ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Make it happen " The misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never happen. " James Russell Lowell <BR> <BR> Today I was spot on with my eating and exercise. I got an email from a job that I have an interest in , they are still interested in me and wanted to know if I was fluent in Spanish , speaking and writing, which I am not. <BR> <BR> I saw on Facebook my niece and nephew were at my Moms visiting family, Nice to know since I live 2 minutes away and repeatably have asked to be called when they stop ... Thu, 5 May 2016 20:18:56 EST Let it rain " The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain, " Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> Another day of rain here. Gloomy , dark , damp and cold. A perfect time to internet shop. I found some good steals. A long raincoat with fleece on the inside , good for raining or snowing days and 30 dollars off. I bought two short sleeve tops for exercising and saved another 30 dollars. I bought a bra that promises to be comfortable and as a plus is easy to get on and off, wicks moistur... Wed, 4 May 2016 20:52:11 EST Happy and Fun " If you want to be happy, be. " Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> Do you feel the need to eat more because you exercised. Well you don't. Just don't call it exercise call it fun, It's been proven that you'll eat less. <BR> <BR> Just another of the many things that make me happy , I don't exercise anymore I go out and have fun. Fun right now for me is a half hour walk daily, Fun is also P90 , another half hour a day of pure fun. Silly me also thinks of eating healthy as fun and sleeping is one of my... Tue, 3 May 2016 19:24:20 EST overcome it " Difficulties are just things to overcome , after all." Ernest Shackleton <BR> <BR> Today could have been a difficult day if I let it. I didn't feel my best upon waking but it's okay i learned to work with what I have. Breakfast was spot on , yogurt , fruit and granola. Lunch was a warm salad with roast beef , greens ,cauliflower , and brussel sprouts and an apple and cucumber. <BR> <BR> Then the rain came and it rained hard. I checked and rechecked the weather forecast. I found a window a... Mon, 2 May 2016 20:11:52 EST May Day May Day " The beauty of life is , while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret , guilt, fear, or anger , but in wisdom, and understanding and love." Jennifer Edwards <BR> <BR> <BR> May Day May Day <BR> <BR> This is your captain speaking : Have you done all you can to take care of you today,? <BR> Have you given today and life your very best shot.? Did you check off all your goals,? <BR> <BR> Just a... Sun, 1 May 2016 19:17:27 EST A stroke of Luck " Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck." Tenzin Gyatso , 14th Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Not making goal, not making gains, not making weight is not always bad. It just means something bigger or better is coming to you. It just means you will get there later maybe by another means, maybe when you need it most. <BR> <BR> Maybe what you trying and longing for is not what you truly need at this time. When the time is right , when the universe aligns itsel... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:23:11 EST Aloha on this Fierce Friday " I have tremendous faith in the universe. I feel at home on this planet . Even though it's a very big world out there , I plan on walking right through the middle of it unharmed." Marion Ross <BR> <BR> Happy Aloha Friday . As you go about your day today don't forget to be fierce. Walk on coals if need be , but walk . Each step get's us closer to our goals, Bathe in the sunshine. Ride a wave , with confidence. Let the island spirit of love warm you . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and He... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:26:31 EST Thankful for Happiness " Once you have achieved a sense of happiness , you must never become lax about maintaining it." Elizabeth Gilbert <BR> <BR> Even if the sky crumbles and your world falls apart there is always something to be thankful for. There is always a glimmer of happiness . Some days we have to dig way deep to find it. Other days we just seem to be floating in it and gliding along , surrounded by happiness, <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy thankful Thursday . Hope happiness keep coming your way, K... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:20:27 EST Don't retreat " We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction." General Douglas MacArthur <BR> <BR> Life is all about how you look at things, Remember that quote next time you are having a bad day, Think of it when you don't make your goal, or fall a little short. You are not retreating or giving up you are advancing in another direction. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Wild Wednesday I sure did, It was wacky and weird that 's for sure, I got two emails today for the same company I s... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:42:21 EST A little More " There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it." Bill Bryson <BR> <BR> No, this blog is not about eating more , but about doing more . Like today it was a cold 43 degrees with a wind and raining when I took my walk with the dog. I really wanted to go home after one lap, but talked myself into staring at the buds on the trees and flowers. It worked I got more laps in and made it until a half an hour. <BR> <BR> For lunch I wanted something different , so I had my hus... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:49:10 EST Impossibly Good " I believe in the impossible because no one else does." Florence Griffith Joyner <BR> <BR> I had an impossibly good day today even though it was Monday, My eating was spot on all day , Black Ice coffee , Eggs with a half of potato for breakfast. Lunch was a salad , with apple, orange and blueberries, nuts and seeds , and a fourth of a baked chicken breast, and greens. Dinner were Bison burgers . They were so yummy, <BR> <BR> My exercise was also impossibly good . Miss Misha was at the ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:13:00 EST Life Changing " Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever ." Margaret Cho <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank You Have a blessed Sunday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:00:09 EST slow down " For fast-acting relief , try slowing down. "' Lily Tomlin Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:53:26 EST Happy Earth Day Happy Aloha Friday " Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars....and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful .... Look at the flowers- for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. " Osho <BR> <BR> Happy Earth Day , Happy Aloha Friday , While I was walking today I thought of little ways that I could help the planet. Like using less paper plates. My husbands loves to use plastic that doesn't mean I have to. . When I set t... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:01:31 EST The main thing " The main thing is to be moved, to love , to hope, to tremble, to live. " Augeste Rodin <BR> <BR> Today was thankfully Thursday and a good day. Most of them are if you let them be so. I paid some bills that I didn't have a chance to pay before !!!! Yeah what a great feeling. We filled the oil tank so hopefully we won't need more until winter, <BR> <BR> We got the tire on my sons bike fixed now if the weather is good he can bike to and from work. I took a lovely walk on a lovely spring ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:00:40 EST Your place "It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." Mae Jemison <BR> <BR> Most of us go about day to day living forgetting that we have a life. Yeah we know were alive , but were not really living. Work , eat , sleep repeat. Add some stress in the middle, well that life or is it? <BR> <BR> There are a multitude of little things we can do to make this life better. To make it more of a life We want to live , Let's say yo... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:40:20 EST Becoming Yourself " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing . is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> Today was far from perfect , For starters I had a cheddar bagel and coffee for breakfast I could have done better but it's okay I am not perfect. Lunch was leftover Chinese food with some added vegetables and added chicken, once again not perfect. I made a really great Chicken soup Sunday , reheated it today for dinner but the pasta soaked... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:10:33 EST Harvest " Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant, " Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> I did quite a bit of a lot today getting ready for my tomorrows , I walked to stay healthy for longer. I ate healthy for the same reason, I finished a book " How to Alive: A guide for the kind of Happiness that helps the world." Colin Beavan, I plan on using some ideas in the book to later help myself and the world, and maybe find a job helping others. . <BR> <BR> I ordered thre... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:10:36 EST May I be I " May I be I is the only prayer - not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong. " E.E Cummings <BR> <BR> When I pray I never ask . I always just thank . Thank You for my life. For a body that moves (slowly but moves) . For a voice that can sing (okay a little off key.) For eyes that can still see the beauty of the world ( though they are getting worse and I have trouble reading) . For arms that are strong and can carry the load ( though my shoulders ache every nite and mo... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:48:24 EST Silence " I have often regretted my speech , never my silence." Xenocrates <BR> <BR> I am apologizing for my boring blogs lately. Try as I might I am having trouble sleeping. Yes , I fall asleep fine but my son works third shift . I also am going through menopause and find I am spending time I should be sleeping , either fighting with the covers and clothes because of hot flashes , or visiting the ladies room . <BR> <BR> Which is leaving me ultra tired unmotivated and lost for words. My thinking is... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:47:08 EST Happy Aloha Friday " Come and come may, Time and hour runs through the roughest day." William Shakespere <BR> <BR> Whatever you do today put a little Aloha spirit in it, Show your kindness give a smile. That island sunshine will come right to you. <BR> <BR> Have a happy Healthy Aloha Friday .Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:31:20 EST How glorious " How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains. !!!John Muir <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a glorious day the sky was Caribbean blue and there was not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was somewhere in the 50's.The sun shone so bright and warm and the birds were singing so many pretty songs. <BR> <BR> Miss Misha and I ventured out around noon time. We were sad to find we had the whole neighborhood to ourselves. She kept looking for her friends , her old friend Fenway who is a dachsh... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:00:38 EST Gratitude " Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of tomorrow ." Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> <BR> I am really grateful for the opportunity to apply for the customer service job. I was able to learn how to send a resume and cover letter and how to craft each. I learned to net work and ask for help , even from someone less experienced then me. I learned to listen and be amazed watching someone who really knows and loves their job and is willing to share their kno... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:48:15 EST Action " Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action, " Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> Today was all about action. I made a lentil soup for dinner it had sweet potatoes in it to change up the flavor. It also had onions, garlic celery carrots and a few tomatoes that were getting extra ripe. <BR> <BR> I walked today with Miss Mischa we walked for a half hour as soon as we returned home the sun came out , i t made me smile I sat on the front step and soaked some s... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:41:24 EST The world is a book " The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. " Saint Augustine <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for the awesome birthday wishes yesterday . I had a great day and you all helped to make it better. Today I traveled very far but really did not physically go far at all. Yes I did not forget to get my walk in. <BR> <BR> I also went to the job center where I met a great young man named Josh who really knows his stuff. He was supposed to just help me to learn how to do a cove... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:47:36 EST All you need is love " All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. " Charles M. Schulz <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was my birthday, My husband bought me breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and gave me some pocket change. I went for a lovely walk with the dog. I am reading a really good book I enjoy and having the time to read it is a blessing. I have been playing ruzzle all day with a new friend it is great to expand your mind and your vocabulary all while having fun. <BR> <BR> You sometimes fee... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:04:11 EST Have a shining Saturday " The luck will alter and the star will rise." John Masefield <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a shining sparkly Saturday, Hope you on your way to your , dreams and goals. Wishing your day went swimmingly and your star is rising like the Phoenix. <BR> <BR> My husband got up for ultra early for opening day fishing , unfortunately after a very long day he got skunked. Lol Not one fish . None of his buddies caught any either. I had the day alone to walk and clean the house . H... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:12:50 EST Don't let several days attack you at once, Have a happy Aloha Friday instead " I try to take one day at a time . but sometimes several days attack me at once ." Jennifer Yane <BR> <BR> <BR> This happened to me today. I have been upbeat and positive since my layoff. Today I was on facebook, and my former coworker was saying it was so busy they needed extra help. Which made me ultra sad because they let me go . Then my daughter called with the estimate from her hospitalization. She asked me if my husband was getting paid for the two weeks he hurt his back. Then I rem... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 17:34:17 EST Age is no barrier " Age is no barrier . It 's a limitation You put on Your mind, " Jackie Joyner -Kersee <BR> <BR> Today during my walk a wonderful thing happened , I felt the urge to run. I think if I had better sneakers and the dog was not with me I would have. Just because I think the neighbors would get a kick out of a women over 55 running. Just like I get a kick out of the women who is over 80 doing her gardening . <BR> <BR> I just saw a video the other day where Tony Horton was saying Yoga is gre... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 20:33:18 EST Another world " Another world is not only possible , she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy <BR> <BR> I was feeling tired , worn out, sad, depressed and lonely. I could sit there and wallow or I could start to build. So build I did , <BR> <BR> I started nourishing my body . I ate clean Healthy foods, lots of vegetables and grains and a little meat thrown in. I ate fruits instead of drinking them down. <BR> <BR> I have walked three days this week and have done thre... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:58:41 EST Planted Seeds " Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> Today is day two on my journey of unemployment. I am all about building my self esteem up and getting my laughter back. I worked in a small office where I just didn't fit in. Plus I was let go . I know that others did also a lot in fact . We were told not to look for the reasons why some were picked and others were not. But as you can imagine it is hard not to wonder what I di... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:54:34 EST April snow ? "There's one thing about snow ,it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's " Clyde Moore <BR> <BR> It snowed last night and all day today . We got around six inches of snow in April . Very curious er indeed. I got up got my iced coffee , drank it , rewarmed myself. I found all my winter gear and headed out for a nice cold 18 degree walk in April . I forgot about the extra workout you get clumping around in your heavy snow shoes , coat and all your gear. <BR> <BR> My husband ask... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 20:20:39 EST Making an entry " Every exit is an entry somewhere else. " Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> So looking forward to all the somewhere's I will be. Stayed busy all day a little bit of stretching. A little bit of crocheting , reading , face book, I also went through a ton of pens , pencils and sharpies found all the ones that still worked and threw the rest away, <BR> <BR> I spent a good part of my day talking with my daughter she still looks so tired. She is determined to return to school and classes , even though sh... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 17:35:08 EST Safe at home " An act of love , a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world , increases the love and hope of all , " Dorothy Day <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the outpouring of love for my daughter Sara yesterday , She was rushed to the hospital from college because she was violently ill and passing out, She was severally dehydrated and her muscle were cramping because she also had a major anxiety attack so not like her. <BR> <BR> I was stuck at home frantically trying to get in tou... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 10:17:39 EST Happy Retirement Aloha Friday " Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. " Ruth Gordon <BR> <BR> Today was my retirement coffee, At first I didn't want to go, You see I am not retiring by choice my work is closing. There were 171 people leaving in this wave, 81 of us are retirement age or have years of service. I am an introvert , I hate parties. plus I have no real close friends at work , sad that after 37 years that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I am glad I went though, I must of hugged a hundred people , Yes... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 21:11:48 EST Happy Retirement Aloha Friday " Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use. " Ruth Gordon <BR> <BR> Today was my retirement coffee, At first I didn't want to go, You see I am not retiring by choice my work is closing. There were 171 people leaving in this wave, 81 of us are retirement age or have years of service. I am an introvert , I hate parties. plus I have no real close friends at work , sad that after 37 years that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> I am glad I went though, I must of hugged a hundred people , Yes... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 21:11:42 EST Styling " Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say , and not giving a damn. " Gore Vidal <BR> <BR> Most of you know my company is closing it's doors and I am out of a job tomorrow after 37 years there. I need to go in and work for a couple hours and then me and the 75 others they are letting go are having a coffee hour. By June all 571 one of us will be gone, some have left earlier .. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get my hair done for the occasion. In the back of my mind I can here the lady who... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:08:40 EST Challenge yourself " You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence. " Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself daily you will be surprised by the results. Set yourself up to smile , by giving yourself mini goals and crushing them throughout the day . Make them super easy a glass of water by noon,, one lap around the block before bed. Write neater at work for an hour, Jump rope for two minutes. Set the timer for five m... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:10:30 EST Think about it " I cannot always control what s going on around me, but I can always control what I think about what is going on around me." Lucy MacDonald <BR> <BR> Think about it, Think Happy Thoughts . Think Loving Thoughts . Think Healthy Thoughts, <BR> Whatever is going on return to those positive happy thoughts they will get you through. <BR> <BR> You have control over your thoughts. Keep them happy, Don't dwell on the negative , don't even let those thoughts in. <BR> <BR> Keep looking for Hugs,... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 19:09:22 EST Happy Easter " I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but my chief duty is to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." Helen Keller <BR> <BR> We each have our strengths and we each have our weaknesses . It is our job to use what we have to better ourselves and then others . Be thankful and grateful for the little things in life. Take care of you . Eat healthy and honor your body with exercise and clean water. Sleep well and love unconditionally . <BR> <BR> Have a blessed and Hap... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 19:28:19 EST Finding ecstasy " Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough." Emily Dickinson <BR> <BR> During this most holy Easter season it is important to look at the life we were given. Think of all that could have gone wrong in your creation but here you are unique and special, Marvel at how our bodies and mind work, How our souls and hearts were made to be giving and to love. <BR> <BR> Learn to celebrate gratitude always , in the simple , small gifts. Remember that each little gift we give to a... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 19:27:25 EST Same Sky---Different Horizons " We all live under the same sky , but we don't all have the same horizon. " Konrad Adenauer <BR> <BR> How to you see things,? What are your goals? How do you reach them ? What are your obstacles that get in the way? How high and how fast do you climb? <BR> <BR> What do you think about. ? What are your dreams ? Who or what do you believe in? <BR> <BR> Yes we do all live under the same , big blue sky. But each of our horizons are different, like our paths and our strides. Some of us see... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:27:14 EST Go your own way " Your time is limited , so don't waste it living someone's else's life" Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Go your own way . Sing your own tune. Blaze your own trail, Do what you wanna do. Break away from the pack , Live so you can say , " I did it my way. " . <BR> <BR> Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 24 Mar 2016 20:01:42 EST birds sing " A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer , it sings because it has a song." Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> We all have a story to tell , an adventure to find , Sometimes we over think things. We don't need an answer or a reason to be happy . To love life and others . <BR> <BR> Sing for the pure joy of it. As always have some Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:07:50 EST Be happy to change " Happy people continuously change; and because they change they become more and more happy; and then more and more change is possible. " Osho <BR> <BR> Life is to short to keep doing things that don't make us happy, Sometimes just changing a little thing can make a world of difference, Like today I was on my regular walk with the dog. Miss Misha was stopping to scent everywhere and I was getting madder and madder . Finally I just looked up and there were these awesome clouds . The sky... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:12:50 EST Your life has meaning " No matter what age you are , or what your circumstances might be, you are special , and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are , has meaning." Barbara De Angelis <BR> <BR> I was looking at some graduation cards and the messages were so uplifting, " Reach for the stars." "You have the whole world in front of you " " Use your talent" were some of the messages . <BR> <BR> When I got my birthday card last year the messages were all the same. "You are ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 19:31:52 EST Happiness is " Happiness is when you love who you are and you are able to accept yourself and others. " Bar Refaeli <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy blessed Sunday . Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:09:59 EST Have a lifelong romance with YOU " To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. " Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Why not celebrate you . Quirks and all, Freckles, dimples , skin rolls and crooked knees. Learn to love your round tummy that gave birth to your children, Learn to love your big legs because they are strong enough to carry you through the day. <BR> <BR> You already love the way you laugh, the way you are a magnet to friends. So why not learn to love the rest, You can still love you and work on improvements... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 18:44:31 EST Happy St Patrick 's Day " Laugh and grow strong" St . Ignatius of Loyola <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy St . Patrick's Day . Hope your day has been filled laughter and good cheer. If your having a bad day smile anyway . I bet it get's better. Sending Irish Blessings your way. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>137</em> <em>137</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:55:30 EST Never be to sweet Everywhere you turn there is sugar these days. It seems to be in everything and everywhere. There is no need to go cold turkey though, I tried and I failed big time. You can combat those sugar cravings and rushes by simply adding more and mixing it up, <BR> <BR> For example I love almonds .My husband thinking he was doing a good thing bought me a bag of cinnamon and chocolate flavored almonds with peanut butter bits. They were to die for , Though the calorie count seemed low the sugar and s... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:33:49 EST