SONYALATRECE's SparkPeople Blog SONYALATRECE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Effort & Energy <img src=""> <BR> Although I've been through a storm of various events, I remain steadfast and immovable to what's forthcoming. My blessings will overtake me and I'll have the effort and energy to conquer all. Sat, 5 Aug 2017 12:41:40 EST 2-A-Days Goal While Staycationing I'm solidifying this in writing that my goal is to workout two times a day for the next 3 weeks, alternating cardio and ST. #teacherchronicles Who's with me? Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:04:06 EST I'm Ready... Waiting eagerly with eyes bulged <BR> Teeth clinched <BR> Palms saturated <BR> Head pounding <BR> Anticipating... <BR> <BR> The last leg of closing... <BR> Homeownership <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:58:44 EST Today Almost November... As the month of October draws to an end, I know this day will never come again. I look forward to touching a life each day. Although I was flooded in most of the day, I had engaging conversation with those I was finally able to communicate with. Yesterday is gone. Today is close to ending. Tomorrow brings the promise of hope. Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:35:26 EST Discovering Me Well, I'm the typical checklist queen! So without too many words, let me see if my checklist will explain my [almost] 2 years for me. Relocate* Divorce* New career* Happy children* Weight management (in progress) Settlement finalized Vacation/Celebration (soon) Stay tuned. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:01:30 EST Saturday's Sweet Success It's been too long since I've posted a blog on here (or be consistent for that matter). So today, I feel like celebrating today's sweet success. You see, I am so used to encouraging others, but seem to be so hard on myself. Today, I applaud myself for achieving the goal of closing several cases electronically (even with tech issues) in my new career while getting in my workouts. So, I say a big, "Hooray!" Pat yourself on the back, just as I have and eliminate negative thoughts. Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:04:49 EST Twas the Day Before Christmas Eve In two days I'll see my slighty dried tree. Glaring and staring...just looking at me. I shutter to think how gift wraps will be torn. Sweaters, scarves, and jeans will be worn. My head will explode with thoughts of my dinner. My 7Up cake is sure to be a winner! As I continue to shop and get last minute things, My check book and bank card my fist hesitantly clings. So I hope my efforts and preparations will be rewarding as they say. Regardless, it's not mine, but Jesus' birthday! Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:21:10 EST Thursday...Feeling Free...Feeling Friday!!! I'm ready for the weekend. Gonna appoint myself to a brief getaway in a nearby place with a small drive. Hmmm...meditating on this and planning to stay at a place with a gym. <BR> <BR> 'Gotta keep going!!! <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:09:50 EST Football Sunday in Texas Eager for praise and worship... <BR> Eager to watch the Texans and Cowboys game... <img src=""> Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:43:39 EST progress...slow and steady... I have been consistently working out. I just need to remember to post it. <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:30:05 EST Hanging in There... My aunt was buried about two weeks ago. <BR> One of my dear sorority sisters just passed away. <BR> Now my grandmother is hospitalized. <BR> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile... my divorce lingers on... more paperwork and another trial next month. <BR> Prayers are surely welcomed! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:00 EST Thankful Tuesday I'm so thankful to have spent a late lunch with a really good friend and sorority sister I had not seen since before the divorce. We laughed and talked for over 2 hours straight. I needed that so much! <BR> <BR> Friends and family are invaluable! Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:29:05 EST Thankful Tuesday Today I'm thankful for EVERY experience I have had: my blessings and lessons! <BR> <em>458</em> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:54:30 EST Sharing with Sparkpeople, but not Facebook Well my dear, wonderful spark friends I must say that it has been far too long since I have typed a blog on this site. I almost feel as if I have been a traitor. (not seriously though) <BR> <BR> I was adamant about not joining that site until I decided to contact relatives I have never met and help organize my family reunion. Go figure. I became addicted to Facebook. <BR> <BR> Understand, I became addicted to Sparkpeople first. My first social media love! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> I post... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:51:31 EST Sunshining in My Life <img src=""> <BR> The glorious splendor of sunshine on a beautiful day fills the world with God's rays of hope, love, and beauty. Each time I look beyond the horizon, I see how wonderful God created a planet of mystery and suspense. We humans have "messed it up" with our selfish ways and wreckless behavior. <BR> The audacity! <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I am grateful for my lessons and blessings! Yes, the sun is shining in my life! <em>67... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:21:55 EST Friday's Favorable Feat I am determined <em>386</em> to make this day one of prosperity, peace and plentitude! <BR> Adjusting my nutritional goals, hitting each task head-on, and checking off completed lists. <BR> The <em>27</em> may have put a temporary damper on my <em>67</em> , but it'll come out later on today. <BR> <BR> So, as I forge ahead with a positive attitude and <em>235</em> each challenge with <em>335</em> in my heart, I know I will make Friday's feat one of another <em>248</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:01:50 EST March into Meditation <em>439</em> <em>440</em> I'm making myself rearrange and revamp some items in my domain. Loving my new place! It's so peaceful and my daughter and son love it too. We have come a long way since the lifestyle change and I welcome the renewed energy. Ahhhh... <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <BR> Now, I'm ready to continue my job search and move my career in an upward direction. So I am about to meditate on God's Word. Guidance helps with decisions and my God has never failed me and NEVER w... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:31:13 EST Why pick on our 16-year old daughter? How can you tell your own daughter, "I have 4 other children if you don't like me?" <BR> <BR> The emotional God will heal. <BR> <BR> I just pray that the law of the land shows justice to someone who puts his family through turmoil. Sowing seeds of discord is NOT how you escape a marriage. Placing the children in the midst of it all is absolutely unacceptable. <BR> <BR> Praying for inner peace of my daughters throughout this trying time. <BR> This too shall pass... <BR> <em... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:27:39 EST Tis The Season for Slimming Down Yes. I have celebrated my savior's birth. I have been angered by the family disconnect throughout the divorce. Christmas was our 18 year wedding anniversary. He didn't even see his oldest son (from a previous relationship), and I have prayed for forgiveness in my heart although he continues to hurt and bewilder our children. <BR> <BR> So I am "slimming down" my emotions. Whatever happens, I know I gave it my all. Whatever is said, I give it all to my God to deal with. It is bigger than me a... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:29:15 EST Happy Thanksgiving!!! <img src=""> <BR> Enjoy your sexy turkey, Sparkers!!! <BR> <BR> *insert whistle* Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:34:20 EST --Today's Message to My Fellow Sparkers-- "Labels limit. Don't put me in a box until I'm dead." <BR> <BR> --Sonya <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> ...and don't others define you. You were created in God's perfect image! Thu, 21 Nov 2013 12:52:19 EST ~~In Retrospect~~ In retrospect, I feel the sense of urgency to pray and ask the Lord for daily guidance. The enemy is riding my back like crazy knowing that I have a blessing in store. <BR> <BR> I have a praise in my soul that I'm going to get out using Pandora as SOON as I get to it. <BR> Mary Mary, Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Shirley Ceasar, Yolanda Adams, etc. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</em> <em>335</e... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 19:14:22 EST Throwback Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:57:50 EST Moving On Towards My Goals...NONSTOP! Well sparkers... <BR> I have been through some trying times and still keep my eyes on the prize. <BR> <BR> Where do I begin? <BR> First, I am going through a divorce and feel a LARGE sense of relief. Due to the legal issues involved, I will not divulge any further information until the entire process is complete. <BR> <BR> Second, I am actively searching for my next career and super excited to showcase my talents and skills in the next chapter of my life. God says increase and so do I. ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 13:27:38 EST I've accomplished #10 on my wish list so far... After I blogged "What A Girl Wants" in my previous blog, I realized that I became a Sparkpeople Motivator. YEAH! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Yes. I am truly motivated and dedicated to obtaining EVERYTHING on my list. <BR> I MEAN EVERYTHING! <BR> <BR> DID I SAY EVERYTHING??? <BR> <BR> I am polishing up my resume' after being at the same worksite for 15 years. It was time. Long overdue actually. <BR> I had to think HARD about other(and ALL) the tasks and achievements I had accomplished. <BR... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:51:09 EST What A Girl Wants Okay. <BR> <BR> Maybe I mean what I want... <BR> <BR> 1.) Good, healthy food stocked in my fridge and cabinets (without needing to purchase it) <BR> 2.) Ongoing health for EVERYONE in my family <BR> 3.) Amazing, ongoing sex life ---- say what you want, I am at my peak. <BR> 4.) A satisfying high-paying job/career in the Houston area. <BR> 5.) Relocation of my residence (another city) <BR> 6.) My children to be happy with my transition (once it happens) <BR> 7.) To create a bucket list when... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 18:56:02 EST Early Mornings, Late Nights When you are beyond dedicated to teaching and being successful at a job where careers are at stake, you may have a tendency to arrive early and stay later than the average employee. As a teacher, I know we don't get paid our worth, but I refuse to let my students down either because they haven't obtained the skills to be considered in the correct grade level or socially inept due to lack of home support-even a combination of both. <BR> <BR> I have come to the frightening conclusion that I ma... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 22:10:06 EST September Goals Simply put, <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 -8oz glasses of clear cocktail (water) <BR> 2. Cardio of 5 miles 3 days/week <BR> 3. Strength train 4 days/ week with special attention to abs <BR> 4. Stay within calorie range daily. <BR> 5. Track meals & beverages daily. <BR> <BR> I am not going past 5 goals this month. Baby Mon, 2 Sep 2013 23:31:57 EST Today's Treat The pedicure, with massage chair powered up, arched brows, and manicure made it all better! <BR> Can you say a beauty day was in order? Well it was indeed! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:29:08 EST Tired... Good night! <em>102</em> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:16:26 EST I Don't Even Know... How do I even attempt to calculate all the fitness I did yesterday? <BR> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> I woke about 6am Saturday to get gather all of the food, chafing pans, condiments, door prizes, and other set ups. This took tons of energy and time when I did this by myself only to discover one of the chafing pans had a hole at the bottom. This explained the water all over the counter. <em>234</em> <BR> The event was sch... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:38:25 EST "The Secret" WE won't tell so that "she" won't know...Shhhh!!! I've decided to increase my reps today to "trick" my body and avoid the plateau effect. <BR> Now she (my body) has no idea that I am going to be so random and select some exercises I haven't done in a while. Don't tell her! <BR> Today's workout: <BR> 40 minutes of cardio walking <BR> 3 sets of 25 crunches <BR> 2 sets of 18 back extensions <BR> 2 sets of 18 squats <BR> 2 sets of 18 calf raises <BR> 2 sets of 18 back extensions <BR> Stretching afterwards. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, she'll be in for... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:13:44 EST August 1-7 Weekly Goals... Okay. I could've set a monthly goal, but I am taking smaller steps since I am finding myself getting busier by the minute. Each time I fail to meet or beat my monthly goal, I feel worse than not achieving a weekly goal. So, I've decided to adjust accordingly. <BR> <BR> 1. Track every food item and beverage daily. <BR> 2. Stay within my daily calorie range. <BR> 3. Weigh in on Saturday (clothed) before noon. Since they do this in the doctor's office. <BR> 4. Drink at least 8 glasses of water... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:00:33 EST Sunday's Blessings Today, I feel the presence of the Lord in my heart speaking to me. So I choose to share this love and His presence with you. <BR> <BR> My prayer for us... <BR> Father in Heaven, bless every person reading this blog! Allow your love and grace to fill every heart. For those who do not know you, show him /her your everlasting love through your presence as I feel it today. Although the road to redemption is narrow, we know that your forgiveness and peace will see us through to a life of salvatio... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:26:37 EST Monday's Inspiration <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:44:31 EST Write It Down <img src=""> <BR> When I want to budget and plan for the future, I write it down. <BR> <BR> When I feel like my anger is going to get out of control, I write it down. <BR> <BR> When I feel that my emotions are getting the best of me, I write it down. <BR> <BR> When I feel as if confusion and chaos are rearing their ugly heads, I write it down. <BR> <BR> When I feel sensual and alluring, I write it down. *a novel almost came from t... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:14:19 EST Monday's Meatless Making It Matter <img src=""> <BR> As I sit here thinking about how I have walk/ jogged for 35 minutes, I am ordering a tuna sandwich from Jimmy John's for lunch with my colleagues. <BR> Will indulge in some Garden Salsa Sunchips, too. They've gone and left me alone with my appetite and my sparkfamily. <BR> <BR> Ahhhh....peace and quiet until the next crew (of children) comes in. <BR> <em>102</em> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:28:31 EST Strength Train Today's Plan: <BR> 2 sets of 25 bicycle crunches <BR> 2 sets of 15 back extensions <BR> 2 sets of 15 calf raises <BR> 2 sets of 15 squats <BR> 2 sets of 15 dumbbell bicep curls <BR> 2 sets of 15 dumbbell lateral raises <BR> 2 sets of 15 shoulder raises <BR> 2 sets of 15 dumbbell side bends <BR> Not in exact order <BR> All weights were 10 pounds <BR> <em>248</em> Tue, 9 Jul 2013 21:16:33 EST Sunshine on the Island...Finally a single picture of me <img src=""> <BR> Here I am. Up close and personal...Usually I don't like posting photos on myself. I don't feel photogenic or confident about the way I look. Notice that all of my pictures include someone else. <BR> <BR> Well, enjoy because I may not post many more, until my self-confidence is increased. <BR> I'm working on this. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 00:22:39 EST What Are You Going To Do? When I thought about the path and direction of my life, <BR> I decided it was time to ask myself, <BR> "What are you gonna do?" <BR> I have to get myself together. <BR> "What are you gonna do?" <BR> Make SMART goals and decide. <BR> "What are you gonna do?" <BR> Take action and NOT hide. <BR> "What are you gonna do?" <BR> Motivate and celebrate. <BR> "What are you gonna do?" <BR> <BR> I'm NOT "going", but I am "DOING" what I know WILL work. <BR> Words mean NOTHING without ACTION! <BR> ... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 11:54:25 EST Meatless Motivated Movement Monday I'm making today a day of self-motivation. Based on my high cholesterol level (HDL), I am making every Monday meatless. I am committed to exercise at least 30 minutes on Mondays and drink the necessary amount of water or above. <BR> 1. Meatless <em>496</em> NOOOOO! <BR> <BR> 2. Exercise at least 30 minutes. <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> 3. Drink the water cocktail. (Making it sound more delicious.) <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Motivation - Reading Our Daily Bread publication <img src=... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:01:38 EST A Breakfast of Champions <img src=""> <BR> This shall be today's breakfast choice with fresh fruit when I go downstairs to the Starbucks on the Lobby level. <BR> I have put in 115 minutes of cardio and ST. <BR> On to the shower, breakfast, and then professional development for teachers at the ISTE conference in San Antonio, Texas. <BR> <BR> Sidebar with self: Yeah, they want us to consider ourselves as professionals, yet pay us like paupers. Go figure! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:32:39 EST Cereal Killer Tomorrow, I plan to kill some Special K Cinnamon Pecan with nonfat (lactose free) milk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Isn't it just sexy? <BR> Okay. That sounds freaky, but I do have a sense of humor. <BR> Mom said, "Don't play with your food", not " don't make fun of your appetite". <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Have a nutritious breakfast and post something fun. <BR> I dare you! Thu, 20 Jun 2013 22:52:35 EST Monday's Plan Awaken at 7am. <BR> Meditate on God's Word. <BR> Do 2 sets of 20 bicycle crunches. <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 boxers. <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 dumbbell squats. <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 lateral dumbbell tricep raises. <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 calf raises with step. <BR> Do 2 sets of 15 back extensions. <BR> Do 30 minutes of walk or dancing cardio. <BR> Shower. <BR> Eat Special K Cinnamon Pecan cereal & fat-free milk. <BR> Go to work. <BR> Lunch with colleagues. Whatever they select, I will choose wisely. <BR> B... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:15:42 EST How Thugs Eat Their Breakfast <img src=""> <BR> Definitely a picture's worth a thousand words. <BR> Breakfast anyone??? Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:31:53 EST Motivation for Today As I reflect on this week's goals and events, I decided it was time for some self- motivation besides the wonderfully supportive Sparkfriends who post frequently. <BR> <BR> I LOVE YOU FOLKS SO MUCH BY THE WAY! <BR> <BR> From Ralf Waldo Emerson <BR> "Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbe... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:29:51 EST Our Daily Bread for Today The contents of this blog was taken from RBC Ministries publication of "Our Daily Bread" June/ July/ August 2012 issue. <BR> <BR> The Best Teacher <BR> <BR> Read Psalm 1 <BR> "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly." Psalm1:1 <BR> <BR> It has been noted that people believe "we must go into the world to experience ungodly situations and ungodly people in order to grow stronger". <BR> Although we are in the world, we must be careful not to allow the exposure to lead... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:15:03 EST Pissy Epiphany... Passed the clear waves of quenching goodness, <BR> Beyond the tunnels and walls of inner anatomic mysteries, <BR> She gushes and sloshes toward the contents of the bladder... <BR> <BR> The release is so heavenly! <BR> <BR> How can you NOT enjoy the refreshing benefits of water? Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:16:45 EST June Goals (late indeed) Short, sweet, and to the point: <BR> <BR> 5 days of ST with 3 of each (upper, core, & lower) <BR> Drink 8 glasses of water daily <BR> Be patient with certain family members. Words DO hurt. *Sidebar to self:Think it, Sonya!* <BR> Consume only the calories designated within my range 6 days per week. <BR> Sleep for 8 hours per day. <BR> <BR> Gotta <em>386</em> no matter what! Wed, 5 Jun 2013 23:00:12 EST Fitness for the Fallen ~ Another Tribute Today, I have committed to "fitness for the fallen". <BR> My workouts are dedicated to those in the armed forces who have transitioned on to the other side. For their hard work, faithful service, and -most importantly- their lives! <BR> Here are my exercises (without over-exerting myself): <BR> <BR> 2 sets of 12 back extensions <BR> 2 sets of 15 boxers <BR> 2 sets of 10 pushups (never gone past 5/ sets) <BR> 2 sets of 25 bicycle crunches <BR> 45 minutes hand car washing <BR> 15 minutes marc... Mon, 27 May 2013 10:54:30 EST