Wednesday, February 26, 2014
For the February portion of the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears, participants were again given the challenge (aka dare) to write and track our goals for the month.
Here’s my goals and updated report: Workout 30 minutes minimum and track food daily. Complete two prayer shawls. Try 14 new things. Publish 3 blogs. (WO=Workout)
Feb 1-29: Daily WO, Track
Mar 1-30: Daily WO, Track
Apr 1-30: Daily WO, Track
May 1-31: Daily WO, Track
June 1-30: Daily WO, Track
July 1-31: Daily WO, Track
Aug 1-31: Daily WO, Track
Sep 1-20: Daily WO, Track
Gifts to God:
Feb 13 Completed Prayer Shawl: Shaker
Feb 18 Completed Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 19 Completed Prayer Shawl: Deco
Feb 21 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pesto
Feb 23 Completed Prayer Shawl: Clouds
Feb 24 Completed Prayer Shawl: Sierra
Feb 26 Completed Prayer Shawl: Waterfall
Feb 27 Completed Prayer Shawl: Tudor
Feb 28 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Mar 04 Completed Prayer Shawl: Ocean
Mar 07 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pesto
Mar 09 Completed Prayer Shawl: Wildfire
Mar 13 Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden
Mar 15 Completed Prayer Shawl: Cherry Blossom
Mar 18 Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Mar 19 Completed Prayer Shawl: Candy Apple Red
Mar 20 Completed Prayer Shawl: Ocean
Mar 23 Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Creamsicle
Apr 06 Completed Prayer Shawl: Mediterranean
Apr 06 Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Antique White
April Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Creamsicle
April 29 Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Antique White
May 02: Completed Prayer Shawl: Baroque
May 05: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Pastel Yellow
May 8: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lavender
May 12: Completed Prayer Shawl: Trinity Candy Apple Red
May 13: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Lilac
May 19: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Cool Blue
May 30: Completed Prayer Shawl: Mimosa
May 30: Completed Prayer Shawl: Golden (Sitara)
Jun 02: Completed Prayer Shawl: Purple Haze
Jun 05: Completed Prayer Shawl: Montana Sky (Sister C)
Jun 10: Completed Prayer Shawl: Delft (CLC)
Jun 13: Completed Prayer Shawl: Pearls
Jun 22: Completed Prayer shawl: Cool Blue
Jun 23: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Pastel Yellow
Jun 25: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy White
Jun 26: Completed Prayer Shawl: Trinity Quartz
Jun 27: Completed Prayer Shawl: Seafoam
Jun 28: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Soft Fern
July 3: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Hot Blue
July 5: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Deco
July 6: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Natural
July 9: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Cool Blue
July 26: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Gigglin' Green
Aug 6: Completed Lacy Aqua
Sep 5: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Deco
Sep 19: Completed Prayer Shawl: Lacy Baby Yellow
Prayer Shawl: Golden
Let’s face it, I’m not a frequent blogger so I don't think this will change anytime soon. I can only pray that I honor God by my thoughts, words, and actions: including how I eat and move. I began the month a little slow in the healthy eating department but seem to have found my Spark again. I'm glad to have exceeding my goals for knitting prayer shawls and trying new things.
Here's a summary of some of the new things I've done this month:
1) Made a prayer shawl for my Pakistani friend’s Mom in the hospital, finishing on the day that just happened to be her birthday.
2) Successfully followed the majority of the Teddy Bear Daily Dares (which could easily add to this New Things list further!)
3) Lost my phone a half-hour before taking a 29-hour road trip: I love that the world did not come to an end and while we actually left as originally planned, I kept my cool and my husband and I bought new phones a few days later.
4-6) Joined family and friends at three new restaurants: Fish Tale Grill, Dunkin Donuts, and newly built Golden Corral,
7) Signed a petition on the change.org website for a student in need of medical care in this country,
8) Offered to make a prayer shawl to a friend who also happened to be a former co-worker and neighbor) currently mourning the unexpected death of his wife.
9) Began knitting a new prayer shawl using part of a pattern from a lacy baby blanket. It’s gorgeous, but slow work . . . so I do a little here and there while I complete other prayer shawls.
