Thursday, June 02, 2011
I'm waiting for my trophies, please! It's June 2!
A month ago, I posted that I hoped to be Ms. Consistency for the month of May. I set up some streaks on my page but SP hasn't gotten around to notifying us of our progress yet. If you're like me, you kinda look forward to those little icons and awards that they send. Some people never grow up, do we!?
So, I'm patting myself on the back for tracking food and exercise daily in May. That doesn't mean I stayed within my ranges every day but I tracked probably 95% of what I ate, striving for progress not perfection. Managed to lose 3.3 pounds. I also walked A LOT in addition to my more intense runs and Nordic walking workouts, including a 10K benefit walk. I've been doing without the car as much as possible, even went 10 days without using it at all. And another factor that has contributed to the progress has been ditching the TV except for two events - the royal wedding and a German national team soccer match.
On June 9, I celebrate one year of daily exercise. Not my longest streak, but approaching it.
My goals for June - more of the same, and I've also got an eye on running a 7K race on July 2 which means I'm in training!
I'm also going to prayerfully add another goal. I've been cocooning and need to start reaching out and (re-)building some of the IRL relationships that have gone unattended over the past months. That means a daily phone call, card, visit, or email to a friend or family member.
Thanks to Mr. Consistency - Great is HIS faithfulness! - for helping me to develop my consistency over the past month in the areas of eating and exercise. Wanting to access that for other areas, too, in the months ahead.
Edit: Thanks, SP, you didn't let me down!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Because I live in Germany, I'm not always fully aware of which American holidays are coming up. (There is a German version of Memorial Day but it's not at the end of May.) Today, May 29, is the anniversary of my mother's death and that has been on my mind much more than the 30th. Just yesterday, I realized that the two dates will always be linked in my mind. Two days of remembering and praying.
TOMORROW, I'll remember the veterans who served our country, including my Dad who was in the Navy in the South Pacific during WW2. And I'll pray for and remember the military folks who are serving now in places like Afghanistan and Iraq and Okinawa - and Germany.
I have lots of friends who have served in the military and some who are serving now. As a matter of fact, I came to know Jesus through my denomination's ministry to the military and will always be grateful that they opened their doors of fellowship to us expats as well.
TODAY, I remember my dmom. I choose to focus on the good memories. The not-so-good ones tend to demand attention at odd moments anyway, so why give them any more time?! And I also think of my ddad who has spent the last year without his partner of almost 60 years. Looking forward to our usual Sunday call this afternoon.
TOMORROW will also mean that the year of the "firsts" is over! This a good thing, a signpost of hope on the road to healing.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Standing on that promise today!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Just checking in to say that I was able to get in a (slow) run today after the rain cleared. It's good to be feeling healthy again! I actually didn't mean to run over an hour, but had to backtrack when I noticed that the sunglass clip had fallen off my glasses. When I came out into the full sunshine after running the shady, wooded trail --- "ack! this is beautiful but what happened to my shades?!" Going back to find the clip added another ten minutes or so to my tour. But it also meant I burned a bunch more calories and I'm hoping that might impact tomorrow's weigh-in.
It seems like spring went by very fast and we're already in full summer. The heavy weekend rains changed everything from those delicate greens to a rich, full color. More sunshine and warm weather forecast for the week ahead. It will be a busy one and I'm glad of that because my hours at the language school have been rather short so far this month. It will be good to end May with a better total on the paycheck!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
So, it's Mother's Day and I'm doing surprisingly well. I even managed to go to church, although I could have skipped it since I'm still sick with this virus on top of the allergies. (There are days like this even for folks in ministry - just being honest here!) The children's ministry group did a good job. The kids sang and had made something for their mothers that they passed out to them, but there were none of those "recognizing all the women" things that has been so awkward.
Instead, one of the ladies had made "Hope" cookies - the theme of the sermon message - and everyone got one at the end of the service. Maybe there is hope that our leadership is getting more sensitive on dealing with certain issues - like grief! And we got out early today and that means a longer afternoon on the balcony relaxing. YES!
Roaming the web today, I came across and thought I'd share it here. It blessed me today.
Hugs to the others who are remembering their Moms today. And to all you Moms out there, too a happy day!
Loss of Mother Poem
Now that I am gone,
remember me with smiles and laughter.
And if you need to cry,
cry with your brother or sister
who walks in grief beside you.
And when you need me,
put your arms around anyone
and give to them what you need to give to me.
There are so many who need so much.
I want to leave you something Ė
something much better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people Iíve known
or helped in some special way.
Let me live in your heart
as well as in your mind.
You can love me most
by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
by embracing them and living in their love.
Love does not die, people do.
So, when all thatís left of me is love,
give me away as best you can.
~ Author unknown
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