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Life is busy but fanastic right now!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

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As I said on its description Chloe took this at Skegness Stadium last week and it makes me feel anyone can FLY! (With a little practice and persistence I guess! )
I have started my new jobs and SO FAR SO GOOD! Seriously need to be organised now though so can't spend quite as long playing on the computer and replying to my wonderful friends here on Spark (hence the blog - sorry guys I do care about you but have to care about me more too!) emoticon

I am now working breakfast club 7.30 - 9.00am (helped by my son I guess as he's at the same school and can't be home alone - he's Year 6 now as well emoticon This is the school I used to work solely at)

Then I go to another school nearer Preston - Woodplumpton where I am working, supporting at girl with Downs Syndrome) 5 mornings and 2 afternoons (Mondays till 3pm so get longest day out of the way early in week) and the other Thursday till 2.15pm when I plan to go to Preston food shopping if I need it).
Two of the days I don't work afternoons I am doing lunch welfare duty at my son's school so finishing at 1.15pm.
Planning to then help my In laws one afternoon and do my pilates class which I love the other afternoon. emoticon emoticon

However I have saved Friday afternoon for me - to meet friends, clean my house etc.

The best thing is that I no longer have to work 3pm - 5pm everyday so can be home with my family earlier and have some time for me. Very busy but very happy too.

I did overeat the week before last on holiday at put on 5lbs but am too busy and happy to 'overindulge now' - hopefully it will stay this way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I even managed to get to my zumba class yesterday and really enjoyed it. emoticon

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ALIIDA 9/18/2014 3:48AM

    Life sounds good. I like busy better than not busy, and you have some good "me time" there, too. emoticon

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CHRISIN 9/12/2014 12:49AM

    What worthwhile jobs to do Donna. Make sure you keep to your plan to fit in "me time" you really deserve it.

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MADEINBRITAIN 9/11/2014 4:55AM

    A lovely 'feel good' blog - has made my day! emoticon

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RYDERB 9/8/2014 6:48PM

    WOW! You are busy! I'm so proud of you for scheduling a day to take care of you. emoticon and for making time to fit in your fitness. emoticon

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THIN133 9/7/2014 6:02PM

    I'm so happy for you ! Life is sweet ! All the best to you with your new jobs & better schedules !

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CATHY629 9/7/2014 4:58PM

    Good luck with your new jobs,you sound like you are enjoying them.

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ILOVEMALI 9/7/2014 4:17PM

    I am smiling as I read your blog. Wonderful!!

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2015TODAY 9/7/2014 3:48PM

    I'm glad you're taking care of yourself! And also glad to see you blog!

Sounds like you have a good structure to your week now. Enjoy the family time!

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ANNIESPAGE 9/7/2014 3:08PM

    Sounds great! Will subscribe to your blog for updates! :-)

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DI_NAMIC 9/7/2014 2:48PM

    Sounds like a busy but very rewarding schedule. Your schools are lucky to have you! emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 9/7/2014 12:51PM

    Good to read your update Donna and I can appreciate how busy you are and how organised you will have to be!!
I know you have those school jobs because you're very capable and they're all experience that look great on the old CV!!
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ELRIDDICK 9/7/2014 12:41PM

  Thanks for sharing

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BACK ON LINE NOW! thanks for your comments

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I have something I have to do on Thursday and know the computer 'sucks my time' - must stop procrastinating as this is important. Sorry if anyone misses me! I'll be back Friday! emoticon emoticon

I have to go for a job on Thursday as a Teaching Assistant. In the morning I go to the school and work with a group of year 5/6 children helping them with a task, then in turn we each take a group into the playground to work with them/teach them some sports/play activities we could do at lunchtime as the job is responsible for games at lunchtimes.

The successful candidates will be then given lunch and have an interview in the afternoon.
I need more preparation for that - just in case I am one of the successful ones! emoticon emoticon

Hence I must leave my computer till later on Thursday, wish me Luck though I won't read about it till then! emoticon emoticon emoticon Donna x

THURSDAY - Unfortunately I didn't even get interviewed but what an experience and what a lot of things I have to do now!!!!!!!!!!!!!! things i was leaving till after Thursday - very disappointed as it was a lovely school but there will be other opportunities I hope. emoticon

Just had feedback from the Head Teacher and there was nothing I did that made them not choose me but that others were better and the successful candidate was exactly what they wanted. I thanked her for the opportunity and told her that her school was really lovely.
I really am moving forward in a positive way and not turning to food to make me feel better. In this time I am SO LUCKY to have had the opportunity to try, we did well to get shortlisted in the first place.

