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spring break reality check

Friday, April 04, 2014

Got meals for a month planned. I never realized how much just the discipline of just taking my food keeps my binge eating in check. I need to be diligent about eating breakfast that I cook not the crap my school calls breakfast. I also need to be on guard and be sure to use my full 30 minutes to eat not work at the copier or b.s. in the lounge. I'm hoping well have some good sunny days soon so I can start walking the track.
I have to drop the weight I've put on from the stress. I refuse to undo all the work I've done for a paycheck.

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PATSYB7 4/5/2014 7:24AM

    Good for you!

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New year goals

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I chose this year not to make resolutions until after the 17 day drop off. Last week I started doing my daily weigh in with the Wii. With the exception of the day I overdosed on salt, I've watched the line March slowly down. After two weeks at mom's I was horrified to see myself close to 200 as of this morning 192. Looking for two pound at a time goals. Anymore than that and I see I lose focus. End goal is 150 that's a 52 week goal. I know I can do it, but I've never successfully figured out how to add the work out required for that goal with working... this is the year I focus on that. We have started a walk n talk program where my partner teacher and I walk the gym with our kids. It's 20 laps of a basketball court to a mile. So the kids are tracking on punch cards we're using pedometers. It's the first time I've ever been able to get the ten minutes a day in consistently. Nothing like a group of 4th to 6th graders to keep you motivated.

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FAUXRIDER 1/20/2014 11:22PM

    The trick to exercising everyday is simple... Just do it.

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first month

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Well it's the first month of school. Things have settled in. I'm coaching volley ball on top of teaching. Having fun. I'm finding myself better this year about staying hydrated but my eating is all sorts of messed up. No breakfast or not enough protein, inhaled school lunches, day food at night. Gotta sour this weekend and plan meals as well as Prep them. Ok back to sleep.

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PATSYB7 9/27/2013 6:50AM

    Planning and prepping meals for the work week on Sundays is my saving grace. Weekends can be hinky but I'm working on that. Hang in there--you'll find what works for you.

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We did that HOW FAST????

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Holy Cow!

First, I want to say I love my hubby. We've been trying to get out and walk together every night since he was given the green light from his doctor. It's so nice to go out in the evenings and just walk together. We rarely talk, but it's like dating all over again...Walking hand in hand, or chasing each other up a mountain side (as we did tonight). When we were first getting to know each other I had set my sights on conquering Mt. Moe (see blogs on page 3-5ish for that story). Mike was there, literally every step of the way, giving me grief when I tried to quit and then silently leading me up the hill (Think Frisco Kid with Harrison Ford and Gene Wilder "see this tuckas [points to horses rump] don't take your eyes off of it until I tell you to.")

Tonight was an adventure. 30 minutes before sunset (when it was finally cool enough to go walking) Mike says I want to do the trail. So we head down the street to the little natural area that's about a mile from the house, and as I'm heading for the easy trail head he says, "No, from the school" (translation 200 foot change in quarter mile). So up we went as fast as I could. I was huffing and puffing 10 feet up and mad as a hornet that I'm that out of shape, so I really pushed it going up the hill, stopping only the one time I walked right into a spider web with a spider in the middle. I did not scream, but I came close. When we hit the top of the trail, Mike took over...I forgot Mike can do 10 mph downhill fully loaded with fire gear, without it he's closer to 12 mph. I got to jog down the hill. Then we walked briskly back to the car about 3/4 of a mile from where we came out. 30 minutes flat...3/4 miles of flat or down hill and half a mile straight up. I'm proud of I am still annoyed that I'm huffing and puffing moving from 120 to 350 feet in elevation. That's just not cool! I'm used to starting at 3000 and winding up close to 7000. I should not be huffing and puffing like that.

Oh well. I'm working at getting back to being in great shape. I'm in the same boat right now that I was in around Feb of 2010...I just don't have the momentum coming into this place that I had back then. Just have to keep reminding myself that it's baby steps. Lots of little good things add up. Just because I don't work out 6 hours per day right now like I was back then (training to be a wildland fire fighter) doesn't mean I'm not gonna make it where I was. Just means it's going to be more slow and steady.

Well, I'm trying to get myself back to my school sleep schedule, so I have to head to bed soon. Have a sparktastic journey!


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FAUXRIDER 8/8/2013 3:10PM

    Remember a little hike a few years ago?
I think the comment I made then was, "Quit to what?"
Keep up the good work. And if you have a few minutes walk on down and we'll have coffee, its only what? 2000 miles.

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AURELET 8/8/2013 10:09AM

    Baby steps :)

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PATSYB7 8/8/2013 6:45AM

    30 minutes--wow! You rock! Focus on what you can do/are doing to keep stepping forward on this healthy journey! You are on the right track!

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EMMACORY 8/8/2013 12:29AM

    One day at a time....One choice at a time.....keep your good work! emoticon

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It must be the beginning of August or really close. I can't the up coming school year out of my mind. I have a million things I desperately want to get moving. I've got the first month's worth of lesson plans done...hope to have through XMAS done by the time teacher in services start at the end of August. I've done a lot of studying and I'm excited to get started again.

No, this is not my first year teaching. It's actually the start of year number 11 for me (the bulk of which have been in Jr. high). I'm as excited to start this year as I was my first year as an experienced teacher. (I consider my first year in the profession training time).

I've taken 2 classes this summer and consumed over 15 new books on how to better teach. Teaching is both an art and a science. I've got the science part covered, I'm ready to start the art!

Well, back to lesson planning. Heading up to Seminary Hill for a little hike soon as I finish the History lessons.

Thanks for reading.


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PEAWINKLE 8/7/2013 7:04PM

    WOW, you are an inspiration!! I feel like a lesson plan slacker!

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SJACK06S 8/3/2013 9:49PM

  Holy cow, the first month of lessons already planned!!! I haven't yet tackled the first day!! A new lovely state law says that we have to have a full day on the first day of school (because we were wasting too much instructional time with half-day first days... yep, let's put those lawmakers in a kindergarten classroom on the first day of school) and planning for the whole day is stressing me out!

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ILOVEROSES 8/1/2013 12:36AM

    Rachel, what a great teacher you are! I am sure that your pupils will enjoy the History lessons this school year. That and geography and maths were my favourite subjects at school. emoticon

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PATSYB7 7/31/2013 9:02PM

    I love starting a new year, too! It's such a wonderful, fresh start full of possibilities! Thanks for sharing your love of teaching. I'm reading "A Sneetch Is a Sneetch and other Philosophical Discoveries Finding Wisdom in Childen's Literature" by Thonas E. Wartenberg and "How Children Succeed Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" by Paul Tough.

Oh, and most people think we teachers do nothing all summer! LOL


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AGGIETERR 7/31/2013 8:16PM

    I am at year 23 and have never lost the excitement to start a new year. Every year my kids teach me something amazing.

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