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Monday, August 03, 2009



As a result of a comment on my SP Page from my Bahama Mama Sister BUSIBODI, I was inspired to write this blog. She noticed the new background and asked me what I was "SEARCHING" for? Good Question Anna!!!

Effective two months from today, I plan to attend my 20 year High School Reunion. The picture that is in my background and posted in this blog is the cover from our Senior Yearbook. I am so looking forward to seeing old friends and playing catch up. I consider myself blessed in that the majority of my memories from high school were positive. Although I was really full-figured (300+ pounds), I did not experience most of the heartaches, teasing and cruelty that people of size typically experience from the insensitive bullies. As a matter of fact I was generally well liked and I was very active in most of the clubs and organizations. My senior year I was class President and my classmates even voted me as "Most Likely to Succeed" for the yearbook superlatives.

I believe that the #1 reason why I enjoy Facebook so much, is because I have had the awesome opportunity to reconnect with my old pals from good old Southern High School.

Anyway, I know that my friends from high school truly accept me as I am whether I'm a size 36, 16 or 6; however, I'm using our upcoming class reunion as another motivator to re-energize my Back to Basics plan.

In the past few weeks, I've been inundated and super busy with life and I have gotten bored with my routine. Tired of my same old meal plans, tired of my same old recipes, tired of my same old workout clothes, tired of the same old songs on my iPOD, tired of my workouts and just plain old tired...and as a result last week I officially became tired of the direction that my ticker had gone in.

With that being said I started "SEARCHING..."

*...Searching for some new recipes and meal plans (thanks for the tips NEWBEIN)
*...Searching for some new workout clothes...that actually fit!!!
*...Searching for some ways to intensify my workouts and actually break a sweat AGAIN!
*...Searching for some new fresh workout music!
*...Searching for ways to get that ticker moving to the RIGHT to the RIGHT!

I'm pleased that so far, I have found what I was SEARCHING for and was thankful to report a loss on yesterday's Back to Basics weigh in...YAY ME!!!

I know that it is unrealistic to expect to be at 217 lbs. by 10/3/09 (the date of my class reunion) but I will keep SEARCHING.

As a matter of fact, I will keep SEARCHING for ways to keep this "lifestyle-change-thing" fresh and exciting. I will continue to ASK and SEEK GOD's help and I know deep down that one day I will FIND myself at my goal... I WILL GET THERE!!!

Amen and AMEN!

"Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks." Matthew 7: 7-8 NLT

  
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RAVEN227 8/8/2009 9:50AM

    Thanks for sharing yet another wonderful blog with your SP family....you continue to inspire me.

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COURAGETOMOVE 8/5/2009 11:43AM

    I love your attitude and the fact that you did not give up. You reajusted, and I think that is a great approach to a new life. emoticon

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CAROLKCP 8/5/2009 10:22AM

    I know you can do whatever you put your mind to. you have done great so far. You have inspired many of us to keep moving to better things. You will be FAB-U-LOUS come October 3rd. emoticon

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JANEYJAYE 8/4/2009 4:05PM

    I had no doubt that you were popular in HS. You have a stunning personality and I can't wait to hear how you stun them 20 years later!!!
xo

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DIATOM 8/4/2009 1:08PM

    I always enjoy reading your blogs. Despite the fact that I do not attend church at this time, I also appreciate your quotes from the bible and from your pastor.

Everyone has and will always love you for the the incredible person that you are (you even were fun and motivating in elementary school!).

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GHW1968 8/4/2009 9:31AM

    Keep searching! It is when we stop searching that we stop livin' life!

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KAT573 8/4/2009 9:26AM

    Focused persistence is gonna pay off over time. You have got the horse before the cart, girl. You will continue your forward progress.
Kat

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BUSIBODI 8/4/2009 8:08AM

    Deondra, You Can do IT! I know you can and so does everyone that knows you. You have the drive and motivation to get to your final goal. You also have the pep and personality to motivate others along your way!

