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I'm Still Here. . . .

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

So I'm still here & have joy inspite of what has transpired & what I've been through. I know that I have things that I go through & I am not happy 100% of the time but let me tell you people know when I'm going through cause I'm not smiling. lol We all have those times but I meditate & know that He is whispering to me, "peace be still." I don't worry that I'm alone in this cause people in my life & on spark, they got me. Meaning that you guys uplift me & I in turn do the same. So yes I got more bills than money. I'm doing what I can do to make. Meaning, I'm leaning on the everlasting arm! WOOHOO! So the kids don't understand what you get paid verses their needs, the house needs, card needs but still I'm here. Not unhappy about cause I know He is working it out for me & you. We just have to have faith & trust in God. Sounds simply but its hard too.

So don't be afraid & some times we have to do it in fear.

Today, I'm doing upper body & step aerobics & walking. So what are you doing to get away from what ails/worry you?

God bless & enjoy Tuesday!


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NISSANGIRL 10/13/2010 7:12AM

    Hope things get better Dee, You are my inspiration!God bless, Ann emoticon emoticon

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REALTYGIRL18 10/13/2010 12:29AM


I am with you!!! I've been through a lot over these last couple of years, but I pray and I know things will get better!!! But to keep my mind off things.... a little Turbo Jam or Cathe helps alot ! LOL!!!

Keep your head up and know that everything will work out!


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DIVINEKITTYKAT 10/12/2010 4:38PM

    Hey Sis,

You know God's got your back and we do too!

I love you dearly, especially because you are so encouraging and inspirational despite your personal trials. Even in this blog you still ask how we're doing and keep us motivated. It's women like you who are models for others to follow.


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SANDYJAS 10/12/2010 3:39PM

    On the bright side, they do eventually grow up and start helping you out.! My 31 year old helps me with stuff now.

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CIERAPOET 10/12/2010 2:01PM

    Morning/Afternoon Dee.

I'm going keep my mind off of stuff that may hinder my Joy. Can't change it by taking thought like He said in Matthew 6 so I will not. I love the sun and blue skies and marvel at His Glory on this earth and in us. He is so Faithful. I'm going to be faithful to Him. We are a blessed Nation because of the many freedoms we have. Thank God! emoticon emoticon
Enjoy this beautiful Tuesday!

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MRSGOFARR 10/12/2010 1:23PM

    stay up woman. hard times always pass.

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GODZDESIGN95 10/12/2010 1:07PM

    not in the trenches but in deep thought about many things in life. I know God is with me where ever I go and what ever I do. His words comforts me. I heard a massage from Joyce Meyers. God is good he puts the right people in your path.

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ROBINKP1 10/12/2010 1:06PM

    I understand completely. Been there, still there.....actually.
But each and every time I go thru something, I learn to lean more and more on God - and I am taken care of! He will get us thru anything. I also find it wonderful at the support I have got on here - much needed & appreciated!
You have much support here! Thanks for supporting me as well - your comments were very helpful to me personally.

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RUTHXG 10/12/2010 1:02PM

    Yep, I've got money troubles too--but yes, God is sufficient & abounds in steadfast love! He is good ALL the time. Over time, though your kids want more stuff now, they will see God's faithfulness to your family, & it will build their faith. That happened with mine.

Getting up & exercising energetically for half an hour this morning helped me deal with worries. And praying, of course!

Have a fabulous day.


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TAYLORLIV31 10/12/2010 12:53PM

    Hey You!

I've been down in the trenches too. Taylor's Dad lost his job two weeks ago and I have until March to find something new to job is going I have to figure out how we are going to get Taylor in college, finish up this years tuition and keep the house and us afloat. Did I say my head hurts. Thanks for reminding me that he has us in his hands and that all things will work themselves out.

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It's Monday . . . .

