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Weak - No! - Week Ahead

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wow, after finishing my paper and turning it in, I really felt like a wet noodle, a deflated balloon, an old dish rag, (insert further similes here). I didn't get much sleep last week and then all the tension that had built up over the three weeks of the assignment dissipated after I dropped off the envelope at the post office - I'm not just physically but also emotionally drained.

Feeling better today. Sundays are about rest and restoration and that's what I did. In fact, the sermon was on the verse in Matthew 11:29 that talks about "come unto me and you shall find rest." It was a good message, but I thought if the preacher said "rest" one more time, I'd fall asleep right then and there. Instead, I waited till after church and took a good long nap. After watching the Spanish soccer team ALMOST win against Italy (they tied 1:1), I went for a short run and now I'm feeling ready to face the new week.

I'm not sure what the best way to study for finals will be. As I was working on my paper, I also went through some of my old course notebooks and did some re-organizing. That was helpful, so I'll continue with that process. I could do some reading, but I've done so much reading for research these past few weeks, I'm looking forward to just sitting and reading long passages of the Bible just because. It's been awhile since I read through the whole book. I think I'll make that a goal starting with my birthday in July.

Thanks for all the encouraging responses to my last blog post! What I didn't mention is that I broke my last streak because of my mom's death on May 29. 2010. I actually started exercising again the next day. I've learned that it's one of my best survival techniques. But I didn't start tracking again till June 9. I learned today that another Spark friend, JanetR, lost her mom last week. Praying for her and her family today.

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BEATRIMSOON 6/13/2012 9:28AM

    Congrats on finishing your paper. Good for you. Amen to all of the above comments. emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/11/2012 11:23AM

    emoticon glad you were able to get some rest after church! Congrats on your streak. You are amazing. emoticon emoticon

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SJG1953 6/11/2012 3:00AM

    Congratulations on your great accomplishment of finishing that paper! May God restore and refresh you through and through! He's the expert on that! Hugs, Shirley

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/11/2012 2:16AM

    Praise God for rest and naps! -- well deserved!

May the memories of your Mom bring you a peace beyond understanding. I think it's hardest on daughters when they lose their mothers (mine's been gone ten years now) and I still miss her.

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CAROLYN0107 6/10/2012 5:52PM

    emoticon on finishing your PAPER!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/10/2012 4:36PM

    Your mother's passing must still be fresh... love & emoticon to you.
emoticon on being faithful to move...and to rest...to just listen to your body and choose wisely.

You are emoticon!! ~ Laura

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Today I celebrate two years straight of daily 30 minutes intentional exercise.

On some days, it's been just an easy walk, or marching in place in front of the TV. Other days, a run, a long Nordic walking tour, or maybe a session with Jillian, Leslie or Denise. I can hardly imagine a day without exercise anymore!!!

Thanks, SP for giving me a place to keep track --- and thanks Spark friends for the encouragement, fun and accountability. You are a blessing and I appreciate you!
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P.S. I finished my paper and turned it in yesterday. Phew, glad that's done - onward to finals on the 18th and 19th.

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/12/2012 9:47AM

    emoticonon your streak. That's fantastic. Also fantastic about the paper. You will be so relieved when it is done.

I ended up signing up for the Summer Challenge after all as a Spirited Underdog. You actually inspired me when you said that challenges are challenging. BLC will be ending in the middle of July, so this will take me through the better part of the summer. Not sure about the fall. Too far away to even think about that. But I have found that in general, taking a Spark break is not a good idea. So I will be back!!!

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RUNNINGOMA 6/10/2012 3:58PM

    Wow! I had no idea you had such a great streak going! I'm totally impressed!

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JUNEPA 6/10/2012 12:01AM

    You are a great streaker, way to go !!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/9/2012 7:08PM

    emoticon on your consistency! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 6/9/2012 5:08PM

    What an awesome streak and accomplishment Michelle! Very inspiring. Happy to hear you got your paper turned in too. You are doing so great. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 6/9/2012 3:43PM

    So proud of you, Michelle!
What a streak ....to Move...move.... MOVE!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
and to complete your paper is Outstanding! May God give yuo the rest you need to recoup and added energy for tomorrow...to continue this Inspiring Streak!

emoticon Laura

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KALISWALKER 6/9/2012 3:34PM

    Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment!

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EBLOOMING 6/9/2012 3:34PM

    That is amazing~ APPLAUSE!!!! emoticon

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Hey, Firecrackers!

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.
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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!

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    Good luck with your 5% challenge over the summer!

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NDTEACHER1 6/7/2012 5:01PM

    You can do it, my friend!

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CAROLYN0107 6/7/2012 1:13PM

    Would love to join the Firecrackers again but .... I can't walk yet. Perhaps in the Fall I'll be able to join in again.
Go Firecrackers! emoticon

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JOANNKW 6/7/2012 1:08PM

    Zella, I'm glad you decided to join - Woohoo to being able to see the top of your range! I did a little math and am in about the same spot - lose that 5% and I'll be able to almost be there!

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HAKAPES 6/7/2012 10:34AM

    That 26h sounds a lot to spend in front of the screen!
I hope you don't need your laptop to freeze to prevent molding of your eyes...

I signed up for the summer challenge, too. This extra accountability and team spirit do make a difference!

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I don't really have time to be here...

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.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/7/2012 12:40AM

    Be well, dear! Continue to focus where you need to focus. Tracking has been my best friend.

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    It's amazing how doing better in one area "spreads" to the others!

