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Day 43, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Friday, September 19, 2014

THE LTC (LIME TEAM CHALLENGE) for WEEK 2 of our Biggest Loser FALL FRENZY Challenge is for each team family member to post a BLOG telling the Spark World, why you are proud to be a Lovely Limes & what your goals are for the FALL FRENZY CHALLENGE. When I first joined SparkPeople I didn't even realize that there were BLC teams. A friend that I met that first year invited me to join a team that she belonged to. I became a happy member of the Mahogany Melters. After 1 challenge, I became a co-leader of the team & the friend who invited me to the team originally left the team & as far as I know, SparkPeople as well. After that challenge, I was asked to move over to the ROCKIN RED team to help the leader there who at the time was having some health issues. After a couple of challenges there, I was asked to move on over to the LOVELY LIMES team as TEAM LEADER. I was really excited & honored to finally have a team of my own & to meet such an awesome group of people. I have now been on the Lovely Limes teams for 2 years or more. I can't imagine leaving. These wonderful people have become my FAMILY. We treat the team exactly like that... a TEAM FAMILY. We are blessed to believe that the FAMILY ATMOSPHERE is more important that winning or losing. We do what we can to share love, support & encourage one another. My beloved team family... the LOVELY LIMES are AWESOME!!! We play games together. We visit one another's blogs & send goodies & text one another. We have a highly active chat thread (THE CHATTER BOX). We honestly CARE about one another... not for how much weight we lose or gain.. but for how we are handling the journey & taking care of ourselves. I AM BLESSED to be a part of this awesome team and BIGGER STILL.. blessed to be accepted as their leader. I love this team. MY GOALS for this challenge:
1. BE HONEST with myself ALWAYS
2. Weigh, Measure & TRACK all food & drink DAILY
3. Track fitness (at least 60 mins cardio, 30 mins strength & PT exercises) DAILY
4. BLOG DAILY
5. Work my 365 Days to Transforming Dawn DAILY

So far I can say that I have 100% emoticon That makes me smile!
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Today has been a long & busy day. I am tired and need to go to bed. It's been a good day & I feel very blessed. I hope that you have had an awesome day as well. Bright blessings for a FUN & FIT tomorrow.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I don't cry as much as I used to 2)I take my medication as directed
3)I obey the laws of the land

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a gian leap forward only to stuble backward." -Louis Sachar

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Basically the text is about learning from the experience of others & through spiritual searching & guidence.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories a little high, net carbs 20
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 518 minutes cardio, 30 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon crocheting at every spare minute
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CBRINKLEY401 9/20/2014 10:21AM

    Even though we are on different teams for the Fall Frenzy, I wish you success for yours. Hope your team does well. Sounds like we both have very active and supportive teams.
Good Luck!!
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DONNA_VT 9/20/2014 9:50AM

    I really miss those Mahogany Melter Days and BLC . . . .I made some very good friends there. Glad that you have a team that you love and they love you.

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BLONDEE53 9/20/2014 9:26AM

    Beautiful, Dawn!!
Wow...you have been around...I love the name Mahogany Melters! I've known about the BLC challenges, had a friend on the Orange Crushers but didn't know anything else...just that there were teams.

I am SO glad to be a Lovely Lime and counted among your team members.
You are such an encourager and inspiration and I thank God for you daily!

I wish you a blessed and wonderful journey...here and beyond. You are truly a treasure emoticon

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WISLNDR 9/20/2014 6:14AM

    I'm sure your Lovely Lime Team is great fun and a caring place! emoticon

Have a wonderful Saturday!!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/20/2014 5:42AM

    With your leadership the Lime team has to be awesome emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/20/2014 4:03AM

    so glad to see that you have a great family here on Sparkpeople!

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REALTYLADYLISA 9/20/2014 12:32AM

    Dawn, I think you are probably the most important reason this team has developed into such a FAMILY...you have loved on everyone so much and they really have no choice but to be like family to you! I'm so glad you invited me to be part of this team family!!! Blessings my friend!!

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AUNTALICE2 9/20/2014 12:27AM

    You are such a giving person! You are a great team leader and I am proud to be on your team. emoticon

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Day 42, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Today has been a good day. Busy but good. Not as busy as yesterday. I taught 3 hours of classes this morning, had a nice lunch with DH & my friend Robbie, did LOTS of crocheting & worked on Home school. Today would have been my mother's 85th birthday. She died when she was only 47. I have very mixed feelings due to a LOT of issues. I remind myself that she was my mother & I loved her. Today I am grateful for my many blessings & that includes release from emotional pain & baggage. Bright blessings to all. It's very late & I need to get to sleep. Sweet dreams to all.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon
Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I have a great memory 2)I forgive easily 3)I am a fast learner

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon"Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week, reach to someone that might need a lift." -Pablo

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon FEAR wears many masks... that's the theme & the truth. I am reminded to thank God for release from the bondage of FEAR.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories HIGH, net carbs 7
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 180 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon been doing a LOT of crocheting
Daily Phone call: emoticon Robbie
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
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BIBS4664 9/19/2014 5:25PM

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/19/2014 10:18AM

    Great quote!
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DONNA_VT 9/19/2014 8:07AM

    You continue to amaze me everyday. Sleep well my friend.

