CHERYLANDERICA's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLANDERICA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bahama Mamas Vision Board :) These are actual vision boards I have made recently and are in my home. :) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Mar 2013 19:49:51 EST Springing Challenge Week 1 This is my blog entry for the Bahama Mamas Challenge for week 1. <BR> <BR> ~My name is Cheryl. <BR> ~I am 34 years old. <BR> ~I am married and we have been married for 5 1/2 years. <BR> ~I have 2 kiddos. My daughter Erica is 8. My son Avery is 3 (4 in one month!). <BR> ~I am an infant teacher in a preschool. Have worked there for 6 years. <BR> ~I live near the ocean(Delaware) and LOVE it! Moved here 8 years ago from Northern VA. <BR> ~I am currently following a gluten free, dairy free, proce... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 23:06:29 EST Trip to the ER last night has me depressed The last several days I have been in a lot of pain. Yesterday the pain was really intense, more than normal and it was up my left side, down my left leg and all across my lower stomach and lower back. I know I have PCOS and I know I have fibroids. So over time a lot has gone on down there. But since May I have assumed all my problems with pain were related to fibroids. Since the pain was increasing and more than normal I decided to go to the ER. My fear was that I had some sort of infection o... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:10:40 EST Glad I pushed myself So today I was still not feeling fantastic. I had strep this weekend and I am only on day 3 of meds. I had decided that I would still go to the gym. My throat was a little sore but the rest of me felt good enough. But then tonight, my husband and I got into a fight about our health and dental insurance. Really we were both just frustrated about the exact same thing and instead of being angry together and working out to relieve the stress, we basically went at each other. Totally the wrong way... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:31:25 EST Why is this so hard... It has been almost a month since I got off track. I was going to the gym almost every day, sometimes twice a day. I was doing great. I was focused. And then the holidays came rolling around and BOOM...I crash. And I start to miss a few days. Then I get sick and miss several days. And then work events, kid events, family gatherings, etc all become more important that the hour I need to work on me. And of course I swore I would get right back into it. And I have...a little bit. But I cant seem ... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:13:59 EST Weekly Plan 1/14-1/20 (a little late, i know) Monday: Gym alone 45 min <BR> <BR> Tuesday: No gym. Parent teacher conferences. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Thursday: Gym 1 hour <BR> <BR> Friday: No gym <BR> <BR> Saturday: Gym 1 hour <BR> <BR> Sunday: Gym 1 hour <BR> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:05:08 EST Gotta get blogging! It has been too long since my last 3 weeks! And I havent been tracking all my exercise either. I am keeping track in my mind, but not on here, which sucks cause then I wont get a minutes trophy lol. But that is ok. I am able to get it going again and I will. Starting now. :) <BR> <BR> So here is my schedule for the rest of the week for exercise. <BR> <BR> Thursday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Friday: No gym. Church night for Erica. <BR> <BR> Saturday: Gym either alone or w... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:25:11 EST 380 days til I turn 35... Ok, yeah yeah, I know I am a little ahead lol. But 35 is not far away and it seems like a milestone age to me. Which made me start to think about all the things I wish i was doing, or could be doing if I made some changes. And to tell you the truth it makes me a little sad and scared all at once. Scared to get older, scared to keep failing, scared that this is it...and it makes me sad that I have not made more serious and consistent changes up til now, that I allow myself to live in a safety ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:14:31 EST Weekly Plan 12/17-12/23 Monday: Gym with Athen 35 minutes. <BR> Dinner: London Broil marinated and topped with bell peppers (YUM) and roasted asparagus, onion and mushrooms <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> Dinner: Balsamic Mustard Chicken (trying for the first time) <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Spinning 1 hour (maybe. I was invited by another gym goer) Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> Dinner: Hamburgers (no bun) with mashed cauliflower and roasted carrots <BR> <BR> Thursday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> Dinner: Por... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:39:37 EST Update to my weekly plan. Monday: Gym with Jodie 40 min, Gym with Athen 50 min.~~ DONE!! <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym alone 40 min, Gym with Athen 1 hour~~Did 65 minutes alone <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym alone 40 min, Gym with Athen 1 hour~~Did 63 minutes alone <BR> <BR> Thursday: No gym..going to Ocean City to see the Winter Festival of Lights :)~~I went anyway! 