Monday, January 16, 2012
FAITH: One project this Missions Group took on was making diapers out of old t-shirts to send to Honduras. Now we cannot keep up with the requests we get from our local Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries. If youíre ever in my neighborhood, bring me your old (but clean) t-shirts!
FAMILY: While with my Dad last Friday, I came across this earlier photo with my parents and two brothers. How fun to see how weíve all changed. I love hats and would like to see more return to the fashion scene.
FRIENDS: Friends having dinner at the newest Senior Living Home offering everything from assisted living to hospice care. Their schedule of activities reminded me of being back on a cruise ship (lots! Ė sign language lessons (imagine the therapy here), cooking demos, bible studies, etc, etc).
FOOD: Soup is good food! I love the savory discovery Iíve made where rehydrating Asian black mushrooms make a great soup base (with or without meat). My breakfast today was a double serving (3 cups/6 freggies in all) of my chicken-veggie-noodle soup totaling: 305 cal, 51 carbs, 6 gr fat, 14 gr protein, 22 gr calcium, 823 gr sodium, 8 gr fiber.
I should add on a fun note, I have a policy that only original art finds a home on my walls . . . the artist here was undoubtedly a starving artist of the 70ís on the UW Madison campus of the Lake Menona skyline. Since 1987, this skyline is now adorned by a splendid Frank Lloyd Wright creation. Artists truly bless my life. I just learned that my newest SparkFriend is an artist.
FITNESS: Lake Superior is magic! This Great Lake is shared by Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Walking along itís majestic shores is a great way to work in a few fitness minutes.
FUN: Last month, my status line read: ďEHAGFELD tried on successfully a Size 10 animal-print shirt dress at Kohlís last night. WooHoo! Iím still a Size 12, but havenít seen a Size 10 since my overweight days from my early teens.Ē They donít call it ďvanity" sizing for nothing! While I didnít buy the dress, I sure had fun trying it on. Hereís the photo:
Hope you feeliní the love this day!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I should preface this blog by the fact that weekís blogging is compliments of the 5% challenge where we are asked to blog every day for one week as part of our Living The Good Life challenge. Being blessed as a visual person, I will likely concentrate this week of blogs through the lens of my camera. You will see -- in yesterday's blog in more detail -- that I am concentrating my efforts on achieving balance through a healthy combination of faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun.
FAITH: Last Sunday, I was part of a team -- taking this photo -- that prepared a community dinner at my husbandís church:
FAMILY: Last Friday, I spent the day with my Dad. We enjoyed eating out and a visit to Lake Superior.
FRIENDS: Dad and I looked through some old photos and I came across this gem from a former work associate (about 30 years ago) who now regularly snowbirds in southern Florida. This was such a fun time and I loved my work.
FOOD: I met all my nutrients yesterday except for sodium (thanks to 2 servings of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese). Iím beginning to think now that this could be my area of most needed improvement. For breakfast, I made another comfort food: A turkey pepperoni-mushroom Ėand-onion pizza on flatbread (279 cal, 31 carbs, 10 fat, 24 prot, 32 calcium, 1134 sodium, 12 fiber). I seldom order pizza now when I go to the best pizza houses.
FITNESS: Iím in Week Three of the Official January Jumpstart. Iím so glad Nicole gives us modified workout options. Iíve actually been progressing to the second level on many of my workouts. WooHoo!
FUN: Hereís a photo along the highway heading to my Dadís place. No snow in my yard, but weíre getting hit in the countryside.
May you strike balance in every area of your life.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
FAITH: Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word and complete at least two prayer shawls. My goal is to continue to make my faith an active verb Ė a living faith -- full of ways where my personal relationship with God is enhanced. I take to heart the words of Jesus when he forgives Peterís denial of him and says, ďFeed my sheep.Ē (John 21:17b)
FAMILY: When living within a hundred miles from my Father (WWII veteran), I strive to see him weekly. Before worship on Christmas Eve, we enjoyed a taste of Lake Superior:
FRIENDS: Iíd like to use Mrs Pís words here when I say, ďbe present ď -- During the holidays, I was able to meet NorthwoodsMom8 for coffee, wrapping her gently with a prayer-filled shawl.
FOOD: Track food daily while satisfying 4-7 of the recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily. It was here that I whipped up some sautťed onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes with some fiber gourmet pasta.
FITNESS: Track daily while averaging 70 minutes (or more) of daily cardio and strength training. Sometimes I think these winter trails are more about balance than they are about walking . . . as simply staying up is truly an art. This is one reason I post a lot of 30-minute miles!
FUN: Photography is one of my many hobbies. This winter has been extremely mild. HealthyBarb1 and I are getting ready to tramp in the woods (snowshoes are packed and ready) up the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior Ė I so want to show her all my favorite haunts! I can nearly always count on the incredible Amnicon Falls when I canít find snow around my own home.
Hope youíre having a FABULOUS week and FEELIN' the love on this site from your many Spark Friends!
Monday, November 28, 2011
After enjoying THETURTLEBEARís blog today, I understand that a trigger food is one that gets you off course for the next hour and you are not eating because you are truly hungry. I wish I could say Iím more like CROOKEDLETTER and donít have foods that I want to over-indulge in, but I know better. Besides, jealousy and envy are so unbecoming. (smile, smile) Because there is an ďandĒ in this definition, it may be more appropriate to admit that Iím food addict.
