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  • Added B12 into my life

    10/24/2014 9:47:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm adding a B12 pill into my life and I'm glad that I did. My energy is a lot better than it has been. I'm glad that I took it because today we had a lot of driving. We went to the same place that we went to last week in Pekin, IL, to pick up one part this time. I did take a couple of naps but they... Read more

  • A better day

    10/24/2014 9:05:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Slept well last night. No nightmares, and the headache didn't wake me up. What a relief. Had to get an earlier than normal start as I had that appointment with the cardiologist. She gave my heart a clean bill of health. She said the chest pains I have been getting are more likely from my lungs,... Read more

  • Losing weight and new clothes

    10/23/2014 9:55:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I'm down to 210 pounds. This past Saturday I was up to 215 pounds and I'm glad that I'm down at the 30 pound weight loss. I have another 15 to get back down to where I was before the 32 pound weight gain. I've lost 65 pounds since I was a senior in high school. I was 275 pounds in 1997. My mom... Read more

  • Weird day

    10/23/2014 9:53:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a weird day today. I woke up at 4am with my headache throbbing and nightmares echoing in my head. Not a good way to start the day! I stayed up for a while until the nightmares faded, and the Tylenol blunted the headache, then curled back up with the dog. When we got up later I took him f... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    10/22/2014 9:42:52 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a beautiful day. Got a haircut while we were running errands. Here's a new picture of my youngest niece Heather and grandniece Katelynn. Love them both. My weight is down to 211 pounds. I didn't get my usual cue t... Read more

  • Joined the gym

    10/22/2014 6:42:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Managed to get myself and brother to the gym and signed up for a 3 month membership. He had to get right back to work, but I stayed and fit in a workout. I seem constitutionally incapable of not running when I get on the treadmill. LOL! I knew it would make my head hurt more, but I said what the... Read more

  • Clothes sorted out

    10/21/2014 9:42:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, got my clothes sorted out and I hardly have any clothes left. I had so far 5 shirts and 5 pants. I will add more when I do laundry. At least 1 each. Here's a break down: 2 t-shirts 1 Green Bay Packers jersey 2 sweatshirts 2 shorts 1 pair of jeans 1 pair of sweatpants I wil... Read more

  • Future workout plans

    10/21/2014 8:42:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brother and I are meeting at the gym tomorrow to sign up together. We have already agreed on a tentative schedule to workout 3x a week. I hope we can stick to it for the entire Winter. I would like to get a few more of these regained pounds off of me before the new kayaking season. I have... Read more

  • Needing to change my wardrobe

    10/20/2014 8:34:19 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    A lot of my clothes are needing to be changed. My XL sweatpants are too big. I need to get at least a large. Every once in a while I'm having to pull up my sweatpants because they want to slide down. I need to get new jeans because the two pair that I have are 22W and I need to wear a belt with them... Read more

  • Snow coming?

    10/20/2014 6:28:52 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Took care of a bunch of stuff early in the day. picked up my nieces before 10 am, dropped them off. Came home and walked the dog. Scheduled my neurology consult, picked up the disc of my CT scan. Went to lunch with my elderly friend, Peter. Went shopping for clothes and books (spent all of $30)... Read more

  • A boring day

    10/19/2014 8:24:39 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a boring day after church and lunch. The only thing that I did was watch Law and Order SVU marathon on USA and I have seen those episodes over and over again since I've started watching them a few months ago. So I decided to turn off my TV and put a music CD in my laptop and listen to it w... Read more

  • Butternut squash

    10/19/2014 6:29:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My mother gave a cooking class at the local soup kitchen this afternoon, and I ended up being the assistant cook. We had roasted kale and butternut, butternut soup and butternut pie Lots of Vitamin A! Cooper stayed with dad while I drove mom down for the class. Report was that Cooper was a good ... Read more

