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Different Mindset

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Talk about non-scale victories and not even realizing it! Since April, when i really started this journey, i decided that i had to balance my life better. As a teacher, as many of you know, your work is never done. my room needs to be organized before tomorrow morning, I just thought of a new way to reinforce this concept, so I have to stay and get the materials ready, etc, etc, etc. I absolutely hate to work out in the mornings, so I already knew that was not going to happen. That leaves after work. Oh, my, as someone who would stay until 6 or 7 at night sometimes, this was certainly a dilemma. To make matters worse, 3 weeks until school is out is an especially busy time. I realized that since April, with very few exceptions, I met my goal of leaving before 4 and coming home to work out Prior to this year, I looked forward to "after school was out, I could work out" mentality. I am happy to say, that this never crossed my mind for June. I am going to continue that goal and figure it out some other way. This whole mindset has left me less concerned because the summer promises less time for me anyways. The day after school lets out we leave for a vacation to both Florida and then to Colorado to visit my son, then 4th of July, then hosting a shower for my niece, then curriculum work, then teaching summer school, then a few days in DC for my niece's wedding Labor Day weekend, then back to school. My dream of all the time in the world has disappeared. I will figure this out, one step at a time, but for now, I have my plan for my first challenge in place!

  
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NANCYPAT1 6/2/2013 8:46PM

    Flexibility and good planning are both helpful. YOU can make this work for you. Have a plan for your trips - think about ways to make healthy eating and exercise work for you and still allow yourself to enjoy your family and have a fun time. A lot of restaurants have nutrition information available on-line. A lot of exercise can be done wherever you are - walking, swimming, playing, etc. Make a plan and even if you don't stick to it perfectly, you will find it helps keep you from going too far overboard. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

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JACKIE542 6/2/2013 11:43AM

    Happy you have your plan in place, you have so many things planned, but you are right one step at a time. emoticon emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/2/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon You have the right attitude! Looking forward to hearing how you progress!

Have a GREAT summer!


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BUSYGRANNY5 6/2/2013 8:12AM

    Love the attitude... which I believe plays a determining factor in our ultimate success! It sounds like you're going to continue to be very busy.... keep on keeping on and ENJOY!

Have a blessed day! emoticon

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Many Hats

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Today's blog is devoted to teaching. Many of you know that I teach first grade in a relatively small rural community, the same one that I live in. In the past five years, the population of our town has drastically changed. To make a long story fairly short, while my class was across the street at the local museum, our school went into a shelter in place. Am employee who was outside at the time walked over to tell me to keep the kids there. About 15 minutes later the school resource officer came and told me that he was going to escort our class back to the school immediately. Right next door to our museum is an awful apartment building and when we came out, I noticed my friend, who is a detective, on the porch of this building with a couple of other officers. Come to find out, they had just gotten a search warrant and were making a pot bust. I got thinking later that, first of all, many teachers deal with worse things on a daily basis, but it has never hit me in the face like that. Teaching is so much more than teaching!



I only had to deal with this for one day. Several of our kids live in that building, just as one of our first graders lived in a meth lab. It is now the weekend! emoticon

  
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SQUISSHY1 6/1/2013 12:23PM

    Many think about all the hardships the students in poor, inner-city schools face. Don't get me wrong, they have some problems that I couldn't imagine having to deal with, but at the same time, many forget or don't know about the issues that poor, rural communities face. I love the quote "When children have great parents,it makes our jobs easier. When they don't, it makes our jobs more important." I don't think that was the direct quote, but you get the idea. Glad those little ones have someone like you that cares :-) Happy Weekend!

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JACKIE542 6/1/2013 11:09AM

    It sure is a different world out there than when I was in school. Teachers have to be prepared for everything. Thank you emoticon

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/1/2013 9:33AM

    You do make the difference in their lives.

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NBLONDHEIM 6/1/2013 8:42AM

    As a 4k teacher in a rural, low income, and diverse population I can't believe what our students have to deal with daily. Physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, drugs, etc. and we are expecting them to pick up what we are teaching while they are wondering if they will even have anything to eat for supper! It's truly sad and I wish I could change so many things!

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111BUTTERFLY111 6/1/2013 7:59AM

    Your children are so very blessed to have you. Thank you so much for all you do. You are helping to mold them for life!

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Exercise - Becoming a Habit?

