Thursday, July 21, 2011
If youíre a guy, the reverse could be said . . . Donít give up on your guyfriends! There is validity in the John Grayís book, ďMen are from Mars and Women are from VenusĒ . . . I speak Venetian while partner speaks Martian! Yikes! It was our ďopposites that attractĒ as well as our shared values that made us such a great fit, but there are times when we simply need to be with our own people . . . for my Martian, this time is often spend in the bear cave for 3-6 hours at a time.
For me, this means a field trip (getting out of the house) or possibly providing a little on-line encouragement to a fellow SparkFriend.
On Saturday, a dear professor friend (with son) and I spent the day in St Cloud (along the Mississippi River) visiting friends and colleagues we havenít seen in about three and a half years:
On Sunday, I shared my corn-on-the-cob expertise (as learned from my mother) with a friend who also enjoyed my Americanized version of picnic style Potato Masala (potato salad). With a low-carb, high fiber tortilla or flatbread, it also makes for a great sandwich with quality protein primarily from the egg whites. If I donít travel out of town, Iíll look forward to the potato masala at the Dosa King in the Twin Cities at the end of the month. So yummy and itís an exceptional lunch-time buffet (my favorite type of dining experience Ė reasonable and no leftovers).
I have mentored some pretty special friendships through a number of great outlets, and I must confess that my SparkConnection is one that I do not take lightly. This connection is invaluable and I thank you all for helping me reach my goals. I continue to reach great heights in the area of fitness (says the woman who would rather lay down until the feeling for exercise goes away), and am developing such great eating habits, I think Iíve reached a point where I can impact the food industry with my dining out choices. I do believe if enough of us speak out, better choices will be made available to us. Iím thrilled to get to meet my first SparkFriend next week.
As I complete Week One of an eight week challenge, Iím happily reaching my goals:
1) Maintain weight (now defined at staying within two pounds of goal)
2) Average an hour daily cardio and strength training (I averaged a little over two hours a day)
3) Track food and fitness daily
4) Eat six or more servings of freggies daily (This comes so naturally!)
5) Drink at least 12 cups of water daily (Praise God for a natural thirst)
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 (Doing something every day!)
10) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl. (Making great progress)
Hope youíre making quality connections while exceeding your goals!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
My idea of fitness now comes with great joy. I spent much of the day yesterday with my father and we spent some time enjoying the beauty around us. We are so blessed to both live within just a few blocks from Lake Superior: The largest of the fresh water lakes that calls Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota her home. The storms were beginning to pass by our way, so we both enjoyed the Lake and made it home just before the rains came.
Peter writes, "you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)
May beautiful people and creation be a blessing this day to your life, as you actively reach new heights in healthy living.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I am often blessed by the beauty of nature.
ďHe makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.Ē (2 Samuel 22:34)
Ahh . . . so happy! Apparently, the doe finds this a safe haven, by bringing her two nursing babies the next day.
In the 5% Challenge, because of the reputation we have in our slogan, ďTeddy Bears Rock!Ē . . . I managed to work in my full fitness minutes with quality walks and Tai Chi (Qigong for Cleansing). Please keep posting those fitness miles (minutes) and Living the Good Life points for tracking and staying within range. As of 5 pm Eastern Time Zone, we were only 178 and 185 miles ahead of the Spirited Underdogs and Firecrackers respectively. Letís hope no one on our team decides to hibernate early (unless for medical reasons). We need to remain active, even moderately active is fine throughout the week in order to keep one of the top three positions so we can get first class tour guide accommodations to see the World Fair Grounds of New York. As of 12 pm (EDT) tonight, we were only 2766 miles away from our destination. We could do this before the entire team calls it a night Monday night for a healthy sleep!
