ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Choose your path " Understand that the right to choose your path is a sacred privilege . Use it. Dwell In possibility, " Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Ten minutes after I woke up this morning before even taking two sips of coffee my daughter wanted to know if I wanted to go hiking. Hiking? To a place I've never been, with no notice. <BR> Get dressed she said and let's Go!!! we have GPS. We are going to the Scantic River State Park in East Windsor Connecticut, <BR> I countered with it is going to be 90 today... Sun, 29 May 2016 20:19:26 EST Beauty "The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength , courage, dignity ." Ruby Dee <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a special Saturday . Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 28 May 2016 22:12:59 EST Build "Each man is the architect of his own fate," Appius Claudis <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy healthy Aloha Friday to build on. Sending love and good vibes your way. Spend some time in the sunny side of life. Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 27 May 2016 22:54:37 EST All we need are kindness and courage " Life is mainly froth and bubble <BR> Two things stand like stone - <BR> Kindness in another's trouble, <BR> Courage in your own." Adam Gordon <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope your all having an amazing thankful Thursday . Mine was filled simply with time with family , good healthy food , and a walk and my p90 sweat b and ab b workout. I always have and am lucky to have so much to be thankful for. Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 EST Get it under control " if everything is under control, you are just not going fast enough." Mario Andretti <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Wild Wednesday . Life is one big roller coaster we just need to enjoy the ride. <BR> Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 25 May 2016 20:07:25 EST celebrate the journey " Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey, " Fitzhugh Mullan <BR> <BR> Today I knew that at some point I was going to pick up my new car. They had to register it ,and add some minor details. After 16 years with the same car that was not very safe anymore, I was happy to get a safe car with many features. <BR> <BR> I woke up worrying that something would happen. Then It was pouring out and I wondered for hours if I would get my walk in. I worried when and if... Tue, 24 May 2016 21:36:35 EST Things have to change " If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change, " Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa <BR> <BR> Today was full of change for me. Starting off at the car lot. I felt like Goldilocks this one is to big, this one is to much, this one is just right. It took me a lot of walking and looking. Before that it took me a lot of researching. But change does not come easily to me. My old car is a 1999 that I still love. My husband almost talked me into buying a silver car. I said we shoul... Mon, 23 May 2016 20:30:05 EST Spark Friends Are Blessings " In everyone's life at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit ." Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Spark Friends <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for all you do for me. You all have a tiny bit of my heart, You all help to make me who I am , Your kind words , your encouragement, your jokes, your thoughts all mean so much to me . Thank you for always being in my co... Sun, 22 May 2016 19:22:00 EST count on living " You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life- so that if it were over tomorrow , you'd be content with yourself." Jane Seymour <BR> <BR> Feel good moments of Saturday <BR> <BR> My daughter brought me my morning coffee <BR> Saturday special p90 workout !!! nailed it. <BR> A lovely walk with Miss Misha <BR> Awesome healthy salad for lunch <BR> Spending time with Zak my nephew the two year old birthday boy <BR> Saying no with... Sat, 21 May 2016 20:36:05 EST Harmonious Happy Aloha Friday " What is happiness except the simply harmony between man and the life he leads . " Albert Camus <BR> <BR> It is impossible to love everything about your life. It is not impossible to really love your life. Find time to do the things you love. Don't concentrate on the part of your life that you don't like. Take small steps to change it. Small steps lead to bigger steps. Get out and walk daily it will at the very least improve your mood and your outlook. Make an effort to eat healthier. Cut b... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:37:08 EST thankfully thursday " Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." Alexander Pope <BR> <BR> Today I was thankful for good food, awesome coffee, and clean water. <BR> A gorgeous walk with my dog Miss Misha, with sunshine and blue skies. <BR> A great sculpt A p90 workout with my main motivator Tony Horton. <BR> Time with family. <BR> A productive day , <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy thankful Thursday Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living . Thu, 19 May 2016 20:03:03 EST wild wicked Wednesday " Some people cause happiness wherever they go; others; whenever they go " Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> HA <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Wicked Wild Wednesday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 18 May 2016 20:13:47 EST It is a gift to question " The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." Ruby Dee <BR> <BR> I am learning to question , more . In all areas , even the ones I am not an expert in, <BR> I did well in college in all areas but math where I received a D grade. . Yesterday I received my re evaluation from unemployment. I had taken some of my retirement money out to buy a car, My car is a 1999 model, and this caused my weekly allotment to change . I knew I would receive less , but when I read the figures I was st... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:10:38 EST Your conscience can change your mind " Lives are changed by a moment's conscience , by a single and quiet inclination of the mind. " George A. Smith <BR> <BR> I finished my walk and I was hungry . I walked by the pantry and there sticking out was a whole sleeve of cookies. I don't eat cookies often , but I do love cookies. The package said chocolate and vanilla cookies. "I thought, hmm , I'll just have two , One chocolate , and one vanilla. <BR> <BR> I can and will stop there. Just two small cookies , then I'll stop and eat ... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:23:49 EST Peace " There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden, or even your bathtub." Elisabeth Kubler -Ross <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a peaceful blessed Sunday, Sunday is my day of rest from exercise and mostly the stresses of life. It's my day to rest, recharge to plan the week ahead. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 15 May 2016 19:57:34 EST Wisdom begins in wonder " Wisdom begins in wonder." Socrates <BR> <BR> I WONDER <BR> <BR> How I will feel if I exercise daily ? <BR> <BR> How will I feel if I drink more water, and give up soda ? <BR> <BR> How good will I feel if I get the sleep I so desperately need? <BR> <BR> How better will I feel if I meditate daily, or take yoga or tai chi to eliminate stress ? <BR> <BR> How will I feel if I eat healthier and gave up more boxed,or take out food food? <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:41:43 EST Take the Aloha Path " I see my path , but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it, " Rosalia de Castro <BR> <BR> It's Friday the 13th Boo !! Are you scared ? Are you expecting bad , scary , strange things to happen . Not me I took the Aloha Friday path where Happiness and Sunshine reign . <BR> <BR> Not sure where I am going but I know sunny happy trails are ahead. The clouds never stick around for to long. The sun and happiness always prevails. Peace is jus... Fri, 13 May 2016 19:43:17 EST Life is about creating yourself " Life isn't about finding yourself.. Life is about creating yourself.' George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> My daughter my role model is all about teaching me this . She graduates college next year. Today there was a write up in our local paper about how she won a scholarship from McDonald's . She has been working there during the summer and some weekends . When she is at school she works for Sodexo in the school cafeteria and has won a scholarship from them also. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow she is goin... Thu, 12 May 2016 20:03:36 EST Let your inner child out to play "Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do, " Jean de La Bruyere <BR> <BR> It's wild Wednesday did you let your inner child out to play today . I sure did , I did some coloring , to calm my mind. I had a laugh fest doing my p90 workout <BR> <BR> <BR> Later I asked my dog if she wanted to go for a walk with me and she said , " no way Jose, it is hot out there, She stayed in resting peacefully in the cool house, I enjoyed my new f... Wed, 11 May 2016 21:20:10 EST Feel Loved " If you feel loved and cherished - even if it is only by yourself- then you will have more love to give to others , too, " Penelope Quest <BR> <BR> Today after eating right all day, and going for a walk, and finishing my p90 sweat and ab workout I took a shower. I recently bought two dresses on clearance . I tried one on and felt it looked like a house dress , but that was fine because that is what I bought it for, The second looked really cute on the 20 year old super slim model. I pu... Tue, 10 May 2016 18:55:44 EST Miracle of Motherhood " People who believe in miracles do not make much fuss when they actually encounter one. " Alice Munro <BR> <BR> <BR> Having babies and nurturing them and raising them is a miraculous thing. It does take a whole village . Everyone a child encounters help them to grow and learn and develop in some way. <BR> <BR> On this day we not only honor mother's but also the miracle of life that every one of us is a part of. