SARASMILING's SparkPeople Blog SARASMILING's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DECLARE YOUR DAY FOR 31 DAYS!! These amazing quotes/affirmations/prayers are such an amazing way to start your day! <BR> #DECLAREYOURDAY #31DAYS <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:48:09 EST HOW GRATITUDE CHANGED MY LIFE! <img src=""> <BR> It's funny how a little thing this can change your life. Well, it seems like a little thing, but in reality it ended up being a big thing, a really big thing. <BR> <BR> When I started to turn negative thoughts into grateful thoughts, my whole outlook on life changed! It started with just writing down things that I was grateful for. Then I came up with a challenge on SparkPeople where every day y... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:37:32 EST LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY!! <img src=""> <BR> So this morning I'm in the car driving and thinking. (Driving and showering are probably my two big thinking times.) I'm also halfway listening to my audio book, May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. I'm thinking about all the people that did not let fear stand in their way.. Gabrielle Bernstein, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Kris Carr, any business you dri... Tue, 2 May 2017 09:31:15 EST FITBIT/SPARKPEOPLE WEIGH-IN TIP! I had an ah-ha moment today and thought I would share! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:24:47 EST 30 GRATITUDE CHALLENGE! Yesterday I started a 30 Gratitude Challenge! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you know that you can change your life by changing your thoughts? It is scientificially proven that expressing gratitude can make you happier. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting with 3 things, and adding 1 more each day, we’ll have a list of 33 ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:49:02 EST Robin Williams We all know by now that we have lost Robin Williams. A man that was a true gift to this world. A man that we never would have thought would be dealing with the same struggles a lot of us face everyday with depression. With expectations of the world growing higher and higher everyday, it scares me for our children. Look how much it takes now to entertain them, to impress them (and us). When we were kids, chasing lizards and frogs was enough to entertain us. Now that's not exciting enough. Ever... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:01:59 EST Cute! <img src=""> Tue, 4 Jun 2013 06:25:59 EST TURNING 37..THIS YEAR, I WILL LOVE ME DOWN TO THE SOULS OF MY FEET. THIS YEAR.. <BR> I will love my fingers. <BR> I will love my toes. <BR> I will love my nose. <BR> I will love my eyes. <BR> I will love my hair. <BR> I will love my ears. <BR> I will love my mouth and the words that comes out. <BR> I will love my cheeks. <BR> I will love my skin. <BR> I will love my shoulders. <BR> I will love my arms. <BR> I will love my elbows. <BR> I will love my hands. <BR> I will love my nails. <BR> I will love my breast. <BR> I will love my chest. <BR> I will love my b... Fri, 24 May 2013 06:12:40 EST Cry Just a Little.. That song is in my head, which is fitting. Yesterday was a hard day. I let emotions get the best of me and I had a bad emotional eating day. Mother's day is hard for me sometimes and I was/am jealous over something that I couldn't control. Why? I don't know. I'm not normally a jealous person but this got me for some reason. And I'm just disappointed in myself for not trying hard enough I guess to get to where I want to be. Just had a bad pouty day yesterday. It happens. So I'm getting it all ... Wed, 8 May 2013 06:30:13 EST BLOGGING OR POSTING OR BOTH? I was just thinking about how I don't blog as much as I used to, but I guess my needs are still being fulfilled through my group. A lot of things I would blog about I post about now instead so I shouldn't feel guilty or that I'm lacking. I still do my quotes and inspirational photos that I love. I still do my affirmations and goals and touch base almost everyday. SO I guess If you ever miss me, come see me there! :D <BR> Not saying I won't blog anymore at all. Just why it's not daily like it... Fri, 3 May 2013 06:47:11 EST SPARKPEOPLE IDEAS|SUGGESTIONS A-Z On one of the teams for leaders there is an idea/suggestion forum where you can put your ideas for SP. I started a list a little while back. Thought I would share.. <BR> <BR> A. Can we please have at least 5 sticky topics visible. In the first forum on the team page 5 topics are visible and that's not too bad but all forums under that only 3 are visible and if you have 3 sticky topics all other topics go unseen because not many people really click on See More Topics on a daily basis. <BR> ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:00:50 EST PURPLE HARMONY, MY COLOR OF FITNESS OUT OF THE 8 COLORS OF FITNESS, I AM PURPLE HARMONY. <BR> <link><BR>hp?