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Well hello mojo! Where have you been?

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I had lost my mojo for over a year (nearly 18 months) and made lots of half hearted attempts to get back on it. All of them failed within 24 hours and I was always going to start again tomorrow.

Maņana maņana - this had become my motto.

Then last month, my GP decided that HRT may be the order of the day. And hey presto - even though I wasn't totally convinced - the HRT is kicking in and suddenly I am in such a positive place.

I woke on Sunday and thought ok, enough already!

Was great on Sunday and Monday and then worried I may fall back into old habits as my in-laws had offered to have the kids from Tues - Fri and hubby had offered to stay with them so I could have a break.

Today was a worry - I entered our local shop and automatically picked up a pizza - staple diet when home alone. Then suddenly stopped, looked at the calorie/fat/carb content and thought "no, enough"

I came home and made chicken, mushrooms and pepper in a spicy tomato sauce and had that with a wrap and salad.

More importantly I didn't feel unhappy or as if I was having a "necessary" ption!

So yes - at last - it's back. I said to my GP that I know what to do but I couldn't switch on that motivation in my head. Well thanks to the HRT, I've switched it on again.

Whoop whoop.

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POLSKARENIA 8/4/2013 3:28AM

    Brilliant! And that meal sounds yum!!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/1/2013 12:36AM

    Great stuff!!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/31/2013 9:46PM

    That is awesome news! Way to go!

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CHUBBEGONE28 7/31/2013 8:06PM

    Whoo hooo! Way to get back in the groove and use your fabulous Sparktools to make smart decisions. emoticon

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JAMBABY0 7/31/2013 7:20PM

    Good for you now just keep that mojo and attitude

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This was just what I needed....

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I've had a really rough time over the last year, had real problems at eldest son's school so had to move him - he has autism and hates change so that was not easy but he's thriving now and loving it.
Had to change my daughter's school as her speech delay etc wasn't being addressed.
Then my 39 year old hubby had a heart attack and needed a stent fitting.
My parents had health issues
And the result of all this is I've put 16lb back on!

Last night I had a really awful time, we were watching The Biggest Loser and my 7yr old ASD son said "I wish you was on the tv" a d I laughed saying "yes, I do too - could be famous and have lots of money" and he replied "do this tv - are you fat?"

I sat trying desperately not to cry but boy did it do the trick! The Jaffa cakes I had bought for a late snack (yes one packet) did not get touched!
Then I woke up this morning to an email saying "your page is a motivational page" so it got me back on here.
Lots of messages from people saying they missed me and lots of people saying "where are you" in my inbox and suddenly I remembered I am not alone!

So I am back. We're off on holiday on Monday - our first family holiday - and my initial plans of a few visits to the Papa Johns and Burger King have now changed to a proper supermarket shop with lots of healthy options.

I've also just looked to see about exercise options at the site and my eldest son has just asked if we can do some jogging on holiday so I've downloaded the couch to 5k app for my phone and trainers are currently being scrubbed!

So thank you Spark People. Your email came at exactly the right time and I am back!

Debs 😍

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TANYAMWA 5/16/2012 6:07AM


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KENDAL0525 5/12/2012 10:33PM

    Awesome! Everything happens for a reason!

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LRSILVER 5/12/2012 9:25PM

    Welcome back. Good luck to you.

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DEBSKENT 5/12/2012 2:26PM

    Thank you all so much - your support means so much x

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MTRAMMELL1 5/12/2012 1:40PM

    Welcome back! emoticon

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DESTINED4CHANGE 5/12/2012 1:02PM

    Hi There,
Glad you are back on track! Sounds like your son got you to the place of an AHA moment. A moment of clarity that will define change for you! Sounds like you have a lot of circumstances that are out of your control and so hard to deal with. . emoticon I wish the best for you and your family and remember one day at a time. Steady and slow wins the race!

Best wishes floating your way,
Patty emoticon

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FEB_SHOWERS16 5/12/2012 12:13PM

    Wonderful! It seems to be providential! Welcome back. You're going to do this! You will be a great encouragement to your family and you'll be healthy through any trials that come your way in the future!

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JANHIM 5/12/2012 9:47AM

    I hope that you look to your friends here on Spark for support when the times get rough. I sure did and it truly helps. You deal with problems much greater than weight gain every can tackle this also. Treat yourself to a healthy life. You can do this!

