Monday, December 06, 2010
Well, I'm finally feeling better! My sinuses are still a little plugged, but I'm much more myself today. I managed to get in two workout sessions last week, before taking the rest of the week off to recover from whatever virus attacked me. Eating was good, until the weekend. Way too many carbs all weekend, but I was tired and looking for comfort food. Honey and I finished off a box of See's chocolates together. Yum!! Time to stop the binge, though, and get back on track.
The weekend was good. We finally finished rearranging the living room on Friday, so Saturday we were able to put up the Christmas tree. Sean, one of my five-year old twins, was asking every day last week, "Can we decorate today?" He's still asking the same question. The tree is up, I don't get it. I guess he wants to decorate the outside of the house now.
Today got off to a good start. Kids and hubby got off to school and work ok. I've caught up deleting emails, caught up the checkbook, started laundry and dishes. Now, after a little sparking, I think I'll go workout. I don't expect to lose this month. I just hope I don't gain!
Have a great week everyone!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Computer problems and busy life have gotten in the way of my Sparking. I've decided, that's going to stop. I may not be able to do all I want on SparkPeople, but I can still do most of it, even on the slower iPad. Thanksgiving week was very busy, a good kind of busy.
Monday was a doctor's appointment in the city. I had good news: 170.1 pounds. I'm really close to another mini-goal (160s) and am over half way to my first big goal (50 lbs).
Tuesday was the twins' playgroup day at the zoo, again in the city. We had a lot of fun and stayed later than anyone else. The twins think that they automatically get ice cream every trip to the zoo. I caved and bought some for them, but was good and had none for myself. I also started my bread dough (Bread in 5 minutes a day recipe) in the evening with my daughter. That rises at room temp for two hours, then goes to the fridge until you need it.
Wednesday morning was starting the sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving. Lots of work, but very yummy. Wednesday night was a get together with friends from Minnesota who have relatives in Omaha, always a good time seeing them.
Thanksgiving! I spent the morning preparing homemade breadsticks to make a bread cornucopia (recipe at allrecipes.com). Again, lots of work, but my 11 year old daughter and I had so much fun putting it together, and it turned out beautifully! I also kept peaking at the TV to see the Macy's parade. Dinner was down in Bellevue with my in-laws. I was so glad I didn't have to worry about hosting this year.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were work days for me, 10 1/2 hours each afternoon/evening at the hospital. As far as work weekends go, it's been pretty slow. No one schedules surgeries over the holiday weekend. The only patients are the ones who can't go home. So, I'm sparking now. I'm getting myself geared up for a new week. I will try to start tracking nutrition again. I will exercise, hopefully, every day. I don't feel so overwhelmed anymore. I think the time change in November and the drastic decrease in sunshine really did a number on me. I'm over that, and looking forward to Monday! Yes, I said that I'm looking forward to Monday!!!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I have to do spark people from the iPad, which is slow compared to our computer. Hubby will eventually get me set up on my own system, so I won't be at the mercy of the viruses the kids keep infecting our computer with.
I'm waiting until after Thanksgiving to deal with the school. The next move is to start organizing the parents and going to school board meetings.
Some good news at the doctor's office. I only use the scales at my doctors' offices and my thyroid doc made me come in for an appointment. No more refills till I see him. The scale read 170.1! I'm almost to the 160s!
Of course, I was a little disappointed. Why couldn't say 169.9? My oldest son pointed out that I should have taken off my shoes, but I always weigh with my shoes on and want to compare apples to apples.
So, going in to the holidays, I'm almost to another mini-goal. That should help keep me motivated for a while. My eating has been great! It's been harder to get my workouts done, but I managed two last week. None so far this week, but I should be able to squeeze two in as well. I have to be realistic. This is the busiest time of the year and I really want to enjoy it! My hubby made sure I had some fun on Saturday. He let the kids get down the gingerbread house kits and left me in charge. What a messy, fun, creative project! We all had a blast!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
What a week! Patrick is still coughing, which tells me his asthma is not under good control. He does albuterol via a nebulizer every three hours while awake, and he still coughs and is tight. The family doctor has been great, but feels he should see a specialist. The specialist I have already been to, may be able to get Pat in, but I have my doubts about this guy. He totally ignored the history I gave to both his nurse and resident and had me treating Pat's sinuses instead. I have no idea if I can get into someone new, and am waiting for a call-back from a friend to get a name.
In the middle of all this, I went to an elementary school meeting regarding core curriculum. I understand that the state is in the process of defining more specifically per grade what needs to be taught. Our principal is using this as an opportunity to bring in a crazy new math system and having the teachers build a curriculum from scratch. This is elementary school. The kids need to learn the basics. Curricula already exist that can be purchased and at the current time our teachers are writing their own math problems. He projects it will take two years to outline math! Right now, our kids are getting ONE word problem a day. He's excited that the kids are allowed to figure it all out on their own and they have to show different "strategies" to solve this ONE math problem.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!!
This is why so many people homeschool. The support network is not here in my small town to be able to manage homeschooling and keep my sanity. So, I've got a battle on my hands. I have already started organizing other outraged parents and I'm doing my research to back us up. The principal claims that textbooks are not research based. His program, he believes is. I've checked it out. The program in which he believes used it's own tests to "prove" that it was "superior". ITBS scores did NOT support this and showed the massive limitations of this other program. We parents want to get back to basics. In fact, that's what I would like to call this movement, "Back to Basics". The series that I am supporting, Saxon, has been used in school districts AND there is proof that it works! Having one series school wide provides the continuity both within each grade and between grades that the principal is trying to achieve. Providing the teachers with excellent resources decreases prep time. Right now the teachers are just piecing everything together, essentially, recreating the wheel. We're talking elementary school math. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, etc... are all the same as they were 50 years ago and every "new" math system introduced since the 1950s has failed miserably to those that stress the basics. There also seems to be assistance to help with the cost of bringing Saxon into the school system.
I feel I have just saved the principal two years of work on recreating the wheel.
So, lots of stresses this week, stresses that will continue for a while. That will cut into my sparking time. I just thought I would let you all know why I may be MIA for a while.
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