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  • Teamwork makes light work

    5/21/2017 11:02:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Dad is rearranging all the furniture on the first floor of his house, including his baby grand Steinway piano. I was wondering how we were going to accomplish this, but we waited until we had most of the family gathered, and we all pitched in... and when you have 7 people lifting a baby grand it ju... Read more

  • A solitary day...

    5/20/2017 10:58:06 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Other than going to get my blood work taken care of this morning, and three phone calls with my friend Jen, it has been just me and my dog. When the world just gets too overwhelming I have to take a day and regroup. Today was that day for me. I did walk the dog 7 miles.... Read more

  • How far can I bend before I break?

    5/19/2017 5:32:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My dad and I both had doctor appointments today. According to my dad's doctor his lab results lead the doctor to believe the most likely causes for those results in a man my dad's age are either lung cancer or colon cancer. I am hoping his doctor is either overly cautious or an alarmist. My dad w... Read more

  • Too hot for the dog...

    5/18/2017 8:23:26 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My Cooper does not like the heat. It got up to 85F today, and I could tell it affected him. On our early morning walk he was fine, as it hadn't gotten too hot yet, but our two midday walks were funny... and short. When I took him out at 2:30pm, we walked as far as the end of the parking lot... an... Read more

  • Gained 4 pounds of the 5 that was lost

    5/18/2017 9:07:48 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 4 of the 5 pounds lost. I think that its mostly water plus had a lot of sodium in what I had for supper. I had bacon on a sandwich and the broth in the soup that I had. So that might of explain the water gain. Plus I didn't have my typical "clean outs" like I wanted to during the day. I am ... Read more

  • One foot in front of the other

    5/17/2017 7:06:50 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Just focusing on putting one foot in front of the other right now. Some days you just have to "live small". I can't deal with looking at large goals or big problems. I am just going day by day. I have decided that is just fine. If I want to narrow my focus, and my social circle then that is wha... Read more

  • Down another 5 pounds

    5/17/2017 8:52:23 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I lost another 5 pounds. Between yesterday and today I've lost 6 of the 10 pounds that I gained while my dad and I were in Minnesota. I have another 4 pounds to go before I can get back to where I was before the trip. Yesterday I was at 206 pounds. Today I'm at 201 pounds. Adjust what I ate ye... Read more

  • No decisions will be made at this point...

    5/16/2017 9:01:45 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Dealing with grief, and dealing with the symptoms of my mental illness can get a little befuddling. My thought processes can go a little sideways in a normal situation, and now... I am a bit confused about what is normal in the grief process, and what I need to be concerned about. Ah well. I wil... Read more

  • Gained 10 pounds on the trip but got a pound off

    5/16/2017 8:50:37 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 10 pounds while we were in Minnesota. I know that we ate a couple of meals that could of made me gain that much weight. I was at 197 pounds when we left to go up to Minnesota. When I weighed myself yesterday, I was at 207 pounds. Yup, I am back in the 200s. I checked my weight this morning... Read more

  • Sorted the last boxes

    5/15/2017 9:46:42 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went to Dad's house this afternoon and went to work on sorting the rest of the boxes of school supplies... and I finished! There is an end! Of course there are still some craft supplies upstairs... Tomorrow, I am going out to have a light dinner with Dad and will carry the boxes I sorted out to... Read more

  • Getting through the day the best I can...

    5/14/2017 11:19:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    This is my first Mother's Day without Mom. I wasn't really sure what I was feeling today. Maybe kind of numb? I just kept doing the next thing, and staying busy. I left my apartment early to go to Dad's house and walk with him and my brother, and have coffee with them. My brother invited me to... Read more

  • Made it home

    5/14/2017 7:53:58 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We are at home. We've been home for a few hours but we are home. I'm glad. I got everything done and all I have to do is fold laundry. I will do that later. Might do that after I take a shower tonight. We had a good time. I did go to the graduation. We were in an overflow room because they had ... Read more

  • Indulging in calm...

    5/13/2017 9:08:34 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So much in my life has been off kilter since my Mom's passing. I have had a few calm, quiet days to myself, but often I am off doing and going, and that has thrown me out of my routine. My routine... which is the key to my mental health being as stable as it has been for the last six years. I am ... Read more

  • More functional today...

