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I Got Re-SPARKED at the SPARK Convention...can I get a WOO-HOO??? Part 2

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Okay, so here are the rest of the pictures that I wanted to share from the convention, there are seven more instead of five :)



Me Huddling!


Me and STEPHAM1 (I think I gave her about 1,000 SPARK Hugs), I LOVE the BAHAMA MAMAS!!!


Some of my new SP Friends and members of the Louisville Losers Team. They invited me to join the team and they will be making plans for a SPARK Rally in Louisville. Can I get a Woo-hoo???
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NEWBEIN, STEPHAM1 and CATHYJO57 (STEPHAM1's Mom) pre-ordering their copies of THE SPARK.
As of 9/26, the book was #77 on Amazon.com...WOO-HOO!


Member (~INDYGIRL) of the SparkPeople Secret of Successes Panel Discussion (she's lost about 100 lbs.). She's also a fellow DONE GIRL!

She was previously confined to her bed and started out exercising 2 mins. a day with 2 lb. weights. I loved her quote when she said, "If you get a traffic ticket, you don't go out and break every traffic law for the rest of the day. So if you eat a slice of pizza, you don't need to go out and eat an entire pizza. If you have to say to yourself I might as well...think I might as well not...instead."


Mmmm and speaking of tickets, this is the evidence that I will be using to dispute my parking ticket. Anyway, the Devil is a liar...nothing could've ruined the "awesomeness" of the day!

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MAKISHA3 9/29/2009 5:35PM

    Awesome awesome awesome! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    Thanks so very much for sharing your experience. it looked like you had a great time. emoticon

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GLOW8211 9/28/2009 6:31PM

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING THE JOY!! YES -- INDEED YOU HAD A GOOD TIME! I HOPE TO GO SOME DAY! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE MEMORIES AND SHARING THE JOY!! I FELT LIKE I WENT MYSELF!! emoticon

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SHIRLEYX 9/28/2009 8:01AM

    I just love the huge smile - it is so obvious what a great time you had.
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JANLEEW 9/28/2009 3:06AM

    Hooray for you! Looks like a whole lot of fun! I'll be ordering the book on your advice. hee hee


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    So glad you enjoyed it! emoticon

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PATSYANN47 9/27/2009 10:35PM

    Thanks for your blogs and sharing the Spark with those of us who couldn't go.
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MAGNIFATIC 9/27/2009 10:23PM

    Great pictures, they really tell the story!

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JUSTFOXXY 9/27/2009 8:37PM

    Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Glad to see the rest of your pictures! emoticon

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BEAUTYFUL-1 9/27/2009 6:18PM

    Looks like so much fun! Hope they have something like that again soon. Looks like I missed out BigTime. Love your haircut. emoticon T.hanks for sharing

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LIZZIECA55 9/27/2009 4:06PM

    We had a SparkRally earlier this year and our team (South Bay Beach Cities) hosted it. It was small in comparison to the Cincinnati one but we had just as much fun. We met Chris (SparkGuy) and Grant. I'm so happy for you and I can't wait until you tell us when you are going to be on TV. WooHoo!!!

Thanks again for sharing. The pictures are awesome AND you'll have to let us know more about the parking ticket.

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SECRETMUSIC 9/27/2009 4:03PM

    Woo-Hoo!!!!!!

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BUSIBODI 9/27/2009 3:57PM

    Awesome! I'm so excited for you! I wish they would bring a spark convention somewhere near me. I'm jealose!!

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REESE1004 9/27/2009 3:56PM

    Great post! I am happy that you got resparked. I wish you much success with your goals! emoticon

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MIMMICA 9/27/2009 3:48PM

    Love the photos! I would love to go to one of the conventions some day. Maybe when I reach my goal? I should start planning now!!

Thanks again for sharing!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/27/2009 3:15PM

    I also received an UNDESERVED PARKING TICKET! We paid for parking so I don't understand but even the $16 ticket could not ruin the fantastic convention.

I believe everyone that attended was Re-Sparked in some way!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/27/2009 2:52PM

    WOO-HOO!!!!

