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Rating my VivoFit

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I know it has only been two days with my vivofit but I felt it necessary to share with anyone who may be thinking about getting one of these gadgets. I absolutely love this one. First of all, the display keeps me motivated. I can see at all times how many steps I've accumulated, how many calories I have burned,the time, the date, and my percentage to step goal. it also tracks my sleeping patterns. Did I mention that it is cheaper than the Fitbit? Still not sold? My vivofit never has to be charged because it runs on a watch battery which lasts one year! That is emoticon

yesterday I was happy because I ended my day with a little over 10,000 steps. I know for sure that is because I was able to see where I was throughout the day. I did those steps just by cleaning up around the house and taking a few extra steps here and there in the grocery store and at work. if only I hadn't ate those two pieces of cake yesterday! Today I am planning on working out with my husband at the Air Force Base and considering we are usually there for an hour and a half to two hours I know I will get my steps in.I have got to get moving because there is only one week until my first 5k of the year!I have set a personal goal of completing 21 races by my 3 year anniversary of weight loss on May 21st. I know this might sound crazy but I want to have raced 21 races cumulatively and so far I have done 14 race this over the past two years. So I have 5 months to run seven races and I am super hyped about it. My first 5k is on New Year's Day, I have a Super Bowl run on Super Bowl Sunday, a Valentine's Day run, St Patrick's Day 10 K, and then I just have to fill in the gaps. Let my running season begin!

  
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LUVGOODMUZIK 12/27/2014 1:11PM

    I was just telling my fella we need to find a couple of 5K's to keep us motivated. Good luck!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/27/2014 1:09PM

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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2014 10:42AM

    Good luck with your races! Nothing like a race to help kick up the motivation a notch!



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I got a VivoFit for Christmas and cake pics

Friday, December 26, 2014

A VivoFit is basically a FitBit, it is just made by Garmin. It looks the exact same and does the exact same thing. I am uncertain yet of whether I can add FitBit users to my program; I am still learning. But I am super excited that i have it. I am such a competitive person that I am instantly walking more and moving more because I am watching the numbers on my band go up. Now that I know there is a leaders board, IT IS ON!

Santa Derrell also got me Just Dance 2015 as a gift. When my neice Ayanna found out I got it, she flipped out. I have now been challenged by a 12 year old to a Best of 7 tournament, tonight. In my family, I am the QUEEN of dance games. I have beat children young and old. Ayanna is my biggest competition. The last time we played, I only won by like 30 points. I am going to have to stretch to take her out.

I promised you all I would take pics of the cakes I made. The first one was a DOOZY. It was a German Chocolate fudge cake and it was 10 INCHES TALL!


The Lemon Chiffon was the best of the night (according to family). My cousin Tyler could not understand how I got it so moist! I was rushed to decorate it and I put too much color gel in the icing so I was a bit disappointed in its appearance, but it tasted fantastic.



Speaking of my new VivoFit, THIS is how my lovely husband wrapped it:



There was no bow or anything! I just cracked up laughing when he handed it to me. I love that man! He didn't even bother wrapping my new Columbia coat. He literally handed it to me in the plastic bag from JCPenney. But it was the exact one I wanted and it was a perfect fit so I will not complain.

I also must share this crazy pic of my little cousin Teagan. She is a hoot! She will be 2 years old next month. She can already count to 17 and say her ABC's clearly up to J. She is also a bit of a bully. She is tiny for her age but is so fiesty and if she wants something, she will get it. Teagan has managed to dominate kids from 0-6 years old! My niece, Lynn, is intimidated by her! But Teagan is also the most loveable little kid you would want to meet. I just love her to pieces. She hates being restricted by clothing so after stripping herself down to just her bottoms, I asked her to take a picture for me and this is what I got:



I encourage you all to follow Teagan's lead and just smile today!

  
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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2014 10:40AM

    Holy cow, those are some GORGEOUS cakes!

Teagan is adorable! AWWWW!

My husband had his mom wrap my present. At least your husband tried emoticon

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SUSIEMT 12/27/2014 2:46AM

    Wow! Those cakes are beautiful! Gooo Nikki!!

