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New Year, New Attitude, Page Update

Monday, January 03, 2011

Well here we are into a new year. I really bombed 2010 in a BIG way and didn't stay consistent and work for my goals...sooooo...I gained...grrrrrrr! That's what I get for giving up and getting lazy. Had to go shopping,..for BIGGER clothes...how disappointing, :( :( !

No More! New attitude for the new month and the new year. Joined the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge and am going to throw my BIG self into it! Joined all the team challenges and will do what I can to contribute to those goals. Perfection? No. Gettin' to it? Yes! Have to restart somewhere.

Emotional Eating...I'm kicking you to the curb.

New mantras...
NO MORE SWEETS
WATCH THOSE PORTIONS
GET UP and MOVE

Seemed like a good time to update my page too. Feels like a fresh start.

Now...if it's to be, it's up to ME!

Spark On!
Deb :)

  
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STEINERMOM 1/11/2011 8:02AM

  Rely on others for support in 2011 when you need it. You have a great attitude and it will be fun to go through this journey with you!

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BILLALEX70 1/4/2011 9:39AM

    Cheer up buckaroo! 2010 is gone and lets focus on the future. I too had a terrible 2010 in the weight department, but I'm trying to shake it off and move forward.

Best wishes for a great 2011!

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LNSYLVSDOGS 1/4/2011 5:23AM

    Each day is a new day. Thank God for that! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 1/3/2011 10:33PM

    I like your new attitude! emoticon

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DEVORA4 1/3/2011 10:06PM

  emoticon I believe in you debby emoticon

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HALLELUL 1/3/2011 8:37PM

    Isn't that the neat thing about seeing a new day. You can forget the past hiccups and start afresh. Here's to the 'kicking to the curb' that stuff that's gotta go. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/3/2011 8:19PM

    Best wishes for success in 2011. And, oh what a cute background pic! (smiling)

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What IS a Calorie???

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

My son asked me this morning what the definition was of a Calorie. Hmmmm...I had really never gotten the actual definition...all I know is that I shouldn't eat too many or too few (not usually a problem) of them. So...on to a little research and thoughtful pondering........

A Calorie is the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a liter (1.06 quarts) of water 1 degree. What's THAT mean???? It's a scientific way to measure energy. Kinda like gas for a car...Calories are 'gas' or energy for our body. Okay...that makes sense...we have to get our energy from somewhere so the Calories are the 'heat' to get our 'furnace' going so we can do what we need to do! Too many Calories and we have to 'store' that extra 'heat' somewhere...and that's what the weight gain is all about! I think of piles of wood stored next to the fireplace or as globs of fat on my body. Not enough Calories and we just don't want to go...the fire goes out when the wood runs out or we get lethargic when we don't consume enough Calories (or the right kind). Hmmmmm...my eyes or should I say mouth has been opened! (I need to learn how to shut it when my furnace has been properly stoked so I don't have piles of heat or energy to store!) I think I get it!!!! Is this an "Ah-ha" moment?????

This leads to the notion that it takes approximately 3,500 Calories below your Calorie needs to lose a pound of body fat or 3,500 Calories above to gain a pound. Sooooo...I'm thinking that I need to have a deficit of 500 Calories every day to lose a pound (500 x 7 = 3,500). If I could burn 500 Calories a day (a TALL order), there'd be another pound (500 x 7 = 3,500). It truly is up to me! Eat less, move more, lose weight...how simple is THAT? Too simple...I have to go and complicate it by slipping into old habits that sabotage my goals for better health such as eating too many Calories and/or not burning off enough of them! Portion control is HUGE (pun intended).

The number of Calories a person needs depends on age, gender, weight, height, activity level, and whether one is trying to gain (?huh?), maintain, or lose (that'd be me!) weight. My Calorie Range right now is 1200-1550. When I'm ramping up the exercise (should get on THAT pony more!) I suspect I may not be eating enough. I'll keep an eagle eye on this...and WILL adjust accordingly as I commit to Track, Track, Track...can't change what you don't acknowledge!

For me, coming to terms with Calories...how many to eat, how many to burn, and how to adjust as I go is a very important element as I move forward (and hopefully downward) on my journey to better health.

