Monday, April 18, 2011
Hopefully that role is not one of sabotage. As I prepare my home for relatives to visit, the importance of family becomes even more evident. I am fortunate in that my family is very supportive.
My brothers and I are preparing to make plans to get my Dad to Milwaukee this summer for a Brewers and Twin baseball game. It's the one time of year that my entire family get together. While together, we'll coordinate a side trip to see cousins we seldom see.
Being holy week, my church family has a number of activities plans that begin as early as tomorrow. I’m active in something church family related every day this week. On Wednesday, my husband and I pick up my brother’s wife at the airport and look forward to a day with family and friends around the water and under the UV protection of the Tiki Hut.
My Spark Family has been the most instrumental in helping me succeed at reaching my goals. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am thrilled to share the Last Teddy Bear Standing Award with Maartjebol, as we begin to ready ourselves for the transition into maintenance mode, as our weight goals are reached. I'm also thankful for the added motivation to record our mileage and Living the Good Life challenge for a couple more weeks, before the next challenge begins. I walked an extra 45 minutes that I might not have walked.
Here's my favorite photo of the day: While walking to the grocery store, I noticed a whole family of borrowing owls. Oh how cute they are . . . Just like little babies, they don’t stay little very long.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
It really does take a village to raise a child. Do you have family who are supportive of your goals?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
I'm thrilled to read about this study in SparkPeople’s HealthNews of April 14. Unless you’re over 50 years of age, you may not relate to those moments some of us have when we begin to wonder about our sanity: Where did I put those keys, etc.
While my Mom left this world with her memory intact, my Dad is currently 87 and experiences some short-term memory loss. It got me wondering if some of my memory changes might mean the inevitable worst (alzheimer's). Rest assured this is not something that overwhelms my thinking, as it's just not worth letting such thoughts overtake me when we have such a loving and merciful God to attempt to emulate. I pray that I can be as “happy” as my Dad is at his age – for example, while most people tire quickly at the quality of meals served at an assisted living care facility, my Dad actually enjoys them. He's a pretty happy fellow and is also known in his community as the "singing mailman.”
What a delight I found in reading a recent Health News study:
Losing Weight Improves Memory: Study
Losing weight helps overweight and obese people improve their memories and concentration, according to a new study.
Researchers tested the cognitive abilities of 150 people who weighed an average of 300 pounds and repeated the tests 12 weeks after 109 of the participants underwent weight loss surgery and lost an average of 50 pounds, USA Today reported.
The follow-up tests revealed that those who had the weight loss surgery showed improvement in memory and other cognitive abilities, such as organizational skills. The participants who didn't lose weight showed a small decrease in memory.
It makes sense that as the body becomes healthier, so does the brain, said study author John Gunstad, an associate professor of psychology at Kent State University, USA Today reported.
The study was published online this week in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Mark 4:24 (amplified bible)
And He said to them, “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you--and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.”
We are blessed to have access to a wide array of reputable information in our journeys to become healthier. Did you learn something recently that impacted your life in a good way?
Friday, April 15, 2011
Today, those blessings came in many ways, here’s just a few:
1) Signing up for a new 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears with many people I now consider some of the dearest of friends! While I’m nearing the end of my weight loss journey, I plan on using this opportunity to remain healthy and fit in getting us to our gorgeous destinations! If MAARTJEBOL can do it, I can’t think of a better person’s footsteps to follow. I fear it may take a few more challenges in order for my body to get the hang of these fitness minutes as being they value they are to my health that needs to be maintained . . . without that much-needed change in attitude, this new and wonderful lifestyle change may remain in jeopardy.
2) Celebrating my birthday one more time as I enjoy a great meal with my life’s partner, while remaining within my nutritional ranges. Look at the beautiful flowers I came across while walking into the restaurant.
3) Wearing a new top of what I know has to be a mismatched Size 10 . . . as I know I’m not there yet, and even at goal, I expect to be able to wear a few mediums and 10/12 outfits. What even a greater blessing, is that this $69 top only cost me $4! I’m blessed with a great eye for a bargain! I’ve had friends tell me they’ll follow me next time we go shopping together! . . . but no one can beat the great frugality of my WWII era father. Apparently, when you live through the depression, you learn the true meaning of your faith and of sacrifice! As we age gracefully, we also learn that our needs become fewer in number, and that it is the relationships we build that truly count in this life!
4) And best of all . . . be a blessing to someone else today! Fellow Teddy Bear, Shelley147, just achieved a 60 lbs weight loss.
All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
Worship the Lord your God and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
Where do you find blessings today?
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sri Lankans make something very similar to Flan or Crème Brulee: a wonderfully sweet egg custard. While I had the honor to serve up the delightfully tasting custard, I only had one taste.
John 16:24 -- Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
I can remember a time about eight years ago when a parent of one of our finest Sri Lankan students made me a whole pan of egg custard . . . not once, but twice! Oh, what delight! No wonder I got to be a hundred pounds overweight.
While I still have a voluptuous appetite, I choose to pick filling foods that fit much better into the nutritional ranges SparkPeople recommends. Weight Watchers calls these Power Foods: Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, non-fat dairy and dairy substitutes, lean proteins, plus more.
Because of my love for food, I will likely always have an eating problem that needs to remain in check. Fortunately, I now eat much healthier and am happy to report that I am just one pound away from the high-end of a normal body mass index (BMI).
I hope you’re making progress on your goals today.
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