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    Look like you had a blast. I wish I could of been there. emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA2010 9/27/2009 2:26PM

   

So glad you had a good time and got re-energized!!!

Sue

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WALNUT5612 9/27/2009 2:04PM

    Nice!!!!

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I Got Re-SPARKED at the SPARK Convention...can I get a WOO-HOO??? Part 1

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I have been a member of SPARK for over two years now and I am unashamedly a huge SPARK Fan. Sparkpeople is way more than a weight loss informational website, it is truly a community, and to me the friends that I have met on SPARK are just like family. So it goes without saying that I was soooooooo looking forward to attending the SPARK Convention in Cincinnati.

Being the avid SPARKer and Event Planner that I am, my expectations for the convention were really high and I am proud to report that my expectations were exceeded. You could tell that the SPARK staff meticulously planned every detail and not only that you can tell that they have a sincere passion for what they do.

Well as a result of hanging out with NEWBEIN, meeting some of my longstanding SPARK friends like GRANTM, 2008LYNN (fellow CARDIO CONNOISSEUR) and STEPHAM1 (fellow Bahama Mama), making new SP Friends, hearing the testimonials, listening to the highly informative workshops, the 500 SPARK Points that I racked up throughout the day, talking to the SPARK Coaches and Staff not to mention meeting Mr. SPARK GUY himself Mr. Chris Downie (SparkPeople Founder and CEO) I have been RE-SPARKED! Not just about achieving my final weight loss goal of 190 lbs. but I've been RE-SPARKED about life in general.

Now more than ever I am determined to make my life an adventure and encouraging EVERYONE that I come in contact to do the same.

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So without further delay, here are the pictures from the highlights of the Spark Your Life Convention.

If you are on FB, you can access this link to my photo album of the convention to see all 73 pictures.
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The making of my homemade SPARK shirt. Like Mama always says, "take what you have and make what you want."


The Louisville SPARKers representing the homemade shirts!!!


"This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes..." Mark 12:11 KJV
My old 5X t-shirt...SKEE WEE!!!


Just arrived after a 2-hour drive in the fog, on a curvy road, with parts undergoing construction. At times we felt like we were a part of Pee Wee's Big Adventure!!! LOL =D


Me and Coach Becky. During her workshop on "What Type of Eater are You?" She reminded me that food is not evil, you just need to have balance. ["Do not call anything impure that God has made clean." Acts 11:9B NIV]


Me and Grant one of my good SP Friends


The Interview (deep in thought)...don't cry...don't cry all of the M.A.C. is at home!


Me, Coach Nicole and her Mom...Moms are sooo cool!
I wish that Mama (DDROSE) could have rolled with us...and yes, Mama is a fellow SPARKer...I know I know...she is too COOL!


Me and Jennie U. (SPARK Staff Member)...she's a sweetheart!


Me and Coach Nancy...she almost caused me to ruin my make-up! She has lost over 70 lbs. and will be running in the upcoming Chicago Marathon. She truly has a heart for keeping all of us SPARKers motivated. Her articles on motivation have been a blessing to me and helped to get me back on track after 5/7/08...


Me and Chef Meg, the new addition to the SPARK staff. She is going to be an excellent asset to SparkRecipes.com


Chef Meg's Blueberry Flax Seed Muffins....DEE-LISH!!!


THE SPARK Guy's Presentation-Make Your Life an Adventure!!
Chris Downie, SparkPeople Founder and CEO
He spilled some water on his shirt during his speech, but he used that as an example as to not allow minor setbacks to get you off track.


I almost passed out when he said, "You're Deondra...I know your story."


That's the most SPARK points that I have received in a LONG while...WOO-HOO!!!


Me and 2008LYNN (fellow CARDIO CONNOISSEUR) we've been SPARK Friends for about 2 years and this was our first time meeting each other. She had just finished the 2 mile Spark People Morning Walk...keep in mind this is someone who "claims" that she doesn't like cardio...I can't tell. To date she has lost 60 lbs. and has an amazing story to share!!! WORK IT LYNN!


