VEG_GIRL04's SparkPeople Blog VEG_GIRL04's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #5 Some things in this struggle are easier to do than others. The last few weeks I've done a great job of going to Crossfit 2 days a week. Before Christmas I was lucky if I made it once week! I've also been doing a good job most days with calories. (which again - before Christmas was hindered by chocolates, cookies and holiday parties!) <BR> <BR> But I continue to struggle with eating restaurant food in the best way I know how. Friday night we went out to have drinks and grab a quick bite at o... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:10:05 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #4 I was messaging with a friend this morning and he asked how I was. I said really good, how are you? And his answer amazed me. "I'm always good" was his reply. And of course I had to ask him what his secret was. He must be a really smart guy as he said "I simply choose to be." <BR> <BR> This morning I had my weigh in. And either last weekends weigh in was a fluke from body chemistry or the macaroni and nachos won the fight this week. I put on over 2 lbs. I'm almost ashamed to say that it was... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:20:11 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #3 Last night I had every intention of making new recipe #2 for the new year but oh no - I had no breadcrumbs! I even went grocery shopping last night but I had no idea we had no more breadcrumbs, mostly because I hardly ever use them. I had intended to make a Spark Recipe for zucchini fries. Without breadcrumbs I ventured to make little zucchini boats stuffed with tomatoes, herbs and cheese that I had in my refrigerator. This brought me to the question - it's something I've never done before - ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:07:41 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #2 As I look at the comments on yesterday's blog I realize that I've told all of you to share your 2017 Goals. I shared my bucket list, but do you know what I didn't do? Make goals for the year! I said I want to have my healthiest year yet but I've learned from Spark People that a big goal like that doesn't happen without small goals and steps to achieve them. So while eating lunch and writing this blog I've come up with the following goals for 2017: <BR> -Make 50 new recipes <BR> -Attend 100 Cr... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:44:34 EST Veg_Girl - A Year in the Life! -Blog #1 What a refreshing time of year. With the tick of a clock, the flip of a calendar page - a new beginning. A day where you can have hope. A week where you can plan in your head what you hope and wish for an entire year. A month where you can start moving and doing and changing whatever it is you want to do and change - without any feelings of failure or doubt. January 1st, 2017 - we start anew. <BR> <BR> For me that means a lot. As I said in my last blog - 2016 was a wonderful year for me. It ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:53:05 EST 2016! I've seen an overwhelming amount of people who seemed to have a totally negative 2016. I will say the world as a whole seemed to have a pretty negative 2016, with political problems, wars, mass shootings, large fires, celebrity name it. It hasn't been shiny and bright for a lot of the people in this world. <BR> <BR> But for me? 2016 for Abby? Well - it was a pretty epic year. Why? <BR> <BR> Started running and did a number of races with my best friend! <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:23:21 EST Salad time! Yesterday I posted on the message boards to someone who was requesting new salad ideas. Along with that I read the SP article one 26 High Protein Lunches that aren't sandwiches. Surprise, surprise, the ones that spoke to me a lot were the salads. (as a vegetarian - sounds about right, huh?) <BR> <BR> Today I brought the salad I shared on the message boards and I'd like to share it with you as I eat it! This salad was inspired a few months ago while I was eating the Cheesecake Factory's Fala... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:04:18 EST The Box! One of the techniques I used to keep myself on track with my nutrition is to pack both my breakfast and lunch to bring to work. Luckily for me DH got me an ISO Cube 3 meal lunch box for Christmas! I did my research and put this bad boy on my wish list and while today is only the second day of carrying it - I know picking this ISO Box was perfect! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was the first day I used th... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:55:06 EST Great Time to Recommit! The holidays are a time that people traditionally fall off the health and fitness wagon. And like many this holiday season, I have not done the best. But why wait until next Monday or New Years to say I WILL do better. One thing I've learned from SparkPeople is the best day to start a new is today. <BR> <BR> Why is today a great day to start again? Well thanks to my wonderful family I got lots of Christmas gifts that will help me in my commitment to have a healthy life. Today I switched out ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 13:09:39 EST That time of year is here again... It's that time of year again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No...not that time. <BR> <BR> It's this time... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's right. It's that time in my year where I've started neglecting my eating habits and my workout schedule. I'm making excuses, or saying it's a "special" occasion just a little too much... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:16:49 EST Battle Frog 2016! My last Blog highlighted the pride I had in finishing the Cincinnati Battle Frog 2016! And I've got to say - I'm still so very proud. The number of people congratulating me feels amazing. And my crazy bruises? They are now a nice purple yellow color. Funny thing? My bestie (who I usually run with) has admitted that she's jealous she didn't do this race as well! And my bruises? She's jealous of them too! She says they make me like "hard core" and "tough!" <BR> <BR> The photos from the run ar... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:16:32 EST Bruises of Inspiration I thought running my first obstacle race in the middle of the afternoon was going to have it's quirks. I figured 3pm meant that hot summer sun beating down on me. Having done races in the past I've complained about 11am starts for this exact reason. But little did I know this past Saturday that would be the least of my worries. <BR> <BR> Issue #1 of running at 3pm. The anticipation. Saturday was my first ever obstacle course race. And I was intimidated. I was excited. I was terrified. I didn... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:03:21 EST Do Better I could do better. <BR> <BR> I should push myself to be better. <BR> <BR> Nutrition is something I CAN do great at. I have not lately. It's just a few gummy bears here, to a few ounces of cheese after work. And I'm not tracking it. And it shows. I preach it and I know it - you CANNOT work off a bad diet. <BR> <BR> I skipped Crossfit last night. It was actually the right thing to do. I was a little hungover. Honest to goodness I was functioning fine at work and normal life. But I knew an h... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:32:45 EST Intimate Moments This morning I identified the most intimate moment of my week. The moment when while I am actually naked, I FEEL the most naked. And I don't just make sure I have no clothes - dry hair, no fit bit, alone. I breathe in and hold my breath in. I think happy thoughts. I remind myself - naked and afraid - that no matter what happens - "I am strong, I am fast, I LOVE myself, my body is beautiful, my mind is beautiful, no matter what." <BR> <BR> And then I step on the scale. In that moment my mind ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:21:08 EST 15 Minutes It's time to get back in the saddle again! I've learned that sometimes I push myself too much. No booze, perfect tracking, 1500 fitness minutes - I give myself some pretty big goals. And in some instances (like my Amazing April!) they yield big results! In other cases they just burn me out quickly and I don't make it long term. <BR> <BR> Well today it's back in the saddle - but in a way that is tride and true. Here's to starting 15 minutes of fitness a day. To start - I'm just focusing on do... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:31:28 EST Still Hard At It! Just wanted to check in and let everyone that I'm still hard at it! I have continued to keep myself working out and counting calories. I'm down within 5 lbs of my goal and still pushing myself to make good decisions. I haven't been perfect - but the point is - I didn't let myself fall during July like I have so many times in the past. <BR> <BR> I didn't make my 1500 workout minutes in July. Not even close. BUT I also didn't just fall off of the workout bandwagon like I have in the past. AND ... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 16:51:36 EST Divided - A Heavy Heart I woke up this morning with a heavy heart. <BR> <BR> My husband and I often fall asleep with the television on. Last night was no exception. And in the wee hours of the morning I rolled over to see flashing lights and police cars covering the news. The saddest part is it's an all too familiar image. <BR> <BR> This week has been unfathomable. <BR> <BR> Early Sunday morning an Isis bombing claimed the lives of nearly 300 citizens in Baghdad. Amongst the ruins, body parts. I hate to be grap... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:36:09 EST July Fitness Minutes -My Plan to Rebound! Six days in to July and I only have 90 Fitness minutes under my belt. With my plan to get 1500 minutes in a month for the first time ever - this just isn't going to cut it! LUCKILY it is way early in the month and I'm ready to rebound and make sure I'm still on track! <BR> <BR> Why didn't I get many minutes these first 5 days? Well - best laid plans right? I was in Pennsylvania with my family for the holiday weekend and didn't get in the walks and swimming I expected to. I DID run my 5k on S... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 09:59:21 EST My Sweet Ruby When I met my husband and we started dating he'd celebrate everything. Every week he'd bring me home flowers "Happy 1 Week Anniversary my love." He'd always ask me "What do you want for your birthday? What do you want for our Anniversary? How bout Christmas?" Every time he asked I would say the same thing "I want another dog." <BR> <BR> I've had our Pug Loomis for almost 11 years now. I got him in college and he's been my right hand man for all of those years. He's sweet and gentle. Funny an... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:04:27 EST Cooking at Work! Just wanted to share with all of my fellow Spark Friends one of my new favorite things to do - Cooking at Work! No, I'm not talking about heating up leftovers or popping in a frozen meal. I'm saying really actually cooking in that microwave at work! <BR> <BR> My new favorite lunch campanions include a Silicone Steamer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:04:47 EST Already Looking Forward to July! July is by far my favorite month of the year. The weather's great. 4th of July is always fun. My husband's birthday is in July. And did I mention it's my birthday month? No - I don't celebrate the WHOLE month, but at least a few days to a week! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last July we went on vacation for DH's 30th birthday and it was the beginning of the end for me for the year as far as health and nutriti... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:11:41 EST The Rusty Race! Sunday me and the bestie ran our race for the month of June. We had a fun time but it was SOOO hot! Usually our runs are earlier in the morning - but because this was a run hosted by a local band and had a lot of activities afterwards it was held at 11 AM. That meant instead of a nice 65-60ish it was a balmy 84! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The run itself wasn't really laid out well. It was kind of obvious t... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:55:38 EST Home is Where... Well, it's official. My story is out in the world to be scrutinized. Or praised. Or totally ignored. Today I'm officially a Spark People "Home is Where The..." feature. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=stronger_than_i_have_ever_been_in_m<BR>y_life_abbys_crossfit_conversion </link> <BR> <BR> The article turned out really nice. I'm proud to be a face for Crossfit - something I've come to really love and be passionate about. I'm proud to be a promoter of Spark Pe... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:28:46 EST Pride Sometimes we need a reminder to be humble. Sometimes we need a reminder to be proud. In my workout life - I feel like I'm honestly constantly humbled by others and maybe not as proud as I should be. <BR> <BR> I am the strongest I've ever been. Where I used to struggle moving from 5 to 8 to 10 lb dumbbells for movements - I'm now doing things like back squatting 55 lbs - 3 rounds of 12 reps. Who would have thought I could lift 55 lbs in any way let alone on my back in a squat?? <BR> <BR> I'm... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:28:55 EST Farmers Market Love! Have I ever told you that I love Farmers Markets? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And right now is *almost* the perfect time of the year for them! Yes - here in Cincinnati they've been going on since May, but late spring is when stuff gets interesting. It's time for the parade of fresh fruits and vegetables to start! And start it has! Awesome finds last night? <BR> <BR> Fresh zucchini! Which means a big bowl of zoodles is ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 13:51:45 EST Back in the saddle! I felt bad I didn't work out on vacation. I didn't even rent a paddle board or go for a few mile walk on a few occasions. But what's done is done. Can't change the past. When we got home we had a party to attend the following day so another day of booze, other people's cooking and I didn't work out. Again - I had to brush it off and call it what it is - THE PAST. One week does not dictate my lifestyle. And honestly - it wasn't that bad of a week when it came to food. We grocery shopped and at... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:47:32 EST Vacation Blog! A few people have asked - so here it is! A blog about our beautiful and amazing Dutch Caribbean vacation! <BR> <BR> First off - while I took stuff to work out I'm not going to lie, I didn't. Lots of walking and swimming- but I didn't go for a run or hit up Crossfit of St. Martin like I had planned. One week of less exercise is not going to make or break me. Last summer my vacation was the beginning of the end as I skipped one week of exercise and tracking and that turned in to two, in to thr... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:11:04 EST