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On My Way....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Happy Tuesday Sparkfam! I'm on my way out the door to attend the Shedd Aquarium Festivities. I am so psyched right now but I will blog on tomorrow to let you all know how it went. I will try to get in my upper body & ab work tonight. Some type of cardio will have to take place tomorrow?

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

CELEBRATE everyday!

  
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X5X52000 12/21/2011 6:53PM

    You and your Hubby have a great time!!!

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SPARKLE1908 12/21/2011 1:58PM

    Hope you had fun!

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NISSANGIRL 12/21/2011 7:01AM

    Sounds fun! Hope U had a great time Dee! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 12/20/2011 8:37PM

    Have a great time!!! I'm jealous and bet this will be a great experience!!

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CIERAPOET 12/20/2011 6:55PM

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Hope You Have Great Fun! It's Great To Go Go On Outings Like That! Hope You Take Some Pictures!
Many Blessings!
Deb

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/20/2011 4:59PM

  Sounds fun! Enjoy!!

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RUTHXG 12/20/2011 4:08PM

    emoticon So glad you get to do this! Have a great time!

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I Finally Won....

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Thursday Sparkfam!! Its a gloomy but beautiful day here in Chicago. I didn't get a chance to workout this morning but I going to get it in tonight. My oldest son is coming home from college. YEAH!! I miss him but after a few days, I will be ready for him to go back. lol

My internet at home is down so I have to Spark from work & its a hassle. I finally got a few minutes to blog. Here's what's it about? I have been trying for years to win tickets off this one radio station WLIT 93.9 which is playing Christmas music 24hrs a day. So I just kept on calling after I normally give up, then finally I got quite a few rings & guess what?! I finally won!! I won tickets to the Shedd Aquarium nights! I'm so excited!! I don't know how many tickets but I will take my youngest & my grandson, they will love it.

I have been working out hard this week & my lower body is screaming from aches but not in a bad way. So I took this morning off. I got a wedding this Saturday but I'm not where nearly where I wanna be but I'll take this over the alternative. So here we go....

God bless you all & happy Thursday!

Dee

  
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HOCKEYGAL21 12/19/2011 8:16AM

    Congrats on your win! Love the Shedd. :) Also, the weather has been nice, huh!?

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SPARKLE1908 12/17/2011 9:26PM

    Congratulations on winning the tickets and I hope you enjoy it! Have fun with your son!



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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 12/16/2011 1:23PM

    Well done you, maybe the secret of success is just doing that little bit extra - probably the secret of putting weight on is just eating that little bit extra...

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NISSANGIRL 12/16/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon Dee! I am sure you will have an amazing time!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 12/15/2011 9:19PM

    Congrats on winning!!! That will make the holidays even more fun! Enjoy the time with your son as well! Nice to have them home, but nice to send them back! Isn't that what they say about grandchildren as well? You get to enjoy them but send them home to their parents??

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/15/2011 8:37PM

  Enjoy having your son around!! :-) Congrats on the tickets, sounds like a fun time, I love aquariums.


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ILOVELIFE2012 12/15/2011 7:26PM

    sounds like a great day and CONGRATS on the tickets to the Shedd Aquarium. I have not been there in YEARS! We might go to the Museum of Science and Industry this weekend (we will see). ENJOY!

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JEEPINRED 12/15/2011 6:09PM

    Have fun. It always feels good winning something.

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CLAYARTIST 12/15/2011 5:54PM

  good for u...

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BARBARASDIET 12/15/2011 5:51PM

    Have fun!

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RUTHXG 12/15/2011 5:50PM

    Oh, the Shedd is so great! Congrats on winning--that will be a treat for all of you!

I'm SO impressed at how hard you work your body. But it's good to give it some rest now & then. emoticon

Happy Thursday!

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BIZZYMOM2 12/15/2011 5:34PM

    Congrats on winning the tickets to the Aquarium sounds like fun. Keep up the hard work on the workouts. Have fun.

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HOT4FITNESS 12/15/2011 5:34PM

    My son comes home this weekend also. So I know it will be 24/7 ESPN. He is such a sports buff. So yeah after about a week of that I will be wondering when classes start up again. LOL. Congrats on wining the tickets. Enjoy your time and have a wonderful holiday!


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Eeewww but Yuummm

Monday, December 05, 2011

Good Day Sparkfam! Today was a decent day, I did eat the cookies & bought the shoes too. lol I tried not to eat too many of them & my co-worker keeps telling me to diet after the holidays. WHAT??!! She don't know though that I am not going to take that approach again. Everything that I gain with my workouts & eating better make me feel 100%!

