QUEENDEBRINA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=QUEENDEBRINA QUEENDEBRINA'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/ 31 pounds/July 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l540010022.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It took me long enough but the sense of accomplishment is still such a rush! <BR> <BR> Since today is the 31st of July, I thought it might be significant to post the pic of my "31" pounds lost photo. <BR> <BR> My daughter took this pic with her phone so it's not the best and I had wanted to get it at 30# exactly, so that's why I'm holding that extra "1" pound in my hand. <BR> <BR> Now, whenever I moan to myself ... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:03:52 EST Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976104 My daughter and I got home from Colorado on Sunday (actually Monday morning). We had a great time (although not long enough). We covered over 1400 miles and walked mountain trails and Estes Park blocks. <BR> <BR> I did indulge my sweet tooth with some home-made ice cream and crunched a few chips and salsa but I'm sure because of all the walking I managed to not gain anything - and that was my goal. <BR> <BR> Now it's back to my "safe" routine. <BR> <BR> Hope all my sparky friends had ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:17:33 EST Just a note: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964061 I feel like I've been out of the loop lately - we've been so busy at home that I sometimes don't even get to the computer to log my food over the weekend. And I know I will probably not have access to a computer while on my vacation - <em>17</em> this will be my first true test. <BR> <BR> Daughter #2 and I <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l970841888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> are leaving tomorrow for a road trip to Colorado to see a dear friend of mine. We planned this little adv... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:31:19 EST Meeting the Heat with a SMILE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952206 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l894722414.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I cannot remember the last time I was able to be outside (in the summer) without feeling like I was melting. Don't get me wrong - it's dangerously hot here in St Louis right now - but I can actually be outside without my heart pounding and rivers of sweat pouring down my face. <BR> <BR> My daughters took me to the Verizon Amphitheater on Friday (outdoor venue) to see Lady Antebellum. This was my Mother's Day ... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 15:44:49 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4936372 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606727342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for this new-found sense of freedom I feel. It permeates my being. Allowing myself to know that anything is possible has opened up new doors for me. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:46:05 EST Chia and Flax seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4934634 I read an article by Dr Oz promoting the benefits of Chia and flax seeds. <BR> I've been using ground flax for some time but had never heard of the Chia seeds. So, the last time I ordered from our co-op I saw they were available so I ordered some. <BR> <BR> They are very small (they resemble poppy seeds) and have virtually no taste so I added them to my morning oatmeal. <em>481</em> <BR> However, I didn't grind them so the first time probably didn't get nutritional benefits since the grin... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:43:52 EST I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4933454 I am so excited about my progress. <BR> Another 2 pounds and now I'm in a whole new set of numbers - 289#!!!! <BR> <BR> I was looking over my short term goals and realized I am ahead of my own game and might have to make some minor adjustments - hopefully I'll actually have lost 30# by the end of July instead of August! <BR> <BR> Today I am so thankful I have such a great family (my biggest fans) and great support and friends here at Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:20:03 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931853 <em>256</em> <BR> This year we aren't planning a big trip anywhere. We're just planning a couple "long" weekends. <BR> <BR> The first one is coming up this Friday through Monday. I'm a not really too concerned because we'll be staying with my sister in law and she's always got a good stash of healthy choices in her kitchen. And since it's only about 4.5 hours away, I don't have to be worried about eating on the road. <BR> <BR> However, in July my daughter and I are taking a much long... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:51:28 EST Back in the saddle again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4921951 <em>108</em> Not exactly the saddle but I'm back at the gym - riding the stationery bike - and already reaping the rewards. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a beautiful day here in St Louis and we took advantage of it by going to the St Louis Zoo. I spent almost four hours walking around the zoo and never once felt winded or needed to sit down and rest. I admit I did need to stop and stretch out my heel a couple time, but all in all it was an absolutely wonderful day! <em>67</em> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:14:52 EST No less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875803 I was able to test my determination (and my developing theory) that this is a journey - a beginning of a new life(style). <BR> <BR> This past weekend we went out of town for my great-nephews First Communion. It's the first time I've been away from home and not in control of what foods are available to me. And since I knew we'd be eating out I made the decision to "allow" myself some of my favorite foods. Mind you, I was a little anxious to step on my nemesis, MR SCALE this week. But I wa... Thu, 10 May 2012 16:10:41 EST Let me out..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4864815 A perfect example of how I don't always realize what I'm putting in my mouth - <BR> Yesterday the Student Life group on campus sponsored a BBQ - for $3 you could get a pork stead (OK), potato salad (nope) cookie (nope) and a beverage (diet coke OK). <BR> <BR> My co-worker walked over to pick up our lunch while I covered the office. What she brought back was all the above except the pork steak was actually a sandwich - on a hamburger bun. <BR> <BR> Knowing I couldn't have the other menu i... Thu, 3 May 2012 13:44:58 EST Broke the 300 Barrier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863458 Drum roll for me please........ <BR> I am now under 300 lbs! Only by two pounds but that's OK.....it just seems like such a huge accomplishment that I had to put it in writing.... <em>224</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 17:21:20 EST Weighday Wednesday (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841251 Another week with no changes. Not sure if I should be happy or sad or what. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:44:11 EST Carbs, carbs, carbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839504 <em>475</em> <BR> Today is one of those days when I'd just kill for a cupcake, or donut, or just something I know wouldn't make me happy but I want it anyway. Ever feel like that? <BR> <BR> After years of trial and error I learned that the best way for me to achieve weight loss is to cut refined sugar and grains out of my diet and eat more fruits and vegetables. So the South Beach diet is a good fit for me - as long as I stay on Phase 1. <BR> <BR> Now if you're a calorie counter you pro... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:33:10 EST Weighday Wednesday- Scale Determinator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830638 <em>20</em> <BR> Tuesdays were my "weigh" days but I came up with this little gimmick for myself and decided if I changed the day to Wednesday I could call it Weighday Wednesday. So here we are - Debbie vs "THE SCALE" <BR> <BR> Last week I had a really bit weight loss - 5#. So realistically I should be content that I didn't GAIN anything this week, right? And I told myself this BEFORE I stepped on Mr Scale...reminded myself about the 5# loss last week...mentally congratulated myself for... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:21:36 EST I fought the egg....and I won http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827414 Mondays might be the worst day of the week, as far as I'm concerned, but facing those Easter baskets yesterday was a challenge I was really afraid of. <BR> <BR> But I WON! I did not eat (or want) even one piece of chocolate yesterday. And I had planned my day to include one Reese's peanut butter egg. I didn't want it...I ate a dinner filled with freshly roasted asparagus and smashed cauliflower and a very tender beef brisket....and of course a develed egg...all items I can have on the Sou... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 16:54:52 EST There Goes Peter Cottontail.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818939 <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> I read a blog this morning about Cadbury Eggs and it reminded me of myself and Easter baskets at our house over the years. CANDY - not just from the Easter bunny but from grandparents, aunts, school. I lost count of the chocolate bunnies that have died from freezer burn over the years. <BR> <BR> Of course, as the children grew, candy gave way to cash...from grandparents, aunts, etc. But I always make them a basket. It's just what mom's do, right? <BR> <BR> S... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 17:26:38 EST Another Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4812548 <em>257</em> <BR> April 1st will be here on Sunday - seems like we just got started with March. <BR> <BR> I started my journey anew on FAT TUESDAY - which seemed appropriate since that was exactly how I was feeling. And I've been on a roller coaster ride since then. <BR> <BR> I had hoped that by the end of March I'd at least have dropped about 15 pounds but weekends just seem to keep holding me back. Sticking to my guns during the work week has been easy but these darn weekends...no ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 16:38:59 EST It's For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4811045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l707675547.jpg"> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 16:48:21 EST What goes in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807655 A couple weeks ago, right after I made the decision to take control of my eating habits, we went out for St Patrick's Day. Probably not best activity but I planned my week around it, knowing I'd have a few brews and absolutely eat some cabbage and corned beef. We went to the local Hibernian parade and got hit by monsoon type winds and rain but in the spirit of the day we laughed and got soaked as we returned to our cars and traveled to a local pub to enjoy the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> W... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 16:30:37 EST Six Goals - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4791104 My Five Goals form 3/12/12: <BR> 1. Create five goals <BR> 2. Stay away from the Fast Food fix <BR> 3. Stretch every morning <BR> 4. Get away from my desk at work by walking around the building <BR> 5. Start working on my closet space at home <BR> 6. Spend some quality time with my hubby <BR> <BR> Spent yesterday traveling 38 miles in both directions to attend staff training at another campus. Unfortunately I didn't "plan" my day very well and ended up with a headache from too much c... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:48:38 EST Six Goals - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4787481 My Five Goals form 3/12/12: <BR> 1. Create five goals <BR> 2. Stay away from the Fast Food fix <BR> 3. Stretch every morning <BR> 4. Get away from my desk at work by walking around the building <BR> 5. Start working on my closet space at home <BR> 6. Spend some quality time with my hubby <BR> <BR> So yesterday we went out to lunch and I had what I thought was a good choice (the closest to "not" Fast Food) - imagine my surprise when I entered it on my Nutrition Tracker ) and saw 855 ... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:24:58 EST Six Goals - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785213 My Five Goals form 3/12/12: <BR> 1. Create five goals <BR> 2. Stay away from the Fast Food fix <BR> 3. Stretch every morning <BR> 4. Get away from my desk at work by walking around the building <BR> 5. Start working on my closet space at home <BR> 6. Spend some quality time with my hub <BR> <BR> Today was my "weigh" day and I am so happy - I lost 4.5 lbs! I also got up this morning and stretched out my legs, back and arms before doing my regular morning prep. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ac... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:50:35 EST Six today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783732 I've decided that putting my goals into words might be a good self motivatorso starting this week, that's going to be one of my challenges to myself: <BR> <BR> My Five Goals form 3/12/12: <BR> 1. Create five goals <BR> 2. Stay away from the Fast Food fix <BR> 3. Stretch every morning <BR> 4. Get away from my desk at work by walking around the building <BR> 5. Start working on my closet space at home <BR> 6. Spend some quality time with my hubby <BR> <BR> OK - so this week I actually ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:54:39 EST Phase 1-1/2? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773902 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l911851177.jpg"> <BR> End of Phase 1? I'm not sure. I'm thinking perhaps 1-1/2. <BR> <BR> I added some whole grains today in the form of oatmeal. I just had to get away from eggs every morning. I realize my weight loss wasn't super this week but one pound lost is better than one pound gained. I plan to see what effect the oatmeal has on my loss and then determine going back to Phase 1 for a week if necessary. <BR> <BR> I did go chec... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 14:04:31 EST Wacky Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16670743.jpg"> I've picked up this habit from my middle child - giving the days a name and then searching for witty little sayings or funny pictures to make people smile. <BR> <BR> Making people smile, which is one of my one of my Spark goals, is one of those things that make me feel good about myself and doesn't cost a dime. Kinda like rolling down the paper towels so the next person can just tear a sheet off - random acts of kindness.... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:47:19 EST Tomorrow is "W" Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760173 Tomorrow will actually be day #8 of my Phase 1 on the beach so I'll step on the scale when I get up and record my success when I log in tomorrow! <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 16:40:42 EST Phase 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754974 No matter how old they are, I feel you will always suffer along with your children when something happens. Yesterday was one of those days - and where I would normally have gotten home and eased my anxiety with a bag of chips - I did not succumb to their salty, crunchiness. Instead, I took a deep breath, talked to my daughter about the situation while fixing a very healthy dinner for myself. <BR> <BR> Spaghetti squash with marinara made with turkey sausage and mushrooms - just the aroma ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:52:21 EST Fat Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749758 And that's how I feel....FAT <BR> I can't walk a block without having to stop and rest. <BR> I can only go up or down the steps when I hold on to something <BR> I have developed this horrible habit of getting up at 11pm and eating something sweet... <BR> Something needs to change or I'm going to end up in the ICU or worse.... <BR> <BR> So, Fat Tuesday seems like a good day to start. <BR> <BR> Researching South Beach - that was the greatest success I've had. <BR> <BR> Let's see how it