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DAY 26 ~ Tuesday

Friday, March 05, 2010

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." Phhilippians 1:27

The word "conduct" does not merely mean our talk and converse with one another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and the privileges of citizenship: and citizens of the New Jerusalem, be worthy of the gospel of Christ. What sort of conduct is this? In the first place, the gospel is very simple. So Christians should be simple and plain in their habits. There should be about our manner, our speech, our dress, our whole behavior, that simplicity which is the very soul of beauty. The gospel is pre-eminently lusterless and valueless without the jewel of truth. The gospel is a very fearless gospel, it boldly prclaims the truth, whether men like it or not; we must be equally faithful and unflinching. But the gospel is also very gentle.

So, our whole person if we could conduct our days with the simplicity of eating good nutritious veggies and fruits, boldly but clearly stating our yes to health and our no to frivilous eating habits and excercise patterns, setting our goals and sticking to them fearlessly, saying no to excesses.

I am writing to myself. It is in the crowd that I get lost and sometimes go along with what seems easiest at the moment. My goals go out the window and so should the scale as far as I am concerned. emoticon emoticon

1) Plain and simple eating habits in March.
2) Be true, faithful and unflinching to my goals.
3) Remember your MUFAS.

My Day:
Tuesday calories at 1339, healthy veggies & fruits, extra protein in the form of smoothie, protein bar. Water 8 glasses. Dinner out with a friend...salad with colorful veggies. My MUFA was flax with oatmeal, seeds & black olives with salad, grapeseed oil with smoothie.

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LINDA25427 3/5/2010 8:58AM

    You are doing so good only 2 more days .Congratulations

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DAY 25 ~ Monday/ March 1

Wednesday, March 03, 2010


I love new beginnings. Don't you? I am honored to embark on this new beginning with someone like you. Let's count on God to take us places with Him we've never been and accomplish a work we didn't know He could. As James and John cast their nets on the sun-kissed waters of the Galilee, they had no idea the Son of God was casting His net for them. Soon they'd find themselves caught by His call and compelled by His love. Let's allow the same divine affection to catch us as we, to, are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ.

These words were taken from "The Beloved Disciple" Following John to the heart of Jesus by Beth Moore. The pictures are from my trip to Israel in 2005 and the people are friends on my tour and from my church. The boat is actually one of the fishing boats similar to the ones the disciples took out fishing. The sea is the Galilee.

Oh, the beginning of a new day and a new flower...this one was taken in Israel by yours truly. March a month of beginnings & I have trusted God with my day. A day to be happy and rejoice!

Incidently, today March 1, 2010, my nutrition was within my goals at 1339 calories, with some MUFA at each meal, flax with my oatmeal, grapeseed oil in my cherrie shake, and almonds with my dinner. It was a good day!!

Best of all I have a Team of Sparkers who are my encouragement and though I cannot see each of you yet I feel that I know who you are and your input is a part of my day, week, month, year. Day by day we will arrive at our goals.

Thank you for reading my blog!!!

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FIDDLER4JESUS 3/4/2010 9:19AM

    Oh,Elaine,love these beautiful pictures you have displayed here! I have never been to Israel but perhaps some day. You are becoming more beautiful in every way,like Christ. Keep up the good work!
The flowers are heavenly! emoticon God bless you this day,Sally
p.s. I love Beth Moore!

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    Wonderful pics Elaine, I've been to Israel too...such an experience!

Yes with the Lord at our Helm, how can we fail!!
Great MUFAs....have you every done the 4 day Jump Start? I know that helps many people...
It's so good to have you on the SWAT II team...you are fun, supportive and a great encourager....hey...you could be a sgt!!!

