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/ Choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6494614 We are beautiful souls whether you believe it or not. However, our personalities may or may not always reflect the beauty of our souls because in order for the soul to grow, our earthly bodies must experience opportunities to make or not make positive choices during our periods of earthy life. As we make or not make positive choices, our souls speak to us, but we do not always hear their messages of love and compassion. The universe (or God) clearly sees to it that there are plenty of me... Fri, 25 May 2018 18:22:39 EST Your The One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491507 My birthday this month just happen to fall on mother's day and my wife wanted to make it very special, so we told family we would be out of town and rented a hotel room in the city and planned a very special evening. Since I told her I did not want any cake she used her ingenuity to devise a cream cheese cake with out any cheese. She used a ground walnut crust held together with a bit of honey and a dab of olive oil. For a filling, she use yogurt, ground almonds, and sour cream and a little... Mon, 14 May 2018 23:30:14 EST Be Proactive and Lose weight, Gain Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6490844 All of us have the power to achieve our goals. We have the innate skills of self awareness, imagination, conscience, and an independent will, theses are skills which set humans apart from animals. These skills will, if used proactively to make better choices, help us to obtain a healthy weight. proactive people, (although influenced by such stimuli) will usually respond by a choice based upon personal values. The question is what are the steps we will take so that our actions will be more pr... Sat, 12 May 2018 14:32:30 EST Making uncomfortable decisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6488360 Decisions to change are hard to achieve if they require you to move outside your comfort zone. What it boils down to is that you need to get out of your comfort zone if you haven't already. Making the most of the advice you gotten requires believing in yourself and taking responsibility. Make proactive responses to life events. You can't change what happened but you can respond in a positive manner that best keeps you on a path to achieve your goals. Try to develop skills you can share with ... Thu, 3 May 2018 19:12:02 EST Are we acting like Humans or reacting like Mice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484647 Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, notes that the human brain is distinct in four ways from that of animals. Humans have 4 mental powers that animals do not have: 1) the power of self-awareness -- to look as an observer of yourself in a particular situation, and of your feelings and decide how you will react; 2) the power of imagination -- the ability to create in our minds a vision beyond our present reality; 3) the power of conscience -- the sense of what would be a ... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:13:12 EST Do good especially on 3rd Sundays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482703 There is too much evil in the news, but that is not the real America or in all peace loving countries. We need to change the focus on bad news to a focus on good news. PS there will always be evil all over the world on any given day but for the third Sunday of every month the citizens in every peace loving country should focus on newsworthy events where people showed kindness or rejoiced at the kindness of others to offset the media attention on events other than that which is worthy of prais... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:30:42 EST Observe and Question Your Inner Voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482507 When one decides to change their eating habits to obtain an optimum weight, their inner voice usually wants to continue in the usual eating pattern to stay in a comfort zone because it deems change to be less safe. To keep one locked in an old eating behavior, ones inner voice will wait until the initial phrase of dieting reaches a small setback, then speak up and say to yourself things like: <BR> You are hopeless, you may as well give up! <BR> The above is clearly wrong as it does not consi... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:53:37 EST The power of calm and peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478027 <em>220</em> <BR> We believe that all mankind (humans) have inner strengths within them by which they can obtain the power with practice to hold at least 15 seconds of a focused calm and peaceful mind in just about any circumstance including emergencies. Our strengths and this power can grown and nurtured so that eventually we can have the calm and peace needed to remove all painful thought for more than fifteen minutes. By use of this power and a greater power that is within our grasp ... Sun, 1 Apr 2018 19:19:44 EST Are your goals too great? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475926 I feel it is fine to set aggressive goals for a very short period of time such as at the start of a particular diet or after a setback where you want to either prove to yourself that you can be successful at losing weight in spite of previous disappointments or get benchmarks for later reference such as to know what a specific calorie serving of a food item looks like, as it is possible to meet those goals by a strong and determined effort motivated by a desire to prove to yourself that you c... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:13:43 EST On overcoming the feeling of being overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475752 The feeling of being overwhelmed is becoming more common in this age of massive information flow and the responsibilities that come with it. Not dealing well with it when it is present can lead to more serious stresses such as depression and anxiety. If there is already depression or anxiety present, dealing with being so busy that you are rushing through tasks trying to get more done, and deciding what to focus on in the present moment can also help lessen the depression or anxiety. <BR> A... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 14:40:42 EST Make 3rd Sundays a Day To Note The Goodness in Humanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473291 There is too much evil in the news, but that is not the real America or in all peace loving countries. We need to change the focus on bad news to a focus on good news. PS there will always be evil all over the world on any given day but for the third Sunday of every month the citizens in every peace loving country should focus on newsworthy events where people showed kindness or rejoiced at the kindness of others of the previous two weeks up to and including that Sunday to offset the media at... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 00:21:46 EST courage and encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473055 Everyone can nurture the courage and find the encouragement to overcome any obstacle. But how do you grow your courage and find the encouragement? It comes by cherishing each day for the lessons learned, to gain strength by consistent effort even if you must make changes, to try new resources and ideas, and to share your journey with others. Doing all these things takes and builds up courage, and gives you encouragement. <BR> One key is courage to have consistency of effort and to be encourag... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:17:37 EST Wake-up Call and my Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472158 You had your wake-up call and are now on an important journey. It is time to reflect about where you currently stand and the path you want to take. Do not look back on your past with any regrets or self-bashing. You are a work of wonder and well worth the time and resources, you are going to spend for self-improvement. Personal growth and direction (not fixed goals that are self-limiting) should be your priority each day. List your strengths and weaknesses for the journey you are to take (we... Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:21:19 EST We are blessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471277 We are blessed. We only need to have the faith and determination, to strive to improve each day. To renew our minds when the spirit is weak; and to push on even when the path ahead is blocked, knowing that there is another path. When in doubt, meditate or pray and remember the following quote! <BR> <BR> "Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are. On equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:42:19 EST More on my dream of recognition of the good in our country/world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469722 Please visit my previous blog re the 3rd Sunday (March 18th this Month) be a day of focus and prayer for a media focus on the goodness in America, which I changed to "our country/world" in response to a few non Americans who felt left out. See <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464400 </link> <BR> I am creating a PO Box, PO Box 443, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553, where the media and Spark members can reach me to share media reports of good news (charitabl... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 21:46:56 EST On living a balanced life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469666 Thoughts of OLDEROWL for Spark members who had a difficulty living a balanced life, due to stress of an heavy work load or to emotional and physical abuse and/or abandonment in an early life, but are now on a path to discovery and growth. <BR> <BR> 1) Our journey in life was sometimes very difficult, and because of what we have experienced, we are tempted to let our past and others dictate the path we take in our current lives. But we can overcome our past as we grow. Ones journey is his or ... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 17:36:12 EST On making your weight loss dream a reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464537 Those who join SparkPeople usually do so because they dream of obtaining a healthy weight. Often it has been years of unhealthy living that caused their problems and just like my case, the problems crept up so slowly. I didn’t recognize I was in an unhealthy state until a doctor pointed out to me that I needed to make changes. The good news is that your never too old to make changes. I was age 67 when I was told I was 40 pounds over my acceptable weight and needed to change my way of life... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:05:49 EST Make 3rd Sundays special days of prayer for spreading GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464400 There is too much evil in the news, but that is not the real America or in all peace loving countries. We need to change the focus on bad news to a focus on good news and I have a plan for that. PS there will always be evil all over the world on any given day but for the third Sunday of every month the media in every country should call attention to newsworthy events where people showed kindness or rejoiced at the kindness of others of the previous two weeks up to and including that Sunday an... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:24:14 EST Help me make 3rd Sundays A Special Day of Prayer for America http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6464218 There is too much evil in the news, but that is not the real America. We Americans need to change the focus on bad news to a focus on good news and I have a plan for that. PS there will always be evil on any given day but on the third Sunday of every month we should call out to all the news channels that don't focus on the good acts of kindness this special day that they are not being worthy news stations. Remember we have strength in our numbers and can change the practice of the news chann... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:41:54 EST 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