ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Aloha on forward Friday Just a Quick blog to ask if you are moving forward this Friday . Are you going after those goals, ?Are you doing what needs to be done?. Just remember that as you move forward you are bound to step back . You may mess up. You may stall and just can't get anywhere . You may falter. <BR> <BR> Now would be the time to not give up . Just take smaller steps , Refine your goal so you will succeed, Putting a time limit on your goals may set you up for failure.So just say I will lose 5 pounds , or... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 21:19:07 EST Taking it to the streets on Thursday It was cold and damp and windy so I bundled up and headed out. I had my bright yellow extra thick waterproof sweat shirt my husband brought me for Christmas and my turquoise vest. I wanted to be seen easily by drivers busy with thoughts of shopping. My sneakers also have bright pink logos that reflect in the dark, not that I would walk in the dark but I am a slow walker and It does get dark fast. <BR> <BR> It was slow going , I carefully watch my footing as I don't want to fall on ice, but ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:44:00 EST willing wednesday How far are you willing to go? How hard are you willing to work? How long will you work to goal,? <BR> <BR> Are you WILLING , READY , and ABLE . <BR> <BR> YOU GOT THIS <BR> <BR> Just think of how good you will feel when you get there. <BR> <BR> On a very happy note , my tree is up and put together , Thanks to my number one Son, Joshua .. Now I can take my time and decorate, !!!! <BR> <BR> Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:15:31 EST Turn it around Tuesday You don't have to take a big step to turn your life around . Sometimes it can be done with little steps. Each tiny step or move gets you closer to goal, and a happier life . I always try to do little things to make my life better on Tuesdays. <BR> <BR> A little walk , a little exercise , a little water . A lot of sleep , a lot of studying , a lot of laughter. <BR> <BR> Some stretching, some good food , some fresh air. <BR> <BR> Hope you took some little or big steps to get you where y... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:54:31 EST Slow Motion Monday is better than No motion Monday Its Monday again just a quick little blog to say Hope you are all getting a little exercise in. It never matters how slow you go all that matters is that you move. <BR> <BR> I have been sidelined from work with a hip , and back issue with a side order of sciatica . Physical therapy is doing a wondrous job to help me move better. Truth be told I also have to help myself . I get depressed . I admit it. If I don't get my walk in then I am not my cheerful optimistic self. No way,!!! <BR> Tod... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:23:59 EST Aloha on Fit Friday Well it's Friday . How are you all feeling? <BR> <BR> Frisky <BR> <BR> Fun <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> Fabulous <BR> <BR> or are you ? <BR> <BR> a firecracker <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Fun loving Female <BR> <BR> If that is the case ..... <BR> <BR> I hope you are ..... <BR> <BR> Fit as a Fiddle because you got your exercise in. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> It's Friday Hope your day was <BR> <BR> fantastic , fitful , ferocious ,flashy <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Furthermore... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 19:05:13 EST thankful Thursday I am thankful for the great gift of this site , and the many friends I have made here over the years, Your friendship and honesty laughter and love means the world to me, You are the best. i can't thank you enough for brightening my world and making it better. Keep being you . keep smiling and lighting the world up with your spirit. Keep taking care of you because you deserve it, Love you all to the moon and back. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:24:47 EST Wild Wacky Wednesday Today was wild wacky Wednesday I started the day off right and weird by going to get my coffee and then going for a walk in my pajamas. Yes, in my pajamas. For the record I wear my sweats to bed so all I have to do is put my socks and shoes on and I am ready to go. <BR> <BR> Then after a quick shower I headed to physical therapy where the turned me into a human pretzel , to try to fix my back, I was pleasantly surprised that after a 8 minute bike ride and some weird and crazy positions no... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:04:49 EST Take care of YOU Tuesday I know its the seasons of doing for others , going and buying and partying and non stop activities . Today give yourself a day just for you . Spend a little time with you . Make the day about you and do it, for you . <BR> <BR> Spend some time admiring the tree you just put up. Put your feet up have a cup of tea and just look at the beauty and the lights. Spend a half hour in a bubble bath and think of nothing. Let those lists of things to do go and read a book for a half hour. <BR> <BR> O... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:16:49 EST Motion Monday Today as you go about your day think about how lucky you are to be able to move freely. Think and wonder how our brains and muscles and tendons joints bones and arteries all work together to help us to move, <BR> <BR> <BR> Then say a prayer for those in pain . For those unable to walk, talk, or move. Then say a thank you God prayer that you are not one of them . That you with you tiny limitations have a good easy life. <BR> <BR> There should be no excuse why you are not taking the bes... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:12:54 EST Serene Sunday My serene Sunday really didn't start out that way, Saturday night someone stayed up till 2 am playing trivia games, I know but I had to beat that level. lol Sunday morning shone bright and early . My daughter was getting ready to go back to school. My husband just came home from work . My son was in the shower getting ready to work at 1. <BR> <BR> So I threw a roast, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker with some beef broth and red wine. My daughter was in and out visiting and last min... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:51:25 EST Aloha Friday Just a quick little blog to say hope all of you are doing well. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving day . If your not from the U.S.A. hope you had a good day also. <BR> <BR> We got a new addition to our family I am a great aunt again , Constantine Cyle was born on the 23 third of November to my niece Brooke. He is a little terror . He gave his mom severe morning sickness through out her pregnancy she was in and out of the hospital every other day. Then she was induced and had to have an em... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:17:29 EST Thankful Thanksgiving I was very thankful and happy to spend some time today. One to celebrate Thanksgiving. Two to spend time with family and loved ones. Three to celebrate the birth of my great nephew Constantine Cyle, born to my niece Brooke yesterday . <BR> <BR> It was just the medicine I needed we ate at my sisters lots of healthy and delicious food and plenty of time to talk and reminisce . <BR> <BR> The high lite of the day was when I announced Christmas Eve at my house this year and my mom piped in and ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:22:03 EST Willful Wednesday Today in the U.S. A. <em>652</em> it is Thanksgiving Eve. I want you all to remember that it is also Willful Wednesday . <BR> <BR> We are in charge of us, We make the choices. We suffer the consequences. We have the power. We can have a Willful day any day . <BR> <BR> So tomorrow turn around before you go back for seconds. Cut that pie piece in half and share it with a loved one. Load up your dish with salad soup and veggies and leave a little room for a taste of cranberries , tur... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:49:44 EST Thankful Tuesday I am thankful for the day that was today, for the People who smiled and brightened up my day. <BR> I am thankful and blessed with a loving family , truly as thankful as I ever could be. <BR> I am thankful for friends here that light my spark, thankful for quiet times that come in the dark. <BR> I am thankful for legs that take me wherever I roam , and arms that support me as I fix up my home. <BR> I am thankful for children to brighten the day , even when they never do a thing that I say,... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:56:43 EST Special Sunday Is your Sunday a day like any other or did you make it special . Did you put your spin on it. <em>351</em> Did you give today your stamp of approval. <em>347</em> Did you shine today . <em>67</em> Baby, were you a star? <em>8</em> Did you add a little kick to your step <em>216</em> Did you add a little fun to your run? <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you spend some time with a friend ? <em>220</em> Or crack open a good book? <em>149</em> Did you remember... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 19:06:13 EST Smiling Saturday !!!! Whatever life has to offer , no mater what life has in store for you , No matter what kind of day you are having., put a little smile into it. Have a little fun !! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a day full of smiles and good health and good cheer. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being a friend. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living, <BR> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>32</em> <em>213</em> <em>211</em> <em>100</em... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:37:22 EST Happy Healthy Aloha Friday The majority of people are having a happy healthy Aloha Friday, Some have little effort to a reach this goal. It may be harder for some. I bet I can guess if your healthy then it is a little easier to be happier. <BR> <BR> Some of us are having a very hard time. We may be in pain and or we may have multiple illnesses. We may be in emotional distress. Maybe we have recently lost a loved one or friend, We may have suffered a divorce , or separation, We may be burdened with financial difficult... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:37:37 EST Move it Monday Have you jump started your week? Have you been moving and grooving ,? We can do this !! We got this !!! Life can be good if you just give it time. <BR> <BR> Two of the girls I talk with on my new job , told me how they felt when they first started. It made me feel better. Then my boss changed my schedule. I was a little upset because I wasn't working Thanksgiving. I really could use the money. Until she told me I get paid for it any way !!! Plus she sent me home with a pie, for thanksg... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:12:06 EST Smiling Saturday !! Today was crisp and cool but I was ultra thankful to get my 30 plus minute walk in. I was a little slower than usual due to back pain but I am ultra happy I got out there and got it done. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was an egg sandwich with black coffee . Lunch was a few spoons of yogurt and some rice. Dinner was chicken and rice and veggies. <BR> <BR> I boiled the chicken carcass to make soup tomorrow I will add some onion , celery and carrots and then the leftover chicken , rice and veggies. I... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 19:33:11 EST Happy Aloha Friday Veterans Day Just want to say God Bless to all the veterans out there. Thank you so very much for your service and I will never forget. <BR> <BR> I have lost almost 10 pounds since starting my job a month ago. We are on our feet and moving all day , I rarely get time for a lunch . Breaks are ultra short also. The saying that says if you move more you will lose is very correct. <BR> <BR> People are really freaking out about this election, They forget that the president is just a figure head. I hate all... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:09:52 EST sweet sunday I had to work today and I missed my nieces baby shower . I had an excellent time at work. We all helped each other, we smiled , played some Christmas music and had a good time. Hope you all had a day like that, Keep Looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 6 Nov 2016 19:33:46 EST Smiling Saturday I've been reading a few blogs on here and they are making me very sad. They go like this I had a bad day today because the scale would not move. I had a bad day today , I ate a piece of cake.!!! I am not having a good day today I forgot to drink my water, The theme here is I did something bad therefore the whole day is ruined, <BR> <BR> <BR> How very untrue. Your blogs should be singing about all you did right today, No one is perfect. No one is healthy 100 percent of the time. No one is... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 19:23:34 EST Free Lance Friday Who do you work for? . It doesn't really matter because we all are REALLY self employed. We all work for ourselves. Some of us are better at free lancing then others. We all should be thinking what can I do for me to get ahead, <BR> <BR> Today I went out for a rare treat with my husband for breakfast, I wanted an Irish omelet with hash and American cheese , but I asked them to go easy on the hash and cheese and fill in the rest with veggies. I had the best omelet ever and was able to smi... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 20:52:30 EST Sizzling Saturday Woke up early on my day off and decided to go back to bed, wasn't feeling 100 percent. I had a sizzling day anyway, I am glad I pushed myself three loads of laundry done. Floor mopped. Son brought to work then a trip to the bank. Grocery shopping and putting everything away. A thirty minute walk. A big batch of chili made. Hard -boiled eggs done for breakfast this week and my lunch for tomorrow finished. Now I am on my way to a good book to read and relax . I am enjoying my new job it ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 19:57:22 EST Tenacious Tuesday Well it been three days and it is tenacious Tuesday and I am still holding on to my job. I am having a ton of fun so far been trained by three different people. I am getting various versions of this will be part of your job but we did this for you today. Or one of my favorite , we do it this way the people on the other day does it this way. <BR> <BR> Everyone agrees that I am going to slow by their standards and there are about twelve different ideas on how to get faster if I just do it the... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:55:39 EST Move more Monday Today is move more Monday and I got my steps in 10498 !!! all on the job. Once I get more accustomed to the job I will be able to add some exercise . I got my water in today . I ate healthy . Oh by the way my coworkers are the greatest we have a ton of fun. !!! <BR> <BR> When I got home my husband treated me to a dinner out. My boss said she may have an opening to give me 5 days a week so happy. <BR> <BR> Hope you'll all had a great move more Monday let me know how you are doing I love t... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:02:36 EST Sore and Smiling Sunday Today was my first day on the job. It is a lot of physical work and I am not in shape YET. I will get there . The people I work with are super nice . I love the job itself just need some time to adjust, as it involves some lifting and twisting. I ate very healthy but need some work on my water as someone left her water bottle at home silly girl. I got 8342 steps in today , I am sure my total will grow. Hope you all had a smiling Sunday . Hope you made your goals and had lots of smiles while... 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