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Maybe 2012 really IS my year!

Friday, May 11, 2012

So it is now a little more than 5 months into 2012. It started out pretty well. After we got back from California, my motivation resurfaced and I lost 5 pounds. Then, in February I found out that my colleague was retiring, which SHOULD have meant that I was going to get back to teaching full-time in the fall. 3 months went by with very mixed signals about whether that was really going to happen. In addition, my daughter is getting ready to graduate from high school and the stress of planning the celebration AND the reality of her college choice ($$$$) made it even harder to stay motivated.

I happened across a post on Facebook about a new pedometer called Striiv, which has the added advantage of having some Walk It Out gaming components as well as a charitable contribution element. I took some Christmas money I had been saving and treated myself to a new fitness toy!

Yesterday I stepped on the scale and had gained back all I had lost earlier this year (which was not much). Fortunately, I had not gained MORE. My new toy not only tracks steps and calories, but periodically gives me challenges (walk 5 more minutes; walk 250 more steps, etc). I'm finding myself competing to do more!

It's not much yet, but it's a fresh start! Oh, and I DID get my full-time job back! 2012 is turning out to be better than I thought!

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GINGERD03 7/23/2012 11:08PM

  Hi :) So glad you got your full time job back. New toy sounds nice-it's fun to be able to treat ourselves now & then-especially if it helps motivate us. Hope you have an amazing week! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/12/2012 8:28AM

    Glad to hear about the job! Good luck to your daughter and to you for this busy time of year. You can do it!

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NATIVE_ONE 5/12/2012 7:55AM

    Great!! On all accounts. I know first hand about the stresses of your daughter going off to college. Mine too and it's $52,000 a year!!! We are still working hard to get grants and scholarships needless to say!

Best wishes to her and to you too!

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Time to get serious!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

OK, it's June 1 and I've been unemployed for 1 year (as of June 4). I've done nothing but gain since I was told I'd be laid off and I'm now back to the weight when I started with Spark in December, 2005. My daughter will be a senior this year, which means LOTS of family pictures. I don't like the way I look.

So, today I am recommitting myself to get this weight off!

My challenges are mostly when I'm home during the day. I need to refocus on my walking and water consumption. Then, as I get those habits in line, I will find other small habits I can incorporate. Hopefully, by the time I go back to work (I was asked to return in a part-time capacity), I can be 15-20 pounds lighter : )

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SIMPLY_KATIE 7/1/2011 12:10PM

    Good luck, you CAN do it! emoticon emoticon

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ASMPP1 6/8/2011 7:48PM

    emoticon emoticon I am doing the same thing!

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SLKIDDER 6/2/2011 4:58PM

    Here's to hoping we can both do it! I gained back all I lost too. Let's both try for a good summer.

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RONOSOF 6/2/2011 12:21AM

    Being out of work is sooo hard. I was out for 10 months and the only thing that kept me moving was my dog. Hang in there and keep walking:) Mary

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LOPEYP 6/1/2011 6:35PM

    It tough staying focused while at home but I know that you can develop some new habits and reestablish some old ones.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/1/2011 4:57PM

    You can do it! You have a goal to work towards and that's a great thing! Also, congrats on going back to work part-time! Here's to a great summer!

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DREENAMT 6/1/2011 4:25PM

    You can totally do this. Go for it!!

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MHUTTON 6/1/2011 2:06PM

    I'm with you with recomitting!! emoticon I finally found one of those mixes you put in your water that I like. I use one pouch for every 32 oz of water. I'm up to 4 glasses right now. I normally only get 4 a day in. It took a while but I finally found one. emoticon

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MARGOMCP 6/1/2011 12:56PM

    Congratulation on your recommit and part-time job opportunity! emoticon

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Things are looking up : )

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Two weeks ago, I had a meeting with my district's superintendent to discuss how I might make myself more marketable, particularly for a couple of positions opening up in this district. She was very open and encouraging and I came away feeling like I had a shot at one of them. In the course of the conversation, she told me that it was almost certain that they would be offering me my old job back in a part-time capacity. I left smiling.

