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  • Sorry for the delay

    12/26/2014 9:52:06 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I haven't posted anything in over a week but there wasn't much to talk about. Plus I went to bed before I got to post anything. I got a $30 gift card from our minister to Target and I used it that day for a pair of knee high boots this past Sunday. The day before I went to where one... Read more

  • A little canine assistance...

    12/26/2014 9:35:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went for my massage this afternoon, and since it was at her house I was able to take Cooper with me, as she doesn't mind him. He stayed in the treatment room with me, and at first he was content with just getting petted, but I was lying down, and when I am lying down it is obviously time to cuddl... Read more

  • More celebrations

    12/25/2014 9:19:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    We had a family brunch this morning. My brother, Jonathan, didn't even come down to join us because he was feeling so grinch-y. He really seems to hate Christmas. I don't get it. In our family it is mostly an excuse to get together and eat good food and laugh a lot. What's to hate about that? ... Read more

  • Celebrating

    12/24/2014 10:06:04 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    We have our big family dinner and gift exchange on Christmas Eve, so that is what I did this evening. I did take the dog for a 2 hour walk this morning, and we took the long way home from dinner, and now I can hop on the rower or the bike for an hour or two. I need to work off some of the dinner I... Read more

  • Family breakfast, and more baking...

    12/23/2014 8:05:19 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My niece, Tigan, was in town for the morning, so the whole family gathered for breakfast at a local restaurant. She regaled us with stories from her new job, and we exchanged gifts and had a rollicking good time. Everyone got along and, I believe, everyone had a good time. After breakfast I made ... Read more

  • Feeling good

    12/23/2014 7:10:48 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    Got it to upload today. Yay!... Read more

  • Baking, wrapping, etc...

    12/22/2014 9:06:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I started the day as I usually do with a walk with the dog, but that was all that was normal about my day. The visiting nurse popped in this morning, then I cleaned my apartment. I finished around 2pm, then I had a Dr appointment I had to run off to, followed by stops at the grocery store and the ... Read more

  • Good day!

    12/22/2014 7:32:36 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    For some reason, I can't get my video to upload. Anyway, I'm feeling good and proud of how I did today.... Read more

  • BLC-27 Goals

    12/22/2014 3:37:24 PM, by KAKAY56

    During the 12 week BLC-27, these are my goals: To eat healthy foods and snacks To exercise 6 days a week To complete all challenges and give team support I have never had a challenge for a 20 pound weight loss.... ... Read more

  • Gym day plus....

    12/21/2014 7:24:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Started the day early at the gym. Ran for 65 minutes on the treadmill (well, really ran for 60 minutes and 5 minutes cool down), hopped on the elliptical, plus weights. I am still stuck at 220 pounds for the squats on the leg press machine. I think I could manage 225 pounds, but that is not an op... Read more

  • Here I go again!

    12/21/2014 2:19:19 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    Hopefully the quality isn't too bad.... Read more

  • Typical Saturday...

    12/20/2014 8:04:15 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    On Saturdays I walk the dog, then head out to my parents' house to make lunch for everybody. Today we had baked haddock with onion and mushrooms, soybeans, applesauce, and a salad. Normally I drive myself, but their driveway is still sheer ice, and dad had to go to the grocery store anyways, so he... Read more

  • Gym day plus....

    12/19/2014 8:45:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went to the gym early today to workout with my brother. Two hour workout, came home, ate breakfast, and waited for my niece to show up to go walking. When she was 15 minutes late I gave up and called... and she was still asleep. Good thing I called. It was icy, so instead of our usual 6.5 miles ... Read more

  • Winning is more fun

    12/18/2014 11:00:05 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went to Trivia Night tonight, and once again our team won. The food tastes better when we win. LOL! We still haven't achieved a perfect score, but we try. It is an interesting group of people. Took it a little easier today, but I am meeting my brother at the gym early in the morning, then... Read more

  • A slow few days

    12/18/2014 10:06:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I haven't posted in a while but there hasn't been much to post. Dad having his therapy yesterday and me fighting my TOM right now. My TOM is almost over but it feels like its been around forever. Tuesday I realized that I didn't post anything when I was asleep. I didn't feel like get... Read more

  • Gym day...

