ZELLAZM   95,949
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
ZELLAZM's Recent Blog Entries

September Goals

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A lot of these are ongoing...progress, not perfection!

Daily MORNING prayer
Daily journaling
Support parents during Momís rehab stay, and concerning future decisions
Isaiah Bible study
Daily visit to sparkpeople.com

Home and Org:
Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 - Moving up goal to November
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date
Repaper and paint entry hall
Put in order for junk pick-up
Post some stuff on Ebay
Change out summer - winter clothes


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
Make appt. with German admin


Rehearsals for Flea Market project
Schedule orientation workshop for new worship team members
Send team guidelines to team leaders
Christmas Choir project?
Senior visitation

Language school:

Prepare workshop for video/magazine lesson plans

Health and Fitness Goals:

No races this month (I don't like to miss Sunday church!) but 3 possibilities in October
1200 Cardio minutes
More consistency in ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise
Make OB/GYN appointment
Lose 3-5 pounds


Book flight for January/February 2010

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TRYINGHARD1948 9/14/2009 5:49PM

    I'm just subscribing to your blogs.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SARAHTAIT 9/14/2009 9:49AM

    I love how organized you are. I need to sit down and do the same. You have inspired me as I always seem to want to try to be organized and have goals but it is one step away from me-now to see how it is actually done-thanks for sharing this with us!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PARAEAST 9/12/2009 10:47PM

    You have some great goals. I hope you reach them all. Loved the way you have God/prayer/study as your first few. So very important to get the day started right.
Wish you much success!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CGDINASIA 9/12/2009 10:46PM

    WOW!! Michelle. You've certainly inspired me. I need to write my goals out as well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIANO*LADY 9/12/2009 9:27PM

    I'm inspired by your goals, Michelle. Sometimes I feel like I'm just treading water and would like to do something similar, although I might get discouraged by not reaching them!

One of my goals is to write you a long e-mail about my trip to Germany. It was tiring but incredible in many ways, as I'm sure you can imagine. I love your country and only wish I could have met you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 9/12/2009 6:41PM

    Wow! I am so totaly impressed.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGORA4 9/12/2009 4:30PM

    Wow, now that's a list! Isn't it wonderful that babysteps, one at a time, will pare that list down!

Don't forget to track your progress at Caregiver Children team goals, as that sounds like a great list for the 'do something you've been putting off' challenge. The active words here are 'do something'. Everytime you get one of those things off the list, it counts!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKISINCO 9/12/2009 3:22PM

    Great list Michelle, so organized! Nice to be able to look at things in this prospective, helps to stay on task! Wishing you much success.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2009 8:58AM

    It's helps so much to have our goals written down. Way to go on updating them!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Better-Late-Than-Never August Goals Update

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Daily MORNING prayer - still need to be more consistent
Daily journaling, esp. during trip - made a good start, but slacked off about week 2
Support parents during Momís rehab stay, and concerning future decisions - ongoing

Home and Org:
Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 - goal is year-end - almost have my emergency fund in place! woohoo!
US Taxes - got the German ones up-to-date, US is next up
Before US trip: Declutter desk, clean out fridge, WHBH, clean stairwell, vacuum out car - did all that before the trip, yes!


Plot out next year's course plan - more in my head than on paper, next course is in January
Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit - NOT done
Contact German adviser - NOT done
Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons - NOT done :-P


Complete and send Summer newsletter - DONE, yay, with help from a dear friend who did the mailing
Schedule orientation workshop for new worship team members - NOT done
Send team guidelines to team leaders - NOT done
Visit as many of my US churches as possible during trip - had to cancel trip due to Mom's condition, but visited the local 3
Steel drum - made the contact, but he's not sure about selling, so will postpone till January

Language school:

Send paperwork before trip departure - DONE
Email update my sub - DONE
Contact at month-end about Sept schedule - DONE

Health and Fitness Goals:

5K on the 22nd? - DONE and it was HOT
1200 Cardio minutes - didn't quite make it on paper, but I wasn't consistent in adding up the figures so I may have made it?
NW walking group meet-up - went with the group 4 times and it was great
ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes - still need to work on consistency, it's still dribs and drabs
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise (will beat my own 310-day streak on Tuesday, Aug 4th!)
Make OB/GYN appointment - NOT done
Get pulmo check-up - DONE
Lose 3-5 pounds - actually gained a couple :(

Postponed till September:

Isaiah study
Posting on Ebay
Wallpaper/paint entry hall

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KMPS24 9/12/2009 8:47AM

    keep it up!

