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  • Day 48- squeaked by

    2/13/2016 7:44:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Just barely made it under the wire of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. Calories were about the same as usual, but my macronutrients were slightly skewed today. Had lunch with mom and dad, as I usually do on Saturdays. I made ratatouille, and cheeseburgers (no rolls). Or as dad said...... Read more

  • Day 47- Winter weather

    2/12/2016 7:08:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The snow is really coming down this evening, and the temperature is dropping significantly. I am not going to complain though, after last Winter this is nothing major. We do have wind chill warnings for tomorrow, so Cooper will not be getting long walks. I plan on going out to my parents' house i... Read more

  • Gained a pound but no worried

    2/11/2016 10:35:50 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained a pound since yesterday. I'm up to 195 pounds. At least it wasn't a HUGE weight gain like a 30 pound gain. I am still feeling good. I am hoping that I can get more weight off before the end of the month. I am hoping at or below 190 pounds. I have kept my weight under 200 pounds here lately ... Read more

  • Day 46- going for distance

    2/11/2016 6:48:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    A little high on the protein today, but still within range to be 100% compliant. Went to the gym with my brother, Jeremy, this morning. Woke up before my alarm. It was early enough that Cooper did not get out of bed with me and "assist" me with my yoga... he stayed snuggled in the blankets an... Read more

  • Day 45- Compliant... taking it a little easier today

    2/10/2016 3:43:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It snowed last night and got colder, so Cooper isn't as interested in going for long rambles when I take him out for his walks, which means that I am actually taking it a little bit easier today. (notice I didn't say taking it easy... just easier...) The drive out to mom and dad's was a bit of an ... Read more

  • Lost another 3 pounds

    2/10/2016 10:10:09 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I lost another 3 pounds since yesterday. I am surprised that I've lost that much weight in 24 hours but I did. I've lost 5 pounds this week. So far I've lost 46 pounds since starting SparkPeople on 8-31-08 and I've lost 81 pounds since I graduated high school in 1997. When I started SparkPeople, I w... Read more

  • Day 44- Compliant... new PR

    2/9/2016 4:59:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Food is pretty much spot on once again. Went to the gym this morning with my brother. I decided to really go for the speed today, and ended up with 8.09 miles in 65 minutes, at incline. I was huffing and puffing, and sweating like crazy! Then I did 65 minutes on the elliptical, and 16 minute... Read more

  • Lost 2 more pounds and feeling better

    2/9/2016 10:20:17 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I lost 2 more pounds. I'm down to 197 pounds now. I feel so much better that I'm down this weight. I am hoping to be at the 190 pounds or lower before the end of the month. I know that sounds far fetched but I am so determined that I can get down there or further. I want to prove to the gastro doct... Read more

  • Day 43- Compliant... practicing resistance

    2/8/2016 6:24:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Food is pretty much perfect again. I think I am really getting the hang of this food thing. By the time 100 days rolls around it should pretty much be automatic. That said, I got practice today in resisting the food pushers. Both at lunch and dinner. Lunch was easy, as I had errands to run, so ... Read more

  • Day 42- Compliant... and new PR

    2/7/2016 11:21:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today was a gym workout day with my brother, Jeremy. Normally we hop on treadmills next to each other and go for 65 minutes (60 minutes of workout and a 5 minute cool down). I thought I was pushing myself harder with him beside me, but I blew that theory out of the water today. Today he decided t... Read more

  • Feeling better and a lot of walking

    2/7/2016 6:35:15 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm starting to feel better after having a day and a half of antibioics in me. I walked to church feeling like this. It took me less time to get to church today than it has been. Before it would take me 19 minutes to walk to church. Today it took me 18 minutes to walk to church. Last week I shaved a... Read more

  • Day 41- Compliant

    2/6/2016 5:50:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I do 30 minutes of yoga when I first get up in the morning. It isn't pretty or graceful by any means, but it gets me moving in the morning, and I feel more centered during the day if I do it. It means getting up 30 minutes earlier, which can be difficult at times as I am very much NOT a morning pe... Read more

  • Fighting sinuses and walking

    2/6/2016 10:46:48 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my dog thought that I should go for a walk this morning. Just before 9am, she got what she wanted. The cool air wasn't too bad but the sun was a pain walking into it. I didn't have my sunglasses on me so it was a pain. It kind of helped me breathing and hopefully I can get my antibiotic today ... Read more

  • Hate being sick

    2/5/2016 10:41:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I'm sick. I've been fighting my sinuses since yesterday. I called the doctor's office this morning to get an antibiotic for them and they hadn't sent them to the pharmacy at Target by the time we left Target about 3pm. So I guess I have to wait until tomorrow to get the antibiotic. They want t... Read more

