reality last night. I've done my majority of shopping on-line but last night I went to "quickly grab" wrapping paper for tonight's goal of getting everything wrapped that I can. Well, after staring at a few tv's for DH (that I didn't buy and now have to go back - eeeekk!) I picked up wrapping supplies and got in line. Oh Wal-Mart, how I loathe you, especially at the holiday's! After being in line for 14 minutes and not moving in one line, I switched lines... Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:03:51 EST AYITL - Blog #134 - Christmas is Coming- too fast!! Is anyone else feeling it? Christmas is coming and I'm not quite ready! I'm not totally behind, but Christmas only being 12 days away is a little too soon for me! <BR> <BR> Why too soon you ask? Well the number one reason is I planned to send everyone their holiday gifts in time for Christmas. Well I don't know if you keep track of things like this - but that means to get gifts out in time for Christmas I have the following options: <BR> <BR> FedEx <BR> <BR> Dec. 15: Ground <BR> Dec. 19: E... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:51:50 EST AYITL - Blog #133 - Holiday Party! Saturday night we had a Holiday Party with our closest friends! I made three new recipes to share with the group, one of which Amelia and DH made with me! <BR> <BR> That one was a recipe for Puppy Chow! I've had it at party's before but have never made it. <BR> <link><BR>-chex-mix-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> Obviously not a healthy recipe but an overall hit at the party! <BR> <BR> I also made stuffing balls. I had never heard of them before but found ... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:01:31 EST AYITL - Blog #132 - Monday Night Football!! Working a short day today so I'm not going to write a long blog on my lunch break. Why am I working a short day? <BR> <BR> MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!! <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm heading to the Steelers vs. Bengals game here in Cincinnati. I'm going with 5 other Steelers fans, 3 of which drove in from Pittsburgh. I've been to a Bengals game before with friends, but I've never been to a Steelers game before and I'm VERY excited! I even have my clothes laid out on the bed at home for when I leave work... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 12:55:40 EST AYITL - Blog #131 - Sorry! Wow - what a long time it's been since I've written a Blog! I'm so sorry! Where do I begin other than to beg you to forgive me and continue to read my blog? It's been a busy few weeks with a trip to Pennsylvania so while I have a reason, I will not even dare to use it as an excuse! So once again - Sorry!!!! <BR> <BR> While a lot has happened, some of the most exciting moments center around Thanksgiving and Crossfit. We went to Pennsylvania to see my family for Thanksgiving. Highlight of the ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 13:16:55 EST AYITL - Blog # 130 - Vacation Well, it looks like we're going on vacation on our own this time. Our friends who wanted to go along with us crunched the numbers and realized that saving up by April isn't necessarily the best thing for them. His GI Bill runs out in January so he's got to start paying for school and she was off work for month with a broken arm. <em>39</em> <em>39</em> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Obviously, I'm disappointed. Sad even. We've wanted to go on vacation with another couple these last few ye... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:45:42 EST AYITL - Blog #129 - Happy, Happy, Happy! Happy Friday! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Veterans Day! (I know, a day early!) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday United States Marine Corp! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And Happy Birthday to the greatest nephew ever! One year and I can see y... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:59:35 EST AYITL - Blog #128 - A Labor of Love! Another wonderful weekend! Exhausting but wonderful. Friday night we had Amelia so we all just stayed in and watched a movie. Nothing really special Friday, but it was nice as always. Saturday we were going to go see the baby, but DH still has some symptoms, so our friends suggested waiting a little bit longer. We did get some pictures though! Isn't she beautiful! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:06:22 EST AYITL - Blog # 127 - Super Food! It's official - sometimes food is just naughty! And no, I don't mean that I ate a bunch of DSD's Halloween candy! Just to give you an idea, here are two things I've done today: <BR> 1) Spanked a pomegranate with a wooden spoon <BR> 2) Massaged kale <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> - Pretty naughty, huh? <BR> <BR> So why did I do this you ask? For recipe #57 of the year! I had this pinned a while back and apparently really wanted to do it because I pinned it again in the last week! Today's lunch w... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 12:56:36 EST AYITL - Blog #126 - Happy Anniversary! It's officially November! In my world November 1st means the celebration of another year married to my wonderful husband! Three years ago he made an honest woman out of me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our 5 and a half years together has been wonderful. Our 3 years of marriage seem like they've gone so fast! It's hard to believe we didn't just get married yesterday! (or really - that would be today, huh?) <BR... Wed, 1 Nov 2017 13:20:27 EST AYITL - Blog #125 - Wonder Woman! Wow Monday, here you are. After a wonderful weekend I am truly exhausted. It doesn't help that I believe I'm finally falling victim to my husbands flu, but it was also a a super good Halloween party Saturday and watching football Sunday! <BR> <BR> And guess who took second place in the costume competition at the party?? That's right - me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My costume turned out wonderful and was a... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:04:55 EST AYITL - Blog #124 - Early Morning Saturday Tonight's the big Halloween Party! And yes - Wonder Woman is ready! Last thing I need to do is glue on the piece that holds her golden lasso. I can't decide where to put it, so I may just safety pin it to the under side when I'm all dressed up to make sure it falls in the right place. <BR> <BR> This morning I couldn't sleep in (because DH is sick and we all fell asleep nice and early!) I decided rather than lay in bed and toss and turn, I'd go grocery shopping at 7:30! Great decision - it wa... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:47:57 EST AYITL - Blog #123 - T Minus 3 Days to Costume! Last night I skipped Crossfit. I probably could have gone and gotten done everything I wanted to but I also have a little cold so I thought it would be better to not attend. I'll be honest, I'm a little regretful every time I skip my usual gym days. So instead of Crossfit I batch cooked and worked on my costume. <BR> <BR> I did a really easy batch cook that turned out really well (I had it today for lunch!) I simply cooked protein pasta, added frozen vegetarian meatballs, my moms canned hom... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:59:58 EST AYITL - Blog #122 - Plans This weekend was filled with the usual "best laid plans." Friday night the plan was to go see Hocus Pocus in the park with DH, DSD and our best friends. Well as sometimes happens, our loved ones are not always dependable. DH and my besties husband decided they didn't want to go to the movie with us. They both came up with different excuses and needless to say we were not happy campers. BUT I really wanted to go, as did my bestie and DSD had apparently been talking about it all week. So we too... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:59:25 EST AYITL - Blog #121 - More Mini Frittatas! Last night I continued my good day in to a good night. It's always a good start to the night to go get in a good workout after work! Luckily (and unluckily -haha) for me - it was a tough one! We did an EMOM (do a move Every Minute On the Minute) for strength that was 12 minutes long and involved two different moves. That part was hard but awesome. Now the metabolic training for the day...CRAZY! <BR> <BR> For time you had to do 60 Thrusters. Rx was 65 lbs but I modified to 45 lbs. I can do a ... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:46:03 EST AYITL - Blog #120 - Energized and Optimistic Some days we wake and live our lives - but we just live. We don't feel passion burning in our souls, we don't have the drive of a 1,000 horses, we don't have the heat of the sun radiating from within our hearts. That is okay - not every day can we rise and feel nothing but amazing. <BR> <BR> Today though, was a day that I woke up with that passion, that drive, that dedication and warmth of spirit. For life, but today more was about dedication to myself, my mind, my body, my health. My refri... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:58 EST AYITL - Blog #119 - My Breakfast Is Better Than Yours Is! When you go through your camera phone - what is it your most likely to see? Pictures of your family? Friends? Work projects? Crafts? Well for some of us (namely me), it's pictures of family, my dogs and food. Food honestly being WAY too many photos in my library. What I can say, I make pretty food! And with this blog and keeping track of my recipes for the year, I can't help but take photos of a lot of the things I make! <BR> <BR> Today is no exception. This morning I made another new recipe... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:34 EST AYITL - Blog #118 - Getting Closer! With only 11 days until our Halloween Party - it's getting close! Luckily, so am I! With all the steps in this process, it's hard to really see the light at the end of the tunnel sometimes. BUT last night was a step where I did! <BR> <BR> From drawing out the pattern <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To tracing out the foam pieces from them <BR> <img src=" Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:43:56 EST AYITL - Blog #117 - Dress Shopping! Happy Monday! And a chilly one here in the midwest! Anyone else experiencing some cooler weather? Luckily it's supposed to warm up a little bit throughout the week! I don't need a hot fall, but not too cold too soon please! <BR> <BR> This weekend was oddly productive and pretty awesome. Friday we had Amelia as usual. DH's step dad came over with his niece and we all hung out and the girls worked on pumpkins. Our niece Allie painted one and Amelia carved one. It's the first one she's ever car... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:50:01 EST AYITL - Blog #116 - Football Weekend! Well it was a fun but overly crazy weekend! <BR> <BR> Saturday I went with some friend to the University of Kentucky Football game. The friends are my boss and his wife - both of whom I consider more than just coworkers. They have season tickets and invite me a few times per year. And guess what - we won!! Here the 5 of us are during the game. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday I went out to watch football at th... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:03:34 EST AYITL - Blog # 115 I knew it was coming. I didn't behave very well this week. Inevitably weigh in day comes rolling around and I'm not feeling my best. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I was right. Up 2.4 lbs. Sometimes I wonder if trying to be below 125 lbs and ultimately getting to 120 lbs is really meant for my body. But I do remind myself that it's a stretch goal made specifically so I never stop controlling my nutrition an... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 16:43:18 EST AYITL - Blog #114 - Halloween Costume Progress! So I said I wasn't going to drink all week in an effort to make up for some big mistakes Sunday and Monday. Well - wine and Halloween costume work was calling my name last night so I changed my mind! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> BUT I'm okay with it as I was up working on my costume last night and made some good progress. Last time I posted about it I showed that I had started my pattern for the armor to lay over the corset. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:15:58 EST