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There's no place like HOME!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."

I'm not sure of who originally said that, but it's something that Mama always says whenever she's away from home and returns.

This week's business trip was so successful and I've learned a few more things about myself, both professionally and personally.

Professionally, I'm brighter than I give myself credit for--at work I am my own worst critique. I tend to focus on the things that I'm not strong on, but this week my strengths (organization, task management, communication and being able to connect with the customer) were most important. Wednesday I had a huge management review/presentation with all of the Big Wigs for our new account as well as some Big Shots from my own company. Thanks be to God the information was well received and it further helped to establish not only my credibility with the customer but my company's credibility as well. Even the main Big Wig came up to me afterwards, shook my hand and said, "not only was the presentation highly informative it was entertaining and kept everyone's interest...thank you." That so made my day and made the four hours sleep that I got the night before worth it (LOL!).

Then the Implementation team that I hand-picked and who traveled with me were ALL OF THAT! Daily they impressed me with how well prepared they were and their thorough observations and research. They did such a phenomenal job on gathering needed info that I extended their trips until Friday. I returned on Wednesday so that I could go on my goddaughter's field trip. I was able to leave without having an ounce of concern because I knew they could handle it. Which made me thankful for having such a competent team.

Personally, my willpower is stronger than I thought. I didn't even feel tempted by all of the KRYPTONITE that constantly surrounded me. Yep, not even the ladies who were dressed in their fancy Derby attire who greeted all of the passengers on my final flight with Bourbon Balls got to me. I made conscious decisions about everything that I ate (even though I exceeded my sodium limits on a few days). When I weighed Friday I was at 240 lbs., but I didn't trip--I knew it was fluid and "other" types of retention as well as a lack of sleep. I weighed in this morning and am at 236 lbs. so that's the evidence that I was right about the "retentions".

I also gained a better appreciation for SP while I was away. I firmly believe that the relationships that I have forged with my SP friends helped to keep me focused on my goals. What's odd is that with each bite that I ate and every late night workout I forced myself to do, I was reminded of the challenges from my teams, the postings from the threads, the SP page/Blog comments as well as the SP goodies...all of those kind expressions from my friends really helped to keep my feet planted on the WALL.

Anyway, I enjoyed the trip but like Mama always says, "be it ever so humble, there's no place like home." Not only my physical home in the heart of the Derby City but my Spark home as well!

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STEPPINSTAMPER 5/5/2009 9:11PM

    Ohhh Deondra, we ARE our own worst critics aren't we...and often don't give ourselves credit where credit is due! KUDOS to you, my friend....

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LANIYA1 5/5/2009 6:21PM

    Good for you D! I'm glad you made it back home safely! Regarding being your worst critic: I think most of us deal with that dilemma. I know I do, to the point of severe self-doubt...which manifest(sometimes) to failure. Without getting into the -isms and -ologies, I believe it's just best to apply the Word to our everyday life, even during times when we criticize ourselves...."I can do ALL things through Christ that strengthens me!!!"; "Be confident for this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ"; Ha Glory!

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But you make me feel REALLY SHAME because I feasted on everything that wasn't right during my birthday weekend! emoticon.............................................

Ah, well, it was 'planned' anyway( I was just joking with you! emoticon) emoticon

Have a good one----and again, glad you're back!

~LaNiya

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JANEYJAYE 5/3/2009 1:44PM

    What a productive trip you've had! Thanks for sharing your journey.

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KAT573 5/2/2009 8:27PM

    I am so pleased for you, girl! You are an amazing lady and a gift to the World! Glad to see you home safe, sound and successful. You keep on keeping onK!
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KAYEREADER 5/2/2009 5:03PM

    Glad to have you back lady!! The choices that you made while away are admirable. I know without a doubt that you are not coming off that wall until your work is complete.

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STEPHAM1 5/2/2009 12:48PM

    emoticon home. We're so glad you're back! emoticon on ALL you accomplished while you were on the road! I'm so proud of you!
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SPARKLOVE 5/2/2009 12:17PM

    emoticon on doing so good Job wise, and resisting the yummy' s.

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DESTINY2BFIT 5/2/2009 12:05PM

    Aww, welcome back lady!!

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GODZDESIGN95 5/2/2009 10:33AM

    Good job girl..but we are our worst critics GOTTA STOP IT!! We are more than conquers thur Christ who strengthens us. Go get um girl!!!!!

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NOEILAND 5/2/2009 10:11AM

    Good Job! Welcome Home! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 5/2/2009 10:09AM

    Yes, there is no place like home!!!

