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Honor For 9-11...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I remember where I was at on that day. It was 9am and my first call came in. But it was short. The customer on the other end had said a plane just crashed into one of the Towers in N.Y. Only call I received on that day. I was working in a Wireless Co. Call Center so all we did was answer calls. Our location in Tulsa serviced that area. We heard the truth of all the other crashes...terrorist actions. We went home with anguished hearts. I watched the news all night and every night. I was sad and filled with so much grief. How could this happen in America? But it did...and i could happen again. My Pastor told us to stop watching it because it was not good for our hearts and soul.. .he was right. I was almost no good to anyone...laying on the couch just watching the terror. Well I wrote this poem in 2002 because I could not write it when this happened. Thanks for reading.

``````````````````````````````SLEEPING TOWERS ```````````````````````````````````
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``````````````````````Sleeping Towers will you rise again?` `````````````````````````
```````````````````For so many hours you bled from within ``````````````````````````
````````````````````````Hate has brought you to the ground -````````````````````Scattering lives that were all around ```````````````````````````
`````````````````````Gripped by grief our Nation paused ````````````````````````````
````````````````````Looking at all that terrorism caused ````````````````````````````
`````````````````````Our tears filled many oceans floor `````````````````````````````
```````````````````` As our Patriotism began to soar `````````````````````````````
`````````````````````The innocent were taken on that day ``````````````````````````
`````````````````` "God Bless America!" was all we could say ````````````````````````
```````````````````` We united together with one heart `````````````````````````````
`````````````````````Clinging to hope is where we start ````````````````````````````
````````````````````Forever our lives have been changed ``````````````````````````
````````````````````So many lives have been rearranged ````````````````````````````
`````````````````````But through it all many remain strong ``````````````````````````
`````````````````````With their lives they had to move on ```````````````````````````
````````````````````Although they still experienced much pain ```````````````````````
````````````````````Control of their lives they had to regain `````````````````````````
````````````````The memories of those precious lives will live forever `````````````````
``````````````````We will never give up our freedom...no never! `````````````````````

Finally written by me on 9/11/2002
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BLIZZTEE 9/12/2010 3:37AM

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POPOF4 9/11/2010 8:05PM

    God bless you for thinking of those lives that were lost. There was an interfaith ceremony held here in a mosque in the Detroit area. All faiths coming together, all races, and ethnicities as Americans. We will rise above fear hate and division!

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WALKING UNDER WATER

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yesterday on my evening walk it was turning dark. I was hungry because I had not eating all day. (Food is Fuel) I went to WhatABurger and got a mustard burger on Wheat and my son chicken strips. I argued with the lady over honey mustard. (Not Christlike emoticon) I walked out without apologizing.

As I walked in the pitch dark I was beating myself up for not apologizing and I kept asking God to forgive me. I was passing more tall weeds then I wanted. I saw the Texaco and assumed I had reach the back of their parking lot.

I saw what I thought was the curb and stepped over. There was nothing solid...but air. It was like a dream. I landed in water...went all the way down. And was up and down for several minutes. I managed to pull myself up on the concrete where I was at. My phone was wet the food was floating in the sack along with a book I had just checked out from the library.

I was afraid. This lady never gets afraid. I started screaming for help. I don't know how long I screamed but inside I heard God say don't stop screaming. Then a young man heard me and ran for help. They finally came and took me to the hospital. I have a concussion and staples in my head. My back and neck are hurting and also my right leg. I think my knee is swollen.(This was an 8 to 10 ft drop)

I am so embarrassed for this accident but one of the nurses told me not to be because of an accident. All I can think of is how will I do my workouts. This is not what I want. I have a goal. I know I will reach my goal and I know I need to take care of myself. My right kneeis swollen.
Thank God for the angels and for His Love for me. That enemy tried to take me out but I shall LIVE and NOT die and Proclaim the Gospel.
Please pray for my complete recovery. This Drainage ditch is dangerous. There are chilldren that walk by it everyday. Just imagine I was completely submerged...but a child could drown. No rails are around it and it needs to be drained quick. Please keep that in your prayers also.

I love you Spark Friends. Thanks for supporting me and reading my Blogs.
Enjoy today!
