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The view while walking Lake Superior is breathtaking!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

There’s nothing like walking the Duluth Lakewalk during the summer and being near the Aerial Lift Bridge.







Today, I was able to see the John G Munson come through with a load of limestone. This ship will then move up the Northshore to Two Harbors to load iron ore. Our skyline continues to also be known for its many grain elevators (hence the bible reference choses here).







[Invest in Many Ventures] “Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

Personal Challenge . . .
I tend to get all stressed out before making a big trip. As soon as we hit the road, relaxation sets in and I’m even able to get fairly good sleep while on the road. Apparently the most stressful part of this trip has happened and now I’m already quite a bit more laid back. As soon as the mail comes with the meds we had hoped would arrive last Friday, we’ll be ready to hit the road. My active worship played the biggest role in taking this painful stress away. Praise God! Please pray for continued safe travel.

I’m already looking forward to working in smaller segments of (rest stop) fitness and getting my SparkPoints thanks to my recent investment in an android HTC phone. (Thanks, Mimi!)

Freggies . . .
With the 5% Summer Challenge, I am well on my way to another wonderful freggie day for my team . . . I think yesterday’s 35 freggies may have been a record-setting day for me, yet within my 1200-1550 calorie range.

May you find the beauty in your world and may you also make sure you enjoy at least five freggies (fruits and vegetables) each day.

  
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IMIN2GENES 8/1/2011 3:24PM

    What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing!
Chris

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LASARRE 8/1/2011 2:42PM

    Beautiful pictures. Have a fantastic trip!

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RENE54 8/1/2011 9:56AM

    Enjoy your trip and I am wishing safe travels. The pictures are beautiful! Thaks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JUGE300000 8/1/2011 7:55AM

    I agree with the Lakewalk. It is beautiful. Haven't been there for a while, but would like to return before too long.

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AMBERLEIGHM1 8/1/2011 7:17AM

    Have a wonderful vacation!! I'm so glad you have a phone that will help you with your program and you did fabulous on your freggies, I love them but that's too much for me in one day. Peace, light, and blessings.

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/31/2011 11:15PM

    Gorgeous!!

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4MRSDAND123 7/31/2011 7:42PM

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures. Praying for your safe travel.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/31/2011 7:24PM

    emoticon to freggie-filled days!!!! Are you on your way to Florida? I'll be praying for safe travels.

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Having a Freggie Week . . . and enjoying a waterfall!

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
• Mango
• Banana
• Strawberries
• Kiwi
• Bing Cherries
• Lemon
• Marinara Sauce
• Tomatoes
• Romaine (2 cups+)
• Red Cabbage (2 cups)
• Broccoli
• Green Pepper
• Yellow Pepper
• Red Pepper
• Red Potato (not counted for this challenge)
• Radishes

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)!

  
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4MRSDAND123 7/31/2011 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy!

You inspire! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 7/31/2011 11:46AM

    emoticonGooooo emoticons!!!! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/31/2011 12:19AM

    I was prepared for your freggies festival after last time, lol!

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BLESSED2BEME 7/31/2011 12:07AM

    Wow! I couldn't imagine eating that many but am glad it works for you! Enjoy your vacation!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/30/2011 8:06PM

    That is a lot of FREGGIES! Way to go for our teddy team! I too thought I did well with 6 today. I am a bigger eater of fruit, but have found that adding 2 cups of veggies at dinner has been really helpful and filling. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy your up coming holiday.

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DIZZYDOC 7/30/2011 7:06PM

    Wow and I thought I was doing great with my 9 freggies yesterday. You are definitely an inspiration and I will try to see how I can add a few more to my normally low number.
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Family and Food . . . a great day!

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.

  
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NEWMAC2011 7/31/2011 1:17PM

    Sounds like such a wonderful day. And you're making me hungry for some Asian food which I also love!

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LASARRE 7/29/2011 11:17PM

    Sounds like a fantastic time. Great Blog!

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4MRSDAND123 7/29/2011 10:47PM

    What another great blog! emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/29/2011 5:14PM

    FABULOUS! What a great time! What great pics! What a SMILE!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/29/2011 3:50PM

    We've had Family Week here at my home and it has been a wonderful way to end the month before I start back to work Monday. DH has been home with DD and I all week and we've had great food/ time together too! Nothing better than that! Glad you had such a wonderful time with food and friends!

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ESILBO 7/29/2011 2:21PM

    I LOVE TO READ YOU, IT IS VERY UPLIFTING. I ENVY YOU WITH YOUR FAMILY. I DON T HAVE THAT BUT IT IS PROBABLY BECAUSE OF MY OWN DOING, OR NOT DOING.
YOU DO SUCH GREAT WORK, YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.

THANK YOU
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RENE54 7/29/2011 2:06PM

    I agree family is EVERYTHING! emoticon
You are awesome!

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SPCRAIG 7/29/2011 1:42PM

  What a positive and uplifting blog. Thank you for your dedication to your ministry of helping others.

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Sodium can’t hide from a Label Reader and daily critter entertainment in photo . . .

