NWESCH24's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NWESCH24 NWESCH24's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Two pounds up, but it was my birthday :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660095 Truly not a great excuse, actually not an excuse at all, but I did enjoy my birthday and I own what I did. Yes, I screwed up by not eating better foods (mistake number 1), and slacking off on tracking (mistake number 2). So in two weeks, I put two pounds back on. I am disappointed, yet not surprised. I can't keep the weight off if I am not paying attention to what I am eating. Honestly, I didn't pay attention - my bad. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I have one more "birthday" luncheon to get thr... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:42:36 EST Two big weekends coming up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653394 First weekend - Monday is my b'day!! Yeah me, I love birthdays :) Go ahead, ask how old, go ahead, I know you want to know. I'll be 54. I feel great, I feel young, I can't believe I'm "that old"! Now if only I was as thin as I was 25 years ago - but hey, that's why I'm here. My husband is a great cook and will cook me whatever I want. Tomorrow I requested a roasted chicken with roasted root veggies and either asparagus or broccoli. Honestly, I weigh in on Sunday mornings so I want to save my ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:07:39 EST Ever have one of those days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650930 Normally, I do a blog on Saturday or Sunday. Here it is Tuesday and I just had to vent - which I try very hard not to do here. It's not even about my weight or my diet or my tracking - although, that may suffer tonight, there are chocolate chips screaming my name right now. <BR> <BR> I am sorry in advance. Bad day, oh, can't even begin to tell you. Can't/won't go into it all, but my latest thing was I just dumped a glass of juice all over the table/floor I just spent the morning cleaning. O... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:56:35 EST I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649162 I know yesterday I was all worried, but I hit my first goal of 10 lbs! So very happy. Now onto goal two - 10 to 15 lbs. by end of June. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who cheered me on! Feeling on top of the world right now. <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:43:28 EST water and tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648578 water today is really difficult and so is tracking. We took a ride out to our summer bungalow to check on it. Two hour drive, so I didn't drink my normal amount of water this morning (weak bladder, you all know). I skipped breakfast as we were running late. We also don't have drinkable water at this house so bring 3 gallon containers. For whatever reason, it's difficult for me to drink water out here. I'm doing it, but tough. Food is another issue. Because we had the trip and had to pack the... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:32:01 EST Irish Soda Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647914 Made two - I'm not even a fan, but I took the torch from my Father (who was German). He always made it for my Mom (who was Irish). Took me years to get his recipe right, and still, it's not his. But still, I make it every year. This year I made one to send to my Uncle (Pop's nephew actually). Then, I had leftover buttermilk, so I made another. Split it in half. Half for my husband, he likes it. The other half has been split and my neighbor and my friends up at the store I frequent are getting... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:56:13 EST didn't hit my goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643735 Gain a pound. I was 169.5 last week and today I was 170.0. Technically a half pound, but for whatever reason SP shows me as 1 pound gain. Whatever, I need to lose two more pounds by next week. I really want to hit my 1st goal of 10 lbs. by March 16, but if I do it by March 22 I will be happy. Things happen, I had my moment of not keeping to program. Not going to go on a rant about it. I didn't do well, I went off track, but I am back on. <BR> <BR> So today started with a great breakfast, lo... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 16:22:30 EST Don't think I'll hit my goal this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643034 A little disappointed, but my own fault. I didn't eat the best I could have this week. I still have another week, my first week goal to hit 10 lbs. gone was March 16. Still disappointed in myself. I wanted to be one step ahead. <BR> <BR> These are obstacles I have to face, we all do. I messed up, but I'm back on track now and I still believe I will reach my goal next week, at least I better or I'm going to beat myself up so bad!!! <BR> <BR> So I will see tomorrow, if you don't see a blog ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:53:31 EST The Honor System http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639711 I made homemade blueberry muffins on Sunday. Did them as minis. Figured out the calories, etc. I love blueberry muffins, always have, always will. Well, yesterday, I wasn't having the best day for whatever reason. I ate six. Yes, you read this right, SIX. As minis they are 100 calories EACH. I ate 600 calories on something that tasted really good, but didn't fill me. <BR> <BR> Today, I am owning it. I did it, I ate six of these things. I'm not confessing because I will get caught, you can't... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 16:54:15 EST The Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637164 This blog is going to sound a little strange. I'm not "obese". I AM overweight. I need to lose 40/45 lbs. Wow, it's so easy to put on, yet so hard to take off. When I was younger and thinner I couldn't understand how someone could "put on that much weight". Well, stuff happens, I don't judge anymore. I'm in no place to judge anyone. I put the weight on all by myself. I don't blame anyone. No one told me to eat two pieces of cake, no one said, oh, open your mouth, you need to have more ice cre... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 20:41:57 EST One small goal at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631407 I was very happy this morning when I stepped on the scale - down another pound (8 lbs total since January 6)!!! So far I am on track to reach my first goal of losing 10 lbs. by mid March. My second goal is to lose a total of 20 by the end of June. My third goal is to be down 30 by middle of September. My final goal is 40 lbs. gone by mid November. Breaking my weight loss journey into smaller goals makes it seem more doable to me. Thinking I have to lose 40 lbs. in x amount of time makes me ne... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:05:18 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624742 after a week down with the flu and one too many snow storms, I finally got my appetite back and went grocery shopping. I now have foods in the house that will keep me on track and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> I did lose a pound last week, but it certainly wasn't because I was trying. This week if I do lose a pound, I know it is because I am eating better. <BR> <BR> I vow to get back on track exercising Monday. It's been a long couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is enjoy the long Pres... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:24:54 EST The Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620596 totally stinks. First my husband got it, then me. It's been 5 days and I still am not myself. My appetite is zero but I'm trying to get a little something in me. So far turkey on whole wheat (half a sandwich) and broth is all I've managed. I am so tired of tea that now I'm drinking hot water with a little lemon and honey. That's even getting old. <BR> <BR> I can't wait until I feel better. Haven't done a minute of exercise other than getting up off the couch to use the bathroom, or get anot... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:16:31 EST Not the best week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616051 My husband has been home sick with the flu all week. We got a snow storm Monday (about 8 inches) and today got about 3 inches of snow, then sleet on top of it, now rain. Everything was cleared by my landscaper (thankfully because I'm exhausted from shoveling and my back is killing me). Then.....the plow came again :( Normally my husband does all this. I felt like I was lifting cinder blocks. Wet, heavy, sleet and rain soaked snow. I will admit, I am tired and I am cranky and still have to cle... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:08:21 EST SuperBowl Sunday and Chili http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613160 My husband always makes chili for Superbowl Sunday. I knew this yesterday as he began his pot. <BR> <BR> Today, I worked backwards. First tracked my dinner - chili and cornbread. Then I figured out what I could have for breakfast and lunch. Since I like a more filling breakfast, I knew lunch would have to be on the lighter side. I put lunch off for a bit so I would not be starving at dinner. Lunch was a most satisfying bowl of baby spinach, a little bit of goat cheese (less than an ounce), ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:26:57 EST The BlueCat does not enjoy me walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612263 So I do my walk dvd's, but sometimes I set the oven timer for 15 minutes (have my pace down now) or set my cell phone timer. Cell phone timer goes off with a duck quack. I liked it, thought it was different. WELLLLLLLLLLLLL, The BlueCat hates it. I found this out twice. First time didn't realize what freaked him out, and let me tell you, he has some big claws and they leave some big bleeding scratches! Second time, he came out from under his covers hissing and swiping. Trust me, I knew to tak... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:06:57 EST Job Interview http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610406 Have a strange one. Online, and have to do video responses to some questions. My friend who works HR said this is becoming more common. I have until Sunday midnight to do this. I want it over with. I'm really nervous. To prepare, I'm getting up at the time I normally get up when I go into the city to work (two days a week), doing my hair and makeup, and dressing! Strange to me since I'll be sitting in the same place on the compute.! Normally, I would be in pj's at this point. Wish me luck. P... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:51:07 EST Water and cold weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605112 This was week three for me. It was cold on here on Long Island, NY. Drinking my eight plus glasses of water each day was tough. I left my pitcher on the counter so it wasn't really cold, but still it wasn't going down as easily as I was just bone cold. I had a couple of cups decaf green tea, but not being a big tea drinker and really wanting pure water, this just wasn't doing it for me. I finally began filling my mug with the water from the kettle. It worked. It helped me drink my water and ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:50:24 EST shoveling stinks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601534 I did my three miles today, walking in the house. But I also shoveled the back patio five times and the walk from the back patio to the road 3 times. I know it's not technically a mile, but man, what a work out! I am claiming a mile in my mind, not on my tracker. If nothing else I did get a great cardio workout! Can't wait until April!! Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:20:10 EST Figured out an easy way to get my 10000! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598288 Weekends are hard. My husband is home. Don't have as much "me" time, not going into the city two days a week, etc. Today I decided do or die I was getting 10000 steps in. I got two miles walking time in, 15 minutes each, doing a dvd. Then, decided, Saturday is a music day. My husband loves to listen to music on a Saturday. That's our thing, we listen to music and relax, do some chores. So I danced. Every song that came on that had a snappy beat, I got up and danced. I danced into the living r... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 18:45:01 EST I colored my hair today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597095 yes I know, big deal. But it was long overdue. It did not help me lose any weight. It did not help me exercise. What it did was make me feel better. I feel "younger". By making me feel better, it pushed me to do another mile walk. It helped me to make sure I got my water. It helped make me eat exactly what is planned today and not cheat. <BR> <BR> Doing something so simple as coloring my hair, made me more committed. So come on, color your hair ;) <BR> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:14:34 EST What I have discovered the last few days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594853 I'm full. I'm actually struggling a bit getting all my "food" into my day. It's a surprise. Instead of eating a bagel with butter for breakfast, today I had a mini frittata, a whole wheat sandwich thing and some sliced turkey. When I eat my bagel with butter, I'm hungry an hour later. Today, I pushed myself to have my morning snack - a banana. For lunch I'd have McDonald's or something at the hot buffet at the deli, or if I'm home, I graze all day, picking at whatever is in the fridge. Today ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:32:58 EST two down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592735 Started on January 6 and weighed in today. Down 2!!!! I know, first week always water weight, etc. What I want is 1 pound a week. That will make me happy. That will help me. I would love to be down 25 by end of June. I realize 20 is more of an attainable goal, yet one I need to really work at. So, I want 25, but hey, I'll take 20. This goal has me losing 1+ lb a week. Doesn't seem like a lot, but I know there are weeks like this, 2 lbs, then there will be weeks with 0 lbs. I'm being realisti... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:20:50 EST Back again and committed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590522 I was a Spark member back in 2010. I did well. Then...I got lazy, I didn't feel like counting calories, I didn't feel like tracking everything I ate, etc. My laziness brought me 45 lbs. of added weight that I so did not need. I found myself just eating, always, for no reason, oh those chocolates go down so easy. <BR> <BR> So here I am again. I need to do this for many reasons. <BR> <BR> One - last visit to the doctor my blood pressure was high (not horrible, but nonetheless higher than no... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:27:51 EST It's hard to plan and I'm getting scared! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176529 My hours are screwy. I started a new job as a cashier a few weeks ago and I find out my schedule the week before! It's never the same. One day it's 5:45 to 4:45, then it's 9 to 6, then it's 3 to 12, then 10 to 7. How do you plan??????? <BR> <BR> I'm trying, I really am. I spend today (woooooohoooooo day off!!!!) cooking chicken cutlets and running to the store to buy tomato/lettuce/rolls to make lunch. I also made "egg sandwiches" for breakfast for two days. <BR> <BR> When I'm home I hav... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:37:23 EST First week of work and I'm struggling with healthy eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3099834 The hours are crazy. It's part time but can be anywhere from 15 to 35 hours. So far I've pulled full 8 hour days on Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday, and again this Saturday. The first three days were 9 to 6 (I know I said 8 hours but we don't get paid for lunch). This coming Saturday I'm on 1 p.m. to 10 p.m . I'm not complaining about the hours - I WANT the work and I will take whatever they give me right now. Planning and keeping a schedule of eating right has become tough. You see, Saturday ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:30:14 EST Working really cuts into my exercise time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3065123 I am truly lucky that I got a job. But man, talk about being spoiled! I was used to having all this time. NOW - oh no! Saturday was my first real day - orientation. It was from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. So I packed up my lunch Friday night this way I had all the right foods, etc. Left at 7:25 and got home around 4:00. I admit openly and willingly, I AM SPOILED! This was a long hard day for me (go ahead, call me a brat - I deserve it). Got home, my wonderful husband cooked dinner and he even did the... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 12:28:30 EST Doing my Monday Blog on Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3047216 I got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<BR>! My hours are going to be completely screwy the next few weeks. But I got a job. Thought I'd take a few minutes this evening to just jot down my thought on how my week went and how I'm going to get through the next couple of weeks. Blogging has become a friend to me in an odd way, makes me think. Thinking is a good thing! <BR> <BR> I kind of celebrated my 50th a little too long (big embarrassed face). That chocolate cheesecake, well, I ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:44:05 EST Had a great B'day dinner - no, not 50 YET! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3030934 Wednesday I hit the big 50. I'm looking forward to it and I don't have any issues with it. Maybe I'm strange. I don't know. I just think it's a great place to be. <BR> <BR> With that, oh man did I celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL, had a dinner Saturday with friends, ate everything wrong, even over ate on chocolate cheese cake. Do I feel guilty??? Yes, maybe a little. But truly not that much. I'm back on track today and that is all that matters. I'm really watching and working and I'll get... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:19:32 EST Everything is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008291 Had a good day today. Yesterday - well, not so much. Didn't feel really well, sore throat, chills, achy - I did the lazy, lay on the couch thing. With that comes - bad eating, at least that's what I do when I'm sick. Honestly I didn't do too bad considering! Thinking now that SparkPeople is a good thing. I so wanted to give in to the "oh pity me, I have a sore throat, I am cold, feed me mommy please". <BR> <BR> Realized I have to get over it, "Mommy" isn't here anymore to cater to me and... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 19:44:59 EST I've recovered from the Digital Scale episode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2974433 I'm using it along with my antiquated one from 1951. It's kind of fun to see the numbers in .5 lb. increments. I still use old trusty as my weigh in scale. We have a history, a really good history. <BR> <BR> So old trusty did me right today, it went under the 170 mark. It brought me to the first quarter mark of my goal. As I've said before I'm not in competition with anyone but I would like to reach my 33 lb. loss by the end of July. Have a wedding in Puerto Rico August 14. Not sure if I... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:13:42 EST The New (soon to be returned) Digital Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2959159 I was happy with my scale. OK, I think my mom got it as a wedding shower gift (55 years ago????????????) It worked for me. But I thought ok, let me enter the year 2010. Moving forward like that is not good for me right now. I'm not happy. I'm going back to 1951. I like that year much better. I like the weight registration it gave me. I refuse to put my weight back up to what I originally started at. Scales lie, especially those digital ones. I have a bunch of friends who will attest to that.... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:25:44 EST Here we go again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2949846 Yup another week of no loss. But that's ok, I lost a pound last week. I was lazy (ok I truly was sick, but honestly, I let myself get lazy once I felt better). I took being sick as an option to be unhealthy. What does that mean? Well, I ate. I didn't eat well. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted because it made me feel better. That - I do hate to say it - comfort foods. Comfort foods are good, comfort foods are acceptable, comfort foods can be healthy. In portions!!!! LOL I took that quiz, yo... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 18:52:26 EST This blogging makes me think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2913449 Thought I wasn't into it, but I kind of like putting down some things about my week. It's a good reflection for me. <BR> <BR> Was a little concerned this weekend as Joe is off from work and it's not as easy for me to get my exercises in. And he likes to snack (that scares me). I did ok though. When he takes a shower I get 20 minutes of my cardio in. Also realized my new laptop has a bigger, better, and longer lasting battery than my old one. Saturday I just picked up and went to another ro... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:37:15 EST Picking it back up again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2894302 Ok, I'm not real good at blogging, but I guess it's like talking to myself or the cats which that, I have it mastered. It also makes me think hard about what I'm doing for the week. Blogging might be an ok thing :) <BR> <BR> Had myself a couple of slow weeks. One week didn't lose, another week gained a pound. Finally said, get over yourself, you've slacked off. So here I am. I'm over myself. Now all I need is for the WESTPORTS - AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE - to get back on track and start pu... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 17:21:19 EST My Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870913 Ok so I don't think this was a big deal at all, but my good buddy, my quit buddy, my "who dat gonna beat dos colts" buddy!!! said you need to post this as a blog.................. <BR> <BR> So Karen, I'm doing it : <BR> My new Attitude :::::::: <BR> <BR> <BR> I came to the realization yesterday that the reason I am succeeding (down 6.5 lbs. since Jan 4) is because I changed my attitude. Losing weight and exercising was always an effort. It wasn't something positive, it was something to dwe... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:21:46 EST