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158 Days Later...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

...and I'm trying to find comfort in my memories and I keep reminding myself that time heals all pain, but have mercy I miss Lisa. I know she's in a better place and she's no longer suffering or in pain...but goodness.

...and I am extremely thankful for the good friends, family and loved ones (incl. my SP Family) that God has blessed me with...but goodness.

...and it seems second nature to contact her to share life's ups and downs or to get her opinion, because we talked about everything under the sun and above it and just when I go to call her, it hits me that she won't answer...

...and everything seems to remind me of her

...and

...and

...and I don't even know what else to say other than to remind myself that although it's been 158 days since she passed away...one day I will see her again and time will really heal all pain...and try to find some encouragement in the poem that we frequently read and quoted...

"Cancer is so Limited...
It Cannot cripple Love
It Cannot shatter Hope
It Cannot corode Faith
It Cannot destroy Peace
It Cannot suppress Memories
It Cannot silence Courage
It Cannot invade the Soul [...and]
It Cannot conquer the Spirit."

~Anonymous

  
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M3NOMOFAT 10/23/2008 12:11AM

    You are honoring Lisa and helping others. What a powerful tribute. Your reward is great and GOD is comforting and strengthening you to do all of this.
Blessings...

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CONSTANCELG 10/21/2008 10:52AM

    What a moving memory, God Bless you!!! emoticon

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LPBETSUN 10/20/2008 6:41PM

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GIRLINMOTION 10/20/2008 12:39PM

    Be thankful that you cannot suppress the happy memories or your spirit cannot be conquered regarding your love of Lisa. I know it hurts, and it is not easy, but Lisa lives on with your memories if only in spirit. No one can take that away from you.

Hugs, Sonia

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/20/2008 12:31PM

    I am sorry you are still having such a hard time dealing with the loss of Lisa. It is hard to loose someone who is so close.. it sounds like she was like a sister to you. Everyone heals at their own pace. You are in my prayers. I hope you find peace soon.
HUGS, Kathy

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LILSHINE 10/20/2008 11:12AM

    Be encouraged it gets easier each day. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 10/20/2008 9:37AM

    I am sorry that you lost her... emoticon. I know a crazy flower will never replace her. But I posted it just say I am sorry!! She is in the presence of God. In heaven y'all will meet again. What a glorious meeting it will be when all Gods children meet in heaven never to be separated again!~!!

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CBRANCH76 10/20/2008 9:33AM

    I love you D and am praying for you!

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HONEYBEE56 10/20/2008 6:53AM

    I understand, I too have faced that kind of pain and miss her dearly.

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And more Hugs~DUsty

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YANDI4LIFE 10/20/2008 3:33AM

    I share in what you feel. I have experienced these feelings. I still find myself asking why? Why did He take away from me, and then I remember she was His. And He reminds me that He is still with me. And I know that He is with you too.

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JANEYJAYE 10/20/2008 12:52AM

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xxoxo
-janey

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Reverse Resolutions~Live [My] Life

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

REVERSE RESOLUTIONS = Is a term that I coined last year for one of the CARDIO CONNOISSEUR Challenges. Often times we spend so much time on setting goals at the beginning of the year then lose that focus towards the end of the year...ESPECIALLY around the Holiday Season.

Well, after this morning's UN-OFFICIAL weigh-in it hit me that I have about 3 months (91 days to be exact) left to make my #1 New Year's Resolution come to fruition. Time to focus on the REVERSE RESOLUTIONS... I promised MYSELF that this would be the year that I lost the rest of this weight for good and would finally reside in ONEderland.

So, here it is October 1st and I am determined to actualize my #1 Goal. Now some folks believe that I am obsessive about losing weight and at times I'm over-critical of myself (Who Me?).

Okay, maybe...but after listening to T.I. and Rihanna's new song "Live Your Life", I have decided that I need to be so thankful for what I have and not get too worked up about what I don't YET have. And of course the operative word being "YET".

With that being said, I've decided to get every aspect and wellness vector of my life positioned to LIVE [MY] LIFE and be ABSOLUTELY FINE IN 2009!!!

So here are my REVERSE RESOLUTIONS for the remainder of 2008...yes, I'm still in it to win it!!!