We Love You!


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TNLONGHORN 8/4/2009 6:10AM

    You have been doing and are doing an incredible job! You're going to look sensational at your reunion.

An idea for the music - I teach group fitness classes and I always get my music from sites specifically for instructors. The music is always mixed in new and different ways and you can get pretty much any genre you want. Added plus -- you can get the tempo to fit any workout you're going to do. Whether it's aerobics, dancing, hip-hop, step, kickboxing, cycling, yoga or stretching. Just google fitness music and you'll see a ton of stuff. If you can't find anything you like, most of them will do a custom mix for you at the tempo you want.

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GIRLINMOTION 8/4/2009 1:27AM

    You already succeeded in my books. You are still diligent in your journey, never wavering or giving up regardless of set backs. Many have that is why they are not successful. As they say "you have come a long way baby!!!"

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LYONSVICTORY 8/4/2009 12:53AM

    You can do it! You are in my prayers!

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SPOILEDWON1 8/4/2009 12:38AM

    Wonderful insight, and great way to start the Spark back up in your life. Even if you feel that goal is unobtainable it should be a great feeling working toward that goal.. rather it is achieved after that date on or that date. You Done girl!!! You Go Girl!!

Tina

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ATR_1983 8/4/2009 12:07AM

    Yes you can do it! I have been feeling the same way lately. i know you will be beautiful at your highschool reunion.

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MRSRUBLE 8/3/2009 11:43PM

    Love it, Love it, Love it, YES WE CAN!!!! emoticon

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CLEWIS0607 8/3/2009 11:25PM

    Amen!! I know you and I know that once you set your mind to something it is DONE! I have missed you dearly lately but understand just getting in a funk with the same ol' routine and stuff. Glad you have taken the time to reevaluate your goals and what you need to do to continue to reach them. You go girl!! And remember, your sisters are right here beside you to lend you a helping hand when you need it:)

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LIZZIECA55 8/3/2009 11:21PM

    Great Blog. You will succeed - I know you will.

Lizzie

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KAYEREADER 8/3/2009 11:02PM

    You'll do it!

We are "Most Likely to Succeed" twins too! LOL! Only I've never made it back to a class reunion to share my success story. You'll be stunning as usual!

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MAXXING with MAXWELL in MY MEDIUM MAXI Dress

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Unlike most of my blogs this will be a short one...LOL!

I'm home from the Maxwell concert and am still hyped up. I don't know if I'm more excited about...

A. Feeling a new sense of confidence and appreciation for life as a single independent woman;
B. Hanging out with my #1 Workout Partner NEWBEIN;
C. Seeing dear friends and loved ones;
D. Wearing my Size Medium Maxi Dress, or
E. Seeing my Boo Maxwell

...maybe it was all of the above!!! =)

Anyway, as the adage goes..."a picture is worth a thousand words" so I'll let the pictures speak for how much fun I had tonight!!!










No cameras were allowed in the theatre, but one of my Facebook friends found someone who found someone who found someone who took pictures...LOL! :)



  
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MPSWEET1 8/22/2009 10:05AM

    emoticon You look great my number emoticon dance partner. Glad you had a terrific time, you deserve it!

Michelle

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SHORTYGETFIT 8/19/2009 12:12AM

    Looking good....congrats on your progress!

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MSYATES04 8/8/2009 9:19PM

    It's good to know someone went to see Mr Maxwell. I missed him when came to Miami, so glad you had fun and you look amazing.

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SEXYSHOPPER38 8/6/2009 11:11AM

    You look fabulous !!

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DESTINY2BFIT 7/23/2009 9:54AM

    Y'all, look FAB!! Loved BOTH of those dresses!! Girl, and them eyelashes look GRAND...blink, blink!!

Love ya!! Keep up the good work!!

