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.
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!
P.S. I finished my paper and turned it in yesterday. Phew, glad that's done - onward to finals on the 18th and 19th.
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.
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