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I Will Do Better. . . .

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! Its really early here in Chicago about 5am & I have been up since 3am. Its warm & we didn't have the air on so, I was kinda miserable but its nice right now. I let the windows up to let the fresh air in & lit the candles. I love the quiet of the morning before the city start hustle & bustle or get stirred around.

Me & the hubby share a laptop so soon I will have to give it up so that he can do his Word study. I am going to push ups & lower boyd this morning. Then I am off to my girlfriends at 7:30am so I can help out with her day care. She pays me & I like being around the kids. Don't tell her but I would do it for nothing. But she always feels like she doesn't want to owe anybody. It rained pretty good last night & just a moment ago the thunder cracked so its gonna be a wet one.

So since I am up right now this will be me at work today:

So tonight I will try to do better. I will try to do some deep breathing & relaxing & turn the heat on if its at all possible. So what do you do to relax? I had some milk I didn't warm it though. I am really doing well on my fitness & I don't want to derail it with not getting enough rest. . .

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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CIERAPOET 5/15/2011 5:30PM

    Hello Dee. Thanks for sharing your early morning quiet time.
I like to walk. That's how I relax or read the Word. Commune w/God. Sleep is Powerful. I have to get my 8 so that I can be more successful. Blessings to Your Day!
Deb emoticon

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JAZZID 5/14/2011 10:14PM

    I hope that you were able to get in some R & R... emoticon you deserve it!

Enjoy your weekend ~Dee emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 5/12/2011 5:14PM

    Bubble baths are heavenly, I miss not having a tub. Also having a warm glass of milk helps too. Have a great day with taking care of the kiddies.

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NISSANGIRL 5/12/2011 4:00PM

    I agree with Poppypen, take a bubble bath and have a little wine , that should relax you Dee, Other than not sleeping you are doing emoticon Hope you had a great day with your girlfriend and kids. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MACMOM57 5/12/2011 6:48AM

    Sitting dow with a good book does it for me.

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POPPYPENN 5/12/2011 6:19AM

    I take a bubble bath and stretch to relax. I also listen to soft music or the ocean or some other mellow music. if that fails, I try reading a dense book like a technical manual.

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Jumped Over the Hump. . . .

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Good Hump Day Sparkfam! What a gorgeous day it is here in Chicago! I mean, I turned the heat off in my truck but its nice & warm in there. Its like 60degrees & the sun is shining. I need a car wash & wax well I need a good detail done on my truck. lol

Like the blue people above I am jumping. I am jumping over the hump slump I have been in since November. I mean, I moved around but nothing like I am now. I really lost that time to workout that I can not get back but there is no time like today. So I got up & did Cathe Supersets & did 30mins of her Rhythmic Step. She does too much twirling & I can't stand that. Did I tell you guys I get dizzy pretty easily? Well I am afraid of heights so I guess they some times go hand & hand. Oh I also get motion sickness. If I am in a car or on the bus & they stop & go too much, I have to throw up. Its just who I am. lol

Back to the blog though, I am feeling really hyped so I am going home to do a kickboxing session & I also got a date with Jillian. I missed my workouts yesterday because we went out to dinner. I didn't do bad but I ate my sweet potato fries & my sons fries & I had 2 of his ribs. I also bit off my insane chicken sandwich with bacon & onion rings. OUCH! I am not gonna let it get me stuck in another rut I am going to keep on moving.

I went back to very beginning of my joining Spark trying to infuse what I learned then with what I know now. I ate everything I didn't give up many of the foods I eat but I cut way back & I had a snack or two everyday. Here's a preview to what I ate one a day when I was heavier:

1 pancake w/butter & heavy syrup
1 c. of raisin bran
1 c. whole milk
4-5 cookies - lol

2 slices of white bread
3 slices of turkey
3 slices of ham
Red Vines

Wendy's chili
Vanilla Frosty
Peanut butter cookies
Oil popped popcorn

1921 calories

I was actually losing with this program! Can anybody tell me what's wrong with this meal? Well, the frosty & the pancakes & cookies for breakfast, how was I losing? Well, I had insane workout program & once I implemented this workout, I started to eat better. Now above shows how I gained the weight. Now I need to add more fresh fruits & veggies, lean meats & more water & I am on my way.

Are you jumping over your hump?

God bless & enjoy everyday health!


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RUTHXG 5/10/2011 3:12PM

    Dee, I've missed you--sorry I somehow got unsubscribed. Doesn't the warmer weather make you feel GOOD?! I feel as if I could do anything!!

Go for those lean meats & freggies. Your exercise sounds great. Now you can see that hump only in your truck's rear-view mirror. emoticon


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CIERAPOET 5/6/2011 8:18PM

    Yes I'm jumping over m

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NISSANGIRL 5/5/2011 7:07AM

    On day of bad choices won't do any harm Dee, you work out like crazy and I am sure you will burn it off fast. Sound like the weather and your day rocked! it was raining here and very damp and cold weds, I think that is what lead to my bad food choices, and it is TOM so I was outta control! Keep up the great work girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 5/4/2011 5:56PM

    I am jumping over the hump slump too!! with YOU!!
...there's NO keeping you in a rut!! Onward & Forward!! I'm With YOU!

gotta jive with the blue guys....see ya later! ~ Laura

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May Day Challenge. . .