10) Attended a weekly study on the book Heaven by Rancy Alcorn.
11) Attended the Bontragger Family Concert
12) Enjoyed the work of an artist for my first ever Henna tattoo.
13) Cut a record number (over 50 pair) of lined mittens (ready to sew) for my Tuesday Mission Group.
14) Made the 15-Bean soup recipe on the Hurst HamBeens package and keyed the recipe and nutritional information into SparkRecipes.
15) Bought a new (for me) veggie and made a delicious Napa Cabbage cole slaw. So Yummy!
16) Worked a record number of jigsaw puzzles with my Dad.
17) Completed seven pray shawls in ten days (already turned in one). I praise God for my Florida time and my ability to knit with church friends who enjoy knitting and crocheting for the Lord.
Setting goals and putting them in writing helped me to own and solidify a plan of action. This process led to my achieving success and enjoying the wonderful non-scale victories I celebrate -- What a boost to my spirits! While written a bit differently from my regularly written Spark goals, I’ve also met or exceeded my Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Fun Goal. Now I just need to add a new round of rewards for when my goals are achieved during this second time around to achieve a healthy BMI.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I'm hoping you have success, too! How's your February going?
New test of blog from smart phone.
I love that I can knit when I'm with so many of my small groups. I've completed 17 prayer shawls in the five weeks I've been in Florida. Here's a sampling that includes the new lacy pattern I've learned for a lighter shawl for so many of our Floridians:
Sunday, January 26, 2014
My Spark is back! While I'm probably singing to the choir, the SparkPeople Community is one of the most positive and motivating you'll ever encounter! I'm glad to be part of an encouraging group of friends and teams. One of the things I like about being a fan of Joyce Meyers, is she has a loving way of spanking our behinds (verbally) in an attempt to bring us back into step with right and healthy living. Even well-meaning, constructive criticism -- when done with love and kindness -- is a good thing!
I have begun my fourteenth 5% Challenge with The Teddy Bear Team (one of fourteen teams all) vying to incorporate healthy habits while losing weight with several of us maintaining a healthy BMI. I know I can do it, but my most recent history does not paint a pretty picture as my new goal is to lose 28 lbs -- to return to a healthy BMI -- in the next 9 months.
Confession: I've gotten lazy. My love for food has been my demise as Iï¿½ve returned to some of my old, bad habits. The good news is that I have learned how to forgive myself quickly and get back in the program. My SparkFriends, SparkTeams, the 5% Challenge and Teddy Bears (who are actively showing love, care, and encouragement) are some of the best external motivators. It was today's Teddy Bear Dare that suggested we blog today.
I've strayed from the foundations of my healthy eating as encouraged by doctors Iï¿½ve come to admire: Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr Michael Roizen (You on a Diet), Dr Mark Hyman (Ultimate Metabolism and Blood Sugar Solution), Dr Daniel Amen (The Daniel Plan, Change Your Brain Change Your Life), and Dr Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live, Super Immunity, and The End of Diabetes). After joining the Florida Gulf PBS in early December, I'm anxiously waiting for Dr Joel Fuhrmanï¿½s Immunity Solution package. In addition to maintaining my Spark ranges, I am trying to incorporate G-BOMBs into my daily regimen: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.
ï¿½G-BOMBSï¿½ is an acronym Dr Fuhrman gives us to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet ï¿½ these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.
Here are my 5% Winter Challenge goals:
FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God's word, knit 2-4 prayer shawls and be of service to Godï¿½s will by making faith an active verb. Hereï¿½s a group I made during the Fall 5% Challenge:
I find motivation in the following passage: "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." (Galatians 6:9-10)
FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers). Hereï¿½s my Dad and I after working a puzzle. I also attended the wedding of a friend.
FOOD: Daily: Track, eat six 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. Below, my friend wears her new prayer shawl and we put the crowns on from having opened our English Christmas crackers! I love our winter wonderland and celebrate all four seasons!
Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I'm wishing you success! What are you doing that works in achieving your goals?
