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/ Where there's a will, there is a way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155677 Our GolfCar broke down Saturday morning and so far is still broken. <BR> <BR> I came home from my morning walk and heard Ray say, "hey honey!" and I found him hoeing in the garden using the walker! <BR> <BR> Yes, we only have 2 rows that need hoeing this year, but this is still pretty impressive. The white bandage on his arm is covering what is left of the 2 huge hematoma blisters that started as eggs on his arm! <BR> <BR> P.S. I should mention that Ray is 94 and we struggled over a year... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:48:10 EST Been remiss in my tracking - but I keep trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150900 .This is a ONE day at a time, rest of my life program. <BR> <BR> So, I just keep on trying. <em>250</em> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:48:14 EST Cocoa is an Appetite Supressant?? I just like it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135719 *~*~*~**Although I prefer the Special Dark, regular Cocoa is also touted as being good for you and in some ways better; it seems the "dutching" might remove stuff other than the bitter. So use whatever cocoa you have or prefer. Or mix them! <BR> <BR> As you know from a couple of blogs back, the newest love in my life is Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa and I guess I use "about 3 TBL" daily. In any way I can imagine, lol. **as a side note: I don't crave the PB like before?! Using the PB2 to ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 17:42:53 EST My Travel Plans for 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132736 My Travel Plans for 2016. <BR> <BR> I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport. You have to be driven there. I have made several trips there thanks to my children, friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 17:54:47 EST I think I'm in love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132473 ok, so love is a strong word.. <BR> <BR> I thought this would be for Mr Edwards Pies - mmmm! <BR> I just love the choc choc fudge pie - they call it cream but I call it heavenly. <BR> <BR> *sigh* I just found a new true love - Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa. You cost a little more but you're so worth it! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6b1e8a3-6e4c-4669-9efd-3eba21c2dc9a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> half the calories of regular cocoa and a bit more carb - but oh what I can do wi... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 10:46:45 EST Annual TAVR Check-out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130061 I know, but it really was a check-out of the annual program for TAVR patients. <BR> <BR> I took Ray for his annual TAVR check-out yesterday and I think they are pleased with his progress. He was held back so much by all the complications - we were told that they had never seen anyone have so much trouble with Warfarin. <BR> <BR> He still has fatigue but really very little shortness of breath after we got him off the Warfarin! So far he isn't even needing extra water pills either! WooHo... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:42:11 EST I want to cry but this time for hopefully good news! I'm back to Da Dawgs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124535 After a week in the hospital with Ray, again, this time his cardiologist is taking Ray off the Warfarin. He said the risk factor is acceptable and his quality of life is important too. <BR> <BR> Ray developed 2 - XL Hematoma Blisters on his Left Arm (like 2 XL Eggs sitting on his arm) and had uncontrollable itching on both arms from shoulders to wrists. It took a bit of tweaking but we finally got the itching under control (3 weeks of uncontrollable itching) - he had to go back on his Lort... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:33:18 EST Time to Join the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge Community! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106770 for the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge Community! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66559 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Join today and sign up for your favored team! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard.asp?board=31129x66559 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Sun, 28 Feb 2016 12:45:32 EST Phew! It was worth it - Ray is doing soooo much better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102258 I am glad I devoted myself to Ray because he has made tremendous progress. He really did have to come first. <BR> <BR> Today, I actually feel like getting back on track! WooHoo!! <BR> <BR> Ray just looks sooooo much better! Better color, more attentive, wants to exercise - he is just so much better! Everyone sees the change - it was a long hard battle but I am thankful that he has come through. It was so iffy for a while. <BR> <BR> Thank you to everyone that has been supporting me emo... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 17:51:49 EST 2/8/2016: Decision time :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091223 2/08/2016: I had a decision to make and I made it. <BR> <BR> With Ray's health in question, I am not able to get in the exercise and calories burned that I used to get. <BR> <BR> But, I have to eat. I am accustomed to eating! <BR> <BR> So, Ray & I sat down and discussed it and decided that my weight range right now should be between 145-150 so I set it for 147 on my tracker. Although I am overweight by 10 lbs, I am still down more than 60 lbs from when I started and I can't keep ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:35:49 EST 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