MAGIK0731's SparkPeople Blog MAGIK0731's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Leaving it at the Park 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! 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 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! Have a great day everyone! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:09:24 EST Changing My Thought Process 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! 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! Have a great day everyone and BE POSITIVE! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:02:17 EST It looks like Spring 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 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 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 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 I hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:42:47 EST You aren't alone It is funny how you can read a blog and feel the same way as someone you don't know albeit happy or sad. Do you ever stumble upon something and think "OMG, I am going though that!" Is it a sign? Coincidence? Blessing in disguise? <BR> <BR> There are times we only want to acknowledge the good in our life but what about the things that aren't so good, you know, the "elephant in the room" topics. Sometimes it is easy to ignore those things but when ignored too long, they become bigger issues. ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:03:43 EST 20 Years Ago Today... Today marks my 20th anniversary of meeting New Kids on the Block for the first time and clearly I will never forget that day. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Today also marks 28 yrs since they released their very first album. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 11:41:21 EST How Did You Do This Weekend? Hi All! <BR> I did quite well this weekend with eating and moving even though it was a rainy weekend. I am happy that I am keeping up the momentum. <em>30</em> <BR> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:54:00 EST Happy Friday! Hope everyone has an easy Friday! Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:44:54 EST Thankful Thursday Today I am thankful for the beautiful day God has provided. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:51:27 EST NKOTB After Dark It has been released, NKOTB will be doing a 4 night stint in Vegas this summer. This is there "only NA" stop since they are all working on solo projects and will be coming off their European tour. I am not sure if I will be going but if I get the opportunity, great! If not, so be it. I will happy for those that get to go and enjoy ALL things NKOTB! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:50:24 EST Motivational Quote "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:48:20 EST Inspirational Quote for the Day “ Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity. ” — Paul Goodman Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:02:34 EST TGIF!!! Although a little chilly this morning, this afternoon is forecasted to be close to 60, not bad for a Friday! :) I'll take it! I am super happy today because a shirt that I have avoided wearing for quite some time looks good on me! I am SO proud of myself and I have the "keep going" mentality back that I was lacking for so long. Instead of thinking, "oh! I shed a few lbs so I can have a slice of pizze," I'm now thinking "this is great! Let's keep going and feel even better!" WOOHOO my slim moj... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:44:38 EST Keep on Smiling The Lord is good! Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:26:41 EST HuMp Day! Happy Hump Day everyone! Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:52:21 EST Read Any Good Books Lately? I was browsing books on Saturday night and came across a great spiritual/inspirational read, Ask and It is Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Jerry & Esther Hicks. It is a really good read. It talks about how the vibrations you send out really affect what happens in your life. I had to check several bookstores to find it, that is how popular it is (and I think the authors are reprinting it). Lately I have been interested in reading these sort of books so if anyone has other recommend... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:51:43 EST Thankful Thursday Today I am thankful for my family & health. I am so blessed to have a great family and good health. I cannot ask for anything more today. What are you thankful for? Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:05:25 EST Inspiration Quote for the Day "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." –Napoleon Hill Tue, 11 Mar 2014 09:14:37 EST Positive Thinking It is amazing how 1 negative thought can outweigh 1,000 positive ones. I wonder why as humans we do that? We are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Why can't we just accept the positivity and the happiness and move on from there? I refuse to succumb to negative thoughts. If you think negative, it manifest negativity, if you think positive, it manifests positivity. It is as simple as that. So, rather than entertain a negative thought/emotion, I am going to let my positive boxing gloves... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:00:57 EST Reading Blogs I am seeing all of these great blogs about people having such great success and I am proud for each and every one. It has been thinking, why am I not pushing myself and doing my measurements, monitoring everything I do and eat and not just going through the motions. I remember when I lost 1/8" and I stoked and now, I don't even measure, I just gauge and how my clothes feel. I know me and that is not enough. I want to have these good people be my motivation to do as they do. Measure myself, re... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:45:58 EST Yoga for Intermediate Hi All! <BR> I have been doing a Yoga dvd for a month now and I am now at the intermediate level only my dvd only has beginners and advanced. Does anyone know of a YouTube video I could watch that will challenge me w/o hurting myself? The instructor I currently have is Kathy Smith. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:40:36 EST Who would've thought Who would've thought that shoveling snow would ease discomfort. One night while I was doing yoga my phone rang and I had to get it seeing that the person who was calling me very rarely calls me at that particular hour. So I moved quickly out of a position, even though I know that is a HUGE no-no in yoga. A couple of days after that, I started to feel a little discomfort radiating down my left. I did the stretches I was taught in PT but they weren't doing the trick. So when I knew I had to sho... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:43:42 EST Happy Friday!!! Hope everyone has a great day and start to the weekend! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:38:05 EST Happy Thursday! Hello All! <BR> I have been super busy that is why my blogs have been one-lines and to keep up with the trend...HAVE A GREAT DAY! Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:04:02 EST Happy HuMp Day! Hope everyone has a great day!!! Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:23:01 EST Stay Warm!! To all of my fellow Americans that are dealing with this bone-chilling weather, stay warm, check in on the elders and pets!!! Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:14:31 EST Happy Friday!!! Have a great weekend!!! Fri, 24 Jan 2014 09:28:43 EST Yoga Clothes Hi All! <BR> I am trying to find a good brand of yoga clothes, anyone have any suggestions? All the pants I find are either too long or they don't seem soft enough. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:43:01 EST Happy Friday!!! Hope everyone has a great day and start to the weekend! Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:47:33 EST Happy New Year! Anyone making resolutions this year or just sticking to goals? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:50:59 EST Tummy Tuck Tuesday Ok so I am NOT getting a tummy tuck but today I am going to dedicate to my tummy. I will keep it locked in and tight throughout the day. I will keep put a post-it on my desk to remind myself to keep it tucked in while sitting and therefore giving me a better posture. Everytime I get up to walk, I will keep it belly to spine to increase my core stability. Tonight I will dedicate my workout to my tummy. Afterall without a tight core everything else falls out of place. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:02:15 EST It's Move It Monday! Time for me to shake off any extra calories I may have consumed this past weekend so I am calling it Move it Monday! Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:54:45 EST TGIF! Hope everyone has a great Friday and weekend!!!! Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:21:44 EST Sugar Attack I don't know what it was last night but I wanted every carb and then every sugar item known to man last night. I resisted the carbs but then I had a sugar attack. I had one of those Skinny Cows ice-cream sandwiches so that wasn't too bad but not quite sure what came over me. I know they say if you crave carbs you could be depressed, I'm not. I guess it was just a fluke and my body was lacking some sugar. Hope that doesn't happen again tonight. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:48:48 EST New Goal After reading a SP member's blog, I saw something that provoked me to add this to my list of goals - avoid processed foods. I have been really good with staying away from luncheon meat but I figured, why not extend that beyond the deli counter. This includes frozen foods as well. <em>58</em> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:25:24 EST New Lunch Ideas - Vegetarian I need some new vegitarian lunch ideas, any suggestions? Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:18:20 EST Start of a New Work Week Good Morning All! <BR> Hope you all have a great start to the work week! <BR> <BR> Here's to starting new goals, starting a new work out regimen, starting new changes and starting NOW! Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:46:42 EST Have a great Thursday It's a little dreary here today but that's ok. The sun needs a break every now and then, right? :) Have a great day! Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:35:54 EST Reading Members Blogs Its amazing how you can read a complete stranger's blog and think "I do that!" or "Me too!" We all go through those days were we having cravings we cannot seem to satisify then we kick our own butts the next day. The important thing to remember is realize its just ONE day and as long as we allow it to happen ONE day, it won't truly sabotage our progress. Even if we do, we KEEP GOING! There has to be something here at SP that still makes us log on, blog, read other people's stories, relate, le... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 08:52:26 EST Inspirational Quote "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:49:25 EST Too Much Toffee Over the weekend I went to an expo show and there they had 2 toffee vendors...I bought 2 different types of toffee and ended up eating ALL of it. Both packages were about 1/4 lb so therefore I ate 1/2 lb of toffee in 24 hrs! SO not necessary but alas I did it. Even though I knew I shouldn't, I couldn't control myself. Needless to say I don't have anymore in my house to this week it won't be a problem; however I need to focus more this week and rid myself of that nasty excess sugar. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:21:54 EST Happy Friday! For this weekend, remember: "What you eat in private, shows in public." Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:41:24 EST