PLAYBLUES22's SparkPeople Blog PLAYBLUES22's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Inspiration For Today You have came this far. Behind you, your victories have piled up. You did all those things that you once thought that you could not do. You found courage in the most of your circumstances, and you found friends and encouragement in the most unlikely of places. <BR> <BR> You have built what could not be built and you have traveled roads reserved only for you .Defeat has dogged your path, but today you are still a warrior, still walking your path, and still noble to your creed. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 17:21:22 EST My Inspiration For Today We can not change yesterday, so why focus on it? Look at today, tomorrow and the future and create the life you want. There is still time. <BR> <BR> Love and blessings for a fantastic April <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Apr 2013 20:24:46 EST My Inspiration For Today <img src=""> Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:27:14 EST My Inspiration For Today When you hold a belief about yourself and your ability to accomplish your goal, you do not think about sacrifices. You hold that conviction, through thick and thin. You see the outcome you want and go after it. The course may twist and turn, often times in unexpected ways. That's okay, it's just part of your process. <BR> <BR> Hang in there, you will get there! Stay strong! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:16:20 EST My Inspiration For Today Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You do not have to like is just easier if you do. <BR> <BR> <BR> At times, I have wondered if this was true... and then I know that everything I have done, everyone I have met, every situation I have found myself in brought me to today. When I let go of resistance, when I stop demanding to know why and just be, my life seems easier. I am still learn... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:19:04 EST My Inspiration For Today A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?" "Because I'm a woman," she told him. <BR> <BR> "I don't understand," he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will." <BR> <BR> Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?" <BR> <BR> "All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say. <BR> <BR> The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry. <BR> <BR> Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on th... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:19:23 EST My Affirmation For Today There is an old saying that goes a bit like this...Life is tough, so get a helmet. If you make up your mind to persist until you succeed, you may have to don your armor. <BR> <BR> With this armor, criticism bounces off you, negative energy reflects back to those sending it. Nothing will affect you. <BR> <BR> When you are persistent, you must also be strong and resilient. Bounce back from setbacks, look fear in the eye and wink :-) You know what you want, you just have to go and get it ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:59:28 EST My Affirmation For Today I know all of us have heard or read of the horrific shooting of our children this week. Please take time to hold on a little tighter to your the little ones you have at home, for we are truly blessed with them in our lives <BR> <BR> Where there is pain, <BR> I wish you peace and mercy. <BR> Where there is self-doubting, <BR> I wish you a renewed confidence in your ability to work through them. <BR> Where there is tiredness or exhaustion, <BR> Iwish you understanding, patience, and renewed... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 16:41:53 EST Keep Up The Hard Work A window to the world <BR> A painting to some <BR> Sometimes slowly beckoning <BR> Sometimes saying come. <BR> <BR> See what is in your world <BR> Through the pane of your life <BR> Tell me what you think you see <BR> Is your world cold as ice? <BR> <BR> When you glance upon yourself <BR> Is the painting colored vivid <BR> Or is it just a mirage <BR> Of a life you wished you lived? <BR> <BR> Why not change the colors <BR> Take on a brighter hue <BR> Change the reflection of your life <... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 07:40:38 EST My Affirmation For Today Sometimes it is hard to face the day, when you really do not get a good nights sleep, but we do wake up and get the chance to take that beautiful place in our dreams and make it a reality, one step at a time. Do not give up on your dreams if they do not happen as quickly as you want them to. Let them motivate you to continue on the quest. Focus and move forward. <BR> <BR> Here's to you and the dreams you have. Cherish and nourish each one. :-) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 11:17:26 EST My Affirmation For Today " Hope. It is a strange word isn't it? <BR> <BR> How can we have hope when everything is gone? How can we believe that things will get better when we have lost sight of our dreams The reason is because hope forces to refuse to give up. It gives the infinite power to never stop trying. Hope is the undying power that drives us to achieve any goal, anywhere, anytime. Never stop believing in hope. Somewhere, somehow hope can exist. Use it to strengthen your heart and empower your soul." <BR> ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:38:37 EST My Affirmation For Today Life is strange, sometimes very dark, and very uncertain. Some think of life as passion, and some think of life as what a man is willing to give his or her thoughts to <BR> <BR> Some call life a continual cycle of new surprises, while some say that life is one thing after another, as it were only a series of events. <BR> <BR> One thing that we may all conclude about life is that it is definitely what you make it. You will always have a choice in life, and from these choices you will have la... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:23:11 EST My Affirmation For Today Good morning my Spark friends, even though Thanksgiving has passed us by we still have other holiday's ahead that we still should be very thankful for . Each holiday, each day, each rising in the morning is a reason to give thanks <BR> <BR> Be thankful today for everything and for everyone who has come into your life. Each experience, event and person you have met, has been placed in your life for a reason. <BR> <BR> Believe in people, believe tin their goodness. It is there, shining br... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 12:59:20 EST My Affirmation For Today <img src=""> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 17:50:26 EST My Affirmation For Today The holidays are upon us and it can be a very joyful time of year. Some of us have problems during the holidays, and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us anymore. Many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. <BR> <BR> We all need caring thoughts and loving prayer right now. Give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just nee... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:57:47 EST My Affirmation For Today Good morning my Spark friends, I just got off the scale and I was wondering, is everyone as anal as I am with the scale when you are trying to achieve a goal? <BR> <BR> I have to realize that weight fluctuates from hour to hour and day to day. Jumping on the scale too often can become frustrating and get in the way of you seeing your overall progress. Weighing yourself once a week gives you enough feedback. I have to focus on the non-scale changes, such as how my clothing fits and the com... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:39:06 EST My Affirmation For Today <BR> <BR> If you choose, you will find that today is an amazing day. It is filled with countless blessings and opportunities. You will find plenty of reasons to smile and even more to laugh. The only requirement to see all it has to offer is that you live it. <BR> <BR> So many people will awaken to this beautiful day and embrace all its blessings. Today is a new day. It is your day. Today, you awaken to a day in which you have the power to make and inspire change. <BR> <BR> In fact, ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 16:06:25 EST My Affirmation For Today From November the 1st until November the 30th you are to walk 90 miles using ONLY Leslie Sansone is up to YOU to pick how many miles that you want to do for each day that you walk, and its up to YOU to pick which days you want to walk as long as you complete 90 miles for the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Nov 2012 17:25:43 EST Read This To Challenge Me :) Good morning my Spark friends I seen this dare and I thought it would be a great challenge for me or anyone of you who would like to help motivate your teams or your Spark buddies <BR> <BR> This offer is good until today <em>104</em> If you need a good challenge, try sharing this post, and see how many you can do also Happy Sunday people, get liking, I want to get my sweat on tonight. I will do 5 pushups for everyone who reads and comments to this blog <BR> <BR> Ronnie <BR> <BR> LET'... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 09:55:28 EST My Affirmation For Today Many of us are guilty of letting our food choices slide a bit on the weekend...just remember, your body doesn't care what day it is, anything you put in is gonna STAY there until you work it off ;) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 3 Nov 2012 11:55:03 EST My Affirmation For Today There may be days when you get up in the morning and things are not the way you had hoped they would be. That is when you have to tell yourself that things will get better. There are times when people disappoint you and let you down, but those are the times when you must remind yourself to trust your own judgments and opinions, to keep you life focused on believing in yourself and all that you are capable of. <BR> <BR> There will be challenges to face and changes to make in your life, and ... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 17:24:55 EST When A Winner Loses, He Always Comes Back To Be A Better Winner Refuse to remain fallen...... Refuse to quit....Refuse to give up.... Refuse to accept a 'No' from life. To fail without putting in the efforts is wrong, but failure in itself can never be wrong. Dare to fail, for only those who fail enough can succeed enough. . <BR> <BR> No new venture guarantees success and no new goal promises success Only those who are willing to persist in spite of temporary set backs, only those who are willing to persevere in spite of midway failures, only those who w... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:35:10 EST My Affirmation For Today I was going through my closets today, trying on my old things to see what still fit , when this questioned hit me. Is putting on old clothes motivating or depressing? <BR> <BR> It is easy for me to get bored with a healthy diet and keeping fit. Especially with 14 Grand children and 2 Great grand kids .It can sometimes seem really difficult just to find the time to get out for a jog or even do a 30 minute workout and I really have to force myself to do it some days. <BR> <BR> It can some... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 17:40:35 EST My Affirmation For Today <BR> Most of us have some problem area in our body and no matter what we do it stays the same. Love your problem areas anyway. Whether you have a big butt, muffin top, or just plain need some toning <BR> <BR> Love everything about your body as is. For whatever reason, you were given the body that you have. Know that it is perfect for what you are meant to achieve, and learn in this lifetime. Be grateful for the years it has hung in there when you were not so nice to it and sometimes even ... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 14:41:44 EST My Affirmation For Today Change is a fragile process. With encouragement from the right people, combined with diligence, perseverance, and vigilance, it can happen. It takes courage to change and most people, just are not courageous. Those are the same people that do not like to see others change. The saddest part is that most are family and friends. <BR> <BR> Smiling in our face, but hating on us in their spirit. They flatter us with phony, but positive praise like,I am so proud of you, keep up the good wor... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:26:02 EST My Affirmation For Today Good afternoon my Spark friends when I seen this little picture it remind me of my after 8pm binge <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we have to readjust our plan because we are not getting the results we want. In fact, once we realize that what we are doing is ineffective, we can change course. It is important to remember that to have the ability to change our direction, when need be, is a valuable skill... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:07:19 EST My Affirmation For Today Deep down in each of us, there lies someone we never really knew growing up. It is a part of ourselves that we are afraid to reveal, because of fear of rejection from others. This fear leads us to actually reject ourselves. <BR> <BR> <BR> So we spend our time and money trying to become someone we are not. Running from reality and taking flight in a fantasy. I remember in my fantasy, I would pretend to be Dinah Carroll I would spend hours in the mirror saying, I am pretty or You not ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:11:13 EST My Affirmation For Today Good afternoon Spark friends just sitting here feeling a little disappointed in myself Thinking how I am going to win this battle of the bulge this time <BR> <BR> I would lose 5 to 10 pounds with each diet program I started and with each program only to gain it back in a few months. I had officially reached a point where I was failing at every weight loss system. I am 64 years old and weigh 190 pounds and I refused to let another day of my 60's go by without rocking a cute dress , high h... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:20:21 EST My Affirmation For Today Once you decide you are going to succeed, really decide, nothing can stop you. Your determination drives you to see it through. <BR> <BR> Here's to you and your decision! I am ight here with you, cheering you on! <BR> <BR> Have a fantastic day/afternoon/night and weekend! <BR> <BR> Ronnie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 10:47:01 EST My Affirmation For Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you my Spark friends, for always being there for me Thu, 18 Oct 2012 18:11:07 EST Keep Up The Hard Work The thing with diets is that it is pretty rare for anyone to decide to go on a diet and then to just go ahead and do it. Chances are you think I messed up my diet this weekend so I will start on Monday, or I will really need to lose weight for the wedding, I will start on the first of next month and that will give me plenty of time to get slim <BR> <BR> Well if you are sitting in front of a pizza or with a kitchen stuffed full of goodies for the weekend there is almost no chance that ... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 17:47:07 EST My Affirmation For Today So much of what we do in life is insignificant. <BR> So many things that we think are so important, <BR> End up being meaningless when we step back and look. <BR> So step forward and look into the microscope; <BR> Examine your life and your intentions. <BR> <BR> If you feel that things are out of sync <BR> Then change them, change something. <BR> Often, change is what we fear the most <BR> When in reality, it is the best thing for us. <BR> <BR> Do not ask life to come to you, <BR> Ask life... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:29:40 EST My Affirmation For Today Good afternoon my Sparklers , we are easing into day 3 and i just realize that I have to step it up if I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month. I got looking into the mirror and I thought where did the years go? <BR> <BR> Some of us view our weight problem as the barrier to our happiness and success in life. We are certain that once we lose the weight our real lives will begin, and the story of our lives will have a happy ending, with either prince charming arriving on his wh... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 17:39:52 EST My Affirmation For Today Hi Spark buddies how are you doing to day? Not giving up are you? Do not give up!! You have came way too far to give up now. Think of everything you have gone through, the sacrifices you have made. Now is your time to shine. Hang in there, give it one more shot, your best shot. <BR> <BR> When you stand on the edge of greatness, you must be willing to keep going. Yes, sometimes it feels like you might not make it, but you have to look deep inside yourself and say " I can do this, I m... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:25:29 EST My Affirmation For Today Good morning my Sparkfriends. Well here we are, at the 1st day of October and the year is close to coming to an end. There is inside you all of the potential to be whatever you want to be, all of the energy to do whatever you want to do. <BR> <BR> Imagine yourself as you would like to be, doing what you want to do and each day, take one step towards your dream, and though at times it may seem too difficult to continue, hold on to your dream. <BR> <BR> One morning you will awake to find th... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 11:36:56 EST Cherish Your Dreams Our lives are made up of a million moments, spent in a million different ways. <BR> Some are spent searching for love, peace, and harmony. Others are spent surviving day by day. <BR> <BR> But there is no greater moment than when we find that life, with all it's joys and sorrows, is meant to be lived one day at a time. It is in this knowledge that we discover the most wonderful truth of all. <BR> <BR> Whether we live in a forty room mansion, surrounded by servants and wealth, <BR> or find ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:31:36 EST It Ain't Over Till It's Over This week September 20th will be coming up and it is an important day, as it begins the 100 day countdown of the year. 265 days are now gone, and the only ones <BR> that matter now are these final 100 days. Each one is important. Each one counts. <BR> <BR> There is still time to reach your goals. If you are below target or unhappy with your performance then you must consider the remaining 100 days of this year as a now or never opportunity to finish the year strong. <BR> <BR> These ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 18:04:08 EST You Make A Difference...Thank You Don't you just love that we have a choice about how we want to live our lives? You will make an impression on many people as your journey continues. Please be sure it is a positive impact. <BR> <BR> So often we speed through life, wake up one day, look around and ask ourselves, "Oh my, what happened?" What did I really do to make this world a better place for someone else? <BR> <BR> I believe that you can make a difference in someone's live. I believe that you do it every day and sel... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 12:09:51 EST One Of Our Darkest Days Darkest Day! <BR> <BR> Darkest day in the history of the world <BR> Nobody can forget the tragedy of men <BR> In the Twin Towers of World Trade Center! <BR> <BR> Ten years ago it had happened in the daytime <BR> Captured by the monitoring cameras in NY City <BR> When two planes crashed on the towers to rubble! <BR> <BR> Calling themselves as terrorist dastardly cowards <BR> Took commercial planes with passengers to death <BR> Dashing against the twin towers of business center! <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 13:34:55 EST My Affirmation For Today Just read about 4 new types of shapes and you wonder why I am pushing it <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>body/four-new-body-types?utm_source=Fi<BR>tnessNewsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&<BR>utm_term=ShapeFitnessNLList&utm_campai<BR>gn=FitnessNewsletter091012 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:01:17 EST My Affirmation For Today Failure is NOT a bad word, failure is an event that happens, sometimes time and time again on the road to success. It teaches us what does not work. It tests our commitment to our goal, and is part of the process. <BR> <BR> I know, I do not like it at all when I fail, but I know I have to get right back up and start over. One way to get rid of the feelings I have to deal with, is to say to myself, Now Ronnie, that taught you something new, rather than beat myself up. <BR> <BR> By ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 17:22:21 EST My Affirmation For Today I do not know about you, but for me, habit change is just about the most difficult thing in the world. Here is my current dilemma, I am, it seems, hooked on eating after 8 pm just about every night. <BR> <BR> I eat dinner, relax, and then the craving kicks in. I simply cannot resist my "need" for my nightly treat. No substitutes will do. Occasionally, I am successful at skipping it for one night, but the next day, I am back on my unintentional eating binge, and I do not mean snacking, I m... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 16:24:30 EST My Affirmation For Today There is more than one way to win. There is more than one solution to any problem. Use your mind, talent, experience and heart to come up with an answer and implement the solution. <BR> <BR> To those who say you can not accomplice your goals ignore them. To those who do not believe in you, bless them and then let them go. This is YOUR life and you get to decide how it is going to play out. Win or lose, play it will all you've got. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the week by enjoying etch momen... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:33:23 EST Labor Day Weekend I am so pumped for Labor Day weekend. I was looking forward to three glorious days of lying around and napping and watching movies and reading, but then I realized something, a three day weekend is a perfect opportunity for a workout marathon. <BR> <BR> This weekend is the perfect opportunity to get a ton of exercises done, but if I am going to do that, I need to set some ground rules. <BR> <BR> THE RULES <BR> <BR> No unnecessary fun. Like over eating at cookouts and lots of beer, but... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 13:35:25 EST My Affirmation For Today There are many things we do not understand in this world. There are forces within us and around us that help us on our paths. Is it possible that you have encountered these at times, especially when you are inspired to do something good and worthwhile? <BR> <BR> Never underestimate the powers you hold within. Never underestimate the forces of the Universe, God and all who were here before us, those presently with us and and our children yet to come <BR> <BR> May you find inspiration ... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 12:37:25 EST My Affirmation For Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great Friday, and if you are going out to eat tonight, make it light <em>211</em> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:02:19 EST Life Is A Journey...Not A Destination...Final Episode It Takes Just A Little <BR> It takes so little to make us sad, <BR> Just a slighting word or a doubting sneer, <BR> Just a scornful smile on some lips held dear <BR> And our footsteps lag, though the goal seemed near, <BR> And we lose the courage and hope we had <BR> So little it takes to make us sad. <BR> It takes so little to make us glad, <BR> Just a cheering clasp of a friendly hand, <BR> Just a word from one who can understand <BR> And we finish the task we long had planned, <BR> And we... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 13:51:39 EST Life Is A Journey...Not A Destination...Part 2 Looking at myself I realized that a major source of discouragement is the mistaken assumption that the future equals the past. It is difficult indeed to keep going when previous experience has produced so much disappointment,but the fact is that life does not have to follow a straight line. At any point, it is possible to change direction. <BR> <BR> At least that is what I thought after the children and my brothers, and sister were all grown and I had but them all through college...thanks t... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:27:19 EST Life Is A Journey...Not A Destination...Part 1 Depression is a very strong factor, not only in my everyday life, but also in my striving to get to a better, healthier lifestyle. I sat here thinking I did not sign up to be here, I thought I would be doing better by time I reached this age in my life <BR> <BR> Where did I lose my song? On one side I am gifted, and on the other I am bound to a side of me that is always struggling. It is so funny how we can give others advice and help them out but, we just can not seem to help ourselve... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:09:59 EST My Affirmation For Today The way I choose to start my day sets its tone. When I make the decision to begin by giving thanks for the positive things in my life, no matter how seemingly few or bountiful they might be, I am setting the flow for new opportunities to come my way. <BR> <BR> Each and every day I will remind myself that I can steer my outcome in any direction I wish by the actions I take. The steps I take day in and day out are the determining factors as to whether or not I achieve the success I desire. I ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:53:11 EST