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Hi, Gym!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Hi, Gym - haven't seen you in AGES! emoticon
It felt good to get back on the cross-trainer but I got pretty tired after just 20 minutes so I switched to the treadmill. I put in another 25 minutes or so, mostly walking but with a few running intervals. I'm going to need to work back up slowly now that I'm over my cold. Also got in a little ST.
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Tonight was the language school Christmas party. It was fun talking to some of my co-workers that I don't socialize with very often. The food was yummy - risotto with shrimp, a nice salad, potato/pumpkin au gratin. I watched my portions pretty well, but ate the delicious apple strudel for dessert even though I really had no room left for it.

However, I did walk off part of it on the way back to the train station. I really don't like eating till I'm uncomfortable and will be reminding myself of that when I'm tempted to eat something just because it's there and it tastes good. That tends to happen during the holidays, doesn't it!
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Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): No, 1849
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 77/ 382
ST: Yes
Vitamins: Taken!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

M77355 11/26/2011 2:26PM

    My husband often says,"I really don't like eating till I'm uncomfortable" too and has the nice physique to prove it. He left for Norway yesterday and I join him 12/10 ... I'd love to surprise him with some noticeable progress when I get there! I'll keep your words running through my thoughts... Here's wishing you Happy Holy Days!

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HOMEBUNNY 11/26/2011 10:07AM

    Glad you are feeling better & made it back to the gym! I need to remind myself about not eating until I am stuffed. I have gotten back into that old habit of eating to eat & then eating TOO much!

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NEWNAC304 11/25/2011 10:18PM

    I hate that feeling of being so full that I'm uncomfortable. I've eaten past that point to the point of being miserable too many times this week. It's time to get refocused! Great job getting back to the gym. I'm glad you're feeling better.

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Gratitude

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Since I've been in Germany, I've seldom celebrated Thanksgiving on the actual holiday. This is another of those years when I'll be celebrating a day or two later.

That makes it even easier to remember that thanksgiving is an "attitude of gratitude" thing to be cultivated 365 days a year and not just something for the last Thursday in November.

Still, it's good to have a day where we focus on all the things that the Lord has done for us, for his blessings, his grace and his presence with us on the good days and the rough ones.

Today was a good one for me, and not just because I met my Spark goals. I pray that it is for you, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1409
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 15"/ 74
ST: Yes
Vitamins: Taken!

  
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JERSEYGIRL24 11/25/2011 5:59PM

    Happy Thanksgiving, Michelle!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/24/2011 8:09PM

    I like that you've made this commitment to accountability. I am just about to begin keeping track of my accountability also. I think that the month as Christmas approaches is when I begin to indulge too often. If I can become accountable as a habit perhaps I will indulge myself less over the holidays as well. Thank you for the great idea,

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NEWNAC304 11/24/2011 7:02PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Michelle.

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ASMPP1 11/24/2011 6:32PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! We spent it with our immediate family. Thankful for what we have-health, each other, and employment.

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You snack, you track!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 4 of In Between the Challenges Challenge!

Thanks for all the encouragement on my last few blogs! I'm so grateful to have the support of my Spark friends. Among many things to be thankful for EVERY day and not just on the last Thursday of November!

What a long day this was! But planning ahead helped - I had lunch, dinner and snacks ready to go this morning. Knowing that I would be tracking helped me resist most of the treats that kept presenting themselves - cookies in the conference room where I taught in the morning, cookies and chocolate-covered peanuts in the teacher's room at the school. I had a small handful of regular peanuts as my afternoon snack - and tracked it (You snack, you track!).

The Christmas market officially opens in downtown Stuttgart tomorro
w but most of the lights have been strung and the decorated stalls have been set up, so I got to enjoy the scene as I walked to the train station this evening. I sure was glad to get home, though.

And even gladder to know that I can stay in bed a little longer tomorrow. It's a working day for me but I teach from 12 to 7 PM. My Thanksgiving dinner will probably be a turkey burrito :)

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!



Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1424
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 45"/ 222
ST: No
Vitamins: Taken! (Day 4 for that, too - adding it to my challenge record!)

  
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MANDIETERRIER1 11/24/2011 5:00PM

    I agree, planning and tracking is very important. Used to be that days like Thanksgiving I would allow myself a free day, which turned into a free for all. Not anymore. I still eat the foods I love, just smaller portions and I track them

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HAKAPES 11/24/2011 1:25AM

    You rock, girl! And to fit in that calorie range with snacks, you are a magician!