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BARBARAROSE54 9/19/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon another great day Dawn

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WISLNDR 9/19/2014 5:11AM

    I especially liked the "For Today" quote; thanks for reminding me to thank God for release of my fear!

Have a great Friday, Dawn my Friend!

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AUNTALICE2 9/19/2014 12:37AM

    I am sorry you had some sad times. :( You are always so positive and upbeat. I admire you. I know I tell you that a lot but it is so very true. You are a good person and deserves the best. love ya! emoticon

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Day 41, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tonight was the finale of AGT (America's Got Talent). I was not pleased with the results but I understand them. Admittedly, this was the very best year for performers. I have watched the show since it's beginnings. I hope that the many very talented acts will get contracts. Surely there are record labels & talent agents that watch.
Today has been a VERY BUSY DAY. I am beyond tired. I delivered Michael to work at 8am. I went to work at 9 & taught 2 hours of classes. Then I took over babysitting the grandchildren when their mother had to be at work at 11am. She came to work, I drove home, grandpapa (DH) was there watching them when I got home. He had to leave for work at noon. I dressed the kids and we went to my monthly SWIM LUNCHEON. We had 20 people there today. My grandson was so funny. When we sat down & everyone was greeting us, he said "WOW Grandmama, you have a lot of friends." Out of the mouths of babes. We had a lovely lunch but I admit that I ate too much. Well, I weighed & measured it and I didn't feel like I ate too much but the calories were very high in the end. I wouldn't take it back, I enjoyed it too much. Then we came home & I did some crocheting before heading back to the Ypool to teach 2.5 more hours of swim lessons. I got both of the grandchildren signed up & delivered to swim lessons as well. The last hour private lesson that I taught, the family invited the grandchildren to swim with them as well because they were going to have to wait for me to be done. It was a lot of fun. When we got home, the pizza delivery car was there. My son bought everyone pizza & fixed me an omelet. Nice. Now I am tired & MUST go to bed!!!! Sweet dreams.... tomorrow is another busy day.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I have good friends 2)I respect people 3)I appreciate the true beauty around me

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "The day you stop worrying will be the first day of a new life. New possibilities come with an open heart for change." ~ Anonymous

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon The main message "As I let go of my perfectionism, it becomes easier to treat myself & others with respect." It further goes on to stress "I have an obligation to myself and those around me to speak and act with fairness & consideration."

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories TOO HIGH, net carbs 13
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 377 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon crocheting as much as possible today
Daily Phone call: emoticon Sarah
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DIASTER 9/18/2014 9:34AM

  3 other positives about Dawn. Lifesaver, in teaching others to swim, sharing your life with others,and reminding others that God is working in their lives daily. Thank you.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/18/2014 8:23AM

    I love that quote!

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DONNA_VT 9/18/2014 7:26AM

    We really liked the magician but you ae so right everyone in the inals were so talented this year. Your life is always so busy with going here and there. . . it is nice you have lots to keep you busy.

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WISLNDR 9/18/2014 5:40AM

    Another nice day for you! And how sweet of your son to bring pizza AND fix you an omelette.

Have a good day today!

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Day 40, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Today has been busy & chaotic but productive & happy. It's been rush rush rush & go go go. Tonight we got to settle down as a family & watch the most awesome AGT talent ever. I got a lot of fitness in today. A lot of crocheting done. Took my granddaughter to her first dance class. Had a nice lunch with my grandchildren, DH & 2 pool friends. Got measured for a leg brace because it turns out my femur is actually crushing through the tibia plateau... so this is a good thing. BUSY BUSY BUSY but I am counting my MANY blessings and grateful as I go to bed tonight. Thank you for taking the journey with me. Bright blessings to you all. Sweet dreams.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon
1)I am hardworking 2)I am good in a crisis situation 3)children like me


Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away." -Sir Arthur Helps

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon I am not afraid to seek the truth, especially about myself.....

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon calories low/mid-range, net carbs 12
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 213 cardio mins, 30 strength mins
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon about half-way on this afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Denise
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon sent out goodies
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DONNA_VT 9/17/2014 5:08PM

    I hope the leg brace helps and not hinders you in your goals. We watched AGT also and found it to be very enjoyable


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DIASTER 9/17/2014 2:05PM

  40 days! What an accomplishment. Congratulations and thank you for allowing us to follow and join you on this journey.

