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Sleepless in Chicago. . . .

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good Hump Day Sparkfam!! Its a brisk day here in Chicago but we keep it moving cause at least the snow is gone. The snow we have now is like a light dusting. I had one of those nights like I haven't had in a long time. For the last few days I have been having an tummy that won't act right. Yesterday it was really upset & I tried tums & it seemed to work so I tried to eat. Why oh why did I do that? I should've stuck with crackers but NOOOOO! I had to have stuffing & yams & chicken & then salsa/pico de gallo with chips. They were decent portions but atlas I think that's what did it. So I paid last night & today. I will be okay & get through & try not to drink too much coffee or eat anything that will upset my tummy. Its more like bloating which if anyone has had it knows it will keep you. Not like an ache which you can almost get immediate relief with a pain reliever. I like to sleep on my tummy but couldn't do that. UGH!!



Its Wednesday hump day & I'm doing Zumba for a few minutes then trying legs & glutes. I am still determined. lol

God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday!!

Dee

  
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MORRIS1989 2/27/2011 2:12PM

    Sorry to hear you wasn't feeling good hope you gotten better! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 2/24/2011 12:59PM

    oh no! I am sorry my hubbie had a similar problem but he over ate nuts. I told him jumping (believe it or not) helps relieve gas naturally. No joke. Hope you feel better soon emoticon Dee I am not sure it this is your problem but some folks experience bloating when taking fish oil suppliments??

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MRLEEP23 2/24/2011 9:26AM

    Hope you're feeling better!
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NISSANGIRL 2/24/2011 7:32AM

    Sorry to hear that you were sick Dee, Hope you are feeling better today. You are rocking those fitness minutes girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 2/23/2011 2:08PM

    Mrs Dee! Take it slow on that bloated stomach! lol You are my role model! I keep it going when I shouldn't. emoticon

Ok...Ginger is great for stomach aches...also: vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Layin down and resting helps also. No spicy food. Bloating does not feel good...at all. emoticon

Thanks for the great motivating comments on my blog!

Love that quote up there. God Bless You and Feel Better!
Deb
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VERITY50 2/23/2011 1:06PM

    I hope that zumba shakes your system back into order, good for you, keep on pluggin and it must pass! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/23/2011 8:51AM

    Owie! I hope you get to feeling better quickly. Sounds like you might have a bug. emoticon Take care!!

Cindy

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Wishin Spark had Smell-A-Vision. . . .

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Good Sunday Sparkfam! It a wet day here in Chicago & some more snow to come. YIKES!! I'm not looking forward to it but it is winter so what do I expect? Some more of the spring weather that was upon us like last week. It was almost 60 degrees on Wednesday but it got really cold over the weekend.

Since the weather was so blah, I decided to cook one of those comfort soul food dinners for Sunday on Saturday. Say that fast 10x! lol I went shopping & did all the cooking yesterday. I made beef short ribs, baked chicken, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, turkey stuffing. Now my hubby felt like soul food & that's what I made for him. The only thing I had to taste everything & boy was it so good! The beef & chicken were both so moist & delicious! I had to make a small sampler plate for myself. I didn't make myself a huge plate but I ate good. I am feel very thankful for the things that the Lord has provided me with. My life could be very different than it is but I am so grateful for my many blessings.

Tonight I was hoping to go on a date with hubby since when we tried to go out to eat at TGIFridays it was so crowded & I didn't want to wait 45minutes for my meal. He wasn't upset more like angry. He wanted to apologize but I didn't let him. Why? Well I know how Fridays can be on Fridays, its a mad house & every young person is out on date. I should've known better & told him to wait until Saturday. Silly me.

Anyhow, I pray you are spending time with your family & enjoying these precious moments. They are so fleeting & became memories in a flash.

God bless you guys & thanks for listening!

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 2/21/2011 2:57PM

    Happy Monday Dee!

You meal sounds yummy and great! I cooked after my long tiring work out and was asleep when my little son came back home from prowliing. lol

I cooked Hot Chicken breast in the oven and man they were hot and good. Potato Salad also hot. Black eyed peas Green beans carrots and cornbread. I tell you that was good. Glad I had my workout completed and went to sleep early. lol Before the Closer went off. :( lol.
Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Week!
Deb
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CIERAPOET 2/21/2011 2:56PM

    Happy Monday Dee!