  • Day 40- Compliant

    2/5/2016 6:47:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Pretty much perfect on the food plan today. I tend to eat similar things on a daily basis, so I know what the macronutrient proportions are going to look like when I plan my day's menu in the morning. I eat a low carb/high fat diet, which is sort of a modified Atkins meal plan. I lost a few pound... Read more

  • Day 39- I think I will aim for 100

    2/4/2016 6:48:30 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    100 days that is... of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. So far I have missed the target on four days, so my letter grade would still be pretty good. That is a little over two more months of sticking like glue to my nutrition plan on a daily basis. I think I have proven to myself that I can... Read more

  • Day 38- Active Recovery

    2/3/2016 5:23:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The forecast this morning was for rain, but it cleared up by 10am, so guess who wanted to walk? Yep, you guessed it... the Cooper dog! I walked him a little over 5 miles this morning, and a mile this afternoon, and he gets a walk after dinner as well. The wind was crazy overnight and the barometr... Read more

  • Broke down and wore my belt

    2/3/2016 10:27:13 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got a belt on Black Friday in the men's department at Target and finally having to wear it. I'm wearing my 18W jeans and they are really baggy on me. So it was either wear the belt or keep on pulling my jeans up. Even my men size medium sweat pants are baggy on me. I got those the same day that I ... Read more

  • Day 37- 100% compliant

    2/2/2016 3:44:45 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I like feeling safe enough to drive the car with the new tires... though all the snow has pretty much melted anyways, so it would probably be okay with the old tires right now. We are expecting more snow tomorrow night though. So most mornings I drive out to mom and dad's and have coffee with them... Read more

  • No real change with or without meds

    2/1/2016 10:47:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I cannot tell the difference if I'm on meds or not. I haven't called the gastro doctor to tell him that yet. I am thinking of doing that in the morning and to see if they have the results of the blood test that I had the day of the appointment. I am kind of curious. I can't eat much. No matter ... Read more

  • Day 36- Back on track

    2/1/2016 6:39:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a minor detour off of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan. I got right back on track today. It was a decent day weather wise, and Cooper wanted to walk, so I indulged him. We have walked over 10 miles so far, and he gets one more walk after dinner still. I have a feeling it might be a... Read more

  • Day 35- Perhaps I spoke too soon

    1/31/2016 5:57:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Or maybe my inner rebel had a fit when I said in yesterday's blog that being compliant with my nutrition plan was becoming a habit... because today I took a little detour down cheesecake lane. I doubt it will do any damage in the long run, but it is kind of ironic that I caved the day after posting... Read more

  • Day 34- It is becoming a habit to be compliant

    1/30/2016 8:37:55 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went out to my parents' house for lunch today. They have gotten used to my dietary quirks, and enjoy what I cook for them. I always add an item or two for them, that I just don't put on my plate. Today was sauteed veggies with a garnish of crispy pork, and a salad... and they had homemade applesa... Read more

  • Still feel blah

    1/30/2016 12:28:05 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I still feel like blah. I wish that I heard from gastro doctor on the blood test. I had the test a week ago Thursday and no word from him or his nurse. I was going to call yesterday to tell him about the medicine but forgot all about it. He prescribed a medicine for GI spasms and IBS. No good. I fin... Read more

  • Day 33- Compliant

    1/29/2016 9:23:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I failed to meet the challenge of planning my meals the night before for the last two days. It just doesn't work for me. Planning in the morning as I plan out my day works much better. I have a routine that I stick to most of the time, but there is always the possibility of going to the gym, whic... Read more

  • Day 32- Back to 100% Compliance

    1/28/2016 7:04:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    After yesterday's detour, I got right back on track today. Yesterday was weird though. I eat a high fat/low carb diet, and yesterday I ate whatever struck my fancy, so french fries and a sub ended up going down the hatch... or way more carbs than I am used to. I got full fast, and I didn't get hu... Read more

  • Day 31- Not compliant... but I knew ahead of time

    1/27/2016 5:22:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today was my 3rd day missing the target of 100% compliance with my nutrition plan, but I had decided yesterday that I was going to go off plan today. I tracked everything, and I am still under calories for the day after a killer workout at the gym, but my macronutrients are all out of whack, and I ... Read more

  • Day 30- Compliant

    1/26/2016 7:00:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today ended up being a rest day for me and Cooper, as it rained all morning, so Cooper did NOT want to walk this morning and I had my neurology appointment this afternoon. Cooper spent the afternoon with my parents. Dad said they let him out a couple of times by himself (no leash), and he was wait... Read more

  • Day 29- Compliant

    1/25/2016 5:59:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Close to a perfect day for food. Fitness wasn't bad either. Started the day with 30 minutes of yoga ( with Cooper "helping"), then took Cooper out for a 30 minute walk. Crated him, and walked to the gym. Jeremy and I were both early to the gym today, which NEVER happens... one or the other ... Read more

