VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VEG%5FGIRL04 VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ AYITL - Blog #132 - Monday Night Football!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437370 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6436453 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6431982 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6430072 Happy Friday! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d5aecd0-ea6d-42b9-bc93-4fc9dabb70a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Veterans Day! (I know, a day early!) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e960fa5-1793-4153-a66d-9cf2a2e44412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday United States Marine Corp! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f11782a-8a56-4058-890f-81e727477144.jpeg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428785 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58037315-6728-4a41-b4d1-48b10fe6edb2.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:06:22 EST AYITL - Blog # 127 - Super Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427503 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427178 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ffe624c-1ba9-47e6-bdbe-853e8a871eef.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426495 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9f1250b-f7d8-48f6-85a0-278e61a1db71.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My costume turned out wonderful and was a... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:04:55 EST AYITL - Blog #124 - Early Morning Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425857 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424952 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424587 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423288 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423016 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422727 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422413 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c026327-afbe-4a1d-a278-47739b8fbfe3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To tracing out the foam pieces from them <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e7b61e4-5c4d-4870-93b5-... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:43:56 EST AYITL - Blog #117 - Dress Shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422059 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420425 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35d3dd60-da5d-42bb-9c41-91e893258c64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday I went out to watch football at th... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:03:34 EST AYITL - Blog # 115 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418784 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3463e30-5942-4136-b8fb-d474a68331cf.png"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418385 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e689a8c7-c513-... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 13:15:58 EST AYITL - Blog # 113 - 50 of 50! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418050 Today I made a simple and quick recipe for lunch. We have TONS of cherry tomatoes from the garden to use before they go bad so I've been trying to use them in anything I can! Enter - a delightful protein packed salad with lots of flavor and not a lot of work! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77ac6d5b-728d-4b36-9f0f-1b106f22dc6a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had this pinned on my Pinterest 2017 Recipe Goals board and decided it would be great to have today. Only issue? It took ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 13:03:55 EST AYITL - Blog #112 - Happy Birthday Baby Boy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417680 Today I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to the sweetest guy in my life! He's officially 12 years young! <BR> <BR> Twelve years ago today, my everything arrived on this planet. "Fawn boy pug #2" was born in the small town of Horse Cave Kentucky to the late Minnie and Mickey Paws. What an adventure his life would be, what a blessing on my world. Happy 12th Birthday to my "Dr Loomis!" Through every windfall and famine, heartbreak and celebration - he has been my constant - so today we celebrat... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 12:52:14 EST AYITL - Blog # 111 - Wonderful Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417287 What a nice weekend! Saturday was so successful. We closed DH's grandparents pool, picked a ton of veggies from the family garden, went to Crossfit, had a little a get together at night and went shopping for the people of Puerto Rico! A couple of hours and a few hundred dollars for others and I felt wonderful when we were done! <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures of our contribution to the cause! DSD, myself and our dear friend Nicole went on this adventure together! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:41:39 EST AYITL - Blog #110 - Prayers for Puerto Rico http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416564 As I have blogged about in the past, my cousin, her girlfriend and their rescue dog live in Puerto Rico. In April, we went to visit them and I saw her for the first time in 8 years. Literally it was the first time I spent with her that we were both adults. The moment she got out of her car to pick me up at her hotel, she threw her arms around me. Family, it was exactly how it should work. <BR> <BR> Here's Natalie and I as kids. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cfe32e6-e... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:42:08 EST AYITL- Blog #109 - Weigh in Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416327 Stayed up to late last night with a friend drinking wine and watching football. I'm exhausted but today is a wonderful day! First of all - Happy Friday everyone! I'm looking forward to the weekend more than usual! We don't have ANYTHING planned this weekend other than going out to watch football on Sunday. The house is pretty damn clean and the weather is beautiful - it's a great day to be alive! I need a hammock though. I could so lay out in the sun in a hoody tomorrow afternoon and swing on... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:45:39 EST AYITL - Blog #108 - Wonder! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416009 Three steps in the right direction! I'm finally making progress on my Wonder Woman costume! It's going to take a lot of work to make this work - but I'm dedicated to it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c96dbf9-3fb2-420c-b7ab-edb6b2594763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How dedicated you might ask? Well I colored my hair to fit the part (again this year), so pretty dedicated right? <BR> <BR> Before color. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a36fdb49-f409-4699-9... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:52 EST AYITL - Blog #107 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415682 Well it's finally official - my Halloween costume has begun. Last night I tried on my new corset and it fits! Tonight I'm going to run to the local Spirit Halloween in hopes that they have this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0a46cd2-1877-4e03-9c24-319ad0fd4c86.png"> <BR> <BR> As long as I work out making the top (which I'm REALLY going to start tonight) and this fits - I think I'll be on my way to having an awesome costume! I of course will need the headband, ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:06:06 EST AYITL - Blog #106 - NFL Protests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414922 Rather than posting today I'd like to share with you two articles regarding the NFL Protest that I believe everyone should read. <BR> <BR> If you disagree with them, that is fine. But I would ask that anyone commenting remains respectful of me and others who comment. Please remain civil. <BR> <BR> <link>www.slate.com/articles/news_and_poli<BR>tics/trials_and_error/2017/09/john_leg<BR>end_on_why_the_nfl_protests_are_patrio<BR>tic.html?wpsrc=sh_all_mob_tw_top </link> <BR> <BR> "The player... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:54 EST AYITL - Blog #105 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413564 Alright, so I didn't get EVERYTHING accomplished I wanted to last night. I didn't go run, and I didn't work on my Halloween costume BUT I did accomplish a lot. By going to Target I sparked a number of things to do when I got home. <BR> <BR> Got new dog bowls = switched out old bowls and put down new mats <BR> Got new sheets = remake the bed <BR> Purchased shoe rack = built shoe rack <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc55f07b-8035-4c02-9c15-55646bc08687.jpg"> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:22:08 EST AYITL - Blog #104 - 4 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413268 Last night I skipped Crossfit. And it wasn't even me misbehaving! <BR> <BR> I got off work with a feeling of wanting to get more done for our party. We don't have too much to do and I'm taking a half day on Friday but I figured if I was in the mood to clean - why not? So from the moment I got home until around 9 I was moving! I finished cleaning the bathroom, washed some rugs, mopped the kitchen floor and DH put up the fall and Halloween decorations and potted our new mums! The inside and th... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:35:09 EST AYITL - Blog #103 - Licking The Plate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412859 Yesterday for lunch I had my first serving of my meal prepped Cincinnati Style Chili! Good isn't even close to the right word. Best description? Once I was done eating, I literally ran my finger along the bottom of the dish, looked around the office to make sure no one was watching, and licked my finger! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b93d13ea-788a-421b-8c6d-3c6d9a7f4f30.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For our party on Friday we're having chili, so I'm going to use this recipe ... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:54:32 EST AYITL - Blog #102 - Mini Frittatas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412441 What a wonderful Sunday! We stayed in Saturday night and went to bed fairly early so Sunday morning I woke up fresh and ready to go! I did 2 loads of laundry and folded about 6. DH always DOES laundry but doesn't fold it so I had quite a pile to do! After that, I did meal prep Sunday again! <BR> <BR> I made mini frittatas! I pulled from a number of different recipes and made my own recipe. Here is the link to exactly what I made. <BR> <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/reci<BR>pe-... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:29:35 EST AYITL - Blog #101 - Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411513 Happy Friday everyone! Happy SWEET POTATO FRIDAY that is! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a83adb17-29a1-49d3-b205-7dae7bd5d1cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today's sweet potato is covered with vegetarian chik'n in buffalo sauce, a three bean mix, salsa, sour cream and mozzarella cheese. <BR> <BR> And yes - it was delightful! <BR> <BR> Tonight I have to take the dog to the vet so I can't go to Crossfit. Hopefully DH will get off work in time that I can make the 5pm class, but... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:18:55 EST AYITL- Blog #100 - Yay 100! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411172 It's official - 100 Blogs in the books! I set out this year for 200 and I'm half way there. There are only 108 days left in the year, so who knows if I'll make it - but this is my promise to keep blogging and to get as close as I can! <BR> <BR> I've made two new recipes in the last 24 hours! Last night I decided to do some meal prep again. I made Cincinnati Style Vegetarian Chili and froze it with protein pasta so that I can pull it out, add onions and cheese and have a Cincinnati 4 way for ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:18:31 EST AYITL - Blog #99 - 2 New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410813 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> Just popping in to let you know about 2 new items in the last 24 hours! <BR> <BR> First of all - a new PR. Last night I deadlifted 165 for 4 reps! Considering my one rep max is 210 - doing it 4 times at 165 lbs felt great! I even kind of wonder if I could have gone heavier for my last round! Either way - a brand new lifting record and a happy me! I use an app called Beyond The Whiteboard to track my Crossfit progress. I log each of my workouts and it let's me new... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:59:12 EST AYITL - Blog #98 - Fall - The Season, Not Me Tripping Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410464 This weekend marked a very important part of the year for me (and millions of others) - the official start of the NFL Season! And for me - that means 3 different Fantasy Football Leagues to monitor and supporting my Pittsburgh Steelers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f71cfbb-1282-4623-b9c3-dbf29de1066b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday, DH and I went to a local sports bar we frequent during football season. Well, we got there at noon and sat, had a beer, ordered some food ... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:20:34 EST Blog #97 - Well Hello Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409049 I know it was a short week - but holy cow it's Friday already! This week has been an utter whirlwind! Fast, but good. How good you ask? <BR> <BR> Well - I went back to Crossfit last night and it went well! I didn't go 100% but at least 90% and did well and felt great! There wasn't any weight involved in the Metcon but it was still a good test on my knee. My DH got me a knee brace to wear and I think that was at the very least good for my mental well being throughout the workout! I'm going ag... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 13:12:42 EST AYITL - Blog #97 - Back to Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408662 Wow - what a crazy few weeks! It all started with heading to my parents place, then my fall at Crossfit, a weekend full of drinking and fantasy football debauchery, topped of with a trip to the vet for one of my dogs! Things are starting to go back to normal again, but another night or two of good sleep would help! <BR> <BR> So the trip to the vet? Was compliments of Ruby jumping the fence Saturday night and getting in to a dog fight. Luckily DH, a friend and I were all outside and got out t... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 12:54:56 EST AYITL - Blog #96 - Happy Fantasy Football Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406531 That's right, it's not labor day weekend, it's "Fantasy Football Weekend." I have two Fantasy Football drafts this weekend, one of which is going to take up much of my weekend. How does a Fantasy Football draft take up most of one's 3 day weekend? The short of is it a weekend full of events that involve football and drinking. <BR> <BR> There are 12 people in the league, only 4 of which live here in Cincinnati. One flew in from Florida yesterday, two are from Chicago and the other 5 drove in ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:09:29 EST AYITL - Blog #95 - The Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405755 Loved everyone's comments on my quote yesterday! Isn't it crazy that some of us can get accused of being obsessed? When those accusations come for me it's usually when I do things like walk to an outing instead of drive (and it's a few miles away - not a hard walk at all!), or eat a tasty salad at a restaurant where I used to devour a pile of nachos. Not anything I would say is obsessive, agreed? Usually just some healthy life style changes that people then judge. <BR> <BR> Why do you suppo... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:07:34 EST AYITL - Blog #94 - Obsessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405373 Not much to say today and not a lot of time- but one of my favorite quotes to share with you today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c26fb0c4-0ae5-4ea1-8ecc-ae6e52acb757.png"> <BR> <BR> I even have this hanging at my desk! Hopefully I'll have more stories, PR's and recipes to share with you tomorrow! Happy Tuesday all! <BR> <BR> New Recipes Made: 44 <BR> Crossfit Classes Attended: 72 <BR> Months less than 125 lbs: 1 <BR> New PRs Accomplished: 24 <BR> Book Cha... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:13:54 EST AYITL - Blog # 92 - Weekend Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404972 What an absolutely wonderful weekend! It went quick, I wasn't perfect - but it was wonderful! It was so very nice to see my family and to catch up with people I haven't seen in a while (years in some cases!) <BR> <BR> I didn't work out this weekend. Honestly, I didn't have the time. We had a lot to do, a lot of people to visit with and I'd rather spend time playing with my nephew or doing something fun with DSD then go for a run on my own. (Now don't get me wrong, they live right on the riv... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 13:09:20 EST AYITL - Blog #92 - Weigh In Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403818 Well - it's officially a wonderful Friday! Why, you ask? <BR> <BR> Lot's of reasons! <BR> <BR> First of all, I started the day in just the right away! Someone was making loud noises at 6:30 this morning and our dog was going nutty. Rather than toss and turn and be aggravated - I got up and went for a run! If I wouldn't have that would mean having to work out when I get to my parents tonight - now I don't have to worry about it! I've been thinking about getting back to distance running again... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 10:03:41 EST AYITL - Blog #91 - Day #10 of 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403492 That's right - today is day #10! No alcohol, no restaurant food, no snacking and at least 10 minutes of workout a day! Some days have been hard, but most have been rather easy. More important they were very much worth it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d1a48c2-0d2b-4677-bf16-94181ef3583b.png"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning I will do my weigh in but I can't help but remember that the results are amazing regardless of the number on the scale! More energy, more steps,... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:25:09 EST AYITL - Blog #90 - Progress This Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403120 This past week I've been thinking about the progress I've been making against the goals I set at the new year. Every year so many of us sit down and set resolutions, usually to push for a month, maybe, and then it fades just like sun. Then the following December we talk about what are goals were for the past year, disappointed that they took on such a small part of that previous year. <BR> <BR> This year I decided to make a change. I wouldn't be one of the 80% that fail by February! Now that... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:30:53 EST AYITL - Blog #89 - FitBit Facts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402747 Well - 8 days in and it's official, I'm staying strong and seeing change! Today I opened my weekly e-mail from Fitbit highlighting my week. Guess what? Improvements on ALL fronts! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f6efd32-d9e5-4146-b9b3-2159b96a3b18.png"> <BR> I'm even sleeping better! Can you imagine because I'm moving every day I got in an extra 10,281 steps from last week? That's like a whole GOOD day! Woohoo! Energy levels are still soaring, my productivity at work, s... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:50:12 EST AYITL - Blog #88 - Recipe Review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402384 Today I got to really enjoy the fruits of my labor, today I EAT! <BR> <BR> I brought both the Sweet Potato Black Bean Breakfast Burritos and the trio of Asian dishes I meal prepped yesterday. I feel as though all of my reviews of my new recipes are typically pretty sparkling. Today isn't much different, but I feel like I should be more detailed and thorough. <BR> <BR> First - the breakfast burrito! <link>https://cookieandkate.com/2014/healt<BR>hy-freezer-breakfast-burritos-with-swe<BR>et-p... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:20:38 EST AYITL - Blog # 87 - Meal Prep Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402080 Well it was a labor of love, but I did it. Today I executed my plan for my first "Meal Prep Sunday!" It took much of the day, though I did take time to workout, do some laundry and participate in my first Fantasy Football draft. <BR> <BR> First of all - the house smells amazing! And I'm super excited about a bunch of the food! Did I mention it's now 7:30 and I'm starving because after all of that I didn't plan for dinner? <em>246</em> There's now a sweet potato in the oven that's calling... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:42:09 EST AYITL - Blog # 86 - Day #5 of 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401750 It's officially Day #5 of 10 in my quest to keep alcohol, snacking and restaurants out of my life and to maintain at least 10 minutes of fitness each day. Last night was a little difficult. We hung out at the house with my step daughter as we do most Fridays. DH had a number of drinks and when she went to bed his mom and stepdad were hanging out with us. A nice cold drink would have been a nice way to enjoy a Friday night. Even better is the feeling of success and the Saturday with no hang ov... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:31:11 EST AYITL - Blog # 85 - Day #4 of 10! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401341 Today is day #4 of my 10 days without alcohol, restaurants, unhealthy snacking and with some added exercise. I have to say it feels great - almost like I've drank too much caffeine! I even feel like I've been more productive, efficient and pleasant. In 4 days? Do you think I'm just nuts? <BR> <BR> I'm getting excited to do some meal planning this weekend. I've done a bunch of research and picked out a breakfast and a lunch that I'm going to make this weekend. I'm going to leave out some of t... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:11:17 EST AYITL - Blog #84 - Day #2 of 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400923 Another good day of my 10 days in the books! It was easy not to drink, other than a glass of wine would have helped with some of the stuff my husband was doing to drive me nutty last night! It was also pretty easy not to eat restaurant food as we had Amelia and we have some good go to meals with her that I can fit in my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Last night was Amelia's "Ice cream Social" at school. It's a night where we go meet her teacher, get her locker all set up and her supplies dropped off a... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:26:31 EST