    5/12/2017 7:55:17 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I only took a half dose of my medication last night... and I had a much better day today. I was up early and out of the house with the dog. Cooper and I stopped to grab a coffee, and went to my parents' house (I guess I should start referring to it as Dad's house now?). Is it a full moon? It mus... Read more

  • Made it to Minnesota

    5/12/2017 9:00:16 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    We made it to Minnesota safe and sound. We got to the hotel around 3pm and waited around until my sister-in-law to get off of work (she works for the hotel we are staying at). We went out to eat. I had a salad but had to bring the rest back to put into the fridge. Might go down to the fitness center... Read more

  • Foggy brain day

    5/11/2017 8:15:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Whoa, total brain fog today until about 2pm. I walked Cooper around 9am, then just sat in my recliner until about 11am... just zoned out. I think it is my medication. Sigh. I have been on this med for several years, and I have noticed an increasing sedative effect. Unfortunately, I have tried m... Read more

  • Dr appointment and mileage...

    5/10/2017 8:22:27 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got an early start on the day, after a better night's sleep (not great, but better). I went and had coffee with dad and left the dog with him for the day. My doctor appointment wasn't until after lunch, but my brother, Jonathan wanted to use the car, and since my friend, Jen, was driving me to t... Read more

  • And some days jut don't get started...

    5/9/2017 9:44:09 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got about 3 hours sleep last night. This did not set me up for a productive day. I couldn't get my act together at any point really. I did go to the movies with my BFF, Jen, this evening. That was fun. We usually only go to the theater a couple of times a year, so it is a special occasion. ... Read more

  • Got a dose of reality

    5/9/2017 9:00:48 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    While I was fixing myself a mug of Earl Grey this morning (first of the day), I had a dose of reality. Between my 6th grade year (1990/1991 school year) and my senior year (1996/1997 school year) I gained 93 pounds. I weighed 182 pounds when I was in the 6th grade and I weighed 275 pounds my senior ... Read more

  • Some days you just do what needs to be done...

    5/8/2017 10:10:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I felt "off" today, but I had things scheduled to do today, so I went ahead and did everything. I feel good about getting everything taken care of, but it was "work" to get myself out the door and moving. Being an adult is a pain sometimes. LOL. I think Cooper picked up on my "offness", as he wa... Read more

  • Lost another pound out of the gain

    5/8/2017 10:23:31 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, lost another pound of the 3 pound weight gain. I have lost 2 out of 3 pounds that I gained. I was at 198 pounds yesterday and now I'm at 197 pounds. I am kind of hoping to get some more weight off before Thursday when my dad and I go to Minnesota for my oldest nephew's college graduation on Fr... Read more

  • Making progress

    5/7/2017 8:14:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The cleaning and sorting at dad's is coming right along. The sun porch at the front of the house is completely cleared and cleaned and can once again be used for relaxing in the sun. The side deck got cleared off and reorganized. And the school supplies we have just been randomly piling up have b... Read more

  • Gained 3 pounds but lost a pound

    5/6/2017 9:07:28 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, between Tuesday and Thursday, I gained 3 pounds no thanks to my stinking TOM. Mostly water is the problem. Its slowing down now but still sticking around. I did lose a pound of what I gained. I was at 199 pounds but now I am at 198 pounds. I am hoping to lose some more weight before this comin... Read more

  • Moving on

    5/5/2017 8:19:57 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My neighbors are morons... moving on... Managed to walk the dog about 6 miles today, despite the fact it rained most of the day. There were a couple breaks in the rain, and I managed to time our walks during those breaks, so he was actually willing to walk some distance. I also went to se... Read more

  • A little lost for words

    5/4/2017 9:59:03 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    If you have read my blogs before then you know I have these annoying noisy downstairs neighbors, who blare their music, sometimes until 3am. Anyways I was signing my new lease with the building manager, and asked her about the situation, and she said it had been discussed with them, and they would ... Read more

  • Another month

    5/3/2017 8:57:49 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I did my beginning of the month running this morning. All my bills are paid, cleaning supplies and paper products are stocked and I indulged in a couple goodies at the grocery store. I also managed to chat with my therapist, walk the dog 6 miles, and read three books. So, I would say it was a goo... Read more

  • I'm at a plateau again

    5/2/2017 10:52:17 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am still at 196 pounds and I hate it. I wish that I was lower than I am now. I ate well yesterday. But my TOM arrived overnight and it might be the reason why I haven't lost any weight. I am hoping to get some exercising in today if I can. Plus it'll depend on how I feel later. The weather i... Read more