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JANETELIZABETH1 6/14/2014 4:48AM

    Donna you did excellent to get invited for an interview and you can now add that to your experience... I'm sure another opportunity will come around for you.
Have a great w/e.
Love Janet xx

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-NORMA- 6/12/2014 10:08AM

    Just read your last lines. I hope you will get another opportunity soon. You probably did learn from the experience. emoticon

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THIN133 6/10/2014 8:37PM

    Best of luck to you Donna !

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ILOVEMALI 6/10/2014 4:59PM

    best of luck! Everything will be fine. Breathe! See you when you get back -- xoxo

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Sharing this week's food challenges and my changes

Sunday, May 04, 2014

On Tuesday night when I left my SW class with the Fast Forward red leaflet and advice from my consultant Nicola I felt like life was going to change. I had asked for help as I thought I had been following the SW plan but for the past two weeks I had put on weight and didn't know why!

Before I read the leaflet I didn't know by how much it was going to change but I was DETERMINED, I was going to DO IT!

However when I read the leaflet I thought 'OH NO', it does look as DIFFICULT as I had been TOLD and quite restrictive, but not impossible!

I wish I had read the leaflet more thoroughly before I went shopping on Wednesday morning as I wouldn't have bought as much 'free food'! I almost cried Wednesday evening when I realised how little I'd had all day compared with a normal SW day about how much food I had in the house and I COULDN'T EAT IT!

Surprisingly to me though I had eaten my 23 units and to be honest I wasn't hungry! My hands did feel drawn to the food cupboard and fridge to apples and yogurt but I didn't give in to it!

All I ate on my first day was: 2 slices of bread and 150g beans, 1 apple, 2 slices of bread and 2 egg omelette (no fat), 150g strawberries, 225g jacket potato with tunafish and 2 tblps sweetcorn, 1 fat free yoghurt, 1 apple

As I write this I have completed 5 days and have found there have been considerable changes. I was addicted to food I do admit!

I actually I no longer feel I have to eat something to keep me occupied!

I used to be naughty and eat between doing jobs around the house (apples or fat free yogs) but this week I have shown myself a drink is enough and food not needed.

Another bad habit was shopping when I may eat a piece of fruit between each shop and then maybe 2 or 3 apples as I unpacked the bags and put them away. This week I did have one apple while out but it was in my allowance SO DETERMINED was I.

I don't know if I am still thinking of food all the time but it doesn't feel as if its in charge of me anymore! I have never felt so IN CONTROL of food rather than the other way round long may it last!

Actually I have eaten more varied foods this week, I have eaten and enjoyed far more bread than before, some days 4 slices of wholemeal small bread, eg beans on toast and poached eggs on toast.

I am going to return to the usual red/green plan from Tuesday for a week, looking forward to more free foods but plan to eat in a more healthy way. Then do another week on the Fast Forward plan as they do encourage 2 weeks.

Looking back if anything I have actually felt hunger somedays, I never used to wait until I was hungry before I ate. I have also sat down to eat much more than usual.

I hope to continue these better habits, to plan food for the day to prevent 'gaps' which need to be filled. I have to stay busy and keep away from the fridge as much as possible and remember that I AM IN CHARGE OF THE FOOD NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND!
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I have written this to remind myself of changes and how proud I am that I have almost compled the week, lets hope I can continue the good work! emoticon emoticon

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THIN133 5/6/2014 8:39PM

    First of all....yay Donna !!! You've got this ! You are doing great with your new program. You should be proud of yourself & feel good about you doing well, being in control of your choices &feeling great !! Good for you ! I did not recognize the program though ...what is it ? Just curious. Keep up the great work my friend ! You have got this !! emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 5/6/2014 6:19PM

    I'm not sure what your food plan is.. but I really like your insights. Getting off sugar really changes the cravings and for me helps me see things more clearly. Hurray for your week of success. emoticon

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CATHY629 5/5/2014 4:08PM

    Donna you have done really well,i do the extra easy plan and one of the things i missed most when i first started was bread,i allow myself 2 small slices of wholemeal a day usually counting them as syns as i like to have cereal for my healthy extra b choice.
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JANETELIZABETH1 5/5/2014 12:56PM

    Donna you sound as if you've done very well and I sincerely hope you have a good result too.
I think sometimes some of us respond well to being 'told' what to eat rather than having a free reign that mean we can't always control our eating patterns.
Your volume of food is certainly not the huge portions that SW advocate and if I'm honest its that sort of amounts that helped me lose my weight and stay at target. If I start going outside those boundaries....I gain.
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LILY_SPARK 5/5/2014 10:19AM

    Well good luck!

