SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Obstacles -- this too shall pass <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this very fu... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:17:34 EST A Fish Story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I think about what my ultimate goal is.... <BR> it usually feels IMPOSSIBLE. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But when I break it up into smaller milestones... <BR> it feels like something I can handle <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now ... if I could only get into exercising and toning <BR> <B... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:09:23 EST Resilency <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I tried a new exercise routine this morning and the back said: <BR> "ARE YOU IN YOUR RIGHT MIND?" <BR> I think it is a combination of weather and unfamiliar moves. <BR> {...try again tomorrow...} <BR> <BR> Have you heard about the new waterslide in Kansas, taller than Niagara falls, <BR> (17 stories tall....a 15 second drop...up to speeds of 60 mph) <BR> My question is considering that accidents do happen and ri... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:07:54 EST Pushing the Underdog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm participating in the 5% Spring Challenge (lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks) <BR> and I'm on the Underdog Team. <BR> So far this week has been good but I need to push harder <BR> <BR> My problem IS and will always BE..... exercise. <BR> And I came across this humorous video that made me smile <BR> so I tried it myself...{ grateful I'm not into selfie videos...} <BR> <link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:19:38 EST Blueberries <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blueberries went on a special sale this week and I bought a lot to freeze. <BR> Naturally, my Inner Child had a party and enjoyed herself. <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:06:58 EST You are what you eat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> do you see the woman? <BR> <BR> Last week I focused on cutting WAY back on starches and <BR> eating LOTS of veggies. <BR> I plan to continue that strategy. <BR> Besides the fact that it is super healthy and low in calories, <BR> it is also a lot of food. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> do you see the man? <BR> <BR> Last night I had 1 chicken thigh and ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:04:04 EST Stand Up to your Obstacles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WISHING YOU A FUN DAY SURROUNDED BY LOVED ONES. <BR> <BR> HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:58:44 EST Yin and Yang <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I said...I am not a summer person. <BR> Today is hot, hazy, and humid with Thunder Storms predicted. <BR> {...don't know how people handle this weather in places like New Orleans...} <BR> BUT <BR> When the weather is like this....I don't feel like eating, <BR> So I guess there is a up side to everything. <BR> <BR> I woke up late this morning....I'm going to borrow some COLD weather DVDs <BR> from the library, a... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 11:04:01 EST Summer is not my thing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I SURRENDER....SUMMER IS NOT MY THING <BR> <BR> I am great with the food choices but in hot humid weather...I move like a turtle. <BR> I've been drinking tons of lemon water, <BR> so by now I've done about 10,000 steps just going to the restroom. <BR> <BR> and summer is just beginning....yuck <BR> I'm hoping my body is acclimating...{...but don't count on it...} <BR> I need to aim for very early morning walk... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:00:26 EST Urban Dictionary -- More Food Please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FOOD POLICE <BR> Anybody that checks up on you eating or about to eat food. <BR> {...with this same facial expression...} <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FOODBERTY <BR> A period in ones life when changes occur his or her appetite or taste for food. From "food puberty". <BR> He never used to eat cilantro, but since he hit foodberty, he loves the stuff. ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:27:18 EST Urban Dictionary -- Food for thought <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I Am Eating Healthy....I Like To Log It. <BR> It Looks Great Written Down...Like Memoirs Of Victory. <BR> But When I Go Off Track.... <BR> Fuggedaboutid <BR> <BR> So... In Celebrating This Week's Challenge...Food Tracking... <BR> I Looked Up Some Urban Slang For Our Obsession With Food <BR> <BR> I Hope You Enjoy It <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:38:02 EST My Inner Child loves summer fruits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MY INNER CHILD HAD 3 PLUMS FOR DESSERT LAST NIGHT. <BR> <BR> I know I went a little over board...but yesterday I was in the mood for something sweet...and I certainly enjoyed myself. Between the strawberries and the plums I certainly had a party for my sweet tooth....and it was worth it. Today I'm cutting back to 2 fruits a day. <BR> <BR> I have been doubling up on the veggies instead of starches. <... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:34:20 EST Memory Loss <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stopped at the supermarket and bought summer fruits <BR> tree ripened peaches, plums, nectarines, and strawberries. <BR> Went crazy with the strawberries...they will be finished by tonight. <BR> I was sorely tempted to buy ice cream...but I looked at the be... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:06:32 EST It's Not What It Looks Like <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am an avid fan of GAME OF THRONES... <BR> So when I came across this YouTube video, I could not re... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:31:09 EST I'm So Excited. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My energy levels go down when the temperature goes up <BR> so I went looking for entertainment and watched <BR> DisneyNature EARTH <BR> and they had a section on Birds of Paradise doing their mating dances <BR> that had me smiling ear to ear. <BR> It runs just under 3 minutes but the commentary is funny. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Can't you hear the last female bird saying... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:00:24 EST The Fountain of Youth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came across an add for Toilets of the World and could not help myself. <BR> "This hugely entertaining tour of toilets around the globe is a source of endless fascination and amusement. From a high-tech cubicle that rises out of the ground in central London to a rickety hut on stilts over the Caribbean, from a toilet in Bolivia carved out of a giant cactus to a solid gold WC in Hong Kong, Toilets of the World prov... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:03:07 EST Where's the Ladies Room? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week the team's challenge is getting in plenty of water. <BR> I normally drink a lot of water...always have... <BR> but this week, I'm really into doing some research. <BR> Today I started reading up on this 'LEMON WATER' concept. <BR> Lot's of people say drinking lemon water in the morning is the best way to maximize the benefits. <BR> I wanted to know WHY...and I found some interesting facts... <BR> It's... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:28:35 EST the Benefits Of Drinking Water <img src=""> <BR> <BR> COLD WATER <BR> <BR> Body has to expend energy to warm up water in order to use it. <BR> Helps to cool down the body after workout/exercise <BR> Constricts blood vessels, this reduces hydration and absorption ability. <BR> Solidify fats from food, causing body to work harder to digest. <BR> <BR> WARM WATER <BR> <BR> Soothes blood vessels, allows better hydration. <BR> Helps move the fats along, reducing risks o... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 06:53:23 EST Drink Plenty of Water <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DRINK MORE WATER <BR> YOUR SKIN, YOUR HAIR, MIND, AND YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU <BR> <BR> AND IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A PROBLEM <BR> DRINKING 8 GLASSES OF WATER...... <BR> WELL, CHECK THESE OUT....AND QUIT COMPLAINING <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:37:08 EST Give A Hoot <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SOMETIMES I FEEL AS IF ... NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY... <BR> I JUST CAN'T GET ANYWHERE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I NEED A NEW STRATEGY .... A NEW JUMPSTART <BR> TO GET THAT MOMENTUM GOING. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'LL SHARE MY PLANS WITH PEOPLE AND <BR> SOME WILL LOOK AT ME AS IF I'M ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:51:46 EST Unimaginable Intelligence <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagine if people couldn't hear you <BR> Imagine if people didn't recognized who you were <BR> Imagine if you didn't know how to tell them. <BR> and then one day <BR> It Happened.....And then everyone started listening..... <BR> <BR> This little story blew me away....Unimaginable Intelligence (10 min) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I can't imagine the patience it takes to c... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:35:36 EST Something To Lift My Spirits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HOPE SEES THE INVISIBLE, <BR> FEELS THE INTANGIBLE, <BR> AND ACHIEVES THE IMPOSSIBLE. <BR> <BR> “The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.” ~Napolean Hill <BR> <BR> Wild Dolphin "Asks" Divers to Help Free Its... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:00:16 EST uh oh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made the mistake of reading a few news websites over the last few days <BR> and I decided to take two aspirin and go back to sleep. <BR> Wake me when the world gets its act together. <BR> <BR> Holy have got to be kidding me <BR> <BR> I think there should be a new category on the Trivia Board. <BR> PLACES IN THE WORLD THAT ARE NOT GOING TO HELL. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:24:58 EST I Needed Something to Smile About Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm tired of hearing about murder and mayhem. <BR> I went in search of something to smile about... <BR> so I found the Diaper Caper with a happy ending. <BR> Hopefully, this incident won't spur a RASH of crimes <BR> but it was great to hear that the community pitched in for a fast 're-covery'. <BR> <link><BR>diaper-bank-robbers-lift-13k-load-2D79<BR>757036 </link> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 14:24:28 EST Legs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah yes....warmer weathe... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 11:38:35 EST Slow Moving Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could not seem to get going today...Even with my Café Lattes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 16:52:57 EST Iced Caffe Latte <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm into my cook once every 3 days mode. I broiled a chicken today, made some chickpea stew (with onions and tomatoes), made some brown rice, and have my vegetable medleys ready and waiting. I like to add some chopped up raw cabbage for crunch. I want no fuss as the weather gets warmer outside and I can enjoy minimal cleanup for the rest of the 3 days. <BR> <BR> I'm already complaining about hot humid w... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:39:38 EST The End is Near <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With memorial day coming, I saw lots of sales for hot dogs and sausages. <BR> I admit...I caved at the Italian sausages. <BR> But <BR> I use 2 links and flavor a pan of onions, peppers, cabbage, and tomatoes. <BR> That is enough for 2 with none of the guilt. <BR> I serve it over a little rice and I'm a happy camper. <BR> <BR> I keep peeking at the CNN and MSNBC News websites and cringe. <BR> The world is falling... Wed, 21 May 2014 09:10:58 EST Make time to connect <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember when I was in my workaholic mode and focused on going thru the motions instead of connecting to the important simple pleasures that make life meaningful. I often wonder if all this technology adds another little layer between us and those we need to connect to. And having people more interested in texting than conversing face to face, is a little demeaning ... <BR> I think we find ourselves thru how... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:14:38 EST My Inner Child is a Happy Camper Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My INNER CHILD got a treat today... <BR> I went too long without eating and I had to have something <BR> Soooooo..... <BR> I broke down and ate 2 Wendy's Jr. Cheeseburgers for lunch. <BR> Not the best choice in the world...and 580 calories in total <BR> but ...that's it...and it's over and done. <BR> and my Inner Child is smiling ear to ear. <BR> {...and I have a little guilt...but I'll live...} <BR> <BR> for D... Fri, 9 May 2014 17:04:41 EST Happy Cinco De Mayo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War (not Mexico's Independence Day). In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. <BR> <BR> I would like to celebrate it as another year of my being... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:26:38 EST Don't Give Me Any Bull <img src=""> <BR> <BR> looking for a challenge to your workout??? how about Bull Gymnastics <BR> <BR> I was looking at some photos from National Geographic and came across one on <BR> Recortadores De Toros . <BR> Forget Parkour ...Forget the Red Cape. <BR> Someone decided it would be fun to run towards a charging bull . <BR> These people are seriously crazy. <BR> I would like to know who came up with this one...? <BR> {...wayyyy too... Sat, 3 May 2014 16:43:08 EST I Can't Watch the News These Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Between kids turning into psychos, tragic accidents, <BR> sinkholes swallowing up streets, and the world falling apart ... <BR> I've decided to buy some snacks and hide in my bunker. <BR> I make no promises on how long I can hold out... but I will give it a shot. <BR> <BR> I'm not hungry, and I haven't been eating, but I'm really looking for comfort food. <BR> I going to get some Greek yogurt and mangoes (or str... Fri, 2 May 2014 14:40:07 EST Stretch Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> °To discover your limitations you must first explore them." <BR> ~D Marcus Harrison Green <BR> <BR> °Limits are always extended, never broken. ¨ <BR> ~D Raheel Farooq <BR> <BR> °Never limit yourself to what you can't do, <BR> but to what you have the power to do with what you have.¨ <BR> ~D Nadage Richards <BR> <BR> I tend to be a little Obsessive/Compulsive <BR> When I was younger {..and foolish..} <BR> ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:09:05 EST Make a Break for it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you ACCEPT the responsibility for your CHOICES, <BR> even if you don't REACH YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL, <BR> you still give yourself the POWER to change your tomorrow <BR> by making... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:59:56 EST Beware of Bad Drivers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Driving up a steep hill today, I came face to face with an SUV headng downhill.. <BR> faster than normal...crossing the center line and headed straight for me... <BR> He took 5 years off my life. <BR> Luckily ... my frantic honking brought him back from whatever he was doing. <BR> On his side there were kids walking on the sidewalk ... <BR> He probably didn't even notice. <BR> What is it with people? <BR> No a... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 21:44:30 EST I changed my mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For me ... the best change has been developing a healthy attitude towards <BR> how I think about food and what I feel is worth eating. <BR> So it isn't a diet's the way I want to eat. <BR> I notice that my body isn't as forgiving as I get older... <BR> eat a couple of unhealthy meals in a row and I feel it for a few days afterwards. <BR> And I'm not just talking about the scale. <BR> I retain wate... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:57:00 EST Try Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> dragging today....going to take a cat nap and then do my exercises. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:55:47 EST Happy Holiday -- Easter/Passover <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is a Gorgeous day...and today it really feels like Spring. <BR> <BR> I made a fantastic pot of Chickpeas last night that reminded me of my Grandmother. As a kid I never liked the beans themselves, but I loved the bean broth she made. You could taste the love she put into the food she made. <BR> I had a bag of dry chickpeas, a can of diced tomatoes, a green pepper, an onion, and a couple of cans of low ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:14:26 EST Being Good, Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A lot of folks took off from work and they ALL ended up at the Supermarket where I shop. To make life interesting, those with toddlers love this store because it has a huge inventory of the shopping carts that have the front end toy car where they can seat a tot and keep them entertained. The problem is the kids never stay inside those things and the parents have a hard time maneuvering these carts around Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:30:08 EST It Snowed ???? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I woke up to a snow scene this morning. Crazy crazy weather. <BR> <BR> I'm going to eat vegetarian today....I'm loving my beans. <BR> Need to do some strength training today. <BR> Don't know if I'm allergic or coming down with a cold <BR> {my neighbor is having some work done...and it stinks}. <BR> <BR> Have a good Wednesday. <BR> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:08:28 EST Walk on the Wild Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another nice day today...not sunny but mild <BR> Going for a long walk later this afternoon <BR> Need to do my taxes first. <BR> <BR> Today I'm having Tilapia for Lunch with spinach souffle <BR> and Cod fish with roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots for dinner. <BR> <BR> Need to increase my strength training. <BR> <BR> have a great weekend...hope you do something new and exciting <BR> {besides the errands} ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:35:04 EST Get My Tush Moving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm still struggling with the exercise side of things... <BR> [...I confess, I keep looking for the easy way out...} <BR> I know that it's a process that needs to get moving to gain momentum <BR> but I keep feeling like I'm still climbing a steep slope. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:47:16 EST The Resistance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a water drinker and always have been...but I discovered <BR> It is easier for me to drink a lot more unsweetened tea/coffee COLD <BR> than to drink it hot. Don't know why...but it is what it is..... <BR> so cold it is from now on. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to avoid starches this week (except for beans). <BR> I really want to succeed on this challenge...going to give it my best shot. <BR> Allowing myself plen... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:49:22 EST I need to get moving today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit lazy and I'm having trouble pushing myself today <BR> {...even after 3 cups of coffee...} <BR> I need to Just get up and get moving. <BR> <BR> found an interesting video (about 4 minutes) <BR> Extreme Dog Training – The Legendary TreT <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Can't imagine making a dog do these things. <BR> <BR> Doing well with the food...going to try maki... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:18:06 EST Better Safe Than Sorry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Delivery guys do not have it is physically hard work and time is money. <BR> But I came across this video on YouTube that put a smile on my face. <BR> I feel sorry for the delivery guy...maybe he can become a comedian. <BR> I would love to hear what he told the boss when he got back to the hub. <BR> <BR> Sometimes Security Cameras catch a gem! <BR> <link> </link> <BR... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:12:47 EST A little self discipline <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Went to bed at 2AM and woke up at 7AM... <BR> so 5 cups of coffee later I felt normal again. <BR> Needless to say ... I've been dragging most of the day. <BR> But I did the exercise and ate my 8 servings of veggies and fruit. <BR> <BR> Found a very cute little video by a dog trainer who did an amazing job. <BR> Enjoy <BR> JUST JUMPY THE DOG <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Amaz... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:50:41 EST 5% Spring Challenge starts Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Losing weight isn't easy....all of us here can testify to that. <BR> What is harder is maintaining what you have lost when you stop trying so hard. <BR> Old habits boomerang back like a vengeance. <BR> 2 of my dear Spark friends are feeling that pain again...they are not alone. <BR> There is always going to be a little battle going on in my head... <BR> I can't think that I don't need to watch what I'm doing...i... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:58:16 EST Applause for Louis CK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved the monologue Louis C.K. did for Saturday Night Live. <BR> A lesson for all of us who live from meal to meal. <BR> Hunger is something few of us really understand. <BR> <link><BR>d=2348 </link> <BR> <BR> And I found a great blog website by Dr Yoni Freedhoff <BR> who tackles great articles on nutrition and weight management <BR> called WEIGHTY MATTERS <BR> I signe... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:43:56 EST Where's a Hot Flash When You Need One? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SHELF by Erika Oller <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I love the prints from this artist... <BR> I have a set of coffee mugs and dessert plates {...Ooops..I mean salad plates...} <BR> with her designs on them . <BR> I have my own little shelf and I am not getting anywhere with it. <BR> <BR> Did not help that I did today's Trivia Challenge and one of the questions was <BR> D... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:25:44 EST