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Feeling BLAH!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My motivation has been lacking lately and I'm struggling to get it back. My exercising is still going well but it is the eating that is getting in the way. I've gained 5 pounds back since my lowest weight. When I go to eat something unhealthy I try to say no but I eat it anyway and then feel horrible. I sit and try to think of why I ate the food when I knew I shouldn't but for the life of me can't figure out why. I'm stuck in a rut. The worst part is the holidays are coming and the junk food is going to be more readily available. I'm asking you my Spark family for any tips or motivation that will help me stay on track. Thank you!

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/19/2013 11:45AM

    Motivation for me is very spotty at this time of year. I don't like the cold, the damp or the dark much. I think historically our bodies are getting ready to slow down (no gardening, harvesting, etc) for the winter, kind of like bears. Then we add on all the extra holiday goodies... eek!

Anyway how can I help you stay accountable and motivated? I have a vacation coming up at the end of December that is helping me stay a bit more focused (5-ish) weeks to go and it's in the Caribbean so it means shorts, bathing suits and such.

Good luck!

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MNNICE 11/13/2013 8:55PM

    Struggling here, too, but the last 3 days have gotten back in control, so I'd just say don't be too hard on yourself and never EVER give up. Just get right back on track! You can do it!

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SARAHST0T 11/13/2013 5:15PM

    Stay positive! Your exercise is still going strong so that's a plus! Holidays are hard, I've found that it's better to not limit yourself - get a small plate and fill it with a few different goodies, then throw the plate away and be done with eating! Much better than continuous nibbling! Stay strong, you can do it!

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Am I a Grown up yet?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I'm 36 years old, have taught for 14 years but now am wondering if it is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I teach kindergarten and am getting burnt out. The kids are getting more disrespectful every year. I have a very tough group this year. I'm sick of parents who think everything is the school's fault and their kid is a perfect little angel. I'm sick of politicians who think they know everything about teaching and tell us what we need to do. I'm sick and tired of testing. I'm tired of teaching kindergarten and having to push academics when kindergarten should be fun. It breaks my heart when the children groan and ask, "why do we have to do this?" and all I can say is because we need to test you and find out what you know. I think I still enjoy teaching for the most part but am wondering if there is something better out there for me.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 10/14/2013 6:52PM

    Teaching, in my opinion, is a very difficult one today. I applaud all teachers and give them my support for trying to do the best job possible in today's climate. If you are burning out I would recommend seeing what else is out there. There may be another field, or a different place of employment that would challenge and excite you again.

Good luck whatever you decide.

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MCFITZ2 10/12/2013 9:28PM

    I was an elementary school librarian for 32 years. I started in 1968 and kindergarten was fun. There was a piano in every k room and sand tables and kitchen corners and wooden beads to string and nap time. Back then if I had a discipline issue just saying do you want me to call your Mon or Dad took care of most of it. I loved my job because I had the freedom to share my love of literature and reading. emoticon emoticon By the time I retired we were all boxed into the Hunter method of teaching and reading and discussing a story to a class was not considered a valid lesson by the administration.. emoticon The punitive atmosphere that any failure rested on the teaching staff with no responsibility placed on the child or parents. Some of my least able students would work so hard to master a skill while some of the very very gifted had the just try and make me learn attitude.
So sad.
Oh I still am trying to decide what to be when I grow up. emoticon

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JIACOLO 10/12/2013 8:55PM

    I too am feeling the shift away from the goodness that teaching used to bring me. I wish it wasn't the case, but sadly the field is changing. If you figure out a better something, please share!

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BJPENNY70 10/12/2013 8:25PM

    Did you think about teaching in private schools or Christian Schools?

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A Successful Vacation

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

They say the hardest part of a healthy lifestyle is when you are away from home. My husband and I went to Texas for the past 4 days for my brother's wedding. We made sure to go on walks while we were sight seeing. When we went out to eat we chose the healthiest options and split the meal which also helped us save money. I was nervous when it came to our weigh in the morning after we returned but surprise, surprise we both lost .4 pounds even though we were on vacation. I am so proud of both of us. We were able to accomplish a huge goal and now know that our healthy lifestyle can go everywhere with us.

  
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/22/2013 2:11PM

    WOOHOO! I'm so proud of you and your husband. Congrats!

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KACAR51 5/22/2013 8:37AM

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It just goes to show that we are in control of how we deal with living a healthy lifestyle! Maybe some day the rest of the country will catch on!
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ALMIGHTYSWEDE 5/21/2013 4:23PM

    well done emoticon

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TIFFA409 5/21/2013 2:23PM

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ALICIA214 5/21/2013 1:34PM

 


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Achieved a goal

Monday, May 13, 2013

I am very proud of myself for all of my victories the past two months. I lost another 2 pounds this past week and am at my goal weight that I wanted to be for my brother's wedding. He is getting married this Friday. I'm ecstatic today that I lost the weight I wanted to. Now on to the last 10 pounds and maintaining my healthy lifestyle.

  
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DDHEART 5/14/2013 5:22PM

    Great job reaching this goal and I know you will soon be at that final goal and moving on to maintenance. Have fun at that wedding and be proud of your accomplishment...you earned it!

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TIFFA409 5/14/2013 11:31AM

    Yay!!!! I hope you bought yourself a new dress!

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PATSYB7 5/14/2013 6:10AM

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Enjoy that wedding and best wishes to your brother and his new bride.

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MSGO72 5/13/2013 6:00PM

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/13/2013 5:24PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats on making your goal! Hope you have a fantastic time at the wedding.

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A Happy Day

Monday, April 29, 2013

emoticon The sun is shining and it is 70 degrees here in MN. Most of the snow is gone. I got to wear flip flops today. I weighed myself this morning and another 1.6 pounds was gone!! I'm looking forward to my brother's wedding in Texas in two weeks and can't wait for the family to see me. That is my main motivation right now. I'm proud of the healthy food choices I'm making. Tonight I'm going to a friend's house to make cards (i.e. birthday cards) and she has snacks out for us. Since I know that I declined a cupcake and a piece of Better than you know what cake. Before my health journey I would have eaten the cupcake, had a slice of cake, maybe 2, and still would have snacked at my friend's house. Very proud of myself.

  
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TIFFA409 4/29/2013 11:35PM

    Congratulations on your rock solid will power!!! emoticon emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 4/29/2013 7:53PM

  Congratulations on your successful activities...

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