BEULAH45's SparkPeople Blog BEULAH45's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'mm baaaccckkk! Truncated quote from the movie, "Independence Day." <BR> <BR> During our Grand Canyon RV trip, we did not have internet access one night and I hit the ground running when we returned, so have not been Sparking. I did decide if my weight got above 145#, I would begin tracking calories again. When I weighed myself on Saturday, I was 146#, so here I am. <BR> <BR> Hope to reach 140# by mid-November. I am walking, riding my trike and doing various stretching and Praise Moves routines as well... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:31:51 EST Good Quote "Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit." Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:06:29 EST Travel Quote Live, travel, adventure, bless and don't be sorry. Jack Kerouac Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:34:14 EST Sedona quote Heard from a Canadian visitor at a scenic overlook. "God created the Grand Canyon, but He lives in Sedona." She heard it from a Sedonan. <BR> <BR> I must agree. The Grand Canyon is AWESOME, but you can't live there. You can enjoy the Splendor of the Red Rocks by living in Sedona. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:33:13 EST Grand Quote In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. Theodore Roosevelt Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:00:36 EST Arizona Quote Land of extremes. Land of contrasts. Land of surprises. Land of contradictions.... That is Arizona. ~Federal Writers Project, Arizona: The Grand Canyon State, 1956 Sat, 9 Aug 2014 01:31:22 EST Georgia O'Keeffe on New Mexico She usually traveled in order to find new subjects, and during one particular year, she visited Santa Fe and Taos and was particularly impressed by what she found there, stating that "arriving in New Mexico...Well! Well! Well!... This is wonderful. No one told me it was like this!" Between 1929 and 1949, she spent part of each year working in New Mexico and felt even more close to the country, saying "Anyone who doesn't feel the crosses simply doesn't get that country." and "It is not a count... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:32:42 EST Travel Quote “Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese <BR> <BR> Travel forces out of our comfort zone--to see the new and different and experience the unknown. <BR> My personal bucket list includes seeing all the Nationa... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 11:05:30 EST Quote of the Day “We have archaeology on television, and I quite like it; it’s a sort of detective thing, but it’s really true, you know it’s there… But it’s kind of slow on telly, it has this problem of, “We’ve been here three weeks on live television, and we’ve taken off about a millimeter of top soil so far…” There’s men with brushes and beards… maybe they’ve just got beards, I’m not sure… “We found this and carbon-dated it to last Tuesday, so we’re very excited…”” <BR> Eddie Izzard (British comedian) <BR... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:31:06 EST Quote of the Day "I tell you that you have less to suffer in following the cross than in serving the world and its pleasures." Saint John Marie Vianney, Patron Saint of Priests <BR> <BR> Amen <BR> Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 NIV Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:39:33 EST Quote of the Day Spit happens. B45 Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:30:11 EST Quote of the Day Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin. <BR> - Desmond Tutu Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:57:26 EST Quote of the Day “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” <BR> &#8213; Mark Twain Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:35:36 EST Quote of the Day Imagination rules the world. <BR> Napoleon Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:09:41 EST Quote of the Day “Do one thing every day that scares you.” <BR> &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:31:11 EST Quote of the Day Strive for progress, not perfection. <BR> -Unknown Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:17:06 EST Quote of the Day Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. <BR> – Ralph Waldo Emerson Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:35 EST Quote of the Day It’s better to do and regret than regret not doing. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:10:04 EST Quote of the Day "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." -John F. Kennedy Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:09:10 EST Quote of the Day "You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time." -M. Scott Peck <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:19:34 EST Quote of the Day “The Paradoxical Commandments <BR> <BR> People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. <BR> Love them anyway. <BR> <BR> If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. <BR> Do good anyway. <BR> <BR> If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. <BR> Succeed anyway. <BR> <BR> The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. <BR> Do good anyway. <BR> <BR> Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. <BR> Be honest and frank anyway. <BR> <BR... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:44:26 EST Hmmm <BR> "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." James B. Conant <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:05:01 EST Think about it Body Piecing Saved My Life Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:52:40 EST Funny Quote Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them. ~H.L. Mencken Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:37:03 EST Funny Quote There is no better moment to postpone something you don't want to do other than right now. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:25:24 EST Quote of the Day And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. <BR> -Gilbert K. Chesterton <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:31:45 EST Quote of the Day “Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.” G K Chesterton Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:40:57 EST Quote of the Day “Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” <BR> <BR> <BR> &#8213; G.K. Chesterton Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:22:54 EST Quote of the Day “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.” <BR> <BR> <BR> &#8213; G.K. Chesterton Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:45:43 EST Quote of the Day “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – The Everlasting Man by G K Chesterton <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:23:30 EST Quote of the Day “There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.” G K Chesterton Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:31:31 EST Quote of the Day “To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.” G K Chesterton Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:21:35 EST Quote of the Day “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” ~Napoleon Hill Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:16:36 EST Quote of the Day Kind words are the music of the world. - F. W. Faber Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:09:25 EST Quote of the Day Failure is the foundation of success; success is the lurking place of failure. - Lao Tzu Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:47:16 EST Quote of the Day I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:19:42 EST Quote of the Day “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget Tue, 8 Jul 2014 21:08:40 EST Quote of the Day “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you dont feel like doing it.” - Unknown Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:07:53 EST Quote of the Day If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:59:30 EST Quote of the Day I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale <BR> <BR> As a nurse, I appreciate this quote but am not sure I totally agree. Sometimes you must plow through the excuses, whether yours or others; sometimes you must give grace, whether to yourself or others. Humans are not perfect. Neither are the systems in which they work. <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:34:19 EST Happy 4th of July!! “Give me your tired, your poor, <BR> Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, <BR> The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. <BR> Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: <BR> I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” <BR> &#8213; Emma Lazarus Fri, 4 Jul 2014 18:28:17 EST Patriotic Quote “The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.” - Condoleezza Rice Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:23:59 EST Patriotic Quote Bryce, James “Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” Wed, 2 Jul 2014 11:40:39 EST Patriotic Quote George Washington <BR> 1st U.S. President <BR> <BR> "While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian." <BR> --The Writings of Washington, pp. 342-343. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 19:54:13 EST Patriotic Quote “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” <BR> &#8213; Edward Abbey Mon, 30 Jun 2014 23:10:06 EST Patriotic Quote If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. <BR> Ronald Reagan <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:48:35 EST Quote of the Day “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously <BR> and actively doing God's will.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:52:47 EST Quote of the Day “Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously <BR> and actively doing God's will.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer Sat, 28 Jun 2014 19:52:47 EST Quote of the Day “Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.” <BR> Dietrich Bonhoeffer <BR> John 14 <BR> 15 “If you love me, you will keep[f] my commandments. <BR> 21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 W... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:51:55 EST Quote of the Day Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Virtue of Listening <BR> <BR> “We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them. So often Christians, especially preachers, think that their only service is always to have to ‘offer’ something when they are together with other people. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking even when they should be list... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 11:22:44 EST