DEBJAE's SparkPeople Blog DEBJAE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goals for May This is really a simple reminder for myself, to look at this blog and stay focused that I do want to change for the better and keep pushing ahead to achieve that change. <BR> <BR> For the first time, I'm breaking up the month into smaller amounts of time and what I need to achieve for that day or week. Before, it was always a goal for the month and I'd leave it at that...drop a few pounds, eat better, stay active, etc. Those were too vague and general. This time, I'm trying for more struc... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:52:29 EST Apartment workout & NSV's Since my apartment is on the second floor, I try to be as courteous as possible with not making excessive noise for my downstairs neighbors. In my quest to get active again, I'm checking out "quiet" workouts on youtube, ones that are apartment friendly and don't require a bunch of jumping. <BR> <BR> This morning I tried "Silent HIIT 700 Calorie Burn Workout". In a nutshell, it kicked my butt. I was a sweaty mess, nauseous at times but it was great. What I liked: it's 50 minutes, in ro... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:07:08 EST Finally the right yoga for me I woke up this morning thinking I needed to get moving. For me that is a huge A+ in that I'm not a morning person and I've not been able to find motivation to do much of anything in the last few years. I've spent my free time stuffing my face with junk and being lazy. I don't know where that lady is that ran 5k's, did squat challenges along with several obstacle course races...but I have hope I can find her again. <BR> <BR> Today, I awoke thinking of new running shoes and whether I shou... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 10:41:09 EST We All Need Support I've been on here for several years; some times were definitely more active than others, then there were times I completely took a break. <BR> <BR> Most of my spark friends from years ago have disappeared and I totally get how that happens, since I did it a few times myself. I've made some new ones though and am grateful for every single person that chimes in on my blog or likes my new status. <BR> <BR> Support is so important to be successful in health or life in general. When I first g... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:14:25 EST Changing Eating Timing Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least that's what has been drilled into my head my whole life. I've never been one to skip breakfast and couldn't understand how friends and coworkers didn't eat until lunch time without passing out. <BR> <BR> I recently discovered, through unemployment and losing any sense of a weekday schedule whatsoever, that I do not need to get up and have a filling breakfast. On the contrary, I usually don't have any interest in food within an hou... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:51:30 EST Trying A Not So New Angle Over the past 2.5 years, I've gained 25 pounds. They crept on so while I realized what was going on, my laziness prevented me from caring enough to make the necessary changes. I've never considered myself athletic, just was blessed to be tall and slender/average. In my late 30's, I got the running bug and started doing the occasional 5k, working my way up to 10k's. I moved to a big city for my job, and out of loneliness and boredom, started adding weight training to my running routine. I... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:52:31 EST Burpee Challenge I am doing my Spartan Beast on Halloween, 54 days from now. It will be my fourth Spartan race in all, my third this year making my Trifecta complete! <BR> <BR> Burpees are punishment for not being able to complete any obstacle along the course. I don't expect not to complete any BUT I loathe burpees and in the past, have had to do them and they were absolutely exhausting. I certainly did not need anything added to deplete my energy but that's exactly what they do to me. <BR> <BR> This ch... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:55:56 EST It's challenge time! I just joined two challenges on SP, a 30 day workout at home challenge and a 30 day sugar busting habit challenge. Something has to give in my head, my willpower, my inspiration...something!! <BR> <BR> Doing my part is the only way that "something" will give and I hope these challenges will get me going in the right direction. I did the sweet tooth challenge a few years ago and was successful at it. In fact, it kicked off my first clean eating in it made all the difference in... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 04:02:13 EST Moving Right Along While I haven't kept up with tracking my food or even working out regularly, I somehow managed to lose weight. I have been mindful of what I'm eating, which is mostly clean and healthy with some cheat/junk stuff. I fight sugar/junk cravings but I have gotten better about ignoring and moving past them most of the time. <BR> <BR> I did great with my workouts the first week of my new plan and then the 2nd week...the fitness room at my apartments was shut down. Boo! I have a few weights at h... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:03:18 EST Two Years Off The Wagon It's been that long since I did any sort of training program. I've had random bouts of cardio streaks through running and riding my bike but no weights. Somehow, somewhere I lost my motivation. I would try to start again, to get myself going because I knew from experience that if I would just get moving, it would come back to me. Well, it didn't. Obviously there were other factors: being surrounded by negativity at work, not having any real friends near me, I stopped logging in here reg... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 16:04:15 EST Planning helps... This will be short and sweet because I'm about to leave work and head home. <BR> <BR> I've done very well today with my nutrition...I managed to avoid the mini sausage rolls and donuts that were brought in this morning. I pass right by them on the way to the restroom and I had zero temptation today, YAY!! <BR> <BR> I'm going home and walking my dogs, a nice long walk since they've been cooped up all day. Then, they'll get fed and I'll get some workout clothes on. I have dvd's I can do or... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:46:41 EST Work Weight Loss Challenge Is Done! Before anyone gets any ideas about filling me in how unhealthy what I did was and how much damage I did or what I did wrong or how I lost muscle instead of fat...please, please save it. I know all of this. It was a competition. <BR> <BR> I was competing with the guys and I know some of you will disagree, but men lose weight faster and easier than women. I figured most of them would not put in the effort and wouldn't do what needed to be done to lose weight the slow, healthy way so I did w... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:34:57 EST Weight Loss Challenge At Work! It's been too long since I've blogged...goodness I need to get back to my daily check-ins on here! <BR> <BR> So, I work with mostly men (only one other female) and none of them are active or eat healthy. One guy had that gastric sleeve surgery last year and while he was off to a good start going to the gym and making better choices...old habits die hard. He stopped exercising and has never adopted a healthier way to eat. <BR> <BR> I was walking through yesterday morning and someone mentio... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:27:21 EST I can do this. A year ago I was doing the occasional mudrun and 5k on the weekends. Monday through Friday, I was working out with weights and running several times a week, training for the Tough Mudder. My eating wasn’t 100% clean but I avoided fast food and sweets. I even remember doing some CRAZY month long squat challenge…that seems insane to me now. <BR> <BR> Call me lazy because that’s what I’ve become. I’ve been lazy with exercise and nutrition. It’s gotten me to my highest weight ever (gained... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:27:07 EST Re-start April goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Get off my butt <BR> 2. Run 3 X's least 2 miles every time <BR> 3. Weight train 2 X's week <BR> 4. Wean myself off junk & sugar...AGAIN!!! <BR> <BR> I have been OUT of commission for a few months. I’ve been here, done this and pulled myself out of the funk into the wonderful world of fitness before. I haven’t done any type of physical activity in a while. There were several false starts but nothing stuck. <BR> <BR> It’s a new month, a new start, w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:28:46 EST The Fitness Room I moved into my current apartment with full intention to use the fitness room they provide free of charge. I don’t know what took me so long but yesterday I finally followed through. It was clean, it smelled clean, and the machines are in good shape. <BR> <BR> It was awkwardly quiet. There were two other ladies there on treadmills and they had their headphones on. I wasn’t listening to music because I didn’t have my armband phone holder with me; plus, I kept looking up the next exercis... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:12:19 EST Getting my money & nutrition in order! Have you ever thought that overeating and overspending are correlated? I think so. <BR> <BR> Over the last week, I have been working to come up with a budget, one that won’t leave me starving or on a beans & rice meal plan. I believe it can be done but I know it won’t happen with a snap of my fingers or just because I say so. It will require real effort and eliminating the easy swipe of my debit card. <BR> <BR> Thanks to the frequency in which I USED to pay with my debit card, I was abl... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 13:29:56 EST Orthotics? Really? I have one fallen arch which puts pressure on my ankle, knee, hip and shoulder on one side. It's not painful but I've been seeing a chiropractor for four months because of my lower back. Getting regular adjustments has helped tremendously and I've been weaned down from two visits a week to one every 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> He did a scan of my 'stance' while I was barefooted and that is when he recommended custom orthotics. I think my number was around 114, not exactly sure. They submitted i... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:20:13 EST Planning for Fall/Winter I have the potential to be the most organized person ever…I’m not though, I just have the potential to be. Sigh. I also have the potential to be the biggest couch potato ever…but I can’t afford to buy a new wardrobe every other month so I try to limit those days and offset with active days and getting off my booty. This time of year always proves challenging for me though. Cold fronts come around more often and I am easily drawn to the coziness of my couch, a blanket and a good John Sanfo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 12:02:31 EST I Tough Mudder! WARNING: LONG but detailed & helpful for future tough mudders :) <BR> <BR> First, I guess Sparkpeople limits how many fitness minutes we can log in per day? On Sunday, I did the Tough Mudder in 5 hours start to finish, (more to follow). On the right side of the screen in Sparkpeople where it has this week’s fitness minutes, it only has 120…which is 2 hours not the 5 that I did. For the month, it shorted me by 180 minutes…BOO!! I know what I did though so it’s okay. Maybe I will add mo... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:16:10 EST Swimming, running & strength One of the status notes I put up yesterday was “my swimming totally stinks but my running and strength kick tail”. Recently, I decided to take swimming lessons to avoid drowning in an upcoming mudrun/obstacle race. I am not a natural in the water, much to my disappointment. <BR> <BR> I don’t have a fear of the water I just never learned to swim. Before these lessons I could only doggie paddle but I would hold my breath for some reason. I also had this overall anxious feeling with tightn... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:23:17 EST To Join a Gym or Not... I don't know why this decision is giving me fits but it is! <BR> <BR> I got rid of all my workout equipment (weights, bands, tower) when I downsized for my move. I didn't think I'd have room for it and I was right. Unfortunately, I haven't done any sort of strength training in two months...not good! There's a small fitness room at my apartment that has weights and some cardio machines but I have yet to set foot in there. <BR> <BR> There are two or three gyms close by that have ALL the... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:03:37 EST Bye-bye September It’s been a month, really? While I am good about logging in every day, it’s been a month since I’ve written a blog; my how time flies! <BR> <BR> I have had some challenges with binges and sweets in the last month. Thankfully, they haven’t gotten so out of control that I gained too much, only 6 pounds. I’ve kept up with my running 3-4 times a week and I’m sure that’s helped. <BR> <BR> I’m starting swimming lessons after work this evening. Me. At 42. I attempted them several years ago,... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:50:11 EST August came & went Okay, over the last month…the downsizing was a success! I moved from a 3/2 duplex into a 1/1 apartment. Although I was DREADING the sorting, garage sale, packing and unpacking of my stuff went well; I can say that now that it’s all past me. It’s time to get back to a routine! <BR> <BR> Running-I am trying to train for a half marathon, for two reasons. I have the Tough Mudder obstacle/mud run coming up in October and its 12 miles. I also want to just simply run a half marathon, to prove ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:00:20 EST Squat Challenge & Dating Naked (rated G) Starting today, I’m doing a Squat Challenge I found on facebook. It’s very simple: start today with 50 squats and continue this every day, adding 10 to the previous day’s amount. On the last day of August, I should be doing 250 squats!!! There are rest days, maybe one a week or something like that. I’ll let you know how I’m doing along the way. I would love it if you want to join me!! The link is at the bottom. <BR> <BR> Now, it’s on to the good stuff, or uhm, frustratingly good stuff... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 10:32:32 EST Motivation & Accountability feedback wanted please! What do you do to stay motivated? Those of you who work out routinely, a few times a week every week to every day…what drives you to it? Do you set small goals, as in a few pounds or inches at a time? Do you have a fitness model you look to? Is it medical related, like lower blood pressure or keep diabetes away? How do you keep from burning out if you’re exercising several days a week? What about rewards, do you reward yourself? <BR> <BR> I seem to be in a slump; while not a bad one wh... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:47:04 EST Not Even Trying Is Easier My last 2 blogs (from three weeks ago & longer) entailed my adventures with a stray kitten and the wonderful ringworm he had. I was concerned about it but a few sparkers assured me it was no big deal, to love that kitten anyway. <BR> <BR> Well...the kitten was easy to love BUT the ringworm I got was not. I am a clean person, I didn't handle the kitten much and when I did I had gloves on thinking that would make a difference. HA!! I was so naive and ignorant, hoping for the best. It is a... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:23:57 EST Kitty, moving and my back... The best thing besides rescuing the little cute kitten is that I no longer am tempted to snack in the evenings. He is ALL up in my business if I sit on the couch. Thanks, this will help me in the weight loss challenge at work. I am not an inside cat person, yet here I am with multiple cat toys on my kitchen/living room floor and a litter box to clean as a bonus! I hate the litter box. My goal is to get the little guy well and find a loving, attentive home for him. I fear for my new couc... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:00:18 EST Stray kitten=ringworm That's a terrible title but it's the truth. <BR> <BR> The poor, tiny thing (weighed 1.5 pounds) has ringworm...and I mean he has it in several spots! I need realistic advice here!! I know it's contagious and the vet told me in a matter-of-fact way that my chances of getting it were pretty good...yay me. <BR> <BR> I would like to minimize this. As of right now, the protocol is medicated baths 2-3 times per week for a month for Nitro, the kitten, then after a month, once a week if necessar... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:07:05 EST Goals for June...and a kitten? One of my Spark teams got me thinking this morning about my goals for next month. I posted on their team page, and here I’ve added some to my first list. <BR> <BR> CONTINUE w/current ST 4 days a week <BR> Today, I’m on week 4, day 4 of a 12 week program. I enjoy this; it’s structured and varied so I don’t get bored. I do, however; need to get some more weights. I am almost maxed out at the top of what I have at home and I know that won’t be enough to carry me through all 12 weeks. Craig... Thu, 30 May 2013 12:57:53 EST MFP I got the Sparkpeople app for food tracking several months ago and it was a pain, to say the least. I quit trying to make friends with it after the first day then eventually uninstalled it. <BR> <BR> I track sporadically online, on my work computer but it always seems like the site is slow, much slower than any other site online so I don’t believe it’s my computer. <BR> I had heard others mention my fitness pal and never really paid attention to the details, I just knew it had something t... Wed, 22 May 2013 12:22:10 EST Two hours eleven minutes 21 obstacles over 4.5 miles <BR> 60 burpees, broken into 2 sets of 30 as punishment for 2 incomplete obstacles <BR> <BR> It was an extremely challenging yet fun day at the Spartan Sprint yesterday. I fell three times and have as many scrapes/bruises to prove it…twice running on the rocky trail and once in the thick, squishy mud. My official time was 2:11:49. <BR> <BR> Obstacles consisted of the following in no particular order: various mud pits over and between small hills, carrying con... Mon, 20 May 2013 14:11:18 EST Career change? I have a good paying full time job. I don't hate it...but I show up frustrated and leave the same way, if not worse. It's not something I want to be doing now, let alone the rest of my life...not even in the general field of work. <BR> <BR> I got my bachelor's in psychology two years ago, took 12 hours towards a Master's degree in counseling then fizzed out. Since then I re-located with this company but I know I need a change. This position is a technical/chemistry/mechanical type and I ... Wed, 1 May 2013 16:11:25 EST May thoughts… Note to self: the next time I’m on a streak of so many weeks without junk food I can’t even remember…stay away from it!! Last week was an off week and now I’m trying to recover. While I haven’t been working out more than 2X a week prior to last week, I had been able to stay away from anything bad for me…notice “had been”. <BR> <BR> Maybe it was all the extra workout days I put in last week that threw me off-kilter. But, more than likely, it was my lack of self-control and a need to cal... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:37:30 EST Crossfit or not? Yesterday was my first crossfit experience. <BR> <BR> We did the clean/press/snatch, if that's even worded right or not. The "coach" asked if I had done any previous bar work and I said NO, never and I also expressed I had zero experience with crossfit. She started me out with the lightest bar (not sure of weight) then she moved me onto the 35 lb bar with 10's on each side, then she added another 5. I had no clue what the end game would be, where this workout was headed. The final weig... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:53:17 EST Wall of Shame As part of my company's wellness benefits, we get a blood screening once a year. It shows all the good stuff...glucose, iron, hemoglobins, cholesterols...everything. We just had it done a few days ago and with the results available 24 hours later online, this has apparently sparked some to consider their health. <BR> <BR> Several of the guys did a weigh-in and are having a 45 day challenge to see who drops the most percentage of weight. There are only two females and I wanted in on the ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:22:25 EST Good things Something strange has happened. I've maintained. Without trying or busting my tail. I'm guessing it had to do with that awful cold and follow-up sinus infection killing my appetite...which of course came after losing my dog and losing interest in just about everything including food. No, I didn't starve myself just wasn't the usual snacker I had always been. <BR> <BR> I have exercised once or twice a week but not every week and the biggest shocker of all...I haven't had any candy or swee... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:02:20 EST Just catching up The comfort of a blanket, a good book and my couch has been more appealing to me than a regular exercise routine. The empty spot left by losing someone close is slowly healing. I’m trying not to feel weird about it and not to force it; I think of him often and remember all the endless ways he kept me company. He was my dog and since I blogged about it last time, I won’t go into detail here but this type of grief has been something new to me. It’s about missing his presence; since it was ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 10:11:58 EST Bittersweet Hello all my Sparkfriends! I hope this blog finds you happy, healthy and optimistic in the New Year. <BR> <BR> For me, 2012 was a good year with a very bittersweet ending. I had to say good-bye to my best four-legged buddy on Christmas Eve. I was glad to see him go peacefully but so very saddened that he was no longer going to be my ‘shadow’. I am doing better than expected and believe it is from my knowing this was coming and having told him good-bye and other things I wouldn’t have had... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:14:17 EST A No-Go I had hoped to re-vive my mojo by doing another round of livefit. I had excellent intentions of seeing it through. I had my meal ideas in full swing (which makes all the difference in clean eating), I took my beginning measurements and pictures, and I did the strength training days 1-3. I could tell on day two ST that I wasn’t excited about it, I was dreading it instead…on day 2!!! I did okay with the clean eating but had two days where I had to have something sweet. Then I fizzled out a... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:19:42 EST This is what's up lately I am on my fourth day of Livefit…I did it first last Spring and made it through week 9 before I got some stomach bug that wiped me out! I had forgotten how sore I would be; but it’s a good sore, not the “I can’t walk or sit” kind…at least not until after I do legs tonight! The clean eating is going better this time I think. I have ideas written down for meals ahead of time and don’t leave it to last minute to figure it out; which results in disaster. <BR> <BR> Which brings to mind…does ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 12:11:00 EST Improvising At the beginning of this week, I set my status to reflect my 7 day goal of exercsing for at least 30 minutes every day. Sunday & Monday went well. Tuesday when I walked through my door at home, it was cold in my house, I was cold. I don't normally run the heater until it gets to the lower 60's and under...I hate that stuffiness in the air, especially when I sleep. I would rather layer on clothes and get under a blanket than run the heater. <BR> <BR> Anyway...I wasn't feeling stripping ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:11:59 EST Reality check for a realist So I've been struggling since the time change. It really is jacking with my mojo...that and the upcoming holiday season. Well, who am I kidding, it started with Halloween...and won't end until February but lets hope I can turn it around well before then! <BR> <BR> Yes, the time change effected my running because I was running in the evenings after 6 pm and now since the neighborhood where I run is so dark early, I won't run for safety sake. I tell myself to get home, get changed and get o... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:26:55 EST Day 30 (last one) TDBC What are you most proud of about your journey towards healthy living during the last month? <BR> <BR> Mostly I'm proud that I completed this blog challenge. I am usually a sporadic blogger...sometimes one or two a week, other times it's weeks in between my blogs. AND the fact that I had to reveal personal stuff...I don't usually get so personal. <BR> <BR> But the question is regarding my healthy living during the last month. So I would have to say my personal time on my 5's. I had never... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 08:42:30 EST Day 29 TDBC There is so much MORE to you than your wellness journey. Please share 10 facts about yourself that aren't related to your weight loss journey, how you eat, or how you exercise. <BR> <BR> 1.I am the youngest of six children. <BR> <BR> 2.I am 41, single, no kids. <BR> <BR> 3.Never been married and no desire to change it; would love to find a guy that we compliment each other’s personalities. <BR> <BR> 4.My favorite shows are Survivor & The Amazing Race. <BR> <BR> 5.I love to dance; count... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:43:33 EST Day 28 TDBC What do you do for wellness? For example, to increase emotional, spiritual, or intellectual well-being? <BR> <BR> Let me just state first: I LOVE this question!! I feel very strongly that too many people ignore their mental well-being...think it isn't important. I say from time to time that if people paid more attention to their way of thinking and how to grow/improve it, they would be happier! <BR> <BR> This encompasses many things for me. I feel it's so important to keep learning new... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:25:29 EST Day 27 TDBC Have you ever hired anyone to help you with your journey? A personal trainer. A dietician/nutritionist? A wellness coach? A life coach? What worked and didn't work? <BR> <BR> No I have not hired any one person to help me specifically with my journey. I have joined gyms at different points in my life but never employed any trainers for individual attention. <BR> <BR> For the most part...I have never been really overweight and out of shape to where I felt like I needed that much help. Th... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 08:05:31 EST Day 26 TDBC Do you like to exercise alone, with a partner, in a small group, or in a large group? Why? <BR> <BR> I am used to exercising alone at home but I am very flexible on this. I also enjoy group workouts in a class type of setting. <BR> <BR> If I'm running...I would prefer to run alone or with someone that is at my stride/pace. If I'm doing a 5k and I end up in a bunch of people, I will speed up to get out of it. It makes me a little uncomfortable to be boxed in when I'm running...I always... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 07:52:19 EST Day 25 TDBC Is there any form of fitness/exercise that you tried and gave up? Is there something you would like to try? <BR> <BR> Tried & gave up? I don't think so. It is more of a 'gets bored easily' so I move onto something else. Nothing comes to mind that I've tried and didn't like so I quit. That's not my style...I will give it my all and I am interested in just about anything active/athletic. <BR> <BR> I saw a groupon offer for boxing the other day and was very interested in that. It's going to d... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 07:59:01 EST Day 24 TDBC When did you incorporate healthy fitness goals into your lifestyle? <BR> <BR> It started September 2011 when I got serious about a lifestyle rather than a quick fix. <BR> <BR> My goal was for it to be a habit to be conscious of my health; for me to automatically consider the health benefits of what I was eating and how much physical activity I was doing. <BR> <BR> Now it is. I weigh my options and often make changes to recipes so the are less fattening <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 20:07:25 EST