Saturday, January 09, 2010
I have been on a quest for weight loss for my entire life. One thing that I get as a result is many emails and ezines on the topic. Today, I received this and I am leaving all of the copyright information with it. I thought this was a good review and I loved the list. It confirms some of my favorites and added some new ideas for me to consider. I also am always happy when snacking is validated as appropriate. I know that I generally am hungry around 3:30-4 PM, in between lunch and dinner and at the end of my work day. I doubt that I am alone in this and I believe that it is better to plan a snack that fits in my program than to leave things up to chance. Anyway, I am sharing this article with you here, because it got me to thinking so much.
Top 10 Foods to Snack On--an eDiets ezine dated 1/12/07
You are sitting at your desk diligently working when all of the sudden it creeps up on you out of nowhere. You had a decent breakfast and a nice lunch, but somehow it still found you -- hunger.
Lunch time feels like a lifetime ago, and dinner is still hours away. You look around and notice a brightly colored vending machine, and your stomach is doing everything it can to get you near it. You try to fight, but the growling gets more ferocious. When suddenly out of the blue, a hero comes to your side. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's super snacks to the rescue.
Snacking has earned a bad reputation. Some people are convinced good nutrition demands you limit your food intake to just three meals a day. The truth is snacking can be good for you if you make good choices. Choosing snacks that are high in fiber and low in fat, sugar and salt can help you meet your daily health and nutrition goals.
Nutritionist Susan Burke says, "Snacking is always part of a healthy diet. In fact, I recommend eating about six or seven small meals a day, that way your metabolism keeps burning calories."
Snacking does not mean you ignore portion sizes. Portion control plays a vital role in keeping calories under control. The key is to plan snacks into your meal plan. Always pack a couple of snacks so you will have something healthy to satisfy your mid-morning and mid-afternoon cravings.
eDiets provides you with all the tools to help you stay on track. Burke says, "Use your eDiets program to determine the total amount of food you need throughout the day and then use that menu to break it into six small meals. That way you don't go over your daily caloric requirements."
Healthy snacks don't have to be bland and boring. You never have to substitute taste when it comes to choosing nutritious munchies. There are countless ways to spice up your snacks and keep you satisfied. Burke recommends snacks that include protein, carbohydrates and a little fat.
"The combination snack is the best. The carbohydrates are good for some quick energy while the protein and fats provide you with a little more sustained energy."
Take a bite of these 10 super snacks that are sure to tackle your hunger pangs:
1. String cheese with strawberries
2. Ham on flatbread with peanuts
3. Cottage cheese with fruit
4. Melba Toast with peanut butter
5. Homemade bran muffin
6. Unsalted soy nuts
7. Seasonal fruits with a glass of skim milk
8. Lean turkey breast with rice crackers
9. Celery with ham and light cream cheese
10. Yogurt with fruit
Carolina Diaz-Bordon is a writer specializing in diet success, beauty and relationships.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
I used to love every minute I spent at my school and my job was the best place to be. I am in trouble because things changed. I had one of the worst possible days today and besides being immoral and unfair, it was cruel. I fussed a bit on my team chatting thread, but this is how my day unfolrded:
My boss brought me a copy of a schedule that was made for me as a revision to my current one, before I came back to work. I asked her if they followed any of the new directives we were given and she gave me a blank look. Now, it is importnat for you to understand that it is a big part of my job to select my students and I have specific rules on how that should happen. Also, in the past, I have been willing to use my time like prep and lunch to see extra students because there is always more need than I have time. However, I am returning to work far less than at 100% and I'm in a wheel chair. Of course no one cares that there is no heat in the little room I teach in--it was planned as a food pantry and not a classroom. Care to guess how my arthritis and body accepted that for the morning?
The schedule increased my student load some and I have already been seeing some 50 students daily when I am only supposed to see the average for my building (which is 24, I think). I had to sit down with this atrocity and rewrite it, making small groups actually small and following the rules as given to us. I then shared the new one--my boss had left the building even though she had said she's be there in the morning and at the other school in the afternoon. I explained all of the changes that I made and why they were done and I also explained how I used as much of their work as I could. I left to travel to the other building--I am the only reading teacher being required to travel and I am the only one with a disability. Make your own assumption here, I have.
