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April was a very good month . . . complete with prayer shawl!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

emoticon 1) Shed three pounds
emoticon 2) Average 30 minutes or more in daily cardio and strength training
emoticon 3) Track daily
emoticon 4) Average six or more servings of fruits and veggies daily
emoticon 5) Drink at least 10 cups of water daily
emoticon 6) Satisfy meeting all seven recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium twice weekly
emoticon 7) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word
emoticon 8) Go to the theatre
emoticon 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?

  
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JUGE300000 5/10/2011 7:45AM

    Sounds wonderful.

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ANDYINBC 5/5/2011 8:54AM

    Fantastic! You have done amazing!

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JUSTME29 5/4/2011 11:16PM

    That's a beautiful shawl. My mom makes prayer shawls with a group from her church too. Her skills must've skipped my generation though, I'm hopeless with yarn. It's so nice that people are able and willing to knit those shawls, they are so appreciated by the recipients.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/4/2011 8:51PM

    Great job meeting your goals! Wow, what a beautiful shawl!!! I need to learn to knit! I have been crocheting for many years, but have not tried knitting. Maybe now that I am done with my dissertation I'll have more time. Love your tips, I need to work on the cheese thing (such a trigger for me!)

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/4/2011 6:06PM

    My personal tips from our pre-challenge assignment #7 include:

1) I get a much more substantial bowl of oatmeal in the morning, without all the added sodium, sugar, or artificial sweeteners, when I make it from scratch from the large box vs the individual packages that seem more like a teaser.

2) I also use the low-carb, hi-fiber tortillas to make sandwich wraps or pizzas on.

3) I use a stronger flavored cheese. Cheese is more of a garnish than used in bulk like a former comfort food.

4) I often put curries, marinara and lower-fat alfredo sauces on Fiber Gourmet noodles (130 calories for 2 oz dry) or Sri Lankan Red Rice (like brown rice), or even steamed cauliflower instead of the standard white rice or enriched white flour noodles.

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A family of burrowing owls . . . so adorable

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!

  
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REJ7777 5/5/2011 8:56PM

    What a beautiful photo!

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MINDY502 5/3/2011 10:28PM

    Great picture! How neat!

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PAMAPPLE 5/3/2011 10:22PM

    emoticonWhat an honor for your photo to be used on the website! Good for you with sneaking in walks during the day. Hope you enjoyed the day!

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SNOWFILLY 5/1/2011 8:13AM

    That is so cool!! Beautiful picture. Thank you for sharing.

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ACROSONIC 4/30/2011 6:42PM

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/30/2011 6:38PM

    So cute, Never seen an owl family, or single owl so close before! Glad you were able to help keep them safe and protected too.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/30/2011 5:24PM

    What a wonderful photo!!!

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SUNRIZING 4/30/2011 5:06PM

    AWWWWW!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
LOVE the picture too cute!

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MOMFAN 4/30/2011 5:00PM

    Beautiful!

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RRP546 4/30/2011 3:55PM

  shold i say something stupid like who ?

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Trigger Foods . . . Confessions of an addict!

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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MAMASUDS 4/29/2011 4:08PM

    Very nice. Well analyzed. I love your onion ring strategy. We will have to find a third person to join us for onion rings some time.
My weakness is Pepsi - ice cold. Like with some of your weaknesses, I have learned that total denial leads to a trap. So, I let my hubby be in control of the Pepsi. When he suggests one, we split a can. Onions and garlic especially make me long for a Pepsi, so tonight after eating onions in my beef wrap, I chewed a piece of this wonderful mint chocolate chip gum and the craving for my usual vice disappeared and instead I hopped along on my trampoline while watching the news.

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Why I’m a Sparker!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our next assignment for the Spring 5% Challenge is to list all the reasons I want to lose weight. Here’s my reasons for being an active SparkPerson:

Just before beginning this five-year, weight-loss journey, I . . .

- Had to shop for clothes in the Fat Woman’s shop.
- Had trouble walking if I didn’t have leggings or shorts on.
- Wasn't able to get out of the bathtub without making painful contortions.
- Had to use and travel with a sleep apnea machine.
- Kept a walking stick or cane nearby.
- Wasn't too keen on seeing photographs with me in them.
- Pigged out when in a buffet line.
- When it came to exercise, I lived by a mantra I used to hear from a former Weight Watcher instructor who professed to, “sit or lay down until the feeling went away.” We would all chuckle.

I'm thrilled to say I’ve overcome all the above obstacles. However, I'm still working on the exercise mentality. I know it's good for me, but I can't say that I like it yet . . . well, maybe just a little . . . sometimes.

Having just entered the high-end of my healthy BMI range, I also want to:
- Complete my 100 lb weight loss, which means losing about 13 more pounds,
- Eat more plant-based foods, and
- Show greater respect for this mere mortal's body, which has been made in the image of our Lord.

I'm looking forward to having this year exceed my expectations in healthy living.

  
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MOMFAN 4/29/2011 9:58PM

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AMBERLEIGHM1 4/29/2011 6:19PM

    You have done so well, you will reach all of your goals. Thank you for sharing your journey and being inspiring.

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TOTALLYT31 4/29/2011 1:55PM

    Thanks for being so transparent. You really have been blessed to be free from the realities of your former body. You are new, you are better in every way and you keep hope alive in all of us.
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NINJA-NED 4/29/2011 8:32AM

    i was as surprised as andy. i did not realize you had come so far. you are such an inspiration. i, too, am working on the plant-based food goal and trying to minimize processed foods. glad we are teammates and sparkfriends emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 4/29/2011 7:42AM

    Wow, can relate to so much of this! I have no doubt you will reach your goal. You go SparkFriend!

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ANDYINBC 4/29/2011 12:32AM

    If you hadn't shared this blog I would have been surprised had anyone told me your story. I have always thought you to be a Sparkie who just wanted to lose 10 or so pounds. Congrats on the success you have achieved.

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5% Challenge Goals for 8-Weeks (May 7 to July 2)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

As of last week’s weigh in, I finally entered the realm of a healthy BMI range. While the range runs the gambit from 130 to 174 lbs, I am now only 13 pounds from my goal weight to losing 100 lbs. There’s something magical in being able to say someday soon say that I have conquered this 100 lb weight loss milestone. In preparation for the 5% Spring Challenge, I have set the following goals:

1) Shed six pounds (although 5% would mean losing about 8.6 lbs).
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 one prayer shawl

Looking forward to “going the extra mile” in traveling to exciting places with great teammates.

  
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TOTALLYT31 4/28/2011 8:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon WOW!! Well done! You're a great example and encouragement to your Spark family and I'm sure to everyone in your life.
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COOP9002 4/27/2011 10:40AM

    Way to go! You're doing fantastic!

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NPA4LOSS 4/27/2011 12:09AM

    emoticon emoticon You have had amazing success!

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