VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community AYITL - Blog #55 - Almost Paradise! Less than 24 hours before paradise! <BR> <BR> I had my meeting this morning to transfer my work tasks to two other people for the week I'm gone. Now to just spend the afternoon cleaning up some of the lose ends here at the office and I'll be able to enjoy my vacation without tons of interruptions! <BR> <BR> Then tonight it's off to Crossfit. Next I'll drop Ruby off at the boarding facility. We can't ask friend to watch her as she's too much of a handful for people who aren't used to living ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:07 EST AYITL - Blog #54 - Almost Vacation! It's almost time for Puerto Rico! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's right - only 2 days, 20 hours! So here I am getting everything done so that Saturday morning it's nothing but driving to the airport, getting on a plane and not worrying about anything else! Yesterday I picked up the dogs flea and tic medicine, confirmed that our pug is staying with friends and when we can drop him off, and got my nails don... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:08:07 EST AYITL - Blog #53 - Easter and a lesson <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good one just like we did! <BR> <BR> Friday night we colored eggs. DH taught Amelia and I how to dye eggs with shaving cream! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:53:25 EST AYITL - Blog #52 - Happy Friday! It's Friday and my official weigh in day! Well, I'm lucky I got my 4 weeks being below 125 before this week - because I gained 1.2 lbs! I'm officially 125.6. <em>39</em> But guess what? It's not a reason to get down, it's a reason to keep moving. Literally! I'm really hoping to push and lose that 1.2 lbs before getting on the plane next weekend! I know the things that I need to do, and now it's all about doing them! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:55:36 EST AYITL - Blog #51 - Vacation Planning! As I begin this blog I am officially 8 days, 21 hours, 10 minutes and 37, 36, 35, 34...seconds until I'm on a plane to Puerto Rico. You get the point! And yes - I was staring at my countdown on my laptop! <BR> <BR> The type A in me is racing with thoughts and lists and just all kinds of things that need to be done in the next 8 days! So sometimes you have to slow down your mind and just do the things that need to be done. <BR> <BR> So yesterday I finally ordered the books I want to read on... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:56:43 EST AYITL - Blog #50 - A Weekend of Paint! It's official - it's Blog #50 of "A Year In The Life!" Well on my way to the hopeful 200 Blogs this year! <BR> <BR> This weekend was a great weekend. DH and I started staining the privacy fence! While it's harder than we imagined - we are making some good progress! As of Monday night we are about 2/3 of the way done with the inside of the fence. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:55:51 EST AYITL - Blog #49 - One Month! Another Friday morning, another weigh in day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was nervous, I can't say I 100% behaved this week. When do I ever? But I've come to realize it's not perfection I'm looking for. And luckily - progress won out over perfection. I didn't lose weight this week. Actually I gained (damn lady times!!!) But less than a lb. AND - I'm still under 125 lbs! It's official - one month in the boo... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 13:19:46 EST AYIT - Blog #48 - Noodle Cup! It's been a good 24 hours of new recipes! Starting with last night and the avocado black bean quesadilla. I was happy to get home to two people who were in for Mexican so I got my wish to make a new quesadilla! And it was absolutely delicious. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o-veggie-quesadillas/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only changes I made was low carb whole wheat ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:27:50 EST AYITL - Blog #47 - More Recipe Time! I feel like I've been slacking with my new recipes, so it's time to kick back in to recipe mode! I tried to start back up this weekend. And ya know what happened? RECIPE FAIL. I still am giving myself credit for trying and ending up with sweet potato hash instead of an egg baked in a sweet potato! Long story short - I didn't bake the potato enough to scoop out an area to put the egg in and ended up sauteeing the potato with onions, peppers, facon (vegetarian bacon) and spices. I threw some po... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 16:45:28 EST AYITL - Blog #46 - Day of Awesome Moments! Short blog but awesome day! Three things happened today regarding my health, nutrition and fitness that were absolutely amazing moments! <BR> <BR> Moment #1 - Weigh In Day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And a great weigh in day it was! Down to 123.8! That's my third straight week in a row at 125 lbs or less! And a 1 lb weight loss for the week! One more week under 125 lbs and I'll officially have a full month... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:32:24 EST AYITL - Blog #45 - Need to blog more! Almost every day here on SP I post on the message boards. I usually post in the 3 Item To Do List every morning to make sure I'm setting daily goals. Well those people must think I post a blog every day and do laundry every day - because it always seems to be in my goals even though this week I have no blogs and no clean laundry! So today is a different day! <BR> <BR> First off - I did my last week of the Crossfit Open last Friday! So proud to have finished, so happy with my results! Here's ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:06:23 EST AYITL - Blog #44 - Crossfit 17.5! Tonight I officially complete the 5th and final workout of the 2017 Crossfit Open! I honestly can say I'm so excited and SO proud! Who would have thought? People had to talk me in to signing up and here I am finishing the 5th and final workout! I've done things I never thought possible. I am stronger and faster than I ever could have imagined. <BR> <BR> And tonight? Another hard one! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:10:56 EST AYITL - Blog #43 - Great Weekend! Have you ever had such a workout where the few days afterwards you feel like you were hit by a truck? I have before, and got to experience it again this weekend! My wonderful weekend started with the 17.4 workout - which was amazing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the 13 minutes I got through 179 reps! Which was all 55 deadlifts, all 55 wall balls, all 55 calories of rowing and 14 pushups! My judge this week... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:11:12 EST AYITL - Blog #42 - Happy St. Patrick's Day! Happy St. Patrick's Day! <BR> <BR> Ready for a laugh? <BR> <BR> 2013 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2014 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2015 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2016 <BR> <img src=" Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:39:21 EST AYITL - Blog #41 Last night I got two new recipes in! Technically I didn't make or eat the one - but I picked out the recipe, bought the ingredients and suggested my husband and step daughter make it - so I'm taking credit! <BR> <BR> We had Italian night! We don't eat Italian super often so when I got hungry for it I wanted it to be good! I made fresh sauce from crushed canned tomatoes. Not quite as good as totally homemade but better than something from a jar! <link><B... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:05:52 EST AYITL - Blog #40 Crossfit 17.3 and the "Great Fall of 2017" Friday's Crossfit Open 17.3 is in the books! Only 2 more Friday's and I'll be able to say that I competed in and completed the 2017 Crossfit Open! <BR> <BR> Here are some pictures of our gym and the action so you can see how many people I'm working out in front of! Hence to why I'm always so nervous beforehand - not only is it hard - there's an audience! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:01:55 EST AYITL - Blog #39 - 7,000 Steps! So my goal for the month is to get 7,000 steps each day. It's only the 9th and unfortunately I've missed it twice already! The one day I was just exhausted and didn't much care to even try. The other day I went to sleep with less than 400 steps to go and didn't even think about it! <BR> <BR> But last night? Oh no - the Fitbit shall not win! I had planned to go for a run and a host of other things to work out but with my step daughter over and grocery shopping and working late it didn't happe... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 13:03:17 EST AYITL - Blog #38 - Food Inspiration! The thing I love about cooking is it is very much an art. A little of this, a little of that, some love, some time and a meal is born! I've figured out in my life that food is very much a love language for me. I love to be inspired by fresh ingredients, recipes and past meals and put that in to a beautiful meal for those I love. <BR> <BR> One of my struggles throughout my journey is to figure out how to use food as a love language and still keep it healthy - for both me and those I love. I'... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:35:16 EST AYITL - Blog #37 - Birthday Party! Another great birthday in the books for my step daughter Amelia! Yesterday, 12 little boys and girls came together to skate, eat too much sugar and celebrate a great young lady! And we all had a ball! I even strapped on my skates for the big day! And I'll tell you my legs are tired today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got her a bunch of great presents, including her own pair of roller skates that light up!... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 16:26:08 EST AYITL - Blog #36 - 17.2 Results My 17.2 Crossfit Open went good. Not great, but good. I ended up deciding to do the scaled workout. I think I could have maybe done the Rx but I really wanted to attempt to do a Pull-up. Several other people throughout the day had never done an unassisted pull-up and ended up getting them. But alas, I was not one of them. I got to the pull-ups with over 6 minutes to spare in my workout. And I tried, and tried and TRIED to the point that my shoulders and back are pretty sore today! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 19:12:29 EST AYITL - Blog #35 - Crossfit Open 17.2 How do you feel when you accidentally screw up something easy? This morning I just laughed. Yesterday was March 2nd - only my second day to get my goal of 7,000 steps in a day. Guess who forgot and went to bed with only 465 more steps to go? This idiot! <em>246</em> I'm not upset about it, especially since I charged my fitbit mid day yesterday and I'm pretty sure I walked more than 500 steps in that time period. You just have to laugh right? But no more forgetting about it and missing by ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:54:08 EST AYITL - Blog #34 - March is already Madness! It's been an interesting week to say the least. Starting with the announcement of the Crossfit Open on Thursday night I was on an adrenaline train. The came the wonderful and intense workout that lead to a weekend of celebration, too many drinks and some unhealthy eating. To say my celebration went a little overboard is an understatement! Good goal to add to the rest of the Open? One night of celebration and then back to it! <BR> <BR> Tuesday night in to Wednesday morning the Ohio/Kentucky... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:07:12 EST AYITL - Blog #33 - What a weekend! Friday night was absolutely amazing. My first night of the Crossfit Open is in the books! And I'm proud to say - I finished! In 17:03! Thanks to that finishing time I am currently ranked 5th in the scaled division at my gym! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> The workout was great. One of my buddies laughed about how focused I looked the whole time. I didn't look at the clock once and I didn't stop moving the whole time! It was a great night cheering on each other, eating, drinking and hanging out together.... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:47:24 EST AYITL - Blog #32 - Crossfit Open 17.1 Tonight's the night - Workout 17.1! <BR> <BR> Here's the workout for the night! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's everything set up at our gym! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nervous. <BR> <BR> Excited. <BR> <BR> Scared. <BR> <BR> Energized! <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! I'll try to post some pictures and my score tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:08:47 EST AYITL - Blog #31 - Managing Life With my personality I have this extreme tendency to literally manage life. I sit down with calendars and lists and plan out my actions in 15 minute, 1 week, 1 month, etc increments. It's something that has been more of a learned behavior for me than a way I was just born like. It probably highly surprises my mother to see now. <BR> <BR> It really works out at work. My boss actually hired me and trained me to this industry because my degree included a high concentration of business managemen... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:12:55 EST AYITL - Blog #30 - Fake It Until You Make It Every day we make decisions for ourselves. We wake up and from that point on you have your list of choices for the day - get up and face the world or curl up in a ball or hide, brush your teeth or have stinky breath, plan a nice healthy breakfast or swing through the McDonalds drive through, show up to work on time and work hard all day or show up late and slack off. Every minute another decision. <BR> <BR> While the last few days I've been feeling a little down I've been making the decision... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:29:10 EST AYITL - Blog #29 - "Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?" It's as if Spark People was reading my mind. It's been a hard few days with a lot on my mind. And then the gods smiled and there was an article with a title describing EXACTLY how I feel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=473 </link> <BR> <BR> Two of my favorite quotes from this article include <BR> <BR> "At least two negative things can happen ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:29:59 EST AYITL - Blog #28 - Hard Day I constantly preach to others that it's not about weight. It's about how you feel about yourself. It's about reaching goals. It's about being strong. And I know it is. But yesterday I had a hard day. A truly rough moment where my mindset just wasn't good. At all. <BR> <BR> My husband slowed down the consumption of sweets this week. He lost six pounds. SIX POUNDS without really trying. I count every calorie. I workout every day. I go hard at Crossfit 3 or 4 days a week. I push myself. I try ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:59:22 EST AYITL - Blog #27 - Go to healthy food products Throughout my whole SP experience I've found a lot of different products to try out. Some of which have become go to items in my life. So I figured I would share some of my tride true favorites and one new one! <BR> <BR> Feel like having tacos? We do at least once a week. In order to keep the calories low and the food healthy I was really interested in finding a tortilla to meet my needs. Enter the tasty and nutrition La Tortilla Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat tortillas! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:26 EST AYITL - Blog #26 - Taking Things for Granted Sometimes the universe gives us subtle reminders not to take anything for granted. Do you ever really think about the things that you have that others don't? I'm very guilty of the fact that many things in my life have come easy to me, or just a privilege I was born with. I don't always appreciate that. <BR> <BR> I technically kissed my first boy in preschool. I leaned over and kissed little Aaron Albert on the cheek while we were sitting on the carpet. He didn't tell me I had cooties and ru... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:51:13 EST AYITL - Blog #25 - Weekend of ups and downs! I had a really enjoyable weekend - though I had successes and some set backs! <BR> <BR> I started the weekend with a Crossfit class. I'm really enjoying starting each weekend by leaving work a tiny bit early and getting in a Friday class - it's a great way to set the tone! <BR> <BR> Then Friday night we had a night with my step daughter. I was super surprised - she didn't really seem to like Goonies! She said she did, but she did end up falling asleep during it. I think she was just reall... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:34:56 EST AYITL - Blog #24 - Crossfit Games 2017! It's amazing the friends you really can make on-line. Back in the day I was a member on an online dating site where I was a regular on the forums. The forum no longer exists, but I have dear friends I made from that time on the forums. I've only ever met one of them, but I continue to stay in touch with many of them through facebook. I love seeing their lives and the things they've done. I'm friends with amazing doctors and professors and well - you name it - I've met people from across the w... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:21 EST AYITL - Blog #23 - Crossfit Games 2017...? It's been just over a year since I started Crossfit. I was truly blessed to be gifted a year of Crossfit for 2016 and for it now to be included as a perk for my consultancy job for 2017. For those who didn't read the SP blog featuring me and my CrossFit journey or anything I've ever written about Crossfit - it has really changed my body, mind and life. <BR> <BR> Last year when the Crossfit Games came around, it wasn't even a thought in my mind to sign up. What is the Crossfit Games? It's a ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:35:27 EST AYITL - Blog #22 -Kids & Eating My step daughter Amelia is coming for dinner tonight. She doesn't get to spend a lot of time with us, but because of some growing issues she's been having and at her request - she's going to be spending a lot more time with us! Yay! (Long complicated story - DH is not her biological father, but she doesn't know that - he is dad and always will be. That in itself makes our whole situation complicated. But she's amazing, and we love her to death!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 13:08:29 EST AYITL - Blog #21 - Fat Shaming Victory was mine last night! I'm not talking about the Patriots, I'm not talking about Superbowl Squares - I'm talking about sticking to my commitment to not drink alcohol during the game! Actually no one who came over for the game drank at all during it so it was really easy and nice. Instead I drank a sugar free red bull and some kambucha. I've never had kambucha and it was pretty good. Not to say I'll drink it a lot since it's expensive and I usually stick to water but it was nice. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:14:30 EST AYITL - Blog #20 - Toes to Bar! Man plans, god laughs. That's the saying right? <BR> <BR> Well I was saving my one day of drinking alcohol for Sunday, but that plan apparently wasn't the plan of the cosmos. Three of our friends came over Friday for game night. Two of the friends are neighbors who are usually not big drinkers. Well, they were ready to have more than a few and the rest is history! BUT that's my one day for the week. That's it. So we decided to have a drink free Superbowl party here at home rather than go to... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:51:08 EST AYITL - Blog #19 - Weigh In Day! When you wake up in the morning and you tell yourself this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And then your mind tells you this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was my morning. But luckily I weighed in early this morning and didn't have to torture my mind for long! <BR> <BR> And.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 12:43:01 EST AYITL - Blog #18 The new recipies are doing exactly what I had intended - adding a little bit of variation to my life! How can I tell? Some of them have joined my regular rotation! Last night DH wanted pizza for dinner so I ended up having the pizza with pesto, goat cheese and arugula I made last month. Again, it was delicious. <BR> <BR> Tonight we're having burgers so I went out looking for a new recipe to accompany them. After searching Spark Recipes I found these zucchini fries! <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:09:01 EST AYITL - Blog #17 -I do not "play victim" It seems like February is going to be a a crazy month! Both DH and I are busy as ever at work! Great thing about that? We both get paid hourly - so hello big money! <BR> <BR> On top of that I'm really hoping to really push myself to be better "adulting" overall throughout February. For anyone who read my blogs in April - I'm hoping to push to do a lot of the things I was doing then. While they are not a part of my official goals for February I'm hoping to clean more, do more projects, and c... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 13:11:45 EST AYITL - Blog #16 - Stepping in to February! It's official, January is coming to a close and we're quickly heading in to February! How did everyone do in their first month of 2017? Is this your year? Are you ready to get ahead!? January has gone well for me. I haven't done GREAT with my January mini goal to behave at restaurants but it definitely was on my mind when making decisions and helped me to make good decisions more likely than not. <BR> <BR> In January I've done a great job of getting a good jump on my goals for the year! I di... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:54:58 EST AYITL - Blog #15 -Food and those you love Happy Friday all! Score for me - good weigh in this morning - I lost a 1/2 lb! Great way to start what I will MAKE a healthy weekend! <BR> <BR> So last night turned out not at all like it was supposed to. I love my bestie - but the girl just isn't a planner. And some of us were party planners in a past life so we notice. <em>334</em> She hadn't told her husband that she had invited a few of us out for his birthday dinner, he thought it was just going to be them. So when he got home, he wan... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:46:39 EST AYITL - Blog #14 - And when she was good... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did Longfellow travel in time? Did he come to the future, see my lifestyle and write this quote? Sometimes I think he had to have! <BR> <BR> At my best I'm so very good. I track everything, I workout hard, I think about the results and how they will make me feel. I ignore bad weigh in's and stay the course. <BR> <BR> But at times I'm VERY VERY BAD. Great example - do you know how many ca... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:05:18 EST AYITL - Blog #13 - Vacation, Activism and Eggs! Guess who picked their vacation location and date and booked a hotel? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's right - we've picked a vacation destination! After some frustration, my husband and I put our heads together and worked things out. After some conversations, he became much more open to traveling to Puerto Rico. Through these conversations I made him a lot happier by finding a hotel that is a large chain... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:15:52 EST AYITL - Blog #12 - Women's Rights March This weekend I had the great privilege of marching alongside millions of people from across this great world. I felt dignity. I felt power. I felt love. It was truly a wonderful experience. Imagine walking with 30,000 people as they do things like sing “this little light of mine.” It was truly inspired and inspiring. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:26:10 EST AYITL - Blog #11 - The Weekend Last night I wanted to beat my husband. Happens to us all doesn't it? It all stemmed from me being really excited by the prospect of going to Puerto Rico. I found the best plane ticket prices (less than $500 a ticket!) two great hotels right on the beach AND a friend from Crossfit is from Puerto Rico and recommended an area for us to stay in (based on our wants and needs) and has been making us a list of place to go if we happen to go. <BR> <BR> So I get excited about it after a conversati... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:59:39 EST AYITL - Blog #10 - Vacation Help Needed! So I'm pretty type A. Great for instance - we're planning a vacation and for most people that's not an item that takes hours of planning before you even pick your destination! But me? I've got a Pinterest Board full of hotels and their rates for different days, I'm tracking 8 different flights on Google Flights and I have a word document filled with different details of things I like about different places, hotels, areas, flights, etc. <BR> <BR> Yes. I did all that AND I'm still asking for y... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:06:27 EST AYITL - Blog #9 - "New Year Newbies" You won't be the first to think "new year, new you." You won't be the last. I'm not alone in having joined new gyms, started new diets, changed to new habits, etc in the month of January. Millions of people each year do it. Unfortunately, statistics show that the dedication does not last all year long. <BR> <BR> And with influx of people rededicating themselves to health and fitness comes the opposition. You know them, the people who stick their nose in the air and make fun of those of us w... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:03:49 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #8! Great start to the weekend! I ended up being able to leave work early to do an extra Crossfit class at 5 pm. The workout was great and it was the right way to start what I'm planning to be a healthier weekend than usual. <BR> <BR> Afterwards, my husband and I went to dinner. I held strong and ordered a spinach salad with dried cranberries, goat cheese, and almond slivers. I forgot to order the dressing on the side but because it was a fancier restaurant they did a perfect job of dressing the... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:46:26 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #7! Happy Friday everyone! <BR> <BR> So far the week is going well and I'm staying on track! I've only eaten out once during the week, which was yesterday for lunch. When I did, I was sure to track and eat healthy. I woke up in the morning with a craving for sushi. As a vegetarian, my sushi is really just rice, seaweed and vegetables. Along with that I had a seaweed salad. It was absolutely delicious! I'm a huge fan of sushi so it was a good way to get a special treat without blowing the hard wo... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:10:01 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #6! I picked up arugula last week. I'm honestly not really sure why. Most likely I saw it in a recipe on Food Network and thought "ohhhh arugula!" That or I was looking up recipes and saw a lot of recipes where arugula was a part of it. So it's been sitting in the fridge. I HATE when food "dies" in the fridge so it was time to start putting that arugula to good use. <BR> <BR> I've started voicing to my husband that I'd like more of a heads up on what we're having for dinner. While I do the groc... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:49:52 EST