DEBBIEG8S's SparkPeople Blog DEBBIEG8S's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Step Away From The Buffet......NOT!!! I ate Chinese buffet this weekend, whoohoo! I ate a lot of Chinese buffet this weekend and ate until I was stuffed.......And you know what? I didn't ruin my healthy eating plan. <BR> <BR> Doesn't eating out sound like a great idea, no cooking, no cleanup.....just good food and great conversation. Someone says....."hey, let's do chinese buffet." and everyone else likes that idea.....except you. But you don't want to ruin everybody elses good time so you groan inwardly, put on a big ol' smil... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 12:09:55 EST While I was away..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, the past year has been a total disaster. I gained 40 pounds, lost all ambition to succeed and really gave up on myself. I fell into a state of depression, knew it and just didn't care. A few months ago that all changed. <BR> <BR> In July of this year I tried out for The Biggest Loser in Philadelphia. I didn't make the show, but found a wonderful group of women who I now call my friends. We all keep in ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:53:32 EST What's Wrong With Big Business? This blog has absolutely nothing to do with diet, exercise or fitness. It has to do with corporate greed, and I think I may have actually made a difference least I hope I did. <BR> <BR> Last week I found a substantial amount of money at a local business which is also a national retailer. I really could have used this money, but I did the right thing and gave it to one of the cashiers along with my name and phone number, just in case someone didn't claim it. <BR> <BR> I contacted... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 21:56:37 EST Toddlers and Mountains Okay, I've been in a slump for almost a week now. Once I injured my knee and couldn't work out the way I wanted I just got depressed and sort of got the attitude of... is it really worth it. <BR> <BR> I did change my caloric intake to reflect my lack of exercise, so something inside of me wanted to keep on track, although I'm not sure where it came from. Most of the time I have just been in this depressed, who cares, I don't want to do this anymore.....SLUMP!! And I hate it. <BR> <BR> By na... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 12:09:24 EST Catering Success Well, the catering job was a huge success. The food was absolutely wonderful and the people were fabulous too. So far we have booked 2 more jobs and are hoping to get more in the near future. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that I am not used to standing for hours at a time anymore, and when I fell into bed that night I just hurt all over. We spent hours chopping veggies and fresh herbs for the dishes that we prepared. Then stood at the event to serve the poor feet were so sore. <... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 08:35:21 EST Catering Job This is just a quick note to let all of you know I am working on a catering job with a friend of mine, and just don't seem to have much time. Today we went to Pittsburgh, about 90 minutes away, and did our "grocery" shopping. This is his first big catering job and he is really happy. <BR> <BR> I'm doing all the desserts, pumpkin pies and knobby apple cake. This is a really nice dinner. Herbed pork tenderloin, roasted fall veggies, cheese ravioli in an herbed butter sauce, fritatta, fried sag... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:31:44 EST I'm Walking In Sunshine....Well, Well... Today is the first day in a long time that we've had a full day of sunshine. It's a pleasant 64 degrees right now and that's about where it's going to be all day. <BR> <BR> So this morning I decided that instead of going to the gym, I would walk to the bank and the grocery store and around my neighborhood, it's really a good workout because it's all up and down hills. The first challenge is just outside my front door. It's only half a block long, a short half block, but it's really steep. I ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:46:55 EST The Challenge Of Change. I have been doing some reading on changing your workout routine. I change mine all the time, just because. <BR> <BR> I work out on the treadmill everyday that I am at the gym, usually 6 days a week. I always work out on it for at least 60 minutes a day, but the workout is never the same two days in a row. I change the speed, the incline or both on a regular basis. Just whatever seems right at the moment. Today I worked it at 2 minute intervals doing 15% grade at 3 to 3.2 mph. Then I would ba... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:58:41 EST I Told You There Was A Kitten On the Keyboard! <img src=""> <BR> Squeek enjoying SparkPeople too! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Squeek trying to climb into SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Aaahhh....A quiet moment....... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But only a moment! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to see if I could figu... