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Thriving in 2015
Saturday, January 03, 2015      9 comments

Happy New Year, Spark friends! My “Fitter By First” personal challenge went pretty well. I lost three pounds and about half an inch off my waist and abs. More important than the numbers is that I revisited and reestablished some of those go... Read more
Fitter by First
Monday, December 22, 2014      8 comments

I started out on an online challenge about two weeks ago called “Fit by First” but found very quickly that it was NOT for me. It sounded fun, but I found that the workouts consisted of exercises many of which I’m not able to do for a number of r... Read more
(Not) Hopelessly Behind
Sunday, December 14, 2014      11 comments

There's always hope! This semester at the Bible school has really kept me hopping. When I took on this new "project" in the spring, I didn't know how time and energy-consuming it would be. I'm loving it, but it has meant that other things have t... Read more
Falling into fall...
Friday, October 03, 2014      13 comments

Long time, no blog! This has been a really rough couple of weeks for me. I had a deadline for reporting on my father's estate. I’ve been struggling for months to get the documents together. Not only am I NOT good at bookkeeping, it has been a re... Read more
New Semester
Sunday, September 14, 2014      14 comments

The new semester at the seminary starts tomorrow. I'll be teaching 11 students in Intro to Christian Education. This is a new course for me and I'm putting the finishing touches on my syllabus tonight. Procrastination has been raising it's ugly ... Read more
New Shoes
Wednesday, September 03, 2014      13 comments

I got some new trainers yesterday. I had to throw out a pair while I was in Florida. They were getting pretty old anyway, but all the salt water and sun caused them to develop a less-than-lovely aroma that I couldn't get rid of. ... Read more
Watch this Space - September Goals
Monday, September 01, 2014      12 comments

Just have time for a brief Spark-related goal list. I'll post other goals later. Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. Track nutrition and stay within ranges. Complete squat and crunch challenges and work out a new, 3-times-a-week ST rou... Read more
Reentry, Starting, Journaling
Thursday, August 28, 2014      13 comments

I've been back from my trip to the States for almost a week but have been walking around in a fog a lot of the time. I seem to be pretty much past the jet lag. The weather h... Read more
Going to USA and Go, Germany!
Saturday, July 12, 2014      17 comments

I had quite a scare last week. My boss at the language school decided they couldn't do without me and denied my vacation request after I had already booked my flight (July 22 to August 21) and Orlando hotel (July 27 to August 1). This is the fir... Read more
Green Beans to the Rescue
Monday, June 30, 2014      19 comments

Saturday evening, during half time of one of the World Cup soccer matches, I went for a walk. I had been stuck inside most of the day because of the rain, and wanted to get i... Read more
1 Guinea Pig Down and 3 Elephants to Go
Saturday, June 21, 2014      16 comments

...and about 4 to go if I'm going to reach my 5% challenge goal. The weight loss is important, but it's even more about firming up my healthy habits and routines. I'll especially need them when I travel to the US this summer. I had three g... Read more
Losing a Guinea Pig
Saturday, June 14, 2014      13 comments

(Source: http://www.guineapigcorner.com
/weight) Once again, I have lost that pesky pound that takes me below 70 kilos and down to 153 pounds. I'm determined NOT to ... Read more
Heat Wave
Monday, June 09, 2014      11 comments

Yes, even in southern Germany, we can have heat waves! In fact, I haven't been outside today except to take out the trash. I've been working on a book translation and prepping meals for the extremely busy week ahead. It's 8 PM and it's still too... Read more
Aaarghhh! and Conviction
Saturday, May 31, 2014      14 comments

So, I read on one of the threads that Spark is eliminating the Planner. A number of Sparkers are up in arms about this. If your are someone who uses that Spark feature, you may want to save the information you have there to another place, just i... Read more
Just some roses...
Friday, May 30, 2014      9 comments

This is the last day of the 5% challenge. Tomorrow will be the final weigh-in. I don't expect any surprises. I've been stuck so long but am happy not to have gained with all that has been going on for me since the start of my semester at the Bib... Read more

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