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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I went to Washington DC Saturday August 24 for the observance, but the actual anniversary is today.
The entire "I Have A Dream" speech will be broadcast on MSNBC at 8pm

Here are a few photos from the original march in 1963

(Most of my pictures from Saturday were too large to load.)

Let's all work to make our great country live up to Dr. King's Dream.
Wishing PEACE to the world.

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HANOVERLADY 6/26/2014 1:50PM

    Would that we were much farther along on Dr. King's dream than we are, but we ARE making progress.

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CATIATM 9/16/2013 12:05PM

    What a wonderfully positive message. We all need to heed the words and live the dream. emoticon

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BEFIT014 8/28/2013 5:45AM

    H2 has a documentary on him this morning, too. Hopefully, I'll be home in time to watch it!

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TWEETYKC00 8/28/2013 4:57AM

    Wish I could have met Dr. King, he was a great man indeed.

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PATRICIAAK 8/28/2013 4:08AM

    His dream and Matthew's 'love God above all and your neighbor as yourself' go hand-in-hand.

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Another 21 Day Meditation with Oprah and Deepak Chopra starts today

Monday, August 05, 2013


This 21 day daily meditation series focuses on Miraculous Relationships.
It starts Monday, August 5, 2013.
If you are interested, I hope you will join in. I find meditation and mindfulness both relaxing and invigorating!

It is free for the 21 days. (You can purchase for download if you want to keep the series later.)

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CATIATM 8/17/2013 11:46AM

    Many thanks for sharing this with us!

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PATRICIAAK 8/8/2013 5:34AM

    signed on

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CORPUSANNIE 8/5/2013 9:02PM

    Yes, I am doing this too. Lot of medical problems right now and am in need of a little miraculous rejuvenation myself!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/5/2013 6:32PM

    Jinx! I blogged this, too! Enjoy! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 8/5/2013 10:41AM

    emoticon I'll check it out!

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PATTIE441 8/5/2013 9:44AM

    Thank you so much for this my friend. But I think I am so stressed, I can't get myself back into the site. And my registration wouldn't go through. hee hee But I will keep trying. You are awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 8/5/2013 9:16AM

    Yep, I've signed up!

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SUNSET09 8/5/2013 8:07AM

  Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm game and have singed up! I'm going to be a different person in 21 days! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Okay, I admit it.
I've made excuses.
I caught a cold and used it as an excuse not to exercise or even go out (I didn't want to make anyone else sick).
It is not getting me closer to my goals.

June is here.
I wrote out the daily goals and posted them - with a checklist.
I'm determined to greet more sunrises this month.
I calculated how many pounds til I am no longer obese and I can get there at one pound a week by the end of the year.
I looked up the half marathon date here, and it is 20 weeks from today.
I ate my oatmeal for breakfast.
I visualized reaching my goals.
I believe I can do it.

I lean on my SparkFriends and their wonderful accomplishments and fantastic attitudes and trust the process.
Focusing on all I will GAIN (in nonscale victories, health and good habits)
instead of what I will LOSE (not freaking myself out by images of deprivation).

Time to get started.
Time to make it happen.

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DEBBIESTY 6/13/2013 2:04PM

    Good luck!!

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TIAGAYEPFA 6/4/2013 9:57AM

    You've got this!!!


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PATRICIAAK 6/2/2013 7:56PM

    Step by step leads to success

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CATIATM 6/2/2013 11:30AM

    Oh, I have been in this position more than once myself. I hope this plan keeps you going and gets you to your goals!

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BABY_GIRL69 6/1/2013 11:30PM

    How often do I feel this way myself?! Very often! UGH!! Did you just read my mind or what?! LOL But I did try to do better for June & I'm doing beter daily...

God bless,


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STRINGI719 6/1/2013 6:30PM

    This reminds me of how I felt last weekend. I found out that a dear, sweet, precious family from our church is moving away. At first, I was only focused on what I was losing. But then, I was able to focus on what they were gaining, what their new community would be gaining, and finally even what I might be gaining in the long run. It took me a day or so, but I was able to see that even when the Lord takes away, He always gives to us even more & better things than we could ever wish for ourselves! So I continue to trust in Him and "praise the Lord who gives & takes away"! (one of my favorite song verses from one of my favorite bands, Casting Crowns!)

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SPARKFRAN514 6/1/2013 5:49PM

    Celebrate the small victories! ôRemember that fitness is more like a marathon than a sprint set small weekly or monthly goals
'Every Mile Out There Is A Gift' Amby Burfoot:
I like your plan taking six months to get your weight off slow is the way to go i learned this the hard way. so that is my plan now too
spark friend sent me this when i was unhappy taking off a pound one week
Be like the turtle slow and sure wins the race

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TATTER3 6/1/2013 3:46PM

    Just keep Sparkin'!!

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BEFIT014 6/1/2013 9:38AM

    May wasn't exactly a shining month for me, either!
Bet we can make June a emoticon one, though!


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60 Day Challenge at my gym

Friday, May 03, 2013

I've signed up and had my fitness testing on Monday. The tests included blood pressure and heart rate (pulse), body fat measurements by calipers, waist:hip measurements by tape, BMI (height and weight), a 6 minute run (and walk), pushups (modified), squat test, balance assessement, and my total fitness score. It did not include flexibility measurements.
The areas that need the most improvement are the body fat followed by aerobic fitness. Fortunately, no knee problems and my back and shoulder are behaving.

I was then given a strength training routine using the Perfect Fit Now program.
Here is my routine:
*Squats holding a medicine ball against my chest
*Posterior lunges with a medicine ball held overhead
*Hamstring curls in a bridge position on the stability ball
(I'm not coordinated or strong enough to do both, so I am doing bridges and curls separately)
*Modified pushups on my knees
*Lunge with lat row on cable machine
*Biceps curls on cable machine
*Triceps extensions on cable machine with reverse grip
*Triceps extensions on cable machine using rope
*Posterior deltoid low pull with cable
*Cable horizontal trunk rotation
*Cable reverse wood chops
*Crunches on the stability ball

I did the workout for the first time Thursday and was drenched in sweat by the end.

We also outlined my cardio, qi gong, and mindfulness schedule each week.
Yoga I can add as desired.
I need to do an hour of cardio at least 5 days a week.

Will keep you updated on my progress!

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PLMITCH 5/5/2013 10:00PM

    Sounds like a great challenge, and even better that you get monitored. Good luck!

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CATIATM 5/5/2013 10:57AM

    I like that you're challenging yourself and have a plan. Good luck!!! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 5/4/2013 12:19AM

    Sounds like a good challenge.

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MJ7DM33 5/3/2013 4:11PM

  Have fun! emoticon

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BEFIT014 5/3/2013 1:24PM

    Wishing you the BEST of luck in this challenge!! But I KNOW you can DO IT!!

Keep us posted on your progress!

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    Good luck with this challenge! Wow!

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STEVIEBEE569 5/3/2013 11:16AM

    Much success on your 60-day challenge! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 5/3/2013 8:54AM

    Good luck on your challenge, I know you'll rock it!

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TATTER3 5/3/2013 6:23AM

    Congrats!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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LEESHAK_ 5/3/2013 5:35AM

    WOW good work! Keep it up :) and good luck by the way

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Read MOSTMOM1's vlog "it takes a SparkVillage"

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Another darling vlog by Mostmom1 - highly recommend

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