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Monday, August 01, 2011



Now I'm closer to my goal and much healthier and more confident in my life. I am so happy to see another month. I am excited that this year is flying by and I'm going to make the most of it. emoticon

I've decided to REBOOT. That means I'm pushing the button and giving it MORE than I've ever had before! emoticon

I had a healthy breakfast of Oatmeal, raisins and Almond milk. That's the way to start a day. I had been skipping breakfast for most days on purpose. I've decided that I need to eat my calories earlier than later. So no more missing breakfast unless I'm on a Spiritual Fast. Oatmeal is quite filling and I've always loved it for any meal or snack.

I'm regulating my time and stick to a schedule that gives me more sleep. It's our decision to get the proper sleep each day and no matter what others say...THERE IS ENOUGHT HOURS IN THE DAY TO GET WHAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO DO EACH DAY...Sorry. lol emoticon


I am determined to be the BEST ME that GOD Created me to be. There's no other option in my life. I am a Blessed Woman of God and I know it. I'm going to Show it! I trust God with All my Heart and I am a SUCCESS NOW! I see it. Just like God...My Father. What a Blessing to KNOW! emoticon

Do What YOU must do to get What you have not been doing DONE! matter what I say...YOU HAVE TO WANT THIS BAD!!!!! emoticon

I'm happy with my progress thus far. Otherwise I wouldn't have taken so many pictures in the last couple of months.

Many Blessings!

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SHERRYJVP 8/8/2011 12:22PM

    LOL I always love to hear from you. I agree with Wildflower. Eat your breakfast. I love oatmeal too. Love to try new toppings on it. I also like some mixed whole grain hot cereals I have tried.

As usual, you say what I just needed to hear. God's timing is always perfect and He works through you!

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SHE-LION 8/6/2011 6:37AM

    I just love your attitude!

... and skipping breakfast is a no-no, girl! Eat to nourish your body!

Psst! I added you on my friend's list! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 8/5/2011 11:33AM

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WILDFLOWERR_ 8/4/2011 1:32AM

    emoticonDid I hear you say you have been skipping breakfast? Don't make me come to your home town Young LAdy! emoticonAsk Denise, I am not afraid to kick a butt or two when I have too! emoticon

Glad to hear you are NOT going to do it any more! emoticon

Hugs and Blessings,


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BABY_GIRL69 8/2/2011 4:07PM

    WOOHOO Deb!! This is so wonderful!! We've come a long way Baby. lol

God bless & love the new pics!


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PENNEYV 8/1/2011 9:50PM

    Way to go on the reboot. I have been thinking that I need to start over in this journey and re-evaluate many things, or reboot. emoticon emoticon You are looking great! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 8/1/2011 7:54PM

    emoticonblessing on your way to a healthier you in Jesus name!! Holla
emoticonGO Jesus GO!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


It's a myth that eating late will make you gain weight. Your body doesn't know what time it is when you eat, and it metabolizes all calories the same way, regardless of the time of day they are eaten. There is no real concern with eating late or close to bedtime, unless you find it disrupts your sleep or makes you feel a sick when you lie down to go to bed.

Hope This Helps a Lot of You. Good to Know! emoticon


Many Blessings to You!
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DEBRA1233 8/2/2011 3:16PM

    I was surprised by the answer. But good to know.

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VISUALLYRICS 7/29/2011 11:02AM

    I agree with you about that myth.
I do try not to eat past 8pm though....I just tend to over eat if I do. emoticon

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/28/2011 1:45AM

    I agree with ALESHABEE! since starting my "LIVE IT" I have a bedtime snack every night! You just have to make sure you have allowed calories for it. It's best to something high in protein and low in carbs. The protein keeps your metabolism going whilst you sleep, so it doesn't have to work so hard in the morning to get your motor running!

AND THAT SALAD LOOKS emoticon emoticon

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HEART_N_GRACE 7/26/2011 8:30PM

    Yummy salad!

I find it more of a discipline thing... that is when a lot of my mindless eating happened ~ so if I wasn't hungry better to not eat ~ not like I needed to gain strength to go to bed ~

So I say if you're hungry and you've planned it... enjoy!!!

I think I will use this in a future "Daily Tip" for the summer 2011 team!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/26/2011 7:05PM

    Its so true about metabolize you must understand it. How it works & then we can win the battle of bulge.

God bless Deb & enjoy the last week of July!


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KADULAC 7/26/2011 6:22PM

    It took me a while to understand this, everyone had always told me that it wasn't good to eat after a certain time. I'm glad it is okay because of my husband's work schedule we don't eat dinner sometimes until right before bed.

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NANA717 7/26/2011 12:04PM

    That salad looks awesome!!!! When is lunch served? :)

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ALESHABEE 7/26/2011 9:35AM

    I eat right before I go to bed and didn't make me gain weight...I actually lost weight :-) It's more about WHAT you eat and HOW MUCH you eat right before you go to bed.

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PENNEYV 7/26/2011 5:52AM

    Your salad looks wonderful. Would be great to eat late, early or whenever! emoticon

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EXENEC 7/26/2011 4:40AM

  I was relieved to find that late night eating is NOT immediately converted to fat, a myth I'd always heard. I let myself have a couple snacks after dinner but make sure they're healthy.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

How are you doing? emoticon

I'm having a emoticonweek so far and enjoying every day. I'm Growing in all

areas of my life and that excites me. I'm seeing my end before it happens and I'm

racing towards the future with open arms. I owe it to all of my friends who inspire

encouragement each day. Thanks for all the goodies to each and every one of you.