Hugs Elaine....keep going, we're all working towards the same aim, our goal!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/3/2010 11:59PM

    What great pictures Elaine...you have to have many wonderful memories from your trip. Thank you for sharing with us. You are doing a great job!!! Praise the Lord.
Blessings and hugs,

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PARAEAST 3/3/2010 7:05PM

Great blog! So very true. I loved your pictures too, I've never been to Israel so that was so neat. I've been to Barcelona, Spain and just thought that I'm seeing the Mediterranean Sea which is near Israel on the other side.
Thank you for sharing this with us!
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DAY 24 ~ Sunday

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

A day to worship the LORD...went to the church service...message was on the first and only mission that Paul and Barnabas took together. Acts 14

Song - "I am yours, O LORD"

Six things we must do to share Christ.
1. Prepare - they spoke so effectively

2. Prayer - tell God the truth

3. Fast - self denial

4. Persevere - even in opposition

5. According to the Scriptures - meet them where they are

6. Boldness - do it with grace and humbleness of Christ.

I can see that a lot of the same principles can apply to this journey of healthy living.

1. Prepare your menu
2. Pray for God's strength and guidance
3. Fast - take a day and meditate
4. Persevere - under opposition, friends, family,
5. Word - eat as Jesus would (there is a book about it)
6. Boldness - do it with grace & humbleness but get out there and excercise, join a gym, join a support group.

My goal is to reduce my calories each week by about 300 and burn 100 extra calories twice a week. This should help me to lose 1# per week.

My nutrition was good, with 5 fruits & veggies, drank 8 waters, calories 1475 (I haven't started to work on my goal yet.) Slept 7 hours. No excercise today.

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    Oh, Elaine! I am reading Acts every night lately. I needed to get started reading my Bible, so that's where I picked to start. I really have enjoyed it, too! I say I'm only going to read a chapter, then I want to read the next one to see what happened next!

I enjoyed your blog today! emoticonLori

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LINDA25427 3/2/2010 9:23AM

    Love your blog Elaine sounds like a wonderful plan and I know you can to it . emoticon You are doing and amazing job,keep up the good work . Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARAEAST 3/2/2010 8:21AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Now I will pray it works! emoticon

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DAY 23 ~ Saturday

Sunday, February 28, 2010

This was Day 23 getting very close now to the countdown and finale.

Saturdays are study day with my grandchildren...two gd and I went to study usually in a coffee shop but today in a restaurant and had dinner together. Dangerous spot to study I hear you say. Well, yes it is. Restaurants are not noted for their catering to those who want low fat, low carbs, low sodium, high in fresh veggies and fruits. I settled for a Caesar salmon salad and coffee. We picked up a nutritional menu supplement which told us what we had just eaten. (I hear that in our state it soon will be law to supply this on the menu).
Josie chose to have Classic Pot Roast & Country Vegetables which was 1530 calories, 28 Sat Fat and 3070 Sodium! (81 carbs).
Adelaide chose Country Fried Steak Dinner at 870 calories 4.5 Sat Fat and 2470 Sodium. (80 carbs).
My Caesar Salmon was 890 calories, 17 Sat Fat with 1410 Sodium!! (21 carbs).
I can see why the nutrition information needs to come with the menu. What really amazes me is the amount of sodium which is one thing I need to cut back on. I would like to say that we wore off our dinner by using our brains. Not so.

Okay, I must tell you that Friday was somewhat over my calorie goal.
My excercise was also lacking. But my knowledge level went very high. emoticon By the time I got home I was too tired to do my LS DVD... another reason to do excercise early in the day. This excercise of blogging has proved invaluable.

Josie & Adelaide at our normal spot in the coffee shop after we study the Bible there is some time to play a game like chess or Skippo. Guess who is winning?

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PARAEAST 3/1/2010 8:35PM

You are so right about the sodium. Some times there is so much sodium I think you might as well just eat salt. So good of you to get to enjoy your grand children. Sounds like you had a great day and I love the pictures!!

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    I just think this is so awesome! emoticonElaine!!!

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DAY 22 ~ Friday

Sunday, February 28, 2010


"IT'S A SIMPLE TRUTH: THE CALORIES WE SWALLOW MUST BE BURNED OR WE WILL WEAR THEM." ~TOPS' Lifestyle Guide ~ The choice is mine (Revised edition).

