Pet and People Slim Down

If your tired of New Year’s Resolution…and your struggling with the one you set. How about this…Set one for you pet!

Pet Obesity is topping the news this week. So here, the question…Would you say your pet is __Slim, Fat (obese) or perfect? Why?

Over 60 percent of adult Americans are now overweight or obese , and an estimated 30 million cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, that’s 25 percent of the pet population!
New study shows people and pets exercising together can succeed in fighting obesity epidemic.

Over the course of the 12-month study, both people and dogs lost weight and kept it off: people lost an average of 11 pounds (approximately 5 percent of their initial body weight) and dogs lost an average of 12 pounds (approximately 15.6 percent of their initial body weight). The maximum weight loss for dogs was 35 pounds; for people, the maximum loss was 51 pounds.

Here’s a reality series in which 8 overweight cats and dogs worked and dieted to slim Down for 120 days.

Thank You Lord, Scam Alert, Thanksgiving Decor, Healthy For Life

Power Thoughts

  • “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.”  ~Henry Ward Beecher
  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  ~John F. Kennedy
  • “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  ~Cynthia Ozick

Thank You Lord: “Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” ~ 1 Chronicles 16:8

Thank you, Lord, for all you have done, are doing and will do. Please cover us in your love this holiday season and may our times of celebration be peaceful and fruitful for our hearts and your kingdom. Amen. (

Scam Alert: What should you do if someone tries to sell you a magazine subscription for troops overseas? The answer – politely close the door. Why? It’s a scam. Often the people selling the subscriptions have kids sell the magazines because they know you will be sensitive to a child.  However what happens … You end up with a perpetual subscription yet, no magazines go to the troops.

Both consumers and magazine publishers should avoid third parties who sell subscriptions, said Megan Miller, of the Better Business Bureau in Denver.“In other words, consumers should buy directly from the publisher and publishers should only sell to individuals,” Miller said in an e-mail. “The middle men in this industry have a horrible reputation for ripping people off in various ways so the best advice is to simply avoid them.”

Make It Festive: Thanksgiving decorations, the frugal way.  Thanksgiving is traditionally a day when we invite our friends and family into our home and give thanks for what we have. With the holidays right around the corner, decorating your home and table on a tight budget can pose a serious challenge. No problem, The Debt Diva is here to help transform your home into a beautiful Thanksgiving setting and give you more to be thankful for … money saved! ( or (

  1. Get Out the Good China: Forget about spending money on paper products like plates, utensils, napkins and tablecloths. Your good china and linens will help create a beautiful table setting. If you weren’t lucky enough to get your great grandma’s place settings, use your everyday plates. You can save approximately $50 on your Thanksgiving entertaining by using the table setting materials you already own rather purchasing disposable items.
  2. Bring the Outside In: If you’re hosting your family’s Thanksgiving dinner, you will likely want to have a few seasonal adornments for your table. No need to head to the store to purchase a centerpiece. Just step outside to collect leaves, acorns, branches, baby gourds, etc. to accessorize your bountiful table.
  3. Candles make a big impression for just a little money: Candles are a traditional element of any table design and can be bought inexpensively at a craft supply or dollar retail store. They add ambiance and make the holiday extra special without draining your festive funds. Just make sure that you purchase unscented candles so you can focus on the yummy aroma of your Thanksgiving meal.
  4. If you are looking to purchase autumnal decorations, skip expensive gift shops and specialty decor boutiques: You’re local off-price retailers offer home goods at significantly discounted prices. Don’t forget to scan store circulars for coupons and special discount promotions before you head out shopping.
  5. The Debt Diva, offers financial fitness education and “real world” money saving tips to help consumers trim their spending in just about every area of their lives.

