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My journey so far...and what is still to come!

Friday, May 09, 2014

I started my weight loss journey on November 14, 2012. At that time, I weighted 272 pounds...BMI 43.9...Obese Class 3. Here's a picture of 'virtual' me.

Of course I think I looked more like this:

By May of 2013 I was down to 232 pounds...BMI 37.4...Obese Class 2.

Then in November of 2013, I had dropped to 194 pounds...BMI 31.3...Obese Class 1.

This is May 2014. I am now 164 pounds...BMI 26.5...Overweight!

Do you see a trend here? Every 6 months I have lost a Class on the BMI Chart. I truly hope this trend continues and I am in the Normal (Healthy) BMI range by November of 2014. To do that, I only need to lose 11 more pounds...

Of course, eventually I'd like to get down to the center of the Healthy BMI range...
So...We'll just have to wait and see what happens...wont we?

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2BDYNAMIC 7/4/2014 7:26PM

    I don't know how I missed this; but your story is truly AMAZING!!!! ........... What transformations! ............ And what discipline ........... and now be watching as I am sending you something NEW !!! ............ Ya ready? ........

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ELIZABETH_50 6/15/2014 1:04PM

  Great blog and visuals! Awesome! Very inspiring! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 5/12/2014 2:55PM

    Wow!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 5/12/2014 11:41AM

    I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNNWANNABE 5/11/2014 7:16PM

    Ramona, I am so thankful for your friendship.. this really encouraged me!

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PATRICIA-CR 5/10/2014 10:24AM

    Ramona, my mentor emoticon You are emoticon You've reached goal after goal at a steady pace. What an inspiration!

I have no doubt you'll get there.

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SONGBIRDPAULA 5/10/2014 7:34AM

    emoticon Oh Ramona,

I'm all excited about your journey for you and by seeing these pictures on here I can't hardly wait to see your "final figure" and read your BMI stat! I just know that you will make it and I'm encouraging you and supporting you like you do all of us on Spark. You have come so far and are so close now! You will succeed!

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CHARLENE46 5/10/2014 12:13AM

    My dear Ramona,

You have come such a long way. I remember when you reached the hundreds. You have had such a successful journey. You have also been so encouraging to me. I know you'll reach your goal and very soon now. Continued success!!!!!

SP friend

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JILL313 5/9/2014 11:13PM

    Ramona, What an inspiration you are to me and many others. It's amazing how you've changed your life by eating healthy and moving more. I am so proud of you my dear friend. I have no doubt you'll easily reach your Goal by November. It couldn't happen to a nicer or more special person than you. So glad you're on the Team and wish we had more active members like you.

Hugs & Love,

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NANCYPAT1 5/9/2014 9:37PM

    That is truly inspirational

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GINA180847 5/9/2014 2:34PM

    You have done so well and seem to be heading in the right direction. You have lost over a hundred lbs. That is so great! You are a hero in my books.

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LIVINGFREE19 5/9/2014 12:47AM

    You have done so well, and you are so inspiring to us all!

You can easily get off the last 11 pounds!


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ZRIE014 5/9/2014 12:25AM

  keep it up

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The MOST Important Job in the World!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wonderful video.


If you still have your mom with you, thank her on Mother's Day (and every other day of the year)!

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MARILYNROBERT 4/29/2014 7:26PM

    I still have my mom and dad (they are 81 and 82 years old). emoticon

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GINA180847 4/24/2014 2:08PM

    Being a mom is the most important job there is for sure.

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/18/2014 12:26PM

    Ramona, this is special! Thank you so much for sharing with us. And, I do still have my Mom (92) and she is a very special person, indeed! emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 4/18/2014 9:04AM

    Oh, Ramona, you made my day!! emoticon emoticon

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BLITZEN44 4/17/2014 11:14PM

    Lol! I love the look on the faces of the applicants when they tell them the requirements of the job. Especially the part about no breaks, and that you can only eat your lunch after the associate eats his lunch. I think they should have added that the position allows for the employee to take a short break if the associate happens to fall asleep. Very funny and sweet video, all rolled into one! Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINGFREE19 4/17/2014 10:22PM

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I hope you have a very nice Easter, my friend!