Many fad diets try their best to make you believe that cutting out one nutrient or overloading on another will help you lose weight. When it comes down to successful weight loss and maintenance, however, it's calories that count.

We probably hear or think about the word "calorie" multiple times a day, but what exactly is a calorie? Calories are units of energy that come from the breakdown of food in the body. Only carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and alcohol generate calories. Regardless of where they come from, the calories we consume are either used for physical energy or stored as fat.

One pound of fat equals 3,500 calories. What does this mean to you? Well, if you cut 500 clories ou of your current food intake every day, a weight loss of about one pound may be expected after seven days (one pound of fat = 3,500 calories).

If I am reading correctly, what it takes to lose a pound...500 calories so in my case if I reduce my calories by that amount it will be about 1100 to 1200 per day. I guess we all have to find that magic formula for our lifestyle and bodies.

First to do this, the assignment is to write down everything - yes, I write everything I eat or drink. (check) If I don't exercise one day , write it down why not and what I did instead. (check)

Next, once I have recorded all food and exercise for one week, it's time to analyze and see where I could make adjustments. For example, perhaps I typically have a sandwich at lunch. A simple way to cut 100 calories is to make the sandwich with one slice of bread instead of two. Or, maybe I watch TV at the end of the day. Why not spend just 10 minutes of my TV time using an exercise DVD? Take a look at the following list of ways to cut 100 calories and ways to burn 100 calories. I will use these suggestions to help me.

. Leave the one Tblsp of butter off of bread.
. Make my sandwich without the slice of cheese.
. Instead of tortilla chips, try dipping fresh vegetables in salsa for a snack.
. Use only one slice of bread to make my sandwich.
. Replace my morning 12 oz skim milk latte with tea.
. Spread my toast with one Tblsp of peanut butter instead of two.
. Instead of one Tblsp of mayonnaise use mustard.
. Opt for grilled chicken over breaded or fried.
. Top my vanilla ice cream dessert with fresh strawberries or blueberries instead of chocolate syrup.
. Downsize my cereal bowl and use skim milk instead of whole milk.
. Have my salad without the croutons and cheese.
. Instead of one ounce of ptotato chips with my sandwich, choose one cup of light, vegetable soup. (low sodium)
. Skip the cream and sugar and have coffee black.
. Leave four bites on my plate.

I do excercise of 30 minutes a day and sometimes more when on the treadmill...so another option is to pump up the minutes. I know a 1 mile walk is 20 minutes and worth 100 calories...or a 25 minute leisurely bike ride at 100 calories, jog in place for 10 minutes is 100 calories, water aerobics for 20 minutes is 100 calories & DVD with LS for 3o min is 2 miles so 200 calories.


Please note that these are only estimates and that they will vary depending on a number of factors including gender, weight, and intensity of activity.
. Take a 25 minute leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood.
. Vacuum and scrub floors for 25 minutes.
. Dance for 15-20 minutes.
. Complete 25 minutes of band excercises.
. Execute chair exercises for 25 minutes .
. Jog at 5 miles per hour for 10 minutes.
. Wash your car for 25-30 minutes.
. Climb up and down stairs for 15 minutes.
. Follow a step aerobics DVD for 10 minutes.
. Try water aerobics for 20 minutes.
. Water walk...for 20 minutes.
. Shoot some hoops with your family for 20 minutes.
. Perform 20 minutes of calisthenics.

So, there are my options; cut back calories or burn more calories!! Cut back to 1133, for 300 calories LESS PER DAY & do 200 more in excercise which be calories burned. This will equal a 1 pound loss... THIS IS PER WEEK. At all cost, KEEP IT FUN!!!!!

Stayed within my caloric range and studied Bible with my GD so my excercise was a spiritual one. I wore my pedometer and it said I walked ......
Drank my water....and am going to sleep on time.

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LINDA25427 2/28/2010 8:49AM

    Elaine you are doing great .So now you are on day 24 and still going strong . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Hope you have a great day . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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    Elaine, I enjoyed reading your blog... you have some great ideas!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

p.s. I love it that you did Bible study with your GD!

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