NELLIROSE13's SparkPeople Blog NELLIROSE13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I need to buckle down..... I am doing better today.....last while has not gone well......too much stress at work and home...I have been doing better at tracking, so now I need to do better at what I am eating. This is my week to work late and close, so there is less chance that I will get to the fitness center this week......I will work harder this week!! Lynel Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:59:24 EST Blood tests good, BP good......good bye doctor until November! WooHoo! I don't have to go see my nephrologist until next November. My kidney function tests are nearly back to normal and my BP has settled down to where he likes it. <em>334</em> I am so excited that things are going better now. The only down side was when I was weighed, I had only lost 0.2 pounds......barely noticeable. Oh well, I am back to tracking my intake and keeping an eye on my sodium, so that part is good. <BR> We went to the fitness center for a quick workout after work ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:09:24 EST Winter blahs.......update on tracking...... So it is Thursday and still really cold outside.......winter has been going on forever. <em>46</em> I keep threatening to retire and move to Arizona.....especially with a new computer program starting up in about 10 days.......definitely not looking forward to this change. Hopefully it works out better than it seems now. <em>24</em> <BR> Tomorrow I get to have more lab work done for my next doctor's visit on Monday.....maybe things will show an improvement kidney functi... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:32:17 EST Starting over.....again, with more help. Tomorrow I start a new effort to take back my health. At work, a group of people have started a healthy weight/weight loss challenge. I decided to join as being accountable is easier when you work with the people. I will continue with SparkPeople as well as this new group. I will weigh in on Mondays, so I will do so here as well. I believe we are tracking our food and exercise, so that will not be anything new, just duplication of what I was doing and now will do twice......that way I wo... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:42:23 EST Ramblings on a stormy night....... Baby it's cold outside.......and windy and really cold.....I usually do better at exercising and eating healthy during the winter months, but so far this winter season, I have not done much......I am blaming all the stress in my life and at work, but of course it does all come back to me in the end and how I deal with life. Okay, that sounded bad......I just need to focus on a healthy lifestyle. On a good workplace( I work in healthcare) offers InBody analysis twice a year at a... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 01:59:49 EST Hubby Update....... It is Sunday night and I just got home from my nightly visit to my Hubby. He has been discharged from the hospital since Friday afternoon and is now in a Transitional Care Center.....thirty miles away.....but at least our insurance is covering it even though it is "out of our network".......there was nothing available within 45 miles that was "in network". He has a PICC line in place and is on IV antibiotics 4 times a day still. He also gets Physical Therapy while there. We hope he will b... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:26:18 EST How not to end the week....... Greetings: Well, this week ended with a bang.....we just left the hospital after admitting my Hubby.....He has been short of breath, again, and has cellulitis in his right is very sore and swollen......he is on several antibiotics as well as potassium IVs, as his is low too. I plan to be back at the hospital bright and early tomorrow to see his doctors when they make the rounds. Guess that is all I know for now. Night all. <em>24</em> Lynel Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:16:59 EST Water Drinking.......more needed daily. I am really making an effort to drink more water.....I managed to drink 45 oz. today, and I did drink more fluids, just not plain/flavored water...I need to go out and get some more flavor packets to add to my water....that's about the only way I manage to drink it. I have been sticking to boring, crunchy iceberg lettuce for now.....and other raw veggies.....Dr. told me to eat more fruit, so I will have to go out and find some fresh fruit also. I actually really like eating raw veggies and... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:09:09 EST And the BP Saga continues....... Hello: I am trying to get back into the swing of things again. I have restarted tracking my nutrition and exercise and hope to see more weight disappear. <BR> My last blog was about my fun and games with my Blood Pressure and I will continue the saga here: My nephrologist has been adjusting my meds....again.....first he had me cut all my BP meds in half and now he has had me drop one med all together. My BP has been is still quite low at times....I have had a few more dizz... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:58:26 EST Adventures in Blood Pressure Land......... Well here we go again......another glitch in the health journey. After my last nephrology visit, my doctor changed my BP meds....stopping one and starting another after I finished out my prescription.....well it BP dropped to 96/56 and I got very light-headed at work. I saw a doctor(I work at a clinic, how convenient) who recommended an IV infusion treatment and changing my med again. My potassium had jumped to 4.9, my BUN to 43 and creatinine to 1.3. After the infusion I fe... