Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Just one more week of March and it looks like I will survive! My schedule at the language school eased up a bit due to some cancellations. Having the 5% Challenge as a focus has also helped - my team, the Firecrackers, are great encouragers. We had our first weigh-in yesterday and I'm happy to report that I lost the kilo that I gained shortly before the challenge started. Now to attack those kilos that are more settled in!
I haven't made as much progress as I wanted to on my master's project. But I have a vacation day on Tuesday and plan to dedicate that time to writing. I write best when I have a bigger block of time for it. I may even take the day off from the internet that day --- with the exception of posting my air miles, of course!
The photos shows what I've been doing in my "spare" time - when I probably should have been doing other things --- but I find it very relaxing to doodle a little with paint, and these are the results. Most will be gifts but I think I may sell a few. "Buy an Egg - Send Michelle to Albania!?" What do you think?
As for travel plans, I've decided not to go to the States this spring and will likely wait till summer when I can combine a visit to ddad with my denomination's biannual conference. I told Dad today and he sounded a little disappointed. I am, too, but with time and financial commitments the way they are, it's just not feasible to visit twice in one year.
So I'm a little sad, but also relieved to have that issue resolved. I reread a good quote today (thanks CAROLYN107!): "You can't wring your hands and roll up your sleeves at the same time." (Pat Schroeder) I'm afraid I'd been "wringing my hands" over the decision and it's been making it hard to make progress in other areas.
Good new week!
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I have a super-busy schedule at the language school for the next 4 weeks, working 6 days. My work is part-time but some of the days are quite long. On Wednesdays, I leave the house at 6AM and get home at 10PM. I'm not teaching all the time, but there's not time to come home in between lessons, and the train ticket is pricey. I've been known to stretch out on the floor of an empty classroom and take a nap! Some of the students also have special requirements that mean more preparation for me outside the class time. For example, I just read Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" over the weekend so that I can tutor a 16-year old Mexican girl preparing for her English classes at the local international school.
I'm working on my final master's project but need to get some things settled so that I can move ahead on certain parts of the task. I also need to make plans to visit the States sometime soon - but when? Decisions to make! Finances to raise! Meetings to schedule! Notes and Journal entries to type up! Newsletter to send! Lions and tigers and bears...!
I feel fat! I've been eating too much in the evenings again, and not being very faithful about tracking. I'm exercising but not at a very high intensity. I feel so good when I get out and run but my energy levels have been low and it seems to take me longer to recover from my workouts. Might be spring fever...the weather keeps yoyoing up and down and the old body needs more time to adjust.
On the USA home front, I'm feeling the need to check in with my dad who had a mild TIA a couple of weeks ago. Also, my 94-year-old grandmother took a fall last week and, although she's doing well in rehab, I'm concerned. I haven't been able to reach her by phone - apparently it's in a hard-to-reach place so my aunt is taking her our email get-well messages when she visits.
I was contemplating hanging out the "On a Spark Break" sign till the Spring 5% Challenge starts on March 18, but I'll try to hang in there at least for the rest of this week! If God be for me, who can be against me?! Grateful for his sustaining power, wisdom and guidance in ALL these things!
By the way, if you're looking for a good way to kindle or rekindle your Spark, join that 5% Challenge. It's a personal challenge to lose 5% of your weight within the 8-week challenge period, but also a team competition to earn "air miles" (exercise minutes) that count toward reaching exotic destinations. The team I'm on, the Firecrackers, is a SUPER group and there may still be some spots free: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
Gold stars to everyone who just read that LONG blog post!
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Yesterday I was looking for a suitable photo to share on my blog. I did a google search for "scream" and there were a bazillion choices, dominated, of course, by Edvard Munch's famous painting (waving at Claudia!).
I thought this was more appropriate, though, for a Spark scream. And, even better, because of my personal photo shoot, I was inspired to get in an extra portion of fresh veggies today.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I'm off to go Nordic walking (may be in the rain?!) and then to the grocery store on the way home, so this will be short.
I've recommitted for the XXXXth time to tracking food and to staying under 1600 calories. Started yesterday. Hold me accountable! My tracker is public!
Monday I'll be weighing in for the first time in a couple of weeks, so don't be alarmed if you hear loud screaming from my direction. ;)
(OK, so it was a ten-minute blog because I got side-tracked in an unsuccessful search for a suitable illustration.)
Happy Weekend, all!
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