GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community July 22 Quote "Never mistake motion for action." -- Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> Just like not allowing certain movements for daily living to count as exercise. Don't allow random movements to count as a step to achieving a goal -- whether that goal is exercise-related or life-related. Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:27:13 EST July 21 Quote "The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order." -- Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> Certainly true. It's difficult to be happy if the body is wracked by ailments. So, I choose to eat well and exercise appropriately to give me the opportunity to live a satisfying, fulfilling life. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:55:15 EST July 20 Quote "Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?" -- Brigham Young <BR> <BR> I am guilty of worrying about what others think of me. But, should I be worrying? I think not. I have good ideas; I have strong values; I try to help people. If I think positively of myself, I should let my actions speak for me and carry their own objective weight. <BR> <BR> I'll put Brigham Young's quote on my refrigerator, on the dash of my c... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:29:14 EST July 19 Quote "What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Fear has many flavors: healthy fear (of things that can harm your physical well-being), phobias (fear of things that usually won't harm), self-doubt (fear that you can't do something, or will fail at it). I think Emerson's quote most directly applies to the self-doubt (and often irrational) fears we all have. Fear that we can't become physically fit, because we can't exercise or because we ca... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:20:05 EST July 18 Quote "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." -- Fredrick Nietzsche <BR> <BR> Find and follow your real purpose in life and you can overcome almost any difficulty you face. In other words, if you know why your life (or what you’ve chosen to do in life) is important then you begin to approach even more difficult obstacles with less resistance, overcoming with recognition of the importance of achieving the end goal. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:33:05 EST July 17 Quote "If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one." -- Dolly Parton <BR> <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:30:43 EST July 16 Quote “Set some goals, then demolish them." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> An awesome quote! Use the power of positive thinking and a competitive drive to power through some of your short-term goals. Keep building on your successes and you will be able to meet all your goals. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 21:24:22 EST July 15 Quote "Nothing will work unless you do." -- Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> That's right... Our journey is serious business; we must put in the effort fo make progress gowareds our goals. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 22:19:08 EST July 14 Quote "Never quit. Never give up." -- Gabby Douglas <BR> <BR> Whether it is exercise, diet choice, or life choice, Keep your eye on your goal(s). When you are drowning in despair, when you feel like it's never going to work, when the whole world seems to be against you, don't give in, don't give up. Stick to your resolve to accomplish the goals you've set. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 23:43:39 EST July 13 Quote "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:27:12 EST July 12 Quote "Patience can cook a stone." -- African proverb <BR> <BR> Our journey is a marathon, not a sprint. It will take time to complete, or at least get close to our goals. Set your short- and medium-term goals, and don't be upset if they aren't attained quickly. Be patient; keep working; success will come with patience and perseverance. Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:23:41 EST July 11 Quote "To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions." -- William James Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:00:49 EST July 10 Quote "Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else." -- Les Brown <BR> <BR> We all set goals and make plans for bettering our lives. Don't let those plans rest on other people. We are the only ones that have the great desire to make sure those plans are carried out, effectively. Others can help us follow those plans to reach out goals, but they also have plans of their own which need to be met. So, step up and take responsibility ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:57:09 EST July 9 Quote "The only joy in the world is to begin." -- Cesare Pavese Sat, 9 Jul 2016 22:18:32 EST July 7 Quote "Act the way you want to feel." - Gretchen Rubin <BR> <BR> Ahh... What a great idea! This is something that is often said in other ways, too: "Fake it until you make it." "Smile and you'll soon be smiling inside." <BR> <BR> So, we can all do this! We don't have to let the "negative Nellies" in our lives rain on our parades and tell us we aren't what is expected. We have options. Let's exercise them and let our actions speak for the feelings we want to express and project! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 22:01:11 EST July 6 Quote "People say everybody has a book inside them, so why not make your life a great story?" -- Martha Louise Hunter <BR> <BR> What a wonderful thought! I think we're all trying to make our life better in some way. Use Hunter's quote to put some teeth into our attempts at betterment: let's make these attempts the best that we can! Let's build a great story line for our life! Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:03:23 EST July 5 Quote "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not." -- Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> It's so important to be yourself! I am unique, I matter, and I care. It should not be how I measure up to some other person, or someone's ideal; it should be how I carry myself in all situations and how I feel about my performance at any time. <BR> <BR> And you should feel the same way! Do your best, make the effort, and be genuinely yourself! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:53:05 EST July 4 Quote "If you stumble, make it part of the dance." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> We're not perfect. When we take on a new challenge, we develop a plan to accomplish our goal. Sometimes we take some missteps along the way. When that happens, step back an evaluate. Maybe that stumble is something you can build on; maybe it will help to incorporate it into your bag of tricks to reach your goals. Perhaps it can become your private motivator to push you over the next hurdle! Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:01:04 EST July 2 Quote "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." -- Henry Ford <BR> <BR> The power of thought! So much of the idea of accomplishment is in our heads. If we think we can, we will try harder to make it happen. If we think we can't, we'll slack off and make excuses for why it won't work. <BR> <BR> When it comes to our life journey, it is important that we continue to think we can. We can make changes by setting small goals and continuing to reach them. Increm... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 22:08:39 EST July 1 Quote "It is bad to suppress laughter. It goes back down and spreads to your hips." - Fred Allen <BR> <BR> Ahhh.... Now I know why DH is so thin -- he laughs at everything! Maybe I just need to laugh more. Will that bring the spread up from my hips and out into space? <BR> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 22:58:47 EST June 30 Quote "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." - Mark Twain <BR> <BR> As we travel this journey towards our goals (whatever they may be), one of the first steps is to have a positive outlook of our own reasons for undertaking the journey. Our approval is our buy-in fir the potential for success. <BR> <BR> Too often, I have started my journey for the wrong reasons. I have tried to shame myself into my weight loss goals, rather than relishing the challenge of figuring out the emoti... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:19:14 EST JUne 29 Quote "When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another." - Helen Keller <BR> <BR> True! There is no point to life if we go through it without attention to giving our best. letting someone else define us has no value. So attack each day with gusto; put forth your best efforts. <BR> <BR> See what happens! You, at the least, will have fulfillment and gratification for tasks well done.With repeating your best efforts daily, you will like... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 23:36:41 EST June 28 Quote "The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision." -- Helen Keller <BR> <BR> We're not in this group of people. We all have a vision, whether it is weight loss, improved health, positive attitude. Make sure you keep reminders of your vision front and center at all times. Keep striving to reach the goals you have set to make your vision a reality. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:35:14 EST June 27 Quote "Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you!" - Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> I've come to realize the ultimate truth of this statement. External events, whether directed at me or not, may elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling, but they do not make me happy. They may give me hope; they may give me joy; they may give me satisfaction. <BR> <BR> But, to be happy, I have to feel that I have accomplished something. Happiness comes with making a concerted effort; happiness comes with exh... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 23:22:55 EST June 26 Quote "Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one." - Grandmother Willow, Pocahontas <BR> <BR> Ahh. Something we all know... The right path to health is certainly not easy! We must learn many things: nutrition, diet, exercise routines. After we learn (and relearn), we must act and implement what we have learned. Them we must not succumb to the temptation of the easy routh through the health maze. We must be constantly vigilant, not just for ourselves, but for all that we care deeply fo... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:23:31 EST June 23 Quote "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." -- Berkeley Breathed <BR> <BR> And it's more fun when you are older and can celebrate a happy childhood with your grandchildren! Thu, 23 Jun 2016 23:49:07 EST June 18 Quote "Failure is taking the path that everyone else takes, success is making your own path." - Unknown <BR> <BR> We are all individuals; we are all unique. What works for one of us may not work for the next person. So we need to experiment, test alternatives, and find the formula that works for us. We are the same when we have the same goal we wish to attain; yet we are different in the tools and approaches that we can use to reach that goal. <BR> <BR> Be yourself! You can do it! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:38:04 EST June 17 Quote "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Sound advice. Ditch the nay-sayers who are the weight that pulls you back to the "average" (or worse) life. They are the people who try to sap your energy and disrupt your quest to reach your goals. They are the people who are satisfied with the status quo.They are the people who are afraid to step out of their comfort zone. <BR> <BR> Instead, find the people who will support you and encoura... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 23:04:30 EST June 16 Quote "Old age is no place for sissies." -- Bette Davis <BR> <BR> As I continue through this stage of life where more and more of the world is younger than me, I'm seeing the truth of this quote. But I am strong, and I will not back down from the challenges that old age give us. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:44:50 EST June 15 Quote "Hope will never be silent." -- Harvey Milk <BR> <BR> As true for us who hope to improve our lives as it was for Harvey in his quest for recognition. We must never hide our goals, nor our hope to achieve them. Keep our expectations high and strive for the target we're each trying to reach. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:25:45 EST June 14 Quote "Without effort, you can't pull a fish out of the pond." -- Russian saying <BR> <BR> You have to work for the things you want: Better health, weight loss, financial independence, a joyful outlook. They all take effort to accomplish. Rewards don't come for free. Put your shoulder to the grindstone and work to reach your goals. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:31:40 EST June 13 Quote "The impossible can become possible, if you are awesome!" -- Rhino (from BOLT) <BR> <BR> While you may think achieving your dreams is impossible, perseverance pays off. Be the awesome person that puts in that extra effort to make your dreams become your reality... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:07:30 EST June 10 Quote There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. --Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Step out of your comfort zone. Strive to attain your dreams. Push yourself to be the best person you know you can be. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:35:00 EST June 9 Quote "I don't really care so much what people say about me because it usually is a reflection of who they are." -- Prince <BR> <BR> Sage words. We all need to remember this when others make unflattering comments about us. We cna't take those insults personally, and we must remember that it is more likely a reflection on the utterer... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 23:29:19 EST June 8 Quote "Despite everything, no one can dictate who you are to other people." -- Prince <BR> <BR> Agreed... You are in control of yourself. You choose the tunes; you set the pace; you project the image. Others may try to place you into a pigeonhole, but you are the master of the who, the what, and the why. Be assertive and put yourself in your best light! Wed, 8 Jun 2016 22:19:56 EST June 7 Quote "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." -- Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> Everywhere we go, everything we do -- it's important to step outside your comfort zone. The rewards available to those who take the risk are far greater than the rewards for staying inside your shell and living in the same old, same old status. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 22:49:51 EST June 6 quote "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe." -- Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> So true! It isn't the glorious plan that we've laid out that wears us out. It's the nagging little fears that get to us: we can't make that kind of a commitment; we can't persevere to push ourselves over javascript:%20void(0);the hump; it's too hard; it just won't work. And on, and on... <BR> <BR> We need to kick those fears to the curb, make that commitment to ourselves t... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 22:34:29 EST June 5 Quote "Fitness is like marriage. You can't cheat on it and expect it to work." -- Bonnie Pfeister <BR> <BR> Yup. Fitness takes effort. 'Nuf ced... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 21:04:17 EST June 4 Quote "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me." -- Fred Allen <BR> <BR> Seriously, though, I do like long walks. Even better are moderate hikes.They get me outdoors, where I can relax, meditate, and enjoy and experience the wonders of nature. Not only do walks soothe the mind, they invigorate the body. <BR> <BR> I hope you all find value in your walks, too. Sat, 4 Jun 2016 10:20:51 EST May 31 Quote "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." -- Walt Whitman <BR> <BR> Keep your spirits up; surround yourself with the positive -- your fears and demons will fade as you are buoyed by everyone's positive vibes! Tue, 31 May 2016 23:05:17 EST May 30 Quote "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -- John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> With many extended family members serving our country, this is a great reminder to not only talk the talk, but to also walk the walk. I do truly appreciate all that our members of the armed services do, and have done, for us. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> <em>232</em> Mon, 30 May 2016 22:03:46 EST May 29 Quote "Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever." -- Peter Hagerty <BR> <BR> We're all on a journey. That's what likely brought us here. Cherish the journey we are taking and you will have joy and satisfaction as you travel the twists and turns that keep you excited to continue the journey! Sun, 29 May 2016 22:05:09 EST May 28 Quote "Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission." -- Arnold Bennett <BR> <BR> You get to choose what gets put into your mind. Make wise choices and follow through on those choices. Sat, 28 May 2016 22:26:22 EST May 27 Quote <BR> "The best way out is always through." -- Robert Frost <BR> <BR> The best way to tackle any problem is to meet it head-on. Whether it's a problem with your weight, a problem with your self-image, or a problem with a relationship,the most direct route to a solution is to confront the problem. Define the issue, make a plan to reach your goal (correct the problem), and take that one hard step of implementing your plan! <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:24:46 EST May 25 Quote "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." - Ellen DeGeneres <BR> <BR> As Atticus Finch said in "To Kill a Mockingbird," "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." The same is often true of our perception of ourselves. What we think we seem to be and portray to others, may very well not be what others see in us. It's always a good reality... Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:54 EST May 23 Quote "The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability." -- Remy, in 'Ratatouille' <BR> <BR> This has a corollary in the famous "When life gives you lemons..." phrase. <BR> <BR> We certainly don't know what life is going to present to us. We just need to be comfortable in our selves to be able to change and adapt to all the various events that pop up along our journey. Relax, adapt to the changes in our lives, and bounce back from the pitfalls we encounter along the way. Mon, 23 May 2016 22:54:15 EST May 22 Quote "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -- John Wooden <BR> <BR> I cannot change myself in a day, even in a week. I can makesmall adjustments that will eventually lead to changes - in behavior, in attitude, in confidence. Continuing to make these small adjustments, consciously and insightfully, will help me reach my goals. Sun, 22 May 2016 22:26:31 EST May 21 Quote "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> As we travel along our journey, we must always do our best to prepare us for the next steps we will take. There's no sense in turning the corner unprepared for what you might encounter. Sat, 21 May 2016 22:23:12 EST May 20 Quote "A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths." -- Steven Wright <BR> <BR> So am I!!! Exercise and diet are the two ways I try to combat width. Fri, 20 May 2016 22:33:15 EST May 19 Quote It always seems impossible until it's done. -- Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Often, our tasks look insurmountable. However, we don't give up; we don't despair. We grit out teeth and remember why we started. Then we forge ahead one more time. And, if we are to succeed, we do it again, and again! Thu, 19 May 2016 22:39:57 EST