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Today’s labels reading, as part of my 5% challenge week, took one of my seven nutrient out of whack thanks to its high sodium (salt) content: 1 T Ketchup and 6 oz hot salsa (as a salad dressing). This one day high should not be a problem, as I:
1) Have a relatively low normal sodium count from my last medical test and
2) Typically drink 18-24 glasses of water every day

Meanwhile, most of my nutrients were within range today:
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That said, how about a look at my critters enjoying a few peanuts and sunflower seeds:







I hope you're meeting your goals. Feel free to share your love or hate relationship with squirrels. They certainly can be rascals!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 7/28/2011 10:18AM

    I love the squirrels! They can be a pain sometimes when they get piggish with the "bird" seed, but by and large, I love the little critters! It tickles me no end when one will stay near by while I talk to it, like it's listening and cares about what I say.......till something spooks it and it takes off like a flash. No good bye or see ya later or anything! emoticon You got some great pics!!! emoticon

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RENE54 7/28/2011 9:04AM

    Like your photos of squirrels. I used to love to watch them but now I live in a community were we are not allowed to get rid of the nuisance rodents and I have no love for them. They grow as big as cats. They ate the wiring out of my neighbors house. (it is a weekend home so there is not always someone in the house) They continually eat my flower bulbs and they laugh at me when I come out and fuss at them. emoticon Nope no love for squirrels!

On a happy note you are doing terrific!! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/28/2011 9:02AM

    Sodium was the one I caught while reading labels this week too! I normally don't pay any attention to sodium (guess I have never had a problem with it before), but bought some Power Aid Zero- thought I was doing well with the zero calories- only to find it was LOAEDED with sodium. I have been thinking more about sodium because I know it can really hurt as I weigh in on Friday. Glad we are living the good life Teddy Bear!

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ESILBO 7/28/2011 8:49AM

    LIKE YOUR BLOG EVELYN, THE WATER HITS A CHORD WITH ME....AS I RE EVALUATE MY STRATEGY, I WILL AUGMENT MY WATER CONSUMPTION..THANKS HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

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LISE

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IMIN2GENES 7/28/2011 8:44AM

    Great pics of your furry friends! They can be so much fun to watch and so much trouble...
Chris

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NINJA-NED 7/28/2011 7:05AM

    i'm a huge squirrel fan - they are so entertaining

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ZELLAZM 7/28/2011 6:57AM

    They must be pretty tame for you to get such good photos. Here where I live, they are quite shy. Mostly the squirrels we see are a dark red color - very pretty fellas, but I know they can be a nuisance.

Thanks for the reminder to look at labels - heading to the kitchen now.


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THETURTLEBEAR 7/27/2011 11:32PM

    Great pics of the little rodent rascals! And yay for your label work!!

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God gave me a most beautiful SparkGift today . . .

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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KATHYKIM 7/28/2011 1:37PM

    How wonderful that you were able to meet. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable visit! emoticon

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NOWELLE76 7/26/2011 10:30PM

    that was uplifting.. thanks.

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LOTUSBURGER 7/26/2011 7:53PM

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THETURTLEBEAR 7/26/2011 7:50PM

    How wonderful!

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MARTHAWILL 7/26/2011 7:12PM

    So neat to meet a fellow Sparker in person and have such a wonderful experience.You two are so inspirational.
Mary

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SHARON-MARIE 7/26/2011 5:16PM

  I am simultaneously jealous and also very happy for you! I would love to meet her.

The photos of y'all are absolutely lovely!

I'm glad y'all had such a good time together!

Be blessed,
Sharon-Marie

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PRINCESS1959 7/26/2011 3:34PM

    Really Cool emoticon

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MOMOFJTEAM 7/26/2011 9:34AM

    How special to meet a Spark Friend in person! It is so nice to help each other along the way - but to put reality to that... is even better! Loved this story!

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4MRSDAND123 7/26/2011 8:56AM

    emoticon God bless you both!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/26/2011 8:04AM

    Evelyn, I had SUCH a wonderful time together! Your enthusiasm and CONSISTENCY are such a joy and encouragement to me! Thank you for your sweet presence, and for the prayer time! SO SWEET!!!!! Can't wait to do it again in Superior!!!!! emoticon Huge Hugs, Susan

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/26/2011 6:34AM

    How wonderful to meet a spark friend in person! So glad you had that chance. I am still stunned by the beautiful hiking paths in your area, how blessed you are!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/25/2011 11:23PM

    What a wonderful blessing..... a new friend !!!

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IHAIDEN 7/25/2011 11:06PM

    How wonderful! I love waterfalls! And with new friends, what could be better? emoticon

What part of the country is that?? We've a lot of falls here in Oregon... google Multnomah Falls and Silver Falls State Park and come for a hike!
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Waterfall always remind me of "Hinds’ Feet on High Places" by Hannah Hurnard? The imagery in waterfall scene in the story is so cool! The water drops leap over the edge with great joy and no fear... and cast themselves down, abandoning self and giving all they've got to the Lord!


“At first sight perhaps the leap does look terrible, “ said the Shepherd, “but as you can see, the water itself finds no terror in it, no moment of hesitation or shrinking, only joy unspeakable, and full of glory, because it is the movement natural to it. Self-giving is its life. It has only one desire, to go down and down and give itself with no reserve or holding back of any kind. "

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RAYELINDA 7/25/2011 11:00PM

    How nice to meet in person! Nice photo by the waterfall!

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CERIUSLY 7/25/2011 10:34PM

    What a special way to spread the Spark! emoticon

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