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Becoming a BAHAMA MAMA inch by inch!!! (Day 1 Photos Included)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Out of all of the wonderful SP Teams that I am a member of, I'm also a member of the DONE Girls Team. A team of very enthusiastic, eager and energetic Sparkers. As exciting as this team is for whatever reasons I have not been historically active on that team....that was until I received a SP Mail about a DONE Girls spin-off team, the Spring Into Summer Challenge team.

Thus far, I have been totally impressed with the thoroughness and organization of the Team Leaders. Then the icing on the sugar-free, calorie-free cake came when we were divided into mini-Teams and I became a BAHAMA MAMA! Talk about enthusiasm, eagerness and energy...WOO! Our team thread is already super active with posts, support and information YET the challenge doesn't officially begin until tomorrow (3/20).

Well, today we received our first task--to take our pictures and measurements. Now as a part of my self-issued BACK to BASICS challenge as well as the Lenten Challenge that I'm doing with my church, I am not planning to post new pictures of myself until Easter Sunday...but I still took the BAHAMA MAMA picture today as instructed...and WOW was I shocked. I can clearly see what a difference the 19.1 lbs. that I've lost since 2/22 have made. I also took my measurements...and WOW again. I've lost a total of ELEVEN inches since 2/22!!! emoticon

At this rate, I may be RED DRESS ready by Summer instead of the Fall!!! emoticon


Anyway, listed below are my starting measurements, the number in parentheses is the number of inches I've lost since 2/22...YAY ME!!!

Breast: 41" (-2.0)

Upper Waist: 45" (did not capture in Back to Basics measurement, but based on the difference I saw in my picture, I wish I had!!!)

Regular Waist: 43" (-3.5)

Hips: 48" (-1.0)

Left/Right Arm: 17" (Not sure if this will ever change)

Left Thigh: 29.5" (-2.0)

Right Thigh: 29.5" (-2.0)

Neck: 13" (0.5")

ALRIGHT FELLOW BAHAMA MAMAS...I'M READY TO SPRING INTO SUMMER...LET'S DO THIS!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


I want to be a good team player, here are my starting photos... emoticon

  
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HICALGAL 3/25/2009 6:23AM

    congrats on getting back to basics and working it to the bone!

when you get into that red dress...you'll be giving oprah a run for her money...BTW i might sound crazy but you share a close resemblence to her!
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KATRINIA17 3/23/2009 1:38AM

    You are sooo getting into that red dress girl!

Hugs-Kat

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MSANNAKPDX 3/20/2009 2:21PM

    Your blogs always make me smile and inspire me to keep at it!!

Red dresses are lining up waiting for you to try on as we type!!

I am going to have to come up with something similar...cuz I'm loving the idea!

A

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STEPPINSTAMPER 3/20/2009 10:15AM

    You are soooooooooooooo going to be red dress ready by summer!!! CONGRATS on your loss so far!! Cheering you on from the west coast!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Blessings
Joanne

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RAVEN227 3/20/2009 8:56AM

    emoticon congrats Ms. D....you are AWESOME!!!

-you truly inspire me.

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JAZZID 3/20/2009 8:21AM

    emoticon "YOU CAN DO THIS".... G-O-O-O-O emoticon "D" emoticon G-O-O-O-O

emoticon on your progress...

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GODZDESIGN95 3/20/2009 8:19AM

    GO BAHAMA MAMAS GO!! HOW EXCITING!!!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 3/20/2009 7:12AM

    Congrats girl...that is awesome!!!

I am really proud of you!!

You look great in your new profile picture!!

Make it happen Soror!!

Love ya.

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CLEWIS0607 3/20/2009 12:06AM

    Hey there fellow Bahama Mama! Way to go on your progress already...in looking at your page I am inspired by how far you have come. Looking forward to rocking this challenge big time with you and the other girls:)

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CAROLKCP 3/19/2009 10:54PM

    You'll definitely be Red Dress ready come the summer.

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4PROSPERITY 3/19/2009 10:40PM

    That is wonderful. After reading your blog, I have gotten my motivation back. Keep up the good work.

