Saturday, December 11, 2010
Who could have imagined two thousand years ago that we would be sharing the message of Jesus' coming with friends all over the via an electronic web? Whatever means we use to communicate the story, it's the JOY that's at the center! In this post, I'm sharing three viral videos of the season that have given me some JOY this past week.
The first one makes me cry (for JOY!) every time I watch it:
A slightly (!) different take from The Silent Monks:
For the ubernerds among us. Take the time, if you can, to watch the whole 7 minutes. It gets better and better! The guy in the antlers!
Edited to fix first link!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
On this lovely, snow-covered second Sunday of Advent, I'm reporting on my weekend goals:
*Track and stay within ranges - did this yesterday and today. Went over a wee bit in calories today (about 3!)
*Partake in MINIMAL holiday treats when caroling - I had 3 cookies and a slice of "hefezopf" which is a sweet egg bread. About 250 calories total.
*Get in two more ST sessions to meet 3x3 challenge goal - Goal met
*Minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day - still need to get in a bit before bed tonight, but should be no problem
*Catch up on Spark blogs - Goal met
*Drink massive quantities of hot liquids to get rid of this COLD - I continue to do this one.
Last night after getting back from caroling, I took a hot bath and went to bed at 7:30. Woke up about midnight with a headache, so took a pain pill, a quick shower and went back to bed till shortly before 9 this morning. Decided to stay home from church and am still not feeling 100% but at least I'm rested.
Caroling was fun. It's always an adventure because many people are reluctant to commit to coming, then show up after all -- or not. We ended up having two good groups. The group I led had 6 singers, ranging in age from 13 to 59, and accompanied by guitar, violin and cajon. Quite an impromptu little band!
The seniors were all very grateful for our visits. I remind myself every year that we really need to take more time to visit during the year and not just at Christmas. But the Christmas visits do help to make Advent special for both the visitors AND the visitors.
Before I close:
Fitness and Health Goals for Week of Dec. 6 (Nikolaustag) - 12:
*Track food the day before as much as possible (see other goals below!)
*Stay within ranges.
*Pack my lunches on work days.
*3x3 ST challenge.
*30 minutes a day exercise, increasing cardio as I start to feel better.
*Plan for calorie buffer on Christmas market visit days.
*Watch my portions at the company Christmas party on Friday.
*2 trips to the gym.
*Neurologist appt. on Thursday.
*Remember that those cookies are for gifts, not for personal consumption. (Well, maybe one or two!)
Friday, December 03, 2010
I didn't post a weight loss goal. Gained a little over the course of the month.
*Log at least 1200 cardio minutes - Goal met
*Track calories 5 days a week and stay within ranges - nope
*Burn SP recommended calories (1430) through exercise each week - did this in two of four weeks
*At least two gym visits a week - Goal met
*ST at least twice a week - did three times a week as part of our team 3x3 challenge
I'm finding that I start the month out pretty well, but slack off toward month's end. Life seems to happen in those last couple of weeks of the month. I'm not sure why.
At any rate, I've decided to post weekly goals rather than monthly. At the moment, it's all I can do to take one day at a time so even a week seems daunting!
This week is almost past but I'll post a couple of goals for the weekend:
*Track and stay within ranges
*Partake in MINIMAL holiday treats when caroling tomorrow. (Practice saying, "Nein, danke...sehr nett von dir aber nein, danke...danke, nein...sind bestimmt lecker, aber nein."
*Get in two more ST sessions to meet 3x3 challenge goal.
*Minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day
*Catch up on Spark blogs
*Drink massive quantities of hot liquids to get rid of this COLD. It's putting a serious crimp in my exercise activities!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
It's dark and ugly outside, even though it's 3 in the afternoon.
It can't seem to decide if it wants to rain or snow.
I'm tired, even though I slept 10 hours last night.
I feel like taking a nap but, then again, I have a million other things that I could attend to this afternoon.
I'll be working out at the gym tomorrow so I could just skip it.
No one will ever know if I don't go running like I usually do on Sunday afternoons.
I did it anyway.
Thanks, SP and fellow Sparkers for helping me cultivate a "do it anyway" attitude.
For any country music fans out there, the "Anyway" song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE3S7VcyOPU
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I finally got my winter tires put on yesterday --- and today it reached a high of 66 degrees?
I'm going to have a very tight couple of weeks till my next paycheck from the language school. It will include my Christmas bonus, however! Yay to that! Austerity measures are in force - more walking, living off the food that's in the house. Should be good for the waistline as well as the pocketbook!
Made a date with a friend for him to help me wallpaper and paint my hall on Friday.
Spoke to two old friends on the phone this weekend, one I haven't seen in 17 years. We've kept in touch from time to time, and now more regularly thanks to Facebook.
Went to a WONDERFUL concert on Friday with the Christian band Casting Crowns. What a super evening of music, testimony, Scripture in action. I so seldom stay out that late anymore that I've been wiped out all weekend --- but wiped out in a good way :)
I worked yesterday afternoon. I have a student/client who is moving up in his company and needs more English for his future duties. The city was really happening - Christmas decorations being put up in the train station, major union demonstration in the middle of town, Saturday shoppers. I guess I should start thinking about Christmas plans too?!
After a nap this afternoon, I got in a short run in this beautiful weather. Thought of Catherine and other Sparkers running the San Antonio marathon.
And that's that : Good week, everyone! Be blessed!
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