Saturday, April 02, 2011
Yes, I'm going to Prague for a missions conference, leaving Thursday and returning on Sunday. I've been there once before - a beautiful city! My last trip was just after the iron curtain came down and there were lots of renovations going on. I imagine it will be even busier and more beautiful than it was back then. We won't have a lot of time between meetings and services, but it looks like our hotel is downtown and close to the sites. Certainly there'll be time to stroll the bridge and visit the city square. And I'm looking forward to good times of worship and fellowship at the conference itself.
I'll be taking the train directly from the town where I live and connecting to an express bus from Nuremberg. The price of the trip is about 1/4 of what it would cost to fly. It ends up being about the same amount of travel time, too, because I don't have to get to the airport which is an hour away. Still I expect the 4-hour bus trip from Nuremberg to be an adventure. I haven't been a big fan of bus travel since my days touring around with the opera when I first came to Germany 26 years ago.
The man who sold me my ticket suggested I think of it this way - I'm being paid 50 euros (about $65) an hour for sitting on the bus instead of the plane!
On the weight loss front - I haven't. I seem to start out the week pretty well, but my all-day Thursday course day seems to throw me off. I'll miss this week's class and the last week of the course is the 14th, so I won't have that excuse any more :)
There's an emotional reason behind the not-so-mindful eating, too. Mom's 84th birthday would have been this coming Monday. She was really into celebrating birthdays and holidays, so it's hard to have them go by without her. However, I got inspired this morning by another Sparker, KARLYNCANDOIT. She just recently lost her husband and decided to plant a garden in his honor. Here's a link to her blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
So I thought I would spruce up my balcony with a few blooms in honor of Mom who loved flowers and gardening. Petunias were a favorite of hers, but it's a little too early for them. Will see what I can find at the market today. It's going to be warm and sunny again tomorrow so that will be a fun way to spend some time tomorrow afternoon before my LSD run.
P.S. Actually, most of my runs are LSD, especially the "S" part!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
I had two terrible days of eating on Thursday and Friday. Kind of fell into a hole after turning in my term paper on Wednesday. Soooo tired and when that happens my eating tends to get out of control. Kept up my 30 minutes of daily exercise with walking, so I still managed to lose a pound.
Back to it today. Running tomorrow. Just keeping accountable!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It's been 6 weeks since I blogged here. A quick run-down: I took a two-week intensive course toward my degree in January, then took off for Florida for two weeks. While in Florida, I attended a missions conference, had another bout with bronchitis, spent a week visiting Ddad, then returned to Germany.
I hit the ground running with a busy work schedule the first week. That fortunately slacked off a bit so that I could devote some time to finishing my term paper for the course. This overlapped with starting a new course that runs seven weeks but only meets one day a week. My goal, for those who haven't heard yet, is to finish my M.Ed.Min. this year. If God grants me a financial miracle, I'll finish my last course during the week of my 60th birthday.
I've gained weight and (UGH!) even bought a pair of size 6 slacks while is was in FL because all my others, though wearable, were becoming uncomfortably tight. I hate making that kind of concession, but hey, it's about being honest with oneself and facing the music!
Today is the first day back tracking. My trackers are public and if you look today you'll see why I gained. Sweets! Comfort food! Travel and restaurant eating! Making excuses! That stops now and I'm going to become best friends with the Spark trackers again. The numbers game can be time-consuming and frustrating at times, but I know it's what works for me.
That's the Cliff notes version of the past couple of months. I'll be posting more often again, as my fourth Sparkiversary (April 21) approaches !
Sunday, January 30, 2011
...of a very busy time. I just finished a week of a course in Cross-Cultural Leadership Development and have three more days of classes ahead. Then one day to pack before I fly to Florida on Friday.
I hope y'all will hang in there with me if I don't respond to posts and such. I'm going to be on a bit of a Spark Break during the next week or so, probably just checking in to track food and exercise --- if that! Not sure if I'll be able to post much while in Florida either. Will need to play it by ear. I'll be keeping my Spark going, just need to focus on studies and travel prep!
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