ZELLAZM   95,949
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints
ZELLAZM's Recent Blog Entries


Saturday, January 09, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Thanks to all you dear people who responded to my "froggy" status with their get well wishes. The story is, yes, I've got a cold. Been fighting it all week as I taught Kids Camp at the language school. With hours at the school being down during the holidays, I just couldn't afford to miss those lessons. Finally went to the doc yesterday and am on now on day two of a three-day run of antibiotics.

Camp was a lot of fun, by the way. I had just four kids this session, two of them a brother and sister with Turkish/German parents who were just delightful kids. All four got along well and were eager learners, although the one boy seems to have a learning disability. Yesterday we made snowflakes!

We've had lots of snow here and it's so pretty. Drinking tea today in my snowman cup. Decided to keep him out after Christmas instead of packing him away in the Christmas boxes.

I'd like to go hear a report at church tonight from Open Doors ministry about the situation in North Korea, but may have to miss that. And will likely skip church tomorrow too. Still getting in a little exercise (30 minutes a day of something!) and trying to stay out of the kitchen - but they say, "Feed a cold..."

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CGDINASIA 1/11/2010 11:39PM

    Michelle, Praying for you as I post. Trust you will feel better soon. Don't forget to get that water in and be sure to get the rest you need.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JANETELIZABETH1 1/11/2010 5:06PM

    Michelle, sorry you have a cold, maybe you're feeling a little better by now?
Glad you enjoyed the camp and I guess plenty of snow is par for the course for Germany....glad we don't have any!!Brrr!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 1/11/2010 12:38AM

    Hope you're getting better!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SJG1953 1/10/2010 2:43AM

    I too hope you are feeling much better soon! Get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids. Blessings, Shirley

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASMPP1 1/9/2010 9:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Get plenty of rest and take care!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JULESGL 1/9/2010 8:56PM

    Lots of sleep, rest, fluids and healing to you! Don't be afraid to take ONE day off. I hope you feel better soon!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 1/9/2010 3:30PM

    Take care Michelle and I hope you feel better soon. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/9/2010 12:08PM

    I'm so sorry to hear that you have been under the weather. Take care of yourself and get well soon!
emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/9/2010 12:13:07 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
REYNJANET 1/9/2010 11:06AM

    This is the time of year for colds! take it easy and get better

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGELLACOLE 1/9/2010 10:22AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Keep up with the emoticon and don't forget to get some extra emoticon and I'm sure you will be better in no time!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT4HISGLORY 1/9/2010 9:53AM

    Feel better soon! I'm in the midst of putting away my Christmas decor, but I always leave out my snowmen to get me through the cold winter months. Get well!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOMEBUNNY 1/9/2010 9:22AM

    I hope you get to feeling better soon. Enjoy your tea in your snowman mug. That is sooo cute.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Don't Drink the Koolaid

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Just took today's Spark Trivia quiz and found this:

" In the 1970s, Americans got 6-8% of their daily calories from drinks, but today, 21% of their daily calories from beverages. Not counting what’s in that glass, cup, can or mug may be a major cause of the alarming increase in obesity."

This is confirmation of something I've believed for a long time: a big reason for weight problems in the USA is that people have increasingly been drinking sugar-laden soft drinks that don't satisfy their hunger, and just leave them wanting more of the same.

Although I'm not a Biggest Loser fan, I've watched it a few times when I've been in the States for visits. One thing that Jillian Michael says has stuck with me - don't drink your calories!

This Spark "trivia" info gives me even more motivation to stick to my water and tea (decaff, roiboss, or fruit tea for the most part), and the occasional Coke zero (I know, I know!)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JANETELIZABETH1 1/18/2010 4:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SONJASTWIN 1/17/2010 2:27AM

    This is one of my biggest challenges. I SO love my sugary drinks. Growing up, soda and kool aid were the order of the day in my house (drinking water was like a punishment! LOL). It's a very hard habit to break. I drink a lot more water now and have worked down to some of the very lightly sweetened drinks from the health food store (8 oz = 40 calories vs, the hundred or so in the same amount of soda), and I limit my consumption of those to no more than 1 c. per day. It's a process, but I'm getting there.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PICKIE98 1/9/2010 9:18AM

    water, iced tea, hot tea, oj for diabetes pick up.. occasional sugar free koolaid with home filtered water,, but minimum of 80 oz water a day,,

Report Inappropriate Comment
SJG1953 1/7/2010 9:33PM

    I don't want to drink my calories either! I like water, sugar free kool aid, and decaf tea. I drink too much diet soda I guess but haven't dealt with that yet.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I know, I know. But, dragging your already craving everything else there is body away from the diet soda just isn't that easy. I do plan to give up my diet pEPSI BUT IT IS PART OF A PLAN SO i DON'T OVERLOAD MYSELF WITH CHANGES TO QUICKLY. rIGHT NOW IT'S LEARNING TO BALANCE. btw i FELL OFF TODAY, HARD. i GOT BACK UP AND GOT BACK ON RIGHT AWAY BUT, DAMAGE DONE FOR SURE.