Representing the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS!

Okay...so I have five (5) more pictures that I absolutely must share, but I'm getting an error message each time I attempt to post them. Perhaps, I have exceeded my limit, so this blog is to be continued...
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CWYNN01 10/8/2009 11:15AM

    Looks like you had a GREAT TIME!!! I hope they bring a spark convention to Orlando!!! Keep on going Diva!

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    way cool u got the look emoticon

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JULISABROCAR 10/4/2009 4:40PM

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I love your enthusiasm and your blog has reSparked me!

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WORKNHRD 10/4/2009 3:09PM

    Looks like you had a great time. Hope I can make the next convention.

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GOODBYEPOUNDS 10/3/2009 4:16PM

    How awwsume I can't wait for the convention to come to texas. I keep telling my friends that i am so addicted to spark people now.

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MSDIVADOG 10/3/2009 12:39AM

  I love these pictures

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TNLONGHORN 10/1/2009 8:28PM

    I am so excited for you. I wish I could have been there!

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DAISYBELL6 10/1/2009 6:00PM

    I could just feel your enthusiasm!

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WINTERPARKS33 10/1/2009 5:08PM

  You go girl! Wish I could have been there. I love SP as much as you I think. I talk about it all the time. It's one of the things I do, like swimming or knitting, my mom says "she's on sparkpeople" haha.

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JRENEE25 10/1/2009 4:39PM

  YAY!! Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm!!!

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BABY-G1 10/1/2009 2:15PM

    Wow...that is allI know to say..you have inspired me I am going to the next Spark Convention...no questions...Keep up your hard work you are doing great....

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 10/1/2009 12:21PM

    I saw you at the spark convention all smiles with your home made shirt-- you look great and I am glad you had a great time! I took my sister who isn't a spark person; however just going to the convention has changed her life just like it has changed mine in so many ways.

Way to go!
Love,
Timberlee

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OLAHIWA 10/1/2009 12:07PM

    Yaaaay!

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NICOLEBA47 10/1/2009 11:25AM

    Gooh for you emoticon

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53MARCELLE 10/1/2009 10:49AM

    sounds great

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 10/1/2009 1:11AM

    I just loved the convention too! I am so glad you had a great time!

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PETA1111 9/30/2009 7:37PM

    Wow, thanks so much for sharing. I totally felt your excitement just reading your blog. I hope to go to a convention one day. It looks so exciting and information and meeting everyone. Thanks so much!

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CAROLJ35 9/30/2009 7:29PM

    THANKS FOR SHARING THIS GREAT EVENT!!! I am inspired just reading your account of the convention. Good Luck as you continue your journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KSGROTHE 9/30/2009 5:24PM

    Great pictures! I love your enthusiasm!

Thanks for sharing!

- Karen

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TXLIZWOLF 9/30/2009 4:32PM

    Awesome. Thanks for the pictures. You definitely deserve a HUGE emoticon

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MKATE88 9/30/2009 4:22PM

    i can't believe that 5x shirt you used to wear! you look fantastic!

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JIBBIE49 9/30/2009 2:59PM

    OMG, you all look SO great. Wish I could have come! I'll have to check 2008Lynn as she's been a friend for a LONG time, and I'm so happy for her! And YOU as well. Love those shirts!!!!

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SEVENKITTY 9/30/2009 12:48PM

  Thank you so much for this blog...brought a little tear to my eye. What an inspiration and it just so heart warming to see the SparkLove!!!! emoticon

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ANDREA963 9/30/2009 11:42AM

    Thanks for sharing. You look great, and I love the shirts!

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ILOVEROSES 9/30/2009 9:51AM

    Thanks for sharing.m emoticon

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WORKINGSTIFF 9/30/2009 9:21AM

    Saw you at the convention in your "spark"ling shirt.

It was a blast, wasn't it!!!

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DAISYLADY 9/30/2009 8:51AM

    This is a wonderful story!
Spark is the greatest thing I have ever found. I may not be losing the weight as fast I want but I am gaining friendships from all over that will last a life time.
I wish I could have gone to a convention but the cost and the drive are not feasible for me.

