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September Health and Fitness Goals

Sunday, September 05, 2010

*Lose two more kilo (ca. 4 pounds) in time for October retreat
*Log 1200 cardio miles
*Burn SP recommended number of calories each week
*Track and stay in Calorie range at least 5 days a week

I have lots of other goals that I'm working toward in other areas - like studies, work, home, ministry, relationships - but I'm not going to list them all here because it starts looking too much like a To-Do list! And it wears me out looking at it. So I'll keep that list offline for now!

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    Excellent goals! You've got alot going on!

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CMPEARL 9/15/2010 11:03AM

    emoticon I hope your month is going well...you have wonderful goals!!!

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ZELLAZM 9/11/2010 11:17AM

    You're on, Frannie. I leave on the 5th. So I want to lose 4 by the 4th. That has a nice ring to it, I think!
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FRANNIEDID 9/8/2010 3:26PM

    When is your retreat? I will try to lose 4 lbs with you!!

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SJG1953 9/7/2010 11:45PM

    Those are great goals Michelle! emoticon

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SPARTAN40 9/7/2010 10:21PM

    Great goals!

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    Very reasonable and achievable goals! Sorry you had to "labor" on "Labor Day", but I'm sure you get some holidays there I've never heard of!

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CTEMPLE 9/5/2010 5:33PM

    Good Idea!
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BKWHITE3 9/5/2010 1:19PM

    Great goals!

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STORMTMB 9/5/2010 11:43AM

    Good luck with all of your goals! You can do it!

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BANDMAMAPC 9/5/2010 11:17AM

    Looks doable. Have a great run. I'll be stepping up a notch three days a week starting tomorrow. Got new workout clothes. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/5/2010 11:09AM

    These sound very realistic and doable. Hope you are enjoying the weekend!

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September's coming

Monday, August 30, 2010

It sure feels like it, too! Temps in the lower 50's and rain, rain, rain. I hope the summer is not quite over weather-wise. A "golden October" would be nice, please. Thank you.

Today I'm without my car. Louise is in for her mandatory 2-year inspection. There is virtually no such thing as a "beater" here in Germany because of these inspections. Rust on the body and frame have to be repaired, as well as any oil leaks - anything that might be a safety or environmental hazard. It's going to be expensive, but still cheaper than investing in a new-to-me used car. I can look forward to that in 2012, though.

I only have evening lessons at the language school so am puttering around here in the apartment, doing some meal prep, and thinking about making my goal list for September. My August goal has been basically - SLOG THROUGH IT. And, with the Lord's help, I've almost made it!

Happy Labor Day, end of August, new fresh start in the new fresh month to my Spark friends!

Edit! Just realized that Labor Day is NEXT Monday in the US! Hope it's a good one whatever! :D

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CHRYS13 8/31/2010 7:32PM

    I just finished writing my September goals about 5 minutes ago. While writing, I couldn't help but bemoan the fact that (once again) Summer slipped right past me! Here's to a warm'n wonderful September, and achieving those goals! emoticon

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ASMPP1 8/31/2010 6:10PM

    Cooler temps, a taste of fall coming this weekend here. We will have another hot spell before it settles in here. emoticon

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    good luck with the car. looking forward to a "golden october" too!

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_VALEO_ 8/31/2010 3:20AM

    We are "enjoying" the same climate. An Indian summer would be nice.

I hope Louise will pass the inspection, and won't have a complete make-over!

Here's to September!

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CTEMPLE 8/31/2010 12:53AM

    Start of Spring here but it doesn't feel like it! We had yearly inspections in Sydney NSW but here in Queensland we don't. I always thought it was a great idea, no surprises.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/30/2010 2:49PM

    Fall is coming earlier to you in Germany than it is here in Tennessee. It's just beginning to get cooler at night and in the mornings. it's making it much easier to get out for walks.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for a golden October!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/30/2010 12:28PM

    One of the compensations for dealing with our climate here in Texas is that no one has to worry about rust on their cars. I would gladly contribute some of our heat to your "Golden October" for some of that 50 degree weather (those are winter temps here.)
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LILYBELLE8 8/30/2010 11:43AM

    You could well be describing the weather here in Idaho where I live - and I'm not so sure I'm ready for winter which seems to be coming on much too fast. About "slogging through August" - I think you've had a lot of company on that journey, even though you may have thought you were alone! The important thing is for us to remember "the important things" which include watching what we eat, and when; how we use our bodies, and when; and keeping our spirits alive and well. Sounds to me like you're doing a good job of all three. Now Louise, she might be another story!! Best wishes - Lily

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TJOEYMO 8/30/2010 10:13AM

    I'm loving the 'Slog through it' goal. Ha, ha--that still counts, doesn't it? I felt that way for August, too, but am just stepping back into a consistent schedule (kids are back in school). Feels so good!

I love how you love to learn, Michelle, and can picture you in Germany. My husband and I honeymooned in Germany--beautiful!

Hope Louise doesn't cost an arm and a leg :)

Enjoy your day.


