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365 Days!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today I'm celebrating 365 days of daily 30-minute exercise. I expected to be pretty excited about reaching this landmark. But somehow, it seems a little anti-climactic. Daily exercise has become such a habit that I seldom have to MAKE myself do it anymore. Granted, there are days when I'm too tired for a 30-minute run or cardio workout. On those days, I allow myself to skip the cardio and do 30 minutes of ST, or take a couple of 15-minute walks, or even spend part of the 30 minutes doing some good ol' stretches. The idea was that it was to be 30 minutes of CONSCIOUS exercise. The point is to keep moving!

Has this made a difference in my life? If you check my cholesterol levels, you can see that it certainly has. If you check out the size tags in my clothes, it certainly has. If you look back at everything that has happened in my family this past year, you'll understand that it may be the reason why I've been able to maintain my sanity!

To celebrate, I thought about taking a day off. Naaaaaaaaaaaaa, bad idea!! I'd come up short on my cardio minutes for the month! (Can you tell I've been Sparking for awhile?) Instead, I'll just post this blog. And then I'm going to set up a new streak on SP - onward to Year 2!

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FORMYDARLINGS 9/29/2009 8:10PM

    Michelle, What a milestone to reach. You are to be congratulated. It gives me pause to think about whether I can embrace such a decision. I'll think on it. Thank you,


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SKISINCO 9/29/2009 8:32AM

    Awesome Michelle! Perfect example of the spark!

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    Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration.

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ANGELLACOLE 9/29/2009 3:21AM

    This is such an awesome achievement!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/28/2009 10:46PM

    I'm totally impressed! That is awesome.

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DDOORN 9/28/2009 9:21PM

    Love it! Yes, been attempting to see to it that I do 35 mins. cardio every day with 30-40 mins. of ST 3 x week. I miss a day once in a blue moon but have largely stuck to it. Still have to PUSH myself some days...especially if I've put it off till the evening.

It HAS become habit and if I ever think about skipping, my day just drags and drags until I say "oh the HECK with it...things just aren't going to be 'right' unless I JUST DO IT!" :-)


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HEALTHY_CAROLYN 9/28/2009 9:11PM

    That's awesome, Michelle! I know what you mean about how much it's become a habit. It doesn't seem like any big thing now that I get it done, but oh yeah, it is! I'm happy that it feels effortless to make the decision to do it. I love momentum! Good for you for not taking a break. It's fun watching you streak. Uh, well, uhm, that didn't come out right. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/28/2009 7:08PM

    What an inspiration you are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REYNJANET 9/28/2009 6:28PM

    Way to go Michelle! Keep it up, looking forward to hearing it is year 2 anniversary!


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NSIMON116 9/28/2009 6:26PM

    This is impressive and not anti-climatic at all. You have made exercise a permanent part of your life and you have proved it. The hot topic on the message board is how long does it take for something to become a habit... most say 21 days but i say forever!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/28/2009 6:24PM

    Congratulations, through thick and thin you have come through brilliantly. emoticon

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  Congratulations to you!

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LILMISSRED79 9/28/2009 5:52PM

    Way to go, that's fantastic!!!

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CTEMPLE 9/28/2009 5:27PM

I'm striving for the same.
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Random Purple Things

Friday, September 18, 2009

1. Zwetschgen. It's time to change my Spark page background now that strawberry season is long gone. This is a local sort of luscious little plums that are ripe right now. I don't know what they're called in English. A friend of mine's mother-in-law had more on her trees than she could use herself, so we went up to the garden plot and picked two buckets full. I just turned 9 pounds of them into jam over the weekend and still have a pound or two in the fridge. I also gave my neighbor some. She just came to the door a little while ago and brought me a piece of the cake she made with them. Yum. I have the Zwetschgen blessing!

2. The trim on my new running shoes. Pretty cool, eh? And they are size 9 AND A HALF! Either I've been wearing the wrong size for a long time, my feet have grown, or New Balance has changed their lasts in the past year or two. Or all of the above. At any rate, now that I'm not wearing too-short nines, my toes are much happier.

3. My knees. Thanks to everyone who offered their sympathy after my fall the other evening. I was walking in the dark and missed a curb where there shouldn't have been a curb, in my opinion ;) No I didn't have the purple-trimmed shoes on. That would not have been random. The bruises are healing up nicely, turning all the nice colors that bruises do.

