ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 I was late today or was I I got up a little later than I wanted to today. I am late I thought !!! Then I rethought things and .... <BR> <BR> I was not to late to eat a quick healthy breakfast <BR> I was not to late to get a ultra healthy walk in. <BR> I was not to late to drink all my water today . <BR> I was not to late to get to the job center, only a little... <BR> <BR> I stayed later at the job center to make up for my early morning lateness and ...... <BR> I was not to late to eat a quick healthy lunch <BR... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:30:04 EST Preview of Fall Today was a chilly morning . I needed my sweatshirt to go for a walk. Since the air was cooler and fresher I seemed to feel lighter, I also walked farther and faster 50 minutes and for some unknown reason the garbage trucks did not even anger me. I really loved my preview to fall and am so looking forward to cooler mornings and nights, <BR> <BR> I also ate healthy , got the wash on the line, and earned my excel certificate,plus brushed up on my typing, Now I can begin studying for the ... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 19:55:12 EST Motivational Monday It's the start of a new week , It is a new beginning a chance to get it right. It's Motivational Monday what did you do today to make your life better, ? <BR> <BR> I <BR> Ate healthy today, I drank all my water . I slept eight hours giving myself a jump start on my morning. I made good choices and rejected bad ones. I walked for 37 minutes even though it was hot and almost muggy, I went to the job center and got my certificate in Information literacy and started to work on my excel cert... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:07:28 EST Close the door I'll just open a bigger better one, Today I had a two o'clock appointment at a nursing home to volunteer. I get all dressed up to make a good impression, I get there early to find the women I had an appointment with went home early, <BR> <BR> Well next door to that nursing home is another one, In fact the one my grandma stayed at and took her last breathe at. The staff was so great, kind, wonderful some even came to the funeral, , I spent so much time there 20 years ago it felt like home,My kids spent quite a bit of time the... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:07:40 EST Shuffle things around until you get the deck you want, The plan was to awaken early get coffee and call the unemployment office when they opened to file my new claim, I was going to do the wash then go on a long walk, I was going to call Donna back from the nursing home I want to volunteer at. Then at 9 am I was going to the job center to work on my certificates. Then spend the afternoon at home with my daughter before she starts school, <BR> <BR> None of this went my way lol. <BR> My day with a lot of shuffling . I got up slightly later. ... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:24:25 EST Beautiful Beach Day This Sunday my daughter returns to college, It's been great having her home with me all summer this year . I really enjoyed it . To celebrate her leaving to explore her dreams at college her father and I took her to the beach . It was a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky. <BR> <BR> We had a lovely short walk on the beach. I so love the sound of the waves and the feel of the sun on my face. The water was icily refreshing and we went in many times . Later we went to the lovely rest... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:28:17 EST You are the spark Its been quite a long time since I've written a blog. I used to write everyday . I used to love to motivate people. To try to touch them with my writing . I tried to make their world better. So every day for years I would find a quote and write a story , or message hoping to connect , to motivate , to touch. <BR> <BR> One day I stopped , can't really explain why. There was a disconnect somewhere . I was missing something. Well since no one asked me to continue , I didn't . I have to say tha... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:12:40 EST Red Eggs and No Ham You 're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. " Robin Williams <BR> <BR> This morning I was looking for something a little different for breakfast. I spied my leftover roasted vegetables, So I put them in a cup added some cheese and two eggs and popped it into the microwave. My daughter wondered why my eggs were red, and green . Well with the potatoes , onions garlic, I had added beets and green beans. Plenty of protein and no need to add ham. <BR> <BR> My neighbor... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 19:55:50 EST Cooling it to get fit " Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a a broken winged bird That cannot fly. " Langston Hughes <BR> <BR> Today after a 10 day heat wave it was seasonably cooler this morning . I walked faster and farther. Even got to wear my sweat shirt . I was grateful and loving it, It was easier to breathe and to move., So I did, <BR> <BR> I also realized my appetite is back so I had to make some very careful choices, Unless i wanted to minus my hour walk and that was not an option, <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 20:29:52 EST Be Moved " The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble , to live.' Auguste Rodin <BR> <BR> Today was Monday a favorite day of mine . There are all my favorite, Today was a new start and a beginning of a new month. <BR> <BR> Today I started the day off with a cold brewed black coffee and a peanut butter on whole wheat, I tried to get my husband to eat healthier with me at lunch I added tomatoes , and brocolli slaw , and less mayo to my tuna sandwich but he was having no part of that... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 20:59:41 EST Had a sparkly Saturday " It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live." Mae Jemison <BR> <BR> Today I met my first group of sparkfriends. Deb and Lorna from the Connecticut spark team. They are not only leading the Connecticut team but also taking us on monthly hikes. They are two truly exceptional girls trying hard to revive the team .They are fun loving gals with a sense of adventure . I can tell they both are in shape and love to move. This mo... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20:27:06 EST Who are you feeding ? " Lives are changed by a moment's listening to conscience , by a single and quiet inclination of the mind." George A. Smith <BR> <BR> Who are you feeding? <BR> <BR> Notice when you have company coming over you put out your best china, prettiest napkins , favorite family heirloom tablecloth and the best healthiest food ever. You go to the butcher to get the best cut of meat . You go to your garden and pick the best and prettiest vegetables. You get out the old and best family recipe. You ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:46:32 EST Quiet your mind " Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace , like a clock during a thunderstorm." Robert Louis Stevenson, <BR> <BR> This morning as I started getting ready for my walk I decided to keep it quiet, I left the ipod and happy tunes home. I listened to the sounds of birds instead. Their was the coos of two morning doves, A bird that made a sound almost like a monkey. Their was even a bird that made a who sound like an owl. It w... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 20:07:32 EST Don't be angry " Two things you should never be angry at: what you can help and what you cannot help." Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful cooler day and I had so much to be thankful for, I headed out on a very slow walk . The air was cool the sky was blue, The chipmunks, squirrels and birds all greeted me. My ipod had the best and happiest tunes I could find. <BR> <BR> Still fighting some kind of cold. I was having a hard time breathing , but was determined to walk .Four days of sitting aro... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:03:31 EST Be fresh on Sunday " I am thankful for Laughter , except when milk comes out of my nose. " Woody Allen <BR> <BR> I am not a fan of Woody Allen at all , nor am I a fan of milk in my nose, I am especially saddened by the senseless tragedies in Baton Rouge and other parts of the country, The only thing that makes me feel a little better is laughter so here is my attempt to cheer you up a little . <BR> <BR> I was especially fresh today. I had some fresh zucchini and summer squash from our garden. We passed o... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:35:37 EST Are you in the game or on the sidelines ? " Just don't give up trying to do what you really wanted to do. Where there is love and inspiration , I don't think you can go wrong. " Ella Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> Are you on the sidelines waiting to get in the game?. I'm sidelined this time with a lovely summer cold but I've been here before with a frozen shoulder and a sore back, and eye issues . Waiting hoping and praying to get back in the game. <BR> <BR> We have all been sidelined a time or two by injuries , colds, a loss in the ... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:31:33 EST I did it my way " I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say . " Ingrid Bergman <BR> <BR> It is often hard to realize that it is your life, We can live it anyway we choose. This morning I chose to head out for an early morning stroll. I grabbed my ipod that contained some heart thumping, soul reaching, happy music . The air was refreshing the scenery was breathe taking .The music superb . I was be bopping along to Lady ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:55:32 EST Believe that you can " Believe that you can and you're half way there ." Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> So much hate and violence in the world. It is hard to get up and be up, It is hard to try . We can't let that stop us. We have to believe . Believe it will get better. Believe that there is more love than hate . Believe that tomorrow will bring the world closer together. <BR> <BR> It is so sad that everyone feels entitled . Everyone thinks someone else should solve our problems. People are all saying wha... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:45:20 EST Dream " Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning," Gloria Steinem <BR> <BR> As many of you know I have been unemployed for awhile, Lot's of time to dream. And eat, and exercise. My weight has been steadily climbing as a result of being less active, okay , okay and eating . Since April my weight has been a steady climb or a plateau . <BR> <BR> I walk daily for about 37 minutes plus I do p90 but I have to admit I love to eat. i have been going through menopause , which you know makes thing ha... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 20:22:28 EST secret to happiness " Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself." Alice Walker <BR> <BR> Happy Monday fourth of July hope you had a great day full of smiles. Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Mon, 4 Jul 2016 20:05:12 EST Limiting my desires " I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them . " John Stuart Mill <BR> <BR> This morning I was off to get my favorite breakfast sandwich which always brings me happiness and I decided to try a lighter , less calorie choice and found my self happier still , add my black iced coffee and I was in heaven. <BR> <BR> Today is officially my rest day from exercise, But to tell you the truth the last two days I have only walked and not done ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 20:47:50 EST The great affair is to move " I travel not to go anywhere , but to go.. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. " Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> My daughter and I went on an epic adventure together to the beach. We traveled an hour and half on the highway and she drove expertly the whole way, She made it through rotaries , and two vehicles turning around on exits and almost swiping her. <BR> <BR> I managed to stay calm after all she was driving my almost new car , But sometimes you have to live.... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 20:16:21 EST Believe " You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life- so that if it were over tomorrow , you'd be content with yourself ." Jane Seymour. <BR> <BR> This morning was cool and beautiful I got to see some great nature on my morning stroll, I saw a huge jack rabbit that I almost stepped on. I have to remember to keep my eyes open when I walk, Then I saw a beautiful golden cat just sitting there enjoying the sun shine. He was there for my ... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:28:40 EST I'm never old just older " Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old, " Jonathan Swift <BR> <BR> Just wondering what you do to keep from getting older.? I play silly games all day on facebook. Trying to keep the mind sharp or at least that is what I tell myself. <BR> <BR> I eat a lot of blueberries and other fruits they are supposed to keep me from getting wrinkles that is what my grandma said, she is dead now. <BR> <BR> I go for long walks outdoors in the heat and cold and rain , or snow and te... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:17:57 EST Glorious Morning " How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.! " John Muir <BR> <BR> I had another glorious early morning walk today, As I was enjoying the blue skies , singing birds and beautiful flowers I saw something I need to share. I saw the landscapers at a neighbors house. From down the street I saw my elderly neighbor come out to greet them in her house dress, I watched as I walked closer. Then I saw one of the young men bend down in front of her, They were talking. I thought he was tying... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:30:35 EST Change "No matter who you are , no matter what you did , no matter where you've come from, you can always change , become a better version of yourself." Madonna <BR> <BR> A great quote for motivational Monday, I have been slowly gaining weight since I have been laid off from my job in April. I haven't given up yet though . I still walk daily, Today I started my p90 sculpt c dvd's . I am happy that I can do this at my age. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for so much, I do have a good life. I keep thin... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:58:57 EST Happy Fathers Day " I am in the world to change the world." Kathe Kollwitz <BR> <BR> Thank God so many men feel that way. This a huge shout out to all the men who step up and in and make a child's life so special, So many men have touched my life in a huge way . My grandfather uncles , teachers, my brothers, all helped to keep me here and make me who I am today, They were awesome role models and guided me when I needed it. <BR> <BR> Then their were doctors and priest and police men who helped. Thank you ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:48:45 EST Laughter is needed " Laughter is an instant vacation." Milton Berle <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit I am having a little bit of a hard time right now. We all go through stuff. I seem to be depressed. It's been hard losing my job, being asked to leave earlier than others. Trying to interview for a job I desperately wanted and fantasized about for months, and not landing it. Watching my former co workers go to lunch and other functions and not getting a call from any one. Offering to go out for coffee ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:35:19 EST