Letís face it! I have a voracious appetite! While my head knows better, I take the level of joy I find in eating, a little too seriously. Then again, I do enjoy a good challenge, too! Nevertheless, this means my version of trigger foods take on a whole new meaning: Nearly my entire food palette could become a part of my trigger list, sooner or later. When I exceed my calorie range, itís often eating relatively healthy foods! When I exceed my sodium intake, itís normally due to eating too many processed foods, condiments, and salt added to fried foods (or faux fried foods).
When I track my foods for a day, I may very well show a listing of 10 or more items for any one meal yet I know there are more people who eat one food item with perhaps one freggies on the side for a meal. Who knew!?! PAMAPPLE is my hero in this field. By adding groupings and recipes to my recipe box, I track my foods ten times faster.
To help me count my freggies during a weekly freggies personal ďbest of show,Ē hereís what my tracker looked like on the last day of the challenge: Mind you, I fell within most of the ranges as shown on my Weekly Progress (in case these graphics don't translate well here: my food log is public, so you can see this better on Fri, Nov 11).
Coming Soon: Confessions of a Food Addict . . . Trigger Foods (Pt 2: Pizza)
I look forward to reading more about the various strategies reported within the 5% Pre-Challenge Assignment #4.
I hope youíre getting a handle on your trigger foods.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
December 3 will be here in six days. Bring it on!
Assignment #1 Be Prepared
Clothes (I love those 80% off sales at Younkers)
Equipment (A minimalist here . . . body ready to work!)
Water (Lake Superior Water (or purified water) . . . ready to rock!)
Exercise (Dance, March, Walk, Tai Chi, Leslie Sansone DVDs)
Diet (Weight Watchers, SparkPeople, continued healthier eating (less flour, sugar, and more plant-based foods) to promote a flexitarian lifestyle)
Recipes (I continue to create and add new recipes to my recipe box for ease in tracking, like my moo shu veggies below . . . will try more Chef Meg recipes featured in the new Cookbook)
Food (already over stock and within walking distance of a supermarket)
Teammates (Theyíre grand and I appreciate my friends on other 5% teams)
SparkPage (just updated)
Assignment #2 Update SparkPage
Uploaded four recent photographs
Changed my background graphics (I Googled Free Winter Bear graphics)
Cultural Night in the Twin Ports is an annual signature event of the World Student Association. Renewed friendships, great food, beautiful fashion, and incredible talent show:
Assignment #3 What do you want to change?
Iím at my goal weight and about to begin Week 20 of Maintenance. Living the SparkLife (avid tracker) and Living The Good Life (LTGL) challenges are working! WooHoo! There are times when I do not trust my mindset to do the right thing. Straying, in moderation, is acceptable. Iíll likely never meet the health standards as promoted by Drs Oz or Esselstyn. More than anything, the biggest challenge and change that I want is to find balance.
Balance is a life-long learning element to living the good life with the joy I desire. Priorities get out of whack regularly and need tweaking and readjusting, so my goal is to remain in an active self-check mode, making the necessary adjustments, while contributing well to the teamís efforts.
Another kinds of healthy balance is achieved with proper strength training. I can already tell by some of the tai chi and life contortions I get into that my balance has improved. The first photo below is a creek and park off Lake Superior that my Dad and I drove by (the balanced rock art is a bit hard to see).
Assignment #4 Trigger Foods
This is such an extensive subject for me. Just thinking about trigger and comfort foods provide me with incredible joy. Iíve made great progress in being able to enjoy trigger foods in reduced quantities. Iíll likely address this more in a future blog as this is one of my favorite subjects: Confessions of a Food Addict! (I am a friend to these little rascals, like that below, but I cannot take credit for this particular photo.)
Assignment #5 Know your Numbers
Goal weight with 100 lbs lost = 161.2 with a 23.1 BMI
Beginning challenge weight = 156.6 with a 22.4 BMI
Ending challenge weight = Remain within two pounds of goal weight.
Exercise: I do low-impact walking for the most part
Two 30-minute miles for 1 hour = 173 calories
One 30-minute aerobic walk = 192 calories
Weekly: To burn 2,000 calories
Calories: 1500 - 1850
Fat: 32 - 68
Carbohydrates: 185 - 284
Protein: 60 - 153
Calcium, Ca: 120 Ė 200
Sodium, Na: 0-2300
Fiber, total dietary: 25-35
Assignment #6 Food, Fridge, and Pantry Planning
Being that this is my sixth 5% challenge, Iím so ready. I have an arsenal of good food on hand and within walking distance.
Iíll probably make a trip to one of several Asian Food Stores in Twin Cities in the next two months to restock those items (legumes, lentils and spices) not available in the Twin Ports. I tie this in with a visit with valued friends so it helps me keep my other priorities in balance.
I continue to add new recipes to my recipe box so that tracking continues to be made a little easier with each challenge. I know more people who enjoy plant-based foods and am so enjoying the addition of new recipes to my portfolio. I would never have thought I would cook up Brussels sprouts in two ways . . . and love them! Iím new to Brussels sprouts, so to enjoy and create a dish was pretty exciting!
From SWEETLIPS (team leader, Inspired by Joyce Meyer)
A dish I created as inspired by cooking with my Sri Lankan, Indian and Nepali friends:
In order to be totally prepared for Saturday, we should know what our first weekly challenge will be as freggies and fiber LTGL challenges require a little different shopping.
Ready and set! . . . just waiting for the GO! Hope your plans are coming together nicely.
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