DEBO1202's SparkPeople Blog DEBO1202's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DIY Entry form - Bikini Body Challenge! DIY Challenge Entry Form <BR> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <em>67</em> <em>464</em> <BR> My Challenge Name: Bikini Body Challenge <BR> <BR> My Starting Weight: 121.4 <BR> <BR> Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track) <BR> <BR> 1. Waist: 26.75 inches <BR> 2. Hips: 32.25 inc... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 11:55:26 EST 9-Day Detox Recap So I just completed the 1st phase (9-day detox) of The Fat Smash Diet. I haven’t really blogged about it because I’ve been so busy but I wanted to write a quick blog about my last 9 days! <BR> <BR> Phase one consists of- <BR> PHASE 1—DETOXIFICATION The 9-day natural detoxification stage is not a fasting diet. Rather it is a vegetarian diet consisting primarily of fruits and vegetables, with some dairy and egg whites allowed. There are no absolute restrictions on how much to eat. The diet i... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 12:59:25 EST A food blog for the Sports Bra Sparkies I should first start off w an apology to the fabulous Sports Bra Sparkies Team. I've been a real slacker. I think I joined this team at a time when my give a damn was broken and I was hoping this new challenge would help me fix it but yeah- not so much. <BR> <BR> Fast forward a few weeks and one much needed vacation later and things are looking up for me. I'm focusing more on what I CAN DO and less on what I haven't done or where I messed up. No changing the past anyway, right? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 14:08:33 EST Home from Vacation! Well I have officially diverted my need for anti depressants and I got some water under my feet! This has seriously been the LONGEST winter in UT that I can remember. It’s still in the low 70’s high 60’s this week. Sigh* <BR> <BR> Good thing we got to go to Lake Powell for a few days! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were there for about 5 days and we all had a great time. My sister-in-law’s kids were able to come to UT from SD to... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 12:40:58 EST How I'm livin- a picture blog all about ME! So since my last ranting blog I've decided to let myself off the hook. Well not completely off just- back down to my level. I've kind of come to the realization that I was chasing other peoples dreams, I was holding myself accountable for their standards. Their self expectations had some how become mine and I was letting myself down which in turn was bring me WAY down and then I found myself w a completely broken give a damn. I did. I broke it. And now I'm fixing it. <BR> <BR> Introducing M... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 16:27:25 EST Excuses are a dime a dozen and I've got a dollars worth. . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lame I know. I've been avoiding Spark because I let myself down and I didn't even make it to day 4 of my clean eating challenge. Sigh* <BR> <BR> There. I said it. <BR> <BR> I don't know what happened. I had a plan, I had the food. I was doing so good. <BR> <BR> I fought with my husband. Excuses. I almost got fired / quit (long story). Excuses. I hate my bosses wife and she was making my work life miserable.... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 19:28:21 EST ~No more excuses~ I’ve heard people say ‘you just have to try it’ in reference to MANY things through my years. Eating Clean is one of the things I did give into the hype about and I have to tell you guys~ I FEEL SO SO SO much better when I don’t eat garbage! I love the garbage but man- it doesn’t love me. <BR> <BR> I read some ones blog today that said “Have you ever began to eat something that you know is completely AWFUL for you and you see it going into your mouth in slow motion? The world freezes around... Wed, 18 May 2011 16:39:44 EST Knowing vs Doing “There are 5 seagulls sitting on a bench. One decides to fly away. How many are left?” <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “5- deciding to something isn’t the same as actually DOING it.” <BR> (Andy Andrews) <BR> <BR> <BR> When you know what needs to be done~ and yet you don’t do it- doesn’t that strip you of the right to complain about your lack of results? Or regression? I think in a lot of ways it should BUT it’s a good thing there is ‘fre... Tue, 10 May 2011 12:53:11 EST Down- but not out Have you heard the term- The good, the bad and the ugly? This is my version of that on the flip side- The Ugly, The bad and the Bright side! <BR> <BR> The Ugly- <BR> <BR> This last weekend really knocked the wind out of my sails. Last Thursday my Dad had a heart attack. He’s ok now but he did loose one tube and get 2 stints in 2 others. Needless to say this scared the ever-living love right out of me. I had SO many mixed emotions most of them exhausting, draining and defeating. I think ev... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:16:09 EST Benchmarks- The Stories the Scale Can’t Tell As some of you know I’ve been participating in a 12-week transformation contest and my ‘done’ date is quickly approaching. 