    12/17/2014 5:11:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Early morning to meet my brother at the gym before he had to go to work. Decent workout. Ran 4.4 miles in 46 minutes on the treadmill, and did all my normal weights, including the squats on the leg press machine. It seems that right now 220 pounds is my maximum weight for the leg press. The only... Read more

  • Active recovery

    12/16/2014 9:38:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a good day to take things a little easier with the weather so damp and dreary, though I did get out for a run in between showers. We did our usual three dog walks, a little ST and yoga and that run. That was enough for me today. I am getting up early in the morning to meet my brother at th... Read more

  • Feeling tired

    12/15/2014 9:54:40 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling tired all day like I was on my birthday. My TOM has started and I'm not usually this tired. We had a somewhat of a long day with dad having his physical therapy and we had a gloomy day with the weather. I'm hoping that we don't go anywhere tomorrow because I know that my TOM will get hea... Read more

  • Decent day

    12/15/2014 7:19:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    But not really a rest day. I started the day with a two hour walk with the dog. Then I danced like a crazy fool for almost half an hour. I got out my stability ball and did some ST, and tried a new routine on one of my yoga DVDs, as well... and the day isn't over. I had an appointment this after... Read more

  • Thanks for the birthday wishes

    12/14/2014 10:08:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Thanks for the birthday wishes. I'm just glad that we didn't do anything yesterday because I wasn't in the mood to do anything. I got a birthday gift of cranberry nut mix from my first grade teacher who I go to church with. I ate the whole container but I'm not sure how to put it in. I ate 6 serving... Read more

  • All or nothing?

    12/14/2014 8:55:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have mentioned before that I tend to have an all or nothing mentality. Yesterday was an "all" day, and then today was another. I really do know I need to give my body a chance to recover, but sometimes I forget for a day or two... or three. I rounded out my active day yesterday with over an hou... Read more

  • Did what I wanted to do today

    12/13/2014 9:22:15 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got to do what I wanted to do today for my birthday. Absolutely nothing. Just went uptown to get the mail, got some lunch, and came home where we stayed for the rest of the day. I really didn't want to do anything at all. I did crochet and get on the computer. It felt great in doing nothing. We mi... Read more

  • Might have overdone it a little today...

    12/13/2014 9:00:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Started the day with a short dog walk, then drove out to my parents' house. On Saturdays I usually make lunch for everybody. Today I made Spinach pasta with homemade sauce and mini meatballs, and a salad (lightly dressed). I was pleasantly surprised at how few calories it was. But first I went s... Read more

  • Plans for my birthday

    12/12/2014 10:13:51 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm not going to go anywhere. Don't want to do anything. Not in the mood for some of the local places to eat. Some of the places that I could go to take over an hour to get too and the prices are too high. I'm just wanting to stay home and veg out. I'm hoping that dad doesn't try to convince me to g... Read more

  • Lazy day...

    12/12/2014 7:01:53 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brother had to work today, so I decided not to go to the gym by myself. I just couldn't get started today. I did walk the dog over 6 miles, and did about an hour of yoga, but other than that I have just been doing housework. I did manage to get ALL my laundry done. Not even a forgotten sock g... Read more

  • Choices and decisions

    12/11/2014 10:35:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I made the choice last night not to set my alarm to get me up and out to the gym early... so I ended up deciding not to go. I didn't mind as it was blowing snow all night and most of the day, and facing those conditions early in the morning was more than I wanted to deal with. So, instead I waited... Read more

  • Quiet day

    12/11/2014 9:58:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was somewhat quiet day. We didn't do a whole lot. Tomorrow we will with dad's physical therapy in the afternoon. I will have this with me tomorrow while he's doing that. I won't be able to work on a crocheted leftover yarn afghan that I'm working on because its getting pretty good size and if... Read more

  • Need some sleep

    12/10/2014 9:40:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today has been a long day. Didn't get much of a nap this afternoon. Wish that I did though. But its almost time to go to bed. Dad may have to have surgery on his right wrist for carpel tunnel again. He hasn't had it done in a long time. In 1989 was the last time. It might help with that side si... Read more

  • Rest day... take two

    12/10/2014 6:12:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    After I tracked all my exercise yesterday I was at 300 minutes, so I guess I can't really call that a "rest" day. So, I decided to take a more relaxed rest day today. My feet were still complaining this morning, so it seemed a smart idea. The visiting nurse came this morning. She is funny. A li... Read more