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Fitness Color: Royal Purples, Pursuers with a Plan <BR> <BR> Motivation, Approach, and Focus <BR> <BR> It is in the nature of Purples to orient toward a routine, become comforted by it, and take pleasure in completing their plan as envisioned. Active Purples are occupied with a constant quest for increased competency and self-improvem... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:42:21 EST GOOD DAY, BAD DAY.. BUT LEARNING ALL THE WAY. I still am having the "GOOD DAY, BAD DAY" syndrome where I feel great and eat great and exercise great one day and then the next day I feel hormonal, act hormonal, and eat hormonal. <BR> BUT I have come so so far and I am learning everyday that I am so much more than my body to the point where I'm actually liking my body (if that makes since). That has been the best part of SP and of starting the LY|LYB revolution team. <BR> I'm learning about leadership and about being one part of a whole.... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:57:19 EST SPARKED BY MY SPARK FRIENDS! Seriously, if you are feeling blah, out of sorts, disappointed with yourself or your results, etc., go "visit" you spark friends. Read their blogs. See their ups and downs. Be on a team with fabulous women like me! :P <BR> I am sitting here still feeling full from my dinner out last night to celebrate my dad's birthday and just feeling yuck. But I can't go without getting on here and visiting my team and exploring their blogs, etc. It always makes me feel better. Always gives me the boost I ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 06:38:17 EST THE BLIND EXCUSE It's funny how when you are losing weight people will ask you about it and so many will say, "Well I can't do that." It can be ANYTHING! I walk, I run, I bike, I eat right, whatever and they'll say, "Well, I this and I that" There is ALWAYS an excuse! I don't have time.. my husband, my wife, my feet, my knee, my back, my LIFE! <BR> And trust me, I have been there too. I still do it sometimes! If there is something you really do not want to do you will find an excuse. But on the other hand if ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:58:42 EST Making Progress.. Week 1 (02.23): .Weight: 155.4 <BR> Week 2 (03.02): .Weight: 155 <BR> Week 3 (03.09): .Weight: 154.6 <BR> Week 4 (03.16): .Weight: 153.6 <BR> Week 5 (03.23): .Weight: 151.6 <BR> Week 6 (03.30): .Weight: 149.6 <BR> Week 7 (04.06): .Weight: 149 <BR> Week 8 (04.13): .Weight: 148 <BR> <BR> I'm a little behind on where I wanted to be BUT I am making progress, so I'm not too too disappointed. I'm still headed back in the right direction! <em>48</em> <BR> And I'm going to <em>386</em> !... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 07:26:28 EST IT'S ALL IN WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT You know, it can be frustrating at times with weight-loss, with feeling connected, with how you're feeling about yourself in general and with this journey. But I feel like I just have to keep reminding myself that it is all in what YOU (I) put into it. The more I participate and do, the more I get out of it. Wether it's not losing enough.. well are you TRULY being honest with yourself? Are you TRULY drinking enough water? Are you TRULY eating in your calorie range AND eating good for you food... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 06:06:20 EST LEMON WATER Here are 10 health benefits of lemon water that you may not have known! (via LifeMojo) <BR> <BR> Good for stomach <BR> -Lemon can help relieve many digestion problems when mixed with hot water. These include nausea, heartburn and parasites. Due to the digestive qualities of lemon juice, symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are relieved. By drinking lemon juice regularly, the bowels are aided in eliminating waste more efficiently. Lemon acts as a blood purifier and... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:09:54 EST GINGER | TURMERIC | CAYENNE I lOVE learning! And today I learned something new! Some of these I already knew, some I didn't. I thought I would share.. <BR> <BR> GINGER: <BR> <BR> -Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied. <BR> -Colon Cancer Prevention: A study at the University of Minnesota found th... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:04:37 EST ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST!! And another one done, and another one done, <BR> And another one bites the dust! <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> 3/30 GW: 150 DONE! <BR> 3/30 AW: 149.6 <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> 2013 GOALS: <BR> 3/18 WAKE-UP DAY!! 154 <BR> 3/23 GW: 152 DONE! <BR> 3/30 GW: 150 DONE! <BR> 4/06 GW: 148 <BR> 4/13 GW: 146 <BR> 4/20 GW: 144 <BR> 4/27 GW: 142 <BR> 5/04 GW: 140 <BR> 5/11 GW: 138 <BR> 5/18 GW: 136 <BR> 5/25 GW: 134 <BR> 6/01 GW: 132 <BR> <BR... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 06:25:32 EST 11,000 STEPS OR BUST!! Last week was.. DO NOT GO TO BED UNLESS YOU HAVE 10,000 STEPS!! <BR> This week is.. DO NOT GO TO BED UNLESS YOU HAVE 11,000 STEPS!! <BR> Next week will be 12,000 steps and so on! :) Well, I'll stop when I get back up to 15,000. lol! <BR> <BR> I CAN DO THIS!!!! <BR> <em>216</em> <em>311</em> <em>362</em> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:51:24 EST IT IS SO NICE TO PUT DONE NEXT TO A GOAL!!! 2013 GOALS: <BR> 3/18 WAKE-UP DAY!! 154 <BR> 3/23 GW: 152 DONE! <BR> 3/30 GW: 150 <BR> 4/06 GW: 148 <BR> 4/13 GW: 146 <BR> 4/20 GW: 144 <BR> 4/27 GW: 142 <BR> 5/04 GW: 140 <BR> 5/11 GW: 138 <BR> 5/18 GW: 136 <BR> 5/25 GW: 134 <BR> 6/01 GW: 132 <BR> <BR> 1 down, 10 to go!! I CAN DO THIS!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A Judy Garland quote that never gets old!! :) Mon, 25 Mar 2013 05:40:44 EST I'LL TAKE A MEMORIAL SERVICE OVER A FUNERAL ANY DAY! I recommend a memorial service over a viewing and standard funeral any day! :) My Grandmother died a few weeks ago but yesterday was the first availability on the weekend the church had. And with my Grandmommy's last weeks being really hard on us because they were so hard on her we were fine with the break in-between. The funeral home did a burial a few days after she died and my aunt and her family went to that. So this was at my Grandmommy's church where we had a service then a small recept... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:32:21 EST LUNCH~HUEVOS RANCHEROS HUEVOS RANCHEROS <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ingredients.. <BR> <BR> 1 (7-inch) corn tortilla <BR> 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, divided <BR> 1/4 cup chopped red onion <BR> 1/2 bell pepper, chopped <BR> 2 tablespoons black beans, drained and rinsed <BR> 2 tablespoons chopped mango <BR> 1/2 lime, zested and juiced <BR> 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin <BR> 1 egg (I REPLACED THIS WITH 1/4 TOFU) <BR> 2 teaspoons low-sodium salsa verde <BR> 1 t... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:41:43 EST TOFU SCRAMBLE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> --TOFU SCRAMBLE-- <BR> 1/2 CUP CRUMBLED ORGANIC NASOYA EXTRA FIRM TOFU <BR> 1 CUP FRESH SPINACH <BR> 1/2 CUP SLICED MUSHROOMS <BR> 1/3 CUP CHOPPED TOMATO <BR> BUTTER KNIFE TIP OF MINCED GARLIC <BR> PINK SALT TO TASTE <BR> PEPPER TO TASTE <BR> <BR> <BR> ADD A CUTIE AND A SLICE OF GF TOAST WITH 1 TSP EARTH BALANCE NATURAL "BUTTERY" SPREAD AND YOU GET A REALLY GOOD BREAKFAST FOR 313 CALORIES!! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 09:00:12 EST MID-MORNING SNACK, LUNCH <em>277</em> SNACK <BR> 10 GREEN GRAPES <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 30 <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> LUNCH <BR> MESCLUN SALAD <BR> CHICK PEAS <BR> TOMATO <BR> 1/2 CUP WILD/BROWN RICE <BR> ITALIAN DRESSING <BR> 6 GREEN GRAPES <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 508 <BR> <BR> TOTAL CALORIES SO FAR TODAY: 806 <BR> TOTAL CALORIES REMAINING: 394-594 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:31:26 EST BREAKFAST <em>67</em> BREAKFAST <em>67</em> <BR> TOMATO AND HUMMUS SANDWICH <BR> 2 SLICES GF BREAD <BR> 2 SLICES TOMATO <BR> 2 TBSPs GARLIC HUMMUS <BR> DRIZZLE BALSAMIC <BR> <BR> YUM! <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 268 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:25:10 EST WAKE UP DAY!! I am dubbing Monday March 18, 2013 WAKE UP DAY!! The day I woke up! (Again!) <em>41</em> <BR> It's time to stop sinking into the hole of "Poor Me" despair and gaining and gaining the weight I had lost and losing all of the muscle and progress I had gained. <BR> YES, I had hurt my leg and knee. BUT it is no excuse to let ALL of my progress go down the crapper!! (Sorry for the language.) :) <BR> <BR> So getting back on track I am.. <BR> <BR> <em>301</em> 1. Tracking my food and staying ... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 06:09:48 EST DINNER & SNACK <em>481</em> DINNER: <BR> WILD RICE WITH ASPARAGUS AND MUSHROOMS <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> SNACK: <BR> BANANA <BR> <BR> TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY: 1296 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:24:23 EST BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & SNACK <em>67</em> BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> 1 SLICE GF TOAST <BR> 1.5 TBSP PB <BR> 1 GALA APPLE <BR> CINNAMON <BR> <BR> ** I toasted the GF bread, spread with PB and topped with thinly sliced apple and topped that with the cinnamon. <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 346 <BR> <BR> <em>140</em> LUNCH <BR> MESCLUN SALAD BLEND <BR> BLACK BEANS <BR> TOMATO <BR> MARINADED MUSHROOMS <BR> ITALIAN DRESSING <BR> **THREW IT ALL TOGETHER AND YUM! <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 397 <BR> <BR> <em>277</em> SNACK: <BR> 10 GREEN S... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 12:48:30 EST before.. kinda :) I've never taken before pictures. I started out at a high of 205 and had gotten down to 138.9. I gained back a bit and went back up to 154. Well, I had gotten higher but now I'm at 154. :) <BR> I'm looking at this as a new beginning, so I've done 2 things I've never done before. One, these "before" shots. And two, measurements. Hopefully in a few months I'll have some nice after shots and measurements for you! :) <BR> <BR> "STARTING WEIGHT": 154 <BR> GOAL WEIGHT: 134 <BR> <BR> <img... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 10:36:58 EST DINNER PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND BLEND (A LOT!) :) <BR> <BR> ..AND LATER POPCORN (FRESHLY POPPED AT 100 CALORIES!) <BR> <BR> TOTAL CALORIES FOR THE DAY 1285! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:17:44 EST ANOTHER SNACK.. THE OTHER HALF OF THE BANANA FROM BREAKFAST AND HOT TEA. <BR> <BR> **I know this is all boring, but I thought I would give it a try and if I did this every time maybe it would help me be more mindful of my eating, instead of waiting until the next day to do the whole day. <BR> <BR> I'M AT 985 CALORIES! NOT MUCH LEFT FOR THE REST OF THE DAY! <BR> THE RAISINS AND ALMONDS REALLY TIPPED THE SCALE! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:34:02 EST SNACK Raisins, Craisins, and Raw Almonds! Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:24:53 EST LUNCH Mesclun Salad Mix <BR> Black Beans <BR> Tomato <BR> Italian Dressing <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 13:24:01 EST BREAKFAST 1/2 BANANA <BR> 1.5 TBSP PB <BR> 1 SLICE GF TOAST <BR> 1 TBSP BLUE AGAVE <BR> CINNAMON <BR> <BR> CALORIES: 345 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:21:52 EST Our Very Own, THIS or THAT! <em>48</em> <em>38</em> <em>341</em> THIS or THAT?! <em>301</em> <em>38</em> <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> <em>484</em> <BR> 100% Pure Maple Syrup has 25 more calories per tablespoon than Organic Blue Agave! <BR> <BR> HoneyTree's Organic Blue Agave= 30 Calories Per Tablespoon <BR> compared to.. <BR> Aunt Maple's All Natural 100% Pure Maple Syrup= 55 Calories Per Tablespoon <BR> <BR> <BR> My husband and I were talking about this, so I thought I would share. :) Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:31:16 EST Hey SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker People!!! Could you PLEASE add VEGAN and GLUTEN FREE to your modify check list?! Thank you! <em>30</em> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:12:58 EST The Switch to Himalayan Pink Salt A few weeks ago I made the switch to Himalayan Pink Salt and I like it! My mom has been telling about it for awhile now. She has heart issues and this was one of the things her doctor told her to do. No more table salt for her! And now, no more for me! I found it at BJ's for about $5. It comes in a grinder. It definitely cost more than a container of white table salt but it has been lasting, that's for sure. It doesn't take much and it didn't take much for me to transition. And I'm glad I did... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 06:05:24 EST NEED A LAUGH? I know I do. Here's one for us both.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:23:12 EST Homeschool?! My boys have been asking about homeschooling lately. Well, mostly my oldest but my youngest doesn't want to be left behind. Mostly I think it's because he's bored out of his mind in school. He's really smart but he's not in the advanced program because he scored 2 points under what you needed to get in. He rushes through tests so fast because they are so easy for him that he misses some. I'll ask him the answer when I'm looking at it and he'll give it to me right away. I'll ask him, "Well why... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 07:12:52 EST A few things.. A few things I remember to try and pull myself up and onward.. <BR> <BR> She ate raisin-bran for breakfast. <BR> She cooked a lot before she got sick but still one of her favorite dinners was a Stouffer's french bread pizza. <BR> She loved to watch movies together and eat popcorn. <BR> She loved to dance. <BR> She always had sweet sweet tea and fig newtons in her house at all times. <BR> She made the best fudge and peanut brittle. <BR> She worked hard. <BR> She wasn't afraid to get her ha... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 07:03:18 EST So long for now.. I've blogged before about my Grandmommy not doing so well. She went to heaven Saturday morning at 1:01am. I am going to miss her so much. She did so much for so many. I lived with her for awhile when I was younger. She was so good. She was so kind and giving. She was never quick to judge. She would do anything for you. She was all the things so many try and fail to be each day, including me. <BR> Even when she was in the nursing home and couldn't even say your name, she always greeted you wi... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 18:27:40 EST We Were on the Featured Teams List!! <img src=""> <BR> WooHoo! <em>104</em> <BR> :) Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:59:12 EST Springing to Action Vision Board Springing to Action Vision Board.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm glad this was another challenge. It makes you think. :) Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:59:26 EST ORGANIZING THE PANTRY.. <img src=""> <BR> I organized my pantry! <em>104</em> I got a handful of new bins and got everything in order. I went to Walmart and found some bins and containers for a good deal. It took some looking because they have all of the more expensive things up front and the ones at a better deal a little more hidden. Well worth the search. I'm very happy with how it turned out. :) <BR> I love hot tea so I have a ton a little boxes of it. I... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:48:43 EST LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER!! This week's challenge for the LOVE YOURSELF | LOVE YOUR BODY team is to spring clean and organize your laundry room. I actually did mine before hand just in case anyone would need any ideas. <BR> Here's my laundry room makeover.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I cleaned everything! I wiped down everything and took everything out of the cabinets and wiped down shelves. <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:04:15 EST Our Collection of Quotes! Over at LOVE YOURSELF | LOVE YOUR BODY, <link> </link> , we have a place to put your daily motivational/inspirational quotes. Here is the list we have going.. (LOVE it!) <BR> <BR> “Loving yourself and your body will actually bring more love INTO your life. You get back the love in life that you put out and it only takes seconds to shift from negativity to self-love. You can start right now by embracing your negative thoughts about your body and then repeat ... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 06:30:52 EST HOW'S YOUR DIET GOING?! <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:19:16 EST CELEBRATING ME!!! The challenge for this past week was to Celebrate Me! I am just now taking the time to do this and I am SO glad I am! I took a hot shower. I'm drinking a cup of hot tea. I have an avocado and oatmeal mask on and I am going to actually sit down and look at a magazine!! Then I'm going to get up, wash my mask off and shave my legs!! (I already took care of other neglected places earlier) It's a jungle out there! lol! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 09:43:18 EST