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BIBS4664 9/17/2014 1:10PM

    The brace...another tool for you. Pain free.
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/17/2014 12:05PM

    Hope that brace will help with the pain management! Dawn, you just keep me so motivated! THANK YOU!!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/17/2014 10:48AM

    Really hoping the leg brace does the trick. I got measured for a brace to keep my knee cap in place and it's really helped me, at least the pain is gone.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/17/2014 7:56AM

    Sounds like the leg brace is good news!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/17/2014 6:32AM

    You are a GO GO GO woman! emoticon

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WISLNDR 9/17/2014 5:28AM

    A good day for you! I hope the leg brace will be a help to you as you move through your always active days!

Enjoy your Wednesday!!

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ROSAMARCELLE 9/17/2014 4:08AM

    emoticon You are amazing and leave me feeling breathless with all you achieve. emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 9/17/2014 1:24AM

    Great job Dawn you are a Wonder Woman emoticon

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Day 39, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn

Monday, September 15, 2014

Today has been a good day. I'm tired. It's been long. I dropped my son to work at the motel this morning at 7am. Then it was off to work myself at 9am. I taught 2 hours of water aerobics & then headed home to crochet & hang with the grandkids after taking DH to work. Then it was time to pick my son back up & go back to work myself. I taught 2 hours of swim lessons this evening. Oh.. in the spaces in between running the road & crocheting, I was calling & fighting with the Health Insurance folks. UGH. I got hung up on 4 different times but "supposedly" everything is corrected now. I have recommitted to my ketogenic food plan full force. My calories are pretty low & my net carbs are 15. My percentages are not quite what I want but the carbs are 5% and that's a big deal. Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully I'll be even closer to my ketogenic goals. I have more running around tomorrow than I had to do today. Getting people delivered here & there to their jobs... an appointment to get fitted for a leg brace... taking Aurora to her first ballet/tap class... 4 hours in the pool & other things. Of course, the best part of the day will be family time watching AGT. NOW I need to go to bed. I'm pooped!!!! Sweet dreams to all.

365 Days of Transforming Dawn... Daily Goals:
Mornings:

Daily Bible study plan: emoticon

Daily 3 positives about Dawn: emoticon I couldn't think of anything this evening so I asked my husband: Here are HIS 3 positives about Dawn
1) confident 2) friendly 3) inspiring

Daily Positive Quote: emoticon "The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration." -Kurt Vonnegut

Daily FOR TODAY reading: emoticon Deals with letting go of isolation & getting back into the world. Letting go of fear.

Ongoing:

Daily Food tracker: emoticon 1577 calories, 15 net carbs
Daily Fitness tracker: emoticon 318 mins cardio, 30 mins strength
Daily work on Crafts: emoticon working on the purple afghan
Daily Phone call: emoticon Selda
Daily Random Act of Kindness: emoticon

Evenings:

Daily Gratitude Journal: emoticon
Daily Blessing Jar: emoticon
Daily encourage a SPARK FRIEND: emoticon
Daily BLOG: emoticon Here I am!!!!

  
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BE-THE-CHANGE 9/17/2014 7:55AM

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REALTYLADYLISA 9/16/2014 3:42PM

    Health insurance is such a double-edged sword...don't want to live without it, but they sure don't help make things easy most of the time! Glad you've got that quagmire straightened out...nothing like a major frustration like that to sap your energy for everything else you've committed to! Bless you!

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DIASTER 9/16/2014 3:33PM

  Your husband is right on, you are truly an inspiration.

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BIBS4664 9/16/2014 1:53PM

    You are keeping om plan. WTG

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/16/2014 11:20AM

    I'm guessing the ketogenic food plan is low carb? I hope it does the trick for you and you feel good on it. emoticon

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DONNA_VT 9/16/2014 7:31AM

    Hope the new diet gives you the results you are lookig for.

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WISLNDR 9/16/2014 5:18AM

    How nice of your husband to help out with the 3 positive things about you!

You're doing a great job keeping everything organized and in order!! Have a great Tuesday!!

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EDLEAR 9/16/2014 2:17AM

    Oh my gosh, I think that I'd simply keel over if my carbs were at 15 for the day! Sometimes I try to keep them below 30, but it hasn't happened yet. Good luck to you.
How fortunate for your GC to have you in their lives!

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KNEEMAKER 9/15/2014 11:37PM

  Marvelous Monday so keep on keeping on! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 9/15/2014 10:50PM

    awesome, keep it up!

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