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DEB ENCOURAGED HERSELF IN THE LORD

Friday, February 13, 2009



Those are my children when they were little. Matthew is now 18 and Jacinda is 21. He is a senior this year and I am so happy....Now.

I had what you might call an emotional fitness breakdown after Thursday's late Cardio workout. It is a very hard and challenging DVD. Belly Dancing with Indian flare. I worked hard and persevered for 75 mins.

Then I burst out in tears because some things in my life don't make me smile all the time. I love the Lord and I know He is my first focus. Without Him there is no me. I can't lose this weight in my own strength. None of us can. We need God's supernatural help to keep us going. He let me know in my heart that it was ok to cry. I went to pick my daughter up from work and I cried again.

Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.

My morning came quick. I began to think on the goodness of God in my life and I had to be thankful that my children are not out in the streets. I am thankful that my children are not cheese heads, crack heads, meth heads, weed heads, pill heads, alcoholics, deadbeats, street walkers, gang bangers, robbers, murderers or thieves.
They both have jobs. My son is doing well in school and passed the Taks test that this state requires for students to graduate. He wants to be an accountant. I am thankful for that. I am thankful that my daughter was given gifts of an artist, singing and basketball playing.

I had to think of the good that was going on. I pushed myself during cardio
because I am going to conquer this life long torment of fat that I let stand in the way of the plans God has for my life. I am required to finish no matter how much I weigh. I thank God for all the gifts that He has given me from Jesus. God is so good to all of us!

Everything is going to be alright. I am encouraged in the Lord!!

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty...He is my refuge and my fortress; my God in Him I trust. Psalm 91:1,2 .

I trust God Who made this universe. I don't put my trust in politicians or the media. I am in the Kingdom of God. God is in charge. He wants me to walk in THE BLESSING. Thank You Jesus for making this possible.

Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have EVERYTHING I need. The Lord is on my side why shall I fear what can man do to me?

It is WELL with my soul. I have a sound mind. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but love peace and a sound mind. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever. He lives in me. He leads me and guides me to success everyday of my life. Praise the Lord for a new day!!!


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CARYNRICKY525 2/24/2009 2:44PM

    Hello Deborah.
This is an awesome blog. It is so refreshing to know the God comes first in our lives. With Him all things are possible. Yes, we should know that you wonderful children because they were raised by a FANTASTIC mother.

You inspire me!

Love ya!
Caryn

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NEWMOMOVER40 2/22/2009 7:07PM

    Beautiful & inspiring, Deb! Thank you for sharing your heart!

I really admire your being able to belly dance for 75 minutes. That's fantastic! Definitely make sure you're getting enough calories in your diet to support as many calories as you're burning, so you don't wear yourself out and make your mood dive after your workout.

"The race is not given to the swift nor strong, but victory belongs to those who keep on moving on"
~ Pastor Hezekiah Walker (that song ALWAYS encourages me in the middle of a tough workout)
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DEBBIEKAY1 2/20/2009 9:42AM

    Deborah,
The Lord is using you to reach so many souls
God's Blessings on you my dear friend

Hugs Debbie

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JANDELL 2/14/2009 8:18AM

    Isn't it wonderful to have this shelter to run to?! I don't know what people do without HIM!! I wouldn't want to spend one minute on this earth without HIM!! This is such an encouraging blog...thanks!

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BABY_GIRL69 2/13/2009 6:01PM

    Girl, I want you to be encouraged, no matter what's going on!! You need to cry some times to me it cleanses my very soul. A couple of weeks without a few tears of melancholy or sadness just don't seem right. Joy will come in the morning!

Blessings,

Dee
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LILSHINE 2/13/2009 1:21PM

    There is no better place to find encouragement than the Lords Place. Awesome blog and I'm happy that you were able to find comfort like no other comforter. You are a truly blessed woman. You found the positives in your life and that's your kids and God. It's awesome when you've raised great kids and I'm sure they'll continue to do you proud. More importantly i'm sure they're proud of their mom. Hang in there the weight will fall off, just give it time.

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JCL129 2/13/2009 10:15AM

    Deb,

You not only encouraged yourself in the Lord, but you encouraged me as well.
God bless!

Jeanette

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SONGS415 2/13/2009 8:49AM

    EXCELLENT POST!!!
patty

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ALLYB91 2/13/2009 7:24AM

  Thank you

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Fat Flinging February

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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This month is dedicated to Fat Flinging. So...what do I mean? That means I am focused on the Prize (My Healthy Weight), and I am burning more calories (fat flinging) than I eat. I almost went on that Fat Smash Diet, but those calories were too low for me now. Maybe when I need to lose the last ten pounds.
I have decided to do some things differently this month in order to lose more actual pounds. I need the scale to work with me a little more in February for success.

