CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community FEELING BETTER TODAY I woke up not feeling as sore this morning. I also did not feel sick to my stomach. <BR> Two out of three of my girls put up the tree and some Christmas decorations. I put all the ornaments on the tree. <BR> I tried to order clothes for the girls online, but it keeps saying my debit card isn't a good number. I give up. I checked the account balance and there is plenty of money in there. I used it on Amazon this morning. Maybe there are too many people at the web site. Oh well... <BR> Tomorr... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 21:30:58 EST Woke up Feeling Sick and Achy I woke up this morning feeling sick to my stomach and ached a lot. I don't understand this arthritis thing. I try to walk a lot at work and take the steps whenever I can. Some mornings, like today I woke up so sore it hurt to go down the stairs. Next time I go to my doctor, I'm going to ask what I am supposed to do. Over the counter pain medicine doesn't do it much good. We had a very good Thanksgiving meal and I am glad it is over. <BR> Hoping tomorrow I feel better. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 18:58:19 EST NOT SO GOOD DAY I just had one of those days when things went wrong. Nothing major, just tired and cranky. I couldn't decide what to wear to work and quickly decided on a white shirt with a sweater. I thought everything was ok until I went to the ladies room and saw that the peachy bra under a white shirt was very obvious. I wore the sweater over it, but it got so hot that I had to take it off and just felt embarrassed. Oh well, tomorrow it's jeans and a t-shirt. <BR> Tomorrow we will be shopping for Thanks... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:19:23 EST DONUTS Donuts is on my mind today. For the past couple of weeks, my darling DH has been in the mood for donuts on Saturday. My kids even know which one is my favorite. So, of course, not to disappoint anyone, I eat my donut and several others. I really have to quit doing this along with my really high carb intake. I can do wonderful all week by packing healthy 40 calorie bread for lunch, yogurt, fruit. I eat either pretzels or graham crackers or a banana as a snack. <BR> I didn't do any exercise ov... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:10:50 EST TGIF I am just so glad it is Friday. I got up this morning and DD21 said she unexpectedly got called into work. Well, I get up with just enough time to get ready and get myself to work let alone go out of my way to get her into work. We left about 10 minutes earlier than I usually do and lo and behold I got to work right on time. Every once in awhile things work out. <BR> It was busy at work today. It was parent teacher conferences and I thought it would be a nice slow day with no kids. I envisio... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:41:37 EST DOING BETTER I am still a long way from doing great, but I think I am doing a little better. Not as much chocolate as before. <BR> I tried some exercise on Spark page. It was a fifteen minute workout and I lasted 5 minutes. I could not keep up. I can do Zumba for an hour, but couldn't make it past 5 minutes with this. I did walk the steps at my school more. There is a bathroom on the second floor, so every time I had to go to the bathroom I used the one up there. I know I am no longer young because in th... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:15:12 EST TURNING THE CORNER I had a really bad couple of weeks. I was stressed over my job, my kids, you name it. I was very depressed, so as a result, I ate everything in site. The depression started right around Halloween. It was very convenient to eat all the candy that was in the house. I feel like this week I turned the corner and need to start taking care of myself more. <BR> I keep saying I am going to do some indoor walking, but never do it. I waste my time doing other things. Well, there is always tomorrow. Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:20:31 EST LOOKING AT CARS We got up and went to 12:00 Mass, from there we drove about an hour to look at a car we saw on the internet. The car looked beautiful on the internet, when we saw it in person, the paint was peeling on the hood and the roof. It was cheap, but ugly with the paint peeling. We went to look at another car closer to home, but had been sold and the dealer hadn't taken it out of the newspaper. <BR> Went grocery shopping, Home at 5:00. Finally! No wonder why I am exhausted Monday through Friday. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:16:23 EST RUNNING AROUND AS USUAL We did a lot of running around today. We had to take DS20 to Target for orientation today. We then took back my dress at Kohl's, walked around there a little, then went back to Target and finally went to Eat 'n Park for lunch. I am so stuffed today, I feel sick. <BR> We topped it off by going to the thrift store and picking up a few things. Now, I just want to go to sleep, but it's too early. <BR> Hopefully, tomorrow will be a little more low key. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:15:19 EST I GOT MY OWN PERSONAL COMPUTER It doesn't take a lot to make me happy. We have 2 laptops and a desktop in the house, but my DD21 and DH have their own laptops, the desktop is in the man cave and it's a little old. My DH decided I needed my own computer, so he bought me one. Now I can go on SparkPeople whenever I want. Sometimes the Kindle or Nook doesn't work real well. I am going to try and download some exercise videos that I can do in my bedroom now. <BR> A cold weekend ahead. Been stress eating a lot. Work is the usual... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 21:39:20 EST MY KNEE IS ACTING UP I really have to get to a doctor. My left knee hurts something awful. It is fine when I am up and walking around. Doesn't hurt while I am doing Zumba, but either that night or the next, I wake up in pain and try to find a position that is comfortable for my throbbing knee. No pain medication has helped. I know I am supposed to exercise, but what am I supposed to do about the pain? <BR> I am still stressing about my kids. Not as much, it's getting better, but it's hard. Someone told me I need ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 19:27:29 EST FEELING BETTER I am soooo glad it is finally Friday. It was a very busy, crazy day especially at work. My coworker had to call off today, so I was mostly by myself. But, one of the paraprofessionals volunteered to help me. <BR> I am pretty much done with my binging. My DH made a very valid point regarding our daughters. All my children are adopted. He said that we gave them the tools and home to use and if they choose not do, that's their decision. We have done everything we can to help them. <BR> Well, we ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:17:59 EST TIME CHANGE????? I do not like this time change at all. One would think that "gaining and hour" would help. Instead it has made sleep a lot worse. I have not been having a good week or two. Work is extremely hectic. It is hard to get any type of work done with all the phone calls and parents in and out constantly. I am bidding on another job at a different school. I don't know if it will be any better there, but I have 10 days after I start there to decide. <BR> My daughters have been making some very bad cho... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 20:09:50 EST MADE IT TO ZUMBA We made it to Zumba on Saturday and on Monday. We have been having substitute instructors as our regular one has been out. I really like the one we had on Saturday and on Monday. She was young and really had a lot of energy and I liked her style. I really ached yesterday, had a hard time making it up the stairs, but today I don't ache at all. Amazing. Anyhow, doing good on exercising, not so good on eating. I think we will make it to Zumba on Thursday, not on Saturday, hair appointment. <BR> ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:09:44 EST GETTING BETTER I finally made it to work. Wasn't too bad . I have some what of a voice. <BR> I went to the gym. But didn't do ZUMBA. The instructor from last week was there and I knew I couldn't keep up the pace. <BR> Tomorrow's is picture day. Must get My beauty rest. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 22:06:17 EST NO MIRACLE CURE FOR LARYINGITIS I went to the doctor's last night. After an hoour and a half wait, apparently since this is a viral virus, no antibiotics. I still have a really bad sote throat. No fever, some voughing. I still can't talk! I read on the internet this can take u yo two weeks. <BR> That is it for now. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:44:51 EST I AM ONE SICK CHICK We made it to zumba yesterday. We had a substitute instructor. Her technique is very different than our regular instructor. She is very energetic and bouncy. I had a hard time keeping up with her, but she can be fun. <BR> I have been fighting another sinus infection. I felt kind of icky this morning, but forced myself to go in. As the day wore on I got worse and now I have no voice above s whisper. Not going in tomorrow unless my voice magically comes back overnight. Blah. <em>39</em> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 22:39:43 EST I was very bad. I ate two donuts this morning. We didn't go to zumba, but I cleaned the bedroom from top to bottom. It was s real disaster. Now to do the massive laundry. <em>521</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 16:08:53 EST VERY BUSY WEEK I had a very busy week. We went to Zumba on Monday and nothing on Tuesday. Open house at the school was on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30. I worked until 4:00 and then went back. I came home from open house and hurried up and took a bath. Thursday was crazy at work. There are supposed to be two of us and my coworker called off. It was non stop at work. No Zumba on Thursday, too exhausted. Today, I worked half a day and went to pick up DS20. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:59:09 EST MADE IT TO ZUMBA Even though today was totally crazy at work. I made it to Zumba. Right now I am really sore. Maybe a warm bath will help. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:37:46 EST MY ACHY BREAKY KNEE I did not sleep very well last night. I think we did a lot more walking at the Mall yesterday than I thought. Sometimes my knees ache, but last night was worse than usual. I bought one of those hot patches to put on it and that didn't help. I didn't feel like going downstairs to take any pills, so I tried to suffer it out. Not good. But, once I wake up and start moving my aches go away. <BR> Had to take DS20 back to school today. His school is only and hour and a half away, but the trip just... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:51:00 EST Busy Saturday I had a busy Saturday morning. We had to drive about an hour away to pick up the new/used car for DS24. He regretfully wrecked the car he had and had to buy another car. His new to him car is a 2005 Kia Rio. Cute little red thing. I just hope he learned a lesson about driving out of all of this. We then went to the Mall for DD15's IPhone that is always cracking. I do not like Apple products because you can only go to an Apple store to get things fixed and they are always so crowded. Anyhow we... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:05:53 EST MADE IT TO ZUMBA After a long spell of not going on sparkpeople, I am starting again, again... I tried to tell myself that I was ok with what I weighed until I started wearing some of my winter/fall clothes. They are so tight on me it's uncomfortable. <BR> Well, I hope to start over again and this time do better. <BR> Going to bed as I am really tired. Thu, 24 Sep 2015 21:15:45 EST I am eating a little more Since I did not lose an ounce last week, this week I am trying to eat a little more. Last week I was extremely hungry most of the week. I was trying to eat a yogurt and a banana for lunch or dinner instead of food. This week, I am still being careful, but am watching my portions and eating a little bit more. We will see if this helps. <BR> We have finally gotten a few sunny days here in Pittsburgh, Later on tonight I am hoping DH and I can go for a walk, especially with no kids to spend some ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:34:11 EST Another Tough Week I thought that since my job situation was taken care of, there would not be any stress. Boy was I wrong. I barely got to Monday when DD21 decided that she was gong to stay with her boyfriend. This wouldn't be a big problem if she had maybe discussed this with us a little. She asked if she could spend the night with a girlfriend. Her being 21, I just said ok. Well, little did I know, this was going to turn into a 4 day and night situation. It felt like she ran off. She did this about a year ag... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:47:15 EST New Job, New Me???? The bidding and bumping is finally over! All the stress and worry for nothing. I think I made a good choice on what building to take. I actually had a choice of where I wanted to work. I decided to work with a friend of mine at an elementary building. I mostly have been at the Jr. High and think it will be a refreshing change to work with younger children. There will also be a brand new principal, so hopefully this will be a good move. I am glad I have a year under my belt of doing the Admini... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 18:37:21 EST Down Two Pounds on Thursday Friday is the official weigh in day, but I wanted to see how I was doing. I am down 2 lbs. Depending on what I weigh tomorrow, I only have 3 more lbs. to go for the 5 lb. challenge. I hope I can lose 10 lbs. for the other challenge, who knows. Once I get into the low 150's, it seems like my body likes that weight and doesn't want to let go. We will see... <BR> Started out a sunshine day, but now it is raining. I feel bad for the people out West with no rain, but here it's ridiculous. <em>521... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 14:09:00 EST Terrific Tuesday I didn't go into work today. Nice to be off and just relax and rest. <BR> <BR> I figured out how to download Excel, now I have to figure out how to use it. I have some things printed out for a spreadsheet. <BR> <BR> Not anything else exciting going on. DD16 has a cold and it is raining again. I was hoping July wouldn't be as rainy. No such luck. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:40:39 EST Monday.... Well, it is Monday after a great long weekend, it's back to the old grind. I am really trying hard to watch my carb intake. That is definitely my downfall. I think I overdid it on my carbs today. I had cereal for breakfast a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch an 80 calorie yogurt, one piece of lite bread for dinner plus two eggs and a piece of ham and a banana <BR> I am trying to teach myself how to use Excel because I may need to take a test for my job. I need to learn some of the ba... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 21:35:14 EST Down one pound In one of my group challenges I am supposed to weigh myself on Friday and I did. I lost a pound. At first I was disappointed, but then remembered it has only been a couple of days. <BR> We took a trip to West Virginia to Oglebay Park. Great time with the family. <BR> My kids were actually getting along last night. I can only hope it lasts, at least for awhile. <BR> I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow night because I would like to go see the Fireworks. <BR> Did a lot of walking today. Toe a little... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 23:08:50 EST New Month New Me I actually started my official weight loss yesterday, but will continue until I drop at least 10 lbs. <BR> It so far is another cloudy day here in Pittsburgh, PA. It's supposed to get sunny later on, so we shall see. <BR> My 3 DD's are still not getting along like we would like. Sometimes I feel like I need a 4th one so they can all pair up. There's always one that feels left out. It's a shame none of them have friends that they could "chill" together, but they don't. Oh well, there is no ar... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:09:39 EST Tired on Tuesday I woke up late today as I accidentally shut my phone off which shut my alarm off. All I want to do right now is go back to bed. If it were not June 30th, I would have, but any type of sick days/vacation days doesn't start until tomorrow. I ended up having a great birthday. There was some sun in the morning and then in the evening it rained. My son from Ukraine made me homemade borscht with chicken Kiev, homemade mashed potatoes. It was a very nice surprise. He had to Skype with his girlfriend... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:59:32 EST Depressed Sunday Tomorrow is my birthday and I really don't feel much like celebrating. I am trying not to let this weight and job thing get me too down, but it is hard. I weighed myself yesterday and even though I have been watching and trying to eat healthy, I gained a pound. That really set me off. My job is in jeopardy due to closing of schools and the district states they don't have any money, so they lay off a lot of support staff. Who does the school board thinks does all the work? There is not one adm... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:02:04 EST Tired Thursday I felt really sleepy this morning, but now at 2:15 pm. I feel better. I am still working even though it is summer. Our bidding and bumping will be on July 10th and then, I will probably get a few weeks off before having to come back to work because most of the secretarial jobs are now 10 months. <BR> I am filing, filing and more filing. Ugh! I have to file some records before I can pack the boxes up and ship them up to the high school. <BR> The update on my toe is that I went to my PCP and s... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:23:03 EST Trying to Relax I have been extremely stressed out lately. Last week was DD's 21st birthday party on Saturday. It went well. My 16 year old DD has decided that she doesn't want to live with us anymore. She left about a week ago to go "visit" her sister and she doesn't want to come back home. This has just added to my stress level. I have been eating left over birthday cake and almost making myself sick. I think I need to talk to a therapist because these kids are driving me crazy. We take in these kids as fo... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:00:17 EST SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER Our last day was on Friday!!!! Things didn't die down until about 2:00. One person called and wanted to know when the first day for 2015-2016 was. I know people want to know, but I felt like we didn't even get through the last day? The teachers have 3 more days and then it's called we get to tackle the file room. I lost about a pound and a half. I tried this week to not eat donuts, cookies, etc. and it worked. I just said "no" when anyone asked me if I wanted a piece of cake, etc. This Saturd... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:35:55 EST Sunny Saturday Today in Pittsburgh, it's sunny and some rain of which makes things more humid. We went to the thrift store for some summer clothes for me. I have a lot of which I cannot find. I found two pairs of capri's. One is big and one fits good. <BR> I found out at the union meeting that it seems as though I will have a job. Supposedly, they are laying off 4 secretaries. I think I will make the cut. I have to double check the seniority list again. <BR> I am trying to rest my foot as much as I can. ... Sat, 30 May 2015 18:43:43 EST Bruised Foot Well. I went from bad big toe to bruised foot. I knew something wasn't right because every day my foot would get more swollen as the day went on. I finally went today and had it checked out. Nothing broken,but badly bruised. So, no walking for awhile. <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to the Union meeting to see what's going on with my job. Fri, 29 May 2015 20:34:17 EST Thankful Thursday Today I am thankful that we are winding the school year down. It has become more hectic than usual with all the last minute things that need to be done. Yesterday we gave out letters to the 8th graders that will not be participating in the "promotion ceremony". Not participating doesn't necessarily mean you are not going to go onto the 9th grade, it could mean anything from owing an unpaid library fine to having too many suspensions. A lot of parents have called up being unhappy. My husband a... Thu, 28 May 2015 20:50:16 EST Great Memorial Day Thankfully. I felt good today. Yeah! Had a good time at my sister's. Actually got a wee bit of exercise