OLDEROWL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OLDEROWL OLDEROWL'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/ Re a Caring, Benevolent, Peaceful World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415949 Only 5 Sparkpeople members agreed with my blog "A Caring, Benevolent, Peaceful World." I wrote that God favors no specific race or religion, and peoples of the world will eventually live side by side in peaceful harmony, and God would be pleased. I believe that there is only one change needed to current religious thinking of the masses of Muslin and Christian followers for there to be peace in the world. <BR> This change follows from the notion that God is a Benevolent God and desires that w... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:11:01 EST A caring, benevolent and peaceful world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415429 Thank you for reading the following message. It is meant to spark goodwill and caring for others. PS I initially wrote this in response to a 9/12/17 blog of a fellow Spark member. I decided to share it with the whole Spark community. It was partly inspired by Johnathan Lockwood Huie's 8 Self-Affirmations, but the complete message is solely my thoughts written for other Spark members who may think like me. <BR> 1. We are OK (we are alive, and we have ourselves. Our happiness does not ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:35:12 EST Think positive, let happiness follow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414462 Don't focus on being happy, just try always to become more positive. If you're in a bad situation, think "I can manage this," "This will change for the better" or "This will make me stronger." Researchers have found that those who try always to be happy usually are those who end up depressed; those who merely focus on making the best of every situation and thinking the most positive thoughts are the happiest. <BR> May God bless you. Mr. Owl Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:24:40 EST Green Light Therapy Treats Chronic Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414423 Researchers are finding that green light therapy reduces pain. Clinics are using other wavelengths of light to treat skin disorders. See <link>www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/0<BR>2/170228185325.htm </link> and <link>www.webmd.com/search/search_results/<BR>default.aspx?query=light+therapy </link> Also google light therapy in combination with a physical ailment (such as depression) to find if there are any such light trials or work in that area. <BR> I thought this information may b... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:44:31 EST Foods that heal your body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412511 Dr. Fabrizio Mancini wrote, in his book "The Power of Self-Healing," that the human body is naturally self-healing, but poor lifestyle habits hinder the body's ability to self-heal. In a chapter about diet, he listed foods that are especially favorable. These are apples, artichoke, avocado, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, chicory, coconut oil, cranberries, flaxseeds, garlic, kale, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), nuts, olive oil, onions, oranges, red bell peppers, salmon, sweet potatoe... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:26:01 EST On busting weight loss plateaus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408719 I was asked in another forum to post on Dr. Judith Beck's Day 38, topic "Deal with a weight loss plateau." I found Beck's solution too simplistic. According to Beck the most likely explanation for a weight plateau is that your body no longer needs as much energy (calories) as before. She concludes that one who reaches such a plateau has four options. 1) continue your plan - the weight may yet go down, 2) reduce your calorie intake by 200 calories (check with your doctor before doing this), 3)... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:50:03 EST 17 weeks to new year's eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407148 Late last night, we just got back from visiting my daughter in King George and my wife announced this morning that she had a change of heart about not going down to Chesapeake, Virginia to help care for one of our other daughters who just had an operation. Right after church we are going down. Good decision I think as the only other family member there is her 18 old son who doesn't know how to cook. Sorry but some things have to take presidence. Don't have time to blog this weekend. Still... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 09:44:14 EST Re 5% weight lost fall challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405378 Although I no longer need to lose weight I do need to continue a healthy eating and exercise routine and feel up to motivating others as an extra leader, or maybe an even greater leadership responsibility, so I am going to continue and join the 5% fall challenge. See the poster <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96fc58f3-87f6-4c9b-8645-5ec55715f620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The group also has a challenge for weight maintainers to stay within 3 pounds plus or minus their goal... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:29:48 EST My weekly progress and dancing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404447 Sunday Morning by Mr. Owl <BR> <BR> Review of my goals <BR> 1. I will say aloud these affirmations each Saturday after I post my weight. <BR> I almost did not post my weight timely last night, in fact, I posted after my planned bedtime and did not say my affirmations aloud as it would disturb my wife. However, I posted my weight before the 11:59 pm Summer 2017 5% Challenge where you either lose 5% of your body weight or, as in my case, seek to keep your goal weight plus or minus 3 poun... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 07:23:00 EST My monthly commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402296 These are my own affirmations and commitments as of 8/21/17. I told my wife that she can hold me to them, but I reserved the right to modify them every 4th Sunday of each month. <BR> 1. I will say aloud these affirmations each Saturday after I post my weight. <BR> 2. I will maintain my weight between 150 and 156 lbs and post my weight weekly on Saturdays. <BR> 3. I will continue to follow my weight and leadership Commitment Plan to the letter <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:38:59 EST Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400102 I decided that I should amend my Spark page as follows: First I note that although I attend a Christian church with my wife, I am not a full believer in the divinity of Jesus and that the bible does have its faults. However, I believe <BR> a) that Jesus and his followers were inspired by God or by the wisdom of the universe if you don't believe in God. <BR> b) whether or not the whole bible is correct, there is an underlying message of wisdom and inspiration for all contained in this gr... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:15:37 EST Fighting Evil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399590 I decided that I add to my blog the following paragraph: First I note that although I attend a Christian church with my wife, I am not a full believer in the divinity of Jesus and that the bible does have its faults. However, I believe <BR> a) that Jesus and his followers were inspired by God or by the wisdom of the universe if you don't believe in God. <BR> b) whether or not the whole bible is correct, there is an underlying message of wisdom and inspiration for all contained in this g... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:04:59 EST Pep talk for all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387489 Don't compare your achievement with that of others, find and use your own inner strengths to overcome all handicaps and fears. <BR> <BR> I know the pain of trying to break bad habits and set new ones, or overcoming other challenges, I've been there. My main path to success was to be thankful for all my blessings and try to develop a positive attitude. It worked for me and will for you. <BR> <BR> Never let your inner guide convince you that your unworthy. Einstein got very poor grades in sch... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:05:52 EST Finally got my daughter to commit to her health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386663 I am Mr. Owl. I was a member of the Winter 2017 Awesome A’s 5% Challenge team and lost the last 8 lbs to get to my goal weight of 158 lbs, and decided to lead a Spring 5% challenge team so that I could better encourage my 4th daughter to lose weight. She is my youngest daughter at age 42 and is a very busy accountant, a wife, and a mother of two boys ages 4 and 9. Whenever I mentioned that she needed to lose weight, she would say that her experience has been that the only way she could lose ... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:56:54 EST Have confidence that you will slay your dragons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381542 <em>252</em> I owe my success to the likes of Judith Beck (The Beck Diet Solution) and Linda Spangle (100 Days of Weight Loss) who taught me the use of cognitive behavior theory and confident optimism for weight loss. I now go by the rule “If you think it’s too hard or if you have a little doubt, do it anyway, your instinct is usually correct. Success come to those who are willing to tough it out.” Also, I try to make my choices before I allow feelings of it being too hard or feelings of d... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:31:21 EST On self-confidence and respect for others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378265 Yesterday’s blog on embracing failure while on a path to success left out a discussion of obtaining self -confidence which is the main subject of today’s blog. My parents took pains to teach me self-confidence. Even so, for many reasons, I became an introvert and lacked the self-confidence necessary for me to achieve my full potential. <BR> The lack of self-confidence is a problem in people that is far too common today, as well as in biblical times. However, those of great faith were inspi... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:22:03 EST Embrace Failure and Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377874 You might be second-guessing this advice right now, that’s because many of you have been led to consider that failure is something to cringe at, to avoid and to be ashamed of. However Truman Capote said “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Nothing is more satisfying then turning failure into success. There are two reasons why we should embrace failure. <BR> 1) Failure is one of the best teachers. <BR> Through failure, you have a better understanding what areas need... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:22:09 EST Days 26-27 How to respond to sabotaging thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364672 On day 25 we were asked to identify sabotaging thoughts that tempt us to stray from healthy eating. It has been over a week since I discussed day 25. I had some sabotaging thoughts, first that my efforts to share Dr. Becks 42 lessons on Cognitive Weight loss were not being well received and that I have been spending too much time sharing her lessons; second that people gave up on me because I defaulted due to missing two consecutive weigh-ins and will be assigned to a different team for the ... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:01:53 EST Day 20 Getting Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357779 Adapted from Judith Beck's book 'The Beck Diet Solution' <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we learned about thoughts that tend to justify giving into cravings and how to deal with them. Today we are going to learn how to respond to an even more damaging thought that encourages you to abandon your diet after you gave in to a craving. Some people may think thoughts like this, “I can’t believe I ate that . . . I have no self-control . . . I really blown it . . . I might as well enjoy myself for the remai... Thu, 4 May 2017 22:00:58 EST Day 19 Stop fooling yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357748 Adapted from Judith Beck's Book The Beck Diet Solution <BR> Healthy eating is a choice, but many overweight people might make very rational and reasonable choices when it comes to financial decisions but find it easy to excuse eating something that is not on their diet plan by fooling themselves that it’s OK to eat it. They might say to themselves that: “I will eat it just this time”; “It’s not that fattening”; “Not eating it will insult my host”; “It’s OK because I’m celebrating”; “It wil... Thu, 4 May 2017 20:39:16 EST Day 13 Countdown to Overcome Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351865 A trick of mine to overcome cravings is to think of a countdown to a successful rocket launch to weight loss. Count 5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off as follows: <BR> <BR> 5. This is just a craving <BR> 4. It will pass <BR> 3. I have strengthened my will to resist it <BR> 2. I can relax because I’m now in control <BR> 1. This craving has no power over me <BR> Blast off to weight loss success <BR> <BR> Practice this countdown often so that just saying 5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off (silently) will invoke the subl... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:20:21 EST Give Yourself Credit Even at "Failure" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347552 Adopted from Day 4 of The Beck Diet Solution book: Many people struggle unnecessarily at dieting because they rarely give themselves credit for doing that which they figure they should have done, but are quick to judge themselves unworthy for simply being a human that is capable of making errors. But successful dieters know better! Learn the difference from the following two examples. <BR> Example 1 <BR> Poor Pete is at a large family gathering in a restaurant where they put bread fresh ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:46:04 EST Using the wisdom of a gardener for getting better Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341034 If you are one that said you would eat better and exercise more as part of your New Year’s resolutions but can’t seem to follow through with your promises. Well read this blog. <BR> WHY WE TEND TO FAIL: Getting the habits of eating better and exercising more are harder to maintain because our old habits have become so ingrained. For that reason people have learned to dislike exercise and diets because so many attempts have met with failure. They consciously (or subconsciously) believe th... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:22:28 EST Simplify your life, less is better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334309 OlderOwl, yours truly, says "Simplify your life, focus first on what is important and necessary, in that order." I say this because too many times, we delude ourselves into believing that something is necessary when it is even not really important to a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life. We make life too complicated when we try to please everyone. We make life too complicated when we try to have everything that we could possibly use, We have to spend more time and money on up... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:52:20 EST Believe it and commit to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334245 All humans, no matter their handicaps, have the potential to do Good Works if they have faith and are committed. This includes obtaining a healthy weight. I say healthy for it is most important to live a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life, not to please the world, but to honor our god(s). For it is by grace you have been saved; through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by Works, so no one can Boast. For we are God's workmanship, created To D... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:15:28 EST Reached Goal after 46 Months at Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332302 Yesterday (3/12/17) after less than 4 years in Spark People (starting weight 190 lbs), I achieve my goal weight, 158 lbs, for the first time with the help of a private 5% challenge “weight loss” team and my wife’s cooking. I aim to maintain that weight (between 155 and 162 lbs). I reviewed my goals and set the following affirmations. The 5% weight loss challenge team is more about the habits of regular exercise, healthy eating and weighing your self weekly (you choose or are assigned to o... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:23:21 EST Leadership and COMMITMENT (by its letters) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327045 I am a committed leader. Commitment to me means: <BR> <BR> <BR> C-choosing to follow a wholesome, inspirational, plan to lose (or maintain a healthy) weight permanently because I want to lead and be an inspiration to others. <BR> O-one that is easy to follow and not too restrictive but represents a healthy lifestyle <BR> M-making changes surely but gradually <BR> M-modifying the plan as I learn for myself (e.g. via Spark) which foods are unhealthy because they cause harm (Inflammation) ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 08:02:10 EST Surprised that I lost 1 1/2 lbs the third week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311918 As a member of the Winter 5% weight loss Challenge team the first two weeks were rather ordinary for me except I more than tripled the amount of exercise I usually do, averaging 391 minutes a week. However, I only lost 1.4 pounds the first two weeks. On the third week, I found myself concentrating on a personal problem and by Tuesday had done only 110 minutes of exercise and did not do any exercise all after Tuesday, so it is unclear why I lost the weight loss of the first two weeks in half ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:47:20 EST A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Life Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310718 Please (now is a fine time) add your name and spread this pledge to as many Sparkpeople members you think may be encouraged by it, such as by including it in a blog. <BR> <BR> A WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS PLEDGE <BR> <BR> We, the undersigned, pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, <BR> -to live every moment g... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 13:12:27 EST A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306814 Important <em>303</em> Prior to February 6, the contents of this message may be shared with others only by giving a link to this blog <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306814 </link> or this link <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x64349x655<BR>88670x1xfirst </link> On February 5th at 11pm (after the Super Bowl) you may post the pledge anywhere if it is posted in its entirety (I will remove unneccessary co... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 16:07:12 EST Fixing negative emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303778 Tony Robins posted a YouTube story about a man who was in such a serious accident that he became a quadriplegic. Even so he had such a marvelous personality, even after the accident, that his girlfriend still decided to marry him. However, emotions of depression, anger, guilt, helplessness etc. became so unmanageable that they sought help from Tony Robinson. Their ability to follow Tony's advice and regain their sense of love, fun, joy and devotion was so inspiring that Tony used the story... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:47:16 EST Help me write a book (you will gain much more) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294717 First I felt I should share this link because it is practical advice for those who might feel their New Years Goals may have been set too high or too low. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=a_5step_action_plan_for_achieving_y<BR>our_goals&utm_source=sparkpeople&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_campaign=email-generic </link> . <BR> What might be added to this material? Do you have any questions or comments? <BR> <BR> In particular one criteria for goals that I missed (6 criteria for w... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:04:24 EST Self Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289552 Self Love is an important pillar to success. That's why I added it as a six Pillar on my team Create Your Perfect Days. With self love, whenever life gets you down, slowly but surely you can get back up and move on a successful, maybe slightly altered, course. The other Pillars are 1. Planning and Preparation - do research and make plans, remove obstacles; 2. Professional Accountability - listen to the pros and blog often; 3. Social Support find those people who support you both online and o... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 13:15:49 EST My most important 2017 Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288656 The following are the 13 Topics of 4 Week Focus (T4WF) for 2017 in the CYPD team. I commit to posting each week on the current (T4WF) and encouraging all active team members to also post as part of my/their Year End Reflection and Commitment. <BR> <BR> 13 2017 CYPD 4-Week Topic Focus Template to Create Your Perfect Days. <BR> <BR> Jan 1-28 ……………..1. Self Reflection and Determining Your True Desires <BR> Jan 29-Feb 25 …… ...2. Creating Supporting Lifestyle Routines <BR> Feb 26 –Mar 25 ….... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 12:52:37 EST Low Calorie Foods that are Most Filling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281611 I got this from <link>www.everydayhealth.com/digestive-hea<BR>lth-pictures/satisfy-your-appetite-wit<BR>h-these-delicious-choices.aspx </link> and decided to share it as my Christmas Gift to you. Also, I intend to write a topic (also as a Blog) on getting into the spirit of Christmas. Best regards and have a merry Christmas. - John <BR> Even for the healthiest of eaters, good intentions can fly out the window when your stomach begins to rumble. If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 07:59:18 EST Complete Principles (Not Mere Goals) for Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280981 As the New Year approaches it is common for the media to talk of making New Years Resolutions. More important, however is to do a self-reflection, develop a complete set of guiding principles that serve you in every decision you make and every action that you take. <BR> <BR> To help me and others, I made this the focus of my Spark Team "Create Your Perfect Day" <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64349 </link> <BR> <BR> To have a 'perfect' day you must have ... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:43:09 EST Purpose of our group http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277906 Our group is about giving life more structure to free yourself from confusion and chaos, to set boundaries and rules for living to make healthy decisions easier, and to get an early start to your day of progress. Our group used to focus on raising one's (or their children's self esteem then on improving personal relationships; but on November14, the focus of our group was changed to creating 'perfect' days by following Craig Ballantyne's book "The Perfect Day Formula" using the five pillars... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:31:50 EST I need help!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276260 I need help spreading an important message! <BR> Perfect Days do not come without delayed gratification. Too many seek the quick route to gratification and miss the big prize. We need an incentive to forego immediate gratification and it must be some objective that you can become passionate about. Something that will enable you to forego early pleasure in order to obtain the greater good. You must have a greater purpose and visualize your self obtaining and fulfilling that purpose. Only then ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:48:14 EST Update on "Create Your Perfect Days" Spark Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275218 Last November 14th, I decided to change the focus of my group from building healthy relationships to "Create your 'Perfect' Days" (don't mean as perfect as perfect can be, but a day in which you can be satisfied and happy that you are in the process of fulfilling a vision of living a life of strength and character allowing for occasional imperfections. I got Craig Ballantyne's book and program titled "The Perfect Day Formula -- How to Own the Day and Control Your Life, about giving your lif... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:19:05 EST On creating your 'perfect' days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266668 I got Craig Ballantyne's book and program titled "The Perfect Day Formula -- How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. It's about giving your life more structure to free yourself from confusion and chaos, to set boundaries and rules for living to make healthy decisions easier, and to get an early start to your day. Since I do not see myself as an expert, especially on relationships and do not see relationships as important a matter as living a "perfect" life, I am changing the focus of my... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:03:34 EST From Failures you can gain Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255583 Happiness does not come from comparing your failures or successes with the successes of others, but from looking within yourself. See if the thought you need to compare yourself with others can be changed to <BR> “I can be happy with my self no matter what others do or say since I am an able and capable individual and still have much to give back to society. I do things because I feel they are the right thing to do, not because that is what society expects of me, or because I need to mak... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:22:53 EST I will not give up my dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243284 My motivation to eat healthy is my dream. My dream is to run a 10K without breaking out of running stride. I decided to keep track of my progress here and discuss overcoming my doubts and fears. <BR> Sept 28, 2016: I am 70. I last ran a 5K on the treadmill in 48 minutes, lowest pace (besides warmup) was 3.6 mph. I have never done a 10K. I never run before I was age 66 except through high school. I was always among the last to finish in the class. I hope to keep up to a running pace (co... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:20:57 EST Finding time and Starting an exercise Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227083 I read this somewhere and put it in my Journal 1/22/16: "Is it even possible to be too busy to exercise? Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has started more than 400 companies. He has also published multiple books, is an active philanthropist, and has many personal hobbies. When asked how he does it all, he always lists exercise as his number-one productivity secret. Research suggests that he may be right. Studies show that exercise increases creativity, helps you sleep better, and giv... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:10:00 EST The green tea cup exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184815 Try this exercise out. Andy Shaw in his book "Using a Bug Free Mind" describes the result of imprinting your mind with the general image of a green, tea or coffee cup two times daily. Continue your life as you ordinary would during the rest of your day. If you do this faithfully, then you will within a certain time period, say seven days (14 days if your more of an pessimist), notice a green, tea or coffee cup, or see an image of one. I tried this exercise and on the 4th day I saw one at ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:25:29 EST Don't dispair, you have the power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184270 I haven't walked your journey, but I am sure you are a worthy and powerful person. God, or the universe, or however you define it made you human and as a member of the human race you have incredible power. <BR> <BR> If you lack confidence, it's not your fault that your mind is not trained to use your power. Your self esteem and ability to change is largely dependent on all the encouragement and support you obtained prior to finishing grade school. Also, school only teaches you what to thi... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:43:50 EST Slay your dragons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6130350 Some things that you need to do are not things you enjoy doing. These tend to be put off and put off until your life suffers too much and you just have to do it no matter what. Successful people don't get to that point. They figure what haves to be done then do that which they dislike most first. It called the slaying the dragon mentality. Once they slay the dragon, the thing they hate is no longer a burden on them and the can better focus on those things they like better. Without the burd... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 18:52:06 EST reasons why people make weight loss a big struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122481 White-1602 just posted a translation of an article giving reasons why many people make maintaining a healthy weight a bigger struggle than it should be. I include a link here because many of them hit home. See <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122332 </link> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 20:59:28 EST I'm no longer Democrat, but Trump scares me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118241 On March 11, someone said to me you have a big day coming up in May, what are you going to do about it. He was talking about my seventieth birthday in 2016. I thought about it and decided to make a big change. I will switch from Democrat to Independent and say what is truly on my mind as to what is important for America. But not like Trump as I have empathy and respect for others, and self modesty. <BR> I was reading a book by Chuck Norris of Walker - Texas Ranger called "Black Belt Patr... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:09:57 EST Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104520 Faith is the key to success. The key to success is to be grateful and happy no matter what life brings you. If you are unhappy because of what happen in the past or because you’re afraid what may happen in the future, be happy because you are alive and the human body is designed to recover. Know that you can function as required to recover from almost anything life can bring you, even drug addiction or bankruptcy, particularly if you have faith for the future. This point is worth repeati... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:29:00 EST Lean Habit 2, Mastering the hunger pain (satiety clue) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079049 Doug Lisle created a video called “Losing weight without losing your sanity” <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ </link> . eating is controlled by the part of the brain called the hypothalamus which responds to stretch receptors and nutrient receptors in the digestive system. Law of satiety: Animals eating in their natural habitat will eat no more or no less than that needed for optimum health because of the law of natural selection and survival of the fit. The problem is that ou... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:15:51 EST