AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Going to be a busy week This week is going to be busy. Tuesday sometime we're getting a new water heater. Wednesday we're going to Minnesota. Thursday going to see a sneek peek of a 4H skit that my youngest nephew is going to do in another county. Friday is the rehearsal of the wedding and pizza. Saturday is the wedding. Sunday is a day to veg out before we leave the next day to come home. Going to go swimming on Thursday or Friday. I'm hoping both days. It felt good the last time we were up there. Great total body... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:11:34 EST Its done finally Finally got my grandniece's afghan done. I made the section that I was on smaller than I wanted to because it was getting way too big. Worked on some of it this morning before dad got up and this afternoon before and after a birthday for a friend of mine's 3 year old. It was almost 7pm before I got done with the afghan. Was going to put a scallop edge on it but its too big and beautiful to do that. So you can imaging how tired I am from working on it. At least I got it done before we had to g... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:11:14 EST Wishing that she had more time I wish that there was more time between now and when we leave for Minnesota. I got to the last section of my grandniece's afghan and I'm not sure how long it'll take me to get it done. I have to do at least 12 rows on this last section. The typical 10 rows, the 11 has a shorter section where I have to chain, and the 12th I have to crochet the loops where I have to lace up (where I have to chain). When I do the lacing up I have to be on dad's bed since he has a full size bed and I have a twin ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:02:08 EST A lot of exercising today I did a lot of exercising today. Here's how it went: <BR> <BR> 30 minute workout DVD <BR> 30 minute treadmill <BR> 30 minutes stationary/recumbent bike <BR> 30 minute treadmill <BR> <BR> You guessed it. I did a total of 2 hours worth of exercises. And I'm not as sore as I thought that I would be and my blood pressure was beautiful. Before I started it was 130/90 and when I finished it was 128/84. I'm starting to get a little sleepy right now and with me getting back into the swing of thing... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:06:13 EST Not my day to be out of bed Got up this morning sore from the knees down from my exercising. Hit my knee on the door frame while coming in from the outside with the dog. That didn't feel good. Still feel sore in my lower legs. But if I move around I feel better. Did a lot of moving around when we were at Target getting a few things for our trip a week from today. My back is a little sore but the soreness there and in my legs are the good kind of sore because it means I'm doing something right. <BR> <BR> I've been tire... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:30:36 EST Exercise before exercise Yes, I do exercise before I do other exercises. In the mornings before my dad gets up, I do a workout DVD. Then on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays is when I do my other exercises on treadmills and stationary bikes. I'm thinking of doing a workout DVD in the morning and Friday since I won't be near a DVD player while I'm gone but will have a recumbent bike when we're at the hotel we're staying at in Minnesota. I'm a little sore but it is so worth the pain. And has helped with my blood pressur... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:18:52 EST Realizing my inner goddess After doing treadmills and stationary bikes, I was seeing my inner goddess. I wasn't looking into a mirror, I was seeing my inner goddess in my mind's eye. It wasn't the fat me, it was the slim and beautiful woman. Plus I was feeling that way. I know some of you men out there can see your inner god in yourself. <BR> <BR> I still haven't gotten the chance to sort through my clothes to see what I can and cannot wear and what needs to be thrown away. Been busy trying to get other things done. E... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:06:13 EST Holly Holy Okay, I'm listening to that song by Neil Diamond right now. The live version anyway at the Greek Theatre I believe in Los Angeles. I'm glad that my late mom got me in loving this guy. I got done listening to the live version of Play Me. I've loved this man since sometime in the 1980s when he had a televised concert. <BR> <BR> Still haven't finished my grandniece's afghan. I REALLY need to get to work on that afghan. I'm so close in finishing and I was going to work on it today but between ge... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:45:22 EST A rainy Saturday It has rained off and on all day long. Dad was planning on mowing the yard but the rain beat him. Looks like midweek before he even gets the chance to even mow the yard. <BR> <BR> My cat is being nosy. I just finished a bowl of cereal with almond milk for a snack and she put her front paws on my left leg and started sniffing. There isn't any left. <BR> <BR> My sister-in-law is working on getting us a good deal in getting back to the hotel we stayed at in May. She's getting kind of close to ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:22:31 EST Happy 4th!!! Happy 4th of July to everyone. We didn't do too much. After I fixed breakfast for the both of us, we stayed home until it was time for supper. Dad had more of a meal than I did tonight. He had a ham omelet and wheat toast where I had a hamburger with no bun and a cup of soup. I was way too full from all of that. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and for lunch today and both times I was full. <BR> <BR> I worked on my grandniece's afghan and worked on pot holders. I REALLY need to work on t... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:17:37 EST Thought wrong about water heater Went to take a shower tonight, no hot water. We thought that it was fixed. Guess we have to have the repairman back to fix the water heater again. This time I hope that fix it whenever we get them here. <BR> <BR> Did my exercises today. Same as I did Monday and Tuesday. It felt great. My rear end felt like it was lifted up. Its from having the treadmill at a 6% increase during all times I was on the treadmill. I also figured I burn more calories mowing the yard than I do on the treadmills an... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 21:51:06 EST Too cool outside to do anything outside It didn't make it out of the 60s today here in west central Illinois. And tried to rain. It was the really light stuff. Not much to do anything outside. If I had my push mower I couldn't even mow the yard because of the weather. <BR> <BR> Speaking of the push mower. Going to check with a friend of ours to see if he has the same brand of motor that we got on the mower now. If not, we're going to see if he may know someone that may have one. I hope that we do find one because I REALLY want to ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:48:28 EST Still feeling great They almost stopped me in doing my exercises because my blood pressure was 166/100. I told them that I'm going to do it because I know that it'll be lower. I was right. It was 136/90 after I got done doing my exercises at the same amount of time and speed as I did yesterday. I didn't feel like my blood pressure was high, I felt normal. <BR> <BR> I ate small again tonight. I ordered a bowl of soup. The waitress thought that I was nuts just ordering the soup. She thought that I was nuts. I did... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 22:17:21 EST Feeling so alive Got to workout today. Did 2 treadmills today at 2.5mph (was at 2.0mph last week when I started back) and I added an incline of 6% to it too. But I put the treadmill back to 0% for the last few minutes. I could feel that I did that after we got done there. But I still did it for 30 minutes each time. I did my usual amount of stationary bike today. 15 minutes. I'm not sure if I'm going to be having a good night sleep or it will take me a while to get to sleep. I might just keep on increasing sp... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:17:47 EST A good day to stay inside Today was a really muggy day. It was hard to breath when we went outside. I'm glad that we stayed at home after going to the pot luck at the church. It gave me the chance to work on the afghan that I'm making for my grandniece. I'm almost done with it at least. I finished up one section and started another one. I have one more section to do before I finish it up. It's going to take longer to lace up the sections that I have to do. I spent at least 3 hours working on it today and might do mor... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:35:51 EST A sleepy day Well, it could of been one with the way the day went. We didn't do a whole lot today. We went to Target and to JoAnn Fabrics. I needed some more yellow yarn for my grandniece's afghan (a bright yellow) and more of the cotton yarn to make 2 sets of pot holders. Got home and worked on my grandniece's afghan for a few hours. Took a break from it and got some supper before coming home and spending an hour working on it again. I have at least a row and a half on the section of yellow (a lemon colo... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 22:16:40 EST Somewhat of a light day Didn't do a whole lot today and I'm kind of glad. Dad needed a couple more of his meds that Target didn't have yesterday and we needed Kleenex. Had to look somewhere else in the store for them since they were in a different part of the store. Ate light today. Had a ham and cheese omelet and fresh strawberries and bananas and a cup of coffee for breakfast, dry museli for a snack, a fresh fruit plate with watermelon, orange, cantaloupe and cottage cheese for supper, and museli with unsweetened ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:16:14 EST No exercises today Why? My blood pressure was high. The last time they checked it, it was 160/104. I think that I know why. My TOM is going on and I was having some nasty cramps that could of raised my blood pressure. They checked it 3 times before that and those were high. I was thinking of skipping but wanted to do them. Those cramps didn't leave until a few hours later. I should be off of my TOM by Monday because its slowing down right now and I've drank 2 glasses of cranberry juice today. This is about the ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:33:08 EST Long and slow day It felt like a long and slow day. We had a few things to do when we were gone. No reel mower. As Neil Diamond put into a song Thank The Lord for the Night Time. I'm just glad that its getting close to bedtime so I can go to bed. <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks we've been having trouble with our water heater. The pilot light isn't staying lit. I've lit that stupid thing at least 5 or 6 times during that time. The last couple times it would light to get the water somewhat warm but won't ligh... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:54:14 EST Okay we got screwed with the mower Well, found out that it wasn't the carburetor that is the reason. One of the workers who works up at the garage here in town brought one down that came out of a push mower that his kid wrecked this weekend and come to find out it wasn't the carburetor that is the reason. So we have a junk push mower. Great. Now I don't have a push mower to use. Dad got to mow our yard. I told him that I found a reel mower at Menards that is on sale for $59.99. That's $20.00 less than what they want for it. I... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:11:51 EST Soreness that makes you to say... I'm staring to feel my exercises today. It's been at least 2 years since I did any of these exercises. Right at the bottom of my rib cage and at my shoulder blades are killing me. No place else hurts on me. Just those two places. Took something for pain but that's not kicking in too well. Even drank some hot tea thinking that it might help ease the pain. Nope. Didn't even phase the pain as much as I thought that it would. But I do know that I am ready to fall asleep here at the computer. I'm ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:14:15 EST Come on Monday!!! Tomorrow is the day that I start back on treadmills and stationary bikes. At least I can add them in on SparkPeople while I'm working out on my Nook Tablet. The hospital has WiFi and I will be on my Nook most of the time and I better make sure that I have plenty of battery on it just in case it takes me a while to get everything added onto it. Come on Skinny Me and show yourself. <BR> <BR> Saw a picture of my grandniece in one of the dresses we gave her last month. It's a 18mth size and she... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:41:16 EST Broke down and did it but now regret eating Just a moment ago I had some regular bread and now I am regretting it. I'm feeling some of the symptoms that I was having before I became gluten free. I was kind of hungry and it was the only thing that was in the house besides peanut butter. Plus the texture was awful. The bread that we have was usually soft and tasty but this time it was rough and no taste. The texture was like sand paper. It was dry. My tongue feels raw like the bread rubbed it that way. Now I'm not going back to eating br... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 22:07:43 EST Another 2 pounds down Okay I'm down another 2 pounds bringing my weekly weight loss to 5 pounds and a total of 15 pounds since March 11th. Talk about feeling good. I was feeling that I lost weight yesterday when I was getting the paperwork done up to reenter doing the conditioning exercises at cardiac rehab while dad is doing his pulmonary rehab in the same area. I was feeling the same thing again today when we were gone. The feeling is in my back and belly. An ache like a back ache in the back and in the front l... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:28:55 EST Cannot wait for Monday Monday I will start doing my workout at cardiac rehab. Would of started today but I wanted to do a full week instead of a partial week. Plus my sciatic nerve wanted to act up every once in a while. I'm looking forward in getting more healthy and a lot more exercises in. I will be going up there on the days that dad's doing his pulmonary rehab. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. When he was doing Phase III Cardiac Rehab (what I'm doing) we were doing it Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. But wit... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:18:55 EST Lost another 2 pounds That brings my total up to 3 pounds lost for the week and 13 pounds lost since March 11th. That makes me feel so good. I wouldn't doubt that I've lost a couple of more pounds before the weekend. I know that is awful fast but you have to think that I lost 5 pounds last month from the 15th through 17th. So losing a lot of weight in a short amount of time isn't new to me. Plus I think that my body is kind of breaking out of its plateau mode now and realizing that it should be losing weight and... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:11:06 EST Sore hip and down another pound My left hip is a little sore tonight. It was just before I took my shower tonight. Thought that taking a hot shower would help and it did some. I think that I might of twisted it when I was out with the trimmer this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Dad had his appointment to see how many days a week he has his therapy for his breathing. He does it on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 1:30pm. Those are the days I will be doing my cardiac rehab since both are in the same area. I'm going to get c... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:32:43 EST Stupid Mower Part 4 Dad and I got the mower up to the garage this morning before we had to go to Peoria for them to swap rear ends for a Chevy Avalanche. They hadn't worked on it when we were gone or when we got there. They were busy. Our neighbor across the street mowed the front and part of the side yard around our lilac bush. He mowed both areas up to the house. That was nice of him. He helped me put the mower in the back of our vehicle. I'm hoping that I'm right about either the spark plug or plug wire. I ha... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:00:56 EST Stupid mower Part 3 Checked the mower out today but didn't start it. Just looked under it where the blade was at to see if it was clean so it can work. Its clean. Then I checked the plug wire. It looks like it was never replaced because it looks a little bit whitish color on the metal. It might be the plug wire or the plug that is the problem. Dad said that we'll take it over the garage in the morning to see if they can fix it. I'm hoping that they can. If one of those 2 things don't help, I hope that the garage... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:23:27 EST Stupid mower Part 2 Okay it is 100% the spark plug. No spark when I tried to start it today Thinking of letting the stupid mower set overnight to see if it would start today. None whatsoever. I think that the guy that we got it from quit. He was an older guy (I think older than my dad) and I think that he decided to quit. So I guess we need to take it to our neighbor who we get parts for his garage and have him or one of his workers look at the spark plug. I would take it out but I'm not going to take the chanc... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:26:24 EST Stupid mower Okay I tried the STP in the gas tank. No go on that. Put a couple of small doses of gas into the carborator. Almost worked. Started to mow and the stupid thing died. Dad tried to pull the chord to start and no go. Might be spark plug. I'm not sure if it was replaced or was there before the guy we got it from got the mower. I had the governor open fully, half way and closed and no go on all 3 positions. Dad is hoping to catch the guy who we got it from tomorrow and see what he says about the ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:49:08 EST A long day of doing nothing The only time we left town was to go and get supper. We went down to Macomb, IL to have supper at Ponderosa. I had a gift card with $17.85 left on it (was $20.00 when I got it and used part of it) and told dad that paying for most of the supper with the gift card was my Father's Day gift from me. All he paid was around $4.00. Couldn't figure out what to get him and decided to do that. <BR> <BR> Either on the way home or on the way down to get supper I had and idea on what I could do to help ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:22:02 EST Time to relax Finally no more doctor appointments for a while. Well, the one that he had today was a chiropractor and that is once a month for dad. He doesn't have another chiropractor appointment for another 4 weeks. So that's a plus. I am so tired of the appointments. <BR> <BR> My stupid right knee was a pain in the butt today. A few times today I thought that it was going to give out on me. It didn't. Two times was after we had supper when we were going back to our vehicle. It rarely does it. I never h... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:31:21 EST Long day Today was a long day. Dad had his appointment with the lung doctor. He has to take another inhaler once a day and has to have therapy I'm not sure the amount of days a week. I know that the therapy that he's going to take is in the same place as the cardiac rehab is at in the hospital. That'll be my excuse to use the treadmill and stationary bike again. Good because I'm really wanting to lose more weight before the wedding. If he starts before then. Then we had to go to another town to a deal... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:25:06 EST Having bad luck with push mower Tried to use push mower today. Still didn't work. Everything is find on it. Cannot figure out why it isn't working right. Going to see if the garage here in town can see why it won't work. Posted on Facebook to see if anyone has a push mower I can borrow to mow the yard with. I hope that someone will let me borrow one to get the yard mowed even if its for only one day. I'm getting sick and tired of not having a push mower that won't work all the time. I want to do all the work myself even if ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:34:11 EST 2 out of 3 things done I got 2 out of 3 things that I wanted to do done today. I used the new trimmer around the different places that I did. I need to remember to use it on the least amount of stuff because on thick stuff it is a killer on the arms. Even though its been 5 hours since I quit working, its taken that long to get my left arm to stop hurting and shaking. If I got that arm up to shoulder height, it would hurt and shake. Where it hurt the most was at the shoulder. I used the loppers to cut little trees l... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 22:51:33 EST Stupid rain is going to delay me It's been raining for the past 6 hours now and I don't think that it'll let up. If the yard isn't flooded in some places I might get to mow tomorrow if it isn't raining. As we speak its raining. It was okay when we went up to Target this afternoon but it was sprinkling when we were leaving but it started to get heavy when we got closer to the town we live in. Our dog won't even spend a whole lot of time in the rain. She went out once after we got home from supper and did her thing but that's ... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:21:19 EST Didn't get the chance to do what I wanted to do done I was hoping to mow the yard today but didn't get to. We finally got to take care of the recall that is on the vehicle this afternoon and we got back late. <BR> <BR> Got another toy to use while working out in the yard. A trimmer/edger. Its a Black and Decker 18V 10" Trimmer and Edger. Got it at Lowe's for $49.00 but cost close to $80.00 with extra string for it and an extra year warranty. It is a battery operated trimmer. I have it charging in the hallway. It was the only place that I could... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:17:40 EST Somewhat productive day Had to go to the same town twice today. Why? We took a starter out of something (not sure what though) to get it rebuilt and get our vehicle checked because of the recall. Found out that we have to wait until the dealership to get the parts in to repair it. Okay, waste of trip. Got some more of the yarn that I make pot holders with and made 2 more pot holders. Going to send these to my brother in Ohio. He and his wife celebrate their anniversary in 20 days (this will be their 3rd anniversary)... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:35:55 EST Was a rainy night and a cool day We got a lot of rain last night that I didn't even hear. Must of been out like a light since I didn't hear the rain. But I did hear the thunder and saw the lightning when I had to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. I must of been out like a light because around 11pm I thought that I slept all night long. Today it was cool outside. I could of mowed the yard if we didn't get back home late and I worked on my grandniece's afghan. Going to try to work on mowing the yarn eith... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:51:40 EST Kind of productive day We went to get one of dad's meds at Target plus a new garden hose, nozzle, and knee pads for me when I'm doing the trimming by my hands and not a weed eater. Got home and I trimmed around our central air conditioner outside that is getting close in being 30 years old. We had the appliance store here in town come and charge it up with coolant. From the time it took me to get the push mower, loppers, trimmers, gas can, and a bottle of grape flavored PowerAde Zero to the back yard and back to t... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:16:52 EST Long and busy day Today has felt like a long and busy day when it was a fast day. Thought that we were going to get rain today but it blew over and we mostly had a sunny and warm day. Too warm to do anything outside. All we had was wind. Might be getting rain tonight but I doubt it. It looked clear when I had the dog out about an hour ago. <BR> <BR> When I had the dog out, I noticed that the grass might be getting cut earlier than planned. If we don't get too busy tomorrow, might do it then. I don't think tha... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 22:44:28 EST Wish that I did something today besides nothing Well, I can't say that I didn't do anything. I worked on my grandniece's round yellow afghan today. I finally got all 3 colors into the afghan and now its time to repeat the process. The afghan is big enough for my grandniece but not big enough to where mommy and daddy can sleep with her under it. I probably did at least 4 or 5 rows in about 2 hours or more depending on how many times I got up to go to the bathroom or had to take the dog out. The afghan is getting to the point where I need th... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:27:42 EST Too slow of a day for me Hate slow days. Dad got up later than usual on a Saturday. Usually he wakes up around 8 but today it was about 9 or so when he got up. I hope that he doesn't tomorrow or else I'm walking to church tomorrow morning and I'll take my umbrella with me just in case the rain comes while I'm walking. Plus it'll give me an excuse to start the week out right. Plus I want to get in as much exercising in before my youngest niece gets married in July. I want to be lower than 217 pounds when she gets marr... Sat, 31 May 2014 22:36:34 EST Finally a productive day Dad had his fasting blood sugar test today. Its better than the last few times its been done. Today it was at 101. That's better than 170 that he had 3 weeks ago. When we got back to town, we found out that we had to go back to the town that we just left. Had to go to a car dealership that we usually pick up parts for the garage here in town to get parts that he just ordered. So we turned around and went back up there. I though that I wasn't going to get what I wanted to do done today. I was ... Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:12 EST What a day I'm not sure how to describe today. All dad's eye appointment was to check his eyes for cataracts. Took a couple of minutes and the doctor didn't even charge him for the visit. Went to Target to get a few things that we forgot to get yesterday. Almost thought that we were going to go back up again this afternoon after we took a vehicle to another town to get an alignment job done for the garage here in town. Dad needed one of his nebulizers and he decided to wait until tomorrow since we're go... Thu, 29 May 2014 22:21:21 EST Didn't get much done today Didn't get much done today besides getting what we needed at Target. I wanted to mow the yard but the weather was nasty. A lot of storms near by. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better now. No more painful cramps and sweats. Did have some sweating but that was from the shirt that I had on. Bad time to wear a short sleeve shirt. <BR> <BR> I wish that I had my vacation appetite back. I eat like a bird while we're gone but eat like crazy while gone. Wish that I could drink like I do while on vacation. S... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:56:51 EST Felt like s^%t today I'm glad that we didn't do anything today. My T.O.M was making me feel like s^%t. Painful cramps, a little bloating, hot and sweaty, and felt sick to my stomach. Thinking that walking and getting some breakfast where we usually get it would. WRONG!! Just made the sweats and feeling sick to my stomach even worse. I just had a ham and cheese omelet and coffee for breakfast but it didn't stay down. I lost it when we came home. The cramps got a little worse. Too soon to take anything for those. I... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:37:33 EST Feeling really sore Was feeling fine all day (even though T.O.M has arrived) and now I'm sore in a certain area. Just when I'm getting close in going to bed. Too soon in taking anything since it hadn't been that long since I took anything for it. Not even half an hour has gone by yet. I'm that sore. I wasn't even sore when I was taking a shower and that was an hour ago. No warning or anything on this pain. This morning when I was taking my medicine I couldn't even move my left leg because of a sharp pain from th... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:33:15 EST Wasted a good day I wasted a good day. Thought that we were going to have storms but we didn't. Had to go get another one of dad's medicines and toilet paper today and we got back later than I wanted. I wanted to mow the yard but didn't. That was the one thing that I REALLY wanted to do today. But then the symptoms of my T.O.M started. So some of you ladies know that when you start feeling those you don't even want to think about mowing the yard no matter if its a push mower or riding mower. With some of my s... Sun, 25 May 2014 22:29:08 EST