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Stairs and breakdowns

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My school is on the 5th floor of a building with no elevator. There are 26 stairs per flight. I feel like death when I go up them each morning. I am typically carrying over 25-30 pound of guilt grading in my backpack and huff and puff to get up the stairs. I realize that this year as I gained weight, it got worse and worse. I am making it my goal that by June 28th **the last day of the school year** I will be able to make it up the stairs without feeling so terrible. Some days I have to stop and rest, some days I make it without stopping, but am completely out of breath by the time I reach the top. Hopefully, consistent exercise will make them easier.

Today, I ate over my calories, carbs, and fats. I am disappointed in myself for not being consistent so early in my restart. But when I get stressed out, I eat, and this math test might have been the death of me the past two days. At least when I craved something sweet I went for fro-yo instead of the 400 calorie chocolate bar I was eyeing at the store. I hope that tomorrow I will make better decisions and follow my range.

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JATHUENER 5/13/2011 3:22PM

    some days i climb a few flights at the hospital and i do take it slow first thing i keep hoping it will get easier or better

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JMCADE 5/13/2011 3:05PM

    The stairs will get easier as long as you let them know who's boss. The eating you just need to forget about and move on. You are being active by taking the stairs, that is definitely a point in your favor. You will get to your goal in the stair challenge, I have confidence in you.

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BEATLETOT 5/12/2011 11:43PM

    There are a ton of really good articles that were coming in the "Best of SparkPeople" emails. They were written by Coach Dean that cover emotional eating, called "The Mind and Body Series." Maybe some of them would help? I dunno, they didn't do me soooo much good, but he's so inspiring, so...

There's also that "Two steps forward, one step back" article. Don't get down on going over...otherwise, we'll both be depressed after my yesterday and your today!

Aye, when I gained 7 pounds, my left knee started to hurt on stairs. Losing it made it stop hurting, but now it creaks. 28 with arthritis. Niiiiiiiice.

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SWEETNSKINNY 5/12/2011 11:17PM

    Dont worry about your overeating..let it be what it was. Now, focus on making this healthy eating streak last longer than your previous one! Thats what I'm doing! I recently had a restart and a week later, I had already fallen back off the wagon. But instead of staying there, I made the decision to get it back together. YOU CAN DO IT!!!! And, I love that you have the challenge of the stairs. Soon enough, they will be a cinch!

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BLEIGH711 5/12/2011 10:51PM

    So you went biggie. I wont even tell you how bad I was yesterday....I was a total hog. But everyday is a new day. Keep on trucking. You will see a difference and those stairs will be nothing before too long. I used to huff and puff walking up 5 or 6 (no joke) and the other day I ran some for fun while working out. Forgive your mistakes, focus on your strengths. You got this

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LINDEE6 5/12/2011 9:21PM

    I hope you will soon find the stairs to be less exhausting. I remember how I huffed and puffed climbing the two flights of stairs at my son's home 25 pounds ago. What a difference just the loss of those 25 pounds have made! I can't wait to see what the next 25 lb. loss does for me!

Keep up the good work!

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Hiccups AGAIN

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I have the hiccups again, but this time it is because I ate my carrots too fast.

I am in a mood so I will post the rest in short bursts of words:

Test: kids failed, I will NEVER get tenure.

Advisee: horrible

Kick ball: lost

Bootcamp: awesome

Hiccups: go away

Lesson Plan: Osmosis Jones

Done and done.

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RUTHXG 5/12/2011 5:44PM

    Here's hoping that your students perform better--I agree that this system isn't fair. I hope you don't end up having to fight hard for tenure. May your hard work be acknowledged & honored!

Sorry about the hiccups.

You & Brenda are doing a 10K??? That's awesome!

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JECKIE 5/12/2011 10:18AM

    Hah! I get the hiccups from eating too fast, too! Usually bread. And they HURT!

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BEATLETOT 5/12/2011 8:58AM

    Tenure maybe no, but mostest seniority next year, yes, right?

