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Just Another Manic Monday

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!


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NISSANGIRL 8/9/2011 9:33AM

    emoticon attitude Dee! It's been raining here as well (not that I am complaining) we need it, It just makes me not want to workout. I will have to just push play and work out indoors , just make it happen! Keep up the Great work girl! and thanks for the goodie! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYJAS 8/8/2011 9:53PM

    Great going!!! Thanks for the recipe, Dee :) I love the special addition.

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JAZZID 8/8/2011 8:58PM

    ... so what did you do?... emoticon emoticon

I just did one session with Jari Love... Extremely Ripped, lower/upper body workout.. that's all I could do! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 8/8/2011 8:52PM

    well i opted for heavy cleaning today. tomorrow I will do aerobics or biking or something.....

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CIERAPOET 8/8/2011 8:04PM

    Good Monday to You Dee!

After my prayer session I got up and jumped on that mini tramp. It was rough at first then I got into it. lol It was a blessing and then I did my strength training for the day. I save my dance for later and my walk is an evening thing too. I'm bout to eat dinner and settle down for some Law & Order. lol I just love CI. How do you like Jillian's Ripped?
Many Blessings and have a Great week! Thanks for your comment on my blog. You are a great encourager.

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CHERYLSBUTT 8/8/2011 6:26PM

    I turn on the music and let the body move.
I keep my workouts as I do most appointments...on the schedule! Your blog was hysterical...thanks for sharing your Monday morning WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trunk Party & Block Club Celebrations

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

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!!


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NISSANGIRL 8/8/2011 5:03AM

    emoticon Dee! Everything you made sounds sooooooooooo Good! sounds like you had a Great weekend! we don't have any kind of those partys around here , sounds like fun! have a Great Monday girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYJAS 8/7/2011 3:07PM

    How do you make your spaghetti? And I'd also love your sweet potato pie recipe :)

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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!


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CIERAPOET 8/6/2011 10:03PM

    That's a great meal full of veggies. You working out HARD too! Cathe & Jillian together? Smh I know God gives you that strength.
I won't answer my phone if I'm working my plan. That unsettles some family members but I'm on a mission.
Keep up the Great work & enjoy your cooler weather!

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GODZDESIGN95 8/5/2011 10:49PM

    I try and plan my meals a day ahead....sometimes I vere off !! Working on it. Now my exercise is sort of planned. But what really helped me was following my sister suggestion which was to exercise right after breakfast which is working out good for now! O Man did you say hot dog forget the chili but please bring on the slaw and ketchup.

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SANDYJAS 8/5/2011 4:35PM

    Yum! A Chicago hot dog, garden in a bun :)

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NISSANGIRL 8/4/2011 4:41PM

    We all deserve to have a cheat day Dee! you burned a lot off with your workouts , so I think U will be fine. Have a Great night! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 8/4/2011 2:34PM

    Great plan and that hot dog sounds really good haha.

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The Thing that Matter Most.....

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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GODZDESIGN95 8/1/2011 7:57PM

    You bedder rock that baked chicken! I used to be a fired girl. LOL Now I roast it. But the heat is a issue now. grill baby grill.

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NISSANGIRL 8/1/2011 1:07PM

    Great blog! and great mom! as usual ya got me hungry girl! have a Great Monday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IILAAD65 8/1/2011 11:28AM

    Right now getting financially stable.. and hoping the gym is a success.

Nothing wrong with "hovering".. I call that being a GOOD mom!!! My daughter says I creep on her, and I am ok with that lol

Sounds like you had a great day!!

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1 2 3 Strikes You're Out....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Good Thursday Sparkfam!! Its a beautiful but extremely warm day here in Chicago. We have a heat advisory til later tonight but they will probably have to extend it til Sunday night. It will be in the 90s til next week here & with my son's leg in a cast, I'm not looking forward to it. I want to take a few vacation days but since he can't get wet & its a struggle taking him anywhere, I will wait til the 20th of August.

So the reason for the title is that yesterday not long after I got to work, my co-worker asked if I wanted 4tickets (with a parking pass) to the White Sox's game? I didn't want them cause I just rather watch paint dry than go out to the ball park in warm weather baking in the sun! So I called my sons & they wanted to do. YIKES! So I took the tickets & we went. I had been to US Cellular field once before but we came on the red line. Its a train thats used for public transportation for those of you out of towners. lol So it was a huge mess. I dropped my son, nephew & my son's friend down the street from the park. I didn't want him walking too much with his leg in a cast. So once I found the parking lot, guess what? It was directly across from the ball park! UGH!! I had to walk 2blks to get my crew & then my son couldn't get his crutches & leg to act right. He was really clumsy with them but I guess when you take for granted walking all your life one week doesn't make you a professional crutch user. He got tired we stopped & then did again & again & finally we got there. Everybody was hot & tired. So we got drinks $13.50 for 3 20oz sodas! I was outdone but they had a good time & lunch would be later but they still wanted fries. So they bought fries & had a ball. It was good to get him outside but I think that was a HUGE deal. Next time we will focus on a place to play games or a movie? We left right at the 7th inning & hearing take me out to the ball game, cause its 1 2 3 strikes you're out at the old ball game.

I haven't been a 100% with my workouts lately. I guess I'm on the fritz....Got a whopper of a headache too so I am going home to lie down. Maybe I will feel better later & get up & get some kickboxing done? Walking is done.

Outside of travel, what have you done in your city for fun this summer under $75?

God bless Sparkfam!!


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CIERAPOET 8/3/2011 10:08PM

    Hey Dee!

First...did your team win? You are a great mom to do that for your sons. That was some good walking too. I'm on my phone so you can imagine the emoticans. LoL

Now what I do for fun is DANCE in my room to Old Skool thus the inches coming off. That happened b4 when I was doing Core Rhythms. Then I dropped in that sewer lol. But I'll continue doing that. If I do other fun things it will cost me but not over $75. Thanks for stopping by. 109 degrees in my city but I won't complain. I'm still blessed!
Thanks for Sharing!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/29/2011 2:01PM

    I'll sip a cool tall glass of lemonade, and watch paint dry with ya! LOL! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 7/29/2011 9:37AM

    Sounds like You still had a Great time! and so did your son and that is what matters. Have a great day Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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