Friday, June 22, 2012
As of this morning I am 100g away from the 10kg lost point. 100 freaking grams. That is nothing! Come on, scale, you can do it! Just another 100g (less than quarter of a pound!) and I can take pictures and do a happy dance and generally brag my butt off.
I am feeling well enough to take my 9.9kg lost butt to the gym today. Just a quick weights session. It usually takes me less than 30 minutes, and I promise I will stop if I feel sick.
Sometime next week I will get my new weights program, and I am looking forward to that! I love a new challenge, and I love mixing things up. My trainer is going to write my new program on my old card and said I can do 2 new/1 old to help me keep things fresh. Sounds like a good plan, since I get board so quickly.
3 cheers for smoothies! I have started getting back into them and it is awesome. I get 1 serving of veggies (1/2c spinach) and 2 servings of fruit (1c frozen berries) at breakfast, without even trying! I stopped drinking smoothies because they never filled me up, and I was always hungry an hour later. I have started adding Greek yogurt to my smoothies and I am finding that they hold me over a lot longer than they used to. Add a piece of toast on the side and I have a balanced and filling breakfast!
Other than going to the gym my only plans for the day include my work laptop. I have a couple of post tests to write up (which is really hard!) and I have to organise my week. My last week of term 2! WOW this is going fast. Before I know it, it will be the end of the year and I'll be saying goodbye to my monsters.
And that is the end of my thought train.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I am feeling much better today, thank you for asking. I can breathe through my nose again, which is really exciting when you haven't been able to for over a week. I can also breathe, full stop. Loving my steroids right now! My brain feels awake and switched on, and climbing stairs doesn't feel like a chore. I think I am on the mend! Back to work on Monday! I know, I'm crazy, but I miss my kiddos!
I had to go to school yesterday afternoon to sign my reports and I didn't time it well. I got there as all the kids were leaving, and one of my boys saw me in my car. Well, what a scene! He started screaming "Miss Bubble, Miss Bubble! OMG Miss Bubble is here!" Over and over again. It was so loud. So, apparently I'm missed! This same boy has also been going to the Deputy Principal everyday asking if I am going to be coming back soon, and 'has she been taking her medicine properly?' I left a little note on the board saying that I would be back on Monday, so hopefully that will help the few who are very attached to me.
I would love to hit the gym for a quick 20 minute workout this weekend, so I will see how I am feeling tomorrow and go from there. Gotta get back into it some time, and since I am feeling pretty great I don't think a short, light workout will hurt.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Right, let me say that I have watched 13 minutes of Dr Oz today, so I feel qualified to preach my thoughts to you. Seems fair, he has 13 minutes of nutritional training and gets to preach to millions.
The stuff he suggests isn't bad. It really isn't. Today is all about healthy, low calorie snacks, and we all know that snacking helps weight loss. The difference is the way it is presented. Dr Oz is claiming it will burn belly fat (WTH? He can make that happen? Bring. It. ON) and fire up your metabolism. However, we all know that all it does it stop you overeating at meal times because we aren't starving and diving head first into the pasta. But he doesn't say this. So all these women will be having a 2-3 200 calories snacks a day because Dr Oz said so, and most will still be eating their normal meal portion sizes because they don't know that these are supposed to reduce. The women will just get fatter because now they are consuming more calories.
Don't get me wrong, I hate Dr Oz as much as the next person. Most of the information he gives is plain wrong, like all the things you can do to burn 'belly fat', the supplements, the 'kick up your metabolism'. However, some of his information is correct, but is presented in such a way that it is actually damaging to the people following it. If he simply said that you should snack every few hours to reduce your hunger and therefore your portion sizes at meals then he would technically be giving good advice. Very broad advice, but not bad.
If he wasn't such a sell out he could really help people. Too bad the Lettuce Corporation of America (LCA) pays less than the supplement companies. If he was honest and stopped offering quick fixes, he could help people. For whatever reason, women seem to think he is a God, and they would probably keep listening to his advice if it changed to 'hard work and eating right', as long as he was upbeat and positive about it.
Yesterday the show actually showed what to eat, and the food wasn't bad. Just peppered with this tea, and that pill, but the food alone was decent and healthy. He recommended a big breakfast, medium sized lunch and a small dinner, which, again, is not terrible advice. Then he ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED WORKING OUT! WOW, this weight loss malarkey isn't magic after all! The sad thing is, all the viewers will take away from it is what pills they need to take.
Really, it annoys me that someone has all this power, has the ability to give correct and potentially life saving information and chooses to make money by recommending pills and juices.
*Disclaimer* I am not a regular Dr Oz viewer, and these are my thoughts on the snippets that I have seen while I have been off work this week*
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I woke up this morning and felt like hell. My nose wasn't blocked, which was a plus, but my head and throat hurt. A quick conversation with my boyfriend told me that there was no way I should be talking. My voice is croaky and if I talk I cough. Yuck. I sent a text to my boss (we are very casual) asking if he could ask my reliever to stay on for the rest of the week and I'd see him on Monday. There is no way I can teach like this, so I'm not even going to try. I feel back being out of the class so much, but there really isn't anything I can do about it. I just needed to drop off a USB stick with this terms reports on them and I was fine to take the rest of the week off. Thank goodness for kind admin ladies, who volunteered to print out my reports, forge my signature, stuff them into named envelopes and send them off home with my kiddos. They are all owed chocolate.
Now I just have a few things to do for next week. My planning can just roll over, so that makes things easier. I need to design the post tests for topic and maths, so I can see if I have actually taught them anything this term. AND I have a cool idea for my homework doers. Last term the kids all did their homework, so I threw them a homework party on the last day of school. This term some have decided not to do homework, so I have another idea. I got some mini packets of smarties chocolates and I'm going to give the homework kids a certificate and a packet of smarties as their 'reward'. I don't usually reward with chocolate, but I figure once in a while won't kill them, and it is certainly no worse than what is in their lunchboxes.
But right now I am going to rest and nap :)
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