GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community March 25 Quote "Live simply so that others may simply live." -- Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> A simple quote that provides the essence of living well and helping others to succeed in life! And one that parallels a mantra I've held for many years: Live simply, live richly. Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:53:40 EST March 23 Quote "To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." -- William Londen <BR> <BR> So far, so good. While I hadn't known of this quote before, I have practiced all (except the first) most of the time. Now to get to work on making the first piece true also! Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:16:22 EST March 22 Quote "If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside." <BR> <BR> A neat quote! And a wonderful reminder that, in order for me/us to change, it starts from the inside. We have to want, desire, and cherish the change to help assure that it can happen. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:20:40 EST March 21 Quote "I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing. " -- Bill Murray <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes; no one on Earth is perfect! We all need to let go of / stop obsessing over our mistakes. If I continually second-guess myself, I end up in a terrible tailspin that takes a heap of help to overcome. Time to let go and allow myself to go forward again -- and likely make another error down the road... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:33 EST March 14 Quote "The last time doesn't exist. It's only this time. And everything is going to be different this time. There's only now." -- Bill Murray <BR> <BR> Obviously, dwelling on the past doesn't help us reach our future goals. Prime yourself (and myself) to experience life in the moment, and to the fullest, every minute of the day! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:31:45 EST March 13 Quote "Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling." -- Margaret Lee Runbeck <BR> <BR> It's never the result that makes the difference, it's the journey to reach that result that makes the difference. Enjoy the journey as you travel this path to better health and well-being. <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:23:57 EST March 12 Quote "Think about your capabilities, your strength, your perseverance, and your resilience. Give yourself a pat on the back." -- Kate Anderson <BR> <BR> It's all about not giving up when the going gets tough. Every day, week, month, or year has its valleys. Don't be discouraged by them; fight on and overcome! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:29:44 EST March 8 Quote "A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success." -- Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:50:52 EST March 7 Quote "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps." -- Thurgood Marshall <BR> <BR> We have all had help getting to where we are today. We can all help one another to get to the goals we are seeking to achieve. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:20:08 EST March 6 Quote “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> As I go forward in attempting to change my life, I'm embarking on more and more experiments. So far, some have worked and I continue to follow those. Others have been less successful and are back on the drawing board for revision to see if I can find more success. <BR> <BR> Are you all experimenting? <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 21:37:49 EST March 3 Quote "Success . . . seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit." -- Conrad Hilton <BR> <BR> Keep trying, keep moving, never give up. No matter the obstacles you seem to be facing, don't give up. Your dreams can be reached! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 3 Mar 2017 16:47:47 EST Feb 26 Quote "It is better to wear out than to rust out" - Bishop Richard Cumberland <BR> <BR> As I, and my cohort, fly closer and closer to the sunset, I'm happy to say that keeping active over the years may allow me to emulate this quote. We see many more instances of repairs to damaged joints, tendons, and muscles now because of their frequent, sometimes heavy, use. not looking forward to being part of the repair process, but happy to know that I'm wearing out, rather than rusting out! Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:31:01 EST Feb 25 Quote "Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me." -- Carol Burnett <BR> <BR> If it works for Carol Burnett, maybe it can work for me too. It's certainly something I can try to do. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:52:35 EST Feb 21 Quote “The best way to predict your health is to create it." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> If you take care of your body, it will serve you well. Know what to eat, how to eat, and what exercise makes you stronger and fitter. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:39:36 EST Fe 17 Quote Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> The setback of yesterday should not define your efforts. It will not succeed unless you fall into a wait and see attitude after the setback. Don't do that! Step right back to the track that defeated you and find the energy to forge ahead once again! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:57:04 EST Feb 16 Quote It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. -- Confucius <BR> <BR> Don't be discouraged by an apparent lack of results as you strive to improve your health. The setbacks and plateaus are simply the bumps you must travel over to reach your destination. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:51:16 EST Feb 15 Quote "Fitness is not an option. It's part of my job." -- Alison Sweeney <BR> <BR> Mine, too...Certainly something we can all aspire to, and can reach with perseverance! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:32:29 EST feb 14 Quote "A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise." -- A.A. Milne <BR> <BR> Certainly a truth for Pooh. But also a truth for all of us. Without exercise, our fitness lags. Diet can help with weight loss, but diet alone cannot improve our fitness. Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:28:26 EST Feb 13 Quote A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. -- Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> Sage advice. I have found that cheerfulness CAN infect those around you. I make an effort to be cheerful and upbeat with those that I meet. And I find that acting cheerful also goes a long ways towards actually making me happier! <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:10:28 EST Feb 12 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's all in our hands. We have the capability, we have the drive, we CAN do it! Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:22:59 EST Feb 11 Quote It's not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. - Anonymous <BR> <BR> Don't ever believe what other people think of you. Believe what you know you are capable of accomplishing. It's what is inside YOU that counts! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:50:18 EST Feb 10 Quote "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better - it's not." -- The Once-ler <BR> <BR> It's your life; it's your health. Who better to care about it than YOU!!! While the Once-ler was talking about the environment, he could just as well have been talking to you and me about our shortcomings in attaining our health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:53:55 EST Feb 9 Quote When you feel like quitting, think about why you started. - unknown <BR> <BR> Was it just one of those darned New Year's Resolutions that you swore you'd never make again? Was it a response to a criticism from a friend or family member? Was it a recommendation from your physician? Or, was it an inspiration to challenge yourself? <BR> <BR> If you started for a strong, valid reason, remember that quitting is not one of your preferred options. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 23:01:31 EST Feb 8 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, it is your dream. Nothing worth having is accomplished easily, or in this case quickly. Keep after the dream until you supplant it with something more worthwhile to yourself. Wed, 8 Feb 2017 22:47:01 EST Feb 7 Quote "If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied." -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson <BR> <BR> Great advice! Find a way to move those obstacles in your path, and reach your goals. Tue, 7 Feb 2017 19:52:06 EST Feb 6 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One activity that doesn't quite cut it for burning calories. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:21:20 EST Feb 5 Quote Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. -- English proverb <BR> <BR> Good advice! Sun, 5 Feb 2017 18:10:12 EST Feb 4 Quote <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember, journal EVERYTHING you eat! Whether you do, or you don't, your body WILL tell the story! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 22:29:12 EST Feb 3 Quote "Anything is possible, It's your choice whether or not you choose to make IT happen." -- Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 23:28:15 EST Feb 2 Quote What you eat in private, you wear in public. -- Unknown <BR> <BR> So true! Happens to me too much. Watch what you eat and it shows when the world watches you. Make wise choices! Thu, 2 Feb 2017 20:52:56 EST Feb 1 Quote "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times."—Mark Twain <BR> <BR> And, for me at least, weight loss is about the same. I can't count the times I've passed the 190 mark (both up and down). Would that I could find that persistence to consolidate my losses and use them as a stepping stone to move a bit further down the scale. <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2017 21:02:48 EST Jan 31 Quote "Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” -- Jack LaLanne <BR> <BR> From an early fitness guru. An early look at the importance of both diet and exercise. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:43:45 EST Jan 30 Quote "If you stumble, make it part of the dance." -- unknown <BR> <BR> This is a better way to approach many of our Sparkpeople goals. We don't have to exercise perfectly. Maybe 3 days a week doesn't work for us, but we could get in 2 days. Maybe we can't go without that dish of ice cream; let's wean ourselves to once a week rather than nightly. We can make adjustments and accommodations to help us make the progress we need to succeed. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:42:21 EST Jan 29 Quote "Just believe in yourself. Even if you don't, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will." -- Venus Williams Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:52:01 EST Jan 28 Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another Lao Tzu quotation. Be open to change. Focus is a wonderful thing, but it mustn't be only, overriding force in our lives... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:43:13 EST Jan 27 Quote "Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt." -- Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:56:22 EST Jan 26 Quote "Act without expectation." -- Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> I take this to mean that we should proffer our actions (helping, sharing, caring) without any expectation of reciprocity. No tit for tat. Do something good for someone else without any expectation of anything in return. <BR> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:42:27 EST Jan 25 Quote "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." -- Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> Are you stuck in a rut? Are you happy with your current self? Before Sparkpeople, I was, and I wasn't. <BR> <BR> Since joining, and becoming active, I have started to let go of the "old" me. I am more open to change, I am more willing to accept and attempt change. I know where I am now, and I like it better than I liked myself before. And, no, I am not satisfied with where I am, yet. I will continue to make c... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:03:26 EST Jan 24 Quote "When the student is ready the teacher will appear. When the student is truly ready… The teacher will Disappear." -- Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> It's an interesting concept, and one I am finding is true. As I started this journey, I opened my mind to accepting concepts I didn't know; I needed, and wanted, instruction. Someone had to point the way. As I continue on, discovering new paths, I am starting to internalize the concepts and am trying to apply them is ways that work for me and help me stay ... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:48:38 EST Jan 23 Quote "You can get old pretty young if you don't take care of yourself." -- Yogi Berra <BR> <BR> Pretty observant, especially for a man. I've been fortunate not to have this happen to me, but it certainly can, and does, happen to some who fail to take care of their own health. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:23:03 EST Jan 22 Quote "It never occurs to me that there are things I can't do." -- Whoopi Goldberg <BR> <BR> This is where I need to go! I am finding that the more I attempt things out of my comfort zone, that I can succeed far more than I originally thought. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:09:38 EST Jn 21 Quote "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." -- Confucius <BR> <BR> A mantra to remember as I continue on my road to better health and well-being. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:07:05 EST Jan 19 Quote "I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities." -- Whoopi Goldberg <BR> <BR> I need to remember this one. Goes on the refrigerator where I'll see it regularly. Everything I would like to be is possible; I just need to believe I can get there. And, you can too! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:02:55 EST Jan 18 Quote “You may delay, but time will not.” -- Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> A day late to celebrate Ben's birthday. Yet, a great quote. Our delays only hurt ourselves. When we put off our challenge to improve ourself, we are only shorting ourselfof another opportunity to succeed. <BR> <BR> Don't put off 'til tomorrow what we can do today. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:22:04 EST Jan 17 Quote "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." -- Martin Luther King <BR> <BR> No matter the trials and shortfalls we face in our day-to-day lives, we must never forget our goals. They are our ground and our hope. <BR> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:11:37 EST Jan 16 Quote "The time is always right to do what is right." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> While originally applied in a very different context, this certainly also applies to our journeys. With our New Year's resolutions still a priority for many of us, we should remember this quote and forge ahead along the path we've now set. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:00:09 EST Jan 15 Quote "Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." -- Golda Meir <BR> <BR> Another one of those quotes I've come across too late in life. Hope this inspires some of the younger folks to be less worried about who you are, what you say, and how others perceive you. Be true to yourself and make a niche for yourself in the world. Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:26:31 EST Jan 14 Quote "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -- Eeyore <BR> <BR> Sometimes it is too easy to drown in sorrow and pity. I think Eeyore has the right idea. When we look for the good in a situation, it allows us to focus on the positives. That's often what we need to help us pull through those rough patches. Looking for the glimmer of light, searching for the silver lining, trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel. These are the thoughts that buoy us up and help us find our way. Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:43:38 EST Jan 13 Quote "You aren't going to find anybody that's going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance." -- Lou Holtz <BR> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:58:50 EST Jan 12 Quote "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." -- Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> When we know what we want to achieve, it certainly is not about asking permission. It is all about having the passion to strive for the goal. It's not a question of being allowed to strive; it really is a question of "who is going to stop me"! Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:03:09 EST