GABY1948's SparkPeople Blog GABY1948's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Today's Inspirational Quote “Ambivalence is one of the biggest enemies of change. If you aren't sure that you really want to take action on something such as your weight, ambivalence will usually win.” <BR> &#8213; Linda Spangle, 100 Days of Weight Loss: The Secret to Being Successful on Any Diet Plan: A Daily Motivator <BR> <BR> Ambivalence is my middle name at times. I am getting better at it not being but this really hit home. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and a blessed week! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 05:17:52 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “We survey lush landscapes with variations not dissimilar to a so-called "imperfect" female body with absolute pleasure -- say, an expanse of Irish countryside with grassy rolling hills. But is it really so much uglier when it's made of flesh instead of soil?” <BR> &#8213; Kim Brittingham, Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large <BR> <BR> Now, here's a different way of looking at it! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday and get out and do something healthy! <B... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:14:39 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “No cookie is a good cookie” <BR> &#8213; Pete Abilla <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS is for ME!!!!! Cookies are my THING! <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed's hot and Humid here in MI....I can tell August has ARRIVED! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 12:35:01 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Not only weight loss surgery is unnecessary but also it deprives human being a normal life. People after surgery would never be able to enjoy their food ever for the rest of their life whether it is Christmas or they are on their holidays or their child birthday or any other festival. <BR> <BR> List of problems and complications after the weight loss surgery operation are endless as one may get additional problems such as Hernia, Internal Bleeding, Swelling of the skin around the wounds, e... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:30:32 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Weight loss is not the key to your dreams. The truth is there is no lock and the door is flimsy.” <BR> &#8213; Golda Poretsky <BR> <BR> I agree with's not the KEY...happiness or our dreams come from within but it sure HELPS to be healthy first and healthy sized! <BR> <BR> Have another blessed day! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:41:18 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Women get boob jobs to give themselves a certain edge. Frankly, I don't see why they nearly kill themselves trying to diet off their equally bulbous hips.” <BR> &#8213; Kim Brittingham, Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting, and Live Large <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Hump Day! Summer's back here today! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:40:50 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Associated with this weight gain are increased risks <BR> in adulthood for joint problems, angina, high blood pressure, heart <BR> attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes and, ultimately, premature death. <BR> Outside of the human costs, health experts estimate that treating <BR> adult obesity-related ailments will cost the American economy <BR> nearly $150 billion in 2009.” <BR> &#8213; Jeff Schweitzer, Calorie Wars: Fat, Fact and Fiction <BR> <BR> Kind of blows your mind, doesn't it? <BR>... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:47:56 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Managing perfect body weight is not a complicated rocket science. Our body is made up of food which we eat during our day to day life. If we are overweight or obese at the moment then one thing is certain that the food which we eat is unhealthy.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman <BR> <BR> Here's my guy again. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed week, everyone! It's cool here and I am going to enjoy every bit of it! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:29 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Sometimes customizing is necessary because of an injury or the inability to do, for a short or long period, the kind of exercise you formerly did. When you're used to customizing for fun, doing it under duress won't seem like such an imposition. Either way, experiment until you find activities that make you happy as well as healthy. Choose your exercise using the same criteria you'd apply to choosing a date--that is, attractive to you and able to hold your interest for an hour.” <BR> &#8213... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:02:07 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “On need of supplement & vitamins- "If you eat a balanced diet you get all the vitamins and minerals you need and you don’t need any supplement and overdosing can actually be more harmful.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman <BR> <BR> I like this guy! This is so true...we CAN get too much of a good thing! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:10:43 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “...the reward centers of the brain--where the pleasure of those high-calorie foods registers--also respond to other substances that bring about pleasure....But those reward centers also respond to other gratifying things, like watching a sunset or experiencing a loving touch...So while you may not be able to change the wiring in your brain, you can "feed" those reward centers other pleasures...Biology isn't destiny when you have effective strategies...” <BR> &#8213; Bob Greene, The Life You... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:02:02 EST Today's Inspirational Quote Simple and TRUE: <BR> <BR> “Eating healthy nutritious food is the simple and right solution to get rid of excess body weight effortlessly and become slim and healthy forever.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman <BR> <BR> Be truly blessed today! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:28:45 EST July 23 Checking in late tonite...have had no internet since early, early this morning....praying all are well and have had a blessed Hump Day <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:20:36 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “If you keep on eating unhealthy food than no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>526</em> <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:13:59 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “When people tell me they can’t afford to join a gym, I tell them to go outside; planet Earth is a gym and we’re already members. Run, climb, sweat, and enjoy all of the natural wonder that is available to you.” <BR> &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> OK, everyone! File this one under, "NO EXCUSES!" <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:00:05 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.” <BR> &#8213; Elizabeth Berg, The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts of Liberation <BR> <BR> This one will ALWAYS be number ONE for me! <em>205</em> It is the TRUEST! <BR> <BR> Have a truly blessed Sunday everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:23:13 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “She'd even violated the only sensible rule of dieting she'd ever run across, the sage advice of the Muppets' Miss Piggy, who recommended never eating anything bigger than your head.” <BR> &#8213; Susan Donovan, He Loves Lucy <BR> <BR> Have a WONDERFUL Saturday/weekend, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>247</em> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:42:50 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Eating crappy food isn't a reward -- it's a punishment.” <BR> &#8213; Drew Carey <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is blessed today and a blessing to others! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:00:26 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> WOW! I think I have her topped on the 789 pounds....she was one funny lady but look how many nowadays could make this same remark...or SHOULD make it... <BR> <BR> Have a Terrific and Blessed Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:14:27 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “I want to lose weight by eating nothing but moon pies, which have significantly less gravity than earthier foods such as fruits and vegetables.” <BR> &#8213; Jarod Kintz, I Want <BR> <BR> <BR> But what we WANT isn't always BEST for us!...ACTUALLY, more often than not it isn't best for us! Remember that! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:20:48 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Get Off The Scale! <BR> <BR> You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance. <BR> <BR> Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to s... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:26:52 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Monday, everyone....and go AFTER whatever it is YOU want! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:29:02 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's all just determine to say, "I WILL" today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Sunday, everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:21:00 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Saturday, everyone! Go out and MOVE today! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:12:35 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> TGIF everyone! I am excited...we are going canoeing today all day so LOTS of cardio of a different kind! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Friday! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:27:13 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seems no matter what we do in life the hardest part IS the trust. Especially those of us like me that tend to obsess about things! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Thursday! Another work week almost done! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:45:05 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Would any of you NOT love to have this girl's shape? And toned arms....we CAN have our own version of it....keep making those small changes! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 10:43:11 EST