It is so funny how we can be our worst critics, so it is always encouraging when others notice what we forget or blind to see. If you ever have problems with this, you should watch your part on the Core Rhythms commercial. If I am channel surfing and come across it I wait to see you, your so full of energy and passion about what you are talking about, how could anyone think you were not good at you job or as a person in general.

Damn that sodium!!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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How to fit a WALL in a suitcase...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Tomorrow I'll be flying out first thing in the morning for a business trip and will not be returning until late Wednesday night. I'm excited about the trip because my Implementation team and I will be meeting our new customer...THANK GOD for allowing us to win some new business.

Well not only am I prepared to have a successful professional trip, I'm planning to maintain my personal success that I have experienced since starting my Back to Basics Plan on 2/22. In other words...I AM ON THE WALL AND I REFUSE TO COME DOWN!!!

With that being said, listed below are the preparations that I've made to help me STAY focused while I'm away from my home gyms and batch cooked food:

1. I had my IT manager update my laptop with the needed software so that I can play my Core Rhythms DVDs. I'm in the middle of a challenge with one of my teams...can't let the team or my abs down!

2. I've checked out the amenities where I'll be staying...they have a fitness center, so I've packed workout clothes, my manual cardio tracker (CC's this is what started our "Put it on Paper Thread") and of course my iPod along with the charger.

3. Thankfully, I'll have a little kitchen in my suite...so once I check in and get settled, I'm heading straight to the grocery to get some fresh fruit (my secret weapon against KRYPTONITE).

4. I've checked out all of the restaurants in the area...most of which do not have nutrition guides online--but I'm not worried. Thanks to the daily FOOD SHOWDOWN! email that I get from SPARK along with my streak of tracking my food for almost nine weeks, I've almost become an expert at eyeballing food and evaluating both the nutrition and sodium content. Plus, as always I'll have my manual nutrition tracker with me so that I can keep my SP nutrition tracker updated.

5. I have several packs of my favorite sugar-free gum to give me strength to fight off the endless KRYPTONITE shops in the airport...especially that "one place" that reeks of cinnamon!!! emoticon

So in other words, I know that I will stay focused...because I'm taking my WALL with me!

"...I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down..." Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV

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GODZDESIGN95 4/30/2009 1:57PM

    Sounds like you got a solid plan girl!!!!

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LANIYA1 4/28/2009 5:53PM

    When I grow up, I want to be a planner just like you. What a fantastic list of preparation!!!! I applaud you! You go girl! emoticon

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SHELLREED 4/26/2009 1:21PM

    I have to prep everyday even when I am home... I am glad that you shared the information because I am preparing for my first ever time away from home and I loved your tips... THANKS FRIEND!!!

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CINDYCIN9 4/26/2009 10:09AM

    prepping was a fantastic idea! emoticon

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PAINTER41 4/26/2009 8:30AM

    I like your blog. I have been traveling on week trips for about 2 months now and I had more measured food in my suit case than clothes. I always keep a baggie of cherrios (the multi grain kind) in my purse and if eaten one at a time they take up most of my waiting time in airports. This might sound crazy but you can use a little bit of carmex under your nose and that will kill the cinnamon or at least make it not so inviting.
Good wishes for the trip.
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SHORTYGETFIT 4/25/2009 11:49PM

    Wishing you safe travels...you have that other stuff all under control! emoticon

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PARALEE 4/25/2009 9:37PM

    Great plan Deondra! Sounds like you have covered all the bases for your trip. I'm looking forward to hearing a good report next week. :)
Susan

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SPARKLOVE 4/25/2009 9:25PM

    You are on a Mission! That is great how you thought ahead and planned it all out. Press On! emoticon

I have ate all my food for today and got a call from my son's wife who was at the Dairy Queen (ice cream is one of my favorites) and ask me what I would like that she would drop it off to me! Last week I read your blog and it help me learn to say NO. Your strength is rubbing off on the rest of us. LOL

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GRAMMY651 4/25/2009 8:32PM

  I WISH YOU MUCH STRENGTH. HAVE A GREAT TRIP. FRUITS ARE GREAT. emoticon

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JANEYJAYE 4/25/2009 8:29PM

    Great plans, D. You will certainly succeed with all that in place. Enjoy the trip and the chance to shake up your workout routine!

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KYANN402 4/25/2009 7:19PM

    I travel regularly in my work. You're right on track for staying on track. You're plan is exactly what it takes while you're on the road, especially hitting that exercise room. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 4/25/2009 7:08PM

    Sounds like you have a great plan to avoid the devil KRYPTONITE! You go girl!!!!

