DEBBYNATION's SparkPeople Blog DEBBYNATION's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finally Friday! Happy weekend SP! Yesterday was 80 & today is foggy & 56.. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 09:13:52 EST Baseball with G-sons - FUN! :) It ended up being 61 yesterday so the G boys & I played baseball in the backyard - so fun! It was exercise but I didn't really notice. Had such a super day with my Daughter & I thank God we all live close enough to visit. The turkey burgers were really tasty & I loaded mine up with lots of veggies. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:24:50 EST 1/2 price turkey burgers with my daughter Such a nice day with my Daughter! She really is an awesome coupon queen! Our burgers should have cost $20 but with her Couponing this Mama only paid $9! Yahoo! Did I mention my Daughter is AWESOME?!?! :) picked up g boys after school & played baseball in thier backyard - oh yeah luv them Immensely! Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:33:59 EST Grandma's Homecoming Service today Rest in peace my precious 100 1/2 year old Grandma! You were the Matriarch of our family & dearly loved by all. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 07:20:07 EST Finalist but did not get the job Ouch that one hurt! I got my hopes up so the not at this time letter stung! Oh well, forward - not sure what God has in store for 2013 but I am hoping & praying for a better year! Thu, 17 Jan 2013 08:58:48 EST Wonderful Wednesday? Sunny day & a lot nicer for walking! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 17:02:47 EST Monday Monday Recieved a beautiful cream rose bouquet in honor of my centurion g ma today - that was very special! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:11:04 EST G boys r here & constructing a castle ... In our livingroom! Having a enjoyable time watching the g boys construct catapults & separate castles out of boxes & such. Gr8 imaginations & lots of laughter as one side flings pinto beans as the 'white knight ' & the other sends black beans as the 'black knight'. Hey guess who will ultimately clean up all this mess?! Should burn up some calories - ha! :) Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:16:51 EST Emotional day I miss knowing I can't just call my 100 year old G ma anymore but am so PROUD of the woman of faith she was & the legacy of faith she left her family. I'm also still anxious awaiting interview results. I received an e mail yesterday stating I am still in the running. Glad my g boys r over tonight to play silly board games, bake cookies & keep me occupied with thier sweet selves! Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:13:40 EST 100 1/2 Yr Old G-ma went to Heaven today I got the call I have honestly been expecting. G-ma has passed away. Yes, I cried & yes I will miss her. But, mostly I am PROUD of her - she is the reason so many of the family have faith, she was our Matriarch. I loved listening to her stories of traveling West, no electricity, no bathrooms, cooking on a wood stove & so many more. I am going to have some biscuits in the morning in her honor - although a handful of this & a pinch of that are not the way I measure & my biscuits will not taste ... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:34:19 EST Did I get the job? The wait..... Actually not supposed to hear anything from interview panel until 'weeks end', however waiting is soooo long! On the plus side, when I'm anxious I get a lot of projects completed. Weigh in this morning though, and need to kick up the cardio a knotch. I suppose baking those oatmeal pecan cookies were a bad idea? Hey, I gave some to the neighbors! :) Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:13:20 EST Yowie - sore muscles! Okay I love yoga - I'm really 'in to it' now ...but I did over stretch and now my back is sore. Today I will not do yoga & just do some light exercising to rest a bit. It's been pouring down buckets of rain & we need it! Enjoy your day SP! :) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 08:42:37 EST Interview went well Now I wait ..... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 18:45:32 EST Interview today! Will see what God has in mind for me - excited & ready for interview today! :) Mon, 7 Jan 2013 08:39:52 EST Bounce house b day party exercise! Well those bouncing toddlers made it look so effortless - ha ha! This g-pa & step g ma had a blast but ended up tired out! That was a work out in itself yesterday! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:24:54 EST Super Saturday ! Ahhh the weekend & time to relax with a cup of coffee before rushing to start the day! Had a blast with my Daughter & g boys yesterday & today is grandaughters b day party - at a bounce house - lots of happy, screaming toddlers! This is when it nice to have a hearing aid - I can take it out & enjoy less decibels of noise - tee hee! :) too bad g ma is too big for the bounce houses - those things are fun! :) Sat, 5 Jan 2013 09:38:15 EST TGIF yeah! :) Even though this week had a holiday in it - it seems to have been even more busy & packed than normal - phew! Excited to see my family at some point today & see my Daughter's beautiful smile & get those cherished g boy hugs! Happy weekend SP! :) Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:30:20 EST 2 Busy 2 Sit n eat! Grabbed a handful of pecans on the way to work & too busy rushing to take a lunch - surpringly