SPIRITUAL: Consistently attend Sunday School and be prepared

MENTAL/PROFESSIONAL: Enroll in Graduate School--gotta make myself more marketable

FINANCIAL: Create new Income Streams and reduce my Revolving Debt

PHYSICAL: Workout twice a day, Strength Train a minimum of four times a week, Incorporate Yoga into my workouts, Drink 80+ oz. H20 DAILY, Drink 16 oz. Green Tea DAILY, Plan ALL meals one week in advance, get more sleep and resume my Monday weigh-ins

EMOTIONAL: Follow T.I. and Rihanna's advice... Be thankful and resolve to "LIVE [MY] LIFE!"

  
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LPBETSUN 10/15/2008 11:53AM

    emoticon I just started taking yoga approx. two weeks ago and loving it. I'm so much limber. Here is looking fine in 2009. You can do it!!

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NEWBEIN 10/14/2008 12:49PM

    WOW!! That's all I can say..and I LOVE that song!!!

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CHARMAINE45 10/11/2008 7:21AM

    Hey babe,

I totally feel you. Stay focused and never give up. And patience is truly a virtue. It will happen and that is all that matters-cause you know already how to make it happen and that is half the battle.
Some are in the ocean without a paddle-you have a paddle and a map-Lady, you're like a GPS and your gonna reach your destination and look back at how quickly you did it.
Do YOU!!!!!

Love ya!!
Charmaine emoticonSlow and steady wins the race!!!

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UNIQUELYJULZ 10/9/2008 3:00AM

    Love the well balanced goals... sign that you aren't quite 'obsessed' :) You CAN do it! Praying for you!

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ATR_1983 10/7/2008 10:38PM

    I love it! I know you will achieve the goals you have set for yourself.

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BLESSED3061 10/4/2008 8:55AM

    I like that!!!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 10/3/2008 6:43AM

    I am feeling you...I just looked at the goals, I set in January.....and they are definitely doable....Let's celebrate the achievement of our resolutions together!!!!!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 10/2/2008 3:03PM

    I love your new plan... You CAN and WILL achieve your goals. You are such an inspiration. Good luck on your goals. Hugs, Kathy

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MZSASSY 10/2/2008 1:04PM

    I UNDERSTAND, I SAT DONE AND PUT MY GOALS ON PAPER. HAD TO BRING THEM TO LIFE TO STICK TO THEM. LOVE THE CONCEPT AND THAT NEW SONG.
U LOOKING GOOD GIRL.

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MILDOLLARSMILE 10/2/2008 12:55PM

    Wonderful just wonderful De....You can and will be FINE in 2009!!!! I love it...Keep up the great work...You have and are doing AWESOME!!!!!

~luvs and hugs
Mel


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LANIYA1 10/2/2008 12:15PM

    I'm with you on that Sunday School goal. I make it, but I have yet to be on time and ready. Good goal!

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MSLETTUCE 10/2/2008 10:06AM

    Those are wonderful, attainable goals. Way to hold yourself accountable!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/2/2008 9:53AM

    Deondra, yes, living in the now is the only way to get to the when and forget the YET. If you live in the future your not living in the present? Taking one day at a time will move you forward. You will be in ONDERLAND sooner than you think, it may not be today but it will happen with baby steps to help you stay steady.

Hugs, Sonia

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CBRANCH76 10/2/2008 8:21AM

    I love you so much Deondra! Thank you for sharing!

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HONEYBEE56 10/2/2008 5:12AM

    Good job good goals and good advice for us all!

Thank you for reminding me how close we are to wrapping up the year! If we're going to make a difference this year, we all had better buck up and get to it and quit the extra nibblings we don't need!

You are a remarkable lady and I'm so glad you share your purposes with us!

HUGS~Dusty

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JANEYJAYE 10/1/2008 11:38PM

    D, when you set your mind to it, you are unstoppable!

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GODZDESIGN95 10/1/2008 11:37PM

    You will make it Girl. You have a great motivation and determination. You always retool and take a second look at what you are doing or what you could do more of.

You are not being too hard on yourself. You just want to keep yourself accountability. Amen to accountability

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SOUTHERNYANKEE 10/1/2008 11:18PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I am glad to see that you are still motivated, we know WE WILL make our goals next year!

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My Romans 8:28 Experience at the Oprah Show!

Monday, September 22, 2008


What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been...literally! Get ready, this is a long one...LOL!

It all began Wednesday, 9/10 when Regina, (a good friend from college and pictured above) called me at work and asked me if I wanted to join her at the Oprah Show on 9/17...well YEAH! I had no idea, but one of her lifelong goals was to go to the Oprah show and she had promised herself that if she ever got tickets she would take me (I have such good friends).