4/23/2011- 18 days left! Eeeck! Needless to say I haven't actually lost any weight. Virtually none- but I do have proof of my efforts and these are the stories the scale won’t tell. Shhhhh- <BR> <BR> This last week the demons in my head have been fighting to get me back to my old ways. Once again, I indulged in too many cheat treats over the weekend which can easily lea... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 14:01:40 EST 8 Week Progress Pics Mmmmmmk. <BR> <BR> Well- I don't really feel all that great about this weeks pics. I think week 6 was actually better but it is what it is. Mother nature is a devil woman. Lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can see some subtle changes with week 8 in the ab area which i... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 11:29:20 EST RM progress pics -6 weeks down- 6 weeks to go! Well Sparkies- I'm half way into my 12 week transformation now, 6 weeks in and 6 weeks left. Probably time to start getting serious! Lol- I've said it before and I'll say it again- "working out is easy, it's eating that's hard". To tell the truth I'm sick of hearing myself say it- just shut up and put the sugar down Deborah! Geeze. <BR> <BR> I know that I'm doing the work and I KNOW that my abs are under there but for now I have what I like to call flabs. With in the next 6 weeks I WILL g... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:57:35 EST Sacrifice- for all the wrong reasons. As some of you know I’ve been participating in a 12 Week Body Transformation Contest & I’m loving it! I’m on week 6 right now. The workouts have been going great & I’m starting to see some definition and I’m really excited to see what I can do with these next 6 weeks. The issue I’ve been having is food! I love food- healthy foods and the not so healthy ones. I’ve actually been eating pretty good and trying to learn a lot about nutrition but man- I can talk myself into or out of anything. It’s... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:06:36 EST RM (Redo) Week 2-4 Well it's a little late & I know the official RM Challenge is over but I'm still going to finish my 12 week transformation dag nabit! <BR> <BR> Here are pics from weeks 2-4. Pictures were actually taken some time around the 27th of February. So I'm slackin in the web world! I'm still here- just busy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 12:41:26 EST RM Progress Pics Week 0-2 Alright kids- here it is! Week 0 (starting date) to Week 2 Feb 13th. I've made a bit of progress in the last 2 weeks and I know posting these pictures will give me a little push in the motivational department to post better ones the week of Feb 27th. So take it for what it is- any advice in the eating department is welcome and warranted (have I mentioned I love sugar? *sigh) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:54:38 EST Fuel for my fire~ Today on my facebook wall my sister-in-law's friend wrote: <BR> "Deborah, it has been decided that your ability to stick to and change up your workouts is super annoying to those of us who lack self discipline. Lots of love though! :)" <BR> <BR> and my sister-in-law followed that up with this comment <BR> <BR> "FYI: It was decided by both of us. Annoying, and maybe a little inspiring. But today I'm lazy and it's a little annoying. Love Ya!" <BR> <BR> Ahahaha- if they only knew. But I do ... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 16:33:08 EST From Burnt out- to Burn ON! So I, like pretty much everyone else, struggled with my eating over the holidays! Go figure hu? After the holiday madness my husband and I decided to take a crack at this baby makin thing again and my motivation went right out the window. I convinced myself- ‘Why bother I’m probably going to gain weight anyway.’ LAME! I stumbled and stewed about it for a while- working out sporadically and eating pretty much whatever and my 3 lb gain from the holidays turned into a 5 lb gain in no time!!! SUP... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 16:01:01 EST Week 2 R.M. Picture Challenge So here it is Ladies & Gentlemen ~ Week 2’s pictures. <BR> <BR> I can’t say I’ve noticed a lot of changes but definitely some. My weight actually went up a touch but nothing major. .2 lbs. Considering Uncle Tom and Aunt Flow have been hangin around this week I’ll say that’s pretty good for me. Having said that I wasn’t too stoked about taking pictures this morning so don’t mind the bloat, bad lighting or the wedgie! Sooooo hawt! I know. My husband was trying to get to the coffee pot and I s... Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:51:48 EST ~Top 10 Reasons why working out at 5:30 a.m. is not so bad~ <BR> This blog is mostly for reinforcement to myself but if it helps some one else then right on! <BR> <BR> 1. It’s no harder for me to wake up at 5:30 am than it is at 6:45 am. <BR> 2. I’m not any more tired through out the day either- if anything I have MORE energy. <BR> 3. It feels great to do something for myself first thing. <BR> 4. I’m always happy & energetic when I get home from the gym. Great way to start the day! <BR> 5. I feel like I’ve accomplished something already and I hav... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 16:55:56 EST ~The Winds of Change~ Lately I’ve been SO incredibly focused on my son that I’ve put myself on the back burner~ way back. With out getting into too many personal details my son is really struggling with a few things lately; his weight, his skin color, and some more serious issues regarding his biological dad not being around. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In all fairness, in our situation, I think any mother would shove all else aside and focus solely on her ... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 13:14:58 EST Bonaire! w lots of pics! I’ve been such a blogging slacker lately but I’ll try to catch up really quickly today. I feel I owe at least some of you a Bonaire blog since I made so much hype leading into it! I hate to be a complainer (especially when it was basically a free trip for us) but man this trip was exhausting! I swear all we did was dive, eat and sleep~ pretty much in that order. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 7 Dec 2010 18:30:42 EST R.M's Dec-March Challenge- w Good Bye Photos! So it’s been a while since I blogged. I need to catch up on quite a few blogs that I normally read and post some pictures of our awesome vacation to Bonaire! <BR> <BR> As some of you know we’ve had some issues with our son, Isaiah, even in addition to the weight gain & health concerns. Obviously almost all of my attention & focus have been on him, which in turn is my main ‘excuse’ for not working out & sparking it up like I normally would! None the less- I have come to the realization recen... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 15:17:19 EST When it’s not about you any more. . . The last 2 weeks seem to have dragged on FOREVER! As I mentioned in the prior blog it has been brought to my attention that my son has awful eating habits! I have beat myself up bad enough about the garbage I’ve brought into our house and now I have to focus on improvements. <BR> <BR> Isaiah still isn’t feeling well and has missed several days of school. We took him to the Doctor last Thursday and found that he is medically 1 BMI point away from being considered obese. (Man that was hard to... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 12:43:36 EST Spreading the Spark? OR Frosting the Flame? Contemplating writing this blog has literally brought tears to my eyes. In the end- I feel this is an important issue and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there that is or has done this. Some how 'airing my dirty laundry' has helped me be accountable and take responsibility for my mistakes in the past- let's hope it works again! <BR> <BR> This week my almost 9 year old has not been feeling well. He's been complaining of headaches, stomach aches and a sore throat. He does not have a fever, ... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 22:34:43 EST Week 1 Reflection~ Reflecting back on my first week of the Lean Body Promise Program~ <BR> <BR> The GOOD- <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> I’m really excited with the efforts I put into it, I feel like this will help me get back on track. Turns out I just do better when I have a program to follow! <BR> <BR> <BR> I was sore everyday- but a good sore- and it was always different parts of my body so I liked that. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> I did NOT let myself use any of the lame excuses I normally would have. <BR>... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:41:37 EST And on the 7th day....She rested! Okay- so rest days aren't really built into the new plan but I don't want to get burnt out so I granted myself Saturday off. Although I did wakeboard so? <BR> <BR> Maybe I need to back up a touch- Last Sunday 9/26/10 - I started THE LEAN BODY PROMISE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can go here if you'd like to find out more about it yourself. <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>eanbodychallen... Mon, 4 Oct 2010 14:15:33 EST WTFall??? Adapted Challenge! ~*~ WTF??? Entry Card- Adapted Template for 9/24 ~11/05*~ <BR> <BR> <BR> ENTRY CARD <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 119.5 <BR> Starting Measurements: <BR> Measure your Waist - 27 <BR> Measure your Hips – 33 <BR> Measure your Thigh -20 Rt <BR> Measure your Calf - 12.5 <BR> Measure your Upper Arm - 9.5 <BR> Measure your Boobies – 35 <BR> Current BMI: 20 <BR> <BR> During this challenge, I have a general goal of: <BR> Loosing some fat and gaining some muscle! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> <B... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 02:12:27 EST Need the truth? Ask an 8 yr old While these last couple of weeks have been tough for me, nothing can trump the last 5 days I've had! Last Sunday I was wake boarding and learning to jump. Initially I was just practicing little bunny hops, nothing major and then something inside me decided to go big and of course my landing didn't turn out and I smashed my head right into the opposite wake at about 15 mph. I think I went black for a nano second and then I could hear the boat zooming to me and everyone on it yelling "are you ... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 19:21:13 EST These are my Confessions <BR> I’ve recently noticed a ridiculous trend I’m setting for myself. I talk myself out of everything! It’s insane. I am continuously writing these- ‘re-committed’ blogs and then I sabotage my plan at the first viable excuse. <BR> <BR> I hope by airing my bad habits I will stop them, hold myself accountable and seriously get back on track. I don’t know why exactly but I am having the hardest time getting into a work out routine and moving forward. Sometimes I find myself saying ‘well, I mu... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 18:36:58 EST Hind Sight IS 20/20 - and Kicking it Old School So after my blog post yesterday I went home and I was thinking about it. I was irritable and some what irrational. Kinda upset about silly stuff like weight restrictions on our very free and very private flight (whiner). Not having any control over the food that would be available to me this weekend and not being able to bring any. And as I'm thinking about all of this stuff I get a mind splitting headache and a wave of dizziness that leaves me wavering and grasping onto the counter and it h... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 16:27:41 EST Extreme Fat Smash Diet Days 1-5 So in my mind I've been back and forth about writing this blog but I have decided to- obviously- for 2 reasons. <BR> <BR> 1. It will help with my motivation if I share the experiences I'm having and if I am publicly 'holding myself accountable' <BR> <BR> 2. I want some feed back to see if others have had similar experiences & to find out your thoughts on my progress and my....hesitations. <BR> <BR> Initially when I started the Extreme Fat Smash Eating plan (I hate the 'diet' word <em>19... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 18:42:54 EST Loosing Weight and Gaining frustrations.... So this weekend I weighed in at <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Which all in all is pretty amazing right? I haven't weighed-in below the 120's since my son was 8 months old ~ 7 + years ago. <BR> <BR> Initially it was my plan to weigh in on Sunday, take some measurements and some pictures so I could chart my progress over the next 10 weeks before we go on our vacation to Bon Aire. So I did do that on Sunday and when I was looking at ... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:27:22 EST Makin Strides in the right direction~ So it’s been a while since I’ve updated my Blog in any manner BUT I am still on Spark daily and am still seriously involved on my journey to being healthy and fit. Project Debo has not slowed down! I have been in full swing and I have been learning lots about myself, the way things are and the way things are NOT! <BR> <BR> It’s amazing the things you’ll learn about yourself if you sit back and listen. <BR> <BR> For example- I am awful at the self- sabotage thing and I’ve been working re... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 16:33:40 EST Free Vacation = New Motivation So if you're in-laws ever show up at your house unannounced and tell you they need to 'talk to you'- you'd assume something bad was about to come out of their lips right? I did- and while my mind is racing to think of what they could possibly say 'is Dad sick?', do you want Andrew to come back and work for you?', 'are you adopting Kaylee?' (grand-daughter who was also w them) and while my mind is realing I stop and listen to what they are actually saying which REALLY threw me for a loop "how... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:00:13 EST Re-committing and putting it in writing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So after working really hard for 9 weeks to loose 12 lbs before our Lake Powell trip I came home and blew it. After vacation I went right back to my old eating habits. I’ve been eating and drinking sugar and what ever else I want with little or no refrain. I have been extremely lenient with my workouts and have undoubtedly put back on some of those 12 lbs. I don’t know how many because, well frankly I can’t handle ... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 17:38:38 EST Goal Met? Came close... My husband is currently loading the car for our trip to Lake Powell. This trip was my main motivater and my goal weight was intially 125 but then changed to 120. I weighed in this morning at......... 121.3. Close call! <BR> <BR> The man is gonna kill me if he finds out I'm in here blogging- lol BUT I worked really hard and wanted to post my results. Here they are; <BR> <BR> Before~ 133 lbs. 4/8/2010 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 08:24:32 EST Making the Cut Week 11-19 So today is day 19 on the Making the Cut program and i'm am SO looking forward to day 20- REST DAY! I had some scheduling issues so I ended up doing work out 18 last night from 8-9:30 pm (I ran too) and then woke up at the crack of dawn today to do Day 19 work out. Turns out I prefer to work out in the morning even if I'm not a morning person but the way I did 18 & 19 back to back like that PROBABLY wasn't a great idea. My legs are dead! Oh well, I'm off til Friday now! This time I am going t... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 18:13:41 EST Making the Cut days 8-10 So I have to admit I was SOOOO sore after day 8. Words cannot express what day 8 did to my legs! I was dreading day 9 which ended up not being too bad considering it was more upper body focused. I whine but in truth I love being sore- I really do. Feels like progress! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 8 &9 had some new exercises which I appreciate but it was a tad confusing. Thanks again to YouTube- I figured it out after a little ho... Tue, 25 May 2010 18:04:14 EST Making the cut- Week One So I decided to back track a touch and keep a log of my Making the Cut (Jillian Michael's) experience. I started the program on Sunday May 16, 2010. I'll back track to the best of my memory - which isn't good but none the less. I doubt if anyone else will get any good from reading this but I want to be able to look back and see where I struggled and how much progress I've made. <BR> <BR> Best new is I have definitely made progress in just one week! This is my main reason for wanting to reco... Sun, 23 May 2010 14:53:45 EST Success = a state of mind. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I bought this plaque for our office the other day and it says- <BR> <BR> “Success is not measured by what we have. It’s about who we are and what we give” <BR> <BR> This last weekend I reached my initial goal weight of 125- actually weighing in at 124.1 and I was so shocked that I never really congratulated myself. I wasn’t nearly as excited as I thought I’d be. I didn’t ‘look’ how I expected to look at this new... Tue, 18 May 2010 17:49:14 EST SO Surprised and confused So I did it- I weighed in. And this is what I got~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WHAT ? ? ? I was hoping I didn't gain much but I never expected I'd loose 2.2lbs. I know scales and the Wii Fit things can be temperamental so I admit I'm more skeptical than excited. On the other hand- my goal weight was 125 for the last year. So I should be ecstatic- right? <BR> <BR> I always wear the same thing when I weigh here- and my sons weight... Sat, 15 May 2010 10:19:39 EST Is skeered So it's been a tough week. Only worked out 4 days- as opposed to my goal of 6. Really only one of those days was a SERIOUS work out. Tomorrow is 'weigh in' and I' not sure I'm gonna do it. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> One the one hand- I need to know where I'm at, so I can track my goals ect. On the other hand- what if I gained weight? I'll be so angry. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've spent a lot of time this week reading about metabolism's and eating healthy ect so I KINDA know what ... Sat, 15 May 2010 00:26:45 EST Getting Real ~ and Coming Clean I’ve been on SP for almost a year now and I did really well with it at first and then I kind of fell off the SP wagon but I’m back! Through out the last year my weight has been up and down- anywhere from 140 lbs to 135 lbs. I am an infamous Yo-Yo. I’ve had some personal problems with fertility and had a couple of miscarriages, which led to some weight gain in general, emotional eating and not exercising at all. You know how that is when you feel bad for yourself and you physically just ‘feel... Mon, 3 May 2010 17:06:21 EST Mad at Myself. I am my own worst enemy. <BR> <BR> Wish that wasn't so true. I'm getting so tired of this Yo- Yo weight loss and gain. As soon as I start doing well and exercising consistently and eating well- I see results and then I find myself laying off- not being so serious or consistent anymore and then what happens? I gain the weight right back. GRRRR. Maybe it's only a pound- but it's still a pound that I've lost and re~found at least twice. It's ridiculous. Good news is I think I'm finally mad en... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 14:26:44 EST I did it! I wore a bikini!!! So last year I worked VERY hard at getting my bikini body ready for our honeymoon in St. Maarten. I was successful and very proud that I wore a bikini and didn't feel like a hefa-lump. When we got back from our honey moon I flushed all my hard work straight down the... toilet. I was so burnt out on going to the gym and yada yada yada. <BR> <BR> So after gaining back the 15lbs I tried SO hard to loose, naturally I felt like a failure and didn't focus on any further fitness or nutrition goa... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 22:39:20 EST On the fence... So I need some input/advice; <BR> <BR> I'm kinda on the fence about a gym membership. I used to have one at Gold's Gym, which was awesome because they have these Cardio Cinemas and great machines. I love that but, not sure I want to commit to a membership for 2 years. Is that nuts? I know I'll have this body for life so why is it so hard to commit to working out for 2 years? It does seem a little ridiculous now that I type it. I should just get one. Hmmmmmmmm. I do pretty good about workin... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 12:01:46 EST So I've been wondering? I guess you could say i'm the kind of person who needs to know 'why?' I'm a lot like my seven year old in this respect but I think it's for the best, usually. <BR> <BR> Lately through my tracking on SP I find I'm not eating enough protein, fruits and veggies. I certainly don't drink enough water. So I find myself wondering 'what does it mean?' 'What happens if I don't...' So I started looking into it today and I found a few great articles including this one; <BR> <BR> <link>www.inch-a... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:03:00 EST