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Achieving Balance . . . Day Three

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!

  
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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/18/2012 7:33PM

    LOVE all the pictures! emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 1/17/2012 2:30PM

    What a wonderful blog - I am so loving this and to know that you have these things in your life is so nice and encouraging. I have read all three and I sm going to keep reading them daily.

I wanted to know more about the pray shawls and I am a novice knitter, so I think I am going to make one as a part of my daily devotion. I found one website -http://www.shawlministry.com/ and I got an idea - what a wonderful gift.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/17/2012 2:25PM

    I remember having tons of fun just trying on clothes when I was Much, much younger. I think that will be yet another goal for me to strive for........to get small enough to make the trying on of different clothes fun again! (even if I don't buy) emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/17/2012 10:10AM

    I think the dress looks GREAT! I kind of think you should have bought it so you'll have it for a reward! Better yet, maybe it will be on a better sale when you go back to get it! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/17/2012 9:03AM

    You are so beautiful...such lovely pics! I declare your smile lights up the room! emoticon
...I don't even know your name....just your username here at SP.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/16/2012 10:31PM

    I love the pics! My favs are the vintage one with family, and then you by the shore - just beautiful!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/16/2012 10:27PM

    You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing

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SPARKYCARLEY 1/16/2012 10:11PM

    You're doing so well. I LOVE your artwork!

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MARTHAWILL 1/16/2012 7:22PM

    Looking good Evelyn. I did something similar a few months ago. Tried on a dress, took photos and put it back . Kind of fun. Thanks for being the inspiration you are -as always.
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HEALTHYBARB1 1/16/2012 7:03PM

    Fun pictures in your blog helped me to see you and your life more clearly. Love the diaper from T-shirts ministry...Smiles Barb

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CERIUSLY 1/16/2012 6:58PM

    You were as beautiful as a child as the woman you've become. Thanks so much for sharing your precious family photo, along with the others.

I work in an office with the County 4H agent. Some of the clubs in the County along with their parents are making the diapers from T Shirts. What a great undertaking and special lesson for the children.

You didn't buy the dress, but it looks similar to the one you are wearing in the top photo. You have wonderful taste in food and clothes. emoticon emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/16/2012 6:51PM

    Love the photos and reflections in your blog! Looks like you are living life with full JOY! Looking great in that dress! Whoo Hoo! I just needed to buy a new suit (I have an interview next week, and all my suits are getting big!)

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4MRSDAND123 1/16/2012 6:24PM

    Lookin' good in that size 10 (and size 12 too!) Cute picture of the family. emoticon

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 1/16/2012 6:22PM

    you look amazing! Your skin always looks FLAWLESS!!

Great blog...I just commented on ZUMBAGIRL6's blog about a 6 word memoir...very close to your blog!

Family, friends, forever, fitness, food, focus!


I now see that I should have take one of those words out and added Faith...very important to me!

Funn!!

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SLIMMERANG 1/16/2012 6:00PM

    Great blog! You have done amazing and that soup sounds delicious!

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Achieving Balance . . . Day Two

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.

  
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JUGE300000 1/29/2012 1:45PM

    I love the snow on the way to your dad's house...I haven't seen any snow since we moved to FL 22 years ago.

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OLDERDANDRT 1/17/2012 2:21PM

    I just love your blogs! Each a gem in many ways! Keep up the great work!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/16/2012 4:02PM

    Evelyn, was the restaurant in Washburn? I think I recognize those tables! emoticon And how did you like the Delta Diner? Yes, you WERE close to me!!! Next time you come, call me, and I'll have you over for a treat on me! emoticon LOVED all the pictures!!! Your dad is such a sweetheart!!!!! Love you! P.S. Got your note sealed today so I'll be mailing it tomorrow.

