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Assignment #1: Check and Double Check (I am so ready!)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Check Points for the 5% Summer Challenge beginning July 16!

1) Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
emoticon Walking shorts or pants
emoticon Athletic shoes
emoticon Water galore (bottles and a natural thirst for tap water)

2) What is your exercise plan?
emoticon Walking
emoticon Hiking
emoticon Tai Chi DVD
emoticon Various strength training reps

3) Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
emoticon Weight Watchers
emoticon SparkPeople recommended ranges (with minimal acceptable modifications)
emoticon Continued less processed foods
emoticon Continued less enriched white flour
emoticon Continued less sugar
emoticon Emphasis on plant-based foods

4) Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
emoticon Check and Double Check . . . This is my fourth challenge. Have already made some terrific friends and new friends!

5) Did you put your Summer 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?

I just updated my SparkPage with the following goals:
1) Maintain weight as I'm about to reach goal within a couple weeks. (WooHoo!)
2) Average an hour daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily
4) Eat six or more servings of freggies daily
5) Drink at least 12 cups of water daily
6) Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.
7) Satisfy 4-7 recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily.
8) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word.
9) Do something fun at least three times a week
10) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl.

For the joy and beauty in my life found through the lens of my camera, I often look to nature in my own yard:

Making goals is an effective way to work towards achieving the desired results we want. I hope you're keeping your goals in focus today!

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    Those are great goals and I know you will be at your goal weight in no time. I love the picture too! Do you have any pictures of your prayer shawls? That is so cool.

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4MRSDAND123 7/7/2011 2:00PM

    emoticon You're planned for success! emoticon

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FREES1 7/7/2011 9:24AM

    way to go!!! so glad you are a Teddy - you enrich us so!!!
beautiful finch photo!

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SPBETTERWAY 7/7/2011 8:17AM

    emoticon Your blog is so inspiring!
I'm starting my check list now.
Motivation level rising already.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/7/2011 7:00AM

    Great goals! I know you will do great this challenge. Looking forward to celebrating with you when you hit goal weight! Thanks for being such a supportive Teddy Bear!

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BARBARASCH 7/7/2011 3:37AM

    very motivating!! I can't wait to start ;))

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NOWELLE76 7/7/2011 2:12AM

    cool bird... did you take that yourself? I get yellow birds too around here b/c I live near a river.

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Taking time to Smell the Roses!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Simply Stephen writes, "Do you take time to smell the roses? Seriously? Stop and think about it for a moment, that is if you aren’t too busy. The world has become a demanding place. Perhaps it always was and those demands have just changed over the years. Now days, long work hours with even longer commute times, financial demands, technology changes, instant news, cellphones, emails, social media, fast food, fast this and fast that…how does everyone keep up?" Source: http://www.simplystephen.ca/take-time-to-s

I now enjoy many of my fitness minutes (turning into hours) by utilizing this very technique to stop and smell the roses. The following wild flowers were found on the Osaugie Trail that I sometimes walk along Lake Superior. The last photos shows the silhouette of my UV Umbrella from Sri Lanka. Sunscreen tends to make be tear all day, so I often walk with my handy bumbleshoot!

Are you smelling the roses along your journey to good health?

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    ABSOLUTELY! (And lately, the raspberries too!)

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MPENNE 7/6/2011 3:56PM

    It is very eye opening when I stop to think about all really meaningless things I take time to do everyday instead of taking the time for me to enjoy the simple things around me. Many months ago I was stopped for speeding thankfully I only got a warning, but I took it very seriously. Now I don't mind taking my time driving or waiting in line at the store.

Thanks for sharing.

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4MRSDAND123 7/6/2011 2:05PM

    Thanks for the reminder. Great post! emoticon

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KAT813 7/6/2011 1:34PM

  I wish I lived within walking distance of a place like that. Such beauty. I prefer to walk to my walking destinations (gas being almost as much as a gallon of milk where I am and being on a very tight budget, I can't drive where I'd like to). But you pose a great question. Do we take enough time to see what's around us and not take the beauty we have for granted? One day we may not have all this wonder that is around us, I think a great challenge for all sparkpeople out there should be to take at least 5 minutes a day and just walk around a park or a garden or even there own home and see what might've been forgotten or even missed in the hast of this modern day living.

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MISSB8604 7/6/2011 1:33PM

    You totally have a point! I try to do this as much as possible, it always puts me in a great mood!

Thanks for this!


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The Spirit of the Fourth carries over today!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Here’s some of the return to the Duluth Bayfront to enjoy the fireworks last night, as well as ride the ferris wheel.

I managed to walk myself to exhaustion today with another great set of walks . . . Anything to get out of the house while workers are installing a new living room bay window.

One of the featured attractions of Duluth happens to be the Aerial Lift Bridge. There's only two in the world like it . . . the other one is in France. I don't very often get to see it at night.

Hope you’re working it well and enjoying the view.

