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The beauty of nature after an Ohio spring rain... (birds chirping makes it even better! )day 250 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 4/6/2017Thinking I might do the Metcon tonight at Crossfit Rx! It'll be a struggle - but if I make it - the time doesn't matter - the achievement will be great!Less than 15 days until vacation! Some days! But thankfully I usually skip the 11pm binge! #thestruggleisrealWeigh in day. Gained 1.2 lbs this week. It sucks, but all I have to do is just keep pushing and learn from my mistakes! No need to get down, just a need to keep moving! day 300 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/26/2017First bike ride of the year last night! 8.6 miles! Thinking I'll have to aim for 15 miles on my next big ride as I've never gone that far! enjoyed her party this weekend!When people ask me "Is it hard being a vegetarian," I would love to ask them - was your breakfast this delicious this morning? #deliciousdailymomentMade it a mile yesterday dragging 50 lbs! Woo hoo - another first in the books! My first Meal Prep Sunday! Whole 30 Cauliflower Fried Rice, PF Changs CopyCat Spicy Green Beans and Teriyaki Tofu! It was a labor of love but so worth it!Thought it was really worth sharing what a week of true focus has done for me. The numbers don't lie - I've improved in EVERY category - including sleep! #fitbitI posted this on Facebook today to remind those of us still pushing for our New Years Resolutions to do something today to get closer to your goal.
Then I got really excited - it's August and I'm still really focused on goals I set in January! 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 celebrate!Today I made my 50th new recipe of 2017 - meeting one of the goals I set for my New Years Resolution! Healthy breakfast for the win! Grilled shishito peppers and tomatoes, vegetarian breakfast sausage, egg whites and feta cheese! Forget sugary donuts, frozen waffles and plain jane eggs! My breakfast is better than yours is! hahaNew recipe = Fancy breakfast at my desk at work this morning! Poached eggs over steamed asparagus with a lemon vinaigrette. Made more mini frittatas last night! This time around - mushroom goat cheese! Who would have thought I would love meal prep so much! #mealprepAnother awesome new breakfast! Brown rice, steamed broccoli, hummus and a poached egg. YUMM!!Here Go Steelers! #sundayfundayEasy meal prep last night - protein pasta, vegetarian meatballs, grilled vegetables and marinara sauce. Brought one to work to enjoy today for lunch! Happy Anniversary to my loving, wonderful, sexy, fun and fabulous husband! Three years married and I wouldn't want to be on this adventure with anyone else! Things I've done today - massaged kale, spanked a pomegranate. #superfoods Words to live by.Happy Birthday to the best nephew a girl could ask for! Aunty Abby loves you Silas!! A year of personality shows me your life will be 100% interesting and always amazing! Coming back to Crossfit after a week off is always hard. Second workout back we have Isabel (ie 30 snatches as fast as possible). I decided to up my weight by 5 lbs from the last time I did this. Or so I thought. Instead I logged my workout this morning to see it was the same weight...BUT I slayed that shit! Cut my time by 3 minutes and 49 seconds since April of this year! #crossfit #likeagirl #girlsgonestrongComing back to Crossfit after a week off is always hard. Second workout back we have Isabel (ie 30 snatches as fast as possible). I decided to up my weight by 5 lbs from the last time I did this. Or so I thought. Instead I logged my workout this morning to see it was the same weight...BUT I slayed it! Cut my time by 3 minutes and 49 seconds since April of this year! #crossfit #likeagirl #girlsgonestrongThat moment your egg white omelette has so much kale in it that it won't close! It's not pretty but it's absolutely delicious!Last night's tasty dinner - Kale Greek Chopped Salad! #pinterestinspired There seems to be a theme to my omelets lately- too many vegetables!! #healthypeopleproblemsDay #1 of no snooze alarm for all of January! Instead of the snooze button - power yoga. Day #3 of 31 with no snooze!Fourth day no snooze button! Today's extra time went to meal prepping freezer breakfast sandwiches! Watch out McDonald's - I'm mass producing tasty sandwiches before the sun rises too!Yoga in the A.M.
Crossfit in the P.M.
