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I Need to Vent!!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today, my kids got out early from school. On days like today, I allow them to invite friends over. There is a neighborhood boy who's a 7th grader and a friend of my 7th grader. This boy "D", has been too rough on numerous occasions with my 3rd grade boy. The most recent incident happened before school yesterday when D gave my 3rd grader a wedgie and noogie. Again, he has shown a pattern of being rough with my 3rd grader. D tried to come over after school. I told him that he couldn't come over for a while because he has been to rough with my son.

D's mom called. I calmly explained the situation. She said that her kids have stood up for my kids on a few occasions when there were issues with problem other problem kids. I thanked them for that and re-explained the situation here. Your seventh grader is roughing up my third grader. D's mom replied, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!"

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Again, I calmly re-explained the situation trying to hint that "D" needs some consequences here. She repeated, "I'll just tell my kids to NOT stand up for your kids anymore!" and hung up.

I shouldn't be surprised. We're not the first family to have problems with these kids. They mostly roam around town unsupervised and it's been that way for years. If a parent called me and told me one of my kids was misbehaving, I'd grill my kid until I got the full story and then punish them if appropriate. She's totally unconcerned with the fact that her 12/13 year old is roughing up an 8 year old.

Oh well, thanks for listening. It helps to vent. I just hope there are no repercussions for my kids.

  
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STACYSMILES 9/16/2010 11:19AM

    I think you handled the situation just fine. Our job as parents is to protect our kids and teach them right from wrong. It seems that a lot of parents are friends to their kids, not parents. emoticon

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HUSBANDANDDAD 9/16/2010 10:40AM

  Does seem to be the way parents are today - "my kids can't do anything wrong - it must be the school's/doctor's/church's/other kid's fault"

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/16/2010 9:15AM

    Thank you all for the support. It helps to get reinforcement that I'm not nuts and that I'm doing the right thing. Part of the problem will resolve on its own. This family is moving in about 10 days. I think they will still be in town, just not so close any more.

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SHELLKAYE 9/16/2010 9:00AM

    In my opionion, her son is this way from her actions. She's probably mad because her son can't come to your house and be out of her hair. Sorry to hear of your situation. I hope all works out and "D" gets some guidence.

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HEATHER39 9/16/2010 2:21AM

    I think you should definitely let the teacher/principal know what's going on. Keep on standing up for your little one. You are a great Mom. She's not.

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DETERMINEDJANET 9/15/2010 11:38PM

    I was going to mention I'd give the heads up to the teacher as well because you never know what the other mom has said to the children at this point. You handled it well!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/15/2010 7:59PM

    That isn't a good situation and you did the right thing. That is what is wrong with the world now, the fact that some parents won't make their kids take responsibility for what they've done. Hang in there.

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TLROYER 9/15/2010 5:39PM

    What a bad situation. I totally agree with what you did. Why put your 3rd grader through that in their own home. I hope everything will work out soon. I agree with W8WATCHER, you might want to talk to the school to have extra eyes watching.

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CELIA1975 9/15/2010 5:15PM

    Wow. I work in the school system so this reaction does not surprise me. I think you handled it well.

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W8WATCHER 9/15/2010 4:47PM

    Crazy huh? When my son was in 1st grade he was punched by a 4th grader. When I call the parent, she said "you know, boys will be boys" and I said "no, your boys will be bullies!". Nuff said. Good luck. You're doing the right thing. You'll need to stay on top of that situation for sure. May even want to connect with his teacher as a heads up so some eyes can watch things at school.

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C25K Completed!

Monday, September 13, 2010

I officially completed Couch to 5K on Saturday! I was able to jog without the stroller and it was a nice cool morning. I jogged 3 miles in 43 minutes, which puts me faster than a 15 minute mile. I went out early today, another beautiful morning, and jogged my 3 miles in 43 minutes, so that wasn't a fluke. I still plan to keep jogging 3 miles, hopefully 3 times a week. Looking at the weather, I'll have to elliptical on rainy days. I did that last week, and I managed to jog three days, elliptical twice, and go on a bike ride one day. I'm pretty sure last week was my first six day exercise week.
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Now I just need to sign up for a race. The "Free to Breathe" race in Omaha works with my work schedule, Mary's volleyball, and Mikey's football schedule. I think the family will enjoy being on the riverfront. They have orders to cheer me on.
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The exercising is going great; the eating needs work. I had ice cream sundaes three times this weekend. Instead of me being a good influence on Hubby, I allowed Hubby to be a bad influence on me. Sunday night, Mikey (my oldest) helped me stop. He reminded me all the progress I've made and didn't get me more like I had asked. What a good kid! He even reminded his dad that he wouldn't start feeling good until he started eating good. Yep, he's a smart kid too!

