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  • Another full day of boosting my mood

    9/20/2014 9:24:33 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well I did the same workout DVD this morning as I did yesterday and went out and trimmed where I didn't get with the push mower yesterday. The trimming took me 17 minutes to do. I trimmed a couple of trees. I had to because I kept on hitting them when I was mowing. My mood has been so great and I ha... Read more

  • Made a boring day feel full

    9/19/2014 9:40:12 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I did a workout DVD this morning. The Walk Away The Pounds 5 miles for 68 minutes. Then this afternoon I mowed the yard for 70 minutes. I wasn't going to do anything this morning before the workout DVD but I decided to exercise. Boy did it boost my mood up full blast. I was kind of depressed. I'm g... Read more

  • Trivia Night- Win

    9/18/2014 10:30:37 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I might have to start making trivia night a regular event. My brother, Jeremy, has been going for a while, but this was only the second time I have gone. Our team (Haggis or Die!) won first place. We must be smart or something! Of course I ate too much fat for dinner at the restaurant, but it wa... Read more

  • Stupid internet

    9/18/2014 10:11:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday but our internet was down. I called the phone company but somehow after supper I got it fixed. I pushed the power button on the WiFi and somehow I got it to work. If the phone company calls tomorrow I will tell them that I figured it out. Never thought of ... Read more

  • Today... and plans for the weekend

    9/17/2014 7:53:25 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I try not to be judgemental... but sometimes I think people want to have the result without putting in any effort. (This includes me at times.) I try to be supportive, but I can't MAKE someone want to exercise or eat healthy. Oh well, I guess I need to get over myself. Rant over. Went for a... Read more

  • Moving forward

    9/17/2014 7:26:30 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    I can't even begin to tell you the rough time I've been having. And today I found out my car needs some *major* repair work. Thankfully my dad said he'd pay for it and I will pay him back. I have slipped backwards a lot in my weight loss journey, but now I feel I'm heading in the right directio... Read more

  • Missing Summer

    9/16/2014 10:09:13 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The day started grey and wet, but the sun came out this afternoon, and it turned into a pleasant day after all. Walked Cooper 4 times today. I guess he is a spoiled pup, but my apartment is carpeted, so I would prefer there are NO accidents inside. Also got in a 30 minute run, some yoga, and some... Read more

  • A boring day

    9/16/2014 9:47:21 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a boring day. We didn't even leave town. Not even for supper. I know that we will be leaving town tomorrow because dad has a chiropractor appointment in the morning. ... Read more

  • A week in

    9/16/2014 11:16:42 AM, by COYOTESFAMILY

    I am a week into refocusing. I didn't start back on sparkpeople until Thursday of last week. I was cleaning out my emails and remembered just how much this place kept me focused, accountable and on track. I think the two hardest things right now is finances and support. I am really trying to eat ... Read more

  • Slept well last night but sore this morning

    9/15/2014 10:07:27 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Boy was I ever sore. Took something for pain this morning and then I drank a cup of hot tea. I haven't had to take anything for pain for the rest of the day for pain. Not even for a headache. I had a headache but the headache went away before I could take anything for it. I was in so much pain that ... Read more

  • Grumpy day...

    9/15/2014 7:51:08 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The weather is bumming me out today. Grey and chilly. Now it has started raining. I did get Cooper out for an hour and a half walk this morning, which was nice. Then I left him with my neighbor while I went to get blood work done, run to the post office to sort out a problem, and a trip to the c... Read more

  • Going to be sleeping great tonight

    9/14/2014 9:52:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I walked to and from church today. Each way was 18 minutes each. Mowed the yard today with the push mower for 67 minutes. Its a good thing that I got it done when I did. It was getting dark and getting hard to see. So you can imagine I'm going to be tired tonight and sore. I better take something fo... Read more

  • Getting ready for Winter already...

