ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Don't let other people tell you what you want. " Don't let other people tell you what you want." Pat Riley <BR> <BR> Everybody has ideas, opinions, thoughts , solutions. <BR> <BR> You are not everybody . YOU ARE YOU. <BR> <BR> Do things your way . Have your say . Be real to you . Love yourself enough to be yourself. <BR> <BR> Shine for you . As Always Look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living . Thu, 8 Oct 2015 18:06:01 EST Be tolerant of the weak " How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged , sympathetic with the striving , and tolerant of the weak and the strong . Because someday in life you will have been all these . George Washington Carver <BR> <BR> Everyone has silly fears in life. Things you really shouldn't or have no reason to fear but still do. Mine is being late . I think I got the fear when I was in the first grade in the school play. I had two parts and forgot my cape ,... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 19:28:28 EST How Important are YOU? If you never assume importance, you never lose it." -Lao-Tzu <BR> <BR> Kind of fun to remember that you are no more important then anyone else. Yes even the so called stars with their over inflated <em>29</em> <em>15</em> heads <BR> You know the ones ever thinking they are the top banana <em>265</em> . <BR> <BR> Me my real heroes are the underdogs in life. <BR> <BR> So any way we are all here doing the same things in just different ways . We can all learn from each other . That ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:16:38 EST Changing my life " Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. ' Charles Swindoll <BR> <BR> Today I read a long and lengthy article sent to me by my physical therapist it was written by some nueroscientists . <BR> <BR> But what it basically said if you want to be happier , <BR> you need to be grateful. Even when life is a total disaster which it can sometimes become, you should still find one small thing to be grateful for. <BR> It's okay to have negative emotions as long a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:10:30 EST It's Sunday Surrender to the Unknown "Sleep is a surrender <BR> to unknowing <BR> A turning in to mystery <BR> An abandonment to dreams undisclosed <BR> Much like <BR> My yielding to Your knowing <BR> A turning toward the mystic <BR> When I fold back the sheets <BR> I am folding all my being <BR> into Yours <BR> And so am beginning to Be, anew ; <BR> Morning is in Your hands . <BR> Gale McCoig Blanton <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a serene Sunday and spent some surrendering to the Unknown. I sleep so much better... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 19:41:10 EST Enjoy the ride " We are all worm bait waiting to happen.It is what you do while you wait that matters." Kinky Friedman <BR> <BR> Just had a funny thought when it's my time I hope my husband does not take me fishing . lol . <BR> <BR> Have a silly Saturday , Make it satisfying and spectacular. Have a sparkly day . <BR> <BR> Make some time to look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:13:08 EST Happy World Smile Day and Aloha Friday " If you don't expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail ." Heracleitus <BR> <BR> I had a extremely busy day today and expected to feel tired , sore , and run down but instead I feel invigorated and fulfilled . Maybe because it is world smile day and Aloha Friday all in one. Who couldn't not be happy with that. <BR> <BR> I was up early because I had a 840 appointment at the pacemaker clinic which I passed with flying colors . <em>105</em>... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:56:22 EST Fight for you !!! " I have always adhered to two principles . The first one is to train hard and 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> Fight for you , come out swinging. Jump some rope <em>318</em> <BR> <BR> Throw some jabs <em>326</em> <BR> <BR> Don' t worry about anyone else <BR> <BR> The focus should be on you <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> Neve... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:01:30 EST Follow your heart !!! " 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> Follow your heart !!! <BR> <BR> Reach for your dreams !!! <BR> <BR> Jump for your goals!!! <BR> <BR> Be who you are !!! <BR> <BR> Be as kind to you , as you are to strangers.!! <BR> <BR> Find the good and be the good in every day.!!! <BR> <BR> Make sure to look for Hugs ,Happ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 20:03:39 EST you never know " The things that's important to know is that you never know . Your always sort of feeling your way. " Dianne Arbus Tue, 29 Sep 2015 19:05:40 EST Monster Monday "If you knock long enough and hard enough at the gate you are bound to wake up somebody." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> I had a monster Monday if you are thinking that is a bad Monday you are so wrong. So maybe I should say I was a monster this Monday, I mean I tackled most of my problems. I had a good successful Monday. <BR> <BR> Some of you know that I have been battling frozen shoulder since November. That is when I started taking pain pills. When I returned to work I startin... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:23:59 EST Blessed With Simplicity Blessed with Simplicity <BR> <BR> A long and useful night alone <BR> to relax sit back and write a poem <BR> Puttering around in my bare feet <BR> with peace and quiet a special treat <BR> I know that others may have more than me <BR> but I feel blessed with simplicity . <BR> <BR> Peggy Ward <BR> <BR> Indeed that is how I feel tonight . I hope you all have a simply blessed night. <BR> May tomorrow be filled with Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:27:07 EST Happy Aloha Friday ...Hugs I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great Happy Healthy Aloha Friday !!! <BR> <BR> I had a great fun physical therapy session. I am working hard and using great form. I am getting stronger , straighter and have a tiny bit less pain every day, Best of all I have great motion in my shoulder. This has been done with pain pills and muscle relaxers . <BR> <BR> I had the best ever omelet made by ME ....not bragging lo... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 20:00:09 EST Thirsty Thursday " There are complete men and incomplete men. If you would be a complete man , put all your strength of your soul into every act of life." Eugenio Maria De Hostos <BR> <BR> Bet you thought i would be blogging about drinking WRONG !!!! <BR> <BR> It's Thirsty Thursday <BR> <BR> I was thirsty for : <BR> <BR> Adventure , excitement , knowledge , clean fresh food , crisp clean water .Today I walked 45 minutes at 8am when it was 45 out , It was cool refreshing and I saw more birds then usua... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 20:01:36 EST A wicked fantastic Wednesday The Pope is Here This morning I picked up my tea cup and a blanket and settled down in front of the television. To my surprise Pope Francis was giving a talk on the White House lawn. He talked about how we should love all people, and care for all people, He talked about saving the planet this year as climate control is upon us . <BR> <BR> He is a great Pope. He wears old shoes and drives an old car. He lives in a two room apartment not a hugs palace. He is the people's Pope . He lives and acts and talks mu... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:58:02 EST Turn it around Tuesday " 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> <BR> Welcome to Turn it around Tuesday <BR> <BR> I am glad I am in the right place. <BR> <BR> Every day I walk the same area same length of time . <BR> <BR> Today is turn it around Tuesday <BR> <BR> So I went hiking for an hour with a friend <BR> near a river and forest <BR> we talked more than hiked <BR> but we walked in nature fo... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:28:07 EST Everything is Negotiable " Everything is Negotiable " Mohammad Ali <BR> <BR> <BR> So start negotiating with yourself and..... <BR> <BR> GET IT DONE !!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Be on the lookout for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Peaceful Life Mon, 21 Sep 2015 21:18:00 EST Renewal Sunday Renewal Sunday <BR> <BR> Lord, unwrinkle my tired soul <BR> <BR> unsnarl my garbled thoughts and words <BR> unwind my gnarled nerves <BR> and let me relax in Thee <BR> <BR> Marian Wright Edelman <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a Blessed Sunday <BR> <BR> I wish you a peaceful night as you get ready to recharge for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> Look always for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 19:15:40 EST Have a super Saturday Welcome to super Saturday <BR> <BR> What you do is up to you. <BR> <BR> Who you hang with is up to you . <BR> <BR> You can eat super clean , <BR> or not. <BR> <BR> You can dance and twirl, <BR> or not. <BR> <BR> You can be successful . <BR> You can shine . !! <BR> You can be a star. <BR> <BR> You are the master , <BR> <BR> You are the warrior . <BR> <BR> You decide how positive you need to be. <BR> <BR> You decide to let the light in , <BR> <BR> You decide to live in peace. ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:12:37 EST Happy Aloha Friday !!!! Happy Aloha Friday Everyone. <BR> <BR> I hope the day finds you happy and healthy and smiley .Let's be as positive as we can and good stuff will come our way, Let's stick to our goals. Let's look for a little peace in our lives . May we learn to treat ourselves with care. May we find our many talents and use them wisely. Let us have good clean food and less junk. <BR> <BR> Let us not think of our weaknesses . Let us work toward having a great attitude . Let's find at least one good thing i... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:27:36 EST Its Thankfully Thursday Today is my favorite day. It's a day I think about all I am thankful for and the list is long. <BR> <BR> I am happy my work had short term disability . I am very happy I am getting paid while out of work with a frozen shoulder. I am thankful for the lovely nurses both female and male that took awesome care of me. I am happy my anesthesiologist knew his stuff. I am thankful for the patch they put behind my ear so I didn't get sick after my arthroscopic procedure, <BR> <BR> I am very thankfu... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:06:40 EST It's Wild Wednesday It's wild Wednesday I hope you let your inner child out to play. The girls at physical therapy wanted to know why I was so quite today . I told them pain pills and muscle relaxers have me subdued. Even through the fog I seemed to be able to laugh at their jokes. I was happy that I had more movement with less pain. My doctor sent my records to them and I learned they did a shoulder manipulation, shaved off a bone spur , got rid of a ton of scar tissue and cleaned up my labium. So I am wildly h... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 19:28:46 EST Happy Anniversary Today is my and hubbys Happy anniversary number 26 <BR> <BR> We have been through a lot together <BR> <BR> We have helped each other along the way . <BR> <BR> We make a good team . <BR> <BR> So Yeah Happy Anniversary to us <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep looking for Hugs ,Happiness and Healthy living Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:08:53 EST Stop Cruise Control "Just because it's automatic, doesn't mean it works. " Daniel J. Bernstein <BR> <BR> How many of you are on auto- pilot or cruise control.? Are you going through the motions or moving with the grove? <BR> <BR> Did you know just because it worked yesterday does not mean it will happen again. <BR> What works for a friend may never work for you . <BR> <BR> Losing weight or maintaining takes a ton of work. Sometimes you have to mix it up . Try something new . Take another trail for awhile. ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 19:45:07 EST You are a Inner Flame I am not more than <BR> a wisp of smoke <BR> to the world, <BR> But <BR> to God <BR> I am the flame of hope and promise <BR> in a darkened room. <BR> Joan Noeldechen <BR> <BR> We sometimes forget our mission here . <BR> <BR> It is hard to imagine that we can be aflame of hope <BR> <BR> We have the power , we just need to learn how to use it. <BR> <BR> Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:40:31 EST Everything looks better in the morning It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning, " Colin Powell <BR> <BR> As many of you already know I had a arthroscopic procedure on my shoulder Wednesday .I had a shoulder manipulation in May and I was still sore and painful. <BR> <BR> They gave me a patch behind my ear for nausea , and it worked great. My doctor said that I had the reddest shoulder he has ever seen. He went in four different places on my shoulder and got rid of a ton of scar tissue .His words. This... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:54:57 EST Learn all you can " Learn all you can ." Classroom Rules Weston middle school , Weston ,Oregon <BR> <BR> Funny I could be like most people going into surgery , a little bit blind. Since I belong to sparkpeople I am a little bit more informed . <BR> <BR> I have been here over six years now and one of the best things I have learned is to learn all I can . It has payed off . Here are a few tidbits i have learned to make my surgery easier. <BR> <BR> If you can before surgery make sure you are in shape. Le... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 19:16:39 EST We are all Almost Succeeding When you are ready to quit, you're closer than you think. There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true . It goes like this : " The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." Bob Parsons <BR> <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorite quotes . I never understood how some people hang around here for maybe a month and then leave. <BR> <BR> They don't understand that nobody is perfect. That success takes time and work and sweat. That ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 18:15:09 EST Our Foundation What we are today <BR> comes from <BR> our thoughts of yesterday , <BR> and our present thoughts <BR> build our life <BR> of tomorrow: <BR> <BR> Our life is the creation of our mind. " <BR> The Buddha <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What are you thinking? <BR> <BR> Do you want to be successful.? <BR> <BR> Do You want to change? <BR> <BR> Do you want to be healthier , happier? <BR> <BR> Do you want to move more and easier . <BR> <BR> Think about , Think about it o... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 17:47:50 EST Easy on the mayo !!!! Easy on the mayo!!!Mark Bricklin <BR> <BR> We went grocery shopping today and proud to say I didn't buy any mayo. It was our first grocery shop in a month . I thought we would buy the store out , but we were good. Plus it is hard to buy a lot when your husband runs through the store trying to get out in record time. <BR> <BR> We were super lucky as our store had pork loin and chicken breast at 1 dollar and eighty eight cents. We cut some of the pork into chops and got a few roasts out ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 19:23:59 EST Happy Aloha Friday Beach day Happy Aloha Friday we went to the beach today. it is about an hour and a half ride from home. We lucked out because gas prices where not high. When we got there we find a store having a sale on beach camp chairs. We found a great spot at an Hotel right on the beach that let us park there for the going fee, plus gave us ten dollars to use on food there. <BR> <BR> We got there early and beat the traffic and only had to stop for a few school buses . Found a great spot to put our blankets and... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:55:16 EST Never Forget we are alive within mysteries " Never forget: we are alive within mysteries. " Wendell Berry <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is pay day and we have scrimped and saved to take a day at the beach, My favorite place on earth. A place that I feel is holy. A place to contemplate all the mysteries of the world. The place I feel most alive and at peace. <BR> <BR> I will be so happy to gaze my eyes on the beauty and Majesty of the ocean. I will sit and breathe in the clear clean ocean air and be thankful for all the gifts I have and wil... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:43:25 EST Beware of madmen " Before doing someone a favor , make sure that he isn't a madman ." Eugene Labiche <BR> <BR> <BR> I had every intention of writing another motivational blog today, Have to say just not in it today, The hits just keep on coming and a girl can only jab and weave so many times before she has to retreat and come back swinging. <BR> <BR> No worries , no one has died, thank God there is that silver lining. Sad to say my job of 35 years has let me down in a big way. My finances are dwindling ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 20:07:14 EST Sleep Water and the garbage truck I slept great last night , got up had a breakfast of cream of wheat and drank my water. Hey , don't knock my breakfast I would have loved to add fruit or juice. Truth be told after all the bills we are on a limited food budget. Last time I went grocery shopping was two long weeks ago. So we have been living on our garden and frozen food staples. Best news I am losing weight . Worse news not getting all my nutrition. But that will be fixed this Friday with a trip to the grocery store for a t... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:04:38 EST Be who you are " About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all, " Rita Mae Brown <BR> <BR> <BR> "Don't go changing to try to please me. You never let me down before. I just want someone who I can talk too. I love you just the way you are " Billy Joel <BR> <BR> The best thing you can do for you is be around people who love you just the way you are. Until that happens learn to be your own b... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:16:15 EST Morning silence a gift from God " Aroused by light that softly <BR> permeates my mind, <BR> I sit up secretly to offer You my prayer. <BR> Words that tremble in the air, <BR> thoughts said in the mind in silence, <BR> reach the regions where You hear. <BR> As I breathe in, as I breathe out, <BR> I find the place where You are near, <BR> smiling in my silence. <BR> <BR> Wave Carberry <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning while still early , with cool fresh air , I took the same walking path. Every day I wal... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:58:26 EST forgive your enemies " Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a sparkly Saturday full of success and smiles . <BR> <BR> Look for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:46:10 EST Happy Successful Aloha Friday "Think of yourself on the threshold of unparalleled success . A whole, clear glorious life lies before you. Achieve!!! Achieve!!! Andrew Carnegie <BR> <BR> I am dropping my daughter off at college later today, I will miss my overachiever. We have become besties over the summer. She took care of me after my shoulder manipulation . She spurred me to walk and do my shoulder exercises. I took care of her during her wisdom teeth extraction. <BR> <BR> I am happy for all the fun times we hav... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:48:07 EST Having a passionate interest " A passionate interest in what you do is the secret of enjoying life--- whether it is helping old people or children , or making cheese or growing earthworms ." Julia Child <BR> <BR> We all have a passion for something . Many of us our passionate about many things. Just today setting up my ringtones for my new smart phone I was saddened there were no sounds of nature. But I did set up an app where I can practice my Italian . <BR> <BR> Many of my passions revolve around nature and the oce... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:07:32 EST The best way out " The best way out is always through. " Robert Frost <BR> <BR> My daughter had her wisdom teeth out Monday . She was sick on the anesthesia after. She didn't want to be there in pain and sick, I didn't want to have to watch helplessly. We both wanted out of the situation, But first we had to work our way through. <BR> <BR> I brought her ice packs and cool wash cloths . I brought her her antibiotics and her aspirin. I fluffed pillows . I fed her jello and pudding and later mashed potatoes ... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:03:33 EST Trust but verify Trust but verify " Damon Runyon <BR> <BR> My daughter went for her pre-op last week. she told them many times that she gets sick on anesthesia . The doctor told her he would use gas and anesthesia and not the same kind as a regular operation, She would be fine he said. I believed him and her, <BR> <BR> <BR> I should have verified and called myself. I should have made him give her anti nausea meds. The poor thing had 4 wisdom teeth pulled this morning, She did well at first , then proce... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:49:49 EST Have Beautiful Dreams " Dear God, <BR> <BR> We give thanks for the darkness of the night <BR> where lies the world of dreams , Guide us <BR> closer to our dreams so that we may be nour- <BR> ished by them . Give us good dreams and mem- <BR> ory of them so that we may carry their poetry <BR> and mystery into our daily lives. <BR> <BR> Grant us deep and restful sleep that we may <BR> wake refreshed with strength enough to renew <BR> a world grown tired. <BR> <BR> We give thanks f... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 21:48:23 EST Get comfortable " Everyone at a party is uncomfortable . Knowing that makes me more comfortable. " Gary Shandling <BR> <BR> <BR> So the very best way to get comfortable is to get unconformable . Get over your fears and get out there . I will guarantee you'll have a good time . <BR> <BR> For years I have been a very good recluse. I would spend most of my time home alone. Not very good at lasting friendships or friendships at all. In my early twenties I would have severe panic attacks when I socialize... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:42:44 EST Be Happy it's Aloha Friday!!! I urge you to please notice when you are happy, or exclaim or murmur or think at some point , " If this isn't nice , I don't know what is." Kurt Vonnegut <BR> <BR> Be happy Be serene, Be content. <BR> <BR> Be grateful and thankful <BR> <BR> Be happy in the belief that is you <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday <BR> <BR> Hope it is filled with love and laughter , <BR> <BR> Hugs. Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 21 Aug 2015 23:15:41 EST Steady as She Goes " Work seriously and steadily. I don't even think geniuses can get good right away." Tanaka Yukio <BR> <BR> <BR> Slow down, Way down. Enjoy the scenery . Take your time and develop good solid habits, Make one small change at a time and then build . <BR> <BR> Be Bold, Shine Bright but don't rush . Be a turtle . Stay serene and healthy . <BR> <BR> As always look for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:28:55 EST Risk it all your worth it Risk!! Risk anything !! Care no more for the opinion of others , for those voices . Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for your self . Face the truth ." Katherine Mansfield <BR> <BR> <BR> The older I get the more I am finding my voice. We all have one , and an inner spirit but we often let others squish our spirit. I used to be very quiet and timid. I'd be sitting in a meeting thinking I really would like to know more on that topic. Gee I really hope someone speaks up. <BR> <B... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 20:56:09 EST Assume your combat stance " In all forms of strategy, it is necessary to maintain the combat stance in everyday life and to make your everyday stance your combat stance . Miyamoto Musashi <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a terrific Tuesday . <BR> <BR> Now get out there with your combat stance . Look a winner . Be a winner . Much hugs and happiness. <BR> <BR> <BR> As always spend your life looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Tue, 18 Aug 2015 20:25:55 EST Gifts I ask and am grateful for These are the gifts I ask , <BR> <BR> Of thee spirit serene : <BR> <BR> Strength for the daily task, <BR> <BR> Courage to face the road, <BR> <BR> Good cheer to help me bear the traveler's <BR> load, <BR> <BR> And for the hours of rest that come between, <BR> <BR> An inward joy of all things heard and seen." <BR> <BR> Henry Van Dyke <BR> <BR> Today was a cool morning with a heat wave in progress and more on the way. So I got up early and ran. Yep forgot I was over ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:01:33 EST Eating clean and healthy my way " Never tell people how to do things, Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity ." George S. Patton <BR> <BR> Tons of recipes , thousands of cookbooks. Hundreds of different diets, many different ways to cook. What and how to do it. <BR> <BR> I learned what to do and did it my way. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I had the best breakfast ever. A half a cup roasted vegetables, onions peppers, mushrooms , green and yellow squash, and eggplant, broccoli, swiss chard and ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:18:32 EST Aim out of the ballpark " Don't bunt . Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals ." David Ogilvy <BR> <BR> <BR> We are stronger than we know, We are all super heroes in our own way. <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday <BR> <BR> Let's take care of the world we are given. Let's be thankful for the many gifts we receive. Let's work to our full potential. Let's stand strong and aim high . <BR> <BR> Sending you Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:36:13 EST