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KALINDRIA 9/29/2009 11:15PM

    I couldn't make it to the convention so thank you thank you for those awesome photos! I also have to say that I LOVE your t-shirts and your creativity. You're lucky to have your Mama's encouragement. Now you have mine too!

Let's get to work - the best is yet to come!!

kali

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KASRN1 9/29/2009 11:02PM

    Thank for sharing your experience at the convention for those of us who were unable to attend. It sounds fabulous and I hope to be able to attend one sometime.

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PINKOWL 9/29/2009 10:55PM

    That is so inspiring and awsome thank you for sharing!!

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THATSLIFE 9/29/2009 10:40PM

    Wow would that ever hapen in melbourne australia?

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FERGSGIRL2 9/29/2009 10:04PM

    thanks for sharing pics and highlights of the convention. I have only been a "sparker" since 9-8-09 and I am really encouraged. It's because of real people like you! You look great!

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AVALONAPPLE 9/29/2009 9:31PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You guys lookd like you were really enjoying yourselves. I am a new Sparker (little over a month..I think:) and would love to attend a convention some day. This website has really got me motivated to change for the better.
Jennifer

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LASHARINK 9/29/2009 9:24PM

    Thanks for sharing. Opportunities at conventions are endless. Glad you met some fellow sparkers, coaches, motivators and attended workshops. Wish I could have been there. Maybe next time ...

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NANCYCA555 9/29/2009 9:07PM

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You look so beautiful in your Sparkpeople T-shirt, especially the one taken in front of the car. Your smile is even more sparkly than your shirt!

I looooove Sparkpeople, too!!

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MOVEIT2009 9/29/2009 8:37PM

    BIG emoticon emoticon from me! Thanks for sharing your spark :)

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CLASSY76 9/29/2009 8:13PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience! I've only been a member here a little over a month so I wasn't comfortable going to the convention. I could see myself going someday when it is within driving distance of me. I've been to conventions for one of my medical conditions where I knew people from online. It was great how people mixed and got to know each other even if they didn't know each other prior to the convention. I bet it was similar at this convention.

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TAMIP62 9/29/2009 7:41PM

    What an awesome post. Thank you for the great story about the conference and all the fantastic pictures!

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SIMPLESTART 9/29/2009 7:14PM

    It sounds like the convention was a blast! I hope they have one down here in Austin someday, because I'd love to attend one. Thank you for sharing your experiences at the convention---I love the pictures!

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LADYTK 9/29/2009 5:03PM

    Wow, looks like it was fun, wished i could have been there. Maybe next time.

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KEEPITMOVING 9/29/2009 4:57PM

    what an inspiring, thoughtful, and wonderful blog! you're still running on high from saturday! one of my best sparkbuds was there and featured like you were...blazegrrl...talk about motivated, young, beautiful, and a happening chick! she rocks my sparkworld! it's hooking up with people like you, her, and others that help me make better choices and keep it moving! my best to you for continued success.
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LYNNANN43 9/29/2009 4:35PM

    Your blog totally rocks!

The day was better than I ever could have imagined! Thanks for all of the pics:D

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It was a great day!

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/29/2009 4:18PM

    You look happy and so full of joy. Glad you enjoyed the convention and meeting your friends! Congrats on your progress!

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COACH_NICOLE 9/29/2009 4:14PM

    Woo Hoo! I can't believe a pic of me, you and my mom made it to your blog hehehe.

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VEGAN46 9/29/2009 3:36PM

    WOW LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A AWESOME TIME!! I HOPE ONE COMES TO ATLANTA GA SO I CAN ATTEND ONE. YOU LOOK SO HAPPY, THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR ADVENTURE WITH US!!

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Fast Four-WORD~A 100 Day Corporate Fast

Monday, August 31, 2009

There are four areas in my life where I need a supernatural breakthrough, not just for me but for my loved ones as well (this includes my family, friends, co-workers, neighbors/the Louisville community, Dr. Cosby and the St. Stephen Church Family--all campuses, workout partners, SPARK Friends and Facebook Friends). When I say supernatural breakthrough, I'm not talking about magic, chance or hocus pocus, I'm talking about I need God to move and for His will to be done.

