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I'm No April Fool!!!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy April Everyone. That's a picture from March. I tend to have to put new pics in my Blog because for some reason I can't upload them to my photos. Don't know why.

I am glad April is here. I lost 4lbs in March and hope to lose more in April. I lost inches too. Yea!!! I am proud of those four pounds. I am headed in the right direction. I want April to be better and brighter for me. I trust God and I know they will be. He is faithful like that. Celebrate no matter how big or small your success. See Victory Everyday.

I need to lose 16 more pounds by May 30 which is the day my son graduates high school. I am so excited for him. We live in Texas and they require students to pass the TAKS test before they can graduate. I am happy to say that my son passed and even was commended on a couple of the subjects. I am proud of him because we have only been here since 2007 and did not know he would have to pass a test to graduate. He's smart and I knew he could do it. I want him to be proud of his mama too so this is very important for me to lose this weight. That is not all the weight I want to lose. That's just closer to my goal and the summer. emoticon

No one played any tricks on me today. Did not give anyone a chance. I'm no April fool. Praise the Lord for His Wisdom that is in me. I build on His Wisdom daily as I meditate in His Word. That's real and true Wisdom. The Word of God. The fool has said in his heart that there is no God. What kind of life to live not believing in God the Father and Jesus the Son and our Lord. Praise the Lord that I have believed since I was a child. They are my Trainers. Could not workout without the Strength from the Lord.

Well, I am not going to be long. I'll go to the doctor on Thursday to see if I hurt my right arm bad. I still can move it but not a lot as before I fell off that stability ball on March 11. I have changed up my workouts because of that. I plan on heating up my cardio for April because I want to lose at least 8 pounds this month. I walked a total of 114 miles last month. I had a goal of 115 miles and I probably did walk that but I lost that pedometer and have not found it yet. I am still proud of myself for being consistent in exercise and following a healthy diet.

It's a new me and I am happy to meet her. I have more growing to do but I am already a winner. I can see that new smaller me and she is all that I dreamed. Have to keep seeing my expected end.

Happy Losing!
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LEEANNE1980 4/2/2009 10:54AM

    Wow, you had a great March! I finally lost a couple more pounds after being "stuck" for a long time. I am hoping April will be my best month ever! Stepping forward in 09!
God Bless--- Debbie McDonald

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CAROLJ74 4/1/2009 10:37PM

    emoticon emoticon on a great month of March! I know that April is going to be even better!!! Double YAY for your son passing the TAKS! I know that is very daunting! My son is just a 3rd grader and it was stressful! I hope you have a wonderful Thursday! emoticon

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The Little Princess and Faith

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I am up late and just finished watching an old, old Shirley Temple movies called "The Little Princess." It reminded me of faith. The substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. You know, faith-the just shall live by faith, and without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith. We must have faith to get up in the morning and step onto the floor again believing that it will not cave in on us. We must have faith to walk down the flight of stairs to the parking lot believing that they will not buckle under our feet. We must have faith even to believe that the driver behind us will stop...and most of us do.

Do we have faith that we will conquer this enemy that many of us have carried around the majority of our lives?

In the Little Princess, the little girl Sarah lived with her Father because her mother had already passed before the movie started. Her daddy went off to war and later was presumed dead. He was on the LIST. Sarah refused to believe that report. It was in black and white; why didn't she believe? She had a gut feeling that he was still alive. So, everyday she went looking through the wards at the hospital to see if her dad was among the living...yet. She did this only to say...I will be back tomorrow. She was laughed at and scorned by adults but she did not let this stop her. Sarah had FAITH that she would find her father alive. Well, those of us who already know the rest of the story saw that Sarah did find her father alive in that hospital that she searched everyday. She did not give up no matter what it looked like or how people laughed at her belief. She trusted that gut feeling. She had the faith to believe that one day she would see her father again. No matter what, she believed.

Do I have the FAITH to believe that I will get to my goal weight this year? Is it more than just emotion? Am I doing something in order to achieve my goal weight? Yes, yes and yes. I am actively doing what I believe. Just like Sarah, I will not give up until I see that new Deb alive on November 22, 2009 or before. I have given myself some extra time...just in case those last few pounds are stubborn. I will not cave in, quit or give up. I got this and it will happen. I am like that little princess running through the wards of that hospital searching for the me I know I can be. Healthy, fit and whole. A no excuse Deb. I am a doer of the Word of God so I am blessed in my deeds. I can't wish myself thin/healthy/fit. I must actively pursue it daily in a positive way. If I fail even one second, I pick myself up and keep going. Faith sees the end from the beginning. I visualize the new me daily and I smile and say, "Soon you will be manifested in the flesh". I am so excited!

