KELLZIE's SparkPeople Blog KELLZIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week's Plans EXERCISE PLANS: <BR> <BR> Monday - Walk for 30 mins <BR> Tuesday - Walk for 30 mins & swim for 15 mins <BR> Wednesday - Walk for 30 mins & go to fitness center and start other exercises <BR> Thursday - Walk for 30 mins and then go to my big event! <BR> Friday - Walk for 30 mins <BR> Saturday - Walk for 1 hr & swim for 15 mins <BR> Sunday - Walk for 1 hr & go to fitness center for other exercises. <BR> <BR> As I have not exercised in years and I am in poor physical condition, I will have to ... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:38:47 EST Motivation + Support = Success I am finally motivated to correct my healthy lifestyle journey and get back on track. Motivation is the first key to success. I also have support, the second key, from my fellow Jordan Essentials Consultants. Together we will achieve success and accomplish our goals. <BR> <BR> I encourage you all to find your motivation and your support group. We are all motivated by various things. Chart how you feel, what you are eating, and how often your clothes size increases. Do you see a pattern... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:05:49 EST FIRST DAY Today is the first day of my new journey. <BR> <BR> Walked 15 mins <BR> Yoga 15 mins on Wii Fit <BR> <BR> Will edit and add additional information later. Mon, 6 Sep 2010 11:02:03 EST SURVIVAL & WHAT COMES AFTER... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have survived. Though it has been a struggle, I have survived the past year. In many ways I think that is what life is about these days...Survival. The first step in a long journey to heal, become healthy and find happiness. First you must survive the obstacles that life brings. <BR> <BR> I salvaged my marriage that I was sure was over, I've discovered what medical conditions were causing symptoms that plagu... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 13:43:04 EST DREAM...HOPE...BELIEVE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Over the past 6 years my life has undergone continuous changes and morphing, when all I long for is stability and security. I truly believed things would settle down with my husband and things would become somewhat normal. It might be time to face reality and realize that things will never be close to "normal" with him. Many major issues are before me which I must make decisions on. <BR> <BR> My Work is incredibly... Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:07:45 EST ~~SHINE IN 2009~~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tomorrows are behind us <BR> As we move forward <BR> Greeting the New Year <BR> And reaffirming our life <BR> <BR> Living day by day <BR> Our journey step by step <BR> We create ourselves <BR> And find Inner Peace <BR> <BR> We control our life <BR> Destiny is in our hands <BR> Happiness is inside <BR> For each to discover <BR> <BR> Sharing our journey <BR> Brings encouragement <BR> and hope to many <BR> While allo... Wed, 31 Dec 2008 09:33:25 EST New Year's Resolutions...Yes or No? It's that time of year again. The beginning of a new year. Time to make a New Year's Resolution. Or is it? Do New Year's Resolutions work? How many of them have you kept all year long? <BR> <BR> Personally, I find New Year's resolutions to be ineffective. Basically, you are making statements that you intend to live faithfully by for the entire year with no allowance for flexibility. Many are not well thought out, but are spur of the moment with no conception of how to achieve it. <BR> ... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 08:01:21 EST The last week of 2008 What a year! It was full of ups and downs, good and bad. The most important transformation of 2008 was ME! This was the year I decided to be happy. This was the year I decided to make the changes in me to become a more positive and healthy person. This was my year to discover hobbies and to dance. I love life and myself! <BR> <BR> Things are hectic right now. It hasn't left me with much time to devote to my team Inner Journey or to focus on some important items I am working on. But, th... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:42:15 EST Now is the time to focus... This time of year is always hectic, fast paced and full of unhealthy temptations. I have gained 11 pounds in the past 3 or 4 months. I could view that negatively and become depressed which would lead to additional weight gain, but I choose to take this as a sign to re-focus on the important things in my life~health, motivation, activity, journaling and creativity. These are the things that are important in my life's journey. <BR> <BR> If I focus on becoming healthy (mind, body & soul) a... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 09:20:33 EST Sparkle*Dazzle*Amaze Is life dull, boring, the same ole same ole? Then I challenge you to Sparkle, Dazzle and Amaze yourself and others this weekend. Dress up for dinner and use your best china. Use the nice wine goblets for water and cloth napkins instead of throw away. Don't wait for an "important date" to celebrate! Celebrate once a month! Make a special occasion because you can and not because you have too. <BR> <BR> It will add spice to your life and amaze your significant other. Besides, how much fun ... Fri, 12 Dec 2008 10:53:53 EST Friday's Findings I find things are very good in my life. Perfect? No, but good. If I waited on perfect, I would be waiting forever. Good is more than great! It is all about how you look at things. Perception. I perceive I am at my best when I seek the good in all things. <BR> <BR> I find happiness in simple things. A bird flying by, the sound of rain on the roof, my husband's dimples, my children's laughter, music, walking... so many things. I never want to take any of them for granted. Life should be enj... Fri, 5 Dec 2008 09:17:40 EST 2008 in Review... December will be a month of reflection for me on 2008. Did I meet my goals, did I exceed them, what needs to be changed and how did I grow as a person??? <BR> These are just a few of the questions I will be meditating on. <BR> <BR> I will be editing this blog as I make determinations on my meditations and outline what I discovered about 2008. I hope you will check back... <BR> <BR> December 5th <BR> I survived 2008. That is the most important thing that came out of my reflection on 2008.... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 12:02:13 EST What a wonderful day this would be IF... How often do we think that? We can't seem to accept the day as it is and enjoy the moment. We have to think how much better if would be IF such and such happened or IF we only could to this or that. <BR> <BR> The word IF prevents us from being happy. We waste our life away wishing and hoping IF. Be happy with NOW. Be happy DESPITE... <BR> <BR> The key is to be happy with each moment. Life will never be perfect. Revel in the imperfections. <BR> <BR> Today it is raining. Instead of f... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 11:07:07 EST Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese This was posted in the Daily Spark and sounds wonderful. I am going to have to try this: <BR> <BR> Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded, and diced (about 3 cups) <BR> 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth <BR> 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk <BR> 1 clove of garlic, smashed <BR> Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg <BR> Pinch of cayenne pepper <BR> 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt <BR> Freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1 pound whole whe... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 08:50:25 EST Dancing in the Rain~Tuesday's Treats Today I am going to treat myself with good thoughts, positive feelings and many affirmations. I feel great about the novel I am writing this month for National Novel Writing Month. I plan on participating again next year and hope to attend the all night writing session the organization holds in the middle of the month in San Francisco. I wasn't able at attend this year, but I am setting the goal for next year. <BR> <BR> My Spark Team, Inner Journey, has grown almost overnight. There are 48 m... Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:36:44 EST Road Map to Exercising Motivation... "Writing down your goals creates your road map to success. Although just the act of writing them down can set the process in motion, it is also extremely important to frequently review your goals. Remember, the more focused you are on your running (substitute exercising) goals the more likely you are to accomplish them." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is easy to think of goals and plan things out in your mind. The problem is sometimes we forget them or just push the thought... Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:26:41 EST Happiness... Happiness... <BR> <BR> "All the happiness you ever find lies in you."Anonymous <BR> <BR> "Happiness is acceptance."Anonymous <BR> <BR> If you put these 2 quotes together you come up with: <BR> <BR> "Happiness is accepting yourself." Kellzie <BR> <BR> The pursuit of happiness is something every person has been involved in at one time or another. We look for it, we search for it. It seems like we never find it. It might be because we are looking in the wrong place. Happiness IS inside... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 16:03:19 EST Ghandi Quote : <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Ghandi <BR> <BR> Ghandi stated that every worthwhile accomplishment has a beginning, a struggle and a victory. My pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and a happy life based on the person I know I am inside had a beginning. I recall distinctly when I knew I could no longer continue my life as... Thu, 6 Nov 2008 19:03:30 EST What happened to the time? I can't believe I haven't blogged in days!!! I have fallen down on my journaling. It looks like Spark has updated the blogs and developed a new format. I like it!! <BR> <BR> Things have been so incredibly busy lately. I can see how it would be easy for them to spiral out of control. I will not let that happen. I am in control of my journey. <BR> <BR> To that end, I am taking a break from one of my dance classes for this month. I will also be taking a small break from drum lessons t... Wed, 5 Nov 2008 15:41:31 EST Scared Witless This weekend my daughter was involved in a car accident, where a woman hit her from the side. Victoria, my daughter, was in her Jeep and the force of the hit rolled it twice before sliding around and landing upright. This all happened in a parking lot!!! How fast could the lady have been traveling to knock the Jeep over in a parking lot?? Vic hit her head on the window and knocked her shoulder against something as the Jeep tumbled. She has little cuts from the glass shattering and hittin... Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:42:15 EST Abandon, Balance & Stealth "In art and dream may you proceed with abandon. In life may you proceed with balance and stealth." -Patti Smith <BR> <BR> I found this quote interesting and confusing. Abandonment is a complete surrender to our natural impulses without restraint or moderation. In art and dream we leave reality behind and allow our minds the freedom to expand our horizons and dabble in the unknown. In life, I find that I restrain myself and control my impulses in order to be balanced in all areas. As an obses... Thu, 23 Oct 2008 13:25:04 EST Happines is Inside... <BR> I was asked to share the below on my blog. I wrote this in response to one of our challenges on Inner Journey. <BR> <BR> Helen Keller Quote: <BR> <BR> "Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves." <BR> <BR> I never really understood the true origins of happiness growing up and through most... Mon, 20 Oct 2008 11:13:38 EST Love Your Body Day!!! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Quoted from the above website: <BR> <BR> Do you love what you see when you look in the mirror? <BR> <BR> Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries work hard to make each of us believe that our bodies are unacceptable and need constant improvement. Print ads and television commercials reduce us to body parts — lips, legs, breasts — airbrushed and touched up to meet impossible standards. TV shows tell women and teenage... Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:51:53 EST Adventures in California My trip to California was lovely. The journey there was uneventful and I was able to leave earlier than expected. Thursday afternoon was spent with my husband, kicking back and enjoying being together. We ate awesome Chinese food and went to bed early. Friday was going to be a very full day! <BR> <BR> Friday was spent at the Aquarium in Long Beach. It was the most amazing place. I saw my first Sea Dragons, which are incredibly cool, and we ran around to each of the embossing machines to s... Mon, 13 Oct 2008 14:06:58 EST Helen Keller Quote Quote from Helen Keller: <BR> "Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain." <BR> <BR> I have seen 3 versions of the movie about Helen Keller's life and have read various articles and parts of books about her. She was one of the most incredible women of history. Helen Keller was in inspiration to us all. Considered blind, mute and dumb, she overcame obstacles we can't comprehend to beco... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 13:20:04 EST Authenticity I am having a new journaling series sent to me from called Write Memories: Relive and Create Your Life Memories and Perspectives through Journaling. <BR> <BR> It is about living your life authentically. Is there synergy between your inner world (feelings, values, beliefs, needs, passions) and the outer world (relationships, job, home)? There should be congruence between these two worlds. It is about closing the gap between who you are, what you do, and what you want other... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 13:50:15 EST Inner Journey Dip~Module 5 What sound is most comforting to you? <BR> <BR> We have ears to hear sounds for many reasons…to enjoy stimulating conversations or to hear our children’s cries for help or sounds of joy. In these times of daunting stress, we need comforting sounds to engulf us and free us from the clashing sounds of daily life around us that grate on our nerves and push us farther away from our inner calm we greatly desire. <BR> <BR> There are many comforting sounds like the ocean waves crashing onto the sh... Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:41:16 EST Color Light Therapy COLOR LIGHT THEARPY & Cellular/DNA Disturbance Releasing™ <BR> <BR> by Janis Holzman Betz, RN, BSN <BR> <BR> I am amazed at how much has been written about color and light and their effects on human health and healing. Color was often referred to as medicine and used just like medicine. It is as old as recorded medicine itself. Sir Isaac Newton was the first person to discover that light was the source of color. He made this discovery by passing sunlight through a glass prism and saw... Tue, 30 Sep 2008 22:41:04 EST Reach for a Star Reach for the stars <BR> capture one in your hand. <BR> Now, reach for your goals. <BR> They are even more attainable. <BR> <BR> Never feel your goals <BR> are as far away as stars. <BR> They are as far away <BR> as your hands and feet. <BR> <BR> Move your hands <BR> Move your feet <BR> and you will find success <BR> and your goals met. <BR> <BR> Remember, you are a star! Tue, 30 Sep 2008 11:09:00 EST What sound describes you? What sound describes you? <BR> <BR> I love sounds! I guess I should clarify that and say I love wonderful musical sounds, and nature sounds. Grating, annoying sounds...not so much. <BR> <BR> This question really intrigued me. What sound describes me? It seems such an easy questions, but when you start thinking about it...again, not so much. At first I wanted to say I was a symphony. A harmonious expression of several instruments combined together in a beautiful musical symphony. However, in... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 08:43:34 EST Silly Saturday Saturday's are for silliness! It's the weekend and the pressures of the work week are behind me. Today is to be enjoyed and to let the hair down. I have an exciting day planned. Okay, the first part is not so exciting. I need to take the trash to the dump (yes I live out in the country and there is no trash picup), clean the house, and exercise. The exercising is a little exciting because I have a new belly dance tape to try out. <BR> <BR> But, after that, I will be getting ready for the Art... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 11:15:08 EST Feeding Your Heart "Next time you feel despair, remind yourself of the choice between feeding your heart, and feeding your fears." ~Unknown <BR> <BR> This quote touched me. There has been much feeling of despair in my life. I've lost both parents in death along with my grandparents, uncles and an aunt. I've been through a divorce that brought new meaning to the word cruelty. I've battled depression and anxiety numerous times when I felt I just couldn't go on another day. <BR> <BR> I look back on how I react... Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:03:50 EST Fabulous Fall is Here! <BR> Fall is my favorite time of the year. State fairs, cooler weather, brisk winds, football, a re-energizing of body and soul and wonderful walks in nature. <BR> <BR> As women, we are Fabulous creatures and should never forget it or try and hide it. Let your beauty show and share what makes you special with others. <BR> <BR> I challenge all women to blog about what makes them special this Fall. <BR> <BR> I am special this Fall because I am not letting fear hold me back from experienc... Mon, 22 Sep 2008 12:26:14 EST Meanderings after the Storm While Hurricane Ike hammered the coast, the effects were felt hundreds of miles inland in my East Texas town. High winds and rain pelted us, resulting in loss of power through out the area. Being alone at my house as I was, I felt alone and a little apprehensive. A dark house certainly adds to the drama. Amidst candles and flashlights I journaled and drew and finally read, keeping my thoughts busy and trying to block out the howling winds and the branches falling on the roof. When a near... Sun, 14 Sep 2008 13:56:58 EST Intimate Relationships Intimate relationships <BR> Lead to the most <BR> Glorious of moments <BR> And the deepest hurts. <BR> <BR> Make the glorious <BR> Out weight the hurts <BR> And life will offer you <BR> It’s bounteous harvest. <BR> <BR> Come harvest with me <BR> And pluck the first fruits <BR> Of life to share together <BR> Forever, eternally. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2008 13:13:35 EST I Feel Good! Taking care of myself is starting to really pay off. I feel good. Better than I have in such a long time I can't even remember when... <BR> <BR> Between proper meds, meeting my physical, mental and emotional needs, exercising, eating healthy, journaling, and learning new hobbies that have interested me, I am becoming the person I truly am. SparkPeople isn't just about weight loss. It is about the whole person including physical, mental, and emotional health. So, as you lose the weight yo... Mon, 8 Sep 2008 13:28:10 EST Fabulous in Fall Those of us on Team Inner Journey are determined to be Fabulous in Fall. Our 1st mini challenge starts tomorrow. It includes our mind, body and nutrition for our overall health. We are on our way to being fabulous. Come join us! Mon, 1 Sep 2008 00:07:37 EST Ode to Mason I have a son named Mason <BR> who is a gamer and crunk. <BR> He loves to party <BR> yelling "L is for Party!" <BR> <BR> He is the ultimate <BR> ladies man at 14 <BR> with triplets of girls <BR> calling each morning <BR> <BR> His desire is to become <BR> an explosives specialist <BR> already knowing how <BR> to make three kinds of bombs <BR> <BR> He likes to shout out <BR> "I love the smell of <BR> Naplam early <BR> in the morning." <BR> <BR> He marches to the <BR> toot of his own tua <BR... Sat, 30 Aug 2008 21:30:30 EST Excited! Excitement feels me as I realized that people have actually joined the team I started!!!! I was so afraid NO ONE would join. I have such a love for journaling that I wanted to share it. I've learned so much about journaling and various relaxation methods. Surly others enjoy these things and would be willing to share their wealth of information, or so I hoped. So far there are 6 of us beginning Inner Journey. Not a bad start! Now I just need to find a way to get the word out to others. ... Thu, 28 Aug 2008 08:26:06 EST New Team ~ Inner Journey I did it!! I created a new team that I hope you will check out. As I have previously posted, we are all on a journey. This team is to help anyone and everyone that would like assistance on their journey, whatever it may be. <BR> <BR> Two great tools I have used in my journey are Journaling and Relaxation techniques. This team, Inner Journey, will provide information and discussion on these tools, and hopefully expand to include other information that people want to share that is helping ... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:46:44 EST Inner Journey <BR> Inner Journey <BR> <BR> "This search for meaning is as ancient as the awakeing of the first question; it is as new and urgent as the question that is troubling you now." John O'Donahue, Author of Eternal Echoes <BR> <BR> We are all on a find out who we are, to lose weight, to be healthy, to further or education and so on. Regardless of our individual journey we are currently involved in, we each have to take responsibility for it and pursue it. Take ownership in your jou... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 09:00:38 EST Inner Unravelings "This search for meaning is as ancient as the awakening of the first questions; it is as new and urgent as the question that is troubling you now." John O'Donahue, Author of Eternal Echoes <BR> <BR> "Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." <BR> "A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfini... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 08:42:52 EST Ode to Me Though life may get tough <BR> and stress seem unending <BR> I struggle on each day <BR> determined to be unbending <BR> <BR> While I sway with the wind <BR> and float with the tide <BR> I will not be broken <BR> or taken for a ride <BR> <BR> To find peace in my soul <BR> My demons I must face <BR> Forgiveness is vital <BR> healing must take place <BR> <BR> With strength and courage <BR> I know I will survive <BR> My life is my own <BR> and I am still alive <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2008 08:40:55 EST IMAGINE Imagine by John Lennon <BR> <BR> Imagine there's no heaven <BR> It's easy if you try <BR> No hell below us <BR> Above us only sky <BR> Imagine all the people <BR> Living for today... <BR> <BR> Imagine there's no countries <BR> It isn't hard to do <BR> Nothing to kill or die for <BR> And no religion too <BR> Imagine all the people <BR> Living life in peace... <BR> <BR> You may say I'm a dreamer <BR> But I'm not the only one <BR> I hope someday you'll join us <BR> And the world will be as on... Thu, 22 May 2008 11:06:48 EST A quote I just read & picture that was funny Life is too short for drama & petty things, <BR> so kiss slowly, laugh insanely, <BR> Love truly and forgive quickly <BR> <BR> ENOUGH SAID! Fri, 9 May 2008 09:06:24 EST May Madness May is always such a busy month! I have two children and the count down to end of school has begun. My daughter will be going into her senior year and my son entering high school. How crazy is that going to be next year??!! But, I am excited for them both. If only they truly appreciated these years and realized they will never get them back. I tell them to make the most of this time. Enjoy it to the full and don't make stupid mistakes to take the joy away from it. <BR> <BR> The pictur... Wed, 7 May 2008 09:02:17 EST A New Month With every new month we have a fresh opportunity to re-evaluate our goals, make adjustments, and continue on our journey...whatever that journey may be. <BR> <BR> For me, my journey has always been, and always will be, to be happy and healthy. What a simple statement, but so difficult to achieve. Numerous things have been trying to throw me off track lately. I can't allow that to happen. Therefore, I am re-evaluating. My page has new look to bring me new inspiration. I will continue to... Fri, 2 May 2008 12:47:50 EST Three Little Words I love you! <BR> <BR> How often do we say these three little words? Do we tell those we truly love how much we love them and why? There aren't more important words in our English language or more meaningful words. Life can be fleeting and too short. Make sure you tell your husband, wife, children, parents, grandparents how much you love them. Not just on special holidays, but every day. Show them how much you love them by how you treat them. <BR> <BR> The most important way you can s... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 09:05:11 EST Happy Earth Day! Happy Earth Day! <BR> <BR> We are all here on spark people to be healthy people, yet our planet is being trashed daily. In honor of Earth Day, re-evaluate what you do to help keep our planet healthy. Do your part and keep the Earth healthy and clean! <BR> <BR> Go Green! <BR> <BR> Recycle <BR> <BR> Use organic when you can <BR> <BR> Carpool or use public transportation <BR> <BR> Plant a tree <BR> <BR> Use rechargeable batteries <BR> <BR> Use cloth - carry cloth shopping bags and use ... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 10:10:55 EST Health & Fitness Goals I have really gotten off track lately with my goals and health. I've become a Dr. Pepperaholic again and am down in spirit and body. Thanks to a Harry Potter challenge, I have the opportunity to re-evaluate my goals and kick start myself into gear again. I want to be able to climb a rock wall with my son. <BR> <BR> HEALTH & FITNESS GOALS <BR> <BR> For a Healthy Mind: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise my brain by reading and learning <BR> <BR> 2. Have a word of the day sent to my email <BR> <BR>... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 08:14:35 EST