We have uniquely different journeys while taking control of our health. Lately, I canít seem to shake this tendency to hold deep a mentality where I live to eat (vs eat to live). Will I ever break myself of this mentality? This makes my relationship with food on the cusp of an abusive one.
On April 21, 2011, I celebrated the entry into the range of a healthy BMI. WooHoo! On July 16, 2011, I celebrated reaching my goal weight having lost 100 lbs with a 23.1 BMI.
My before-and-after photo as taken at Glensheen Mansion (Duluth MN) and Lake Millicent (Iron River WI).
Even when I overeat, I tend to splurge more within the realm of the healthier foods. More recently, however, Iíve noticed the addition of my making less healthy choices with both greater frequency and quantity. Ouch! For the first time in nearly 18 months, I exceeded a healthy BMI (25.25), albeit, for only a few days!.
I canít tell you how relieved I am to be back on track and already enjoying a 24.53 BMI. I praise God for a strong faith and for you and my many Spark friends! I am also grateful for the friendly competition within my current SparkTeam challenges (Fall 5% Challenge, Teddy Bear Team, and the Jingle Bell Challenge) and the incredible impact of being in the Spotlight has when oneís team mates overwhelm me with such inspiring words of wisdom on my SparkPage! There is such power in the written word and in sharing one heart!
Hereís a look at my Faith, Family, Friends, Food, Fitness, and Fun goals as seen through the lens of my camera this past week:
Our newest student from Sri Lanka and I enjoy a Facebook moment on our smart phone while listening to the Jazz Band perform during lunch on campus.
Tuesdayís Missions Group celebrates a quarterly birthday!
Dad and I enjoy fall in Bayfield, WI
Dad and I enjoy the Pike Lake Chain in Iron River (WI) where I spent many fine days in my youth and two-week honeymoon
My cousin and I dine at Delta Diner near Iron River WI
Baking Night (Oct 4) for an Oct 5 Christian program for International and Study Abroad students and their friends
Peeled over 60 eggs and roasted about 8 lbs of garden-fresh red potatoes for this curry dish shared for an International Night of Christian Fellowship. The top I'm wearing is a gift from the Mother of the Sri Lankan student photographed next to me. I am so blessed by my international connections!
Three great visits to Waterfalls this week:
Little Manitou Falls, Pattison Park with my cousin
Iron River: What a view!
My greatest faith-based incentive to improved health is found in the following verse:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)
(19) Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, (20) You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a] preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
Please stay as true as you can to your goals! Hitting the reboot can be most welcoming. Thanks for your support! Thank you, SparkTeam leaders, for beginning a new set of challenges.