AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunday walks My walking to and from church has improved again. I was at 16 minutes getting to church and 15 minutes getting home from church a week ago today. Today it was 15 minutes getting to church and 14 minutes getting home from church. So my CPAP is helping BIG TIME!!!!! I am getting more energy and I'm breathing a whole lot better. It was a bit cold out. It was right at the freezing mark this morning just before 8am here in west central IL. I included the amount of walking that I did while I was at... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:41:15 EST Nice day today Took the dog for a couple of walks today. One this morning after I fed her and one tonight when we got home from looking at bald eagles (saw 2 but took 2 pictures of 1 of them). It was a nice day to take them. It was in the mid to upper 60s today here in west central Illinois. Its going to be that way and even in the 70s this week. We are suppose to get rain on Monday but we're needing it since we didn't get much snow this winter. Its in the upper 50s now and I'm drinking a cup of hot tea wi... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:17:56 EST Stomach acting up I had to call my gastro doctor Wednesday because I ran out of the medicine that he prescribed last year for the ulcers that I had in my stomach. Well they were acting up off and on for a month and Wednesday was the day that I took the last of the medicine. I didn't get a call back from his nurse until yesterday morning (almost 24 hours after calling his office and leaving a message) and found out that he was going to send a prescription to the pharmacy for more. I only take it as need it and ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:39:33 EST Energy is getting better I'm glad that I am on the CPAP machine. My energy is so much better. It took me less time going to and from church on Sunday. It took me 16 minutes and 59 seconds to go to church and it took me about 15 minutes and 50 seconds coming home. I went the same route and at the same speed going to and from church. So the CPAP is helping with my energy. So I might be getting better as time goes by. You may never know if it might take me 10 minutes to get to church and back home. Plus I am not as tire... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:54:37 EST No more coughs I am no longer sick. I am glad of that. I am still going to take the amount of Vitamin C since it has helped. Will have to get some more in 11 days to keep up with the amount that I have been taking. Dad is taking the same amount. It seems to help him with his nose. He has been having a runny nose and he's been taking it for a little over 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Dad had the last of his iron IV this past Tuesday. He will get a blood test next month before he sees his kidney doctor (the one that w... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:45:16 EST Feeling better I am feeling a lot better. Still have the occasional cough but not as bad as I was. I took a dose of cough syrup last night before going to bed and that is the first time all week that I had to take anything. And last night I sucked on 3 cough drops. So I must be doing a lot better. <BR> <BR> I had my follow up for my CPAP with my regular doctor 2 days ago. Got a good report. I don't see him again until December for my yearly check up. I had to have this appointment so my insurance can pay f... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 12:35:58 EST Fighting sinuses still I am still fighting my sinuses. There not as bad but I'm coughing. I am getting close in calling the doctor to see about getting an antibiotic. Might do that after dad has his iron IV. I am okay enough to wait until then. I just wish that I didn't even have it. I have cough drops and water with me while I am waiting for him to get done. <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds. I have an idea why too. With the way that I have been feeling, I haven't done much exercising. I am hoping that I can get over w... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:50:53 EST Feeling a little bit better but still feel cruddy I am feeling a little bit better today but still feeling cruddy. My head is a little stuffy but I should be feeling better soon. I didn't do any exercises today because I really didn't feel like doing any. If I am feeling any better later in the week I will do some. We're suppose to get some cool weather so that might help some. I have been increasing my Vitamin C a little bit a day. At least I got some sleep last night. Let's hope that keeps up. I am not better by Wednesday, I'm going to cal... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:23:45 EST Feel like crap I'm fighting my sinuses since yesterday and had a horrible night last night. Having my mask on was a pain when I couldn't control my nose. It was did a lot of running to where I was using a lot of Kleenex. So I had to take it off a lot. My left nostril felt like it was on fire last night with my mask on a couple of times. That was only when I was breathing in. Can't take any sinus medicine because I don't have any in the house. Let's hope that it clears before morning so I don't have to call ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:52:07 EST Was thinking... I was thinking of giving my dad's lung doctor a note about his sleeping habits to see if a sleep study to see if he might have sleep apnea. He is having the same problems that I was having before I was told that I had sleep apnea. He is low on energy, takes long naps (more than 2 hours sometimes), and has a hard time sleeping at night (been like that since he had his heart surgeries in 1996). Plus with family members with sleep apnea (including myself), he needs to be checked. And it might he... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:30:08 EST Gloomy day but feel great Today was a gloomy day. Rain and fog off and on all day long. But it didn't put a damper on my day. Made me a little sleepy but not enough to make me take a nap though. But it sure made my dad sleepy to where he took a nap this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Sleep is still great after getting my CPAP machine 2 weeks ago today. I had 9.2 hours according to my machine. I'm glad that I have it. I check the filters on it and both are clean. I don't even need to clean them. They look like I just got them t... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:55:16 EST Its going to be a long day today Today is going to be a long day. Dad is getting his 2nd iron IV today and has 3 more to go. He will get those the next 3 Tuesdays in the morning. We will go back to town and then come back up before 4pm for my appointment with my lung doctor. I will let that doctor know that I got my CPAP machine and see if there is much change in me even though its a short amount of time since getting my machine. My next doctor appointment is on February 2nd with my regular doctor to have a follow up since g... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:02:06 EST Sleeping better and more energy Well, my sleep is better and my energy is up since getting my CPAP machine. I haven't woken up with my usual headaches (unless its a sinus headache) and I am not waking up tired. I took my first long walk yesterday morning to church. It usually takes me 19 minutes to get to church and it took me 17.5 minutes to go to church. I walked my usual speed even though it was a little cool outside. I am glad that I got it. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:37:49 EST Long day today Today is going to be a long day. Right now dad is getting iron through an IV because he is low on iron. He has to have 5 of them and today is the first one. Neither one of us knows when he has to have the next 4. It shouldn't be too much longer until he's done getting it. I have my crocheting with me. I am making crocheted headbands and I am getting close in finishing the last of this one color that I am on. <BR> <BR> Still doing good with the CPAP machine. I've been sleeping over 8 hours a... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:06:41 EST Still feeling great with the CPAP I never thought that I would be saying this but I'm glad that I finally got the CPAP. I didn't realize that all the daytime sleepiness and all of my headaches were caused by sleep apnea. Plus all of my snoring that I did believe that I was doing. I didn't even know that I had sleep apnea until I was tested. I'm glad that I got the CPAP. I feel a whole lot better and it takes me less time to get sleepy. <BR> <BR> The headaches I always blamed on the weather or change in my eye sight but never... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:24:59 EST So far so good with CPAP machine I have been sleeping pretty well with the CPAP machine. I slept a little longer last night than I did the first night. First night I slept for 8.8 hours and last night I slept for 9.2 hours. Let's hope that this keeps up. I haven't started getting tired until around 7pm where its usually 3 or 4pm when I start to get tired. Before I got my CPAP machine I would have a really sore back with all the positions that I would lay in but the past 2 morning I haven't had a sore back. So it must be help... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 20:28:22 EST First night with CPAP Got my CPAP yesterday. I used it last night and I am feeling a lot better than I have been. This machine is high tech. It has a modem in it and it sends information to where I got it and to whomever else. I have to put water in it every night before I go to bed. I usually start get tired about 8am and have a headache when I get up. I am wide awake and I don't have a headache. And I can breath better too. Usually I have problems with getting enough air in. Thought that it was my asthma but it ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:08:02 EST Happy New Year!!! I hope that everyone has a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!! And hope that its a safe one. We will be spending it at home since my dad cannot drive until at least this coming Tuesday after he sees the doctor who did his procedure 11 days ago. I don't mind spending it at home with all the crazy people running around tonight. <BR> <BR> I gained about 5 pounds since I last posted. I was at 199 pounds the last time I posted. I am now at 204 pounds. With the holidays and the weather, its kind of har... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:50:34 EST Merry Christmas to Everyone. Merry Christmas to Everyone. Last night we went to our church's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It was wonderful as usual. I got some gifts. Our minister and his family gave me Seasons 1 through 4 of NCIS (LOVE that show and I already had Season 11 here at home) and a $25.00 gift card to Wal-Mart. And a friend of mine who goes to our church gave me a long sleeve shirt that is a little big on me but it was a little too small for her in the bust area. We won't be going anywhere today since d... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:31:28 EST Knees are better and update on my dad My knees are better. There is an occasional pain but not as bad as it was for almost 2 months. But that is expected. I am down to 200 pounds. I was at 202 pounds yesterday and that is understandable. Mostly water. I took 3 walks with the dog up and down our street and another one this morning. Haven't eaten much for meals since Tuesday. I get filled up quickly with a small amount of food. I was suppose to have an appointment with my lung doctor a week from today but had to reschedule it for J... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:34:24 EST Broke down and getting a CPAP machine Well, I am going to get a CPAP machine. I have a mild case of sleep apnea but they do want you to have a CPAP anyway. The normal amount of times you stop breathing an hour is 5 times. I'm at an 8. I was tested earlier this year. So it might be sometime next week before I find out if my insurance will pay for the machine. The place where I'm getting the CPAP machine has to hear from the insurance first and they will set up when they will come and set it up. I told them that I couldn't be here ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:06:10 EST News on appointment Well, saw the doctor this morning. He thinks that I need to lose some weight to get rid of the pain that I have in my knees. I did gain weight since I got back from Wisconsin in July. It might be the reason why I am in pain. So I am going to try to get some more weight off and hopefully be at the weight that he thinks that I should be in (140 to 145 pounds) or lower. I go back to see him a year from now after my 40th birthday. He wants to do a full check up with blood work and a mammogram. He... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:30:33 EST Knees are killing me on my birthday Today is my 39th birthday and my knees are killing me. I'm on my good moment on the pain (highest number on the pain scale that the doctor has) but still I wish that I could find something that doesn't affect my blood pressure like the last pain medicine that the doctor prescribed. No matter how much exercising (I can sit and do leg exercises but still my legs hurt), the pain either eases or gets worse. Most of the time it gets worse. I am still pay for Friday when dad and I had to change the... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:02:14 EST Strike 2 on pain meds from the doctor Well I got another pain medicine from our regular doctor on Friday but I had to quit taking it after 3 pills (took 2 doses Friday and one yesterday). I got the headache again and also added 2 more side affects. My blood pressure was going up (even though I was just sitting and working on an afghan and watching TV) and I was getting dizzy. I could tell that my blood pressure was going up with the way my head felt and my chest. It felt like I hadn't taken my blood pressure medicine for a week a... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:07:03 EST No longer taking medicine and still in pain Two week ago yesterday was the last time I took the medicine that my regular doctor prescribed for me because it wasn't working and it was giving me one of the side affects. Severe headaches. Worse than normal. If someone was speaking me, I would have to have the repeat what they said because the headache was so bad. My knees are still bothering me and my weight is now back below 200 pounds (at 199 pounds now). Tried the pillow between my knees (if I'm laying on my side) and under them (when ... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:03:56 EST Knees are bad Well, the magnesium wasn't helping much. My knees were so bad that I had to call the doctor's office to get a prescription for a medicine. I got the medicine that he wants me to take and if the medicine isn't working any better than it is now (I was really bad this past Sunday and Wednesday that I was miserable walking anywhere), I am going to call the doctor's office on Thursday, November 3rd, and see if they have a plan B and C. I got a 30 day supply (I take the medicine once a day) but the... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:56:05 EST Numbers aren't good on some A local hospital (even though they're an hour away) had their Wellmobile at our church today and let's just say, some of my numbers are where I want them to be. Here we go: <BR> <BR> BP : 130/80 <BR> Blood Glucose: 84 <BR> Total Cholesterol: 234 (in April it was 168 and its suppose to be under 200) <BR> HDL: 52 (I think that it was 49 in April and my regular doctor wants it 60 and above) <BR> LDL: 147 (Its suppose to be under 130) <BR> Tryglcerides: 177 (its suppose to be under 150) <BR> Rat... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 12:14:21 EST A true blah day Today is really a blah day even though it is a beautiful day outside. 10 years ago today my mom passed away at the age of 55. 26 years ago today my grandmother (my dad's mom) passed away. She was 82 years old. Also today is cousin of mine's (my dad's youngest brother's oldest daughter) birthday. She lost her mom almost 2 years ago (in May it'll be that long). I really don't want to do much at all today. I am drinking decaf Earl Grey tea (with creamer and Splenda) and I am working on a granny... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:01:06 EST Magnesium does its job Well, yesterday I got a bottle of 250mg of magnesium and I started taking it this morning. Let me tell you it works. For now I am going to take it once a day. I am going to take it when I am taking my other meds. I started noticing the difference not too long after I started taking it. Usually I have joint pain when I take the dog out for her morning walks after she has her canned food and my lower back seems to be stiff. Neither one of those things happened today. Plus it also helps with eas... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:55:53 EST Another blah day Today is another blah day and I wish that I knew why. I lost 2 pounds last week. I am trying to use up what I have on leftover yarn until I can get some more (whenever that will be). I do get out and walk with the dog (twice yesterday and twice this morning) and I walked to church yesterday (my dad picked me up from church). So I get out and get some fresh air so that isn't my problem. My favorite NFL won yesterday (the Green Bay Packers). I will be doing a quick walk this morning to pick up... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:58:24 EST Feeling down I'm feeling kind of down today. I know that its not because its fall and its a little gloomy outside. I've gained weight (up to 192 pounds) and its not that. I just wish that I had some extra yarn to make something out of. I have a leftover yarn afghan to work on but I don't have enough in the yarn ball that I'm working on and another yarn ball that I am starting to even finish an afghan. I am taking textured yarn and putting the leftovers into a ball and I am going to make something out of i... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:47:29 EST Easing joint pain without having to see the doctor Here I am at 38 years old (yes I'm admitting my age) and I am having joint pain. Ever since I have been losing weight (the past year or so now) my joints in my arms and legs have been miserable. No matter how much movement I do or weight that has dropped, the pain gets almost to the point where it can be miserable. Not even the popular pain killers you have in stores will help. I don't want to call the doctor because they'll tell me to lose weight and do some exercises. Excuse me but that's w... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:51:32 EST I've gained weight Well, I was at 183 pounds at the end of this past week and now I am at 193 pounds now. Not much exercising and the greatest choices in food. I am hoping to be better for the rest of the week. I know that Wednesday and Friday of this week is going to be busy. But I am not going to let that bother me. <BR> <BR> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:52:35 EST My weight is at a plateau Well, my weight hasn't moved from 185 pounds. I have been eating a little bit better than I have been. There have been days that I haven't exercised that much (sometimes due to a headache) and some days we have been busy. I know that I shouldn't make excuses but when the days that you don't feel like exercising, you don't do them until you feel better. Plus my back side feels a little backed up again. This is the 2nd time since I got home from Wisconsin (first time was due in not taking my fi... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:41:21 EST Another day of earning my fitness points Well, another day of earning my fitness points. 4 walks with the dog for 15 minutes each, a 2 minute walk to the post office while waiting for my lunch, 14 minutes of doing some trimming of trees near the house and carrying them to the brush pile, and 69 minutes of mowing the yard. I'm tired. The last 2 walks with the dog I really didn't want to go on because they were not too long after mowing the yard and I was sore. I guess that the dog wanted me to get loosened up after all that mowing. <... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:51:18 EST Trying to get the house clean and earn some fitness points I am killing 2 birds with 1 stone today. Getting some of the house cleaned (mostly before my dad gets up since some of it I can't do until he is up) and get some fitness into my day. On some of the things that I need to get done I should of done before I went to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle last month but I was busy getting things done to where I couldn't. Some of the things I can do like wash the bedding off of my bed, dust the house, and a few other things that I can do. So far I have d... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 10:27:58 EST Have increased time on plank The day after I got home from Wisconsin, I increased my time on my plank by a minute. I'm up to 3 minutes. I am proud of myself and its still a workout for that amount of time. I am going to wait a while to increase my time on it again. I am not sure how long it will be but it will be a while. <BR> <BR> I gained 7 pounds on top of the 3 pounds that I gained on my trip but I did get half of them off. I was at 182 pounds when I went on my trip. Then I went up to 185 pounds when I got home. Bef... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:16:36 EST Feeling better after getting back to normal Well, I had to get a stool softener to get back to normal after my aunt and uncle thought that I was overdoing it on the fish oil. I was so backed up that I had to get the stool softener. I had no choice because I was gaining weight. I gained like 7 pounds and 3 of those pounds was just from the trip. But I got 2 of those pounds off and feeling better. I felt so bad that I had a hard time sitting down anywhere no matter where we were at and how soft or hard the seat was. Plus I'm on my TOM an... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 11:13:23 EST Survived a few days after trip...sort of Well, survived the first few days after a trip to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle. Sort of. I had to get back onto on my fish oil pills because my aunt and uncle thought that I was taking too much a day (2 in the morning and 2 at night). I was plugged up to the point where I was miserable. Got something to take care of it. I am still tired from the trip. I think that we did too much while we were up there in the amount of time we were up there. They tried to cram a week's worth of stuff into... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:13:08 EST Made it home from Wisconsin Well, I am home. I've been home since Sunday night about 9pm. It was a great trip but I could of done without all of the shopping at Door County. I was ready to come home Thursday. We didn't go to the Packers Shareholders meeting due to the storms that popped up during the time we were heading down and it would of been crowded. But we did go back to Lambeau Field on Sunday and went through the Packers Hall of Fame and through the Pro Shop again before heading home. <BR> <BR> I usually lose w... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:10:40 EST 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