Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 78 (Sweet Dee) - Scooter! NOOOoooooooo!!!!

This morning I was up at the butt-crack of dawn again with John & Stacey.  We all went to City Park because today was Day #1 of the Couch to 5K plan for Stacey - and Day #2 for me (and John had to do a 3 mile run for training for his upcoming marathon).  

It all went great!  We enjoyed our jog/walk, and realized that this is TOTALLY something that we can both accomplish.  Slow & steady wins the race! 

Then I got on my scooter to head home, and it didn't start.  
Luckily Stacey was still there, so she gave me a ride home, but my poor lil' Audrey 2*!  I locked her up in the park, and had to leave her there until I had the time to walk her over to John's place.  So sad. 

Luckily I have multiple other ways to get to & from work!  Today I rode my bike.  Maybe this was a good thing in a way - make me ride my bike more! ;)  Haha!  

I really do hope she's not dead though, and that it's an easy fix.  I've only had a coupla months to enjoy her, and I'd like a lot more time than that**

*My first car was named "Audrey", so I found it appropriate to name my first scooter "Audrey 2".  Of course, I totaled that car after 4 years of driving it, and in scooter years that's like 1 year so I really hope I didn't jinx her.  However "Audrey 2" just happens to also be the name of the killer plant from outer space in Little Shop of Horrors, so I'm hoping it gives her super strength! 

**Annnnnd I'm an idiot.  MY SCOOTER ISN'T BROKEN AT ALL!  John drove it when we rode to the park together, and he is good about turning off the kill switch, and I am not (I usually just turn the key).  Whoops.  :)  
YAY for no broken scooter though!!

Egg (over-easy), on leftover beet greens with hot sauce.  Side of Ezekiel sprouted toast with butter & sugar-free raspberry jelly.

Unsalted nuts & seeds.

1 small vegetarian Jimmy John's sandwich (the free guy came by again today!  YAY)
Crappy work coffee (uck), with 1/2 & 1/2 and sugar.

Mixed greens with roasted beets, caramelized onions, & goat cheese.  Homemade maple-dijon vinaigrette.

2 pluots.

1 bag of popcorn (I was feeling snack-ey!)
Salmon burger w/ half a whole wheat bun, dijon mustard, salad with vinaigrette, about 8 potato chips, and 2 screwdrivers.  I was at a cookout, and I actually think I did pretty darn well! :)

Day #2 of Couch to 5K!  5-minute warm up walk, then 60 seconds of jogging alternated with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes.
40 min bike ride (into work, to John's, to Tyson's for cookout, and home).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 77 (Sweet Dee) - You are my sunshine, my only sunshine!

Gosh, these mornings have been making me happy.  They've been so beautiful lately - just a little bit chilly, and a nice mix of clouds & sun.  I love love love it when mornings are like this! 

Today I was up very early (5:50am) for yoga with Stacey.  It was an hour-long class, and it was wonderful.  Such a great way to start the day!  We discovered a little coffee shop just next door too that was super cute, so we had a cup of coffee together before going our separate ways.  I even had time to read my book for a good hour before heading into work.  I LOVE it when that happens! :) 

Coffee with vanilla soymilk, and honey.

Unsalted raw nuts & seeds with raisins, and fresh cherries.

Sandwich with Ezekiel sprouted bread, organic romaine lettuce, farmer's market organic tomato slices, mustard, jalapeno jelly, onion slices, and 3 slices of fake bacon (Morningstar brand).
Cup of Yerba Mate tea.

Fresh organic strawberries, with a sliced pluot*.

Mexican Pizza (I was so proud of this thing that I took 2 pictures!) 
Leftover salsa on a jalapeno cheddar tortilla from the Farmer's Market, Daiya shredded cheddar "cheese", corn, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes.  It was SO YUMMY.

Homemeade cherry iced tea (mixed with green tea) 

1-hour yoga class

*A pluot is a plum and an apricot mixed together.  It's more sciencey than that, but it's basically a fruit-mutation. :)  I discovered these last year at the farmer's market and fell in LOVE!  I don't usually like the tartness of plums, and the apricot somehow evens it out and just makes it super sweet and delicious.  YAY for science!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 76 (Sweet Dee) - OH what a beautiful MOOOORRRNNNNING!!!

