RAYLINSTEPHENS   176,449
SparkPoints
100,000 or more SparkPoints
 
 
RAYLINSTEPHENS's Recent Blog Entries

When is it my turn?

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Memory-Jane might as well have called her blog, "When is it my turn?"
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415634


I know many of you have wondered this same thing - so have I on occasion - we get and we get but sometimes we must give back too.

Please find time to give a hug or a kind word to another member asking, "when is it my turn to feel loved?"

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415634


It will only take a minute or three out of your day - but it will mean so much to one that is hurting so much.

Love y'all,
Linda

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARTY728 8/16/2011 5:09PM

    Done. Bless you for your good deed!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SOULOFADANCER 8/12/2011 9:12PM

    You are such a great sparkler!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DEBBIEDAY 8/12/2011 7:12AM

    DONE and a huge emoticon to you as well this morning!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEENY_BIKINI 8/12/2011 6:59AM

    Done. Thanks.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/11/2011 11:19PM

    Thanks for always sharing the journey with us & for reaching out to so many. You truly are a SPARKTACULAR friend to us all! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANDMACOO 8/11/2011 3:57AM

    Linda -
Thanks for always finding those who need help and bringing their blogs to our attention. You are emoticon

Love -
Pam

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANNYSUE9 8/10/2011 11:54AM

    You are an awesome person! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Sue

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/10/2011 10:31AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MIKAEELA 8/10/2011 9:00AM

    You're a SparkAngel!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPOKENWORD 8/10/2011 8:26AM

    Thanks for sharing! Will respond accordingly!

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZABETT 8/10/2011 8:08AM

    Keep spreading your message of caring and love...Linda. We need you. emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ESILBO 8/9/2011 10:25PM

    THANK YOU FOR LETTING US KNOW...YOU ARE MY HERO IN MORE THAN ONE WAY
HUGS
LISE

Report Inappropriate Comment
ERTSMOM 8/9/2011 9:53PM

    Thanks for the friendly reminder that it's always good to give back!
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOTTIEJANE1 8/9/2011 8:31PM

    Thanks for letting us know

Report Inappropriate Comment
TUDI4480 8/9/2011 6:13PM

    Thanks for sharing the link. You make a real and positive difference in the lives you touch. Thanks also for the new pair of shoes. I am so looking forward to our Walk to Rivendell and beyond...again! I'm not sure how many times you've gone to Parth Galen up to now, but, I know we are both on the same path together.

As always, Enjoy the journey!

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 8/9/2011 6:11PM

    Thank you for telling us she needs our support!
emoticon
Julee

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 8/9/2011 5:47PM

    You are a shinning example of what Spark people is. You are kind, loving and always responsive to the needs of others.


Love you,
Marty

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 8/9/2011 5:33PM

    You epitomize the essence of what it is to be a *great* sparker.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/9/2011 5:04PM

    Thanks for the heads-up! Everyone needs to feel loved! HUGS!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEPH1 8/9/2011 5:02PM

    Already there Linda!!
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
REBECCAMA 8/9/2011 4:55PM

  You are a good one to be leading us to this Sparkie who needs support. I came here because I thought YOU needed support and I was surprised, but I will follow this link and see how she is doing. Thank you!

Comment edited on: 8/9/2011 4:56:25 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY1JESS 8/9/2011 4:41PM

    Thank you for letting me know about a Sparkie in need of emoticon!

You are a great person for forwarding this to us all!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 8/9/2011 4:25PM

    done Linda thanks for the heads up emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JACOBY46 8/9/2011 4:25PM

  emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Another Sparkie asking for Prayers, please.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

TIME2BLOOM4ME is asking for Urgent Prayers for her DH.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4410516


If you can, please show her we care.

Thank you,
Linda

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DOTTIEJANE1 8/8/2011 3:56PM

    Have posted on her blog .THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 8/7/2011 6:34PM

    Prayers on their way.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TEENY_BIKINI 8/7/2011 5:24PM

    Will do.