Then that very next day I received a follow-up email from the Senior Associate Producer at the O Show. She and I have been directly talking and sharing information as it relates to what inspires me about the RED DRESS. She was writing to let me know that she had been pulled off my story but would like to keep in touch as time permits. As it turns out, she had been working to try to get me on the show...WOW and all I had asked for was the RED DRESS. I thanked her for taking the time to communicate with me and I let her know that I would switch to Plan B for the RED DRESS (get my seamstress to make it). I also told her that I would be at the show the following Wednesday and if she was available I would love to meet her.

Well, fast forward to Sunday 9/14. "IKE" was gracious enough to grace Kentucky with his presence, with high winds up to 75 mph and no electricity for over 300,000 people. My family and I happened to be included in that number. Oh, the little things we take for granted (i.e. a cup of ice, a cell phone signal and SPARKing to name a few). Anyway, my hooded hair dryer and I could not wait to get on the road to Chicago!!!

So Tuesday afternoon Me, Regina and my 5 bags of luggage were Chicago-bound (YES 5 Bags for one overnight trip--I know, I have issues!!!). On the drive up we had a ball, laughing and reminiscing over old college days...even though we had a detour that delayed our arrival time by over an hour. Mr. IKE flooded part of I-65 and we had to take a detour through a corn field...thank God it was still daylight. Regina and I were both having flashbacks from that "Children of the Corn" movie (oooo that still gives me chills!).

Well, by the time we checked into the hotel, had dinner, laid out our clothes and spend some quality time under my hooded hair dryer, it was well after 1am before I got in bed. Which was no biggie, I was so hyped about finally going to the Oprah Show that I couldn't hardly get to sleep....plus, I was afraid of oversleeping. The doors to the show would open at 6:30am and we decided that we wanted to be the first people in line. And so we were. We arrived at the studio at 4:50am!!! When I first saw "The Oprah Winfrey Show" sign on the side of the building I almost broke down and cried tears of joy. But I quickly got myself in check, I did not want to ruin my make-up!!!

Not too long after we got there, we were greeted by "Joe" one of the main guards who has been working there for almost 12 years. He was so friendly and gave us a thorough description of what all to expect. By that time I was ready to spontaneously combust. Well, the next thing we knew other audience members started to arrive and it was soon "sold out". Finally, 6:30 came and they allowed us to access the building. We were instructed to go through the security checkpoint where they confiscated all cameras, cell phones, pens, pencils and paper. Well as a "just in case" I packed the "Claiming My After Picture" in my purse and had it in a plastic sleeve. The guard politely removed it from my purse, folded it in half placed the side with Oprah's picture on it face down and put it in a Ziploc bag...now the bag was big enough to hold the picture without folding it...but I didn't trip...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show.

After clearing the security checkpoint we went to the audience waiting area. The room was incredible. It was full of huge pictures of Oprah and her guests during some of her memorable shows over the years. When we reached the top of the stairs one of the "Greeters" barked and ordered us to take a seat and fill out a sheet of paper giving the Show the okay to use our images now and forever. Although I was taken aback by how rude the main greeter was, I DECIDED to stay cool...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show PLUS Regina and I were proudly holding tickets #1 and #2.

Finally, it was time for the audience to go into the studio. I was so excited that my knees were still shaking. Anyway, to make a long story short they began to call audience members by name and ask that the person and their party come to the studio. So, I carefully watched each group that was called and couldn't figure out for the life of me how the folks were selected...especially, since some of them got in line hours after we did...but I didn't trip...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show. Well, after they called everyone from Adam to all of Abraham's descendants, they called tickets 1 to 25. Regina and I took off in our heels like we were in a race against time. We opened the studio doors and were shocked to see that all of the seats that circled the stage were filled...and filled by people who had gotten in line hours after we did...still smiling...After all, I was at the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Well, we were instructed to sit in a section that was back in the cut, and the seats that we were told to sit in were behind a teleprompter. The DEVIL was a liar! Regina and I used our southern charm and were able to move down far enough where we could at least see Oprah when she came out.

Then a few of the producers/cheerleaders/hype people or whatever they're called came out to get the audience prepped for the show. They had us up dancing and everything. Then they told us that this show was a follow-up to the show from the prior week about Men Cheating. Okay, so now I was really confused. While we were in the holding area, one of the audience members who had been on the show several times told us that the people sitting in the red seats near Oprah are selected because they have a story that is relevant to the topic. Well, I had talked to some of the people who were in line that had prime seats...they had never even been married...still didn't SERIOUSLY trip...After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Anyway, the producer went on to tell the audience that Oprah is very in tune with her audience and loves a lot of audience feedback and participation...that's when they went around and let different audience members practice asking questions.