You meal sounds yummy and great! I cooked after my long tiring work out and was asleep when my little son came back home from prowliing. lol

I cooked Hot Chicken breast in the oven and man they were hot and good. Potato Salad also hot. Black eyed peas Green beans carrots and cornbread. I tell you that was good. Glad I had my workout completed and went to sleep early. lol Before the Closer went off. :( lol.
Thanks for sharing and Have a Great Week!
Deb
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DOUGLYE 2/21/2011 1:03PM

    Sounds like an awesome meal.
Good self control
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NISSANGIRL 2/21/2011 7:46AM

    Sounds like an emoticon dinner Dee! I bet your house smelled amazing! You handled all that food very well, you had a little of each and small portions. I don't think I could have handled it that way girl! I wish spark had a smellavison as well girl! Try going to Fridays on a Monday Dee, it's usually good at that time. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 2/20/2011 10:36PM

    snow agian?? Not our way I hope LOL!

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DAYHIKER 2/20/2011 6:48PM

    Any chance we could meet in your kitchen in April instead of Buckingham Fountain???
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MORRIS1989 2/20/2011 6:07PM

    DEE I love soul food that's what I was raised on. My mom and me learned to cook it better using less calories. The weather was nice I heard we are suppose to get 3 more inches of snow I hope not but, it is what it is. Hope you had a beautiful evening with your hubby love you DEE GOD bless you and yours!! emoticon

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Nobody But Yourself . . . . .

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam!! Its been one of those last few weeks where I have been restless & tired. We are in the process of redoing our suite in our building at work. So I can't wear my 5inch heels, I have to be good & wear flats that I can possibly wash or trash after we are done. . .

So anyway, I have also been operating off less sleep so I need a little more of cause this work is tedious and repetitive. I am doing okay other than that. Well last night I was too pooped to pop but still need to put gas in my car, get a car wash & pick up a slice of cake for missing my co-worker birthday. So once I did all that & feeling like I might fall out at any minute I went home & cooked enchiladas for my family. It was really good I tried a little myself but its very fattening with the cheese, sour cream, milk & tortillas. I guess I could try to make them low fat cause we LOVE em! LOL

Fast forward to this morning, I get up watch Joyce Meyer on "forgiveness" & then got up to do my workout. I got ready for work & then decided on my way to stop at Target to get her a card & candle. As I get out of my car the soft sweet wind reminds me of vacationing in the Bahamas years ago with hubby. So of course, I call him & we talk about that & what else is going on. He asks if I have money? I say yeah I got a few. . . Well I was done & ready to pay at the register when....I can't find my wallet. I tell the cashier I need to run to my car. She rings it up & then voids & will hold it til I come back. Well I get to the car no wallet. I start my car cause it had better be at home.

Get home, turn off the alarm & I got nothin!! UGH!! So I go to the car to see if I missed. Still nothing. . .I go on my porch when I hear a thud & a scream. Well I look around & its a guy who has had a stroke, he loves to walk & walk for blocks with his 3prong cane up & down the city blocks. He fell in the snow & mud. So of course I don't see anyone close & he is always courteous, so its up to me. I go over & ask does he need help? YES!! So it took me 2 tries, I need to start the iron harder!! I should've been able to rip him right out of the mud & back on his feet like nothin. lol He thanks me profusely & heads on his way. I look around & he is already forgotten the fall & on the next block! Unbelievable!! lol

So I go back to the house & go inside, I call my hubby. Hey you know what? I lost my wallet. No you didn't. What are you sayin? Well, you left it in your car last night. I went out to get something from my car & it was there on the seat. WHAT?! So where is it? At home. DUH Where??!! You know where the island is? Yes. Well its in one of those drawers. UGH!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!! But I digress Sparkfam cause he saved my behind right? So I say, thank you very much! Cause guess what? I have nobody to blame but myself! lol

So I hope you found some humor in this blog. I'm still scratchin my head. . . .lol

Today, as far as my workout I did Total Body Sculpt & Tommy Deters Kickboxing & also walking. My food intake is well below what it should be but I'm drinking my fruit smoothie. Even though it taste like apple baby food. YUK! But I paid $3.50 for it so chug-a-lug. lol

God bless Sparkfam!!

