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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Good Day Sparkfam!! Well we got a few sprinkles here & there here in Chicago but it is still dry. We are indoors mainly but try to get out & go to the park & socialized visits with family & friends.



Definition from www.thefreedictionary.com....
friend Pronunciation (frnd)
n.
1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts.
2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance.
3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade.
4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement.
5. Friend A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.

I saw this, I was just thinking that I need more but I do have a host of fam here on Spark but how many do you have?

Today's workout was tae bo with Billy & my legs & hips are buzzing. I would like to get on the treadmill but hubs wants to go to the movies....UGH!! I will have to see but this is our anniversary week & we have been trying to put more time in to show I am ALL in. lol

God bless Sparkfam!

Dee

  
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MSPROVERBS31 7/23/2012 3:35PM

    How was your anniversary the other week?

Oh and yes, you are definately one of my friends!!!!
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FITJEANS 7/20/2012 4:49PM

    Great blog , i can totally identify. I honestly dont know how many but I know I have alot of people in my life who make me smile. Including sparkfriends like you. Thanks for sharing

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BARCLE 7/19/2012 3:44PM

    emoticon Have a super week

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RUTHXG 7/18/2012 9:33PM

    Hope you're having a fun night at the movies! I was supposed to go to the Millennium Park concert with a couple of friends, but one of them was worried about possible rain & the other said she would have to leave early anyway, so we postponed till two weeks from now.

Really looking forward to meeting up with you on the 28th! In the meantime, have a LOVELY anniversary!

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P.S. In answer to your question: it would be hard to count! My best friends are my sisters, but unfortunately two of them live off in California. I have quite a few other lovely friends, & would love to spend more time with them--our meetup will contribute to that goal!

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KITT52 7/18/2012 9:01PM

    we had about 5 minutes of heavy rain but then it got more humid

oh well the rain felt good for a few minutes

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KKLENNERT809 7/18/2012 8:50PM

    Yes, Happy Anniversary!! Go to the movies, nothing worse than a husband who isn't happy or doesn't get their way............Enjoy your week!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/18/2012 8:29PM

    Love that Tae Bo! Happy anniversary - have a fun week!

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GRANNYQUINN 7/18/2012 8:28PM

    I feel that I am blessed with all kinds of friends, each is different , but so am I , to them , we just accept each other. Hit the Movie, I am going to see Ice Age tomorrow with my granddaughters , cannot wait. emoticon emoticon

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Happy Friday....

Friday, July 13, 2012

Good Friday Sparkfam!! It's a rainy Friday here in Chicago but I did want to go to the Taste of Chicago. This is for the sake of my hubs. I don't taste much except McDonald Fries & these Cajun Cheese Fries & I'm done. lol

I am good after my fall but it was probably more a metaphor for my mind than for my body. Definitely brought me back to earth as I was getting full of myself. How? Long story just believe me when I tell you this was happening to me. lol

I got some great workouts in this week but today, I slept til almost 9am & then I wanted to take a vacation day. No I didn't do it I came in late but all is forgiven as I am still here & not a breathing soul is here with me. lol So are you working or hardly working? I'm trying to mix it up but sometimes it ain't easy getting all that done & still be energized. UGH!!



Thought that this quote from Spark Motivational would spark you guys to be motivated. It's motivating me. lol So are YOU!!


God bless Sparkfam!!



Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 7/17/2012 5:17PM

    WooHoo! Happy Tuesday the 17th! I'm always late but I like this blog I'm so glad to have my page back I don't know what to do first lol. That's a neat photo from Spark I don't think I've seen it before. I'm making an effort to DO my workouts when I think about them. If I wait too long I'll be dragging & I don't like doing that. Thanks for keeping us motivated to move our bodies. They have a Taste of here at different cities down here. I've never been to one. Well sis you have a BEAUTIFUL week & Keep On Pushing!
Deb

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/15/2012 11:43PM

    Good job keeping track of what you had at the Taste! And hey, you got some walking in too! :)

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MICHELLE_391 7/15/2012 8:56PM

    Dee - it is good to know that you are recovering so well. I also avoid the Taste, only because I think it is really gross to be standing around with a million other sweaty people eating food that has been sitting out all day.

