Friday, October 12, 2007
Home again, home again: I'm back home in Germany - only arrived 5 minutes late in spite of a nation-wide strike of the regional trains!
The theme of the retreat I attended was "Give Thanks" so, on Tuesday evening, we were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with (almost) all the fixins - with a few adaptations due to the fact that it was prepared for the most part in the kitchen of the Swiss hotel where we were staying. The food was wonderful all around and I probably ate way more than my range. I'm going to hold off weighing in till my usual Monday - should be able to do some "damage control" now over the weekend.
I'll write more tomorrow and I'll be tracking again BIG TIME, checking in with my teams and catching up with Spark mail.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Tomorrow morning I leave for a few days in Switzerland at a missionaries' retreat. I've been going to these for several years and always look forward to them as a special time of rest, relaxation and fellowship. I'll be enjoying awesome views of the Alps and, weather permitting, doing some hiking, or at least some good long walks.
I've turned off my Spark mail and reminders so my mail box doesn't fill up while I'm gone. I'll check in once or twice from the internet cafe but won't be posting here at Spark, nor will I be tracking on SP. That's a little scary after almost 6 months of logging my food and exercise daily. And, as you can imagine, food is a central feature of this get-together! But I'm also looking forward to the freedom and I figure it's a good chance to try my wings. I know that Spark, the bathroom scale and my tape measure will still be here when I get back on Friday!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Someone asked me how I celebrated yesterday. The vacation trip coming up is actually my celebration, but I happened to be invited to a friend's for tea yesterday. I haven't been depriving myself during the SP program, so I had a piece and a half of cake at df's, thinking I would compensate somewhere on the day's calories for it. I don't often do that, because I don't crave sweets anymore, and I prefer to use my calories for things that are going to satisfy me and keep me satisfied.
Afterwards eating the cake, I felt a little woozy - and that has continued through today. I had been thinking it might be the sugar, but I just realized that it could have been that the cream in the cake had turned. It was unseasonably warm yesterday, and df had left the cake on the balcony for awhile while she took her ddog on an emergency run to the vet.
Great way to celebrate - with a minor case of food poisoning! NOT! Just a friendly reminder not to reward yourself for weight loss goals with food!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Teresa on one of my teams said that watching my ticker was like watching a suspense movie and I agree! I couldn't wait to my next Monday weigh-in day to check so I got on the scale this morning, feeling a little bit like a kid sneaking a look at the Christmas tree and presents before Mom and Dad said it was OK. And then actually unwrapping that "58" on the scale - ALLELUIA, wooohoooo, and happy puppy dance!!!!!
But even better was going clothes shopping yesterday - fun, but also exhausting because I didn't really know what size to choose. To say nothing of all the walking I did from store to store. I was delighted to find that, although most 38s (US 8) are about right, in some cases I need a 36 (US 6). That's down from 12s and 14s back in February.
Not only am I lighter, I'm also compacter due to the strength training. Even the arm flab and the "thunder thighs" are slowly melting. This Spark program really brings great results! And the support of all you Sparkers has been so uplifting, with your good advice, encouraging words and prayers.
Now what? Time to set some new goals - on the fitness end, increasing my cardio workout intensity, getting to bed earlier and getting more sleep. It's a German holiday today, so I'm going to take some time to pray and think on those things and make a list for the month and months ahead.
Thanks again for sharing the Spark!
Monday, October 01, 2007
This is going to be a weeklong celebration, I think! Two reasons to celebrate yesterday: Mom and Dad's 57th wedding anniversary, and the German women's national soccer team winning the world championship. (I'm not a big fan, but I enjoy watching the big games while doing my ironing! And athletes sure know how to rejoice when they win - see my new avatar!)
Two more Spark reasons to celebrate today - 200 days of my exercise streak, and I met and surpassed my September cardio challenge of 1300 minutes! One pound to go to my goal weight. I may not make that by October 3 but I WILL get there! Thanks to SP and everyone who has encouraged me along the way, especially during those plateaus! And to the Lord for his sustaining power!
My "reward" will be my one-week vacation to Switzerland from the 7th to the 13th. The trip has been planned for over a year, but it's amazing that the timing coincides so well. And I plan to buy a Polar heart monitor so I can better track my cardio exercise.
I'm going to keep going on the 30 minutes of daily exercise - who knows, I may be able to make it a year!
P.S. I'll probably reach 10,000 Spark points sometime this week, too!
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