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Preparing for the 5% Summer 2012 Challenge (Pre-Challenges #1-3)

Monday, June 11, 2012

In about a week or two, I begin an eight-week 5% Summer Challenge to encourage living a healthy lifestyle. Our first assignment is to answer the following five questions:

1) Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
emoticon Walking shorts or pants
emoticon Athletic shoes
emoticon Water galore (bottles and a natural thirst for tap water)

2) What is your exercise plan?
emoticon Walking
emoticon Hiking
emoticon Tai Chi and various other DVDs
emoticon Various strength training reps

3) Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
emoticon Weight Watchers
emoticon SparkPeople recommended ranges (with minimal acceptable modifications)
emoticon Continued less processed foods
emoticon Continued less enriched white flour
emoticon Continued less sugar
emoticon Emphasis on plant-based foods
emoticon Supermarket is walking distance from my home
emoticon The Farmerís Market is nearby (by car)

4) Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
emoticon Yes . . . Teddy Bears Rock! I have friends in just about all the 5% Challenge teams, so the competition is also a friendly one and I wish them all success!

5) Did you put your Summer 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?

emoticon I just updated my SparkPage with the following God-honoring goals:

emoticon FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word, knit two or three prayer shawls with each 5% challenge (8-12 wks), and honor God by making faith an active verb.

emoticon FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers).

emoticon FOOD: Maintain a healthy BMI. Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 12+ waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

emoticon FITNESS: Track and average 60+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week.

emoticon FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly.

Youíll see that I enjoy using the lens of my camera to capture some of the joy and beauty in my life. I am richy blessed to be surrounded by vibrant people who help me walk higher in reaching my goals to be healthy in both mind and body. Today, I walked a park along the St Louis River that flows into Lake Superior prior to hearing a friendís son perform in a piano recital:













In response to updating my SparkPage in Pre-Challenge #2, Iíve updated my profile image on SparkPeople and Facebook with a recently taken Split Rock Lighthouse image:



Challenge #3 asks us to list all the reasons we want to lose weight. During this challenge, I get the pleasure of celebrating one year of goal maintenance with a healthy 22-23 BMI range. Thereís no going back! My God-honoring SparkGoals are key to maintaining this loss: ďI appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.Ē (Romans 12:1)



May you develop and achieve your goals this summer and enjoy your journey to good health!

  
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GINGER_BEAR 6/16/2012 4:13PM

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ZELLAZM 6/16/2012 6:14AM

    This is a wonderful statement of faith and a great plan for the challenge weeks! And I don't remember seeing that last photo comparison before - amazing!



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SPARKYCARLEY 6/14/2012 11:10AM

    You have awesome goals, and you know how to plan them. You're doing wonderful. Keep up the great work. HUGS.

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/14/2012 9:59AM

    That is a wonderful list, very insightfull and you will have an excellent start to the 5%. I also can't wait for the challenge to begin.

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FREELADY 6/11/2012 11:02PM

    I can't express how encouraging this blog is to me. Your specific goals speak to me, and then those pictures! I look at them and think, "I could really do this. She did it, and it is possible for me, too."

All the photos are lovely and I appreciate your sharing them. Your outlook of gratitude and joy in the moment lifts my spirit. Thank you for being a blessing.

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OLDERDANDRT 6/11/2012 3:23PM

    emoticon blog!! Looking forward to the Summer 5% Challenge, too!! I'm a emoticon! Getting ready is almost half the fun!! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 6/11/2012 10:31AM

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 6/11/2012 9:46AM

    Oh Evelyn!! I love that last 'before & after picture'...both women are beautiful!!!
You shine! emoticon Your smile comes from an inner glow. I am so glad we are friends....I learn so much from you!
emoticon on growing into a healthy example for all to see!

love, Laura

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ESILBO 6/11/2012 9:08AM

    EVELYN, NO WONDER YOU ARE A MOTIVATION FOR ME. YOU TOUCH ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE, NOT JUST THE FOOD ONE.
YOU ARE AWESOME, WISH YOU THE BEST IN LIFE, ALWAYS.