But I do kind of agree with GrannyQuinn below. I like Greek Fest. There isn't a whole lot for me to eat at that fest because I'm a vegetarian, but I really just like the vibe. And the Metaxa.

And THANK YOU again for all the wonderful comments you've been leaving me! emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 7/14/2012 10:34AM

    I had Chile Rellenos last night, ooh so good, but I was good all week and managed for the first time to exercise for an 1 every day. I alternated walking, stationary bike, and zumba. I do know like you that it can be hard to motivate myself. But you are doing it!


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GRANNYQUINN 7/14/2012 10:18AM

    I am glad to here you are recovering, Taste, I am on the fence with that one. I love to go but, I am saving energy for the Greek Fest and I wonder if they are having the Gospel Fest this year? That is one of the Festivals that I have not attended yet. So much has changed, I can always attend The House of Blues for Their Gospel Brunch if they do not have this year. You are more than welcome to join me. Thank God for the Rain!!! It felt so good!!! Hugs to you -Dee- Karen

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NISSANGIRL 7/14/2012 6:43AM

    Glad u got some rain Dee! we finally got some this morning!!! everything was getting soooooooooooooooo dry! taste of Chicago sounds wonderful!!! it probably did u some good to sleep in a bit even though u decided to go in anyway. Glad u had some great workouts this week! I need to stay focused and Make it happen!!! it's been so humid and hot that I don't feel like working out. Hope u have a wonderful weekend!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 7/14/2012 12:32AM

    Taste of Chicago.....sounds so goooooooooooood...!!!!!!

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SASIKHASI1 7/13/2012 9:29PM

    Vacation day for me, I have to go back to work on sunday. Hubby and I went shopping today and I got myself two new pairs of shoes. I just love shopping for shoes lo. Have a good day.

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MAGGIE101857 7/13/2012 8:43PM

    Did you manage to avoid the storms that came through! We had some great lightning and downpours up here in Lake Forest!

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Colin Stuart....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Sparkfam aren't these shoes lovely, well at least I thougth so.....

I ordered these last week while I was out of the office. I got to the office & WHAM!! I had little goodies on my desk! So I opened them up & put these puppies on wore them around the office. I wore them all day & then as I was making my last rounds before I left, I fell!

Not on my bottom but face first. My knees, hands, side & back ache a little but I will get my behind up there on the treadmill & walk. I was going to do weights but I had better do push ups & dips. Tomorrow I know I will have soreness but I won't let it keep me from doing what is necessary. I didn't have much junk today so I won't have to walk/job for hours & hours. lol I am injured in anyway but I don't wanna turn anything in the wrong direction so that I do hurt myself. But I laughed & giggle for about 15mins because I couldn't believe I, ME, I did that! I have been walking in heels forEVER! lol I looked around of course & noone SAW me but they heard me make all that noise from trying to keep myself from falling. lol I'm still giggling.....

So I am keeping the shoes & I also got a red dress to wear with for my 17th Anniversary. My hubs mouth will be on the floor. Thank you Sparkfam & Sparkpeople for helping make my mouth behave. lol

Now what won't you let keep you for eating healthier or getting in 20-45mins of fitness on most days.

God bless,

Dee

  
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GODZDESIGN95 7/17/2012 11:31PM

    Hope you are ok with that fall. Rock those shoes girl friend. My mother loves high heels....I do to a point but now extremely high. I am tumble prone. LOL!

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BARCLE 7/13/2012 4:35PM

    They are gorgeous shoes - so glad you weren't badly hurt when you fell ...that sounded a bit scary!

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ONCEUPONADREAM 7/13/2012 11:22AM

   

Love the shoes!! Sorry to hear that you took a fall, but how awesome that you got back up and did what needed to be done.

You are going to rock that dress. :) Hope that you'll post pictures!

