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Friday, February 01, 2008

I had such a good workout at the gym today that I feel now like I could just hop into bed and sleep 10 hours! I may just do that, but I need to start packing for my trip. Actually, I haven't unpacked completely from the last one. And I won't be gone as long this time so theoretically I won't need to take as much stuff. I'm not very good at traveling light though. I'm more the traveling heavy type. I seem to need at least 7 pair of shoes no matter where I'm going. Maybe I can keep it down to 6 this time :)

I won't be logging on to Spark on a daily basis as I usually do, at least not for the first week. The buffet-style meals at the church missions conference will be a challenge, as will be getting in my daily exercise. If I stay with the df I've stayed with during past conferences, I'll be fine. She lives in a good walking neigborhood. Maybe I'll get her to take me to her gym one afternoon, too. Evenings will be busy with services. If all else fails, I'll just walk laps around the church building! I know that my God wants me to be healthy, so I'm trusting that he'll help me stay strong and keep moving!

I'm really looking forward to the times of worship and fellowship, and of course to seeing my parents again if only for a few days this time!

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REYNJANET 2/1/2008 5:26PM

    Have a good trip. Post when you can and enjoy the conference.

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HOMEBUNNY 2/1/2008 5:17PM

    You will do great with monitoring the food. Remember small portions & healthy food choices. Just remember where you have been & that you don't want to go back there. If you do mess up, just get back up, try to get some cardio in & move on. Enjoy your trip. We look forward to hearing from you, when you can. Tammie

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Twilight Zone

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!

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FORMYDARLINGS 1/27/2008 6:27AM

    It's so good to have you back among us. I'm so sorry about your back. I hope this next flight doesn't agrivate it more. I am using a G.I. diet right now. When I checked it out, I realized it was very close to the way we eat daily so it wasn't a great stretch for us. I am enjoying all the food I am getting and if I lose this week,(we'll know on Monday ) It will prove that starvation mode idea to be right. My family tells me That before this diet I didn't eat enough. I must say I am always satisfied now and never feel hungry. I quite often skip snacks because I'm not hungry. We'll know on Monday. Have a great trip and I hope I have some losing news for you when you get back. When do you get back?


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REYNJANET 1/26/2008 5:51PM

    a 3lb gain over your vacation is not bad at all. I'm sure you will drop them fast. Then you can have room for extra eating during next week's trip, LOL. Our bodies sure do let us know when we've done something extra like lifting suitcases.

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SKISINCO 1/26/2008 9:39AM

    Hope you recover from the jet lag quickly. It took me about a week from the trip to Kenya to recover. Airplanes are so uncomfortable to try to sleep in! Enjoy your weekend.


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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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