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Saturday, May 09, 2009

I made my fresh start on May 1 and have been doing well since then, tracking food and fitness. It feels good to be back into my Spark routine, and it's been fun catching up on old friends and making new ones on the boards and blogs. The support here is awesome! I know I'll see some good results on Monday, weigh-in day.

One thing that I'm especially happy about is that I've gotten at least 7 hours of sleep each night, usually 8. My sleep rhythm had been off since I got back from the States and last Saturday's 12-hour sleepathon seems to have gotten me back on track. I know we all KNOW this, but it makes such a difference in my attitude, thought life, stamina, motivation, ability to control my appetite - um, well, LIFE! I am a fan of sleep.

Mom and Dad are plugging along. We got to talk on Skype, complete with webcam on dad's birthday on Thursday. That was fun. They are still both looking for a new primary care physician. Mom's is moving to a new location, farther from home - and Dad hasn't had one for ages. *sigh*

I've signed up for a 7K race on June 13, one day after the deadline for my Prophets course, and smack in the middle of the weekend celebration of our church's 10th anniversary. This may be the craziest, or the sanest decision I've made in awhile!

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FORMYDARLINGS 5/12/2009 8:09PM

    Michelle, It's so good to know, that some things just don't change. LOL Run your race and get caught up in your weekend celebration. Make that deadline, I know you will. You continue to amaze me, Blessings, Gini

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OASIS1223 5/12/2009 1:35AM

    Fresh starts indeed. Me too! Since late April. It's nice to be back in a routine and nice to see what you're up to.

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BFITNHAPPY 5/11/2009 12:05PM

    Wow, its sounds like you are on a roll. I SO know what you mean about the sleep..I finally caught up too. Congrats on signing up for the 7K..good luck with your training. thanks for your encouragement..

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HOMEBUNNY 5/11/2009 11:23AM

    I know all about those fresh starts. Glad to see you have caught up on your sleep. I have never been over seas. I bet it would be hard to get back into the routine again.

Good luck on preparing for the race. You are a trooper!! I am sure you will be able to do all that you need to do.


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ELLIQQ 5/10/2009 8:45PM

    Don't you love it when the "Craziest Thing" is in your Heart as the Best Thing! Good Wishes for all you have scheduled! You will have to post some more pictures for us. We are FINALLY getting Spring here ... the crabapples, tulips, daffs are all blooming ... and the Lilacs are going to start Soon.

Happy Snoozing ... I'm joining you (no more all nighters !!) ... L emoticon

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SKISINCO 5/10/2009 10:23AM

    I'm a fan of sleep too. I'm glad to read that you seem to be getting back on track. Good luck with your 7k, sounds like it will be a memorable one.

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REYNJANET 5/10/2009 10:10AM

    Michelle, You do like challenges! You'll do great. Just keep getting your sleep! It is good to have you posting again.


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ANGORA4 5/9/2009 11:29PM

    Good for you! Sleep is so important! Sounds like you're going to be busy for a while! Good luck in the race!

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CTEMPLE 5/9/2009 9:19PM

    Dear Michelle glad to hear about all the positive things. The race will keep you grounded, I'm sure!

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ANGELBELIEVER 5/9/2009 12:19PM

    Glad you're back on track with your sleep. It sure makes a difference/

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SWPETITE 5/9/2009 9:28AM

    Good for you for getting your sleep Zella! And signing up for that race - impressive. Can' t wait to hear how it turns oout.

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Sunday, May 03, 2009

I went Nordic walking with the group from church yesterday and it was perfect weather. We had a great time, but about halfway up one of the hills, I started feeling woozy - blood suger level dropped. And I had to take the rest of the walk real slow.

I had planned to go to the grocery store on the way home - skipped that! Came home, ate a light supper and went to bed at 8:30. I slept till 8:30 this morning. 12 HOURS! Do you think I'm now - 3 1/2 weeks after my return flight - finally getting over jet lag? Or was it the fact that I've cut back on calories again, on my way back down to goal range?

Whatever, I'm going to be sure to take some dried fruit along on the next trek. I guess I relearned the lesson that it's not just WHAT you eat and how many calories you consume but WHEN you eat it that makes a difference in your energy levels.

Tomorrow will be my first Monday weigh-in in awhile. That's another habit that I'm reestablishing. I weighed in on Friday at 66 kilo and hope to see a pound gone. emoticon

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BFITNHAPPY 5/6/2009 2:40PM

    Michele..glad you are OK and got some sleep..maybe I will go to bed at 8pm tonight :) My marathon is Sat May 23rd up near the family cottage in Michigan..thanks for asking!

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SKISINCO 5/4/2009 12:39PM

    Hi Michelle, sounds like a nice weekend! I'll be posting some pics later in the week as well as a link to a place where many of the convention attendees are posting their pictures. I am playing catch up today with SP, laundry and the like. Have a wonderful week!


