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See this image largerWeight I would like to beSee this image largerWedding Day 1988(2 comments)See this image largerGrandchildren See this image largerSummer 2011 @ 240 lbs (2 comments)See this image largerRocky(2 comments)See this image largerday 7 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 6/17/2017See this image largerday 5 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/18/2017See this image largerday 7 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/20/2017See this image largerday 10 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/23/2017See this image largerweek 1 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 6/24/2017See this image largerday 14 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/27/2017See this image largerday 21 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 7/1/2017See this image largerday 21 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 7/1/2017See this image largerday 25 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/8/2017See this image largerday 30 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/13/2017See this image largerday 21 of my streak for "Drink 8 cups of water per day" earned 7/16/2017See this image larger217 lbs today - decided to reward myself with a digital scale with large numbers when I reach 200 lbs - on my way. My eyesight just isn't what it use to be.See this image largerBreakfast: 243 calories - yumSee this image largerBreakfast = oatmeal with peaches, a little milk, and cinnamon = yumSee this image largerday 60 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 8/12/2017See this image largerBreakfast: 2 egg omelet with swiss & pepper jack cheeses and prime rib, honey dew melon, saaa-wheat toast with sugar free apricot jam: 532 calories. More calories than I usually eat @ a meal, but it was yummy. A treat.See this image largerHappy birthday to my mom. She went home to be with Jesus Christmas 2016. God's peace, comfort, & love to all of you who are missing a loved one today that has gone home to be with the Lord.See this image largerday 5 of my streak for "Drink 8 cups of water per day" earned 8/25/2017See this image largerMy mom gave me cream of wheat as a child. Didn't like it. Today had it with 1/2 banana & 4 small strawberries at 161 calories. Pretty good. Not my mom's cream of wheat.See this image largerSnack time: cottage cheese, banana, strawberries - yumSee this image largerLunch: Progresso Split Pea with Ham Soup (whole can) with cheddar cheese 351 caloriesSee this image largerMissed breakfast yesterday. Ate all day, anything and seemed like everything. Won't be missing a good breakfast again. Today oatmeal with blueberries and dried cranberries.See this image largerRocky, my pal.See this image largerGood morning Sparkers. Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with cheese and mustard, watermelon, grapes = 303 caloriesSee this image largerBreakfast 315 kcal: grits, poached egg, microwaved baconSee this image largerI weigh on Saturday. Last week, no weight loss. This week down 2 lbs (208 lbs). So I am still on track at 1 lb per week. I'll take it. Sparkers have a great day and everyone in Irma's path be safe.See this image larger47 lbs gone - decided to treat me to a new purseSee this image larger47 lbs gone - decided to treat me to a new purse(1 comments)See this image largerBreakfast: 2 boiled eggs, eureka saaa-wheat toast, 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, small apple (toast topped with peanut butter, apple pieces, and cinnamon) = 361 caloriesSee this image largerBreakfast: oatmeal, 1/4 c pumpkin, 1 tsp each (sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon), 0.5 oz pecans 301 calories. Doesn't look very tempting but taste yummy if you like pumpkin pie.See this image largerHeel acting up/hurting this morning - looking forward to it feeling better/hurting less a little later today so I can get some walking inSee this image largerday 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 9/21/2017See this image largerDr today. He says all my lipid panel numbers were good. Better than last time. Said I'm doing a great job losing weight. Keep up the good work. Told him I'm trying to be under 200 lbs by Christmas.See this image largerLunch: 1/2 banana, 1 small granny smith apple, 15 seedless red grapes, 1/2 oz pecans, 4 tbsp cool whip = 315 cals. Everything is good for me, except the cool whip. But it is yummy.See this image largerDinner: sirloin steak (marinated in lite beer, brown sugar, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder), iceberg lettuce salad with cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Chianti vinergrette = 343 cal.See this image largerYesterday I said I would make & post a tracking calendar for October. Here it is. Tracking walking, stability ball exercises (for back strengthening), and starting/tracking strength training. So far 2 days of at least 30 mins walking.See this image largerHad to ice my knee and heel after walking this morning. I will walk every day. October goal. 