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Someone asked me why I didn’t blog last week.  I responded that “I didn’t have any big aha moments so there was nothing to report.”  I’ve had some time to think about what I said and I now believe it was a mistake to skip last week.  My response implied if nothing big happens, then that week is a write-off…a nothing week, but in fact, there will often be weeks where nothing happens and yet there can still be a lot of learning.  I beg your understanding as I am always learning.  I will do better next time!

There was a “happening” in my life this week, a shameful experience I am not excited to share, but when I try to bury shameful secrets deep inside, they come back to haunt me.  I start to believe I am the only one that has experienced this and begin to eat my emotions in an attempt to numb them and keep those awful feelings away.  My numbing drug of choice was cookies this time, but only four, which is a win of sorts for me.  I bounced back much more quickly this time.  Now I need to tell my story and get it out in the open so it is no longer controlling my actions!

I went for dinner with my parents on Friday evening to a local Thai restaurant.  It is a lovely place that I have frequented in the past so I felt very comfortable walking in their door.  I approached the hostess and asked for a table for three and mentioned we would love if we could sit in the little balcony area at the back.  She looked at me a bit funny and mumbled something about sitting on the main floor.  I looked at the balcony and could see there was no one there this early in the evening so I tried again.  “We would really like to sit on the balcony,” I said.  This time, her comment was a bit clearer, “The chairs on the main floor are much roomier.”  WTH!  Is she saying what I think she’s saying?!  Is this tiny Asian girl really trying to tell me my ass is too big for their chairs!

This would have been the perfect opportunity for me to use the “sitting on your face” comment I told you about in an earlier blog, but as I stood there and felt the shame begin to boil up from my gut and wash over me, I wasn’t thinking about catchy phrases.  I very indignantly told her that we had eaten on the balcony a number of times and those chairs were just fine.  How dare she!  I was very aware of her watching me as we were seated on the balcony so I made a show of plopping my butt down into the chair with a “See!  I told you it fit!” flounce!

I am still processing this experience.  I don’t know whether to put a kind spin on her actions or get really pissed.  Was she trying to help me avoid embarrassment or was she aggressively attempting to embarrass me?  I have no way to know what she might be dealing with in her own life or what might have happened to her that evening.  For now, I will give her the benefit of the doubt.  Something I read in Brene Brown’s book “Rising Strong” (my take-away from her words, not an exact quote) really struck a chord with me.  Right now I will choose to believe she was doing the very best she could in that situation because that makes my life better.

I would love if you shared a similar experience and how you handled it.  Or maybe you would just like to share your thoughts on how feel you might have handled this situation?  If you don’t want to make a public comment, please feel free to reach out to me with a personal message on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/PhitandPhabulousDeb.

To finish, I am going to quote my eBook from 2013 and say, “The weight between your ears is causing the weight on your ass.”  I believe by sharing another shameful secret, I am dropping more of the weight between my ears and this will ultimately impact my ass. What if today, you reach out to someone you trust and share a shameful secret?  Give it a try and see how much lighter you feel!



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That’s what Munch is telling me this weekend.  You remember Munch, the annoying voice in my head?  I know I need to move my body more, but I have given up the walking I love because it is excruciatingly painful for my knee with the extra weight I am carrying again.

As I puzzled over how I could begin to move more, a lightbulb came on!  I remembered how easy it was to move in the water when I was at my Aquasize class.  Ta da!  I could walk in the pool at my gym without pain!

On Friday, I went shopping and bought a new swimsuit.  I was totally excited about getting back into the pool…and then Munch chimed in.  You’re too fat to wear that swimsuit in public!  WWTT?  (What would they think?)

Dreaded WWTT disease was back!  This disease used to control my life.  I was paralyzed by it.  I thought I had conquered this years ago, but here it was raising its ugly head again and I was letting it dampen my excitement about going to the pool.

I love this saying…People who care, don’t matter and people who matter, don’t care.  But I also know it’s not easy to turn the other cheek when people say unkind and sometimes downright nasty things to you in public.  I keep telling myself they are saying more about themselves than me when they spout off, but that still doesn’t make it easy to ignore the hurt and pain they cause.

Before I head to the pool this week, I have armed myself with a come-back that I will use if I hear any comments about my weight.  I giggle every time I think of it.  I almost wish someone will make a derogatory comment just so I can look them in the eye and reply:


That may be too “out there” for you, but you do need to think about how you will react when, not if, there are comments.  There are a lot of damaged people out there who think that putting you down will make them feel better.