The Little Princess is a very good movie to watch. It is old and you may not know any of the actors in it but it can move you to tears as I am every time I watch it. Check your local library to view it without having to purchase it. I like old movies so I did not have a problem with black and white. Maybe you can't but it would be something different for you.

Remember that to please God we must live and walk by Faith.



My nephew Quincy from my faith. Born 1/11/2009

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MAYBABY18 3/20/2009 1:14PM

    Wonderful blog and your nephew is adorable!!!!!
Peace, Love, and Blessings...

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BABY_GIRL69 3/19/2009 8:53PM

    I too love a good black & white movie & I can't stand to watch the close to the end. I'm already crying like a big baby, but I love the end. Faith is tool we use everyday in our lives & the baby is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing with us Deb!!


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CAROLJ74 3/19/2009 11:19AM

    I LOVE this movie! Wonderful blog, wonderful message and emoticon on your handsome nephew!

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What's Going On?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Greetings! Hope everyone has been having a great March so far. I am doing great. I've lost 3 pounds and gained more momentum. I joined the Self Challenge Team and we are having all kinds of fun mini challenges. It's great to have small goals to race for because it keeps you focused and being a doer of the journey. Accountability comes in too when you join the mini challenges in a team. Just participating helps you get somewhere positive in this journey. I have been doing a lot of Cardio and lots of walking outside at my neighborhood park. I am a member of Walk Away the Pounds and that has encouraged me to walk more. Walking with Leslie Sansone is great and so much fun. That ladie is truly blessed by God. I met a member of my team by reading her page and she is such an inspiration. I would like you all to visit her page to get motivated even more. Her name is Jandell and this is the link to her page:

I believe in giving honor to whom honor is due. She has lost over 110 pounds since January of 2008. She's a blessed woman of God so get on her page and give her some kudos and votes!

Tuesday I did a flip over my stability ball and hurt my right arm and shoulder. It was worse that night. I could not sleep well at all. I did not go to the dr because that is just too much money. I already have pain meds and I have been using them and massaging my arm helps. Typing makes it hurt but I try to do as little as possible. I want to keep it moving so it will not freeze up on me. I miss my regular cardio, but I have learned to do others that burn just as many calories. I am getting skinny in the face as you can tell on the picture above. I took it on Friday 13th the most blessed day of the week. I don't believe in luck, good or bad. You either are blessed or you are not. God is the God of The Blessing! That's where I am living.

There is another Spark member that I want to encourage you all to check out. Her name is Awaiting1 and is disabled in a wheel chair and has lost over 100 pounds. Praise the Lord. Kudos to her too. WE can do this journey. These members had obstacles that we do not and they have lost so much already. Let us keep them in our prayers and praises for what God can do. He is a Helper at all times. The link to Awaiting1's page is:

I like giving Kudos. Maybe I'll make it a trend. My friends should watch for me to give Kudos on them too. So many of them are so motivating to and for me. I appreciate you all! God Bless and Keep you on this journey to better health and fitness. Stay strong and encouraged.
Much Love!

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JANDELL 3/15/2009 8:05AM

    We have to be soul sisters!! We have SO very much in common. It's funny...I have hesitated to get a stability ball because I am sort of a klutz. I'm afraid I'll fall off the ball and injure myself. Then I read what happened to you and I don't feel so paranoid about myself now...'cause you really can get hurt. Like you, I can't afford injuries. Then I read your take on Friday the 13th. I believe exactly as you do about it. There IS no luck in life, either good or bad. Everything happens for a purpose. And yesterday, Friday the 13th, was one of the most wonderfully blessed days I've ever had! I spent it with three believing friends from work. We went "GOODWILL SHOPPING"...literally!! We went to four GoodWill stores, one Salvation Army store, one consignment shop, and a "seconds store" called Gabriel's. We had the time of our lives, and we all have "new" wardrobes! It poured the rain on us all day long, but it sure didn't dampen our spirits!!! It was a wonderfully blessed day! The link to Awaiting1's page didn't work for me, but I am going to try to find her. I pray for God's healing touch on her...and upon your arm and shoulder...and upon your life! Thank you SO much for honoring me with your link to my page!! I am humbled, and I thank God for helping me to be a motivation to anyone...even ONE!! That's what it's all about...promoting and blessing one another through the love and grace of God!! God Bless you in a wonderful way on your journey!!!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Wed night was not a great night for me. My son got in the truck and asked me why was I playing Christian music. Later on my daughter took my keys and drove to Dallas in my vehicle and she does not have a license. Thursday morning I woke up drenched in sweat because Texas was showing me another side of the crazy weather that I thought I would not have to endure anymore since I left Oklahoma.
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Then I went to the mall , walked into Dillard's and over to Origins, a natural made product company, in the Perfume Department to experience a FREE mini facial. God is so good to me!!! I thought I had died and went to Heaven. emoticon

