ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community surround yourself with stars " Don't hitch your wagon to a falling star" Judge Judy <BR> <BR> Who do you hang around with ? Who do you love? <BR> Are they building you up , or are they breaking you down. <BR> Sometimes alone time is better than hanging with a negative , judgmental person, <BR> Sometimes the falling star is a family member , you may feel better limiting your time together , <BR> Build yourself a loving and nurturing posse , then watch yourself blossom . <BR> As always keep looking for Hugs, Happine... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 18:55:21 EST Dreaming " Dream no small dream." Victor Hugo <BR> <BR> Short blog as I need to be in work at 5 am all week. Keep dreaming my friends and dream big . We are and We can do so much more , We are so much more. <BR> Highlights for today got my 30 minute walk in even though it was cold winter is on the way. Made an awesome salad for lunch a ton of greens , beets, clementine, apple blueberries , goat cheese and a drizzle of salad dressing and turkey. Now on to dream land. working at getting my daughters... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:24:33 EST Sunday is a day for kindness Kindness <BR> <BR> "It is the history of kindness <BR> that alone makes the world tolerable <BR> If it were not for that , for the effects of <BR> kind words, kinds looks, kind letters... <BR> I should be inclined to think of our life <BR> a practical jest in the worst possible spirit. <BR> <BR> Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> What a special way to start the holiday season with kindness .My daughter is back at college after a lovely family Thanksgiving. I am getting ready to go to work ... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:19:32 EST Don't get used up The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up." Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Have multiple passions in life. Don't over work yourself or let yourself burn out, Learn how to rest and how to recharge , There is always something more make sure to leave some energy for it. <BR> <BR> Know that etch day holds new mysteries and adventures . As always look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:43:21 EST Don't worry Don't fear God. Don't worry about death ; What is good is easy to get, and what is terrible is easy to endure, " Epicurus <BR> <BR> We spend so much of our day worrying and planning and hoping , We just need to relax and let the day flow. Let what will come , come. Just learn to accept and move on. <BR> <BR> Stop saying I will have a good day If ... <BR> Say i will have a good day no matter what <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good Aloha Friday . If you went shopping I hope you got what y... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:21:31 EST Being thankful for the gift of you "If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person ." Mr. Rogers <BR> <BR> On a day of being Thankful for so very much. Let us not forget to be thankful for the gift of ourselves, we hold power we never could have dreamed of. Hope you all had an awesome turkey day , <BR> I surprised myself before heading to the des... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 20:44:20 EST I am not a fan of aging "Everybody's there own kind of a damn fool. I'll bet even you think now and then of opportunities missed and think you could have done perhaps better? I'm full of regrets. Piles and piles of them , but you must not let that bother you . You'd just shoot yourself , which would be nice, but it doesn't pay out. What's the point? So if you can find something to do the way I did , then it keeps you alive. That's the reason I'm alive and active at 85 with lots of work and traveling all over the ... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:23:18 EST Give yourself a break " You're not supposed to understand everything " Rod Steiger <BR> <BR> Give yourself a break now and then . You are human . Do what you can and forget the rest. Tomorrow will bring what it will. Things just happen , Don't waste valuable time trying to figure it all out . <BR> Just go for a ride and enjoy . As always look for Hugs, Happiness , and Healthy Living Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:20:39 EST I believe in the God in me " I believe that God is in me <BR> as the sun is in the color and fragrance <BR> of a flower--- <BR> the Light in my darkness <BR> the Voice in my silence <BR> <BR> Helen Keller <BR> <BR> I think it's human to sometimes forget that God is in you. If we remembered than we would take so much better care or ourselves, We would be gentler and kinder. We would be grateful always. We would eat healthy and exercise daily. We would enjoy life so much more, <BR> <BR> Have... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:42:43 EST reward yourself It's Happy Aloha Friday it's the day I reward myself for working all week and staying healthy , So I start out by buying myself a coffee and a egg sandwich .I make sure I have my favorites for lunch . Which is usually tuna fish with a dab of mayonnaise or a salad with vegetables and fruit and nuts , greek yogurt , fruit , honey and nuts, and an apple, Dinner is something easy to make usually fish and rice. <BR> <BR> On Aloha Friday I sometimes put on the beaded necklace i bought in Hawai... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:35:32 EST doing it a different way "Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well." Jean-Jacques Rousseau <BR> <BR> Today I made pulled pork from a healthy recipe , I used the crock pot, For dinner we had the pork over half a bun . I wanted more. I thought of my son who would love to have some of the leftovers , before his third shift job. I also thought about being still hungry , <BR> <BR> Happy to report that Joshua got the left overs 24 year olds still love moms cooking a time or two, <BR> I... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:36:43 EST Don't take any hard knocks " You are young and have the world before you. Stoop as you go through it , and you will miss many hard thumps" Cotton Mather <BR> <BR> Ha Ha who knew standing up straight would get you into trouble, Lol <BR> <BR> I am glad i am not boastful or prideful so I may be safe if i have good posture, <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a wild Wednesday . I ate healthy until dinner . My husband made pasta with hamburg, and sausages and a TON of cheese. Sorry but it was so so good. <em>18</em> <BR> ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:06:08 EST Going back to work " Everything considered , work is less boring than amusing oneself." Charles Baudelaire <BR> <BR> Been out of work for two months healing a frozen shoulder that has tendonitus . I also have a bad back, posture which adds to my problem. My doctor wants me out for another month , but work wants me back now. Money wins, . I have to continue my exercises so my shoulder continues to heal, otherwise it could refreeze. No way!!! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to visiting with my friends at work ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:19:05 EST The world needs comforting The Comforter <BR> <BR> "I fought the tears and ran outside <BR> From human eye I'd try to hide <BR> But there are Eyes that always see <BR> He ever watches over me <BR> And so He sent a gentle breeze <BR> to kiss my cheek and comfort me " <BR> <BR> Emily King <BR> <BR> I found this poem and it made me feel better. i hope it brings you some peace in this turmoil ed world . I hope you all had a peaceful Sunday Keep searching for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 15 Nov 2015 19:23:21 EST There is always Hope "If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes. " Clement of Alexandria <BR> <BR> We must not forget that there is always hope to get us through . Love for our fellow man and hope, <BR> <BR> We must always hope for a better , kinder , world, <BR> <BR> Have a successful Saturday . Hope you always are on the lookout for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:20:39 EST Horrors in Paris " Call Home at least once a week,. " John Grisham <BR> <BR> We never know how or when it will be our time. Our time here is short. Always remember to tell people you love them it only takes a minute, <BR> <BR> My heart and prayers go out to Paris and the deadly terrorist attacks there. Words can not describe the horror. We have a lot of work to do to heal the world, <BR> <BR> My Friday blog is usually about Happy Aloha Friday and working hard to find your happiness. love one another eve... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:34:14 EST don't give up " A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. " George Orwell <BR> <BR> We all stumble and fall and make many mistakes but in the midst of all that is goals accomplished, and many victories big and small, <BR> <BR> Keep striving forward it doesn't matter how long it takes to get there , or how many mistakes you make along the way. <BR> <BR> Today is thankfully Thursday . Be thankful for all you h... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:26:17 EST Trust "Trust your gut " Barbara Walters <BR> <BR> Trust YOURSELF <BR> <BR> Trust God <BR> <BR> Thank you to all the veterans out there , and their families . Thank you for your sacrifices. Have a wild Wednesday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and healthy Living Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:14:33 EST Having a thankful Tuesday Today was my last physical therapy session. I left with exercises to continue some good advice and a hug. I am really going to miss them , They became friends during the course of my treatment, I was never afraid while there . They always treated me gently while pushing me to get stronger . Having a frozen shoulder was no fun at all but I often laughed in their company and had a fun time, I looked forward to their care and feel a little lost without it. Sigh . <BR> <BR> Hope you all are h... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 19:28:58 EST Have a Marvelous Monday " You see things and you say why? But I dream things that never were; and say Why Not.?" <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> I hope you all had marvelous Mondays , I admit Mondays were not my favorite until i turned my thinking around. Monday is a new beginning . Monday is a new chance to shine. Monday is a start, Mondays can be Motivational . Mondays can Outstanding,.Mondays can be nice , Mondays can be delightful . Mondays can be awesome, Monday can be a yea!!! Day. Monday can be sens... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 18:51:34 EST Encourage often " The Gift <BR> The gift of encouragement <BR> Should be given each day--- <BR> Pass it out freely <BR> And in gentle ways. <BR> There's no need for ribbons <BR> To make it look grand--- <BR> Just the simple encouragement <BR> of a kind helping hand . <BR> Joan Stephen <BR> <BR> Thank you my friends for all the encouragement and thinking of me. I think of you all every day, It is so great we work so hard to make sure we all succeed . I wish you much happiness and health and hugs. Love ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 20:24:27 EST Always be unconsciously aware " When making a decisions of minor importance , I have always found it to be advantageous to consider all the pros and cons. In vital matters, however , such as the choice of mate or profession, decisions should come from the unconscious, from somewhere within ourselves . In the important decisions of our personal lives we should be governed by the deep inner needs of our nature.' Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> I do not have a clue what my next job will be or when it will start. The one thing... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:13:05 EST special Happy Aloha Friday Happy Aloha Friday everyone . <BR> <BR> Today is extra special because my daughter Sara is back in the house. She has been in college since august 26th, I miss her a ton. <BR> <BR> Today I went to my shoulder specialist for my frozen shoulder he released me to go back to work November 18th . He told me to stay vigilant and keep up my exercises so it wont refreeze ,especially this months it will be the third month mark. <BR> <BR> Then Sara and I went to get our flu shots and a lesson in p... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 20:24:35 EST Have a thankful Thursday We really have a lot to be thankful for if we really think about it. Most of us are well off and really don't have much to complain about. Some of us are having harder days but they do get better and brighter. So have a Thankful Thursday . I am so very thankful for great friends here . I am thankful that I still have my job. I am thankful that my shoulder is slowly healing, I am thankful for my wonderful family that continue to surprise me. <BR> <BR> So have a thankful Thursday and as alway... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 19:47:55 EST Have a wild Wednesday Have a wild Wednesday <BR> <BR> Let your inner child out to play <BR> <BR> Remember what it felt like to be truly you <BR> <BR> to have true fun . <BR> <BR> Continue to look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:10:36 EST Everyone should be having fun !!! "We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you different ." Kurt Vonnegut <BR> <BR> Kick up your heels. Dance with abandonment . <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Laugh until it hurts <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Do what you love <em>321</em> <em>216</em> <em>185</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Love often and deeply <em>26</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Spend your time wisely <em>56</em> <em>361</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> Have a tremendou... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 19:38:54 EST Keep working " I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves." Ludwig Wittgenstein <BR> <BR> Keep reaching , keep stretching , Keep looking for more goals, <BR> <BR> Keep working hard , Keep being thankful . Keep looking for the sunshine in the rain , the laughter in the tears, a long moments of peace and contentment. <BR> <BR> As Always look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 2 Nov 2015 19:04:48 EST Keep a Candle Lit " The Candle <BR> <BR> Put a candle in your window <BR> When the night is dark with storm. <BR> It will welcome any stranger; <BR> Keep friends and family warm. <BR> <BR> When you see someone in sorrow; <BR> Just let your candle shine <BR> From your soul and from your window <BR> It will be a cheerful sign. <BR> <BR> Always place a candle <BR> Where the world can see it's light---- <BR> The glow will lift a sad heart <BR> And brighten every night.' <BR> Joan Stephen <BR> <BR> Have a ble... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 19:44:16 EST Always Give " You must remember to always give , of everything you have . You must give foolishly even. You must be extravagant . You must give to all who come into your life , Then nothing or no one shall have power to cheat you of anything., for if you give to a thief, he cannot steal from you , and he himself is then no longer a thief. And the more you give , the more you will have to give ." William Saroyan <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween everyone remember to give away most of your candy, Hugs Have a gre... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 20:01:59 EST Dinners as a family a must The important thing is to sit down at the table and talk. Some things are just easier to say across the remains of a shared meal," Jessica B. Harris <BR> <BR> What a lovely tradition to continue when you can. My husband leaves for work around 520. he awakens at 430 and luckily I have dinner ready and then some quick catching up , Then he is showering and out the door. I think we would be lost without that half hour connect , <BR> <BR> My son works third shift also . He usually buys his... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20:51:05 EST Spread the love " Love one another and you will be happy .It's as simple and as difficult as that." Michael Leunig <BR> <BR> Spread some sunshine wherever you go. <BR> Be present in the moment. <BR> Be thankful for what you have and what you will receive . <BR> Be as positive as you can as often as you can. <BR> Be grateful , for the air, the ability to dance and read. <BR> Celebrate nature often and with abandon , <BR> Take care of the earth and the animals . <BR> Take care of the weak and the sick an... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:10:26 EST stay alert " Don't let your hearts grow numb,Stay alert." Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Be on the lookout for someone to help, <BR> Be on the lookout for a reason to care, <BR> Love yourself more , the world will open up to you <BR> Always show gratitude and love . <BR> Be thankful , kind and loving . <BR> Put your heart in all you do, <BR> <BR> Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:29:31 EST Keep thinking " Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly,is better than not to think at all." Hypatia <BR> <BR> Have a thinking ,thankful Tuesday , Sending you all Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:24:39 EST starting the week of sincere ' Always be sincere , even if you don't mean it. " Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> I always seek out and mean to be sincere. I strive to be honest and genuine , I may embellish a time or two but who doesn't. I can honestly say that I am working hard to lose weight most days and most hours of the day . I am trying to be as healthy as I can . <BR> <BR> if we are being truly honest I could do better. Today I made a chicken sandwich with greens . Sounds healthy . But sincerely not, First there was... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 19:14:18 EST going to bed " As my head rests on my pillow Let my soul rest in your mercy. <BR> As my limbs relax on the mattress,Let my soul relax in your peace. <BR> As my body finds warmth beneath the blankets, Let my soul find warmth in your love. <BR> As my mind is filled with dreams, Let my soul be filled with the visions of heaven." <BR> Johann Freylinghausen ( 1670-1739) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed night my sparkfriends and keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 25 Oct 2015 19:32:32 EST the new Bionic women " Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can. " Elisa Maxwell <BR> <BR> It came to my attention as I read my pacemaker bill that I am indeed a Bionic Women. <BR> Yes my pacemaker makes me stronger and faster and fitter . I'd like to think that sparkpeope and I help out also, <BR> <BR> After all I walk almost daily , mostly outside in all weather . I just dress for the occasion and on most days I have a pleasant experience. I really love the feel of the sun , the rain , or snow on m... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 19:40:05 EST Make No mistake it is Aloha Friday " The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one, " Elbert G. Hubbard <BR> <BR> Make no mistake about it I did have an awesome Aloha Friday and I have a lot to be thankful for. <BR> <BR> I had some leftover soup from some garden vegetables I made for lunch. Dinner was leftover roast cut and served stir fry style over rice. I added mixed vegetables, water chestnuts and bean sprouts and peppers and onions. <BR> <BR> I took the dog out for a w... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:24:48 EST treat your friends better " Instead of loving your enemies , treat your friends a little better.' Ed Howe <BR> <BR> Today it was someones job to leave a notice at my door. That was it their job. He choose to sit in his car close to my house and watch me for awhile first, He saw me sitting outside trying to enjoy the sun and read for awhile, i was trying to de-stress and forget my problems. <BR> <BR> He choose to stand at my gate and wave me over to hand me the notice instead of leaving it on my doorknob . Nice g... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:00:15 EST Thank God for Physical Therapists Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't than you are wasting your time on Earth. Roberto Clemente <BR> <BR> Just want to put a huge shout out out here for the physical therapists of the world . I don't know what i would do without my group at Grey's Physical therapy, <BR> <BR> They are my cheerleaders <em>321</em> , my coaches , my mentors , my advisers <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> They make sure we are smiling <em>30</em> They work on o... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:58:29 EST keep looking for the sunny side " Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. " Charles Swindoll <BR> <BR> Life is not always roses and rainbows <em>214</em> <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> But that shouldn't matter <BR> <BR> Whatever fun life throws at you keep looking for the funny sunny side, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a marvelous Monday keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 19 Oct 2015 20:00:47 EST Silence Time In Silence <BR> <BR> The moon sends ripples of light <BR> into the darkness <BR> of the pond, <BR> the shadows dappled <BR> by drifting clouds; <BR> so does faith <BR> send its shaft <BR> of hope and peace <BR> into consciousness <BR> as I drift <BR> into the darkness <BR> of sleep . <BR> Elizabeth Searle Lamb <BR> <BR> Hope you had some silence on your sunday May your days be filled with Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:20:16 EST What else is there? " Three meals a day. Work hard. Keep yourself clean . Get enough sleep What else is there? "Antonio Pierro ( world war one veteran) <BR> <BR> What else is there? Indeed. <BR> <BR> Had boring breakfast today english muffin and coffee, Lunch I broadened my horizons I made made thai tuna sandwiches , I mixed it with regular tuna and then tomatoes and cheese and just a smidgen of mayo. Now I have left overs for tomorrow . <BR> <BR> I managed to mortify my husband, I told him while he was ... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 20:10:04 EST Happy Healthy Aloha Friday " If your cute you may as well be clever." David Sedaris <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> to my Mom she is 77 today <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today . I had coffee!!!!! Can you tell I love coffee . <BR> I had homemade soup , with vegetables from the garden starring ..eggplant ,kale and tomatoes .I had Salmon and beets from the garden for supper and a few sweet potato fries because once in a while you have to break the health rules . <BR> <BR> I went on a long and anticipated walk with the dog.... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 20:33:26 EST a perfect day " You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you" John Wooden <BR> <BR> Hope you had a very thankful Thursday . There is so much to be thankful for . Think about your list every day and smile. You guys and gals are the best thank you for always being in my corner, Wishing you all the best and Hugs , happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:57:43 EST Know Thyself " Know thyself is a good saying:, but not in all situations . In many it is better to say , " Know others." Menander <BR> <BR> Today I wanted to walk my daughter told me she was fine with just a long sleeve shirt on. Although she lives half the state away , she is a smart girl. The weather has been anywhere from 50 to 70 and changes on the half hour. She was spot on. <BR> <BR> I knew last walk was a little boring although I met the newest puppy in the neighborhood , and helped rescue a li... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:21:07 EST Sometimes Good is better than Great " Avoid extremes .Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.." Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Some days we get so caught up in goals and lists and wants that if we come up short it is the end of the world. It really isn't but we can feel like failures . If we do we can miss out on so much . <BR> <BR> Today I didn't have a great breakfast, I had an English muffin with cheese, and a black coffee to go with my pain pills, . <BR> Today i choose to laugh with my physical the... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:57:13 EST The future is now " Your future can be decided in two easy steps: <BR> 1. Find your dream <BR> 2. Chase it <BR> <BR> A single dream can launch the journey of a lifetime <BR> <BR> As always i am sending you Hugs Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 12 Oct 2015 19:42:29 EST Sunday Evening "Dear Lord, <BR> I sense you listen and see. <BR> I cannot sleep <BR> until we speak. <BR> Forgive me the mistakes I've <BR> made, <BR> the wrong deeds done this day. <BR> Love me most when I love myself least. ' <BR> Jacqueline Seewald <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a healthy happy blessed day, I pray we all learn to love others and ourselves more. To be kinder , and have more patience and understanding , Wishing you all more Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:34:50 EST Always have a Rocking Good Time The world only exists in your eyes... You can make it as big or small as you want." F. Scott Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> Have you seen the short video , Dwayne " The Rock" Johnson posted on Instagram. He just finished working out and is dancing to, Hit the Quan. It doesn't matter if you like the song at all . It doesn't matter if you like the dance or even Dwayne. What mattered to me is a grown man who acted ,and was a professional wrestle,r posted a video of himself , Having FUN, <BR> <BR> H... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:06:02 EST Happy Aloha Friday "Keep a thing happenin' all throughout. " John Coltrane <BR> <BR> Happy Aloha Friday sometimes you have to make your own sunshine. <BR> <BR> Had a great time at physical therapy, Did you know you can wiggle your collarbone, ? Yep they did that and the area where your collarbone and shoulder ,meets feels better. Someone thought they could vacuum yesterday . And my physical therapist had to work hard to get my pain level from a six to a four, I guess I helped. <BR> <BR> i couldn't find... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 20:51:12 EST