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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Today is day 100 of my personal challenge to exercise 30 minutes every day till my birthday on July 5! I'm scheduled to go nordic walking with the group from church. I'll have to think of a way to celebrate, maybe with a bottle of sparkling apple juice! but not with food!

Funny how the "donwannas" start setting in just around the time you're going to have a success: It was difficult to get out and walk yesterday evening, but when I did I felt great. It had rained and the air was cool and clean. I even went a little longer than planned. Thoughts turned to what I would do ON my birthday - exercise or take a break. I'm almost to the point where I can't imagine a day WITHOUT exercise. Guess the program is working!


The Muffin

Saturday, June 23, 2007

On Thursday, I met with a former English student and, appropriately, we went to Starbucks. (There are actually 3 in our German city!) I had decided the night before to substitute one of their yummy muffins for dinner. I have to say that I did enjoy it, but it wasn't up to my expectations. I realized that the conversation would have been just as good if I hadn't eaten it, and that I would have been much more satisfied with something else for the 500-something calories this "Very Berry" summer special treat contained. Mini-lightbulb moment!



Monday, June 18, 2007

Today I weigh 10 kilos less than when I started on this trip in mid-March. That's 22 pounds, half of which I've lost since joining SP.

This also means I need to lose only 3 more pounds and I can celebrate another milestone. If I keep up at about the same rate, I should reach that point just in time for my birthday - another excuse for a party!


Patience, patience, patience...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Do we ever stop learning patience? Today, during one of my music lessons, the Lord convicted me of my impatience. This little girl is a dreamer, quite unconcentrated and really only comes to piano lessons because her mother wants her to. She often comes lates and misses lessons. And when she is there, she makes it obvious in so many ways that she would rather be almost anywhere than sitting at that piano! I have spoken to the mom about it, but she has asked me to keep trying till the end of the school year, at least.

I realized today while I was working with her on her little "Elephant Waltz" that I had in some ways, taken a cue from this little girl's attitude, and had adopted an impatient, not at all encouraging tone with her. I really felt the Lord spoke to my heart to change that and I did, although the actual words I spoke were probably not a lot different. I could sense immediately that she was trying harder, and was more motivated to do a good job with the help of the tips and support I gave her.

Why am I sharing this here on SP? Because I believe it's the participation here that has helped me to tune into many areas of "stinking thinking" that the Lord wants me to renew, not just in the area of health, nutrition and fitness. Like Romans 12:2 says, I'm not to be conformed to this world: but transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. That's my prayer today - transform me! Not just so that I feel better about myself, but so that I can be a positive force in the lives of others.

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ANGELWOOD 8/8/2007 9:58AM

    Maybe you can show her a video clip of someone who learned to play piano from scratch, but with the right motivation, determination, and amount of practice can now play a Beethoven or a Mozart with ease. Well, I'm sure you're doing great by now. :) You inspire me to teach my future students well, and with great PATIENCE too. :)

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Motivational Jeans

Friday, June 15, 2007

Today I wore the jeans that have been hanging on the back of the wardrobe door since I joined SP! I'm wearing them for the first time in about 5 years. Reading other people's pages and posts, it seems that a getting into a favorite pair of jeans is something lots of people aim for.

For me, fitting into the navy blue knit dress will be the next goal, so it's taking the place of the jeans as my visual motivation on the back of the wardrobe door where I can see it every morning.


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