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/ 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 - <BR> 5/07 - <BR> 5/08 - <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 If it was easy, we'd all be *_____* (fill in the blank)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738369 If it was easy, we'd all be *______* (fill in the blank) <BR> <BR> 1) Learn to love myself today, as I am, so that I can accept myself when I rid myself of the excess baggage. <BR> <BR> 2) Be content with what I have today, instead of worrying about what I will have tomorrow. As long as I have enough - I am rich! <BR> <BR> 7/12 - 125.0 <BR> <BR> 7/13 - 124.8 <BR> 7/14 - 124.6 <BR> 7/15 - 124.3 <BR> 7/16 - 124.7 <BR> 7/17 - 124.6 <BR> 7/18 - 124.6 <BR> 7/19 - 125.3 <BR> 7/20 - 124.4 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:00:43 EST Happy Independence Day! Freedom from Food Addiction!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731734 As I was returning a goodie to another sparkie, I typed Happy 4th of July - Happy Independence Day! <BR> <BR> Then I got to thinking, SparkPeople gave me Independence too! <BR> <BR> I fought the good fight against my food addictions - and I came out on top! <BR> <BR> That's real Independence!! Wow! What an aha! moment!! <BR> <BR> So I'm wishing all my Spark-Friends, all over the world, Happy Independence today! May we all be granted Independence from our food addictions!! <BR> <BR... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 06:28:15 EST Another week, another challenge, another go for the goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728188 This week the LTGL Challenge is to stay within our recommended calorie range - unfortunately, when I connect the 2 trackers, it won't give me the needed calorie deficit to lose 3/4 pound per week to meet the 5% challenge. <BR> <BR> So, I have disconnected the 2 trackers for this week and will stay within the range of 1200-1550 to meet both challenges for the week. <BR> 6/28 - 126.4 <BR> <BR> 6/29 - 126.9 <BR> 6/30 - 126.5 <BR> 7/1 - 126.2 <BR> 7/2 - 125.9 <BR> 7/3 - 125.4 <BR> 7/4 - 126.0 ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:47:09 EST Supplements for my Legs & Cardiovascular http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722587 As I start the 5% Summer Challenge to lose the last 6 lbs in 8 weeks, I have some new daily goals/challenges: <BR> 375 calorie deficit for 3/4 pound per week to reach 5% goal <BR> 180-200 carbs, 200 cholesterol consumed, 1500 sodium. <BR> <BR> For me 5% tends to be around 6 lbs, divided by 8 weeks = 3/4 pound per week so I would need a calorie deficit of 375 per day to reach my goal. <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> I wanted to share with you some supplements I found that are helping me just so y... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 07:31:21 EST 127.5! Lowest I've been it 2 years! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718279 Back when I lost my home internet in February 2012, I hit 128 lbs. Up from 125 after a very long and hard winter which was up from 120ish at the end of 2011. <BR> <BR> Y'all know in 2013 I went to "heck in a handbasket" and hit 140! You know it because I owned it! <BR> <BR> Today I broke 128 again and I am just so thrilled!! 127.5! However - I know it will bounce again! It's ok, any weight I reach - I can reach it again!! <BR> <BR> P.S. for anyone finding this blog and not knowing me... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 07:54:22 EST Another week ~ another half-pound! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713251 Yup, you read that right! These pounds are "leaving the house!" <BR> <BR> Because my DH Ray is pre-diabetic, I have been researching carbs and trying to keep us both within reasonable limits. This is not easy when I am burning enough calories to need more daily. I mean, really, calories have to contain something and mostly they do contain carbs! <BR> <BR> For my weight and height, it was generally suggested to try for the 180-200 range and I gotta tell you, not easy to accomplish. Sad... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:11:45 EST Thank YOU Kaliswalker!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707404 Anyone who has joined one of the quarterly 5% Challenges will recognize the above name, Kaliswalker, as she is the one who started these more than 4 years ago! <BR> <BR> Kaliswalker continued to invite me EVERY single quarter for the 2 years I was without internet and I got one in December just before I got my home internet back and she said no problem if I missed a day. I think she held the starting date until I did get it back on Jan 8, 2014. <BR> <BR> I was a bit disappointed that my we... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:41:50 EST Yes, it bounced up - but that happens :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703301 I know my weight will bounce around - life is like that. <BR> <BR> It's ok, really. <BR> <BR> Ok, so it stinks but life does go on and so will I. <BR> <BR> Even when we're old enough not to, our bodies do still go through the cycles and yes, it will affect weight. *sigh* <BR> <BR> This is one reason why I do weigh daily - otherwise I would think I had gained 2 lbs this past week. Even I know I didn't eat enough to gain 2 lbs in one day, lol. <BR> <BR> There are many of us who wei... Mon, 26 May 2014 07:26:25 EST 1300 lbs! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698159 today was 1300! but this doen't mean I have arrived, it means I have glimpsed heaven but the temptations still abound! I know I will be bouncing around but that's ok because I know I can do it! <BR> <BR> 5/17 - 130.4 <BR> 5/18 - 131.6 <BR> 5/19 - 130.0 <BR> 5/20 - 130.5 <BR> 5/21 - 130.3 <BR> 5/22 - 130.7 <BR> 5/23 - 130.9 <BR> 5/24 - 130.6 <BR> 5/25 - 132.1 -- no, I was good yesterday - this just happens :( Mon, 19 May 2014 07:48:11 EST 1/2 jar (1 cup) [264gr] approx. of peanut butter is more than a serving?! who'd a thunk it?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691758 1/2 jar (1 cup) [264gr] approximately of peanut butter is more than a serving?! <BR> who'd a thunk it?! <BR> <BR> So.... 1500 calories worth of peanut butter later - surprisingly I feel great and only up about a pound, lol. So far! <BR> <BR> Sometimes weight gain has a "timed delay feature" attached to it. I'll deal with it. <BR> <BR> Back on-board today. <BR> <BR> 5/10 - 131.9 <BR> 5/11 - 131.7 <BR> 5/12 - 131.9 <BR> 5/13 - 132.2 <BR> 5/14 - 131.4 <BR> 5/15 - 130.6 <BR> 5/16 - 130... Sat, 10 May 2014 08:26:03 EST I want to weigh 1300 lbs!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686988 This is a joke on DH who looked at the scale a few weeks back and said, "Linda, the scale is broken - it says I weigh 1600 lbs!" <BR> <BR> "No Ray, it says 160.0" <BR> <BR> So - I want to weigh 1300 lbs <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Really, I want to weigh 1299 lbs <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> 5/3 - 130.3 <BR> 5/4 - 131.0 <BR> 5/5 - 131.6 <BR> 5/6 - 131.4 <BR> 5/7 - 131.7 <BR> 5/8 - 131.1 <BR> 5/9 - 131.1 <BR> 5/10-131.9 Sun, 4 May 2014 08:30:44 EST A good week all considered! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681737 After a week with 2 large meals I ended the week where I started - a good week! <BR> (Easter Sunday and then having to eat out Saturday night.) <BR> <BR> Pain levels are stabilizing now - still a rough patch here and there, but overall getting better I think. Taking my Vitamin D and added Tart Cherry for my joints. <BR> <BR> Onward and downward! <BR> <BR> 4/26 - 131.4 <BR> 4/27 - 131.0 <BR> 4/28 - 130.6 <BR> 4/29 - 130.9 <BR> 4/30 - 131.6 <BR> 5/01 - 130.6 <BR> 5/02 - 130.8 <BR> 5/03 - 13... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:28:06 EST Reflexology for pain management. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675018 I have been struggling with my Sciatica for about 6 months now - and have endured the pain, tingling and numbness in my legs for most of it. In the last couple of weeks, now the top of my foot started hurting so I had to retie my shoes bypassing the offending area. <BR> <BR> I finally thought about Foot Reflexology and looked up the charts and "lo & behold" the top of my foot area is the Lumbar region! Well, DUH! on me!! <BR> <BR> I actually took a Reflexology class back in 1991 and have ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:08:57 EST So I fell off my foam roller, thanks a lot Diane, I thought you love me :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670307 Yes, that is tongue in cheek. DianeDoesSmiles suggested I use a foam roller for my back. So, after looking through SP and YouTube, I bought one from Walmart and it came yesterday. <BR> <BR> I promptly started with a few "rolls" and just as promptly fell off the darn thing <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> So far I have fallen off my Balance Ball, Balance Board, my own shoes, my mini-trampoline, my real bicycle and Foam Roller - not in that order. <BR> <BR> At least I get up and try aga... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:07:27 EST Is Obesity a Disease? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669613 I know there is a lot of controversy over this - I PREFER to think not because it's not like I caught it or was infected with it - my obesity was a "learned behavior" and possibly a compulsive disorder - disorder, not disease. <BR> <BR> The A.M.A. HAS labeled Obesity a Disease. <BR> Here is what I found online when googling it. <BR> <BR> QUOTED: Is Obesity a Disease? <BR> "Suggesting that obesity is a disease, rather than a condition, may prove counterproductive as the description ap... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:14:53 EST