AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Plateaued and hating it Well, I've plateaued at 195 pounds and I am hating it right now. I thought that I would be lower by now but I am not. I have another 10 days in the month to get down to (or near) 190 pounds. I have been doing good. I hope that my carbs straighten out because after I ate lunch, the pie chart on the nutrition page was showing 75%. I had the good carbs and not the bad. I had a quarter cup of chicken salad, a cup of cantaloupe, a cup of strawberries (whole), and half a wedge of watermelon. I wil... Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:09:12 EST Results of my free blood screening A hospital from a city east of us came to our church with their Wellmobile and gave us a free checkup. The ladies of our church provided a free breakfast. I did somewhat well but its early to tell since I am trying to lower my carbs and sodium. Here are the results of what I got from the check up. <BR> <BR> Blood Pressure: 136/82 <BR> Blood Glucose: 106 (100 or less) <BR> Total Cholesterol: 220 (200 or less) <BR> High Density Lipoprotein (HDL): 39 (40 or more) <BR> Low Density Lipoprotein (L... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:30:57 EST Lost another 4 pounds and results from the doctor Well, I am still keeping my 2 mini goals but they're Plan A. Get to 197 pounds by today and at or near 190 pounds by the end of the month is the 2 mini goals. What I mentioned yesterday about getting between 190 and 197 by the end of the month was Plan B. Well, today I broke the first of the mini goals by 2 pounds. I am now down to 195 pounds. Yesterday I was at 199 pounds. I have been doing a lot of exercising and I had a long walk yesterday. So that's been helping. <BR> <BR> As for my appo... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:25:26 EST Back under 200 and feel tired Well, I got the 2 pounds back off that I gained. I'm glad of that. Now I have redone my 2 mini goals. One was to get down to 197 pounds before my appointment with my regular doctor (which is tomorrow). So I guess I won't be getting 2 pounds off in 24 hours. And the other is get to or near 190 pounds by the end of the month. So I am going to combine the two goals. I am going to try to get somewhere between 190 and 197 by the end of the month. Does that sound more doable to anyone? I posted it ... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:51:55 EST Gained 2 pounds and back into the 200s Well I gained 2 pounds and now I'm back into the 200s. I was at 199 pounds since Thursday and now I am back to 201 pounds. I am not sure why. I consumed around 1100 calories yesterday but burned 1699 calories in 159 minutes. I know that it was my sodium intake because it was 1493mg. And I am not taking on water. If I was, my legs and ankles would be swollen. Usually when I burn that many calories I would lose weight but this time I gained. I am hoping to go back down before Monday when I see ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:50:56 EST Lost another pound I am finally back under 200 pounds. I am at 199 pounds. I haven't exercised much. Somehow I'm not really in the mood today for some odd reason. I did do a walk around the house with the dog and a walk up and down the street with the dog and that's about it. I hate exercising when it gets later on in the day. And I am not wearing the usual clothes that I would wear for exercising. Those are needing to be washed. I would wear a pair of sweat pants but I don't think that I need to be wearing the... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:48:59 EST Gained some weight but no worries I gained 3 pounds since Sunday but I have gotten a pound off of it off. I went fro 198 pounds to 201 pounds. Now I am at 200 pounds but I am not going to let that define me. I am still hoping to get back down to 197 pounds before I see the doctor on Monday. I didn't have much exercising on Sunday and Monday due to being busy. We had a concert at our church on Sunday night. The Sweet Potatoes ( were here again (they were our first concert in April 2016) and they were s... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:39:29 EST No gain or loss My weight hasn't gained nor did I lose any weight. I am still at 198 pounds. Which is a good thing. At least I am not in the 200s again. I don't want to go back there again. When I see the doctor a week from tomorrow, his scale will read me in the 200s like usual. I still have time to get my first mini goal of getting the weight off that I gained after carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. I have a pound to go and I am going to work my hardest to do that pound off. I hope. <BR> <BR> I enjo... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:59:43 EST Broke my plateau Well I broke a plateau that I have had since Wednesday by a pound. I've been at 199 pounds since then and I went to check my weight this morning and I am now at 198 pounds. This week I've lost 11 pounds (I've been doing it safely) and I am a pound away from one of my mini goals for the month. I want to get the 12 pounds off before I see my regular doctor in 9 days and I am close in doing that. My other mini goal for the month is to get down to or near 190 pounds by the end of the month. So I ... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 10:22:22 EST A well deserved walk I got home about 20 minutes ago from a 70 minute long walk. It felt so good to go for that long of a walk. I haven't had that long of a walk since I had my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. There were a few times that I was going to turn around and go home but I pushed myself in going. I hate doing walks like that half way. It was a nice night to go for a walk. I checked the temperature when I got home and it was 78 degrees and I had a bottle of water with me in the carrier that I made.... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 19:26:01 EST My weight has leveled off Well, I haven't gained or lost anymore weight so far. I am still at 199 pounds. I am glad that it hasn't changed since then. I am hoping to get the last of the weight gain from last month when I went from 197 pounds to 209 pounds in 24 hours. I am hoping to get it off or more before I see my regular doctor in 11 days. I have been eating a lot better (still some splurge moments but there are times you need to do that or else you'll go nuts) and exercising more. I have a couple of goals for thi... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:13:08 EST Down another 2 pounds I checked my weight this morning and I lost another 2 pounds bringing my weight loss for the week to 10 pounds. I was at 209 pounds on Sunday and today I'm at 199 pounds. I am finally back below 200 pounds again. I have 2 more pounds to go until I get the 12 pounds off that I gained after my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand on August 11th. I still look heavier than I did. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Th... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 13:05:34 EST Down 8 pounds this week The past couple of days I've lost 8 pounds. I went from 209 pounds to 201 pounds. I am glad that I did but I am hoping to keep it that way or go down before I see the doctor in 13 days. I am still going to see him because of my belly still being the way it is no matter where I am at. When I was at 182 pounds back in July 2016, my belly looks like it does now. I just want to see what we could do. I've tried everything that I could think of in eating and exercising. I still have my splurge days... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:38:34 EST Feeling somewhat okay but mood stinks I am feeling okay but my mood stinks. I was up to 208 pounds but now I'm down to 204 pounds. I am trying to get the weight off (or some of it off) before I see my regular doctor in 16 days about the weight gain and to see why my belly won't change when my weight does. When I was at 182 pounds a year ago July, it looks like it does now at 204 pounds. There might be something causing it to be that way even though I eat well (or somewhat well) and I exercise regularly. He might want to do some ... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 14:00:19 EST Got an appointment about the weight gain Well, I finally got an appointment with the doctor about the weight gain. Got that made on the day I called the doctor. He wasn't in that day and the nurse asked around to the other doctors to see what to do. They told her that I should come in to see the doctor since the other doctors didn't know my medical history. So I have an appointment for September 18th at 1:45pm. I am going to keep track of what's going on since the appointment so we can have a somewhat of an idea on what we need to k... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:07:10 EST Sitting and waiting for the doctor I called the doctor's office to see what to do about the weight gain that I had after I had the carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand 17 days ago. The nurse calls back and says that he is out of the office until tomorrow but will see what another doctor thinks. I am hoping that they will have something that will help. I am not liking this one bit. My dad thought that I really didn't need to call the doctor about it. I felt like I needed to see what's going on with my weight. The nurse asked ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 10:55:21 EST Feel somewhat better but still feel blah I was at a plateau since Thursday but broke it. I was at 205 pounds since Thursday but now I am down to 203 pounds. But wish that it was more weight than 2 pounds off. But it'll get there. I was going to call the doctor's office yesterday but forgot all about it. We had a busy day yesterday. We got our 31 year old central air conditioner fixed yesterday. It took them over 2 hours to fix and clean out the slant coil that is above the 40 year old furnace. Now she runs like new. It was a leak th... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 09:32:28 EST Feeling like almost giving up but I'm not There are times that I feel like giving up with the way my weight has been here lately. I have no idea why I gained 12 pounds 24 hours after the carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. I didn't eat anything out of the ordinary to make me gain that much. Now I am having a hard time getting it off and back down to where I want to be. I try to adjust but the scale doesn't show it. I can feel it in certain areas that I have lost weight. My clues that I did. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get most of ... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:05:51 EST UGH Plateauing No change in weight. I am still stuck at 201 pounds. I ate the wrong foods yesterday but surprised that I didn't gain any weight. For breakfast I had a mug of hot tea in Green tea. For lunch, I had a cup of Ground Beef Italiano with green peppers (spaghetti soup pretty much) with French fries and a half of a Texas Burger Melt (I had to enter it as a quarter of a patty melt). For supper we had homemade beef and noodles (the noodles were homemade), mashed potatoes (not the boxed kind), homegrow... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:17:13 EST Adjusting again Well, I am going to be adjusting my exercising and what I eat until I break this plateau. I am stuck at 201 pounds. I am hoping to get some more weight off before I see the doctor who did my carpel tunnel surgery. The appointment is in 4 days. I have been getting in a lot of exercising here lately but I want to do more. I have already burned over 700 calories this morning and hoping to do more later on today. I didn't walk to church today because our church is on an August vacation (been that... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 12:27:50 EST In a good mood Well, I lost another 4 pounds. I had been at 205 pounds since Wednesday and today I weighed myself and the scale was showing 201 pounds. But since I gained 12 pounds in a 24 hour period after my carpel tunnel surgery a week ago yesterday, I have lost 8 pounds in a week. I feel great. I did do a lot of walking yesterday when we went out to our town's fair. I say I walked for an hour. I walked around the exhibit building and where the carnival is set up. I did take a lot of photos while I was o... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:51:41 EST Need to do some adjusting to what I am doing I am plateauing at 205 pounds. I have been doing a lot of walking and eating somewhat good but the scale isn't moving off of 205 pounds. Hopefully my weight can be lower soon. I thought that it would be after that long walk that I had yesterday but it never moved. I am hoping to get some more in soon if I am lucky. Its suppose to get near the 90s here. Plus I hope that the repairman gets here to charge up the air conditioner. It is out of coolant. It was like that all day long yesterday. I wa... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:30:18 EST Cut my time down on my long walk Took my long walk this afternoon and cut my time down by 3 minutes. Same route and speed but took me less time than it did on Monday. On Monday it took me 65 minutes to do my walk. Today it took me 62 minutes. Plus it was a lot warmer and I am wearing denim capris. I had a liter bottle of water with me and I drank about half of it while I was walking. I finished that bottle up and I'm on a fresh bottle. The bottle that I had on my walk was my 2nd liter of bottle and the one that I am on now i... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:54:00 EST Lost 3 pounds Well, I've lost 3 pounds since Monday. I've lost 4 of the 12 pounds that I gained since Saturday. So I've lost a pound a day since then pretty much. Right? I could of had my long walk yesterday since the rain never came but it was too hot yesterday to go for one. It got close to 90 degrees yesterday. Its going to be another hot one today and its suppose to rain today. Plus we are taking a vehicle down to another shop for the garage here in town to get an alignment job on it and there is no wa... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:39:58 EST I'm bored I am really bored right now. I can't go for a walk because its hot and it might rain. I am not going to take the chance in getting heat stroke or getting wet. I tried to play a workout DVD in my laptop but it wouldn't play. I am going to figure out something to burn some calories in the house. I would put a workout DVD in my TV but I already have a DVD of my favorite TV show in it and I am almost done with the season that I am on. So I need to finish that up before I do a workout DVD. Can't v... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:52:16 EST Took a long walk today and was worth it I took a very long walk this afternoon and it was so worth it. It took me 65 minutes to do it and I think that it was either 3 or 4 miles (maybe 5 miles) depending on how it looks. We were at the garage here in town and I was bored. I told dad that I was going for a walk. I took the same route as I did Friday but I took a different route towards the end. Plus I wanted to earn some more SparkPoints in fitness, so I went further and longer. My walk on Friday was only 50 minutes but I wanted the... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:04:48 EST Lost a pound but wish that it was more Out of the 12 pounds that I gained, I lost a pound of it. I didn't do as much exercising as I would of liked but at least I am a pound down. I am hoping to get some more exercising in today with it being nice. That's only if we don't get too busy picking up parts for the garage here in town. I was at 209 pounds and now I'm at 208 pounds. I am hoping to be lower in the next 10 days when I get the bandages and stitches out of my right hand. <BR> <BR> I am only 3 days out since having carpel tu... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:21:18 EST Not in the best of moods I went to check my weight this morning and I've gained 12 pounds. I am not sure why but I did. I didn't snack too much (I had a mug of hot tea for a snack), I didn't go over my calorie intake or sodium intake, or anything else. I am not sure why I gained. I know that it isn't water weight because I got done with my TOM last week and I am not retaining it this late. I am hoping to get a good majority of it off before I see the doctor who did my carpel tunnel surgery in 11 days to get the banda... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:59:18 EST Surgery went well My surgery went well. My right hand is a little numb still due to a medicine that they gave me. Its almost gone. I am actually doing this with both hands. My right hand isn't sore from doing that. I know that it will be when the medicine wears off. <BR> <BR> I am still at 197 pounds. I thought that I would be lower than this but I am still at the same weight. I might be losing a lot more weight this time around than the last time. I had a hard time eating breakfast and lunch because I had to... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:37:44 EST Preparing for tomorrow Well, getting ready for tomorrow's carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. I took the dog for a walk (2nd one up and down our street) and will fix a peanut butter sandwich and a mug of hot tea (Earl Grey) after I get off of the computer. That's about all I feel like eating tonight. Dad's got coffee so he might want me to fix him a peanut butter sandwich. We are going to bed early tonight. I am going to take a shower around 6pm, give dad his meds after I get done with that, and try to get to s... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:35:05 EST Surgery time has been scheduled This morning while my dad and I were waiting for our food to arrive, the hospital called to let me know when I need to be there on Friday. I have to be at the hospital by 6am and the carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand is going to be at 7:30am. So that means my dad and I will be getting up early and get on the road between 5:15am and 5:30am. I already got pre registered when I got my pre op blood work done 2 weeks ago tomorrow. When the gal called and mentioned what time I had to be there,... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 17:18:19 EST I am tired Got a lot of walking in today. 63 minutes of it was push mowing the yard (wanted to get it mowed before I have the carpel tunnel surgery on Friday on my right hand). The rest was like this. <BR> <BR> 2 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each <BR> 2 laps around the house with the dog for 5 minutes each <BR> 15 minute walk around Target and a few other places. <BR> <BR> So you can imagine how tired and sore I am. But I burned off what I ate today. I am eating a late supper of a peanut butter s... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 19:51:45 EST Plateauing at 197 pounds I am still at 197 pounds. I was hoping to be lower than I am right now. I am hoping to be lower before Friday when I have my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. I am hoping to get some more exercising done this week. I did plenty yesterday. I even added when I was sweeping the kitchen and by our front door, vacuumed the house, and dusting the house. All of that took me 31 minutes to do. At least those 3 things are out of my way. This morning I got the laundry done and I might get another ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 10:03:43 EST Busy week ahead This week is going to be busy with me getting ready for my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand on Friday. I am going to get a lot of it done that I usually do done before then. I know that I will be burning a lot of calories leading up to the surgery. I want to vacuum the house but right now I am not even going to try since my dad is taking a nap. When he wakes up I might do it. That will kill some time and calories. I would do some things outside but we might get some rain and I am not go... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 16:08:51 EST Lost 2 pounds and I'm tired I lost 2 of the 3 pounds that I gained. I was surprised since I went over my sodium intake. Well, I drank more water than usual yesterday so that might of helped. I got in plenty of exercising not enough to burn calories. Hopefully I will do better today. Its suppose to be between nice and rain today. I already got a walk in with the dog this morning outside. I am hoping to get more in before too long. <BR> <BR> I am tired this morning. We lost power last night from 5pm until almost 1am. So ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 09:23:51 EST