CHERYLE51's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLE51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Day After the Big Holiday Well, today is Black Friday. DD22 and I were supposed to go shopping, but we didn't because we are getting our livingroom furniture delivered. It was finally delivered around 6:00. We could have gone shopping and been back home. Oh well, there is always tomorrow. <BR> I really ate and ate yesterday. I had turkey and all the things that go with it plus pumpkin cheese pie and a fantastic piece of whipped cream chocolate cake. <BR> I am not eating any sweets today and watching my portions o... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 21:22:52 EST Stress and Weight Loss I have't been on the scale for about a month. Once again, I gave up after gaining a few ounces. Here's the thing, I'm stressed when I am trying to lose weight and I'm stressed when I'm not. I don't know which way to turn. <BR> Nothing much else going on. Trying to get ready for Thanksgiving. <BR> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:34:14 EST UP A FEW OUNCES Ok. So I weighed in last week. Not what I had hoped for. I was up 6 ounces. Not a lot, but I did think I was going to lose at least the 2 ounces that I wanted to lose. This set me on a bit of a binge. We had a luncheon that day at work and I did indulge. I was not good over the weekend. I did have to sample a few of the pieces of Halloween candy to make sure it was ok for the trick or treaters. It was good, especially the ghost Reese's peanut butter. The candy corn Hershey bar wasn't b... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:48:42 EST DOWN A FEW OUNCES Ok, I got on the scale on Friday and I'm down a few ounces. If I can lose 2 ounces by next week, I will be in a different number. This is the highest weight I have ever been in my life. I am not putting on any muscle because my clothes fit like I'm a stuffed sausage. I had on a pair of pants this week and felt horrible. I'm really thinking of my eating habits and am thinking how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet and yes, more exercise. It's just such a slow process ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:26:39 EST DOWN A FEW OUNCES Ok, I got on the scale on Friday and I'm down a few ounces. If I can lose 2 ounces by next week, I will be in a different number. This is the highest weight I have ever been in my life. I am not putting on any muscle because my clothes fit like I'm a stuffed sausage. I had on a pair of pants this week and felt horrible. I'm really thinking of my eating habits and am thinking how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet and yes, more exercise. It's just such a slow process ... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:26:39 EST AFRAID TO GET ON THE SCALE My normal weigh in day is Wednesday. I could not do it. I am so afraid that I have gained or stayed the same and will get disgusted. I don't think I have eaten as well as I could have, so I am really afraid. I am gong to start eating better this week and I will get on the scale next week.I know this is crazy, but that's the way I feel. I need some words of wisdom to help me get back on the scale. I feel like I need a quick fix like diet pills, but they make me cranky and miserable. What can I... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:46:18 EST SO VERY DISGUSTED TODAY Today was my weigh in. I stayed the same. I know that this may be an ok thing, but I don't like it. I am at a standstill. So disappointed!!! I just want to give up and eat an entire chocolate cake. I mean if I am not eating all the goodies an trying to eat healthy, why doesn't the scale show it? I probably know the reasons, maybe eating a little too much or not exactly the right foods, but why does it have to be so hard? I remember in my 20's, I would watch what I ate for a couple of days a... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:26:49 EST Baby It's Cold In Here I cant believe I am saying this... but... it's cold here. The temperature in our house is 66 degrees. I am sitting here with a throw and a dog under my arm trying to stay warm. I am really trying not to give in and turn the heat on. Just a few weeks ago we were sweating. That is the crazy weather we have here in Pittsburgh. <BR> Weight wise, it was not a successful week. I was up a little bit on the scale. I am trying not to stress over it and give up. It's funny because if you had asked me a... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 17:22:45 EST Only Down a Few Ounces I know it is better than gaining, a few anything, but I admit, I am disappointed. Oh well, I am back to my old job of traveling aide, so maybe all that walking is doing me some good. <BR> Thankfully the weather has cooled down, so my air conditioner is finally off. <BR> Not much else to say. Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:07:37 EST Saw a Real Steeler Player Today There are a few perks to working as an aide and today was one of them. We had an assembly today and a real retired NFL Steeler was there. Charlie Batch who was on of the back up quarter backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't get to see him very close, but that's ok. <BR> I have been doing my regular job for two days now and am feeling ok. No hip pain. I've been dealing with this hip since last April or May. I am soooo glad it is pretty much back to normal. I still have to do my exercise... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:21 EST Hip is feeling better I can finally say my hip is really feeling better. I think this was the first Saturday that I was not in pain. I did not have to walk as much at work on Friday, so I don't know if that is it or what, but I'll take it. <BR> My new position is no longer. The boy I was with kept getting beat up, so his mother took him out of our school district. This happened on Thursday and Friday I filled in for another aide, so Monday I will be going back to what I call the Traveling Aide position. I go from ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:56:55 EST Going Down At least I am headed in the right direction. I am down 1.1 lbs. I did not lose the 7 ounces that I had lost before vacation. I weighed myself today instead of tomorrow because I felt sick and didn't go to work. I really like my new job, but still have stress. The boy I am a one on one with is being bullied. I am with that kid 99% of the day. The one or two times I left him alone at his locker, two boys hit him. I feel bad and myself and the teacher are trying different things so this doesn'... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:58:26 EST KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN The big weigh in was on Thursday, I was up almost 2 pounds. I knew this was probably going to happen. The pancakes were just too good in Canada. Well... in the meantime, it's back on the saddle again. Back to watching what I eat as usual. <BR> My hip is hurting again today. It just makes me miserable. I had to go grocery shopping today and it hurts when I walk. I think it's just walking at work all week taking it's toll. I know it is doing better and healing, but, I want to be back to my ol... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:22:58 EST BACK FROM VACATION I'm back from my mini trip and I also changed positions at work. Talk about crazy. We had such a fantastic time, I hated to come home. It's funny, this summer we went from the desert of the Grand Canyon to Niagara Falls. My son was so excited to see the falls, it's been his dream for a long time. <BR> Our hotel was supposedly 2 blocks from the falls, if don't count the mountain that you have to walk up and down. I did it and the next day my hip felt it, so I took it easy. <BR> I tried not to ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:20:57 EST I Almost Cried Today is my weigh in day. I got on the scale this morning and I was back to my starting weight. My scale is a fancy programmable one and I didn't set the right button. I lost almost two pounds. I was so relived. I know I can go up a pound or two, but to go up five pounds in one week is insane. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:11:17 EST DOWN A POUND AND A HALF One whole work week down, a lot more to go. Just so glad I got the week in. It was rough. I like the job, it's a lot of walking, but that's good exercise. I need to get used to it. It has been really hot here which doesn't make working much better. Cooled off a little Thursday and Friday. <BR> Although I ate a lot, that's another thing I have to get adjusted to, I lost a pound and a half. I have a ways to go, but one step at a time, one step at a time. <BR> Looking forward to the long weeken... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 18:21:26 EST FELL OFF MY CHAIR I have never considered myself graceful, but today I really embarrassed myself. I went to sit down at a chair and literally slid off it. It is one of those cheap plastic ones, but still... Of course I fell on my right side which is where I have all of my problems. My thigh hurts a little and I am icing it as I sit here. <BR> I am glad it is Friday. Work felt a little more organized today. Monday the schedules will come out and I can see where I am supposed to be at what time. <BR> It has be... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:50:09 EST CRAZY FIRST DAY Today being the first day of school was a crazy day. There wasn't too much of a schedule. I was told to be in the cafeteria for the first two periods which I stood for almost 2 hours. I was assigned to 6th grade Special Ed. Every time I went to the rooms there was no one there, so I kept walking up and down the stairs. Good exercise, but not too good for my hip. I am also ride on the buses after school and the bus I was supposed to get on left without me. Crazy. LOL <BR> Good news is I lost a... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:05:48 EST TODAY IS MY LAST DAY OF FREEDOM No, I am not going to prison, just back to work/school. Tomorrow is the first day of school. I am nervous because I am no a teachers' aide and I have no idea what classroom I will be assigned to. I really wish I had been told. I guess I will go in tomorrow and find out. I am also going to be a bus monitor after school. It's extra money. <BR> I have one more physical therapy session to go to. Yeah!!! I wouldn't have minded continuing for a few more, but I am there 3 hours and that's too hard... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:59:14 EST I NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BUN/BREAD I have been really trying to limit my carb intake. I usually have cereal, almond milk and a banana for breakfast. I had a 1/2 a Subway turkey sandwich today with cheese on 9 grain bread. So, for dinner I had 100 calorie Greek yogurt with blueberries and a small nectarine. I also had 100 calorie almond and walnuts. I had some carrots with light ranch. I feel a little hungry. I also drank 8 glasses of water. My issue is when I go back to work, I don't know if I can just eat yogurt for lunch and... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:52:35 EST TO EXERCISE OR NOT I've felt kind of achy all day. More so than usual. I don't know if I will feel up to doing my hip stretches today or not. Maybe later... <BR> <em>320</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:53:41 EST TRYING NOT TO LET MY KIDS STRESS ME OUT Having 5 semi teenagers living under the same roof is a challenge. Not to mention, 3 girls. Sometimes everything seems to be going well and then other days it's all crazy. Today was crazy. Not anything totally abnormal, but I guess it's bothering me more today. Sat, 20 Aug 2016 23:10:12 EST I THINK I NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK As of tonight, I really think I need to go back to work/school. I was so bored tonight that I printed out vacation pictures and organized my desk. There is nothing wrong with anything like that, but I think I need to go back to work because I am getting bored. I know once I go back I will be counting the days until Christmas break, but for know. <BR> We are planning to go to Niagara Falls, Canada in September for DS24's 25th birthday. Niagara Falls has been on his bucket list for awhile, but... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:55:20 EST WEIGH IN DAY OK. Thursday will be my official weigh in day. I lost a pound, Doesn't seem like very much considering how much physical therapy I have been doing and watching what I eat. But, hopefully, this is the way to go. I had a really hard work out at physical therapy today. I am doing new exercises. I don't know how to track them. I tried yesterday, but it wasn't making sense. If I did 5 side planks I burned like 5 calories. Maybe a fit person would only burn 5 calories, but I know I burn more beca... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:35:48 EST I WEIGHED IN YESTERDAY I weighed in yesterday hoping for a loss. Nothing happened, no loss. I have to check what the ounces were, but, as far as pounds go, nothing. I was so disappointed and disgusted. I thought I had done a good job of watching what I ate. But, I know, tracking, tracking, tracking of which this week I am going to do. I seriously would have thought I would have lost something because I am at physical therapy for 2 hours and although I do a lot of stretching, I also do other exercises that are real... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20:24:22 EST COMPUTERS CAN BE FRUSTRATING I just need to vent about this. I am 58 years old and have worked as a secretary all my life. I think I am pretty good with computers as in filling out online forms, etc. I get so frustrated when you are told to fill out a form online and it doesn't work. I spend more time doing the form over and over again either to finally get it right or to find out it doesn't work. I tried to do my DD's online form for financial aid and ended up doing it on paper. I am now trying to re enroll my other DD ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:25:42 EST I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN I can't believe I've been gone for so long. I think for now I will just start where I am now. I am probably about 6 lbs. over whatever weight I have been for awhile. I have had a right hip injury since April. I went to a chiropractor for about a month and then did nothing for a month. I now am going to physical therapy about 2 to 3 times a week. It's been hard because I am there for about 2 hours or so at a time. I am now back to monitoring what I eat a lot closer. No more sneaking brownies o... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 23:25:37 EST 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