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Relishing the Team Challenges while Getting Back on Track! (a photo journal)

Monday, October 08, 2012

We have uniquely different journeys while taking control of our health. Lately, I can’t 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, I’ve 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 can’t 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 one’s 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!

Here’s 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.

Tuesday’s 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:

Amnicon Falls

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.
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    Lovely......lovely blog, Evelyn! ....::::what a blessing to be internationally connected! Love your scripture!
    I know the Lord through His time will enable you to see a change of mind in relationship to food. I think of you as the Veggie Queen! emoticon
    2944 days ago
    Beautiful Life, so inspiring! emoticon emoticon
    2944 days ago
    I just REVELED in your beautiful pictures and each time I see your beaming smile...I smile back! emoticon At the computer screen no less!

    Perhaps if you eat smaller portions closer together it will keep your metabolism stoked and not so looking forward to the next big meal. I find that when I am under nourished from too long of a period between eating I always eat larger portions than I really should.

    I tell myself I can have this big helping because I haven't eaten lunch...it really doesn't cut it. Also too...you have to be a real super sleuth about processed foods. I swear they sneak in some chemical or additive that MAKES your body crave MORE!

    I immediately lost about 10 pounds once I dumped diet Coke and ALL sodas from my eating menu. They are chemical DEATH! That is one promise I have kept for almost 3 years now...NO soda EVER shall pass my lips again! You start with one..and there you go again.

    Here's what has been giving me a pound or two weight loss per week. I've only started this regimen but so far so good!

    Swings in my blood sugar is what my problem was sooo I've been doing this to avoid them.

    Sugar and artificial sweeteners...GONE

    I've been combining good sources of protein(fish, organic eggs, lean poultry, nuts, legumes) with small amounts of good fats EVOO, unrefined coconut oil, olives, nuts (no peanuts), seeds, avocados)and good carbs (beans, veggies (mostly green)whole grains, and sometimes a little fruit..but you have to be careful even fruit can trigger
    me to go full out carb binge.

    I'm really careful to avoid liquid calories, they drive my appetite.

    I have a protein breakfast and love my protein shakes...quick easy DONE! I posted a yummy shake recipe a few days back.

    I try my best to eat something protein every 3-4 hours..this keeps me satisfied and I don't get over hungry and then eat WAY too big of a portion.

    I try to stop eating anything around 7 p.m.

    I'm always stressed and stress triggers our appetite so I try deep breathing, meditation which I'm HORRIBLE at but keep trying, or some simple yoga.

    Lots of time you can have food allergies to the VERY things that you love the most. Try avoiding gluten and dairy for a few days and see if it stops cravings.

    I'm moving more and it's GREAT! I try REALLY hard for about 15,000 steps per day and of course I take that loonnnnng staircase at work many times a day helping customers. I know you are GREAT on exercise!

    I need at LEAST 8 hours of sleep at night..otherwise I'm cranky and looking for food comforts.

    I'm really concentrating on my omega 3 fats (I add 2 T of ground flaxseed to my shakes..helps immensely) Low Vit D levels can trigger appetite so make sure you are getting max levels daily. Cravings control can also be helped by L-glutamine, chromium, alpha lipoid acid, dl-phenylalaine, N-actyl-cystein and my MOST favorite super fiber PGX.

    I've been forgoing my coveted glass of red wine with my evening meal for a while...more liquid calories GONE. But..you can bet your bippy once I get back to a weight I'm comfortable with...I'll work those 100 calories back in! emoticon

    Hope this might help...oh my goodness...I think I've just written my next blog...on your page! emoticon

    2944 days ago
    How wonderful reading this blog made me feel. You have a value giving life and you immense love for others shines through. I am incredibly blessed each and every time you comment on my blogs. Thank you.

    I love your most recent comment, so I am challenging my self to 20-30 servings of freggies today. I find that as I am being led to health, it is those small things that allow us to heal. I know at one time, I could eat my servings share in processed foods as well as candy - so I can do all things positive, glorifying to God who strengthens me, heals me , keeps me from danger as He watches over me
    2957 days ago
    Beautiful pictures and a beautiful blog from a wonderful Lady!!!!
    2973 days ago
    Enjoyed the pictures! I love the competition of the challenges also.
    JINGLE emoticon JINGLE and I got put a cheer in for the emoticon 's!
    2973 days ago
    Great pictures and welcome back to the healthy BMI range!
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    Fantastic Blog!

    I had to stop by and read your blog...you always inspire me in so many ways.

    When I feel down for what ever reason, I come and visit your page and read your blogs. They lift me up in spirit and give me much hope.

    Love your photos...you always look lovely.

    I'm very thankful to have met you as a Spark Friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2974 days ago
    What joyful pictures--and what a joyful message. Of course! emoticon
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  • YIWEN39
    What a great blog Evelyn, and such beautiful pictures too! Your life seems full of joy and opportunities to share, that's fantastic.
    Keep up the great work :-)
    2974 days ago
    What an inspiring blog! Like you, I have that same love/hate relationship with food -- it's definitely a major part of my life and hard to break. See you in the 5% challenge! Your fellow Teddy Bear...
    2974 days ago
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    WOW! what an awesome blog, thank you for sharing your success! your pictures are amazing.

    yes eat to live is on my priorities. I love trying all new healthy recipes.

    Wow peeling all those eggs? your fingers must of been prunes? LOL
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    emoticon LISE emoticon
    2974 days ago
    Great post! Thanks for sharing!
    2974 days ago
    I always enjoy your blogs. The pictures are always so beautiful. I especially like the Iron River view. Glad you're back in that healthy range. Congratulations. I'm glad for the challenges, too. Somehow they keep me more mindful of what I'm on Spark to do. emoticon
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  • MJ7DM33
    You look so happy in the pics! Your smile is so genuine! emoticon You are so right about Iron River, the view is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
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    emoticon Thank you for sharing your goals thru your camera lens. How beautiful!
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    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 6:53:51 PM
    You are truly emoticon . What an inspiration! Thank you for being a truly emoticon
    2974 days ago
    You look wonderful and best of all HAPPY!! I think that we have to resolve to use tracking and/or journalising, always. It's so easy to gradually slip back to old eating patterns in a world where everything is available and there are so many choices.

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