👣See this image largerClass today. Taking a 4 part, 3 month social class: art, book club, yoga, nutrition. It gives us some me time. Time to spend with other adults. This is the book we're reading.See this image largerIn my Friday Fun class yesterday, we made energy/breakfast bars (oatmeal, peanut butter, honey, & craisins). I am having one for breakfast with coffee. Quite tasty. 277 calories.See this image largerLast night my 19 yr old granddaughter came by to pay me for a tire I bought for her. She brought me a gift (2 tank tops & flowers). When I told her thank you, she said thank you grandma for all you do for everyone. She is so sweet.See this image largerSpent today with our 50+ church group. Went to the NC Transportation Museum. Had a great time.See this image largerAnother pic from the NC Transportation Museum.See this image largerHomecoming: Hard to stay on track, but great seeing family you haven't seen in a while (some 15 yrs). Didn't get off track much. Got some exercise in. All-in-all a good day.See this image largerFinally lost enough weight to wear my diamond. Since I want to continue wearing the ring I received when we renewed our vows (my diamond didn't fit then) I'm going to wear them like the left pic.See this image largerI have oatmeal most mornings for breakfast. Today's version with pears, pecans, & cinnamon = 298 cals. Doesn't look very tasty, all tan in color, but color can be deceiving. Yum.See this image largerLunch: tomato sandwich (potato sandwich thin, 2 slices large tomato, tsp light mayo), harvest snap lentil bean crisps tomato basil, grapes = 294 calsSee this image largerLunch: chicken pasta salad, grapes & pumpkin seed cheddar crispbreads = 338 calsSee this image largerFun time at church fall festival.See this image largerHad a great time working and playing at church fall festival.See this image largerOctober exercise log: walked 30 mins almost every day (top black checks), stability ball only 2 days (middle red checks), strength training only one day (bottom blue checks). November is a new month. My goal is to increase everything (walk daily, stability ball 3X weekly, strength training 2-3X weekly).See this image largerBreakfast: grits, medium egg, asparagus, tomato = 227 cals.See this image largerDinner: 2 Sam's Choice Natural Uncured Beef Hotdogs, 1/2 acorn squash with cinnamon & 1 tsp honey, baked apples with cinnamon & 1 tsp honey = 401 calsSee this image largerPhoto progress tracking: brown = 5x in 6/2017 white = 3x in 8/2017 stripes = 2x in 11/2017. Progress - whoot whootSee this image largerDinner: chicken breast slow cooked with onions and salsa verde, Spanish Rice a Roni, sweet peas = 400 calsSee this image largerLunch: Progresso tomato parmesan soup with added oven roasted eggplant & asparagus served with a toasted poppy seed roll with laughing cow asiago cheese = 249 calsSee this image largerOmw to pick up my friend from Utah at the airport.See this image largerFinally broke my 1st plateau. In the 100s no more 200s. I was so pleasantly surprised that I took 2 pictures to verify for myself. We can ALL reach our goals, just don't give up.See this image largerNo more 200s! Finally broke my 1st plateau. Took 2 pictures to verify. I was pleasantly surprised. Don't give up! We can ALL reach our goals.See this image largerBreakfast: grits, egg, asparagus, tomatillo, tomato: cal = 238See this image largerMy daughter bought me some new pajamas because I've lost weight - size 2X - thank you PeggySee this image largerMy friend, Mike (on right), visited from Utah (I'm in NC) during Thanksgiving. He's gone home now. I miss him already. We've been friends 40+ yrs. My husband really likes him too. I'm so blessed.See this image largerFinally have a tree up.See this image largerDecorated my door for Christmas.See this image largerDecorated my door for Christmas.See this image larger196 lbs...I've only lost a couple lbs since Thanksgiving...with all the food related gatherings...I'll take any loss...after all it is loss not gainSee this image largerMy friend gave me flowers for Christmas. It was a nice surprise.See this image largerA friend brought me flowers last night for was a nice surprise. Merry Christmas to you all.See this image largerMerry Christmas from NC to you wherever you may beSee this image largerday 200 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/30/2017See this image larger12/31/17 not where I want to be but a long way from where I was a good day to be in God's house...our Pastor brought a powerful message for God...rely on him...but use your intelligence tooSee this image largerSnowing in Leland, NCSee this image largerSouthern NC: this is a site we don't see very often...snow and 27 degrees at 9:30 the teens at night...we are not use to this. Stay warm and safe.See this image largerNC snow 1/2018: We don't usually get snow. I usually wear flip flops even in winter. Today we have snow and I'm wearing 2 pairs of socks with my bedroom slippers. My toes are still cold.See this image larger1/7/18 Snow still at my