40 minutes alone (STILL NEED AT LEAST 160 MINUTES TO REACH WEEKLY GOAL) <BR> <BR> Friday: Gym alone 1 hour. Then to see the Live Nativity :) <BR> <BR> Saturday: ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:38:33 EST Veggies AND dip? Yes, please!! I used to never need snacks. I would just eat my meals and be done. I also used to smoke and I think that filled in the bored moments. And I used to work in an office where food was not right in my face and I was busy doing stuff so I was not thinking of food. These days I have a few hours of downtime at work (i am an infant teacher in a daycare/preschool), once in the morning and once in the afternoon. My days start earlier and we get home by 4. I dont smoke anymore. And I am stressed, bored... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:12:40 EST Weekly Plan 12/10-12/16 Monday: Gym with Jodie 40 min, Gym with Athen 50 min. DONE!! <BR> Dinner: Turkey nachos and sauteed baby bok choi (weird combo I know...its pms time, I was craving weird stuff) <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym alone 40 min, Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> Dinner: Turkey again lol. We made a turkey on sunday and have tons left. Tonight will be turkey with roasted carrots and onions and mashed sweet potatoes :) Probably a salad before the gym. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym alone 40 min, Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 10:49:24 EST Hmm, not starting out strong this week Well, even though my plan was to get to the gym, I opted to stay home. Avery (my son) was not feeling great and Athen(husband) was even saying his sinuses were bugging him. And Erica (daughter), well she was just her normal go with the flow self. She could really not care less about what goes on as long as she is with me lol. So I figured it was a sign that I should take it easy. And we are. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is already looking like a bad day for the gym as well...but for a decent reason. ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:09:26 EST December Goals 1. To lose 5lbs. <BR> <BR> 2. To start drinking more water and less diet coke. I am going in the wrong direction these days lol. <BR> <BR> 3. To keep exercising a min of 4 days a week, pushing for 6. <BR> <BR> 4. To push myself for harder workouts. <BR> <BR> 5. To pay attention to my heart rate and make sure I am raising it enough. <BR> <BR> 6. To love myself, even if I dont lose, even if I mess up, even if my day is not perfect. I am still worthy of loving myself and I am still doing ju... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 23:10:22 EST Weekly Plan 12/3- 12/9 I am including dinners again this week because I feel like it helps me stay organized mentally. <BR> <BR> Monday: Assuming I feel better (really hoping!)...1 hour with Athen <BR> Dinner: Hamburgers (no bun) with fries <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 40 min with Jodie and 1 hour with Athen <BR> Dinner: Pork chops and mashed sweet potatoes <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 40 min alone and 1 hour with Athen <BR> Dinner: Flounder with a veggie and salad <BR> <BR> Thursday: 1 hour with Athen and maybe 40 minutes alon... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 22:56:53 EST Falling For FItness Vision Collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Found a very cool site to make the vision board. Called Digital Dreamboard. You all should check it out!! Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:41:29 EST Hey, Fat Girl. This is a blog entry from It is a reminder to me that every time I feel inadequate or self conscious that it is only me and my own fears standing in my way. I am the fat girl, yes, and I am the girl putting forth the effort to be healthier...and that makes me just as worthy of being on that elliptical or just as capable lifting weights. I am no different than anyone else in that gym. We are all there for health. Hope you enjoy this blog as much as I did. <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 09:42:40 EST Such a mixture of emotions in blogging So when I was an active member a few years back I was blogging almost daily or at least every other. I loved blogging. And then I stopped being here and every time I came back I would post a blog and eventually I stopped believing in my own attempted efforts to get back on track. I felt like my intentions were so good but my actions wouldnt/ couldnt follow. I have been a mess for several years. Like just in the last year feeling mentally capable of being myself and then learning to love mysel... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:50:31 EST Weekly Plan 11/26-12/2 Monday: 1 hour with Athen and 1 hour family zumba with Erica <BR> Actual time: 1 hour with Athen. Zumba has been cancelled. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 40 min with Jodie and 1 hour with Athen <BR> Actual: 35 minutes with Jodie and 1 hour alone <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 40 min alone and 1 hour family zumba with Erica <BR> <BR> Thursday: 1 hour alone and 1 hour with Athen <BR> <BR> Friday: off day <BR> <BR> Saturday: 1 hour with Athen <BR> <BR> Sunday: 1 hour alone or with Jodie <BR> <BR> Had a rough ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:23:54 EST Weekly Plan 11/19-11/25 Monday: Zumba with Erica 1 hour <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym alone 40 min, Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym alone 40 min, Zumba with Erica 1 hour <BR> <BR> Thursday: Day off for Thanksgiving :) <BR> <BR> Friday: Pool with the family <BR> <BR> Saturday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Sunday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Goal: 380 minutes <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:23:09 EST Gratitude Journal- Friday Today I am thankful that things always work out! We were nervous about my husbands check today...he was missing hours due to the 2 days missed from hurricane Sandy and this was also the first check that was going to have our health insurance deducted. I was freaking out that we would not have money left after bills for food!! But it turned out ok!! Thank goodness!! