EJOY-EVELYN
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2/15/16: So happy to report that I'm a month into Onederland (under 200 lbs) and am now only 23 lbs over a healthy BMI. Happy, happy!

When asked at a small group of Christian men and women, what the best day of my life was, it brought me to the day I married John -- I was on the proverbial Cloud Nine. While I chose not to think about the worst day of my life -- as that would be a growth experience that I would probably never give up -- I gave thought to the second best day of my life: the joy of seeing the sea of beautiful people and reminiscing with loved ones at my husband's memorial service Jan 16, 2016. One of my Mission Group friends blessed me with the words, "I've never been to a more joyful funeral: Evelyn, you looked more like a radiant bride, than a sorrow-filled, mournful widow." That's the reflection of Jesus living in me. While waiting for loved ones to fill the front pew, I lip synced a big "thank you" to the many people present. Growing in faith and worship honors and glorifies our Creator, the Lord of my life. With Christ, all things are possible and I'm able to find joy in the difficult times (albeit, often in retrospect), as well as the little moments we share in those we bless, our loved ones, and small groups.

I am very grateful for the many teams and great health news I get through sparkpeople.com. I am now in Week Seven of my 22nd 5% Challenge with a whole group of teams and remain a faithful Teddy Bear (with friends throughout many of the teams). Oh how I love to share "bear bugs" with my teammates. We have four, and sometimes five, 8-week challenges annually. If you're willing to be an active participant (log daily -or near daily fitness minutes and try to adopt many of the recommended healthy living challenges), I'd be glad to let you know when the next challenge begins.

7/25/15: My immediate goal, is to work toward making it to Onederland. While I''m working on that with my current 5% Challenge, I hope to make it to Onederland during the Fall 5% Challenge.

May you know your purpose in life and take steps today to be the best person you can be. See my Fast Break Goals at the base of this intro.

On July 16, at the start of the SparkPeople 5% Summer 2011 Challenge, I reached my 100-lb weight loss goal having started this journey on May 31, 2006 and joining SparkPeople on July 24, 2007. Maintaining a healthy BMI for nearly three years reminds me that I must remain diligent to a healthy mindset. As of this writing, I''m preparing to begin the 5% Fall Challenge laterthis month, where I plan to get myself five pounds closer to a healthy BMI over this eight-week challenge, while striving to eventually regain a healthy BMI in Spring 2015.

Setting goals and daily tracking of food and fitness have been key to my success. I continue to enjoy weekly check-ins with friends along with the varied learning opportunities at SparkPeople. These work well with my short- and long-range goals. I have come to learn that food and I are best friends and that this may very well be a life-long relationship. I habitually remain on the cusp of an unhealthy relationship with food as I continue to enjoy food more than I should and take particular delight in making hungry-girl selections. The good news is I have learned to eat and love making healthier choices, such as eating fresh fruits and vegetables, curried lentils and spicy veggies. I turn to crushed red pepper in my purse to spice up some of my eating out.

Making good choices also comes with a wealth of improved health benefits and being able to wear smaller-sized clothes. I appreciate that our supermarkets continue to expand on their food offerings and the farmer''s market reopen, making it easier to lean towards eating more plant-based foods. Life is good! God is great!

I have since learned that God and my faith goals must be a part of everything I do in order to truly achieve balance. As such, I must live the words as Matthew wrote them, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

For the February portion of the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears, here are my goals:

Workout 30 minutes minimum and track food daily. Complete two prayer shawls. Try 14 new things. Publish 3 blogs. These goals have been saved and tracked on a Wed, Feb 25, 2014 blog.


Member Since: 7/24/2007

Fitness Minutes: 164,507

My Goals:
To ultimately lose 23 lbs to return to a healthy BMI. Then I hope to keep one hundred pounds off (completed July 14, 2011) towards a much healthier lifestyle; maintain a positive attitude and grateful heart; and celebrate life through the beauty of God's creation (through both people and nature's wonderment).


My Program:
Two programs: 1) stay within the 1260-1610 calorie SparkPeople range, and 2) more whole, unprocessed, and plant-based foods from two books: "Ultra Metabolism" and "You on a Diet." I am also getting PBS materials from Dr Joel Fuhrman (G-BOMBS) and Daniel Amen (Brain Health). Here are my 5% Spring Challenge goals:

FAITH: Spend time daily in the study or meditation of God�s word, knit 2-4 prayer shawls. Be open to making faith an active verb.

FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen well. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers).