  • It wasn't just fireworks

    4/30/2017 9:32:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Party weekend here gets rowdy, and brawls can break out, but usually the public drunkenness, sewer ordinance violations, and underage drinking are the extent of it. Last night I heard fireworks around 1am, and since I could see them going off outside my window I didn't think much of it... turns out... Read more

  • Finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday

    4/30/2017 12:57:22 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I finally broke the plateau that I've had since Tuesday. It's not much but at least I broke the plateau. I've been at 197 pounds since Tuesday. I checked my weight this morning and it showed that I am at 196 pounds. I've lost 44 pounds since starting with on August 31, 2008 and I've ... Read more

  • Not so quiet day

    4/29/2017 11:08:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got some solitude in my apartment, but I didn't get quiet. It wasn't my annoying downstairs neighbors this time though. It is the annual party weekend at the local college this weekend, and there are random packs of drunk college students roaming between house parties. They are LOUD! They also... Read more

  • Still no weight change

    4/29/2017 6:13:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Since this past Tuesday, I've been at 197 pounds. One of the longest plateaus that I have had in a while. I thought that for sure that I was going to break by now. I haven't. I should be able to break by tomorrow hopefully. Ate pretty healthy and did a little bit of exercising. 15 minutes of walking... Read more

  • Busy week

    4/27/2017 9:53:30 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    We have friends visiting from out of town. They are staying at my brother's place, but hanging at my dad's. I have become responsible for food and socializing this week. I usually end up leaving my apartment around 7am, and getting home around 8pm. The friends are leaving tomorrow after breakfas... Read more

  • Stuck on a 3 day plateau and wishing that I was lower

    4/27/2017 11:36:04 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I've been stuck at 197 pounds since Tuesday and wish that I was lower. I have been getting my clues in from my body that I've lost weight but I haven't. The muscles in my back are sore and that is what tells me that I have lost weight. Not this time. It hurts to sit down no matter what kind of seat ... Read more

  • Why do I make the choice to stay active on Sparkpeople?

    4/26/2017 9:42:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am in maintenance after all. I know the WHAT and the HOW of getting and staying healthy. I have read the articles, the books, the recipes, and watched the videos... so what do I get out of staying active on I guess I get to more of the WHY. I didn't become morbidly obese becau... Read more

  • No weight change but stilling feeling great

    4/26/2017 4:47:50 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    No real change in my weight. I as kind of surprised that my weight hadn't changed. My body was giving me hints that it did lose some weight. But I check my weight this morning and no real change. I was kind of hoping but at least I'm feeling better. I found out that if I drink a mug of hot tea... Read more

  • Limbo

    4/25/2017 9:58:41 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have some stuff to sort out in my mind. In the meantime I am doing my best to stay on track with my diet and exercise. It is important. That has been reinforced. I will tell you about it another time... I have to get it straight in my own head first.... Read more

  • Lost a pound and cholesterol went down

    4/25/2017 1:07:04 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I had a 2 day plateau of being at 198 pounds and now I am at 197 pounds. I was at 202 pounds 6 months ago. So I lost 5 pounds in 6 months. I got my cholesterol and other things checked today. A hospital that is an hour away came over to our church today with their Wellmobile and here's w... Read more

  • No change in weight but did plenty of exercises

    4/24/2017 10:54:06 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Yesterday I weighed myself and I weighed 198 pounds and today I still weigh that much. I did plenty of exercising even though I didn't eat that well. I had an upset stomach after eating lunch and I had some fried foods. So I do know that I need to cut that out from now on. That and greasy and sweets... Read more

  • A big clean and sort day... impromptu

    4/23/2017 10:55:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I did not set out to do much today, but the dog and I were up at 7am, so we went out for a 90 minute walk, then made a quick trip to the grocery store and the Tim Horton's drive thru for a coffee, When we got home and I had put the groceries away, I went online... and noticed that my brother, Jerem... Read more

  • Lost 2 pounds and back into the 190s

    4/23/2017 1:31:00 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Yesterday I was at 200 pounds and today I'm down to 198 pounds. I lost 2 pounds. I am glad that I am out of the 200s now. After all the exercises that I have done and the mowing the yard later on, I should be able to lose some more weight. I already took the dog for 2 walks for 15 minutes each, walk... Read more

  • Lunch with dad... and more discoveries

    4/22/2017 10:40:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    There is a certain sameness to my Saturday lunches with dad these late three weeks. But he doesn't mind. He eats the same thing for breakfast 5 days a week, and then on the weekends it alters ... but he eats the same different thing both days. LOL. He is a lot like me (or rather I am a lot like ... Read more