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Happy MLK Day to you all....

Monday, January 16, 2012



Good Day Sparkfam! Thank you Google for representing MLK day! WOOHOO!!

I had to work today but I am thankful for a job to go to. No insults to my boss, if I wanted it off, they would've given it to me. I think it would've been more important to Dr King that we continue to work & enjoy full benefit that jobs & life have to offer us. I did made it to work but will be leaving early so that I drop my son off to his ride home to college. Its crazy that he's been home almost a full month. Snow shoveled, kitchen mopped, room kept clean & picking up my youngest from school. He is a big help to me when he is here. When he is gone, I try to minimize as much as possible. I will miss him but I cutting the purse strings slowly but surely. It seems weird now that I don't have my grandson Iz but I have more time to focus on the tasks at hand. I didn't workout this morning but I had a late start. Will be able to do that tonight with nobody to have to feed & make sure they eating every bite. I miss Izzy though, he makes the house sound like 10kids are there & its only him. emoticon

Tonight's workout will be Imax 2 & maybe Jillian? The DVR changed & it erased some of my workout programs. I am saddened but it will make me open to more dvds & classes being offered else where. I just love to sweat alone, I don't have to wait for a machine to be free or did I wipe up all my sweat off the machine. lol Things we do for others while at the gym but not all adhere.

I am praying you have a blessed day & reflect on how far you've come in life. Where do you want to be by 2013?

God bless Sparkfam!

Love,

Dee

  
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MISSLISA1973 1/17/2012 12:12AM

    Sounds like overall a good day. Or a good attitude at least. emoticon

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JANTWO 1/17/2012 12:10AM

    Happy MLK day to you too!!!!

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PRESBESS 1/16/2012 10:36PM

    Great blog! Keep pushing toward your goals.
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4EVER21B 1/16/2012 9:11PM

    Thanks so much for such an uplifting blog about Dr. King.

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ILOVELIFE2012 1/16/2012 6:17PM

    Happy MLK day!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/16/2012 5:43PM

    Aw I am sure having your son home was a wonderful time. When will he be back next? You can look forward to that! Sounds like a good workout plan tonight. Bummer your DVR erased some of your programming. I enjoy working out alone too, not that I've tried classes, which I May have to do someday.

Wow loaded question asking about next year already! :-) I'll have to think about it.

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Saturday....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Good Day Sparkfam! Its finally Saturday & I slept in late today. It felt good not to have to rush & make the bed & breakfast. Get son to school & time & get to work safely. I am so grateful that I made it. I finally get up to make breakfast pancakes, steak, scrambled eggs & boy the smells were so good. . . I've been doing the sundown fast with my church & its fine. Only until I cook at home. When I had to order food galore with week italian beef, tacos & fajitas, guacamole (one of my favs!) , pizza from both of my favorite places but not even a slice. I took home an italian beef but stayed with my cereal, cinnamon butter toast & cashews. At sundown of course. Yesterday me & hubs did it together from Thursday at 10pm til midnight last night. We both went to sleep. I opted today to eat a small pancake & cinnamon toast. So my meal at sundown is out the window. It will move me back on track for the coming week. Its actually not as bad as the first time I did it. I had to much of food affair that I kept saying it was okay to take a little of this or that. By doing the one meal at night, I have a way to escape. The last week I am going for 3day liquids only. I know with God's help all things are possible. I am not as tired as Sunday - Tuesday last week but my body was getting used to the fast. I mean, as a person who diets & tries not to eat certain foods its tough. The last time I shared it with you guys one person said that fasting was not for dieting purposes. Well why not? People do liquid fast all the time for weight loss. Mine is spiritual, denying my cravings (our flesh)? As Christians we have to put on the whole armour of Christ. My prayers & fast are for my family & friends......you guys are part of that too!

Today, I am inside so that means my walk will be done indoors on the treadmill. I am going to try for 60mins? Try to do 15mins every other hour with the jumping jacks I forgot to do yesterday. These next few weeks I am breaking my workouts into 2 30-45mins workouts. One in the morning where I am still not too weak & one in the evening after I have some soup or toast. With the fast I am striving to keep the meals under 700 calories so I don't wreak myself for the next day.

I wanna go to the movies to see Mission Impossible or Contraband tonight? Giving me & hubby a date night & the kids a chance to go with out as well. My oldest son is going back to college on Monday. I am not a on edge as I was last summer. Its been wonderful having him here. He likes to help me so much its like my older brother who passed away touched his life. He is so gentle & he character sweet. I am amazed other people notice how kids are but my co-worker always comments on how handsome & what a nice young man he is. I am thankful God has blessed us with our parents who taught how to raise ours. It ain't all a bed a roses I promise you but they are so worth it.

