SHERYLDS's SparkPeople Blog SHERYLDS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DeClutter and Redecorate It is amazing what you can do and 'see' when you get rid of clutter. <BR> <BR> This week the Challenge Theme was De-Cluttering. <BR> I have little hot spots that didn't take much effort <BR> {..and I confess...there IS still one small corner in the bedroom...but it can wait...} <BR> It was Rearranging STUFF that really rocked me today. <BR> I've been 'stuck' with the same living room arrangement FOREVER. <BR> It didn't look right, but I really didn't put much thought into it. <BR> Then I... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:20:32 EST Zombie Land <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I felt like a zombie. <BR> I was exhausted and my back I went to bed. <BR> My head hit the pillow and that was it....but...a little while later <BR> I was conscious but unable to move. That freaks me out. <BR> Then my paranoia sets in and I start thinking... <BR> what woke me up? (meanwhile, I can't move) <BR> did I hear something? (still can't move) <BR> wake... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:41:46 EST A Dog's Life is Never as Easy as it Looks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is WORLD SIGHT DAY. <BR> World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing nations. In May 2013 the 66th World Health Assembly unanimously approved the Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Avoidable Blindness and Visual... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:28:00 EST There Be Dragons <img src=""> <BR> <BR> when disaster strikes, I tend to ask myself: <BR> 'Why Me?' <BR> Over the years, I've come to realize that sometimes Life Just Happens <BR> other times, what happens comes from 'my own stupid mistake'. <BR> <BR> how I remember things, how I take things, <BR> how I respond...both inside and out <BR> and what I do to bury those feelings. <BR> <BR> Life Happens <BR> Illness, Family problem... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 09:23:19 EST Challenge Day 1: Lay Down the Rules to Inner Child <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Listen INNER CHILD <BR> Today is the first day of the 5% FALL CHALLENGE. <BR> <BR> This time MY strategy is: <BR> Avoid ALL refined sugar and limit sodium to 1500mg <BR> Aim for 6-9 servings of freggies, no more than 2 fruits a day <BR> Limit starch carbs and only allow: <BR> brown rice, beans, sweet potato, winter squashes, and oatmeal. <BR> Eat Lean protein, eggs, peanuts in the shell, a... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08:41:53 EST There is no straight and narrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Success is built by making one good choice at a time. <BR> Do I get some bottled water or grab a soda? <BR> Do I get the sirloin steak, or go for the buffalo wings? <BR> Do I order the crispy chicken or go for the grilled? <BR> Do I take a nice long walk or sit in front of the TV? <BR> There is always a choice to be made...even if it is: to do nothing <BR> It's still a choice. <BR> Choo... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:24:46 EST You Don't Know What You've Got Til It's Gone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> a different interpretation of this quote <BR> <BR> Bought some soil to repot my houseplants and picked up a couple of bags. <BR> They felt very heavy. <BR> Then I started thinking about what I used to carry on my body <BR> and what I felt like, even just waiting on line <BR> and you realize that extra weight, that extra girth, the always feeling sluggish... <BR> How did I live like that for... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:12:39 EST Trying to Get In the Groove <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a huge fan of Bill Abbott cartoons....nobody does it better. <BR> <BR> This week was a little tough for me. I don't do exercise well in hot weather. <BR> Couple that with cravings and it spells disaster....luckily I didn't cave too badly. <BR> But labor day aftermath had me dreaming of some trigger foods I really can't handle. <BR> The FALL 5% CHALLENGE will be starting in 2 weeks...... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:11:47 EST Patience...when there are too many witnesses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> back in June of 2015 <BR> I complained that my infamous condo maintenance crew was digging up holes <BR> all over the grounds. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950896 </link> <BR> <BR> Well folks...They are at it again. <BR> I've lived here 23+ years....I was informed that the condo crew is correcting a problem with old septi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:32:37 EST the Labor Day Defense <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I get to the store and ... Oh Look...Cantaloupes are on sale <em>8</em> <BR> Inner Child is thinking: <BR> I thought today was LABOR DAY. <BR> And labor day is barbeque day. <BR> and that means splurging a little. <BR> and that means ice cream. <BR> <BR> My Grownup side is thinking: <BR> Peaches are on sale...peaches are sweet and healthy and good for you <BR> Peaches aren't high in ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:54 EST Still Not Over My Drivers License Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah....I still haven't fully recovered from seeing my DMV drivers license picture. <BR> I feel OLD....really old... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I even went on to the QVC home shopper website to look at some of the makeup. <BR> Do you know they have something called <BR> Laura Geller Spackle Under Make-up Primer. <BR> {...I kid you not...} <BR> It sounds like something you use to fill in the ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:52:22 EST Warning: Open at your Own Risk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sorry....I'm still recovering from my trip back to the Dept of Motor Vehicles. <BR> They must have a contest to see who can keep the slowest line dragging. <BR> Over 2 hours with 6 clerks to process less than 100 people for drivers licenses... <BR> And I get the guy who is covertly texting someone on his cell phone. <BR> <BR> then ... as I get in the car ... I check out the picture. <em>40... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:56:05 EST Kitchen Decorating Question <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I collect Polish Stoneware. It is functional and I have it all over my kitchen. <BR> I love the colors. My living room is furniture is medium blue print with touches of cream and jade green. It looks into my kitchen. <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of painting my kitchen cabinets which desperately need it. <BR> Right now they are pecan brown. (plain and basic) <BR> What do you think of the ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:48:24 EST Nom Nom Nom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been trying to get in lots of vegetables. <BR> Between the hot weather, and the great produce, <BR> I just enjoy meatless meals more. <BR> So I came across a great slideshow on Healthy Sandwich ideas. <BR> <BR> Now...I avoid wheat as much as possible (even 100% whole wheat) <BR> so I am looking for ideas...other than layering it over rice. <BR> I am asking for suggestions..... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:27:14 EST To Eat or Not to Eat---What was the Question ??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Having a tough day fighting a craving for donuts. <BR> Too hot to walk to the produce store that sells them. <BR> Going to make myself some Iced Mocha Coffee and see if it subsides. <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile... <BR> I came across a cute trailer for <BR> THE SECRET LIFE OF PET... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 12:34:14 EST Smile...Make the World a Better Place <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:18:37 EST My Kind Of Marathon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> exercise isn't my thing. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I tried to do a Burpee today......I got as far as Position 2. <BR> I heard someone laughing behind me, but I was the only one home <em>40</em> <BR> I couldn't figure out a safe way to get to Position 3 without hurting something. <B... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 18:32:42 EST THANK YOU from the Bottom of My Butt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OKAY...with all this healthy veggie eating and trying to do core workouts <BR> there comes a time when the body just wants to <BR> EXPRESS IT'S GRATITUDE FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BUTT. <BR> <BR> YOUR WELCOME <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:24:22 EST Life is Like a Box of Chocolates <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am at the age where taking too deep a breath while in a bakery <BR> Can cause weight gain. <BR> <BR> “The way you think, The way you behave, The way you eat, <BR> Can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. <BR> Most people believe that aging is universal but <BR> There are biological organisms that never age.” <BR> ~~Deepak Chopra <BR> <BR> WAIT…!!! <BR> Average lifespan of an Am... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:28:36 EST Topless <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I guess it's time to add another measurement to my tracker. <BR> The Distance between my bust and my waist. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> and I loved GOLFINMOMMA's comment: <BR> "Next measurement is the distance to the knees " <BR> <BR> I now appreciate that as I lose weight my bust gets smaller. <BR> Less gravity to struggle with. <BR> <BR> Finally feeling like my old self today { ...that's ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 06:49:52 EST Angels among us I woke up today, still feeling fatigued and weak and totally depressed. <BR> I'm over the food poisoning but I'm still not myself... <BR> I had to return some DVDs to the library (almost 2 miles away) <BR> and I had to see the service station about getting my car fixed (in the opposite direction). Wasn't sure the car would make it... <BR> wasn't sure I could make the walk back while feeling lightheaded. <BR> And as if my guardian angel appeared, <BR> my neighbor was at the door offe... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 15:24:28 EST Food Poisoning well to round out a horrible weekend... <BR> Sunday, I decided to treat myself to a cucumber tomato salad <BR> and 2 bun. <BR> I boiled and nuked it so I know it was well cooked and voila.... <BR> an hour later I thought I wanted to die. <BR> they say bad things come in threes....I think I'm done for a while <BR> <BR> needless to exercise today <BR> <BR> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 17:45:11 EST Hard Times Went to the supermarket and restocked my veggies for the week <BR> but on the way home, <BR> My car dropped the muffler so now I am carless in suburbia {...$$$...} <BR> <BR> I need to renew my drivers license...but I have no car to get there. <BR> <BR> It was 90 degrees yesterday. I had to return a DVD with 1 day grace period, but the library insists on it being returned to the origin library or a $10 fine, plus late due fines ($1 a day...ritzy neighborhood...don't ask). The Original Li... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:16:26 EST Good Eats <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am trying my best to take advantage of the season and eat as many fresh veggies as I can. I made a veggie omelet (with broccoli, carrots, and sugar snap peas) with a little cheddar for breakfast. I marinated a cucumber, red bell pepper, and a roma tomato for lunch in a vinaigrette dressing . For dinner I had grilled eggplant over parboiled rice. And for snacks I had peanuts in th... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:07:41 EST Junk Food Independence Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> July 4th will start the second week of the 5% Challenge. No hot dogs for me. <BR> I have eggplant, zucchini, beefsteak tomato, Lima bean stew, whole wheat rotini pasta, and chicken breast, (which I plan to marinate in lime and chipotle BBQ). <BR> <BR> Just an update on the 8 mystery holes the condo crew dug all around the building... <BR> one of them ended up becoming a small sink hole (ri... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 19:56:28 EST Crazy IS the New Norm <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway <BR> <BR> It happened at the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. <BR> <BR> Police say a man in his late 20s and wearing a grey hoodie wheeled into the bank and passed a note to the teller demanding cash. After receiving over $1,200 in bills, police say the suspect then fled westbound on Broadway in the wheelchair. <BR... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:57:01 EST find your joy each day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I babysat my neighbors cat this weekend...what a little sweetie. <BR> I think I had more fun than she did chasing the little laser light. <BR> {...maybe I should get a light...I might get more exercise...} <BR> <BR> I'm back to basics again. No sugar and very little starches, lots of veggies, lean protein, up to 1 cup peanuts in the shell, and no more than 2 fruits a's the only ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:14:11 EST What the Heck ? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> THE CONDO MAINTENANCE CREW.....THEY ARE AT IT AGAIN. <BR> <BR> I live in a garden apartment condo and my building is surrounded by about 200 feet of grass and trees. For the last 2 weeks the condo crew has kept themselves busy digging what can best be described as lawn holes with the smallest being 3 feet by 3 feet and deep enough to stand in. There are about 8 of them visible from my ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:51:19 EST A New Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Getting old is for the birds. <BR> I love trying new back doesn't. <BR> Yesterday was tough...but I think it rained all last night. <BR> <BR> I am doing a bit better today. <BR> Made my black bean soup <BR> ( I use it a thousand different ways...sauce over pasta, plain soup, rice and beans, veggie dip...)...I just control how much liquid I ladle out and adjust the consistency ov... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:25:34 EST But I'm Not Ready Yet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey...Did Ya Miss Me <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Once again we are about to approach the dreaded Summer Bathing Suit <BR> And ... so the season begins. <BR> I am not liking this. I don't usually feel self conscious BUT <BR> put me in a bathing suit and I feel like a squirrel who accidently runs into the middle of a dog park. Not Good. <BR> Oh well....maybe next year. <BR> <BR> I've bee... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:48:59 EST the Pollen Tsunami <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pollen is insane ... the other morning everyone's car was green. <BR> The lines for the car wash had 20 cars waiting in line when I passed. <BR> I bought a deck mop and car wash instead. <BR> I just finished rinsing off and thoroughly washing the car... <BR> and I will probably have to do it again tomorrow. <BR> And my eyes are killing me. This is one tough season for allergy sufferers. <BR> <BR> AT THI... Sat, 9 May 2015 17:18:48 EST Febreeze Please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have animal loving neighbors who insist on feeding stray cats by the dumpsters. <BR> Unfortunately ... they end up feeding stray cats, opossum, skunk , along with any rodents in the vicinity ... <BR> It makes throwing the garbage out at night an adventure. <BR> the other night 2 of the creatures had the fight of the century. <BR> And 2 of my neighbors, who had front row seats, suffered the aftermath. <BR... Fri, 8 May 2015 19:32:35 EST Disappointment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> THIS UNDERDOG IS NOT A HAPPY PUPPY <BR> <BR> I'm wearing the cone of shame for letting myself eat a box of Dove Ice Cream Bars. <BR> <BR> Oh, the shame <em>39</em> Oh, the guilt <em>198</em> Oh, that dirty rotten scale <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> {..Note to self.. <BR> a SALE is not BARGAIN when you end up paying for it with DISAPPOINTMENT...} <BR> <BR> It's is drop dead gorgeous today...going to walk my tushie... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:34:47 EST Guilt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> but DOVE Ice Cream bars were on sale. <BR> {...note the plural on the word BARS...} <BR> <BR> See ... this is why I can't trust my inner child. <BR> Leave her alone in front of the frozen desserts section and <BR> she grabs whatever she wants. <BR> {...I make no apologies for this've heard it before...} <BR> <BR> so today I was better.... <BR> {...and of course I didn't admit my transgression on ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:39:33 EST Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> UNDERDOGS RULE <BR> <BR> I love the feeling you get when you put aside all the competitive angst <BR> and just smile in the atmosphere of enjoying the journey. <BR> <BR> "IT'S WHAT YOU LEARN AFTER YOU KNOW IT ALL THAT COUNTS." <BR> ~~JOHN WOODEN <BR> <BR> I've learned far more about being healthy <BR> from being able to get back on track... <BR> than I would have, if it had always been just steady progress. <... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:49:48 EST Celebration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NOW....YOU DIDN'T EXPECT SERIOUS FROM ME...DID YA <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> HAVE A GLORIOUS HOLIDAY WHATEVER YOU ARE CELEBRATING <BR> <BR> watch out for those Easter bunnies...if you bite them they hang on to your hips <BR> <BR> and in the unlikely event that you haven't seen this <BR> BIG BUCK BUNNY short video (great 10 minute video on YouTube) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>OnLVqM... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:14:27 EST Bon Appetite --- Challenge Style <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm on the UNDERDOGS team for the 5% Spring Challenge. <BR> <BR> There was a great sale on frozen veggies this week and I stocked up with all kinds of medleys. <BR> Love my stir fry. Love my chicken primavera. Love my veggie omelets. <BR> But especially love my shrinking numbers. <BR> So while I haven't been particularly great on the exercise, <BR> I stayed true with the healthy eating. <BR> <BR> The ... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 14:33:27 EST My Tail of... Whoa <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have neighbors who like to feed the stray cats <BR> people keep abandoning in my condo development. <BR> Gives them a sense of pet ownership. <BR> Now we have a new addition to the animal menagerie. <BR> <BR> To some of you this may look like a cute little critter <BR> BUT <BR> to me...who grew up in New York City...THIS looks like a RAT. <BR> {...yeah yeah...I know it's an opossum...a marsupial...sti... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 18:05:51 EST Fabulous <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OKAY...So once again, this underdog didn't quite make the 5% challenge goal. <BR> but I did lose 6+ pounds and I ate extremely healthy. <BR> I joined the in-between challenge to keep me on the straight and narrow <BR> {...I am notorious for gaining back a few pounds when I'm not in challenge mode} <BR> <BR> I looked at the weather forecast for my area...I was amazed it isn't going to snow. <BR> Tomorrow it suppose... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:16:23 EST Moving slowwwly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.....BITE ME <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Been AWOL on the blogging for a month ... but I have been pushing along. <BR> Winter weather makes my lower back ache and puts a damper on my efforts. <BR> But <BR> I have been good with food... <BR> <BR> I took 3 large red peppers the other day ($.99 a lb), add 2 lean pork chops and braised them with a large chopped onion, and threw in Italian h... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:45 EST Awkward Moments -- the Cheating Question <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you get on the scale and it shows a gain <BR> you look forward to that little lapse of memory ... <BR> what I call FOOD AMNESIA.... <BR> but unfortunately...the one thing I can remember... <BR> are the things I shouldn't have eaten . <BR> <BR> And trust me....I don't do enough exercise to blame MORE MUSCLE. <BR> <BR> I don't know what the scale is going to say tomorrow. <BR> I have been great with the food..... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:03:21 EST Drive Safely <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my area a lot of people think traffic speed signs are just a suggestion, <BR> and the solid double yellow lines are just there for decoration. <BR> That being said...I keep seeing commercials for the new breed of smart cars <BR> that have safer driving features. The thing that scares me is that the clueless <BR> drivers who don't pay attention to the road will feel even more comfortable playing with even m... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:41:12 EST It's A Good Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TODAY IS A HAPPY DAY <BR> <BR> "ONCE YOU MAKE A DECISION, <BR> THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN." <BR> ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I haven't gone to the gym in a long long time because the facility nearest me <BR> is underground, musty, smells funky, and cramped. <BR> Not very inviting. <BR> I have a lifetime membership for $48 a Year. <BR> {...yes...that's right...I joined a well known chain when I ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:47:42 EST Challenge Week #1 -- the 1st part <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TODAY WAS THE FIRST WEIGH-IN.....VICTORY IS MINE. <BR> <BR> 3 POUNDS THIS WEEK <BR> <BR> Something about starting brand new always makes me try a little harder. <BR> But it's easy for me to get cocky and get over confident. <BR> I am going to push for another 2 pounds this week... <BR> I would love to see myself 7 weeks from now passing the next milestone <BR> into the land of OVERWEIGHT. <BR> {...yes people...s... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:18:42 EST Dream BIG <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to weigh-in on Saturday <BR> {...whoa...wait....did I just say that ???...} <BR> YES....YES I DID <BR> So I have every intention sticking to the plan. <BR> Soup du jour is minestrone <BR> Grilled chicken with lots of veggies for dinner <BR> and <BR> EXERCISE <BR> <BR> So TODAY, I am going to try Planking <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:01:54 EST Goddess <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on the Underdogs Team for the 5% WINTER CHALLENGE. <BR> 8 Weeks to focus on losing 5% of my body weight. <BR> For me that is just under 12 pounds. <BR> It's the first week....I'm pushing hard. <BR> <BR> Some days you wake up looking and feeling great. <BR> This isn't one of those days. <BR> But maybe some caffeine and some protein and some music <BR> will get me out of this funk. <BR> {...yeah yeah yeah...e... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:25:53 EST The Force is Strong these days. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am feeling very positive these days. <BR> The FORCE is strong. <BR> I think it is the combo of the New Year and New Challenge start. <BR> I am psyched. <BR> I am pushing for 2 pounds this week. <BR> {...for a slow loser like me...that's a lot...} <BR> <BR> I am going for it <BR> <BR> CAME ACROSS THIS FUNNY COMMERCIAL THAT MADE MY DAY ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:42:49 EST I will get there...eventually <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HEY...I'M MOVING AS FAST AS I CAN...GET OFF MY BACK <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <em>338</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I made leek and lima bean soup with carrots and beef broth <BR> and I had a wonderful dinner of grilled chicken breast with broccoli and cauliflower with a tiny bit of Ginger BBQ sauce. <BR> Food wise I am doing well. <BR> Nee... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:25:34 EST The Challenge Begins <img src=""> <BR> <BR> " YOU ARE TOO SMART TO BE <BR> THE ONLY THING STANDING IN YOUR WAY" <BR> <BR> GO FOR IT. <BR> <BR> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <em>105</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the official start of the 5% Winter Challenge <BR> Lose 5% of my weight over the next 8 weeks. <BR> A mere 8 weeks of committing to doing <BR> what I know I should be doing in th... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 06:43:09 EST Baby it's Cold Outside <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> BUNDLE UP .... IT'S COLD OUTSIDE <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Scientists have found that exposing yourself to cold temperatures regularly could speed up weight loss. By cooling the body's core temperature, evidence shows that the change in temperature helps to convert "white" fat, which is linked to obesity, to "brown" fat known as the "good" fat that burns calories ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 07:55:28 EST