RAYLINSTEPHENS   178,315
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179.8 on July 17, 2008 (My first 'before' photo taken after losing 30.2 lbs)



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My Journey to Slim City!

As I get ready for the 5% Summer Challenge, I have some daily goals:

375 calorie deficit for 3/4 pound per week to reach 5% goal
180-200 carbs, 200 cholesterol consumed, 1600 sodium.

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.

P.S. for anyone not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs.
**This isn't vanity weight, it is to be able to live weight. ...
As I get ready for the 5% Summer Challenge, I have some daily goals:

375 calorie deficit for 3/4 pound per week to reach 5% goal
180-200 carbs, 200 cholesterol consumed, 1600 sodium.

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.

P.S. for anyone not knowing me, I started at 210 lbs.
**This isn't vanity weight, it is to be able to live weight.



Mar 24, 2014: As part of my commitment to the 5% Spring Challenge:
**I will continue to do 120+ exercise minutes daily with as few rest days as possible.
**Strength Training will be using my WATP to keep my muscles from atrophying.
**Exercise clothes - check!
**Countdown Activities - check!
Let's do this!


Jan 9, 2014 - After no home internet for 2 years, and a regain of 20 lbs, I am finally connected to the world again.
I am back to sparkin' this weight off one more time - thankfully not all of it, lol. I would just like to be back in the 20's again.

Apr 2011 - Winter 2010-2011 has seen me gain back a few pounds - not unexpectedly, but a couple more than I desired. I have gone as high as 122.2 (March 21st) and while not thrilled, I can accept and live with it. I had hoped to keep it below 120 but that was not to be with the rough winter we had this year. I don't think of myself as a failure - I am going to be on this journey for the rest of my life and I must learn to adjust. I can and I will.

10/2/2010 - Finally! 115.0 WooHoo!! 95 lbs gone forever!

8/13 - 115.7! Unbelievable! Truly Sparktacular!

8/12 - 116.1 - WooHoo! I can almost taste 115! Still not quite maintaining 116 but getting closer all the time! This time I only went back up to 117.

8/6 - 116.6 - 'visited' 119 twice but this time I am going to maintain! I must keep my protein up!

7/9 - 116.8 - maybe this time!

6/3 - 116.9 - first time at 116!! Stayed in 116 for 3 days - then up again.

May 25, 2010 - I hit 117.6 for the first time ever!! WooHoo!!

May 4, 2010 - I am now able to hold 119-ish with relative ease. Still trying to reach the ideal weight of 117. Since I cannot count on anyone at the Blood Bank to take my platelets (stick me), I gave up trying. I can donate whole blood as low as 110 pounds so 117 will be safe if I am able to maintain it. It is up to my body now to decide, not me. Very slowly from this point on because it will be a shock to the body.

Mar 18, 2010 - I was able to do one 6.5 mile walk yesterday! WooHoo!! Back to 121.5!! Bring on Spring & Summer walking! I am so ready!!

Feb 7, 2010 - I have fluctuated up to 123.5 and then back down again - this has been a rough 2 months with all this cold, rainy weather here in Mississippi. I am so looking forward to Springtime and back to my daily walking!

Dec 5, 2009 - Maintaining 120ish since July 22!

September 7, 2009 - September CT Member of the Month
This is a huge honor! I am humbled.

August 10, 2009 - I decided that 120 is my Ideal Weight. My maintenance range will be 117-122 even though I never saw 117. This decision came from my reaction to my Platelet Donation.

August 23, 2009 - 118.8! 92 down, 1 lb to goal!!

August 13, 2009 - 119.4! 91 down, 2 to goal!

July 22, 2009 - 120.9! Today I have lost 90 lbs with SparkPeople!!

May 1, 2009 - 125.8! It's offical! 85 lbs lost with SparkPeople!! Whoopee!!

April 29, 2009 - 126.7 Almost there!

Apr 16, 2009 - 127.8 Wow!

Apr 7, 2009 - 128.9!! WooHoo!

Mar 29-Apr 4 SP Class Team Leader! Feels awesome to be able to help others find their Spark!

Mar 21, 2009 - 129.7!! I have left 130-ville behind! Closing fast on 125!! Started my ST seriously, making more muscles!

Mar 17, 2009 - 130.8! I have lost 80 pounds with SparkPeople!!