Oh what a beautiful day!!  ;) 

This morning was a little bit chilly, but oh-so-gorgeous.  I love it when there's a little chill in the air (especially when it's been so DARN HOT outside)!

I think I'm going to start the "Couch to 5k" plan today too.  It's time I started running (especially since I won't be playing derby for 2 months)!  

1 organic egg, toast with vegan butter and jalapeno jelly, crushed tomatoes, cottage cheese.  Cup of tea with milk & honey.

Unsalted seeds & nuts, with raisins.

Salad (mixed organic greens, leftover teriyaki seitan wings, peas, onions sauteed in spray oil with garlic powder).  Ranch dressing watered down, with mustard & hot sauce.

Tortilla chips with ranch dressing.
Homemade blueberry Kombucha.

Morningstar brand BBQ "Riblet" with a side of homemade mashed potatoes, and beet chard steamed with low-sodium veggie broth.

Cup of "Calming" tea.

Day #1 of the Couch to 5K plan! :)  5-minute warm up walk, then 60 seconds of jogging alternated with 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. 
10 minutes of arm weights, alternating with ab workouts.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Days 74 & 75 (Sweet Dee) - Weekend time!

I have a terrible time tracking my eats on the weekends, just due to the fact that I'm pretty much NEVER on my computer during that time.  I don't consider that a bad thing though - I'm staring at a computer screen 8 hours a day 5 days a week!  Why would I want to add on to that on my weekends?  I have no idea. ;)

Saturday was our annual Gays VS Straights bout at our warehouse.  It's basically a fundraiser for the league, and it's always a lot of fun.  I was on the "Gays" (aka the Taco Belles), and we WON!  It felt great.  I think it was also that it was my first time that I felt that the way I played contributed to my team winning.  Yah, it was the perfect beginning of my derby LOA! 

FOOD (guessing - Fri & Sat)

Chips & Queso
Red Wine
This breakfast was in there somewhere:

Watercourse with mom (seitan wings, coffee, soup, quinoa salad, veggie sandwich with sprouts on foccacia)
Homemade quesadilla

2 hours of derby on Saturday night (I played a LOT so I'm counting this for sure)
30 minute bike ride with my mom on Sunday

Day 73 (Sweet Dee) - YAY FRIDAY!

This morning I had early press with Henry Cho, so that means I get to leave work early today!  WOOHOO!  Becca & I arranged to do a happy hour at Rio, which is fantastic because I have a gift card there, and I'm completely broke. :) Yay for FREE Fridays! 

Coffee with 1/2 & 1/2 and turbinado sugar.
1 small slice of coffee cake (it was FREE at the radio station), and 1 sample-sized Lara bar.


Coconut M&M's - 1 bag.  I had to do it.  Flo is in town, and she made me.

Uhm... crap.  I don't remember what I had for dinner!!  Whoops. 

Sigh.  Nope.  Again.  I'm going to fix this over the weekend!  Apparently I really needed a break?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 72 (Sweet Dee) - Kombucha bottling day!

As you've probably seen in my posts, I've started making my own Kombucha.  You can google that if you want.  :)  It was one of my new year's resolutions to start making my own instead of paying $3 / bottle for it.  It's a bit of a process to make, but totally worth it.  

I gave my good ol' healthy bacteria tea a taste last night, and it's ready to be bottled!  This time I got Acai juice to flavor it, and I have some frozen blueberries and peaches that I will probably try as well.  I love that you can experiment with all different kinds of flavors! 

Smoothie with a banana, acai juice, 1/2 a bottle of homemade kombucha (mixed with some green iced tea), frozen blueberries and peaches.  Plus 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed.
2 cups of Wellness tea. 

A free vegetarian Jimmy John's sandwich!  Yes, it included white bread, but hey, it was free - and only about 3 inches in size.  Lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers - YUM. 

Oriental flavor Ramen (can you tell I'm broke?) with fresh spinach, mushrooms and onions added.  I only used about 1/2 of the seasoning packet to cut back on sodium.

Unsalted nuts & seeds (pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)


Leftover pasta with crushed tomatoes & leftover hollandaise sauce (I know that sounds gross, but it was really yummy).  2 slices of toast with vegan butter & jalapeno jelly (I was really hungry last night for some reason, and wanted another snack). 