What have you given up for dietary or health purposes? Or are you reawakening your workouts this year? Lets change it up somehow to get us where we need to be near or at our goals.

God bless Sparkfam!

  
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NISSANGIRL 1/16/2012 9:18AM

    Great blog! and once again you managed to get me hungry with all that good food !!!! keep up the great work 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

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CIERAPOET 1/16/2012 12:47AM

    Happy Sunday Dee! I like this blog! How's the weather now? Glad you got some rest. I'm glad you've been enjoying your family. I'm fasting lunch to start. Then I don't eat anything after breakfast until after5pm. Thanks for praying for us all. Do you have big plans for MLK Holiday? Or do you have to drive your son to school? Well keep up the good work on the fast and stay safe while out driving. Enjoy this 3rd week of 2012. Thanks for always inspiring me,
Much luv!
Deb

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VISUALLYRICS 1/14/2012 3:53PM

    Hurray for you getting back on track!
I just ran emoticon a mile around our local park....beautiful day here in the Lone Star state! The run was refreshing!! ...just 60 degrees here today!

Have a beautiful weekend ~ Laura

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Happy Monday....

Monday, January 09, 2012

Happy Monday Sparkfam!

I am sleepy. I didn't want to get up. I am spoiled by the last few weeks of 3day work weeks. Now its full speed ahead. Losing steam but I'm hangin in there. Drank a few sips of green tea to up my metabolism, it helped but then fizzled out.

I'm going to bed early tonight but hopefully the sleep will be uninterrupted. Oh did I tell you that there was someone outside last night banging on something like it was 1pm & not 1am! Then my son's tv was on blast that I was listening to it from my own bed! Then my mind was wondering so fiercely I couldn't go back to sleep. Finally got my eyelids to close & dreamed random thoughts & then 5mins later, time to get up!

Now I'm about to get in my car & drive home. I pray you all get your fitness minutes in. I won't be I don't think. I might kill myself at this point.

Happy Monday & God bless!

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 1/11/2012 4:58PM

    Hey Dee! I Pray You Are Caught Up On Your Sleep. I Send His Word To You That Declares That 'We Dwell In A Peaceable Habitation A Safe Dwelling & A Quiet RESTING. Place'. Thank God for His Peace! Enjoy Fully the rest of the week,
Love ya sis,
Deb

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GODZDESIGN95 1/10/2012 9:31PM

    Your son sounds like my 20 year old comes in making noise. He works and when he does not work he is out and about. hang in there. Hey you traded those red vines for lemon drops??? that green tea is awesome. I have cup most days. Sometimes I forget. emoticon

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NISSANGIRL 1/10/2012 7:00AM

    Sorry to hear that u had a rough night Dee, Hope tonight is better for you. Take care Ann, Ps.... Love the pictures on your blog!!! 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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X5X52000 1/9/2012 7:39PM

    You need to relax!!!! Happy Monday!!!! i'm going to send you a goodie to help out!

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PMFISH 1/9/2012 7:28PM

    Hope you get some rest tonight! I know what you mean, I went back to sleep this morning and slept til 11:00. Thank goodness I didn't have anything on my morning schedule.

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I was bad BUT. . . .

Friday, January 06, 2012

Good Friday Sparkfam!

Its a gorgeous January day here in Chicago! I am liking that I don't have to let my car warm up but I am stocking up on water & canned goods for that 19inches of snow we gonna get. lol I have been doing my cardio & weight routine as schedule but I just can't stop being bad. Describe bad? Well last night we had a class & I ordered mexican food, this restaurant has the BOMB on guacamole dip!! It is so good that I had several tablespoons with a spoonful of sour cream & cheese with tortillas. It was so good but then I picked up Wendys for the boys & got me a small vanilla frosty. I don't have them often but I wanted ice cream & that's one of my soft serve favorites. So I didn't eat any real food after that & I didn't do my scheduled workout until this morning. I have been trying to eat healthy but save some room for snacks. This way I don't feel deprived. Its working out fine so far but if I start feeling chunky. Game over.

Tonight, I am doing 45mins of step aerobics & dance followed by 40mins of the treadmill. I have come to loathe that thing but once I put on a CD I start to enjoy it. I watched wife swaps the other night while I walked on the treadmill & was very entertaining. lol Those people do strange things for the $$$$. I guess my idea of strange & someone else's would differ greatly.

Dinosaur Dan with other exhibits & rides will be here this weekend & next, I want to take my grandson. He would go bananas!! Maybe I would too? We don't get out much & I used to take the kids to all the ice skating shows with Disney & circus. We used to have a great time. When my daughter was the only child we got invited to the circus & sat in boxed seats! That was such a great time for us.... That's when I knew people. Or should I say a different sort of people.... lol

So what was your downfall this week? Have you rebounded? Are you still feeling the effects? Then emoticon! Enjoy life everyday!

