ALEXSGIRL1's SparkPeople Blog ALEXSGIRL1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Put some Happy in your Aloha Friday " If you want to know what God thinks about money , just look at the people he gave it to " Dorothy Parker <BR> <BR> Hope you all remembered to put some happy In your Aloha Friday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20:26:36 EST Live for the joy in it, " Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough, " Emily Dickinson. <BR> <BR> This morning the air was cool and the sky was dark. There would be sun later but it did not have a place in the sky as I set out with my American Eskimo dog Miss Misha. We listened to the birds sing as we ventured around the block. There were mainly distinctive songs coming from many types of birds and they were all beautiful , <BR> <BR> Then it happened a tiny baby squirrel darted across the st... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:40:14 EST Love You "There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet." Randy Pausch <BR> <BR> Lol Welcome to wild Wednesday .I hope you let your inner child out to play, Ever notice when you were a young child you never picked on yourself. You never had that evil inner dialogue going. You know the one that say's " Your to fat, not pretty, not smart enough, not friend material , the one that say's you talk to much , and other people rea... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:18:14 EST Do over "We have it in our power to begin the world over again, " Thomas Paine <BR> <BR> So much hate and drama in the world. We sometimes forget that man has the power to destroy everything. Or the power to add more love in to the world. <BR> <BR> We can also begin our lives over to a more healthy way of being. We can on any day decide to eat better , sleep better , drink healthier and ultimately look better. And then use that extra energy to help others, <BR> <BR> We have the power to decide ... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:40:45 EST I am Lucky " Luck affects everything,; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, , there will be fish." Ovid <BR> <BR> Sometimes we don't think how really lucky we are. I am close to sixty , with two adult children and a pretty good husband. I am slightly over weight and now unemployed, but I have been pretty lucky all my life. <BR> <BR> I have lived through foreclosure, miscarriages, and the death of my best friend my grandma and my brother. But I am so lucky to st... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:26:41 EST Sending Love to Orlando Florida " You are a rare orchid, magically lit from within, <BR> but warmed outside by flaming sun of passion. <BR> You are strong, and cling tenaciously to love. <BR> No jungle predator can tear you from your home, <BR> for you protect your own. <BR> But when streaking storms have blown down <BR> all the stable trunks of home, <BR> and you stand swaying in the swift wind, <BR> know this ,my friend : <BR> You are more than you think, <BR> No one can define you, or dimi... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:35:42 EST Always do something " We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--- but we must sail , and not drift , nor lie at anchor," Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr <BR> <BR> Today still feeling the sting of rejection from not getting the job, more than I feel accomplished for putting myself out there and trying what I knew was probably way over my head. <BR> <BR> Exercise always fixes that for me. Somewhere in the movement, and yes sometimes fun , I become happier. When I am happier I see myself in a new... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:23:14 EST Crash and Burn and...... " Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self- satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable." John Wooden <BR> <BR> Have you ever set yourself up for a really hard goal?. Have you reached your highest, tried your hardest, pushed yourself like you never have before .? Have you dreamed and thought about this goal and the reward you would get for months ? <BR> <BR> And then in the end crash and burn , and fail ? <BR> <BR> Well you... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 19:54:45 EST Have a fairly wild Wednesday " If life was fair , Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead ." Johnny Carson <BR> . <BR> Hope you all had a fairly wild Wednesday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy living Wed, 8 Jun 2016 19:46:09 EST Do well " Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will." Pythagoras <BR> <BR> <BR> It's Monday the start of the week. Did you start off well? No one truly knows how well you did but you. <BR> <BR> I could have done better with the eating but I have a whole week to get more veggies in,I walked a little farther today because it was a little cooler, It really helped the twinge in my back.,.I modified my workout but got it done, and feel stronger and more confident.... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 20:31:50 EST try to make others feel happy " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did , but people will never forget how you made them feel," Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Sundays are always a blessing . Even the ones that are filled with rain. Even the ones that because of the rain , it makes your back hurt and you walk all hunched over all day. I've been making my family laugh all day with my hunchback routine, I will never forget how much I love them or they me. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had an... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 20:01:31 EST Laughter is the best medicine " The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. " Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Hope you all had your weapons on stun today . Hope you aim was pointed at your friends and family. Hope your day was filled with laughter , hugs , and plain ole love. Keep looking for hugs, happiness and healthy living Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:45:09 EST Aloha smiles from the gutter " We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars, " Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Have a happy healthy Aloha Friday . Keep looking for those stars . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 3 Jun 2016 20:54:17 EST Life is not black and white " When You reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows.' Rachel Houston <BR> <BR> <BR> There is more than one way. Life is full of colors and adventures. Stop limiting yourself stop seeing in only black and white, Sometimes there is no right way or wrong way. <BR> <BR> Lately in the media there has been a lot of blame going on. An awful lot of name calling , people bashing Our world has become disrespectful , and unkind. <BR> <BR> To some the lives of animals have become mor... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 20:20:14 EST Have a wildly funny Wednesday " He who laughs, lasts " Mary Pettibone Poole <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a wildly funny Wednesday and let your inner child out to play,.Laughter will keep you young and fit and engaged in life, Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 1 Jun 2016 20:52:19 EST Be calm " The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat . Jules Renard <BR> <BR> About ten minutes before I was ready to begin my workout my husband went to help a friend. He told me I needed to take my son to work about ten minutes after my workout ended, At first I was mad an agitated then I looked over at my cat Smoky was just laying there stretching and relaxing. I remembered why I was exercising . <BR> <BR> So I made like a cat and stretched and enjoyed my workout. I didn't check the clock and... Tue, 31 May 2016 20:54:25 EST You are perfect " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing , is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> When you were born God made you perfect. As you grew you wanted everything in your life orderly and perfect. No speed bumps , no distractions and no wrong turns. As we get older we learn that it is impossible to have a perfect world or for us to be perfect also, <BR> <BR> So we start the hard work or trying to be better, smarter , faster... Mon, 30 May 2016 21:00:54 EST Choose your path " Understand that the right to choose your path is a sacred privilege . Use it. Dwell In possibility, " Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Ten minutes after I woke up this morning before even taking two sips of coffee my daughter wanted to know if I wanted to go hiking. Hiking? To a place I've never been, with no notice. <BR> Get dressed she said and let's Go!!! we have GPS. We are going to the Scantic River State Park in East Windsor Connecticut, <BR> I countered with it is going to be 90 today... Sun, 29 May 2016 20:19:26 EST Beauty "The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength , courage, dignity ." Ruby Dee <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a special Saturday . Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 28 May 2016 22:12:59 EST Build "Each man is the architect of his own fate," Appius Claudis <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy healthy Aloha Friday to build on. Sending love and good vibes your way. Spend some time in the sunny side of life. Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Fri, 27 May 2016 22:54:37 EST All we need are kindness and courage " Life is mainly froth and bubble <BR> Two things stand like stone - <BR> Kindness in another's trouble, <BR> Courage in your own." Adam Gordon <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope your all having an amazing thankful Thursday . Mine was filled simply with time with family , good healthy food , and a walk and my p90 sweat b and ab b workout. I always have and am lucky to have so much to be thankful for. Keep looking for Hugs , Happiness and Healthy Living Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 EST Get it under control " if everything is under control, you are just not going fast enough." Mario Andretti <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Wild Wednesday . Life is one big roller coaster we just need to enjoy the ride. <BR> Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 25 May 2016 20:07:25 EST celebrate the journey " Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey, " Fitzhugh Mullan <BR> <BR> Today I knew that at