Wow, I really hate that I keep writing "none" in this section now.  Time to change that!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 71 (Sweet Dee) - A day with friends!

This morning I met my very preggers friend Nikki for breakfast at Snooze, then I'm meeting my soon-to-be-married friend Katy for lunch!  I love days like this. :)  I got to hang out with John last night too which was wonderful.  I haven't gotten to see him for a good week or so - we've been busy with our own life-stuff.  We finally got to catch up though, and have some QT.  Rockin'. 

I know I've been slacking with my workouts, but I think I needed a break from everything this week.  I don't feel good about not exercising, but I also don't feel bad about taking a "vacation" without actually going anywhere.  Sometimes life happens that way, you know?  

Breakfast "tacos" (scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, cheese, hot sauce, fresh tomato salsa, lettuce, corn tortillas), and 2 cups of coffee with raw sugar & cream.

Leftover pasta from last night, and 1 leftover breakfast taco.

1/2 a bottle of homemade pomegranite kombucha


Ramen noodles with fresh spinach, onions, and mushrooms added
Homemade corn chips with spicy queso. 

None.  I don't even feel bad about it either! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 70 (Sweet Dee) - Feeling Better

Gosh, sorry about the bummed-out post from yesterday!  My goodness.  I guess I needed to whine a bit though and just get it out of my system.  I'm feeling better today.  I talked to some people, prayed, had some time to myself, and got my head straightened out a bit.  I even sung along to some Queen on my way into work today!

I decided to move forward with my Derby LOA, and I realize now that it was the right thing to do.  I know that derby will always be there (as will my friends), and I don't have to be afraid of taking a break when I need one!  It's amazing how hard it is to pull yourself away from something, even when you know that it's the best thing to do at the moment.  I will miss my derby girls a lot, but luckily there are still plenty of ways to see them outside of practices.  And yes, I mean stalking. ;) 

Smoothie (homemade kombucha, acai juice, raspberries, a banana, frozen blueberries & peaches)
Coffee with "So Coconut" hazelnut creamer, natural sugar. 

Unsalted seeds (pumpkin, sunflower) and dried currants. 

Wrap (jalapeno cheddar tortilla, fresh spinach, sliced mushrooms, 2 eggs scrambled with spices & red onions, crushed tomatoes, leftover brown rice, and leftover hollandaise sauce)


Pasta drizzled with olive oil and topped with toasted pine nuts, broccoli, and brie cheese.  I love this dish so much, it's ridiculous! 

None...again!  :(  I've been sucking at this right now, I know.  I need to get back on the horse again.  I've been slacking for sure! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 69 (Sweet Dee) - Debbie Downer...

I'm feeling a bit deflated today... and I have been for a little while now.  Just with a lot of things in my life.  I talked to my big sister for a while yesterday, and it felt good to get some stuff out.  This summer is shaping up to be kind of a weird one so far - there are a lot of usual summer activities that haven't really been happening as I'd planned, and it's throwing me for a loop.  Not that a change is bad, but I'm definitely noticing that I'm limiting myself due to the high number of weddings I'm attending this summer (that I need to get gifts for), and my struggle with finances right now. 

Also, I'm struggling with other things too.  My job is still frustrating me, and I'm trying to work on my next step with that, but it's definitely hard.  I'm moving in with John at the end of July, and although I feel good with my decision I still battle with my fears (what if it doesn't work out?  What if it's a mistake?  I'm scared!  What if what if what if??), and general past "relationship baggage" that I know is just stupid.  

And on top of all of that I'm feeling pretty burned out with Derby.  I love the sport, and I love my girls, but it has been the cause of some added stress, and I never wanted it to be that way.  I'm finding myself tired of going to practices all the time, and even dreading them!  That is SO not good.  I took a short 3-week-long leave of absence earlier this year, and it may be time for another one.  That LOA helped light the fire for me again, and maybe that's what I need.  I don't know.  I'm just burned out on life right now, and it's frustrating. 
Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer in this post! :(  I guess I just needed to get some stuff out.  I think I need a break in some part of my life... just not really sure what that is yet. 

