SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Acceptable Differences <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to fine tune my strategy this season...things I have to tell myself <BR> <BR> I am not into cardio exercise but I love to dance...acceptable <BR> I am trying to avoid carbs but I still crave starches...I like beans and peas....acceptable <BR> I enjoy walking but I can't do long walks in the heat...dancing inside...acceptable <BR> I sometimes get a craving for sweet that won't go away... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:19:15 EST Facing the Truth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I weighed in today. <BR> Taking a break from using the scale did not help me. <BR> I need constant monitoring <BR> Needless to say...the news was very bad. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So moving forward, I need to get back to basics. <BR> Keep the calorie count between 1200 - 1400 a day <BR> I have to plan m... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:24:18 EST Oh Nuts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a loud bang that sounded like someone fired a gun. <BR> Power outage <BR> Discovered the whole building was out....looked across the road and saw the other building was down as well. <BR> RATS !@#$% <BR> <BR> the culprit....??? <BR> a Squirrel managed to blow a transformer. <BR> <BR> How antiquated is my energy source that a measly little animal could wipe out a nei... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 13:21:28 EST Hello again.... I was AWOL from SPARK for a short while. <BR> Bad Idea. <BR> But I'm back to tracking and getting my 5-9 servings of veggies. <BR> I was browsing YouTube for some fresh Ideas and came across <BR> STIR FRIED VEGETABLE SPAGHETTI <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Now I like cooking ... but I don't want to spend a lot of time prepping and chopping veggies <BR> (not to mention that buying that many fresh veggies adds up cost and waste for me) <BR> and I'm not g... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:26:15 EST Tax Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do my taxes via TurboTax. It takes me 30 minutes and no paperwork. <BR> But I out-smarted myself. <BR> I was sure I was going to owe and Uncle Sam owes me. <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 19:38:46 EST National Pet Day--Dogs VS Cats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> so I thought I would have a little fun <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:36:38 EST Sweet Dreams <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Apr 2016 19:05:27 EST International Feng Shui Awareness Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> International Feng Shui Awareness Day (pronounced fuhng shwey) celebrates this ancient art or philosophy that was developed in China over 3,000 years ago. According to Feng Shui is "a Chinese system for positioning a building and the objects within a building in a way that is thought to agree with spiritual forces and to bring health and happiness". The word Feng means wi... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 12:03:44 EST Today is National No Housework Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National No Housework Day <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always April 7 th <BR> No Housework Day is your chance to do anything, except housework. <BR> Better still, have someone else do the chores for a day. <BR> Housework is a daily, seemingly endless and repetitive groups of tasks. <BR> It often goes unrecognized and worst of all..... taken for granted. <BR> But, watch out! <BR> If the ... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 10:51:38 EST Fresh Tomato Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 6 Apr 2016 13:11:13 EST International Carrot Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Carrots are a root vegetable that originated in Afghanistan. <BR> They were purple, red, white, and yellow, but never orange. <BR> <BR> The Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron, which translates to 'love charm.' <BR> They believed the carrot made both men and women more amorous. <BR> <BR> Hippocrates recommended women eat carrot seeds to prevent pregnancy. Some modern studies in... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:48:52 EST Ode to Canada <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAPPY SPARKIVERSARY CHERIRIDDELL...... <em>244</em> 10 YEARS <BR> Cheri is a leader on the UnderDawgs team <BR> and a prime example that some of the nicest people are Canadians <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to take off a windbreaker because it was too warm outside. <BR> Today I woke up to cold blustery winds and snow covered ground. <BR> The Spring 5% Challenge is in it's second week and we ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 12:05:30 EST 1st Weigh-in of the Spring 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm always amazed at the slight changes I see in myself and others when their weight loss efforts show results. There's a little more confidence, a little more care about our looks, and a little more grace in our step. It feels good to know you look and feel better...and it's good to stretch yourself just a little bit more. <BR> <BR> This isn't my first rodeo with the 5% Challenge but I... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 13:15:05 EST Potato Clips :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:30:41 EST Get Real <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Real food doesn't need lots of sugar, fat, and salt to make it taste delicious... <BR> it's processed food that does. If you find yourself needing to add a lot of sugar, fat, and salt to Real's because manufactured food has trained your taste buds to expect that level of artificially sweetened or salty. Readjust your preference to a natural level and you will re-discover the wo... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:21:24 EST Someone to watch over Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The goal of the Spring 5% challenge, is to <BR> lose 5% of your body weight in 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> No one likes to feel like the whole world is watching everything we put in our mouths but for the next eight weeks of the challenge, I wouldn't mind a monitor if it meant that I could reach my challenge goal. <BR> <BR> I would like to see Onederland before Fall. <BR> {{{...I keep saying that... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:38:06 EST Veggies...Twice the food, half the calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Dinner <BR> <BR> Cabbage, fresh, 2 cup, chopped , Calories = 45. <BR> Mushrooms, fresh, 1 cup, pieces or slices , Calories = 15. <BR> Chicken Broth, Swanson's fat free and 33% less sodium, 0.5 cup , Calories = 8. <BR> cooked Turkey thigh -3 oz.. -meat only , Calories = 159. <BR> Sriracha Hot Sauce (Rooster sauce), 1 tsp , Calories = 5 . <BR> Broccoli Stir Fry (broccoli, carrots, sna... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:45:27 EST Happy Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 27 Mar 2016 07:46:35 EST Scale Creep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> for this extra 3500 calories DOES NOT = 1 pound. <BR> For me a fraction of that, makes me gain weight. <BR> And it takes a lot more than just cutting 500 calories a day to undo the damage. <BR> So <BR> Back to weighing, measuring, low carb, and avoiding starch and refined sugar. <BR> <BR> I want SO MUCH, to see <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 26 Mar 2016 09:11:41 EST I've become a Sriracha Addict <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know you're hooked when you start to eat your meal and you wonder: <BR> "Wait...did I forget to add Sriracha". <BR> But, it helps me cut back on salt and it adds a ton of flavor. <BR> I use just enough to warm my tongue. For me 1 level tsp does the trick. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE TO LOVE A... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 13:12:12 EST Soup's On <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:17:58 EST The Joy of Spring Cleaning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 21 Mar 2016 07:45:10 EST Palm Sundae <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> WHEN WORDS FAIL TO DESCRIBE THE DISMAY <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> BECAUSE EXPRESSING HOW DUMB THAT WAS IN WORDS <BR> JUST DOESN'T WORK <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:10:07 EST Today is Awkward Moments Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'VE LOST COUNT OF HOW MANY TIMES I'VE DONE THIS. <BR> ESPECIALLY, WEARING A SWEATER ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 10:39:41 EST 3rd Rock from the Sun -- Riverdance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy St Patty's Day <BR> <BR> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <BR> AS YOU SLIDE DOWN THE BANNISTER OF LIFE, <BR> MAY THE SPLINTERS NEVER POINT IN THE WRONG DIRECTION <BR> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em>... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 10:41:39 EST Motorcycles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This motorcycle bodypaint is the work of Trina Merry. <BR> To see more of her work click on the link below <BR> <link><BR>tem/human-motorcycles-click-to-view-al<BR>l-4-motorcycles/ </link> <BR> <BR> here is a link to a video that shows the process In creating <BR> the Human Motorcycles (4:27) <BR> <link><BR>fFRU0... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:05:58 EST When You're Having a Bad Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Mar 2016 14:16:15 EST Who's Been Sleeping in MY Bed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT ALONE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 06:41:10 EST My Body is a Temple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HUMAN TEMPLE BODYPAINT -- Trina Merry <BR> <link><BR>dypainting-trina-merry/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Mar 2016 09:43:00 EST Blending In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:54:32 EST Challenge Accepted <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DO NOT CROSS THIS FIELD <BR> Unless you can do it in 9 seconds <BR> because the bull can do it in 10 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:45:08 EST A Body of Work -- Johannes Stoetter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Johannes Stoetter became world famous with his legendary creation of a tropical frog consisting of 5 human bodies, <BR> <BR> Johannes Stoetter is artist, musician and fine art bodypainter. Born and based in South Tyrol (Italy), he spent his early childhood in the high Alps and grew up with 3 brothers and a sister in a family of musicians. Johannes developed his painting style and his body... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:10:07 EST Hilarious Reasons Toddlers Cry <img src=""> <BR> a 32-year-old father of two boys under the age of 4, has seen his share of temper tantrums and decided to share his fatherhood experiences through a single topic blog called Reasons My Son is Crying. What began as simply posting pictures on Facebook for family and friends has turned into an internet sensation through Tumblr. The blog, which most parents could relate to, primarily features images o... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 03:33:08 EST Hiding In Plain Sight -- Liu Bolin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Liu Bolin was born in 1973 and grew up in China's Shandong province. Later on he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums around the... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 04:11:53 EST Hidden Object Games Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 6 Mar 2016 05:41:08 EST Hidden Object Games <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> it took the owner 20 minutes to find her pet...... <BR> don't see anything? <BR> there's a clue at the bottom of this blog <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 5 Mar 2016 06:36:07 EST Hide and Seek <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 4 Mar 2016 05:50:36 EST To Catch a Thief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 3 Mar 2016 07:02:34 EST HEY...A little privacy please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> interesting <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Mar 2016 14:33:27 EST Ego Trips <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:19:23 EST There's one in every group <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 21 Feb 2016 15:10:30 EST Trust Issues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:02:57 EST Trust Issues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Feb 2016 17:02:56 EST Unbelievable <img src=""> <BR> <BR> EVEN WITH ALL THE TECHNOLOGY WE HAVE AT OUR FINGERTIPS <BR> SOME PLACES STILL LIVE IN THE DARK AGES <BR> <BR> SAD <BR> <BR> there are some articles you come across the web that just seem like hoaxes. <BR> Today I found one that I really hope is not true. <BR> <BR> An Egyptian court has sentenced a four-year-old boy to life in prison for 'committing murder' when he was aged just one. Ahm... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 17:06:16 EST For The Birds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:04:31 EST Be Yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:24:38 EST Oh No She Didn't <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:14:10 EST Life is Short <img src=""> <BR> <BR> there comes a time in life when you have to let go of the drama <BR> and the people who create it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard <BR> that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Feb 2016 10:50:14 EST Talk to the Hand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> because when people just won't stop criticizing <BR> sometimes the best strategy is to just <BR> STOP LISTENING. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:42:39 EST Harmony <img src=""> <BR> <BR> if's funny how our internal reaction can set us off for the whole day. <BR> The other person may not even realize what they said, <BR> but we carry that feeling around with us...unless we make the choice to let it go. <BR> It's usually the small stuff that gets under your skin.... <BR> but whatever......pffft. <BR> So I took a trip to the library and started chatting with a new librarian who... 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