Report Inappropriate Comment

My ***Amazing*** Had-To-Post-This-Somewhere Race Record:

Sunday, September 06, 2009

I just wanted to post this info so that I can update it as I do more races. Next up is a 6K in downtown ST on the 22nd. I'm trying to recruit a team from the language school for this "company run."

At my age, I don't expect to see a lot of big changes in my race times. My goal is to run a 5K at 12 minute mile pace, finishing in 37 minutes or less. That would be very cool. And to run a 10 K sometime before the end of this year.

Fast Cat 5K in FL
August 22, 2009
Time: 38:51:7
Pace: 12:32 MM
Place 302 of 325, 2nd in Age Group (of 3)
Sweating buckets in the South FL summer heat - even at 7:30 AM.

Frauenlauf 2009, 7K
May, 2009
Time: 52:22:7
Placed 85 of 97, 3rd in Age Group (of 4)
This was the famous run for the socks prize! :)

Beach Bum Classic, 5K in FL
March 21, 2009
Time: 39:43:37
Pace: 12:43 MM
Place 178 of 194
On the beach - running on sand is HARD!

Frauenlauf 2008, 7K Run
May, 2008
Time: 54:18
Placed 100 of 102 :)
My first race in something like 25 years. And I wasn't last :)

P.S. I hope everyone realizes that the ***amazing*** part is tongue-in-cheek :)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CGDINASIA 9/9/2009 12:05AM

    WOW!!! You are amazing. If I had the amazing part in something like that for me, it would because I even attempted it!! :)

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SJG1953 9/8/2009 8:25PM

    That's great Michelle!!!! Way to Go!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOMEBUNNY 9/8/2009 9:48AM

    Keep at it, Michelle!! You are doing an awesome job. Keep those goals in front of you as you strive to achieve them. You can do it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SISTERDEAR 9/7/2009 9:48PM

    You go girl! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKISINCO 9/7/2009 8:54PM

    Something to be very proud about Michelle! =)

Report Inappropriate Comment
PARAEAST 9/7/2009 5:29PM

    Wow! What an inspiration you are! I wish you more successes in your 5K's or whatever you try!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TKLINKEN 9/7/2009 4:59PM

    Excellent job on your races. :) Such a great idea to list them all out like this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 9/7/2009 12:22AM

    You're my hero! I wouldn't do a race not even if they paid me!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    My wonderful friend. The Amazing part is not tongue in cheek at all. It amazes me that someone my own age can run that far, period. I cannot run. I actually am finding walking to be difficult enough. Do not downplay your attributes. I know you don't run to be recognized as an amazing runner, but , by golly, you are amazing!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 9/6/2009 5:39PM

    You take my breath away, and no doubt you were breathless at times. Amazing and the bestest (as my DGD would say) attitude there is. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
WHOLY_FIT_48 9/6/2009 12:08PM

    Way to go on your races so far. I just did my first 10k in August and it was awesome! Keep it up.

By the way, I love your background on your page. I just love strawberries and well, any berry as a matter of fact.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 9/6/2009 11:35AM

    Now THAT'S what I call SPARKING!



GO! :-)


Report Inappropriate Comment
ARAMADAN20 9/6/2009 8:52AM

  Wow! That is awesome! Keep up the excellent work! I need a lot of work before I can do just a dot of your achievements.

Report Inappropriate Comment


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

That's how many emails were in my mailbox when I checked in on the account I use for Spark stuff. I have to admit, I've been reluctant to open it up, knowing that I might get overwhelmed by the list. I'm going to take it slow, probably do a lot of deleting, and will gradually get back in the swing of things over the next few days.

I was so touched and encouraged to see all the responses to my last blog post which I posted on what I think was the last day I logged in here. My Spark friends are the best. Thank you for your support, even when - especially when! - I've been MIA like I have the past few weeks.

So here I am, back in Germany after 3 weeks in the States. I got back on Friday but am still dealing with jet lag. I think this was the hardest it's ever been to return to Germany. I don't really feel like I've arrived yet. That will probably come as the jet lag fog lifts. I have an easy schedule at the language school this week, so I can get my bearings and make some decisions about various ministry and work projects coming up this fall. And get up to speed on Spark!

I'll probably say more to the family situation and my mom's health in later posts. Let's just I'm working to keep the relationships with my parents on good terms and not "interfere" with their decisions. At the same time I'm doing my best to keep myself updated long-distance.