The next thing we knew it was showtime and in walks Oprah. I felt my heart jump out of my chest...there she was my she-ro. She sat down, cracked a few jokes about all of the wardrobe, hair and make-up people who were fussing over her. Then she asked the main producer if she had to read anything because she couldn't see, she wasn't wearing her contacts. As it turns out her dog had "tinkled" in the house, while cleaning it up she sprayed some cleaner on her contact case and was afraid to wear her contacts. Hello, is this the Oprah Winfrey that is a gazillionaire, yet only has ONE PAIR OF CONTACT LENSES....Ok...don't trip...After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

Lights, Camera, Action...the show starts. Everything was moving so fast, I had to keep reminding myself to "Live in the Now." Then the next I knew it was over, Oprah stood up, kicked off her shoes (she had said earlier that the shoes were meant for sitting not walking) gave a QUICK wave to the audience, shook hands with a few audience members who were seated along the aisle that she walked down, then she disappeared. I thought to myself, "Is this it, daggone I could've had a V8!!!"

On my way to the Oprah Store, I tried to wrap my mind around everything (mind you there were quite a few details that I left out of this blog...believe it or not!). I had such high expectations, and I was a bit ashamed of the fact that I was a wee-bit disappointed. What was I expecting??? In my eyes, not much...just to get my little picture autographed or to even meet the producer whom I had been talking to.

Well, since Wednesday the whirlwind has slowed down. I have power at home and I had a home to come back to. My family , friends and all of my loved ones were safe and sound. The company where I work had very little downtime and no property damage. I have more than a bottle of hot sauce and a half gallon of water in the fridge and last but not least I was fortunate enough to take a much needed mini-vacation.

In closing, I realize that I may or may not get Oprah's actual RED DRESS. I may or may not hear anything else from the producer. I may or may not have a national televised opportunity to tell some full-figured person who is ready to give up on making a lifestyle change to hang in there and that it can be done!

One thing I know for sure, "ALL things God works for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose. " Romans 8:28 GNV. So I refuse to trip, be disappointed or show any signs of ungratefulness...thanks to the goodness of God I fulfilled one of my dreams and goals... After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show!!!

  
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TREAZURE 10/23/2008 9:52PM

    You are such a good writer! Thanks for sharing.
Brenda

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MUHNAYCHA 10/12/2008 6:56PM

    I swear, D710Dance!! I'm going to have to get your autograph! Didn't I just see your face on a Core Rhythms Infomercial? Whewwww! I can't keep my head from spinning and I almost fell out of bed this morning when I saw that pretty face!! Makes me proud that you're my cousin -- LOL. You go girl!!

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SHORTYGETFIT 10/9/2008 8:29AM

    Ditto to what so many have said here. You know that you are my shero...no, you don't need a nationally televised show to encourage plus size women, you have your own thing right here! But in terms of living your dreams, NEVER give up...it's coming.

I too wonder how I got unscribed from your blog...keep your head up sis! emoticon

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M3NOMOFAT 10/2/2008 11:27PM

    In closing, I realize that I may or may not get Oprah's actual RED DRESS. I may or may not hear anything else from the producer. I may or may not have a national televised opportunity to tell some full-figured person who is ready to give up on making a lifestyle change to hang in there and that it can be done!

One thing I know for sure, "ALL things God works for good with those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose. " Romans 8:28 GNV. So I refuse to trip, be disappointed or show any signs of ungratefulness...thanks to the goodness of God I fulfilled one of my dreams and goals... After all, I was on the Oprah Winfrey Show!!!

What??? I know that is not your closing!!! Now the devil is a liar! Yes, one of your dreams and goals was fullfilled but we serve El Shaddai-- GOD who is more than enough! The cattle on 1000 hill belongs to the LORD! Oh, Is there anything to hard for the LORD?
As soon as we are at the point of blessing, the enemy and/or the "inner me" attacks, but don't be satified with that. Your request has been heard by GOD. Allow HIM to answer you. Don't count HIM out---keep working your plan and keep the faith!!!

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2008LYNN 9/29/2008 5:44PM

  I don't know how I got unsubscribed from your blog. I came by because I hadn't heard from you in awhile. You were on the O show, you saw the Great and Wonderful O... bide your time and continue your efforts.