some point I was going to pick up my new car. They had to register it ,and add some minor details. After 16 years with the same car that was not very safe anymore, I was happy to get a safe car with many features. <BR> <BR> I woke up worrying that something would happen. Then It was pouring out and I wondered for hours if I would get my walk in. I worried when and if... Tue, 24 May 2016 21:36:35 EST Things have to change " If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change, " Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa <BR> <BR> Today was full of change for me. Starting off at the car lot. I felt like Goldilocks this one is to big, this one is to much, this one is just right. It took me a lot of walking and looking. Before that it took me a lot of researching. But change does not come easily to me. My old car is a 1999 that I still love. My husband almost talked me into buying a silver car. I said we shoul... Mon, 23 May 2016 20:30:05 EST Spark Friends Are Blessings " In everyone's life at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit ." Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Spark Friends <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for all you do for me. You all have a tiny bit of my heart, You all help to make me who I am , Your kind words , your encouragement, your jokes, your thoughts all mean so much to me . Thank you for always being in my co... Sun, 22 May 2016 19:22:00 EST count on living " 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> Feel good moments of Saturday <BR> <BR> My daughter brought me my morning coffee <BR> Saturday special p90 workout !!! nailed it. <BR> A lovely walk with Miss Misha <BR> Awesome healthy salad for lunch <BR> Spending time with Zak my nephew the two year old birthday boy <BR> Saying no with... Sat, 21 May 2016 20:36:05 EST Harmonious Happy Aloha Friday " What is happiness except the simply harmony between man and the life he leads . " Albert Camus <BR> <BR> It is impossible to love everything about your life. It is not impossible to really love your life. Find time to do the things you love. Don't concentrate on the part of your life that you don't like. Take small steps to change it. Small steps lead to bigger steps. Get out and walk daily it will at the very least improve your mood and your outlook. Make an effort to eat healthier. Cut b... Fri, 20 May 2016 20:37:08 EST thankfully thursday " Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed." Alexander Pope <BR> <BR> Today I was thankful for good food, awesome coffee, and clean water. <BR> A gorgeous walk with my dog Miss Misha, with sunshine and blue skies. <BR> A great sculpt A p90 workout with my main motivator Tony Horton. <BR> Time with family. <BR> A productive day , <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy thankful Thursday Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living . Thu, 19 May 2016 20:03:03 EST wild wicked Wednesday " Some people cause happiness wherever they go; others; whenever they go " Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> HA <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a Wicked Wild Wednesday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Wed, 18 May 2016 20:13:47 EST It is a gift to question " The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." Ruby Dee <BR> <BR> I am learning to question , more . In all areas , even the ones I am not an expert in, <BR> I did well in college in all areas but math where I received a D grade. . Yesterday I received my re evaluation from unemployment. I had taken some of my retirement money out to buy a car, My car is a 1999 model, and this caused my weekly allotment to change . I knew I would receive less , but when I read the figures I was st... Tue, 17 May 2016 19:10:38 EST Your conscience can change your mind " Lives are changed by a moment's conscience , by a single and quiet inclination of the mind. " George A. Smith <BR> <BR> I finished my walk and I was hungry . I walked by the pantry and there sticking out was a whole sleeve of cookies. I don't eat cookies often , but I do love cookies. The package said chocolate and vanilla cookies. "I thought, hmm , I'll just have two , One chocolate , and one vanilla. <BR> <BR> I can and will stop there. Just two small cookies , then I'll stop and eat ... Mon, 16 May 2016 20:23:49 EST Peace " There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden, or even your bathtub." Elisabeth Kubler -Ross <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you had a peaceful blessed Sunday, Sunday is my day of rest from exercise and mostly the stresses of life. It's my day to rest, recharge to plan the week ahead. Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sun, 15 May 2016 19:57:34 EST Wisdom begins in wonder " Wisdom begins in wonder." Socrates <BR> <BR> I WONDER <BR> <BR> How I will feel if I exercise daily ? <BR> <BR> How will I feel if I drink more water, and give up soda ? <BR> <BR> How good will I feel if I get the sleep I so desperately need? <BR> <BR> How better will I feel if I meditate daily, or take yoga or tai chi to eliminate stress ? <BR> <BR> How will I feel if I eat healthier and gave up more boxed,or take out food food? <BR> <BR>... Sat, 14 May 2016 20:41:43 EST