MSROZZIE's SparkPeople Blog MSROZZIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Acquired Skills To live means sharing one another's space, dreams, sorrows, contributing our ears to hear, our eyes to see, our arms to hold, our hearts to love. ~ Paul Tillich ~ <BR> <BR> Effective, creative living takes practice and work. It's important to understand that. Like learning to run a household or manage a company, learning to live happily and well is a matter of acquiring skills. How skillful we are is almost always in direct relationship to how much we practice. "Once in a while" doesn't ge... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:32:54 EST VIRTUES Unless I accept my virtues, I most certainly will be overwhelmed by my faults. <BR> - Robert G. Coleman - <BR> <BR> For many shame-based reasons, it is always easier to acknowledge our flaws than our good features. Perhaps, in the beginning, we sought modesty over vanity when we learned to focus on imperfections. Since we didn't want to be conceited, we downplayed our good qualities until we forgot they existed. But even the best intentions can backfire. <BR> <BR> To recover is to compr... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:51:58 EST HABITS FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I am willing to risk the security of old ways for the prospect of happy, new tomorrows. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If nothing changes, nothing changes. <BR> One reason people like us are attracted to SparkPeople on our journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle is they want change - if not total change, then at least a modification of the portions of our lives that cause us distress. There are... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:16:00 EST Dilemmas FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I will try to give full assent to the choices I make. Fence-sitting is an uncomfortable habit. <BR> <BR> We cook up a good batch of frustration when we insist on having it both ways. But, whether we like it or not, every yes is also a no. A yes to playing with money is a no to a nest egg. A yes to the late movie is a no to an energetic morning. As the proverb says, "Slow and steady wins the race." <BR> <BR> It's a good idea to check out our priorities before we pun... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:08:19 EST On Guard FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I will be on guard against complacency and laziness. I refuse to jeopardize my own progress! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every man is his own chief enemy - Anacharsis <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>593... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 21:36:38 EST Healthy Choice FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> My healthy choice today is to live these twenty-four hours as a bright potential untarnished by yesterday! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>593</em> Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:24:55 EST My SparkPeople Journey There is no such thing as "all at once" on this SparkPeople journey to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The journey to a healthy lifestyle is unique. Unlike other journeys, we can't just pick a destination, hop a jet, and get there quickly on the power of the plane. We are the mode of transportation and the territory to be covered on the fitness and weight management journey. We are the ticket agent, the pilot, and the navigator. The SparkPeople program is the map, but the rest of the jour... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:09:18 EST Holidays Many of us do not even know what feeling jolly is like, let alone being jolly because of a calendar date. As much as we'd like to rise to this puzzling condition, the fact that the holidays are coming only makes us feel guilty somehow. <BR> <BR> It doesn't help to be told we should be merry and lighthearted at this time of year. But it does help to remind ourselves that holiday celebration is largely a matter of choice. We can choose to join the flow of holiday shoppers and buy gifts for ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:22:48 EST Moody Blue I attended the Moody AFB Air Show this weekend with my niece and her adopted daughter. She is a Captain in the USAF and a doctor as well. It was the first time I met Alyssa her adopted daughter. <BR> <BR> The Air Show was exceptional, and well managed. The Wings of Blue Sky Divers and the USAF Thunderbirds were shear perfection! <BR> <BR> I needed a weekend away from home and enjoyed every minute of it. I was a little concerned about my change of routine and healthy eating schedule, but ... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:21:34 EST Breast Cancer Awareness Month October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating healthy, whole foods can all decrease your risk of developing this disease. Don't forget your annual doctor visit! <em>390</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 1 Oct 2015 20:02:47 EST Full Plate FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> The logic is simple enough: If your plate is full stop piling on more. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will become aware of wasting my energy by dealing with too many things at one time. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:19:28 EST Circumstances FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I pray today for rigorous honesty and the ability to see that the answer is within me, not in the circumstances around me. <BR> <BR> I found that my circumstances couldn't improve unless I did. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <BR> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:50:31 EST Wanting the Best Wanting the best, we sometime learned the worst. But the worst was learned in search of the best. We are better, much better, than the sum of our flaws. <BR> <BR> I will learn to accept my frustrations for what they are: the result of my attempts to meet real and legitimate needs. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:31:52 EST Growth FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will be conscious of the growth that is already mine and continue to patiently work my SparkProgram! <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:24:21 EST Happy New Year! The hardest part of any project is beginning! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The person who starts can never be a total failure! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep hope alive! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never let anything dull your Sparkle! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> Tue, 30 Dec 2014 19:49:31 EST Keep Sparking! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HOLIDAYS ENJOY THEM! <BR> <BR> KEEP SPARKING! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 19:32:43 EST SparkPeople FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> Today, I pray for patience with my limitations and faith in the limitless benefits of SparkPeople as it works in my life. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 19:21:52 EST Happiness FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I accept responsibility for my own happiness, for the obstacles I put in my own way, and for the happiness substitutes that I use to distract myself! <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:06:25 EST Self-Esteem FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> My growing self-esteem enables me to be a participator rather than a spectator. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:56:51 EST Progress FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will hope for everything, but expect nothing from the people I love. I will insist on progress from myself only. <BR> <BR> Most of us are responsible for the rain that falls on our parades. We need to lighten up, to back off, and to be more open to happy surprises! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:16:43 EST Sermons FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will make sure my loudest sermons are the quality of my own life. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <img src=""> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:50:56 EST Focus FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will focus on my successes. "I can" is my credo! <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:32:20 EST Making Progress FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will be aware that I am a champion in the making. I may not make a complete turnaround today, but I will make progress. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:34:21 EST Personal Improvement FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will take the best plan I have and put it into action. Today, I will say less and do more! <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 15:46:55 EST Strength FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I pray for the strength to persevere when a task has stopped being fun! <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:40:34 EST Healthy Choice FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> My healthy choice today is to live these twenty-four hours as a bright potential untarnished by yesterday! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:29:11 EST Heart Walk On Saturday, 2 Nov 13, I'll be walking a 5k in memory of my Mom, at the Tampa Bay Heart Walk. This is very special to me as I will be supporting a great organization and honoring my Mom's memory too! <em>311</em> <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Update - 8 Nov 13: The day of the walk was very, very wet and it rained throughout the event. But we persevered and lots of goodies, music and fun had by all! <em>244</em> <em>311</em> <img src=" Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:21:46 EST Personal Renewal FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Personal renewal is possible for me; my SparkPeople fitness and weight management program and goals promises it! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:56:44 EST Accountable FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I am accountable both for what I do and for what I fail to do! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:14:26 EST Why Not! FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will face the "Not Yet" and ask, "Why Not?" <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 5 Oct 2013 18:18:22 EST UNCF 5K Walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Roz and Robert Foster, UNCF Development Director <BR> Date: 7 Sep 2013 <BR> Time: 56:45 <BR> <BR> This is the time of year to get out and walk, run for your favorite charity organization! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>381</em> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:49:28 EST Persistence FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I pray for persistence in the face of many defeats. I ask my Higher Power for courage to keep at it! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:15:46 EST Problems FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I will not define my life by my problems. I remind myself that struggle is part of life - not life itself! <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 19:45:56 EST Serenity FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I value serenity above all else. I no longer have a need for contention - with myself or anybody else. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:47:03 EST Forgiveness FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> What's done is done! When I forgive someone I don't let anybody off the hook but myself. <BR> <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 19:39:16 EST Major Success FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I will learn to be patient with my rate of progress accepting all movement onward as a major success. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:29:28 EST Time and Energy FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Each day I will examine where my time and energy went and decide if they were spent in pursuit of the priorities I have chosen. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <img src=""> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:22:54 EST Time FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will think about my time and energy as my "capital." I will ask my Higher Power to help me spend it wisely to ensure a healthy future. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>104</em> <img src=""> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:00:49 EST Healthy LifeStyle In my dreams I see a slimmer me, healthy and enjoying life. <BR> <BR> Blogging on SparkPeople with my SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> Offering encouragement to family members and friends. <BR> <BR> Planning and preparing healthy meals and sharing with others. <BR> <BR> Loving life and life is loving me back! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>104</em> <img src=""> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:27:47 EST The Spark Solution - Week 1 I've completed Week 1 of the The Spark Solution Challenge. <em>224</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I had reached a plateau and wanted to try something new, but I wanted proper guidance and this book and challenge has been very informative and very helpful. My start weigh-in was: 213.6 and this morning's weigh-in is 210.0. I have increased energy, sleeping better, no daily food cravings and less stress. <BR> <BR> I like the new recipes, their variety, which includes new food items (some I h... Sun, 19 May 2013 18:40:59 EST The Spark Solution Challenge Day 3: I got a good feel of how to prepare the planned 3 meals for the day. Preparation and staying organized helps. After dinner, I cook or bake what I can for the next day or so meal. I don't know how my Mom kept up with all the cooking for the family for so many years!(WOW). <BR> <BR> I stayed within caloric range, but only had one snack for the day. I stay so full with just eating breakfast. Loved the chicken salad and dressing. Prefer Day 1 breakfast. I feel full without any food cravi... Wed, 15 May 2013 22:52:45 EST Act As If... FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I will work to understand that often my actions need to precede my feelings if I am to make progress. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 3 May 2013 20:41:09 EST Moderation FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Life is precious. Today, I will not take my life for granted. I now have enough self-worth to admit my character flaws. I am willing to risk temporary discomfort for the rewards of a better life. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:08:29 EST Blessings FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I will develop an attitude of gratitude each day, giving thanks for my many blessings. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:52:28 EST Weight Loss Vision Statement 1. To solve or prevent medical problems. <BR> <BR> 2. Having the ability to do activities I enjoy or need to do. <BR> <BR> 3. Maintain a healthy weight and to exercise daily. <BR> <BR> 4. Remain active and continue a healthy diet and lifestyle. <BR> <BR> 5. Future good health and self-esteem and be a role model to my relatives and myself. <BR> <BR> 6. Start living! <BR> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:01:52 EST Yes FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> Today, I will say yes to life, yes to love, yes to my own power to make positive decisions. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Fri, 5 Apr 2013 22:35:59 EST Ability FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I thank God for my growing ability to choose. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:09:01 EST Worthwhile Qualities FOOD FOR THOUGHT! <BR> <BR> I am comforted by seeing the good within us all, because that means I am finding more worthwhile qualities within myself. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:45:33 EST Supermarket Shopping Today I shopped for the weekend and bought lots of fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I'm trying a few new SparkPeople recipes and walked through a few aisles for ingredients. Of course I turned into the SNACK aisle and low and behold the 'pretzels' gave me a shout out! I walked through as fast I could and then the 'potato chips' called me by name! Well, I zipped through those aisles for the items I needed and checked out of the store as fast as I could. <BR> <BR> I made it home with m... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 23:26:24 EST Inner Voice FOOD FOR THOUGHT: <BR> <BR> I am learning to say no to the inner voice that demands superhuman efforts. <em>9</em> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:34:09 EST