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/ 2017 Summer 5% Challenge Community Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378375 I usually blog this as soon as I get my invite to the Official 5% Team but I have been busy with my DH, Ray. <BR> <BR> It's not too late to join if you're interested - many have made the 5% in the 8 weeks of challenge. Even if you don't (I certainly haven't), we learn good habits and meet some wonderfully supportive people. <BR> <BR> For some reason, we are behind on the number we usually get signing up - I can only imagine that like me, life got in the way. I tended my DH and he is fin... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:12:01 EST Thrush and Acidophilus **Acidophilus needs refrigeration!! OMG!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378313 Ray developed a 'problem' in his backside - probably related to the Thrush and a month's worth of Nystatin Liquid. <BR> <BR> A neighbor with a paralyzed hubby learned that we must MUST up the dosages of Acidophilus (probiotics) to the equivalent of 4-Billion or more to fight yeast infections and yes, Thrush is a yeast infection. <BR> <BR> Since doing this, Ray's appetite has improved and I believe he is getting stronger again. <BR> <BR> After much research and searching online, I found w... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:20:42 EST Dementia Care: Surrounded by Sound - an article at AgingCare.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369047 I found this in my mail today and wanted to share. While iPods are scarce, MP3 players ARE still out there! <BR> <BR> This article was written by Sarah Jane and posted at AgingCare.com <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s been almost a year since I first put together a playlist of Mum’s favorite music. Trawling iTunes for the greatest hits of the 1940s and 50s, Mum and I happily rediscovered the songs of her youth—Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Vera Lynn and the rest. <BR> <BR> Once the compilation was burne... Wed, 31 May 2017 12:13:55 EST Support Bar ideas & Waterproofing idea for your furniture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367744 Ray needed me to add another couple of Support Grab Bars and the question was, where to place them. At first I was going to place one in front of the sink cabinet and the other on the Towel Closet. <BR> <BR> Then I realized, he would be forever banging his hand against the countertop and the other would be behind the door. I don't want him closing the door. <BR> <BR> This is what I wound up doing: <BR> On top of the counter and it offers full support <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Sun, 28 May 2017 14:24:22 EST Let me share my Wednesday happiness with you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366561 Ray is a little hard of hearing. Ok, deaf as a doorknob. <BR> <BR> But, at 95, he's really unable to make the long trip to Jackson MS to the VA, so I asked about them "outsourcing" his hearing aids to be adjusted. <BR> <BR> Well, the receptionist for the local doctor gave me a bad feeling and I just knew I was going to have a fight on my hands - I cannot spend $3000+ on a new set of hearing aids when the VA will supply them for free (other than a consulting fee). <BR> <BR> So I went in wi... Thu, 25 May 2017 15:59:10 EST Cherish the ones you love, Life doesn't come with guarantees. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365643 I took Ray to his primary physician and we discussed the ZG Chair, his dehydration, swallowing issues, etc. <BR> <BR> I explained why we chose not to go to the ER when he fell and hit his head. Regardless of what would be found in the testing, at Ray's advanced age and with his other problems, there really isn't much that could be done even with a "worst case scenario." Unless it would be life or death, I wouldn't authorize any surgery at this point in time. <BR> <BR> I showed Dr Bullo... Tue, 23 May 2017 13:53:18 EST A change in my profile - but still the same old me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365131 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0eacc306-9c9e-4bff-a1b0-6bb84e11ec44.jpg"> Weebles Wobble but we don't fall down! <BR> <BR> Well, another week is gone and Ray is still here! <BR> <BR> It turned out to be a multi-faceted problem, but then, isn't that always the way? <BR> <BR> The doctor allowed me to cut back Ray's Lasix by half and finally, he is able to sleep through the night again. <BR> <BR> Still using the Zero Gravity chair and I'm just glad it's keeping him comfort... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:56:14 EST I am turning into Ray! Broken sleep is awful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363870 I have come to figure out that a huge part of Ray's problem is not age as much as broken sleep! <BR> <BR> Having to keep to his schedule has made me act like - - - him. I can feel myself staggering around. I get confused easily because it is difficult to keep my thoughts clear. <BR> <BR> He sees his primary care physician on Monday and I hope to remember to bring it up. <BR> <BR> There might not be any solution, but at least I can put it out there. <BR> <BR> ** I prefer not to use a sl... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:22:34 EST RE: A comment left on my page gave me thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363553 RE: I hate the saying that God doesn't give you more than you can handle! <BR> ** I told the person that left it that I didn't believe in it either. <BR> <BR> But I was just thinking and realized I just look at it differently. <BR> <BR> I ask for the strength to cope with the problems life sends to me. I don't assume I am strong enough to handle everything - I ask for the strength to handle things. There is a difference. It's a subtle difference, but it's still there. <BR> <BR> To... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:22:52 EST RE: Zero Gravity and symptoms: chair good, Ray old, lol. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362358 I was on the right track but for the wrong train. <BR> <BR> The doctor was so nice when I told him everything - but he said it wasn't so much the Zero Gravity as the fact Ray was laying down for long periods of time these past 2 weeks and at his age, it just doesn't take long for muscles to atrophy. <BR> <BR> And, he said, if you're not using the muscles, the body will get rid of the excess fluids in the body from the not needed/used muscles. (not verbatim so if I explain it wrong, oopsies... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:33:22 EST Just a little FYI should you experience any of these symptoms after Zero Gravity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362251 I had an idea last night - and it came to fruition. <BR> <BR> The only thing new is the chair and Zero Gravity. I had already decided to put Ray back on the sofa - forgive me, but it's 10 years old and the chair is new. <BR> <BR> Anyway, as it goes, one thing led to another and I started googling. Ray's problems are very similar in nature to what astronauts go through in extended Zero Gravity! Ray has been spending more and more time in the chair, in ZG. <BR> <BR> I turned us around and... Mon, 15 May 2017 12:37:28 EST Did I tell you about my Coffee Nirvana? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358791 Did I tell you about Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens? <BR> <BR> OMG! To die for! 1 scoop (about 1 TBL) equals 25 calories - I add 1 tsp to my cup of coffee for a treat that is actually healthy! <BR> <BR> You might want to invest in a jar but it's not cheap - about $25 per canister -- but to me it is so worth it! I start each day with a pepped up cup of coffee. (followed by another cup or 2 - hey, for 25 calories, I can afford 3 cups!) <BR> <BR> ** the above is a "greens" supplement - m... Sun, 7 May 2017 09:37:19 EST I am Normal?! Yes, I am!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357969 I was watching the Today show and they were all playing with this ridiculous toy, a "Figit" toy - when I thought, I will look online for figit toys! This finally led to stress toys and eventually I thought about "bean bags" but they are sooo expensive now. (look below to make your own no-sew bag) <BR> <BR> Ok, in this vein, I went to online Walmart and found StressTabs - just before buying, I decided to look into the ingredients - B Complex Vitamins. Well, Heck! (It also contains Sensoril... Fri, 5 May 2017 09:55:23 EST ... and here is why I haven't been posting lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357629 Ray likes The Chair - - - but if I'm in the room, he still asks for help :( <BR> <BR> It took me a full day to teach him how to use 2 buttons; UP and DOWN <BR> (there are more buttons but up & down is the extremes) He just can't seem to remember - especially if I am in the room. I have to believe he is doing the best he can. So far he is still happy to be alive. <BR> <BR> I finally had to tell him how much the chair cost, just to get him to use it. <BR> To say he was surprised is an unde... Thu, 4 May 2017 13:56:14 EST I know - y'all are tired of hearing about Ray :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354827 However, the HomeHealthNurse that started with him last year said he never looked better! <BR> <BR> She agrees; the blood pooling in his legs seems to be diminishing! <BR> Thank you Zero Gravity! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:21:35 EST Ray in his favorite pastime position! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351248 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc552aa1-1035-4e39-8692-9338aafac0a5.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yuppers - The Chair arrived this morning and Ray assumed this position 3X today! <BR> <BR> I think he likes it! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:17:03 EST Lithium Orotate - Blog from Going2LoseNow's blog 12/26/2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351086 I decided to copy & paste the entire blog! <BR> Low-Dose Lithium Orotate = 5mg elemental lithium. <BR> <BR> I found out about this when a doctor posted at a Care Giver forum: <BR> drpoundsign: 3 days ago: <link>www.agingcare.com/Questions/mother-m<BR>ild-vascular-dementia-sleep-issues-sug<BR>gestions-type-of-doctor-we-should-see-<BR>427354.htm </link> <BR> As an MD, I actually don't Like Benzo drugs (Ativan, Xanax) yet they are widely used. Depakote is supposed to be Good. I agree w... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:17:01 EST After asked about, "did the chair help?" I decided to post again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92321726-76c2-45b4-9525-aff0b1b20077.jpg"> but no cup holder on mine. <BR> <BR> I had ordered this for outdoors and it came yesterday - he sat in it, and promptly fell asleep, lol. This is what Zero Gravity looks like. Well worth the $35!! <BR> <link>www.walmart.com/ip/17775592 </link> <BR> Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair <BR> <BR> For Ray: <BR> **Day 1: in the Cheap Chair = leg swelling way down! <BR> **Day 2: in the Cheap Ch... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:14:01 EST Did I miss Breakfast? Did I sleep through Lunch?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347034 Yuppers - this is our new "thing" with Ray. He'll awake from a nap and he's just sure he has slept through Dinner. <BR> <BR> So I go along with it and tell him I was just waiting for him to wake up! <BR> <BR> A meal is a meal - whenever it happens! <BR> <BR> So if your loved one isn't eating - go along with "slept through the meal." <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:08:35 EST The Chair! = Vacation for the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7dd61e2-c523-4ee0-8131-11fe179f9510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Overview of the Cloud PR-510 with MaxiComfort <BR> <BR> The Golden Tech Cloud with MaxiComfort lift chair features Golden's unique Zero Gravity positioning and is an extremely comfortable chair. The Zero Gravity positioning was developed by NASA and Golden has incorporated it into their MaxiComfort line of chairs. The seat raises at the same time the chair reclines to stretch your lower bac... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:37:48 EST 3+ meals on Thursday! and I'm trying again to get back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345033 Breakfast was his normal Hot Cocoa with ice cream (plus a tsp of Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens & 1 tsp Chocolate TigerNut) <BR> <BR> Then around 11 am he got up from nap and was hungry! 2 fish sticks & 2 tater tots. <BR> <BR> Around 2 pm he wanted to know if he slept through lunch. <BR> 1 oz beef burger, 1/4 cup noodles with gravy. <BR> <BR> 7pm after afternoon nap, gave him small piece of ham with mixed veggies & gravy! First time to try him with veggies again! He did good!! <BR> ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:43:59 EST 2 meals eaten in 1 day! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344581 **p.s. he ate all his dinner too! 1 oz beef & fries with gravy! <BR> <BR> Note: it's amazing what you can put into gravy without them knowing!! <BR> <BR> And, he's been drinking smoothies all day! ONE sip at a time! He goes through at least a quart a day now!! <BR> <BR> I was shocked that he liked Apricot Juice! <BR> The organic runs $4+ per quart. <BR> Walmart carries Jumex Apricot Nectar (do not be confused, it is not nectar!!) <BR> a 24 can case, 11 oz cans, $19 - but it is thi... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:19:08 EST *drumroll* He ate the w.h.o.l.e. thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344229 Lunch: He ate a whole chicken patty! <em>104</em> and noodles with gravy! <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:11:12 EST Greens are green? Who woulda' thought it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343659 I didn't know what to title this blog. I have gotten quite a collection of "healthy stuff" for adding to Ray's drinks and am looking for suggestions of how much "stuff" to use daily. It's helping; he's eating 2 tiny meals daily now. <BR> <BR> I have several types of "Greens" and he seems to like the Berry and I have Chocolate coming tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have a Protein & Greens powder that I am able to add because it is a neutral color. Somehow, Green can become "off-putting" in your foo... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:34:32 EST Spring 5% Challenge - It's not too late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339356 I usually blog this as soon as I get my invite to the Official 5% Team but I have been busy with my DH, Ray. <BR> <BR> It's not too late to join if you're interested - many have made the 5% in the 8 weeks of challenge. Even if you don't (I certainly haven't), we learn good habits and meet some wonderfully supportive people. <BR> <BR> For some reason, we are behind on the number we usually get signing up - I can only imagine that like me, life got in the way. I tended my DH and he is fin... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:54:40 EST Oh! Dear God in Heaven! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338906 Ray is actually doing better!! Even said he knows he needs to go back to PT. <BR> <BR> He's eating! Ok, not much, but he's eating!! <BR> 2 fishsticks & 2 tatertots is eating! <BR> 2 tiny meatballs & 1/8 cup noodles with gravy is eating! <BR> <BR> My refrigerator looks like a Health Food Store! <BR> However..... I found that I can take his Ensure Plus Strawberry and mix it with V8 Strawberry-Banana Smoothie and he likes it!! <BR> <BR> I bought a BlenderBottle - ok, you know me, I bou... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:07:48 EST Egg Noodles with Pumpkin Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334849 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b91bca50-25f5-4f0f-ba50-c1245672eb67.jpg"> picture from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> I found this recipe online at AllRecipes, at Martha Stewart and again here, at Spark People. <BR> <link>allrecipes.com/recipe/245025/creamy-<BR>pumpkin-sauce/?internalSource=hub%20re<BR>cipe&referringContentType=search%20res<BR>ults&clickId=cardslot%201 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1346722 </link> <BR> <BR> Altho... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:32:17 EST the ongoing saga that is my life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333349 ... so Ray panicked when he was unable to get off the couch. <BR> I'm looking into getting him a chair with an Ejection Seat <em>250</em> <BR> I know, but I like the sound of an Ejection Seat better than a boring old Lift Chair <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hey, I'm not weird - I'm Unique! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:51:41 EST Something seems to be helping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332803 Ok, Ray's DIL sent a "care package" of organic "stuff." <BR> 2 organic juices - apricot mango & pear nectar <BR> 2 Organic Gemini TigerNut Smoothie Mix Chocolate <BR> Avacodo Mayonaise <BR> Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Blend Protein Smoothie <BR> Native Forest Instant Coconut Milk Powder <BR> 1 box of 12 Orgain Organic Nutritional Creamy Chocolate Fudge Shakes <BR> Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Alkalizer & Detoxifier Powder - Lemon Ginger <BR> Greens First Superfood <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:54:58 EST I'm so sorry - it's been a rough week :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329798 I know I'm MIA this past week, but poor Ray suffered an awful weekend! <BR> <BR> The Doctor prescribed MiraLax instead of using Milk of Magnesia. At twice the cost, I wasn't going to fill it, but then I thought, if it makes life easier for Ray? <BR> <BR> Long-story-short - it caused Blockage & Bloating - he was in such agony that I gave him a pain-pill - - - and it made it worse as I didn't know pain-pills can cause gas. I honestly thought the end was here for him. <BR> <BR> Because hi... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:34:04 EST Is your loved one suffering shortness of breath? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322168 Ok, I tried to make the title close to what I am going to say. <BR> <BR> Ray's Oxygen Level averages 98 at all times - using that thing they put on your finger. <BR> <BR> But when he awakes from his naps, he complains bitterly of shortness of breath. <BR> <BR> *insert Deep Breath here* After much eye-rolling and shrugging and overall feeling helpless and useless - I decided to google it. <BR> <BR> Seems this is a very real problem that tends to be mostly ignored. I found my answers at... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:04:13 EST 5-HTP, Turmeric & Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321719 Just FYI, 5-HTP is a supplemental replacement for Zoloft - I really really don't want Ray on Zoloft or any prescriptions like that. Like Bananas and Cashews, it really can't hurt. <BR> <BR> This is basically Tryptophan (like in your Thanksgiving turkey) and is supposed to supply serotonin to your brain. Helps for sleeping and preventing Alzheimer's Disease. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/i<BR>ngredientmono-794-5-htp.aspx?activeing<BR>redientid=794 </link> <BR> an... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:55:45 EST Ode to MOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320823 LOL, Gotcha! Not Mom, Mother or Mommy - MOM as in Milk of Magnesia! <em>334</em> <BR> <em>39</em> Without getting gross, many of you will know of what I speak when I say that some things seem to stop 'flowing' when we are losing weight. <BR> I don't know about you, but I tend to eat everything in site <em>29</em> <em>15</em> trying to get everything moving again, lol. <BR> <em>185</em> Long story short, Ray at 95 suffers this all the time and complains and whines unendin... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:19 EST Prayers for Dakota - Urban Legend ... or not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319416 I have removed that blog because it cannot be verified - however, prayers are never wasted. This is what I found at Snopes: <BR> <BR> <link>www.snopes.com/prayers-for-dakota/ </link> <BR> <BR> The request is "Mostly True" but it is unclear about the name - it is legit but there is some question about it so I felt it best to remove the blog. <BR> <BR> As I say, prayers are never wasted and I believe we receive blessings when praying for anyone else. <BR> <BR> Thank you all! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:18 EST You CAN sharpen a manual can-opener! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317392 I don't even remember how I found this - but you can sharpen a manual can-opener. <BR> <BR> I have a "pricey Kitchin-Aid" and I love it; it's larger then most and thus easier to turn. But after 6 years, it was getting dull. <BR> <BR> I found this @ <link>www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Repair/Tools/S<BR>harpening-a-Handheld-Can-Opener-Blade.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> "You can sharpen can openers very easily by running sand paper through them. Get a good coarse grade and run it through the can o... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:21:32 EST Getting back on track is fun! Also, some info for caregivers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316878 I realized <em>198</em> I was doing this anyway, lol. I started adding 2 TBL PB2 (either one, I was going for the added proteins) to all 3 of my meals. I have been eating Breakfast & Dinner as almost identical meals using yogurt and pumpkin so adding PB is a no-brainer, but a tsp of the "real mccoy" is even better! Must be the oils. Jif Low-Sodium PB with Honey is very easy to spread/spoon - the only hard part is stopping, lol. Very reasonable at Wal-mart. <BR> <BR> I have been getting b... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:38:14 EST You've got to be kidding! Pumpkin & PB? OMGosh it's good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c8cead1-cbb8-4c92-8f87-02bc7cff38b2.jpg"> <BR> Image from <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/13<BR>/pumpkin-nut-butter/ </link> where I got the recipe. <BR> <BR> My husband hates pumpkin. Hates Hates HATES! But it's sooooo good for you. <BR> <BR> My husband loves peanut butter - Loves it!! <BR> <BR> So, I'm sitting here asking myself if I can use pumpkin in my peanut butter. You KNOW I googled it. And, I found a recipe @ ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:53:14 EST This is what I'm doing for Ray. Maybe the idea will help someone else. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315961 Ray's BP went way too high and his weight has jumped 10 lbs since Thanksgiving. Unlike me, Ray doesn't eat cake. He loves gravy! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I have to now track his sodium & calories to get both down again. Here is where I had the problem. <BR> Where and how to track it <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I use the SP Nutrition Tracker and love it! But it got too confusing putting Ray's foods all in one group (like Snack) - so I finally got the bright idea to toss his menus out a week! No... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:16:41 EST No, I don't eat everything in my tracker daily, lol. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304984 I set up my tracker by the week - and I include (try to include) anything that I might eat every day. <BR> <BR> So, I often have 2 kinds of *whatever* listed and then I just choose one when I prepare the meal. <BR> <BR> In the Candy, Vitamins & Coffee - I include lots of candies that I might not eat that day - and then again, pick and choose. <BR> <BR> I don't want anyone thinking I am eating several candy canes daily! Although, if I had room it would be ok - I don't deprive myself of som... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:51:09 EST One at a time, Pudgy Puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297393 Ok, so I really "enjoyed" myself this past holiday season! I hadn't done that in several years and I decided that while Diane's sparkmail was to warn us from doing this - I thought maybe I needed it more than I realized. <BR> <BR> So I overindulged and gained back a few more pounds - several more pounds - but I am now ready to hit the trail again. <BR> <BR> I opted to not buy the gym; I do believe that although it will cost us more, it is helping Ray to get out of the house for Physical Th... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:17:43 EST A is for Apple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/933157f5-3e4b-489a-a275-93eff912238f.jpg"> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:58:10 EST It ain't Pumpkin Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286068 I actually have a lot of canned Pumpkin; puree and pie mix. I just like pumpkin. <BR> <BR> So, I tried putting some pumpkin into my yogurt and I have to tell you, it's not bad! <BR> <BR> The pie mix is about twice the calories but if you measure it, it is doable. And no matter what, it will always be less than eating the pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> <em>4</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:59:13 EST Merry & Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284869 Not knowing which holiday you may or may not celebrate, I just want to wish everyone the Blessings of the season! <BR> <BR> For Christmas this year, we got an exercise bike and now a home gym. Yes, it's an inexpensive one from Walmart - but it's still a gym! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea03528-bca7-4b6e-9f28-178472cc3ef4.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b254798-47ad-4243-91c4-129fd2a728aa.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> May all your wishes and drea... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:32:31 EST Bring on 2017 - I think I'm ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282013 Ray is doing very well with his PT (outside the house!) and he decided it might be time to get back on his hormone therapy (that's Testosterone, lol). His doctor was all for it but they had to check his blood first - his testosterone levels are sooooo low! It pretty much has to help some! <BR> <BR> God has guided me all this year and as long as I listened, Ray has improved. He is now again waking only to eat and go potty. The testosterone will help this. When he first went on it, he was... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:46:04 EST Another 5% Challenge comes to an end :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b36840b3-c4ce-4af9-96fb-b5271822feaf.jpg"> <BR> Parting is such sweet sorrow - see you again after the holidays! <BR> <BR> Extra Points: Invitation: <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let's hav... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:50:04 EST Easy On - Not so easy off :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268393 I know, we've all experienced this but I wish we could reverse it. <BR> Why is it that I can gain 5 lbs in one week <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <BR> but struggle to remove 1 lb in a week <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6c10596-60db-4104-b9d4-a0306e12b703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Extra Points: Invitation: <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challe... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:47:26 EST To all who love the smell of coffee but not the taste... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267789 That's me with cooked onions & peppers! Smells great, tastes awful to me. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>369</em> <em>39</em> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> <em>24</em> <em>267</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing to blog about - but my team needs that 5 points! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb3c5c23-d992-48c9-819c-9fce05882600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and for added extra points: <BR> <BR> copied from Kali's Walker: <BR> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Community Inv... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:40:38 EST Ok, I'll admit it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267402 I make Ray hot chocolate with ice cream - ever since he almost died before Christmas. He wants it and I make it. <BR> <BR> Well, now I must use thickener and I use hot coffee to dissolve the cocoa. <BR> <BR> The other day I forgot myself and poured him a full cup of coffee! I do not believe in throwing anything away so I poured off all but what was necessary to dissolve the cocoa. This I used in my own coffee - it took 2 mugs to use it all. <BR> <BR> OMG! I liked it! I love the little... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:22 EST Dysphagia - or choking while swallowing liquids & foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266732 So Ray has Dysphagia. <BR> <BR> I diagnosed it myself when Ray said he choked every time he ate corn. And, he was coughing a lot with liquids. <BR> <BR> Googled it and yuppers, it's called Dysphagia. <BR> <BR> The good news is we caught it before a lot of harm was done. The bad news, everything he drinks must be thickened. The good news, the VA will supply the Thick-It. <BR> <BR> Just call me a "walking encyclopedia for old-people's problems!" <BR> <BR> Thick-It is not cheap. That ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:02:33 EST Awesome! Debby's Mom is 95!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266252 Now Ray isn't alone - Debby's Mom is also 95! WooHoo!! <BR> <BR> We're getting Ray a new "toy" and it will be here later this week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba6d71a3-387a-4919-b684-1de851bb75fa.jpg"> <BR> Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike <BR> <BR> He started Physical Therapy out of the house last week and will be going 3X weekly. They put him on a Recumbent Exercise Bike and he did fabulously! <BR> <BR> Well, we're not made of money, but even we co... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:54:05 EST