RAYLINSTEPHENS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAYLINSTEPHENS RAYLINSTEPHENS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What you see.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071663 Today I present you with an oldie but a goodie. The perfect way to determine how hungry you are: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/647c425a-5f2b-400a-9af5-25005215d0d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Did you first see fried chicken or puppies? <BR> <BR> (in an email from AppGratis today, lol.) <BR> <BR> P.S. Yes! I saw fried chicken!! Too funny!! <BR> * Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:58:43 EST Let the Winter 5% Challenge begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056923 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bdaafdd4-875b-4af8-92c7-47b86868c6c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Let the challenge begin! <BR> <BR> Debby4576 sent me a picture and gave me permission to use it - but I lost it so I just had to find another one! <BR> ****** Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:10:29 EST So, why don't we ever talk to a dog in a normal voice?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053824 Hey, <BR> <BR> Ever noticed how it's impossible to talk to a dog in a normal voice? Seriously, it's up there with licking your own elbow (that's your cue to try). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e26096e9-acd5-41a7-9926-eefdae2817b2.jpg"> <BR> the caption reads: <BR> "Do you know why I pulled you over? Do you? Do you? Yes you do." <BR> <BR> Yup, received in another email today! And I can't figure it out either - my voice goes all baby-talk to the dog! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:10:46 EST got this in an email today - I love the word "elasticated!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052786 This came in an email to me this morning and I want to share: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3a72db9-6d50-419a-acbc-e3ba78d56b23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How are you holding up? <BR> <BR> OK I'm off to grab the best chocolates and slip into something more elasticated. <BR> ************************** <BR> Don't you just love the word "elasticated?!" It made my day! <BR> <BR> On another note, Ray is still here with me although weaker by the day. <BR> Bless his poor heart, hi... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:17:07 EST I joined the SparkPeople's New Member Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040158 I read another blog where the member joined this team to restart the Spark Program and thought it to be a good idea. Thank you CHERIRIDDELL, I believe it IS your blog that inspired me! <BR> <BR> You can find the team here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65403 </link> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to create your SparkPage (if you haven't already), and post a blog that talks about your progress over the past few days. <BR> <BR> I have completed 8 D... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:31:47 EST Back to Step One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032151 The other day I got to thinking - as much trouble as I'm having, maybe I should just start again. Not with a new page, but like a 'newbie' - so I am going to track everything for 2 weeks whether I stay on track or not. <BR> <BR> That is the Spark Program's Step One. Track without worrying about the count. <BR> <BR> I was thinking that the Fall Challenge wasn't very successful for me - then I thought, I still have my Ray. The Fall Challenge has been awesome as he is more important than ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 18:17:49 EST Yes - I have been hiding :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028269 I never had this much trouble getting the weight off the first time <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, trying again!! Remember, "I cannot fail unless I quit trying!" <BR> <BR> I cannot "hover" over Ray without dire consequences (he will start to believe he is frail) and I cannot eat instead of hovering (the scale said so). <BR> <BR> Ray has Hyperkeratosis which is a fancy way of saying, <BR> "we don't know what it is, we only know what it isn't." <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hyperkeratosis is e... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 14:45:20 EST Still only know what it isn't - but that's a start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021502 The Boo-Boo on his foot is a growth of some sort - there is tissue and the doctor took a biopsy. We return next Monday. <BR> <BR> It is NOT an ulcer and not gangrene. <BR> <BR> It is NOT a blister - still have no idea what a blister is, but it isn't. <BR> <BR> The Doctor thinks it is either a fungal or skin cancer growth but feels it is not dangerous and told me I did good not giving Ray the extra antibiotics! Phew! That was a huge relief! Antibiotics will not fix this - knowing what i... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 13:37:20 EST Ray does NOT have gangrene! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020255 THANK YOU ALL for your prayers!! <BR> <BR> Ray does NOT have Gangrene!! It truly feels like a miracle to me and I am ever so thankful!! <BR> <BR> When Ray went to his Dermatologist on Thursday, he declared it Gangrene and said to rush him to the ER for Drip Antibiotics immediately. <BR> <BR> When admitted to the ER, the ER Nurse and the ER Doctor both said it was Gangrene. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after all your prayers, the Internist said it is NOT Gangrene! <BR> <BR> Prayers are still a... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 07:58:35 EST Ray says he feels like 70 - pretty darn good since he's 94! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018077 Ray says he feels like 70 - pretty darn good since he's 94! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62a68f78-7b19-4c7b-898a-b5efe90c466f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I believe Ray is worth the "extended warranty" <em>334</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:10:33 EST Week 3 - Challenge still ongoing....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bbed248-e66f-43d4-bdf2-f853bfd28d87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel badly for my teammates as with Ray recuperating, I just can't leave him to walk the way I like to. He wants me by his side and at 94 I can understand this. <BR> <BR> Thankfully the Pacemaker has been inserted/installed and now "we" must mend and it's slow going. <BR> <BR> ONE day at a time. <BR> <BR> 10/9: 137.5 <BR> 10/10: no idea, no scale @hospital <BR> 10/11: 136.3 <BR> 10/... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 20:03:06 EST Week 1: 5% Fall Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cb6d54c-a5a3-47ee-94ab-23a01704928d.jpg"> <BR> Anything is possible when you feel good about yourself! <BR> <BR> 9/19: 139.6 <BR> 9/26: 138.2 <BR> 9/27: 137.2 <BR> 9/28: 135.8 <BR> 9/29: 136.0 <BR> 9/30: 135.9 <BR> 10/1: 135.6 <BR> 10/2: 135.7 <BR> 10/3: 136.7 <BR> 10/4: 136.2 <BR> 10/5: 136.7 <BR> 10:6: 136.4 <BR> 10/7: 137.6 <BR> 10/8: 137.1 <BR> 10/9: 137.5 <BR> 10/10: ?? was in hospital with Ray :( Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:01:49 EST Hello Spirited Under Dawgs - I am back and I am going to kick butt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002722 I'm here - just hiding, lol. <BR> <BR> I totally burned out - took the past month and went to heck in that blasted hand-basket. But it was so needed and I have no regrets, just some embarrassment over the scale. BUT NO Regrets! <BR> <BR> I ate what I wanted, whenever I wanted and got bloated for all my troubles. The scale going up wasn't a problem - just an embarrassment. My pants getting tighter is a problem, but I know I can always go out and buy new clothing. <BR> <BR> So you see - ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:08:53 EST Time to signup for the Fall Challenge?! OMGoodness!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983978 Yup! It's already time to signup for the next challenge! <BR> <BR> Are you ready? I'm working at it! <BR> <BR> come join the "fun" and pick your desired team! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65592 </link> <BR> <BR> We'll be looking for you! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> *sigh* how far I've fallen <em>15</em> <BR> 8/22-134.3 <BR> 8/23-135.1 <BR> 8/24-136.6 <BR> 8/25-135.6 <BR> 8/26-134.6 <BR> 8/27-135.0 <BR> 8/28-135.6 <BR> 8/29-136.6 <BR> 8... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:39:36 EST Week 7 of the Summer Challenge - not a great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974034 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e245116-9e39-4363-afcb-bf21296df23e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not the best day yesterday - to the Dentist and Ray has an abscessed tooth/cavity and it needs to be pulled and another tooth added to his partial. Also, we learned he has the beginning of Congestive Heart - as though not bad enough, his little "chicken legs" swelled up (over his knee) enough to alarm us both. <BR> Wait - it gets better: it's Friday so I ran to the doctor's office from t... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:32:31 EST Week 6 in the DAWG-Haus - *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31327953-3e08-4116-9b71-7d0053ce8175.