GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 August 22 Quote "Life has two rules: #1 Never quit #2 Always remember rule # 1." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> Would that we could only live with these 2 rules. However, they are a great place to begin. The first one is certainly one we all need to remember as we encounter those bumps on our journey. If we don't quit we persevere to find a path over, or around, those bumps. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:54:42 EST August 21 Quote "Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. how can anyone see how awesome you are if you can't see it yourself?" -- Unknown <BR> <BR> This describes me for much of my life! Self-confidence, especially in the presence of others, shas been something I've struggled with. This quote is one for posting in a prominent place in the house. I need reminders to break out of the old mindset and think positive thoughts about myself. Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:45:14 EST August 20 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> Who better to know what your want! Have the courage to do what is necessary to pursue what you want; then work on the implementation plan. You can do it! We can do it! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 22:34:32 EST August 19 Quote "Doing your best is more important than being the best." -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> A great reminder that we don't have to be perfect or exceed everyone else's attempts. All we need to keep us on track is to be fair with ourselves when it comes to following the dietary and exercise guidelines we've set for ourselves. l still slip up sometimes, but now I don't hound myself to exceed everyone else! <BR> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:21:23 EST August 18 Quote "If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?" -- Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Ahhh... Something that's been the bane of my life. I've continually beat myself up over my weight, since late childhood <em>40</em> . It's now time to turn the tables: I am what I am! Often I eat well and exercise well. Sometimes I fall of either of those wagons. I need to remember that it's not the end of the world (nor even the end of a day!); reset my attitude; and jump right ba... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:32:51 EST August 17 Quote "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do." -- Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> If this can happen to nations and millions of oppressed peoples (which Mandela refers to), it can certainly happen to you and me! We are all passionate about our desire for a more healthy lifestyle. Now, if we can commit to the Dedicated part, we can make it happen for us! Wed, 17 Aug 2016 21:41:13 EST August 16 Quote "Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will." -- Venus Williams <BR> <BR> The ultimate "fake it 'til you make it" quote! Keep believing, or pretending to believe, and you will reach the point that you truly do believe in yourself. We're all here because we want to believe, so let's put this first in our minds. Then we can do the things we need to do to accomplish the goals we've laid out for ourselves! <BR> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:05:20 EST August 15 Quote "Life doesn't stop because something happens to you." -- Magic Johnson <BR> <BR> So true! If I'm sick, having a bad day/week, just plain too grouchy to be around -- everything else doesn't stop and wait for me to catch up! Those grandkids keep on going (and growing); the town continues to function (maybe better than when I was active?); hubby stops to ask about my health, but doesn't dwell, as he has much to do in addition to me. <BR> <BR> So, when I get down, I've now learned that I hav... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:49:08 EST August 14 Quote "Your body can do anything... it's your BRAIN you have to convince!" -- Anonymous <BR> <BR> Yup! When I put my mind to accomplishing a task, I'm always amazed that it gets done. Especially when I've agonized over how it's going to go for days (sometimes weeks) ahead of actually buckling down and working. Makes me realize that I'm my own worst enemy. Now, if I can convince my brain that it's too cautious.... <BR> <BR> Ahh Well..... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:19:39 EST August 13 Quote "A fit, healthy body-- that is the best fashion statement." -- Jess Scott <BR> <BR> Reminds me that what we wear on the inside is so much more important than what we wear on the outside. Keep up with the daily routines, sometimes do that little extra. Make it a habit to get that exercise in, whether it's a 10 minute walk, a day-long hike, free weights, calisthenics, or even functional fitness. Sat, 13 Aug 2016 23:48:29 EST August 12 Quote "A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world." - Paul Dudley White <BR> <BR> Another one that I truly believe in. A good walk, whether on the road, in the park, or on the trail does wonders for both body and soul. The healthy benefits for the body are well-documented. The impact on the soul and mind is equally valuable. The rhythm of walking soothes and relaxes the mind, allowing bad vibes to exi... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:56:41 EST August 11 Quote "When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost." -- Billy Graham <BR> <BR> He sure knew what was important in life and living. As long as our basic physical and emotional needs are met, we need no more wealth than that. When we ail, we lose productivity, sometimes perspective and perseverance. Without character, we are rudderless in our environment. <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:28:30 EST August 10 Quote "We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us." -- Virginia Satir <BR> <BR> Who knows us best? Generally, we know ourselves better than most others. Perhaps our parents, if we're still young and formative. Perhaps our spouse, if we've been in a relationship for many years. Otherwise, I know me better than anyone else. <BR> <BR> So, why do I worry and fret about how others see me? I am worried that misperceptions will be out there, and that those misperceptions will... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 21:49:19 EST August 9 Quote "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right." -- Thomas Paine <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, that's how I got into this health/fitness situation originally. It takes a lot to change a habit. And it takes even more effort to completely break a habit. I'm still working on it... <BR> <BR> You can too! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 21:19:09 EST August 8 Quote "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -- Michael Jordan <BR> <BR> Story of many lives. I started in the second group, moved to the first group, and am now trying to live in the last group. The "make it happen" group is the only one where we can control the results. We put in the effort, have the desire, and maintain the mental focus to help us achieve our goals. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 22:41:47 EST Aug 6 Quote "You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go." -- Drew Brees <BR> <BR> A difficult concept for me to put into practice. But, in past endeavors, I have found that this has worked. Some things were more difficult than I thought I could accomplish; but, with perseverance and extra desire, I have sometimes achieved what I initially thought to be impossible. Sat, 6 Aug 2016 23:07:48 EST August 5 Quote "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out." -- Robert Collier <BR> <BR> An excellent reminder. Our race to health and a satisfying life is a slow and steady trek. It's one step at a time; one small success at a time; building on the earlier successes, until we start to reach that feeling tha tells us we CAN do it! Fri, 5 Aug 2016 22:40:07 EST August 4 Quote "Success doesn't come to you, you go to it." -- Marva Collins <BR> <BR> Right... To succeed, you need to define your goals and work to achieve them. The operative word here is "work". Nothing comes on the silver platter; it's all a matter of putting yourself out there and working towards those goals. <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 23:18:39 EST August 1 Quote "If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome." -- Michael Jordan <BR> <BR> Truth... Too often, we let others define us. They make judgments about us and tell us what they think is right for us. We're not consulted, or even given a chance to offer an alternative. I have started to think for myself and question what others say. I am beginning to break those lifelong chains that have helped to let others define me. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:02:43 EST July 31 Quote "Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell." -- Bill Copeland <BR> <BR> This one rings too true for me! I'm forever comparing myself to others, and feeling that I come up short... <BR> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:34:09 EST July 30 Quote "Anything worth doing is worth overdoing." -- Mick Jagger <BR> <BR> Well, this is true sometimes. As we work to become fit, there are many things that we can do to enhance the experience, and many of them ARE worth overdoing. As you travel the road to better fitness, make wise choices about which activities and events to overdo, and which to simply do well. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:19:12 EST July 29 Quote "When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go." -- Carol Burnett <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:25:58 EST July 28 quote "As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears." -- John Locke <BR> <BR> Whether it's many people creating a "path" or just you repeating your actions, a "path" is created. For us, that path is a habit. If we repeat a sequence frequently enough, with regularity, the path becomes that habit. ONce a habit is formed, we can often easily fall back onto that habit to accomplish what we've trained our body (and mind) to achieve. Be sure to guild "good" habits and you wil... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:33:06 EST July 27 Quote "We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too." -- Helen Hayes <BR> <BR> What a wonderful reminder! No matter how little we think of ourselves, or how over-inflated we think we are, there is someone out there who does consider us their hero. It might be a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a boss, a co-worker. There's someone out there that knows we are special, too. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:10:35 EST July 26 Quote "You must do the things you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Words of encouragement from a very wise lady. The way to breaking out of the routine and life that has brought me to this point is to remember, and practice, this quote. We get stuck in the tracks of our everyday lives, routinely following those patterns we've established in the past. For me, that got me too relaxed, too easily moved away from a healthy diet and a focused exercise regimen. Once I started to ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:51:11 EST July 25 Quote "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:47:08 EST July 24 Quote "The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything." -- Edward Phelps <BR> <BR> The key to learning is to experiment, to try things out, and to learn from those attempts that are less than successful. My path to health has been dotted with false steps, erroneous assumptions, and foolish ideas. But -- each attempt has given me a better understanding of what is necessary to live a healthy, fulfilling life. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:35:49 EST July 23 Quote "Believe you can and you're halfway there." -- Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> The mind is a wonderful thing. It has the power to build you up and reach for the goals you have set for yourself. Believe, and follow your thoughts (wisely) to create the stepping stones that will lead you to the person you are wanting to become... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:31:28 EST 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