As these two weeks have gone by, as I wait for the letter recalling me for this job, I have learned that it was presented to the School Board as a half-time position (more than I was expecting). Because of how our contract is worded, they have to offer it to me, but if I turn it down, I would have to go through the entire application process for any future positions. I would keep my current years of experience and education credits, as well as accumulated sick leave, etc. as long as I stay.

To complicate matters, I have a job interview in a near-by district for a full-time position. While I won't know for certain until we meet, it is unlikely that they will credit me for more than 10 years of experience (I have 22), which would likely mean a cut in pay compared to last year. With gas prices, It honestly may be a wash financially. Obviously, we'll just have to see how everything shakes out, but I am optimistic that i will be back in the classrom in the fall.

That makes me VERY HAPPY!!!!!

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LOPEYP 4/28/2011 8:43PM

    Great that you have some choices. Keep us posted!

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MAGPIE17 4/19/2011 11:38AM

    I'm glad to hear you'll be back in a classroom this fall!

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JANTWO 4/19/2011 12:30AM

    That is great news!!!! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/17/2011 9:37PM

    That is such wonderful news! Good luck with everything!!

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DREENAMT 4/17/2011 2:37PM

    It sounds like you have a couple of great choices which is wonderful in this economy. Congrats!

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1 year later and 15 pounds heavier : (

Sunday, February 13, 2011

So, 1 year ago this week I was informed that I would likely be losing my job. I've been searching for something new as well as doing some subbing, but having too much free time has resulted in a very lazy me. I've easily gained 15 pounds since January 2010 (most of it in my belly). I can't remember the last time I exercised (even though I got several new walks for Christmas). I hide junk and eat it when no one else is home. I rarely log onto Spark these days, but spend HOURS on Facebook playing games. My pity party has not ended.

I KNOW what I should be doing. I KNOW what I want to look and feel like. Why can't I just do it?

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CURVYMEG 3/5/2011 9:03AM

    Just remember:

You are beautiful
You are smart
You are so worth it.


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MARIASCHOICE 2/15/2011 7:37AM

    It is a new day today! You CAN do this and YOU Are worth it! Do it for yourself! You will feel so much better when you do. We all fall off the train . Just get up, dust yourself off and hop back on the train! emoticon

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ASMPP1 2/14/2011 8:22PM

    Let's both start over again. I have regained everything that I have lost in the last year or so. emoticon

My pity party has to end! We can do this! We have both done it before and will again. emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/14/2011 12:34PM

    I think you're being too hard on yourself. You don't have to do everything at once. Take this slow and easy. Make small changes. Take baby steps. Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated.

Remember, this is not a diet. this is a lifestyle change. You're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that won't happen overnight, in a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. So, cut yourself some slack.

If you haven't exercised in a very long time, start slowly. Are you in reasonably good health ? If so, take a daily walk. Walking is excellent cardiovascular exercise and a great way to ease into a regular exercise program. If you check out the fitness section, Coach Nicole has some short 10-15 minute online workouts you could do too. So, why not try a couple ?

No one is saying you need to workout for an hour at a time every day. Do what you can because once again, this is a lifestyle change, not a diet. The exercise doesn't stop once you've lost the weight.

Also, if you haven't had a physical since you gained that 15 pounds, you really should have one done. Find out what your starting numbers are. Find out if you have high blood pressure or not. check your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc...As you become healthier, all those numbers will change for the better.


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DREENAMT 2/14/2011 11:04AM

    You can do this Michele. It is one step at a time, one day at a time. Make a commitment to do one thing today for your health. Just one. Then tomorrow do that plus one more. emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 2/13/2011 11:11PM

    Try to remember that this may lead to something bigger and better. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Be here with us and let us be your support and encouragement. emoticon

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CHRYS13 2/13/2011 7:58PM

    We're here for you!
We'll cheer you on and support you in any way you need!
Just start with one small step and emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 2/13/2011 5:39PM

    Just remember that we are all here for you! Log in when you feel that urge to eat "junk". Hang in there!