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How to stay youthful by Joe McKeever

Sunday, April 06, 2014

This was written by a friend, Dr. Joe McKeever, and I thought everyone should have a chance to read it...

How to stay youthful all the way home
Posted on April 5, 2014 by Joe

“They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green….” (Psalm 92:14).

It occurs to me that there is one article I can write which Rick Warren cannot (not yet anyway), which Thom Rainer is not ready to write, and which some people couldn’t come up with if their lives depended on it.

“How to be young in old age.”

I’m in that “old age” period, I suppose. Man, it hurts to admit that. But then again, as they say, considering the alternative, I’m good with being 74.

And, I remind myself, I have done funerals for a lot of good people who would have given everything to live this long and see their children married and their grandchildren grow up. So, I am blessed and I thank the Lord.

If you are, thirty, let’s say, and reading this, then I suggest you stop and consider how you are feeling at this very moment. Well, that’s how I feel. I feel great, clear-headed, alert, alive, joyful, without a pain or ache in my body. Believe me, I am thankful.

That’s not the youthful part, though. When senior adults talk about being youthful, in most cases they’re not speaking of their libido or their athletic prowess. They’re talking about their spirit, their attitude.

And, from the reports of those who know me, I qualify.

So, therefore, let’s give it a try. How to stay youthful in old age. My top 10 ways….

1) Laugh a lot.

Genesis 21:6 “God has made laughter for me.” You too, friend. And some of us are not getting our minimum daily requirement. (Check out Psalm 4:7; 16:11, and 126:1-3.)

2)Give thanks to God throughout the day. It’s His day, He is supplying you with all those good things, and you are looking to Him for everything.

3) Spend lots of time with children.

Bob Anderson says, “We know Jesus was a happy person because children loved to be around Him. Children do not like to be with unhappy people.”

4) Be willing to try new things regularly.

The way I got it, in his 90′s, Oliver Wendell Holmes was discovered to be studying German. “Why?” someone asked. He said, “To improve my mind.”

5) Eat right and get enough rest.

Even though youthfulness is largely a matter of the human spirit, the body’s well-being plays a key part. When your body is hurting or will not function as it ought, it’s difficult to be joyful or to read, to get outside for work or play.

6) Exercise regularly and walk several times a week.

Almost daily we hear of medical reports on the wholesome effects of exercise on the human brain. One reason I walk so much is common sense says the day will come when I’ll not be able. I want to know that when I could, I did.

7) When you feel down and blue, don’t put up with it. Attack it!

It’s important not to enjoy one’s depression. Most of us can find ways of combatting those down-in-the-dump times. For me personally, nothing works better than getting out of the house and helping someone.

8) Keep on growing–by reading, listening, learning.

9) Stay active. The expression “use it or lose it” refers to muscle tone and to your brain’s powers.

10) Begin your days with prayer, and continue to speak to the Lord throughout your day.

When we asked Facebook friends how they manage to keep a youthful spirit, a hundred responses flooded the page, most saying some of the things above. But my buddy Jim Smith, a Sunday School teacher and longtime friend in our church here in metro New Orleans, left a paragraph worth setting in stone.

“Never retire. Always refire spiritually and physically. Act and think like you’re 35 when you’re 65. Laugh a lot. Buy a new house and finance it for 30 years. Make 5 and 10 year goals. Go to a rock concert every once in a while. Be the booking manager for a band. Hang out and be a friend to young people. Last but not least, swallow your gum.”

Yes, Jim does manage son Jake’s band. Oh, and we laugh at that last line, the one about swallowing your gum, because Jim is the “gum man” at church, handing out literally thousands of pieces of Trident gum over the decades. He is easily one of the coolest dudes (and the most positive!) I know. Margaret and I love him and Gail dearly.

Gomer Lesch, long retired from Southern Baptist’s “Lifeway Christian Resources” in Nashville, and now in his 90s, had this to say about his secret for staying young: “I don’t. I’m old and glad of it!”

I laughed at that, because I know Gomer. He is still as sharp as they come, still married to his first wife (he takes care of her), and he loves to laugh and be with happy people.

Which leads us to perhaps the most important point of all: We must choose joy.

I recall a book from a generation ago by the wonderful title, “Happiness is a choice.”