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:48:24 EST About Breakfast I just posted a comment on one of my team questions of the day. It was about eating breakfast. It was in answering this question that I came to realise that I have made a major change in my life toward a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I AM NOW EATING BREAKFAST...EVERYDAY! <BR> <BR> Now to some people this may not sound like much, but for me it took and act of congress to get me to eat breakfast. I have never been a breakfast person, not even as a kid. Eating breakfast just triggered my cra... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:43:49 EST I'm Feeling Better As some of you know I've been battling the flu for about a week now. I do feel better, just drained and tired. I am looking forward to getting back to the gym and back to normal. <BR> <BR> I did lose a few pounds while I was sick, now if it will just stay off. <BR> <BR> I want to thank all of you who sent me well wishes. I really do appreciate it and hope I never have to send you a bowl of soup or a cup of tea or oranges because you are sick, I would send you something, I just hope you nev... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:01:31 EST I am so tired. Yesterday morning while I was at the gym , I just didn't feel quite right. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel sick, but I just felt drained. <BR> <BR> Last night I started getting a sore throat and stuffy nose. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up with a head cold. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym anyhow because today is strength training and I don't have the equipment to do it at home, plus I warmed up for 20 minutes on the tread mill. <BR> <BR> I have to go to the dentist at 2:30 this afternoon and it's... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:55:25 EST I am Superior!! I didn't know it! <BR> Really! <BR> It came as a total shock to me! <BR> I thought fair, maybe, just maybe, good. But superior....Never!! <BR> <BR> Today when I went to the gym I did 60 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I walked 3.5 miles in 60 minutes. That's pretty good for me, I want to run but am having a problem with a tendon in the back of my left knee, so right now I'm not running. 3.5 is about as fast as I can go without having to break into at least a jog, but until I go see a d... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:25:59 EST Eating Dinner Alone Tonight I had this really nice dinner planned: <BR> <BR> Left over Chicken tortilla soup <BR> Nice dinner salad with baby greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh mushrooms. <BR> Baked sweet potatoes <BR> and Steak. <BR> <BR> I had the salads made, the soup slowly heating on the stove and the sweet potatoes in the oven, all that was left to do was cook the steaks which only takes a few minutes. <BR> <BR> Hubby walked in the door gave me a kiss, played with the kitten, went out to the kennel to play ... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 19:17:04 EST Kitten On The Keyboard And Other Strength Training. First I have a question. If you lift a kitten off your keyboard 100 times or more a day while you are typing, does it count as strength training? <BR> <BR> I didn't think so, but it should. <BR> <BR> I've joined so several challenges since I've been here at SP. But so far I haven't finished any of them. Let me think here, I joined the 28 day bootcamp challenge, only to quit when I found out I couldn't do many of the exercises. Fat people just don't do well when it comes to getting on the fl... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 16:14:52 EST I got my jeans on..... Okay, I lost 1 pound again this week, but am losing inches. I really need to measure myself because I know I'm losing inches. I tried on a pair of jeans that I could not even fasten no matter how hard I tried 2 weeks ago. It's cold and rainy today and I wanted to put on jeans, so hoping against hope I tried the jeans on again this morning. They slipped right up and I got them fastened without too much trouble, I didn't have to lay on the bed to get them on. They were still too tight to be com... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:04:40 EST Have a safe, happy and healthy weekend I started out my weekend by cooking egg beater omletts for me and hubby, also had whole wheat toast, coffee and orange juice. Then I went to the gym and worked out for 90 minutes. Now while I do my SP stuff hubby is out trimming the hedges. As soon as we both get done we are going for a ride on the 4 wheeler. <BR> <BR> I decided that just because it's a 3 day weekend here, I wasn't going to sluff off on my workouts and healthy eating, but I will have to make some adjustments for tomorrow. We... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 11:40:26 EST 5:45 am. and at the gym already! This morning I decided to try something different. I get up at 5:00 am. to fix hubbys lunch and get him off to work. This morning I decided to have him drop me off at the gym on his way to work. That got me there at 5:45 instead of after 8:00, which is when I usually get there because of the bus schedule. <BR> <BR> Guess what? I like going at 5:45, I was on the treadmill watching the sun come up and after I had finished a 2 hour workout I felt great. I was home before 9:00 and actually got s... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:41:01 EST Freudian Slip? I must have been having a senior moment yesterday when I posted my blog. I only wish I weighed 150 pounds, 250 is the correct number. The rest of the blog is correct though. <BR> <BR> I guess by posting my weight at 150 pounds was an affirmation that I will succeed. I will reach my goal weight of around 140. I do get frustrated when the scale doesn't move as much as I think it should. I really do work hard at losing weight. <BR> <BR> My mom and I talked about this last week, she said when... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:06:16 EST 150 and counting down. Well, I hit 150 this week. I know, it's only 5 pounds for the month, but it's 5 pounds less than what I weighed a month ago and that's a good thing. <BR> <BR> Losing weight slowly is the way to go and I know that, but I really wish it would start coming off a little faster. I will continue to keep plugging along no matter how slow it comes off, but I'm working so hard at it that I guess I'm just a little disappointed. <BR> <BR> I will keep my chin up and keep working toward my goal, only 1... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:47:00 EST What a great week it's been. Monday we acquired a new addition to our family....a 4 week old feral kitten, not named yet. On Monday my husband found a kitten in our yard, we had been watching the momma kitty move the kittens from one place to another, but for some reason she left this one in our yard. So we now have a new member. <BR> <BR> The kitten seems to be doing fine, I've been feeding it goats milk and canned kitten food. On Monday all this kitten wanted to do was hiss and spit, now all it wants to do is play w... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:12:50 EST A Sunday Ride Went to church this morning and had a wonderful time. I always do, and look forward to Sundays. Not just because we go to church, but because <BR> Sundays are just for fun, no pressures, nothing to do but enjoy life. <BR> <BR> Last night a friend of ours called and asked if we wanted to go four wheeling, if it wasn't raining. They were calling for some heavy rain today. Plus he has a four wheeler he wanted to sell, an of course he wanted us to buy it so we can always go riding together. So ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:29:10 EST I need some cheese to go with this whine!! Ooowwww!!! My arms are SORE. I didn't think I lifted too much or did too many reps yesterday, but as today wore on, my arms told another story. <BR> <BR> My legs feel pretty good, they are a little tight, but my biceps are really stiff, good thing I didn't have to do strength training today. I get to do it again tomorrow and you can bet I will reduce the weight by about 5 pounds and then we'll see how that goes. I'm pretty sure it was the curls that got me. It didn't seem too heavy and I did... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:38:17 EST First Day At The Gym Well, it isn't exactly my first day at the gym, but it is my first official day with a trainer. I actually joined the gym on Monday after a free week trial. <BR> <BR> Of course during my free trial period I used the treadmill and stationary bike, but today my trainer put me through most of the strength training machines, and introduced me to the elliptical. <BR> <BR> I liked the strength training, 10 reps 2 or 3 times with lighter weight. Enough weight to be effective, but not enough to re... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:57:12 EST Gained 2 Pounds This Week! Grrrr. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> I gained 2 pounds this week! I'm having a fit and right now all I want to do is rant and rave, but that isn't going to help anything. I exercised, ate right did everything I could. I will be so happy when my metabolism catches up with the rest of me. I really think that's what it is, my metabolism is so messed up from years of yo-yo and fad dieting, that now that I'm doing things right my body doesn't know how or what to do with itself. It will straiten up eve... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 20:42:26 EST The Farmers Market I went to the farmers market this morning. I have my own garden, but some of the things I get at the farmers market I didn't grow this year, plus I just like to support the local people. Many of them don't have 9-5 jobs and they depend on the farmers markets to make enough money to support them for the entire year. Many of them save seeds from season to season to save money, I also save seeds from year to year. There's just something about growing a plant that Thomas Jefferson or George Washi... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 16:38:41 EST Keeping Motivated I really don't complain much, really I don't! But after Mondays blog and now this one, you must think I'm a real whiner. <BR> <BR> Swollen feet, looks like water retention and I don't know why. I drink lots of water, well, more than I used to, I exercise a lot more than I used to, and I have always eaten pretty healthy, now I am eating even healthier. I don't use salt at the table, although I do use a teaspoon or so in recipes if it calls for it. <BR> <BR> I was in the hospital for 13 day... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:24:59 EST What A Monday! The day started off really nice, I got up, got hubby off to work, ate my breakfast, cleaned house, and did my cardio and bootcamp exercises. I didn't go to the gym because I had a dentist appointment and there just wasn't enough time, that's why I did all my exercises at home this morning. <BR> <BR> Well, I caught the bus to get to the dentists office, it's only about a mile from here, but it was really hot and humid and I didn't want to be all sweaty when I got there. I was in the chair for... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 19:27:40 EST Fitness is Fun Today when I went to the fitness center, I worked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. Then I worked on the stationary bike for 20 minutes, then I went back to the treadmill for another 15 minutes and if I hadn't have had other things to do, I probably would have stayed another hour. <BR> <BR> Once I get to the center, I find I really do have fun. I enjoy talking to the other people there and watching the people who pass by watching me. Getting the motivation to get there isn't always easy, but... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 16:59:27 EST Pretty In Pink <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I blabbed yesterday about my HOT PINK tank top, I thought that today I would show it off. Plus I needed a picture for one of my challenges. <BR> <BR> Well, wadda you think? Am I just too sexy or what??? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> No, really, I am actually quite shy about my weight, but now that I am here at SP I feel comfortable and I've lost 2.5 pounds this week and feel great. My insecurities are dropping, n... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 22:05:59 EST Day 1 At The Fitness Center Well, I completed day one at the local fitness center and boy am I upset!! <BR> <BR> Not at the staff mind you, but at myself. <BR> <BR> It all began really great. I walked in the door showed one of the staff, who just happened to be the manager, my free week pass. She was tall, 6 foot to be exact, lean, muscular an under 30. She looked great, just the way I want to look somewhere down the road. She had a wonderful personality,easy to talk with. <BR> <BR> We chatted for just a minute or t... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 16:26:15 EST Almost Joined A Fitness Club Today... Almost, actually I get a free week to see if I like it, I'm sure I will. It was clean the staff was helpful and at around 10am, there was nobody there. I figure if I can be there everyday M-F around 10am then I can have the whole place to myself, equipment, staff, TVs, ect. This will give me and my trainer QUALITY time together. Believe me, I really am going to need time with a trainer. I know sing weights and other equipment has to be done right so that you don't hurt yourself, so training i... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:03:49 EST Losing 112 Pounds Day 8 Well, I survived the first week. I kept my calories in check for the most part and did my cardio everyday M-F. Didn't do any strength training though. <BR> <BR> Today I have done my 30 minute cardio and also did my recommended strength training. Later today I will add another 30 minute cardio which is actually a walking cardio plus I'm hoping to load up 2 of the dogs to take for a hike. <BR> <BR> Hubby said we could go if he wasn't too tired when he got home. He is a professional arborist,... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 13:56:41 EST Only 4/10 of a pound lost!!! Am I upset???? Not really, better to lose 4/10 than to gain 4/10. I do have to say I was a little disappointed though. I worked so hard this week..guess I have to work harder next week. This week I walked 1mile a day with Leslie, next week I will do 2 one mile sessions a day. <BR> <BR> I think one of the reasons that I didn't lose much is because I was one of those who always thought that if I starved myself, I would lose weight. Now on my SP plan I have to eat between 1200 and 1500 calorie... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 15:49:39 EST Losing 112 pounds Day 5 Okay, <BR> <BR> I made it through the week and didn't die, although the first few days of doing a 22 minute walking the pounds off video with Leslie Sansone made me feel like I was going to. Power walking and adding extra aerobic exercises is a lot of work! <BR> <BR> I'm learning how to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and what to eat. I think I am making better choices. <BR> <BR> I was prompted to move up to step 2, but chose to stay at step 1. I haven't started my strength training ye... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:09:57 EST Blog entry Day 3 I didn't get to Blog yesterday because my computer was being weird. I had to go in and remove IE9, for some reason it wasn't letting some of my SP pages open, but that's fixed now so here we go. <BR> <BR> Did all my cardio, kept my nutrition under control, (I didn't eat half my requirements for breakfast <em>4</em> ). Ya know, they say eat a big breakfast, but how do you do that without using up too many nutrition requirements??? I had a friend who once told me to eat breakfast like a King,... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:45:44 EST Losing 112 Pounds One Day at a Time Well, this is my first Blog entry. I've been hanging around SP for about a week now and finally seem to have the motivation to do this. I started "Walking Off The Pounds" with Leslie Sansone yesterday. I'm only doing the 1 mile walk right now, but I did the entire workout both yesterday and today. I plan to do this workout once a day for a week, then twice a day, then go for the 2 mile workout and just keep progressing. My current walking workout is Monday-Friday. <BR> <BR> I am 5' 7" and we... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:04:20 EST