God bless,

Dee

  
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CIERAPOET 1/11/2012 5:57PM

    Great Blog Dee! I'm glad I don't like guacamole. But I'm a sweets eater but I'm doing much better since the holidays are gone for now. I normally cook a special dessert on MLK Day but I don't think I will. It last too long. But I'm working out strong and I WILL get 30lbs off! :) Or Else!
Happy Wed!
Deb

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NISSANGIRL 1/8/2012 7:41AM

    Sounds like a great place to eat Dee! sometimes we all fal off the wagon, but u worked out later and that is what counts! I can't believe you guys are getting 19 inch's of snow!! so far we have been very lucky, it's been in the 60's and sunny here, I love it!!! hope it's like this the rest of winter! Have a great Sunday girl! 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 emoticon

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TATTOOEDFAY 1/8/2012 3:19AM

    I know this is nice for Chicago this time of year....but it's still to cold for me!!!!!

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LUVS2BIKE101 1/7/2012 3:41PM

    That's one thing about hitting bottom.......there's only one way out and that's up. Glad you bounce back on track. Doing simple exercises and eating simple meals can lead us toward our goal of better health.
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MSPROVERBS31 1/6/2012 9:01PM

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This was by far The BOMB BLOG!!!!!! I would say one of my favs! emoticon
WEll I hope you guys have Loads of fun this weekend, too!

So you had to go and ask those questions at the end huh Ms. Dee! And unfortunately I have done LOTS!
I don't know if it's because I'm starting a new weight loss class in about 2 weeks and the fact that food galore has been available to me this week, or what! But I have definately had several downfalls!
But I did get a good workout done at Physical Therapy!!! emoticonSo that's pretty good I think!

Okie-dokie! That's all. Love ya Ms. Dee & take care!
...so loved the flow of this blog! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 1/6/2012 6:12PM

    Hope you got in a walk today in our beautiful Chicago weather!! I rode the bike indoors this morning, but did get out for a 15 minute walk later this afternoon. It was so nice!

Don't loathe the treadmill! It is our saving grace during the winter months here! I can't live without mine, and I think it is so much better on the "old" joints (not that we are old - just realistic).

Have you tried Artic Zone ice milk? Not as good as ice cream, but you can eat the entire container and not feel guilty. And truly, you don't need to do that. My daughter brought over the chocolate and coffee flavors and it has helped satisfy some cravings this week! We found it at Sunset Foods in Lake Forest.

Have a good weekend - stay away from Wendy's!!! emoticon emoticon

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SMILE2HAPPINESS 1/6/2012 5:52PM

    I'm loving this weather also! I just got back to Chicago from being in MI, and it was the perfect day to come back! emoticon on not being too restrictive on yourself. That usually doesn't work too well, anyway. emoticon

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MEMEME75 1/6/2012 5:33PM

    Treadmill + iPod + plus a good movie is the perfect combo for me. I throw on my old school house music ( that only Chicago knows!) and hit it hard. I totally zone out in that mode.

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Happy New Year Sparkfam!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hey Fam! Its a beautiful day here in Chicago! This morning it was warmer but there is no rain & no snow, so party goers will enjoy the celebrations. Christians will enjoy watch services for those who have passed on & song & praise.... Which ever you choose be safe.

Today, I was busy finishing up the last of shopping for New Year's eve dinner celebration. Then I came home put the groceries away & began my workout All Star Workout's Kendall Body Sculpt workout. That was followed by Pilates Sculpt with 3-5lb weights & a good stretch. Oh back to the dinner this has become of the custom the kids & we really enjoy.

The menu was lobster tail, filet mignon steaks, twice baked potatoes, spinach & cucumber salad & asiago chicken with spinach. Of course we had a little libations but not tons of it. We also had garlic toast. Everyone is full & satisfied off doing their own thing.

They played chess & sorry (my favorite board game) and now they are playing computer generated games & with the tablet while they waited for dinner. My daughter, hubby & son came by as well & we really love it when we are all together celebrating together.

I don't really have a New Year's resolution but I did want to lose a few this year. So BAM there it is, I'm losing weight a few pounds this year. I also continue my daily resolution to be a better person at all times. It gets tough but as long as I keep that in my heart, it works most of the time. So what are you doing New Year's eve? Whatever you decide I pray you peace & joy.

God bless & keep you all. Happy New Year's Sparkfam!

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NISSANGIRL 1/2/2012 9:50AM

    Sounds like u had an awesome New year Dee!!! fab dinner!!! 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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MISSLISA1973 1/1/2012 6:02AM

    Looks delicious and sounds like you had a great time!

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