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SCORPIO180 7/20/2009 12:43PM

    You and Newbein look great. I luuubs Maxwell! LOL

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STEPHAM1 7/16/2009 12:51PM

    Oh - I'm so happy for you! Looks like you had a wonderful time and that's great! You look beautiful - as usual!
Steph

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FREELIKEME 7/16/2009 12:24AM

    You look great! I am glad that you had a great time.....it shows all over your face. I must make one correction though Maxwell is my BOO. lol

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TABROWNWV 7/15/2009 9:29PM

    Looks like you had a fantastic time. You look great. :)

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GODZDESIGN95 7/15/2009 8:41PM

    You are mooooving on girl friend! keep it up.

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LIZZIECA55 7/15/2009 6:21PM

    Thanks for sharing and as you say, "A picture says a thousand words." You look fantastic and by the pictures you had a fantastic time. Keep it up...

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THICKMADAME1 7/14/2009 8:46PM

    Very inspired to keep it MOVIN!! Thank you for sharing all of your stories!

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EMPOWEREDN09 7/14/2009 5:53PM

    Girl, you look fabulous. The body art shocked me! I didn't know you had it in ya.' You keep amazing me and I'll keep trying to catch up with you. lol





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JUSTFOXXY 7/14/2009 4:50PM

    Now that's what I'm talking about. I am living vicariously through you.

I love Maxwell and was happy to see that he has a new album coming out. emoticon emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 7/14/2009 3:28PM

    Wow! You look fabulous! and in a medium, huh?!!! Well, well, well!

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WALNUT5612 7/14/2009 11:52AM

    Must have been lots of fun...it shows in your expression!!!


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GIRLINMOTION 7/14/2009 11:38AM

    I pick A. Judging by the group picture you all had a great time as confident, single, independent women!!!

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RAVEN227 7/14/2009 10:55AM

    looking good!!! emoticon

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NOEILAND 7/14/2009 10:23AM

    Funny, In my dream last night, you and I were chatting on the phone, me asking you about your "date" with Maxwell! LOL! I don't know where that dream came from!

Well girl, by looking at your pictures I can tell you had a fabulous time. You look beautiful!

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ONMYWAYYY 7/14/2009 9:10AM

    You look BEAUTIFUL and very happy! emoticon

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DESTINIW6 7/14/2009 8:01AM

    You are right a picture is worth a thousand words....and you look FABULOUS. I am thrilled that you had a great time. Maxwells new CD is sooooo good.

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KAYEREADER 7/14/2009 7:28AM

    Look at you HOT MAMA!!! Love the lashes, I'm sure you were batting them at Maxwell. Hope it was all you hoped it would be and more. Both Chrisette and Maxwell are fabulous so I'm sure they put on a great show.

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2008LYNN 7/14/2009 5:49AM

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You girls look FABULOUS!!!

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ATR_1983 7/14/2009 1:38AM

    You look fabulous. I am glad you had a great time at the concert. Keep up the great work

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Make the Choice: Choose NOT to give up!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

I am super thankful for my Pastor, Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby and the timely messages that God ALWAYS gives him.

A few Sundays ago (6/28 to be exact) I did my weekly weigh-in and was frustrated to see that I had gained a few pounds. On my way to church I was thinking about just how tired I was all across the board and I even began to wonder if reaching 217 was a realistic goal. Maybe I should be content in the 230's and just live with it. The previous week I had not been able to work out or batch cook like I usually do because of the long hours that I spent at work. I was behind on updating my SPARK trackers, I hadn't talked to Mama or any of my loved ones for days and I was just tired.

Well, as I walked into church, Pastor was in the middle of his 9:40am Sermon and this is what he said, "I know you may feel like giving up, you eat right, exercise and yet you gain weight but you have to choose not to give up..." Now what struck me is that the way our church is built, when you enter the building you're in the foyer. There are windows around the sanctuary but the lighting is set so that people in the sanctuary can't see what's going on in the foyer to help minimize distractions during worship--so there's no way he could've saw me! Wow, God always knows what we need when we need it.


