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Monday, October 17, 2011

Quote of the day.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I really like this quote. For me it was easy to lose weight over the summer. I was not working and I could exercise and rest. Now I am working and dealing with the challenges of life. Stress, work, family, late nights, early mornings ect. I gained last week and I really had to take a look at myself and what I have been doing. Friday night pizzas after the football game. Going out to eat with friends ect. Yes I gained but I have not been committed to my healthy lifestyle. What did I do when the going got tough I ate cookies and chocolate?

No more.
I am recording what I eat.
I am measuring my food.
I am exercising every morning even for just 20 mins.
I will lose weight.
I will eat sugar free chocolate pudding, sugar free hot chocolate.

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FIREBALL_V 10/19/2011 2:52PM

    So proud of you!!! Way to get back on track. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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RAKYM1 10/18/2011 10:38AM

    Good for you. I miss ya!!!! Let's get back on track.

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DIDMIS 10/17/2011 10:35PM

    And you will make it to KOPS status again beautiful queen.

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ABBEMINE 10/17/2011 9:51PM

    Good for you. Keep up the good work and you can do it.

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My 1st massage

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I have always wanted a massage. I have seen the movies with women feeling wonderful after their massages. I have even read that massages help to lose weight. At our school Career Day we had some ladies from a local massage studio come. All summer I wanted to go but I just did not find the time. For my birthday a friend gave me a massage.
Yesterday I went. I have never had a massage so I did not know what to expect. I was lead to a room and asked to disrobe. Ms. Sanchez started to massage my neck I could feel the knots in my neck fade away. She proceeded down my back to my legs. She told me she could tell by all the knots I am on my feet all day. I could feel the knots as she tried to knead them away. I would like to say it felt great. It did not. It hurt or at least I could feel how sore the knots were. She would kneads the knots and I could feel them all. The studio was relaxing the music was soothing.

Today I feel better. My back does not hurt any more. My legs feel great. I would recommend a massage to anyone. I think I will go once a month and try to get those knots out. Ok now I am ready to go for my morning walk maybe I will walk 4 miles instead of my regular 3.

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MAYBER 9/14/2011 9:34PM

    Have been going to the chiropractor for my sciatica and part of his session was massage and it felt so good have been wanting to go just for a massage but have not done so your blog makes me think it is time to make an appointment one day at a time
Thank you and so glad you are doing well
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TREKPURRSON 9/13/2011 9:56PM

    Congrats on getting a massage! While I was working, they helped me keep my SANITY! As a former "regular massagee," I can offer you these tips: Only disrobe to your comfort level; Plan to start drinking LOTS of water earlier in the same day before you actually get the massage, and continue the rest of the day, to avoid feeling "flulike" symptoms (aids in flushing toxins). Try taking 2 Advil about 2-3 hours before, if you are feeeling really knotted--keeps you from feeling sore after the massage...Hope you don't have to wait another year for your next one! You deserve one every week, with everything on your "plate!" *GRIN* Keep Sparking! emoticon

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CARILOUIE 9/11/2011 5:22PM

    I love getting massages. I go about once a month to get all the gunk worked out of my legs. It's amazing how much better I feel afterwards!

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DIDMIS 9/11/2011 4:53PM

    I love massages. I only had one in my whole life. I need a husband to give me one. emoticon

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YJNANA 9/11/2011 2:20PM

    Becky, did they tell you to drink lots of water afterwards??
It releases a lot of Toxins and you need to flush them out with the water.
If you have too many toxins you will feel a bit like you have the flu.
Glad you had it and will be going back.
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MNNSAIDE 9/11/2011 2:06PM

    I'm glad you were able to get those knots out!

I am in so much pain with my back / shoulder / arms - well everything!

But I will NOT get a massage!!!
Don't want to take my clothes off
and don't want to be touched!!!!!!

My doctor even told me on one of my previous
visits (from one of my big falls) that I needed a massage.
He even gave me a number to call to make an appt.


