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Summer 2011 @ 240 lbs Rockyday 7 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 6/17/2017day 5 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/18/2017day 7 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/20/2017day 10 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/23/2017week 1 of my streak for "Exercise for at least 90 minutes per week" earned 6/24/2017day 14 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 6/27/2017day 21 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 7/1/2017day 21 of my streak for "Write in a journal 3 times per week 1 time per day" earned 7/1/2017day 25 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/8/2017day 30 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 7/13/2017day 21 of my streak for "Drink 8 cups of water per day" earned 7/16/2017217 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.Breakfast: 243 calories - yumBreakfast = oatmeal with peaches, a little milk, and cinnamon = yumday 60 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 8/12/2017Breakfast: 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.Happy 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.day 5 of my streak for "Drink 8 cups of water per day" earned 8/25/2017My 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.Snack time: cottage cheese, banana, strawberries - yumLunch: Progresso Split Pea with Ham Soup (whole can) with cheddar cheese 351 caloriesMissed 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.Rocky, my pal.Good morning Sparkers. Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with cheese and mustard, watermelon, grapes = 303 caloriesBreakfast 315 kcal: grits, poached egg, microwaved baconI 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.47 lbs gone - decided to treat me to a new purse47 lbs gone - decided to treat me to a new purseBreakfast: 2 boiled eggs, eureka saaa-wheat toast, 1/2 tbsp peanut butter, small apple (toast topped with peanut butter, apple pieces, and cinnamon) = 361 caloriesBreakfast: 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.Heel acting up/hurting this morning - looking forward to it feeling better/hurting less a little later today so I can get some walking inday 100 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 9/21/2017Dr 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.Lunch: 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.Dinner: 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.Yesterday 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.Had to ice my knee and heel after walking this morning. I will walk every day. October goal. 👣Class 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.In 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.Last 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.Spent today with our 50+ church group. Went to the NC Transportation Museum. Had a great time.Another pic from the NC Transportation Museum.Homecoming: 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.Finally 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.I 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.Lunch: tomato sandwich (potato sandwich thin, 2 slices large tomato, tsp light mayo), harvest snap lentil bean crisps tomato basil, grapes = 294 calsLunch: chicken pasta salad, grapes & pumpkin seed cheddar crispbreads = 338 calsFun time at church fall festival.Had a great time working and playing at church fall festival.October 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).Breakfast: grits, medium egg, asparagus, tomato = 227 cals.Dinner: 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 calsPhoto progress tracking: brown = 5x in 6/2017 white = 3x in 8/2017 stripes = 2x in 11/2017. Progress - whoot whootDinner: chicken breast slow cooked with onions and salsa verde, Spanish Rice a Roni, sweet peas = 400 calsLunch: Progresso tomato parmesan soup with added oven roasted eggplant & asparagus served with a toasted poppy seed roll with laughing cow asiago cheese = 249 calsOmw to pick up my friend from Utah at the airport.Finally 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.No 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.Breakfast: grits, egg, asparagus, tomatillo, tomato: cal = 238My daughter bought me some new pajamas because I've lost weight - size 2X - thank you PeggyMy 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.Finally have a tree up.Decorated my door for Christmas.Decorated my door for Christmas.196 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 gainMy friend gave me flowers for Christmas. It was a nice surprise.A friend brought me flowers last night for Christmas...it was a nice surprise. Merry Christmas to you all.Merry Christmas from NC to you wherever you may beday 200 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/30/201712/31/17 not where I want to be but a long way from where I was...today was a good day to be in God's house...our Pastor brought a powerful message for 2018...trust God...rely on him...but use your intelligence tooSnowing in Leland, NCSouthern NC: this is a site we don't see very often...snow and 27 degrees at 9:30 am...in the teens at night...we are not use to this. Stay warm and safe.NC 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.1/7/18 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.Breakfast: rice, eggs, blueberry swirl toast, apricot preserves (sugar free) = 352 calsRocky...my buddyDinner = 449 cals (didn't eat the skin)Not many calories left today so...Dinner = 115 calories (green beans, cirn, pitstoes, tomatoes)Sunday 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.Dinner: salmon, spaghetti squash with butter and dried cranberries = 407 calsOn my way to 190#Dinner: Grits, egg, brussel sprouts, tomatoes, gouda & cheddar cheese, ham = 378 cals. May not look great but taste yummy.Dr 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 hooDr today...great report...see status update...hard work paying offGained 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. 