Monday, February 21, 2011
I walked two miles yesterday for a McDonald’s cone. I may have tried to walk more than I should have (started out with a 17-minute mile clip, felt the soreness, and ended up at a much slower pace), so I’ll stick to something a little more moderate today . . . perhaps in ten- or twenty-minute segments. I’ve already worked (and I mean worked!) at an reasonable good aerobic workout while vacuuming and will likely add a little aerobic dancing and some tai chi to go with my recommended strength training. Unfortunately, I didn’t get equal arm training (and vacuuming left handed is tougher than it sounds if you’re primarily right handed . . . I’ve always thought I had a little ambidexterity going on here, but now know I’m far from it!). Then I hope to get my 15 minutes of sunshine by investigating my neighborhood with a pleasant walk. I confess, I’m lovin’ this piece of paradise we’ve invested in. Didn’t even get to the “wax on, wax off” floor scrubbing I had intended to get to (will save for another day).
I bought two large roasts for slow cooking, which should be done by 7 pm tonight (smells so good!). [Shelley, I now realize I have more than six slow cookers when I count what I have here. Yikes!] They make such great leftovers for freezing in 8-10 oz bags and make quick hot dishes. It’s amazing what the effect 1.5 oz of slow roasted pork and beef (3/4 oz ea) have on one serving of pasta with fresh veggies (a veritable feast!).
Sunday’s Progress on key nutrients:
Oops: Nearly 250 mg too much
Sodium (dim sum sauce put me over the top)
I spent over a hundred dollars yesterday on groceries, buying primarily around the perimeter of the store for fruits, veggies, and lean proteins. The cashier pleasantly exclaimed, “You bought nothing but healthy food!” It was nice to hear an affirmation of healthy product from a third party.
Here’s my first vacation photo taken in my jungle of a back yard. This salwar suit was a gift from a dear Nepali friend attending my alma mater (her father selected the color). I feel wonderfully happy and blessed!
If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’ (Job 9:27)
I hope you succeed in reaching your goals today!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ever had one of those days when you peacefully reflect on the past. While we focus on the future for our hope, looking back and examining life is good if we can learn and find purpose from the experience and perhaps share that with a good friend or colleague. Being a visual person, I captured my husband’s headlights in the rear view mirror while traveling the other day.
Moses writes, “As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains . . . .”” (Genesis 19:17)
Now I’m already enjoying a much healthier future. I have a hard time imagining what it was like to carry an extra 75 lbs. So many positive improvements have taken place since those heavy days: I’m no longer on a sleep apnea machine, my blood pressure, body mass index, and weight are much more closer to normal, and I have put away the cane I sometimes needed for my knee.
May you also experience joy and progress while making healthy improvements in that wonderfully created body you have.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
I so love the enthusiasm expressed by so many great Teddy Bears and Five Percent Challengers this challenge.
I’m on a mission to lose 100 lbs and have just recently reached a 75 lb milestone. My goals for this 5% challenge are:
1 - To get as close to losing 5% (9 lbs) as possible. Being so close to goal, I would be thrilled to lose six pounds, as I love the slow and steady pace I've exhibited by nearing my five-year weight loss journey anniversary later this June. While I record an official Weight Watcher meeting weight (with both food and attire) I expect my unofficial personal morning weight to finally reach the much-awaited 24.9 or lower body mass index in order to be considered a “healthy BMI.”
2 – While exercise remains on the wrong end of a love/hate relationship, I am committed to averaging over 30 minutes a day on a variety of routines with walking being my mainstay.
3 – Eating healthy meals are key to my success. I hope to try foods I haven’t had in a long time or prepared differently. I will continue to track daily and work diligently to fall within most of my major ranges as set by SparkPeople and Weight Watchers when it comes to protein, fat, carbohydrates, calories, fiber, sodium, and calcium. I love that SparkPeople allows us to track all these great nutrients (and more!). I am blessed with a love for water, so it’s not uncommon for me to take in at least a gallon of liquids on most days. I also strive to well exceed five recommended fruits and vegetables a day. Again, diversity will be essential!
Most of all, I'm enjoying this journey! Several of us have used sites like myoneword.org to come up with one word to bring us clarity and focus throughout the year. My word is Joy. This includes its many wonderful derivatives like joyful, joyful and rejoice!
Go Teddy Bears!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
My extended holiday destination has arrived. The long drive was much better than I expected in that we each drove a vehicle to Florida. A lot of fun stretches and aerobic chair dancing while in the car and at rest stops. (fun, fun)
My neighbor will be caring for my critters while I’m away. I have an array of nut hatches, chickadees, woodpeckers, blue jays, squirrels, mourning doves, and such coming to my home each day.
". . . He proclaimed a holiday throughout the provinces and distributed gifts with royal liberality." (Esther 2:18)
Enjoy a fine holiday!
Friday, February 18, 2011
With vacation time nearing, I thought I'd share this "boot" from Barker's Island.
“Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.” (Isaiah 9:5)
It's fun to have vacation plans in the works. You too?
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