Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yesterday started out pretty good. I Volunteered to go on a Field Trip with my daughter's kindergarten class to the Children's Museum and I was pretty excited. It is the first Field Trip she has been on since we got here. We piled on the bus and headed out, the kids were so excited. We explored and had a good time. I was impressed with how many parents were there. I've never seen so many parents on a Field Trip before. Probably half the classes parents were there, which allowed us to have groups of 2 to look over on the trip. Piece of Cake!
I noticed that there was a lot of chatter going on, and the adults kept gathering in groups discussing something pretty important. I'm still meeting people so I'm still kinda quiet and didnt' want to intrude but the curious person I am, I really wanted to know what was going on. The teacher came over to a mother I was standing next to and they started talking quietly, and eventually they both broke into tears. Now I am a person who carries great empathy for others, so when I see someone upset, regardless of what it is, I just want to go over and hug them and comfort them. But not knowing them very well, I felt awkward to act on that. The teacher saw the look on my face and called me over. She said, "You need to know this information too, cause it affects you as well" Then she proceeded to tell me what was going on...
She found out the night before that is being forced to resign. She has no choice in the matter, it's either she resigns or they officially fire her. They feel that she is not meeting her evaluations to their expectations and that her last day is Friday, Tomorrow! She was marked down on things like the kids don't always raise their hands before they speak and that she is so soft hearted with her students. Honestly, Our children love her, the parents love her and that is mostly because she is such a nurturing teacher. Most of our children, or I should say all of them have some sort of quirk or something, and she adapts to each child effectively to help them succeed. We as parents are appalled at this news. The school told her to take the last 3 days off of the week and she declined, she told them she is not leaving her students like that. These are 6 years olds, in kindergarten. And she is just supposed to say goodbye one day and never come back without explanation? She said no and she will finish out her week and she will tell her children she is leaving.
There is only about 46 teaching days left of the school year. We has parents just don't understand how this is supposed to be in the best interest of our children to take away the only teacher they know with so little time left in the year. Regardless of their reasoning for dismissing her, for the best interest of the children, she should at least be able to finish out the year with the students. We see no positives coming out of this for the children's sake, and we are all very upset about it. We also have no complaints as to the way she teaches and how well our children are doing. So we as parents have banned together very quickly to voice our opinions and fight the district on this. We are in the process of getting a meeting in place with the superintendent to be heard. I'm not sure what will come out of it, but I know my daughter will be devastated as will probably all the children in the classroom if we can't turn this around.
So the Chinese Buffet...that's where DL wanted to go for dinner. I had no idea what to expect, but I figured as long as I made veggies choices and unfried meat choices I should be okay. I was praying they would have brown rice there. And to my surprise they did!! So I made one plate with a scoop of brown rice, broccoli beef, Stir fry Green Beans, Lemon chicken, a sushi roll, and a very small egg roll. I felt I did fairly well. I did have a ragoon, which is not food for you and a couple of bites of orange chicken, as well as macaroon and cream puff, well half a cream puff. (it was gross) They were only bite size. I'm not sure if I went over my calories, I had 900 left for the day, but am unsure of how to track them. I can say that I feel icky when I got home and really just wanted to throw up. Oh well...I figure It could of been way worse...No guilt, today is a new day!
Here are a few pics from our day...
Alyssa with her class at the Children's museum, Hanging off the raptor's tail, she's in the black pants with the blue coat.
Alyssa swinging high on the playground at school during recess after our trip!
Alyssa with her Teacher, Mrs. Oliveraz....she is gonna be so sad when she learns she isn't coming back.
Monday, March 08, 2010
I have been extremely annoyed with my family this past weekend. I'm not sure why I'm on edge. Many reasons I'm sure. I have not been having a lot of patience that past few days, and now I feel guilty for showing it. I know everyone gets on our nerves at times but when it's your partner and child, well you can't just not talk to them and stay away for a while! Sigh....