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a blessed peaceful Mother's Day . Keep looking... Sun, 8 May 2016 19:42:05 EST Hope you have a good night " Hope is not a feeling or a mood or a personality type. Hope is a choice, " Jim Wallis <BR> <BR> I always choose hope over all things. <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great special Saturday. Hope you made your goal today , Hope you had fun and above all Hope you keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 7 May 2016 21:16:35 EST It's your place " It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. " Mae Jemison, <BR> <BR> Since I have been out of work I have been thinking a lot about my life and how I want to live it. To get me there quicker I learned to ask and expect change. <BR> <BR> This week I asked to volunteer at a nursing home that my grandma spent quite a bit of time at ,and then my mom went after her knee surgery. It is a clean place with a pretty atri... Fri, 6 May 2016 21:56:33 EST Make it happen " The misfortunes hardest to bear are those that never happen. " James Russell Lowell <BR> <BR> Today I was spot on with my eating and exercise. I got an email from a job that I have an interest in , they are still interested in me and wanted to know if I was fluent in Spanish , speaking and writing, which I am not. <BR> <BR> I saw on Facebook my niece and nephew were at my Moms visiting family, Nice to know since I live 2 minutes away and repeatably have asked to be called when they stop ... Thu, 5 May 2016 20:18:56 EST Let it rain " The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain, " Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> Another day of rain here. Gloomy , dark , damp and cold. A perfect time to internet shop. I found some good steals. A long raincoat with fleece on the inside , good for raining or snowing days and 30 dollars off. I bought two short sleeve tops for exercising and saved another 30 dollars. I bought a bra that promises to be comfortable and as a plus is easy to get on and off, wicks moistur... Wed, 4 May 2016 20:52:11 EST Happy and Fun " If you want to be happy, be. " Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> Do you feel the need to eat more because you exercised. Well you don't. Just don't call it exercise call it fun, It's been proven that you'll eat less. <BR> <BR> Just another of the many things that make me happy , I don't exercise anymore I go out and have fun. Fun right now for me is a half hour walk daily, Fun is also P90 , another half hour a day of pure fun. Silly me also thinks of eating healthy as fun and sleeping is one of my... Tue, 3 May 2016 19:24:20 EST overcome it " Difficulties are just things to overcome , after all." Ernest Shackleton <BR> <BR> Today could have been a difficult day if I let it. I didn't feel my best upon waking but it's okay i learned to work with what I have. Breakfast was spot on , yogurt , fruit and granola. Lunch was a warm salad with roast beef , greens ,cauliflower , and brussel sprouts and an apple and cucumber. <BR> <BR> Then the rain came and it rained hard. I checked and rechecked the weather forecast. I found a window a... Mon, 2 May 2016 20:11:52 EST May Day May Day " The beauty of life is , while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. So that every new moment is spent not in regret , guilt, fear, or anger , but in wisdom, and understanding and love." Jennifer Edwards <BR> <BR> <BR> May Day May Day <BR> <BR> This is your captain speaking : Have you done all you can to take care of you today,? <BR> Have you given today and life your very best shot.? Did you check off all your goals,? <BR> <BR> Just a... Sun, 1 May 2016 19:17:27 EST A stroke of Luck " Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck." Tenzin Gyatso , 14th Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Not making goal, not making gains, not making weight is not always bad. It just means something bigger or better is coming to you. It just means you will get there later maybe by another means, maybe when you need it most. <BR> <BR> Maybe what you trying and longing for is not what you truly need at this time. When the time is right , when the universe aligns itsel... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:23:11 EST Aloha on this Fierce Friday " I have tremendous faith in the universe. I feel at home on this planet . Even though it's a very big world out there , I plan on walking right through the middle of it unharmed." Marion Ross <BR> <BR> Happy Aloha Friday . As you go about your day today don't forget to be fierce. Walk on coals if need be , but walk . Each step get's us closer to our goals, Bathe in the sunshine. Ride a wave , with confidence. Let the island spirit of love warm you . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and He... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:26:31 EST Thankful for Happiness " Once you have achieved a sense of happiness , you must never become lax about maintaining it." Elizabeth Gilbert <BR> <BR> Even if the sky crumbles and your world falls apart there is always something to be thankful for. There is always a glimmer of happiness . Some days we have to dig way deep to find it. Other days we just seem to be floating in it and gliding along , surrounded by happiness, <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy thankful Thursday . Hope happiness keep coming your way, K... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:20:27 EST Don't retreat " We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction." General Douglas MacArthur <BR> <BR> Life is all about how you look at things, Remember that quote next time you are having a bad day, Think of it when you don't make your goal, or fall a little short. You are not retreating or giving up you are advancing in another direction. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Wild Wednesday I sure did, It was wacky and weird that 's for sure, I got two emails today for the same company I s... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:42:21 EST A little More " There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it." Bill Bryson <BR> <BR> No, this blog is not about eating more , but about doing more . Like today it was a cold 43 degrees with a wind and raining when I took my walk with the dog. I really wanted to go home after one lap, but talked myself into staring at the buds on the trees and flowers. It worked I got more laps in and made it until a half an hour. <BR> <BR> For lunch I wanted something different , so I had my hus... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:49:10 EST Impossibly Good " I believe in the impossible because no one else does." Florence Griffith Joyner <BR> <BR> I had an impossibly good day today even though it was Monday, My eating was spot on all day , Black Ice coffee , Eggs with a half of potato for breakfast. Lunch was a salad , with apple, orange and blueberries, nuts and seeds , and a fourth of a baked chicken breast, and greens. Dinner were Bison burgers . They were so yummy, <BR> <BR> My exercise was also impossibly good . Miss Misha was at the ... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 20:13:00 EST Life Changing " Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else's life forever ." Margaret Cho <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank You Have a blessed Sunday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:00:09 EST slow down " For fast-acting relief , try slowing down. "' Lily Tomlin Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:53:26 EST Happy Earth Day Happy Aloha Friday " Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars....and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful .... Look at the flowers- for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. " Osho <BR> <BR> Happy Earth Day , Happy Aloha Friday , While I was walking today I thought of little ways that I could help the planet. Like using less paper plates. My husbands loves to use plastic that doesn't mean I have to. . When I set t... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 21:01:31 EST The main thing " The main thing is to be moved, to love , to hope, to tremble, to live. " Augeste Rodin <BR> <BR> Today was thankfully Thursday and a good day. Most of them are if you let them be so. I paid some bills that I didn't have a chance to pay before !!!! Yeah what a great feeling. We filled the oil tank so hopefully we won't need more until winter, <BR> <BR> We got the tire on my sons bike fixed now if the weather is good he can bike to and from work. I took a lovely walk on a lovely spring ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:00:40 EST Your place "It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." Mae Jemison <BR> <BR> Most of us go about day to day living forgetting that we have a life. Yeah we know were alive , but were not really living. Work , eat , sleep repeat. Add some stress in the middle, well that life or is it? <BR> <BR> There are a multitude of little things we can do to make this life better. To make it more of a life We want to live , Let's say yo... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:40:20 EST Becoming Yourself " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing . is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> Today was far from perfect , For starters I had a cheddar bagel and coffee for breakfast I could have done better but it's okay I am not perfect. Lunch was leftover Chinese food with some added vegetables and added chicken, once again not perfect. I made a really great Chicken soup Sunday , reheated it today for dinner but the pasta soaked... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:10:33 EST Harvest " Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant, " Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> I did quite a bit of a lot today getting ready for my tomorrows , I walked to stay healthy for longer. I ate healthy for the same reason, I finished a book " How to Alive: A guide for the kind of Happiness that helps the world." Colin Beavan, I plan on using some ideas in the book to later help myself and the world, and maybe find a job helping others. . <BR> <BR> I ordered thre... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 21:10:36 EST May I be I " May I be I is the only prayer - not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong. " E.E Cummings <BR> <BR> When I pray I never ask . I always just thank . Thank You for my life. For a body that moves (slowly but moves) . For a voice that can sing (okay a little off key.) For eyes that can still see the beauty of the world ( though they are getting worse and I have trouble reading) . For arms that are strong and can carry the load ( though my shoulders ache every nite and mo... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:48:24 EST Silence " I have often regretted my speech , never my silence." Xenocrates <BR> <BR> I am apologizing for my boring blogs lately. Try as I might I am having trouble sleeping. Yes , I fall asleep fine but my son works third shift . I also am going through menopause and find I am spending time I should be sleeping , either fighting with the covers and clothes because of hot flashes , or visiting the ladies room . <BR> <BR> Which is leaving me ultra tired unmotivated and lost for words. My thinking is... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:47:08 EST Happy Aloha Friday " Come and come may, Time and hour runs through the roughest day." William Shakespere <BR> <BR> Whatever you do today put a little Aloha spirit in it, Show your kindness give a smile. That island sunshine will come right to you. <BR> <BR> Have a happy Healthy Aloha Friday .Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:31:20 EST How glorious " How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains. !!!John Muir <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a glorious day the sky was Caribbean blue and there was not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was somewhere in the 50's.The sun shone so bright and warm and the birds were singing so many pretty songs. <BR> <BR> Miss Misha and I ventured out around noon time. We were sad to find we had the whole neighborhood to ourselves. She kept looking for her friends , her old friend Fenway who is a dachsh... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:00:38 EST Gratitude " Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of tomorrow ." Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> <BR> I am really grateful for the opportunity to apply for the customer service job. I was able to learn how to send a resume and cover letter and how to craft each. I learned to net work and ask for help , even from someone less experienced then me. I learned to listen and be amazed watching someone who really knows and loves their job and is willing to share their kno... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:48:15 EST Action " Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action, " Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> Today was all about action. I made a lentil soup for dinner it had sweet potatoes in it to change up the flavor. It also had onions, garlic celery carrots and a few tomatoes that were getting extra ripe. <BR> <BR> I walked today with Miss Mischa we walked for a half hour as soon as we returned home the sun came out , i t made me smile I sat on the front step and soaked some s... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:41:24 EST The world is a book " The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. " Saint Augustine <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for the awesome birthday wishes yesterday . I had a great day and you all helped to make it better. Today I traveled very far but really did not physically go far at all. Yes I did not forget to get my walk in. <BR> <BR> I also went to the job center where I met a great young man named Josh who really knows his stuff. He was supposed to just help me to learn how to do a cove... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:47:36 EST All you need is love " All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. " Charles M. Schulz <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was my birthday, My husband bought me breakfast at Dunkin Donuts and gave me some pocket change. I went for a lovely walk with the dog. I am reading a really good book I enjoy and having the time to read it is a blessing. I have been playing ruzzle all day with a new friend it is great to expand your mind and your vocabulary all while having fun. <BR> <BR> You sometimes fee... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 20:04:11 EST Have a shining Saturday " The luck will alter and the star will rise." John Masefield <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a shining sparkly Saturday, Hope you on your way to your , dreams and goals. Wishing your day went swimmingly and your star is rising like the Phoenix. <BR> <BR> My husband got up for ultra early for opening day fishing , unfortunately after a very long day he got skunked. Lol Not one fish . None of his buddies caught any either. I had the day alone to walk and clean the house . H... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 17:12:50 EST