AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Made it to Wisconsin Well, made it to Wisconsin okay. Went to Lambeau Field when we got there. Talk about being in heaven. Went on the tour and had a blast. Got to go to the 1919 Kitchen and Tap and it was good. Then we went to the Pro Shop and got a few things. Didn't go to the Packers Hall of Fame. Had to get to Sister Bay (in Door County) to check in at our motel. We were going to the Shareholders meeting yesterday but we had a storm, it got hot, and it was crowded. So we did the Door County thing yesterday an... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:53:29 EST Lost another pound plus trip is getting close Well, I've lost about 4 pounds this past week but lost a pound since yesterday. At the beginning of last week I was 186 pounds. I went down a pound a day and yesterday I was at 183 pounds. Today I am at 182 pounds. That what I weighed when my oldest brother James and his wife Cheri (the one that introduced me to got married on December 29, 1990. So maybe later if I'm lucky, to put on my bridesmaid dress and get a photo of me in it. I might be even lower than I am now before I... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:12:01 EST 2 minute planks Well, I've increased my time on my planks. The first one today was at the 1 minute mark but the last 2 planks were longer. I did those for 2 minutes each. I was going to do a minute and a half but that was too easy. So I went ahead and did them for 2 minutes each. I was a little shaky on the 2nd plank that I did the 2 minutes on but did very well. Talk about really working the core and working up a little sweat. If I was working up a little bit of a sweat at 2 minutes, I can't imagine a longe... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 21:06:48 EST Long day on Saturday This past Saturday I went to Peoria, IL, (an hour east of where I live) to go shopping with my aunt and uncle who I will be going to Wisconsin with in 2 weeks. They were suppose to had picked me up at 10am but they were an hour late. They had a good reason. They were switching my aunt's sister to another nursing home. But we got over to Peoria and the first place we went to shop was Plato's Closet. Come to find out, wrong store, right area. Plato's Closet was something for teens and 20 someth... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:26:07 EST I am loving the planks I am loving the planks. I am so glad that I decided to do them. My last 2 planks today I had to do back to back because the time that I usually do them I wasn't home so I had to wait until we got home from having supper and do them. I usually don't do them when I have a full stomach but tonight I did them. I wasn't crazy full like I was earlier around lunchtime. If you haven't tried planks, try them. They are worth it. I tried to suck in my gut on the last plank tonight and there was no way t... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:15:10 EST My planks Well, I have gone from doing my planks on my forearms and doing them for 50 seconds to doing them in the push up position (on my hands and the up position) and lasting for a minute. And talk about feeling it. Plus it has helped me get some more of the weight that I gained (gained 7 pounds from last week) in the past few days. I lost 3 pounds already. Went from 194 pounds to 191 pounds. I haven't done any workout DVDs this week. I have been doing a lot of walking though. Especially getting the... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 22:04:07 EST My planks Well, I got up to 30 seconds for a while. My last plank last night was 35 seconds. This morning I went for 50 seconds. That was the only one so far today. I will do more later on today when we get home. I might go even further than that. We will see. So that tells me my core strength is getting better. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 15:11:43 EST Yesterday and today's planks Well, my planks are getting better. I am still a little shaky but that will get better as time goes by. Here's my planks from yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> 6-16-16 <BR> <BR> Plank #1: 15.37 seconds <BR> Plank #2: 15.50 seconds <BR> Plank #3: 15.56 seconds <BR> <BR> 6-17-16 <BR> <BR> Plank #1: 15.97 seconds <BR> Plank #2: 20.13 seconds <BR> Plank #3: 25.63 seconds <BR> <BR> I've increased my time by 15 seconds since I started doing them on Wednesday. I can feel it in my core especially w... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:51:14 EST My 2nd and 3rd Planks Well, I got my 2nd and 3rd planks in for the day and starting to feel my stomach muscles. These 2 were a little longer than the first. My 2nd plank was 10.41 seconds long and I done that when we got home from my dad's chiropractor appointment and the 3rd plank was15.31 seconds long and did that one after supper. I was a little shaky on them but not as bad as the first one. I also did a Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles (this morning was the 3 miles one) this afternoon. My brother in Ohio (he's 6 y... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:27:13 EST My first plank Well, I did 1 plank this morning. I lasted 10.37 seconds. I'm not sure if that is good or bad for the first time though. I was starting to shake I was hoping to last until 15 seconds but I can work towards that. I am going to try it again this afternoon and before I go to bed. I am going to do it 3 times a day everyday and maybe increase it like every week or every other week. I did it on my forearms and toes. Maybe I can do it on my hands before I know it. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:05:32 EST Belly exercises I know that I already posted a blog earlier but need help from all. Its my belly area. My legs and arms are getting smaller with walking and toning in those areas. But my belly isn't getting there as fast as the other two areas and I want to get that area smaller and slimmer. Here's what I want to do but I want an opinion on how long and how many I should do. And maybe some ideas that I might add to certain exercises that might help in getting to where I want to be. I don't want to watch a vi... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:42:16 EST Lost 2 pounds and feeling wonderful Well, slowly the 12 pounds that I gained is coming off. I lost a pound between Sunday and yesterday. Well, between yesterday and today, I've lost 2 pounds. I ate somewhat healthy yesterday (my sodium intake was in the 200s yesterday) and I took the dog for 3 walks yesterday and did a workout DVD (Walk Away The Pounds 3 miles) helped. Plus when your 30 year old central air conditioner needs to be charged up (its not freezing up or anything, its not cooling down in the house) and I was really s... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 09:23:53 EST Wait it out or call the doc On Memorial Day I banged up my leg twice to where I have a bruise in the two spots. The smaller one is gone but the larger one is still there. Its lightened up to where it is almost healed but not quite yet. Should I wait it out or call the doc? I've never had a bruise last this long. I might wait with it being light. <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds between Saturday and Sunday but that was due to the foods that I ate on Saturday at a surprise birthday party that dad and I went to on Saturday for... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:57:04 EST Good news about me and my dog I went to see my lung doctor yesterday. I was at 190 pounds yesterday (gained the 2 pounds that I lost the day before) and the scale at his office showed 196 pounds. He was happy about a few things. My asthma is going down to where its almost gone. I've been suffering from asthma since November 1978 when I turned 11 months old. He didn't force me into getting a CPAP machine since I have a mild case of sleep apnea. I was worried that he would try to talk me into getting one. He was happy where... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 16:24:38 EST 7 pounds down, 5 more to go Well, I've lost another 2 pounds bringing my weight down to 188 pounds since last week. I had a 12 pounds weight gain last month and last week I got 5 of those off. Yesterday I was at 190 pounds and today I'm at 188 pounds. I did a Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles DVD, walked home from the restaurant when my dad had to take a vehicle to another town to get aligned for the garage here in town, and took our dog for a walk. All that was yesterday. Our dog felt well enough (but still feels yucky) to ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 11:35:53 EST 5 down, 7 to go I was at 183 pounds about this time last month and then by the end of the month, I weighed 195 pounds. But out of the 12 pounds that I gained, I have lost 5 of those pounds. Plus I started my TOM yesterday. Some of you ladies know that you usually gain weight. I did but I lost the weight. I haven't been eating well here lately like fatty meals and haven't been exercising much lately. I'm lucky to get a walk in or two with the dog. And that is in the mornings here lately and sometimes after 6p... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:09:12 EST 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