Deb
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GODZDESIGN95 9/8/2010 2:45PM

    OMG they should take care of that ditch. what the enemy tried to do did not work.A righteous women or man falls down 7 times and the Lord of Host will pick him up. Sending up prayers emoticon. sending healing your way. Sorry.

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LUNADRAGON 9/7/2010 7:24PM

    I really do hope and pray you are feeling better soon. That was scary!

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POPOF4 9/3/2010 8:00AM

    Wow... I thank God you are OK. Hopefully you'll be back on your feet soon. I kind of have gotten use to you and I encouraging each other to exercise and keep active. But right now I just want to read about how much better you are feeling as time goes on. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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IAMCHANGE 9/2/2010 6:38AM

    Self forgiven is so very hard but try to. Thanks for sharing.

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LADILYNNE 9/2/2010 2:47AM

    Don't beat yourself up about any of it -- you are human -- we make mistakes. Isn't it wonderful to know that we have a loving God that forgives our mistakes, our tempers, etc.

Take this time to heal, and to be still and hear from God. So many times we hurry through our days talking TO God and not listening enough. Rest, watch what you eat and we will pray with and for you.

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CBARRETT10 9/1/2010 5:31PM

  Terrible accident! I pray that you have a complete and speedy recovery. Thanks for letting us know about the accident, take it easy. Our God is an awesome God. emoticon emoticon

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DRB13_1 9/1/2010 9:32AM

    Oh Deb, how horrible! Take care, remember it WAS an accident, not because of the argument at the store, and focus on getting well. There were angels around you, and there is still much left for you to do in this life. Heal completely and treasure your blessings each day. Wishing you all the best!
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MSPROVERBS31 9/1/2010 1:09AM

    Oh my goodness Deb!!!! I'm glad that you invited us to visit your blog. When I read, in our forum, that you went walking under water, I thought you were taking an aqua aroebics class.

Praise the Lord that you are still alive and recovering! Because anyone at any age can drown in a very small amount of water!

God is good & you WILL reach your goals, but at this time you will heal! I am a visual person and your words are very telling...I began to cry and pray before I even finished the blog.

I know that God can and will heal according to His riches in glory & His promises for His own!
I will continue to keep you, your family & friends (as I'm sure they are all concerned) and the safety of this area in my prayers!

Keep us updated and please rest, recover & let God do what He does!!!! The Healthier You is on her way, God's way!!!

"On this day, God wants you to know ... that if you relax, it comes. Don't seek, don't search, don't ask, don't knock, don't demand - relax. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, God shows you the way."- FaceBook
Luv Ya!!! Take Care!!!

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REALTYGIRL18 8/31/2010 10:19PM

    Oh Deb!!! I'm soooo sorry you hurt yourself, but am happy that your wounds were not more serious.
Do NOT be embarressed about wheat happened. Accidents happen. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I hate that this has happened to you. Take time to heal yourself. The workouts will be there.
Just don't eat too much junk while taking it easy. emoticon

Peace, Love, and Blessings...
Jocelyn

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MRSBERG135 8/31/2010 8:21PM

    Oh I am glad you are ok! That is scary! Just make sure you relax and let yourself heal!!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/31/2010 7:25PM

    I am praying for you right now Deb! Thank God that we are not always aware that we entertain angels & that He heard your cry & sent them to help & protect you. I am so sad that you got that broken up. I pray for a speedy recovery & that you are not in that much pain. Leave your ego alone cause it will send you on a trip that will take a few days to come back from. Get over that whole incident, it was an accident but you should probably speak out about that & hopefully they will put a light or something to illuminate that area of the park.

Thank God you are able to blog & share with us!

Have mercy Lord & ((((HUGS))))

Dee

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/31/2010 5:02PM

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As A Man/Woman Thinketh So is He...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So much I think the Lord is Helping with. Well, I know He is helping me. As I walk He talks me and Helps me get a grip on this Journey.

I know that NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME WILL PROSPER!

Anything the enemy tries to put in my mind that is contrary to my goals I dismiss it...IMMEDIATELY!!!

Our journey begins in the mind. I wrote my vision and I write it each day. That's why I try to Journal everyday!!!

I SEE MYSELF AT MY GOAL. Vision: Calling and Seeing those things that be not as though they are. That's Faith in God and in what He put inside of us to succeed.

