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Monday, February 25, 2008

Reflecting today on how important my teams have been to me since I started on Spark People. There is power in numbers! The Class Team of November 25 - December 1 that I co-lead is celebrating three months on Spark People today - WTG y'all and blessings for the next quarter year! And my own Class Team, the Class of April 15-23 is going to be one year old in a couple of months. I've also been co-leading that team since the other leaders dropped out of sight/site. It's fun to keep in touch with "the remnant" from time to time, though the message boards are not very active. Those who are still sparking have moved on to other teams that share their interests and goals, and are leading teams themselves.

My favorite teams are the somewhat smaller, personal ones where we check in regularly for accountability, encourage one another, pray for one another, challenging each other to set and meet doable goals. I've met and made some true friends here on Spark and I'm so grateful for you!

Too much involvement on the team boards has been a time bandit at times, though. From time to time, I've taken inventory and cut back on posting, even delete a couple of teams, generally those where I haven't really been active anyway. I'm always a little sorry to do that, but sometimes it's a matter of internet survival!

Now that I've shed some "body clutter", the other areas in my life where I need to de-clutter are even more apparent and these are things that I'll continue to be working on in the next year, prayerfully making use some of Spark's goal-setting strategies. I can - WE can - do it! Go TEAMS!

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HEALTHE_LEN 2/29/2008 3:31AM

    i agree with you, too, and prefer the smaller teams. matter of fact, i am so thankful to you because i found the fresh start team thru your page. i'm glad you've done so well on spark, michelle, and are such a great testimony for hoe good God is! thank you for always being an inspiration to me... not just with your words or your progress. but with your perseverance. and your faithfulness, perseverance and follow-through. i dunno if you consider me among the few true friends you made on spark, but you are definitely one of mine. thanks for never failing to encourage and inspire.

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REYNJANET 2/25/2008 12:03PM

    I agree with you, I prefer the smaller teams, where you get to know each other and support each other's effort. I try to stay active with just a couple of teams so that I don't get overloaded. But the support has really been helpful. Glad your a member on our team, CMWL.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

This is partly a response to a dear sister on the Fresh Start team who had a very insightful, honest and thought-/prayer-provoking post on her blog. Love you, Tracy! I've definitely been guilty of being prideful of my fitness accomplishments. I do know, though, that without him, I wouldn't even be here, let alone have the strength to walk one step or breathe one breath. But I don't always give him the praise that is due him. I'm relearning that lesson these days.

I'm also learning that, not only is he concerned about every little detail of my life - he is also IN the details of my life. I can find him while I'm walking, while I'm planning meals, while I'm tracking my food - he's there, so when I'm doing those things, do I have to be worried about putting HIM first?

I know there are the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible reading (I'm another one who LOVES to study, that's why you find me in seminary working toward a degree at the age of 56!) but that's not ALL there is to the life in the Spirit. I think the enemy can use it against us - when we don't pray "enough", or first thing in the morning, or whatever our good goal might be - to keep us from seeking him in the everyday.

"Lord, I'm sorry I was in such a rush that I missed my Bible reading this morning, but I'm glad you're with me here NOW and that you hear me and are looking out for me, even have things to say to me and show me even though I didn't do what I said I would do. I don't want to let the enemy rob me of the joy of knowing that you, my Father, are with me every minute, even if my thoughts are on mundane things like whether I'm in my target cardio zone or getting enough protein in my dinner. Some of my best times with you lately have been on my walks, or on the treadmill listening to praise music, just enjoying your presence. So thank you, Lord for being there for me and IN me through your Holy Spirit."

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HOMEBUNNY 2/25/2008 10:51AM

    Michelle , Thank you for your comments. God is constantly bringing me back to him. I can not do this weight loss or anything else without Him. If I do not remember Him & keep Him in the front, I can not accomplish completeness. I need to remember to seek Him first & everything else(weight loss, money, shelter, etc) will be added. Tammie

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/24/2008 2:27PM

    Hi Michelle, your blog was a joy to read and indeed a constant reminder to us all!
You know...God never takes His eyes off a son and daughter of God. Can you imagine that?? My...should make us all want to smarten up!! Me too!

