Saturday, January 26, 2008
I'm slowly recovering from jet lag, having gotten two good nights' sleep with a little help from melantonin (is that how you spell it?) My back is hurting a bit, either from the odd sleeping positions I got into on the plane, or from lifting 50-pound suitcases, or racing across Charles de Gaulle airport dragging a laptop and a carryon loaded with books. Heat, stretching and rest seem to be helping.
Back on my own scale for the first time in a month, I was able to assess the damage - three pounds gained over the holidays. Although they were the hardest pounds to lose last time, I plan to banish them quickly. A week from tomorrow, I fly back to the States for a missions conference AKA eating fest, so I know I have to be ready to meet that challenge. No way you're gonna take away my size 2 jeans! I also have to get back to regular strength training because my tummy and upper arms really show the difference when I miss.
Although it seems strange to be hopping on a plane again so soon, I'm glad that I'll be able to check back with my parents next week, visit again with DF whose Mom died (the funeral is tomorrow afternoon) and attend the annual conference one the east coast of FL. I haven't finished unpacking yet and it's time to start packing again!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I arrived safely back in Germany this morning after Delta rerouted me through Cincinnati and Paris, lengthening my trip by a couple of hours. I almost missed my connection in Paris de Gaulle - it's a huge, complicated airport, the international terminal was literally miles from the gate where my plane to Stuttgart was to depart, and I had about 20 minutes to make the connection. If you count that mad dash as exercise, that was my cardio for the day. I was pleasantly surprised and very thankful that my luggage arrived with me. DF Wilma met me at the airport in my car. I drove home, taking the chance to get used to driving standard again after weeks of driving my parents' van.
I broke my exercise streak on Sunday after 310 days. It just didn't seem appropriate to hop on the elliptical for a workout after DF's dmom died that evening.
The dear lady had had such a hard week - round-the-clock morphine every hour. It was sad to see her go, but she went quietly in the end, with my df on one side, one of her granddaughterson the other and df's sister in the room as well. Other family members who live at a distance had all been there to say their goodbyes earlier in the week, and the local clan had just had a big dinner together at the house. I'm sad that I won't be there for the funeral on Saturday but my parents will attend.
I feel a little bit like I'm in a twilight zone now - tired from my trip, not quite "here" yet, thinking about all the things that I did and things that happened during my time in Florida. It was a very rich four weeks and I'll need more time to process all that went on. It will be good, though, to get back to some routines and see my friends and local church family again. I start back at the language school tomorrow as well. I hope I don't nod off during the afternoon lessons!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I just turned in my term paper, reading assignment log and two interview reports for my latest seminary course. It hasn't been easy getting these done while I'm here in Florida on vacation. So I could really get some focus going, I had my dmom drop me off at the local public library with my laptop the past two days. I was a "prisoner" there until I called to have her pick me up. That worked! I found a nice table in a quiet back room, plugged in the laptop and WORKED. I just emailed off the whole bundle - a day before the deadline - that's early for me! Yay!
Now I need to prepare a short teaching for a Bible study I'm doing tomorrow morning - then it will be time to start thinking about packing. I fly out on Monday, but I have a lot of things I want to do before then. Now the course assignments are crossed off the list.
Great Nordic walking tour on the beach yesterday. My camera batteries were dead so I still don't have "proof" for the folks back home or the NW team here on Spark. I may go Saturday morning, time permitting.
In the background of my otherwise happy stay, my dparents and I have been discussing aging and end-of-life issues and getting the appropriate paperwork in order. That's a big task but it's also a relief to have some things decided and in place. Also, the dfriend I'm staying with is taking care of her dmother fulltime and around the clock right now. Dmother doesn't have long to live according to the hospice nurses, so I'm trying to help in what ways I can and just be there for her and the family. Prayers are appreciated.
Friday, January 11, 2008
I almost missed a chance to celebrate again! Daily exercise has become such a habit, that I almost forgot that January 9 marked 300 days of 30 minutes a day intentional exercise.
It could be that I was forgetful because I got up before 6 AM to go Nordic walking on the beach with a group from the local wellness center. It was fun to find such an enthusiastic group of "pole walkers" here in the USA where the sport is still considered to be rather exotic. Good conversation, sunrise on the beach, beautiful weather - and my HRM tells me I burned over 360 calories!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Still in Florida! The cold front has passed and it's slowly warming up again. The two days of chilly weather gave me a chance to wear the sweaters I got on sale. (Florida is a great place to get winter clothes on clearance because the season to wear them is so short!)
Today I went to the local Wellness Center for my first visit on a guest pass - the price was $100 for 14 visits and, after checking it out more thoroughly today, I see that it's going to be worth every penny. It's new, clean, and well-equipped. They have a pool, jacuzzi and lots of other amenities. I could literally spend the whole day there. Hey, I'm on vacation - maybe I just will!
I got in a good workout, cardio and strength and then I weighed in for the first time since the holidays. It's really impossible to know if I've gained, It's a different scale, of course, and I don't usually weigh in in the middle of day, after a workout, in clothes and after having drunk a bunch of water! But if I did gain, it looks like it might only be a pound or two. Dmom has a scale I'm going to borrow that I can use in the condo where I'm staying and maybe get a better picture. I do know that I feel great! And the size 4 jeans still fit fine :)
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