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So great that you are back on track. Hope the weigh in goes really well,


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ABETTERSOUL 6/3/2012 9:45PM

    Will be praying for you! I am sure you will do very well.

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JOANNKW 6/3/2012 7:51PM

    You are doing great! Prayers are continuing!

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M77355 6/3/2012 6:03PM

    INCOMING!!!!!!! prayers!

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CAROLYN0107 6/3/2012 4:35PM

    Great that you are tracking your food! emoticon You should see results on the scale!

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FRANNIEDID 6/3/2012 4:17PM

    I think I am as excited about your progress as you are. Keep it up, it is so inspiring for the rest of us!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/3/2012 4:06PM

    Prayers are ...on the way to you....Michelle.
I know what a relief it will be when you are finished! emoticon
emoticon to you for having an Overall very Motivating and Disciplined Lifestyle.
Great reminders!

emoticon Laura

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All is Vanity

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After my last blog...especially after reading some of the comments, I wanted to be sure that I didn't come across as gloating over being a size 6 and aiming for a size 4. We're all where we are in our Spark journey and everyone is doing their best to reach a healthy goal weight (right?) regardless of what number that might be for you.

But I would be dishonest to say that I'm totally immune to "vanity sizing." I won't pay MORE for a pair of jeans just because they are 2's - but I did buy a pair a few years back and I'm looking forward to getting back into them. All the while, I'm realizing that they are probably the equivalent of the junior 9/10's I used to wear when I was the same weight back in school.

I'm always struck by the crazy sizing when I'm home in the States. (I do most of my clothes shopping there because it's so much cheaper than here in Germany and they have super thrift stores in the town where I live.)

So I went looking for an article about the phenomenon:


It sure makes shopping more complicated, but I think that's what the marketers want. The more complicated they make it, the more time you'll spend on their websites or in their stores. The research says that the longer you're there, the more you'll buy. Good to be aware!

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    Definitely did not come off that way to me. As for being whatever healthy size God made you . . . amen to that, and to having goals for that!, be it 2, 4, 6, or 16. I'm a 2X right now, that's down from 4X. So have a long, long way to go.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 6/1/2012 3:52PM

    Oh yes Vanity sizing. My daughter would have been a size 5 a few years ago and now she's a zero.
Keep on working toward that goal.

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NDTEACHER1 5/30/2012 6:19PM

    Don't give it a second thought, be proud you are the size you are. I heard the sizes are much different than years ago, that a size today may have been several sizes more 20 or more years ago. Do you have any good German websites I can buy clothes and shoes from? My aunt used to get catalogs from Germany in her beauty Salon. They had the cutest shoes! I am a bit of a Shoeaholic:) My son and daughter inherited the disease:)

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JOANNKW 5/30/2012 12:10PM

    Zella, I didn't see it as gloating - just the size you can be. I have noticed the silly shrinking sizes for years. I forgot that I had a a skirt from Chicos (my mom got it and it was too big for her) It was a 0 or a 2 or something silly like that. I really wish they would standardize clothing sizes. One of the brands at Target does something similar to the Levi's approach - they have a fit 1, 2, 3 or 4 size and I have found that helpful - when I can remember which one I liked (I think it was 3 or 4) Of course, since I am now playing in 140ville, who knows!

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RUNNINGOMA 5/30/2012 9:09AM

    Now that is exactly the kind of thing I have thought about, the industry changing sizes.

But I think you had another key for me. When I was a 9/10 that was probably the jr. size, and from there I went overweight, had babies, etc. Back at the 9/10 stage, I didn't care about fashion that much and size was just a number. I paid no attention since I was thin.

And, I noticed I stick to the same brands (Kohls is one huge favorite store) because I know what I will likely need for a size.

Oh, and I don't think you are vain - who wouldn't want to get back into clothes they formerly wore (well, not the too big ones!)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/29/2012 7:46PM

    I really wish women's clothing was as standardized as men's clothing it. It's amazing how much it's changed in our lifetime.

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ABETTERSOUL 5/29/2012 3:25PM

    I just want to feel energetic and full of vitality and strength. Lately I have felt very unhealthy, but I haven't been working out as much and been eating too many sugary foods. Need to get refocused and back on track. emoticon

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VISUALLYRICS 5/29/2012 2:21PM

    I am proud of you for throwing yourself into Life and giving your emoticon ..in all things whether it's Nordic walking, teaching, reaching out to a student, going the extra mile for a stranger or trying to read everybody's blogs at SP...LOL!! You are such a special sister in Christ to me, Michelle!
So, if you find yourself enjoying a size 6 but want to aim for a 4 - I say, Brava! Go for it!! ...and enjoy the journey. When I was a size 8 and one day I saw I fit into a 6...I celebrated it! It was a surprise to me...I love those freebie specials along the journey.
And if you don't mind much, I'll tag along cuz I so enjoy our friendship and learn so much from you. emoticon

love ya! ~ Laura

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 5/29/2012 1:44PM

    I didn't think you were gloating. We all have our own body shapes and sizes, and making the best of what you have to live an active and healthy life is the real goal. I could never get into a size 4 unless I was tragically ill. But I would love to see a 10 in my future! I look at that number as where I think I would be if my body was fit and I was in MY best shape.

Carry on, my friend!

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1CRAZYDOG 5/29/2012 12:16PM

    You're exactly right . . . we all have our "setpoint" for weight and size . . . our rather our BODIES do. Doesn't matter what the heck the # is. What matters is looking, feeling and being healthy and with energy. If you have that, you're where you need to be.

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