AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Dates for trip to Wisconsin I sent a text message to my uncle to see how long we are going to be in Green Bay and Door County. We are leaving July 20th and coming back on July 23rd. So we're not going to be up there for that long. Him and my aunt are up there right now for a week. They're in Door County. So hopefully it will be a fun filled time. The only thing that I know that we are going to do is go to the shareholder's meeting on July 21st at Lambeau Field. That's about it. I have no idea what else we are going to d... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:23:38 EST 3 days after endoscope and no meds Its been 3 days after my endoscope and I haven't had to take any of my medicine. That's good. If I had an upset stomach, I would have to take it. So far I haven't. My stomach has been sore but I think that its not another ulcer coming back. Its not that deep of a sore. Its like working on your core type of sore. The pain doesn't stay long though. Just enough to annoy me like crazy. And since I had my endoscope, I've gained 8 pounds. I was at 186 pounds on Monday and yesterday and today I'm at... Thu, 19 May 2016 10:42:18 EST Results of 2nd endoscope Today I had a recheck of my ulcer with a endoscope and I have good news. No ulcer and no more meds for the ulcer. That feels so good that I not have to worry about the ulcer again and no more taking the med for it in the mornings. That is one less thing that I have to worry about it. Dad and I are both tired. I have been up since 4:30am and dad has been up since 5am. I am usually up closer to 6am and he is usually up after 9am. So the two of us are deserving of a good night sleep. I have been... Mon, 16 May 2016 22:15:54 EST Weight getting back to almost normal Well, in a little over 2 weeks, I went from 183 pounds to 191 pounds. I was at the 191 pounds yesterday and I went to weigh myself this morning and I'm down to 186 pounds. So that's a 5 pound weight loss. I am happy that I am getting back down to where I was at before the gain. I think that my TOM had something to do with the 8 pound weight gain. Never that I remember gaining that much weight during my TOM. Maybe a couple of pounds I would gain but never 8 pounds gain. There were times that I... Sat, 14 May 2016 10:20:10 EST Rough night of sleep I had a rough night of sleep last night and it wasn't because of my sleep apnea. Its my TOM and it decided to be REALLY heavy last night making me get up at least an hour before I wanted to. I usually get up at 6am but I was up at 5am. I thought that it was bad yesterday before and after church but nope. So I might be falling asleep either sitting in my dad's recliner or if we have to go somewhere for the garage here in town that takes more than 15 minutes to get there. I will be in the passe... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:57:16 EST Results of sleep study with CPAP A little over an hour after I posted yesterday's blog, I got a call back from the doctor's office. They said that I do need a CPAP machine. I told the nurse that I didn't feel like I really needed one and I told her why and I told her how I felt after I had the test. I told her that I sleep a lot better without it. She understood my reason. She told me if I change my mind, to call and they can get it ordered. I doubt it. At least it was the one nurse that I prefer to talk to than the other on... Sat, 7 May 2016 08:44:54 EST Waiting to hear from the doctor about the results of sleep study with CPAP I called the doctor's office about an hour ago to see if they had the results of sleep study that I had 2 weeks ago last night with the CPAP. I am not going to wait for them to take forever like I did after the first one that I had without the CPAP. I waited over a month to hear the results of that one. I am hoping that I don't need the CPAP machine. I was so miserable and clausaphobic after that one. I was so sluggish like I had no energy, had a nasty headache the entire day to where a pain... Fri, 6 May 2016 10:45:06 EST Tentative date for trip to Wisconsin Well, I got an email from my uncle who will be taking me to Green Bay and Door County. I have no idea on when we will leave to go up there but I do know when the shareholders meeting is going to be. July 21st. So it looks like we might leave somewhere between July 16th and July 18th. I am not sure when. So that means that I will be working my backside off to get a lot of weight off so I can get a lot of cute clothes that are a lot smaller. I am not sure when I will be going with my aunt and u... Tue, 3 May 2016 22:22:46 EST Lost 3 of the 7 pounds gained Well I lost 3 of the 7 pounds gained. I was at 190 pounds yesterday and today I'm at 187 pounds. I feel a little bit better. I'm back on the swing of things with my fitness and eating habits. I went off grid and had more than I needed