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  • No change in weight but hoping for more soon

    9/26/2017 11:28:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am still at 195 pounds. Been eating good and exercising as much as I can. Can't do much this afternoon with my dad's appointment at 3pm. He's getting to find out about the circulation in his legs. He had a cramp in his right leg in March 2009 and finally figured out what was wrong with them. There... Read more

  • I am sick, sick, sick

    9/25/2017 6:48:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Not sure what it is yet, but my doctor is concerned about the possibility of acute pancreatitis. There is also the possibility of a lupus flare up. And I am running a nasty fever on one of the hottest days we have had this year. Can you tell I am miserable, grumpy, and feeling sorry for myself? ... Read more

  • Paid the price on eating too many carbs

    9/25/2017 11:02:14 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am paying the price on eating the white bread and donuts yesterday. I gained 2 pounds. I am back up to 195 pounds today. I don't gain weight when I exercise. I usually lose weight when I exercise. I know that I'm not retaining water because its way too soon for me to do that. Plus I am on a water ... Read more

  • Lost 2 more pounds and getting close in finishing 2nd mini goal

    9/23/2017 2:17:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I have lost another 2 pounds. I was at 195 pounds since Monday when I went to see my regular doctor. I checked my weight this morning and I am now at 193 pounds. So I am close in finishing my 2nd mini goal of getting to (or near) 190 pounds. If I am still at this weight a week from today (the ... Read more

  • No change in weight but in inches

    9/22/2017 2:29:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am still at 195 pounds. I worked out for 175 minutes yesterday. 69 of those minutes are from a long walk. It felt good but I was a little sore from the walk this morning. I am not sure now. If its not too hot when I get home after my dad's appointment, I might go for a long walk. I am hoping for t... Read more

  • Can see results but not much

    9/21/2017 1:48:48 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I can see some results in my belly but not much. I can tell its a little smaller but at least its some. It'll take a while to REALLY see some results. I am doing what my regular doctor is telling me. I have cut down on my carbs (so far they're 27% as of lunch time) and sodium and have boosted protei... Read more

  • Plateaued and hating it

    9/20/2017 3:09:12 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I've plateaued at 195 pounds and I am hating it right now. I thought that I would be lower by now but I am not. I have another 10 days in the month to get down to (or near) 190 pounds. I have been doing good. I hope that my carbs straighten out because after I ate lunch, the pie chart on the ... Read more

  • Results of my free blood screening

    9/19/2017 11:30:57 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    A hospital from a city east of us came to our church with their Wellmobile and gave us a free checkup. The ladies of our church provided a free breakfast. I did somewhat well but its early to tell since I am trying to lower my carbs and sodium. Here are the results of what I got from the check up. ... Read more

  • Lost another 4 pounds and results from the doctor

    9/18/2017 5:25:26 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I am still keeping my 2 mini goals but they're Plan A. Get to 197 pounds by today and at or near 190 pounds by the end of the month is the 2 mini goals. What I mentioned yesterday about getting between 190 and 197 by the end of the month was Plan B. Well, today I broke the first of the mini go... Read more

  • Back under 200 and feel tired

    9/17/2017 2:51:55 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I got the 2 pounds back off that I gained. I'm glad of that. Now I have redone my 2 mini goals. One was to get down to 197 pounds before my appointment with my regular doctor (which is tomorrow). So I guess I won't be getting 2 pounds off in 24 hours. And the other is get to or near 190 pounds... Read more

  • Expressing myself... Finding courage...

    9/16/2017 9:06:07 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I read a great quote today about not making assumptions about what other people are thinking or feeling. It said to "find the courage" to ask the questions that you need to ask to find out what is really going on and to "express what you really want." After reading some friends' blogs that w... Read more

  • Gained 2 pounds and back into the 200s

    9/16/2017 11:50:56 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I gained 2 pounds and now I'm back into the 200s. I was at 199 pounds since Thursday and now I am back to 201 pounds. I am not sure why. I consumed around 1100 calories yesterday but burned 1699 calories in 159 minutes. I know that it was my sodium intake because it was 1493mg. And I am not tak... Read more

  • I do know what I am doing...

