Didn't See Birdie on 'Good Morning America'? Watch Her Video Now


By: , SparkPeople Blogger

Birdie (DR_BIRDIE) has been a member of SparkPeople since August 2007 and lost more than 142 pounds. She is featured in the current issue of People magazine in a bikini, and today she shared her story on Good Morning America.

If you missed her this morning, watch her inspiring story now! Now Birdie, a neurologist from Orlando, talks about her motivation to slim down, her success wtih SparkPeople and her favorite healthful meals with Diane Sawyer.

Watch now! (Birdie is the second of three women featured in the video, and at the end of the segment, she shares her favorite SparkRecipe!)

Congratulations on your success, Birdie!

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  • 159
    Amazing. Thank you for sharing. You look terrific and you are such an inspiration. - 3/1/2013   10:17:59 AM
  • 158
    Congratulations! I know this is an old video but it was still fun to see the Spark in motion!!!! Dr. Birdie looked great--the chicken isn't bad either! - 9/28/2012   10:43:29 PM
  • 157
    This is my family's favorite Spark Recipe. I've made it 3 or 4 times and my husband's always asking me when I'm going to make it again!
    Marsha - 9/22/2012   2:31:34 PM
  • JOELLE71
    I needed a spark today, thank you for sharing your story and inspiring me! - 5/9/2011   7:07:36 AM
  • 155
    You look fantastic! Now, I've got to try that chicken recipe! - 1/2/2011   11:33:23 PM
    You need music when you workout, cook, take a bath and clean the house. I like all types of music and hip hop now a days with cardio workout. Love it!! - 1/2/2011   12:01:30 PM
  • 153
    Excellent Job. Congratulation on all your Success! - 12/30/2010   2:52:54 PM
    wow...You are a complete inspiration, love this story.
    thank you for sharing, can't wait to try salsa chicken when I am off my detox and cleanse - 3 weeks and it will be one of the first recipes I use on Spark people. Thanks - 7/30/2010   11:40:29 PM
    congrats to all i know that losing weight is hard work i feel it everyday every year i lose weight and put it on back but with the help of sparkpeople i want to lose it and keep it off .I am presently 170 lbs. CONGRATS AGAIN KEEP IT UP!!! - 5/26/2010   12:12:24 PM
  • NJ_HOU
    Woo Hoo ! Birdie
    I'm finding it a bit late
    Still completely impressive !!! - 4/25/2010   11:27:24 PM
  • ALYSCO2003
    I cried while watching this segment because I feel so happy and frustrated all in one. I'm so happy for all three of the women, especially Birdie! I PRAY I can get back there myself with 'SP' behind me, pushing me to my goal too. Good luck! and congrats! - 4/2/2010   10:41:54 AM
  • 148
    Great Job! When I watched the segment I could understand how you felt hypocritical telling your patients to lose weight when you had a problem yourself. I have gone to the same GP for 30 years. She has always been in great shape. Through having children, middle age and now in our menopausal years she has always been fit, while my weight has consistently gone up and down. Today while at my local YMCA I decided to cool down by walking slowly on the track. Along the walls are names of individual and corporate sponsors. There on one of the posters was the name of my GP and her husband, a surgeon. Way to go Dr. Haynes! No wonder you have been so fit all these years. I took that as my cue to stay on track. If I want to have consistent fitness I have to be consistent about my food and fitness. I'm sure that now your patients are inspired by your success and when you tell them to lose weight they have a doctor who they know truly understands the challenge. - 2/21/2010   5:16:10 PM
    I've just started the SPARK Plan yesterday.I'm a Registered Nurse and could relate to you're wanting to set a positive example for your patients.You are an inspiration! - 1/12/2010   9:16:48 PM
  • 146
    Wow, this was so inspiring!!! You look amazing! - 1/6/2010   1:48:14 PM
    Wonderful-congrats. - 1/3/2010   1:44:17 PM
  • 144
    This is an amazing story! Thank you for sharing. - 12/29/2009   9:51:32 PM
  • 143
    Birdie, you are truly an inspiration. I started only 2 1/2 weeks ago but I will keep a mental image of you in my mind as I progress in order to stay on track and motivated. By the way, many "afters" are much thinner than previously but not really thin. You are truly slender in the best possible way. Thank you for sharing! - 12/29/2009   9:02:38 PM
  • 142
    WAY TO GO! you're inspiring!