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MAGNIFATIC 4/25/2009 7:00PM

    Girl, you are preaching!! I love it. I am going to have to use this the next time I go away. Gotta stay on the wall... I can not come down.

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KAYEREADER 4/25/2009 6:41PM

    Deondra

You have a well thought out, thorough plan in place and I know you'll be successful. I'll miss your regular updates while you are away, but am praying that you have a safe and successful trip. I spend alot of time in airports - just remember two things "Walk away from the cinnamon" and "Don't give 'em any eye contact". The last one is a multipurpose mantra good for all things pastry or baked goods emoticon.

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MZPERSEVERANCE 4/25/2009 6:30PM

    Excellent Plan...

Have a safe trip and a wonderful week

Love ya

Lynn

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The DEVIL in a blue box!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

So, I'm sitting at my desk, working away, in one of my cute blouses from last Spring that I'm able to fit back into, drinking my 8th cup of water, minding my own business and eating lunch--My Ham Wraps and a Fruit Salad w/ Watermelon, Cantaloupe and Grapes--YUM! emoticon...when the receptionist delivers a blue box and an envelope to me.

She said, "This is from a vendor, I know that you're busy so I thought I'd just better deliver it to you."

I looked at my assistant/back-up/friend and said..."Uh oh, I bet it's some KRYPTONITE in here". She reached for it -- I handed it to her and then I opened the card.

We both exclaimed "Uh Oh!" at the same time. As she dug around to see what was in the box I read the last line of the card "I hope you enjoy the coffee and donuts."

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She immediately found a good home for them and I continued to enjoy my fruit. All is well once again in the land of BACK TO BASICS!!!

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"...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. " James 4:7 KJV

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PAINTER41 4/26/2009 8:45AM

    A very powerful statement! emoticon

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SHORTYGETFIT 4/25/2009 11:51PM

    Donuts are the one food that I refuse to eat since I got sick....stay away from those weaknesses!

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TRECECOOKS 4/23/2009 6:39PM

    I love the way you take away its power by calling it Kryptonite!! You are awesome!!

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STACEY-P 4/23/2009 2:00PM

    Way to be STRONG!!! You DID it!!! I am sooo proud of you. You can do anything you set your mind to do. You have a great friend with you...she did good.
Keep on keepin' on!!
Hugs and Love to ya,
Stacey



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GAEA3070 4/23/2009 11:09AM

    You're awesome, woman!

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HICALGAL 4/23/2009 5:46AM

    there's something about donuts, even the word sounds heavenly...lol

you know, i think you're building an immunity to kryptonite! even superman couldn't do that! uh..oh...not only a diva but superwoman in the making?? watch out superman!

p.s. your assistant is an absolute angel for being so supportive especially when it concerns a bahama mama sister and tell her i said so...we should all be so lucky.

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SCORPIO180 4/22/2009 4:16PM

    Aiight superwoman...resistance is your middle name! LOL

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JGOLFER 4/22/2009 11:57AM

    You have great willpower and a great assistant! Have a wonderful donut-free day. emoticon

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IOWAGAL1957 4/22/2009 9:05AM

    mmmmmmmm, did you say glazed?? omg, droooool! u r the queen of resistance.

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IOWAGAL1957 4/22/2009 9:03AM

    sry, double entry! how does that happen??

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SHAVONPR 4/21/2009 10:11PM

    Good job girl! Thanks for the spark goodie from the other week! My "slump" has improved and I am feeling better. I just got back from my regional conference in Minneapolis. Did you make it yours? I saw some AKAs in the airport since I flew out of Chicago! I hope all is well....give me a month to post some better numbers LOL! Haven't done too bad with the eating but the working out....I know the endurance will have to build back up!

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BUSYNOW 4/21/2009 7:48PM

    Great job! emoticon

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PARALEE 4/21/2009 7:32PM

    Yay for you! Quick thinking and no second thoughts! :)
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2008LYNN 4/21/2009 6:26PM

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STEPPINSTAMPER 4/21/2009 6:25PM

    emoticon Loved hearing how you handled your weakness!!

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Joanne

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JANEYJAYE 4/21/2009 5:57PM

    You go, D!

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FIT_ARTIST 4/21/2009 5:13PM

    I wish I had an ASSISTANT! LOL! That's great that she did that! emoticon

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KAYEREADER 4/21/2009 5:08PM

    Thank God for good assistants who take poison quickly away.

I'm convinced the recipe for doughnuts, especially glazed ones, was a device of the enemy - LOL!!!

