GRAMMYEAC's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMYEAC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community May 27 Quote <BR> "The best way out is always through." -- Robert Frost <BR> <BR> The best way to tackle any problem is to meet it head-on. Whether it's a problem with your weight, a problem with your self-image, or a problem with a relationship,the most direct route to a solution is to confront the problem. Define the issue, make a plan to reach your goal (correct the problem), and take that one hard step of implementing your plan! <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 May 2016 22:24:46 EST May 25 Quote "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." - Ellen DeGeneres <BR> <BR> As Atticus Finch said in "To Kill a Mockingbird," "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." The same is often true of our perception of ourselves. What we think we seem to be and portray to others, may very well not be what others see in us. It's always a good reality... Wed, 25 May 2016 22:42:54 EST May 23 Quote "The only thing predictable about life is its unpredictability." -- Remy, in 'Ratatouille' <BR> <BR> This has a corollary in the famous "When life gives you lemons..." phrase. <BR> <BR> We certainly don't know what life is going to present to us. We just need to be comfortable in our selves to be able to change and adapt to all the various events that pop up along our journey. Relax, adapt to the changes in our lives, and bounce back from the pitfalls we encounter along the way. Mon, 23 May 2016 22:54:15 EST May 22 Quote "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -- John Wooden <BR> <BR> I cannot change myself in a day, even in a week. I can makesmall adjustments that will eventually lead to changes - in behavior, in attitude, in confidence. Continuing to make these small adjustments, consciously and insightfully, will help me reach my goals. Sun, 22 May 2016 22:26:31 EST May 21 Quote "Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment." -- Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> As we travel along our journey, we must always do our best to prepare us for the next steps we will take. There's no sense in turning the corner unprepared for what you might encounter. Sat, 21 May 2016 22:23:12 EST May 20 Quote "A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths." -- Steven Wright <BR> <BR> So am I!!! Exercise and diet are the two ways I try to combat width. Fri, 20 May 2016 22:33:15 EST May 19 Quote It always seems impossible until it's done. -- Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Often, our tasks look insurmountable. However, we don't give up; we don't despair. We grit out teeth and remember why we started. Then we forge ahead one more time. And, if we are to succeed, we do it again, and again! Thu, 19 May 2016 22:39:57 EST May 16 Quote Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. -- Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> So true! Envision the results you are seeking, and they will become much more likely to be a reality. Mon, 16 May 2016 22:54:13 EST May 15 Quote "I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." -- Alice, in Alice in Wonderland <BR> <BR> We are all like Alice in this respect. We are continually changing, reinventing ourselves in some way every day. As we make conscious decisions about our life's journey, we are taking small steps to break those chains of yesterday and become the person we are dreaming we can be. Sun, 15 May 2016 22:56:08 EST May 14 Quote "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful." -- Mae West <BR> <BR> So true. Just depends on what that "good thing" is. If we're talking about our health, successes on our journey of improvement -- Yes, Yes, and Yes! Sat, 14 May 2016 20:55:35 EST May 13 Quote "Most men are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> So true. We can look at our situation and view it in different lights. We can bemoan our course and wallow in self-pity; doesn't seem to get me anywhere but deeper in distress... <BR> <BR> Or, we can say, "I've made mistakes, but they can be corrected." Then I can develop an action plan to change my life. The hard part is following and carrying out that plan. But, as I work on the plan, I am ha... Fri, 13 May 2016 21:04:55 EST May 11 Quote "I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." -- Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> I have shaped my life with every choice I have made. Some of those choices were not the best over the years. I am now trying to make choices to undo the effects of the poor choices and get me back on the healthful road. We can all elect to make those changes that will alow us to see ourselves in a more positive light! Wed, 11 May 2016 22:29:16 EST May 10 Quote The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. -- Captain Jack Sparrow <BR> <BR> Too often, it is our perception of a problem that makes the problem seem intractable. If we adjust our view and our attitude, we can change the size and scope of our problems. Remember, when faced with our problems, that WE CAN DO IT! Tue, 10 May 2016 23:52:34 EST May 9 Quote "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> What happened yesterday can't be undone. There's no sense fretting over the would've, should've, could've in any situation from the past. I guess that's why we get books that speculate about alternative histories. <BR> <BR> What happened yesterday can be used as instruction for how to deal with a comparable situation in the future. You now have a reference point for one action plan. If it didn't work out to your l... Mon, 9 May 2016 22:01:06 EST May 8 Quote "The difference between who you are and who you want to be, is what you do." <BR> <BR> You don't have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to be great. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Follow your heart, and do something every day that your future self will thank you for. You CAN make a difference! Sun, 8 May 2016 22:38:58 EST May 7 Quote "Success comes when people act together; failure tends to happen alone." -- Deepak Chopra <BR> <BR> Here's one of the basic tenets of our SparkPeople universe. When we act (and interact) with the support of a group, we increase our chances of reaching our goals. We share our insecurities and learn we are not alone. We reap the benefits of the support and positive reinforcement of our friends and teammates. We enhance our own positive feelings about ourselves, because others are helping u... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:25:04 EST May 6 Quote It's kind of fun to do the impossible. -- Walt Disney <BR> <BR> We don't necessarily do the impossible, we're happy to strive for the improbable. Fri, 6 May 2016 23:26:07 EST 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