LINDRAY's SparkPeople Blog LINDRAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Easter Here again. Went to visit my 93 year old Mom this past weekend. To watch your Mom at the end of her life to sad. Ever since my hip surgery I have been slower in my walking, and sit here and wonder why, well no more wondering. I am taking a new look at life.So on to my new outlook. Life is to short. I also want to wish you each a blessed Easter. <BR> <BR> HAPPY EASTER MY FRIENDS Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:58:10 EST Here I am Its been awhile. <BR> I made a new Year resolution, not to fall this year( my left leg is shorter than the right one due to a accident when I was little) so what do I do, fall heading into church on Valentine day. Five stiches in my forehead and more embossed then I can say. So, back to square one. Sometimes it feels like a endless journey. I am no longer young, but do not feel old. Well enough venting. I am just so blessed to have my family, friends and my spark friends.. Tue, 23 Feb 2016 23:33:55 EST Blessings Its been a year (and can not believe its been that long <BR> <BR> It has been a year since I been on this blog. Why I do not know. I have been cycling on my stationary bike, I have fallen a few times and then I get discouraged, and have to start all over. I have lost weight though which is nice. I am taking one day at a time, Now 15 minutes a day, I will work on adding more time. I want to thank all who send me daily sayings. It helps. I can't believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. My darl... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:15:36 EST Broken hip Well, its been a while. I was doing very well on my bike and then fell in my kitchen and broke my hip, so I am on the mend. five weeks ago yesterday, I had surgery. walking with a cane and I am told no bike for a few weeks, I am walking each day and getting stronger. Went and got a hair cut today. The first real day out. I little scary, I must say. Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:09:55 EST Just amazing Today, I went 60 minutes on my stationary bike. When I started this program I started at 10 minutes. It just proves that anyone can do this. Find something (exercise) and go for it. What started me was doing the virtual bike ride. I feel good today. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:04:41 EST 7-25-2013 Wow, Its been awhile since I blogged. I am doing great on the stationary bike, I have been doing the virtual bike ride and I am almost to Texas from Oregon . It has taken me since 2011 but I am so glad. I laugh because if I did 4 to 5 miles a day in real, it would be forever. We have adopted a Norfolk Terrier mix. He is the cutest. He was found on the streets in Ca and brought up to the Portland area. We live two hours south of Portland but when we saw him we just fell in love. He came w... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 22:01:29 EST It has been awhile I hope each of my special spark friends had a day of blessing on Easter. We had friends over for dinner and so much good food. All said and done, we are very blessed. Its like I did the bike extra hard ( ha) today. Actually, my husband came in and started talking to me, so there went that. Mon, 1 Apr 2013 16:53:39 EST Sad week We put our baby dog down last Monday. He was a old baby who could not walk anymore and as I look into his eyes, he was saying "Mommy, I am just tired". It was a bad day and week, Our oldest son was here with his wonderful wife, which helped so much. I went back on my bike ten minutes a day to start, as my knee still hurts a bit, so taking it very slow, but I could no longer just sit and not do the bike. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 18:21:35 EST one thing after another. Well here I am. Last week, we had our two sons home for my husband birthday, so took one week off the bike. I thought I just needed to do that. Went back on on Monday, and my knee gave out and is now swollen. What can I say. Another week off. Not making any progress that way. Today took our old dog to the vet. His backend is going out and can not walk well, what a job that was. Finally home. Onward! Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:16:19 EST Happy Memorial Weekend I did 30 minutes today, not my usual 45, as my body felt like it needed to do less today. Actually, I wanted to take the day off, That would not be a good idea. I have crossed the 1000 mile goal. Now up to 1012. It is amazing how the miles add up, of course it took me a year in a half to get to this point, but proud of myself. I pray that you have a wonderful Holiday weekend. I am going to try to be a good girl, when it comes to eating, but even the thought of all the good food. hehe. I ... Fri, 25 May 2012 17:01:01 EST Easter blessings Happy Easter to all my spark friends. You are a blessing in my life. When I get down on my self for not doing what I need to, I get a email from one of you. You are so dear. As I have said before, I take the weekends off from my bike. I need the rest. I am up to 50 minutes five days a week. It is adding up the miles on the bike and I have stayed the same (wonderful) weight. I finally feel good in this old body. I have more to do, but I am happy. <BR> Linda Sat, 7 Apr 2012 17:50:38 EST Progress all the way around. Well, its Saturday, and Spring is two weeks away, and here in Oregon its running, wind and this can not believe snowing. What crazy weather. I am really doing great on staying on my exercise plan which is five days a week. I am now up to 45 minutes a day, so my minutes are adding up as is the miles on the stationary bike. I join the group "Vitural cycle or walk" I am virturally going to Denton (my youngest son) Texas. Of course he thinks I am nuts, but it makes my day. I turn the tv on a... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:02:46 EST High Cholesterol Well, another rainy day today here in Oregon. We are lucky though, so many are flooded around us. Our backyard is like a swamp. Still doing my bike five days a week. I went to have blood work done, for my upcoming yearly dr. app. Our is well except I have High Cholesterol. So that is my new goal, to get that down. I can not take medicene , as I get muscle cramps, up by my upper body. , which is a bad thing. Does anyone know where I can get a list of foods I can eat/ cannot eat? Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:06:16 EST Merry Christmas I just want to say Merry Christmas to one and all. Christmas is such a blessed time of year. Thank you for all your comments and help this year, they were all so helpful. Wow 2012 is coming soon. I pray that we all have a year of meeting our goals. Me, I need to get strength in my legs, It seems as I get older (because of a accident many years ago) my legs seem tired (?) That being that, I am blessed in life. Good Health, My husband , two grown sons, a daughter in law. I am waiting for ... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:26:51 EST Dentures Well, Monday is the big day. I am joining many who wear dentures and I am very nervous about the whole thing. I hate anything that feels weird in my mouth and I gag. Any helpful hints would be appreciated. Still on the bike, 35 minutes five days a week. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 17:36:26 EST Toothless I have not been on here for a couple of weeks. Knees are much better. Thank you to all who commented. Went to the dentist yesterday. Had a tooth pulled and now he tells me I need a dental bridge, but need to wait until it heals. Right now, I have no tooth, and when I smile, well let me say, its not so good. So, I will be headed back to the dentist on Monday. Exercise is going ok, still biking. I feel like I am in a rut, when it comes to that. Any ideas, to spice it up Wed, 21 Sep 2011 16:31:14 EST Cycling Since my knee went out, I have (doctor orders) to go on my stationary bike. Up to 30 minutes, five days week. My knee is so much better, but watching it closely. My son and daughter in law lives in RI and so in the direct path of Hurricane Irene. I am a nervous wreak, but leaving it in God's hands. Since he is from Oregon and has never been in a Hurricane, he tells me he is a bit worried, more about his research. 90% not on his computer. Why that is, since he does everything on it. My ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:42:16 EST Hurt my left knee It seems I have bursitis in my left knee. Last week it was twice the size it should be, red and a lot of pain. I went to the doctor today about it. The nurse took my blood pressure and wrote something about my knee , she then looks at me and says" Would you like a end of life directive". I am thinking what the heck. . I told my pastor and I thought he would fall out of his chair laughing. Now that I think of it. I mean I know we should have such things, but gee, I just went in to see about m... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:59:04 EST My son's birthday Tomorrow, my youngest son turns 35. How time flies. One moment , they are in your arms, and the next they are grown, with lives of their own. I am so proud of both of my sons. I am very blessed. It was hard getting back into walking again, but in the end, it feels so good. Walked 1.2 miles today. Walked 5.7 miles this week. Fri, 8 Jul 2011 16:55:41 EST Wonderful wedding my son was married this past Sat. I do not remember Erik so happy. They are now n their way to Spain.I walked last week, while in NY. I am so tired that I am taking this week ff. I need a break. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:39:59 EST Good week. 9.9 miles this week. Legs got tired before walking, but felt better after each day. Today, I jogged for 35 minutes. I did not think I could do that, felt great. Going to my son's wedding this coming week, so may not be on here for a few days. I am taking daily walks and will add what I do when I get back. Leaving my dog, I know this is crazy, but I am nervous about leaving him. Taking him to my Sister's. Its like leaving my baby. Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:18:53 EST motivation The week is over (I walk or jog five days a week) I did 10.5 miles this week. I find that putting in my time and miles have motivated me. I also came to find out that if I do not feel like doing my walking, once I get into the time, I want to do more. Sounds crazy, I know. I hope you each have a great sunny weekend. Sat, 11 Jun 2011 00:01:17 EST Hard starting today I did everything I could to put off walking today. This past weekend, my right leg was hurting. Not painful just felt like it was cramped up and I tried everything, but nothing worked. I did 2.3 miles today with my radio headphones on to the oldie station and got to work. Good music made it go faster. I know everyone has days that they do not want to work out. You are making me accountable and inspire me to do this everyday. Thank you, for in the end of the day, it is up to me. In fact I ask... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:20:17 EST End of the month Well today is the last day of May. Total miles for the month. 43 miles. Exercised this afternoon, and it was different. I usually do it in the morning. I was sluggish. Just did not feel like doing it, did it though and sure glad its over. Does anyone else have a perfect time they feel like exercising? Tue, 31 May 2011 17:31:51 EST A good week Well another week gone. I walked each week day. Total for the week is 10.1 miles. Almost 100 miles since I started. I have even inspired my best friend to get up every morning and walk. When she told me I inspired her, I was a bit surprised, as that was not my intention, but I am glad she is. According to my scale (and if someone is playing with me) I have lost ten pounds. I sure hope my dress for my son's wedding does not hang on me (haha). I hope each of you my friends on this journey ... Fri, 27 May 2011 19:45:38 EST Not as good as I wanted This week, I did 9.3 miles. Knee hurt a bit, so took it easy. Better safe then sorry. Fri, 20 May 2011 15:28:40 EST Good Week I walked and jogged 10.5 miles this week. I find that if I do not exercise every day, my knees start to hurt, so onward! As my dear friends on this page keep telling me "one step at a time" I so appreciate each of you. I am blessed. <em>304</em> Fri, 13 May 2011 15:24:43 EST Good week Added up my steps for this week. 20551 steps. 8.4 miles. I want to thank each of you, who gives me inspiration. You truly have been a gift in my life. I started this journey, with a mission to get back in shape for my son's wedding. I find I have been blessed with so more. I also find that I can now jog, where I could not before, because of the surgery I had back in 1992. It feels like the nerve endings in my legs and lower back have connected. Am I crazy, for thinking that? Fri, 6 May 2011 17:28:58 EST Felt good today. Today, I decided to add another five minutes. It was a good day. 1.6 miles. I can not believe the progress I have made since starting the walking. Mon, 2 May 2011 17:53:14 EST 23 miles in April If anything can get a person going is counting your steps (they turn into miles). I counted all the steps for April and wow. 23 miles. Total since Jan is 68.8 miles. Yes, it is not much, but like all my spark friends say. "Every step counts" Put on head phones to walk with my oldies but one side of the headphones worked and the other side did not. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Looks like here in Oregon we are finally going to get some nice weather. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:58:58 EST Stationary bike I decided to give myself a change and do our stationary bike today. 30 Minutes- 3.6 miles. I did better than I thought I would. I decided to walk Mon, Wers, and Fri. Do the bike Tues and Thurs. change it up a bit. Will see how it goes. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:30:44 EST Added minutes I read somewhere (not sp) that if you walk 40 to 45 minutes , it is a fat burning walk. Does anyone know this to be true? I walked 40 minutes today, and well I can sure feel it in my butt(haha). I have joined the group call "Where are you walking to". I decided Texas, figured out that it will take me 3.8 years. Yeah, funny. Its fun though. I hope all have a blessed day. Remember- You can do things through Christ" This I know to be true. Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:12:35 EST 1.3 miles today. I decided to add 5 minutes to my workout. Now up to 35 minutes. Today I walked with a video., called video hiker. Its really for steppers, which I have. I decided to just walk with it and it felt very good. I walked 1.3 miles today. Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:06:52 EST Good week 5.7 miles this week. I do not see a change in the body, but hopefully it will decided" Hey this lady has been working hard, so lets go" Ha. I hope all of you have a blessed Easter. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:58:10 EST 1.1 mile How about that. I have done 1.1 miles daily this week, just by adding five minutes to my work out. I walk slowly because of physical problems with my left leg, but I did it and feel proud, and I get my heart rate up. I bought a watch that tells what your heart rate is when walking, I find that to be very helpful also. On a really good note, my oldest son is getting married in June, and I FOUND A DRESS. !!! . I hope everyone has a blessed weekend. Looks like rain all weekend in my corner ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:33:49 EST 30 minutes So far this week, I have walked/ 30 minutes each day, of course that also adds up the steps. I find that if one day I do more steps than another, I want to go longer the next. Here I am, competing against myself, Taking it one day at a time, but doing it even if I would just like to sit (being lazy here). Thu, 7 Apr 2011 17:39:10 EST Adding minutes This week, I added minutes to my walking. 30 minutes a day. Believe me, it took me three months to get up there. Yesterday, I did 1.1 miles and today, 1.2 miles. To make things interesting, I decided to walk (on paper haha) to Texas . That is where my youngest son lives. 1,700 miles. I have walked 35 miles as of March 31st. Should take me a year or more. When I told my son, he was" ok Mom". Love my sons. They are my biggest supporters. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:18:10 EST A short walk Today, only 837 steps. Sunny day 68 Degrees, what a wonderful day. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 22:44:44 EST Steps do add up. Today I went 1550 steps. Added up all the steps that I walked in the month of March. Came to 40,406 steps. Blew my mind. 15.9 miles in March. It makes me energized. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:39:47 EST fresh air There is nothing like going out for your daily walk when the wind is blowing and the air is so fresh. That is the way it was today. I did not really want to go out, I then received a spark goodie from a very special person, a rainbow. It said to me " you can do it". I am so grateful to each of you. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:09:47 EST Weekend of rest I decided to rest these old legs for two days (plus it is pouring out and wind is blowing) and give my knees a rest. Going for 30 minutes starting next week. Sat, 26 Mar 2011 18:51:13 EST For myself Today I only walked 1718 steps. That comes to .7 miles. Not a whole lot, but it adds up. I need to keep in my mind that if I over do this (exercises) I will not want to do it and that is where all my spark friends come in. You help me get going, when I really want to do is sit. So, thank you to each and every one of you. You make a difference in my world. I am going to be fit period!. It felt good after walking today. Thu, 24 Mar 2011 19:36:17 EST 25 minutes I did 25 minutes of walking today. 2496 steps. felt good, but then my legs started to be painful. My problem is that it just feels so good to get out and go, I forget about the pain, until after the walk. Took a hot shower, which helped. Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:08:43 EST hurting I did 2401 steps today, and for some reason my legs hurt and are tired. Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:25:10 EST Today was hard. I only did 2344 steps today. Legs hurt. Weather is bad here in Oregon, so walked with a video. I need to not do to much, just do what I can, but I always want to do more, then I get tired, and quit. Not this time. I will not quit. It is not going to happen. Tue, 15 Mar 2011 20:13:36 EST Weekly high 11,770 steps this past week. Will add five minutes a day this week. three pounds lost. A good week. If I can do this, anyone of you can. It just feels good. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 19:19:16 EST big day I did it 1.1 miles. I can not believe it. It just felt good. Every day is a new day. (Even it is pouring rain out , like it is today here in Western Oregon) Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:17:46 EST Rainy and high winds Walked to a video today. Not the same type of workout, then going outside to walk. I did walk 2165 steps today with the video, so I guess it did do its job. I just did not get that high I get when outside walking. Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:36:28 EST can not believe it. Boy I did not want to go out today, but thought of all the people in this world who can not walk or run, and went out and had a great walk. Wind is pretty strong, but of course it was not in my back, but face lol. Walked .6 miles today. For the week 2.8. When you count your steps each day, it does not seem like much, but when you add up for the week ; it makes you feel like you did it. So far this month I have walked 19647 steps and have one more day in the month to walk. I take weekends ... Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:03:48 EST Sun is a motivator Snowed last night, so thought I would not be going out today. Sun is a great motivator, snow is gone and the sun came out. I actually walked the whole walk without having to stop and catch my breath. (it was a longer walk than yesterday). That is a major step for me. I feel like actually doing more. I know myself and if I do more to quickly, I will want to stop, so a little at a time. Feel good. though. Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:52:28 EST