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:25:30 EST Gratitude Journal- Thursday Thursday: I am thankful for the ability to love another so much that it hurts sometimes! This morning I literally cried thinking of my kids getting older and not being able to just hug them when I need or want to, or when then need or want me to. So I went and found my son (he goes to my daycare) and gave him a gigantic hug. What an amazing gift! To love another so much!! <em>129</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 09:40:47 EST Gratitude Journal I actually am doing this on Facebook just because for the month of November. I am going to backtrack and put Mon and Tues with todays entry and hopefully it will count towards points for the Falling For Fitness Week 4 bonus points. <BR> <BR> Monday: Today, and everyday, I am thankful for the beauty God displays in the sky. From the beautiful sunrises to the breathtaking sunsets, God blows me away each day. I can honestly say that living here I have been able to experience it more than ever b... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:37:29 EST Feeling stronger This week started rough for me. I was down on myself with the whole eating thing and I was feeling crappy physically. I started my period almost a whole week just was not going well for me. And since then, I am just spotting and in a ton of pain. I have fibroids in my uterus and they are super painful. I am hoping to have surgery in the spring after I get my tax return. Our insurance requires me to pay $2000 of the surgery. :( And my plantar fasciitis is starting to act up pretty b... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 10:17:14 EST I am the alcoholic and gluten is my drink of choice. :( This weekend I was at my parents house and we were talking about Thanksgiving. I literally told them that since I suck at this gluten free thing, why bother making Thanksgiving dinner gluten free. It is more expensive, more time consuming, more hassle...I was sad saying it but really felt it was best. Thank God for moms, cause my mom fought back and declared that this was a stupid choice on my part. This was Saturday...I called her up on Sunday and told her she was right. Thanksgiving will st... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 10:24:50 EST Weekly Plan 11/12- 11/18 Gym and Dinners Monday: Gym with Athen 1 hour, Gym alone 45 min OR gym alone 1 hour and family Zumba with Erica 1 hour <BR> Lamb burgers with tzatiki(sp?) sauce and salad <BR> <em>48</em> Did 11 min cardio and 1 hour family zumba <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym 40 min with Jodie and Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> Kielbasa and sauerkraut <BR> <em>48</em> Did 35 minutes alone and 1 hour with Athen <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym alone 40 min and family Zumba with Erica 1 hour <BR> Chopped Steak <BR> <BR> Thursday: ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 20:41:45 EST Week 3 Bonus Points Falling for Fitness The bonus points this week come from posting 10 recipes. I went with gluten free meals of course. Found a few that look delicious and that I want to try out. :) <BR> <BR> 1. Pumpkin Custard <BR> <link><BR>il.asp?recipe=24218 </link> <BR> <BR> 2. Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Sweet Potatoes <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=288719 </link> <BR> <BR> 3. Gluten Free Chicken Tenders <BR> <link> Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:14:38 EST My 5 reasons why I am not honest look at my habits. Ok so I feel like it is time to be honest with myself about what I am doing wrong. Yes, I exercise like a crazy person. Yes, I make better choices with food. Yes, I have a lower level of stress. Yes, I am working on getting better sleep. So where am I going wrong and why wont the scale move beyond 265? <BR> <BR> Reason 1: I still eat dairy. <BR> I know dairy and I dont get along. I know that it causes my bloating and even is the main source of my sinus issues. I know that while I try to just... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:00:26 EST Weekly plan 11/5-11/11 Gym and Dinners Monday: Gym with Athen 1 hour; Family Zumba with Erica 1 hour <em>248</em> except it was 40 minutes of treadmill and 1 hour zumba <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym during Erica's dance class 40 min; Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Wednesday: Gym with Jodie during Erica's dance class 40 min; Family Zumba with Erica 1 hour <BR> <BR> Thursday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> <BR> Friday: Pool with the family <BR> <BR> Saturday: No gym. Class for work today. <BR> <BR> Sunday: Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:51:46 EST Family pictures Today we had our family pictures done. This would seem like such a nice thing to have done, except that I had a really hard time figuring out what to wear that would be flattering. I really dislike pictures at this point. While I was getting ready I promised myself that this would be the last family pictures at this weight. I think we will do them again in the spring, since it was cold and my little man was not happy. He