I'm upcycleing ME!

"f you always do, what you have always done, you are always going to get the same results"

Hello all,

It has been a while since I have blogged about anything.  I have been busy and also feeling very run down.  I have been doing something that I believe is changing my life.  I have debated back and forth on blogging about this experience.  I finally decided that this is something that just might inspire someone else to upcycle themselves too.   Ok first lets start with the why.  For about the last 6 months I have been experiencing pretty intense body aches.  I would also at times have joint pain in my elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.  I have been living on ibuprofen daily for a while.  I have also noticed that my memory seems to be worsening.  I would wake up feeling like I didn't get any sleep and just felt like I was constantly running a low grade fever.  I had times of constipation and then diarrhea.  I was having reflux problems on a daily basis and was taking 2 to 4 acid reducing pills daily.  I was short-tempered frequently and had a constant headache.  When I would wake in the morning my feet hurt so bad that it was difficult to just walk to the bathroom.  My carpal tunnel in my right arm was severely flared and I was developing it my left arm too.  I am overweight and have been struggling with my weight for the last 10 years.  I have tried every diet known to man with the exception of drastic measures like surgery.  I have started feeling so bad about my weight and how I looked and how I felt that I looked to others that I could feel the isolation comforting.  It was becoming comforting for me to stay home and not be apart of life.  It was then that I started having the inner battle of finally doing something to take charge of my health.  To stop saying how much I love sugar, sweet tea, cream and sugar in my coffee.  "Oh I can't possibly live without my sweet tea"  or "there is no way I'm going to give up my coffee".  I have spent far too long eating what ever I want, when I want, just because I wanted it.  The reality is that it was killing me.... literally killing me!  I always would say " OMG I would die without my sugary coffee or tea" when the truth was, it was the sugar, among other things that was trying to kill me.

I have been a nurse/medical assistant since 1994, I have worked in a variety of Dr's offices, from OBGYN, Nephrology, General Surgery and Family practice.  I have seen patients come in with every one of the symptoms that I had.  Nearly every patient would leave with a handful of prescriptions to "fix" their symptoms.  They didn't seem to want to hear that they had to correct the cause..... (WHAT THEY WERE PUTTING IN THEIR MOUTHS)The average patient only wants to make what ever ails them stop with a magic pill.  ie.... I have a pain here.... I need a pill for that,   I have depression.... I need a pill for that, I can't poop...... I need a pill for that, I poop too much....... I need a pill for that, My tummy burns every time I drink milk or eat mexican food...... I need a pill for that! It goes on and on and on.   I could see that if I didn't change myself, I was destined to be one of THOSE people.  I always chalked it up to not having any will power, " I just can't seem to control myself".  The reality is, I can control what I put in my body, I just didn't want to have to deny myself anything that I wanted.  What fun is that?  Denying yourself something can be very very painful and uncomfortable.  Whether its food, shopping, alcohol or drugs or what ever it is that can have a hold on you, only you can make you better.  That is what I have set out to do.  I am going to let my body heal it's self.  Without the use of drugs. God did not design our bodies to be deficient in a prescription.  He has designed our bodies to heal itself but we have to listen to it and be willing to go through a little discomfort in order to be rewarded with the healing results.

"let food by thy medicine and medicine by thy food"

I have been on my journey for 5 days now. I know that isn't very long, but I have gone through a lot in the last 5 days and today, I am feeling on top of the world.  So much so that I hope to inspire someone out there to join me on this journey. Don't wait one day longer to make a change in your life.  A change that will make you feel better than you thought you could ever feel.

On February 7, 2014 I was surfing netflix and came across the title " Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead". The title captured my attention immediately.... that is exactly how I felt, I thought why not... I have some time to kill before the Pizza that I ordered is delivered.  Well, needless to say, it has changed my life. I can't recommend it enough, it truly is inspiring and motivating.  After watching, I dug out and dusted off my juicer and decided to take control of my life.  My hubby and I are both juicing daily.  I have been keeping a daily journal about how it was going and some of the ups and downs.  I will also be posting that as well, I have been keeping it private but if this helps one person out there to finally take control over their eating habits then any embarrassment that I will have had will all be worth it.

