Saturday, July 30, 2011
This waterfall at Amnicon’s Wisconsin State Park is so named “Now and Then” because this time of year, it’s normally a mere trickle (if anything). By August, it is usually gone! Perhaps this means we’re no longer in drought.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
In the meantime, this weeks 5% Challenge is all about eating freggies (fruits and vegetables). This is one challenge I can so shine at as the more veggies I can eat (with some protein and fat), the more satisfied I feel after a meal. This is one of the primary reasons I so enjoy a good buffet or salad bar and find that 75% (or more) of my plate is made up of freggies as I reluctantly forgo the bread and cracker basket.
I can most always count on my servings of veggies to be substantially fewer in calories than the fruits (which I try to enjoy in moderation). Warning: Don’t be surprised if I record two dozen freggies in any day. During the last challenge, over a two week period, I averaged about 21 freggies a day. Today, I have enjoyed a wide array of freggies:
• Spinach (5 cups+)
• Portabella mushrooms
• Green Onions
• Honeydew Melon
• Yellow Onions
• Bing Cherries
• Marinara Sauce
• Romaine (2 cups+)
• Red Cabbage (2 cups)
• Green Pepper
• Yellow Pepper
• Red Pepper
• Red Potato (not counted for this challenge)
This is a much larger variety than I would normally have in one day, but I am preparing to take holiday soon . . . so I’m using this time to eat, drink and be merry in the healthiest of ways. What a great week for a freggie week!
Have a good freggie week, my Spark Friends! . . . try to make sure you are working in the recommended five or more freggies each day. May you also find time to smell the roses (enjoy some beautiful scenery)!
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. I’m 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 “take home” 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! . . . I’m 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 you’re squeamish, if you saw the food channel’s special on how Kim Chee is made, you probably wouldn’t eat it (think fermented (aka rotten) cabbage) . . . but it’s 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 I’ve 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. Here’s 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.
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