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Lovin Me Some Me...

Thursday, August 23, 2012



Hey Sparkfam!! It's Thursday & although I have been here only 2days I'm ready for the weekend. UGH!! I think I am going to try to meet up with my Black Girls Run group & get a few miles in? I haven't ran outdoors in um years...SHHHH don't tell nobody...this is between us. LBVS No I mean, I have quite a bite to jiggle around so I wanna have less so I am trying firm up these thighs & glutes to boot. I like my body but I see where there could be some changes especially my waist. Anyhooo, like the title says, I am lovin me some me. How bout you, are you lovin you some you? Well you should cause you are extremely blessed in spite of what you are going through or dealing with. So many other circumstances could've passed through your door/window this morning but God. So get up & do a wave praise dance... Show the world your smile style all up & through wherever you are! Let your haters know God loves you & so do you!! Oh you are trying to love on them too secretly... (0)(0) these are my someone is watching you eyes, even when you least expect....

God bless & enjoy everyday!! SMOOCHES!!

Dee

  
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MSPROVERBS31 8/30/2012 4:35AM

    Oh, and you're a part of the Black Girls Run group?!!!
There's only 1 person in my area whose a part...anywho, I think that's great!
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MSPROVERBS31 8/30/2012 4:32AM

    emoticon for the reminders and boost!
Well, enjoy the rest of the week. as there are blessings in each day!

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GODZDESIGN95 8/27/2012 11:32AM

    God said we are fearfully and wonderously made. But want less of me. LOL! Beginning again!

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THEBETH43 8/25/2012 8:15PM

    emoticon Enjoy running outdoors! I haven't done that yet - just speed walking.

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JANTWO 8/25/2012 12:19AM

    Wonderful blog!!!! So uplifting and motivational!!!! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 8/24/2012 7:56PM

    Hello Sweet Dee!

I've been searching for a blog from you all week and you sneak one in on me yesterday! But I'm still emotional from posting those pictures and seeing what happened thus far. Your blog has me teary eyed. So true we have to be happy and celebrate our lives. I think if I was in Chicago I would run with you ladies lol. I've been doing some Spark videos lately so I won't get burnt out on Zumba. I can't do that everyday because my body gets really sore. So glad you came by and saw my progress. It's so much different when you actually write it all in one place. That picture! I wonder what I did with the hard copy lol. Knowing me I probably threw it away. smh I used to HATE myself..but I LOVE me some ME! emoticon

It gets like that when you come back from vacation. But you will get back in the groove. Love you and have a PERFECTLY Beautiful Weekend!
CELEBRATE YOUR VICTORY!
Deb
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ANGGEL40 8/24/2012 12:19PM

    Awesome...because I Love God and I Love me some me...lol...God Bless! emoticon

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GRANNYQUINN 8/24/2012 11:29AM

    Great Blog - I am smiling ear to ear!! Sound like a fun run , have a good time - I know you will look awesome - Blessed Hugs Karen

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NISSANGIRL 8/24/2012 6:44AM

    emoticon needed to read this today!!! thanks so much for the motivation!!! and good luck running!!! 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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RESTORED_ME 8/23/2012 11:02PM

    I love it! SO positive and upbeat. I hope your run goes well... tell your jiggly parts 'bye-bye' and run your butt off... literally! LOL

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MJ7DM33 8/23/2012 11:01PM

  Thanks for the reminder !!!

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ROCKYCPA 8/23/2012 10:38PM

    Great blog - thanks!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/23/2012 10:31PM

    Love it!
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Happy Friday Sparkfam!!!

Friday, August 17, 2012


Good Friday Sparkfam!! Just wanted to blog about how things are going with me. I have been off since Tuesday & having fun eating breakfast outside in the beautiful Chicago air. Did I tell you I HATE eating outside!! Picnics & bbqs alike are not welcoming to me. I go inside cause I hate fight bugs from landing on my food & the heat. UGH!! So I am thrilled that for the last few days with the weather. Simply gorgeous even the rain is welcomed for a staycation.. My oldest son is going back to WIU & my youngest will also be attending his sophomore year in high school. My oldest is looking forward to it as he will driving back this car he bought. Hubs will be riding back with him & then hubs will take the train back to Chicago. Its about 4hours & some minutes. I keep asking what time are they leaving? I have this sinking feeling that hubs is going to opt out in the last minute. Hey I picked him & had to drive back with him so I am so glad he will be driving his own car. Youngest still doesn't desire to do anything but I am still working on him. lol

I need to pick up my workouts, I tried to stay within my 30mins daily & then add. So why is the treadmill eyeballing me? YIKES!! Guess I had better get on it....