I will be working on furniture projects and posting about them in the near future, this blog is not changing.  I just wanted to give you, the good, the bad and the ugly.  :)  I do not have any before pictures at this point because my computer has a glitch at the moment and I may have lost any before pictures.  I will do my best to dig up one when I have a "after" picture to post with it. :)  If you are still with me on this post, then their must be something in what I have said that resonates with you.  Can you relate?  WATCH THE MOVIE!.  I would love to hear your story, you can email me directly at sherrytune@ rocketmail.com.  If you have questions or just want to chat...{off the record}  For those who know and love me... prayers are appreciated as I go on this journey.  I hope to be around for many more years and to be happy and healthy as long as I'm here.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein
Blessings to you,

P.S. Thank you Joe Cross for changing the way I think about food.


  1. Hi Sherry. I finally started receiving your posts from your newly owned domain. I cannot tell you how much your words resonate with my own situation, and probably thousands of other women in this country. My little blog about teaching came about after losing my contract and devoting my life to taking care of everyone else, compounded with the anger and drama that I experienced at the hands of the school system. My body was filled with so many emotions, and the stress had manifested in ugly ways physically. I had gained thirty five pounds, my thyroid was barely functioning, and then I lost my health insurance. Feeling helpless and powerless is such a lousy feeling. But losing my job was the best thing that happened to me because over the last 1.5 years I have been slowly focusing restoring my own health naturally, without this country's obsession with prescription drugs. Through the power of the internet and the library I have researched and learned so much and I have to agree with your brilliant post about what you witnessed in the medical field. When expert after expert told me my only option was to swallow radiation and kill my thyroid, I knew that was contrary to what I believed about humans on this earth. That didn't seem plausible. I thank God I rejected their advice. I took a while but I finally weaned myself off of motrin. I learned about the healing power of essential oils, honey, vinegar and I continue to research ways to improve my family's health. I want to utilize my own creative nature to help other women who are in the SAME situation as we are. I got rid of basic poisons like vegetable/canola oils, antiperspirant, soy, petroleum laundry soaps, and more and have finally seen my thyroid improve and I have never felt better. I now am able to walk a few times a week for a couple of miles. I do DVDs at home for strength training and ab work, and have lost 16 pounds thus far. Another 25 and I will be in a great place health wise. I'm so happy for you. I think we women need to come together and build ourselves and our families up because this fast-paced society is destroying the fabric of our lives and loved ones. I'm thrilled for you! If you want to check out some of my health pins on PInterest, I think my name on there is sixtoteach. There's so much useful information that has been a springboard for my own research and knowledge. Handle it girl! You rock!

  2. sparkpeople.com is the place to go for support!Try it so many people are there for the same reasons.they have coaches,food diaries,exercise and so much more!!

  3. Hey Teach!
    Thanks so much for the cheering! :) I will definately be checking out the pinterest board. I have done alot of research myself through the years too. I love Doug Kauffman and all of the research he has done on the fungus link and all of the chemicals that are in our daily lives, not just the ones we ingest. I have just elected, like most of the world to have blinders..... it's so much easier to just go with the flow and stay with the status quoe. Unfortunately, it has been making me miserable. "I am just too damn young to feel this damn old" {I'm 44}. I don't want to be the elderly woman who is out of her mind and needs someone to take care of her... I would like to be sharp as a tack and active until the good Lord takes me home. Thanks for following along this little blog of mine and I look forward to more communications. :)

  4. Hi Susan,
    Yes, I love sparkpeople! I do have a profile and regularly update it. :) I find it very motivating. It's funny how weightwatchers charges $ for what sparkpeople does for free... just saying.. :) Thanks for following along on this journey.

  5. I agree with your sentiment 1000%. That's exactly how I'd like to live out my life (43). Well, it's nice to know someone else is on the same journey as me. Look up maca root and fo ti. We have had great results adding these herbs to our diet, especially for hormone balance.

  6. Sherry, I hear you. Ever since menopause I have gained weight and it seems like everything has slowed down, I have many of your symptoms (including the feet thing) . I have said to my mom and foot doctor, "I don't know how you can be off your feet and they can hurt worse when you get up and walk on them. I have other issues with my feet like flat feet and Morton Neuroma in one foot. Let us know how it is going. Be brave and push through. Proud of you! Pat S

  7. Thanks Pat. I will keep you all posted on my journey. I will be honest about all of the good and the bad. So far... today I feel amazing. I'm very hopeful that this reboots my body and restores my health.