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23 days and still counting down to T-day!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

My calorie banking is going very well! I am averaging about 300 calories deficit daily! Thursday we must go out to lunch with Ray's oldest sister who will be 92! I will be down at 120 and maybe 119 for Thursday and then just wait for the damage to be seen on Friday.

Fried Turkey sounds so greasy but I was surprised and delighted last year when I tasted it and it was moist and succulent! And the skin was totally edible! Incredible!!

A friend is going to fry our bird for us this year but I have purchased a fryer to try whole chickens!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/4/2009 2:23PM

    Careful Sweetie!!

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MARTY19 11/4/2009 6:45AM

    I agreee with Elizabeth. Too low and you won't be able to give platelets again.

Hugs,
Marty

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MEADSBAY 11/3/2009 9:24PM

    Better be careful, Linda, or you'll lose too much weight! emoticon
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T day in just 24 more...

Monday, November 02, 2009

I am practicing "calorie banking" for the meals I know I will be eating.

I am hoping to stay around 120 for the entire month and we're starting this Thursday with a Birthday Lunch out with family. Ray's oldest sister will be 92!!

I am not planning on many desserts for Thanksgiving, but we are having Fried Turkey and I will indulge in the skin!
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MESSENE 11/3/2009 6:15PM

    emoticonmmmmm yum! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm sure it will be tiny pieces. emoticon emoticon

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STEPHANIE0904 11/3/2009 6:02PM

    Oh yum!!! Enjoy. I plan on just watching what I eat through the holidays. I'm sure I will indulge here and there but the other days I will be eating lighter and very healthy. I'm sure I'll pick up a pound or two but I get on the scale every couple of days and hopefully that will keep me in line.

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EILAROSE1 11/3/2009 9:20AM

    Fried turkey never had it, don't forget to send me some emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/2/2009 9:36PM

    I bet fried turkey is delish but I always wonder if people pay more for the oil than the bird!?
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JERSEYGIRL24 11/2/2009 5:22PM

    DH has been threatening to fry a turkey for T-Day. I would actually like to try it. He already brines it before roasting it, and I think it makes a difference.

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MARTY19 11/2/2009 5:16PM

    Sounds yummy! I've never had fried turkey.

Marty

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DHOLLOWAY60 11/2/2009 3:40PM

    Sounds yummy.
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GONE2BEACH101 11/2/2009 3:07PM

    Luckily...it will just be the 3 of us and I have control of the foods and baking!! I can do 'low cal/low fat and we can spread the treats out over a few days instead of just on Thanksgiving Day....Honestly, it is my very favorite holiday!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/2/2009 2:34PM

    Great goals Linda!!! I'm trying to lose up until the holidays and then if I maintain during the holidays, I'll be happy. I'm going to practice "tasting" instead of all out "inhaling" food!! LOL I want to keep reminding myself that these are not my LAST meals.

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MSCANDICE25 11/2/2009 1:45PM

    YUMMY!! I cant wait for t-day But a little uneasy at the same time but will see when we get there I do know that i will be eating ham and a little turkey side un sure

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FINDINGREALME 11/2/2009 12:57PM

    Yum...fried turkey skin! Excellent...plan to succeed!!

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25 and counting down...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

to Thanksgiving!

Are you ready for the challenge of the feast??

  
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MARTY19 11/2/2009 5:15PM

    I'm ready but I don't know yet whether I am going to NH

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/2/2009 11:42AM

    Probably my biggest challenge of the year. But I really believe that I have been changing my mentality and that I can do it!!!

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STEPHANIE0904 11/2/2009 9:47AM

    I can do it!!!

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MSLZZY 11/2/2009 7:07AM

    My youngest daughter hosts Thanksgiving and we all bring a salad or dessert! Less stress for her! The month will go quickly!

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MARTY19 11/2/2009 6:44AM

    I'm not sure if I will be going to NH for that weekend. If I don't it won't be a challenge.

Hugs,
Marty

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MONGO2TEN 11/2/2009 6:28AM

    Getting my menu all ready. Hubby and I worked on it this morning. I don't worry about what I eat on Thanksgiving, I just make sure that I track the very next day after that. It's worked well for me.

~Nancy

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EILAROSE1 11/2/2009 4:22AM

    We can do it!!!!

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_VALEO_ 11/2/2009 3:16AM

    Like Emma, we don't celebrate it over here!

Good luck to those who'll celebrate it with their family!

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EMMABE1 11/1/2009 11:08PM

    Yes - Thanksgiving isn't a bother to me!! LOL!!
We don't celebrate it in Australia!!

