LINDA!'s SparkPeople Blog LINDA!'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 20 Pounds Gone Forever My youngest daughter turned 29 years old today. That really makes me feel old. March 15th was her due date. She came just when we expected her. Secretly, I wanted her to be born on March 17th due to St. Patrick's Day. Instead she came home from the hospital on the 17th. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was thin when I got pregnant with her. For 29 years, I have been trying very hard to lose weight. Oh yes, I ... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:08:06 EST Listen To What Others Say Today was an interesting day. Hubby and I are buying a new house. We needed to drop off a few papers at the banker's office. I was sure that this would be a short visit. I like people. I like listening to others. As my banker started talking, he discussed his weight battle. I would estimate his weight exceeds 400 pounds. He said that he had always been a chubby boy. After a divorce and other issues, including bad health, his weight rose. He discussed the fact that he had discovered an interes... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:52:19 EST February It has been a long year - and it is only February. . I will say that I am especially happy that my weight and measurements are going down. For that reason, I feel pretty well. I think I need some lighthearted posts on my blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage - they've experienced pain and bought jewelry. Rita Rudner <BR> <BR> <BR> This yea... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 19:26:52 EST January - not a good start to 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January has not been my favorite month. I have noticed a lot of vision changes. I am having more difficulty seeing at a distance. I really noticed it this month. Driving to our home state of Ohio, from our home in Florida, I noticed that I cannot see signs on the freeway which made me nervous. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:33:15 EST Worry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The holidays are here. It is a festive and fun time. It is difficult to believe that Christmas is one week away. Especially difficult when there is illness in the family. Lots of worrying. <BR> <BR> Worry - a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. <BR> <BR> My brother in law has been suffering from pancreatic cancer since March. He has had chemo and other treat... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:34:22 EST The Last Ten <img src=""> <BR> Walking is always a form of exercise I enjoy. Most of the time hubby walks with me. That is something special for me. He will always find a different path. As we walked, this week, we came upon a neighborhood community. ' In the bush, nearest to the street we saw a non poisonous snake sunbathing. It just added a bit more conversation for the day. I have kept off the recent weight loss. Now I h... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:00:47 EST Beyond Thankful “I woke up. I have clothes to wear. I have running water. I have food to eat. Life is good. I am thankful.” Janis Ian <BR> <BR> Celebrating Thanksgiving always gives us time to reflect on our life. I am so blessed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been a good day. It is warm and sunny. I ate my Thank... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:10:22 EST Decrease in Body Fat - yay! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had another weigh in at the gym. While I only lost 1 pound and 1 inch. I lost 2 pounds of body fat. I have read about body fat and that the reduction is fat turning into muscle. I love that. But a little disappointed that the inches are a little harder for me to lose lately. I should not complain....but... <BR> <BR> My plan for the next several weeks....exercise in the morning, eat break... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:27:12 EST Family Time At The Keys It was nice to visit with my youngest daughter, her hubby, granddaughter. I had not seen them in several months. They came to Florida to visit. We drove 5 hours south to meet them in the Florida Keys. We had a nice view from out hotel room. I always find it nice to sit waterside and just look and meditate. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We took a ride on a glass bottom boat. Always fun to look at sea life. A re... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:16:00 EST GOODBYE TO SOME SPECIAL FRIENDS I received news this week that two Spark friends passed away. Both of them had left Spark. They had health issues. However, I still kept in touch with them and enjoyed their photos and posts. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DIA62#comments </link> <BR> <BR> I have a link for Judy, which is added. Kathy no longer had a Spark page and I could not add the link. <BR> <BR> When we add friends we really do become friends. We may "only" be virtual friends. However, we s... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:16:11 EST Good Results I was weighed and measured at the gym this week. My BMI is decreasing which makes me happy. I lost 2 pounds and 1.5 inches. I am on the right path. Today I went to the gym. I focused on strength exercises because I have been having some foot pain. The arch has been bothering me. The pain has decreased since yesterday. I hope that I can walk more tomorrow than I did today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live i... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:47:57 EST On A Losing Streak I weighed myself this morning. I had lost another pound. Do I enter that on my weight tracker today? Or do I wait a few days and see if this is really a loss or a fluke? I do this often - ponder over whether the scale is accurate. I am getting weighed at the gym on Friday, I will have a better answer then. <BR> <BR> I am doing a lot of exercise this summer. The temps are always hot in Florida. I love to get in the pool and swim. I really cannot track the movement with my Fitbit - instead I ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 23:00:40 EST End Of The Week Funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had a good week. No problems with getting the stitches out after the bone graft. I also got in a lot of exercise this week and a day at the salon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are still goals t... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:00:25 EST Taking A Short Trip - I Have A Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In a couple of days, we plan to take a short trip. It will be an easy trip with no stress at all. I plan to make good choices. <BR> <BR> 1. Use my Fitbit daily. <BR> <BR> 2. Wherever we decide to have a meal, go for freggies. If I get a salad, I always order the salad dressing on the side. I use only a very small amount. No creamy dressings. Also, eat lean protein. <BR> <BR> 3. Only drink... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 22:50:07 EST Phase 2 - Carb Blocker I have never tried Phase 2 but heard a pharmacist discuss it on a morning news program. Has anyone tried it or even heard of it? From what I hear, this will also help with blood sugar control. <BR> <BR> In other matters, I am having dental issues which is driving me crazy. The pain is not unbearable but still aggravating. I have a dental appointment next Tuesday. I hope that it will be resolved. But as most doctors and dentists do, there will probably be a follow up visit as well. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:24:28 EST Seeing Results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this time of the year. Yes, it is hot and the humidity is high. But there is so much to do. I like to swim, walk and go to fitness classes. We often do a lot of things outside just because we feel much better outdoors than to stay in the house during the day. <BR> <BR> I have lost 5 inches a couple of pounds recently. I know that daily exercise is much of the reason. I also am making... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:25:40 EST Happy Weekend "If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction." (Martin Kornfeld) <BR> <BR> This week was a tough week in the U.S. In Florida, where I live, we have seen some tragedies. In fact, there have been tragedies, in other parts of the world as well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR>... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 12:34:43 EST Moving My husband and I have moved many times in our 32 year marriage. Sometimes it was to different cities, states or moves within the same city. He enjoyed remodeling and flipping houses, while the housing market was good. We are living in one state and the house we are selling is many hundreds of miles away. I find it more difficult to move as I have gotten older. Wow, we have accumulated so much junk throughout the years. <BR> <BR> I have a goal to auction, sell and give away to charity, etc. C... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:48 EST Go With The Flow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I often have crazy mornings. Within the past week, I have been so sleepy that I reached for shaving cream and put it on my hair to style it - thinking that it was mousse. That is not a good way to begin the day. I am likely to have many funny incidents that I shake my head and try to just get over. I have ADD which is probably one of my problems, lack of focus and concentration, being my big... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 22:38:53 EST Little Moments Bring Big Memories Maybe it is due to my friend dying, last week. but I have been spending some time recalling memories of the past. When you go to a funeral, you run into many old friends that you have not seen in years. The first thing you do, with old friends, is reminence about past experiences. I have thought about this and decided to keep better track of experiences that occur each day. I need to write things down, to take more pictures and to share experience with my children. After a parent is gone, the... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 14:30:54 EST Bittersweet Celebrating Valentine's Day has always been fun. Whether you are young and in love - or married for many years, it can be a romantic day. <em>129</em> Not only is there a romantic side of the sweet day, it can be a fun day to share with our children, grandchildren, etc. Drawing pictures of hearts or give candy hearts much fun. <BR> <BR> It is also a sad day for me. My father died 9 years ago, on Valentine's Day. So as the day approaches I immediately go back to the evening, sit... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 19:12:45 EST Variety Of Workouts I saw this link posted on Facebook. It seems interesting to me. I love to do a variety of workouts. Otherwise, I think I would get bored with doing the same thing everyday. The link insinuates that each exercise is designed for a sign of the horoscope. I feel that, for me, I can keep a workout video for all twelve. I hope that the videos inspire you to find an exercise that you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rding-to-zodiac-sign/?utm_source=bustl<BR>e&utm_me... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:07:47 EST The Season Of Giving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Most of us are busy during the holiday season. We shop, we want to find the right gift for that special a mother I really do not think about receiving much for myself. <BR> <BR> Today was an awesome day. I had a hair appointment in the morning - everything was great. I wanted my hair to look good for the evening. It was my date night with hubby. Our kids are grown and married..... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:53:12 EST Things Have To Get Better My mood has been low this week. Today was the worst. Earlier in the week I went to the dermatologist for eczema on my eyelids (yeah, I get it there once a year.) I also had a red blotch that has been on my face, below my right eye, for a couple of months. It went away and came back. While the doctor was sure that the eyelid problem was definitely eczema, he was not positive about the red blotch. He prescribed a cream. He said that if the blotch does not disappear in two weeks, he will do a bi... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:26:39 EST Spark Support Give And Take I have been reading blogs from my Spark friends and others. I find that our friends that receive a lot of support find more support. Others will come and go because they feel invisible or forgotten. After saying that, I also find there are some that mention their disappointment when others do not come to their page and drop off comments/goodies. This is just my opinion, but I do believe there has to be effort on the part of all Spark members to encourage one another. I have found that I do en... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:45:09 EST Thankful In November <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I went swimming. It is still very hot in Florida. Our temps over the past few days have been in the 90s. Swimming is a great way to get a nice cooldown. As I was swimming, I was aware of mourning doves on the fence, which surrounds the pool. I hear birds everyday. But nothing is as soothing as the sound of a coo from a dove. I wish I had my camera and could have taken pictures. ... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 21:26:13 EST Challenging Myself To Track Properly <BR> Tracking is such an important part of our journey to lose weight. It is a habit that began, for me, when I started Weight Watchers. I was successful with WW because throughout the day I would list what I ate. Therefore, I would not forget any morsel that went into my mouth, by keeping up with tracking. I did very well with tracking on Spark People for years. But over the last year, I have gotten lazy. I have also noticed that my weight has increased by a few pounds. I know that I need t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:27:44 EST There Is SOME Progress...Still On My Journey It is autumn, already, the year is passing quickly. I have made some progress in my journey. I can tell that my waist is a bit smaller due to my combo of strength exercises and cardio. Not eating after dinner and water intake has also helped. I have more firmness in my hips and thighs. All this considered, I do feel that the lifestyle change is helping. I am not near my goal, however. <BR> <BR> I have joined the BLC Camo Crew team and help as a co-captain. I also am a member of the 5 % Chall... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:19:31 EST Had A Nice Day - Smile What a nice day. I missed the gym but I did take a walk. I went to get my nails done. Also, had a great chat with a friend. <BR> <BR> I stepped on the scale. There is no recent weight loss. But no gain either. I am continuing to skip any eating after dinner. Also, working out daily. I still take all of the meds for my medical conditions. It appears that there has been interference with weight loss. A beta blocker that I take and others seem to work against me. <BR> <BR> However, it seems t... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:45:55 EST This And That......On A Saturday I have gained 3 pounds in the past month. I normally stay close to the same weight. Too many activities have revolved around food recently. I have not decreased any exercise so that is not an issue. I have decided NO FOOD after 6pm. Normally, I do not eat after dinner. My plan is to eat earlier. I will increase my water intake through out the day. It has not shown to anyone that my weight has increased. In fact, I got a compliment recently that I was looking thinner. I don't really understand... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 21:56:43 EST Better Choices After I read my Spark Friend, MexGal1's recent blog, it brought to mind things that I see at the grocery store. When I go grocery shopping I see so much junk food. I am a bit nosy and often look in others grocery carts. When I see a cart full of junk food and children with the shopper, I feel a little sad. I know that I ate a lot of junk food when I was young. If you start your life thinking junk food is good to eat, it is often the way you continue to eat. I grew up in the 60's and born in... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:56:55 EST It Has Been A Busy Summer But I Am Seeing Progress This summer we have had three sets of family members visit us. It was great, but it certainly kept us busy. I will say that it has made our retired and slow lives a lot more interesting. I have been able to keep up with exercise. I had to skip the gym on many occasions. However, walking, swimming and outdoor activities kept me busy and building fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> We left Florida and returned to Ohio to attend our youngest daughter's college graduation. It was an exciting time. Not o... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:49:18 EST I Avoided Another Major Fall (Thank You God) - This Time It Was The Shower! Being an active BLC Camo Crew member, exercise is so important for me. In 2011 I fell and broke several bones. One left me with a disability in my right shoulder. Today I woke up and decided to head to the gym. So I went to the shower before putting on my workout clothes. Low and behold, I slipped in the shower. I have NO idea how I stayed upright. My left foot was barely straight and my right leg was in the area as I tried to balance myself. Thank God, I did not fall. Truly, God spared me. I... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:22:36 EST I will be using the all knowing Magic 8 Ball to make all decisions! Sometimes I feel as though I may as well use a magic 8 ball to make decisions. I sometimes make the craziest decisions. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is the same way with losing weight. I tried low carb, Weight Watchers, The Dukan Diet - they all worked....until I gained back the weight. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The O... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:17:46 EST Busy Week, Family, My Jeans Were Tight Today We are enjoying our week. Because we are retired, many days are slow and quiet. It is only when we have family with us that we have a lot of activity. My exercise has continued this week. I have not been able to go to the gym as often. But I have been walking, swimming and other activities. The past two days I have been eating bread and other carbs. For me, that always means an increase in belly fat. Today I tried to put on a pair of jeans that I wore last weekend. They did not fit around my ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:10:24 EST Feeling Better <BR> <BR> It has been a couple of weeks since I started using a CPAP for severe sleep apnea. I was hesitant at first. I really did not want to sleep with it. As a person that has had severe headaches, since childhood, I am pleasantly surprised that my headaches are gone. If the only benefit from the CPAP is the loss of my severe headaches - that would make this ordeal worth it. However, I know that my heart disease and diabetes will also benefit from this treatment. <BR> <BR> I have often ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:00:40 EST On A Snacking Binge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems that I do so well eating within calorie range for 2 or 3 weeks. I find that I then fall back into the mode of snacking. When I was young, especially in high school, I snacked excessively. At that time, I did not gain weight. I was more active at that time. At this time there are no triggers that start me to snack. I am not upset or have any reason to be stressed. I will see an ad o... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:06:42 EST It's Swimsuit Season <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live in Florida, basically swimsuit season is very long here. Now I know that at 60, a bikini is not in my foreseeable future. Well, having said that, I see many amazing looking older women on the beach and some do wear a bikini. I am just fine with a pretty one piece. I am in overdrive trying to look better this year. I have fit more strength exercises into my daily routine. I will say th... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:14:45 EST Sleep Apnea - A CPAP is in my future <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Finally, I have the long awaited results from my first sleep study. The diagnosis is Severe Sleep Apnea. The test was requested by my cardiologist. There were 203 breathing disturbances during my sleep. I also was reported to have loud snoring. Oh, isn't that funny. I always complain to my husband that he snores and he always says I do. Well, now I know that I REALLY do. <em>39</em> With all of the other results... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:41:01 EST Are You Ready? BLC 28 Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you enjoy challenges? While I am not a competitive person, I do often challenge myself. I enjoy doing various exercises. I bore easily. Therefore, I do something different during the week. I have been with the BLC for several years. I enjoy it because I learn something different each round. There are often articles about nutrition and fitness. We also try to challenge ourselves to eating a certain amount of veg... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:18:28 EST 30 Years Later I was going through photos today. I wanted to add an old photo of me to my photo gallery. I wanted to inspire myself to get that spark to lose more weight. More important than weight, I want to lose more inches. That has always been the most important thing for me. I turned 60 on April 1st. I still find it difficult to believe that I am the big 6-0! I need to wrap my mind around that. None of us ever feel that we age even though our body and stamina remind us that we do. I found a picture fr... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 23:30:41 EST What Should I Do? Do you ever feel as though you don't know whether you are coming or going? <BR> <BR> I have felt this way for a couple of weeks. Not feeling well, sinus infection. I feel better one day and poorly the next. I do have some doctor appointments coming up in April. I also have a sleep study to do during the first week of April. I dread doing it. But my cardiologist ordered me to get it done. After two years of telling me to do it - I finally will. I have gone through a few ideas about Spark. I ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:14:36 EST How Was Your Friday? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Friday the 13th started out well. I felt fine. Last night hubby told me that he wanted to go out to breakfast this morning. We went to a new small restaurant in our community. It was very crowded but we were seated right away. Great, I thought...we will be able to eat soon. Our order was taken before many that came around the same time we did. There were different waitresses so that may have made a difference... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 21:37:12 EST Positive Results - Losing Body Fat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week I was weighed and measured at Curves. I had lost weight. I also have lost two inches in the past month. One inch off my waist and one inch off of my hips. Oy, two of my problem areas. That made me happy. The best thing about the results found was over two inches loss of body fat. It is always difficult to lose body fat. <BR> <BR> I have always found that what works for me is to mix up exercise. I walk e... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:15:03 EST Beauty At Any Age I read this article today online. We are not surprised when we see beautiful or handsome Supermodels. What may seem unusual, older women and men are also beautiful. As we age, most of us are looking at our wrinkles, forehead creases, etc. But even with that - we can still be beautiful. Take a look at this 83 year old Supermodel. She is a great example of a beauty at any age. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rmen-dellorefice-cover-new-you-stood-u<BR>p-for-age_n_666131... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:24:10 EST Hold On....You Can Do It Here we are in the into the NEW YEAR. One month has passed. How many of us have made resolutions for 2015? How many have realized that we cannot achieve those goals? Did you give up? I hope you did not. Do you realize that there are 12 months in a year? If so, why would we think we cannot do it when we only have limited ourselves to the first month. I say that we can get back on track. If we stop trying...we never how success feels. <BR> <BR> “Rightly understood the New Year festival is a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 20:33:13 EST Do I Really Care What Others Think? I have three grandchildren. The middle grandchild is 10 years old. This week she began experiencing problems in school. She is a pretty girl. She is also a tall and thin girl. However, she began hearing other children say to her that she is fat. Of course, she is not but in her mind she believes it is true. She heard other cruel remarks. I know that this occurs in schools. It is unfortunate that it does. <BR> <BR> I remember as a teen, I was also thin. I recall my best friends mother sayin... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:02:37 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have mentioned this in other blogs. However, my feelings have not changed. Being on challenge teams really motivates me to try harder. Some people like to compete with others. I really like to compete with myself. I want to see progress. I also want others to know that a 59 year does not have to just sit around and watch television all day. I can do things to keep me active and happy. <BR> <BR> This week has be... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:25:50 EST Consistency in 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While I had a fairly good 2014, my weight loss is nothing to brag about. I could have done better. I know why I did not lose more. I was not consistent with eating the right foods. I find that I often go through spells where I eat very well. That will be followed by bouts of sugar, sugar and more sugar! I will not set resolutions in 2015. I will continue to follow Spark and that will normally keep me on track. I wi... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:37:54 EST Roads <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the amount of gas, per gallon, that I paid today. This was after using grocery reward points. Less than 80 cents per gallon. Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:09:02 EST