  • A gloomy day

    10/18/2014 9:24:29 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today has been a gloomy day. Not in mood but in weather wise. We had clouds outside and it was windy. We went up to Target to get a couple of birthday cards for my youngest niece. Her birthday is this coming Tuesday so we got them today. I will get them ready to get mailed out on Monday. My sis... Read more

  • Howling dog made my day

    10/18/2014 8:15:05 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Fairly busy day today, but not with exercise for a change. Walked the dog first thing, then drove out to Mom and Dad's to make lunch. We had roast beef, baked squash with parmesan, green beans, salad and cabbage... with a dessert that was mostly ricotta, but she called it cheesecake even though th... Read more

  • Too long of a day

    10/17/2014 10:23:20 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was too long of a day. Dad had his xrays this morning. His hemorohoids bled on him most of the time we were there but stopped before we left. We picked up parts and dropped off parts for the garage here in town. Dropped off what we got when we were up there at the garage here in own and then ... Read more

  • Quick update

    10/17/2014 3:45:29 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Well the doctor is clueless. I had a clean CT scan, but the headache persists. So, now I have to see a neurologist. I have a cardiology consult coming up on the third of November, too. I am off to dinner with Jen and her parents tonight, then over to my brother, Jonathan's to print some st... Read more

  • Quick check in

    10/16/2014 10:56:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It is raining tonight, so Cooper wasn't interested in walking. We got some in earlier in the day though. Had lunch with my BFF, Jen. Had fun. My aunt stopped by with a new lampshade for my desk lamp. Things are just moving along. Hope to have some answers from the doctor tomorrow afternoon. W... Read more

  • Long and productive day

    10/16/2014 9:55:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad had his appointment with our regular doctor about his hemorrhoids. The doctor wants dad to see another doctor to get a colonoscopy on the 27th. Dad is overdue for one. Tomorrow he has xrays on his right shoulder. I mowed the yard and the neighbor's ditch in front of the chain link fence i... Read more

  • Some days...

    10/15/2014 8:48:07 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Some days I just put one foot in front of the other and plod along. Today was one of those days. I did get Cooper out for a two hour walk this morning, did some yoga, and a little (very little) ST. A Sparkfriend started me with the time spent lying on the floor with my legs up the wall. I really... Read more

  • Feeling bored while waiting

    10/15/2014 4:20:46 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We're at my dad's 2nd appointment of the day in Peoria, IL. He went back to see the doctor about 15 minutes ago and I'm glad that I brought my laptop with me so I can have something to do while I'm waiting for him to come out. I can't believe how my energy has stayed up with all the running aro... Read more

  • Leg day....

    10/15/2014 11:14:16 AM, by MAMAGRANDY

    Oh my!! So by this blog title, you can assume that I did start strength training, yes I did. Today? Holy moly. All those meme's about the day after leg day are sooooo true!! Sitting down hurts. Standing back up hurts. It's a good hurt. Like my 17 year old just said, "mom, it means you are getting fi... Read more

  • Windy day

    10/14/2014 8:46:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Gusts were about 40mph today. Not scary windy, but more than breezy. It was also quite warm, in the high 70s. It was a successful day, even though I was grumpy all day. I try not to show it though. /it does not make my headache worse to smile, so I might as well have a pleasant expression on my... Read more

  • No energy boost today

    10/14/2014 8:16:38 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Didn't get the energy boost. Thought that I had it but didn't. Tomorrow is going to be busy with dad's 2 doctor's appointments in 2 different towns. One in Galesburg, IL, (half an hour to the north) with his chiropractor. The other in Peoria, IL, (an hour to the east) with his heart doctor. So I wil... Read more

  • Energy has leveled off but wishes that it was higher

    10/13/2014 9:40:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My energy has gone up and leveled up but wishes that it was higher. I have a lot to do before we go to Ohio (whenever that will be). I have done things that have boosted it but its not boosting it. I'm going to try something tomorrow to see it might work. I haven't figured it out yet but I should b... Read more

  • Test, but no results yet....