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REYNJANET 2/24/2008 10:53AM

    What true words. We get so involved in the daily things that we fail to look toward our strength and look up! Without Him this healthy lifestyle would be in vain! Thanks for the reminder!

Comment edited on: 2/24/2008 10:52:38 AM

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MOM2KNL 2/23/2008 8:45PM

God really spoke to me through what you wrote and prayed. He continues to grab my attention back to Him. I loved what you said about Him being IN ever detail, including meal planning, Target HR, etc. I needed to hear that - thank you!

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KINGSDTR 2/23/2008 5:53PM

    Michelle, you are priceless to me! Thanks so much :) I am having some really, really difficult times right now and what you said blesses me! We serve such a mighty God!! Have a great weekend!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Arrived back in Germany yesterday and slept 13 hours last night. It's now 2 PM Saturday and I've just finished breakfast. I'm feeling pretty groggy, as you might expect so I'm going to continue to take it easy today. It's gorgeous outside though - crispy cold and sunny - so I'm going to head out with my MP3 for an easy walk. I'm tracking food today and will assess the holiday/conference damage on Monday, my normal weigh-in day.

This second trip to Florida was rather unexpected but it was good. I got to attend the missions conference. It's always a time of encouragement for me. But more importantly, I was able to have some time with my parents where we continued to discuss and resolve some of those difficult matters that come with aging. It's amazing what were able to accomplish in those 4 short days. One very good thing is that we lined up someone to come in and help Mom with the condo. I gave her the first visit as a Valentine's Day gift and then they'll have to decide how often and for how long Bev is going to come. I think we all have more peace about the future - a real answer to prayers that have been going up over the past 3 years.

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JANETELIZABETH1 2/17/2008 1:39PM

    Hi Michelle,
Glad to see you're back with us again; not sure how long for!LOL!
And that you're already making plans to get back on track again with regular eating and some exercise. Just take it easy for a few days and you'll be OK. That must have been blessing for you and your parents to see each other again and continue to sort out those arrangements that are so sensitive.
Take care, blessngs, Janet.

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/16/2008 9:57AM

    So good to have you back among us. You and I are the same age. Your losses and vitality give me inspiration when I feel too old to do this. I know what you mean about aging parents. They don't always agree that they are aging. I have some real situations to deal with with my mom. I am moving closer to her and that will resolve many issues but she is a handful. Anyway thanks for all you do for others and those size 2 's make me jealous!!!


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I returned from the missions conference on Sunday. It was a great experience in all ways - wonderful fellowship and times of worship, great meals (one night at a Jamaican restaurant!) and many other blessings. Since I've been attending this conference for a number of consecutive years, I've grown quite close to some of the church members and feel so much at home when I get there, and find it hard to leave.

Now I'm back staying with my dear friend who lost her mother last month. She is doing well, and I'm glad to be able to experience that first hand. We celebrated her birthday yesterday at a little "ladies' luncheon" - another friend had her birthday on Sunday so we had two "guests of honor." Afterwards, we went to Bible study.

Working on getting my newsletter out to 150-some people before I fly back to Germany on Thursday. If I mail them from here, it sure saves on postage. At the same time, I'm wanting to spend as much time as I can with my parents, aunt and cousins, and also get some issues resolved concerning elder care, wills, and such.

That's why I'm feeling whelmed - not overwhelmed, but close! I've been walking daily in the morning, with a few jogging intervals thrown in, too. I love those times in the AM to pray, focus, and just get a good start on the day! While my heart is torn about leaving here, but one thing I do look forward to is getting back to more regular Sparking next week when I'm back in Deutschland.

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SKISINCO 2/12/2008 1:21PM

    Sounds like a successful trip. Enjoy the rest of your time there and have a safe trip home!

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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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