Gini OOPS cap lock was on, sorry

Report Inappropriate Comment
PARAEAST 1/7/2010 3:08PM

    Amen, I don' drink any if much soda. I wish I could say that about my dh. But he is under weight because he's all work and no fun. He will skip lunch and eat it at 4 or 5 pm and so not eat a supper. After 32 years of marriage he still weighs the same. He's in good health too. But the junk and soda he consumes well it surprises me. Guess it will catch up with him some time, but he's 60 and so far hasn't. Guess God has been good to him and me.

Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT4HISGLORY 1/7/2010 10:03AM

    Water for me...though I need to drink more of it! I've kind of gotten out of the habit and am trying to get my intake back where it needs to be. Sadly, I think kids these days have learned from a very early age to drink anything BUT water (juice in sippy cups/bottles, etc.). AS parents need to wake up and realize what we are doing to our children's futures in regards to their health. It's all about laying a good foundation for them.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CKENTFIELD 1/7/2010 9:28AM

    Not too surprising. It amazes me that some people can go all day WITHOUT drinking water.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 1/7/2010 4:06AM

    One of the other things that has changed since I was young is the size of the bottles. Now you see young ones drinking from one or even two litre bottles as if it was just one serving.

Report Inappropriate Comment
HEALTHY_CAROLYN 1/7/2010 12:59AM

    So true! I drink the very occasional iced tea, but it's water, water, water most of the time. It really amazes me when I think back on how much soda I used to drink, but that's because it was free at work. Water was free, too, but somehow I didn't pick that option!

I emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOMEBUNNY 1/6/2010 11:19PM

    Since starting with SP that has been my motto. "I don't want to drink my calories." I believe that has helped me a lot in my weight loss.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASMPP1 1/6/2010 7:46PM

    emoticonMostly water, some skim milk, occasional diet caff. free pop is what I have had for years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
OAHARRIS 1/6/2010 6:49PM

    I'll think of this the next time, I want the sugary treat.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2KNL 1/6/2010 5:12PM

    Amen to that! emoticonI'll stick to my H2O!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WANNABE_A_PINUP 1/6/2010 4:26PM

    This is an excellent point!

My parents and people from their generation would talk about how they never drank anything other than water unless it was a special occasion or one awhile at dinner.

But they didn't have the money to waste on that when there were 9 mouths to feed at home. Perhaps we would be wise to return to the old ways.

Thanks for posting :o)

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I'm surprised by the change in statistics, but not surprised that there is one. I try not to drink my calories simply because I love food! And I would rather have something to eat than "waste" my calories on some sugary drink.

Report Inappropriate Comment
IHEIDIBEFIT 1/6/2010 4:26PM

    I agree. I've been soda free for almost 7 years and juice, etc. free for about 4 months..only water and an occassional hot chocolate (very rare)! I also have fat free skim milk with my cereal.

Comment edited on: 1/6/2010 4:31:12 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment

January Goals

Friday, January 01, 2010

Progress, not perfection!


*Daily MORNING prayer and pages
*Turn off the computer by 10 PM
*Post on TMMO, Spark and SIT for accountability
*Book flight for February 1

Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2: in progress. Snowflake goal: $700
*Stick to January budget
*Bring US taxes up-to-date


*Complete Biblical Theology of Missions course successfully
*Do one book report before course begins on Jan 25
*Contact adviser - get info on OT course credit
*Contact German adviser
*Practice project present ideas to my adviser and appropriate persons


*Lead worship on one Sunday
*Visitation: EW and IO
*Snail mail TYs to TOR donors
*New Year’s Newsletter
*Continue info search for worship team retreat

Health and Fitness Goals:

*Lose 3 pounds
*AM workouts 2 x a week
*1300 Cardio minutes
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week
*Make OB/GYN appointment
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily


*Add two new students
*Apply for online editing job: cover letter, resume, application, references

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CTEMPLE 1/5/2010 10:35PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
SJG1953 1/3/2010 12:38AM

    You did fantastic on your goals last month. I expect you will do well this month as well. I wish I was as organized as you are. You inspire me to keep on keeping on! Thank you. God bless you, Shirley

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 1/2/2010 4:03AM

    Very organized, very impresive and now to tick them all off as you do them. Have a great 2010.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Hi -- I am impressed that you are so focused -- that you have "balance" in your life!

