I need a name!

I need your help. My blog remains nameless, and it’s time for a christening.

When I first started this blog, it was primarily to make me accountable during this dieting project. Like I said in my very first post, I started Weight Watchers online. Since I’m not attending the meetings, I wanted something to keep me on track and make me have to report to someone with my progress, other than myself and my husband. “Hey Tony, guess what! I lost another 0.2 pounds!” would start to wear on a less patient man.

Once I get to my goal weight, my main focus won’t be weight loss. I’d like to transition it to a food/travel blog eventually. I think that’s why I struggled to name this blog in the first place — the central theme will remain, but the focus will change. Several Google searches for some magic, intuitive blog-naming wizard have left me nameless, still.

So, who wants to name the blog?? POSSIBLY YOU!

If you’ve been reading since day one, you get the idea. If you’re brand new to the blog, here are some components to keep in mind.

1. Themes: food, weight loss, healthy eating, travel, Wisconsin/Midwest culture. I plan on keeping it a food-based blog, even when the weight loss is done. A big part of my “voice” is my Wisconsin upbringing, so bonus points for finding a subtle way to include that.

2. I love to cook. More recipes coming in the future, although it won’t strictly be a cooking blog.

3. I also travel a lot, and love to try local foods and brews, so it doesn’t have to be strictly Wisconsin-themed.

4. Photos. Food is fuel, but it is also art. More photos coming, too.

NOW… the person who comes up with the most creative, short and sweet, straightforward-yet-subtle brand name for the blog gets to write a guest blog! The guest blogger can write about anything (hopefully food/travel/etc related). I have a lot of creative friends, and I’m excited to see what you come up with. Most of all, I’m excited to have a brand for this blog that reflects who I am and what I like.

You can submit as a comment on this blog, or email me: lesleighmemmel@yahoo.com

Thank you so much. Cheers!



milestone #2: 20 pounds down

The big weigh-in day, after being on the road and off the scale, was a bit delayed. My Sunday flight home was cancelled due to severe weather in the Midwest. Stranded in Sioux Falls and at the mercy of bar food, I knew that it would be another 2 days before the much-anticipated weigh-in.

Today, I stepped on the scale, and had to re-check it 3 times, unsure if the batteries had been playing a cruel joke on me. I managed to not gain, not plateau, but lose 3.2 pounds on the road. I’ve met my second milestone: 20 pounds.

How did I do this?!? It’s not a secret. I really prioritized my days as best as I could.

Subway. Lots of Subway — hold the cheese, mayo, oil, etc. Bread, meat, veggies, mustard. Mmmm.


Salad. Lots of side salads instead of fries (I’ve mentioned once or twice that I love potatoes).

Sitting. Lots of car time. Long drives, very little time to do anything but get to the gig, set up, eat, play, mingle, tear down, drive, sleep, repeat. I am reminded of this exercise show that used to be on TV when I was little: “Sit and be Fit.” Great title.


The Miller Lite vs. Craft beer battle. What a battle it was. I did indulge a few times. It is Oktoberfest season, after all. And when you end up at a karaoke bar and strangers buy a pitcher (or 2) of beer for you and your friends, you don’t want to be rude. Don’t worry, I was polite.

Free food and drink! Burger joints. Pizza parlors. Wineries. Home-cooked feasts. We were so fortunate to be so well taken care of by our friends, families, and venue owners. It’s hard to plan your day when you don’t know what’s for dinner. Still, it can be done.

Tracking. I tracked everything. Even the days that I thought “I am way over, I’m not going to count my points today,” I did. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to blog while I was gone. Let me just recap and say that I tried a lot of food. Sometimes it was really hard to say no to make room for what I wanted. Sometimes it was no problem at all. I really and truly feel that if I can do this, anyone can. Once I got over the hump and started seeing results, getting out of the woods (past the 10-pound mark for me), I really started to feel like I’m going to do it this time.

Thanks so much for reading, guys. I really appreciate it! 🙂