    9/14/2017 11:43:13 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, the Diabetes Educator on Tuesday basically said I am pretty much doing already doing everything she would recommend as far as diet and exercise. Unfortunately, my glucose levels are not responding in a typical manner. So, I am focussed more on "management" for now. The doctor upped my testing... Read more

  • Lost another pound

    9/14/2017 6:48:59 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am finally back under 200 pounds. I am at 199 pounds. I haven't exercised much. Somehow I'm not really in the mood today for some odd reason. I did do a walk around the house with the dog and a walk up and down the street with the dog and that's about it. I hate exercising when it gets later on in... Read more

  • Gained some weight but no worries

    9/13/2017 11:39:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gained 3 pounds since Sunday but I have gotten a pound off of it off. I went fro 198 pounds to 201 pounds. Now I am at 200 pounds but I am not going to let that define me. I am still hoping to get back down to 197 pounds before I see the doctor on Monday. I didn't have much exercising on Sunday an... Read more

  • Holding pattern...

    9/11/2017 9:55:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am in a holding pattern on the medical stuff. So I am focused on walking the dog, and talking to my friends and family. I went for a short run today. Tomorrow is another day. I am practicing denial about my own situation. I remember where I was on 9/11. I doubt I will ever forget... Read more

  • No gain or loss

    9/10/2017 2:59:43 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My weight hasn't gained nor did I lose any weight. I am still at 198 pounds. Which is a good thing. At least I am not in the 200s again. I don't want to go back there again. When I see the doctor a week from tomorrow, his scale will read me in the 200s like usual. I still have time to get my first m... Read more

  • Dog Days...

    9/10/2017 6:06:29 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am still getting used to having the ability to take pictures again. So far most of my pictures are of my dog, Cooper. As it should be. He has been my constant companion for over 6 years now. He can alternate between sweet and consoling... and demanding and stubborn (yes, he really did wake me ... Read more

  • Cooking fun...

    9/9/2017 8:58:56 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My niece flew in last night. When we were chatting online last week we talked about how much more fun it is to cook in larger amounts and with someone else. And I have been posting recipes like crazy. Last night we decided to make an attempt at Bailey's spiked Tiramisu. First step was to buy the... Read more

  • Broke my plateau

    9/9/2017 10:22:22 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I broke a plateau that I have had since Wednesday by a pound. I've been at 199 pounds since then and I went to check my weight this morning and I am now at 198 pounds. This week I've lost 11 pounds (I've been doing it safely) and I am a pound away from one of my mini goals for the month. I want... Read more

  • A well deserved walk

    9/8/2017 7:26:01 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got home about 20 minutes ago from a 70 minute long walk. It felt so good to go for that long of a walk. I haven't had that long of a walk since I had my carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand. There were a few times that I was going to turn around and go home but I pushed myself in going. I hate ... Read more

  • Before and after pictures of the new hair color

    9/8/2017 4:10:06 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I hope this works! This should be my old color... faded out with the grey growing in. This should be me and my Best friend, Jen, right after we got our hair done. She actually smiles...... Read more

  • Well, that was barrels of fun...

    9/8/2017 6:32:05 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had the glucose tolerance test yesterday morning. Basically, they make you sick, and check to see how sick, and test your blood every hour to see how fast you recover or if you recover. My doctor had ordered some extra tests to be done... only if my glucose level dropped below a certain thresho... Read more

  • My weight has leveled off

    9/7/2017 10:13:08 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I haven't gained or lost anymore weight so far. I am still at 199 pounds. I am glad that it hasn't changed since then. I am hoping to get the last of the weight gain from last month when I went from 197 pounds to 209 pounds in 24 hours. I am hoping to get it off or more before I see my regular... Read more

  • Testing

    9/7/2017 2:24:13 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    Today (very early this morning) I have to go for a 4 hour glucose tolerance test... plus other testing... but that is the big one. From what I gather, they force you into hypoglycemia (give you sugar water to spike and crash your glucose or something), then check your blood sugar... then proceed to... Read more

  • Down another 2 pounds

    9/6/2017 1:05:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I checked my weight this morning and I lost another 2 pounds bringing my weight loss for the week to 10 pounds. I was at 209 pounds on Sunday and today I'm at 199 pounds. I am finally back below 200 pounds again. I have 2 more pounds to go until I get the 12 pounds off that I gained after my carpel ... Read more

  • What we intend vs. results

    9/6/2017 6:35:07 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have been thinking a lot about intention vs results... primarily in relation to the spoken word, but it also relates to nutrition and exercise goals... just on a different slant... So, the idea started percolating in my brain when something vaguely inappropriate popped out of my mouth to a st... Read more

  • Down 8 pounds this week

    9/5/2017 1:38:34 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    The past couple of days I've lost 8 pounds. I went from 209 pounds to 201 pounds. I am glad that I did but I am hoping to keep it that way or go down before I see the doctor in 13 days. I am still going to see him because of my belly still being the way it is no matter where I am at. When I was at 1... Read more

  • Interesting...

