DLBAINES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DLBAINES DLBAINES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ New Goal 239lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3086848 I used this site to determine my calorie goals: <BR> http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie<BR>_calculator.htm# <BR> <BR> According to the site's Harris-Benedict model, here are my numbers for my age/weight/height/sex: <BR> <BR> 1962 cals - BMR <BR> 2128 cals - Extreme Fat Loss (Little/No Exercise) <BR> 2128 cals - Extreme Fat Loss (Exercise 3 times/week) <BR> 2128 cals - Fat Loss (Little/No Exercise) <BR> 2169 cals - Fat Loss (Exercise 3 times/week) <BR> 2366 cals - Maintenance (Little/N... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 12:21:35 EST Two days.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2554400 and they weren't kidding! It makes u hungry... I figured out how to track my food on sparkpeople mobile, so hopefully I can log as I go instead of waiting until the end of the day to find out I ate too much..lol <BR> <BR> Eh.. one step at a time :) Wed, 11 Nov 2009 20:25:07 EST And here's the first hurdle.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2550935 to my NYE goal of 230! <BR> <BR> My dermatologist prescribed prednisone today to hopefully get my hair to regrow..it's a steroid, which supposedly decreases metabolism and it's biggest side effect is weight gain and increased hunger. <BR> <BR> She decided to go with a burst-treamtent, 60mg x 2 days.. then 20mg x 5 days.. one week a month to try to counter the side effects. I'm going back for a follow-up in 6 weeks, hopefully with some new stubble to show her ;) hehe I DO currently have vel... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:55:47 EST NYE Goal.. I can do this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2547293 So.. I'm trying to get the math right..if anyone has any comments, I'm all ears :) Of course, I'm taking into consideration the comments from my previous post regarding the math a few months back, as well! <BR> <BR> My calories needed to maintain are 256*10 = 2560 - 1000 (500 cals/lb to lose per week) = 1560 * 1.3 to add calories back from light/mod exercise = 2028/day. So, eating between 1560 to 2028 calories per day (avg 1800) should net about -2 lbs a week. <BR> <BR> Which is VERY inte... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 13:30:02 EST I'm completely baffled.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2533779 I've been going to the gym twice a week for the last three weeks and my weight is INCREASING each week...by about a pound...(siggh) <BR> <BR> So, I guess I gotta start keeping a better eye on what I'm eating.. just strange that I wasn't gaining weight before I started the gym and I'm eating better now than I was when I wasn't gaining anything... <BR> <BR> We'll see ... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 11:13:47 EST BMR etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2143585 So, I looked up my BMR..which apparently, different sites tell you different numbers [rolls eyes] <BR> <BR> I'm going with discovery health, which says my BMR is about 1900... I currently have a daily calorie goal of 1800... so I'm only shaving off 100 calories a day w/ diet alone. <BR> <BR> To lose 1lb a week, I have to maintain a calorie deficit of -3500 calories, which is -500 calories a day.. so I have to either lower my calorie intake to 1400, burn 500 calories, or some combination of ... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 19:02:06 EST BLC#8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2112669 Not sure what happened there..but it just wasn't motivational..it began to feel like a chore to keep track of all the different numbers for it... it was nothing like BLC#7 where the people were very motivating and inspirational and the challenges each week kept me on my toes! <BR> <BR> So, for the entire challenge, I just yo-yo'ed back and forth from 246-250... blah! I know I was reallllly realllly busy with getting the house ready to put on the market, so maybe it wasn't the challenge and ... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:25:52 EST 240's be gone?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2064734 So, I finally made it below 250 a few weeks back.. and I thought I was on the way below 245..but I've been afloat in the upper 240's... so, as TOM's packing up to go bye bye.. I'm more determined to ever to get below 240 in the next four weeks!!! <BR> <BR> I tried on some new slacks today that I bought on sale a year or two ago, they were $50 on clearance for $14 and I was like, "I can get into those eventually and it's such a great deal!", so I grabbed them and tried them on when I got home... Fri, 15 May 2009 12:17:54 EST BLC#8 Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2013730 AHHHH! I gained a pound this week..oops! <BR> <BR> It was my birthday and I overindulged.. so I forgive myself! Plus I haven't exercised on purpose since Valentine's day.. spent the entire month of April when I wasn't at work fixing up the house so we can sell it. We're just about done and I'm actually looking forward to getting back to my exercise routine! I slept better, I felt better.. and I saw GREAT results.. my doctor has increased my thyroid meds a few times (including again today... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 13:08:12 EST BLC#8 Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1983258 What am I doing awake at 8am on a Saturday? <BR> <BR> Haha..so I had to come in to work today.. been awake since 6am.. so far so good, it's actually kind of nice to get a head start on the day. Plus the weather is absolutely beautiful. It would be nice if I could somehow get into a rhythm of getting up this early. I even had time to stop and pickup some Wawa coffee..yum! <BR> <BR> So, I FINALLY did it.. Thursday I weighed in at 248! Bubble busted ..yippee! I need to make sure I watch/log... Sat, 18 Apr 2009 08:19:51 EST Deflecting a little.. okay, a lot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1982159 So, I think I'm doing well.. but I think reality is setting in more and more each day. After explaining to my fiance that I couldn't understand why I'm so irritated and annoyed about everyday simple things and people, we came to the conclusion that I'm deflecting. I guess that's one way to deal with things, but I hope it's a healthy way. <BR> <BR> I think I'm developing some kind of social anxiety.. sometimes when I'm in a crowded room now I get really heightened senses, smell, sound, s... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 18:05:31 EST Bust the 250 Bubble! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1972759 I'm SOOO close! I'm at exactly 250.0 today.. was hoping to get out and go walking all week but it's supposed to be rainy..ick.. Hoping I can squeeze in 20 mins on the eliptical tonight.. been hard to fit in exercise with all the work we're doing to sell the house, but that should be done by the end of April. It's not exactly sitting on the couch, but I don't really break a sweat either. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for Michael and I to get our new house..there will be SO much room to workout..... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 17:50:25 EST BLC#8 Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1935062 So, I hadn't stuck w/ my calorie goal for the first two days, but I finally got it today! YAY! So I'm happy about that. And I got 4/5 bonus points today, I only missed one for exercise..although I did finally exercise today, YAY, I went for a 30 min walk at work since it was pretty.. but it only counts for a point if it's cardio + strength.. I didn't get the strength in..but I plan to get 5/5 before the end of the week! <BR> <BR> Oh, and somehow the scale went down 1.5 lbs today, so I'm cel... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 22:14:43 EST BLC#8 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1927369 <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> YAY.. Biggest Loser Challenge is BACK ON! It's amazing how much the accountability helps me and I'm looking forward to it! <BR> <BR> <b><center>My mini-goal for this challenge is 15.5 lbs in 8 weeks, <br>for a total weight of 239 pounds by June 1st!</b></center> <BR> <BR> I'm so excited after seeing that I was able to lose 19lbs with the help of BLC#7 (although I gained back 3.5 lbs over the last few weeks..OOPS!) I'm looking forward to making better choices agai... Mon, 30 Mar 2009 18:13:00 EST Moving to another state! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1860783 So, I really want to start by saying again how much I appreciated all the support. It's been, well, it's been. I'm sure anyone who's ever lost anyone understands, and that's probably the vast majority of us. I think I get a lot of my strength from that, knowing that so many others have been where I am and not only survived, but went on to lead fully productive lives, and everyone else will be where I am eventually, and they too will survive. <BR> <BR> It's the cycle of life, I guess. And wh... Sun, 8 Mar 2009 16:23:43 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1843719 I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind words and concern. We lost the battle with cancer after 23 years and the service for my Mom will be this Friday. I fully intend to get back on track as soon as I can, I know my Mom would be proud of me for meeting my goal and living a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well, <BR> <BR> Deborah Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:17:00 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1817458 Just a quick note to let everyone know why I've been MIA this week. My Mom was hospitalized on Monday and we've been extremely overwhelmed. I apologize for my lack of particpation (and more than likely a weight gain) but I'm certain everyone completely understands. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone continues on their journey to health with great success this week! <BR> <BR> <3 Deborah Sat, 21 Feb 2009 12:40:39 EST Halfway Through BLC#7! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1793852 So we're officially half way through the SP Biggest Loser Challenge #7! I started this journey off with a bang but things have kind of slowed to a crawl.. It seems like I can only focus on one aspect at a time, I did great w/ water, exercise and calories and then this weeks challenge is 5 servings of fruits/veggies, one of each color.. and I've been doing great with that..but not meeting my water and exercise goals! Gotta do better at multi-tasking..haha =oD <BR> <BR> OH, and my endocrinolo... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:34:59 EST 15lbs.. YIPPEE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1778646 Made it to 255 today! Finally got off the 256-260 roller coaster and rounded it off to 15 POUNDS GONE! <BR> <BR> Now, only 5 more to go before I get that massage!! I have an appointment this week with my endocrinologist, I can't wait to see what the scale says at the doctor's office! I think all those stairs are paying off.. plus I found a new vid on NetFlix Instant that I like.. <BR> <BR> <center> <BR> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Off-Inches-Tummy-Party/dp/B000H1RFIC"> <BR> <im... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 16:47:11 EST Midweek Mayday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1771255 So, it's Wednesday already...geez where does time go??? <BR> <BR> So anyway, checking my BLC#7 point sheet..it says I'm not doing so good.. I got "some" exercise in Mon & Tues (no strength training this week..gotta get that in there!), drank my water and stayed on point w/ calories. I have been taking the stairs everywhere including to the 6th floor of my parking deck at LEAST on Mon-Wed-Fri.. I remember the first time I went up them about 2 weeks ago I thought I was going to DIE when I got ... Wed, 4 Feb 2009 23:00:12 EST Jumping the Hurdle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1759392 I had the 'you know what' scared outta me this week.. driving down interstate 64 to work, I was in a left turn and my tire blew... I subsequently did several 360's completely out of control on the wet road on an overpass lined w/ concrete walls reinforced with steel rails. <BR> <BR> Somehow, miraculously, there was no one in front of or beside me at the time on this usually packed part of the interstate and my car spun entirely in the middle of the road, avoiding the disastrous effect of sm... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:26:47 EST Had a great weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1738558 So, YAY..TOM is packing and on his way out and I'm down to 256!!! WooHOO! Seven pounds til a massage! Talk about motivation..after all this exercising my back is SCREAMIN for a rub down! haha! <BR> <BR> So we went up to Northern VA yesterday to look at the models for the housing community we're thinking of buying into and we did a LOT of walking.. especially when we went to IKEA.. so I didn't formally get any exercise in, but 5 out of 7 days is HELLA better than 0 outta 7! LOL So I'm pro... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 20:44:13 EST So far, so good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1730293 Doing much better on week two at my new job! I've kept up with a lot of goals, calorie, water, exercise... I decided instead of taking off Sat/Sun from exercising..it would be to my benefit to move one of those days to Wednesday.. so my entire work week doesn't become so long that I give up on exercising! It gives me a night during the week to come home and unwind! Hopefully, that'll help me out during the week. <BR> <BR> Here's to hoping I can finish strong through the weekend! Fri, 23 Jan 2009 00:15:29 EST We are the champions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1717051 Haha! I found some workout clothes at Target in my size.. so I now have some Champion XXL pants and a top! They fit great, kind of snug to keep things where they should be.. although my top keeps rolling up over my belly.. so I doubt I'd wear the top out w/o a jacket..LOL but it DOESN'T fall over my head when I lean down to touch my toes like the t-shirts did! So it's doing its job! <BR> <BR> I'm really getting the hang of The Crunch: Cardio Salsa .. kind of makes me feel sexy while I'm wo... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:57:44 EST Week One over and out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1709798 So, I probably started the week off with a bang, I kept up w/ all my goals..but looking back at my BLC#7 points, it slowly waned towards Friday.. and I'm back above 259 again =o( I know it's hard with a 6:30am alarm only to not get back home until 7:00pm at night.. I didn't exercise at all Thursday/Friday and the worst part was Friday night w/ my friends, I drank 3 beers and had two pcs of pizza, but I don't get to see them very often, so I think I let myself indulge since I'll be lucky if i... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 12:35:36 EST So it's my 3rd day.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1700073 Not only as a member of the Biggest Loser Club on SP, but also at my new job at the university. And I have EXCITING news! <BR> <BR> One of the university's Rec and Swim Center locations is literally RIGHT NEXT DOOR! It's currently under construction (soon it'll be bigger and better!) so it's kind of cramped and hard to get to, but it'll cost me a $13.00/month pre-tax paycheck deduction!! Isn't that AWESOME! <BR> <BR> The other good news is working at a university is a LOT of walking! So ho... Wed, 14 Jan 2009 19:34:43 EST YAY...I DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1678092 Officially 259.5 today..under 260 for the first time in like a year or two, into double digit loss (10.5lbs) and I no longer need to lose 100+ lbs... into a double digit goal! <BR> <BR> Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! <BR> <BR> I'm totally on track for my goal to be 160 by New Year 2010! That's going to make shopping for a wedding dress a much happier time! <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone who's supported and motivated me so far! I really hope we can continue to do this together! I really believe I'm go... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:59:49 EST Breaking Even http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1673576 No loss, no gain today.. definitely glad I didn't gain anything, but I'm really determined to get down to 259! Not only will I be under 260 for the first time in a year or two, but I'll be into double digit loss with 10lbs and I will no longer have a triple digit goal of 100lbs.. for the first time, I'll have LESS than 100lbs to lose! YAY! Sounds so much more reachable! <BR> <BR> Talk about motivation!!! <BR> <BR> So, I'll be working extra hard today on cardio and drinking my water! <BR> <... Thu, 8 Jan 2009 11:59:08 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1671693 It's been rainy and blah here all week..I've lost 9.5 lbs and I was just way too busy today.. so the lil chubster in my head has been yellin 'don't exercise, you can skip just ONE day!' <BR> <BR> I almost let 'em win too.. I finally got off my butt and did cardio at 10:30 and I'm just finishing my strength training for 'New Year, New YOU'. And I'm glad I did, I always feel so refreshed after exercising, and accomplished! <BR> <BR> I just keep telling myself that could be the difference be... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 23:20:27 EST One pound closer!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1669240 260.5 YIPPEE.. 0.6lbs to go to be under 260!!! YAY! <BR> <BR> 10.6lbs to go to my 1st mini-goal of 249! (AND GET A SPA MASSAGE..mmm!) <BR> <BR> Wow.. I'm so excited to see things are actually happening.. I GOTTA stick with this after I start working again next week.. gotta gotta gotta! <BR> <BR> So I watched Biggest Loser last night.. it is pretty inspirational to hear their stories and watch them change. It's also an eye opener to see a woman standing there with near the same weight as y... Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:02:52 EST Almost got it.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1663979 261.5 today.. I know it's nothing major, but for me getting under 260 for the first time in at least a year (or two!) is like a major "I CAN do this" endorsement. I was close just before Christmas, but then.. well, point is I'm almost there again with no progress ruining holidays in sight!!! <BR> <BR> This is my last week at home before I begin my new job.. 8 hours, plus 2 hour total commute (not includingi any time I take for lunch) is going to make finding time to stick with exercising rea... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 14:02:25 EST New Programs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1659010 I joined SP New Year, New YOU and the SP Biggest Loser Club! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to have so many people inspiring and motivating you while you're being held accountable.. I can't let my team down! <BR> <BR> This should be great! I can't wait! <BR> <BR> Already done my strength training for the day, but I'm off to do my cardio and then run to the supermarket! I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN! <BR> <BR> Woohoo! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 16:25:08 EST Lemon Drops Dropped! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1648045 Lost a pound.. NYE lemon drops have been dropped..YAY! <BR> <BR> Now for the 2lb Christmas pudding and rare who roast beast! <BR> <BR> WATER! WATER! WATER! <BR> <BR> 13lbs to go to mini-goal!!! We can do this! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 13:14:39 EST New year, new me ?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1645026 So, I gained back 2lbs for Christmas and then another after the NYE drink-a-thon. I'd lost 6 since I started SP so the good news is I still lost 3lbs in the month of December. Celebrate every small victory right??? <BR> <BR> So, my next mini-goal.. lose 14lbs (249).. I'd wanted to do it by the end of January, but that's like 3.5lbs a week.. don't want to set myself up for failure.. so I'm thinking 2lbs a week puts me at 249 near Valentine's Day.. that's a great date for a reward! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 17:50:18 EST Here I am.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1622224 Just a quick cam shot after my day out (before I exercise!), I had to put my hair back though because I've been too busy today to keep pushing it out of my face..LOL I really like the Anastasia Brow Kit I got at Sephora.. I think I did a good job creating eyebrows and the illusion of lashes with liner! Although I'm still not entirely sure where I should have my hair line hit my forehead..LOL <BR> <BR> <center> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/9/b798946580.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:12:07 EST Santa Baby... bring me a healthy new year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1621877 Yay.. 6lbs gone! I thought the scale might be more friendly after ms. monthly checked out.. I'm SO glad! I was a little worried, because I drank a lot Saturday night and didn't eat so well while hanging out w/ my friends. But I picked myself right back up and I'm back to it.. no more, oh I messed up once, so I'll just blow the whole day/days/week/month.. I think I sabotaged myself that way. <BR> <BR> I've noticed I started out with a bang but since then I've started letting my water goals ... Tue, 23 Dec 2008 13:18:04 EST Friday, Dec 19th, 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1617267 Hey there! <BR> <BR> So I've been busy busy helping my family a lot and also shopping w/ my soon to be mother-in-law. <BR> <BR> First off, I'm sooo happy and proud of my fiance for passing his first IT certification yesterday, only 1 wrong! It's really nice that he can finally start to see just how smart he is and stop discounting himself so much! That makes me VERY happy! <BR> <BR> Also, I accepted a position that was offered to me yesterday.. I'll be working in my field (Information T... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:44:54 EST Sunday, Dec 14th, 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1610211 Yesterday I didn't do so well, I ordered the fiesta lime chicken at applebee's thinking I was doing better than a burger w/ fries...haha..WRONG! Oh well, all my nutrition data for yesterday was twice what it should have been.. eating out is going to be the hardest part, I think..luckily, it's mostly on weekends! <BR> <BR> I put the rest of my Christmas boxes back in the attic today and cleaned up the kitchen. My goal for the remainder of the day is to drink my remaining 4 glasses of water a... Sun, 14 Dec 2008 17:43:26 EST Friday, Dec 12th, 2008 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1608505 So, looking at my nutrition info for the day, I guess I didn't do so well. I started out well, and I had good intentions, but I think all the work today at my Mom's (I went and put up all her decorations and then went and did some shopping for her) made me hungrier (and less contemplative) than I thought..haha <BR> <BR> Anyway, enough w/ what I didn't do.. what I did do.. <BR> <BR> -- drink my water <BR> -- take my vitamin <BR> -- eat a high protein/high fiber breakfast <BR> -- help my Mom ... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 02:18:11 EST So, this is my first blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1606839 Just wanted to break my bloggin' cherry..lol <BR> <BR> So I joined two days ago, Day 1 went great, learned my way around, ate healthy, did some cardio. Day 2 wasn't as great, I spent the ENTIRE day shopping w/ my sister.. the time I spent with her was amazing, but at lunch I chose a bbq chicken wrap that came with melon and fries.. I ate the fries..bad bad me! But Day 3 has went well so far, learning more and more about the site, ate a good breakfast, drinking my water, did a 15 min cardio v... Thu, 11 Dec 2008 18:18:03 EST