AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 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