AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Lost a pound I've lost a pound. I was at 214 pounds and now I'm at 213 pounds. But that isn't the only thing that I'm happy about. We did the free screening that a hospital from Peoria, IL, does every 3 months and it includes a free breakfast. A lot of them went down but need to raise one of them. <BR> <BR> Blood sugar: 75 (it was 82 in March) <BR> Blood Pressure: 140/92 (140/90 in March) <BR> Total Cholesterol: 173 (was 204 in March) <BR> HDL: 35 (was 39 in March but the doc wants it at 60) <BR> LDL: 10... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:06:14 EST Long and tiring day What made it feel like that is that we traded in our 2011 Ford Escape for a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van. Dad fell in love with it. So we have it right now. I need to sort out what we have in it sometime soon. Probably do it sometime tomorrow. There are a few things that I need to get rid of. It was kind of late when we got home for me to get rid of what we need to get rid of. Plus I'm tired. I only did 1 workout DVD and after what I did today I'm going to sleep well tonight. I need to ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:31:44 EST Beat my times in walking to and from church I have beat my times in walking to church and back home. 2 weeks it was 36 minutes round trip. A week a go it was 34 minutes round trip. Today it was 30 minutes round trip. I knew that I was going to beat my time today because it took me 4 minutes to walk the full length of our street. Usually it takes about 5 minutes to walk the entire thing. Dad says that I must of had a faster pace but I didn't. Same pace and same route that I've been taking here lately. I wasn't tired getting to church or... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:46:04 EST A light day Did only 1 workout DVD and walked for 5 minutes at Target. Really didn't want to feel burned out for the rest of the day. Been feeling like that for a few days. If my dad doesn't get up in the morning, I might be walking to church for the 3rd Sunday in a row. <BR> <BR> Dad got up late today. Sometimes he'll sleep in on Saturdays but sometimes he doesn't. Today was one Saturday he sleeps in. If he sleeps in past 8am tomorrow, I'm sending in the dog. She'll get him up. She'll go over to his s... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:53:27 EST Its starting to look like fall Our front yard is starting to get covered in leaves from our sycamore tree that is in our front yard. There isn't too many leaves in the back yard from the 2 maple trees. I'm going to wait a while longer to get the push mower out to mow over the leaves. <BR> <BR> Our high school football team is doing pretty well. They're undefeated so far and they're winning 38 to nothing right now. This is our 2nd school year of the consolidation and this is pretty great. If they win tonight, they will be ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:41:56 EST Feeling great but starting to feel burned out When I mean burned out, its the exercises. For about a week now I've been repeating the same exercises. But worth it. I might jazz it up in the morning when I get the pets fed and my medicine taken. I haven't figured it out. I need to do something because I've plateaued. Still stuck at 211 pounds. <BR> <BR> I did 2 workout DVDs this morning and I almost quit through the 2nd one. It was either do the 2nd workout DVD or fall asleep in dad's recliner. But I went ahead and did the 2nd workout DV... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:49:43 EST Beautiful day for a beautiful mood Today we had sunshine and warm temps. I di the same workout DVD that I did yesterday. Did a lot of walking while we were shopping (actually me) and then unloading the vehicle with what we got and putting away what we got. Now I have to figure out what workout DVD that I'm going to do tomorrow. I have time until I get up to figure it out. <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:39:04 EST Feeling the new me coming out I have had this feeling of the new me coming out but this is a lot more than I have felt in a long time. There were times that I wanted to throw some negative thoughts out but I remembered that I didn't need them. Who needs negative thoughts? Not me. <BR> <BR> Today I did the Walk Away The Pounds 3 miles DVD (47 minutes long) this morning and this afternoon I mowed the yard and it took me 65 minutes. Dad tried to convince me not to mow it but I told him that I wasn't sure how our week was go... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:01:08 EST Another great day for boosting mood I did the same workout DVD that I did Friday and Saturday this morning. This afternoon I did about 20 minutes of the SparkPeople 28 day Boot Camp workout DVD. Then not too long after that I went out and picked up sticks out of the yard for about 10 minutes. I'm glad that I did because I was starting to get bored with doing nothing and feeling depressed. I know that I will workout tomorrow morning before dad gets up. It seems like I have too much time on my hands that time of day when he's sti... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:44:33 EST I'm in a good mood today I walked to and from church this morning. Shaved a minute each way from last week's time. Last week it took me 18 minutes each way to go to church and back home. Today it took me 17 minutes each way to go to church and back home. Same route both times to and from church. It might be because I'm not feeling depressed like I was last weekend. At least I got some fresh air while I was at it. The good mood doesn't wear off. I'm still feeling good right now and its getting close for me to go to be... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:49:27 EST Another full day of boosting my mood Well I did the same workout DVD this morning as I did yesterday and went out and trimmed where I didn't get with the push mower yesterday. The trimming took me 17 minutes to do. I trimmed a couple of trees. I had to because I kept on hitting them when I was mowing. My mood has been so great and I haven't felt depressed all day. If dad doesn't get up to go to church tomorrow, I will be walking to church like I did this past Sunday. With the weather report for tomorrow we might be having a beau... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:24:33 EST Made a boring day feel full I did a workout DVD this morning. The Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles for 68 minutes. Then this afternoon I mowed the yard for 70 minutes. I wasn't going to do anything this morning before the workout DVD but I decided to exercise. Boy did it boost my mood up full blast. I was kind of depressed. I'm going to exercise from now on to boost my mood. If I start feeling like I shouldn't exercise, I'm going to remind myself how great it made me feel. Just wish that we didn't have big dogs in the neig... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:40:12 EST Stupid internet Sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday but our internet was down. I called the phone company but somehow after supper I got it fixed. I pushed the power button on the WiFi and somehow I got it to work. If the phone company calls tomorrow I will tell them that I figured it out. Never thought of doing what I did. I didn't have any internet for over 24 hours. <BR> <BR> We were busy yesterday. After we got home from dad's chiropractor, we took a vehicle to another town for the garage here ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:11:27 EST A boring day Today was a boring day. We didn't even leave town. Not even for supper. I know that we will be leaving town tomorrow because dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning. <BR> <BR> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:47:21 EST Slept well last night but sore this morning Boy was I ever sore. Took something for pain this morning and then I drank a cup of hot tea. I haven't had to take anything for pain for the rest of the day for pain. Not even for a headache. I had a headache but the headache went away before I could take anything for it. I was in so much pain that I almost couldn't walk but after taking the OTC pain medicine and drinking the hot tea, I was feeling better. The pain was a good kind of pain. But felt a little depressed for some odd reason. I wa... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:07:27 EST Going to be sleeping great tonight I walked to and from church today. Each way was 18 minutes each. Mowed the yard today with the push mower for 67 minutes. Its a good thing that I got it done when I did. It was getting dark and getting hard to see. So you can imagine I'm going to be tired tonight and sore. I better take something for the pain here pretty soon. I'm going to exercise in the morning so I can at least get a great start to my day. I want to get some more weight off before the holidays come around. <BR> <BR> Dad i... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:52:18 EST Was planning on mowing yard today but didn't I was going to mow the yard today but didn't. Got a late start on things like leaving the house and all that. I was going to mow it when we got home from supper but it was after 7pm and it was starting to get dark. Might do it tomorrow afternoon after I change clothes. Go from my dress that I'm going to wear to church to something that I can mow in. Its suppose to be warmer tomorrow so I might wear shorts while mowing. I need to do something besides sit around. I want to get it done before Mo... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:26:28 EST The rain came back But it didn't come down as bad as it did earlier in the week when we had standing water in the back yard. If I get lucky and it is nice and sunny I may mow the yard then. I haven't mowed the yard in a week. It looks a like I haven't mowed it longer than that. Our neighbor across the street got his mower back and he didn't do much of his yard. <BR> <BR> Dad is walking somewhat better today after the cortisone shot to the knee. But it'll take it a while longer until he's walking better. I not... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:35:54 EST Dad's bone scan results Well, there isn't anything wrong with his knee. Just inflammation from the scar tissue from the surgery that he had 4 years ago next month. They gave him a cortisone shot to the knee. And they did take xrays of his right hip because the chiropractor was working on that when dad saw the chiropractor last month. Dad got the xrays of the hip on a disk to take to the chiropractor. That appointment is this coming Wednesday. Dad goes back on October 9th to see the doctor he saw today to see if the ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:57:00 EST Too much rain Looks like it might be next week before I can even mow the yard. Part of the back yard has standing water in it. We're suppose to get more tonight and then more on Friday. The yard looks like I hadn't mowed it over a week. Let's hope that next week it doesn't rain and I can mow it so it looks nice. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow dad's gets the results of the bone scan that he had last week. I'm hoping that its good news. He doesn't needs it replaced. He just got the one that he has 4 years next month. ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:02:02 EST A rainy day Today was a really rainy day. It rained off and on all day at least 4 or 5 times today. And they weren't light either. They were downpours. It started about the time I got up this morning around 5am. We're suppose to get more tomorrow. So that means the grass is REALLY going to grow and I'm going to have to mow this weekend. I was thinking of mowing Thursday with it being nice and sunny but its going to rain on Friday so I'm going to wait until the weekend to mow. Plus we're going to be busy ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:01:45 EST A somewhat slow day Well, today was a somewhat slow day but it was a busy. Dad had to get his monthly blood test and we got a couple of things at Target that was needed. Plus we got a few parts for the garage. I'm not sure what we're doing tomorrow or Wednesday. Just Thursday with the day that dad gets the results of his bone scan. <BR> <BR> We're going to get some rain I think starting tonight through tomorrow and probably Wednesday. So I might be mowing by the weekend. I'm glad of that because we're going to ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:36:56 EST I'm looking forward to a new week I'm so looking forward in a new week. Last week went by so slow leading up to dad's bone scan. This week might do the same with the results Thursday being the day that dad gets the results of his bone scan. Might go in just to see what the results are. Hate waiting in the waiting room. So slow. Better make sure that I have the wall charger for my Nook so if I need it, I will plug it in. <BR> <BR> Today was a slow day. It started out being slow after church. I don't know why but it did. That... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:59:54 EST Took a lot of naps today Took a lot of small naps today from the time I got up until this afternoon. I was that tired. I deserved those naps. I was going to mow the neighbor's yard across the street but decided not to today. If I'm not too tired tomorrow I might do it then. <BR> <BR> I got a brace for my left wrist today at Target. I'm needing something to support it when I'm mowing. It was KILLING me today from the bottom knuckles of my fingers down to my wrist. I broke the left wrist in 1995 while learning how to ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:51:40 EST Going to sleep good tonight Mowed the yard (push mowed) this afternoon and it took 70 minutes to do the entire yard. I was starting to feel tired by the time dad and I went to get some supper. Its the good kind of tired. Got the fresh fruit plate tonight where we usually get it. I had it with cottage cheese and not raisin toast. Dad had no cottage cheese (he doesn't care for it) and wheat toast instead of raisin toast. I got dad spoiled with that fresh fruit plate. He just started eating it this year. We have a few more... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:52:53 EST Not as slow as I thought I though that it was going to be a really slow day but it was the waiting from the time that he got the shot to when he had the scan. When we got back to the hospital they did an xray of his right knee and then did the scan. Those didn't take long. I had a hard time getting onto the WiFi when we got there for the shot but didn't have a problem when we went back for the xrays and scan. We have to wait until next Thursday for the results. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:59:46 EST It's going to be a long day tomorrow Dad's bone scan is tomorrow and its at the hospital we always go to. There is a 3 hour wait after he gets the shot before he has the scan. I'm not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'm hoping to figure that out soon. <BR> <BR> If it cools down and doesn't rain tomorrow after we get home from the scan, I might mow the yard. If not, I'll wait until the weekend since its going to be in the 70s then. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:42:57 EST Wanting a slow but didn't get it I was hoping for a slow day but didn't get one. Dad had some bills to pay in one town. When we got done with the last one, went to Menards for the guy who owns the garage here in town to get a quart of paint thinner (he said that he didn't care where it came from as long as he got some), got a few things in Galesburg, and got back to town. The railroad was trying to get one of their trucks on the north crossing where we had to go. So we went down to the other crossing (they could of used sinc... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:52:10 EST What a boring day Didn't get the chance to do what I wanted to do today. Too lazy to do it. Especially outside because we were suppose to get rain today. We didn't. According to the weather report it might be tonight. Looks like Wednesday and Friday we're suppose to get some. Either Thursday or the weekend I might be mowing the yard. <BR> <BR> I kept track the mileage of mowing the yard yesterday.. It was 2.915 miles to do a 89 feet by 130 feet yard. By the end of the day I walked over 5 miles and got my 10,0... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:09:55 EST 6th Sparkversary for me I've been with SparkPeople for 6 years now. I started on August 31, 2008. I'm not regretting it one bit. I'm glad that I've started. I have so much support. And it helps me keep in mind that I'm not alone in this life. <BR> <BR> I mowed the yard today. Took me less time to do it. 6 minutes less. Friday it took me 75 minutes to mow the yard. Today it took me 69 minutes. It feels good to get something done. Dad thought that it didn't need done but it did. I'm going to wait until at least Thurs... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:45:23 EST I think that I will be mowing sooner than thought When I took the dog out this morning after giving her her breakfast, I looked at the grass. Just great. It looks like it needs to be mowed again. It shot up that much overnight since we got all that rain last night. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I will be mowing it again. If dad complains that I shouldn't do it tomorrow, I will tell him that I will do it because I don't want it to get too tall by Wednesday. I think that we are going to get more rain on Monday and Tuesday and it'll be taller by... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:17:57 EST Got the yard mowed and trimmed before the storm Finally got to mow the yard with the new mower. An hour and 15 minutes it took me to do the entire yard and with 1 tank of gas. Usually takes me more than 2 fills of the tank before I can do the entire yard. And then we went to get supper where I had a fresh fruit plate. Then we came home and trimmed around the areas where I couldn't get with the mower. I'm a little sore since it's been a while since I mowed and trimmed. I am hoping for more soon. I love being outside. I might go out and fix ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:51:55 EST Guess the yard will have to wait Was going to test the new push mower today, stupid thing wouldn't start. Got a way to fix that whenever I get to mow. Was going to do it when we got back to town this afternoon. No luck because it rained. It is suppose to rain tomorrow and this weekend. If it isn't raining and its dry, I might do that tomorrow. Got a new gas can this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Dad saw the doctor who replaced his right knee in 2010 and sometime next week he is going to get a bone test. The bone in that area might b... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:18 EST Got a new push mower today Finally, a new mower. I don't me a used one. I mean a brand spanking new one. But can't use it right now. The guy at the garage here in town is going to put it together for us. It's about 2" smaller on the cut than the other one but at least I can cut the grass. It was on sale for about $10.00 less than the original price. I wonder how long its going to take me to mow the yard. At least I can get some more weight off before I can't mow for the rest of the year. I'm hoping to mow other yards t... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:02:41 EST Down another pound Well yesterday I was at 209 pounds. Today I'm at 208 pounds. It feels good. I might be down another pound tomorrow with the way my system was tonight. I was a little loose and sometimes I lose a pound when that happens. We'll see. I ate pretty light today so I may or may not of lost more weight but I'll check tomorrow. I know that I shouldn't check my weight everyday but I do it to see where I need to adjust throughout the day. It could be in a meal, more water, or fitness. I've been okay in ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:58:49 EST Some tips that might help you I learned some tips that you can't find online. Some of them I learned by accident or learned from other people. <BR> <BR> 1. When on your period, drink cranberry juice. Treat your period like a bladder infection. It helps shorten your period. Mine lasts about 3 or 4 days when I drink cranberry juice. Sometimes I'll add some of the water I have in my water bottle. It kind of flavors the water and you can get you water in at the same time. <BR> <BR> 2. Don't drink soda while on your period. ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:23:00 EST 2 pounds in a day and 5 pounds since last week Well in the pounds that I gained is coming down better than I thought. Out of the 7 pounds that I gained since coming back from Minnesota last month, I lost 5 pounds of it. 2 of those pounds in the last 24 hours. I have another 2 pounds to go until I get back to where I was before the 7 pounds came back on. I have another 14 pounds to go until I get back to the 45 pound weight loss. Yesterday I was at 211 pounds and today I'm at 209 pounds. Another 14 pounds will put me at 195 pounds. Its bee... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:13:08 EST Sick and tired of the rain It seems like every day or every other day we have had rain this week. I'm so sick of it. After we left to go uptown to get the mail, go to the bank, and get breakfast, it cut loose. I was going to go over to the bank when I put in my breakfast order but that's when it cut loose. I didn't feel like running in the rain. But it wasn't too much later when it quit. I think that's the only time that it rained all day today. We're suppose to get more of it this coming week. It got into the low to m... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:58:06 EST And they say dogs are dumb My dog proves that they aren't dumb. I sell makeup and she always knows when they come in at least 30 minutes or more before they get here. She knows the voice of one of my customers if that customer comes over with the check for her order (like she did today). My uncle who lives 30 minutes north of here asks about her since she started not feeling good and today he sent me a text message asking about her and I told him how she was doing. And told my dog that my uncle asked about her and she ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:28:32 EST A hot and steamy day Just wish that it was cooler but it won't be for a while. It almost got to 90 degrees today. It was so humid out that it was hard to breath. I was working on a crocheted leftover yarn afghan I didn't get as far as I wanted to on it because it was so warm even with the air conditioner running. Looks like I have to leave the air conditioner on tonight. Wish that I left it on last night. Even with the little fan in my room didn't help keep it cool. <BR> <BR> We're going back up to Target tomor... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:09:31 EST Finally we got the medicine Finally got the medicine that we've been waiting for. We were waiting for dad's potassium to get to the pharmacy at Target from the doctor (who is in the same town as Target). They filled it up yesterday. We had to get another medicine and now have to wait for another one. His water pill. They have it on the directions as taking a pill and a half a day when he has to take that dose twice a day. He had to call the doctor the day we got the bottle of that medicine because they made a mistake an... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:31:06 EST Sick and tired of the doctor Okay dad and I aren't too happy with the doctor right now. The pharmacy at Target faxed the doctor to tell them that they need refills on one of dad's meds on Saturday. The doctor denied it. So yesterday they refaxed them the doctor. Today they didn't have it. So the pharmacist calls over to the doctor's office and they said that they would fax a prescription for the medicine at that moment. When we left around 3pm still no medicine. I told the pharmacist that we were going to be back in town... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:12:26 EST Not in the greatest of moods I've gained at least 7 pounds. I've gained the 3 pounds that I lost while we were in Minnesota plus another 4 pounds. I know where I've gone wrong and I'm going to do something about it. I think that most of it is water because I think that I'm getting close to having my TOM right now. But usually I don't retain water when it comes around. At least this much. I usually stay about the same whenever it comes around. It must be in different parts of my body because I don't see any changes in my ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:04:40 EST My dog is feeling like her old self Last night when going to bed and giving her a milk bone, she jumped off of the bed and she didn't whine. She did that this morning and no whining. Her attitude is back to where it was. She hasn't been in pain all day. Now she's down to the half pill a day now. I will give that to her in the morning. <BR> <BR> We stayed home today. Our church is off today and the next 2 Sundays for August vacation. Its been that way since before 1860. So we start back up on September 7th. And we didn't even ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:19:46 EST Got some info on what is wrong with dog Well come to find out that our dog's hind feet are rolling further than they should when she walks. The vet said (at least is the one that knows her better than the other and this one is a guy) that is the reason for her hurting. So no physical activities for her for a couple of months. So I have to lift her in bed for that much longer. He prescribed another medicine for her to take. Half a pill a day for 30 days. I still give her the other two medicines plus what we got today. Her hind feet... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:15:26 EST Taking the dog to the vet again tomorrow Well, got an appointment for the vet tomorrow to take the dog over to see what's going on with the dog. They were hoping that we would get her over today but we weren't home to grab the dog and then take her over. It would of been close in time for them to close for the day. So at 10am tomorrow we're taking her over to get checked out. I will post something tomorrow night to let all of you know what's going on. <BR> <BR> Our town fair started last night. We went there tonight and walked aro... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:07:44 EST Really starting to worry about the dog She is fine during the day besides not jumping off of my bed or getting onto the couch but in the mid afternoon through the night time she's touchy. Now she's getting really touchy near her right front leg and its has a little swelling kind of near the armpit area. Noticed that about 5 to 6 hours ago. You didn't need to touch her and she would whimper. May have to call the vet tomorrow to see what we need to do with her. I'm hoping that the #1 thing that I hate to hear that they won't say an... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:27:22 EST Wishing that you could take their pain away I wish that I could take my dog's pain away. Especially in her back. She's really touchy after we got home this afternoon. Especially near the hips. Tonight just before supper it was right near the middle of her back. She jumped off of my bed this morning before I got out of the bathroom. I heard her jump down. But she's been doing better in taking the antibiotic. I sit the pain pill down on the floor and after she has her antibiotic, she'll walk over and get the antibiotic and takes it. She ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:07:52 EST No real change Our dog is still not feeling great. She's not as touchy as she was but still not feeling 100 percent herself. She wags her tail when she happy but not the spunk behind the wag. Had to fight her this morning to give her her pills. Wish that I could take her pain away from her. We will see how she is tomorrow even though dad has a chiropractor appointment in a different town that where the vet is at. That is when we will decide if we have to take her back to the vet or just call them to see wha... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:00:38 EST Wait and see with dog We went over to the vet but we didn't have the dog with us. We had to pay the bill from when we took her over there. We told them what was going on with the dog and they said to wait for another couple of days and see how she's doing. She seems happy but not to where she's not touchy. The back problems she's having is common for one of the 4 dogs that is in her. She's dachshund/terrier/Boxer/American Bull dog and dachshunds are known for back problems. At night when its time for bed, I put he... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:12:21 EST