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Workout Wednesday: 2014 Pre-Easter Thank GOD Stretch Sesh

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/09/2014 at 05:00

With Easter Sunday 10 days away, I encourage us all to take care of our bodies and souls through our relationship with the LORD Almighty by extending our muscles and our gratitude for JESUS CHRIST, who carried the heaviest cross of all.

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This is similar to the THANKSgiving Stretches that I suggested on Pretty Fit in spirit of Turkey Day. Yet to keep up with the 2014 workouts, which in this case will be 20 seconds (s) of 14 different stretches with gratitude and a positive attitude.

2014 Easter Extensions (20s each)
1. Inhale: squat with arms and hands raised to thank GOD in Heaven (5s); Exhale: release squat while bringing hands to heart in prayer (5s); repeat
2. Chest: intertwine fingers together with arms straight forward
3. Back: intertwine fingers together with arms straight behind you
4. Right Bicep: bring left hand to right upper arm across chest
5. Left Bicep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
6. Right Tricep: bring left hand to right upper arm down back
7. Left Tricep: bring right hand to left upper arm across chest
8. Shins: stand on tippy-toes
9. Calves: stand on ankles
10. Right Hamstring: while standing and bending left knee, extend right leg forward with palms of hands on right thigh; lean on right ankle
11. Left Hamstring: while standing and bending right knee, extend left leg forward with palms of hands on left thigh; lean on left ankle
12. Right Quadricep: while standing on left leg, hold right foot with both knees together
13. Left Quadricep: while standing on right leg, hold left foot with both knees together
14. Butterfly: sit up straight with knees bent and soles of feet together, palms of hands on knees; breathe deeply

BONUSES: Shoulder rolls forward and backward, plus neck rolls clockwise and counterclockwise until your heart is content to get on with your day…

In this case, Hump Day. Happy Hump Day, my Fit & Fine Friends!

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Thank you all for stretching with me today!

2 for Tuesday: Sweater Weather Tag before I Ring in Spring!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Tag You're IT, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/11/2014 at 22:55

Let’s hear it for the Sweater Tag!

Like my sweater and snake scarf?

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My family and I went to Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater (approx. 45mi NW of Abilene) ~ which supposedly is the world’s largest!

Now here goes… [Questions are in italics; my answers are in bold.]

Yours truly’s SWEATER TAG

1. Favorite candle scent? Bath & Body Works Salty Caramel

Salty Caramel candle

BBW Salty Caramel

Dallas Cowboys Pumpkin

True Blue Jack-o-Lantern w/Salty Caramel Candle

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? ALL of the Above
3. What’s the best fall memory you have? football ~ most recently Dallas Cowboys 

Dallas Cowboys

GO, ‘BOYS! True Blue, through & through!

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner? neither; cat make-up: my red lips in Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Love Cat and cat eyeliner by M•A•C 

Cat Eye & Lips

Tried to pull off Cat Eye & Cat Lips at Christmas Party

5. Best fragrance for fall? COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy

COACH Legacy Stripes in bag, fragrance and Gabrielle glasses

6. Favorite Thanksgiving food? my Cranberry Walnut Pie

THANKSgiving Dessert

My THANKful Cranberry Walnut Pie

7. What is autumn weather like where you live? bipolar: sunny & warm 1 day, snowy & frosty the next

Sunny Day

Sunny Abilene

Snowy Abilene

Snow Day

8. Most worn sweater? my Kardashian Kollection white Open Knit Sweater because I could layer it over any color and wear off-the-shoulder 

Kardashian Kollection Open Knit Sweater

My fave Sweater Weather sweater that I can wear everywhere, including the beach!

9. Must-have nail polish this fall? Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kollection Disco Dolls for the gold glitter and Follow Me on Glitter for the dark glitter

Nicole by OPI® Kardashian Kolor

Kardashian Kolor from Nicole by OPI®

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles? BOTH

Dallas Cowboys home game

Dallas Cowboys on the field! I’d like to play in the leaves with them!