    10/13/2014 7:37:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I left the dog at mom and dad's last night, with the intention of picking him up after my CT this afternoon. So, when I woke up this morning there were no doggy kisses or cuddles to distract me. So what did I do? I went for a fast 9 mile walk... in the pouring rain. I wore a ball cap to keep the... Read more

  • October goals

    10/13/2014 3:59:35 PM, by MAMAGRANDY

    1. 1000 fitness minutes 2. Add in strength training 2+ days a week 3. Start keeping track of mileage 4. Share with at least one person outside of my immediate family about the journey I am on. No, Instagram doesn't count 😉 ... Read more

  • Kayaking adventure...

    10/12/2014 11:19:13 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    We drove out to Lansing NY last night to stay with Jeremy's daughter, so we could get an early start and go paddle the Seneca Cayuga Canal. We went from East to West this year. We started from Montezuma with 6 paddlers. It was a gorgeous day for it. The frost overnight was pretty heavy, so the t... Read more

  • Energy is coming back

    10/12/2014 9:52:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My energy is coming back. My TOM is almost over and I've been eating things that have helped before that I pretty much forgot that gave me energy. I'm not as tired as I am usually at night. I'm usually tired right about now. I'm hoping that it keeps on going up by the time we have a busy week since ... Read more

  • Slow day

    10/11/2014 9:52:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We went up to get a couple of dad's medicines at Target and then to another place to get driveway marker since the one got busted when I forgot to put it back when I got done mowing and dad ran it over with the van. My energy is down here lately with my TOM being here. Its almost over but still... Read more

  • Another long and busy day

    10/10/2014 11:23:41 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad and went to 2 different towns today. We dropped off and picked up one of our neighbors in one town and went to another town to pick up parts for a boat motor in another town for the garage here in town. I didn't get the chance to take a nap. I could of going to get supper tonight but didn't. A... Read more

  • Harvest season

    10/10/2014 5:59:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I can definitely tell it is harvest season here. Tractors of all sizes, trailers, fork lifts, grape pickers, and flatbed trucks carrying crates of produce are a common sight driving through downtown. Cooper wanted to walk again today, so I had ample opportunity to see all these agricultural convey... Read more

  • Almost a month back....lots of thoughts

    10/10/2014 11:23:04 AM, by MAMAGRANDY

    1. I realized that I was weighing myself when I knew I would be my absolute lightest. Really this is not fair to myself. I would go in at a "normal" time to weigh myself and be so disappointed. It just hit me this week why. I usually work out in the mornings. I eat my breakfast, drink my coffee, dig... Read more

  • Feeling a little stressed...

    10/9/2014 5:58:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am trying not to get too worried about anything, but it is hard. They scheduled my CT for Monday afternoon. I have a friend who is willing to come pick me up and take me to get it done, so I don't have to worry about trying to figure out borrowing a car. That same friend said she would come to ... Read more

  • A long and slow day

    10/9/2014 5:53:58 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad had a doctor's appointment today. We both thought that it was at 2pm but it was at 2:30pm. So while we were waiting for it to get closer, we went to our regular doctor so dad could get his flu shot. There isn't much that they can do for his right knee. Its pretty much scar tissue. But next Frid... Read more

  • A day of exercise

    10/8/2014 9:37:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This morning I did the Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles for 68 minutes and this afternoon I mowed the yard for 73 minutes. I feel so great. I forgot to put my braces on my wrists and knees when I mowed. My left wrist got a little sore when we were eating. I feel so good after I exercise. I was a little... Read more

  • Yikes!