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:19:49 EST More tracking, less calories I did some tracking today, and was not surprised to see how many calories I ate today. I must get back to this on a daily basis, as I have gained back at least 5 pounds and I need to get refocused on my goal. I am still over halfway to my goal, but I am sliding backwards now. Hubby and I have gotten back to going to the fitness center on a regular basis, so now the eating must get back in check. <em>198</em> My clothes are still on the baggy side, so now is the time to get going again. ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 00:16:59 EST Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to work WE go! Hello SparkPeople world. I decided to do a SHORT update. We celebrated DD's birthday this weekend by getting out of the country.....went to Winnipeg. We played in the pool, went shopping(at least 2 of the 3 of us enjoyed that) and went to a dinner theater at Celebrations. Unfortunately we ate more than we needed, as buffets were the normal method of eating at the hotel, but we did start and end the weekend with a trip to the fitness center and some water walking. DD and I did a Mom/dau... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:33:11 EST Catching up......... I got a haircut over a week ago and I am tracking some of my nutrition. So I am doing a little better than a couple of weeks ago. I have been to the fitness center a couple of times and I plan to go tomorrow after my doctor's appointment in the morning. I don't expect to get much news other than possibly not having to go back quite so often. At least that is what I am hoping to hear......we will see. Hubby is doing better, but still off from work. However, he has felt well enough to do... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:25:21 EST Good night/Good morning! I am still slowly getting back to SparkPeople pages....I have done a little organized exercising and some walking around the campground with DD. We walked down to the shore Sunday and watched all the little kiddies playing in the water....apparently it warmed up enough for them to be happy.....and when I say "down" to the shore....I mean downhill to the shore, so waling "up" to the camper was a little bit of a challenge... <BR> Hubby is getting better, but still not able to work. Dr. has gi... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:44:26 EST I'm sort of Back..... I am sort of back on track.....I have been to the fitness center twice in the last week and I have started watching what I eat again. I have not done any food tracking yet, but I will work on that soon. Part of my motivation has been my DD's joining a weight loss challenge and I plan to be very supportive....she is motivated by the possibility of winning some money, but also to improve her health as well. Hubby has had a health setback in early July, and that helped motivate DD as well. ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:49:05 EST Early July 4th greetings...... Happy July 4th everyone!! <em>283</em> So I'm a little bit early......I am out at our lake campsite and beginning the 4 days of relaxation. I feel like I escaped from work today, as the last two days have been horrible....analyzer glad I don't have to go back on Friday. I will celebrate my Freedom tomorrow! I think we are going to go pick up DD after she gets off from work around noon tomorrow and head over to GF to maybe workout for a while, go to a movie, and... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 22:13:01 EST Commuting from the lake......visiting relatives.....Fun!! So we took the great nieces to the fitness center with us yesterday.....spent more time answering questions and keeping an eye on them than we did least I did....Hubby said he got his mile in.....I know I was there for over an hour and rarely was standing still....just not purposeful walking......but we all had fun and got some exercise the girls away from the grandparents for the day, so they could have some alone time and get a few odds and ends done.....they have b... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:53:08 EST I am a procrastinator...or why I don't get anything done.... Hello, my name is Lynel and I am a procrastinator <em>24</em> .....I have not gone to the fitness center lately, I have not gotten a much needed haircut(I could be mistaken for a sheepdog) and I barely got my license renewed on time......actually on the day it expired.....At some point this evening I must get some bills paid and it is already almost 9:30! Oh yes, I have not been tracking my calories or nutrition and I have not weighed myself for quite a while....the last time I checked my ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:37:44 EST Another year wiser!!! <em>339</em> Happy Birthday to me...... <em>335</em> <BR> Just a note to let you know that Hubby made it back home safe and sound from Russia....he is now trying to adjust to this time zone.,,, <em>198</em> <BR> He lost 10 pounds with all the walking up and down hills and steps to the flat (5 stories, I guess) everyday. Good for him! <em>224</em> <BR> We are going out to celebrate my Birthday tonight and that should be the end of celebrations until a wedding in August....right! <... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 01:37:26 EST 25th Anniversary....does it count if you are on two continents? Up too late as least I don't work the early shift tomorrow.....five more days until Hubby gets back from Russia.....sounds like the English Language Camps are going great.....I get a newsletter from the leader of the group that sums up the happenings in Russia.... <BR> "We" managed to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary on two continents.....not exactly as I pictured it 25 years ago...DD and I went out for dinner while Hubby (who is 9 hours ahead) was probably sleeping! Of co... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:21:08 EST While Hubby is away......... Chatted briefly with Hubby on FaceBook Sunday. He is doing fine. The weather is warmer over there..... <em>67</em> wish we could share some.....I am now so tired of rain. <em>27</em> (always something) I have not accomplished much while he is in Russia, yet.....DD and I plan to go to a Christian Music Festival <em>335</em> in Blaine, MN this weekend.....providing it does not rain.....must plan backup project....we always do something while Hubby is away.....Maybe go to Winnipeg a... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 21:03:32 EST After two weeks off from exercise....I lost???? So, I weighed myself last night at the fitness center......I had lost 2 pounds!? I have no idea how that happened......I know that I have not been to the fitness center for 2 weeks and I have not done anything unusual as far as getting exercise. Oh well, I will not the way, my new pants appear to be a little large on me as the scale must be correct. I weighed myself twice(actually 3 times) and it was still the same. I tried to get in my mile of water walking, but I... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 00:15:49 EST To Russia....with Love..... Hello! I am back from a short bout of reality, otherwise known as getting Hubby off to Russia yesterday. I think we spent a good share of the weekend running to the store or searching for items we knew we had, but could not put our hands on when we heeded them. But, I know he got to The Cities and onto his plane to Paris to then go on to St. Petersburg in Russia.....I also think that the time difference is about 11 hours and that he is ahead of us now.....I think it is around 11:00 a.m. t... Thu, 30 May 2013 01:25:47 EST Weekend.........what to do? It is the beginning of a long weekend, in more ways than one......with Memorial Day on Monday, I am off as the clinic is closed, so no work, but the longest part of the weekend is working with Hubby to be sure he has everything organized and packed for his trip to Russia starting on I am not working Tuesday either as I am taking him to the airport in Fargo....with DD of course. Since he is not done with all his curriculum yet, he will be spending many hours on that as well as ma... Sat, 25 May 2013 00:55:41 EST ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ I think I just erased my whole blog.....first I hold the key down when I doze off, then I doze off while clearing the held key.............guess I should give up for the night.....need some early in the morning......By the way......lousy day for nutrition counting especially sodium....... <em>24</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> Good night...... <em>102</em> Lynel Thu, 23 May 2013 00:07:12 EST Friday odds and ends......laundry, lessons and packing. Friday......finally.....I wish it were payday too! Work has been challenging again this week, but nothing like last week. Actually we are somewhat more busy than last week, and less problems with the analyzers. Thank heavens for that! <em>198</em> <BR> I finally got the majority of our clothes washed......I need to be more on top of that chore....sometimes it comes down to wash clothes/go to fitness center usually wins out....much more fun! I realize that DD and ... Sat, 18 May 2013 00:56:22 EST NSV #2....stamina....I found some! I am stiff today.....not as bad as I thought I would be, but still stiff. Yesterday, we cleaned up at the lake campsite and I used muscles I did not remember that I had. The really upbeat part about all of this, is.....last year I would not have had the energy or the stamina to do this. Of course most of that would have been due to my ongoing issues with pulmonary embolisms and other lung problems. But since then I have lost a total of 55 pounds and started exercising on a somewhat regula... Mon, 13 May 2013 01:48:22 EST Wind and no water at the campsite=no camping. It was an interesting day....started out with DD getting up and going to work at her usual 4:30 a.m. and then Hubby coming home briefly around 7:00 a.m. before heading out to the lake for clean up day.......and then DD coming home and making sure I am up and getting ready to go to the Mother/Daughter/Friend brunch at our church.......where our ladies group, the Praise Singers, were part of the entertainment. By 11:30 DD and I were home to change so we could head out to the lake to see how th... Sat, 11 May 2013 23:25:46 EST Changes.....for the good. It's finally has not been a great work. Lifestyle changes are still a work in progress, but I can tell some changes are becoming a habit....which is good. For one, I am generally eating something for breakfast most days.....some of the days that I have to be to work by 6 a.m. I tend to eat a later snack....too early to be awake enough to remember to grab something everyday. I have been trying to keep a breakfast bar in my locker at work, just in case I forget my o... Fri, 10 May 2013 22:26:30 EST So much to do, so little time.....sigh Tomorrow is Wednesday already....whew! There were definitely too many treats at work today. Donuts, homemade cookies, ice cream bars to celebrate Nurse's week....I managed to only indulge in the homemade cookies.....they were chocolate chip! I had a nice salad for supper/dinner, but I gave in to Taco Tuesday for lunch.... <em>24</em> The total calories were not that bad, but the sodium was sky high...... <em>198</em> <BR> Tomorrow we plan to go to the fitness center for some water... Tue, 7 May 2013 23:50:58 EST I must be doing something right! Today we went to the fitness center (finally) and