Friday, September 30, 2011
I know I have been crazy busy with teaching, my master's program, my kids, etc. But really, how is today the last day of Sept?!
I gave up having time to track nutrition. I have been eating healthfully, though, with lots of veggies and lean protein. Problem has been snacking in the evenings. Still working on the water intake. Can't find a water bottle that I really like. Have been taking a cup and filling it from my water bottles throughout the day. Better than I was, getting into double digits on water most days (used to easily get 15-20 cups a day!)
I am still going to the 6am yoga class on Mon/Fri and the 5:30 cycle class on Tues. Sometimes going to metabolic effect and abs/core on thursday nights, walking when I am home before dark, doing some weights at home am days I don't go to the Y, and created a strength and stretch workout that I do daily with my class for PE. HRM is not working, so IDK about my range there.
Struggling with the school/work goals. Trying to get lesson planning done by Wed, usually done by Friday. Grading is usually done by Monday. A week ago I felt like I was ahead. With parent conferences Monday, and IEP tuesday, fair trip and faculty meeting Wed, and grade-level mtg thurs, I feel like I am completely behind. Plus, I send home a monthly newsletter and that isn't ready for Monday either. Found out today the new superintendent is requiring detailed lesson plans (our principal didn't require them) I've barely been keeping my head above water as it is.
Goal has been to leave school by 4:00pm, and I have been doing well at that. This will either require me to plan during school (no planning time at all, other than 30 min 2 days a week) which will take me away from my students (thinking maybe individual work packets, and planning while they are working? then I can be available as needed and plan as well) or I will have to stay later and/or bring more home, which will take me away from my own kids and other responsibilities.
Either way, time to relax isn't even in view. I am still going to yoga, though, and trying to make time for my walks.
I upped my goal range, raising it from a goal of 130-140 to a goal of 135-145. I was staying at 141 and had been there for a while. A year ago, I was at 134. Now I am struggling to maintain at 145. About ready to give up on keeping my weight down. That is just one more frustration on top of way too much to worry about already!
My son's car died Monday. We bought him an Isuzu Rodeo (older SUV), which we picked up tonight while he was at work. He got home and said it was an "old person's car" and he'd rather drive my van (2007 Toyota Sienna). I was feeling pretty good about the car we got him, it looks nice and drives well, but really frustrated by his response.
Really need some time where no one is asking anything of me. No matter what I focus on, I feel like I should be doing something else. Hope to reevaluate and set some goals for October tomorrow.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I have done several of these challenges, and been on 3 different teams (Ladybugs isn't a team anymore, forgot to sign-up for a team last time so switched from Starfish to the A-team) I have made some good friends from each group who I still try to keep in touch with and check in on. These challenges have kept me focused when I am stressed with the duties of being a new teacher, grad student, and mom of 5!
How much and how often will you exercise?
~ I will do some form of exercise daily. Daily: PE strength and stretches with my students Mon/Fri 6am Yoga at the YMCA; Tues. 5:30am cycle at the YMCA; Thurs: 6pm Metabolic Effect at the Y during my girls soccer; minimum 20 minutes strength or walking on Wed, Sat, & Sun
What diet will you follow?
~ I am not, and have never been "on a diet". I will continue eating whole foods and limiting processed food of all types. I will continue to base meals around fresh veggies and fruits, trying to take in more servings of veggies per day than fruit. Also trying to limit wheat intake.
How will you support your team?
~ I will try to check in with my team weekly, and post my exercise to the board. I will continue to maintain my weight and participate in the challenges as much as I can. I will try to allow time to read and respond to blogs.
Goals for this challenge:
1) Continue exercise routine
2) continue healthy eating habits
3) Increase water intake (has dropped off some since school started)
4) plan time to relax (hard with classes, teaching, and kids)
5) complete lesson planning by Wednesday for the following week
6) complete grading for the week by Friday afternoon
7) learn the NCWise system to post grades for our classes
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I have been crazy busy with my own children, planning for my students and getting to know them, and getting started with my Master's Classes for the fall! My difficult month is almost over, just have to get through this week with a paper due Tuesday, conference with the principal Monday am and observation Wednesday. I haven't been meeting my goal of having plans completed by the Wednesday before, but I am working on it.
