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  • Hate when I plateau

    7/24/2017 9:45:33 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I hate it when I plateau. I am still at 195 pounds. I was kind of hoping that I would lose some weight by now. Not much but at least a pound or two. I have done pretty well over the weekend. I won't e able to do much between today and Wednesday because my dad and I have doctor's appointments. I have... Read more

  • Crying

    7/23/2017 6:11:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    If you read my blog from April 11th you will find a piece my mom wrote on Death and Spirit which talks about Spirit... likening us to butterflies, bursting out of our chrysalis to a new existence as Spirit when we pass from this life. My brother read that piece at the Celebration we held in my Moth... Read more

  • Lost another 2 pounds and hopefully more

    7/22/2017 9:17:33 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I finally broke my plateau. I was pretty much at 197 pounds for most of the week and this morning I checked my weight and it showed that I was at 195 pounds. So I lost 2 pounds. I finally got the 10 pounds that I gained while my dad and I were in Minnesota in May plus 2 more pounds off. At lea... Read more

  • Life's curveballs... and facing reality

    7/21/2017 10:15:32 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, someone keyed the rental car between the time we parked it and the time the first rental agency employees arrived the next day. Thank goodness I paid for the insurance coverage... but still... why do people feel the need to damage things? I just don't understand... sigh. Of course the first I... Read more

  • I'm thinking of...

    7/21/2017 3:35:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This coming Monday I'm thinking of mowing the yard and do some trimming since that day is going to be cooler that day. But it'll have to wait until I get back from my doctor's appointment with my lung doctor. I feel somewhat okay enough to do them both. The surgeon didn't say that I couldn't. I feel... Read more

  • Too hot to do anything

    7/20/2017 6:12:47 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well its too hot to do anything today. Can't go out and go for a walk because its above 90 degrees outside. So it looks like I have to do something inside. I am not sure what I want to do yet. I took my dog Lady for a walk up and down our street this morning before it got really hot. It was 78 degre... Read more

  • Sorry for the silence... family stuff happened

    7/20/2017 6:43:52 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    So my niece ended up stranded in Toronto (yes, in Canada) without her passport or ANY form of ID, after her purse got lifted this past weekend. After some fussing and finagling, and armed with the police report, and other pertinent information she was able to successfully cross back into the United... Read more

  • Lot the 2 pounds that were gained

    7/19/2017 4:45:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost the 2 pounds that I gained. Was at 199 pounds and now back to 197 pounds. It feels so much better to be back to that amount. But at the appointment today I went from 221 to 213 pounds according to their scale. So I lost 8 pounds there. I have another doctor's appointment coming up on Mo... Read more

  • No change in weight and not back in the 200s

    7/18/2017 5:36:24 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    There is no change in my weight. At least that I am not back in the 200s. I am so close in going outside (where its in the mid 80s) and pick up sticks in our yard. Not just for the exercise but its something to do. I'm bored. I need to get some exercise anyway. Tomorrow is the day that I get m... Read more

  • Gained 2 pounds but didn't go back in the 200s

    7/17/2017 11:50:34 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I gained 2 pounds. I was at 197 pounds but now I'm at 199 pounds. I'm just glad that I didn't go back into the 200 pound range. I ate some foods that I shouldn't of ate yesterday and I didn't get as much exercising in as I wanted. We had a concert at our church last night. It was an acapella b... Read more

  • I had a thin-skinned sort of day today... they happen

    7/15/2017 9:27:45 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Things happened today that were irritating, but normally I could write them off and move on. For some reason today I was having trouble doing that. Well, I know one reason was because I had a migraine this morning... triggered from the copious amounts of cigarette smoke from my next door neighbor'... Read more

  • No change in weight and feeling somewhat better

    7/15/2017 4:03:46 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    There is no change in my weight right now. So I'm stuck at 197 pounds. But I have some time until my next 2 doctor's appointments. I have one coming up this coming Wednesday for my surgery from 8 days ago with the doctor who did my carpel tunnel surgery. I have another one after that on the 24th wit... Read more

  • Being organized

    7/14/2017 9:31:55 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I continue making strides on overhauling my apartment. I keep finding nooks and crannies that I tucked "stuff" into. Some of it is very useful stuff, or has sentimental value, but I wonder at times why I chose to put "that"... over "there"... I had two friends show up today to relieve me of some ... Read more

  • Lost another pound and feeling a little better

    7/14/2017 12:46:02 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost another pound. I was at 198 pounds yesterday and now I'm at 197 pounds. I was at this weight when my dad and I went to Minnesota back in May. I am feeling so much better now that my weight has gotten below 200 pounds. I am hoping to lose more weight before my appointment this coming Wed... Read more

