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Here's To Your Health. . . . .

Monday, March 28, 2011

Good Monday Sparkfam!!! Its a brisk day here in Chicago but the sun is shining like its 60 degrees outside. I am patient being a spring baby knowing that we often jump straight from wintry weather 37-49 degrees straight to 61-75 degrees. We used to have indian spring but now it is what is. So everyday should be a day that we consider our health & I was wondering what are you doing today to keep yourself healthy? Today, I started to bring a half sandwich or should I say an open face sandwich but instead I brought the half eaten wendys chili & a 6oz yogurt. I saved myself on sodium & fat by just switching out the sandwich. I had a pancake for breakfast & sausage so I did eat like a king for breakfast. More like a queen for lunch but tonight I will be dining on rainbow trout, broccoli & a baked chicken wing. Although I am planning what to eat right now, its often subject to change.

Also while I am at it let me just say:

Even though I sat straight up this morning with my bible & Joyce Meyer I was prepared to give myself 30-45mins of fitness. I used to do 60-120minutes of fitness but with spring coming so early I am doing 45-60mins in the morning & if I have time in the evening doing another 30-60mins. I deserve it & I am seeing some toning. Not like overnight but gradual changes. I have many events coming up this year but I want to do this for myself my health & this will trickle down to my son. I have been idle too long but now its time to put into action all that I have learned & prove to myself that I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me!

God bless Sparkfam!!

Dance like no one is watching . . . . .

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NISSANGIRL 3/29/2011 1:51PM

    emoticon blog and emoticon job with your meal planning and workouts! you totally Rock girl! my inspiration! have a Great Tuesday Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 3/29/2011 3:19AM

    HAppy Monday Dee! Great blog! I'm not giving Up meat. I love ribs too much. You rocking those workouts girl! I'm learning the art of mindful eating & it feels good. Thanks for commenting on my bog. I appreciate all of your support!

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DKELLEY35 3/28/2011 7:16PM

    And here's to your health De. good for you. Keep it up.

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Do You Zumba?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Good Hump Day Sparkfam! Its a cloudy day here in Chicago but my sense of humor or smile has been helping over all that. I have worked out for 60mins & now I'm getting my 30-45mins of walking breaks in today. Its a day to dance as it is everyday but today because its hump day & we made it over. I love my job but some times its a chore to get here but once I am here I can stay all day. Not really but I could stay til later in the evening.

Today I wanna Zumba! I really enjoy it because its like a praise & worship dance. Without all the gyrations though. lol I was just wondering how many of you Zumba? I love the flow & I'm toning up & losing weight in the process too. You should always dance like no one is watching. I have to let you know that I don't actually own a Zumba dvd, when the promo comes on I do it with the infomercial. I just feel like I can dance by myself but one day I will own the collection. lol

God bless Sparkfam!


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JGAL8123 4/1/2011 5:27PM

    LOVE Zumba! - I don't have the DVDs but I try to make the classes at my gym whenever I'm able. I'd like to try the Wii version sometime

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JUSTFOXXY 3/29/2011 5:25AM

    I love Zumba and I am so happy that I have a great, no, awesome instructor. Lately the music has been stuck in my head and I find myself dancing the bathroom, bedroom or wherever. I recently purchased the Zumba Wii and burned 600 calories. I was impressed because I didn't think I would like it as much as I did, but I do!

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TBABY912 3/28/2011 11:34PM

    i do! well i did when i was exercising emoticon

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CIERAPOET 3/27/2011 5:48PM

    I would love to get a Great Zumba DVD. I do it with the commercials too. Although I have not seen them ain a while. I like doing Hip Hop Abs with that buff young man. lol and Turbo Jam all of those commercials get me up. I tried a Zumba dvd from the library but it did not seem like what I

Hope you are enjoying your company if they are still there.
Happy Sunday and have a very blessed week!

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SAPPHIRE983 3/26/2011 5:30PM

    I am going to try it on Monday =)

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/26/2011 5:24PM

    I want to try this so badly! Looks like a ton of fun!

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JAZZID 3/25/2011 11:15PM

    No, but sounds like fun!...

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/25/2011 10:30PM

    I just started at my Curves. Each instructor is different. I love the beat and energy of the music.

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NISSANGIRL 3/24/2011 11:09AM

    Never tried it but it looks like SOOOOOOOO much fun! Great job on your workouts Dee! You are leaving me behind in your dust! keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VERITY50 3/24/2011 12:30AM

    I have not tried it yet, but its really popular with a lot of people here on the spark, so it must be something to it!

I say, go for it, whatever keeps you movin'..... emoticon

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SANDYJAS 3/23/2011 11:38PM

    I LOVE zumba! I go to Chicago Latin Fitness. 3 Latina sisters are the teachers. Zumbalicious.

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MISSM66 3/23/2011 6:12PM

    yes I do and I love it. emoticon emoticon

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RRP546 3/23/2011 4:39PM

  i do not but i would like to

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How To Stay Young . . . . .

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! Just thinking of a few ways to add years to my life & I know laughter definitely works! Let's laugh together!! WOOHOO!


1. Try everything twice.

On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:

"Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends.

The grouches pull you down.

(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning:

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever...

Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'

And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud.

Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,

spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6.. The tears happen:

Endure, grieve, and move on.

The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

LIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love:

Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever..

Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health:

If it is good, preserve it.

If it is unstable, improve it.

If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips..

Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,

to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

I love you, my special friend.

11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance..