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CICI510 11/1/2009 9:27PM

    Good gosh is it coming quick! I think I need to start planning my fight against all that yummy food! LOL

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PMFISH 11/1/2009 8:50PM

    Where has this year gone? This year should be interesting, I have a Polish family living with me and my daughter is coming to visit. What will Thanksgiving dinner look like? I have no idea, just know I will not be cooking.

Pat

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MEADSBAY 11/1/2009 8:42PM

    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.
Yes, I am ready.
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Avoid the Fiendish Chocolate Ghoul!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Today is Halloween and many of us are going to be exposed to all manner of candies and treats.

Just do the best you can. Tomorrow is another day.

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MEADSBAY 11/1/2009 8:40PM

    I am sosososososo happy to be beyond that Halloween candy stage of life!

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JERSEYGIRL24 11/1/2009 11:32AM

    Fortunately, Halloween is not a big holiday for me at all. I am also fortunate that I live in a neighborhood where there are not a lot of houses, and we have not had trick or treaters for years. Even my own kids went to other neighborhoods for trick or treating when they were of that age. I have not bought Halloween candy for two years since I have been on Spark People and since my son, who could afford to eat the candy, has not been home. I thought we might get some kids this year with it being a Saturday, but we did not. I had some coins to give out and we do have some candy at home for us (I try to avoid it at all costs, not always successfully) which we could have used.

Now on to Thanksgiving. In contrast, that is a huge holiday for us and will present a challenge.

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MARTY19 11/1/2009 8:28AM

    I didn't have one piece of candy - not one. I'm feeling god about that. Now if only the rest of the upcoming holidays go as well.

Hugs,
Marty

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EMMABE1 11/1/2009 1:43AM

    So true - good advice.


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SUPREME5 11/1/2009 12:56AM

    right on

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Who I am.

Friday, October 23, 2009

I was recently asked my profession. I haven't done anything glamorous, just working for a living.

Short version, I have done keypunch for Merrill Lynch, clerical work for Prudential, factory work in Penn where I was a closer on ladies garments (I learned to sew on a machine with a cutting knife), librarian - in other words, I did humble but honest work wherever I lived.

In New York City I started with Merrill Lynch and then the Phone Company, Texaco and finally Prudential Ins where I stayed for 7 years. When I moved to Penn in 1978 for my mother it was factory work (10 years) since that was what was available and I met my DH in 1985 (he had been widowed 5 months earlier) and we married in 1986 and it was his dream to return to his birthplace, Sumrall Mississippi where I volunteered at the local elementary school and finally got on at the public library where I worked for 7 years.

My DH was 63 at the time to my 33 but other than age we are almost identical in nature and it was an immediate bonding for both of us. I am truly blessed to have found my soul-mate and to have been able to recognize it! I shudder at the thought I almost turned him loose just because of age. 3 days into our relationship I knew he was the man in my life! 13 months later we married. When he turned 75 he decided he wanted me home so I am no longer employed. I love my status as an hw (housewife) but I am not meticulous in cleaning, preferring playing on my computer to the daily doldrums of cleaning and I spend a lot of time running around with DH. We have a golfcart and live on a "Rails to Trails" www.mylongleaftrace.com/ and www.traillink.net/ViewTrail.aspx?Acc
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and this is where I do 99% of my daily walking.

On Mar 27, 2008 I awoke and weighed 210 and said to myself, "no more." 16 months later I awoke on July 23, 2009 and weighed 120 and said to myself, "at last!"

And that is who I am. It hasn't been a glamorous life, but I found myself along the way and I have contentment.

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Love,
Linda

**I neglected to mention I assist my dad in his daily living. My mother passed away Jan 1, 2004 and we almost lost dad twice the same month. I moved him to my property Dec 2007 when he stopped eating and he is doing much better. Feb 2009 he had to go onto Kidney Dialysis but he is doing remarkably well now. We purchased a new mobile home for him and he loves his independence! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 10/28/2009 12:27PM

    Linda,
I think this is my all time favorite blog.

Thanks for sharing
Very interesting to say the least.

You have always been the inSPiration
Glad you found your Soul mate too.

Enjoy the rest of your journey.
We only get one chance at this thing called life.



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GOIN4GR8 10/27/2009 11:49PM

    Thanks for sharing, Linda. And the comment you left me yesterday made SO much sense (as always) ... I love the way you look at things.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Laurie

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/26/2009 6:18PM

    Linda,

I really enjoyed reading about you. Except for the fact that my DH is only 2 years older than me, our stories are similar in some ways. Down to Prudential. I worked there for 19 years starting in 1977. I started in Newark, and then my office moved to Roseland, NJ. Anyway, I would love to compare more stories with you sometime. I am glad that you found your soul mate and that the two of you are so happy.