11. Skinny jeans or leggings? BOTH … or how ’bout jeggings? (e.g., Sofia Vergara Lurex Jeggings in Gold Foil, Indigo & Jet Black ~ like the glitter effect from #9)

Gold Jeggings

These Gold Jeggings pair well w/this Snake Scarf, along w/my Cowboys Boots!

12. Combat boots or Uggs? neither; I’ll go for my Kenneth Cole knee-high zip-up black stiletto boots, Corral Cowboy boots or Sketchers Tone-Ups camel boots w/ faux fur

Jeggings & Sketchers

Jeggings + Sketchers = Match Made on Snow Day

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype? he**-to-the-YEAH

SB PSL

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte

SB SC PSL

I asked for Salted Caramel & Whip to top off my PSL!

SB SC PSL w/cap

Salted Caramel PSL in the house!

Starbucks Gold Member

Enjoy like yours truly at a Starbucks near you!

14. Favorite fall TV show? I’d say Grey’s Anatomy for the rainy weather, ’til it went on hiatus before the holidays, but now it’s back to ring in spring! 
15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit? Katy Perry’s Eye of the Tiger brought me school spirit because my alma mater, Cooper H.S., was a finalist in her music vid contest

Roar

Katy Perry ~ Hear Me ROAR!

Katy Perry Challenge

Katy Perry Challenge Finalists

Katy Perry & CHS

Katy Perry Challenge includes CHS, all right, all right, all right!

CHS ROAR

Cooper Cougars ROAR to Katy Perry!

5:55 ~ make a wish!!! 

GOD, Family & Football

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/05/2013 at 19:11

Happy Advent Season!

As we prepare for JESUS‘ birth, I reflect on THANKSgiving and all of the blessings for which I’m grateful.

One week ago today, many of us around the world celebrated Turkey Day in the spirit of The Best Man Holiday movie theme: GOD, Family and Football.

GOD: First thing that morning, I went to the Adoration Chapel at church because I have my Adoration Hour commitment every Thursday, and I spent extra time there while fellow adorers were out of town for the holyday.
Family: When I got home, I took my CHRISTmas card photos with my Double A-Team and made my festive dessert: Cranberry Walnut Cream Cheese Pie. My best friend, Melody ~ who is like a sister to me ~ and I spent this Day of Thanks with both sides of our families: I went to her parents’ for lunch, and she, her hubby and their children joined my family and me at my parents’ house.
Football: A Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without the traditional Dallas Cowboys game, so we most definitely were THANKful for their victory over the Oakland Raiders!

Here are more of my cheers and toasts of gratitude:

Day 27: I’m THANKful for the #gift of #sight! We who can see, or @ least need corrective #lenses, cannot take this for granted… Although I don’t like to get pics taken w/my #glasses👓 all the time (blame it on the vanity – say it a’int so), I absolutely need them to get around (case in point: last night @ my BFF’s parents’ when I lost track of them while posing for photos). Some of y’all know what I’m talking about that they’re a necessity, an essential, right Tita Tina Gunn? Plus, since I like specific brands, I usually find designer frames for my #specs😎
I’m also THANKful for my good friend & #spiritual #mentor, Bishop Mike, who officiated my #Catholic #Sacraments of First #Communion & #Confirmation + who writes📜 (I’m talking snail mail📬 – not just email📥) me on a regular basis as my main pen✒️ pal!

I’m also THANKful for the children to whom I’m giving this #CHRISTmas because I love kids. Since my family & I – in light of #Typhoon️ #Haiyan / #Yolanda in our native #Philippines – shall sustain our #gratitude & not exchange #gifts this year for once, I’ll focus my #generosity on my #AngelTree child & my #CFCAsponsored child.

Day 28: I’m #THANKful for #GOD #Family #Football especially my #DallasCowboyswho always play on #TurkeyDay! I’ll also #THANK those who know which #filmrefers to #GODFamilyFootball for your #movie knowledge. I #kickoff this#THANKSgiving with my special #AdorationHour + extra time!

I’m THANKful my BFF Sgt. Melody Givan who’s been there for yours truly through the#ThickAndThin + who I’ve been fortunate to celebrate THANKsgiving w/ when we grew up & when I visited her in Georgia! She’s the culinary arts mastermind, & while I didn’t know my way around the kitchen before, she sent me my Crock Pot for#CHRISTmas!

