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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Yesterday, I had an appointment with one of the personal trainers at the fitness studio (what we call "the gym" in Germany). This is a luxury I won't often be indulging in, but I wanted someone to help me put together a individual strength program that takes into consideration my problem zones and weak spots, and to have her really show me how to do the exercises correctly to avoid injury. At 55, and with some of my history, I felt like this was an important step and a wise investment.


As the Deer

Friday, June 08, 2007

Yesterday, I accepted a challenge on the 1-Day Challenge Board to "feel the burn" - in some way, to up our exercise for the day. I'd been planning to take it easy with a 30-minute walk but decided to go for my 45-minute loop through the woods. On the way back, I saw a young deer on the path not too far ahead of me. We stopped and looked at each other for a moment before he hurriedly disappeared into the brush. What a rare and precious sight! I had the thought that this was the Lord rewarding me for my diligence...and the song "As the deer..." came to mind. Alone on the trail, I started to sing that song with thankfulness for how the Lord is helping me along this lifestyle-change journey.

Even remembered the words to one of the other verses: "You're my friend and you are my brother even though you are a King. l love you more than any other, so much more than anything." And I do!

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ANGELWOOD 8/8/2007 10:04AM

    I sang that solo once. I actually forgot some of the lyrics. *facepalm* Hope you don't mind my spamming your SparkPage. I wish it was possible to save some entries as "memories" like in Livejournal.

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The Long Run

Saturday, June 02, 2007

From one of the Spark emails in my box today: "Donít give up on yourself. After all, itís never too late to be that healthy person you might have been." That's a pretty audacious statement for someone who is 55, but I'm holding on to that. More and more realizing I'm that I'm into this fitness thing for the long run. How great it would be to be healthier during my 56th year than ever before! With God, it's possible.


Eating All Day

Thursday, May 24, 2007

There are days when I feel like all I do is eat! I've been planning my meals a day ahead, sometimes packing breakfast, lunch AND dinner to take into the city on those days when my schedule is particularly full. In order to eat everything I've brought with me, I find myself eating during just about every break. If I skipped a meal, my calorie total wouldn't add up to 1200. This is making me aware of how my eating habits were before SP...running on empty, filling up on not-so-healthy stuff, eating too many snacks in the evening.

Sometimes it feels like all I'm doing is working and eating, working and eating, then I get home, post in my nutrition and fitness record, then start preparing my meals for the next day! But I'm thankful that I'm not hungry because I imagine there will be days and phases where I am.


The Blue Suit Fits!

Monday, May 21, 2007

I lost three more pounds. So happy to see that scale move after last week's standstill! Inches haven't changed much.

The best is that I fit into my navy blue suit so I can wear it to the church conference this weekend. I haven't worn it in about 4 years, so it's a good thing that it's a classic style! And I also tried a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in about 4 years and they almost fit. There are still some little fat rolls that pooch out above the waist. Guess I need to keep working on those crunches!

While trying on clothes this morning, I was finding it difficult to release some of the bigger-sized things that really don't fit anymore - and that I don't ever want to fit in again. There is one skirt that I might have altered. But I want to trust God to help me continue down this path. It's just starting to dawn on me that these healthier choices add up to a change for life. This lifestyle will continue even after the needle on the scale shows my goal weight.


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