CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 What Happened to Summer? Last month here in Pittsburgh, it was 70 degrees. Today it is about 10 degrees and there is wind. Don't like it at all. <BR> Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day and we get the day off from school/work. <BR> I am still doing well food wise, but can't get motivated to exercise. I don't know what is wrong with me. I am so sleepy most of the time. Being that I have the day off, I am going to do one of my DVD's for walking. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 15:46:37 EST Do Hollywood Actresses Eat? Sorry for such a lame title, but I am watching the Golden Globes. Some of these women are nothing but bones. I mean seriously. I saw one woman on the "red carpet" and you could see her shoulder bones. That's just not normal. Oh well... I don't think I am going to be any type of Hollywood or any kind of actress at this point in my life. <BR> I made it through my first week back at work. The other secretary's father passed away on Wednesday which was rough. I now have a 5 day week and then we h... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:16:56 EST I SURVIVED Today was the first day back to work after our 11 day Christmas vacation. When I first got into work I felt very miserable. This morning it was 25 degrees out and we had some snow flurries just to make the morning more special. But, as the day went on, I started feeling better. <BR> I forgot my sandwich for lunch only had my enormous orange, applesauce and my yogurt. Fortunately, I was not hungry. If only I could eat like that every day. <BR> I am still doing good on my food choices. I have ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 19:28:21 EST Doing Good Food Wise I am proud that I did not binge on cookies, cakes and candy over the Christmas break. I did allow myself to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but that was it. <BR> Now, if I can get myself to move for at least 10 minutes a day, I will be good. Once I go back to work, I can walk the halls of the school. I would like to get a pedometer that shows how many steps I take in a day at work. I am sure it is a lot. <BR> Tomorrow I am making lasagna for my mother, sister, brother-in-law and his ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:52:09 EST Car Shopping Most of the Day DS24 needed a car, his car the engine blew up. We went to the dealer this afternoon and found him a really nice car. A 2007 Honda Civic with about 70,000 miles on it for a good price. We talked to the dealer about financing and then went back to get the insurance settled. Now tomorrow we go for him to sign the papers. This is the first car that he is buying all by himself. The financing and the insurance is all in his name. He has to put on his big boy pants and welcome him into the adult wor... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 21:19:09 EST MASSIVE HEADACHE I have had a horrible headache almost all afternoon. Work has been crazy busy as the other secretary has not been in. <BR> I wrote out my Christmas cards, but didn't address them, I have to look for my address book. <BR> I want to take a nice, warm bath and wash my hair and hopefully, my headache will go away. <em>39</em> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:36:42 EST SHOPPING, SHOPPING AND MORE SHOPPING We went to 12:00 Mass this morning and then went shopping. We went to two different Malls and two different Burlington Stores. I think we are done except for stocking stuffers that can be bought at the last minute. We got some good bargains, some things were just not on sale. I came home and ordered DH two pairs of pants, shoes and a case for his cell phone. I would like to get him some nice cologne since it's been a long time since he has had any. <BR> Off to work tomorrow. One more 5 day we... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 21:13:26 EST DO NOT WATCH TV Since it is Saturday, I have been leisurely watching tv. Well, I realized something today that my mother always told me. Stay away from tv. All they do is advertise food and not good food. As I was watching tv it made me hungry for some chocolate, so I had two pieces and now I am upstairs wrapping Christmas gifts. <BR> My knee felt much better this week. I hope it stays that way. Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:43:00 EST Need to Re Think Exercise I have been doing some very basic walking DVD's along with using the stairs at work as much as I can. Well, I could not sleep Friday night and was in a lot of pain on Saturday due to my left knee. I have been putting off seeing the doctor, but now I have to. I don't know what type of exercise I should be doing. I heard that walking is ok, but .. <BR> Oh well. I will google it and find something. <BR> In the meantime, I have a sinus infection to make things even more interesting. <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 17:13:52 EST Almost Slept In I almost slept in today. I have my alarm set on my phone, but the phone updated last weekend and I didn't have the snoozes set, so the alarm went off and that was it. It DH hadn't been off of work today, I don't think I would have woke up. <BR> I did a light exercise tonight as I was busy Christmas shopping. We are doing a secret Santa at work and I had to get my gift today for tomorrow. <BR> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 21:37:52 EST Very Blah Rainy Day I woke up this morning and all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. It was a typical December day in Pittsburgh. It was rainy and dreary 90% of the day. I think the sun came out for about 5 minutes today. <BR> I hope I can sleep better. I could hear my dog scratching and tried to wake up to see what was going on, but didn't and the knee started aching. Oh well, the good news is, I got my butt out of bed, went to work and got the day in. <BR> I did the Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds ton... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 21:42:15 EST Got some exercise on I finally did something. I got off my duff and did a DVD. I found an old Weight Watcher's DVD from awhile ago. I enjoyed doing it. Not too hard and not too easy. Well, off the shower and wash hair to prepare for tomorrow. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:38:44 EST LAST DAY OF MINI VACATION Today is the last day of my Thanksgiving break. I really enjoyed today. I tried to get in as much done as I could today. I was full of energy this morning and then around 3:00 started getting into my sleep mode. I have to put my clothes away and take a shower and wash my hair for tomorrow. It's hard to believe 5 days have gone by. <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:34:12 EST 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