Sunday, July 10, 2011
In responding to a 5% Summer Challenge, our assignment was to write about why we want to lose weight. This list is not prioritized.
1) Because I can. So many people proclaimed from the rooftops that, ďAfter you turn 50, losing this much weight just isn't either feasible or possible.Ē Sounds like a good challenge to me! I know I can do this, but I chose to do it s-l-o-w in an attempt to help me KEEP it off. I do believe this was a wise strategy.
2) With early retirement around the corner, I want to be able to travel to some of the countries so many of my friends, former classmates, and school colleagues call home: Japan, Peru, and China (loves that began when I attended campus in the 70ís), Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, and Nepal (most recent university graduates, many of whom are working in this country or attending graduate school).
3) One of my biggest motivators was this mentality: The last thing I want to hear overseas are these words, ďLook at that fat American, over there!Ē Letís face it, America has become the face of obesity. I always dreamed I might perform Tai Chi in a public park in China. May 31, 2006 was the time that I took a stand to change this cycle of weight gain and I just recently celebrated my five-year anniversary with a healthy BMI.
4) I want to improve my health. In the past five years, Iíve put the 3-pronged cane back in the closet, disconnected the sleep apnea machine, lessened the acid blocker prescribe me (in half), and lowered my heart meds to a half minimum dose. Big WooHoo!
5) Take personal responsibility for a body which I ultimately believe belongs to the God of my living faith. This body is the foundation for sharing my worship, praise, and thanksgiving. I cannot do this very well as a morbidly obese person. Now is the time to be able to do, with much more ease, that which God has planned for me to do.
Now that Iím within three pounds of losing one hundred pounds, Iím excited to use this challenge to grow a level of fitness that Iíve been missing all my life, grow my intimate relationship with God, and eat much more nutritionally sound meals.
Hereís my sometimes secret confession, I donít recognize myself as either of the before and after people that have become my personal testimony. All too often, I consider myself fat. I really need to change this mind set. This challenge and following the example of some wonderful long-time SparkFriends like Maartjebol and Northwoodsmom8 and some newer folks Iím meeting in a maintenance SparkTeam (Momfan, Janetelizabeth1, ReynJanet, etc), will help me put my mind set in perspective.
Iíve pretty much been fat or obese all my life with the exception of a brief time in the mid 70ís. Itís time for a reality check and Iím hoping this 5% challenge and monthly fitness minutes done in primarily maintenance mode is just what the doctor ordered!
How are you doing in meeting your goals? Care to share a secret to your success?
Saturday, July 09, 2011
A little walk on the wild side brings a little excitement to any day of mine. Sometimes my walk on the wild side has a little more wildlife than I expected. One such weekend was during our family reunion, one fox was preening the other in the back yard.
A doe and her fawn frolicked in the yard of my brotherís place in the Milwaukee area.
Are you noticing a little wildlife in your area?
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?
Walking shorts or pants
Water galore (bottles and a natural thirst for tap water)
2) What is your exercise plan?
Tai Chi DVD
Various strength training reps
3) Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
SparkPeople recommended ranges (with minimal acceptable modifications)
Continued less processed foods
Continued less enriched white flour
Continued less sugar
Emphasis on plant-based foods
4) Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
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 Godís 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!
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 arenít 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 thatÖhow 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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