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KELEPANI 9/24/2008 4:07PM

    OMG!!!!! How exciting is THAT!!!! As I was reading it I was thinking OMG she's gonna say she got to meet OPRAH!!! It was like reading a best selling noval and I couldm't stop reading!! I have faith that you will get that Red DRESS!!! You will meet Oprah, I just know it!!

Kelepani

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ACCT1908 9/23/2008 6:18PM

    No need to go to the Oprah show to inspire others..You KNOW you have touched many lives right here on SP!

Thanks so much and God bless you girl. Oprah NEEDS you on her show.

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NEWBEIN 9/23/2008 1:24PM

    GIRL..You know SHE saw YOU..looking like her doublemint twin!! I think it was a test of your determination and drive. I agree wholeheartedly that will NOT be your last trip there and you will get THAT dress!

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JERRY2 9/23/2008 11:04AM

    Well written blog!

Enjoyed reading about your experience on Oprah. Glad you survived the storm!

The Jerry on your golf team,
jer (-:

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SHAVONPR 9/23/2008 9:36AM

    Love this blog girl! You stay focused! 4:50am! Yall good...a couple of friends and I went to the show back in 2006 (had been trying to get tickets for about 5 years) and cause of traffic and other folks driving, we were one of the last ones to get in but we were still excited! Don't you past down I-65 again without stopping thru Indy to see me!

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MONTANAGAL 9/22/2008 6:56PM

    Love the pic on your main page in front of Oprah's studio. Don't stop girl.. never give up. All things happen for a reason, even tho we don't always know why right away. Hang in there girl. What an awesome thing to be at one of Oprah's shows.

Keep at it girl. And I have my little wand ready whenever you need a push.

Love ya mucho!
Deb

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MZPERSEVERANCE 9/22/2008 3:55PM

    Don't give up yet girl.....He said he would do exceedingly, abundantly, above all...Hold on!!!! This is the "NOW" season. A time of infinite blessings.

Congrats on getting to the show!!! Dream big girl!!! emoticon

Love ya

Lynn

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KAYEREADER 9/22/2008 2:53PM

    You've inspired so many of us here at Spark and will continue to do so. Life can be full of anti-climactic moments, but I admire you for choosing to take it all as a Rom. 8:28 moment! See, you've inspired me again!

Love you D!

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NOEILAND 9/22/2008 1:05PM

    A whirlwind indeed! I tell you what - Now I can say I have a friend who's been on the Oprah Winfrey show! I really admire your endeavor and even it's a little letdown for so many reasons, it's still a step forward towards the goal line.... the quest is not over yet.... you've only just begun. We're here 110% rooting for you! You have already inspired a LOT of women (and men??) and have given them hope and motivation just by being YOU - don't you forget that!
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-Noei

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STEPPINSTAMPER 9/22/2008 1:02PM

    Ohhhh Deondra, a miracle DID happen that day....you were on the show of the woman who inspires your weight loss through that beautiful 'red' dress... And YOU in turn have inspired MANY MANY of us who will celebrate that RED DRESS DAY when you goal is reached and will celebrate our own goals through that chain reaction red dress goal!

And I must say I CONCUR with Girlinmotic...the second part of this miracle will be when Oprah brings YOU on the show to present the dress in person upon your goal met. This is a woman who has struggled with weight loss herself and so how can she not have something in mind when she in fact was YOUR inspiration?

Continue to hold onto your faith and expectations of miracles!

THANK YOU for keeping the 'red dress' goal a reality in progress!

Bright Blessings!
Joanne

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GIRLINMOTION 9/22/2008 10:12AM

    I still believe this will not be your last trip. It was a practise run, and there will be a second part to this story. The next part will be when Oprah brings you on the show along with the red dress.

I can so relate to the 5 pieces of luggage. A girl has to be prepared! She never knows when she is not near home what cloths she may need due to weather or who she may go out for dinner with, lol.

Your story is great, it was like I was there (we all probably were in your heart).

Hugs, Sonia




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GODZDESIGN95 9/22/2008 12:27AM

    SORRY FOR THE WEE BIT OF LET DOWN. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE LORD HAS IN STORE FOR YOU AND THAT RED DRESS.

I HEARD ABOUT THAT BAD BOY IKE. GLAD YOU ARE OK.

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JANEYJAYE 9/22/2008 12:27AM

    After all, it may not be your last trip to the Oprah Winfrey Show!

Deondra, thanks for sharing the story and I'm so happy that you and your family were safe and that you had the opportunity to go to the show. I still believe there is more to your story with the RED DRESS and that the tale is far from over.
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Something Old, New, Borrowed and RED!

