ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community On Your Mark "Start where you are , Use what you have . Do what you can. " Arthur Ashe <BR> <BR> I absolutely love this statement . It is especially good and encouraging for the injured or someone going through a disease. I am the leader of the Heart Healthy team . We are small in number but big on heart. My team continually amazes me with there heart and drive. I am so honored to part of their team motivating me every day. I may be the leader but they are truly a strong motivational team. <BR> <B... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:29:16 EST Get Up Be Up "No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is., you still have to get out of it." Grace Slick <BR> <BR> Before you get up ,upon awakening lay there for awhile. While you are in a safe warm cocoon , think and ponder. Remember all that you are grateful for . <BR> <BR> Then plan you day imagine you will be happy, Think of each task that awaits you and smile knowing there will be some happiness there even if you need to create it. <BR> <BR> Even the hardest of tasks will be easier if you i... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:25:09 EST Be YOU " Just because you like Jimi Hendricks doesn't mean you can play like Jimi Hendricks." Anthony Bourdain <BR> <BR> Bet there are a bunch of talented things you can do. Use your best talents daily. Let yourself shine. Be WHO YOU were meant to be. Don't copy others . <BR> <BR> Never compare yourself to others . Be the Best YOU, YOU KNOW HOW. The best you is a happy you . Find your way to happiness and hold on. Don't copy others march to your OWN tune . Always spend some quiet time alo... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:14:29 EST Right Now " Breathe , let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure ." Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Right Now what can you be doing? <BR> <BR> Right Now what can you do for yourself to make things better. ? <BR> <BR> Right now are you happy. <BR> <BR> Right now are you making improvements ? <BR> <BR> Breathe in Breathe out and be happy in the moment, <BR> <BR> Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:15:45 EST Never doubt yourself "Nothing important was ever accomplished without chutzpah. Columbus had chutzpah . The signers of the Declaration of Independence had chutzpah. Don't ever aim your doubt on yourself. Laugh at yourself don't doubt yourself. " Alan Alda <BR> <BR> Come on now just don't sit there add a little chutzpah into your life. Maybe add a lot. Be brave try something new . You can do it!!!Reach for those stars , touch the sky . You have it in you you know . <BR> <BR> You may be giggling saying who me? ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:28:14 EST Always Be on the Lookout for the Presence of Wonder " Always be on the lookout for the prescience of wonder. E. B . White <BR> <BR> I wondered for a while this morning . My husband left for ice fishing at 4 am. When I awoke again at 8, the pellet stove was bone dry. There was no way I was going to lift those pellets , and hold that heavy bag with one good arm. I didn't want to wake my son at this early hour. So I sat and wondered . Then a light came on and I went to get a plastic container . I dragged and pushed the pellets up to the stov... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:35:58 EST Never Dwell On The Facts " A little money helps, but what Really gets it right is never-----I repeat-----Never under any circumstances face the facts. " Ruth Gordon <BR> <BR> This quote made me chuckle . For one lets make this clear a lot of money helps. Two we always face the facts , but it is how we deal with the facts that makes a difference. <BR> <BR> Fact the physical therapist said my shoulder looks and acts frozen. Frozen shoulders may take up to a year to heal. You may need multiple surgeries. You may nev... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:06:16 EST Some things count more " Don't forget that some things count more than other things." William Saroyan <BR> <BR> <BR> If your counting your calories and counting on losing weight. Count on all things HEALTHY . Healthy exercise is moderate exercise that doesn't run your battery to the ground. Healthy fresh clean food is always best . so is clean fresh water, and eight hours of sleep. Keep your mind healthy with many different games , puzzles , hobbies and new adventures . Keep your soul happy with quiet time in na... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:15:22 EST If You Can't Get What You Wish For Forget About It " If you can't get what you wish for forget about it." Antonio Pierro <BR> <BR> If you wished to lose weight this year and it's not happening just forget about it. <BR> <BR> No don't just walk away . Instead of wishing start DOING . Become HEALTHY Instead. . <BR> <BR> Eat clean and healthy most times , eat lots of veggies and fruits lean meats and whole grains. Exercise once a day , move more often and sit less, Drink mostly water with an occasional tea or coffee. Get your sleep it's v... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:25:37 EST No explaining required "Remember , you don't owe anybody any explanations, you don't owe your parents any explanations ,you don't owe your professors any explanations. Bono <BR> <BR> Live you life your way . <BR> <BR> Do what makes you happy . <BR> <BR> Be your quirky self <BR> <BR> Learn to stand up and be you. <BR> <BR> Shine your own way . <BR> <BR> We are all equals . <BR> <BR> No explaining required until we get to the pearly gates. <BR> <BR> Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:09:17 EST Laughter is immeasurable "Laugh .Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts." Wendell Berry <BR> <BR> Learn to find laughter . Seek it out. Look for it in all situations . <BR> <BR> I remember when my best friend my grandma died , it was my first time with someone passing so close to me, My brothers and sisters and cousins all have never gone either. We were all unbearably sad. We come from a strict Italian family and were all told to behave at the wake. <BR> <BR> My uncle in ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:11:30 EST Doing what I can Not looking for sympathy . Just explaining that we all need to do what we can with the circumstances we have . No quote today just my story. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting rotator cuff tendonitis since Christmas . Lots of pain and loss of sleep. I have been going to physical therapy twice a week now for an hour at a time . Plus I am still working . Saturday I fell down a few stairs to a cement floor and now have a little ankle pain to add to the list. Recently two close friends died within ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:02:05 EST Create a Posse Create a posse of dead people . Create an entourage of heroes. Put their pictures on your wall, and keep them in your mind .' David Brooks <BR> <BR> I started doing this at a very young age. We lived next door to a cemetery . I learned my great grandma was buried way in the back under a big tree. When life got rough at home I would escape there and tell her all my troubles . I didn't know much about her other than that the whole town loved her and called her the donut lady . That was good... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:44:00 EST It depends "It depends is almost always the right answer in any big question. " Louis Torvalds <BR> <BR> The Big Question for everyone is ...WILL I LOSE WEIGHT .?????? <BR> <BR> Well that depends on.... <BR> <BR> How much do want to .? <BR> <BR> Are you really serious .? <BR> <BR> Are you willing to really try? <BR> <BR> Do you still want seconds at every meal? <BR> <BR> Do you exercise daily? <BR> <BR> Do you still eat junk food weekly.? <BR> <BR> Have you learned to say no. ? <BR> <BR... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:57:13 EST Spend the Afternoon "Spend the afternoon you can't take it with you." Anne Dillard <BR> <BR> Yes I know this too well right now . I am mourning the loss of another co-worker that I worked with fifteen years ago . We have stayed I touch the whole time, He was only 54 full of life and hopes . He was very kind , and into conservation. Pat used to run canoe trips for charity , plus help clean up the Connecticut river and many parks around my area. He will be missed by many. I am still reeling from the loss of my... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:26:46 EST Dream with Me The only dream worth to live while your alive and die only when you're dead." Arundhati Roy <BR> <BR> Please don't let life's troubles and burdens cause your spirit to die. Try to stay active ,move as much as you can. Get outside in the sunlight even in winter. Eat more clean foods and less out of the box. Drink your water. Have a hobby to look forward to each day . <BR> <BR> Always remember that tomorrow is a new day . Things do get better. life is a big cycle of good days a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:31:08 EST Bragging Rights " Do stuff you will enjoy thinking about and telling stories about for many years to come. Do stuff you will want to brag about ." Rachel Maddow <BR> <BR> Add some high adventure to your life . seek out new places and new things. Have a ton of fun. <BR> <BR> Let's not forget you can have a lot of fun and some bragging rights with exercise also. Join a 5k even if you walk the whole thing slowly wouldn't it be so cool to say YOU DID IT!!!! <BR> <BR> How about adding some ultra hard exe... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:22:44 EST All Together Now "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle ." Ian Maclaren <BR> <BR> <BR> Being kind to Everyone is very hard work. It is necessary work . It is important work, <BR> We don't know everyone's story . Were really not supposed to . We are just supposed to be kind . <BR> <BR> How ? Lend an ear , a shoulder , some time to listen. Don't judge or try to understand just be nice. It may not change the person , it may not change the world, but it will surely change you. <BR> <... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:27:23 EST No One Knows If you are alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know? Julia Child <BR> <BR> Who accountable for you .? Who really motivates you and gets you off the couch. ? Who makes the hard decisions for You ? <BR> <BR> Who knows you better than anyone else.? Who really knows what makes you tick, and what is best for you and your body. <BR> <BR> YOU are in charge of your life . You are in the drivers seat. You have the potential to make great suc... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:53:39 EST Don't panic " Don't panic." Douglas Adams <BR> <BR> Never panic . Take things slow and easy , breathe and think. You are stronger and braver than you think , You can do this . Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:10:55 EST Today is the day " Don't wait for the last judgment . It takes place everyday." Albert Camus <BR> <BR> Did you realize that everyday could be the last day. The last chance . Did you realize that everyday is a new day . A new chance . A new Beginning . <BR> <BR> Let's Start Today to take special care of our bodies . <BR> <BR> Eat Healthy . Move more, Drink your water . Get your sleep . <BR> <BR> Remember it does no good to eat healthy all day , then party to the crack of dawn. <BR> <BR> Everything in... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 14:57:23 EST Come to the Beach " Never make a credit decision on a beach ." Victor J. Boschini <BR> <BR> No don't do that . The beach Is just for relaxing. For renewing your soul. The beach will recharge your batteries , give yourself a sense of calm and well being. The beach will help you to see that all is right with the world. <BR> <BR> I have been in extreme pain ( my doctors words) since before Christmas . I have calcified tendonitis of the Rotator cuff. I got my second cortisone shot yesterday. I am set for ph... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:44:00 EST Believe in Life " Believe in Life." W.E.B. De Bois <BR> <BR> Believe in Life <BR> <BR> Believe in the power that is you !!! <BR> <BR> Believe that good things are around the corner . <BR> <BR> Believe in sunshine and happiness <BR> <BR> Believe in joy , yes even admits the sorrow <BR> <BR> Believe that tomorrow is another day <BR> <BR> Believe in Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living !!! Thu, 8 Jan 2015 05:03:21 EST Sing in the shower Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward . You will have created something." Kurt Vonnegut <BR> <BR> As we go about our daily busy lives, and go about exercising and eating clean, remember to spend some time creating. Some me time is essential everyday. Sometimes we are more creative then we think. <BR> <BR> Start a hobby, write, crochet or knit, paint, decoupage , m... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 05:21:06 EST Don't let them scare you " The first and great commandment is : Don't let them scare you." Elmer Davis <BR> <BR> We are all equals . So don't let anyone ever scare you into being less than you are. Always let your light shine as brightly as God intended. Just show up and do your best . Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> " On a personal note I lost a long time friend yesterday . I worked with her 35 years. We noticed she was acting weird at work , like she was lost, she was forgetful at times. A few we... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 05:34:52 EST Be at Peace Shh . Listen to the sounds that surround you." Pete Seeger <BR> <BR> When was the last time you heard the hoot of an owl, or the cry of the hawk. When was the last time you heard a baby giggles , or the breathing of our family as they sleep . When was the last time you heard the sound of snow and ice melting of the trees. When was the last time you heard the wind, or the rain, or the gentle tinkling of snow as it hits the ground . <BR> <BR> I bet it was a long time beautiful sounds like th... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 05:23:14 EST walking in snow with my daughter:bonus blog <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 15:02:00 EST Don't be afraid to be a fool Don't be afraid to be a fool. Remember you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything. Because cynicism is a self- imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say No.. But saying Yes begins things. Saying Yes is how things grow. Saying Yes leads t... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:44:55 EST Cheer Up "Cheer Up. You never know___ maybe something awful will happen tomorrow." John Waters <BR> <BR> Whatever is going on in your life , find some happiness. <BR> <BR> I've been sidelined with a shoulder injury that I am seeing a specialist for on Thursday but I am not down and out. I am moving forward and finding the happiness in my day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:40:35 EST The Hero in You " You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things--- to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals . The intense effort , the giving of everything you've got , is a very pleasant bonus." Edmund Hillary <BR> <BR> The man who climbs mountains say's it's okay to go climb yours. What more motivation do you need . <BR> <BR> Climb your mountain, reach your highest and spur others on to victory, <BR> <BR> Hugs, Happiness and Healthy L... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 18:54:29 EST You Got This It's 2015 a NEW YEAR " Don't forget that you're a mental being with a humungous trillion gigawatt hard-drive at your disposal . Stephen King <BR> <BR> You've Got this <BR> <BR> I am cheering your success . <em>181</em> <em>236</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 1 Jan 2015 18:39:22 EST Thank You " If the only prayer you said in your whole life was "THANK YOU" that would suffice." Meister Eckehart <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord for an awesome 2014. <BR> <BR> Thank you for great friends that helped along the way . <BR> <BR> Thank you for Hugs , and family and successes <BR> <BR> Thank you for struggles that helped me to grow <BR> <BR> Thank you for Happiness in a million different ways <BR> <BR> Thank you for allowing me to live my life with Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Thank you for ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:36:32 EST no Goals , No resolutions It's almost the New Year . It's time for a lot of people to write down their goals and resolutions for the year. It's time to reflect on last year and to move on to a New Year. <BR> <BR> Not me though. No . No goals , No plans ,No resolutions... <BR> <BR> That right . I said : No goals , no plans and no resolutions, <BR> <BR> Just Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living. <BR> <BR> Lots of hugs , hugs for friends and family and the people I will meet and a ton of hugs to me . We need all the... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:36:08 EST Friends forever " Try to avoid falling out with people. The world is a very small place." Richard Branson Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:43:04 EST I don't hear negative " It's sometime better to pretend I don't hear the sound of somebody in the nearby woods with a shotgun." Dashiell Hammett <BR> <BR> Negative words and actions can be just as damaging as a shotgun. It can cause injury , to your heart soul and body. Sometimes the person pulling the trigger is YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Today I was out on my regular walk with my American Eskimo dog Misha . She is 8 years young or old depending on how you look at things . The temperature was 45 . I was still nursing my ... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:40:54 EST Love and be loved ' Seize the moments of happiness , love and be loved. !!!! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here." Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> What are you concentrating on today .!!! Are you obsessing on the fact that you didn't lose weight , or that you are a little overweight. Or are you more interested in the fact that your family truly loves and needs you. ? <BR> <BR> If you concentrate more on the happiness in your life you will have eas... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 15:54:54 EST Time Control If you can gain control over 60 percent of the time in your life, you are really successful." Rod Steiger <BR> <BR> Wondering how to be more successful at gaining control of your weight? Easy gain more control of your time.. <BR> <BR> Some easy ways to control your time better put up a do not disturb sign . There are times of the day that my family knows not to disturb me unless they want me to be disturbed . I don't literally need a sign but they do know not to bother me when I write my bl... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:39:23 EST All is Well " All is well, practice kindness, Heaven is nigh." Jack Kerouac <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas!!!! <BR> <BR> I am wishing all my family and friends a Happy Healthy Peaceful year. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 25 Dec 2014 08:44:00 EST Be a Light to all your meet " Don't worry about the darkness --- turn on the light and the darkness automatically goes ." David Lynch <BR> <BR> Today while your lighting your Christmas trees, or lighting the candles on your table ,remember to be a light . <BR> <BR> Be light and merry today and always . Let the Christmas spirit light your soul with positivity , happiness and light. Smile at all you meet . Let the wonder of small children on Christmas morn light your own sense of wonder so you can delight in the magic... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:02:46 EST Believe in the Magic " Believe it is possible to solve your problem, Tremendous things happen to the believer . Believe the answer will come . It will ." Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> The Grinch had a hold of me big time for a while . I am sure we all have felt his touch this holiday season, We miss the ones not here . We long for the good old times , and we feel there is not enough time or money . <BR> <BR> I have been battling shoulder pain that has me sidelined . Getting dressed is hard , my right arm is... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:07:29 EST Growing Spiritually ' You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you , none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul." Vivekananda <BR> <BR> <BR> A easier way to grow smaller is grow bigger spiritually. If you only learn to love yourself and treat yourself right , you will grow in power, and be more successful . .If we know this then our bodies become a temple. <BR> <BR> Many centuries ago a small child was sent to us with a message ."Love one another as I have loved you!... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:56:53 EST Get in the Game " If you want to play a game, go to where it's played and find a way to get in. Things happen when you get in the game." Chris Matthews <BR> <BR> How many times have you said I want to .... and that is as far as it went. <BR> <BR> Take a step that's all it takes. one step moves you closer to success. <BR> <BR> Since I've been a teen I've always wanted to be a writer. So I wrote a book of poems and a few short stories , took a couple courses on writing in high school and then my feet st... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:24:27 EST Ask away " If you don't know what it is , don't mess with it" Fats Waller <BR> <BR> Ever try to do something without following the instructions. They are there for a reason. <BR> <BR> Before you begin any exercise routine , ask your doctor first if it is safe for you . He might have better ideas as to what would be a good fit for you . <BR> <BR> Before you try to lose weight , check with your doctor to find out how much she would like you to lose and see if she has any ideas to help you along th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:00:31 EST Never mind where you came from " When you see a snake never mind where he came from." William Gurney Benham <BR> <BR> When You see a snake or other dangerous creature , do you stand around and say Gee, I wonder where he came from? Or do you just run and hide and save yourself from serious harm. ? <BR> <BR> Well then why do you keep reliving your past ? Why does it matter where you came from.? Why must you relive your past mistakes .? <BR> <BR> Yesterday is just that yesterday. Yesterday you may have felt that you wer... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:32:49 EST Failing with Pride Learn to fail with pride---and do so fast and cleanly. Maximize trial and error --- by mastering the error part. " Nassim Nichols Taleb <BR> <BR> When I first started my job 35 years ago I used to cry when I made an error and it would bother me for weeks . It took me a lot of errors to get to where I am today . I am proud of every one . <BR> <BR> That's right I said I am proud of every error I have made at work and at home, It is all part of growing, learning ,and then succeeding <BR... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:27:05 EST Close your eyes " You're the only one who's closing your eyes at night. There's no one else who can do it for you.' James Caan <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It always comes down to you . What kind of life you are leading , Where do you want the journey to take you? Whether you are peaceful and succeeding. <BR> <BR> Many of us have a hard time closing our eyes at night. Sometimes it is because of the injustice's in the world that we can do nothing about. Or our own troubles and stressors and worries. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:01:35 EST Never go out and meet trouble " Never go out and meet trouble . If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it for you. " Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> Why do you want to meet trouble? Why would you ever want to sit around idle waiting ? For what ? The fat to settle in new places , your circulation to slow , all your blood to pool away form you head. Go ahead , jus sit there all day .Give it a couple months and trouble will be on the way . In the form of heart disease and diabetes to name a few.... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:43:12 EST Be the ruler of your life " The first and final thing you have to do in this world ,is to last in it, and not be smashed by it." Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> There are two types of people in the world the ones that rule their lives, and the ones that let the world rule them. Let me be clear I am not talking about breaking the law , or not following the commandments . <BR> <BR> What am I talking about . ? The complainers verses the doers. The doubting Thomas's verses the Believers . The haters verses the do-gooders ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:02:22 EST Celebrate your life " I've learned the glories of laughter. Don't take things too seriously. Celebrate Life." Luis Haza <BR> <BR> I hope today finds you well . I have a habit of sometimes taking things too seriously and ruining all the fun . But I am working on that . I do know how to celebrate life though and part of that is by taking care of me . <BR> <BR> The morning for snack I had yogurt , with a tangerine , blueberries, banana and pistachios , and sunflower seeds with cinnamon and honey. Wish you could ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:29:43 EST Run after your bliss " When Joseph Campbell said to follow your bliss, I'm sure he meant : Don't walk after it but run . So be prepared to sweat." Tom Freston <BR> <BR> <BR> If you do one thing today ,please go out and find some happiness . Go out and meet some friends and spend some time in laughter, and love . Or maybe just cuddle up with family by the fire with hot cocoa and watch movies . <BR> <BR> Go out today and maybe volunteer . Making others happy is a great way to make you happy . During the ho... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 04:30:40 EST