SAMI199's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAMI199 SAMI199'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/ Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692400 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l391603794.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's to you,Mom. <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> "Because You Loved Me" <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSs44wCchwo </link> <BR> <BR> Because You Loved Me" <BR> <BR> For all those times you stood by me <BR> For all the truth that you made me see <BR> For all the joy you brought to my life <BR> For all the wrong that you made right <BR> For every dream you made ... Sun, 11 May 2014 06:06:16 EST Bee Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690657 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550809546.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm just buzzing by to share my love of Bumble Bees-lol I decided to get my craft on ... <BR> <BR> My Balcony- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467064607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1917249930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248883369.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:20:30 EST Be Proud of Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628003 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2070969987.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's easy to focus on our shortcomings,but today take a few minutes to appreciate all the things <BR> you are doing right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813950526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1857283597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116681183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:47:26 EST Make Your Wishes Come True http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626992 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l113656927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ran across this yesterday and really liked it....(pass it on if you like.) <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> Make Your Wishes Come True <em>188</em> <BR> <BR> How to Make Wishes Come True by Karen Salmansahn <BR> <BR> 1. Feel your dream with all your might <BR> 2. List your "To Do's." Write.Write.Write. <BR> 3. Overwhelmed? Take smaller bites. <BR> 4..Frustrated?Focus on what's right <BR> 5. Impatient?Focus on wha... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:56:36 EST Sunshine Party-Come on in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1140430254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Come on in and enjoy a little break from this dreary old winter....be sure to grab your brightest outfit-and BYOS . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709211284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1326597158.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1842856973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Here Comes The Sun~The Beatles ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:10:22 EST Happiness is Building a Snowman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614675 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208184666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decided to take advantage of the eight inches of snow on my balcony yesterday & make a snowman-lol. It beats shoveling it... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954900791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1110253872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604661960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was fun to get out there & play ....(I ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:46:08 EST Time to Sparkle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604162 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265557464.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I needed a Sparkle Booster Shot this morning...so here goes if you need a little dose,too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1630425879.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622585415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163455324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1122244015.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:59:39 EST All I need to know about life I learned from a Snowman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603142 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525890251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All I need to know about life I learned from a Snowman <BR>   <BR> It's okay if you are a little bottom heavy. <BR> Hold your ground even when the heat is on. <BR> Wearing white is always appropriate. <BR> Winter is the best of the seasons. <BR> It takes a few extra rolls to make a good midsection. <BR> There is nothing better than a foul weather friend. <BR> The key to life is to be a jolly happy soul. <BR> We are... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:10:34 EST Maxine's Winter Whines... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602164 I think she sums it up perfectly-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1123259823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l189678683.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1357206308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509577501.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322466517.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:06:12 EST Positively Speaking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593295 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316839381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many advantages to speaking positively. When you speak kindly about yourself and others everyone wins. Focusing on positive outcomes will help you maintain your emotional balance. Negative emotions are directly connected to negative speech. When a person is trying to reach their goals in life, they must be able to maintain a positive balance emotionally. Maintaining a positive balance can enable you t... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:06:12 EST Baby,It's Cold Outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585229 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978282934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998787974.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l885338042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91661664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598074952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422978896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 06:36:39 EST Holiday Mail for Heroes Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116347743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.redcross.org/support/get-involve<BR>d/holiday-mail-for-heroes </link> <BR> <BR> Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans hospitals, and in other locations. <BR> There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host ca... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:11:26 EST Happy Veteran's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537975 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1904485642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59369057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810732431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l762292288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who have served & are serving still and their families. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 07:52:06 EST Sami's Halloween Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2114295169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1287650983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween-Let's get this party started! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfcNoMnKjrY </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946741559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Old Time Halloween Songs <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yklL5X8_8Q </link> <BR> <BR> Are... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:17:04 EST Maxine's Halloween Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525550 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1283563816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1887075979.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097360769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l842885308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l573550537.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l872814011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:55:26 EST Feelings...Nothing More Than Feelings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l4488932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't it funny how we "feel"? Sad,happy,and everything in between..but you know what....we can't actually believe the way feel is the way things are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209603499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How true is that-lol. I had a "fat" day yesterday---don't know why-I have been sticking to my plan & doing well-but I didn't feel like I was succeeding-oh no. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 07:45:57 EST Healthy Treat Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506385 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2049638020.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year where "treats" are everywhere...and they are such a part of the fun of the season-we don't have to miss out or ruin our healthy eating plans. <BR> Check out these cute ideas I ran across on Pinterest. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l578167113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860703628.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:32:31 EST What's Your Super Power? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497538 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984374023.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you leap buildings with a single bound....are you faster than a speeding bullet... -or something a little more subtle-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l496473549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't be shy....or perhaps you don't even know you have any power.....but you do-even Maxine has a few. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1381310755.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:10:32 EST LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1979848071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These just crack me up-lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988269446.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1856381197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1318354598.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2059244931.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199717... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:00:25 EST Everything Snoopy Learned from Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756035520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again-(woohoo)-and even if your not a fan there's some good lessons to be learned from the game...ask Snoopy... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230399018.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every inch, every yard forward counts because it gets you closer to your Goal. Most of your offensive plays gain at best an average of a few yards, but over time, they accumulate and contribut... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 10:05:59 EST Back to School Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471854 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1278678440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school-new supplies...new clothes & maybe a few butterflies in your stomach. We may not actually be getting on the school bus these days-but we can still get in "School Mode". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646717766.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many benefits to learning new things...(and it keeps us young.) <BR> <BR> Here are six... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:07:14 EST Hear Me Roar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468684 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l666637765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you ready to roar with me? I started today with Katy Perry's new song .... <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Roar <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9TkAYe_TG0 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1339433253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146232447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:03:14 EST ~Living Snoopy Style~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466422 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656876869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is National Dog day and what better way to celebrate our furry friends than with some Snoopy wisdom! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Snoopy Song <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHMR58e891o </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385124643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l6919652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:39:24 EST What Not To Wear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1859568653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am in the process of stepping out of my comfort zone in many ways-and my wardrobe is my latest project. I had gravitated towards the dark side-the majority of my clothes are black & loose fitting- not because I love the "look",but because I thought I was hiding my extra pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1851442189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently visited a friend (Skinnypowell1) ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:17:03 EST Stepping Outside The Comfort Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1940726025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like Linus,we all like to feel secure & comfortable...there's safety in our comfort zone. The definition of "Comfort Zone" is~ <BR> <BR> The comfort zone is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk (White 2009).[1] A person's personality can be described by his or... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 08:50:10 EST I'm Melting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847072141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQJ8WrKnLUs </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1175000493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope you are keeping your cool during this "unseasonably warm weather"-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553667483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1816914319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:32:03 EST Maxine's Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1244370345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maxine's letting off a little steam-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433277857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742367553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931056521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505291084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:13:39 EST It's Not OK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416591 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2013405445.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are things that are just NOT Okay & I am really steamed about the message <BR> Micheal Jeffries,CEO is sending to all of us,but especially our young people.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386539858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1974572423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ellen sums it up perfectly~ <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgXbHJ-_... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:30:50 EST Bump in the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166172124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are,driving down the highway- we have the car started- cruising along-making good time-knowing we'll get to our destination- when-the bump in the road jumps out-slowing us down to a grinding halt! Even those living an "empowered" & "positive" life occasionally hit bumps in the road. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969577910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When life seems to deal us a bump ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:02:48 EST Dream On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391665 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1734284690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you thought about that question lately? It is so easy to get caught up in the daily business of life that we lose track of our dreams,but they are there for a reason- to be realized as a part of fulfilling our lives & achieving that which we aspire to be. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728539458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our dreams can be as simple as the desire to learn something new-o... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:20:05 EST Motivators Virtual Fitness Tour Hooroo Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388803 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812829583.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l118035934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Motivators Virtual Fitness Tour has come to a close,but we are having a Dinky-di Barbie to celebrate the good times we've had these last months.Everyone's invited -so come on in & have a rip-snorting good time with us!( There is an Aussie slang translator at the bottom of the page.) <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready to Barbie... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 08:41:39 EST &#9836; Singing in the Rain &#9836; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877404475.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is raining cats & dogs-so be sure to watch out for the poodles-lol <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1025843508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We might as well make the best of it...here's some rainy day tunes & thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230050730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> <em>335</em> <em>257</em> <em>335</em> <em>257</em> <em>... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:14:44 EST Note To Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380161 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l744423105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever get so busy during your day that you forget things? Post-it notes are a great way to remind us what we need to do & see our positive thoughts,or affirmations. <BR> <BR> Put positive notes all around you. Write out positive messages and put them in places you'll find them--inside books, on your computer screen, in your wallet, in your pockets. Put them on your refrigerator or mirror. <BR> * Choose the ... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:12:03 EST Black & White Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376630 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1621664024.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Black and white thinking is our tendency to look at the world in terms of “all or nothing.” My husband & I had a running joke that he was black & white and I was all or nothing-but we but learned that by engaging in this type of thinking, it can actually cause a lot of unnecessary problems in our life,such as increased stress,depression & strained relationships. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:53:15 EST ***Motivator's Virtual Fitness Tour *** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374819 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350754260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> G'Day! The Motivators went on a Virtual Fitness Tour! We decided to visit each member in their home town~starting in Boston we crossed the USA & are now touring Australia with our lovely hostess Keltic-Cara! <BR> <BR> We started Feb.1st & logged almost 100,000 fitness minutes by the middle of May-reaching our final destination in record time! We've invited everyone to come along with us-so if you've ever wanted t... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 16:40:53 EST Be Cool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1480824222.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's here...90's & humid....blech! So, here are a few tips from our friend Snoopy on keeping our cool-in case we forgot-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l531371467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1.Alter your pattern of outdoor exercise to take advantage of cooler times (early morning or late evening). If you can't change the time of your workout, scale it down by doing fewer minutes, walking in... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:41:31 EST Lessons from the Little Ones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371290 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434394913.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kids are enthusiastic about life, eager to learn, and curious about everything. Even though kids still have a lot to learn, just observing them can teach us many practical life lessons.Here are just a few. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1613370776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> – For better or worse, kids do not plan a thing they do. They live spontaneously, taking in every uncertain moment for... Wed, 29 May 2013 09:48:11 EST Sparkle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370023 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1646073239.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l203888090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So,I know we aren't going to roll in glitter everyday,so what are we talking about?. <BR> <BR> "Sparkle comes from enjoyment,from pleasure,from love-all resonating and dancing inside of you." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598810952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1... Tue, 28 May 2013 07:14:35 EST Maxine's Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369075 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1910019466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We certainly will,Maxine. She has something to say about everything else too,uh-oh... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930469641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1176740141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1838579342.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1413911970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:41:56 EST So,You've Had a Bad Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368422 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1262458281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We all have them..those days where nothing is going right...when you just do not feel like sparkling at all. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>39</em> So,You've Had a Bad Day <em>39</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKWtYOswmyk </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143360383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Figure out why you are unhappy and do something abo... Sun, 26 May 2013 13:00:41 EST Sunny Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365651 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1614347928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> It has been a dreary week here & so let's make our own sunshine. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931515273.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Here Comes The Sun <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxzEeKfpyIg </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847584269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 23 May 2013 12:01:57 EST Step Four-Stick to It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930184888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Number Four-the toughie! I have been thinking about what has thrown me off track before and the main reasons would be cravings,special events & stress.So I'm heading them off at the pass by using step 2-have a plan! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88937952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cravings-We all get really strong cravings for very bad food from time to time- pizza, brownies or ice cream. Wh... Thu, 16 May 2013 13:38:33 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353776 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2139559295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Mom taught me so much,but one of the greatest lessons was to see the humor in most any situation-love & laughter-that's her style. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208230187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you heard the Mom Song-it's very funny & true-lol <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWXqafJb2HE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 12 May 2013 08:11:14 EST Happy Mother's Day from Maxine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352430 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1190696364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412961698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l467441102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1883447563.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342546213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613482183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Fri, 10 May 2013 18:05:33 EST Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351837 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316088661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's hear it for all the husbands and wives of our troops! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832968125.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The following is geared more for the wives,but let's remember the husbands,too. <BR> <BR> <link>militaryblog.militaryavenue.com/2009<BR>/05/101-ways-to-thank-military-spouse.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 101 Ways to Thank a Military Spouse <BR> Happy Mi... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:57:55 EST Pulling Out the Weeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1622074904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed our bad habits are just like weeds? We think we have gotten rid of them & for a week there isn't a sign of them.....then *poof* they are back & they brought their friends! Ugh...no wonder we feel like giving up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l890594874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bad habits have deep,deep roots---we have let them grow for years & a quick fix only work for... Tue, 7 May 2013 21:42:33 EST Don't Stop Me Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l77373792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am on a roll & needed a little motivation to keep my momentum going-so what better than some good tunes! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> DON'T STOP ME NOW <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDMjgckNlz0 </link> <BR> <BR> That's right-I'm having a good time and you ain't seen nothing yet! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxZyo3Le_YI </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 6 May 2013 14:01:22 EST The Ripple Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344074 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1137979310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> rip&#8242;ple effect` <BR> n. <BR> a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event. <BR> <BR> Have you noticed how one single act,in & of itself, causes another. Making positive choices not only effects our own lives ,but ripples outward-touching the people around us.How cool is that! I love this poem by James W. Foley <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:18:15 EST Happy May!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341592 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433474465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merry Magical, Magnificent, Multicolored, Motivating ,Matchless May!!! I love this month~ so full of color,hope & promises . It reminds me that to bloom where we are planted & nurture the seeds we have planted. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036719539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> Bloom Where You Are Planted~ <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v... Wed, 1 May 2013 07:16:09 EST It's a Spa Party!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338993 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l818025918.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Motivators have been on a Virtual Tour-visiting each other-from Boston to Australia! <BR> I am throwing this Spa Party for them -but everyone is welcome. Come on in & have a <BR> SPA-tacular time. <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIOOwhmkoLo </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 05:16:13 EST