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Sunday, 11/18 Thanksgiving and Me--Then and Now!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Hi all,

I have been thinking about the holiday that is coming and unlike any of our other holidays, this one is totally about eating with others. The others are more about social experiences and eating has become a part of the picture. However, if you look at any children's version of the Thanksgiving story, those tables covered with food are a major part of things. Anyway, I have been thinking about that early Thanksgiving and what it is now--and a much earlier me and what (or who) I am now.

...Maybe there are some similarities...

Early Thanksgiving--Up until that harvest, what was eaten was of no control of the people involved.
Early Me--Up until my Spark Goals, what was eaten was of no control or concern of this one person involved.

Early Thanksgiving--Appearances were of no real concern.
Early Me--My appearance wasn't a big deal either.

Early Thanksgiving--People would eat anything, because there often were no choices!
Early Me--I would eat anything because I couldn't make choices so I ate whatever I could get my hands on.

Early Thanksgiving--People worked because they had to, but for over a year, had to conserve energy by limiting movement.
Early Me--I worked because I had to, but for over many years, I limited movement for no good reason.

Early Thanksgiving--Weather played a very important role in food production and activity.
Early Me--Weather played a very important role in movement production and food consumption. (Hmm, if there was weather, there was a reason to eat!)
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Things are different now for me and Thanksgiving...

Current Thanksgiving--We have information, foods, and recipes from all over the world.
Current Me--I have healthy information, foods and recipes from all over the world.

Current Thanksgiving--We can use the stories of the past and learn about relationships and caring for our future.
Current Me--I can think of my past and plan for my future and build on my relationships.

Current Thanksgiving--People use it as a time to get together with others and to eat in excess.
Current Me--I will use it as a time to get together with others and to avoid eating to excess.

Current Thanksgiving--It is often sandwiched as an unimportant day between Halloween and Christmas.
Current Me--It am often sandwiched as an important day for family, friends, and socializing in the middle of the "Holiday Season."

Current Thanksgiving--It is often seen as an excuse to consume many calories and many empty calories because they are there.
Current Me--I see Thanksgiving as a way to eat some healthy foods that aren't always available on other days.

Current Thanksgiving--It is considered as a day that people can ignore healthy eating without anything to worry about.
Current Me--I cannot ignore healthy eating no matter what day it is.

Current Thanksgiving--Is a day when people sit around and snack and have fun with no regard to activity.
Current Me--Will worry about a day when exercising will not be practical but will need to be included in the daily activities without an excuse.
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Anyway, I hope that you see the real picture here...

Thanksgiving was from early on, a day to eat and enjoy the company of others who had worked to help everyone to stay alive, with the fear of those earlier days without food and shelter there in everyone's mind. Now, Thanksgiving is a day of eating (often to excess) and socializing with little regard to other ways of looking at the day.

I was, from early on, a person who was always overweight and who simply continued to eat whatever crossed my mind. Now, I understand how tricky it can be to be healthy in mind and body and that it requires a well-balanced diet of fresh foods and healthy choices that also includes regular exercise. I have worked hard to be where I am, which is 147 pounds smaller than I once was.

Change happens as does change over time. I am thankful for so much, and it is because I am that thankful that I won't get caught up in Thanksgiving and I won't overeat. I am most thankful that I am far more healthy than I used to be and it is very important to me to stay this way and to not fall back into old habits that did nothing good for me.

I will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I wish the same for everyone else.
Gentle hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2012 10:14PM

    I will be having a healthy thanksgiving and hope yours is fantastic!!

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/20/2012 12:51AM

    Loved this! Thank you for sharing!

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_LINDA 11/19/2012 1:09AM

    You certainly have come a long way Sylvia!! I hope you checked out all of Spark's recipes on how to make your Thanksgiving meal a much healthier, low calorie one! Its amazing you can enjoy your dinner for only 500 calories!!! Chef Meg does some amazing things with the old traditional recipes. But the focus should really be on what everyone seems to have forgotten -being THANKFUL you do have plenty of food on your plate! I absolutely LOVE the bountiful fall harvest of veggies that come in from the Farmer's fields. I could eat those root veggies and squashes every day for as long as they are producing and bringing them in (and I do) Remember half your plate to veggies, 1/4 (3oz) to meat, 1/4 to grains. You can do it!!
Enjoy your holiday and time with family!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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BRENDA_G50 11/19/2012 12:05AM

    I liked the way you compared early Thanksgiving to Now. It made sense to me.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and congratulations on how far you have came on you journey to a healthier lifestyle.