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CRACKERJACK2825 5/12/2012 7:32AM

    Welcome back!! I knew something was up. We haven't been hearing from you! I am glad that your babies are doing better. Sorry to hear about your husband. That had to be rough. I hope he's doing great now. Remember, SPARK is always here for you, and so are the rest of us!!

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I'm important too

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Today I received a message from a young lady who has touched my heart and really made me re-focus on my healthy lifestyle.

She told me she was a special needs child whose mother had always put her daughter's needs before her own. Sadly as a result, her mum is no longer with us and she cannot support her daughter through her journey.

The thought of not being here for my children breaks my heart. They rely on me so much and I have always put their needs ahead of my own.

However, now is the time for me to re-focus on me, not just Mummy but Debs. Debs is a great woman who hates letting anyone down and is always there for her friends. She is supportive to others travelling the same path and gets a real buzz out of helping someone. Debs is worthy of some time for herself and is worth a bit of pampering.

I've got to start looking after the whole me. I am fed up of looking more crumby mummy than yummy mummy. So I am going to clear out my wardrobe today and get rid of those fat clothes (that I've kept in case I put weight back on) and I have ordered some Bare Minerals foundation. I have been using a cheap tinted moisturiser. But at almost 40, I need a bit more help to look like a natural beauty, lol. This foundation is not cheap but it is great and I deserve it.

Thank you for the email, it has really made me realise what is important. My kids are but so am I.

Debs x

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DIET-DELIGHT 5/18/2010 2:38AM

    You are amazing! I'm glad to hear you are getting rid of the "fat" clothes and doing some things just for you.

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REJ7777 5/16/2010 3:06AM

    I love the BALANCE in your blog. We do need to care for ourselves if we want to be able to care for those we love. And you ARE important! emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 5/12/2010 2:02PM

    Appreciating ourselves makes us better friends, moms, sisters, and spouses. Congrats on your successes....keep moving forward.


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ANASNEWBODY 5/11/2010 8:33PM

    I think that we forget that we are important and SHOULD take care of ourselfs. Not just take care of others.

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/11/2010 6:37PM

    You are important! Thanks for sharing this blog. Makes a person realize that even the simplist of things can make or break your attitude. You rock! make sure you post yummy mummy pictures!

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GIRLINMOTION 5/8/2010 9:50AM

    Yes you deserve it!!!


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DONNABRIGHT 5/8/2010 9:10AM

    Thanks for a great article!

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JANHIM 5/8/2010 7:43AM

    You have "special needs" too! To feel beautiful makes your entire outlook on life more sunny!

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DALLASUK 5/8/2010 6:45AM


Looking and feeling worthwhile is part of the journey, it's all about a better you and way of life.

I never leave the house without at least a layer of lipstick on. One has to make an effort, but to be honest, as the weight changes, your confidence improves; you feel better about yourself and you find you make more of an effort, (some people just don't notice unless you prompt them emoticon)

I've done the same as you this morning. Cleared the wardrobe of all my old, oversized drab and tatty cloths - I've actually thrown away a rugby shirt i have been wearing on and off for the last 12 years.

Splash out on yourself and don't feel selfish. YOU DESERVE IT


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TATTER3 5/8/2010 6:31AM

    We really are who we allow ourselves to be. I wish you the best. Have a wonderful journey and keep Sparkin'!!

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AMBER1997 5/8/2010 6:22AM

    Your blog touched we all need to be our own people, as people for others. you are beautiful to those who love you, and finding a balance for your loved ones, and yourself is difficult. I am 60, and still find it hard. Reading about the member who is a special needs person makes us realize just how lucky we are, and really that we focus too much on the negative things in our lives. Good luck in becoming a yummy mummy, and enjoy the renewing of your wardrobe. Have a great day.

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What a week

Friday, May 07, 2010

First of all a big thank you to everyone for your amazing support and kind words. The response has been amazing and I have even been made a motivational member!! How thrilled am I?

If you added me as a friend, can you let me know - my lovely asd child deleted all my emails and I cannot seem to find on here how to see everyone who added me. Maybe there is a way to do it but I can't see it.