God bless Sparkfam!!

Dee

  
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GODZDESIGN95 8/20/2012 6:56PM

    My two older sons are like day and night. next to the Youngest is all business straight A student smart as a whip and a know it all and he can be tight with his monies. He loves order and does not like a mess. LOL!

My older son is easy going. A loving heart. is a fighter and hard worker for what he likes to do. caring heart for others and does not like to see anyone suffer. Not aa A strudent but I was not either. LOL. A hard worker. A mess does not bother him. In fact he says he can find things in a mess better when it is straightened out Hugh Giggles!!!!!!! A hand on guy he could fix his car if it was a minor thing.

They will developed in there time and their way with loving guides. I do not compare them they are handled differently.

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MICHELLE_391 8/19/2012 6:29PM

    I hope your weekend was as lovely as your Friday and then some!

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BLEGNER1 8/19/2012 10:56AM

    Don't you just hate it when things eyeball you or call your name? I hear the grapes calling me now and saying they need to be picked and I will get some of them done before long unless it starts to rain. I already put a gallon of tomatoes in the freezer today .
I know what you mean about eating out and the bugs! That is one of the reasons I would like to screen in our patio, but have not figure out yet how to do it. Also have to figure a way that will not upset the hubby as he is against almost all of my building projects before and after they are started, He usually likes the end result.
Gotta go now, grapes are getting louder
God bless
Barb

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NISSANGIRL 8/19/2012 7:13AM

    Glad u are enjoying your vacation Dee! That's what its all about! emoticon on your sons new car!!! Hope hubby does not back out of taking your son back to school, hope it works out girl! We finally are getting some much needed cooler temps and I love it!!! love not having the air on all the time as well! Thanks for the awesome goodie girl!!! Have a great Sunday! 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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SPARKLE1908 8/17/2012 10:02PM

    Have a great weekend!!!

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CIERAPOET 8/17/2012 8:08PM

    Happy Friday Dee! emoticon

Glad You Are Enjoying Cooler Temps! We Had A Little Relief But It's Summer In Texas! emoticon I've Completed A Strength Workout and I'm Going To Do Some Sort of Cardio. I'll Make Up What I Don't Do on Saturday. Get Up Early To Walk To The Post Office. emoticon

I'm With You About Eating Outside. Dislike Fighting The Bugs and I Am The One ALWAYS Getting Bit! emoticon It's Time For School Again! The Summer Is Getting Away From Us! I'm Not Mad At All. Of Course, It Stays Hot Here Until October.

Thanks For Sharing The Good Life With Us! emoticon Enjoy A Marvelous Weekend!
Deb
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PRESBESS 8/17/2012 7:14PM

    Enjoy your weekend... and your workout!

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Cookies & Ice Cream

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Good Sunday Sparkfam! I am eating in moderation cookies & caramel vanilla swirl ice cream, I had a serving of each & now I am moving on...It's time for the brown rice & veggies & baked chicken.....What is your eat dessert first crave?

I also had black cherries & will an apple too. An ounce of prevention is worth pounds of pounds of workouts & boring salads. Although salads today have been awakened with fruit, nuts & special dressings.

I am also going to get a chance to get on treadmill & do 30mins, do kickboxing & then trying to do more lower body. UGH! Will do the treadmill last as my reward for eating dessert first.

God bless!!

Dee

  
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RENAEFARR 8/17/2012 4:12PM

    Do you go to a gym to do kickboxing or a home video? I've always been interested

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GRANNYQUINN 8/15/2012 10:55AM

    I tend to love anything baked , cookies , almond coffee cake or apple pie. However , to satisfy these cravings I have been baking apples with cinnamon and nutmeg, with a dash of Smart Balance, Mmmmm. Also , Plain Yogurt mixed with vanilla extract and sliced almonds with fresh fruit. Blessed Hugs K

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 8/14/2012 12:19PM

    That;s awesome! I love that quote! I think my favorite desert would be anything sweet! emoticon Can you sense one of my weaknesses?