  • Day 28- Compliant

    1/24/2016 4:03:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    That is 4 weeks of compliance with my nutrition plan (minus two days off plan)... What next? Well, the pre-planning challenge for the 5% challenge continues for another week, so I think I am going to go for another week of 100% compliance. I am not sure if it will happen though, as Wednesday will... Read more

  • Day 27- Compliant

    1/23/2016 5:49:21 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Quiet day at home with the dog. I am still resisting driving, even though the roads are mostly clear now. So, no trip out to mom and dad's for lunch. I did take Cooper out for a 4 mile hike in the snow before breakfast. But spent most most of the day puttering or pedaling and reading. I got ch... Read more

  • Day 26- Compliant

    1/22/2016 7:07:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went to the gym this morning, so that meant an earlier than usual start to the day. Got in my 30 minutes of yoga (with accompanying puppy antics), then took Cooper out for a 35 minute walk, before crating him, and making the walk to the gym. Not so dreadfully cold today, so I didn't layer up as mu... Read more

  • My appointment with the gastro doctor

    1/22/2016 9:02:35 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, my appointment went okay. He told me that I don't have acid reflux. He read the report from my GI and upper bowel test that I had back in October and he said that there is no where in the report that says that I don't have acid reflux. But he thinks that there is a gallstone that might of esca... Read more

  • Day 25- Compliant

    1/21/2016 5:21:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Finally got back out on the snowshoes! Gorgeous conditions. It snowed a lot up on the hill overnight so there was plenty of fresh powder. I am still boycotting the driving thing, so Jeremy came to get me around 2:45pm. We had to go that late because the visiting nurse was scheduled to come visit... Read more

  • Day 24- Compliant

    1/20/2016 9:13:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Stayed 100% compliant on the nutrition front, but reminded myself to stay flexible with my fitness plans. Jeremy decided he would rather wait and go snow shoeing tomorrow, so I walked Cooper 3 times, and pedaled and read, did 4 miles with Leslie Sansone, and a short dance workout. That's enough. ... Read more

  • Day 23- Nutrition compliant... fitness derailed

    1/19/2016 4:35:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    That demon migraine got me again today. I woke up with it this morning, so I took the medicine, climbed back in bed and stayed there until nearly 10:30am, when Cooper insisted I HAD to get up and take him for a walk. It had backed off enough that I was able to take him out for as long as he wanted... Read more

  • Day 22- Compliant

    1/18/2016 5:05:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Residual hungries from yesterday, but I am sticking to the plan. The snow tapered off over the morning, but the side streets were still slimy, as I found out when I walked to the lab to get my blood work done. I had to walk in the street as the sidewalks weren't cleared, and were actually blocked ... Read more

  • Day 21- Compliant

    1/17/2016 3:26:36 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The day isn't over, but I figure I will be compliant if I made it this far. The rebel in me is really fighting this planning the night before thing though. I am following the plan so far, but it isn't making me happy, and I doubt it is a habit I will maintain. I met my brother at the gym to... Read more

  • Ups and downs

    1/17/2016 9:23:48 AM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    This week had lots of ups and downs , some days where good some where bad , but now it's officially 1 week pop free!! Yay ... Read more

  • Day 20- I will be compliant?

    1/16/2016 3:51:20 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The day's not over, so it isn't a guarantee, but I feel good about the probability. I have walked Cooper a little over 7 miles so far today, and he still gets one more walk this evening after Dinner. We actually had mostly clear sidewalks today after a warmer day yesterday and sporadic rain overni... Read more

  • Down another pound

    1/16/2016 9:03:00 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've lost another pound. I'm back to 200 pounds. I've lost 40 pounds since being on SparkPeople. This is the only weight loss program that has helped me keep the weight off the longest. I haven't been this light for a long time. I think since the 1990s sometime when I was in junior high. I wa... Read more

  • Day 19- Compliant

    1/15/2016 5:02:12 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I broke down and dug out the car today. I forget how heavy snow is... until I have to shovel some, then I quickly remember! I got down to black top, and cleared the car off completely. Only took me about 20 minutes to unbury the car. Not bad. Of course, it is supposed to snow again on snow agai... Read more

  • Gained the 2 pounds and now lost it

    1/15/2016 12:33:09 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained the 2 pounds that I had lost but now they're back off now. I'm glad that they're back off. I was at 203 pounds and now I'm back to 201 pounds. The reason why that I'm glad that the pounds that are off is because that means that I'm 2 pounds away from being under 200 pounds and into Onederla... Read more

  • Day 18- Compliant

    1/14/2016 11:36:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a quiet day today. I did get some cleaning done. And I walked Cooper for an hour in the snow. Battled that stupid migraine again today, but felt well enough to go out with my brother and his daughter for dinner. That meant Cooper went in the crate for three hours this evening. I always w... Read more