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July Goals Update

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Here's an update of how I did on my July goals. I put 3 stars if the goal was met, one or two if I made some degree of progress. August goals coming after my nap!


*Daily MORNING prayer (before I get tuckered out during the day!) Some progress, need to be more consistent

Home and Org:

*Tweak and follow AM and PM routines – still in progress
***Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 – almost there! Added to both accounts this past month.
List a bunch of stuff on ebay – will do this after US trip
***Do German Taxes – Turning in the rest of the documents tomorrow! Yippee!
Declutter desk (again!) I think this will stay on the list forever LOL


Reread Book of Isaiah inductive-style – haven’t started this, needed a break
*Plot out the next year's course plan – next course will be January, but I need to scope out the rest of the year
*Brainstorm ideas for practice project – have some ideas that I need to present to my advisor


*Summer newsletter (was supposed to be a Spring newsletter-oh well!)- have a rough draft, will finish and mail from the US
**Worship team meeting and schedule for rest of 2009 – it was a good meeting, need to follow-up on my action steps
*Weekly visitation – only did this one week, was hindered somewhat by a cold

Health and Fitness:

10 K on the 18th? – didn’t do this, next chance for a race is Aug. 22 in FL
***1200 Cardio minutes – passed my goal
***ST at least twice a week – did this
***Continue daily exercise streak - will cross the 300-day mark on July 25th – yep, did that. Will beat my own 310-day streak in a few days!
**Make doctor and dentist appts: Dentist, Pulm., Uro., OB/GYN – made all appointments except OB/GYN who was on vacation when I called. Went to dentist and GP for check-ups, pulmonary is this Wednesday, Uro appointment is in Sept. after I get back from the States
*Lose 5 in July - don't usually focus on the scale this much, but need to speed up the losing process to meet my Aug. 5 goal – only lost 3, but that’s something!


Thursday off!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

I only have one commitment today - a meeting at church this evening at 7:30. So far today, I've spent several hours online getting caught up on email correspondence and Spark stuff. Now I need to move on to housecleaning and tax paper-taming - oh joy, oh rapture!

Started tracking again on Monday and have already lost the bit of weight I gained during the crisis with Mom (she fell and broke her hip a couple of weeks ago). I think I'm learning how to deal better with the stress - finding alternatives to snacking.

Yesterday I had a good report on my annual check-up results. No figures in the red zone on my bloodwork! My "bad" cholesterol level has continued to drop over the past two-and-a-half years. Some of you might remember that a visit to the doctor was my weight loss wake-up call. He said, "You don't need medication for high cholesterol YET!" I said to myself at that moment, "... and I WON'T need medication for it, either!" Six months later, after losing a bunch of weight and sticking to a regular exercise program, I was tested again. This time I was seen by the other partner in the doctor's practice. He looked at my past report and asked, "Did we prescribe medication for your high cholesterol?" When I told him, no - he asked how I had done it. Eating less, exercising more with the help of the Lord and SP.

I did have an earache yesterday but it's already clearing up. He gave me antibiotics and I'm using a nasal spray. With all the allergens floating around the past few weeks, I seem to have caught a sinus infection - maybe the tail end of that cold I had a few weeks ago.

On the Mom front, she was transferred to rehab yesterday. We were surprised that this took place so quickly. We were told earlier that she wouldn't be moved until the post-op delirium had cleared up. She's better, but still having episodes.

We ARE very glad that she's in a quieter and more cheerful place than the hospital. I visited this new place with Dad when we were looking for a place for her to recover after the car accident. They weren't able to take her then so she had to stay in a facility that --- well, let's just say it wasn't our first, second, third or fourth choice :) It worked out well because it was close for Dad to visit, and she got along well with all the staff. But we're happy that she doesn't have to go back there this time.

The new place has a little lake behind it and a patio for bird-watchers that I think she'll enjoy. A week from Monday, I'll be there to see how she's doing in person. Till then, I'm making daily calls to get updates. I'm sure glad I have a flat rate for international calls!

Working on my July goal list today and planning for August...

emoticon for anyone who read this whole epistle!!!

