My former career
I've been doing some mystery shopping gigs lately. While it's been fun visiting some new stores and restaurants, I'm finding that it's just not paying off. Besides the time it takes to actually make the visits, It takes me ages to write the repo... Read more
It's that time again!
For those of you who celebrate the holiday --- What's your favorite Christmas CD? It's a personal tradition of mine to add to my collection each year.
Have you started playing Christmas music yet?
Short and sweet
Or should I say short and SWEETS! I celebrated Thanksgiving today at a church pastored by an American friend and his German wife. I took the day off from tracking. It wasn't a free-for-all though. I watched my portions and got in good doses of ... Read more
The little things...
...sure add up! Today was our year-end wrap-up meeting at church today with the various ministry team leaders. Snacktime! I had my first piece of "stollen" of the season as well as my first, second, third and fourth "lebkuchen" cookie: 326 calor... Read more
Hi, Gym - haven't seen you in AGES!
It felt good to get back on the cross-trainer but I got pretty tired ... Read more
Since I've been in Germany, I've seldom celebrated Thanksgiving on the actual holiday. This is another of those years when I'll be celebrating a day or two later.
That makes it even easier to remember that thanksgiving is an "attitude of ... Read more
You snack, you track!
Day 4 of In Between the Challenges Challenge!
Thanks for all the encouragement on my last few blogs! I'm so grateful to have the support of my Spark friends. Among many things to be thankful for EVERY day and not just on the last Thursday ... Read more
Trackin' and Packin'
It's one of those evenings when that's all I have time for. Got home, fixed some dinner, checked the email, and came to Spark to trackety-track.
Then it's time to pack my bag, pack my lunch and dinner to take along, and lay out my clothes ... Read more
Gotta Love Mondays
On the train this morning, I got to sit next to one of the young people from our church on my way to work. That was fun, although I did feel kind of old. This is a young man who I gave guitar lessons to when he was about 10. Now he's studying ma... Read more
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!
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
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