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KATHYKIM 7/9/2011 10:10PM

    Beautiful pictures!

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JUGE300000 7/7/2011 7:34PM

    Thank you for the great pix.


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    Wow - amazing pics. And you look ABSOLUTELY GREAT!

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SHAP3SHIFTER 7/6/2011 12:20AM

    Thank you for the pictures. Fireworks are my favorite part of the 4th of July celebration. But this year it is so dry here in the Southwest that fireworks were banned in this area.


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Happy Fourth of July . . . a Beautiful Day in Photos!

Monday, July 04, 2011

Betsy Ross was kind to let me take her picture at the FourthFest Celebration in Duluth’s Bayfront. We'll go back tonight and watch the fireworks here:

Hope you’re having a great Fourth of July, as well. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (Ps 33:12)

I worked in some great fitness minutes along Lake Superior today:

We played games:

We rode the Ferris Wheel:

We ate healthy:

and we simply had fun!

I think I broke my record of fitness by recording a total of 200 minutes today! WooHoo! Sure hope you made the most of your freedom today by making wise choices that not only bring you improved health, but increased joy! ((Hugs))

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KATHYKIM 7/8/2011 10:48AM

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Life is good! God is good!

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4MRSDAND123 7/5/2011 9:12PM

    Looks like you had a grand time in a grand city! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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MNNSAIDE 7/5/2011 5:45PM

    Awesome pictures - looked like fun! emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 7/5/2011 8:07AM

    Beautiful pictures.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/5/2011 6:57AM

    Looks like you had fun! Combining healthy eating and fitness min is always good!

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    Great!! Your outfit is gorgeous BTW!!!!!!

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Set a goal! Want to Lose 5%? . . . New Challenge begins July 16

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Be a blessing to yourself and in the process, be a blessing to others! Want to lose 5% of your weight in 8 weeks? Beginning July 16, another great 5% Challenge will begin with three exciting elements, all designed to help you remain focused on reaching your goal to lose 5% or to simply maintain, if that’s your goal. Caution: This is not a challenge for the weak at heart (sorry, no pun intended) . . . because there is a weekly weigh-in, along with daily logging of your fitness minutes and progress on living the weekly healthy habits focus. There are even challenges within challenges that you may choose to participate in.

This is my fourth 5% challenge! In the first challenge, it took me ten weeks to lose 5% of my weight. The second challenge gave me an opportunity to truly shine with 5% down the first 8 weeks and I reached the high end of a healthy BMI, with 6% weight loss, by the end of 10 weeks. I still have two weeks to weigh-in on the third challenge. I am now within six pounds of my 100 lb weight-loss goal and I have four weeks to weigh in before beginning this challenge. This is a major testament to SparkPeople and Teddy Bear challenges, since I had the mindset that I would be a Weight Watcher member on the ten-year plan. At this rate, I may actually succeed in closer to five years.

Here’s my BEFORE photo taken in 2004:

Here’s my NOW photo taken last weekend:

If you’re up to the challenge, please join us:


Thank you, thank you, thank you to all my great friends and the wealth of great resources placed before me throughout this marvelous journey. We are so fortunate to live in an era of research and information, access to a wide array of foods, and quality drinking water. Sometimes I need to give myself a good kick in the butt, but most of all, I need to give it a lot of tender loving care so that it becomes a quality vessel for my faith and worship.

Whatever your reasons or story, make on-going improvements to your health and your body will continue to say “thank you” many times over! Joining a challenge may be just what the doctor ordered!

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MLKDUD 7/9/2011 10:55AM

    that is so awesome. you look great!

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MELLYBEANS0919 6/29/2011 2:31PM

    Congrats! You look super!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 6/29/2011 2:28PM

    emoticon WOW!!

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TUDI4480 6/27/2011 11:14PM

    Amazing. Persistent hope and actions provide wonderful, healthy results. Good for you.

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NINJA-NED 6/27/2011 12:59PM

    fantastic photos!! you look fabulous

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RUFFIT 6/27/2011 10:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonMoni

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ELLEYKAT 6/26/2011 10:11PM

    You're lookin' great! =)

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NPA4LOSS 6/26/2011 12:22PM

    emoticon emoticon You are certainly an inspiration to all of us who are 5% challengers! emoticon Nola

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/26/2011 11:18AM

    You look fantastic! Just awesome on your progress. emoticon

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TWNOMWE 6/25/2011 10:07PM

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Great work and it has paid off handsomely.

Your results shows that if we commit we are going to see results.
Thanks for sharing.

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CAROLJ35 6/25/2011 9:57PM

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What an amazing job you have done! You are a real inspiration to the rest of us on the 5% challenge. I am on my third one and even though I haven't lost the 5%, it sure keeps me going down slowly and keeps me motivated. Thanks for your encouraging words.