I do read the notes. Sometimes I may not get back to you but when I'm using my

phone to spark it take a while. emoticon But I thank you all. I love all the

encouraging post on my page and blogs. Just knowing you are reading my feed and

are a part of my journey is so very humbling. I love and appreciate you all! emoticon

I am seeing changes in my body and it's so exciting. Losing a few pounds and that is

motivation in itself. Clothes! Fitting looser and you know when you hold your

stomach in sometimes when you are wearing certain things and when I walked

on Wednesday to the Post Office I had on this bigger khaki jean skirt but it's

wayyyy bigger now! emoticon So when I pulled my stomach in I heard in my out you don't want it to fall down! emoticon That was funny.

God has a Great sense of Humor! emoticon

So keep on this Road of Victory. All victories are GREAT Victories!

I'm Praying With You for Your GREAT SUCCESS! emoticon

Have a Marvelous Evening and Remember to Go for The GOLD! emoticon

Blessings to All!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/23/2011 11:28AM

    I'm sparking right with you, girlfriend!!

have an abundant week in the Lord....cup overflowing!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/23/2011 11:00AM

    Praise God for His mercies & blessings! I am so happy for you & your success! God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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GODZDESIGN95 7/23/2011 9:09AM

    Holla@Jesus! emoticon

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Monday, July 11, 2011

"Inspiring people are vitamins for our spirits. They come in all kinds of disguises and descriptions. If you open your heart to being inspired, they will appear.

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Don't ever forget that. We all have our own pace. Forget about the pace of others. What can you do and in your Strength that God gives you? We sometimes fall to the wayside because we are focused too much on the pace of others and everything that they are accomplishing that you somehow feel short of. Don't think like that!

We are ALL Winners right now. See the End before you start. That's with Anything. That's How God CREATED EVERYTHING. He saw His Finished Product at the Beginning.

We are well able to get to each goal in our lives. Have Faith in God. Have Faith in Yourself.

Your Pace is the Right Pace for YOU! emoticon

Let's Make July Hotter than the Temps in Texas! emoticon Triple Digits!

Thanks for all the comments on my last blog! Thanks for all the comments on this blog. Thanks for always motivating me to stay on my way Forward! I Love You!
Blessings and have a GREAT WEEK!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/15/2011 11:32AM

    You are certainly a shot of energy for me, sister!! I guess that would make you Vitamin C!!! emoticon emoticon

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-KATHERINE- 7/11/2011 10:45PM

    Great blog! You are such a motivator. emoticon

Love the part where you said God saw the finished product at the beginning, that is awesome!

Love your spark emoticon

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday!!!

I don't know why but I always think the day I started was the 7th instead of the 6th so I'm a day late. But it actually started when I decided I wanted change that will last. emoticon

July 6, 2007 Is when I started this journey. It took me about a month to get real serious and maybe that long to start participating with other Sparkers. I will never in my life regret coming here. emoticon

I've went through my beginning in a previous blog so I will not repeat myself. I just want to Highlight that every time I walk...I AM SO THANKFUL! Losing wasn't new to me but losing and KEEPING it off was. emoticon

Of course I am working towards this 30 lb goal. A far cry from the 88lbs I wanted to lose when I started. I know I'll do it and I am doing it. I appreciate every one of you who help to keep me grounded and accountable. I am grateful that God has put you all in my life. emoticon

4 Years! Yes I've gained some and lost it back but my focus is on point and I am in this to win it for a LIFETIME. I thank God for the confidence I have. I used to be so ashamed of being overweight. Mainly because I was teased and bullied when I was growing up. I felt worthless. But I know I am Worth More than anything on this earth. I was worth Jesus Blood! emoticon

So I'm going forward...starting another year and excited about further changes in my body. I'm a far cry from the 233lbs size 24 when I started. I'm 178-183 but I don't trust the scale. Wearing 14's and 16's. I'm excited. I am smaller than when I graduated high school for sure. emoticon

I appreciate Spark People and will forever tell people where they can come and get the best information and support and tools for a successful Lifestyle change ever. All Free of Charge. Thank You Father for that! emoticon

I'm Celebrating this entire month and pray that your journey is as exciting as mines has been. Have met some of the greatest people here and I do appreciate you all. You are my motivation. I can't say this enough. It's TRUE. That's why I say it. You are so Special and You are here because you want to Change what you've been doing that wasn't working. Here, We Are So Very Blessed! Thanks SparkGuy! emoticon

More changes in me to come. I am making progress in every area. Have written over 90000words on my Young Adult know I'm long winded...ready to edit it by the end of this month hopefully then a rewrite that I want completed by December31,2011. And I have many other goals that I'm working towards. emoticon

emoticonI'm still Going Strong and Getting Stronger Daily!
Many Blessings to All of You. My main Encouragement: If you don't know Jesus as Lord of Your LIfe then Ask Him to come into your heart and lead you in His Path for You. Without Jesus I can do nothing. Without Them in my life I would not have found SparkPeople. He's Sweeter than the Day Before. HE LOVES YOU SO!

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BABY_GIRL69 7/10/2011 1:40PM

    Happy Anniversary Sweets!! This is something worth celebrating! So I raise my glass of orange juice to you! God bless & enjoy everyday! Dee

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SKUNKY4 7/9/2011 9:02AM

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Happy emoticon! Looking forward to hearing more great things about your journey!

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VISUALLYRICS 7/8/2011 11:49AM

    Happy Anniversary!!! emoticon
I am with you on this journey... emoticonso glad to have you along for the ride!
You are doing Great!! ...I just blogged about mindful area I need to improve in...for sure.

Be Blessed!! ~ Laura

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WILDFLOWERR_ 7/7/2011 6:22PM

    emoticonHAPPY emoticon!!! emoticon

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TUBLADY 7/7/2011 6:00PM

    Congratulations. You have came a long way. You have determination and faith in God to make the journey with you.
May you continue to experience success.
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