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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The 2015 Winter Challenge Community is open for sign ups. Please let your friends know.

Upon joining, please read the sticky topics. You may have read the FAQ before, but please read it again as a refresher of the Challenge Rules.

Have fun and good luck!

Here is the link.
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i ndividual.asp?gid=64012

12/13 - 127.8
12/14 - 126.8
12/15 - 126.7
12/16 - 126.3
12/17 - 126.8
12/18 - 126.4
12/19 - 126.9
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GOULDSGRANITE 12/18/2014 12:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy Holidays! emoticon to the Winter Challenge! emoticon

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JEB03253 12/15/2014 7:41AM

    Good reminder and I love your seasonal reindeer!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/15/2014 1:29AM

    I love the reindeer on your page !

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KSNANA2 12/14/2014 11:18PM

    Thank you for the invite! What do they do in these? I have never joined one before and have absolutely no idea what would be involved. I would hate to join and then find it required more time than I can give it. emoticon

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Yes! But it was worth it! Totally!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed myself on Thanksgiving and actually planned to eat as much as I did. I knew ahead of time that I would be way over on my daily allowance and didn't care - I just made sure the calories were worth it.

OMG! They certainly were worth it!!

11/27 - 125.6
11/28 - 127.1
11/29 - 126.3
11/30 - 125.5
12/01 - 125.1
12/02 - 125.4
12/03 - 124.3
12/04 - 124.7
12/05 - 124.8
12/06 - 126.4 (not my fault - the pie was calling so loudly!)
12/07 - 125.3
12/08 - 126.6
12/09 - 125.6
12/10 - 125.9
12/11 - 127.6
12/12 - 126.0
12/13 - 127.8
12/14 - 126.8

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MSGRANNYMAE 12/7/2014 10:44AM


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CHERIRIDDELL 11/30/2014 1:03AM

    That is the way to do it!

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PUGLOVER1999 11/30/2014 12:44AM

    Great job, my friend! Keep up the good work!

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I ate a little of everything (except one of three desserts) and my weight was down this morning from what it was Thanksgivng morning. It feels so good to know it's possible to enjoy a feast without eating those 4500 calories the average American eats on Thanksgiving!


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DJ4HEALTH 11/29/2014 11:57PM


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IMUSTLOSEIT1 11/29/2014 8:10PM

    good recovery

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OLDERDANDRT 11/29/2014 6:13PM

    I am soooo glad you had a most Happy Thanksgiving!!!! You did well!
Now, join me, my friend!! Back up on the wagon!! hehe Have a super weekend, Linda!! (((HUGS)))

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/29/2014 5:34PM

    Wow Linda! Hat's off to the scale! You Rock! Happy Day! We had a splendid two days with our family and friends. I ate well, limited myself on desserts, no alcohol and loved every minute!!! Way to have a sparkling Day, Linda! awesome!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2014 5:08PM

    Have to live life. And you're already shedding it again. Awesome!

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MSLZZY 11/29/2014 3:25PM


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Not my dog - just came in an email today! It is silly, but seemed "appropriate" anyway.
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MSLZZY 11/28/2014 11:20PM


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CHERIRIDDELL 11/28/2014 12:43AM

    I love it ! Happy Thanksgiving!

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MSGRANNYMAE 11/27/2014 12:44PM

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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OLDERDANDRT 11/27/2014 11:22AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, sweetie!! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 11/27/2014 10:01AM

    Wonder what the dog thinks.

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KESTRYLL 11/27/2014 8:45AM

    Love it, Happy Thanksgiving

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I've been fighting a losing binge-battle but I will never give up!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Not sure if it is worry, boredom, depression - but I have been "remiss" with my program of late.

I hesitate to mention it because I don't want to cause anyone else to have problems - winter is coming and it is instinctive for me to "put on fat to stay warm!"

I will win this battle - I just have learned to be patient with myself and not expect perfection. Actually, I refuse perfection because I am not perfect and never was.

Part of my maintenance program is to continue to enjoy life and all it has to offer.
I am not the one to empty my closets of junk food - they too serve a purpose, at least for me they do. Life without junk is not in the cards for me.

Moderation is a word I am trying to learn to live by.

This too shall pass.

11/22 - 125.2
11/23 - 126.7
11/24 - 126.8
11/25 - 126.0
11/26 - 125.9
11/27 - 125.6
11/28 - 127.1
11/29 - 126.3

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MSLZZY 11/26/2014 9:22AM

    I can relate to this. Change of seasons and heading into winter, family issues, health issues for DH, too much going on. I try each day and will do so again today. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. (Can you tell I am behind in my email? LOL!)

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PUGLOVER1999 11/26/2014 12:46AM

    After I had tried to encourage you yesterday, I BINGED! My trigger is fatigue; I was sleep deprived.

I have been thinking about you and want to share a little picture I copied from someone's blog. It made me feel better and feeling better made me more positive and got me to a better place today. If I can figure out how to share it with you, I will!

Is today your birthday? I see that some have sent you greetings! I did not know! I am going to send you a cupcake or something ... just in case it is!

You are such a good example! You are not not the only one who is not perfect ... NO ONE IS! How boring it would be to be around someone who was, if it were possible!

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SHARJOPAUL 11/25/2014 3:03PM

    As long as you're still fighting youare winning!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 8:40AM

    ((((HUGS)))) Believe me, the short days cause all kinds of challenges w/the hunger hormones (ghrelin - I'm hungry; leptin - I'm full ---- too much ghrelin, not enough leptin). Have you though about trying the SAD light? It helps me.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/24/2014 11:32PM

    Moderation is the word and you are positively brilliant.I find you to be an inspiration to all of us. You keep on learning new curves you are a great role model , we all have little blips where we are not feeling top of our game but we come back raring to go!

