GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oct 21 Quote "In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest." -- William McKinley <BR> <BR> This carries the same sentiment that Edison had in saying "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." We never know what the outcome of the next attempt will be. We need to push on through trials and despair, keeping our goal firmly in mind. We can succeed; we ill succeed! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:25:09 EST Oct 20 Quote "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be." -- Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> Fits me perfectly! When I want to dwell on the negatives, I certainly feel unhappy. But when I choose to look at the good things in my life, I do feel very happy. <BR> <BR> Hope you all look on the positives in your life!!! Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:42:36 EST Oct 19 Quote "With self-discipline most anything is possible." -- Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> I think we're all on the road to self-discipline. For some, like me, that is a difficult task. For others, the will to succeed overrides all other feelings, habits, and insecurities. As I attempt to discipline myself to avoid those excesses and pitfalls that keep creeping in, I continue to make small, incremental gains. I know it will continue to be a struggle, and I will continue to make gains towards my h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 22:01:33 EST Oct 18 Quote "Well done is better than well said." -- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> It certainly pays to live the clean, healthy life rather than just talking about getting to it. Over the past few years, I've picked up the exercise portion of healthy living very well. I'm still working on being consistent about healthy eating, but I do eat well now more often than not. <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:43:09 EST Oct 17 Quote "Eating crappy food isn't a reward --- it's a punishment." -- Drew Carey <BR> <BR> So true! And such a bad habit to try to break. I certainly went through a junk food diet phase when my children were teenagers. Glad I'm not thre any more! But the effects are very difficult to achieve Mon, 17 Oct 2016 22:38:27 EST Oct 16 Quote "We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list."-- Michelle Obama <BR> <BR> Something Sparkpeople blogs are always preaching. Take the time for ME. Don't forget the others in your life, but temper the time spent with them with devoting a bit more time to self! I think I can do this! Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:07:38 EST Oct 15 quote "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." -- e. e. cummings <BR> <BR> 'Nuff said... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 22:37:08 EST Oct 14 Quote "We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope." -- Epictetus <BR> <BR> Hmmmm.... Certainly food for thought. As we travel our journey to better health, we have to look at the total picture. We can't focus on just one tool to reach our goals. We need a mix of diet, exercise, Spark buddies, cheerleaders, confidantes to help us stay the course. <BR> <BR> I spent too much effort in years past on one or both of the first 2 on the list. I am now starting to use additi... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:35:05 EST Oct 13 Quote "We need to accept that ... failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success." -- Arianna Huffington <BR> <BR> What great advice! Sometimes (well, maybe often for me) we make mistakes, some bigger than others. We fail to achieve or accomplish something we set out to do. But it's not a failure if we learn a lesson from it; it's a building block to our success. I need to create a few more building blocks to raise my opportunities to reach my success platforms. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:12:49 EST Oct 12 Quote "Don't you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct." -- Barbara Corcoran <BR> <BR> Who knows me better than me? I know my fears. I know my strengths; i know my weaknesses. I know my goals; I know my desires. I need to believe in myself, in my dreams, in my talents. It is time to stop allowing myself to be defined by somebody else or by my own fears and insecurities. I WILL take the next steps to achieve my goals! Wed, 12 Oct 2016 22:05:25 EST Oct 10 Quote Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. -- Nido Qubien <BR> <BR> This is certainly true. We can all aspire to, and achieve, goals beyond our (or our peers) normal expectations. It doesn't matter where we start on the path to reach those goals; It is merely a function of the time and effort that will be required to travel the distance needed to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> Wherever you are on your path to reach your goals, don't giv... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:59:35 EST Oct 9 Quote "A thousand mile journey begins with a single step." -- Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> Many of us have made that first step. All of us need to take that first step. Make the commitment to improve some aspect of your life and keep that goal at the forefront. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 23:02:53 EST Oct 7 Quote "Only the mediocre are always at their best." -- Jean Giraudoux <BR> <BR> It's OK to slip and backslide once in a while. We are all human, not perfect. It is difficult to always be at our best when we are attempting to attain a more healthy life, and lifestyle. When those slip- ups occur, put them behind and vow to hop back on the healthy train right away! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 22:12:28 EST Oct 5 Quote "You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it." -- Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> To change our lives we must break out of our old habits and our old ways of doing things. <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 23:02:27 EST Oct 4 Quote Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing. Tue, 4 Oct 2016 23:57:21 EST Oct 3 Quote Believe that you can and you're halfway there. -- Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Here's a really positive way to look at our journey. Start out with your eyes open,and your mind open, believing that you can travel your chosen path to reach the goal points on your journey. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:02:05 EST Oct 2 Quote "Accomplishments will prove to be a journey, not a destination." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower <BR> <BR> How right the President was. Accomplishment is merely a waystop on our journey through life. It is impossible to rest for too long on the laurels of an accomplishment. We all expect to move on to the next steps along our road through life. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2016 21:51:52 EST Oct 1 Quote "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -- George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> YES! Although people often talk about "finding yourself" as you enter adulthood, I think that Shaw's quote is much more accurate. What we do is what defines us; we are creating, not finding. And we keep on creating as we step through our journey. <BR> <BR> Keep creating yourselves! <em>381</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 22:20:51 EST Sept 30 Quote "Lost time is never found again." -- Ben Franklin <BR> <BR> Make wise use of your time. We are all working towards similar healthy goals; let's make sure that we don't sabotage those goals by frittering away time that could enhance our ability to reach those goals. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:49:26 EST Sept 29 Quote "It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong." -- Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> In today's America, I fear that many people are failing to heed Jefferson's words. From pseudo-science to pseudo-history to pseudo-politics, we have so many diametrically opposed interpretations of 'facts' that the roar is deafening. Take the time to sift through material, do your own research, and form educated insights about all that you hear. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:53:37 EST Sept 28 Quote "We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> This goes for a lot of things. We all need to live our lives to the fullest and maintain our health as best we can. Remember: Laughter is the best medicine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:03:24 EST Sept 27 Quote "The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done." -- Arnold Palmer <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:20:10 EST Sept 26 Quote "An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> I guess that's OK. I smile at the thought of eating most vegetables; they make me feel good. If you think about George W Bush and broccoli, I certainly smile. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:57:17 EST Sept 25 Quote "It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> We seem to be learning more and more about nutrition every day. We just need to keep up with the latest to keep ourselves out of trouble and on a healthy path. <BR> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:33:53 EST Sept 24 Quote "Too many people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't want to impress people they don't like." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> Seems to be a common malady... We've pretty much given up on this sickness. Tough enough to eat well and be healthy, much to the chagrin of those we don't care if we impress. Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:56:38 EST Sept 21 Quote "Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument." -- Robert Half <BR> <BR> Too true all too often. Not only should I convince myself that I'm exercising well, I need to convince all my friends that my exercise is enough. Not only should I convince myself that my diet is OK, I need to convince DH that it nourishes me within my calorie range without using too much processed food. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:37 EST Sept 20 Quote "It's the way you ride the trail that counts." -- Dale Evans <BR> <BR> Yes, it is all about how you approach and adjust to your journey. We have many trails we can follow on our journey, and we have choices about which paths to take and how we travel those paths. My path to this point has certainly not been straight, fraught with many false steps along the way. But.... I have persevered and feel like I am now on a wide, well-traveled path, with beautiful vistas on the horizon. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:05:14 EST Sept 19 Quote "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." -- Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> When we want something new, different, better, we definitely have to work hard to reach for it. It's very possible that achieving a new goal will require you (and me) to do something we've never done before -- it's very likely we'll have to step out of our comfort zone. Don't be afraid of the unknown. Get it done! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:06:36 EST Sept 17 Quote "Excuses don't burn calories." <BR> <BR> No quibbles there! And I didn't resort to excuses today to dodge my exercise. I hope you all burned your calories, and not your excuses, today. Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:38:10 EST Sept 16 Quote "Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do." -- Golda Meir <BR> <BR> Hmmm... I hope this isn't completely true. I would like to avoid some of the effects of old age for a few more years. I think diet and exercise can help me stay fit and active well into my "golden" years. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:56:49 EST Sept 15 Quote "The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra." -- Jimmy Johnson <BR> <BR> I believe that's where we are all at. We are all attempting to find that "little extra" that helps us push our journey further down the path we want to be traveling. May you all have success locating that "little extra." Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:13:53 EST Sept 14 Quote "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney <BR> <BR> Fine words. I think many of us, myself especially, fear failing to meet our dreams. It is easier to slip into that familiar place that says, "I put in some effort." Then I fail to pick myself up, dust myself off, and try to tackle the same dreams again. I try; I fail; I don't have the desire to try again. Maybe it is time to teach this old dog some new tricks to push through the bumps in the ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:22:48 EST Sept 13 Quote "The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will." - Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> We are all acquiring the knowledge we need to make this journey; we all have that initial commitment to make the journey. Do we all have the will to see us through the rough patches that will occur on the journey? Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:27:48 EST Sept 12 Quote "Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies." -- Ann Landers <BR> <BR> We shouldn't obsess over what might have been; that's in the past. we're not going to goback and change what has happened. Focus, instead, on what you may be (or become); the future is something we can mold. As we dream, we can take steps to help us fulfill those dreams. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:16:00 EST Sept 11 Quote "Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far." -- Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> I'm happy to have found this quotation by one of our founding fathers. I have added walking, not necessarily far (yet), to my exercise regimen. My jaunts currently range from about 1/2 mile to 2 miles. I'd like to increase that a bit, but with colder weather coming, it may have to wait until next spring to log longer miles consistently. Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:05:37 EST Sept 11 Quote "The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score." -- Bill Copeland <BR> <BR> Keep your eye on the prize! I've been on the "lose weight" goal train too many times. Now, through Sparkpeople, I've learned that "lose weight" isn't the best goal to aim for. I'm now reaching for the "live healthy" goal, and having much more success than I did reaching for "lose weight". I'm not dieting by elimination, but by moderation. I'm payi... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:32:29 EST Sept 9 Quote "Your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going." -- Norman Cousins <BR> <BR> And our will to live is a will to live healthily! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 22:51:43 EST Sept 8 Quote "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot <BR> <BR> Most of us have taken a wrong turn somewhere during our life's journey. Many of us have backtracked and tried one or more other turns. We need to keep searching for the path that leads us to our healthiest moments. <BR> <BR> There are some truly inspiring stories told by fellow Sparkers of how they have found their path and achieved the healthy goals they have long searched for. While no one else can duplica... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 22:07:38 EST Sept 7 Quote "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> So true. We are perceived, and judged, so much more by what we do than what we say. Remember that this journey is not about telling it, it is about living it. Believe in yourself, believe in the journey, believe in the results. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:52:22 EST Sept 6 Quote "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> If Oprah is right, then let's dwell on the could be's that we have in our heads! If we can dream it, then we can do it. And by doing it,we can become it. Let's make all our "its" those things that make us more healthy, better listeners, and posistive influences on all that we come into contact with! <BR> Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:08:58 EST Sept 4 Quote "Just Remember: The people that say, 'your dreams are impossible' have already quit on theirs." -- Grant Cardone <BR> <BR> Don't let the nay-sayers rain on your desires. Remember that they didn't have the courage, tenacity, or vision to see their own dreams through. Set your goals realistically high, then pursue them with all the vigor and drive you can muster! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Or even more: "WE WILL do it!!" Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:02:22 EST Sept 3 Quote "Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Certainly wise words here. Let's focus on what we would like to be; let's not worry about what is weighting us down. Let's dream and reach for a goal that will mean victory for us; let's not dwell on the perceived roadblocks we allow ourselves to throw up in our path. <BR> <BR> Let's be the best that we can be! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 21:24:41 EST Sept 2 Quote "Don't be afraid of failure, be afraid of not trying in the first place." - Marie Forleo <BR> <BR> Some excellent advice. You (and I) will never know how great we can become unless we try. Certainly there can (and probably will) be missteps along the way. But failures are learning experiences; so we can take what we learn from our failures and apply it to our next adventure--making it an even more positive experience. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2016 22:20:23 EST Sept 1 Quote "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." - Plato <BR> <BR> Wow! Exercise has been a recognized health benefit for over 2000 years! I wonder why so many still avoid it. We've all taken the vow to subscribe; let's show our family and friends that we can make it happen! Thu, 1 Sep 2016 23:29:39 EST August 31 Quote "A lack of realism in the vision today costs credibility tomorrow." -- John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> A good reminder that we need to set realistic goals to shoot for. When we believe we can reach the goals we've set, we CAN achieve and show the nay-sayers in our lives that we do understand how to set realistic goals. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 20:47:23 EST August 27 Quote "Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off the goal." -- Henry Ford <BR> <BR> I know I'm guilty of this. We often throw up roadblocks to our possibility of success, without any help (or hindrance) from others. This is but another reminder that we don't need to make excuses for what we think we cannot do. If I can overcome the negative self-talk, I am often gratified by what I actually can accomplish. I believe you can, too -- Don't be a "negative Nellie" and drag y... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:46:54 EST August 26 Quote "Don't be afraid of failure, be afraid of not trying in the first place." -- Marie Forleo <BR> <BR> Failure can only occur if you try. The only way you can succeed, too, is to try. Sitting back and relaxing doesn't give you chances of any sort. So to make the most of your life and its journey, dare to make the changes that have the opportunity for improvement. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:33:12 EST August 25 Quote "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.' -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> True words! Anyone, and everyone can start. If you start, and persevere, you have opportunity. We all can do it! Make today the next day of your successful climb to reach your goal! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:00:54 EST August 24 Quote "Choose a job you love, & you will never have to work a day in your life." -- Confucius <BR> <BR> After I made a mid-life change to working in a school system, I found the job I loved. And, 95% of the time, I didn't feel like I was working; it was so gratifying to be working with young people and helping them to grow and develop. <BR> <BR> Here's to all those who found this choice early in their careers and have carried it forward! Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:49:57 EST August 23 Quote "If you really want to do something you'll find a way, if you don't you'll find an excuse." -- Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> This works for all ages, at all levels. If there is something you truly desire, you will work until you attain that goal, or obtain that object. It may take a reasonable amount of time, or it may take a long time (depends on the difficulty in obtaining the goal). Or, you will decide you don't really desire it, and you will move on to other desires. <BR> <BR> For health's sa... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:58:35 EST