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  • The maintenance guy and a well behaved dog...

    3/22/2017 9:21:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Well the maintenance man finally showed up at 9am (he told me yesterday he would be here at 8), So, I took Cooper out for an hour walk when Mike got here. When we got back we sat over at my neighbor, Patty's, apartment for another hour, as he had my apartment door propped open while he was in and ... Read more

  • stuff happens...

    3/21/2017 9:40:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got up early and walked Cooper for an hour. When we got back I hopped in the shower, and had hot water... for a whole five minutes. Sigh. The breaker on my hot water tank has been tripping about once a week for a little over a month now, and every time the maintenance guy comes up and resets it... Read more

  • Broke another plateau

    3/21/2017 11:46:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I broke a 2 day plateau. It isn't much but to me its something. I was at 199 pounds since Sunday and now I'm at 198 pounds. Its a pound but it is something more. I am 16 pounds away from being where I was back in July when I went to Wisconsin with my aunt and uncle. I am hoping to get down below tha... Read more

  • Getting there... slowly

    3/20/2017 8:49:57 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I woke up before my alarm this morning. I even remembered to turn it off before it went off, so I didn't have to hear it at all. That was nice. I had to get an annoying alarm clock, because I am not a morning person, and anything gentle I would just ignore. The one I have definitely gets me out ... Read more

  • Dry mouth and throat with CPAP at night

    3/20/2017 4:26:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Got a question for people who are a CPAP machine. Does anyone have a dry mouth and throat when on their CPAP at night no matter which mask you're on? If so, what do you do to keep it at bay? I have been so dry in my mouth and throat here lately to where it would wake me up in the middle of the night... Read more

  • Broke the plateau

    3/20/2017 10:02:34 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I broke my plateau yesterday. I was at 200 pounds starting a week ago tomorrow. And when I checked my weight yesterday, I was at 199 pounds. I am still at that weight. I thought with the way that I ate last night that I was going to gain some weight but I didn't. After all the exercises that I did y... Read more

  • The "grumpies"

    3/19/2017 8:03:29 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am just feeling out of sorts with the world this weekend. I am hoping it passes. Even running didn't alleviate the grumpies today. Usually the endorphins burn off the crankiness, and I feel refreshed, even if I am tired. But not today. I can't lock myself alone in my apartment this week, as I... Read more

  • Lunch with mom and dad

    3/18/2017 8:36:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Saturdays I make lunch at mom and dad's. Today was spaghetti and meatballs, with a side of broccoli. Dad just mixed his broccoli into the sauce. LOL. The meatballs were delish, and I did not overcook the pasta. Plenty of garlic in both the meatballs and the sauce, which I love. There were left... Read more

  • Plodding along

    3/17/2017 10:47:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was actually a fairly pleasant day. Mostly because I avoided people. I took Cooper out for his walks, and checked my mail, but other than that I didn't really talk to anyone but my mom on the phone. We had to confer on tomorrow's menu. We are having spaghetti and meatballs. I think the last ... Read more

  • Trying not to dwell

    3/16/2017 8:26:13 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I live in a apartment building reserved for the elderly and disabled. Unfortunately this means that most of us do not work. I keep to myself, and really only talk to my immediate neighbor or one woman on the first floor. There is a reason for this... having so much time on their hands the tenants... Read more

  • No change in weight

    3/15/2017 12:02:05 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My weight hasn't changed. I am still at 200 pounds. I couldn't do any exercising yesterday due to the cold weather and I was wearing a dress. Plus I was still a little sick yesterday and I didn't want to get worse. I am hoping that it is a little warmer today when I get home from dad's appointment w... Read more

  • Slow day, snow day

    3/14/2017 9:48:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got up sort of early so I could call and cancel my appointment this morning. Turns out they were about to call ME and cancel it, so I saved them a phone call. LOL. It was cold today and snowy...though not as snowy as predicted. The low was about -7F, and we got between 6-8 inches of the white ... Read more

  • Finally getting more weight off

    3/14/2017 10:17:40 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have been struggling with my weight and getting back under 200 pounds. I was up to 207 pounds towards the beginning of the month. Then I would be losing a pound a day (I check it everyday to see what I need to adjust in my food intake and exercise for that day) and there were times I would gain i... Read more

  • Hello again

    3/13/2017 9:07:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have been absent a few days. It felt weird, but it was necessary. Part of this journey is knowing when to take a breather, right? Not just from exercise, but in our lives. I needed to just BE. Saturday lunch with mom and dad was good. I made crispy pork and veggie stir fry over brown rice. ... Read more

  • Sunday walks 3-12-17

    3/12/2017 6:17:52 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Took a little longer on the same route to and from church today. Took 16 minutes to and another 16 minutes to get home today from church. Still breaking in new tennis shoes. I am not sure why I took so long to get the walk in both ways. Walked the same speed. Plus it was a little cold today. The CPA... Read more

  • A week without coffee and I feel great

    3/11/2017 10:04:03 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I haven't had any coffee for a week now and I feel great. My dad thought that I would be drinking coffee whenever we went to Target but I would tell him no. I think that he has finally got it into his head that I am not going to drink it anymore. I am surprised that my aunt and uncle hasn't called t... Read more

  • Quit drinking coffee

    3/10/2017 11:30:58 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I believe that I figured out what was causing my stomach problems and the headaches. Coffee. It doesn't matter if I was drinking regular or decaf, it made my stomach upset and the headaches. I've been drinking hot tea and water and it seems to be helping a lot. Plus it helps when I feel a little plu... Read more

