Saturday, May 07, 2011
Here's a gorgeous caterpillar getting ready to go through the cycle of life and become a beautiful butterfly. I have so much fun taking pictures when nature is this awesome! We are so blessed.
Having a perfectly delightful day with family! I walked, and walked, and walked (more than 120 minutes) because Teddy Bears Rock!
Hope you're having a rockin' day, too!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Happy Cinco de Mayo today! I’d like to aim for consistency by taking my 5% Spring Challenge goals and making them weekly:
1) Shed at least one-half pound at every weekly weigh-in
2) Exceed 30 minutes in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily in SparkPeople (SP) while weekly networking with my fellow Weight Watchers
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink an average of at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Sleep 7-9 hours a night five days a week.
7) Satisfy meeting all seven SP recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly. Meet four or more of these goals six times a week.
8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word.
9) Treat myself to something fun at least three times a week (connect with a friend with dinner out (stay in calorie range), hike in nature, movie, theatre, etc). This goal will be best documented through photography and blogs.
10) Complete the knitting of skein of yarn in a prayer shawl.
Finding beauty in a single flower in the park is one thing that qualifies as a "fun thing" that I enjoyed yesterday.
Hope your goals are all in place for today and Mother's Day Weekend.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
1) Shed three pounds
2) Average 30 minutes or more in daily cardio and strength training
3) Track daily
4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
5) Drink at least 10 cups of water daily
6) Satisfy meeting all seven recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly
7) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word
8) Go to the theatre
9) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl
These prayer shawls are made for the church to give people in need of prayer . . . those in the hospital, as well as young people being counselled for marriage.
Tomorrow I'll check again my 5% Spring Challenge goals and publish my weekly goals.
So far, I'm staying the course for another successful day. You, too? Care to share a tip that has help you stay on course?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Last week, I came across this adorable family of burrowing owls and wanted to share with you. I was honored by an official SparkTeam whose city protects this species (with the placement of signage, barriers, and perches for them to light on), I was honored when they asked for a photo for their web site. WooHoo!
I’ve already gotten a 20-minute workout with a young two year old . . . more than what I might do alone to a DVD. Later, my cousins and I will take a nice walk.
Hope you’re having a terrific week!
Friday, April 29, 2011
Pre-challenge #4 for our 5% Spring challenges asks us to define our trigger foods. Successfully making the best of these situations has meant a relatively long learning curve, and will likely remain part of a life-time of learning in how to deal with these and new triggers.
My weaknesses happen to be:
1) Ice cream. I’m now a convert to frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream or McDonald’s like custard soft serve . . . and I no longer need an ice cream treat every night! I've come a long way, as I may have only enjoyed a couple frozen treats this week. This is major success!
2) Fresh Bread. Publix makes the best Italian bread. When I do buy it, I pick up the super-thin sliced bakery breads to make light BLTs, light French toast or grilled cheeses. I also now enjoy more whole grain English Muffins and lower calorie tortillas.
3) Salt. Love salty snacks (over sugary ones): crackers, nuts, popcorn, cheese and Chinese! For the most part, I have to pass by the Better Cheddars, Triscuits, and the like quickly and not even let them into the house. All too often, a 7-9 serving box would only last an hour or two, or perhaps a day or two (under due diligence), if I was lucky. I primarily buy unsalted almonds for their flavor and healthy properties and unsalted cashews (a little less often) for one of my favorite curries. I've been hot-air popping my popcorn for more than ten years. Don’t even want that movie popcorn any more. I've also learned how to eat healthier at the buffet, but the sodium there will likely always put me over the top . . . these are times I drink more water to flush my system. Apparently, what I'm doing works, because my sodium intake is currently on the low end of normal.
4) Cheesy Pizza with the works! I no longer want to even waste my Weight Watcher (WW) points with commercial pizza anymore because I can make it so much tastier, healthier, and lower in calorie. Before the new WW PointsPlus, I regularly enjoyed making “One Point” pizza slice using whole grain (light) English Muffins . . . making the six-point slices in most pizza pies a whole lot less appealing. Today, with the onset of a terrific variety of flatbreads, super thin crusts, and high-fiber tortillas, the pizza market is doing a much better job in bringing us lighter options. This has made eating out and shopping for new ingredients much more enjoyable. I've come to enjoy the veggie pizzas even more than the heavy meat and cheese laden ones. Flavorful cheese serves quite nicely when used as “garnish” (vs the fat-laden entrées of old).
5) Fried clams, onion rings, and French fries. I've learned that denial is not the answer, but eating in moderation and with a lot less frequently seems to do the trick in satisfying my appetite for these foods. I only order onion rings where three or more onion ring lovers are gathered – this strategy has served me well. I also can share the seafood platter at Perkins quite nicely. I'm also anxious to give my Hungry Girl onion ring recipe a try.
How do you handle your weaknesses?
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