GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community May 5 Quote "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." -- Neale Donald Walsch <BR> <BR> Are you a risk-taker? Do you experiment with your diet? Can you attempt a new exercise routine? if yes, you can step out of your comfort zone. The more you step outside that safety zone, the more likely you are to experience the richness and fullness of life. Start with small changes, and don't stop stretching your horizons! Thu, 5 May 2016 22:52:32 EST May 4 Quote "You control your destiny - you don't need magic to do it. And there are no magical shortcuts to solving your problems." -- Merida, in Brave <BR> <BR> So true! We're all on a beautiful journey. Those who see us only occasionally on our journey may believe that magic has taken place. But there is no magic involved; it all boils down to hard work, persistence, and determination. I have begun the journey; you have begun the journey. Keep pushing forward!! Wed, 4 May 2016 22:44:03 EST May 3 Quote "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out." -- RJ Palacio <BR> <BR> That's us! We're all making an effort to step out of our comfort zone; we're trying to break the mold; we're attempting to stand out. Don't try to blend in; be proud of what you're doing! Tue, 3 May 2016 22:57:46 EST May 2 Quote "Look inside yourself. You are more than you have become." -- Mufasa, in The Lion King <BR> <BR> Well worth remembering! As we have ventured along the path in this journey, we have acquired many new skills, much new knowledge, and many new friends. As we've internalized these new things, our parts keep being assembled and reassembled. We are now so much more than simply the sum of our parts. Mon, 2 May 2016 21:04:22 EST May 1 Quote "Let your conscience be your guide," - Jiminy Cricket, in Pinocchio <BR> <BR> On a Disney roll! <BR> <BR> This one is so true! Happens in all things we do, whether they are related to our journey or to any other aspects of our lives. On our journey to healthy living, our conscience keeps us moving in the right direction, and reaches out to attempt to correct us if we stray from the principles and path. Sun, 1 May 2016 23:16:24 EST Apri 30 Quote Why worry? If you've done the very best you can worrying won't make it any better. -- Walt Disney <BR> <BR> Worry is a drain. It drains you of confidence; it drains you of satisfaction; it drains you of energy. Make a plan, stick to it as best you can, don't worry about the bumps that arise on the journey. Make your best effort and you will be on the road to success. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:42:48 EST April 29 Quote All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. -- Walt Disney <BR> <BR> A man who has made dreams come true for thousands of youngsters has words of wisdom that can also be applied to our journey. If we are diligent in our pursuit of our journey, we can achieve our goals. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:05:19 EST April 28 Quote "We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough. " -- Helen Keller <BR> <BR> This journey we are on can only come to a successful end if we stick to it. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:36:58 EST April 24 Quote "The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today." -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> After you've put your best effort in today, you certainly know what you should expect to reach tomorrow. And, by doing your best tomorrow, you will build an even greater understanding of your ability to succeed on the next day... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:57:32 EST April 23 Quote "The quality of our lives depends not on whether or not we have conflicts, but on how we respond to them." -- Tom Crum <BR> <BR> Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is often full of conflicts: many small, some large. <BR> <BR> If you are surrounded with family and friends who love to eat and/or drink, you are often torn between your desire for healthful eating (or drinking) and the gastronomical excesses that are available in many of your favorite gatherings. There are many hints and strate... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 19:25:18 EST April 22 Quote "A strong spirit transcends rules." -- Prince <BR> <BR> We all have the spirit, or we wouldn't be expending the effort to change our lives. We are certainly fulfilling Prince's expectations of where we are: we do everything to go the extra step, distance, mile to achieve our goals. <BR> <BR> We CAN do it!!! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:47:03 EST April 20 Quote "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> What you focus on expands. If you focus on the good, you will get more of it. If you focus on lack and poverty, you will get more of that as well. Learn to recognize the good in your life and be grateful for it everyday. Redirect your focus to help you change your life. <BR> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:40:28 EST April 19 Quote "Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for." -- Clarence Darrow <BR> <BR> I'm not truly believing this. I don't think my weight loss effort is a lost cause, but it certainly is worth fighting for. This is likely true for most of us trying to unload a few pounds (or more). <BR> <BR> Spark on! put up a good fight to reach those goals you have set for yourself! Tue, 19 Apr 2016 22:24:45 EST April 18 Quote "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing." -- David Letterman <BR> <BR> So, I've not been doing very well at this for the past week... Vacation in the mountains is my excuse. <BR> <BR> I'm back, and we'll try to keep this blog rolling again... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 22:18:29 EST April 9 Quote "If you stumble, make it part of the dance." <BR> <BR> So, you're trying a Mediterranean diet. Just can't give up that morning cup of OJ? Don't trash the whole diet and try something new. Figure out how to make a small amount of OJ fit into your diet. Adjust; you'll be amazed at what you can do by following the majority of the principles of the diet and making small tweaks to accommodate those foods you just can't live without! Sat, 9 Apr 2016 22:27:12 EST April 8 Quote "Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace." -- Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> We must be our own masters; we must see our way through our conflicts and difficulties. We must not let the opinions and beliefs of others sway us from our goals and our search for the valued journey. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 22:46:32 EST April 7 Quote Don't ruin a good today because of a bad yesterday. <BR> <BR> Stuff happens. Let it go; move on; start anew. Thu, 7 Apr 2016 21:50:22 EST April 6 Quote "Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company." -- Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> Certainly follows all the motivational messages that SparkPeople promotes. We're better off with a supportive team helping us strive for our goals. Lacking that positive support, we are better off going it alone than surrounding ourselves with the naysayers who fail to help us reach those goals. Wed, 6 Apr 2016 17:27:43 EST April 5 Quote If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find excuses. <BR> <BR> We've all started on this healthy journey; we (or someone else) thought it was important. Some of us, self included, have strayed or stopped; obviously, the importance dwindled or was overshadowed by something we felt was more important. Many of us who strayed have found our way back to the path. The importance of being healthy to pursue our dreams keeps coming back to us; we WILL find a way! <BR> <... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:00:26 EST April 4 Quote "I'm not telling you it's going to be EASY. I'm telling you it's going to be WORTH it." -- Art Williams <BR> <BR> That's a key. We can't get discouraged when the battle is difficult; we can't throw in the towel. We must brace ourselves for the task, to achieve those goals we have set for ourselves. Mon, 4 Apr 2016 22:42:20 EST April 3 Quote "Strive for progress not perfection." <BR> <BR> None of us is Perfect. It's an impossible goal to reach. Rather, make incremental steps towards your goals. Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:31:51 EST April 2 Quote Don't be afraid to give up the good, and go for the great! <BR> <BR> You're comfortable with your dietary plan; you're comfortable with your workout regimen. Try to bump it up a notch, or two or three. Step out of your routine with some awesome modifications. <BR> <BR> You CAN do it! Sat, 2 Apr 2016 22:09:57 EST April 1 Quote "Your body can do anything! It's your brain you have to convince!" -- anonymous <BR> <BR> Sometimes, your brain can be your own worst enemy. Keep yourself mentally sharp (and thinking positive thoughts) by snacking on nuts, adopting a Mediterranean cooking style, and getting plenty of sleep. Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:39:57 EST March 31 Quote "There are plenty of obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them." -- Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> While we all are committed to reaching our goals, we do have obstacles to overcome along the way. Marston reminds us not to get down on ourselves and end up being one of those obstacles in our road to success. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 21:34:32 EST March 30 Quote "Commitment: Either you DO or you don't, there is no in-between."-- Darnell Owens <BR> <BR> Not much more to say! Are you committed (to reaching your goals) or are you just mouthing the words to see if they will get you there? Wed, 30 Mar 2016 22:37:31 EST March 28 Quote "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor." -- Truman Capote <BR> <BR> Life's journey is full of bumps. It is riding out those bumps and surviving that makes those steps along the road so much sweeter. Mon, 28 Mar 2016 21:01:30 EST March 27 Quote "A goal properly set is halfway reached." -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Setting goals is an important part of reaching our goals. This quote reinforces that importance, but also keeps us aware that goals need to be set realistically. It does us no good to set pie-in-the-sky goals that are altogether too difficult to reach. Just set small goals that incrementally strep us towards our ultimate goals. Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:34:32 EST March 25 Quote "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." -- Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:14:54 EST March 24 Quote "Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?" -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Most days, I can answer this positively. Can you? Thu, 24 Mar 2016 23:19:54 EST March 23 Quote "A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else." -- John Burroughs <BR> <BR> Here we go, folks! The difference between failing, which we all have done and sometimes continue to do, and failure belongs to us. As the quote says, we are only a failure if we deny responsibility for our failed efforts. If we fail, we learn. When we apply that knowledge to our next attempt, we improve our chances for success. However, if we point the finger at someon... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:54:34 EST March 22 Quote Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more." -- Tony Robbins <BR> <BR> How powerful a message! Not only do we have the opportunity to do good for others, we have a responsibility to do so! Tue, 22 Mar 2016 21:46:35 EST March 21 Quote "People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness." -- John Wanamaker <BR> <BR> Excellent reminder to make, and take, the time for exercise. Our health and welfare are not just the gaining of the positives, but also the avoidance of the negatives. Make sure you take the time to get your 10-minute intervals in every day, hopefully at least 3 times each day. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:34:20 EST March 21 Quote "People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness." -- John Wanamaker <BR> <BR> Excellent reminder to make, and take, the time for exercise. Our health and welfare are not just the gaining of the positives, but also the avoidance of the negatives. Make sure you take the time to get your 10-minute intervals in every day, hopefully at least 3 times each day. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:34:19 EST March 20 Quote “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” <BR> <BR> Whenever we slip up, we have the chance to look at our digression, analyze what went wrong, and take corrective action to get back on track. How often I fail to get on that train; how often I let one slip lead down the slippery slope. Perhaps keeping this quote in front of me will give me the needed memory to truly overcome those slips that seem to pop into my days! Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:42:38 EST March 19 Quote "The first wealth is health." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Invest first in your own health. If you are healthy, you are most likely to be happy. <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2016 23:37:37 EST March 18 Quote "Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits." -- Richard M. Nixon <BR> <BR> Not that RMN was my favorite president, but his definition of finished is classic. Setbacks do not define us; the ability to get back up and continue to face the challenge is! Fri, 18 Mar 2016 21:58:06 EST March 15 Quote "Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference." -- Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> If you want to succeed, begin by thinking you can! Your attitude towards your ability to succeed is more than half the battle you need to wage to reach the goal. <BR> <BR> The little engine kept saying, "I think I can! I think I can!" YOU can too!! Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:26:30 EST March 13 Quote "The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." -- Confucius <BR> <BR> And so it is with our journey to healthy living. Whether it is fitness, weight loss, or overall happiness, making small steps towards our goal is the beginning we need to take. Practice one small change until it becomes a "habit." Then incorporate another small change. Build each change upon the previous one(s) and you will find the journey becoming easier to follow and your goals becming much mor... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 21:56:23 EST March 12 Quote "Do not worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older it will avoid you." -- Joey Adams <BR> <BR> Would that this were true of food!!! I still succumb to the temptations of sweets more often than I should... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:44:47 EST March 10 Quote "Wisdom has two parts: <BR> 1. Having a lot to say. <BR> 2. Not saying it." <BR> <BR> In your daily life, mind your manners -- and hold your tongue. Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:05:17 EST March 9 Quote "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." -- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Maintain your health. Or, improve your health to a point you'd like to maintain it. That will provide the basis for good life. <BR> Wed, 9 Mar 2016 22:51:40 EST March 8 Quote "As I've said before, time is short, and life is precious." -- Nancy Reagan <BR> <BR> Embrace life! Live it wisely; live it well. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> Tue, 8 Mar 2016 21:35:10 EST March 7 Quote - part 2 "You don't need to look like everybody else. Love who you are."-- Lea Michele <BR> <BR> We are all unique. Trying to shoehorn ourselves into the "perfect image" doesn't help us realize our own true selves. Be brave; be real; be yourself! Mon, 7 Mar 2016 23:31:54 EST March 7 Quote "Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose." -- Lyndon B. Johnson <BR> <BR> Don't dwell on the past; we can't change it. Look to the future and plan how you'll reach your goals. <BR> Then, work hard to make it happen! <BR> Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:06:42 EST March 6 Quote "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." -- Julie Andrews <BR> <BR> Each day is a chance to progress towards your goals. If yesterday was a success, use today to build on that success. If yesterday was only so-so, use today to adjust your course to get back on track. If yesterday was a failure, today is your opportunity for a new beginning. <BR> <BR> Always keep striving towards your healthy goals! <BR> Sat, 5 Mar 2016 23:29:16 EST March 4 Quote "You get pushed down; you pick yourself up and move on." -- Sharon Osbourne <BR> <BR> Setbacks are a part of life. When they occur, look life in the eye, stand back up, and continue to push forward. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 22:26:49 EST March 3 Quote "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." -- Joshua J. Marine <BR> <BR> And we all have challenges we'd like to overcome. Get down, dig in, persevere! <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 3 Mar 2016 22:22:50 EST March 2 Quote "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Think positive thoughts. Dream big. Go where you want to be. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 22:28:24 EST March 1 Quote There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> I'm in the latter category when it comes to my health and well-being. I let things slide way too long before I started to realize the way to get where I wanted to be was to take charge of my life and strive for (and lobby for) the changes that would help me achieve my personal goals. I hope you all pick up one thing to improve and strive to mak... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 22:16:52 EST Leap Day Quote "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- <BR> Henry S. Haskins <BR> <BR> Indeed, it is the spark we carry within that truly defines who we are, what we are, and where we are going. Use your spark to continue to achieve those goals that you dream of. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 22:25:10 EST