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SKISINCO 8/1/2009 12:05PM

    Great news Michelle, and thanks for the trophy! ;-P

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CTEMPLE 7/30/2009 5:20PM

    Oh Michelle so many good news! I'm so happy for you. Hope your mum continues to improve and in a more cheerful place.
I have a bad back attack and haven't bee able to be so active, ( my anxiety increased as well) and I'm struggling to get into more exercise.
I have 2 months to loose a couple of kg. DH and I started a sign language course last night, he is (not completely but) deaf and I'm loosing my hearing gradually, it was very successful.

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/30/2009 4:54PM

    You will be so pleased to be back home and able to see your mum and dad. It is amazing how stressful not being close at hand is, and not knowing what is happening in the moment. You have also met important goals on your health issues and have the best reasons to stay with Sparks and stay healthy. WooHoo!
You're blogs are always interesting - short or long.

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/30/2009 10:24AM

    Michelle, Your updates are always a joy to read. I feel like I know your parents and have a vision of them in my mind. I am glad your mom is recovering but as you know at their age, it takes motre time. I am guessing your dad is holding down the fort. It must have been vert traumatic for him as well.

Thanks for keeping us up to date. Enjoy your trip home and hopefully it will relieve some of your stress,

Gini emoticon

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LADY_DONKEY 7/30/2009 9:06AM

    Overall, quite a positive post! I'm glad things seem to be getting better (less stressful).

Oh, and I hear ya on the stress eating!!!

I like bird watching too. At one point, I got to recognizing the different bird calls of common birds around here (robin, cardinal, finch, etc.). Definitely a positive in a recuperative setting.

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DDOORN 7/30/2009 8:48AM

    Sounds like your mother has a beautiful new "home"...!

Thx for reminding me...have to catch up with my primary care doc...just routine check up but have been so busy this summer I canceled without rescheduling...!

As you have found, I'm sure I'll get lots of good news from him when I do...lol!


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Random thoughts on the eve of a new week...

Sunday, July 26, 2009

I've been tracking my exercise but not my food, and I'm sure that will show tomorrow at my weigh-in! UGH!

Today, I'm prepping my meals and will start back tracking tomorrow. I've really missed Sparking the past week or so, but there just hasn't been time to do everything. On the other hand, I've made some progress on other goals - like turning in some important tax documents on Friday, getting my annual doctor and dentist check-ups done.

Mom is still dealing with postoperative delirium but is doing better. The neurologist has been giving her some medication that helps. No idea when she'll be released to rehab. I call once a day and talk with her when she's up to it, get updates from my dad whose days are organized around his trips to visit her in the hospital.

Seems there's been a wave of unhappy news coming from friends in Florida lately. Lots of prayer needs here in Germany, too. God listens and he's the one in control.

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TIREINE 7/28/2009 3:20PM

  I will definitely add your family to my prayer list.

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CHICADEE26 7/28/2009 1:34PM

    Sorry I have not commented earlier - I have not had much time in the Sparkpages lately. I will certainly be praying for your family!

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ADELMEYERRM 7/27/2009 11:13AM

    I will send some prayers your way!

Have a good week! emoticon

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FIT4HISGLORY 7/26/2009 8:47PM

    When life gets overwhelming it's always helpful to remember this...God knows!

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FORMYDARLINGS 7/26/2009 7:35PM

    Oh Michelle, Somehow I have not been receiving emails re your blogs. I feel so bad for your mommand dad. They have had so much trama of late. How are you holding up? I saw that you are retuurning to the States in Aug. Ihope you will relax some if you can. Maybe run a little? My thoughts are with you and your family.
On another note, I haven't been tracking at all lately. I have been away from the gym for 6 weeks. Tomorrow is GO day when I return to doing everything that is right for me. Hope you can do the same. Keep your spirits up, my friend,

Blessings, Gini emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/26/2009 6:21PM

    Hugs and prayers coming your way.

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LADY_DONKEY 7/26/2009 5:47PM

    I will keep your prayer intentions in my heart.

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CTEMPLE 7/26/2009 5:36PM

    Goals achieved , if not all, sounds pretty good.
It's a difficult situation.