I think it started when I got up Thursday morning and discovered that DL was not working. Why? Cause that is what his job does, constantly changes his schedule at the last min. It's extremely frustrating, cause we just never know if he will get his hours for the week or not. So I was immediately annoyed cause now I had to change my whole daily schedule to accommodate him being home. Sounds petty but when something throws off my "plan" in my head it really throws me. Then I sat there thinking to myself, Okay since he's home maybe I can get him to go hiking with me at the local trail. So I told him, "Hey change your shoes and come hike with me for an hour" He actually looked at me in his snotty way (he can be really snotty sometimes but never acknowledges that he had this problem, LOL) and said "Um NO!! I'm not doing that!" Okay so then I was really disappointed cause I'm trying here to include him, and he's said before he would do this with me and now here's a chance and he turns me down. Going hiking on the trails alone out here is not good idea in my opinion, so I was frustrated that he wouldn't go with me. I just put on my shoes and left, didn't come back for over 2 hrs. I went for a 4 mile walk in my neighborhood fuming the whole time. I was annoyed cause I just didnt' have anyone to call up and say "hey, want to go for a hike with me?" Anyway....I moved past it and did my walk and than went to the fitness room to put in some time on the elliptical too.
Friday wasn't so bad. However, it's my errand day. Which I had to complete with him, ( I sound horrible complaining bout him, I'm sure it's more my mood than him) and he was driving me nuts again. We got into a tiff cause we had paid off a creditor last month and than a statement came in with a balance on it. They claim it was interest. Ummmm, how can you charge interest on a zero balance...and when he was on the phone with them to straighten it out, they are saying that it was actually more than the statement said. This is so wrong to me. I was angry cause they were ripping us off. But instead of fighting them he just paid it. I was mad, why would you pay something that isn't right. He claims it's not a big deal and it's over with. REALLY?? If you paid everybody off every time they ripped you off, you wouldnt' have any thing. He just looks at me and said, I already don't have anything!! I was so hurt....You dont' have anything I said? No roof over you head, food in your kitchen, clothes on your back, you new tv , you xbox with internet so you can game with your friends, YOUR FAMILY??? Seriously?? I almost wanted to cry.
That night I went out for much needed girl time with a friend of mine. We went to the Cheesecake Factory. OMG!! BAD BAD BAD Food....but tastes so good. I thought I did pretty good though, I had a Weight Management Spicy Chicken salad, it was very tasty and used barely half of the dressing they gave me. My downfall was taking two pieces of cheesecake home. 1 for me and 1 for DL. It was our first venture to the Cheesecake Factory, so we had to try it. It was fantastic. I went over my cals just a bit with the cake of course. but if' I hadn't had it I wouldn't of even hit my min cals for the day. No guilt, just enjoyed it.
Saturday I was supposed to go out with my Tucson BFF (we call each other that cause we have totally hit if off and have become super close but we are both from somewhere else so we of course have BFF's back home) and her family from out of town. But DL lets me know he's committed us to dinner at our old neighbors house cause he is gonna go fix their jeep for them. I honestly wasn't in the mood, it's a long drive there cause they live out past Catalina highway and while I enjoy their company sometimes I'm just not comfortable around them. We have a considerable age difference between us. She always cooks really heavy meals and I wasnt' sure what to expect and always wants me to throw a couple of beers back with her. I just wasn't feeling it. I Kept my meals light so I wouldnt' over do it at their house. So by the time we got there I was starving and ready to eat. We walk in and it's very clear that dinner was not in their plans. I was confused. My daughter hadn't eaten yet nor had DL. It was 630 and I finally just had to throw it out there and ask. I felt rude and didn't want to impose. She just looked at me and said, "oh no, we had sandwiches earlier we weren't planning on dinner" IKES!! Okay, so I apologized and explained that DL said we were having dinner here so we didnt' eat so I needed to go get something for us. She said not to worry she would order pizzas. (NO NOT PIZZA!!) Okay what do you do? 2 hours later!! she finally orders pizza and while we are waiting for it come my daughter is rudely curled up on the couch whining bout how hungry she is. Which I dont' blame her but still! It was just awful. My kidney was bothering me and I can't sit anywhere in their house cause of their cat and I forgot to take meds before I went.