It's MY CHOICE TO GO FORWARD. He will not do anything against OUR WILL.

I WILL to be HEALTHY AND FIT.

I meditate on that which builds me up and motivates and encourages me daily.

I know that I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!!!

JESUS IS MY HELP!

I depend on my SPARKFRIENDS!!!

As i think in my Heart so am I.

I AM A GREAT SUCCESS WELL ABLE TO FINISH THIS JOURNEY STRONG!

The Bible tells me I HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST. HOW DOES HE THINK?

Nothing but VICTORY!!

God created me and after He was finished He said I am GOOD.

i AM BEAUTIFUL NOW! YOU ARE TOO! emoticon

Memories:

You've Come a Long Way Baby!
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BABY_GIRL69 8/27/2010 8:49PM

    So many wonderful thoughts here & all so true. We have to keep our minds focused on Him & He will not allow us to fail. I thank you so much Deb for sharing this blog with us to keep us mindful that if we think it we put it into motion. I want to be determined, motivated, prayed up & mind stayed on Him!

God bless & I know through Christ you will meet your goals & aspiration!

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MRSBERG135 8/27/2010 1:01PM

    Very inspiring! This is great! I find myself when I am running and trying to push myself I repeat " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

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POPOF4 8/27/2010 8:41AM

    Amen, truly inspiring!

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Everything is Going to be All-Right!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Thank God for His promises. When we are weak He is strong. He doesn't want us to stay weak...He wants us to Stand our Ground and dont let that nasty devil kick us down. Staying focused and never giving in because in 2010 we all can WIN!!

Everyday I'm making Progress.

Everyday I wake up and decide to eat breakfast-that's progress.
Everyday I pull myself up early and put on those workout clothes and just do it -that's progress,
Everyday I choose to drink 8 glasses of water a day-that's progress.
Everyday I say NO to those foods that I don't have a handle on yet-that's progress.
Everyday I log into SparkPeople and log my food and Fitness activity-that's progress.
Everyday I look in the mirror and tell myself "You're Beautiful"-that's progress.
Everyday I smile as I remember my triumphs-that's progress.
Everyday I get to read more than 2 Blogs for the 2 points-that's progress.
Everyday I add a new friend because they put a spark in my journey-that's progress.
Everyday I get on that scale and it's going down instead of up and staying down-that's progress.

I know that Everything is Going to be All-Right-and that's Progress.

  
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ASH72461 8/25/2010 2:18PM

  that is progess
and i do much better on days that i spark in here
sometimes i don't get a chance due to work schudeles
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CBARRETT10 8/25/2010 2:04PM

  We are a work in progress everyday! emoticon
Great job! Great blog! emoticon emoticon
Be blessed

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BABY_GIRL69 8/25/2010 2:00PM

    I love this blog! We must be of one mind cause these are all things I keep in my mind at all times to keep those thoughts, calories & food at bay. You are shrinking over there. I am losing all the weight I put on in just 6weeks. I am driving my family crazy cause I a workout fiend. So I try to put myself through the paces once. Although I like to workout 2x a day. I know but the things I didn't have time for in the morning, I can do them at night. lol

Keep inspiring my Sistah in Christ! God bless your heart!

Dee

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MRSBERG135 8/25/2010 1:17PM

    agreed! This is great! Thanks for sharing! LOVE IT!

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LUNADRAGON 8/25/2010 1:11PM

    You are so right on the button with this blog! Thank you, and you are doing it!

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Making Progress Since Anniversary Date: 7/6/2007

Saturday, August 21, 2010

That's me when I graduated in 2006 from Tulsa community College. 233lbs

I was trapped or so I thought in a body that I couldn't do anything about...or so I thought. Had tried many times to lose the weight but then I started eating the wrong stuff again...and again. Food was my best friend. Never talked back or called me names. I went to food instead of His name. I had to repent for what I had done. I was living to eat and not eating to live.

So fast forward to when I found Spark. (Really led by God) Read an article about a great weight loss story in the Women's World magazine and found the website address from that article. I had the hook in my mouth. I joined in July but did not get real til the end of August. As I got used to all the great tools here I found my body changing and even my looks


I enjoyed the new me and the pounds were coming off. I lost my highest 50lbs in 2008. Some came back and they left again and then I let life get in my way but I kept on that track and got to this gorgeous size. From 24 to 16

eating healthy for sure.