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SWEETNEEY 12/27/2014 1:21AM

    i gained 2 lbs justing looking at the cakes. Great job

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PRIN1978 12/26/2014 10:02PM

    emoticon Lovin them cakes girl!

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FITSUGAR69 12/26/2014 5:49PM

    Nice cakes, awesome vivo and cute little cousin. emoticon emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 12/26/2014 4:41PM

    So good to hear from you! Looks like you had an awesome holiday with your family and those cakes!!! They look great and it is on like donkey kong with your niece and the dance games!! You have got to get back on here and let us know who won!!

Will it be the Queen of dance or The Novice?!?! LOL cheering you on Lady!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/26/2014 2:52PM

    the cakes are totally awesome love you will have to give me the recipe for the lemon cake.great christmas presants love.keep on keeping on emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 12/26/2014 1:57PM

    Cake boss, fa real! I baked two cakes that are still in the aluminum pans they were baked in..lol! Glad to read you had a great Christmas.

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SUGAR0814 12/26/2014 12:29PM

    Cakes look so yummy! I think I gained 10 lbs just from looking at them! Your little cousin is a cutie pie! Enjoy your VivoFit! Happy holidays! emoticon

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KLH702 12/26/2014 10:55AM

    Those cakes look delish, you are talented! Mine would be sinking in lol

And yes I will SMILE today just like your little man who is soo cute! emoticon

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INITFORLIFE3 12/26/2014 10:54AM

    It sounds like you had a great holiday!

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ICEWYNDE 12/26/2014 10:42AM

    Those cakes look too good to eat -- which suits me fine, LOL!

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That annoying feeling when you lose a blog

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have you ever been in the middle of writing a blog post, better yet, NEARLY FINISHED with writing a blog post and then it just disappears??? Maybe disappears is the wrong word. My internet just freezes in the middle, I get the message box that the internet has stopped working and that tabs will be restored and when it's restored, my blog is gone. Perhaps it was divine intervention.

I am not going to re-write everything so here is an abridged version of my lost blog:

1. It was a random blog with no clear direction.

2. I referenced urine alot. Basically I have not been drinking enough water consistently and am finding that during the day, I am not peeing much but then at night, I am being awakened by the urge to pee and when I do, it is barely nothing. There is no pain, burning, itching or odor so should I be concerned?

3. I am broke. Part of me could care less. I have been promised a raise and promotion at the beginning of the year but I am not banking on it. I currently sell Mary Kay part-time and I LOVE the product and I adore the women I have met along the way. I am torn between getting a second job with guarteed income or focusing on my Mary Kay business and the opportunity it presents. With that being said, visit my website at www.marykay.com/makeyourdreamsrealit
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4. Annie was an ADORABLE movie and you have to go see it!


5. I cannot wait for Christmas dinner. Not because I plan on bingeing but because I love to bake cakes that my family loves and this year I am making a 4-tier German chocolate cake and a Lemon Chiffon cake. I am so excited to get off work and start baking. I will post pics tomorrow.

That is all I've got. I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

  
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REDVELVET21 12/25/2014 4:29AM

    I almost lost a post and that bothered me, so I can only imagine on the blog post. You do need to make sure that you are getting your water in. and YUMMMMYY cake that is my weakness.....a slice of lemon chiffon please!!!!

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SUGAR0814 12/24/2014 11:04PM

    I too love to bake this time of the year! Taking it all to my MIL's house tomorrow for my family to enjoy because if it's stays in this house...I'll be in it! emoticon I made a lemon pound cake, butter pound cake, brownies, PB cookies, a pecan pie, and a cheesecake pecan pie.

I don't know what to think of your urine situation. I would say get checked for diabetes if you were peeing too much & not drinking enough water.

Praying your promotion comes through! Have a very Merry Christmas! emoticon

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LUVGOODMUZIK 12/24/2014 2:59PM

    oh my .. lemon chiffon (prepares to Google recipes) but not for me, of course! emoticon

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WOOFERCOALBOY 12/24/2014 2:08PM

    just a sliver of chocolate cake for me, please.

