Friday, July 29, 2011
My status line yesterday said it all: EHAGFELD is planning a day of family and food with breakfast date with mate, lunch with my missions group, and dinner with Dad and cousins at the Happy Panda! Making quality connections count!
Breakfast with my love really was within reason at about 400 calories: 2 eggs, 2 bacon and a dry English muffin with coffee and water.
Before lunch, my weekly weigh-in at my weight watcher class while being in Week Two of a six-week maintenance plan. Iím right within the target weight I need to remain at! Lunch came in at about 500 calories and was Moo Sho Pork where I enjoyed one light lunch amidst some great conversation with two friends in my missions group friends. I have possibly two or three meals in my ďtake homeĒ meal for the home later. My group specialized in making mittens. We made about 500 pair of mittens during one ministry year. Last January, some of our group made pies for a community dinner:
My cousin and I linked up with my Dad before dinner to review old family photos and verify people, place and stories. My dad had taken several of the photos my cousin had scanned from a visit with his sister. How cool is that! . . . Iím carry a family tradition of photography. (smile, smile . . . I guess we all are with as many digital camera as there are these days.)
I really do believe I must have been born with chop sticks in my hand (snicker, snicker). I love Asian food of all kinds and tonight, I got to enjoy a plate where 75% of my two plates was made up of veggies while my meat was a basic chicken that I dipped in a spicy hot chili paste with a little soy sauce. So yummy! Near the dessert table, I nearly missed the Kim Chee, a Korean pickled cabbage staple at just about every meal . . . so Good! Caution: If youíre squeamish, if you saw the food channelís special on how Kim Chee is made, you probably wouldnít eat it (think fermented (aka rotten) cabbage) . . . but itís oh so good! By the way, the dessert I picked up was for my Dad. I figure I ate about 600 calories and only exceeded one of my monitored nutrients with nearly a two day supply: sodium.
Families are the foundation for how we live life and grow our core values within the faiths we actively express. May you celebrate the blessings in your family.
Monday, July 25, 2011
. . . And her name is NorthwoodsMom8!
NorthwoodsMom8 is the first SparkFriend Iíve been able to meet in person. Together, we broke bread, shared SparkPeople and our SparkJourney, met new friends (dining nearby and also on a weight loss journey), and last (but not least) prayed together. Our God is truly an awesome God!
Afterwards, I stopped by Amnicon Falls and hiked the area. Hereís a new waterfalls that I have yet to show on my SparkPages. Welcome to Snake Pit Falls.
In Ezekiel 34:26, we are promised "showers of blessings." God blessed our lives today. I have every confidence that God will continue to place key people in our path.
I hope you have special people in your life who are a blessing.
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.
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