CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Another pound gone Stress, stress, and more stress but a pound gone. Thu, 21 May 2015 06:53:36 EST Apologizing for my poor choice of words I volunteer two full days a week at the next town. I am with grades 2-3 and my Mum with grades 4-6. Unfortunately this school doesn't have enough help, it's a typical small, private Christian school. Last Friday I was pulled out of my room to cover the principals class while he did other work and I had to work with 7 & 8 graders who are the oldest in the school. Rude, disrespectful, out of their chairs constantly, feet up on the counters, just stared at me when I tried to get them to work a... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:09:21 EST the neighborhood pool is open! Yeah! My favorite form of exercise! No sweating, easy on the joints, and I can start each morning with just peace and serenity, reciting scripture, as I get in a long swim! Tue, 19 May 2015 05:29:30 EST Today I am at home Going to the library today and getting some books. Looking for a quiet day! Mon, 18 May 2015 06:11:35 EST another day driving Another long day driving Mum... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:56:47 EST Bad day school Hectic day. I started in grades 2-3 getting work finished that we need done by next week. I was called to cover grades 7-8 for a while and had to give a spelling test, kept reminding the kids to get their FEET off their desks, put their chair legs ON the floor. Then got their work finished. Rushed back to 1-3 to cover the pinata party for the end of the year, little ones lined up to swing sticks at the candy filled pinata. Then a student came and told me the teacher in 4-6 needed me to cover... Sat, 16 May 2015 06:03:53 EST more driving Mum announced yesterday she wants to go to the Greek festival Sunday and she wanted to be at the school breakfast for volunteers this morning at 7:30. I reminded her that last year she didn't eat any of the food, it was all carbs and starches, and that I wouldn't be there. She is very needy, which I do understand, but being the only caregiver is beyond exhausting. Sometimes I despise my two sisters in California...they will inherit equally with me yet hubby and I have done all, and I mean A... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:17:20 EST Exhausted from volunteering...and driving Mum My beloved does a lot of driving so now he's away I'm doing it all. There are only two more weeks of school left where Mum and I volunteer and I will be so glad when it ends! Yesterday was a looong day with the children, then drive Mum to her place, spend an hour with her, then drive 40 minutes home fighting bad roads and semi-trucks the whole way. Today I'm baking cupcakes for the party tomorrow for grades K-3, and today my mother saw that the Greek festival is going to be this weekend as ... Thu, 14 May 2015 07:56:13 EST Another pound gone I have been eating super clean: 2 egg whites and a glass of almond milk silk for breakfast, then four hours later a piece of fruit, four hours later a triple serving of veggies, tons of water. Gives me something to focus on while beloved is away. Today I'm volunteering all day at the school 30 miles away, my Mum will be there working with another grade. Then I'll drive her home at the end of the day before fighting the semi trucks to get home in the evening. Only two more weeks of school, s... Wed, 13 May 2015 06:23:31 EST terrific thunderstorm last night It was hot yesterday, 90 degrees. I was expecting a package from the Post Office that required a signature so I called them in the morning to find out what time the mail truck may come by. I was told by the gentleman that it was anytime between "now and 8pm" and that I needed to wait for it. So I waited. All day. Never left the front of the house. Finally early evening I checked the mailbox and there was the package, shoved into the box, never signed for. I hit my stack, called the post... Tue, 12 May 2015 07:19:58 EST Mother's Day with Mum I fought the traffic to get to her town 30 miles away, picked her up and brought her to my house. I had ordered a lovely deep-dish chicken pie from Fresh Market so popped that in the oven to cook while we just talked. I had found an old pack of my Dad's military paperwork so we spent a lovely afternoon reminiscing...they had the marriage my friends parents didn't have so I learned from the best! We had such a lovely day! I ate a huge kale, spinach, and chard salad...slightly bitter but I... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:21:17 EST First day was good... Missed beloved but brought Mum home after church and we spent a lovely day together. I served her a lovely pasta for lunch with cherry pie and cream for dessert, all her favorites. I had a big salad made with kale, chard, beet greens, etc, no dessert, but I did have some wine in the evening. I REALLY don't like the freeway driving with semi-trucks in all three lanes, they scare me, but I brought her home at 4pm and was back in my house at 6pm. My husband called, made it safely down to the... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:00:26 EST Alone for 16 days... Except for caring for Mum, constant driving and stress, I will be without my husband for 16 days. He's going on a trip and I can't get away. Our first separation since he was in the Army 35 years ago! While he is away I'm going to try to eat super clean and healthy and cut back on my evening glass of wine. It's going to be sad and lonely but I want to make this a positive event for me, not just wallowing in self-pity. I'll keep track here and post my thoughts! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:04:54 EST My 62nd birthday! How can time have passed so quickly? It seems I just left high school and college, yet here I am, married 40 years and we both turned 62 this year. We have been so blessed and recognize that we have. Today I see the doctor for my routine wellness exam. She will give me appointments for a mammogram and liver/gallbladder ultrasound, then we will try and figure out why my sodium is low at 129. Beloved and I don't eat any processed food and we drink tons of water...I may have had too much wate... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:01:17 EST so busy with Mum This is why we cruise...taking 5 round trips a week, each an hour, out of 7 days just to keep Mum "independent and living alone" is exhausting. She told the doctor that she "has lost the will to take walks" anymore, a huge part of her life. He finds no reason for her to suddenly give up walks. Now she's started talking about "assisted living" which she made me PROMISE when my Dad died 11 years ago that I would never put her in. My sister in CA feels she's "doing her share" by flying out t... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:09:12 EST 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