ZELLAZM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ZELLAZM ZELLAZM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Reset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951711 Once again I'm pushing the reset button. Last week's challenge helped me better see the changes I need to make. Sometime in the weeks ahead, I'll write about the decisions I need to make in the year ahead as I reach retirement age. I don't plan to stop working, but there may be a move and there will certainly be shifts in my schedule and priorities. <BR> <BR> Today, I'll keep this short, but it's the first day of the Summer 5% challenge and I just wanted to say how I'm looking forward to re... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 09:35:38 EST Special Ops and Flower Box Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948061 This week on the CAMO team of the BLC, we're doing a Special Operations challenge. We choose the areas we want to work on in the week ahead, work our plan then report back at the end of the week. <BR> <BR> My Special Op is REGROUPING. The end of the semester at the seminary has been very stressful and my eating has been erratic. I have one or two good days, then my plan goes kaplooie. Exercise has been OK, but lacking intensity for the most part. I'm enjoying getting in ST in the evenings, t... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 06:10:03 EST Back and Forth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937127 My weight line on the Spark tracker keeps jiggling up and down, but still I'm showing a 7-pound loss for the 8 weeks of the 5% challenge. Back and forth is OK as long as it's mostly forth! Congrats to the other 5% losers and thanks to my fellow Firecrackers for the fun and good times on all our journeys! I had a blast! <em>283</em> <BR> <em>295</em> Now that BLC has started, I'm counting on the support of my CAMO team to help keep me going. I'll be back with the Firecrackers when they s... Sun, 31 May 2015 07:22:52 EST Cold Sophie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927980 Today is a day off for me - it's Ascension Day and a bank holiday in Germany. Tomorrow is "Kalte Sophia", the day for Saint Sophie, and thus the name day for an old friend. I have to remember to call her - in Poland where she's from, name days are celebrated much like birthdays are. <BR> <BR> Why "cold"? - it's the last of the name days in the spring for what they call the "ice saints." Traditionally it's the day when it's finally safe to plant your garden because the season of hard frosts ... Thu, 14 May 2015 09:33:45 EST Blogworthy Occasion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912716 Happy 8th Sparkiversary to me! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <BR> I celebrated by getting myself a new scale the other day, something I've been meaning to do for a long time. <BR> <BR> I love my new scale. It reads almost 4 pounds lower than my old one. <BR> <em>212</em> <em>192</em> <em>212</em> <BR> However, I know I didn't lose 4 pounds in 24 hours, much as I would like to believe I did. It would sure get me a lot closer to my goal! <BR> <BR> The thing ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 03:20:41 EST Take Off and Spring 5% Challenge Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905220 <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <em>283</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Today is the big day! We're starting the 5% challenge and BOY do I need it, because I've actually gained a couple of pounds since signing up. I also got behind on some of the pre-challenge assignments, so will be catching up on those over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> Here's what a whole bunch of fireworks going off at the same time looks like. You might want to turn down the... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 09:16:13 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment (Not a Diet!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897527 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647407686.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the second of two pre-challenge activities we're asked to do. I usually just wait and jump in when the challenge starts, but I need to get started NOW, so have decided to work on these as they're posted in the 5% Challenge Community. By the way, lots of the teams have filled up already, so if you're still on the fence, now is the time to make your move. <BR> <BR> So, no, I'm not on a diet. I'm not a big fa... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 12:57:54 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896841 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1831933326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the 5% Challenge Community Team where you can sign up if it sounds like something that would "spark" you. (If all goes well, I'll be a Firecracker again): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=64746 </link> <BR> <BR> The challenge starts April 4, but we've already been challenged to put together an exercise plan. So here goes: <BR> <BR> CARDIO: <BR> <BR> 30 m... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:34:36 EST I lied... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885358 In my last blog post, I said I would be posting from Florida. I lied. I'm back in Germany now, having arrived last Friday after a long trip that took me from Minneapolis to Philadelphia to Frankfurt and finally back to my little home town near Stuttgart. The trip went super smooth for which I am VERY grateful. The trip from FL to MN also went smoothly, but was rerouted through Charlotte because Dallas/Ft. Worth was shut down on the day of my trip. 900 flights cancelled because of that ice sto... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:30:46 EST 24 Hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488213069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In about 24 hours, I'll be getting in line at the Frankfurt airport to board a flight for Dallas/Fort Worth on my way to Florida. I'm not sure about the logic of that, but at least I only have to change once and not twice. The other options would have taken me on even more of a goose chase! <BR> <BR> Before that, I'll be taking the 5:00 AM train from the little town where I live. I'll need to change trains in St... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:15:20 EST "Doe, a Deer" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856948 This blog has nothing to do with "Sound of Music", Julie Andrews or deer. It's about starting at the "very beginning." My trusty scale told me this morning that I've lost another two pounds making a total of 5 since I made me most recent restart in December. I'm happy about that, but it's also a bit anticimatic. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>24</em> <BR> I won't go into all the math and ticker setting, and I'm not going to let the numbers discourage me. I will tell you that the PLAN in Septemb... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:32:59 EST Hold that thought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851777 So far, so good. I've lost another pound after losing 2 pretty quickly in my personal challenge just after Christmas. Better still, I've been sticking to my other goals and am often reminded of my word for the year - "thrive". When things are not going according to my liking, I find myself asking, "Are you thriving?" Or "how can you continue to thrive in spite of this set-back or this situation?" What a difference an attitude makes! <BR> <BR> I'm especially enjoying my mornings. They had bec... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 12:25:53 EST Thriving in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844470 Happy New Year, Spark friends! <BR> <BR> My “Fitter By First” personal challenge went pretty well. I lost three pounds and about half an inch off my waist and abs. More important than the numbers is that I revisited and reestablished some of those good ol' Spark habits that WORK. Yes, they really do! Exercise, tracking, avoiding evening eating, etc., etc. You know the drill. <BR> <BR> Looking back over the past two weeks (I've been unofficially on vacation), I can't believe how far off I h... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 06:05:46 EST Fitter by First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836724 I started out on an online challenge about two weeks ago called “Fit by First” but found very quickly that it was NOT for me. It sounded fun, but I found that the workouts consisted of exercises many of which I’m not able to do for a number of reasons and that got me discouraged. Frankly, I think burpees should be against the law. I tried modifying, but then I figured I could just design my own workouts and/or use my DVDs and online videos as I have in the past (duh!) <BR> <BR> Diet and nut... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:09:31 EST (Not) Hopelessly Behind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832682 There's always hope! This semester at the Bible school has really kept me hopping. When I took on this new "project" in the spring, I didn't know how time and energy-consuming it would be. I'm loving it, but it has meant that other things have taken a back seat. I haven't been making the best choices in eating. Exercise has been a challenge, too, because of my schedule and a variety of minor health issues. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm sooo looking forward to the holiday weeks because I'll have very f... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:52:09 EST Falling into fall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791507 Long time, no blog! This has been a really rough couple of weeks for me. I had a deadline for reporting on my father's estate. I’ve been struggling for months to get the documents together. Not only am I NOT good at bookkeeping, it has been a really emotional process as, from time to time, it has also meant revisiting the grief at the loss of my parents. THEN, on Monday the lawyer informs me that we can file for a waiver of full accounting! This, after nights of lost sleep, searching for rece... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 06:34:28 EST New Semester http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779686 The new semester at the seminary starts tomorrow. I'll be teaching 11 students in Intro to Christian Education. This is a new course for me and I'm putting the finishing touches on my syllabus tonight. Procrastination has been raising it's ugly head once again but it WILL get done. I also teach English Composition but I have a feeling it will be a small group this time around. I won't know till I get to class tomorrow. That makes it a little hard to prepare, but if there's one thing I've lear... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:27:55 EST New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772379 I got some new trainers yesterday. I had to throw out a pair while I was in Florida. They were getting pretty old anyway, but all the salt water and sun caused them to develop a less-than-lovely aroma that I couldn't get rid of. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> So, I went to one of the sports stores on the way home from work yesterday, not really expecting to find anything on the sale rack in my size, but there was a pair of Asics Gel Kumos a lot like the ones I had to toss. They were marked down f... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 06:13:42 EST Watch this Space - September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771060 Just have time for a brief Spark-related goal list. I'll post other goals later. <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. <BR> Track nutrition and stay within ranges. <BR> Complete squat and crunch challenges and work out a new, 3-times-a-week ST routine to follow up on that. <BR> Participate in the 5% challenge with the Firecracker team to the best of my ability. I'd like to have at least one 120-minute day a week for the 8 weeks. <BR> Get a minimum of 7 hours a sleep each night. <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:54:05 EST Reentry, Starting, Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768706 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939915657.jpg"> <BR> I've been back from my trip to the States for almost a week but have been walking around in a fog a lot of the time. I seem to be pretty much past the jet lag. The weather here has been rainy and is about 30 degrees colder than it was in Florida, so that has also been an adjustment! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I've started back to work at the language school (one day), checked in with f... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:03:56 EST Going to USA and Go, Germany! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737110 I had quite a scare last week. My boss at the language school decided they couldn't do without me and denied my vacation request after I had already booked my flight (July 22 to August 21) and Orlando hotel (July 27 to August 1). This is the first time in 15 years that I've ever had a vacation request denied! Since we merged two schools last summer, there is a much larger volume of work and some special courses that not everyone can teach. <BR> <BR> LOTS of prayer went up (thanks to those of... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:32:46 EST Green Beans to the Rescue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l877537339.jpg"> <BR> Saturday evening, during half time of one of the World Cup soccer matches, I went for a walk. I had been stuck inside most of the day because of the rain, and wanted to get in a spot of exercise and fresh air. I walked a big circle around my neighborhood. It's familiar and generally well-lit so there should have been no problem. But on the way home, I tripped over a curb that I didn't see and fell hard. I walk fast and I... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 05:23:18 EST 1 Guinea Pig Down and 3 Elephants to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722574 ...and about 4 to go if I'm going to reach my 5% challenge goal. The weight loss is important, but it's even more about firming up my healthy habits and routines. I'll especially need them when I travel to the US this summer. <BR> <BR> I had three goals for this past week and only partially met two of them. I did lose another pesky pound, I did ST twice instead of three times, and I tracked except for the day-and-a-half I was away over the holiday on Thursday. There really was no reason NOT... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 06:55:19 EST Losing a Guinea Pig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717943 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517630156.jpg"> <BR> (Source: http://www.guineapigcorner.com/weight) <BR> <BR> Once again, I have lost that pesky pound that takes me below 70 kilos and down to 153 pounds. I'm determined NOT to gain it back again. And I plan to take off at least one more before the 5% challenge starts up again a week from today. <BR> <BR> I thought it might help to visualize what a pound looks like, so I played around on google and came across a list th... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:08:40 EST Heat Wave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714267 Yes, even in southern Germany, we can have heat waves! In fact, I haven't been outside today except to take out the trash. I've been working on a book translation and prepping meals for the extremely busy week ahead. It's 8 PM and it's still too hot for a walk, so I'll wait another half hour or so. According to my weather app, it got up to "felt" 98 today! <BR> <BR> Folks, I'm almost afraid to say it, but my motivation is coming back. I've had some time off this past week and it's helped me ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:08:22 EST Aaarghhh! and Conviction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707282 So, I read on one of the threads that Spark is eliminating the Planner. A number of Sparkers are up in arms about this. If your are someone who uses that Spark feature, you may want to save the information you have there to another place, just in case Spark does go through with the change. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that I've seldom used the Planner, Journal or Calendar features myself. I had a couple of fellow Sparkers' birthdays saved, so I transferred those to my wall calendar. And I had ... Sat, 31 May 2014 07:28:54 EST Just some roses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706587 This is the last day of the 5% challenge. Tomorrow will be the final weigh-in. I don't expect any surprises. I've been stuck so long but am happy not to have gained with all that has been going on for me since the start of my semester at the Bible school. <BR> <BR> The "Living the Good Life" part of the challenge this past week has been to blog every day. I missed one day, but am glad that I was able to check in on the other days. It's helped me to stay connected with the Spark community and... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:03:17 EST It's Me Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706073 Today is a holiday in Germany - Ascension Day. I just got back from a good walk (with poles) with a friend. That felt good! <BR> <BR> I did not want to make the mistake that I often do on weekends - make a huge ToDo list and then get frustrated with myself when I can't accomplish everything. I've been needing my weekends to rest and the list was just making me feel guilty for doing what I really needed to do. <BR> <BR> So today I went easy on myself and have probably gotten more accomplis... Thu, 29 May 2014 13:27:21 EST Journaling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705335 I appreciate the comments on yesterday's blog with the top 10 list. I think I'm going to make that a daily thing for awhile. I wrote in my paper journal on the way home from work today. My writing was a little shaky as the train bounced along, but the half-hour commute is often a good time for me to do a little writing and reflecting. Or snoozing, but today I wrote. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> Have I shared here yet that I'm going to be accompanied by a 14-year-old friend when I travel from Ge... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:50:25 EST Top Tens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704546 I teach a course in English composition at a Bible School. My five students are from four different countries - two from Russia, one from Albania, one from Romania, and one from Germany. <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the course, I gave each of them an inexpensive journal and I've been encouraging them to write in it daily. Some of them are finding it difficult, though, especially the two young men. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, there was a special event at the school that was attende... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:08:39 EST Remembering Dad on Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703605 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039846276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He was a handsome youngin,' wasn't he? <BR> <BR> Here's the abridged story of his enlisting in the Navy, told by a dear friend at Dad's funeral: <BR> <BR> His journey into the Navy was prompted by an incident when he was a senior in high school. Periodically Jerry, and a friend named Murphy, would push the family car out of the garage and down an alley and start the engine out of range of Jerry’s sleeping par... Mon, 26 May 2014 14:18:37 EST This Week's Firecracker Challenge - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702002 As part of the 5% Challenge this week, we'll be given points for each day that we blog. I'm going to go for it and post a short update each day this week. <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Today was weigh-in and I'm still stuck at 154 pounds. But I've been successful at getting more sleep this past week and have been victorious over the snooze button. I'm already starting to feel the difference in my stress levels. I'm hoping that will carry over into more successful tracking and more energy to get ... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:47:20 EST The Big Snooze http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697050 I've had to make some hard decisions this past week. One of them was to leave the BLC. I was getting so far behind on the various steps of the challenge that it was becoming more frustrating than fun-encouraging. I just wasn't able to keep up, let alone contribute. <BR> <BR> Some of you have probably heard me quote my former pastor who used to say that "not every good idea is a God idea." Looking back, I realize that signing up was not a God idea. I have been so super busy with my new tasks... Sat, 17 May 2014 13:11:15 EST BLC 25 - Azure Island Goal-Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686275 Yes, I'm back on Azure Destinations for the Biggest Loser Challenge's 25th round! I was on the team for round 24, and then took a break because I was overwhelmed and because I would have been away for 4 weeks in the middle of the challenge period. <BR> <BR> Actually, I’m wondering what on earth I’m doing in this round because I’m just as busy as I was before, if not more so! But I know that the mutual support of my Spark buddies and teams (shoutout to the Firecrackers and Polewalkers, too!)... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:03:15 EST Happy Sparkiversary to Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676854 Seven years on Spark - on again/off again but mostly on (65% login statistic). Lost a bunch of weight, gained some back, but mostly gained healthy habits that should last a lifetime. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694228419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've gained some great friends, too, including some people and prayer partners who've seen me through a lot of difficult times including the death of both my mom and my dad. You've been there through the good times, too - like cel... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:11:07 EST I Know How to DO This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675525 I KNOW what works and what it takes to get to goal because I’ve done it before. So why don’t I do it? There are lots of reasons; some of them are really excuses. <BR> <BR> I need to discern between the two, then accept the reasons, and STOP making the excuses. Monday will be my 7th Sparkiversary! I’m tired of being stuck at the same weight without making progress. I think I’m ready to start pushing again and access the Resurrection power that we celebrate tomorrow. <BR> <BR> This is a ve... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:56:50 EST 5% Firecrackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597625 Yes, I'm tackling another challenge even though I was overwhelmed during the last round of the 5% and the BLC. I didn't gain! And, with all that was going on during those months ---trip to the States, the sale of my parents' condo, heavy schedule at the language school, some issues with a friend that caused me some emotional stress --- I consider maintenance a success! Thanks to everyone who walked through those months with me and gave me their prayers and support. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 04:28:17 EST Decluttering Tune http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591397 I've been doing some decluttering lately in preparation for redoing my entry hall and bedroom. I came across this little song today and will be humming it when I go back to work on the closet tomorrow. Enjoy! <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> Too Much Stuff <BR> Words by Janet L. Janzen <BR> To the tune of “Three Blind Mice” <BR> <BR> Too much stuff, too much stuff. <BR> More than enough, more than enough. <BR> It’s out of the closets and filling our space, <BR> It’s growing and spilling all over ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:27:29 EST Do You Have a Spark Routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590367 With the arrival of the new year, I’ve been inspired to do a lot of tweaking in a lot of areas. I’ll post more about that later, but I have a question: Do you have a Sparking routine? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> Let me explain - many of us spend quite a bit of time here on the site, tracking, chatting with our friends on our pages and blogs, participating in challenges, watching and exercising to the videos, reading interesting Spark content, commenting on each other’s statuses, etc., etc., We'... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:50:12 EST How cool is this?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574754 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1452763552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is how I would like to be entering the new year - with a great big, energetic, motivated, healthy, fit and forward-looking leap! Unfortunately, I'm still struggling with some of the basics of my healthy lifestyle and fighting (another) cold. All the more reason to post this, with faith that things will get better, that I'll find my focus and that 2014 will be an awesomely wonderful year. <BR> <BR> I'm not w... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:45:40 EST Disclaimer :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548202 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1000056885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I feel the need to post this picture of my Spark weight report (dating back to beginning of 2013)! Some of you may think I've been losing a LOT of weight due to the automatic status updates that Spark posts when you take off the pounds. I know that the scale is not the ultimate measure of our success. I just don't want to mislead anyone (myself included) into thinking I've been shedding lots of weight when I'm not... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 06:39:33 EST Bye Bye, Jet Lag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543496 Thanks to Jess, I just realized that I haven't posted a blog since the first few days I was in Florida! I've been back in Germany since Tuesday, hit the ground running (figuratively) at the language school, found myself falling asleep on the train commute home from the city, but unable to get to sleep at night. Ah, the delights of jet lag! I'm feeling pretty much over it now, after two nice long nights of 9+ hours each. <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> I've updated on some of my team threads about ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:45:48 EST Welcome to Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524092 I arrived on Wednesday late evening. In spite of some craziness at the gate in Atlanta for my connecting flight, the trip was fine. It was a little chilly that first day, Thursday, but it's back to 80+ and sunny today. Just perfect. <BR> <BR> My message from the Bible this morning was "pursue peace" so that's what I've been keeping in mind today. I certainly needed that advice: I finally made contact with the man-with-the-financials, and made arrangements to meet with him yesterday at noon ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:58:44 EST On the fly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519535 I got back from Switzerland over a week ago and now am packing for Florida. What a contrast! In the middle of all the travel, I managed to get a UTI and a nasty cold. The UTI is gone, the cold is not but I'm feeling better and got more meds this morning at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> The trip to the Alps was wonderful and not what I expected. Usually, I spend the afternoons hiking and enjoying the views. I get up early and walk before breakfast, too. But we had thick fog the whole 4 days... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:56:34 EST Mini-Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507197 I'm off to the Swiss Alps for a 4-day retreat tomorrow. It will be a 7-hour train ride. I look forward to it - time to relax, read, listen to music and some sermon tapes, enjoy the scenery. Good fellowship, times of worship, food and fun await me at the top of the mountain! <BR> <BR> When I get back, it will be time to start the 5% challenge - my goal is to lose 7.5 pounds. I can do that. Glad to be back with the Firecracker team this time around - some familiar faces among the members and l... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 16:47:54 EST A goal by any other name... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503620 I posted September goals but with two big challenges and various sub-challenges going on and multiple ways to track, report and - of course - achieve them, I'm not going to make a separate list for October. My Is that OK with everyone? Good! I'm glad you all agree with me on that one! <BR> <BR> Basically, the plan is to stick to the plan. On the BLC (Go Azure!) we post Course goals each Wednesday, then report back the following week on how we did. Then we post what we need to tweak, add, or... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:25:25 EST Truth in Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498452 <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>334</em> I've been back to tracking my food on SP this month and have been doing well about 80% of the time. As I think I mentioned in an earlier post, I do well at the beginning of the week because I plan and prep meals on the weekend. Pretty simple strategy that just involves making a big batch of something, portioning it out, and eating the "leftovers" for packed lunches and/or dinner. <em>286</em> <BR> <BR> Towards the end of the week, though, aro... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:04:39 EST Cruise Goals for BLC 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496603 Posting again to add my BLC Cruise Goals: Where do I see myself in 12 weeks? <BR> <BR> I would like to be 8 pounds lighter. 12 would be nice but 8 is probably more realistic because of travel plans for October and November, and because of the plantar fasciitis that is cramping my exercise style. <BR> <BR> I would like to be able to go shopping in my own closet for my size 6's! <BR> <BR> I would like to have my good, healthy habits back in place consistently including sleep, tracking food... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:31:26 EST Fly-by Post and BLC 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495072 Gearing up for my first BLC as a member of the Azure Destinations team, and feeling a mix of trepidation and excitement. I'm sticking with my September goals but adding the 3-post-a-week requirement to the list. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm on my way to bed after a very long work day. Today's summery weather was lovely but also made me tired, I think. These temperature ups and downs are hard on the system sometimes! <BR> <BR> Looking forward to trying out my new insoles tomorrow and hoping that they... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:16:09 EST I don't know what to think... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491772 ...so I'm not going to think about it too much. Pray some instead. <BR> <BR> I just got a call from the director of the Bible school where I taught some 15 years ago asking me if I could imagine coming back to teach in the spring 2014 semester. I won't go into details, but this is rather amazing when you consider the circumstances surrounding the end of my time there. I said yes...but the details will still need to be worked out. It would be a chance to teach in my field of study - missiolog... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 09:06:41 EST