ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wouldn't it be Interesting "Trust the little voice in your head that says, " Wouldn't it be interesting if'..." And then do it." Duane Michals <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay help me fill in the blanks . <BR> <BR> I'll get you started . <BR> <BR> " Wouldn't it be interesting if I smiled at Everyone I met. <BR> <BR> "Wouldn't it be interesting if I danced today . <BR> <BR> There are so many things that we would find interesting if we only found the time to sort them out, If we had an extra minute to think hey ,that would ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 19:58:18 EST Like people and let them know it " Like people and let them know it.!!!"Robert Capa <BR> <BR> You never know when someone is hurting and could use a little boost. <BR> <BR> Some people don't know or realize just how lovable they are . <BR> <BR> Sometimes boosting someone up really boosts you. <BR> <BR> On that note let me state that I can always count on my friends here . <BR> <BR> This is the best group of people always boosting each other . <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday and i hope you always find Hugs , Happines... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 16:31:50 EST Have a sparkly Saturday Have a sparkly Saturday <BR> <BR> Have a day full of laughter and smiles <BR> <BR> Share your love with a another <BR> <BR> Learn to be your own best friend <BR> <BR> Let your spirit soar <BR> <BR> Move your body expand your mind and breathe <BR> <BR> Have a day full of Hugs Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 1 Aug 2015 21:15:17 EST Happy Aloha Friday Happy Aloha Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> Catch a wave of Happiness <BR> <BR> Let the island breeze bring you peace. <BR> <BR> Let the island kiss you with its warmth . <BR> <BR> May you always look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:26:16 EST silent tears Silent tears hold a special meaning . <BR> <BR> It's thankfully Thursday. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:28:19 EST Do not Dare Not to dare " Do not dare not to dare." C. S Lewis <BR> <BR> Today I dared my self not to care..... <BR> <BR> About my troubles <BR> <BR> I dared myself to care.... <BR> <BR> About ME!!!!! <BR> <BR> Today I dared myself to forget my worries.... <BR> <BR> I dared myself to help others. <BR> <BR> <BR> I dared myself to forget my limitations .... <BR> <BR> I dared myself to climb higher!!!. <BR> <BR> <BR> I dared my self not to worry .... <BR> <BR> And found Peace and Happiness. <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:31:21 EST The world is malleable " The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape." Bono <BR> <BR> Some of you may know that I have a frozen shoulder and there are not many exercises I can do , Or are there. ? So why should I limit myself? I am trying more and more exercise routines, I am finding that I may not be able to do some moves , but I can do many others. !!! i am know in the process of shaping my world so I can get in shape. <BR> <BR> Some of you also know that I wil... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:20:36 EST It can be done!!! "It can be done !!!" Cesar Chavez <BR> <BR> What can be done? <BR> <BR> ANYTHING <BR> <BR> ANYTHING YOU HEART DESIRES <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE THE POWER <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE THE PASSION <BR> <BR> YOU STEER YOUR COURSE <BR> <BR> YOU CHANGE YOUR DESTINY <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE <BR> <BR> YOU CHOOSE <BR> <BR> TRY HARD AT ANYTHING <BR> <BR> YOU WILL SUCCEED <BR> <BR> Remember to look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:52:36 EST One potato Two potato One potato , two potato , that was the start of my breakfast this morning, People will tell you that potatoes are bad but it simply isn't true. It is what you put on them that will get you into a lot of trouble. <BR> <BR> Yeah I thought about two potatoes but the pan was on the small side .To my diced potato I added one tomato, half a red pepper,two eggs , a smidgen of butter , and one piece of cheese. There you have it a healthy breakfast. <BR> <BR> It is going to be in the high nineties ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:46:36 EST Things could be looking up You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down." Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> I'll never forget my first real job and the best advice I ever got. I was a chronically depressed teenager. My parents where going through a divorce and my dad just got up and left and started a new family. I couldn't go to college because their was no money , and I had to help watch my siblings so my Mom could work two jobs. <BR> <BR> I spent a lot of time looking down and contemplating my life. One day on... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:11:18 EST Having an excellent adventure " Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. " Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> Today i went to the doctors expecting to be released and sent on my way. Instead I got you are in need of more surgery. I just had over nine weeks off for my frozen shoulder .Now he tells me I need another surgery with the same time off. I just found out I will be losing my job in six months to a year. Some of this time will have to be... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:08:33 EST Sing Louder " If somebody's trying to shut you up , sing louder and if possible better.' Salman Rushdie <BR> <BR> <BR> Please don't let anyone diminish you . Don't let someone steal your spark . Show them who is boss and shine brighter . <BR> <BR> Let your heart spring free . Let your spirit soar. <BR> <BR> Be strong . let your presence be felt. <BR> <BR> God made you to shine and sing loudly don't change that for anyone , <BR> <BR> Remember as always to look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Liv... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:21:51 EST No advice There is no advice including this,"Carl Sandburg <BR> <BR> No need to answer, <BR> No need to agree, <BR> <BR> You don't have to follow , <BR> <BR> You don't have to even listen . <BR> <BR> The one to listen to you <BR> <BR> <BR> The one to follow... is You <BR> <BR> The one that knows you best is You <BR> <BR> The one that knows the way is You <BR> <BR> The road to success is paved by You, <BR> <BR> Follow the yellow brick road, follow the piper , or think for yourself an... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:00:15 EST Listen to your inner voice " It's always a good move to listen to your inner voice--- If it doesn't lead to a crime, " Lisa Kudrow <BR> <BR> It is so sad that many of us have lost touch with our inner voice. The voice that saves us from trouble. The voice that keeps us clear from danger. <BR> <BR> The voice that leads us straight to the cookie jar, No not that voice.!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> We need to listen more to trust ourselves and our instincts. <BR> <BR> Believe in the power that is you. <BR> <BR> Hope you had ... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:05:14 EST KEEP BREATHING " Keep Breathing " Sophia Tucker <BR> <BR> As most of you know I returned to work after 8 weeks off . I had shoulder manipulation in May. Since November I have been battling shoulder tendonitis's that later turned into a frozen shoulder. <BR> <BR> Right before I returned I found out the plant where I have worked for 37 years will close down in sixth months to a year. <BR> <BR> On my return to work I found out that we no longer do our jobs the same way. My coworkers were not thrilled to s... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:52:35 EST Life is uncertain Eat dessert first " Life is uncertain Eat dessert first." Ernestine Ulmer <BR> <BR> <BR> You know that can't be right, <BR> <BR> <BR> You know what to do . <BR> <BR> My favorite dessert is fruit, and nuts , <BR> <BR> with some honey and yogurt .... for breakfast.! <BR> <BR> Yes you can eat dessert first . <BR> <BR> Enjoy your life <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday full of smiles . <BR> <BR> and yes dessert. Look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> see you in the morning w... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:45:38 EST Always go with cocky over humble ' If you have the choice between humble and cocky, There is always time to be humble later. , once you've been proven , horrendously , irrevocably wrong.' Kinky Frieidman <BR> <BR> As some of you know I will be out of a job in six months to a year. My company has two distribution centers and one is closing. Today I had a meeting with Human Resources and did something I have not done in 37 years at my job raised my hand at a meeting, gasp. <BR> <BR> Let me explain the rumor mills were run... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:56:13 EST Look on the bright side " You got to look on the bright side , even if there ain't one." Dashiell Hammett <BR> <BR> <BR> I believe there is always a bright side . There are days when you really have to search it out. Then there are days when happiness walks right in front of you but you never even notice. <BR> <BR> Keep making dreams and goals , yeah life is hard. Sometimes you get to see rainbows and silver linings . First you must believe. <BR> <BR> While your looking for the bright side remember to look fo... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:45:20 EST Stay Hungry " Stay Hungry Stay Foolish " Steve Jobs Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:02:08 EST Be Happy " Be happy It's one way of being wise, " Colette <BR> <BR> You choose, much more of your life than you think. You decide on many things, You have the power. it is up to you. <BR> <BR> Be happy. Nothing to be happy about . Think harder because believe me it can be much worse, Now isn't that better!!! <BR> <BR> Look for happy, search for happy. Sort through the bad to find your happy. Live happy Breathe happy . Just BE HAPPY. <BR> <BR> Dance , twirl, sing , play <BR> <BR> Move more <BR... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:06:35 EST Be calm centered and certain " In all endeavors <BR> Strive to celebrate <BR> The spirit of the warrior... <BR> <BR> Calm, <BR> Centered , <BR> Certain ... <BR> <BR> Whether tending to the flower garden <BR> <BR> Or searching for the heart of the divine. <BR> <BR> Jo-Anne Rowley <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday everyone. Tomorrow I go back to work after eight weeks off with a shoulder injury. I got this . But please pray for me anyway . <BR> Remember to alway... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:02:44 EST Do a little bit of good " Do a little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. " Desmond Tutu <BR> <BR> Truth be told I have been a little bit stressed lately. It's getting slightly harder to sleep and stay asleep. My concentration is lacking , and my motivation is missing. <BR> <BR> I have been combating this by walking as often as I can outside in nature, Listening to my ipod. Doing my arm exercises religiously, and going to physical therapy. I am even... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 19:52:23 EST Try something challenging " Learn to draw. Or to play the cello. Or to tap dance. Something impractical and even useless. Whatever it is, it ought to be hard for you, something you haven't really had time for , and that by professional standards you probably won't ever do well."John Walsh <BR> <BR> Happy Aloha Friday everyone.!! I have started a new endeavor. Something else that I don't have time for ,in my busy schedule. Something I will never use. I am learning Italian. My daughter put a new free app on my Nook... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:38:56 EST Give someone some credit " Screen credit is valuable only when it is given to you. If you're in a position to give yourself credit , you don't need it. ' Irving Thalberg <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you guys for being the best friends out there. Thanks for caring and going the extra mile. Thanks for brightening my day. Thanks for the ideas and encouragement, the pats on the back . Thanks for the concern of the loss of my job and my frozen shoulder, Thanks for being there for the loss of my aunt , my father in law and my... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 19:53:35 EST Do it yourself The Lynx philosophy is " laugh in the face of danger " Oops. Wrong one. " Do it yourself." That's it, Linus Torvalds <BR> <BR> <BR> Would be nice if we could laugh in the face of danger, Instead we can only hope that it all turns out okay. Well the only way to get there or anywhere for that matter is to do it yourself. <BR> <BR> Yes no one can take the journey for you. No one can make sure you get there on time. No one can ever do the same job as you in the same way . It is all in yo... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 18:22:44 EST Be Kind " If you can't be kind at least be vague. Miss Manners <BR> <BR> <BR> Short blog today I just found out my work is closing it's plant in my area. It will close next year, we have two options relocate half the country away, over 1000 miles , or take a package. Very sad as I have worked there for 36 years. <BR> <BR> Sadder still is I got a call from my mom who retired there 10 years ago and saw it on facebook. Neither of my coworkers texted me . My job did not call to ask me to come in ... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:56:41 EST Be a little kinder " Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight : Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary ? J.M. Barrie <BR> <BR> Yes it is easy to be kind to others but don't forget to be kind to you. You deserve it Don't always be so hard on yourself. Give yourself some slack, You really are special and deserve to be treated as such, <BR> <BR> Reward yourself with something healthy, Do for yourself something that will make you happy. Hug and laugh often. Forget your mistakes . <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 20:11:05 EST Push Me- Pull You "If you got something you don't want other people to know , keep it in your pocket ." Muddy Waters <BR> <BR> My daughter announced that she was going for a walk this morning, but she may walk again tonight when it was cooler. I jumped on the chance and invited myself. I knew later the heat would get to us both . She said she was planning on listening to her ipod and that meant no talking. <BR> <BR> <BR> I was a little disappointed , but was happy to listen to my music also. Truth be said ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 20:47:57 EST Happy 4th "Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living ."( Mary Harris Jones) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank all those who have fought and will fight to keep this country strong. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy 4th of July <BR> <BR> God Bless America <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Happy 4th of July and keep your eyes open for Hugs Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 4 Jul 2015 19:32:33 EST There can be value in doing nothing " Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along , listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. " A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> Today for the first day in months I left the house and went out with a good friend. We headed to the shore on a day when we knew half of America would be there. It should have been a o bother day but instead with a little attitude adjustment it ended up to be a no bother day. <BR> <BR> A stop and stand still on the highway turned in... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:35:01 EST Put your game face on " Nothing that comes easy is worth a dime . As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face. Never. Woody Hayes <BR> <BR> Whatever you are doing to make it more successful put your game face on. Don't just take the easy breezy route , and smile through. <BR> <BR> I just had to explain to my new physical therapist, that I have a hard time relaxing. I also told him to take no offence when he works on my painful shoulder if I close my eyes. That way ... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 20:03:48 EST Make a list of Love " Make a careful list of all things done to you that you abhorred. Don't do them to other's ever. <BR> <BR> Make another list of things done for you that you loved. Do them for others always ." Dee Hock <BR> <BR> Remember to smile and be kind and as always look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 19:55:18 EST You can never leave home You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home , so it's all right .' Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> That safe wonderful feeling it never leaves you whether you have parents, or a home or not. For some reason I always felt more at home at my grandmas house. <BR> <BR> She's been gone a good long ten years but I still go home now and then. I have strong coffee with her on some mornings and I can swear I can smell Italian bread cooking as I have my cappuccino alone in the k... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:17:20 EST Dream big Be Bold " Whatever you can do, or dream you can , begin it. Boldness has genius , power and magic in it. " Johann Wolfgang, Von Goethe <BR> <BR> How many of us when given a task turn into the little engine that could. Do we say? I think I can . I think I can!!! or do we say No way Jose. <BR> <BR> Do we sometimes sabotage ourselves before we even begin. Do we become to negative and cynical and then bam nothing happens. <BR> <BR> There is great power in tackling a very hard task knowing you wi... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:32:14 EST Stay close to nature " Study nature ,love nature , stay close to nature .It will never fail you." Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> <BR> I so enjoy my walks. They lift me up and calm me. they bring me peace and energy and make sure I sleep well also. I take all my walks outside. I love to feel the sun on my face , the wind in my hair. I love to watch the birds ,and rabbits and other animals. <BR> <BR> It makes me feel sad to listen to the dogs barking that never go for walks, My dog Misha is always by my side w... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:34:18 EST Life is one big contradiction " Life is one big contradiction , and you'll drive yourself crazy if you try to figure it out. So Don't . " Diane Halstead <BR> <BR> Life is one huge mess now filled with hate. People hating cops, people waving confederate flags and shooting up churches . People not happy that everyone can now marry. People who think everyone with a mental illness belongs in jail. Throw Isis in the mix killing just because. <BR> <BR> So much hate Why? It is making me sick and crazy . But we can't let ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:48:43 EST Never Pass Up an Opportunity " Never pass up an opportunity to have sex or be on television ." Gore Vidal <BR> <BR> LOL sorry had to post that as I found it to funny, But here is my list of things never to pass up : <BR> <BR> A reason to smile <BR> <BR> Hugs <BR> <BR> A party who knows who you'll meet <BR> <BR> A chance to sleep in <BR> <BR> Time with friends <BR> <BR> Happiness <BR> <BR> Dessert <BR> <BR> Clear Clean Water <BR> <BR> A chance on love <BR> <BR> A day full of sunshine <BR> <BR> A ch... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:16:24 EST Take your time "Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases ." John. W. Raper <BR> <BR> The number one most beneficial thing you can do for weight loss , The one thing that will bring you to victory or to feel like you just hit one right out of the ballpark is to GET YOUR SLEEP. <BR> <BR> If you get your sleep you boost your immunity your build your bodies healing abilities,. It helps our emotional ,physical and spiritual well being. It helps us to lose weight faster ... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:29:56 EST Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself When in doubt , make a fool of yourself,. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth . So what the hell, leap ." Cynthia Heimel <BR> <BR> Today is wacky Wednesday let your inner child out to play and be foolishly creative. <BR> <BR> Most of the greatest thinkers and inventors were made fun of . So I am willing and able to add myself to the list. Most ideas sound weird until carried out. <BR> <BR> Today my phy... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 19:31:12 EST Have lots of Goals " If your only goal is to become rich you will never achieve it,' John D . Rockefeller Sr. <BR> <BR> I have lots of Goals . Here are some in no particular order . <BR> <BR> Be Rich , <BR> Keep My job <BR> Be Liked <BR> Make people happy <BR> Get my shoulder to work correctly . <BR> Be Happy <BR> Be loved <BR> Help people <BR> Be Rich <BR> Be Healthy <BR> Exercise daily <BR> Learn to eat healthy <BR> Be Rich <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone in case you are wondering I am rich ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:23:10 EST Never Pay Attention to what the critics say " Never pay attention to what the critics say, Remember a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic.' Jean Sibelius <BR> <BR> Why are you eating healthy .? Why are you trying to lose weight? Are you supposed to be eating that? Haven't you had enough yet? Why are you running ? Walking again?, if you ran more you would lose faster? <BR> <BR> Questions all the time . Sometimes by well meaning people. <BR> <BR> The answer. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's your thing . Do what you want to ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:39:36 EST Happy Fathers Day " Enjoy every sandwich . " Warren Zevon <BR> <BR> Men are definitely different eaters than women. They get to eat more because they weigh more . Something a lot of us women forget as we try to keep up with them. More importantly they really eat with gusto and seem to really enjoy there food more, <BR> <BR> So take a tip from the men in your life, Enjoy every sandwich, Savor every experience, Live large . And stop caring so much what others think or say. Just do it and be happy. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 21:13:00 EST Play with Passion "There's only one way to become a hitter . Go up to the plate and get mad. Get mad at yourself and mad at the pitcher," Ted Williams <BR> <BR> Today is super Saturday . What ever you do today do it with passion and gusto and just go have a lot of fun doing it. <BR> <BR> Throw your whole heart and soul into whatever you are doing, Be ever present and mindful. Breathe and give it your all, <BR> <BR> You have to be emotional invested in what You are doing.!!! Do it for you !!! Put your li... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:31:56 EST No Judgement " If you judge people, you have no time to love them," Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> A very very long time ago when God made the world he made many species. For instance over 12 types of canines , 41 different felines, 334 marsupials, and over nine different whales, But he only made one man and later added a women to keep him company. I am not a scientist so don't quote me on the number . <BR> <BR> Over the years this one man evolved to have different hair and skin color . He branched out into... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:27:00 EST Fear Not "I understand that fear is my friend , but not always . Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you , like a thing that might have to be killed. Hunter S Thompson <BR> <BR> I have had to deal with a lot of fear since my shoulder started acting up in November of last year . First I was afraid my doctor might not of had the right diagnoses when after two cortisone shots the pain from my tendonitis was still there Then I was afraid that the physical therapists and my s... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:04:08 EST I'm Listening When people talk , listen completely. Most people never listen " Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> My friend Robert was once a mime now he is a laughter yoga teacher and he also teaches , tai chi and mindful breathing exercises, He has a lot of free tapes of all this and more on you tube and the web under Robert Rivest. <BR> <BR> Today he posted one on facebook it was peaceful breathing . So of course I liked his post and went on my way, But then I thought Robert was saying something about peac... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:21:17 EST Let it happen " Don't aim at success---the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success like happiness , cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side---effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by- product of ones surrender to a person other than oneself .Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. Viktor Frankel <BR> <BR> Find your ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 19:34:26 EST Be happy " Be happy it's one way of being wise ." Colette <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was Monday and It was rainy damp dreary and cold. My husband who normally works third shift had the day off and napped it all away. <BR> <BR> I dabbled a little on facebook. Tried to read the book I was reading but it wasn't at all like the one I read before. That book had me mesmerized and I forgot all about time place and life in general, This new book had me staring at the clock. I tried to watch something interest... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 19:40:25 EST Celebrating Flag Day in my Garden I so love my garden . I especially love harvesting and eating all the delicious plants and vegetables .Today my salad contained 3 different lettuces and swiss chard and kale with some basil parsley and mint . I also made roasted potatoes and beet greens there other night . I can't wait for a few more weeks for my garden to be in full swing. <BR> <BR> Here are a few pictures my daughter took of our garden. <BR> <BR> As always remember to look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living. <BR> ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:51:36 EST Never Murder a Man Committing Suicide Never murder a man committing suicide ." Woodrow Wilson, <BR> <BR> I think he means don't hurt someone who is already down. Or maybe don't go in for the overkill . or don't do irrational things period. <BR> <BR> Today was very hot here . I made a lovely egg omelet, 4 eggs , peppers onions and broccoli , tomatoes and beet greens. My daughter announced that it was way to many eggs and my breakfast was full of cholesterol, I ate half and saved the other for tomorrow, My husband and son both... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:43:09 EST