goes Tue, 21 Feb 2012 15:05:41 EST Feeling Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2442429 I should be feeling on top of the world - I'm exercising (and enjoying it), I'm eating right and not depriving myself of any food group, and I'm losing weight. And the icing on this beautiful new cake is the friendships I'm forming with my Fab Five team. <BR> <BR> So why did one piece of bad news make me feel so blah? And the first thing I wanted to do was eat something bad. I even stopped at Walgreens on the way home and bought it - a bag of aged white cheddar kettlecorn. And I planne... Wed, 30 Sep 2009 20:41:42 EST Another Saturday Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2413264 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/1/4/b146916773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Going out with friends, especially when those outings involve food and drink, can really pose a challenge to somebody trying to change the way they do things. <BR> <BR> Last night was one of those nights for me. I didn't do too bad but it took a lot of effort to remember to not hit the brat stand. And those funnel cakes really looked good. But I didn't give in. And that was good! <BR> <BR> I did drink a few adu... Sat, 19 Sep 2009 22:45:18 EST Something Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2408779 <BR> <BR> "If what you are doing isn't giving you the results you expect, what is the harm with trying something else?" <BR> <BR> I just finished sending what I hope is an inspiring e-mail to my Fab Five teammates and found myself clicking thru the Spark site. This little quote from one of the blogs kinda jumped out at me and made me realize one of the reasons why I'm so excited about the Biggest Loser challenge at our school and using Sparkpeople to track our progress. <BR> <BR> This ... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 22:39:52 EST And in this corner..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2402920 The kick off was called "No Fat Tuesday." Meramec's Biggest Loser Challenge has begun. <BR> <BR> The FAB Five met at the scale at 1130am this morning. As the team circled their opponent, they dared him to do his worst! <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> Each member stepped to the scale, facing down their fear, knowing his number was not a lie. <BR> <BR> For the briefest of moments, some of the team felt the NUMBER might overwhelm them. They almost let the scale see their fear. Using the NUMBER,... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 21:25:16 EST Let's be old friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2398990 This is an excerpt from today's sparkpeople Healthy Reflections: <BR> <BR> "Even if you aren't an antique lover, you can probably appreciate old things. The most worthwhile, long-term investment you can make is investing in relationships. A healthy, edifying friendship can have a huge impact on your well-being, character, and even your success. Old friends have seen us through celebrations, grief, births, graduations, marriages, and so much more. They love us for who we are--warts and all!" ... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 15:02:22 EST Monday is almost here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2396534 Tomorrow is the weigh in and I gotta say, I'm sorta scared/excited. We haven't gotten a lot of guidance from the college's Wellness Committee - we could just be a group of one. The Fab Five will meet at the SCALE tomorrow morning at 1130. <BR> <BR> LET THE CHALLENGE BEGIN! <em>192</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2009 18:38:37 EST Juggling Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2394018 I didn't write this but as I was multitasking this morning, and my mind was whirling, trying to remember everything I needed to get done, I found this in one of the "junk" baskets I was going through. <BR> <BR> Suddenly my "to do" list didn't seem quite as important. Instead of grabbing a granola bar with my cup of coffee, I actually made myself a healthy breakfast. I sat down at the table instead of eating at the counter and realized it was a beautiful Saturday morning. I was able to ... Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:20:15 EST Just you and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2376557 <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We've been married for 25 years. Looking back, we couldn't have picked a better wedding song. It was an obscure song by Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gail, called "Just You and I." The verses of that song seem to personify the life we still live to this day. <BR> <BR> My husband and I dated for a little over four years before we got married. Our relationship had moved from hot passion and longing to intimacy and friendship long before we tied the knot. <BR> ... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 22:21:15 EST Number http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2372140 We are all about numbers. How tall are you? How old are you? What year did you graduate? How much money do you make? <BR> <BR> How much do you weight? Whoa!!!!! <BR> <BR> You were so right Wrainbeau. I am more than a number on a scale. We all are. But that number seems to have such great power over me. It makes me feel lost and sometimes, ashamed. That number represents the "UGLY" me I see when I stand in front of the mirror when I step out of the shower. It is NOT a pretty s... Thu, 3 Sep 2009 22:12:12 EST