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/24/2014 10:00PM

    Woo Hoo to all in moderation. You can do this thing! Keep pressing on Linda! You are awesome.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 11/24/2014 11:33AM

    When it goes from fall to winter I think all of us in the 4 seasons areas have a problem gaining. We go from being active to sitting inside keeping warm. But we can't give up, we just have to buckle down and instead of having those 2 cookies we need to settle for 1. That is the only way. And if I was you, I wouldn't weigh everyday, it just make you beat yourself up and doesn't do anyone any good. Good luck, and I need to take my own advice, except I only weigh once a week no matter what.

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JIMA64 11/24/2014 10:54AM

    I think it happens to all of us. You have to recognize and accept that it is happening asap and start a new day

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OLDERDANDRT 11/24/2014 10:45AM

    Ok, sweetie. Shall we call you Lancelot or Gallahad b/c you're a fighter!! You Go girl!! I've gotten pretty good most of the time of being able to have "no-no's" in the house and not touch them. The DH & DS usually get them gone before I have a notion to get into them!
I'm just very glad to hear you say you will "never give up!" I am here for you any time you need a pep talk, Linda and I know you are here for me as well! We can hold each other's virtual hands as we get on with our journeys of keeping on the healthy lifestyle path!!
Love ya!! Stay safe and warm and "on the wagon" ( so to speak)!! (((HUGS)))

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My Ray - this is long but

Friday, November 14, 2014

Everything went super-great! They did the Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) first and checked the valve and it definitely will not open the way it should (as expected). That went well and they next did the Heart Catheterization (through the Femoral Artery in the leg) and I believe he said 3 arteries are 30% but I was so relieved he lived through the procedure that I didn't ask questions the way I normally would. Dr. Smith said it was expected and better than hoped for. I can also tell you that Dr. Smith said his heart was stronger than they hoped for! Awesome!!

(You wouldn't know it but my Mother passed when she got her one and only Heart Catheterization as it caused a massive stroke. She was dead in hours.)

This was Step One and he passed it! He lived!!

Step Two is to be seen by 2 Heart Surgeons and to be turned down for traditional Open-Heart Surgery so he could then be a candidate for the procedure known as TAVR. He sees the first one on Dec 1.

Dr. Smith said everything now goes to the committee to evaluate his candidacy for this TAVR and they really want him to be one of the first 6 to receive it at Forrest General Hospital. I asked that question to make sure we are seeing it right and they definitely are pushing for him to be one of the first 6. It would take his life expectancy from 2 years to past age 100!

Just in case you don't know, 3 would receive the new valve through the Femoral Artery and 3 will receive it through an incision between the ribs. Believe it or not, through the Femoral Artery is the least invasive and faster healing but it all depends on the width of the artery and the size of the valve. After he is turned down by 2 heart surgeons he will get a CT-Scan to measure the artery and valve. If all continues and he is turned down by surgeons and accepted by the committee, the surgery is expected to be in late January or early February.

This is the first time this will be done at Forrest General Hospital! It will be the top 2 Heart Surgeons, the top 2 Cardiologists and a special team from Europe! This would definitely be his best chance for success! The "dream team" of doctors has to go to a special "class" in Atlanta to prepare for this surgery.

One day at a time.

P.S. I gained 3 lbs in 3 days from stress-eating but today back to 125 so life can continue, lol.

P.P.S. Ray is 93!

11/12 - 125.1
11/13 - 127.8
11/14 - 125.6
11/15 - 124.9
11/16 - 125.9
11/17 - 124.8
11/18 - 125.0
11/19 - 125.1
11/20 - 124.9
11/21 - 125.0
11/22 - 125.2

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SOPHIADARE 11/23/2014 8:27AM

    I'm praying for you and Ray, Linda, and glad to see that you are back on the internet.

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PUGLOVER1999 11/21/2014 12:50AM

    I have been praying for Ray AND you!

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JASSYONE1 11/20/2014 6:17PM

  So sorry to hear about Ray didn't know he wasn't doing well

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GOULDSGRANITE 11/15/2014 1:00AM

    Thoughts and prayers are coming your way Linda. I am so hoping he will get the surgery he needs. Again, my thoughts and prayers to you.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/15/2014 12:08AM

    I will be remembering him in my prayers !

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DBEAU57 11/14/2014 10:42PM

    You're a terrific cheerleader for Ray! Stay positive and know he is being watched over by his Guardian Angel!

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MSLZZY 11/14/2014 9:54AM

    So glad the procedures went well and hoping that he is accepted for the TAVR, if that is what it will take to make him better. Fingers crossed and praying for both of you! HUGS!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/14/2014 9:53AM

    I'm so happy things are going so well so far! Prayers continuing for all to go immensely well for him! And for you, dear friend!! Keep yourself healthy and remember, so take care of a loved one, you first need to be in great shape, so let that be your reason for thinking of yourself and doing what you know is right! You Can do it! Ray needs you to be at your best! As I said, prayers for y'all!! Have a great day!! (((HUGS)))

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 11/14/2014 9:47AM

    Hoping he will have the surgery with his Dream Team.

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/14/2014 9:07AM

    Wow Linda. That is quite a relief to know Ray has done so well, and on top of that, he is now considered a candidate with such an amazing team of Dr.s New Medicine truly is amazing. That Ray is 93, is already amazing enough. Wow, is all I can say to all of this.
Now we wait and see.
Thanks for posting and keeping us up to date on Ray.
He is lucky to have his Nurse Nightingale

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