My theme of, “Achieving Balance” is to remind me to stay on track and chose to live healthily while honoring the God who gave me this creation to take care of in Romans 12:1. When we run the good race, we don’t do it without a good plan. 1 Cor 9:26a: Therefore I do not run uncertainly (without definite aim). . . .
THECRAZYMANGO captured me here at Lupis 5K along Lake Superior. Looks like I’m running, but I actually walked just under a 14-minute mile and am just about to clock in at 44 minutes.
Being active within the 5% SparkCommunity is instrumental in developing a life-long lifestyle that will continue to show improvements in the quality of my life: I no longer use a sleep apnea machine at night, my blood pressure is much more stable, and I have improved balance and am more fit. I've been weaned off ibuprofen now for about 4 or 5 years. WooHoo!
Here are my new 5% goals for the Challenge beginning in March 17, 2012:
FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word, knit three prayer shawls with each 5% challenge (10 wks), and honor God by making faith an active verb. The cream color shawl I’ve started here should be ready to turn in to the church next week.
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).
I introduced my cousin, ICECAPET, to Pho and she introduce her baby to Baby Pho. How fun is this!
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.
This last week, I made a delicious African Sweet Potato Stew. It went over so well at my cousin’s place, we made another batch Sunday night:
FITNESS: Track and average 60 or more minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.
I was thinking this new outfit might work well with the set of three belly dancing fitness DVD’s I have . . . (no?)
FUN: Do something fun at least three times a week.
My camera should be able to capture these quite nicely. On Thursday, I walked the waterfront and enjoyed the farmer’s market and great view:
I'm so ready my next 5% Challenge while being in maintenance mode. I praise God that I have friends across many, many teams! May you all do exceedingly well!