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BANDMAMAPC 8/30/2010 9:57AM

    It's going to be in the 90s for a few days here so summer is not ready to depart here in Jersey for a while. We had our share of rain about two weeks ago so maybe wishing for at least on more good rain before school starts for the kids. I gotta work my butt off this week, I gained two pounds from eating out two straight days. So, I gotta go, go, go.

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IRISHGIRL74 8/30/2010 9:00AM

    It'll be in the 90's from today until Thursday or Friday here in PA. I know I have to save for a new car soon myself, but my budget is squeaking so tightly, I know I'll need to find a 3rd job. Never fun. Have a great week!

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NEWNAC304 8/30/2010 8:32AM

    It doesn't feel like Fall is coming here yet. It's going to be hot today and tomorrow and then start to cool off. I'll take your lower temps, and we could use some rain too!

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Good week

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The first week of my Spark "comeback": The structure of working what some people call a normal schedule certainly helped keep me on track this week. Regular meal times, no time for extra snacking, etc. Lost the kilo that I gained on my last trip to FL. Now it's onward to work on getting rid of the weight that's been there a bit longer.

It also helped that all the students I had this week were motivated and receptive learners. Inn addition to my regular business English students who I visit at their companies, I had two one-week crash courses: morning English lessons with a group of teens preparing for their A-levels and afternoon lessons with a young lawyer who needs English in her new job. I love my work at the language school and the chances it gives me to meet new people and help them reach their goals.

I got in my exercise every day as usual, even made it to the gym once. It would have been more but the weather was just too nice to spend it inside and I wanted to enjoy outdoor runs and walks while I can. The summer is just too short here in Germany! I'm still taking it easy on intensity while I'm on antibiotics. Next step in that department is a visit to a neurologist to see if there might be nerve blockage that's indirectly causing these recurrent infections.

The week ahead will be a bit different as I have very few lessons and will be setting my own schedule again. I have to prepare for a teacher's workshop I'll be leading - a fun task! And also do some work on my practice project for my MA. If I plan my days well, it should be no problem to keep on track, right?!

On the home front, my dad got word this week that he has to move out of his art studio. The owner of the building needs the space to expand his restaurant, so Dad (85) and the other gallery-owner have had to find other digs. Dad has already found a space just about a block away, but it is much smaller than his current one. And he's a pack rat. It's very hard for him to have to decide what to keep, what to store, and what to let go, especially so soon after Mom's death - paintings, ships models, nautical memorabilia, books, even some furniture. I wish I could be there for him right now, but good friends are there with lots of help and support.

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_VALEO_ 8/31/2010 3:26AM

    So sorry to hear that your mum passed away. I hope you and your dad are doing okay.
Glad that your dad is not alone, and has friends around him to help him to adjust to this new change.

You sure are a busy bee! Your comeback on SP has paid off. Congrats on your 1 kg loss!

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FRANNIEDID 8/26/2010 11:48AM

    Sounds like life is taking a more normal tack! I gained some extra pounds too and am working on taking them off and then, ah yes, those pesky pounds that just don't want to leave my body!! Hope you dad weathers the move okay, it is hard to pare down like that!

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    I am glad for your good week, comeback, and kilo loss.

Sometimes things that "force" pack rats to make decisions like moving are excellent, God-sent opportunities, speaking personally. It will be very difficult for him but it will be good.

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SJG1953 8/23/2010 3:50AM

    Sounds like you have a very good start on your comeback!! Congratulations on getting that new found weight off so quickly and for getting back on track!

Praise God for good and caring friends who are willing to help. I'm still remembering you and your dad in my prayers.

God bless you Michelle. Your friend, Shirley

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CTEMPLE 8/21/2010 11:09PM

    glad you had a good week dear Michelle, pic of dad is excellent.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/21/2010 10:57AM

    emoticon on your program!

I hope that you can identify the source of your recurrent infections. Those can be so draining, both physically and emotionally. Once, several years ago, I went through a period during which I kept getting sinus infections. Eventually a bad wisdom tooth was identified as the probable source. The tooth was removed, and I have not had a single sinus infection since.

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CHRYS13 8/21/2010 9:20AM

    Congratulations on a great week....the momentum is there for another!
Praise God for great friends. What a blessing for your dad and you to have caring people to help him in all his transitions!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/21/2010 8:55AM

    Thanks for sharing the picture of your dad. That is great that he is able to be doing all those things at 85. He looks like a very young 85.

Your job sounds very interesting. I bet you get to meet such a variety of people and get to learn a little bit about each one as you teach them.

You are doing great on your comback. One kilo is a lot!

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ASMPP1 8/21/2010 8:43AM

    It sounds like your dad has plenty of good help! It is tough when he has to move things so soon after losing your mom.

Are you going to pretend you are on a regular work schedule to keep on track? If not, I hope you will still do well! emoticon

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    So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My sincere condolences.

Hope your dad is able to make the move ok.

Your work sounds very interesting. Good luck with the new schedule.

Great news on the kilo lost.

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Up and running

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Email is up and running again. I made some adjustments on my laptop and it seems to be running more smoothly, too.

