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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The other day we went for breakfast to a marina (this is a sea side city) and we found an ad for free spanish lessons. Well, that was fantastic. I emailed the lady and she told me all the opportunities for free lessons with a group. I definitely wanted to be a part of a group. So I started with the beginners and then then the intermediates. This morning I will try to make it to the regular 9 o'clock classes. Yesterday we went on a field trip to the Tecolote beach. I love how windy it is there and I just love to stand in the waves and get knocked over. The dogs enjoyed it a lot too and spent time just running around. Met a couple from Vancouver and told them a few hints about how to survive here in La Paz.
I am supposed to talk about my weight loss journey, so a couple of sentences about that. Being part of Spark keeps me somewhat accountable. I do lots of exercise but also find I still eat a fair amount. I have lost 25 lbs. and am stuck there for now. I still need to lose 20 lbs. but it is a journey. Spark has made me far more aware of what I am doing and I really eat in a far more healthy manner. I have gained a lot of knowledge.

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WALLAHALLA 12/5/2012 12:37PM

    Kudos on learning another language! I would love to learn is on my bucket list. emoticon

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TEALHAWK 12/5/2012 12:31PM

  Thanks for sharing! Hope you learn Spanish fast! I have a daughter who is using the Rosetta Stone to learn Dutch, and my other daughter wants to learn Spanish sometime.

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MAMISHELI53 12/5/2012 9:46AM

    I took French from 7th-11th grade (got all A's) and Hebrew for two years in college (A's also). But when I moved bakc to Rochester, NY, I realized we had a large latino population and thought it would behoove me to learn Spanish - especially since after my parents divorced, my Dad remarried a Puerto Rican. It was she who helped me get started learning it on my own. I pored over the textbook she'd given me (she used it to give Spanish lessons to help put herself through law school!) - it had these neat lines to show inflection. I practiced conjugating daily, and wrote her notes to correct. Then it was a matter of building my vocabulary - and my confidence to speak it as well as I wrote it. I'm now fluent enough that I don't need a translator when I go on mission trips. In fact, I once traslated for my pastor, and when I was explaining to the local pastor that this time I would be translating rather than preaching, he asked, "Oh, you know English?" I felt that was a great compliment! Spanish is one of the EASIEST foreign languages to learn, and I find the Mexican accent is easier to understand than the loval Puerto Rican. I kind of grew my own natural Peruvian accent. And of course, easier in the country than in hurried big cities.
I'll be glad when I can move to my beloved Peru!
May God bless you and lead you into all Truth.(John 14:6)

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MP3 Player on the fritz!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yesterday I discovered my silly mp3 player is not functioning well and it constantly wants to start every thing from the beginning of what I have recorded. Eventually it will mean replacing the silly thing but in the meantime I have 3 sessions with ELIZRN on there that I have been putting off. They are time consuming sessions so I got a bit lazy. In the afternoon I finally sat down and took the time to do one of the sessions. It was so good I was mad at myself for waiting so long. Now I need to do two of them this afternoon and I can erase them. Her stuff stays with me very well and helps me to function better and in a less frazzled state. It was after doing the self hypnosis that I finally got my act together and decided to up my veggie intake. I've known I need to do this for a long time and kept putting it off. Last night Charlie and I went to the store and I picked up zucchinis, more lettuce and spinach. So today I will cook zucchini slices and sprinkle them with grated parmesan cheese and I'll have green salad twice today. This is the way to get enough to eat and keep the cals down. I know I am jumping all over the place with this but one thing leads to another and self improvement is in leaps and bounds not small increments. Already went out and walked the dogs for about 45 mins. and then gave in and went out for breakfast with my husband who loves to do this. There is one place at the marina that has excellent coffee and food and Charlie would love to go there daily but not on our budget. He loves to have the lumberjack breakfast and I have fresh fruit and yogurt all with lots of good coffee.



Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today (and last night) I had a lot of thoughts about organization and I really thought about how it boils down to my very all consuming need to have control over my life. Rather than dislike this need I am going to embrace it and work with it. My philosophy goes like this (not really new) What I can control I will and what I can't I will just let the Almighty take care of. After all I can't control the weather, how others feel and act, the political landscape, etc. So what can I control that I need to work on? Firstly I have most of the activities in my life organized, house cleaning is in progress, being accountable is also but I have a hard time with what to eat to keep the scale going down in #s. So I have decided to make a list of veggies I enjoy and I will go out and buy them and prepare them. I need to buy zuchinis and prepare them with parmesan cheese and onions, green beans and cook them with onions. These are just a few of what I want to always have on hand and prepared. I love vegetables and nothing makes me happier than a green salad with surimi in it. I can prepare that salad for under 200 calories easily. I do get hungry so it is imperative to prepare lots of stuff to eat that will keep me in my 1200-1500 calorie limit. It is also better to stay on the light side of that. Being only 4'11" doesn't allow me a whole lot of calories. I once figured it out and with a regular life I can only ingest approx. 1800 cals a day and stay the same. No wonder it is hard to get below 145 lbs.


Need Results

Monday, November 26, 2012

Today I am up early with the goal of getting a lot done today in mind. By 6 I will get going and walk the dogs. On the way back I think I will pick up another pc. of plastic for the back window of the car. Last week Charlie backed into a tree which he did not see and it shattered. It was shocking and the "friends" whose home we were at said the husband would line up a new rear window for us but it is now Mon. and if nothing develops by tonight we will go a different route. We have an excellent mechanic who can deal with it for us so we will see. I hate being in a foreign country with this sort of problem but we are so we need to deal with it. If the first people are miffed so be it. We can't bow to others desires just to make nice. I am so tired of misunderstandings and their results. We do not need this kind of stress.


English Lessons

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Yesterday I did the first English lessons for several teens who are children on Mexican friends. First of all I had a short lesson on dinosaurs. I did not know that all dinosaurs have legs that extend straight down rather than out form the creature's sides. That is the difference between dinosaurs and reptiles of today. Interesting! Instead of writing my own material this year I am using a book by ........... and taking stuff out of it. This is an excellent author and he writes so much better than I. I have to edit the material though as I have to eliminate the swears and sex. I make them concentrate on the basic story, pronounciation, contractions, tenses and general meanings. It is a slow go but I know when I did this last year they were all so much better by the end of 6 months than at the start. They have lost a lot in the last 6 months that I have been gone. A friend in Canada gave us a bunch of Nat. Geo magazines to bring with us and the homework is to find a picture in a magazine and bring it back with an English description. We'll see how that works out.
Still no progress on getting a rear window glass for our car. Patience, I guess. If Manuel does not line one up we will do it ourselves through Rigo our miracle mechanic. He always comes through.
Today we will visit with our mexican Bahai friends and do Devotions. It is also a Feast Day so we will take care of that.
I did not take the dogs for a walk this morning but will do so again tomorrow. I felt tired so I slept in. Occasionally that is the case.

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WALLAHALLA 11/25/2012 11:29PM

    rest is an important component to our health, too often overlooked

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