P.S. Back in FL I ran the 5K on August 22, sweat buckets, improved my PB by about 2 minutes (did the Jeff Galloway thing) and came in second in my age group. There were only three in my age group. Most of the runners were highschoolers. I expect that, in a couple of years, I'll be winning the 60+ honors by default!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Good to hear from you again Michelle...
Yes the jet lag is so difficult to cope with but you'll get there very soon.
Well done for running the 5K...
Yes we have to respect the wishes of older people...hard though it is sometimes.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CGDINASIA 9/3/2009 10:48PM

    So glad you were able to spend time with your parents. I know living with my mom is good for me and for her. I trust that was a good time for you as well. Will be praying for you as you make the adjustment getting back into the swing of things both in Germany and with Spark. Great job with the 5K.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 9/2/2009 10:46PM

    Wonderful job on the 5K!

While I'm pleased for your time with family, it sure is great to have you back in the SPARK way of things... :-)


Report Inappropriate Comment

    Glad you are back home. Congrats on your 5 K run in sunny Fl. Good for you. I hope your jet lag clears soon. I've never experienced that. I have heard about it from friends who have experienced it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLK7TIGER 9/2/2009 8:36PM

    Zella, Glad that you're back. Hope that the jet lag lifts soon.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 9/2/2009 7:24PM

    LOvely to see you back and so fit, woohoo.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 9/2/2009 5:32PM

    Glad you survived the "parents challenge". Hope you get used to your routine soon.

Comment edited on: 9/2/2009 5:32:44 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2KNL 9/2/2009 4:56PM

    Hi Zella - Glad you're back - I miss you! Way to go on the 5k! I love the Galloway method too - is that the run/walk thing?

Cheering you on in prayer!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SISTERDEAR 9/2/2009 1:34PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work as you get back into your groove.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/2/2009 12:34PM

    Way to go on your race! I love that "Jeff Galloway thing".

Report Inappropriate Comment

Wild horses...

Friday, August 21, 2009

...can't keep me from getting my 30 minutes minimum of exercise each day! Here in Florida, I've actually been enjoying the heat and humidity after all the cold and rain of the summer in Germany. Tomorrow I'm even running a 5K - at 7:30 AM. I miss my Spark time and buddies but don't think I'll be able to get back to regular tracking and posting till I'm back in Germany next week. Too much "excitement" on the home front with Mom and Dad.

Thanks to everyone for their comments, prayers and words of encouragement. Mom is back at rehab as of yesterday. She "fell" out of her wheelchair there on Monday and was rushed to the ER. I'm not sure what actually happened, but I suspect she got overconfident and didn't ask for help when trying to maneuver into a new position of some kind. She has a nasty scrape on her back and a cut on her arm. Both will take awhile to heal. In the hospital, they also discovered a mild case of pneumonia, she is still battling a bladder infection and has mrsa in her nose. But she is a trooper.

As is Dad. I'm sometimes more concerned about him than Mom because he has such a hard time asking for help. He's lost a bunch of weight over the past year, and is tired much of the time. He drives out to rehab to see her 3 times a day and tries to meet her every need and request. Also an amazing guy.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and is working the plan!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

STAMPINWOMN 8/30/2009 8:23PM

  we miss you too. let us know when you can how everything is going - your 5k run, parents etc. we're all thinking about you.


Report Inappropriate Comment
FRANNIEDID 8/29/2009 5:23PM

    I hope all is well. Hang in there, I have missed seeing you about.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLK7TIGER 8/25/2009 10:42PM

    Michelle, Miss you. Glad that you are doing well and keeping your cardio going strong. God bless you and your family. I'm praying that they get stronger and healing for your Mom.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKISINCO 8/23/2009 12:07PM

    Congrats on your 5k! Sending speedy recovery thoughts to your mom and blessings to your dad.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 8/22/2009 12:39AM

    Good to hear from you Michelle. Hope R gets better and yes I would be worried about the carer too.
Hope you manage to keep calm with all those challenges.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 8/21/2009 9:19PM

    Thanks for keepin g us up to date. Your Dad is one of the best. Hope your Mum continues to improve, it is a hard time for everyone. I'm so glad you are finding the time to exercise. Do take care, Sandy

Report Inappropriate Comment
OAHARRIS 8/21/2009 7:24PM

    Florida ismy home state. I wish you were there under different circumstances. I pray all goes well.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 8/21/2009 2:57PM

    Great job "keeping the SPARK" and being there for your parents! I'm sure they are so relieved to have you around...!


Report Inappropriate Comment
SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/21/2009 2:36PM

    I'm sure your parents are so glad you are there right now.

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 Last Page