Feb 5, 2009 - 135.9! I am normal weight for the first time in 50 years!! I don't remember ever being normal weight in my entire life of 57 years!!

Feb 1, 2009 - 136.7! .3 away from normal weight!!

Jan 23, 2009 - 138.4! Yahoo!!

Jan 16, 2009 - 139.6!! Hooray!!

Jan 11, 2009 - Ok, I cheated! There, I said it! I weighed after my treadmill walk and finally 139.9 but I am not sorry I did it! With luck I will be this upon waking sometime this week - legally.

Jan 7, 2009 - 140.9! Down 70 lbs today, by .1 but it still counts!!

Dec 12, 2008 - Donated blood again, blood pressure 107/69! WooHoo!! weight 145.5
65 pounds released forever into the wild, never to return!

Dec 6, 2008 - Getting close to goal weight now so feel I should slow down a little. Cold outside so not walking as much. Pulled my Cardio down to 60 minutes *more-or-less* to make time for strength training. Still losing!
**Red shorts close! But don't really fit right, lol.

Nov 24, 2008 - I reached 148.8! One day late of my goal (148) but it tastes just as sweet! Now on to 135!!

Nov 18, 2008 - I am now a Co-Leader of By The Numbers Spark Team! I am honored to be allowed to help with this wonderful new team.

Nov 17, 2008 - I am 150.9, that is officially down 60 lbs today even though I am only in by 1/10th of a pound! Whoopee!! This tastes better than any desert! I still want to reach 148 by Nov 23 but it will be ok if I don't.

Oct 31, 2008 - I am chosen as a Motivator! Wow!! What an honor this is. All I have done is try to be supportive and keep people going on their chosen programs. I will continue to do this and hopefully earn this great title.

Oct 30, 2008 - I have to eat more or exercise less! Less exercise is not an option so I am taking the leap of faith and increasing my daily calories by 300. Wow, who ever thought eating more could be a problem?!

Today, Sep 25, 2008, I am officially overweight!! WooHoo!!
I will never be obese again!

I have accepted myself as I am but now would like to prevent heart disease and stroke so trying to take off excess poundage.

I am changing my eating habits. I am going to lose all this extra weight! I will never be fat again!!


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Member Since: 4/13/2006

SparkPoints: 178,315

Fitness Minutes: 170,474

My Goals:
I want to be able to wear more than 10% of the clothes in my closet.
**Goal met April '09!

I want to weigh what it says on my Drivers License. Goal met!
**July '09 I am 28 lbs lighter than my drivers license!!

I would like to be able to wear my wedding ring again. Almost, I got it on my right hand!!

I want to be lighter than my DH again. Goal met!
**April '09 - 30 lbs lighter than DH!

I want to be overweight and not obese (163) Goal met! 163.4 lbs

I want to be 148 again, first time in 23.5 years!
Goal met 11/24/08!

Dare I dream, I want to be normal (136) GOAL MET!! 135.9 on Feb 5, 2009! I want to be 130! Goal Met!!

I want to be 125! Goal Met!!

Going for 120 lbs! Goal Met 7/22/09!!

On to 117! Goal Met 5/25/10!

Main goal is to find a weight I can live with!

My Program:
I am walking 6-7miles daily, weather permitting. Also trying to get back to my WATP!

Using Nutrition Tracker! It really makes all the difference in this working!

I have to learn to measure and weigh all my foods. "Eye-balling" is not good enough. Wishful thinking will not make this happen.


Personal Information:
I am 62, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, lived in NYC for 25 years ~~ lived in Pennsylvania 10 years and now permanently reside in Mississippi for 25+ years.

Married to my DH, he's my best friend for 28 years!

Other Information:
I am going to lose this weight and I will never be obese again.

Every pound lost is gone forever!

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7/25/2014 6:51:26 PM

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7/25/2014 10:30:50 AM

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7/25/2014 9:24:49 AM

Thanks for stopping by my page. FancyImages had a "healthier "boxed mac and cheese w/ California style veggies recipe that included using cottage cheese instead of butter and milk. I like the regular 4% or 2% cottage cheese , texture and taste. Usually w/ chives, and some fruit and chia seeds., and a dash of red pepper flakes for kick. I like using plain Greek yogurt for dips , and other places I Would use sour cream, The 'sweeter' ones frozen for dessert. Looks like you've done EXTREMELY emoticon well with your weight loss, and maintenance, Congrats!

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