😊192...down from my gain last week...whoo hooI 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 cals1st 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.Closet purge: All this is out of there. What a way to see weight loss progress. I am so hapoy.Progress: top pics are 6/17/17...bottom pics 2/15/18Lunch 278 calsLunch 278 cals: cantelope, red seedless grapes, black forest ham, blueberry swirl bread, fig preservesLunch 306 cals: cantaloupe, cottage cheese, grapes, everything bagel thin, apple butterToday I'm calling it 190 lbs. 6/2/17 = 235 lbs. Slow progress; but working for permanent progress, not fast progress.I'm calling it 190 lbs.Marble jars (weight to lose = 115 lbs...weight lost = 65 lbs)...I am moving my marblesMy 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. 😆Exercising mind, body, and spirit...BALANCEThank 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.Went 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.Snack: 5 bibb lettuce leaves (ate 2 before picture), 1 egg, mushrooms, tomato, black forest ham, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, mustard = 116 calsCelebrating the resurrection of my Lord and SaviorHappy Easter! Celebrating resurrection day.My husband works night and brought me this little token of love when he came home this morning (just because)Lunch: rice, chicken, okra, kale, tomato, carrots...cal = 284Dinner: 343 cals: chicken breast with teriyaki sauce, green beans with boiled potatoes, cream cornBreakfast: 287 cals: oatmeal, fruit cocktail, craisins, pecans, cinnamonI love going to church. Missed today due to swollen knee and weather making walking quite painful.Missed church due to swollen knee ans weather making walking quite painful today.Missed church due to swollen knee and weather making walking quite painful.A picture of my mom. Wishing all moms a very Happy Mother's Day.My 1st attempt at embroidery. Not great, but not too baf.My 1st attempt at embroidery. Not great but not too bad.Happy birthday to my grandson. He is 20 yrs old today.Breakfast: 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.Saw goslings today. I love gosling season.Watermelon snack...yummyNew hair cutNew hair cutDinner: corned beef, cabbage, small potato, rice soup = 196 calsToday makes 1 year without soda.Today makes 1 year without sodaJust had to celebrate ice cream day with chocolate ice cream topped with pecans...thanks to my daughter for delivery...special treatRocky's a little upset with me...I made him get a bathClean but not too happy...Rocky hates a bath...I really don't know who gets wetter during his bath...him or me 😂Today 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. 😄Since starting my healthier me journey I've found more foods I like: fresh cherries for instance.2nd clothes purge...not as many as the 1st time, but all these are too big now...whoo hoo1st clothing purge and 2nd clothing purge...too big...they had to go...whoo hoo30 yrs ago today I married my best friendMarried 30 yrs today and I love him more each dayDinner = 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.My 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.What'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 honeyBreakfast=oatmeal, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, pecans, 1tsp sugar in the raw, 20 oz coffee with 2tsp creamer = 251 calsNo oatmeal this morning...wanted a little change. Breakfast: grits, egg, yellow bell pepper, deer sausage, coffee e 2 tsp creamer. Cals = 388Breakfast: oatmeal, blueberries, strawberries, pecans, cinnamon, coffee with creamer...cals 259Breakfast: raisin bran (1.5 cup), sugar (1 tsp), 2% milk (1 cup), coffee (20 oz) with creamer (2 tsp)...cal = 486...this is more cals than I usually have for breakfast but I was craving raisin branLunch: plain yogurt, maple pecan granola, peach (fresh), blueberries (fresh)...cals = 288Dinner: Fresh Express Saute Kit Teriyaki Bok Choy, 2 baby portabella mushrooms and 3.4 oz NY Strip added...cals = 3332 Snacks: air popped popcorn (183 cals) & chocolates in honor of National Milk Chocolate Day (220 cals)...total cals = 403Yesterday, 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 dayBreakfast: grits, eggs, tomatoes, coffee with creamer = 291 calsI 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...My 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!Getting tired and it's only 1pm...still a long day left this afternoon...I'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.FINALLY! Broke the 4 month 190 lb plateau. Don't ever give up fellow Sparkers...your break will come also.FINALLY broke my 4 month 190 lb plateau...never give up.
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