PSCHEP's SparkPeople Blog PSCHEP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ready, Set, Go Used the long weekend to get myself set up for some healthy meals. Went to the farmers market and got some fresh greens to make green smoothies for breakfast. Carrots, apples, yogurt, and nuts for snacks. I've been doing Blue Apron-vegetarian version. i'll probably stop this soon, once all the fresh veggies are available locally. But, for now, have cooked them all up so I have some healthy lunches and dinners ready. Squeezed some lemon juice and made ice cubes so I can have a little lem... Mon, 29 May 2017 20:01:24 EST Health update Since early February I've been dealing with breast cancer-not aggressive, but needed to go through surgery and radiation. As of today I'm pretty well done all treatments except medication on-going. This was a wake-up call to take care of myself. Due to fatigue during radiation I didn't exercise or watch what I ate. So, I've gained more weight. Seems to be a trend. Every health situation I run into I gain weight. I've also been told I have some bone density issues. So, I need to start ... Tue, 23 May 2017 20:47:10 EST Colorful carrots <img src=""> Tastes like summer! Sat, 4 Mar 2017 09:01:08 EST My first full meal in two weeks <img src=""> <BR> Fish, garlic roasted potatoes and peas. It was yummy and I am full! Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:18:00 EST Before cleanse Before my 10 day cleanse: <BR> 1. I would have never gone to the farmers market-nothing would interest me. Today, I can get my whole week's groceries there. <BR> 2. I wouldn't have had the energy to go all day long, like I did today. Most Saturdays I would make it until about noon, and then would sit the rest of the day-recouperating from my work week. <BR> 3. I would have never passed up a cheese and crackers snack offered to me while visiting. Actually, I did't pass it up, but only ni... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:41:14 EST 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse Well, I did it! I completed the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I did really well, lost 10 lbs and am on my way to a more healthy eating lifestyle. The bonus is all the energy I have. I now have enough energy to exercise and plan healthy meals. It's not for everyone, but for me, it was the push I needed to get my act together. Glad to be back on spark to catch up with everyone. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:12:42 EST Not doing so bad I weighed myself this morning and I'm not doing as bad as I thought. I've just come back from a long vacation and ate a lot. But, I walked a lot too. So, I'm encouraged that I can get back on track! Fri, 29 May 2015 07:57:17 EST I'm back, again Seems like this happens to me a lot. I do good starting to eat right and exercise, and then life happens. Then it's months before I try again. And I gain weight in the mean time. I've decided, one thing I'm going to try different is, instead of spending time on Facebook , I'm going to spend time on spark. We'll see if that makes a difference. Thu, 28 May 2015 17:19:02 EST October, 2014 I'm pretty discouraged. I just read my May post and I could just cut and past it and post it today. Still gaining. My back is bothering me again. I've adjusted my weight loss goal to be back where I started on 1/1/14. To try to lose the weight I've gained this year. Guess I'm going to have to try to link up with some spark friends to keep me motivated and accountable. Here's to three months of some kind of progress!! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:03:31 EST May 10 update It's been a very busy few months and it goes without saying that I've been too busy to take care of myself. I've gained weight and the lack of exercise has cased my back problems to come back. So, again, I'm starting again to eat right and exercise. Sat, 10 May 2014 20:18:50 EST Progress Report Oct 20 Met my goal for steps for the week. Yay! But, still gained weight. Boo! And this upcoming week is going to be extremely busy. So, if I can hit my goal for steps I'll be doing good. Not going to worry about anything else for the week. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 16:48:28 EST Progress Report Oct 12 This was a "failed week" physically. I did not exercise, track water calories. Just too busy. But the activities I was involved with were educational, emotionally supportive and inspirational. So, my week was not a total "fail", as I am more than my body. <BR> <BR> Also, I recently applied for life insurance and got the best rating possible-so they think I'm doing ok:-) <BR> <BR> Guess I just need to start this week fresh with the same goals as last week and see what happens. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 06:58:30 EST Progress report Oct 5 Finally, some success. The scale hasn't moved, but I was able to get in an average of 6,000 steps per day last week, or 42,000 for the week. So, this coming week I'm going to shoot for 43,000 for the week. <BR> <BR> The week before last was just to hectic to track, plan or blog as I was away. This coming week looks busy too. But hoping I can stay focused on the 43,000 steps. <BR> <BR> And, I'm going to try to focus on drinking water. This time, instead of having a goal, I think I'll ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 11:31:27 EST Progress report Sept. 22 I have a few minutes for an update. I did lose some weight this week, but I'm wondering if my scale has a problem as I lost quite a bit according to it. I'll see what next week brings. <BR> <BR> Did ok in hitting my 6,000 steps this week. But, I've discovered some days it's just impossible to hit my goal as I'm in non-stop meetings/activities from 4:30am to 9:00pm. So, I think I'll try to hit an average of 6,000 steps per day, over the course of a week. I can make up for busy days on da... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:28:31 EST Progress report Sept. 15 So, I didn't reach all my goals last week. I had an unusually busy week, but that should be no excuse. I need to adjust my goals to fit where I am right now I guess: <BR> <BR> I met my 6,000 step goal all week, until Thursday and Friday. I'm going to stick with this goal until I can reach it consistently. If anyone is reading this blog, I get a lot of fitness awards, but I'm really not doing anything special. I wear a fitbit all day. It tracks all my movement and then I download that i... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:25:40 EST Summer is over... Kid is back in college, summer craziness and vacations are over. So, back to trying to have a consistent schedule for eating healthy and exercising. <BR> <BR> My goals for this week: <BR> <BR> 6,000+ steps on fitbit <BR> 8 glasses of water (either straight water, sparkling water, or herbal teas) <BR> trying to track food <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning I'll try to remember to step on the scale and assess the damage from summer...and go from there. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:58:12 EST Week 2 of "fast start" I'm doing so-so meeting my goals of 8 glasses of water, 10 min. of exercise, and posting something on spark every day. The hardest goal is the water. I can make it to 6 ok, but I run out of hours in the day to get all 8 in. I'm searching spark for creative ways to increase my water intake. Also, it's been a really rainy week and I either walk or zumba for exercise. So, I've gotten to zumba two nights per week, but it's been hard getting out to walk on the other nights. Been posting on s... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 20:06:19 EST starting over, again. I have been trying, but I seem to just be stalled with my health goals. So i'm starting the spark program all over again. Here's my fast start goals for the next two weeks: <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water a day <BR> Exercise at least 10 minutes per day <BR> Post something on spark every day <BR> <BR> Now-off to Zumba for 10 min plus of exercise! <BR> Mon, 27 May 2013 17:52:03 EST A new year I haven't blogged for a while, but I have been trying to find ways to lead a healthy life. For Christmas I got a fitbit, which is kind of neat. It tracks my steps and syncs with spark so less information to enter. My challenge right now is tracking what I eat. I do good until about suppertime. Then I find I'm too tired to care. Maybe it doesn't matter as I know I'm not hitting my goals. After typing this I'm thinking maybe I, again, need to step back find one small goal I can work on. ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 07:09:44 EST Dealing with life week 2 Last week was more of the same, insurance and doctors appointments with Aunt, sick family...luckily I haven't caught what they have, so far! My plan is to start back with food tracking, drinking water, and Zumba tonight (that will probably be it for exercise this week, but better than nothing). So, as is the spark way, if I make healthy changes a little at a time, maybe they'll stick and I won't be so stress about things. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:05:47 EST Dealing with life A week ago I helped my elderly aunt move into assisted living. Every day since then I've spent extra time with her helping her adapt to the change. In addition to my full-time job, part-time job, volunteering, etc., I'm wondering how long I can keep up sthis schedule. I've already dropped my exercise and healthy eating. How do other find a balance between taking care of family/friends/community and ourselves? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:14:44 EST Sparkgoodies You know, I've never really gotten into giving spark goodies. I always found it hard to find the right one to match the words I wanted to express. But this evening I started scrolling through all the goodies I've received through the years and I was touched to see how many people took the time to let me know they were thinking of me. Puts a whole new meaning in them for me. So, thank you to all for your thoughtfulness. And I'll be sending some goodies your way soon <em>247</em> Thu, 2 Aug 2012 20:59:06 EST Lost my spark Just don't have any motivation for exercise. Eating too many calories at night. Any advice on how to turn this gal around and get that spark back? <em>24</em> Wed, 1 Aug 2012 19:02:08 EST What a week! After volunteering all last weekend at a charity golf tournament I headed into a busy week with lots of meetings at work and a special volunteer event Wednesday in which I had to speak (I don't like public speaking). I also went to a job interview for a prospective new job, stressful! Then my car "died" and I found I needed to buy a new one. With new college loans on my hands I was not ready for a car payment...but I now have a new car in the driveway. So there was no sparking last week a... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 06:38:04 EST Goal reassessment I think I've got to reassess my goals of 8 glasses of water, 10 minutes of exercise and blogging each day. It's just not happening. I have to admit to the fact that my life is too chaotic right now to commit to even something as basic as these three goals. <BR> <BR> For the rest of the week I will focus on getting enough liquids. I can't seem to reach 8 glasses of water per day, I usually make it to 6. And then I have to stop shortly after supper or I'll be up all night going to the ba... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:50:56 EST July 1 8 glasses of water - check <BR> 10 min. of exercise check, 20 min. walk <BR> Blog about it - check <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 19:12:05 EST Restarting...again... Last week was pretty much a wash out. More young adult drama. But, I'm in hopes that all of that is over, for now at least, as child has moved home and there will be no more late night phone calls and trying to deal with things long distance. Also, said child is interested in a healthy lifestyle, so I'm also in hopes of having a "buddy" in house to exercise with and discuss healthy style choices. Oh, one last piece of good news is that my DH, who has smoked for 30 years, has now been smok... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 07:34:35 EST week 2 day 3 Well, at least I'm blogging:-) cause I didn't exercise and didn't reach my 8 glasses of water. Only 6 glasses. Though I've had two cups of tea. Maybe that counts. I don't seem to have the energy I need to do what needs to be done. So, I'm going to go to bed early to see if it make a difference . Night! Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:11:14 EST End of week 1 Well, I fizzled out towards the end of last week. I didn't post, didn't meet my water intake goals and didn't exercise. More child drama and stress at work. I was just beat and went to bed last night at 8:00pm. But, feel better this morning. One positive thing I did for myself was spend time with girl friends one evening. That was good for me emotionally:) <BR> <BR> So, here's a new day and a new week! Sat, 23 Jun 2012 06:23:00 EST week 1 day 5 I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. I got close to my water goal with 7 glasses. But I didn't exercise at all (dealing with young adult child drama...). <BR> <BR> I made all up today though. It's hot where I am and the air conditioner wasn't working at my work place, so I was able to drink more than 8 glasses of water because I was sweating! And I did 60 minutes of zumba in the heat. Phew! <BR> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 20:24:23 EST week 1 day 3 Drank my 8 glasses of water and got in a whopping 60 minutes of Zumba tonight <em>224</em> . And here I am blogging. <BR> <BR> healthy lunch out plans fell through. And I end up eating a high calorie sandwich. And my supper was no better. Thank goodness I can try again tomorrow:-) Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:10:25 EST week 1 day 2 Well, day is almost done. Though I went way over on my calorie budget due to our family's father's day celebration I did down 8 glasses of water, took a walk around the neighborhood for my 10 minutes of exercise. And now I'm letting someone know via this blog. <BR> <BR> Let's see how I do during this upcoming work week! Sun, 17 Jun 2012 20:21:09 EST week 1 day 1 Here's how I've done on my daily goals: <BR> <BR> 8 glasses of water - check <BR> 10 minutes of movement - mowed lawn with push mower for 40 min. <BR> Let someone know my progress - doing that now:-) <BR> <BR> And I've stayed under my calorie limit for the day so I'm treating myself to a glass of wine. A good day! <em>224</em> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:06:55 EST starting from scratch I'm disappointed that I'm gaining weight. So, I'm going back to the spark basics. This week I'm going to work on three fast break goals: <BR> <BR> the old 8 glasses of water PR day <BR> a least 10 minutes of exercise each day <BR> At tell someone about my goals...which I guess I'm doing right now (assuming just one person reads this blog) <BR> <BR> And, I'm off! <em>312</em> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 20:37:46 EST Bad Mood I've been in quite the mood lately. No energy, no motivation. Just not myself. I had my annual check up today. My doctor suggested more vitamin B. She also reminded me that when I feel this way it's my body's way of telling me to rest and take care of myself. So, I back to spark for help to do that. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:46:25 EST Thinking about 2012 Not trying to come up with New Year's resolutions, but just some kind of strategy for better health. I subscribe to Zen Habits blog, where he suggests to create healthy habits you should just focus on one small change, and focus on it for a month. So, I'm starting with a relatively easy habit for me eating at least two servings of fruit or veggies per day. So, that's my start. And, i'll have all of January to decide on the next habit! Happy New Year all. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:51:46 EST it's been a long time Since I've blogged, or tracked, or even exercised. I try, but by the end of the day I don't seem to have the energy to stay on track. Then yesterday my boss of 23 years had emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage. He's going to be ok, but the stress over the past few days, worrying about him, and informing clients of what's going on hasn't helped. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to go to bed early tonight, go to a Zumba party tomorrow night, and do the best I can to curtail the eating Thanksgiving.... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:13:55 EST Halloween Thank goodness it's over! The trick-or-treaters cleaned me out, which is a very good thing. I was good, didn't dig into the candy stash. And now it's all gone. Horray! <em>431</em> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 20:38:20 EST So, what do you do when you've overeaten for the day... I don't know why, but i was just hungry today. I started out really good, but by the time lunch rolled around I just ate and ate and ate...and some not so healthy stuff. By 2:00pm today i had eaten my budget of calories for the day! After sitting around feeling sorry for myself I decided I really needed to get some housework done. Well, before I know it, I'd washed all the floors in my house. Something I haven't done since I can't remember! So, hopefully, i've burned up some of the calo... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:35:19 EST Discouraged I stepped it up last week to three evenings of Zumba, for 60 minutes each. Was pretty good with calorie goals, stayed away from the chocolate in the office candy bowl...but the scale didn't move. So, I soothed my disappointment by going out to eat tonight, breaded chicken sandwich with french fries. Now having some hot chocolate. I'm just bummed. <BR> <BR> But, I guess I'll have to get over it. Made my healthy food shopping list and will stock up again in preparation for next week. Unf... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 20:19:55 EST My one-and-only child is home for the long weekend... so, we've gone out to eat, grabbed fast-food while shopping, and right now I'm baking her pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and of course I've had to sample them. Oh, well, she'll be headed back to college tomorrow and I'll get back on track! But, it was fun to have her home. Sometimes life is too short, you know what I mean <em>220</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:59:13 EST Potluck socials Ok, need some advice. How to record/track a "potluck" meal. I went to this social event and had just a little bit of everything. My plate wasn't mounded over, but I ate enough to be comfortably full. Don't really have any ideas how many calories I ate. So, not going to be tracking my food today I guess. has anyone else been in this situation, and how did you handle it on spark. <BR> <BR> Lesson learned: Because I was strapped for time I cheated a little with my contribution to the pot... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 16:50:07 EST Thursday, 9/29/11 I had a busy day yesterday, so busy I forgot to keep track of my food. I'm pretty sure I was way under goal as I was really too busy to eat. But, when I finally got home at 8:00 at night I ate a whole bag of microwave popcorn (I'm so bad!). <BR> <BR> So, trying to make up for it today. right now I'm 100 calories under my goal. Only 1.5 hours before I go to bed. Hope I can make it without a snack attack. thanks for the great feedback on my previous post on snack attacks. I know the rea... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:28:30 EST Tuesday, 9/27/11 I had a snack attack tonight and as a result went over my calorie limit <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But, on a positive note, I did make it to Zumba last night and I stepped on the scale this morning and I think I've actually lost a bit of weight. I'm going to wait until my weigh in day before getting too excited about that. Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:24:11 EST Monday, 9/26/11 Came in within my calorie goals today! <em>244</em> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 20:44:48 EST Sunday, 9/26/11 Progress...only went 140 calories over my goal. That's an improvement! <em>104</em> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:06:11 EST Saturday 9/24/11 I went over my goal for calorie intake, but at least I'm tracking my food choices. I haven't been so good at doing that lately. I would start the day out good and then, because of my bad choices I would quite tracking. Let's see if I can continue this trend. <BR> <BR> Mostly did housework today, but did get out for a walk with DH. Where I live the fall foliage is just starting. Here's a few pics of the walk. <img src=""> <img src="ht... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 17:57:02 EST Sparkpeople, my choice in social media I've been a pretty big fan of facebook as my way of keeping in touch, especially with my daughter and family. But, I'm really do not like their new set up. Seems there's less and less privacy with using facebook. So, I'm becoming one of those people who just checks out others status', but I won't be posting any more. I'll keep up with my family the old fashioned ways: writing letters, calling and emailing. <BR> <BR> So, Sparkpeople will become my choice in making on line friends and kee... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 12:32:17 EST Trying to short cut the munchies I've got the munchies. I really would like some popcorn. You know the bad kind that you pop in the microwave. So far, to avoid making some I've drank water, read a few pages in a book, now I'm on line. I see that I have no reason to be hungry as I went way over my calories today. Too much picnic food. Will try to keep my hands on the key board until this munching urge goes away! Sun, 14 Aug 2011 18:33:41 EST Gaining weight Two months after my last post, after I hit the mile-stone age of 50, I've gained about 5 lbs. Pretty discouraged. I know as we get older it's harder to lose, but I really need to get to the bottom of why I'm gaining. I'm exercising so much I'm starting to have problems with my feet. So, not quite sure where to go with that part of the weight lose equation. But, I guess, I know, my eating habits can be improved. I have a pretty busy lifestyle, and by the time I stop for a meal I'm starvi... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 08:44:24 EST