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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!

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REYNJANET 1/23/2008 5:40PM

    Hi Michelle, glad you made it back to Germany OK, even if it was close at one point! I know you really enjoyed visiting with your family but it is always good to get home, too. Sorry to hear about your friend's passing but I'm sure she is much better at peace than in pain. I'll be saying a prayer for her family and friends.

Hope to see you again soon on CWMWL. God bless, JanetR

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/23/2008 4:51PM

    Hi Michelle and welcome back!
I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's mum...even when it's 'expected' it's hard to bear.
Now you need to take some 'me' time to reflect and move back into what has to be.
Take care, blessings and looking forward to seeing you back on Christians Maintaining Weight Loss team.

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SKISINCO 1/23/2008 3:41PM

    My condolences to your DF, death is never easy, but it is inevitable. I'm glad that you were able to spend some time with her and glad to hear you are home safe and sound! =O)


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FORMYDARLINGS 1/22/2008 9:00PM

    Welcome home Zell, I missed you so much. I'm sorry to hear that there were sad points on your trip but I suppose life doesn't take a vacation. It sounds like your friends mother is at peace finally. I won't bother you too much today but I am anxious to see how you did weight wise while you were away. I just know you'll have done great!


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HOMEBUNNY 1/22/2008 2:36PM

    Michelle, Glad you are home safely. Enjoy getting back into the routine of things & visiting with your friends & church family. I, also, am sorry for the your friend's loss of her mother. I am praying for them to have peace & comfort. Tammie

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MOM2KNL 1/22/2008 12:32PM

    Welcome home Michelle! I am thankful that you had a safe flight and were able to get the connecting flight. I am so sorry to hear that your df'd mom passed away. I will pray for her and the family. I am praying for you as you get back to the routines and step out of the Twilight Zone!
In Him,

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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.

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/18/2008 4:12PM

    Hi Michelle, good to hear from you again.
Well done for getting yourself organised and those assignments in, I wish you good results too!
It's been good that you've been able to be with your parents and be part of their final organisation plans...I know they will have appreciated you for all your help and advice.
Sure will remember you, your mum and family at this time.
Enjoy your last few days and have a safe trip back home.
Blessings and hugs,

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HOMEBUNNY 1/18/2008 10:17AM

    I am praying for you, also. I hope you get to go on your walk on Saturday & be able to take some pictures. It is good that you & your parents had the opportunity to take care of paperwork & such should something happen to them. It is a task no one wants to think about or do, but it is always best to have it completed.

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BOOKLADY39 1/17/2008 6:49PM

  Definitely praying Michelle. I hope the rest of your visit is just awesome and full of so much joy. God bless!

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MOM2KNL 1/17/2008 3:22PM

    Hi Michelle,

I am praying for your friend and her mom, as well as you too. I am praying that you are able to have a relaxing and safe flight. And congratulations on getting everything done that you needed to do before the deadline. I tend to procrastinate, so a whole day before a deadline is huge!


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300 Days!!!

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!

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JANETELIZABETH1 1/13/2008 12:15PM

    Well done Michelle!
What a wonderful holiday you're having...full of wonderful experiences and keeping up wth all your good habits!

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HOMEBUNNY 1/11/2008 11:49PM

    Congratulations on the 300 days. I hope you are enjoying your time in Florida.


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BOOKLADY39 1/11/2008 8:32PM

  Way to go Zella! And what better place than the beach at sunrise! Again..way to go!

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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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MOM2KNL 1/8/2008 6:39PM

    Hi Michelle,

I am glad you are having such a great time and finding so many healthy ways to spend it. Wow! Size 4, I can't even imagine. Keep up the great work maintaining!

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    It's really good to hear how you're doing Michelle!
That gym sounds excellent and even if you're eating anything not so good...well, that will soon disappear!!
How are you coping with the portion size in the restaurants?? It was a big problem for me...a starter was like a whole meal!!!
The team's doing well, everyone is getting back in shape after the holidays. I've just purchased an elliptical trainer...wow! this is Janet who doesn't normally 'do' exercise! LOL!!!
Blessings and take care,

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Monday, December 31, 2007

It has never really been my "thing" to make New Year's resolutions. I don't want to make a list of commitments that I don't really intend to keep and that no one expects me to follow through on. I think it's much more productive to think of setting goals and then taking steps to reach those goals like we do here at Spark.

But over the past few days I've been turning the word "resolution" over in my mind, and decided to look it up in Webster's. (OK, I teach English and am kind of a word freak!) I found that one of the definitions is not so bad: "the process of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones." It also means "firmness of resolve."

I also found that the word originates in the Latin word "solvere" which means to loosen, dissolve, or solve. The prefix "re" we often put at the beginning of a word to indication a repetition or show that we're performing a certain action again. So, to re-solve something could mean to loosen something that has become tight, or to dissolve something that has become hardened. It could also mean to solve once again problems that recur again and again, things that are hangovers from an old way of life.

In the Bible, Paul has something to say to believers in Christ in Ephesians 4, verses 20 through 24 (in the New Living version): "Since you have heard all about Christ and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal (there's that "re" again!) of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness - righteous, holy and true."

To RE-SOLVE old habits, loosen up and dissolve those wrong thought patterns and attitudes that have become set, and to find fresh new solutions to old problems, I'm going to need RESOLUTION - And that means determination and perseverance. I believe that if I have that firmness of resolve to do something, that God will supply the grace and strength so I can take each of the steps necessary to meeting the good goals I set for 2008. So, although I might not be making any New Year's resolutions, I AM setting goals and I'm resolved to reach them!

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MOM2KNL 1/1/2008 9:11PM

    Happy New Year Michelle! I loved this blog! I am totally with you - we will re-solve those bad habits and persevere. Hey, and thanks for the comments on my page. Just wait for the pics in 2008 - I resolve that they will be even better! :)

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