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GRANNYQUINN 7/12/2012 1:17PM

    Wow, I am glad to hear you are ok!!! Careful on those stilts!! lol Them em, Red Dress will be beautiful , just because of who you are, you will radiate in that dress! Your husband jaw drops everyday when he see you!! Hugs Karen emoticon

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FITJEANS 7/12/2012 9:55AM

    Love the shoes, very powerful and invigorating shoes. Im pretty sure you will look emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 7/11/2012 9:36PM

    Love the shoes...can't wait to see a picture of you in them and the dress...glad you didn't hurt yourself to badly!!!

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NISSANGIRL 7/11/2012 6:45AM

    I am so sorry that u fell Dee! hope u are not hurting today. I gotta say I love your attitude about it all! Glad that u were not seriously hurt! I would also love to see u in that dress and shoes!!! love the shoes girl! Hope u have a wonderful day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MICHELLE_391 7/11/2012 12:45AM

    Dee - I hope you post a picture of you in the red dress and stunning shoes! How do you walk in these? I think I would have fallen and broken my legs with the first step!

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JANTWO 7/11/2012 12:17AM

    I am so sorry that you fell !!!! However, the shoes are NICE!!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/10/2012 10:48PM

    Love those shoes!! Hot, hot, hot. So sorry you fell but glad you are not hurt!

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ANGGEL40 7/10/2012 9:40PM

    Dee, glad you didn't hurt yourself to bad..but girl those shoes are FAB..I love them and I know you are going to look Awesome in that red dress with them..this year in September is also my hubby and I 17th Anniversary..God is Good..You go Diva!

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Do You....

Sunday, July 08, 2012



Good Sunday Sparkfam! Wanted to know do you love your body & the master piece you are sculpting it into? I pray so.

Since there is so much left from the 4th of July I don't have to cook an elaborate meal. Also hubs took the youngest & his mom out to Applebees. I ate a pb&j blueberry yogurt & shortbread cookies. It's nap time for me & I think I also need to get 45mins of cardio in & try to get some weights in my hand. lol

Last night we had an evening out & it was Chicago perfect weather. So we got the Benz out the garage & set out to Evanston. Oh that's a suburb of Chicago, it was so quiet & nice, I could've napped out on a hammock out there. I made jello shots for the family & my brother was the DJ. I was surprised that they let him play the music that loud at that time of night but guess what? She did a nice & smart thing by inviting all her neighbors. lol Guess what I was dancing with one of my cousin's guest & we were all having an great time dancing to 70s hit. I guess I was having too much fun cause hubs came up & started dancing with me. lol I guess I was one of the hot chicks at the party. Jay my cousin told my hubs guys were taking dibs on me. GREAT! I liked being part of the center but sat down so that my cousin D could enjoy her birthday.

So I hope you are trying to get some "me" time in there & workout.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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JANTWO 7/10/2012 12:58AM

    Sounds like you had FUN!!!!

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MICHELLE_391 7/10/2012 12:38AM

    It did get really beautiful on Sunday, and I hope it stays around for a while! This is my kind of summer. Glad to hear that you had such fun, jello shots and all!

And I love your quote. You're right. We've got to develop positive, loving relationships with our bodies, and this will make us happier and healthier every single day.

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RONNIER3 7/9/2012 9:58PM

    You made me miss Chicago with this post! Well, at least the summers, do NOT miss the winters! Sounds like you had a great fourth! Keep living!


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NISSANGIRL 7/9/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like u had the best weekend ever girl!!! love it when that happens! We just got back from the vaca home and I just mowed for almost 2hrs!! good to be back home! Hope u have an amazing week Dee!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 7/9/2012 1:08PM

    Well sounds like you had a wonderful weekend with your family, Mmmm jello shots. Dancing to the seventies, what great times we had then and can share with the younger generation. Funny how the styles of clothes come back. Have a great day Dee- Hugs-Karen.

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SPARKLE1908 7/8/2012 8:57PM

    wonderful message!!!

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SUNSET09 7/8/2012 6:27PM

  Sounds like a party to me and you got your dance on, burning those calories! Such a true statement as some of us do not love ourselves! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITJEANS 7/8/2012 6:09PM

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I "HEART" Oatmeal....