Then fast forward to the end of 2009 I had been on this journey for 2 years and it was taking too long to lose the weight. I watched others who started with me lose and get to great goals and then I let it depress me in a way. I wanted this weight off of me TODAY!

I decided that I wanted to make a cake from scratch. This started in November 09. I started watching Paula Deen on the Food Network and then she made this:

I made this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake.
This first one my daughter and I ate it not realizing that my son had not eaten any. But we told him it taste great! emoticon
Then I started making one or more of these different flavors each week: lemon, pineapple, sweet potato, and more. I made all kind of cookies and homemade cakes and homemade buttery icings. And I ate a lot. I ate so much in the month of December I gained 7 whole pounds. emoticon

2010 showed up and I was still not at my goal. So I became so determined that I was going to eat properly and meet this goal by the end of 2010.
So I stopped the madness and cooking all the homemade sweets. I don't miss it. Sometimes I want to throw some flour in a bowl and make one but if I do I know I will eat it because I don't like food to waste. lol

My new outlook that I acquired just the other day while reading the blog from Spark Member: Yoovie, blog titled "What the heck is this Sexy Breakfast she is always talking about." I do suggest that if you need some new and different information to motivate you read this blog. It's wonderful and helps me to get my priorities in order. She is raw in some ways but I like her outlook on life. Basically she's telling us to love ourselves now and do what we need to do to get our bodies where we want them and no matter what we are well able to perform this action.

It's all up to us friends. It takes the mindset that you want to lose the weight and that no matter what you can do this. There is so much support here and others around us all. We have to reach out if no one is reaching out to you.

*You can't be a fly on the wall you have to participate in board post and post to members blogs after you read them.

*Record your workouts because you need to workout no matter what you think. Yes you will lose a little weight by lowering your calories but face it walking can be done by most everyone.

*Get up and eat breakfast. One of the hardest things for me to do. I'm not hungry but it's very important and that's what drew me to that blog-"Sexy Breakfast". What Yoovie is saying is to beautify your breakfast to make it eye candy. Thus I guess, the name "sexy breakfast." I like it and it helps a lot of people eat there breakfast.

*I'm making another effort to go to sleep AT NIGHT. I am so tired of laying down when I see the sun come up. It's possible and I will do it. (Well, the sun is not always coming up..but close enough)Oh, yeah..getting the 8 hours of sleep that I know my body needs.

*I will stick to my current workout plan and add as I see fit because it is working for me. I will continue Core Rhythms, Walking and Running, Belly Dancing, Strength Training, Core Work, Circuit Training and other Aerobic activity at least 6 times a week of cardio and 2 times or more of strength training. Rest at least one day a week for sure. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

*Mainly I'm determined to lose all the weight this year to make my goal by December 31, 2010. I owe it to myself. Now I'm not trying to get away from spark because I will need to stay here because I have some great friends on this site that I depend on for their support.
Thank you all!!!

I am so happy to continue to win this battle every day. When I get up each day it's another day that brings me closer to my goal and yours too.
I'm never giving up and I will reach my goal. No matter what. Like I always say, we are truly in this TOGETHER.
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Much Luv to All and Me too!
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LUNADRAGON 8/25/2010 1:14PM

    Isn't wonderful when you can look back and see how far you have come! Keep on rocking!
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CBARRETT10 8/22/2010 12:20AM

  You are a wonderful example of what you can accomplish with determination and faith. You are sooo close to your goal! Thanks for sharing and caring!

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JAISAN1 8/21/2010 5:17PM

    Good for you and your achievements! Thanks for the kick in the butt! Now I'm off to plan this coming weeks exercises!

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BABY_GIRL69 8/21/2010 3:16PM

    We've come along way Babe! We owe it to ourselves & the promise that is within us. I have promised myself to do this too by year end. . . . .I'm here for you anytime you need me.

God bless & thanks for sharing!

Dee

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SHADICAR 8/21/2010 8:36AM

    Great outlook on this journey and positive thoughts to help accomplish your goals. I wish you success along the way. emoticon

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EPIPHANYANGEL 8/21/2010 5:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon your achievements.

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