Posted by: allaboutcheryl | March 3, 2018

Diabetes Prevention Plan


Here’s time for an update on my weight loss.

Measuring from my heaviest point this year until now, I’ve lost 27 pounds or almost 2 stones! Ive been able to consistently keep my weight down since Christmas. WooHoo!! One of the items on my Bucket List is to weigh 145lbs or 10.4 stones for at least six months.

I am well on my way!

I’ve altered as many of my slacks and skirts as I possibly can. And even though I did not cut away the extra material, now in the seams….I AM DETERMINED that I will NOT have to open the seams to accommodate any regained weight!

Now I know the main reason for me losing this weight and that still stands as the MAIN reason, was to reduce or eliminate my risk of diabetes by making sustained lifestyle changes.

And I’ve done that!

But, I am sooo proud of my effects that I like showing my results. I am now wearing more skinny jeans, jeggings, and leggings.

I know that it is easy to regain lost weight. Sometimes those lifestyle changes get boring, not as important or feeling that new weight can be maintained without any efforts.

This is why I weigh myself every morning and I still track my food and activity. It helps, of course, that I’m still in the Diabetes Prevention Plan with Beaumont Hospital. And this plan continues until July of this year. I have to learn that this is now what I need to do to stay focused.

So, instead of taking insulin medications every day, my meds are my journal, scales and measuring tape. I also use the calendar on my phone to track my weight on a biweekly and monthly basis. I know that may sound like overkill, but remember I have a persnickety personality.

I can’t wait to see what weight I’ll be at in June!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 26, 2018

All Points Bulletin

I am on the lookout for ONE missing sock.

Last seen Monday, February 19, 2018, when placed in washing machine.

Distinguishing features: navy blue polka dots (polka…that’s such an odd word, I’ll have to look up its origin another time).

This is crazy!

I wore two socks.

Removed two socks.

I believe I put two socks in the hamper, the washer and dryer.

So, why is it now a week later, I only have one lone sock?

I thought that it might show up. Stuck inside of my jeans. Mixed in with my unmentionables. Or even mixed in with Jackie’s socks…

But alas, I am still missing it.

It always amazes me, how articles of clothing or jewelry can go missing.

I’ve lost a Mickey Mouse watch. A pair of denim overalls. One winter glove. And now my sock.


Maybe I need to create a laundry checklist?

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 22, 2018



Today’s is Hubby’s 66th birthday! OMG!! And my oldest sister will be 70 on her birthday. I’ll be 65 on mine! But old age is a blessing. It is so much better than its alternative.

When I was young, I used to think that Mama and Daddy were old. Now, it’s almost laughable and sad, since Daddy was only 66 when he died. Wow…he was just getting into the prime of his life!

That’s why it’s so important to live each☀️day to its fullest. With gusto! No 🚫regrets!

Doing what pleases the Lord while enjoying life.

Stopping to smell the roses🌹 and the coffee☕️.

And like my title from the other day, smiling🙂more and frowning☹️less.

Wearing bright colors and laughing out loud🤣!

Being spontaneous and flexible.

Being adventurous and somewhat daring.

Being unpredictable and a bit quirky.

Dying my hair lilac!!

Loving😍and being loved😘.

Looking at each day with the wide-eyed👀amazement and abandonment of a child.

Each day is a blessing and a gift🎁.

Precious, not to be taken for granted.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 20, 2018

Smile More😁 Frown Less☹️


This was my motivational tip yesterday. This is also something very hard for me to do. HARD! Ha! That’s exactly what my face looks like.





But, on the inside, that’s not what or who I want to me. I want to be:





Hubby will oftentimes look at me and say, “why so serious?” And when I used to work downtown, and would be walking at lunchtime, it would not be uncommon for some guy to tell me to “smile.”

I don’t intentionally put on a scowling face. In fact, I can’t even feel it. I feel like my face is blank, expressionless. But obviously, it is not.

So, I am keeping this tip as a reminder for the next couple of days. Because, while we were out at breakfast TODAY, Hubby did say that I was looking so serious!

Yes, life IS serious. These are not the times for foolishness and flippancy. BUT, these are also the times for gaiety, lightness and humor!

I need to sorely practice this! And it’s sad that I even have to address this!!!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 11, 2018

Cardio Exercise

It is so important for my new lifestyle to do consistently do those things that are beneficial for me.

One of those things, is to regularly exercise.

I am not trying to enter a senior citizen competition. I just want to be healthier. I want to replace some of this jiggly fat on my body with more muscle mass.

Every since I had my bilateral hip replacement surgeries, I’ve noticed that my one-legged balance is not what it used to be.

Also, in my plan to reverse the risk of diabetes, lifestyle changes including at least 150 minutes of activity.

So many ailments can be reduced, eliminated or maintained by our food choices and exercise.

I have determined that I WILL exercise.

I may not end up with a totally buff body, well defined arms or sculpted abs. BUT! I will be more toned than if i didn’t do anything.

So don’t judge me, you may be much younger, more agile, more motivated than me…but I am trying to get in at least ninety minutes of activity a day. And a lot of times, that is all from walking.

Periodically, I will use my hand weights, resistance bands, do some water aerobics. But, I can always count on walking, stretching or doing chair aerobics. Those things are readily available and easier for me.

I am trying to push myself, though. To make the time spent more beneficial, more worthwhile. But sometimes life happens and I get too busy.

Since I am a morning person, I can get up and do 60-75 minutes of something, while Jackie is still asleep. Or go to the rec center.

One thing that pushes me, is the desire to be a more active senior. While I was caregiving for my mother, I was well aware of how she sat in her recliner about 95% of her waking time. The other 5% was her slow, laborious trek to the bathroom.

