CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Home after 20 day cruise and didn't gain an ounce! We made it home again and I got on the scale at 4:30 this morning. Couldn't sleep worth beans, so much to do now and next week is chock full of stuff I have to do, caring for Mum, teaching at the school where we both volunteer. But I hadn't gained an ounce! Did 6 miles every morning in the gym and watched what I ate, mostly. Phew! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:11:47 EST Finally spring! Staggered through winter, put out a cease and desist order on our neighbor, waiting for the court date on the kid behind us... <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:48:52 EST Leaving tomorrow for three weeks This was a planned cruise and we will be meeting friends in Baltimore. I have to get away I am so overwhelmed with stress. First the burglary, now the homeowners insurance says they will not cover any loss without a receipt or photo of us with each item. We are senior citizens and never take pictures of our stuff! My Mum is bugging me to stay home (for her) from now on, more stress, the parents of the kid who was arrested for the burglary have been telling their neighbor who lives next do... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:15:18 EST So stressed I had to see the doctor Just so stressed over this burglary, the kid living behind us out on bail, and now fighting with the insurance company over repairs to the house. They are telling us, that at age 61 and 40 years of marriage, we have to show receipts and/or pictures of every item we are missing to PROVE we owned it! We are senior citizens who DONT take pictures! Not even on vacations! I had a melt down yesterday, such a panic attack I had to go in and see my doctor. I'm on short term anti-anxiety meds to ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:32:59 EST Fighting with homeowners insurance! They have argued the paid receipts for screen repair, door repair, car keys are all too high. They are getting nasty with us because we dont have a PICTURE of every item that was stolen! My husband finally told them, "look, we are not millennials, we DON"T take pictures every time we wipe out butt, we dont take pictures on vacation!" Whatever you THINK you have covered with full replacement value on your homeowners insurance, make SURE you have a picture of it with YOU in the picture! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:08:44 EST celebrating beloved's birthday! He gets a free Starbucks coffee today for a birthday celebration. We are still putting out fires from the burglary, having doors repaired, screens replaced, etc. The video surveillance goes in next week so the monitor will be in a locked cabinet that's getting a deadbolt today. We have to make the house even more of a fortress than it was because we leave again in a few weeks! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:28:56 EST Volunteering today Back for a full day volunteering at the school in the next city. It will be a long day, have to take Mum back to her place after school, visit with her a while, then battle the semi trucks on the freeway heading back to Greenville. Meanwhile, the security system with interior and exterior alarms has been installed, the motion-sensitive outside lights are up and running, and video surveillance gets installed next week! Hopeful we WONT get broken into when we leave again! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:52:06 EST Heading to the gym Got to work out this energy since it's a long wait until we have the first hearing in May regarding our burglary. The house is a fortress now and we leave in 3 weeks again. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:59:22 EST House is a fortress We leave again in 3 weeks. The house is alarmed, there are motion lights everywhere, and cameras are going to be installed. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:45:30 EST and the kid made bail He got out last night and lives right behind us. We are devastated! His parents didn't pay bail but he got a relative to do so. Now WE have to go to court in May so this kid is out for months, having plenty of time to get rid of all he and his pals stole. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:26 EST Arrest made They found packages with our name on them in the house behind us and arrested the 20 year old dope smoker. Nothing else found yet but his cronies have probably disseminated the stuff among themselves. We meet with the police again today. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:19:39 EST Had to leave our cruise! House vandalized! Got an email from our neighbor, just happened to get a signal and checked emails. Heard our house had been broken into, our 350 POUND SAFE ripped from the floor and dragged away, my purse stolen, wallet, keys, credit cards, everything, gone! We had to get off the ship a week early, grab a car, and are sitting on the freeway now with 9 hours u til we get home! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:14:53 EST Heading to Florida Beloved and I start the drive to Florida today. He does the driving, I read, do solitaire or Sudoku, and we have lots of stops to enjoy. Will be at the hotel tonight and pick up the ship Saturday morning. I need the break and will be so glad to get back to sea! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 06:59:57 EST Getting ready to get on a ship! We leave Thursday for the month. Will be really careful not to eat to much and to watch the wine intake. I am certainly really to hit the sea and the heat again...winter be gone! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:28:51 EST Wonderful ride and ridiculously high bonus points! Some days points are super skinny and I get only one point per team. Then I feel bummed, like I've failed at even point getting, and the points are only pretend anyway! <BR> Beloved and I took our tandem out again yesterday and did over 33 miles of country riding, gentle hills, and even attempted a mountain. We were out over 4 hours so slept really well last night. Today I signed on and got 124 BONUS POINTS! More than I had all together the previous month! Maybe that's a sign I'm on a ro... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:10:14 EST Bitter cold! It's only 31 degrees here in upstate SC. Beloved and I are going hiking today! Tue, 6 Jan 2015 09:03:30 EST New Year's exercise Three miles on he treadmill followed by 30 miles on the tandem. We will sleep well tonight! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:04:20 EST Celebrated 40 years of bliss! Hard to believe the time has passed, but beloved and I were married 40 years last week. He is still the one to make me smile, he is still the face I can look at for hours. We have been so blessed and it's my prayer we live a very old age, healthy, together. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 08:05:58 EST Back home after 3 weeks at sea Have to buckle down now and get these 10 lbs off that have crept on after so many cruises this year. Pants are snug! We are glad to be home enjoying rain and home cooked meals now until February. Merry Christmas everyone! Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:48:59 EST Reversed my fatty liver!!! I did it! I have reversed my fatty liver!!! I saw the doctor yesterday and she was thrilled with my lab results. All my liver function studies have returned to normal. How did I do it? I eliminated all junk foods, all processed foods, and all sugar from my diet and it WORKED! Processed foods, sugar, and junk foods are killing us! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:12:12 EST Thermostat is out again! The guy came out Sunday and thought the connectors were dirty so he cleaned them and heat came back on. Luckily his service is guaranteed for 30 days because this morning the heat is out again. I left him a message just after 6am. Hope he comes today because we are really cold downstairs! I have to see the Dr. today to find out the status of my fatty liver, high blood pressure, and the mass on my kidney. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:06:40 EST Downstairs heat wont come on! Yesterday the brand new thermostat went out in our house and it's only 55 degrees now. We are waiting for the heating repair man to come. At least the upstairs heater works just fine! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:21:09 EST weight crept up Somehow my weight has crept up 7 lbs. I've got to get more exercise and avoid the Costco samples...labs tomorrow to see how my kidney and liver are doing. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 06:47:19 EST Can a baby cry so much? It has been a lovely visit with my niece, her sister (also my niece of course) , and the new baby but we are beyond exhausted. I was a baby nurse and I NEVER knew a 5 month old baby who could cry for hours and not fall asleep! She's gorgeous but if she's not constantly entertained she goes from fussy to full-out screams! Tomorrow we load my two nieces in the rented van, add in the baby, drive to pick up Mum, then drive to Charlotte, NC airport. Along the way we have to find a restaurant th... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 18:36:20 EST My nieces are visiting and bringing the baby! Beloved and I pick up a rental mini-van this morning, then head to Mum's house to pick up her before we all drive to Charlotte airport. This will be a really long day! My Two nieces are flying in from California for a week and my eldest is bringing her 5 month baby girl, Mum's first great-grandchild. The baby had been premature after two previous miscarriages for my niece, and she cries a lot. Seem she sometimes cries for hours and through out the night! Hopefully she will grow out of it... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 07:24:53 EST Great tandem ride but COLD Got in a great 30 mile ride on the tandem. We needed oue winter grea because it was so cold! Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:50:06 EST Have to clean up my liver I have a fatty liver from "too much abdominal fat, too many carbs, too much white flour and sugar". Now it's loads of veggies and fruit, mostly raw. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:11:48 EST Only up 2 pounds! Back after 3 weeks and only up 2 pounds! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:56:17 EST Super stingy points today! One on sign in, three bonus, and all my team points were one or two. Getting loads of walking in! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 06:22:40 EST Leaving today Beloved and I are leaving today to spend a few days in Florida before getting on a ship for 3 weeks. I am so tired and stressed from all the driving I have to do to care for Mum. She volunteers at the school twice a week too, but she has to hold onto me to walk sometimes almost pulling me over. I am periodically angry and resentful about my two siblings who do absolutely nothing and plan to do absolutely nothing. Oh well. Hubby and I are where we are supposed to be, the Lord directed us ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:45:56 EST Getting ready to get on a ship! All the volunteering PLUS lots of driving to keep Mum independent is really exhausting. Beloved and I are preparing to get on a cruise ship for three weeks. My Mum is NOT happy about it but we have GOT to get away, too much stress is wearing me down! Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:26:50 EST Stomach problems My stomach has been on fire lately, waking me up at night. I went on treatment for a peptic ulcer but it didn't do any good. I don't eat at night but sip on a small glass of wine which now, I am reading, is the wrong thing to do. I didn't have any wine last night and my stomach was a little better, so I'll leave it out from now on. Hope it get's better. Tue, 9 Sep 2014 07:37:23 EST Volunteering today I'm back at the school again this year and come home exhausted after working with the 2 & 3 graders. Today my thighs were screaming when I walked down the stairs this morning for tea...all that tandem riding is paying off. Now if I could only quit snacking at night! Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:22:33 EST Labor Day ride Today beloved and I went on a Charity ride to raise money to build a well in Guatemala. We signed up for a 50 mile ride, but the directions were so poor, we got totally lost! Ended up riding our tandem 61 miles, nothing but hills! <BR> In bed BEFORE 6:30pm! We are exhausted! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:15:17 EST 30 miles today We just staggered back from another tandem ride...30 miles today and it was getting to be too hot! Lots of hill, I can feel my body getting stronger. Can't wait for cooler weather! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:13:15 EST Another 20 miles Finished another 20 miles on the tandem. The weather was cool and breezy which made it nice. At the end of the trail, where one has to turn around and head back, we split one peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread. So much healthier than the protein bars which can just be glorified candy! And coconut water makes a marvelous re-hydration drink being natural and no chemicals or preservatives. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:37:26 EST 35.7 miles Just finished 35.7 miles on the tandem. Lots of hills but the reward is on the way back when its much easier! Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:28:59 EST Another 20 miles on the tandem! DH and I just finished another 2 hour bike ride on our tandem. Lots of hills so I'm really tired. It's so much fun! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:08:00 EST Volunteering at school again My volunteering at the Christian school starts tomorrow and I'm tired just thinking about it. It means getting up early, driving 30 minutes to the school, coming up with two art projects every week. Then I have to drive my Mum to her place 30 minutes farther away and spend an hour with her before I get on the overcrowded freeway to drive 45 minutes to our house. I know this is what the Lord wants me to do at this point in my life...I can't just exercise with beloved and have fun all day...I ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:35:13 EST Another 3 hour bike ride Lots of hill tush is sore but we had a blast on the tandem! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:09:39 EST Skinny points today! 2 for long-on, each team point a 1. Oh well...Like our weight it's just numbers...onword and upwards! Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:40:34 EST Just finished a 30 mile ride! Beloved and I just finished a bike ride along the beautiful river of Greenville, SC. We were on our tandem so I had to pedal twice as hard as I usually do just to keep up the pace. Lots of hill work, my legs are barking now. I should sleep really well tonight! He wants to go out again Sunday and I'm game! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:44:46 EST my dear friend died, two months after diagnosis In June I told about my friend who went to doctors for TWO YEARS trying to figure out why she was having left flank pain and light blood in her urine. For two years she was patronized by health care providers and excuses were made that "she took a baby aspirin a day for her heart", or that she "had muscle pain from working so hard as a school nurse." She was an RN with an MSN so she knew what should be considered abnormal! Finally, after collapsing, a doctor did agree with her that a CT wou... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:30:21 EST riding in the rain We had a fabulous 3 hour bike ride today along the rapidly flowing Reedy River. It started out just misting, then we got a drizzle, then it turned into a steady rain so we went back to the car and came home. Too slick to ride over fallen leaves and patches of mud. Now I can settle in and read the rest of the day...and to boot, I got a total of 200 total points from SP today from doing all the tasks! Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:59:16 EST 4 pounds gone So it was a lot of fluid retention and I intend to get rid of the last 4 pounds too. This morning I went a long walk and once the suitcases are put away I'll get in the car and drive half an hour to visit Mum. She'll be grumpy that we left her but I'LL TAKE HER FOR A HAIRCUT, GIVE HER A PEDICURE, oops, sorry about hitting the cap lock, and bring her fresh fruit. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 07:21:51 EST Up a few pounds It was a great 3 weeks meeting with cruising friends, exploring Gettysburg and Jamestown. We are finally home and I badly need a good night sleep. Have not slept well these past two night because I haven't had enough good exercise so this morning it's a 2 hour hike. I am up 8 pounds, probably fluid retention so it's back on fresh raw veggies starting today. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 04:57:28 EST Adventure! We explored Gettysburg yesterday and had a marvelous time. We're driving back from PA to Maryland and our 2008 car lost all power. My husband had to quickly get us into a nearby church parking lot so we could call AAA. Two hours later the tow truck showed up but he towed us to the dealership near our hotel instead of the closest one down the street, which was great for us. Then the service manager drove us to our hotel! What a blessing it turned out to be. Now the car will get fixed and... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:36:02 EST Walking for hours every day We are getting a ship tomorrow so yesterday we stopped and explored Wiliamsburg and Jamestown, areas of first American settlements . We walked for almost 10 miles according to my pedometer and today we are driving up to Gettysburg to hike some more. Not eating as well as we do at home, but not too awful. The walking should balance it out! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:34:25 EST My girlfriend starts brain radiation today The cancer is also in fifteen spots in her brain so prayers are asked for. She starts eighteen day of radiation to the brain today and will lose all her hair. She has been forced to retire medically from her school nurse job , more chemo..and not much hope. Know your body, fight if you do not feel you are getting the medical care you need. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:31:41 EST Travel starts today Took a really long walk this morning in preparation for a long drive today. Will post when I can. Heading to pick up a ship on Friday for three weeks...I need a break so badly! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:16:44 EST