Report Inappropriate Comment
READINGDOC 8/7/2011 2:52PM

    You have my prayers for as long as you need.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PATTYSPENCER 8/7/2011 10:01AM

    Left a message on her page.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/7/2011 7:52AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ERTSMOM 8/6/2011 10:22PM

    Will do. Thanks for sharing the neeed!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANDREWS_MOM 8/6/2011 7:46PM

    posting now

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEXGAL1 8/6/2011 6:44PM

    will do. thanks for posting.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 8/6/2011 6:18PM

    I went to her blog.

Marty

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/6/2011 5:33PM

    done..have posted on her blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 8/6/2011 2:54PM

    have already posted Linda, but it's kind of you to rally support emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY1JESS 8/6/2011 2:54PM

    Thank you for letting us know. I gave her a little comment on her blog.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HUNGRYWOMAN2 8/6/2011 2:05PM

    She is very blessed to have caring friends such as you. I will definitely send them my prayers. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KITKATSGRACE 8/6/2011 1:49PM

    Keeping them in my prayers.

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKWITME 8/6/2011 1:48PM

    i have already posted

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRANNYSUE9 8/6/2011 1:36PM

    Have already posted a comment on her blog. Will keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

Report Inappropriate Comment
1BEARWIFE 8/6/2011 1:06PM

    Prayers are on the way! I'll let her know.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JOANOFSPARK 8/6/2011 12:51PM

    will do........thanks for letting us know....

emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


How many grams in a portion of ___

Monday, August 01, 2011

Right now we are having a freggies challenge in the 5% Challenge Spark Team.

Right now we have fresh cucumbers!

I googled, "how many grams in a portion of cucumbers" and came up with several hits, the best one having a calculator that can also be downloaded!

You can look on the USDA website and see how many grams they reckon a cup would hold of most foods:
www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/searc
h/


or download it to use when not online:
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?d
ocid=5720


It's not perfect - didn't work for my figs -
but it works for pineapple, strawberries, tomatoes and cucumbers
BTW, cucumbers with peel, 1/2 cup = 52 grams.

Now you know where all my freggie portions are coming from - and I omitted 2 yesterday when I posted 15 instead of 17.
emoticon emoticon emoticon

This is the food scale I am using for 2 years now and loving it!
www.oxo.com/p-501-food-scale-with-pu
ll-out-display.aspx

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BARNABABY1 8/4/2011 1:24AM

    This is exactly what I needed!!!! Thank you so much for blogging this emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVNFITNHAPPY 8/3/2011 6:39PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda!
I have found my food scale to be indispensable!

Report Inappropriate Comment
REBELBLITZ 8/3/2011 2:05PM

    I have enjoyed reading your blogs and your journey to a healthy weight. You look amazing.

I like the link to the scale too. I don't have one, but I do measure with cups and bowls. Maybe I need to invest in a scale too. Move over counter space!

Cheryl emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CRAZYDOGLADYBO 8/3/2011 12:07PM

    I have been guessing at my freggie count, but I eat a lot of them.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 8/3/2011 11:46AM

    thanks for sharing Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESTINYE 8/2/2011 10:44AM

    That is a lot of cucumber lol!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERRY257 8/1/2011 11:01PM

    Thanks! I have never measured cucumbers. I will give it a try. I really like your scale. Mine is red and very well used!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHARON6612 8/1/2011 10:22PM

    Thanks, Linda. As always - you are a fantastic source of great information.


Report Inappropriate Comment
LIZABETT 8/1/2011 7:37PM

    Thanks for helpful blog, Linda. My little digital scale can't compare to yours, but it works okay...measures ounces and grams. I do love Freggies and try to eat as many as possible.
I'm so proud of your accomplishments and all you do to keep healthy and fit. You are an inspiration and encouragement to me.
emoticon Liz

Report Inappropriate Comment
MSLZZY 8/1/2011 6:01PM

    Good informational sites! Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEPH1 8/1/2011 5:40PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda ...Great site
I also use a food scale .
Hugs Susie

Report Inappropriate Comment
ERTSMOM 8/1/2011 2:52PM

    Thanks for the great information - I, too, use a food scale (though not as fancy as yours).

