I've decided to blog daily for the two weeks between the Fall and Winter 5% Challenges to help keep my Spark going. I'm still struggling with daily tracking and, when I do, I've gotten a little wishy washy, and I've often gone over my calorie ra... Read more
Winter 5% Challenge
The Winter 5% Challenge is starting on December 3. If you're looking for a way to keep your Spark going - or rekindle it! - come join up.
I didn't do too well in the weight loss department this time around because I caught a bad cold midwa... Read more
You haven't heard much about my studies lately because I've been stuck. One root of the problem is fear: when I do finish, some big changes are likely to take place in my life, and these could happen quickly. Although this has been my heart's de... Read more
Hello, Level 18
It's rather anticlimatic. I was having internet connection trouble last night with only 30 points left to go. I had some exercise to track, and, with only a few message board and huddle posts to make, I would have arrived before midnight. But I ... Read more
Farewell, Level 17
I need fewer than 200 Spark points to get to the next level, so I should get my new trophy tomorrow if I work at it. So if you see me posting everywhere and anywhere, you'll know why!
Bye, Bye, Level 17!
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I got back Friday from a 4-day retreat for missionaries in the Swiss Alps. This has become an annual thing, but the American couple who organize it are getting up there in years. That means that each year's event is made even more special beca... Read more
Things That Are Red
I went back for my physical follow-up and got my blood test results. I'm not real happy about my... Read more
What's up, Doc?
Had a day off today from my part-time-that-sometimes-seems
-like-full-time English teaching job. No sleeping in though, as I had set up a doctor appointment for my "regular" check-up. I hadn't had the whole run-through since 2009 so it was ti... Read more
...for the Fall 5% Challenge! This is the time of year when it starts to get colder and I feel like eating carbs all day and hibernating. So it's a very good thing that this challenge is starting up tomorrow.
I'm facing the first Saturday w... Read more
Signs of Fall
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted an "I Love Summer" blog and now it looks like fall is on the way:
Chestnuts are just about to burst out of their spiky ... Read more
10 Years Ago
I was on a bus just a few blocks from home here in this small town in Germany. I was on my way to teach an English lesson at a company in the next town. I don't usually travel by bus, but I had totaled my car two weeks earlier and didn't have a ... Read more
I have a very lively group of 5 kids for English camp this week. Our rule of thumb is that we conduct the class as much as possible in the goal language, even though the kids are only 4th and 5th graders.
Two of the boys are best friends so... Read more
A quick blog post to share my Summer 5% Challenge stats:
Starting Weight - 07/16/11: 65 Kilo, or 143 pounds
07/23/11: 63.5 Kilo (ca. 139.7 pounds) - down 3
07/30/11: 63 Kilo (ca. 138.6 pounds) - down 1
08/06/11 62.5 (ca. 137.5) - d... Read more
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Kids English Camp got off to a good start today with a rousing chorus of "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" - a personal favorite of mine for reviewing body parts vocabulary and also for sneaking in a little extra cardio! We have fun with it by ... Read more
Zella has a scanner
News flash to self - you now have a scanner! My old printer died and I replaced it a couple of weeks ago but haven't really used all the new functions yet. After I posted yes... Read more