CHERIONE's SparkPeople Blog CHERIONE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Twelve week BLC goals This is my third BLC and what I hope to accomplish this round (besides a 15 pound weight loss) is to be able to do that 20 minutes of exercise every day and get a handle on portion sizes. At the end of 12 weeks, I want to be able to continue good habits and continue to lose the weight and get fitter and healthier. <BR> <BR> Also, I hope to get Honey on board. He just got home from the doctor's after suffering for a few weeks with back pain. His weight is at an all time high, which is not ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:16:08 EST It is a Journey It's been two years since I joined Sparkpeople, full of ups and downs weight-wise and personally. I edited my Sparkpage this morning, and realized that my original starting weight was 23 pounds more than today! I was shocked...and encouraged to keep working at it. I had forgotten where I started and even though there have been many ups and downs, I'm still headed in the right direction. <em>252</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:50:19 EST Busy summer So far this summer I: <BR> <BR> Haven't had a vacation <BR> <BR> Lost my job (makes up for the lack of vacation?) <BR> <BR> Lost my spark. <BR> <BR> I know I won't be taking a vacation. I hope to have a new permanent job soon. I need to get my spark back. Looking forward to the discipline and accountability BLC 26 has to offer before I undo all the good that's been done so far... <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:20:05 EST The BLC Fitness Test Today I took the Fitness Test <BR> Its very plain to see <BR> That fit I am not very much <BR> But that's not what's to be <BR> <BR> I crunched, I stepped, I walked, I pushed <BR> The numbers were not good <BR> But this is only week number one <BR> I did the best I could <BR> <BR> What will I do to up my game? <BR> I'll track, I'll count, and sweat it out <BR> And check with me twelve weeks from now <BR> I'll be smaller, stronger, doubt! <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 May 2014 18:17:23 EST I still do not camp but... ... put me in an RV with an indoor shower; queen-sized bed (with a pillow top mattress); cable tv to watch the hockey playoffs; indoor bathroom with a shower and plenty of hot water; birdies singing outside my window instead of an alarm clock; beautiful mountains to hike nearby; and fresh mountain air to breathe... And we'll talk about it. It was a good weekend. <em>211</em> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:19:23 EST I do not camp I do not sleep on the ground. I do not use the woods for private matters. I require a daily hot shower, cell phone service and wifi, and alone time sometime during the day. This should prove to be an interesting weekend. Whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. We shall see. <em>24</em> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:06:59 EST Good bye loved one You've always been there for me. Dependable, loyal, my go-to when I needed a quick decision. Through thick and thick, I always knew where to find you. Right there in the front of the closet. Waiting to be called upon, ready. But now, dear friend we must part ways. I know, I know, I've said it before but now, well, it's time. The bag is open, waiting for your arrival, ready to take you to someone else who will appreciate your softness, your comfort, your size. I could keep you, put you on and... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:24:22 EST And moving forward... Baby steps move you in the right direction, just slowly. I saw a sign today that's also true about moving ahead, "a kick in the pants moves you forward". Yup. Just what's necessary sometimes. Feel free to "encourage" me that way if I need it! <em>40</em> <BR> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:25:01 EST Hold on! Emotional eating is something I've got to overcome. I realize that I have to be prepared for setbacks, disappointments, and tough times by taking a new route to deal with the feelings that go along with them. Now that I know this, I'm working on making a new plan of action. Journaling is becoming important as well as physical activity. If I want to make changes, I can't keep doing what I've been doing and expect different results. <em>227</em> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:01:06 EST Getting Honey on Board His idea of adding in healthy food is onions on his cheesesteak. Celery with his wings. You get the idea. Today I made brownies and he loved them. <BR> <BR> Black bean brownies. Vegan (not that I am a vegetarian, the recipe just called for no animal). I hid the can, made sure he was in the shower, and got them in the oven before he finished. The smell of chocolate wafted through the house and he could just about wait to taste them...a big glass of milk and three two servings later, h... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:35:07 EST Am I ready? BLC starts tomorrow. This is my first and I'm excited and wondering what exactly I've gotten myself into. I've made the commitment, shopped for clean, healthy food, did some kitchen purging, took some measurements (the most humbling activity so far) and planned meals and exercise time. I think I'm ready. <em>521</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:15:07 EST I am an apple Today, maybe for the first time in my adult life, I took measurements as I am competing in the Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> I am an apple, I just never knew how much of an apple. <BR> <BR> My first reaction to reviewing the measurements was to cry and really spend some time wallowing. Then I remembered why I measured and set my mind to really pushing toward my goals. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:12:10 EST Try, try, try again Never give up! You always get a second chance, learn from the past. No excuses <img src=""> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:21:59 EST My favorite joke Two cannibals are having a clown for of them says to the other, "Does this taste funny to you?" Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:37:19 EST Yard Sale: Bye Bye Baggies It's all going. I have bags and boxes and tubs of baggy, ugly, huge clothes that I've been saving. For what? Well, you never know. I may need them again someday. WAIT! Isn't that planning for failure? You bet it is. I really had to analyze why I was so attached to my "comfy" clothes. So, after some introspection, I'm packing them up and saying goodbye. And with all the money I make, I'm going to buy a celebration outfit to say "woohoo" to me today. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 13:20:22 EST Don't look down! Reading about Peter walking on the water to Jesus. He did OK, until he looked down and realized what he was doing...the impossible. Without faith, he lost track of what (who) he believed in and uh oh, potential bath time. <BR> <BR> I'm terrified of heights. Jello knees, giant butterflies in the stomach, tightness in the chest. I do ok until...I look down. <BR> <BR> I've got a long sparkroad to travel. If I look too far down the road, I get discouraged. I forget that a journey is one... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:13:36 EST Impatient!! Waiting for roadside assistance. Their goal was 55 minutes. Looks like we're going to be resetting goals! Story of my life lol Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:06:40 EST Me and my big mouth... Sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble. I even have a sign in my office that says "Dear Lord, please keep your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth". <BR> <BR> This morning, while being worked over by my therapist, I told her that I had started walking after therapy. When I left, I thought how easy it would be to just go home and make a cup of coffee and enjoy the morning from the comfort of my favorite chair on the deck. Then I remembered what I had said and sucked it up.... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:25:24 EST Calorie counts I stopped at my favorite coffee place this morning where they are offering free medium coffee the day after an Eagle's win (Yay!). They now are posting calorie counts next to their selections. Did you know that munchkins (those sweet, innocent mouthfuls) are about 60 calories...EACH? Totally removed the temptation and saved me mucho calories and a few bucks. <em>40</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:40:05 EST Things you can't do with one hand The list is increasing three weeks after surgery. It started out with the obvious: cutting food; blow drying my own hair; putting a bra on. Progressed to: <em>24</em> working a can opener; tying shoes; getting a pillowcase on a pillow; carrying a laundry basket. Today's revelation: not being able to push a shopping cart, unless I only want to go in circles! Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:24:50 EST Recuperation and the Food Network With not much to do after surgery, I've been watching a lot of TV. My favorite is the Barefoot Contessa and today she's making chocolate cake with butter cream icing. I swear I gained 5 pounds just watching. So does that mean if I watch Jillian Michaels videos I will lose the 5 pounds I gained watching the food network? Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:41:10 EST Welcome summer <img src=""> Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:54:27 EST No so happy Saturday And its all his fault. Mostly his fault. Ok, so maybe I overreacted but he really pushed my big button and boy did he know it. I'm blogging this because I am an emotional eater and could do some heavy duty damage right now that I would be even more ticked off about later. So. I. am. going. to. get. on. the. treadmill. And put on some loud music. And get those endorphins released until I'm over it or at least too tired to put any more energy into being mad. <em>234</em> Sat, 11 May 2013 10:06:21 EST Updating goals I am moving forward and am officially saying "Ta ta" to those 25 pounds I've lost. They are history. I've reset my Spark goals and ticker and am ready for the next 6 months and 36 pounds. Here we go! <em>249</em> Fri, 10 May 2013 10:17:29 EST Soda truth Dominic's challenge is to give up soda today. Yesterday, I spoke to a man who told me what they use to dissolve concrete...cola! (Name brand omitted). They pour the soda over the concrete, let it sit overnight and in the morning Voila! Pretty easy to remove. As a dental hygienist, I see the effects of soda all the time. Acidity and sugar are so destructive! I totally agree wth Dominic! Drink the water! Fri, 5 Apr 2013 10:09:52 EST Don't shoot the messenger. <img src=""> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:00:13 EST No do overs. Life offers no do overs. Just do betters and do aheads. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:27:07 EST Where it all starts... “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” <BR> -Stephen Covey Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:51:49 EST Baby steps Baby steps are still steps in the right direction as long as you keep moving forward! Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:33:41 EST How to stop the whirlwind? OK sparkfriends, I need help. I feel like my life is spinning around me, like a tornado, with me sitting in the eye looking up, afraid to move because i know I can't control what's going to happen. Previous blogs: Boss/friend dying of cancer, my job?, torn rotator cuff awaiting word from workman's comp carrier to see if they'll accept the claim, surgeon?, out of work for how long?, finances, and a lot of little nit-picky things that pile up into one big worry-monster. Eating? Yes. Every... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 10:07:44 EST One spark point for logging in Lately, it's enough to be the highlight of my day. <em>24</em> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:13:45 EST Dear Thank you so much! I'm on my way to the annual office Christmas party and I'm feeling pretty darned good. I'm wearing a dress that hasn't been zipped up on this body since the last time it was in style and I have plenty of room in it. My honey is calling himself my "bodyguard"! And I'm wearing sexy heels. So thank you for giving me all the tools I needed to unload the first 40. <BR> <BR> Can't wait until next year! Merry Christmas! Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:27:21 EST Just not feeling it right now. Major stress. Being perfectly honest, I don't care about sparking right now. I would like to go to sleep and wake up in a perfect world. Probably not going to happen, though. I think I've come pretty close to the edge of my personal emotional cliff. Hanging on by a thread. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 18:37:07 EST Miscellaneous comments and questions when I can't sleep 1. Why does he snore only when he's facing me? <BR> 2. Skinny sister noticed the weight loss. She's going to make her famous brownies with nuts just for me. <BR> 3. Weeding out the old scrubs. Four sets to goodwill. Bye, I'll miss you. Um, no. <BR> 4. The snoring really has to stop. <BR> 5. There must be a pound "cloud". I've lost weight even though I've indulged in thanksgiving leftovers all week and I'm afraid the pounds have been uploaded to a cloud for storage. I don't want to b... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:53:52 EST Pondering meeting my goal weight... 35 pounds gone, almost halfway there. Checking out my arms in the mirror, I notice how freckled they are. So the question I have is "when I hit goal, do the freckles get closer together so I'll look tan?" Hmmm. <em>211</em> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:02:41 EST Homeostasis, on the inside...and outside? We all strive to keep things in balance and the human body is a perfect example of balance, or homeostasis, when healthy. Body temperature stays normal, digestion stays regular, and we feel "good" without having to do anything. Like being on autopilot, we can cruise along and not have to worry until something comes along to throw everything out of whack. <BR> <BR> We all strive for balance on the "outside", emotionally. These past 6 weeks have been a test of my personal, emotional home... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:00:24 EST Ok, so I screwed up using the recipe calculator. I had this great recipe for a butternut squash and lentil stew. Made it yesterday, and it was fabulous. Then I lost the recipe. Gone. Nowhere to be found. So I had this great idea to recreate it using the recipe calculator. Figured it would only be for my use right? Wrong. It's published. Totally incomplete, won't do anybody any good, no measurements. And worse yet, no way to edit it or delete it. I reported it as inappropriate, but there was no checkbox for the real reason why, so I lied, ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:27:15 EST Hey, your hair looks great! Three months ago, I joined Sparkpeople and about that same time my hair colorist/stylist moved away. -25 pounds later, and my hair has gotten considerably lighter and longer, going from chestnut and spiky to light brown and wavy. No one notices the weight loss, but I've gotten daily comments on my hair. Go figure! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:06:36 EST Insanity is... Doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. Change requires change! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:14:07 EST Go ahead. Call me fat. You can call me fat. But, I've lost 20 pounds. And I feel great about that. Your rude comment just makes me more determined to finish what I've started. (Note to self. I may be fat but she's ugly. And I will lose weight.) Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:37:57 EST From treadmill to trail! I've been working out on the treadmill faithfully for two months. Last week, I tried an audio workout and made it all the way through. What an accomplishment! I was high-fiving myself all day. Today, I took the walk outside. An even bigger accomplishment because I am afraid of embarrassing myself by jiggling, tripping, falling, sweating and all the other things that may accompany an overweight, middle-aged non-athletic type. I was blessed with a gorgeous morning, NO OBSERVERS, and a bea... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:54:04 EST Prayer for a rough day Dear Lord, <BR> Please keep your arm around my shoulder <BR> And your hand over my mouth. Amen Sun, 9 Sep 2012 11:19:55 EST Metric conversion...I never was good in math I have shied away with anything having to do with a 5K. It, in my mind, was a goal for the future, when I get closer to my goal weight. This morning, I logged over three miles on the treadmill working out with a treadmill cd. Early this afternoon, I talked to a friend who invited me to do a 5K with her. I asked her if she was crazy! I could never walk/jog that far. Then she told me it was just over three miles...duh. I CAN do a 5K! I did it this morning! Yay me! Sign me up... <em>311... Fri, 7 Sep 2012 14:51:46 EST Walking on the wire... In the past 7 weeks as a Sparkperson, I have: <BR> <BR> -lost 14 pounds. <BR> -made friends with the treadmill <BR> -started Coach Nicole's 28 day bootcamp <BR> -logged food and exercise <BR> -learned a lot about myself <BR> -ordered new work scrubs a size smaller (I'm going to wait until the old ones are feeling a little looser before trying them on) <BR> -met the nicest, most encouraging people <BR> -gained confidence and optimism which grows a little with every milestone <BR> <BR> I'm st... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:28:59 EST The War Within Time to order work scrubs. The war inside went something like this: <BR> <BR> "You're comfortable in the size you're in. Order the same size." <BR> <BR> "No. I can do this. I'm ordering a smaller size." <BR> <BR> "What if you don't lose enough to fit into it? What if you do, and you gain it all back?" <BR> <BR> "It's different this time. I have a new attitude. This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle that I'm adopting for the rest of my life. To not only lose weight but to get h... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:17:22 EST You know you've lost weight when... You can take your pants off without unzipping them! <em>9</em> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 15:09:34 EST Social eating Yesterday was the barbeque. Old friends, new friends and a ton of food that you just "have to try". Today is the wedding shower at the country club. Pinkies raised. Calorie laden gourmet goodies and cocktails that you just "must try". <BR> Yesterday I was so unprepared mentally. Yes, I tried, I ate, I regretted. Lesson learned. Today, I'll have a salad before I leave the house. When the time comes, I'll look for something that fits into my plan and carry a club soda with a twist. ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:40:45 EST Dear God... Forgive me when I whine. When so many people are homeless, hungry, unemployed, disabled, alone, and feeling hopeless, remind me to count my blessing because they are numeous. Thank you for all the things in my life that I take for granted. Thank you for the course I currently am on. Thank you for those who encourage me. <BR> <BR> My weight loss journey is not a drudge, it is a journey with hope and joy at the end. My health is a gift, no matter how poor it is at the moment, it can and... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 10:20:37 EST Garden Lessons My yard is my favorite part of my home. Spending an entire day outside tending to the gardens made me think of how much of my life is reflected in gardening. <BR> <BR> Weeds are the nemesis of a beautiful garden. They are sneaky little buggers that sprout and take root and grow and multiply until they are out of control and there are more undesirable plants than desirable. Sometimes they start out looking like something familiar and you're unsure of whether or not to pull them up. Not be... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:02:33 EST Excuses, no excuses I've been talking to myself for over an hour. It was a long weekend, so busy, and a long work day today. And I am tired. Yawning tired. Dragging my butt around tired. And this morning, I promised myself a half hour on the treadmill. I can do it. I just don't feel like it. I REALLY don't feel like it. <BR> <BR> Excuse #1. I was so busy this weekend. I need some down time. <BR> <BR> Excuse #2. It's getting too close to bedtime. <BR> <BR> Excuse #3. I don't feel like taking a s... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 20:59:59 EST