LOVE
LISE emoticon emoticon

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READYBETTY 6/11/2012 4:43AM

    Great blog! You are such an inspiration!

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SparkTeam Goals and Success through Pictures (Part 2)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A special thank you to the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears and the Spring Renewal with the Inspired and Challenged by Joyce Meyer Team. Setting, tracking, and advancing diligently (with joy) helps me to stay focused in achieving the goals. Part 1 focused on how I fared in my goals of faith, family, and friends. Please join me as I show in pictures the attainment of my goals in food, fitness, and fun. Youíll see thereís a lot of overlap between them all, and that overlap is what I call balance.

emoticon emoticon FOOD: Maintain a healthy BMI. Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 12 or more waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

Dr Oz introduced me to a new recipe that Iíve already enjoyed and made twice in the last month. I tried my hand with a Food Channel Video recipe and made Kale Chips, sharing them while at a ďmovie nightĒ at church. I already miss terribly the exceptional Farmerís Market (the Northlandís market has not yet begun).







emoticon emoticon FITNESS: Track and average 60 or more minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.

My walks bring me to places where Iím only too happy to whip out my camera. While walking the waterfront in Ft Myers with a friend, I found the most fascinating tree and promised to share a photo taken here. I also had a family of eight burrowing owls adorning my neighborhood walks. While manually picking up sea grape (platter-like) leaves, I also found a lizard sunbathing along my areca palms. While in the northland, spring is much more evident in broad leaf trees coming out and our very own apple tree blossoming























emoticon emoticon FUN: Do something fun at least three times a week. This usually shows up through some of the photos I publish on an occasional blog.

Youíll see my special version of fun with every photo I take. Iíve seen more movies in the last 10 weeks than Iíve seen in the last twenty-five years: At church, I saw Courageous, We Bought a Zoo, and War Horse, while at the Theatre more recently enjoyed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold (which happens to take place at a city I visited in 2010 -- Japur India).

Iíve never celebrated my birthday more than this year, and naturally, they all come with wonderful meals. While home for two weeks, I visited Amnicon Falls four times and brought a couple college friends to Pattison Park.

































emoticon emoticon FINISH LINE THEME: Achieving Balance.

With this last weekend's weigh in, I satisfied reaching my 5-lb cushion with a total of 105 lbs lost and a 22.41 body mass index. At this time, I declare that my celebration of faith, family, friends, fitness, food, and fun are in balance. I'm fully aware it will go in and out of balance continually . . . that's life!

My next goal in sight is to maintain my goal weight for one year (July 14 anniversary date). At this time, Iíll be confirming whether or not Iíll reward myself with a Christmastime trip to Sri Lanka to visit friends and go to a friendís wedding.



Today I celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary. We plan to replace my husband's wedding band as it slipped off his hand one cold, wintry day, then have a quiet dinner together. I pray that we continue to grow in the love the Apostle Paul so wonderfully expresses in what we know as the Love Chapter (1 Corinthians 13).



These two blogs are my photo testimony to building and achieving God-honoring goals, while joining great SparkTeams that hold me accountable.

God has richly blessed me. May his favor be with you this day and always!

  
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ZELLAZM 6/10/2012 3:43PM

    Wonderful post - exuding the Lord's peace. Congratulations to you and your DH on 25 years of togetherness! Will you be in FL in July-August?

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SPARKYCARLEY 6/9/2012 9:49PM

    You have an amazing testimony. Congrats on how much you've accomplished in so many areas. HUGS.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/7/2012 11:55AM

    Beautiful testimony of your accomplishments!

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MJ7DM33 6/6/2012 9:49PM

  I really enjoyed your beautiful pics! Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing!

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/6/2012 6:21PM

    Beautiful pics Evelyn and lovely idea to celebrate your birthday with friends. You all look so happy!!
Many, many anniversary congratulations to you and your husband on your 25th wedding anniversary! That is a Silver anniversary...do you have that one?
Keep up the good work, that goal is in sight!!
Hugs
Janet

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ESILBO 6/6/2012 8:56AM

    EVELYN, YOUR PICS ARE AMAZING, AS YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS. YOU ARE MY INSPIRATION, CONGRATS.

