-CHERYL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%2DCHERYL -CHERYL'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/ November Blog Ramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815534 Scale is finally moving! Considering I am walking/jogging 2 to 4 miles a day, measuring portions, staying under my calorie limit, not even eating most of my exercise calories, I was getting a little annoyed with my stubborn fat. I think it was a woman issue, TOM was 14 days late, started having hot flashes like crazy. Guess I'm going into perimenopause, whoopee! I did start taking these awesome pills the nice lady at my GNC recommended: GNC Women's Phyto-Estrogen Formula. <BR> <BR> Black Coh... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:32:56 EST September cheating and lying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787289 I usually round my weight when I weigh myself, probably because I used to have a dial scale. I never got why people were posting 255.4 for their weight. But since I've gotten a digital scale I get it. I just started posting digital weight today. My weight loss has been slow since I started Lose it! back in March. I eat good healthy food, just too much of it! I kept fooling myself that I was eating a serving size but I was a liar big time. My SIL said maybe I needed to get my thyroid checked ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:52:01 EST August 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768618 Been on and off with Spark People, cannot believe ALL the ads! Looks odd. Spark people still has the best community though! <BR> <BR> I've not gained back lost weight, well maybe 10 pounds but I was working on it and that's gone, <BR> <BR> I've been trying to create a way of healthy eating and exercise I can live with. Its not easy, but I'm getting there. For me I need to track my food. If I track it i can't wonder why I'm not losing, I can see it. Next is portion control. Another big dea... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:46:46 EST GNC smoothies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703389 Had great post going, then lost it. Don't feel like tying to redo it right now, so here it is on my blog. <BR> I've learned a lot about how foods affect my body in the last year, hopfully I can use it to lose this last 50 pounds! <BR> <BR> <link>cherconway.blogspot.com/ </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:43:51 EST Happy new year! 2014 the year of GF, keep Eating Kale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580789 I find it very educational to go back over some of my older blog posts. Its so amazing how I can be so upbeat, have everything set to succeed then just fade off, gain back weight, com back, get all hyped up again, then repeat, repeat, repeat. <BR> <BR> I am learning from my mistakes. I think back a few years and see how my eating has changed so much. Eating out is totally down to nothing. Well I should say fast food has disappeared from my life. If I eat out it's real food, like steak or chi... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:22:51 EST The source of my bad cravings...gluten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520363 I am PO'd at the government for telling me that healthy was 5 to 6 servings of grain per day my entire life. <BR> <BR> I've discovered that I have a gluten intolerance. Not big enough for me to to notice but after 74 days of no grains I ate a whole wheat pita and it bloated me up and made me want to sleep so bad I was falling asleep in the car. <BR> <BR> I have no cravings for bad foods eating Primal, which is a gluten free diet. <BR> Nothing tempts me, not pizza, cakes, cookies, nothing. ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:47:54 EST 74 days no grain, back to zero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517940 I had a Greek pita today. Its been like 74 days since I had any grain flours. There is a place that makes the best gyro's and I was out with my husband and we stopped in and ate. <BR> It was delicious but about an hour later my jeans started feeling super tight and I almost fell asleep on the ride home. So I really can see that grain is not my friend and even though I like the Greek pitas my body does not. <BR> <BR> I tried some bread made from tapioca. Surprisingly its pretty good toasted... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:12:49 EST Killed the GNC Blender on the go, got a NutriBullet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513283 On my quest for a blender. I have tried 6 blenders in the past two months. <BR> I tried the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, was too small and was not powerful enough to chop up frozen fruits very well. Lasted 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender. Same issues. Was bigger but the cup was too tall and the frozen fruit kept getting wedged in the top part. This one lasted one day. <BR> <BR> FARBERWARE 17-Piece Rocket Blender <BR> This one started out good, used it about a 2 we... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:35:46 EST GNC Blender on the go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510659 I finally found a great single serve on the go blender. I started it on low speed, then put it on high, that's when it started traveling LOL <BR> This is a big 28 oz cup with a great lid. I make my morning drink with protein powder, kale, frozen fruit, a banana and water. Sometimes have one for dinner if I had a big lunch and don't want a big dinner. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:39:42 EST Rambling about My stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501482 This is my first video blog, its messy, me rambling about Primal eating Tue, 1 Oct 2013 13:54:12 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485300 I did not show a weight loss when I weighed in on Thursday, no gain either, always good <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Any guys reading might want to stop now, gross girl talk ahead. <BR> <BR> I figured I would not see any loss because TOM is due today and I always retain water the few days before and after. I wish menopause would hurry up and take this freaking thing away! I have a new annoying cycle thing where I FEEL all the cramping and bloating, headaches and all the symptoms of the period ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:13:24 EST Primal Blueprint Week Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483829 According to my iPhone I have been Primal for 35 days, or 1 month and 4 days, or 5 weeks, or 25 weekdays. <BR> I'm not really counting daily, just like to check it when I do a blog, which I'm trying to do once a week at least. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure about my total weight loss because I am at the start of TOM so weight is not going to be correct. Last checked it was 8 pounds down. Besides scale loss I'm seeing a really big reduction in my stomach and arm fat. I can tell by my clothes. I am no... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:49:15 EST Four weeks Primal Blueprint down 8 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476624 28 days ago I started eating Primal. I have cut out all grains and switched to coconut sugar in my coffee and have stayed away from processed foods and foods with added sugar. I cut out milk, which I pretty much had anyway. Discovered American cheese hurts my stomach, but cheddar is good. <BR> <BR> I always thought giving up bread would be impossible. Its not, its just like any other bad habit, you just pay attention to what you're doing and stop doing the bad habit. <BR> <BR> I realize h... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 10:10:34 EST Week three eating Primal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468886 Tomorrow will be three weeks since I went Primal. I'm posting today because I'm going to the beach tomorrow and won't really get a chance to post. So scale was a happy face today. I'm down 6 pounds in three weeks. The coolest thing is my shape is changing. I can tell from my clothes, my stomach arms and hips have gone down. <BR> I'm really excited about this! :D <BR> <BR> I have never ever changed my eating where actual love what I'm eating, have no bad cravings, have NO cravings whatsoev... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:56:07 EST Two weeks Primal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463201 Wow its been two weeks today that I stopped eating flour/grain products! I've tried to eat Primal and have eliminated white sugar from my diet. I cannot say some sugar might have sneaked in unknown to me but I have stayed away from processed foods and have used items that are gluten free, or no sugar added. My poor iPhone is tired of looking up "Is it Primal?" <BR> This is not as hard as I thought it could be. I'm finding it so easy and feeling so great I'm wondering if I'm doing everything w... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:02:34 EST Primal Diet day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455824 Woke up kind of headachey, why? the evil is due in 2 days, wondered why my back was achey! <BR> So my 7 day weigh in is slightly off, not sure exactly what my weight was when I started, it was 206 or 205, but I weighed in at 204 today, so lost a couple pounds. <BR> I'm really happy with this style of eating. No cravings, no mood swings, no extreme tiredness. I didn't get the sugar detox, the carb flu, no discomfort, usually I'm a disaster. I'm not craving pizza, nothing. <BR> Giving up flou... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:09:04 EST Primal Blueprint Day Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451252 Hallelujah! I found a primal substitute for the sugar in my coffee! It's coconut sugar! I found an organic one at Walmart! I love it. I was kind of bummed because I tried Stevia, in many forms, Splenda is a no no, so I was just figuring on cutting my coffee back to morning only with regular sugar because I can give up just about any food, but leave my coffee alone! <BR> So great eating day, totally on track, no flour products, only meat, veggies and fruit, except for my 2 sugars in my mornin... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:48:13 EST Primal Blueprint day Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449687 Yesterday I had 2 tsp sugar in my morning coffee and I used Splenda for my night coffee and this morning coffee. Yuck. I might actually give up coffee because I'm beginning to see I really like my coffee sweet, black with no creamer, so maybe its the sugar I like not the coffee? <BR> <BR> I went through this when I did Sugar Busters, but I used Agave which seems to be a horrible thing according to what I reading on the boards, Splenda & Agave are apparently really bad. <BR> <BR> Anyway, br... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:56:05 EST Primal Blueprint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448563 My husband has been talking about The Primal Blueprint eating plan for about 6 months now. It sounded like another fad diet, so I ignored him. He is getting really bummed out with his lack of weight loss so I've been researching this plan which is Paleo eating. <BR> <BR> I'm reading the Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson, its mostly repetitious and so far I've had to do a lot of research through the forums on the site and through other sites to get a clue. But the author lives the lifestyle ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:18:21 EST My first world problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435952 The kids and I picked up the "First world problems" saying a while back, I forget where it originated. Basically its a comparison between our "issues" and people living in third world countries who have REAL issues like no clean drinking water, food, medical care, that sort of thing. Like if my son was whining that he didn't have the newest cell phone or if my daughter was complaining what a pain it was to have to clean out the dishwasher things like that. I'd say "Poor you and your first wor... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 07:51:45 EST Blustery day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432011 Wow its still supper windy out. I thought it would have died down as the day progressed but it hasn't. At least its a warm wind. <BR> Been doing good food & exercise wise. Trying to get in at least 2 miles ever other day. <BR> <BR> Today I've listed about 6 books on Amazon & eBay. <BR> Not a lot but I'm not at home so had to invent a process to work from DH's laptop, using my iPhone for images in a manner that will carry over to my home office, in between phone calls from the daughter aski... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:57:25 EST Another day happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425054 Got to the gym last night. My gawd what a great view in the daytime! I'd only seen it at night before: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1546330395.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looks out over the pool and water. I did my Zombies Run! App, love that thing! <BR> <BR> I totally love St. Petersburg! Its so normal! I live 6 miles from Disney World, smack dab in the middle of all the main park attractions. I cannot handle living where all the tourists are anymore. I know most of Florid... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:43:41 EST Another day on paradise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423838 How can you have a bad day starting off with this? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1526726300.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday did not go as planned. Forgot the bag with my sports bra, hat & sunscreen. <BR> So gotta hit a store. Boys left me a truck so I'm going to the Salvation Army, there is a great on close by. Got 5 brand new yoga pants there last week for $10. Oh and a big yoga ball for $3. Problem is I can literally spend all day there so I gotta watch myself. <BR> G... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 07:27:56 EST Vacation, sort of... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422798 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1777446800.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the view from my desk in Saint Petersburg, Treasure Island. Nice! My husbands working on another Red Robin here and this is the condo his company rented him for the next 4 months. Its gorgeous! I've been land locked in Central Florida the past 7 years so this is really a treat. I lived a 15 minute ride to a beach all my life and always spent time walking along the beaches so I miss it a lot. We've been th... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:10:05 EST 3rd times a charm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417299 OK, I think this is the 3rd time in three years that I've done the lose and gain thing. <BR> <BR> This time I'm only up 17 pounds, not horrible, but stupid. If I had just stayed on track I would have been to goal by now with all the regaining and re-losing. <BR> <BR> So again need to remember: <BR> #1 cannot stop exercising!!! <BR> <BR> #2 Food tracking should be done all the time, even if its only a few times a week once you get to goal! <BR> Not that I've gotten to goal yet. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:14:16 EST It figures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415734 After many sporadic and lame attempts to get back to some sort of regular exercise, I finally get my butt on the treadmill this morning for a 2 mile walk doing my Zombies Run!, which took me 10 minutes to get programed and set up to do on the treadmill instead of outside using the GPS, and they are at part 2, all new layout and update so I'm all confused from that, but I kept walking just the same. Then about 20 minutes in, slow jogging along, getting sweaty, my Zombie mission cuts off becaus... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 15:57:51 EST April 16, Zombies Run! 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313939 Just did Just completed a 2.75 mile run in mission "10k Visiting Van Ark" of Zombies, Run!: collected 26 supplies. <BR> I'm trying super hard to get out and do this walk at least every other day. Its so sad. Used to be a 3 to 6 mile trek was the norm, now 3 miles is a miracle. <BR> <BR> I'll get back up there again. I have to. My clothes are starting to get tight. I refuse to go up a size. So I started the past few weeks getting out and doing the walking again. I'm cutting portions. <BR>... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:54:04 EST 1.92 mile run in mission "5k Ultra-Violet" of Zombies, Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268409 OK, January & February were a total bust exercise wise. Why do we quit our great habits and just stop doing the exercise we know is necessary for good health and weight? Why? Well excuse # 1 for me is I started a business from my home back in September and was working many many hours. I did not think it was going to take me so long to get myself situated. I kept saying "I'll start exercising again soon..." <BR> So my clothes are becoming tighter. I totally refuse to go up a size. I had a coup... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 10:57:03 EST Happy New Year Spark People! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183419 Wow its been a few months since my last blog, which was really whinny LOL <BR> <BR> Still keeping the spark. Not actively losing due to lack of exercise, but not gaining back, so maintaining. Decided last night to walk 2. 5 miles a day starting today. I'm hoping if I start on January 1st the thought of breaking my streak will keep me going. It works with SP. I come here every single day to spin the wheel. I think I missed one day in the past 2 & half years <BR> <BR> I want to see what the e... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:43:05 EST Where did October go?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128321 I can't believe we are into November already! I have been working my butt off (I wish that was literally true). I've added about 500 books into my inventory. It is a lot of work because I scan the book cover, have to research the book to see what its selling for, add it to my inventory program and post it to Amazon, my website, Barns & Noble, Half.com and Biblio.com. I use a program that posts to all of them at one time, except for Amazon which is a hell unto itself. <BR> <BR> I'm also selli... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:30:05 EST Instead Of Surgery, Man Pedals Off The Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5098369 Great story! <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/2012/10/09/162586325/ins<BR>tead-of-surgery-man-pedals-off-the-pounds </link> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:56:23 EST October...already? Avengers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089749 Selling books online, easy? Not if you are doing it as a business and are keeping records. <BR> <BR> Figuring out the best practices, posting on different venues, learning all the rules, its really time intensive. <BR> <BR> I spend from 6 am to usually 9 pm, on the computer, adding new books, uploading corrections, researching prices, posting, reading, adding things. I have a background in ecommerce, site building, marketing. I thought it would be easier for me. Nope, its not. <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:04:38 EST Its time to make the coffee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5066136 I changed my profile info, this is what I changed it to, I don't really have time to rewrite the stuff so I'm cheating and re-posting it as today blog! <BR> <BR> <BR> Getting up everyday at 5 am is not really that fun. <BR> <BR> My husbands alarm goes off and he says: <BR> "You going to make coffee?" <BR> <BR> YES! Yes I will get up and make the coffee because if he makes it its too weak! <BR> <BR> I would like to have it start by itself but our Bunn coffee pot has no automatic start,... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 10:31:00 EST Forty day memorial service http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032770 Sunday we had the forty day memorial service for my MIL. W had to drive the 90 miles to Clearwater for the service at the Greek church. Thankfully her friend Maria, did the kollyva, (a boiled wheat dish), and paximadia (cookie), that is served after church. It was a long hour and a half service, mostly because it was 95% in Greek and as I had only been to a Greek service maybe 4 times, I had no clue what was going on because the other timers my MIL was there explaining what was going on. <BR... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:29:49 EST It was a coffee miracle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030195 Got up at 6 am today, slept a whole hour later because its Saturday. Went to bed at 10 PM, well more like crashed. I spent 6 hours yesterday doing taxes for my SIL who last filed in 2005. They caught up with her and threatened to garnish her pay, told her she owed like 20k. She freaked out of course. <BR> <BR> So I had to do 2006 to 2011, long hand. No tax accounting software because I stopped buying it every year and do online, its free or maybe $10 depending on what your filing. Its a go... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 07:46:52 EST Friday-made it 4 days getting up @ 5 am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028970 I've been trying to sync up with DH's schedule, which is a bit difficult for me because I'm a night person and he gets up at 5 am. So Monday I got up at 5 am, but went back to sleep around 10 am so I don't really count Monday. The rest of the week I got up and stayed up. The past 2 days I actually went for a 2.25 mile walk around 7 am. Its all I can handle right now. Sad, I was up to 4 miles a day a few months ago. Its amazing how fast you get out of shape if you don't do it every day. But it... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:41:57 EST Trying to get situated and boot the tiredness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023233 Trying to get some sort of schedule going here. First Monday with DH home and I already feel behind. <BR> <BR> I stayed up way too late, got up at 5am to make DH his coffee (no automatic start on the Bunn and I had to grind the beans anyway) so my sleep was broken up and I got up at 10 and I'm dragging. Why can't my DH make his own coffee? Well, we've been married 25 years, I know him, it makes him feel like I care because I make that effort for him, he's getting up at 5am to go work his bu... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:40:19 EST Choosing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021587 Losing weight feels like it has been a lifetime endeavor for me but I feel like the past two years on SP are the years that have really counted. <BR> <BR> This is where I learned its never really "over", the road to weight loss and better health does not end, it gets somewhat easier as the healthier habits become "normal" but its supper easy to slip back into the bad ones because its easier to eat fast food and prepackaged meals then it is to eat healthy. It just is. Its easy to keep saying... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 09:44:25 EST Two steps back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020510 Well from June 18 to now I managed to pound on about 12 pounds. It could be less, I was not using a dependable scale at my last couple weigh-ins I'm seeing a trend here. Every summer I put ON weight, when most are taking it off. It happens because it is supper hot in Florida and the window to exercise comfortably & safely is small. I have a treadmill but its SO boring *whine* <BR> <BR> My husband has not been here so no night walks when its nice outside. then I was living in a hotel for 28 ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:43:56 EST Home again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014996 So I came home I think Friday? I don't know, things have been crazy! Our son got in a car accident, him & his two friends. Thank you God, nobody was seriously injured, the passenger (Curtis) broke his nose & sprained his ankle. all of them were wearing seat belts, even in the back seat! The back rear tire blew out sending the car all over the road. It was on I-4 in Tampa and there were no other cars on the read at that time so nobody else was involved thankfully. It was truly a miracle, cause... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:27:57 EST Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008254 I never thought I'd see the day. I'm sick of eating out. Its all the same after a while. High priced, high fat food. We have a mini fridge and a microwave. I kept the fridge stocked with water but not food. I thought we were leaving a week ago, and in previous weeks was running all over the place so eating was done on the run. <BR> This week its just me and my husband. My SIL is back at work. So I hit Publix, got some low sodium ham, rye bread, mustard, a pre-made salad. Fruit salads are buy ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 12:46:59 EST 16 days and counting (living in a hotel) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996173 So, I've been living in a hotel since my husband called to tell me his mom was not doing well at all. I arrived on a Monday night in Clearwater, she died on Wednesday, and I've been here ever since, doing the funeral arrangement's, cleaning out her apartment, and just trying to support my husband. <BR> <BR> It was not a huge shock that she died. We knew this was coming two years ago when she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She beat the odds by living as long as she had. But it still ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 10:47:12 EST July 18, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986510 My mother-in-law Maria, lost her battle with lung cancer on July 18th after a week in the hospital. She lived almost two years longer then doctors estimated and while she was sometimes scared, she was determined to not give up. She was suffering badly the last few days at the end so it was a blessing for her to pass on. <BR> <BR> God was good in that my husband and son had been working about 15 miles from her home the past few months instead of our regular 90 miles away. His company had been... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:54:49 EST Almost alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965379 Wow this monkey bola flu thing is horrible. The actual illness was not terrible, about 5 days of taking Dayquill and Nightquil, couple nights sleeping sitting up but functioning. Then you think your better and your breaking out into a sweat when you start moving around and the fatigue is unbelievable! I'm wandering around in a total daze and am getting absolutely nothing accomplished. My only exercise consists of walking the dog, which I do a mile twice a day. I just want this over and done a... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:25:23 EST Just Bla... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950211 Been sick all week with this gawd awful flu thing. Thank gawd for DayQuil & Nyquil, I have been dosing myself at regular intervals along with Musinx D every 12 hours and some ibuprofen here and there. <BR> I'm tired of getting the sweats, its so gross! <BR> <BR> Sleeping propped up with a mound of pillows so I can breath is so fun! I have to say, Nyquil seriously knocks me out for a good 10 hours, stuff is crazy! <BR> <BR> Its so weird to have to show your licence to purchase the Musinex ... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:44:51 EST Being sick blows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946101 I'm sick, some flu thing the DH brought home last week. I see him one day a week and he made me sick LOL <BR> My period is 8 days late, but I've had cramping and bloating those 8 days so I have pre-suffering before the actual event gets here. <BR> Sorry to any guys who may read this. <BR> <BR> It rained mostly non stop for about 5 days due to Debby, I had to put out about $50 in pool chemicals because my pool turned green. <BR> My house needs a good cleaning, I have zero energy and I have ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:19:39 EST It helps to look back to see how far you've come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931826 I finally weighed myself. I'm down to 183, FINALLY out of the 190's! <BR> I was really excited to see that 183! <BR> <BR> I was up to 280 pounds in 2003 after I got off all my medications for the CNSV. <BR> I drop quite a bit of weight doing Sugar Busters. Unfortunately at the time real whole wheat products were not really in the supermarkets yet and my family hated the taste, refused to give it a shot, so I only got a year in eating like that before giving it up. I did drop about 40 pounds... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:28:14 EST Not dramatic, just consistant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929974 I realized I am a boring Sparker. <BR> I'm not losing a dramatic amount of weight every week, shoot is taken me about two years to lose these 40 pounds! Its not that I keep "going off my diet", its not because I'm "cheating". I'm just not living my diet to lose weight. <BR> I'm not on a diet, I'm not training for a race and I'm not eating Organic, Vegan or Raw. <BR> I'm just trying to learn how to eat healthy while shopping & cooking for a family of four who all have different tastes and I'... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 11:24:43 EST Do you track food if it comes back up 10 minutes after eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928144 I got a late start today. I had an omelette with cheese & rice with black beans inside for brunch. I've eaten one like that before, its a great way to clean out leftovers :) <BR> Came back up (violently) about 10 minutes later. Not fun. I think it was the rice. I used Sazon Con Azafran to make the yellow rice. I did not realize it had MSG. I will have to add it to the "do not buy" list. <BR> <BR> We have been really eating good, avoiding high sodium , no MSG foods and trying to buy things w... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 18:15:20 EST Ex-large to medium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907636 I gave blood last weekend, got a cute tee-shirt. I felt super brave asking for the large shirt, because I'm usually a 1X, or extra large. I have been noticing my shirts are getting longer and longer. As a "Petite" at 5'1, I'm amazed at how much of a difference it makes in the shirt length. I am not losing scale weight right now but my body shape is changing a LOT! All my comfortable shirts are now long and baggy. The large tee I got for giving blood is long, I could have probably got the med... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:01:40 EST