SAMI199's SparkPeople Blog SAMI199's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Remembering Kayla <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just want take a moment to honor Kayla Mueller-she will be missed.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is the letter her family received from her- <BR> <BR> Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact you + send you this letter. It'... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:31:39 EST Keep On the Sunny Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning-it is another gray day here in NYC-so I decided we need to make our own Sunshine. <BR> <BR> “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” <BR> Anthony J. D'Angelo <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>67</em> <em>335</em> <em>67</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:08:10 EST Happy Groundhog's Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I sure do hope Phil doesn't see his shadow-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:31:55 EST Maxine's Super Bowl Party <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Super Bowl Sunday& Maxine is ready for the Big Game-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:51:09 EST Beating the Winter Blahs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it's only January 30th,but I have a case of the Winter Blahs-ugh <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> It Is Cold-Frozen Parody <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:31:12 EST Just Chilling... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi,I hope everyone is staying warm -we missed the Blizzard here in NYC,but I know many of you are going to be digging out for a while.(My DD lives in Boston-she's snowed in ) <BR> <BR> So-when life gives you snow you might as well make a snowman-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everything I know I learned from a Snowman~ <BR> It’s okay if you’re a litt... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:44:59 EST Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning, I just heard this song & had to pass it along! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Pharrell Williams-Happy <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:37:11 EST Negativity -Free Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am declaring this a No Negativity Day! Have you ever found yourself in a situation where,despite all your best efforts to be positive,the people in your life just aren't on board? <BR> I know we all have problems & struggles,and as a friend we want to support people in their times of need.The problem is when it becomes a the main focus of your conversations -period.That's when we need to set some boundaries. <B... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:53:55 EST Go Team You!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The NFL Football Playoffs are in progress & I started thinking wouldn't it be fan-tastic if we did the Crazy End-Zone Dances every time <BR> we scored in our day. Finish your work-out-WooHoo!Tracked you food- I am the Greatest! Yay Me!!!! Wouldn't that be awesome? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We need to be our own Cheerleader & take credit for the jobs ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:25:48 EST Getting Out of Our Own way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi there! I have been thinking about how we get in our own way when it comes to reaching our goals-whatever they may be. We all know what we need to do-so why don't we always do it? <BR> The following article sheds a little light on the subject- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>96/get-out-of-your-own-way </link> <BR> <BR> 1. Look for thinking patterns <BR> <BR> <BR> Any time you feel ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:59:27 EST Happy Mother's Day <img src=""> <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> </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 <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 8 May 2014 15:20:30 EST Be Proud of Yourself <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Feb 2014 06:47:26 EST Make Your Wishes Come True <img src=""> <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... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Come on in and enjoy a little break from this dreary old sure to grab your brightest outfit-and BYOS . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Here Comes The Sun~The Beatles ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:10:22 EST Happiness is Building a Snowman <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was fun to get out there & play ....(I ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:46:08 EST Time to Sparkle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I needed a Sparkle Booster Shot this here goes if you need a little dose,too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:59:39 EST All I need to know about life I learned from a Snowman <img src=""> <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... I think she sums it up perfectly-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 22 Jan 2014 10:06:12 EST Positively Speaking... <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 06:36:39 EST Holiday Mail for Heroes Project <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Halloween-Let's get this party started! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Old Time Halloween Songs <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Are... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:17:04 EST Maxine's Halloween Humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:55:26 EST Feelings...Nothing More Than Feelings... <img src=""> <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=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:32:31 EST What's Your Super Power? <img src=""> <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=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <em... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:10:32 EST LOL <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These just crack me up-lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:00:25 EST Everything Snoopy Learned from Football <img src=""> <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=""> <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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school-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=""> <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 <img src=""> <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> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:03:14 EST ~Living Snoopy Style~ <img src=""> <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> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:39:24 EST What Not To Wear <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> I recently visited a friend (Skinnypowell1) ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:17:03 EST Stepping Outside The Comfort Zone <img src=""> <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... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you are keeping your cool during this "unseasonably warm weather"-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:32:03 EST Maxine's Summer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maxine's letting off a little steam-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:13:39 EST It's Not OK <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ellen sums it up perfectly~ <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:30:50 EST Bump in the Road <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> When life seems to deal us a bump ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:02:48 EST Dream On <img src=""> <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=""> <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 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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; <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is raining cats & dogs-so be sure to watch out for the poodles-lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We might as well make the best of's some rainy day tunes & thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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 *** <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <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 <img src=""> <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=""> <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! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 28 May 2013 07:14:35 EST Maxine's Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We certainly will,Maxine. She has something to say about everything else too,uh-oh... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 27 May 2013 08:41:56 EST So,You've Had a Bad Day... <img src=""> <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> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Figure out why you are unhappy and do something abo... 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