Maybe you are the type of person that can just let the comments fall away and totally ignore them.  Maybe you, like me, need to mentally prepare yourself to deal with the hurtful comments.  Whatever you do, you must push WWTT to the side and begin moving your body.  Your body will thank you for it!



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It’s confession time!  I need to pull my head out of my ass and deal with my reality, and admitting there is a problem is the first step!

I’ve been hiding for far too long.  I was battling some emotional demons and felt myself starting to slide down that slippery slope to weight gain.  In spite of the fact that I had previously lost 250 lbs. and I knew exactly what steps I had to take to avoid that slide, I let it happen.

I didn’t do any of the things I used to tell you to do:

  • Decide that you need to make some changes and start making small changes today – don’t put them off until “tomorrow”
  • Ask for help, don’t try to do it all by yourself
  • Don’t operate from a mindset of lack…think about the good things you can add to your eating instead of what you need to take away

I told myself that I couldn’t admit I was having problems.  I was supposed to be a weight loss expert.  I couldn’t let anyone know that I wasn’t perfect.  WHAT WOULD PEOPLE THINK?!

The fact is, I have gained weight.  How much?  I don’t know and I don’t care!  Remember, I told you to throw away your scale – you don’t need to know how much you weigh, you just need to know how your clothes fit and how you feel?

Well, I had to buy larger clothes and I feel like shit!  My joints ache and I can’t move like I used to.  I’ve even given up walking and the Aquasize fitness classes that I love.  I told myself this was only temporary—tonight I will just finish eating up all the crappy food in the cupboards and fridge and then tomorrow I will get back to my healthy eating.  I’ve got this.  I’ve lost weight before and I can do it again.

Surprise!  Tomorrow never came.  I had to keep buying new crappy food so I could finish eating it tonight and start tomorrow.  I was caught in an endless loop of my own making…one I didn’t feel I could pull out of.  I’m not sure I wanted to pull out of it…I was committing suicide by food!

I am truly grateful for the amazing people in my life that stood by me through all this turmoil.  They believed, when I did not, that I would pull through and begin the journey back to my healthier self.  You know who you are.  I love you!

It’s time for me to get “back to basics”.  Part of my journey back to health will be posting blogs on a more regular basis.  Yes, I already know what I need to do, but I haven’t been doing it, so maybe I need to learn it on a deeper level.  I will start back at the beginning and learn it all over again.

If you, like me, have been struggling and are feeling unwell, please join me.  Forget what is past and let’s create a new future together.  We can do this!  We are worth the effort!

If you cannot accept that I have made mistakes and I have learned from them, then unlike my page and move on with your life.

My first inclination was to apologize for letting people down, but what I have come to realize is that I am the only one I let down.  And if you think back, you will remember that one of the first lessons I taught others is self-love and forgiveness.  I am not perfect.  I made mistakes.  I forgive myself.  <3


“God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change,

               the courage to change the one I can,

                and the wisdom to know…IT’S ME!”

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I advise people all the time not to weigh themselves. I suggest they trust their bodies to tell them how they are doing based on how their clothes fit and how they feel. Those are the important measures, not a damn number on a scale.

I am seeing a naturopath and have made some lifestyle changes. The naturopath has a really fancy scale that measures body weight, fat and muscle. The first month I lost 17 pounds including 6 pounds of fat. That sounded good to me until she explained the other 11 pounds I lost was muscle. Whoa! Time to increase my workouts!

Today was the end of my second month. I feel amazing and my clothes are looser, but I was dying of curiosity, so I ignored my own advice and hopped on my home scale. I was bummed to see only 10 pounds gone.

When I got on the doctor’s scale, she informed me that I had lost 18 pounds of fat. What?! How could I have lost 18 pounds of fat when the scale was only 10 pounds lighter? That didn’t make sense, until she explained that I had gained 8 pounds of muscle!

Is gaining muscle a good thing? You better believe it! In my eBook, ‘The Weight Between Your Ears is Causing the Weight on Your Ass’, I talk about how my trainer taught me that muscles are fat-burning machines and if you build them up, your muscles will continuously burn fat… even while you are sleeping. If you haven’t already claimed your gift copy of my eBook, get it now at http://debrondeau.com/products/ebook/.

Are you still a slave to your scale? Do the numbers on the scale dictate how you feel about yourself or what kind of day you will have?

STOP! Throw your scale out the window NOW! There are so many factors that can affect that number. Do not let the scale rule your life! Trust your body; listen to what it is telling you because it will never lead you astray!

Learn to love yourself… just the weigh you are.


