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CHANGE IS GOOD! :)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012



This is the type of CHANGE I love! emoticon It's blurry but I like what I see. I'm telling you SparkFriends, I HATED taking pictures. I take so many pictures of myself it's almost scary! emoticon emoticon It's been so long since I posted it's ridiculous! smh My page was messed up the first of this month so I went several weeks without being able to pull it up. BUT I'M BACK!!! emoticon

I'm having great results with this new meal plan I'm on. It's based on The Flat Belly Diet although I don't do "diets". The meal plan has changed my body in so many ways. As of today I only have 25 pounds to lose. At first I didn't think anything of it but when I started this journey 5 years ago July 6 2007 I had almost 100 pounds to lose.(It seemed like 100!) Now ONLY 25!

I was in High School on this picture my senior year I believe. I thought there was nothing I could do about my weight. I was a loner and stayed in the house all the time. I remember sending my little cousins to the store for my candy and diet soda or to Tastee Freeze for my double orders of whatever I bought. I think back and shake my head. The devil lies to young folks just like adults. I was trapped in my mind. Thought I was a curse to the world but I am SO glad that I finally realized that God created me with GREAT Wealth!

I am so grateful that JESUS Loves Me and Put His LOVE In Me! emoticon

So Onward I go in Him my Leader and Guide. I can do this journey and I WILL reach my goal before the end of the year! YES...I went off on a limb and declared it. I finally KNOW I can do it all the way. That new meal plan filled with all those Good fats...MUFA'S: Edamame(soy beans), Dark Chocolate, Olive oil, Flax seed oil, Canola oil, and a list of other good fat oils, Nuts & Seeds, Avocados, Black and green olives...And eating more calories. I thank GOD for showing me what I can do. I believe everyone is different and what works for one may not work for the other so if you are still trying to get your meal plan to work for you, keep trusting God and listening...He Will Lead You The RIGHT Way!

Now I'm wearing my hair in an afro because some months ago the texture of my hair just up and changed! Wigs are too hot and I've been wanting to wear one so I guess I just got the desire of my heart. lol When I straighten my hair all those years it made it impossible for me to just fix my hair in an afro. Now...it's natural. lol

Yep I like to look cool and stuff. Do I think I'm cute? lol YES!!! If I don't no one else will lol.

I Love You My Friends! Thanks for sharing in my JOY of the change going on in me. That's why on my huddles I always...most of the time...check that I'm Making Progress. And I am! Thank God for the changes and inches and pounds coming off. Been a LONG journey but I'm making it my lifestyle for ever. emoticon

Of course my workouts are on point. That has never really been my problem because I love to workout and do various exercises to keep my attention. I love to have fun with it and I do. LAUGHING IS ALSO ONE OF MY HABITS! It does good like medicine(or shall I say SOME medicine lol) No side affects with laughter!

I pray you all are leaving July with the PURPOSE to keep moving forward. It does take work but you have that VICTORY inside of you. We are pushing onward!
Love You!
Deb
HOLLA@JESUS!
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MIZPAM25 8/1/2012 10:13PM

    emoticon emoticonCongratulations on all of your success, you look great, I like your fro.

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GEMINIGEM6 8/1/2012 9:42PM

    You look great! And I love what you said about doing what works for your particular body. I mean we are all individuals so why would ONE plan work for EVERYONE? Lol. You're on point girl and congrats on all of your success!

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KADULAC 8/1/2012 12:09AM

    You are doing great, and lookin' gooood!! The only "side" affects are when you get stitches from laughing too hard. emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 7/31/2012 8:19PM

    You simply HOTT Girl!! Um are you dating yet? You are on fire ova here...I'm so happy for you Deb! I wanted to natural with press & curl but its hard to find a beautician that doesn't want to all your hair off?! What is that about? lbvs I think it looks great on you.

God bless & keep you!