did ok til we went on the beach and then it was freezing and he was not ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:46:57 EST Back on track with gluten free living So it is a new month and this month we celebrate Thanksgiving. I was feeling really anxious about trying to get back on track with my gluten free lifestyle because of the upcoming holidays. I had to remind myself that this is not just me on a diet, or me trying something new. I feel like crap, my body hurts, my weight loss has stalled, I am tired all the gluten intolerance is kicking my ass and the only person allowing it is me. I did great for 6 months and then relapsed (yes, like ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:12:06 EST Weekend Plan 11/2-11/4 11/2- Gym 1 hour <em>248</em> <BR> 11/3- Gym with Athen 1 hour <BR> 11/4- Gym with Jodie 90 min <BR> <BR> Total gym time 3.5 hours Fri, 2 Nov 2012 19:04:28 EST Weekend at a glance lol So I have totally not stuck to my plan for eating this week. Did not track everything. Boooo me.. However, I did not eat horrible, just maybe went over a bit in calories. Also, I did not get to exercise yesterday because of a prior commitment I had forgotten about and tonight I wont be able to go the gym because we are going to a Halloween party for my husbands job. That means tons of food and alcohol. So tomorrow and Sunday I need to bust my ass to get my cardio for the week. And I need to b... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:16:18 EST Weekly plan 10/21-10/28...and how to overcome my setbacks So this week is starting out very rough for me. I wont get into it all on here but the stress level is very high, I am in the middle of a horrible mens. cycle PLUS I am in pain from my fibroids on top of it (this is ongoing, but I am trying to adjust my life so that I dont need surgery) and then I found out my trainer got a new full time job an hour in the opposite direction leaving me without a trainer. I know most people would say just get a new one, but he was barely charging me for our se... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:42:32 EST Weekly Plan 10/15- 10/21 Monday: Trainer 1 hour, Cardio with husband 50 min <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Gym with Jodie 45 min cardio/ Actually did 30 min cardio with Jodie and 30 min cardio with my husband and 15 min in weight training <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 1 hour Family Zumba with my daughter <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday: Trainer 1 hour, Cardio with husband 1 hour <em>42</em> was not feeling well, in a ton of pain from fibroids <BR> <BR> Friday: off day (leaving on mini vacatio... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:09:37 EST My weekly plan 10/8-10/14 Monday: 1 hour intense weights with Dan (my trainer) and 1 hour cardio with my husband <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Tuesday: 15 min cardio and 15 weights with Jodie (my gym buddy) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Wednesday: 30 min cardio with Jodie and then 1 hour at the YMCA with my husband <BR> <BR> Thursday: 1 hour training with Dan <BR> <BR> Friday: Pool with the family at the YMCA. 20 min water jogging <BR> <BR> Saturday: Gym with either Jodie or my husband 1 hour <BR> <BR> Sunday: Gym with... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:45:40 EST Not jinxing myself lol So I have been easing back into SP for awhile now. And I have been exercising regularly. I decided that I am ready for like a challenge or something. So I joined 3 groups and am waiting to join 2 challenges. I am excited about all of this. I kept thinking I wanted to write a blog, except I swear the last few I wrote were with great intentions that almost immediately faded away. It was like writing the blog was jinxing myself. Not this time. <BR> <BR> I am writing this blog (and many more to... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 10:35:20 EST Over and over til I get it right... I am pretty sure I have been here in this spot, writing my first blog in forever, only to fall away again. So this time I waited 2 weeks until posting...just to make sure I was committed lol. <BR> <BR> It appears I am into it again though. Sparking, exercise, eating better (well, I am working on it anyway)...I even got a friend to join. So here I am, blogging my first blog in well over a year. I feel like I might have it this time. I think I may actually have things in place to make the cha... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 22:09:14 EST Back after a year... Not sure exactly what to write today. I just wanted to post this for myself so I know when I came back and decided to give it another go. Updated my page. Changing my life. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:40:44 EST Tracking my stuff For the last week I have not tracked anything. I was tracking EVERYTHING, but this last week nothing at all. So I decided that I must track it all again. My reasons (not that you all need them, I just need to remind myself) are: <BR> <BR> 1)To make sure I am within my calorie range. <BR> 2)To make sure I am burning enough calories. <BR> 3)To see where I can improve in my meal planning. <BR> 4)To make sure I am eating enough of the right foods (enough veggies for instance). <BR> 5)To keep me ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:17:32 EST How many times can I start over???? I am beginning to feel like I start over more than anything else. I have started this diet/woe/new plan like a hundred times. Every time is "the time". Every time feels like it will be it. And every time something happens and I lose my focus and I am back to square one. <BR> <BR> I was doing great! I was exercising every day, and doing both cardio and strength training. I was staying within my calories. I was feel fabulous. And then it happened. My moms family comes into town and they want ... Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:08:01 EST Follow up to the website I told ya about. I finally saved them on to my computer and I will post them in my pics. I have 2. One from my wedding day and one from like 2 years ago. Both show me 50lbs lighter. Check it out and tell me what you think. I think it is great motivation for someone like me, who has never been thin or even thinner lol. It is my first time seeing what I might look like when I get closer to 210. Very exciting. Now I just gotta get there LOL!! Sat, 5 Dec 2009 14:31:25 EST Super cool website Ok, this only works for free if you have facebook. But, if you have facebook go to it and log in. Without logging out, go to Click on About Us and then on the right hand side of the page mid-way down you will see a green Start Now button. Click on this and it will go back to facebook and ask you to allow it to do its thing to add this application. Allow it. Then you will fill in the Information section and choose a full body photo (you can upload from your computer as well... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 22:34:12 EST 29 days to go...i feel yuck I knew it was too good to be true. How could I possibly expect to make it through the first half of the school year without even a real cold? I said the other day that Erica and I had beat the colds...I must not have knocked on real wood cause 2 days later we are both sick. My nose is so stuffed up and I am coughing up stuff. Athen said the baby probably woke up so much last night from my extremely loud snoring. I couldnt breathe through my nose though. And poor Erica is not any better. Of co... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 21:39:34 EST The last 30 days So I guess I am counting it down. I am feeling like I need to start blogging my way through the month as well. Generally speaking, when I blog the most, I am also losing the most. When I slack on one, I slack on the other too. So in my attempt to make the most of this month, I am going to try to blog daily, or at least more regularly. I used to do it daily and I felt good about it. Not sure why I go in spurts with it. Sometimes I guess I just have nothing to say (LMAO, Athen would totally tel... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 23:49:55 EST December Goals... There are only 32 days left until January 1. I had set a goal to be 244 by Jan 1. I was 262 this morning. I know it would be almost impossible for me to lose 18lbs in 32 days. It sure would be nice to lose 10lbs though. I am a little disappointed with how my year has gone. I have had one thing after another this year. And very few of those things were really good. I want to reflect a little though so I can at least see the positives right in front of my face. <BR> <BR> Positives: <BR> 1) Ave... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 21:13:01 EST Oh yeah, baby!! I am back!! I posted my blog on Tuesday. I was super depressed. I was struggling. Hell, I have been struggling for awhile. And I read the replies and I re-read my blog like 20 times. And you know what?? Something clicked. My fire was lit. My goodness, had I known that was all it took I would have posted a blog forever ago LOL. <BR> <BR> I woke up on Wednesday and without any hesitation low carbed. Did it again Thursday, Friday and today. I had so much more energy the last few days. my blood sugar feels ... Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:53:31 EST What is it going to take? I watch the Biggest Loser every week. Most weeks I cry. And this is for a few seasons now. I watch and cry because I see me in all of them. Watching Shay get voted off tonight made me so sad. I listened to her and knew that the way she felt was how I feel...except she is CHANGING her life. I am not. I led my Biggest Loser challenge this fall with a goal of losing 25lbs. After our final weigh in tomorrow, I will be lucky if I lost 5-6lbs over the 10 week challenge. I imagine that I should be h... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 22:44:13 EST All went well today I wanted to come by and let everyone know that my D&C went well today. I am still sore and I cant really carry the baby around cause it makes me bleed more and hurt some, but hopefully tomorrow it will be much easier. The Dr said that everything went smoothly. He said that the tissues were thicker than normal which is probably why I had so much bleeding and pain. He said it should be better now. He sent the tissues for tests still just to make sure that all is ok. So I feel hopeful that thing... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 22:23:22 EST Friday is the big day Well Friday is approaching quickly. I will be having my D&C that day. The dr is going to scrape me clean and start me over lol. And he is going to take some tissue to be tested to see what is going on with me. The bloodwork is all normal, the stuff from the ER didnt show too much wrong or at least not enough to give me so much pain and bleeding, and the pills didnt do the trick. So I am hoping this is what will work for me. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to feel somewhat normal again within a week. ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 21:49:53 EST