ELLENIRENE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ELLENIRENE ELLENIRENE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Goodbye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585795 As many might know, I haven't been active on Spark People for quite some time. <BR> It isn't the same Spark--too many changes, too many "need to get points" The emphasis <BR> is not on improving yourself or losing weight anymore. It's probably just me--I'm the one whose changed. I found a site called "Lose it" Very simple. Counts your calories down and adds your exercise in. Quite simple, no competition except myself no need to brag about about much I did today, or how many points I have.... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:48:20 EST The Way it Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502879 Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference Wed, 2 Oct 2013 21:04:28 EST Always Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492667 Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. <BR> THE BEST IS YET TO COME! <BR> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:52:30 EST Joke of the Day--little long, but worth the reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489564 <BR> A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted,” Excuse me, can you help? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am." <BR> <BR> The woman below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude." <BR> <BR> "You must be an engineer," sai... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 19:13:35 EST Today's Joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476541 A couple, desperate to conceive a child, asked their Minister what they should do? <BR> <BR> The Minister said he was going to Rome," and while he’s there, he would light a candle for them." <BR> <BR> When the Minister returned three years later, he went to the couple's house and found the wife pregnant, and busily attending to two sets of twins. <BR> <BR> Elated, the Minister asked her where her husband was so that he could congratulate him. <BR> <BR> The wife replied: "He's gone to Ro... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 09:13:14 EST Don't take it personally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465663 Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. . . Even if someone is trying to provoke you, it is because of his struggles, not yours. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:23:28 EST Giving Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445305 When you want to give up, just think of the people who would love to see you fail. <BR> Don't give them the pleasure. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 13:13:56 EST Today's Quote worth quoting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396302 "It always seems impossible until it's done." —Nelson Mandela Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:35:01 EST I Believe . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371352 The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. <BR> Therefore, the older I get, the more I enjoy life. Wed, 29 May 2013 10:36:58 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353922 "All I am I owe to my mother." —George Washington Sun, 12 May 2013 10:39:03 EST Something to think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353032 It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others Sat, 11 May 2013 11:24:25 EST Thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349776 "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength." —Corrie Ten Boom Wed, 8 May 2013 11:45:10 EST April showers bring May---- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341764 Snow; it's snowing! thundered and rained last night and this morning it's snowing. <BR> We got about an inch of rain, I walked out in the snow to empty the gauge so it wouldn't freeze Wed, 1 May 2013 09:38:10 EST The Winter of My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321890 Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams. <BR> <BR> But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where did the y... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:29:56 EST No Fair!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320683 Listened all morning to the radio and scanned the newspaper on line to see if the Job Fair was still a "Go" nothing-- so I drove the 15mi to find out they postponed it--but don't know when--the "guy" said "listen to the radio" <BR> ya right!!! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:39:14 EST Career Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319652 going to a career fair today---never been to one, so hopefully they will have it even with the crappy weather we've been having. I hope to find some kind of a job, so wish me luck. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:37:18 EST If There's a Plus side to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318656 Got hit with an ice storm yesterday, today and into tomorrow morning. On the plus side: <BR> I didn't have to go out into it and try to get to work <BR> we didn't lose electricity <BR> we are not calving/lambing <BR> we need the moisture <BR> and in a day or two, the sun should come out and it will melt <BR> and as always: it could have been worse <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:34:30 EST Finally!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317114 it's raining!!! <BR> we have not seen rain like this in over a year. We had an inch and a half this morning, now it is turning colder and very windy. It is suppose to snow with up to a foot of snow--doubt we'll get that much here, but it is moisture--something we so badly need Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:02:41 EST That Itch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313883 It was such a beautiful day this afternoon, that I decided to get some seedlings started for my garden. I got some red pepper seeds and cherry tomato seeds started in seed beds. Now I suppose it will turn cold and nothing will get started as I have the seedlings in the garage. Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:26:40 EST My "new" old treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308762 I made a "desk" for my treadmill so I can use my laptop while I'm on the computer. It's hard to type while you're walking, but the time sure flies by when I'm playing solitare or surfing the web Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:09:16 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287657 One thing ( or two) that really bugs me are companies that advertise for help, I send in my resume and I never hear from them again. "We'll contact you one way or the other" Yah, right! <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:35:41 EST I Am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270879 In the end we're all just chalk lines on the concrete drawn only to be washed away. <BR> For the time that I've been given I am what I am! Sun, 3 Mar 2013 09:42:01 EST advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254421 If you start comparing, you're not appreciating what you have now, <BR> If you don't appreciate what you already have, then you can't be happy. . . <BR> and you need happiness more than anything. <BR> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:26:37 EST Steve's quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253345 "Your time is limited... so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 08:20:36 EST Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252299 best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein says: When you accept the body you've been given, you can choose to keep it as healthy, strong and fit as it can be Sat, 16 Feb 2013 06:52:26 EST A Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251157 It's much more important to be interested than to be interesting. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:24:31 EST Today's Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249974 The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:27:04 EST Thought for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248604 Opportunity may knock, but temptation bangs on the front door forever. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 06:05:00 EST Something to think about http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247301 You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:27:12 EST A friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246695 A friend is someone who reaches for your hand but touches your heart. <BR> Anonymous Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:56:02 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244751 "Life isn't the way it's supposed to be, it's the way it is. The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference." Sun, 10 Feb 2013 07:40:24 EST So True http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243791 <BR> We can't become what we need by remaining what we are. <BR> Max Dupree Sat, 9 Feb 2013 10:11:28 EST Looking at Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242440 If you look at what you do not have in life, you don't have anything, <BR> If you look at what you have in life, you have everything. <BR> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 07:07:54 EST Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241100 True friendship is like a rose; we don't realize it's beauty until it fades. Thu, 7 Feb 2013 05:49:06 EST Self improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239777 True health insurance is not what one carries on a plastic card, but what one does for oneself. <BR> Lawrence Power, MD Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:21:44 EST Integrity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238270 Integrity is not a conditional word. It doesn't blow in the wind or change with the weather. It is your inner image of yourself, and if you look in there and see a man who won't cheat, then you know he never will. - John D. MacDonald Tue, 5 Feb 2013 07:06:33 EST Thought for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236584 Your THOUGHTS are seeds, Your WORDS water them; what are you growing today? Mon, 4 Feb 2013 05:23:46 EST Optimism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235227 Groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having. <BR> - John Perry Barlow <BR> <BR> <BR> With Spark, we have hope Sun, 3 Feb 2013 02:28:08 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234336 Losing weight almost always comes down to the dozens of daily micro choices we make--eat an apple or a slice of apple pie, or bike to work or drive. <BR> When you need to make one of these micro choices, it is usually based on memory. When you make a memory-based choice, you don't think too much because you're relying on information you already have. There's little thought involved. <BR> Think about your choices throughout the day so the healthier decision becomes part of your memory. When th... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:29:54 EST True Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232754 True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. <BR> - Charles Caleb Colton <BR> <BR> <BR> To all my Spark teammates: Thank you for being my friend Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:45:57 EST Trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231200 An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. <BR> <BR> A lot of times, that applies to me!! Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:56:39 EST Optimism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229960 Groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having. <BR> - John Perry Barlow <BR> <BR> <BR> With Spark, we have hope Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:35:57 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5228276 What makes us successful is not what we are striving for. It's what we learn by the striving itself. <BR> - Grant M. Bright <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't strive to "just lose weight" Learn to eat healthy and incorporate some type of exercise into your daily routine. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 07:20:28 EST Self Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226609 Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are. <BR> - Malcom Forbes Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:12:27 EST Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226030 True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. <BR> - Charles Caleb Colton <BR> <BR> <BR> To all my Spark teammates: Thank you for being my friend Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:12:13 EST The Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224055 The future depends on what we do in the present. <BR> - Ghandi <BR> <BR> <BR> How true! Without good health, there is no future. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:40:43 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5222508 What makes us successful is not what we are striving for. It's what we learn by the striving itself. <BR> - Grant M. Bright <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't strive to "just lose weight" Learn to eat healthy and incorporate some type of exercise into your daily routine. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 03:45:39 EST Lessons from Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221244 <BR> The earth has music for those who listen. <BR> - William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people complain about the "time going so fast" "school is almost ready to start!! where has the summer gone?!!!! We need to slow down, enjoy what we're doing at the moment and "listen to the earth" There are so many beautiful sunrises and sunsets we miss, because "we're so busy" Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:23:30 EST Obstacle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219570 Obstacles are things you see when you're not focused on your goal. <BR> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 05:58:14 EST Bend in the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218181 A bend in the road, is not the end of the road ... unless you fail to make the turn. <BR> <BR> <BR> That is why the word "diet" should never be in a person's vocabulary. Just because you've lost weight, (bend in the road) doesn't mean that your journey is over and back to eating as usual. You must make the turn in the road and continue with your healthy eating and exercise: not your diet. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 08:11:17 EST