Here's to a Nutritious November...
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DANSAPPHI 11/15/2010 8:07AM

    Thanks so much for your kind comment. Also, your post was very informative. When you think about how they come to measure calories, and what they are it does sound rather complex. I hope your Monday is going well. Also, good for your son for having such an inquisitive mind.

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CARISSA81 11/14/2010 12:33PM

    Science! I love it!

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BILLALEX70 11/3/2010 5:33AM

    I couldn't have said it better myself!
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DJ4HEALTH 11/2/2010 10:03PM

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SUNSHINESKYWAY 11/2/2010 8:13PM

    Awesome! Thanks for the info!

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DEVORA4 11/2/2010 7:54PM

  Excellent explanation of what we Must know. Thanks emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 11/2/2010 5:49PM

    Interesting................ bottom line for me is that too many are not good. Before SP I had no clue how many calories my body needed. Now I do and that has been a big help.



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WALIDGAZALA 11/2/2010 5:03PM

    It is one of the most beautiful blogs I ever red on SP for the last 14 months. emoticon

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I'm 2!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Two years on SP that is. I almost forgot about it until I responded to another member's blog about their Sprak-versary and got to thinking that 'my time' was coming too.

The first year I was more or less a 'lurker'. Then I heard about the Spark Convention in Cincinnati and thought to myself, self - let's go! Boy, am I ever glad I did! Knowing that I was going gave me motivation to really get involved in the site...posting, logging, exercising more, and so on. By the way...I'm patiently waiting to hear about another convention...how 'bout it SP????

I've had ups and downs along the way. Right now I'm not losing but there's reasons why and I know what to do to 'fix' it but just haven't done it yet. When I'm tired enough of doing so-so, I'll get to doing what I should be doing instead of the half effort I'm putting forth now. It's so much easier to encourage everyone else than stick to 'my plan'.

Still love the site and my virtual friends...they are a part of every day...my 50 point minimum points goal keeps me Sparkin' and I love to interact with other Sparkers!

Spark On everyone...never quit...it CAN be done...I read about success stories every day!

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CUTEANGEL79 10/6/2010 12:13PM

    congradulations on reaching your 2 yr mark

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JOYSONG50 9/11/2010 6:25PM

    Happy emoticon

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DEVORA4 9/11/2010 3:38AM

  emoticon emoticonI love having you as a friend {debbies do it better} debby

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BILLALEX70 9/9/2010 9:41AM

    Deb,

It was my pleasure to meet you at the convention last year. You've been a source of encouragement and comedic relief along the way.

There is a Spark rally being held in Cincinnati next May. You should look into that. I, unfortunately, wont be able to attend due to a prior commitment.

Spark on!

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DOLLBABE56 9/9/2010 7:16AM

    Happy Spark-versary Deb!!!

Thanks for all of the encouragement and laughter you give to me, always when I need most! You are a good friend.

Deb

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SCOTMAMA 9/8/2010 10:59PM

    My goal is a minimum of 50 spark points per day too, and I find most days I go over that amount now.

I'm lost if I don't get a chance to log on.

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HALLELUL 9/8/2010 10:09PM

    Too cute. emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are our encourager so let me encourage you back to go girl from that so-so to emoticon emoticon

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AGAPEJOY 9/8/2010 9:56PM

    Happy emoticon! I find it an honor to be one of virtual friends. Keep on pushing. emoticon

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Tina

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Get to Know Me...Easy as ABC...

Saturday, August 07, 2010

This is a fun challenge from (((Sending Skinny Vibes))) Team for Saturday, August 7, 2010.

Heeeere we goooooo...