Anyway, fast forward to the next few weeks. Life has been super duper hectic.

My new customer is thrilled with my team's performance and I even got an email this morning from one of their directors complimenting the "commitment and execution of me and my team," which is great. BUT in the past two weeks I have maybe worked out 4 or 5 days total, I'm up 6.5 lbs. , I think I've seen Mama maybe three times, I can't remember when I've seen either of my nieces, I'm behind on Sparking, laundry, I'm almost out of fresh freggies and so on and so on. GEESH!

Well, today as I was cleaning up I ran across the sermon notes from 6/28. The sermon title is the subject line of this blog. The scripture was Acts 18: 1-11 (GNV), but the focal verses were 9 and 10:

"One night Paul had a vision in which the Lord said to him, "Do not be afraid, but keep on speaking and do not give up, for I am with you..."

So if Paul kept going, I know I can. Things are not going to slow down for me anytime soon as a matter of fact they're slated to get more hectic, so I have to make the choice that I will do what I need to do to get to 217....and here's the plan:

1. Follow the first point of the message, "Resign as the Master of the Universe." Thankfully that position is filled. God is in control, not me...PERIOD!

2. I have to schedule some ME time...PERIOD!

3. I have to make time to SPARK....PERIOD! Sparking is beyond using the nutrition and fitness trackers, to me the support is sooooo valuable. I have not been able to properly respond to all of my SPARK friends for their page/blog/photo/recipe comments, SP Mails, SP goodies but I have read every single one of them and there were days that I was able to STAY ON THE WALL, simply because of the support from my SP Friends....THANK YOU!

4. Continue to rely on the skills and competence of my team and DELEGATE! DELEGATE! DELEGATE!

5. Take advantage of my little workout corner that I have set up in my office and the standing workout appointment that I have scheduled Mon-Fri at 2pm. I have a CR DVD, tension bands, weights, a yoga mat and fitness ball in the corner of my office--so that completely eliminates the excuse to not get my cardio on...even when I have to work late!

6. Last but not least, I'm following the third point from Rev. Cosby's sermon, "Soak your mind with the promises of God." And the number one promise that I will be clinging to is from Galatians 6:9, "and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." AMEN!

I've come too far to get side-tracked now. So I have made the choice and I CHOOSE NOT TO GIVE UP....217 here I come and I mean that!!!


This is my Pastor pictured in these photos. He is a constant source of encouragement and is the one who advised me to take pictures as I lost weight so that I could help encourage someone else on this lifestyle change journey.

  
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SCORPIO180 7/20/2009 12:42PM

    Always inspiring!

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YOGATEWOOD 7/16/2009 9:01PM

    You are such an inspiration. Your blog has been a eye opener for me. I have been lost 11 pounds, I started my journey 12 weeks ago and so many times I get off track and feel like giving up. I often have to go to God for strength and guidance because prayer works. I just wanted to thank you for allowing God to use you to encourage others like myself. Keep up the good work!! Many Blessings!!! emoticon

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CIERAPOET 7/13/2009 9:40PM

    I always seem to come here at the right time. It is so hard at times to be who we think we should be. That's when we lose ourselves. I understand what you are saying and thank God for His Word to all of us. We want things right NOW and forget to let patience have her perfect work. Thank God for Pastors. Last week I attended the Homegoing Celebration of my Assistant Pastor Vanessa Mitchell who died at the hands of breast cancer. This was my pastor back in Oklahoma and I have taken it so hard. I moved to Texas and had not seen her for a while and I had so many questions for God. I know who causes sickness and disease but I am tired of that enemy cancer taking the people I love out of this equation. My pastor was just 55 years young. Her mother and father are still alive. I can't change that circumstance, but I can change me. I want to be healthy and keep fit so I can fight against attacks like this on my body. Another reason to reach forward towards victory. God is on our side Deondra and He has the Power to lead us to the victory that is already ours. Thank God for positive influences in our lives for this to happen. I appreciate your honesty at all times and you always motivate me any time I come to your blogs. God bless you and I agree that you will do exceedingly abundantly above all that your dreams desire because God is working on your behalf everyday!!!
Praise the Lord for you!!!
Many Blessings!!!
Deb
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SUSANHKS 7/13/2009 8:05PM