Monday, October 11, 2010

Its Monday & all in all Sparkfam, it hasn't been too bad. Actually its been real slow. I was on the phone & I was yawning & didn't even know it. Today its been like watching paint dry but I am so happy that it will be time to go. The kids had the day off so my daughter took my youngest & her son to Chuckie Cheese. They are having fun & I don't have to worry about taking them out when I get home to stretch their legs. I can do my step aerobics & ab workout & then stretch lightly afterwards.

I know that they have reports that say Monday is the day you are likely to have a accident, have a bad attitude or bad day but I actually am loving this gorgeous day! So how did your Monday go?

God bless Sparkfam!

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CIERAPOET 10/12/2010 1:55PM

    Well Dee had a great Monday and then I fell asleep before finished posting last night. lol emoticon. My body was recovering from going to sleep late and waking early this past weekend. Plus my back was hurting so I needed the rest. So Monday was a beautiful sunny day...although they reported thunderstorms. emoticon I'm glad the children had the day off here too but the neighborhood was quiet and couldn't tell. Maybe they were all at our public library a block away. Blessings!

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NISSANGIRL 10/12/2010 9:42AM

    Glad you are having a great day Dee! Keep up the awesome attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 10/11/2010 10:39PM

    On the run as usual school, etc. on eye opening about yoga. Praying about the whole thing. many saved folk practice it. Anything can be taken to the extreme. still thinking. I always give God praise with whatever I do.

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DAYHIKER 10/11/2010 6:43PM

    Sounds good to me! I'm also one of those people who feel like Monday is a fresh start! You know I had a pretty good day, though a tired, achy one! Thanks for your comments! emoticon


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LALMEIDA 10/11/2010 6:21PM

  I am glad that you are having a good day. I am having a great day too. My husband and I took our puppy to the park today. He loved it and we did too. He turned a year old today!

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JANETLP 10/11/2010 5:55PM

    PS- Love your kitty!

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JANETLP 10/11/2010 5:54PM

    I love Mondays! It's like a new beginning every week! I let go of the past and think only of this week!
God Bless, Janet

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DEB4HIM1 10/11/2010 5:40PM

  I'm glad you're having a good day!

I am having a weird day. I don't know why, but I've been feeling anxious about nothing in particular, just wired like my insides are going to explode.
Please say a prayer for me.

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RUTHXG 10/11/2010 5:38PM

    I was up too late last night & didn't get my exercise this morning . . . but otherwise it has been a good day. Weather continues to be SO beautiful!

Have a wonderful exercise session & enjoy your evening, Dee.

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HOT4FITNESS 10/11/2010 5:25PM

    Having quite an uneventful Monday! This is good. Monday is also my rest day, so no major workouts today. Hope the rest of your week is just as great!! emoticon

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Happy Friday . . .

Friday, October 08, 2010

Hey Sparkfam! Getting off work early today & just going to run some errands so I can sleep late tomorrow & then go to my niece's party. Once that's over what can I do? Walk downtown with hubby on Michigan Ave & just enjoy the sights of the city or dinner & a movie? What are you guys doing for fun over this indian summer weekend?

God bless & I pray you all enjoy Friday!


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NISSANGIRL 10/9/2010 6:50AM

    Sounds like fun Dee! we went out last night and today I am spending the day working in the yard b-4 my Cowboy's play. Have a great weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 10/8/2010 8:05PM

    I am going outside even if I don't go to the library. These days are so beautiful Dee. I am enjoying them while I can. Before it gets cold. emoticon

Your evening and weekend sounds fun. Enjoy your Blessing of a husband. emoticon


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JCARDINAL 10/8/2010 5:31PM

    Sounds like fun! I'm just catching up on housework and laundry this weekend. Sunday Church and some relaxation. Have a good one!

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RUTHXG 10/8/2010 2:35PM

    Lovely that you have some schedule space to fill with something fun for you & the hubby!

