LINDA!'s SparkPeople Blog LINDA!'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Christmas Eve, Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sharing this candle with my family and friends that are no longer with me. Empty chairs will grace our dinner table. Although they are no longer here - nothing can take away our memories. <BR> <BR> I plan to celebrate the holiday with friends and family. I hope you do the same. Remember, the best gift of all is not found in a store. It is support and love. Cherish it. May God’s blessing shine down upon you... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:41:13 EST You Have To Have A Sense Of Humor Have a good week, friends. I hope the weather is good wherever you are! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:45:02 EST Looking At The Holidays With Less Emphasis On Food The holidays are special. We look forward to the festivities and the great food. This year I wanted to avoid the norm. We had our turkey dinner on Wednesday evening at a restaurant. We made some chicken on Thursday. No leftovers either evening. I lost one pound over the Thanksgiving weekend. I was determined not to gain. I skipped desserts, soft drinks and did not eat after 6pm. I also walked everyday 2 - 3 miles per day and also did yoga. My plan for Christmas and New Years Eve will be simil... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:45:02 EST That One Compliment Can Change A Person's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a good October. I honored my late mother by wearing pink. I also wore my breast cancer awareness bracelets. I did another good thing for me. I walked daily. I also did other exercise. Most days I went to Curves or another exercise workout. I did this for me. I try to remind myself to try to stay healthy. <BR> <BR> The pay off was when I weighed in at the beginning of November. I had a loss of weight and sev... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:46:21 EST Another Good Month - Lost 7 Inches I had my measurements done today at Curves. It was earlier than usual for me to measure - only 3 weeks. However, we now have a contest beginning and today was measurement day for me. I will say I stepped on the scale first. I have lost 1 pound. I really lose weight slowly. <BR> <BR> Now onto the measurements. I have lost 7 inches in the past 3 weeks. I will tell you that I am amazingly happy. I will also qualify that I go to Curves 3 to 4 times per week. However, I also walk everyday. I ofte... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:15:15 EST A GOOD Week - My Body Fat Is Decreasing - So Happy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I nervously anticipated my weigh-in/measurement day at the gym this week. Although, I keep active everyday with some form of exercise - I am older. I don't lose weight as quickly as others. I also had eaten too much sodium two days prior to the weigh-in. My thought was just go ahead and DO IT! Get it over with. <BR> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised. I had lost 4.5 inches and my Body Fat decreased by 1.72 pounds... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 00:02:33 EST Monday - Trying To Stay Healthy I am having a nice week. I went to the movie and also took a walk today. It is sunny and warm. I am so pleased with the weather. A few years ago I developed arthritis in both knees. I had to have injections in both knees. I also underwent physical therapy to strengthen my knees. I noticed the other day that pain presented itself, again. I remembered the exercises that helped me and put them into my exercise program. It is nice that the pain is now gone. But it is something that will come and ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:47:57 EST A New Day - Another Diagnosis <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been keeping up with my exercise and my nutrition. Adding more fruits and veggies to my diet everyday. I enjoy it. It makes me feel well. <BR> <BR> Today I had an appointment with my physician. I have had dizziness off and on for years. A few years ago I went to a specialist and he ran several tests. He checked my <BR> hearing, my balance, etc. The dizziness has gotten worse. Today I was diagnosed with V... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:12:53 EST BLC Expectations <BR> <BR> <BR> My goals are to eat less carbohydrates. I do this for my pre diabetes and it also helps me lose weight. I always enjoy exercising. I will continue to exercise each day. I will do cardio and strength training during the week. <BR> <BR> I cannot get to my goal weight within the BLC timeframe. I want to be 20 pounds lighter within the next few months. <em>362</em> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:15:20 EST Honoring our 9/11 Heroes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let the world always remember, <BR> That fateful day in September, <BR> And the ones who answered duty's call, <BR> Should be remembered by us all. <BR> <BR> Who left the comfort of their home, <BR> To face perils as yet unknown, <BR> An embodiment of goodness on a day, <BR> When men's hearts had gone astray. <BR> <BR> Sons and daughters like me and you, <BR> Who never questioned what they had to do... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:19:23 EST There Is Always Something New When I say that there is always something new - I mean another ailment/problem. As a younger woman, I rarely had any health issues. Once I hit 49 the problems started and have not stopped. This may or not be as big of an issue as my heart disease, pre-diabetes, depression, lack of mobility in my right arm and so on....but this morning I woke up and the eyelashes on my right eye were not attached to the lid. <em>204</em> Instead they were below my lower lashes on my face. If I had thought a... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:30:45 EST It has been a rough week I have been keeping up with my exercise and eating low carb. The low carb is due to the physician's advice, as I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. I have heart disease and other health issues. I am definitely on a mission to avoid diabetes. I don't want to end up on other medication. I know many have avoided diabetes with changing their diet. <em>140</em> <BR> <BR> On Sunday I received a phone call from one of my oldest and dearest friends. She called to tell me that her husband had ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:19:24 EST Try Something New - Challenge Yourself with BLC 26 I have enjoyed my rounds with BLC. Not only do we challenge ourself with exercise, nutrition...but we also make friendships with our team mates. It is a close knit community. If you would like to get out of your comfort zone and try something new consider joining... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63524 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:10:45 EST Changing Behavior Wanting, even with all your heart, to lose weight does not make it happen, as anyone with a stubborn weight problem knows. <BR> <BR> I know that for me it has been changing my behavior. I look at food as nourishment. I no longer think of food as a reward. In the past, everytime I celebrated (anything - a job promotion, good news from a doctor - you get the picture) I always thought it was a good idea to go to a restaurant and order a yummy meal. When going to restaurants I would consume too... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:41:01 EST Lost 4 pounds and 4 inches in 30 days I have tried many different weight loss programs. They all work. But maintaining weight after the "diet" is over is always the problem. How long can I stick with it? <BR> <BR> Several weeks ago I was diagnosed with pre diabetes. As my parents aged, they developed diabetes. My brother is at least 100 pounds overweight. He developed diabetes relatively early. I am 59. I have exercised regularly (daily for years.) My weight has fluctuated but I have never been more than 20 pounds over the norm... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:03:37 EST Exercise And Fun on Our 30th Wedding Anniversary We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on Monday. I remember back to my wedding day. I was 50 pounds lighter. Wow! I had never had a weight problem and certainly never dreamed that I would. But the years (and pounds) have caught up with me. <BR> <BR> Monday we decided to take a long walk. It was such a beautiful day. It really could not have been better. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walking on the beach is fun. It is also a bi... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:00:12 EST Walking And Enjoying Nature "Whenever you are stressed or worried or uneasy, take a nice long walk in the nature, touch the ground with your feet, touch the trees with your hands, and the Divine nature of life will flow into you to ease your pain." <BR> <BR> I read this quote today. I take a walk everyday. I find this quote so true. What a pleasant feeling to walk in nature. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:15:38 EST 4th of July Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the 4th of July. <em>232</em> <em>283</em> I enjoyed exercise in the pool. It was a beautiful and hot day. A great way to get exercise and stay cool. <em>237</em> We enjoyed a good meal and I stayed within my calorie range. <em>190</em> Today is a trip to the beach and shopping later in the day. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> I like holidays. The festivities around our country. There are flags ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:42:38 EST I Loved My Simple Life And My Loving Father <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My father was the world to me. He was so much easier to speak to than my mother. He was less judgmental. We could talk in a way that made me know that he loved me. The emotional support he offered my brother and I was immeasurable. I was lucky. I had him until his death in 2007. I had already crossed over into my 50s. <BR> <BR> I was lucky. I grew up with friends that had fathers that were quite the opposite. Wom... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:25:34 EST Taking care of health problems I did not get good results from the blood tests that my internist ordered. I have worked out everyday for several years. Some workouts are longer than others. However, I have continuously exercised. I do have a problem with eating more than I should. I do not do this everyday, but more than I should. My blood test for glucose showed that I am high and pre diabetic. Also did not get good results for my TSH levels. I know that I can control how I react to this news. My goal now is to work to de... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:38:48 EST Memorial Day Remberance <BR> We walked among the crosses <BR> Where our fallen soldiers lay. <BR> And listened to the bugle <BR> As TAPS began to play. <BR> The Chaplin led a prayer <BR> We stood with heads bowed low. <BR> And I thought of fallen comrades <BR> I had known so long ago. <BR> They came from every city <BR> Across this fertile land. <BR> That we might live in freedom. <BR> They lie here 'neath the sand. <BR> I felt a little guilty <BR> My sacrifice was small. <BR> I only lost a little time <BR> But the... Mon, 26 May 2014 14:05:45 EST Letting Go Of Fear There have been many things in my life that I have wanted to do. Many of these things I never did because of fear. As I have gotten older, I now realize that holding back due to fear comes from insecurity. An example, I needed to be assertive in the business world. Why did I not do it? Well, what if people think I am a b____ if I am assertive? Another problem has been doing public speaking. Yes, I have heard that this one of the top fears of the majority of the population. I decided to take a... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:13:00 EST BLC & Fitness Test I am enjoying BLC 25 as much as I enjoyed BLC 24. I enjoy challenging myself. I don't know that I would work so hard without the challenge teams. They really help me. <BR> <BR> I did the push up test, crunch, step test and the walking test. I believe I will continue to do the step up's each week. My heart was racing, which is a good thing. I do a lot of cardio each week. But the step-up's seem to work muscles that I don't always use. It was great. <BR> <BR> My one minute test of push up's ... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:23:54 EST Spark Tracker vs. Fitbit Advice needed. I have been using my heart monitor to keep track of fitness minutes. I would like to be track more than minutes. I know that the Spark Tracker has some great features. My only concern is that I may lose it. It is very small and I would hate to lose it. The Fitbit is also popular and efficient. <BR> <BR> What would you buy? Or which tracker do you have? <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:36:19 EST Oh, to be 18 again! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had lunch with a good friend yesterday. We have known one another for over 20 years. We have talked about many things through the years. One of the questions she asked me yesterday was what would you tell your 18 year old self. I am now 59. If I were 18 and had experienced what I have through the years, I would have plenty to say. Would I have made most of the decisions that I made through the years. My answer wo... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:58:45 EST What are your fitness goals? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is a common thread that we have on Spark People. We all want to change our lifestyle. By doing so we make goals. Fitness goals for me have changed from year to year. I began my Spark journey in September 2007. Due to some health issues, my goals changed. How about you? What are fitness goals? <BR> <BR> If I had to guess, I’d say these are the most common answers you’d get to this question: <BR> <BR> •To... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:34:26 EST No Shame Campaign Did anyone see this on HLN this morning? I love this story. It is sad that this beautiful woman developed PCOS and gained 200 pounds in college. This would be a terrible situation for anyone. You have developed an illness and your weight just creeps up. My youngest daughter has PCOS. She has also gone through this ordeal. It is a tough disease. What I do like about this story is the self discovery that this woman has made. Most of us do discover, as we age, that we develop a love for ourselv... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:10:54 EST Spark support My journey with Spark People began in September 2007. My reason for joining Spark was as a weight loss site. I had no idea that there were teams of every interest to join. <BR> <BR> It was an eye opener to see how many wonderful people are on this site. Perhaps the fact that it is virtual, I found that many people were so honest. I have also discovered a lot about myself. I really was more introverted and rarely spoke of myself. I wanted to hear more about others than to "bore them" with a... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:44:12 EST Mixing it up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week has been warm on the Florida gulf coast. I have been able to exercise outdoors. Sometimes walking on the beach or other forms of cardio. Although I like to exercise outdoors, I am also using exercise videos as well. I have lost almost a 4 inches in the past 4 weeks so I know that things are working. I just need to keep working at it. Oh, if I can only get some more inches off soon, I will be so happy. ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:26:40 EST #2 Turquoise Titans "I Love Myself" assignment I love myself because I am a positive person. I expect things to turn out well. This keeps me motivated to exercise and look at each day with rose color glasses. I seem to think that I am younger than my 58 years. I have a tendency to challenge myself to do new exercise routines. While I do not have the figure of a younger person, I do always work at it. <BR> <BR> My father was a very positive person. He lived to be in his 80's. I had spoken to him the morning that he passed away. He had no... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:26:10 EST Is there something about you that you really love??? My Turquoise Titan Spark Team has an assignment, we are to write a blog about something we love about ourselves everyday for an entire week. This is a great challenge. Many times I think of the negative qualities. I often wish I had this quality or that quality...I compare myself against other people. It is my duty to find good qualities and love myself. <BR> <BR> One quality I have is that I am a great listener. I started talking and listening to others at an early age. I have never been to... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:24:05 EST Goals I am setting goals as I continue with my challenge teams. <BR> <BR> My first goal is to lose 30 pounds. No, this will not be done in a matter or 10 or 12 weeks. It is doable but I am planning my goal at 5 pounds at a time. For me, it is easier to set a goal at a small amount rather than overwhelming myself with thinking 30 pounds as the total goal. I don't normally set a reward as I reach a goal. Rewards don't really impress me. I am at the age that my children are raised, I am retired and i... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:52:13 EST I Reached My 2013 Fitness Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I set my 2013 fitness goal at 20,000 minutes. I have now exceeded my goal. My minutes to date are 20,217. There are 5 more days left in the year. I will have five more days of fitness to add to my goal. <BR> <BR> For 2014 I plan to increase my goal....but I am not certain where to set it. It really is important for me to be accountable. Tracking fitness each day really motivates me to work harder. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:38:14 EST Half-Off Special A challenge on my Turqouise Titans team is based upon a subject presented by Linda Spangle called the HALF-OFF SPECIAL in her book 100 Days to Weight Loss. <BR> <BR> Our intention is to eat half of what we would normally eat. For instance, when we gather for our holiday celebrations our goal is not to eat as much as we normally world. Instead, we will eat half. This is very doable. An idea is to eat some turkey, dressing, casserole...or whatever your servings are at your event. Instead of ... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 21:25:02 EST 2013 Fitness Minutes - Very Close To My Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each year I set a goal for fitness minutes. My goal for 2013 was set at 20,000 minutes of exercise. I last posted fitness minutes on 12/15/13 - the total 19,687. I am THIS CLOSE to making it to my goal by December 31. <BR> <BR> I was just short of my goal in 2012. This year I will make it to the 20,000 goal. <em>104</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:14:56 EST A holiday beverage I like Starbucks. I also like sweet beverages, VERY MUCH. However, I like to read nutrition labels. I went through cardiac rehab after discovering a blocked artery. One of the many things I learned there was to be focused on reading labels. Saturated fat is something that we should avoid. There are various studies on this topic. You can decide that for yourself. But I will say that the calories in the holiday drinks from Starbucks, sugar and other ingredients, are at unhealthy levels. This p... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:44:17 EST Improvement There are many things in my life that I have no control over. But I have found that I can take control over my body and health. I love the way I feel about myself while I exercise. While I am working out, I have the image in my mind that I am younger and thinner. I think that by keeping my focus on health and strength that I have improved my quality of life. I am not at the goal weight that I want to be. But I have seen improvements in my body and lost inches. At this time, I am happy with ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:37:44 EST Extra Calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been slow in the weight loss game recently. In particular, this has been a rough week. We traveled to various states this week on some short trips. Well, I will say that we had a lot of fun. Just the two of us and visiting some landmarks in the southeast. The problem is, when we travel, we go to restaurants everyday. There were a few days that we ate at restaurants twice in a day. I tried to be healt... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:04:13 EST Do You Feel Pretty? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was reading a blog recently. A Sparker mentioned that her physician was very direct (and cruel) by pointing out to her that she was overweight. I believe he used the dreaded word that we all hate, FAT. If we are overweight does that mean we are less than a person? To many people in today's society it does mean that. Many think anyone overweight is unattractive. It has even been something that many of us think a... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:35:10 EST A Slower Day I normally feel pretty well. At least enough to get in a lot of exercise. But feeling tired today with an aching stomach. It always pays to do things that you need to do earlier in the day. When you start feeling low, you can look back and realize that you did accomplish something during the day. <BR> <BR> I will set my goals to do the same tomorrow. I expect to put in more than the 40 minutes of exercise I did today. I am setting a goal to walk and do plenty of other cardio and strength ex... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 23:12:27 EST Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really like belonging to Challenge Teams. For the past few weeks, there have been plenty of challenges. They range from eating more freggies, increasing physical exercise and sending Spark Goodies to friends. It is great. <BR> <BR> I am already noticing a difference in my abs. Looking forward to more progress. I can't miss. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 18:45:50 EST Belly Fat I want to share this article with you. Since I am leading two Heart teams on Spark, I know how important heart disease is. I also was diagnosed with heart disease 9 years ago. I need to really work on ridding myself of belly fat. Getting rid of body fat is a problem for me. <BR> <BR> TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2012 (HealthDay News) — People who have a normal weight but have excess belly fat may have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than even obese individuals, researchers report. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:59:47 EST Challenge Reward I have been on Spark for many years. I have never considered a reward for reaching a goal. This is the time to do it. As I begin this round, of BLC 23, I have set my reward to be a size 10 jeans. I don't mean granny jeans. I want to have some NICE and flattering jeans. I have gone back and forth from size 10 and size 12. I know that I can fit into a 10 if I can just get 10 more pounds off. <BR> <BR> It is irritating for me knowing that I exercise daily, drink plenty of water and eat lean ... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:18:42 EST BLC 23 Goals <BR> I am very happy that I am beginning BLC 23 as an Ivory Falcon. Considering the fact that I really like to photograph birds, a falcon is a good fit for me. <BR> <BR> I am anxious to begin the challenge next week. I have many goals. Some of the goals that I have are the same ones that I set when I joined six years ago. <BR> <BR> > I want to lose weight. That goal is probably similar for everyone, for me 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> > I want to make good choices. I will eat more lean meat and ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:09:03 EST Thoughts of You Today was a good day. Frankly, most of the days, since I retired, are good days. No matter how good the day may be I think often of my dear parents who have left the empty chairs in my life. Many days we can think positive thoughts of the deceased. We can remember the fun and the smiles through our relationships. That is what I am choosing today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> One of your hairs fell out last night: <BR> A piece of your life was gone without a sound. <BR> I know a difficult day is ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 22:31:02 EST Bits and Pieces It has been a busy couple of weeks. DD's wedding, it is a second hoopla like the first. But still...kept me busy. Flying from Ohio back to our home in Florida. YAY! Talked to doctors offices about an upcoming colonoscopy in November. (blah) Trying to organize a sleep apnea appointment that my cardiologist ordered. (blah again) <BR> <BR> But I am feeling well and continuing to keep up with my exercise. I like walking and it is better to see scenery as I do it. <BR> <BR> <img... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:36:44 EST Making Progress - Who Knew That I Could Stick With This <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been up and down since starting Spark People in 2007. I lost weight and I gained it back. <BR> <BR> I have been doing well for the past 2 months. I have started calorie cycling and it has been just what I needed. I lose 1 pound every week. Now many can lose much more by following this method of weight loss. My age, health and meds do not allow me to lose weight quickly. Frankly, I am happy with 1 pound pe... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:18:25 EST A New Zumba Friend It has been a good week. I have recently met a woman who fell down the stairs the same week in 2011 that I did. We both sustained the same broken bones in our shoulder. How odd is that! It was interesting to discuss our injuries because no one else understands. Plus, who wants to hear about it over and over anyway. As we were talking I was told that her surgeon could not rebuild her shoulder with a prosthesis. I am very thankful mine was rebuilt. Although I cannot lift my right arm above a 90... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:38:30 EST Remember you hold the key to your success! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never been the type of person that thinks anything is impossible. I may be overly optimistic at times. I believe that things will happen if I persist. However, many times I am disappointed that things I expected to happen did not. I thought that if I believed it would happen....well, then it would happen. Right? Perhaps things do not happen as we expect it to. Or that they did happen but, well, they just di... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 12:55:07 EST A lifetime friend made as we hosted our foreign exchange student. In 1995 I had two daughters, married and working full time. I stayed busy. We had an active social life which included church activities. After seeing a friend become a host parent with foreign exchange students I decided to try it once. My husband and I did not know what to expect. There are some people that have complained about the students that they received. There could be personality conflicts, etc. This was not our experience. We were happy to receive a German exchange student named ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:12:09 EST