Remember when we were kids and we liked to show our friends our bruises? You're my friends. Wanna see my bruises? :-)

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ELLIQQ 9/26/2009 2:23PM

    Hi Michelle ... way to go girl ... people sure do seem to collect lots of purple things (like bruises) right now mine are on the inside but I am past the worst of it ... had to put my little schnauzer to sleep, he was just having too hard of a time and I couldn't see him making it thru the winter ... sooo, it was interesting for me to read your blog, didn't know so many of us had to change shoe size! wow. You will have to look up "Five Finger Shoes" my dau told me about them, only that they were sooo comfortable when she tried them on (she didn't tell me How They Looked) LOL ... Enjoy .. L

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SKISINCO 9/19/2009 5:06PM

    Love the visuals and the color purple. I too have always worn 9's, but find that 9 1/2's fit much better, so I can relate to happy toes. =)

Thanks for reading my blogs too, not as entertaining as yours, but I certainly do appreciate the support.

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CGDINASIA 9/18/2009 11:31PM

    Showing off those lovely bruises, I see. Glad they are healing nicely. Enjoy those plums. They sure do look tasty.

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DDOORN 9/18/2009 10:51PM

    We've moved on from blueberries, but were surprised to find RASPBERRIES are still kicking! Got out to the orchard to pick some, along with apples. There was a friendly golden labrador retriever tagging along with me, probably one of the employee's pet and he was only too happy to gobble the occasional raspberry I'd toss his way...yum! :-)

Nasty bruises, hoping they'll heal before long...I find since being more physically active my body tends to recover from scratches, bruises, etc. much more quickly.


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ANGORA4 9/18/2009 10:21PM

    Just love those little prune plums. They were always my favorite part of fall. We used to have a tree of them in the yard, and as a child they were my favorite fruit.

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PARAEAST 9/18/2009 9:41PM

    Loved the bruises. They will get prettier as they heal.
The plums look good, can you make smoothies with them?
As for purple, my dd goes to K-state and their color is PURPLE. So go wild cats/purple, K-state!

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CTEMPLE 9/18/2009 8:58PM

    Dear Michelle I changed size shoe in my late forties, it happens to a lot of us. Cool sneakers! I saw some purple nikes yesterday but I prefer NB because they're high at the front and my bad toe doesn't rub up.Did you know shoebuy in Boston super cheap and ships OS . have a look at their website they have unbelievable discounts.
Gorgeous plums.!
Hope your knees get better, they are very delicate things.

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    Nice and purpley!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/18/2009 5:14PM

    Wow! They are bruises to be proud of. They didn't seem to hurt as much when we were nine. Good to see they are on the mend. Very snazzy runners too, nobody told us that our feet would continue to grow, did they? Love the new background, luscious indeed. Yum!

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SANNJI 9/18/2009 5:05PM

    Awesome bruises Michelle! WOW! you really took a hard tumble to bruise up that badly.

Those zetschegen look delicious.

Like your new shoes too.

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REYNJANET 9/18/2009 3:11PM

    very neat blog! And very colorful knees glad you are doing better

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/18/2009 2:52PM

    Nice bruises!

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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

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/14/2009 5:49PM

    I'm just subscribing to your blogs.

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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!!

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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!

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CGDINASIA 9/12/2009 10:46PM

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

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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.

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/12/2009 6:41PM

    Wow! I am so totaly impressed.

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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!

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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.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2009 8:58AM

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

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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

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KMPS24 9/12/2009 8:47AM

    keep it up!

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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 :)

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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!! :)

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SJG1953 9/8/2009 8:25PM

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

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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.

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SISTERDEAR 9/7/2009 9:48PM

    You go girl! emoticon

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SKISINCO 9/7/2009 8:54PM

    Something to be very proud about Michelle! =)

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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!

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TKLINKEN 9/7/2009 4:59PM

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

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CTEMPLE 9/7/2009 12:22AM

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

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    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!!!


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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

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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.

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DDOORN 9/6/2009 11:35AM

    Now THAT'S what I call SPARKING!



GO! :-)


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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.

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