Friday, December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas, all! I'd like to share the video of a Christmas song I "found" recently. It was written just a few years ago, but has the feel of an old-time Appalachian style carol and has such a beautiful message. Take time to listen, if you can:
Thanks for all the get well wishes. I'm doing much better with just a little bit of a cough lingering on from the bronchitis. I had a tentative plan to travel this weekend to spend the holiday with friends, but the weather forecast pretty much put a kabosh on that. A good thing, too. It's 10 PM on Christmas Eve, has been snowing since 10 AM with no end in sight. Can't wait to see how much has accumulated by Christmas morning!
So, I'm spending the weekend at home and don't really plan to venture out much except for church on Sunday. If it ever stops snowing, I'd like to get out and take some photos of the winter wonderland. AND starting tomorrow, I'm going to track all my food again. I've gotten way off track this past week and need to get my focus back.
Glad that Jesus came that we might live,
Monday, December 20, 2010
I'll be so glad when I'm over this bronchitis! The steroid taper is almost at an end and I took my last antibiotic today. Yuck. I can feel that I'm retaining water and feeling puffy; my muscle tone is bleh, too.
And I miss my cardio, and doing more vigorous ST. Yesterday, on my walk to church, I enviously watched some joggers out in the crisp, clear, cold air and I'm looking forward to joining them sooner than later.
But yes, I will take it easy. I will, really, even though I plan to go to the gym tomorrow. I'll walk on the treadmill and hit the steam room.
With Christmas approaching, I've been missing Mom a lot -- she really got into Christmas. We used to tease her about the decorations in every corner of the house. I would love to be in Florida for the holidays this year but will be going in February and that's not too far off, either. In the meantime, I'm glad to know that Dad has had several invitations and will have a nice Christmas with friends and neighbors.
Hope the holiday week gets off to a good start for everyone!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
My goal for the rest of this week (13-19) is to get well so I can end the year well!
*Take my meds
*Drink plenty of fluids (already a habit, so not really a goal)
*Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
*Eat at least 6 portions of fruits and veggies
*Track food - plan snacks (tend to overdo when I'm home all day!) - stay in ranges
*3x3 Strength challenge
*30 minutes of (light) exercise a day
Fitness and Health Goals for Week of Dec. 6 (Nikolaustag) - 12:
*Track food the day before as much as possible (Made a good start but slacked off toward end of the week)
*Stay within ranges. (See above)
*Pack my lunches on work days. (Goal met!)
*3x3 ST challenge. (Goal met!)
*30 minutes a day exercise, increasing cardio as I start to feel better. (Goal met, but mostly ST and easy walking due to being sick.)
*Plan for calorie buffer on Christmas market visit days. (Didn't go - too cold for me to spend much time outdoors with this bronchitis.)
*Watch my portions at the company Christmas party on Friday. (Didn't go - wasn't feeling up to it.)
*2 trips to the gym. (Didn't go. Sick!)
*Neurologist appt. on Thursday. (Went to appt., go back in 6 months. Long story, tell ya later.)
*Remember that those cookies are for gifts, not for personal consumption. (Unfortunately, ate more than my quota, but they're out of the house now!)
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!
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