MAGIK0731's SparkPeople Blog MAGIK0731's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Seriously...Christmas Eve is Tomorrow? I really cannot believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow. No doubt these days have gotten away from me. I feel like Halloween was a couple of weeks ago. Time is FLYING! Does anyone else feel this way? Tue, 23 Dec 2014 09:48:42 EST Short Week This week is going to be a short week and I hope to get everything that needs to be done, done. Of course this will also be based on who is willing to respond to their emails/tasks since a lot of people are out of the office this week. Here is to positive thinking! Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:55:04 EST How Mentally Strong Are You Quiz Good Morning! <BR> Happy Friday! <BR> If you are like me and find it fun to take random quizzes then check out this one: How Mentally Strong Are You. I took it and when I read the results, it made me smile. It IS me! Now I know the way the scoring is done is not rocket Science but like I said, quizzes can be amusing. Take it and find out how "strong" you are. <BR> <BR><BR>h/h5 <BR> <BR> My results: Exceptionally Strong <BR> <BR> Your resiliency lev... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:29:03 EST Need to Wake Up! My eyes feel so heavy this morning. I need to wake up! Anyone have any suggestions? The weather isn't great so I am unable to go for a walk at lunch. Maybe some stretching? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:50:07 EST I AM I AM not the Body. <BR> I AM not the Emotion, <BR> I AM not the Thought, <BR> I AM not the Mind, <BR> The mind is only a subtle instrument of the Soul. <BR> <BR> I AM the Soul. <BR> <BR> I am a Spiritual Being of <BR> Divine Intelligence, <BR> Divine Love, <BR> Divine Power, <BR> I AM one with my Higher Soul; <BR> <BR> I AM THAT I AM <BR> <BR> I AM one with the <BR> Divine Spark within me, <BR> I AM connected with God. <BR> I AM one with God. <BR> I AM one with All. <BR> <BR> - Grand Mas... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:52:17 EST Happy HuMp Day! Here is to believing in yourself, your dreams and life! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:26:49 EST Need Advice Hello! <BR> I have someone who is very close to me that is down. I am not saying depressed but I sensed it a while ago someone was going on. I think they are feeling stressed, burdened by what is going on around them. I want to help (because that is what I do) but I am not sure what to say other than "if you want to chat, I am here for you." I did tell them there are days when you just want to go to a field and scream and say "take someone off of my plate." Of which I think I heard a little c... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:38:26 EST Hello! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:54:44 EST Interesting I was just going to post a blog on how I am feeling but decided to journal it instead. Soon as I saved the document, I checked my phone and saw a tweet that said: "It's always good to speak from the heart Trouble is most people speak from the mind and confuse it with the heart. The heart speaks love." Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:17:14 EST Motivational Quote "It's not what it is; it's what you make of it. Today's outcome is in your hands, so make it joyful and exhilarating." - Alex and Ani Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:52:20 EST Tweet/Verse I saw this tweet from Victoria Osteen and thought I'd share it: <BR> <BR> "It takes more energy to be negative than it does to be positive. Be happy, be hopeful and give yourself a rest!" <BR> <BR> I also saw this: "Proverbs 16:9 tells us that 'We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. He is at work no matter what you see!" Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:05:41 EST Hindi Lessons / Course Does anyone know of a college that offers Hindi in the Philadelphia area? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:44:58 EST Happy Thursday! Have a great day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:13:00 EST Happy HuMp Day! Break through those hurdles! <BR> <BR> Tackle that work out! <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself! <BR> <BR> You GOT this! <BR> <BR> You can do it! <BR> <BR> You will succeed! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:07:10 EST Closer to the Weekend One day closer to the weekend! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:43:49 EST Hmm...Ok... Last night I looked at myself in the mirror and did NOT like what I saw. My tummy was HUGE! I know I have been having a lot of salt lately and I know that is partly the cause but that is still not excuse. I also noticed this AM the frame of my face is hidden on the sides. I need to do something about it. I MUST do something about it. <BR> <BR> I eat ok during the day but dinner is the culprit. I must make these changes to succeed and by gosh darn it, I will! Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:57:49 EST Happy HuMp Day! Have an awesome day everyone! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:04:21 EST Keeping My Head Up So I didn't have the best review with my boss last week and I knew it was coming. I haven't been giving my work my all and that is due to a few different factors. I am not looking for excuses, just stating the facts. I also know that I what I am currently doing isn't what I want to be doing. I need to figure out what is it that I want to actually DO and then go do it. Even if it means going back to school. For now I am going to make improvements and simultaneously figure what I want to do, cr... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:16:33 EST Happy HuMp Day! Will be having a 1:1 with my boss today, wish me luck! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:13:21 EST Summer Weather Although this week's weather is suppose to be enjoyable where is the August weather? It is suppose to be low humidity and upper 70s/low 80s all week. It made me realize Fall will be approaching soon. That that I haven't seen the signs in ALL the stores. I really want to enjoy the heat because we only get a few months of it and I like it. I love the feeling of the warm sun on my skin (I don't sit it in for hours or even tan), sometimes even breaking a sweat bc to me, sweating is living! Who kn... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:44:23 EST Have a great day! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a great start to the work week. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:25:28 EST Hello! Just wanted to check in a say HELLO! Hope everyone had a great weekend and a great start to the week! Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:53:34 EST Feeling Good! This morning I am wearing a pair of pants that use to feel a little tight around the waist but this morning they aren't!!!! I have been watching my calories as well as my salt intake and so far so good! :) I have always put in my mind that I want to be "slim & trim" again. That was a compliment a neighbor gave me 8 yrs ago and I KNOW I can do it again. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:09:40 EST My Birthday Week! I still have that childlike feeling when July starts esp when it is the last week. Why you ask? Bc it is my bday week! My bday is the 31st and I am super excited! I don't see it as a year older, I see it for what it IS...the day I came into the world! I know I am no Mother Teresa but who says I have to be. I am ME and I like me, not I love me! Sure I have my days just like everyone else but overall, I am happy who I have become and who I will grow to be. I am not perfect but I am perfect for ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:49:44 EST Happy Friday! It is a beautiful morning and will continue to be a beautiful day. I cannot wait to get outside and enjoy it. I was suppose to be getting on a plane today but I had to move out my flight and I thought I was going to be sad because of my change but it turns out that I am not. I am happy. Happy that I know I did the right thing and happy that I have more time to prepare for my trip. My goals for today: <BR> <BR> 1. To really buckle down and be productive today at work. <BR> 2. Stick to my ea... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:41:55 EST Signs Does anyone else here believe in signs? There was a time in high school I did, then as I got to college I really didn't but now I truly believe in them. It is not only because of a book I read - Ask and It is Given but I have noticed things happening. At first I was getting frustrated because I could not understand why things were unfolding the way they were and now I know. There are some crazy things going on in the world and I believe someone upstairs is trying to keep me safe. I also belie... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:47:03 EST Happy HuMp Day! Hope you all have a great day! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:06:59 EST It's only Tuesday 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! 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! May your day be filled with positivity, love & happiness! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:30:03 EST Waking Up in the AM (without coffee) 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! 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 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! Hope you all have a FABULOUS day! Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:13:14 EST Happy Thursday! 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 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! 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 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! Hope you have a happy, healthy, productive and positive Thursday! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:15:15 EST Happy HuMp Day! Have a great day everyone! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:20:40 EST Happy First Day of July! 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 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! Just checking in to say Hello! Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:42:47 EST Hi! Hope everyone is having/had a great HuMp Day! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:15:40 EST You Know Who You Are 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 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! Hope you all have a great day and a great weekend! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:52:41 EST Checking In 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! 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 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