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Happy 4th of July....

Monday, July 04, 2011

God bless America! It has its flaws but thats why I love it!

Enjoy a safe & happy holiday today!


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JANTWO 7/5/2011 12:11AM

    You too!!!!

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CIERAPOET 7/4/2011 9:02PM

    Thank You Dee! Happy 4th to you too!
Many Blessings!

(On my mobile)

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/4/2011 9:00PM

    Happy 4th of July to you from a Canadian! :-)

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Family Reunion 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Happy Hump Day! I am celebrating because I am out of the office a few hours. WOOHOO!!! I will be at home today & tomorrow & we leave out early Friday for a quick trip to Atlanta & then return on Sunday. So its going to be an action packed 2days. ..

As the family coordinator planned something for every minute cept for when we sleep. I am trying to sleep but I am anxious about not forgetting my phone charger & shoes. Its always something but I plan to the T but something still has to be picked up at the local Piggly Wiggly. LOL We will be doing a meet & greet from 3-5pm. Then an evening beach type party from 7-11pm & then my guess? Nap time. We will rise up early for family pray & breakfast, then off to tour the city & see some sights or kick back & enjoy the pool. We do enjoy driving around & seeing sights but I wanna do the aquarium. Then we come back & do something with the graduates like a mentoring & college prep (my son Tre will be attending). Then we will have an after 5attire banquet. Then we will have dancing or we could go to this park where we can watch the fire work festivities. Or is that Friday? IDK?!! That would be cool to do all this with a group & its your family. WOOHOO! Then in the morning we close out with family prayer & breakfast at 7am. We will be back at the airport awaiting our flight & back to Chicago. So I will come back tired & need to come back here to refresh my goals for living healthier. lol

I think we can all say that we could cram in 30-45mins of cardio & strengthen training 3-6x a week? If we get up & walk 45-60mins daily we could add a few more years on to our life expectancy, right? Well why not try to get 45mins to 90mins of workout done daily. Its for our health & yourself that we do what we do & that's why we are here. I can promise you that there are some weeks when I feel like I don't wanna & I don't. I plan to do my exercise & eat healthy but it never pans out. So what do I do until I feel like doing it again? I just murmur to myself you know you need to be doing this & you know you need to be eating that but I blow it off. We can't continue on this path if we want to be healthy right? I am trying to get in all the workouts I can cause I kinda wanna not have to do anything but walking or body weight exercises while I am there.

So last night I got very little sleep as I am ready to go & have fun with my family. So I got up anyway & did Kickboxing for 60mins & then did a much needed 25mins of abs. I have been up walking & fidgeting all day. I'm so ready to go home & get a nap but my nails need to be done. Hair is out of control so its in a pony tail for now. Maybe a hand band & down in the back will suffice? Maybe not....

God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday!

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CIERAPOET 7/4/2011 9:16PM

    Hope You All Had Some Great FUN! Many Blessings!

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KAMCCLARY 7/4/2011 8:06PM

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VISUALLYRICS 6/30/2011 4:54PM

    Have Fun, Girlfriend!!
....and Thanks for the goodie too!

...just blogged early myself....will be out of pocket this holiday weekend.

have a great emoticon4th of July!!

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NISSANGIRL 6/30/2011 8:39AM

    Sounds like a Great time! Have Fun Dee and take loads of pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 6/29/2011 7:58PM

    NOw they showed an elephant painting but thei is my fist time seeing a cat painting. LOL. Have fun. I remember our family reunion I was a teenager. WOW how time has passed!!

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NEWME0519 6/29/2011 3:43PM

    Have tons of fun with your family & safe travels!

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Monday is over. . . . .

Monday, June 27, 2011

Its been a long day Sparkfam! It started out rainy but cleared & the sun is out now so I will try to finish my workout tonight. Its a shame not to get out on day when its not so humid & do something outside.

