MRSSCHENCK's SparkPeople Blog MRSSCHENCK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community YIKES! Last month was a total bust. My only goal for this month is to get back on the wagon and don't fall off! <BR> <BR> ~Hattie Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:18:04 EST List 3 Goals for August What are your top 3 goals for the month of August? Mine are: <BR> <BR> 1) Get back to tracking my food and exercise CONSISTENTLY. <BR> <BR> 2) Drink at least 2 fruit and veggie smoothies a day until I reach my goal weight, drinking plenty of water and eating enough protein in between meals. <BR> <BR> 3) Walk or jog at least 30 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> This should be easy, right? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 2 Aug 2015 09:05:06 EST BINGE!!! I ate an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's Half-Baked ice cream. One minute I was just scraping the surface for a taste and 15 minutes later I was scraping the bottom of the container. <BR> <BR> 270 calories per 1/2 cup serving times 4 servings! <em>198</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:31:52 EST My First Cycling Adventure I joined a biking group and went for a "beginner's" ride yesterday. It was supposed to be flat terrain but it wasn't. I ended up walking my bike uphill many times along the route. We were supposed to ride 15 easy miles but we rode 18 grueling miles. <BR> <BR> There was a dog incident, a beetle bug in my mouth incident, a popping of chain incident, a going off into a ditch, which almost ended in a wipeout, incident and a close to tears wanting to call my husband to come pick me up but he was ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:14:09 EST Blueberry-Banana Smoothie Oh. My. Goodness. <BR> <BR> I made this smoothie this morning and it was SO delicious! <BR> <BR> 1 cup frozen blueberries <BR> 1 frozen banana <BR> 6 oz can pineapple juice <BR> about 1/4 cup fat-free milk <BR> 1/4 cup ground rolled oats <BR> 1 TBSP ground flaxseed <BR> <BR> This tasted like a dessert. It was probably the pineapple juice. The next time I make it, I'll just use milk. But when I'm craving something sweet, like ice cream, I'm definitely making this. I felt like I was being b... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:10:00 EST Who's With Me? I haven't blogged in awhile, nor have I been tracking my foods and exercise. I'm in a groove. No time to start slacking off now. <BR> <BR> is everyone still here? Are we still drinking our water, making sure we're filling up on fruits, veggies and protein? Getting in some extra movement? <BR> <BR> I've been wearing my fitbit and have been consistently hitting the 10,000 steps mark, so I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Alright then, Time to get off this social media and enjoy t... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 11:12:30 EST Consistency <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Come join our team. We'd love to have you. <BR> <BR> <em>478</em> To your health! <BR> ~Hattie <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hies </link> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:55:17 EST Happy birthday to me! Today I'm celebrating my 47th birthday and my 24th wedding anniversary. <BR> <BR> Yes, I got married <em>336</em> on my birthday. <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm having birthday cake. No, I'm not tracking it. <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm working out on the elliptical AND drinking my water AND eating my fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:43:54 EST Come on! Let's get it in! <img src=""> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:25:53 EST I quit! It used to feel like a full time job. You know the feeling. Waking up, figuring out what to eat (or what not to eat), getting in my daily 30 minutes of exercise, tracking. UGH! I hated every minute of it. Usually, I'd end up quitting. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But not this time. I stuck with it and it's paying off. I have more non-scale victories than scale victories, and I'm ok with that. Eventually, the scale will have to get on board with all that I'm doing, right? <BR> <BR> I'm happy to... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:36:02 EST Either way, I win by losing I bought my husband a fitbit zip for Christmas since our Forces stopped working. He never even opened the package. Oh well, his loss is my gain...or should I say, "my loss", weight loss that is. