AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feeling tired Well, I am feeling tired today even though the weather is gloomy. Never feel this way with this weather. Plus I have a headache nausea. And I have the itch in my breasts like I have been having here lately. At least we will find out if some of these are connected or not. I know that some of them are since my sister-in-law's dad's girlfriend had them when she was fighting inflammatory breast cancer. I am hoping that it isn't but we will know that something is up no matter what. <BR> <BR> Look... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 10:12:08 EST Got the call Got the call this morning. They were hoping that I would come in on the 20th of this month at 7:45am but I told them that I couldn't do that since I had family coming in from Minnesota on Monday and wanted to spend time with them. So the appointment is going to be on the 28th of this month at 1:45pm. I have to be there by 1:30pm to get checked in. So that means we have to leave here at noon or 12:15pm for the hour long trek to Peoria, IL. At least we are heading in the right direction. I don'... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:55:59 EST Still waiting for phone call I'm still waiting for the phone call from the hospital in Peoria, IL. Hopefully today or tomorrow sometime I will get the phone call. I don't have the number for them. This will be my first appointment in that city. We've always went over there for my dad since he had his heart surgeries and his defibulators put in over there. Now its my turn to go over there and have an appointment. I am going to see if I can get it done the week of the 26th because next week is too busy for us. <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:18:31 EST Will be getting a 3rd opinion Well, it looks like I will be getting a 3rd opinion. My 2nd mammogram that I had 9 days ago showed the same thing as the first one. My breasts are sore and tender and very itchy. Mentioned the symptoms to my sister-in-law in MN and reminded me that her dad's girlfriend had the same symptoms as I do (I have a few more than I listed) and it ended up as inflammatory breast cancer. The girlfriend has since passed away. I called my regular doctor yesterday and mentioned this to the nurse. She talk... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:18:07 EST Had test and now waiting to see Well, the test that I had was actually another mammogram. They didn't do as many steps as the last time and I got the results from the radiologist. They said that it looked fine and keep an eye on the lumps that I have. If I get sore to call the doctor's office and get another test done. Well, I am still sore but I am going to wait and see what the nurse PA wants to do. the itch is worse. It was coming once a week like clockwork on Wednesdays since Valentine's Day. I had a itching fit last ni... Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:01:51 EST Getting an ultrasound done Tomorrow morning at 9:30am CST, I will be getting an ultrasound done that is like a mammogram. The nurse PA thinks that we need to do this to see what's going on to see if we can see anything else especially with the lumps on the bottom part of my breasts (one on each breast). I am just glad that we are taking it to the next level to see what's going on. I am not sure when she'll get the results of the ultrasound but I am hoping that she'll get them quickly and we can see where we go from th... Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:31:31 EST Got 2nd opinion and onto next phase Well, I had my 2nd opinion yesterday. Nothing major in the upper part of my breasts and lymph nodes. Mostly its fat. But we are going to check into the lumps that I had (one on the underside of each breast). The nurse PA believes that the right breast is larger than the one of the left breast. She says that they move when they are touched. If they didn't move when touched, then we would be concerned. But she is going to have me get a ultrasound that does the same thing as the mammogram this c... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:07:05 EST Got appointment for 2nd opinion Well, found out why I didn't get the appointment for the 2nd opinion on the day we had dad's 2 appointments. The gal that was making the appointments was out with pink eye. I called up to my regular doctor's office and mentioned it. The receptionist transferred me over to the nurse PA (they're across the hall from each other but in the same area) and I got the appointment. I will be seeing the nurse PA on the 22nd of this month at 3:30pm. Plus my left breast is getting really itchy to where I... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:05:25 EST Waiting to get in for 2nd opinion I am waiting to hear from the nurse PA for me to see her tomorrow while my dad and I are up there. My dad has 2 appointments tomorrow and I am hoping that the nurse PA (a woman) can squeeze me in to do an exam on my breast since I am not comfortable in having my regular doctor (a man) to do this since I have a lump in the lower part of each breast. There are several reasons why I won't have my regular doctor do this kind of exam. Its more comfortable in having another woman do this kind of ex... Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:39:54 EST No more metallic taste Well, no more metallic taste in my mouth. Saw my regular doctor on Monday and he thought it was some of my teeth that were broken. Well, he was wrong. It was anxiety. Sometime between seeing him and seeing my lung doctor that day, the metallic taste disappeared. I have been having a lot of anxiety here lately and somehow it was disappearing along with the metallic taste. Plus he though that it was acid reflux and I told him that the gastro doctor said that I don't have that. He was hoping tha... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:59:03 EST Had to quit taking magnesium I called the doctor's office 2 days ago to tell them about the bitter taste and chaulky taste in my mouth. Well, he wants me to stop taking my magnesium for 2 weeks or so. Well, so far, no change in taste in my mouth and now I'm sore and tired. If I still feel like this in 5 days (the day of my mammogram) and the taste is still in my mouth, I will go back to using my magnesium. I hope that he has another plan to figure out why. There must be something else wrong. I mentioned it on the communi... Sat, 20 Jan 2018 11:06:39 EST Down 6 pounds so far I am down 6 pounds for the year. I was at 199 pounds at the beginning of the year and now I am at 193 pounds. I am hoping to be lower than this by the end of the month. If it ever warms up, I can go for walks outside but its too cold right now tot even consider that. I may have to do a lot of it inside. We re suppose to get warmer weather by the weekend but I heard yesterday that we're suppose to get some more snow by the end of the month but I hope not. We've had enough snow for now. <BR> <... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:48:25 EST Hate plateaus My weight has plateaued at 195 pounds. I am surprised that it has with the amount of sodium that I had yesterday even though I didn't add any. I consumed over 5000mg yesterday. I am also surprised that I am not bloated this morning. Usually when I consume that much sodium, I am bloated. But I am not. I am going to try not to consume that much sodium again. My calorie intake was around 1300 but the sodium was awful. I have never consumed that much sodium in one day. <BR> <BR> I am nervous abo... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:20:10 EST Feeling better but still coughing I am feeling somewhat better but still coughing. It'll take me a while to get over it. I am hoping to be over it soon. <BR> <BR> My appetite has gotten whole lot smaller to where it looks like I'm snacking. I know that its not from me being sick or my TOM being around. Yesterday I was eating a whole lot smaller than usual it looked like I was snacking. If it doesn't change by Friday, I am calling the doctor. I told him when I had my appetite was getting smaller when I had my physical last m... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:56:57 EST Getting antibiotic for crud I called the doctor's office this morning and I am going to get an antibiotic for whatever I got. Let's hope that it helps. Taking a 12 hour cough syrup, sucking on Vitamin C cough drops, and drinking a lot of fluids isn't doing much. I didn't get much sleep either. About 4 hours of sleep even though I left my CPAP on me. Every time I got comfortable, I start to cough like crazy. Got something for dad too since he's been coughing his head off too. Plus his nose has been running a lot longer t... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 11:44:09 EST Happy New Year!!!! Happy New Year to everyone. Hope that everyone had a safe and healthy one. We stayed home New Years Eve. We were in bed long before midnight. We ended up getting our breakfast while we were running errands. Before we got supper last night, I got a sore throat and took the last dose of cough syrup that we had in the house. Will try to get some more today. I am taking 5 of the 1000mg Vitamin C pills a day so hopefully that will help. I am also sucking on Vitamin C cough drops so I am getting pl... Tue, 2 Jan 2018 09:51:44 EST Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope that everyone is having a happy and healthy one. My dad and I were suppose to have gone to my aunt and uncle's today but my uncle is sick so we're at home. We have been eating on what we were suppose to have taken to their house today. Grape tomatoes, celery, baby carrots, radishes, pickles, and Reduced Fat Wheat Thins. So we are going to get together with them another day. But we did get a white Christmas after all. We got snow yesterday. <BR> <BR> I go... Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:54:13 EST Got a good report from doctor but still feel tired I got a good report from the doctor. According to his scale at the office, I lost 10 pounds since I last saw him. In September, I weighed 215 pounds according to his scale and yesterday I weighed 205 pounds. My scale yesterday morning read 197 pounds but I never changed it on here because I knew that it was mostly water weight. I weighed myself this morning and it read 190 pounds. He told me that all my numbers were good so I'm not anemic. He checked my stomach out and he could tell that my l... Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:02:39 EST Lost weight and still feeling drained I lost 5 pounds this week. I have been on a plateau since December 5th at 191 pounds. I weighed myself yesterday and I weighed 188 pounds. That felt great. My 16P skinny jeans were sliding down no matter what. It didn't matter if I was standing still, walking around, or sitting down. They would slide down. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 186 pounds. That felt good too. If I am lucky, I might lose more weight before I see the doctor on Monday for my physical and his scale will read... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:21:45 EST Feeling drained I am feeling so tired this morning. I had almost 9 hours of sleep last night that I feel like I had less than half of that. I am not usually this tired in the morning. Not since I started using my CPAP machine at the beginning of the year. I hope that the doctor finds something in the blood work that I had done yesterday to figure out why I am so tired. I have had some headaches and my abdomen has been sore. I will be seeing the doctor this coming Monday for my yearly check up so I am hoping ... Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:26:03 EST feeling blah still I am stilling feeling blah. I can't eat much. I had a small Red Delicious apple and a mug of hot tea this morning (had the hot tea with me all day in my big travel mug) before church. I was not tempted by getting a piece of donut that we had before and after church. For lunch I had hot tea and half of a fried chicken salad and just ate the rest of the salad for supper. I feel miserable after eating even though my meals were small. After I ate part of my salad at lunch, I came home and laid do... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:47:36 EST Feeling run down I am feeling so tired right now. I've been like that pretty much for more than a week now. I hope that the blood work that I have to do in a couple of days shows why. Plus I have been nauseated and some pain in the area of my liver. I've been feeling like this off and on since about Thanksgiving. Plus I haven't had much of an appetite. There are meals I hardly eat much to about normal. Sometimes foods don't even seem appetizing to me. I rather have liquids all day long. Yesterday at lunch I ... Sat, 9 Dec 2017 13:14:05 EST Having a NSV righ now I got 2 pairs of capris at thrift store on Friday for $4.00 a pair in 2 different sizes. A 14W and a 16W. I wasn't sure if the 14W would fit until we got home later on. They did. The 16W are a little baggy in the legs but the waist is fine. I have been pulling up the 14W capris every once in a while but not as bad as my other jeans that I have. That felt so good when those 14W denim capris fit. At least I know that I can fit into them. Couldn't pass up the price. They are a name brand and the... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 11:01:46 EST Back is better My back is feeling better now. I am glad that it is. Every once it a while it'll hurt but the pain will go away. It'll go away before I will take anything for it. <BR> <BR> I have been looking up info on Fatty Liver since I was told that I have one by an ER doctor a couple of years ago. As I look at some of the symptoms of it, I realize that I have some of them. Nausea, fatigue, lack of appetite (there are times that I do have a little bit of an appetite) and a few others. Plus my gut hasn't... Wed, 29 Nov 2017 21:01:44 EST Back is somewhat feeling better My back is feeling somewhat better but still a bit sore. Its mostly in my upper back and my chest is a little sore too. The spot where I pulled a muscle on Sunday is feeling a lot better. Mostly the pain that I have now is from last week. I have been taking something for the pain. Hopefully the pain will go away soon. I am hoping that I am not suffering from it when it comes time for my yearly check up on December 18th. There are a few things that cause my back to be a little sore if I do the... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 11:06:53 EST Fighting a sore back Yesterday afternoon around 3pm I was looking for a pencil. And when I found it and went to stand up, I pulled a muscle on my left side between my waist and hips. I wasn't fully standing when it hit. I was almost in tears and almost called out to my dad when it happened. And within an hour later, I took the dog for a walk in which was a bad idea. Just made the pain worse. Couldn't take anything for the pain since it was about noon when I took something for a headache. I did take something when... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:55:04 EST Long day Had a long day today. Dad didn't get up until around 11am so we got lunch until around 1pm. I am still full from that. We went up to a town half an hour north of here and had our meal yesterday. Dad had the turkey dinner minus the stuffing since he doesn't care for it. I had a Southwest Avocado chicken salad with a chipotle ranch dressing. I ate half of what I got and brought the rest home. Its a good thing that I did because the half that I hate was 410 calories. I ended up eating the rest l... Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:45:03 EST Finally measured myself I just got done measuring my neck, waist and hips. When I got to where I add them to where my weight is, I hadn't done it since September 22nd. I lost half an inch total on each spot. Here's the run down: <BR> <BR> September 22, 2017 <BR> Neck: 17" <BR> Waist: 42" <BR> Hips: 42" <BR> <BR> November 18, 2017 <BR> Neck: 16.5" <BR> Waist: 41.5" <BR> Hips: 41.5" <BR> <BR> Its not much but its something. Plus I am down a pound. I had been stuck at 193 pounds since the 2nd of this month and now ... Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:55:00 EST Dad is doing good Dad seems to be doing good. He is still a little sore but still seems to be doing good. Thursday he spend a good majority of the day in bed. That was the day after he had the stent put into his left leg. He got up around 11am and I got his order for food uptown before I walked up there but he was back into bed when I was uptown. He got up around 6pm and stayed up for a few hours. I reheated what he got. He got a ham and egg sandwich on whole wheat toast. Yesterday was the first day that he go... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:58:05 EST Long day at the hospital Today was the day that dad had the stent put into his left leg. Talk about long day. I've been up since around 3am and I'm so close in falling asleep at the computer. The procedure went well. Dad sees the doctor 2 weeks from this Thursday for this procedure. He cannot drive until Thursday. Pretty much what we need is all uptown anyway. I will walk up and get us something to eat and get the mail while he's at home. At least I'll get some walking in for the day tomorrow. Dad's brother brought u... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:20:57 EST A month away from my 40th birthday A month from today is my 40th birthday and I am not looking forward to it. Not because of the age but the health problems. My mom had her first stroke at the age of 40 (she turned 40 on January 27, 1991 and she had her first stroke that April) and her health went kind of down hill after that. She had other health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and a few others that I am not sure about. I have at least 2 things that she had like the high blood pressure and asthma. Plus I a... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:41:05 EST Happy Veteran's Day Happy Veteran's Day to all the veterans out there. My dad served in the Army (1954 to 1957) and the Air Force (1960 to 1977). Plus my uncles on both sides of the family (8 uncles on my dad's side and both of my mom's brothers) all served in a few of the branches. My oldest brother was in the Navy and National Guard. I had cousins in the Air Force and in the Navy a long time ago. Right now I have a cousin who is a Marine stationed in California. <BR> <BR> Took the dog for a walk this morning ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:44:51 EST Too cold to do anything outside Its going to be in the 30s today and that's way too cold to even to take the dog for a walk. But I ended up doing that a few hours ago when I was waiting for my dad to get up. I took her for a walk up and down the street for 15 minutes. But I did do a workout DVD this morning before I took the dog for the walk. I might do another workout DVD. <BR> <BR> Listening to a group that we had our church twice this year. We had them in July and again 2 weeks ago tomorrow night. They're going to be a... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:54:35 EST I knew that I should of gone smaller I should of listened to myself when I got my 2 pairs of skinny jeans to get the 14P size instead of the 16P. It doesn't matter which pair I have on, they want to slide on me no matter if I have a belt on or not. I can't make it down the hallway without having to pull my jeans up. There is a little bit of extra skin in the front that is holding it up but it won't be too much longer until that won't hold it. I need to take my belt down to my neighbor to get them to put some more holes into the ... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 12:24:13 EST Need to start listening to my body I kind of figured out what's been giving me headaches in the mornings (and some throughout the day) and upset stomachs after having too much in a meal. Carbs. The type of carbs in breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc. I never thought about it until last night after having a sandwich, fries, and soup. I was okay on the soup but it didn't really kick in until I ate most of the sandwich (ate the bread on one half of the sandwich and the meat of the other half) and all of the fries. Now I have to ... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:35:36 EST Thinking of 2 special ladies today Today is the anniversary of 2 special ladies in my life. 27 years ago today my grandma (my dad's mom) passed away at the age of 82 years old. She had a few health problems. She was the last of my grandparents that I had alive. And 11 years ago today my mom passed away at the age of 55 years old. She had a lot of health problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and over weight. She had some other health problems but that is just a few. At the age of 40 years old (she just turned 40 in J... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:06:12 EST Gained 6 pounds due to TOM Well, I gained 6 pounds this week due to my TOM coming earlier this week. I am getting close in finishing it up. So I will be able to do some exercising. I need to get some exercising in before a week from today. Dad is getting stents in then into his legs at 9am. So I won't be doing much then. I am at 194 pounds. I am doing some light exercising and still eating healthy though. That is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I was wondering. Has anyone do the cider vinegar thing that I have been seeing on... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:56 EST Lost 3 pounds and feeling awesome Well, I lost another 3 pound. So I lost 4 pounds for the week. I was at 191 pounds on Wednesday and now I am at 188 pounds. I am a third of the way to my goal for the month. I want to get down to 180 pounds by Halloween. I am cutting out a lot of carbs and sodium in my diet. The carbs that I am cutting out is bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and anything like that. I have added more protein into my diet. I almost fixed a couple slices of white toast this morning with some peanut butter on them b... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 10:38:04 EST Plateauing but still doing good I am still at 191 pounds but I am still doing on my weight loss. I haven't gained or lost any weight. I am doing of walking. Yesterday I took a 72 minute long walk. I didn't do my long walk but did do a workout DVD this afternoon for 67 minutes. With the weather being the way that it was, I wasn't going to take the chance in getting wet. <BR> <BR> I quit my job today selling cosmetics and stuff (Mary Kay's competition) today. I am going to do one more campaign and that's it. Its was getting ... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 20:54:30 EST First pound for the new month Well, I finally broke my plateau that I've had since Saturday. I've been at 192 pounds since Saturday and now I am at 191 pounds. So I have another 11 pounds to go until I get down to where I want to be at for the month. If I can lose 17 pounds last month (from 209 pounds to 192 pounds), I can lose 12 pounds (including the pound that I already lost so far to get me down to 180 pounds) for this month. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine who is also a customer of mine (opposite of Mary Kay is who I sel... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:13:04 EST So far so good on goals I am doing somewhat okay on my goals. I have cut back on the carbs. I had a peanut butter sandwich last night on white bread since I was hungry. I ate around 300 or 400 calories before I ate this and burned over 1300 calories. I had a 56 minute walk last night. So you can imagine how hungry I was last night about 8pm. I didn't gain or lose any weight. Plus I didn't go over my carbs for the day. <BR> <BR> I am kind of craving some sweets right now but I am not really in the mood for them. I a... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 15:57:04 EST Got goals ready for this month through December Got my goals all typed up and printed out for this month through December. I made 3 copies of them so I can have one by the desktop computer, one to carry around, and one to have in the kitchen on the fridge. Here's what I have for this month: <BR> <BR> Get weight down to 180 pounds (I have 12 pounds to get to that) <BR> Cut carbs and sodium down further <BR> Add more lean protein (no fried protein) <BR> Add more walks in per week depending on the weather <BR> Eat less sweets to the point wh... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 11:17:22 EST Lost 3 pounds and accomplished 2nd mini goal Well, I have lost 3 pounds and I am now down to 192 pounds. I have lost a total of 17 pounds for this month. And I accomplished my 2nd mini goal for the month of getting to or near 190 pounds by today. I did get close to it by 2 pounds. I feel pretty good about myself. I never thought that making monthly goals was going to work until I accomplished the two that I have made for this month. I already made one for October. I want to get down to 180 pounds by Halloween. That's 12 pounds that I ne... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 10:02:39 EST My pants are starting to droop in the back Well, my denim capris are starting to what I like to call "The Gangsta". Start to slide down especially in the back. I can walk from where I am at now (on the desktop at the west end of the house) to the kitchen (kind of the middle of the house about 10 to 20 feet away) and they are almost to or at my hips depending on my speed when I walk. Most of the droop is in the backside of my capris. There are times that I want to put my belt on but I am going to wait until they are REALLY baggy on me ... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:58:02 EST No change in weight but still eating better I am still at 195 pounds. I was surprised when I checked my weight this morning. I am hoping to get some more weight off before Saturday. I want to be a little bit closer to 190 pounds before the end of the month to accomplish my 2nd mini goal for September. I think that I will have just 1 goal for October. I am still working on trying to figure out what to do about that one right now. It might be getting to 180 pounds by Halloween. I know that I can do that. That will be 2 pounds less than w... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:03:48 EST No change in weight but hoping for more soon I am still at 195 pounds. Been eating good and exercising as much as I can. Can't do much this afternoon with my dad's appointment at 3pm. He's getting to find out about the circulation in his legs. He had a cramp in his right leg in March 2009 and finally figured out what was wrong with them. There is a doctor that he's going to see today that can help with what's wrong with them So I won't be doing much exercising today. If we get home later and I'm not tired (the appointment isn't as far a... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:28:10 EST Paid the price on eating too many carbs I am paying the price on eating the white bread and donuts yesterday. I gained 2 pounds. I am back up to 195 pounds today. I don't gain weight when I exercise. I usually lose weight when I exercise. I know that I'm not retaining water because its way too soon for me to do that. Plus I am on a water pill anyway. I had 2 slices of white toast at home and 2 donuts at church (tried not to eat them but did anyway) and last night I had 2 more slices of wheat toast when I had some watermelon that wa... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:02:14 EST Lost 2 more pounds and getting close in finishing 2nd mini goal Well, I have lost another 2 pounds. I was at 195 pounds since Monday when I went to see my regular doctor. I checked my weight this morning and I am now at 193 pounds. So I am close in finishing my 2nd mini goal of getting to (or near) 190 pounds. If I am still at this weight a week from today (the last day of the month), I will already finished it because will be near 190 pounds. But I have a good feeling that I will accomplish that goal. I need to figure out a goal for October so I can try ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:17:27 EST No change in weight but in inches I am still at 195 pounds. I worked out for 175 minutes yesterday. 69 of those minutes are from a long walk. It felt good but I was a little sore from the walk this morning. I am not sure now. If its not too hot when I get home after my dad's appointment, I might go for a long walk. I am hoping for the long walk. I love long walks. <BR> <BR> I did lose inches. I lost half an inch off of my neck and 2 inches off of my waist and 2 inches off of my hips. I feel good. am hoping to lose some mor... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:29:28 EST Can see results but not much I can see some results in my belly but not much. I can tell its a little smaller but at least its some. It'll take a while to REALLY see some results. I am doing what my regular doctor is telling me. I have cut down on my carbs (so far they're 27% as of lunch time) and sodium and have boosted protein (so far they're 50% as of lunch time). I only ate half of a grilled chicken salad with a jalapeno ranch dressing (reminds me of a salsa ranch dip in a salad dressing form with the way it tastes).... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:48:48 EST