MAGIK0731's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAGIK0731 MAGIK0731'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/ Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744797 Hope you all have a great day! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:59 EST It's only Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744310 I feel as though I have put in a long week and it is only Tuesday. Good thing I had the right attitude yesterday! WOOWEE! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:08 EST It's Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743489 I refuse to look at this week as another "work week" instead I am going to face it head on and say "I will kick butt!" "I will learn something new" "I will show them!" Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:59:52 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741417 May your day be filled with positivity, love & happiness! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:30:03 EST Waking Up in the AM (without coffee) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739943 I have been drinking green tea in the morning as opposed to coffee and I will say I feel much better through out the day. Although I never really needed to rely on coffee to wake me up, I would have a cup every morning just for the flavor or maybe it is because that is what adults are "supposed to do." Anyhow, I read an article recently that said apples also wake you in the morning. So I pose this question to you all, what do you do to wake up in the AM? (I have never been an early morning ex... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:31:41 EST Doin' It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739190 I have been eating right and doing some exercises and am proud of myself. I am understanding that this weight did not get put on overnight so it is not going to come off overnight. I am watching what I am eating and fitting in some exercises while watching tv. I know I will get there. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:49:40 EST Busy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738438 Hope everyone had a great weekend! <BR> <BR> I will be having a very busy week but wanted to wish you all well. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:55:00 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736584 Hope you all have a FABULOUS day! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:13:14 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735890 Here is to a positive and productive day! <em>213</em> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:50:10 EST Safe Travels to all my BHs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735227 Hope all my BHs that are going to Vegas enjoy their time and live it up!!! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:52:26 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734414 Yesterday I was very aware of what I ate. I have been very aware every day since the dreadful weigh in (7/3 to be exact). In my mind I was calculating what I ate and how much I had remaining. I was careful what I chose for dinner because I didn't want to choose anything bad. I wanted to stay in my range and I did! I even did my exercises last night. <BR> <BR> That scale showed me the light and I plan on TKO'ing it! :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:28:47 EST On the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733687 I got on the scale for the first time in a long time and let me just tell you, I couldn't believe it! I was never a fan of the scale because I never liked the number. I always felt the scale was never correct because its a number that can make you feel terrible. I always relied on measurements. However I decided to "bite the bullet" and hop on, I knew I put some weight back on since my loss 8 yrs ago but I didn't think I put on that much; I neglected to keep track of my measurements as well. ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:09:09 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731214 Hope you have a happy, healthy, productive and positive Thursday! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:15:15 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730410 Have a great day everyone! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:20:40 EST Happy First Day of July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729720 Can you believe it is JULY already? Wow! This year is zipping on by! It has been an interesting one for me thus far but I believe any bad that could have happen did happen and now that the first half is over, I am confident the second half will be kick the first half's rear-end! :) <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:31:28 EST Short Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728979 I cannot believe this weekend is 4th of July! Super duper excited to have off Friday as well! WOOHOO!!! <BR> <BR> Here's to having a productive, healthy & POSITIVE week! Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:20:42 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726459 Just checking in to say Hello! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:42:47 EST Hi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725752 Hope everyone is having/had a great HuMp Day! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:15:40 EST You Know Who You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724031 I just wanted to give a shout out to one of my friends here on SP. She is always ready to listen and offer a logical POV even if I don't want to hear it at times. :) She helps bring me back to Earth when I feel frazzled and just by listening and offering advice (that I often tell to people) she helped changed my mood 100%. I am so thankful for her. Although we haven't met in person but she has meant more to me in the past few years than she knows. Thank you girl! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:46:49 EST Sleepy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721232 My eyes are so heavy today! We had a bad t-storm that woke me up out of my sleep and it took me a few minutes to get back to dreamland and then there are my noisy neighbors. I think I will invest in a pair of ear plugs! :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, hope you all have a great day! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:22:35 EST It's Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717060 Hope you all have a great day and a great weekend! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:52:41 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714912 Hi All! <BR> Just wanted to check in since I haven't blogged in a few weeks. Things have been crazy in my world but nothing that would keep me down. We got through it and because of Faith. I am a believer much more now than ever. I will keep staying positive because I know He has my best interest in mind. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:04:58 EST It's FINALLY FRIIIIIIIIIIIIIDAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696276 Albeit a rainy one and believe when I say "rainy" is an UNDERstatement! Regardless, it is FrIdAy!!!! WOOHOO! Here is to hoping it is a quick yet productive one. I hope it is a healthy one for sick, a happy one for the sad and an positive one for everyone! Fri, 16 May 2014 09:34:44 EST Long Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695561 It has been a long week and we STILL are not done! Gadzooks!!! Has it been long for anyone else? <BR> <BR> I have managed to go for a walk every day this week and have been eating well. I can feel a difference in my body but nothing drastic and that is ok. I keep focusing on my short-term goals and have managed to stay optimistic in other areas of my life. Sometimes it is easy and other time it is not. All I can do is focus on the right here, right now. I am focused on being healthy, eating... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:54:42 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694752 Although feeling a little sleepy, green tea will wake me up, I feel great! I did 2 miles yesterday and slept well last night. Keeping my food clean and getting some walks in, I am getting there. <BR> <BR> Today's thought: <BR> <BR> If you feel like something or someone is getting to you...use that energy to kick butt at the gym. <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great day! <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 09:21:59 EST Ohm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694014 This morning I saw this quote on SP: <BR> <BR> "Things turn out best for those who make the best out of the way things turn out. " - John Wooden <BR> <BR> I found this very fitting considering the mindset I have been dealing with for quite some time. Rather than being frustrated with how things are turning out, I am going to allow these changes and accept that everything that has happened until now has been due to what kind of energy I have been putting out there in the universe. I cannot ... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:14:52 EST What a Great Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693470 We had such nice weather this weekend so needless to say I took advantage of it. I did some running but mostly walking which was fine. I am hopeful the rain will hold off this afternoon so I can get another walk in. If not, no harm in going to the gym or walking around a local mall (no harm there, right). Anyway, hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a great Monday! Mon, 12 May 2014 14:26:23 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691257 Patiently waiting over here for the sun to come out. I thought it was going to but it isn't looking too promising. Hope this weekend will be beautiful, want to go out for a run. <BR> <BR> My plan for today: if not raining, do a mile at the park, if raining: do a run/walk combo at the gym. Fri, 9 May 2014 11:20:20 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689676 This morning was beautiful but it looks like the clouds are rolling in. Better today than the weekend! :) <BR> <BR> Have a great day! Wed, 7 May 2014 10:34:55 EST Almost the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684725 I am so ready for it! Thu, 1 May 2014 09:26:14 EST Cause I'm HAPPY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684114 Just found out that Jordan Knight (guy in my avi) will be on tour this Fall! WOOHOO!!!! He will be touring with Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys (not keen on him but oh well). YAY! Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:24:29 EST Cool & Dreary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683112 Looks like the cool & dreary weather caught up with our region. I much rather have this weather during the work week than the weekend and I think everyone agrees. Don't get me wrong, there are days I wish I could work in my pjs rather than getting ready for work. <BR> <BR> I don't think the rain will hold off in the evening so I will have to make a trip to the gym or do some videos at home. We shall see. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 11:25:38 EST It's Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682245 It is such a beautiful day outside and I am happy we had beautiful weather all weekend so that being indoors today doesn't seem so daunting :) I can't say I did great with eating, ate out a lot but I didn't do too bad. <BR> <BR> I am not sure when the rain will be moving in but I am hoping to get a jog in tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:56:00 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680094 It's Friday. It has been a weird week. I am happy that in a few hours, it will be over and the weekend can begin. I have learned that a past therapy works - writing and that talking it out also helps. I cannot say this week was totally horrible (no week ever is), maybe draining. I am happy that I have found a way to express myself and get my thoughts out, have them make sense to me. <BR> <BR> As for this weekend, I plan on hitting the gym tonight and if doesn't rain tomorrow afternoon, hit t... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:39:29 EST Thankful Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679265 Today I am thankful that I have the control to change my attitude. I can let things get me down or in my way or I can recognize it and move on. <BR> <BR> This morning I heard the song Eye of the Tiger and it got me pumped thinking any challenge that lies ahead of me is mine. I am going to own it and conquer it. Why should I feel defeated without even trying. I am better than this. <BR> <BR> Secondly, I read an article that said to check on your emotional health. Everyone focuses on being p... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:44:46 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678596 Have a great day everyone! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:39:36 EST So Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677798 I have very thankful to have found the amazing friends I have found on here. They offer advice from a unbiased place and they motivate me when I am down. I know we all have our family and friends but there is something about the SP community that really does feel like a family. Some of you I have know for a few years and I know exactly who to go to when I am feeling down. Others are new to my life and we were brought together for a reason. A reason outside of weightloss. So today I want to sa... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:39:59 EST SP Editor Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676874 I saw this in one of the Spark emails and I thought it lined up perfectly with my blog yesterday: <BR> <BR> SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says: <BR> "At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live." <BR> <BR> It is so true. We need to learn to shake things off and do what is best for us. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:36:35 EST Leaving it at the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676361 This morning I allowed something to affect my mood. Although I was already showered and ready to go out for Easter, something happened that made me feel down. So what did I do? I decided to change my clothes and go to a local park for a run. I always feel better after a run and that is what I did. Ok, I wasn't running a marathon but every time that "bad" thought crept into my head, I ran. I didn't listen to music that brought me down, instead I listened to music that made me feel good (thanks... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:45:59 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675095 Have a great weekend everyone! <BR> <BR> If you are feeling down, work it out!!!!!! Take that aggression and do something positive for yourself! Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:57:46 EST Staying Focused http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674154 Like most people, the minute my head hits the pillow my mind starts going. It starts thinking of things that I won't think of during the day. I am tried last night turning those thoughts off but found it difficult. I even counted down from 100 to distract myself and then lull myself to sleep. Can I say I reached 0 and had to start over? I have been blogging about thinking positive and changing my thinking and last night I was trying to ask myself "is this thought realistic?" "Will this though... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:46:41 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673415 Have a great day everyone! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:09:24 EST Changing My Thought Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672702 What a difference from yesterday to today. I don't mind that it is raining, even if I did mind, would that change anything, no? This is just an example of how switching my attitude is so much better for me than not. I am finding positive things in everything and if I feel a negative thought, I think "how does this thought help me in anyway? Did it stem from a realistic point of view?" More often than not, the answer is always NO so rather than thinking negatively, I am changing it. Just like ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:14:17 EST Great Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671863 The weather was absolutely gorgeous all weekend long that if felt sinful to stay indoors. Needless to say I was outside all day Sat and part of Sunday. It is funny how cardio doesn't seem like a chore when the birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the weather is perfect. After I went for a 40 min run/jog I wanted to find more ways to get cardio in. I went to a National Park near me where they typically have bike rentals, I didn't see any but that didn't stop me, even if I didn't end up u... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:32:45 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669669 Have a great day everyone and BE POSITIVE! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:02:17 EST It looks like Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668824 It feels like Spring! Today is suppose to reach a high of almost 70. This will be the first time it has hit 70 since November (thanks to the radio DJ pointing that out). <BR> <BR> Last night I went for walk with my sister last night. We did 2.1 miles. I did a light jog back to my car because I remembered this headband I bought to keep my bangs out of my face. It is by Sweatybands. OMG! It really does work! I hope the rain that is suppose to move in tonight doesn't interrupt our walk this ev... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:55:34 EST Another Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668083 Could it be that Spring is actually here?! I will say, having a "window seat" at work can be tough on days like this. :) BUT I have to put in a good day's work and then I can enjoy my evening. I may even sneak a walk in during lunch and then go later with my sister. Double cardio never hurt anyone, has it? I mean its not high intensity, its a 20 min walk. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, hope everyone has a GREAT HUMP DAY! Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:30:50 EST The Sun is Shining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667386 The birds are chirping and my heart is singing. I am in a good place and am happy. The feeling of happiness is like a high and I don't want to come down! :) Have a great Tuesday everyone! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:42:12 EST New Outlooks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666298 I don't consider myself a controlling person however some events in my life have tricked me into believe I can control a situation. Surprise, surprise, I can't. I have been reading this great book, "Ask & It is Given, Learning to Manifest Your Desires" by Jerry & Esther Hicks and over the weekend I read something that really stayed with me. Instead of me focusing on things I cannot control, I am going to do as the book advises - stay in alignment with Source Energy or God (depending on your i... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:01:56 EST TGIF SparkFriends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664427 I hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:42:47 EST