My goals continue to remain in sight. For two days, I successfully met all seven nutrient ranges and completed a prayer shawl to be given by the church to a wedding couple:
Prayer Shawl (church wedding gift)
Reach 100-lb Weight Loss Goal
Now that I'm in maintenance, I suppose I should be adding 200-300 calories to my daily nutritional goals. I'm having trouble wrapping my mindset around this one, but I'll have to revise my Spark Goals. I hope youíre meeting your goals.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Moving more, while not necessarily breaking all speed records, is a must if we want to make great headway in achieving our goals.
I was so amazingly overwhelmed by the unbelievable response to my Reaching Goal with a100-lb Weight Loss blog. I find myself so blessed to have a blog featured while in the company of so many of my friends who most recently include BigOleDiva, NorthwoodsMom8, and TheShelbster.
Put your mind to excelling at whatever you do. Join a challenge, eat better, move more and achieve your immediate goals. Your results will come through for you when you stay the course.
I love to take photos, so hereís a few more from my fabulous day yesterday. Amnicon Falls is glorious:
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit." Jeremiah 17:7,8
Dinner with friends makes the celebration that much more meaningful.
Iím so happy to read all the encouraging blogs from my team mates who are excelling at reaching their goals! WooHoo! Make your goals count!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Today I heard those magical words, after 266 weeks (thatís 5 years, 6 weeks) that I was down an unbelievable three pounds this week and reached my 100-lb weight loss goal! WooHoo!
The first people sharing in my celebration were my Weight Watcher class. My instructor, Kathy presented me with a one-hundred pound charm for my keychain and the Certificate of Accomplishment that I hold below. Sheís been a good friend to me and some of my international friends. She truly shares in my success. While I can be a s-l-o-w learner at times, I'm a very good student! I have developed a few very good quality friendships through the framework of this organization, while continuing to track, these past four years, within the SparkPeople.com nutritional standards.
Afterwards, I celebrated with the owners of my favorite Vietnamese/Chinese/American restaurant where I enjoyed a light Pho lunch and provided assistance to a new missionary for Christ by helping her raise some of the needed funds to be a part of the Campus Crusades missionary effort to begin with an internship in their headquarters city in the Orlando area.
It is now that I celebrate with you . . . my wonderful SparkFriends! Through your encouragement, support, and great network of teams, I thank you for helping me become the healthy individual God intended me to be.
I was in this journey to lose 100 lbs for the long haul . . . a lot like Spark's very own Slowest Loser. My mindset told me that if I took my time while on this journey, I might better implement the healthier eating habits needed to maintain. I always understood that the work begins at maintenance, but in actuality, the work is wherever you are in the here and now.
My goal was in terms of sticks of butter.
I wanted to lose at least one stick (1/4 lb) each week. Iím glad to say that I averaged a little more by losing an average of .37 lbs a week throughout this journey. Just as I was about to resort to the fact that I might be on the 10-year plan -- meaning that I might only average an eighth stick of butter a week -- Land o' Lakes began offering a new 8-stick pound packaging. Yikes! Then I met Shelley who got me to join the Spark Peeps and Ceri invited me to join in on the 5% challenges. My move to losing weight went right back into the fast lane allowing me to lose the last 50 lbs without even one plateau! That's not normal without the determination and persistence I'm able to provide in meeting both my goals and that of the team to travel to some pretty cool cities, while making new SparkFriends.
While I work the minutes (with many 120+ minute days), I work at a much more relaxed and enjoyable pace through tai chi, walking, marching in place, dancing, and hiking in the woods (with camera). I praise God for the strength and power of this new-found diligence and loyalty to stay the course and go beyond even my team's expectations. I also praise God for the joy found while on this journey. It's all about the blessings. Blessings to others have a glorious way of coming right back to becoming blessings to us.
After I finish here, I'll go out to Amnicon Falls and enjoy some of Godís greatest creations in nature. Afterwards, I will go out with my cousin and celebrate one more time with a light dinner.
What a glorious day today is! Thank you, God, for the many encouragers you placed along my path to success. May success continue to be yours on this fine day, week, month, and year!
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