I had a great workout. I was reluctant to get on the scale, but I did anyway. I was shocked! Not only did I not gain, I actually lost a pound........I had to weigh myself twice, just to be sure. Wow, I am so happy! Now I need to keep on keeping on. <em>9</em> I think I better get some sleep now. Night, night..... <em>102</em> Lynel Thu, 2 May 2013 00:39:15 EST Dancing with the the aerobics pool? No fitness center, again......forgot about Hubby's Men's Choir practice tonight......his group is preparing for a concert too.....hope there are no conflicts with his plans..... <BR> Tomorrow we are going to go, come heck or high water......which around here is just possible. Actually, our river is behaving itself quite nicely so far, thank you very much. I like spring melt that does not go crazy.....even if it is a little late this year. By the way, the weather was gorgeous in the Cities... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:02:21 EST Down a pant size! Yippee! Just a short note tonight.....I was too tired last night write anything....I kept trying to track all the food I ate in the last few days.....and I fell asleep several times. I emphasize ALL the food I usual, I overdid it.....but I am back on track today. I did do a lot of walking while we shopped......and a lot of moving when trying clothes on.....that should count for something......I did not do any water aerobics this time in the hotel pool.....not that much time in the pool a... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:43:28 EST Leavin' on a jet plane(not quite) Oh my bags are packed, I'm ready to go......Yessss! We leave tomorrow afternoon for a 3 day weekend in the Twin Cities. I am so anxious to see old friends and to go shopping! We still need a place to stay Thursday night, as we were going to leave on Friday, but I convinced Hubby we should go at night and have all day Friday for visiting. I don't think we really care where we stay, as long as the room is clean and the pillows/bed are comfy. A free breakfast would definitely be a plus, les... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:31:51 EST Counting the Days.... The countdown is on.....only three days until our mini vacation to The Cities. I am so excited and concerned.....I am also part of a singing group that is doing a benefit concert on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. I convinced my Hubby that we could/should get back in time for me to be part of the I find out that we are supposed to be practicing on Thursday after we leave for The Cities, rather than on Wednesday when I thought we were practicing. We also practice on Tuesday, ou... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:02:59 EST Medical Laboratory Professionals, We get Results! Monday is the beginning of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. We are the people that collect the blood and other specimens that help your Provider figure out what may be wrong with you, or tell them that you are in good health, or tell them that a medicine/treatment plan is doing what it is supposed to be doing, or tell them that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. <BR> Trust me, collecting a blood sample is not my idea of a fun time.....I have had many tests done personal... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:42:41 EST This week and April are half over already...... week is half over...even more impressive is that April is half over and I am sick of snow! <BR> My Brother and my SIL are in Arizona and basking in the sunshine and warmth....ha, ha, they have to come back soon. <BR> Okay, that sounded mean......just wish I was there for a few days. <em>24</em> <BR> We have reserved our seasonal campsite by the lake for another summer....I hope it is warmer next month when we start cleanup out there. We bought a new trailer last summer... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:36:33 EST It's Monday!!!! It is still has been Monday all least tomorrow can't possibly be Monday again.....unless Garfield the cat's worst nightmare comes true..... <BR> I spent a fair amount of time working on problems today, again......I suggested last week that I should try to log in as a Biomedical Engineer when I am troubleshooting analyzer issues, today I would be a fire person......I spent the day working on small brush fires....that wouldn't be so bad if I was the one cau... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:28:50 EST Storm coming? Winter is over.......Spring is in the air......birds are singing, grass is green, flowers are blooming......oh wait, this is Minnesota we are talking about........Nature's Perpetual Winter Wonderland! <BR> I got to the fitness center twice this weekend......yea! I hope I can get there more consistently from now on. I really like water aerobics and walking in the water......I am so sorry that our local pool is closed for repairs until June. <em>39</em> However, we are discontinuing o... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:32:33 EST Can I please resign now? So, our chemistry analyzer had another meltdown of sorts today and I think I spent 7 of my 8 hour day working on the problem <em>234</em> <em>46</em> .......I told my supervisor at least three times that I quit or resigned, but she would not listen.....I suppose that is a good thing, as I still need my pay check when the bills come in, but I am tired of the aggravation. <em>24</em> I am a little strange,(ask my co-workers and they will question the "little" in that statement) <em>33... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:18:33 EST Mini Vacation is on, singing is one.....Spring is off... As usual it is very late and time to go to sleep.....but I have a reasonable excuse for still being up.....I am working on our Taxes....yes, I am a dyed in the wool procrastinator and I have left this minor detail unfinished...I think I am done now, but I want to recheck them tomorrow and have Hubby look at them too. The only snag is taking care of some items dealing with my Father's death last May. <BR> Okay, for anyone still wondering.....we are going on our mini vacation to the Cities a... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:05:18 EST NSV number one! It is Saturday morning and I got to sleep in a little......DD is at work until 1:00 and Hubby goes to work at 3:00 this afternoon.....Hubby and I thought about going to workout at the fitness center this morning, but he did not wake me up to get going. I suppose we could still go.......I will check with him when I finish this..... <BR> I had a very big(at least to me) NSV at work yesterday. I work at a clinic lab as some of you may know and therefore we wear lab coats all the time......I ha... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:20:38 EST I love my new haircut! I did it!!! I got to my hair appointment and I love it....feels so nice and short and you think I lost any weight by cutting it? LOL It actually looks a lot like my profile picture, only highlighted. Someday, I will learn how to take a picture and post it on my sparkpage....then you can all see it. Don't hold your breath! <em>29</em> <BR> It was a hectic day.....DD had a procedure for her chronic cough.....Hubby took her and stayed with her.....did not find out anything un... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:45:47 EST I knew that piece was missing.....but no one would listen! Wow! This is the longest I have been "quiet" on this blog that I can recall....all the way back to my start in September. LOL We were gone on Saturday and Sunday, but I did have my laptop with me....just did not log in until we were home again. <BR> We did some family time.....Saturday us "kids" got together with our families at Ruby Tuesday's for lunch and then went to my Sis's for.......dessert! My Sis had bought some cheesecake sampler and my SIL had made a lemon cheesecake/pie.....and ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:30:58 EST Medical update and more..... I don't have all the answers doctor's appointment went as I expected.....just a check in to be sure things are still going well with my blood thinners and my venous insufficiency....(did I forget to mention that diagnosis before?) and to check that there was no evidence of new DVTs in my legs. It was interesting as there was a Med Student with the Doctor.....she did not do any of my exam, but Dr. S explained everything he was doing and why.....last time I saw him in October there w... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 00:43:14 EST Stay tuned for answers...water aerobics, doctor appointment, mini vacation <BR> Good morning everyone! I stayed up too late again.....I need my beauty sleep, but I am not sleepy tonight/this morning. <BR> I am debating going to water aerobics in the morning as my family is planning to go to the fitness center after my doctor's appointment tomorrow afternoon. I don't know if I could handle two workouts in one day...LOL! <em>198</em> <BR> I hope my appointment is boring tomorrow.....I want to go in and talk to the doctor and then leave......I don't really have ... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:51:38 EST BooHoo, water aerobics are cancelled tomorrow..... Water aerobics are cancelled for tomorrow...... <em>39</em> I was looking forward to class and friends....even though it was scheduled for 7:00 in the morning. I managed to get to class this morning, so now I am really glad I did.....I am hoping to get a hair appointment one of these next mornings before I have to go to work at 11:00.....I know, I have been saying that for over a month now.....I will get it done.....someday.....don't rush me! <em>198</em> If I don't get it cut soon, I ... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 23:59:03 EST Half goal achieved!!!!! I have reached a half goal....I am at the halfway point of my first weight-loss goal....notice I said first....I am sure that once I have obtained this goal, I will set another weight-loss goal....I just had to set smaller goals to keep me going.....I have not set any actual long range goal....I just know that I want to get rid of the term "morbidly obese". Once that is accomplished, I will see what else I can conquer. For now I am going to enjoy my half goal achievement, and forge ahead! ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:22:23 EST Does the Easter Bunny have snowshoes? I did a lot better today with sodium and about the same with calories. Hubby got called into work at his part time job, so we did not go to the fitness center, hopefully we will get up and go tomorrow morning.....while DD is still at work. DD and I did go talk to AT&T about her has been acting up again......we probably can get somewhere with them if we call a toll free number and jump through the proper number of hoops. I am going to cross my fingers that that happens. <BR> T... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:19:36 EST WCHA playoffs and "Supertasters"....... Hello; just watching/listening to WCHA hockey alma mater is losing, oh wait they just tied the to get ahead, I hope. I found out that the person I am working for this week, is actually at the WCHA playoff games......and I am not. <em>39</em> I think it would be so exciting to go see the games in person, but I guess it was not meant to several teams are pulling out of the WCHA next year, including my UND team. Yes, I live in Minnesota, but I... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:20:24 EST