    9/14/2014 7:44:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went out to the farm early today, so Jeremy and I could start clearing the snow shoe trails through the woods. I got to ride some of the way in the bucket on the front of the tractor. He kept raising it way up in the air. Lots of fun. There is no trail clearing option in the fitness tracker, s... Read more

  • Was planning on mowing yard today but didn't

    9/13/2014 10:26:28 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I was going to mow the yard today but didn't. Got a late start on things like leaving the house and all that. I was going to mow it when we got home from supper but it was after 7pm and it was starting to get dark. Might do it tomorrow afternoon after I change clothes. Go from my dress that I'm goin... Read more

  • Nice day...

    9/13/2014 3:28:54 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a cold, wet, windy day on the water... but I had a lot of fun kayaking this morning. I loaded the boat and my gear into the truck and took off by myself. I was meeting a group at the launch. I wasn't the first one there, but I pulled in second, so I had plenty of time to unload and gear up... Read more

  • The rain came back

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

    But it didn't come down as bad as it did earlier in the week when we had standing water in the back yard. If I get lucky and it is nice and sunny I may mow the yard then. I haven't mowed the yard in a week. It looks a like I haven't mowed it longer than that. Our neighbor across the street got his m... Read more

  • Calm day...

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

    After yesterday's excitement I thoroughly enjoyed my calm day today. Took Cooper out for a 2 hour walk this morning. Plus I went for a run, put in a little time on the bike, two more dog walks, ST, yoga... and I might have to boogie down for a little while. In between all that I visited with my n... Read more

  • Starting over

    9/12/2014 1:20:08 PM, by COYOTESFAMILY

    I can't remember where I left off. I tore the cartilage in my hip. It was repaired in the spring/summer of 2011. Recovery was awful. It took over two years to be able to walk/jog with no pain. During that time I sadly put on weight. So, I'm starting my journey over....again. So earlier this week I... Read more

  • Dad's bone scan results

    9/11/2014 9:57:00 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, there isn't anything wrong with his knee. Just inflammation from the scar tissue from the surgery that he had 4 years ago next month. They gave him a cortisone shot to the knee. And they did take xrays of his right hip because the chiropractor was working on that when dad saw the chiropractor ... Read more

  • Fire! Wait, no, not really...

    9/11/2014 5:34:31 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    The building fire alarms went off this afternoon after I got back from the gym. No fire, thank goodness, but plenty of smoke. Fire department came out (2 engines), and tried to clear the building, but people kept wandering back into the building... if they left at all. One woman actually stood th... Read more

  • Too much rain

    9/10/2014 10:02:02 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Looks like it might be next week before I can even mow the yard. Part of the back yard has standing water in it. We're suppose to get more tonight and then more on Friday. The yard looks like I hadn't mowed it over a week. Let's hope that next week it doesn't rain and I can mow it so it looks nice. ... Read more

  • Catching up...

    9/10/2014 9:01:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I KNOW I can't cheat on sleep and make it up in one day, so it is no surprise that one good night's sleep and I am still tired. Hopefully I will have another one tonight and wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and energized. I spent a good portion of the day today reading some of my new books. ... Read more

  • A rainy day

    9/9/2014 10:01:45 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a really rainy day. It rained off and on all day at least 4 or 5 times today. And they weren't light either. They were downpours. It started about the time I got up this morning around 5am. We're suppose to get more tomorrow. So that means the grass is REALLY going to grow and I'm going to... Read more

  • Tired

    9/9/2014 9:10:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    My brothers are feuding at the moment. But they are both still talking to me. So, I end up hearing two very slanted perspectives on what is happening. Neither one wants to bend. My one brother came over to my apartment at 1:30am and talked for an hour and a half last night. Since I didn't get t... Read more

  • My niece was in town today...