  • Finally broke the plateau

    7/13/2017 9:15:26 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I was beginning to wonder if I was going to break my plateau of being at 200 pounds. Well, I did. I lost 2 pounds and now I'm at 198 pounds. It feels great to be back out of the 200s (again) and back into the 190s (again). I'm a pound heavier than I was about 2 months ago when we were in Minnesota f... Read more

  • Reminding myself to be grateful for what I CAN do... some firsts I had forgotten

    7/13/2017 7:52:56 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I mentioned in yesterday's blog that it has been a hard few months for my entire family. Pretty much starting with the sudden death of my Mother on April first, and just rolling onward non-stop since then. There have been joyous moments. Content moments. Loving moments. But they get overshadowe... Read more

  • I hate plateaus

    7/12/2017 10:21:02 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I hate plateaus. I have been stuck at 200 pounds since Sunday. I'm hating it. Can't do much exercising with the 1 hand being bandaged up from carpel tunnel surgery & its too hot to do it all outside. And we have had storms since Sunday night. I thought that I would be lower on my weight by now. At l... Read more

  • Accepting my body... becoming more body aware

    7/12/2017 8:06:18 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    When I was a pre-teen and young teenager I was a dancer (ballet, tap, jazz... you name it I at least tried a class), and even joined a competitive troupe for a while. For some reason that changed. Not sure if it was hormones, a growth spurt that altered my body shape, geography, or shifting social... Read more

  • Enjoying small pleasures

    7/11/2017 9:57:53 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I treated myself to a hair touch up, as my last few weeks have been so crazy. It turned out really pretty. The sun bleached out the purple, so all that was left was the sapphire and teal, and that had faded in places to kind of a silvery sheen (my BFF, Jen, said it was opalescent), so all we did w... Read more

  • Take a breath...

    7/10/2017 9:06:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, today was my birthday. One member of my family acknowledged it, and I spent a good bit of the afternoon at the vet's office with my dog.Maybe not the best birthday ever, especially since it is the first I am celebrating without my Mother... but for some reason I am not as weepy as usual. Maybe... Read more

  • Lost a pound and pain is almost gone

    7/10/2017 9:57:42 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost a pound yesterday so I'm now down to 200 pounds from 201 pounds. I'm surprised that I have been losing weight with the way that I've been eating and the amount of exercising that I've been doing. I am not sure how much walking that I will get outside today. We're suppose to get rain and... Read more

  • Remembering a Sparkstreak... Why is it all worth it?

    7/9/2017 11:17:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was reading the email from Sparkguy this evening, and the connected blog, and I was reminded of what kept me motivated and moving with my fitness program in such a consistent and dedicated fashion. It was those "silly" Sparkstreaks. I started with just 10 minutes, three times a week, but increas... Read more

  • Almost there...

    7/8/2017 9:57:48 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have almost reached the end of what there is to be sort, rearranged, donated, tossed, or otherwise purged in my apartment. I have done a clothes closet purge fairly regularly since I started noticeably losing weight, but I have just absent-mindedly shoving odds and ends in closets since I moved i... Read more

  • The day after surgery

    7/8/2017 5:31:17 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, its the day after my carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand. I didn't get the pain med that the surgeon wants me to take because my insurance won't cover it & I can't pay for it. But I have been taking Tylenol and its helped a lot. I am not in much pain. Even trying the best that I can to type ... Read more

  • Surgery day

    7/7/2017 6:22:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand went fine. Got there just before 6am and was out a little after 9am. Couldn't get the pain med because it was too much money & they didn't run it through my insurance. So I have to wait until tomorrow to get it. I am taking OTC pain med until then. I am... Read more

  • Taking the risk to be vulnerable can be rewarding...

    7/6/2017 10:17:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I took a risk yesterday communicating with my best friend... and it could have gone badly, but the result was beautiful. She understood what I was attempting to say, and acknowledged the care and respect from which it was said, and that I expressed for her. Today when I talked to her she simply sa... Read more

  • Tomorrow is carpel tunnel surgery day

    7/6/2017 9:51:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, tomorrow is the day. I am having carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand. I am between nervous about it and also happy that it is going to get done. At least it'll get done and I will be out of pain when its all said in done in that left hand. My hands were bothering me yesterday when I was havi... Read more

  • Finally, my annual wellness exam...

    7/5/2017 8:29:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I had my annual doctor exam this morning... the one that was originally scheduled at the beginning of March, but the doctor kept canceling. I had given up on him and scheduled it with the PA. I like her. Of course, since it had been so freaking long since I have been in the office I had to up... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July!!!!!

