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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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JAZZID 8/6/2011 10:06PM


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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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The Heat will be back.......

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Good day Sparkfam! Its a raining right now but the heat will return shortly. So in Chicago we had some relief yesterday & today. Later in the week the heat will return & hopefully you will all be armed & ready for it.

Tips for staying cool and healthy during extreme heat
by Tanya Joliffe

•Remember that infants, young children, people over age 65 and those that are physically or mentally ill are at greatest risk of heat-related illness.

•NEVER leave anyone (people or animals) in a closed, parked vehicle in hot weather under any circumstances even if you believe it will only be for a "few" minutes.

•Visit anyone that doesn't have air conditioning several times each day during extreme heat to monitor for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke especially the very young and very old. Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot skin that is dry and not sweating, a rapid, strong pulse, and complaints of a throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion/unconsciousness, or a body temperature above 103 degrees F. Ask questions, check pulse and take their temperature if you are not sure of their condition. Get medical attention for them if several of these symptoms are found.

•Drink water throughout the day and do not rely on thirst as your guide to hydration. Watch extremely cold beverages that can cause stomach cramps when it is hot. Use your urine as your guide to monitor for proper levels of hydration. You should be urinating regularly and it should be light yellow to clear in color. If it is dark yellow with a strong ammonia smell, you need to get into the shade or a cool place and drink several cups of water or another low sugar, non-alcoholic beverage.

•Stay indoors in a cool place as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning where you live, visit a nearby mall, community center, senior center, community heat shelter or public library during the hottest part of the day to cool off.

•Be sure you have water with you when you load up the car whether heading to work or on vacation. Having water with you helps ensure you stay hydrated if you find yourself caught in construction traffic.

Here are several other tips to help you stay safe and cool when the temperature heats up.

Food Safety
Brown outs and power outages are more likely when energy usage is at its peak when it is extremely hot. It is important to remember food safety guidelines if this should happen to you. When the outage is less than two hours, food in your refrigerator and freezer should be safe. Be sure to limit the opening of doors during the outage to maintain a cold temperature as long as possible. When the power is out for longer follow these tips to decrease the risks of food borne illness:

•After two hours of a power outage, pack dairy, meat, fish, eggs and other high spoilage items that contain these items in a cooler packed with ice.
•Food in a half full freezer will remain safe for up to 24 hours while a full freezer will hold food for up to 48 hours as long as the doors remain closed as much as possible.
•Use a food thermometer to check internal food temperatures before preparation and consumption throwing away any item with a temperature greater than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drinking Water Safety
Water purification systems don't always work when the power is out and sometimes communities are warned against drinking the water without boiling. When the temperature starts to heat up, store clean water in pitchers or a jug or be sure you have bottled water on hand. This ensures you have safe drinking water available if boil warnings are issued. When a boiling notice has been issued, but sure to only use water for brushing teeth, washing dishes and preparing food if it has been brought to a rolling boil for one minute or more.

Stay Active and Healthy
Limit outdoor exercise in favor of indoor options when possible. If you do exercise outdoors, take extra precautions to prevent heat related problems. Exercise in the early morning or later evening hours when it will be cooler. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and be realistic about your workout. This isn't the time to go for your longest runs or to expect peak performance. Be sure to drink several cups of water before, during, and after exercise and electrolyte replacement with a sports drink if you exercise longer than 90 minutes.

Keep the stove off during hot weather whenever possible.

My son is doing well, a little sad he can't go out & play but recovering well. Today, I am cooking fried chicken, meat loaf, corn on cob, sweet potatoes, baked beans & corn bread. Plenty of water too.

How are you beating the heat?

God bless Sparkfam!

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SPARKROZ 7/27/2011 1:50PM

    Taking heed!

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IILAAD65 7/25/2011 10:27AM

    Thanks for sharing!!

GREAT advice for those of us here in the midwest under the excessive heat warning.

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NISSANGIRL 7/25/2011 6:39AM

    emoticon tips! We got some rain Sunday as well, it was 95 and humid b-4 the rain and then the temps went to 82! we have not seen those kind of temps for awhile! It will heat back up the end of the week , but I will take the cooler weather for as long as it's here. Your dinner got me hungry this morning Dee! sounds wonderful. Glad your son is doing well, he will be able to play soon. Have a Great Monday girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY2DAY2 7/24/2011 8:05PM

    Great advice. emoticon

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SMKRAS1950 7/24/2011 7:18PM

    Good advise Dee. Tips that are brought up on the news during this hot weather season.