    10/8/2014 6:50:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am hoping my doctor is just being overly cautious, but I have to go in for a CT to rule out a brain bleed. What?! I guess he has to check since I already had one stroke and take blood thinners. Not what I wanted to hear. In the meantime he said to take Tylenol (not ibuprofen) and come back nex... Read more

  • Got a new modem for internet

    10/7/2014 9:40:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Got a new modem for the internet. And it also combines with my WiFi router too. So I'm down to one device for my internet instead of 2. We need to take the power cord to the phone company tomorrow. Only thing that we took up was the modem. I've been smelling something floral around the house ev... Read more

  • Still there

    10/7/2014 5:50:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Had some unexpected running around to do today, getting meds for my brother who is really pretty sick. Totally panicked his daughter. Everyone seems to think I am the voice of calm and reason in our family now... boy howdy, how things have changed! Got in 4 dog walks, a short bike ride, ST, a... Read more

  • Got my laptop today

    10/6/2014 9:50:48 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We ended up with the higher priced laptop but same brand. Its an HP laptop. I'm just getting use to it right now. The stupid internet was down but it came back up and now I can do my blog entry on it. Cannot wait to use it while on vacation. Might of lost weight because I'm getting a little sor... Read more

  • I have to wear WHAT?!?!

    10/6/2014 7:00:32 PM, by FLOWERLILLY_777

    So hello spark people out there. Yes I am back AGAIN. I have let myself gain back the 50 wonderful pounds I lost. I lost sight of where I was and let myself get back to the larger unhappier and Way unhealthier me. So what made me finally stop and say "Hey your getting too big... again"? I got a prom... Read more

  • And it is back...

    10/6/2014 5:40:58 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went for that run last night, and for once I can say I truly regret it. The headache is back. I made a Dr appointment for Wed afternoon. Maybe he will have an idea why. In an effort to take it easy I took the dog for a long walk this morning, had lunch, then crated the dog so I could go ru... Read more

  • Nothing to report

    10/5/2014 9:56:44 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I haven't put in a blog entry since Thursday but the stupid internet was down. Going to order the laptop either tomorrow or Tuesday. Going to get one that's about $70.00 cheaper. But it has the same memory and all that but its a bit slower. And it doesn't have a CD ROM on it. But it ... Read more

  • Good decisions?

    10/5/2014 8:33:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am trying to decide if I should try going for a run tonight. The headache is a mere shadow after nearly a week's worth of pain. I am wondering if it is worth the possibility of it coming back? Every other time I have gone for a run this week the pain has been worse. I didn't run yesterday, and... Read more

  • People are strange

    10/4/2014 9:41:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Weird day today. Early start in the morning as we had to be in Jamestown before 9:30, ready to go. Mom was teaching a cooking class. I refrained from sampling anything, and stuck with the banana and snacks I brought along for lunch. After the class we went to the grocery store. Actually we went... Read more

  • Whining

    10/3/2014 8:10:17 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am so sick of this headache. I am on day 4 of it inhibiting me, and I am tired of it kicking back in every time I exert myself. Okay, complaining done for today. Walked Cooper 4 times today, plus some time on the bike. I tried running again today and only lasted 20 minutes before I gave up... Read more

  • My Nook went kaput

    10/2/2014 9:57:59 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My Nook Tablet went kaput today. It wasn't letting me online or use a few apps and they're not the ones from SparkPeople. So we're going to put a HP laptop on layaway at Wal-Mart probably tomorrow so we can get it next week. They have a mouse and case with the laptop for a great price. The int... Read more

  • Headache lingering...

    10/2/2014 8:37:07 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It is still with me. Ugh. I don't like taking pills, but I will take an ibuprofen before bed tonight so I can sleep. Despite the headache I still walked the dog 4 times and did some yoga. I may be taking it easier, but I am still getting in steps. I tried going for a short run today, and ... Read more

  • Recovery- Day 2

    10/1/2014 10:08:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The headache stayed with me today, but it seems to be easing up a bit this evening. I took it easy again today, as I don't want to make myself sick. I guess learning to take care of myself is just as important as losing and maintaining weight. I started my 21 day fix today, though I didn't do... Read more

  • Lost another pound

    10/1/2014 9:36:41 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I checked my weight this morning just to be curious. I've lost another pound. So I've lost a total of 2 pounds in the last 2 days. It feels good to have lost that much. I can feel it in my core. Especially in my back. Now I know that I'm on the right track. While I was doing a workout DVD this ... Read more

