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!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Progress on my final integrative project! I now know that, if all goes as planned, I will be going to Albania this fall to teach a compact course in a Bible school there. I was able to touch base with the young pastor who oversees the program and, although the dates aren't set and there are many open questions, they want me to come in September-October.
My preparation for the course will be my final project for my degree in International Theological Education. Earlier this week, I was able to recruit a "mentor" to give input and feedback along the way. This is one of the requirements, and his evaluation also will figure in the final grade. Yesterday, I spoke to the prof who has to approve my proposal and give the final evaluation. I was able to run some ideas by him and get his tentative OK. My mini-goal now is to get that proposal written and turned in - there is no set deadline, but I'm aiming for Monday, Feb. 20.
In other "degrees" news - we've been in the minuses for a couple of weeks now. One one day, the Fahrenheit difference between here and Naples, FL was 70 degrees!
So, it's REALLY cold here, but I'm loving it. It's crisp and dry, not the bleak, slushy winter weather that we often have here in January and February. A light dusting of snow makes everything much lighter and covers up the gray. There's not enough snow to really interfere with driving, though, and that's another good thing. And, when we went Nordic walking last Saturday, we were able to hike across fields that are usually too muddy to navigate.
I hope we'll also be able to try another similar route today. I want to try to catch a photo of the sheep we see in those fields. Some of them are "heavy with child" and I'd like to get a "before" shot.
Edited to add this lovely lady and her entourage:
Have a good weekend, all!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Frosty February, Finding my Focus, Fabulous, Fresh, Fruitful, Forward-looking: I was going to title this post "The F Words" but I thought better of it. :-D
Now that the two challenges I was participating in are over, it's time for a new focus.
I've been slacking off on my tracking, and eating things that I almost never eat. Not sure what that's about! I'm dealing with a rather high level of uncertainty in other areas of life, and that sometimes causes snack attacks! But it's not a trend, just fits and spurts. This too will pass.
Exercise has been a little spotty, too. I'm exercising daily but I need to pick up the intensity a little. With the cold weather, I'd be happy to just hibernate, but I want to start getting in a few early morning workouts as time permits. I feel so good when I do a short AM indoor cardio session or outdoor run!
My studies are still in the forefront, but it now looks like my exams will be taking place in May and June instead of February-March. To make a long story short, I mistakenly thought that I could do my final practical project parallel to the exams. It turns out that the project has to be graded before I begin exams. No problem - I can still graduate in October, but this requires a shift in perspective and time frames. I think it's going to turn out for the best because I'll have more time to do a really practice-oriented project to include one or more actual teaching units, possibly at different locations. More on that later!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Winter %5 Challenge ended yesterday. I ended up with a 2 pound overall loss. I lost and gained and lost and gained and lost that same 2 pounds over the 8 weeks of the challenge. But I've decided it's gone for good now!
It was fun getting to know the new Firecrackers and hanging out with the returnees from the Summer challenge. Shout out to you fine folks!
I probably will skip the next challenge because of my studies and an upcoming stay in the States. I wouldn't want to make the commitment to the team and then not be able to check in regularly. But I'll be keeping in touch on blogs, pages, and status reports.
During the challenge, my church had our annual week of prayer and fasting. This was a very special time for me. Without going into a lot of detail, with the Lord's help, I was able to break through some fear issues. I also gave up diet cola for over 10 days. I won't say I'll never drink it again, but it was getting to be an addiction and I'm glad to have that broken. I used to fast one day a week and I plan to start that habit again.
In fact, the past 8 weeks have really been a time of returning to some healthy habits rather than starting new ones. I'm doing my 10 pieces of paperwork each day and keeping my sink shiny :), thirty minutes of exercise a day goes without saying and my ST has been pretty consistent, too. Now that the challenge is over, I plan to go back to Monday weigh-ins, a habit that just seems to work better for me than Saturdays.
I also completed the Spark January Jumpstart challenge - really wasn't anything new for me except that one of the requirements was to do a certain Spark video every day. I "discovered" a few new ones that I really like (9-minute arm sculpting, and 9-minute total lower body workout). I'll be incorporating those exercises into my routine. Anything that helps make ST more fun and that brings results - and a trophy - is good by me!
Have a good new week,everyone!
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