ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Be a Leader " You should always ask yourself what would happen if everyone did what you are doing.' Jean -Paul Sartre <BR> <BR> Sometimes we are not willing or unable to take care of ourselves. We spend all our time and talents taking care of others first. We will go to great lengths to care for our families especially our children but us not so much. <BR> <BR> We need to ask ourselves are we truly taking the proper steps to take care of us . Are we really striving to lead a healthy happy long and p... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:14:17 EST BEING LOST IS OKAY Your not supposed to understand everything ." Rod Steiger <BR> <BR> Some people crack me up lucky thing I am not an egg. I know bad humor , But I do find some people humorous indeed . <BR> <BR> Just because you don't understand everything about losing weight and feeling great ,and healthy THERE IS NO NEED TO GIVE UP. <BR> <BR> You are supposed to learn along the way. You are supposed to make mistakes . it is supposed to be hard and confusing. <BR> <BR> YOU WILL MAKE PROGRESS . You will... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:38:42 EST Are You amused Yet " Everything considered work is less boring than amusing oneself." Charles Baudelaire <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes exercise is sometimes hard but: <BR> <BR> I find it FUN!!! invigorating , heart pumping , mind blowing , an awesome pick me up, a kick start to your system. <BR> <BR> It elevates depression ,makes your skin glow, gives you muscle, better posture , stronger bones. <BR> <BR> It calms the mind , helps with anxiety and hot flashes , brings you longevity in life. It cures some diseases a... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:10:54 EST Hoping "If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes." Clement of Alexandria <BR> <BR> <BR> Being healthy involves a lot of hoping . But it is more than that . Being healthy involves action, doing, striving ,reaching , and sacrificing . <BR> <BR> It involves planning and motion and blood sweat and tears. <BR> <BR> It involves moving with a purpose , and stepping away from the side lines. <BR> <BR> It all about proper choices and learning to say no. <BR> <BR> It's about ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:57:16 EST Almost Right It is better to approximately right than precisely wrong ." Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> Yesterday I told everyone we were going to the beach closest to my home, It appears that I wasn't exactly right or truthful. My husband the driver seemed to have other plans. He drove us further to his favorite beach one destroyed by a hurricane two years ago. <BR> <BR> Once we drove past my beach I was nervous and a little mad , I didn't know what the facilities would be like and if there would be much... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:13:24 EST Opportunity Knocks We should never lose an occasion. Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors or prophets." Benjamin Disraeli <BR> <BR> The early bird gets the worm. Exercise in the morning before you realize what your doing. Time waits for no man. <BR> <BR> If you have a chance take it . Never wait for later. <BR> <BR> Today I got up extra early to do my sparking. Last night I researched the best low calorie sandwich, besides veggie , I could buy at subway. We mapped our route out to the beach. ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:14:13 EST You Have the Power " Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be." Alice Walker <BR> <BR> Have you ever stopped doing something because someone said something? Have you ever doubted yourself and believed in another?. Have you ever stopped being who you wanted to truly be, ? <BR> <BR> Sometimes we give others power . Power they don't truly deserve . Power they were never meant to have. We sadly and mistakenly give them power over us. <BR> <BR> Why sometimes we don't even know why. Sometimes we think t... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:10:27 EST Fight for your Health " if you're about to get into a fight , and you know for sure you're going to fight , make sure you punch first. " Vincent Vecavalier <BR> <BR> Whether you realize it or not you are in a fight . <em>326</em> Yes you are . Every minute of every day. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> You are in a fight for your health and well being. <BR> <BR> Make sure you throw the first punch or you will look like this <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Here is how you throw a punch for your health <BR> <BR> <em... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:01:15 EST A Winning Hand " One should always play fairly -----When one has the winning cards, Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> When It come to weight loss we all have a winning hand or two up our sleeves it is our job to find one. Yes some of us may have to try harder than others because of genetics, diseases, injuries, medications and lack of cash. But we all can be proficient at playing our cards and getting a winning hand. <BR> <BR> There is a wealth of info here learn to use it. Here are some variables that may get you ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:05:41 EST Try Some More " You don't try. That's very important: not to try, either for Cadillacs , creation, or immortality . You wait , and if nothing happens , you wait some more.' Charles Barkley <BR> <BR> I never thought there were things that I couldn't try for. <BR> <BR> But basically you should always try, Here is a list of some of the things I am trying for : P.S . I am not waiting for these I am going after them . <BR> <BR> To eat healthier <BR> <BR> To lose 15 pounds <BR> <BR> To get stronger <... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:09:35 EST Trust your Gut " Trust your Gut." Barbara Walters <BR> <BR> We are all born with an inner voice . It is our protector our best friend. The voice will tell you if you are right or wrong. It will keep you from doing something stupid if you only listen , <BR> <BR> Sometimes your gut comes with a voice , don't do that you'll get hurt, Don't <BR> go out with him he'll leave you. It is important to listen to your gut. <BR> <BR> When your trying to lose weight ask that voice it truly knows the answer. It can... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:12:02 EST Think Wisely " Reserve your right to think , for even if you think wrongly is better not to think at all." Hypatia <BR> <BR> Before you eat think. <BR> <BR> Will this leave me satisfied.? Will it calm my hunger. ? <BR> <BR> Is this good for me. ? Will it give my energy ? Will it make me feel good. ? <BR> <BR> <BR> How many ingredients are in this food and do I know what they are.? <BR> <BR> Is this my only and best choice? If not will I eat better next meal? <BR> <BR> Even if you think to yours... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:01:10 EST Love one another Love one another and you will be happy .It's as simple or as difficult as that." Michael Leunig <BR> <BR> It is early morning there is a cool gentle breeze and the sun is shining. There is a glorious day in front of me and I have a lot to do. Hang wash on the line. Get some exercise in , stretching exercises today. Gentle for Sunday. Make some healthy meal and healthy lunches for the week . <BR> Found a special at grocery store tuna and salmon both 88cents this week usually 1.39. So tuna sa... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 08:16:32 EST Trusting Yourself " Trust your instincts . Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else's" Billy Wilder <BR> <BR> You know You . <BR> <BR> You really do. deep down in side , in the center of your soul you know what is really good for you. You know what you need to be happy. You know what kind of chances to take . You know How far to push yourself . <BR> <BR> Trust in yourself . Believe in the Power of You . You are unstoppable . You are powerful and full of beauty. You are everything... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 09:59:27 EST Making Tire Tracks " We know what happens to people that stay in the middle of the road. They get run over ." Aneurin Bevan <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you always straight and true and centered.? Do you always play it safe? Are you eating the same foods and doing the same exercise day in and day out? <BR> <BR> Well STOP IT!!! (LOL) <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Find your sense of adventure. Venture out. Take a new road. Find a new curve. Go where you have never been. take a walk on the wild side. Grow expand .... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 04:53:19 EST No mistaking It "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." Elbert G. Hubbard <BR> <BR> A Mistake is always a chance for a retake. A chance to sit back , ponder and get stronger. It's a way of learning, a path to smartness. A Mistake is path to success. <BR> <BR> I mean look at fitness guru Tony Horton who was an actor . He made a few tapes to sublimate his acting . Thought this is a mistake getting into the fitness industry. Then he started loving how heal... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 04:50:41 EST Here and Now " Do not make the mistake of trying to revisit a memory," Rod Steiger <BR> <BR> A lot of people spend their time living in the past and hoping for the future. Although it is nice to go back to happy memories they diminish the here and now. It is a hard road but we must learn to be happy in the present, <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was thinking of the beach a place I visited often as a child and teenager. I was remembering the sun on my face , how it glistened in the waves. The birds soaring over... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 05:03:58 EST You have a friend " Instead of loving your enemies , treat your friends a little better." Ed Howe <BR> <BR> I want to thank you all for your encouragement and for motivating me. You all give me a great reason to get up in the morning and a safe place to land. It's a great feeling knowing that you are here waiting and listening and are ready to bring cheer or wipe tears. <BR> <BR> I will really try to visit your pages more often in an attempt to get to know you better . So be the friend that you already are... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 04:46:24 EST one of life's secrets " Three meals a day . Work hard . Keep yourself clean . Get enough sleep. What else is there? Antonio Pierro World War 1 Veteran <BR> <BR> This is a good quote from a long time ago. He just forgot a few things . <BR> <BR> The three meals a day should be mostly from clean healthy food. You should be aiming to eat 85% healthy . Your meals should be eaten slowly that way you can enjoy the taste and textures . <BR> <BR> Work hard for your passions. Work hard at exercise . Exercise at least... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:09:18 EST Born to Help " Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't , then you are wasting your time on Earth ." Roberto Clemente <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday everyone. Move your body for at least ten minutes to get the circulation going., Eat some healthy refreshing energizing food, spend some time with family and friends. Spend some time in solitude contemplating the mysteries of the universe. Rest recharge and plan for next week . <BR> Hugs Happiness and Health... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:43:42 EST Cute and Clever " If you aren't cute , you may as well be clever ." David Sedaris <BR> <BR> I don't exactly agree with this quote because I believe we are all cute in some way in our lives. I believe personality and a sharp mind, and a zest for life trumps looks every time . <BR> <BR> But I can tell you this anyone on this site is both cute and clever . <BR> <BR> Here is what exercise and healthy food can get you: <BR> <BR> Clearer skin, healthy shinny locks, more muscle. <BR> An improved attitude ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:10:46 EST Listen " You will never really learn much from hearing yourself talk." George Clooney <BR> <BR> A lot of times it is a great idea to just listen: <BR> <BR> To the thoughts of others ,you'll learn some great things <BR> <BR> To the sounds of nature, they are there under all the rumble of noise <BR> <BR> The sounds of birds and insects <BR> <BR> The sounds of babbling brooks, meandering rivers and the crashing sounds of the mighty oceans waves <BR> <BR> Listen to : <BR> <BR> The sound of rai... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:56:35 EST A perfect Day " You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." John Wooden <BR> <BR> A perfect day <BR> <BR> A walk on the beach <BR> <BR> A hike through the trees <BR> <BR> A great run <BR> <BR> Spending a fun day at the park with the family <BR> <BR> Going on an adventure to remember with friends <BR> <BR> Secretly helping out someone who can never repay you Priceless <BR> <BR> Make this day a perfect day , spend it what ever way you ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:14:21 EST It's your world Rock it " The world only exists in your eyes...You can make it as big or small as you want. 'F. Scott Fitzgerald. <BR> <BR> We all see the world a little differently. The world is not the same for each of us. <BR> <BR> Here are some little things you can do to make your world view better: <BR> <BR> Surround yourself with pictures of the things you love. My house has pictures of the ocean the forest and children. We also have family pictures ,most notably our wedding picture everywhere ,they ar... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:03:12 EST Heal Yourself " Avoid extremes .Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve." Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Injuries to the mind body and soul are hard to bear, It all happens to us in one point in our live or another but it is how we deal with them that make us who we are. <BR> <BR> In my twenties I was a victim of dating assault and I carried that pain with me for over thirty years. It prevented me from living my life as fully as I wanted. Who want s to live in fear and lock there sel... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:02:28 EST Knowing what you need " Know thyself is a good saying , but not in all situations . In many it is better to say know others." Menander <BR> <BR> In weight loss it is good if you know yourself. What you are capable of? . How far you can push yourself? What are you goals ? How will you get there .? How do you feel? <BR> <BR> But sometimes we don't know what we are truly capable of until we watch and know others. If someone can go from 300 to 150 pounds than you can certainly lose 40. <BR> If Kasey Cantanzaro ca... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:11:25 EST Keeping it Going " Keep a thing happenin' All throughout." John Coltrane <BR> <BR> Living a healthy life is a 24 hour job.. It is not having strawberries in your yogurt and then you are done for the day. <BR> <BR> No, living a healthy life involves planning ,and dreaming and sacrifice. Work, but work with a giant reward . <BR> <BR> It involves being one with nature , the planet, the world, and the universe. It involves being thankful to the Creator and showing your appreciation by being the best that y... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:17:51 EST How far are you going " How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged , sympathetic with the striving , and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." George Washington Carver <BR> <BR> I love this quote it stands on its own I don't have anything to add to it. <BR> <BR> On my journey to live a healthier happier life. <BR> <BR> I went to the grocery store today and made some purchases that have to last for two w... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:32:18 EST your Driving " Don't let other people tell you what you want." Pat Riley <BR> <BR> You know where your going and how to get there you and only you. You come with your own set of directions your own internal GPS. Your goals, your ideas, your passions all belong to you. <BR> <BR> <BR> Do not let others speak for you or lead you down the wrong path. Never let them stop you, or deter you ,or turn you around, or upside down. Never let them speak for you or change your ideas . Do not let any one belittle ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:14:26 EST Excellent!!! " If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second , quit doing less -than - excellent work." Thomas Watson <BR> <BR> If you want to be excellent you have to ask your self some hard questions . For instance How can I work harder, smarter or faster.? How can I get more out of my day and more out of me. ? How can I be better efficient at getting around obstacles ? How can I be more motivated? <BR> <BR> Sometimes all you have to do is change things up. Sometimes... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:19:08 EST We Are All Equals " If you never assume importance , you never lose it." Lao-Tzu <BR> <BR> Everyone on this great planet of ours is the same, Yes we are a little different ,but yet we are the same. We may have different style or mannerisms but yet we are the same .Some of us are better than others at some things , but the truth is we all have our weaknesses , and our troubles. <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have a mind and a body some are weaker or stronger but we all can use ours for evil or the better. <BR> <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:56:42 EST Living the High Life " We are all worm bait waiting to happen . It's what you do while you wait that matters." Kinky Friedman <BR> <BR> Ever notice that some people are always happy living a great life and you are always struggling ? Things will change if you simply change your outlook. <BR> <BR> To be happy you have to be happy it's that simple. Look for more positive in your life, it was always there it has just been hiding behind your poor attitude. Concentrate on the good ignore or minimize the bad. Yes w... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:02:14 EST Surprises " If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail." Heracleitus <BR> <BR> I will never forget the car trip we took one Sunday on the spur of the moment .We were a few states away lost in the woods some where in New York. Yes the scenery was gorgeous. But we were on a dirt road defiantly lost , in desperate need of a restroom ,and some food. It was now three o'clock and we hadn't eaten since breakfast. We also had our one year old son ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:11:33 EST Hammering Away " If the only tool you have is a hammer , you tend to see every problem as a nail.' Abraham Maslow <BR> <BR> Yes!! I have been hammering away at my weight loss. I have been hammering away at the goo and the yuk and the unwanted pounds. I have been hammering away at getting rid of junk food and prepackaged food, and the late night binges. I have been hammering away at the unwanted stress and drama in my life. <BR> <BR> But sometimes you need a much lighter tool . Sometimes all that is nee... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:28:12 EST Fight it out " I have always adhered to two principles . The first one is to train hard and to get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight ." Rocky Marciano <BR> <BR> There are over a million people on this site. Amazing isn't it. We all have different strengths and limitations . We are all different yet the same . We are after the same results to get healthier and happier. Our mini goal... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:27:53 EST Be Real " If you're phony they will feel it in the farthest row of the arena . You have to really care . And you have to make yourself care time and time again." Tom Petty <BR> <BR> <BR> You are the star of the show whether you know it or not and your cells are your audience. We are constantly making new cells and replacing the ones we have. That why sometimes our hair feels and grows in fuller or our face may get clearer, our muscles stronger. <BR> <BR> So don't be a phony with half workouts and ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:04:07 EST Living Every Day " Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose . You are already naked . There is no reason not to follow your heart. " Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Way to many people live their lives unhappy miserable and unfulfilled .Don't be stagnate and sad . <BR> <BR> Do the things you want while there is time . Pursue your happiness and dreams. Get out there and really live. Your dreams and goals don't need to revolve around money , ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:11:26 EST You Never Know or Do You ? " The things that important to know is that you never know .You're always sort of feeling your way." Diane Arbus <BR> <BR> That statement is true in life and maybe exercise and fitness for a time. But when you hit that right combination believe me you know and so does the whole world. <BR> <BR> You know you've got it right when strangers stop you and ask if you are a runner because you have great calf's. Or people stop to ask what your doing different because you look better. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:23:34 EST Spinning your wheels ' It is useless to put on your breaks when you are upside down." Paul Newman <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a normal day until I arrived home to find out my nieces home had burned to the ground. Thank God Tiffany and her baby where with her boyfriend and her roommate was staying with a friend that night . They tragically lost both their cats but her roommate's Jess's dog made it thanks to a courageous fire fighter who gave it oxygen and revived it. A few fire fighter's had to go to the hospital... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:22:06 EST Learn all you can " Learn all you can " Classroom Rules Weston middle school Weston Oregon <BR> <BR> When faced with a disease or a hard situation or even a simple problem people often tell you to learn all you can. When you are young and in school people will tell you the same thing. <BR> <BR> But why then does this stop for many of us when we get out of high school or college. There is much to learn about this great life of ours and ourselves every day . <BR> <BR> The other day I was taking one of thos... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:33:18 EST Touch Down " Act like you expect to get into the end zone." Joe Paterno <BR> <BR> Where are your dreams and goals .? Are they still floating around in your head. ?Or are you letting your head ,heart and legs take you to success. <BR> <BR> Are you doubtful, cautious ,unsure? Or are you positive , sure and steady . <BR> <BR> Will you be ready or are you just tying your shoes and putting on your shirt. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for victory or still thinking about the possibility of defeat? <BR> <... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:42:02 EST Are You Truly Moving? Never confuse movement with action." Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> <BR> Where are you going? What are your goals ? Are you planning to win? or just place or show.? How bad do you want it? How much are you willing to sacrifice? <BR> <BR> Are you just moving along at a turtles pace? <em>134</em> We all know that the turtle eventually wins the race but did you know even the turtle has to give it's all to get to the finish line <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> Is this you? I walked around the bloc... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:46:09 EST What the Hell? " Ever notice how " what the hell " Is always the right answer ? " Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> <BR> Bet you thought this was going to be a negative complaining blog.? Well you are very wrong my friends this is a get up and change your life and attitude blog. That is if you choose too. <BR> <BR> But what the hell think about it anyway.? <BR> <BR> Does this sound like your day ? What the hell was I thinking? What the hell are they doing? What the hell, this is to hard. What the hell am I ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:53:01 EST Completely Successful " There are complete men and incomplete men. If you would be a complete man , put all your strength of soul into every act of your life." Eugenio Maria De Hostos <BR> <BR> Are you trying hard enough, or are you leaving a lot on the table. No I am not talking about finishing your food . I am talking about using all your energy trying your hardest , reaching for the stars. <BR> <BR> When you give your ALL whether you succeed or not you know you are successful. If you don't give your all yo... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:11:30 EST Easy on the mayo!!!!!! " Easy on the mayo.!" Mark Bricklin <BR> <BR> The secret to weight loss is simple. Go easy on the stuff that is bad for you. <BR> <BR> Go hog wild on the food that are good for you . <BR> <BR> Lean meats , whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are the way to go. <BR> <BR> Try something new. I now have my tuna with salsa . or I add a very small dab of mayo and then add a little relish and mustard. Still another is tuna with a little bit of avocado. <BR> <BR> Don't buy food yo... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 05:05:33 EST Knocking on the door of weight loss " If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are bound to wake up somebody.' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> Sometimes weight and fat seems to stick with you and on you. Never give up though just keep knocking and you will find the right combo that will lead to weight loss. <BR> <BR> Some people give up and in to fast. Some people walk away when the fight has just started. Don't be that person. <BR> <BR> Always keep knocking until you get results. Keep getting t... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 05:03:03 EST Doing the Impossible " Do what needs to be done , and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done," Paul Hawken <BR> <BR> A few years ago my daughter saw I was in a rut with exercise. I was getting bored with walking . I didn't like to run . I was doing the same routines at the gym . Yeah I would mix it up but it just wasn't bringing me joy and was turning into a chore. <BR> <BR> She saw a commercial for p90x on television, She found the website on the computer and showed it to me. I said It lo... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:06:25 EST Good Thoughts " A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth , but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely ." Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> It is Sunday a Blessed Holy day for many ,and that is why I picked this quote to write about today. But it is a good quote for any day and awesome and important to use all the time. <BR> <BR> Since we are all human we s... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:47:41 EST Everything is Negotiable Everything is negotiable ." Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> It not very hard to exercise and eat right if you only realize that every thing is negotiable. Everything is not cut and dried like the ten commandments carved in stone. Here the rules can be bent and remolded like clay and you are the sculptor. <BR> <BR> For example let's say on the 4th you want a couple beers or an extra chicken wing . Well then swap it out or work for it. It's that simple . <BR> <BR> For instance I love ice cream bu... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:37:19 EST Happy 4th of July " You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." Eric Hoffer <BR> <BR> No one can ever take your right to freedom and independence away from you . Yes they can scare us , and scar us , and if we let them diminish us. <BR> <BR> But we must and can know that they are never better or stronger than us. We can learn from them . How not to be a coward . How to kinder and unafraid . How to stand tall and sometimes just stand down. <BR> <BR> They m... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:55:33 EST