In addition to this, we recently worked with Daniel Kish ( and the UK press have got on board with the story and we have featured in several newspaper, national news, local news and even GMTV (equivalent of Good Morning America). As a result we have been inundated with parents in our position contacting us to say how inspired they were by Jamie's story and what a great mum I am. And then my message board went out as a community highlight on here so my week has been manic but so very rewarding. Knowing that I have helped anyone is a great feeling/

However, due to the manic week, my diet/exercise all went a bit pear shaped. Normally I would have just thought "oh well, let's eat more" but getting all this amazing support has made me wake up motivated again.

I am not going to feel guilty that I had pastries for breakfast at the tv studio, neither will I feel guilty that I didn't eat at all one day due to filming and inteviews and then compensated by eating a whole pizza that night on the go. Last week was an exceptional week and will probably not happen in my lifetime again so I am moving on. I am back on it today, going to dust off my Zumba dvd in a minute and I have got a lovely healthy dinner on the go.

So thank you guys - without you this journey would be very lonely and depressing and I would now be sat with a very large bar of chocolate but instead I am sat sipping green tea and eating fruit and yoghurt. Yum!

We can do this together, I am definitely not perfect and have bad weeks (not days, lol) but I am motivated to get back on it and start again with small steps and small consistent streaks.

We rock !!!

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DIET-DELIGHT 5/8/2010 3:33AM

    It's hard enough to stick to eating right and exercising enough, but to do it with children, especially children with special needs, WOW! is all I can say. I have no children and no husband, just three cats, and it's hard enough as it is. You are definitely an inspiration.

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JANHIM 5/7/2010 1:55PM

    Sometimes you have to go with the flow.........It's great that you are back on board and will continue your journey to your goals! PS..Thanks for adding me as a friend!


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DEBSKENT 5/7/2010 10:14AM

    Normally I am really prepared but our publicity thing came out of the blue and was a case of just going with the flow. Like I said though, this is probably a one off week for us and we can get back to normal. I usually have healthy snacks but driving up the motorway at 5am with a 4 yr old, you grab what you can and sadly I went for unhealthy options.

I am amazed though at how lethargic and unmotivated I felt after just a few days. Now I am back on the healthy options I feel so much better.

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GIRLINMOTION 5/7/2010 8:59AM

    Life is full of detours, that is why we have to be prepared for changes in "routes". Before Spark People I never had "snacks' in between meals, but they sure help, because when it comes to a "meal" time I am not so famished. Do you have an emergency "healthy snack" kit with you for these detours?


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RUBY926 5/7/2010 7:07AM

    Have a great day.

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Life is just good now

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Well after maintaining last week and being so depressed about it, I still carried for one more week of being good and guess what, it paid off. I lost 5lb tonight.

I am thrilled but am aware that I am being very very good at the moment and writing everything I eat in my ipod app, and doing exercise as often as possible.

I know that soon there will be that time when I think about being bad in a big way but I am now thinking for the first time ever that I will be able to get through that with the support I get on here.

So thank you everyone, you are the ones helping me take control of my life here. You are priceless xx

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DIET-DELIGHT 5/8/2010 3:28AM

    It's only bad if you splurge on calories everyday... or eat unhealthily (is that a word?!) everyday. Once in a while is OK. We're human.


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LISA1809 5/7/2010 1:55AM

    I enjoyed reading your blog- it is very encouraging. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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CAROLJ94941 5/6/2010 11:13AM

    You are making good connections to how weight loss works (it is not always an even progression). You are right that maintenance will be hard once you get there. But all the things you have learned so far will help you keep it off. I know, I've been on maintenance 3 times on weight watchers, but with spark people I'm convinced I can keep it off permanently. Plus it's reinforcing to read everyones stories and remember every day that it's tracking food and exercise for the rest of my life that will keep my weight down!

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BRIDGIRL 5/6/2010 5:45AM

    Brilliant weight loss and you can do it for sure so keep going


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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/6/2010 3:21AM

    emoticonkeep up the good work.i have just this week recomitted again for the hundredth time and hope to do as well my weigh in tomorrow.keep up thwe good work at this rate you will soon get there. emoticon

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JULIADIANEBF 4/29/2010 4:57PM

    Keep up the good work, this is a great site.

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