    and it's great you gave SP a shout out - they deserve it! - 12/2/2009   1:47:14 PM
  • 141
    AWS FREAKIN SOME! You look so amazing! My fav recipe is also the salsa chicken and my unhealthy family loved lol! As long as they dont see that it's healthy of course! - 9/30/2009   10:04:09 PM
  • 140
    wow!!! wonderful job - 7/30/2009   1:36:36 AM
  • 139
    Amazing!!! And you are so toned!!! - 6/10/2009   3:27:35 PM
    Great job! I'm so thrilled for you. I started back with Sparkpeople again on June 2. I printed your story and photo as my inspiration. Finding a consistent time to exercise is challenging - I started walking again yesterday (I'm totally sore). I need to lose approx. 100 lbs. I have a very active 3 year old and want to be at my best to support him by playing with him and teaching him the proper way to eat and exercise. I'm trying the salsa chicken this weekend! - 6/2/2009   4:17:00 PM
    Your achievements are truly inspiring. Congratulations!!! - 6/2/2009   2:01:46 PM
    WOW!! wonderful ur story is very inspiring... Now I ask myself, self y can't u? I'm going 4 it. Thanx again 4 ur success story. - 6/1/2009   9:06:18 PM
    Birdie, Good for you I wish that my sister had this site . She was in the 350 area for her weight and had a lot of health problems to go with it She tried and never wanted to go to weight watchers . Well she lost the hard way when she got sick with her heart problems Then she got sick with cancer .If she had lost the weight by this site her Dr. would have found her cancer and maybe she would still be here. Due to the fact that she didn't fit into a scanner they just told her it was arthaitis of the back. But I have started to lose I'm not as big as my sister was but I'm over weight .So if you and all the others who I've met I'll do this. Louisa from Tampa Maybe we will see you at Disney? You are a very powerful help to all of us. - 5/30/2009   4:36:41 PM
  • 134
    This is very inspiring and a reminder that success doesn't come over night; the end results are worth the time it takes to reach your goals. I've downloaded the video to watch and remind myself along the way. Thank you, Birdie!! - 5/30/2009   10:51:21 AM
  • 133
    Very inspiring Birdie, thanks for sharing your story!!!! - 5/29/2009   9:19:09 PM
  • 132
    Birdie you look as if you feel fabulous and that is how I want to feel again. I caught a portion of your GMA segment and kept replaying it for the name of the website that offered assistance "free" . I couldn't believe it. Over the years I have gained and lost several times and now being 50 I find it very difficult to keep myself motivated to lose weight. About 5 seconds after I found this website, I registered and have been going strong for only 4 days.....I printed out a grocery list and have made several recipes that I find very tasty. Thank you so much for your candor about weight loss and the struggles that go with it. You are the inspiration for me to achieve my goal.....the ball is in my court.
    - 5/29/2009   2:03:51 PM
  • 131
    Fantastic, you are an inspiration! - 5/28/2009   10:18:49 PM
  • 130
    You look fabulous and you're glowing from the inside!!! Great Work!!! - 5/28/2009   8:23:14 PM
  • 129
    Birdie....that is so awesome!!!!!! You look just amazing! Congratulations on your success! - 5/28/2009   8:08:16 PM
    I am so proud of you Birdie. - 5/28/2009   7:52:40 PM
    You look wondeful!!! I am so glad that I was able to see your time on GMA. Congratulations and thanks for motivating me even more! - 5/28/2009   7:07:05 PM
    Hi Birdie you have helped me to renew my faith in myself thank you. - 5/28/2009   1:14:37 PM
    I was at the right place and the right time to hear your amazing story on GMA. I tried unsuccessfully for the last 10 years to lose what started as 20 lbs,( now 50lbs,) but was unsuccessful. I would lose and gain the same pounds over and over again. Your story seem simple and doable. THANKS for mentioning SPARKPEOPLE. I signed up immediately after I heard your story and so glad I did. You are corect Sparkpeople provides all ther resources you need to reach your goal and be successful. In the few short days, I realized why I wa not losing weight and all the false information that sabotaged my eforts. U R an Inspiration 2 me! - 5/28/2009   12:51:20 PM
  • 124
    Birdie, your story is amazing! You are a strong and beautiful woman who has shown great honor to herself and her family by getting and staying healthy!
    Hugs, Cathy - 5/28/2009   10:46:16 AM
    Your story is sooo inspirational.I too have 5 children who are all grown. I hope that taking a step a day will get me pass my knee and back pain and exercising. You have inspired me to get moving. I will get back my mobility. God bless you. - 5/28/2009   8:33:15 AM
  • 122
    Congrats, great job :) - 5/27/2009   11:29:16 PM
    Dr. Birdie, congratulations, and thank you for sharing. I joined Spark People earlier this year to help me take off about 60 lbs. I have gained after having lost 100+. Your article, and then viewing the clip of your appearance on GMA, has given me renewed inspiration. - 5/27/2009   11:20:57 PM
  • 120
    Birdie this story of yours is so incredible. I have been on Spark People now since the end of last year,but am just getting serious with my food and exercise plans as of this week. You are my biggest imspiration so far. It must have been so hard for you with your career and large family too. My life is easy compared to yours,so there are no more excuses left!!! - 5/27/2009   11:13:29 PM
  • 119
    That's fantastic! Good for you!!! Good luck keeping the weight off. I'm sure you can do it. - 5/27/2009   8:36:33 PM
  • 118
    Thank you Birdie for sharing your story. After seeing you on GMA, I joined SparkPeople too! You look amazing and are a real inspiration. - 5/27/2009   8:14:14 PM
    Look at all these comments you have received. Your a true inspiration to us all and shows us what we are here for. Thanks to you the ratings for SP has hit the roof...lol - 5/27/2009   8:10:49 PM
  • 116
    WOW!!! What an inspiration you are to me. You have done a magnificent job in losing those pounds. I feel as though I can truly do this now. I will continue to work out and stick to my healthy eating. What a motivational story. Thank you. - 5/27/2009   7:57:23 PM
  • 115
    You are truly amazing and an inspiration! It gives me the motivation that I too can do it! - 5/27/2009   3:41:45 PM
  • 114
    Wow you are amazing!! Salsa Chicken is one of my favourite recipes too!!! it's so easy and so delicious!!! - 5/27/2009   3:06:12 PM
  • 113
    Good Job! - 5/27/2009   2:43:41 PM
    You are an insparation to all of us sparkpeople. Keep up the good work Birde. Again congratulations. - 5/27/2009   2:40:23 PM
  • 111
    Fantastic job and you look super-keep up the good work. - 5/27/2009   2:37:30 PM
  • 110
    Great job, Birdie! Too bad the segment was so short. It would have been nicer to have a longer interview, and find out how you used SparkPeople, etc. But I really liked your Before & After shots, and you look great in the yellow bikini! - 5/27/2009   2:02:07 PM

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