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Enjoying a powerful Amnicon Falls, Apr 11, 2011

A gorgeous winter day and walk at Little Manitou Falls, Jan 10, 2011

Enjoying Florida's beautiful greenery, Feb 2011


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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: 170,453

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
    Fire up those Sneakers and Fall in Love with Walking and You Can Walk Your Way to a Healthier, Slimmer You!!
    89 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon Spark Friends,

    If you or anyone you know are having trouble tracking or are stuck in a plateau, then please read this or share it with your spark friends.

    Remember attaining weight loss is possible and permanent weight loss is absolutely doable. If you are will to start changing your life and lifestyle one habit at a time. After all that is how we learned how to talk, walk, dress, bathe and eat. Was one step at a time. Our Mothers and fathers were very good at teaching us what they knew.

    But, most of them did not know what healthy eating was. Not really. Nothing like a dietician would know. So remember when starting out you want to set up small attainable goals. Even if you are having trouble anywhere in your weight loss journey, you may just want to take a step back and look at where you are actually at.

    Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

    1) Are you where you want to be?
    2) Are you losing weight?
    3) Are you really tracking everything that you eat?
    4) Are you being completely honest with yourself?
    5) Are you setting realistic goals?
    6) Are you drinking your daily water?
    7) Are you eating at least 2 fruits daily?
    8) Are you eating at least 3 vegetables daily?
    9) Are you getting at least 10+ minutes of exercise daily?
    10) Are you getting any me time? This is the most important one.......

    Drinking 8 cups of water.....every day is very important to stay hydrated.
    • Eating at least 2 fruits and at least 3 vegetables every day will help keep you full longer and ensure that you are getting enough fiber
    • Not eating in front of the TV....you do not want to be distracted, enjoy your meal and put down your fork or spoon between every bite, while sipping water. It takes at least 20 minutes to ensure the brain starts to signal the stomach that you are getting full.
    • No soda or sweet drinks....you will want to cut out as much refined sugar as possible, lowering your risk of diabetes.
    • Eat breakfast every morning: This is the most important meal of the day, you need at least 300 - 400 calories to start your day and get your metabolism reeved up for the day.
    • No candy, cake, potato chips or other high carb junk food, instead try a piece of fresh fruit, granola, veggie slices or nuts. Sometimes even a glass of water can keep hunger at bay. Try it infused with slices of fruit or veggies.

    And if you are stuck in a plateau, try mixing up your exercise routine. A strength training program, with some cardio and walking the pounds away may be just what the doctor ordered. Talk it out with a trainer, a dietician, your doctor or weight loss buddy may also be an answer too.

    Just do what it takes for you..... what works for one, may not work for you.

    I love all of you and want each one of you to be successful in your journies! KEEP ON SPARKIN'
    Jill emoticon
    99 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Our new Mantra~ emoticon

    My body is a marvelous machine and when I take care of it, It meets my every expectation! emoticon emoticon

    102 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    emoticon emoticon As I was visiting working my spark challenges, I read so many comments concerning regaining the weight after reaching goal weight.

    This concerns me, my friends, as I too have regained some weight. Even though I hadn't reached my goal weight. I had slipped into depression and had stopped exercising. I do know the reason behind my weight gain.

    I would like to point out that this is not a diet, it is a way of life. It is not something you do to fit into that special dress or to look good for your daughter's up coming wedding or your reunion. This has to be a new learned way of eating healthy for the rest of your life and exercising regularly. I cannot stress it enough that this must become a life style for you it YOU WANT to remain at your healthy goal weight.

    Once you get to your goal weight, you may want to discuss with your doctor on how best to increase your calories for weight maintenance. Yes, I said increase your calories. You will slowly increase your calories just a little, in order to maintain that new you. But you must continue to exercise in order not to regain weight.

    Again, I cannot stress this enough that you need to talk to your doctor or even a dietician. Losing weight and exercising is a great way to get in shape, but there is so much more to maintain that new found health.

    I want all of you to be Happy Healthy and Fit.....read, research and talk to fitness experts, doctors and dieticians.
    106 days ago
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, I appreciate the kind thoughts. Have a great day!
    107 days ago
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