Monday, September 08, 2008


This past Saturday, one of my little cousins got married and she was nothing short of an absolute doll and her dress was drop-dead gorgeous! So speaking of drop dead gorgeous dresses....ahhh the RED DRESS. Well combined with thoughts of my cousin's wedding and a deal that I caught on Sunday, I was inspired to blog about the RED DRESS...imagine that!!!

So I have been trying to become a power walker/jogger/runner and it is TRULY a work in progress. Especially since I have weak knees, weak ankles, and super-pronated feet (a nice way of saying extremely flat feet). Lately my little tootsies have been hurting with a capital "H"!!! I'm planning to make a standing appointment with my podiatrist and I decided to go shopping for some new shoes after church today so that I could be better prepared for my walking/jogging/running workouts this week.

While shopping for athletic shoes, I had no success in finding what I needed in my size; however, I saw a beautiful sign over in the far corner that read "CLEARANCE"...woo-hoo...so off I went.

Well, when I got over there all they had were dress shoes. So me being the bargain shopper that I am decided to just give the racks a good look, just in case I saw something that spoke to me. Then there they were, the perfect silver shoes to compliment the RED DRESS and better yet they were on clearance. So I hunted for my size, but the largest they had was a size 9 1/2 Medium. I must admit I felt a little like one of Cinderella's step sisters when I reached for the box.

Anyway, I tried them on and not only did they fit, they were comfortable and they were an additional 40% off...CHA-CHING! I was so excited, not just because now all of my accessories for the RED DRESS were complete, but here was another reminder of how far God has brought me on this journey.

At my largest weight my shoe size was a size 11 W not to mention, I couldn't even think about walking in heels. And here I am today a proud owner of a pair of 9 1/2 Medium- silver-2 inch- strappy shoes-accented with crystals-ON CLEARANCE!!!

So I now have something old (my jewelry), something new (my shoes), something borrowed (Mama's purse that she let me borrow last year....OOPS!) and in a matter of time, I truly BELIEVE that I will have something RED...the RED DRESS!!!

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POCOHANTAZ 9/18/2008 12:30PM

    Cinderella!!!!!!!! Now that Prince needs to do his job and we will be ALL good!!!!!!!!!!!! (winks)

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SHORTYGETFIT 9/14/2008 12:39AM

    All your stories are so inspiring!

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JULIE2BTRUE 9/9/2008 6:20PM

    AHHH....I'M GETTING ALL TEARY EYED!! WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY!
JUST YOU WAIT AND SEE, YOU WILL HAVE THAT RED DRESS!!!!
REACH FOR THOSE STARS! COME ON STRETCH! ((lol)) HUGS, JULIE emoticon

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MSBEA*URIBE 9/9/2008 3:14PM

    I love your Cinderella story!!!

I am so proud of you! Truly an inspiration. You most definetly have to post the picture up of that RED DRESS!

Keep up that great journey!

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ZENNA97 9/9/2008 1:54PM

    Wow. I learned something new today. I did not know that you lose weight in your feet too. emoticon
Bless God that a reason to keep walking!

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HONEYBEE56 9/9/2008 6:17AM

    Well instead of having felt like one of Cinderella's step sisters, I bet you feel more like Cinderella now...and getting ready for that ball...with that red dress! LOL

You are a great inspiration...keep on keeping on!

Hugs~Dusty

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ACCT1908 9/8/2008 4:32PM

    Yay D!!! You are so on this red dress. I am very proud of you!!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 9/8/2008 2:33PM

    Work it girl!!!!!

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JANEYJAYE 9/8/2008 2:29PM

    You will get that Red Dress, Deondra. I believe it.

Have you thought about going to a specialty running store to get some good running shoes to fit your feet? I just went to one and they watched me run and helped me pick out Brooks Ariels to balance out *my* over-pronating gait and give me extra cushion. My feet hurt no longer in these shoes. I ran that 10K in them and the only thing that didn't hurt the next day were my tootsies! LOL I wish I had gone earlier because I had picked out the wrong shoes to train in.

And don't forget to take your Calcium, MSM and Glucosamine for your knees and ankles. My knees hurt at first too when I started running. If you take joint formula vitamins they will help your knees get stronger.

And we all want to get STRONGER! *wink

Keep with the momentum, Girl.
It's taking you to new heights!
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GODZDESIGN95 9/8/2008 2:19PM

    I believe the Lord preserved those shoes just for you. I so look forward to seeing you in that red dress!!! Prayers going you for you at the foot dr. Isn't that just like the enemy to try and stop us from from reaching our God giving destiny. That devil is a liar!

