ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community We Are All Equals " If you never assume importance , you never lose it." Lao-Tzu <BR> <BR> Everyone on this great planet of ours is the same, Yes we are a little different ,but yet we are the same. We may have different style or mannerisms but yet we are the same .Some of us are better than others at some things , but the truth is we all have our weaknesses , and our troubles. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have a mind and a body some are weaker or stronger but we all can use ours for evil or the better. <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:56:42 EST Living the High Life " We are all worm bait waiting to happen . It's what you do while you wait that matters." Kinky Friedman <BR> <BR> Ever notice that some people are always happy living a great life and you are always struggling ? Things will change if you simply change your outlook. <BR> <BR> To be happy you have to be happy it's that simple. Look for more positive in your life, it was always there it has just been hiding behind your poor attitude. Concentrate on the good ignore or minimize the bad. Yes w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:02:14 EST Surprises " If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail." Heracleitus <BR> <BR> I will never forget the car trip we took one Sunday on the spur of the moment .We were a few states away lost in the woods some where in New York. Yes the scenery was gorgeous. But we were on a dirt road defiantly lost , in desperate need of a restroom ,and some food. It was now three o'clock and we hadn't eaten since breakfast. We also had our one year old son ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:11:33 EST Hammering Away " If the only tool you have is a hammer , you tend to see every problem as a nail.' Abraham Maslow <BR> <BR> Yes!! I have been hammering away at my weight loss. I have been hammering away at the goo and the yuk and the unwanted pounds. I have been hammering away at getting rid of junk food and prepackaged food, and the late night binges. I have been hammering away at the unwanted stress and drama in my life. <BR> <BR> But sometimes you need a much lighter tool . Sometimes all that is nee... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:28:12 EST Fight it out " I have always adhered to two principles . The first one is to train hard and to get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight ." Rocky Marciano <BR> <BR> There are over a million people on this site. Amazing isn't it. We all have different strengths and limitations . We are all different yet the same . We are after the same results to get healthier and happier. Our mini goal... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:27:53 EST Be Real " If you're phony they will feel it in the farthest row of the arena . You have to really care . And you have to make yourself care time and time again." Tom Petty <BR> <BR> <BR> You are the star of the show whether you know it or not and your cells are your audience. We are constantly making new cells and replacing the ones we have. That why sometimes our hair feels and grows in fuller or our face may get clearer, our muscles stronger. <BR> <BR> So don't be a phony with half workouts and ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:04:07 EST Living Every Day " Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose . You are already naked . There is no reason not to follow your heart. " Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Way to many people live their lives unhappy miserable and unfulfilled .Don't be stagnate and sad . <BR> <BR> Do the things you want while there is time . Pursue your happiness and dreams. Get out there and really live. Your dreams and goals don't need to revolve around money , ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:11:26 EST You Never Know or Do You ? " The things that important to know is that you never know .You're always sort of feeling your way." Diane Arbus <BR> <BR> That statement is true in life and maybe exercise and fitness for a time. But when you hit that right combination believe me you know and so does the whole world. <BR> <BR> You know you've got it right when strangers stop you and ask if you are a runner because you have great calf's. Or people stop to ask what your doing different because you look better. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:23:34 EST Spinning your wheels ' It is useless to put on your breaks when you are upside down." Paul Newman <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a normal day until I arrived home to find out my nieces home had burned to the ground. Thank God Tiffany and her baby where with her boyfriend and her roommate was staying with a friend that night . They tragically lost both their cats but her roommate's Jess's dog made it thanks to a courageous fire fighter who gave it oxygen and revived it. A few fire fighter's had to go to the hospital... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:22:06 EST Learn all you can " Learn all you can " Classroom Rules Weston middle school Weston Oregon <BR> <BR> When faced with a disease or a hard situation or even a simple problem people often tell you to learn all you can. When you are young and in school people will tell you the same thing. <BR> <BR> But why then does this stop for many of us when we get out of high school or college. There is much to learn about this great life of ours and ourselves every day . <BR> <BR> The other day I was taking one of thos... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:33:18 EST Touch Down " Act like you expect to get into the end zone." Joe Paterno <BR> <BR> Where are your dreams and goals .? Are they still floating around in your head. ?Or are you letting your head ,heart and legs take you to success. <BR> <BR> Are you doubtful, cautious ,unsure? Or are you positive , sure and steady . <BR> <BR> Will you be ready or are you just tying your shoes and putting on your shirt. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for victory or still thinking about the possibility of defeat? <BR> <... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:42:02 EST Are You Truly Moving? Never confuse movement with action." Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> <BR> Where are you going? What are your goals ? Are you planning to win? or just place or show.? How bad do you want it? How much are you willing to sacrifice? <BR> <BR> Are you just moving along at a turtles pace? <em>134</em> We all know that the turtle eventually wins the race but did you know even the turtle has to give it's all to get to the finish line <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> Is this you? I walked around the bloc... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:46:09 EST What the Hell? " Ever notice how " what the hell " Is always the right answer ? " Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> <BR> Bet you thought this was going to be a negative complaining blog.? Well you are very wrong my friends this is a get up and change your life and attitude blog. That is if you choose too. <BR> <BR> But what the hell think about it anyway.? <BR> <BR> Does this sound like your day ? What the hell was I thinking? What the hell are they doing? What the hell, this is to hard. What the hell am I ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:53:01 EST Completely Successful " There are complete men and incomplete men. If you would be a complete man , put all your strength of soul into every act of your life." Eugenio Maria De Hostos <BR> <BR> Are you trying hard enough, or are you leaving a lot on the table. No I am not talking about finishing your food . I am talking about using all your energy trying your hardest , reaching for the stars. <BR> <BR> When you give your ALL whether you succeed or not you know you are successful. If you don't give your all yo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:11:30 EST Easy on the mayo!!!!!! " Easy on the mayo.!" Mark Bricklin <BR> <BR> The secret to weight loss is simple. Go easy on the stuff that is bad for you. <BR> <BR> Go hog wild on the food that are good for you . <BR> <BR> Lean meats , whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are the way to go. <BR> <BR> Try something new. I now have my tuna with salsa . or I add a very small dab of mayo and then add a little relish and mustard. Still another is tuna with a little bit of avocado. <BR> <BR> Don't buy food yo... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:05:33 EST Knocking on the door of weight loss " If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are bound to wake up somebody.' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> Sometimes weight and fat seems to stick with you and on you. Never give up though just keep knocking and you will find the right combo that will lead to weight loss. <BR> <BR> Some people give up and in to fast. Some people walk away when the fight has just started. Don't be that person. <BR> <BR> Always keep knocking until you get results. Keep getting t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 05:03:03 EST Doing the Impossible " Do what needs to be done , and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done," Paul Hawken <BR> <BR> A few years ago my daughter saw I was in a rut with exercise. I was getting bored with walking . I didn't like to run . I was doing the same routines at the gym . Yeah I would mix it up but it just wasn't bringing me joy and was turning into a chore. <BR> <BR> She saw a commercial for p90x on television, She found the website on the computer and showed it to me. I said It lo... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:06:25 EST Good Thoughts " A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth , but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely ." Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> It is Sunday a Blessed Holy day for many ,and that is why I picked this quote to write about today. But it is a good quote for any day and awesome and important to use all the time. <BR> <BR> Since we are all human we s... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:47:41 EST Everything is Negotiable Everything is negotiable ." Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> It not very hard to exercise and eat right if you only realize that every thing is negotiable. Everything is not cut and dried like the ten commandments carved in stone. Here the rules can be bent and remolded like clay and you are the sculptor. <BR> <BR> For example let's say on the 4th you want a couple beers or an extra chicken wing . Well then swap it out or work for it. It's that simple . <BR> <BR> For instance I love ice cream bu... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:37:19 EST Happy 4th of July " You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." Eric Hoffer <BR> <BR> No one can ever take your right to freedom and independence away from you . Yes they can scare us , and scar us , and if we let them diminish us. <BR> <BR> But we must and can know that they are never better or stronger than us. We can learn from them . How not to be a coward . How to kinder and unafraid . How to stand tall and sometimes just stand down. <BR> <BR> They m... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:55:33 EST Exceptional People often need an Exception "There is no useful rule without an exception," Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> People who try to better themselves are exceptional in my book. We all know that their are a million rules to better yourself. It's always starts off with follow a .b , and c. <BR> <BR> Every rule also comes with an exception .Why because there are a million people all slightly different but yet the same. <BR> <BR> Because of this someone running laps may lose some weight . But another person's body may be overtaxed... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 05:28:07 EST Your almost There " Think of yourself on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear glorious life lies before you. Achieve ! Achieve!! " Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> Today where do your thoughts lie. Are you thinking I'll never get there. It's to hard , its taking to long. Maybe I should quit!!! <BR> <BR> Stop don't even think those things <BR> <BR> Think instead <BR> I can do this <BR> Tomorrow is a new day <BR> " Try your best forget the rest" <BR> Success is just around the corner <BR> "A... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 05:32:53 EST Being Wise " Quit smoking and observe posted speed limits. This will improve your odds of getting old enough to be wise." Barbara Kingsolver <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone wants to be wise . But if your like me you are sure in no hurry to be old. My goals and my life are all about staying young vital and alive. <BR> <BR> Ever hear of the saying she was wise beyond her years. Some day I hope they say that about me. In fact I hope they are saying it now. <BR> <BR> How do you become wiser when you are stil... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 05:16:17 EST You've Got the Power " Go to were the power lies. You may not like them . You may abhor them. But they are who you must deal with .Any other course is a waste of time. " Iain Macleod <BR> <BR> Experts they hold the power , they tell us what to do and how to do it. For us that is the doctors and dieticians , and the exercise trainers . They hold the power because they have the knowledge. They tells us to eat less , rest , hydrate and move more. <BR> <BR> We may not like it . We may not listen . But we should . ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:17:35 EST The Mystery of You " Never forget : We are alive within mysteries." Wendell Berry <BR> <BR> Nineteen years ago I was pregnant with my daughter. When we went to hear the babies heart beat for the first time we did not receive good news. Her heart beat was considerable slow. After going for an ultrasound we also learned that her head was in bigger proportion to her body and she also had other characteristics of a Downs Syndrome baby. <BR> <BR> We were advised that she may not survive. That because of my heart... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 11:18:37 EST Be Strong Don't Let the bad guys win " Illegitimi non carborundum : Don't let the bastards grind you down, " Joseph W. Stillwell <BR> <BR> I am usually not a fan of strong words but sometimes they are necessary to get a point across. <BR> <BR> This world is a knock um down drag it out fight to the finish. Everywhere you look you will encounter obstacles that will try to slow you down and defeat you. Sometimes your spouse or your best friends might betray you . Your co-workers may not accept you ,or may not treat you well. Y... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:57:55 EST Keep Going You'll Get There " When you're ready to quit, your closer than you think. There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this:" The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed ." Bob Parsons <BR> <BR> If you were on your way to see your favorite singer in the world , and you had to take a detour would you let that stop you? If you were on your way to visit a sick relative and got a flat tire would you fix it and just go home? <BR> <... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:12:18 EST Auto Pilot " Just because it is automatic doesn't mean it works." Daniel J. Bernstein <BR> <BR> We all lead extremely busy lives and sometimes unfortunately we put ourselves on auto pilot. You know get up do the same quick workout , eat the same easy food. I know you try to limit junk food and you are exercising . But, Is it enough? <BR> <BR> <BR> You have to decide because a lot of times auto pilot doesn't work. You may get lucky but planning is better. so is thinking, weighing ,and measuring. ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:10:16 EST Who are You ? "About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all." Rita Mae Brown <BR> <BR> Do you alter your opinions to please others. ? Do you dress differently to please some one else.? Do you keep your hair long when you 'd rather keep it short? Have you sat in silence when you had something important to say ? <BR> <BR> Well then, you are not being you. If you are not being you than yo... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:12:20 EST Forgive " Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> Who hasn't had a few enemies in life.? Enemies keep us strong and on our toes. Enemies make us come to terms with who we really are. Enemies help us to build character and make us glad were not them. <BR> <BR> I had more than a few enemies in high school . The shy quiet types are easy to pick on. Well those enemies forced me into writing about my troubles. That is were my love for writing truly began. They ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 05:13:51 EST Let's Show some Passion " A passionate interest in what you do is the secret to enjoying life-whether it is helping old people, or children ,or making cheese or growing earthworms " Julia Child <BR> <BR> Let me start off by saying I could never be passionate about earthworms but my favorite actor Alex O'louglin playing a cheese farmer well that 's another story. Another passion I have is saving the oceans and the animals that reside there. Like Ian Sommerhelder says" there can't be green without blue. " <BR> <... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 05:02:13 EST Out of the Plateau " The best way out is always through ." Robert Frost <BR> <BR> If your serious about weight loss ,you will find that you go through many plateaus. The only safe and sure way out is through. You have to go through a lot of hard work and figuring out to get there , but get there you will. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you are at a plateau because your body is getting used to the same exercise with the same consistency day in and out. This can also happen if you are giving your body the same amoun... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:53:16 EST Trust " Trust but verify." Damon Runyon <BR> <BR> Trust is a very hard thing for me. In my younger years it was broken again and again. For a long while I trusted no one not even myself. Believe me that is no way to live. In fact it is not living at all . It is in fact enclosing yourself in a secure small place were you let no one in. I forgot to realize that the world did in fact have over a billion other souls that I could and should be relying on, <BR> <BR> So now I am living a fine line... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:20:47 EST Happy I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, " If this isn't nice, I don't know what is ." Kurt Vonnegut <BR> <BR> Some of you may not know that for years I was depressed and a very negative person. As far as I was concerned my life didn't have much to offer , it was dull boring and monotonous . I was constantly sad , and had no motivation and no expectation that anything would change. <BR> <BR> Then I received a letter from someone, an ang... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:26:08 EST Enjoy The Party!!!! " Everyone at a party is uncomfortable .Knowing that makes me more comfortable." Garry Shandling <BR> <BR> We all have a inner voice and quite frankly it needs to pipe down. How many times have you been invited to a party and then the voice starts. You know the one .the voice in your head that is never quiet , the one that says mean things to you your friends would never say. <BR> It sounds like this. "Oh, my God, what will I wear.? ""Who will I talk to?" "Will anyone there even like me.... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:19:50 EST Walking Away " If a man can beat you, walk him." Satchel Paige <BR> <BR> In baseball the pitcher always has the upper hand ,you can be the greatest hitter of all time , but the pitcher can always walk you and never give you a chance . <BR> <BR> <BR> In the game called weight loss you are sometimes like a hitter , you are trying to do the right thing and trying to get a hit and make the scale go down. <BR> <BR> To do this you need to think more like a pitcher . You can always beat your opponent if y... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 05:25:31 EST You are Wonderful " Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful." Ann Landers <BR> <BR> Lets forget the dog. I know you are all pretty wonderful people. I mean many of you have jobs and family and yet you are still plugging in the numbers here every day . <BR> <BR> Many of you spend time buying and making healthy meals . A majority of you are out their exercising .Some of you are the walking wounded and still find a way to exercise. <BR> <BR> A lot of you learned to s... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:18:24 EST LIVE LARGE " Keep looking tanned., live in an elegant building(even if you're in the cellar), be seen in smart restaurants (even if you nurse one drink) and if you borrow , borrow big." Aristotle Onassis <BR> <BR> To be successful you have to want more. You have to look and act like a winner . You have to reach for the stars. You have to be willing to take chances . <BR> <BR> So while your exercising think of yourself as an athlete . While you are eating think of yourself as a skinny healthy person.... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:25:20 EST Steady Work seriously and steadily . I don't even think geniuses can get good right away." Tanaka Yukio <BR> <BR> As some of you may know I was into week 6 of p90x3 when I got really sick. I did absolutely nothing but be a couch potato for three weeks . So I had to start over at the beginning . <BR> I wasn't sure I was going to anyway because to be honest I was doing a lot of modifying . I also was doing no way in hell can I do that , so I will just watch and maybe next time I will. It was hard... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:53:22 EST Risk It Risk! Risk anything.! Care no more for the opinion of others ,for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself . Face the truth. " Katherine Mansfield <BR> <BR> Okay,say this with me out loud and with feeling then I want you to mean it with your whole body and soul . Ready to begin? <BR> <BR> I am in charge of my life . Me and only me. I don't have to listen or follow you if I choose not too,. <BR> " My body is my home. It is the only place I have to live .I will ... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:55:24 EST FIGHT "In all forms of strategy it is necessary to maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance." Miyamoto Musashi <BR> <BR> <BR> Fight for your right to lose weight . <BR> Fight for your right to eat healthy. <BR> Fight to be happy , and healthy <BR> Fight for your muscles , fight for your strength <BR> Fight to be wise and kind . <BR> Fight to find the sunshine and miracles that is life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's get our combat boots on and rock ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:37:30 EST Being a Super Hero " Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals." David Ogilvy <BR> <BR> <BR> You never know what you are truly capable of. You don't know the limits of your body and your mind and soul. So don't settle for a so , so, workout. Aim for the stars and beyond. Hang out with super heroes , and immortals. <BR> <BR> As most of you know I had been sick for three weeks. Three weeks of laying around being a sloth. Yes it was a necessary evil , you can't work out if you ca... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:45:25 EST Opening the mind to Energy " If you are squeamish don't prod the beach pebble." Sappho <BR> <BR> On Monday my co worker told me her husband threw her a birthday party at her house. On Tuesday that same co worker asked my only other co worker why she didn't come to her party? I just smiled and said to myself if she had asked me I would have made sure I was there. <BR> <BR> What I didn't do was prod the beach pebble. I didn't think of why I wasn't asked. Did she like me.? Did her husband? Was there another frie... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 04:39:22 EST Honestly Working " Work honestly and build, build, build. That's all I can tell you ." J.R. Simplot <BR> <BR> This advice or quote came from a billionaire but it also works in weight loss. <BR> <BR> You have to start off slow. You need to change one bad habit at a time . When you are successful you need to build to the next one. You also need to make sure you are honestly working every day at it even if you are in the maintenance stage. <BR> <BR> You can't half heartily try and expect success. You can't ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 04:42:35 EST Pay Your dues " Pay your dues. For God's sake , pay your dues .Jesus. I see all these people who want to be overnight stars, and that is so bad. It'll just screw you up so badly." Alex Trebek <BR> <BR> The quest for weight loss . I have seen many people starve themselves in the name of weight loss. They put themselves on an extremely low calorie diet. Then sometimes they add huge amount of caffeine and other stimulants to help them along. They don't get the proper nutrients then they don't get the proper... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 04:39:08 EST Be Ready " Back Up Your Hard Drive. What do I mean by that? Although your life may be cruising along smoothly, I recommend that every once in a while you stop and envision a sudden shipwreck occurring. Then rethink, re -think and remember what you would really want to hold on to if disaster should strike." Larry Bock <BR> <BR> Two years ago we had a week long power outage in our area. We also had a large tree fall on our roof. Smaller trees fell on both our cars. But none of that mattered because w... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 10:09:45 EST Surprise Everyone and Yourself " Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. " George S. Patton <BR> <BR> <BR> I am an auditor . We open cartons and check that the stock inside is correct. There are six of us in my department all trained by the same women. We all do our jobs the same yet differently. <BR> Especially me . Because of my pacemaker I have less mobility in my right arm and am not to lift it repeatedly above shoulder level. Everyone places an ins... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:03:21 EST I'M Liking You " Like people and let them Know it." Robert Capa <BR> <BR> Some people have a hard time giving praise ,and some people have a hard time receiving it. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you like some thing another does don't hold it in .Let it out for all the world to see . If someone gives you a compliment say thank you and mean it. <BR> <BR> So Sparkers : I like you for ..... <BR> <BR> Missing that party so you could go to bed on time <BR> <BR> For losing those pounds. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Fo... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 04:39:44 EST Thank You Friends " Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go." Margaret Walker <BR> <BR> Today is Thankfully Thursday .If it isn't Thankfully Thursday in your area you should proclaim it so. <BR> <BR> When You are thankful you open your heart . When you open your heart you let the energy in . If you are sad ,mad, or disgusted you close off part of your heart and some of your energy goes away ,it could even make you sick . So always remember to have an open heart at most times ' <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 04:43:33 EST Learn from the Pros " Respect the natives." Werner Herzog <BR> <BR> Wherever you go and whatever you do there will be people that were there first and have more experience. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you want to jump in and offer your ideas and shake down the place , but I am asking you to wait and think about it. The so called natives have a lot to offer. They have experience and knowledge you may need later to get you threw. <BR> <BR> The pros got where they are, on the top of the heap for a reason. Learn, and... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 04:28:05 EST