SO Sunday I was uncomfortable all day. My kidney was aching horribly, I have stones that haven't passed yet so it acts up every so often. It's much better today. And my head was a mess cause of the cat situation. I was in a horrible mood yesterday and my family was just getting on my nerves!! LOL
Sigh...sorry for the long drawn out venting, complaining blog! It's been a long weekend for me and I'm so glad it's over. I am by myself today til 3 and I really needed it! I'm gonna get some stuff done around the house and do laundry, and get my workout done.
Here's to a new week! May it be so much better than the weekend was!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
When I joined SP On Nov, 4, 2008 I had no idea where it was gonna take me. I was looking for a calorie tracker that was free so I can have a better idea of what I was putting in my mouth. I had been trying to live a healthier lifestyle since that Sept and had already lost 15 lbs (I believe) on my own by moving my body and trying to make healthier choices. Coming across SP was a God send. It was full of information and tools to help me be successful. And the amazing sense of support that is within this website is just mind blowing.
When I set up my goals my Yearly Fitness minutes goal was approx. 7500 mins. For the entire year. I thought at the time that I was not going to make that. It seemed so high and how was I possibly gonna make this goal. I decided I wasn't going to pay attention to that goal, I was just gonna do this and do it the best I can. It's taken me some time compared to a few others. But Slow and Steady works for me, cause this is a life change not a diet and it was NOT gonna work any other way for me.
It's been 16 months since I joined SP and as of today I have more than Doubled my first Yearly fitness goal! I find this completely amazing! I am so proud of myself. I never believed that I could do 7500 min in a year and here In 16 months I have now completed 15, 029...actually more than that if you counted all the minutes this summer that I didn't log in during my summer vacation!
Over 15,000 Minutes?? WHO ME??? Yes ME!! I did this!! And I feel Fantastic!! From my highest weight ever in 2002, I have now lost a total of 73 pounds and if I lose 1 more lb, I will finally reach my true 50 Lbs loss since I started this journey in Sept 08!! I am itching to reach that milestone, I just can't wait to get there!! I'm so freaking close I can taste it!
I have been more focused than ever. I've been really working hard this past 8 weeks. Probably harder than I ever had since I started my journey. Are things moving as fast as I want them too...No...but it's okay, cause it will come and I can be patient. As long as I know that I am doing all the right things, than I will reach my goals. When I think I haven't lost much in the last 8 weeks the reality is that I've lost 7 lbs in that time, lost 3.5 inches on my waist alone...(more in other areas too, just don't remember off the top of my head) and my belly is really starting to go down. I've done great! And I am so Proud of my self!
Never doubt what you can do, cause I just proved to myself that I can do way more then I ever thought I could. If I can do this...ANYONE can do this....will it happen overnight? NO! Will it be easy? NO! Will there be bad days? YES! Should you give up because of a bad day, bad weekend or bad week? NO! NO! NO! Can you get through those bad days? YES! Can you do this? YES! YES! YES!
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!! YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!! ONE DAY AT A TIME, ONE STEP AT A TIME, ONE BITE AT A TIME!!!
Monday, March 01, 2010
Okay...so we all start on this journey knowing that we have to make healthier choices Right? . It's amazing when you start out cause we start thinking, "Oh we can't have our favorites anymore...the food is gonna be unsatisfying and gross...blah, blah, blah" Well, I have learned that is so untrue...in fact I find that these healthier foods are more satisfying than that junk we used to stuff in our face everyday. So along my way I have found some new favorite foods....I thought I would share them with you...
1) Mann's Broccoli Cole Slaw...
Why do I love it...It's fairly inexpensive and it's so versatile, I toss it in salads, eggs, sandwich wraps, spaghetti sauce, stir fry....whatever I think I can throw it into I try it....
2) OroWheat or Arnold Sandwich Thins...
