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Fitness Challenge Winner

Published June 9, 2014 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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And the winner isSparklenLace!!!

     Thanks to everyone who participated.  Sparky checked in regularly, tried new fitness regimens, and showed the most improvement.  Sparky, please contact me with your shirt size so I can whip up that blinged out workout top for you and mail your prizes.  You’ve made a lot of improvement and it shows.  I’m very proud of you 🙂

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 Prizes are a customized/blinged workout t-shirt, a pair of Bluetooth headphones (excellent for working out), and spa kit containing: organic and natural soaps, body butters, scrubs, and lotions.

 

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Guest blog: And the beat goes on…

Published October 27, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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And the beat goes on… @SparkleNLace

Chapter 3 in the Sparky Chronicles

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And the Beat Goes On…
“…Life is strange with its twists and turns, as many of us must sometimes learn..” That’s a line in a poem that I use to recite as a young woman trying to find her way through life. I guess I said it so many times that I actually began to feel it and believe it.
I have been serious about changing my lifestyle habits, especially the habits that keep me unhealthy. I never imagined that I could suffer an injury from walking, yes, walking. I was in so much pain after one of my walks that I limped home. Injuries are hard to overcome, most times they are counter to whatever I’m trying to do, and it’s challenging mentally.
Once again my Saturday morning ladies came to the rescue. One of the ladies suggested I make an appointment with her chiropractor who would give me a thorough examination. I visited the chiropractor, and I had to stop walking for two months…doctor’s orders! So many obstacles to my idea.
I stopped writing because I didn’t want the posts to spiral downward into a whiny mess. The best part of all of this is I still managed to lose weight. I couldn’t believe it! It means my eating habits are improving.
I’ve been given the green light to walk. I’ve also included a gentle yoga class into my weekly repertoire. I’d love to practice Pilates…but I just don’t have that kind of money.
So, I’m off and running…walking again. Hope to touch base with everyone soon.

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Thank you, Sparky for updating on your progress.  Next time, don’t wait so long  (hint hint) 🙂
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Guest blog: A journey of a thousand miles…hurts!

Published June 13, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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A journey of a thousand miles @SparkleNLace

Chapter 2 in the Sparky Chronicles

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The Journey of a Thousand Miles…Hurts!

     I’m seeing progress in my healthy lifestyle commitment. I am moving my body and more importantly, I find myself looking forward to my evening walk. My initial attempt to cooperate with my doctor’s orders to exercise didn’t go so well. I signed up for dance style aerobic classes. Dancing seemed like a great way to get my heart rate up; but, the classes weren’t a good fit. I thought the class was going to be based on belly dancing and it was…but it was fused with jerky, Beyonce type steps and hip hop music (You Ain’t Nothing But a Hoochy Mama!, etc).  When the music started, the instructor turned down the lights…and honey that class took off! So much pounding, jumping and booty popping, I could’ve sworn the mirrored walls were undulating! The tapping required to keep time with the movements flared my plantar fasciitis, the choreography was challenging, the class was crowded, and stretching my arms always resulted in me poking someone. This was not what I expected. I had purchased an introductory package of four classes; so, I tried another class, it was for body toning.  The instructor was so conceited the whole experience was surreal. During the entire class she talked to us about her wonderful body and she had us look into the mirrors while we posed and blew kisses at our image…oh brother! The loud music, mirrored wall, kissing my image, was too much sensory overload. I didn’t even use the remaining classes. I let the registration expire.

I started walking through my neighborhood. I live in the flatlands; but the hills are very close. It’s an established section of town; so, there are lots of pretty gardens to admire as I stroll into the hills. I believed the elevation would give me a good work out too. I walked, not too fast, listening to music, it was very enjoyable.  Unfortunately, each morning after I walked, I would wake up to pain in my foot. I was getting discouraged. The pain was almost unbearable. I started to realize that even walking was proving to be a challenge. One evening, after cutting my walk short because of the sharp pains, I went home and I just broke down, I mean if I couldn’t walk what the hell could I do? It is often said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”Anon.  A few days after my woe is me moment (I was still moping); I received an email from a former colleague who walked with a group of women on Saturday mornings. She asked, “Would you like to join us”? I responded, “Yes”. I thought my enthusiasm and disposition would convince my body that this was a good thing and it would respond accordingly.  On Saturday morning, I was the first to arrive at the agreed upon meeting place. I was stoked! Before we began to walk I did admit to the group that I was having problems with my foot. One of the ladies suggested I try the reflexologist that many of the women in the group used. I was intrigued by her suggestion. We began our trek; it was awful! I took so long to finish the trail that a couple of the ladies had driven off before I made it back to the parking lot. The ladies that waited for me were very supportive.  They insisted that I make an appointment with the reflexologist. I was assured that he could address my foot problem. The first two sessions with the reflexologist were excruciating, that man kneaded, poked and prodded, oh it hurt so badly!  I would just bite my lower lip and suffer. I am glad to report that the reflexology sessions are working.  My calf muscles are not tight and sore anymore and the sharp pains in the arch of my feet are almost nonexistent. I can keep up with the ladies on Saturday mornings too; okay, I’m still bringing up the rear… and most of the group takes a detour, walk five flights of steps (twice), catch up to me and pass me up; but, I am keeping pace. I’ve also resumed my evening walks with just a little tenderness the next morning.