I'm going out to eat with some neighbors tonight--we decided we need to get to know each other better, which I think is very cool. We can walk to a great little Persian restaurant in our neighborhood--it's one of my favorites.

Tomorrow morning I'm doing a presentation to fellow editors out in the burbs (I'm being paid for it, so that's cool!), & afterward I'll have lunch with my sister, taking advantage of being in her neck of the woods. Once I get home I'll get back to working hard on a freelance project for a few hours. I have a Japanese film to watch in the evening, Departures--it looks really good.

On Sunday, church & a bit of tidying up at home, then I hope to take a long walk in this gorgeous weather!

Happy weekend to you, Dee! emoticon

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Inhale . . . . . .

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Meet Steve Ross, this guys is WONDERFUL!! This is his bio:
Ross was certified as a yoga instructor in 1980, but didn't begin teaching immediately. Eventually, he took up residence at Yoga Works. During his tenure there, he was still a working musician and last toured in 1993, after which he set aside his guitar (Well, not completely; he's presently recording a "non-traditional" chanting CD) and rolled out his yoga mat. He's now been teaching for 20 years and opened Maha Yoga four years ago.

Today I did catch up, I did Upper Body & Legs & Glutes w/ Cathe. Then I wrapped it up with Tommy D All Star Workouts Kickboxing & then did 60mins of Inhale with Steve Ross. He plays old school Steve Wonder, Stomp by Kirk Franklin & the family, he plays traditional Indian music & makes you move & groove while you are holding yoga poses. I mean, hold them down those yoga poses I was sweatin more than when I was doing the upper body. He makes you hold them & breathe into the poses & its like I'm taking an actual class. I DVR a copy of this program when it was on Oprah's channel Oxygen. Its no longer on & its so sad cause my muscles remember poses & I got deeper & deeper with each inhale/exhale. So I after I post this blog I'm off to bed. Its been one today & its been a blessings. I didn't get to play outside like I wanted but I will definitely try to get my walk on with Shadow in the a.m.
There is not audio but no is needed you get the gist. . . .Inhale

Namaste. . . .

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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RUTHXG 10/8/2010 12:11AM

    Sounds like some FUN yoga!


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Nearly . . . .

Monday, October 04, 2010

Its been a beautiful Monday here in Chicago. I mean blue skies & 64 degrees about 72 in the sun. Its a chilly 54degrees in my office so the open toe shoes & drinking cold water is giving me chill bumps. YIKES! Speaking of which, I inhaled water today. No I wasn't swimming, I was standing up about to take a swig of water & the water splashed up & went in my nose. You wanna talk about hurt, I mean it didn't last longer than 10minutes. BUT I had burning pain in my nose & my nasal passage was feeling quite sore & I felt light headed. I guess this is as close to near drowning as I'm gone get cause I don't believe in putting my head underwater under NO circumstances.

Yes, I love beautiful beaches with white sand but I just like to observe not play. Its that weird. Anyho, I cooked up a storm yesterday. I had meatloaf, baked salmon, baked chicken, broiled crab legs, bertolli's tuscan braised beef & potato (microwave of course), sweet potato pie, & yellow corn. I mean, my husband couldn't eat it all & I just gave them all a taste. He just kept asking me why did I cook all this? It truly didn't go together but I was cleaning out my freezer & frig for the holidays. Got to make room for that turkey & ham. YUMMY!!

So got up early this morning, I jumped right into my workout clothes & got instep with Gilad Total Body Sculpt, Dance & Be Fit, watched Joyce Meyer to keep that glory flowing, did Sharon Mann Kickboxing & Tai Chi & then did Namaste Yoga all from FitTv. It felt great to get most of my workout done. I did some shopping with my son (who came to work with me) to get my steps up & just to get out & enjoy this glorious day!

