CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CHERYLHURT CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Stomach problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776353 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773787 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771319 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768788 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767400 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766154 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764346 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762684 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761435 Lots of hill work....my tush is sore but we had a blast on the tandem! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:09:39 EST Skinny points today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760714 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760432 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757628 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756956 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752690 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751480 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736509 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735807 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735086 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734328 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 Great walk today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733573 Now I have to drive to my mother's place...she's 88 and grumpy that we still like to travel. I realize she is left alone when we're gone but she does have friends in church she can call for rides. My stomach churns and gets all acidy...I've been taking my husband's prilosec so I guess I'll talk to my doctor when I see her in August. We are driving to Baltimore starting tomorrow to pick up a ship on Friday. Will be in Bermuda for 3 weeks so I'll spark when I can. Boy, I need a vacation...... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 07:35:48 EST 3 hour bike ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732949 We just finished a 3 hour, 35 mile bike ride along the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC. Now I honestly crash for the rest of the day! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:13:16 EST So good to have friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732333 Beloved and I threw a party at our house yesterday evening and we invited two sets of friends we met when we moved here to SC. We love having parties and inviting the neighbors! We all sat on the deck and enjoyed lots of good food and laughter, then the guys set of fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. It was so much fun and we love being good neighbors and having good neighbors. We all hope none of us ever move. Having friends in your life is just the icing on an all ready great cake.... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 07:45:49 EST More CT scan results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731093 My friend's cancer has also been found in her lungs. Yesterday they brought in a nutritionist and a dietitian to show her the healthiest ways to eat. They were told food today is apparently pretty awful for us and we should be eating as much raw, organic, locally grown food as we can. Processed foods should never be touched, and white sugar, white flour, etc can kill us. If only she'd known this years ago! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:30:37 EST PET scan results for my friend Bridget http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729226 Cancer has destroyed the left kidney...nothing there but tumor. Scan shows the cancer has all ready metastasized to her liver, lungs, and fifteen spots in her brain. She is at home and will be undergoing 18 runs with chemo and radiation to her brain! She has been given 6 to 24 months to live. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:49:06 EST Her PET scan is today...I suggested suing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727551 The PET scan will show if there is any metastasis...we hope none. I did suggest to her daughter, also an RN, and to her husband, a PT, that I would sue the bas^#@ds who dropped the ball. Suing wont change anything but golly, if we can't expect our primary cares to take CARE of us, what else can be done? Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:18:28 EST Be diligent about your health, PUSH THE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727228 My friend from CA is smart, highly educated, and an RN. She has been complaining for OVER A YEAR to her doctors about lower flank pain and blood in her urine. Now, after 17 months, she COLLAPSED in the doctor's office and they finally did a CT scan. Shows the whole left kidney is GONE, replaced by a massive tumor so large it's pressing on her liver. She was diligent, she complained and complained but got blown off and told, "you're middle age now, don't work so hard." Be willing to fight... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:52:10 EST Tired of being a caregiver! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718630 I am TIRED of caring for an ungrateful mother while my other 2 sisters sit around on the other side of the country doing absolutely NOTHING. HUBBY AND I are the one's who moved to SC to care for my mother yet she STILL complains to me about my husband no matter what he does. My two sisters wait in CA for her to one day die so they can collect "their share" but WE are the ones who drive her, shop, care for her, spend time with her, take her to all her appointments, etc, yet Mum can't even be ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:14:06 EST 1 mile swim followed by 18 miles on the bicycle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716274 I swam at the pool yesterday morning then beloved and I decided we'd load our bicycles and take them to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in downtown Greenville, SC. Road all the way to the town of Travelers Rest, nine miles away. Stopped in a darling café and had coffee, then shared one piece of pie. Shared a piece!!! And it was enough. The bike ride was NOT easy as there was a lot of hill work so I had to dig DEEP within myself to make myself NOT give up. And I did it! It started to sprinkle as ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:25:26 EST Now Mum wont answer her phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704942 Why can't mothers and adult daughters get along all the time? I tried calling my mother yesterday, wanted to speak kindly but firmly...if she wants me she has to not trash my husband of 40 years..but she wouldn't answer the phone. Tried again this am...same thing. When her phone rings it announces my name loudly and clearly. So she's mad that I shouted at her but I'm hurt she crapped about my husband. This could go on forever so I guess my beloved will pick her up for church, an hour roun... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:10:41 EST devestated Mum trashed my husband...what do I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702615 We got Mum home and beloved went to the grocery store to get fresh stuff for her, then he drove us home. Mum always tells me "call when you get home" so I did. She IMMEDIATELY started in on my husband , that he didn't say goodbye properly when we left, how will that make my sister and b-I-l feel, what about next year...I blew up, shouting at her to "not trash him again" and slammed down the phone. My parents and sister turned against my husband when his brother and yep, my sister, divorced... Sun, 25 May 2014 08:15:39 EST Should be home today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701905 Three days driving to get the the beach house in Maryland since we heed to stop frequently and early with Mum. Had six good days with my sister and her family, despite some stress from my sister....family stuff. Now we are driving home after church today. Should have Mum at her place by 4pm, get groceries for her and do both litter boxes for her. Then we can drive to our place...next week the pool should be open and I can start my summer routine of swimming! Sat, 24 May 2014 07:05:57 EST Heading for Maryland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695453 Yesterday was the last day of school. The two teachers and one teacher assistant and I had our combined twenty-five little K-3 graders out on the playground for a piñata party to celebrate their reading 3000 books this school year. I was asked to watch the children for a few minutes and the three adults disappeared. They came back a short time later with a huge cake, ice-cream and bags of presents, and set them up on the table. It was going to be so nice to have a party for the children! We... Thu, 15 May 2014 07:30:53 EST Following up on my rant... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690274 One "father" of a couple kids at school is never in the picture. He floats in and out a couple times a year and uses those times to try to "parent" the kids and tell us, the school, what we need to be doing to "help" his kids. He had agreed last year to pay $750 towards his sons $5000 school bill, but not a penny towards his daughters similar bill. He came in yesterday but "didn't got no money cause he done bought a DOG" with that $750!!!! I DID NOT reach across the table to hit hit upside ... Thu, 8 May 2014 06:54:49 EST Just let me vent! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689509 I volunteer at the private /Christian school in the next town and find it very disturbing how many parents expect other people to carry the cost of their child! Oh, they WANT them to have small class sizes and one on one tutoring, but they want every expense picked up by "somebody else!" One set of parents are both engineers and they just bought a new car so "want help" on the school bill...most parents seem to have thrown up their hands where money is concerned and EXPECT the church to cover... Wed, 7 May 2014 07:08:07 EST Wonderful neighbors here in South Carolina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686984 So different from California where everybody works too hard, but here in South Carolina we gather with neighbors on backyard decks and share food, wine, and good company. It's so peaceful and quiet, such a wonderful way of life. Leaving CA was the best move we've ever made and we are so blessed to be here in the South! Sun, 4 May 2014 08:25:01 EST I only lasted 4 days before caving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682953 Seemed like a week but as I check it has been only 4 days since I posted how my labs are and how I am supposed to eat so very carefully. Yesterday I fell, HARD. First, my beloved and I shared 1 scoop of ice-cream from Culvers...yum, raspberry! Then he went out in the evening to do kung foo and I discovered a whole large bar of white chocolate, my very favorite! A short time later I was aware the whole bar was gone! As I went into the kitchen to dispose of the wrappers I found two "grano... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:06:46 EST Who never sugar could be a "poison?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679571 Came from the Dr. today to get the latest kidney and liver labs. I told her I felt I was very careful in my eating but sweets were a downfall, even when I made sure not to go over my daily calorie allotment. She told me sugar was "almost a poison" to some people and that my liver was NOT handling sugars, carbs, fats, or processed foods. I have to be on the most stringent eating plan I've ever been on...absolutely no fats, no sugars including limiting fruit to two servings only a day, nothi... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:51:37 EST Bad day at the doctor's office! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675549 Seems I have "fatty liver disease and stage 1 kidney disease"!!! Here I am at my goal weight with a fatty liver? Turns our the culprits are PROCESSED FOODS, SUGAR, and WHITE FLOUR! They are literally poisoning my body so I have to do a RADICAL change to my eating plan. If God made it I can eat it. If not, I can't. We can help the fatty liver but the kidney disease cannot be reversed, just controlled. What a shock, just days before I turn 61. Bummer. Praise God we found it out early... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:34:47 EST Hot flashes and stubborn weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671890 I'll be turning 61 in a few weeks and don't mind the increase in age but do mind the increase in weight. Here I am, exercising, volunteering, taking care of Mum and eating according to SP but the weight just isn't coming off! Is it because of my age? Do I throw in the towel and say "this is how it will be"? Sigh...I'll keep on plugging away... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:54:46 EST Off to the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669660 One pound off since we got back a week ago, not as much as I'd hoped but and least it's something. We are going to the gym then will be working in the garden on a beautiful day! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:57:04 EST Got a new haircut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669144 Beloved took me to the beauty shop for my monthly appointment. Got my hair cut a little shorter in celebration of spring! Then we went to the school we volunteer at so we could do maintenance in the kitchen. School resumes next week so I'll be back on the hamster wheel of volunteering with Mummy, driving her home, then driving all the way back to our house. I dread the business starting again but realize I am extremely blessed to still have her around. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:57:33 EST Downloaded 3apps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668225 Whee! Have 3 apps on my iPad now that will help me get this weight OFF! Now out with beloved to pay taxes... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:17:47 EST Back on loads of green beans! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666580 My favorite food when I need to cut back is green beans. I can eat a big bowl of them because they are delicious, full of fiber, and low in calories! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:58:25 EST Home but weight is UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665459 Home now but the scale showed disturbing numbers....seems chicken wings and several glasses of wine every evening are not good for the waistline! Back on loads of fresh, raw foods today and am heading to the gym right now! Sun, 6 Apr 2014 05:33:58 EST Heading home today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664776 Will be driving all day to get back home by tonight. Will get on the scale in the morning tomorrow to see how much damage I have done! Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:48:40 EST Heading home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664573 Rested, ready to resume full time volunteering and caring for Mum but I need a break every 3 months. Is that unreasonable to expect? Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:18:46 EST Point grinch continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659978 suffering from continuing point grinch. Sigh... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:23:29 EST Wild storm damaged ship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658356 the ship got caught in the nor'easter and sustained some damage...broken deck, floor pulled away above the top deck. Always an adventure! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:29:30 EST At sea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652728 Resting, sleeping, eating carefully! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:25:46 EST 2, only 2? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650489 Two log on points...2 bonus points...and ALL my team points were only 2!!! This defies the rules of statistics! If the point spins were legit I would once in a while hit a 25 and a 25... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:29:13 EST