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KAYEREADER 3/19/2009 9:52PM

    I'm glad you have found another avenue to give and receive motivation! Challenges are a great part of SP.

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MAGNIFATIC 3/19/2009 9:49PM

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I am on the team too. I am a Sandcastle Sister. I am excited about the challenge!! We are going to do this thang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 3/19/2009 9:41PM

    BAHAMA MAMA what great motivation you received by taking a picture and measuring yourself to see the results that in the last month you already achieved. Way to go!!!! Yes, you may be in the red dress sooner than you think!!!! You can do it Deondra!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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An Anti-Negative Reminder for all of my SPARK FRIENDS...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here's some info from an article that I posted on the CARDIO CONNOISSEUR "Helpful Hints" Thread. I thought it would be a good idea to share with all of my friends who are on this Lifestyle Change Journey with me...ENJOY!!!

Thinking Negative Thoughts? Oops!

Why are you trying to lose weight or get in shape?
Is it because you hate a certain body part or even the entire reflection in the mirror?

As difficult a lesson this is to learn, you must first accept your body – with all of its quirks and inconveniences – before you can change your body.

Take a moment to reflect upon your feelings about your body. Often when I ask my clients to do this, a whole slew of negative thoughts crosses their minds. Such nasty thoughts can unravel your best intentions. They erode your self-confidence and motivation to succeed. You must get past those thoughts to experience true, lasting results. How?

One of my clients developed what I now call the “oops technique.” Whenever you find yourself thinking something bad about yourself just say “oops” out loud. It may sound silly, but it’s a great reminder to stop negative thoughts in their tracks and return to positive thinking. Remember, your body is a precious gift!

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"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 NIV

  
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ATR_1983 7/28/2009 12:48AM

    Thanks for the reminder. I am going to put it in my blog. I hope you don't mind.

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STACEY-P 3/18/2009 10:31PM

    Too True!! Thanks for posting it! Hugs to ya!

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GIRLINMOTION 3/18/2009 7:46PM

    Thank you for sharing this. It is a good reminder on why we want to be healthy versus just how we look.

Hugs, Sonia

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/18/2009 6:46PM

    Thanks so much for sharing that.... it is a great idea. I am going to give it a try.
I am strong and I CAN do this!
HUGS, Kathy

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MSANNAKPDX 3/18/2009 4:51PM

    What an excellent blog! Thanks for the reminder!!!!!

It's like I am trying to be healthy not I'm trying to lose weight, Losing weight bears the connotation that I may find it again ;-))

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HONEYBEE56 3/18/2009 3:15PM

    And that's about the size of it! Thanks for sharing what we need to be reminded of frequently!

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KAT573 3/18/2009 1:52PM

    RIGHT ON! this is the main idea behind cognitive therapy too, and behind that, the realization that our THOUGHTS start what we feel, and then we snowball, so why not snowball positively? And AVALANCHE of YES YES YES!

And the foundation really IS accepting who we are in our entirety......not just our best, not just our wishes, but the Shadow and the Light......you cannot know one without the other...and you cannot shine light on the darkness if the darkness is not acknowledged and embraced.

You rock, woman!
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DEBBIESTELLE 3/18/2009 12:41PM

    I agree! It's kind of one of the running themes behind the Love Your Body! group.

Our bodies have taken care of us, and for the most part, functioned even when we did her wrong!

Though I would like to change many things about it (mostly self inflicted!) I am also realizing that if I would have grasped this concept in the first place, I wouldn't be where I am with my body today. I look back to my early teens, late teens and early twenties and I fought so hard against it. It was fine..... Really perfect! But my worn self esteem and lack of motivation caused me from being in the "I need to loose 20 pounds" to the "I have to loose 70 pounds!" Go figure!

But now I'm learning to love it. Stretch marks and all. To take this journey one step at a time and to work consistantly on what I want to change.

Eventually, I will meet my goal weight! Eventually I will tone and clear my beautiful skin. Eventually I will dull the appearance of these stretchmarks. But TODAY, I will love me! Flaws and all!

Blessings!