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/26/2009 4:10PM

    It's hard keeping a balance between wheat we need to do and the love of Spark. Glad your Mom is improving, even if it is slowly. Healing takes time.

I'm sure your weigh-in won't be bad at all. I go tomorrow morning too, and I'm not sure how my weigh-in will go. I've been eating a few too many deserts here lately.

Have a great week.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mom was doing pretty well for the first couple of days after the op, but she's now suffering from postoperative delirium. She is very confused, and sometimes delusional. Apparently, this is not all that unusual for elderly people after surgery. Needless to say, this has been very upsetting, especially for my father who is there with her. But when the neurologist finally gave her condition a name yesterday, that was a relief. It could take weeks for this to pass, so she won't be leaving the hospital any time soon.

My work schedule is still very full. That together with the extra phone calls to family and friends in the US in the evening has preempted my Spark time. Things should lighten up toward the end of the week, so I'll be able to check in here - and get my trackers updated, too.

Thank you for your continuing prayers!

EVENING UPDATE/PRAISE: Just got off the phone with my dad a little bit ago. Mom is doing much better today and he was very encouraged. She was able to eat for the first time in a couple of days, too.

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SKISINCO 7/25/2009 9:22AM

    Sorry to hear about your mom, but I'm glad that they've given it a name (seems that it makes it easier to deal with when you know WHAT you are dealing with!) Being busy at work is probably a good thing, sounds like you are doing pretty well overall and I'm happy to hear that!

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ECLECTIC_ME 7/23/2009 11:28AM

    Praying for your mom and the whole family. I've not been as active on SP as I'd like to be... I'm just now reading your blog.

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HOMEBUNNY 7/23/2009 8:22AM

    Thanks for the update on your mom. I am continuing to pray for all of you & a speedy recovery for her.

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FRANNIEDID 7/22/2009 6:09AM

    Sorry to hear about your mom, I sure hope all goes well. Please know that I will be thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/21/2009 6:39PM

    Michelle, it is a very hard time for you. You just have to prioritise the important things. Sending up prayers for you and your family, take care, Sandy

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CTEMPLE 7/21/2009 6:12PM

    I'm glad, what a difficult time dear Michelle!
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ANGELBELIEVER 7/21/2009 4:13PM

    You're correct, that is not unusual for the elderly to experience that. I pray it will clear up soon so she can go home to continue her recovery.

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JANETELIZABETH1 7/21/2009 3:15PM

    Michelle, yes I've heard of that happening to older people...so sorry. Praying she starts to get back to herself real soon, praying for your dad & you too. emoticon

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Thanks for all your prayers and good thoughts. Mom's hip surgery went well. Now we're waiting to hear what the doctor has to say about next steps.

I'm amazed at God's timing - yesterday was my "free day" and I had extra time in the morning for prayer and started reading a good new book about grace. He knew that I'd need it that same afternoon!

I'll need to be spending more time on the phone and such for the next few days, so I'll have to
keep my Spark activities to a minimum. Please excuse me if I don't come to "visit"
you personally or respond to posts and Spark mails right away!

Will keep you posted! Thanks again for all the support!

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STAMPINWOMN 7/18/2009 12:04PM

  hope all is going good for you and your mom.
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JANETELIZABETH1 7/18/2009 3:06AM

    Wonderful news Michelle....thank you Lord!!

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REYNJANET 7/18/2009 12:36AM

    Good news! Thanks for the update! Still praying

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FIT4HISGLORY 7/17/2009 10:02PM

    Glad to hear the surgery went well. God's timing is always perfect and His grace, always sufficient! Continuing to pray!

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TRYINGHARD1948 7/17/2009 7:13PM

    So pleased to hear all went well with Mum's surgery. Take care and don't worry about messaging, it is a time for prioritizing. God bless, Sandy

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CTEMPLE 7/17/2009 6:27PM

    Dear Michelle glad everything went well. Keep calm.

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STAMPINWOMN 7/17/2009 5:48PM

  so glad to hear things went well for your mom. don't worry about responding-you've got much more important things to worry about.

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