These products smelled so refreshing. The facial really relaxed me and any problems that were on my mind just drifted away on a cloud back where I would never go and get them again. God gave me a beautiful day. I met the young lady on Friday that worked in Origins after I left the movie, "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail". That movie was therapy for me also. I laughed so hard I almost cried. That was a very funny movie and I recommend you to go because it will lift your spirit. Laughter is the best medicine. emoticon God says a merry heart does good like medicine. We all should take time out of each day and just laugh. Go sit in your "prayer closet", and add laughter to your thanksgiving, praising, confessing, intercession and meditation. It will please the Lord greatly. We Christians walk around looking like we lost our best friend. emoticon We should be the ones with the biggest smiles and the most positive words because we believe that the Lord is our Shepherd, we have everything we need. emoticon

Well, let me get back on point. That facial made me feel so relaxed and my face felt so clean and fresh. I washed my face before I left the house but it was so invigorating. I recommend Origin to anyone who want to experience natural products that are great for all skin types. You can find them in Dillard's and out in the mall area in some cities. Some years ago, Oprah had one of their body creams on her favorite things list and today(Thursday) I finally bought it. I don't know what she wears now, but back then, she told the audience that she did not wear perfume, only creams and she had on Origins A Perfect World White Tea skin guardian. It smells great and it feels great. I bought the other one she had on her list, Origins Ginger Soufflé Whipped Body Cream. So all you Oprah lovers probably no what I am talking about. Yes I am doing a commercial just like they do on Biggest Loser. LOL

emoticon The sun was out and the wind was blowing. I arrived at the mall around 10 am and left after 3pm. I walked around the entire mall to familiarize myself with a mall that I had been too only twice before in the year I have lived in Euless. Then I saw the clothes I would be wearing before the year is over. This year is a big birthday year for me and I am going to start celebrating this summer. I should be closer to my first weight goal of 145 lbs then I want to get down to 130. So many have said I will be real skinny, but I want to see how skinny really feels. emoticon

I was so pumped up that after I got home from picking my son up from school, I put on my workout clothes and went to the park and tore that track up with 3 miles of Tye Tribbett praise stumping fun. I could have went around some more, but I promised myself that I would not overdo it.

I took that picture of myself today(Thursday) in the mall bathroom. After I took my jacket off and saw how much smaller I had gotten I was so excited. I told you all I hate that scale and this just proves how wrong it has been. I had not worn that shirt I had on for a while so it was a noticeable change. These inches are coming off and I thank God. It took a beautiful day like today to even notice the change.

See, I am a scale-a-holic and I had been letting that thing frustrate me. I made a promise to myself that I would not weigh myself every day but only once a week. Seems like after that I was weighing myself every time I looked at that scale.
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If I had not went to that mall on this beautiful day for that free facial, I would not have been encouraged and motivated even more to keep doing what is working for me. Note to the losers: The weight is coming off. The inches are going down. You are a winner already. emoticon

I know this is a different kind of blog for me, but I just wanted to share this information with you all. Being beautiful starts on the inside. But, I like being beautiful on the outside too. I love smelling beautiful too. This journey is about being fit and healthy in every area of our lives. We should take care of ourselves so that when we get older no one else will have to take care of us. We are made by our Father to be healthy and strong spirit, soul and body. We are doing it and this new lifestyle will remain. We have the VICTORY!!!

Much Love to my wonderful Spark Family!!!

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NEWMOMOVER40 4/7/2009 9:11AM

    Beautiful and fun blog post, Deborah -- I really enjoyed sharing this journey with you. Thank you for all you do to encourage others. You are looking great and you're going to make that goal in time for your son's graduation!

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MAYBABY18 2/28/2009 8:55PM

    Deb...Looking good sista!!! emoticon Keep up the amazing work. You'll reach your goal in no time!

I'm glad you had the chance to get a free facial. I'm jealous! LOL!!! Origins does have nice products. It's nice to be pampered from time to time.

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JANDELL 2/27/2009 6:05AM

    Just reading this, I almost felt like I was sharing the day with you! Good encouragement...good advice!

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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!

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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

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!


R>Never would've made without the Lord on my side!
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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


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


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ALLYB91 2/13/2009 7:24AM

  Thank you

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