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Good Sunday Sparkfam! Its a breezy but mild day here in Chicago & I'm glad about it. Went to church & enjoyed the sermon on Forgiving Yourself, woohoo it was much needed. Cooked up some baked chicken, potatoes au gratin, green beans & salad, it was quite delicious.

So its the first 1st day of May and Summer is coming swiftly. Will you be tank top, shorts & even bath suit ready? Well I am joining the C5K virtual walk/run by the end of May. I am ready to join a different challenge every month to keep it fresh & keep my mind focused on the goal at hand, lose those last 19lbs. I am so geeked once again & I want to be held accountable not only to myself but to my Sparkfam as well. April was a different month but I tried to get my May Challenge of losing 10lbs 2 weeks ago. The month of April was full of life & full of sorrow as well. So my heart is heavy but I'm remaining prayerful & ready to be of service to those in need. Are you?

Challenge yourself daily. . . . .

God bless Sparkfam!


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CIERAPOET 5/3/2011 2:11PM

    Thanks Dee for the pep talk. Sorry that April was not all good but I know that your Faith in God pulled you through. He is Always Faithful to us and be there for us. I forgot I did that Virtual 5K and trained for it. That's a challenge! I'm in the Spring Challenge this month. I'm going to do more than I did last month in every area. We can do it sis!
Many blessings and keep motivating us!
Love ya!

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NISSANGIRL 5/2/2011 7:00AM

    Great Goal Dee! I am going to do the same, It' been great to be able to be outdoors lately and get to walk and work in the yard. Sounds like you Had a Great Sunday as well! Have a Great Monday Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Burn Baby Burn. . . .

Friday, April 29, 2011

Do you?

Good Friday Sparkfam!! Its a beautiful warm day here in Chicago. I like it so much better than the rain but I can say I am seeing my plants come & grass grow in areas I normally need to dig up & put down plenty of seeds. I should've through the seeds down back in March. . . Oh well, its quite alright.

Today, I enjoyed doing Cathe's Power Hour & then I did Gilad. Tonight I need to get in my kickboxing session. I am really on a roll but I don't want to get too caught up in exercising to not be able to have fun & enjoy my family & friends & life. So when you are in the correct heart rate zone, burn Baby burn!!

God bless Sparkfam & have a wonderful weekend!


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NISSANGIRL 5/1/2011 7:15AM

    Love that doggie! Great Job Dee! You are my hero! I worked in my yard Saturday and cleaned up my flower beds and pulled weeds, it's looking really nice and It was a Beautiful day! Have a Great Sunday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA2BLITTLE 4/30/2011 4:54PM

    Oh my Gosh! Too Cute! Great Blog.

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TUBLADY 4/29/2011 5:35PM

    Have fun and do your thing.

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A Flower for My Friends. . . .

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! I am having a wonderful day here in Chicago & I am feeling really amped up! I didn't much sleep breaking my own beauty rule about getting enough of: water, fruits, vegetables and all important sleep. Not rest but really deep sleep. I had my grandson last night cause my daughter is finish up her degree at DePaul U. Well she has a late class so this our time to spend together. He stays up as long as the tv stays on. So I forgot this & thought put on something boring, no luck. He finally ran out of gas around 1am. So I got maybe 4.5 hours of sleep. I was sluggish waking up but I got up & whispered a few prayers & watched Joyce Meyer & then did my 45min workout with the Firm. I thought it was easier but its fast paced & they change up every 3-5mins. Well I did & I am so glad because I am so worth those perfect size 8 jeans. I think a size 6 would mean loss of lower back fat or junk in the trunk. lol

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend
while I'm here, than a whole truck load when I'm gone .

These Are For You !!!

Don 't you know the phrase ..
'Stop and Smell the Flowers' ???

Happiness keeps you Sweet,
Trials keep you Strong,
Sorrows keep you Human,
Failures keep you Humble,
Success keeps you Glowing,

But .... Only Friends ....
Keep You Going !!!

With so much going on in the southern part of the country, I am giving my Sparkfam flowers. Pray without ceasing cause so much is going on everywhere & we need to stay prayed up. I have been getting flowers & plants since the first week of April & now I am surrounded by a dozen longed red roses. I also got a floral bouquet for myself & I did share with my co-worker. So I think it is only fitting to share also with my other loved ones. . . . . You are always in my thoughts because you are always here for me when I need to be picked up.

God bless you all today!

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CIERAPOET 4/29/2011 2:15PM

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Thanks for the flowers Dee! They are so very beautiful. These roses are meant for a Queen as you. You are so motivating and encouragement. Always lifting us up. emoticon For the God in You! I know you have such a Joy with the grandson. I can't wait...but I can. lol May you enjoy this Friday and may Your weekend be blessed beyond measure!

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NISSANGIRL 4/29/2011 6:44AM

    Sorry you did not get your sleep Dee, kids have way too muh energy! I love Flowers and love to have them inside and outside the home, they make things look and smell so much nicer! Keep up the great work ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/28/2011 3:45PM

    I agree about prayer girl the signs of the times are all around us. I am trying to witness all I can to all those who will hear. So much disasters and disease and everything in between. I am fearful for my sons they are not saved. I pray for them daily

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