CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community HIP PAIN I haven't been Sparking for awhile. No reason. <BR> <BR> Recently at the school district I work in has started having free Zumba and free Yoga classes. <BR> I have done zumba a few times and I tried yoga once. I am having a lot more hip pain lately and I was wondering if this added activity could be the reason. I am a paraprofessional at school and do a lot of walking. I average around 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day. This is up and down stairs, standing in the cafeteria 40 minutes at lunch. ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:32:26 EST My One Hundred Sixty Some Pounds Life I have been watching my 600# life. If you have ever watched this show it is about people who weigh over 600 pounds and want gastric bypass surgery. Well, something that I have really learned from the show is that in order to lose weight you need willpower. The first thing the doctor does is put everyone on a 1200 calorie diet with no carbs or sugars. I watch in amazement at what some of these people can eat. Although I do not eat as much as they do, I still have to learn willpower. I real... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:58:06 EST I AM NOT 18 ANYMORE The reason why I say that is I was with the 5th graders in gym today trying to play a version of volleyball. I love volleyball. Anyhow, the ball came near me, so I ran to get it, slid and fell down, plop down I go. I was humiliated and embarrassed, but my main concern is my 58 1/2 year old body falling on a hard gym floor. I mainly worry about my hip. I don't need anything else to make it hurt. It hardly hurt at all tomorrow and I am going to do some of my stretches so hopefully, tomorrow i... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:41:51 EST WEIGHT IS UP AND HIP HURTS That about sums up my Monday. I did my exercise bike yesterday although my hip was hurting. I felt like it's ok, just move on. It didn't really hurt too bad after, but sleeping it started to throb. It was hard sleeping. I'm just taking it easy today. I got about 8,000 steps in today. <BR> Weight is up. I knew it would be. It's almost where I started a month ago. I just have to keep on doing what I am, maybe no cake, alcohol. <BR> Well, just trying to keep the spirit up. Mon, 30 Jan 2017 18:45:35 EST I Am Not Going to Give Up I am not giving up this time. It seems that in my quest for thinness usually at this point I gain a little bit and quit. This time I am not. I may have had an off week, but I really have to keep this up. I cannot give up because this weight is not going to go down on it's own. It keeps going up and if I don't do something I am really going to be in trouble. <BR> I did 30 minutes on my exercycle. I still am not getting my 10,000 steps in per day. Two weeks ago I was hitting it every day ... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:10:23 EST I Ate Cake Today I have a feeling that this week is not going to be a good weigh in. I ate cake today, I had some wine and a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I have been using my fitbit and walking around 7,000 steps a day. Last week I was averaging more like 10,000 which is closer to what I should be doing. <BR> I did the bike on Saturday and Sunday. Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:46:42 EST Very Long Monday It was a rainy Monday today. It was all I could do to get myself out of bed. The day just seemed to drag. I weighed myself and I am the same. I have to try harder. I need to write down everything I eat. <BR> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:49:07 EST Waiting for the Steeler Game Again My hip throbbed all night. Throbbed at church and after church took a nap and took some Alleve. Feels better now. <BR> Once again, I am waiting for the Steeler game today. <BR> Weigh in is either tomorrow or Tuesday. Nervous already. I know things are headed in the right direction because clothes that were really tight fit better. Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:38:42 EST 30 Minutes on the Bike I did 30 minutes on my stationary bike. I did a pretty slow easy 30 minutes. I have to work my way up to a harder workout, but I did it. <BR> The weather here in Pittsburgh is beautiful, highs in te 60's. It's crazy because it just makes you long for spring and summer and then when it comes time all it does is rain. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:07:12 EST Having hip pain My hip was bothering me today, so I thought if I rode my stationary bike it would help. Not yet. I did my bike for 20 minutes and so far today I have in 8,517 steps. I would like to get in 10,000 every day, but with my hip hurting it's hard to walk. <BR> Well, tomorrow is Friday and then the weekend. Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:45:08 EST Happy MLK Day It was a good day for me. Sad that we have a day off honoring someone who was assisnated. I had to explain to the kids at work what happened to him. I told them that someone shot him and one of the kids knew that it was at a hotel. I didn't know that. <BR> Anyhow, I did my stationery bike again for 30 minutes. My hip actually feels better after doing it. I guess it loosens it up. I'm very happy that I made the decision to buy that bike. <BR> I spent the day organizing things. I organize... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:12:05 EST Watching the Steeler Game Hoping for a win. The other game I was watching Green Bay and Cowboys had me a nervous wreck. Caused me to chew more gum than usual. That is my stress relief and I will probably wake up tomorrow with my jaw being sore. LOL <BR> I did my stationery bike today 30 minutes. Since it is used and didn't come with a users manual, I am going to try to look for a manual online. <BR> I have off school tomorrow for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day <BR> I was extremely lazy yesterday, never got out of my ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:26:18 EST Having trouble syncing my Garmin fitbit I got a Garmin fitbit for Christmas and you are supposed to be able to sync it to Sparkpeople. It's not working right for me. <BR> I joined the group, so hopefully, someone will be able to direct me on how to do it. <BR> I didn't get as many steps in today because I didn't go grocery shopping. <BR> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:19:42 EST I JUMPED ROPE TODAY I am a teacher's aide, so I go with the kids to all their specials. Today was gym. They were jumping rope, so I decided to see if I could still do it. I did and it was great! I cant tell you how many minutes or counts I did, I just know that I did it. It was fun and I got my heart rate going. <BR> I lost about 2 1/2 pounds since last week. During week days I have been doing around 8,000 to 9,000 steps per day, I think today I may hit the 10,000 mark today. <BR> That's the update for ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:21:21 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 I have been thinking about getting on Spark people for about a week or so. I finally got around to it today. I gained any weight back that I had lost before the holidays. But... I bought myself a used exercycle. I thought about joining a gym, but the only thing I could do right now is either the treadmill or the exercycle. So... I decided that I would rather buy one. So for $60, I got a nice one. I also got a fitbit for Christmas. I am up to 8,000 steps when I am working. I know 10,0... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 16:48:28 EST i Need Some Advice I need some advice. I am 58 years old, slightly overweight. I am now a teacher's aide. I help the students and pick them up and drop them off at their classrooms. I am up and down stairs, walking in hallways, etc. My problem is that since I took this job in September, I wake up in the morning aching. Just my legs and hip. I somehow strained my hip last year, whole nother story. I don't, can't understand why my legs are aching when I do the same thing Monday through Friday. Shouldn't ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:06:56 EST The Day After the Big Holiday Well, today is Black Friday. DD22 and I were supposed to go shopping, but we didn't because we are getting our livingroom furniture delivered. It was finally delivered around 6:00. We could have gone shopping and been back home. Oh well, there is always tomorrow. <BR> I really ate and ate yesterday. I had turkey and all the things that go with it plus pumpkin cheese pie and a fantastic piece of whipped cream chocolate cake. <BR> I am not eating any sweets today and watching my portions o... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:22:52 EST Stress and Weight Loss I have't been on the scale for about a month. Once again, I gave up after gaining a few ounces. Here's the thing, I'm stressed when I am trying to lose weight and I'm stressed when I'm not. I don't know which way to turn. <BR> Nothing much else going on. Trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. <BR> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:34:14 EST UP A FEW OUNCES Ok. So I weighed in last week. Not what I had hoped for. I was up 6 ounces. Not a lot, but I did think I was going to lose at least the 2 ounces that I wanted to lose. This set me on a bit of a binge. We had a luncheon that day at work and I did indulge. I was not good over the weekend. I did have to sample a few of the pieces of Halloween candy to make sure it was ok for the trick or treaters. It was good, especially the ghost Reese's peanut butter. The candy corn Hershey bar wasn't b... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:48:42 EST DOWN A FEW OUNCES Ok, I got on the scale on Friday and I'm down a few ounces. If I can lose 2 ounces by next week, I will be in a different number. This is the highest weight I have ever been in my life. I am not putting on any muscle because my clothes fit like I'm a stuffed sausage. I had on a pair of pants this week and felt horrible. I'm really thinking of my eating habits and am thinking how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet and yes, more exercise. It's just such a slow process ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:26:39 EST DOWN A FEW OUNCES Ok, I got on the scale on Friday and I'm down a few ounces. If I can lose 2 ounces by next week, I will be in a different number. This is the highest weight I have ever been in my life. I am not putting on any muscle because my clothes fit like I'm a stuffed sausage. I had on a pair of pants this week and felt horrible. I'm really thinking of my eating habits and am thinking how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet and yes, more exercise. It's