I guess I will live in pain and take my muscle relain pills!!!!

My son used to help me with the ointments but he is away in
college now - I have to use my back scratch-er to reach those

Hugs my friend and sorry I took a lot of your space!

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ILLINITEACHER52 9/11/2011 1:34PM

  Once a month for a massage sounds great! I have not even gone once a year the past few years but I should really get back to going at least once every few months. It helps a lot!

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KIKI1066 9/11/2011 11:48AM

    Congrats on the massage! You definately deserve it!

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P.E teacher/librarian extraordinaire

Thursday, August 25, 2011

This year is going to be the best year of my life.
I have been an elementary librarian for 19 years, 1st grade teacher for 7.
This was the first year I started school with no crying babies. WooHoo.

2 years ago I started my weight loss journey again for the hundredth time. But this time it was different I was older, my knees hurt and for the 1st time I was at a middle school. I had been moved to a Middle School and I did not have the energy to learn how to deal with middle school kids. I needed a change. I joined Sparkpeople and I got serious. I lost 40 pounds by the end of the year. I was playing vollyball and basketball with 6th graders and I had energy. Wow.

This year I have been moved to a 5th and 6th grade campus. I find myself having to help out the P.E teacher outside with the students. The 6th graders come to the library for 1/2 hour and outside for 1/2 hour. In 100 degree heat it is perfect.

But my most fun is with the class I have to take outside while the coach eats. We play basketball. The kids say "Are we going to play today it is so much fun." The girls play because I am playing. The boys want me to play. The boys are still shorter than me so I can sometimes get the ball. I can catch the ball and pass it. I can run and steal the ball. OK so I can not shoot but that is OK. The best part is I am getting in my exercise in the middle of the day. After 1/2 hours outside they are happy to come to the library and " cool off with a good book."

Many Nay Sayers may say how can an old librarian keep up with young kids.
Well I can. I have lost 63lbs since that day 2 years ago.
I still have some to lose but I know I can do it.

In the summer I walked daily, swam and I kept losing. I challenged myself to be out in the heat of Texas. I got my body used to exercising in the warm days. Now I can go out and not die of heat stroke. I am not a librarian who is just about books. I can have fun tooo.

I hope this year I will be an inspiration to my students to show them that anyone can do anything. P.E coach/librarian extraordinaire it is just another day for me.

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TREKPURRSON 9/1/2011 8:00PM

    Wow, your story is so inspirational and we have several things in common: I am a recently retired elementary school librarian from your sweltering neighbor state of Louisiana, who is also in TOPS. I am restarting TOPS and SP after being away from both for about 5 years. Love your blogs! Can I add you as a SP friend? I also love Star Trek and cats, hence my handle Trekpurrson. My real name is Robyn. What's yours? Hoping for a buddy--Robyn emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/26/2011 9:24PM

    Can't believe your out there!

You know my situation - Praise God they were just joking
as I am not used to these Texas heat.

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LEAH-MARIE58 8/26/2011 5:40PM

    You have accomplished so much. Your blog is VERY inspiring.

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Reading your blog really helps me. I know I can do it, too.

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IWUNDER 8/26/2011 9:24AM

    Becky, This is great!! emoticon

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FERRETLOVER1 8/26/2011 8:55AM

    All I can say is... emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/25/2011 11:08PM

    emoticonBecky. Just don't call yourself old. That would make me ancient and I'm not even old most of the time. emoticon
I'm glad you can get in your exercise and call it work.

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MSCANELA 8/25/2011 10:19PM

  WOW! How inspiring! wonderful! Good for you!
Thank you for sharing!

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Back to Stress OR SCHOOL

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tis the season of back to school.
Oh how I long for those days of summer when I could go walking and swimming.
So now I am eating on the run or just trying to eat. I come home tired and worst of all I had to go school clothes shopping.
I have never liked clothes shopping.
I have been heavy for ever. I hated to go shopping for clothes. They never fit and I hate clothes.