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's just been so hard maintaining, let alone losing. But I persevere! <BR> Sadly it's food, not water, waste or anything else. Just fattening foods that taste so good at the time :( <BR> It's ok, eventually I always get back on track :) <BR> <BR> **Sophia is right - although I speak of my team, the spirited underdawgs, I believe that mentally I might have put myself in the doghouse! no ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 14:43:24 EST Week 5 in the DAWG-Haus - OMGoodness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966728 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6389f051-89e4-414c-8fc8-716409211270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The family reunion was delicious! I said to myself, "aw heck - it's one day a year," and enjoyed everything! Brownies, Pecan Pie, Ice Cream - OH MY!! <BR> <BR> Yes, I'm up! But I'm also satiated and hopefully ready to return to the narrower path.... <BR> <BR> 7/25 - 132.4 <BR> 7/26 - 134.1 (everything was Yum!) <BR> 7/27 - 133.7 <BR> 7/28 - 132.8 <BR> 7/29 - 133.3 <BR> 7/30 - 134.7 <BR... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:25:08 EST Jobst Compression Sock Donner - it works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963094 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22176995-1f0f-40da-80fd-b5237c9d11ca.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65076a41-bd6e-4b3e-ab94-b88afe935fb9.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ed62aa4-9365-4e78-ad0c-78d3ac2d4e60.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was surfing last night and found the Jobst Stocking Donner @ <link>www.vitalitymedical.com/bsn-jobst-st<BR>ocking-donner.html </link> <BR> for $21.17 and through today, they have a $.99 S&H discount! <BR> ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 07:43:34 EST Week 4 in the DAWG-Haus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962609 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e77fca8-8309-4629-88a7-c4987d283483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stole this picture from Debby4576! I admit it, but it sure fits my current situation, lol. <BR> <BR> 7/17 - 130.6 <BR> 7/18 - 131.6 <BR> 7/19 - 133.3 <BR> 7/20 - 131.7 <BR> 7/21 - 131.3 <BR> 7/22 - 131.6 <BR> 7/23 - 131.5 <BR> 7/24 - 131.8 <BR> 7/25 - 132.4 <BR> 7/26 - 134.1 (family reunion! Yum!!) <BR> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:24:48 EST Week 3 in the DAWG-Haus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f09f0c35-f90c-453c-96cc-fbab5a5c1170.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My mother told me "eons ago" that in a crisis, I focus on what has to be done, foregoing all else - sadly this sometimes means foregoing my "diet" or meal-plans. Not sorry, it is what it is. Ray is more important than a few pounds. <BR> <BR> Thankfully the doctor has declared his leg "healed" and the arm is almost fully healed with no symptoms of complications (no infection) and his lun... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:24:02 EST Week 2 in the DAWG-Haus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12fc4bbc-ce73-48f3-b4b9-880946d6b0df.jpg"> <BR> Must get back on track, must get back on track, must get....... <BR> I feel like a broken record. But I haven't given up! Never give up! <BR> <BR> 7/04 - 130.4 <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <BR> 7/05 - 131.1 <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <BR> 7/06 - 133.2 <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <BR> 7/07 - 130.2 <em>250</em> <em>8</em> <em>248</em> <B... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:14:00 EST Week 1 in the DAWG-Haus! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953506 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9929c7e-36dc-418f-8ecd-211c54197465.jpg"> <BR> my 4th of July funny, I just love it! <BR> I might just join the dawgs in the tub or under the bed <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've been struggling (again) so I decided maybe giving myself a star on the days I stay within my calorie range might help?! Can't hurt. <BR> <em>250</em> <em>8</em> = a day on track! <BR> <BR> 6/27 - 131.4 <em>250</em> <em>8</em> <BR> 6/28 - 130.3 <em>250</em... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:27:11 EST I am IN the DAWG-Haus! Spirited UnderDawgs that is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947752 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e52d59f-96ed-48ce-ac5a-281af1fa595e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> New Challenge begins June 27th! Teams still open at: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65228 </link> <BR> <BR> Come ONE, Come ALL - join the fun! <BR> <BR> 6/19 - 128.0 <BR> 6/20 - 130.4 <BR> 6/21 - 130.4 <BR> 6/22 - 129.3 <BR> 6/23 - 129.6 <BR> 6/24 - 130.9 <BR> 6/25 - 129.6 <BR> 6/26 - 129.8 <BR> 6/27 - 131.4 (took Hiatus from tracking for the wee... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:33:19 EST Ray is a Poster-Boy on a billboard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940615 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ed5e7c7-4b35-4d76-8531-450862bbb7f3.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0caece77-947f-4853-aa8b-e1f64cb3944c.