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY, YOU MAKE A GREAT LOOKING COUPLE. WISH YOU ANOTHER 25 GOOD YEARS, TOGETHER.
LOVE
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VISUALLYRICS 6/6/2012 8:45AM

    LOvely blog..so glad I stopped by - feeling rejuvenated!
Thank you for sharing your Inspiring journey!!

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ANEWMEAFTER50 6/6/2012 8:42AM

    Happy anniversary! emoticon

What a wonderful blog of your journey. Thank you so much for sharing.

Best wishes to you.

God bless.

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HEALTHY4ME 6/6/2012 8:22AM

    Congrats on your anniversary, ours will be 35 this July. Some days we still seem 20 years old! lol
Your photos are beautiful and the blog is so well thought out, Glad you did so great. I am going to make my 5% this time. So watch out for the CATS team LOL

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WELLNESSME09 6/6/2012 6:34AM

    Wow, lovely read!!!
You have accomplished so much. emoticon
Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

Love your photos... and you look stunning in your beautiful outfits.
Much continued success to you! emoticon



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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/6/2012 5:56AM

    Happy anniversary! These are beautiful photos, and each say so much about your journey! All the best as you ROCK the summer 5% challenge too!

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SparkTeam Goals and Success through Pictures (Part 1)

Monday, June 04, 2012

A special thank you to the 5% Challenge with the Teddy Bears and the Spring Renewal with the Inspired and Challenged by Joyce Meyer Team. Setting, tracking, and advancing diligently (with joy) helps me to stay focused in achieving the goals. Since I havenít blogged for a while, I hope you'll enjoy some of the many photos that represent the attainment of goals.

emoticon emoticon FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word, knit one prayer shawl each month, and honor God by making faith an active verb.

I completed five lap robes and a prayer prayer shawls for two churches. For a third church family, I cut fleece for making mittens for the homeless. The third photo in this set is the Easter Sunrise Service at my husband's church at Wisconsin Point on Lake Superior.







emoticon emoticon FAMILY and FRIENDS: Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better.

So many wonderful times spend with family and friends. I enjoyed the company of my brother and family several times (first four photos). While in the northland, spent several days time with my Dad and cousin, and enjoyed the company of some new friends and enjoyed sharing some major campus milestones.

































Come back again (in a day or two) to see my FOOD, FITNESS, and FUN goals met in pictures. And yes, in some ways, Iím having entirely too much fun! Life is good and loving other people is one of the most important things we can do in life. ďThe thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).Ē -- John 10:10

I hope you're finding joy and happiness in reaching your goals.

  
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LASARRE 6/5/2012 7:13PM

    Great blog. Love the pics ;)

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PANSYLADY2 6/5/2012 5:01PM

    Looking great!! Love the hat and the scarves.


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SPARKYCARLEY 6/5/2012 11:45AM

    Wonderful post. Thanks Evelyn. Everyone looks great in the photos. HUGS.

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ESILBO 6/5/2012 11:34AM

    EVELYN, AS USUAL, YOU ARE A GREAT INSPIRATION. YOU GIVE ME THE WISH TO BE MORE INVOLVE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. I HAVE TO FIND A CAUSE SINCE I DON'T BELONG TO ANY CHURCH.

CONGRATS ON YOUR ACHIEVEMENT
LOVE
LISE
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KATHYKIM 6/5/2012 9:42AM

    You look great and you looked like you had a wonderful time with family and friends.
Kathy
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SWEETLIPS 6/5/2012 8:05AM

    What a wonderful blog and great pictures. Your smile shows through it all from the body language, and those within the pics. Thanks for always stopping by my blog and leaving tidbits of wisdom. It is most appreciated!

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NINJA-NED 6/5/2012 7:59AM

    i always love your photos and truly appreciate your wonderful attitude. and, you look absolutely beautiful :-)

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GOPINTOS 6/5/2012 6:28AM

    Love the pictures!!!