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: my bestie Mely & I didn’t plan for our Turkey Day getup to match when I flew to her family’s home for the #HOLYday, but#2GreatMindsThinkAlike as we both bought these sweaters from #EXPRESSseparately!

THANKSgiving 2009

*Bearing this in mind, here are the pics of Melody and yours truly from THANKSgiving ’09 (above) and THANKSgiving ’13 (below)* THANKSgiving 2013Girl time was definitely what I needed last week because most of my friends are guys, so I was glad to spend yet another Thanksgiving with Melo until she and her fam drove their beautiful Beamer back to Georgia…

Meanwhile, more blessings for which I’m grateful include my dissertation progress and my career opportunities! Yesterday, I had a conference call with my dissertation chair, who arranged for me to present the concept proposal of my study to my dissertation committee next week! Also, through Rant Sports and Pretty Fit, I like reaching out to fellow sports fans and health buffs!

Here are my first 6 about the Dallas Mavericks this December:

While I write this, we have another snow storm in the forecast. In the holyday spirit, I’m playing Elf (my favorite Christmas movie of all time) and printing my season’s greetings!

Let me wrap up this positive post with more bright notes:

GOD Bless Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy †
Dispo-Cooley Wedding
♥ Love Always, Jun Bandonill Dispo (Batch 1970) and Family
Jun Dispo, Retired United States Air Force * Estrella Dispo, Retired Registered Nurse * Elaine Dispo, Ph.D. Candidate * Joanne Dispo, Nurse Practitioner * Ryan Cooley, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Dispos-Cooleys

From left to right: Jacinto Dispo, Lolita Tan Dispo, Joseph del Rosario, Carmelita Dispo del Rosario, Elaine Joyce Dispo, Estrella Reyes Dispo, Christian Joseph del Rosario, Joanne Dispo Cooley, David Ryan Cooley, Jun Bandonill Dispo, Lyndah Baterina Dispo, Manuel Dispo, Madalyn Dispo-Junio, Crystal Gail Dispo

Happy Anniversary to my Parents!!
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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT: Happy #Anniversary, Nanay & Dad (yesterday)  

Looking @ my parents’ #wedding album, I admire how they went all out & appreciate the value of their #Catholic #sacrament!

Yet aside from their amazing wedding, they’ve invested #energy & #sacrifice into their decades of #marriage, which is what matters most in the #LongHaul!

Their secret: sharing #time #together, including #timeless #traditions (i.e., Taco Tuesday)

& now they have their Golden Years to enjoy w/each other, so may they stay#blessed with many more to come!

[from L-R: my Aunties Alice Dispo* (my great-aunt/Uncle Bal’s wife) & Dr. Fe Reyes-Dollete** (my aunt/mom’s sister), Mama Eufemia Dispo*** (my paternal grandmother/dad’s mom), Mr. & Mrs. Jun B. Dispo (my parents as #newlyweds), Papa Pedro Dispo*** (my paternal grandfather)]

*Dr. & Mrs. Baltazar Dispo (Uncle Bal is Papa Ped’s baby brother) ~ another excellent example of #commitment in marriage & to the Catholic #faith ~ were my parents’ Principal Sponsors/GODparents/Ninong & Ninang/Padrino y Madrina

**Drs. Rodolfo & Fe Dollete also are #RoleModels as a #married #couple because they keep the spice alive by ballroom dancing & traveling + enjoy #working together 

***Both sets of my grandparents lived long enough to celebrate their#GoldenAnniversary & beyond: my maternal Lolo Tico & Lola Rosa were married for 56 years, + my paternal Papa Ped & Mama Eufemia were married for almost 61 years 

Guess which decade my parents tied the knot ~ the #bridesmaid‘s #bonnet may be an indicator…

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!  

†R.I.P., Paul Walker†

THANKS, Love & Basketball

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Politics, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/26/2013 at 17:11

With THANKSgiving just a couple of days away, I’ll share with you my latest posts (please remember that views and clicks on my Rant Sports articles determine my pay), as well as my days of giving thanks! THANK y’all for checking out my material/Maraming Salamat/¡Muchas Gracias! Wish you all a Happy Turkey Day and HOLYdays if you celebrate!

