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!
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
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.
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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