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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/5/2012 5:56AM

    Your life is filled with Joy, and your pictures show it! Great shots, thanks for sharing!

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PRESBESS 6/5/2012 2:12AM

    great pics! I love seeing pics of my spark friends. thanks for sharing!

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YIWEN39 6/5/2012 1:53AM

    Thanks for sharing your happy times with us :-) Such a variety of friends, from all over the world and of all ages, that's great! Looking forward to your next blog ;-)

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XRSIZE18 6/5/2012 1:17AM

    Love the pictures. You look radiant!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/4/2012 11:30PM

    How elegant you look! ...glowing with radiant health!!
Thank you for sharing this special photo gallery with us...

~ Laura emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 6/4/2012 11:24PM

    Looks like you have figured out all the secrets to a fulfilled life. emoticon

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Two Week Update for the 5% Challenge . . . Success!

Friday, March 30, 2012

emoticon FAITH (and FUN): Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of Godís word, knit three prayer shawls with each 5% challenge (10 wks), and honor God by making faith an active verb. The cream color shawl worked on under the Tiki hut this week is now fringed and ready turn in to the church.



emoticon FAMILY and FRIENDS (and FUN): Spend quality time (be present) with family and friends weekly. Listen better. Contribute heartily to the weekly healthy living challenges (daily participation within very good numbers).

Week One: Reported the maximum while actually averaging 21 cups of water daily.
Week Two: Measured and tracked for the team three or more meals daily.

Here I am (left and working my way around the table) with my cousin, brother, and husband.



emoticon FOOD (with FAMILY and FUN): Maintain a healthy BMI. Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 12 or more waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

For this meal, my brother grilled Salmon last week while I served up some homemade pickled beets, baked sweet potatoes and two freggie (fruit and veggie) salads. Yummy!



emoticon FITNESS (and FUN): Track and average 60 or more minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.

I know I can walk a 14-minute mile when I have to and even occasionally challenge myself to, but itís the relatively slow 30-minute mile when I get to enjoy the beauty around me that I most love. My brother and I walk the Cape Harbour yachting community, as well as the Lighthouse restaurant.



ďWhen I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established,Ē (Psalm 8:3)

emoticon FUN (and FAMILY): Do something fun at least three times a week. I try to do something fun every day. Today, fun was enjoying the lanai while knitting, making a Lavish Bread pizza, and watching the movie Pretty Woman. It just ended . . . ďShe rescues him right back!Ē -- and the tourguide exclaims, ďKeep on dreaming!Ē . . . oh my, Iím such a wus for happy endings. For photography purposes, hereís a better photo of fun early this week while my partner and cousin oversee my brother untangling his fishing line. How many people does it take to untangle a line?



Overall, Iíd say it was a very good two weeks achieving a fine balance of maintaining a healthy BMI, reaching goals set, and enjoying the process with quality family time.

I hope you have a successful theme or two going on in your weight-loss journey.

  
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MISSFORTE 4/30/2012 8:51AM

    this is awesome

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HEALTHYBARB1 4/7/2012 5:39AM

    thanks for sharing...loved the beautiful pictures!!! Your blog inspired me to look at my commitments and reevaluate some goals! Keep sparking and have a blessed Easter with your family! Smiles Barb

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PAMAPPLE 4/6/2012 4:21PM

    What a lovely time together with your family! The photos make me long for summer vacation and the challenges sound like they would help everyone lose weight who participated!

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OLDERDANDRT 4/3/2012 3:27PM

    You are doing so very, very well!!! Keep up the great work! I appreciate hearing of your journey successes and seeing the lovely pictures!!

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SPARKYCARLEY 4/3/2012 12:28PM

    You have such awesome outlook and attitude. Thanks it was very refreshing.

The fishing line thing... I think it's just a guy thing. They're like that. lol

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ZELLAZM 3/31/2012 1:58PM

    Lovely recap of your two weeks - and it's just the first two!