I was nearly good today in my eating. My breakfast, scrambled egg, blueberry yogurt, toast & caramel delight coffee. Snack a hostess twinkie, lunch homemade chili, keebler crackers & strawberry yogurt. I did have some Werthers Caramel Hardcandy. They are light & so good!! I have to admit, yesterday I had a caramel affy tapple. Its a caramel dipped apple, the apple was so fresh & the caramel was PERFECT!! This is the only time of year I indulged & it was soooo good.

So tonight, its abs & stretch & just some relaxing & reading the word.

What are you doing for you today for your health? After all this is the main reason we Spark.

God bless & here's to you for all you do!!

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LJLEAMARIE 10/7/2010 5:41PM

    Hi,I like your blog!
Nice picture of the waterfalls!
Have a nice upcoming weekend!
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RUTHXG 10/7/2010 1:52PM

    Wow, what an amazing amount of cooking you did--& everything sounds great. And you put a lot of variety into your morning workout--wow!

It's no longer Monday, but I can report that I have gotten up for morning exercise every weekday thus far--mostly fast walking in the neighborhood, because our weather IS so beautiful these days! emoticon

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SANDYJAS 10/6/2010 6:38PM

    Sigh, today is so beautiful. Just walked the dog with a t-shirt and shorts and sandals on. Oh, I love Indian Summer in Chicago!!!

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    I'm glad you are having such a WONDERFUL day today and the weather is agreeing with you Sis emoticon!

Today is my strength training day in the gym with my trainer. I know she's going to kick my butt as usual, but I need it emoticon. She has me do this circuit training type deal where I do 2-3 machines then hit the treadmill and jog it out hard. The first half of the workout is cool, but when I get down to my last couple of machines (which are focused on legs), I swear that my legs are going to crumble right beneath me..

Well, enjoy the rest of your day and I'll check on ya tonight or tomorrow.


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NISSANGIRL 10/5/2010 6:37AM

    I thought I cooked a lot , glad to see I am not alone. Your food got me foaming at the mouth again. Great job on your fitness Dee! and I can so realte to the water and nose thing, been there and done that! not fun at all. have a great day ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 10/5/2010 1:52AM

    Girl you did some cooking on Sunday. I cook like that once or twice a year or when lots of company will be over to eat it up. I'm doing good today. Happy about my Word study and being consistent in the things of God.

You must be eating those small twinkies. I just can't think of you eating real twinkies everyday. emoticon

Thanks for the blog. Made me hungry. lol

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I've did that before w/water and it's not a happy feeling at all. Drowning in a cup of water...and coughing too. Have to drink slower.


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HEATHER39 10/5/2010 1:02AM

    I'm loading my hubby and kids in the car and we'll be at your door in a minute. Please save me a plate! Yum.
Today, I went on a loooong walk with my son. Well, he was in the stroller napping.
It was a beautiful day here.

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CBARRETT10 10/5/2010 12:34AM

  Champagne shooting out of the nostrils at a party was embarrassing for me, and I was with a date! emoticon After a few seconds we all burst into laughter emoticon

Dinner sound yummy! emoticon Have a great week.

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LADILYNNE 10/5/2010 12:25AM

    You are having a great day! Keep up the good work and we'll ALL PRETEND the goodies don't get the best of us some days!

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GODZDESIGN95 10/4/2010 10:05PM

    well girl you survived your almost drowning. Sorry. At least you were not drinking it when it went up your nose. I was attending college at the time. I got a hot chocolate from the drink machine and took a drink got strangled on it and hot chocolate came out of my nose. I decided to throw the whole thing away. I have never drank hot chocolate again emoticon

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SADDLEBUM 10/4/2010 6:21PM

    Sounds like you had a great day so far, I hope it continues for you. Im looking forward to the Candied Apple also, I will just wait till closer to Halloween or I will want one then also. Egg Nog too...Its already out in the stores and I want some SOOOO bad but thats a Chistmas thing so it will have to wait. Way to go on the workouts and I love listening to Joyce Meyer also. She is amazing. Well, Have an amazing day. emoticon

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