And let us know if you're are drinking a LOT more water! I've had kidney stones, and the best way to avoid them emoticon is to Drink Water.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/24/2014 1:34PM

    some lemon chiffon cake please emoticon

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Zumba just isn't the same anymore

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

When did I become the stiff, old, off-beat lady in Zumba? I was always the 1 or 2 Black girls in class that rode the beat and shook it like a salt shaker with no problem. I was the rhythm and the blues. Last night I was more blues than rythym. Carrying around this extra weight in combination with just getting a little older, I looked a hot, lumpy mess. I was behind the beat most of the class and when I caught myself in the mirror swiveling my hips, I nearly choked when I realized I looked just like my mother!

I have declared that my current weight loss motivation is to feel sexy at all costs. Last night I did not feel sexy. I felt self-conscious. I had fun but it was clear that these extra pounds have taken a toll on my ability to drop it like it's hot, and to look good while doing it. So tonight I am going to Zumba again. And I am putting on my reddest lipstick (which I forgot yesterday). I will wear my compression leggings that hideaway the gut fat (I wore sweatpants last night) and I am walking into that gym with my Rihanna " I dont give a F#@*" face on!

I also asked Santa Clause (my husband) for a Fitbit for Christmas. I really hope he makes it happen. I know for certain that I worked harder and moved a lot more when I wore my BodyBugg. The FitBit is a much nicer and simpler option and i know it will push me to be more active than I am currently. I have also registered for a NEw Year's Day 5k and will be doing a 5k on Super Bowl Sunday, one on Valentine's Day weekend, and a possible 10k on St. Paddy's Day. May 21st marks the 3rd year of my weightloss journey and it will be great to say that I have completed 21 races in those 3 years. I was also thinking maybe I should hang my race bibs (I save them all) and medals on a cork board to remind myself of what I have accomplished. The only thing is I don't know where I would put that board in my house.

But anyway, thank you to all my Spark friends who check in on me, who encourage me, and who give me the confidence I need to keep at it. I love you all! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2014 10:35AM

    Love, love love the lipstick idea, and also your idea with hanging up your race bibs!

You'll get back in to Zumba. You're just a bit out of practice.

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REDVELVET21 12/24/2014 12:10PM

    I love the red lipstick idea!!!

I have a fitbit. Its very motivational!!! I have been using mines for 2 years now!!! Let me know if you want to be fitbit buddies!!! You will need my email address to join me and we can do the challenges together.

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PRIN1978 12/24/2014 11:21AM

    Hey girl. I know you still got that rhythm. Remember you've just been through a lot! So in my Rihanna voice, gwan gurl and wuk up that bamsie in the next class nuh! Lol! emoticon

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KIBAISREADY 12/24/2014 4:32AM

    Girl I probably feel the same way! I will be going back to Zumba Class on the 27th after a 2yr class hiatus ! Glad to see you back at it! Now shake what your mama gave you! emoticon

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SUGAR0814 12/23/2014 11:30PM

    You got this! I too have been looking at options to display my race bibs & medals. Pintrest & YT have some great ideas. Check it out! You'll get back to that "sexy place". It takes time. Keep at it! Is your sister still working out with you? Sometimes a workout buddy helps! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 12/23/2014 6:08PM

    Keep up the good work. I'm glad you've put our SparkOmaha brunch on your calendar.

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SUSIEMT 12/23/2014 5:12PM

    A wardrobe change would definitely be advisable, Lipstick always always makes us feel sexy! You'll see a change tonight!
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PICKIE98 12/23/2014 4:31PM

    Well, let me see: You are not any less Black, you are still a Sparker, the music is the same..maybe you are just so anxious to be rid of whatever weight it is you want,. that you are not being as patient as you were before.. Remember how much fun the Zumba was, just for the fun?

Remember, the weight did not appear overnight, not in the space of an evening of Zumba,, be kind to that beautiful woman in your mirror and show her some fun in that class.. Go for the journey, not the destination. HAVE FUN!!!!!! You are SO worth it.

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CETANISTAWI 12/23/2014 3:53PM

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(I love my fitbit!)

