ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Leisure is Important This Is very important --to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods , you're gonna lose everything. Whether your an actor, anything, a housewife....there has to be great pauses between highs, when you do nothing at all. You just lay on a bed and stare at the ceiling . This is very, very important ...just do nothing at all, very, very, important ." Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> I love this guy now can we get him to talk to m... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:32:56 EST Happiness is a Gift " Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it , but to delight in it when it comes . " Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> I didn't set out to find joy on my walk today , but I found it anyway. First there was the beautiful clear blue sky with some huge white fluffy clouds. Then there was the crisp fall air. <BR> <BR> I found happiness watching Mischa get all excited when she saw her buddy Wicked . She is a little fluffy white American eskimo dog. He is a huge German Shepard with a fero... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:28:04 EST Being Thankful "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have , you will never, ever have enough.' Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> <BR> I am Thankful for All <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:15:21 EST Be Helpful Be helpful , even if it compromises you." Jean Cocteau <BR> <BR> This message was brought to you by eight hours of overtime <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Said owner of this blog , did not need any <em>252</em> points . But blogged anyway out of the kindness of her <em>26</em> . <BR> <BR> You <em>36</em> and <em>32</em> always bring her <em>67</em> and <em>437</em> and she merely wanted to return the favor . <BR> <BR> No not these kind of favors <em>2... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:47:39 EST Sleeping Beauty Awakens Life is better at 130 beats a minute than it is at 60. <BR> <BR> Today was my yearly pacemaker visit. I dreaded going because the last time I went I had a run in with the Tec there named Maria . First she was accusing every one else for things going wrong. Then she was blaming the equipment. She had really bad attitude and didn't tell anyone what she was doing or why. She had worked on both my daughters and mine pace makers and both times where not a good experience. <BR> <BR> My daughte... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 19:22:35 EST Step Right Up " Don't side step suffering . You have to go through it to get where you are going," Katherine Anne Porter <BR> <BR> Today was my Pilates X3 day . One of my least favorite work outs in Tony Hortons P90x3 workouts that consist of 14 different workouts .A lot of people love it and they should , it does wonders for you body and soul. <BR> <BR> Me, I don't like the breathing with every movement . To me it just feels like torture instead of exercise. I know ,I know, I could side step it and d... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:53:13 EST I have an Idea "If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away." Linus Pauling <BR> <BR> <BR> This goes with exercise and eating . sooner or later we will have great ideas like my idea to try p90x3 at 54 . I exercise everyday and don't have to make myself either. I look forward to it. <BR> <BR> Another great idea I had was trying salmon I didn't like the looks of it and was not a big fish eater . Once I learne... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:26:16 EST Do Your Homework " Do your homework all your life." Muriel Sierbert <BR> <BR> Don't ever stop learning even when it comes to exercise and healthy eating , There is always something new to learn and share . There is always something to practice . <BR> <BR> Look for new ways to exercise. Never forget to practice good form and work on your speed and balance. You should not just do exercise for the sake of exercise that would get boring. You should be always trying to improve yourself. Try to get toner , lean... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:51:22 EST Wait for Your Pitch " Learn whet pitch you can hit good; then wait for it." Wee Willie Keeler <BR> <BR> Being Healthy is a lot like baseball you need to find what you are good at and use it to your advantage. Just like a baseball player waits for his favorite pitch , you need to do more of your favorite things. <BR> <BR> Maybe you like to walk but hate the neighborhood , Well venture out, find a park , forest , river or lake nearby . Walk at work. Walk the high school track or the mall . Walk up and down th... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 04:59:27 EST Just Jump " Go the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down, " Ray Bradbury <BR> <BR> I've always wanted to run . But I have a pacemaker , And three years ago I was having irregular heart beats. I always wanted to run but I am over weight and I sometimes have a problem with my bladder. I always wanted to run but I am usually tired and to be honest I didn't think I could do it. <BR> <BR> I have been doing p90x3 for over thirteen weeks and started round two. I have been doing ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:14:57 EST Shine On " Find things that shine and move towards them.' Mia Farrow <BR> <BR> We have a much better time when we surround ourselves with happy , motivated people. <BR> <BR> I am a leader of a couple teams here at Spark People and the one that shines the most for me is my Heart Healthy team. Right now it is a small team with the hopes of having more shining stars joining in. <BR> <BR> You see on the Heart Healthy team we may not be in the best health., but we try super hard to shine brightly e... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 04:53:22 EST Ready Set Go!!!!! Don't wait until the time or the market is just right to start investing-- start now. The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago --- the second best time is now." James Stowers Jr. <BR> <BR> I'll work out tomorrow. I'll start my diet after the holiday. I'll start running in November . I 'll give up sweets during Lent. <BR> <BR> What are we waiting for . The best time to be Healthy Is NOW!!!! Not tomorrow , next week , or when the kids are grown. Find out what is holding you ba... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:55:19 EST Uncertainly Wise Trust uncertainty, to bring you to clarity." Joanna Swanger <BR> <BR> How much will I lose? How long will it take? How much can I eat? What do I have to do to get there.? How will I look skinnier? Will my friends accept the new me.? How many plateaus will I hit? <BR> <BR> Losing weight is really all about uncertainty . It's not an exact process. Everyone's body is different . It's a whole different process for each of us. <BR> <BR> It won't become clear until we begin. We need to find... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:56:14 EST Individually we make up the World " I never try to tell anybody else what to do, number one. And number two , I think that's what the individual is all about. Each one of us has something to contribute ...Each one possess exactly what each one is working out, and what each one works out relates to their particular set of circumstances of any one day., or any one place around the world. " R. Buckminster Fuller <BR> <BR> Don't forget you are one of many. We all belong together but are separate. I hope you all have indivi... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:49:31 EST Look to the Stars " If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently." Bill Watterson <BR> <BR> Smart phones, tablets, e-readers, computers . Commuter traffic, lists, long lines , more work less pay, and deadlines . The stuff of life is hard and stressful. There is constant noise , bright lights chaos . <BR> <BR> If you can seek out nature . It will calm your soul. Lay on a blanket and just watch the clouds. Sit in the warm sun on your doorstep , or better yet... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:43:09 EST Let the Light In " Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while or the light won't come in." Alan Alda <BR> <BR> How do you see the world? A dark scary place with danger around every corner. People out to hurt you . Friends and family waiting to stab you in the back ? Well maybe you see things like that because they have happened . <BR> <BR> Bad things often happen to good people. <BR> Good people shouldn't always think the world is out to get them. <BR> <BR> Lik... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:50:56 EST Silence The B and Be Happy You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache." Bernard Baruch <BR> <BR> My friend asked me to go on walk around the lake with her today. I almost didn't go because I worked overtime Saturday , and due to financial issues have not been sleeping that great. On top of that I already walked 30 minutes with the dog n the 85 degree muggy heat. <BR> <BR> But I changed to shorts and a cooler top and told her I would be there in 5. We are both trying to walk every day and I didn't want to let... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:16:39 EST Sing Your tune " Sing the melody line you hear in your own head." Bono <BR> <BR> We all have our own melody . The part in our inner most soul that makes us the happiest. We all have different things that make us happy. <BR> <BR> Sometimes we spend our life trying to be someone we are not. It's happier to just be you . We are unique for a reason let it out. <BR> <BR> Spend your life your way . Hugs happiness and healthy Living Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:51:07 EST Impossibly Done " It always seems impossible , until it's done." Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Anything worth doing is going to seem hard or impossible. If it was easy there would be no challenge. Losing weight can seem that way . It seems impossible. <BR> <BR> I have to lose how much? I have to exercise how much ? I have to eat how little? But once you get going once the plan is in action you will see that it wasn't impossible. And even sometimes it is not even that hard. <BR> <BR> Just keep doing the best... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:14:12 EST life and death If you make every game a life and death proposition ., you're going to have problems. For one thing , you'll be dead a lot. " Dean Smith <BR> <BR> <BR> The game of weight loss is different then most games . It doesn't really matter what your opponent does. It is all about you. Some people have an all or nothing mentality I ate cake, game over . It's not really like that . <BR> <BR> Weight loss is more about averages. Eating healthy 80% of the time. Exercising 5 out of 7 days for a mere... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:24 EST Have you learned " The teachers are everywhere .What is wanted is a learner ." Wendell Berry <BR> <BR> That about says it all . Everything you need is right here . If you are willing to learn. <BR> <BR> Have a Wild Winning Wednesday Everyone. Remember to enjoy the day and Smile. Move your body, breathe some fresh air , eat healthy food and drink plenty of crisp clean water. Then rest enough and rejuvenate. <BR> <BR> Learn from everyone you can . Love yourself the way you are . Strive to be better each ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:38:43 EST AN ADVENTURE WITH SUPER GIRL " Why not seize the pleasure at once . ? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation , foolish preparation." Jane Austen <BR> <BR> It was a dark and dreary night , the wind was howling and there were all kinds of demon riff raff running amuck. Our super girl <em>216</em> was faced with all kinds of awful temptation , egad what would she do ? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It was super girls <em>216</em> 25th wedding anniversary . She had made a low calorie pumpkin spice cake j... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:20:10 EST Happy 25Th Anniversary " Think Hard about who you marry. It's the most important decision you will ever make .Devote yourself to your kids. Nothing else is guaranteed to make you happy." David Brooks <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy 25Th Anniversary to me and my husband . We have been through a lot together .Many sad times and hard ships. We have endured three miscarriages, the death of my brother and my father in law. All our beloved grandparents are now gone. We had to give our first dream home away for financial reas... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:03:34 EST Are you Hungry Never grocery shop on an empty stomach." Victor J. Boschini <BR> <BR> Is their really good food in the house that you shouldn't eat. You know is their sugary , ooey gooey , luscious calorie loaded food. Are you hiding in your room guiltily scarfing down chips?. Are you eating high calorie ice cream right from the container hoping against hope that no one will see you, and it won't go right to your thighs. <BR> <BR> Well how did it even get in the house. Was it the evil food fairies. <e... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:59:46 EST Fear Not Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain." Mark Twain <BR> <BR> We all fear something many of us fear many things. One of my fears is that I won't be accepted , or loved or that I will be made fun of. Social Anxiety . <BR> <BR> Well I faced that fear by going out with a long ago friend . She has more money than me. A great career, a beautiful house . She has a grandchild . She dyes and highlights her hair , goes for manicures and pedicures. And shops till she drops. <... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:00:05 EST Stop Trying " If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time.' Edith Wharton <BR> <BR> You have probably said it before I will be happy when I get another job, make more money, the kids are older , when I get a new car. The list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> How many of us said I WILL be happy at work today , or I don't want to go to this party , but I WILL make myself have a good time, <BR> <BR> Happiness is not something forced , or called upon. Happiness should happen naturall... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:17:02 EST Nobody Likes Me Lol If you don't get too emotional when they like you , you will be less likely to get too emotional when they don't." George Abbott <BR> <BR> I should have remembered this yesterday. My husband is on a week long camping trip less than an hour from home, He was supposed to stay till Friday but said he would probably be home Wednesday or Thursday. So imagine my surprise yesterday when I texted him and he said see you soon. <BR> <BR> I imagined he missed me and was coming home just for me. I wa... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:00:52 EST Work than Pleasure " There is so much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." Bertrand Russell <BR> <BR> People always talk about how important it is to move your body and eat right. It's important to find good meaningful work. To set goals , to reach far. To be all you can be. <BR> <BR> But once you have all that covered in your day. All the work all the important stuff, well there is great pleasure in doing nothing important,. and learning nothing really important . <BR> <BR> Right now I am re re... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 08:50:30 EST Beware the man with one book " Beware the man of one book.' Thomas Aquinas <BR> <BR> Variety is the spice of life. There is so much to learn from different sources You can never be bored if you keep mixing things up. Never box yourself into a corner by doing things one way. Make my way or the highway a thing of the past. <BR> <BR> Keep yourself open for new discoveries and adventures. Learn from everyone their triumphs and their mistakes. Learn from you. Always be open to the ideas of others. <BR> <BR> Life is sure... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 08:22:34 EST Fall Down Get Up " Fall down, make a mess , break something occasionally . And remember the story is never over." Conan O' Brien <BR> <BR> Some would say I failed. I haven't been losing weight. I have been lackadaisical with my workouts. I have been eating clean but overeating. And to tell the truth our love life is in a down word mode. I haven't even been good at paying the bills. Plus the house could use some work. <BR> <BR> So I fell down , it happens . I'm human . Still lovable , still capable of love... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:03:40 EST Learned my Lesson Do not draw the conclusion from your apprentice studies that you have nothing left to learn , but rather that you have infinitely more to learn. " Blaise Pascal <BR> <BR> Just because you are in maintenance like me , don't think your done. We are far from it . I learned my lesson. The lesson is to keep learning . <BR> <BR> Here are some simple things I learned... <BR> When they say use a yoga mat use it. When they say use proper form , do that also. Extreme exercise may give you extreme pa... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 07:50:45 EST Every Reason To Smile There's always a reason to smile. Find It . Bob Parsons <BR> <BR> Yesterdays outing to go visit the daughter at campus did not go exactly as planned . We all have visions of a perfect day , with lots of love ,and cute little birds flying around your head singing cute songs. Okay too much Disney for me but you all know what I mean . But still there were plenty of reasons to smile . <BR> <BR> The day was too hot and muggy for this menopausal women , with a sunburn from the beach and a migr... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:25:28 EST NO Regrets " Never regret . If it's good it's wonderful. If it's bad it's an experience ." Victoria Holt (Eleanor Hibbert) <BR> <BR> <BR> Life is about living , about moving forward, and not looking back. Life is for living in the moment, basking in the sunshine, and dancing in the rain. It's all about experience good or bad and always looking for more and better, always striving to be happy and healthy . <BR> <BR> Today is about eating healthy and moving . For me that is a long walk , and then p9... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:48:16 EST