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JANTWO 8/13/2012 1:00AM

    Love Rocky Road ice cream, but stay away from it.

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CIERAPOET 8/12/2012 10:55PM

    I like caramel crunch low sugar ice cream but haven't had it all summer. Can you believe that? Well I guess that's a good sign. I hear it's good to eat dessert first. Today I ate a piece of Russell Stover Sugar free Toffee squares but I've been eating some See's left here by my sister-n-law last Saturday because she was driving back to Ok and they would have melt. I don't think she even thought about it when she bought them. But I forgot about them for 2 days. emoticon I don't need to eat them and I'm thinking about going on another sugar fast. emoticon I really am meeting my weight loss goal THIS year! emoticon
Keep up the good work sis! Shouldn't you do the treadmill first since you don't like it the most? emoticon emoticon Ok...I'm stopping my meddling!
Have A Great Week!
Deb
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RUTHXG 8/12/2012 9:11PM

    All your food sounds delicious!

All summer I have been craving ice cream--especially now that I'm cutting back on sweets. emoticon I had some just last night but I'm still craving it! Trying to not give in . . .

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SPARKLE1908 8/12/2012 7:29PM

    Good job!!!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/12/2012 4:02PM

    Good going, keep at it.

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What's for Dinner....

Saturday, August 11, 2012



Hi Sparkfam! I just wanted to blog cause I see everyone is having such inspirational blogs. I mean, I have lost 2lbs this week & lost 3lbs last week so this thing is shaping up nicely. I do however need to get my workouts back on track. I have been kinda slow with my workouts but want to have the drive I had 6months ago. Yesterday I did have a hamburger & fries for lunch & then had grilled steak, salmon & potato & green beans. My hubs felt like grilling. He inquired about the steaks at Walmart because of the commercial but I don't do steak from them. I normally go to Jewel because I like their cuts of beef. They also had a slice of salmon that looked delectable. I got off early so I did my groceries yesterday. Came home put them away, then washed dishes. When he came through the door I seasoned the meat for grilling. I had a few packets of already put together seasonings. So after I put the olive oil on the meat, I seasoned it with one of the packets I had. Then I put on salt, pepper & soy sauce. On the salmon I put a terriyaki marinade with red pepper flakes. He was out there 20mins & came back with the steaks & salmon. Let me tell you fam, I felt like I was I was in a grade A eatery. I cooked the potato & green beans & dinner was served. It was phenomenal! That's what happens when we do it together. The enthusiasms is definitely there & I want to expand on that.


God bless,

Dee

  
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GRANNYQUINN 8/15/2012 10:49AM

    Be right over , looks delish. Congrats on the weight loss. I think now that it's cooling off we can get back on track. Blessed Hugs K

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CIERAPOET 8/12/2012 11:03PM

    Well Praise The Lord Sister Girl! emoticon That Plate Looks Very Inviting! You Are Truly A Blessed Woman!
emoticon On losing that 5lbs! You Will Be At Your Goal In No Time At All!
Thanks For Sharing Such A Special Blog!
Blessings!
Deb
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ILOVELIFE2012 8/12/2012 9:39AM

    LOOKS GREAT!

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JANTWO 8/12/2012 12:29AM

    That looks so tasty!!!! Way to go on the weight loss!!!! emoticon

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NOCALORIES 8/11/2012 10:23PM

    Thank you for this blog. Congratulations on the pounds that are gone. Hoping there might be some delicious leftovers tonight.

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RUTHXG 8/11/2012 9:59PM

    That sounds SO incredibly yummy! And how cool that it was a collaboration between hubby & you. That's the way it should be!

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Outings....