Dee

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WALKINGIRL5 7/31/2012 8:06PM

    Wow - you look fantastic . Ive just joined spand it's great to see the progress you've made. It'll haelp me start August with more purpose emoticon

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QUEENXQUIZIT 7/31/2012 2:20PM

  emoticonAnd yes, you look cool with your glasses!

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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHER'S IN EVERY WAY!

Saturday, May 12, 2012





ďWilling Hands Full of LoveĒ

She has beauty oh so deep,
Praying at hours she should be asleep,
She has willing hands full of love,
Skilled and productive anointed from Above,
She makes you think she feels no pain,
Yet, she was touched with yours just the same,
Her heart goes out to others in need,
All the neighborhood kids she would feed,
She nurtured every step we would take,
Comforted and guided you after every mistake,
No one can smell as clean as she,
I speak of her heart the Attitude of He,
She spoke the Word everyday,
Upon her knees she often would pray,
Between sister and brother, a peacemaker she was,
You kiss and make up this she really loves,
She is always loving, caring and kind,
Generous to others and protective all the time,
Her lips are sweet, speaking Words true,
She never caused strife or gossiped-one of the few,
She brings much joy as you look on her face,
She is to be honored, a picture of royal grace,
Her meals are always better than any other,
She is, was, and will beÖsheís a Mother!


By Deborah Carr Edwards©

ENJOY YOUR GREATEST MOTHER'S DAY EVER!
MUCH LOVE TO YOU!
HOLLA@JESUS!

  
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KADULAC 5/15/2012 1:04AM

    Beautiful poem.

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BABY_GIRL69 5/13/2012 4:31PM

    Happy Mother's Day Deb!!! God bless your heart for sharing your insight with us on this special day through poetry. Beautiful poem...

Love,

Dee

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PURPLEPEONY 5/13/2012 10:35AM

    Beautiful poem...do you mind if I share it with friends?

Have a Happy Mother`s Day!

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SHE-LION 5/13/2012 7:51AM

    Back at cha, Darling! Have a great day! emoticon

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PENNEYV 5/12/2012 9:40PM

    emoticon thank you! A Happy Mother's Day to you as well! emoticon

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MICHELE_L 5/12/2012 3:26PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem!

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LEEVER 5/12/2012 2:51PM

  Wonderful to be reminded of "Why We Are Here"! Blessings to All Mothers Everywhere....y

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NANAW12001 5/12/2012 2:37PM

  What a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER TODAY! MAY 3, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

THIS PRAYER CAME FROM ONE OF MY MENTORS KENNETH COPELAND.
LET US PRAY:

Throughout the history of our nation, prayer has always been America's instrument of guidance, protection and strength. Today, on the National Day of Prayer,

Our prayers still make a difference! Pray with us for our nation:

Father, I bring the needs of our government before You and ask You to bless our nation through godly leaders. I magnify the Name of Jesus and declare that He is Lord over this nation.

Father, I pray according to 1 Timothy 2:1-3 which says, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour."

I pray, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, for our president, the vice president, all the Cabinet and the chief justice and associate justices of the Supreme Court to receive the wisdom of God, to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives.

I pray for the members of the Senate and the House of Representatives to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and lead according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in righteousness for the sake of the nation.

I pray for Your protection to cover all our law enforcement officers and the men and women of the military. I ask for godly counsel and wisdom for judges across this land. In the Name of Jesus, I pray that You and our kingdom of righteousness be manifested in the hearts of all those who are in authority in any way.

Father, Your Word says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem because those who love Jerusalem shall prosper. Lord Jesus, because You love Jerusalem and wept over it, I love it also. I pray for Jerusalem to receive the Shalom of God, which brings wholenessónothing missing, nothing broken. I pray that no leader of our nation will make any decision n that will harm Jerusalem in any way. And in the Name of Jesus, I pray that You reveal Your perfect will to all the leaders of Israel. I ask You, Lord, to reveal Yourself to each person. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers that are in accordance to Your will. I receive the answers, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

(Scripture References: 1 Timothy 2:1-3; Psalm 122:6; Mark 3:25; Proverbs 21:1; 1 John 5:14-15)

Thank you for standing in agreement with us and millions of believers across America. Your prayers make a difference!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  
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GODZDESIGN95 5/4/2012 7:35PM

    what a beautiful prayer!

