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The 5% Winter Challenge: It’s a wrap!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Here were my goals for the 5% Winter Challenge:

emoticon 1) Maintain a healthy BMI (130-174) by maintaining my goal of 161 lbs.
emoticon 2) Track fitness daily.
emoticon 3) Average 70 minutes (or more) of daily cardio and strength training.
emoticon 4) Track food daily.
emoticon 5) Eat six or more servings of freggies daily.
emoticon 6) Drink at least 12 cups of water daily.
emoticon 7) Satisfy 4-7 recommended levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium daily.
emoticon 8) Sleep 7-9 hours a night six days a week.
emoticon 9) Actively participate (6-7 x wk) in Living The Good Life weekly healthy habit challenges.
emoticon 10) Spend at least 15 minutes daily in the study of God’s word.
emoticon 11) Do something fun at least three times a week
emoticon 12) Knit two prayer shawls.

For my next 5% challenge, I will incorporate the above goals into my Fabulous Five goals for Achieving Balance: 1) Faith, 2) Family and Friends, 3) Food, 4) Fitness, and 5) Fun.

Today, I celebrate my SparkFriends! Thank you, thank you, thank you! It means so much to me to know you are an active part of my SparkJourney and living the good life! So many of you bless my SparkPages with your praises, gratitude, and prayer needs. God smiles broadly on you!

It’s so grand when the opportunity comes up where we can break bread with fellow SparkFriends. Yesterday, Savannah (THECRAZYMANGO) and I celebrated the Eve of the Chinese New Year, The Year of the Dragon:

I’d like to leave my SparkFriends with a health tip from today’s Dr Oz show regarding SLEEP. The more sleep deprived you are, the lousier your metabolism is. Dr Oz says, ‘If you do nothing else differently but increase your sleep from 7 hours to 8 hours a night, you could lose up to 14 lbs a year.’ Here’s four suggestions to help improve your sleep:

1) Set your alarm clock to go to sleep (at least 7.5 hours before you have to get up).
2) Supplement your diet with calcium and magnesium.
3) Tame your tummy with antacids (ie silent reflux may be pulling you out of sleep). Take for 7 days 30 minutes before sleep.
4) Sip a combo tea with valerian root and passion flower

Happy New Year, my friends! It’s never too late to write your goals. A future blog I have in my heart to share reflects how we set God-honoring goals.
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    Congratulations! Just LOOK at all those happy little red "goal met" icons!

    Celebrating a great 5% challenge with you! Hard to believe its already over...I like your 5 "F"s and may just adopt them myself, giving credit where credit is due, of course!
    2277 days ago
    Sleep was something that I gave up on 20 years ago; until about 6 months ago. My PDOC put me on meds that actually work. Wow... who knew there was such a concept! Anyway, one of the two I'm on also helps me sleep. He lets me play with the dosage (within a small range) and depending on how much I take I get 7-9 hours of straight through sleep! Wow! I'm ready to bow at this mans feet! lol Except I hate sleeping in late in the AM. It makes me feel like I'm lazy and unproductive. I like being a morning person. Problem is I'm also a night hawk. Seems breaking 20 years of bad sleep habits is harder to do than I thought. But I do like getting a full nights sleep for a change!

    I love your goals. I really need to get myself that organized and write down my own. You're doing so well. Keep up the good work! Hugs.
    2280 days ago
    I don't know what I'm doing right these days because nothing has really changed! But for the last week, I've slept like a log for a week and a half, and I've been one to need Melatonin or even Ambien at times! Praise God, whatever it is! emoticon
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  • CANDOK1260
    great tips thanks
    2280 days ago
  • TERESA159
    You listed out your goals and then you met them all! Great determination! Congrats on doing so well.
    I love meeting fellow Sparkers!
    2280 days ago
    You are my hero !! Well done !
    2280 days ago
    Congrats on meeting all those goals.
    2280 days ago
    Way to go! You have always been such an encouragement to me. Thank you!
    I look forward to reading your goal-setting blog.
    I saw Dr. Oz on the Today show with his sleep tips. The best thing I have found for my sleep lately is my aerobic class on Monday nights. My fitbit lets me know how much sleep I am actually getting compared to how many times I roll over and get up during the night. Monday nights I sleep sound. After doing 75 minutes of aerobics last night, I slept so soundly that I only rolled over once during the night. Wow! For someone with restless legs that is amazing!
    Thankful for you today!
    2280 days ago
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    Thanks for the great time! I really enjoyed seeing you! So glad we postponed it to Sunday!
    2281 days ago
    Wow- I envy those fitness minutes. Well done Evelyn. Thanks for being the inspiration that you are.
    2281 days ago
    Thanks Evelyn! I've got that sleep thing nailed down. It's what I do best!
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    Wow you and Savannah look marvelous! How fun to meet up with a spark friend! So glad that I have had the pleasure of being on team teddy with you . . . you set the bar high with your minutes! emoticon emoticon
    2281 days ago
    You have continued to ROCK and set a great example for the Teddy Bear team! So glad to share another 5% challenge with you. You continue to motivate me with your ability to get in so many daily fitness min and meet so many daily goals that you consistently track! How wonderful that you are doing so well in maintenance mode! emoticon
    2281 days ago
  • 4MRSDAND123
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    P.S. That's a great pix of you and Savannah.
    P.S.S. I'm looking forward to your future blogs.

    2281 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/23/2012 6:41:08 PM
    Wonderful that you have been able to acheive so much! Well done! Jeannie
    2281 days ago
    Just Look at you - Progress Maker!!! emoticon
    How right you are! emoticon si so very vital..... I avg between 7-8 hours/night....Saturday I got 9! I felt emoticon !! I have learned the hard way how important rest is.

    I have also learned that staying up too late & still sleeping 8 hours can be harmful.... I tried that one time.... Lol! I stayed up til 1 am ( I was reading a good book/couldn't put it down...) and slept til 9 am the next morning....I dragged through the next day.

    Here's to a healthy night's sleep! ~ Laura emoticon
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    Love this , look at you , you were able to check off ALL your goals met! How incredible!

    thank you for the sleep tips as I am lucky if I get 4 hours!

    Keep going you are great, keep spreading the Spark my friend!
    2281 days ago
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