MAGIK0731's SparkPeople Blog MAGIK0731's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Protein Bars Hello! <BR> What are your thoughts about protein bars? We are constantly bombarded with different types of protein bars and I will admit, since I have started strength training, I decided to pop into the local GNC and look for protein bars on what to eat before/after a workout. I read an article here on SP a while ago about protein bars and the good/bad about them. What are your thoughts? I try not to consume them a lot because let's face it, some are not 100% healthy or good for you. Just cu... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:51:17 EST Full Moon & Sunshine Since last night was the Full Moon I did a much needed meditation and between the release and the sunshine coming through my window this morning, I felt so GOOD this morning, better than I have in MONTHS! The feeling is continuing throughout the day! I feel so HAPPY and lifted! I feel whatever is in my thoughts will manifest. I feel connected to myself and that is extremely important! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:15:51 EST Mysterious Ways The Universe really DOES work in mysterious ways. There is something going on in my life right now that it making me want to throw in the towel. Yesterday I felt numb to the situation, this morning I was thinking it should be my resolve to let it go and then this morning I see this across my email: "The temptation to quit is always greatest before you succeed!" I am taking that to mean for me not to give up. Have you ever had this happen? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:56:15 EST TGIF & TV Theme Songs Hello & TGIF Everyone! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else think of the "TGIF" jingle from the early 90s when they hear "TGIF?" I can even remember to some degree the show line-up. Funny how there are certain tv theme songs that take us back to a simpler time...childhood. It makes me smile when I think of certain theme songs, one is the Golden Girls and the other is Dateline. :) Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:55:45 EST Ninja v Vitamix Hello Everyone! Does anyone have the ninja or Vitamix or another appliance that makes smoothies/shakes? Any suggestions? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:37:20 EST Q: Why Are You So Positive? Yesterday a friend had asked me "why are you so positive?" I found that to be an odd actually made me pause and I responded with "why? someone has to be LOL." I also followed it up with "staying positive it what keeps me going." I have had a lot of people ask why I am always so cheery and positive? Sure, I have my moments just like everyone else but staying positive makes you...happy and who doesn't want that? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 09:04:44 EST Valuing Self and Love Hello Everyone! <BR> I received this in an email and thought I'd share: <BR> <BR> What is important in this moment is what you are choosing to think and believe and say right now. These thoughts and words will create your future. Your thoughts for the experiences of tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. It's only a thought and a thought can be changed. How many times have you refused to think a positive thought about yourself? Well, you can refuse to think negative thoughts abou... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 12:37:26 EST Calling All Spiritual People! Hello Everyone! <BR> How beautiful was the Moon on Saturday night? A friend and I were sitting by the river just discussing events that are happening in our lives and when I mentioned something in mine, all of a sudden wind blew and the water became a little rough...the water was calm the whole evening! It was the freakiest and coolest thing. My friend's reaction was "Wow! Wow! Should I be worried sitting next to you right now?!" haha I was trying to figure out what that answer could mean con... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:13:43 EST What a Song Can Do I woke up on a rollercoaster of emotions. Instead of choosing the low, I opted for the high. Then I heard Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and I realized, I have been so caught up in my own emotions that I really haven't noticed it IS Summertime. These are the days you are supposed to sit back, lemonade in hand, sun in your face and enjoy Mother Nature and all that the Divine has given us. This song (one of my absolute FAVs) really put things into perspective. Instead of thinkin... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:03:26 EST Leo Horoscope "Arriving at an answer is always helpful, but much depends on what we plan to do with our new-found knowledge. Even if we're unsure how we've benefited from knowing something, there are times when we store that knowledge in the belief it might come in handy at some point. Bear that in mind with an answer you appear determined to find now. What will you do with it if or when you do find it? Does knowing the answer to something really serve a helpful purpose now?" <BR> <BR> This is my horosco... Thu, 28 May 2015 09:14:35 EST River Quote I saw this quote this morning here on SP: <BR> <BR> "A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence" - Unknown <BR> <BR> and it made me think of me and my life. I am a very persistent person. I refuse to give up even when everyone else around me does or things seem bleak. However there are days (like today) that I wonder what I am holding on to will actually happen. I think it is because someone else put their feelings on to me and I haven't quite shaken it. I am t... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:18:07 EST New Start Hello! <BR> I woke up feeling some sort of way about my appearance and rather than get down about it, I thought about changing it. I am a true advocate of the whole "if you don't like something, change it" so that is what I am going to do. I am not going to sit and have a pity party but know that how I look is in fact under MY control, no one else's. So with the sun shining down on me, I have decided that I am going to do what I need to do and be happy with every aspect of my life. I have be... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:10:36 EST Crystals Hello! <BR> Does anyone have a favorite crystal? If so, what does the crystal do for you? <BR> <BR> The only time I wore a crystal was when they were a fashion statement back in the 90s. I believe I still have it too. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:20:12 EST A Song to Keep you Going Hello again! <BR> I used to LOVE this particular song when Rocky V came out (not going to lie, had a crush on Sly Stallone's son Sage - may he Rest In Peace) but I digress. Anyway, I listed to it yesterday and realize it is a GREAT song (it's hip-hop) to keep pushing better yourself than you were yesterday. Check out the song on YouTube. I was going to post the lyrics but was afraid of copyright. :) So you can Google them if you want to. The song is: <BR> <BR> Go For It! (Hear... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:02:14 EST E-Cubed Hello! <BR> I am reading Pam Grout's second book on energy experiments, E-Cubed and I must say, the first experiment has been fun! It is about when you wake up, pump your fist 5x, do a dance like a soccer player scoring a goal and listening to Happy by Pharrell Williams, Celebration by Kool & the Gang, I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas and a few others. Well, let me tell you, doing the fist pump and the dance makes me instantly HAPPY! How could you not be?! haha Let alone listening to fun up... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:49:30 EST Fun Question Yesterday I was at a store that had quotes on magnets and although I bought one of my favorite quotes "Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Gandhi. The one that is sticking in my head right now is one said by Satchel Paige and that is: <BR> <BR> "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?" <BR> <BR> So I ask all of you, how old would YOU be? Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:14:31 EST Beautiful Day It looks to be such a beautiful day! I hope by the time I get out of the office it will still be nice. It is amazing what the sun can do! <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:04:58 EST Happy Tuesday! Hope you all have a great day! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:34:05 EST Hello! Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:45:42 EST Happy Friday! I am SO happy it is Friday! Not that it has been a long week, I just love Friday nights! I hope everyone had a great week and gets done whatever needs to get done! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:52:04 EST TBT I cannot believe I made such a STUPID mistake! I know I need to get over it, accept it and move on but talk about a TBT! LOL It is amusing how quickly we can fall into a bad habit and then before we know it, we shake our heads knowing we KNEW better to begin with. *Insert DEEP sigh here* Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:46:03 EST Happy HuMp Day! Hope everyone is staying on track & staying positive! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:56:24 EST Thanks for Sharing! After reading people's blogs, I just wanted to thank everyone for posting their progress, funny gifs, inspirational saying. All of these make my day! They make me realize I am not alone and that a smile can be just a click away. Thank you everyone!!! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:33:13 EST First Day of Spring As I was typing the title of this blog, I almost wrote "Sn" for "snow" since that is what it is doing outside. Funny that it is the First Day of Spring yet in the snow wants to fall one last time. Luckily isn't not too difficult to drive it. Maybe Mother Nature wants to show off one last pretty snow actually is when it is blanketing the grass or just gracefully dancing in the air, caressing the branches of bare trees, showing us the Season has passed and soon we will be seeing brig... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:17:55 EST Hello! Hope everyone is getting done what needs to get done before the work week ends. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:18:14 EST Happy HuMp Day! The sun is shining, I feel well rested. I am feeling good about the choices I have been making and excited to see this through. I am confident in my abilities and in my choices. I KNOW I CAN DO THIS AGAIN! Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:28:46 EST Happy Friday!!! Today started out bright, sunny, blue skies by the mile and it was hard to believe that it was going to cloud over and rain tonight...well as the day progressed the sun went into hiding and the clouds have been rolling in. At least it isn't snow! :) I think the rain will head out late tomorrow morning and the rest of the weekend looks good. I am excited to get outside and go for a walk. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:45:22 EST Kumquats I have found a new little treat that I absolutely love when I am craving something sweet or just want a snack - kumquats. They are just the right amount of sweetness yet sourness that kicks any cravings in the butt! I tried them a few months back and when I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago, I picked them up again. These little things are so good...if you are into the Sour Patch Kids sort of thing. :) Has anyone else tried them? If so, what do you think of them? Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:23:41 EST Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great HuMp day!!!! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:41:19 EST The Snow is Melting Not only am I getting excited for Spring I am anticipating the snow to melt so I can go for walks in the park or on the scenic trails. I absolutely love going for walks with the sun is shining, the trees are alive, being in Nature. It definitely helps to clear your mind and put things into perspective. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:51:57 EST Spring is Coming! We had such a beautiful weekend! I was all set to go for a walk in the park until I realized the pathways weren't cleared (due to the heavy snow that fell last week) so I hit the community gym. It was tough looking outside and being indoors BUT I did it! I came out feeling great! I am excited this week will be warming up and the snow will melt so that I am able to go for walks and enjoy the fresh air. To reconnect with nature, be grounded. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great start to the w... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:41:28 EST Feeling Nervous I am not sure if it is a planetary alignment or what but this has been one weird day for me! This morning I felt as though I should be angry or agitated at someone. My thoughts were having their way with me. Good thing for meditation. I felt calm and present. Well now I feel nervous energy. I am not sure what the heck is going on with me. I feel anxious although I am not having any physical symptoms...what the heck is going on?! This needs to pass and quick! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:42:54 EST So I took the barre class... And OMG was it amazing and intense! I never ever felt that wobbly but great after work-out. My thighs are very tight but I am not in any pain. It is a feeling that I haven't felt in a very long time. I had to stop a few times during class because even though I read how intense the class would be, I didn't expect it to be THAT intense. My glutes were shaking so badly, haha good thing the lights weren't bright! haha The music was great...definitely pushed me to the max and that is what the clas... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:03:11 EST Barre Class Hello! <BR> Has anyone tried a Barre class? There is a studio that opened not far from me that has spin, barre and fusion classes. Since I am not into spinning, I thought I'd try barre class. I just read a little bit about it and I am excited. Has anyone else tried it? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:40:47 EST E-Squared - Reading Hello! <BR> I posted a blog 2 days ago (2/11) asking if anyone has heard of/read E-Squared by Pam Grout. Shortly after posting the blog I went to the local bookstore and picked up a copy. Ok, first off...Pam is FUNNY! It is such an easy and delightful read. There are nine do-it-yourself energy experiments and let me tell you, the one I have done so far as proved to be interesting. I highly suggest picking up the book and having a little fun with life. You will be amazed at what you miss when ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:14:20 EST E-Squared Hello Everyone! <BR> Has anyone read/heard of E-Squared by Pam Grout? I saw that it has really good reviews and I will be picking up a copy soon. Just curious if anyone here has read it and wanted your thoughts/feedback. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 10:54:46 EST Spark Mail How do you get to your Spark Mail? The only time I know how to get to it, is when I received mail. I have been a member for 9 yrs and do you think I can figure it out?! NO! haha <BR> <BR> Btw, cannot believe I have been a member for 9 yrs! WOW! And to think the first 6 months is when I lost 30lbs and within that time I put the weight back on and haven't found the determination or motivation that I once had. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Something will give eventually. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:04:24 EST 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