A - Available or married
~~~~Happily MARRIED
B- Book?
~~~~THE SPARK
C- Cake or Pie?
~~~Like BOTH...Staying away from them - sweets are my weakness
D- Drink of Choice?
~~~~WATER
E- Essential Item?
~~~~LAPTOP/CELL PHONE...so I can get online anywhere I go
F- Favorite Color(s)?
~~~~PURPLE, HOT PINK, YELLOW, BRIGHT GREEN
G- Game to play or watch?
~~~~SOLITARE GAMES...Online or cards
H- Hometown?
~~~~CRYSTAL, MI
I- Indulgence?
~~~~SPARKTIME
J- Job?
~~~~Happily RETIRED
K- Kids and names?
~~~~RENEE (39), TONY (28), KRYSTLE (26), grandson ZAYDDEN (5)
L- Life is incomplete without?
~~~~MY HUBBY #1, then rest of my family and friends
M- Music group or singer?
~~~~ANY UPBEAT MUSIC
N- Number of siblings?
~~~~SIX (6)...I'm the 'baby'.
O- Oranges or apples?
~~~~BOTH...Apples are easier, oranges need to be peeled
P- Phobias/Fears?
~~~~NOT STAYING FOCUSED ENOUGH TO LOSE WEIGHT
Q- Favorite Quote?
~~~~If at first you don't succeed...try, try, again! Don't worry, be happy!
R- Reason to Smile?
~~~I WOKE UP! To make myself and others feel better!
S- Season?
~~~~SPRING/SUMMER/FALL
T- Tattoos?
~~~~2
U- Unknown fact about me?
~~~~I'M LEFT-HANDED and SILLY
V- Vegetable you love?
~~~PEAS...To eat and frozen for swelling instead of ice!
W- Worst habit?
~~~HOUSE CLEANING...DON'T LIKE IT
X- X-Rays you've had?
~~~~CHEST, MOUTH, LEG, ARM, SHOULDER
Y- Your favorite food?
~~~~OATMEAL or HIGH FIBER BRAN FLAKES with fruit and/or nuts
Z- Zodiac?
~~~~LEO...and I'm not 'lion'...hee, hee

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CUTEANGEL79 9/13/2010 3:32PM

    thanks for sharing about yourself have a great day

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AEFILK 8/11/2010 2:09PM

    Fun read! And I wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the comments you left on my blog yesterday! It was very helpful. I love this supportive community. Thanks again!

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BRAVAH 8/10/2010 5:03AM

    Hi Deb!

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. I also appreciate you stopping by my blog. Thanks for the compliment about singing... I bet you can sing better than you think!

Cheers,
Heidi

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HICALGAL 8/9/2010 8:17PM

    love your last comment on the zodiac.....i'm still smiling. thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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BILLALEX70 8/8/2010 10:55AM

    Love getting to know people a little more.

2 tattoos? Do tell.

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BEAR_GURL 8/8/2010 3:40AM

    Both of my girls are lefties too: )

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ERMYLIFE 8/7/2010 4:56PM

    This was great. It is nice to know you a little better. (((SSV)))

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THEWINNER33 8/7/2010 3:45PM

    I receive these kind of posts in emails and I love them all

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RORYLYONS 8/7/2010 1:10PM

    Nice to get to know you fellow skinny~vibe emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE5658 8/7/2010 1:04PM

    I love these and thank you for doing it! Its nice to " meet " you LOL.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/7/2010 12:57PM

    It is nice to get to know you.

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LISAT1773 8/7/2010 12:51PM

    Nice to get to know you better. Be sure to check out mine!
Lisa
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DEVORA4 8/7/2010 12:47PM

  Interesting You're the 3rd q and a today. {debbies do it better}

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Sprinter or Marathoner? (Relates to reaching your goals...)

Monday, July 26, 2010

This blog was an 'ah-ha' moment for me. Maybe you'd like to read it too! You can copy and paste it into your Search Box to check it out. I tried to make it a link but was unsuccessful at that?

http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=
one_step_closer_a_journey_for_a_lifetime

Maybe this WILL work, not sure so I given you both options...
www.dailyspark.com/blog.asppost=one_
step_closer_a_journey_for_a_lifetime


I clicked on the link and 'Sorry, the page you requested doesn't exist' came up. But if you click on the Google Search Box the first 'hit' is the blog.

Anyway, the jest of the blog is the question...

ARE YOU A SPRINTER OR A MARATHONER?

Me...I started out like a sprinter in August 2009. The Spark Convention was coming up and I wanted to attend as someone that was on her way to success in living a healthier lifestyle thanks to SP. I was going to meet the people 'behind the scenes' and didn't want to disappoint after all their hard work and encouragement! AND I was going to meet my virtual friends...other Sparkers! How could I go and not have success stories to tell?????

I did it all...drinking the water, using the trackers, not going over my calorie limits, exercising more, logging in daily, posting, encouraging others...you get the jest of it...I was thoroughly entrenched in the SparkWorld and nothing could stop me...