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HS1056 1/16/2012 3:10PM

  Mmm mmm that pizza looks yummy! And your dad looks happy! Love the pics and seeing the snow. Living in central Florida we just get short cold spells but no snow. I too, have an issue with too much sodium. I don't add it at the table but some items I use have too much in them already. I did find a lower sodium salsa the other day so I am making progress.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/16/2012 3:07PM

    I really, really enjoyed reading your blog today! Glad you got to spend time with your dad! I miss Michigan very much! My parents say they're getting a lot of lake effect snow! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/16/2012 10:54AM

    Whoa!! That pizza looks Fantastic! Yum! ...and the snow and you & your dad! How precious!
I too LOVE pictures!

emoticon on your fitness! ~ Laura

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READYBETTY 1/16/2012 10:23AM

    Great blog and love how you tell your story with pictures.

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4MRSDAND123 1/16/2012 8:41AM

    Thanks for sharing these pictures. You are one balanced chickie.

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MISSFORTE 1/16/2012 7:15AM

    Thanks again for sharing I again and trying to balance everything out too, practicing the word, family, work, eating and exercising correctly. I enjoy your phots keep them coming!

God Bless! have a great day!

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ESILBO 1/15/2012 10:23PM

    GREAT PICS AGAIN, EVELYN...I HAD TO GET OFF THE JUMP START CHALLENGE, IT WAS TO COMPLICATED FOR ME...LOL, OR I TOOK TOO MANY...
GOOD EVENING
HUGS
LISE

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MAGGIE805 1/15/2012 10:18PM

    I love the pictures, Evelyn and the blog as well. emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/15/2012 10:08PM

    Thanks Evelyn - you too! Beautiful blog as always. You will conquer that sodium!!

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Achieving Balance . . . Day One

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!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 1/17/2012 2:13PM

    Great goals in achieving balance in your life. And, might I add that I think you are a very good photographer, too! I've always loved taking pics, but never took any as nice as those of yours that I have seen. Keep up the great work!

Jayne

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MISSFORTE 1/16/2012 7:12AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing I myself am trying to find balance in EVERYTHING!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/14/2012 9:04PM

    So YOU'RE the one who made Susan's prayer shawl! How I LOVE what you did for my dear friend! She has been so blessed by you! Thank you for being that kind of a person! I have added you as a SparkFriend and would be honored if you'd do likewise!
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READYBETTY 1/14/2012 7:21PM

    Great goals and pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/14/2012 7:12PM

    You are so beautiful! I loved the blog and pics!

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BRAVERUDE 1/14/2012 6:51PM

    Balance is everything! Nice blog - you look fabulous!

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ESILBO 1/14/2012 5:56PM

    THANK YOU EVELYN FOR THIS GREAT BLOG ABOUT BALANCE IN OUR LIVES...I NEED TO WORK ON THAT...GREAT PICS AS USUAL...
LOVE
LISE

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4MRSDAND123 1/14/2012 5:29PM

    Very little snow here either this winter. Enjoy those snowshoes! You are doing great!

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IAFARMERWIFE 1/14/2012 2:38PM

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog! emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 1/14/2012 2:27PM

    Love your goals!! What a refreshing blog!! Thank you for being YOU!

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NWILKER 1/14/2012 1:18PM

    What a fabulous post!
Thanks for sharing it all!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/14/2012 1:16PM

    You are at action. Life is a verb! Thanks for sharing :) emoticon

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RONDINI2 1/14/2012 12:58PM

    Thank you my friend. I really enjoyed your blog for today..I'm finding that I really need structure to help me stay focused..I really need to stay on top of things or I fall so easily.
I'm learning I need to take time out for me...This is a challenge in itself. But with the help with all this support and SP friends and most of all with God, my Father, Jesus my Lord and Savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit I can do it.. I know I'm on the right track...