    You are such an inspiration. I saw your ticker and came over to see how well you are still doing. Susan

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GRACED24/7 7/13/2009 6:59PM

    I loved reading your blog! Many times I have found myself in similar situations as you wrote about. I think as African American women we try to do so much and so much for others that we exhaust ourselves. We want to take care of everything, everybody and handle everything on our own.

It is in those times that I have to remind myself of the power of my knees and pray about what I am facing and trust God to make away. So many times when I take my concerns to God, I find the peace that I was looking for and the assurance that thing will work out.

Take care myself and I know you won't give up. You look absolutely fabulous! Let God continue HIS work in you!

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KROLES55 7/13/2009 12:37PM

    Thank you for your blog...You are such an encouragement...I love your pastor's titles..Keep up on pressing towards the mark of the prize of the higher calling that is in Christ..

Karen

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FIT2BTHIN2 7/12/2009 4:44PM

    Bless you Women of GOD! continue to let GOD use you.
That was an on time word.

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Latasha

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RAVEN227 7/12/2009 2:53PM

    I was reading your blog and I received the message by me. I will not tell you how many days I almost threw the towel in and say forget it! it is easier to do things the same old way....

Keep up the good work...

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PEPCEA 7/12/2009 1:53PM

    Good for you! Don't give up! I think as Christians we are so very blessed because victory for us is guaranteed if we are trying to do what is right! We have all the power there is available to us so I don't even consider quitting any more. It's wonderful! The truth will set you free as the Bible says! Freedom from failure if we don't quit! I get excited every time I think about that. Keep it up. You've come such a long way...you are almost there. Just remember, with Christ you will be victorius!

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MEME102 7/12/2009 9:14AM

    Great job and wonderful blog!! Yes, God does His work through all of his people and if we are attuned to that -- we notice! Good for you for noticing......your pictures are fabulous and I'm glad you're taking ME time b/c that's the most important part of the equation --- b/c then all the rest will follow. THanks for sharing
PL
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Soon you WILL be a BREAKER!!

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LIZZIECA55 7/11/2009 4:47PM

    I'm so glad you're back on track and GURL, that pastor of yours is awesome. He lets God use him to help his flock. You are blessed to have him in your life.

Now, that "ME" time is very important. From experience, as you move up the ladder in corporate America, the more THEY want. It seems that they want a piece of you 24/7.

Keep your eyes on the prize (217); it's really not that far away.

Blessings to you on this continuous journey.

...your blog was right on time; have a blessed week.

Lizzie

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KAT573 7/11/2009 4:06PM

    Keep on keeping on!
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HEALTHYCHIX 7/11/2009 3:39PM

    Thanks Deondra, I needed this inspiration. Looking at you and your pastor brings memories of my pastor, mentor , and spiritual father. He went home to be with the Lord last Thursday. Bishop use to always say, "STAY PRAYED UP, AND NEVER GIVE UP". I'm smiling right now. Thanks for an on time word.
Hugs,
Issy

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DESTINY2BFIT 7/11/2009 3:13PM

    Hey Lady~
First things first...Beautiful pictures!! You look GRAND & BEAUTIFUL!! You have accomplished so much, there is no way that you can give up now...Just hold on a little while longer!!

I so needed this!! God is so good!! Thanks for your inspiration each and every time!! I had a "free for all" week during the holiday week (7/4). Following, I was up 3.8, which really isn't that much...But when you gain, it just does something to you. I got it off and am back to my previous weight before the gain this last weigh in.

But deep inside, I was going through the same dilemma as you were...Maybe, I shouldn't lose these last 8 lbs and just stay right here. Everyone has been saying, I needed to stop now ANYWAY. "Oh you're looking to thin, you face is so skinny, etc." The devil is a liar!! I WILL lose these last 8 lbs.

