Wednesday, September 03, 2014
I got some new trainers yesterday. I had to throw out a pair while I was in Florida. They were getting pretty old anyway, but all the salt water and sun caused them to develop a less-than-lovely aroma that I couldn't get rid of.
So, I went to one of the sports stores on the way home from work yesterday, not really expecting to find anything on the sale rack in my size, but there was a pair of Asics Gel Kumos a lot like the ones I had to toss. They were marked down from 120 to 85 euros. Still a bit price-y but running shoes are something I don't like to skimp on, especially after my bout of plantar fasciitis last year, and my struggles to find shoes that I can wear with my custom insoles.
When I got to the register, they rang up at 60 euros! Thank you, Lord!
I'm breaking them in today. New shoes are a great impulse to get up and moving. At that price, I don't even mind that they're purple!
In the interest of full disclosure, I had an awful snack attack last night and went 1000 calories over my range. What was I thinking? I wasn't, I was just eating. I'm not even going to go into great throes of self-examination to figure out why. I'm just going to do better today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And keep those snacks out of the house. There are times when I can keep certain things - not necessarily "junk" food - in the cupboards and only eat a small portion. I'm in a phase right now when if it's there, I tend to eat ALL of it - the whole box, bag, package, whatever. Just realizing I'm in that phase and need to avoid those foods for now.
And, hey, did I tell you about the great deal I got on a new pair of shoes! (Wanting to end on a happy note!)
Monday, September 01, 2014
Just have time for a brief Spark-related goal list. I'll post other goals later.
Exercise at least 30 minutes daily.
Track nutrition and stay within ranges.
Complete squat and crunch challenges and work out a new, 3-times-a-week ST routine to follow up on that.
Participate in the 5% challenge with the Firecracker team to the best of my ability. I'd like to have at least one 120-minute day a week for the 8 weeks.
Get a minimum of 7 hours a sleep each night.
Blog once a week.
Off to take a nap, then back to work on paaaappppppeeeeerrrrr!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I've been back from my trip to the States for almost a week but have been walking around in a fog a lot of the time. I seem to be pretty much past the jet lag. The weather here has been rainy and is about 30 degrees colder than it was in Florida, so that has also been an adjustment!
I've started back to work at the language school (one day), checked in with friends at church, and participated in the first faculty meeting of the new school year for the Bible school where I teach one day a week.
Today is my first real day here on Spark with tracking, catching up on blog posts and a few visits to my teams and friends' pages. As for my own blog post, I don't know where to start: I want to write a report on some of the adventures of the trip. I want to talk about where I am in the reentry process. I want to talk about plans for the coming weeks and months. Perfectionists, I read this morning, often have one of two issues: Either they quit when they aren't successful in doing something, or they don't start things for fear that they will make a mistake and their efforts won't meet their high expectations. I'm going to overcome that fear and just start.
I want to write more, if not here, then in my journal, and certainly in newsletters to those people who help me with my mission work. Consistent journal writing has often been a joy to me in the past. Last semester I taught an English composition class and realized that I would be a better teacher if I spent more time writing myself. I know there will be a lot of benefits.
As some of you may remember, I spent the month in the States traveling with a 14-year-old friend, Naomi. (You'll hear more about that trip in a future post.) I challenged her at the beginning of the trip by giving her a blank journal similar to the one I had bought for myself. Do you know that girl wrote two pages every day!? My own entries were sporadic, although more frequent than they had been pre-trip. So I'm not going to put myself down but rather let her example motivate me.
I recently found what I think is a good, basic post on journaling from Today's Christan Woman. Maybe some of you will join me in restarting or starting the process:
I really like some of the ideas here and, although I'm not sure which one I'll put to use, I DO know that I AM starting. You're reading it here!
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!
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