2 cups of coffee with mom at the Market (with 1/2 & 1/2 and honey)

Brown rice with fire-roasted low-sodium diced tomatoes, onions & zucchini sauteed in oil, seasoned w/ salt & pepper.

Small spinach salad with raspberries, candied walnuts, goat cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil.


Ramen noodles with hot sauce
Some ice cream
Acai juice

None... ugh... such a bum!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Days 67 & 68 (Sweet Dee) - Busy Weekend

I indulged again this weekend, because some reason I can do a great job sticking to the plan during the week, but once the weekend hits I think "YAY I can do whatever I want!" and I fall off the wagon.  

I'm not going to regale you with what I ate, but let's just say that I got carried away.  I'm ready to start again today though!  So weird how weekends do that to me... 

I did get in a 10 mile bike ride with my dad on Sunday for Father's Day though which was super nice.  That was the bulk of my workouts for the weekend, but it was still pretty great.  

Back on the saddle, again! 

Day 66 (Sweet Dee) - Have I told you lately, that I love...FRIDAYS?

YAY!!  So excited for another weekend.  This week actually went by faster than I expected, which is pretty darn nice.  I've been looking forward to this weekend for a while - tomorrow I have Book Club, Katy's bridal shower, then the Westword Music Showcase.  A busy day of FUN!! 

Sunday I'm doing a bike ride & breakfast with my daddy & my little sister, then I'm helping with the bout at the warehouse.  After that I get to RELAX - my favorite thing to do on Sundays. :) 

Ezekiel sprouted toast w/ vegan butter & jalapeno jelly, 1 organic egg over easy, dollop of low-fat cottage cheese with hot sauce, fire-roasted no-salt-added tomatoes, and spinach.  This was pretty much the awesomest breakfast ever.

Soy latte with chocolate & cherry flavoring.

Illegal Pete's Lunch (vegetarian burrito bowl with pinto beans, tomatoes, corn, cheese, vegetarian green chili, chips, side of pesto sauce)


Cheese Pizza & 2 light beers

20 minute bike to/from work

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 65 (Sweet Dee) - New Yorker for a day!

Last night I re-watched "Super Size Me".  I've seen the movie before in the theater, but that was a while ago, and I wanted to watch it again.  It's really a great documentary, and it was a good reminder about the obesity problem in America - and what we can do to change it.  The biggest part is making the right choices, being educated about it (which most of the time we have to do on our own), and not going into fast food places AT ALL! 

Another thing that the director / writer reminded me of is that New Yorkers walk (I think) 3 times more than everyone else in America.  I thought about every time I went to visit my sister there, and how exhausted I was at the end of my trip because of all of the walking we did!  I thought today I'd get in my workout by spending my day as a typical New Yorker - and walk EVERYWHERE. 

I got up early and walked the mile & a half to King Soopers to grab a few groceries (luckily they're open 24-hours, so I could get there early).  I brought a backpack to make it easy on myself, and didn't even turn on my iPod - I enjoyed the quiet morning, the birds chirping, the leaves rustling... it was lovely!

Then I put on a sundress and my comfiest slip-on shoes (that aren't running shoes), and hoofed it to work!  It took a little longer than I expected, but it felt great, and I listened to 2 podcasts on the way.  My feet hurt a bit when I got to work, but hey, no pain no gain!  And I'm going to New York again in August, so I need to prepare - maybe this is good training for me!  Shoot, even if I did it once a week - what a benefit! :) 

"Back in the day with J.C. we used to walk everywhere!  Did you ever hear of a fat apostle?  Nuh-uh!"
- Chris Rock (Dogma)

Organic egg (over easy) with Ezekiel sprouted toast, vegan butter, and jalapeno jam.
Smoothie (banana, frozen blackberries / strawberries, ground flaxseed, homemade kombucha, light pomegranate juice).  1/2 a bottle of homemade iced green tea. 

Brown rice w/ splash of Braggs, thawed frozen broccoli, drizzle of hoisin sauce & siryacha hot sauce.


Small personal-sized pizza with red onion, spinach, and mushrooms.  Caprese salad (mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil), and a small cup of lobster bisque.
Glass of red wine. 

