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December Goals

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Lots of repeats again!

Progress, not perfection!


*Daily MORNING prayer - continue to work on making this a habit so it will no longer be a goal!

Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2 - in progress. Snowflake goal: $200
*Stick to December budget!
*Bring US and German taxes up-to-date


*Pray for the finances to be able to cashflow at least one of the two courses I want to take in January
*Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
*Contact German adviser
*Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons


*Caroling at homes of Seniors and shut-tins
*Lead worship on two Sundays
*Snail mail TYs to TOR donors
*Christmas newsletter
*Continue info search for worship team retreat

Health and Fitness Goals:

*Lose 3 pounds
*AM workouts 2 x a week (am loving this - really boosts the metabolism!)
*1300 Cardio minutes - bumping it up this month from my usual 1200
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week
*Make OB/GYN appointment
*Strovak vaccination series appointment
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily


*Book flight for January/February

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NEWLIBRARIAN 12/3/2009 10:51PM

    That's quite a list but they all seem manageale. I wish you the best.

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SJG1953 12/1/2009 9:54PM

    Good goals with reasonable expectations! I like that. You can do it with God's help! Hugs, Shirley

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LEEDZ09 12/1/2009 1:50PM

    Good luck this month :o)

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CKENTFIELD 12/1/2009 9:41AM

    Good luck. With focus and perseverance you will make it.

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LADY_DONKEY 12/1/2009 8:39AM

    There's nothing wrong with lots of "repeats" -- sometimes we need to set repetitive goals to make sure that it's ingrained into our schedule as to become habit. A work in progress, if you will

And I love how you have your goals organized. You are doing really well. I look forward to reading about your progress this month!

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    You can do this!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2009 7:06AM

    You are really well organized. Thanks for sharing your sizable list. You can do it!

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CMORISAK 12/1/2009 6:49AM

    Wow, you have a lot going on...good luck...I am sure you will accomplish your goals.

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CTEMPLE 12/1/2009 6:30AM

    Seems like a lot, but it has to be done!
Hope you achieve most of it.

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November Goals Update

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I know it's a little early, but I won't have time to post again till December, soo here's my November roundup!

Progress, not perfection!


*Daily MORNING prayer - continue to work on making this a habit so it will no longer be a goal! ONGOING

Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2 - in progress. Snowflake goal: $250 - $186 DONE - but there's still tomorrow?!
*Stick to November budget! DONE for the most part. There were quite a few surprises, but I was able to roll with the punches. Not bad for my first month doing zero budgeting.
*Bring US and German taxes up-to-date - ONGOING, but made good strides
*Put in order for junk pick-up - DONE, but need to reconfirm as I found out there are some things they won't pick up. Will send off the email today.


*Plot out next year's course plan ONGOING: know which courses I need to take, but I'll need a financial miracle to be able to take them! Two 3-hour compact courses in January. Praying I can at least do one of them.
*Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit NOT DONE YET
*Contact German adviser DONE
*Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons TALKED TO ONE PERSON, but need to contact others
Make appt. with German admin NOT DONE


*International Worship Service DONE - it was once again a great time
*Senior visitation/Caroling - organize, recruit DONE, IN PROGRESS - Saturday, Dec. 5 is the day
*TYs to TOR donors PARTIALLY DONE - the letter is typed, was sent to the email addresses, still need to send about 60 letters snail mail
*Draft newsletter NOT DONE
*Continue info search for worship team retreat IN PROGRESS

Health and Fitness Goals:

*1200 Cardio minutes will be DONE by tomorrow if all goes as planned. I have 82 minutes to go, and will be going for a walk this afternoon, to the gym tomorrow.
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week - was more like 2x a week, but probably totalled 60" a week. Need to track this better
*Make OB/GYN appointment NOT DONE
*Strovak vaccination series NOT DONE - postponed possibly till January
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily DONE

I didn't post a weight loss goal, but I lost 3 pounds in November --- WOOHOO!


*Book flight for January/February 2010 NOT DONE, but I've checked prices, need to confirm dates depending on dates of my courses (see STUDY above)

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SJG1953 11/29/2009 10:03PM

    Michelle it looks to me like you have done a fantastic job on your goals. You have made great progress, Congratulations! I admire you. Your friend, Shirley

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LOSEIT1912 11/29/2009 7:24PM

    WOW! I know it helps to write these things down. I must start doing it again.
Since retirement, I just seem to roll along. If I get 2 things accomplished a day I feel good.

Keep up the good work

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/29/2009 2:41PM

    Sounds like a busy but productive month!
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STORMTMB 11/29/2009 10:08AM

    Keeping track of your goals and progress will help you tremendously! Great job on all of the things that you have either completed or made progress on. Keep making progress! WooHoo!!!

