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God Bless America

Friday, November 14, 2008

Just thought I'd post this little guy's photo today - The election and Veteran's Day are past, but there's no time likethe present to keep our country, our troops and our vets in prayer. Thanks for serving, Dad!

It's hard to believe that a week from tomorrow I'll be on a plane heading across the Atlantic. I have SO much to do - and I'm keeping a paper bag handy for possible panic attacks (not really, but I do occasionally have to remind myself to breath). I hope to get some Spark time in this weekend to catch up on y'all.

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/15/2008 4:42PM

    Hi Michelle....I can imagine your mixed emotions at this time but all will come together and you surely will be in the right place.
Wishing you travelling mercies and many blessings as you travel from Europe to the States.
Hugs, Janet.

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CTEMPLE 11/14/2008 8:16PM

    Dear Michelle what an intense moment, but I'm sure it's totally the right thing to do. Yes breathe in breath out!
I know that the economic crisis makes getting employment a bit more difficult but you know what? you only need one and there could always be the employer that is looking for someone just like you. Remember to have some "me" time in amongst all the frantic activity.
I'll be thinking of you.

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SKISINCO 11/14/2008 5:23PM

    Love the picture Michelle! I'll be thinking of you and praying for a safe trip to the states. Hope things are going well there and you are able to get things wrapped up! Thanks for the comment on my blog btw, that was sweet. =)

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HOMEBUNNY 11/14/2008 12:33PM

    I love the picture!!! I am praying for you to have a safe & enjoyable trip as you help your mom get ready to come home.


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PIANO*LADY 11/14/2008 11:43AM

    What a precious picture, Michelle! It's great to honor your dad and others like him who have served to protect our freedoms so well. There's never a time when prayer isn't needed, but it is especially comforting in these troubled times.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers, but I especally pray for you as you make your final preparations, Michelle. What a joy that we have our Lord and Savior to rely on!

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A zillion little things

Monday, November 03, 2008

I feel like I had a productive day today. None of the things I got done was really major, but mostly I'm happy I didn't WASTE a lot of time worrying about what to do next, and just DID it.

- Had winter tires put on the car
- Went to dr to have my veins checked
- Got measured for new support stockings
- Went to the bank, got cash, deposited a check and talked to someone about deferring loan payments for a couple of months - got a yes!
- Fitness studio - talked to director about putting membership on hold - got a yes!
- Called the German train company to talk about getting out of my contract - need to write
- Called lung doctor to get prescription corrected - they're mailing it
- Got the first of three shots at the urologist - no side effects, yay!
- Updated paperwork at the language school
- Did some window shopping and bought 4 small Christmas gifts (blown glass ornaments)
- Cashed in my full Subway card for an almost-free lunch!
- Did some OT reading, listened to/took notes on one of the lectures (Hosea)
- Picked up 3 referral forms from my GP dr, to specialists I still need to see - visited with 2 friends from church.
- Quick trip to the grocery store - visited with friend from church
- Walked to town and back ca. 30 minutes - visited with friend from seniors group on the way
- Checked my email, Facebook, and updated Spark trackers
- Enjoyed the warm, sunny Indian summer afternoon after the morning fog!

I need to have a BUNCH more days like this before I leave for the States!

Thanks for reading if you got this far :) I needed to write this all down today to remind myself to keep plugging away!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/7/2008 4:34PM

    Well done Michelle...you made so much headway and I really hope you manage to get everything completed in time!
Please drop by the chat topic (if you have time) and tell us when you're off and for how long?
I'd really like to know...we'll miss you but I guess you'll be sparking again from the States? (Hope so!)

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MEL27P 11/5/2008 9:09PM

    Oh my goodness, what a busy day! Did you have that all written down ahead of time? My head is spinning thinking of you going from task to task. Good job! You've earned a HIGH FIVE!

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CTEMPLE 11/3/2008 7:48PM

    Well done, hope you don't get too tired with a few more days like that!

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SKISINCO 11/3/2008 4:02PM

    Excellent day Michelle! Sounds like you made great strides in getting things accomplished before your trip. Great idea writing them down too. Happy to read that you got a bunch of yes's and an almost free lunch, plus visiting with friends. You can rest easy tonight right?! =)

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November Goals

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Here are my November health and fitness goals:

1) Track daily for the next two weeks.
2) Continue exercise streak.
3) 900 cardio minutes.
4) Lose two pounds.
5) Get in the rest of my doctor visits.
6) Do better on sleep - minimum 7 hours a night.

To help with goal #6:

7) Turn off the computer at 10 PM on weeknights.
8) No eating after 9PM.

MAYBE? Run a 4-Miler on Thanksgiving Day in Naples.

October goals:

1) Tracking 30 minutes a day intentional exercise, restarting the streak I broke on Aug. 30 after 224 days. GOAL MET- 34 days today!

2) Track food two days a week. GOAL MET SORT OF ;) There was a 10-day stretch where I didn't track, otherwise did pretty well.

3) Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night. FAIL! but I'm averaging around 6 a night.

4) Make and go to doctor appointments, and get meds in preparation for returning to the States (where I have no health insurance at the moment) for an extended stay. GOAL MET and still in progress - I've been to the uro twice, to the dermatologist, the lung doctor and my gp. Still have appts for the eye doctor and ob/gyn and need to go back to the uro for three vaccinations, and to the gp for some prescriptions. AND I also have a health insurance policy that will cover the first 45 days of my US stay.