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NIKKICOLE83 12/23/2014 3:48PM

    I probably sound like an idiot. At the heart of what I was saying is that I just didn't feel like myself at class last night. I looove to dance and yesterday it was like I could barely move and I was slow and I felt slumpy. It will take a few more classes and a few more pounds lost before I feel limber again but I am going to keep at it because it is great cardio.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/23/2014 3:29PM

    you think you are fat doing zumba?you had fun didnīt you?that is what matters.you should me doing zumba.i am 50 next birthday,overweight(bigger than you)and on crutches after a knee replacement.i do zumba on a stability ballbouncing up and down to the foot movements and doing the normal arm movements.oh i just thought you can see me i posted a blog with a photo of my zumba class.i do it because i have fun,i donīt care how i look or what other people think.i am not doing it for them but for me and my health.glad you are going again love.proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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***What's Up with Nikki? Updates and PICS***

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hey gorgeous Sparklers! So much has happened recently with my health and family and I am happy to stop back in and catch up.

Just as I was re-dedicating myself to my health and weight loss, I found out my husband and I were expecting! It was so exciting! We got pregnant sometime around our first year wedding anniversary. Early on we the doctor's had some concerns because my HcG levels were increasing, but they were not doubling every 24-36 hours as recommended. I wasn't nearly as concerned as the docs because I felt great. Then one day while facilitating a workshop, I began to feel a lot of pressure. I took a small break and discovered a lot of bleeding. I finished the workshop and then my husband and I went to the doctor. They were unable to locate the pregnancy sac and declared it a miscarriage. I was very disappointed. But then my HcG levels began to skyrocket. We ended up at a specialist and discovered that I was actually having a tubular pregnancy (eptopic). Because I was so early in my gestation, the doctor wanted to see if the pregnancy would absolve itself. Well it didn't. I was in the doc's office every 2 days for blood draws and monitoring. They finally decided to give me two chemo injections (methotrexate) when I rushed in with the craziest pain in my right tube. Thankfully I received the injection before the tube ruptured but it was highly inflamed.

You would have thought that would have been the end of it but the first round of injections did not keep the pregnancy from advancing. So I had a SECOND round of chemo injections. That ultimately did the job but I still had to go in for labwork weekly for 6 weeks. The entire ordeal lasted about 2 1/2 months. It was so stressful. To add to the stress, the day we learned we were losing the baby, Derrell's godmother passed away suddenly from pneumonia complications due to her lupus.

Losing this pregnancy really stirred up past pain of losing three other children. I say "children" because I had two late term pregancy losses and my daughter passed away when she was 19 months old. I should have three rambunctious kiddos driving me crazy each day. I was really struggling with the "What ifs" after this loss. My son, Anthony, would be a 10 year old momma's boy, Nicholas would be an 8-year old quiet book reader, and Alicia would be a 6-year old Sassy Pants. We dreamed that this child would be Camry Janelle.

Somewhere in the mist of all this sadness, I decided that I need to be concerned with my health but at the end of the day, I need to be happy. I realized that my husband will adore me with or without these extra 30 lbs. I realized that I want to focus on having fun with my husband. I discovered that I just want to feel comfortable and sexy in my skin so I will dictate my success with my weight based on how sexy I feel not on what the scale or pants size says. I no longer want to feel like a victim of my circumstances. I want to feel like a diva goddess who is appreciative of life, friendship and whatever else God sends me. Surprisingly, I have gotten more compliments and comments on how good I look now that I have LET IT GO (Frozen reference). I even got hit on while out WITH my husband. As I stepped away from Derrell, this guy looks me deep into my soul and seriously said, "Are you REALLY married?" I looked at him, looked at the beautiful rock on my hand and said, "I'm wearing a ring! I am here WITH my husband." The guy's response, "Forreal? Man, I've been watching you." At that point, I just walked away . . . but with a little extra bounce in my step! emoticon



Me and the hubby; this was just about 10 days ago


and then a few days ago, I got some weave!


look at that SASS!