Friday, May 31, 2013

The last few days I have been wondering is exercise is becoming a habit for me. Not that I am doing anything too strenuous, but since I got my Fitbit, I am compelled to try to get my 10,000 steps in. I am so glad I am a teacher because I go home with 4500-5000 steps under my belt on an average day. I actually looked forward to beginning to walk home yesterday when my husband was late picking me up. The downside was that I had to drive back to school to get my bag! I started exercising last night and wasn't done when I got interrupted. I went back and finished up at 9 p.m. This was previously unheard of, so I am hoping... No where near being at a wonderful place, as far as food goes, but I will take this. I'm crossing my fingers!

  
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JACKIE542 5/31/2013 11:59PM

    Really good to make exercise a habit, you got interrupted and went back to finish, that is great. Took me awhile but I love to exercise everyday, especially since I found exercises that I love. Riding my bike is my favorite. emoticon

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BLITZEN40 5/31/2013 10:03PM

    Having little ones in your charge does keep you on your toes! There will be no sitting around if you are a K-3 teacher! That's one of the reasons I miss having little ones at home as a mom...it keeps you in shape! emoticon

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SAM_FIT_2014 5/31/2013 12:24PM

    Great Job! My Fitbit helps me too!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/31/2013 9:21AM

    Keep on keeping on... you've got this!!!

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SWEETNEEY 5/31/2013 8:20AM

    Yes, that Fitbit does motivate. I remember when I 1st got the fitbit and I'd leave it at home, there was a complusion to drive home and get it. Then I'd check myself and say, because FitBit doesn't know that you did steps doesn't mean that your body doesn't know and the body is the important pedometer. But I am now in the habit of wearing the fitbit - it's part of the daily dressing - like deodorant.

Keep up the Good Work - mentally and physically.

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GLUECIPHER 5/31/2013 7:13AM

    Im hooked as well. Just have to do it even on days when you dont feel like it.

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SANDYCRANE 5/31/2013 6:51AM

    I am hooked on exercise and I never thought I would be in this place. Often I find myself thinking of what I want to do for the next days workout. I do know one thing and that it has to happen in the morning or else I will not do it. Congratulations on the new you.

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/31/2013 6:47AM

    emoticon For me, exercise really has been addictive. And, I really would have told you that it would NEVER be, not for ME! Anything is possible!!

Have a wonderful day!!

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Today and Tomorrow

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Some of my hydrangeas have buds! There are even some on the back of my house that I have had there for years, but have never bloomed. I love hydrangeas. If I had more space (and my husband would let me) I would have them everywhere. Where I live they are very slow-growing, but now I reap the rewards. Be patient, I keep telling myself. Hydrangeas are a good lesson for me. What I am doing today may not result in immediate success, but in tomorrow's!

  
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BLITZEN40 5/31/2013 9:56PM

    Hydrangeas are lovely. Enjoy those blooms when they arrive!

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KIMPY225 5/31/2013 11:57AM

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SWEETNEEY 5/30/2013 9:39PM

    The flowers are lovely and like life beautiful if you take it slow. emoticon

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JACKIE542 5/30/2013 8:58PM

    I love hydrangeas too, if fact they are blooming right now in my yard a beautiful pink one and a white one called blushing bride. I posted pictures on my page, wish I had more.
Love your quote emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/30/2013 8:37PM

    Every day is it's own miracle!

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Strength and Temptation

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ate well all day! Didn't want to exercise, but talked myself into it. Patting myself on the back, but then the chocolate mini bars in the cupboard started calling me. Just one...should have known better, that has never happened! Strength will return today!
I'm not really rejoicing, but I am accepting and will keep trying not to be mindless about my health.

  
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CANDOK1260 5/30/2013 1:02PM

    yes emoticon it not about being perfect it about being good 85 % of the time

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JACKIE542 5/29/2013 11:00AM

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LOPEYP 5/29/2013 8:50AM

    Great job exercising today! It's amazing how easily we can talk ourselves out of things but how difficult it is to talk ourselves into them. emoticon

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 5/29/2013 7:08AM

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SWEETNEEY 5/29/2013 6:02AM

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111BUTTERFLY111 5/29/2013 5:29AM

    emoticon Praying for you to have a STRONG day today! I got rid of the Craisins at my house. Can't live with 'em right now, so out they go! Has to happen sometimes for me. It's just the way it is.

Have a most blessed day!

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PATSYB7 5/29/2013 5:08AM

    Being mindful is key--keep up the good work! You're worth it!
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