CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Made it to Zumba Made it to zumba. Enjoyed it. Saturday zumba is always fun. Not crowded. I remembered the steps to the songs. Need to keep it up. Hopefully it will help with my weight. <BR> My right wrist is sore, DD wrapped it and feels a little better. <em>521</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:27:22 EST Bought some new bras I have been suffering with the same old bras for years. I know I have gained some weight and needed new bras, but had no idea what size and never wanted to be bothered trying different sizes on. Well, today DD and I went bra shopping. I bought 3 new bras. I have a big bust and need to buy decent ones. Two of the ones I bought were sports bras, so now all I have to do is go back to zumba and I won't have to put my arm under my boob to keep them from plopping. LOL <BR> I didn't go to work toda... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:53:28 EST Can't Get on Spark page We got our computer fixed and now I can only go to the start page. Will not let me do anything else. Thank God I have a tablet. When we go back to Best Buy going to ask. <BR> Good night for now, another hectic day. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:51:51 EST Happy Saturday Supposedly this weekend Pittsburgh will see the last of 80 degree weather. I am not sad to see what little summer we had to be over. Our house air conditioning broke down a couple of weeks ago and I am looking forward to the cooler weather. <BR> As far as work goes, there are good days and bad days. I try to do something more than answer the phone and the door bell, but some days I can't. It's very frustrating to me. But, I can only can do what I can. <BR> I finally broke down and got new gl... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:26:03 EST Just Not a Good Day I am really struggling with this new position. There is sooo much to learn. I am really trying and it just stresses me out everyday. My back hurt all day today and I didn't take anything until I got home. I kept meaning to ask the nurse for at least some Tylenol, but didn't get a chance. It is still extremely busy and we are into the third week of school. I guess things won't calm down until around October, at least I am guessing. <BR> I am just still so exhausted. I know I have to move, but ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 21:26:08 EST I Have to Get Into Some Kind of Groove I have absolutely no energy today. I woke up feeling tired and hot and now I am just tired. I had a lot of energy last weekend. I did a lot of laundry, but today, I'm just pooped. I did manage to get moving and go grocery shopping and bought the girls underwear. Girls always need new underwear and boys always need new socks. So, the girls got new undies and I bought 10 pairs of socks for my son. I think we will be good with these things until Christmas. It finally cooled down here. This morni... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:45:05 EST IT is hot Of all weeks for the a/c to go, it is this week. The hottest week of the year. Right now, there is no money because we just spent over $200 on our baby Chloe. She has had horrible ear infections for awhile. I took her to a different vet and they seem much more understanding. I just want her to feel better. Well, better try to get some sleep. I don't know how. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:51:43 EST Great Labor Day We finally got off our butts and did something fun. We took the kids to a beautiful park outside of Wheeling, WV. We had a great time. We did some walking and watched the kids do peddle boats in the lake. So good to get away even if it is only for the day. <BR> I remember when we used to go there with my mom and dad because we had no children. Now five of them call me mother. Funny how life turns out. You never know what God has in store for you. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:58:43 EST One Week Down In School By Friday things were actually operating smoothly. They finally got the bus/van situation straightened out and the kids all remembered to hold onto their schedules. I am sooo glad that was got the first week in before Labor Day and I don't have that on my mind. Things seem to be going better, I'm still nervous, but I have to just take it as it comes. <BR> We still have a virus on our computer. It works well on some pages, but not on Spark. We will have to take it to Best Buy to get it looked ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:13:09 EST First Day of School Was Rough Today was the first day of school, but only for the 7th graders. That was enough. The busses either didn't show up or were late. The phone rang off the hook and the doorbell to come into the building rang constantly too. Blah! Tomorrow the entire Jr. High comes back. Of well... It will get better <BR> On another note.... I think the fashion industry should bring back housedresses or a mumu of something. I changed out of my work clothes and honestly didn't want to put on another pair of short... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:35:12 EST I pulled a muscle in my back I pulled a muscle in my back and am trying to relax. I feel like I am moving in a thousand different directions. I have so much to do while I watch my family "relax". We are in the process of adopting our 15 year old foster daughter, which involves a ton of paperwork. I HATE paperwork. I do it all day at work and then come home and do it at home. I know I will get motivated to get it done, find all the papers that are necessary, just doesn't look like today will be good. We had company over ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:40:49 EST Thanks to everyone who stopped by my Spark Page I tried to thank everyone yesterday, but was unable to. I am having a heck of a time with Spark lately. I keep getting these weird pop up ads and commercials. So, anyhow, this is a big thank you. <BR> DH and I rediscovered a place to walk. We used to walk at the local cemetery and when we moved we quit. We went back yesterday and things have really changed. Anyhow, the place is totally round circle with a hill. It's about a 1/3 of a mile or so, but the hill makes up for it. We do 4 rounds and... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:20:47 EST DRY, ITCHY EYES All day my eyes feel like they have sand in them. It is HORRIBLE!!! I came home from work and put some eye drops in them and took an antihistamine. I am hoping something works because it's a good thing I am a good typist because I can barely see right now. DH and I walked two nights in a row. I don't know about tonight as it has been raining and thunderstorms off and on all day. I may look at cable tonight to see what they have to offer as far as exercising goes. Feel a little more comfortab... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:27:18 EST Did Everything I Could To Get Out of This Funk I did everything I could today to get myself out of this funk. I made an appointment to get my hair cut and colored. Made an eye appointment for new glasses. I also bought myself a new pair of sneakers My mom gave me a gift card for Kohl's and I used it and opened a charge and they cost me a whopping $6.00. DH and I walked a mile at the track. The dogs ear is looking better. She got a haircut today. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 20:44:49 EST