This morning I did Tae bo & Jillian. Tonight its yoga & Total Body Sculpt for 60mins. Getting loads of walking done at the office. Fidget city over here. lol

What are you doing this evening healthy? Eating right or getting in some gardening or a walk outside? Whatever it is do it happily......

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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GODZDESIGN95 6/29/2011 7:57PM

    what a cute picture!!

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NISSANGIRL 6/28/2011 9:33AM

    Great work Dee! I need to pick up the slack and get a good work out today! It's gloomy here and I don't have the energy to work out. I am going to Just do it and I usually feel better after I do. Keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 6/27/2011 7:43PM

    Happy Monday! emoticon

How was your weekend? I'm planning on finishing this week strong. We are flying out of 2011. LOL But that makes me
push even harder. You tearing up those workouts! emoticon

I'm enjoying the dancing and I do figure 8's and I do them better than when I do then with belly dancing. I just free style cardio style...very fast and jumping around too. lol Thank God for you and thanks for always cheering my page up and me too. You are a blessing!
Love ya Sister!!!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/27/2011 6:25PM

    You are amazing with keeping healthy! I did exercise this morning and have eaten well so far today and will the rest of the day despite going to a party tonight where there will be snacks - I will choose wisely.

Have a great night!

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RUTHXG 6/27/2011 5:58PM

    Dee, it's incredible to me how much exercise you do! If I get in one 30-Day Shred session or a 30-minute fast walk I feel pleased! You must be amazingly strong.

Yes, I'm so glad the sky cleared. I didn't get to exercise this morning, but this evening I'll go for a good brisk walk.

Have a lovely evening! You are emoticon

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Lazy Days of Summer.....

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam! Its rainy & much cooler day here in Chicago. I pushed myself & hubby out of the bed with a big force. I did 30mins of strength training & then like a vacuum came & sucked the air of me, I sat there dazed & confused? What do I do next? I wanna finish my cardio portion of my workout but man I could really go for another 30mins of laying around.

Are the lazy days of summer really here? Does the summer time make you lazier? I used to love to workout in the summer but for some reason this summer, I am dragging my heels. I need to find some ways to get my energy amped up again. Any suggestions other than coffee? lol

Tonight going to a neighborhood smokeout to show support for our community & the police officers patrolling the area. They asked that we bring a folding chair & our appetite so food is available as well as meeting other neighbors. Its a cookout but a opportunity to bring people out of their homes safely in areas where crime is taking over. Chicago can be rough at times but in order to get our city to work for us we have to do work with them as well.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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VISUALLYRICS 6/25/2011 9:50PM

    The community cookout sounds like a great idea! emoticon
.....Are there any areas of volunteer work at your church? I get more involved in the mission outreach during the summer days.....definitely keeps me from being lazy....Lol!

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NISSANGIRL 6/24/2011 6:50AM

    I feel the same way Dee! I was on the go and full of energy when the weather was cooler, but now that it's so humid I tend to be a bit more lazy and not feel like working out. It's supposed to get a little cooler so I am looking forward to that. Hope you had a great time at the neighborhood picnic! sounds like fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUTHXG 6/23/2011 12:19PM

    You know what--I would suggest starting with cardio, then doing strength training while your muscles are still warmed up. Then really good stretches afterward. Generally I find exercise invigorates me for the day & helps keep my energy UP. But if your home is hot in summer weather, you would feel more sluggish. It definitely may have to do with the weather.

Hope you can perk up as the day goes on! Make sure not to overdo it on simple carbs (sugary foods & potatoes & such). Get some good protein in ya!

So glad to hear about the smokeout tonight. Lay claim to your neighborhood! Folks from my church sometimes do prayer walks in ours.


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JGAL8123 6/23/2011 11:45AM

    Love the pic - that's how I feel some days! The coffee addict that I am, not sure what to suggest for non-caffeine energy boosts. I know that I feel really sluggish when I'm dehydrated - are you drinking enough water? Maybe start with a glass or two in the morning and see if it helps.