Hugs,


Lesl
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LINDA! 10/25/2009 7:53PM

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. Lucky you! You found your soul mate and happiness. I am praying for your DH's health and your dad's as well. emoticon

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GONE2BEACH101 10/25/2009 8:54AM

    Linda...love this blog!! Thanks for all the encouragement you give to others and for sharing your story!!

I am sooooo glad your Dad is doing so well!! My dad passed 18 mos after my mom...broken hearted...

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STEPHANIE0904 10/23/2009 9:44PM

    Give me simple and happy over glamorous any day of the week - you've got it and I'm happy for you!!!! Thanks for sharing part of your love story with us.

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REDGRAMA 10/23/2009 9:07PM

    Dear Linda, Thank you for letting us in on SOME VERY PRIVATE
MATTERS. I'm SOOOO GLAD WE MET, AND PROUD TO CALL YOU FRIEND.

Good luck & God Bless now & ALWAYS.
Hugs Nancy.

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SUPREME5 10/23/2009 8:48PM

    thank you fr this log showesyou can lose no mater wht you do in lie its just hesame e allllllllhave to work it


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MESSENE 10/23/2009 3:47PM

    Linda, Your wonderful to have as a friend!!!I love this blog too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/23/2009 3:07PM

    I'm happy for you!

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BOOKWORM100 10/23/2009 2:22PM

    emoticon Cheers to finding happiness and contentment!! Thanks for sharing more about yourself, Linda.

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MEADSBAY 10/23/2009 12:36PM

    Linda,
thank you for letting us have a peek into your wonderful,interesting and happy life.
You are an amazing woman and so full of wit and wisdom.
xoxoxo
elizabeth
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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/23/2009 11:26AM

    This is a personal success story! What is more glamorous than happiness???
Many celebrities would envy your life. Your writing is infused with the energy of your peace and contentment and is always a joy to read. Thank you for sharing! :) Janet

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GRALLEN 10/23/2009 10:37AM

    I'm like you in that I don't do glamorous work like being a doctor or a lawyer (if being a lawyer can be considered glamorous hehehe). I've done clerical work mostly in the construction or housing business. My husband is older then me but by only 4 years. It was interesting learning more about you in this blog. Thanks for sharing.

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FINDINGREALME 10/23/2009 10:24AM

    Linda,

You have found happiness and love -- who cares if the life was or wasn't glamorous. Not to mention that you set a very ambitious personal goal for yourself and met that goal! To have such personal success plus the love of your soul mate, family and friends means that you are truly blessed.

My hope is that all of us will someday join there!

Congrats on navigating through this difficult journey and coming out a winner!!

Beth

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EILAROSE1 10/23/2009 10:20AM

    What a beautiful blog !!!!

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MSCANDICE25 10/23/2009 9:50AM

    Love this this just goes to show that you dont have to be a big time show out and have all the riches and glory to be happy!! In my eyes I belive that people who are simple and just love life are the happiest people around and I would have to say you are one of them and you are right about the age that dont matter as long as the two people are happy with each other and I love that this is who you are!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/23/2009 8:43AM

    Linda, your story is beautiful. There's no need for glamor unless you desire it. True love and happiness are all that matters!

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_VALEO_ 10/23/2009 8:20AM

    I don't think a life should be "glamourous" to be a success; anyhow, I'm not at all a careerist, and place my values elsewehre.
You made the choices you wanted for your life, you know who you are and what you want, and found true love and hapiness on the way.
That's indeed a great life to me.

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JAE_HENNINGTON 10/23/2009 7:27AM

  I only wish for me the answer was so easy, I sometimes think I know who I am, but then things change, I don't know anymore.. I am happy for you

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MSLZZY 10/23/2009 7:22AM

    Your life-your choice! Nothing wrong there. I'd say you chose wisely! Being content in today's world says it all! emoticon
Congratulations for all your victories! You are an inspiration!

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MARTY19 10/23/2009 7:04AM

    You have been blessed in so many ways. You have found your soulmate which is so rare in this day and age. You have been engaged in honest labor which you enjoyed. You are now home which must be a pleasure. (I feel envious) And you have reached your ideal weight. It doesn't get much better than that.

Love you,
Marty

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DAWNWINS 10/23/2009 6:50AM

    Great story, I enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing. Have a good weekend!
Dawn

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