DEB2448's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DEB2448 DEB2448's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Drew James http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662092 Our second grandchild was born today (April 1st) at 1:28 PM.Molly now gets to be a big sister! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2057573763.jpg"> Tue, 1 Apr 2014 21:01:51 EST The Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4944063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703097255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125983981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l511735489.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a 67 year old dress that my Mom's Grandma knitted for her when she was born. We have pictures of my Mom in it (not sure where that picture is , we are still looking for it.) Then we have me in it. ( The top picture here). The nex... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 01:21:29 EST Five Generations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835332 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619392851.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We got this five generation picture taken Easter weekend. It was wonderful to be able to get this picture and know that even though my grandma is 92 she still lives in her own home. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 22:02:49 EST Molly Marie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749177243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our first grandchild Molly Marie was born on December 26th at 7:52 PM. She weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and is 20 inches long. We got to go meet her yesterday. Molly and Heidi ( my daughter in law are both doing good and they got to go home today. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 23:29:50 EST Las Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3066579 I'm going to Las Vegas! Wish me luck....lots of it. Obviously, I won't be on Spark for a few days, but I'll get caught up as soon as I get back. Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter! <BR> And if any of you have visited Vegas before, we're looking for a few "non-gambling" things to do....we know we're going to Hoover Dam, but would appreciate any other ideas! <BR> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 19:56:30 EST Friday March 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2992925 I finally took the plunge and joined Facebook. It was shortly after that that I discovered Farmville! It seems as if everyone I know plays it, but just in case you haven't, here's how it works: <BR> You build up your farm by planting and growing crops. You also have animals and trees, and can build buildings. It is a blast! <BR> <BR> If you're on facebook, add me! I would love to have more Farmville neighbors. Just search for "Deb Becker". I'm the one alone in the picture wearing a ... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:15:31 EST How Do You Deal With a Sabotaging Spouse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2920142 Does anyone else have this problem? My daughter and I were comparing notes. I'm not going to say whose spouse did what to protect the innocent (or guilty...ha-ha). But between us, we both have spouses who claim to be VERY supportive of our weight loss efforts. Most of the time they are. They're always there with a "congrats" when the scale goes now and a pat on the back when something goes wrong. <BR> <BR> But between us, the following has happened/been said: <BR> <BR> "Come on, let'... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 22:37:10 EST Happy Valentines Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876262 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b595245462.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy this card. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKrW92n4WE </link> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 02:42:37 EST January 24th 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2788056 I can't believe it, but looking at the calendar, I must admit that I have another birthday coming up. I then look at my progress in losing weight and have decided on some serious goals for before my 50th birthday (which is next year). <BR> Two of my major goals: <BR> 1) To be below 200 pounds. <BR> 2) To complete the 3 mile Leslie Sansone DVD. <BR> <BR> I have made some progress using Sparkpeople, and while it has been slow, it has been amazing how many different healthy habits I hav... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 01:15:38 EST Haiti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2763499 This week on the news, I couldn't just escape the images of Haiti. As I was "playing around" on Spark (I love the teams that have games...in fact, I lead a team that has games!), I realized how fortunate we are just to be in the situation of having to worry about our weight. Yes, it's not healthy to be overweight; and yes, I, like almost everyone else here, am trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But looking at the people who live in a country that was already poor (the average day's pay was... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 18:14:10 EST Losing and Playing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2694425 Yay! We're doing the buddy challenge again in my Losing And Playing team! <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite challenges as it is so motivating. Not only do we have team members to help keep us motivated, but the challenge focuses on so many different areas. <BR> <BR> This is a great way to start out the New Year! Last year we did this challenge, and it kept me so motivated, along with keeping me accountable to other team members. <BR> <BR> You are invited to come join the fun on team... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 20:56:26 EST Goals for 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2674075 Good day, everyone! I'm sure I'm just one of thousands on Sparkpeople posting a blog today about their goals for 2010. But first, I'm happy to report that 2009 went pretty well. I didn't lose as much weight as I wanted to, but I AM much healthier. I exercise now! I never thought I'd say that (ha-ha). Plus, I've noticed my food habits have changed dramatically too. <BR> <BR> For 2010, I resolve to: <BR> Keep doing my Leslie Samson DVD on a regular basis- probably 4 times a week <B... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 02:26:23 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2654873 <em>425</em> Well, we're having a white Christmas here. Today was the beginning of a snow storm that is expected to dump 20 inches on us! We're already planning on NOT making the drive down to our family's dinner. Hoping everyone is having a good Christmas and getting a chance to spend some time with your families. <BR> <BR> We're having our gift opening on the 27th. With the kids grown up and having to go to multiple Christmases (now that they're married), it's hard to get everyon... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 01:56:42 EST Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls Team Turns a Year Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2619905 I can't believe it but it's been almost a year since my daughter and I started a Sparkteam: Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls. We're at 102 members (as of this posting) and have made some great friends! <BR> The bible readings and lessons have been interesting, but I think hearing other people's opinions in the Bible discussion thread has been even more interesting. <BR> The challenges have kept me motivated. Some of the challenges were team efforts (like the one we're doing now) and it i... Tue, 8 Dec 2009 16:16:29 EST Losing and Playing Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2566475 I LOVE the challenge we are doing on my Losing and Playing team. We have tasks for different areas we do every day plus a challenge each day. We are divided into teams to help keep us motivated. I am fond of this challenge because I get a chance to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle overall instead of getting side-tracked by one thing. The other team members really help keep me motivated even on days when I want to eat the ice cream at work ( I work Dairy Queen) . I hope you are all ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 16:25:44 EST Happy Veteran's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554364 I'm sure we've all seen or heard about the recent tragedy at Fort Hood. I was shocked when I heard of it, but heartened by the many thoughts and prayers I heard from people for those in our military. <BR> <BR> Today, I want to thank all of our veterans and those that are currently serving in our armed forces, especially those who are in combat zones. There may be much debate about whether the wars should be fought or not, but thankfully, it seems that little of the ill feeling is spillin... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:10:06 EST Spreading The Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2495690 Halloween is just around the corner, as I'm sure you all know. Ohhhh.....candy. Ok, just joking. We've only gotten a couple of trick-or-treaters for the last few years, so I don't even buy any candy anymore. <BR> <BR> My son and his wife (Heidi) were visiting. They've been married about a year, and though I think she looks skinny, she wants to lose a few pounds. So, the first thing of I thought of was Sparkpeople. I showed her around the site and she decided to sign up. She said by tra... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 01:22:51 EST 28 Years Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2464511 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/1/b316997776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where has the time went? It is hard to believe that I got married 28 years ago today. My husband has always been there for me. He is behind me no matter where I have been in my life. He has always been there to support me no matter what I weighed, and now that I am working towards being a HEALTHIER ME, he is still there to motivate and support me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/0/b90... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 23:03:57 EST September - A month of Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2442213 September was a great month for me! I've got a job! I've been unemployed since last November, and finally finding employment was a great feeling. (In a town of only 4,000; jobs can be hard to come by) Adjusting to a new job and learning all of the new things has been a challenge by itself. Everything is going pretty good in that department, though. <BR> <BR> Two of my teams in particular helped keep me on track in September. In my "Losing and Playing" team, I was able to stay focused ... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 19:05:56 EST Motivating Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398836 Part of our buddy challenge is to blog today about a song that is motivating to us. One of the songs that I find most motivating to me is " You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban. To me this is a peaceful song I could listen to over and over. Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:06:03 EST Buddy Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2380369 We are doing a buddy challenge on my Losing and Playing team. I am having a great time doing this challenge. It is really keeping me on track this month with eight different areas of my life. I usually am good in two or three areas at a time, but as I am working on one thing something else gets put to the back of my list. This challenge is really making me think of Exercise, nutritional, brain, spiritual, home, financial, and community every day. You are all invited to stop by and join te... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 16:14:21 EST End of August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2361795 I had a great month this month and hope September will be even better. Mon, 31 Aug 2009 15:13:52 EST Do you think tracking food is an important part of weight loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2332394 My answer to this question in YES!! . I know the days I do not track , I don't think about what I eat. I have made it a habit to track before I eat it that way I know exactly how many calories I am eating. I have even changed my mind more than once when I see it on the food tracker, and went for something with less calories! Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:38:32 EST Dealing With Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2321384 My way of dealing with setbacks is to remember that I am still getting healthier every day I am doing Spark People. When I get on the scale and it doesn't go down I remember I feel better than I did last year. I am walking which I wasn't doing last year. Sun, 16 Aug 2009 23:48:40 EST The Biggest Loser: Motivational or Discouraging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2316954 I am using this weeks blog prompt about the TV show The Biggest Loser. I think the show is very motivational. It is really interesting to see these people lose so much weight over the weeks the show runs. Sat, 15 Aug 2009 01:54:30 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2276033 I would like to thank everyone that nominated me to be a spark people motivator. This really made my day. All the people I have met on spark people is what keeps me motivated every day to live healthier and lose this extra weight. You are all wonderful inspiration. Fri, 31 Jul 2009 15:05:43 EST Even More Motivation...A New Team!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2231892 I've been co-leader of two teams for awhile now, and have found the experience extremely motivating. I decided last week to "brave the high seas" and start my own team. Before I even started, I made sure that my new team didn't "take over" any from my other two teams...which it doesn't. <BR> <BR> My new team (OFF: Ongoing Fun & Fitness) has what is one of my favorite parts of Sparkpeople: getting to play games and ongoing challenges. I have got two "ongoing" and "never-ending" challe... Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:04:56 EST 9 months on Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2216597 I was checking my Sparkpage today and realized I had been with Sparkpeople for 9 months now! There is so much that has changed simply due to me joining Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> First, I'm exercising!! I have 6,800 fitness minutes. If I hadn't joined, that total would really, literally be "0". I've never really been a fan of exercising, but I tried out a few things and found something I really love- the Leslie Samson "Walk Away the Pounds" DVDs. <BR> <BR> Second, not sure if it is the... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:55:57 EST An Airplane Giving Me Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2183240 My mom just invited me to fly to Colorado with her on August 4th. Though I've been motivated before, and continue to try to lose weight, I have new motivation now. <BR> Have you ever flown before? Were you "overweight" when you did it? <BR> I can tell you from personal experience (and a bit of personal embarrassment) that the seat belts and seats are not designed for people who "weigh a little bit too much." <BR> I think that this trip will be perfect motivation for me. They say that kee... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:36:49 EST After Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2143347 We went to South Carolina to visit my Daughter the end of May. We had a wonderful time. I will be getting my pictures back Sunday. Now it is time to get back in my normal routine. We picked up Skittles Saturday. She was staying with my son and his wife. I think she is happy to be back home. I did my "Walk away the pounds" DVD so far every day this week, so I am excited to get back on track and lose some weight! Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:58:32 EST Best Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2104111 We are having a great time in South Carolina. We have done a lot of sight seeing. This part of the country has so much history to be seen. My daughters husband is in the military so every 2 or 3 years when we do go on vacation we get to see a different part of the United States. Now to the "Best" vacation part, this is for you on my Dave Ramsey Fans Team. We have done Dave long enough we saved for our vacation and have not had to "charge anything" as Dave would say "It feels great being weird... Fri, 29 May 2009 10:44:22 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2081769 We are leaving tomorrow or Saturday to go out to South Carolina to visit my daughter. I won't be online very much for the next week or so but the great part about this is this is my daughter that is doing Spark People with me so it will really help me to keep my healthy habits during this time. Thu, 21 May 2009 12:13:42 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2049016 I want to wish all the Spark People Mom's a Happy Mothers Day. Sun, 10 May 2009 02:10:11 EST Mother / Daughter Spark Buddies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2036375 My daughter and I are in this Spark People article on page 2! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1333 </link> Tue, 5 May 2009 17:46:53 EST April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2018768 It is hard to believe April is almost over. I have reached my goal I set for myself for April of walking at least 2 miles a day, 4 times a week. The weight is still coming off slowly. I look on the bright side at least I am not gaining weight. Thu, 30 Apr 2009 01:32:50 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1964797 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr5Y63bDNNg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter. Sun, 12 Apr 2009 01:23:42 EST Sad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1962605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/0/b409969568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our Kitten was sick in January. They did blood work on her and found out she had FIV. We had to take her to the Vet to be put to sleep today. It was really hard but at least I know she won't be in any pain now. Sat, 11 Apr 2009 01:22:47 EST 4/4/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1941635 I had a great week. I got in 30 minutes of cardio 5 days. Strength training 4 days and ate in my calorie range every day. Now I have to make sure I get my water in every day. Sat, 4 Apr 2009 02:29:39 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1919692 This was a great day. Thanks to Dave Ramsey and The Total Money Makeover Book, using his baby steps we are now debt free. (except the house) that will come in step 6. When we started this 6 months ago, we figured it would be at least a year before we could say this. It was so fantastic taking that last envelope to the post office today! <BR> <em>244</em> Sat, 28 Mar 2009 01:13:28 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1886347 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/0/b4066209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's Day! This isn't really my cat, but looks so much like Snickers, I had to share it with all of you! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvnICfqeuJA&<BR>feature=related </link> Tue, 17 Mar 2009 01:30:15 EST My biggest healthy eating accomplishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1877749 My biggest healthy eating accomplishment is being able to plan and track my food BEFORE I go out to eat and then sticking to my plan. Sat, 14 Mar 2009 03:12:35 EST Nice Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1856524 It is in the 60's here today. I walked my 2 miles outside today for the first time since last fall. It was wonderful being able to get outside to walk again. Fri, 6 Mar 2009 17:49:33 EST New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1834739 Wow it is hard to believe tomorrow is the end of February already. Looking ahead at March, I am setting my goals to be walking 2 to 3 miles a day at least 4 days a week. I am going to also eat in my calorie range and get in my water everyday. Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:15:16 EST 2/21/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1816623 This has been a long stressful week for me. On the positive side of all of this is that for the first time, while dealing with a stressful situation I still ate in my calorie range every day. So looking back at my week, I know I have made progress. Sat, 21 Feb 2009 01:12:58 EST Happy Valentines Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1797388 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/1/b415615319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day. Enjoy this card. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKrW92n4WE </link> Sat, 14 Feb 2009 01:49:12 EST Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1777241 I had a good week this week. I ate in my calorie range and got in at least some type of exercise every day. Sat, 7 Feb 2009 02:09:57 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1739590 I would like to thank you for all the spark goodies, messages posted on my page and messages posted on the teams. You are all amazing and really helped make my Birthday special. <em>304</em> Mon, 26 Jan 2009 07:47:55 EST Kitten test results back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1717216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/3/b839916425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We got our kitten M&M test results back this morning. She has FIV. what they told us is that this is something that was not tested for at the shelter before we got to bring her home. There is no treatment for this. There is also a small chance our other kitten could get this. Right now they said she is not in any pain and that is my main concern. I can not stand to see an animal in pain. She will start having signs ... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:41:37 EST sick kitten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1708230 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/8/b881599081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We took our kitten to the vet this week as she is sick . They said she has a heart murmur and did x-rays on her and drew blood. The Xrays showed that her heart is not enlarged so it was on to getting the results of the blood tests. They came back today basically normal except one thing so now they want to run tests on her for Feline viral Diseases. Feline Leukemia ect. She had these test done before we got her f... Fri, 16 Jan 2009 21:56:59 EST New Community Team Member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1680736 I have been with Spark People for three months now, and I am now a community leader. This is great for me becuase I get great motivation from trying to make other people feel welcome. I know when I started, people stopping by my page and just saying 'hello' or 'welcome' really made a difference to me. I would now like to do the same for other people. Spark People is a wonderful site and has been so useful to me. Deb <BR> co leader of Creative Challenges & Saintly Souls <BR> <link> http://t... 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