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc9c1666-bb4c-49ac-ab11-ab420cfe19ee.jpg"> <BR> I know someone on a billboard! WooHoo!! <BR> <BR> 6/06- 128.2 <BR> 6/07 - 127.3 <BR> 6/08 - 126.9 <BR> 6/09 - 126.2 <BR> 6/10 - 127.9 <BR> 6/11 - 127.0 <BR> 6/12 - 127.6 <BR> 6/13 - 128.5 <BR> 6/14 - 129.9 <BR> 6/15 ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 09:10:49 EST Another 5% Challenge without losing 1% - I gained :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937778 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0345dd91-31d3-4ea2-bd3f-590af46da895.jpg"> <BR> Got this in an email today - sheesh! Not the brightest idea for exercise <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge saw me up a pound <em>39</em> but it happens. <BR> <BR> I've been newly inspired by DBEAU57 to get back on track and I whole-heartedly thank Donna for shoving me in the right direction! <BR> <BR> 5/30 - 130.2 <BR> 5/31 - 129.0 <BR> 6/01 - 128.2 <BR> 6/02 - 128.1 <BR> 6/03 - 128.... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 09:59:26 EST Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cd477fc-287f-4d21-849f-4b888d29f8de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still have my "sense" of humor, lol. Soooo, I didn't lose 5 lbs, I should lose at least 1-lb! I can live with that! A 1-lb loss is still a victory! <BR> <BR> 5/23 - 128.3 <BR> 5/24 - 127.5 <BR> 5/25 - 127.9 <BR> 5/26 - 129.7 *sigh* should'a kept my mouth closed, lol. <BR> 5/27 - 128.5 <BR> 5/28 - 128.3 <BR> 5/29 - 129.3 <BR> 5/30 - 130.2 <BR> 5/31 - 129.0 Sat, 23 May 2015 17:21:56 EST Week 7 and I hope I am making progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ba70ad9-c8a0-42fb-b086-07fefd604c2a.jpg"> <BR> ... fill in the "blank" if you don't like bacon! Yes, this is a funny! "Skinnier" does feel (taste) awesome! <BR> <BR> <BR> 5/16 - 127.7 <BR> 5/17 - 128.5 <BR> 5/18 - 128.6 <BR> 5/19 - 130.1 <BR> 5/20 - 128.6 <BR> 5/21 - 128.5 <BR> 5/22 - 129.5 <BR> 5/23 - 128.3 <BR> Sat, 16 May 2015 07:47:59 EST Week 6 and I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925655 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1684605973.jpg"> <BR> Tomorrow is ALWAYS another NEW day! <BR> I caught myself saying, "I went to the dogs yesterday" and had to laugh because my team is the Spirited Underdawgs! <BR> I never know what will start a binge - but it's easier to start one than it is to stop one :( <BR> Bless my DH, Ray, for always saying to me, "it's still under 130!" <BR> <BR> 5/09 - 129.9 <BR> 5/10 - 129.7 <BR> 5/11 - 128.5 <BR> 5/12 - 130.0 <BR> 5/13 - 129... Sun, 10 May 2015 07:47:36 EST Week 5 - and the challenge is in the 2nd half! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921444 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2051710084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> half-way through the challenge sees me holding my own. <BR> I had to up my calories, trying to stop the binges - so I am eating a minimum of 1600 calories daily while my walking was increased, darn that walking buddy, lol. the seeds are working out well! <BR> <BR> 5/01 - 128.4 <BR> 5/02 - 128.9 <BR> 5/03 - 127.9 <BR> 5/04 - 127.7 <BR> 5/05 - 128.0 <BR> 5/06 - 127.8 <BR> 5/07 - 129.5 <BR> 5/08 - 129.8 <BR> 5/09 -... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:46:17 EST Week 3 - adding back WATP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913310 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040315268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Week 3 sees me up about 1/2 pound but I am trying to get back into my WATP and that makes muscle - muscle weighs more. I'm needing to work the Hamstrings and WATP does that with "kickbacks" and "grapevine" steps. <BR> <BR> 4/17 - 128.2 <BR> 4/18 - 128.3 <BR> 4/19 - 128.0 <BR> 4/20 - 128.3 <BR> 4/21 - 128.1 <BR> 4/22 - 128.2 <BR> 4/23 - 129.6 <BR> 4/24 - 129.8 <BR> 4/25 - 128.7 <BR> 4/26 - 129.7 <BR> 4/27 - 129.1... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:38:09 EST Week 2 and I'm making progress!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653673413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BTW, I have a new secret ingredient - Flax! <BR> <BR> I bought Oat Revolution w/ Flax (Instant Oatmeal 2/$1 @Salvage Grocery) and it has really 'moved' me. So, I decided to buy Flax Seeds @Walmart <BR> <link>www.walmart.com/ip/Good-Grains-Whole<BR>-Fla x-Seed-24-oz/36532348 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm adding about 1 TBL morning and night (breakfast & dinner) and it is helping not only to 'move' me but to keep me fe... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:23:48 EST I'm working at it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905165 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267029079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm trying to "melt" away - sometimes it just takes patience. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of patience! <BR> <BR> P.S. it was crazy to be gaining so I googled it and it said to change my digital scale batteries. It dropped .7 immediately! <BR> <BR> 4/04 - 129.4 <BR> 4/05 - 128.1 - change your scale batteries!! <BR> 4/06 - 128.8 <BR> 4/07 - 128.3 <BR> 4/08 - 128.3 <BR> 4/09 - 127.8 <BR> 4/10 - 127.0 <BR> 4/11 - <... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 07:08:03 EST As we prepare to embark on a new 5% journey.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901556 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1603275801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As we prepare to embark on a new 5% journey - the Spring 5% Challenge - I shall 'attempt' to say goodbye to some "unmentionables" in my meal plan! <BR> P.S. I just liked the picture - muffins are not my problem. <BR> If it was a jar of PB, that is my problem, lol. <BR> <BR> 3/28 - 129.3 <BR> 3/29 - 130.9 (yeah, fried fish - plus) <BR> 3/30 - 130.2 <BR> 3/31 - 129.7 <BR> 4/01 - 129.0 <BR> 4/02 - 129.1 <BR> 4/03... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:26:10 EST Back on the wagon! Let's Go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208097963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ray is doing well and now I cannot use him as an excuse to eat <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Sooooo, I'm back on the wagon! Let's Go Linda - move that butt!! <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> 3/21 - 129.5 <BR> 3/22 - 129.6 <BR> 3/23 - 130.9 <BR> 3/24 - 130.2 <BR> 3/25 - 129.5 <BR> 3/26 - 129.8 <BR> 3/27 - 129.5 <BR> 3/28 - 129.3 Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:59:02 EST Ray is in the news - first TAVR patient in Hattiesburg MS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1271874472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital <BR> <BR> World War II Veteran, Ray Stephens, loves to work in his garden. However, a few months ago, the 93 year old Sumrall resident noticed something wasn't right. <BR> <BR> "I started getting short of breath, and I could no longer do any work," said Stephens. <BR> <BR> After a visit to his doctor, Stephens said he learned he had a bad heart valve, but a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:40:27 EST In-between Winter & Spring Challenge - week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889080 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340312613.jpg"> <BR> an Easter funny from the Readers Digest archives! <BR> <BR> Well, Ray is on the mend and I have caught up on my sleep. Time to get this weight off again! <BR> <BR> 3/07 - 131.5 <BR> 3/08 - 130.7 <BR> 3/09 - 131.2 - too much junk <BR> 3/10 - 130.3 <BR> 3/11 - 129.2 <BR> 3/12 - 128.9 <BR> 3/13 - 129.6 (no idea) <BR> 3/14 - 131.2 (ate all day!) <BR> <BR> P.S. Spring 5% Challenge Team is open! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeo... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:24:09 EST Please say a prayer for us if you do pray. Or send good thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883519 Today is the day. We leave for hospital in 10 minutes - I will let you know the outcome as soon as possible. And yes, I am totally stressed even though I know Ray has the best chance for success. He's still 93. <BR> <BR> If you have time, please say a prayer for Dr Randall Smith, the Cardiologist responsible for the entire procedure. And, of course, for Ray and for my sanity. <BR> <BR> huggers, <BR> linda <BR> <BR> Thanks! He came through the surgery and now is in ICU recovery. Lo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:52:24 EST oooOOOOOooooo! Snow Monsters! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1867160716.jpg"> <BR> Make big snow lumps. <BR> Insert glow sticks for eyes. <BR> Freak the neighbors out. Pat Redmond photo <BR> <BR> 2/21 - 128.7 <BR> 2/22 - 128.9 <BR> 2/23 - 129.9 <BR> 2/24 - 129.4 <BR> 2/25 - 129.4 <BR> 2/26 - 129.1 <BR> 2/27 - 130.4 <BR> 2/28 - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:13:32 EST Week 6 - a funny & a link to YouTube video RE: Ray's Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875765 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l765995072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From my Geek-News emails. <BR> <BR> 2/14 - 126.0 <BR> 2/15 - 127.0 <BR> 2/16 - 127.2 <BR> 2/17 - 128.5 <BR> 2/18 - 127.2 <BR> 2/19 - 128.6 <BR> 2/20 - 128.2 <BR> 2/21 - 128.7 <BR> <BR> FYI, here is a short 2 minute video about Ray's upcoming TAVR Heart Valve Replacement. It is not gory and we found it to be quite informative and it has reduced our stress & worry a lot. Anyone can watch this. <BR> FYI, the proced... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:50:56 EST Week 5 Winter Challenge: one more laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813243582.jpg"> <BR> another cartoon from Reader's Digest archives <BR> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> 2/07 - 126.2 <BR> 2/08 - 126.1 <BR> 2/09 - 127.8 <BR> 2/10 - 129.3 <BR> 2/11 - 127.8 <BR> 2/12 - 126.9 <BR> 2/13 - 126.3 <BR> 2/14 - Sat, 7 Feb 2015 13:45:43 EST Week 4 Winter Challenge: another giggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866352 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1286577319.jpg"> <BR> another reader's digest valentine cartoon <BR> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> 1/31 - 125.8 <BR> 2/01 - 125.6 <BR> 2/02 - 125.9 <BR> 2/03 - 125.5 <BR> 2/04 - 126.7 <BR> 2/05 - 126.9 <BR> 2/06 - 127.9 <BR> 2/07 - 126.2 Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:47:36 EST Week 3 Winter Challenge: Romance is NOT dead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1638274839.jpg"> <BR> readers digest photo <BR> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> 1/24 - 124.6 <BR> 1/25 - 125.0 <BR> 1/26 - 124.9 <BR> 1/27 - 125.0 <BR> 1/28 - 127.4 <BR> 1/29 - 127.4 <BR> 1/30 - 127.7 <BR> 1/31 - 125.8 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:06:59 EST Week Two of Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856632 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165091164.jpg"> <BR> This one's called "A Man and his Dog!" readers digest photo <BR> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> We got word and a date has been scheduled for Ray to receive his new Heart Valve! <BR> Feb 27th, and I would ask anyone willing and wishing to do so to please say a prayer for my dear sw... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:24:02 EST Week One of Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027951877.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1/10 - 127.6 <BR> 1/11 - 126.3 <BR> 1/12 - 125.8 <BR> 1/13 - 126.2 <BR> 1/14 - 126.0 <BR> 1/15 - 125.3 <BR> 1/16 - 127.0 <BR> 1/17 - 125.7 <BR> Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:53:03 EST Happy New Year Spark-Land! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842511 Well, 2014 is gone, over, done with - today it is a new year, 2015, and time for a newer me! 2014 I rid myself of 15 lbs (almost) but found 2 of them during the holidays. It's ok, today I recommit to getting back on track. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1/01 - 127.0 <BR> 1/02 - 126.5 <BR> 1/03 - 128.1 <BR> 1/04 - 127.9 <BR> 1/05 - 127.0 <BR> 1/06 - 126.2 <BR> 1/07 - 126.4 <BR> 1/08 - 125.5 <BR> 1/09 - 125.6 <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:52:16 EST The 2015 Winter 5% Challenge Community is Open! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832689 The 2015 Winter Challenge Community is open for sign ups. Please let your friends know. <BR> <BR> Upon joining, please read the sticky topics. You may have read the FAQ before, but please read it again as a refresher of the Challenge Rules. <BR> <BR> Have fun and good luck! <BR> <BR> Here is the link. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64012 </link> <BR> <BR> or copy & paste: <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gid=64012 <... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:34:58 EST Yes! But it was worth it! Totally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824749 I thoroughly enjoyed myself on Thanksgiving and actually planned to eat as much as I did. I knew ahead of time that I would be way over on my daily allowance and didn't care - I just made sure the calories were worth it. <BR> <BR> OMG! They certainly were worth it!! <BR> <BR> 11/27 - 125.6 <BR> 11/28 - 127.1 <BR> 11/29 - 126.3 <BR> 11/30 - 125.5 <BR> 12/01 - 125.1 <BR> 12/02 - 125.4 <BR> 12/03 - 124.3 <BR> 12/04 - 124.7 <BR> 12/05 - 124.8 <BR> 12/06 - 126.4 (not my fault - the pie was c... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:40:07 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823748 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652264389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not my dog - just came in an email today! It is silly, but seemed "appropriate" anyway. <BR> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:26:02 EST I've been fighting a losing binge-battle but I will never give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822180 Not sure if it is worry, boredom, depression - but I have been "remiss" with my program of late. <BR> <BR> I hesitate to mention it because I don't want to cause anyone else to have problems - winter is coming and it is instinctive for me to "put on fat to stay warm!" <BR> <BR> I will win this battle - I just have learned to be patient with myself and not expect perfection. Actually, I refuse perfection because I am not perfect and never was. <BR> <BR> Part of my maintenance program ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:24:59 EST My Ray - this is long but http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816620 Everything went super-great! They did the Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) first and checked the valve and it definitely will not open the way it should (as expected). That went well and they next did the Heart Catheterization (through the Femoral Artery in the leg) and I believe he said 3 arteries are 30% but I was so relieved he lived through the procedure that I didn't ask questions the way I normally would. Dr. Smith said it was expected and better than hoped for. I can also tell... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:51:52 EST