I had a greatly productive afternoon after a slow start and am off to dance!!!

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AAQUWAA 4/21/2009 4:49PM

    WooHoo, Great will power, keep up the good work. :)

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PEACHYCYN 4/21/2009 4:42PM

    Great job, it's hard to say no to things that are so yummy like that.

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CINDYCIN9 4/21/2009 2:59PM

    aaaah, one wouldn't of hurt. But if you insist!! emoticon emoticon

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OMELYN 4/21/2009 2:09PM

    Don't know you but read the title of your blog and had to come see...
Love it, great job on your determination. Well done, good and faithful servant!
Lynn

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SPARKLOVE 4/21/2009 1:42PM

    I need more of your Determination! emoticon

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DESTINY2BFIT 4/21/2009 1:41PM

    emoticon lady!! Girl, when I saw the title of your blog I couldn't wait to read it, emoticon!! That fruit salad of yours sounds so good!! I told before and I'll tell you again, you are such an inspiration!!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 4/21/2009 1:34PM

    smiles at ya.. I loved this blog.. Made me smile.. Great willpower girl!!! emoticon

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MZPERSEVERANCE 4/21/2009 1:28PM

    You go girl....I am proud of you...but you know your Soror..the only blue box I could think of was TIFFANY's. Im like that's my kinda man!!! LOL

Love ya

Lynn

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MONIQUE138 4/21/2009 1:24PM

    Good for you. emoticon

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KARIANN143 4/21/2009 1:04PM

    Don't know u but I just read your blog and boy U should be very proud of yourself for resisting the tempation of a donut -Girl give me some of your will power PLEASE!!! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/21/2009 12:43PM

    lol good going and it was so nice to see you had someone that had your back.

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SHININGTHRU126 4/21/2009 12:26PM

    Well done!
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PHAT.GIRL 4/21/2009 12:22PM

    Oh wow, I don't know you but I saw your blog in the SP Community Team. I'm proud of you, too! I don't think I'd be able to resist. But for me I just feel bad turning away something that's given to me. lol It's easier to do though when I have an alternative. If I had my lunch the way you did, I'd probably be more apt to turn away the donuts.

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CAROLKCP 4/21/2009 12:18PM

    You really upped your A-game. Good thing you didn't even look in the box. You definitely have will power. But you're smart to prepare ahead for times like this--you were equipped w/ somethings way better. emoticon
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GIRLINMOTION 4/21/2009 12:18PM

    Way to go!!!! The devil will always be testing you, trust no one!

Hugs, Sonia

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PINCHY13 4/21/2009 12:15PM

    I'm sooooo proud of you!!!!! congrats!

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TKACH1024 4/21/2009 12:13PM

    way to go! It make one feel good when not giving into temptation, and it can be hard. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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UPDATES COMPLETE: A CHALLENGING Week...BRING IT ON!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

One of the things that I most enjoy about the SPARK Teams are the challenges. I am currently participating in several challenges, all of which have supported my BACK to BASICS plan. Now that I'm closing in on my final weight loss goal (I'm just a little over 17 lbs. away) it's time to kick up the intensity and the upcoming challenges for this week are guaranteed to help me get a few more pounds and inches closer to that goal.

So here are the Team Challenges:

CARDIO CONNOISSEURS TEAM:
* Daily "Put it On Paper Challenge"-this is for fitness accountability.

* "5 Days of Cardio a Week"-this challenge has not only helped me to be consistent with cardio, but keeps me on track with strength training and rest days.

* Daily "The Hot Plate"-this is for nutrition accountability.

THE CHALLENGE TEAM:
* "30 Days-Make it a Habit"-I've committed to doing 10 push-ups a day and will hit Day 30 on 4/23!
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CORE RHYTHMS TEAM:
* "April 2009 Challenge-20 on 20 in 10"-Beginning on 4/20 we will be doing the Core Rhythms 20 Minute Quick Workout for at least 10 days until the end of the month. SHAKE IT BABY!
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DONE GIRLS TEAM:
* Daily "Sodium Accountability Challenge"-this is for sodium intake accountability, betcha couldn't guess that by the name of the challenge (LOL).

Last but certainly not least, today begins week 5 of the DONE GIRLS SPRING INTO SUMMER CHALLENGE. This week we're focusing on crunches and squats...now that's what I'm talking about...BRING IT ON!

Two of my most troubling areas are my waistS (yes plural) and my thighs. With that being said I look forward to totally rocking this challenge and racking up mass quantities of points for the BAHAMA MAMAS team...OH YEAH!!!

