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Dared to blog . . . Planning for Success!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My Spark is back! While I'm probably singing to the choir, the SparkPeople Community is one of the most positive and motivating you'll ever encounter! I'm glad to be part of an encouraging group of friends and teams. One of the things I like about being a fan of Joyce Meyers, is she has a loving way of spanking our behinds (verbally) in an attempt to bring us back into step with right and healthy living. Even well-meaning, constructive criticism -- when done with love and kindness -- is a good thing!

I have begun my fourteenth 5% Challenge with The Teddy Bear Team (one of fourteen teams all) vying to incorporate healthy habits while losing weight with several of us maintaining a healthy BMI. I know I can do it, but my most recent history does not paint a pretty picture as my new goal is to lose 28 lbs -- to return to a healthy BMI -- in the next 9 months.

Confession: I've gotten lazy. My love for food has been my demise as I�ve returned to some of my old, bad habits. The good news is that I have learned how to forgive myself quickly and get back in the program. My SparkFriends, SparkTeams, the 5% Challenge and Teddy Bears (who are actively showing love, care, and encouragement) are some of the best external motivators. It was today's Teddy Bear Dare that suggested we blog today.

I've strayed from the foundations of my healthy eating as encouraged by doctors I�ve come to admire: Dr Mehmet Oz and Dr Michael Roizen (You on a Diet), Dr Mark Hyman (Ultimate Metabolism and Blood Sugar Solution), Dr Daniel Amen (The Daniel Plan, Change Your Brain Change Your Life), and Dr Joel Fuhrman (Eat to Live, Super Immunity, and The End of Diabetes). After joining the Florida Gulf PBS in early December, I'm anxiously waiting for Dr Joel Fuhrman�s Immunity Solution package. In addition to maintaining my Spark ranges, I am trying to incorporate G-BOMBs into my daily regimen: Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds.

�G-BOMBS� is an acronym Dr Fuhrman gives us to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods on the planet. These are the foods you should eat every day, and they should make up a significant proportion of your diet � these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.

Here are my 5% Winter Challenge goals:

FAITH: Spend 15 minutes daily in the study of God's word, knit 2-4 prayer shawls and be of service to God�s will by making faith an active verb. Here�s a group I made during the Fall 5% Challenge:

I find motivation in the following passage: "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." (Galatians 6:9-10)

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). Here�s my Dad and I after working a puzzle. I also attended the wedding of a friend.

FOOD: Daily: Track, eat six or more freggies, drink 10+ waters, meet 4-7 recommend levels of: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium.

FITNESS: Track and average 30+ minutes daily. Sleep 7-9 hrs a night six days a week.

FUN: Do something fun at least three times weekly. Below, my friend wears her new prayer shawl and we put the crowns on from having opened our English Christmas crackers! I love our winter wonderland and celebrate all four seasons!

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog. I'm wishing you success! What are you doing that works in achieving your goals?

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    Hope you are resparking and doing great.
    1265 days ago
    Great Blog, emoticon
    2438 days ago
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    2682 days ago
    Evelyn I enjoyed your blog. You have a wonderful way of expressing your happiness.
    2689 days ago
    I know you'll get back on track soon, good friend. You have a great plan. BTW those shawls you make are beautiful! What a gift you have!
    2692 days ago
    Dear Evelyn: You will get right back on that health wagon. You are such an inspiration to me and such a loving and supportive friend. You might want to look into my plan The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy. I've had roaring success with it so far and I know you enjoy cooking so you would be well suited for this.

    Check it out and if it looks like something of interest I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. It promises to reset our metabolism within 28 days and the foods are very much in line with the G-bombs. I thought I'd NEVER be able to stick to it but once you get into to it your are determined to see it through...AND you are NEVER tempted to cheat because you are SO FULL of good foods every day.

    Hugs to you my sweet friend...you are such a dear person to me I want to share something that is helping me that may help you too! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2693 days ago
    Wonderful to see a blog from you. Great strategies to get it done. Quick forgiveness of self & moving on is a perfect way to continue on. You are one of the key people who has helped me. Wishing you a wonderful 2014 journey!
    2695 days ago
    Great Blog Evelyn...love your prayer shawls, you have such a great smile, made me smile.
    2695 days ago
    Evelyn...great blog! I must say, it really inspired me! I have really been VERY slack here on Sparkpeople! I miss my friends and support. I love what you said about Joyce Meyer. I listen to her podcasts almost every night before going to sleep and if not her, Lysa Terkurst's "Made to Crave" book.

    I am really needing some motivation to just make a plan, as far as the healthy eating goes. I am basically having to start all over...although the most weight I lost was only 20 pounds or so a few years ago. Do you have any suggestions as to what worked for you the first few months?
    2695 days ago
    It is soooo good to hear from you Evelyn! Way to stick to it and get back on plan. That is what makes us winners - we don't give up emoticon
    2695 days ago
    I had never heard of G-BOMBS. Interesting! I am glad to see your dad is still well!
    2695 days ago
    great to see you bloging again .good luck with the challenge.take care and keeop smiling emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2695 days ago
    Ev - we've both got our Sparks back! WhooHoo! I love the G-BOMBS (do most of them now) and your Goals...all of them! We've both had some setbacks, but We Can Do This!!! I'm here to offer support and/or encouragement any time you need it. Let's Go teddy bear. We're in this together! Hugs
    2696 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/27/2014 12:08:09 AM
  • CHERYLL1949
    Hi, I would love to join The TeddyBear Team but it saids you have to be invited. How do you get invited? I love your blog. You are inspiring. emoticon
    2696 days ago
    Great blog and a great plan!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am glad to see you Sparked again!!!!!
    2696 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    Awesome blog Evelyn. I really enjoyed your itemized steps on how you are going to live your life. You are fry inspiring to me. I love the G BOMBS !!!!!
    2696 days ago
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    Great plans. I'm glad you've got your spark back. I think this 5% challenge is helping many of us get our sparks back this time around. emoticon
    2696 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Glad you are reSparked. Same here. Back to the basics. What I am using to keep me on track is Steve Siebold's 21-Day Fat Loser Program for Mental Toughness. One rule I made for myself is if I can't track something accurately, I don't eat it. I measure/weigh/track 'forthehealthofit' staying within calorie range and throw in a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity that I'm able to do.
    2696 days ago
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