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/ 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 I been thinkin' today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665060 It seems a good time to rethink on the Serenity Prayer so that is what I am doing. <BR> <BR> God grant me the serenity <BR> to accept the things I cannot change; <BR> courage to change the things I can; <BR> and wisdom to know the difference. <BR> <BR> I can pick my battles - yes, even the ones within myself. <BR> <BR> I can go for the happiness! <BR> <BR> Some things I can change - I get to decide which ones and when. <BR> <BR> hugs, <BR> linda <BR> <BR> @Diane: as my older sister ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:34:48 EST Proud to be an Underdog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660846 I'll try to be brief - I might not lose 5% in the Spring Challenge; my new focus is on Strength Training for my butt to stop the pain in my lower back and legs. It seems to be working so that is a win-win for me. <BR> <BR> While I am not against losing 7 lbs, I cannot worry about it while I am able to rebuild atrophied muscle; muscle I hadn't realized I had lost until last month when I realized I shouldn't be feeling my hip-bones in my buttocks while sitting on my ball. <BR> <BR> Althoug... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 12:18:23 EST I still love me! All of me!! Every silly millimeter of me is still me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657640 Part of my program is - if you do it, you own it! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went so far off the wagon that I don't think we were even in the same state! It's ok, I had been awfully good since Jan 1 with never a slip-up so I think I might have been overdue. I just like to hold myself accountable. <BR> <BR> I still love me and no forgiveness is necessary - I totally enjoyed my day! I hope this doesn't send anyone into "binge city" but the various items that had been calling to me since the ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:55:03 EST so, how do you log 'tighten the tush' in the fitness tracker?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654366 Oh Carp! Today I have to face reality - and Leslie Sansone <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Someone who "used to be a dear friend" suggested that I need to work my gluteals to hold my hipbones in place - darn her, I'm gonna miss her. . . . . <BR> <em>211</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> but I know she's right <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So, I will be working my gluteous again, even though it really isn't maximus anymore, it does need firming. It will be so worth it if it stops this darn ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:59:39 EST today I read a blog entitled: Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653710 today I read a blog entitled: Breakfast <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653803 </link> <BR> <BR> my reply: <BR> you know - my dad never ate lunch! he always said, "I don't eat lunch, ever!" <BR> <BR> one day I said to him, "yes, Pop, you do eat lunch." <BR> <BR> he said, "no, Linda, I never eat lunch!" <BR> <BR> I said, "Pop, you eat lunch every night at 8:00 while watching TV." <BR> <BR> See, it doesn't matter when you eat the meal, i... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 07:02:22 EST Notice to Appear, ..... Urgent court notice N#44336 email - spam! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649852 I received an email today as above with a "Copy of the Court Notice" attached. <BR> <BR> I googled "bogus court notice" and found many like the listing below: <BR> <BR> [Scam] Fake "Notice to Appear" in court spam <BR> <BR> This is actually an attempt to install malware known as Kuluoz/Dofoil being sent by the Asprox botnet, and not real. It spoofs the name of one of several real law firms, and is a rather stupid malware ploy if you think about it. <BR> <BR> No real notice to appear in a ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:02:34 EST ok, I was bummed yesterday, but I'm back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649279 it was just so disappointing to get on the scale yesterday (weigh-in day) and see it back up again. but today it is back down again. <BR> <BR> life does go on .... and on .... and on, thankfully. <BR> <BR> tomorrow will always be another day. <BR> <BR> I'm back in my happy place. I had trouble breaking 132 the first time around too :( <BR> <BR> 3/15 - 132.5 <BR> <BR> 3/16 - 131.9 <BR> 3/17 - 132.2 <BR> 3/18 - 132.2 <BR> 3/19 - 132.9 <BR> 3/20 - 131.4 <BR> 3/21 - 131.6 <BR> 3/22 - 1... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:58:05 EST another week to try again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642711 "it didn't come on overnight, it won't leave overnight..." <BR> 6 tenths of a pound is an awesome loss!! <BR> <BR> 3/1 - 132.5 <BR> <BR> 3/8 - 131.9 <BR> 3/9 - 132.3 <BR> 3/10 - 132.3 <BR> 3/11 - 132.4 <BR> 3/12 - 132.3 <BR> 3/13 - 132.5 <BR> 3/14 - 132.1 <BR> 3/15 - 132.5 Sat, 8 Mar 2014 08:39:42 EST I'd say connecting the Nutrition & Fitness Trackers is working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636678 I am down 2 lbs this week - I give credit to my new calories range. If you haven't tried connecting the two - this leap of faith has certainly worked for me. Weight going down is so much happier than weight going up. <BR> <BR> Just FYI, I am eating about 400 more calories daily to lose the weight <em>198</em> but I can live with it! <em>4</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> More info here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_a<BR>nswer.asp?id=169 </link> <BR> <BR> I am well ple... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:08:26 EST I read a blog entry yesterday that had something cute... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634088 I read a blog with a link to a page called "I Lost What?" weight loss calculator. <BR> <BR> <link>ilostwhat.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> credit goes to SUSIEDERKINS21 <BR> <BR> I lost an Emperor Penguin!! <BR> <BR> 2/22 - 134.8 <BR> 2/23 - 134.3 <BR> 2/24 - 134.4 <BR> 2/25 - 133.1 <BR> 2/26 - 133.1 <BR> 2/27 - 132.9 <BR> 2/28 - 132.7 <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:18:27 EST Did you know we can connect Nutrition & Fitness Trackers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631810 Did you know . . . ? <BR> <BR> SparkPeople has changed up a few things and all for the easier! <BR> <BR> Now you can synchronize your fitness tracker with your nutrition tracker and it will tell you what range you need to be eating in on a daily basis. <BR> Would you believe . . .? I haven't been eating enough! <em>4</em> *sigh* <BR> Maybe if I eat enough I can lose weight, lol. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know, 2 blogs in one day, but I'm old and I tend to forget if I don't do some... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:32:23 EST Yes, I went back up a pound :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631393 ... but that happens even when we're being good. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Think of it as a test in faith - a test that I must pass! <BR> So I will pass the test and persevere! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 2/22 - 134.8 <BR> 2/23 - 134.3 <BR> 2/24 - 134.4 <BR> 2/25 - 133.1 Sun, 23 Feb 2014 08:43:00 EST 35 calorie popcorn?! taste!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628595 I love going to Salvage Groceries - think thrift store for foods! <BR> <BR> Today I found Quaker Gluten-Free Rice Cakes - 35 calories each. <BR> <BR> I use Butter Flavor Crisco (think Pam but different) and really like it - canola oil instead of soy. <BR> <BR> Soooooo, I took one tasteless rice cake and sprayed it with the Butter Crisco and then drizzled 1 tsp Smuckers Sugar-Free Syrup. <BR> <BR> It tastes just like buttered popcorn! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Gee - if you spritz the r... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:11:18 EST OMG! I'm down to 133 now! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624526 A full pound this week! Awesome <em>521</em> <em>381</em> together! <BR> 2/15 133.7! <BR> 2/16 134.1 <BR> 2/17 134.3 <BR> 2/18 133.8 <BR> 2/19 134.0 <BR> 2/20 134.3 <BR> 2/21 134.8 (no, I've been good - it happens) Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:32:50 EST Step Conversion Charts for biking, dancing, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622020 I recently read a blog about biking and trying to get more steps in. So I googled and found 3 charts for various activities that you can convert to step counts. <BR> <BR> <link>www.purdue.edu/walktothemoon/activit<BR>ies.html </link> is an attractive chart and explains it well. You simply multiply your minutes by the number show. Realize this is an approximation. <BR> <BR> <link>www.takesteps.univerahealthcare.com/<BR>stepChartPop.jsp </link> is much plainer but about the same as... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:14:31 EST Down another 1/2 pound! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618427 ... so, I'm a turtle - it's slow but it's going!! <BR> <BR> For those who enjoyed my "cinnamon tea" here's another idea. Take 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice - instead of or in addition to - the cinnamon. Yes, you can use your apple pie spice if you prefer. Get creative with your flavored hot water! But cinnamon is most likely the cheapest of all the spices. <BR> <BR> BTW, I have discovered shopping Walmarts online - if you spend $50, the S&H is free to your home! With the price of gasoline, t... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 08:12:56 EST 2/10ths down is better than 1/10th up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612302 It was a bit of a disappointment this morning as I was lower yesterday by half a pound - but this happens and this too shall pass. <BR> <BR> I'm still down 5 lbs for January! I can definitely live with that!! <BR> <BR> I am in it to win it! I will stay the course and get it off yet again! <BR> <BR> 2/1 - 135.3 <BR> 2/2 - 135.2 <BR> 2/3 - 134.9 <BR> 2/4 - 134.8 <BR> 2/5 - 135.6 <BR> 2/6 - 134.3 <BR> 2/7 - 134.7 <BR> 2/8 - 134.8 Sat, 1 Feb 2014 16:58:22 EST "Cinnamon Tea" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605491 The reason this is in quotes is because there is no tea in it at all. <BR> <BR> I had read that cinnamon is good for your stomach and to help control blood sugar. But, the main reason I did this is because a couple of times a year, water just doesn't taste good to me. <BR> <BR> I had 1-1/2 cans of cinnamon sticks (inherited from Dad) and tried boiling them. Good but a bit bitter and a whole lot expensive. <BR> <BR> I also inherited (again from Dad) quite a bit of ground cinnamon which is... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:39:16 EST what a 'dawgalicious' week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605059 It was a rough week for me weight-wise. <BR> <BR> It was a great week meal-plan-wise. <BR> <BR> I stayed on track but the weight kept bouncing from 136 - 136.7 <BR> It was up and down all week. <BR> <BR> Today is weigh-in day and I was thrilled to see 135.5 <BR> <BR> Have a 'dawgalicious' week everyone!! <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> 1/27-134.9 <BR> 1/28-135.1 <BR> 1/29-135.4 <BR> 1/30-135.2 <BR> 1/31-134.7 <BR> 2/1-135.3 Sat, 25 Jan 2014 08:44:45 EST I've been back online a bit more than one week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597012 ... and I think my 'program' will be to try to eat the number of calories I will be able to eat when I finally reach my goal or about 1400 calories daily, not counting my calories burned (exercise). <BR> <BR> For me, it was just too easy to get caught-up eating too many due to the calories burned and then winter set in with reduced exercise and then no home internet. <BR> <BR> I feel good as I am down 3 lbs in 3 weeks. Awesome! <BR> <em>9</em> <em>43</em> <em>334</em> <em>4</em> ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:56:06 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579607 Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Here I am after my forced "vacation/hiatus" of 23 months without home internet. I am expecting to be back online again on Jan 8th. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to ending this forced "vacation/hiatus" and Sparkin' this weight back down by tracking as faithfully as I tracked before. <BR> <BR> My weight went back up to 140.4 in the almost 2 years (22.5 months) that I have been without home internet and SparkPeople.com. <BR> <BR> I am really eager to be able to... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:52:45 EST A month without internet - what have I learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4816655 <BR> I learned that I was too dependent on the SP Nutrition Tracker. <BR> I learned that it is too easy to slip and slide. <BR> I learned I cannot do Intuitive Eating - tracking is essential and necessary for me. <BR> <BR> I remembered that I had downloaded a program from the USDA for portions and am now using it to track my calories. You can find it by googling USDA SR24 PC - <BR> <link>www.ars.usda.gov/services/docs.htm?d<BR>ocid=8964 </link> <BR> it is a small download, 27mb, it ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:37:29 EST too funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916537831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> from today's Spark email! <em>246</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:24:58 EST Benefits of Coffee?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4755457 I received a sparkmail from my leader, Ruffit, about the benefits of Coffee! <BR> <link>www.realage.com/food/is-coffee-healt<BR>hy-check-these-three-big-benefits-of-c<BR>offee </link> <BR> To sum up, Coffee wards off Alzheimer's, fends off Parkinson's and fights Diabetes. <BR> <BR> I googled further and found 9 Healthy Reasons to Indulge Your Coffee Cravings: <BR> <link>www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutritio<BR>n/0310/9-healthy-reasons-to-drink-coff<BR>ee.aspx </link> <BR> To sum up,... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:18:15 EST So you want to make butter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751531 <link>www.post-gazette.com/food/20000309bu<BR>tter1d.asp </link> <BR> At the bottom it mentions that this is from "Kirsten's Cook Book," The American Girls Collection - if I am not mistaken, this is 12 year old girls. <BR> <BR> First off, I would suggest trying with 1/2 pint first and a small marble - I also used a plastic peanut butter jar - plastic is lighter than glass and also safer I think. <BR> <BR> This took me 30 minutes to make the butter! It made about 1/2 cup - hard to tel... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:11:39 EST Why does cooked celery have more calories than raw celery?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751176 Yesterday I googled Celery - I was curious why it has more calories when cooked?! <BR> I got several hits and some info @ <BR> <link>www.health-care-clinic.org/vegetable<BR>s/celery.html </link> <BR> which stated that celery is good for the muscles! Quoted from the article: <BR> "Celery is generally known as a sodium food, and sodium is what we call the youth maintainer in the body. Sodium helps keep us young and active, and the muscles limber and pliable. Whenever there is a stiffne... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:58:11 EST Now this is my kind of diet!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970467035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> See y'all tomorrow! <em>213</em> <em>198</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:31:23 EST Another Spark Funnie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733441 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673829350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> laughter is the best medicine! <BR> <BR> **personally, I google! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> **thank you Lenka763! I think Sparking should be included too!! Sat, 11 Feb 2012 08:58:28 EST