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Easter Blessings

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This holiday is one of my favorites.
Any holiday which recognizes my redeemed saviour is definitely a favorite...Christmas, Easter, Passover, Good Friday, and All Saints Day.

On this day and the other 364 days, I pray the Lord will abundantly bless all of my sparkfriends with each one's needs met. I pray that the efforts each one puts in will yield a positive return with health benefits abound. I pray no illness will become an obstacle deterring my friends from reaching goals toward guarding their temple. We are all created in God's image which devinely shows how God created many masterpieces.

Sacrificing His only begotten Son is the icing on my Maker's cake. Forgiveness...Eternal life...need I say more?

Easter Blessings!


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WALLAHALLA 3/31/2013 11:31PM

    Bless you!

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MISCHIEFBOI 3/31/2013 9:09PM

    Thank you Ms. Sonya.
Hope you and yours had a very blessed day emoticon

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SEAWILLOW 3/31/2013 7:45AM

    Happy Easter!

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    Happy Easter!!

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MISSY455 3/31/2013 1:47AM

    Happy Easter to you too!

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CLPURNELL 3/30/2013 11:57PM

    Happy Easter!!!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 3/30/2013 11:09PM

    Great blog! Have a blessed day!

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PURPLE180 3/30/2013 10:44PM

    emoticon so much! Blessings to you as well. emoticon

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5% Awesome Challenge Week 5

Sunday, March 24, 2013

On my grind, baby!

I am committed to exercise 15 minutes a day (or more).
I will rest 1 day in between workouts.
Track it!

I am committed to reading God's Word at least twice a week.
"The lamp unto my feet and light unto my path".

I will stay within my calorie limit by planning ahead of time and eat mindfully.
Track it!

I will track everything I do.
Did I say,"track it"?

My plan is THE PLAN!
I have made a commitment much like a marriage, I don't intend to break it.
For better or worse...for richer or poor (I workout at home or outside) totally free!
In sickness and in health...Uh...I will be healthy as a result.

Since we are into a new week, I am making my weekly goal a fresh, Palm Sunday new beginning week.

What's your plan for success?

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WALLAHALLA 3/25/2013 3:39PM

    I will plan all of my meals around freggies, making them the main focus, and the rest side dishes.

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SEAWILLOW 3/25/2013 11:33AM

    Just for today I will eat appropriate portion sizes.

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MICKEYH 3/24/2013 11:49PM

    Love your plan !! Way to go Sonya!! emoticon emoticon

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CIERAPOET 3/24/2013 10:27PM

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I'm planning to get 6 or more hours of sleep per night! Staying within my fat range. Working out 6 days of cardio and resting one from cardio. Strength training 3 times a week. Prayer and Meditation daily. Sparking daily. I TRACK daily on Spark and my hardcopy journal! emoticon

Enjoy This Week!

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LWADE1963 3/24/2013 9:51PM

    i commit to log my food everyday. up the ante on my excercise i really want to up the ante on my running. i also commit to stay active in my challenges and blogging.

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PURPLE180 3/24/2013 9:35PM

    emoticon I plan to go back to the basics... I discovered Cheez Its and Gold Fish Crackers this week and they are not helping me reach my goal. Although I stay within range each day I really don't have a use for Cheez Its, so back to the basics here plus I can eat so much more when it is fresh fruits and veggies.

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TURTLETALK 3/24/2013 9:22PM

    Great plan, keep on tracking!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/24/2013 8:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon God bless, Dee

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Why I Love David Letterman

Saturday, March 23, 2013

He's truly an honest comedian who doesn't give a darn about being politically correct.
Just love this!

Funny! Funny! Funny!

(If wasn't using my iPad, I'd insert his photo, but I can't while "sparking")

emoticon Here's to humor and down-to-earth comedy on weeknights when I need a little boost!
Thanks Dave!

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JAZZEJR 3/27/2013 3:59AM

    Ah, yes, that's what I miss -- late night laughs with Dave. I'm on a program to get to sleep early. Works sometimes--but I'm enjoying reading, too.

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MICKEYH 3/23/2013 11:51PM

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EDUCGRAD 3/23/2013 5:46PM

    I'm not a night person,but love when I hear his top 10 lists

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MARYJOANNA 3/23/2013 7:18AM

  I am glad you enjoy his sense of humor but we go to bed before he comes on.

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SUNSET09 3/23/2013 3:57AM

  I watch him every now and again and enjoy his corny top ten! Whatever tickles you r fancy as we need to stop being so serious and enjoy life as we know it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 3/23/2013 1:15AM

    I would love to see Dave live.

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Week 3- 5% Challenge Appreciation

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Since my 5% Challenge Team is so darn emoticon I want to dedicate this blog to the leaders and members.

Ceriusly, KalisWalker, Minna72, KristinsGoals,MimawElizabeth, SandyMisa, & LiveRightNow all lead by example. emoticon

The challenges have helped me to build better habits and bring out the dogmatic, competitive spirit in me. This is truly a good thing!