Happy New Year, and thanks for being a great SparkFriend, supporter, and motivator!


Report Inappropriate Comment
ASMPP1 1/1/2010 6:26PM

    emoticon Good luck with your goals! You can do it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LADY_DONKEY 1/1/2010 4:28PM

    Yowza, and I thought I was busy...

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOALIEGRANDMA3 1/1/2010 2:22PM

    You have a lot of goals. And this is just for January???

Report Inappropriate Comment

December Goals Update

Friday, January 01, 2010

Progress, not perfection!



Home and Org:

*TMMO baby step #2: in progress. Snowflake goal: $200 MET AND PASSED: $319
*Stick to December budget! DONE (for the most part!)
*Bring US and German taxes up-to-date: German DONE, US in progress


*Pray for the finances to be able to cashflow at least one of the two courses I want to take in January – YES! Will be taking one course the last week of 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


*Caroling at homes of Seniors and shut-tins: DONE
*Lead worship on two Sundays: DONE, also Christmas Eve
*Snail mail TYs to TOR donors: NOT DONE (envelopes are stuffed, will send with newsletter)
*Christmas newsletter: NOT DONE (draft is finished, need to add fotos, it’ll be a New Year’s letter!)
*Continue info search for worship team retreat: IN PROGRESS

Health and Fitness Goals:

*Lose 3 pounds- Lost 1
*AM workouts 2 x a week (am loving this - really boosts the metabolism!): DONE
*1300 Cardio minutes - bumping it up this month from my usual 1200 GOAL MET
*3 x 20 minutes ST per week: Not sure about this but probably met
*Make OB/GYN appointment: NOT DONE
*Strovak vaccination series appointment: NOT DONE, indefinitely postponed
*Track food 5x week, Fitness daily: DONE, except for Christmas week


*Book flight for January/February: NOT DONE but the money is there now so I can

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JULESGL 1/1/2010 6:26PM

    Progress not perfection - good for you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWLIBRARIAN 1/1/2010 1:58PM

    a lot of goals done and some progress on others. I would be satisfied. This was a longggggg list.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KATELJM 1/1/2010 12:19PM

    You covered a broad variety of activities, all of which are important.

This year I will add some additional goals for a more rounded life. But my goal right now is to identify and prioritize those goals.

Happy New Year, may it be bountiful for fulfilling!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CFMOSS 1/1/2010 10:56AM

    Looks like a good list of accomplishments to me. Nice job, nice progress.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASMPP1 1/1/2010 9:51AM

    Looks pretty good from here! emoticon

Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I fully expect to see some of these flowers at the supermarket when I go shopping today. The stores always bring them out first thing after Christmas, it seems.

I used to think that they were called "prim" roses because they are "prim and proper" little ladies. It would seem the root word is closer to "prime" as in "first". And they are often the first flowers to bloom in the gardens in springtime here in Germany (where they are called "primeln", by the way.)

The stores are practicing good marketing! After the holidays, we sometimes go into a slump and these little bursts of color bring some cheer. And they're inexpensive, so still affordable to holiday-shopping-depleted pocketbooks. So, I'm using them as my page background this month...enjoy!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SJG1953 12/31/2009 12:49AM

    These flowers are so pretty. I've heard of them but never realized their beauty. Thanks for the info Michelle. Hugs, Shirley

Report Inappropriate Comment
TRYINGHARD1948 12/30/2009 5:20PM

    How gorgeous Michelle. I love how you have decorated your background - so uplifting. Happy Hogmanay for today.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CTEMPLE 12/30/2009 4:34PM

    Happy NY Michelle!
Claudia emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ASMPP1 12/30/2009 11:59AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
FIT4HISGLORY 12/30/2009 10:16AM

    I LOVE primroses--always have! I used to have one that came back yearly for me in my front flower bed...until one of the children thought it was a weed and pulled it!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PLYWEED 12/30/2009 8:19AM

  I love primroses. Thanks for the interesting information about them! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANGELLACOLE 12/30/2009 6:59AM

    So pretty! I wonder if I can find some of those over here in Belgium? I'll have to keep my eyes open!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 Last Page