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/ River Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912277 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910437 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908181 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906473 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 yourself...to 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906391 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904679 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904177 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902838 Hope you all have a great day! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:34:05 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902359 Hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:45:42 EST Happy Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900674 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899919 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899418 Hope everyone is staying on track & staying positive! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:56:24 EST Thanks for Sharing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898741 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896378 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 time...how 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895818 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895202 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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892360 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891697 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891144 Hope you all are having a great HuMp day!!!! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:41:19 EST The Snow is Melting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890379 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889774 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886988 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878139 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877540 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875172 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873800 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863594 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837422 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836751 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835328 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> http://bitecharge.com/play/mentalstrengt<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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834865 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834343 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834332 Here is to believing in yourself, your dreams and life! Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:26:49 EST Need Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830835 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826356 Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:54:44 EST Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818327 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815479 "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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812493 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806232 Does anyone know of a college that offers Hindi in the Philadelphia area? Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:44:58 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768637 Have a great day! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:13:00 EST Happy HuMp Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767980 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767234 One day closer to the weekend! Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:43:49 EST Hmm...Ok... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764122 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763488 Have an awesome day everyone! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:04:21 EST Keeping My Head Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762751 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758809 Will be having a 1:1 with my boss today, wish me luck! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:13:21 EST Summer Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758151 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757516 Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and a great start to the work week. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 11:25:28 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753559 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748796 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