I've even been MIA from Spark...So I'm back on board with you and we WILL get these last few lbs off!! We are in it to win it!! Be encouraged my sis!! God will see us through!!

Carla

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BLACKCANARYBABE 7/11/2009 3:06PM

    You can do this, you direction and desire show through your words.

Now with your "ME" time:

emoticon Here is you kicking into action.

emoticon Here is to celebrating the success along the way.

emoticon Here is you feeling at peace with your journey.

emoticon Here is you crossing the finish line with success.

emoticon and here is a hug from all your spark supporters.

BC

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CURVYCC 7/11/2009 3:05PM

    THANK YOU my sister. I needed to read your blog. I've been so busy this week. Nobody knows how much I wanted to give up this week. I've barely logged on this week to SP. I needed that message from your pastor also. It really hit my spirit at the right time. I won't give up! I can't give up! I won't faint! I will press forward and endure until the end. Slow and steady, I'm armed and ready. This battle is not mine. I won't give up.

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KAYEREADER 7/11/2009 2:44PM

    When you make a plan, things happen for you. I've witnessed it many times, so I know that 217 is on the horizon. I'll be cheering from the sidelines, drawing on you for inspiration and supporting your goals!

I know you'll be successful.

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GIRLINMOTION 7/11/2009 2:14PM

    You definitely need ME time. You can't be everything to others, if your nothing to yourself.

Regarding the sermon on 6/28, the coincidence is amazing, and as you say, God does work in mysteries way. We are not to question it.

Hugs, Sonia

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GODZDESIGN95 7/11/2009 2:10PM

    WOW IT WILL GET MOE HECTIC. SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH WE GOTTA KEEP PRAYING AND PRESSING FORWARD. WE ARE IN A SNUFF WAR AND BATTLE IN THE SPIRIT AND ELSE WHERE ALSO. ONWARD SOLDERS OF THE CROSS AND THOSE BATTLING WHAT EVER IS GOING ON YOUR LIFE.

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NEWCASTLE7B 7/11/2009 2:07PM

    Amen...I'm so glad I saw this, I needed it to. I've been working out like CRAZY and eating right the past month without much success. I was starting to feel like my goals are too lofty and maintaining my current weight may be the best I can hope for. But you are so right, we just have to keep pushing ourselves to make the time to workout and spark, because it really does make the difference! So I am going to keep fighting and switching up my workouts until my ticker can't help but move. emoticon

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My Daddy

Sunday, June 21, 2009

For Father's Day I'm reflecting on how blessed I am to have had a good father. August 10th of this year will mark the 6th year of him being in Heaven. Today's Sunday School Lesson is about how to handle a Bad Day (Exodus 5:1-9; 21-23; 6:1) and the importance of having the right attitude. My Daddy was the best example of that. While he battled cancer he always had the best attitude and he maintained his sense of humor--I believe that's why he was able to hang on as long as he did. Whenever someone asked him how he was feeling he would always look at them puzzled and say "with my hands of course." That would crack me up.

He and I would joke and cut up quite a bit which would drive Mama nuts. Daddy always said that I was just like him and should've been a boy, yet he always treated me like a little princess.

With every milestone and accomplishment I can't help but to wish he was here to physically see them, esp. now that I'm so close to my final weight loss goal. He was always concerned about my health and happiness but he never said or did anything to make me feel like I was "less than" because of my size. As a matter of fact to hear him talk about me you would've sworn that I hung the moon...LOL!

Anyway, I miss my Daddy everyday but I am thankful to God that the pain of his passing doesn't sting like it used to. I know I will see him again because he gave his life to Christ a few years before he passed and at the beginning of his treatment he had a lengthy conversation with Mama about death and Heaven and towards the end he said that he wasn't afraid of death. My Daddy was brave until the end.