BUT ME! Eventually I started tracking occasionally, exercising less, not logging in every day, eating more, and more of the wrong foods and so on.

By Spring of 2010 I had gained all the weight back plus some. How could I let that happen yet again???? Right now I am the biggest I've ever been...so embarassing...especially when I know better! I don't even wear the Spark clothes or use any gear right now 'cause I don't feel like I'm a good representative of how successful one can be when following what SP teaches... :( :(.

What this has taught me is that I need to be more a like a 'marathoner'. Pacing myself for 'the long haul'. Laying down the foundation with training (exercise), proper nutrition, rest, equipment, and rest needed to finish such a long 'race'.

For me...this has to be for a lifetime...not just a short time. As recent as last week I have decided to go back to the basics...drinking plenty of water, using the Nutrition Tracker and tracking EVERYTHING that passes my lips whether solid or liquid! I have to start tracking either before lunch or right after lunch so I can 'see' where I'm at for the day so I can make adjustments before it's too late! I can also do more exercise and am working on that too. At least 10 minutes a day of SOMETHING...there's plenty of options and I need to kick my rear in gear and make it MOVE!

I'm happy to report that as of today, I've gone 6 days with NO JUNK, am on a 3 day exercise streak, have been much better about getting my water in, and have lost 2 pounds since last week and I hadn't lost any weight in a very long time prior to my decision to 'get real' with myself and what I was doing. I was doing a lot of talking with not much action behind it...I hate to admit that but it's so true. I'm better at encouraging others than doing what I should be doing for myself. Now, FINALLY, I want to do both! ('Bout time!)

Kudos if you got through all this!
I DO WANT TO MEET MY GOALS...and now I'm actually acting like it!

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Deb

  
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HUMBEL 8/2/2010 8:29PM

    Oh dear.... how I can relate to this! I have gained back most of my weight, too, and I've been feeling like a failure. But, I'm NOT! Thank you for posting this blog, because it helps me to know that I'm not alone! We can do this, my friend! One day at a time.... one small decision at a time....
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HICALGAL 7/30/2010 6:19AM

    it's so easy to get off track and harder to get back on so kudos for you for making it happen. anytime you need to talk or a good emoticon emoticon you know where to find me.;)

congrats on your progress! so happy for and proud of you!! keep workin your program sis and it'll work for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEVORA4 7/26/2010 11:40PM

  As I have said before, debbies do it better. Right. emoticonon your mini streak. Make it last one day longer and Then tomorrow make it last one day lomger etc. When I started to reduce my calories 5 months ago, I used that idea.

Also thanks for link, at your recommendation I will read it. emoticon emoticondebby

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ODAT1117 7/26/2010 7:12PM

    Congratulations Deb, for coming out of the guilt and spilling your guts! emoticon Isn't it better to just out yourself than to continue fooling yourself while trying to fool others??? I love the saying: "We are only as sick as our secrets" or as the great Shrek says "Better out than in!!". emoticon

You ARE here and you ARE doing it!! Just take it one day at a time. And I agree that this needs to be a lifestyle change rather than a "diet". I am not at all a marathoner so it is a struggle for me to look at this as a lifestyle change, but the more I read on SP, the more I am understanding and believing inside that it truly is a lifestyle change.

I've been way off with my food the last few days and it felt BAD while it was feeling good.......So, maybe there is hope that we will someday really truly desire this lifestyle not just for a few days or a few months but for LIFE!!! Wow, that would be awesome, and I DO think that change will come inside us if we keep on keepin on....

Hang in there woman!!
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CARISSA81 7/26/2010 6:56PM

    Totally relate to this. I didnt gain it all back, but enough that I feel kinda bad. But the fact that you and me are both still h ere speaks to our commitment and I know we'll get there eventually!

Spark on!

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GREEKGAL1 7/26/2010 6:20PM

  One reason I hate the idea of a diet, is that it is something you go on and then off. I believe it has got to be a lifestyle change. It doesn't mean depriving yourself of everything you like. I find I exercise so I can enjoy an occasional treat. It is important to be good to yourself.
Your idea of being a marathoner instead of a sprinter when it comes to change is a great idea. Take it step by step. Good luck on your quest.

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