  
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ALICIALYNNE 12/27/2014 10:32AM

    Oh, sweetheart. I am so sorry for your loss.

Yes, your husband will love you no matter what. A number (be it size or weight) has nothing on the love of a soulmate.

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MJREIMERS 12/24/2014 1:14PM

    I'm so sorry, Nikki. I wish there was more I could say to make it better.

However, you look emoticon ! You both look so happy and you definitely have your SASS back! Good for you!

Keep doing what makes you happy and feel good about yourself. You know you are always beautiful.

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PICKIE98 12/23/2014 4:37PM

    I, too lost a baby before my DD was born. She is the most precious gift I have..

BTW, That Derrell is one hottie!! You both are blessed to have found each other and make a beautiful couple..

Once we let it go and enjoy the gifts we have, the peace that comes over us shows in every way. God Bless you both sweetie! Linda

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REDVELVET21 12/23/2014 8:31AM

    Hey Nikki, I am sorry for your loss and I am amazed at the way that you have turned your outlook around to look at the experience and turn it around because you are right your health is what matters. I am glad that you and your husband have each other!!!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/23/2014 1:50AM

    You do look fabulous! I am so so sorry to hear all that you have been thorugh. There are no words that can help, and I can't even imagine what any of that felt like... but the fact that you are here, still willing to work at this and coming out stronger than ever is truly an inspiration to us all. You are fabulous. emoticon

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RUBYREDIVY1 12/23/2014 1:19AM

    You're such a beautiful strong person! I dunno what I would have done... you're an inspiration!

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PRETTYPITHY 12/22/2014 8:42PM

    I'm so sorry about your recent difficult times! I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better.

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PRIN1978 12/22/2014 8:14PM

    Sorry about your losses but I'm glad that you've taken the strength God has given you to take things on a positive note. Keep up your great work and sexiness! Love the new weave and color too. Think I'll cop that color too! Lol!!

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SUSIEMT 12/22/2014 6:58PM

    Nikkicole! Look at you girl! I am sad for your losses but am so happy for you and your attitude! God Bless you sweetie! You are one hot lookin' chick! Woo Hoo you!
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SDLOV3R 12/22/2014 6:46PM

    My goodness, you certainly have a way of finding the light! My heart hurt reading about your losses and then sang as you moved into focusing on the positive and where that has taken you. Keep up that attitude. Hugs to you, my friend!

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CAROLYN0107 12/22/2014 6:42PM

    Sorry for your loss Nikki. Glad you're checking in and blogging.
The Omaha team is getting together at Panera's at Westroads on Jan 24th, 9am. Come if you can.
I'm back in Omaha for eventual retirement.

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ADARKARA 12/22/2014 3:01PM

    emoticon I'm really sorry, Nikki. But like ALTRIA_FATE says, you're really keeping positive about it, and I think that's amazing! You are an incredibly beautiful, amazing and wonderful woman. You've been through so much and you can still smile.

And getting hit on while WITH your husband? That's amazing!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/22/2014 2:17PM

    hi love. emoticon having had three miscarriages myself i can put myself in your potion in part love and i know it is hard and painful and there is also guilt there though there shouldnīt be.if you need to talk you can send us a spark mail.take care and keep smiling(fake it till you make it if nessacary) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUGAR0814 12/22/2014 2:14PM

    Glad to see your smiling face! You look great! emoticon I'm sorry to hear about the baby. Keeping you & your family in prayer!

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KTTAYLOR21 12/22/2014 2:13PM

    Your hair is QUECH (as my niece would say)!!

So sorry for all that you have gone through! emoticon I will definitely hold you and Derrell in my prayers!! You have been blessed with some extra special angels!

That guy trying to "holla" at you while with Derrell was a sure confirmation that your still HOT!! Don't sleep on your sexy emoticon

emoticon Thanks for the update! You know your Spark fam is here!

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ALTRIA_FATE 12/22/2014 2:08PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your losses, and completely blown away by how you've turned this into a positive experience by realizing what will make you happy. You are a beautiful woman and an inspiration. I can only hope to have the confidence and self-worth you do. Thank you for sharing your story.

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