5)1200 cardio minutes. GOAL MET - 1209!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/2/2008 8:14PM

    Michelle, Congrats on such a successful October. With all that is happening in your life you have proven that we can still take time for ourselves if we plan well. I am anxious to see how this month goes. The plot is thickening, ha ha. I have developed a newfound spark and am doing well right now. I weighin tomorrow and I have reason to believe it will be a positive weighin. I am also including more activity into my days. I want to be more active but darn it I alawys seem to leave it to the end of the list. I am trying to move it to a higher priority. I sincerely hope you will still be able to keep your connection to spark while you are in the States. Carry on my friend. I am always by your side ( I have trouble keeping up though ).


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HOMEBUNNY 11/2/2008 8:55AM

    I love the picture you chose. It is very beautiful. Good luck on meeting your goals. Having them in writing will make it easier for you to meet them. By the way, good job on your October goals. I am impressed with your cardio numbers and the exercise streak. Good for you!!


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MOM2KNL 11/1/2008 8:05PM

    I just posted on my blog too- same title as yours! I also borrowed your wonderful idea of an exercise streak. You have inspired me and I need the motivation. Today is day one. We can do this Michelle!

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SKISINCO 11/1/2008 1:05PM

    Some great achievements Michelle! And a 4 miler would be a great goal for November, I say go for it. =)

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October (Almost) Bye, Bye!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

For the One-Day Challenge Team, I'm supposed to blog today. I was going to wait till tomorrow - but, hey, I can blog again tomorrow too.

I'm excited about month-end (where did it go anyway?) because I'm going to meet my cardio goal, after missing out completely in September due my emergency stateside trip. I'm also working at accumulating Spark points so that I can claim my next trophy tomorrow. Wonder if I can get 127 points between now and the end of the month?

Yesterday, we also had fun on the Christians At Goal and Maintaining team board. Our three fearless leaders invested a lot of time, love and imagination in a special one-year anniversary virtual celebration for the team, including a trip to a wellness resort, hourly drawings for prizes (Spark goodies!), a banquet prepared by a world-renowned chef, with the fireworks display on Mount Rushmore to close out the day.

Love my Spark teams! Love my Spark buddies! Love Spark People!

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/1/2008 5:02PM

    Hi Michelle...I know it feels good to achieve those exercise goals...that's such an important part of SP because it not only motivates us but also others.
Wonderful the you enjoyed our (crazy!) virtual Spa Resort...I can't tell you the laughs it gave us before hand!!
I saw you were almost at your next trophy...I just got mine so I'll say congrats because I know it's a hard slog to get to that one!
Hugs, Janet.

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REYNJANET 10/31/2008 9:14PM

    Michelle, glad you enjoyed your virtual holiday!! It was a lot of fun and we are making special plans already for Christmas! I think it is a good way fo bringing us closer together.

You have done a great job for October!! Good luck in November. Give yourself some cushion for the holidays, LOL

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SKISINCO 10/30/2008 6:26PM

    I'm with ya, where did the month go?!?! What a fun team you are on, and the celebration sounds like it was a lot of virtual fun!

Wishing you well through all of your packing and what not, I know the big move back to the states will be here before you know it. Have a terrific weekend.

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One Week - EEK!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Reviewing my October goals with one week to go:

1) I've been doing my 30 minutes of exercise a day, so my streak is at 27 days.

2) Track food two days a week--- got off to a good start, but have slacked off this past week. Will track this weekend.

3) Minimum 7 hours of sleep a night --- Not doing so well there. Have been averaging around 6-7, though.

4) Make and go to doctor appointments, and get meds in preparation for trip to the States --- have had 3 appointments and have two more scheduled. Want to try to get in to see the eye doctor, too, but may not have time to schedule that.

5) 1200 cardio minutes --- I have 335 minutes to go to reach my cardio goal for the month. I usually go Nordic walking on Saturday for a total of 75 minutes. Sunday, weather permitting, I'll go NW again for about 60. That leaves 5 days to get in 190 minutes. That's 38 minutes a day. I can do that!

How are you doing toward your goals?

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CTEMPLE 10/27/2008 8:48AM

    Hi Michelle thanks for the rescue link, it was soo; sad only v. special people can do that!

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SKISINCO 10/25/2008 10:30AM

    You are doing fabulous Michelle! Hope the impending move is on track and your DM is doing better. I tried going to the blog for her, but it says it couldn't be found?! Did you all take it down or maybe I typed it in wrong.

In response to your post on my blog...My avatar is a costume I made several years ago for my son, but have worn it myself. It is Doctor Frankenmonster. Frank has the mad doc on his back. I got it out of a magazine and I actually won a costume contest with it! Also, I have just quit tracking everything on SP because I figure I'm paying for the BodyBugg and to get an accurate read of my calorie deficit/surplus I need to focus on tracking on that site. I'm not going anywhere (except hopefully into smaller clothes) I'm still a Sparker, because I've been sparked!

Have a great rest of the weekend. =)

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JIBBIE49 10/25/2008 9:51AM

    Hey, I love your RACE schedule.
There is a Breast Cancer WALK in the PARK here next Saturday, and I am going to go to it. I've never done that type of thing, so I'm going to get out and do something "outside my comfort zone."
In school I was NEVER an athlete, so I just let everyone else win, so they'd LIKE me. Now, I'm learning to like ME.

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