Speaking of eating, today I tried squash. Guess what? It was that bad at all. I was surprised too. Now for those of you that don't know me, I eat corn, greens, broccoli, peas, carrots, tomatoes, onions, corn & green beans. Everything is eeewwww!!! You might like a bevy of veggies but not me. I am grown up picky eater. lol Thats good though because that makes me not eat everything in sight. I just too much of the same things which is some junk. Maybe too much.....

Today's workout was walking & doing the treadmill. I wanted to do step aerobics but I am so sleepy from this past big birhtday weekend for my hubby, I am ready to rest.

God bless & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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ONCEUPONADREAM 12/14/2011 6:01PM

   
*love love love* squash!!

Best way IMHO is to just slice it, spray it with some pam cooking spray, give it some salt. Then roast at 350 for like 15 to 25 minutes. Delicious.

You can do this with other veggies too and they come out awesome. Even chickpeas. Perfect crunchy finger food!

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GODZDESIGN95 12/6/2011 8:49AM

    I gotta say EWWWW!sqaush!

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NISSANGIRL 12/6/2011 7:33AM

    Great job Dee! I have never tried squash, may have to give it a try! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANTWO 12/6/2011 1:50AM

    LOVE SQUASH!!!! emoticon

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AUNTKATHY 12/5/2011 10:44PM

    I love squash too!

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RUTHXG 12/5/2011 10:33PM

    See, with your active, healthy lifestyle your body is even learning to tolerate squash! Next thing you know it'll be eggplant & asparagus! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 12/5/2011 9:58PM

    I LOVE my lifestyle too !!!!! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/5/2011 9:38PM

  I was surprised by how much I liked squash when I had it a few months back in a lasagna. So yummy! Good for you with not falling for the 'diet after the holidays' thing.
Have a great week Dee, rest up!

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Taking Stock.....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good Tuesday Sparkfam! Its a windy day in the Windy City....I mean, my porch chairs were blowing all over the place. I finally brought them inside. I got up early and did All Star Workouts Kendall with weights for 60mins. I had a good time doing the workout & hated that it had to end. I wish I had more time so I could've done the treadmill but alas I had to cook breakfast. Yes, made pancakes for me & my son & oatmeal for the hubby. I wanted to Spark while I cooked but the internet was done. The gale winds must've blown something apart but ATT must have come out & fix the problem so now I'm Sparkin! WOOHOO!!

So last week, the food from Thanksgiving just kept getting better and better as the days passed. The ham is now but a bone & I wished I would've learned how to make soup from bones but Shadow is loving the pickings. Today at work I ordered enough food for 45pp for under $325 and guess what? Only 30pp showed up & they didn't seem very hungry. I got juice & milk to bring home. Along with apples & oranges, italian beef, hamburger & salad. I could keep myself for going to the grocery store over the weekend cause I could've saved that money. I even brought home a few croissant rolls & made my hubby a italian beef on a croissant, sweet & hot peppers. I don't know what to eat? I want a pb&j on honey wheat or piece of baked chicken? I will decide soon enough.....

Now about taking stocking, I was thinking back to the holidays of old when I used to eat my entire meal on a saucer or dessert plate. I would eat a hardy breakfast and then eat my sweet potatoes, ham and stuffing. Then I would be done. How did I get to point where sometimes I am always bonbarded with thoughts of food or what to eat? I did eat a lot of junk in between my meals but it wasn't a daily occurrence. So I am trying to design my plate like the new nutritional suggested plate, more brown rice, veggies & protein. I wanna be full and not have to suffer from feeling hungry. So with one holiday down and two more to go, where can you take stock of your current situation and change it?

God bless Sparkfam & enjoy everyday!

Dee

  
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SLICKEM05 12/20/2011 10:19AM

    Dee, hello! I have been a little off kilter lately with logging onto Spark People. So distracted by work, people, food, the holidays, EVERYTHING. I have made a decision BEFORE Christmas to get myself back together and KEEP pressing forward like I was in the summer and fall PRIOR to the holidays. I read your blogs often and they are ALWAYS SO inspiring. Your blog "TAKING STOCK" hit home with me...You are a blessing. Keep doing what you are doing. In 2012, I plan to blog much more. You never know when your words just might IGNITE someone else's FIRE...I guess that's what SPARKING is all about now isn't it?! Have a blessed holiday and here's to an awesome 2012! emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 12/1/2011 7:41AM

    Great Blog Dee! You are so inspiring to me and many others!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOCKEYGAL21 11/30/2011 9:54PM

    That's good advice. I like the new plate image because it really sticks in your mind. Also, I think it makes sense to eat balanced because you are more full and satisfied, and that equals less cravings. Anyway, don't blow away! I almost couldn't open my car door. :)

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JCARDINAL 11/30/2011 11:50AM

    Love the quote! I did real good with my eating over the holiday. I brought a veggie tray to avoid the high cal snacks. For dinner I had sweet potato, beans, turkey and a small amount of stuffing. For dessert I had a sliver of pumpkin pie. In between I drank water and hot tea. I think it was one of the first Thanksgiving that I didn't over eat and feel stuffed all day. I'm planning on doing the same for Christmas.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/29/2011 10:20PM

    those sandwich ideas sound delish!

