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  • Another blah day

    9/26/2016 10:58:24 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today is another blah day and I wish that I knew why. I lost 2 pounds last week. I am trying to use up what I have on leftover yarn until I can get some more (whenever that will be). I do get out and walk with the dog (twice yesterday and twice this morning) and I walked to church yesterday (my dad ... Read more

  • Day 22- Compliant

    9/25/2016 8:07:49 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had lamb saag for lunch today. Very tasty. I just felt like something different. It came with white rice, which I haven't eaten in about 9 months... I haven't missed anything. The lamb and spinach were the tasty part of the dish. It was 44 degrees this morning. Cooper has gotten cuddly a... Read more

  • Day 21- Compliant

    9/24/2016 9:32:07 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It is usually easiest for me to meet my calorie quota on Saturdays when I cook and eat lunch with my parents. It was certainly true today. A friend of the family stopped by to visit for the morning at my parents' house today. She is from Toronto. She and her husband have been friends with my... Read more

  • Days 19 and 20- compliant and not compliant

    9/23/2016 7:59:16 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I didn't write a blog last night because I fell asleep early. Before I ate dinner early, which is why I was not compliant with the calorie limit of the challenge. If I had eaten the dinner I had planned on I would have been compliant, but I guess my body needed sleep more than it needed food. I w... Read more

  • Feeling down

    9/23/2016 9:47:29 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling kind of down today. I know that its not because its fall and its a little gloomy outside. I've gained weight (up to 192 pounds) and its not that. I just wish that I had some extra yarn to make something out of. I have a leftover yarn afghan to work on but I don't have enough in the yarn ... Read more

  • Day 18- Compliant... insomnia

    9/21/2016 8:46:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I didn't sleep last night. I tried, but I was watching the clock and the time just ticked by until it 4am, and I gave up and got up and read until 7:30 when I woke Cooper up to go out to my parent's house for our morning visit. I am hoping to sleep tonight. I am thinking I need to increase my... Read more

  • Day 17- Compliant

    9/20/2016 10:50:14 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was just another quiet day with the dog. Nothing big happening. Cooper is feeling better. He goes back to the vet on Friday. I did get some paperwork taken care of today.... Read more

  • Day 16- Compliant

    9/19/2016 9:43:30 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am in a rut with my food choices (except for Saturday lunches), but I am actually okay with that right now. Not having to think too much about my options is working pretty well for me, and it is helping me stay at my calorie goal. I like what I am eating, and it doesn't require much thought or p... Read more

  • Day 15- Compliant... gossip

    9/18/2016 8:04:28 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am still struggling to meet my calorie goal most days, but I have met each day, so I feel I am on the right track. So, I found out today that someone that I thought was a friend is talking about me behind my back and starting trouble for me that could have real consequences. This is why I t... Read more

  • Day 14- Compliant... vet visit

    9/17/2016 9:50:45 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I seem to be hovering right around my lower limit, except for a few occasions. It seems to be okay. I noticed last night that Cooper was licking hit butt a lot. So this morning I took a closer look. Poor buddy has an infected anal gland. The vet has walk in hours on Saturdays, so I took him... Read more

  • Easing joint pain without having to see the doctor

    9/17/2016 8:51:32 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Here I am at 38 years old (yes I'm admitting my age) and I am having joint pain. Ever since I have been losing weight (the past year or so now) my joints in my arms and legs have been miserable. No matter how much movement I do or weight that has dropped, the pain gets almost to the point where it c... Read more

  • Day 13- neurologist appointment

    9/16/2016 8:36:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Saw the neurologist today. Dad and I dropped mom off at the big grocery store near the doctor's office, then came back for her after I was done. The doctor requests that you arrive 20 minutes early for your appointment, and I try to do that, but sometimes I can't as it is a long drive and there is... Read more

  • Day 12- compliant... letting things go

    9/15/2016 7:01:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am trying not to dwell on things I have no control over. Yes, I can be proactive. But I can also refuse to allow the negative to take over my thoughts. Today I just embraced my routine, and focused on cleaning my apartment, walking my dog, reading my books, and enjoying my life. I DO have a go... Read more

  • Day 11- Compliant... a quiet day

    9/14/2016 6:20:43 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I just puttered today. I did get my laundry done. Most of the day it was just me and Cooper chilling. The weather is turning I think. My apartment is a bit more bearable now. Though Cooper still prefers to sleep on the bed by the open window. He is spending more time cuddled up next to me ... Read more

  • Day 10- Compliant... being proactive

    9/13/2016 8:27:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was below my lower calorie limit, so I broke out the almonds, and now I am good. I had a psychiatrist appointment this morning, and I asked about getting Cooper classified as "medically necessary", and he said it was no problem. He said I need to get together with my therapist and draft a ... Read more