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WALKOFFPOUNDS 3/18/2009 12:35PM

    Thanks for posting this D! A great reminder of how we must keep our thoughts clear to be successful!! " Such as a man thinks, so is he"!! emoticon

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JENNIFERBOGGESS 3/18/2009 11:48AM

    GREAT post! THANK YOU for the reminder that we are all "fearfully and wonderfully made" no matter what we look like! I can do this!

Jennifer

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GODZDESIGN95 3/18/2009 11:23AM

    ooppss! is not silly at all I use the sp megaphone to talk back to my negative thoughts what ever you wanna call them (eneny of my soul)(ucky voice) hit him with the word and positive thoughts etc. I can do all things threw christ who is my strength. Awesome blog and reminder.

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MZSASSY 3/18/2009 11:23AM

    I NEEDED THIS SOOOO MUCH
THANKS FOR SHARING GORGEOUS!
OH YEAH MY SISTER WAS ON HERE WITH ME ONDAY AND SEEN YOUR BEFORE AND AFTER AND SAID YOU REALLY DID YOUR THING. KEEP IT UP!!!

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SHININGTHRU126 3/18/2009 11:13AM

    Great blog - I remind myself regularly to focus on the positive, not the negative...

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Seeing RED again!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

I am absolutely ecstatic about the positive results I have been seeing in the mirror, on the scale, in my clothes and on my ticker. Plus, I'm less than 24 lbs. away from my goal YAY!!!!

With each day, I'm becoming more focused and dedicated to my BACK to BASICS plan.

I am so looking forward to this Fall when I hit my weight loss goal that is when I will initiate Plan B of Operation "Seeing RED again!". Plan B entails meeting with my seamstress and have her to start working on THE dress so that I can wear it to an event that I'm prayerfully planning to attend in October.

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STACEY-P 3/18/2009 10:19PM

    WooHoo!!! I love it! I love it! I love it! I can't wait to see you in your RED dress! You are going to knock 'em dead, Girl!! Keep on keepin' on!! I am sooo proud of you!! You ARE doing it!!!

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CIERAPOET 3/17/2009 6:35PM

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You are truly amazing. There is nothing that will ever keep you down. The secret is your faith in God and real determination. Don't forget perseverance. You are a joy to know and I watch Core Rhythms infomercial just to see your beautiful smile. (I dance with it too. LOL) God is so good to us all. Thanks for being an example of going up and coming back down with FIRE!!! God bless and keep you everyday.

Deb
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MSANNAKPDX 3/17/2009 4:16PM

    Wow, that is fantastic! you keep up the great work!

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GIRLINMOTION 3/17/2009 9:59AM

    Glad to hear that your back on track and doing well with your back to basics plan! WOOHOO!!! Your doing it!!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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KAT573 3/17/2009 9:50AM

    You Go, Girl! I am really proud of you and cheering on the sidelines! Miss you in KY forum but trust you are getting good support in teams that have a similar interest for you, like most of us do.

Have a great day and keep up the good work!
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JULIE5888 3/17/2009 9:20AM

    Way to go!

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MONTANAGAL 3/17/2009 9:09AM

    Go get it girl! Don't stop!! Work it, work it!! Wooohooo!!!

Drive, determination, will power.. That's it girl!!

Love ya!
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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/16/2009 9:44PM

    WOOO HOOO!!! I am so proud of you for all you have accomplished. I know how frustrated you have been..... you are an inspiration and proof you just have to keep fighting till you find what works for you!! I love your new excitement and enthusiasm!! Keep up the fantastic work and god bless. Thanks for stopping by my page and checking on me!
HUGS, Kathy

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JAYJAY44 3/16/2009 8:57PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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HONEYBEE56 3/16/2009 8:54PM

    WOOHOO! Keep your goals in focus and you will achieve them!

Congratulations on doing so well! You are such an inspiration!

I can't wait until you have your dress made and can actually wear it come October! That will be a picture we will all want to cheer about!

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PARALEE 3/16/2009 8:19PM

    WooHoo! You're doing great! We're all looking forward to seeing you in that red dress!! Keep up the good work!

