Quote of the Day

"A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. "
James Allen 

Last month I was the victim of an attack.  I went through a range of emotions and quite frankly was mentally and physically a hot mess.  After I had a doctor ask me if I had Hypertension because my blood pressure was so high I knew it was time for a change.

I realized that I had a choice.  I could either be a victim of my situation- being hurt on my job, having no to little concern being rendered to me, paying medical expenses out of my own pocket, and no longer having a job- or I could be proactive and refuse to let all of the negativity defeat me.

The point of this semi- rambling post is that each person is in charge of his or her own life.  We can choose whether to be bitter, frustrated, or hopeless just like we can choose to be joyous, optimistic, persevering, or victorious.  The outlook that we choose influences the results that we achieve.  Not only have I been able to amaze my doctor with how well I am improving, but I have also been able to exercise, continue to lose weight, and significantly lower my blood pressure to well within the healthy range.


Quote of the Day

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.

-C.S. Lewis


I decided to take a walk....

For the past month or so a co-worker and I have been trying to start a sort of exercise club where we go walking several times a week.  I never imagined how hard it would be for two people to coordinate their schedules- especially since we work opposite shifts and rotations.  Yesterday I decided to just get started by myself after having some extra time on my hands following running errands.

Here are a few quick shots from my two mile walk.


Overall the experience was relaxing.  Listening to the Beyonce 4 and Mary J My Life II albums had me struttin' while I was walking lol. 


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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however  improbable, must be the truth.
Arthur Conan Doyle


Quote of the Day

This quote really isn't catchy or anything, but I like it.  I like it because it is simple and it is a fact.  I often feel this way when I think about my weight loss journey.  Sometimes I wonder what is the point because my goal weight appears to be so far away.  Then I'll decide to jump on the scale, mostly out of curiosity, and guess what.....I find that I have lost weight!

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Hiccups that appear to occur while we are driving down the road of life don't always symbolize a setback.  Keep moving, work hard, and the results will come.

Bonus Quote:
A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action.

Eat More Veggies Monday: Good For You Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

This recipe from CampbellsKitchen.com for Stuffed Bell Peppers is just as good as the real thing, only healthier.

1/2 cup uncooked quick-cooking brown rice
1 pound extra lean ground beef
3 cups Prego® Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce
6 medium green peppers
4 ounces shredded fat-free mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)

(Yields 6 servings.)

  • Cook the rice without salt or butter according to the package directions.
  • Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until it's well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat. Stir 2 cups of the sauce and the rice in the skillet.
  • Cut each pepper in half lengthwise. Discard the seeds and white membranes. Place the pepper shells in a 17 x 11-inch roasting pan.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into the pepper shells. Pour the remaining sauce over the filled peppers. Cover the dish.
  • Bake at 400° F. for 45 minutes or until the peppers are tender. Top with the cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Nutritional Facts Per Serving (2 pepper halves)
Calories: 251
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 6g
Protein: 24g
Sodium: 643mg


Quote of the Day

Welcome 2012!  It's 3 days into the new year and I feel slightly overwhelmed focusing on all of the things that I want to do, that I shouldn't be doing, and what I am doing (sound's crazy right?!?).

One of the reasons why people look forward to the new year is because it symbolizes a fresh slate- an opportunity to start over and do better.  We all know someone (or maybe even ourself) who begins January with so much steam only to mentally run out of gas as the weeks fly by.

Today's quote is short and simple.  Whether it is in reference to love, relationships, work, or weight loss- "Don't let your past steal your future- move on."  The longer that we focus on the negatives, the longer that our success becomes delayed. 


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