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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy Birthday to me! I had plans to sleep late, but a friend called me early to wish me a happy day, and that was a good start. I have no big plans today but it is a Saturday and a day "off" with lovely weather, so I plan to enjoy it. Other than that, I have a midterm exam for my Old Testament course on Monday, so I'll be studying, studying, studying!

At the end of the month, I have 4 days of vacation and may take some time to celebrate with friends then. Right now the apartment is decorated in "early books and papers" style as it often is when I'm in the middle of a course, and isn't very inviting for guests.

I'm officially shifting back to losing mode from maintaining today. My weight has crept up a couple of pounds and I'm not happy about it, although all my clothes still fit and the numbers on the scale aren't all that bad. But I FEEL wrong. I know why and I know how to change it, and it's time to take action! Time to change the mindset, but I also changed my ticker and calorie range to reflect the true situation. I'm on my weigh down again!

P.S. I had a nice birthday surprise on my (nordic) walk this evening. I took a different path and saw two deer and a rabbit with veeerrry long ears.

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MOM2KNL 7/5/2008 10:26PM

    Happy Birthday to you!! Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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MEL27P 7/5/2008 5:24PM

    Happy birthday! emoticon

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SKISINCO 7/5/2008 10:12AM

    Ha ha, love your decorating style Michelle! Sorry to hear you didn't get to sleep in much, but a birthday wish from a friend is a good way to be awoken.

I'm sure you'll be back to where you want in no time. You sound like a (wo)man with a plan!

Happy Birthday!

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Monday, June 30, 2008

The German soccer team lost in the finals against an excellent Spanish team, and, even though I know it's just a game, I feel disappointed for them. The captain of the team has yet to win a big international title, even though he has come close four times. The keeper is 38 years old so he may not ever play in one of the "biggies" again, and certainly not in the next European Championship in 4 years. At 38, he's already an old-timer. What they must be going through today!

How do we deal with disappointment? Do we give up and say we're finished with trying to reach our goals? Do we replay our "fumbled balls" and other mistakes over and over in our minds? Do we try to deny our feelings and say that "everything's okay, I'm happy with second best"?

None of the above - giving up is not an option. Soccer players, like other athletes, have to retire from their professions at an age where many people are just starting to experience success in their careers. They may even become sidelined prematurely with injuries. But they can set new goals and often find ways to share their experience with the next generation.

We can learn a lot from our mistakes, from analyzing how and why we goofed up. But constantly replaying the scenes in our mind is demoralizing and can lead to hopelessness, bitterness, even depression.

Denying our feelings is also destructive - when we do that, we cut ourselves off from our greatest source of comfort - the love of our heavenly Father. When we say, "it's OK, I don't hurt" when we really are suffering inside, it's as if we're telling God that we don't need him. Why try to go it alone when we have such a Helper?

Just some thoughts this morning as I think about disappointments I've suffered in the past - and how it relates to this healthy lifestyle journey I'm on, too.

P.S. Don't feel too bad for the German players - they get 150,00 euros a head for SECOND place while the Spaniards get 250,000 for winning the cup!!!

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GINILEE4 7/3/2008 5:22AM

    Hi Michelle. I love your attitude. I have been in the dumps lately but am content now. I have gone back to basics with stage 1 and I am relearning the skills i have forgotten how to use. I have 3 littlle dily goals and I am pleased as each day I can check them off as things I have accomplished today. I am a happier, calmer person for starting again and this time, I realize how important each step in the process is. Are you studying for the summer or taking some time off? Do you still have students in the summer? It's a beautiful 5am daybreak here so I'm going to go outside with some coffee and watch the sun rise. What a way to start my day!!! Take care and thanks for all your help for me lately,

Gini emoticon

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CALGALFOX 7/1/2008 11:57AM

    Michelle, I'm always so glad you are on my team. I loved this post and the inner strength that you always have.

Have a great day,


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REYNJANET 7/1/2008 11:23AM

    Disappointments are a necessary part of our growth, but it isn't pleasant to go through, that's for sure! I heard a saying once, "Our disappointments, God's appointments". I try to go through them right so I don't have to repeat them!

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TKLINKEN 6/30/2008 11:06PM

    Great post, Michelle. I have to officially weigh in tomorrow (after months of doing next to nothing and knowing that I've gained 10 lbs), and this will remind me that rather than being disappointed in the mistakes I've made but to look to the future and keep focused on the game.

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SKISINCO 6/30/2008 8:57AM

    Sorry to hear Germany lost, but at least they made it that far. This is a great blog about dealing with disappointments as they are a part of life.