45 minute walk (to/from grocery store)
50 minute walk (to work)
50 minute walk (home from work)
(So about 2 hours & 40 minutes of walking!  Holy crap!  I calculated the miles, and I've walked 7.4 miles today.  Woohoo!) 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 64 (Sweet Dee) - Gorgeous, dahling!

Yep yep - it's GORGEOUS outside today!  I sat out in the sun for 30 minutes with my sister for lunch, and I managed to get a little bit burned.  Doggone it!  I knew I should've put sunscreen on today...

I took the night off from derby, because I've been feeling a bit burned out.  Honestly, it was great to have an evening to myself.  I think I needed a little break.  I know next week will be another busy derby week, and sometimes a gal just needs to have some "me" time!

So I made some dinner, went for a walk, lifted some weights, watched "Super Size Me" and finished my book! :)

Organic egg (over easy) with Ezekiel sprouted toast, vegan butter, and jalapeno jam.

RAVE salad (from Green Fine Salad Co) - mixed greens, romaine lettuce, red potatoes, tempeh, fizzled leeks, beets, and quinoa. Curry vinegarette (on the side).
1 dark chocolate chip cookie (small).

2 vegan hot dogs on whole wheat buns with mustard, sweet relish, vegan mayo, onions sauteed in vegan butter, and fire roasted no-salt-added tomatoes (I don't own ketchup, but this was an awesome healthier option!).  I also didn't finish all of the buns - too much breading.  I probably only ate about 1/3 of them. 

 2 cups of Calming tea

30 minute brisk walk
Arm weight lifting (numerous reps, different combinations), and 3 sets of about 15 squats - 15 minutes total.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 63 (Sweet Dee) - Early day... sooooo tired...

Last night it thunder stormed and I LOVED it!!  I turned off my music as I was cooking lunch for today, opened my kitchen window, and listened to the rain falling.  It was wonderful.  

I could have slept for a lot longer though!  The evening got away from me, and I ended up getting to bed a little later than expected.  So I only got about 6 hours of sleep (ugh).  I would say that I will be getting to bed early tonight, but I doubt that will happen since we're going to Film on the Rocks to see "Scott Pilgrim VS the World"!  I usually can't resist the temptation of booze when we attend these movies, but tonight I definitely will be!  I made iced tea to bring instead. 

Wrap with romaine lettuce, corn, fake bacon, onions, daiya cheddar cheese, vegan mayo, hot sauce, splash of salsa.  (I know this is a weird breakfast, but I was starving after yoga class, so I kinda ate my lunch as my breakfast!  Ha!) 
Cup of Yerba Mate tea. 

1/4 a small watermelon

Curried apple & veggie soup (w/ 1 whole wheat matzo cracker)

A cupcake (dang work birthday parties!  Ah well, it was delicious, and I only had 1).

Subway Veggie 6" sub (whole wheat bread, lots of veggies, low-fat mayo, mustard)
Homemade iced tea.

1 hour yoga class

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 60 (Sweet Dee) - Holy crap! Only 30 days left!

Whoooooops!  Totally forgot to post this before I posted my weekend stuff!  Haha!  
OH, well - better late than never... 

It's kinda weird - I feel like my 90 days has been flying by!  I can't believe I only have a month left - that's pretty nuts.  Honestly, I kind of don't want to limit it for the 90 days!  This has been a great lifestyle change for me, and I kind of want to just keep going.  Really, I'm just doing everything I'm supposed to be doing!  Working out more, eating better - it's fantastic.  And holding myself accountable on this blog has been really helpful.  

This whole thing has made me more aware of what I put in my body, and how much exercise I'm actually doing.  It's right in front of my face every time I log in, and I think that's what I really needed to make the change.  It has been gradual, but I can tell it's happening, and I really want to keep going!

Ezekiel sprouted toast w/ natural cashew butter, sliced strawberries.  An over-easy egg with 1/4 an avocado, and hot sauce. (I told you this was my favorite at the moment!) :) 

1/4 a seedless watermelon (sliced)

Salad (romaine lettuce, boiled red potatoes sauteed in vegan butter with diced red onions & dill, green peas, 1 stalk of celery, leftover teriyaki seitan wings).  Organic ranch with mustard.

Happy Hour food (a couple of appetizers - can't really remember what!  One of them was fishsticks... and I did have 2 glasses of wine... and a slice of cheesecake!  GAck!)