It's Two-A-Day Friday!I've been doing Yoga a few mornings a week and this is a quote that I've always loved from Ramakrishna that has felt very fitting to me already in 2018.It's official - bikini season is officially coming early! First trip to Mexico is scheduled for April! Great incentive to work hard and stay strong!Ran 3 miles this morning before the sun came up! Happy to be back run training! Working out is great, but always remember!Yesterday was Meal-Prep-Monday! Banana Bread Muffins, Mini Quiches, and Lentil Sweet Potato Chili! Tonight is the first night of the 2018 Crossfit Open! Goal - 10 rounds of the scaled workout in 20 minutes! I was awake at 3:45am excited, nervous, and contemplating doing Rx (35 lb dumbbells rather than 20 lb, and toes to bar rather than knee raises - but the weight is a LOT for me) rather than scaled. Still nervous and excited but ready to slay this workout! #intheopen Last night's long run training - over 5 Miles! Yay! Pace Sub 10! Woo-hoo! Happy Birthday to my favorite "leapling!" She is SO proud that she's still only technically 2. She has no idea how great that it will be to celebrate her 10th birthday when some will say she is 40! What Crossfit Open Workout 18.2 looked like! Hurts soooo good! #crossfit #intheopenFive mile and hill training CRUSHED! Sub 10's again! I've been on the fence about it so Spark People - I'll leave it in your hands! 100 likes on this and I'll sign up for my second half marathon! It's official - I signed up for the Flying Pig 10k! Goal - 57 minutes! Time to keep my training on track!17 Days until our trip to Cancun! Plot twist - now I have to go to Boston for 3 days RIGHT BEFORE our vacation! (like I literally will be landing on one plane 14 hours before I take off on another!) Hey, at least my hotel in Boston has a gym! If you would have told me at 25 that there would be a point in my life where I would feel guilty for skipping two workouts (Monday run and Tuesday Crossfit) because I am legitimately sick, I would have told you that you were crazy!
Now here I am Wednesday morning saying "I have GOT to run tonight. It's just the sniffles"
Can't gain back the lost weight, can't loose the gains, speed or distance. #justkeepswimmingAfter a week of sun, sand and the beauties of Mexico - it is back to reality! While I didn't track while I was away (and thank goodness for that as I don't think I'd want to know!), I did manage to keep my log in streak going!After a week of sun, sand and the beauties of Mexico - it is back to reality! While I didn't track while I was away (and thank goodness for that as I don't think I'd want to know!), I did manage to keep my log in streak going!Somehow I managed to only gain .4 lbs while on vacation! Got lots of steps in but lets face it - when it's all inclusive sometimes you drink more mojitos than you have in your entire life and order nachos at 2 AM...
Happy I didn't derail my progress and I'm back at it again! I spend more of my days at work than at home. And as such, much of my food consumption happens at my desk. As a reminder, several years ago, I hung a post it that said 130# on my monitor as a reminder of my first big goal weight. Once I reached it, I covered it up with 120#. That 120 lbs has been there for over a year and a half. I think it's time to push so I can put a post it over it that just says "MAINTENANCE." Flying in my flying pig after running my first flying pig! My first 10k is in the books! Final finish: 57 minutes 8 seconds! That's 9 minutes, 13 seconds a mile! Found a new snack to keep in my desk at work for a healthy afternoon protein pick me up! Vegetarian Power Bowl for lunch today! Cauliflower Rice, chickpeas, hard boiled egg, avocado, feta cheese, buffalo vegetarian chik'n and sweet heat siracha greek yogurt dressing! Two places I get my killer legs from - my momma and my Crossfit! 85# sled pull for 1 mile was my workout of choice for yesterday! Along with that I did 100 ring rows and started my commitment of doing 100 situps a day for 100 days! Ran 2 miles this morning before work! Happy to say my average pace was 9:01 a mile! My first mile was a little slow but I blazed through the second mile at a quick 7:41 a mile! What did I do before I started REALLY appreciating a healthy breakfast?
Today's breakfast -Poached eggs, sautÃ©ed kale in garlic and red pepper flakes and half a cheese kale croissant. This was SO good! All fresh and local from our farmers market! What did you have for breakfast today?Don't be the person going through the drive thru when you can be the person massaging kale for a salad! #healthyeats #eathealthy Got up at 6:30 AM to get my run in before the heat! Jokes on me, the heat isn't even going away with the sun these days! I was DRENCHED in sweat when I came home! A tasty new lunch I've started bringing to work! Steamed broccolini, udon noodles, hard boiled egg, and Quorn vegetarian chik'n - all in a homemade sauce of siracha, tamari, garlic and a splash of roasted sesame oil. A minute doesn't seem that long until...I wasn't perfect this week but we seldom are! Today's weigh in is proof that it is not about perfection, but progress! Down 1.6 lbs! Today a very sweet coworker brought some very sweet treats! I'm reminding myself with this picture that my goal weight and how I will feel in my bikini in Punta Cuna (on this beach!) in April is sweeter than a cookie or a mini cheesecake! Rowed a 5k yesterday after work! Did it 39 seconds faster than my personal record time! 23 minutes and 3 seconds! Rowed a 5k yesterday after work! Did it 39 seconds faster than my personal record time! 23 minutes and 3 seconds!Who says taco Tuesday night isn't a part of a healthy lifestyle? Veggie fajitas with guacamole = less than 500 calories!Finally printed out my calendar to track my goals for March! Goals include 64 oz of water, taking my supplements, a core workout and no restaurant food every day! Killed the Mini Tri last night at Crossfit! 