About Me

Who am I?  And what gives me the right to blog about weight loss and life?  Oh, actually I changed my byline from “thoughts on weight loss and life” to say “on living a whole and healthy life.”  That’s better.  I know a little about that.  Just by virtue of the fact that I’ve been around for almost 58 years.  Eek.

I started this blog four years ago after losing 100 pounds.  I found a supportive community of weight loss maintainers on the internet.  Since then I have developed some real friendships with bloggers, and I have even been fortunate enough to meet a few in person!

The past few years have been stressful, with the death and illness of both my dad and his wife, along with some work-related stress.  I’m not excusing it, but that is one factor in my regaining 25 pounds.  I’m holding steady at 75 pounds lost, and continue to work on eating a very healthy diet.

I love to cook, and I love reading the latest information on nutrition, and finding new ways to incorporate good nutrition into old favorite recipes.  I have tried more new-to-me food in the past few years than in my entire life before then.  I eat completely differently than I used to.

I love to exercise.  That statement has been a long time coming!  In the past year I have had some knee issues, and some generalized joint pain, and finally have a diagnosis of moderate to severe arthritis.  So I am in the process of revising my exercise program.  Currently I lift weights, swim, and I still walk, just for shorter distances.  I have just added cycling into my rotation, and I am enjoying that new challenge.

Other stuff about me:  I am single, never been married, never had kids.  I love animals, especially dogs.  Currently four dogs share my little cabin with me–Noah, the big white dog (you can read his take on life by clicking the “Noah Speaks” category,) Sophie the mini dachshund, self-proclaimed queen of the roost, and then there’s Mr. Monk, the love  of my life (the pug, not the obsessive compulsive detective, although I love him too) and Bess, the newest addition to the family.  She’s a pug too.

I am recently retired from a major medical center, where I was a neonatal intensive care nurse for the past 23 years.  It was a privilege to take care of some of the smallest and sickest infants in our hospital.  Now I am a full time art quilter.  I am currently working on a collection of quilts for an exhibition.  They are called the housetop quilts, and you can read a bit about them here (on my quilt blog.)  I am thoroughly enjoying the time and freedom to create on a daily basis.

Over-riding all of my life is my faith in God.  Learning to live the life of love and peace that He came to offer us.  Incorporating that life seamlessly into all of my life.  Sometimes I am better at it than others.

23 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey, that is a great photo of you, and I love your introduction! You created a very concise and accurate description of yourself and your journey. This should be great!

  2. I agree with Robin–Great photo. Great blog too. I’m glad you did it. I haven’t read everything, but if you haven’t given out some of your recipes, I’m sure people would enjoy them.

  3. Hi Debby. I found you from Jill’s blog. I’m going to add you to my list of favorites. I really like your detailed “about” page. I feel like I know you already. =)

    Love your last paragraph, by the way.

  4. Debby!!! You are so pretty!!!!!

    And I love love love the last paragraph of this page – you are so spot on about this. This is a big struggle for me too.

    So glad to put a face to a name! 😉

  5. Thanks for not giving up on me! I have a standard poodle too, as well as two other dogs. I appreciate your comments on my blog! Your blog is fantastic!

  6. Well, I finally have time to sit and peruse your blog! What a beautiful picture of yourself! But then, of course, having worked with you all these years I know how beautiful you are inside and out! I am finally on the right road with Weight Watchers. I’ve lost 15 pounds and it is my goal to keep going; I believe that God intends us to enjoy our life here on earth and part of that enjoyment is a healthy body. This joy naturally encompasses a service to others, and I believe our NICU jobs give us the perfect opportunity to work as His hands! Thanks for all of your support throughout the years, and here’s to a great journey!!!

  7. Debbie, Thanks for stopping by and posting to my blog. It was such a pleasant surprise to see a different “face.”
    And your comment cracked me up!

  8. Hi
    I just found your web page and wondered if you had joined WW or did your own thing to lose the 100 lbs. Thank you.

  9. Debby,

    I saw your comments both on Mizfit’s blog and on mine and wanted to say hi! I really appreciated your kind words and you shouldn’t feel selfish at all! Cherish the time you have with your dad. I am so glad you were able to find him the help he needed. One of the reasons my dad went downhill so fast was that he also didn’t get the help he needed when he most desperately needed it. You are absolutely right, though- it is a disease that strikes anyone and everyone- doesn’t matter who you are.

    I looked at your blog and you take some beautiful pictures! We DO have so much in common! I actually will go out with my camera sometimes just to take pictures for inspiration in my art. And I definitely like that…”organizational and clutter problems.” Sounds much less terrible than “HUGE SLOB!” 😉

    I do ski, yes! My family has a vacation house in NH, and i’ve been skiing since I was three- ski season starts in three weeks and I cannot wait! I have these awesome new skis that I didn’t get to use much last year and the year before I hurt my knee and was out for most of the season 😦 I’m really excited for this year- it’s soooo much fun and a really terrific way to stay fit!

    I’m so glad you commented! I really enjoy your blog!

  10. Hi Debby!

    I found your blog online and wanted to talk to you about a show I am working on for Feb 10th. We are looking for 100 people who have lost over 100lbs or more the natural and healthy way! Please let me know if this is something you might be interested in participating in!

    Hope to hear from you soon,

  11. I wanted to reach out to you about our new site, iChange.com. We’re looking for a few weight loss and nutrition bloggers to pilot our nutritionist-led support groups and give feedback (no cost to you). After going over your blog I think you’d be an awesome member of our site testing team. Please email me at jen@ichange.com if you are interested in learning more. Thanks!

  12. You are amazing! Love your outlook and your honesty. Your last paragraph resonates with me very deeply. Ahhh…the challenges that hopefully lead to growth.

  13. Beautiful picture of you, and such a beautiful spirit. I felt as if I knew you after I read your post and then your “About Me.” The Lord has directed me, after I cried out to him, to so many great blogs like yours. People like you encourage me and make me believe that I can ONE MORE TIME, lose weight and keep it off. I’ve been struggling since 1996 when I had breast cancer and chemo. I went from 125 to 195 in just a few months. It’s hard to lose and comes back so easily. Thank you for your blog.

  14. Hi, Debby. Thank you for sending me readers. I think you are a dear! This post confirms it. You’re a neonatal nurse to boot.

    I have added you to my blogroll under fellow maintainers. I’m trying to ask permission when I put people on my page, since I know my “voice” is, er, abrupt? May I assume you are okay being on my blogroll?

  15. Wow, congrats on the weight loss! You look great! I bet it made a big difference in your life… I have a ways to go myself, but I’m dedicating myself to lose 200 pounds in the next couple years. I know, it sounds like pie in the sky (eh, really bad pun for a diet site, sorry) but I’m going to do it. You inspire me. Thank you! Mike

  16. Great job on your weight loss to date! You really do look great!

    I have found since losing my weight, my confidence and happiness in myself has helped my relationship with God.

  17. Hi Debby! My name is Abby and I handle the weight loss stories at Woman’s Day magazine. I just discovered your blog during research and would like to connect with you for consideration. Can you shoot me an email? Thanks!

  18. Hi Debby! As I was checking out your blog, of course I noticed your unusual last name. I was born in St. Louis one or two years before you were born, and my parents had some good friends with the same last name as yours. Possibly any connection? I love your blog, as I am a quilter, and 10 years ago I had gastric bypass surgery and lost 115 pounds (maintaining 100 pounds!). I’m always looking for ways to eat healthier! By the way, I have three pups: McGee (min. Schnauzer), Munchkin (Princess Rat Terrier), and Max (minpin mix).

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