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Kitty Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27, 2009

For all you cat-lovers out there, a video my sister did a couple of years ago of some of her foster kittens:

Happy Day After!

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DONNELDA22 11/29/2009 2:33PM

    I love cats and kittens. thanks

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ZUNK58 11/27/2009 11:16PM

    cute video

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/27/2009 8:51PM

    How adorable. Loved it.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/27/2009 7:01PM

    Very cute.

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/27/2009 6:10PM

    Something like a group of children!!LOL!!

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REKANN1 11/27/2009 11:00AM

  lovely idea about doing that and have a happy day after !!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Because I have some time on this leisurely Sunday, I'm going to do some thanksgiving in advance! God is faithful!

***I had a good workout week, getting in over 300 exercise minutes including 3 morning runs and one morning ST workout. I stayed within my calorie range on all but two days, only went over a teenie bit, though! I'm looking for a downward needle move on Thursday, weigh-in day.

***Mom and Dad seem to be doing well at home with the new caregiver and hospice care. The hospice social worker sent me an email, so the lines of communication are open.

***This newbie budgeter is doing pretty well sticking to my November plan. Money has turned up to cover the unexpected (or forgotten) expenses. I'm even looking forward to doing my December budget - how weird is that?!

***I'll be visiting some dear friends, an army chaplain and his wife, people I've known for about 20 years, on Thanksgiving Day. Often, Thanksgiving is just a normal work day for me here in Germany, so this will be a special treat.

***Spark friends, to quote one of you -- YOU ROCK!

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KATELJM 11/27/2009 12:47PM

    Those all sound so good. A budget is not a BAD thing, it is the key to realizing our goals which require money, just as our nutrition and fitness trackers help us maintain physical health.

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CTEMPLE 11/23/2009 5:45AM

    What a good list of positive things. I might do one as well, you inspired me.

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SJG1953 11/22/2009 11:58PM

    It's good to hear all the positive news! I'm glad things are going well for you. We all have so much to be thankful for. God be with you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Shirley

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JANETELIZABETH1 11/22/2009 5:13PM

    Michelle, you are so right...we have so many things to be thankful for!!
Enjoy your day on Thursday!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/22/2009 3:16PM

    Great Blog!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts today!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/22/2009 2:02PM

    I am in awe. Lokking forward to the December budget!!! I cringe when I think of the December budget, we seem to have all our insurances due just before Christmas - very, very bad planning, Glad to hear Mum and Dad okay. Have a great week and enjoy.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/22/2009 9:49AM

    Have a great week and enjoy your holiday meal with your friends!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/22/2009 8:58AM

    What a great list of Thanksgiving Blessings! Have a great week

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On Becoming a Morning Person

Thursday, November 19, 2009

No great revelation here, I know, but I'm finding that, along with morning prayer, morning exercise is a very good thing. As difficult as it is to get up and just do it, I've gotten up on two days this week and gone for a short, early-morning run.

A run in the morning, even if it's only 20 minutes or so, seems to energize me for the whole day and even seems to speed up my metabolism. I've been finding that I'm not so hungry in the evening when I've exercised in the morning. Maybe the best benefit is that happy, happy feeling in the evening when I realize I don't need to do my cardio because it's already been done.

What gave me a push in this direction was a Daily Spark blog post that suggested sleeping in your workout clothes! Now this would NOT work for me - The thought alone of trying to get comfortable enough to go to sleep while in a sports bra makes me cringe! But I CAN lay out my jogging clothes and lay them next to the bed so that I step on them when I get up and put them on while still half asleep, then I'm out the door. When I get back, I make breakfast, do my Bible reading and pray, jump in the shower, dress and then I'm out the door again, headed for work.

This has been working pretty well so far on work days. Today I had no morning lessons scheduled so I slept in ---aaahhh! The plan was to go for a nice long Nordic walk this afternoon which I did. I like to think I walked stronger as a result of doing my ST first thing after getting up instead of waiting till last thing in the evening.

The other key to becoming a morning person is to stop being a night person. Another great revelation! Still working on that one. This is ALL a work in progress. I'm eager to hear what suggestions you folks out there might have, but now I'm off to bed!

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DONNELDA22 11/29/2009 2:31PM

    Keep up the good work. You are certainly on the right track.
I have always exercised the the morning in the past although at present I'm having trouble motivating myself to do it. When I do I feel so much better. By evening I'm too tired.
Best of luck to all of us. We will make it. emoticon

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/21/2009 5:37PM

    I hope this continues to work for you. I much enjoy the days I have time and energy to work out in the morning.

