ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A sparkly day There is no secret that I haven't been feeling my brightest lately. Having to leave a job because of a toxic worker will do that. <BR> Today I decided to change things in a more positive direction and you can also. I had forgotten about my morning routine, I had some extra money so I left early to get my coffee like I used to do when I was working, Then I went out on a walk a full two hours earlier than I have been. <BR> I was rewarded because the sun was starting to peek through the clou... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:44:33 EST Never been any reason Today is my husbands and my 28th anniversary, Around 30 years ago I went to a bar called the 190 . My friend Mike from work was playing in a band called RTM. It was the end of May. It was the night I was supposed to marry someone else but he broke it off around Christmas time. I had no attention of meeting anyone as I had sworn of men forever. <BR> <BR> Darren I knew from the neighborhood in fact he lived right down the street from me, He was my cousins best friend . He used to come to ... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:45:16 EST A secret reward I can't say I hate exercise . I can't say I love it either . I do very much love how I feel later, Today was one of those mornings that I just was not feeling it. It's only a half hour I told myself . You can do this ,just start. So i did. I was enjoying my walk and I looked ahead and there was my friend getting ready to visit her mom. <BR> <BR> I used to work with my friend at our previous job. She was always kind to me. I really needed to talk to a kind soul and there she was, We talked... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:34:41 EST enjoying the ride Today is wild Wednesday . I declared today a no stress day, Wash was hung on the line, Had a healthy breakfast and lunch , I love eggs and I love salads .I added vegetables and fruits and spinach to my salad along with nuts and a touch of cheese, I used vinegar and a touch of oil to keep it healthy. <BR> <BR> I went for a nice walk around 1030 this morning . I didn't bring music I just wanted to listen to the sounds of crickets and birds, I really wanted to pay attention to the flowers ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:49:43 EST Enough is enough No one person is perfect. I get it, Most of you know I work in a kitchen at a nursing home. If you followed any of my blogs you know one of the employees was hostile, She was that way to me,and other new people, but mostly me., She called me names daily and refused to help me, or do part of her job which left me doing it and missing lunch and breaks many days. <BR> <BR> We have new management and she was spoken to and when the boss is out of ear shot she starts right back up again . When... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:37:29 EST A glimmer of hope As I sat around moping this morning watching the rain pour down and scrolling through my feeds on facebook , I suddenly stopped , The reason was a post about a friend of mine who was going through the last phases of cancer. That got me off the couch and into my bright yellow rain jacket with a hood, <BR> <BR> My body ached and I wasn't sure I was doing the right thing, But like most of us older folks once I started my body moving, the pain lessened . I was the only one out and about and f... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:49:22 EST I let myself down today I didn't exercise today, I went to the grocery store today I got many healthy meals and I also bought chips. <em>43</em> My family loves chips . They are a vegetable , right? <em>18</em> I have a million reasons why I bought chips, Truth is ... I let myself down, I love chips and will probably eat the whole bag. Who was I hurting? ME. Am I not important enough to be treated better? <BR> <BR> I didn't exercise today. <em>43</em> I waked around the grocery store wa... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 20:18:28 EST She Who Dares My daughter bought me a new tank top, I put it on this morning. I wasn't sure if i was going to take my walk or not but then i looked down . On my shirt in print it say's " She who dares, " <BR> <BR> So of course off on my walk I went and while I watched the beautiful blue sky and felt the cool breeze and listened to my favorite music i thought,, about me, and what I dare to do. <BR> <BR> I dared not to let my pacemaker slow me down at all, In fact some days I forget I have one. I am ext... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:18:41 EST Day Off, I am still On Today is a day off of work for me, It is an awesome day to do some work on me, Its a day to take care of me, Yes I love that an all about me day , sort of. except for all the family commitments and house cleaning, lol <BR> <BR> Its a day to think about where I am and where I am going, <BR> Its a day to be thankful for so much, sunshine warm weather and a beautiful breeze. <BR> It's a day to sit under a tree and read and ponder on how my life is going and see where I want to steer to nex... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:46:59 EST i am your new co worker, You know me ? Hi I am your new coworker the one you call slow , the one you all talk about at the water cooler, Yes, I am new and I would really love some tips on how to do my job better. <BR> <BR> Hi, i am your co worker the one you yelled at yesterday when I made a silly mistake . Thanks for pointing that out by the way and telling the whole department about it, Thought you would like to know that I am really trying, <BR> <BR> Hi I am your co worker , the only one not in costume for your office fun... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:14:24 EST Smile for miles <link><BR>0XmGtMw </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today on my walk this crazy song came up on my ipod." Happiness is just around the corner. " it's from a group called the vengaboys. . If my link doesn't work check them out its a cool song and a lot of fun. It's all about a crazy frog. Any way what I am trying to say and failing miserably is that" if you want to party get out and move your body " <BR> <BR> "I've got news for you " put some happy music on... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:44:11 EST " I like the skin I'm living in " <BR> <BR> On my walk today I listened to Jon Bon Jovi "s " Just Older ". The words" I like the skin I'm living in " really made me think. How much do we truly like ourselves. I know, like the song I'm not old , just older. I don't know if it's my age or being here at sparkpeople for so long but i am really starting to see the importance of liking myself the way I am now, and then improving on it. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when we work on our weight we get a little case of tunnel vision. We us... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:56:23 EST " I like the skin I'm living in " <link><BR>ipPPOe84sNYD5e35-jxiFL56qvMVBc_1sSbKsV<BR>DWevxKiouTE9g3AQC8oSzXFznMCA/photo/AF1<BR>QipP-WTBuAZF8HJSVomBgoWXiHEGDckaQdzEMt<BR>PV-?key=cTd1LUFfVjNWVWpzZ2k5WEdzTXlYNXFwYmR2TTFR </link> <BR> <BR> On my walk today I listened to Jon Bon Jovi "s " Just Older ". The words" I like the skin I'm living in " really made me think. How much do we truly like ourselves. I know, like the song I'm not old , just older. I don't know if it's my age or being her... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 10:56:23 EST Hungry for Healthy Yes, that's me. Hungry for Healthy. I wasn't always this way. It took years of practice and patience and learning, I learned from a lot of people here at spark people some of the newbies and some of the old timers. I've had trials and errors but mostly a ton of success. <BR> <BR> I've had a ton of fun along the way hiking, biking , weight training with Tony Horton, p90x p90, p90x3 . I swam, danced and even ran. I have done many workout videos here and found them fun. <BR> <BR> I had... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:17:28 EST The sun will rise for you I went on an early morning walk today . It was spectacular out the sun was shining and it was 60 degrees with a nice breeze. The sky was vivid blue. There were gorgeous flowers to see everywhere with a myriad of colors . The trees were green and dense . I felt like holding my arms out and just spinning it was that beautiful. It made me that happy, <BR> <BR> Then the song " The sun will set for you" came on my ipod , and I thought that isn't right a song about goodbyes and loss. No I nee... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:27:59 EST The sun will rise for you I went on an early morning walk today . It was spectacular out the sun was shining and it was 60 degrees with a nice breeze. The sky was vivid blue. There were gorgeous flowers to see everywhere with a myriad of colors . The trees were green and dense . I felt like holding my arms out and just spinning it was that beautiful. It made me that happy, <BR> <BR> Then the song " The sun will set for you" came on my ipod , and I thought that isn't right a song about goodbyes and loss. No I nee... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:27:59 EST Starting the day off right Today I needed to be at work for some over time around 10 ish . I was up early as always , I decided to go for a walk . The air was cool , the sky was vivid blue and the neighborhood was quiet. I even saw a tiny rabbit trying to blend in a bunch of grass. He made me smile. I was home before the sun got to warm . I worked from 10 to 230 , Now i need to go back for 4 to 8 <BR> <BR> I never would be able to do all this if I didn't get my walk in. That an a healthy breakfast set me up for a ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:17:34 EST Taking care of you Today at work a coworker passed out and had to be taken away by ambulance. It was so hard to get her to go she kept saying she was fine and wanted to work and we kept telling her but you were out cold for several minutes. <BR> <BR> The scary thing is she has been complaining for months now that she doesnt feel good if she doesnt eat . She has been telling another coworker that she has been feeling dizzy . Today she said ,Please catch me I am going to fall , Thank God my coworker was standin... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:03:08 EST More Today I woke up tired and listless.The morning was cool and beautiful the sky was crystal blue and I decided to walk ,Once I got going I moved into a faster pace and really felt alive and awake, When I came home I hung a load of wash on the line, I made potato salad and coleslaw for the week ahead. I used some recipes I found from the mayo clinic so I know they will be healthy I went to visit my mom, We had a nice long talk. <BR> Then my husband and I went out for lunch at the local tap ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:08:39 EST Waking the Sleeping Giant My daughter and I went on a hike to Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden Ct. We were around 700 feet up and the view was spectacular. We started on the nature path which then led us to the tower trail, an easier trail that leads to a tower at one peak of the mountain. My daughter had previously been to this mountain, and said it would be a good idea to go a bit father past the tower where she claimed there was much better views. Though she was right, and the views were great, we had to take m... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:54:57 EST Mismatched days Yesterday I wore mismatched clothes. purple and pink tank top with red shorts and pink socks. I went out and worked out with unshaven legs , messy hair and didn't care . I spent some time with the husband at the dump, I ate a ton of watermelon had egg and sausage for breakfast , tuna with ginger and sesame for lunch and made my own pizza brimming with veggies . Yesterday I walked a 19.45 minute mile and walked 1.56 miles I read my book under the shade of a tree and washed and hung the sh... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:19:58 EST Hearts to you Yesterday my daughter handed me a fortune cookie and said ; your fortune will give you a message about your day tomorrow . I shared the blog "Great thoughts come from the heart. ' with you . Just before I finished work today I took out the recycled and the trash .My boss said there you are always putting your heart in your job. I told her that is why I am here not to finish quickly and get out the door. Kind of eerie . But it gets stranger and more eerie . <BR> <BR> Every morning wh... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:11:38 EST Great thoughts come from the heart My fortune cookie reminded me of something " Great thoughts come from the heart, " <BR> <BR> So the next time your head is talking mean thoughts just remember that, <BR> Great thoughts come from the heart . <BR> When you don't feel like exercising and your mind is giving you a million excuses not to <BR> just remember that, <BR> Great thoughts come from your heart. <BR> When that second piece of chocolate cake is calling you , just remember, <BR> Great thoughts come from the heart. <B... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 20:21:09 EST if you like it put a ring on it In October of this year i was my heaviest.. I weighed more than i did when I was pregnant with my children, Four months previous i was out of a job and even though I worked out daily and tried to eat right I still weighed to much, One day while making my meatloaf for supper I took my wedding ring off and could not get it back on. <BR> Today I weigh 25 pounds less, I can now wear my ring again . I was curious as to why one wears a wedding ring on their left hand. I found that the elde... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 20:28:25 EST Scrambled not Stuck I rarely know what day it is never mind what month . My job now has a union which requires us to have every other weekend off. Even though i was working 40 hrs or more for many months because we were short handed they now require me to work the 32 hrs I was hired at. Any extra hrs now go to the part time people - then to me and then to the people hired at 37 hrs. One week I have Wednesday and Thursday off and work the weekend . The next week I have Tuesday and Wednesday off and Saturday an... Wed, 5 Jul 2017 18:58:06 EST Sunday blessings and thankfulness This morning I went for an early morning walk with my daughter before the heat set in . I had an healthy breakfast of an egg , peppers and onion on a multi grain wrap,. I have a load of wash on the line and another in the washer, The house is dark and all the overhead fans are going .Later in the day we are going to my sister in law's cottage on Lake Congamond in Southwick Mass. We will be celebrating the 4th of July . There I will find good food and good company, I have much to be thankfu... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 11:09:09 EST Making memories at Talcott Mountain My daughter and I decided to take a hike today up to Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury Connecticut . It is 450 acres, you travel 475 feet up the mountain, and its a 2.6 mile hike to the Heublein tower. The tower was once Gilbert Heubleins summer estate .The first part of the journey was challenging as the hike was straight up, but there were places to rest and benches along the way . About half way up, the climb leveled off, and we had the shade of the forest which was much needed on o... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 19:39:58 EST cool and healthy aloha friday It is hot and muggy here, I have overhead ceiling fans in the house and if I can find the right combo to open the correct windows it cools down the house. I can't run the air conditioner for long because one I don't like to be confined and two it makes my allergies worse and I hate being cold , I hate being hot also. We had some huge thunderstorms roll in and it didn't make a difference at all. <BR> I worked today and my husband forgot to take something out to eat so I did the unthinkable I... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:48:18 EST Listless no more I have been listless for a long time, Yes , It's time to admit that yes I am a naked shopper, I love the spontaneity of going commando . I love the rush of excitement of just buying something on the spur of the moment just because I feel like it. <BR> I guess I just got tired of wasting money , I've been using coupons for quite a while , saving about thirty dollars to sixty a week. I've tried lists , oh how I've tried , but , truth is , I can't read my own handwriting, Plus I am not good at ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:53:50 EST What kind of world are you creating ? What kind of world are your creating ? <BR> Had to ask my self that as I sat on the couch moping , and procrastinating about my walk, I asked again as I almost pulled out a regular shirt to wear instead of a form fitting active top, " I thought , no one will like this look ,I am to old, everything is sagging and bagging. " <BR> I need to learn that what others think or say is their world. Well what I say and think is my world. <BR> <BR> Got my walk in and wore the more comfortable swe... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:06:33 EST On my way to a healthy happy summer Today was the first day of summer and it welcomed me amazingly, Here is a short snapshot of my start to a healthy happy summer. <BR> <BR> I awoke after sleeping ten glorious hours, with five of them deep sleep, and no trips the bathroom. The first time in years thanks to my muscle relaxer I took last night. My back has been bothering me lately and I haven't been as diligent with my walking and stretching due to my work schedule and weather but I will be working strongly on this issue . <B... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:16:54 EST Natural Aloha Friday kind of Day Today is my favorite day Aloha Friday I am lucky enough to have it off from work . I picked four types of lettuce from my garden and had it in a salad for lunch today.. So lucky we grow a garden every year its so nice to just go out the door and pick some fresh vegetables. <BR> <BR> I thought of nature again before my walk around the neighborhood, You see we had a bear sighting less than a block away. A bear left the forested area where my daughter works and sauntered across the busy stre... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:16:14 EST God's been good to me <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today even though my allergies have been bothering me ,I decided to walk. First i got distracted by the wash , the stain on the coffee table, my zipper that was stuck on one of my back packs . I then realized I was being derailed and WHY ? was I allowing it. <BR> <BR> So I grabbed my phone and off I went , I decided to play some music and one of my favorite artists is Keith Urban. I had my phone on shuffle and what song came up but God'... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:22:06 EST Sending You ......... I am sending you <BR> <em>247</em> as many as you need to get through the day . <BR> <em>246</em> <em>30</em> laughter and smiles to cheer you. <BR> <em>67</em> to warm you <BR> <em>27</em> to cool you if need be. <BR> <em>220</em> friendship . <BR> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> pure joy and an abundance of it. <BR> <em>362</em> <em>332</em> strength and determination. <BR> <em>102</em> <em>90</em> <em>188</em> sleep fairies to help you sleep ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:33:46 EST Keeping the small spark alive so it can grow into a big flame Everyone is not perfect. Despite our best attentions sometimes life gets in the way, Life is full of demands religious, family , work , friends, bills, daily life ,chores commitments and the list goes on. There will be days when you don't have the time or the will to eat healthy, or drink your water. . There will be days when you don't get great sleep. There will be days due to injury, illness or demands that you don't get your exercise in. <BR> <BR> Today for me is that kind of day . ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:23:03 EST Catching a wave ...instead of a cold ..Happy Aloha Friday Happy healthy Aloha Friday everyone . Hope the sun is shining for you if not hope your spirits are up. I find myself at the end of another cold and possibly the start of another, This will be my seventh cold since October with one nasty stomach bug added in, This from the girl who used to only get sick once a year or less. <BR> <BR> I do know it is partial allergies which I am on medication for, I also work in a nursing home so there are lots of extra germs running around, Oh and stress , y... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:03:10 EST Walking to ... a hint of happiness It has been awhile since I got out and got some air and went for a walk outside. I almost didn't go my joints have been achy . My allergies have flared up big time. My foot is still very sore from when the heavy silverware tray holder fell on it two weeks ago, at work. Plus I have to go to work tonight for the 4 to 8 shift. But go I did, <BR> <BR> While I was walking around the neighborhood on a gorgeous spring day I thought about how tomorrow is worker appreciation day and why my boss deci... Wed, 24 May 2017 14:49:07 EST Happy mother's day to the moms that do" the spark people shuffle " Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there . You know who you are the moms that step up and shuffle their lives around to make sure they are doing the healthy thing. I like to call it. <BR> " The Spark People Shuffle, " <BR> <BR> Here's to the moms that get up at the crack of dawn when the whole house is asleep to get their exercise in. A special shout out to the moms that have hit pause four or more times on their exercise tape because of your children... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:50:21 EST Be the change Having a bad day it's okay because maybe today was not just about you . Maybe today was supposed to be all about the people you helped without realizing it. The people you motivated or just touched their lives or soul. <BR> <BR> The guy you let go first at the red light. The old man you gave directions to at the grocery store. The teenager you smiled at on the way by. The friend you counseled and tried to cheer. Maybe you said or wrote something that motivated someone in a small or big way... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:29:59 EST Reinventing myself - Happy Aloha Friday In October I was over 15 pounds heavier and out of a job. I decided to try something new to reinvent myself in a way. I always loved the elderly so I found myself a job in the kitchen as a dietary aide, in a nursing home . It does not pay much at all. It is a very physical job with a lot of steps and heavy lifting. The rewards are huge. <BR> <BR> Every day as walk down the hall and see the elderly and frail in their beds I say " There before the grace of God go I . " They remind me daily... Fri, 5 May 2017 14:12:53 EST Confronting stress on my way to an Aloha Friday " Nobody cares if your miserable, so you might as well be happy." Cynthia Nelms <BR> <BR> " Those that are at war with others are not at peace with themselves." William Hazlitt <BR> <BR> " Stress is an ignorant state . It believes that everything is an emergency." Natalie Goldberg <BR> <BR> <BR> " Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect." Margaret Mitchell <BR> <BR> " You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously ." J Donald ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:38 EST Crushing It My husband and I work opposite shifts, He sent me a text message this morning. He said," I know you usually make pasta on Wednesday we are out of tomato sauce , so maybe you could make macaroni and cheese , or just use butter with the pasta . " <BR> <BR> I' m at work thinking <em>38</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> So as soon as I got home at 3, I ran down cellar and grabbed a big can of crushed tomatoes, I added garlic Italian seasoning,a pinch of salt and s... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:15:30 EST One minute away from happiness Yesterday I walked a 19 minute mile . I had to get my workout in and I had to hurry to get it done. If your faster you burn more calories .Your heart rate and endorphin's go up. You get healthy and that's supposed to make you happy and most days it does , but some days it is not enough, <BR> <BR> Today I walked a 20 minute mile and I stopped and smelled the flowers literally. I smelled the honeysuckle blooming. I noticed the rhododendron bushes blooming in bright pink and fuchsia and red. I... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:26:14 EST Sending Aloha Happy Moments " Most people don't allow the happy moment because they're so busy trying to get a happy life," Esther Hicks <BR> <BR> Sending you all some happy moments today .Happy moments add up to a happy healthy life. Some of mine for today...... <BR> A stop at the grocery store where I bought two healthy roasting chickens for a dollar a pound. I will make chicken , soup , and maybe some taco's yum. I also saved 5 dollars on my allergy medicine . <em>528</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> A walk in... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:09:14 EST The state of all things spark Some people have been asking me about my spark people journey . I have been here for over 6 years and never plan to leave. The community is awesome. You get constant encouragement and feedback and I've made a ton of friends. I love the team feature , spark recipes , the free exercise demos, and blogging to name a few features. <BR> <BR> As some of you may know my journey is all about Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living , Here is how I get there. I am at my goal weight so my journey is all a... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:08:53 EST Serious Sunday I would see her every so often last year. We would stop to talk on our walks me with my dog and her with her walker. You know just " How was the weather talk , or good to see you talk." I thought she was about 65. <BR> <BR> I was very surprised today. I went out on my walk the weather was warm and lovely and I thought about when I would see her again out and about this year. I was reading the Sunday paper and that's when I saw it, her obituary. My neighbor was not 65 as I thought but 90 ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 19:42:13 EST Getting to 10 Today I went into work for half a day , I love to go in and help out the boss when needed. I work as a dietary aide at a nursing home. I went in to help with the lunch line and to do the dishes, We serve about 185 residents three meals and dessert. It can add up to a lot of miles walked . Today although I didn't walk far I took over 7000 steps. <BR> <BR> So when I got home at 3 I put my sweatshirt and vest and gloves on and went for a real walk, I love that it was only me and the robins and... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:38:40 EST Why Failures are hidden successes So the scale hasn't moved in awhile and you are about ready to quit before you do listen to this.... <BR> <BR> That project at work that you put your heart and soul into and didn't work out, did you quit your job over it? or did you revamp a few things and try again ? <BR> <BR> Last week your daughter said she hates the way you dress , your husband wishes you were more social , and you son say's you talk to much , did this cause you to walk away from your family ? Did you explain how much ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:12:50 EST Who"s Fooling Who ? Today is April Fools day and it got me thinking, <BR> Who"s fooling Who? <BR> <BR> When you sneak a piece of chocolate ? <BR> When you have a second helping when you know you are full ? <BR> When you skip your workout ? <BR> When you stay up later than you should when you are ultra tired ? <BR> When you eat half bag of chips in one seating? <BR> When you drink soda instead of water ? <BR> <BR> Who are you fooling? and Who are you hurting ? <BR> <BR> Love yourself enough not to be foo... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:44:28 EST What was I thinking Today when I walked into the kitchen after my seventh day of work in a row, I saw a huge mound of dishes my husband and son left there while I was away. This could only mean that the dishwasher was full and needed to be emptied, When I went into the bathroom there was the hamper filled to the brim with dirty clothes. I sat in a chair and just wanted to cry because I did both those tasks yesterday and I was dead tired from my job as a dietary aide in a nursing home. Plus I needed to make suppe... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:40:28 EST