Why do I love them...Are you kidding me? 100 calories a serving, and that serving makes an entire sandwich, or toast, or a breakfast sandwich or a hamburger bun, we even made sloppy joes on them..sure they are thin and don't always hold up super well when you put hot stuff on them...but toast them a bit and they do better. I am a sandwich lover...so this is a great alternative to other breads....and they have a good amount of fiber in them. ( I've tried the Nature's Own Version and they just don't have the flavor that the other ones have)
3)Silk Light Plain Soymilk and Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Why do I love them...Well Honestly, I've discovered along my journey that Milk does NOT do my body good. SO as much as I have turned my nose to alternatives in the past, I learned to embrace them and found what worked for me. I used the Soy as my base for protein in smoothies, morning cereals and oatmeal or just alone if I need that boost before a workout.
Now Almond Milk...I recently discovered Almond Milk and honestly if it had Protein in it, I would use it exclusively, However, it lacks in protein, yet is low in calories IF you drink the Unsweetened variety. I prefer the Unsweetened Vanilla, it has 40 calories per 8 oz, it's a nice low cal companion with cereal or in coffee. If my calories are adding up a little to much than I will use Almond Milk instead of the Soy milk to keep cals low.
4) Banana Nut Cheerios
Why do I like them...YUMMO!!! They are just so yummy....110 cals a serving and pair them with the Unsweetened Almond Vanilla Milk and you've got a 130-160 calories snack of YUMMINESS!!!! That's all I can say about that one! LOL
5) Thomas Bagel Thins
Why do I like them...these little guys are new to the market but I think they are fantastic. I LOVE bagels but as we all know they can be high in calories and high in carbs. These little guys are like the bagel with the middle cut out. Which for me is just fine, I think they are more than sufficient and they are only 110 calories a serving, 24 carbs and 5 grams of fiber. I've tried the Everything version and I think they are great. They are also versatile, you can make an egg white sandwich on them, or sandwiches...whatever you heart desires...
6) Dannon Activa Yogurt
Why do I like them...Well I love yogurt, so if that yogurt can help things move along a little better than so be it! I used to eat the Light flavors vs the reg flavors, but honestly i got really tired of Vanilla. I just couldn't find the light versions in other flavors that appealed to me. I also thought they tasted alittle to artificial. So I switched to the reg flavors and don't feel guilty about it. They have 110 cals per serving, (same as yoplait light) 2 g of fat and 17 sugars ( I know that is a lot, but you will find that approx amount in yoplait light too) but the sugars are not artificial and I like the flavor better. They are a great wake up and eat in the morning grab and go snack. And they really do help push things out of the Body!
7) La Tortilla Factory Low carb Whole Wheat Tortillas
Why I love them....Are you kidding me? I am a Taco Fan! I LOVE Mexican food with a passion. We had taco night in our house once a week. We now have it once a month...when I found these I was in heaven. Other Whole Wheat tortillas just didn't appeal to me. I didn't find them to have to fiber content that was sufficient and they still had a lot of cals to them. These little guys are only 50 cals a piece and have 7 g of fiber as well. Two of these filled with extra lean ground turkey and taco fixings and you have a very filling meal. They are also great for sandwich wraps, and breakfast burritos!
8) Fiber One Bars
Why I love them....I have the worst chocolate cravings as I'm sure most of us do...if I didn't have these I'm not sure how I would get through them. I know these are not the healthiest food out there but they are a good alternative to a candy bar. Plus the have good fiber too!!
9) Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Burgers
Why I love them....They have great flavor and smell so good when they are cooking. I break mine up in a salad to add protein for lunch. You can even put them between a Sandwich Thin and top with lettuce, tomato and onion...YUMMY!!
10) My Water Bottle
Why I love it....Well, it's a 32 oz bottle, and I know if I drink two of these than I have made my 8 glasses for the day, however I always drink 3 1/2-4 off these a day!! I got my bottle at walmart....they are carrying them again for the spring summer season, they cost like $4, I recommend one if you don't have a portable way to gauge your daily water intake.
So I've shared mine with you!! What are some of your favorite discoveries since you started on your journey??
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