Saturday, October 08, 2011
I went back for my physical follow-up and got my blood test results. I'm not real happy about my cholesterol levels. Just read a good article that helped me understand the lab report. My doctor did explain it to me, but second opinion, ya know! www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Ch
My "good" cholesterol level (HDL - think H for happy) is quite high and that's good. My "bad" level (LDL - think L for Loser) is also "borderline high." The "bad" number is up a bit from 2009 (I didn't get a complete physical in 2010) and a bit more from 2008 when I was at goal weight. All the more reason to get back there, no? However, the ratio between the two is also important, and that number is good. The EKG was also AOK.
My Suitcase and the Swiss Flag:
I'll start packing for my trip to Switzerland today. I'm going to an annual missionaries' retreat in the Alps. I've been able to go most years for the past 15 and I always look forward to it as a special time with friends and with the Lord. Depending on the weather, I'll be able to go hiking in the afternoons. One of the people who has already arrived in the mountain town posted a pic on Facebook today and there's a light dusting of snow. That makes packing even more interesting.
And back to my suitcase. I've once again learned that expensive luggage can really be worth it. Actually, I got a super deal on my Victorinox bags a couple of years ago. Macy's in Florida had a luggage sale, and a weekend sale, and I had some kind of coupon on top of that, so I ended up paying about 75% of the original price. But the best thing about Victorinox (a Swiss company, by the way) is that you get a lifetime guarantee. So when the handle on the trolley cracked awhile back, I took it in to the local department store here in Germany, they sent it in, and two weeks later, I got to pick up a brand-new replacement bag and paid "rien" for it. Voilà! (The retreat is in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, so excuse me while I practice!)
Tomato Sauce and Apples:
Tomorrow is the annual flea market in our little town. Our church has a stand to sell pizza as well as coffee and cake. The proceeds benefit our partner church in the Ukraine. Today, I need to bake a cake and I've been blessed with apples, so apple cake it is. Then, tomorrow, I'll be working on the stand in the afternoon. Sometimes it's my job to cut the pizza. I like that - hacking into those pizzas with a big knife is a good way to get rid of aggressions. Sometimes I'm the sauce-spreader which is a little bit more meditative. We'll see what my assignment is.
The Spark Goal Met Emoticon:
I lost a pound this past week, my challenge goal for the week, so I'm back to the weight I was at the end of the Summer 5% challenge. The Firecrackers and other teams on the Fall 5% Challenge are on their way to Athens. Think we can do something about the Greek economy while we're there?
Friday, September 23, 2011
...for the Fall 5% Challenge! This is the time of year when it starts to get colder and I feel like eating carbs all day and hibernating. So it's a very good thing that this challenge is starting up tomorrow.
I'm facing the first Saturday weigh-in with some trepidation because I know I've gained back a pound or two or three since the Summer Challenge ended. My goal this time around is to break the 60 kilo barrier and get back into my maintenance range, if not reach my original goal weight of 58 kilos.
There will be a trip to the mountains of Switzerland in October, around the middle of the eight weeks. It's a missionaries' retreat and there is always lots of eating involved - but also lots of hiking if the weather cooperates. Then exams in November. Challenges within the challenge!
The "last" roses of summer that I picked from the bushes in front of church yesterday. *wistful sigh*...
Oh...and GO FIRECRACKERS!
Thursday, September 08, 2011
I was on a bus just a few blocks from home here in this small town in Germany. I was on my way to teach an English lesson at a company in the next town. I don't usually travel by bus, but I had totaled my car two weeks earlier and didn't have a new one yet. When the news came on, the bus driver turned the radio up really loud. I thought that was a little strange until I heard what was being said on the broadcast. The first tower had just been hit.
When I got to the company, my students and I briefly talked about the news, but carried on with the lesson. My concentration was not very good and I think we were all in a bit of a daze. We tried to get some information over the internet during the break, but it was hard to get a connection. Afterwards, I caught the bus back home and spent the next two days glued to the TV. Some time that evening, I somehow I got the word that my sister in Brooklyn was OK.
So, my "place" was that seat in the bus. And yours?
(I know there will be lots of postings and internet content related to the anniversary, but this one is definitely worth a view:
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