ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:46:27 EST sweet Saturday No, no sweets were eaten today. I did go on my walk for a half hour. I spent two hours at the dentist waiting for my son to have a root canal done. Thank goodness for a good book to get lost in. I volunteered this afternoon for a couple hours . Nothing like my friends at the nursing home to lift my spirits. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a sweet Saturday too. Have to keep this ultra short as I am starting my new JOB tomorrow at 630 Am .Have a really great week and hit all those goals I am root... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:20:43 EST Fun Aloha Friday It's fun Aloha Friday . Your week is over now the fun may begin. It doesn't have to be sunny to have a great Aloha Friday . Look for Love and happiness in the smile of a baby or the hand shake of the elderly. There's Aloha magic in the color of the fall leaves , or the shimmer of a raindrop. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a fun Aloha Friday , or at least part of it. Hope you got fierce and got your exercise in and had some gentle fun as you slept eight hours or drank your water. Whatever else ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:47:26 EST Take a step Thursday It's been a long week for some of us. On some days it feels like you don't want to do any more, and on some days you feel like just doing nothing, <BR> <BR> Go ahead and take a step anyway, Seeing it is" take a step" Thursday . Take that one step to get you to a better future. Take that one step that takes you to a happier you. Take that one step that will get the day started. <BR> <BR> Step on up and take a chance. Step out and see how things look from a new perspective. Step into a new ... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:19:55 EST Wild Winning Wednesday I had so much to do today and I wasn't even sure how to or if I could do some tasks. The pile was huge my motivation was low and lacking. <BR> <BR> I started by drinking iced coffee and going on my walk, The weather was warm and I wanted to start before I changed my mind. I ended up walking farther than I thought I would . I will be ultra happy for the cooler temps headed our way this week. When I returned home my husband had added to the pile and I just wanted to cry . <BR> <BR> It was Wi... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:43:26 EST Turn up the heat Tuesday Yesterday was Move it Monday . Today was turn up the heat Tuesday . Some one must have clued mother nature in on the day because today was very much like a summer day than a fall day . Add a few hot flashes in and I am glistening while I type this blog. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to walk today but forced myself and it was slightly pleasant and a better walk than I thought , I am glad I went. I have a billion things to do with this new job. A lot of the stuff is on line , payroll , taxes 40... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:42:01 EST Making Memories on Monday Today was my first day of orientation on my new job. We took a tour of the nursing home. We watched movies on elder abuse , reporting harassment and others. I was the only one there for dietary aide the rest were all nurses in various stages . I wondered what could have been if I went to college right after high school. If I just believed in me a little more. <BR> <BR> For some reason I am right where I am needed in this time in my life. I am ultra lucky to have the job. A new chance to mak... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:24:43 EST Saturday Special Saturday's are special for a lot of reasons. Some days we have to try really hard to make Saturday special . Some days its a piece of cake. Let me know with Comments below what you did to make your Saturday Extra Special and Healthy and Fun. <BR> <BR> Here are my Saturday Special's ... <BR> <BR> Bonding time with my son when I took him <BR> to the dentist for an early morning appointment. <BR> <BR> A walk in the cool clean fall air, I loved the leaves <BR> and the half hour time spent ... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 19:45:41 EST Happy friendly Aloha Friday Just stopping to tell you guys that dreams really do come true, I am starting my new job Monday and it is full -time 32 hours so I am available for benefits. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It been a long wait and although it is a very low paying job I know I will love it and am very lucky to have it. I am going to be a dietary aide in a nursing home. Maybe I can work my way up someday, I will continue to volunteer at the other nursing home as a recreation assistant, my hours and days don't c... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:19:42 EST Wildly Fun Wednesday Hope you all had a wildly fun Wednesday . Hope you let your inner child out to play and really had a happy , laughing , smiling, good time. Let me know the highlights of your day . I love to hear about the little success's we have that grow into life long habits and smash those goals, <BR> Remember to be kind to you . To always accent the positive and have FUN. <BR> <BR> Some of my wildly fun day ... <BR> <BR> A short walk with my old dog. <BR> <BR> Cauliflower and broccoli soup . so yu... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:25:36 EST Turn Around Tuesday It's turn around Tuesday. If you are having a bad day it's okay there is still time to turn it around. If your eating , sleep , water or exercise was off just turn it around . You can do it. <BR> <BR> If you were spot on today turn around and look how far you've come. See that mistake way , down the corner of the road , well it didn't hold you back now did it. Look at all you've done right . It got you to here . Here is where the work is. We got this . We can do this. We will You'll see.... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:50:33 EST Move it Monday Today is move it Monday, Are you doing all you can to make this week special. I spent over 5 hours in a car today . I did get my half hour of exercise in. I ate healthy . I was happy , Let's start this week off great. Monday was a vacation day for many of us, If we did't get a great start there is always tomorrow . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:51:00 EST Special Blessed Sunday Whether today was busy or slow , hectic or stressed. I hope you spent some time today feeling blessed. <BR> <BR> I hope you spent some time appreciating you . I hope you had time to make someone feel special to share a laugh or a smile. I hope you had time to realize the beautiful day that was given to you as a gift, I hope you put aside a little time to plan your tomorrows . <BR> <BR> Hope Love and Peace that is makes the world, Love you all hope you had a day to remember, <BR> Keep lo... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 20:27:32 EST Shake it off Saturday This morning I was shaken awake by my son for a ride to work. Which was to bad because I was running with 5 0 and in the lead . I just passed Steve on my way to apprehend a crook , but instead found myself being a chauffeur to my son. <BR> <BR> After my coffee run I wanted to walk since I was up and it was early but it was extremely foggy and I didn't want to take the chance. Later I went down to do some laundry and found my sons clothes in the dryer still damp , He needed them for tonight... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 21:26:07 EST Fierce Aloha Friday Sometimes you have to just put a little fire and fight into your Aloha Friday . My uncle who had open heart surgery at 86 is up and at it and walking a little . He is still in a lot of pain but he is a fighter, Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes, things are improving, <BR> <BR> Me I got my flu shot today . Good thing hanging out with my peeps, or posse , or friends at the nursing home. Don't want to get them sick. Today I sat under my big tree . Mother Nature decorated it with so... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 20:35:03 EST Thinking of You ...Thursday Lately I've been very busy and I may not have time to visit your page and ask you how you are doing. I want you all to know I take you with me every day, When I go on my morning walk I often wonder who is walking with me. Then I think of my friends who are runners . Or the ones safe at home on their treadmills, or doing a workout dvd. I think of my friends who can't exercise now do to injury and pray they will be able to soon. <BR> <BR> <BR> When I am eating my afternoon salad with veggie... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 20:31:46 EST Enjoying Wild Wednesday I enjoyed every minute of my wild Wednesday , First there was a wildly enjoyable walk , 36 minutes of cool temps and a bright blue sky, I was watching the start of the colorful leaves and admiring the neighborhood Halloween decorations. <BR> <BR> Then a couple enjoyable hours at the job center learning how to be a great customer service rep, I learned a lot and even passed a pre- test. <BR> <BR> Then home for lunch and an enjoyable salad that had strawberries and salmon, Then I made a qu... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 20:22:45 EST Thankfully Terrific Tuesday If you want to make Tuesday Terrific and not just another day . The answer is so easy just be more thankful, Being thankful for the little things in life opens your life up to some really big exciting surprises. <BR> <BR> This morning on my walk I was thrilled and thankful for the cool air and the bright sunshine, I saw this really beautiful bluebird who had an awesome call. <BR> <BR> Later at the job center I was thankful for the opportunity to learn , I got my servsafe certificate in ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 22:13:40 EST Make Monday Magic Wonder how to truly make Monday Magic . Simple concentrate on all the simple things you did to make the day healthier and happier . Forget all your wrong steps. Think about all the great positive things that happened Monday , forget the negative. Now You have MAGIC!!!!! <BR> <BR> Some highlights of my day : <BR> <BR> A 35 minute walk <BR> <BR> Low sugar oatmeal for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Passed my assessments for my Customer Service certificate , <BR> now on to studying and the exam . <... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 20:24:11 EST Too Sweet Sunday I was really tired this morning and did not sleep well. The reason is to much technology late at night and the one more syndrome . One more game, let me check one more e-mail, one check of facebook. You know the drill. I have to learn to shut down by nine not eleven and more. <BR> <BR> So this morning when I went through the drive thru did I get my regular black coffee. No tired girl ordered a pumpkin macchiato .Which comes with extra sugary goodness. Well my mind already realizing I was be... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 19:17:41 EST Safe Saturday What a blessing we have that we can have a good day and feel safe . I volunteer at a nursing home some of the residents have a bad day or a bad hour or two. They forget where they are , and don't feel safe, They need to be reminded that they are safe and loved. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for the prayers for my uncle . He had a triple by pass and is 86 he seems to be doing okay, The next day or two are critical he is a tough guy, So please keep him in your thoughts, <BR> <BR> Hope you al... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:02:13 EST Extra Happy Aloha Friday I bought a few extra healthy things at the grocery store , I am really starting to love vegetables. Today I took tomatoes and peppers from the garden added olive oil onion and garlic and made a great and easy spaghetti sauce. <BR> <BR> I don't mind a few extra steps to keep things healthy, I even threw in an extra workout today. My 86 year old uncle is having open heart surgery today , and well I am hoping to stay as healthy as I can . <BR> I have been trying to concentrate on the happier ... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:18 EST Thankfully Thursday Another day with a lot to be thankful for , I walked for around a half hour today. I ate fairly healthy all day,!!! I finally got my serv safe alcohol and food handlers certificate. I found my water bottle, I reordered my library books, hopefully I will find the time to read them. I got a killer hair cut that makes me look years younger and my hairdresser secretly only charged my about half price. <BR> <BR> My kids are both doing well, My husband is back to work after a long vacation, I... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:15:05 EST My Less than Perfect Day Today I had a less than perfect day. I ate less than I should have at breakfast only a little egg omelet, left over from the day before. I ate to little at lunch oatmeal . I did not get any exercise in as I was feeling a little under the weather. <BR> <BR> I went to the job center with the intent of finishing my serv safe certificate in alcohol. I couldn't find my exam code anywhere or how to get it. <BR> <BR> I went home and made meat loaf and mashed potatoes with butter. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:33:33 EST Make Monday Matter Make Monday ..... <BR> <BR> Motivating <BR> <BR> Moving (All about Movement and ..) <BR> <BR> Motion <BR> <BR> Madder (Matter more than any other day ) <BR> <BR> Maestro (Be your own artist and creator) <BR> <BR> Manuscript ( write your best one today) <BR> <BR> Map (Out your goals) <BR> <BR> <BR> Mark ( it all down) <BR> <BR> <BR> Maverick ( Be original, think outside the box) <BR> <BR> <BR> Medicine (Exercise and Fresh Air) <BR> <BR> Memorable... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:50:05 EST Sunday Shuffling I went for a lovely 50 minute walk this morning . I really love the cool temps that fall brings. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch. Then headed out to visit my friends at the nursing home, That's were my steps really started adding up. <BR> <BR> When I got there they had just finished lunch so I popped a tape in of Anchors Away for them. Everyone was then shuffled either to comfy couches or chairs for the movie , or down the hall and back for the restrooms. <BR> <BR> Then the twelve o... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:34:32 EST Re configuring Do you notice that when your following your GPS and you take the wrong turn or make a mistake , it does not make you start again, or say your wrong , or make you give up , it just say's re configuring . It will then take you where you want to go just by a different route. You usually even with your mistakes still get to your destination and on time. <BR> <BR> Well weight loss and life should just be like that, How many times when the scale doesn't cooperate do we just give up or say we a... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:32:46 EST Aloha On fire Friday Today I got my 37 minute walk in . Ate healthy all day. I worked on my second servsafe certificate this one on alcohol. I am ready to take the test,I past the pre and post tests,Now on to the exam, I got this !!! Yesterday I bought some new clothes for the part time job I will be starting in October . I got two pair of pants and three shirts and a pj top all for under a hundred, Today I got my non slip shoes also on sale !!! They are also ultra comfortable, an added plus. I am so lucky a... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:45:19 EST Thirsty Thursday What are you thirsty for this Thursday ? <BR> <BR> Here is some of my list <BR> <BR> I am Thirsty for <BR> <BR> Knowledge <BR> <BR> Adventure <BR> <BR> Excitment <BR> <BR> Good Clean Water <BR> <BR> Clean Healthy Food <BR> <BR> Sound Rejuvenating Sleep <BR> <BR> Calming Fresh Air <BR> <BR> Fun Exhilarating Exercise <BR> <BR> Hugs and Laughter with Friends and Family <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great and fun Thirsty Thursday . What are you thirsty for hope it includes Hug... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:22:20 EST Bingo I had a really fun day today I got a 38 minute walk in , brought my son to work. Then I spent a couple hours at the job center. I passed a test on word on Alison . Then I came home for a quick bite to eat before Bingo. <BR> <BR> I went to Suffield by the River , a nursing home for people that have brain problems. Although I did not play Bingo (my choice) I certainly got my steps in helping everyone out that was playing. Sometimes I just rushed from table to table loudly repeating the ca... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:13:38 EST In case I forget to tell you ( sparkpeople rocks) I watched "Pretty Women " for the thirtieth time today. One of my favorite lines in any movie is from this one. When they are in the elevator and she is dressed up in that gorgeous red dress , she turns to him and say's " If I forget to tell you , I had a really good time tonight." <BR> <BR> It makes me think of life and especially being here at sparkpeople trying to be healthy. I am here spinning the wheel , drinking my water , getting my sleep, watching my portion size , exercising ... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:19:12 EST No place like home As some of you may know if you read the blog my daughter wrote Saturday I had no internet all this weekend. I was frantic and tried to spin the wheel with my phone and having no luck. So she did it for me. Come to find out my smart phone is not to smart. No internet means no wi fi , but my phone kept registering that it was on, so I finally had to shut the non existent wi fi off and then I got internet . <BR> <BR> Any way I was so lost this weekend . I couldn't save any of my walks on ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:54:42 EST Where did Mom go?! Hey guys! This is sara, alexsgirl1's daughter. Mom does not have internet access today so she calls me at college to sign into her account bc i must spin her wheel for her. This thing says she's logged on every day for like 865 days?!?! That's crazy haha. So she will be back when the internet is back in the house (prob tonight or tomorrow). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> bye guys! Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:54:20 EST Happy Aloha Anniversary Dinner We just got back from a very nice anniversary dinner, I had a lovely glass or red sangria wine. i had a small cup of Manhattan Red Clam Chowder . Our freshly made whole grain bread was warm and delicious and didn't need butter. Then I had the salmon tips with peppers , onions, and mushrooms over rice. I only ate half and saved the rest for tomorrow. Later my husband ordered a piece of carrot cake . I think they brought us most of the cake, We brought most of that home also. <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:26:05 EST Happy 27 th Anniversary Really thankful we are still together after 27 years. We make a pretty good team when we put our minds and hearts into it. Marriage can be a lot of work just like weight loss, Just today I had to work on not killing him as he drove my car too fast and to close to everything for my taste. You got to love a guy who drives, puts on his seat belt, and changes lanes, and the radio station all at the same time, Yep patience love and understanding and forgiving all work to make a great marriage and ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:18:44 EST Wild Wednesday While I didn't get any exercise in today. <BR> While I got up to early , and wasn't feeling great. <BR> While I felt rushed and over stressed . <BR> While I didn't have the kind of day I actually wanted . <BR> <BR> I realized that it is Wild Wednesday <BR> <BR> I got to hand in my conditionals , and get fingerprinted for my possible new part time job. <BR> I found out I was the first one in my surrounding area to get a serv -safe or any type of <BR> certificate for the new clip program... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:45:33 EST Tuesday Try to Its Tuesday so try to <BR> <BR> Do something new <BR> Do something you like <BR> Do something fun <BR> Do something for you <BR> Do something empowering . <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I passed I got my serv safe certificate . I am bringing it in to the Human Resource lady at my new job prospect. I am also bringing her my credentials. Passed so far with the background check. Now on to fingerprints. I got my walk in ate pretty healthy . Now I am feeling hopeful and empowered , Hope you... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:49:40 EST Moving To It's Monday what are you moving to....... <BR> <BR> Some fresh air and sunshine? <BR> More fresh clean water ? <BR> More and better sleep? <BR> Less stress and aggravation? <BR> Learning something new? <BR> Being open to change ? <BR> Practicing Patience and understanding? <BR> Standing out and Up more? <BR> Giving and Loving more? <BR> Eat Healthy Clean food? <BR> Giving and Receiving more Hugs? <BR> More exercise? <BR> Long quiet walks, time to think and plan. ? <BR> More tow... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:31:35 EST Blessed Sunday This morning was blessedly cooler and I went on a 40 minute walk. I ate a healthy breakfast and lunch , Then I was blessed to help out a great group of people that just have a little trouble communicating, <BR> <BR> The recreation director and her team are awesome there, There was entertainment again, She danced with some of the men there and got one of the couples that stay there up and dancing. She tried to get Joe our Italian guy up and dancing but he wanted no part in that. He went to t... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:54:44 EST Happy Aloha Friday Beach Day We got up ultra early to hit the beach today, We were disappointed that our regular beach spot was closed. We did get lucky and find a spot with a good view and free . I read half my new library book , The boys hit the water but I was a little leery because the seas were still high after the hurricane, that hung around a long time out to sea. It also kicked up a lot of rocks that had to be maneuvered around on the sand . If you walked ten steps into the water you hit a ditch and were up to yo... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:21:18 EST Thankfully Thursday I have so many things to be thankful for this Thursday . A great family, a roof over my head, friends , a short trip to the beach my favorite place tomorrow. We are leaving at 6am it takes about an hour and a half to two hours to get there. We are only staying to around eleven, because my son needs to go to work at 1.30 . I plan on reading and relaxing, and just listening to the sounds of the waves <BR> Plus I have my volunteer gig at 3 and I miss my peeps, yes they belong to me now. F... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 19:43:29 EST small moves big chances Thank you all so very much for reading and commenting on all my blogs lately, I have a little bit of happy news it seems like I have a part time job,. Of course I have to pass the background check but I should be starting some time in October. <BR> <BR> I am starting in a brand new field , I will be a dietary aide, I wish the pay and the hours were better but there is always room for improvement and this will get me in the door and on my way, I will still have time to continue at the job c... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:34:05 EST Editing Formatting and Goal Setting Recently I have spent a lot of time at the job center ,in my town learning Word and Excel. I have been noticing that a lot of the terms used on the ribbon, or headers can be useful for Goal Setting. <BR> <BR> So Place your goal here........ <BR> <BR> Now did you know you can always cut, copy, or paste a goal, Change it all you want in multiple ways until it is exactly as you want it. . <BR> <BR> You can Increase or Decrease your goal depending on your mood in the moment. <BR> <BR> You ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:30:16 EST Reach for It Sometimes when you want something you have to bend a little. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you want something you have to reach for it. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you want something you have to reach out and <BR> not take no for an answer. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you want something you have to reach out <BR> and ask for help. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you want something you have to reach out <BR> and think of new ways to get it. <BR> <BR> Sometimes when you want something and are told n... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 20:38:23 EST surprising sunday Today I had a very surprising Sunday . <BR> I was surprised I made a an ultra healthy breakfast and walked over 30 minutes again today was 44 minutes . <BR> <BR> I was surprised I still love salads and had another one for lunch. <BR> I was surprised to enjoy volunteering at Suffield by the River again today, <BR> I was ultra surprised when I got home my son wanted to take me and my husband out to eat just because. <BR> <BR> I surprised my self multiple times at the restaurant , ordering... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 20:39:34 EST stepping up and stepping in I really stepped it up this morning. After I went and got my cold brewed coffee ,I made a brocolli peppers and feta omelet. I rested a little then stepped it up and walked a whole hour, The air was crisp and cool , My daughter and I share a spotify account so I choose to listen to her upbeat music on my walk kinda like taking her with me. I got my 10,000 steps in today !!! <BR> <BR> Lunch was a healthy salad with sunflower seeds , blueberries , feta, peas , and green beans , wild rice , mix... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 20:22:34 EST Unexpected Happiness Today I got up early to head out to the grocery store . I bought some really healthy food for the week ahead. I got home just in time to shower before heading to the job center. <BR> <BR> I was hoping to start work on my servsafe certificate but alas the money is not available yet. So I worked on learning more word and practicing my typing . I ran into a friend from my old job there, it is fun to play catch up. <BR> <BR> Later it was time for a quick lunch and then bring my son to work ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 20:21:33 EST Raindrops and birds Today i awoke to muggy drizzle, I decided instead of showering to just walk in the rain. lol It felt <BR> good and I was having fun until I rounded the corner to find hundreds of squawking birds all lined up on a telephone wire. There were more circling the sky and loudly calling as they fought for their spot on the wire. I felt like I just walked into a scene from the movie, Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds . <BR> It really spooked me even if they were really little birds, and maybe there ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 20:22:43 EST