And so am I, altho I'm taking it slow. I'll start tracking exercise again today. I've been getting in my 30 minutes intentional exercise as usual but not recording it on SP. I'll be going Nordic walking late this afternoon so that's a good way to kick things off.

I'm also going to set cardio minutes goal for the second half of August and join my Fresh Start sisters in the challenge thread. There are 18 days left in the month. 600 minutes should be doable.

Food tracking starts tomorrow. I've gained another couple of pounds and that trend has got to stop. I bought some new jeans while in Florida that are my size but a big snug. In a recent blog post, JCORYMA suggested a visual take-along cue. I'm going to cut off the tag on the jeans and keep it in my wallet to remind me of my goal when I'm in "difficult" eating situations.

Another thing I want to do this weekend is a major MCL - mind clutter list. This is where you just dump everything on paper that's occupying your thoughts. I limit myself to 30 minutes of writing. Then you go through the list and decide which things need prayer or action, and which you can delegate. It's also helpful to prioritize the action list. I normally do this once a month, but haven't for awhile. There's a lot of clutter up there!

The daily emails from griefshare.com www.griefshare.com/dailyemails/ have been a blessing. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support these past weeks.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/22/2010 11:48AM

    Thanks for hearing about griefshare.com. I had never heard of it. It sounds like a very good thing. I'll keep it in mind.

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BLEEDINGROSES 8/20/2010 1:15PM

    Hugs to you. It's so hard to lose a parent. I lost my dad nearly 8 months ago and I still ache everyday.

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SONJASTWIN 8/20/2010 12:32AM

    Glad to hear you're getting back on track. Take it easy and be kind to yourself.

All the best,


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BANDMAMAPC 8/16/2010 9:38PM

    emoticon to you! Take it one day at a time. Getting back to a routine is great!

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JANETELIZABETH1 8/16/2010 5:13AM

    emoticon emoticonyou have much to organise & cope with...praying for you Michelle.

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CTEMPLE 8/16/2010 1:54AM

    Glad that you managed that.
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SJG1953 8/15/2010 3:03AM

    Michelle, I'm glad you are getting back to a regular routine. That helps to keep us focused . Great job on having goals to work on for the rest of the month. You are inspirational dear. Still praying for you and your family. hugs, Shirley

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RURAL3 8/14/2010 10:02PM

    I love the MCL. Always open to trying something different.

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ASMPP1 8/14/2010 9:39AM

    emoticonGlad to see you are back! I have never heard of MCL. I will have to try that sometime. emoticon

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CHRYS13 8/14/2010 8:50AM

    What a blessing to read your blog first thing this morning! I'm inspired by your goals, visual clues, and am definitely going to try the MCL and hope for less distraction from what I feel is unnecessary stress.
You continue to be in my heart and prayers,

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Jet Lag Chapter ?

Sunday, August 08, 2010

I'm too tired to write much of a blog post, but thought I'd share a photo of me with the two lovely people I spent most of last week with - my dear dad and one of my cousins. We had a good time together in Naples, FL where my dad lives. The week before was very full, too, as I attended my denomination's General Assembly in Orlando. I'll share more when I've caught up on my sleep. I just landed back in Germany yesterday and have been sleeping on and off since then. Mostly on. Hope to be back on a normal schedule soon, but it usually takes me at least 4 or five days.

My AOL email account hasn't been accessible for the past day or so. That means I'm not getting my newest spark notifications, nor am I able to get to the file where I have blog notifications stored. I had intended to get to those when I got back to Germany but it looks like it's going to take awhile longer now.

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SJG1953 8/10/2010 2:03AM

    I'm glad things went well in Orlando and that you were able to spend some more time with your family. Get rested up! Oh, by the way, the picture is great!! You do favor your dad! Blessings, Shirley

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FRANNIEDID 8/9/2010 4:23PM

    Get some rest!! You look great (so much like your dad!)

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    Welcome back Michelle...hope you get some good recovery rest time.
Lovely pic...you look very well !!!

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CTEMPLE 8/8/2010 11:08PM

    lovely photo, we are in west Yellowstone Montana tonight, leaving for Salt Lake city tomorrow

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    Great picture! You look very well, also.

How is your dad doing??

Please take care of yourself. I heard getting up at sunrise and standing facing the sun for a full 10 mins, helps your body re-set itself after jet lag. Worth a try!

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CHRYS13 8/8/2010 7:43PM

    Beautiful picture! How wonderful that you can share time together....

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    I'm glad you made it home. Dad looks great and I hope he is doing well on his own. You look amazing my friend. Rest up and get yourself back into the swing of things. Check out my blogs for the next few weeks. Things are beginning to happen. Well maybe not till Friday but it is intertesting. Take care and keep Sparking,

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ASMPP1 8/8/2010 6:41PM

    emoticonRest up! There will be time to get to things when you are rested. I am glad you arrived back safely. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/8/2010 5:48PM

    You sure look like your dad in this picture (minus the mustache and beard, of course!)
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NEWLIBRARIAN 8/8/2010 4:22PM

    Sleep tight!

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