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MZSASSY 9/8/2008 12:16PM

    SO U TELLING ME I AM GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO IN THE STORE AFTER LOSING ALL THIS WEIGHT AND BUY ANY PAIR OF SHOES I WANT, CAUSE I WEAR A 11 NOW, AND I ALWAYS HAVE A HARD TIME WITH THE REALLY CUTE ONES, UNLESS THEY EXPENSIVE. OH OH MY BF BETTER WATCH OUT CAUSE IM GOING TO HIT HIM UP ALL THE TIME.

LOVE THE NEW SHOES, REALLY CUTE

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 9/8/2008 11:23AM

    I was so excited to read your blog. You are such a motivation and I admire you for finding the motivation to keep you moving in a positive way. Alll things are falling in place and you WILL get that little red dress!! Good luck sweetie!!! HUGS, Kathy

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GIRLINMOTION 9/8/2008 9:39AM

    Good fitting fitness shoes are important for walking, jogging and such. I hope you find something soon.

Those new shoes are WOW!!! And you got them on sale too, so that is a double WOW WOW!!! You are going to look so stunning, I can't wait to see you in your whole ensemble.

Hugs, Sonia

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AUDIE40220 9/8/2008 9:31AM

    Girl you and your Red Dress journey is so inspiring!
Listen check out New Balance---they have a walking, jogging, running shoe for pronate fee (flat){yeah me too} that is incredible!
I don't know where you can get them because I got them from this speciality shoe store here in town and of course they told me that you can't buy these from normal stores....these are suppose to be the better quality New Balance. Now normally, I don't like New Balance but I must admit that they may be right....the shoes feel wonderful.
But you go ahead in your 2" heels! and congratulations on you 2 size decrease and width decrease as well!


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CBRANCH76 9/8/2008 8:29AM

    You go girl! I am always proud of you!!!!

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STEPPINSTAMPER 9/8/2008 7:31AM

    OH MY....ONE more step toward that RED DRESS celebration!!!! Which reminds me again to continue my quest to focus on my OWN red dress journey! What a day that'll be!!!

hugs
Joanne

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UPDATE: A KICK in the BOOT camp!!!!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


So we're going into week 4 of boot camp at my favorite gym. This morning I had all manners of temptation trying to get me to stay in bed:

1. I had an incredible workout yesterday and have a pretty good one planned for this evening, so I could skip bootcamp...right?

2. I just got a fresh perm this past Friday, did I really want to mess my hair up?

3. My pillow and bed were holding me ever so tightly, I couldn't let them go....right?

Well when my alarm went off, I barely opened my eyes and what was the first thing that I saw??? Yep a picture of the RED DRESS (Yes, I have the picture that's in this blog posted in my bedroom as well!!!)

[Note: "But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." I Corinthians 10:13 NLT]

So I hopped out of bed--with my rollers, silk scarf and all and headed to the soccer field behind my favorite gym for boot camp.

When I got there a small group of the participants were clustered together looking confused. They had just gotten the news that the ONLY certified trainer had quit last Thursday...what a kick in the pants (or in the BOOT-y)!!!

What ticked me off is that a member of management first of all, didn't have a contingency plan for us and second of all that they didn't deliver the news to us themselves. Anyway, while everyone continued to complain I said to myself, "THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!" Then I said to the group..."Whatever! I've got a date with a RED DRESS in November, I'm gonna go through as much of the routine on my own...if anyone wants to join me come on." Most of the group looked at me like I was bonkers, but I did have one taker....my new friend MS. THELMA.

So off we went to do our stretches and we ended up speed-walking laps around the field. While we walked we talked about our weight loss journey, our final goals, SPARK and of course about the RED DRESS.

Before we knew it the time had flown by and sweat was pouring off both of us. We committed to meeting every Tuesday and Thursday to walk/jog the soccer field and we would close out with doing some crunches, push-ups and toning in the gym.

As my motivational Spark Quote that is posted in my photo gallery says, "There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."