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COOP9002 1/14/2012 12:51PM

    Balance makes it different. Nice job on speaking the truth which such creativity.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 1/14/2012 12:44PM

    Oh, EVELYN, I absolutely LOVED your blog!!!! "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." This sentence made my heart leap! Faith as an action verb! LOVE it!!!! And it was so fun to see our picture again! emoticon You bless me more than words can EVER communicate! Can't wait for our next coffee date--maybe in February or March??? I just found your address TODAY [thought I'd lost it] so I'll be sending our Christmas letter/picture to you. OR did I already give it to you???? Please let me know. My memory is just not what it used to be! ha! Love and hugs, Susan

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Confessions of a Food Addict . . . Trigger Foods (Pt 1: Freggies?)

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.

  
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MISSFORTE 12/6/2011 4:40PM

    thanks this helped out a lot!

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SPARKYCARLEY 12/5/2011 5:50PM

    Thanks for explaining trigger foods. For me, I think of trigger foods as those that give me bad Bipolar episodes... that make my mental health take a sudden and steep nose dive. Though I'm sure I have plenty of trigger foods that get me off the healthy living track. I will have to think about that. Thanks for this post. Hugs

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SVELTEWARRIOR 11/29/2011 8:31AM

    I really need to work on making freggies my trigger food!!! Teach me how to do this please!!!!

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NINJA-NED 11/29/2011 7:25AM

    can't wait to read about pizza - it's my all time favorite food, although i do make some really healthy versions.

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ZIPCONTROL 11/29/2011 1:52AM

  Wow ! maybe I need to up my freggies like this. I do love my freggies and eat plenty but this is a whole other ballgame. The funny thing is that every time I type freggies , my spell check updates it to 'freebies'.On second thoughts , thats what they really are !

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4MRSDAND123 11/28/2011 8:54PM

    I think if one is going to overeat, veggies would be the best choice. Bet you take in lots of good vitamins and minerals!

From your freggie challenged team mate..
Linda

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/28/2011 7:53PM

    I was really intrigued by your blog, but it actually supports the things I've read consistently in your other blogs. You blog about your meals a lot, so I know you love them! I too think it's marvelous about your freggie-holic self! My whole thing is eating too much, and so I have concentrated more on getting my head around smaller amounts of food. I am afraid that if I continued to eat large portions, and just substituted healthy things, that it might be a slippery slope for me because I would still be used to eating large portions and if I wanted to eat less healthy things, I'd still eat too much of them. So my issue has been to eat my own version of a balanced diet, but one that forces me to eat a lot less VOLUME of food, in practice for my life as a thinner person. It's funny how we all have to come at this in different ways to make it work for us.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/28/2011 7:37PM

    emoticon BLOG!!
I LOVE food - esp healthy foods...and like you, every healthy food can be a trigger food for me if I overindulge.
For me it's all about moderation...and being mindful... I prefer to plan what my meal is going to be...then really Enjoy my meal with enthusiasm. Yes, I still do Enjoy food!

When I am NOT thinking, then I simply eat.....and eat. LOL! emoticon

....I'll be looking for the "pizza blog"...I'm right there with ya! emoticon
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CROOKEDLETTER 11/28/2011 7:28PM

    Now I wouldn't say I don't want to or never overindulge, it's just that I don't binge when I over indulge (I don't eat a whole bag of something at one time), and when I conciously choose to overindulge, I don't feel guilty about overindulging (I save my guilt for other things). I might regret overindulging if I get that too full feeling, which I hate, or get an upset stomach. And I get annoyed when not being mindful means I eat a lot more empty calories than I want to, but I don't get caught in what seems to be a cycle of trigger food starting a binge followed by lots of guilt (and possible self hate) which quite possibly leads to another bout of bingeing.

I do wish I like veggies as much as you do. I'm working on adding more and more veggies to my diet, but I tend to have to get them in by hook and by crook- sneaking them in chopped up small into chili or pasta sauce or soup.