in. We played this game with friends where you had a pole and you had to knock a water bottle off the pole with a grinder. It was fun. I didn't knock any bottles, but it was better than just sitting. <BR> Well, tomorrow it's back to the grind. Mon, 25 May 2015 21:56:26 EST I AM SO SICK Regretfully, ever since I got my gallbladder out, I have been getting sick, cramping really bad. I went to the dr.'s and she said it was because I was eating a lot of high fiber weight watchers food. Now I am no so much and this weekend, especially today, I have had the worst cramping. I will make an appointment with my dr. again to maybe see if she has any answers. Just taking it easy. The pool is filling up and the water is crystal clear. Hope I feel better tomorrow for the picnic and party... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:26:14 EST Super Saturday Today I a calling it Super Saturday. It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Sunny and nice temperature. DH is draining the pool because our winter cover wasn't a very good cover and the pool is now a lovely shade of green with a ton of algae. It is taking longer that we thought. <BR> DD and I did Walk Away the Pounds, just for a mile. I don't want to reinjure my toe. My toe was fine last night, but my knees hurt. DD and I went shopping. Nothing major, but I really need to start moving thi... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:47:03 EST Thankful Thursday I am trying to be positive. Today was really busy, but calmed down a little and let me actually get something done. It wasn't calm all day of which at this time of the year, it probably won't be. <BR> Looking forward to having an extra day off. We are celebrating my mother's birthday of which is in the beginning of June and Memorial Day. <BR> Toe still hurting, not horrible, but still there. Hoping that resting over the long weekend will help rest it. Thu, 21 May 2015 21:11:32 EST Wacky Wednesday It is only 8:30 am and already it is a wacky Wednesday. Another crazy day here at the Junior High. A lot of phone calls and a lot of teachers needing things. <BR> My toe is hurting right now, but usually feels better by the end of the day. <BR> I hope things calm down. Wed, 20 May 2015 08:39:58 EST Manic Monday So far, it's been crazy here at work, which is why I'm keeping this short. I weighed myself yesterday and was not too pleased with the results. I lost some ounces. The numbers looked better, but not by much. This week I have to do better. I can't believe I let myself put back on the 8 lbs. that I had lost. It was waaay too easy. I resisted chocolate chip cookies and some other type of cookie that is one of my many favorites. I kept chewing gum and eating fruit. I did something to my big toe o... Mon, 18 May 2015 10:07:43 EST Great Day Bowling for the Cure We had a lot of fun today. My three girls and I went to "Bowling for the Cure". It was great! It was really good to spend time with the girls. None of us did really well at bowling, but we had fun. We did not eat healthy, but the bowling burned a few calories. We bowled 3 games of bowling. My girls were more tired than me. This was much easier than zumba for the cure. That was exhausting. We have air condition again. We got a huge new fuse box so now we can run multiple appliances without fus... Sat, 16 May 2015 21:58:56 EST Marvelous Monday As far as Monday's go, today wasn't too bad. I thought it was going to be really crazy busy, but not so. <BR> It is still really, really hot here, the guy is coming on Thursday to check out our wiring. He said he would fix it on Saturday. I hope so. <BR> Myself and all three of my DD's are going bowling on Saturday. It's called "Bowl for the Cure". It's bowling for breast cancer. I bought us all matching pink t-shirts. I know it will be fun and great exercise. <BR> I think there are about 18... Mon, 11 May 2015 19:59:14 EST HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY First of all, let me wish everyone out there in Spark Land "Happy Mother's Day. <BR> I had a very nice relaxing day. My DD made me breakfast for dinner today. That was my choice. After today I really have to be watching what I put in my mouth because lately I have been slacking. <BR> I slept wierd last night and woke up with my R back by my shoulder blade hurting. It's better than it was in the morning when it hurt to take a deep breath. <BR> It is hotter today than yesterday I think. It's su... Sun, 10 May 2015 19:53:46 EST Sunny Saturday I vowed in January never to complain about the heat, but I didn't expect it so soon. We are in the first week of May and are hitting the 90 degree mark. I probably wouldn't be complaining, but there is something wroing with our electrical system and we can't run the air conditioning. It is really unbearable. I have been sleeping in the living room because the bedroom is too hot. <BR> I haven't done any kind of exercise because it is too hot in the living room. <BR> My DD got her hair cut. I... Sat, 9 May 2015 19:05:15 EST I know I am going to be sore My DR and I did zimba on the XBOX. It was tough, but fun. Work is getting crazy. We are in count down mode. We are in the 20 some days. Can't wait for June 5th. Wed, 6 May 2015 21:07:59 EST