SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dance Fever...Bachyderms <img src=""> <BR> <BR> needed a little something to smile about today... <BR> I am soooooo tired of bad news... thought you could use a smile too. <BR> <BR> Eleanor Bartsch uploaded a video and her story is: <BR> "warming up for a performance of the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI. <BR> I decided to go outside and play a bit for Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45 year... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:46:20 EST Getting Ready for another Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I first get that jumpstart to do something, whether it is sheer desperation or fear, the novelty and motivation is in high gear. <BR> I have that obsessive/compulsive gene...I shift into overdrive <BR> {...and sometimes...0verkill...} <BR> and it feels euphoric...for a little while. <BR> I get annoyed when someone tells me to tone it back a notch...they don't get it. <BR> It's like swimming. <BR> I need th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:33:48 EST Top 10 ways to tell if your Inner Child is messing with you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10. It’s only Monday and the treats you bought for the week are already gone. <BR> <BR> 9. you keep finding empty protein bar wrappers but you haven’t been working out. <BR> <BR> 8. you have plenty of veggies in the fridge…but all the fruit has been eaten. <BR> <BR> 7. the peanuts, the almonds, and the walnuts…have all disappeared <BR> <BR> 6. the raisin bran box is empty and you notice how regular yo... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:20:39 EST It's Never Too Late <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, <BR> then they seem improbable, and then... <BR> when we summon the will, ' <BR> they soon become inevitable." <BR> ~Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> Still working on improving my lifestyle... <BR> and it will always be a work in progress <BR> But that's the way life is. <BR> <BR> "We have to continue to learn. We have to be open. <BR> And we have to be ready to rele... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:05:58 EST Not necessarily the Laws of Nature <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The news is still bothering me <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Warmer today. Resisted the temptation to splurge on ice cream yesterday. <BR> Planning to have a nice iced coffee frappe with a late lunch. <BR> Feeling a little lethargic today....May be coming down with a cold. <BR> <BR> I don't need to cook...plenty ... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:06:43 EST Smaller Victories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am soooooo tempted to get something sweet right now. <BR> Trying to contain Inner Child is acting up ... big time. <BR> I don't even know what I want...just want it. <BR> Don't want to undo the effort I've been putting in. <BR> <BR> I need to find something to take my mind off things. <BR> {...and don't tell me to go for a nice long's hot and humid...} <BR> <BR> oh well. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:04:09 EST I've got my Eye on you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Exhausted related. <BR> Going to do a little strength training and gentle stretches. <BR> <BR> Found a great sale on bell peppers... <BR> trying to find out what I need to do to freeze them. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>253</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:26:30 EST the Last word <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A sudden storm hit my area and a clap of thunder that felt as if it were right outside my window made me jump off the sofa. <BR> Okay, Okay, I'll do my don't have to get so pushy. <BR> <BR> fish for dinner with brussel sprouts, mushrooms, <BR> and grilled tomatoes with parmesan. <BR> Brewing some black tea with a peach that was getting too ripe. <BR> It should make some great iced tea. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 15:01:55 EST Enough Already <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a news junkie ... and I keep trying to avoid looking...but I can't help myself. <BR> I can't keep up....don't want to either. <BR> <BR> The best news I read was the <BR> Aw... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:01 EST The Now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The weather has been fabulous. My food choices have been great. <BR> I have been doing my exercise. And everything feels like it's falling into place. <BR> <BR> I just wish I had committed myself to this feeling sooner. <BR> But you can't change history. <BR> Meanwhile...I making more of an effort to get rid of and otherwise. <BR> It's amazing how I hold on to stuff I know I am not goin... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:39:48 EST Flirting with Food <img src=""> <BR> <BR> People have all kinds of reasons for pushing food at you... <BR> but with all the BAD news these days <BR> I came across a very funny NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presentation about <BR> a photographer and a leopard seal. <BR> <BR> I think this one will make you smile.... <BR> Photographer Paul Nicklen receives an unexpected gift ... (7 min) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> so the ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:55:35 EST Keep Flying <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Holding on to the Past...whether it's a bad memory, old habits, old preferences... <BR> can be a huge waste of time and energy. <BR> Even false expectations can be draining. <BR> I tend to pour a lot of enthusiasm and effort into a NEW PROJECT <BR> and walk around in the state of euphoria....until the novelty wears off... <BR> and I stop getting the 'unbelievable' results that I got initially. <BR> But ... isn't t... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:44:57 EST Still Working on the Endorphins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still not doing well with too much cardio, <BR> but I am getting stronger with the strength training. <BR> Yesterday, I broke down and treated myself to some thin sliced ham... <BR> I haven't had ham in years. <BR> I should have bought some melon to go with it... <BR> but I didn't think of it until I got home. <BR> <BR> I had a big lunch of roasted veggies and chicken <BR> Tonight I'm going for oatmeal with b... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:29:04 EST I must be doing it wrong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Muggy today ... but still I tried. <BR> I did 45 minutes of dancing to fast meringue and worked up a sweat. <BR> I don't feel energetic in the summer...but it hasn't been brutal....yet <BR> <BR> I'm still drinking about 10 glasses of water (with lemons and limes) <BR> and I am well hydrated. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep pushing .... <em>381</em>... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:48:30 EST 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