I really LIKE that you have hiccups from carrots this time, when it was beer last time. PROGRESS! I'm so effing proud of you, it makes my chest swell. Actually, come think of it, if you could stop that, it would be great. Chest swelling is NOT going to help my weight loss progress! emoticon

Osmosis Jones?

And, YES, we are two days away from the 10K! I'm very excited!!! Aldo and I should hopefully be in Friday evening (which is TOMORROW). I don't know if you'll want to see us on Friday or if you just want to meet up right before the race. But yeah, we'll discuss all that this evening.

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SGILBER6 5/12/2011 8:09AM

    That tenure situation doesn't seem fair at all! Glad you enjoyed your bootcamp, that kind of workout always intimidates me!

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CASAM1985 5/12/2011 12:21AM

    In the past, most teachers get tenure in their third year, typically regardless of their student's success (which I am by no means advocating for). New York City has begun to base tenure almost solely on test scores, and as a mathematician who knows the discrepancies from year to year in scoring, I have big issues with the fact that I will have to fight for my tenure next year. I teach in the Bronx, and I think it is appalling that my scores are compared to the schools and students in some Manhattan schools that have significantly more resources than mine. We shall see tomorrow with how the kiddos do on Book 2...

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MCANTRELL83 5/12/2011 12:02AM

  i am trying to get a teaching job. do you only get tenure if no kids fail?

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today at work, I was checking my email on my phone and got several emails about food. Papa John's, seamlessweb, open table. Because I was conserving my calories for my Tuesday trivia Southern food feast and was a little hungry, I drooled at the thought of pizza. Now I have a goal for tomorrow:

UNSUBSCRIBE to those emails. Terminate the temptation.

Check back tomorrow!

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AMYLONGHORN 5/11/2011 4:38PM

    Hmmmm...I should probably do the same! Except that I don't usually eat out too much, but the temptation to go to On the Border, Rosa's and Freebirds does come with those e-mails to me! Funny how all my e-mails are Mexican/burrito places! LOL :-P

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SEATTLESIMS 5/11/2011 1:08PM

    great idea! unsubscribe! rock it!!

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BEATLETOT 5/11/2011 12:58PM

    I guess this means that the Chili's emails are gone, too. *Sigh* Pity. What an excellent prank that was!

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CASAM1985 5/11/2011 12:46PM

    Temptations gone! No more pizza special emails, no more delivery emails. I decided to keep the fresh direct emails to look for deals on groceries.

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SASSACAIA 5/11/2011 11:17AM

    Okay, it's tomorrow. Have you done it???

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BLEIGH711 5/10/2011 10:43PM

    Way to avoid the temptation. I don't know if I would be that strong. I'll definitely check back tomorrow emoticon

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JMCADE 5/10/2011 8:28PM

    WTG remove the temptation.

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JENBELLE 5/10/2011 8:18PM

    YES! Great solution and less clutter in your inbox! Love it! emoticon

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LINDEE6 5/10/2011 7:57PM

    Often removing our temptations is all it takes to succeed!

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OUTSENE 5/10/2011 7:30PM

  Oh...I'll be checking tomorrow!!


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Beer and hiccups

Sunday, May 08, 2011

I have a friend who does weight watchers. He tells me that each day, he conserves his points so he can have two beers at home. As a teacher in the Bronx, I understand the sentiment. Though it sounds like alcoholism problem, drinking definitely has been my release of choice this school year. I have found this year (my second) to be much more difficult than the last, and I have found that a beer or two or three really takes the edge off. Even more so when they are free. Tonight I went down to the bar and had 2 free beers. Not light beers (Brenda, your voice is haunting me as I write this) but free. And extra delicious. And as I put in the points and now realize I am within 22 calories of my day, I realize I can splurge on a beer if I plan accordingly. So, tonight I will not have anything else and will drink some more water to take off the edge and plan for tomorrow, but I can smile knowing I earned that beer by staying within my calorie range and with an hour of exercise.

