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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Thing the first

Scone toast.

Be still my heart. I knew as soon as I saw this that it would be trouble. I love me a scone with butter, and a whole scone loaf just seemed to be a dream come true. The key to getting around this is going to be portion control. A slice (which is about the thickness of 2 slices of bread) is 175 calories. Add a bit of butter on top and I can get away with just over 200cal per slice. That is a manageable treat. Now, if only I could stop at one...

Thing the second

I haven't been to the gym in 3 days. I KNOW. It started on Thursday, which is my rest day, so no problems there. On Friday afternoon I pulled my class to bits and rearranged and redecorated. After that I was beat, so I skipped my workout. Today was just a mash of poor planning and bad timing. I will go to the gym tomorrow, I will, I will, I will!!

Thing the third

I am up on the scale and it is driving me crazy. I realise it is all normal, and I haven't put on a pound of fat etc etc, but it's still not very motivating, you have to admit.

Thing the fourth

I am terrible about eating my fruit and veggies on the weekend. Awful. It happens every weekend, and I need to do something about it. During the week I pack my lunch, and as I am stuck at school for the whole day I am forced to eat what I packed, and I pack lots of healthy foods. On the weekend it is a whole different story and I often find that I can get to dinner without eating a single piece of fruit. This has to stop and change! Fruit and veg as my first and only snacking option!

In other, more productive news I have spent a couple of hours today printing and laminating words for my new vocab wall. I have a topic vocab wall, but this is going to be a more generalised writing wall. I am super excited about it, but it is taking a looooong time. It will be worth it in the end!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/9/2012 7:18AM

    Your word wall sounds great, but the kids will love it. It's worth the hard work, plus once it's laminated you can re-use it year after year! I can have that same problem.... I pack my lunch every day and do a great job including healthy options and fruits and veggies. We have no vending machines at my school, so I am not "lured" by those, and I have gotten pretty good about avoiding the treats that can be in the staff lounge. On the weekend when I can just open the pantry and grab other things, that is what I do for snacks. The thing that keeps me in check is that I try to model for my daughter healthy snacking, so if her eyes are on me when I reach for a snack, I'll grab an apple over the Cheetos, but that's even hard. Hope you can get to the gym today... even a small workout may change your mood and make you feel great! Have a nice weekend Ms. Bubble!

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Happy dance!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

There is a lot of discussion going on in NZ surrounding teaching and learning, and how schools will be funded. The main issue was the proposal that class sizes increase from the current ratio of 1:23 to a new ratio of 1:27. The principal is included as a teacher, and 27 students would be allocated to a principal who doesn't take a class, so those extras would end up being spread around the classes. This would mean around 30 children per class in each school. It also means that as the last teacher into my school, I would be the first one out, and the one on the chopping block should the policy pass. It is only fair, and I am assured it is no reflection on my teaching ability.

This afternoon, after enormous pressure from the teachers union and parents around the country, the government has backed down and has abandoned this policy! To say I am relived in an understatement. This means that I will most likely have a job next year, at a school I love with children who are awesome. Also it means that my class size will stay small!

When I tell people that I have 23 children in my class I get told that I have it easy. Then I tell them that I have 14 children in my class who speak English as a second language and 2 children who are English language learners despite the fact that English is their first language. I couldn't even imagine teaching 30 children when I already have so many high risk and high needs children.

This is a big victory for teachers around the country. Next up, performance based pay!

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    Glad you still have a job next year! So frustrating that the battle continues when education is so important!

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/7/2012 12:48PM

    Geez louise. I get that budgets are strained to the breaking point worldwide, but why, WHY are we cutting in schools? It's the one place that has the greatest consequences, that we can afford the least to lose.

Drives me crazy.

My youngest was accepted to Pre-K today, but there was a clause in her acceptance letter that stated it was predicated on the budget remaining as it is now.

Makes me sad.

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OPALMOON 6/7/2012 12:07PM

    So glad you received this good news!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 6/7/2012 10:23AM

    I am glad you get to keep your small class size. It is what I would want for my grandchildren. Students need all the help they can get. Lets just hope they take advantage of it.

Good Luck reaching Your Goals!!

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CARLA-216 6/7/2012 9:58AM

    That is wonderful news!

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JSTETSER 6/7/2012 6:01AM

    Being a teacher myself, I can understand. I know that the lower numbers I have, the better the learning experience for my students. I love a class of 20.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/7/2012 5:49AM

    That is good news for you, and for the children! 30 is way to many in a class.

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SUSANBEAMON 6/7/2012 1:15AM

  My sister just retired from teaching 2nd grade. My niece-in-law is just starting a teaching career. I support smaller class size, especially in the early grades when so much needs to happen or the children could end up graduating unable to read. Not somethng some of my countrys politicians seem to care about. Glad you and yours won the battle this year.

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AHTRAP 6/7/2012 1:02AM

    Different story in most of the United States these days. Teachers unions, as well as all other unions are losing ground, and education in a lot of states is falling victim to ideological and supposed cost-savings measures. It will certainly cost us down the line.

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A bit of an update...

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Starting weight: 87.3kg (192.4lb)

My weight this morning: 78.2kg (172.4lb)

Total weight lost: 9.1kg (20 freaking pounds!!)

Percentage of weight lost: 10.5%

The point of the blog is to brag!

