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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Today is day 1 of my stay-at-home vacation. Usually my vacations are traveling ones - I can't remember when I just stayed home to enjoy my little pad. And it's not very enjoyable at the moment after literally months of neglect. I have a mile-long list of things that I want to get accomplished this week. First thing is to get that list down on paper and prayerfully prioritize it. I'm headed to my rocking chair with my Bible, journal, paper, pen and cup of tea as soon as I finish this post.

I know there's no way I'll get EVERYthing done, but I won't let perfectionism get the upper hand and keep me from doing SOMEthing. I'll also be working with a df/coach for accountability (Hi, Beth!) and may also post here on a daily basis.

I've already taken pictures of every room in the house so I can have a before and after record of my cleaning and decluttering progress. I also plan to refresh my healthy eating and exercise habits. I can do this!

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HOMEBUNNY 7/20/2008 9:21AM

    Michelle, You have a wonderful, relaxing & cleaning vacation. You deserve it!!

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GRIZMINT 7/19/2008 5:19AM

    i think cleaning will help you so much with refreshing your eating and exercise habits. When I go into cleaning mode I always feel really good about accomplishing things and I know you'll do a great job :) stick to it

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

I took the midterm in my Old Testament survey distance-learning course on Monday and did pretty well. I know I aced the map test where we had to memorize a long list of place names and be able to enter them on a blank map of Israel. And I think I got about 80% of the material correct on the listing of periods of Old Testament history. It's all those ones and twos that confuse me: 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles! - but now that we're going into those books in more depth, maybe I'll finally get a hold on them!

My gym time is suffering some because I need those hours to study. I have two short reports to send in by the end of the week and I'm not sure where the time is going to come from. Good thing it's summer so I can get in Nordic and "traditional" walks in the nice weather or my exercise routine would really be hard to keep up with.

We have our annual outdoor church service tomorrow and I'll be leading the singing, so I hope to get to bed early tonight. Rain is predicted so we'll see if it really is an outdoor service!

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/17/2008 4:34PM

    Hi Michelle,
Glad to read that all is going well with you.
I imagine that you're missing your exercise but with studying...something has to go!
Sure hope you didn't get rain for your outdoor service...such a shame when it's only once a year...you'd think this time of year would be pretty safe!

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ZELLAZM 7/14/2008 5:22AM

    Janet, when this course is over, I'll move right on to the second course of OT that includes all the prophetic books, so any feeling of accomplishment will probably last only a week or two! Thanks for your encouragement!

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REYNJANET 7/13/2008 10:58AM

    Singing in the rain would have been interesting! I've done it before but never for a group! LOL Congrats on doing well on the exam. This can't be an easy course! I get confused just reading OT sometimes, I'm finishing up 2 Chronicles now and it jumps back and forth between king, good and bad. You would think that they would pay more attention to what blessed and what didn't. BUT I guess they were like we are today, sometimes we get in God's way too! You will look back on this summer and feel satisfaction of accomplishment!

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ZELLAZM 7/13/2008 7:36AM

    It did rain and is still raining a bit, although it looks like it's clearing. We had the service in the building but the baptistry had been set up on the little field behind the church so we went outside for the six people being baptized. A rudimentary sound system was set up for the music team under the balcony but a friend still had to hold a big umbrella over us as we sang because it was dripping. Singing in the rain indeed but without all the dancing! :)

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SKISINCO 7/12/2008 7:06PM

    But maybe you could sing in the rain like Gene Kelly (at least that's who comes to mind..ha-ha) Glad to hear the mid-term went well too!

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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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    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,

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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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