GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Feb 8 Quote "What I am looking for is not out there; it is in me." -- Helen Keller <BR> <BR> So true for all of us seeking a more healthful, fulfilling experience. We must remember to look at ourselves, see what has brought us to this point, and remember to keep that vision in the forefront as we strive for our goals. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:20:36 EST Feb 5 Quote "Success is dependent on the glands -- the sweat glands." -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> If you want to lose weight, you need to combine diet and exercise. Help to eliminate those unwanted pounds by letting the glands help you work. Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:06:34 EST Feb 4 Quote Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street. -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Just a bump in the road, it may rattle us a bit. But we can pull it together, learn from our failing, and redirect our efforts to pursue our goals. Thu, 4 Feb 2016 22:18:17 EST Feb 3 Quote "Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." - Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:08:03 EST Feb 1 Quote “You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ William Faulkner <BR> <BR> Break out of your routine; leap outside your comfort zone; challenge yourself to change your life! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 22:12:04 EST Jan 31 Quote "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." -- Amelia Earhart <BR> <BR> Now that the secret is out, we have 2 steps to follow: Act on our decision to change our life's journey, and Stick to it to make sure it happens. Don't get side-tracked; don't back down from the core of your decision! <BR> <BR> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 19:50:48 EST Jan 30 Quote "Be Kind Whenever Possible, it is Always Possible." Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> What you say and do for others reflects back on you in the most positive ways. Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:59:40 EST Jan 29 Quote When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard”, I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” – Sydney Harris <BR> <BR> If life were easy, none of us would be embarking on the journey to change some aspects of our lives! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:16:46 EST Jan 28 Quote Making excuses burns zero calories per hour! <BR> <BR> That's right! Excuses do nothing to help you burn those calories! Remember, a half hour workout is only 2% of your day. We can all find a way to free up 2% of our time to exercise. Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:45:28 EST Jan 27 Quote "I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in." -- Virginia Woolf <BR> <BR> An interesting question: What does it mean to be "locked in"? Are you locked in on a healthy living experience that allows you flexibility to seek alternative ways to boost your health and well-being? Or, are you locked into a rigorous (and maybe rigid) plan that pushes you to follow some specific tasks and menus to achieve your goals? <BR> <BR> Which ty... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:14:04 EST Jan 26 Quote "The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend." -- Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> Simple, but it says a lot about what friendship truly means. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:12:26 EST Jan 25 Quote "Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use." - Charles Schulz <BR> <BR> Isn't that the truth!?! When uncertainty arrives, think hard, dig deeply, and find one of those extra gears! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:21:42 EST Jan 24 Quote "Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start." -- Nido Qubein <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 22:06:13 EST Jan 23 Quote “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art...” -- John Smith <BR> <BR> Let's all work on becoming artists! Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:37:52 EST Jan 21 Quote "If you are still breathing, you have a second chance." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> That's all of us! We can do it!!! Make your plan; follow your plan; allow for slips. Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:31:56 EST Jan 20 Quote "People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing -- that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> And that's why I keep coming to Spark People every day! There's no better motivation than seeing the successes others are also having in their journeys. Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:44:43 EST Jan 19 Quote "Procrastination is like a credit card: it's a lot of fun until you get the bill." -- Christopher Parker <BR> <BR> This holds true for our diet and exercise lifestyle changes, too. While it may be have been fun to skip these important things, the bill that's due now just shows how lax we have been... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 18:33:41 EST Jan 18 Quote "Never think you have reached success for when you do then you start the slide down." Catherine Pulsifer <BR> <BR> Once you reach your initial goals, never stop setting new ones. Never stop striving for greater achievements... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:46:46 EST Jan 17 Quote "The life you want begins by embracing the life you have." -- Rob Bell <BR> <BR> We all need a firmly grounded starting point. Accept and embrace where you are now. Build on who you are to help you get to who you want to be. Take all those small steps to create the new you that will be the platform for even greater change! Sun, 17 Jan 2016 21:13:29 EST Jan 16 Quote "You can't let your past hold your future hostage." -- LL Cool J Sat, 16 Jan 2016 13:52:47 EST Jan 15 Quote “One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” -- Oprah Winfrey Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:00:38 EST Jan 14 Quote "Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." - Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Always keep your goals foremost, and strive to achieve them at all times. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:00:40 EST Jan 13 Quote "We don't stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing." <BR> -- George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> Continue to enjoy those childlike endeavors we call play. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:35:35 EST Jan 12 Quote "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." -- David Bowie <BR> <BR> Well! I do know where I want to go; I just might have to take some detours to get there. So David Bowie's quote may resonate. Tue, 12 Jan 2016 14:29:52 EST Jan 11 Quote "To be successful, regardless of the field, one needs to be a participant in the field of battle, rather than a spectator." -- Charles Duncan <BR> <BR> Let's meet our obstacles head-on and strive for those goals we've set! Mon, 11 Jan 2016 21:08:11 EST Jan 10 Quote "Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> Remember to actively pursue your goals and dreams. Sun, 10 Jan 2016 21:08:23 EST Jan 9 Quote "The elevator to success is out of order. You'll have to use the step at a time." -- Joe Girard <BR> <BR> Don't be fooled. This journey is a process where the steps matter at least as much as the outcomes. <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 21:17:19 EST Jan 8 Quote "Change is not a four letter word… but often your reaction to it is!" - Jeffrey Gitomer <BR> <BR> Let's continue to make changes with a positive spin this New Year! Fri, 8 Jan 2016 21:54:04 EST Jan 7 Quote "Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace." -- Jonathan Lockwood Huie Thu, 7 Jan 2016 22:12:39 EST Jan 6 Quote <BR> <BR> “Chase your passion, not your pension.” – Denis Waitley Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:35:39 EST Jan 5 Quote "Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new beginning." -- Carl Bard Tue, 5 Jan 2016 20:43:20 EST Jan 4 Quote “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:26:42 EST Jan 3 Quote “If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.” - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> This has been working for me... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:30:06 EST Jan 2 Quote “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” – Chinese Proverb Sat, 2 Jan 2016 21:07:58 EST Jan 1 Quote “New Year - a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.” -- Alex Morritt Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:41:38 EST Dec 30 Quote “Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”- Tim Ferriss Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:55:04 EST Dec 28 Quote "Your imagination is your preview to life's coming attractions." -- Albert Einstein Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:23:20 EST Dec 27 Quote "Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." -- Helen Keller Sun, 27 Dec 2015 22:25:57 EST Dec 26 Quote "Basic Needs: Backbone, Wishbone, Funny Bone" -- Raven O'Keefe Sat, 26 Dec 2015 20:49:45 EST Dec 25 Quote "It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air." -- W T Ellis Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:39:29 EST Dec 24 Quote "Why you? Because there's no one better! Why now? Because tomorrow isn't soon enough." -- Donna Brazile <BR> <BR> A mantra for changing yourself, and for changing others. Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:40:47 EST Dec 23 Quote "In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up that makes us rich." - Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> Very appropriate to remember at this season of the year. Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:30:21 EST Dec 22 Quote “I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.” - Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> If I've enjoyed the process, even if the result is not the desired one, I have learned much in the process and can use that to plan the next major result... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:02:21 EST Dec 21 Quote “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> Dream large and aspire to all that you dream. Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:11:10 EST Dec 20 Quote Get people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food. -- Andrew Weil <BR> <BR> A bit of a change of pace as we enter the holiday frenzy. Focus on what you put into your mouth as you indulge these next 2 weeks. Those conscious decisions will go a long way towards maintaining your weight (and mine, too!). Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:51:58 EST Dec 19 Quote The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. - Oprah Winfrey Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:47:46 EST Dec 18 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 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:35:43 EST Dec 17 Quote “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” <BR> - Oprah Winfrey Thu, 17 Dec 2015 22:27:22 EST Today's Quote The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. - Oprah Winfrey Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:00:18 EST 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