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Saturday, 11/17 Weekends can be sneaky!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hi all,

I'm on a tight schedule today... I went quickly to weigh-in, but got there too late for the meeting. It would seem that WW starts their meeting on Saturdays anyway, so I'll get to be a part of the topic (Thanksgiving eating) when I go on Wednesday anyway. I missed last week's topic, but it was "Why I want to lose weight," and I have that well under control.

I am heading for our local reading council's meeting. Mitchell, our son who teaches 5th grade, is going too. The topic is reading comprehension and I cannot know too much on that one. It's a big topic and the biggest concern of reading educators. It will be interesting to see what this speaker's approach is.

After that, I am going to the pool for my workout. My hip is doing tons better now that I am over the hip injection. It is amazing what these shots do--all the while remembering that my ortho told me it is the fact that it works that indicates my hip joint needs replacing. I hope to have time to study after I work out and get dinner. My weigh in day is our pizza night, ha ha, but I earned it. I lost 2.4 this week and was surprised to see SparkPeople call it one pound until I remembered that I never recorded the pound I gained last week. Anyway, we need a quick meal because we are going to go see Marissa's play. She is the "bad guy" in "The Tempest." I won't go on my rant about their band director and how stupid it is for high school students to do Shakespeare right now, but that about sums it up. I don't remember if I bragged about Marissa but she was selected to be one of 300 high school students to sing in the National Choir, as chosen by the National High School Director's music association in Dallas Texas in March. Our young lady is so talented, but she doesn't have time for a life these days. We need to get on a couple of college visits, uh like yesterday...

By the way, the child that stole my books at the family night came into the room without a parent. I saw her meet somebody and then when I looked up, they were all gone. I know she took the books because I had one copy of a title that she had and it was gone after she had picked it up. I wish I knew who she was. I have made a conscientious decision that I will not go to another of these activities again, They are simply too upsetting for my spirit. They are also not mandatory, but I felt as if it was important for me to attend, to get to meet parents and have them see me, and with this one having a reading focus, to be there as the building expert. Uh,"bah humbug" is my new sentiment.

It's time to get going. We have to drop Micah off bowling on the way to my meeting. Have a wonderful weekend--and don't let a sneaky Saturday get in there and mess up your good eating habits or interfere with your workout today. Saturdays are notorious for such things.

Gentle hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2012 10:10PM

    I'm so glad you are feeling better!!

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CHRIS3874 11/18/2012 12:24PM

    too bad that happened to you -why are people like that nowadays?

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_LINDA 11/18/2012 12:28AM

    So glad your hip is doing better now! Way to go on the weight loss! Don't know how you do it because stress hinders it and you have so much to stress about!!
That is fantastic about Marissa, I sure hope something comes of her singing talent some day!
May you have a relaxing, peaceful and pleasant Sunday..
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/18/2012 12:24AM

    Hang on for the ride of the busy days! I think you're making the right call on the family night. Maybe just do one each year like you did to meet some parents and then be done.

I'm coming down from my busy weekend...so glad as I'm exhausted!

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JILLIEWILLIE1 11/17/2012 10:01AM

    Congrat's on the weight loss. You have a very busy weekend ahead of you, take care of you, too!

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Friday, 11/16 Work and work--and did I mention work?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hi all,

I am tired beyond tired. I actually had 6 hours of sleep with only one big interruption last night--and for me, that is amazing. This week has been almost all about work with a couple of exceptions (and one of those is related to work!)

