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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.

Comment edited on: 10/25/2008 9:50:13 AM

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4 Weeks - EEK!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I've been working long days at the language school this past week, working on getting some funds together for my trip. So, I haven't been keeping up on SP, but now with the weekend upon us, I have a bit of time to catch up. Even better, my student for today cancelled at the last minute. That means I still get paid but don't have to go into the city. Yay!

So, what to do? I'll be going Nordic walking later but, till then, I want to make some progress on the apartment. I may have a subletter for at least part of the time I'm in the US so there's LOTS to do in the four weeks before my departure. Time to make a list to counter IGAD (I've Got All Day syndrome)!

An update on my plans: I'm flying to the States on November 22nd with a return flight booked for August 2009. I've been granted a leave of absence at the language school, have talked to the pastor at the church where I serve, and am working on all the details that a temporary move like this entails. I'm trying not to think of this as a huge thing, but it is. In my prayer time, the Lord reassures me that everything will be fine. Guess I need to remember to "pray without ceasing" to keep that mindset!


Down and Out

Friday, October 17, 2008

I was down a pound on Monday! But I've been doing some emotional eating since then. Stressing out a bit about all that needs to be done before my trip to the States, and also fighting a cold. But hanging in there none the less...

DMom is able to talk again! She had the tracheal breathing tube taken out on Wednesday. I'm looking forward to chatting with her later today for the first time in about 6 weeks.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/20/2008 8:48PM

    I'm so happy for your mom and you. I know that she will be less frightened now that she can speak. I hope your dad is managing through all this too. I say a prayer for you and your family every evening. Take care Michelle,

Gini emoticon

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HOMEBUNNY 10/20/2008 12:52PM

    That is great news about your mom!!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/18/2008 3:44PM

    Fantastic news about your mum Michelle!
Don't worry, the Lord will undertake for all your arrangements.
Hope you're soon feeling much better.

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CTEMPLE 10/17/2008 9:34PM

    Hi Michelle and what great news. Don't worry too much about emotional eating, we are humans after all!
Today I started with exercise again with a bit of trepidation, but I managed it. It's a great stress reliever and I haven't got any sanity without it.

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SKISINCO 10/17/2008 3:53PM

    Great news about your mom Michelle! Hope you feel better and thanks for the input on my blog!

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TERRIEJO53 10/17/2008 2:13PM

    With all you have already accomplished, a week of stress eating isn't going to hurt you. You will be back on track in no time.

Have a nice chat with your mom. I'm glad she is doing better.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

I snuck a peek at the scale this morning and think I'm going to have some good news to report after my "official" Monday weigh-in. Thought I'd post that here so that I won't be tempted to sabotage myself over the weekend. Instead, I'm going to go Nordic walking today and tomorrow and burn a bazillion calories. Yes!

Tomorrow is the town's annual flea market --- THE event of the year here. Our church has a pizza stand and normally sells over 300 (what you might call personal-size) pizzas to raise money for our partner church in the Ukraine. It's great fun and the pizza is the best, thanks to Luca and Lucia, the almost-professional pizza-bakers in charge. It's also a great time of fellowship and a chance to see people you might only see once or twice a year otherwise. Do stop by if you're in the neighborhood ;)

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TKLINKEN 10/12/2008 1:38PM

    That's like peeking at your Christmas present and seeing that you got something REALLY good! Hehehehe.

Have fun burning a bazillion calories, it has inspired me to get off my behind and go to the gym.

Hehehe the first thing I zero'd in on was the word "Shoppen"...I guess that means shopping, and it must be a universal word...yay for shopping!

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CTEMPLE 10/11/2008 6:44PM

    Yum Yum!

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SKISINCO 10/11/2008 9:58AM

    Mmmm pizza! I know if I was in the neighborhood, I'd definitely be there! ;)

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CBSPECIAL 10/11/2008 7:00AM

    Looking forward to hearing the good news!

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