Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I never knew I had so many incredible friends . . . Thank you! My mailbox was delightfully filled with priceless messages that made this the most popular and fun-filled birthday ever! Fortunately, I was able to capture much of my day by camera.
I spent the morning with my Father in North Central Wisconsin, while enjoying yet another gorgeous segment of Lake Superior. I found a way to work in some great strength training exercises throughout this quality time spent together. Along the same lines, I was able to drink over a gallon of water while comfortably exceeding my fiber intake in the name of a Good challenge.
On my return trip to home, I stopped by to visit the powerful rushing waters of Amnicon Falls. The Now and Then Falls, immediately above, is often in its prime this time of year with all the freshly melted snows or spring rains and is usually GONE with but a ďdrip, dripĒ trickle by late August)
After taking care of a medical appointment (The view from the office of the Aerial Life Bridge was gorgeous), my cousin and I enjoyed a little sweet potato and carrot soup and oatmeal pie at our favorite restaurant that specializes in Norwegian and Swedish dishes; Tak for Maten.
After my Duluth visit, at my home church I had the opportunity to prayers, scripture, and terrific ďgivingĒ opportunities. Then it was off to the grocery store with a friend.
I ended the evening with a dear friend who made two very healthy dishes from an international love of mine: Aloo Achaar (Nepali Potato Salad) and Rajma (Red Kidney Beans). Without any intent of malice, let me describe how I felt, albeit proverbially: I thought I had died and went to heaven. When Iím enjoying something special, Iím worse than the Campbell Soup commercials where you might hear mmm . . . mmm . . . mmm regularly. As you may have guess, by now, Iím very (verbally) expressive. What a beautiful conclusion to a perfectly delightful day. I was further blessed by being asked to pray and we delightfully prayed together for Godís rich blessing in our undeserving lives, rejoice in great thanksgiving for the great joy, mercy and grace that is ours, as well as the power of Godís unconditional love in our lives and how we can become better stewards of Godís great love with those around us.
Thank you for being a glorious part of my SparkPages and thoughts throughout the day! May you not just ďbusyĒ your day with activities, but make quality connections.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Shelleyís blog got me thinking about some of the new habits Iíve adopted. You donít have to give up your favorite foods. You just have to learn how to modify them and eat them in moderation. Two such examples of this new behavior includes:
Cheese is a garnish.
When I make my own pizza, I use a thin crust, flatbread, or tortilla, or whole wheat English muffin and load it with my favorite marinara sauce, colorful veggies (red onion, mushroom, red pepper, water chestnuts), lots of my favorite spices (heavier on garlic, onion and crushed red pepper), sometimes add a lean meat, and top with a light sprinkle of a sharper flavored cheese. Hungry Girl has lots of great pizza options. One of them is in the photo above.
2 Samuel 17:29a
Honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of cows for David and the people with him to eat;
Eggs are good health
However, I have learned how easy it is to sacrifice at least half of the yolks of the eggs when I make potato salad (one egg to one potato ratio). I happen to like the zesty flavor, so I now use more mustard and less light Miracle Whip. Add a pretty red pepper slice garnish and I can work one or two servings into a meal plan quite nicely!
I also love to make omelets using only one-half or one egg yolk to three egg whites. Iíve had fun making omelets in a bag at a breakfast gathering. Itís also easy to sautť up (slowly) a large omelet with todayís great non-stick cookware with lots of great veggies and garnished with a little cheese and tasty salsa.
Can that which has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg? [The white of a large egg has 55 mg of salt . . . so yes, the white of an egg has flavor!]
So many new and healthy options open up to us and people watching me eat all these wonderfully filling foods donít believe Iím eating on a weight loss program. The key here is Iím choosing a lot more filling foods.
Have you had an ďAh Ha!Ē moment or two with how youíve changed your eating habits?
Thursday, April 07, 2011
With friends bursting into song around me, I canít help but take todayís news with joyful song. When I weighed in at my Weight Watcher meeting, I had my friend check the scale twice! -- 3.4 pounds! I was ecstatically happy (elated) . . . . such an intense glow of satisfaction and joy came over me. Wow!
Special thanks go to my SparkPeople friends and two team challenges with the Teddy Bears and Sunny Flowers. While Iím a bit sad that we are nearing the end of our challenges, I am happy to report that I:
1) Ate consistently well with great satisfaction (no denial)
2) Varied and improved my level of fitness, and
3) Managed reasonably well, a much busier schedule than normal with returning home for a few weeks.
Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
Even my Tai Chi is beginning to look a bit more graceful (surprise, surprise) . . . an art form that can take six to ten years to perfect.
Now Iím ready for another vacation (still want to get to the theatre and knit another prayer shawl) and plan to return to Florida.
A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing,
Hope you find high spirits and great friends around you to help keep you motivated to achieving your goals.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Deer often come into the city to see if they can find food or drink. This one is finding both water and apple slices at a friend's home. Even the deer know quality food . . . something my improved life habits have come to enjoy during this wonderful journey to a new and healthy me! In just a week or two, I hope to declare that I have reached the realm of NORMAL (albeit the high end) on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. WooHoo for even being that close!
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
May your travels around these SparkPages bring a smile to your face!
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