100,000 or more SparkPoints
RAYLINSTEPHENS's Recent Blog Entries

2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is now officially closed :(

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I'm sorry, I left my blog the last 3-1/2 weeks so anyone wanting to could join the Fall Challenge. I learned today, the Challenge is officially closed now. Anyone that is interested may sparkmail me and I will keep your name for the Winter Challenge which will start either Dec or Jan.

The weeks since the Summer Challenge ended were rough for me. August hit me hard and heavy with hot & humid weather here in Mississippi. No excuses, just fact. So I am bouncing around - it happens. Life will always happen and quite often get in the "weigh" so all I can do is keep on trying.

My mother always told me I was the "most trying child" emoticon emoticon

9/07 - 124.0
9/08 - 123.8
9/09 - 124.2
9/10 - 124.0
9/11 - 125.2
9/12 - 124.6
9/13 - 124.4

9/14 - 125.9
9/15 - 126.6
9/16 - 125.7
9/17 - 124.6
9/18 - 124.6
9/19 - 124.6
9/20 -

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AALLEY2 9/15/2014 7:04PM

    emoticon ready as i'll ever be!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 9/13/2014 11:06PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 9/12/2014 12:33AM

    Funny I thought most trying child was my position !

Report Inappropriate Comment

The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It's time! The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!!

Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!!

There are many teams to choose from, all located in the Team Forum:

Any Team is Great!
Casual Travelers
Champions in the Kitchen
Determined Daisies
Shooting Stars
Spirited Underdogs
Teddy Bears
The Awesome A Team
Tiger Monarchs
Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters

Choose your team, it's first come-first served though so get your name posted for the team of your choice.

8/16 - 123.7
8/17 - 124.6
8/18 - 126.4 *uggers-was bad!*
8/19 - 124.9
8/20 - 123.9
8/21 - 123.6
8/22 - 123.7
8/23 - 124.1

8/24 - 123.9
8/25 - 124.4
8/26 - 124.8
8/27 - 126.0 - took a 2 day tracking break :(
8/28 - 126.2
8/29 - 125.5
8/30 - 127.2 = cannot eat until midnite ever again :(

8/31 - 126.4
9/01 - 125.6
90/2 - 125.2
9/03 - 124.3
9/04 - 124.8
9/05 - 124.6
9/06 - 124.1

9/07 - 124.0
9/08 - 123.8
9/09 - 124.2
9/10 - 124.0
9/11 - 125.2
9/12 -
9/13 -

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    emoticon CL for the emoticon IE's !! YEAH !


Report Inappropriate Comment
DBEAU57 8/17/2014 10:34PM

    I posted on the emoticon team!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 8/17/2014 3:54PM

    I've already stated my preference! Hope to be a CLOVERLEAF again! Also planning to do a much better job!!!
Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!!! (((HUGS)))

Report Inappropriate Comment
AALLEY2 8/17/2014 11:40AM

    emoticon I'm joining you! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

for Diane.....

Friday, August 15, 2014


enjoy them my awesome alpha leadah!

**P.S. I should explain, Diane is one Leader of the Spirited Underdogs team and we are forever looking for cute doggie pictures. The kitty one just caught me unawares and made me chuckle.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AALLEY2 8/18/2014 3:59PM

    Love the pics you found. It amazes me that the first one is really a dog! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DBEAU57 8/15/2014 11:31PM

    That SO looks like a loaf of bread! I was almost rolling on the floor with laughter when I realized it really was a dog!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    OH MY GOODNESS Linda !!! That "DOG LOAF" Is HYSTERICAL !!! Plz keep this in ur pics,,, for the next challenge,, I WAS gonna do pics of our Dawgs again,,, changing daily,,, but, instead I think it'd make us all LAUGH and ROAR (BARK ) US ONWARD towards VICTORY !! Than remind me of this,, we can weekly vote on which pic we liked the best !!!! WOOFF HOOOWLLLLING I AM !!


My blog today is rather serioius,,, for I am upset that Robin Williams didn't see himself "serious enough" to realize each person is very valuable to those who love,, ,know them,,,, see them,, even if just for a moment. I had also not thought so,, I also wsanted to die,,, I had made many attempts,,,,, than thru that got the help I needed. I am here,, and happy again cos of it. I am sooo grateful thru my tries,,,, I did NOT win that war of dying so quickly,,, young.

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 8/15/2014 10:02AM

    The kitties are cuter than ever, but that dogloaf is seriously convincing!! I'm so glad you posted this here for Diane, b/c I got to enjoy them too!! hehe
Hope you are having a super day!! (((HUGS)))

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/15/2014 9:56AM

    Got me, had to look twice before I realized it was a dog and not a loaf of bread.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/15/2014 8:49AM


Report Inappropriate Comment

I know, but it's ok. This too is part of my journey.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yes, I went way over today - but tomorrow is another day!

I've been fighting my weight for a few days now, ever since getting back to 122-ville, so this really is expected and will pass eventually.

The fact that I lost my lower partial and really don't have enough lower teeth to comfortably eat, plus if I eat solids where the partial will sit will really be awful as I tend to get sores from that and I have to be able to put the new partial in my mouth tomorrow - so I just said to my body, "have your way today because my meal plan will be coming back! Get it out of your system body, because, "I'll be back!"