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I have been working with a naturopath for several weeks. The first thing she did was take blood for some very detailed tests to determine 1) what foods are causing bad reactions in my body and 2) was I born with this sensitivity, or did I develop it?

I felt I was eating very healthy. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that many of the foods I thought were good for me, were actually causing inflammation and pain in my joints! Some examples: almonds, hazelnuts, quinoa, spelt, oranges and cranberries.

One month ago, after the test results came in, my naturopath designed an eating program for me and suggested some supplements that could help. I have been following that program 100% for an entire month and last Saturday was my check-in to see how I was doing.

Keep in mind that I have done my weekly workouts with my trainer and training partner each Friday, I started Aquafit classes at my gym, and I am walking regularly. I promised myself this time I would not be a slave to the scale, so I didn’t weigh myself at home or at the gym the entire month.

I have felt huge differences since I began my new eating program. The pain in my joints is gone and my clothes are getting looser. Based on past experiences with diets, I felt that I had lost at least 30 lbs. in the past month (fast weight loss in the beginning has always been my history).

Well, when the naturopath weighed me, she said I had lost 6 lbs. of fat and she was really happy with that!. Of course, my old DIEt mentality kicked in, and I had to ask how many total lbs. I have lost by the scale. The answer was…. 17 lbs.

17 lbs.?  In a month?  Hell, I’ve lost that in a week in the past! I was not happy! On the drive home, I burst into tears in my car.  Logically, I realize that 4 lbs. per week is amazing, but I set myself up, mentally, by expecting the loss should be 30 lbs. or higher.

I am working through the emotional impact this has had on me, but I wonder if you have experienced this before?  Have you set yourself up with high expectiations, then come crashing down when you don’t meet them?  How did you work through this?

I would love to hear your story…..


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Thank you to the Institute for Responsible Technology for the bits and pieces of information I borrowed for this article.   Please read the entire report at http://www.responsibletechnology.org/10-Reasons-to-Avoid-GMOs:

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients.  Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996.  Food allergies skyrocketed and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems and others are on the rise.  Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor YET, doctors’ groups such as the AAEM advise not to wait before we start protecting ourselves and especially our children who are most at risk.

GMOs are plant or meat products that have had their DNA altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria.

Some of the biggest GMO crops in North America are corn, soy, rapeseed (canola or vegetable oil), cotton and sugar beets.  Go to your pantry and fridge right now and read the labels.  You are most likely eating one or more or all of these products in some form on a daily basis.

I want everyone to avoid GMOs and improve their health.  It makes me sad to hear so many excuses for continuing to eat foods containing GMOs.  Have you ever said “I don’t have time for shopping and cooking”, “I can’t afford organic”, “but it tastes SO good!”, or “you gotta die from something, right?”

If you or your family were ill, you would do everything you could to find a cure, wouldn’t you?  Doctors are reporting that 100% of their patients experienced improved health when they removed GMOs from their diet.  Why wait for illness to strike?  Be proactive and learn how to avoid GMOs today!

Have questions?   Contact me at http://debrondeau.com/contact or deb@debrondeau.com and if I don’t have the answer, I will find it for you.

Your health is your most precious possession!  Please do everything you can to protect it.  Don’t delay; start today by making even one small change!

GMO project certified

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Do you have a body part you wish you could change?  More than one?  The parts I dislike the most are my legs; the excess skin at the top from my 250 lb. weight loss and the swellings around my ankles.  This  swelling is even more exaggerated when I am not eating pure since most processed foods contain huge amounts of sodium.

The photo below on the left is a picture of my legs about 2 weeks ago when I was at the peak of my emotional eating.  The photo on the right was taken immediately following my Purium 10 day Transformation Cleanse.  Not only did I lose 31.2 lbs., I lost 3 inches from my calves and 2 inches from my ankles!  Can you see the drastic difference in only 10 days?!

Today marked the end of Week 1 of my Purium 20 day Continuation program.  My energy continues to soar and all cravings have completely disappeared.  Even better – my scale confirms an additional 4.6 lbs. shed this week, all while adding lots of healthy foods to my eating!  Stay tuned for next week’s update…

Which body part would you most like to transform?  Would you be interested in attending one of the weekly Purium Healthy Happy Hours where you can sample the Purium drinks, hear other success stories and get all your questions answered?  Message me at http://debrondeau.com/contact.  Then when you are ready, I have a $50 gift card you can use toward your first purchase.

Let’s raise a “green” glass to your improved health and your ultimate weight loss success!


