ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Listless no more I have been listless for a long time, Yes , It's time to admit that yes I am a naked shopper, I love the spontaneity of going commando . I love the rush of excitement of just buying something on the spur of the moment just because I feel like it. <BR> I guess I just got tired of wasting money , I've been using coupons for quite a while , saving about thirty dollars to sixty a week. I've tried lists , oh how I've tried , but , truth is , I can't read my own handwriting, Plus I am not good at ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:53:50 EST What kind of world are you creating ? What kind of world are your creating ? <BR> Had to ask my self that as I sat on the couch moping , and procrastinating about my walk, I asked again as I almost pulled out a regular shirt to wear instead of a form fitting active top, " I thought , no one will like this look ,I am to old, everything is sagging and bagging. " <BR> I need to learn that what others think or say is their world. Well what I say and think is my world. <BR> <BR> Got my walk in and wore the more comfortable swe... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:06:33 EST On my way to a healthy happy summer Today was the first day of summer and it welcomed me amazingly, Here is a short snapshot of my start to a healthy happy summer. <BR> <BR> I awoke after sleeping ten glorious hours, with five of them deep sleep, and no trips the bathroom. The first time in years thanks to my muscle relaxer I took last night. My back has been bothering me lately and I haven't been as diligent with my walking and stretching due to my work schedule and weather but I will be working strongly on this issue . <B... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:16:54 EST Natural Aloha Friday kind of Day Today is my favorite day Aloha Friday I am lucky enough to have it off from work . I picked four types of lettuce from my garden and had it in a salad for lunch today.. So lucky we grow a garden every year its so nice to just go out the door and pick some fresh vegetables. <BR> <BR> I thought of nature again before my walk around the neighborhood, You see we had a bear sighting less than a block away. A bear left the forested area where my daughter works and sauntered across the busy stre... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:16:14 EST God's been good to me <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today even though my allergies have been bothering me ,I decided to walk. First i got distracted by the wash , the stain on the coffee table, my zipper that was stuck on one of my back packs . I then realized I was being derailed and WHY ? was I allowing it. <BR> <BR> So I grabbed my phone and off I went , I decided to play some music and one of my favorite artists is Keith Urban. I had my phone on shuffle and what song came up but God'... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:22:06 EST Sending You ......... I am sending you <BR> <em>247</em> as many as you need to get through the day . <BR> <em>246</em> <em>30</em> laughter and smiles to cheer you. <BR> <em>67</em> to warm you <BR> <em>27</em> to cool you if need be. <BR> <em>220</em> friendship . <BR> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> pure joy and an abundance of it. <BR> <em>362</em> <em>332</em> strength and determination. <BR> <em>102</em> <em>90</em> <em>188</em> sleep fairies to help you sleep ... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:33:46 EST Keeping the small spark alive so it can grow into a big flame Everyone is not perfect. Despite our best attentions sometimes life gets in the way, Life is full of demands religious, family , work , friends, bills, daily life ,chores commitments and the list goes on. There will be days when you don't have the time or the will to eat healthy, or drink your water. . There will be days when you don't get great sleep. There will be days due to injury, illness or demands that you don't get your exercise in. <BR> <BR> Today for me is that kind of day . ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 09:23:03 EST Catching a wave ...instead of a cold ..Happy Aloha Friday Happy healthy Aloha Friday everyone . Hope the sun is shining for you if not hope your spirits are up. I find myself at the end of another cold and possibly the start of another, This will be my seventh cold since October with one nasty stomach bug added in, This from the girl who used to only get sick once a year or less. <BR> <BR> I do know it is partial allergies which I am on medication for, I also work in a nursing home so there are lots of extra germs running around, Oh and stress , y... Fri, 26 May 2017 15:03:10 EST Walking to ... a hint of happiness It has been awhile since I got out and got some air and went for a walk outside. I almost didn't go my joints have been achy . My allergies have flared up big time. My foot is still very sore from when the heavy silverware tray holder fell on it two weeks ago, at work. Plus I have to go to work tonight for the 4 to 8 shift. But go I did, <BR> <BR> While I was walking around the neighborhood on a gorgeous spring day I thought about how tomorrow is worker appreciation day and why my boss deci... Wed, 24 May 2017 14:49:07 EST Happy mother's day to the moms that do" the spark people shuffle " Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there . You know who you are the moms that step up and shuffle their lives around to make sure they are doing the healthy thing. I like to call it. <BR> " The Spark People Shuffle, " <BR> <BR> Here's to the moms that get up at the crack of dawn when the whole house is asleep to get their exercise in. A special shout out to the moms that have hit pause four or more times on their exercise tape because of your children... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:50:21 EST Be the change Having a bad day it's okay because maybe today was not just about you . Maybe today was supposed to be all about the people you helped without realizing it. The people you motivated or just touched their lives or soul. <BR> <BR> The guy you let go first at the red light. The old man you gave directions to at the grocery store. The teenager you smiled at on the way by. The friend you counseled and tried to cheer. Maybe you said or wrote something that motivated someone in a small or big way... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:29:59 EST Reinventing myself - Happy Aloha Friday In October I was over 15 pounds heavier and out of a job. I decided to try something new to reinvent myself in a way. I always loved the elderly so I found myself a job in the kitchen as a dietary aide, in a nursing home . It does not pay much at all. It is a very physical job with a lot of steps and heavy lifting. The rewards are huge. <BR> <BR> Every day as walk down the hall and see the elderly and frail in their beds I say " There before the grace of God go I . " They remind me daily... Fri, 5 May 2017 14:12:53 EST Confronting stress on my way to an Aloha Friday " Nobody cares if your miserable, so you might as well be happy." Cynthia Nelms <BR> <BR> " Those that are at war with others are not at peace with themselves." William Hazlitt <BR> <BR> " Stress is an ignorant state . It believes that everything is an emergency." Natalie Goldberg <BR> <BR> <BR> " Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect." Margaret Mitchell <BR> <BR> " You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously ." J Donald ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:38 EST Crushing It My husband and I work opposite shifts, He sent me a text message this morning. He said," I know you usually make pasta on Wednesday we are out of tomato sauce , so maybe you could make macaroni and cheese , or just use butter with the pasta . " <BR> <BR> I' m at work thinking <em>38</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> So as soon as I got home at 3, I ran down cellar and grabbed a big can of crushed tomatoes, I added garlic Italian seasoning,a pinch of salt and s... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 20:15:30 EST One minute away from happiness Yesterday I walked a 19 minute mile . I had to get my workout in and I had to hurry to get it done. If your faster you burn more calories .Your heart rate and endorphin's go up. You get healthy and that's supposed to make you happy and most days it does , but some days it is not enough, <BR> <BR> Today I walked a 20 minute mile and I stopped and smelled the flowers literally. I smelled the honeysuckle blooming. I noticed the rhododendron bushes blooming in bright pink and fuchsia and red. I... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:26:14 EST Sending Aloha Happy Moments " Most people don't allow the happy moment because they're so busy trying to get a happy life," Esther Hicks <BR> <BR> Sending you all some happy moments today .Happy moments add up to a happy healthy life. Some of mine for today...... <BR> A stop at the grocery store where I bought two healthy roasting chickens for a dollar a pound. I will make chicken , soup , and maybe some taco's yum. I also saved 5 dollars on my allergy medicine . <em>528</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> A walk in... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:09:14 EST The state of all things spark Some people have been asking me about my spark people journey . I have been here for over 6 years and never plan to leave. The community is awesome. You get constant encouragement and feedback and I've made a ton of friends. I love the team feature , spark recipes , the free exercise demos, and blogging to name a few features. <BR> <BR> As some of you may know my journey is all about Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living , Here is how I get there. I am at my goal weight so my journey is all a... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:08:53 EST Serious Sunday I would see her every so often last year. We would stop to talk on our walks me with my dog and her with her walker. You know just " How was the weather talk , or good to see you talk." I thought she was about 65. <BR> <BR> I was very surprised today. I went out on my walk the weather was warm and lovely and I thought about when I would see her again out and about this year. I was reading the Sunday paper and that's when I saw it, her obituary. My neighbor was not 65 as I thought but 90 ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 19:42:13 EST Getting to 10 Today I went into work for half a day , I love to go in and help out the boss when needed. I work as a dietary aide at a nursing home. I went in to help with the lunch line and to do the dishes, We serve about 185 residents three meals and dessert. It can add up to a lot of miles walked . Today although I didn't walk far I took over 7000 steps. <BR> <BR> So when I got home at 3 I put my sweatshirt and vest and gloves on and went for a real walk, I love that it was only me and the robins and... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 20:38:40 EST Why Failures are hidden successes So the scale hasn't moved in awhile and you are about ready to quit before you do listen to this.... <BR> <BR> That project at work that you put your heart and soul into and didn't work out, did you quit your job over it? or did you revamp a few things and try again ? <BR> <BR> Last week your daughter said she hates the way you dress , your husband wishes you were more social , and you son say's you talk to much , did this cause you to walk away from your family ? Did you explain how much ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:12:50 EST Who"s Fooling Who ? Today is April Fools day and it got me thinking, <BR> Who"s fooling Who? <BR> <BR> When you sneak a piece of chocolate ? <BR> When you have a second helping when you know you are full ? <BR> When you skip your workout ? <BR> When you stay up later than you should when you are ultra tired ? <BR> When you eat half bag of chips in one seating? <BR> When you drink soda instead of water ? <BR> <BR> Who are you fooling? and Who are you hurting ? <BR> <BR> Love yourself enough not to be foo... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:44:28 EST What was I thinking Today when I walked into the kitchen after my seventh day of work in a row, I saw a huge mound of dishes my husband and son left there while I was away. This could only mean that the dishwasher was full and needed to be emptied, When I went into the bathroom there was the hamper filled to the brim with dirty clothes. I sat in a chair and just wanted to cry because I did both those tasks yesterday and I was dead tired from my job as a dietary aide in a nursing home. Plus I needed to make suppe... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:40:28 EST Kind words to pass on Yesterday I was doing my job and feeling underappreciated and bored. I work as dietary aide in a nursing home. I was throwing out a lot of uneaten food. Then it happened a note on a tray... <BR> <BR> Thank you Lunch was Great!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Well let me tell you those kind words really changed my day. My boss later asked me to do a little over time and I said YES!!! with a smile because me job was renewed by a few kind words. I was wanted, and appreciated, Today on my day off the cal... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:09:24 EST Unusually good I decided to make chicken soup today, Usually my grocery store carries a soup starter, onions, leeks, celery , turnips and rutabaga all in one package but this week it was no where to be found. I only had onions and carrots at home. Then I found it a small container of 8 vegetables already chopped for fritatas it said . I scooped it up and headed home, <BR> <BR> When I was ready to make the soup I noticed two of the ingredients were jicama and radishes.I decided to try it, even though i nev... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:21:27 EST Happy St Patrick's Aloha Friday Happy St Patrick's Aloha Friday <BR> An Irish Blessing <BR> <BR> May God grant you always <BR> A sunbeam to warm you <BR> A moonbeam to charm you <BR> A Sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you !!! <BR> <BR> Laughter to cheer you <BR> Faithful friends near you , <BR> and whenever you pray <BR> Heaven to hear you.!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I wish you a warm Aloha breeze today , I hope you are at peace , that you can stand in the warm island sunshine and feel feel refreshed and loved an... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:28:39 EST Spring forward Just a little reminder as we spring forward we don't just have to do it with the time. <BR> <BR> Let's Spring Forward With : <BR> <BR> Our attitude <BR> <BR> Purpose <BR> <BR> Our GOALS <BR> <BR> A Smile <BR> <BR> Renewed Spirit <BR> <BR> A new found desire to help others . <BR> <BR> Remember You got this , we are on this healthy ride to make us better and live longer. I am still battling bronchitis but I' m winning. It's all about attitude and spirit and motivation, Keep Looking... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:54:34 EST Small steps lead to success Small steps grow to big results. One less soda a day, One lap around the yard. One less snack a day, As much sleep as you can get each night. Set your goals small so you can always reach them . check that one off the list and start another small goal, reward yourself wisely , a new pen that every time you use it you will remember hitting that goal. Reward yourself with a snazzy new water bottle, My daughter bought me one and placed an elephant sticker on it., because an elephant never forge... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 20:58:27 EST walking on the sideline , waiting to get back into the game I have a cold . I also have a pacemaker and heart disease so when I am sick i need some extra rest. .Just because I am sick does not mean I cant continue to fight for my health . Although I do not exercise when I am sick I do try to eat well and get my sleep in. What do you do when you are under the weather or injured ? Do you give up? Throw in the towel? Do you sit on the bench ,?or like me do you continue to walk the sidelines waiting to get back in the game?. <BR> <BR> So today as I lay ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 20:14:51 EST To Much of a good thing To much of a good thing is just to much. It is never good to over eat , over sleep , or over do . Rest and relaxation are ultra important , Try to keep yourself on an even keel. Get that rest , learn to breathe, and relax, After all we never want to be over the rainbow before our time. <BR> <BR> Get that rest and keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:48:55 EST Keeper of the flame Many people write about losing their mojo or motivation . They ask where they can find it? They simply forgot that they are the keeper of the flame . That flame is in each one of us. Some days it is a little flicker and some days it is a roaring fire. It is always there for us to relight and stoke the fire. <BR> <BR> So whether you are going to write something , are looking for a new job, need some extra energy for that workout remember that flame is quietly burning waiting for you to ign... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:37:01 EST Best weight loss Secret ? It really doesn't matter if you use Weight Watchers or the Atkins plan, or something else to lose weight. It doesn't matter if you walk in the park or run on a treadmill. If you do cardio three days or weight training for two or vice a versa . If you juice or if you drink smoothies . How many hours you sleep and how much water you drink is all up to you. So is your idea of what healthy means to you. <BR> <BR> My best weight loss secret is to Love Yourself Enough to Try. <BR> <BR> You ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:49:08 EST How I changed from Mopey , Dopey, to Okey-dokey Today I got up earlier than I wanted because my dog Miss Misha demanded it. It was my day off so I longed to sit by the pellet stove and drink my coffee in peace. Alas, my husband left for work many hours earlier and forgot to fill it and also to put the furnace on as backup. As I sat shivering under a throw I thought well at least I have my coffee and quiet. But no , Miss Misha spent most of the morning barking to go in and out, multiple times and every time the cat went near the poinset... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:30:55 EST What are we maintaining Many of us here are maintaining or trying to maintain the weight we lose. There are other things we should be looking into to make the road easier . Here are a list of some of them . <BR> <BR> You should be ...... <BR> <BR> Maintaining a great sleep schedule <BR> <BR> Maintaining your friendships <BR> <BR> Maintaining your water quota <BR> <BR> Maintaining your sense of adventure <BR> <BR> Maintaining an exercise schedule <BR> <BR> Maintaining your funny bone <BR> <BR> Maintai... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 20:41:58 EST Saying No to Exercise We all agree that exercise is so important it helps our bodies to function better , it makes us feel better mentally , physically and emotionally . Just sometimes its important to have a rest and here are some reasons, <BR> <BR> When you are walking around like the living dead <em>333</em> due to lack of sleep <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> When your feeling sick <em>24</em> maybe you ate to much <em>29</em> or just ate the wrong thing <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe your hurt ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:37:42 EST Wild Wednesday and how cookies saved the day No cookies were eaten or harmed today. lol <BR> As many of you know I am working as a dietary aide in a nursing home. I am still in the learning phase of things, One of my many tasks is making or getting ready the desserts for 145 residents. This was made easy for me today as my boss made 4 huge trays of chocolate cookies with m and m's in them . They looked yummy but I am not allowed to have any. Good thing But I did place them in wax paper bags two cookies per resident. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:05:23 EST Day Off ? No way Just stopped to say I had a day off today ! A day off of work that is . That does not mean a day off of Sparks though. Everyday is a day on Sparks . Everyday is a day to work on maintaining. Every day I work on being happy , and healthy . Today I went for a nice walk , and ate a healthy salad. I had a healthy egg sandwich with spinach on a flatbread from Subway. I rested , and spent some time reading with a nice cup of green tea. <BR> <BR> Remember there are no days off from maintai... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:05:48 EST Aloha on Friday the 13th Today is an unlucky day for many but not for me, I went for a beautiful warm walk for January 45 degrees , sun shinning and the wind whipping. I ate an awesome chicken tortellini soup that I added kale and spinach and a few blueberries to to shake things up, It was different and good., and good for me. <BR> <BR> I went for my final physical therapy appointment today , I went for pain from sciatica , four slipped disks and spinal stenosis. Thankfully the pain in my hip and leg are long go... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:21:43 EST Happy to be here for 8 years Today was terrific Tuesday , I went for another winter walk and it was 10 degrees warmer. Woohoo!! I ate a salad filled with fruit , veggies and nuts. Woohoo!! <BR> <BR> I can't believe I have been here for 8 years . Maintaining most of the time. When I think about it it wasn't much of a daily struggle, Well mostly because of the all the great friends I have found here, Each one of you has touched and helped me in a special unique way and I will not forget any one of you, Having and rece... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:17:18 EST Make some magic on Monday Today is Monday did you start you week off right? Have you made roads to be healthier . ? <BR> <BR> This morning I found out I dropped a size . Sometimes a physical job is all you need . Throw in a few missed lunches and your on your way to a fitter slimmer you. Don't forget that its not just about exercise and eating right, It is also about moving more throughout the day. It that extra bending and stretching we do while maintaining that gets us smaller and fitter and closer to healthier. Wh... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 20:11:10 EST Surprising Sunday This morning I made a big healthy breakfast yes I made hash and eggs but I also added a ton of veggies and eggs and ate less. I then spent some leisurely time with the Sunday paper a rare treat, <BR> <BR> Later after driving my son to work I bundled up and headed out in the 20 degree weather for a beautiful walk in the snow. The sun was out and the birds were chirping the snow looked so pretty on the horizon , the roads and houses and lawns. , I watched and concentrated on my footing a... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:38:35 EST slippery Saturday What did you do today ? Did you have it off, I did, <BR> I woke early .I had my coffee , yogurt and apple and blueberries. After a lunch of a little left over pasta, I ventured out in the snow. It was a mere 20 degrees out and I dressed for the cold, a vest and a coat hat , scarf and gloves, The snow was coming down in little ice crystals , It was all over the un plowed roads,and it had ice underneath it. I wasn't to worried as I had my llbean snow shoes on . I slipped a couple of times but... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 19:54:14 EST All is quiet Just a quick update as I am ultra tired. Today my boss came in All was quiet we worked as a team and we were kind to each other, I guess the hostess did tell the boss for me. There were only a few instances were the hostess and the boss were not around and a little skyping was done. you know when someone is pretending to talk about something else but you know the conversation is all about you, But the most part I had a great day, <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all the great comments and i... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 20:42:09 EST Pulling out all the artillery I haven't blogged in awhile. Some of you know I have taken on a <BR> new job. I signed up for the job because I like the elderly and like helping people. Plus I believe that when a door closes another one will open up, My job counselor suggested it. Her sister worked there. <BR> <BR> i signed up to be a dietary aide . I thought it would be more visiting the patients rooms and asking them their menu , No it is more like being stuck in the kitchen with no breaks and lunches , Doing dishes ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 20:27:48 EST Believe A New Year is coming and a new you may be on the way, It's all up to you. All you have to do is Believe. Imagine what you want . Think of a way to make it happen. See yourself there . You may run into a road block . Someone may try to stop you. You may have negative thoughts about your ability to truly make it happen. Don't listen , reach deep down , find a way around. Step over the problem and Really Truly Believe. It will happen . You will get there . All you have to do is See , Imagi... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:50:24 EST Merry Christmas Eve Just a quick note to let you all know how much your friendship means to me, There is always someone here to give advice , a hug , or a caring thought, <BR> <BR> As I get together tonight with my family and enjoy the holiday treats I will think of each one of you. I didn't get many steps in today but my heart will be healthy and full, <BR> <BR> I am wishing each one of you a happy holiday season, We all may celebrate differently but we all have something to celebrate . <BR> <BR> Ke Kah... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 17:14:30 EST Move more to get More Its true . If you move more .... <BR> <BR> You lose more <BR> <BR> You get more done, <BR> <BR> Your happier <BR> <BR> You get a spring in your step <BR> <BR> A joy in your heart <BR> <BR> your body will love you <BR> <BR> You will have more energy <BR> <BR> to spend time with the family <BR> <BR> to go Christmas tree cutting <BR> <BR> Caroling , buying presents <BR> <BR> wrapping presents , <BR> <BR> decorating the christmas tree <BR> <BR> Go to all the Christmas part... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:33:37 EST Get more out of Sunday Today was my first day back to work in a month and It went great. I watched the way I moved and took some extra steps so I wouldn't stretch or move in an unnatural way, I watched where I had my feet planted and moved things so they were within reach and could be safely accessed . <BR> <BR> I now have 12824 steps for the day. I ate healthy all day and got my water in. I have been getting my ice coffee for the day , the night before , well my husbands has been getting it for me. That way I don... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:58:04 EST Christmas Joy Abounds Thank you all so much for the thoughts and offers for help on my last blog. I wanted to show you all how lucky we all are and how easy it is to be homeless or jobless , or just have a run of back luck. Sometimes we don't appreciate the richness of our lives as we go through our daily lives. <BR> Today I saw more Christmas Blessings as we received about 8 inches of snow, My son cleared all the cars and the driveway, I saw many neighbors helping each other shovel out or push car out of snow ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 19:57:44 EST Happy Aloha Frigid Friday Just a quick blog to say Hi and I hope you are all warm and toasty , I am blogging from my computer room where it is a lovely 60 degrees. it would be warmer if we had oil for the furnace. Right now we have the pellet stove running so it is 84 in the living room , as you go further through the house it gets cooler . <BR> The reason we have no oil , was I hurt my back and was out of work for a month with no pay. Also add in 6 physical therapy appointments at 45 a visit. The rest due after my... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:11:33 EST It's Saturday Night What games are you playing ? I bet you have a few games on your phone. I have a few different games of solitaire , and a trivia one. On facebook I play a few more I like bejeweled blitz, pet rescue , bubble witch , words with friends. I tell myself these games help to keep my mind fresh , or help with hand eye coordination , but in truth they are just time wasters. I lose a ton of time every day . <BR> <BR> They are a thing I hide behind so I don't have to spend time with others , or maybe when I am playing I really do... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:50:52 EST