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Water at Work

Friday, April 19, 2013

I have long known how important water is. I was fine with my intake on weekends or on days off. But I would take a bottle of water that holds three cups to work every single day and at the end of the day there were like two sips taken out of it! You see, I teach first graders and the day just flies by with little downtime. I was determined this week to work on the goal of finishing off my bottle. I did pretty well, since I made it a rule that I couldn't leave for home until I drank it! Works for me!
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GAILRUU 4/20/2013 9:06PM

    I keep a water bottle beside me when I am on the computer. If it is there I drink it so I try to keep it accessible.

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HOLLYM48 4/20/2013 5:29PM

    Great job in taking the water bottle with you to work. I take a big bottle of water with me wherever I go, including shopping, movies, on a walk, at work, I love water so I drink so many glasses I don't always know how many for sure! That is tougher with so many little children to be in charge of but try to keep on taking sips thru out the day. Hopefully you will get the needed bathroom breaks too that go along with it!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for the encouragement. Let's keep on spreading the spark!
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PATSYB7 4/20/2013 6:08AM

    It's hard to get your water in when you're a teacher--we can't always get to the bathroom. That's why teachers often get bladder infections, according to my doctor.

That said, I try to get my water in, too. My goal is three cups before school, three more cups before noon, and three cups before I go home. (Plus I set the timer and have everyone sip! Then we take a bathroom break every hour. It's also a motor break LOL.

Keep up the good work!
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First Fork in the Road

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today the dreaded day came. I have been faithful for 14 days to eating healthier and exercising. My husband came home from work and said, "Let's go out to eat." He wanted to go to our little Irish pub. I say "our" because it is truly a place where "everybody knows your name." Since the kitchen isn't much bigger than a large bathroom, the menu is limited. Awesome food, but limited. Plus, they make these incredible chips with tasty dipping sauce and we always order a whole basket of them for an appetizer. I had to figure out how to do this without being obsessive and making my husband feel guilty. I ended up ordering a grilled chicken salad with about 10 chips nicely laid out around the edge. Sorry, I ate them and I had one beer. But...before I would have had the basket and two beers, so...not quite as bad as I had envisioned. I found the trickiest thing to dining out is trying to figure out the calories in the meal. At home I have much more control over that. Oh, and then I came home and worked out for over an hour. Previously, I would have come home and watched TV. Not a great day, but didn't totally blow it, I hope.

  
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LOPEYP 4/19/2013 4:52PM

    I think if you plan for it and don't go crazy that you'll still be successful. It's usually the sodium that messes me up.
Good job!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/19/2013 9:35AM

    Its okay. My hubby and I go out once a week for wings. I plan for them, enjoy them, and then move on. Sometimes I have a beer too, more times I have a unsweet tea. You did great in limiting yourself, enjoy your special time with your hubby and dont fret.


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FLAMENM 4/18/2013 10:38PM

    It's about making smart choices. You exercised instead of sitting. You had one beer instead of 2. You had a few chips, not teh whole platter.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 4/18/2013 9:35PM

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it." -- Yogi Berra

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K1TT3N 4/18/2013 9:28PM

    you did wonderful .. it's all in moderation ..... keep pushing

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SANDICANE 4/18/2013 9:28PM

    Congratulations on the success of your first time eating out! Honestly, I think you did a FABULOUS JOB with your choices!!!!

Bravo!
Sandi

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There are no words...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I can not come up with anything profound about this tragedy, so I will let a smart and gentle man speak for me.

  
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FLAMENM 4/16/2013 10:21PM

    Words of wisdom

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NANCYPAT1 4/16/2013 9:27PM

    Thanks - I love Mr. Rogers too. That is a profound and meaningful statement. I have heard many who had fantastic words of comfort, hope, and love to share - few said it quite this concisely though.

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TXTOAD9970 4/16/2013 5:24PM

    I love Mr. Rogers! A gentle soul...
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Goal Setting - One or Many?

Monday, April 15, 2013



Set a goal today! I have read lots about setting goals for yourself and most times it is suggested to start small and change one thing at a time. However, when I began this seriously a little over a week ago, I made a lot of goals because I needed to feel "all in" with this commitment. While I may not end up meeting all my goals, I think having a lot of them helps me because they sort of tie in together for me. If I am taking the time to exercise, I am more likely to drink my water and eat healthy and vice versa. Also, if I have a lot of goals and miss one, I still can be positive because I was successful in another goal. What works best for you? Focus on one goal at a time or juggling many?

  
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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/16/2013 9:42AM

    Several at a time, and changing them as needed.

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RAPUNZEL53 4/15/2013 9:50PM

  Juggling many.

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Pride: Arrogance or Self-Esteem?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I feel proud this week! I drank water, exercised at least 60 minutes every day, tracked my calories, and did not eat out or order take out. If I shared these details with most people, I would probably be seen as arrogant. My husband is my biggest and only cheerleader, even though he did bring home a bag of BBQ potato chips last night. But, hey, he gave up our usual Friday night pizza and wings supper. I need to feel proud, but be ready to feel humble, also. Every week is not going to be great. I am so thankful for all of you. It is inspiring to get my daily dose of successes, failures, commitment and dedication to a more healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, you will indulge me in the same way. Be proud, be prepared to be humble, when necessary, and then get right back to the feeling of pride! Make your weekend count and boost your self-esteem!

  
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FUZZIEBEAR3 4/15/2013 10:29AM

    It's okay to be proud of your efforts and your achievements, you are not being arrogant. We are all happy for you and proud of you too!


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NANCYPAT1 4/13/2013 4:08PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog with us - it really says a lot and I applaud your great week and hope whatever your next week brings, you will find plenty to celebrate.

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 4/13/2013 1:09PM

    You should be proud... you've taken good care of yourself this week, and you're smart enough to know that when a week isn't so great, it's just a bump in the road - not a roadblock.
Happy to share this journey with you!
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LOPEYP 4/13/2013 10:47AM

    I am proud of you too! You have set your eyes on a goal and are taking the steps to meet it. The heck with what others think. You need to do this for yourself and you know that you'll always have lots of support here on SP. emoticon emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/13/2013 8:51AM

    Good for you, great accomplishments!! I agree, Sparkpeople gives each of us the chance to share our journey with others who have or are experiencing their own journey, so it's easy to feel accepted! You go girl!!!



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MARYJOANNA 4/13/2013 7:26AM

  You should be having a feeling of accomplishment in what you are doing. We all miss the mark sometimes, but what are you going to do with humans!

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BLUENOSE63 4/13/2013 7:07AM

  You should be proud of yourself for every accompishment you make in life. Humility is being able to pat yourself on the back and say thanks that you got to work out today!

Keep up the great work

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