    7/4/2017 10:55:01 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Happy 4th of July to all of my USA friends on here. May it be healthy and strong for everyone. Don't overeat on the unhealthy stuff today. I had a good breakfast of an Earl Grey tea and a Banana Chocolaty Chip Bagel this morning. I was going to have something else this morning but going to save that... Read more

  • Okay, this is a rant (but I have been told by a number of people I am not paranoid)

    7/4/2017 2:28:55 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I can only speak from my own experience, but I have been thinking about the change in the attitude of the medical professionals I deal with since I dropped the majority of my weight, and made lifestyle changes that helped get and keep me mentally stable. First, I need to provide a just a ti... Read more

  • Changing my perspective on things

    7/3/2017 10:57:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So I have been moving from crisis to crisis for the last ten days or so (well, really, since April First, when Mom passed)... and while I deal with it by feeling the frustration and acknowledging that I am frazzled... and then finding the humor in the situation, usually ending up laughing at myself.... Read more

  • Getting my head back on straight

    7/2/2017 8:43:37 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    After a hectic, crazy, worrying week I was really missing my mom so I reached out to a couple of Sparkfriends, who helped talk me out of my anxious state. And this evening I have been chatting with my niece. She and my mom used to have long, involved conversations about absolutely everything and I... Read more

  • The closet clearing continues...

    7/1/2017 6:12:49 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So I have a large closet in my front entry hall of my apartment (double folding doors big), and an enormous walk in closet off my living room, near my bathroom (this closet also holds my hot water heater). I have succeeded in mostly clearing out the boxes and random items in the walk in closet, due... Read more

  • The early bird gets... answers?

    6/30/2017 8:30:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I was up and out early to go to Dad's and walk, have coffee and breakfast, etc. I had some errands to run, including an extra run to the grocery store (I picked up a pint of lemon ice cream... remember the ice cream, it comes up again) and intended to go to the used book store and drop off a co... Read more

  • Down 2 more pounds since last post

    6/29/2017 9:49:12 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, since I posted last, I've lost 2 pounds. I was at 201 pounds when I last posted and now I'm at 199 pounds. I'm finally back in Onederland. It feels great that I am back under 200 pounds. I gained 10 pounds while my dad and I were in Minnesota last month (went from 197 pounds to 207 pounds). An... Read more

  • Sometimes you have to be a nag...

    6/28/2017 5:19:15 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    i have been having continuous internet issues for the last three days, where my internet drops out of sync and I lose connection. Most of the time I could reboot the modem and eventually it would come back online. I have had an open service ticket with tech support at my service provider for th... Read more

  • Hmmm. Interesting...

    6/27/2017 9:29:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, it was a busy day, starting at 7am, and I got home a little after 6pm. I made it to all 4 of my appointments, and almost all of the ran on schedule. Thankfully the only that started late was the last one at 2pm. That one was a Pulmonary Function Test, ordered by my rheumatologist, not because... Read more

  • Down 3 pounds and feeling somewhat better

    6/27/2017 9:08:09 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I'm down 3 pounds now. I went from 204 pounds on Saturday to 201 pounds now. I feel so much better. I am getting closer to where I want to before my physical for my carpel tunnel surgery. The physical is a week from tomorrow. I have been exercising pretty good and splurging the past few days b... Read more

  • On the phone...

    6/26/2017 7:31:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I hate talking on the phone, but... sometimes it is necessary. So this morning I called the vet, and set up Cooper's annual check up and shots. Then I called the visiting nurse agency... and they thought they had called me back on Friday... and the new nurse would be here in about 10 minutes! Uh.... Read more

  • Trying to think of ways to do things with 1 hand

    6/26/2017 10:04:06 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am trying to figure out was to do things with 1 hand when it comes time to have my carpel tunnel surgeries. Its been too long since this has happened. It was 1995 when I had my left arm in a cast after I broke my wrist in high school after trying to learn how to roller skate. I did last night when... Read more

  • Chasing raindrops... or rather the spaces between them

    6/25/2017 6:23:46 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today's forecast was for scattered showers and thunderstorms... so the task for my Cooper-dog and myself was to time our walks (and runs for me) around the downpours. I tried. I took him out extra early this morning in an attempt to get in a good long walk before it started. We were about 5o minu... Read more

  • Trying to keep pain at bay with some exercising

    6/25/2017 4:13:29 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm trying the best that I can with the carpel tunnel pain at bay with some exercising today. While at church and having lunch it was horrible. Couldn't hold the hymnal without being in pain. Instead of having my hands flat or holding it at the edges (when open) without having pain. So I made fists ... Read more