The big exception was my hip injection on Tuesday. It was difficult and I am so glad that it was my pain doc who was doing it and not some other doctor. I understand why you are only allowed three of these now. The medication is strong and it contributes to breakdown that is occurring in the hip joint. He had a lot of trouble getting the needle to fit into that almost totally closed up space and that caused me a lot of grief for the rest of Tuesday and all of Wednesday. They also don't let me go to the pool for 24 hours after an injection to prevent infections. So-o-o-o, the time I most needed to exercise was actually forbidden to me. I could barely walk on Wednesday and couln't lift my leg for much. The good news is that after my class on Wednesday, I went tot he pool and worked it and worked it and worked it and got rid of all of that pain. I sure hope that I get a couple of weeks of relief from the pain in my hip after all of that

Class on Wednesday was interesting. We spent most of the class getting the groundwork for some major memorization work that I need to do in order to be successful on the final exam. I hate that this is asked of me, let alone anyone else. It is information on the names for each position of the mouth in making "all of the sounds in all languages." Each sound is placed on a chart with it connecting between a position of the mouth against a position of the throat, with a choice of each of those being a voiced or voiceless sound production. Arghhhhhh.... This is the kind of information that a speech therapist uses, but if I were even a full time ELL teacher, I would double check this on the chart before I presented it to someone because I had a concern of some sort. I do not appreciate being asked to memorize things I can easily look up. However, my opinion on this is moot--the department determined this is necessary, so I must do it. I will start today working on a piece of it at a time until I either know it or I run out of time and have to take the test.

She returned the last exam and I got 97 out of 100 on it. My final presentation is due the Wednesday after Thanksgiving which will be a bit of work on my part, but something I am good at. I have one more field experience due for this class and then, I will have my endorsement requirements completed. I did find out at class that if I take an additional class--which is conveniently being offered next semester, I can get my TESOL certificate. I didn't realize that this was a possibility and I hadn't thought about it, but I am now. This certificate is for "Teaching English to Students of Other Languages" and would work hand in hand with my K-12 reading certificate allowing me to teach young adults reading and allow me to teach adults in a college setting. I am thinking one more class may well be worth the extra opportunity that might be a good choice for me after I retire from public education. It never hurts to have a few choices in our pocket. It might help if I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, tee hee.... I have an elementary certificate with a concentration in science, a reading specialist certificate, a certificate in early childhood, a young adult reading certificate and soon, an ELL endorsement. I seem to be a bit scattered, but the one thing that I do not have (nor do I want) is an administrator certificate. I know what I do not want to do!!

That brings me to last evening, our reading night. I don't want to be a downer, but the night got to me. I missed my weigh-in and my daughter's play for that event and it wasn't an equal trade off for me. I supervised the reading campfire room which was supposed to be a 20 minute station for children and families to read. That matches what I love and want. However, it didn't quite work that way and I left feeling as disillusioned and sad as I could feel. Actually, to be fair, 80% or more of the families did exactly that. However, other people were awful. Parents stayed on the phone and didn't read with their children in some cases. Other people didn't watch their children and I spent my time getting some of the more extreme behaviors to dissipate. Finally, I took--on our principal's request--a couple of baskets of books, and several of my nice Dr. Suess books for families to use (if they didn't bring books as requested) were stolen. I am so sad about that. I purchased all of those books to use with students--their children--and that is how they behaved. A couple of them were fairly hard to find books and well, it just saddened me. I watched a girl wrap four of them up in her jacket and I told her that they were not "give aways" and that she needed to return them, and I know for a fact that she snuck out with them anyway. I am totally sad that people can act that way. I at least hope that my books will be read as they were intended.

I didn't like the idea of the reading night--I didn't get home until well after 8 PM. I was exhausted, and sad, and hungry, and well... you have the idea. Now, it is my early morning duty day and I must let this go so I can get back to work to donate more of my time to an activity I don't like. Some days, retirement looks like a good option. I will get to teach and teach and teach today before I leave and go to the pool. I suspect that will bring me around.

I plan on a good weekend--enjoy yours as well!!
Gentle hugs,

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/21/2012 10:05PM

    I hope that this injection holds you until you have surgery.

The reading night sounded terrible. How sad that the some of the children are stealing. You can imagine what kind of adults they will grow up to be.