Friday, June 07, 2013
This is more about a frame of mind we carry in life and how we treat other people than any one beauty secret we may hold tight to. Special thanks to the 5% challenges where my Teddy Bear Team is one of eleven supportive teams that encourage each other to live the healthy habits we practice during the weekly challenges.
What is it that you do that brings a sparkle to your eyes or that special glow to your smile? It’s that activity, when combined with healthy habits I incorporate in my daily faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun that bring abundant joy to my life. All this and more, as I welcome the big 6-0 at a recent birthday.
Just last weekend, during one of our summer-like days of Spring, I enjoyed the company of my alma mater’s World Student Association to a tour of Wisconsin Point. Everyone joined me for an optional tour at my favorite Amnicon Falls and we all absolutely loved it:
Remember that if you make right choices, your emotions will eventually come in line with your decisions. -- Joyce Meyer
Faith: I’ve begun supporting a new (third) prayer shawl ministry. My girlfriend crochets, while I knit:
My newest prayer shawl pattern:
My Tuesday Missions group prepared to raise funds for the local food shelves while coordinating a community concert:
“She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.” (Prov 31:27)
Fitness and Fun: Amnicon is pretty all year round, as is walking the Lake Walk:
Friends and Fun: May the time we spend with friends also glorify God. I taught a good friend how to make fun fur scarves.
Celebrating an International Night and events with friends and great food:
Family and Fun: My Dad is a special part of my life as he makes the transition from assisted living to full nursing care. We enjoy life together through the activities we share:
Food and Freggies: I love my freggies and any new way I can prepare them. My best woman loves to put an apple in her coleslaw. Yum!
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
May you find that spark in your step and smile in your heart that allows the spirit of your youthfulness to shine through. May our love be deep and authentic so that we treat others with patience, forbearance, and kindness. Stay young at heart!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I am so lovin' my home away from home today! $20 at the farmer’s market today brought me a taste of Freggies heaven: 4.5 lbs tomatoes, 1 lb green beans, potatoes (Idaho, red, and sweet), 2 bunches of asparagus, 3 red sweet peppers, 6 medium zucchini, 9 oz fresh bean sprouts and a small to medium-sized watermelon.
One free parking spot also provides me a delightful waterfront walk along the Caloosahatchee River . . . just a few miles up from the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico. This water girl and freggies queen truly is feeling heavenly today.
The snow in my northland home cannot leave soon enough, as we’re been in yet another winter storm watch. Yikes! This is how I left the DLH Airport (the old terminal has been raised for removal):
Don't get me wrong, I love all four seasons, but I can also appreciate the paradise my newly met SparkFriends (FloridaSun and ZellaZM below) live in and Birthday Bear (BevieAnn) enjoys while visiting Hawaii.
May you find joy in this day and every day. What is bringing you great joy these days?
Friday, March 08, 2013
I have a knack of taking life a little too seriously. There’s more to life than reaching a goal if you can’t have a little fun along the way. I try to make room in my week to do at least three fun things. It's important to slow down and smell the roses! Many of these do not translate into a photo opportunity, so I’ll go back a little in time to pick a few fun photos:
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. -- Katharine Hepburn
In between goals is a thing called life that has to be lived and enjoyed. -- Sid Caesar
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -- Albert Einstein
A special hug, hug with international students at a Nepali birthday:
Spreading good cheer at the nursing home:
Being silly with a fellow college student at a church dinner:
Having a little fun shooting for a Teddy Bear Team profile photo:
Wow . . . now that was one very special Easter Sunrise service with my hubby's church on Lake Superior!
I actually bought this outfit last year thinking I would have fun with my 3-pc set of belly dancing DVDs. Yikes! -- What was I thinking? The delight alone, however, was more than worth it! I ended up settling for a jingle wrap skirt to boogie around in.
Oops? -- Small obstacle course. If a tree falls in the middle of the woods, does it make a sound?
Love my Hebrew apron in the church kitchen:
Love how these mushrooms looks like a floral bouquet:
Both fun and beauty in a rainbow:
Hello there, little fella. Like Dr Doolittle, I sometimes talk to the animals!
How is fun part of your week's activities?
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