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VELRENO 5/4/2012 1:26PM

    Amen. Thanks for posting.

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KADULAC 5/4/2012 2:23AM

    Amen.

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SLFGOLF 5/4/2012 1:01AM

    This time, more than in a long time our nation needs prayer. Amen.

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SONYALATRECE 5/3/2012 9:07PM

    Amen.
Beautiful prayer!

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PURPLEPEONY 5/3/2012 5:39PM

    Very nice...our nation is in desperate need of prayer.
Do you mind if I share this blog with friends?
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BABY_GIRL69 5/3/2012 5:21PM

    Amen.

God bless Deb!

Dee

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I'VE BEAT THE SUGAR CRAVING/ADDICTION!

Saturday, April 14, 2012



HELLO AND HAPPY SATURDAY TO YOU ALL! emoticon

As some of you may know, I chose the month of March to not eat sugary snacks and desserts. I was motivated when one of my Spark friends posted that she was fasting sweets for Lent. So I decided to attempt to get that sugar craving under control by using the month of March to combat it. Iíve been asking God to take the cravings away but itís not that simple for me. Yes, He could have did just that but what happens when I fall back into that habit. What He did do for me was make it easy. Simply putÖI stopped buying sugary snacks, candy, and cookies for myself. I didnít even bake any cakes for my son. Every day that passed my excitement swelled and when March 31, 2012 arrived I knew I had beaten it. God knew I could do it with His Help. Sometimes we ask God to do things that WE have the ability to do. Yes He will intervene with miracles but sometimes we have to DO and ACT as we BELIEVE that ALL things ARE Possible.

I must confess that I am totally delivered from that snare. NoÖIím not saying that I will not eat a cookie or a piece of dessert again but I have a handle on it and I still have not returned them to my daily meal plan. On April 3, I started following the Flat Belly Diet for Diabetes meal plan. Ever since then my body feels different. Iíve lost weight and inches. This plan works with four 400 calorie meals per day which includes a monounsaturated fat with each meal. Those are: olives, nuts, seeds, nut butters, olive oil, grape seed oil, safflower oil, avocados, and flax seed. This is just what I can recall but any monounsaturated fat. Also you can eat Real Dark Chocolate. Not the kind that is made with sugar as the first ingredient but the one with the cacao in it. Now I bought my first bar of that just yesterday and had a small piece as they suggests.

Ever since I started this meal plan I have been faithfully measuring my foods and tracking each calorie that I put in my mouth. To tell the truth, some days itís hard to eat all of that food. I enter the bed time hour with no desire to find me something to snack on. One of the meals is a snack even if itís 400 calories or you can have two 200 calorie snacks. But I canít go below the 1600 calories per day. I checked the book out from the library and thatís why I decided to try it. WellÖI did hear about the original one from Prevention. Yep this is the one with the Sassy Water. I havenít made that since I started but I will. Now Iím not into ďdietsĒ, but this meal plan concept works for me so I will stick with it. I also kept an eagle eye on how much sugar was in the other foods and cut back on those that had more than 1 teaspoon in them. I know that WITH God ALL Things are possible. Iíve ALWAYS Known and Believed that. When I did that no eat sugar month, I knew that I TRULY got that conquered. You just donít know the turmoil Iíve went through with that craving. Of course, some of you DO know. I give my Lord God ALL The Glory and HONOR for His Power In Me. It was in me ALL the time.

