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)
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!
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!
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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