Hey, it’s a Tortoise and Hare situation…you know, slowly but surely does the trick!

Until next time…

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Thank you, Sparky for sharing this glimpse inside your world.  We are all cheering for you!
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Guest blog: My life, my choice

Published May 22, 2013 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

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Today’s blog is written by @SparkleNLace

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Annual Physical Examination – My Life, My Choice

     I received some not so great news from my primary care physician regarding the results of my annual examination.  I was not in the best of health; my vital signs were the only measures that fell within a normal range.  The blood work showed lots of serious issues developing or advancing. The solution, at least to me, was a mixed bag. You are overweight, you are at risk for a (heart attack, stroke, etc); however, you are in your 50s and losing weight is very hard. The challenge, although frightening,  but necessary.  I had to ask myself, what’s it going to be? Should I resign to being a permanent fixture at the doctor’s office and the emergency room or try to become a fit and healthy woman?

My primary care physician is great; although she didn’t sugar coat the probable outcome I would experience if I continued along my sedentary path, she encouraged me to go for the healthy lifestyle. She discussed the benefits of exercising at my age and authorized visits to a dietician.  My doctor also suggested that I reach out to my friends and family for support.  One of the first people I reached out to was the owner of this blog who I know as @LalaSaint on Twitter. I’ve read her tweets for some time now and find her to be a positive and supportive person.  Lala suggested I document my journey on her blog.  This is my first entry.

I’m always captivated by the before and after weight loss pictures people post; so, I took a picture with my iPhone a couple of weeks ago. Let’s just say that I will start posting pictures when I can see a discernible change in my physical appearance. I’m not brave enough to have that one photo on the blog.

The past three weeks have been different. I’m more aware of my habits and slowly changing the practices that are probably contributing to my health challenges. My daughter has gone beyond supportive; she is convinced that boneless, skinless chicken will conquer all! She has been buying, bagging and freezing so much of it.  I am humbled by her enthusiasm. My daughter is also a gadget lover; consequently, I have been schooled on all kinds of apps and lil gizmos that track my activities, one of these devices can record sleep patterns. Wow, not sure if I’m going the electronic gadget route; but, it’s my daughter’s way of saying keep up the good work.

I’m more determined than ever to change the course of my life; it’s one of the reasons I’ve agreed to share my journey.  I’d love kind, encouraging words from people who read my posts. Trust when I say no one can berate me more than I have been beating up on myself.  It’s one of the habits that I have to break.  I think I’ll check in on a biweekly basis.

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Thank you Sparky, for sharing your personal journey with us.  We look forward to watching as you win the battle against “the bulge” ;-).  Love you!!!
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Food for thought

Published November 7, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

30 things to think about


Holiday season is right around the corner.  Use these helpful tips to make it thru the festivities without gaining and get a jump-start on your New Years resolution too 😉

I hope everyone takes  20-30 minutes today to plans their meals and workouts.  Remember “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  Have a great week and be blessed 😀

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Scale update and other random stuff

Published September 30, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Scale Update

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So here is my new Health o Meter scale.  I didn’t get the Tanita one I originally set out to buy.  That deal was so great, they sold out ;-).  But I got a good deal on this one as well $10+ $10 s/h and it’s super sleek glass (ooh, fancy!)

While scale free I went a little bit crazy and didn’t exactly follow my diet guidelines. Um, sweet potato fries and old fashioned shakes are SO yummy “that” time of the month 😉 I think I gained 2 lbs as punishment :-(.  I’ll live.  My clothes still fit. Life goes on.  While I was busy keeping Ebay in business I made a few other purchases   

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  I love an Ebay auction!!!  I got these dance/jazz sneakers I’ve been drooling over for months ($27.00 SRP $50)  And even though the color is off due to camera phone, the deep purple of my new Nike “In-Season” cross trainers really pops 😀 ($50 SRP $75).  I’ve also been keeping myself busy watching YouTube videos learning how to customize/shred sexy workout shirts.  I’ll post some pics in a future blog.

Speaking of customizing… Do any of you have any tips or suggestions on ways to make unique styles for workouts?  How are your workouts coming along?  Anyone try a new class?  Any new diets or recipes you’d like to share?  If you come across any interesting articles you’d like to share, leave the link in comments and I’ll change it over to blog format.

I hope everyone takes  20-30 minutes today to plans their meals and workouts.  Remember “Failing to plan is planning to fail!”  Have a great week and be blessed 😀

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Monday Check-in ;-)

Published September 17, 2012 by TrueLifeDiva Sparkles and Shines

Monday Check-in 😉

Make the time for healthy living

Today is Monday, the start of a whole new week.  Tell us all about what you did last week: The good, the bad, or in between :-D.  How was your eating?  Did you face any challenges?  Did you work out?  Did you try anything new?  What will you do different this week?  Feel free to use the comments section to vent, rant, or brag all you want.  That’s what I’m here for 🙂

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