So with that being said, I am planning to start a 100-Day Corporate Fast beginning on 9/1/09 and concluding on 12/9/09.

Since my recent status updates I have had several inquiries as to what fasting is all about. According to Donald S. Whitney in his book "Spiritual Disciplines for Christian Life", he defines fasting as "A Christian's voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes; the voluntary denial of a normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity; fasting does not always deal with abstinence from food--sometimes we may need to fast from involvement with people, or from the media, from the telephone, from talking, television, soft drinks, shopping [have mercy], and etc., in order to become more absorbed in a time of spiritual activity.

Whitney defines a Congregational or Corporate Fast as an assembly or group fasting together (refer to Joel 2: 12-32 and Acts 13:2-3 for Biblical examples of Corporate fasting).

***NOTE: I am not planning nor am I encouraging anyone to abstain from food for 100 days.***

For several reasons, one if I were to do something that intense it would be considered an Absolute Fast (Ezra 10:6, Esther 4:16 and Acts 9:9). Secondly, I would do it privately--because it's Biblical (Matthew 6: 16-18). Thirdly because I would not want to adversely influence people with medical conditions that are not permitted to abstain from food for any period of time and last but not least I DO NOT want SPARK to shut my page down (the Spark Police are no joke...LOL!).

Anyway, so during this fast at 6:30am and 10pm I will be praying about FOUR different areas and will be specifically applying God's WORD to those areas (hence the play on words in the title of this blog "Fast Four-WORD"). Those categories and corresponding scriptures are:

FAITH - There are certain aspects in life where I need to trust GOD more and exercise faith. So I will be praying the following scriptures for myself and for my loved ones:

"The father instantly replied, 'I do believe, but help me not to doubt!' " Mark 9:24 NLT

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil." Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

FAMILY/LOVED ONES - In the past few weeks I have had a number of conversations (online and offline) with people who are facing all types of challenges and really need direction as to what to do about decisions that they need to make and obstacles that they need to overcome. In other words, they/we need a breakthrough!!!

So I will be praying the following scripture for myself and for my loved ones:

"The LORD is close to all who call on Him, yes, to all who call on Him sincerely. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cries for help and rescues them." (THAT'S GOOD NEWS!!!) Psalms 145: 18-19 NLT

FINANCE - In this economy, I believe it's self-explanatory why this will be an area of concentrated prayer.

I will be praying the following scriptures for myself as a member of management, my loved ones and specifically for my place of employment:

"Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people" 2 Chronicles 1:10a NIV

"And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 19 NIV

then last but certainly not least....

FITNESS - For this category, I will be praying for willpower for myself and my SPARK friends to resist the Fat Devil with his varying forms of temptation and Kryptonite.

Along with praying I am planning to do a modified fast and not eat after 10 pm EST. During these 100 days it is my goal to log a minimum of 300 fitness minutes weekly, drink a minimum of 10 C. of water a day and consistently update my Spark Nutrition Tracker.

I will be praying the following scripture for myself and my SPARK Friends (specifically the members of the CARDIO CONNOISSEURS, the DONE Girls and of course the Bahama Mamas):

"Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is. " 3 John 1:2 NLT

In closing, if you're reading this blog and would like to join me in this Corporate Fast please feel free to do so...no pressure! If there is something in particular that you would like prayer for, feel free to confidentially send me a SPARK Mail.

I'm not trying to be preachy nor is it my intent to sound "Holier than Thou", all I know is that *DAILY* I see people who are STRUGGLING, STRESSING and SUFFERING. We keep trying to do this thing called life on our own and we just need to let God be God and let His will be done!

Furthermore in my 38 years I have witnessed God do some awesome things firsthand and I know that there is power in prayer. So I am ready to Fast Four-WORD, claim His promises and see what He has in store!!!