    9/5/2017 4:20:36 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    The responses I have gotten to yesterday's blog (whiny complaint) about my blood sugar were interesting. So maybe I need to give my Sparkfriends a bit more background on the situation? I am a Type 2 diabetic... I was diagnosed a bit over 10 years ago I think, and was on metformin for a while, but ... Read more

  • Day 1 to a new beginning

    9/4/2017 6:36:54 PM, by ABRANDNEWSTART

    I haven't been on Sparkpeople for almost 2 years now, lost myself but am back now and ready to begin my new adventure in baby steps. I took the metabolic age test and it scares me to find out that for a 55 year old woman, I am the age of a 70 year old. That is an eye opener. I have no support system... Read more

  • The human body is curious...

    9/4/2017 7:07:14 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have been tracking my blood glucose readings and they seem to go down an hour after eat, and go up the longer I go without food. That seems so weird to me. It got down into the mid 60s the other night which got me anxious, because I have been consistently running good numbers for the last three ... Read more

  • "Before" picture... funny pup... a little evening anxiety...

    9/2/2017 9:55:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Well, I added a "before" picture of my hair color to my photos on my Sparkpage... it isn't the best lighting and you can't really see the blue... only the purple. My salon appointment is next Friday, and I will post an "after" picture that day. Hopefully the lighting will be better. Maybe if I ge... Read more

  • Feeling somewhat okay but mood stinks

    9/2/2017 2:00:19 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I am feeling okay but my mood stinks. I was up to 208 pounds but now I'm down to 204 pounds. I am trying to get the weight off (or some of it off) before I see my regular doctor in 16 days about the weight gain and to see why my belly won't change when my weight does. When I was at 182 pounds a year... Read more

  • Thinking of fun stuff...

    9/1/2017 10:10:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The past couple of days have been busy and stressful, so tonight and tomorrow I am dedicating to fun things. Enjoyable time "wasters". The things that feed my soul, but have no real purpose otherwise. I have a hair appointment next week, and I am getting my hair completely re-colored and cut. I ... Read more

  • Got an appointment about the weight gain

    8/31/2017 11:07:10 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, I finally got an appointment with the doctor about the weight gain. Got that made on the day I called the doctor. He wasn't in that day and the nurse asked around to the other doctors to see what to do. They told her that I should come in to see the doctor since the other doctors didn't know m... Read more

  • So much space!

    8/30/2017 6:44:39 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, the elliptical is gone now, and with the love seat also gone the space is just so much more OPEN. I think I am going to save up and get a second recliner though so that I have somewhere comfortable for a guest to sit. I rarely get more than one visitor at a time so that makes sense. (Or maybe... Read more

  • The Green Tomato experiment was a success!

    8/29/2017 6:37:50 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, I sliced the Green tomato a little thinner than I would if I were frying it, but not by a lot. I used cooking spray on the cookie sheet, laid out the slices of tomato, and sprinkled them with a little Parmesan, asiago, and mozzarella, then baked them in a 375F oven for about 45 minutes (it prob... Read more

  • Green tomato experiment

    8/28/2017 11:14:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I love fried green tomatoes, but they really aren't very healthy the way I have always made them, so tonight I am trying something different and baking the sliced green tomatoes with a sprinkle of asiago, parmesan and mozzarella on top. I did grease the pan, but I am not "frying" them the way I usu... Read more

  • Sitting and waiting for the doctor

    8/28/2017 10:55:21 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I called the doctor's office to see what to do about the weight gain that I had after I had the carpel tunnel surgery on my right hand 17 days ago. The nurse calls back and says that he is out of the office until tomorrow but will see what another doctor thinks. I am hoping that they will have somet... Read more