I know she had preexisting health issues that limited her mobility, but sitting all day like that only made things more pronounced. And I know that something could happen to change my status in life, but while I have breath in my body and the activity of my limbs, I will get up and move!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 10, 2018


Thrive, to prosper; be fortunate or successful, to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.

I don’t want to just live. I want to thrive.

I want to live life to its fullest.



















I want to eat chocolate, candies, broccoli, fish, escargot, grilled sardines, popcorn, warm breads with butter, hot tea, baked sweet potatoes, anything made with black beans, piping hot soups or stews, soft peanut butter cookies, double chocolate cake, yeast or cake doughnuts, spinach, corn.

I want to complete my Bucket List of items long before I kick the bucket. I want to travel near and far. I want to be surrounded by people I love and people who love me. I want to watch corny movies while wrapped in my cozy blanket. I want to read novels that move me to laugh or cry.

I want to wear bright vibrant colors. Purple. Orange. Fuchsia. Golden Yellow. Neon Green. Sky Blue. Stripes. Polka dots. Geometric Shapes. Solids.

I want to stay up late and get up late. I want to go to bed early and get up early. I want to see the sun rise and the moon set.

I want to have crowds of people around me, and I want to relax in the solitude of my own companionship.

…and I will…

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 7, 2018

Older and Loving It!

OK…I have 185 days until I turn 65! WooHoo!!

I am already collecting my social security benefits. But on my birthday, I will qualify for Medicare.

There’s is no going back. No mistakes. No denying it. I am old!

But is being old, older, such a bad thing?

In our society, youth is glorified and adored. But, because so many Baby Boomers are influencing media and the arts, things are changing.

There are more silver, white and no hair models.

There are more movies by our aging actors on aging lifestyles.

More businesses are catering to us because we have more (at least a little bit more) discretionary income.

I love and totally use Senior Discounts when out shopping.

I have no problem admitting my age! I love being 64!

And I love being retired! And that can only happen after you have put in at least 25 years of employment somewhere. So when the weather is inclement. Or I feel too lazy to get out of bed. Or when I want to do what I want to do… then I don’t have to be worried or concerned about going to work!!!


Some people think, well, you’re at home. You don’t have anything to do. Here do this errand for me. Or you must be bored because you don’t have a job to keep you occupied. CRAZY!! Or some even foolishly think, that they’ll never retired because they need something to do! My self worth is not tied to a job! I love being who I am! Old!

I used to think being 40 was the best time of my life….no, being 60 is better! Here it is 11:30am and I am still in my pajamas! If I were at work, it would be lunchtime. But I will eat my breakfast after I post this!

Of course, getting to this state takes planning and work.

For me, it was staying at one job long enough to build my pension/401K, which meant getting up everyday going to work and going to school to qualify for better positions.

It also meant, being a good steward of my money. Giving my tithes and offerings to my local church. After all, it was God’s goodness and mercies that allowed me to be where I was and doing the things that I needed to do, to plan for my future.

True, I have some aches and pains. I’ve had bilateral hip replacement surgeries. I’ve had LASIK for old people, also known as cataract surgery. My hair is mostly white (as soon as it is all white, I’m putting a lilac-colored tint in it!!!). My boobs are saggy. My arms have wings….but….I would not trade this age for anything!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | February 4, 2018

Just say NO!

Written 1-18-2018

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Just because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…doesn’t mean that I have to do all things.

It is okay to say no. And to say it without feelings of guilt. I know what kind of person I am. It is my nature to help. So when I have made the decision to say no; it’s the best decision for me.

After I say no, I must learn to let it go. Or, I might as well have said yes for all of the internal murmuring that I am doing.

I know that people will not always understand or expect me to say no. I could explain my reasons why or I can simply stand firm and say no.

So…why am I writing this? Because this is new for me as well. I have been so used to saying yes and putting additional stress on me, that I needed to tell myself and let me see it in writing.

It is okay to just say no.

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | January 27, 2018

It Begins Now! (170/195)

I have so many half started or un-started projects.

Sometimes I feel like I need to be at least two persons or maybe that my days should be 48 hours long.

But then I realized that the Lord designed things perfectly for a reason. If my days were 48 hours, I would fill them up with stuff, where I’d wish for a 96 hour day.

What I need to learn to do, is to properly manage the time that I have. I need to learn to prioritize my tasks. And, I need to actually start doing my tasks.

One of my problems like I mentioned before (Lists), is that I love lists. So when I see a list of tips, it doesn’t really matter what the subject is, I try to incorporate these ideas into my life.

As a result, the things that I really need to do, get pushed further and further into the background.

However, I am continuing to use January as my opportunity to start this year on the right foot. I want to be able to see progress at the end of the year, so I created a list (sad, aren’t I??) of five SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely).


– Writings

– Christian Education

– Prayer Life

– Office

Each of these bullets have subcategories with measurable actions. What this allows me now to do is to focus on just a few items, enabling me at the end of the year to see if I’ve met my goals or not.

BUT, the absolutely main thing was to just get started. And I have on a couple things. And one thing that I did to free up additional time, was to severely curtail my time on social media. It was scary and sad, when I would look back to see how much time I wasted on mindless activities.

And it starts now. Today!

Posted by: allaboutcheryl | January 27, 2018

Free to Forgive

Yesterday, I downloaded a Joyce Meyers book, ‘Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive.’ I pray that I read to do what the Holy Spirit leads me to do.

I am ready to release. To live, to love, to laugh.

I am tired of being held captive by myself.

Life is marching on and I don’t want to look back with regrets.

I want to be free.

And to be free, means that I need to forgive and to be forgiven.

I want my blood pressure lowered. I want my mind and body healthy.

Thank You Lord for leading me to this book I already have more than enough pleasure books.

Help me to help myself and to break free.

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