Sunday, May 27, 2012
Size 4 that is. It may have something to do with the fact that I've gotten out the summer clothes and am still the same size I was last year, but my motivation to lose has really increased lately. I remember thinking then that I would need some new khakis next year because the 6's would certainly be too big by summer 2012. And they're not. They fit just fine.
Somehow, this has caused me to be more diligent in my tracking and in staying within my ranges. I love the 5% challenges, but all the focus on air miles of exercise sometimes overshadows the importance --- for me, personally -- of keeping my eating under control. It helps that I'm loving the summer fruits - strawberries, watermelon, honeydew, etc. - and choosing those as snacks instead of higher-calorie choices. Did I say I love summer?
On the master's degree front, I'm in the middle of researching my final paper. You are probably all getting tired of hearing me talk about "final this" and "final that". And I'm getting tired of hearing myself say it, too! I'm ready to be done! However, my topic is interesting --- challenging at the same time. I've got plenty of material. Researching is fun for me - I love chasing down rabbit trails! So, as usual, my difficulty is narrowing down the topic and being selective in my use of resources.
Tomorrow is a German holiday - Pentecost Monday - so I'll spend the day in the library. My study break will be lunch with one of my professors who is here from the States. She's been teaching at the Bible school this past week. It's a course that I took from her a few years ago and we've become friends since then. She's extended her stay a few days to get some R&R. Fun!
That's all for now! Keep those good thoughts and prayers coming!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
...and another 15 to go! This morning, I finally sent off my final project report to my mentor and to my evaluating prof. It hasn't really sunk in that it's DONE. Of course, it's only one step in the finals process for my master's. On Monday, I get the topic for the final 15-page paper. I then have two weeks to research and write. Written and oral finals are on June 18 and 19. Thanks to all who have sent their encouragement, who have prayed and are praying...there have been some times of discouragement and I believe it's God's power working through prayer that has carried me through.
One reason for the further delay is that my original mentor, a fellow missionary here in Germany, had to go back to the States on emergency leave. His mother was diagnosed with a serious form of brain cancer. In the midst of all that, I didn't feel I could burden him with the paper, and spent some time finding another mentor who could review the project report. Because the report is in English, this limited my alternatives. My "new" mentor is a missionary educator and dear friend in Zambia. She has already reported that she has the report downloaded and will be reading and giving me feedback on it by the end of the week. Don't you just love the possibilities that the Internet affords us?!!
So, now I'm looking around at all the things that haven't gotten done while I've been focused on the work. Where to begin!? First, a quick walk to the Post Office and back to return a skirt that didn't fit. That got me out in the sunshine and fresh air and inspired me to call a df to go Nordic walking this afternoon. Got the exercise thing COVERED today!
My eating has been off the chart this past few days and I'm going to give myself the grace of staying off the scale until I'm back on track. The week ahead at the language school is looking to be my all-time busiest so I need to do some pre-cooking and planning so the upwards trend doesn't continue!
I have some 28 blog posts from Spark buddies to read and respond to! There's a big soccer match (Bayern München vs. Chelsea) on TV this evening so I'll get to that while I watch. I've missed hearing your news and updates.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I've set myself a May 7 deadline for completion of my master's project. It's going to be a stretch but I can do it. I'll probably take a vacation day or two to chain myself to the desk. One thing I've learned through my studies is that it's hard for me to finish things because of perfectionist tendencies. I need to find the balance between doing my best and doing things "perfectly."
This is especially hard on things like this teaching project - it won't be finished until I've actually taught the class in Albania this fall. The project is the PREPARATION for the class and not teaching the class itself, although I'm doing a couple of teaching units beforehand as rehearsals (one was a workshop on Friday, the second a home group study on Thursday).
Even after I've taught the course this fall, it won't be finished because I'll find things that I want to do differently the next time I teach it. I'll need to adapt it to the next group to take the course in the next setting. Setting the boundaries for the project has been one of the biggest challenges for someone who needs a lot of time to make decisions!
Even though I'll be busy, I'll be Sparking -- although I may not be very chatty. More than ever during times of pressure, I need exercise as a release and energizer, and good food as fuel! All prayers appreciated!
The weather here went from winter to summer within about three days. Yesterday was AMAZING and the perfect day for a 12 km walk (about 7 miles). This was an organized thing here in the wooded hills around our little town. It takes place each year. Businesses pledge funds for each kilometer that is run or walked and the proceeds go to an organization that's building a school in Ethiopia.
I sweat so much that my skin was sandy with little grains of salt! Good thing that they had a water station. I had drunk a couple of glasses before the race and took a bottle with me, but my supply was gone about half way through the hike! Forgot to mention - I didn't run, I pole-walked along with my usual Saturday-afternoon pole-walking buddies. Fun day!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sometimes it's just not a good idea to click on the 10-day forecast button on the weather website. They're predicting rain and cold weather for the next week and a half! I take that back - the sun is going to shine on Tuesday - or maybe Wednesday. But that's it.
I'm taking consolation in the fact that the weather here in Germany in April is extremely unpredictable - they even have a saying "April, April, der macht was er will!" = "April, April, does whatever it wants." So maybe it will want to be a little warmer and sunnier?
Not complaining, really, just saying. It's also not bad running temperature weather, as long as the rain stays in the clouds and doesn't pour down constantly.
Time for the "Annie" song!
Have a good tomorrow and rest of the week, everyone! And if you're going to be in southern Germany, don't forget your umbrellas!
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