Monday, July 02, 2012



Good Monday Sparkfam! I how I love oatmeal but why don't I eat it more often? Well, the weather is too warm for one but then how do I eat other hot breakfasts? I don't know but I do. Why do they have to put all that stuff on there? I guess we all have our preferences. Do you like oatmeal? If so, how do you eat it? I take mine old fashioned, boiling water with a dash of salt, oats, sugar, cream & butter. Some times I get a little crazy & put some sprinkles of cinnamon maybe next I will try it with ginger since it also has disease fighting properties...

Today, I walked, did kickboxing for 30mins, then tonight I will lift weights for 30mins & TRY to get on that boring treadmill....

God bless & enjoy the ride!!

  
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GODZDESIGN95 7/17/2012 11:32PM

    I love it too my mother told he when I was little I called it open mill. emoticon

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JANTWO 7/6/2012 12:18AM

    I LOVE oatmeal!!!! emoticon

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MARVEEME 7/4/2012 4:17PM

    With nuts, raisins and blackstrap molasses. YUM!

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/3/2012 1:56AM

    The best and healthiest breakfast we all should be eating more often,including me.I enjoy with some raisins.Enjoy,thank you for the reminder emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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BOO-SHAY 7/3/2012 1:53AM

    I love old fashion oatmeal. Boiled in water, just slightly undercooked (not as long as the package asks for) and then some nonfat milk, and some splenda, on occasion I like to put on some walnuts, and raisins.

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DLDMIL 7/2/2012 10:53PM

    I like butter and brown sugar.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/2/2012 10:46PM

    Never put butter in my oatmeal but did do cinnamon along with fruit.

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ANGGEL40 7/2/2012 10:35PM

    I love oatmeal, I add cinnamon, honey and sometime raisins..I don't care for it that much in the summer either!

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DBELLE39 7/2/2012 10:12PM

    I prefer the Old Fashioned Oatmeal made with lowfat milk, cinnamon &1 tsp peanut butter or O.F Oatmeal with Lowfat milk, & topped with berries....I don't use sugar or sugar substitute.

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CIERAPOET 7/2/2012 8:46PM

    Happy Monday Dee! Girl You ain't said nothing but THE Word. That's my go to breakfast O had the nerve to forgot to buy some when I went to the grocery store Sat. Smh I had my niece bring me some.

I use Old Fashioned or plain instant if I'm out of OF. I use Almond milk, ALWAYS Cinnamon, walnuts or sunflower nuts, raisins, bananas and strawberries. I even may drop a tablespoon of almond or peanut butter in it. I don't use all these extras every time. I use ginger sometimes also. I have a 400 cal number to reach too lol.

Love That Oatmeal! Thanks Dee!
Deb :)))

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GRANNYQUINN 7/2/2012 8:20PM

    My feeling exactly about the treadmill , you go kick boxer!! I like oatmeal, also, Cream of Rice, by Red Mill, keeps me full until lunch. Karen No , I prefer one teaspoon of brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of Smartbalance? Have the fruit on the side.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/2/2012 8:09PM

    I love oatmeal, but only during colder months. I like a variety of toppings: frozen or fresh banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 egg, peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips, berries.

I do occasionally make a breakfast 'cookie' which you put overnight in the fridge so it's cold and it has oats, milk, nut butter, toppings and banana. If you want the recipe I can send it to you.


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CHANGING-TURTLE 7/2/2012 8:05PM

    I love oatmeal eat it everyday started last month, I like it plain with 1 TBS brown sugar yum yum emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 7/2/2012 7:55PM

    Steel cut oatmeal is my favorite--lots of fiber and great tasting! I will add a small amount of almond milk, brown sugar, a few nuts and some berries. I will have to try the peanut butter and banana though--sounds interesting!

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GR8TAWK 7/2/2012 7:33PM

    I like oatmeal with a little honey

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JUSTDOIT011 7/2/2012 7:27PM

    I use the oatmeal packets (shhhh) pre-flavored by Quaker Oats...I like Apples & Cinnamon the best...and I love to throw on a cup of strawberry halves and a tablespoon or more of ground flax seeds. YUM! That and a glass of milk is the perfect breakfast!

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THROOPER62 7/2/2012 7:10PM

    Oatmeal with peanut butter and banana. Yummy

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