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BIGDAD1211 7/24/2011 12:50PM

    Great advice Dee! Thank you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Good Wednesday Sparkfam! Its not a hump day for me but I did indeed hump yesterday. Its scorching here in Chicago like in 90% of the country so I expect no sympathies. I did enjoy 2 sugar free fudgisicles. YUMMY! I bought them Saturday, drove straight home, they melted through the box! Seriously! I was outdone but I put those bad boys in the freezer & I am eating them. Went to another store 2 blocks from house only to find out they sell them for a $1 a box! WOW! I was bamboozled. lol

So let me tell you why yesterday was my preview of hump day. Well I was done doing my work for the doing a little surfing on web at work correcting att for a few overcharges on my bill, when BAM! I get a call from oldest son, my baby Tristan 14yrs old, was hit by a car while crossing the street! He was walking actually crossed the street when one of his friends tried to smack him & he stepped back & was hit by a car. I am no fan of when pedestrians can't make up there minds but I try to make sure they are all clear. Anyway, she clipped his left leg, he went up on the hood of the car the hit the windshield with his elbow cracking it. My oldest son was like the worst thing was my son broke the windshield. I had to tell, listen he is a pedestrian, he doesn't have to pay for her windshield! I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Police & ambulance were called. My husband told the ambulance to leave. So of course I had to take him to emergency when I got home.

Got home told him to clean up. He scrapped his elbow but he was limping. He kept complaining of his leg so I knew I had to take him cause it could be broken or internal injuries? So we take him about 7pm, my husband dropped us off cause parking is a mess in & around stroger hospital. We got in & just as we were registering, a family were trying to find out about their loved one & the news was grim. He was 18yrs old. At that point, I held onto my baby cause it could've been so much worse that it was. She gets a wheel chair after taking all my personal info. I am like do you seriously need one? He said he did. Well, the night was long but we got to radiology about 9pm. He was back there for 30mins which meant his leg was more than just strained. The doctor came to talk to me & told us that he had fractured his tibia. For those of you who don't know, its the bone grows to make us tall. My son wants to be 6ft or taller....So we had to get it wrapped up in a splint. They made an appointment for his cast today.

They drained blood from his knee and he didn't even cry. The doctor thought he was quite brave & they let me film them putting on the cast. I am so drained from being, mom, advocate, nurse & maid to my son. He is so happy, I took off today & they gave me tomorrow off too.

He is well & I am off to sleep, did get my walking in but didn't get my Jillian workout on. So I will try to do it on Friday. My food hasn't been the greatest but I did get a salad in & a nature valley fruit bar & some sunflower seeds in.

God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday to the fullest!


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BIGDAD1211 7/24/2011 8:22PM

    Wow! I am glad that he is ok!

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SUNNY2DAY2 7/24/2011 8:04PM

    Your stress level had to be high. Thank goodness your son is going to be just fine. In a second how life changes. Lots of hugs. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/23/2011 12:31PM

    Dee I am so thankful your son is okay otherwise! That must have been a traumatic experience for everyone involved! Take care of yourself and happy you can have a few days off with him too. Can you rent movies or get movies from the library to entertain him? I know crutches are a big pain (literally too) so getting around is hard. I hope he heals up very soon. emoticon

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CIERAPOET 7/22/2011 10:37PM

    Hello Dee! So Glad His Personal angel was there to keep him from getting hurt worse. Years ago o worked in the Biggest ER in Tulsa & I know it was the Grace of God because I was on the 11-7am & it stayed busy. I hated when there was death. Just have you crying. But Praise The Lord He's going to make a Full Recovery. You are a Freat Mother!
Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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NISSANGIRL 7/21/2011 6:27AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your son Dee, the drive should have been charged with something, I cannot believe that they got away without a citation! You did the right thing by taking your son to the hospital , glad he is fixed up and on the way to healing. I have been having Ice cream as well, I bought some weight watchers (small serving) Mint icecream and it was awesome! they have other flavors as well, check them out! Have a great day off and hope Your son is feeling better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 7/21/2011 12:31AM

    Sorry girl your baby got hurt! driver should been charged with something they know childrens out playing since school is out. I remember when my youngest boy used to run in the street he is special needs(working on safety with him). We don't live on a busy street but we were playing with a ball and he ran out in front a car. I did not think and I wanted to protect him I ran out to keep him safe. We got crazy looks from those folks but I did not care. that is my baby! Another time my oldest was play basketball with a chain basket and cut his hand into and needed stitches of course I closed my eyes when they sewed his hand. Our babies we want them safe. ...and woe unto those who hurt them.

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SMKRAS1950 7/20/2011 10:34PM

    What a day you had. If the heat wasn't bad enough, Teens tend to find ways to get hurt, we can only hope that they can learn from it. That driver should have been watching. I'm sure you'll get back on track. Hope all goes well with the injured leg.

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DJ4HEALTH 7/20/2011 10:18PM

    Right now your son needs his mom and you did great. Glad that you also took him in or if he walked around on that leg he could of lost it. So don't worry about what happened with your food and exercise you did the most important thing today.

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