Well, I'll try not to beat myself up too much about the ice cream. I know I need to get back on track. I work this weekend, and I always bring my food. It's funny. I used to eat all the snacks at work. Now, I do better at work than I do at home. This is my weekend where I work 10.5 hour shifts, so the exercise may fall off on Fri - Sun. I'll just be sure I work out Mon - Thurs. Monday's exercise is almost done (still have to do weights), so I'm doing great so far.

Have a great week everyone and keep moving!

  
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ASMPP1 9/13/2010 10:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon A little is okay at times.

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STACYSMILES 9/13/2010 7:48PM

    What GREAT Progress!!! Way to go! Don't be too hard on yourself about the treats, you are doing the right things. emoticon

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KE11YJAE 9/13/2010 12:55PM

    Congrats on finishing the program! And good luck with getting back on track! You can do this!

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/13/2010 12:47PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! I forgot to mention how the ice cream itself seemed to be telling me to stop. The last batch had that chocolate stuff that hardens on it. I was desperately trying to scrape out every last piece of chocolate out of the bowl. It came free suddenly, splattering ice cream and chocolate all over my neck, chest, ear, and arm. Lesson learned, I guess.
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As for new goals: The first one will be an actual race. After that, I'm going to read up about Bridging to 10K. The Corporate Cup race in Omaha is huge, and it's a 10K. I can't do that this year. It's this weekend and I work, not to mention, I'm only at 5K right now. That gives me a year to prepare though.
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/13/2010 12:09PM

    You are doing such a great job, so don't let the few "treats" worry you. Keep up the great work!

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SATRADER 9/13/2010 10:35AM

    Great job finishing the program! emoticon
I'm on week 8 so almost there! Ran 2.5 miles again today and it was easier than it was on Friday so I can see progress. My first race will be the Race for the Cure on 10/3. Should be ready by then!

don't beat yourself up too much about the ice cream. Indulgences are ok so long as you get back on track!

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ALI_CAT 9/13/2010 10:09AM

    Congrats on finishing the program! I raced a 5K on Saturday (I'm not done with the program yet though) but it was fun to see the progress that had been made.

Keep up with the running and set new goals for yourself. The biggest challenge I've heard is people who finish the 5K and then stop. Either challenge yourself to an 8K or work on improving your time.

Fantastic job and a huge high five!

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A Beautiful Morning for my First 3 Mile Jog

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I did it!! I actually did it!! I completed my first three mile jog; and I did it WITH the twins in their stroller! I still can't believe I've made it to week nine of C25K. When I'm walking, I'm at a 17-20 minute mile. When I'm jogging, I'm at a 15-15.5 minute mile. I think that's pretty good for a 42 year old mother of six who's still carrying some extra weight.

I'm noticing my increased fitness level. Saturday morning, hubby and I went on an exercise walk over the pedestrian bridge into Omaha. I slowed down for him, he's still not consistent with exercising, but I'm happy to go with him whenever he wants. It was a beautiful morning and I loved that it was too early for tourists. There were just a lot of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists getting in their workouts. For Brian, it was a strenuous walk. His heart rate increased and it was a good workout for him. For me, it felt like a leisurely walk, and I was talking the whole way, no sweat, no real increase in my heart rate. I was glad to be out with hubby walking and I enjoyed the walk very much, but part of me wanted to start jogging across the bridge. emoticon

Monday, we went up to Carroll, IA to check out the bike trail around Swan Lake. We took the whole clan. This trail turned out to be more difficult than we expected. It was very hilly. Brian's not in shape, and I have to pull one of the twins behind my bike in a kid trailer. We ended up walking up quite a few of the hills. Even the kids had to walk up the hills. Oh well, now we know, and Brian thanked me for the hard workout. The kids thought it was like a roller-coaster, especially the twins in their trailers. I did make it up one of the last hills and was determined not to stop. I huffed past Brian, he was walking. He commented later when he caught his breath that he wanted to shout out, "Show-off!"
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ASMPP1 9/11/2010 7:17PM

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ALLISON145 9/10/2010 6:20PM

    WOO HOO!!!!!!!

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SHELLKAYE 9/8/2010 7:58AM

    How awesome. Keep it up. My advice is to spend as much time outdoors doing these things, because before we know it Winter will be here. Take care.

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KE11YJAE 9/8/2010 12:24AM

    Great job! Especially including the family!

