GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community An Elder Citizen Goes Out in Style A lady decided to give herself a big treat for her 90th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice luxurious hotel.. <BR> When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00. She demanded to know why the charge was so high "I agree it's a nice hotel, but the rooms aren't worth $250.00 for just an overnight stay - I didn't even have breakfast!" <BR> The clerk told her that $250.00 is the 'standard rate,' and breakfast had been included had she wanted it. <BR... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 14:30:37 EST Daily Quote September 18 "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." -- Miguel de Cervantes <BR> <BR> Or, as Pogo says, "We have met the enemy and he is us." I used to find that this quote defined me all the time. Insecurity, self-deprecation, mindless eating -- these, and more, filled my days and kept me spiraling out of control. As I've gained understanding, from Sparkpeople articles and others' testimonies, I now recognize the signs and can put up a battle against these foes when I slip b... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 21:15:03 EST Daily Quote -- Sept 16 “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” -- Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> I found this in one of the Sparkpeople articles. It certainly reflects my situation all to frequently. When faced with a difficult challenge, I sit and think about it -- a lot! All too often, my "what if" scenarios are of the negative kind. I think myself right out of attempting to resolve the challeng... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 09:05:39 EST Daily Quote April 10 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch <BR> <BR> We need to break the bonds that hold us in our daily humdrum. Dare to take the next step; experiment with a new routine; walk a new path to a new you! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 22:43:48 EST Daily Quote April 9 The road to success is always under construction. - Lily Tomlin <BR> <BR> It takes a lot of effort to maintain success in any endeavor. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 22:20:41 EST Daily Quote March 11 "There is no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it." Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Health and weight loss can't be bought. It's a continuous process: choose healthy foods, exercise regularly, listen to your body; repeat. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 22:03:47 EST Daily Quote March 7 Life's only limitations are the ones we make. <BR> <BR> I think I can; I think I can; I think I can! Cast out your negative thoughts and feelings; replace them with hopeful ones. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> Sat, 7 Mar 2015 23:10:18 EST Daily Quote March 6 A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths. ~ Steven Wright <BR> <BR> While a bit humorous, this is what terrifies me every day. I'm always working to keep the horizontal spread in check. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:12:21 EST Daily Quote March 4 It's never a question of "Can you?", but one of "Will you?". <BR> <BR> We almost never try to achieve the impossible. We often try to achieve a stretch. So the question is truly, "Will you make the commitment it takes to reach that stretch?" <BR> <BR> We CAN do it. Will I? Will you? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:01:32 EST Daily Quote March 3 “The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” – German Proverb <BR> <BR> Don't ever lose sight of your goals. When temptation is placed in our way, when we take a u-turn on our journey, when we throw up our hands in frustration; remember why we started this trek! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:57:05 EST Daily Quote March 2 If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. - Fred Devito <BR> <BR> To succeed, meet those challenges head on. Keep your eyes on your goals and stretch to reach them! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 20:42:02 EST Daily Quote February 15 “God doesn't require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.” <BR> &#8213; Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> And there can be no success if we don't try. So make every effort to make the changes you want in your life. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 22:14:00 EST Daily Quote February 14 Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. -Harriet Tubman <BR> <BR> What was true 150 years ago is still true today. Believe in yourself and your abilities. YOU CAN DO IT! Sat, 14 Feb 2015 22:05:44 EST Daily Quote February 12 “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” <BR> &#8213; Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:09:50 EST Daily Quote February 11 It's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got. Attributed to Sheryl Crow <BR> <BR> One of the secrets of happiness is to enjoy and celebrate those "things" which you already have. And, most often, those "things" are not things. Whether we see it, or not, we are all endowed with courage, wisdom, and vision. If we use that wisdom to identify the obstacles in our lives, and our courage to face those obstacles, we can achieve our vision of where we would like to be. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:41:13 EST Daily Quote February 9 "It never occurs to me that there are things I cannot do." - Whoopi Goldberg <BR> <BR> Ahhh! The secret to achievement! <BR> <BR> Never say never! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:10:06 EST Daily Quote February 8 True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. Edith Wharton <BR> <BR> This is where we are all trying to get. Imagining a new vision for ourselves requires us to step out of our comfort zone and embrace change, and originality. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 21:27:06 EST Daily Quote February 5 "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others." -- Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> Let's make those memories inspirational for the others who follow us. Rosa Parks certainly sparked inspiration in the legions that have helped her cause! Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:18:51 EST Daily Quote February 4 The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Take that giant step to live the life you have always dreamed of. It will take some changes, but we're all capable of making those changes! Wed, 4 Feb 2015 20:43:16 EST Daily Quote February 3 "It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody." - Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> And, by accepting this gift, you can rid yourself of so many destructive thoughts that work at corroding your soul. Be big; be HUGE; FORGIVE!!! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 22:43:20 EST Daily Quote February 2 “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” - Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Treat yourself with the love and respect you deserve. Others will follow your lead. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:18:05 EST Daily Quote February 1 "Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished." - Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Let your light shine through for all around you. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:13:44 EST Daily Quote January 29 “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” ~Montaigne <BR> <BR> Work on visualizing the positive, and banish the negatives. Push aside the worries and fill your thoughts with positive dreams. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:49:42 EST Daily Quote January 28 “You may not be responsible for being down, but you must be responsible for getting up.” <BR> <BR> —Jesse Jackson <BR> <BR> Take hold of your problems; wrestle them to submission. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:19:41 EST Daily Quote January 27 “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” &#8213; Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> Be proud of who, and what, you are! You are unique, and no one can match that! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:06:09 EST Daily Quote January 26 “Find joy in the journey.” &#8213; Thomas S. Monson <BR> <BR> As with many things, the journey is more fulfilling than the result. Take joy in your strides for a healthier life! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:56:45 EST Daily Quote January 25 “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” &#8213; Tricia Cunningham <BR> <BR> Doubt the naysayers. Stick to your dreams and prove them wrong! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:29:55 EST Daily Quote We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Always look for the silver lining in every setback you encounter. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:42:04 EST Daily Quote “Live simply so others may simply live.” &#8213; Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> Living simply helps place a minimal footprint on the earth's resources, allows us to reallocate resources to those less fortunate, and helps pull us back to the fundamental pleasures of life. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:07:15 EST Daily Quote “Change yourself – you are in control.” - Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> "If it is to be, it is up to me." To change requires us to put forth the effort to accomplish that change. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:01:56 EST Daily Quote “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves….” - Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> And we'd likely astound most of our friends, too! Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:24:26 EST Daily Quote "The short successes that can be gained in a brief time and without difficulty, are not worth much." - Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Those successes that cost nothing, don't last. Be willing to invest in reaching your goals and know that your efforts will sustain you! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:31:30 EST Daily Quote "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." Maya Angelou Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:26:21 EST Daily Quote “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” &#8213; Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:58:08 EST Daily Quote “Stick to a task 'til it sticks to you. . .for beginners are many, but finishers few.” &#8213; Thomas S. Monson Tue, 6 Jan 2015 22:06:21 EST Daily Quote You can do anything, but not everything. ~Anonymous <BR> <BR> A reminder that I can do anything I choose to work at, but I must eliminate trying to do all at one time... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:33:31 EST Night Before Christmas (Spark Style) Kudos to LADYMOONWILLOW, a former Spark member, from 2009 <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house <BR> Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse. <BR> The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, <BR> In hopes that St. Chris soon would put recipes there. <BR> <BR> The cat was nestled all snug in her bed, <BR> While visions of catnip danced in her head. <BR> And the cat in her chair and I on the net, <BR> Had just settled her brains for a long a... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:50:57 EST Wednesday Quote “Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” - Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> The takeaway: Never, ever quit on yourself! You deserve the best you can be. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:39:42 EST Class Hike Tomorrow, our class at school will hike Mount Cardigan. It's about 3100 feet, with about a 1000 foot vertical rise in about a 1.5 mile trail. I've hiked it many times with my own family, and I've hiked a couple of time with classes in years past. With good weather, it should be a fun hike and just a little challenging for our 5th and 6th graders. I just hope I don't get stuck herding the stragglers! Mon, 4 Oct 2010 22:44:29 EST Vacation! Time to leave the cold of NH behind for a few days! <BR> <BR> Actually not a whole lot warmer in Branson at this time of year, but we'll be indoors more and we'll be able to relax without the normal daily pressures. Don't know if we'll have public access to the Internet to keep up with folks or not. <BR> <BR> Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:27:53 EST Back Home Back from DC and ready to get back to the routine! Sun, 17 May 2009 21:08:35 EST