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Short and sweet

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Or should I say short and SWEETS! I celebrated Thanksgiving today at a church pastored by an American friend and his German wife. I took the day off from tracking. It wasn't a free-for-all though. I watched my portions and got in good doses of healthy veggies. I also had tastes of several desserts but, even though they were minis, I'm sure it all added up to enough calories to go well over range.

So, looking ahead on this first Sunday of Advent, I don't see any more buffet dinners on the horizon till Christmas and am THANKFUL for that on this day-after-the-day-after-Thanksgiving. Back to normal tomorrow - if there is such a thing!
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Good week, everyone!
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Food Tracked: No
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Um, no
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 30/ 154
ST: No
Vitamins: Taken!

  
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SPARTAN40 12/1/2011 1:59PM

    Too bad that the mystery shopper thing wasn't working out. I always thought that sounded like fun. Of course completing the paperwork in German might be a bit difficult.

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NDTEACHER1 11/28/2011 2:01PM

    Good for you!

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FRANNIEDID 11/28/2011 1:48PM

    You can't deny yourself every day, I think it is healthy to allow yourself some treats now and again. The trick is the now and again part!

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PURPLELVR7 11/27/2011 7:36PM

    some days it is good to take the day off, after all tomorrow is a new day

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HNTSMOM 11/27/2011 7:08PM

    Glad you got to celebrate Thanksgiving today! I too enjoyed too many small tastes of sweets on Thanksgiving but they were worth it!! :)

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HAKAPES 11/27/2011 6:58PM

    That was a short and honest summary in the end! :-) I love this background pic!

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TRYINGHARD1948 11/27/2011 4:36PM

    emoticon, yes it is a thought. What is normal? Have a great first week of Advent.

PS Love your background.

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VISUALLYRICS 11/27/2011 3:38PM

    Hi Michelle! emoticon

I am glad you enjoyed yourself....and am quite sure you will be back to your normal ways because you LOVE your healthy lifestyle! It shows!! emoticon

love you! ~ Laura emoticon

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NEWNAC304 11/27/2011 3:24PM

    One off day won't kill you. Just get back on track tomorrow. You can do it!

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The little things...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

...sure add up! Today was our year-end wrap-up meeting at church today with the various ministry team leaders. Snacktime! I had my first piece of "stollen" of the season as well as my first, second, third and fourth "lebkuchen" cookie: 326 calories total which was about what I consumed for breakfast!

I only went over my calorie range by 15, but ended up quite low in on protein and pretty high on carbs. I have to say that I did enjoy the sweets, but I could have used my calories in a wiser fashion. It's not a lifestyle, was just a party. But tomorrow is another one, so I need to have a better strategy!

Food Tracked: Yes
Within Range (1250 - 1550): Not quite, 1565
Cardio minutes/ Calories burned: 30/ 154
ST: No
Vitamins: Taken!

  
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ASMPP1 11/26/2011 7:25PM

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NEWNAC304 11/26/2011 5:23PM

    You can do it!

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/26/2011 5:00PM

    ooohhhh tis the season.
i have been doing so well but my appetite is way up now, the fire is calling for fuel! and all that lebkuchen is no help, either.
just hope i don't get into a strudel again.

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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!

  
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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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