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Late Summer Check-In

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Preferring to call it that instead of "early fall." Or does "early fall" sound more optimistic? with the "early" and all?

I haven't posted in over a month, I see. I have been working a LOT since I got back from the States at the end of May as I've mentioned in previous posts. That has left little time or energy for anything else, which I also mentioned. These courses for the unemployed are not easy. They are people who are in life transitions (as I am!) and there are emotions and tensions that aren't usually part of my teaching work. It's a good thing I love my work teaching English and am happy that I also get to minister to people at a critical time in their lives...but it can be taxing!

I joined the 5% challenge in hopes of getting back on track Spark-wise. That has been a help only in so far as I haven't gained a ton of weight and have been making sporadic attempts at tracking. My feet (plantar fasciitis) are getting better but it's slow-going. I now wear a boot/brace at night that has helped some. And new orthotics are on the way! I'm able to walk comfortably for most of my daytime activities but miss having distance running and walking as an outlet and stress-buster.

On Friday, I had a meeting with the pastor of the church where I've been serving. I haven't eased my way back into the work of the church yet. He was very understanding when I told him that I'm not ready to go back to doing some of the things I've done in the past, and that I want to see how the Lord leads as far as taking on new responsibilities. I felt relieved, but also sad after the meeting because I would like to be ready NOW to take on new challenges. But I'm just not in that place yet. I'm still quite tired...and with the anniversary of my father's passing coming up in a few weeks...sad. I actually dreamt of him last night for the first time since he died. It was kind of strange, as dreams are, but I think it was a hopeful dream.

I'm finding that Romans 15:13 is a good verse for me to hold on to these days: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Anyone else setting some monthly mini-goals for September? Something about a fresh month that encourages me to make a fresh start. Will post mine tomorrow.
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    Grief is an ongoing process and can't be rushed.I enjoy the 5% challenges and find the people really encouraging .
    1751 days ago
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    Everything is in God's timing. He will guide you. Sounds like you are getting back into everyday life. God will keep you. Glad to hear your foot is doing somewhat better.
    1752 days ago
    Glad to see your post. New goals for a new month. Great work. I am finding that this summer I've had alot of fitness minutes, like you, I am really going through a major life transition. The Summer 5% challenge has kept me on track mentally to eat healthy and stay on the right path to my goals. Thank God for these challenges. They really keep me focused. I applaud you for being honest with your pastor. Just saying "No" when you need to for your own focus and renewal is the MOST powerful thing we can do sometimes. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1753 days ago
    So good to hear from you! Lots of emoticon regarding your dad's passing and the upcoming anniversary of that. I lost my daddy Jan 2009 and it definitely still hits me sometimes and at unexpected times. Prayers for that as well as your continued healing from the plantar fasciitis and God's will regarding how you will best serve Him and others. I'm also working on some goals for September/Fall/life in general. There certainly is always something about fall and the feeling of a fresh start it brings. emoticon
    1753 days ago
    HI Hon !!! TY SO MUCH For positing. It helps as fellow sparklers to know whats happening,, and also as a leader to get U better. :)

    WOW !! A LOT has been happening in ur life !! I just went back to last weeks stats,,,and you HAVE BEEN VERY CONSISTANT with the exer !! That's to be VERY COMMENDED esp with the life challenges ur facing. THANKS SO MUCH !!

    Please do as you can. This week it's to cut back 100 cals from our daily allowance. Had you noticed that on our tracker,,, our CALS HAVE GONE UP BY QUITE A BIT??? OH MY GOODNESS !! Mine went from 1200-1550 WAY UP TO 1700 to 1850 !! IF I ATE THT !! WOW !! I NEVER WOULD LOSE !! So therefor I've gone BACK down to what it was,,,am hence am LOSING 1 to 2 or MORE each week. WOW !! Y DID THEY DO THAT????? Maybe cos of the maintainers,,, who NEED MORE Cals, but those of us who are interested and VESTED as you and I are,,, we did NOT need an INCREASE !! YO !!

    TAKE CARE !! GO at ur own pace on what it is you can do. HUGS !!
    1753 days ago
    Lots emoticon wrapped around you, Michelle concerning the 1st anniversary of your father's passing.
    I commend you for your slow pace of easing back into serving others in your community & church. I know the Lord will lead you in His time - how clever of you not to jump ahead of Him...which is so easy to do . Love Romans 15:13!

    I can hear the JOY in your voice across the seas! emoticon
    1754 days ago
    Staying in the 5% challenges are a lifesaver for me to both lose and maintain. More recently, new international students went through orientation and I've been busy planning some wonderful trips and tours before classes begin on Tuesday. On Monday, it's off to the Apostle Islands to show off some of the finest Indian Burial Grounds, picnic on some fresh foods, walk the gorgeous waterfront (rock cliffs), and perhaps swim in Lake Superior before heading back to the mainland by Ferry boat. I'm meeting new people, learning about new cultures, and spending quality time with my Dad (and some of his residential friends) as he progresses towards walking a few more steps each week. What incredible joy can be found in taking people through a gorgeous garden. Life is good . . . even with all its hardships. Hug, hug as you make progress in hearing God's will in your life.
    1754 days ago
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