MRAASCH42's SparkPeople Blog MRAASCH42's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yeah, Im gonna be one of those people whose starting over on the New Year The new job kinda threw me off track, as far as working out. Only put on a couple lbs, so I have the maintaining thing down. Now I want to change that and get to my goal of 199lbs. I cant believe its been May since my last blog, which is approximately when I quit working out. I can use all the motivation I can get, so please help me out on that end with some kind words to motivate me. And if there are any new things I have missed on Sparks, please let me know. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 07:02:15 EST My first 5K in the books. Here are the stats. Finished in 1238th place. Out of 2035 that finished. I was shooting to break 40 minutes on my first time out. My time was 38:26. Wooohoooooo!!!!!! It was a great feeling crossing that finish line. I am soooo doing this again. Im the one in the red shirt and hat. <img src=""> Sat, 19 May 2012 20:39:14 EST Big day tomorrow I have a 2nd interview at 1pm. I see no reason why they wouldnt offer me the job. Than after that I am off to enjoy my birthday and hopefully a new job to look forward to. I have a nervous excitement going on here. Looking forward to the day. Wish me luck Mon, 14 May 2012 23:11:20 EST Affirmations reminder I just setup a daily reminder in my google calendar and sparks planner section. Im just posting here so I know when I started doing this. Then I can look back to see how much this worked for me. I know it worked last night. I had a reminder setup in my phone to send me a text at 8pm last night reminding me about doing an affirmation and it did help as I did not eat bad food last night, which is kind of the norm for me after having a few drinks. Wish me luck. Especially you Luaren, since I go... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:28:31 EST Went for a bike ride today It was very enjoyable and I really think I am going to get a bike. We went 9 miles in 90 minutes. It was more a sightseeing leisurely ride, so didn't really break a big sweat. It was a good start as it didn't kill my back like I thought it might. I definitely could have gone much longer. Next time hopefully. Fri, 4 May 2012 23:16:46 EST New low Weighed in this morning. 220.8 wohoooo!!!! That would be 30.4 lbs lost. Thu, 3 May 2012 12:52:43 EST A kind of before and after pic. notice the smaller belly <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 11:17:23 EST Brewers sucked BAD!!!!!!! Thats it!!!! Worst game of the year. Sorry for venting. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 00:05:19 EST wednesday Just a little wohoo for keeping the calories way under my minimum. Im at a touch over a 1000 for the day and my minimum is 1620. Hope the scale is nice to me in the morning. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 23:14:04 EST Reply if you read this. Yup, that's it. Just reply if you read this. Just want to see how many people are actually reading my blogs. I get a few replies when I post. But just curious as to how many are actually reading these. Thanks Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:46:10 EST 37 Min 54 Sec. Yup Another personal best for a 5K on the treadmill. Considering I haven't been to the gym in 2 weeks, that is awesome. Must not take anymore time off. My 5K is in 5and a half weeks. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:33:50 EST Let see if I like the girl scouts anymore. OK, there good for another year. Someone brought them into work last night, and yes, I couldnt resist. I had 4 or 5 cookies. Mint chocolate. Didnt check the calories. But I didn't gain any weight, so my good eating the rest of the day took care of that. Now to behave all day because I have a little party to go to. New restaurant in town and a friend won a party there tonight at 530, so I need to get to the gym and eat good till then. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 11:42:02 EST Nothin Really! I have nothing to say. Nothing out of the ordinary, ate good. Work was busy. Made good money. Ended up under for my calories for the day. Thats about it. ttyl <BR> Wed, 4 Apr 2012 23:18:03 EST Best Yet My best 5K time yet. 39 Minutes, 4 Seconds. Wohoooo Fri, 30 Mar 2012 12:50:52 EST Wanted to pigout today. But I didn't. Woke up wanting to just eat and eat and eat all day. Pizza joint was calling my name and its only a hundred yards away. Thank god I only have mostly healthy food in my apartment. I could easily be sitting here well over 2000 calories, but I am below my range right now. I thank Sparks for it. My mindset has changed so much in the last nine months. I love it. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 23:16:24 EST 30 lbs lost as of this morning. Wohoo. Took me nine months, but hey. Its better than where I was at. Love it. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:50:24 EST Just remeasured myself. Only lost inches in the upper part of my body, which is OK with me since I dont think Im fat in the lower regions. I went from 49 inches to 44.5 in the waist and 47.5 to 43 in the hip area. This is from June 6th start date. Calf and thing measurements were the same. I was a little suprised to see that much of a change in those areas. I know I lost a few inches but not that much. And I wieghed myself and am at my lowest yet. 223.6 lbs. Gonna shoot for 219.9 by the middle of March. Wish me ... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 22:48:58 EST I won...... a workout DVD on my bonus spin today!!!!! Wohoooo. Don't know which workout I get, but what they hey. Its free. Nice. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:04:38 EST I signed up for........... My first 5K. May 19th. Cellcom 5K. Very excited. This time last year this never would have entered my mind as something I would "want" to do. Wohoooo!! Wed, 22 Feb 2012 08:51:48 EST Took a trip...... Door county today. Was a good day. Went up for perch dinner at Sister Bay bowl. Very good perch. Kinda pricey up there but the food was good. Didnt eat much before dinner so I should be ok with the calories I had today. And we did some walking around the shops, so I got a little exercise. Got a nine hour shift tomorrow, so I am taking it easy tonight on the couch watching movies. BTW, I actually went to 3 bars today and didn't have a single drink. Yay for me. TTYL Fri, 17 Feb 2012 23:11:23 EST Tried a new recipe Tried the crockpot lasagna tonight. It was OK, except I found out I do not really like eggplant. It was better after I picked it out and added a bunch of parmesan. Oh well. live and learn. Other than a sinus infection, it was a good day. Didnt workout because of the cold. Hope this cold is gone by thursday so I can get back to the gym. Havent been to the gym in a couple weeks now. Gotta get back on track. Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:04:29 EST 4 meals today. And guess what???? I just barely got to the bottom range of my calories. Mind you, they were not 7 course meals, but I wasn't hungry at all today. It was great. I need to do this more often. <BR> <BR> And I stayed out of the bars. Was a tough one today as I have Fridays off and I was getting pretty bored. Went and bought Shawshank redemption online and watched that. I figured better to spend the $5.50 than to go out and spend who knows how much on booze and feel worse for work tomorrow. I really should put ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:36:33 EST Glad January is over I've never been a fan of January. Its cold, dreary, and somewhat depressing. I didn't have a horrible month. Maintained my weight, didn't go the gym as much as usual. Just didn't "feel" it. Well, a new month starts tomorrow. I have baseball to look forward to. Go Brewers. Gonna go to the store and stock up on some good stuff today. And I'll try to blog more if I find it even somewhat interesting to post. But I must remember that I am doing this more for me, than for you all to read. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:23:53 EST Good Friday Not the holiday, but it was a good day. Nothing too exciting, but the calories were a bit below my range for the day. Cooked food for the weekend so I have less chance of cheating. But I do have a birthday party tomorrow night, so Ill have to come home and eat after work before I go to the party, they will be having food, so I gotta fill up before. No work for me on sunday. Maybe Ill take a ride somewhere. Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:34:15 EST Blogging helps, at least for me. I started blogging about a month ago, I was planning on everyday, but ended up a little less than that. But here's the thing. I lost weight and did great on eating and exercising the last month while I was blogging. The last week, I haven't blogged once, and got way off track and ate bad and only exercised once. I thought people were getting bored with my posts as I didn't have any responses or very few. I now realize that me posting blogs is more for me to get something off my chest or to gi... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:40:40 EST Good reason to clean the junkfood out of your house. Tonight was a prime example as to why you should clean the junkfood from your house. I was having a good day with everything, except the snow, and tonight I had cravings for the bad stuff. Really wanted to go across the road and get a big pizza. But I made myself eat here. Lots of food was eaten tonight, but I ate good earlier and the calories in all the food I ate tonight put me right smack in the middle of my calorie range. If this was six months ago, Id be sitting here looking at that las... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:51:45 EST Takin a break from drinking Since most of my problems arise from drinking, I have decided to take a break from drinking, or at least cutting down from my normal. Sunday was my christmas party and overindulged, again. I have not had a drink since and can honestly say I don't miss the drinks. As long as I focus on how bad I will feel in the morning, its fairly easy to not go out. I dont think I will quit altogether, but you never know. I could get used to feeling good every morning. I have wasted too many days on the cou... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:54:28 EST 100 Miles tracked Just a big WOHOOOOOO update. I just surpasses 100 miles tracked. Took just under 6 months to do it. Gonna have to sit down later and figure out some yearly goals as far as miles and minutes tracked. Forgot all about it till I noticed it just now. That is soooo exciting for me. 6 months ago something like that would have never entered my mind. I am gonna at least double if not triple that this year. YESSSSSS!!!!!! Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:43:54 EST Tuesday!! So here we go again, getting back on track.......again. Still under 230 which is good, but didnt lose, which I expected as I had 2 xmas parties this weekend. Yeah, I ate the food. There was beer involved too. I have set a goal this week, and it is to not have a drink till sunday. That would make it 7 days in a row without a drink. I honestly dont remember the last time Ive done that. Wish me luck on that one. <BR> <BR> Also ordered some shoes from a new shoe store in the area. I guess all ... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:47:56 EST Friday night on the couch. Good day of eating, A little below on my calories for the day, but a snack soon though. Might sound wierd, but tonight was my first attempt at making spaghetti. Used wheat noodles. And portioned it out right out of the pot. Good stuff, probably could use some ideas to make it better if you have any. Went out last night and stayed away from the pizza joint, so that's a plus. Havent been there in a couple weeks, and hope to keep it that way. Work christmas party on Sunday night, gonna have to ... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:50:36 EST Still going down Another good day of eating again. Still have one snack coming up and will be a bit below my range for the day. Down to 226 this morning. 26.2 lbs down now. I was on a plateau for a while. But I have been staying away from the bad stuff lately. Pizzas to be exact. Its good to finally be under 230 for good now. That was a tough number to get past, but I kept at it and finally broke through. Thanks for all the support and motivation everyone. Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:15:52 EST TEN PERCENT!!!! YES!!!!!!!!! Finally lost 10 percent of my wieght. wohooo. Only took 6 months. Works for me. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:34:51 EST Woohooooooo!!!! Pants fit i just tried on a pair of work pants that i havent worn in forever because they were to tight around the waist. THEY FIT!!!!! Ahhhhhh, sweeeeeet. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:37:00 EST Another day, another pound, hopefully Another good eating day in the books. Below is the link to my food I ate today. Other than the sodium, it was pretty decent. Gotta figure out how to get that sodium lower. Gonna start with getting chicken and turkey from the deli instead of packaged. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidn=bOnnQOdPd++++++%<BR>3DXJ3XhC%5D+++++++&iMTGoalNum=23677551<BR>6&dteDateShowing=12/27/2011&bGetElementByID=TRUE </link> <BR> <BR> Gonna give the elliptical a try ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 23:56:46 EST Keepin it goin. Keepin up with the blogging. Didnt make it to the gym today. Kinda worked out good that way as it was very busy at work. Made a nice chunk of change today. The finances are looking very good lately. Eating was fine again today. Good choices. Need to hit the store to stock up on the good stuff again. Still working on more good food choices to make at home. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a good way to find a personal doctor? I am getting up there in age and been having "old person" probs. Im not ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 01:17:05 EST 10K, woohoo No, I didnt do a 10K. I just got 10000 sparkpoints. woohoo. I wonder what percentile Im in as far as points. Hmmm. <BR> <BR> But I do plan on trying a 10K this summer. Been doing 5K's at them gym for the last few months. <BR> <BR> Also wieghed in today at 228.6. Lowest yet. and 1.6lbs away from my first goal of losing 10 percent of my wieght. Should do it by the end of the week. Whats a good reward for that one. I have not been good at rewarding myself for my accomplishments. Mon, 26 Dec 2011 14:30:55 EST Day 6 blog Sorry, not much to say today. Worked 930am till 1215am. Im tired. Made a bunch of ching though. Goodnight everyone. Sun, 25 Dec 2011 01:35:58 EST Day 5? ish So yes, went out again. My trigger alcohol was involved. This time I precooked and I am going to eat healthy food after drinking. woohoo? I think so. Had a good time tonight. Merry Christmas all. Im working twelve hours plus tomorrow. Wish me luck. Sat, 24 Dec 2011 00:09:25 EST Did it again Had a good week overall eating and exercising. But my trigger showed up again. I was out drinking and ended up at the pizza joint again. The drinking is obviously my trigger to get off track. I do enjoy the time out with friends having a good time. I need to find out why I decide to eat bad after drinking. I have thrown out the idea of quitting drinking, but I just dont see that happening anytime soon. It doesnt help that the pizza joint is 100 yards from my front door either. And the kicke... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 12:08:05 EST Day 3-Dec 21 Another good day of eating, 1500 calories on the dot. Thats right at my minimun. Now to stay away from the cookies that my landlady left at my door tonight. Yikes!!!! Work was good. Made some decent money. Not much to talk about today, ttyl. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 23:59:43 EST Day 2 Blog - Dec 20th Well, Ill have to say that today was a really good day. Started out with a good breakfast. Went to the gym. 3.5 ,miles, 420 calories burned. Had a snack, went and donated plasma and got 20 bucks for it. Came home and relaxed and did laundry, then went to the store and got some new foods to try out. Made myself a chicken, cheese and lowfat ranch wrap. Tasted pretty darn good, so Im sure Ill be making that again. Calories for the day are right at 1500 for the day and it feels like I was eatin... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:23:53 EST Day 1 Blog (Dec 19) Spent the day on the couch. A bit hungover from last night. Was fun. Packers lost though. Work was good except for the 2 bosses that were there tonight. They dont lead by example, they just tell people what to do and then stand around talking to people. I need to get out of there, which is why Im looking into the baseball stadium. I am going nowhere were I am nor do I want a manager job there. I would get fired for yelling at those 2 for being useless. Not entirely sure how they both have job... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 23:10:20 EST Day 1 of Blogging Gonna try to blog or journal everyday from now on. I've been hearing about how it helps people figure out some things about themselves that helped them in there journey. I know one of my main issues is my drinking, which is a work in progress. I am shooting for going a full week without alcohol and go from there. If anyone has any ideas for reminders to blog or journal please let me know. I would still like to get to 200 lbs by my birthday (May 15th). So 30lbs in 5 months should be doable. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:13:02 EST Good choice Well after a day of laying on the couch hungover from last night and wanting Dominos pizza, I decided to go with a Chicken slices sandwich with a banana instead. Yay for me. I know I would have hated myself after the fact and kept telling myself that and it worked. And so glad I didnt eat bad stuff last night after drinking. Fri, 9 Dec 2011 19:46:41 EST Spark cereal I just got finished with the Live Emeeting and a participant mentioned how The Sparkpeople cookbook looks like a cereal box. Got me thinking. Wouldnt it be a great idea to make the best tasting and healthiest cereal out there and call it The Spark because breakfast sparks your day? I would love that. Advertise your cereal and the site at the same time. Have inspirational stories on the back of the box. Hmmmmmm Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:07:28 EST Site kinda getting boring for me. I know all of this stuff works, but i have read sooooo much and have participated in reading blogs and articles and quizzes, that i have pretty much read everything and there doesnt seem to be enough "new" things to read. I may have to start browsing others blogs. The motivation is still there, but guess i need new things to do on the site. Any ideas would be great. Thanks <BR> Mon, 1 Aug 2011 12:49:17 EST Friggin alcohol and pizzas Why, when i have a fridge full of healthy food do I decide to go get a pizza from Little ceasers after I go out drinking? I hate myself every morning when i see the box sitting there. I really need to quit doing that. I am not making any progress. I put on everything ive lost during the week. Obviously the drinking is the trigger, yet i keep doing it. I need to fine myself everytime I do that. I have a friend that is helping me with my motivation with this, but I keep sneaking these piz... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:01:19 EST If it wasnt for.............. alcohol. Id be a skinny litte f***er. But i have so much fun. Then i eat like a pig. Boo. But at least the days i dont drink, i am doing very well with the healthy eating thing. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 01:36:18 EST Did it again I really need to get a hold of eating good after drinking. Last night i went out to watch the game. On the way home i had the option of just coming home and eating something healthy and low in calories, but instead i walked across the parking lot and got a Little Ceaser pizza and almost ate the whole thing. I am back on track today, but I really need to quit doing that. Any ideas on what I should do about it, other than quit drinking, cause im not ready to do that yet. I was thinking of pe... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:57:13 EST Work I am having problems at work. Not so much the work itself, but the bosses. I work as a bartender, have for the last 6 years while looking for a better paying job. Not much out there. Well, anyway. I have asked for the manager position and the last 2 have gone to roommates of previous managers. I do not brown nose or agree with everything the owners say, which i would think to be a good thing. Anyways, I find myself getting upset at them often and then i get told I have an attitude. This is ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 01:20:06 EST