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_LINDA 11/17/2012 1:16AM

    So very sorry for your rough week :( Barely could get the needle in your hip joint, well if that doesn't point to the urgent need you have for this surgery, nothing much will. Cortisone injections never worked for me, I am sad to say, I do hope this works for you..
If you witnessed this girl taking these books, why didn't you approach her parent and make sure that the books get returned? That is unreal they would steal from someone trying to help them :((
I hope to have a good short weekend. Enjoy yours!
{{{gentle hugs}}}

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Sunday, 11/11

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hi all,

I have been as busy as possible the past several days--and this coming week has potential to be even more busy because of some appointments and the reading night for families that are added to my schedule. I can do it, but I also have to work on my "final project" and that big assignment that are coming due for my class. Our professor changed due dates for both of those items and that will work out for me in a positive way. My project will be due a couple of weeks early--but I know what the topic is and all I have to do is decide on the group participation activities that will go with it. I am leaning towards a couple of activities I do with students and I think it will be a good and an eye opening activity for the teachers in my class. I would like to recommend the article to any of you who are interested in the topic of poverty. The article is called "Effects of Inequality and Poverty vs. Teachers and Schooling on American Youth" and can be found at: http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?Conten
It is a lengthy article, but the content is strong and talks about some of the real problems we face in schools with high numbers of children in poverty. It took me several readings because the print is small, and of course, I was going through some major problems with my vision.

Speaking of my vision, my eyes are in the act of "starting over." My right eye has been 20/20 since the surgery. My left eye was given a lens to help me to see close up and it is not nearly as good as the right--it was at around 20/50. However, it can see close up in a far better manner than the right. the big issues I am now having is that my brain needs to learn how to use both eyes together and that will happen slowly but surely. I will need some sort of glasses for reading because the left eye cannot read all things--like the Bible and the hymnal at church. Some print is just too small for the repaired vision to take on.

I had a tough week in many ways--we will be having our reading day on Thursday, but I absolutely backed out of things, except offering my presence to help do crowd control. I could not take on any of the prep work because I simply do not have any daytime time to do anything like phone calls. I am busy with children for every minute that children are at school and can participate in academics. Anyway, this is one of those weeks when I have double activities on multiple evenings--except they are scheduled in a way that I cannot do voth of them.

I may have to miss my weigh-in this week and that worries me. I gained a pound this week. That doesn't surprise me--not because I did any extra eating or less exercising, but because I had lost weight for each of the past nine weeks in a row. I figured that there was going to be a "leveling out week" coming my way, and this week was as good as any for that to happen. I am as on track as I have been and know that our body has to do the things it needs. However with less than 6 weeks until my hip replacement, I need to keep seeing that scale move downwards.

On that same topic, I am not making much progress to get the big ticket items ready for my surgery. I haven't been able to find a reading teacher who might sub for me. I haven't made a lot of headway on my holiday plans mostly because these cars in our lives continue to be not working correctly and they are costing a small fortune to fix. I have a lot to do around the house, but between my class and my job, that is hard as well. Add in my cataract surgeries that have taken a lot of attention lately and I am simply behind the eight ball. I did talk to my orthopedist's nurses on Friday and got a few answers to questions. That helped me a bit. I may be able to avoid the sub thing if I can get my doctor to let me work half days after holiday break, so I am going to ask him when I see him next.

This week, I have an appointment for my final hip injection on Tuesday with my anesthesiologist/ pain doctor. I also have class and reading night which conflict with my daughter's play and my weigh in. I don't like what I have to choose over what means the most to me this week. Maybe I can find a way out of some of what I don't want to do over what means the most to me. I am going to try to make that happen. All I can do is do my best given what this week has dished out.

It is time for me to get ready for work. That is also a new addition to this year. Our school district is actually working on Veteran's Day. I have a few moral issues over that, but they must have went through all of the hoops they must go through to keep school in session during a federal and state holiday. I am sure the argument is that the kids would celebrate it better in school than the majority of them do at home. I don't think we should be able to do this, but it is my guess that having a school year that ends on Friday is what has driven them. (Hmm, all of that will go away if we have just one snow day in the coming winter season...)

Have a great Monday--I have a lot to accomplish and each day will be packed full with a lot to do as the next several weeks unfold.

Gentle hugs,

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DETERMINEDJANET 11/12/2012 10:53PM

    yes, you are a busy one! I know how that is! LOL I see the need to make a list and start prioritizing to get those things checked off one by one!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/12/2012 9:39AM

    It seems like you have been school forever. I remember those days well when I worked as a nurse. For some reason I thought after graduation from college that my education was mostly done but I had to start back to school for specialty training within a couple months and it continued.