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1. Make sure I do not forget to bring God in every day with daily Bible reading and prayer.
2. Cardio first thing in the morning and again before dinner. 300mins. wk /Variety.
Strength train using New You Boot Camp Videos daily.
3. Drink 70 ounces of water per day.
4. Walk at least 45 miles this month.(Have to make this goal small first.)
5. Journal daily in my Fitness and Health spiral.
6. Write a blog each week.
7. Eat Breakfast.
8. Drink 2 cups of green or black tea per day.
9. Walk outside 2 or more days a week.
10. Log my meals everyday. (This has been hard to do)

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If I need to add something I will do it later. I will increase the number of meals that I cook from scratch. I will use whole grains and increase my fiber. I have been eating more fiber rich foods and snacks already. I will eat more fish. I will cut off eating at 9 p.m. I will begin rewarding myself more often for small goals met. I bought me some new items on January 31, 2009 and I felt great. Didn't spend a lot of money either.
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The New You Boot Camp was wonderful. It helped me to stay consistent with exercise. The daily extra challenges were either exercise or something like eating more fiber or preparing a home cooked healthy meal on a Friday. Coach Nicole and the other Leaders did a great job. I learned correct form, even if I rolled off that stability ball several times. I still have not given it up. I encourage anyone to enter challenges on a monthly basis or more often. It just depends on the person. I am going to see better results this month and I am aiming to lose from 8-10 pounds.
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I am ready for my change. Little by little, day by day. I read that success is a year-around choice. We choose to be successful. We do what we want to do no matter if it is good or bad. God gave us our own will. Everyone has that option to make the right decision. I choose life. Therefore I have life. Abundant life. You can too.

Many blessings to all for a Fat Flinging February!
Deb
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CARYNRICKY525 2/5/2009 10:49AM

    Hello Deborah.
Nice Blog. Yes this will be a Fat Flinging February.

Happy Losing.
Caryn

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BABY_GIRL69 2/4/2009 5:35PM

    Thank you for sharing with us Deb! As always excellent read!

Blessings,

Dee

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My Healthy Reflection

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I love the smell of a burning vanilla scented candle.

It brings a calm in my soul. It smells sooooo good to me. It makes me think of friends old and new. A Healthy Reflection email talked about true friends and how dear friends are a treasure. One true friend is more than some can claim and oh, so precious.

I appreciate all who consider me a friend here on Spark. I have met so many members and quite a few who I admire very much. Their journeys are all different and some have not made it to their goal yet. It's their attitude and their perseverance that is so motivating. If all you do is come to SparkPeople and read a few threads and not interact, you are missing out in what it feels like to be able to share a downfall and receive genuine compassion and understanding from other members. That is so special.

Those that I have met here on Spark, I may never see in person, but I cherish each and everyone of them. They have words that are spoken to me when I may be down. They may leave me a goodie when I need a push. A word spoken to say hi. It is all so very humbling. You never know who is watching you. You never know who you are influencing. That is why it is so important to be all you can be and always put your best foot forward. This is a daily thing. And of course, Jesus smiles when that happens.

That burning vanilla scented candle is the fragrance of friendship. Old and New. Some are growing and some old ones are fading. I wonder about those and then I remember that I gave all of my life to God to do with it as He pleases. Some friends are only in your life for a season. Then others are there for other reasons.

I love all my friends old and new. You can be my friend too.
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LEYETTE 1/28/2009 8:47PM

    Hello! SparkPeople knew what they were doing when they name you as a Motivator. You are so inspiring as indicated by this blog. Thank you so much for the special message you wrote on my page. The key reason I'm here on SP is to get in shape so that I can be the best I can be to so that my husband and I can start our family. That reason alone is my motivation to not give up. Thank you so much for your prayers...it really means a lot to me.

Leyette

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BABY_GIRL69 1/26/2009 6:02PM

    Girl, you know I love you!! You are very inspiring & calming, just like that scented vanilla candle burning brightly beside you. I prefer, melon or pear myself, the candle that is! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIEKA91 1/25/2009 11:36PM

    You have such a passionate and positive attitude, that's beautiful. Any goal you have will be reached if you keep the promise to YOURSELF and GOD! Though it can be a battle sometimes, live it out girl! LIVE IT OUT!!

I wish you much success and blessings,

Chamieka

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I AM CONSISTENT!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Exercising can be one of the hardest tool for some of us to use regularly. We make excuses about this or that and procrastinate. This tool is the most beneficial too we have and it is free. You can use your own body as resistance if you don't have the hand weights. You can walk on the floor or around the park if you don't have a treadmill. You can create your own work out routine if you don't have a DVD or Video to go by. The only excuse anyone has to not exercise is that they are dead. Even disabled people exercise and put some of us who have full use of every part of our bodies to shame. emoticon

To burn calories, we have to exercise. There is no way around it. We have to be consistent. One day at a time and one walk at a time. That is what has happened to me. I am CONSISTENT!!! I have become driven to exercise no matter what. No prodding is necessary for me. I love to get up and move it, move it and move it some more. I want to be fit and healthy. I will not lag behind because I will see my goals met this year. I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens. I asked God for His help and He has given it to me. In all areas of my life. To exercise everyday in some way is a blessing to me. I make sure to rest muscles that need it. I do what I know I can do and I do not over do it.