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SONJASTWIN 11/20/2009 10:52PM

    You're not alone. I, too, am a nightowl that has recently reluctantly decided that morning is the only time I can really fit in my work outs. For me, it means getting up at 4:30 so I can be at the gym by 5:00. I don't think I'll ever love getting up at that hour, but there is something really nice about getting the workout over and done with and not having to worry about it. I actually have started going to be earlier, mostly because I'm so exhausted from getting up at 4:30! LOL It's still not early enough, but I'm gradually working the time back a bit each week.


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ANGORA4 11/20/2009 10:51PM

    Sounds like a marvelous work in progress, woo hoo!

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REYNJANET 11/20/2009 8:15AM

    I found especially after having little Caleb around that it was getting harder and harder to get the evening exercise in so I decided to set the alarm a little earlier and get ready for work and go in early. If the weather is nice I walk outside, if not I head for the gym to walk. I found that I LOVED this! It does give you such a great feeling of accomplishment. This past week however has been dreary and rainy and I've had arthritis problems so I have used that as an excuse but no more! I'm back to exercising early!!

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RURAL3 11/20/2009 7:32AM

    Look at all these morning people. I had always been one as I used to start work at 6am. Then I retired and after 1 1/2 years I began to get later and end later. Since beginning SP and being more into the exercise mode I have gotten back to the morning workout and I love it. I will be on my way out the door in a few for 4 mile walk and personal training. It just seems like you got something accomplished for the day and are ready to roll. emoticon

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ANGELLACOLE 11/20/2009 3:35AM

    I too am a recovering night owl! But, like you, I have discovered that it is so much better for me to get up and exercise in the morning. The key to my success has been to make sure I am doing something I enjoy. For me, it's swimming. When the alarm goes off and I am tempted to fall back to sleep I remind myself that I get to swim - and that is enough to tip the scales in favor of getting up.

Congratulations of your success this week! Keep it up!

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SJG1953 11/20/2009 12:13AM

    I am a night person also and I haven't tackled the goal of getting up early to exercise yet. Eventually I might but not now. I admire you though and it looks like you are being successful with your goal. That's wonderful! God bless you, Shirley

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NANJET 11/19/2009 9:51PM

    When I started on sp last Oct I decided I wasn't going to work out much...that I was too old...I had been there/done that...couldn't get up early anymore (in my 30's I was a 5:30 am workout girl)...at 46 I was lucky to drag my butt out of bed by 7:30 am...

I started working out a little in the evenings and then this summer my gym started closing early...so I had to start getting up early...

Now I love my morning workouts...and I sleep so much better in the evenings...

So what a difference a year makes...it shows you can turn yourself around in more ways than one:)

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DDOORN 11/19/2009 9:43PM

    Love my morning workouts...but yeah...have to watch burning the candle at both ends w/ my late night hours...overslept again this morning...argh!


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KATELJM 11/19/2009 6:31PM

    I'm with you! I'm naturally a night owl, but I have to exercise in the morning or I come up with a million excuses later. So I have to get up early to exercise. And to get up early, I need to go to bed earlier. Duh!

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WATERMELLEN 11/19/2009 5:47PM

    First think in the morning is my preferred exercise time too -- makes all the rest of the day go better. But: if I'm getting up at 5, gotta be in bed by 9 at the latest . . . and sometimes that IS tough. Read an article about Michelle Obama getting up at 4:30 am to exercise: clearly it's working for her!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/19/2009 5:21PM

    It's certainly great to get the walks, hikes, runs in first thing and then the rest of the day is free. Well done.

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CTEMPLE 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Dear Michelle what a great post I will pass it on. I am a morning person, but have many sp friends that are night owls.

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JENARAGON 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Way to go, changing one's routine like this is not easy!!Morning workouts are one of my recent goals. I am soooo not a morning person, but I am determined to change this and get outside to run in the mornings. A little bit at a time, I think, is the way to go for me - 20 minutes a day at first and then slowly increase the time as my body adapts.

Keep up the great work!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/19/2009 4:24PM

    Since I retired last May, I've been able to become a morning exerciser because morning can "happen" at a much more reasonable hour now. I agree that morning exercise is best, but I don't think I will ever succeed in not being a night person.
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HEATHIELAUREN 11/19/2009 4:16PM

    You and I are very much alike! I've been on the "get up and workout" bandwagon since Saturday. I get up, do my bible study first, then workout and the day just seems to go better. I'm going to be adding a jog in the evenings tho, but that's just to help get some of this weight off. Keep up the great work!

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