Report Inappropriate Comment
WEEZYB7881 8/1/2011 1:41PM

    thanks for sharing, Linda. the site is great

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 8/1/2011 12:04PM

    That's great. I just wish I could eat asmany freggies as you do. LOL! You have me beat.

Love you,
Marty

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERMANIRISHGIRL 8/1/2011 11:19AM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
1BEARWIFE 8/1/2011 11:14AM

    You just proved that we continue to learn new things on Spark!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
IRENESH 8/1/2011 11:05AM

    Wow, 52 grams.
I never used a such good sophisticated scale. Maybe I need to get a better one. It's a good thought. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKING_WONDER 8/1/2011 10:20AM

    Cool! Thanks for sharing!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment


SparkGuy Chris is one sneaky dude!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I can still remember the pride I felt the day my Fitness Minutes passed my Spark Points, leaving them in the dust!
WooHoo!! emoticon

So, what does SparkGuy Chris do? He makes it possible to earn even more Spark Points every day! OMG!
My Spark Points have now left my Fitness Minutes in the dust! emoticon

You are one sneaky dude SG Chris! Now I must get off my ball and start moving even more to try to once again have more fitness than spark points!
emoticon ...and here I thought you were just being kind to us! Nope, you want to make us move even more!!

Love you SparkGuy Chris! Oops, gotta get off my balance ball and get moving again!
emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MARZIPAN22 8/6/2011 10:40AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SPRINGBREEZI 8/5/2011 12:53PM

    Never thought of fitness points being higher than sparkpoints guess I should give away all my sparkpoints to get to that.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESTINYE 8/1/2011 9:35AM

    I was all maxed out on points! Now I have a new level to get lol!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANEDOESSMILES 8/1/2011 2:10AM

    Can I have a NEW CAH? LOL LOL Why not a LIME GREEN one,,,why don't they something cool? A convertable?

Report Inappropriate Comment
LJCANNON 8/1/2011 12:45AM

    Those silly Spark Points are SO addictive!! emoticon
And try explaining them to a Non-Spark Person!! They think I am NUTZ emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRACYZABELLE 8/1/2011 12:21AM

    Now if we could just buy stuff other than goodies with sparkpoints!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAWNWATERWOMAN 8/1/2011 12:15AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/31/2011 7:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEPH1 7/31/2011 5:19PM

    Woo Hoo!! Way to go Linda!! emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASTORRES1 7/31/2011 4:17PM

    Great Blog Linda...gives us all new motivation...to get moving and stay moving!!!


amy

Report Inappropriate Comment
HELEN_BRU 7/31/2011 12:58PM

    Hm...that's interesting! Gotta check mine.

Report Inappropriate Comment
1BEARWIFE 7/31/2011 12:51PM

    I'll keep on my ball, keep up with walking, gardening, dancing, quilting, cleaning............it's all good.

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2011 11:08AM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
BELTONWALKER67 7/31/2011 9:45AM

    Oh Man! What a challenge you have presented! Congratulations on your success! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEADSBAY 7/31/2011 9:01AM

    Oh, oh- I remember when mine were much closer- I gotta LOT of catching up to do now!
YIKES!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 7/31/2011 9:02:18 AM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 7/31/2011 8:55AM

    Yup he sure is. My fitness minutes are still ahead but not by a whole bunch. And I won't give up my points so I have to increase my minutes. ~sigh~

Marty

Report Inappropriate Comment
PURPLE_ROSE_3 7/31/2011 8:42AM

    Haha, I never thought about this! Now it is my new goal! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIZZYDOC 7/31/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon I guess I got a whole lot of work to do too.
emoticon+ emoticon= emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 7/31/2011 8:26AM

    emoticon Linda

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANDTSMOM 7/31/2011 7:42AM

    That's awesome that your fitness points beat your spark points! Amazing! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Can't Afford to Eat Out?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I heard from another sparkie celebrating her Anniversary that this is the first Anniversary she and DH couldn't afford to eat out.