I love leftovers....esp turkey as it is a filling lo-fat, lo-cal food.

God Bless ~ Laura

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MAGGIE101857 11/29/2011 9:29PM

    It is hard to make the "not so healthy" dishes for our loved ones, isn't it? I am trying this week to keep my meals good for Bob as well - he is rebelling against his early stage diabetes wake up call (wow,that's mouthful) and I am hoping to balance out his binges! Not an easy task, but what we do for love!

I try to bring all my extra's into work - my co-workers love my home cooking and baking, so it's a good feeling, and I don't have the extra calories tempting me!

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RUTHXG 11/29/2011 8:53PM

    Well, the good thing about party leftovers is that you can save on your family shopping, right? Sounds like a lot of healthy food, so that's cool.

I am amazed at your former strategy of eating holiday food on a dessert plate. I think I may try it! Using the government plate guidelines should help too.

Love that quote . . .

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Remember 4500+

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Sparkfam! Its here, I was up cooking my ham, sweet potatoes, turkey dressings, southern style turnip/mustard greens & 4 sweet potato pies. I did have to taste a few things in order to make sure they are table worthy & they passed. lol So you could say I was pretty busy last night but this morning I got up & started Sparkin. This will remind me to count my blessings today past & present & not google gooble gooble. I am also up earlier enough to get 60min workout of abs & treadmill which will help my mouth be mindful of all the work my body did to help resist the urge to splurge. Remember the average American will eat 4500+ calories on Thanksgiving/Christmas. So how much will the average Sparker eat on these two holidays? On an average day I eat between 1400 & 1800 calories based on how hard my weekly workouts are. So I am going to slim down my breakfast which will consist of orange juice, milk & cinnamon toast. Then lunch & dinner will be a combo, ham, chicken, sweet potato pie, stuffing & greens all in moderation. I won't have 13 pieces of ham & turkey but I always like to have a taste on my plate on Thanksgiving. I don't like a full plate I never really have. So me myself I plan on eating close to 3000 calories.

Having said that, I am so blessed to be here with my family & friends today & everyday. I am thankful on a daily basis. For the little things, so much so, that the larger blessings actually blow mind. So today, I want you to count your blessings & hugs your loved ones as if this may be the very last time you will see them. Filling the atmosphere with love & kindness.

God bless you all & Happy Thanksgiving!!

Dee

  
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GONABFIT 11/28/2011 9:25AM

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!!

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NISSANGIRL 11/25/2011 9:49AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Dee! sounds like you had an excellent menu!!! Great job working out on Turkey day!!! Keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 11/24/2011 11:05PM

    Happy thanksgiving. My hubbie helped with the cooking. He made the dressing and I coked the turkey and fresh turnip greens I do not bake cakes. I would eat them so he has friends who will cake him the pies. The cake was sweet potato pie. I do like them so it will not tempt me/ emoticon

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LINTPICKER 11/24/2011 10:56PM

    Hope you had a great day!

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CIERAPOET 11/24/2011 9:26PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!
That is a Great Meal You've prepared. I haven't eaten as much as I normally do I've eaten more than I want. But I didn't cook as much dessert as I normally do on Thanksgiving. My Turkey turned out wonderful even though I started late. Normally my Turkey is done and I wake up and do my sides. But I got a back ache on Wed night and I just couldn't do anything but my 2 cakes. Or let me say...my son's cake that I eat small amoounts of. But I am PROUD to say that I walked 4 miles this morning at the Park while my Turkey was cooking. My back hurt so bad last night that I kept drinking water and when I weighed it looked like I gained 2lbs then I remembered but I needed to walk. Take advantage of the "warmer" day. lol But it was so fulfilling. I LOVE SPARK! Love you Dee. Thanks so much for Sharing and being transparent. You make so much sence!
Have A Great Weekend!
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VISUALLYRICS 11/24/2011 12:46PM

    I am planning on eating the usual amount of calories.....just different choices! Lol!
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Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Laura

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MELLYBEANS0919 11/24/2011 11:40AM

  Mm your menu sounds so good! Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving Dee!!

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RUTHXG 11/24/2011 10:45AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend Dee! Sounds like a good plan. I'm about to take off toward St. Louis--we'll be eating our feast in the evening, since my son works till about 7:00. Can't wait to see my little Bea (granddaughter)!

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