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    Hi Michelle, Glad to have you back amoung us. I know what you mean about bloodsugar. I however tend to over fill mine. LOL I am going to the gym for the first time today. I'm a little excited and a little bit scared. I will be sure to eat my apple before and my string cheese after my workout. Best of luck with your quest to get back into range. I know you will be there quite quickly and have the knowhow to maintain. See you soon,

Love Gini

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    Hi Michelle....
Well I guess that in reality your whole life has been turned upside down several times! Your mum's accident, moving there to support them, coming back, trying to pick up where you left off before etc etc.
Just take it slowly, one day at a time and I'm sure the Lord will put everything where He wants it!
I certainly hope you do well on your first weigh in tomorrow!

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Friday, May 01, 2009

It's May! Today's my first day of tracking calories and fitness on Spark. I've been faithful about tracking cardio on the Fresh Start team challenge. And last week I passed Day 200 of my daily exercise streak. But I'm still 8 kilos over goal weight and 6 kilos over the top of my goal range. Time to get busy on SP again! I know how to do it - have a plan and work it! It feels good to fiinally be getting back on track!

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REYNJANET 5/2/2009 11:41PM

    Michelle, you know the score, you'll be back on track in no time. Way to go with your exercising!

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CTEMPLE 5/1/2009 8:14PM

    Dear Michelle, I'm sure you'll be able to be on target in no time. What counts is the fitness and healthy living, the weight is secondary.

Comment edited on: 5/1/2009 8:18:28 PM

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I'm not behind!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I'm not behind! I'm starting fresh AGAIN!

Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts. My trip back to Germany was looong but uneventful. I got back three weeks ago, in time to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with my church family here. I've been waiting for the German Telekom to get me hooked up with a new landline and wireless connection.

Just got back on the internet here at home TODAY so I'll be able to be consistent in posting --- and TRACKING! I'll try to stop by and visit everybody's blogs and pages this week. I've missed my Spark buddies immensely, but kind of gave up trying to keep in touch via the sloooow connection at the language school. I basically just updated my facebook page and answered the urgent emals and that was IT!

Would you believe I ran 10K for the first time in my life last Saturday? I had planned to run 5K in the benefit to raise money to build a school in Ethiopia. But at the 5K mark, it occurred to me that if I kept a nice slow pace I could earn more money (5 euros per kilometer from the run sponsors) for the cause. My legs are still feeling it, but it was a good feeling. Next race will be in June, I think.

More later...

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/30/2009 4:21AM

    Hi there, Great to have you back. Soo great that you could turn your 5 k into a 10k. I will be happy when I get to the 5k walking. Time and patience. I am so glad you are up and running again and look forward to sharing with you,


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MOM2KNL 4/29/2009 11:42AM

    emoticon emoticonYou're the bomb Zella! I am so proud of you for pushing through to do the 10K. You are amazing! Welcome back - I have missed you very much. You are such a great motivator and encourager.
Your sista in Christ,

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FIT4HISGLORY 4/29/2009 9:45AM

    Welcome back--you've been missed around here. Aren't you thankful for fresh starts?!
Amazing is the word that comes to my mind when you decided, "Hey, I think I'll just continue on for another 5K." WOW! Way to go!


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SKISINCO 4/29/2009 8:15AM

    Wow MIchelle, you rock! From a 5k to a why not continue and do a 10k? Fantastic woman! Glad to hear you are back safe and sound and I'm sure lots of people there are happy to see you!

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CTEMPLE 4/28/2009 5:26PM

    Glad to hear you're back slowly into your routine.

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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Today is Mom's 82nd birthday. Celebrating started with Mom and Dad's breakfast group at the little cafe they always go to on Saturday morning. After we finished breakfast, the restaurant staff brought out a chocolate cake with candles and everyone in the place sang! I passed on the cake but we're going out for dinner later, so I'm going to have to be diligent with portion control today!

But back to Mom - I'm so happy she made it this far and has made such great progress since the auto accident in August. It has been a difficult half a year!

I head back to Germany on Tuesday. Thanks for the prayers for a safe flight and travelling mercies!

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    Birthday wishes for your mom, however belated. I will keep your Dparents in my thoughts each night as I reflect. Keep safe on your trip home and remember how far you and the dparents have come. Blessings,


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    Happy birthday to your mum Michelle, glad you were able to be there for the celebration!!
Safe flight for Tuesday.

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CTEMPLE 4/5/2009 3:41AM

    Nice pick Marie Antoinette!

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    Happy Birthday to you dear Mom. Mine is 84. Enjoy her celebration. Safe Traveling on Tuesday.

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SKISINCO 4/4/2009 10:13AM

    Happy birthday to your Dmom! Enjoy the remainder of your stay and again, wishing you safe travels.

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FIT4HISGLORY 4/4/2009 10:08AM

    What a blessing to be able to share your mom's bday with her before you return to Germany! Remember, everything in moderation. After all, 82nd bdays don't come around very often! Praying you have a safe trip back to Germany. We'll be waiting to hear how it went after you get settled back in.


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HOMEBUNNY 4/4/2009 9:53AM

    I hope you are enjoying your mom's birthday. Keep strong as you celebrate with your mom & don't go overboard on the food choices. I thought you were already on your way back to Germany. I will keep you in my prayers for safe travel.


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