  • Slow week so far

    12/9/2014 9:41:31 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    This week is going by slow. Tomorrow is going to be long. Dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning and physical therapy in the afternoon. I hope that I'm near a power outlet tomorrow when he's having therapy so just in case I need to use it. I had a headache when I got up this morning ... Read more

  • Waiting... rest day

    12/9/2014 8:07:08 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I spent the afternoon waiting for a package to arrive through UPS. It arrived around 6pm, so I had already given up on going to the gym today. It was a good idea to take a rest day anyways. My feet are complaining. The arthritis was particularly painful today, and I had somehow developed a blist... Read more

  • Not looking forward to Saturday

    12/8/2014 9:36:26 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I know that it is only Monday but I'm not looking forward to Saturday. My birthday is this Saturday. I will be 37 years old. I have no idea what I'm going to do yet. I wouldn't mind not doing anything that day. I know that I should but I'm not sure. After last year with all the snow we got, we went... Read more

  • Gym day...

    12/8/2014 6:18:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went to the gym early this morning. It wasn't too busy on a Monday morning. They open at 4:30am, but I can't face that early of an hour. Once again I was early and my brother was late, so I got in a solid hour on the treadmill. Did my weights, and we ended up being finished at the same time. Sy... Read more

  • Headaches are gone

    12/7/2014 9:36:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I woke up with a headache this morning. I took something for it when I was taking my medicines. I drank some hot tea this morning and it was gone. I didn't have to take anything for it again until noon and again around 6pm. But no hot tea. I haven't crocheted yet. If I can't sleep tonight I may croc... Read more

  • Road trip

    12/7/2014 9:15:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brother, Jeremy, and I drove to Pittsburgh and back today. Well... we drove to Moon Township by way of Beaver Falls, PA. I did most of the driving so Jeremy could spend his time grading papers for the class he is teaching at the local Community College. He read me a few of the funnier answers.... Read more

  • Feeling better but fighting headache

    12/6/2014 9:54:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Feeling a lot better with no sinus pressure. The zpack has really helped. But now I'm fighting a headache but not sinus. I took something it almost 6 hours now and its still clinging. Might take something for it before I go to bed. I may take some sinus medicine just in case it is a sinus headache. ... Read more

  • Lazy day...

    12/6/2014 7:32:52 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was such a dreary day today, all gray and damp. I didn't feel like I did much today, though I did go for a 2.5 mile run this afternoon, walked the dog three times, did a yoga DVD and went to the grocery store. I was just moving at about half speed all day. It is only 7:30pm, and I am already c... Read more

  • Finally feeling better

    12/5/2014 9:38:35 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling better now. I called the doctor's office and asked if the doctor could prescribe something for my sinuses and ringing in my right ear that I've been fighting for about 14 months. Well, still got the ringing of ear but sinuses feel better. The doctor prescribed a z pack. My teeth still hu... Read more

  • A good day

    12/5/2014 6:43:01 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Started the day with a two hour walk with my niece (and Cooper!). Came home, changed, grabbed a yogurt, put the dog in his crate and walked to the gym. Had a good workout at the gym with my brother. Once again I was early and he was late. I never wait for him to get there... I just get started.... Read more

  • Trivia Night Fun

    12/4/2014 10:24:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brother, Jeremy, and I went to Trivia Night at a local restaurant tonight. It is more fun when you win. We took first place! I knew most of the answers (not all, but most), and there were no football questions this time, thank goodness. We missed two questions out of 30. I ate too much, thou... Read more

  • Sinuses are killing me tonight

    12/4/2014 9:44:11 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My sinuses are killing me right now. But did take something for them a while ago and it hasn't gotten the chance to kick in yet. I was going to call the doctor but by the time that I was going to do it was, the doctor's office was closed. I'm just hoping that they start to feel better before I go to... Read more

  • Somewhat okay with sinuses

    12/3/2014 9:47:53 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Thanks for all of the suggestions on what I could do. I can't wear Breath Rights because they won't fit on my nose no matter if they're adult or kids size. Plus my oldest brother said that it made his sinus drain and made him sicker (he just turned 46 years old today). I know that I will be taking s... Read more

  • Good start

    12/3/2014 3:04:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got up early today so I could meet my brother at the gym. I was a little early and he was a little late... but I didn't wait for him. I jumped on the treadmill right away. Did 5.6 miles in 51 minutes, then went and did full body weights on the machines. I don't like getting up early, but I did l... Read more

  • If You Are....