on my sweets last week. I had them 3 extra times last week. Twice on Wednesday and once on Friday. I did have my usual sweets yesterday but it seems like that it didn't but me from losing 3 pounds. I am back on track with my walks with the dog and the workout DV... Mon, 2 May 2016 11:24:49 EST Ugh! A 7 pound weght gain Well, I gained 7 pounds since a week ago today. A week ago I weighed 183 pounds. Today I'm at 190 pounds. I had a somewhat of a stressful week. I tried not to have one but I did. Plus I had days that I didn't do much exercising because we were busy like with running errands where I was in a vehicle or I couldn't walk outside due to the rain. Like yesterday and part of today we have had off and on rain. So I should be able to do some exercising this week because we are suppose to have sunny da... Sun, 1 May 2016 22:34:38 EST The nerve of some people Wednesday night just before my dad and I got supper at a taco place, dad was talking to someone he knew from when he was truck driving. This person's wife comes over to chat. Then she asks the one question that you DO NOT ask an overweight person and the #1 question of my questions that I hate being asked. Are you pregnant? Really? Are you f**king kidding me? I told her no but she did apologize. If you watch NCIS, she broke Gibbs' Rules #18 and #42. Just what I needed after a day of getting w... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:42:32 EST Thought that I plateaued but didn't I thought that I plateaued at 183 pounds but I didn't. I gained 6 pounds from Monday until yesterday. I was at 189 pounds yesterday. But I lost 3 pounds since then. I am now at 186 pounds now. I don't know how I did lose that much when I had sweets (broke down yesterday with the way that I was feeling about the weight gain) but I did. I had 2 cookies and ice cream yesterday between lunch and supper. Plus I had a couple of things that were fried. My sodium intake was more than I should of had.... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:39:38 EST Plateaued again Well, I've plateaued again. I am still stuck at 183 pounds. It sucks to be stuck at one weight. Let's hope that my weight doesn't get stuck next week. We have company coming next week. <BR> <BR> Well a hospital in a city east of here came to our church and did free screenings. They did blood pressure and some blood tests with a prick on the finger. My blood pressure was good at120/78. Here's my other numbers: <BR> <BR> Blood glucose: 84 (100 or less) <BR> Total cholesterol: 168 (200 or less... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:23:37 EST A 57 pound weight loss Well, I'm now at a 57 pound weight loss. Yesterday I was at 184 pounds. Today I'm at 183 pounds. I am feeling so much better. I am getting a lot of compliments whenever I mention how much I've lost on and how much I've lost since I graduated high school in 1997. I have lost 92 pounds since high school and I have 8 more pounds until I get to the 100 pound weight loss. I have been eating less. I bring home whatever I cannot eat so I can have the leftovers for later. I still have... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 20:47:23 EST Another pound down I'm down another pound now. Thursday I was at 185 pounds prior to my sleep study with the CPAP. I didn't get the chance to weigh myself yesterday since we got something to eat when we got home. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 184 pounds. So I am at the 56 pound weight loss since joining on August 31, 2008 and 91 pound weigh loss since graduating high school in 1997. It feels good to be smaller. I don't know why people think that they still see themselves still heav... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 10:05:57 EST Had the sleep test with CPAP Well, I had the sleep test with the CPAP last night. Let's just say that I slept less with it than without it I am more tired now than I was when I went for the sleep test. I got to pick out the mask. Either just on the nose where it wraps around my face or the part that covers the nose and mouth and the straps are over my head. I chose the one for the nose. That is the very small part of the problem. I couldn't get comfortable. The bed was too firm and the middle had a ridge. Even with mask,... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:00:31 EST Going for a sleep study with a CPAP tonight Tonight I will be going to the hospital to have another sleep study but this time I will have a CPAP on. I had one back in December but I didn't have the CPAP on. We are just going to see if I REALLY need the CPAP tonight after I get the results. I am hoping that I don't since I have a mild case of sleep apnea that I can control with weight loss. A lot of you know that I have been doing that here lately. I am close in getting off of my blood pressure medicine. My regular doctor wants me at 18... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:18:41 EST Now at a 55 pound weight loss Well, I weighed myself this morning and now at a 55 pound weight loss on (joined on August 31, 2008) and a 90 pound weight loss since I graduated high school in 1997. Yesterday I weighed 186 pounds. Today I weigh 185 pounds. I have 5 more pounds to get to my half way point on I am happy that I am so close in a 100 pound weight loss since high school. I am glad that my aunt and uncle are waiting until July to buy me new clothes. I might be out of them before we... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:57:01 EST Went to see the gastro doc today Saw the gastro doctor. Let's just say that he didn't give me the reaction that I wanted when I told him that it took me 9 months to lose over 30 pounds. I was hoping that he would of ate his words but he didn't. He asked me if I had a goal weight and I said yes (which is 66 pounds away). He said that it should take me 2 years to lose 60 pounds safely. HA!!!!! He doesn't know me very well do he? Nope. I can do it safely and it should take me at least 18 months tops to lose that much weight. He... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:49:21 EST Another 2 pounds down Well, I'm down another 2 pounds making my weight loss now to 54 pounds lost since August 31, 2008, and 89 pounds lost since I graduated high school in 1997. I have 6 more pounds until I get to my half way point of 60 pounds (I want to lose 120 pounds and that is how much I will weigh when I get there) and I have a pound until I get to 90 pounds since I graduated high school and 11 pounds way from 100 pounds lost since high school. I've lost 5 pounds since Saturday with all the walking that I ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:16:15 EST I'VE LOST 52 POUNDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, I did it. I've lost 52 pounds. Yesterday I was a pound away from it. 190 pounds would of been the 50 pound mark but yesterday I was at 191 pounds. Today I'm at 188 pounds. I finally broke the plateau that I had at 191 pounds. I have been in the 180s in years. Probably 20 plus years. I'm 8 pounds away from a 60 pound weight loss (that is the half way point of my weight loss) and 3 pounds from a 90 pound weight loss. I have lost 87 pounds since I graduated high school in 1997 and I have a... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:33:15 EST I've plateaued My weight has plateaued. I am still stuck at 191 pounds. I did gain 3 pounds this week but got them off within 24 hours. I am going to exercise some more so I can get some more weight off. I am going to see if we can get some gas for the push mower so I can mow the yard. I am going to do that and pick up the sticks that fell over the fall and winter. Mowing the yard will help me with my exercising. It burns a lot of calories. Dad thought that I should use his rider mower. But I rather use the... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:18 EST Sore and gained weight Well, I gained 3 pounds and I know that its water on me. But after all the exercising today that I've done, I should be able to get it off. Yesterday I was at 191 pounds. Today I am at 194 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am sore today with the amount of exercising today. Here's what I've done: <BR> <BR> 3 mile Walk Away The Pounds (47 minutes) <BR> 5 mile Walk Away The Pounds (68 minutes) <BR> 7 walks with the dog (10 minutes each) <BR> 1 walk to the bank to the restaurant where dad and I were eating (... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:13:09 EST Has anyone done... Has anyone done Zumba before? How do you enter it here. I have it in a workout DVD set with the shaker set and I am not sure how to enter it on here. Do you enter it in the aerobic high or low intensity? I tried looking under Zumba but nothing. I am want to use so I can get off this plateau of 191 pounds and add something else to what I've been doing. A wife of a cousin of mine has done Zumba where they live and she loves it and has helped her with some problem areas. Plus it will help me not... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:35:16 EST I'm sore but the good kind of sore I am sore today but its the good kind of sore. I didn't walk to church but did a lot of walking around before church started and after getting to the bathroom (have to go downstairs to get to the bathroom. I included that and it was about 20 minutes worth. I did 2 of the Walk Away The Pounds DVDs but didn't do them until this afternoon. I did the 5 miles (68 minutes) after we got home and then later on I did the 3 miles. I would of done more but I was so close in falling asleep when I did wha... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 22:32:59 EST Change in plans Well, looks like we won't be going to go to Minnesota next month. Bills got the best of us and there was no way we could of made it up there. Just for both hotels would for the 5 days was going to be over $300.00 and that doesn't include what else is going to be added. But we will see them through photos. I wish that we could because where the graduation is for my oldest niece I have never been to before. <BR> <BR> But I am still going to have my trip with my aunt and uncle in July. Dad is g... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 22:04:57 EST There is no room in your life for excuses I have a new motto in my life that I think that everyone should have in their lives. There is no room in your life for excuses. You don't need excuses not to eat healthy. You don't need excuses not to drink water. You don't need excuses not to exercise everyday and the time of day. You don't need excuses to have negative people in your life. Throw all your excuses (even some that I didn't list) in anyway you can think of. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. It took me a while... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 21:49:07 EST Thanks for the compliments on yesterday's blog post Thanks for all the compliments that I got from yesterday's blog post on my weight loss. I feel so good not just from the weight loss but from what everyone said. This is the only weight loss program that has REALLY helped me get down to where I am today. I have tried a lot of other things prior to SparkPeople and I usually gained all the weight back. I have a lo more energy and I am a lot more positive about life. I thought that I would NEVER get under 200 pounds. I thought that my weight was... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 22:10:34 EST A pound away from a 50 pound weight loss I am a pound away from a 50 pound weight loss since August 31, 2008 when I started I am a pound away from an 85 pound weight loss since I graduated high school in 1997. When I was a senior in high school, I weighed 275 pounds. When I started on August 31, 2008 (thanks to my sister-in-law who told me about the site), I weighed 240 pounds. Today I weigh 191 pounds. I haven't been this small in over 20 years. Probably between 1990 to 1993 when I was at that weigh... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 11:16:42 EST I earned my SparkPoints in fitness today I earned my SparkPoints in fitness today. All 24 of them. I had 5 walks with the dog for 10 minutes each, to and from church for 34 minutes, and a Walk Away The Pounds 3 miles Super Fat Burning DVD for 47 minutes. The walks that I had with the dog and walking to and from church was in the wind and it was really windy. Let's just say that I am feeling all the muscles in my legs and my butt. Especially in my butt. I have a flat butt and I'm feeling it. I am not sure which side of the family I g... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 22:08:55 EST Gained a pound but will get it off I gained a pound since yesterday but I will get the pound off. I know that I can get it off. I burned off the calories that I ate today. I wish that my ulcer would calm down so I could exercise more than I am now. But walking the dog and doing a workout DVD when I'm up to it is all that I could do for now. If I'm up to it tomorrow, I am going to try to do a workout DVD sometime tomorrow. Plus if it isn't raining and windy, I am going to clean the yard up from all the sticks and the big pile ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 22:23:59 EST Lost 5 pounds since Monday Since Monday, I lost 5 pounds. I was 194 pounds on Sunday but I gained 4 pounds that day. That would put me at 198 pounds on Monday. Between Monday and yesterday, I lost 3 pounds. That puts me at 195 pounds. Between yesterday and today, I lost 2 pounds. I'm down to 193 pounds. I feel so much better. My legs and back hurt. No matter how much I exercise, I am sore. I guess that its a good kind of sore depending on where the soreness is at. Including my arms. There are times that my arms hurt. I... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:21:20 EST Feels like a long week and its only Tuesday This week so far has felt like its been long and its only Tuesday. I am not sure why though but it has. I just wish that it was a little faster. <BR> <BR> The joints in my legs are killing me no matter what. This all started with the more weight that I lose, the more the pain is. I am so close in calling my regular doctor to see if I can get a check up with him and mention the joint pain in my legs and also mention my pooch area on my stomach. No matter what I do, that area won't shrink. I t... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:05:21 EST Happy Easter !!!!! Happy Easter to everyone!!!! Dad and I went to church this morning even though I walked and he drove to church. It took me 1.5 minutes less to get to church this morning to walk it than it did last Sunday. When I walked to church last week, it took me 17.5 minutes to get to church. Today it took me 16 minutes to get to church. I had to change my route because one railroad crossing was closed. It might of been the same amount of walking but it took me less time to do it. This past Thursday I w... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:28:51 EST Got an appointment with gastro doctor Got an appointment with the gastro doctor because of some of the problems that I've been having. I asked about taking an antiacid with the Nexium and the nurse said that I could. I told her about what else has been happening. She says that I need to come back in to see the doctor. I have an appointment on April 19th at 11:30am. Can't do it now because the gastro doctor is on vacation. So I should be lower in my weight by then. I am going to write down what I have been feeling and questions to... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:11:27 EST Having an ulcer is a pain This ulcer is a pain in the butt. Cannot eat anything without feeling like crud. I am so close in not eating anything and just drink liquids like water, tea, coffee, juice, etc. No matter how much I eat or when I eat, my stomach will get upset. Most of the time was during the day. There are days that I have to bring home food like today. And the only way I can get rid of the pain is to lay on my left side on my bed. I cannot do this all the time. I am so close in calling the gastro doctor to ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:19:18 EST Biopsy results Got the results of my ulcer biopsy yesterday. Well, the ulcer has an infection. YUCK!!!! So I'm taking Nexium once a day. I have 2 more refills left. I go back on May 16th in the morning (earlier than I did last week) to get it rechecked. So let's hope that it gets cleared up. I was in so much pain over the weekend to where I thought that I was going to have dad take me to the emergency room. But I took something for pain and took the dog for walks. Today was the first real day that I haven't... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 17:04:20 EST Haven't heard about biopsy I was suppose to had the results of the biopsy of the ulcer on my stomach yesterday but I won't get the results of it until sometime next week. The gastro doctor who did the endoscope and biopsy was in surgery all day yesterday and he didn't get the chance to read the results or they haven't gotten the results. I just wish that I had the meds now because the pain from what I thinks its the ulcer is awful. Not to where I need to go to the emergency room but enough to take something for the pai... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 20:21:31 EST Found out what's wrong with stomach Yesterday I had an endoscope done and I found out what's wrong with my stomach. I have an ulcer. They're not sure if its a new one or an old one. They took a biopsy of the ulcer and I should be getting the results of it sometime tomorrow and they're going to give me a medicine for it. At least we know what's causing my stomach problems. I will post what I find out what I find out on the ulcer. The gastro doctor did the procedure. He said that this kind of ulcer wouldn't of shown up on an xray... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 10:33:47 EST Back in the 200s Well, I'm back in the 200s with my weight. With what I ate yesterday and not having much exercise, you can't blame me. I was doing a lot of walking but the stuff (I didn't enter) that I ate yesterday wasn't the greatest. Most of what I had was a weakness that I have for cookies. But I am working towards getting back on track. I'm doing somewhat better. Hopefully more tomorrow. I am not going to watch the news in the morning and do a workout DVD or two in the morning. The news might be talking... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:20:12 EST Got back to one weight but gained a couple Well I got back down to 194 pounds yesterday and now I'm up to 196 pounds. I ate some food yesterday that I shouldn't of ate yesterday. Especially last night at Bible study. They had pizza and I ate some. I paid for it last night and this morning. This is the first pizza that I had since December. It tasted good but my gut was telling me that it wasn't the best choice. So I'm doing my version of a detox. I'm going to eat like I am on vacation. When we are on vacation, I eat very small (about ... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 22:05:57 EST More clothes to get rid of I am working on another bag of clothes. This is the 9th bag (a 13 gallon trash bag) of clothes is being worked on. I added in there yesterday a 2X shorts, a 3X sweatshirt type robe, a 1X sweatshirt, and a 2X flannel nightgown. Next week when I wash laundry I am going to add a dress that is a little too big. In a picture that I took it might look like its a little baggy on me but I noticed that it is. I tried to add it to this blog but its not letting me add it to it. <BR> <BR> I am at 197 po... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 16:46:16 EST Gained 5 pounds, lost 3 pounds Between Sunday and Monday I gained 5 pounds due to my splurges. But I did some arrangements on my nutrition and fitness yesterday and I lost 3 pounds. Hopefully I can get the last 2 pounds off plus I can get more off soon. I am hoping below 190 pounds before the end of the month. I did 3 walks with the dog for 10 minutes each and a 68 minute workout DVD yesterday and drank almost 4 liters of water. <BR> <BR> Got the results of my CT Scan that I had on Friday. Everything was fine. The gastro... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:48:16 EST Gained a pound but no worried I gained a pound since yesterday. I'm up to 195 pounds. At least it wasn't a HUGE weight gain like a 30 pound gain. I am still feeling good. I am hoping that I can get more weight off before the end of the month. I am hoping at or below 190 pounds. I have kept my weight under 200 pounds here lately so I can get my weight under or at 190 pounds. <BR> <BR> But since omitting soda (regular or diet) and regular sugar (in white packets or in a 4 or 5 pound bag) on December 27th (last day I had a ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:35:50 EST Lost another 3 pounds I lost another 3 pounds since yesterday. I am surprised that I've lost that much weight in 24 hours but I did. I've lost 5 pounds this week. So far I've lost 46 pounds since starting SparkPeople on 8-31-08 and I've lost 81 pounds since I graduated high school in 1997. When I started SparkPeople, I weighed 240 pounds. When I was senior in high school I weighed 275 pounds. Today I weigh 194 pounds. I drink 1 or 2 hot teas a day and it helps me eat less and not as many snacks as usual. If I eat ... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:10:09 EST Lost 2 more pounds and feeling better I lost 2 more pounds. I'm down to 197 pounds now. I feel so much better that I'm down this weight. I am hoping to be at the 190 pounds or lower before the end of the month. I know that sounds far fetched but I am so determined that I can get down there or further. I want to prove to the gastro doctor that I can lose 30 pounds sooner than a year. I know that I can do it. I am so close in getting my belt that I got on Black Friday and wear it. I may have to put it on the last hole of the belt ... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:20:17 EST Feeling better and a lot of walking I'm starting to feel better after having a day and a half of antibioics in me. I walked to church feeling like this. It took me less time to get to church today than it has been. Before it would take me 19 minutes to walk to church. Today it took me 18 minutes to walk to church. Last week I shaved a minute walking home from church. It use to take me 18 minutes to get home from church. But it took me 17 minutes to get home. That's how long it took me to get home from church today even though I... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:35:15 EST Fighting sinuses and walking Well, my dog thought that I should go for a walk this morning. Just before 9am, she got what she wanted. The cool air wasn't too bad but the sun was a pain walking into it. I didn't have my sunglasses on me so it was a pain. It kind of helped me breathing and hopefully I can get my antibiotic today when we go up and get it. I want to get better and get back to exercising. Exercising and being sick don't mix. <BR> <BR> I am back down to 201 pounds. I gained 2 pounds this week to 203 pounds bu... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:46:48 EST Hate being sick Well, I'm sick. I've been fighting my sinuses since yesterday. I called the doctor's office this morning to get an antibiotic for them and they hadn't sent them to the pharmacy at Target by the time we left Target about 3pm. So I guess I have to wait until tomorrow to get the antibiotic. They want to run sometimes and sometimes they want to plug up on me. They are making me feel groggy when I haven't taken any for them. The only time I can actually breath is when I'm asleep. I would fall asle... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:41:28 EST Broke down and wore my belt I got a belt on Black Friday in the men's department at Target and finally having to wear it. I'm wearing my 18W jeans and they are really baggy on me. So it was either wear the belt or keep on pulling my jeans up. Even my men size medium sweat pants are baggy on me. I got those the same day that I got the belt. On my belt there are 7 holes and I have 2 holes left before the belt will be too big or I have to add more holes to the belt. Even my size large hoodie is getting to be too big on me.... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:27:13 EST