MRSSCHENCK's SparkPeople Blog MRSSCHENCK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Journal Cannie... here's my journal. I didn't have to look far. I had one tucked away. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let the tracking begin. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:34:50 EST snacks are set <img src=""> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:55:52 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! My resolution this year is to track and exercise EVERY possible day that I can this year. I'm going out to purchase the prettiest journal that I can find. <BR> <BR> I haven't met my goal in the three years that I've been here, but hey...I'm still here and I haven't (nor will I ever) given up. <BR> <BR> Make today great! <em>411</em> <BR> Hattie Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:04:49 EST Taking Control My oldest son bought me a fitbit force and the scale for Christmas. Last year, my middle son bought me a Wii Fit. It's not my children's responsibility to worry about my weight issues, but obviously they do. I need to grab the reigns and take control. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 02:08:21 EST Still here. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hattie Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:40:21 EST Disgusted Well, it's official. I am thoroughly disgusted with myself. My struggles have gotten the best of me and now I am only 10 pounds away from my highest weight. <BR> <BR> My clothes are too tight. My self esteem is way low. I just have a general feeling of "misery." The depression has crept back into my life and it's staying. Usually, it comes and it goes. But it's here to stay and it won't leave! I've been on the couch for days. Could be weeks. Who knows anymore. <BR> <BR> I thought somethi... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:48:38 EST Struggling I was doing so well last week. <BR> <BR> This week I'm struggling with some cravings. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit down, but I'm going to try hard to think positive thoughts and turn my attitude around. A nice walk in the park with my latest audiobook should do the trick. <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> Hattie <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 07:33:34 EST 1/2 pound come or gone? When I stepped on the scale on Saturday, I was down 1/2 pound. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Not sure if it's still gone because I've seemed to have had too much fun over the weekend. Fun=overeating. So, I'm sure I've probably gained a pound. But I refuse to step on the scale other than on Saturday mornings. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm already dressed for the gym. No excuses. My breakfast and lunch are planned. I have to head out to the store to stock up on some more fresh fruit and veggies. <BR... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 07:11:07 EST Yesterday... Nope. Don't want to talk about the unhealthy choices or lack of exercise. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to today... <BR> <BR> I'm starting the day off right. I have my water bottle. Am about to eat a bowl of oatmeal. <BR> Going to the movies. Will NOT have <em>477</em> <BR> <BR> Doing a lot of running around today. The plan is to take a walk to decompress after I get my son on the plane. <BR> <BR> Make today great! <BR> Hattie Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:18:40 EST Ooops! Well, yesterday I had a bit of a slip-up. I planned for my lunch out, which was beer battered fish. I didn't plan on ordering an appetizer of bruschetta because my party was late. Excuses, excuses. However, I only ate one slice compared to many slices. And...I did have some fries. They were really good, too. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Then I came home and my son had a large McDonald's sweet tea. One of my many vices. He didn't want it, so I gulped it down. That cost me 220 calories. But again,... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 07:51:01 EST Three day streak I'm still doing well. <em>224</em> Yesterday I went to the movies to see 'Fruitvale Station.' It was one of those movies that stays with you long after it's over. I'm still feeling a bit down from watching it. Oh yeah...I had <em>477</em> . I wasn't even hungry. It was more of an emotional response. And I paid dearly for it. I went over my daily calories and my fat calories. <em>39</em> <BR> Also, I intended to walk in the evening but that didn't work out. I ran out of steam. So t... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:29:10 EST Hooray! It's a new day. I did pretty well yesterday. I'm proud of myself for the healthy decisions I made while grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> When I went to bed last night I was at my max calories. UGH! I was still hungry but I grabbed a bottled water and went to sleep. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty proud of myself. <BR> <BR> This morning I started the day off with lots of protein as suggested by my sparkfriend DJ4HEALTH. I had a scrambled egg, 2 slices of low sodium bacon and I grabbed a handful of almonds which I'll be... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:39:00 EST Mind over matter I had a great morning. I woke up determined to get back on track. Mind over matter, right? I'm tracking my food again. I'm continuing to drink my water. I even went for a walk. <BR> <BR> I came home STARVING! Every time I work out I have this issue. I ate an apple and some almonds. That should do the trick, right? Nope! I ate a salad. That should work, right? Nope. <BR> I ate a chocolate chip cookie from the bakery. 150 calories. That did the trick. Now I'm satisfied. But not happy. <em>39... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:08:34 EST I'm trying... One thing you know about me is that I love going to the movies. I'm there EVERY Friday, rain or shine. But now I'm skipping the movie popcorn. I've gone from the large combo, to the medium combo, to the kids combo, and now I'm at none. It was so hard at first but it's getting easier. But that <em>477</em> smell hits you as soon as you enter the theater. And everyone around you is munching happily away. Yesterday we saw 'The Conjuring.' I jumped more than a few times. Hubby wants to go a... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:26:31 EST cravings and excuses Yesterday I gave into some chocolate cravings and gave into some excuses not to exercise. But I didn't beat myself up over it. <BR> <BR> Today I did much better. Had fruit and a hard boiled egg for breakfast. A tomato sandwich for lunch. I'm hungry now so I'm going to make a protein shake. Dinner is whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce. And yes, although I have a few excuses lined up, I've already made it to the gym. <BR> <BR> All-in-all, a pretty good day. <BR> <BR> Hattie Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:39:22 EST Great Day! Yesterday I had such a great day as far as eating goes. I had a protein shake with a frozen banana for breakfast. 1/2 turkey hoagie for lunch. A huge garden salad for dinner. And I snacked on the fruits that I picked up at the farmer's market. Had a healthy dose of almonds for good measure. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm on my way to the gym. Talking along a water, some almonds and a peach to keep myself from stopping for fast food. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <em>381</em> Hattie <BR> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:54:23 EST Farmer's Market Had a great time at the local farmer's market. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Changing one habit for another. I'm embarrassed to even post this pic. These are my fast food packets. <em>2</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great evening. I'm going for a walk. <BR> Hattie Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:23:53 EST Well, well... What the h*ll!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to NYC with my son to visit with the Norwegian Consulate. He's going to Norway to study abroad. As you know, NYC is filled with beautiful tall, shiny buildings. Every step I took, I could see myself. UGH!!! Really??? I look horrible!!! <BR> <BR> What have I done to myself? I've really let myself go over the past few months. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I'm definitely counting yesterday's walk around the city as exercise. No wonder everyone there is so t... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:52:07 EST hello Just popping in to let my spark friends know that I'm still alive. I hope everyone is well. <BR> <BR> Hattie Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:18:36 EST Tea as a treat? This tea claims that it is a "naturally energizing treat between meals". Hmmm... I'm not sure about all that, but I'll give it a try anyway. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:48:22 EST Woo-hoo! Down one pound! <em>104</em> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 09:20:30 EST About to get cranky... 7 days until my 45th birthday. My goal for this week is to lose the 5 lbs that I've packed on over the last month...IN ONE WEEK. <BR> <BR> I'm combining the cabbage soup diet with slim-fast and water and exercise. I'm going to be soooo hungry and cranky. Oh well. Happy Birthday to me. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 07:43:42 EST Down but not out. I haven't been around for awhile. I needed some time to regroup. <BR> <BR> Two years ago when I started this journey, I was at my highest weight at 237 lbs. <BR> I had a 20 lb weight loss with help from Weight Watchers and Sparkpeople and I got down to 217 lbs. I was really starting to feel good about myself. <BR> Now I'm creeping back up. I'm almost 227. That's a 10 lb weight gain. <BR> <BR>'s time to start from the beginning. Track everything that passes these lips and get back t... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:00:39 EST Why is this so freakin' hard? This month was such a rough month for me. Although it was filled with happy occasions, it was a nightmare emotionally. <BR> <BR> My son graduated from college. <em>224</em> <BR> Celebrated Mother's Day. <em>224</em> <BR> My baby son turned 18. <em>224</em> <BR> Memorial Day celebration. <em>224</em> <BR> My uterine biopsy can back negative. Double <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Seems like with each <em>224</em> I gained a pound. I've been tracking my weight every Saturday since M... Thu, 30 May 2013 06:50:03 EST My new favorite snack <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YUM <em>29</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 19:29:22 EST Need motivation... This should do it for me today: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On my way to the gym today... <BR> <BR> Have a great one! <BR> Hattie Mon, 6 May 2013 06:39:09 EST For my sparkfriend CANNIE50 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's a pic of my spaniel mix. He is absolutely the sweetest dog on this earth! And he'll play fetch for hours. One time he escaped from my yard and ended up at the local SPCA. When I called there looking for him, I tried to describe him. "He has a white tip at the end of his black tail." The person on the phone said, "I can't tell if it's him b... Sat, 4 May 2013 11:08:49 EST NSV I came to post my non-scale victory for this month and imagine my surprise when I saw that I was awarded with a featured blog post. I feel so special. <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who left a comment, support and encouragement. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Well, my non-scale victory this month is a lower blood pressure reading. I went to the doctor's and she took the reading twice to make sure. Then she said, "Good job." I'm so proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I'm attending my son's college gradua... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:22:23 EST Walk in the park I've been working out at my new gym now for about a month. I've been going about 3-4 days a week, 30 minutes each day. It's still a struggle on my joints and I'm suffering from exercise fatigue, but I'm working through it. <BR> <BR> Got a lot going on. Dealing with some stress with my health. I'll fill you in at a later date. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to go for a walk in the park instead of sitting on the couch ALL day. I'm still going to sit on the couch today, my body needs a rest, but i... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:22:53 EST Specific Goals... As per your request... more specific goals for April #1 & #2. <BR> <BR> 1) Exercise more = go to the gym 3-5 times per week and exercise between 30-60 minutes. Depending on my health. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat less and more nutritiously = keeping within my calorie range of 1600 daily as per my nutritionist. Most of those calories will come from nuts & berries, fruits & veggies, and lean protein. <BR> <BR> Better? <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend. <BR> Hattie Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:58:15 EST April's goals I have 4 short goals this month. <BR> <BR> 1) Exercise more. <BR> <BR> 2) Eat less and more nutritiously. <BR> <BR> 3) Fit into a pair of size 16 'Not Your Daughter's Jeans'. I got them zipped but I can't breathe. <BR> <BR> 4) Hubby bought me a beautiful ankle bracelet that has me in a vise grip. I'd like to loosen that grip a bit. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> Hattie Tue, 2 Apr 2013 07:09:51 EST Banana Ice Cream I'm so going to try this! <em>265</em> <BR> <link><BR>a-ice-cream-with-only-one-ingredient-r<BR>ecipe </link> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 08:09:32 EST Rambling... Well, March is almost over. Wow...that was fast. <BR> <BR> Last week my son's girlfriend visited us from Norway during her spring break. Yesterday, he went home with her to Norway to spend his spring break. He's my baby and it's so unbelievable that he is in another country. <em>2</em> I stayed up all night and tracked the flight. When he text me to let me know he landed safely, I already knew. But I didn't tell him that. He would have called me a creep and said I was stalking him. <em... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:19:50 EST Scary beautiful... I went out early to take my Chloe for a brief walk. <em>313</em> Since the time change, I now have to take her out an hour earlier cause she's ready to go! <BR> <BR> I come back inside and I start my ascent up the stairs. <em>206</em> From the bottom I can see the upstairs ablaze in orange. Oh. My. G. The first thought in my mind is that I left a candle burning and now my house is on fire! <BR> <BR> I sprint up the stairs, heart pounding. And what did I find? My entire upstairs bathed i... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:35:23 EST It works... Healthy eating + exercise = weight loss! Who knew? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm down 3lbs this week. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful weekend! <BR> Hattie Sat, 9 Mar 2013 05:13:29 EST A wee bit... I woke up to a wee bit of snow. Not enough for a snow day or even a delayed opening. Hubby worked overtime, so I woke up alone. <em>39</em> And he'll be asleep all day, so no movie time for us this morning. Maybe tonight. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did anyone catch 'The Bible' that was shown on the History Channel last Sunday? I watched the beginning but fell asleep. Today I'll catch it on Demand. It's a 5 part series so I have to ca... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 07:05:16 EST No snow... I woke up this morning thinking that I could stay in bed a bit longer due to the "projected" snow fall. I peek out of the curtains and...NOTHING. Not even a flurry. <BR> <BR> Sigh. I kind of like snow days. The house is stocked with food. I bought plenty of wood for the fireplace. The kids and the dogs would sleep late. I get to snuggle up with hubby under the covers. <BR> <BR> Oh well. Business as usual. The dogs are up and so is loud Kina (my 10 year old with ADHD so severe that meds d... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:11:00 EST Snow days... Maybe I should have listened to the weather report. I just commented on my good friend CODEMAULERs status about her trudging through the snow to make it to yoga. As I sat there commenting, shaking my head and silently thanking goodness it was her and not me, little had I known that the snow was on it's way here to Jersey. <BR> <BR> Ugh! 3-5 inches is the prediction today. I'm so not ready for it. It's pretty windy out already so I can expect a power outage any minute now. <BR> <BR> I'm on m... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 07:07:03 EST Maple-ginger sweet potatoes I found this recipe in a 'Diabetic Slow Cooker' magazine. I'm always looking for healthy recipes to try. This one states: "Delicious & Nutritious. An excellent source of vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes also contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients." <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (about 5 cups) <BR> 2 medium tart cooking apples, such as Granny Smith, cored and coarsely chopped <BR> 1/4 cup dried cranberries <BR> 1-1/2... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:51:49 EST Much better... Yesterday was much better. This is why <em>252</em> . All of the great advice, you can't NOT succeed. I'm going to stock up on some sugarless gum as suggested by my good friend CODEMAULER. Have you guys tried these? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I'm going to get my protein in. Some oatmeal, an apple w/peanut butter, maybe a hard-boiled egg. Then I'm going to head out to a gym that is closer than the YMCA. I got a three day p... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 06:19:55 EST Fizzled out... Yesterday I started out strong but fizzled out as the day progressed. I had Special-K for breakfast with a banana and 1% milk. AM snack was a vanilla pudding cup and 1/2 apple. I drank my water but I also had a glass of chocolate milk ( I needed something sweet). <BR> <BR> I ran some errands at lunch time and Kina was hungry so we ate at the food court. I was starving. I had some bourbon chicken and green beans. I needed some more sweets, so I drank a Coke. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Went ho... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:43:05 EST Hello I'm back. In my mind I never really left. I've been thinking of you all daily. Every time I was on the computer, hubby was like are you on Sparkpeople. When I told him 'no', he was like <em>40</em> and encouraged me to come back here I am. <BR> <BR> Let's see.... I've been eating veggies, drinking water and exercising. Yup, I went back to the gym. The first time since maybe before Halloween. I'm taking it slowly because I still have that stupid twinge in my back whenever I exerci... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:10:36 EST Taking a break. Hey guys, <BR> <BR> Well, it's about that time again. You know when life gives you too much to handle and you have to back off of something. Well, I'm going to be taking a break from Sparkpeople for a while. <BR> <BR> My oldest son will be graduating from college in May! <em>244</em> So, we're preparing for that trip to North Carolina. My baby son is graduating in June. <em>244</em> He'll be leaving for Norway to study abroad. My middle son is still at home working at night and attendi... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:31:44 EST Finish strong. Well, like I said in my previous blog, hubby is off this week and it will definitely be a struggle. We both enjoy the same things in life, you know the ones that aren't good for you. But this week we vow to eat healthy and go back to the gym. It's so much easier when we are both on the same page. <BR> <BR> It's freezing here in NJ. When I checked the weather this morning around 2AM, it was 8 degrees. <em>40</em> Today, I'm going to make us a pot of vegetarian chili and maybe some cabbage s... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:53:55 EST Feeling good. I feel so much better when I eat right and exercise, so why do I stop? <em>40</em> Doesn't make sense, does it? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm feeling pretty good this morning. Looking forward to another day of eating right and taking a walk. <BR> <BR> Going to see 'Mama' for my date night tonight. I wanted to see it last weekend but we also wanted to see 'The Last Stand' (loved it) and 'Gangster Squad' (loved it). Oh yeah, gotta see Hansel and Gretel in IMAX 3D. I can't wait! I didn't have any ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:05:27 EST An apple a day... My small step yesterday: <BR> <BR> Had an apple and water for my bedtime snack. <em>180</em> <BR> <BR> Afternoon update: <BR> Hubby brought home a DD hot chocolate (my vice) and a plain donut. That was breakfast. I searched the nutrition catalog (can it really be called nutrition?) The hot chocolate is 220 calories and the donut is 320 calories. UGH. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a tuna sandwich (bread 110 calories, tuna w/mayo & green peppers?) with a cup of tomato soup (100 calories). <BR> <B... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 07:24:15 EST Feeling fatigued. My joints feel way better today. Minimal pain, if any. But I'm really tired. I slept all night, something I rarely do, but once I got Kina on the bus, I went back to sleep and I actually just woke up again. It's 12:35PM. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I had 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon, a packet of instant grits and a cup of hot tea with lemon for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Lunch will be light. Just some tomato soup and crackers. <BR> <BR> Will go for a walk this afternoon at the Y. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:37:44 EST Slow and steady. Yesterday I went for a 30-minute walk around the track at the Y. It was a slow pace since it's been a while since I've exercised on a daily basis. My joints are pretty inflamed today and I'll probably have to rest on the couch today. Maybe this evening I'll start doing some yoga again. <BR> <BR> My eating is so-so. I'll eat something that I shouldn't or I'll eat a larger portion than I should, but I'm mindful of it and I get right back on track. <BR> <BR> This morning I'll have a protein ... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:45:49 EST Small steps. My small steps for today: <BR> <BR> No more Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate runs. This morning I will sip a cup of tea. <BR> <BR> Chloe has a grooming appointment today. While she's there I WILL walk around the track at the Y instead of going to Panera Bread for a snack. <BR> <BR> Small steps= Big changes. <BR> <BR> Reach for the stars and the moon. <em>31</em> <BR> Hattie Mon, 21 Jan 2013 07:45:34 EST Sigh... It's a beautiful day here in Jersey. I decided to take Chloe out for a walk in the park instead of just letting her run around the back yard. She was ecstatic. Unfortunately, she stopped every five seconds to 'smell the roses' and my heart rate didn't get near as high as it should have, but we still enjoyed our time outdoors together. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was so gun-ho on getting my entire house cleaned from top to bottom. Oh well. I guess it was the thought that counted. I ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:35:01 EST