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DIANESMILES 6/25/2011 9:15PM

    WOW you have done AMAZING !!! CONGRATS !! Ty for joining the challenges ! WTG ! I loved reading your story and the pics you have put online and the zeal you have though your one "those Teddy Bears" LOL (said by a Spirited Under Dog) HAHAHAHAHA Hey someone HAD to be. :)

I'll look sooo forward to some more friendly competition from you ! It's been so much FUN with you all ! I've LOVED having you all against us, and making us work even HARDER ! TY SO MUCH for that !!! We have benefited so MUCH ! We've loved it ,,oh yeah ! Diane,,, ML

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MAGGIE805 6/25/2011 7:19PM

    You are an inspiration! It's not an easy journey and one needs all the encouragement they can get. Thank you for being one of those that motivate and inspire other members to be the best version of themselves. I am looking forward to coming back to my 2nd challenge and (fingers crossed) as a Teddy Bear. emoticon

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AGAPEJOY 6/25/2011 3:36PM

    emoticon Thank you for being such an encouragement!!

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BEVIEANN 6/25/2011 3:09PM

    you look totally amazing... what an inspiration you are to others... I am so happy to have you on our teddy bear team.. if you can do it so can I. Am working on it. Hoping to be down my 5% from this challange by the time the next challange begins, I have 3 weeks to do it in...

Have an awesome day!!!

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DRAKON9 6/25/2011 2:26PM

    Congratulations! Your hard work looks good on you!

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SETAGOAL1 6/25/2011 12:32PM

    You are a pretty lady. You look emoticon. I am so encouraged about the challenge. Reading your biog and seeing your smile I know I can make this commit to myself too. Thank you for sharing your story.



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JECKIE 6/25/2011 12:27PM

    You look amazing! Congrats on all your hard work paying off!

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MELLIL 6/25/2011 10:37AM

    LOOK at WONDERFUL You!!! emoticon emoticonCongratulations!!!

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    What a sparktacular change!! Wow!!

I am already a 5%'er and joining another challenge - you are awesome!

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REJ7777 6/25/2011 9:02AM

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MOSTMOM1 6/25/2011 7:04AM

    Fantastic! This has been my first challenge and I've loved it. What a fun way to accomplish our goals and encourage each other along the way.

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MILLYMOLLY99 6/25/2011 5:55AM

    What an amazing before and after! Well done! I love the 5% challenges too!
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KMICHA 6/25/2011 5:52AM

    Awesome!!! You are am inspiration to many!! I love the 5% challenges too! They help me to stay on track! Congrats!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 6/25/2011 4:10AM

    Great blog Ev!!! emoticon You look emoticon in that after pic!!! Good for you. Hang in there...that 100 mark is just around the corner. You are such an inspiration to each of us who know and love you. Thanks for being a Teddy Bear trophy and inspiration!!!

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KALISWALKER 6/25/2011 3:57AM


You look so happy and beautiful. You are such a kind and wonderful person and always inspire me. I wish you all the best in the Summer Challenge.

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DRB13_1 6/25/2011 2:18AM

    You've done great in the 5% challenges and your pictures show a transformation and what's possible. Thanks for the blog and sharing your success, it gives the rest of us HOPE!

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LORIAPO 6/24/2011 11:46PM

You look like you feel wonderful!!
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MPENNE 6/24/2011 11:04PM

    Hope to be able to start in July.

You look great

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READYRACHEL 6/24/2011 10:58PM

    Dang! You look fantastic. The Summer 5% Challenge is going to be my forth challenge. I love them!

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MILLISMA 6/24/2011 10:41PM

    You look awesome! emoticon

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COMPUCATHY 6/24/2011 10:20PM

    Wow...great pics! You go, girl! You look GREAT! Keep up the good work! Enjoy the summer challenge! Spark on! emoticon

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MARTHAWILL 6/24/2011 9:55PM

    Wow Evelyn, you are doing amazingly well! Congratulations and excited for you that you are approaching the 100 lb loss Club. You are an inspiration!! Way to get others motivated.
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WELLNESSME09 6/24/2011 9:13PM

    You have come a long ways, and it shows. You look fantastic!!! emoticon emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/24/2011 8:11PM

    What can I say....you are awesome!!!!!

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CRYSLYNNS 6/24/2011 7:49PM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm looking forward to the challenge!

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CERIUSLY 6/24/2011 7:32PM

    Lady you are my SHERO! emoticon I am so proud of you!

I might add that your light shines brightly! You are radiantly beautiful !

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/22/2011 8:53PM

    You are one ROCKING TEDDY BEAR! What a testimony you are to participating in the 5% challenges! Who wouldn't want to join with potential results like this! Congrats on your fantastic accomplishment!

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    Count me in! I've never done a challenge before--what do I need to know?

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4MRSDAND123 6/22/2011 4:06PM

    You look fantastic! All your hard work and perseverance certainly shows in these pictures. You are one pretty lady, that's for sure. Thanks for the invite to join the 5% challenge. I'm excited and pumped! You inspire!

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