Today is day 100 of my personal challenge to exercise 30 minutes every day till my birthday on July 5! I'm scheduled to go nordic walking with the group from church. I'll have to think of a way to celebrate, maybe with a bottle of sparkling appl... Read more
On Thursday, I met with a former English student and, appropriately, we went to Starbucks. (There are actually 3 in our German city!) I had decided the night before to substitute one of their yummy muffins for dinner. I have to say that I did en... Read more
Today I weigh 10 kilos less than when I started on this trip in mid-March. That's 22 pounds, half of which I've lost since joining SP.
This also means I need to lose only 3 more pounds and I can celebrate another milestone. If I keep up at... Read more
Patience, patience, patience...
Do we ever stop learning patience? Today, during one of my music lessons, the Lord convicted me of my impatience. This little girl is a dreamer, quite unconcentrated and really only comes to piano lessons because her mother wants her to. She oft... Read more
Today I wore the jeans that have been hanging on the back of the wardrobe door since I joined SP! I'm wearing them for the first time in about 5 years. Reading other people's pages and posts, it seems that a getting into a favorite pair of jeans... Read more
Several times today, I had the sense that God was with me, and that he was smiling. I don't know how else to describe it. There was the moment in the shop where I bought a pair of cheap espadrilles and the salesgirl was rude to me. I bit my tong... Read more
This is usually a time when - if I'm not visiting friends - I catch up on email, maybe take a nap, go for a walk, and then begin planning for the week ahead.
Today is no different, but I keep thinking about 2 weeks from now when I'll be ge... Read more
Yesterday, I had an appointment with one of the personal trainers at the fitness studio (what we call "the gym" in Germany). This is a luxury I won't often be indulging in, but I wanted someone to help me put together a individual strength progr... Read more
As the Deer
Yesterday, I accepted a challenge on the 1-Day Challenge Board to "feel the burn" - in some way, to up our exercise for the day. I'd been planning to take it easy with a 30-minute walk but decided to go for my 45-minute loop through the woods. O... Read more
The Long Run
From one of the Spark emails in my box today: "Don’t give up on yourself. After all, it’s never too late to be that healthy person you might have been." That's a pretty audacious statement for someone who is 55, but I'm holding on to that. More ... Read more
Eating All Day
There are days when I feel like all I do is eat! I've been planning my meals a day ahead, sometimes packing breakfast, lunch AND dinner to take into the city on those days when my schedule is particularly full. In order to eat everything I've br... Read more
The Blue Suit Fits!
I lost three more pounds. So happy to see that scale move after last week's standstill! Inches haven't changed much.
The best is that I fit into my navy blue suit so I can wear it to the church conference this weekend. I haven't worn it in... Read more
That's what they call these days that are between a holiday (yesterday's Ascension Day) and a weekend. Lots of people take a vacation day to make a long weekend of it. Probably for that reason, the fitness studio was really empty today and that... Read more
View from the Plateau
I got on and off the scale about 5 times! Put on my glasses and checked again! Checked to see if the scale was adjusted right! But the needle still didn't move from the 69 kilo mark! I had always heard about the plateau, but this one really sur... Read more
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This week has gone well. I've been consistent in meeting my goals, and flying high on the fact that I actually lost 3 pounds last week. Still, there was a good post on SP that talked about focusing, not on the losses, but on the GAINS. I've gai... Read more