SHERMOR13's SparkPeople Blog SHERMOR13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cold Tuesday Okay so here I'm off work again today, but unlike yesterday where I fiddled the day away with my friend at a mall, today I was VERY accomplished. I got up this morning, got myself together & conquered the garage. I pulled everything off the 2 shelving units, went through everything, loaded up the car with the stuff going to Goodwill, reorganized what was left, called my neighbor to see if she wanted the other shelving unit (she did), got it together & made the Goodwill run. Woo hoo! I got... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 15:06:34 EST Marvelous Monday!!! Today has been an awesome day. I have today & tomorrow off - it was nippy, cold - and I was thinking how tired I was. My friend called & wanted to get together for some shopping & lunch, so I decided to go and enjoy the time. We had a ball - we both have lost weight, so we each bought some clothes in Coldwater Creek that were on sale...and a pretty good sale at that. <BR> <BR> I split a salad with her for lunch - but it had a lot of things I didn't want to eat that I took off, so I had ... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:04:59 EST Fall, glorious, Fall Well - it actually happened. We're having a REAL fall day - the high was 58 degrees, a bit overcast, a few drops of rain here & there - leaves turning! Woo hoo! I honestly thought fall would NEVER get here - we've been having 88-90 degree days and I have been NONE too happy with that for sure! But today - I'm a happy fall camper! LOL! <BR> <BR> With fall comes the beautiful changing of the season: golden, orange, burgandy leaves - just spectular to see IF you live in an area where the... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 16:39:43 EST Saturday lazies Okay, I'm having a serious case of the lazies. I'm so tired & have been working a lot lately, but not sure I've got the "umph" to get busy today. Maybe I need another cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> Now is it really lazy NOT to tackle a huge job like cleaning out the garage? Is it really lazy to not want to start the painting project of the new/old buffet??? Is it really lazy to not want to get dressed & just have a PJ day??? Probably, but I think I'm talking myself into a lazy Saturday!! <BR>... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 09:55:26 EST Getting into the game You know, it's easy to talk about losing weight; we can even know a LOT about weight loss; what works for us - but the truth is, it's a daily challenge. My challenge is just staying in the game. Most of the time, I do OK, but occasionally I find myself thinking outside the parameters I've set for myself - not forever, but for right now. <BR> <BR> Knowing myself like I do - I have to keep giving myself a good talking to & yell "STAY IN THE GAME" - I'll be OK, I'm having a moment! <BR> ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 09:51:57 EST Leopard print shoes/flats Feeling much better today - the clogged up ear cleared up & while still having some sinus problems, nothing as bad as it could have been. I'm grateful. <BR> <BR> SO I go to work this morning, knowing I'll only be there a 1/2 day as I'm working extra on the weekend this week. SOOOO, work was fine - then I head out. Now don't get too jealous, but I had to take my car for the 20,000 check up! (I KNOW, my life is out of hand - LOL) The guy at the car dealer service area was an ordinary loo... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 16:44:46 EST Wednesday - woo hoo! Busy, busy day at work, but it is what it is!! Would you believe that my left ear drum is clogged up - part of the sinus issue! Oh joy - I feel like when I talk, I'm in a tunnel! SO aggrevating! I'm actually feeling a lot better - but now this! Oh well - this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> I often work really late on Wednesday's - so I usually take my dinner with me. But when it was time to eat, I wasn't hungry! Of course, then when I was - I didn't have time for the entire meal, so I pull... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:03:10 EST On Track Tuesday! Had a GREAT day today. My food choices have been simple, good & easy AND tasty!!!! I have to say it again: I do love freshly cooked food! YUM! <BR> <BR> I did have a lady say to me today when we were having our monthly birthday celebration & I have sliced an apple to take instead of eating the assorted goodies that she thought I was SO disciplined & dedicated. I thanked her AND then she said - I could NEVER do that, it's just too hard. I didn't say anything, just smiled. But it did re... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 19:34:38 EST Back in the swing of things Well - I had been on my maintence plan since mid-July, so here I go again with a stricter lower calorie diet. I started today - and I have to say that I have been SO ready to get back to a simpler way of eating! I have to say that I love the fresh, natural foods - so it's all good. <BR> <BR> I'm having some sinus problems, so that's no fun. I felt so bad on Saturday that I didn't cook for the week - was too busy yesterday. SO I got up early this morning, made my lunch & made a plan to ge... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 18:56:11 EST The weekend is here - the weekend is here! Hi all - been over a week since I've blogged, but my life has been in a tail spin!!! Busy, busy, busy - but it's the time of year for me that's very busy for an extended period of time. Oh well - it is what it is. <BR> <BR> I've been at it again - cleaning out closets. I just keep finding clothes that are too big! Oh joy!!! But it's a GREAT feeling! My body just keeps changing. Today I was @ Target & bought the cutest cardigan for fall & they had some cute sleeveless t-shirts marked d... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:04:12 EST Food changes I have been so busy lately - but it's all been good. But I have certainly noticed after several months of eating more healthy, making better food choices that when I do eat something that I haven't had in a long while that my body isn't pleased. <BR> <BR> Example: On Sunday I took some friends to lunch. We went to "Bad Daddy's" - a gourmet burger joint of sorts. The burgers were HUGE - I did opt for coleslaw instead of fries of any kind. AND that cheeseburger with bacon WAS awesome. Ho... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 06:23:55 EST Perspective Life is what you make it - it's all perspective. Some things in life are about attitude; other things about fact; others are purely emotional. <BR> <BR> Recently I've been doing a lot of thinking about perspective. I personally am just miffed that it's still SO hot & humid here in Charlotte. But then I realized - hey, I've got air in my car, home & office. So even though it's hot & humid as it can be outside, I don't spend much time out there - so it's all about perspective. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 21:53:50 EST Back to work Had a good day - a busy day. My church brought in a counselor from So Cal who works for our denomination to spend a couple of days with the staff. He does what is called a "check up" for processing life. He did 1.5 hours with the executive staff (that's me) & another 1.25 with the staff at large this afternoon. We had "check up's" schedule for today & tomorrow IF we wanted them. <BR> <BR> I had my appointment with him this afternoon - it was awesome. Some issues I've struggled with from... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:10:24 EST Vacation is about over Ok - I've been out of town, had a good trip & now on Labor Day I'm getting my ducks in a row for a crazy week. <BR> <BR> By the way, I live in Charlotte, NC - yes, that's right! The Democratic Convention is here this who knows what the week will hold for us common folks! LOL! <BR> <BR> I've spent the day chilling - doing laundry of my coverlet & mattress pad cover; changing sheets; doing some cooking for the week; and just enjoying the day! Afterall - I'm back to work tomorro... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:52:07 EST A new day I'm so glad that each day comes with a freshness, with a "start over" if we need it. I'm SO happy we don't have days like in the movie of "Groundhog Day" repeats! <BR> <BR> Each day is filled with new opportunities for success, for fun, to spend with friends & family. How awesome is that? <BR> <BR> While I know we all, from time to time, have hard days that cause us to focus on our failures, or bad events OR whatever, it's good to know that we don't have to STAY there, it's j... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:24:21 EST Grief! I've been struggling with some grief issues again concerning my brother Starr's passing & that of my friend Dennis. Starr has been gone a little over a year now and Dennis passed 2 years ago. It was most recently stirred up with the anniversary of Dennis passing on August 23. <BR> <BR> I remember when Dennis was ready to have surgery - it seemed like a common surgery in this day & age - when his wife called to tell me it looked like it could be more serious, I said I could come, but she sa... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:10:13 EST The day before! When did the excitement of the day before begin? Probably for most of us, from the first time we were really old enough to anticipate something on our own. LOL! <BR> <BR> What a busy day I had - one employee out sick - poor thing; the other 2 stayed crazy busy as we all got it DONE!! Productive day - and now home - relaxing. In my mind - vacation became on my home from the office at 5pm! LOL! <BR> <BR> Good day - filled with getting the details all pulled together; so I'm relaxed & r... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 21:15:16 EST Watch out vacation, here I come!! Tomorrow is my last day in the office & then vacation begins!!! No big plans for a couple of days, but then will go out of town to see some friends. Looking forward to some down time! <BR> <BR> I've had 2 good days of carefully watching what I eat!!! Drinking plenty of water - AND I plan to be careful on vacation. I love the fact that I can enjoy the food I eat w/out going crazy....not that I don't occasionally indulge - but the goal is to NOT over indulge, right! <BR> <BR> Even w/out... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:42:55 EST Two day trip SOOOO - my work (a church) had a 2 day trip to the mountains for prayer & reflection. As leaders we pray together, alone, share scripture - it's just a GREAT time. AND the location there in the NC mountains is SOOO beautiful! I hope I NEVER take it for granted. <BR> <BR> BUT the location is at a HUGE retreat site with a cafeteria! Actually on Friday, I ate really healthy (salad & grilled chicken for both meals) & only racked up around a 800 calories for the day. Today the only meal we... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 17:32:34 EST It's all about choice It's always NICE to have a choice, huh? I'm sure we've all been in situations when either on the job or in the family, we didn't have personal choices, but had to do what we were told OR we gave up our own choice for someone else's happiness. <BR> <BR> Life is always full of choices. Do I tell the truth OR lie to cover my own hide? Do I listen to the sage advice of someone else or not? Do I buy this or that? <BR> <BR> AND of course, we have food choices. I know I have in the past (... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 12:58:56 EST Old Navy I've been seeing the Old Navy jean sale commercials so last night I was near an Old Navy & just decided to check out the sale. What a fun time I had trying on all manner & styles of jeans. The pair I loved were too long & they didn't have any in stock that were regular or petite! It was such a rush, after YEARS of not being able to buy "regular sizes", so to be able to fit into those Old Navy jeans was a hoot! <BR> <BR> I bought one pair & will look for another pair at another location. ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 07:08:07 EST Melting away! OKAY - I can't help it - I LOVE hearing people say that to me. It happened again a couple of times today...I actually had on clothes that fit - I'd broken down & bought a pair of jeans that fit. I was sick of wearing any pants that within 30 minutes of wearing them they were beginning to droop in the butt area & then as the day wears on even baggier...problem - they're freshly washed, but too big & begin to just stretch out like crazy. I just HAD to invest in one pair of jeans that fit & w... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:49:34 EST Sunday! It's Sunday. As many of you know, I work at a church as a children's minister & leave home REALLY early on Sunday morning! I drive 35-40 minutes to get to the church & as I was almost there it began to sprinkle. I barely got in the door & it came a down pour! We had rain off & on all morning. <BR> <BR> As I was walking down the hall, a group of 3 & 4 year olds started screaming my name & came running to give me a BIG hug. Ahhh - I love being loved. Then three teenage sisters have been a... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 16:28:57 EST What a day! I really had thought I'd just "fiddle" around the house today, but no such thing! I slept in a bit (8:20am - that's really sleeping in for me!), then for some reason I got on line & noticed an e-mail from Walmart about their fall fashions. WELL, if you've been ready my blog at all, you've heard me go on & on about my clothes all being too big - that I'm in between sizes - can't really know for sure right now what size I am. Most of my smallest jeans are just too big - so I checked Walmart ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 19:49:53 EST Changes Changes come in & out of our lives constantly. Some are so minor, that we shrug our shoulders & move on quickly; others throw us for a loop & we fight & kick against them. <BR> <BR> Years ago I had something happen that really rocked my world regarding my life's work. But in time, I came to realize that what I had thought was the worst thing that had ever happened to me was really a good thing. It was just a shock, a real disappointment and quite an overwhelming hurt. But in time, I was ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:03:40 EST I can't believe it's mid-August The day is over - what a day! AND it's hump day - Wednesday that is! It's been a busy week & honestly I have a lot to do the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> I've had a BIG problem with believing that it's mid-August! I've actually been about 10 days off in my head AND this is a super busy time at work. A gal that works for me mentioned she was all set for something Thursday & I was wondering what on earth she was talking about...I really thought the event was starting up next Thursday! Ti... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:37:39 EST Nobody knows the trouble I've seen..... Okay - so things are plugging around pretty good AND then I get a speeding ticket last week. It's been YEARS since I've gotten a ticket of any kind - so imagine my surprise when I get a TON of mail from lawyers given me a speal about why I should hire them when I go to court. Boo hoo - nobody knows the trouble I've seen.... <BR> <BR> Then my phone dies - SO I have buy a new one (goodbye old Blackberry - hello I-Phone 4) - nobody knows the trouble I've seen..... <BR> <BR> A egotistical man... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 21:45:00 EST Where is my appetite??? Has anyone seen my appetite? Honestly for the past month - I've had moments where I've been hungry, but for the FIRST time in a LONG time I'm not really interested in eating much. I typicall eat about 1/3 of a meal - and I'm not hungry much. BUT when I am hungry I eat. I've been eating to survive -not surviving to eat AND boy does that feel awesome!!! <BR> <BR> Now I'm sure my appetite will return, but until it does, I plan to enjoy the lack thereof!!! <BR> <BR> Oh and IF you've seen m... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 21:14:25 EST Saturday! Woo hoo - it's Saturday! This week has been exceptionally busy - but a good one! I heard great info; got a lot of things accomplished; saw an old friend I hadn't seen in 20 years; and now it's Saturday! Plan to do a few household chores, but also to see a movie with a friend this afternoon. Looking forward to that! <BR> <BR> Also - Saturday is my day to watch HGTV for part of the morning. I love imagining I've watched enough HGTV over the years that I could do some of these jobs on my o... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 10:23:34 EST Making the most of each day! Wow - I have been so busy the past several days that I haven't gotten on line much - and didn't take the time to do anything on Sparkpeople!!! First time since I've started that I haven't tracked my food on line! NOW, that said, I did make sure I stayed w/in my calorie count each day as I just can't assume I'm doing OK if I don't pay close attention! <BR> <BR> My visit with my high school classmate went GREAT! It was so nice seeing her - we had a good visit. I did get home really late th... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 07:07:05 EST Busy Day - when do I eat??? I had a good breakfast, but got SOOOO busy at work that when I sat down to eat my "little lunch of Bumble Bee tuna" had two bites & realized it was time to go to my 1:30 meeting! Where did the morning go? <BR> <BR> Got to the meeting - the first meeting of the month (we meet as an entire staff on Tuesday) is Birthday there were BIG beautiful cookies from a bakery!! I refilled my water & moved right past those!!! <BR> <BR> By 5pm I was hungry - got home around 5:45 - fixed ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 19:03:36 EST Made it through the crazy weekend - no gains! The wedding did in fact turn out lovely! I enjoyed it so much - even the reception. There was so much BAD food, but some really great options as well. Someone brought a tray of lean deli meats - so I had some turkey; there were veggie trays; cheese & crackers - so it was great. I think the bride's parents were SO embarrassed she had asked people to bring food that they did end p pitching in some money for a caterer to do set up & a few things! SO, they had a "mashed potato bar" -very inte... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 08:46:32 EST Off to a wedding! Yesterday went really good. I ended up eating my breakfast & lunch at home (totally in control of my food); then had a lovely dinner with friends at their new home. We had salad, roasted veggies & fresh fruit - she was thinking of me! I did eat a couple of cookies - first time since March!!! But they were small & each had about 35 calories each! SO all in all - not bad at all. <BR> <BR> Now to get ready for the wedding. The couple getting married are in their mid-twenties, neither have... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 09:20:39 EST Busy I have a busy day today - well tomorrow AND of course on Sunday. AND at my busiest, I find myself not eating much. Now for some people that's awesome - for me, not eating is the kiss of death with my metabolism!!! It barely chugs w/out fuel!!! <BR> <BR> SO, while I'm zipping around - I have to be intentional to stop & have something healthy to eat. <BR> <BR> This morning I'm off to take the car for detailing; then to get a haircut - and how I need that. Dinner this evening with friend... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:01:21 EST Thrilled!!!! Today several ladies at work commented on how "thin" I'm getting; how "great" I look. One gal asked how much weight have I lost in the past two weeks. Interestingly enough, NONE! When I told her that, she was shocked & said it looks like I've lost another 10 pounds - maybe more! <BR> <BR> SO, you know we always hear that sometimes our weight loss & body shape up happens at different times! I'm finding that to be true! In trying on some clothes I couldn't wear around the 4th of July - o... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 19:28:20 EST Middle of the week It's Wednesday evening - I put in a VERY long day today, got home around 9:15 pm - but it was a very productive day. <BR> <BR> I often catch myself before I start to whine about my LONG Wednesdays (they're almost every Wed) - but then I'm reminded of ALL the people w/out a job....and it humbles me. I am very grateful and thankful for my job - it's truly a blessing. I do love what I do! <BR> <BR> So, here it is - middle of the week & all is well. August 1st is about over & I'm baffled o... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:27:40 EST Shopping in my own closet Well - I had an awesome experience today. I woke up this morning & the bright idea to try on clothes from my 2 upstairs closets hit me. I've shared I keep cleaning out my closet in my bedroom & drawers with tee shirts, etc...but for whatever reason I hadn't tried on the clothes in those 2 closets for about 2 weeks. AND my master bedroom closet has started looking a bit bare!! <BR> <BR> To be honest, I really didn't expect much since my weight hasn't changed in 10 days! But undaunted, I w... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 22:02:49 EST Looking ahead! None of us never really know what the future holds - but wouldn't it be a bleak life if didn't look ahead with anticipation of something better? <BR> <BR> I'm sure we've all been around sad people; negative people; people who are always down & out it seems. IF you're like me, after a while all the sadness & negativity makes it hard to see anything, but more of the same. I've had my moments, but I'm typically one of the glass half FULL even though I have my times of questioning ... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 17:19:58 EST Why do I still feel fat? After losing over 50 pounds & almost 5 sizes - some days I feel great & others I still feel SO fat! Yes, I've got more weight to lose, but I'm so much thinner than I was. A friend shot some new pictures of me for facebook & it's obvious how much smaller I am - I can see it, I feel a lot smaller, but somehow there's that battle in the mind, huh? <BR> <BR> I do know I need to tone up - I'm not exercising like I should, so I'm sure that will help. I was reading a blog on here yesterday where... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:04:07 EST Out and about Okay - so I decided to go out for breakfast this morning AND to use up a BULK of my allowed calories for the day on that outing! LOL! Oh well - salads will do the rest of the day with a smidgen of protein & fruit thrown in! <BR> <BR> I thought I'd get out & going to do my errands before the heat got unbearable. So off I went like a crazy woman - it was just hot no matter what! BUT I did get my errands done and home. It is horrible hot here, so now that I'm home again, I don't want to ge... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:34:54 EST Grocery shopping Oh my goodness - there's MORE items in the grocery stores than ever. When & IF I take the time to really walk the aisles & check things out I'm astounded at what's out there - interesting AND not so much! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I made a stop to pick up some fresh fruit & veggies - then I decided what I wanted for dinner (a nice steak), so I picked that up...then I decided "since I was there" I might as well go ahead & shop for many of the things I needed for the weekend, etc. I love the in... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:22:15 EST What's your motivation? Well - I've been wildly busy the past few days & you know, it's helped me to NOT eat as much! Now I have to admit that this isn't always the case, but this time it is! I've just been a bit more motivated the past 2-3 days! <BR> <BR> Speaking of motivation....what's yours? Is it to be healthy? Is it look better? Is it for an upcoming class reunion? OR is it for yourself. <BR> <BR> I remember the day when I just absolutely had the "aha" moment & told myself I could NOT continue this w... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:28:43 EST Is there some jealousy going on??? There are a few ladies I work with that I used to be larger than they were & it seemed in the past our conversations would go to the need to lose weight. Some of us had even did a weekly healthy lunch in 2011 & talked about & worked on losing weight. TO be honest, for the most part I was the only one who stuck with any plan for any length of time. <BR> <BR> BUT now here I've lost over 50 pounds now, gone down almost 5 sizes & these same ladies have NOT said one word to me about what I'm ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:59:42 EST Sunday - a hot mess! It's Sunday- with me working at a church (I'm a preschool children's minister) I have to get there really early on Sundays....and I live 30 minutes away. I typically get my clothes together on Saturday & have them ready to go, but honestly I got so frustrated that everything is either too big OR I haven't gotten into them yet. I did sort of think about just wearing my night gown with a shrug or sweater on top! LOL! Needless to say I did make a choice & was fine today. <BR> <BR> It's real... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 16:41:13 EST Is it really Saturday? I've had a busy, busy week & didn't get my usual Friday off - so honestly, I could hardly wait for Saturday! Why, you ask? Because I'm going to be SOOOO lazy - I may wear my night gown around all day - or not; I may not comb my hair - or not; I may casually wait until 10:30 to eat some breakfast - yes I did that!!! I'm just chillin' for sure! <BR> <BR> I often find my days off are spent running errands, making calls, doing paper work, house work, laundry - AND projects. I've always got a... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 11:00:27 EST Skinny Britches! Well - today I was getting dressed & pulled out a pair of denim walking shorts to wear for the last day of Vacation Bible School. I was shocked to see that I could fold over the waist about 3 inches. But I proudly donned those shorts for ONE last wear - I'd only worn them 3 other times! SO a found fairwell goes to these shorts. <BR> <BR> When I got to the church I had 4-5 people say things about how "skinny" I'm getting OR something about my baggy shorts! LOL! Hey, I'll take those comme... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:06:22 EST I survived!! Well - I survived the power outage last night! The power company said the power should come back on by midnight (went off @ 7:40PM). So as it got darker & darker, I did have candles out - but it was hot. I ended up showering & washed my hair & that did cool me down. I went on to bed around 9:15 - was sleeping soundly when @2am the power came on. I woke up to hearing the air conditioning come on, the alarm system beeping! So I got up, closed all the windows, set the downstairs clocks, go... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:57:50 EST A Pioneer woman I am not! Had a busy day, after work ran errands, got home, had a light dinner - thunderstorms moved in - electricity out! Interesting because we seldom lose power in my neighborhood - our electrical wires are underground. This usually means there's a transformer out somewhere! <BR> <BR> Okay - so I looked up on line the power company info (thank God for wireless internet) & called - it said our power "should" be restored by midnight....and yes, it was only 7:40 pm when it went out & it's now only ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:27:37 EST Good day It was a good day today. Busy, but good. As our Vacation Bible School began I saw so many (over 800) children all excited & just wondering what today would hold. As they were leaving there were lots of happy kids & smiling faces. <BR> <BR> You have to love that!!! Makes the work worthwhile! <BR> <BR> Ohhhh & I weighed today - another 1/2 pound down! Woo hoo! Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:38:15 EST Worn out! Well - it happens to the best of us....we just keep going & going like the energizer bunny & then, suddenly you realize that you're pooped; tired; worn out! I hit the worn out wall this afternoon! LOL! Oh well, hopefully nothing a good nights sleep won't fix! <BR> <BR> We've got our K-5th grade Vacation Bible School at church starting tomorrow! We're a big church...some of you may recall I led out preschool day camp 3 weeks ago & now I'm just in a supporting role for this week, but it'll... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:55:12 EST