"For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." Matthew 7:8 KJV

"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Matthew 21:22 KJV

"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: 2-21 NLT



  
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JOYLJL 10/1/2009 10:09AM

    To God be the Glory, Great things he has done.
http://www.cyberhymnal.org
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This song came to mind as I read your blog. He has already healed your body when he died on the cross. By his stripes you are healed.

Your fast is a testimony of your faith. Great is thy faithfulness.
God is pleased with you and your desire to know him, share him and love others.

I hear his voice through yours! Keep talking..
We may never meet here on earth, but I know I'll see you in heaven!

Jesus
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Yourself



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CIERAPOET 9/22/2009 4:59PM

    Praise the Lord! You are such a blessed woman of God and His leading is evident in your life. May this time be a blessing for all involved and may God's Hand touch your life with all the good that He has in store for you. Halleluliah! Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good and His mercies endure Forever!!!
Many Blessings and Amen!!
Deb
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BIGDAD1211 9/20/2009 9:56PM

    I thank you for this post . Is it too late to join you in this fast? Please let me know.
In Jesus Name
Greg

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GLOW8211 9/20/2009 9:49PM

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GODZDESIGN95 9/2/2009 7:32AM

    emoticonWe of faith are instructed to pray without ceasing. already done!

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JUSTFOXXY 9/1/2009 10:23PM

    This is wonderful and right on point. I pray several times a day. In fact, it seems I am always talking to God. Thank you for sharing your plan for your Corporate Fast. Your plans have shown me areas where I am lacking and need to concentrate.

Thank you again and see on the other side of 100 days.


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GLOW8211 9/1/2009 9:26PM

    D710DANCE Thank you for sharing -- I'm just seeing this -- but I'd love to join in as of right now. emoticon

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TILLIS47 9/1/2009 5:43PM

  I like this I would like 2 join u.

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KIMISTRY1 9/1/2009 12:23PM

    Wow, this is awesome! I pray every morning and night already but this directs me to expand the focus of my prayers. Thank you for sharing!

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WAZZU.REN 9/1/2009 11:34AM

    Deondra - you are amazing! I love that you are doing this and I can't wait to find out how each step of the way goes!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/1/2009 10:52AM

    I love this quote "Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is. " 3 John 1:2 NLT

Deondra, I am sure you will have no problems with this "Corporate Fast", for as you know, you never walk alone.

Hugs, Sonia

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ANNISSAMARIE 9/1/2009 9:43AM

    Amen sista!

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BLESSED3061 9/1/2009 8:30AM

    Deondra,
You sooo inspire me...I love you for letting God use you. emoticon

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TIME4SINA 8/31/2009 11:14PM

    I love this... Please keep up posted as you progress.

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MOFUFU 8/31/2009 11:14PM

    wow! i would like to join u in this corporate fast.

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RAVEN227 8/31/2009 11:04PM

    Thank you Deondra for sharing your corporate fast with us. I will join in and add my prayer.

Peace and Blessings
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2008LYNN 8/31/2009 10:48PM

  Thank you, as I know I'm included in your prayers. I'm going to take some baby steps in this same direction, probably for a much shorter period of time. (The only thing I've ever done for 100 days straight is brush my teeth)
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TNLONGHORN 8/31/2009 10:47PM

    I like this. I will join you in the corporate fasting and add my prayers.

And I need some prayer, too. I have trouble letting go and listening for God's direction for me.

Have a good night!

Tracye

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Working on my ABSolute Best...SHAKE IT BABY!!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Last week while doing a CR workout, I was admiring the abs of Jaana (one of the CR instructors). Although I don't believe my waistline has the capacity to be as tight as hers, I do want to achieve my ABSolute Best...it can happen! (Big Smile)

Well this week the Bahama Mamas will be helping me to get a little closer to my goal as we enter the challenge for week ten...it's all about the Core...woo hoo! Listed below are the directions and tracker for this week's challenge. It is my goal to help the Bahama Mamas rack up the points while I whittle down my waistline...SHAKE IT BABY!!!!