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ANNIEJEFFRIES 2/13/2011 4:34PM


It's sounds like you are extremely depressed. Have you thought about seeing your doctor? Depression happens to everyone, but for most it passes within a few weeks. I know about depression. I take medication for it. It has changed my life. Please consider talking with your Doctor about this. I am here to support you if you need someone. I'm just an email away and I am online frequently throughout the day.

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CHARMEL3 2/13/2011 2:00PM

    Michelle, Don't lose heart and please know that you are not in that boat all by yourself. We all have times when we feel that we fail horribly!! You just have to look past that and know that the future can hold good things for you. Start doing small amounts of exercise....that is what I have had to do recently....it is amazing how quickly you will get back into it once you start feeling good again. Know we are here for you and want to see you succeed and be all you can be!! Remember you are worth....you have done it before and you can do it again!! Blessings, Charmel

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 2/13/2011 1:24PM


My heart goes out to you, as I believe many of us have been in similar instances when our "spark" is there...but not quite burning a flame. Just know, we are here for you when you are ready! The inspiration/motivation/determinatio
n/perseverance all comes from within. Yes, we can be encouraged by others but there must be that inner desire for a person to continue the journey. Don't give up...because you are having difficulty---just keep pushing onward. Try to live as healthy as you can. YOU ARE WORTH IT!!! If I can ever be of any help--PLEASE SPARK MAIL ME A MESSAGE!!


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LIZZIFENGSHUI 2/13/2011 1:15PM

    emoticon Start today and don't look back! Who knows what the future brings? Don't give up, you will get there emoticon emoticon

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LOSETONEED 2/13/2011 12:58PM

    emoticon Just start with one small thing and then increase from there.

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Copy and Paste--Getting to know me!

Friday, October 22, 2010

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:30 AM

2. How do you like your steak? Medium

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? I can't remember, I don't go very often.

4. What is your favorite TV show? Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Madrid, Spain

6. What did you have for breakfast? Special K Cinnamon Pecan

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican

8. What foods do you dislike? Spinach and Lima Beans

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Carlos O'Kelly's

10. Favorite dressing? Thousand Island

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2009 Ford Edge

12. What are your favorite clothes? A nice pair of dress pants with a faux suede jacket

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 Empty

15. Where would you want to retire? A house in the country with a little bit of land

16. Favorite time of day? Late afternoon

17. Where were you born? Portsmouth, VA

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Anything my kids are playing, but volleyball right now

19. How many siblings? 2 Sisters

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Collecting thimbles

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? I have no idea!

22. Bird watcher? No

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Neither, really but definitely more morning than night.

24. Do you have any pets? No

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? No

26. What did you want to be when you were little? Teacher

27. What is your best childhood memory? Reading Twas the Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog

29. Are you married? Yes, almost 21 years

30. Always wear your seat belt? YES!

31. Been in a car accident? A minor one

32. Any pet peeves? Slurping your soup or cereal milk

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Meat (pepperoni, sausage, canadian bacon, ground beef)

34. Favorite Flower? Rose

35. Favorite ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Burger King

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Zero

38. From whom did you get your last email? The head of the Post Prom Committee

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Kohls

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? No

41. Like your job? I'm currently unemployed, but I love being a teacher!

42. Broccoli? Yes

43. What was your favorite vacation? Yellowstone and the Tetons

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Hubby and his parents

45. What are you listening to right now? Just the sound of me typing

46. What is your favorite color? Red

47. How many tattoos do you have? None

48. How many people will fill this out? Don't know

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 5:17 CST

50. Coffee Drinker? NO, love the smell, hate the taste!

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ASMPP1 10/24/2010 12:53PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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DREENAMT 10/24/2010 11:29AM

    So much fun. Thanks. I did it too! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/22/2010 7:12PM

    Thanks for sharing! I may need to steal this for later!!

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RANNA57 10/22/2010 6:56PM

    Loved getting to know you, I also stole it and filled it out!

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