  • Recovery

    9/30/2014 10:17:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had an exercise "hangover" today. I even took a 30 minute nap I felt so dragged out. And I never take naps! My neighbor just gave me some ibuprofen, so hopefully the worst of the headache will dissipate. As a result of yesterday's overusage of my muscles I decided to make today a recovery day.... Read more

  • Lost a pound

    9/30/2014 10:06:14 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I've lost a pound. I was at 214 pounds and now I'm at 213 pounds. But that isn't the only thing that I'm happy about. We did the free screening that a hospital from Peoria, IL, does every 3 months and it includes a free breakfast. A lot of them went down but need to raise one of them. Blood sug... Read more

  • Long and tiring day

    9/29/2014 9:31:44 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    What made it feel like that is that we traded in our 2011 Ford Escape for a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van. Dad fell in love with it. So we have it right now. I need to sort out what we have in it sometime soon. Probably do it sometime tomorrow. There are a few things that I need to get rid of. ... Read more

  • Epic day kayaking...

    9/29/2014 7:33:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brother, Jeremy, and I were out of town in the Adirondacks last weekend when they held the annual end to end challenge on Lake Chautauqua, so today we set out with our friend, mike, to do it on our own. We had perfect conditions. We were driving through heavy fog on our way to the lake, but mos... Read more

  • Beat my times in walking to and from church

    9/28/2014 9:46:04 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have beat my times in walking to church and back home. 2 weeks it was 36 minutes round trip. A week a go it was 34 minutes round trip. Today it was 30 minutes round trip. I knew that I was going to beat my time today because it took me 4 minutes to walk the full length of our street. Usually it ta... Read more

  • Warm up

    9/28/2014 7:35:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went out for a short paddle this afternoon as a warm up for tomorrow's long distance kayaking excursion. I was focusing on proper form and technique today. It isn't in muscle memory yet, but when I concentrate I am speedy. Jeremy told me to eat red meat and pasta tonight, to stoke my engine for t... Read more

  • A light day

    9/27/2014 9:53:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Did only 1 workout DVD and walked for 5 minutes at Target. Really didn't want to feel burned out for the rest of the day. Been feeling like that for a few days. If my dad doesn't get up in the morning, I might be walking to church for the 3rd Sunday in a row. Dad got up late today. Sometimes he... Read more

  • Everything is okay...

    9/26/2014 9:46:07 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It looks like my brother and I might be doing the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua on Sunday. I wasn't certain that Jeremy would want to as he has been doing a lot of heavy construction work this week and I thought he would be tired. Guess not too tired, as he suggested it. I am tired of ... Read more

  • Its starting to look like fall

    9/26/2014 9:41:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Our front yard is starting to get covered in leaves from our sycamore tree that is in our front yard. There isn't too many leaves in the back yard from the 2 maple trees. I'm going to wait a while longer to get the push mower out to mow over the leaves. Our high school football team is doing pr... Read more

  • Feeling great but starting to feel burned out

    9/25/2014 9:49:43 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    When I mean burned out, its the exercises. For about a week now I've been repeating the same exercises. But worth it. I might jazz it up in the morning when I get the pets fed and my medicine taken. I haven't figured it out. I need to do something because I've plateaued. Still stuck at 211 pounds. ... Read more

  • Keeping happy...

    9/25/2014 9:26:04 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Lovely day today. Me and the dog just chilling. I argued myself into getting some exercise. I think my idea of what is "enough" exercise might be a little different than a good number of people. A lot of it is low impact, but I move a lot during the day. I just feel better if I get moving more ... Read more

  • Thursday

    9/25/2014 7:26:28 PM, by WISHING4100

    Feeling quite happy. I had a couch potato type day but just redeemed myself by doing a walking DVD. Got two miles done, thirty active minutes and now feel so much better about my day!... Read more