It was an AHA! moment for me.

Many years we really couldn't afford to eat out so we celebrated at KFC or even McDonald's.

Since starting my Spark Program I still cannot afford to eat out - but now it is health, not money keeping me home! AHA! I can't afford to eat what I can afford to buy!

So now we really celebrate not only our anniversaries but our good health!!

Spark On!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPRINGBREEZI 8/5/2011 12:58PM

    Yeah, eating out causes weight gain. Even carefully ordering and asking lots of questions does not control what they do in the kitchen. For example yesterday I ordered whitefish almondine, it came with sauce over the almonds and the whitefish was floured and pan fried. I am up a pound today. Also came with yellow rice, now what did they put in the rice? Don't usually eat bread at home but they had homemade rolls, ate 2, very good. Aslked for the veg medly steamed came with carrots and squashes...only ate the carrots did not want gas. At least had water. It was good, I was starved but there is a one pound gain today.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DIANEDOESSMILES 8/1/2011 2:05AM

    Yeah I do NOT eat out like I used to, plus on a med I just can't, but it's NOT worth the cals. Just simply NOT worth it Linda. I m in this to WIN

Report Inappropriate Comment
GRALLEN 7/30/2011 8:52PM

    emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CHRYS13 7/30/2011 3:39PM

    Fantastic!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PINKCIS 7/30/2011 12:21PM

    Sometimes it best to eat at home. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYANNGI 7/30/2011 10:27AM

    Our last trip to a Chinese resulted in stomach cramps. Too much fat, MSG we hadn't had in almost a year. My DH, who isn't the healthiest eater, decided that this would not be repeated. I almost LOL. When he decided that something is healthy, it is a HUGE event.


Report Inappropriate Comment
HELEN_BRU 7/30/2011 10:12AM

    We slipped up last time we went out to eat and ended in a Chinese restaurant because it was Friday and we had no reservations and showed up too late to get immediate service. And, boy! that Chinese sure shows up in the wrong places!!

We can afford it, but just don't bother going out much anymore. We miss the excellent restaurants in Vancouver, B.C.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTY19 7/30/2011 10:00AM

    McDonalds and I got a divorce. I haven't been since I started this challenge. To tell the truth, I don't miss it. It had become a habit fairle easily broken. Now I eat for health. emoticon for us!

Love you,
Marty

Report Inappropriate Comment
MEADSBAY 7/30/2011 9:49AM

    We prefer to eat in now and just spurge on a steak or lobster or shrimp for celebrations.
emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERSEYGIRL24 7/30/2011 9:36AM

    Something I've thought about many times. We still eat out and regretfully it is usually not too healthy. But there was a time when we ate out every Saturday night whether we could afford to or not. I can't tell you how many meals we ate at Friday's, Chili's or Applebees! Friday's used to have a reward program, and a few times the waiters commented on how they had never seen anyone with as many points (actually we were saving them for the big prize, a cruise or round trip tickets, but the program was discontinued. I got $150 in gift cards to Kohls when that happened - not a bad reward). In the last few years we have really cut down our eating out, and when we do, we tend to go to locally owned places. I don't think they sabotage the food as badly. I recently ate at Friday's with my son because we were alone that night and had a good coupon. I made a wise choice and had a nice meal. But it was the first time I had been there in two years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DESTINYE 7/30/2011 9:17AM

    We go out and eat healthy food! We have a great natural restaurant near us too! And a lot of healthy options around!

Report Inappropriate Comment
GERMANIRISHGIRL 7/30/2011 8:24AM

    You are so right! Spark on! Go Dawgs! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEW-CAZ 7/30/2011 8:12AM

    Linda you have your hubby and you're healthy! Cause for celebration emoticon


Report Inappropriate Comment
SUSIEPH1 7/30/2011 8:10AM

    So Very True Linda My friend!!
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


First Page  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 Last Page