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NEWNAC304 11/24/2011 12:05AM

    You're doing great! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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ASMPP1 11/23/2011 9:26PM

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/23/2011 8:19PM

    Good on you....food tracking is the thing that keeps me most honest on Sparkpeople....OK, logging AND blogging.

keep at it and good luck on the challenge!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/23/2011 6:50PM

    absolutely - track the snack!

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VISUALLYRICS 11/23/2011 5:36PM

    emoticon planning & tracking!!

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Trackin' and Packin'

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's one of those evenings when that's all I have time for. Got home, fixed some dinner, checked the email, and came to Spark to trackety-track.

Then it's time to pack my bag, pack my lunch and dinner to take along, and lay out my clothes for my looooooong Wednesday. I leave the house at 6 AM and get home at 10 PM.

I may try to fit in a gym visit. I haven't been in weeks because of this cold/cough thing, but even if I can't do a strenuous workout yet, I can visit the steam room! :)

Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1389
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 15"/ 74
ST: Yes

  
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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/23/2011 8:25AM

    Keep up the good work.

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/22/2011 10:28PM

    You are doing it Michelle. WooHoo!

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NDTEACHER1 11/22/2011 8:23PM

    Take care and have a blessed Thanksgiving. Be good to yourself, it sounds like a VERY long day indeed.

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MTNGRL 11/22/2011 8:01PM

    You are doing great! I need to get back to tracking, it always helps!

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ASMPP1 11/22/2011 7:30PM

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VISUALLYRICS 11/22/2011 7:27PM

    emoticon Firecracker!! emoticon
emoticon ...steam is an awesome thing!! Go for it!!

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JAXMOMMY 11/22/2011 5:47PM

    Congratulations! Take it easy with that cough/cold! I've done good with my tracking and staying within caloiries so far this week too! What a super long day! Pace yourself!

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FRANNIEDID 11/22/2011 3:50PM

    You are doing so well!! Keep tracking!

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PARKERB2 11/22/2011 3:25PM

    Keep up the good work. Good luck with the long day.

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NEWNAC304 11/22/2011 3:17PM

    You're doing great!

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HAKAPES 11/22/2011 3:15PM

    You're doing great! And it really sounds as a long day. Where is your gym?

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 11/22/2011 3:11PM

    I love this - it is a smart and simple way to stay accountable and on track in between the challenges

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and I love your positive attitude emoticon

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Gotta Love Mondays

Monday, November 21, 2011

On the train this morning, I got to sit next to one of the young people from our church on my way to work. That was fun, although I did feel kind of old. This is a young man who I gave guitar lessons to when he was about 10. Now he's studying math and physics at the university and sporting an iPhone that he had fun demonstrating to me on our trip.

My first lesson was cancelled before I even got there. My cell rang while I was chatting with my friend on the train. Because it was past the deadline for cancellation, I still got paid. Woohoo! Did a mystery shopping gig before my noon lesson. I'm teaching a young woman who is starting a new job in marketing at a major car company and needs to improve her English. I love my part-time job at the language school - it keeps me on my toes and I get to meet interesting people with interesting jobs.

One of my music lessons was also cancelled on short notice, too, so I took some time to practice Christmas music on the piano. Now I'm home and writing my second blog in the "In Between" series, not to be confused with the "Left Behind" series.
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Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Yes, 1531
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 30"/ 148
ST: No

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 11/22/2011 2:27PM

    Lots of changes in your day Michelle but you did fun things instead...how lovely is that!!

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FRANNIEDID 11/22/2011 12:01PM

    Your Monday sounds like it was fun! I am trying to get back on track too. Sometimes life side tracks us!

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NEWLIBRARIAN 11/22/2011 8:21AM

    Quoting you "writing my second blog in the "In Between" series, not to be confused with the "Left Behind" series. "
This is why I enjoy your blogs

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/22/2011 3:25AM

    emoticon those between times can be very productive. So lovely to meet up with old students and feel a little bit of credit for the wonderful people they have turned out to be.

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KALISWALKER 11/22/2011 12:34AM

    It great to have things you enjoying, the time flies by and it's fun!

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NEWNAC304 11/21/2011 2:50PM

    How nice to have some extra time! You're doing great at staying on track!

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DDOORN 11/21/2011 2:27PM

    Nice to have those "gifts" of open time to fill with good times!

Don

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VISUALLYRICS 11/21/2011 2:16PM

    emoticon on staying on track! Me too.
Your life sounds enjoyable - I am glad you love your job! How nice.
Go Firecracker!! ~ Laura

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