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/ Slow but steady progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451983 After completing week 2 of my fitness program I checked my progress to see if I could move to week 3. I manage only 13 pushups in the exhaustion test, I needed to do 16 to move on to week 3, but hey, 13 is more than doubled what I could do when I started this "6-week" program. So I made progress. I will repeat the previous week whenever I don't measure up to the passing grade to advance. I still am confident that I will eventually get to my goal although it will take more than 6 weeks. Mr... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:07:21 EST more progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6446807 I lost 2 of the 6 pounds that I gained over the holidays. I will be back at my optimum weight by March 3, since I have only 4 pounds to lose. <BR> My exercise goal is to perform a set of 100 pushups on February 28, 2018, and also 100 unassisted chin-ups and 30 situps. There is a web site that gives a program much like C25K, only for 100 pushups rather than for completing a 5K race. According to the creators if you can do one to three pushups today, you can do a set of 100 after six weeks ... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:36:47 EST An inspirational blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444001 I open my Spark mail today and discovered Song-of-Grace wrote and shared an inspirational blog. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443436# </link> She weighed 357 lbs about five years ago, lost 240 pounds in 18 months but had regained 91 lbs by last November. But God is her inspiration and since November she has lost 22 pounds. In all of her blogs she shares an inspirational Christain message or lyrics and this blog includes a link to a wonderful hy... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:18:42 EST More Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443511 I didn't get back from my Christmas trip until 4 pm, then ate dinner. Even so I weighed myself - 164.4, up only 2.2 lbs from 12/23, which is remarkable since I always previously weigh myself early in the morning, not after I've eaten the third meal of the day. So I think I am well on track to weigh 158 or less on New Years day. I also did 13 pushups, an increase of 3 from the 23rd and 23 situps, an increase of 9. Have a happy new year. Mr Owl Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:43:30 EST Made progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442608 Got up at 6:30 am. Listened 30 minutes to The Power of Practice audio book. Knowing how to do something is worthless if you don't put it into practice. Weighed myself - now at 162.2 (lost 0.8 pounds). My goal is to be 158, my optimum weight, by New Year's eve. I did 11 pushups and 14 situps. Have a merry Christmas. Mr Owl Sat, 23 Dec 2017 07:02:13 EST Time to refocus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441909 Weight: 163.2 lbs. <BR> <BR> I haven't exercised the last two weeks. Things just got in the way. No that's a silly excuse, I am retired and 15 minutes of my time is just a drop in the bucket. I just need to recheck my priorities. Also, my weight has gone up over 5 lbs above my goal weight. I next see my nutritionist 2/28/18, she told me that at my age I would probable never get the strength/endurance to do 100 pushups. I want to make enough progress to show her she might be wrong. Right now ... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:53:22 EST Invitation to the winter 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440859 <BR> Since May 2013, when I joined Sparkpeople, I have steadily improved my health through better eating, drinking and exercise. I lost 35 lbs and gone from being a crouch potato to participation in seasonal 5K races. Last year at this point I was at a weight loss plateau where I was 9 pounds above my goal weight of 158 and not having success losing the last few pounds. Then I was invited by a spark friend to the winter 5% weight loss challenge. Since 9 pounds is just slightly more than 5... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:16:49 EST Five Keys to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6439939 A baby learns to walk chiefly by means of 1) Awareness; 2) Desire; 3) Confidence; 4) Action; and 5) Attitude. Adults can follow the same patterns, not necessarily in the same order, to success too. <BR> <BR> Awareness comes by obtaining ideas from applying the five senses to your environment. Thoughts are then formed in the mind and form a way of life to be associated with similar stimuli (such as food, etc.). This is your context which largely determines how you respond to similar stimuli... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:46:57 EST Affirmations for All Protential Peacemakers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437446 The following are eight affirmations for all potential peacemakers (i.e. individuals regardless of their religion or politics) meant to encourage their self-esteem and to spark peace, goodwill and caring for others. PS It was partly inspired by Johnathan Lockwood Huie's 8 Self-Affirmations, but the complete message is solely my thoughts written for others who believe in and want to give a new life to the truth that God (or the universe) blesses all peacemakers. <BR> 1. We are OK (we are alive... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 19:09:14 EST You can do this regardless of your 'faults'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6428404 Always say to yourself "My Body and Mind are sound enough that I can accomplish my goals and also inspire others to do their best." You may be struggling with your body size or physical handicaps, some of which may have been of your making; but, by affirming that you are healthy and able to reason, you can, with God's help*, overcome all obstacles and achieve anything that you can envision. Your accomplishments will likewise inspire others to do better. (*you must use the power that is within... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 11:15:29 EST National Men Make Dinner Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427636 I was all set to make dinner today according to the rules for "National Men Make Dinner Day" which I just learned about from the morning news. I was about to go shopping when my wife returned from a visit to our next door neighbor. She had just sold her house and for some reason she wanted her shed cleaned out by Sunday evening. Well, she and my wife are good friends and so she offered to give us all but a few items from the shed if we help her clean it out. Problem was that we rather work... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 21:38:17 EST Mild chest pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6427425 I’ve been having very slight chest pains off and on for 2 weeks; the cause may have been several possibilities, but I remember that I took a double dose of risperidone, and did a new indoor “walking” 3 mile exercise. Parts of the exercise included flapping my arms in various directions as I did the steps. I felt that I might have just pulled a muscle so I been taking it easy these last two weeks; but, this morning I looked up symptoms of a silent heart attack. There was a study done by doin... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 08:50:27 EST Re a Caring, Benevolent, Peaceful World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415949 I don't get many responses to my blogs, but 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... 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