My wheel chair got trapped at the door and my left wheel went flat. I called the other building and told them that I'd be late because we were going to stop and air it up. We got to the other school and found out that the wheel didn't hold the air and was damaged. I called the office from my little unheated wroom in this building and got the principal to let her know I couldn't travel around the building because I can't walk--let alone carrying all of those things from one place to another. I spent my very cold afternoon working on the schedule for this part of my day. I had to desperately go to the restroom, so I "rode" my desk chair down the hall where the door was propped open. (It was below zero weather today here.)
I came back to check my email and read the really rude and insulting emails from my co-workers at the other building. I was so hurt that I made sure my new schedule now gives me time for lunch, for a prep period and travel time--shich I haven't taken in 5 years. I am also going to give the intermediate teachers my schedule blocks when I am going to see each grade level and if they won't let their kids come because they cannot work with me, I guess they won't see me. My husband and son came to get me, they pushed me in my desk chair to the outside door and supported me to the car.
The repair place couldn't fix the tire today, so I am going to have to call in sick tomorrow. I had a rude question about when the kids were going to get service on one of the emails--"it had better be tomorrow." I am so hurt because of this nastiness that I don't know how to react or feel. All I ever wanted to do was my job and now, I just feel really hurt and taken advantage of. I wrote a response but the server went down at the second school and the emails didn't get to the right people--and won't until my machine goes into a school with the server and network up and running.
I think I am doing the right thing--I have to take care of me.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Laundry is done and bags are packed. The kids have their lunch money and I know what I am taking to work tomorrow to sip on during our training day. I have looked through work email and am getting ready for some sleep. I need to take some pain meds for my nasty shoulder. I will be fine and then I see the doctor to discuss my health issues.
I started revising my page here. I found a sweet new photo to add in and I have a family photo on a disk that I want to post, but I am so techno-dumb that I have to recruit one of my kids to help me. I know that I got things set up initially, but it has been too long for me to remember.
My dog--sweet Lady in my photo--climbed into my recliner so I guess we shall sleep together tonight. I think she is making a good argument for me to get finished here and shut off the light. I'll share my busy day tomorrow after I find out what is going on with my health and life.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The title of this could be part of a poem and maybe I'll try writing it here...
I have to make myself
Get showered and dressed,
Go out in the cold,
And show up to the appointments.
I have to make myself
Eat the meals I need,
Keep from being dehydrated,
Focus on what is best for me.
I have to make myself
Go back to work,
Remember how important my work is,
Focus on the kids not the adults.
I have to make myself
Let my marriage come first,
Let my family come first,
Let my pets come first.
And I have to make myself
Feel as good as I can
Let rules go by the wayside if they hurt me
And understand that I am important too.
The thing that has thrown me, is the part where I am having to make myself to do these things. I seem to have an awful experience everytime I go somewhere. This morning, my lab was fasting and I almost keeled over. I was so dizzy and nauseated, which is dumb because I didn't eat a bite after midnight. That is now a new thing and I know what I felt was the worse dip in my blood sugar ever. I did a lot more walking today because I didn't want to make my daughter handle my wheelchair and I thought that I could handle it. I had some juice when I got home and an hour later I ate a few bites, so I am starting to come around. The nurse who took care of me has been taking care of me for quite a while and she reminded me that if I wasn't able to work, I should take care of myself first because it is most important. I realize that I looked pretty rough.
I have been accomplishing more this past couple of weeks and I have been working hard at getting back to being myself and feeling like myself. I think my kids see that I am getting there--I can tell when we talk, and especially when I am telling them things they don't want to hear. My older daughter has been telling me how fragile I am and why daily. That actually helps me to know that my mind is okay, lol.
I decided to try and rest--I didn't sleep well or much last night. Part of that was because my sweet basset baby decided to be a lap dog and sleep on my lap part of the night and part of it was because my oldest son stayed up until way after 3 using my computer. He had an early appointment, so I am not sure why he did that--but I figure it was like I do when I get so engrossed in something.
My decision is that I will keep making myself to do what is best and I will have to remember that self-care is the most important. When we care for ourselves, we help ourself to be the best we can be. I have always expected that of myself because I want to be the best wife, mother, teacher, Christian, friend possible. All of my goals come from this and as I refine them for the coming new year, this idea will stay with me.
Thanks for letting me think online. I know that I will be back, better than ever. Soon or sooner than ever would be nice, but I realize that I must be patient.
In Christian Love,
HAPPY NEW YEAR, ONE AND ALL!!
PS--I cannot keep the form for the poem I wrote, so it is a bit different than the way I wrote it.
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