These extra pounds came little by little. So they will come off little by little. But I ask God for His Supernatural Power to make my little a become much.
He can do it for me. Miracles happen every day.

Here's to health and fitness and happiness. Exercise is fun. Exercise is necessary. Exercise is a must in our lives. Remain strong. Exercise CONSISTENTLY. I do.

Luv to all!
Deb
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CARYNRICKY525 1/21/2009 4:05PM

    Deborah,
Thats why you are a SparkPeople Motivator. You are talking from your heart and I love it. You are so true. It is only hard because we are convincing ourselves that "I" CAN'T DO IT! I have made exercise a part of my daily routine and realize that it gets easier as time goes on. I am a workhorse. I workout 7 days a week. On a lazy night I will only workout for 60 minutes but I make sure my butt is up and moving.


KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING....WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU!!!!
Love ya
Caryn



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I AM A MOTIVATOR!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I feel like Barak Obama. I have been nominated by Spark members as a Motivator and I officially am! I feel like someone is going to come by and snatch my icon off my page at any time . Where is the Secret Service? LOL I was wondering the other day if I was a motivator and if I would ever get that special icon on my page like others. Then...I read my email just before Biggest Loser came on and I went screaming crazy. It was like I had a plane ticket to the Inauguration and I was invited to sleep in the White House for the night.
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You know the Lord gives out gifts to us and one of them is the encourager. I have always loved to say a word of encouragement to others so that their day would go better. The Word says to give and it will be given unto you and this sista always could use some encouragement. emoticon

I want to thank everyone of you who voted for me. Lots of Love from God and me to you all. I appreciate the fact that you were encouraged by something I said. We are all put on this earth to edify others. We are to build up people and not pull them down. That's another thing I plan to do this year. I want to help others grow with words of wisdom given to my heart by the Lord so that their journey would remain focused and peaceful. emoticon

I know that part of who I am is to always think the best of others. I desire to see others succeed in whatever their quest in life could be. No hating here. We have to help others move up so that we can move up too. That's the truth. I appreciate this site and all the Founders and Leaders among us. This is the place to get to all of your goals. No matter what they are. I want to help you get to the finish emoticon line.

Everyone who is on this site with a weight loss goal can do it. You are here because this is your opportunity for health and fitness success. Too many people here are willing and able to give you support as you travel along that road to great success. I will not stop heading in the direction of my goals until they are met and then I will hang around as I maintain. emoticon

I want to thank God for the favor He has given me. I am so thankful for His Protection that surrounds me. Only by my attention to His purpose in my life have I been successful thus far. I love you Lord!

Once again, I thank all who voted for me. Being a motivator is like when a wife receives a call from her husband telling her that he is on his way home with the boss who is coming for dinner. Then she starts running around the house to make sure everything is picked up and put away and the house is presentable. That's how I felt. I thought...I need to change pictures. Is my profile ok? Should I go look for some witty quotes for my page? Then I thought. I can't and will not be anyone else but me. I can be witty. Yea, I'm a MOTIVATOR!!! emoticon

Luv to all!
Deb
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MS.LISSA 1/28/2009 3:51PM

    I was reading your blog and yes you are a motivator and I a proud of you. You deserve this.

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JANDELL 1/24/2009 8:01AM

    I am thirlled for you!!! You deserve this!
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Congratulations on becoming a Motivator!!!

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D710DANCE 1/19/2009 9:51PM

    Congrats!!! You have been one of my motivators all along, not only that you are such an encourager! Love you Sis and again congratulations!!!!

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DEBORAHKT 1/16/2009 9:09AM

    Congratulations!!!!

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MAYBABY18 1/16/2009 1:03AM

    Congratulations!!! But I've been blessed to have you as a motivator for awhile!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 1/15/2009 6:17PM

    Did we really need to wait for them to tell us we were motivators? We already knew!!

Happy New "YOU" & blessings,

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CARYNRICKY525 1/15/2009 10:10AM

    YES!!! CONGRATULATIONS MY DEAR FRIEND.

See with God on your side anything is possible. You are a true motivator! I can imagine how you feel, like I stated before, I come on your page everyday to pay you a visit and when I saw that you were a motivator I was so screaming. AAAAHHHH MY GIRL IS A MOTIVATOR!!!!! I've known since 2007 that you motivate me and are doing a darn good job at it. You inspire me and I TAKE MY HAT OFF TO YOU!

Job Well Done Deborah!
Your friend
Caryn

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