LAURABELIEVES's SparkPeople Blog LAURABELIEVES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cirque de Soliel was Awesome! This is my third time to see a Cirque de Soleil event. You think you will be used to it. But NO!! It is so awesome. I am so amazed and in awe of these wonderfully talented people. It is just amazing what they can do. Breathtaking and incredible. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:24:39 EST Super Bowl in Dallas You know, I don't like sports so don't care too much that the SuperBowl is going to be here in Dallas on Sunday. But I do feel really bad that this week was supposed to be great for restaurants, vendors, and others to get enjoy the excitement of having so many people in town. A week of ice and a 1/2 foot of snow really put a damper on that. <BR> <BR> I say, bundle up and you sports fan get out there and enjoy it anyway!! Sat, 5 Feb 2011 00:54:45 EST Give Multiple Goodies I would like to give goodies to multiple people at one time. So if someone knows a way to do that, please share it with me. <BR> <BR> I have had some wonderful friends over the couple of years I have been on here and would like to recognize them. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance for your help. <BR> <BR> Hope you are enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland. Snow, snow, snow! :) Fri, 4 Feb 2011 15:06:55 EST Park near Work Wow, I am totally loving my new job. And one ADDITIONAL benefit, is that it has a park just five minutes away. So I can walk 40 minutes everyday at lunch. YEAH!! <BR> <BR> It is nice to get the exercise in during the day. Of course it is going to be hot soon here in Texas so I have to bring an extra shirt to change into to. :) <BR> <BR> All part of the challenge right? ;D <img src=""> Wed, 12 May 2010 23:09:04 EST Chicklets (okay Ducklings) That time of year when all the ducks at Duck Creek by my house are having babies. First part shows some midsize babies 'chicklets'. Then the second part there are 19, yes 19 of them. The third part their are a mama with 2 midsize and three babies. Sorry it gets a little jumpy there, a man stopped to talk to me and then two kids came running up. Sat, 8 May 2010 21:40:07 EST I got a job! Thank you to everyone who thought of me, prayed for me, and wished me good luck. <BR> I finally got a job. (it is a contract again so could last 4 weeks or a year) <BR> <BR> It is great pay, doing what I like, my own office, get to wear jeans everyday and best of all, close to the house. I am very blessed!! <BR> <BR> Darn there is not a thankful or grateful or gratitude icon. I will have to ask for one! <BR> Imagine one here anyway. <em>211</em> Wed, 5 May 2010 20:26:26 EST See the Rainbow! We had a storm and then a beautiful rainbow. (two actually but hard to see the second one on film) It is always so awesome to catch the rainbows, right?! Mon, 3 May 2010 21:47:26 EST My Whole Garden I took a new video of the whole garden today. Sorry you have to tilt your head at the beginning but I wanted to get my pond with my garden angel. You will see roses, alyssum, canna lilly, pansies, carnation bush, and my favorite marigolds. Sun, 2 May 2010 10:34:27 EST Four Rose Bushes I thought I had a video of my whole garden. But the roses have been doing better then ever so my videos all seem to be about them. If you like roses then you may enjoy this. :) Sat, 1 May 2010 22:44:50 EST Gearing up to start again Hey All, I have been away awhile. I am going to try to get back to this. I miss 'seeing' and 'talking' to everyone. Hope all of you are well. <BR> <BR> I have been totally enjoying the incredible weather. It has been something else hasn't it? I can't believe it is cool enough to enjoy just being outside. In May in TEXAS! Whew. Wonderful. <BR> <BR> I will put a video out here of some of the beautiful spring gardens I have going on right now. <BR> <BR> Laura Sat, 1 May 2010 22:12:10 EST My New Short Hairstyle I know my profile picture doesn't show my long hair so you guys haven't really seen it. But I did get my hair cut short after wearing it long for five years. Usually I only last two years with long hair and then cut it off. So I did better. But I had to get ready for a hot Texas summer. :) Sun, 11 Apr 2010 22:08:54 EST Am I looking in the Wrong Place? As most of you know I have been trying to find a new job as a Software Trainer (which I have done for 17 years) or a Technical Writer (which I have done for 7 years). But you know what has been happening? The more I have been looking for a job the more I keep getting individual jobs for my business. WHAT?! I don't get it. Doing nothing different, not even talking about my business, I have suddenly have 4 tutoring jobs, a job to create and update a person's blog, and I just got another job to ... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 16:16:00 EST Social Networking I am curious about how many people do social networking like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. More and more everyone is going to this sort of medium. Even as I am looking for a job I am seeing job titles for 'Social Networking Experts'. It is an interesting phenomenon. On one page I saw this person was attached to 53 social networks. Wow! Amazing isn't it. <BR> <BR> So tell me, how many of you are doing social networking? How many sites are you on? What is your main goal in doing so? <BR>... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:56:48 EST Dallas Blooms - ENJOY! Dallas Arboretum, thousands of tulips, cherry tree blossoms and other beautiful flowers. Along with one of the most beautiful songs. "No Se Tu" Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:27:12 EST Do You Ever Forget What You LOVE? Hey Everyone, answer me this... (you can do this in your head or actually answer me here. ;) <BR> <BR> Have you ever forgotten how much you love to do something until you get the opportunity to do it again. I LOVE TO TRAIN!!! <BR> <BR> I have been doing Technical Writing the last few years because that is where the jobs are. But I have started doing some side computer training/tutoring jobs and I forgot how much I love to train. <BR> <BR> I love to give the knowledge and have people get th... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:58:44 EST Ahhhh, the 2nd day of Spring! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know another weather blog. But Ladies (and some gentlemen) I am just shocked that Dallas Texas who hasn't gotten 6 inches of snow in 15 years can get a second pouring of that much snow. AND on the 2nd day of spring. I am just amazed. It is beautiful though again. And tomorrow we are supposed to have mid to high 60's so it will be gone. <BR> <BR> But I had to get up at 5:30 so I could go get pictures and then ag... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:36:10 EST Snow Flurries in Texas Incredible! Snow flurries in Texas on the first day of spring. REALLY?!!!! Are you kidding me? I had my gloves and the hood of my coat. Wow. <BR> <BR> There are some years I only wear a coat like 3 times during the whole winter. Not at all true this year. I want to see some more rose trees like I did in Ocean Springs, MS. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Mar 2010 18:46:17 EST The Diet Handbook (fatloss4idiots) Okay, have another question. <BR> <BR> I met a girl at a business networking event tonight. As I passed the table of food, I mentioned it all looked good but was all fattening. She said to eat, live is too short. Okay we have all heard that, but I also know that I want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Well she then mentioned she has lost 30 since September of last year. She said it was easy, 11 days on the diet - 3 days off. And she gave me a website Well when I got there, it was... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:16:24 EST Bone Density Hey All, I am going in for a bone density test next Friday. Never had one before. Has anyone? What are they like? What should I expect? <BR> <BR> Don't you love all the things we have to do as we get older? <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 11:05:25 EST Long Weekend on the Beach <img src=""> <BR> Well I needed some sand beneath my feet. So my husband and I took off for Biloxi, MS and did just that. We walked several miles on the beach one day. We walked over a long bridge (1.2 miles each way) and then around a beautiful small town another day. Then we walked over three hours on a different beach (on Dauphin Island). It was ALL WONDERFUL! And we got in some great exercise. <BR> <BR> THAT is what it is all about... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 23:21:13 EST How to Create a Collage Picture <img src=""> <BR> You find the pictures that inspire you, create a PowerPoint and then save it as a picture to use on your webpage, as a Profile pic, on Facebook, as a Desktop Background. Wherever you want! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 12:39:04 EST Beautiful Clouds and Dreams <img src=""> <BR> I don't know why but I love clouds. I love looking at them and so enjoy taking pictures of them. <BR> <BR> Clouds I guess make me think of change. And change can bring about such unexpected but exciting things to ones life. So I watched the clouds and know that good things are on their way. I just have to be ready to see them, accept them and enjoy them! Sun, 7 Mar 2010 09:42:10 EST Beauty Queen on Dr. OZ It was very exciting to see the lady from SparkPeople on Dr. Oz just a few minutes ago. Unfortunately I can't remember her name to give her the recognition she deserves. I tried searching for her too. <BR> <BR> Anyway she did a beautiful job on the show and gave some great advice. And she is going to help three former Beauty Queens to get back into shape. I wish her and them much success! <BR> <BR> I only wish she had gotten the opportunity to mention SparkPeople! Thu, 4 Mar 2010 20:50:00 EST I am thinking about NOT thinking about food It is funny because it seems like I used to think about food all the time. "When do I eat next", "What will I eat", "Will I have access to food", "Am I making the right choices".... <BR> <BR> But what I found lately is I don't even think about food very much now. I know I have bought the right foods to eat. I pack foods that are good if I am going somewhere. So now I don't have to think about it. It just IS! <BR> <BR> So I had to take a moment to think about NOT thinking about food because ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 16:26:25 EST Affirmations <img src=""> <BR> Someone asked me what an Affirmation CD was, I thought others may want to know too. <BR> <BR> An Affirmation CD is a CD that plays and says Affirmations and you repeat them back. Aloud if you can (more effective) in your head if you are worried of others hearing or seeing you speak. <BR> <BR> It is things like: I am growing stronger and stronger each day. I see my success in everything I do. Weight loss comes easily a... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:50:05 EST What Would You Be? <img src=""> <BR> I get the opportunity to find a new career! So today I will spend time thinking about what I would like to be, do differently, accomplish in the next five years, and how I will continue a successful live with SparkPeople friends and all my other friends and family! <BR> <BR> If you could be anything and you had no time or money restraints, what would you be? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:12:39 EST I Choose to be Happy Well, it happened. I was laid off for the first time in my life. Of the 100 people we had in January, there will only be 8 left. Even though I have been through lay-offs 8 or 10 times before. But you know what I choose to be happy. <BR> <BR> I was telling one of the guys I work with he will have to finish writing the manuals and that my last day is Friday. He said 'Yeah right, that is why you are so happy.' I told him, 'I am being let go. But whether I am happy or sad, I am still going to b... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:26:09 EST Through Stress Comes Kindness In these times when companies are constantly down-sizing and right-sizing there is always a lot of stress. The stress comes first from the rumors that it may happen, then the actual doomsday when it happens, and then the aftermath of finding out how the company is going to operate. But there is one other thing that happens through all of this too? Kindness! <BR> <BR> People start reaching out to people like never before. Feelings are displayed, discussed, and disseminated. There is concern a... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 08:19:11 EST For YOU - THANKS I just want to say thank you to all of you for so many reasons and so many people! <BR> Thanks to the Leaders here on SparkPeople, that take their time to lead a group and answer questions and be supportive. <BR> Thanks to all the people who are supportive of those in need and taking time to congratulate those with success. <BR> Thanks to all the people that have followed their lives passion and created videos for us to exercise, books to help support our minds, and F*R*E*E* websites for us t... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 08:53:50 EST Too much fun... Snow again tomorrow. It was 65 yesterday. We have so much fun in Texas. But we did outsmart the weather, we planted our onions and lettuce in tubs that we can move in and outdoors instead on in the ground! <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 11:23:54 EST Walked outside today (almost 60 out) Wow what a blessing. It was close to 60 so I was able to walk for an hour outside today at lunch rather than the treadmill inside. It is so wonderful. It makes you feel so alive. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Feb 2010 13:48:41 EST Blog for my fellow Dallas-ites <img src=""> <BR> Hey All, I just wanted to let you know about an incredible experience I had. I decided I really wanted a massage but didn't want to spend the $60+ or so (I have a lot of taxes to pay). So I saw a new place opened down the street from me. It is a Foot Spa. I thought okay for $28 I am willing to at least get that done. <BR> <BR> OH MY GOSH!! It was wonderful! They say you get 60 minute foot massage with a complimentary shoul... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:39:06 EST Snow and Angels This is a video of the FOOT of snow we got in Dallas on Feb 11 and 12th 2010. RECORD for us. 'Angels Among Us' is the song. Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:47:58 EST A FOOT of Snow in Dallas?! You betcha! Incredible as it may seem. It broke all records. In fact in the 17 years I have lived here in Dallas I think I could combine all the snow fall and not get that much. Whew, incredible! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:47:50 EST My Article about 'The Spark' Published on Ezine Article <img src=""> <BR> <link>,-Friendship-a<BR>nd-Weight-Loss&id=3728710 </link> <BR> <BR> Fun, Friendship and Weightloss <BR> What is weight loss all about? If you said 'duh'; you may want to read this article. Of course we all want to lose weight, look better, feel great, be healthier and all that jazz. But what is truly the hardest thing about losing weight? (well maybe two things) Doing it and then keeping it off! Th... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:36:27 EST Experience is Your Friend Did you ever have a job you hated or an experience that you thought you wish had never happened. I think we all have. But what I have found (especially more and more as I get older) is a LOT of times those experiences will help you in the future in something you really do enjoy. Think if you hadn't had it you might not be able to do/accomplish what you now can. It is AMAZING when you find the good thing that comes from the bad! Tue, 9 Feb 2010 11:48:05 EST Success Steps I really stayed on track with my food. I walked for two and half hours. I created five 'dishes' from Spark recipes. These are the things that will lead to success! (lost a pound) I am so excited that they come so easily to me now. Woo Hoo! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 08:34:03 EST Love to Create! LAURABELIEVES is feeling very creative. Love to write and create PowerPoints and websites. Fun, fun! <BR> <BR> That is my status but also what I want to blog about. I find that Spark Blogging is just one of the creative things I like to do. I so enjoy writing. I love creating Vision Boards (I have 4 now). I am passionate about PowerPoint and web design, creating Affirmations. <BR> <BR> Ohhhh, just all of that fun, creative stuff! Can you feel my excitement?!