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I see many more steps in my future! <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 08:43:38 EST Any Good Juice/Smoothie Recipes To Share? <link><BR>hies </link> <BR> <BR> Come join us! <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <BR> ~Hattie Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:35:41 EST Starting Off Strong Today feels like it's gonna be a good day. <BR> <BR> It started off with a bowl of Cheerios and low-fat milk to prep me for my morning strength training. <BR> <BR> <BR> Next came my morning meditation and working my triceps and biceps. <BR> <BR> Now I'm enjoying a small bowl of cubed watermelon. Mmm...refreshing and sweet. <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> I feel ready to handle whatever the day has in store for me! <BR> <BR> Namaste <BR> <em>414</em> ~Hattie <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:49:04 EST The Old Me My husband and I went out for lunch this afternoon. I've been back on sp now for about 40 days and I'm proud to say that I've gotten my eating habits under control. I've been enjoying plenty of fruit and veggie smoothies and making healthy choices, even when we go out for a meal. <BR> <BR> But today I have no idea what happened. It's like someone took over my body. I ordered fries. I don't even really enjoy fries anymore. <em>486</em> If I have a taste for some, I may pick one or two off ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:16:07 EST One Was Enough I usually rest and give in to a few goodies that I've deprived myself of all week on the weekends. Now I'm going to give myself one day. Saturday. On Sunday, I begin again. <BR> <BR> Two days, for me, tends to turn into three, etc. So yesterday I had my one Reese's peanut butter cup and gave the other to my son. And guess what? One was enough. I used to buy the king size with all intentions of sharing. But I never did. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I feel like I no longer crave sugar. I swear... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 07:46:22 EST My "aha" quote "Every choice you make either gets you closer to your goal or further away from your goal. Which way do you want to go today" ~ unknown <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:33:14 EST Feeling "Off" Today's not a good day. I feel like my body, mind and spirit need a break. So...I'll meditate, maybe do some yoga (which I haven't done in a while), then spend the day on the couch engulfed in a good book. <BR> <BR> Have a great day sparkfriends. <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Namaste Tue, 2 Jun 2015 06:50:26 EST It's a Great Day! Started this morning off with hot lemon water. <em>271</em> <BR> <BR> Already completed my 30 minute workout on the elliptical. I went even farther today in the same amount of time. <em>314</em> <BR> <BR> I was 2 lbs lighter on the doctor's scale than on my scale at home. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> This morning's smoothie: <BR> <BR> 1 cup almond milk <BR> 1 frozen banana <BR> 2 tbsp flaxseed <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Make today count! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 07:20:32 EST Summer Days.... One of the biggest hurdles that I must jump this summer is beach food. Ugh...boardwalk fries, candy apples, funnel cakes. salt-water taffy. YUM! I grew up on the NJ shore, so these foods are ingrained in me. Part of who I am. Nostalgic. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Last night, I went to the beach and had my favorite of all beach foods...funnel cake. I ate half instead of all. Only because I had to share with my 12 year old. And when it was all done...I felt miserable. UGH! My stomac... Sun, 31 May 2015 08:37:12 EST Slow and Steady I've been back for 30 days now and according to my fitbit scale, I'm down 4.3.lbs. Of course, I wish it was more, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Slow and steady wins the race. <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> At this rate, by next summer, I'll be at my goal weight for my 25th wedding anniversary. My husband and I are going on our very first cruise. <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Fri, 29 May 2015 08:10:52 EST The Wait Is Over! Yesterday I posted about drinking green juices for a week or so now and I was just waiting for the extra energy to kick in. <BR> <BR> Well...the wait is over! I woke up this morning about 4:30 am and I was feeling so energetic. Usually I'll browse all of my social sites until I have to get out of bed, but not this morning. No sirree. I've already put in 30 minutes on the elliptical and I'm feeling <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gonna go have my protein filled breakfast: grilled chicken br... Thu, 28 May 2015 06:26:41 EST This is tiring. In order for me to keep from doing some mindless eating <em>29</em> I have to keep busy. But man, this is tiring. I just want to take a long nap. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I've made a list of things to do when i get bored. One thing I've learned is that boredom is definitely the culprit and evidently, I'm bored a lot. <BR> <BR> On the bright side, procrastination is no longer an issue. Stuff's getting done and it feels pretty good. <BR> <BR> I've been juicing once a day and I'm waiting... Wed, 27 May 2015 15:51:09 EST BBQ Wasn't So Hard Well, I made it through the holiday bbq without pigging out. I focused on Memorial Day and it's meaning. I visited a veteran's cemetery and paid my respects. My heart was bursting a combination of pride and sorrow as I looked upon the sea of waving flags. <BR> <BR> I actually attended two bbqs yesterday. My husband had to work and couldn't attend the one later with all the family, so we had a small one at home for lunch. I ate one hot dog. WHAT??? Unheard of in the past. <BR> <BR> Then I at... Tue, 26 May 2015 07:35:01 EST I Made It Through Yesterday was a bit rough in the beginning. I binged out on more than a few crunchy, salty, carb filled snacks, but I made it through. For some reason I felt that if I made sure I had the correct serving size and tracked everything, it wouldn't be so bad. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But what the tracking did was wake me up and turn my choices back to healthy ones. I'm so glad I did or yesterday could have been a disaster! <BR> <BR> This morning I'm back on track, positive attitude and all. <... Fri, 22 May 2015 06:18:16 EST That's brisk, baby! Does anyone remember that old tea commercial? I think it was Lipton. Anywho.... <BR> <BR> I'm feeling a bit down today but my determination won out and I took Chloe for a walk in the park. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> It started raining and she was in a hurry to get back to the car so our usual stroll turned into more of a brisk walk. Heart poundingly brisk. Hmmm....maybe we should walk in the rain more often. <BR> <BR> It was a lovely walk. The sound of the rain hitting my umbrella combined ... Thu, 21 May 2015 10:25:41 EST Favorite Juicing Recipes? I think I'm going to start juicing for the next 30 days to get a boost on my weight loss efforts. <BR> <BR> I know that there are plenty of recipes online, but what are your favorites? <BR> <BR> It's too expensive to buy and juice veggies just to end up not liking it. I've thrown out plenty of "fails" and it made me cringe and stop doing it altogether. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 May 2015 07:13:51 EST Why Are You So Cruel? <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's so hard to feel positive when the scale goes up instead of down. All of the tracking and exercising. This is why I stopped getting on this thing. UGH! <BR> <BR> Okay...vent over. <BR> <BR> I have no "go team go!" <em>321</em> today. Maybe you guys can give me some. Tue, 19 May 2015 06:47:07 EST Non Scale Victory I just realized that I've been sprinting up my stairs. Wow, what a change from dragging myself upstairs. And one time when my knees were bothering me, I literally crawled up the steps on my hands and knees. Mon, 18 May 2015 15:21:55 EST Lupus Walk Today's the Walk To End Lupus on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ. Plenty of exercise today! Sun, 17 May 2015 06:15:14 EST Protein Struggle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling to meet the required protein each day. This morning I'm starting with grilled chicken and a hardboiled egg. Let's see if this does the trick. <BR> <BR> And evidently, I struggle with knowing how to upload a pic right side up, too. <em>246</em> Sat, 16 May 2015 07:57:37 EST No Problem I've been battling cravings and fatigue for the past couple of days. It hasn't been as bad as in the past. A taste here, a taste there. But those little tastes can add up quickly. <BR> <BR> I need to make a plan early and stick to it. I've come to realize that weekends are my problem area. Too much spare time on my hands that need to be filled. <BR> <BR> So, I'm gonna make myself a weekend journal and plan my day, hour by hour, in advance. Boredom leads to noshing. No boredom, no overeating... Sat, 16 May 2015 07:31:07 EST We Got This! Today is one of those "blah" days where i really don't feel like tracking or exercising...or eating right for that matter. <BR> <BR> But, I refuse to fall back into my old habits. One day turns to two, two to three, etc. Then I'm right back where I started. It's ok to make mistakes. We're human, after all. But we need to learn from those mistakes. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I get it. <em>58</em> I've learned from my past mistakes. So, I've started the morning off with some grilled chicken from la... Fri, 15 May 2015 08:11:13 EST Don't Let Me Down Yesterday, my body was begging for rest but my mind, spirit and soul were craving exercise. I went on the elliptical and had my best workout of the month! <BR> <BR> I was finally able to work up to 30 minutes without feeling like I was about to fall out. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Two weeks of logging onto SP and I'm still going strong and feeling motivated. Come on feeling, don't let me down! <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 May 2015 08:54:12 EST One of Them Days For my new sparkfriends and anyone who doesn't know, I have Lupus. Some days I'm burdened with pain and fatigue. <BR> <BR> This is one of those days. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So, for today, I'm gonna listen to my body. I'm gonna take a pain pill and get back into bed. No elliptical for me today, but I'll aim for a short walk tonight after dinner. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day everyone. Burn some extra calories for me! <BR> <BR> <em>520</em> May is Lupus Awareness Month Wed, 13 May 2015 06:49:38 EST Simple Works For Me When I apply all of the tools that SP offers, this weight loss thing seems pretty simple. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's gonna be in the 90s today in Jersey and this Jersey girl doesn't like the heat, so I'm gonna get my walk done pretty early this morning. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <em>252</em> Tue, 12 May 2015 07:22:07 EST What the What?! My mother-in-law called me yesterday to go out on a movie date. She is one of those naturally thin beauties who can eat whatever she wants and still stay thin. UGH! And she's very fashionable. So when we go out together, I try to bring my "A" game. <BR> <BR> Instead of throwing on a pair of sweats, which I love, I brought out the jeans. I pulled on my size 18W and they were too loose. WHAT THE? <em>9</em> Thankfully, I have a few size 16Ws from when I lost weight with SP before. I tried t... Mon, 11 May 2015 07:10:07 EST Mindless Eating My men/children keep asking me what I want for Mother's Day. The only thing that I want is peace and quiet today. A day to sit and watch Lifetime or Hallmark without interruption. I want to read a book and actually understand the page that I've just read, you know? <BR> <BR> TV watching and reading are my biggest problem areas when it comes to mindless eating. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> It's gonna be a challenge today, I'm not gonna lie. But if I go out and prepare for the day, maybe I can s... Sun, 10 May 2015 08:58:05 EST Keep It Going! According to my weigh-in report and my Fitbit scale, I've lost 3 lbs since I started my daily weigh-ins 10 days ago. <BR> <BR> Yay me! <em>334</em> Now in the past, I'd celebrate my weight loss with food. Crazy, huh? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Not this time. I'm so motivated and determined that I'm gonna keep it going. <BR> <BR> Let's go, sparkpeople! <em>215</em> Time to kick some pounds to the curb! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:23:36 EST It's gonna be an AWESOME day! How do I know? Because I say so! <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I have my water bottle. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Already did 1.15 miles on the elliptical. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Eggs for breakfast, tuna for lunch and grilled chicken for dinner should boost my protein intake for today. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Alright sparkpeople...LET'S GO BE <em>345</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 07:18:48 EST Energy, where are you? I started off this week so strong but now I'm starting to fizzle out. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm going to listen to my body and take it easy today. No elliptical but I will take my dog for a 30 minute walk in the park. That, I can do. <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> I've got my water. <BR> About to head to the store to restock my fresh fruits, veggies and proteins. <BR> <BR> Make today great. Let's go, sparkpeople! <em>381</em> Thu, 7 May 2015 09:31:12 EST Better Late Than Never Ooops! I forgot to post my morning motivation. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm dragging behind today. Time to catch up. <BR> <BR> My day started with the alarm waking me up. That RARELY happens. <BR> <BR> As I'm writing this, I realized that I haven't had my bottle of water today. So, let me grab one. <BR> <BR> Finally, I didn't start my day off with my morning mile on the elliptical. No wonder I'm dragging. <BR> <BR> Oh well, no time like the present, right? <BR> <BR> Ok sparkpeople, we have... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:37:23 EST I'm Going Down! According to my Fitbit scale... I'm down a pound! <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> Did you get your 8 hours of sleep last night? Of course you did. That means we're well rested and ready to tackle this day. <BR> <BR> We've got our fruits, veggies, protein and water, right? <BR> <BR> Alrighty then! Let's go people! We've got calories to burn! <em>215</em> Tue, 5 May 2015 06:53:09 EST Oh No She Didn't! Yesterday was day two of perfect days. I got my fitness in and my nutrition report for the day was spot on. Perfect amount of fats, carbs and protein. I took a handful of blueberries and a bottled water to bed because I love to munch while I'm winding down for the night. Me tucked in bed, reading a book = the munchies. <BR> <BR> Back in my mind I remembered a hostess cupcake that I had stashed away. Did I eat it? <BR> <BR> Oh Yes I Did! <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> UGH!!! Mon, 4 May 2015 06:46:00 EST Who's With Me? Hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to another great day! I did wonderfully yesterday and it was such a good feeling. The feeling was so good that I want to do it all again today. Show of hands. Who's with me? <em>213</em> Sun, 3 May 2015 09:50:46 EST Let's Go! Good morning, sparkpeople! It's a new day. <BR> <BR> Time to: <BR> <BR> Drink our water. <BR> Move our bodies. <BR> Eat healthy. <BR> Take steps towards our goals. <BR> <BR> Have an awesome day everyone. I'm ready! <BR> <em>321</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 06:48:17 EST TRACKER Wow! I'm so thankful for the food tracker. I can't believe just how many calories I actually consume in a day. <BR> <BR> I'll definitely be using it for every meal. <BR> <BR> Let's go people. We can do this! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 1 May 2015 20:50:16 EST 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