Dee

  
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OHSOSVELTE 2/20/2011 12:02AM

    My, my ... I think an angel hid that wallet to send you home to help that neighbor!!! What would have happened if you had not returned? Love the Lord's sense of humor!!

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CIERAPOET 2/18/2011 1:19PM

    What a Great Day! Did you go back to Targets? It's a Blessing to Find something extremely IMPORTANT that you think you lost. I bet you did think you could lift that man. lol That's funny...not the fall. lol Thanks for sharing. I could use some Enchiladas. I'm cooking some w/Turkey I think on Sunday...was just thinking about it and using corn tortillas.
Blessings to Ya! Thanks for the Goodie!
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NISSANGIRL 2/18/2011 7:24AM

    Dee the same exact thing happened to me last year! I was at the checkout ready to pay and I could not find my wallet! my purse had been open and I was walking around the store with it open. (I know dummy right?) and I was looking at things So I assumed someone stole it while my back was turned. I went to check my car and it was not there. Long story short, they called the police and they came and took my report and then went outside looking for any thing they could find. They took my name and # and I had to call my bank and other places to cancel cards and stuff, I get home and unload bags and Guess what? my wallet was in one of the bags! must of slipped out while I had it open. Lesson learned, keep purse closed at all times! Your dinner made me hungry girl! I am glad that you were there to help that poor guy that fell down . Keep up the great work Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORRIS1989 2/17/2011 9:51PM

    You are so funny and I enjoyed reading your blogs glad your wallet wasn't lost. 5 inch heels Dee you're good.

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CBARRETT10 2/17/2011 9:43PM

  WHAT A DAY!! emoticon Hope tomorrow is stress free!

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DAYHIKER 2/17/2011 7:14PM

    I guess it was okay to laugh with you because you found your wallet! That's a sinking feeling, isn't it! Glad it turned out well!! emoticon

Cindy

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DKELLEY35 2/17/2011 7:05PM

    Dee, it sounds like you had one of those days where you would have been better off in bed. Tomorrow is another day. Sparkon!

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VISUALLYRICS 2/17/2011 6:40PM

    You are too Funny!! ..loved thsi blog! emoticonfor the Laughter!!! emoticon
...what an Adventure.....I think the Lord has fun with us sometimes to see what we're made of.....you know what I mean? emoticon...at least I get it all the time. =)

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TYME2BME 2/17/2011 6:39PM

    I did enjoy reading your blog. All that and you didn't sound stressed. emoticon

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Is It With You? . . . .

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Its a beautiful day here in Chicago & its wonderful day after Valentine's Day. We had a good night & we stayed in had a dinner of chicken marsalas, baked bbq chicken breast, baked salmon & broccoli. We had chocolate cake for dessert but everyone else was too full.


My question today is do you have beauty in you? We can search online, shop at the antique stores & the world over but if we don't possess beauty within us then how can we know beauty when we see it? Just sayin. . . .

The last week we have been doing rehab at work meaning, priming , painting & cleaning up. Tomorrow will be laying carpet squares. I'm learning quite a bite more than what I wanted to. I am not a big worker when it comes to brawn, I like to use my brain more. . . .lol Oh so long story short my workouts have been really sufferings cause Im sore just like I worked out. How can I minimize soreness from my doing odd jobs at work then come home & do a workout at home. I have got to find more time. . . .


God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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DAYHIKER 2/17/2011 9:02AM

    You're getting in a plenty good workout and one that is different than your usual so you might be surprised at the results! Glad you finally have some good weather up there! emoticon

Cindy

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NISSANGIRL 2/17/2011 7:30AM

    Your valentines day dinner sounds emoticon we stayed in as well and I cooked Ravioli , salad and Italian bread. It was nice to stay home for a change and just relax. Sounds like you are doing a lot at work Dee! at least you are burning up calories while doing that and you are learning something different. It may come in handy if you ever want to paint at home! LOL Have a Great day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 2/16/2011 2:29PM

    Soak! in some Hot Water. If you can. lol That's the workout. It's listed also. You burning a whole bunch of calories too. Keep learning so you can teach someone else. lol God Bless You and You can do anything!!!
Blessings
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DKELLEY35 2/15/2011 9:49PM

    You're still getting a workout hard physical labor still burns those calories just like you were running or walking, its just another kind of workout. You are doing so great.