Remember! Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Wine does not make you FAT ....

it makes you LEAN ....

(Against tables, chairs, floors, walls and nice people.)

God bless & Have a great day!

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GODZDESIGN95 3/28/2011 3:32PM

    Yum watermelon!! LOL!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/26/2011 5:24PM

    Haha that cracked me up! You are so cute.

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JAZZID 3/25/2011 11:17PM

    Thanks for the uplifting blog... emoticon here's to living life to the fullest.

~ Dee emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 3/20/2011 7:36AM

    emoticon blog Dee! I printed this and posted it on my fridge! Have a Great Sunday girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 3/17/2011 9:07PM

    Loved this blog!!! Yes, Give me cheerful friends.....esp the ones who make me laugh till I cry!! LOL!! emoticon emoticonGotta LOVE those crazy friends!!! emoticon....I'd rather get in a wagon and take a trip to the funny farm than take a guilt trip....LOL!!!! emoticon

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JOURNEY2DESTINY 3/17/2011 8:26PM

    I LOVED IT!! How are you Dee? I'm hanging in there with a vengeance! Glory to God. I'm printing this for my office. A daily reminder that I have one life to live and I have to LIVE like it! You really hit the nails on the head today. We have to let go and move on. Enjoy everything because the Lord has so much more than what you left behind. Because if we are always lookin back, we cant appreciate the view and blessings ahead.

Keep Sparkin

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Happy Monday. . . .

Monday, March 14, 2011

Good Monday Sparkfam! So its Monday & the time changed yesterday & man time flew by! I started cooking at 3pm yesterday & sat down & watched an episode of Chopped on the food channel & looked up again & it was 6pm! WOW! I mean I loved waking up to the sun but watching the day flash by was kinda devastating because it means Monday is here. I had my cup of coffee & had a small slice of meatlovers pizza & I'm done. I keep catching glimpsing of myself in mirrors & I'm kinda happy with my progress but see the room for improvements. I would like to continue slow but I also know I could kick it up a notch. . .So that's what I'm doing my upping the anty on my cardio workouts to 5hours a week. Meaning for 5-6 days my workouts will be 45-60mins. I mean, I need it & I have time, I have just gotten lazy. I have so many ah ha days coming up, my birthday, both of my sons luncheons & graduation & don't forget the family reunion! Family can really be hard on when you gain weight & don't look like what they perceived you to be. lol Let's not forget also that if I didn't workout I would be oh about 235lbs! Yeap its true, I loved to eat!

So I got up at 4:55am because I didn't want to be too late for work this morning. I watched Joyce Meyer & enjoy her show today on temptation. Lord knows I needed it! So then I got up & did 30mins of yoga, 30mins of Total Body w/Gilad & 30mins of step aerobics. I have been walking all day trying to get my steps up but I would love to do 30mins of kick boxing. I did enjoy a cup of my gourmet carmel vanilla keurig coffee & it was delicious with sugar & cream. That I haven't given up on. . . .I have a huge salad for later on this afternoon to ward off any mode of perceived starvation. My stomach plays tricks on my all the time trying to make me eat when I actually have no desire to eat at all.

Sparkfam I pray you guys are finding ways to be healthier. Even if it takes one bite at a time. . .Keep Japan in your prayers because our whole winter could not even measure up to what they are going through. Yes we've had a rough go of it but I couldn't even imagine their pain or anguish. They are asking people to donate, I will probably text $10 on my phone bill this month.

God bless & take care!


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NISSANGIRL 3/16/2011 10:14AM

    emoticon job! You rock ! keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 3/15/2011 8:12PM

    Hello and a great blog. Yes Sunday went by so fast. I came over to the library and stayed longer than I wanted yesterday. Glad I had my outside walk/run completed. Today I'm taking it in and I came over here late. I'm getting some net at home real soon. I told my son I need it. I things to do. Plus working on books...I need it at home. lol

No...the Winter can't compare to this devastation in Japan. It was almost like a movie Dee. I can't listen to the sadness all the time. Reminds me of 9/11. That took a toll on my emotions. So...I pray every time I think about it and thank God for HIS Love and Mercy and I pray for those who are trapped to be found.

And...Don't worry about what others think including family. lol Ok...I'm older so I can say that. Although your wisdom is much older than mines. That's a good thing.
Love ya and many blessings!
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SANDYJAS 3/14/2011 7:23PM

    Woot Woot, Dee, I am proud of you! I did two 10 minute workouts this morning -- ballet, and yoga. Tonight I will do one hour of Zumba!

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Happy Hump Day!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Well you have half the week pass by & its either been a breeze or hectic. No matter, its time to do the happy dance & celebrate Hump Day!!

Blessings & move something!


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CIERAPOET 3/12/2011 5:26PM

    Hey Dee! How is your weekend going? I had this blog opened up when I logged out from the library and I decided to hit you up. I'm doing good. Staying on track and real consistent these couple of weeks with the workouts and the walk/run. I can feel a difference in the pants that I wear. Thank God for changes! I know your body is changing to.

Many blessings for a Fabulous Saturday and an Anointed Sunday!
Love Ya!
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MORRIS1989 3/12/2011 12:15AM

    thank You Happy Hump Day to you too!! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 3/11/2011 7:06AM

    Hope you had a great one Dee! emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 3/9/2011 10:07PM

    Very cute and happy hump day to you as well.

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LADYBIRD82 3/9/2011 6:11PM

    Happy Hump Day to you too! emoticon

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