    9/8/2014 9:59:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I took Cooper for a fairly long walk this morning, then went out to my parents' for lunch. My oldest niece was in town for the day to discuss financial stuff with her dad and our parents. Basically about helping her pay off her student loans and whether she wants to take on the responsibility of i... Read more

  • A somewhat slow day

    9/8/2014 9:36:56 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well, today was a somewhat slow day but it was a busy. Dad had to get his monthly blood test and we got a couple of things at Target that was needed. Plus we got a few parts for the garage. I'm not sure what we're doing tomorrow or Wednesday. Just Thursday with the day that dad gets the results of h... Read more

  • I'm looking forward to a new week

    9/7/2014 9:59:54 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm so looking forward in a new week. Last week went by so slow leading up to dad's bone scan. This week might do the same with the results Thursday being the day that dad gets the results of his bone scan. Might go in just to see what the results are. Hate waiting in the waiting room. So slow. Bet... Read more

  • Yesterday's adventures

    9/7/2014 7:23:11 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was way too tired last night to write a long blog about what I did all day, but I got a little sleep. (Not a lot since there were drunk college students yelling outside my window until 4:30 this morning.) So, what did I do all day...? I was up early to load the boats on my brother's car... Read more

  • Tired

    9/6/2014 11:55:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Too tired tonight to tell you about my day. I will write it tomorrow. Suffice to say I have been gone since 6am, and I just got home after 11:30 this evening. Time to go to bed!... Read more

  • Took a lot of naps today

    9/6/2014 9:51:40 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Took a lot of small naps today from the time I got up until this afternoon. I was that tired. I deserved those naps. I was going to mow the neighbor's yard across the street but decided not to today. If I'm not too tired tomorrow I might do it then. I got a brace for my left wrist today at Targ... Read more

  • Quick check in

    9/5/2014 11:04:05 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I got everything done today that was on my schedule, including grocery for myself and my parents. I got all the fixings for ratatouille, so I can make that on Sunday. I don't know if I will get a chance to check in tomorrow, as we are leaving early in the morning for creek cleanup, and then going ... Read more

  • Going to sleep good tonight

    9/5/2014 9:52:53 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Mowed the yard (push mowed) this afternoon and it took 70 minutes to do the entire yard. I was starting to feel tired by the time dad and I went to get some supper. Its the good kind of tired. Got the fresh fruit plate tonight where we usually get it. I had it with cottage cheese and not raisin toas... Read more

  • The Biggest Loser 1/2 marathon

    9/5/2014 1:33:24 PM, by CHERYLSNWGROOVE

    Well, I did it. I was able to complete my first 1/2 marathon in Chicago with the Biggest Losers. It was kinda fun getting to meet several of the contestants from previous shows. Really motivating. I thought that would be a good place to start. I met some nice people. A lot of strangers would give yo... Read more

  • Nice day...

    9/4/2014 10:32:22 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was a nice day today. Mostly just me and the dog doing our thing. I did have a friend of the human variety to walk with us this evening, but other than that... Off to the dentist tomorrow. Just for a cleaning. I also have to stop and pick up my new sunglasses and run to the grocery store... Read more

  • Not as slow as I thought

    9/4/2014 9:59:46 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I though that it was going to be a really slow day but it was the waiting from the time that he got the shot to when he had the scan. When we got back to the hospital they did an xray of his right knee and then did the scan. Those didn't take long. I had a hard time getting onto the WiFi when we got... Read more

  • Positive Things

    9/3/2014 11:19:33 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I think I have been complaining more than usual lately, so I thought I would take a moment tonight to focus on some positive things. I have to say my life is pretty good right now. I have some health issues, but for the most part I am healthy and content. I took my dog kayaking with us tonight, a... Read more

  • It's going to be a long day tomorrow

    9/3/2014 9:42:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Dad's bone scan is tomorrow and its at the hospital we always go to. There is a 3 hour wait after he gets the shot before he has the scan. I'm not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'm hoping to figure that out soon. If it cools down and doesn't rain tomorrow after we get home from the scan, ... Read more

  • Chilled...