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/31/2012 12:29PM

    I say it has been a great 2 weeks. You did so much and really took care of your health, physically & mentally

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WELLNESSME09 3/31/2012 9:43AM

    You are AMAZING! love your blogs and your photos.
You are blessed in so many ways!!! emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/31/2012 9:30AM

    Looks like your days are filled with joy and fun and excellent company :-) Very happy for you! Keep up the good work Teddy :-)

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JAZZEJR 3/31/2012 7:47AM

    You look so beautiful, happy and SLIM in your pictures. I'm sure you're a bright spot in the lives of your family and friends. emoticon

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GINGER_BEAR 3/30/2012 10:25PM

    You are a beautiful person who writes beautiful blogs. emoticon

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READYBETTY 3/30/2012 10:15PM

    What an abundant life!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/30/2012 8:22PM

    Looks like you are having fun, and proving that you can stay fit, healthy, active, and eat well while doing it! Beautiful photos, they really make your blogs unique and a pleasure to read. Great job on all your fitness min, and your support of the Teddy Bear team goals! emoticon

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Confessions of a Hungry Girl . . . Pizza is Good Food!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

During the last nearly six years, I said farewell to the typical diet mentality that called for the denial of several foods. Weight Watchers (WW) encourages us to find workable solutions Ė to learn to work any food into our plan (within moderation, of course).

Some foods are hard to give up . . . and pizza is one of those foods. While I refuse to allow myself to return to the insane madness that I once called my norm, I do have a hungry-girl appetite for eating healthier, yet filling foods. This might be a good time to throw in another of my many before and after photos to remind myself of my incredible journey and I have no intention of ever going back:



Pizza is now one of several foods that Iíve learned how to work in my mealplan whether eating out or at home. While the sodium content is still a bit high, I have learned to 1) use cheese as a garnish on pizza and 2) enjoy my freggies more than the processed meats. These are two tips that have become true healthy habits (aka Living the Good Life Challenges) that I want to continue for the long haul. Itís part of my greater scheme to achieve balance.

In my earlier weight-loss days, before the onset of so many new and great flatbreads, I toasted two (high grain, low calorie) English muffins, which later became Arnold sandwich thins, topped with marinara sauce, red onion, red peppers, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and a dash of cheese and broiled for a few minutes until heated and crispy. Each slice was one old WW point while eating all four slices were only six points, a very filling supper when accompanied by a light salad or cup of soup.



I more recently have used these three favorites:

1 Ė Two low carb, high-fiber 71-calorie tortilla veggie pizzas enjoyed Oct 15, 2011 one for breakfast and one for lunch (Total: 308 calories, 12 gr fat, 26 gr carbs, 26 gr prot, 32 gr calcium, 920 salt, 28 gr fiber)



2 Ė Two 90-100 calorie Flat Out bread pizzas enjoyed Jan 6 for dinner (Total: 576 Cal, 23 fat, 59 carbs, 51 prot, 74 calcium, 2479 sodium, 24 fiber)



3 Ė The 100-calorie sheets of Josephís Flax Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Lavash Bread enjoyed for supper on March 16 (397 calories, 16 gr fat, 38 carbs, 34 gr prot, 51 calcium, 2044 sodium, 9 gr fiber.)




Ingredients in the above grouping include: 1 sheet (2 servings) Lavash bread, 1/2cup Huntís Zesty & Spicy Pasta Sauce, 1 oz Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, 2 cups fresh mushrooms, 70 gr onions, 3/4tsp crushed red pepper, 1/2tsp garlic powder, 1/4cup 2% Mexican 4-cheese blend, and 5 gr (2 tsp) Parmesan cheese. Layer ingredients, as listed. on flat bread. Bake on a pre-heated pizza pan or stone for 15 minutes at 425F. Slice and enjoy!