Of the foods you're given to eat, I can't eat almost ANY, so I can't relate but I do relate to making broad changes.

Be healthy! emoticon

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LISABERGIN 5/5/2014 3:16AM

    Well done Donna - I think it is very easy to eat more than we need on the usual SW programme as there is so much free food. I suppose I eat less than some as I don't eat products with aspartame or other additives. So if I want a yogurt for example I have to syn them. I also try and eat all my foods within the mealtime. So I have my lunch followed by my fruit snack the same with dinner. Occasionally I do need a fruit snack in between meals but this is generally if I have been very active. I also do not eat after 8pm as this hinders my sleep.

It is strange that you are eating more bread - that is one of my downfall foods and if I want a good week I don't eat bread or if I do I will take 2 slices from the loaf and then put the rest in the freezer so I am not tempted.

I follow the EE plan I have not tried red or green do they give better results?

You will have to let us know how you get on

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ILOVEMALI 5/5/2014 1:21AM

    Great job! You are inspiring!!!

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New Years Eve & NY Day blow out - IT HAS STOPPED NOW thanks guys!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Yesterday I got weighed and amazingly stayed the same from last week and I have had a couple of 'blow out' days over Christmas but kept it together most of the time in between.

Last night I drank and ate far more than normal and today am finding it very very difficult to stop eating things especially the sweet things.
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Of course I am tired today as I didn't go to bed till 2.30am today so could use that as an excuse but I'm so much stronger than that at making good choices!

Hang in there Donna it will get better. I have so much to be thankful for! This is just two days and I have the rest of my life to feel good in.

Thanks for listening.
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Contol has returned and I'm sure it will continue. thanks everyone who contributed. Donna x

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DAVEYSHADOW 1/2/2014 7:08AM

    A couple of days of blow out at this time of year is not going to ruin everything. Start today afresh and you will soon feel good again! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 1/1/2014 8:08PM

    and you had a good weigh-in! Happy New Year! Now, both of us need to Knock It Off!

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THIN133 1/1/2014 4:00PM

    Yay for staying the same on your weigh in ! That's great ! It's not to indulge during the holidays. It is difficult to get back into the right mindset though to stop eating the goodies ! We can do it though ! Happy New Year to you & your family ! Hope you had a great holiday ! emoticon

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EBEE_GO 1/1/2014 1:25PM

    That's almost identical my week. Two pretty bad days, but a positive outlook and fresh start today!! Good luck!! :)

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Daughter's lovely comment made me smile yesterday!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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My daughter is 12 now and so 'grown up' and very much 'I can do it' but yesterday she really made me smile.

I made a suggestion about something and she said 'thats a good idea!'

I said 'I do have one every now and then'
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She said 'No you do have lots of good ideas but we only acknowledge them every now and then!'

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being a mum can have challenges but you have to remember the good minutes when they happen!

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JUSTYNA7 11/11/2013 7:40PM

    I love it! My kids are becoming very good at acknowledging me. It's a real gift.

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MONAMOM 10/15/2013 4:31PM

    That is really a "precious" memory to store in your heart. Hugs!

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GERALDINE16 10/14/2013 12:59AM

    Love it emoticon

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THIN133 10/13/2013 10:21PM

    Sweet ! I can understand why that made you smile! Wonderful memories for you ! I am happy for you ! emoticon

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FENWAYGIRL18 10/13/2013 2:51PM

    Yes you have to cherrish them and hold onto them for dear life hahaha she sounds like a nice girl! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 10/13/2013 2:45PM

    What a sweet daughter!

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JANETELIZABETH1 10/13/2013 2:31PM

    What a sweet thing your daughter said Donna. She's going to really appreciate having her mum as her best friend too! emoticon

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