I hope the vision challenges are resolved soon.

It sounds like you are having to donate too much to teaching and don't have enough personal time.

Illinois always has some snow days. It's hard for me to understand why they gave up Veteran's Day when others might have been more appropriate.

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Monday 11/5--It Could've Been Worse!!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hi all,

Today was Monday--seriously, there is no way it was any other day. My day started off reasonably, but it seemed that from the time I set my foot into the door of the school until I got out of there tonight, nothing went quite the way I planned. Some of my bright spots included the fact that even though there was an extra half day and a weekend, somebody forgot to clean my classroom. I proceeded to sweep it up with a miniature whisk type broom to make it better. I had did what I always do on the last day of the week and moved the things off of the waxed floor to make sweeping it a bit easier and I needed to move my reading cart, the bunny cage, and a half dozen other bulky or heavy items back, so I let Digger, my reading bunny out of her carrier for a chance to romp a bit. She decided to hole up in a corner by one of my bookcases that had a couple of seriously heavy boxes in the way and I couldn't get her out because I don't bend in the necessary ways to do that. I decided to wait for my daughter who was coming to bring me some fruit and a large glass of light lemonade that I was thirsty for. Megan came, dropped off the things I needed and got Digger back into her proper home. In the meantime, my regular Monday volunteer got sidelined by our principal and redirected to another place and I had to do the job I had planned for him. In making the change, I knocked over the glass of lemonade and made a big, big mess on my carpet.

From that mess, I went to work in the classroom I teach in and the teacher that I work with was busy fussing at her students and doing a lot of reteaching. My lessons didn't get to happen, but I did all I could to help her and her students out. On the way back to my room, I stopped to use the restroom in my very brief couple of seconds and my non-existent break and of course, there were no paper towels. My third grade group had two children who showed up with 3 minutes left in the class because they had been voting.

Kindergarten went fairly okay although I had to fuss at one guy in one of my loudest voices--he simply wouldn't look at what we were (supposedly) doing. I went from there to my 3 first grade classes in a row and they were almost uneventful until one of the boys had a potty accident. I have never, ever had a child do that on my watch before. The children all walk by a restroom on their way was down the hallway to my room and have been told to stop in there along the way. Even after repeated requests, I let this child know early last week that he wouldn't be allowed to leave our very short class to go back. He asked and I asked him if he went and he responded by telling me that he just did it in his clothing.

Finally, there was the meeting after school about our parent night. funny thing--this morning, the principal named me as the "Staff member of the week" who gets to use the special staff parking place for the week even though it is much further away than where I get dropped off at the door. I quickly realized that that was likely a manipulative ploy to get more out of me than I had offered for this parent night in two weeks. I have a full plate with homework and an exam, a schedule that rarely lets me get into the rest room, and my own medical stuff. I simply told her that I would not do this by myself and that my current demands wouldn't allow it. Hallelujah one of my doctors called me and offered me a 3:45 appointment for a follow up that I needed. I jumped on that so I couldn't get cornered into some tasks that I do not have time to take on. (Yes, a ray of sunshine in this petty and annoying day!!)

Since I had to close up my room before I left for the meeting, I ended up being 20 minutes late to it. I left after ten minutes and they were working it over and it sounds like there is going to be a lot of work for somebody (else) to do for this to happen by the 15th. I don't think I have ever been quite so happy to leave work in my life, even for a doctor's appointment.

I think I'll just get ready for Tuesday and do some studying. Tuesday marks our anniversary and I have a good idea that there may be a surprise or two headed my way. I'm looking forward to that and I hope that I won't be disappointed. I do think mothers and wives usually know.

Take care, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,

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WALKZWDOGZ 11/12/2012 3:44AM

    I hope this week goes better! I have to admit though, I giggled at the great Bunny escapade. emoticon

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    I think it was fairly common at my son's grade school for kids to have accidents because they had a box of clothing for such occasions.

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JULIACOLLINS62 11/6/2012 8:16AM

    Thanks for sharing. Today will be less stressful I pray. emoticon

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    I think I'm glad you had to leave work too! Yikes!

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