Healthy for Life – Loose It For Good: Tips to lose weight permanently.  The main hurdle in the several programs created for losing weight permanently is the absence of a long-term strategy since the loss of weight is followed by a steady regain. Therefore, here are some tips that can be followed so that one can lose weight successfully: (

  • Tip #1: Exercise can predict long term weight loss and weight maintenance. On an average day, three 10 minute sessions are as sufficient as the effect of a single 30 minute workout. At least five 30 minute sessions are required every week.
  • Tip #2: Since fat is not the active tissue, an increase in the muscular quotient is required to burn more calories. Muscles significantly boost our metabolism even during rest.
  • Tip #3: Maintaining a food dairy can record the nature, quantity of foods consumed, the hunger levels during eating process and any specific feelings or emotions. Healthy changes can be made by assessing the patterns that emerge from eating certain foods.
  • Tip #4: It’s better to focus on being healthy instead of being thin. Guidance is available in the food pyramid that can improve our knowledge on nutrients required for optimal health.
  • Tip #5: Adhering to normal serving sizes at all times is instrumental in losing weight. Some careful practices include dividing a super-size meal into half and taking it home, watching the quantity of food consumption at every setting, stopping eating when comfortable and not stuffed.
  • Tip #6: Fat loss has to be achieved by losing weight at a slow pace. Quick loss of weight is not associated with fat but with water and muscle. A decent program allows for loss of 1-2 pounds per week. This can be achieved by eliminating 250 calories from food and losing an additional 250 calories from exercise.
  • Tip #7: Eating slowly gives the brain time required for signaling feelings of fullness (generally estimated as 20 minutes from start of eating). Fast eaters have eaten beyond their levels of fullness before the signals set in.
  • Tip #8: Fatty foods come with 9 calories per gram compared to 4 calories per gram from proteins and carbohydrates. Apart from avoiding fatty items, fat-free foods also have to also be consumed while keeping their calorie quotient in sight.

Another Lesson Learned on Reaping and Sowing, True Baby Story, Movies – Red, Worst Candies for the Holidays

Power Thoughts

  • “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” George Bernard Shaw
  • “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” Unknown

Another Lesson from My Retreat: How many times to we quote the saying – “You reap what you sow.”

I don’t know about you but most of the time this scripture is used in relation to something bad you’ve done.  You sin so you reap consequences.  What if we looked at it like… we sow blessing to reap blessing.  We want love so we show love.  We want mercy so we show mercy.  It is interesting to me that we are bound and determined to see the negative.  We believe God is always waiting to punish us but why not think of our God as ready to bless us!

True Story: Mom’s babies born on 8-8-08, 9-9-09, 10-10-10 (USA TODAY)

Unlike many moms, Barbara Soper never gets her kids’ birthdays confused. That’s because her first was born on Aug, 8, 2008, her second on Sept. 9, 2009 and her most recent on Oct. 10, 2010. Yes, that’s 8-8-08, 9-9-09 and 10-10-10. The Rockford, Mich., mom and husband Chad weren’t thinking about dates when their children were born. Their doctor had to give drugs to start labor for the couple’s first daughter, Chloe, who was born full term on Aug. 8.      Their son was a surprise all around. “He wasn’t a planned baby at all, he was a miracle,” says Barbara Soper. He was due on Sept. 20th, but because sister Chloe’s birth had caused some problems their doctor suggested he a little early so he’d be smaller. Soper was induced on Sept. 8, but it took 24 hours before Cameron made his way into the world, arriving on 9-9-09.     Soper says she and her husband had thought it would be “neat” if their third child was born on 10-10-10 but because her due date wasn’t until Nov. 4, it seemed unlikely. But it ended up being “kind of mandatory eviction,” says Soper. She developed blood clots in her legs and three weeks before her due date doctors told her the baby needed to be delivered. The induction was begun on 10-9-10, but it wasn’t until 6:53 on Sunday night, 10-10-10, that Cearra arrived. Barbara and Chad don’t plan to do it again in 2012.

Box Office Report: New This Week “RED” Bruce Willis leads an ensemble cast of retired CIA agents who rally one last time to fight for justice and the American way. So, what’s Family Friendly? (Plugged In) Yahoo Box office Report (Yahoo News)

Tis the Candy Season: Worst Candies (Yahoo)

A cocker spaniel weighs about 24 pounds. You know what else weighs 24 pounds? The heft of candy the average American gobbles down each year, a big chunk of that falling to our waistlines this time of year. Fun size? I don’t think so—unless it’s fun being size 16. October begins the eating season… Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. If you want to see your feet come January, start by conquering the sugar fest that’s nearly upon us.

  • Three miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups—the kind you find in office candy bowls fill your belly with more sugar than a glazed doughnut.
  • Half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream.
  • Nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy’s Double Stack Burger