I have resisted eating junk today. Yes SP I am going to sit down to a healthy sit down dinner. :) Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:02:10 EST Wednesday's wish K I gotta believe & be positive for fitness & nutrition! I was off SP for month of December & surprisingly did not gain actual weight but my fitness level is not where it was. I have physical work this morning & will be on my feet most of the day afterwards. Nothing like trial by fire - woo-wee! Ok here comes the positive stuff ....I CAN DO THIS! :) Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:16:56 EST Ringing in 2013! Ok so I fell asleep before midnight! :) I had a wonderful last day of 2012 with my g boys, they run this g ma round the creek, up & down the creek beds & are on thier happy childhood discoveries of nature - so at least I got my fitness in. :) I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas so hoping to snag a bit of Hubster's I.T. expertise today & update this site. I work crazy retail hours & thank goodness the December shopping craze is over. Concentrating on my health & having a positive, faith filled h... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:43:13 EST Taking December off from SP :( Well, I do not like to NOT do something I know is healthy & good for me, yet I have to admit working in retail in December, Christmas for & with my family & just not enough hours in the day have made the decision for me..I will be taking off the month of December from SP tracking. I will be back in January & I pray that although I will not be spending the time tracking in December I will maintain & exercise! The biggest snafu's for me are making sure I have portable H2O & healthy snacking. O... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 08:37:14 EST Wonderful Breakfast &Christmas Shopping Day with my Daughter Yesterday was a planned full day with my Daughter & it was wonderful! We had a leisurely breakfast & my SP inspirational Daughter ordered first, opting for fresh fruit bowl rather than home fries with her meal & I did the same. (Saved I over 400 calories!) I ordered egg whites scrambled into a scrumptious Greek omelette - feta cheese, artichoke hearts, & fresh basil & it was delicious, along side a half whole wheat pita. Next we started our pre planned shopping trip to purchase for the grand ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:12:11 EST Last 2 R Stuck Like Glue Ok I have been exercising, tracking & eating sensibly & yes measuring .....however the last two pounds Til my goal are sticking like darn glue! What to do - any suggestions SP friends?!? Tue, 27 Nov 2012 05:51:25 EST Monday Musings Hmmm I have stayed the same weight for weeks now. I exercise, track my food & am staying motivated. I just am wondering how to unstick these last few glue like pounds that are lingering?! The only thing i can think if is some days i have trouble getting enough protein & go over a little on carbs. Any ideas? Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:14:34 EST Wonderful fall hike! Hubby surprised me & after church suggested a hike in my favorite park - ya-hoo! It was 70 & sunny & gorgeous out so I couldn't refuse! (besides after sitting still in Sunday school & church, a total of three hours, I needed to get my wiggles out!) we hit the off paved trails & did the hills & river trails - so lovely! Seriously, God has a MAGIFICENT PAINTBRUSH! :) got in my exercise without even thinking about it. I was too busy enjoying the fall reds & golds & beautiful butterflies twitteri... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 18:33:49 EST Black Friday at the Mall I work p/t retail & the entire team was required to work at some point yesterday from midnight through 11 p.m. I was dropped off to work as the parking was full- the news showed an aerial shot & parking was not easy to find. I must say the day was great! Customers came in happy & looking to fill thier shopping lists. The kids were happy they had seen 'Santa' & I really had a fun time helping customers. I heard horror stories of early shopping at other stores but all in all we had a festive ti... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:31:43 EST Peppermint Mocha ahhhh Up early & enjoying a peppermint mocha - so relaxing! Today making chocolate chip cookies to take to my co-workers. Since I work p/t retail I'm required to work at some point today. The store has actually been open since 12:01 this morning -yuk. I have a much nicer shift today. While I understand the retailer's end of Christmas sales I don't understand the frenzy. My family is much more about keeping Christ in Christmas & loving our family & friends. I am taking down Thanksgiving/Fall decorat... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 07:57:11 EST Turkey Trot Was Awesome! Did the walk 1K warm up with my Daughter, Son in Law & G-boys this morning! It was awesome! Lots of families & dogs as well. Serious runners all the way to little kids running for fitness & fun! We really enjoyed ourselves. :) this year was a record number, 15,000 & everyone was polite & kind. Wheelchairs did the race as well as parents with strollers. What a wonderful fit way to start this THANKFUL day! Happy Thanksgiving SP! :) Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:36:56 EST Thankful & Grateful Anticipating time with family, food & fun tomorrow! We really can concentrate on the many blessings in our lives & enjoy the time together. I'm just going to eat sensibly & not too much either. Just going to relax & enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving SP! <BR> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 07:59:11 EST Ahh Yoga wake up Just completed yoga Video,Qi Gong, (not Bethenny one!) & it was SO relaxing and peaceful. The morning is chilly & after I began the video I started to feel better & less stiff. Worked out the kinks in my neck & shoulders and 'water pulses' relaxed my back too. I was knotted up from being on my feet for 7 hours (no break) helping customers, which I love to do. However, I need to be more consistent taking a normal break. Because once I got home I was very hungry. Good thing I had grilled chick... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 08:15:12 EST Perfect Park Day Had such a blast with the Grandboys at the park yesterday afternoon! It was 70 & partly cloudy with a light breeze. The leaves were a glorious array of colors & the g boys wanted to know the names of each tree & learned to identify them by leaves & bark. (I'm a science nerd - love it!) at the park I was instantly turned into a 'pirate lady' (sounds like an oxymoron to me!) & the chase was on! I didn't realize how much exercise climbing up & down the playland & crossing the bars & bridges was.... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 07:28:20 EST Glow Run Was Great! Glow Run was SO FUN! There were over 3,000 entrants & they wore various neon/black light costumes to run in. All shapes & sizes, young kids, retired folks, babies in strollers & even a wonderful lady in a wheelchair! (She finished the race amidst cheers. :) ) My Husband & G-sons watched & cheered & waited at the finish line. So excited as my Daughter beat her best time & so did my Son in Law - yahoo! All contestants finishing recieved a 5K Glow Run medal on a neon ribbon too. They whole even... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:40:48 EST Glow Run as Spectator Tonight My Daughter & Son in Law are running the Glow Run tonight. I have never seen one but I understand the runners wear many glow in the dark accessories & of course run in the dark. We are bringing the g boys & will make a fun evening out if cheering & being spectators. Maybe next year I can walk or maybe even run with them?! We will see! Happy weekend SP! Sat, 17 Nov 2012 09:06:11 EST Fabulous Friday! Yahoo - its Friday! Yesterday's brunch was a simple matter of choices for me. I chose not to reach for the deep fried Sweet Potato Fries nor the basket of fresh baked rolls & cornbread. It WAS tempting, it did smell enticing.....I distracted myself from the food and concentrated on listening to the lively chatting of neighbor ladies dining with me & it worked! I made wise choices of spinach/feta omelette & small juice. Phew! This weekend will prove to be another test of my choices as the G-bo... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 06:12:39 EST Brunch with neighbor ladies A bit concerned on how to make good nutrition selections today. Going with neighbor gals to the local country diner which equals everything cooked in fat & fatty meats. Will have to peruse the menu for healthy selection! Wish me luck & all the best choices for my SP friends as well! :) Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:56:33 EST Wonderful Wednesday Sun is shining again & it is chilly but honestly it makes me walk faster to keep warm! Sugar wants to stop & investigate each nature treasure she finds but I'm only letting her check out a few. :) I cooked some oatmeal this morning & am trying to see if it keeps my hunger satisfied Til lunch - we'll see. Got to watch the G boys & my Daughter sport thier new karate belts at class last night - so proud of them. I watch & am glad I did my yoga because all that yelling & class mates around is a ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:46:58 EST Chilly morning & sunny day 37 degrees & the sun is shining - luv fall days like these! The wind was whipping over the weekend so a lot of leaves have blown down. Normally my little Schnauser gives me the stare down for her morning walk, but she is snuggled under the covers still! I'm enjoying a cup of coffee with creamer & relaxing for a few moments. It is a good thing I have a dog because chilly mornings like this I would rather snuggle up with a book & tea, and a cozy fire. :) enjoy your day SP friends! Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:09:59 EST Chasing horses & countryside walks Wonderful weekend at in law's! Kept pretty active walking through lovely meadows & country roads. Fed the horses & chased them too - they are so intelligent & figured out the gate was attached but not locked! Of course they wandered off & it took both Hubster & me to chase them & I may not be a true blue country girl, but I managed to lure the horses back in the gate with carrots. :) surely enjoyed all the fall colors & scented meadows. The curious kittens with thier playful antics had me smi... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:47:07 EST Thank U Veterans! I wasn't home this weekend to hang my flag in honor of America's Veterans. The church I visited more than raised the American Flag in honor of our American Veterans though. They had the Army Color Guard present our flag, the local High School Band played 'God Bless America' & Pastor's speech paralelled the putting on of God's armor to that of a Soldier preparing to defend our Country. I'm so PROUD of all the Veterans who have served or are serving our country! Thank You does not seem enough ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:05:31 EST Nutrition & Lay's Potato Chips! Well it was a yummy combination but Mother in laws pantry has way more selection of not good for me snacks! Pulling out all stops to keep pantry door closed!!! Riding ranch horses & hiking through several acres will keep me out of the pantry's beckoning! :) Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:18:36 EST Gorgeous fall car drive Taking a little car ride & the autumn leaves are gorgeously painted by God's magical paintbrush! Awesome! :) Happy weekend Sparklers - stay on track! We can do it! Fri, 9 Nov 2012 13:18:49 EST Beautiful, sunny, crisp fall day! Enjoyed a crisp morning walk with our Schnauser. Sugar stares me down relentlessly until I get her ready for our walk, keeps me moving! Wind is gusting now so glad I walked early. :) Thu, 8 Nov 2012 13:20:08 EST Beautiful fall morning walk So enjoyed my peaceful early morning walk! I have a moment to pray & get my 'spiritual fill up' for the day & now I am ready! I allowed myself a day of processing the hearing loss information & now I move forward. Many people exceed way beyond expectations with all kinds of challenges! This is going to be my choice of being positive & doing the best I can do with God's help. Yep, I can do it! I did eat a bit more yesterday but that's okay - today is a new day. Stay motivated & positive my SP ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:58:58 EST Awesome day with my Daughter & sad news at hearing doc Had such a wonderful day with my Daughter! We had Greek luncheon, Bath & Body works shopping & also found her some adorable, cozy boots. She is a busy stay at home Mom & she is so busy taking care of her family, that it was such a pleasure to spoil her a little today. It was a gorgeous fall day, so we sat outside & had our frozen yogurts - yum! (She treated too!) The tough news to process was my audiology appointment, hearing loss has increased to almost the final stage. :( I admit this news ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:36:34 EST 3:18 a.m. - really?!?! Time change generally messes up my sleep for about a week - ugh! Oh well, I am awake so making the best if it! Joyce Meyer positive devotion & my scrumptious coffee, this morning mint chocolate coffee - yummy! Yesterday was the perfect fall day! After sitting at church class & main service - I just HAD to get my wiggles out! :) Sugar was more than happy to run & chase squirrels along the creek path & I even saw a hawk in a tree dining on what looked like a field mouse - eww. The leaves are re... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 05:10:17 EST Sweet, Blessed Sunday Ahh I'm up early as usual & the time was 5:00 a.m. , I think! Just love a non hurried morning with my Salted Caramel Mocha (International Delight creamer) & my Joyce Meyer positive devotion. This mornings reading was about not worrying or stressing because it does not add a good thing to your life - to trust God and you will have peace. Awesome! Well I awoke worrying over my 16 year old neice because I found out last night she does not have a warm coat! I'm praying about how to handle this wi... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:08:31 EST Do not like Time Change! Yes I already read the SP Tips on dealing with time change & I hope some of them work! Honestly I am one of those folks that it takes a good week for me to adjust. I wake early already between 4 to 5 a.m. Most mornings & tend to zonk out by 10 at latest. Definetly a morning person, so let's hope some of the SP tips are helpful for this time change.... Happy weekend SP friends! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 07:44:29 EST No weight loss this week I am actually surprised - I was expecting at least a pound loss. Well, at least I did not gain, I have been active in fitness & tracked my nutrition so I guess I will just measure & see what that holds? Its ok I will stay consistent & it will happen! I'm just so eager to get to the goal! :) this weekend is fall back time change & that always discombobulates me for about a week- maybe I will actually sleep in Til 5 am?!? :) <BR> Happy weekend SP! Fri, 2 Nov 2012 09:47:05 EST Willie Wonka my fav kid costume :) I passed out treats at our place last night & my very favorite was Willie Wonka - the little guy looked like Johnny Depp in the movie - too cute! Our g boys were Pokemon & g daughter a little owl. I like the cute stuff - I don't see the point in dressing toddlers in bloody, gory costumes - wont that frighten them? Hmmmmm my family is more in to celebration of Harvest time & being thankful for fall bounty! Spark cheers everyone - Friday will soon be here! :) Thu, 1 Nov 2012 08:07:18 EST Lunch out with a friend Beautiful fall day yesterday & although lunch out was a nice treat - I still had my SP mind set & chose wisely & only ate half portion. I was truly full & mostly enjoyed visiting my friend more than concentrating on my food. My focus was listening to my friend & since we are both hearing impaired we listen extra intently. We both realized we are pretty darn good at reading lips too- ha! She had devices for both ears & me just one. So nice to take a little break away & have an actual full day... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:49:15 EST