Yes, it will be up again tomorrow, but as I say, my body is fighting me and right now I can afford to let it win.

Ultimately, I will win - I will get it back down - if not this week, then it will be in the 5% Fall Challenge!

I have the rest of my life to do this and I'm not planning on leaving this world anytime soon, lol. And if I should, G_d won't care if I'm 125 or 120, and no one else matters.

P.S. I wrote this blog partly because I am embarrassed to log the weight going up but it's important for me and anyone reading this to remember, life is going to happen. I can only live ONE day at a time. I have no regrets even when I slip and slide.

8/9 - 123.0
8/10 - 124.0
8/11 - 124.7
8/12 - 124.9
8/13 - 124.1
8/14 - 124.9
8/15 - 124.8
8/16 - 123.7
8/17 - 124.6

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THROOPER62 8/18/2014 6:04PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
AALLEY2 8/18/2014 4:01PM

    emoticon hope you are back on track. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DONNABRIGHT 8/13/2014 9:07AM

    Very well said - thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 8/12/2014 7:30PM

    NO worries, Linda!! Life happens, but what would we be if we didn't have life? We'd be dead! LOL! Celebrate life! Even if the scale is not kind one day or another. You're doing great staying in your maintenance range!!! And your teeth ( or lack thereof) just don't care, I guess, but you're right as rain, now, right? (just realized you wrote this yesterday so the tomorrow mentioned would be today!) hehe
Keep up the great work, my friend!! The scale will be kinder in another day or two!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHERIRIDDELL 8/11/2014 11:58PM

    I don't think it is serious to change things for one day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DBEAU57 8/11/2014 9:11PM

    Ouch! I'm afraid my husband will soon be dealing with a partial. He has a lot of dental problems going on and lost 2 crowns (those will probably need implants now). He is having difficulty eating meat and anything hard.

I'm adding you to my prayers, Linda.


Report Inappropriate Comment
KEEPITUP62 8/11/2014 7:49PM

    You'll be back on track tomorrow and hope the new partial works out for you

Susan emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/11/2014 7:45PM

    I tended to "swallow my food whole" when I first got my dentures. It was just easier. But I found that leads to overeating big time so I make a conscious effort to chew. And yes, it is better to not have sores to contend with tomorrow.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Almost Waffles!

Friday, August 01, 2014

I got snacky yesterday after having to shop for a new fridge - we did great BTW!

So, I had bought frozen waffles for the family (reunion) but have you seen the calorie count on a frozen waffle?!

I found Rice Cakes - the highest calorie count on a rice cake is 50 calories, the lowest I've found to be 35 - so far.

I took 2 Rice Cakes - one Buttered Pop Corn - 35 cal, the other White Cheddar - 45 cal
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Spread (Fleishmann) and divided it among the 2 cakes
1 Tablespoon Sugar-Free Syrup 5-9 calories depending on brand
(Smuckers & Mrs Butterworth = 5 cal per TBL, Walmart = 9 per TBL)

**I only used one tsp on each but I counted the full Tablespoon just in case!

I put them both into my toaster oven and let them toast.

OMG! Delish! recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai

and only 179 calories for both of them, even if I used the 50 calorie rice cakes!
Obviously 1 cake would be half the calories!

The toasting actually makes them taste even better!!

8/2 - 123.9
8/3 - 124.1
8/4 - 124.2
8/5 - 122.9
8/6 - 122.7
8/7 - 123.0
8/8 - 122.7
8/9 - 123.0 - celebrated 28th anniversary!
8/10 - 124.0 - *sigh* but it was worth it!
8/11 - 124.7 - just munchie yesterday

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    hmm Linda,, I had NEVER THOUGHT of toasting them. My fav is the POP CORN one,,, YUMMY !! its sooo good,,,, for I ADORE pop corn,, but HATE the way it sticks in my teeth ! So tis is perfect .

Glad you found the recipe which replaces a Frozen waffle,, I do the gluten free,, so the flour isn't a WHITE one,, and thereforth its not "as junky" and YUMMY !! but, I also Prefer,, a frozen pancake,,, for I can NOT for the LIFE of me,, LOL make them. Oh my Goodness.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRON_RESOLVE 8/1/2014 11:12PM

    ok, now that's inventive. I am going to have to be more inventive. I do love the whole grain (but expensive natural ones) I found I could blend oats in the blender, mix with a bit of rice flour, and they taste all nutty and delish. But I cannot live without natural pure maple syrup the times when I do crave and eat waffle or pancake. maybe twice a year.
way to go
Now I see why you are doing so well!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/1/2014 11:06PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
GRAMMYX7 8/1/2014 10:36PM

    Sounds good. I will have to try this. Thank you

Report Inappropriate Comment
IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/1/2014 11:26AM

    I make my own waffles and freeze them and I can have them when ever I want one. My recipe use 7up, so I use the diet 7up and cut the cals. in half, cause they have no sugar. I just take them out of the freezer and pop them in the toaster and wahlah there you go,

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 8/1/2014 11:10AM

    Way to go!! Sounds interesting! (((HUGS)))

Report Inappropriate Comment

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 Last Page