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Friday, September 28, 2007

Tonight there was a celebration for one of my groups at the language school who just completed a one-year program preparing them to be "foreign language correspondents." All of them (and we teachers too!) have worked really hard this past year, so, after their final presentation this afternoon, we all went out to dinner. They did a good job and were ready to party!

It was a nice evening and I'm happy to say that I was able to make a good menu choice - the vegetable platter. I said no to the bread :) Still, I probably went over my calorie range because some of the veggies were likely sauteed in butter, and because it was a rather large portion. Afterwards, on the way home, I was feeling uncomfortably full and I realized that my impulse was to eat something else to ease that discomfort - something sweet, maybe? There may have also been a little of the emotional eating thing going on too - end of the year, saying goodbye to another group of students, thoughts about what comes next for these young people and wondering how my schedule will look beginning next week and into the fall.

If that's been my reaction in the past to that uncomfortably full feeling, no wonder I gained weight over the years! I'm glad I recognized this tonight so that I can make right choices in the future. And I'm thankful that I was able to satisfy that urge by having some sugarless gum, and not a bowl of chocolate ice cream! Trusting that the Holy Spirit will continue nudge me in the right direction.


Big Three

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Only three pounds to go to goal but they seem like HUGE ones, even compared with the first ten that I lost before joining SP. I'm actually feeling pretty good at the weight I'm at, and friends have been telling me they think I don't need to lose any more. But I still want to see how it feels to be the weight I was --- hmm --- 20 years ago? More importantly, I have some chubby spots that I'd like to see gone. They may just need a whole lot of toning exercise and it will probably take awhile to see results. But losing those last three pounds will hopefully help - if I lose them from the right places!

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. And then there were two?



Sunday, September 16, 2007

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do
not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal
to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no
miracle, but you yourself shall be a miracle. Every day you
shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has
come to you by the grace of God.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

This quote really spoke to me today, so I thought I'd share it here. It was sent from cqod.com in their daily devotional email.

If everything were possible for me in my own strength, then I would be tempted to take credit for my accomplishments myself. But it's God's grace that makes my personal victories possible. I'm thankful that he sometimes gives me "impossible" things to do, so I can see and experience that grace at work.



Sunday, September 09, 2007

Schrank is the German word for wardrobe. Most apartments don't have walk-in closets or other forms of built-in storage here. You have to buy a Schrank for your clothes, as well as your other "stuff".

On the one-day challenge team, we are supposed to get rid of clutter today. I've been gradually getting rid of the oversize clothes but haven't really made a clean sweep.DF has altered just about everything that can be altered. I think it's TIME! I also need to change out summer things for winter things, so I'm going to do that as well.

Don't want this to be an overwhelming project, so I'm going to set the timer for an hour and just do it for that long. My reward will be to order some new jeans online with the 10 euro coupon I have for Lands End Germany. I'll post here when I'm done!



Monday, September 03, 2007

I'm fighting a uti and unfortunately had to start antibiotics today. I was down 3 pounds on the scale so that cheered me up some on this rainy, cold day. I'm feeling somewhat better this evening but am really looking forward to my heating pad and bed!

When I'm feeling sick (not just tired, but sick), I tend to look for comfort in food. Fortunately, I had made a big pot of black bean soup yesterday - so that was comforting enough to keep me from eating cake or the other temptations that were thrown my way today. As a snack, I did have one of the whole wheat muffins I made myself. But it was amazing that today two people brought cake to share for different reasons (1 having a birthday, 1 celebrating her permanent hire as secretary at the language school) when we can go weeks without having any shared treats. Today was my day to face temptation. Funny that was the theme on One Day Challenge today, too. Thankful for the Lord's sustaining power and help in resisting. It would have been so easy to blow it today.

The three pound loss was good news after another 3-week plateau. My df and prayer partner has altered some clothes for me so I can start wearing the "new" stuff tomorrow. I've been getting tired of baggy pants.

Lots of things to pray for on Wednesday: that same df for her job interview, another df for her tummy tuck surgery (a weight loss success!), and the church's special community kids program.


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