Pretty Fit Elaine

Dispo Hoop Scoops

Dispo College Hoop Scoops 

Butler Since Brad Stevens

More Dispo Rant Sports Fun ~ Slideshows

Giving THANKS 

Day 19: I’m THANKful for my #OurLadyOfTheLakeUniversity🏤 #LeadershipStudiesfamily* who’ve embarked on our journey toward our Ph.D. & those who support yours truly in my goal. ¡Gracias/Thank Y’all Team: Dr. D! *Much appreciation to my professor Dr. Phyllis Duncan, graduates of the program Drs. Barbara Baggerly-HinojosaAlex GarzaRam DelaRosa, & Melinda Garcia + my classmates Diana LucioAlicia PresasJaime RodriguezTozi GutierrezDeborah I. Swenson Valle & @SonjaPreston (guess I maximized tags) for keeping our dreams🌠 alive to make them a reality!🌅 #Faith #Hope️ #Love

Day 20: I’m THANKful for the right to #vote – which I did on #ElectionDay 15 days ago – & now ask y’all to exercise that right by #voting for the #2014NBAAllStarGame#DallasMavericks

http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2013/11/19/top-6-dallas-mavericks-who-should-appear-in-nba-2014-all-star-game/

NBAAllStars󾭪 #NBA󾟖 Let our #voice󾠀 be heard󾆑

Day 21: I’m THANKful for my #AdorationHour so I can serve the LORD through obligation of holy time w/Him & encourage others to commit

Day 22: I’m THANKful for the #ReasonForTheSeason#Luke📖 2:7️~ “And Mary brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”🏩#TheFirstCHRISTmas To top it off, the #HOLYdays have #kickoff🏈 here w/the#tipoff🏀 of #ice❄️ & #snow️ ~ so #StaySafeAndWarm while I jam🎧 out to#HOLYday #jingles! — listening to The Best Man Holiday.

Day 23: I’m THANKful for my ☀️Sunshine, who’s been taking me from Point A to Point B➡️ for exactly 41 months today! As Toby Keith sings in “I Love This Bar”: “I Like My Truck,” I actually LOVE my truck, as GOD✌️ has always blessed us on our merry way!

Day 24: I’m THANKful for my sister, Joanne Dispo, MSN, PMHNP, whose birthday is today! She’s one of the most generous & thoughtful people who I know, so may GOD bless her always ♥ Lola Rosa used to tell me: “You’re only 2,” meaning she’s the only blood sister who I have & to make the most of my time w/her…

I’m also THANKful for my fellow #USAF #MilitaryBrats Birthday Boys Davon Curry &Victor Rodriguez, who both have special places in my heart ♥ DBo & I used to write ol’ school letters when he was stationed out-of-state back in h.s. before social media was around + still inspires me to go #BeastMode to this very day! Vic was stationed in Germany where I was born, was kind to escort me to Winter Formal once, attended our Cooper High 10-yr reunion although he graduated elsewhere & hit a couple of #DallasMavericks games w/me!

Maligayang Bati/¡Feliz Cumpleaños!/HBD, 11/24 Babies =D

1:11 ~ make a wish!!!

Oh yeah… & I’m THANKful for the #DallasCowboys who play today &#THANKSgiving Day. #GoCOWBOYS =D #HowBoutEmBOYS

Day 25: I’m #THANKful for my thousands of #college #students who have taught me#life #lessons, including those who I heard & #learned from most recently: Jose Luis Rodriguez for props as his #professorNoe Garcia for providing me with useful information for my #doctoral #dissertationJess Ryan Mason for reading my #sports#stories* & Luis Vasquez for the #THANKSgiving #greetings#THANK you all, ¡#Muchas #Gracias! Now I #reminisce about when I’d have THANKSgiving #fiestasin class, a #tradition started by Brenda Blackmon, who cleverly suggested this spectacular idea & Alyssa Cantu, who graciously #cooked our #delicious 1st THANKSgiving #turkey =D I #LOVE & miss all of my students, who I #wish the best ♥

*Please check my main #bloghttp://www.rantsports.com/blog/author/elainedispo/󾟖󾟝

Day 26: I’m THANKful for being caught up with work for the month, so now I can spend the rest of THANKSgiving week working on my doctoral dissertation + visiting w/my family & friends! #LifeIsGood

11:11 ~ make a wish!!!