Daddy wasn't perfect, but he was my Daddy (although I had to share him with Lossie and Roshon [my sister and brother...LOL]). How blessed I am to have had such an awesome man in my life.

Here's a picture of me and My Daddy taken about 10 years ago.


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY TO ALL OF THE DADDIES!!!

  
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JAZZID 7/9/2009 8:14PM

    .,.. thanks for sharing this... my dad died of leukemia and I miss him as well... but know that your dad is with you and he is part of that spirit that drives you... Like you, I am glad that it does not hurt as much to think about my mother and my father because now I can really reflect on the good times we shared and that will be with me forever, until we meet again...

... keep making it happen... emoticon ~ Dee ~ emoticon

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LSSNELL229 7/4/2009 10:59PM

    You managed to make me smile and cry tonight. For me, I'm still not there yet on being able to really talk about my father without wanting to cry and scream because he's not here. He's been gone since the day before Obama's Inauguration...1/19/09 and it's been so difficult. He's so special to me.

On this July 4, I feel weird because I want him to be here physically and I know that's not possible. I loved reading this blog because it reminds me of the relationship my father and I had.

I wish you well on your weight loss journey....you came such a long way and I admire that. Hope to talk to you. -Latoya

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AZIZAYA 6/25/2009 3:51PM

    My father has been in heaven since10/25/98 and my mother since8/20/00. My parents were both christians and decon and deconess of the church I grew up in. I miss them sooo much, but they are definitely in the a better place. My father had pancreatis cancer and also lived longer than the medical book specified, but we know GOD kept him hear until it was time to go. My father and I were "two peas in a pod," especially since I am the other girl and the youngest. My father and I also you to drive my mom nuts with some our our jokes and sometimes dry humor, which is something I really miss.

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GODZDESIGN95 6/23/2009 9:16PM

    Happy for you having a loving father. I never knew my earthly father. But I have a heavenly father in heaven who loves me beyond measure. Thank you Abba father.

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KROLES55 6/22/2009 9:25AM

    What a blessing to have a wonderful father!

Karen emoticon

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MELINA3582 6/21/2009 8:59PM

  deondra,what a loving tribute to your dad. you are definitely blessed. have a wonderful day.

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DONNAEWMS 6/21/2009 8:34PM

    Deondra, you were truly blessed to have had such a wonderful, loving father. May God continue to bless you and long live the memories.

~Donna

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MARYDSAN 6/21/2009 11:57AM

    Thanks for your post. My Daddy has been with the Lord since the day after Christmas 2006. Today, in addition to being Father's Day, is my mother's birthday. She is celebrating it with my Daddy and my Lord (and has been since 1999). Both of my parents were Christian. That was a great blessing to me. My life would have been quite different had they not been. I miss them both, but they are in a better place. I thank the Lord every day for my parents, my upbringing, and those who witnessed to me! What a difference it makes!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/21/2009 11:53AM

    Beautiful remembrance - I know he is still with you all your days and still so proud of the wonderful woman you are!

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GIRLINMOTION 6/21/2009 9:48AM

    Bless Daddies little princes!!!

With you talking about your love for your dad brought back many emotions about me and mine. Loosing either parent is hard for they both bring something special to our lives and sometimes we haven't even figured it out tell they have passed on to the lord.

Hugs, Sonia

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LAURAK1993 6/21/2009 9:04AM

    He may not be there physically to see your weight loss, but he's seeing you from above. I'm glad you where blessed with such a great father.

Laura

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CONSTANCELG 6/21/2009 8:45AM

    Your father and mine had much in common. Reading your reflections was like reading my own. What a gift father's can be! Mine has been gone 8 years now but I know he is watching over me and lifting my spirits.
Hugs
Constance

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 6/21/2009 8:11AM

    Happy Father's Day! It's been 29 years since I lost my dad, but his memory remains strong in my heart. The great memories of your dad will stay with you always.