house and 16 degrees Fahrenheit @ 9am. Haven't been out except to take dog since 1/4/18. Inside exercise. We should thaw tomorrow...suppose to be in the 50s.See this image largerBreakfast: rice, eggs, blueberry swirl toast, apricot preserves (sugar free) = 352 calsSee this image buddy(1 comments)See this image largerDinner = 449 cals (didn't eat the skin)See this image largerNot many calories left today so...Dinner = 115 calories (green beans, cirn, pitstoes, tomatoes)See this image largerSunday has got to be my favorite day. I truly love corporate praise and worship followed by God's Word. Enjoy each day with God for each day is special.See this image largerDinner: salmon, spaghetti squash with butter and dried cranberries = 407 calsSee this image largerOn my way to 190#See this image largerDinner: Grits, egg, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, gouda & cheddar cheese, ham = 378 cals. May not look great but taste yummy.See this image largerDr today...everything looking good...A1c=5.2...lower insulin to 45 units daily...yay (insulin =100 units 6/2017; now 45 units)...BP 128/78...things are improving...whoo hoo(2 comments)See this image largerDr today...great report...see status update...hard work paying offSee this image largerGained 2 lbs this week. That's ok. Two lbs will not get me discouraged. Next Saturday will be a loss wt day. Sparkers have a great rest of today. 😊See this image larger192...down from my gain last week...whoo hooSee this image largerI love oatmeal. It's such a plain slate to add lots of flavors to. Today oatmeal, blackberries, craisins, pecans, and a touch of honey = 259 calsSee this image larger1st Closet Purge: purged my closet tonight; 22 hangers out. Some held more than one item. I am so happy. One more way to see weight loss progress.(1 comments)See this image largerCloset purge: All this is out of there. What a way to see weight loss progress. I am so hapoy.See this image largerProgress: top pics are 6/17/17...bottom pics 2/15/18See this image largerLunch 278 cals(1 comments)See this image largerLunch 278 cals: cantelope, red seedless grapes, black forest ham, blueberry swirl bread, fig preservesSee this image largerLunch 306 cals: cantaloupe, cottage cheese, grapes, everything bagel thin, apple butterSee this image largerToday I'm calling it 190 lbs. 6/2/17 = 235 lbs. Slow progress; but working for permanent progress, not fast progress.(1 comments)See this image largerI'm calling it 190 lbs.See this image largerMarble jars (weight to lose = 115 lbs...weight lost = 65 lbs)...I am moving my marblesSee this image largerMy weight loss visual: marbles (weight to lose vs weight lost). When I started these I was at 255 lbs and wanted to lose 115 lbs. I have moved 65 marbles to the weight lost jar. Moving my marbles one pound at a time. 😆See this image largerExercising mind, body, and spirit...BALANCESee this image largerThank you, my daughter for the new (surprise) pajamas. I found them hanging on my front door. She tried to leave them anonymously, but I saw her sneaking away. Still very sweet.See this image largerWent with my sister today to visit my niece. My niece made this great bunny for me. I'm giving it to my granddaughter's friends baby (she's 2) for Easter. It was a wonderful trip, about 1&1/2 hrs from us.See this image largerSnack: 5 bibb lettuce leaves (ate 2 before picture), 1 egg, mushrooms, tomato, black forest ham, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, mustard = 116 calsSee this image largerCelebrating the resurrection of my Lord and Savior(1 comments)See this image largerHappy Easter! Celebrating resurrection day.See this image largerMy husband works night and brought me this little token of love when he came home this morning (just because)See this image largerLunch: rice, chicken, okra, kale, tomato, = 284See this image largerDinner: 343 cals: chicken breast with teriyaki sauce, green beans with boiled potatoes, cream cornSee this image largerBreakfast: 287 cals: oatmeal, fruit cocktail, craisins, pecans, cinnamonSee this image largerI love going to church. Missed today due to swollen knee and weather making walking quite painful.See this image largerMissed church due to swollen knee ans weather making walking quite painful today.See this image largerMissed church due to swollen knee and weather making walking quite painful.(2 comments)See this image largerA picture of my mom. Wishing all moms a very Happy Mother's Day.See this image largerMy 1st attempt at embroidery. Not great, but not too baf.