Saturday, July 12, 2014
I had quite a scare last week. My boss at the language school decided they couldn't do without me and denied my vacation request after I had already booked my flight (July 22 to August 21) and Orlando hotel (July 27 to August 1). This is the first time in 15 years that I've ever had a vacation request denied! Since we merged two schools last summer, there is a much larger volume of work and some special courses that not everyone can teach.
LOTS of prayer went up (thanks to those of you who joined in!)! I wasn't just concerned with the trip and all that involves, but also with my attitude and how I would handle presenting my case to him.
I was able to stay calm, my boss was understanding and they've found a solution. It looks like we'll all have to make our vacation requests much earlier from now on. I've already applied for 4 days in October to go to a retreat!
Exciting weekend with the big football (soccer) match between Germany and Argentina in the World Cup happening tomorrow evening. I was cheering for the underdog USA in the quarterfinals, but I've been a bit of a German National Team (DFB) fan since 1990. It should be a good match, not a snooze fest like Holland/Argentina the other night. If Germany wins, it will be their fourth World Championship title:
My knee is better, but still giving me a twinge, as is my left wrist. I guess it will just take awhile to heal. In spite of that kink in my exercise routine, I'm down two pounds since the beginning of the 5% challenge. (Go, Firecrackers! )
I've always been a big advocate of tracking and still am, but this past week, my mindset has been different. I'm eating my 3 meals a day and keeping the snacks to a minimum, but instead of thinking about what I'm going to eat next, I'm thinking more about NOT eating. And I'm especially focused on NOT eating in the evenings. This is good practice for the US trip when tracking will be difficult. It seems to be working!
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday evening, during half time of one of the World Cup soccer matches, I went for a walk. I had been stuck inside most of the day because of the rain, and wanted to get in a spot of exercise and fresh air. I walked a big circle around my neighborhood. It's familiar and generally well-lit so there should have been no problem. But on the way home, I tripped over a curb that I didn't see and fell hard. I walk fast and I fell fast. This was at 11 PM!
I was a little shook up when I got home, but nothing was broken. Both wrists and my right knee hurt pretty bad, though. Ice! I only had about 4 cubes of ice in my freezer, along with a cool pack that I use for my lunch box. AND a bag of green beans! The bag of beans ended up being the best ice pack ever for my knee while I used the ice cubes for my wrists and chilled a couple of gel packs to continue icing overnight.
Yesterday I was still quite sore but there was hardly any swelling. Today, the pain is even less. My left wrist is definitely sprained and my right knee is a little sore but I only feel that when I do stairs. This shouldn't put much of a kink in my exercise, so today I am thankful for that bag of green beans. Who knew?
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Once again, I have lost that pesky pound that takes me below 70 kilos and down to 153 pounds. I'm determined NOT to gain it back again. And I plan to take off at least one more before the 5% challenge starts up again a week from today.
I thought it might help to visualize what a pound looks like, so I played around on google and came across a list that told me that one pound is the equivalent of a guinea pig. "Don't trust everything you read on the internet!" I reminded myself, and went hunting for more scientific information.
Guinea pigs, it turns out, can vary in weight. As you can see, this average-looking little guy clearly weights around two pounds. So, by next Saturday, I will lose a guinea pig. (Probably a good idea because I am highly allergic to the RL version!)
Just three focused goals for the week ahead:
3 times ST.
Track everything every day and stay in ranges.
Avoid snacks except for planned ones, and preferably fruit.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Yes, even in southern Germany, we can have heat waves! In fact, I haven't been outside today except to take out the trash. I've been working on a book translation and prepping meals for the extremely busy week ahead. It's 8 PM and it's still too hot for a walk, so I'll wait another half hour or so. According to my weather app, it got up to "felt" 98 today!
Folks, I'm almost afraid to say it, but my motivation is coming back. I've had some time off this past week and it's helped me to regain some focus on WHY I want to lose weight. Pentecost Monday - today - is a bank holiday here and I've had some time to get caught up on projects that have been niggling at me.
No major epiphany, just re-prioritizing going on. Two things that I think have helped, though: I booked my flight to the States for July 22 for a thirty-day stay. I guess that means I'm really going. AND, the weather making it clear that if I don't lose weight, I won't have anything to wear, because I am NOT buying any more clothes in the size I'm wearing now. That's it. I'm done.
Anyone read Seth Godin's blog? Today's was about two kinds of being busy. It really spoke to me. If the kind of busy you're in isn't working for you, you need to try the other! sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/201
Okay, I'm taking the plunge - going in for a week full of long days of lessons with new students including kids-on-school-vacation-learning-English! I'll see you when I come up for air!
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