I hope that I can not only learn to practice these habits for a lifetime, but be a better leader on the 2 teams I lead on this site.

emoticon Spinning my wheels,
emoticon Posting my results,
emoticon Staying positive,
emoticon Putting my BEST foot forward,
& emoticon Eating healthy foods are my continuous plan on this team.
Success all the way!

I plan to be truly emoticon

2013 Awesome A Team Winter, baby!

How ya like us NOW?

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JAZZEJR 3/20/2013 3:18PM

    OH, Wonderful! I had no idea you had joined the Winter 5% Challenge. I was right, wasn't I? It's an awesome motivator!

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LIVERIGHTNOW 3/19/2013 8:29PM

    I Like us LOTS!!!! And, thank you, oh Awesome One!!!!!

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SEAWILLOW 3/19/2013 6:05AM

    You are starting a trend!

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SKEEWEE2MEK 3/18/2013 6:19PM

    Way to go! Glad you are enjoying the challenge!

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WALLAHALLA 3/18/2013 12:36PM

    I can feel the awesomeness radiating off you!

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MICKEYH 3/17/2013 11:13PM

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Worked Out the Kinks...Literally!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Awakened by my 6am alarm to prepare for a Girls Day Out with my SIL.

We tried for at least 2 years to get this going.
So I felt the tingles of excitement as the big day drew near.

Ate a blueberry bran muffin and some hot green tea to get going.
Kissed the sleepy husband goodbye and headed out the door...
Drove to Houston which took about an hour due to traffic.

Arrived at SIL's house to find my BIL feeding the dog prior to him leaving for work.

Once my SIL and I were geared for our Day of Relaxation & Pampering, we chatted about our feelings of having our first REAL spa day.

Of course, many people lavish in the ritual of pampering themselves. We have not indulged in this luxury until today.

Some of our fears included:
Where do we put our clothes?
Will our money be protected?
What if we have to pass gas?
Will we be comfortable "naked"?
I may fall asleep...
Will there be a huge, stoutly-built Hulk-like dude pouncing on my back? (my thought actually)

Because I am so honest and open, I must say...I mentioned the gas. She agreed though...LOL!

After visiting the Studio & Japanese Day Spa near the Galleria, I never felt better!
None of those fears came into fruition.

No. Not even the gas....

The young gentleman was slim, handsome, professional, and very polite.
I had the foot reflexology and hot stone massage.

Can you say, "Heaven!" ???


The sounds of flowing waters, relaxing cinnamon and eucalyptus aroma filled the air as whispers of soft, subtle sounds of the ancient orient calmed the soul fulfilling the heart.
I sipped hot green tea and hydrated with cucumber-flavored water in this euphoric calm.

Yes. I shall return and receive the seaweed body wrap and the salt scrub another day.

A ritual?
You bet.

Let's just say as soon as my SIL is done, we have lunch and then I get my hair done, I plan to schedule my next visit right before summer vacation.

Should I invite the hubby?

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JAZZEJR 3/22/2013 12:24AM those SPA days. Wonderful treat, isn't it?

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CARL-ASCHLUGE 3/16/2013 10:12AM

    You had a great day! Good for you!

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    Good for you!!!!

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/15/2013 12:56PM

    Hubbys don't enjoy things like this...take my advice..go with SIL again.

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WALLAHALLA 3/14/2013 11:28PM

    Sounds like heaven on earth. I have never had a spa day, but I did have a full body massage once.

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MICKEYH 3/14/2013 11:15PM

    Sounds so relaxing. Glad you had a day like this to treat yourself. I said no to husband. Lol.)). You deserved for alone time, then when you come home. You have refreshed and you can easily give him some kindness of yours. emoticon

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SPARKLE1908 3/14/2013 9:05PM

    I love spa days!!!! I am sooo glad that you and your SIL enjoyed yourselves!!!

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SEAWILLOW 3/14/2013 8:25PM

    Great day emoticon I had forgotten you live in Texas also..I live in central Texas but was born in Baytown.

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BABY_GIRL69 3/14/2013 7:21PM

    Sounds wonderful......

God bless,


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MHNGJR 3/14/2013 5:49PM

    Loved your blog. So happy that you got to have this experience and that you got the kinks worked out emoticon emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 3/14/2013 5:47PM

    Sounds like a great day! Thanks for sharing it with us. I enjoy an occasional massage, and it's always worth it. What a great way to reward yourself!

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TURTLETALK 3/14/2013 3:18PM

    I did this with my daughters and daughter in law a couple of years ago. Fabulous!

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KRYS210 3/14/2013 2:39PM

    What a wonderful outing! As for the hubby, would he enjoy this kind of outing?

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PURPLE180 3/14/2013 2:17PM

    Sounds FABULOUS. LOL, I love how you posted your "fears". I want to get a massage but the naked thing weirds me out a tad bit. I have a co-worker who treats herself every month sometimes twice a month but I am way too frugal for that but I may gather up the nerve for one. Hmm...maybe I can hint around to my hubby since my birthday is next month. Enjoy your FABULOUS day.

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PRESBESS 3/14/2013 1:49PM

    That sounds so relaxing and revitilizing. Aaahhh! Glad you enjoyed it, and through your blog, took me on the journey with you.

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