Saturday, October 03, 2009
One of my CC companies decided to raise their interest rate to 24-something earlier this year. I opted out and the account will close when it expires at the end of the year. I figured there's no reason to keep the card around. I might be tempted to USE it! So today, with some encouragement from some other Dave Ramsey fans, I killed it!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Progress, not perfection!
And I was far from perfect in September. I think I had jet lag for the first three weeks of the month!
Daily MORNING prayer- still working on this
Daily journaling - didn't do this at all! :/
Support parents during Momís rehab stay, and concerning future decisions - ongoing
Isaiah Bible study - no progress here either
Daily visit to sparkpeople.com - probably missed 3 or 4 days
Home and Org:
Continue Work on TMMO baby step #1 - DONE! Woohoo
Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - have made good progress, not quite finished
Repaper and paint entry hall - not done
Put in order for junk pick-up - not done
Post some stuff on Ebay - not done
Change out summer - winter clothes - in progress (bedroom is chaos today!)
Study: Has been on ice since August, no progress in any of these areas
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 - have had one, two more this week
Schedule orientation workshop for new worship team members - on schedule for Monday night
Send team guidelines to team leaders - sent
Christmas Choir project? - still deciding if this is feasible
Senior visitation - none, but have two visits planned
Prepare workshop for video/magazine lesson plans - has been postponed, so no prep needed
Health and Fitness Goals:
No races this month (I don't like to miss Sunday church!) but 3 possibilities in October
1200 Cardio minutes - GOAL MET
More consistency in ST at least twice a week Ė go for 90 minutes - progress here, but it's been more like 60 and 90 per week
Continue daily 30 minutes exercise - yes! reached 365 days on Sept. 28!
Make OB/GYN appointment
Lose 3-5 pounds - lost only 1, but that's somethin!
Book flight for January/February 2010 - not done yet, waiting on conference dates to finalize trip plans
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!
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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