Days 60, 61, 62 (Sweet Dee) - Getting caught up!

I did a lot of quick-grab-this eating this weekend, mostly because it was a weekend of derby!  Home team tournament time, so lots & lots of skating, and just eating whenever I could.  I didn't eat the best that I could have, but I did fit in some healthy stuff too.  I'm just going to generalize again, as I can't remember everything exactly (man, it's difficult getting behind and keeping track of everything)!  So here goes... 

Egg with Ezekiel sprouted toast & jam
Granola bars
Homemade salad wrap
Scrambled eggs w/ toast & fruit: 

Cheese pizza
2 beers

Lots of Derby!

Vitamin Water & Odwalla Superfood
Unsalted nuts / seeds with dried currants
Qdoba Gumbo (with veggies added & lettuce)
Dinner with daddy at the Hornet.  I had the Pupusas (sp?) appetizer - corn cakes stuffed with black beans & cheese, with a side of shredded cabbage & tomato vinegarette dressing. 
2 cups of Calming tea

None - I really needed a break!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 59 (Sweet Dee) - Cheat Day / Cat's Birthday!

My cheat day has arrived early this week, due to Cat's Birthday day of fun!  
We're heading to Crepes & Crepes for some rich & creamy crepe amazingness, then we're going out for dessert after derby practice!  Good thing I got in a couple of workouts today...

Ezekiel sprouted toast w/ natural cashew butter, sliced strawberries.  An over-easy egg with arugula, 1/4 an avocado, and hot sauce.  (I think this is my new favorite breakfast!)
Cup of black tea w/ agave & unsweetened coconut milk.

Leftover shrimp salad on romaine lettuce w/ 1 leftover teriyaki seitan wing (chopped).  About 1 cup total.


Crepes at Crepes & Crepes! :)  I had the creamy mushroom one (*drool*) then Cat & I split the nutella, strawberry, banana & cream cheese one.... ugh it was AMAZING!

Amy's Organic Mac & Cheese microwave dinner

Steuben's for Cat's B-day!  I had a 1/2 a veggie burger, and a chocolate malt.  I think I was still pretty full from the mac & cheese. :)

1 hour brisk walk w/ Stacey at Wash Park
1 hour derby scirmmage

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 58 (Sweet Dee) - Bike to work day! (Well, for me anyway)

Today I biked to work!  I've pretty much been scooting everywhere since I got Audrey 2, but today since I've decided to take a little break from derby tonight (it has been a busy week for derby), I decided to bike.  It was a gorgeous morning, and I didn't even mind much that 2 bugs got stuck in my lip gloss along the way.  Ew. 

Tonight I need to hit up the grocery store, then I'm going to relax!  I can't wait! 

Ezekiel sprouted toast w/ natural cashew butter topped with strawberries.
Organic egg (sunny-side up), with hot sauce and a side of arugula.
A pear.

Lunch with Brian Grimes at Wahoo's Fish Tacos!  I got the 2 enchilada combo (1 fish, 1 cheese), with a side of brown rice, white beans, salsa, and green sauce.  It was deeeeeelicious! 


Mixed unsalted nuts & seeds with dried currants

Creamy Shrimp Roll (shrimp, vegan mayo, salt & pepper, celery, red onion, lemon juice) on a whole wheat hot dog bun, with butter lettuce.  Can you tell this is my new favorite plate?  I got it at Anthropologie on sale.  I could still only afford 1, so I just keep washing it over & over.  Ha!
1 beer. 

20 minute bike to/from work
15 minute walk

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 57 (Sweet Dee) - No clever title today!

One of my derby sisters, Raven Lunachic, broke her ankle at practice last night.  That is by far my biggest fear in derby!  :(  Luckily she had a lot of people there to lend their support and comfort.  

This morning I was up early for yoga.  It actually wasn't too hard since my apartment was so effing HOT!  Ha!  I was sweating like the dickens. 

After helping with newbie practice (a very little bit), and helping with evaluations, I went to City O' City to meet up with my friend Jesse!  I haven't seen that kid in ages, and he cracks me up.  It was so nice to catch up with him a bit! 

