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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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
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


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ZIPCONTROL 6/11/2012 6:33AM

  You are my hero !! emoticon

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READYBETTY 6/11/2012 4:43AM

    Great blog! You are such an inspiration!

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