CHERIJ16's SparkPeople Blog CHERIJ16's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Still Looking Forward 10/30/14 We left our winter Texas home in May to head back to our Michigan home. <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> It has been 6 months since then and I still weigh the same! I choose to call that maintenance but I still have more weight to lose! <BR> <BR> We are ready to head back to the <em>67</em> and the shore. <em>462</em> Michigan is getting too cold again! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to seeing our winter friends and family in Texas and I am still looking forward to losing a... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:02:00 EST September 1st. <em>67</em> It is a beautiful September 1st. here in Michigan. There is definitely a feel of fall in the air. No humidity, lots of sunshine, and high 70s make it perfect. <BR> <BR> It makes me want to start out on the right foot so today I am sticking to my 10,000 steps per day, eating 5 fruits/vegetables, drinking 8 glasses of water, and using my trackers to stay on target! <em>521</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:15:05 EST Race to the finish line. My husband and I left Texas last Friday to begin our trek home to Michigan. <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> We had a few problems with the motor home along the way! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my brilliant husband. He fixed them! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> We had beautiful driving weather all the way home. Thank God. <BR> <BR> I tried to get some walking in at our RV parks along the way. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> But the real race to the finish was making it home to see ou... Fri, 23 May 2014 10:28:27 EST Happy Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all of my beautiful Spark Friends! <em>247</em> Sun, 11 May 2014 10:38:52 EST I love sparkpeople! <em>252</em> I am slowly recovering from this infection that I have had since last Saturday. 7 days that seem like 7 weeks! LOL I do feel some improvement today but I don't think I have been this sick for so long in quite awhile. Frustrating to be sure. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I would like to thank all of my spark friends for your kind words, your goodies, and your inspiration. You all put a smile on my face! Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:51:52 EST Tired! Tired of being sick and tired! <em>527</em> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:40:41 EST Bummed Out! I have really been feeling motivated about eating healthy food and getting more exercise. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> I have been consistently getting my 10,000 steps in and doing some toning. <em>244</em> <BR> So why am I bummed out? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I have been fighting off a cold but this morning I woke up feeling worse than ever: sore throat, headache, dizzy, and frustrated! <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> I don't want to lose my momentum but I guess I will have to take a step bac... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:43:59 EST Happy Easter! <em>449</em> Happy Easter Spark Friends! <em>448</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:19:19 EST Weather is the word. <em>334</em> <em>67</em> <em>24</em> <em>27</em> <em>2</em> <em>54</em> <BR> Weather affects us all. It has been a strange winter weather wise. Hoping for Spring. <BR> <BR> BUT today I am UNDER the weather! <em>527</em> . Hoping for a better tomorrow! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:43:23 EST Determined <em>224</em> Last year at this time I had lost 30 pounds! <BR> <BR> My goal was to control my type 2 diabetes by losing weight and exercising. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> That is still my goal but over the summer I kept gaining and losing and going nowhere! <BR> <BR> This winter the weather has been nasty and I gained 5 lbs. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> I am determined to get back on track, lose the 5 lbs. and head toward my goal weight. <BR> <BR> But for some reason it seems harder to do. ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:44:59 EST Stepping Up <em>311</em> My goals for this week include walking 10,000 steps per day, <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> drinking 8 glasses of water per day, and eating 5 fruits and vegetables <BR> <BR> per day. <em>474</em> <em>267</em> <em>551</em> <em>289</em> <em>488</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 00:06:05 EST Happy Valentine's Day <em>26</em> Happy Valentine's Day to all of my spark friends! <em>247</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:43:18 EST A Major Victory! Today is the official start of my 2nd year as a member of Spark People! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling great and I managed to get my 10,000 steps in despite the weather. <BR> <BR> The best news of all: My DH walked with me today for the 2nd. time! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> We have both decided to get up each morning and do our walking at the mall regardless of the weather. Once we get that done the rest of the day is easy peasy. <BR> <BR> The major theme here is WE! I have been ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:57:27 EST It's a start! Today I finally got outside a little and got my 10,000 steps in! <em>104</em> <BR> That may not sound like much but I haven't been reaching that goal for quite some time. <BR> <BR> I confess. The weather here in RGV has been miserable and cold. My attitude has also left a lot to be desired.! I have not been very motivated since before Christmas. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Today I proved that to myself. I feel so much better (and healthier)! My goal for this week is to con... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:49:19 EST FUN TIMES IN PROGRESS! <em>30</em> My friend has been here since last Thursday and it has been lots of fun. <BR> <BR> We have been to the beach and ate on the water. <em>462</em> <BR> While we were there we were treated to a show by two dolphins who just happened to play by our window overlooking the water. What fun! <BR> <BR> We have been to the mall and did lots of walking (and a little shopping too). <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> At night we play hand and foot. A fun card game that we like. We laugh and lau... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:49:17 EST FUN TIMES <em>100</em> Fun times ahead! <BR> <BR> My friend from Florida is flying in for a visit. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I told her to bring some of that Florida sunshine with her! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I think it worked because it is supposed to be sunny and warm all week! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to lots of shopping, eating, laughing, and WALKING! <em>311</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:11:51 EST Sun and Surf At Last! <em>67</em> The sun came out at last! My DH took me out to the beach and we did some walking along the sand! <BR> I am still working on getting back to my 10,000 steps a day and this was a great way to do it! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:51:11 EST Preparing for a new year. <em>445</em> I had a really great holiday season! Reality: too much of a good thing! <BR> I ate lots of my favorite things: peanut brittle here; chocolate fudge there, . . . <em>494</em> <em>475</em> <em>495</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> What was I thinking? <em>198</em> I am a diabetic and my blood sugar finally rebelled. <BR> Yesterday I hit a fasting blood sugar of 191 and it went on up to 233. That is a first for me. <BR> <BR> So today I am preparing for t... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:06:43 EST Merry Christmas! <em>445</em> Merry Christmas to all of my spark friends. <BR> I hope this day finds you all in good health and good spirits. <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:15:35 EST Whew! <em>527</em> Two weeks ago I was coming down with a virus which turned into bronchitis. <BR> That definitely put a crimp in my exercise plans! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> During the process of recovering; our internet went on the fritz for 8 <BR> days!! That was almost worse than being sick!!! <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully I am almost over the bronchitis and our internet is working again too! <BR> <BR> So I will put my frustration behind me and get back to my pla... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 22:41:29 EST Where did it go? Yesterday it felt like all systems GO! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today I don't know where it went! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> The weather has turned chilly and windy overnight. <em>536</em> <BR> <BR> I am definitely feeling tired. <em>102</em> Maybe I'm a fair weather friend! <BR> <BR> Or maybe it's just the after effects of my long trip? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Either way I am giving myself permission to take a break today. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> My get up and go seems to have ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:22:47 EST All systems GO! nov.12,13 We were on the road for 5 days. <em>198</em> <BR> But we have reached our destination! Texas! <em>244</em> <BR> We had a nice trip but we were tired from our travels. So we rested for awhile. <BR> <BR> Today I got up early and walked around the park for 40 minutes! <em>311</em> <BR> It felt great to get back on track after a 5 day hiatus. <BR> <BR> I also tracked my food today and stayed withinin my calorie range. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> So I am ready to continue my jour... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:00:23 EST Ready, Set, Go! <em>56</em> We leave for our winter home in Texas tomorrow morning about eight! <BR> <BR> Today has been busy, busy, busy. <em>198</em> I think I've made a million trips between the house and the motor home! But at least I got in my 10,000 plus steps! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> They are predicting rain tomorrow throughout most of our route. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Hopefully we will be able to find the sun at some point. <em>67</em> I have big plans to keep my promise of 10,000 steps per ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 23:24:29 EST I did it! November 1st. I have been struggling to find my motivation and my momentum all summer. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So last week I decided to get back to basics with one streak at a time. One step at a time. <BR> <BR> My first streak was to make sure I took at least 10,000 steps a day. I did it! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So this is my plan: to add one new step each week while still following the previous steps. <BR> <BR> By setting these basic goals again I am beginning to find my drive and commitment ag... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:40:08 EST Pick a good one! My mantra has always been: Attitude is everything. Pick a good one! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> So where has my "good" attitude gone? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I seem to have lost my drive lately. My goal of 10,000 steps per day has dwindled to 5,000 on a good day! <BR> I haven't been doing any strength training. <BR> I have tracked at least one meal a day but I am going way over on fat and calories. <BR> I'm not eating enough fruit and vegetables. <BR> I was sick but now I'm just tired! <... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:55:27 EST A Sleepy Saturday. <em>213</em> I woke up early this morning when I really wanted to sleep longer. I know from experience that I might as well get up because I won't go back to sleep. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have been dragging a little but still working on my steps. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful day and DH and I are getting ready for a yard sale next weekend. We are doing things slowly just like my weight loss! <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I only have to look at my stats fo... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 19:15:40 EST Winning Day 8/13/13 <em>67</em> This morning I woke up early to another sunny day. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I decided to get an early start on my exercise so I went downstairs to my exercise room and walked on the treadmill for 70 minutes! (That is 3 1/2 miles at 3 mph) That's pretty good for me. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> I got in 8500 steps toward my daily goal of 10,000 and did the cardio at the same time. I am finally wising up! <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> It feels so-o good to get the bulk of my exercis... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:26:57 EST Sunday Goals for the new week. I am trying to stick to my goals and will continue to do that during the coming week. <BR> <BR> I will stay below 1500 calories. <BR> I will get 30 minutes of cardio in each day. <BR> I will get 10,000 steps each day. <BR> I will do 200 steps on my elliptical trainer each day. (to build up slowly) <BR> I will do 10 minutes of toning 3 x per week. <BR> <BR> I am going back to basics because that is what worked for me when I first started SP. <BR> I have been maintaining but now I am ready to... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:55:05 EST What? I'm 65? <em>198</em> I recently had a birthday and I am now 65!!! <BR> <BR> I don't know how that happened! I only feel like I'm 25! Well, maybe 35 or 45! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My friend always says she is only 29 but that would make my son OLDER than I am!! <BR> <BR> I do know that thanks to Spark People, I feel healthier now than I did at 45! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> I plan on keeping this lifestyle change so I can get to 75, 85, 95, . . . <BR> <BR> I didn't mind my 65th... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:09:10 EST Sunday is a mixed bag. <em>27</em> <em>67</em> It has been a good day so far. I woke up with a renewed commitment to being healthy. I've been tracking my food and getting in my 10,000 steps. The weather is perfect for me: sunny, mid 70's, and no humidity. It makes me feel so much more energetic. <BR> Yesterday was another beautiful day. I walked with my friend at a local park with a walking path and it was great. <BR> Yesterday was also the funeral for the best "boss" I ever worked for. He was only 63 years o... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 15:09:09 EST The Ionia Free Fair! <em>334</em> This afternoon we are going to the Fair! It has become a tradition: my husband, my friend from Florida, and me. <BR> <BR> It's a 4H fair so we love to go and look at all of the exhibits. <em>172</em> <BR> I really like the rabbits. Some of them look more like little dogs! <em>338</em> <BR> I also like the horses, goats, and pigs. And even the chickens are cool. <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> We also head over to the floral building to see the beautiful exhibits. <em>214</em... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:47:16 EST Monday Madness! <em>39</em> I got up early this morning and decided it was time to get a little mad. <BR> <BR> First I was a little mad at myself for my lack of enthusiasm over the past few weeks. <BR> <BR> I was a little made that I haven't lost any pounds. . . . <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Mad that I haven't been doing much exercise <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> So I decided to go a little "mad" and do something about it! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I went downstairs and got on the tread mill! <em>315</em>... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:34:35 EST It's National Ice Cream Day! Only in America!! It's national ice cream day. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I do like my ice cream but it is only good for me in moderation. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I guess if I stick to my calorie limit and plan it into my day. . . . <BR> And if I stick to my exercise plan. . . . <BR> <BR> I guess I could have a little treat. . . <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I like Schwan's chocolate frozen yogurt and. . . . <BR> I like Weight Watcher's ice cream candy bars. . . . <em>76</em> <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:06:01 EST Starting a new week 7/14/13 <em>213</em> Sunday has come around again and we face a new week. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> That can also mean the chance to get a fresh start. <BR> <BR> No matter how many times you failed to meet last week's goals; the past is past. Don't beat yourself up. All we have is the present and as Maya Angelou said; it's a gift. <BR> <BR> I am choosing to plan for success today and for each day next week! <em>104</em> <BR> My goals: <BR> 1. Continue getting in 10,000 steps a day. <BR> 2.... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:33:08 EST A look at the MRI: Good news/Bad news 7/11/13 <em>39</em> Today my husband went for his follow up visit to the doctor. He has been having trouble with his knee since last winter. We were thinking that the meniscus he tore a few years ago was acting up and he would probably need surgery. <BR> <BR> Surprise! The doctor said it was arthritis and showed us the spots on the MRI. He suggested that he get 3 injections of Hyaluronic Acid to help cushion the knee joint. The first one was today and he will get one per week over the next two wee... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:43:19 EST Walking on Wednesday 7/10/13 Today the heat and humidity have leveled off. It is a good thing. Last night we found our family room flooded with water! There was a problem with the pump on the furnace which pumps the water that collects from the air conditioner. It wasn't working so the water went all through the furnace room and out into our family room! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Needless to say it was a mess. And of course we had to turn the air off! <BR> <BR> Today my husband suggested that I go and run errands and ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:48:07 EST The Party's Over! 7/7/13 <em>20</em> I have been home from Texas for at least a month now and in that time: <BR> <BR> I have celebrated Memorial Day and the 4th. of July; 3 family birthday parties, and 3 outings with my friend. <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> That translates into: my mom's great cooking! (roast beef dinner, brats and her homemade <BR> potato salad) and 3 birthday cakes with ice cream! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> No wonder that I'm not losing weight! I go up 1 lb. then down... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 10:12:36 EST Happy 4th. of July <em>213</em> As I celebrate this day with my family and friends I would like to thank all who served to make this nation free. <BR> <BR> Only in America do we have the freedom to choose how we spend our time, what we eat, where we work, how and where we live, etc. <BR> <BR> I am choosing to make it a great and healthy day! Happy 4th. of July everyone. <em>334</em> Thu, 4 Jul 2013 14:24:12 EST I'VE GOT THE BLAHS 7/2/13 <em>24</em> Today it's chilly and gray in Michigan. I don't want to be outside. <BR> <BR> I should clean house. I really don't feel like it. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> My youngest grandchild just left to spend the 4th. of July with a friend. Now the house seems really quiet and I feel like I am at loose ends. Hubby is taking a nap. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> I could call my friend but we would probably end up somewhere eating a snack or dessert! <BR> <BR> I could read my book but that doesn... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:07:26 EST It's a sunny Sunday and I'm back on track! <em>334</em> I woke up early this morning and decided to get myself back on track with my exercise program. <BR> I went downstairs to my exercise room and walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes. <BR> Then I did 15 crunches with my ab machine. <em>104</em> I know that isn't a lot but it is for me! I haven't done any crunches in a lo-ong time. I have also been struggling with getting in enough cardio exercise. My goal is to raise my HDLs and the doctor says the best way to do that is th... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 20:20:48 EST I'm still here! 6/27/13 <em>213</em> Well it's almost the end of June and here I am! I have been home from Texas about a month and I weigh the same as I did when I left! My doctor said I was fine the way I am but I still want to lose 8-10 lbs. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> I am still getting in 10,000 steps but I haven't been good about my cardio exercise. It seems like I have more demands on my time here at home. My grandkids, my mom, my friend who comes up in the summer, a bigger house to clean. . . I know that is ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:27:24 EST Busy Sunday 6/23/13 <em>198</em> I have been on the run much of the morning! (And I don't mean jogging!) <BR> <BR> My husband woke up early and said he was going to Greenville to get a part for the grandson's car. (He has been working on it most of the weekend) I jumped out of bed, brushed my teeth, splashed a little water on my face, and away we went. <BR> <BR> I had the thought of breakfast out on my mind! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I was very conscientious and had 2 eggs, wheat toast, and a fruit cup. <e... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:12:17 EST Another Great Day in Michigan 6/19/13 <em>102</em> I woke up at 5 AM and couldn't get back to sleep! So I am choosing to make the best of it. <BR> <BR> I am sitting here at the table looking out at a beautiful blue sky and watching the sun come up. It looks like it will be another great day! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Since I am up so early I have decided to get my cardio in before I talk myself out of it! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am going to lunch with a friend today so that should be fun. I already have my notebook in my... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:46:43 EST Today is a good day! 4/17/13 <em>224</em> Today has been a beautiful day. The sun has been shining all day and the sky is a perfect shade of blue. I had 8 + hours of sleep and I woke up feeling energized. <BR> <BR> My first move was to get my fitbit on and to start getting those 10,000 steps. I went for a 20 minute walk then got busy watering all of my flowers. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I did laundry and some light house cleaning which also gave me more steps but I spent a lot of my time outside enjoying this great s... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:43:13 EST Back on Track 6/15/13 <em>30</em> Today I have been carefully logging my food intake and sticking to my allotted calories to make sure I get back on track. <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day so my hubby and I have been working in the yard. It's fun and hopefully I'm getting a little exercise. I am wearing my fit bit and working on my 10,000 steps as well. <BR> <BR> I also did 5 minutes on my elliptical machine but can't do more yet. <em>198</em> That thing really gets my heart going. I am going to work up to 10 ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:35:43 EST Fat Friday 6/14/13 <em>15</em> This morning I met my friend and we headed out for a girls' day out. <BR> <BR> First stop: our favorite apple orchard where they serve the best donuts in Michigan. I confess that I ate a cinnamon sugar donut. It was delicious but I really didn't need it. <BR> <BR> Next stop: McDonald's for decaf coffee to go with the donut. Zero calories! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> A Farmers' Market was our 3rd. stop. We each bought some fresh veggies like tomatoes, green and red peppers, aspa... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 00:55:51 EST Start Up Sunday 6/9/13 <em>104</em> I did it!! <BR> <BR> I said I was going to get a fresh start on Sunday and really focus on getting in more cardio. So this morning I got up early and jumped on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> I told myself to do 10 minutes at a time and before I was done I had walked for 60 minutes! <BR> It really felt great to accomplish that goal today! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> I have lots more energy so I have been planting more flowers on the back deck. It looks really pretty ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 13:43:47 EST Suddenly Saturday! 6/8/13 I can't believe it's Saturday already! The week has flown by and I had so many good intentions! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I was going to try two new recipes this week but that didn't happen! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning to remake an old recipe! Oops! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I was supposed to get 5 days of cardio in too! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well I did do 10,000 steps for 5 out of 7 days. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I ate within my allotted calorie range for 6 out of 7 days!... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 23:27:21 EST Thursday Thank you 6/6/13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 23:56:30 EST My Day Off <em>20</em> I decided that today would be a good day to take a break. <BR> <BR> Last night I did 30 minutes on the treadmill at 10:00 so of course, I didn't get to bed until about 1 AM! I also got up too early this morning to ride along with my husband on an errand. It was fun. We stopped at McDonald's for an egg white delight and we saw some new scenery. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> I am tired now and the day is cloudy and chilly. A great combination for napping or reading a good book or b... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:23:50 EST