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MORRIS1989 2/15/2011 9:27PM

    Dee I have that problem too. At my job we have to pick up those heavy relay bags of mail. I just be too tired to workout sometimes. When I do I don't have that drive I used too. But, I am gonna try again tomorrow to have a good workout. But don't feel bad we all go though the same things. But, you're right we just have to find the time. Hang in there Dee once the weather get better we will be more successful. It's gonna be 60 Thursday Dee enjoy!! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 2/15/2011 9:26PM

    Hey Dee!
...I can relate...our church has had many needs last week, and they are following me into this week as well....I am so sore from a lot of physical labor...LOL! ...coming and going...but I LOVE It!! I'd rather be working for the Lord, and in my home attending to my family's needs than anything else. emoticonI am honored when they call me up for something else.
....I have tried to stick to my fitness routines and have so far....I am headed tonight to do my upper body weight lifting....we'll see. ( it is important to listen to my body....I have found out the hard way ....to not over do.)

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Once Upon a Time. . . .

Friday, February 11, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Its warmer in Chicago than it was yesterday but its still cold to me. This week I have been trying something a little different with my diet & fitness and it actually seems to be working. I was think about when I was young & I used to eat what I wanted but that is not true. I didn't half the stuff I eat now which lead me down this once upon a time road, when I was younger & healthier & 128lbs. I look at pictures of me during this time & I looked a hot mess! :) I needed a little weight on me but I actually ate breakfast at home, lunch at school & then dinner maybe. I didn't eat everything my mom made but we some times would go out for McDonalds, Burger King, Sizzlers & Ponderosa. The last two some of you may not be old enough to remember. lol They are few a far between how they used to be one every 20miles or close to a mall. Something like how Chili's & TGIFriday's are... Food everywhere is really killing us & if we don't learn to deny our flesh the pleasure every time to see a restaurant then how will be be, get or stay healthy? That's the new thing I have been trying, I am fasting once a week but I continue praying for clarity & strength from the Lord. It has really been putting my mind in a different place than thinking of food. I eat but I don't obsess about what I will eat or when I will eat & if I feel a hunger pane, I drink some water.

So once upon a time will now be in the not too far distance, I will have control over the junk food demons. Watch out its a trap!!!



I have a steady mindset when it comes to food & eat the healthier foods. Now I won't say that I won't indulge in snacks & treats but I will curb that habit of over snacking. I believe I was doing it wrong relying on my ability to eye ball food & know what a serving was/is but that was not the case either. I was eating a double portion & that's another reason why I have at the same weight. I wanna see what the results will be so I will be updating you the 1st of March on my results.

You guys are my gauge & my accountability partners in crime, so HELP!!

God bless & thank you letting me share!

Dee

  
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MORRIS1989 2/13/2011 11:02PM

    Dee I remember the last two restaurants, I always wanted to fast a day a week. I guess I am gonna have to pray to get an understanding I want to fast to get closer to GOD not to lose weight. I will be praying for us both. Best Wishes on your plan.

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NISSANGIRL 2/12/2011 10:31AM

    Good luck on your new diet plan Dee, I know that you will be able to "make it Happen" You Rock and continually amaze me with what all you do! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 2/11/2011 9:14PM

    Fasting and praying for clarity is the best way to know where God wants you to go and what He wants you to do. He has given you the strength to keep food in its proper place and not make it an idol. Funny, but I found that food dominated my life at one point because it was attached to my emotions and my emotions were out of control.I was powerless. But PRAISE THE LORD for His grace and mercy.Be encouraged Dee, we are with you and so is He.

Keep Sparkin'

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VISUALLYRICS 2/11/2011 8:08PM

    I have those calories....and other nutrition facts memorized practically...thank the Lord for that! I did it for So Long! LOl!! Now, I just don't make food a Big deal in general...it helps to direct my passions, and ambitions away from the fridge....if ya know what I mean.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DKELLEY35 2/11/2011 7:57PM

    Good luck on this new project. I've read that fasts are good for you, make sure you maintain your fluids though.

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DAYHIKER 2/11/2011 6:40PM

    If I don't weigh and measure fairly regularly my eyes will start to deceive me with a little and then those portions get bigger and bigger. I don't want to do this forever but for now I really need to so I understand what you are saying!! We can do this, Dee!! emoticon

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