Mixed unsalted nuts & seeds, dried currants
Cup of Vanilla Rooibos tea

Taco salad (quinoa, romaine lettuce, 1/2 an avocado, fresh salsa, hot sauce, fresh lime juice, red onion, poblano pepper, red pepper - lightly seared)

1/4 a small seedless watermelon
Soy latte w/ a squirt of White Chocolate flavoring

Dinner at City O' City with Jesse (Teriyaki Seitan "wings" with vegan ranch, fries w/ vegan gravy & cheese).  I only ate about 1/2 of each thing - I got full really fast!  I did have 1 glass of wine too.
Pomegranite juice (1 glass)

1 hour yoga class
Very light derby (just skated around for about 30 mins as a "Big Sister") 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 56 (Sweet Dee) - Can I have the weekend back please?

I was SO not ready to start my day today!  I hit my snooze a LOT more than usual... I think part of the reason is because the weather has finally warmed up, and there's something about laying in a warm beam of sunlight in my soft bed... and thinking about getting up and going back to work... that makes me not want to leave! 

I have a ridiculously busy week scheduled - lots of derby, lots of events.  It'll be good, but it might be a little crazy.  Hopefully I can keep my head on straight! 


Salad (romaine lettuce, fresh pear, red onion caramelized with balsamic vinegar, chopped veggie ham slice, caramelized walnuts*, homemade agave/dijon vinegarette dressing)

Vegetable Apple Curry soup (about 1 cup)

Mini cheese pizza (leftover) topped with arugula
1/4 a small seedless watermelon
A handful of chips & fresh salsa

*I put some grade B organic maple syrup in a pan, added a splash of oil, a bit of salt, and some cinnamon, then tossed in the walnuts.  After thoroughly coating them, I spread them on a pan and baked them for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

2 hour derby practice

Monday, June 6, 2011

Days 54 & 55 (Sweet Dee) - Cheat Day / Wedding Weekend!

This weekend was pretty nuts with being in CO Springs for most of it for Tina & Jeff's wedding!  There was much celebration to be had, lots of wine, lots of eating, lots of dancing... and general run-of-the mill shenanigans.  Needless to say, we had a fantastic time!  

FOOD (in general) for Sat & Sun
Breakfast burrito
1/2 a calzone w/ veggies
Fried mushrooms w/ ranch dressing
1 package of dunkin' stix (ugh - love these things!)
Coconut water
Wine...lots & lots of wine
Dinner rolls
Salad w/ ranch
Veggie stuffed tart thingy
More pizza
Eggs Benedict
1/2 a pancake
More pizza
Kombucha / Vitamin water

LOTS of dancing.... and that's about it.  I was hungover pretty much all day Sunday! :(

Day 53 (Sweet Dee) - I heart Fridays!

This morning I got up early for a walk with Stacey!  I love our morning walks.  Turns out she was having some trouble motivating herself too, so we had a nice little bitchfest - which everyone needs from time to time!  ;)  We actually worked some stuff out... encouragement / tough love... it was all there.  

This weekend we have a wedding in Colorado Springs - the first one of 4 for the summer!  Wowza!  Luckily I planned my cheat day for tomorrow.  YEAH buddy!  Weddings are fun. 

Breakfast pizza (Ezekiel sprouted tortilla, vegetarian refried beans, Veganese, and Daiya cheddar "cheese").  This sounds kinda gross, but it was actually pretty darn yummy!

Vegan Curried Apple Soup (this is one of my favorite recipes from the How It All Vegan cookbook.  Super easy, and great to use when you have a lot of veggies you need to gobble up before they go bad!)  Apple, onion, broccoli, peas, asparagus, brown rice, water, curry, salt, spices. (I only had about 1/2 a cup of this - I wasn't too hungry)

Salad (arugula, butter lettuce, red pepper, poblano pepper, 2 fake ham slices pan-seared, frozen corn, 1/2 an avocado) with organic ranch w/ hot sauce.

Unsalted mixed nuts & seeds (with dried currants)

Stuffed pepper w/ cucumber & tomato salad (John made this - it was delicious!) 