    9/2/2014 10:25:24 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    So, today ended up being a recovery day, as kayaking got canceled due to stormy weather. I still walked over 10 miles, picked blueberries for an hour or more (I wasn't looking at my watch), did some yoga and some squats, plus danced my crazy dance for about 10 minutes. Jeremy and I decided to take... Read more

  • Wanting a slow but didn't get it

    9/2/2014 9:52:10 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I was hoping for a slow day but didn't get one. Dad had some bills to pay in one town. When we got done with the last one, went to Menards for the guy who owns the garage here in town to get a quart of paint thinner (he said that he didn't care where it came from as long as he got some), got a few t... Read more

  • Finally September!

    9/2/2014 8:30:45 PM, by JOJOBEE318

    Time to move in the right direction!... Read more

  • What a boring day

    9/1/2014 10:09:55 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Didn't get the chance to do what I wanted to do today. Too lazy to do it. Especially outside because we were suppose to get rain today. We didn't. According to the weather report it might be tonight. Looks like Wednesday and Friday we're suppose to get some. Either Thursday or the weekend I might be... Read more

  • Pain...

    9/1/2014 7:38:19 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I woke up feeling fuzzy headed from all the exercise yesterday, but decided not to let that stop me. At least that was the plan. So, I walked the dog, then went for a run. It was torture. I felt slower than molasses in January. I ran for almost an hour though, just because I am stubborn like th... Read more

  • Starting Over....

    9/1/2014 6:29:19 PM, by KAKAY56

    I never ... I did drop some pounds from wearing a size a size......... Read more

  • September

    9/1/2014 11:20:52 AM, by WISHING4100

    I have a set new September goals for myself - 150,000 steps and 900 active minutes (I track on my fitbit). I'm off to a good start - I've made both of my goals for today. Happy September friends! ... Read more

  • 6th Sparkversary for me

    8/31/2014 9:45:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I've been with SparkPeople for 6 years now. I started on August 31, 2008. I'm not regretting it one bit. I'm glad that I've started. I have so much support. And it helps me keep in mind that I'm not alone in this life. I mowed the yard today. Took me less time to do it. 6 minutes less. Friday i... Read more

  • And then...

    8/31/2014 9:29:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got up at 5:30 this morning, so we could kayak at Allegheny Reservoir before the thunderstorms hit. Ate a big breakfast at Tim Horton's, because we were planning on being out for several hours, and we burn a LOT of calories. If I don't take in enough calories beforehand I get really shaky and unco... Read more

  • I think that I will be mowing sooner than thought

    8/30/2014 10:17:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    When I took the dog out this morning after giving her her breakfast, I looked at the grass. Just great. It looks like it needs to be mowed again. It shot up that much overnight since we got all that rain last night. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I will be mowing it again. If dad complains that I shou... Read more

  • Recovery day

    8/30/2014 4:36:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had two days of long runs, plus everything else I normally do, so today needed to be a recovery day. My legs are TIRED! I have plans to go kayaking tomorrow morning early, so my legs will probably get a second day off. Cooper is cooperating with my plan to take it easy today. It is pretty warm... Read more

  • Got the yard mowed and trimmed before the storm

    8/29/2014 9:51:55 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Finally got to mow the yard with the new mower. An hour and 15 minutes it took me to do the entire yard and with 1 tank of gas. Usually takes me more than 2 fills of the tank before I can do the entire yard. And then we went to get supper where I had a fresh fruit plate. Then we came home and trimme... Read more

  • Dentist... and making plans for September

    8/29/2014 6:31:04 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Woke up late this morning and had to rush out of the house. Just enough time to eat a banana, brush my teeth, drop the dog at mom and dad's and make it to the dentist exactly on time for my appointment. Breathless, but I made it. That molar is now 3/4 filling. He had to put a pin in it to make i... Read more

  • Guess the yard will have to wait

    8/28/2014 10:02:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Was going to test the new push mower today, stupid thing wouldn't start. Got a way to fix that whenever I get to mow. Was going to do it when we got back to town this afternoon. No luck because it rained. It is suppose to rain tomorrow and this weekend. If it isn't raining and its dry, I might do th... Read more

  • Running until I drop!