Hope you have a great week!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I've been limiting my online and Spark time lately and just noticed that I haven't blogged in two weeks. So I'll do a quick entry on my way over to the forum for my Old Testament course. I have to submit a short essay as part of my second progress report which is due today. The course takes a lot of time and there are lots of names and facts to remember. But I'm enjoying what I'm learning, especially seeing how God's plan all hangs together so beautifully and how it has from the beginning.

Weight-wise I'm still at the top of maintenance range, but I'm eating well and continuing to exercise consistently. Maybe I'm at a "happy weight"? I don't think so, though - I'd like to get rid of the extra couple of pounds but my focus right now has to be on studying - and, of course, on watching soccer on TV when I can. Glad the progress report is due today - tomorrow I'll take a study break and watch Germany play against Portugal in the quarterfinals of the European Championship.

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REYNJANET 6/19/2008 12:05AM

    Michelle, I know you are busy! Glad the OT course is proving beneficial. But we sure are missing you on the team pages!

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SKISINCO 6/18/2008 3:54PM

    Hi Michelle! Sounds like you're staying busy. While we were in NY, seems everyone was caught up in the European Soccer games. We had a wonderful time there and I am looking forward to getting back on track! Have a great rest of the week!


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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The race results from Saturday have been posted on the sponsors' website. I was not last! But number 100 (a nice round figure!) of 102 with a time of 54:18. I really thought I had finished last of the runners, but there were two women who finished 5 and 7 minutes later than I did. No wonder I didn't see them behind me.

I placed 9 of 10 in my age group. Interesting to see was that about half of the runners in my age class 55-60 (yes, there was one runner over 60, too) are in sports clubs, including the #8 who finished 5 minutes faster than I did. I know that racing is not going to become a central aspect of my life, but it was good to have a new fitness goal to reach for after reaching goal weight. I'd like to do one or two more 5-8K races this summer. Next up is an 8K on June 22.

The doctor looked at my ankle and said it was probably a strained ligament from the miss-step I took Nordic walking a couple of weeks ago. He said the race probably didn't hurt it, but if I want it to get better, I need to stay off it for a few days. So it's taped for support and I'll be doing my gym workouts on the elliptical this week to give it a rest.

Stuffed bell peppers in the oven for lunch! Yum!

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REYNJANET 6/12/2008 12:23AM

    Michelle, I'm proud of you! You DID IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOMEBUNNY 6/11/2008 9:02AM

    Way to go on completing the race. I totally applaud you for doing the race. That is not something I see myself doing anytime soon. I hope you continue to take your doctor's advice & stay off of the ankle for a while.

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BFITNHAPPY 6/8/2008 12:59PM

    Michelle..I just had to pop in to read about your race..its a major accomplishment just to finish so WOO HOO to you! Glad you want to do it again.. Hope your ankle feels better soon..I am also on the injured reserve with foot issues and loving the elliptical and bike. I miss all of you!

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

I survived! On the way to the race, a huge thunderstorm complete with thunder and lightning came up and I was beginning to think that the race would be cancelled. But by the time I got to the start, it had cleared up - and the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees! The race was super well-organized and the people friendly.

I finished last of the runners, I think. The sponsor's website is down, so I can't check. But my goal was, first of all to run the distance, and to finish in under an hour. I only walked up one of the hills and at kilometer 5 for a little bit, to stretch my legs. And I finished in around 54 minutes. I forgot to turn off my HRM immediately at the end of the race, so that's an estimate. I know I could have done better if it hadn't been for the 99% humidity and my troublesome ankle. Another goal was to keep an eye on my HR and NOT let myself get lured into overdoing it by competitiveness.

Placing was not a goal - and I could have passed the next-to-last women, but her kids came out on the field to run the last lap with her, so I told her to go on ahead. We had run the last 2K together and encouraged each other. Thanks to all YOU encouragers, too!

Today, the weather is lovely again, but I'll be taking it easy most of the day and resting my ankle, I'll do some upper body and core ST this evening for my 30 minutes of intentional exercise.

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FIT4HISGLORY 6/2/2008 11:25AM

    emoticon What an accomlishment! Take care of that ankle!

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CALGALFOX 6/2/2008 10:32AM

    emoticon Congratulations on the run! What a great goal to have accomplished!

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MOM2KNL 6/1/2008 7:12PM

    emoticon emoticonYou did it! I am celebrating here in CA with you. I knew you would do it and your time was great. Hope your ankle heals quickly!

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TKLINKEN 6/1/2008 2:02PM

    Congratulations on a great run, Michelle!

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SKISINCO 6/1/2008 12:02PM

    Michelle, great job! You did it and that is definitely something to be proud of, no matter how long it took or whether you ran or crawled it! So happy for you, I'm glad that it all worked out.

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STERNENFEE 6/1/2008 9:13AM

    Congratulations!! You did it!! emoticon
There's something else you can be proud of, you reached your goals and enjoyed the run. Great job!

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