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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: 166,988

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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    43 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Here is a New Daily Mantra!! Post it Where you Can see it....

    Pound by pound, inch by inch, choice by choice We will become healthy and fit!
    We struggle, but we grow. We fall, We will get up. Even amid adversity, We keep moving towards our goal weight.
    Today our portion size is shrinking and so is our waistlines.
    Today we are beautiful, We are fit, We are healthy; and more so every day!
    Today We are making the right choices and the right changes to have the body We want!
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    44 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Did you know that you can do squats over your toilet, using it for support for those with bad knees, even leg extensions or reach side to side stretching your arms? Just be sure to close the lid. What is so great about this you can do this any time you go into your bathroom at anytime to keep the movement going even in between clean ups. Keep a couple of hand weights in there and do a little strength training!! Need some time for yourself, hide out in your powder room. Do a little stretching and Keep on Moving!! emoticon emoticon
    46 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    What you Dare to Dream, Dare to Achieve and All things are Possible through Christ Jesus!
    50 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    First things first. You have to decide that you want to lose weight. Then you need to be committed to losing it. And next you have to have Faith in yourself that you can lose weight.

    Not only will you need Faith in yourself to lose the weight, but you are going to need Faith in God to lose weight. With out Faith we are nothing. God never meant for us to be nothing, He meant for us to have Him abide in us and for us to abide in Him as Healthy, Happy and Full of Faith in our selves and Faith in Him.

    As long as we have Faith in God there is nothing we cannot accomplish and the same is true in having Faith in ourselves. Our faith goes way beyond the pulpit, it extends to believing and loving what we cannot see unconditionally. So why is it that we cannot love what our God has created in His own image.

    Our bodies are a creation of our God's. He formed us with His own hands, so why aren't we doing what we need to take better care of ourselves. Don't we need to have Faith in ourselves?

    Let's take inventory of why we want to lose weight in the first place.
    1) Do you want to look better?
    2) Do you want to drop just a few pounds?
    3) Are you tired, out of breathe?
    4) Are you suffering from a major illness?
    5) Are you morbidly obese?
    6) Just can't see your toes anymore?
    7) Are you sleeping all the time?
    8) Tired of feeling over full every time you eat?

    Did I miss anything? Well, I think we need to start believing that we can stop over eating. Have Faith, Pray, God will listen. Use self talk, use motivational tools, provided hear on Spark People. Use motivational videos, keep a journal, write a blog and read your bible daily. Most of all pray before each meal. Don't be afraid to ask God for His help, that is what He is there for. Trust me He wants all His temples healthy too.

    Exercise is a must, be Christ like.... Jesus got in His daily walks. So when you hear some ask are you walking with Jesus, what will your answer be?

    How many hospitals don't have a chapel in it? There are so many missions, churches and other religious deities in this world today that provide healthcare and even weight loss information It would astound you. So yes, faith and weight loss go hand in hand.

    Know that you can do this, you can do all things through Christ. You are a winner, because you a child of God's and God does not make mistakes. You can track your meals, you can walk 10 + minutes daily, you can blog about your day and you can keep a journal and you can have FAITH in You, I have FAITH in YOU and I have Faith in GOD. We can do all things through God!!
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    54 days ago
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