FOOD: Daily: Track, eat five or more freggies, drink 10+ waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

FITNESS: Track and average 30+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week.

FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly.



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Let your speech always be with grace. (Col 4:6a)

From the apostle Paul, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God�s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thes 5:16-18

"Every time you feel like doing the wrong thing and you choose to do the right thing you are growing and God is smiling!" -- Joyce Meyer

"The real power of life is not the freedom to choose, but making choices that give you freedom." - Erwin Raphael McManis

sows sparingly . . .
reap sparingly

sow grudgingly . . .
reap grudgingly

sow generously . . .
reap generously
and God will bless you.
(2 Cor 9:6-10)




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  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Don’t completely eliminate foods that you actually LOVE.

    Chances are that if you completely cut out foods you absolutely love, you’ll spring back into old eating habits pretty quickly. Unless your doctor informs you of a health condition that requires food elimination, or unless you choose to eliminate a food for personal reasons, let go of the idea of “bad” foods and learn to enjoy them in moderation instead. Pasta? Rice? A piece of chocolate cake? Enjoying these once in a while won’t derail all of your hard work and they aren’t “unhealthy” in proper portions. It is all about portion control...

    Things do get a bit tricky with this “don’t” though. You have to figure out the best method of non-elimination for you. For example, if you keep your favorite food in the house and know you aren’t able to control how much you eat, then don’t keep it in the house. Instead, enjoy it only when you go out.
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    Do you need to wait to feel hungry before eating? Worst Diet Advice: 'Only Eat When Hungry'

    Why you shouldn’t let hunger drive your dietary decisions . Don't believe it? What happens when you go to the supermarket hungry? Well you shop differently, of course, coming home with items you'd have never purchased on a full stomach. And what happens when you sit down to a meal hungry? Well you're still shopping of course, only this time you're shopping from your plate, your fridge, your cupboards, your freezer, or worst of all, from a menu. emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v SUNFLOWERGAL40
    emoticon Today is Turtle Day! emoticon Coming out of my shell to check on all my Spark friends and see how you are doing. I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you! I can't believe we already have 5 months of it almost completed. Let's make the rest of it emoticon !
    2 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
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    My Dr. is recommending that I eat several smaller meals throughout the day now that I have been diagnosed as having "Hypoglycemia". Instead of eating 3 regular meals and 2 snacks, I would be eating 6 smaller meals through out the day. By eating at regular intervals, my blood sugar levels (and therefore my energy levels) would remain stable. So, instead of having that mid-afternoon crash, I would be full of energy through dinnertime! By eating every few hours (especially if when we chew on fruits and veggies) can also help add extra the nutrition that might be missing from other meals. By cutting out refined sugar, I also cut a lot of fruits that were high in sugar as well. I have recently learned that my body needs this natural sugar. Therefore I have started re-introducing them back into my meal plans as needed. This is helping to restart my metabolism. How many of you know what "Hypoglycemia" is? Could you be suffering from this condition and not know it? I was.

    Thanks for stopping by my page, you are right we are all God's children and most of us do fall short.

    Hypoglycemia : deficiency of glucose ( sugar ) in the bloodstream. Low Blood Sugar. emoticon
    4 days ago

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  • v SURVIVOR61
    If you are like me and have had or raised children. Then you know that our kids look to us to set examples for them to follow.

    It isn't always easy to do. Especially when it comes to what we eat and fitting in exercise. Most of us lead busy lives and sometimes it isn't easy to fit in regular exercise, but unless you make it a priority, you are risking your child becoming a couch potato and junk food junkie.

    So where do we start. We start by taking them shopping with us and teaching them to pick out healthy whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean meats, poultry or fish.

    I have always tried to make my sons part of the process even in the kitchen. When it comes to handling the food that is just as important as knowing how to pick it out if we want it to remain healthy enough to eat. That is why wash, rinse and sanitize is such an important fact to remember when it comes to food prep and handling.

    After the shopping is done and everything is put away. Dinner is over with, we have the choice of sitting in front of the tv or going to our rooms and playing video games. Not in my house. We would go for a walk, bike ride or often a hike across the canal in the woods around Peanut Lake. The boys to this day are still very active and even belong to gyms. I am so proud that they take an active roll in their relationships as adults in meal planning and exercise.

    Remember that also snack planning is just as important. Not just for the children, but for those of us that want to eat healthy. We can prepare our snacks ahead of time and have them ready to go in a snack bag. This makes snacking healthier and convenient.

    So how about you, are there any suggestions that you can think of ?
    6 days ago
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