AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Memorial Day!!!! Happy Memorial Day to everyone!!! Hope that it is a safe and healthy one. I had a somewhat of a healthy breakfast of a Chai tea (loose leaf) with Splenda and French Vanilla creamer and 2 slices of wheat toast with peanut butter on them. Yesterday I had the toast and peanut butter plus some yogurt. I am not really hungry but needed something in my stomach. <BR> <BR> I see the neurologist on Wednesday at 8:30am to have the electrical test to see if I need to have carpel tunnel surgery. I have ... Mon, 29 May 2017 12:08:44 EST Lost 2 pounds and feeling beautiful I lost 2 pounds. I am back down to 201 pounds. I've been stuck at 203 pounds for 3 days. Hopefully I can get back in the 190s before a week from tomorrow. I have to see a neurologist to get a test done on my hands for carpel tunnel. I have been fighting off and on for month now with my hands. The last straw was on Friday when my regular doctor made the appointment to get the test done. I was afraid that it would flare up when we were in Minnesota and I was holding onto my 18 month old great n... Tue, 23 May 2017 09:23:45 EST Gained 4 pounds of the 5 that was lost I gained 4 of the 5 pounds lost. I think that its mostly water plus had a lot of sodium in what I had for supper. I had bacon on a sandwich and the broth in the soup that I had. So that might of explain the water gain. Plus I didn't have my typical "clean outs" like I wanted to during the day. I am going to try to do that today. Also I didn't get in as much exercising in as I wanted to do yesterday so hopefully I will today. We had mostly wind and we had a dust storm last night around suppert... Thu, 18 May 2017 09:07:48 EST Down another 5 pounds Well, I lost another 5 pounds. Between yesterday and today I've lost 6 of the 10 pounds that I gained while my dad and I were in Minnesota. I have another 4 pounds to go before I can get back to where I was before the trip. Yesterday I was at 206 pounds. Today I'm at 201 pounds. Adjust what I ate yesterday helped quite a bit plus I did plenty of exercising. I won't be able to do a whole lot outside since we're suppose to get rain today. Here's what I did yesterday: <BR> <BR> 3 walks with the... Wed, 17 May 2017 08:52:23 EST Gained 10 pounds on the trip but got a pound off I gained 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. I know that we ate a couple of meals that could of made me gain that much weight. I was at 197 pounds when we left to go up to Minnesota. When I weighed myself yesterday, I was at 207 pounds. Yup, I am back in the 200s. I checked my weight this morning and I lost a pound. So I am now at 206 pounds. I did a lot of exercising yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2 walks with the dog for 15 minute each <BR> 15 minutes of walking around Target (inside) <BR> 3 minu... Tue, 16 May 2017 08:50:37 EST Made it home We are at home. We've been home for a few hours but we are home. I'm glad. I got everything done and all I have to do is fold laundry. I will do that later. Might do that after I take a shower tonight. <BR> <BR> We had a good time. I did go to the graduation. We were in an overflow room because they had a HUGE crowd there but at least I got to see my nephew graduate. I got to see my great nieces. The youngest great niece I got too meet on Friday and she's adorable and she took to dad and mys... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:53:58 EST Made it to Minnesota We made it to Minnesota safe and sound. We got to the hotel around 3pm and waited around until my sister-in-law to get off of work (she works for the hotel we are staying at). We went out to eat. I had a salad but had to bring the rest back to put into the fridge. Might go down to the fitness center to work out for a while. My nephews will be here with my great nieces in a couple of hours. Need to get some fitness in before they get here. Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:16 EST Got a dose of reality While I was fixing myself a mug of Earl Grey this morning (first of the day), I had a dose of reality. Between my 6th grade year (1990/1991 school year) and my senior year (1996/1997 school year) I gained 93 pounds. I weighed 182 pounds when I was in the 6th grade and I weighed 275 pounds my senior year. YIKES!!!! That's almost 100 pounds gain in a 6 year span. OMG that's a lot of weight!!! I think that I am wearing the same size clothes that I was wearing back then (even though I am 15 pound... Tue, 9 May 2017 09:00:48 EST Lost another pound out of the gain Well, lost another pound of the 3 pound weight gain. I have lost 2 out of 3 pounds that I gained. I was at 198 pounds yesterday and now I'm at 197 pounds. I am kind of hoping to get some more weight off before Thursday when my dad and I go to Minnesota for my oldest nephew's college graduation on Friday. I doubt that I will get a whole lot of walking outside but getting things around the house done before we leave will be calorie burning. I did get the chance to take the dog for 2 walks for 1... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:23:31 EST Gained 3 pounds but lost a pound Well, between Tuesday and Thursday, I gained 3 pounds no thanks to my stinking TOM. Mostly water is the problem. Its slowing down now but still sticking around. I did lose a pound of what I gained. I was at 199 pounds but now I am at 198 pounds. I am hoping to lose some more weight before this coming Thursday when we go to Minnesota for my oldest nephew's graduation from junior college. We are going to stay at the hotel where my sister-in-law (nephew's mom) works at in Minneapolis. I asked he... Sat, 6 May 2017 09:07:28 EST I'm at a plateau again Well, I am still at 196 pounds and I hate it. I wish that I was lower than I am now. I ate well yesterday. But my TOM arrived overnight and it might be the reason why I haven't lost any weight. I am hoping to get some exercising in today if I can. Plus it'll depend on how I feel later. The weather is suppose to be somewhat better and I might go out and mow the yard since I can burn a lot of calories just by push mowing. The rain is out of the forecast today and our yard looks like it needs it... Tue, 2 May 2017 10:52:17 EST Finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday I finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday. It's not much but at least I broke the plateau. I've been at 197 pounds since Tuesday. I checked my weight this morning and it showed that I am at 196 pounds. I've lost 44 pounds since starting with on August 31, 2008 and I've lost 84 pounds since I graduated high school in 1997. When I started, I weighed 240 pounds and when I graduated high school I was at 275 pounds. So I'm 21 pounds away from a 100 pou... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:57:22 EST Still no weight change Since this past Tuesday, I've been at 197 pounds. One of the longest plateaus that I have had in a while. I thought that for sure that I was going to break by now. I haven't. I should be able to break by tomorrow hopefully. Ate pretty healthy and did a little bit of exercising. 15 minutes of walking around Target for a while because I can't walk outside. We are having a lot of rain right now and its in the low 40s with a wind chill in the low 30s. I could do a workout DVD but I don't like to ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:13:18 EST Stuck on a 3 day plateau and wishing that I was lower I've been stuck at 197 pounds since Tuesday and wish that I was lower. I have been getting my clues in from my body that I've lost weight but I haven't. The muscles in my back are sore and that is what tells me that I have lost weight. Not this time. It hurts to sit down no matter what kind of seat that I am in. I can be sitting in the seat in a vehicle or in a booth at a restaurant or wherever no matter what kind it is, I hurt while sitting. Yesterday we were coming home from a town that is ... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:36:04 EST No weight change but stilling feeling great No real change in my weight. I as kind of surprised that my weight hadn't changed. My body was giving me hints that it did lose some weight. But I check my weight this morning and no real change. I was kind of hoping but at least I'm feeling better. <BR> <BR> I found out that if I drink a mug of hot tea before having a meal helps me eat less. Plus it keep me regular. I know that was a little TMI but its true. If you don't believe me on the part where it keeps you regular, try it. It does f... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:47:50 EST Lost a pound and cholesterol went down Well I had a 2 day plateau of being at 198 pounds and now I am at 197 pounds. I was at 202 pounds 6 months ago. So I lost 5 pounds in 6 months. <BR> <BR> I got my cholesterol and other things checked today. A hospital that is an hour away came over to our church today with their Wellmobile and here's what my results were. <BR> <BR> BP 136/86 (140/90 or less) (130/80 back in October) <BR> Blood Sugar 92 (100 or less) (84 back in October) <BR> Total Cholesterol 202 (200 or less) (234 back i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:07:04 EST No change in weight but did plenty of exercises Yesterday I weighed myself and I weighed 198 pounds and today I still weigh that much. I did plenty of exercising even though I didn't eat that well. I had an upset stomach after eating lunch and I had some fried foods. So I do know that I need to cut that out from now on. That and greasy and sweets. I am hoping to get down further before we go to Minnesota next month. <BR> <BR> Here's what I did in exercises yesterday: <BR> <BR> 4 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each <BR> 40 minute walk ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:54:06 EST Lost 2 pounds and back into the 190s Yesterday I was at 200 pounds and today I'm down to 198 pounds. I lost 2 pounds. I am glad that I am out of the 200s now. After all the exercises that I have done and the mowing the yard later on, I should be able to lose some more weight. I already took the dog for 2 walks for 15 minutes each, walked to and from church for 40 minutes (including about 6 minutes in helping getting things ready before church), and playing with 13 month old boy with him running around at church for 15 minutes. A... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:31:00 EST Gained 6 pounds In the past couple of days I have gained 6 pounds. Very little exercise (none yesterday due to a sore foot) and poor choices in food, I would gain that much weight. I went from 194 pounds to 200 pounds. I am hoping to get some more exercising in soon so I can get my weight down. Especially when we are going to Minnesota next month for my oldest nephew's graduation. I was going to walk with my friend this weekend but with the way my foot was feeling, I wasn't going to take the risk. It is feel... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:51:29 EST No change in weight but still in the 190s Well, working off those tacos helped. I did the 3 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD twice yesterday and took the dog for 4 walks for 15 minutes each burned off the calories of the tacos plus some more just to be safe. I am still at 192 pounds. I was hoping that it would of been less but at least I didn't gain any weight at all. I am hoping to get the other 2 pounds off soon and get into the 180s. <BR> <BR> Found out that my oldest nephew Nicholas is graduating from a community college in Minneso... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:08:12 EST No more tacos for us I thought that the pizza that I had was horrible on sodium. WRONG!!!!!! Dad and I had tacos today for lunch and I about died when I saw the calorie intake and the sodium. I had 4 pork tacos and the calorie intake was 940 calories and 1600mg of sodium. I thought that with the 3 tacos that dad had was going to be less. I was wrong there too. For all 3 tacos it was 1728 calories and 4038mg of sodium. So his 3 beef tacos (yes he had the beef tacos and we both had the soft shell tacos) were higher... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:25:09 EST Lost 2 pounds and hopefully the rest soon Well, I got the 2 of the 4 pounds I gained off. I ate a little bit better yesterday but I didn't exercise as much as I would of liked. I had only 2 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each. I would of had more in the morning if we didn't have any rain and threat of thunderstorms. Plus we had someone cleaning up (start of it) our yard yesterday morning and I needed to be here just in case he needed something. I am not sure how today is going to be but hopefully I can get some exercising in. If n... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:06:05 EST Gained the 4 pounds but determined to get them back off Well, I gained the 4 pounds that I lost back on. I had a few bad choices in foods yesterday, my sodium intake was higher than I wanted (even though it was under the amount that you need in a day but still it was high for me), and I didn't burn enough calories to accommodate the amount that I ate. But I am determined to get the weight back off before the end of the month. I have 20 days left to get the 4 pounds off plus the amount that I want to get off that I mentioned in yesterday's blog. La... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:25:26 EST Lost 4 pounds and need to make another monthly goal Lost 4 pounds since yesterday. I was at 194 pounds yesterday and today I'm at 190 pounds. I had a goal to be at 190 pounds by the end of the month. Looks like I hit it before the end of the month. I thought that it would take me to at least the end of the month to get the 4 pounds off but I was wrong. I knew that I lost some weight with the signals that my body was giving me. I didn't expect this much weight to come off. Now I have to think of another weight to get to by the end of the month ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 08:44:22 EST Got in plenty of exercising in today I got in plenty of exercising in today. 4 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, cleaned up the yard of sticks for 11 minutes (most of them I raked because there was too many of them to pick up), and an hour worth of push mowing the yard. So that equals 131 minutes and I went over my fitness points for the day but it was worth it. The soreness I had this morning was gone before I started with the sticks and mowing. I am hoping to get some more weight off soon. I did burn off the calories tha... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 19:16:28 EST Had to change days of walk with friend I sent a message on Facebook to my friend that I was going to walk with today to see if we can do our walk the weekend after Easter. I am a little sore from yesterday ( 5 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, a 10 minute walk while waiting for our vehicle to get checked out and getting parts, and 20 minutes in cleaning the back yard up) and I have a headache. Plus today is her daughter's 14th birthday. She thought that it was okay for us to do that. I took something for the soreness and the... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 12:01:34 EST Lost another pound and glad to be there I have lost another pound and glad to be there after gaining those 5 pounds. I am back to 194 pounds. I have another 12 pounds to go to get back to where I was before the 25 pound weight gain last year. Hopefully I will get there before my July 24th appointment with my lung doctor. This weight loss is the longest and the most that I have ever had before. I've tried a lot of other weight loss programs before and lost at least 30 pounds and then gain it back. has helped me get t... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 09:45:12 EST Lost another 2 pounds I have lost 2 pounds and now down to 195 pounds. I feel great. I have 1 more pound to go until I get back to the weight that I was at before the 5 pounds that I gained. I should be able to get that off before the weekend. I have another 13 pounds to go until I am back to where I was before the 25 pounds that I gained last year starting in July. I am hoping to get that much off before my appointment in July with my lung doctor. I know that I have a little over 3 months until that happens but ... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:36:16 EST No weight change and hating it I am still at 197 pounds and I hoping that it was going to be lower than that today. I ate healthy yesterday and burned plenty of calories and you would think that I would be lower today. Wrong!!!! I am stuck at a plateau again. I even had a clue from my body that I lost weight. My entire back was sore and the muscles in my belly were sore. That usually tells me that I've lost weight. I have been like this here lately. I would get down to a certain weight, stay there for a day or two, then lo... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 11:38:14 EST Gained the 5 pounds back but 2 is off Well I was at 194 pounds last week but I did go back up to 199 pounds yesterday but not all at once. Right now I am at 197 pounds. I have been trying to adjust my eating habits to get my weight down. I haven't eaten much on each meal. I have taken out fried and greasy foods (rarely slip up and have some in a meal but we do need slip ups every once in a while) to help with going down. I have some cravings for them but not too often. On a meal sometimes I would have a sandwich and a soup or a s... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:32:21 EST Dropped another 5 pounds Well, I am down even further with my weight. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 194 pounds. Yesterday I was at 199 pounds. At least I got the weight that I gained off plus more. I did gain 5 pounds when I was at 198 pounds. I am glad that my weight is going the right direction. I knew that I lost some weight because my body was giving me clues. My back and stomach were sore. Not like a sore type of sore. It doesn't last long and that usually means that I lost weight. With the way tha... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:42:41 EST Back down under 200 pounds I finally got back under 200 pounds. Well, I am at 199 pounds but at least I am under 200 pounds. Its a small step right now but its something. I have another pound to go until I get back to where I was before the 5 pound weight gain. <BR> <BR> I posted in an entry about quitting coffee due to it giving me stomach problems and possible the reason behind my stomach ulcers. Well, I can add a few more things. Greasy foods, fried foods, and some sweets. Sunday after I ate my lunch (the restauran... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:17:47 EST Weight gain and another photo in the newspaper I am not at 198 pounds anymore. I did get up to 203 pounds, down to 200 pounds, back up to 201 pounds. Now I am back at 200 pounds. But I am still trying to get some exercising in. Especially if I can get some walking done outside. Its been raining and cool to do it. I did walk to and from church yesterday. Took me 16 minutes to get to church yesterday and the same amount of time to get home. I have been going back and forth between 15 and 16 minutes to and from church here lately. It'll get ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:33:19 EST Broke another plateau I broke a 2 day plateau. It isn't much but to me its something. I was at 199 pounds since Sunday and now I'm at 198 pounds. Its a pound but it is something more. I am 16 pounds away from being where I was back in July when I went to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle. I am hoping to get down below that before this coming July. I am going to eat lighter (don't do like I did Sunday at Bible Study when I ate like a pig) and exercise more. I already did 2 walks for 15 minutes each with my dog and a... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:46:29 EST Dry mouth and throat with CPAP at night Got a question for people who are a CPAP machine. Does anyone have a dry mouth and throat when on their CPAP at night no matter which mask you're on? If so, what do you do to keep it at bay? I have been so dry in my mouth and throat here lately to where it would wake me up in the middle of the night coughing. Do you suck on hard candy or cough drops? I'm just wondering. I have the mask that covers my nose and my mouth and throat gets so dry at night that I hate to suck on the cough drops that... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:26:32 EST Broke the plateau I broke my plateau yesterday. I was at 200 pounds starting a week ago tomorrow. And when I checked my weight yesterday, I was at 199 pounds. I am still at that weight. I thought with the way that I ate last night that I was going to gain some weight but I didn't. After all the exercises that I did yesterday plus what I call a clean out (TMI if I mentioned it), I had a reason to pig out. We went to Bible Study last night and that's where I pigged out. <BR> <BR> I haven't had coffee in more t... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:02:34 EST No change in weight My weight hasn't changed. I am still at 200 pounds. I couldn't do any exercising yesterday due to the cold weather and I was wearing a dress. Plus I was still a little sick yesterday and I didn't want to get worse. I am hoping that it is a little warmer today when I get home from dad's appointment with his kidney doctor. I want to take the dog for a couple of walks. If I can't do that, I might do a workout DVD in my room. I need to get some exercises in so I can get some of the weight off. <B... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:02:05 EST Finally getting more weight off I have been struggling with my weight and getting back under 200 pounds. I was up to 207 pounds towards the beginning of the month. Then I would be losing a pound a day (I check it everyday to see what I need to adjust in my food intake and exercise for that day) and there were times I would gain it because of my TOM or something like that. Yesterday I was at 203 pounds and I didn't do much yesterday because I wasn't feeling all that great (will explain later in this entry). Today I weighed ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:17:40 EST Sunday walks 3-12-17 Took a little longer on the same route to and from church today. Took 16 minutes to and another 16 minutes to get home today from church. Still breaking in new tennis shoes. I am not sure why I took so long to get the walk in both ways. Walked the same speed. Plus it was a little cold today. The CPAP is still helping even though I had 7.9 hours of sleep last night. Will be leaving here in about 40 minutes to go back to church for Lent Bible Study. We didn't have it last Sunday because an hou... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 18:17:52 EST A week without coffee and I feel great I haven't had any coffee for a week now and I feel great. My dad thought that I would be drinking coffee whenever we went to Target but I would tell him no. I think that he has finally got it into his head that I am not going to drink it anymore. I am surprised that my aunt and uncle hasn't called to say that I am wrong about the coffee since my aunt and I are friends on Facebook. But neither one of them has done that. If I am with them and I am not drinking coffee, they might ask me. I haven... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:04:03 EST Quit drinking coffee I believe that I figured out what was causing my stomach problems and the headaches. Coffee. It doesn't matter if I was drinking regular or decaf, it made my stomach upset and the headaches. I've been drinking hot tea and water and it seems to be helping a lot. Plus it helps when I feel a little plugged up in a certain area. I am thinking of calling the gastro doctor that I saw last year to see if he agrees with me on that. Whenever we go up to Target, my dad thinks that I am going to get a s... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:30:58 EST Sunday walks My walking to and from church has improved again. I was at 16 minutes getting to church and 15 minutes getting home from church a week ago today. Today it was 15 minutes getting to church and 14 minutes getting home from church. So my CPAP is helping BIG TIME!!!!! I am getting more energy and I'm breathing a whole lot better. It was a bit cold out. It was right at the freezing mark this morning just before 8am here in west central IL. I included the amount of walking that I did while I was at... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:41:15 EST Nice day today Took the dog for a couple of walks today. One this morning after I fed her and one tonight when we got home from looking at bald eagles (saw 2 but took 2 pictures of 1 of them). It was a nice day to take them. It was in the mid to upper 60s today here in west central Illinois. Its going to be that way and even in the 70s this week. We are suppose to get rain on Monday but we're needing it since we didn't get much snow this winter. Its in the upper 50s now and I'm drinking a cup of hot tea wi... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:17:56 EST Stomach acting up I had to call my gastro doctor Wednesday because I ran out of the medicine that he prescribed last year for the ulcers that I had in my stomach. Well they were acting up off and on for a month and Wednesday was the day that I took the last of the medicine. I didn't get a call back from his nurse until yesterday morning (almost 24 hours after calling his office and leaving a message) and found out that he was going to send a prescription to the pharmacy for more. I only take it as need it and ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:39:33 EST Energy is getting better I'm glad that I am on the CPAP machine. My energy is so much better. It took me less time going to and from church on Sunday. It took me 16 minutes and 59 seconds to go to church and it took me about 15 minutes and 50 seconds coming home. I went the same route and at the same speed going to and from church. So the CPAP is helping with my energy. So I might be getting better as time goes by. You may never know if it might take me 10 minutes to get to church and back home. Plus I am not as tire... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:54:37 EST No more coughs I am no longer sick. I am glad of that. I am still going to take the amount of Vitamin C since it has helped. Will have to get some more in 11 days to keep up with the amount that I have been taking. Dad is taking the same amount. It seems to help him with his nose. He has been having a runny nose and he's been taking it for a little over 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Dad had the last of his iron IV this past Tuesday. He will get a blood test next month before he sees his kidney doctor (the one that w... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:45:16 EST Feeling better I am feeling a lot better. Still have the occasional cough but not as bad as I was. I took a dose of cough syrup last night before going to bed and that is the first time all week that I had to take anything. And last night I sucked on 3 cough drops. So I must be doing a lot better. <BR> <BR> I had my follow up for my CPAP with my regular doctor 2 days ago. Got a good report. I don't see him again until December for my yearly check up. I had to have this appointment so my insurance can pay f... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 12:35:58 EST Fighting sinuses still I am still fighting my sinuses. There not as bad but I'm coughing. I am getting close in calling the doctor to see about getting an antibiotic. Might do that after dad has his iron IV. I am okay enough to wait until then. I just wish that I didn't even have it. I have cough drops and water with me while I am waiting for him to get done. <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds. I have an idea why too. With the way that I have been feeling, I haven't done much exercising. I am hoping that I can get over w... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:50:53 EST Feeling a little bit better but still feel cruddy I am feeling a little bit better today but still feeling cruddy. My head is a little stuffy but I should be feeling better soon. I didn't do any exercises today because I really didn't feel like doing any. If I am feeling any better later in the week I will do some. We're suppose to get some cool weather so that might help some. I have been increasing my Vitamin C a little bit a day. At least I got some sleep last night. Let's hope that keeps up. I am not better by Wednesday, I'm going to cal... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:23:45 EST Feel like crap I'm fighting my sinuses since yesterday and had a horrible night last night. Having my mask on was a pain when I couldn't control my nose. It was did a lot of running to where I was using a lot of Kleenex. So I had to take it off a lot. My left nostril felt like it was on fire last night with my mask on a couple of times. That was only when I was breathing in. Can't take any sinus medicine because I don't have any in the house. Let's hope that it clears before morning so I don't have to call ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:52:07 EST