3k Row, 3K Ski, 9k Assault Bike. 50 minutes 15 seconds! My theme song lately...Down 1.6 lbs this week! Back in to the 120's again! Thirty five days and less than 5 lbs to go to meet my vacation goal weight! Kickin butt and taking names! Crossfit Open 2019! We're all just house plants. hahaha What will you make of yourself today? This week? This month? This year? This lifetime?Just got the notification - guess what just got delivered to my house??? This work day can't go fast enough!The thing about having a home gym is you can do the second half of your workout in just a sports bra and yoga pants and you KNOW that no one is judging what you look like! haha Did my first 10k on my Concept 2 Bike yesterday! Last nights dinner and I made extras to take to lunch this week and freeze! Vegetarian stuffed peppers stuffed with Beyond Beef crumbles, Israeli couscous, tomatoes, and 3 cheeses (including my favorite - goat cheese!) A very veggie forward yummy breakfast today! Poached egg, avocado, tomatoes, feta cheese and vegetarian sausage over sweet potato rice. Weigh in day! Not sure I'm going to make my goal weight before vacation like I had planned to but I'm down another lb this week! Officially down 7 of the 10 lbs I was hoping to lose before our trip and I'm only a week out from fun in the sun!Starting a new process of printing out a calendar at the beginning of each week and planning out goals, tasks, workouts, etc to keep myself focused. This one is a work in progress, but not bad for a new process the week after vacation! Hopefully can work out the process in the next few weeks! My step daughter has been running this year in school (5th grade) and has been very proud of her progress along the way. She even goes out for little runs around the block, and has talked about joining track or cross country in Jr. High next year. Last night we spent some quality time doing her first 2 mile run! She did absolutely fantastic and thinks we should do a 2 mile run every Wednesday when she comes to our house! Talk about proud mom moments!So.true.I've fallen off track lately. BUT it's never too late to start anew. Yesterday I ate within my calories, went to Crossfit for an hour, and drank 8 glasses of water. Today - I continue to make good choices. Tomorrow, I need to make the decision to do the same...Exercise clothes packed, starbucks calories included in my healthy breakfast, already 2 cups of water in to my 8 for today! My future self thanks me. Trying to be hyper focused on fitness and nutrition. I can't afford to gain back any more weight. Today's breakfast. Scrambled eggs (one yolk) with sauteed mushrooms, grape tomatoes and spinach topped with avocado. How are you getting your veggies today?
For me breakfast is a big cup of broccoli, poached eggs, hummus and feta cheese.
For lunch - it's going to be zoodles and vegetarian meatballs! Inspiration for our upcoming vacation to Hawaii! Going to see a friend who I haven't seen in a few years -I'd love for her to think I look wonderful. Today starts my plan to drop 10 lbs in the 30 days leading up to our trip! Thanks to my step daughter for falling on the sword and eating the 270 calorie Double Caramel Magnum icecream bar my husband brought home for me the other night!Yummy breakfast! Spicy garlic sauteed kale and tomatoes with poached eggs. Guess who was up at 6:40 this morning - riding a 10k on my stationary bike before work and watching the sun rise?! Today I start anew...AGAIN. And that's okay! 2019 was not my healthiest year. (Plus side - it was nowhere close to my unhealthiest.) But today I dedicate myself to starting 2020 with my health in mind! In my almost 20 years of being a vegetarian - it's a great time to be one! I've been trying out a lot of the new products out there - and they are pretty awesome! I had already recommitted to taking care of myself, but my first weigh in of the year this morning proved that was the right decision! I'm hoping to lose 15 lbs before our vacation in April - follow me to see how I plan to do it! Making this tonight! Can't wait for it to be done! It's one of my favorite spark recipes.My sister and her wife started doing Whole30 this New Year. She and I have been messaging each morning (we live a state away) to keep each other motivated and to share our journeys. This morning, she sent me a picture of her Whole30 Compliant breakfast. It looked so good I made the same for breakfast and sent a picture back! #twinning #sisters #whole30 Healthy -Check!
Free with Kroger coupon - Check!
Tastes like chocolate chalk - Check!
I'll eat it because it's what I have for my afternoon snack. (200 calories of my day) but I will not buy again! Not even sure I'd take another free one! Tried out a new super easy lunch that was SUPER tasty!
Tasty Bites Madras Lentils & Stone Fire Mini Naan!