I've added a version of Lavish Bread Pizza to my food groupings as well as my recipe box. The recipe can be found with the following link. People looking for low-carb might go heavier on the meat and cheese.
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
l.asp?recipe=2084275


When on holiday, I can regularly patronize my favorite Cici's Pizza Buffet and found delight when I went online to find where my best choice was: I gave up spinach alfredo/cheesy pizza for the thin crust Italiano (two slices for 190 calories). I can enjoy a veritable feast of 5 or 6 slices of pizza with tossed salad, a little chicken soup (primarily broth), and a sugar-free beverage for about 600-800 calories! WooHoo! This exceeds my sodium levels, so itís not an every-day way to eat. Iíve even learned some acceptable picks at Hungry Howies Pizza Buffet.



I no longer make a ten-freggie pizza with loads of red, yellow, and orange peppers as it makes my pizzas a little too juicy to eat with my fingers. Iím happy with meatless! Although turkey pepperoni has much fewer calories than regular pepperoni, Iím not crazy about the disadvantages that come with highly processed meats. Anything that you really cannot live without, just remember to use as a garnish (make sure your eyes can see it as your eyes are truly the window to your soul when it comes telling your tummy and brain that youíre quite satisfied)!

Now a happy, happy hungry-girl!

Whether you respond here or in a future blog, I look forward to hearing about some of your secrets to successful eating.

  
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CRANRANA 4/11/2012 9:26PM

  What a creative soul you are!! Congrats on the weight loss, and even bigger applause for the maintenance--that's really the hardest part. Those pizza ideas are wonderful. I never would have thought of all those options for lower calorie pizza. Gotta try them this weekend!

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DZINE4KING 3/29/2012 4:53PM

    this is an awesome blog! It you look marvelous! ;-)

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SPARKYCARLEY 3/26/2012 9:53PM

    Wow! Looks really yummy! I think I'm hungry now! lol

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JAZZEJR 3/23/2012 8:49AM

    Mmmmm, Yum! I haven't had pizza in so long. I'm going to try these. Great ideas for the '"dough." :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/21/2012 3:04PM

    Those pizzas look so tasty!!

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XRSIZE18 3/21/2012 5:32AM

    Hooray for healthy solutions! I love pizza and may just have to try out these suggestions.

By the way - I LOVE your Zebra top in the "after" photo. You are looking fantastic!

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/20/2012 3:41PM

    You always have the best food pics, girlfriend!

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ZELLAZM 3/20/2012 4:54AM

    MMMMM! I just ate breakfast and now I want lunch already! I also love pizza and don't always have time to prepare goodies like you've suggested - although there are lots of good ideas here. I keep frozen mini-pizzas handy for rush meals - again, high in sodium but filling and I can dress them up a little with more greens. I get to eat three for around 350 calories.

Thanks for sharing all these tips!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/19/2012 3:32PM

    Oh, it ALL looks so YUMMY I wanted to taste each one right off the page!!! emoticon

I am so behind because of having the grandkids over Spring Break, but just plugging along, and I will eventually get caught up reading my friends' blogs. There is so much less stress with less "stuff" to do with my Sparking since I trimmed things down. I am not worrying about the points so much, and just tracking the necessary things and keeping up with blogs of my best SparkFriends. So much nicer! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYSOUL91 3/19/2012 12:27PM

    These are great ideas, made me hungy and I just ate breakfast. Thx for sharing and I will try your recipes.

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MISSFORTE 3/19/2012 8:40AM

    Thanks soooo much for sharing I too was a huge pizza girl growing up we had pizza I am not kidding every Friday night. As an adult only special occassions or at my office. I did buy the Spark cookbook had a pizza dough reciepes but I may start with one of yours above thanks so much!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 3/18/2012 7:54AM

    Evelyn, I LOVED this blog! And I ESPECIALLY love how organized and sharp you are, that you can recall WHEN you ate something! Amazing! I've learned to enjoy our weekly pizza with all veggies. If I let my pizza sit for 5 minutes, then I can pick it up with all the peppers on it. I tend to eat it slower, and enjoy it more too, when it's not so hot--can CHEW longer. But pizza is one of my 'harder' nights. I also find that if we are having pizza, to try to limit my other food choices during the day to LOADS of veggies, and lower cal choices. Last night was a VICTORY for me--and I praise God for the riches of His grace! Thank you so much for this mouth-watering blog! emoticon {{{huge hugs}}} Susan

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CERIUSLY 3/18/2012 7:33AM

    Evelyn! You are always such an inspiration to us!