    8/28/2014 8:43:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Not really. It just felt that way. It was cool this morning, so after I walked the dog I went and ran for an hour or so. Not bad. Felt good. It was warmer around the middle of the day, so I just walked the dog and chilled with a good book, but it cooled off, so guess what I did? I went for ano... Read more

  • kayaking!

    8/27/2014 11:00:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Finally! I got out in the kayak. Might get out on Friday, but probably not, and maybe on Sunday. Walked the dog for 2 hours this morning, went for a 40 minute run (almost 4 miles), walked the dog again, read a book, walked the dog again, before my brother picked us up to go kayaking. Cooper hasn... Read more

  • Got a new push mower today

    8/27/2014 10:02:41 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Finally, a new mower. I don't me a used one. I mean a brand spanking new one. But can't use it right now. The guy at the garage here in town is going to put it together for us. It's about 2" smaller on the cut than the other one but at least I can cut the grass. It was on sale for about $10.00 less ... Read more

  • A warm one

    8/26/2014 10:08:54 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was actually hot today. What a change. And it hasn't cooled off much since the sun went down. Cooper doesn't like to walk on hot days. Fussy pup! I went out for a long walk without him... after the visiting nurse left, and I walked with Patty to her doctor appointment. It was hot enough tod... Read more

  • Down another pound

    8/26/2014 9:58:49 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well yesterday I was at 209 pounds. Today I'm at 208 pounds. It feels good. I might be down another pound tomorrow with the way my system was tonight. I was a little loose and sometimes I lose a pound when that happens. We'll see. I ate pretty light today so I may or may not of lost more weight but ... Read more

  • Some tips that might help you

    8/25/2014 10:23:00 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I learned some tips that you can't find online. Some of them I learned by accident or learned from other people. 1. When on your period, drink cranberry juice. Treat your period like a bladder infection. It helps shorten your period. Mine lasts about 3 or 4 days when I drink cranberry juice. So... Read more

  • Just a day

    8/25/2014 9:34:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am not feeling inspired tonight. I did have a good day though. Went for a run. Picked up tickets for Bill Nye for my brother. Got my bloodwork done. Had lunch at the new restaurant in town. Drove mom to her mediation. Read a good book. Took the dog for a couple of walks. Had a lovely dinn... Read more

  • 2 pounds in a day and 5 pounds since last week

    8/24/2014 10:13:08 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Well in the pounds that I gained is coming down better than I thought. Out of the 7 pounds that I gained since coming back from Minnesota last month, I lost 5 pounds of it. 2 of those pounds in the last 24 hours. I have another 2 pounds to go until I get back to where I was before the 7 pounds came ... Read more

  • I give up... and I guess that is a good thing

    8/24/2014 9:20:59 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I think it is time to embrace my inner fitness addict, and stop trying to fit into "supposed to's" and "should's". I was thinking I would try again to take a recovery day today, after yesterday's binge on the bike, but I got restless in the afternoon, and decided to go for a run... and just run unt... Read more

  • Sick and tired of the rain

    8/23/2014 9:58:06 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    It seems like every day or every other day we have had rain this week. I'm so sick of it. After we left to go uptown to get the mail, go to the bank, and get breakfast, it cut loose. I was going to go over to the bank when I put in my breakfast order but that's when it cut loose. I didn't feel like ... Read more

  • Ummm... did I say today was going to be a recovery day?

    8/23/2014 8:03:47 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was doing well at taking it easy this morning and through lunch time. Went out to my parents' house and made lunch with mom. Then I came home, took the dog for a short walk, and picked up a new book to read on the stationary bike. What can I say... it was a good book... that took me nearly four... Read more

  • And they say dogs are dumb

    8/22/2014 10:28:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My dog proves that they aren't dumb. I sell makeup and she always knows when they come in at least 30 minutes or more before they get here. She knows the voice of one of my customers if that customer comes over with the check for her order (like she did today). My uncle who lives 30 minutes north of... Read more