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Rise & Shine. . .

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam!! Its a beautiful day here in Chicago with the sun shining & a 40% chance of showers later but I won't worry about that. The sun is warm & I will show up & face this day head on. I did got up with a word from the Lord with Joyce Meyer for my soul. Then rejoiced & did Jillian this morning & had raisin bran with 1%milk. I trying not to over do my caloric intake so that I can soon see some results. I know I should be probably eating total raisin bran but I'm not there yet. I will have a turkey on honey wheat toast for lunch & a spinach salad with balsamic vinegar. For dinner grilled chicken & spaghetti. I know that my spaghetti packs a punch with sauces & bbq sauce so I try to hold back. Oh did I say I didn't use whole grain pastas? Oh well, you live & learn & I'm so on board for living. How bout you? Did you rise up & see the sun shining & faced the day with a smile to all those you love? Or did you drag out of bed & had to have a cup of coffee to get you ready for your day? Either way, it starts & ends with you, show up for the rest of your life on a daily basis.

On another note, I got a rose yesterday from a co-worker & that really made my day. When I got home my best friend rang the bell with her hands full of a purple pillowcase filled with a 27 in flat screen tv. Maybe I didn't tell you my tv in my bedroom is on the fritz so I wanted to buy hers but she wouldn't hear of it & neither would I. So I have a brand new gently used tv! emoticon I dressed up for work today cause I just didn't feel like wearing another pair of jeans. So I get to work & there's a box under my desk. Grumpy old me is like who in the world put the box under my desk is gonna get it. Well, I got to beautiful pothos plants one in beautiful orange planter. So I'm gonna get it! lol So then my co-worker bought us a dozen roses & she split them with me. So I am surrounded my light & life today & what a way to bring in my birthday month. My day isn't until the 11th of April but boy oh boy, do I feel so blessed to have beautiful people that think of me & spread love all around. I'm gonna breathe cause if I get anything else, I am gonna cry. . . .

God bless & enjoy everyday Sparkfam!


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CIERAPOET 4/7/2011 6:54PM


I see your Light Shining Bright Dee! emoticon God is able to cause ALL Grace Abound your way and it doesn't stop!
Love the motivation and keep up the great work. Thanks for the goodie. I need to get me some fresh spices. Wanting to experiment. Love you sister!
Deb emoticon

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MRLEEP23 4/7/2011 9:38AM

    All about positivity!!! I LUV IT!!


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NISSANGIRL 4/7/2011 7:26AM

    What a beautiful and emoticon day you had Dee! you have the most wonderful and supportive friends! I would be on cloud nine as well! Have a another Great one today girlfriend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRANKBUD 4/6/2011 6:04PM

    I'm 100% on board for living.dee it's an rainy day here in flint, mi. but i still got my work out on.eating right and working out.they go hand and truly motivate me.

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BACKTOTEN12 4/6/2011 12:42PM

    What a great day you had! Thanks for all your support on my journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMCCLARY 4/6/2011 12:26PM

    Dee, thank you so much for the birthday wishes yesterday. I appreciate you so much. I have family in Chicago and now you are another reason to come visit! Be blessed and enjoy that new TV! God is good! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So It's Friday . . . .

Friday, April 01, 2011

Happy Friday Sparkfam!! I'm working with Jillian & Cathe today. I haven't consumed enough calories today but I'm working on that. lol What are you doing thats healthy for you today?

Yeah, we can say Friday is a pay day or play day but you should also do something for your health!

God bless Sparkfam!


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NISSANGIRL 4/4/2011 7:17AM

    Great blog! I got a lot done inside on Friday so I feel great about that! have a Great Monday Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 4/2/2011 4:28PM

    Walked over 2 miles Friday. Ate a great healthy dinner. Proud of that tuna salad I made. lol. Thanks for all the encouragement and posting on my blog. Have a GREAT Weekend! Enjoy the warmer weather!

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DKELLEY35 4/1/2011 6:51PM

    Happy Weekend Dee.

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MARAHAB 4/1/2011 6:48PM

    Happy Friday! emoticon at my house!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/1/2011 4:40PM

    Happy Friday! Today, I'm NOT eating garbage. Later, I'm going for a walk. I might even visit with Jillian after dinner...

Thanks for the push!

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Happy Tuesday. . .

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Well it has been an almost healthy day for me today. I dragged myself up from my bed & did Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30DVD I'm on week #2. Surprised I haven't quit cause I hate to do the same workout everyday but its good training for the workouts to come.

Here is a break down of the food I ate & will eat tonight for dinner. I will try to get in 30more minutes of Zumba or kickboxing. I need to burn some serious fat. lol

Oatmeal milk & 2pcs of honey wheat toast
Morning Snack:
Yogurt & apple
Campbell's Soup & Rice
Salad w/tomatoes, red onions & cucumbers
Wild rice
Baked Chicken
A fork full of beef short ribs
Wethers Carmel candies
Mini Reese cups

I told you guys it was an almost healthy day & also I added cream butter & sugar to that oatmeal. Oh & butter on the toast. Old habits die hard. lol

God bless & Happy Tuesday!


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NISSANGIRL 3/30/2011 7:25AM

    Sounds like a great day and awesome choices! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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