Saturday, March 29, 2008
Yesterday evening at the gym, I actually jogged 5K! Not exactly Olympic qualifying pace, but I made it. So that 7K race in June is looking more and more likely. If I can get someone to go with me on April 13, I'll run the 5K that's in the town about 10 minutes from here. Unfortunately, lots of the races are on Sunday morning so I would have to miss church, so this is definitely not going to be a regular thing for me. At the race on the 13th, there will be a short devotion before the race for those who want to participate.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
I have a friend who was born in England to American parents, and now lives here in Germany with her German husband. She's the only person I know that uses the word "indeed" as part of her everyday vocabulary. She uses it in conversation when I would probably say "you've got THAT right", or "you can say THAT again!" When she says "indeed" it sounds so refined and sweet, kind of like the queen.
The only other time I hear the word with any frequency is on Easter Sunday when we celebrate the Lord's resurrection. In some churches, the
traditional greeting on Easter morning is "He is risen!" and the response, "He is risen indeed!" I've always liked that. It seems like such a good way to spread the joy of knowing that the tomb is empty.
For some people, the Easter story is just a pleasant myth or fairy tale. But that word "indeed" says more than just "you've got THAT right" - Jesus rose IN DEED - it wasn't just a nice thought or IDEA that the writers of the gospels thought up. It really happened, it was a DEED, an miracle act of God. And now Jesus is back at home with the Father after the awful separation he endured through his death on the cross, ruling and reigning from his throne in heaven. That resurrection DEED changed the world forever - and it changed my life forever, too. I'm going to say it - again and again. You've got that right!
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!
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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