CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Not so wonderful Wednesday Just not a good day. I just get so disgusted with myself because I make stupid mistakes at work. As hard as I try, things just keep happening. I strongly feel this is not the right position for me. The district is closing three schools and moving things around. If I can hang in there for the next 40 some days, I can hope for the best. Sorry to vent, just feel tired and bloated today. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:55:38 EST Terrific Tuesday I told the teachers we need to have testing every day. It was mostly peaceful. Had one parent blew up at me on the phone. I should be used to it by now, but I still don't like it. <BR> A semi sunny day. I'll take it. <BR> think I have some allergies as my eyes feel like sand is in them. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:39:07 EST Made it through Monday I made it though Monday. I almost snapped at a parent this afternoon. She came into the office snapping at me because I didn't page a teacher for her daughter of which her daughter asked. I stated to the parent that her daughter asked where the teacher was and I stated that the teacher had a free period and was either on her prep or possible in In School Suspension. She never asked me to page the teacher. I paged the teacher and received no reply as the teacher probably could not hear the PA ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:10:51 EST HAPPY 29TH ANNIVERSARY TO US Today marks our 29th Anniversary. Hard to believe it's been 29 years since we said our vows. It is in a way a little sad. The priest that married us died of Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS a week ago and was buried yesterday. I was able to watch his funeral online. The priest was only 67 years old and had the disease for 2 years. <BR> Anyhow, we didn't go out to eat. My oldest DD made us lemon chicken and we had an ice cream cake for dessert. We ate in our pj's. Nice. <BR> We have built a good ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:29:28 EST Cleaning Since my two darling sons are, not at home this weekend, my youngest DD and I decided to clean their room. All I can say, is that it was disgusting. They are 20 and 23, so I assume they are old enough to clean their own room. I was and am wrong. Their room had a horrible odor and now it doesn't. There were stains on the carpet and I was down on my hands and knees scrubbing. The room now smells and is clrean. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:05:50 EST Thunderstorm Thursday I just wanted to get everyone's attention. We are in the middle of a huge thunderstorm. Lights have already blinked off and on a couple of times. We have been back on for awhile now. <BR> I did not have a great day at work. Nothing major happened, just annoying. I worked through lunch trying to get caught up and ended up with a headache when it was time to go home. Oh well, one more day tomorrow and then the weekend. <BR> I have been feeling a little depressed lately and I couldn't put my fin... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 19:02:16 EST Happy Easter Happy Easter everyone. We all had a wonderful weekend. I had off on Friday which was wonderful. My oldest DD got a job and the following week got her driver's permit. I am so happy for her. She deserves some good luck. My oldest son is in Ukraine. He was adopted from there 8 years ago. <BR> I haven't been sparking because I don't feel like I have much to say. My weight has been the same since i lost the ten pounds or so after my gallbladder operation. Will try to do better. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:08:38 EST Marvelous Monday All in all, it was a good Monday. The temperature made it to the 60's. My daughter crimped my hair, something different. <BR> We made it to Zumba. Yeah. <BR> Nothing much else going on. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:14:14 EST Saturated Saturday We are having a very rainy Saturday. But, that's ok. The weather is finally getting what it should be. Yeah. <BR> DD a I made it to Zumba. I am worn out. <BR> We bought a fancy new scale. It does everything but talk. I lost some weight. I am 151.8 according to the new scale. BMI of 26' I think it also told me how much water is in my body. Have to read directions about it. <BR> Feeling much better, still not 100%, but everyday a little better. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:56:28 EST Miserable Monday We did have a two hour delay this morning which helped get the morning started. I definitely am sick. Sinus infection. Little cough, mostly sinuses. I came home and took a nap, made myself a cup of tea. <BR> Weather wise, a wintry mix is headed our way. Just can't wait. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:08:19 EST SNOWY SUNDAY We got hit again today with more snow. I don't know how much because it turned to rain later on in the morning. <BR> I think I may be getting a cold. I really hope not. It's one of those things where you don't feel quite right, but are unsure if it's only a one day thing. I can only hope. <BR> Well, not much else to say, blah day. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:10:05 EST Sunny Saturday Here in Pittsburgh we are actually seeing the sun. Woo Boo! Some of the snow is melting. Today was weigh in. I'm 154. I tried the very low carb diet and ended up sick from overload of fruit. So, I guess I'll just keep doing the best I can. I tried to use the treadmill on Friday, but got called to the office to do something. <BR> We are supposed to get some snow tomorrow. Nothing much else going on. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:37:16 EST Terrible Tuesday I shouldn't start out like that, but today was not a great day. It started off good in the sense that school had a two hour delay. So nice not to be so stressed in the morning trying to do everything. <BR> As the day went on, things started getting worse. I get so aggrevated by all the constant phone calls, etc. My boss was a little upset because she did not feel she was getting enough information on the messages I was taking. I advised her that I do ask people if there was anything they woul... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:30:40 EST Make it Happen Monday I weighed in yesterday and lost a help whopping half pound. I am tired of this.lack of progress. I am going to cut my portions in half except for fruits and veggies. This morning I had one Kellogg' s waffle and one slice of low fat bread. I was not able to use the treadmill due to working through lunch because the other secretary was off. <BR> Very cold tomorrow, maybe a two hour delay. <em>249</em> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:55:50 EST No Carb Saturday I am hoping to try a day of no carbs. I think I overdue it yesterday. I woke up in the middle of the night with stomach cramps. Feeling kind of icky today. I'm stuffy nose wise too. We got more snow, but it is supposed to warm up. <BR> This past month has been the worst weather that we have had for awhile. We have good friends in Henderson, Nevada and had thought about moving there. Maybe it's a plan. <BR> Well everyone keep moving and stay warm and dry. <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:13:46 EST Fantastic Friday It is a fantastic Friday. No school again today. Got a lot of work done and a 40 minute workout on the school's treadmill. Love it. When I work in the summer, I actually don't mind it. There's no students and/or teachers, you just come in and do your thing. No phone ringing, it's great. Well, it will come to an abrupt end on Monday. Going to pick up our youngest son in Johnstown tonight after work, about an hour and a half drive, but it's through mountains. Supposedly weather is ok today and ... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:55:17 EST Terrific Thursday I don't know if I would go so far as to call it terrific, but... It is very boring here at work today. There is no school and I have to be here. It's bitter cold out and there will probably be no school tomorrow. My computer is not working, so I am at the other secretary's computer. <BR> I definitely will be able to get my treadmill time in today, no one else in the building does it. <BR> Things are pretty quiet except for the weather. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:50:40 EST Terrible Tuesday This morning started off as a rough one. I was really sleepy and got up a little late. My DH drove me into work this morning. We were just barely on time. He decides to stop and pump gas. I am panicked because now I am late. He then starts lecturing me that it shouldn't matter. The roads were not good, but we may have made it on time had it not been for the gas. A lot of the buses either didn't come or were very late, which meant a lot of parents were calling complaining. The day is getter be... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:26:45 EST Marvelous Monday I am at work today. I love to come to work when there are no kids and no teachers. Sorry to all you teachers out there, but it is nice to have to whole day to just get caught up on all the little things that you can't get to during regular days. A lot of schools closed today due to the sub zero temperatures. The buses wouldn't start. It's supposed to warm up tomorrow, snow and then get cold again with more snow. <BR> I gained a pound <em>234</em> I weighed myself yesterday and I think tha... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 12:51:22 EST All Stressed Out I was and am all stressed out. I don't know what gets into me. I was fine yesterday and then I couldn't sleep last night. I think it is because my son received a notice from the state of Pennsylvania that he owed over $500 in taxes due to not paying. I didn't read it thoroughly yesterday and today I did. It looks like they are saying that he did not pay any taxes. They put the amount he paid on the wrong line. I was nervous because I do his taxes. It's not usually any big deal, just do the Fe... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:04:00 EST Happy Valentine's Day Hoping everyone is safe and warm this day. It is really nasty outside here. I am so happy we decided to celebrate yesterday even though I was dead tired and didn't want to do anything but stay home. It was also our youngest daughter's 16th birthday. No candy here, DH bought bath and body from Victoria's Secret. Oldest daughter made breakfast and dinner. My kind of day, just staying in and taking it easy. <em>129</em> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 20:19:22 EST Making It Through The Day This morning was quite eventful at my school. A student came in the morning and asked to use his inhaler. Since the nurse was not there, I have a key and went with him to the nurse's office and he puffed on his inhaler. About 5 minutes later he and another student came back in the office and he stated he was having an asthma attack. I am not a medical person, so I called the resource police we have in our building and then the nurse on the phone. Nurse told me give him water, let him sit and ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:33:04 EST Down 1/2 Pound The scale says I am down 1/2 pound. I'll take it. I just recently started working out on the treadmill at the school I work at. It relieves a lot of stress that I feel during the day. It is awesome. I love the fact that it is free. LOL With four kids all who live at home, anything that is free I love. <BR> Right now I am very upset about a shooting at our local Mall. A 17 year old boy shot 3 people last night at 7:30. I know the world is a scary place, but I have always felt extremely comfo... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 10:48:14 EST