Thursday, June 07, 2012
Tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the Summer 5% Challenge:
I wasn't sure I was going to sign up this time around, because of travel plans, but I decided to got for it. The team enthusiasm and accountability have really helped me in the past and, although I didn't lost my 5% last time like I did last summer, I know that being on the team really helped keep me from gaining during these past few super-stressful months.
My goal is to get down to 63.5 kilos by the start of the challenge - I'm about two pounds away. That means that losing 5% during the challenge will take me almost all the way down to 60, the top of my goal range. Wouldn't that be awesome?
Anyway, come along for the ride. I'm a Firecracker, but I'm sure you'll have fun on any of the teams.
In other news, my eyeballs are starting to mold to the shape of my laptop screen, but I am making progress on the paper. I have 26 hours to finish!
Sunday, June 03, 2012
...but I thought I'd check in. It's going to be a push to get this paper done. I have a hefty teaching schedule the next couple of days, so won't have much time to write, just to continue to read and gather my notes. I do have the outline set up and the bibliography is formatted, and the first three pages are written. The intro is always a bear and I think I've got that nailed. Keep those prayers coming, folks!
Having to discipline myself in the study area has caused me to be more disciplined in others, like EATING. I'm always amazed at how that works, although I've seen it happen again and again. Duh. Need to REMEMBER these things! I'm starting my third week of daily tracking with only a few smallish calorie overages in the past two. Looking forward to the pay-off on the scale tomorrow. You ought to be hearing a big "Woohoo" from this direction at around 7AM at GMT plus 1.
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.
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