It would be so simple for Him to just take OUR cravings away. Then what good would that do for us. We learn by doing! Iím a doer of the Word and Iím BLESSED IN MY DEEDS! You too can bust that sugar craving. We were created to have DOMINION so that means SUGAR or ANY other food CAN NOT RULE over US! Iím staying on this path of SUCCESS and EXPECT To Keep Making PROGRESS every day for the rest of this life. Thank YOU LORD!
Blessings to All!
Deb
Holla@Jesus!
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WILDFLOWERR_ 4/16/2012 1:48PM

    emoticonjob! AND your right, with God's help we CAN do anything!
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BABY_GIRL69 4/15/2012 7:26PM

    This is so outstanding! I did not give on sugar completely, I just buy it absentmindedly most of the time. Once I eat that package or container of whatever I eat, I move on. I have been doing well since Lent & actually my hubby bought me more red vines for my birthday last week. I have been trying not to have them most of all cause they are not the best for my blood pressure. I have however got back on the horse of working very hard to have discipline. Meaning, we can eat 2300 calories daily because if we are active we actually burn about that doing our daily task. Well take 500 calories burned & we have weight loss. I bought a pair of jean that fitting me nicely. I still have a little bulge over my belt but not a mushroom. Progress is slow but steady does win the race.

God bless Deb & thanks for the motivation!!!

Dee

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KADULAC 4/15/2012 7:09PM

    That is great. Congratulations.

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PURPLEPEONY 4/15/2012 12:03AM

    Sweets & carbs are my weakness too. With God we can do anything! Congrats on your success!
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AVRILVL 4/14/2012 5:02PM

    Hi Ciara,

I loved this blog entry, thanks so much for sharing this with us! I'm about to start my diet/exercise and one of the things I'm most keen to do is beat my sugar craving, although it's going to be hard. I really agree with you - it's best to beat it yourself because then you are most empowered to persevere with a commitment to yourself! Are you in the US? I'm in the UK (Scotland) and have just joined the community. I'll look forward to seeing more of your blog. Best wishes to you, Avril xxx emoticon

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SOWING SEEDS OF FITNESS AND HEALTH

Tuesday, March 13, 2012



2 Corinthians 9:6-7b: But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7a Every man according as he purpose in his heartÖ

Those familiar with the Kingdom of God know that everything starts with a SEED.
I was reminded of this after I worked out and immediately went into prayer. As I sow my workouts, healthy eating habits, drinking water, sleeping and even laughing those seeds yield an increase. Thatís if we sow them knowing that we will REAP A HARVEST.

We should never think that our efforts are in vain. And if your mindset is that pray and ask for clarification and direction in what you need to do next in order to get the results you desire. Ask and You SHALL Receive. Ask in FAITH and be ready to get an answer. It may not be just when you ask but Heís always faithful to lead us in the path that brings prosperity and success in our lives.

That was such an epiphany hearing that in my heart. God knows how to make ALL Grace abound our way. Heís interested in what we are interested in and He promises to PERFECT That which concerns us.

Itís according to what you purpose to do with your seeds of health and fitness. You know your fitness levels and those things that you are still working on. God doesnít ask us to do things we are not at that level to do. Be patient and YOU WILL REACH EVERY GOAL YOU DESIRE.

Keep Trusting in God at ALL Times No matter what in EVERY AREA of your life. He HAS ALREADY Given us ALL Things that PERTAIN To LIFE and Godliness. Itís up to us to obtain them by FAITH.

Many Blessings to you all and I pray that March is Bringing forth GREAT Rewards this month. Iím doing excellent with keeping away from those desserts and sugary snacks. With God ALL things ARE Possible!

Enjoy the rest of the week!
Love to All!
Deb
Holla@Jesus
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NEWMOMOVER40 6/2/2012 4:57AM

    Thanks Ciera! I am visiting Spark tonight for a bit of inspiration and it's wonderful to see how you are doing. You look great!

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PURPLEPEONY 4/9/2012 3:48PM

    I really needed these encouraging words today. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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KADULAC 3/15/2012 4:15AM

    Great blog. We do reap what we sow. That you for sharing this.

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BAMAJAM 3/13/2012 4:02PM

  Trusting in God is indeed the way to live each day! By His grace and by His perfect love, we receive so many blessings. While it is good to pray for what we desire, the best prayer is to pray for God's will to be done. Bless everyone!

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