Sunday, August 21, 2011
. . . It's just about time to hit the road again. One more lounge lizard opportunity (this time without the computer) before the chase lounge gets put in storage.
Eat well, move as best you can, and get some quality rest. I should be able to work in and post my fitness minutes for Team Teddy Bears. Let's rock this challenge!
Hope you did something enjoyable with your weekend.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
With the start of Week Six in the 5% Summer Challenge, I thought it best to review my goals to see where I’m at:
1) Maintain weight as I'm about to reach goal (WooHoo!) .
2) Average an hour daily cardio and strength training
3) Track food and fitness daily
4) Eat six or more servings of freggies (fruits and veggies) 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 God’s word.
9) Do something fun at least three times a week .
10) Complete the knitting of one prayer shawl.
While I actually have to admit that I miss the high to be had with losing the equivalent of a pound of butter each week since being an active Teddy Bear, I’m happy to report that I have maintained my weight loss for nearly six weeks.
I continue to be blessed with a sense of wonderment and awe at discovering life around me, whether it be in my beautiful teammates, in my many SparkFriends, or in my own back yard. That includes YOU! Here’s a Florida butterfly that I captured (by lens only) in my back yard:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
I appreciate the special contact I’ve had where often the revelations and meaning of life are revealed with special thanks to: Carolyn, Susan, Linda, Carley, Shelby and Shelley. I also thank the many new friends that have nearly doubled my SparkFriend listing and brought a new delightful dimension of my Sparking after getting a taste of “celebrity” when my weight-loss story reaching new blog heights.
I AM wonderfully reminded about who I am as a
1) a child of God . . . “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
2) . . . meant to make a difference in this world. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
Here’s July and August prayer shawls I have completed. My next prayer shawl is well under way.
Today brings with it the challenge to pack and prepare for the long journey back to the northland. Darling mate will get to enjoy the convertible up north for a couple months. I already have my ten-minute rest-break exercises lined up, along with meditative tai chi stretches. I will take Ceri's wonderful challenge to post as many miles as possible at the start of our journey so we can hopefully land in our first two days. Teddy Bears . . . let's Rock!
May you find the beauty or revelation in your life today!
Friday, August 19, 2011
. . . Hydrangea. I was so surprised to happen upon this beautiful specimen:
I love that they are so fascinating in that, unlike most other plants, the color of their flowers can change dramatically. Losing a hundred pounds has been a dramatic change for me. My mindset into maintenance has been a little rocky, while at the same time, remaining within a pound or two of my recommended goal. Happy, Happy!
Just as the journey to a new and healthier person takes great diligence, determination, and commitment to a good action plan, you’ll find that changing the color of hydrangeas may not be so easy. Hydrangeas can change color as they adjust to the new environment with a varying pH balance in the soil. It is not unusual to see several different colors on one shrub the next year after planting.
You’re already active on one of the best websites to good health by being on SparkPeople.com. The website below gives tips on how to change the color of you hydrangeas should you be interested in learning about the application of aluminum to the soil.
More about hydrangeas: www.hydrangeashydrangeas.com/colorch
Hope you’re making the adjustments you need to meet your goals successfully.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
. . . without the questions
As inspired by NEWMAC2011's blog today:
I'm currently enjoying retirement (albeit, an early one) and confess to have been overweight, fat, and obese my entire life (except once in the mid-seventies for a brief stint). At 261 lbs, I wanted to lose one hundred pounds, so I considered myself morbidly obese and referred to these words regularly for motivation in starting the journey. Then I finally saw one too many photos of myself where I could not apply that “skinny photo” edit to. I jumped on the Weight Watcher bandwagon on May 31, 2006 when some coworkers joined Weight Watchers.
Type 2 diabetes had cropped its head up in my family and I knew it was only a matter of time. I had already been tested and required a sleep apnea machine, as well as meds for an irregular heart beat and high blood pressure.
I was tired of having to shop at the fat-women’s boutique and was beginning to find a little too much comfort in the 3X and 26/28 sizes. It was time to make a change. Besides, if I travel to another country, I don’t want the locals to point to me and say, “Look at that fat American.”
Healthy changes I’ve made include:
1) From eating high-cheese and high-fat commercial pizza to a much healthier pizza, with a cheese garnish, over veggies on a healthy tortilla, wrap, or sandwich thin.
2) From having a bowl or two (or three) of ice cream or frozen yogurt several times a week to a 110-150 calorie serving of low-fat ice cream or yogurt a few times a week.
3) From eating lots of sweet rolls, quick breads (banana and zucchini) and white breads, to eating some whole grains, light, and skinny-sliced breads and wraps.
4) From eating the creamy soups (clam chowder and cheesy broccoli) and Alfredo pastas to enjoying broth-based soups (Pho), whole-grain pastas, and marinara-based sauces. I occasionally taste the cream soups or eat small portions.
5) From thinking about lying down until the feeling to exercise was going away, to moving at least thirty minutes a day and often four times that during team competition. I enjoy walking and hiking on nature trails the most, but a walking DVD will do nicely. I also enjoy marching or walking in place and Tai Chi.
6) From frying in my Fry Daddy weekly, to shelving the unit totally. I occasionally share a fried dish out and occasionally bake something I would have normally fried. A teaspoon of olive oil goes a long way!
7) I love incorporating lots of freggies (fruits and vegetables). I enjoyed two plates of spicy hot veggies at the local Chinese buffet yesterday . . . lots of bean sprouts, onions, mushrooms, broccoli, pepper and pea pods helped to meet most of my daily nutrients (calories, protein, carbs, fat, calcium, and fiber) for the day, while my sodium was a little high.
For lunch today I enjoyed my version of a Thai cabbage salad.
Even though this weight loss journey of a hundred pounds took five years, I’m planning on maintaining a healthy life-long learning habit to keep my knowledge active. It feels good to be off the sleep apnea machine and buying a size 12/14 now. WooHoo!
For a link to all the questions to create your own weight story, visit: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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