ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Crazy things to be Thankful for Today is Tuesday a day i always reflect on how thankful I am, People are mostly thankful for the good stuff that happens in their lives . I am often thankful for the crazy or bad things that happen. For instance. <BR> <BR> That snow and sleet on the ground gives you a chance to be a better driver. <BR> The physical labor we sometimes have to do at work will turn you into a lean mean fighting machine. <BR> That very slow driver you get behind in the morning will give you a chance to ... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 09:31:46 EST Maintaining over the years It's sort of mind blowing that I have been here for over nine years .I've learned a lot and the lessons didn't happen over night , Some lessons were learned slowly after hard work , and some came quick and effortlessly like gifts from above. I'd like to share a few with you, <BR> <BR> Maintaining and losing weight doesn't happen because you exercise, Exercise will give you better sleep, a better complexion , it helps slow down aging and will help keep some diseases at bay. Exercise will he... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 15:52:56 EST Aloha "This is your Captain speaking" Aloha Everyone on this rainy Friday morning, I have been dancing and smiling all morning. <BR> Why? Because I can . Also because I realized I AM THE CAPTAIN OF MY LIFE . <BR> <BR> You are too. So repeat after me . I AM THE CAPTAIN OF MY LIFE!!!!! <BR> Yes you are, Don't forget. <BR> <BR> At work , my hard work finally paid off and I was promoted to cell captain, Right now I am working together with another captain , who does not communicate or even say good morning. <BR> <BR> I missed ... Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:05:39 EST Thunderous Thursday Right now there is a super storm brewing outside . We already have blowing swirling snow . We <BR> are supposed to get 8 to 12 inches and maybe some ice thrown in. My job was nice enough to cancel work , <BR> <BR> Since we are having wickedly thunderous weather . I decided to have a thunderous day. I will read and catch up on house cleaning , I will exercise . Make some ultra healthy food ,drink lots of water , and maybe nap. <BR> <BR> I will get the flashlights candles and blankets read... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:01:24 EST P is a powerful letter Put some P in your day !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Be more POSITIVE, being positive makes the day brighter <BR> You are more POWERFUL than you think <BR> Be PROACTIVE , stand up for you and others <BR> Remember that each day holds PROMISE <BR> Don't Exercise PLAY , have fun and enjoy. <BR> PLAN your days weeks and months <BR> PRIORITIZE get your more important stuff done first <BR> PLENTIFUL healthy food is plentiful don't eat the same things day after day <BR> PIN POINT your mistakes and bu... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 08:32:43 EST Happy Aloha Friday Sunshine It has been very cold in Connecticut for days now. 3 degrees , 4 minus . People are getting sad and grumpy. Me I am doing my best to let the Aloha sunshine in. I have my island spirit perfume on. Yes, it smells just like the beach, I am typing this right now with the sun streaming in my window, It brings a smile to my face, <BR> <BR> I am grateful for so much a warm house, a car with heated seats , a job with some good people, A good family I get to travel to work by the airport ever... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:42:01 EST Get to work !!!! The day before Christmas Eve we were extremely short handed at work Three of the people i work with did not show up so there was only me to do it all, . I asked two temp agency bosses for help but got no response. I searched for a solution and asked the engineer for UPS if I looked like 4 people to him. lol, He said his eyes were not seeing quadruple and lo and behold I got help and then some. <BR> <BR> What does this have to do with weight loss, well plenty, I bet you have a ton of lef... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 08:38:37 EST Merry Christmas Hope you all had a magical day of love family and laughter, Remember to be kind to you this gift giving season and practice the gift of forgiveness, Tomorrow is a day of new beginnings . we have been blessed with life . Let's do our best to make it great. Remember to give yourself the gift of health and happiness . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 25 Dec 2017 20:37:25 EST Santa's Special Gift Everyone is hustling and bustling getting presents and buying holiday food for their special dinners, Hours have been spent going over lists , rewriting lists. People agonize over the perfect gift for that special someone. Then there is decorating and redecorating the tree. Making sure the outside ornaments look just right . Picking out and wearing your best to the party . Making sure we are at our best for the party. <BR> <BR> We make sure our friends and family and especially the ch... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 08:12:23 EST Happy Aloha Christmas As you go about trying to make you and this holiday perfect, Remember that it already is, The day is perfect , the hour is perfect and you are perfect. Everything is as it should be. We are born with a canvas, now it is our job to create it. You don't need to find the perfect gift , menu, or yourself. Just be you , smile and be happy. Be grateful for the little gifts that are abundant if we just open our eyes, Learn to love more and fret less. Be open to all possibilities. Love ourselves a... Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:52:36 EST Why a third of the way is good enough Today i only got 3968 steps and that is good enough for me. Why? Well all week I got over 10,000 steps easily, 20,000 was my highest and 12,000 was my lowest. I work 6 days a week. i worked over 55 hours each of the last two weeks. <BR> <BR> Sometimes you don't need steps you need rest , The best things we can do is give our bodies what they need. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store this morning, I have bought myself hydration drinks with low sugar. I bought healthy meats, grains,... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:17:23 EST thinking of you Thursday Good Morning Sparkers <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Just a little good matured cheer <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> to let you know that whatever happens in this <BR> <BR> Busy crazy season of merry <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> You got this .... <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>594</em> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>212</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Always thinking of you guys and gals and I Know <BR> <BR> you will Succeed !!!!! <BR> <BR> Keep looking fo... Thu, 7 Dec 2017 07:16:20 EST Two times the fun Just a quick fast blog .The holidays are on the way , That means extra work , prep , parties and food and drink. Extra work for me as I work for UPS and we have had our highest volume in years Extra fun exercises for me yesterday i got 15,000 steps in an eight hour day Monday was a ten hour day and I got double my steps and 20,000 . Yeah! <em>356</em> Added to my steps I get exercise lifting and bending and squatting <em>362</em> . <BR> <BR> Many of us are extra busy during this t... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 07:13:57 EST Overabundance of Thankfulness and Blessings Today many are feeling grateful and thankful .Most are lucky to sit around a huge table with many family members and eat themselves into a coma. Some have high paying jobs and didn't have to think about all the food they needed to buy , they just did it without a thought, Quite a few of you drove to your dinner, or church in a fancy car wearing your fancy clothes . <BR> <BR> I work for a temp agency , Most of the employees I work with are young. It broke my heart to hear them say they were... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:49:45 EST Happy Healthy Aloha Friday Happy Aloha Friday <BR> Whatever you do today ... <BR> <BR> Let your soul sing like the sound of the waves <BR> <BR> Let others feel your warmth as strong as the island sun <BR> <BR> Let the trade winds cool your heart and soul and bring you peace <BR> <BR> Let the island sunshine bring you warmth and hope <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday my friends keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:53:34 EST Walk on Why do I walk when i can easily get 10000 steps in at work? Walking makes me feel alive. Walking helps to lesson my aches and pains. Walking strengthens my bones, legs and back. Walking loosens me up. It relieves depression and gets rid of stress. It starts my day off on a high note. <BR> <BR> I work for ups so there is a lot of stepping bending and twisting and throwing. Walking around the block for a mile or more gets my heart rate up for a sustained time , it is a different type of ... Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:29:28 EST I walked around This morning I went for a walk around my neighborhood as always , This morning I walked around two garbage trucks and a recycle vehicle making there rounds. I also walked around a guy holding a stop and slow sign. I walked around a excavater , a back hoe, a paver , three large trucks, and a school bus, <BR> <BR> I also walked on piles of leaves , the neighbors lawns to get around construction , and an uneven and unfinished road . <BR> <BR> i walked on because it is good for me. The sky ... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 09:14:47 EST Rainy days and Mondays never get me down "Hanging around nothing to do but frown , Rainy days and Mondays always get me down." <BR> a line from a Karen Carpenter song, <BR> <BR> But that's so not me, Went on a lovely walk in the drizzly morning, No one was out and about. Just me and my thoughts and a great way to start off the week, I used to dread Mondays now I look at them like a start of something great. A blank page to fill in, mystery and promise awaits me. It's a start to my goals , A new day awaits with all its surprises. ... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 21:08:24 EST Taming those social jitters I have a big wedding to go to today , It's for my husbands niece . The wedding is at one, The reception is at 530 . I am one of those people that do not do well in social situations. So all week it has been what will I wear. ? What jewelry will I add . ? I don't have much . Will my hair look okay ? Will I look my age or older? Will I look frumpy ? <BR> <BR> I decided to just go comfortable, I have a sweater dress with a hood in grey .Black nylons and short black boots. I also have a ru... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:17:35 EST Be a Scout I was never a girl scout , but I was in 4 H for awhile. If you want to succeed at weight loss or exercise you have to be prepared. You have to make it a mission. You have to make it your job. <BR> <BR> So Sunday my only day off I made a half dozen hard boiled eggs .I made a huge pot of chili . I made a huge roast . I also made an assortment of veggies, <BR> Every day when I get home from work I <BR> make a salad for work, My salad contains apples , blueberries and strawberries., mix... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:43:10 EST cheers to a successful Saturday Hope you all had a successful Saturday . I did , Some of my highlights eggs for breakfast. A huge salad for lunch with greens , pineapple and strawberries , apple, cheese nuts, and and pumpkin seeds. 12000 steps .!!!! Lots of moving and grooving at my job. A lovely half hour walk in the fall sigh. Lots of laughs at work, My kind of laughing the kind I create, Makes it extra special, Keep looking for those little successes . Keep looking for big and little ways to stand out and shine. K... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 22:03:56 EST changing me changing you I went for a walk today in the beautiful fall weather. I walk by this one tree daily , I noticed it was changing daily, The leaves are getting brighter and many are falling off, Just like we are slowly losing weight and if were not then small changes are happening throughout your body. Every day and hour we are shedding and getting new cells . Make sure your new cells are strong and healthy, I do by getting that exercise , drinking the water and eating healthy food. Today i have a huge salad ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:39:54 EST Turning towards the positive side of things I started to walk before work sometimes its only 20 minutes or 10 today was 35 minutes. It was cool and the air was crisp I wore my hoodie and the sweatpants and tee shirt i slept in with a warm sweatshirt over it. I find it so much easier to do this then i shower and get changed for work. <BR> I noticed that since i have been walking life is funnier and sweeter and I catch myself smiling more and more. <BR> I really concentrate hard on the little things to make me happy . Today I found my ... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 19:45:14 EST Sending Sunday Blessings Stopping to send you some Sunday blessings and the power and motivation to make healthy and happy choices all week, Look for your happy , Search for some smiles, Share your laughter . Be kind and wise, Take care of you and others and have the best week ever. We can do this Keep looking for Hugs, happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:45:10 EST Sending Saturday Smiles Good Day Spark Friends .I am sending you Saturday Smiles . Can you feel them . I am sending warm hugs and a feeling of peace . I am sending tranquility and blessings . I am sending you much love, warmth and understanding. Please pass it on . May the rest of your days be filled with JOY my friends. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>58</em> <em>36</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>213</em> <em>211</em> <em>100</em> <e... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 19:47:58 EST my new job A lot of you asked how my first day on the job went it went really well, The job is super easy, No talking on the job <em>39</em> but that is okay . We all take lunch together , I got my 10000 steps in for the day .!!!! A lot of bending and lifting light packages and launching them or tossing them in proper container. I work with about 50 people , I don't need to use my brain too much that way I can save it for when I write my blogs. <BR> Hope you all had a great day full of smiles I... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:44:09 EST Happy Aloha Friday Just a short and sweet blog . Hope everyone has an awesome Aloha Friday hope the trade winds treat you well, Hope there is some sunshine in your day no matter what the weather . May the rest of your days be filled with Joy!!!! <BR> Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:31:51 EST Get up and go!!!! I get so much more energy when I get up early and start my day with exercise, I have been lucky I make sure I retire the same time every night around 10. I have been waking up before the alarm rings at 6 .. It only took me two weeks to get in sync. The minute I awaken the exercise clothes go on, Sh!! Don't tell sometimes I sleep in them , I wash my face then drive 2 minutes and grab an ice coffee . I throw a load of wash in and head out the door to walk by 630.I am home before 715 and hang t... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 19:46:24 EST Being positive and the power of exercise Some of you know I recently had to leave a job because of another hostile employee. This employee had many relatives at the job one of who was a union rep, So I left about two weeks ago. I as you can guess was feeling down for awhile. Why? did this women hate me and only me. Was I lacking ? , not enough etc. Will I ever find a job I like with nice people,? Will my family be okay etc. ? <BR> <BR> Well I decided the best thing to do was walk it off continue blogging and be as positive as ... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 19:16:01 EST its thankfully tuesday Went for a beautiful walk this morning thankful for the cool and the fog before the humid and hot rolled in. Spent hours applying for jobs on the computer . You would think I was trying to get a job protecting the president or something. Thankful I am well enough to apply and go through the stressful process, <BR> Spent some time trying to tactfully tell friends why I felt the cowboys did the right thing last night by taking a knee as a team before the anthem and standing as a unit during. F... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:47:07 EST Adapting daily Just wondering how you all are doing. Me, I am adapting my walking routine daily, Yes , I walk the same route. I walk at different times of day depending on my schedule, the weather and my energy levels, I also change my speed . Lately I have even changed my stride, About a month ago I had a heavy silverware and tray cart fall on my foot. My big toe and the one near it were very badly bruised and painful and still are from time to time, I have always been a toe walker , which is probably wh... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:57:22 EST Soup to Nuts That is what I had in my salad today , A few days ago I made lentils and rice I had leftover soup so I added it in. This afternoon I made a salad with an apple an orange , blueberries, coleslaw,without the dressing, greens , lentils and rice , almonds goat cheese carrots , cucumber and a splash of Italian dressing. <BR> <BR> Have you put any weird ingredients in your salad , ? I will try everything especially when we have leftovers, Tonight dinner was cod and clam shells who knows what will... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:58:58 EST childishly fun aloha friday This morning I put on my purple basketball shorts and a orange red and purple top. Yes I know that I am over 50 and yes I know everyone else outside was wearing long pants because it was only 60 degrees out. BUT I am NOT them. I AM ME!!!!! and thank God for that. <BR> I was looking for a light jacket with pockets and all I could come up with was a red orange and black one that did nothing for the purple shorts or me for that matter, My daughter got one look at me burst out laughing and exc... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:01:56 EST 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