I now have had the hiccups for about 10 minutes, so beer and hiccups are the motivation of this post.

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BEATLETOT 5/9/2011 8:51PM

    Well, that seems a reasonable alternative! Can you imagine?

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SKATER787 5/9/2011 7:40PM

    Actually there was a man who went on a beer diet for Lent and lost 22 lbs in 40 days.

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AMYLONGHORN 5/9/2011 2:26PM

    Did you get rid of your hiccups? Did you hold your breath? Usually I only have three hiccups and then they go away. And one time I had the hiccups and Chris got rid of them by pushing the panic button on the truck! OK that is all I have to say about hiccups! LOL

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/9/2011 12:27PM

    If you can make it fit and you truly enjoy it, why not enjoy a beer once in a while? right?! way to go!

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JATHUENER 5/9/2011 9:58AM

    wow that's funny you are still in your points i tried that once and i did not enjoy searching for all the points but maybe that might help in the long run

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SWEETNSKINNY 5/8/2011 10:37PM

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy your free drinks AND stay in your calorie range for the day. FABULOUS!

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BLEIGH711 5/8/2011 9:09PM

    Way to plan ahead!! A friend and I meet every friday for happy hour in order to destress after our weeks...if she didn't work out of town it would probably be often. I totally understand

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JENBELLE 5/8/2011 8:58PM

    I agree about that need to destress! I enjoy a glass of wine for sure if I'm in my calorie range. I've also found that going to a kickboxing class also really helps my mood/stress levels at the end of a long day! emoticon

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LINDEE6 5/8/2011 8:45PM

    Oh my! And it is only your second year of teaching! In my 32nd and last year of teaching I also looked forward to a glass of wine to destress with each evening...then, by mid week I was looking forward to two! Thank goodness I have reordered my mind and my habits since retiring a year ago and I plan for that wine (most of the time) and don't make it a nightly thing (unless on a lousy vacation)!
I am so thinkful that I found SparkPeople and have all the help the website and my spark friends offer so that I can lose the pounds that have added up over the years and get myself more physically fit so I can enjoy a l-o-n-g retirement!

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Weekly trivia

Saturday, May 07, 2011

As the 5% challenge began today, I realized that I am going to struggle with trivia on Tuesday nights. Each week, I go downstairs to Southern Hospitality and I eat an amazingly bad for me meal and drink several beers. This week, I am trying to plan my dinner accordingly. I think I will only have the cornbread and a side salad, and leave the chicken breast sandwich with tatar tots behind. I am still trying to decide if I can completely give up on the beer, and settle for a diet coke if I have had all of my water from the day. Tomorrow I need to plan my meals for my week so I don't go to the deli and eat flamin' hot funions ever again (P.S. Amy, they were wonderful, and disgusting at the same time. A perfect Friday before a challenge treat.) That is all for now.

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AMYLONGHORN 5/9/2011 2:17PM

    Thanks for the review of the Flamin' Hot Funyuns! I'll probably steer clear! GOOD LUCK with Trivia...I really feel like if you plan ahead, you will be FINE! Do it to it, sister!!

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BEATLETOT 5/8/2011 9:52AM

    Can't you do the chicken breast sandwich with a side salad? Unless you don't like the sandwich, and just order it for the tator tots.

Light beer or wine spritzers may be a good choice, and only get one or two. That or your Diet Coke plan is soooo much better, as I bet you'll find Wednesdays at work a lot easier!

Also, some people have a cheat meal once a week, where they eat whatever they want for that one meal. You could make Tuesday nights that meal. I know you've been kind of an all-or-nothing-type-gal in the past, but maybe this would be really effective for you so you don't feel deprived. Plus, I would have a crazy hard time giving up those fried pickles!

Soooo proud of you! Let's talk today so we can figure out next weekend!

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JATHUENER 5/8/2011 12:16AM

    good luck with making new and better choices i am going to be struggling along that road myself when i sit down to make meal choices #1 dread that i will stick to and not blow all together


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