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Good Tuesday Sparkfam!! It's the end of my staycation. Yesterday we had a good time in downtown Chicago. We went to Lou Mitchells one of Chicago's famous eateries:

Here are the breakfasts were enjoyed:


We all had coffee except for my oldest son & he had his first taste of freshly squeezed pulpy sour oranges juice! lol He wasn't pleased.
We actually even talked to us. You know how kids are connected to their phones & ipad thingys but we had a good breakfast that I didn't have to cook.
We drove around & decided to go to Sears (Willis) Tower to take the tour:

Who knew we would have to wait in so many lines:

We stood in at least 7-10 long lines & then had to watch an educational movie. UGH!!

View from a ledge. There are several glass ledges that you can stand in line to stand on. Its like you are standing in mid air. My kids & hubs took great pics & I put my sandal out there. Did I tell you that this is my first time there. I driven by & even parked there & waited for my mom as that was her bank. She worked at one of the area branches til she retired. Bless her heart. Okay & then there was a gift shop at the top. We looked & we bought 3 things that totalled $14. Then we had to waited in another line to go down. I felt dizzy by the time we hit the bottom. Then we had to go through 2-3 more gift shops, we spent another $25 there on small trinkets.

I got home & took an aspirin as I was just dizzy. I ate a little something & felt better by night fall. It rained cats & dogs this morning so today was an inny no outings. I pray you all had a great Monday!


I don't but some people do......

God bless,

Dee

  
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GODZDESIGN95 8/8/2012 5:52PM

    yum breakfast. I remember going out eating breakfast with the family but diabetes has taken the fun out eating out for sure. emoticonglad you enjoyed family time. emoticon

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FITANDFIFTY2 7/31/2012 2:44AM

    Awesome Pics,, thank you for sharing! I have never been to Chicago so it was great to see them!

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CIERAPOET 7/27/2012 9:40PM

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Wow Sis You Had A GREAT DAY! Glad You All Got To Spend Some Quality Family Time. I Don't Know What I would Do With All Those Lines. But I Guess You Met Some New People? lol Thanks For Sharing. Make Me Want To Go Somewhere.
Many Blessings and Have A Wonderful Weekend!
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JANTWO 7/26/2012 12:21AM

    Nice pictures!!!! Thank you for the tour of Chicago for me!!!! I am glad you had a good time!!!!

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MICHELLE_391 7/25/2012 11:08PM

    I have always wanted to go out on one of the ledges but can't find anyone brave enough to do it with me. Thank you for showing me what it looks like! Oh, and please, never, ever say "Willis Tower" Blech. The world knows it as the Sears Tower, and that's what it always will be!!!!

So Lou Mitchells is famous? I walk right by it every day and never knew that it was a place I should check out.

What a lovely end to a staycation! Happy easing back into daily life! XO

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BLEGNER1 7/25/2012 4:18PM

    I enjoyed going on your outing with you and your family. Thanks for taking me along.

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GRANNYQUINN 7/25/2012 12:37PM

    Thank-you for inviting us on your journey , will always be Sears to us!! Love Chinatown , where they doing Tia Chi out there? Hugs Karen Great pics Dee.!!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 7/25/2012 9:00AM

    I love Chicago and the Sears Tower Ledge! The one picture of the long line looks unreal, everyone seems so perfectly lined up. LOL

Looks like you had a great last day of your staycation!

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NISSANGIRL 7/25/2012 7:28AM

    Sounds like u had a wonderful Staycation dee!!! the breakfast looked amazing! and the height of that tower with being able to look down like that would have made me dizzy too!!! Havea wonderful day 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 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUTHXG 7/24/2012 11:54PM

    I LOVE fresh-squeezed OJ! Mmmmm, & breakfast is my favorite meal.

Hilarious that you did the Sears Tower thing--too bad you had to stand in long lines though! I have still never been up in that tower. Goofy, isn't it? (I mean, it's goofy that I've never been, having lived in Chicago so long.)

Glad you had a fun anniversary weekend!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/24/2012 11:02PM

    Whoa, I would never be able to go out on that ledge! Sounds like a fun day, but too bad about the headache. Hope it went away fast! Great pics - thanks for sharing.

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DIBANANA 7/24/2012 8:57PM

  Wow I can't see my husband standing in any line that long!

Sounds like you enjoyed your trip.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 7/24/2012 8:12PM

    great day it seems

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