Saturday- 4/18/09
Squats= 100
Crunches= 100

Sunday- 4/19/09
Squats= 100
Crunches= 100

Monday- 4/20/09
Squats= 104
Crunches= 1574

Tuesday- 4/21/09
Squats= 104
Crunches= 1194

Wednesday- 4/22/09
Squats= 84
Crunches= 2746

Thursday- 4/23/09
Squats= 4
Crunches= 994

Friday- 4/24/09
Squats= 64
Crunches= 1094

GRAND TOTAL= **8,362**

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This is a picture of me from April 2008 (yes, I was dancing...IMAGINE THAT!)--I believe that was me at my smallest when I weighed 226.3 lbs.

I'm using this photo as this week's motivation.

  
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KAYEREADER 4/24/2009 10:34PM

    Wow that is an impressive final total. You are an undeniable asset to your team. I see victory!!!

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KAYEREADER 4/18/2009 4:15PM

    I'm sure you'll rack on major points for you team this week. You'll be below that lowest weight of 226.3 before you know it with you "Back to Basics".

Work it girl!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/18/2009 3:54PM

    Deondra, with all your challenges I am sure that you will lose the S in weightS (you are to funny, lol). The real kicker that I just noticed with my own diet, is the sodium, I have to find a way to cut back too.

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NOEILAND 4/18/2009 11:11AM

    Hey D -

First - you're looking good girl! Love your motivational pic!

Since you're focusing on the abs area this week, have you tried the roman/captain chair at the gym? I started using it and from what I've read, it's the second best workout for the abs (I can't do crunches).

I can now do 3x10 lifts because of the upperbody strength I gained from doing the assisted pullups and pushups. It took lot of practice to gradually lift my lower body up but it was all worth it.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Noei

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STEPPINSTAMPER 4/18/2009 10:46AM

    How do you keep so motivated?????? I need more of your zest! Again thank you! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 4/18/2009 10:06AM

    go on with your bad self. Butt and I got that worked but gutts need work lol. having kids sur aint no joke.

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JANEYJAYE 4/18/2009 9:55AM

    D, you have so much motivation it's infectious!
I'm Back to Basics myself in a whole new way! I'm challenging myself to laps in the pool 3 x week. And in one week I'm gonna restart Coach Nicole's New You Bootcamp. Thanks so much for the motivation. As always you inspire me to do better!
Love you,Girl!
Now go out there and work that boo-tay!!!

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T.G.F.F. ~ Thanking GOD For Friday!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I am just too pumped to type. So many wonderful things have happened today that I'll just have to list them:

1. Work went well--it's a blessing to be able to work, have a place to work and to be considered as a value to the workplace.

2. Went to the grocery--as I was approaching the check out line I looked in my basket and smiled. It was so colorful with all of the fresh fruits, veggies and lean meat...no kryptonite in site...and for a little over $50 I was blessed to get some really good stuff that I can enjoy for the week (including some steak...YUM!)

3. Had the most awesome workout and was thrilled that my large t-shirt was noticeably too big.

4. I worked up a huge sweat while lifting weights.

5. I was able to do 2 sets of 10 reps on the Assisted Dip Machine...or the flying machine as Mama calls it! emoticon

6. I endured my new reduced fat, low sodium, high fiber mac n' cheese recipe it was okay...it still needs some work before I can share it as a SP Recipe, but it satisfied my mac n' cheese craving.

7. I was totally within my nutrition goals for the day...well except for the calories...I was under, but I was so satiated I couldn't eat another bite if I tried...and I tried!

8. I now have a collage of all of the Bahama Mamas on my SP Page...I truly love this team of awesome women!

9. Thanks to 2008LYNN, I truly have scale peace and am thrilled about my 4.3 lb. loss this week (I won't update my ticker until my next Back to Basics weigh-in on 4/26)

10. Last but not least, I was blessed with the opportunity to finally "meet" a dear and close SP friend that I've been talking to, praying with, praying for, laughing, crying and confiding in for over a year.

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Truly God is good all the time and all the time God is good!!!

  
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KAYEREADER 4/18/2009 4:15PM

    An amazing Friday indeed!

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STEPPINSTAMPER 4/18/2009 10:41AM

    I always LOVE reading your blogs! You keep me inspired and hopeful....

*I* wam truly blessed to have had you brought into my life, Deondra! What a blessing you've been!

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    Sounds like you had awesome week ! emoticon

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RAVEN227 4/17/2009 11:59PM

    I am so looking forward to reading your story in "ESSENCE MAGAZINE" you are truly an inspiration to all of us on SP!

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