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?
Walking shorts or pants
Water galore (bottles and a natural thirst for tap water)
2) What is your exercise plan?
Tai Chi and various other DVDs
Various strength training reps
3) Do you know what diet you will follow? Found some recipes? Have you stocked up on the foods?
SparkPeople recommended ranges (with minimal acceptable modifications)
Continued less processed foods
Continued less enriched white flour
Continued less sugar
Emphasis on plant-based foods
Supermarket is walking distance from my home
The Farmer’s Market is nearby (by car)
4) Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
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?
I just updated my SparkPage with the following God-honoring goals:
FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word, knit two or three prayer shawls with each 5% challenge (8-12 wks), and honor God by making faith an active verb.
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).
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.
FITNESS: Track and average 60+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week.
FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly.
You’ll 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 friend’s son perform in a piano recital:
In response to updating my SparkPage in Pre-Challenge #2, I’ve 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. There’s no going back! My God-honoring SparkGoals are key to maintaining this loss: “I 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.” (Romans 12:1)
May you develop and achieve your goals this summer and enjoy your journey to good health!