WENDIBIRD10477's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WENDIBIRD10477 WENDIBIRD10477'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/ Daily (almost) Food For Thought 3/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642158 Jealousy injures us with the dagger of self-doubt. ~Terri Guillemets <BR> <BR> Nothing good can come from jealousy. So, why is it so hard to resist? <BR> Jealousy destroys things, it doesn't build them up. It ruins relationships and hearts, yet, is almost impossible to resist. <BR> I wish there was a quick fix for the green eyed monster, but alas, there isn't. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my Spark Family Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:12:30 EST Daily Food For Thought 3/4/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639490 "As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary." ~ Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> We all need someone to look up to, even as we get older. The people we view as heroes shape us, and make us people others can look up to. <BR> <BR> My mom is my hero for many reasons. She got her GED when I was 3, she went back to school to get her RN when I was in Jr. High, she opened not one, but TWO businesses that help people in her community. She makes me want to be a better pe... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 11:59:54 EST Daily Food For Thought 3/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638549 (It's crazy how routine gets all messed up when busy at work...eek!) <BR> <BR> "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Small changes are the foundation for large ones. We don't need millions of dollars or fame to make changes. Help one person, and their change will help someone else, until it snowballs. <BR> In the same thought, we don't need fancy gym equipment to exercise...a walk through the neighborhood, squats during commercials...any smal... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 12:17:15 EST Daily Food For Thought 2/26/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634448 If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others. ~Francois duc de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> I, for one, have a very hard time not looking at a person and finding their faults. I don't WANT to do it, and most of the time it is just a thought that pops in my head. I very rarely put words to these thoughts, but I AM human and it does happen. <BR> I am very self conscious. I see my flaws as if they are magnified 100x, and I will often point the... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:29:27 EST Daily Food For Thought 2/25/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633291 Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. ~Anne Sexton <BR> <BR> Have you ever walked in a labyrinth? It is a simple path that zigzags and turns until you get to the center. At first appearance, it is just that, a simple path. But, there is something sacred about the labyrinth. Before you know it, you are contemplating life, and you are faced with all your soul's desires. <BR> If you are feeling a little off, take a few minutes, and walk with your mind wandering. Listen t... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 09:53:08 EST Daily Food For Thought 2/24/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632369 Before I begin, I want to apologize to those that read my daily food for thought blog...I had a rough month or so...BUT, I've done some soul searching and lots of talking to God, and am ready to take the forward steps to put the pieces back together. With that being said, I'm here to start my blog again, because I enjoy it, and it feels good! <BR> <BR> Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. ~Dan Rather <BR> <BR> Sometimes just living is terrifying. Sometimes one day at a time is ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:13:03 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/17/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596778 "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." ~Confucius <BR> <BR> I think if we all practiced looking at things with our hearts and not just our eyes, we could start to find all the wonderful things God has "hidden" from us. <BR> By "hidden" I mean things that are "hidden in plain sight", things that we overlook every day. Not just the sunrise, or sunset...but reflections, and shadows. The perfect imperfections in ourselves and those around us. <BR> Ever notice how small childre... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:30:29 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/16/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595779 Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle." ~Dodinsky <BR> <BR> Each day we wake up, we have a choice. We can either let our past define us, or motivate us. Every scar, physical, mental, or emotional, is a reminder that we have conquered something that tried to break us. They are marks to look back on and remind us that we are strong enough to get through anything life throws at us. <BR> Yes, we will all stumble, we will all fall, and we will ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:45:25 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/15/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594498 "Learn to smile at every situation. See it as an opportunity to prove your strength and ability." ~Joe Brown <BR> <BR> If it weren't for rain there wouldn't be rainbows. Without the bad we wouldn't appreciate the good. Every cloud has a silver lining. <BR> When you show strength in times of trouble, you will begin to FEEL strength. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:27:23 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/14/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593304 You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you." ~Walt Disney <BR> <BR> Truth is, none of us would be able to enjoy the good if it weren't for the bad. I believe that there are obstacles put in our way so that we are forced to be uncomfortable, and learn to cope with situations. <BR> Being a Christian, I believe that God's timing is perfect for every instance in our lives, good AND bad. He knows what we can handle, and He knows w... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:15:19 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/13/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592584 "It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help." ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Don't try to show people you are a good person. Don't try to convince people you are a good person. Just BE a good person. <BR> When we do things without thinking about what we will get in return, we usually get goodness back in spades. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:07:13 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/8/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586726 "Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand." ~Emily Kimbrough <BR> <BR> I'm crazy exhausted this week. I'm not sure if it is because I'm coming down from the Holiday High, or the weather. <BR> That being said, I really don't have many words of wisdom, just remember those who have helped you up, and don't look down on those who need a hand up. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:34:12 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/7/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585385 "The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings." ~Ralph Blum <BR> <BR> Without the past, we can't learn what works and what doesn't. We wouldn't know what we like and don't like. And we wouldn't learn valuable lessons about ourselves. Don't be ashamed by anything from your past, it has only made you stronger and wiser, and ready to tackle your future. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:33:53 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584067 "There is no failure except in no longer trying." ~Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> I had a setback on the scale this week, and of course, it is taking it's toll on me this morning. <BR> I know there are setbacks along the way, but that doesn't make them any easier for this girl to handle. But, I will get back up, dust myself off, and keep going. Until I give up and stop taking the little steps forward, I can not fail. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:36:39 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580522 "What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." ~Eleanor Powell <BR> <BR> As I was looking for a quote for today, this one jumped out at me. I think these words are incredibly powerful. <BR> God gives us life and the tools to be who He wants us to become, but it is up to us to put in the work to discover what the tools are and how to use them. He lets us lose ourselves, just to be found. When we finally find our niche in life, that joy and contentment we feel is ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 09:52:13 EST Daily Food For Thought 1/2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579391 "I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'." ~ Henry Moore <BR> <BR> I friend of mine said her resolution this year was to make each day better than the last. Big things come from small changes. <BR> <BR> Because of her wise words, I am going to make a new resolution every morning. Smile at a stranger. Try a new recipe. Give my pets extra attention. It's the little things that make a big difference. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:24:27 EST What I learned in 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576553 What I learned in 2013: <BR> <BR> Nothing is permanent. <BR> In the corporate world, people are expendable. <BR> When it comes to business, hard work and loyalty won't keep you employed. <BR> When you are down and out, you find out who your true friends are. <BR> It is OK to cry. <BR> When you are going through Hell, you CAN keep walking. <BR> It is OK to ask for help. <BR> Government assistance makes you feel humble. <BR> People will judge you no matter what you do, so just be yourself. ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:49:39 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/31/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576480 "Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities." ~Michael Josephson <BR> <BR> I can't lie, I'm more than ready to bid farewell to 2013. This last year has definitely not been one I will look back on with fondness and warm fuzzy feelings. There have been doors closed, and long walks in the dark hallway before I found the door that God had waiting for me to open. <BR> <BR> I am ready for the new... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:53:15 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/30/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575524 Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. ~Michael Josephson <BR> <BR> As 2014 is quickly approaching, I have decided to change things up when it comes to my resolution. Instead of resolving to lose X-# of pounds, I'm going to resolve to find something to be thankful about each day. <BR> There is always the opportunity to find the silver lining to every dark cloud. <BR> <BR> <BR> Be Blessed my SparkFamily Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:43:08 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/26/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572173 "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." ~Charles Dickens <BR> <BR> With the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of year, I was very lax on my Daily Food For Thought. I will try to keep up, because this is very cathartic for me. <BR> <BR> I say this every year...I will try to keep the spirit of Christmas all year...and rarely does it ever happen. This year, I want to remember the less fortunate in July, not just in November. I want to pay it forward... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:44:53 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/18/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567410 "Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day." ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, all a person needs is a smile from a stranger to make everything better. Sometimes, it just feels good to smile at someone and see their body language change. <BR> <BR> A smile is the easiest gift to give away, and one of the best you can get in return. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:03:01 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/17/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566524 "If you don't get lost, there's a chance you may never be found." ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I think this quote speaks for itself. I've been staring at it for quite some time now, and everything I started to type, I had to erase because it wasn't coming out right. <BR> <BR> If you take the chance to get lost, you WILL find yourself. It may not be an easy journey, but it is always worth finding your way back. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:34:15 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/16/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565646 "I am not a human being; I am a human becoming." ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I am becoming a better human every day. Becoming stronger, more stable, more thoughtful, more faithful. "Being" suggests that I am stationary, unmovable...but I am not. <BR> <BR> Let us all focus on being "human becomings" so we can be better for the next generation, for our less fortunate neighbors, and most importantly, for ourselves. <BR> <BR> Be blessed my SparkFamily Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:08:32 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/14/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564082 "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Today my little sister and I (I volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Colorado) are doing a service project. We are going to a local nursing home to meet with someone who lives there. The statistics show that 60% of elderly citizens in nursing homes get 0 visitors a year. I think this will be a great opportunity for my little sister, and bring joy to someone at the... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:03:54 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/13/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563571 Sometimes it is the person closest to us who must travel the furthest distance to be our friend." ~Robert Brault <BR> <BR> Today's quote is something I needed to see today. I've been having some personal issues, (made much worse by my tendency to overreact and over think), and I have been taking it out on the man in my life. My poor boyfriend has been a saint to put up with me the last 2-3 months. God bless him and his patience. <BR> Tonight when I get home, I will make sure to tell hi... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:16:55 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562791 "Beauty comes in all sizes, not just size 5." ~Roseanne <BR> <BR> I said it in a previous blog, but I'm going to repeat myself. <BR> If I can't fall in love with me now, how will I be able to be in love with me later? <BR> <BR> It's OK for us to accept ourselves as we are now. We are ALL beautiful. Just because you are a size 24, or a size 16, or whatever doesn't mean you aren't full of beauty. Embrace your "flaws" because they make you who you are. You are perfect just the way you a... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:03:39 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562099 "When our mortal eyes close on this world for the last time, our angels open our spiritual eyes and escort us personally before the face of God." ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994 <BR> <BR> As I was looking for today's quote - I read this, and it took my breath away and made my eyes a little misty. I have no explanation why, so I knew this had to be today's food for thought. <BR> I don't even have a thought to put with it, so I will just let it b... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:48:54 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561216 "A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn." ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Every single person has experienced a winding road. And every single person has, at one time or another, missed the curve and lost their way. The good news about missing the curve, is it gives us a chance to re-evaluate our situation, and decide if this was the road we needed to be on in the first place. Just because your road curves and ends, doesn't mean that you need to give ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:58:32 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/9/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560433 "Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." ~Arnold H. Glasow <BR> <BR> Feel that fire rise up from your toes and explode out from every pore! Tomorrow is not guaranteed, so set yourself on fire and push through today. Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:55:15 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/6/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558379 Yesterday the world lost a great humanitarian. How lucky are we that we got to share this world with him for as long as we did? <BR> <BR> I was lucky enough to have seen Mr. Mandela the summer of 1996 while I was in London. His motorcade passed us and he waved at us out the window of his car. <BR> <BR> Today's quotes are all in homage to Nelson Mandela: <BR> <BR> “We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” (March 8, 1993) <BR> <BR> “When people... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:25:18 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/5/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557535 "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~Michelangelo <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone has the potential to be an angel - we just have to have the patience to let them emerge. Even ourselves. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:54:05 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556742 Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." ~Kenyan Proverb <BR> <BR> "The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." ~Margaret Carty <BR> <BR> There were SO MANY teamwork quotes that I wanted to post today, but these two spoke the loudest. <BR> <BR> I believe these quotes are what SparkPeople embodies. We are all members of a team working toward personal goals while helping others to reach their own goals. <BR> In this process, we make allies to help us on this ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 11:07:34 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555922 "Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> If we could only get out of our own way, we could all move mountains! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 11:52:03 EST Daily Food For Thought 12/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555074 I have decided that I want to post a quote every day through the month of December. (I just decided today, so I missed yesterday.) Not every one will have to do with weight loss, or motivation, but one that speaks to me at that moment. <BR> Who knows, maybe it will inspire someone else on this crazy journey of life, health, and self discovery... <BR> <BR> Today's Daily Food for Thought: <BR> <BR> "Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow." ~Fer... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:59:30 EST I made a homeless woman cry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547710 The other day as I was wandering aimlessly around downtown Denver, I was approached by a homeless woman. (This is nothing unusual - I seem to be very approachable to those down on their luck, and rarely do I keep walking...I will listen to their story) <BR> <BR> She told me she liked my bag, and said to me "Please, please don't be mean to me." She then asked me about the necklace I was wearing. It is a small silver envelope that opens. She asked if it was a locket and if I had anything ... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:12:44 EST "We bet toothpicks looked like people. Be yourself, what is more beautiful than that?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545157 "We bet toothpicks looked like people. Be yourself, what is more beautiful than that?" <BR> <BR> I saw this at the gym yesterday. I can't tell you how many times I've seen it before, but yesterday it struck a cord with me. (I tried to sneak a picture of it, but my attempt was thwarted, and I have to try again.) <BR> <BR> When did it become a societal norm to become so down on ourselves based on a number on a scale or the number on the tag of our clothes? <BR> Why is it so hard to embra... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:30:49 EST Two! Two! Two blogs in one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544362 Part 1: Weekends <BR> <BR> Ahhhh weekends! Those two days where I don't have a care in the world...no alarm clock, no commute...it also means no sitting in front of my computer. Not sitting in front of my computer means not making myself accountable on SparkPeople. I will log on from my phone and get my login points, but that is about as far as that goes, as logging meals, water, and fitness is slow and tedious. <BR> I need to be better about setting aside time on my weekends to log o... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:41:09 EST I need a lesson in tact... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541909 I like to think of myself as a positive person...I'm known for always looking for the silver lining, of the rainbow in a storm. <BR> Lately, I've noticed that there is quite a bit of negativity in my office. (There are only 3 of us) <BR> One of the gentlemen I work with, never has anything positive to say. He constantly sighs, and curses, and complains. Every time the phone rings, he curses and rants about people being needy, and they need to get their stuff together. <BR> I have been t... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:57:02 EST Question...not really a "blog" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540968 I guess this is more of a general question than an actual blog... <BR> <BR> I've been trying to be good about tracking my food and my fitness. SO, when my tracker shows that I have 1,000 more calories left to eat, do I HAVE to eat? <BR> I know that part of my weight issue is eating when I'm not hungry, so, now, if I'm not hungry, do I need to eat those extra calories in order to maximize my potential, and lose the weight? <BR> <BR> Any words of advice would be greatly welcomed! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:16:48 EST I said NO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539308 Yesterday, I was wandering around the 16th St. Mall (if you have been to downtown Denver (or live here you know about the food kiosks) waiting for the BF to get done with a job interview, when I happened by the Gigi's Cupcake kiosk. Oh, how I LOVE Gigi's cupcakes! They have a special gluten free one each day for us special gluten free people...and the frosting, OH, the frosting! There is as much frosting as there is cake. Talk about a healthy eating killer, but total Heavenly bliss. <BR> ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 14:41:58 EST Just a random rant... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534971 This really has nothing to do with weight loss, or being healthy...just a rant from me so I can get it off my chest. It is not meant to offend, or be controversial, just what is in my brain. <BR> <BR> SO...on Facebook, I constantly see posts slamming people on government assistance...unemployment, food stamps, etc. I am one of those people. I was laid off on 4/1/13, and in order to feed myself and keep the home I recently purchased, I needed help from the government. <BR> I was one of tho... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:00:18 EST