I still am getting my exercise in, even went to the Y for a circuit "Metabolic Effect" class Thursday when I was exhausted (and felt better afterwords) but am struggling with evening hunger! Still haven't figured out a way to combat that "I have to eat something" feeling that starts when I get home from work and really doesn't end until I force it to at the end of the night! After weighing in at 141 last weekend, I bounced up to 148 after Pizza Saturday and dinner with my in-laws on Sunday. I am slowly coming back down, but it is frustrating that two meals can cause such a huge jump!
But I am eating healthy for my meals, etc. which brings me to my vent. My TA seems to think it is her place to comment on what I am eating, how much, and whether she believes she could eat what I do or not. She has made comments that I "sure was eating a lot" when I had a salad along with a piece of grilled chicken and veggies for lunch. I try to let it go.
Yesterday, another colleague joked about my pepper "sandwich" as we sat in the cold outside for our special Olympics event, where pizza was served. She was, as always, lighthearted about it. My assistant jumps in with, "I know, I try not to say anything, but I couldn't eat like that for every meal. I like those things, but I have to have my protein" as she ate her pizza, chips, and a pack of cookies (love our SO volunteers, but they do little to provide nutritious options) I said nothing, as I ate my "sandwich" (1/2 bell pepper with hummus, tomato, and spinach) and my big salad that included lots of veggies and walnuts sprinkled on top. I said nothing, and just continued eating. Truthfully, my lunch had as much protein as the pizza (probably more) and included healthy fats and lots of veggies.
For those that remember, this is the same TA who used to put fun sized candy bars on my desk last year. I don't know if she feels threatened by my eating or what the issue is. I have noticed her sneak food at times, and she has been eating lunch at her desk since our lunch table is pretty crowded with 9 students. We have a second small table that seats 3, and initially I tried either she and I sitting there (the kids conversation got out of hand, they need a teacher sitting with them) or having a couple students sit there with one of us.
She is negative about a lot of things, and earlier this year became very upset because I asked her to let me know when she leaves the room. She said she didn't realize she had to ask permission to use the restroom, like a child. I explained that it wasn't about asking permission, but that I would not leave the classroom with her by herself with our students without telling her 1) where I was going and 2) if I was going to be gone for a while (more than a few minutes). She kind-of understood. However, when I suggested that we needed to try to plan our restroom breaks so that we did not leave the room when students were finishing lunch (eat in the room, some need to wash hands and/or use the restroom, some come straight back, etc.) she said that she couldn't put her bladder on a schedule like that and when she has to go she has to go. But she has no issue with telling our students to go "when they have the chance" and to wait until...(breaks between classes, before/after lunch, etc)
Our jobs are stressful, and I get the impression that my TAs husband leaves a lot for her to do, though I have to wonder if she complains about me when she gets home the way she does about him at school.
Part of my personal improvement plan that is a part of our evaluation system is to improve communication with my TA. Difficult to do when the only time we are in the room together without kids, she is either checking email or has to go check on something. Feels like she is avoiding talking to me, but maybe she is just trying to take advantage of the few minutes she has without kids, too!
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Well, my summer is over, kids and I are back in school, and my time is again limited as I am teaching, heading back for Master's classes starting this Friday, and trying to be a mom, with all that entails (homework, soccer, gymnastics, projects, etc, etc!!)
I am proud to say that I met my goal of getting a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise in each day, and only had 1 day where I realized as I was going to bed that I hadn't done anything and had to squeeze it in! doing pretty well with the healthy eating, though back to school has me exhausted and wanting to snack in the afternoon and evening.
