SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Holidays -- 'Twas the Night AFTER Xmas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wrote this a few years back...hope you enjoy it <BR> <BR> 'TWAS THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS <BR> by SherylDS <BR> <BR> 'Twas the night after Christmas, when all through the house <BR> Not a cookie crumb lurking. There must be a mouse! <BR> The stockings were ripped off the chimney with flare, <BR> In hopes that St. Nicholas left chocolates somewhere; <BR> The kids were all sleeping with toys in their beds, <BR> W... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:58:21 EST Living in Denial <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SOMETIMES I JUST NEED A LITTLE PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION <BR> <BR> Thank You <BR> <BR> This is a tough time of year... <BR> and the last chance to end the year with a positive score. <BR> I have been stuck around the same number so long, <BR> I can almost predict what the scale is going to display. <BR> <BR> I would even settle for a mere 2 pound loss to end the year on a positive note. <BR> <BR> I know E... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:59:37 EST JOY to the World <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I LOVE THIS PICTURE <BR> <BR> I can so relate. <BR> Ghost of Xmas present, Ghost of Xmas past, Ghost of future Visa bills. <BR> I need to call the plumber, the car needs a major tune up, <BR> and the other day the power to my entire house got cut off. <BR> Naturally, I was in the middle of cooking and cleaning. <BR> Checked my circuit panel..all good. <BR> Checked with my neighbors...they are good. <BR> Calle... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:58:45 EST ThanksGiving Stuff <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gratitude is something we all need to practice a little more. <BR> It's easy to overlook what we have when we get overwhelmed and distracted. <BR> May you be surrounded by family ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:42:15 EST Happy Halloween -- Push That Tush <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:26:15 EST Witching Hours <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to have taken off my 5% for the challenge <BR> but it doesn't look good. <BR> <BR> I'm still trying....never never never give up. <BR> I get into some strange eating patterns....this week it's red cabbage. <BR> I made a whole head of red cabbage...very thinly sliced...with <BR> 2 tbsp. of mayo, 2 tbsp. of spicy brown mustard, 4 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar. <BR> I can't get enough of it. <BR> <BR> Han... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:09:11 EST Back on the Dance Line <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling Better today...thanks for the get well comments... <BR> <BR> One of the good things about using the food tracker is seeing my trends. <BR> I'm happy to say...I am eating around 7 veggies a day not counting my apples. <BR> That is a big change from the way I once ate..... <BR> meat with starch, and starch, and another side of starch. <BR> <BR> I've been sautéing my veggies with a tsp of olive oil and a thi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:50:35 EST Aww NUTS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I buy peanuts in the additives, no extra sugar or salt... <BR> and it takes time....But even then, I have to watch myself. <BR> I have to be careful about turning a good thing into a bad habit. <BR> You can get into the mode of grabbing a handful here and there and <BR> suddenly you have had 4 servings . <BR> <BR> mindful eating..mindful eating..mindful..OH LOOK A SQUIRREL. <BR> <BR> I'm going to... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:47:40 EST Where there's a WILL there's a WAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Halloween Commercials are getting to me...and I'm sure that is what they are designed to do. For most people I know, chocolate is a weakness. <BR> I am no exception. <BR> Three times this week, I passed on picking up a bag of my favorite. <BR> {...I don't even want to mention the name... <BR> saying the name has the power of starting a craving...I must resist....} <BR> But by some miracle ...again...I st... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:13:00 EST The Fast Food Heist. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I caved. <BR> I came across a commercial for Wendy's BBQ pulled pork sandwich and <BR> a few hours later I found myself in front of the drive thru ordering it. <BR> I was possessed. <BR> The demon of fast food must have hypnotized me. <BR> I confess ... I had sense enough to just order the sandwich... <BR> but I didn't even get out of the car. <BR> I felt like I was buying illegal drugs...{...don't get any... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:49:56 EST Late Night Snacking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used to come home after a stressful day, park myself in front of the TV <BR> and snack myself into a food coma. <BR> Spark helped me reform and I have seen the lite. <BR> But <BR> everyone needs to find what works for them and for me <BR> small HEALTHY low-carb meals spread throughout the . <BR> <BR> Give me starches...healthy or not...and I crave more and more. <BR> Give me a serving of fruit, and ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:44:18 EST The Look <img src=""> <BR> <BR> what can I say....I know this look from both sides. <BR> It's hard to watch someone eat something you want. <BR> It's hard to enjoy eating when someone watches everything you eat. <BR> Nothing triggers cravings quite like it. <BR> It's hard to be in sync with everyone else. <BR> <BR> And Halloween is a trigger...bite size...come and get me, eat me, eat me. <BR> Individual serving size ... yeah right..... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:17:55 EST Priceless <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sometimes feel like a very slow learner.... <BR> the real prize in the weight loss game isn't about losing it... <BR> It's about maintaining what you've lost. <BR> It's about continuing those habits and not slipping back. <BR> It's about knowing your limits with indulgences and not letting go. <BR> <BR> I am bad about losing it...then getting too sure of myself, and gaining some back. <BR> The weight loss game o... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:08:14 EST the Shell Game <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hermit Crabs Are Interesting <BR> Reminds Me Of The Yo-Yo Weight Loss Cycle. <BR> …..(Found Some Info In Wikipedia) <BR> <BR> “As The Hermit Crab Grows In Size, <BR> It Must Find A Larger Shell And Abandon The Previous One. <BR> <BR> {…Like Letting Go Of Hopes And Dreams…} <BR> <BR> “This Habit Of Living In A Second-Hand Shell Gives Rise To The Popular Name "Hermit Crab” <BR> <BR> {… Lower Self Esteem And... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:43:16 EST Hakuna Matata <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> well....still no heat and temperatures are dropping <BR> but...I have my game plan for staying no worries. <BR> I read somewhere that cooler temps make the metabolism wo... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:14:24 EST Silent Scream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> condo mgmt still hasn't turned on the heat...Thanks for the words of sympathy <BR> Tomorrow night temperatures are forecast to drop to 46. <BR> This should be interesting. <BR> I bundled up last night and woke up pain free. <BR> Got my sleeping bag ready and waiting just in case. <BR> <BR> I find expressing my aggravation with humor is helpful . <BR> These days I let my neighbors carry on the Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:17:33 EST No Heat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live in a condo....don't ask <BR> <BR> Last night temperatures dipped to 44...they didn't bother turning on the heat. <BR> This is typical for them. <BR> I woke up this morning and everything ached. My back is killing me. <BR> Since losing weight I'm more sensitive to temperatures. <BR> <BR> Still no heat tonight. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:21:03 EST Handling My Inner Brat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I believe that my body has a mind of it’s own…called my INNER BRAT. <BR> <BR> It gets quickly bored with exercise and needs variety, spontaneity, and fun. <BR> If I tell my INNER BRAT we are going for our exercise walk… <BR> she procrastinates and hopes I’ll give up trying. <BR> She wants to play her music. <BR> She can't find her shades. <BR> She wants to do her nails. <BR> If I tell her, we are... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:04:39 EST Every Little Bit Makes a Difference <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Patience is a virtue ... which I do not have. <BR> The more effort I put into something...the faster I want to see the reward. <BR> HOWEVER <BR> Here is something to consider <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> {...this is not me...I'm still the before image...I'm trying, I'm trying...} <BR> <BR> If living a healthy lifestyle and exercising makes you look go... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 11:04:42 EST If Only <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No amount of plastic surgery, or lipo, will ever make me look this good, <BR> but hey...I can fantasize <BR> <BR> When I think of all the improvements I've made with healthy habits I have developed in the past few years using Spark, my only regret is not having done this sooner. And even then, I became lax in pushing myself to reach my goals. <BR> Participating in Spark Challenges encourages you to keep working... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:46:59 EST Trying Different Strategy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today, I am re-starting the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge. <BR> I need all the help I can get. <BR> It is OCTOBER 1 <BR> and I would desperately like to end the year in the OVERWEIGHT range. <BR> So ... today we aim for 60 minutes a day... <BR> <BR> ENOUGH IS ENOUGH <BR> <BR> I am not using sugars and I am going to avoid ALL processed foods. <BR> {...I don't consider Coffee processed....please... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:29:36 EST Exercise for Real Women <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to reorganized my exercise strategy.... <BR> and nobody does it better than Coach Nicole. <BR> So... I rejoined the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge. <BR> I love the videos but I've been cheating....a lot. <BR> Time to get serious again and follow the 4 week plan. <BR> <BR> A while back {between 5% challenges}...I started using sugar in my tea again. <BR> {...and not posting it...} <BR> I also started eating whol... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:10:45 EST Measuring Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I spent a good part of my life feeling that I didn't measure up to someone else's expectations, as if I were some kind of human defect. <BR> What I didn't understand is that those people, and their small minds, <BR> did not BELONG in my BIG PICTURE. <BR> And when I finally understood THAT... <BR> I was better able to appreciate myself. <BR> <BR> Life is Short... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:14:00 EST Yin and Yang <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are always 2 ways to look at things... <BR> We always need to do a reality check and see the best/worst case scenarios <BR> and <BR> We need to stay sane and find the humor in it all. <BR> Making that choice for what I want Now versus what I want Most <BR> makes everything sounds simple. <BR> But <BR> we are also supposed to live in the <BR> Sometimes living in the moment and just enjoying myse... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:20:18 EST Stay Frosty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> at this point ... each meal and exercise feels like an opportunity to do <BR> Just A Little Bit Better. <BR> Foodwise ... I have been focused on getting lots of veggies and good size servings. <BR> Activity wise...I am doing more strength training and core toning. <BR> I Feel It. <BR> <BR> 2 days until weigh in..... Go Team Go Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:16:43 EST Slow and Steady <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need a gentle reminder to do my exercise..... <BR> one for the fridge and one in the bathroom. <BR> The 2 places I know I'm going see a face staring back at me. <BR> <BR> I am learning that when strength training, using a slightly heavier weight <BR> with slow methodical movement, really works that muscle. <BR> BURN BABY BURN. <BR> <BR> One day at a time. <em>334</em> <em>247</em> <em>304</em> <em>253... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:13:35 EST The Godfatter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with exercise. <BR> Any little ache ... and I'm ready to give myself an excuse to skip it for the day. <BR> BAD GIRL. <BR> I'm going to try watching some TV from last night's season premiers <BR> while I do my strength training. <BR> Maybe if I get distracted my INNER BRAT will stop complaining <BR> how unfair life is that I have to do this. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:21:46 EST Stay Focused and Stay Strong <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Years ago I had to have fast results to keep working on my weight... <BR> These days I fight to maintain the progress I've made so far, <BR> and I struggle forever to inch just a little more towards my goal. <BR> With age comes wisdom and what I have learned about the benefits of making better choices with food, far outweighs immediate results that rebound to even bigger gains. The lessons I have learned over the ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:02:26 EST BLC 26 Expectations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLC 26 Expectations: <BR> Exercise as a normal routine I look forward to. <BR> <BR> and She lived happily every after....the end <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:27:23 EST Exercise in the Morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I need to remember this <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a morning person and my energy is at its best an hour after I get up. <BR> I have great equipment for cardio in my's called stairs. <BR> I have dumbbells and a Total Gym and resistance bands. <BR> I have great exercise videos from Spark <BR> I have great music for DANCING and for workin... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:41:01 EST Portion Dyslexia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have ......PORTION DYSLEXIA. <BR> I estimate a portion seems greater than it is when it is something I don't like <BR> versus <BR> underestimating a portion of something I love to eat. <BR> I hear it is a common affliction. <BR> <BR> I need to go back to weighing and measuring until my perception gets readjusted. <BR> <BR> the FALL 5% CHALLENGE begins anew tomorrow. <BR> I'm psyched. <BR> I've already started ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:49:35 EST Ebb and Flow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know that the scale is just one source of feedback <BR> but I keep playing with 3 pounds back and forth <BR> and depending on what I eat (an extra carb, salt, meat) I retain water. <BR> I'm like a sponge. <BR> <BR> And my mind plays tricks on me.... <BR> it is hard for me to get past scale numbers ending with zero, <BR> each one becomes a milestone <BR> <BR> Going to pick up a variety of squashes and cabbage... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:59:42 EST Okay Okay...I'm Exercising <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So The Biggest Loser Challenge 26 has begun today (Wed 9/17) <BR> and my goal for the next 12 is to concentrate on Exercise. <BR> And to increase the amount of time...even if I break it up throughout the day. <BR> I should also do more strength training. <BR> And I need to do more balance training. <BR> <BR> Food isn't an issue with me...I conquered that battle <BR> but it still takes planning to get in 6 servi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:26:09 EST Gravity <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ah yes...SOME LIKE IT HOT <BR> <BR> There are 2 BIG areas on my figure that I need to work on... <BR> Belly and Batwings. <BR> My problem areas used to be my hips and thighs but <BR> Mother Nature has a sense of humor and defied the Laws of Nature... <BR> so it seems my waist has become my center of Gravity. <BR> <BR> Maybe someone should invent Control Top Armsleeves? <BR> <BR>'s cooler in my area ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:28:06 EST the WaterShed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I always drink a lot of water and iced tea. <BR> I average at least 2 liters a day....I'm a big gal... <BR> and I remember reading that cabbage is a natural diuretic. <BR> Lately ... I've been eating a Lot of Kimchi...I mean a lot. <BR> <BR> DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DO THE 2 TOGETHER? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Watershed is de... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:11:09 EST Exercise ... need to make it happen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> okay ... so today is an overcast cool day. <BR> I can't use hot weather as an excuse......{..darn it..} <BR> Going to do a little dancing with my 5 lb. dumbbells and then do some stairs. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:51:37 EST Dancing to the Beat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am loving the cooler weather. It is invigorating. <BR> I finished the last of my bok choy and leek kimchi...going to make some more. <BR> It never lasts long enough to really ferment...but I'm getting in my veggies. <BR> <BR> Going to do some Zumba today and then walk over to the Produce Store and buy some pears, acorn squash, and butternut squash. I think I'll count that as strength training for today. ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:15:34 EST Mr Frosty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've joined two challenges for Fall...because some of us need more than a push. <BR> I need a cattleprod. <BR> And just to share with you how totally Crazy I can be... <BR> One day I'm making lots of healthy veggie dishes...(kimchi) <BR> And the next day, I'm thinking: <BR> 'Oooh the challenge is starting soon.... <BR> maybe I should buy some ice-cream before it starts". <BR> It is not as if I don't do this every... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:13:10 EST Some like it Spicy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had fun yesterday. <BR> I bought cabbage, leeks, daikon radish, baby bok choy, cucumbers, and carrots. Then I bought toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, chili powder, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce. <BR> <BR> I came home and made 5 varieties of kimchi. <BR> I added very little sugar and I used apples for sweetness instead. <BR> An... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 14:35:57 EST Pickled and Fermented <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gorgeous day and I'm all out of excuses. <BR> Going to try doing a exercise video this morning and a long walk this afternoon. <BR> <BR> My kimchi is delish....need to get other veggies to make other different kinds. <BR> I would like to try baby bokchoy....cucumber....and daikon radish kimchis. <BR> Kimchi is one of the top 5 super foods. Packed with vitamins, prevents disease and increases immunity are just some... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:54:18 EST Finally -- a break <img src=""> <BR> <BR> much cooler today...finally...a break. <BR> Planning to take a nice long walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:39:24 EST Act Out Your Dreams <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> hot and muggy again today.....can't wait for fall. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 11:54:35 EST Uh Oh -- 4 months left 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> bought a small head of cabbage and I'm about to make some kimchi for snacking. <BR> Have fun this weekend... <BR> <BR> Push That Tush... <em>247</em> <em>381</em> <em>304</em> <em>253</em> <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:16:02 EST Don't Compare Apples to Oranges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One would think that by now I would know <BR> "Don't Compare Yourself to Others".... <BR> But <BR> There is still a part of me that looks at the other person and thinks <BR> "Why Can't I do That?" <BR> <BR> In fact there is a part of me that looks back and remembers <BR> taking 3 pounds off a week without even trying. <BR> The thing my selective memory forgets is that I was a whole lot more active and <BR> ... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 11:26:23 EST Hot and Muggy...Yuck <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 90 degree weather with near 50% humidity today...and me with no A/C <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will be with you in spirit. <BR> <BR> I made a great chickpea/chicken stew yesterday <BR> and I have a freezer full 0f frozen veggies....I certainly won't starve. <BR> I am about to do 10 minutes of abs and then I'll hit the shower. <BR> <BR> Keep cool and... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:53:43 EST Walk the Talk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Giving myself a little pep talk this morning. <BR> I've been doing this long enough to know the script. <BR> I need to push myself into more action. <BR> Had my healthy breakfast ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:17:36 EST Rhetorical Questions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel like I already know the answers to <BR> the questions I keep asking myself. <BR> Then I start wondering ... then why don't you do it <em>38</em> <BR> The little voice inside my head says: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:19:13 EST Queen of Denial <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a heart to heart with my inner child today <BR> about how the scale doesn't move <BR> and it is obvious that my head and my tush are not working together. <BR> <BR> I know that I need more effort in the exercise area... <BR> because the body tone is soft... <BR> well not soft actually....more like mush...oatmeal really...okay cellulite. <BR> But like so many other things in least I can stuff it in ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:03:04 EST 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