  • Day 9- Compliant, but just barely

    9/12/2016 8:47:41 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It counts though. It just took some thought. I had to consider... what am I hungry for... and what do I have in the refrigerator. I didn't feel like cooking, so I went with a salad for dinner. O will snack on almonds later, and that will put me over my lower limit and let me meet my goal for the... Read more

  • Day 8- Compliant

    9/11/2016 8:29:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I made a quick stop at the grocery store this morning just to pick up a couple things. Mom and dad watched Cooper for me. He always looks so pitiful when I walk away without him, and so excited when I return. It was a nice day today. I got Cooper out for a good walk this evening. I have been re... Read more

  • Day 7- Compliant... one week in the bag

    9/10/2016 6:48:44 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I don't LIKE focusing so much on food. But right now I feel like it is important, since I had gotten out of the habit of eating regular meals. Part of that was the migraines, and part of it was the Summer heat and humidity, and I have to admit that part of it was laziness... I just didn't feel lik... Read more

  • Day 6- Compliant

    9/10/2016 12:01:53 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I had to interact with the building manager again today. Grrr... I am just trying to stay out of her way as much as possible. I know a lot of other people in the building have issues with her, but I had managed to fly under her radar until now. I want her to go back to ignoring me! I ate to... Read more

  • Day 5- managing

    9/8/2016 9:26:00 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Got my calories in today... despite the heat and humidity. Thursday is my deep clean day in my apartment. Got it all done. Still feeling blue. I am just owning the feelings and recognizing that I will come out the other side eventually. It is easier said than done, but I think I am doing ... Read more

  • Day 4- Compliant... a bit of a struggle

    9/7/2016 8:14:36 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    If I eat everything I tracked for the day then today will be a success. The problem I run into sometimes is that I track it and then forget to eat it. I WILL remember tonight though. The building manager called me today to yell at me because she said obviously I had an "unclean" apartment sin... Read more

  • Day 3- squeaked in

    9/6/2016 11:54:29 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It was close, but I made my calorie goal for the day. Right now, part of my problem is the disruption of my kitchen left over from the exterminator coming. The maintenance guy for the building can't say whether the exterminator will have to come back for a second application in my apartment, so I ... Read more

  • Day 2- staying on track

    9/5/2016 7:26:51 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    It took some effort but I managed to eat enough today to meet my goal. I have to think about what I am eating more, rather than just drinking water and coffee all day. Eating real food is a habit, and one I had fallen out of during the hottest days of the Summer. I just wasn't hungry. I am worki... Read more

  • Day 1- Eating out

    9/4/2016 9:45:39 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I ate out today. Tim Horton's for breakfast, a Japanese restaurant for lunch with mom and Tigan, and wings with Jeremy and Tigan for dinner. As a result I had no trouble meeting my calorie goal for the day. I tracked everything, and it came out to about 1500 calories, so I am good for the day. T... Read more

  • New challenge

    9/3/2016 2:47:02 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am aware that my lack of appetite is an issue now, so I am going to do a challenge, since that seems to motivate me. Very simple... I will eat at least 1100 calories a day for 30 days. I have been aiming for 1000 (and not always reaching it), but I think since I have stated my intent and have th... Read more

  • Going and going

    9/2/2016 10:05:35 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I was busy all day today. I left this morning before 7:30am, and didn't get home until nearly 9pm. I did make a running stop to put away groceries. Had a lovely salon date with my niece, Tigan. The last time either of us had gotten a pedicure was when we went together a year and a half ago, ... Read more

  • Done

    9/1/2016 7:51:18 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am home again after being out of the house most of the day so the exterminator could do his thing. It was bad. He might have to come back. I am not putting anything back into my kitchen until I know. I had a good lunch with mom and dad today. Not very big, but more than I usually eat, whi... Read more

  • Ready

    8/31/2016 5:53:38 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    All set for the exterminator tomorrow... or at least I think I am. I am sure I forgot something. I just have to remember to shut the windows in the morning before I leave. Dad is picking me up at 7:40am. I should be able to get back into my apartment around 1pm, but I will probably wait until 2 ... Read more

  • Preparations

    8/30/2016 9:45:55 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Started emptying cupboards in the kitchen today. I also shelved all the books that have accumulated beside my recliner (there were a lot of them!). Tomorrow I will finish emptying all the cupboards in the kitchen and bathroom in preparation of the exterminator coming on Thursday. I hope this kill... Read more

  • Doctor's appointment

    8/29/2016 9:10:54 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    Had my ultrasound this morning. There is a cyst, but the doctor doesn't recommend any intervention at this time. Otherwise things are pretty normal. Now I don't have to see him again until next August. My niece, Tigan, will be in town this weekend, so we will have a family dinner on Friday ... Read more