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/ Please, I was asked to start/help a Prayer Chain for a youngster. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318687 The man doing our bathroom remodeling has sent me a message asking me to forward to all, asking for a Prayer Chain. <BR> <BR> I don't know much, but I do know that Prayer Chains work. The SparkPeople community delivers. <BR> <BR> He is a little boy named Dakota. He is having seizures of some kind and they had to "Life Flight" him - I don't know to where. <BR> <BR> But if someone asks for prayers, I add my prayers. <BR> <BR> Please forward this if you can. In any way you can. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:06:01 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 Hurry to join - we start 5% Fall Challenge on September 24th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234988 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 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 have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. <BR> <BR> Let's get excit... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:49:29 EST Ray turned 95 today! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234418 He made it! He's 95 today!! <em>383</em> Ray! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94aff12a-f4c8-41aa-a7d4-c703a98db789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, now to start working on 96 <em>380</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:27:13 EST 2016 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231838 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 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 have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. <BR> <BR> <link>http://... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:51:30 EST Every day is a gift! Unwrap it and enjoy it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218240 Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don't spend it by dwelling on unhappy things. - Celestine Chua, life coach and blogger <BR> <BR> Have a Marvelous Monday! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:49:51 EST Color Me Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211460 I found this on another spark page and have to share it: it came by way of JACKIEWALKS4FUN posting on 1CrazyDog's page. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little b... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:50:03 EST A burden shared is half a burden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210242 I thought of this quote this morning; A burden shared is half a burden. <BR> <BR> It's true! When I opened myself up to my feelings of frustration, I let the love of friends and family fill the 'void' with caring and love. <BR> <BR> Almost immediately I felt better and yesterday I wasn't even tempted by food! I even put the cheesecake back into the freezer in the carport! <BR> <BR> I knew something was wrong but it took a couple of weeks to figure it out. <BR> I'm old, I'm slow, lol. <... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:23:33 EST I can't keep eating through frustration :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209581 I am eating through frustration with Ray. I just don't know how to keep him 'stimulated' and off the couch. He complains he can't sleep at night but he naps all day. <BR> <BR> All I ever hear is, "I can't do it" regardless of what it is. I guess this is normal for a 95 yr old but I just don't know. <BR> <BR> I'm scared of his becoming bedridden due to laziness and the less he does the more his muscles atrophy. "Use it or lose it" is very real. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, it is easy enou... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 06:05:27 EST Where's My Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201018 This is so fitting for all us Baby-Boomers. <BR> My older sister sent it to me but it fits me too, lol. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>211</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:58:57 EST Another "Dog vs Cat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c8c99c7-26fb-4c55-afb1-ec100ebcc35e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How true! My cat gave the dog the biggest welcome and me, hardly a look <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>241</em> <em>338</em> <em>241</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:16:59 EST Ooh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197024 I just found this on JERSEYGIRL24 's page and had to borrow it for my page! <BR> Too awesome not to be shared! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc0b1e70-7c2d-4aa2-8554-b80cf235d231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you JERSEYGIRL24 <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>526</em> <BR> <em>494</em> <em>493</em> <em>255</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:01:03 EST "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182533 "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e8544a2-2072-4bdd-b672-11d8c10c6846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <em>448</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:15:59 EST Thin Mints? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b206c94c-4ef7-445c-b59a-84ff134de346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many boxes of these Thin Mints do I have to eat before I start seeing results? Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:03:44 EST Not my fault, it's those darn refrigerator magnets :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179483 I have metal fillings in my teeth. My refrigerator magnets keep pulling me into the kitchen. That's why I can't lose weight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/295cedd3-20fe-40dd-8368-eff15157f5cf.jpg"> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:37:15 EST I did a push-up today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177072 AFERRARI posted on the Summer 5% Challenge: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a2cddbf-75bd-4983-986e-06df49a13f7f.jpg"> and/or <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efcea974-ea97-4b08-9951-1b04ce7ad577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> P.S. still time to join the Summer 5% Challenge Team: <BR> <link> www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ<BR>ual.asp?gid=66825 </link> <BR> <BR> Great way to meet your goals! No pressure groups. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:39:31 EST 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 Suppressant?? 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