DEBP1961's SparkPeople Blog DEBP1961's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 2013 - here I come! OK! I took my measurements (horror), snapped my before photo (hatred & self-loathing), went to a Vinyasa Level 1 yoga class (torture) and am now recording my nibbles via WW (starving). But on the up side, my eye is still on the prize today - day 3 LoL!!! I am seriously looking forward to my reunion with my healthy self in 2013. Hoping this is the year I manage to take it off and keep it off for good. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 12:42:16 EST It's the holiday season! Great to be back to SP after two years! New house, new grandbaby who is now 2 years old, finished school, found a new dog along with lots of new weight (thank you menopause). That's okay .... at least I'm here now and instead of kicking myself (once again) for the weight gain I am congratulating myself for deciding to take charge and do something about it. <BR> <BR> My neighbor just came by with a plate full of cookies. Not going there! <BR> <BR> Happy holidays!! Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:56:06 EST Biggest Loser at work We're having a Biggest Loser competition at work & I'm on a team of 4 (me & three guys who will invariably lose a lot compared to me!) . We start this week with our first weigh in on 1/25 - it ends in mid-March. <BR> <BR> This is going to be a tough challenge for me - I work a lot of hours & I have school every Friday night and all day Saturday for the next month so planning exercise and meals will be interesting. My problem is I'm always tired and always hungry. Trying to get my game on. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 07:31:47 EST Jan 2 and going strong :) I went for a great 4 mile walk this morning with my friend Eleanor. It was 41 degrees here in Florida when we left and it was so invigorating. We stopped at Starbucks for non-fat cafe americano's with Splenda. It feels so good to be moving like that again. I need to remember this great feeling so I don't slip back into my old sedentary habits. Sat, 2 Jan 2010 12:29:40 EST New Years Day 2010 Like I said one year ago today. How pathetic is that?! <BR> <BR> This time I must change. Fri, 1 Jan 2010 15:09:17 EST New Start I am so frustrated that I have a New Years Resolution to lose weight ONCE AGAIN. To make things worse I am now at the heaviest weight I've ever been at before. I don't even want to go outside of the house - nothing fits right and I really don't want to buy any more bigger clothes. I look horrible & feel even worse. I've thought about going back to the gym but I don't certainly don't want to be seen there looking like this. I just signed up for the Boot Camp & I do have an elliptical and ... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:10:53 EST Countdown to Surgery Thanks to all of you for stopping by & encouraging me during the past month or so. :) <BR> <BR> My CA-125 test returned normal so no signs of ovarian cancer and my doctor is going to watch the cysts for a few months to see what happens. In the meantime I'm scheduled for the endometrial ablation on Wednesday, 9/24 (provided my period doesn't start - and is heavy - I've had cramps for 3 days!) The way she explained it is, they do a hysteroscopy and look around & take pictures. Then they do... Sun, 21 Sep 2008 09:45:46 EST Overwhelmed I finally got in to the doctor and she sent me for tests (heavy and long periods) to see if I'm a candidate for endometrial ablation. I went for a pelvic ultrasound on Friday and I'm scheduled for a biopsy (I assume of the uterine wall) for this Friday. Well, the last test found cysts - 2 follicular but 2 quite large - they're actually larger than my ovaries. This explains a lot of my problems with my periods, the cramping, my weight struggles, my hormones - but now I'm a little freaked ou... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 08:50:42 EST I Heart Alaska <BR> The wedding was great and everyone had a really good time. The honeymoon was fantastic! I LOVE Alaska. <BR> <BR> We flew to Vancouver & boarded the Carnival Spirit and sailed through the Inside Passage. We saw lots of whales! <BR> <BR> Our first stop was Ketchikan - what a beautiful little town. We went to a Totem Heritage Center, Live Eagle Exhibit (although we saw plenty in the wild), a salmon hatchery, and we hiked Deer Mountain. On our way back down into town we had a black... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 23:33:43 EST Pink Dress I bought this pink dress at Ann Taylor Loft last weekend to wear on the cruise - if I can drop at least 10 lbs. I'd feel a whole lot better in it and I need to apparently buy a bra that will lift the girls up! This is not my norm - I'm a navy, black, dark green, solid, BOAT neck kind of gal so this dress is way out of my comfort zone and it will not hit the suitcase unless I can take the weight off! AND do something about my thighceps! I had Bill take this picture so I could show Janet the... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 20:41:46 EST Emotionally Spent Today I have an appointment at 4:30 to put Bailey down (I'm bawling as I type!). She has been such a big part of me - being handicapped, she and I have really bonded because she has needed me so much this past year. I don't go anywhere in the house without her in my arms. But the vet keeps giving me the quality of life talk and asked me who I was doing this for, me or her. That was hard to listen to. I ignored her and refilled her pain pills but I realize now that the vet is right. <BR>... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 04:53:42 EST Proctor & Gamble This is an actual letter from an Austin woman sent to Proctor and Gamble regarding their feminine products. She really gets rolling after the first paragraph. It's PC Magazine's 2007 editors' choice for best webmail-award-winning letter.* <BR> <BR> Dear Mr. Thatcher, <BR> <BR> I have been a loyal user of your 'Always' maxi pads for over 20 years and I appreciate many of their features. Why, without the LeakGuard Core or Dri-Weave absorbency, I'd probably never go horseback riding or salsa d... Thu, 21 Feb 2008 19:18:31 EST Business Trip Challenges - OKC <BR> I'm leaving Tuesday morning for Oklahoma City for 3 days. The hotel has a great breakfast (I've stayed there before) - with fruit & an omelet bar and they do have a fitness room so I'll pack workout clothes, too. Lunches will be brought in to the meeting and dinners will be with my upper management. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I can influence the lunch or dinner selections. I really love Abuelos in BrickTown - I had great shrimp fajitas there last year but these guys will likely want... Sun, 27 Jan 2008 09:19:34 EST Recumbent Bike <BR> When my daughter Kayleigh & her husband moved to Germany, she took the contents of her entire bedroom with her. It looked so lonely in there so I turned it into an exercise room! There's this one green accent wall and the remaining walls are "Almond Toast". Maybe I should've made it more vibrant but it's peaceful to me and it's become a nice little retreat. My house is small and the living room looks better without the elliptical in the midst of it. <BR> <BR> So I have the elli... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 06:28:03 EST 18-0 & Going to the Show! So glad to see the Patriots make it all the way to the big game undefeated! And the only snacking I did during the game was my pre-measured ounce of Tabasco peanuts! <BR> <BR> The Packers/Giants game was a real shocker for me. That 4th quarter and then into overtime was like a comedy of errors - very stressful - the weather just really stifled the players. It was certainly a great game to watch. I just didn't want to see it end that way - I didn't want Favre's last pass to be that interc... Sun, 20 Jan 2008 19:15:14 EST Yay for Rest! Last night I had Rena's Swedish Sausage Pot - or rather my variation on it in the crock pot ready when I got home from work. I skinnied it down with turkey sausage & added more veggies. I used basil, garlic & marjoram in the crushed tomatoes & it was amazing. The guys loved it, too. <BR> <BR> After dinner I "Sparked" awhile & did some weights. I was asleep by 9:00. Oh what great sleep I had. I think I woke up once wondering why my sleep was so sound - LoL - but I was able to get righ... Tue, 15 Jan 2008 06:08:32 EST Rest? What Rest?! My bf Bill lives with me & his son stays here on days when he has school. He's 19 & we live right around the corner from the community college that he attends. Since he lives about 45 minutes away, on days that he has school, he has started staying here. Pretty much from Sun-Thurs every week. I didn't think school started for him until tomorrow but at 2:00 a.m. he shows up which sets Dakota off! Grrrrrrrr! I just can't seem to catch a break - once awake I have a hard time settling back... Mon, 14 Jan 2008 06:16:55 EST Day of Rest I worked out every day this week so I declared today my day of rest. I don’t sleep in. Ever. My sweet dog Bailey is handicapped and she needs a little extra TLC so she and I are up before dawn nearly every day. She can’t walk so she needs my assistance & she’s really losing a lot of control. She has anxiety when I leave her – it’s at the point where I actually have to diaper her every day. But she’s my sweet girl. Aside from her limitations, she seems very happy so I’m not ready to let go. My... Sun, 13 Jan 2008 16:52:05 EST