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PALESEPT 6/21/2009 7:51AM

    Happy Father's Day! I'm glad you had such a great Daddy! My daddy's great too!

Pale

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NOEILAND 6/21/2009 7:46AM

    Happy Father's Day!

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EMPOWEREDN09 6/21/2009 7:34AM

    It's been eight year since my father passed. All of his best qualities live in me. Great tribute.

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KAYEREADER 6/21/2009 7:17AM

    How beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I'm a Daddy's girl too and was really touched by reading this blog!

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VOICECHICK 6/21/2009 6:54AM

    You have a beautiful spirit. Amazing post! emoticon

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STSF (Bahama Mamas Team): Week One Challenge...Saying Bye Bye!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

WEEK ONE: Establishing Goals and Strength Training
A. Establish One goal you would like to accomplish by the end of the challenge. This goal should be lifestyle and fitness related, NOT a certain amount of weight you would like to lose. After identifying a goal, think of two things you can start NOW to make your goal an achievement. Share your thoughts with your team, and post them in your sp blog.

B. We're pumping iron right away! You will need to lift TWO TIMES THIS WEEK to receive full points for our first challenge.

C. Be sure to track your measurements this week! You won't be penalized if you don't, but I'm sure you will want to see your progress through this challenge.

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Now that I'm less than 20 lbs. away from my final goal, I have to be more creative with my workouts and closely monitor my nutrition in order to get results. As a part of the emoticon Challenge that I'm doing with the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS I had already set the goal to start lifting 3 times a week and I've been consistent with meeting that goal.

For whatever reasons, in the past I've dreaded lifting weights in the gym. It's not that I'm intimidated by the guys who do the heavy lifting. I will get in there right along beside them with my little 20 lb. dumb bells and lift with the best of them! emoticon But I believe the dread centers around either having to wait to use a machine or setting them up. When I workout, I just like to hop on something and go. Anyway, being that I don't like excuses only results thanks to SPARK I believe I've found a solution and I now look forward to ST. One night, because I was crunched for time and needed to ST for the sake of the CC challenge I used the Workout Generator on SP. From that brief workout using my own weight as resistance I had one of the best ST sessions ever!

So I said all that to say that my goal for this challenge is to increase my strength, tighten, tone and lose more inches through resistance ST with the SPARK workouts.

Here are my starting measurements...all I have to say is emoticon emoticon BAT WINGS and BOOTY THIGHS!!!

Right Arm: 16.5"
Left Arm: 16.5"
Bust: 39.5"
Waist: 40.5"
Hips: 46"
Left Thigh: 29"
Right Thigh: 29.5"

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GODZDESIGN95 6/22/2009 11:21PM

    ahhh those bat wings are something else.. I would love to blast them too . I guess I should start with some weights. Huh? LOL!

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CLEWIS0607 6/20/2009 11:46AM

    I too discovered the Workout Generator during our last strength training challenge!! I now have 3 30 minute workouts, one for my legs that uses the stability ball, one for my arms using dumbbells and one for my abs. Such a great tool. Love the goal, will celebrate right along side you as you are waving bye bye to those bat arms:)
~~GO BAHAMA MAMAS~~

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TIME4SINA 6/20/2009 10:44AM

    I really hate that I missed the sign-up for this challenge... it seems like this group does a lot of intensive and specific challenges and makes you have to be very accountable for your actions... that is exactly what I need. I wish you great success on this next challenge... I read how well you did in the previous and I know you can do it! emoticon

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TNLONGHORN 6/20/2009 10:01AM

    Hey -- Are you doing any interval training? Since you're in the last leg, you might want to incorporate some interval training or some cardio in between weight sets. When I competed, it worked really well to kick-start things. I plan on it when I my ankles are feeling better.

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GIRLINMOTION 6/20/2009 9:30AM

    Glad to hear you found a solution to your "no excuses". I think having to wait to use the equipment in a gym would not be very productive either especially for a busy lady as yourself.

Hugs, Sonia

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