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I woke up this morning stressing about having to weigh myself and post the results for everyone in the world to see.  As you know if you followed my daily blogs, I was experiencing evidence of weight loss like better-fitting clothes, increased energy and shrinking boobs, but I didn’t really feel lighter.

The Purium Tranformation says it will reset your metabolism, kill your cravings and increase your energy.  And as a side effect of this program, they tell you to expect to lose 5 to 20 lbs.  The main focus is on health not weight loss.

As I stepped up to the scale this morning, I was praying in my head “please let me lose 10 lbs. I don’t expect to lose 20. That is too much to ask.  Just please, please, please let me lose 10 lbs.

Imagine my shock when I stepped onto the scale and it said I had lost………….. 31.20 lbs.!!

Next I took my measurements and they were down as well: 2.75 inches from my chest, 2.25 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips.

Today I begin the Purium 20 day Continuation program.  I will blog weekly to share the feelings and results I experience on this next step.  Continuation is the stage where you begin adding more regular foods back into your eating routine so you learn to eat healthy without ever regaining your lost weight.

Have you been wanting to shed a stubborn 5-10 lbs. of weight?  Maybe you have 20, 50 or more pounds to shed?  Purium can assist you with that.

When you’re ready, I have a $50 Purium gift card with your name on it.  Why wait?  Don’t put it off any longer!  Isn’t it your turn to experience dramatic changes in your life?  If you said yes, contact me at http://debrondeau.com/contact or via Facebook at https://facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulous Deb. 


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Today is the final day of my 10 Day Transformation cleanse with the new product I discovered.  Tomorrow morning I will weigh-in and take my measurements.  I hope to have achieved the “side effect” of 5 to 20 lbs. of weight loss, but I have experienced so many other benefits, I am happy no matter what the scale says.

This product claimed it would kill my cravings, reset my metabolism and give me increased energy.  It definitely killed the cravings very early on; by Day 2 or 3 they were gone!

I believe my metabolism has increased.  In spite of the fact I am eating nutrient-dense super foods, I sometimes get hungry after 2 hours.  To compare, In 2009 when I weighed 430 lbs. and was dieting, I would go 5 hours and more between meals without getting hungry.  My metabolism had pretty much shut down.

And the difference in my energy level after only 10 days is startling!  I am working out again and able to bound up stairs much quicker.

I waited to share the name of the product until I had used it and proved to myself that it really did everything it claimed.  Now I am excited to tell you about Purium Health Products.  David Sandoval, the creator of Purium products, has spent almost two decades seeking out pure and premium sources of diverse superfoods.  It was the fact that Purium products contain no GMOs that first caught my eye.  Is eating healthy as important to you as it is to me?

You don’t have to be overweight to use Purium.  There are products for anyone who wants to awaken their body and have it thrive like never before.  What is your goal?  There are products for weight loss, anti-aging, boosting sports & fitness performance and immune support to name a few.

If you are ready to take the first step towards your goal, I have a gift for you; a gift card for $50 off your first Purium order.  If you are committed to your health, you can contact me on my website at http://debrondeau.com/contact/ or Personal Message me on Facebook at https://facebook.com/PhitAndPhabulousDeb.

Although I am finished the 10 day Transformation, this is not the end.  Next I will begin the 20 day Weight Loss Continuation program.  This is where I reintroduce more healthy foods into my diet while continuing to lose weight and gain health.  I expect to lose as much in the next 20 days as I lost in the 10 days of the Transformation.  I will check in with you each week and let you know how I am doing.

Don’t delay!  Reach out today and start the journey to regaining your health using nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs and highly digestible proteins that are all Organic, Vegan, live, raw and non-GMO!


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I have been taking raw food “uncooking” classes and I am working on my designation as a Raw Food Nutritionist so it makes sense that I will incorporate as much raw food as possible into my eating program in the coming months.  

You do not need to eat 100% raw to derive the major benefits of this lifestyle.  And no, eating raw does not mean eating salad all day every day.  Just today I learned how to make raw Pad Thai and raw Key Lime Pie.  It looked and tasted amazing!

I have done some reading on how the current program changes following the 10 day transformation cleanse. I am excited that I will be alternating between food days and cleanse days so there will be a full range of foods available to eat again!

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Day 10, the final day of the cleanse.  Thursday night in my blog I will reveal all about the product I have been using.  Then on Friday night I will share with you the results I achieved with this cleanse.

Lost pounds and inches are wonderful, but as you’ve read this past week, there are many other benefits to be realized.

I am very grateful to those that have come on this journey with me.  Thank you for your support!



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