More Thanks + Hoop Scoops & Ball Calls

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/13/2013 at 21:33

Happy Hump Day!

THANKS

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, my family and agreed not to exchange CHRISTmas presents this year, as we have enough to be grateful for. The people who I will give something to are the children who I sponsor: the girl who my sister found for me in the Philippines through Christian Foundation of Children and Aging and the girl who I picked from my Church’s Angel Tree. You also have the opportunity to contribute to the relief from this devastation: World Food Programme

Bearing this in mind, here are my latest Days of THANKS:

Day 12: I’m THANKful for GOD’s calling and gifts, in particular for my service to the Church, where I’ll put my public speaking skills and voice to good use again, as a lector at mass (previously used to sing in the choir/music ministry and teaching speech at the college level)

Day 13: I’m THANKful for good health, so I spread the wealth in my wellness articles and  contributions to the Pretty Fit app and blog 

Speaking of my blog, here are my latest Rant posts:

Elaine Dispo’s Hoop Scoops – Mavs

Elaine Dispo’s Ball Calls – Dallas Cowboys

3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

Wellness Wednesday

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/06/2013 at 19:18

Happy Hump Day and 6th Day of THANKSgiving!

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First of all, I’ll update you on my giving THANKS…

Day 5: I’m THANKful for GOD’s will and grace. (And yes, after I wrote these out on my prayer petition paper at my church’s Adoration Chapel yesterday, I realized that I wrote a TV show title: Will & Grace — but I’m sure you know what I mean.)

Day 6: I’m THANKful for joining the Pretty Fit App Team! That way, I can use this opportunity to spread the wealth of health all around…

I’ve been super productive since the month of November kicked off, starting out with cranking out 10 articles in 5 days for Rant Sports*, as well as debuting my fitness posts for Pretty Fit App**! Here are my latest pieces for both:

* Elaine J. Dispo | NBA

** Elaine | Pretty Fit App

While I write about team goals for my Dallas Mavericks, I realize that we all could heed the advice of maintaining momentum in our own goals. The same goes for my tips on Pretty Fit to enrich every part of us: our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our souls.

Now speaking of goals and souls, it’s time for me to get the ball rolling on my dissertation…

Oh yeah, and I’m also grateful for the right to vote, which I did yesterday on Election Day!

1:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

On the 4th Day of THANKSgiving…

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 11/05/2013 at 00:44

So I’ll go join in on #GivingTHANKS, so let me catch up on the 1st 4 Days of #THANKSgiving:

    Day 1

: I’m THANKful for my NANAY who just retired as a Registered Nurse 😷 ❤

    Day 2

: I’m THANKful for my productivitym  ✒️ in my #dissertation 📖 & from my blogging 📓 #career, including my #sports 🏈 #rants 🏀through my Dispo Hoop Scoops * & my #fitness 👟 #tips 👣 through #PrettyFit 🙂

    Day 3

: THANKful for my supportive DAD ✈️ who just celebrated his Bday w/his tennis buddy 🎾 besties =D

    Day 4

: I’m THANKful for yummy food, including from my track 🌳 partner 🌅 Ate Roxy, who provided coffee ☕️ & breakfast 🍩 this morning ☀️

* My Latest Mavs Rants

Vince Carter, Best Sixth Man & Hopeful HOF

Dallas Mavericks = World Class Performers, People

Dallas Mavericks’ Key to Success

Dallas Mavericks Must Go Full Force

Shane Larkin, Rookie to Play Soon

+ more wonderful news: I’ll also start sharing my Dispo Hoop Scoops on College Hoops soon!

GOD’s 🙏 peace ✌️ & joy be w/y’all, my friends 💖

4:44 Pacific Standard Time ~ make a wish!!!