J.BIRD1972's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=J%2EBIRD1972 J.BIRD1972's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Are you your own obstacle? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2470049 Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them. <BR> - Frank Tyger <BR> Are you your own obstacle? <BR> Are you trying to stick to a fitness plan, improve a relationship, eliminate fast food from your diet, or be a better parent? Whatever your goal, was there a time when you thought you couldn't do it? This is a natural reaction when things get tough. It's easier to find ways to justify your actions than to get over the hurdle. This week, eliminate th... Sun, 11 Oct 2009 12:33:31 EST Last of the emails I was behind on Woohoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2349704 I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast. <BR> - Evelyn Ashford, American athlete <BR> Are you setting the pace for your health? <BR> Exercise can be extremely uplifting! Marathon runners often talk about a "runner's high." Not only does working out help your physical body become stronger and more resilient, but it also has many pluses for your mind. Taking time out of your day to exercise gives you a chance to let go of your worries, calm your mind, and concentrate ... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:06:11 EST More Healthy Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2349662 It is the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked. <BR> - B.J. Palmer, father of chiropractic <BR> Struggling to find your voice <BR> In the face of conflict we might be tempted to just go with the flow and not make waves. The path of least resistance is saying "yes" when you want to say "no" and that road is always paved with regrets and mistakes. While compromise is good and a necessary part of healthy relationships, no one should have to fully deny their feelings and rem... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:52:22 EST Eat Healthier By Tomorrow: Three Tiny Tweaks By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2349606 Eat Healthier By Tomorrow: Three Tiny Tweaks <BR> By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. <BR> <BR> You know how information overload is like Kryptonite to decision-making? Too much stuff in your kitchen (or hiding places -- we YOU docs know you have them), like snacks on the counter or in the glove compartment, platters with enough food for a swim team --messes with your brain's ability to make smart choices. But healthy can be easy if you change your "kitchenscape" in these simple way... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:32:05 EST Still catching up on Healthy Reflections and life in general, lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2349559 Never look down on anybody unless you are helping him up. <BR> - Jesse Jackson <BR> Lending a helping hand <BR> It is easy to get down on someone when you aren't in their shoes. Often we throw in our two cents when it is not only unwanted, but also unhelpful and useless. Resist the temptation to waste your breath on pointless criticism at someone else's expense. Don't give advice to people unless it is asked for, lest you belittle them and come off looking like a know-it-all. Instead, examine... Wed, 26 Aug 2009 22:10:13 EST If I had a dollar each time I did I would be sittin pretty right now, lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2296170 If it is to be, it is up to me. <BR> - Author Unknown <BR> Do you succumb to laziness? <BR> We commonly procrastinate or put off an activity altogether by saying "It will get done eventually" or "Someone else will do it." Wrong! Being lazy and not taking responsibility are wastes of time. Often the power for change is within us, but without our efforts things would fail or go awry. You cannot rely on help from others, only what your own two hands accomplish on their own. Hard work is a habit ... Fri, 7 Aug 2009 14:49:46 EST Catching up on Healthy Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2263705 If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. <BR> - Unknown Author <BR> Dividing your attention between two dreams <BR> One essential goal-setting strategy is to be as specific as possible about your desires. Write out your goals and formulate a detailed plan about how you are going to achieve this goal. Baby steps are important, but keep them focused. Often we are pulled in many directions at once. It is important though, to devote time and effort to a single goal at a time to avoid distracti... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 14:23:16 EST My Major Motivation Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2214466 My Major Motivation Points <BR> Personal Appearance: I want to: <BR> <BR> •Firm up what I have •Keep my thighs from rubbing <BR> •Have my clothes fit better <BR> <BR> Health & Fitness: I want to: <BR> <BR> •Live longer •Have more energy <BR> •Climb stairs without being winded •Feel and be stronger <BR> •Bring down my cholesterol <BR> <BR> Friends, Family and Social Life: I want to: <BR> •Stick around to see my grandkids grow up •Kick off a new career <BR> <BR> Everyday Signs and Sit... Thu, 9 Jul 2009 03:40:38 EST Planning a great week, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2169735 I had some family in the hospital so I haven't been online that much. Really makes everything about getting healthier even more important. My schedule has gotten way off. I am starting a new week and will be back on track with even more hope. Sun, 21 Jun 2009 22:32:25 EST Thought things were changing in the U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2118433 <link>blogs.consumerreports.org/health/200<BR>9/05/healthy-habits-on-the-decline-in-<BR>the-us-smoking-maintaining-a-healthy-w<BR>eight-exercising-alcohol-in-m.html </link> <BR> May 27, 2009 <BR> Healthy habits on the decline in the U.S. <BR> <BR> Healthy habits Exercise regularly. Eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Maintain a healthy weight. Don't smoke. Drink alcohol in moderation. <BR> <BR> How often have you heard these health messages? Hundreds of times, I'd wa... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 03:12:34 EST Exactly what I needed to hear, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2116780 The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. <BR> - Malcolm X, American spokesman for the Nation of Islam <BR> Do you know where you're going? <BR> Who tries to put together a puzzle without seeing a picture of the finished product? Who shoots an arrow without knowing exactly where they want it to hit? Your goals--particularly your health and family goals--are likely more important to you than puzzles and archery. So why trust them to luck or a fuzzy idea of what success is? If you c... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 15:53:22 EST It is better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand days as a lamb. - Roman proverb Are you a li http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2107091 Excellent quote. I always strive to be a lion. Sometimes I am not but always strive for it. Sat, 30 May 2009 13:30:40 EST Happy Mother's Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2049710 <em>90</em> Sun, 10 May 2009 11:59:29 EST What To Do About Swine Flu By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2031593 What To Do About Swine Flu <BR> By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D. <BR> <BR> The number of deaths attributed to swine flu may be climbing. But anxiety about it is climbing even faster. Understandably. At any moment, you can find someone, somewhere -- the TV, radio, the cube next to you, the person in front of you in the bathroom line at the ballpark -- talking about it. <BR> <BR> No one knows how this will go, and where there's uncertainty, there's anxiety. But you can do more tha... Mon, 4 May 2009 11:49:30 EST YOU WON A SPARKPEOPLE: 50 SPARKGOODIE POINTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2015872 <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>236</em> <em>304</em> <em>250</em> <BR> I am back on a 6am schedule and woke up at 5:56 in such a great mood it's like everything is starting to feel more natural again. It's been a very long and hard few years and the stress and anxiety have played havoc with my mind so this month I have been getting on a schedule so I can achieve my goals. Today it is really starting to be noticeable. <BR> Bonus excitement, I got 50 points for spinning the ... Wed, 29 Apr 2009 07:47:02 EST * Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2007907 Marge Piercy <BR> Doorways are sacred to women for we are the doorways of life and we must choose what comes in and what goes out. Sun, 26 Apr 2009 16:38:14 EST Organize, Organize, Organize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2007218 Sounds so simple yet it is SO HARD!!! I keep trying to do to much at once and it ends up making it worse then it was. Since moving back to help my mom with her stroke I have inherited all her junk as well. To all those nick knack fans like mom, STOP IT! Lol, I hate clutter and trying to sort through her clutter is making me insane. I've gotten over half of it done I just get depressed looking at the other thirty percent or so that's left. I'm the open space kind of person so too much stuff is... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 11:46:26 EST 37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1981387 Seems like such an odd number. When people ask my birthday and how old I will be this year I tell them 37 and it's strange to me since I thought things would be so different at 37 from when I was 17, 27 both where ages that really set my 20's and 30's up for well chaos in many ways. So this year I am amazed that going into my 40's is starting to feel like it will be the best years since I am not holding on to unhealthy habits and thoughts. I am my own worst enemy reminding myself that I do de... Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:38:07 EST Measure Progress Without the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1964291 Love this article I swear it was made for me, lol. It's more about my energy and being able to breathe right now so even though I'm not losing weight I still feel much better mostly because I am more concerned with everything off the scale. Measuring my health on more of my breathing and strength helps so much more for me. <BR> <BR> Measure Progress Without the Scale <BR> An Arsenal of Tools for Your Motivation <BR> -- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the ... Sat, 11 Apr 2009 20:44:47 EST Great slideshows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1849260 7 Strategies for Weight Loss Success: SparkPeople SlideShow <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=14 </link> <BR> Motivational Quotes for Your Healthy Lifestyle: SparkPeople SlideShow <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=13 </link> <BR> Coach Dean's Motivational Quotes: SparkPeople SlideShow <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/slidesh<BR>ow.asp?show=20 </link> <BR> Motivational Quotes to Pick Yourself Back Up: SparkPeople SlideShow <... Wed, 4 Mar 2009 10:13:03 EST The human body is amazing 912 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1839595 <link>www.naturalphysiques.com/howmanypoun<BR>ds/ </link> <BR> We are the best ever eco friendly vehicle!!! <BR> I love to find different ways to keep my brain on the right track and I found this sight looking for how much is a pound really. I have about 40 lbs that is extra weight I don't need but am not really fully focused on losing it so I wanted to know what it said about it. I loved it, made me really think about the 40lbs differently. I pretty much am lugging around a 4 year old bo... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 11:42:38 EST Things to help keep my brain on the same page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1834304 Think Yourself Fit! <BR> How Your Thoughts Affect Your Body <BR> -- By Jason Anderson, Certified Personal Trainer <BR> I love motivational quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re probably right!” I believe that there is a lot of truth to that statement. As a runner, I know that if I focus on the fatigue setting in, it seems as though everything goes downhill (or uphill, for a better euphemism). There are also times when, no matter how badly I feel, I ... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:03:21 EST I feel good dana nana na http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1815213 I love it when I wake up and just enjoy being alive. I wake up most of the time and feel good now. Before when I was smoking I didn't feel good until a few hours later and several cigarettes, now I feel good right away. I love that!!! I think that's what I was missing the most when smoking the feeling of being alive. <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 20 Feb 2009 12:38:00 EST Love music!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1783531 I have a cd/radio alarm because I love to wake up to music. It's hard not to want to get up and go in the morning when I hear sugar ray come on. It does help that he is way hot and I love the way they sound, lol Yep, I chose to wake up to <BR> "Every Morning" <BR> Every morning there's a halo hangin <BR> from the corner of my girlfriend's four post bed <BR> I know it's not mine but I'll see if I can use it for <BR> the weekend or a one-night stand <BR> Couldn't understand <BR> How to work it... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 12:02:35 EST I have commitment issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1737918 Honestly I do have a problem committing in almost all of my life. I have been interested in getting healthy again and haven't committed to it yet. Not sure why either. I really know I want and need to get healthy and have a hard time understanding why I haven't done it yet. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <a href="http://sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes_translation.asp?id=179"> <img src="http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/quote_images/quote_179_b.jpg" border="0" target="_blank"></a> <BR> S... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 17:03:12 EST WHAT IF THERE WAS A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND NO ONE KNEW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1702732 When I found this I was shocked and wanted to show it to as many people as possible because I will be changing the oils I use and am hoping it helps my mom even a little with brain function as well as other health issues. It is hard to read at some points but well worth it. The research this doctor found is amazing and hope the studies can get the funding and attention it needs. I edited my blog to let you go to the link for the full article, this doctors amazing research finds to try and he... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 12:48:28 EST Wow it's been longer than I thought, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1252255 I have been so distracted with other things in life that slipped into some old habits, not to bad but not great. Mainly just not keeping up with tracking things and writing. I am still and will remain a non smoker. I do drink at least 64oz of water a day. I try to exercise and eat healthy but haven't succeeded in it on a daily basis. Still trying though. Will start again and again until it is a lifestyle for me. <em>249</em> Thu, 5 Jun 2008 18:43:41 EST Very excited and happy, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=653760 I told myself a while back that I would not be smoking when I turned 35. I did it, and I stuck with it. I know I wouldn't go back now. It means alot to me that I start taking care of myself. I was really starting to worry about my health. After mom had her stroke it made me even more aware that my future would be the same or worse, and still might be, but I am taking better care of myself now so hopefully it will be enough to help undo some of the damage I've done. I do feel better, I'm able ... Sun, 15 Jul 2007 08:01:29 EST healthy food choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=648584 http://www.sustainabletable.org/ <link>www.sustainabletable.org </link> Wed, 11 Jul 2007 18:04:34 EST Quitting smoking...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=632766 I became a non smoker for the final time April 12th 2007. I should be excited now that its several months now but it seems harder now then the first month. I am so distracted sometimes. I am trying to stay positive and am hoping since it gets easier to breathe almost every day that when I can exercise every day I will be able to focus more on that. Mon, 2 Jul 2007 05:46:48 EST