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WEEK TEN CHALLENGE

Work those cores ladies!! We need strong abdominal muscles to power us through all of the movements we are demanding of our bodies. This week, you get one point for every core exercise you do this week. If you do 100 crunches, you get 100 points. Same goes for 100 planks, bicycle crunches, oblique twists, or anything else you fancy. Everyone looking to move their team up in the ranks has a chance at some serious points this week....just don't forget to stretch!

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WEEK TEN CHALLENGE
Core Challenge

A. Work your core. For every crunch, twist, bend, etc that you complete this week you will earn one point. The sky is the limit, there is no scale or cap on points this week!

Crunch Tracker
8/22 Saturday: Rest Day #1

8/23 Sunday: Rest Day #2

8/24 Monday: 1752 (Secret to Sexy Abs)

8/25 Tuesday: 295 (250 Abs in a Hurry & 45 Cardioke)

8/26 Wednesday: Rest Day #3

8/27 Thursday: 2386 (Salsa Blast [this number is low, Jaana and Julia were moving so fast I couldn't keep up with the count...LOL!])

8/28 Friday: 2500 (Merengue Mania [this too is a low-ball number, they were just moving too fast); 70 Oblique Twists on the Ball with Weights

Total Points for Week 10: 7,003
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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUSTFOXXY 8/29/2009 6:08PM

    Well this certainly looks interesting. Good luck on your goals. This definitely is doable. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 8/26/2009 9:27AM

    work your plan girl!!!!

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BLACKCANARYBABE 8/22/2009 9:15PM

    Way to go, get the plan and then achieve your ABSolute Best.

BC

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GIRLINMOTION 8/22/2009 11:41AM

    Shake, Shake, Shake!!!

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MPSWEET1 8/22/2009 10:01AM

    Shake It Baby, Shake It! You are one tremendous Dance Partner!!!!

Michelle

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NEWCASTLE7B 8/22/2009 9:30AM

    good luck girl...I know I'll be doing the CR Abs workout a few times this week! emoticon emoticon

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Sending Huge Cyber Hugs to My Spark Friends, the CC's & the DONE Girls!!!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Hi All,
I have been so behind on responding to and checking on all of my SPARK Family until I have grown ashamed of myself.

I know it may appear to be lazy by sending out a mass email and posting this blog, but I didn't want another moment to pass without my closest SPARK Friends knowing that just because I may not have *talked* to you in a while or been as active on the boards does not mean that you're not in my constant thoughts. It is partly because of your postings on the team threads, comments on my blogs/page/status updates, and SP goodies that I have been able to keep my final goal in sight.

It is my hope and prayer that you are still on this journey with me and that you're staying focused.

FOCUSED on...your daily water intake
FOCUSED on...getting your cardio on
FOCUSED on...making healthy selections
FOCUSED on...getting your rest
FOCUSED on...taking time to meditate and pray
FOCUSED on...becoming the best you that you can be!!!

Enjoy your weekend and know that I love ya' more than my costume jewelry collection!!!

Hugs,
Deondra :)
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"I constantly remember you in my prayers." 2 Timothy 1:3

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." Phillippians 1:3

  
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BRENDAB49 8/19/2009 9:15AM

    Thanks for the hug, I need that today. Have been busy working on remodel in my bathroom. I also see where you are closer to your weight reward. Keep up the good work. I tell you this I you are my motivation for working out and becoming active trying to get the cardio done daily. It is hard for me at times. This week has been a beginning.


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CIBROOKS 8/10/2009 1:14AM

  Wow you seem to have a very beautiful joyful and kind spirit. Thank you. You are truly a motivation to so many of us

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JANLEEW 8/9/2009 1:52AM

    Wow! More than your collection. Keep moving. Keep smiling.

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REDESSS 8/8/2009 5:15PM

    Woohoo!
big hugs for you too! emoticon

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SANDMAN2009 8/8/2009 12:54PM

    hey what's up I m doing great you a very motivating person. i have been keep up with my food log this week and exercise have ag great day

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VEEJAY3 8/8/2009 12:18PM

    GASP!!!

Not more than your costume jewelry!!!!!!!

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