Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I got home yesterday and IMMEDIATELY after I walked the dogs, I put on workout clothes and hit the treadmill. I gave myself permission to only do 30 minutes and only walk at a brisk pace with a small incline. I'm *still* carrying around this crud (ears hurt, but just barely, and throat hurts, but just barely), so I don't want to overdo it, but I've seen the scale creep up 3 pounds the last week or so, and it stresses me out. I'm trying to watch calorie intake closely, but the weird thing is that my weight fluctuations during the day are CRAZY high. Like even after not eating much all day (I just get so busy!), I'll be up 3-4 pounds when I get home. A normal day is 2. Yes, I'm an obsessive weigher, and I'm not gonna stop because it works for me. But it's seriously just insanity how much it fluctuates right now.
School is all kinds of crazy, which is normal, and I can't believe that we're really only 2.5 weeks away from the end of the grading period. I realized that yesterday, and it blew me away! Already?! How?!
One of the teachers in my pod (we're in small buildings with 3 classrooms off of a large central room) and I are going to team teach an AVID concept over 4 days starting Monday. I'm so so excited! She's a great teacher and so passionate, and always wants to learn new things. She inspires me to be better in so many ways. She came in to ask me for ideas and we brainstormed it out, then because her two reading blocks are so small, I suggested that she bring her kids to my room and we could teach it together, so we're going to. Our principal will come over at least one period in that time, so it could be a FULL house! Should be fun, though. I love TRUE collaboration!
I have to teach a short workshop at our early release today. This one's only site-based, but still. This is the 3rd early release of the year and the 3rd one I'm teaching. Sheesh! I wanna just sit back and take information in one of these days.
I know there was something else, but I've spaced it. I need to go throw today's lunch together and get ready so I can get out of here early today. I'm nearly out of everything fruit / veggie related, so I want to run to the store on my way to school. Hope everyone has a good day! :)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
So this crud that I have is lingering. My throat is just a bit sore (not huge, but I can feel it), my ears hurt (again, not bad, but just slight), and my head's been hurting. And NO energy at all. No fun. The weird one is my tongue - the sides have been hurting, like I burned my tongue. What the heck? I haven't exercised since Sunday. I really would like to run today, but already I'm not sure I'll have the energy. I have my first 5K a week from today, and I feel like I should be running every day to get ready, but then again, I don't want to push it either.
I also have my 20-year high school reunion next Saturday. A few minutes ago, I found myself wishing I was a few pounds lighter, more toned, etc. But you know what? I'm still 25 pounds less than I was a few months ago, and I'm quite sure I'm not the only one who's gained weight. Knowing the people I went to high school with, there are more than a few that will still have perfect bodies, but oh well. I'm happy with what I've accomplished so far and I won't stress out about what I haven't done yet. I'm gonna go, have fun with people I haven't seen in a looooong time, and continue to work on progressing where I want to be. I'd like to lose another 5 before mom starts my dress, but I'm not going to stress about it too much at this point. I'm getting married in a month (from today!) and no, I won't be at goal, but it's all good. I know he loves me anyway. :)
Today will be an easy going day, I think. We need to go over to where we're having the wedding and see if there's a place we can get nice photos taken (the boy threw a cog in the plans when he decided that maybe he didn't want to see my dress until the ceremony), then I have to email some photographers and find one to do what we want. Most of them seem to hear "wedding" and immediately think "wedding package!" Yeah, we're not doing that. I need a photographer for probably a total of 2 hours at the most (truly, probably not even that long, but that's what we'll go with) and that covers pre-, during and post-wedding stuff. Hopefully I can find someone to do what we want.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Got my run in today, and in spite of being tired today (my earlier attempt at a nap was unsuccessful), it felt better than earlier this week. Same pace, same time length, but it was so much easier today. I think I'll do one more day at this pace, then increase the speed just a bit. I'd really like to get to where the run itself is 5K.
And now... a shower and a renewed attempt at a nap. I started dinner in the crockpot a little while ago and it smells SO good. :)
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Today is a good day. :) I got on the scale and was so so so happy to see 175.6 on the scale! Yippee!!! This means, if it sticks over the weekend (always a treacherous time!), I will have lost 25 pounds since school was out and I'm halfway to goal. YAY!!!!
I have tons of schoolwork to do this weekend, and tonight is our traditional date night. I need to get my hair cut desperately, so I'm squeezing that in this morning. And today is a virtual 5K that TIFFYFANNY has organized so that we can all join in as she runs a 9-11 K today. Since I've finally gotten up to a full 5K, I feel like I can join in on those things. I really need to push myself up to where the run portion of my workout is the 3.1 miles and the warmup and cool down is extra.
Oh, and I want a nap. :) A nice, long nap. :)
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Well, as routine as middle school ever gets. :)
The training was good, but our district really is ahead of the game with the common core standards, so a LOT of it was review for me. I guess I should have expected that, but it was a bit disappointing.
Food today was... OK. I still brought my own lunch, but indulged in enough stuff that I'm over calories by 400 tonight (if I eat the berries I already have in my tracker, and I probably will for dessert tonight). But really, I'm OK with it. I'm so often at the low end of my range that one night of going over won't kill me. Plus I find that when I go over then dip back down, it kicks my body into losing a few pounds pretty quickly, so maybe I'll have a lower number on the scale tomorrow. :) And if I don't, it's not the end of the world.
Speaking of food and eating - my little one asked for McDonald's tonight. I don't do that often, because I really want her to eat healthier, but I caved tonight. I let her get nuggets and fries, and I was tempted - so so tempted - to get a burger and fries, but I didn't. :) Well, I got a small plain hamburger and a grilled chicken southwest salad. I took the tortilla strips off and used my own low-cal dressing (we brought it home), and tried to get some of the cheese off (but it was melted onto the chicken, so I let it go). Dinner is what took me over, but really, I can't be too upset over what I chose. I could have just eaten the burger part and not the bun, but really, I'm not feeling guilty about anything I ate today. Not even the cheesecake at lunch (small slice - yum!) and the soft pretzel as we left (I love love love pretzels and this one, at least, wasn't covered with butter to get the salt to stick). Nope, I'm actually pretty pleased with myself for NOT giving into the unhealthy lunch offerings there, which looked DELICIOUS or the breakfast (again), and I also skipped the big ol' fudgy brownies. So, yeah, I may have gone over, but I'm not worried about it for one day AND I had some yumy things that I don't normally "let" myself have. It's all good.
We did get out about 2 hours early today (score!!) so I had time to come home, walk the dogs, and run before I went to pick my little one up from school. IT was SO nice to get that done early. This is the first time in a looooong time that I ran two days in a row, so I'll be interested to see how I feel tomorrow. Today was definitely a harder run for me than yesterday, in spite of the fact that I was more tired yesterday. But I really want to build up my stamina, and see if I can up my pace enough to where the actual run part of my workout is the 5K, and the warm up and cool down are extra mileage. Eventually I'll get there.
I'm so glad tomorrow is Friday. So so glad. I don't know why 4-day weeks always feel so much longer! And I haven't even been at school for two days this week. But I am ready for the weekend for sure.
Time to go chill with a good book and some fresh berries before I collapse. :)
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