CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Walked on the new Treadmill today At the school I work at, we got a brand new state of the art treadmill. I was so stressed this morning at work, that at lunch, I decided to try it out. It felt sooo good. I could feel the tension leaving my body as I started walking. I only did 15 minutes because I had on a sweater and didn't want to get too hot. Tomorrow I will increase it, wear a t-shirt and turn on the fan. <BR> I am just so sick of winter. It's been so long since I have seen the grass. Supposedly, we are getting a warm u... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 16:32:51 EST Down One Pound! I am down a pound. I am shocked!! I didn't weigh myself yesterday because the scale we have was not cooperating, so I did this morning. 154 lbs. Of course, still have weight to take off, but a little at a time, a little at a time. I just can't starve myself. My DD is so good, she never eats anything that she shouldn't. I may have had that kind of willpower in my 20's, but not in my late 50's. <BR> Pittsburgh, PA is in the middle of a snowstorm. It is snowing a lot right now, but supposedly i... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:09:25 EST UP HALF POUND Weight is up 1/2 pound. I strongly feel I need to move more. I somehow have to overcome this extreme tiredness that I feel after work. I come home from work and nap a little and basically just sit in bed watching Downton Abby on the kindle fire app for the tv I bought. <BR> I am having issues with my non gall bladder. I get very sick in the morning and have to take Prilosec. I was so sick on Saturday that I had to take two. Also, my incision has come open a little. I have a band aid's on it a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:50:33 EST Weight the same This morning's weigh in was the same. That's a good thing. I seriously thought I would have gained. That means this week I have to work harder to obtain a loss. <BR> As far as my hopes of becoming a paraprofessional, they don't look good. Personnel advised me that I have to have at least an Associate Degree. I only have 15 college credits. <BR> I have off for Martin Luther King Day Monday. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:25:59 EST Down a pound and a half When I weighed in yesterday, I thought I had only lost a half pound, which is good, but then I went on my web page and realized it was a pound and a half. I just don't feel like things are moving quickly enough. It's been 3 months and I am down about ten pounds. I am not depriving myself and I am not just eating s salads. I don't know... <BR> Other news, we are finally going to adopt our fifteen foster daughter. We have been waiting for this day for over two and one half years. Wednesday is t... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:52:41 EST Lost the 2 1/2 pounds that I gained The good news is that I lost the 2 1/2 pounds that I had gained over Christmas. I was really excited about the 1/2 pound. That 1/2 pound just seems to like hanging onto my body. I definitely want to keep going on this weight loss journey. I really need to add some type of exercise in. Yesterday zumba was cancelled due to freezing rain. I got up and heard it raining and looked at the temperature which went anywhere from 30 to 32 degrees. I thought I don't want to chance it and felt very guilty... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 20:55:16 EST Back to reality on Monday Well, two weeks of winter break will officially be over on Monday. <BR> Hopefully DD and I will make it to Zumba tomorrow. Nothing much planned for the weekend. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 22:16:28 EST Still Christmas shopping I can't believe I am still Christmas shopping. It is January first. We decided to exchange gifts with my mother on Orthodox Christmas weekend, so I am still buying for her. We went to four stores. We started at one and ended at five. I am too pooped to do anything more. I must be getting old because this marathon shopping is wearing me down. I did pick up some half price Christmas cards for next year. <BR> Work tomorrow, then back to reality on Monday. Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:17:38 EST Going to visit the Russians tomorrow When we adopted our first DD from Ukraine, we met a wonderful couple who ended up adopting two children from Russia. We haven't seen our friends in over two years. We are going to visit them tomorrow. It is so nice to talk to them because they understand all the struggles we go through with our not so Brady type family. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:09:45 EST Up two pounds Well, all I can say is that I did indulge. But, that's ok because I got it out of my system. I tasted and ate a little bit of everything, alcohol included. We had a nice Christmas and Christmas Eve. Now that my kids are older, it's hard to get them anything that has a "wow" factor. They all received North Face jackets, which considering the cost should be a wow. <BR> Anyhow it has been great just resting up and not doing anything. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:31:50 EST Trying to get some sleep I am tired, but my mind won't shut off. Still not ready for Xmas. Shopping tomorrow. <BR> Started the first step for the paraprofessional position. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:24:00 EST Up a pound and a half I had a feeling I would be up this week. I indulged in pizza and a few cookies. I finally made it back to zumba. That is a big triumph. <BR> Work has been ok. I got my review and it was considered unacceptable, so I was told by my union not to sign it. The union is going to file a grievance. It won't change anything, but someone is on my side. The union is going to see how I can become a paraprofesdional without having two year degree. <BR> I am winding down with Christmas. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:41:15 EST Need Christmas Spirit I have zero Christmas Spirit this year. I am just exhausted. We got our tree up. We were going to get a real one, but at the last minute decided to go with artificial. Found one on Craigslist for $30. Tree is up and it's pre lit. I put some garland on, looking better. <BR> Well, down the blasted 1/2 pound off that has been lingering. Well, better get going. <em>446</em> <em>444</em> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:24:24 EST Worried about my weight Tomorrow is weigh in day and I am already stressing about it. I was down so much last week that I have my mind made up that I am going to gain. I really need to get this stupid stress down. Everything stresses me. I am on medication, but it only helps so much. I need to learn how to deal with things. <BR> I am getting my hair done tomorrow, so that may help. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:45:33 EST So Disgusted... So disgusted about my job. I really don't know what to do. I so desperately want to bid out and will see if there is any way I can meet the requirement of having an associated degree. I am so afraid I am going to get fired. I have already received a verbal and now a written warning. I would like to bid on an aide job, but they do require an associate's degree. I have a few credits, not nearly enough for any type of degree. <BR> I am really tired with Christmas and all. I always get stressed a... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:04:14 EST Down Three Pounds Well, aftter an extremely stressful week, I am down threee pounds. Tuesday DD15 sprained her arm in school. After a trip to med exprress and a long wait. Horrible meeting at work on Wednesday and DS23's car got hit by a deer. He is fine, but the car has fur in the grill. Sun, 7 Dec 2014 19:32:42 EST Up two pounds This week food wise was not good. It was in between pay days and money was tight, so I had to make due with not the best food choices. <BR> My DD and I went to the Mall and a couple of other stores today. We walked, walked and walked. Yesterday I was extremely hungry and today barely hungry at all. <BR> One more day off of work. I really enjoyed having this time off. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:17:18 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE A lot of you will probably be busy tomorrow, so I wanted to wish everyone out there in Spark Land a very Happy Thanksgiving. My kids are cooking, but I will be home to lend a hand or two if they need it. <BR> I have Thursday and Friday off of work, so I do plan on enjoying the long holiday. Monday I have to work, but no kids and/or teachers. I hope I can get a lot done. <em>429</em> <em>428</em> <em>430</em> <em>426</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:41:53 EST Meeting was cancelled Horrible meeting was cancelled per principal. Yeah! I had a two page document typed up to cover my assets. <BR> I have off Thursday and Friday. I work on Monday, but no kids. Then, couple of weeks, christmas vacation. I work a couple of days, but no kids. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:13:38 EST Down One Pound Weigh in was this morning. Down another pound. I wasn't as shocked as last week, more surprised. I can feel it in some of my clothes. That's the good news. <BR> The bad news is, I have another meeting with my principal and assistant principal on Monday. I hate these meetings as they are always about what mostly my principal is unhappy about something in my job performance. Sometimes like this, I wish I could stay home and not have to work. This job is really tough and stressful and with me ta... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:27:06 EST Just Ugly Weather Sorry to complain, but it is so cloudy and dreary today, all I want to do is sleep. I am up and at work. So far, work hasn't been too bad for a Monday. Feeling hungry today. Already drank 4 glasses of water. Ate a Special K bar for a morning snack. Forgot my yogurt for lunch. So, I had a half sandwich and a banana. Starving when I got home, but feel full after my weight watchers dinner. Tomorrow will be better. .. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:10:13 EST Down two pounds I am in total shock. I didn't think I lost anything and got on the scalel. Exactly two. Keeping me motivated. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:02:55 EST Trying to eat different This week I decided to change things up food wise. I am really trying to cut down on my bread intake. I tried to eat Greek yogurt and a banana instead of some type of bread or even cereal. I also started only packing a half of a sandwich. Tomorrow will tell the tale of the scale. I hadonapairofjeansthat felt loose. <BR> Please excuse this typing, my nook is not cooperating today. <em>381</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 21:40:06 EST Weekly Weigh In I weighed myself this morning. I am the same. So, I guess that could be considered good news. Thursday and Friday were good days. There were no students which helps tremendously. I started taking a gummie fiber vitamin chewie. The dosage is two per day. I took two at one time and was extremely thirsty, so I am taking one in the morning and one in the afternoon/evening. <BR> Work is going to be really stressful for awhile until I get caught up with everything while I was gone. I have to try t... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:32:06 EST Will I Ever Be Normal Again? Still not back to myself. If it isn't nausea it's the other end. Got really sick before lunch. Took <BR> Immodium and layed down in the nurse's office. Made it through the day, came home and took a Vicodin. Feeling a little better. This is just not fun. <BR> Eating a lot of carbs, bananas and applesauce. Really want to lose weight. My eating isn't bad, just no exercise. Wed, 5 Nov 2014 21:43:10 EST Feeling Good Today Feeling good today. <BR> Everyone in the family went to Mass a today. A year,. my MIL passed away. I lit a.candle and prayed in honor of her memory. She led a good long until 95. <BR> Back to work tomorrow and I am really nervous. I have already warned my family not to expect too much from me these next couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Talk to everyone soon. Thanks to everyone for their help and listening to me whine <BR> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:47:17 EST Nausea is normal? In my quest to be back to my normal self, I now have a new annoying symptom. Nausea. It's been pretty bad and the dr. states it is normal. I had to go to my niece's 16th birthday party. I had an extrmely hard time getting ready. My sister told me crackers and ginger ale of which has helped. We will see tomorrow morning what my stomach does. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:12:54 EST Ready to go back to Work I went to the doctor's yesterday and got cleared to go to work. I am going in on Monday. I honestly feel like I can do it. I spent the day with DD20 shopping, getting classes, etc. So, if I can do all this and only had one small pain, I think I can get through the day. <BR> Weighed in today and am up some ounces from last time. I think it will help to get back to work and get out of the house. <BR> I want to go back to zumba, but think I'd better wait another week or two. I know next week an... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:08:59 EST Still Not 100% I want so badly to be back to pre surgery, without the pain. I felt good yesterday, went to Mass and to lunch with my mother. I had a tiny bit of pain while I was sitting at lunch, but it went away. I thought everything was ok. <BR> I have been lightheaded a little nauseauted in the morning. I called the dr.'s office and spoke to the nurse who said this is perfectly normal. I wanted to go back to work on Wednesday, but it doesn't look good. I just feel like I am doing something wrong. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:19:50 EST I lost 5 pounds!!! DD weighed me this morning and I am definitely down at least 5 pounds. I knew this gallbladder was good for something. I am feeling ok. <BR> DD and I bought the dog a Halloween costume. She is going to be a butterfly. I don't have any grandchildren and my kids are grown, so might as well spoil the dog. <BR> Beautiful sunny day in Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:08:47 EST I knew today would be better I just knew today would be better. I woke up feeling better. I got out some of my winter clothes and put on a pair of sweat pants that are very comfortable. I had a little twinge of pain today and I should know after all the surgeries I have had, that it takes a lot longer to heal inside and out. I have no patience and hate pain. It's going to take time. <BR> I think next week I am going to go to the gym to do some light work out. I am going back to work on Wednesday after my doctor's appoin... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:20:56 EST Not a Good Day Due to our foster daughter 18, leaving and taking her little doberman pinscher with her, Scooby, I briefly thought about getting another dog. I am so glad I didn't act on it. Last night, our dog Chloe threw up a little on the comforter, cleaned it up, no big deal. This morning, she not only threw up on the carpet, but had massive diahrrea. FD18 came today to pick up her stuff. Our social worker came in and brought her dog with her. Little Scooby pooped and threw up also. Well, that ended my... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:14:04 EST Gallbladder out as of Thursday I got my gallbladder out on Thursday, now just recuperating. I feel better today than yesterday. Still sore where the incision was made, but that's not unexpected. My kids have been wonderful, especially my DD's who have helped me a lot. <BR> I am trying not to eat any goodies and watch what I eat, although DD insists on making chocolate cupcakes for me. <BR> Nothing much else to report. Having trouble with FD18 who is at respite because we are rotten people. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:11:52 EST Made It To Work Today, Feel Good My first day back at work after being gone for 4 days was good! It was an In service Day which made it all the better I am glad it worked out this way, so I could gradually transition back to work. <BR> I was a little sick, but took a pain pill and it went away. <BR> Tomorrow the dr. Contacted personnel about Family Medical Leave. No exercise because I am just afraid of pulling something and then being sorry later. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:11 EST I have a diagnosis I finally have a diagnosis. I have three gall stones and an inflamed bile duct. I go to the doctor's on Tuesday. Still feel lousy. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:10:54 EST This is Getting Old This sickness is getting old. I just want a "name" or whatever it is. After the CT Scan, the dr. stated there is nothing wrong with my colon, that my gallbladder could be the problem. The only problem with that is, that my pain is on the wrong side. Today was ultrasound and blood work. Just plain tired of not being able to function normally or semi normally at this point. The dr. also told me that the metal taste is from one of the antibiotics called Flagyl. YuK and double Yuk. <BR> Well, en... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:58:42 EST Very Sick I have been sick since Monday. Diverticulitis is what the dr. suspects. Went for the CT Scan yesterday. Woke up this morning and my mouth tasted like metal -- yuk. Attempted to go to work this morning and couldn't do it. I haven't eaten very much because almost everything makes me sick. <BR> Well, that's the update, just trying to get though all this crap and hoping things will get better. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 13:21:55 EST Worn out Wednesday I am just plain tired today. We took the dog to the vet again for her ear infections, only to find out she has fleas. Not good. Anyhow, got treatment for both dogs. Our foster daughter came with her miniature Doberman pinscher Scooby, so he had to be treated for fleas too. Chloe, our dog's ears are finally getting better. I just woke up really tired and forgot to take my Prozac pill this morning and felt kind of weird all day. Just taking it easy today. Will be going to zumba tomorrow. I went... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:43:29 EST