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/ 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 Thank a Veteran this Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808875 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1302931495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 11/01 - 124.1 <BR> 11/02 - 123.7 <BR> 11/03 - 123.1 <BR> 11/04 - 123.1 <BR> 11/05 - 123.0 <BR> 11/06 - 123.1 <BR> 11/07 - 123.8 <BR> 11/08 - 125.9 <BR> 11/09 - 125.4 <BR> 11/10 - 125.5 <BR> 11/11 - 124.7 <BR> 11/12 - 125.1 <BR> 11/13 - 127.8 <BR> 11/14 - <BR> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:35:47 EST This is incredible! It's NOT a bird... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800993 This is incredible! It's NOT a bird... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625886151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This parrot is in fact a female model who posed for Johannes Stötter, a fine art body painter. Using breathable paint, he spent hours painstakingly turning this woman into the image of a parrot, brushstroke by brushstroke. The model’s arm forms the parrot’s head and beak, and her legs form the wing and tail feathers. Remember: always take a closer look as things ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:23:49 EST When I die and get to heaven . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796694 Recently I was asked, "is maintaining harder than losing the weight?" <BR> The following is my reply: <BR> <BR> I don't want to scare you, so I will try to say this the right way. <BR> <BR> It's all a battle - but remember always, YOU are worth the effort. <BR> <BR> I am almost 63 and never knew until the last year or so that thin people struggle all their lives to keep their weight. I know because I started asking every thin person I have contact with. Then I apologize to them because... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:04:16 EST I am NOT a number on the scale - repeat as needed, lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791689 I know - it sounds so simple, but I still forget it all the time. <BR> <BR> Thanks to all my spark-buds for trying to remind me of this. As Carrol said, "maintenance is NOT for sissies!" <BR> <BR> No, it doesn't get easier. But I am worth the extra work to stay where I am. I have several days within the last 2 weeks that I didn't track & log my foods. Yes, you don't see that because I even quit changing the Nutrition Tracker to show I wasn't tracking. <BR> <BR> Two shopping trips and... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:42:26 EST A new 5% Challenge for a New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783883 Every new 5% Challenge gets a new blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we started the Fall 5% Challenge and I was up a bit at 124.5 but a new challenge brings a new me! <BR> <BR> Go SUDs!! <BR> <BR> 9/20 - 124.5 <BR> 9/21 - 123.9 <BR> 9/22 - 122.8 <BR> 9/23 - 122.9 <BR> 9/24 - 122.5 <BR> 9/25 - 123.0 <BR> 9/26 - 122.6 <BR> 9/27 - 122.8 <BR> <BR> 9/28 - 124.0 <BR> 9/29 - 124.4 <BR> 9/30 - 124.4 <BR> 10/01 - 123.9 <BR> 10/02 - 123.8 <BR> 10/03 - 124.0 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:08:45 EST 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is now officially closed :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778064 I'm sorry, I left my blog the last 3-1/2 weeks so anyone wanting to could join the Fall Challenge. I learned today, the Challenge is officially closed now. Anyone that is interested may sparkmail me and I will keep your name for the Winter Challenge which will start either Dec or Jan. <BR> <BR> The weeks since the Summer Challenge ended were rough for me. August hit me hard and heavy with hot & humid weather here in Mississippi. No excuses, just fact. So I am bouncing around - it happen... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:40:29 EST The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761320 It's time! The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63518 </link> <BR> <BR> Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!! <BR> <BR> There are many teams to choose from, all located in the Team Forum: <BR> <BR> Any Team is Great! <BR> Casual Travelers <BR> Champions in the Kitchen <BR> Cloverleafs <BR> Determined Daisies <BR> Firecrackers <BR> Shooting Stars <BR> Spirited Underdogs <BR> Starf... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:34:52 EST for Diane..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l872706747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l884942906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> enjoy them my awesome alpha leadah! <BR> <BR> **P.S. I should explain, Diane is one Leader of the Spirited Underdogs team and we are forever looking for cute doggie pictures. The kitty one just caught me unawares and made me chuckle. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:36:02 EST I know, but it's ok. This too is part of my journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757776 Yes, I went way over today - but tomorrow is another day! <BR> <BR> I've been fighting my weight for a few days now, ever since getting back to 122-ville, so this really is expected and will pass eventually. <BR> <BR> The fact that I lost my lower partial and really don't have enough lower teeth to comfortably eat, plus if I eat solids where the partial will sit will really be awful as I tend to get sores from that and I have to be able to put the new partial in my mouth tomorrow - so I j... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:37:04 EST Almost Waffles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750982 I got snacky yesterday after having to shop for a new fridge - we did great BTW! <BR> <BR> So, I had bought frozen waffles for the family (reunion) but have you seen the calorie count on a frozen waffle?! <BR> <BR> I found Rice Cakes - the highest calorie count on a rice cake is 50 calories, the lowest I've found to be 35 - so far. <BR> <BR> I took 2 Rice Cakes - one Buttered Pop Corn - 35 cal, the other White Cheddar - 45 cal <BR> 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Spread (Fleishmann) and divided it ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:29:54 EST the day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747351 The day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse. <BR> <BR> I would have been "ok" if I'd been able to go to bed at normal time, but staying up with family is dangerous stuff, lol. That's when the chips came out and were devoured. <BR> <BR> LOL - it's only one day annually - this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> P.S. the cake was worth it too! <BR> <BR> 7/26 - 123.1 Reunion today! AARGH!! <BR> 7/27 - 124.3 - could be sooo much worse! <BR> 7/28 - 123.3 - phew! <BR> 7/29 - 123.... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:39:01 EST when it rains, it pours *sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742623 So I've been keeping my sodium down around 1500 for quite some time now - but lately I have noticed the need for an extra Zantac (ranitidine) for heartburn. <BR> <BR> When all else failed, I tried using salt to settle my stomach - white cheddar rice cake and/or cheddar poppers (mini-rice cakes) and it helped. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my snack of poppers and felt like my leg cramps lessened?! <BR> <BR> Back to google, "symptoms of sodium deficiency" and guess what #1 is - you got it - mu... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:08:27 EST How do you make those cool little designs . . . ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740782 Ok, so I do a lot of copy & paste when I see something I like and I save it all to a document. <BR> <BR> Today I had some time and decided to try yet again to google "how to" and I actually found it! <BR> <BR> It's called: ASCII Art Pictures! <BR> (\( <BR> ( -.-) <BR> o__(")(") <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Make-Pictures-Using-<BR>Keyboard-Keys </link> <BR> [0,0] <BR> |)__) <BR> -”-”- <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Sample/ASCII-Art-Pic<BR>tures </link> <BR> <BR> Now you too can... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:14:45 EST