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My Ray - this is long but

Friday, November 14, 2014      10 comments

Everything went super-great! They did the Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) first and checked the valve and it definitely will not open the way it should (as expected). That went well and they next did the Heart Catheterization (through t... Read more

Thank a Veteran this Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 01, 2014      10 comments

11/01 - 124.1 11/02 - 123.7 11/03 - 123.1 11/04 - 123.1 11/05 - 123.0 11/06 - 123.1 11/07 - 123.8 11/08 - 125.9 11/09 - 125.4 11/10 - 125.5 11/11 - 1... Read more

This is incredible! It's NOT a bird...

Sunday, October 19, 2014      15 comments

This is incredible! It's NOT a bird... This parrot is in fact a female model who posed for Johannes Stötter, a fine art body painter. Using breathable paint, he spent... Read more

When I die and get to heaven . . .

Sunday, October 12, 2014      9 comments

Recently I was asked, "is maintaining harder than losing the weight?" The following is my reply: I don't want to scare you, so I will try to say this the right way. It's all a battle - but remember always, YOU are worth the effort.... Read more

I am NOT a number on the scale - repeat as needed, lol

Friday, October 03, 2014      10 comments

I know - it sounds so simple, but I still forget it all the time. Thanks to all my spark-buds for trying to remind me of this. As Carrol said, "maintenance is NOT for sissies!" No, it doesn't get easier. But I am worth the extra wo... Read more

A new 5% Challenge for a New Me!

Sunday, September 21, 2014      7 comments

Every new 5% Challenge gets a new blog. Yesterday we started the Fall 5% Challenge and I was up a bit at 124.5 but a new challenge brings a new me! Go SUDs!! 9/20 - 124.5 9/21 - 123.9 9/22 - 122.8 9/23 - 122.9 9/24 - 122... Read more

2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is now officially closed :(

Thursday, September 11, 2014      3 comments

I'm sorry, I left my blog the last 3-1/2 weeks so anyone wanting to could join the Fall Challenge. I learned today, the Challenge is officially closed now. Anyone that is interested may sparkmail me and I will keep your name for the Winter Cha... Read more

The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014      4 comments

It's time! The 2014 Fall 5% Challenge team is up and posted!! www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
ark/groups_individual.asp?
gid=63518 Come one, come all - to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks!! There are many teams t... Read more

for Diane.....

Friday, August 15, 2014      6 comments

and enjoy them my awesome alpha leadah! **P.S. I should explain, Diane is one Leader of ... Read more

I know, but it's ok. This too is part of my journey.

Monday, August 11, 2014      8 comments

Yes, I went way over today - but tomorrow is another day! 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. The fact that I lost my lower parti... Read more

Almost Waffles!

Friday, August 01, 2014      6 comments

I got snacky yesterday after having to shop for a new fridge - we did great BTW! So, I had bought frozen waffles for the family (reunion) but have you seen the calorie count on a frozen waffle?! I found Rice Cakes - the highest calorie... Read more

the day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse

Sunday, July 27, 2014      9 comments

The day after family reunion - could be sooo much worse. 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. LO... Read more

when it rains, it pours *sigh*

Sunday, July 20, 2014      10 comments

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. When all else failed, I tried using salt to settle my stomach - white cheddar ric... Read more

How do you make those cool little designs . . . ??

Thursday, July 17, 2014      9 comments

Ok, so I do a lot of copy & paste when I see something I like and I save it all to a document. Today I had some time and decided to try yet again to google "how to" and I actually found it! It's called: ASCII Art Pictures! (\( ... Read more

If it was easy, we'd all be *_____* (fill in the blank)!

Monday, July 14, 2014      8 comments

If it was easy, we'd all be *______* (fill in the blank) 1) Learn to love myself today, as I am, so that I can accept myself when I rid myself of the excess baggage. 2) Be content with what I have today, instead of worrying about wha... Read more


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