    12/2/2014 10:07:29 PM, by KAKAY56

    If you are feeling SAD..... You are living in the PAST. If you are feeling ANXIOUS..... You are living in the FUTURE. If you are at PEACE..... You are living in t... Read more

  • Spoke too soon on sinuses

    12/2/2014 10:01:42 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Around 11pm last night I had to take some sinus medicine and Tylenol to help with the pain. I didn't get back to sleep about midnight. Talk about being sore. I got better sleep after that. I'm so close in calling the doctor to see what he thinks. I can breath okay but its either nasal swelling or si... Read more

  • Blah day

    12/2/2014 4:13:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I didn't feel like doing anything today. I still went walking this morning with my niece, and did some yoga and ST, but I decided against going to the gym. I am just feeling blah. I have an appointment with my brother to go to the gym tomorrow morning, so that will get me going tomorrow. I ... Read more

  • Sinuses are better

    12/1/2014 10:00:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling somewhat better. I don't think that I will be taking anything for them tonight. It will be the first time in a week that I won't need anything. It feels good. My aunt is back home. I was waiting for dad and my uncle (the only brother he has left) called to tell us that she's home. ... Read more

  • Tests done

    12/1/2014 8:17:37 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went and had the MRI and MRV done today. They gave me Ativan for my claustrophobia and I closed my eyes before they inserted me in the machine, and I practiced my deep breathing... and no freak out. It took a little over 20 minutes for the tests. Afterwards we stopped for dinner, and we both ma... Read more

  • Quick trip

    11/30/2014 10:08:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Drove out to Ithaca area yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner #3. Stayed overnight, had brunch this morning, then drove home. Quick trip, but it was fun. No turkey for #3, but there was ground turkey in the cabbage rolls, so I guess that counts. The food was good, but again I ate too much. Not to ... Read more

  • What a day

    11/30/2014 9:56:36 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Over an hour before I walked to church this morning, I get a phone call from another step cousin. His mom had a heart attack last night and was in Peoria in on of the hospitals but wasn't sure what they were going to do. So when I got home from church, dad was up and he said that he talked to his br... Read more

  • 24 Days before Christmas Challenge

    11/30/2014 11:03:05 AM, by KAKAY56

    DAYS !!!!!! Dec. 1, 2014 to Dec. 24, 2014........ challenging myself now. I have been eating like a pig feel like a pig and stuffed like a turkey ... Read more

  • Full day of fun

    11/29/2014 9:30:21 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad and I went up to Le Claire, IA, today to visit the home of the American Pickers. Mike and Frank wasn't there and neither was Danielle. It was a bit more crowded with people and they had more stuff in the original building and new building. And their first van that they used to go around doing t... Read more

  • Fought sinus headaches all day

    11/28/2014 9:28:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I fought the stupid sinus headaches today. I'm sitting here in my room and they're bugging me right now. I'm hoping for relief before going to bed I about an hour. Got a new camera today at Target. I got a Nikon Coolpix L330 with 20.2MP, 26x zoom, and a 3" screen. It is originally $229.99 but w... Read more

  • Dinner #2

    11/28/2014 9:22:01 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Tonight was our immediate family Thanksgiving dinner. I ate too much. But it was all really tasty. Cooper is with my parents. It feels weird not to have him here with me. I miss him already. He will be fine. Probably better than me! I am off to Ithaca tomorrow morning early. The weather ... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 9:53:11 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Hope that everyone had great Thanksgiving. We did. We went up to my step cousin's house and it was just me and my dad, step cousin, his wife and daughter. Pretty much all day we watched football and GSN. Sold a set of pot holders. My step cousin's wife forgot to put out the cranberry sauce but I put... Read more

  • Plans

    11/27/2014 7:50:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got a last minute invite to go to Ithaca with my brother on Saturday and into Sunday. I have decided to go, which means Cooper will be going home with my parents from our family dinner tomorrow night, and staying with them through Monday afternoon, since I have those tests up in Buffalo Monday af... Read more