Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I'm about to pack up the laptop. I leave the apartment tomorrow at 5:00 AM for a 7-something flight - guess I'd better check that again, huh?
I fly from Stuttgart, to Frankfurt, to Philadelphia to Hartford, CT first. I'll spend a few days with my grandmother who turns 95 next week. My sister is coming up from NYC for the day on Friday. I'm excited to see both of them. It's been about 5 years!
While I'm in CT, I may check email from the computer room at the independent living place where G'ma lives, but don't plan to really be online much till I get to Florida on Monday.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my August goals. Looking back at the list, a lot of it was more of a to-do list for my trip, and not just a set of goals for the month. I wish I were really as organized as it might seem - I'm not and that's why I need lists! Your words were very encouraging.
It's great to know that y'all will be here on Spark when I log in again!
Sunday, August 02, 2009
It's me again - just had a short but good nap. Here's my goals for the month of August. Since I'll be traveling most of the time, meeting some of them will be a challenge. Quite a few need to be done before I go, so it's a good thing I only have one day of English lessons and no other fixed commitments this week before I take off for the States early Thursday morning!
Daily MORNING prayer
Daily journaling, esp. during trip
Support parents during Mom’s rehab stay, and concerning future decisions
Home and Org:
Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 - goal is year-end
Before US trip: Declutter desk, clean out fridge, WHBH, clean stairwell, vacuum out car
Plot out next year's course plan
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
Contact German adviser
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons
Complete and send Summer newsletter
Schedule orientation workshop for new worship team members
Send team guidelines to team leaders
Visit as many of my US churches as possible during trip
Send paperwork before trip departure
Email update my sub
Contact at month-end about Sept schedule
Health and Fitness Goals:
5K on the 22nd?
1200 Cardio minutes
NW walking group meet-up
ST at least twice a week – go for 90 minutes
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise (will beat my own 310-day streak on Tuesday, Aug 4th!)
Make OB/GYN appointment
Get pulmo check-up
Lose 3-5 pounds
Postponed till September:
Posting on Ebay
Wallpaper/paint entry hall
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, 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...
for anyone who read this whole epistle!!!
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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