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JANEYJAYE 3/16/2009 8:13PM

    Girl, I'm so happy to see the "CAN DO and WILL DO DEONDRA" that we all know and love. We're cheering you on the whole way! Keep with the Back to Basics! It's working for your physically and mentally!!!
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GODZDESIGN95 3/16/2009 7:52PM

    Great, Keep at it and I'll be watching for that red dress pics please when you reach your goal in the fall.

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NOEILAND 3/16/2009 7:09PM

    Go girl! With your positive attitude and your "I Can Do" spirit, you'll be wearing that red dress to that event! I know it!

Hugs & Love,
Noei

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DIAMNDSPRKLMOM 3/16/2009 6:03PM

    WOW!!! You're doing fantastic!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAVEN227 3/16/2009 5:41PM

    TOTALLY AWESOME!!! you so deserve it...keep up the good work and I can not wait to see your RED DRESS!! emoticon

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MIEKA91 3/16/2009 5:25PM

    WOO HOO FOR YOU! Im so proud of you, get gett get it girl!


Chamieka House

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KAYEREADER 3/16/2009 5:20PM

    Yoohoo!!! Less than 25 lbs from your goal is something to celebrate. You have made such amazing strides and I know the less 25 will be no less amazing.

Can't wait to see pictures of you in that red dress later this year!!!

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Harm vs. HOPE!!!

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Today after work I was scheduled to meet with the Assistant Pastor at my church, although I was a little anxious I was simultaneously looking forward to our discussion.

At the conclusion of the meeting, I was left disheartened.; NEVERTHELESS, that meeting along with a conversation that I had with my Mama (DDROSE) and a good friend (LOVABLELULU) reminded me of a Divine Confirmation that I received about seven years ago:

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

So although the meeting appeared disastrous, when I got home in the inbox of my personal email account was a message of confirmation (NOT from the Asst. Pastor but from a complete stranger) that gave me great HOPE...

TRUST ME...more details will be forthcoming!!!

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In the meanwhile, all I can say is "GOD is good ALL the time and ALL the time GOD is GOOD!!!

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CIERAPOET 3/17/2009 6:50PM

    Amen. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

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M3NOMOFAT 3/8/2009 10:52PM

    Wait on the LORD and be of good courage and HE shall strengthen thine heart. Wait I say on the LORD. Ps 27:14

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LILSHINE 3/6/2009 10:47AM

    As I was listening to Streming Faith yesterday with Dr. Jamal Bryant he made a statement about his transition into his present ministry. Although he waited on certain doors "he knew" would be opening for him - God had another plan. Those doors he thought were to open soon were closed shut. Because of that he now has the ministry he's been led to by God. So because the door was shut for you on yesterday - God is always letting you know that He has another door ready and opening wide. Be patient it's coming.

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GODZDESIGN95 3/6/2009 8:22AM

    God is good all the time!

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MZSASSY 3/5/2009 9:46PM

    AMEN

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Minus SWEET SIXTEEN...Today's Weigh-In!!!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Let me start this blog by stressing the importance of balance.

NOTE: This past week, I have not done anything that would deliberately compromise my health. Like I said in my last blog, my goal is about becoming the HEALTHIEST ME THAT I CAN BE. Which for me that means being healthy physically and spiritually.

With that being said....

This morning's weigh-in registered 16 pounds lost since last Sunday...yes that's a ONE and a SIX next to each other! I also measured my waist and I've lost 3.5 inches since last Sunday as well.

And to think, I was just hoping and praying to lose three or four pounds...maybe five at the most since you could clearly see that I was retaining fluids. My face and hands were "fluffy." Otherwise, I usually don't expect to lose more than two pounds within a week.

But MINUS SIXTEEN POUNDS I couldn't believe it!!! I know I must have stepped on and off the scale at least sixteen times this morning (LOL).

And what really floored me is the fact that again I HAVE NOT done anything extreme or unhealthy...I am just completely and utterly blown away! So what in the world did I do this past week to lose 16 whole pounds and 3.5 inches in my waist???

It's simple, I went BACK TO THE BASICS:

1. In the mornings, before my feet would touch the floor, I sincerely prayed and asked God to help me get through my nutrition and fitness plans for the day without succumbing to any KRYPTONITE temptations. Then at the end of the day, I would give thanks to God for his faithfulness and sustaining power.