~ maintain healthy eating habits
~ limit snacks and protein bars, only when necessary to meet calorie/protein req's AFTER meals
~ limit eating out as much as possible
~ rebuild/maintain exercise routine
~ reestablish evening routine
~ get back to goal weight (true goal range: 130-135; short term goal range: 134-40)- adjusted to 135-145 with increased muscle
~ keep the house cleaned up and looking nice (mainly organization and people picking up after themselves!)- getting better, always a work in progress with 5 kids and both of us working!
~ limit screen time, except schoolwork (myself and kids!)
~ Lose 2-7 pounds over the next 4 weeks- weight is hanging out right where it has been all summer; increased muscle tone so I am ok with that!
~ eat more veggies than fruits daily
~ try to eat out less than 3 times per week (some weeks that is hard with soccer, etc)
~ drink no less than 8 and no more than 16 glasses of water a day (was getting too much!)
~ minimum 20 minutes activity daily
~ minimum strength every other day
~ walk the dogs for 20 minutes daily- not doing this myself daily, but several times a week
~ try the 6am yoga class Monday, see how it fits into morning school routine- doing it and love it!! Added the 5:30am cycle on Tuesdays, too!
~ track nutrition and exercise daily in notebook, online weekly
~ post a blog reflection weekly
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Started this week strong, after the 2hr exercise marathon at the Y on Saturday, got in a run Sunday night, 6am yoga and a walk monday, 5:30am cycle tuesday, strength Wed am, and short workouts with my students during PE every day except Wednesday. I have been incredibly tired the last few days and have been eating way too much and finding no time for anything. Today, I was exhausted and had to make some difficult calls to parents (minor incident between 2 students, IEP to schedule that has to be done next week, but parent won't answer the phone!) before heading to the CO for a meeting in which very little actually applied to me! Managed to leave school very close to 4pm every day except today, and it was 4:25 today. Much better than last year, where I stayed until the custodian said I had to leave. Feeling like I am not getting everything done that I need to, though.
Tired for me generally translates into eating. Resisted cake, etc in the cafeteria, snacks at the bank for customer appreciation, only to come home and EAT!! I couldn't stop, just kept eating! protein bar when I got home, Turkey and veggies for dinner, kashi granola bar, frozen pineapple and mango, and a wildberry sherbet bar after dinner. probably way over on calories for today. I bumped my goal weight range up a bit to reflect the changes I've made in strength and muscle tone, but I fear that my body will take that to mean it can put on even more pounds! New goal range: 135-145
Read with dd most nights, laundry has stayed done (getting up at 5am allows for a load before work!) Have been getting in the bed pretty well and getting up by 5 (most mornings waking up before the alarm) Lesson plans aren't done for next week, and grading won't be completed by tomorrow, but I am getting there! So much to do this week. Feeling overwhelmed. Did take some time to help dd with making a shirt for their pep rally tomorrow (they play the rival high school from our county)
No yoga tomorrow or Monday- floors are being refinished at the Y
Beach trip this weekend for Labor Day- goal is to relax and enjoy it!
Goals for the week:
~ maintain goal range: 135-145 (hoping to stay 141 or lower)
~ eat lean protein, fruits, and veggies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
~ minimum 1 load of laundry per day
~ read with dd at least 3 nights per week
~ girls in bed by 9:00pm Sun-Thurs; 10pm Fri & Sat
~ get in bed by 10:00pm Sun-Thurs; 11pm Fri & Sat
~ lights out by 10:30pm
~ get up by 5:15am Mon-Fri
~ pack lunches all week (prep salads on Sundays and Wednesdays)
~ 6am Yoga Mon and Fri
~ 5:30am Cycle class on Tuesdays
~ complete lesson plans for the following week by Wednesday
~ Complete and upload grading for the week by Friday
~ leave school by 4pm daily
~ Complete lesson plans by Monday night for the week
~ IEP meeting by Wednesday
~ Faculty Meeting Wednesday
~ Class 6-9pm Friday; 9am-1:30pm Saturday
~ Finish last assignments for summer class by Thursday
~ work on plan for inclusion project, make contact with Administrators from the two middle schools
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