KIN59VARA's SparkPeople Blog KIN59VARA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Prayer is like being gently rained on <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Prayer is like being gently rained on so that our soil becomes fertile, our leaves are brought to life, our thirst quenched" jesuit's Prayer-As-You-Go <BR> <BR> Today I pray for the health of my sister. <BR> The community of my family. <BR> That this celebration of my sister's birthday is joyfilled. <BR> That the food gets prepared <BR> The supplies get found <BR> That we have a wonderful time. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 03:36:15 EST How Rich Are You? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Stop for a moment and consider how rich you are right now, today. Then you can step forward and live the benefits of that richness." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I will have a really full week this week but there is so much i need to be grateful for: <BR> * I have a wonderful family. <BR> * I have a job that I enjoy. <BR> * I have my health that allows me to push myself. <BR> <BR> Help me to remember all of this as I... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:10:30 EST Get Busy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "If you want to feel great, get yourself up and make some progress. If you seek to have new, powerful energy, get yourself busy making a meaningful difference." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Life is getting hectic but I am grateful for my health that allows me to be hectic. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:06:52 EST Keeping Making the Effort <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "When your efforts bring disappointment, the worst thing you can do is abandon those efforts. Keep making the efforts, and eventually you’ll work your way to the results you desire." <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I need to keep focused and making some small changes everyday <BR> <BR> I felt very good about my discussion with my boss yesterday and his encouragement to make the leap to administration. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 04:24:36 EST Seize the Day "This is your chance to make today a day that you’ll always look back upon and treasure. Seize the opportunity of this day to put a whole lot of good stuff into your world." <BR> <BR> — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I need to seize the day today. I know that I am very blessed and I need to use those blessings to be a better person. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>GJsEV_8 </link> <BR> <BR> This is from one of my kids favorite Disney movie. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 04:20:12 EST Crazy Mode: Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Don’t let yourself become so accustomed to your many blessings that you discount them. There is enormous value in your life, and so many great things you can do with it." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> "Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”John Milton <BR> <BR> <BR> I am blessed with ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 03:55:28 EST Camp Wannabefit Week 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is " Crazy Week" for me. My family comes to visit next week so as a person that is NOT Martha Stewart, I have a great deal of cleaning, polishing and organizing to do.On top of that I also have my 1st job starting up again so I will again be 1 full time and 2 part time jobs. <BR> <BR> Week 13 <BR> <BR> Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter t... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:07:13 EST Patience <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My horoscope today had this as part of this,"Everything can feel urgent right now, but if you slow down a little, you might notice that your plans have been moving along at a reasonable pace - it's you that wants instant results. Develop as much patience as you can muster up today. The need to balance attention to your personal life with your public or professional life can be very clear this week." <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 02:14:04 EST Celebrate Freedom by making right choices <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Knowing is not enough; we must apply! <BR> -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> "Celebrate and value your freedom today and every day with the way you live. You are free to choose, so always choose wisely." <BR> <BR> — Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Today sentiment on the Fourth of July which is US's celebration of freedom I need to reflect on what am I doing with that freedom. Am I really grateful for the opportun... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 04:33:58 EST Diving in <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Just dive right in to the substance of life. Start where you are, for the sooner your efforts begin, the more you’ll achieve." <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Action is the antidote to despair. <BR> -- Joan Baez <BR> <BR> Yesterday i did not meet my step goal. I had two jobs and then got stuck at the 2nd one really late. I will continue to need to make my health a priority. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 05:44:29 EST Looking at the world through a positive lens <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Your perspective is yours to choose, whatever the situation. And your perspective will make all the difference going forward, so in each moment, choose the best, most positive, most empowering perspective you can imagine." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> As the song says " You have to accentuate the positive". Yesterday I chopped a credit card up, once less debt. <BR> <BR> I have been good about getting my steps... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 05:48:19 EST Choose how you want to live. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "This life you have is nothing short of a miracle. What you do with it today, tomorrow, every little moment, is up to you. <BR> <BR> So choose wisely, and remember that in all things you do have a choice. Choose as if your life depends on it, for it does." Ralph Marston. <BR> <BR> I liked my schedule yesterday, I had a to do list that I actually got done for the most part <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 04:14:55 EST Week 12 Campwannabefit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Week 12 <BR> I am going to try to do the same activities as it has been working for me! <BR> <BR> Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Good Nutrition basics <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: Follow and track what nutritionis... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:08:33 EST Blessings outnumber the trouble <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Dive into the experience of each day with the goal of making it more fulfilling than any previous day you’ve known. As each new moment arrives, find something new and purposeful and valuable to do with it." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I decided that my blessings outnumber my troubles and I truly have nothing to complain about. i want to develop a habit of gratitude rather than complaints. So when asked how are you I... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:55:43 EST Seeing a nutritionist <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Muscle your way through, or finesse your way through, or do what it takes to get it done. Though at the beginning you may not feel you’ll like it, you will come to like it in a deeply satisfying way." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Today I am going to a nutritionist and I am excited. I am hoping to be able to get some personalized advice. Since what I am doing is not giving me the results I want I am hoping for ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:47:18 EST Open Mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one. <BR> -- Malcolm Forbes <BR> <BR> Busy day at work yesterday which brought home that the only people that are uneducated are those that think they know everything. In two different worksites two different professionals that thought they knew everything about a particular topic so their mind was closed to anything new. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:03:43 EST Week 11 Campwannabefit Week 11 <BR> Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Good Nutrition basics <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: weight loss <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Track: Good nutrition basis: <BR> <BR> Fitness: Walk at night to meet fitbit goal Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:55:04 EST Get UP! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If you’re tired and weary, stop and rest for a little while, but not too long. Then get back up, get yourself working on something meaningful, and you’ll feel a renewed sense of energy." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Not paid yet.... so still a little stressed but I find myself immersed in getting better at my job. This gives me a renewed energy. <BR> <BR> My horoscope today was "This is a good day in which to inspi... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:34:21 EST Today will give you opportunities <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, life will give you the opportunity to be honest. Take that opportunity, and keep yourself aligned with the power of truth. <BR> <BR> Today, life will give you the opportunity to be compassionate. Take that opportunity, and feel the priceless satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the lives of others. <BR> <BR> Today, life will give you the opportunity to act with discipline and focus. Take tha... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:26:11 EST Be Enthusiastic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "So go ahead and let yourself be wonderfully, refreshingly enthusiastic about this day, this place, and this opportunity to make the most of it all. Let your enthusiasm show, and you will show all the world how great life can be." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> i will live today enthusiastically! <BR> We had a nice father's day at my son's home. He had us and his wife's family and the food was delicious ( my wei... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:13:50 EST Week 10 Campwannabefit Week 10 Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Good Nutrition basics <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: more points for week <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Track: Good nutrition basis: <BR> <BR> Fitness: Walk at night to meet fitbit goal <BR> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:09:57 EST End of school year <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Imbalances between work and family are especially noticeable these days" is what is said about today and I agree! <BR> <BR> Life has been intense lately and this is the last week of school which increases the amount of work that needs to be done and shortens the time that there is to do it. <BR> <BR> My son and daughter in law are having us up for a barbecue to celebrate Father's Day. This should b... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:02:24 EST Do what is necessary <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. <BR> -- Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> "Though there are many problems, there are always many more positive possibilities. To transform those possibilities into positive reality, it’s up to you to take purposeful, focused action." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I have the power to realize my dreams if I conti... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:23:21 EST Positive Thoughts! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Choose those thoughts that will frame this day in a positive, purposeful perspective. Your thoughts are yours to control, so make good use of them to give your actions and your life a powerful advantage." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I feel so good about NOT having to resign because they have negotiated some extra money for me at my job. It really flames my passion. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday was Pentecost Su... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:24:27 EST To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. - "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." <BR> -- Anatole France <BR> <BR> This is my favorite quote. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a wonderful day! They want to keep me at the job that i resigned from and I am very happy to be able to talk to them to determine if something can be done to make it mutually agreeable. <BR> <BR> It is so great to be appreciated. <BR> <BR> Then my brother called to say that he had visitors to his restauran... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:01:05 EST A time for change "Time is filled with great promise and possibility. Claim all that value with purposeful, focused effort and lift your world higher as each moment passes." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I resigned from a position I loved but unfortunately the pay was irregular and the work intense. It was very difficult decision to make but one that needed to be done. Once I made the decision I needed to do it. I gave a month's notice. <BR> <BR> I know that I will miss the pay, irregular that it is but I am hopin... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 03:47:07 EST Take a step <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Let go of the empty wishes, the complaints, the apprehensions, and let yourself do what you do best. Let yourself live richly by acting in every moment to make your world a better place." by Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I was feeling really depressed about the amount of time my work was taking me and then not getting my paycheck in a timely way. Not getting paid compromises everything as I can't pay bills, get ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 05:18:45 EST Week 9 Camp Wannabefit Week 9 Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Cleaner Eating <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: weight loss <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Track: Cleaner Eating : <BR> <BR> Fitness: Walk at night to meet fitbit goal Sun, 8 Jun 2014 07:34:15 EST Imagine and do <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. <BR> -- W. Somerset Maugham <BR> <BR> Yesterday i took some time to 'relax' and then read this in the morning "It’s great to be peaceful, relaxed, and enjoying life. And you can be all those things while putting forth disciplined, persistent, effective effort" Ralph Marston. <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 06:38:52 EST Being True to yourself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only do what your heart tells you. <BR> -- Princess Diana <BR> <BR> Life has been crazy! I have had an infection that created chaos and a back up at work. My mouth still is really sore. <BR> <BR> As it always happens school as it winds down get frantic and dramatic. Yesterday when things were brought up I realized that I have to do what my heart and my ethics tell me to do and then I will be happy. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:12:35 EST Keep Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "At any time and place, in any situation, you can choose a positive, empowering, life-affirming perspective. Keep positive power on the inside, and you can successfully deal with whatever happens everywhere else." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I am starting to feel better! YEAH! As the school year closes it appears as if the paperwork skyrockets. <BR> <BR> I feel that I am getting better at organizing myself ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 05:39:32 EST Frustration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "It’s easy and natural to feel frustrated with life. When you do, step back, experience the frustration, and let it motivate you, but don’t let it control you." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I look like I have been in a fight in fact two doctors asked if I was abused! Yesterday was a really crazy day. I have been not feeling well but thought it was a sinus infection. Call doctor and had lunch time appointment. I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:26:37 EST Week 8 Camp Wannabefit Week 8 Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Cleaner Eating <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: one habit a week( no eating in car: continue, exercise in AM,greek yogurt as afternoon snack with vegie, Vegetable in the morning,at least .5 mile at night,water) <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Track: Cleaner Eating : Track food... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:06:50 EST Invest the time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Make the commitment, invest the time, and do the work to make things matter. Your life has magnificent potential, so with your efforts give it the substance and meaning it deserves." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 04:11:38 EST No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -- William Blake Read <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." <BR> -- William Blake <BR> <BR> There are times that i ponder can i do this? <BR> Is this the best thing for me? <BR> Could someone do this better? <BR> <BR> This quote reminds me that I do have skills and I should continue to SOAR. <BR> <BR> As far as living healthy it reminds me that everyday is the opportunity to take another step at being a heal... Wed, 28 May 2014 04:33:14 EST Try Something New <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "You have the opportunity today to learn, to grow, to achieve and to experience new things. To do so, you must exercise the courage to let go of some old, comfortable, predictable things." <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> "There is a mini transition going on now that can involve letting go of bad habits, old projects, or out-dated attitudes. For some, there can be a more mundane type of purging or re-organizing... Tue, 27 May 2014 05:00:50 EST Week 7 CampWannaBeFiT Week 7 Kin59vara's Camp Activity <BR> <BR> 10,000 steps a day <BR> Self Reflection <BR> Kick Clutter to the Curb <BR> Book Club: Casual Reader <BR> Making Connections <BR> Strength Training <BR> Cleaner Eating <BR> <BR> Measurements <BR> <BR> Measurement for week: one habit a week( no eating in car: continue, exercise in AM,greek yogurt as afternoon snack with vegie, Vegetable in the morning,at least .5 mile at night) <BR> <BR> Nutrition: Track: Cleaner Eating : Track food right... Sun, 25 May 2014 05:39:10 EST Ending of School Year.....Beginning of New Semester <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "You’ll never look back and wish that you had spent more time worrying, or that you should have been more angry or resentful. So keep worry, resentment and anger out of your life today." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Lots of drama at work this week as we are getting to the end of the school year. There is some shuffling of students and personnel. YIKES...... I need to realize that this is not something I can contr... Sat, 24 May 2014 03:05:08 EST Imagination <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Imagine living with greater energy, more enthusiasm, joy, effectiveness and fulfillment. Imagine it, and you’re well on your way there." <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a crazy day!!! I feel good about it but it was not easy. <BR> <BR> Babysitting a granddog! Life was hectic last night. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:00:27 EST Appreciate your life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Choose to see the special richness that is yours on this very day. The more you appreciate and make use of what you have, the better your life becomes." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my family, job, home and Church. <BR> <BR> My weight is down today which always make me feel GREAT!!!! I ate early in the night and got my exercise in. <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:17:54 EST Go Beyond Your Comfort Zone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You won’t learn very much if you spend all your time with people, places and thoughts that are already familiar. Go out beyond what is comfortable and familiar, and discover how very much there is to discover" Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I need to continue to challenge myself to be a better person. I have so much to be grateful for! <BR> <BR> Wealth is enjoying what we already have, not getting more of what we thi... Tue, 20 May 2014 04:38:08 EST Put joy in everything <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Challenge yourself to enjoy this very moment, fully, completely, sincerely, authentically. And learn to put the power of joy in everything you do." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of the new semester always a time of anticipation. <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 02:52:50 EST Reflection on Week 5 Camp Reflection on week 5: I realize that I can be off my game easily if something goes different in the schedule. Last week with visiting my mother and my daughter coming home from college and trying to end a semester with some students while beginning the next group of students Life interrupted and I could not get myself back on track. ( Okay that was a real run on sentence emoticon ) My measurement for the week was I would say day not meeting my fitness goal and one day not meeting... Sun, 18 May 2014 06:55:30 EST Follow your own path <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Let go of the worries, fears, false expectations and distractions. Allow yourself to see your own beautiful vision, and follow it joyfully forward." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I was excited to have completed or so I health appointments when I arrived from my mammogram had a dermatologist referral in the mail. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 04:32:20 EST Flexibility <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Flexibility is key! <BR> <BR> Life sometimes means shifting what I think and do nearly on a constant basis. I need to be sure that I am responsive to what life is offering me. <BR> <BR> Today I have a mammogram......way overdue. <BR> <BR> One of my student ends today and I am thinking of having the other end also. I feel that she is not making progress and i have already allowed her to continue past her t... Fri, 16 May 2014 05:06:52 EST Persistent <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "With persistent actions, however, you can start from where you are and get yourself to wherever you wish to be. When you put real, focused effort into your dreams, again and again, those dreams cannot help but become real" Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I know that I need to continuingly work on my habits. Campwannabe fit team has me reading again. A habit that I love. <BR> <BR> I am more conscious of my walking... Thu, 15 May 2014 04:27:13 EST Improving from the inside. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "You may be privy to, or sharing, information about healing and alternative health methods now, dear Libra, as you might have a special interest in getting well or improving from the inside out. You are also seeking more satisfaction in your career or in your public life, and there can be some recognition for all that you do for others. There may be some teaching and sharing connected with your work now... Tue, 13 May 2014 04:09:54 EST Do <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The way out of doubt is to do. The way to get beyond discouragement is with action......... <BR> When you’re doing something positive, effective and meaningful, it’s difficult to be negative. When you’re actively making a difference in life, there’s no energy left for discouragement or despair." <BR> Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I was disappointed in myself last week. I did not get my exercise in and I did not go do... Mon, 12 May 2014 04:50:05 EST Remove the darkness Ladysmith Black Mambazo sing: ‘Baba wethu singenile’: ‘Our father, we have entered in the holy place, as you have invited us. Be close to us. Open our hearts to understand your word. Remove the darkness that surrounds us and give us your light.’ <BR> <BR> From Pray as You Go, a Jesuit website that has a reading for the day that you can download and listen to on the go. "Think back; when did you most feel full of life, most vibrant, when life was particularly good? <BR> <BR> We all expe... Sat, 10 May 2014 04:03:29 EST Problem Solving <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "You are extremely good at solving difficult problems because you’ve done it all your life. You are very good at making things happen when you have a good enough reason to do so. <BR> <BR> So make sure your objective is what you really, truly desire, and make the assumption that you can indeed reach it. With a meaningful purpose and a positive perspective, you’re already well on your way." Ralph Marston <BR... Fri, 9 May 2014 04:11:43 EST