ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy Thanksgiving Eve On the eve of Thanksgiving I leave you with this great quote I found . <BR> <BR> "Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh ,laugh like hell. And when you get angry get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. William Saroyn <BR> <BR> I found that quite lovely except for the end part. I don't really want to think of that. H... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:56:45 EST Armor Yourself " God will protect us, but to make sure, carry a heavy club," Gypsy Rose Lee <BR> <BR> When I first read this quote I had quite the chuckle. On re-reading it I did discover I do carry a heavy club, not the kind you are thinking of. I arm myself every morning with a positive attitude. <BR> <BR> Every morning right after my shower I come to sparkpeople . I always click on the my mood on the start page and I always click a ten. I am not really up yet or sure of my mood, but by clicking on a... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:12:59 EST Simple Answers " Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. " Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) <BR> <BR> When your trying to lose weight or just maintain as I am you have a million complicated questions. I won't get into them because you all have them, but they all involve the how. How much, how long, how many to name a few . That is followed by the What. What am I supposed to do with all this info. Followed by how will I ever find the time? <BR> <BR> The answers quite frankly are r... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:10:26 EST Look for the sunshine " Look for the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow ." Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Yesterday I blogged about throwing the white flag on Friday and coming back strong on Saturday . How did I do it? Easy I kept my eyes to the sunshine. Me and my trusty white dog Mischa walked for 40 minutes in the 40 degree fall air. I even helped her conquer her fears , as we walked by a house under construction three times. Boy, did she hate the racket and the roofing being thrown off the side of the house. B... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:27:18 EST I threw the White Flag Yesterday I had Enough!!! <BR> I threw the white flag !!! <em>105</em> <BR> I gave up <em>20</em> <BR> I quit <em>227</em> <BR> I didn't try <em>24</em> <BR> I wallowed in nothingness <em>230</em> <BR> I let stress and unhappiness win <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn't cope, I couldn't think , it was all to much <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> Medical issues, Financial Issues , Emotional Issues , yep they all ganged u... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:01:09 EST Rock On " Just Rock on and have you a good time." Duane Allman <BR> <BR> Happy Aloha Friday!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Hugs , Happiness, and Healthy Living Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:15:14 EST Don't agonize Organize " Don't agonize . Organize . Florynce Kennedy <BR> <BR> We are all busy people, We have spouses , children ,parents friends. There are engagements to meet , appointments to keep, people to see. Adding to this mess we are supposed to add exercise and healthy eating to the mix. <BR> <BR> All this works out well if we organize and get our ducks in a row. I like to do this on Sunday . I have a rough draft as to my exercise routine. I check the weather to see what days I should be able to wal... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:15:00 EST Be Quick " Cross the river before reviling the crocodile's mother." Bill Tilman <BR> <BR> Sometimes I talk about something, I can swear I am going to do it but I procrastinate so much that it never happens and I get myself in trouble. This almost happened today . I was going to walk after work. Right after work I said. Because the sun was still out. <BR> <BR> Well first there was a fight to get in the house The husband and son were home locked in , and my key wouldn't work, The door handle is loo... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:27:35 EST Learn to Love Everything " The wind is blowing adore the wind." Pythagoras <BR> <BR> That's not what I was thinking as I took my dog out on a walk after work. It was 29 degrees with a stiff frozen breeze. Mischa , the white American Eskimo dog and I love our walks. At least I think she does hard to tell with that smile plastered on her face 24-7, but that tail wag tells me it is so. <BR> <BR> I was bundled but not enough . We started our usual walk and then the wind and cold you know the kind that just seeps in... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:02:18 EST Is it my body ? You guys know I love Alice Cooper , one of my favorite songs is ,Is it my body. ? The words go like this.. " What have I got to make you want to love me? Is it my body? Or something inside me? Tell me It's really up to you have you got the time to find out who I really am? " <BR> <BR> This was my story . I always hated my body . As a youngster I was too skinny and not pretty . In my thirty's with the birth of my children I was too round and too top heavy . Then in my late forties my botto... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:22:22 EST Don't miss out " No matter what you do or where you are , you're going to be missing out on something ." Alan Arkin <BR> <BR> <BR> If your going to miss anything miss the butter , salt ,unhealthy fat. soda, and sugar. Miss out on seconds ,or eating when your not truly hungry. Miss out on your chance to doubt yourself and not love yourself as much as you love anyone else. Miss out on blaming your self for your mistakes, and wishing you had a different life. Miss out on living in the past , and not yea... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:01:11 EST How you Gonna see me now I just got done watching an old Alice Copper video yesterday. Well actually many because I love his music and the fact that he gave up alcohol and drugs and still made a huge comeback and still performs at age 60 . <BR> <BR> One of the songs stuck in my head big time. "How you gonna see me now. " The chorus goes How you gonna see me now , please don't see me ugly babe , because I let you down in so many ways . It's a song about Alice's visit to the psych ward to get off of booze and alcohol... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:35:56 EST Happy Aloha Friday Here's hoping your having the best day that you can . That your eating healthy and that the sun has kissed your face at least once today. If it's raining just imagine it. Here's hoping your day was filled with movement and fun. That at least one friend has stopped to listen and give you an ear. If they haven't come to my page I am usually here just looking for someone to talk to. Here's hoping you laughed at least once today a big down to your toes belly laugh . If not the internet is full of... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:27:02 EST Things look better in the morning " It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning." Colin Powell <BR> <BR> <BR> I have a book of quotes that I have been blogging about for at least a year now. The book is called Dance First Think Later. by Kathryn and Ross Petras. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I went to a new eye doctor . I knew there was a chance that my uveitis would come back and make my eye sight worse. I have been noticing my left eye is way more blurry . I was hoping it was my glasses , or a million oth... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:25:42 EST Get up and moving " No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is , you still have to get out of it.' Grace Slick <BR> <BR> Now that your up. Hopefully you've done the most important thing for yourself get eight hours of sleep. <BR> Now it is time to refuel with the healthiest freshest food you can find and afford. Think , make every decision about food the best that you can . You want to be healthy and happy as much as you can ,food the right kinds, will give you all the vitamins and nutrients to get you... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:30:23 EST A little Love " You've got to have something to eat and a little love in your life. Everything goes smack back to that. " Billie Holiday <BR> <BR> A bunch of you know who my best friend is already. I mean I talk about him all the time. I spend an hour a day or more with him on most days . He has saved my life and my sanity . For those of you who don't know I am talking about the very famous Tony Horton of p90x, p90x2, p90x3 ,and now p90 fame . <BR> <BR> Yesterday I caught up with him on the Hallmark ch... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:41:20 EST Avoid " Avoid people with gold teeth who want to play cards." George Carlin <BR> <BR> George Carlin is a real funny guy and I think he had a funny way of saying stay away from negative people. Stay away from people that would put you down , or stall your progress. You know the ones that try to stick food in our face. Or say stupid things like a little bit won't hurt you . <BR> <BR> Don't stay away from them all together. First let's try to make them come over to the sunny side of life . Just ke... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:18:25 EST Delusion is sometimes the conclusion " When all else fails , there's always delusion, Conan O Brien <BR> <BR> Many of you already know that I see the world through rose colored glasses . I always aim to be positive to see the good in all . But now I've taken it to the next level and find myself delusional from time to time . <BR> <BR> Like today I was not in the mood for much exercise. I have a pre cold . I was going through a million excuses why not to . When It hit me ., and the delusion set in. I am an athlete . Athlete... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 17:40:04 EST A Winning Hand "Try to decide how good your hand is at any given moment . Nothing else matters . Nothing!!! Doyle Brunson <BR> <BR> Today when I awoke it was the first anniversary of my aunt's death .I was missing her big time. I was thinking of all the happy memories we had and how they were no more. I was thinking of my husband and his peripheral artery disease and how he is in a lot of pain and due for a lot f doctors appointments which we have no money for. It was cold out and I was tired after a l... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 12:58:10 EST Be Brave " Let bravery be your choice, not bravado." Menander <BR> <BR> Let's face it it takes a certain amount of bravery to eat right and exercise and lose weight . It's not for the weak of heart and spirit. <BR> <BR> We do need to be careful not to go over the top. Did you know if you eat to little you won't lose weight? Proven fact. Your body thinks its starving because it literally is and It holds on to the weight . Can you blame it.? No , just you are to blame. <BR> <BR> A lot of people als... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:51:40 EST Reflecting Reflect upon your present blessings---of which every man has many --- Not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some ." Indira Gandhi <BR> <BR> Let's have fun today .Let's celebrate our blessings <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> I want everyone who reads this to add a few of your blessings to this blog . <em>381</em> <em>220</em> <em>342</em> <em>361</em> together . <BR> <BR> Here are some of mine ..... <BR> <BR> My strong arms and legs ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 05:50:36 EST I am Betting On You The race is not always to be swift, nor the battle to be strong , but that's the way to bet. " Damon Runyon <BR> <BR> Life is hard it is supposed to be . I am betting my last dollar that you guys will be winners .I can see it in the cards. In the way you act and deliver . <BR> <BR> A lot of you are up at the crack of dawn cracking an egg for your morning breakfast. Or your up cracking that whip starting the day off with exercise . A lot of you are walking away from the doughnuts at work a... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 06:00:22 EST Be Courageous Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run it is easier ." Eleanor Roosevelt. <BR> <BR> It takes a lot of courage to say you no longer want to live like this and then do something about it, It cam be a hard lonely road to stand for what you believe in. Facing fear is standing strong in the storm. It takes courage to step into the unknown and say I am willing to try. <BR> <BR> But each little obstacle you knock down will make you stronger. Each inch you move forward will gi... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 05:40:11 EST Step it Up " Watch out for emergencies . They are your big chance. " Fritz Reiner <BR> <BR> What do you do when an emergency pops up to ruin your routine, <em>198</em> <em>46</em> <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Do you do this or this!!! <em>227</em> <em>228</em> <BR> <BR> DONT!!!! Yes see this <em>228</em> but do this <em>58</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Let me translate when an emergency pops up . Study it , figure out a plan and conquer it <em>358</em> and then move on with a... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:43:34 EST Don't Give Up You can do anything you want to do as long as you keep a good attitude and keep working at it .But the second you give up your screwed." Dolly Parton <BR> <BR> Can't say this enough people if you over eat or miss an exercise DO NOT GIVE UP . In the big picture of life a missed exercise or two,or two many chips or dips won't hurt you to much . What will is what you do after,that continual downward spiral . <BR> <BR> <BR> Next time just try a little harder. Do a little bit more exercise ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 14:52:15 EST Don't Look to Far Ahead "It is a mistake to look to far ahead. the chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time," Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> A while ago I made the decision to start a second round of p90x3 this time using the lean version, That is 90 days of 30 minute ultra intense hard exercises ., times two gasp. <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But I didn't look at it like that at all or maybe I wouldn't have even begun. I said tomorrow I will have fun doing my accelerato... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 18:58:35 EST Underpromise and OverDeliver " Underpromise and overdeliver. " Robin Li <BR> <BR> A lot of people promise themselves BIG things in the way of goals and when it doesn't happen. <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> It is far better to make very small modest goals and then meet them <em>248</em> or do better. <em>30</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I have a modest ten minute walk goal a day I can honestly say I can over achieve that and then some to 30 or minutes a day <em>313</em> <em>100</em> on most d... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:13 EST Kick Your Way Through " When a door is hard to open, and if nothing else works ,sometimes you just have to rear back and kick to open." Muriel Siebert <BR> <BR> I don't do p90x3 Pilates x or my other workouts at four in the morning <em>220</em> because I love it, Believe me it is winning me over . No one likes to do anything at 4 am But I do it...... <BR> <BR> Because their are some doors that I need to kick open in regards to health and well being. <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216<... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:55:58 EST Roar Like a Lion " I once complained to my father that I didn't seem to be able to do things the same way other people did . Dad's advice? Margo ,don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. People eat sheep. "Margo Kaufman <BR> <BR> My husband caught me doing my p90x3 at 4am this morning. he watched in the shadows . He later exclaimed that it looked like I was dong a whole other workout. Of course it did I am not an elite athlete . I do not exercise for hours a day , nor do I look like a super model and there is ... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:48:14 EST Move Because Were Meant To " You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and your never as bad as they say when you lose." Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> Why are you exercising to lose weight , look good , get more toned , have a better and stronger heart? Well those are all great reasons . Exercising does so much for us . <BR> <BR> But is it enough? One hour of sitting on an exercise bike will not help much if you have an hour ride in to work , and then sit at your desk all day . Then when you get home you exerci... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:46:42 EST Move Forward With Purpose "One thing you cannot afford to do----that's to feel sorry for yourself." Woody Hayes <BR> <BR> It is normal to feel sorry for yourself when you are hurt or injured or your world is crumbling down on you . It's not a great idea to wallow this way for long. <BR> <BR> Why? You need a plan . An idea , some motivation to get you out of the situation, <BR> <BR> You need to call the doctor , or your financial planner or your psychiatrist, someone in authority that can help you get out of this... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:41:48 EST Never Hurry and Never Worry " Never hurry and never worry." E.B. White <BR> <BR> I saw an article on facebook yesterday . Yeah I go to the old time waster for time to time , after all my work is done right .Lol. Well anyway this article was from Always and they asked people to run like a girl. They ran pretty comically like you would guess . Then they asked them what running like a girl meant. If it was a put down? Then they asked if they wanted a redo and how would you really run . It's great you should look it up ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:58:25 EST What is done in love "It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength ,and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.' Vincent Van Gogh <BR> <BR> I so love my walks especially in the fall . The air is cool and crisp . The sun is warm and inviting . I love the sound of the leaves as they crinkle under my feet. The sound of my upbeat music on my ipod with my dog at my side and the beautiful colors or the leaves. I love to smile at the nei... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:33:12 EST We are not Alone " Just remember were all in this alone" Jane Wagner <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Not here on this site not now not ever . Here we are a team of many faces and personalities and ideas <em>10</em> <em>32</em> <em>58</em> <em>36</em> <em>43</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here we help each other get to where we need to be . <em>243</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:47:53 EST Let's get Healthy " The nearest way to glory---a shortcut, as it were---is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be ." Socrates <BR> <BR> I have a confession to make I tried diets.!! I know gasp horror . I even tried losing weight . But I failed why because of this horrid thing <em>192</em> . You see even when I was succeeding I was never often happy. <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Every day would look like this <em>192</em> <em>104</em> the next <em>192</em> <em>40</em> a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:24:16 EST Be a Turtle " You don't have to rush down the hill. You can walk down." Clint Eastwood <BR> <BR> Many people rush through weight loss and exercise. It is much better if you go slower . Be a turtle . <BR> <BR> Most people give up way to much when they start a weight loss strategy and then they give up all together. It is better to start slow , have half a soda , and then a third and then none, Give up one vice at a time and wait for it to stick. Then begin another . <BR> <BR> The same with exercise ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:48:01 EST Risky Business " If you don't risk anything , you risk even more. Erica Jong <BR> <BR> Losing weight and exercising is risky business. <BR> <BR> Will my family accept the new me? <BR> <BR> Can I still hang out with my friends and eat salad while they eat pizza.? <BR> <BR> Can I learn to say no , to the after work party and go to yoga class instead? <BR> <BR> How will my body react to new foods? <BR> <BR> Will I lose my friends with this new way of eating? <BR> <BR> If I eat this cookie after ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:48:21 EST How can you change it " Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possible avoid it ,"But how can it be like that?" because you will get" down the drain" into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped . . Nobody knows how it can be like that . Richard Feyman <BR> <BR> Sometimes bad things happen to us . Sometimes there is no reason . What we should be asking is what can I do about it ? How can I change the situation and move forward.? How can I find the good in this ? Hugs, Happiness and Healthy livin... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:03:38 EST What does it mean " Believe in this world --- that their is meaning behind everything " Vivekananda <BR> <BR> There is so much learning to be had in this world . so many lessons to learn .Most things both good and bad happen for a reason it is our job to find the meaning and lesson. <BR> <BR> Here is some of the knowledge I learned , At thirteen we lost our house to a fire. The firefighter said it was a miracle we all survived, I learned that people are more important than possessions . I learned that you ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:25:38 EST SLOW Your Life Down " Bend down once in awhile and smell a flower." Russell Baker <BR> <BR> <BR> Our world is a none stop whirlwind . Sometimes you feel like your on a merry go round and you can't get off, Work , kids , appointments, obligations , housework , yard work , friends and parties , families and get togethers . It never stops . <BR> <BR> Well if we are going to survive and keep our sanity we need to slow way down . Be a turtle <em>134</em> not a hare <em>172</em> . We need to breathe <em... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:07:07 EST I believe in Magic " Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> I believe in magic . It is everywhere you just have to believe. <BR> <BR> Like today I had an unbelievably great workout . Anything is possible with a little magic. <BR> <BR> Tired me , picture eyeore here from Winnie the Pooh , slugged home from work ,thinking there was no way I was going to work out. No time , too tired ,burnt out , over stressed . <BR> <BR> But the sunshine fairies <em>90</em> <... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:24:17 EST Changing my Attitude "If you can't change your fate, change your attitude." Amy Tan <BR> <BR> Well I heard some people talking about me the other day . I love that song just not what is happening . You know your in trouble when you work in a small department ,and someone comes in with coffee for everyone but you . Then they have some group chats that your not invited too, But they forgot I can hear better than them., or maybe they don't care. <BR> <BR> Today Is thankfully Thursday and I personally thank my... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:51:38 EST You Are Enough Whatever you are , be a good one." Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> We always seem to get caught up in the what if 's <BR> <BR> <BR> If I was prettier , skinnier , younger ,had more friends, smarter , had more talent , then life would be happier. <BR> <BR> We also get caught up in the whys .Why can't I be more like Betsy. Why isn't my hair like Suzie's . Why can't I lose the weight like Henry. <BR> <BR> The simple answer is you are not them you are you . <BR> <BR> And you should be enough.... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:19:09 EST I am a Healthy Sparkwarrior Are You ? " What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway. Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> I was supposed to do my warrior workout today I find it to be the hardest in the set of p90x3 workouts. It's the workout Tony Horton uses when he trains the troops . <BR> <BR> But first I had to fight a battle with myself and the universe. <BR> <BR> Work has been super crazy most of the building is on 10 hrs overtime for over a month now. My job is finding errors , tired people equal lot... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:09:25 EST Tie that Knot " When you get to the end of your rope---Tie a knot in it and hang on ." Franklin D. Roosevelt <BR> <BR> We all have some days when we are filled with I can't and won't s. When everything is too hard, and we are buried under a land slide of trouble. <BR> <BR> First thing we always forget is to breathe . So breathe and then breathe some more. Remember you are not literally at the end of your rope. Nope the sun is going to shine tomorrow. And if memory serves you right , I bet you had othe... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:46:17 EST Be Bold " Be bold. if you are going to make an error , make a doozey , and don't be afraid to hit the ball. " Billie Jean King <BR> <BR> Hey you !!! Yes you over there. Are you hiding ?Are You shy? Self conscious? Guess What? We all are . Don't let that stop you . <BR> <BR> Get out there get in the game . Join In . Reach . Reach Far. Reach for the stars. Reach to the heavens. You are stronger and smarter than you think. <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes we all fall . We all have to pick ourselves ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:45:24 EST Don't Wait!!!! "It's no good running a pig farm badly for thirty years, while saying Really I was meant to be a ballet dancer. By that time pigs will be your style," Quentin Crisp <BR> <BR> Never settle . Never settle for second best. Never settle for some one else. Never settle on the easier route. <BR> <BR> Always Be The You, You Were Meant to Be <BR> <BR> If you want to be a dancer then <em>355</em> Now and often <BR> <BR> If you want to sing <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>276</em> <... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:16:11 EST A Little Confused " If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're doing something wrong' John Gierach <BR> <BR> I seem to have a failure to connect with people lately. Okay to be honest I have felt that way for most of my life. Because of my earlier years I have had low self esteem . I have been working very hard at this. Most days I feel on top of the world , an equal and the next I begin to wonder if there is something very wrong with me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I expressed ... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:36:25 EST The Heart of the matter " Wherever you go , go with all your heart.' Confucius <BR> <BR> Going some where? Did you forget something? Yes sometimes we do . We set out with good intentions but for some reason we forget to take our whole hearts . <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> A lot of times we make half hearted gestures without even realizing it. <em>51</em> Or we make half hearted attempts at exercise or eating <em>51</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> We need to get to the heart of the matter . <em>26</em> We nee... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 15:30:19 EST Yes and No " Live by yes and no- yes to everything good , no to everything bad. " William James <BR> <BR> Say yes to healthy, good for you food . Say no to artery clogging ,sugar laden food . You do know the difference , you just don't want to face it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Say Yes to exercise , meditation , relaxation and healthy living . Say no to too much partying staying up late to often and burning the candle at both ends. Say NO to Stress. <BR> <BR> It is really quite simple and easy, step away ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18:32:10 EST