GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community April 23 Quote "The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings." -Kakuzo Okakaura <BR> <BR> And that's what I'll be doing for the next 6 weeks, or so. Likely no more blogs until I return from my "pilgrimage" on the Camino de Santiago. I'm hiking with 2 other like-minded (read crazy) ladies across northern Spain. We're on a shoestring, with only the few things we can carry with us and the food we'll find along the way. Looking forward to a grand adventure! Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:56:20 EST April 22 Quote <BR> "People inspire you, or they drain you--pick them wisely." - Hans F. Hansen <BR> <BR> We all have both types in our lives. Sometimes it is hard to distance myself from the "drainers." They sometimes seem to be those who are supposedly "closest" to me. It's one of my constant battles to find the "inspirers" and limit my contact with the "drainers." <BR> <BR> Hope you all continue to find your "inspirers" as you travel on this journey. Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:39:12 EST April 21 Quote "If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." -- David Viscott <BR> <BR> We've all started this journey, sometimes more than once. That first step was the most difficult, so now we all have the ability to bring our journeys to fruition. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:06:33 EST April 20 Quote "The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:46:34 EST April 15 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Taking a fresh look at everything I've been doing! It's true -- we can change the way we appear! Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:30:43 EST April 14 Quote <BR> "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time." -- Anna Freud <BR> <BR> This has been one of my big problems, too. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 21:36:45 EST April 13 Quote "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> More wise advice from Steve Jobs. Says a lot of the same things others say, but in his own words. So -- Be yourself, find your path, do it your way! Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:52:43 EST April 12 Quote "If you haven't found it yet, keep looking." -- Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Another pithy quote from one of Apple's founders. We're all here because we're looking to improve our condition. Many of us are on a solid path. Some of us are still searching for the formula that will put us on the path to success; some have traveled a bit on a path, but have lost our way. For those of us who are still searching and struggling, "keep looking!" <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:29:26 EST April 11 Quote "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." -- Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> Wise advice from a computer pioneer. We need to live our own lives, follow our own dreams and aspirations, and make our own mark on our little corner. The places that have caused me the most trouble in my life are those instances where I've failed to adhere to this sort of advice. Trying to be someone, and something, that I'm not just never seems to work out. Time to say no to that path foreverm... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:45:55 EST April 10 Quote "Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them." -- Ziad K. Abdelnour <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:41:30 EST April 9 Quote "What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." -- Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Another take on one of my favorite ideas: it's not about the destination, it's all about the journey. <BR> <BR> What you learn in the process is so much more valuable than what the end result gives us. In my journey to better health, the lessons learned along the way are so valuable in maintaining my health that I have to continue to practice them all the... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 20:43:47 EST April 8 Quote The 3 C's of Life: Choices, Chances, Changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change. <BR> <BR> 'Nuf said! Certainly all the changes we are looking for require us to make some choices -- different from those we opted in the past. To reach out to those new changes has caused me to take many chances as I stepped into unfamiliar territory. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 23:04:56 EST April 7 Quote "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it." -- Jonathan Winters <BR> <BR> It's tough for dreams to come true by themselves. If you want to achieve those dreams, you must make a plan and take action to implement that plan. We can do that! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 21:47:21 EST April 6 Quote "Don't let anyone dull your spark-le.” -- Unknown <BR> <BR> Never allow your potential to be disrupted by other people’s jealousy. Shine as bright as you want to! Thu, 6 Apr 2017 22:46:50 EST April 5 Quote "One of the greatest moments in life is realizing that two weeks ago, your body couldn't do what it just did." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> Are you, too, making progress with your exercise routines? Wed, 5 Apr 2017 22:25:54 EST April 4 Quote "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." -- Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Brighten someone's day! It will undoubtedly also brighten yours. Tue, 4 Apr 2017 21:25:02 EST April 3 Quote "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." -- Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> I really like this! I spent a lot of my younger years trying to be what others thought I should be. As I grew older (and maybe wiser), I began to question why I shouldn't be "me". I didn't reject all those notions others had of me; I accepted (and embraced) some of them because I also thought of myself that way. But I dropped many of the untrue/unnatural/unrealizable visions from my outward persona; and I've gained ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 21:27:01 EST April 2 Quote "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -- Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Don't let a slip up take you down. So, you failed -- this time. Get back up, attack life again, with the knowledge of what didn't work the last time! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:14:58 EST April 1 Quote "There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything." -- Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Apr 2017 22:19:49 EST March 31 Quote <BR> "Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most." -- Buddha <BR> <BR> Every day is a new day, a new beginning. Be sure to make the most of it and don't let yesterday linger around and rain on your parade! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:13:47 EST March 30 Quote "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." -- Confucius <BR> <BR> Wise advice! I was fortunate, for half my working career, to have fallen into this situation. Nearly every day was a joy to rise and go to school! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:14:15 EST March 29 Quote "To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone." -- Reba McEntire <BR> <BR> Lots of truth here! You have to dream big; you have to have the courage, desire, and willingness to put in the effort to reach the dream; and you have to be able to laugh at yourself as you work your way to your dream! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:27:58 EST March 28 Quote "Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." -- Paul Ryan <BR> <BR> When I started here, over 8 years ago, I tried to do everything on my own. I got better at enlisting friends and help after about 3 years, but slipped back to my solitary ways again. Two years ago, I started to invest my energies in my teams and I've seen a great improvement in both results and attitude over this time. <BR> <BR> We can try to go it alo... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:34:53 EST March 27 Quote "One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." -- Helen Keller <BR> <BR> I have committed to succeed. So I can't let any of those tiny impediments dissuade me from my goals. <BR> <BR> Next month I've committed to walking the Camino de Santiago with a friend. I am walking 1 to 5 miles a day in preparation, carrying 5-15 pounds. I will make this happen! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:49:04 EST March 26 Quote "I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true." -- Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> I've been able to achieve the first part of this, but I've had difficulty with the short memory piece. I hold on to feelings too long and let them irritate me long after I should let them go. I'm trying to work on letting my feelings relax and shrug off all those imagined wrongs. <BR> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:05:49 EST March 25 Quote "Live simply so that others may simply live." -- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> A simple quote that provides the essence of living well and helping others to succeed in life! And one that parallels a mantra I've held for many years: Live simply, live richly. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:53:40 EST March 23 Quote "To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." -- William Londen <BR> <BR> So far, so good. While I hadn't known of this quote before, I have practiced all (except the first) most of the time. Now to get to work on making the first piece true also! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:16:22 EST March 22 Quote "If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside." <BR> <BR> A neat quote! And a wonderful reminder that, in order for me/us to change, it starts from the inside. We have to want, desire, and cherish the change to help assure that it can happen. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:20:40 EST March 21 Quote "I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing. " -- Bill Murray <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes; no one on Earth is perfect! We all need to let go of / stop obsessing over our mistakes. If I continually second-guess myself, I end up in a terrible tailspin that takes a heap of help to overcome. Time to let go and allow myself to go forward again -- and likely make another error down the road... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:33 EST March 14 Quote "The last time doesn't exist. It's only this time. And everything is going to be different this time. There's only now." -- Bill Murray <BR> <BR> Obviously, dwelling on the past doesn't help us reach our future goals. Prime yourself (and myself) to experience life in the moment, and to the fullest, every minute of the day! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:31:45 EST March 13 Quote "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." -- Margaret Lee Runbeck <BR> <BR> It's never the result that makes the difference, it's the journey to reach that result that makes the difference. Enjoy the journey as you travel this path to better health and well-being. <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:23:57 EST March 12 Quote "Think about your capabilities, your strength, your perseverance, and your resilience. Give yourself a pat on the back." -- Kate Anderson <BR> <BR> It's all about not giving up when the going gets tough. Every day, week, month, or year has its valleys. Don't be discouraged by them; fight on and overcome! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:29:44 EST March 8 Quote "A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." -- Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:50:52 EST March 7 Quote "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps." -- Thurgood Marshall <BR> <BR> We have all had help getting to where we are today. We can all help one another to get to the goals we are seeking to achieve. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:20:08 EST March 6 Quote “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> As I go forward in attempting to change my life, I'm embarking on more and more experiments. So far, some have worked and I continue to follow those. Others have been less successful and are back on the drawing board for revision to see if I can find more success. <BR> <BR> Are you all experimenting? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:37:49 EST March 3 Quote "Success . . . seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit." -- Conrad Hilton <BR> <BR> Keep trying, keep moving, never give up. No matter the obstacles you seem to be facing, don't give up. Your dreams can be reached! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:47:47 EST Feb 26 Quote "It is better to wear out than to rust out" - Bishop Richard Cumberland <BR> <BR> As I, and my cohort, fly closer and closer to the sunset, I'm happy to say that keeping active over the years may allow me to emulate this quote. We see many more instances of repairs to damaged joints, tendons, and muscles now because of their frequent, sometimes heavy, use. not looking forward to being part of the repair process, but happy to know that I'm wearing out, rather than rusting out! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:31:01 EST Feb 25 Quote "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." -- Carol Burnett <BR> <BR> If it works for Carol Burnett, maybe it can work for me too. It's certainly something I can try to do. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:52:35 EST Feb 21 Quote “The best way to predict your health is to create it." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> If you take care of your body, it will serve you well. Know what to eat, how to eat, and what exercise makes you stronger and fitter. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:39:36 EST Fe 17 Quote Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> The setback of yesterday should not define your efforts. It will not succeed unless you fall into a wait and see attitude after the setback. Don't do that! Step right back to the track that defeated you and find the energy to forge ahead once again! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:57:04 EST Feb 16 Quote It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. -- Confucius <BR> <BR> Don't be discouraged by an apparent lack of results as you strive to improve your health. The setbacks and plateaus are simply the bumps you must travel over to reach your destination. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:51:16 EST Feb 15 Quote "Fitness is not an option. It's part of my job." -- Alison Sweeney <BR> <BR> Mine, too...Certainly something we can all aspire to, and can reach with perseverance! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:32:29 EST feb 14 Quote "A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise." -- A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> Certainly a truth for Pooh. But also a truth for all of us. Without exercise, our fitness lags. Diet can help with weight loss, but diet alone cannot improve our fitness. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:28:26 EST Feb 13 Quote A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. -- Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> Sage advice. I have found that cheerfulness CAN infect those around you. I make an effort to be cheerful and upbeat with those that I meet. And I find that acting cheerful also goes a long ways towards actually making me happier! <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:10:28 EST Feb 12 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's all in our hands. We have the capability, we have the drive, we CAN do it! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:22:59 EST Feb 11 Quote It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. - Anonymous <BR> <BR> Don't ever believe what other people think of you. Believe what you know you are capable of accomplishing. It's what is inside YOU that counts! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:50:18 EST Feb 10 Quote "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better - it's not." -- The Once-ler <BR> <BR> It's your life; it's your health. Who better to care about it than YOU!!! While the Once-ler was talking about the environment, he could just as well have been talking to you and me about our shortcomings in attaining our health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:53:55 EST Feb 9 Quote When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. - unknown <BR> <BR> Was it just one of those darned New Year's Resolutions that you swore you'd never make again? Was it a response to a criticism from a friend or family member? Was it a recommendation from your physician? Or, was it an inspiration to challenge yourself? <BR> <BR> If you started for a strong, valid reason, remember that quitting is not one of your preferred options. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 23:01:31 EST Feb 8 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, it is your dream. Nothing worth having is accomplished easily, or in this case quickly. Keep after the dream until you supplant it with something more worthwhile to yourself. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:47:01 EST Feb 7 Quote "If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied." -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson <BR> <BR> Great advice! Find a way to move those obstacles in your path, and reach your goals. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 19:52:06 EST