  • Cooking adventures

    3/9/2017 11:02:20 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I have a friend who comes over every couple months and cooks a meal with me. She is Puerto Rican and she likes to cook food she grew up with. I truly do not mind this. LOL! So yummy. Today was a simple soup. Just rice, sliced carrots, shrimp, salsa, and sofrito... with enough water to make... Read more

  • Running in the rain... and running on the treadmill

    3/7/2017 10:14:03 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Normally this time of year I would be snowshoeing, but today I went for a long run in the rain since the temps weren't bad. I had the time for it, so I did a little over 2 hours. I got up early this morning and took Cooper for a walk before my meeting with the building manager about my lease. The... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 30

    3/6/2017 9:01:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I had a total of 3 migraines in 30 days. That is about half the usual number, so I guess there is some evidence to show there may be some nutritional trigger(s) for my migraines. Of course there are other triggers as well, but limiting the food triggers would help. So, now to slowly reintrodu... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 29

    3/5/2017 7:06:29 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had another fairly quiet day today. I did make a quick visit to mom and dad's in the late morning. Walked the dog about 3.5 hours over 3 walks, and went for a run, as well as some indoor workout time. Other than that I curled up with the dog again. Have to get an earlier start to the day tomor... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 28

    3/4/2017 8:48:36 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I caved and had popcorn today. I felt like a snack with some real carbs to it, so yeah... I gave in. I feel okay about it though. And I am not feeling any immediate ill effects, so I will just move on. I only have two days on the extreme restrictions left... then I start reintroducing the elimin... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 27

    3/3/2017 10:27:21 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got an early start to the day. Had to walk to my brother's house to retrieve the car this morning, but he had texted me that he forgot to put it back in my lot, so I knew ahead of time. Went for a walk with dad and Cooper. Had coffee with mom and dad, and conversation of course. Left their house... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 26

    3/2/2017 8:31:36 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have a busy day planned for tomorrow. We will see how the food plan works out. I got some serious cleaning accomplished today. Laundry included. I had a wicked migraine last night, but I am pretty sure it was triggered by the weather, not by my food choices. We had high winds, and s... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 25

    3/1/2017 10:51:06 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am trying to clarify my emotional reaction to this nutritional experiment of doing Whole30 for a month. On one hand I can see and feel the health benefits with a slight reduction in the number of migraines I have had, but then there is the emotional impact of enjoying a sweet treat every once in ... Read more

  • I'm back!

    3/1/2017 8:57:03 AM, by PRINCESSKIANE

    Ok I've started a new thing that I hope becomes more than a thing and into a life style change.. I suck at my relationship with food !!! I binge every single time and this thing I've been doing is helping me with that and breaking my cycle of bad food relationships... Intermittent fasting !! It's... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 24

    2/28/2017 8:19:06 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had an appointment with the neurologist today for my regular nerve block injections. I told him about my dietary experiment, and where I was with it, and he was rather impressed. He said not a lot of people make it past the first week. I guess I am stubborn. Be fore we left for my appointment ... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 23

    2/27/2017 10:23:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Walked my Cooper-dog about 8 miles today. It was his favorite weather... chilly, but sunny, with no precipitation, and very little wind... so he was ready to ramble all over town! I also went out without him for a while, because it was just such a nice day. Went grocery shopping this mornin... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 22

    2/26/2017 8:14:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was sore today, and the weather was frigid, but I powered through my workout. Feeling it for real tonight though. I think I will spend my time with stretching and gentle exercise tomorrow. I don't really take days completely "off" from exercise, but I can do active recovery. Our family d... Read more

  • Sunday walks

    2/26/2017 7:41:15 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My walking to and from church has improved again. I was at 16 minutes getting to church and 15 minutes getting home from church a week ago today. Today it was 15 minutes getting to church and 14 minutes getting home from church. So my CPAP is helping BIG TIME!!!!! I am getting more energy and I'm br... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 21

    2/25/2017 8:48:52 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had a slice of cheese with breakfast, and so far, so good. I know one little slice is probably not a fair test, but it did just about double my breakfast calories. LOL! So, yesterday it was in the 70s here, but the temps dropped all day, and it is now below 30F. The wind chill in the forecast ... Read more

  • Whole 30 Day 20

    2/24/2017 10:35:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Went to the gym again today. I have been going a few days, but just for an hour and I spend it on the treadmill... running, and then I skedaddle out of there. Today I met my brother, Jeremy, there. I enjoy it more when we go together. I stay longer when we work out together. So, I did my hour r... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 19

    2/23/2017 8:28:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Deep Clean day in my apartment. For some reason I can deal with cleaning everything but the bathroom.... but I scrubbed as usual, despite the fact that I dislike it. It has to be done, so I do it. Isn't that true for a lot of things in our lives? I don't like them, but I have to do them, so I ju... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 18

    2/22/2017 8:55:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Dealing with finances and numbers gives me a headache. Enough said. I did it. It is done. The car is fixed... for now. It was the water pump, and it was leaking antifreeze. A lot of antifreeze. It was kind of an expensive repair. I had to ask my brother how much more money he wants to th... Read more

  • Whole30 Day 17

    2/21/2017 9:12:48 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have noticed fewer migraines in the past two weeks, though I am still getting headaches... just not migraines. There is a difference in intensity between the two. So, I guess the experiment may end up being a success. I will continue for the full 30 days and then the reintroduction phase to be ... Read more