2. I used the Core Rhythms 7-Day Diet Plan as a guide for meal planning and I would track every meal and snack into my SP Nutrition Tracker. I cooked more and CLOSELY watched my calories, fat, protein, fiber and especially my sodium consumption.

3. I averaged about 9 Cups of Water a day and I started drinking coffee more regularly (a recommendation from the CR plan)...and I don't know what it is about coffee, but it helped to cure my KRYPTONITE cravings.

4. Believe it or not, I DID NOT do any of my over the top "cardio marathons of old" (last week's fitness tracker is my witness). I even had two rest days and my workouts ranged from 30 to 40 mins a session.

5. I created a community journal on the message boards and used it to celebrate my daily small accomplishments.

6. I reached out to fellow Sparkers, Friends and Family to both give and receive motivation and encouragement.

7. AND last but not least, I continued to encourage myself and do more positive self-talk based on the promises that are in God's Word.

217 Pounds....here I come!!! emoticon

"Now glory be to GOD! By HIS mighty power at work within us, HE is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May HE be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever through endless ages. Amen. " Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT

AIN'T GOD GOOD!!! (this is indeed a declaration NOT a question!!!)

  
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CIERAPOET 3/17/2009 6:42PM

    I told you that you knew the secret. The REAL SECRET. I have to steal some of that from you. Well, your list up there. I knew you were on to something and I started losing again too. Praise the Lord! We doing this. This year by my birthday in November I will be at goal or before!!! I'm watching for more God-inspired ideas!!!

Luv ya!

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MZPERSEVERANCE 3/17/2009 9:07AM

    That is awesome girlfriend...

I am so proud of you...He has done marvelous things!!!

Love ya Girl

You're my inspiration to get refocused and recommitted.

Thanks.

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NOEILAND 3/6/2009 12:39AM

    All I can say is.... AWESOME!!!! i'm impressed~ I had no doubt you will do the right thing. Back to the Basics. Congrats!

Yes, I'm back! I've gained a few but I'm okay with it...I'll run tomorrow~Oh, did I tell you that I did the 100 pushups while cuising? Yes, girl, I did the Hundred! Yay!
Hugs,
Noei

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WALKOFFPOUNDS 3/5/2009 9:57AM

    Yes indeedy God is sure nough good!! I am glad that you have gotten your umph back! Like I have told you so many times before, you inspire me!! emoticon

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 3/4/2009 9:18PM

    WOOOO HOOOO!!! That is sooooo awesome (doing the happy dance for you!!!)
I am so glad you have finally had some positive forward strides. I know you have been really struggling and frustrated. YOU ARE SO AWESOME FOR NOT GIVING UP!!
HUGS, Kathy

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GODZDESIGN95 3/2/2009 10:42PM

    Congrats!! look out red dress she has you in her sight. yes God is good!!

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NEWBEIN 3/2/2009 2:26PM

    That's THE DIVA D I'm talkin' bout!!! WELCOME BACK!!! I Missed u. U just needed to find ur balance..and u did!

So..uhm...*clears throat & holds arms out a'la Tupac*..WHAT'S UP for March?! LOL

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JANEYJAYE 3/2/2009 2:23PM

    Congrats, D on your continued success. Despite a couple bumps in the road. You are blessed in many ways!

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SHAVONPR 3/2/2009 10:43AM

    you go girl...I almost broke out the calculator to make sure I was subtracting right LOL! It just goes to show when your spirit, mind and everything is not in balance (like you said) it throws everything off track!

Keep it moving girl! I am right there with you FINALLY out of the 240s and it has been 9 years! I will have to take my measurements and get you a pic by week's end.

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MONTANAGAL 3/2/2009 8:54AM

    WOOOHOOOO!!!! emoticon

I'm so, so proud of you girlfriend! You knew what to do and you DID IT!! Here's to another great week!

Love ya muchly!
Deb

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KAYEREADER 3/2/2009 8:12AM

    Go Girlfriend! You are a true inspiration, physically and spirtually.

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2008LYNN 3/2/2009 1:55AM

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And I like the community journal idea, I may do one for my March goals.

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