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. You’ll see there’s a lot of overlap between them all, and that overlap is what I call balance.
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 I’ve 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 “movie night” at church. I already miss terribly the exceptional Farmer’s Market (the Northland’s market has not yet begun).
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 I’m 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
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.
You’ll see my special version of fun with every photo I take. I’ve seen more movies in the last 10 weeks than I’ve 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).
I’ve 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.
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, I’ll be confirming whether or not I’ll reward myself with a Christmastime trip to Sri Lanka to visit friends and go to a friend’s 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!