Yumm!!Got my first Daily Harvest box yesterday! This morning, I had my first meal - Spinach + Shiitake Grits Harvest Bowl. I added two poached eggs for protein and a balanced breakfast! While not photogenic, it was delicious! #eathealthyStarted my weekend with a killer workout. If you don't do crossfit, look up how to do a devil's press. They are literally the devil. #workout #crossfitHad my 5th Daily Harvest meal for dinner tonight. I made a greek salad to go along with the DH Tomato Zucchini Minestrone Soup! Delicious! So far 4 of the 5 I would get again!Trying lots of new stuff today! I had Jack Fruit for the first time and it was delicious! I had it on egg thins (also the first time) and really enjoyed them too! Trying a new DH snack (Cocoa Bites + Vanilla) this afternoon and I'll let you know! Do you know exactly what is in your breakfast? Thanks to Daily Harvest, I do! Yummy, this smoothie tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream!Tasty vegetarian "BLT" salad for dinner with a poached egg and guacamole! Yum!I'm going grocery shopping after work. Tell me what's your go to healthy item that is always in your cart! Anything new or exciting you've been trying lately?Today's learning moment once again brought to you by Daily Harvest and the crazy stuff that is in my lunch. This is the 3rd time in the last few weeks I've had to google an ingredient. I'd say this is the most interesting. I'm not sure how I feel about it.Last night's dinner! "Vegetarian Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini Boats" They were super tasty! Having the last 2 tonight for dinner! Giant salad. It's what's for dinner.First full day of Travel for work! Hit up Whole Foods yesterday when I got to Boston so that I'm not stuck eating restaurant food all week! Tried this Chickpea Curry for the first time today for lunch and I'm loving it!This picture was taken on Saturday but yesterday I got in another 2 mile run! So only 21.5 miles, 75 kilometers and 23 more days to go!
(Goals for March - No drinking alcohol, bike 100 Kilometers and run 30 Miles.)Guess who's finishing their first ever Crossfit Open tonight? Yay!!!! Bring on 17.5 baby! It was my goal just to compete. And after tonight - I will be a success!
I joked that my goal was just to not be the one who took dead last in our gym. Though guess what - that's better than not competing at all! As of last week's scores I'm in the top 5 of the scaled division for our gym! And #310 out of almost 1000 in my division in the state of Ohio! Couldn't be prouder!Suns out - guns out! Me on St. Patty's Day showing off my Crossfit muscles!Crossfit Open - Workout 17.3 like a boss baby! Summer bodies are made in the winter! My favorite mantra these last few months!Me as I crossed the 2016 Battle Frog Race finish line! Me and Will showing our guns after the 2016 Battle Frog! Me and one of my good friends right after doing the 2016 Battle Frog Race!is saddened by the world this week...by the hatred, by the divide. My new wheels! Tired. Was at the emergency vet last night until almost 11 with our gentle giant. Luckily it's just a back injury. Happy I listened to her when she just seemed miserable. Poor girl...Rocking out after the Rusty Race 5k! Crossfit fun! St. Maarten Trip - June 2016! Look at them buff arms!day 200 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/20/2016Our local farmers market opened last night! I got eggs, hummus, salsa, spicy mustard, kettle corn for DH and fresh sprouts! Love, LoVe, LOVE buying fresh local! April Run - Matt Haverkamp Foundation 5k! Is it really that abnormal to have a monkey and a minion on your desk? I mean they both serve a purpose. The monkey shoots foam balls ( for obvious office defense needs) and the minion is a USB drive!day 150 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 3/31/2016Heart Mini - 1/2 Marathon - Team "Your Pace or Mine"Me and The Bestie - Mini Heart 1/2 Marathon! Our FIRST Half!Me and the bestie running the Leap Day 4k!Me and the hubby at The Whiskey Trail !I'm one big health and wellness stereotype! Came home from Crossfit and made zoodles with vegetarian spicy bolognese!day 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 2/10/2016Friday lunch is no longer just lunch. It's an event where I stuff tons of healthy foods in to a sweet potato! And I'm loving it!Make the time. Officially down 20 lbs! Where did I keep this on my body before???Woohoo! Second 5k and it was OHHH SOO good! Official time 28:39 - that's almost 5 minutes faster than my first 5k in December!Because 'Bad A$$ is Beautiful!"day 30 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/2/2015Our Norris Lake Trip! July 2015Halloween 2015! Me and my hubby.is starting her official 1/2 marathon training program today! Oh.my.god. Just saw this and suggested to my husband that I might want it. A LOT. King Bob! Banana! Steelers!proud to say I ran my first 5K this weekend! I felt really awesome afterwards and am looking forward to registering for one in January! Thinking I may do a race a month in 2016!day 50 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/22/2015day 75 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 1/16/2016Bwahaha! Love this! Rockin a size 6 after dropping 18 lbs!My new look! Loving my thinner face and new hair cut and color! day 30 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 5/19/2015Our big day! Our happy pug - relaxin by the pool!Our rescue pup - Ruby. She's 90 lbs of love and crazy! Not bad for a Boxer/ Great Dane!After my 17 lb drop last summer!With the love of my life - who loves me no matter the weight - but supports my decision to get more fit!
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