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5% challenge Goals, 8 weeks Fall 2011

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

  
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STAROFD00M 9/19/2011 9:52AM

    Love that you're writing down your goals, you got this!
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Janet

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PEGGY-BEE 9/17/2011 3:13PM

    An excellent post! It all sounds good to me. I really enjoy these challenges!
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CERIUSLY 9/17/2011 10:43AM

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Sept going well, but just need to vent!

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!

  
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JAGRIF 9/17/2011 6:49PM

    So very sorry. I've had aides like her in the past. This year, I have a great aide. We get along wonderfully. If nec. tell her not to comment about your food/eating habits and do the best you can to foster positive communication with her. Difficult, I know. (My SIL recently got mad with me and cut off all communication before any apologizes or explanations could be made.)

Hope the year gets better.

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MOMKAT4310 9/17/2011 9:13AM

    I understand. I have 2 new aides this year, have had 3 so far. Just got my new permanent one on Tuesday and she told me Thursday that she is trying to bid out. The work is harder than she expected and she is only half time and she really needs a full time job. I love her, hoped to get her, but I understand their need for either she or her husband to get a full time job. My morning aide, who hates being in our room, complains non-stop. I have know her casually as she worked in the building and has been a SPED specific aide for several years, but she is a really negative person. I am sorry, as she is making comments about our students in their presence. This drives me nuts. We have mostly non-verbal, but they have good receptive language. So inappropriate. I feel your frustration.

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NUTRON3 9/17/2011 6:39AM

    I have people like that around me too

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August Reflection

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.

August/Summer Goals:
**Broad:
~ maintain healthy eating habits emoticon
~ limit snacks and protein bars, only when necessary to meet calorie/protein req's AFTER meals emoticon
~ limit eating out as much as possible emoticon
~ rebuild/maintain exercise routine emoticon
~ reestablish evening routine emoticon
~ 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!) emoticon

**Measurable
~ 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 emoticon
~ try to eat out less than 3 times per week (some weeks that is hard with soccer, etc) emoticon
~ drink no less than 8 and no more than 16 glasses of water a day (was getting too much!) emoticon
~ minimum 20 minutes activity daily emoticon
~ minimum strength every other day emoticon
~ 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! emoticon
~ track nutrition and exercise daily in notebook, online weekly emoticon
~ post a blog reflection weekly emoticon

  
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STAROFD00M 9/6/2011 1:04PM

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BABYTUXXY 9/5/2011 6:59PM

    You're doing great!

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SETAGOAL1 9/5/2011 11:29AM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

You Go Girl!!!!!

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MOSTMOM1 9/4/2011 7:18PM

    You are Wonder Sparker!!
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JAGRIF 9/4/2011 4:00PM

    You are doing great!

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QSULLIVAN 9/4/2011 11:26AM

    Wow, good for you! Congratulations on be consistent and persistent! It's inspirational for someone like me who isn't. emoticon

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Good start to the week, kind-of falling off now, though

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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MORETA63 9/3/2011 10:44PM

    My head spins just reading it! Take a breath and enjoy the weekend!

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SETAGOAL1 9/2/2011 8:33PM

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Have a great weekend


Janet

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MOSTMOM1 9/1/2011 10:24PM

    Whew, I don't think I could keep up with you! You are Wonder Woman!
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Busy week and first days of school; goals for the week

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wow, this week has been a busy one! Still doesn't seem like we should be back in school already, but our students started on Thursday! I have a great group of kids this time, very different from the group I had last year in terms of needs and abilities, but our first two days went very well!

Almost didn't get a workout in Wednesday, so snuck in 10 minutes of strength before bed. I even managed to go workout on Thursday night. LEft school at 4:35, grilled burgers then headed to the Y for a 6:00 circuit class followed by abs and yoga AND made it to 6am yoga on Friday before school! Today, I took part in a 2 hour exercise marathon where we did 6 different classes, ending with a little yoga (can you tell I love yoga!? lol) Burned over 1100 calories today in the classes, and ran the concession stand for dd's team all day (left only long enough to go to the Y)

Keeping on track with my healthy eating habits. I got our schedule worked out to allow us to have lunch at 11:30 this year. So much better than the 10:45 lunch time we had last year! I can actually make it through the day without feeling like I am starving!

I probably won't be able to post daily as I used to, but will try to update about once a week or so.

Goals for the week:
~ 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 (only made that one day this week!)

  
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SETAGOAL1 8/29/2011 4:49PM

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Great planning Have a great week!!!!

Janet

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STAROFD00M 8/29/2011 3:34PM

    Sounds like you are super busy this week! You got this, though!! I am super impressed that you can get up so early and get to the gym at 6am too, btw.

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KELLYJOSUNSHINE 8/28/2011 10:15AM

    So, I was thinking I was busy the last two weeks. Not! You have some amazing goals and an awesome plan. My best to you as you work toward accomplishing your mission and being the great teacher I'm sure you are. I love that you have the grading done by Friday, so your weekends are yours!

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TWORINGCIRCUS 8/28/2011 7:16AM

    Sounds like a great first week! I am giggling about your list...I so recognize those goals...I am pulling for you to maintain the energy streak you have going! Have a terrific second week!

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TNMMCGUIRE 8/28/2011 1:40AM

  Sounds so busy! I am amazed at how much you are able to fit into a day. I am debating on joining the Y as I do not know if it is truly worth the money put in. I can pay 15 dollars for a fitness center and 20 for Zumba classes. After I heard about your experience about the Y I might actually join if they offer this much. I have five children at home because we homeschool through public charter. I believe you have all your ducks in a row. And the fact hat you stick to your plan is awesome. If I could only do that I would. You have shown me it is possible

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CHELEMIA 8/27/2011 10:19PM

   
Wow!! You truly are super mom!!!! Great plan and awesome follow thru!!!

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