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STACYSMILES 9/7/2010 9:18PM

    What Fun!! It nice to be able to get a workout in and be with family. Keep it up and everyone will have healthy habits for life. YOU are a emoticon!!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/7/2010 7:55PM

    You are doing great!! Keep up the great work!

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TLROYER 9/7/2010 6:21PM

    Great job! I can't believe how good you are doing. Three miles is awesome. You are almost there! Keep up the good work.

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Half way there!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The overall goal I've set for myself is to lose 50 lbs before my 43rd birthday (June 8, 2011). That would put me at 150 lbs. I don't weigh myself frequently since I'm one of those "slowest losers". I went to my doctor's office and weighed in yesterday:

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Although the four pounds lost in two months gets a little frustrating, it is still a loss and I am half way to my goal. I love how my ticker looks, with my marker at the halfway point.

I just have to keep sparking, keep moving, and keep eating right and I'll make my goal.

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MOMMY_MIMI 9/10/2010 9:07AM

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Love those milestones!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 9/3/2010 7:06PM

  Great Job!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/2/2010 12:54PM

    Way to go!!! That is awesome!!! Keep up the great work!!!!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Good for you!!

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JNPRGR8T 9/2/2010 10:51AM

  That's great, keep up the good work and focus on your goal

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SONO4U 9/2/2010 10:46AM

    Yea!! Keep up the hard work and persistence! emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 9/2/2010 10:27AM

    Congratulations on being halfway there! Although it is discouraging to not lose more, I've always been told that it's better to lose it slowly - it stays off better. Good luck on the rest of your journey.

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Size 16, Without the "W"

Friday, August 27, 2010

I finally went shopping for new work pants. I only have one pair left that don't look like clown pants on me now. All those clown pants used to be tight on me! I went into CJ Banks like I normally do and tried on the 16W and a few 14W. A few almost worked, but were still kind of big in the legs, so I went next door to Christopher & Banks. I was able to get a pair of 16 pants on and they looked good. I tried the 14 also in the same style, and got those on. The 14 being a little too snug and not comfortable to move in, I decided on the 16. I went back to CJ Banks to tell my friend who works there. We both did a happy dance at that point. During the happy dance I noticed some size X shirts on sale. Size X seemed possible now if size 16 pants worked! I bought two size X shirts, not 2X, not 1X, but X!!! (Envision happy dance again.)

I realize I'm still at that awkward size at the big end of regular sizes, small end of plus sizes. I don't plan to replace my entire wardrobe yet, nor do I have the money to do so. I'm just so happy to see progress. I don't weigh myself often because it can really hurt my motivation. Doing Couch to 5K has given me a goal other than weight loss on which to concentrate. I know I'm making progress because of my clothes. I do plan to weigh myself in September, probably after my work weekend. I always eat well at work since I bring all my own food. I can't remember the last time I got into any of the candy at work.

I just wanted to share my good news.
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CMPEARL 9/1/2010 9:27AM

    I remember my first 'minus W' moment...I did a total happy dance in the dressing room LOL It's such a wonderful feeling to know all of your hard work is paying off! Congrats and keep it going!!!
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ALLISON145 8/30/2010 11:30PM

    You and me, lady - we're at the awkward size together!! Let me know if you figure out how to best dress us, because I'm not having a lot of luck...either things look baggy and frumpy or tight-ish and roll-y. Oy!

Hey, beats the heck out of just plain big though, right?? Yay for you!!!

-Allison

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CHANGINGFOREVER 8/27/2010 3:19PM

    AWESOME!! I remember when I couldn't wear Lane Bryant anymore!!! I walk past it now saying I am to little for that!! YEAH ME! Mind you I went from as size 20 being tight to a size 8. (I have tried a 6 on but they are too tight)

You can do it! Enjoy the excitement....doing the happy dance with ya!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/27/2010 12:38PM

    I remember that point. I was always shopping at Lane Bryant, even though I was at the low "plus-size" range. Their clothes just fit me better. I still have moments when I think that I still need extra large in tops when I don't. Enjoy the victory!!!!

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STACYSMILES 8/27/2010 11:26AM

    That is emoticon!!! Skinny girl here you come! Keep up the GREAT Work!! emoticon

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TLROYER 8/27/2010 11:06AM

    That is great news! Congrats. It's so exciting to go down a size (or 2). Keep up the good work.

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LOSEFAT912 8/27/2010 10:48AM

    That's FABULOUS!!! Congratulations on the weight and inches loss!! It sure is nice to put on smaller clothes!! Keep up the GREAT work!!

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LITTLELORIT 8/27/2010 10:48AM

    Congratulations! This is one of the best ways to tell if you are losing weight

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