I’m walking a fine line with a good emphasis on quantity of fitness minutes for the Teddy Bear Team while eating a little too often at the high-end of my calorie range. In the month (30 days) since my last blog, the Summer 5% Challenge reminds me to incorporate all the healthy living habits. I enjoy a smaller plate for most of my meals, and continue to track my food and fitness enjoying breakfast, water, freggies, and fiber -- all great elements of healthy living.
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. I am blessed to have many fine people and SparkFriends who I should imitate. I get to relax at my cousin's home and make progress on my knitting.
Ecclesiastes 10:18: If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks. From Hebrews 6:12: W e do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
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 with very good numbers). Photo key: See my Dad weekly and dine with cousins (#1-3), husband at Amnicon Falls (#4), Best People at home for dinner (#5), student’s Mom in Sri Lanka mailed me a purple tunic I wore to church last Sunday (#6), Festival day with friends (#7-8), and student from China enjoying my falls (#9-11)
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. Photo Key:: Onion rings (#1), Thai food (#2), and Kale and Rhubarb Confetti Salad (#3) when shared, can fit into a recommended calorie range. Dr Oz recommends a high protein (egg) breakfast for people who store fat in the belly area. I often make an egg sandwich or wrap with yogurt and berries (4).
FITNESS: Track and average 60+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week. Photo Key: Walk the Osaugie Trail (#1-4); visit the beach with friends (#5-6) walking two miles barefoot (I don’t walk barefoot); and walk the trail to at Amnicon to Snake Pit Falls (#7).
FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly. By now, many of you know that I tend to find joy just about everything I photograph. Joyce Meyer brings a little clarify into where we find joy: “Enjoying doesn't mean we live like we're on vacation but having grace to enjoy ordinary everyday life and to celebrate that - to find God in the midst of it and He is what makes the ordinary very special.” Photo Key: Amnicon Falls (#1-2), Pattison Park (#3), Home critters (#4), butterfly outside Dreamland (#5), and an old shack east of Ashland (#6)
Have a great week as our 5% team concentrates on a little more slumber as our Living The Good Life challenge. Proverbs 24:33: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
May you enjoy and celebrate the life you live.