just such a slow process ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:26:39 EST AFRAID TO GET ON THE SCALE My normal weigh in day is Wednesday. I could not do it. I am so afraid that I have gained or stayed the same and will get disgusted. I don't think I have eaten as well as I could have, so I am really afraid. I am gong to start eating better this week and I will get on the scale next week.I know this is crazy, but that's the way I feel. I need some words of wisdom to help me get back on the scale. I feel like I need a quick fix like diet pills, but they make me cranky and miserable. What can I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:46:18 EST SO VERY DISGUSTED TODAY Today was my weigh in. I stayed the same. I know that this may be an ok thing, but I don't like it. I am at a standstill. So disappointed!!! I just want to give up and eat an entire chocolate cake. I mean if I am not eating all the goodies an trying to eat healthy, why doesn't the scale show it? I probably know the reasons, maybe eating a little too much or not exactly the right foods, but why does it have to be so hard? I remember in my 20's, I would watch what I ate for a couple of days a... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:26:49 EST Baby It's Cold In Here I cant believe I am saying this... but... it's cold here. The temperature in our house is 66 degrees. I am sitting here with a throw and a dog under my arm trying to stay warm. I am really trying not to give in and turn the heat on. Just a few weeks ago we were sweating. That is the crazy weather we have here in Pittsburgh. <BR> Weight wise, it was not a successful week. I was up a little bit on the scale. I am trying not to stress over it and give up. It's funny because if you had asked me a... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 17:22:45 EST Only Down a Few Ounces I know it is better than gaining, a few anything, but I admit, I am disappointed. Oh well, I am back to my old job of traveling aide, so maybe all that walking is doing me some good. <BR> Thankfully the weather has cooled down, so my air conditioner is finally off. <BR> Not much else to say. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:07:37 EST Saw a Real Steeler Player Today There are a few perks to working as an aide and today was one of them. We had an assembly today and a real retired NFL Steeler was there. Charlie Batch who was on of the back up quarter backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't get to see him very close, but that's ok. <BR> I have been doing my regular job for two days now and am feeling ok. No hip pain. I've been dealing with this hip since last April or May. I am soooo glad it is pretty much back to normal. I still have to do my exercise... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:21 EST Hip is feeling better I can finally say my hip is really feeling better. I think this was the first Saturday that I was not in pain. I did not have to walk as much at work on Friday, so I don't know if that is it or what, but I'll take it. <BR> My new position is no longer. The boy I was with kept getting beat up, so his mother took him out of our school district. This happened on Thursday and Friday I filled in for another aide, so Monday I will be going back to what I call the Traveling Aide position. I go from ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:56:55 EST Going Down At least I am headed in the right direction. I am down 1.1 lbs. I did not lose the 7 ounces that I had lost before vacation. I weighed myself today instead of tomorrow because I felt sick and didn't go to work. I really like my new job, but still have stress. The boy I am a one on one with is being bullied. I am with that kid 99% of the day. The one or two times I left him alone at his locker, two boys hit him. I feel bad and myself and the teacher are trying different things so this doesn'... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:58:26 EST KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN The big weigh in was on Thursday, I was up almost 2 pounds. I knew this was probably going to happen. The pancakes were just too good in Canada. Well... in the meantime, it's back on the saddle again. Back to watching what I eat as usual. <BR> My hip is hurting again today. It just makes me miserable. I had to go grocery shopping today and it hurts when I walk. I think it's just walking at work all week taking it's toll. I know it is doing better and healing, but, I want to be back to my ol... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:22:58 EST BACK FROM VACATION I'm back from my mini trip and I also changed positions at work. Talk about crazy. We had such a fantastic time, I hated to come home. It's funny, this summer we went from the desert of the Grand Canyon to Niagara Falls. My son was so excited to see the falls, it's been his dream for a long time. <BR> Our hotel was supposedly 2 blocks from the falls, if don't count the mountain that you have to walk up and down. I did it and the next day my hip felt it, so I took it easy. <BR> I tried not to ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:20:57 EST I Almost Cried Today is my weigh in day. I got on the scale this morning and I was back to my starting weight. My scale is a fancy programmable one and I didn't set the right button. I lost almost two pounds. I was so relived. I know I can go up a pound or two, but to go up five pounds in one week is insane. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:11:17 EST DOWN A POUND AND A HALF One whole work week down, a lot more to go. Just so glad I got the week in. It was rough. I like the job, it's a lot of walking, but that's good exercise. I need to get used to it. It has been really hot here which doesn't make working much better. Cooled off a little Thursday and Friday. <BR> Although I ate a lot, that's another thing I have to get adjusted to, I lost a pound and a half. I have a ways to go, but one step at a time, one step at a time. <BR> Looking forward to the long weeken... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 18:21:26 EST FELL OFF MY CHAIR I have never considered myself graceful, but today I really embarrassed myself. I went to sit down at a chair and literally slid off it. It is one of those cheap plastic ones, but still... Of course I fell on my right side which is where I have all of my problems. My thigh hurts a little and I am icing it as I sit here. <BR> I am glad it is Friday. Work felt a little more organized today. Monday the schedules will come out and I can see where I am supposed to be at what time. <BR> It has be... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:50:09 EST CRAZY FIRST DAY Today being the first day of school was a crazy day. There wasn't too much of a schedule. I was told to be in the cafeteria for the first two periods which I stood for almost 2 hours. I was assigned to 6th grade Special Ed. Every time I went to the rooms there was no one there, so I kept walking up and down the stairs. Good exercise, but not too good for my hip. I am also ride on the buses after school and the bus I was supposed to get on left without me. Crazy. LOL <BR> Good news is I lost a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:05:48 EST TODAY IS MY LAST DAY OF FREEDOM No, I am not going to prison, just back to work/school. Tomorrow is the first day of school. I am nervous because I am no a teachers' aide and I have no idea what classroom I will be assigned to. I really wish I had been told. I guess I will go in tomorrow and find out. I am also going to be a bus monitor after school. It's extra money. <BR> I have one more physical therapy session to go to. Yeah!!! I wouldn't have minded continuing for a few more, but I am there 3 hours and that's too hard... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:59:14 EST I NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BUN/BREAD I have been really trying to limit my carb intake. I usually have cereal, almond milk and a banana for breakfast. I had a 1/2 a Subway turkey sandwich today with cheese on 9 grain bread. So, for dinner I had 100 calorie Greek yogurt with blueberries and a small nectarine. I also had 100 calorie almond and walnuts. I had some carrots with light ranch. I feel a little hungry. I also drank 8 glasses of water. My issue is when I go back to work, I don't know if I can just eat yogurt for lunch and... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:52:35 EST TO EXERCISE OR NOT I've felt kind of achy all day. More so than usual. I don't know if I will feel up to doing my hip stretches today or not. Maybe later... <BR> <em>320</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:53:41 EST TRYING NOT TO LET MY KIDS STRESS ME OUT Having 5 semi teenagers living under the same roof is a challenge. Not to mention, 3 girls. Sometimes everything seems to be going well and then other days it's all crazy. Today was crazy. Not anything totally abnormal, but I guess it's bothering me more today. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:10:12 EST I THINK I NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK As of tonight, I really think I need to go back to work/school. I was so bored tonight that I printed out vacation pictures and organized my desk. There is nothing wrong with anything like that, but I think I need to go back to work because I am getting bored. I know once I go back I will be counting the days until Christmas break, but for know. <BR> We are planning to go to Niagara Falls, Canada in September for DS24's 25th birthday. Niagara Falls has been on his bucket list for awhile, but... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:55:20 EST WEIGH IN DAY OK. Thursday will be my official weigh in day. I lost a pound, Doesn't seem like very much considering how much physical therapy I have been doing and watching what I eat. But, hopefully, this is the way to go. I had a really hard work out at physical therapy today. I am doing new exercises. I don't know how to track them. I tried yesterday, but it wasn't making sense. If I did 5 side planks I burned like 5 calories. Maybe a fit person would only burn 5 calories, but I know I burn more beca... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:35:48 EST I WEIGHED IN YESTERDAY I weighed in yesterday hoping for a loss. Nothing happened, no loss. I have to check what the ounces were, but, as far as pounds go, nothing. I was so disappointed and disgusted. I thought I had done a good job of watching what I ate. But, I know, tracking, tracking, tracking of which this week I am going to do. I seriously would have thought I would have lost something because I am at physical therapy for 2 hours and although I do a lot of stretching, I also do other exercises that are real... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:24:22 EST COMPUTERS CAN BE FRUSTRATING I just need to vent about this. I am 58 years old and have worked as a secretary all my life. I think I am pretty good with computers as in filling out online forms, etc. I get so frustrated when you are told to fill out a form online and it doesn't work. I spend more time doing the form over and over again either to finally get it right or to find out it doesn't work. I tried to do my DD's online form for financial aid and ended up doing it on paper. I am now trying to re enroll my other DD ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:25:42 EST I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN I can't believe I've been gone for so long. I think for now I will just start where I am now. I am probably about 6 lbs. over whatever weight I have been for awhile. I have had a right hip injury since April. I went to a chiropractor for about a month and then did nothing for a month. I now am going to physical therapy about 2 to 3 times a week. It's been hard because I am there for about 2 hours or so at a time. I am now back to monitoring what I eat a lot closer. No more sneaking brownies o... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:25:37 EST Counting the days I work for a local elementary school as a secretary. I am counting down the days until school ends. I think we are down to something like 30 some days. It has been an another extremely school year. Just can't wait. <BR> My allergies must have been acting up today. My eyes were itchy all day. When I came home first thing I did was take my allergy pill along with 2 Alleve because my right leg, I think it would be my groin area has been really hurting. <BR> Two more days until the weekend Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:01 EST Out to Dinner DH and I are going out to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We are also taking DD21 and DS21. Not that I don't love my kids, but I had thought of a nice dinner just the two of us. We also changed the place. We were going to go to Applebee's, but now we are going to the local bar/restaurant.. Not that this place has bad food, it's just I was hoping to go somewhere different, but a dinner is a dinner. <BR> The weather here has finally gotten spring like. Nice sunny weather in the high 60's. ... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:09:34 EST Hello Again Sorry to quote Adele, but that's what I was thinking. I have been only eating a 1/2 of pb & J for lunch. I have been weighing myself once a month and have been losing about 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. A lot of people lose that in a week, but I have really never been able to lose very fast except when I was a lot younger. <BR> I am under a lot of pressure at work. My principal has decided to take notes on me during the day and write down everything she feels I do wrong. She then types it up and presents ... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:14:14 EST Another Week Trying I keep trying different things. I did really try to cut back on my calories and eat a little different. I don't want to weigh myself until the end of the month so I don't get discouraged. I ate chicken salad for lunch two days for lunch this week. I limited my peanut and butter to a half a sandwich. I did try to move more. I work at a school and there are a lot of steps. I tried taking the stairs when I have to go to the ladies room. <BR> I cleaned the bedroom today, put away clothes and sta... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:58:44 EST Feeling Fat in February I am feeling especially fat today. I pulled out an old pair of pants to wear today. It's been awhile since I last wore them. They did not fit very well. They felt much tighter than when I wore them last which was a couple of years ago. I started my new lifestyle change today. I made myself a half of peanut butter and jelly sandwich today for lunch. I still have some tweaking to do on my food intake. I need to get away from all the carbs. I just have to look for something different. I am not t... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:27:08 EST Looking Forward to the month of February I totally hate the month of January. This year it really wasn't too bad. We really didn't have horrible weather. The few days we did have really cold/snowy weather, I actually enjoyed. I wore some heavier sweaters and things I hadn't been able to wear because it gets really hot in the office. <BR> I watched what I ate in January. I did not binge on any cookies, cakes and/or candy, and also did not drop any weight. So, now it's to come up with a plan that will help me change my eating even mor... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:44:05 EST WEIGHT AND AGE My cousin sent me some pictures of myself from when I was in my early to mid thirties. I was skinny. They regretfully sent me into a depression. What happened? I do not eat anymore than I did then. In fact, I probably eat less. I watched what I ate most of the time, but I didn't usually pass up all the sweets like I have been. It is just so depressing to think that I haven't done anything wrong, it's the age and metabolism thing. I'm sorry, but life isn't fair. I know probably at this point,... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:19:26 EST