(1 comments)See this image largerMy 1st attempt at embroidery. Not great but not too bad.See this image largerHappy birthday to my grandson. He is 20 yrs old today.See this image largerBreakfast: oatmeal, apple, raisins, pecans, cinnamon = 257 cals add 20 oz coffee with 2 tsp creamer for a total of 287 cals. Most of the time breakfast is under 300 cals.See this image largerSaw goslings today. I love gosling season.See this image largerWatermelon snack...yummySee this image largerNew hair cutSee this image largerNew hair cutSee this image largerDinner: corned beef, cabbage, small potato, rice soup = 196 calsSee this image largerToday makes 1 year without soda.See this image largerToday makes 1 year without sodaSee this image largerJust had to celebrate ice cream day with chocolate ice cream topped with pecans...thanks to my daughter for delivery...special treatSee this image largerRocky's a little upset with me...I made him get a bathSee this image largerClean but not too happy...Rocky hates a bath...I really don't know who gets wetter during his bath...him or me 😂See this image largerToday is my birthday...57. Of course I ate more than normal but that's ok. I really enjoyed my day. My husband played Conway Tweety' s Happy birthday darlin for me at 2:00am. My best friend and his girlfriend called me from Utah (I'm in NC). Family and friends have texted, facebooked, messaged, called to wish me happy birthday. I am very blessed. 😄See this image largerSince starting my healthier me journey I've found more foods I like: fresh cherries for instance.See this image larger2nd clothes purge...not as many as the 1st time, but all these are too big now...whoo hooSee this image larger1st clothing purge and 2nd clothing purge...too big...they had to go...whoo hooSee this image larger30 yrs ago today I married my best friendSee this image largerMarried 30 yrs today and I love him more each daySee this image largerDinner = 539 cals of which 407 cals were made up of the burger and cheese: salad with romaine, tomato, carrots, purple onion, olives, burger (Beyond Meat, The Beyond Burger), cheddar cheese. My husband had a Angus beef burger and fries that was 893 cals. That means I saved 354 cals. Sure I could've had less cheese or maybe no burger, but 354 cals saved and it was delicious.See this image largerMy youngest grandson, Anthony, joined church Sunday. He's been our sound man for quite some time, but now he's officially a member. 😁❤ This is Anthony and Pastor Ray.(2 comments)See this image largerWhat's for breakfast? Most days oatmeal. Make it how you like it. Today: blueberries, craisins, pecans, cinnamon and a touch of honey (blueberries weren't quite sweet enough to sweeten the oatmeal), coffee with creamer...cals = 251...picture is yesterday's oatmeal with blackberries, strawberries, craisins, pecans, cinnamon, and a touch of honeySee this image largerBreakfast=oatmeal, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pecans, 1tsp sugar in the raw, 20 oz coffee with 2tsp creamer = 251 calsSee this image largerNo oatmeal this morning...wanted a little change. Breakfast: grits, egg, yellow bell pepper, deer sausage, coffee e 2 tsp creamer. Cals = 388See this image largerBreakfast: oatmeal, blueberries, strawberries, pecans, cinnamon, coffee with creamer...cals 259See this image largerBreakfast: raisin bran (1.5 cup), sugar (1 tsp), 2% milk (1 cup), coffee (20 oz) with creamer (2 tsp) = 486...this is more cals than I usually have for breakfast but I was craving raisin branSee this image largerLunch: plain yogurt, maple pecan granola, peach (fresh), blueberries (fresh)...cals = 288See this image largerDinner: Fresh Express Saute Kit Teriyaki Bok Choy, 2 baby portabella mushrooms and 3.4 oz NY Strip added...cals = 333See this image larger2 Snacks: air popped popcorn (183 cals) & chocolates in honor of National Milk Chocolate Day (220 cals) cals = 403See this image largerYesterday, for the very 1st time in over a year, I neglected to track my food...busy day...will try not to let that happen...Sparkers have a great daySee this image largerBreakfast: grits, eggs, tomatoes, coffee with creamer = 291 calsSee this image largerI didn't log on yesterday (8/13/18) at all. Didn't track any goals yesterday either, even though I did lots of walking. I lost this dear friend yesterday. He finished his battle here on this earth. We've been friends for more than 30 yrs. He had no children of his own but treated every child special. Mike always ended a conversation with the people he cared about the very same way...I love you, bye. You could hear the love in his voice. So all I can say now is: Mike, I LOVE YOU...BYE...See this image largerMy friend finished his battle on this earth yesterday, 8/13/18. We have been friends more than 35 yrs. All I can say now is: Mike, I LOVE YOU, BYE (how he said bye to those he loved). I'll miss you!(1 comments)See this image largerGetting tired and it's only 1pm...still a long day left this afternoon...See this image largerI've not been on SparkPeople for about 1&1/2 weeks due to Hurricane Florence. My pantry shelf fell. Some flooding. Digital stove wet, not working. Tree down. However I am blessed. This pic shows my pantry shelf before, under my cabinet after, & my stove after. The shelf is now pulled out of the wall with a major part of the items on the floor.See this image largerFINALLY! Broke the 4 month 190 lb plateau. Don't ever give up fellow Sparkers...your break will come also.See this image largerFINALLY broke my 4 month 190 lb plateau...never give up.

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