Sunday, July 24, 2011
...but I lost three pounds this past week. That means I have just 5 more pound to lose in the remaining 7 weeks of the 5% summer challenge.
How did I do it, you may ask? Tracking, exercising, accountability...you know, the "usual" Spark program. It works! But don't get too excited because these are the same three pounds that I gained during my two summer intensive courses with the birthday celebration (ice cream!) in the middle. So now I have to get down to business and lose the pounds that have been firmly entrenched for, well, for almost 2 YEARS.
This won't be easy because I have to write three term papers in the next two weeks, and when I'm hard at work studying, there's always the urge to snack. Maybe I'll skip meals and just snack on healthy things!!!
One paper is almost finished - it's a personal philosophy of teaching. Actually, it never will be "finished" because new ideas and experiences continue to influence my thoughts on a daily basis. I have five pages and they just need to be fine-tuned. The other two papers for the two different profs are basically the same assignment but I'll need to put the second one in a different format. I'm designing a preparation course for short-term missionaries. In a sense, another project that won't ever be finished...till Jesus returns!
I wanted to take a nap on this fine Sunday afternoon, and then go for a run. However, the annual festival parade is going on in our little town right now, and, although I'm not particularly close to the parade route, the sound of the marching bands may keep me awake. The valley we live in functions like an echo chamber! We're a small town, though, so the parade won't last long...nap ahoy!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I just finished course #2. Yes, I decided to take it and it was definitely the right decision. Thank you for the prayer support. I know God is always speaking to us - but we need help with the hearing sometimes!
It was a course on the Principles of Teaching but it was far more than just a foundations course. The class was small, the instructor not just an expert and experienced, but amazingly transparent and accessible. I learned so much about teaching and learning. I know it will really impact my work and ministry - still so much to process after a week of intensive study. And I still have to write my final projects for BOTH courses, so I'm going to leave up the books background on my Spark page for awhile.
The other "coincidence" took place on my birthday on the 5th. I knew I wouldn't be able to do much celebrating. (The BIG celebration will take place when I finally get my diploma - if all goes well, in December!) But the staff at the school where I'm studying had already planned a little ice cream party for that day. After the full day of classes, we all built our own sundaies, then gathered in the garden for fellowship and a short devotion from the school director. He announced that it was my birthday, too, so I got lots of well wishes. Isn't it cool how God plans these "coincidences" to let us know he's thinking of us?
We're the apples of his eye!
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Finished the classes for one of my summer courses on Tuesday. It was one of the best classes I've taken so far - lots of interesting information about learning theories, teaching methods, planning courses. Now I have to work on the portfolio project that has to be turned in at the end of the month.
In looking over the syllabus for the class that starts tomorrow, I realized that we'll be covering a lot of the same material (but in English with an American professor) and that the final project for this second course is similar to what I have to do for the first course. So I have to decide if I'm going to audit this course or take it for credit. I won't go into all the pros and cons. Just have to make a decision by tomorrow. Prayers appreciated that I make the best possible decision!
I had a good talk with my advisor for my practical project and we had a good brainstorming session about what kind of project it should be. I was really encouraged by the support he gave me.
Yesterday, I ran the 7K Frauenlauf in a very slow 54:43. I was OK with that, although it was a little slower than my last attempt at the distance a couple of years ago. The only irritating thing was the sound of the Nordic walking sticks clicking behind me threatening to overtake me, the "runner"! A couple of them did. Of course, they were about 20 years my junior and extremely well-trained. No prize socks this time because there were three other runners in my age group, two of whom were MUCH faster than I was. That's OK, too, even though the competitive Michelle was a little irked.
More importantly, the race brought me to the conclusion that I've been overtraining. I need to run longer and slower in training if I want to build endurance and then the speed will come. I definitely need to be more specific in my training before I try another race. I think I have a faster time in me. I have to confess that I've been more concerned with the short-term goals: just getting out there and getting in some cardio minutes. Again, consistency hasn't been the best.
Anybody want to be my personal trainer? There's a 10 K coming up in September that's supposed to be a good, well-organized race with a nice course.
Kinda homesick for the USA this weekend - Happy Fourth of July!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I had a so-so week. I didn't track my food on two days and I know I went over with some evening snacking going on. I exercised every day, got in my ST three times, did pretty well on sleep, but a lot of my cardio was just walking to and from the train station. It still counts as exercise, but I didn't get the intensity I need for training for this Saturday's race.
Today has been another one of those on-again, off-again days. SO, I'm about to get out there and get in a good run and then I WILL finish tracking for today. It won't be pretty and neither will tomorrow's weigh-in, but it could have been worse.
Two more days of intensive class #1, then I'll have a little bit of a breather before the next class starts on Monday, July 4. It has been a great week as far as that goes - good teacher, good material, good class discussions and team work. I have a presentation to do on Tuesday, last day of class, with a partner. A bit nervous about that - always more so in German than when I speak in English. But it's only 15 minutes and my partner is great, SO I know it will be OK.
Encouraged by RAYLINSTEPHENS blog post, and feeling like I need a little summer boost to get to goal range by the end of August. SO, I joined a challenge group, the Summer 5% challenge. Hoping to be a part of the Firecracker team. SO, if you're interested, sign up!
Looking forward to a good, possibly even great week!
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