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Saturday, March 15, 2008

I got the results of my blood work, EKG and stress test yesterday and - yep - I have low blood pressure. I knew that. Not much to do about it either, but at least it's good to know that it isn't anything more serious. I've always tended to low BP, but it hasn't usually been as problematic as it has the past few weeks. Maybe the stress of two trips to the US, and getting over two bouts of jet lag, together with the crazy ups and downs of the weather here this spring, are behind the persisting dizziness. I have some meds to take for 10 days, otherwise I just need to be sure to get my water in, get enough sleep and eat right. I know HOw to do that! Just gotta DO it!

But hey, at least the blood tests showed that my cholesterol levels are down even more - the doctor's diagnosis of high cholesterol was one big reason why I commited to losing weight and exercising. What a difference a year of Sparking makes!

Which reminds me, it's just one month till my one-year "Sparkiversary." Time to get ready to celebrate!

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HEALTHE_LEN 3/15/2008 2:29PM

    Yay! They say no news is good news so that sounds really good... just take it easy and don't over-exert yourself. Glad you are well after all!

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

I haven't blogged in awhile. There is lots of "stuff" going on, schedule changes, decisions to make about my study program, summer plans to make. I'm also working on taxes, one of my least favorite activities in the whole world!

I notice I'm tending to snack too much, mostly good stuff (I got rid of a couple of packages of chocolates that I had gotten as gifts - don't need them around here, calling my name from the cupboard!), but more than I need. Still, I'm down to 59K, right smack in the middle of maintenance range. Finally got my ticker to show that. In switching from kilos to pounds and back again, it somehow showed that I weighed 130K (about 285 pounds) and that my goal weight was 58K. Well, the second part was right!

Spring is on the way - crocusses blooming everywhere, though it's cooled off again the past few days. It's supposed to be a little warmer and sunny tomorrow, so I'm sure that the daffodils, tulips and other signs of the season will be opening up all over. It's my favorite time of year here - maybe it IS good that tax time is on the spring. The beauty of the flowers and blossoming trees makes it easier to take :)

Resurrection Sunday is in just two weeks!



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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