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Trackin' and Packin'
Tuesday, November 22, 2011      12 comments

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
Monday, November 21, 2011      8 comments

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
In Between
Sunday, November 20, 2011      10 comments

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
Friday, November 18, 2011      6 comments

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
Getting Unstuck
Friday, November 11, 2011      13 comments

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
Friday, October 21, 2011      17 comments

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
Wednesday, October 19, 2011      17 comments

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! ... Read more
Snowy peaks
Sunday, October 16, 2011      15 comments

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
Saturday, October 08, 2011      15 comments

Hearts! emoticon 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?
Tuesday, September 27, 2011      15 comments

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
Drum roll...
Friday, September 23, 2011      10 comments

...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
Friday, September 09, 2011      8 comments

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
Thursday, September 08, 2011      12 comments

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
English Hat
Wednesday, September 07, 2011      13 comments

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
Number crunching
Tuesday, September 06, 2011      7 comments

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

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