GABY1948's SparkPeople Blog GABY1948's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Today's Inspirational Quote “Having applied ancient principle of aligning the Mind-Body-Spirit in my own challenges, I applied the same concept to my weight loss patients. The results exceeded my and their wildest." expectations.” <BR> &#8213; Sergey Sorin <BR> <BR> Now, if I could get my Mind in this equation to cooperate 100% of the time, I think I could exceed expectations also! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week, everyone! It's going back into the 70s here in northern MI! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 06:49:33 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Most of the human body disease such as Obesity, Cancer, Heart disease are linked with our food which we eat in our day to day life. If people are eating health food than how come there be more than 50% death from heart and cancer disease alone in a developed nation such as USA?” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 Food Habits for Weight Loss Forever <BR> <BR> I think the answer is the $$$ gained from selling what amounts to JUNK....even the so-called "health" food <BR> <BR> Have a super blessed ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:34:12 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Most of the human body disease such as Obesity, Cancer, Heart disease are linked with our food which we eat in our day to day life. If people are eating health food than how come there be more than 50% death from heart and cancer disease alone in a developed nation such as USA?” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 Food Habits for Weight Loss Forever <BR> <BR> I think the answer is the $$$ gained from selling what amounts to JUNK....even the so-called "health" food <BR> <BR> Have a super blessed ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:34:11 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Three Miracles of weight loss and health gain <BR> First, you were given a constantly-renewing body. Second, all the foods you need have been provided. And third, you have a brain that is operating to coordinate your body and life according to your instructions.” <BR> &#8213; Celso Cukierkorn, The Miracle Diet: Lose Weight, Gain Health... 10 Diet Skills <BR> <BR> Have a Great Saturday and make the most of it! Be blessed! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:35:20 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “&#9679; We make changes when the pain of staying the same (same weight, same mood, same stress-crazed schedule) is greater than the perceived pain of change. I discovered (as have my patients) that there is a way to make those changes that is safe, proven, effective, easy, and, most importantly, fun.” <BR> &#8213; Sara Gottfried, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol <BR> <BR> These people should be guest speakers for Spark..... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:09:54 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Weight loss is a sum of all of your habits - not individual ones.” <BR> &#8213; Helen M. Ryan, 21 Days to Change Your Body <BR> <BR> <BR> GREAT one is PERFECT! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thursday....where do the days go? <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:10:33 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “If a person gets rid of any weight, or girth, or fat, it isn't lost--it is fought off, beaten off.” <BR> &#8213; Samuel G. Blythe, The Fun of Getting Thin <BR> <BR> In other words we are all VICTORIOUS!! I LIKE this! <BR> <BR> Have a truly blessed Hump Day whether you work outside the home or not. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:37:03 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Remember, you are not a heavy person trying to slim down. You are a trim, healthy person learning how to reemerge.” <BR> &#8213; Celso Cukierkorn, The Miracle Diet: Lose Weight, Gain Health... 10 Diet Skills <BR> <BR> <BR> Sounds like a winner to me! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Tuesday! At least the sun is out here in Northern MI! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:33:14 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “The healthy life: It’s not just about losing the weight; it’s about losing the lifestyle and mindset that got you there.” <BR> &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> No matter how it is said or what language it is in....this is EXACTLY the answer we have all had to find! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day everyone....our internet is still horrid....and will be until they build a new tower by our house (we have wireless internet) to m... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:06:28 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “What no one really talks about, though, is the main reason many of us fail with our weight loss efforts: our minds won't let us.” <BR> &#8213; Helen M. Ryan, 21 Days to Change Your Body <BR> <BR> How often I say, "My mind is my WORST enemy!" <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday everyone!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:27:13 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “You must see the change you wish to be in the world.” <BR> &#8213; Dr. Robert Jones MD PhD DDS ODD, Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air <BR> <BR> This is SO true! How can we expect others to be the change if we are not willing to do our part! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Saturday is freezing her in northern MI but the rain finally stopped. What odd weather we have been having! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:28:11 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I'd like to lose enough weight so that my bones creaked louder than the floor” <BR> &#8213; Stanley Victor Paskavich <BR> <BR> The older I get the MORE I think it is happening! I had to LOL at this one myself! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is blessed today....things are still "unusual" in this household but DH is feeling fav techie guy worked with me for an hour yesterday and we got internet back up and he is pushing for our tower to be built for a permanent fix to the problem...p... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:06:01 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Enjoy losing weight. Enjoy eating healthy, delicious food. Do not wait until you reach your destination to feel good. Take as much happiness and joy as you can from your weight loss journey.” <BR> &#8213; Harry Papas <BR> <BR> I will catch up soon hopefully....our internet has been HORRID, our phone is out for 2 days now and they gave me 9-15 as a restoral date! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a blessed is freezing cold here in northern MI! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:45:53 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Science has proven that while your genes control your biology, a rather simple, nondrug formula of nutrient-rich food, targeted supplements to address missing precursors, and lifestyle changes can keep your genes in perpetual “repair” mode.” <BR> &#8213; Sara Gottfried, The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol <BR> <BR> I LOVE this~we all blame our "genes" but sometimes for the wrong things! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Hump Day! ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:19:39 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “...there are natural consequences for not taking care of our bodies.” <BR> &#8213; Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food <BR> <BR> <BR> Another TRUTH! Look around...we can see it everywhere! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Tuesday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:33:56 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Food, like your money, should be working for you!” <BR> &#8213; Rita Deattrea Beckford M.D. <BR> <BR> Now here's one that is 110% TRUE! Have a blessed day everyone and make your food work for YOU! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:48:35 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I have heard one doctor call high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets “make-yourself-sick” diets, and I think that’s an appropriate moniker. You can also lose weight by undergoing chemotherapy or starting a heroin addiction, but I wouldn’t recommend those, either.” <BR> &#8213; T. Colin Campbell, The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health <BR> <BR> Dontcha LOVE Sparkpeople more a... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:46:11 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “If you find you require willpower, you aren't ready to lose weight.” <BR> &#8213; Augusten Burroughs, This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike. <BR> <BR> Not sure at all how he means this, but after beginning the book "The Beck Diet Solution" I believe I agree with him....we need a mindset not will power at least in my own case, as I was I couldn't do it on will power.... <BR> <... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 08:16:27 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I'm going on a diet. (Crud, I know) <BR> I am going to be cranky. <BR> I am going to be irritable. <BR> I am going to be moody and sad and mean. <BR> And, yes, I am going to be hungry. <BR> Please don't feed me, even if I try to bite you. <BR> Please don't tease me, I may hurt you. <BR> Please don't try to encourage me, I may growl and snap at you. <BR> Please don't help me, I may blame you for everything aggravating in the known universe. <BR> Please don't be offended by my scowl, I... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 06:19:13 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Stop wasting so much energy hating your body; it makes you weaker. Everything good in your life begins from the moment you begin accepting, understanding, respecting, and loving your true self.” <BR> &#8213; Harry Papas <BR> <BR> This one is ALWAYS a good reminder for us! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:29:22 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Your body is a Temple. You are what you eat. Do not eat processed food, junk foods, filth, or disease carrying food, animals, or rodents. Some people say of these foods, 'well, it tastes good'. <BR> Most of the foods today that statically cause sickness, cancer, and disease ALL TATSE GOOD; it's well seasoned and prepared poison. <BR> THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SICK; mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually; because of being hooked to the 'taste' of poison, instead of being hoo... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:01:52 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “The keys to health and weight-loss: stress reduction, sleep, deep breathing, clean water, complete nutrition, sunshine, walking, stretching, meditation, love, community, laughter, dreams, perseverance, purpose, humility, action.” <BR> &#8213; Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Tuesday...and if it is your "Monday" try to make it count! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:22:46 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I know I don't have all the answers about weight loss; this is an evolving challenge, and I know I'll always be learning new things. I don't feel like I've uncovered some big mystery, but I've learned what it takes to overcome being overweight--and that it's not just about the food. It's about becoming the person you are meant to be in all aspects of your life. It's about removing the fears in life that keep us blocked. It's about being brave and learning to love yourself--no matter how you ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:43:20 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “There are times when I'm exercising, or times when I'm around food, and I'll think, I just can't do this today. Or, I just can't walk that extra half-mile today. I may have been feeling overwhelmed or tired, or something else was happening in my life. But, I stop and think to myself, When you think you can't, try to do it anyway.” <BR> &#8213; Stephen Cremen, Battle Scars: My Journey from Obesity to Health and Happiness, Fifteen Years and Counting! <BR> <BR> Can anyone here say we have not... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:08:17 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Every day I wake up and re-commit to my health. This is a very important step for me. I let the past be the past. I try not to dwell on the mistakes I've made, because those kinds of thoughts only bring me down. I wake up every day with the thought that this is a new day. That today I am going to eat well, I am going to exercise, and I'm going to focus on being healthy and happy.” <BR> &#8213; Stephen Cremen, Battle Scars: My Journey from Obesity to Health and Happiness, Fifteen Years and C... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:29:28 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Strong emotional feelings don't just go away overnight. In fact, they may never go away. The fears of feeling disliked, or that I wasn't going to fit in, all quickly bubbled up to the surface. but it was the choices I made when I was faced with challenges that really mattered. I had to continually tell myself that I was always in control. If someone was pressuring me to do something that I knew was not good for me, I had the power to simply say no. No one can ever take that power away from m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:33:13 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “If you aren't losing weight, and you know you need to (you know), then you gotta go look in the mirror. Step up and own it. Don't hate yourself. Don't play the victim. Just admit that there's some room for improvement and start improving. It might be two steps forward and one step back for a while. That's fine. It's still one step forward.” <BR> &#8213; Shannon Sorrels, ... then just stay fat. <BR> <BR> SO true....I spent or spend FAR too much time hating myself for not being "perfect" and... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:00:27 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “If your coping mechanism to date has been to ignore your weight, don't feel badly. You're in good company. I've done my share of standing on the doctor's scale backwards, cringing as the nurse scribbled on the clipboard, anxious when the doctor came in glancing over my record. I scrutinized his face for any semblance of judgment. Whether or not I faced the scale or the doctor skipped a pep talk, it didn't change the truth and it still pervaded every hour of my waking thoughts. I knew what I ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:29:16 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “What doesn't work is when we adopt some TEMPORARY habits, lose some weight and then pick our previous habits back up. Surprise, surprise. The weight always returns. Live one way, lose weight. Live another way, gain weight. curious. <BR> <BR> What also doesn't work is lying to yourself about what you ate and then falling into a crying heap on the scale, playing the victim. Poor you. Never mind you ate three biscuits with butter before your dinner even hit the table at Billy Bob'... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:42:12 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Comfort foods they may have been, but helpful foods they most definitely were not. By merging my identity with certain foods and thinking of them as old friends, I found myself in the food equivalent of a co-dependent, destructive relationship. I was allowing food to have the power of defining me as a person. And those foods had defined me, all right; they'd defined me as fat, miserable, out of breath, lacking in energy and self-worth, and looking terrible in sweat pants. If I was going to i... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:20:22 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Want to lose weight? Do more than just think about it. You don't need to hold off while you keep searching for an abundance of motivation to lose weight. <BR> <BR> What you need is an abundance of action.” <BR> &#8213; Shawn Weeks, 344 Pounds: How I Lost 125 Pounds By Counting Calories <BR> <BR> Desires without ACTION=NOTHING Let's all be inspired today! Have a blessed week, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:14:22 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “You know what feels good to most of us when these obstacles, stresses and concerns consume us? Eating a dozen, warm chocolate chip cookies. <BR> <BR> Sure, there's always a time for chocolate chip cookies, but they aren't a solution to our problems. Neither is skipping the gym. Abandoning yet another weight loss attempt because life got too hard shouldn't be an option. It's no doubt annoying to have to count calories and keep burning calories when the world is going to hell around us, but i... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 06:33:25 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “It took me a while to realize--but thankfully realized before it was too late--that a fancy house, car, and cable television don't bring much happiness if you're dead. If you're at the weight that I was--or close to it--and you put your love of food and laziness ahead of the love of your family, you're being selfish. Nothing else you've ever done will matter if your family is left alone with that fancy house, car, and cable television when you're gone. It's one thing to leave this world unex... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:51:18 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “That's it! Stretch way beyond your perceived limitations..Go for yours like you own it already, because you truly do.” <BR> &#8213; Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Magnificent Weight Loss System <BR> <BR> Sounds GOOD to me! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:02:26 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “God never intended us to want anything more than we want Him. Just the slightest glimpse into His Word proves that, Look at what the Bible says about God's chosen people, the Israelites, when they wanted food more than they wanted God: 'They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved' (Psalm 78:18). Yikes” <BR> &#8213; Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food <BR> <BR> It's true, people have been making food their "god" since beg... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:40:04 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “In 1944-1945, Dr Ancel Keys, a specialist in nutrition and the inventor of the K-ration, led a carefully controlled yearlong study of starvation at the University of Minnesota Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene. It was hoped that the results would help relief workers in rehabilitating war refugees and concentration camp victims. The study participants were thirty-two conscientious objectors eager to contribute humanely to the war effort. By the experiment's end, much of their enthusiasm had... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:52:12 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Sacrifice brings with it huge results.” <BR> &#8213; Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Magnificent Weight Loss System <BR> <BR> This applies to anything in life but most assuredly to our eating! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Monday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:40:34 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's the beginning of a new week....let's all go DO something and make it count! While you are out there be a blessing to someone will bless you! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:55:18 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “That we need help is easy to see every time we walk down the street. <BR> The experts confirm what the obscured view in front of us tells us. <BR> They estimate that 64% of adults in the United States are obese and <BR> that this percentage is growing. Even our children are being affected, <BR> as nearly every one in three American children under the age of 18 <BR> is overweight.” <BR> &#8213; Jeff Schweitzer, Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction <BR> <BR> I don't know about anyone els... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:29:04 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Sacrifice brings with it huge results.” <BR> &#8213; Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Magnificent Weight Loss System <BR> <BR> Have a beautiful and blessed Friday, everyone! We are in beautiful northern Michigan...but it has been unseasonably chilly! Not ready for this yet! TGIF <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:37:55 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I am, for some reason, actually happy with who I am and the muscle, the bones, and the flub that exist beneath these clothes. <BR> <BR> I don’t need to lose 20 lbs. to be attractive. <BR> <BR> I don’t need to starve myself of the good things of life to be healthy. <BR> <BR> And, I don’t need to chase someone else’s ideal of what I should be looking like.” <BR> &#8213; Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing <BR> <BR> Have a blessed and productive Thursday! DH is taking me on a much needed shor... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:33:04 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “You're so good at what you do, keep pushing, success is on the table at all times!” <BR> &#8213; Sereda Aleta Dailey, The Magnificent Weight Loss System <BR> <BR> Now, isn't this the same thing Spark is always telling us? And it's TRUE! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Wednesday! August is quickly passing! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:42:54 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “To find your way; get out of your own way and it doesn’t matter how much you weigh” <BR> &#8213; Sonya Withrow <BR> <BR> SO true! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Tuesday! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:48:14 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “No wonder she was so underweight. She was desperate to please a woman that could never be pleased, in the hopes of being loved and accepted by the very person that should be giving that freely.” <BR> &#8213; Rose Wynters, Delicate Devastation <BR> <BR> Thankfully this USED to be me more than it IS me. It may be age that has mellowed my critical part of myself. <BR> <BR> Have a productive and blessed Monday and make this week count! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:49:38 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I’ve been chained to my bathroom scale for two decades now. I’ve used the number on my scale to tell me if I’m valuable or not. I’ve let the number on my scale destroy many beautiful opportunities in my life such as scheduling family photos, having fun at the beach, or giving myself 100% in intimacy. I’ve let the number on the scale tell me if I should be confident in who I am. I’ve let the number on the scale tell me if I am worthy of kind thoughts from others. Ultimately, I’ve always let s... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:58:53 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “How do you know where you're going if you don't know where you've been” <BR> &#8213; Todd Stocker <BR> <BR> At first I had nothing to say on this....but upon thinking's BECAUSE I know where I have been that I also know where I am going! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 07:53:18 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Because I hated myself so much for my fatness, I always looked for other fat people, and especially for fatter people, to judge as harshly as the world seemed to be judging me. And you know what? There was always someone fatter who was more disgusting than I was, more not with it, and more lazy. It helped me validate myself as mis-seen, misunderstood, and misevaluated. It also helped me find some sort of weird self-esteem that I never could find when looking at myself in the mirror.” <BR> &... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:46:15 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “It was after I first began to uplift my thoughts a bit that my cravings for junk food started to dissipate. I did not connect the two at that time. First, I simply noticed that I didn’t need to sleep so much. It took a while before I realized that in addition to my improved energy level, there was a direct correlation between chewing on mental garbage and putting garbage in my mouth.” <BR> &#8213; Holly Mosier <BR> <BR> Excellent points here! <BR> <BR> I just want to add today that Spark ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:54:27 EST Today's Inspirational Quote Quote about Weight Loss <BR> <BR> “I am not a broken heart. <BR> I am not collarbones or drunken letters never sent. I am not the way I leave or left or didn’t know how to handle anything, <BR> at any time, <BR> and I am not your fault.” <BR> &#8213; Charlotte Eriksson <BR> <BR> I like this....who of us does NOT blame themselves for EVERYTHING? <BR> <BR> About yesterday's blog. <BR> <BR> I want to thank you all SO MUCH. If you had any idea of how anxious I was to talk about myself-Gay... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:17:36 EST Different Blog for Today I never do this. I never do blogs about myself and I wasn't going to do this one. But I decided that perhaps...just perhaps, what I learned yesterday might help someone else on their spark journey. There are so many more inspiring stories than mine but it may just help someone that is where I was almost 6 years ago. <BR> <BR> I started sparkpeople six years ago this October 8. I had recently gone to see our PA (Physician Assistant) and was told I was pre-diabetic and had high cholesterol... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:36:13 EST