Monday, August 08, 2011
Happy Monday Sparkfam! It was a sunny & warm day here in Chicago but now the rain is coming down. My backyard looks like a forest because we haven't had time to clear all the bushes. YIKES!!
This is what I woke up looking like. I wanted to stay in bed but I knew my morning workout was waiting for me. So I got up & busied myself with everything else but an hour of workout. Finally, I jumped!
I put it into gear & got up & pressed "play." I did 30mins of Cathe Rhythmic Step & 35mins of Jillian Ripped in 30days. I am feeling the after shocks of doing both workouts together. I want to do 20mins of abs & 30mins of yoga tonight? We will see.
What do you do to motivate yourself to "just do it?"
God bless & make effort to make it happen!
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Good Sunday Sparkfam! Its a day of recovery for us as we had the trunk party for our son & the block club for 2 blocks down. If you have never been to a block club its where they close the block off & just bbq & the kids get to run the streets literally. My youngest son (who has the cast on his leg) was miserable & wanted to stay indoors playing his videos with friends but since I wanted the house in fairly good condition I told him no. I told him you should be happy with no school for right now & I don't understand why they need to be entertained 24/7? I mean, we took a rock & made a game of it, rock teacher...lol
So I cooked spaghetti, corn on the cob & marinated the chicken legs, thighs & wings. The food was excellent if I must say so myself. I guess you think I am being biased but everyone commented on the spaghetti. So that's how I know it was good. Maybe I should sell it in the freezer section with my sweet potato pie? LOL Anyway, my son got a few things as I made sure I bought him the basics & we will still need to shop in the next 2 weeks & I will also send him things monthly. I know I need to let him go & learn how to leave without the finer things we have to offer at home so he can miss us & know the sacrifices we made for him right? Nah, I would feel guilty. He has so many IOU's from family members & that's cool cause I know times are hard & tight & the change (money) is strange. The Lord will provide, I have every confidence in that.
So today, I didn't make it to service, I was invited to my nephew's evening program, so I will attend that. That will make him so happy since I wasn't around for him from years 0 to 4years due to family differences. He is so proud to have his Auntie around now. His older brother was drug around by me when he was younger from hither to thither. I didn't have my own son so he was my stand in son. He is now in his junior year at Howard University in Washington & we are all so proud of him. I tell I still feel like the girl who used to skip & skate up & down the street. lol But the celebrations also included my daughter & son's 5year wedding anniversary & my son in law's bday as well. So I wrote happy on the cake & we sang happy bday, anniversary, bday & trunk party to them all. lol
So today my workout will include yoga, weights & walking.
God bless Sparkfamily!!
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Good Thursday Sparkfam! Its a beautiful day here in Chicago. Bright sunny day, no humidity just a plain ole summer day that many of us may remember. The weather is good for playing ball, tag or "it." lol I loved red light green light & freeze, oh & red rover, one of my favs!!!
Anyway, today I had a taste for a old fashion Chicago hot dog: bun w/poppy seeds, mustard & relish for me. If I got some hot peppers & slices of tomatoes that increases my vegetable intake. lol But relish & mustard are the standard for me & I had it all planned for dinner. Til I had a sliver of cheesy bread & a corner of meatlovers pizza. I wasn't strong enough to stay away. So my dinner will consist of a few pieces of baked chicken, yams, corn, broccoli & a salad w/cucumbers. Not boring but still my mouth was set for a hot dog. Tomorrow maybe?
My workout today consisted of walk/jog, Cathe step aerobics (killer!), Jillian Ripped in 30 & 20mins of abs. I don't have to tell you that most of this workout was in the a.m. cause in the p.m. my hubby & kids all want my undivided attention. Even my phone rings more with people just wanting to reach out & touch someone.
So when you are planning your meals, workout or even your day, how do you stay focused on "the Plan?"
God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Good Sunday Sparkfam! Its a pretty warm day here in Chicago but not bad as long week. I like today's motivational quote. One of things that matter to me are my health & family so w We are enjoying family time & I am trying to be a more "hands on" mom. Being more available so I am now hovering. I will probably be taking more time in the evenings during the week with my youngest to ensure his success in high school. But in other news we will be having the truck party for my oldest son. We know money is tight for everyone but he still wants one for his friends mainly. We will probably be spending at least $250 on his first year at college supplies. Some of the comforts of home while away at college.
I didn't make it to church staying home with my youngest child who is still laid up with his leg. So I did one of my tv minister's Trundell Felder it very good sermon, "The anointing to handle your it," whatever your "it" maybe. What a wonderful word it was indeed & I needed to hear it.
Today's meal was: fried & baked chicken, broccoli, yams, corn on cob, mac&cheese & wheat bread. The fried was a little too seasoned for me but I am a baked chicken person anyway. My workout today was walking dvd, All star workouts step aerobics & body sculpt, abs & kickboxing. I just did a mix of them all in order to start the month of August off with a blast.
So what matter most to you? Take care of things & keep them at the forefront of your mind.
God bless & enjoy everyday to the fullest!
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