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CIVIAV 6/5/2012 9:41AM

    Yeah baby!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/4/2012 12:36PM

    Great job!!

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CARLA-216 6/4/2012 11:57AM

    Brag away - you've earned that right!

WooooHoooo! Great job!

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TWINSMOMMY607 6/4/2012 9:15AM

    And brag you should! You go girl!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/4/2012 5:55AM

    Worth bragging about! You are doing awesome!

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    Brag away, my friend, you deserve it!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 6/4/2012 3:10AM


Kris xx

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OPALMOON 6/4/2012 2:08AM

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MENHALLS 6/3/2012 10:41PM

    And brag you should!

Way to go!


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CANES4EVER63 6/3/2012 9:41PM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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HEAT7918 6/3/2012 9:28PM

    If you won't toot your own horn, who will? I'd be bragging too in your shoes!


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Saturday, June 02, 2012

I promised myself that at the 10kg mark I would get a bra fitting. Well, I couldn't wait that long. I am almost (200g away!) at the 9kg mark and I knew I needed that fitting sooner rather than later.

I was a 16D. As of today I am a 14D! So I am down a band size but my boobs are exactly the same size! Yippeeeeee! I am so glad that my boobs have stayed put. They were my biggest worry going into this, because I really love my boobs, and I didn't want to lose them.

I now own 2 new bras in my new size. It is a holiday weekend here, so they were 30% off. Bargain! I don't want to buy much or spend too much money until I am at or close to my goal weight. With another 9kg to go I could easily drop another size, so there is no point spending a lot of money until I am at my goal.

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CAROLJEAN64 6/2/2012 11:32PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and size change.....
I started off thinking I was only going to buy new clothes when I got to goal weight...(planned to lose about 28 kg). That turned out to be very foolish...then I found resale shops and got nice clothes at bargain prices.

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Ya know what grinds my gears?

Friday, June 01, 2012

I'll be chatting to someone at the gym or at work, and they'll notice my weight loss. Lovely, great. Then they ask if I'm done losing, and I say no, I have around 10kg left. Then they say, "Why do you want to lose more weight?!" So I tell them that is how much I have to go until my goal weight. Then the questions flood in. "Why did you pick that weight?", "Is it your lowest weight" etc. But not in a nice way, in a really judgey, condescending way. And it pisses me off! They tell me to stop losing weight, and to just be happy where I am. AND these are near strangers!

Whose business is it? Mine. I have a goal weight and I want to get to it. It is just a goal weight, if it isn't realistic then that is fine, but let me try first! I'm not going to think I have failed if I end up a couple of kilos above my goal.

Why do people feel the need to try to stop others losing weight? Are they jealous? Are they having trouble and want to feel better about themselves? Why?

I just really annoys me, and it happens all the time! People question how often I go to the gym, how much and what I eat, etc etc. It just goes on and on! It really gets on my nerves! If I was losing too much weight, or exercising too much or whatever then my boyfriend would say something. My mum would say something.

And THEN the latest women started telling me about these pills she is taking that eat fat. When I said I didn't take pills SHE got all defensive. OK, so it is bad for me to lose weight by eating right and exercising, but her losing weight using pills is fine? I don't understand...Surely my weight loss would stop at a healthy weight, whereas hers wouldn't if she were taking pills?

Ragh. The point of this post was to vent. I realise it is all over the place and not well written at all!

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CARLA-216 6/4/2012 12:02PM

    Seems like near strangers are quite the experts in how others need to live their life, huh? I think people like that are just jealous that not only are you losing weight, but you're being so successful at it in a HEALTHY way.

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MENHALLS 6/2/2012 1:10PM

    Some people really want you to tell them you aren't really doing anything other than 1x month at the gym and eating chocolate cake. (because that is what they are doing!) You can't do much about these people other than ignore them.

Alternatively, you can picture them when you are digging deep for your last ounce of strength & wonder "what were you saying Hater?" That's right, I'm doing it!!

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    I try not to speak with friends and coworkers about my weight loss because of these exact problems. Thank goodness for SparkPeople where we can all be exactly who we want to be, and not have anyone judge our goals.


You're doing awesome, and don't you forget it!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/2/2012 7:25AM

    Don't let these "Haters" get to you! They probably see how hard you hit it at the gym and that you are there frequently. You are loosing weight in a very healthy way, and with the right tools. You have a goal, and it's great to reach for it! You are realistic about your goal and how to make it, keep pushing towards it! I have had people tell me I am too thin now and I should stop loosing. I have a goal too, and am about 6 pounds away. I am not too thin, and in a healthy BMI. Keep up your focus and drive! You have made amazing progress and shouldn't listen to these jealous people.

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OPALMOON 6/2/2012 4:43AM

    I think it's all those things you mentioned! You are doing so well though, so just keep going! Woo hoo for you!

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CRYSTALROSE09 6/1/2012 9:46PM

    I seem to think that when people make comments like that when they know its only going to discourage you they must have something going on in their lives they just arent happy with. ive been trying to lose weight for a while and people continue to tell me i dont have to lose it, which i know is complete BS (i see myself in the mirror everyday haha) what matters is how you fell about yourself. if you feel you want to lose more weight and reach that goal then its totally up to you, no one else! do what makes you happy! in the long run they will be hurtful and jealous whether you stay at your current weight or reach that goal weight! sometimes people need to keep comments to themselves unless they intend to be encouraging! good luck! :) youll do great!

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