Everyone has reasons to worry and fret. No kidding, they do. Who among us has not awakened in the middle of the night with our spirits handing us a list of worries and concerns? If you care to, you can always be moping and weighted down by physical and financial matters, relationship problems, and fears about things that “might” happen.

But who wants to do that? Choose joy!

“This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118:4).

In short, if everything has to be just so before you rejoice, you’ll never do anything but worry and gripe.

Rejoice by faith, friend.

That’s the key to a thousand things, a “youthful spirit in old age” being one of them.

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IOWAGRAMMA 4/8/2014 5:46PM

    Ramona, this is great! Yep...truly believe that happiness is a choice and today I am choosing happiness! By the way, the Psalm 118:4 was in my readings for today! Thanks so much! Jeannie

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JILL313 4/8/2014 1:17AM

    Thanks for sharing this and it makes me feel so happy and blessed to still be enjoying life at age 67. . .God willing I hope to be here at least another 20 years. This message was so uplifting to me and just what I needed to read. I need to share it with a few Spark friends who are feeling down and out per today's friend fee. Yes, I also choose to be happen in spite of some recent downs in my life. God always makes me strong enough to get through the difficult times which makes the many more good times even more Joyful. Take good care.

Hugs & Love,

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2BDYNAMIC 4/7/2014 6:25AM

    I LOVE it!! .......... I am a Baby Boomer and so bringing up the rear ............. Oh gee-hope I don't get reported for saying that ........... emoticon Excellent blog ........ and yu share my sentiments wholly! emoticon

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    Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us.

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Starling Murmurations

Saturday, March 15, 2014

God's creation is awesome!


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LYNNWANNABE 3/28/2014 8:36PM

    I wish there was a way to show you my pictures.. I got to see this a couple of months ago.

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    emoticon thank you for sharing... I've signed up for his daily video emoticon

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PATRICIA-CR 3/17/2014 10:53AM

    emoticon "HOW WONDERFUL IS THAT!!"
emoticon Amazing in every possible way!

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GINA180847 3/16/2014 10:26PM

    I just can't put anything else on this computer but I get the idea.

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COLOR-BLUE 3/15/2014 11:18PM

    That was absolutely AMAZING!!! Talk about safety in numbers! God knew every little dip and turn the starlings would make and not one touched the other! To quote you, "AWESOME!"

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Do you remember when your mom used to tell you to chew your food 32 times before you swallow it?

Well, it turns out she wasn't doing that just to make you sit at the table longer, so she could spend more time with you...or just to irritate you.

Chewing your food for a long time has many good side effects...

Chewing your food into small particles before swallowing aids the digestion process. That's right! It turns out that your saliva actually starts the digestion process, as well as lubricating your food so it goes down more easily...
Ever swallow something that felt like it got stuck in your throat? LUBRICATION!

Chewing also helps your body absorb more nutrients from that food. What good does it do to eat that healthy raw veggie, if it doesn't get digested enough for those vitamins and minerals to do you any good?

Remember that time you gulped down your lunch because you had a meeting to prepare for?

Remember that painful, bloated belly you suffered with many hours afterward? That was your lunch staying in your intestines, basically souring because it was taking too long in the digestion process from lack of proper chewing.

Chewing properly even helps to strengthen and clean your teeth...causing less plaque buildup and tooth decay!

AND, the best benefits of all...

You really get to taste and enjoy your food while chewing. Each flavor has time to come into contact with your taste buds, allowing you to appreciate what you're eating.

You'll probably eat less (and lose weight) since your brain/stomach communication will have time to work properly. Remember, it takes about 20 minutes for those signals to register that you're full...so no more overeating!

Well, now you know! Eating slowly and chewing your food is very beneficial to your health and your figure!

Just don't go overboard like this guy...

I think he's taken his enjoyment a little too far...

So, sit back and enjoy every mouthful of that delicious food...and get healthy and satisfied while you're at it!

Here's a very good article on this subject:


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2BDYNAMIC 3/15/2014 11:25AM

    emoticon .......ah......... those daily reminders ......... we need to eat not like we are on our way to a fire!! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 3/15/2014 11:04AM

    Awesome blog...and great advice!! emoticon

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    emoticon for the reminder!

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GINA180847 3/14/2014 10:16PM

    That is a lot harder to do than one thinks.

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