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ESILBO 11/28/2011 6:53PM

    EVELYN, THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT...
ILL GO ON YOUR PAGE TO SEE BETTER BUT ALREADY, I CAN SEE THAT YOU ARE IN YOUR LIMITS ON EVERYTHING...ME, I CANT GET WHAT I NEED FOR THE MINIMUM, EVEN WITH EXTRA VITAMINS...
I WILL GO STUDY YOUR MENU...LOL....TODAY I STARTED TO USE THEIR MEAL PLAN, I MIGHT DO BETTER...
LOVE AND HUGS
LISE

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SUGARSMOM2 11/28/2011 6:50PM

  gee i need to learn more ...

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/28/2011 6:49PM

    Wow, that is an amazing list! Way to trigger your freggies! I do find my body craving an apple every day and other healthy foods, but nothing like this. If you ever need a job as a personal chef for the day, I may hire you!

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Ready and Set for the Winter 5% Challenge!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

December 3 will be here in six days. Bring it on!

Assignment #1 Be Prepared

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emoticon Equipment (A minimalist here . . . body ready to work!)
emoticon Water (Lake Superior Water (or purified water) . . . ready to rock!)
emoticon Exercise (Dance, March, Walk, Tai Chi, Leslie Sansone DVDs)
emoticon Diet (Weight Watchers, SparkPeople, continued healthier eating (less flour, sugar, and more plant-based foods) to promote a flexitarian lifestyle)
emoticon 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)
emoticon Food (already over stock and within walking distance of a supermarket)
emoticon Teammates (Theyíre grand and I appreciate my friends on other 5% teams)
emoticon SparkPage (just updated)



Assignment #2 Update SparkPage

emoticon Uploaded four recent photographs
emoticon 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

Nutritional Ranges:
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)
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A dish I created as inspired by cooking with my Sri Lankan, Indian and Nepali friends:
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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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SPARKYCARLEY 12/5/2011 5:46PM

    Your photos are always so wonderful. You have a great life and great friends. I love how you never give up in your quest to stay healthy.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 11/28/2011 11:45AM

    I love reading your blog -- you always have such good goals and plans!
Also loved the pics - you look radiant!
Hugs,
Carrie

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OLDERDANDRT 11/28/2011 10:47AM

    emoticonYou are well prepared!!! emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 11/27/2011 11:37PM

    Once again, an excellent plan for success! Thanks for recipe sharing ...and thank you for being such an inspiration!

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KALISWALKER 11/27/2011 9:59PM

    Thanks I saved the recipes. How do you shread brussel sprouts?

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KALISWALKER 11/27/2011 8:31PM

    I need new recipes - 2 ways to cook brussel sprouts??

LOL I am looking at South Asian vegetarian dishes. They are some easy ones with chick peas.

All the best to you in the Challenge!

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CROOKEDLETTER 11/27/2011 8:27PM

    Looks like you are ready to go. Yay!

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/27/2011 8:26PM

    I will be looking for your guidance in this challenge, as I start the tricky balance of maintenance. You are an inspiration!

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MOMFAN 11/27/2011 8:10PM

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VISUALLYRICS 11/27/2011 7:13PM

    You are READY!!
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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/27/2011 5:35PM

    emoticon emoticon You are SO READY TO ROCK this challenge! Way to go on your assignments, you are on track for anther great 5% challenge staying in maintenance. You look absolutely beautiful in your outfit from cultural night!! So long and lean! (always wished I had the courage and self esteem to wear such pretty things from other cultures) Love your angel teddy bears- they remind me of you- an angel on our Teddy Bear Team looking out for and supporting all of us (you always know when we need your kind words the most!). So glad we are in this together, your model of fitness and healthy eating is just what I need to hit my goal weight!

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ESILBO 11/27/2011 5:34PM

    EVELYN, WITH A PLAN LIKE THAT, YOU ARE ALREADY A WINNER...WAY TO GO MY FRIEND...
HUGS LISE

PS GREAT PICS, WAS IT THE NEW CAMERA...

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