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 you’re 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 we’ve 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! – sign language lessons (imagine the therapy here), cooking demos, bible studies, etc, etc).
FOOD: Soup is good food! I love the savory discovery I’ve 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 70’s 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 it’s majestic shores is a great way to work in a few fitness minutes.
FUN: Last month, my status line read: “EHAGFELD tried on successfully a Size 10 animal-print shirt dress at Kohl’s last night. WooHoo! I’m still a Size 12, but haven’t seen a Size 10 since my overweight days from my early teens.” They don’t call it “vanity" sizing for nothing! While I didn’t buy the dress, I sure had fun trying it on. Here’s the photo:
Hope you feelin’ the love this day!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I should preface this blog by the fact that week’s 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 husband’s 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). I’m 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 –and-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: I’m in Week Three of the Official January Jumpstart. I’m so glad Nicole gives us modified workout options. I’ve actually been progressing to the second level on many of my workouts. WooHoo!
FUN: Here’s a photo along the highway heading to my Dad’s place. No snow in my yard, but we’re 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 God’s word and complete at least two prayer shawls. My goal is to continue to make my faith an active verb – 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 Peter’s denial of him and says, “Feed my sheep.” (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: I’d like to use Mrs P’s words here when I say, “be present “ -- 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 sautéed 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 – I so want to show her all my favorite haunts! I can nearly always count on the incredible Amnicon Falls when I can’t find snow around my own home.
Hope you’re having a FABULOUS week and FEELIN' the love on this site from your many Spark Friends!
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