Enjoy the smokeout!

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Just Curious. . . .

Monday, June 20, 2011

Good Monday Sparkfam! What a wonderful Monday morning, it rained earlier & we didn't the humidity I thought we would. Tomorrow is another day. So I didn't do much over my week I donated a few hours to my job. I don't mind cause they always give us perks, like every other Friday off in the summer with pay. So how can I come in with anything but a smile on my face. lol

Well, yesterday I made a huge breakfast & I bought him a nice funny card, he loves those & a bottle of amaretto. The kids got him a nice eddy bauer shirt & a grilling set from eddy bauer. Well, he wanted to know if there was going to be more? Now, I don't want to sound like these days have to be totally out of control but have they? Just curious here in Chicago. If my kids bought me something, I would give them the extra monies if they needed. I keep my gifts under $40 cause I just like them fussing over me. They do an excellent job. In these times I can't expect them to go over that amount & still be able to make it through the week. So I wanted to put it to the most brilliant minds around my Sparkfamily! lol

Today, I walked some, will do kick boxing & legs & glutes tonight as I watch my tv programs. What about you? Are you being health or working towards it. Did well with my food today raisin bran 1%milk, banana, sm slice of pizza & a huge salad. Learning to love the lettuce without much dressing. lol Having grilled chicken & corn on the cobb for dinner with chocolate milk & orange juice.

God bless Sparkfam!!

Off & running!


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BIGDAD1211 6/22/2011 3:46PM

    I don't celebrate Father's day so I don't look forward to gifts and stuff like that. I am glad you all had a good time though!! emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 6/21/2011 7:37PM

    Happy Tuesday Dee!
Glad you had a great weekend. I tell my son just by me a card. He likes to take me out to eat & that's not what I normally want to do. Give me the money. lol But I'm simple & I love being the giver. But I do fuss at both of my children who can't go to the Dollar store & buy me a .50 cent card or my dtr is an artist...make me one. lol I'm serious though. I always gave cards to my Mother no matter what. But I had a good Monday and worked out with all I planned. I start tracking it so I have to do it because I don't like having to take it off. You are doing great. I'm proud of you. Thanks for your encouragement!
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SMKRAS1950 6/21/2011 8:45AM

    Your day sounded great. But it will be humid today in Chicago. I was out at 5 am with the pooch and it was already humid out there. Family gave me a gift certificate for Barnes & Noble. More books to read on my Pandigital Reader they got me for Christmas last year. HAve a Great Tuesday. emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 6/21/2011 6:05AM

    I think what your husband got was wonderful and he should be grateful, maybe he was joking? it still sounds like it was a great day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCYE43 6/20/2011 8:43PM

    That's funny because I spent some time today with a friend who is a dad with grown children and he was very ungrateful for his gifts as well. His daughter got him a 30 cake, which is his favorite, and he wouldn't eat it! Something going around in the air?

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/20/2011 5:51PM

    I think people need to be more grateful for what they have - and that it is more about the thought than material things and spending time with family. I think what everyone got him was wonderful.

Yes today I am being healthy - exercised, bought healthy food, eating healthy food. Have fun exercising watching your shows!

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RUTHXG 6/20/2011 5:50PM

    Is this "he" your husband, boyfriend, or dad? Either way, I would be a little upset if he asked for more after receiving those nice presents & that generous breakfast. I think limiting spending on family gifts is just necessary for financial health. My two cents!

It IS a beautiful day in Chicago! You are eating right & taking good care of yourself. emoticon

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ASHLEYVRONEK 6/20/2011 5:47PM

    Sounds like ya'll had such a great time yesterday! And keep up the great work with your exercising and your eating. I'll be doing my workout here in just a little bit.

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CANBDONE 6/20/2011 5:47PM

    Your Baby sounds like my that all there is? I tell them to say, "Thank you, I'm satisfied." We practice saying it three times!

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