I love your before and after pictures and think you share them just for me, just when I need a reminder that this whole frustrating journey can be accomplished.

The pizzas look great too, Thanks for the tips.

Hug Hug

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READYBETTY 3/18/2012 7:02AM

    I love how you've learned to change things up while keeping the hungry girl feeling satisfied. When you go to Ci Ci you can also have them make you a crustless pizza. They'll take a foil pan and put the toppings you want in the pan and run it through the oven.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/18/2012 6:41AM

    Those look sooooo yummy! Thanks for the info on how to make pizza at home in a healthy way! Will have to try this witht the flatbread!

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MOIRA48 3/18/2012 6:34AM

    emoticonGood ideas! I love pizza as well and had forgotten about all the other alternative ways to make it. emoticon

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GOPINTOS 3/18/2012 6:21AM

    What a great blog!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/18/2012 2:27AM

    Great blog !
Thanks for all your healthful ideas !

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VISUALLYRICS 3/18/2012 12:52AM

    Evelyn.....

emoticon!! You have just succeeded in giving me healthy meatless lo cal options to eat PIZZA!!! (((hugs))) How awesome is that?!

I love your ideas. I have used English muffins before, but not flatbread....must try this! emoticon

I like to make a paste using fresh basil, finely diced tomatoes, olive oil, Parmesean cheese, finely diced onions and fresh garlic...instead of any marinara sauce...t is a very different taste - but I emoticon IT!

I just top it with cheese, fresh spinach and fresh colorful peppers. My Fav!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 3/18/2012 12:48AM

    Wonderful looking pizzas! I agree, make small changes to your favorites and keep them in your diet.

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EVWINGS 3/18/2012 12:42AM

    I used to do the muffin pizza. With Bob it is difficult. He is allergic to onions and I am to peppers! Anymore we like the wheat crust with an oil and garlic base topped with spinach, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. I enjoy anything in moderation approach that SP has. For me, portion size and the food tracker have what has helped me most.

Thank you so much for sharing these with us, Evelyn! Having the pictures really adds to it.

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GLORYANDME 3/18/2012 12:21AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I am going to definitely take advantage of them. Love the idea of the tortilla pizza! I'm getting hungry just thinking about them! emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/18/2012 12:16AM

    Great recipes Evelyn :-) I never make pizza, ok rephrase that, I have never made pizza before but if I do want one someday, I'll do it your way :-)

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NEWMAC2011 3/17/2012 11:39PM

    I just had pizza the other night and found that I didn't enjoy it as much as I did in the past. DD & I made a yummy veggie pizza and I know that that's the way we'll go in the future. It's amazing how you lose your taste for things that you used to eat too much of. We're really working on cutting out all processed foods & switching to a plant-based diet which will be a challenge for me as I love meat but I think it is healthier. Going to try some of that Lavash flax bread next time!

I did WW years ago and liked that, like SP, it's a lifestyle where you can eat everything in moderation. That's really key because when we deprive ourselves we can go overboard!

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ESILBO 3/17/2012 11:36PM

    WILL TRY THIS BREAD...I LOVE PIZZA AND I ONLY INDULGE ABOUT ONCE IN TWO MONTHS...
THANKS FOR SHARING, IT SURE LOOKS GOOD
HUGS
LISE

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MAGGIE805 3/17/2012 11:13PM

    Pizza is my trigger food. But I have learned to modify and become creative. I use the Flat Out bread too and it's delish. Most importantly, I don't feel guilty about indulging in something that I love to eat because I know it's healthier, low-cal version.

It all looks good, Evelyn. I'm going to have to try the Lavash bread version next time. emoticon

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GUSGUS02 3/17/2012 11:08PM

    Really enjoyed these ideas!! We love pizza too!

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