And in the words of the prophet Nehemiah, "I am doing a great work! I cannot stop..." (Nehemiah 6:3 NLT)

AMEN and AMEN!!!
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UPDATE: We have a replacement trainer so Boot Camp is back on schedule, I asked the manager to extend it one day to make-up for the day missed and he agreed...WOO HOO!!! Plus MS. THELMA and I have agreed to meet 30 mins. before Boot Camp and still do our power walk. We will continue with this regimine even when Boot Camp has concluded....AIN'T GOD GOOD (and that's a statement-not a question)!!!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FABULOUS40IN09 9/10/2008 8:59PM

    I was stopping by to leave a comment on your page to thank you for checking in on me over the weekend. I have been meeting all the checks except cardio. I'm glad I stopped by and read this blog; your motivation sparked (no pun intended) something in me. I know I have been making progress, I can definitely feel it. However, I know that without exercise I will fall short of my 40 pound goal by the end of December. Thanks for being my spark friend and such a great motivator, I'm really looking forward to seeing you in your red dress. Also thanks to you I'm going to get a walk in now so I will check back in with you soon. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

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ZIONSGLORY 9/5/2008 11:46PM

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You just keep on keeping on don't you!!! You are truly a SPARK for the PEOPLE!!!! emoticon get it SparkPeople.....
Love your spirit, keep it up!!!!!


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BLESSED3061 9/4/2008 9:12AM

    where is this bootcamp and can I join?

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MRSRUBLE 9/3/2008 11:26PM

    Way to go girl, I have a 5am boot camp as well, and I am going to put a goal picture on my nightstand. Thanks so much for sharing your story. emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 9/3/2008 9:20PM

    Way to gooo!!! Way totake charge of a bad situation and make it work in your favor.... YOU ARE A WINNER!!!! Keep it up!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/3/2008 11:56AM

    Good for you making lemonade out of lemons. That red dress gets closer and closer to being yours. Can you feel the material on your body?

Hugs, Sonia

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MONTANAGAL 9/2/2008 10:37PM

    Gettin' skinnified girlfriend!! Look at you go!! I'm just so proud of you.

Love ya!
Deb

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WESTENDGIRL75 9/2/2008 10:29PM

    Now I want a red dress. emoticon

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MZPERSEVERANCE 9/2/2008 9:55PM

    Do it girl....look at your running your own Boot Camp....RED DRESS here she comes!!!

Lynn

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WALKOFFPOUNDS 9/2/2008 8:50PM

    You go diva!! You are not letting anything stop you! emoticonYou inspire me!

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POCOHANTAZ 9/2/2008 7:13PM

    Work it mama!!!!!! The devil is a LIAR!!!!!!

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MONETTPAT 9/2/2008 5:29PM

    This blog was a great motivator for me today. Thank you!!

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LASVEGASLES 9/2/2008 4:33PM

    Yeah girl, YEAAAAAAAAH!



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HONEYBEE56 9/2/2008 3:52PM

    You are so RIGHT! Thank you so much for writing this. What a great inspirational and motivational piece of literature!

What a great asset you are to SparkPeople and our team. Thank you so much for posting this benifical blog.

HUGS~Dusty
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MZSASSY 9/2/2008 3:29PM

    THAT RED DRESS IS GOING TO LOOK TO GOOD ON YOU GIRL!!

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CBRANCH76 9/2/2008 2:19PM

    I am so proud of you for that determination. One monkey don't stop no show!!!!!

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JANEYJAYE 9/2/2008 1:53PM

    Girl, I love your spirit! And it will get you to that RED DRESS on time. I'm SO PROUD of you! You fought temptation to sleep in, got to boot camp and made the best of it. That is more than commitment. Keep pushing, Deondra. And know that we are all with you every crunch, jog, lunge, squat, push-up and step of the way!

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GODZDESIGN95 9/2/2008 12:34PM

    emoticonI could all most see you walk/jog around that track field. And Yes that was not only a kick in the pants but the teeth too. But you over came and even got a partner to go along with you. That devil is a liar. That is one of the quotes I say often.

I am so glad for you!!!

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STEPPINSTAMPER 9/2/2008 11:41AM

    WOW I LOVE how motivatd you are...wish you lived in my neighborhood I could use a good swift kick in the boot camp myself!!!! emoticon

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MILDOLLARSMILE 9/2/2008 11:25AM

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I am so proud of you getting up and taking that step to do your workout...YOU ROCK!!!! Keep up the great work...you are such an inspiration....
YOU ARE DOING THIS...RED DRESS LOOKOUT De's COMING FOR YA!!!! emoticon

~luvs and hugs
Mel


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VEEJAY3 9/2/2008 11:23AM

    I LOVE this blog. You are such a positive person ... I'll bet you ALWAYS make lemonade when someone gives you lemons. Thank you for an uplifting read this morning. No whining for you. (Me neither)

Have a fantastic week!

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