CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Exercising at Work I think the story of my summer should be filing, filing and more filing. I feel like that is all I have been doing all summer. It is a good way to get some exercise in, but since I am not used to it, I will be sore and achy tomorrow with sore fingers. I am so anal about this filing thing, I want to get everything done and it needs to be done soon. <BR> DD's are baking up a storm and I will be trying hard not to indulge. <BR> Tomorrow we go to talk to the counselor about school for DD and DS... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:31:29 EST Very humid, sticky day It is really hot and sticky day so far. After 3 days of no air condition, we had to turn it back on. I really need to take a shower, but it is so sticky I don't want to. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:36:03 EST Achy Back Today I think I overdid it a little. My back and my right shoulder is achy. I took some Advil and it feels better. I didn't do very much filing today, took a break. Will start fresh on Monday and will try not to overdo it. <BR> Am so looking forward to the weekend. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:09:09 EST New Job, Better Position, Pay Raise The bidding and the bumping was held on Tuesday and I ended up with the Administrative position, which is a better paying position. I went from a plain secretary to an administrative assistant. I basically have been doing this job on and off since April, so it is a change, but hopefully I can handle it. <BR> <BR> Me and the other secretary have been filing for two days now. We got all the 6th grade files into the filing cabinets. Some of these kids files are really heavy, so I am tracking th... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:52:00 EST Another Weekend Has Passed Another whirlwind week for me. Tuesday was court for my two foster girls, so I had to take off of work to be there with them. Worked. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then, on Friday DS and DD are thinking of going to a technical school in Johnstown, so we had to tour that. I don't know how I am going to handle having to work a 5 day week. Oh well, I will manage as I will get used to it. Tomorrow is a big day regarding work. We will be bidding and bumping on jobs. I probably will keep my job, ... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:50:59 EST A pool ladder and a new couch???? What does a new couch and a pool ladder have in common? Freecycle... I joined a new group that is just for my local area. There is another group called Freecycle which is nice, but sometimes the people who have stuff are just too far away. Anyhow, we have needed a new pool ladder since last year and someone had one for half of what it costs in the store, so we bought it. The people had used it one year and it was like new. I saw a new couch for, my favorite word "Free" also, so we picked up ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:38:37 EST Happy 5th of July I am soooo happy for the long weekend. I has given me a chance to catch up on some well needed cleaning. <BR> I finally found most of my summer clothes. There are still some things that could be missing, but for the most part I have them <BR> We had a very nice 4th of July. We had a cookout, hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled corn and let's not forget the ice cream cake, of which was really yummy, <BR> My DS took us to watch the fireworks at the local mall. We took a blanket and sat in the par... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:50:09 EST I Can Fit Into My Clothes Again I have no idea what I weigh. I keep telling myself that I really need to get on the scale. But, to me the absolute best news is that I can fit in my summer clothes. The entire Spring I could not fit into my Summer clothes, but now I can. Now, the trick is to find all of them. <BR> Our most major decision now is where and when to go on vacation. My boss handed me a memo stating I need to tell her by July 15 when I will be taking my vacation. We still haven't decided where, let alone when. It's... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 20:07:36 EST Lovin' that Corn on the Cob Nothing to me says summer more than fresh corn on the cob. We went to Aldi's today and they had it on sale for $.99 for four ears. We bought 3 packages. My family just loves it. I dated a guy once whose mother would make corn on the cob as dinner. I remember everyone asking me how many ears I could eat and I would say two or three. Well, we sat down for dinner and all I kept seeing was corn. I didn't want to eat too much corn because I was waiting for the main course. After awhile, I realized... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:25:02 EST Walking at Night My DH and I have started walking at the local high school late in the evening. Fortunately there are enough lights around to see where you are going. It is so nice and cool at that time. We have upped our walk to over two miles. I think I am beginning to see some results. It's not enough that anyone else would notice, but I am. It's a start... <em>31</em> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:39:59 EST Why Can't the Weight Melt Off? I should not be whining. I was responsible for this weight gain and I am responsible for taking it off. I tried on a pair of pants that always fit. Well, not no more. Tried them on and they are way too tight. Makes me mad and sad. We keep walking and DH wants me to try the gym. Maybe I will try it. He lost 18 lbs. after he started working out. <BR> Well, Happy Father's Day. The kids got DH a gift card for his favorite restaurant, "Buffalo Wild Wings. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 17:35:26 EST Another Walk We got another two miles in. I now have a blister on the sole of my foot. It is uncomfortable. My mother's birthday was a success. I did eat cake and a few cookies. I really tried not to eat the cake, but it was irrestible. I am thankful that my mother is alive and healfhy to make if to 80 and I found out her favorite color is yellow of which I never knew. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:50:29 EST Finally Got Our Walk IN It's been a miserable week, weather wise. We have had torrential rain several times a day of which has made it difficult to walk. It finally cleared up long enough to get our walk in. Yeah! <BR> On other matters, my DD's were in a car accident yesterday. Apparently their friend was going too fast and it was wet and he hydroplaned. They are all ok, few bumps and bruises. One DD's face is bruised from the air bag and her lip is all cut up. The car was totaled and if you would see a picture of i... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:43:38 EST Last Day of School for the Kids I am just sooooo happy that today was the last day of school for the kids. I will be working all year, but it is so much nicer without the kids. I can finally get caught up on all the paperwork that I haven't had time to do and along with that the filing. <BR> We are hoping to walk tonight, but there is a tonardo warning out there, so we will keep an eye on the weather. <BR> If we don't walk outside, I will do an in home walk because we haven't walked for two days. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:16:29 EST Walked A Little Longer Today My leg doesn't hurt like it did yesterday and although it was raining, we walked a little bit longer. <BR> Pretty lazy Sunday, went to church and walked and that was about it. <BR> Back to the daily grind tomorrow. Three more days of school with the kids. I will be glad to see Wednesday as their behavior is getting worse as the days go on. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:57:09 EST Do You Workout When You are Sore? My R leg hurts. I have been walking the local high school track with DH about two miles. Today my R leg hurts. DH says shake it off. I don't know what to do? What do you do when your body aches? Do you continue to workout or do you take some time off. Sat, 7 Jun 2014 13:50:22 EST I Lost Four Pounds!!!!! I weighed myself today. I have lost 4 pounds in about a month. I can fit into jeans that were extremely too tight awhile back. They are by no means the most comfortable, but they went on. LOL I am doing what I can, exercising and eating good. I am not perfect, but not trying to be, just back to watching and walking a lot. <BR> The weather today was picture perfect. High's in the 70's and the lows in the 40's, plenty of sunshine. I had itchy eyes for two days and it rained yesterday afternoo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 21:52:39 EST I Hate Feeling Hunrgry All day today I felt hungry. Not typical hungry, but starving like. I ate a good breakfast a breakfast sandwich with a whole wheat English muffin, ham and an egg. But, it just didn't fill me up. I had a cereal type bar for breakfast and ate chocolate chip muffins too --- all before 11:00 which is my lunch. It makes me mad when I get really hungry like this and just can't feel full. My body is just weird. I try to load up on healthy snacks, but sometimes I get caught without them. No walking ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:20:02 EST No Walking Today DH and I had planned on a walk today, but my R foot is swollen and burning, so I think we will take a pass tonight. <BR> I think I overdid it a little yesterday with all the shopping and walking. <BR> Nothing much else new here. Work is crazy as ever, but at least there was a sub helping me today, unlike last week when I almost lost my mind. <BR> We are into days as far as school goes. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:45:16 EST Crazy Weekend We had a crazy weekend. We started off on Saturday night by going to my husband's bosses wedding. We had a great time. They even played "our song." <em>276</em> On the RSVP they asked what song gets our groove on and I answered and they played it, so I made DH dance with me. It is Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love". I of course, ate and drank too much, but that's another blog. We had a cookout yesterday and I had two little chocolate chip cookies. I am so proud that I was able to resist ... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:32:53 EST Working Hard My legs hurt and my feet feel like they are on fire. DH and I did about two miles at the track today. I am working hard. Feel a sense of accomplishment. My main concern is getting in shape and hopefully the weight will follow. <em>342</em> Mon, 19 May 2014 20:25:28 EST Walking In the Rain My DH and I decided to go for a walk at the track at our local high school. It started out a little windy and then our last lap started sprinkling and turned into rain. Oh well... at least we got a mile in. The we weather here in Pittsburgh got cooler and there is a frost advisory tonight. We had 90 degrees a few days ago, but that is what weather is like here in Pittsburgh. <BR> We have a wedding to go to next week and I am trying to figure out what to wear. <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 21:50:42 EST No Walk Today No walk today as it looks like it is going to pour any minute. We have had some weird storms the last couple of days. Monday night I thought the house was going to blow apart it was so horrible. I walked with my daughters three days in a row. Wed, 14 May 2014 20:38:19 EST I Am Determined <em>198</em> I am really determined to lose this weight. I weighed myself at home thinking I would weigh less than the doctors and I weighed three pounds more. We went for a fifty minute walk and it is very humid. I am walking instead.of going for the gym unless my right foot flares up or it is raining. I cab get a good.workout as we live all around hills so you are either going up or down. Mon, 12 May 2014 19:33:06 EST Got My Cake and Went for a Long Walk My family surprised me with a coconut cake. It was delicious. I then went for a loooong walk with my kids. Up and down hills. Felt good. I usually don't go in he evening, but the cool air felt good. Sun, 11 May 2014 21:26:47 EST No Cake for Mother's Day My family did not buy or bake me a cake for Mother's Day. Maybe that's a good thing because I went to the dr's yesterday, and, of course, got weighed. It's no wonder my clothes don't fit. I am going to get back on track with a vengeance. My 6 children bought me a mother's ring for Mother's Day that has each of their names engraved and the birthstone for their month. It is really nice. And, I got some much needed bath and body. DD is making chicken salad for dinner tonight. Thank you for all y... Sun, 11 May 2014 19:07:57 EST Treated Myself I really splurged today. I got my hair colored and highlighted and a pedicure. I know I spent big bucks, but after what I went through the last month or two, I really felt I deserved it. I have been having trouble with my right foot. I have some weird thing called Morton's Neuroma wherein the top of my foot will burn, very uncomfortable. Anyhow, I figured a pedicure may help. My feet feel great. Working on eating normal, no more gorging on cookies, cakes or candy. Maybe next week I will go t... Wed, 7 May 2014 20:40:58 EST Things are Slowly Getting Back to Normal <em>304</em> DD will have been home for a week tomorrow. Each day I see her getting better and better. She is sleeping through the night, eating, acting and looking like her old/young self. Thank you everyone for helping me get through this ordeal. This truly was one of the worst things I have been through. I made it, managed to function, but I also ate anything and everything. The stress was unimaginable. I think the family will be able to move on and hopefully she learned a very valuable... Mon, 5 May 2014 18:50:10 EST Pleas pray for my family My DD admitted herself to the hospital. She is feeling much better. She finally sees this guy for who he is. <BR> <BR> Maybe now I can get back on track to my somewhat normal life and try to quit stressing and concentrate on eating healthier. <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:04:18 EST The Revolving Door DD was back as she has usually done for the weekend. I seriously thought I had her this time. LOL She let me call the mobile psych therapist and she really spilled her guts. At least that's what I thought. Come Monday evening, she called boyfriend again and it's starting all over. We have to come up with some type of plan to show her that we are not going to tolerate this. What it is, I don't know right now. I am reading some books that were recommended and they are helping. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:17:13 EST She Left Again I spoke too soon. DD stayed home for two days, then left us Monday morning back to her boyfriend. She called me and told me I was a rotten mother for not letting her have her cell phone. I am so upset over this, I don't know what to do... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:24:37 EST THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER My last blog was very depressing. DD is home and I think she is done with Mr. Wrong. I hate to be like this, but my daughter is adopted from Ukraine and not very smart street wise. She is just very immature for 19 going on 20 and this guy was not the right type or the right time for this guy. She had a health scare that brought her back home. He tried very hard to keep her, but with God's help and prayers she came to her senses. I can't ask for anything else. We are taking it slow with her, t... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:44:40 EST Apologies to My Spark Friends So sorry to all my Spark Friends. I have not blogged, logged in or anything. So, here's the short end of the story. My oldest most beloved daughter is being very rude and obnoxious to the entire family. She has met who she now considers the "love of her life" . I would have no problem with this if everything she has done with this man up until this point has been one big lie between him and her. Our entire family is struggling with this. She is 19 will be 20 in June and up until now has been... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:44:45 EST So Glad It's Friday I made it through another week. Yeah!!!! Some mornings were tougher than others. Monday morning was really rough, but seems to be getting better. My DH drives me to work Tuesday's and Thursday's, so that helped and he had to drive me in the morning as we couldn't find the keys to my car. <BR> Nothing much else going on, but wanted to catch up and blog. <BR> Hoping to make it to zumba tomorrow. I don't like getting up any morning, but will really give it a try. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:00:44 EST Very Hot Zumba I made it to zumba this afternoon and it got hot. I had sweat pouring down my face --- yuk!!! It isn't very hot here, high around 50. I guess one of those in between days when it's not cold enough for air conditioning, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been typing so much, my thumbs hurt, so this will be a short blog. <BR> <BR> I had a really hard time last night adjusting to the Spring ahead time change. I didn't get to sleep until after 12:00 am. It was very dark this morning, so I took my time goin... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:37:16 EST So Tired of Being Tired I am just so tired of always being tired. I have tried everything anyone and everyone can think of, but I almost always feel sleepy most of the time. I really try and get enough sleep, so I don't know what my problem is... <BR> <BR> I didn't go to zumba on Monday due to being tired and stressed over taxes that need to get done and other paperwork. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, our furnace decided not to work, so I took the day off, got some extra sleep, but of course, today I feel sleepy/tired agai... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 18:43:21 EST Waiting for the big storm Here in Pittsburgh, PA, we are awaiting the "big storm". Will it hit or will it go north, south, east, west or hit us head on??????? <BR> Anyhow, made it to zumba today. This is a huge accomplishment for me as I hate getting up in the morning no matter what the day. I have done this two weeks in a row!!! It was a good workout, I relieved a lot of stress, especially in my shoulder. <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:23:11 EST Not A Good Day This has nothing to do with weight today. I work for a local Jr. High school as a secretary. There is supposed to be two secretaries to work there. The other secretary was not at work today and there was no sub. I had to do my work and her work, which mostly involves answering the phone. We get a lot of phone calls. I am what I call the "paperwork queen". I am in charge of typing all the discipline reports, taking attendance, doing detention. Needless to say, not much typing got done today. I... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:18:45 EST Still Working on Breakfast My breakfast experiment is still going on. I tried the whole wheat English Muffin yesterday and was "starving" by 10"00 am. I ate my yogurt from my lunch and was ok. I then ate my lunch at 11:00 am and came home "starving" again. I then ate a banana, yogurt and almonds. So... just the English Muffin is not going to cut it. I had my two packets of oatmeal today and was fine until lunch, came home and felt a little hungry, but not so bad that I had to eat. Tomorrow I am going to put an egg in t... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:38:04 EST VERY, VERY HUNGRY Since today was "the day" I was going to start my weight loss program, I decided to only eat half of my usual bagel. I WAS STARVING... So, apparently, this is not the right solution to my weight loss program. I bought some oatmeal and will eat one packet of regular and one packet of sweetened. I love my bagels in the morning because they are quick and easy. I bought some English Muffins hoping they will be a good alternative, they are whole wheat which should help. I had no fruit in the house... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:57:26 EST HAVING A VERY BAD DAY That's all I can say. We got more snow this morning, so no zumba. I feel soooo guilty, but yet I don't want to wreck my car and/or hurt myself. They did not touch our road in front of our house until around 11:40, zumba starts at 11:00. I feel like a huge whale. I have to do something other than what I am currently doing with my weight. <BR> We are going out to dinner for my foster daughter's birthday which was on the 13th. I will eat healthy and order a salad. <BR> I will have to look onli... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:10:59 EST I Gave Blood Today My older foster daughter and I gave blood today. We then went grocery shopping. It is snowing again here in Pittsburgh. By the time we got home, I was very cold. Now under two layers of a comforter, I am finally warm. No gym today, too worn out this morning. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 17:37:20 EST 75 Sweaty Minutes of Zumba I actually got up this morning and did zumba. This is a rarity for me to actually get out of bed on a Saturday morning in time to go go zumba. Our instructor decided to throw in an extra 15 minutes. At first I honestly didn't think I was going to make it as I felt hot an light headed, but as time went on and they turned the fans on, I felt like I could do it and stayed for the entire class. <BR> It is another cold day today and we are expecting some snow tonight. Joy! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:32:37 EST I Can't Seem to Lose Any Weight I am really doing what I can and I can't seem to budge a pound. I don't eat 100% good and I know that is part of the issue. I am back to doing zumba and would like to do something on my off zumba days, but there is so much to do around the house, that I don't take the time to do it. <BR> Has anyone tried those body wraps that they have out? Someone put a brochure in our lunch room. It looks interesting, but I have a feeling that once you stop doing the wraps your inches or cellulite will com... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:29:08 EST i Heard Birds Chirping This Morning That is the first time in forever that I heard birds in the morning. I thought that was a good omen for the start of my day. I could not have been more wrong. The just got worse and worse. I came home with a horrible headache that is not going away. I wish it were Friday and we were leaving today. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:38:28 EST ANOTHER CHILLY DAY It was another very cold day and night here in Pittsburgh. I did make it to zumba last night, got all nice and warm, only to go out in the bitter cold. No school today. Got caught up on all my never ending paperwork. <BR> DH and I are going to get away this weekend. We are going to a resort and casino in Maryland called Rocky Gap. It's been quite awhile since just the two of us got away. <BR> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:12:02 EST All I Want to do is Sleep All I want to do is sleep. It has been cold and snowy here in Pittsburgh. <BR> It looks like there will be more cold and snow this coming week. There has been two, two hour delays last week and more on the way. <BR> Oh well, Spring can't be too far away. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:43:01 EST Happy MLK Day We all had the day off today which was great. I feel really relaxed and rested. I made it to zumba again today. <BR> More snow and cold weather today. I am hoping for a two hour delay at least once this week. Temperature is supposed to go down to 1 degree twice this week. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:41:01 EST AnyThoughts on The South Beach Diet I was talking to my friend and her and her husband are on the South Beach diet. She has lost five pounds in two weeks and her husband has lost seven. Anyone else tried it and their thoughts? Sun, 19 Jan 2014 00:49:36 EST WENT TO ZUMBA Believe it or not!!!! I made it zumba. We had a HUGE argument in our home yesterday and I and my DH thought maybe getting out of the house and doing some exercise would help. It did and there will be some changes made around the house. <BR> I don't know how I will feel tomorrow, but yes, my R knee is hurting, but I always have the knee brace if it really hurts tomorrow. <em>216</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:20:13 EST