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 14:37:23 EST Credit for Journaling I think journaling can be a huge help to people. It can track moods, thoughts, ideas. It can be a 'friend' who will 'listen' no matter what you have to say. It helps you understand things that are going on and that can cause changes in how in you eat. (especially for emotional eaters like myself) <BR> <BR> Journaling is a good thing. I think we all should practice this as often as possible. Even if we don't get Spark points for doing it! <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Feb 2010 08:45:46 EST Staying Busy - Beats Boredom and Eating I know there are a lot of you like me, who are emotional eaters. One of those emotions is boredom. I know sooner start to feel the boredom bug and BAM I am thinking about eating. Wow, it is amazing how quickly it comes on. <BR> <BR> What I suggest is start finding things (make a list to refer to) that you can quickly turn to that will keep your mind busy. Yes, throw in a 10 minute workout if you are so inspired. But other things may be to look up new recipes. Write in your journal of dreams,... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:53:40 EST Inspired by ALL of You! I am so grateful to be a part of the Spark People group. You all are so wonderful and inspire me so. It makes me so happy just to come out here and see how people are doing and what they are up to. <BR> <BR> Ya'll (yes, I am from Texas) are Incredible! Fri, 29 Jan 2010 08:30:50 EST Compliment Others I love to compliment people! Not because I am insincere, not because I am wanting anything from them... I love to do it simply because it is a quick way to make people feel better. And it NEVER hurts you to give it away. <BR> <BR> There is always something nice you can say. I don't even think about it, the words just flow. And it is not just always about their clothes or hair either. If you hear someone solve a problem easily, admire that, compliment that. If you see someone smile, that is w... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:13:00 EST "The Secret" I know it has been a couple of years since "The Secret" has come out. How many of you have watched it? When was the last time you did so? <BR> <BR> I have had the opportunity to be an author in the same magazine with Dr. Denis Waitley from 'The Secret'. And I have been a huge fan of Jack Canfield for many many years. <BR> <BR> It is a great movie if you need inspiration, motivation, positive integration, or just to really want to understand how to change your life. <BR> <BR> And it can h... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:00:24 EST Biggest Loser Statement I know a lot of you watch Biggest Loser. It is great to see people succeeding like ourselves. This week, one of them that is not at the ranch right now said something and though I know I have heard it before I have share it with those of you who may have missed it. <BR> <BR> "You can't go forward looking in the rear view mirror!" <BR> <BR> You know that is the truth. We need to focus on what we can do NOW (I call that New Opportunities Within - a program I created) and then the future will... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:16:33 EST Quiet entry I have to focus on enjoying my lunch so I am quietly putting up a blog. <BR> Besides making changes I need to make, I am also making changes because... <BR> <BR> Today I am eating Mushroom Risotto. I don't like mushrooms but I am trying to learn! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:57:50 EST Never Spiral Down - You Have the Choice! This is a Positive Message (so don't let the first part fool you) <BR> <BR> I started packing my lunch and then I knocked a small bowl of chipotle sauce off the shelf and the lid flew and it splattered everywhere in the refrigerator. Then I open up a container of fruit, try to put the lid back on, and hit the side. Now I had raspberries, blackberries and blueberries all over my kitchen floor. I let my mind go for one second to "Oh it is a Monday" and then STOPPED! <BR> <BR> I realize I coul... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 09:06:50 EST Work Team Losing is SO Inspirational It is just Amazing how effective it is when you get a group of people losing the weight at the same time. When you pass in the hall instead of the plain old "Hi, How are you?" you get things like, "You are looking good", "What goal did you meet?", "What activity did you do towards your weight loss", and many other exciting and inspiring things. Everybody is excited and happy for everyone else's progress. <BR> <BR> Try starting your own Spark Team Work Challenge. I think you would find it ver... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 10:40:37 EST DO THIS! It will make a Difference! Ladies and Gentlemen, I hope you are so excited about SparkPeople and that you are really using all the different pieces of it. It is such a great site and it really helps you keep on track. It is exciting to see and FEEL the changes. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:13:57 EST Exercise different times for fun and variety! I fit my exercise in several places/times a day. I found that it is helping me to stop being so bored. So I will walk up 6 flights of stairs. Do 30 minutes of treadmill in the middle of the afternoon (I have a very sedetary job) or stop by the gym. I think routines are important to make you stick to things but also the variety keeps it interesting and my body doesn't get used to just one thing or time. Fri, 8 Jan 2010 08:15:29 EST When Everything is Good Don't you love those days when everything is good. You enjoy your work. You like the people you work with. You seem to be in the flow. Your just glad the way things are. Joy is all around. I just can't explain it but I wish for each of you this wonderful feeling, as often as possible! Thu, 7 Jan 2010 10:13:54 EST