....and here's the bad news... 
2 slices cheese pizza (at Maims's sort of b-day party)
2-ish glasses of wine

1 hour 10 minute walk at Sloan's Lake with Stacey - with continuous arm weight lifting (5 lb weights)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Day 52 (Sweet Dee) - Halfway Pictures

Well, here they are!  I'm actually kind of shocked.  I haven't felt like I've been doing all that great for the last couple of weeks (my workouts have sucked), but can you see the difference?  I SURE CAN!!  It's not a huge difference, but my pooch has shrunk a LOT, and I feel like my arms have slimmed down too.  But you know where I'm seeing it the most?  My waist!  Please refer to the "back" pictures at the bottom.  My booty hasn't really shrunk much, but my waist looks like it has slimmed down a lot from where I started.  YAY!

This has definitely picked up my spirits.  It's not a huge jump, but it's a start - and I must be doing something right!  I think staying away from the scale is helping too. :)  Thanks to everyone for all of your encouragement so far - it has been SO helpful!!

Powerball & a banana.  Cup of peach detox herbal tea.

Mixed unsalted nuts & seeds, with some dried fruit.

Salad (arugula, butter lettuce, frozen peas, red pepper, red potatoes & red onions sauteed in olive oil w/ dill & spices, chopped fake chicken patty, organic ranch - about 1 tbsp, water added).  This was kind of the most delicious salad I've had in a long time. :) 

Iced tea (splash of sweetened raspberry tea added)

Free salad!  One of the employees here brought in some leftover salad that his friend had from a catered event.  Romaine lettuce, bean shoots, celery, and cucumber - with a spicy Asian vinaigrette.  Yum!  I had about 1 cup w/ a splash of the dressing.

Buckwheat soba noodles with onions & shitake mushrooms & garlic - sauteed with a splash of Braggs, Teriyaki, and about 1 tbsp hoisin sauce (plus a drizzle of Siraycha sauce).  I'm going to post how to make this here - it's really easy!

Cup of black tea w/ unsweetened coconut milk & agave.

1 1/2 hour brisk walk around Wash Park (twice!) 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 51 (Sweet Dee) - Motivation

Dangey, I hope you were right when you said that your 1/2 way point pictures re-motivated you!  I haven't been doing as well as I know I could be the last couple of weeks - little cheats here & there, missing workouts, etc.  I really hope that seeing how far I've already come will keep me going for the rest of this plan.  I need the motivation! 

Breakfast croissant (see, I told you so!) - avocado, egg, cheese.
Cup of coffee w/ splash of 1/2 & 1/2 and 2 packets natural sugar.

The other 1/2 of the pineapple / orange juice

Taco salad (black beans, lettuce, rice, cheese, small amount of Ranch, salsa, tomatoes, etc)

Pizza (Ezekiel sprouted tortilla, salt-free tomato sauce, low-fat jarlsburg cheese, arugula, 2 slices of fake ham)
Homemade sweetened iced tea.

House cleaning / up & down stairs 6 times for laundry... and that's it.*

*I skipped practice last night, as I had a ton of stuff to do at home that I've been putting off for a while.  I'm glad that I did it (I crossed everything off my list!), but I missed yet another workout because of it! :(

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Day 50 (Sweet Dee) - Back to reality...

It was so nice to have the long weekend - I wish it had been longer!  I felt a bit unfocused at practice last night, but it was still a good one.  It was fun hanging out with my new teammates too - they're all nutcases, just like me!!  YAY! 

Tonight we're going to the first Film on the Rocks of the summer!  I'm so excited.  It's "The Big Lebowski", and I'm sure we'll have a great freakin' time.  

Halfway pics coming soon!  I'm hoping to have them up by Thursday, so stay tuned. :) 

Powerball & a banana
Cup of coffee w/ unsweetened coconut milk & 1 tbsp grade B organic maple syrup

Leftovers day!  I needed to finish up a lot of things in my fridge.... 
Curry w/ veggies & quinoa (about 1 cup)
Slice of cheese pizza (1)
Apple w/ natural peanut butter

Sandwich (Ezekiel bread, low-fat jarlsberg cheese, fake ham, lettuce, veganese & dijon mustard)
1/2 a bottle of pineapple/orange juice
1 beer
1/2 a vegetarian burrito

None... the 3 hour practice last night kind of killed me by this morning!
Although if you include hiking all of the damn steps at Red Rocks just to pee a workout... then I got one! ;)