GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Jan 19 Quote "I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities." -- Whoopi Goldberg <BR> <BR> I need to remember this one. Goes on the refrigerator where I'll see it regularly. Everything I would like to be is possible; I just need to believe I can get there. And, you can too! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:02:55 EST Jan 18 Quote “You may delay, but time will not.” -- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> A day late to celebrate Ben's birthday. Yet, a great quote. Our delays only hurt ourselves. When we put off our challenge to improve ourself, we are only shorting ourselfof another opportunity to succeed. <BR> <BR> Don't put off 'til tomorrow what we can do today. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:22:04 EST Jan 17 Quote "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." -- Martin Luther King <BR> <BR> No matter the trials and shortfalls we face in our day-to-day lives, we must never forget our goals. They are our ground and our hope. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:11:37 EST Jan 16 Quote "The time is always right to do what is right." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> While originally applied in a very different context, this certainly also applies to our journeys. With our New Year's resolutions still a priority for many of us, we should remember this quote and forge ahead along the path we've now set. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:00:09 EST Jan 15 Quote "Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." -- Golda Meir <BR> <BR> Another one of those quotes I've come across too late in life. Hope this inspires some of the younger folks to be less worried about who you are, what you say, and how others perceive you. Be true to yourself and make a niche for yourself in the world. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:26:31 EST Jan 14 Quote "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -- Eeyore <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is too easy to drown in sorrow and pity. I think Eeyore has the right idea. When we look for the good in a situation, it allows us to focus on the positives. That's often what we need to help us pull through those rough patches. Looking for the glimmer of light, searching for the silver lining, trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. These are the thoughts that buoy us up and help us find our way. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:43:38 EST Jan 13 Quote "You aren't going to find anybody that's going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance." -- Lou Holtz <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:58:50 EST Jan 12 Quote "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> When we know what we want to achieve, it certainly is not about asking permission. It is all about having the passion to strive for the goal. It's not a question of being allowed to strive; it really is a question of "who is going to stop me"! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:03:09 EST Jan 11 Quote "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." -- Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> AHA! I wish I had encountered this quote much earlier in life, or at least had the faith to figure it out for myself sooner. I've always been one to please others, so I have spent too much time trying to pattern myself after a perception. I think I now know why some folks say that old folks get crotchety; we don't get crotchety, we s... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:40:10 EST Jan 10 Quote "Mental health is often missing from public health debates even though it's critical to wellbeing." -- Diane Abbott <BR> <BR> Not so profound, nor as humorous, as many I've posted. But a very apt description of many of the debates swirling in today's media, not just our public health debates. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:23:58 EST Jan 8 Quote "Energy and persistence alter all things." -- Ben Franklin <BR> <BR> The fundamental self-help manual! The hard part is maintaining the energy that is generated at the outset. I know I seem to "reboot" every few months to correct some backsliding. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:42:08 EST Jan 7 Quote "Either you run the day, or the day runs you." -- Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> <BR> True words. Have a plan, stick to it, control you destiny! My life is becoming more and more sane as I execute my fitness and lifestyle changes. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 21:53:49 EST Jan 6 Quote "Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> An apt description of a good life. Life is not the sum of all the achievements attained; it is the fabric on which others can also craft their stories. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 22:59:20 EST Jan 5 Quote “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -- Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> I may not be much, as only one. But I can make my voice heard to a few. and they may try to create a new life for themselves, as I am trying to do for myself. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:43:05 EST Jan 4 Quote "I intend to lie forever, or die trying." -- Grouch Marx <BR> <BR> There's a lot of truth to this one. I don't really want to live forever, but I do want to die trying to live. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:58:39 EST Jan 3 Quote "God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try." -- Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> And there's no way to succeed if you don't try By trying, you've shown the courage to meaningfully attempt to execute your plan. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 21:25:50 EST Dec 31 Quote "Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor” -- Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> Great beginning for a New Year's Resolution. A prod to move forward with the changes needed to reach my health goals. Begin tomorrow with a long walk to get moving. Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:35:46 EST Dec 30 Quote "Old age is fifteen years older than I am." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> Certainly a mantra to live by. At that rate I will never be old. And I certainly do not feel old, even as I approach 70. Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:02:45 EST Dec 29 Quote "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Be a trailblazer. Break out of the routine you followed all your life (as I, too, did). It led me in the wrong direction. So set a new direction and forge a new path. Hopefully others will see your success and ask about your new path. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:13:31 EST Dec28 Quote "The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> Great point! It's not where we are now; it's where we are headed. Weight down, energy up, emotions stabilized. What about you? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <BR> Wed, 28 Dec 2016 22:33:29 EST Dec 27 Quote "The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job." -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> So, it's what I am made of that will help dictate how successful I am on this life journey. I need to buckle down, be firm and resolute, and work diligently to carry out my plan for achieving health. <BR> <BR> You can, too... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:45:11 EST Dec 26 Quote We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -- Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> As we travel our journey to better health, we can take small steps all the time to help us reach our goals. It will take time, but it can be cone as long as we are persistent. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:34:49 EST Dec 25 Quote "He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree." -- Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> Christmas is the feeling of love and joy we have in sharing our lives with one another! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 20:36:34 EST Dec 23 Quote "Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." --Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Following up on yesterday's quote, I'll focus again on doing the right thing, even if no one else recognizes it. We all know that the correct thing to do in any situation is that thing which is right. So, stand up for your principles and DO THE RIGHT THING. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 23 Dec 2016 21:42:36 EST Dec 22 Quote "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> We all worry too much about appearances and saying things which please other people. Unless what your are thinking and saying is mean-spirited, we are all better off pleasing and validating ourselves. I've spent too much of my life trying to keep up appearances, and not enough being true to my own beliefs. It is time to heed Theodor Geisl's words and change f... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:28:55 EST Dec 21 Quote "Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect." -- Oren Arnold <BR> <BR> Thoughts to especially remember during the Christmas season, but thoughts to practice throughout the year. We are what we live, so these traits are perfect for any time. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:43:56 EST Dec 19 Quote "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." -- William James <BR> <BR> No matter how small, we do make a difference. Everyone was put on earth for a reason; find yours, and make a positive difference! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:33:26 EST Dec 18 Quote "Don't go through life, grow through life." -- Eric Butterworth <BR> <BR> A great reminder that we all can gain something in our journey through life. Don't be content to be where you are today; plan to make positive changes in your life! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 22:22:33 EST Dec 17 Quote "Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending." -- Carl Bard <BR> <BR> As we make this journey, we all have different starting points and likely different goals and expectations Bard points out that we can work towards those goals, no matter where we are at this moment; we all have the ability to change our course to reach our goals. We are not pre-destined to arrive at a certain point! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 22:18:02 EST Dec 16 Quote "The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely." -- Louisa May Alcott <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:51:26 EST Dec 15 Quote Solitude is dangerous. It's addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you don't want to deal with people. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel that way, too! I had an extremely rude and disrespectful student in class today. I would have loved to have been able to just whisk myself off to a desert island to be rid of all people. Instead, I'm still thinking of the punishment that should be meted out for the transgressions. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:05:56 EST Dec 14 Quote "This year has almost gone. Not all our friends and family made it. Never take for granted the people you love." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> So true. As we look back over this year, it is clear to me that this is a fundamental truth. Remember to tell those you love and care about how much they mean to you. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 22:07:48 EST Dec 13 Quote "To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong." -- Joseph Chilton Pearce <BR> <BR> I think we can all agree with this. We need to be brave, bold and adventuresome to accomplish our dreams and goals. These traits require that we have no fear of the possible outcomes of our efforts. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:30:19 EST Dec 12 Quote "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." -- Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Alas, this has been true forever. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:05:43 EST Dec 11 Quote "Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway." -- Emory Austin <BR> <BR> When you're down and can't see the light at the top of the tube, remember this. You can boost your spirits by thinking positive thoughts. Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:54:40 EST Dec 8 Quote "If you do what you need, you’re surviving. If you do what you want, you’re living." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> Points out the difference between "getting by" and "enjoying life". It's important to spend more days in the "enjoying life" world, so I've been stepping outside my traditional comfort zone and trying new adventures.Volunteer opportunities abound here, and I've started doing some to keep involved with the community and causes I believe in. <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:58:22 EST Dec 7 Quote "Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." -- John Wooden <BR> <BR> Another take on making lemonade when all you have is lemons. Those who can find the silver lining in the darak clouds always have the optimistic outlook on the range of events! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:38:54 EST Dec 6 Quote "The biggest seller is cookbooks and the second is diet books--how not to eat what you've just learned how to cook." -- Andy Rooney <BR> <BR> A humorous take on dieting, but with more than a pinch of truth to season the pot! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 22:05:29 EST Dec 5 Quote "You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude." -- Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> What a powerful, simple statement. What I have found difficult is the ability to change my attitude. As I've aged, and hopefully mellowed, I have become more open to adjusting my attitude. And it does seem to improve my moods and outlook. Now, if I could convince more of those around me that it is OK to make an attitude adjustment! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:24:59 EST Dec 4 Quote "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> Pretty apt description of too many people that I know. Too much "keeping up with the Joneses" seems to keep many crying that they never have enough. It's so much easier to enjoy and be grateful for what you do have. Then you can pursue what you truly want if you don't need to keep up appearances. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:15:23 EST Dec 3 Quote "Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor." -- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> We all need to remember this: It's not material wealth that determines the richness in our lives. We gain our happiness from sharing what we have with folks around us. Sat, 3 Dec 2016 23:18:02 EST Dec 2 Quote "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer." - Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> An interesting take of what life really means! I like this a lot! As I've started to discover as I've grown older, the real joys of life are not the things you have or the bucket list things to do; the real joy is sharing love and life with others. Being a helper, watching life bloom in others. Being content with what I have, knowing that... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:39:14 EST Dec 1 Quote "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." -- Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> An interesting thought, from a curmudgeonly social commentator. Some days, I do feel like I just exist. But, most days I feel alive and vibrant, able to reflect and share the joy that I feel all around me. I think it is all in the mental state for which we prepare ourselves; those mornings that I just drag myself out of bed are the 'existing' days, but when I wake and am filled with hope,... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:01:55 EST Nov 30 Quote "After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." -- Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> True! After tackling, and conquering, one challenge, it always seems to be that I'm not quite where I hoped to be. There's usually something more that I want to accomplish another goal to be reached. <BR> <BR> It doesn't make the fulfillment of that first goal any less satisfying. Finding that new goal simply encourages me to continue to push forward and build more into my... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:03:00 EST Nov 29 Quote "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> This certainly matches the way I have learned with Sparkpeople. I can read and absorb, and I then know what to do. I practice what is offered and I create a habit which I can repeat. <BR> <BR> Are you involved with the tools Sparkpeople offers all of us? <BR> Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:18:43 EST Nov 28 Quote "Happiness is a habit - cultivate it." -- Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> This is so easy to do.. And, so easy to forget. I sometimes find myself becoming a pity party, because I focus on the negatives and doubting myself. Or I become angry over some ill-timed slight (or even a perceived insult). When I fall into those traps, I need to remember all the good things I have, all the friends I have, all the loving, caring family I have. These are all things that make me happy. <BR> <BR> Do you fi... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:36:19 EST Nov 27 Quote "Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." -- Wayne Dyer <BR> <BR> Live your life to the fullest; attack life and push yourself to those goals you wish to achieve. There's no time like the present to start, for none of us know how long we have to work towards our dreams. We should constantly keep those dreams before us and use every minute we can to promote and strive towards those dreams. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 20:47:55 EST Nov 21 Quote "Failure is Impossible." -- Susan B. Anthony <BR> <BR> It was true for Susan Anthony throughout her life. It remains true for all of us as we strive to achieve our goals and causes, whether they be personal or societal. We are all linked by a kindred spirit in our search for success. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:46:00 EST Nov 20 Quote "Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive." -- Matt Cameron <BR> <BR> This says a lot. Not much better way to be than to truly experience life. And nothing better than focusing on positives which put us, and others, in the right frame of mind. Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:40:04 EST Nov 19 Quote "Somewhere there's a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can." -- Bill Murray <BR> <BR> I don't know if there is a "score being kept" anywhere, but I do know that I want to life my life to the fullest to satisfy the score I keep in my head. If I'm not living life to the best of my ability, I don't feel that I'm giving those I love (and hopefully love me) all the attention, encouragement, and affection they deserve to become the b... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:09:07 EST