Last year I did not buy new clothes for school. Instead I just took in my old clothes.
I have lost 70lbs and I have kept it off for over 2yrs. I still have 20lbs to go but I decieded to reward myself this year and buy new clothes. I did wear at the end of the year some of my daughters tops. How surprising my daughters love to shop.

After work on Friday 6:00p I went to the Outlet Mall with my two daughters to get some clothes for school. We went to Ann Taylor. I could not believe it I tried on some of the tops and they fit. I still do not like shopping but at least I know now I can go and at least try on the clothes.

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MAYBER 8/25/2011 6:18PM

    After a 70# loss you deserve new clothes even if you hate to shop know we want to always put off buying new clothes til goal is reached but time to celebrate yourself
One day at a time
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IWUNDER 8/22/2011 10:33PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you. I love to try on clothes are realize how well they fit or you need a smaller size. What an awesome feeling.


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DIDMIS 8/21/2011 11:03PM

    What Becky, no bottoms? So you want to wear palm leaves or animal skins or, or, or? OOPS I see you already have the bottomos. Culpa mia.

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MOM4407 8/21/2011 9:54PM

    You are both so funny. I just got tops to go with the black pants or Capris I just want to live in the garden of Eden.

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MNNSAIDE 8/21/2011 9:49PM

    hahahaha - Irene

Becky I copy-wrote that phrase!!!!

I gave in Wednesday to buy some new tops and pants only
because after 12 years of wearing black bottoms for our Faculty
picture she decides to have us wear kakie (sp?)

You know the kids will notice every new thread!

Work / Eating? I already have to skip lunch cuz I need to
go pick up the Police Report.

Have a good week my School Friend!!!


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DIDMIS 8/21/2011 7:12PM

    Where did I hear that statement before? Marcy look what Becky wrote, she hates clothes also. I'm not going out any more with you girls emoticon At least wear your sun glasses. emoticon

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Alligators in the morning

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Today I went walking at Estero Llano State Park. The park is just a few miles from my house and I drive by it everyday on my way to work. I love walking there I see something different every time I have been there. I was up very early to watch the meteor shower but only saw a few streak across the sky. I started my walk around 7:00a before the park even opens. The first thing saw a beautiful moth. If anyone know what kind it is I would love to know??

Last night the park had a night walk so maybe it was still hanging out.

I have seen some coyotes (the animal kind) there from a distance in the past today I saw 5 of them. I tried to take a picture but they saw me first and ran.

As you can see the park is an oasis of beauty in this hot semi arid area.

There are many different types of birds in the park so I can have a good work out and enjoy watching the birds.
In the summer there are not many people there. So it is very peaceful.Today I thought I would walk around 4 miles in the park and on the levees.
I love walking along the levee because I am above the trees and I can see for miles.

The levee system is to help with the flooding if we have a hurricane. The levees go for miles along the Rio Grande River. The area may look like there is lots of water but these little ponds have the water pumped into them from the river. The birds and animals are near here because of the water.

I walk just a little ways on the levees to the neighboring trailer community . It is about 1/2 mile away. I have seen an alligator a few times in a pond there. Today I was not disappointed.

I am glad I am on a leeve about 10 ft from it. But it is still a wonder to me that people live in a park with a gator right at the door step.

I walked back to the park and thought Wow I was luck to see one alligator maybe I could see the alligators that live in the State park. I went to Alligator pond were the alligators of the State park live. On the way I saw in the ditch a little snake

Again it was my lucky day. Glad it is in the water far away from me.

The park has several different trails the wind around. One can get lost if they do not know the way.

I walk to the pond I looked and look for alligators. My friend Marcy told me there were alligators here. I have tried different times to see the alligators. So after walking the leeves and the park for about 1 1/2 hours I was ready just to sit and wait for alligators. Got to the end of the trail I stood stretching looking out into the water and I did see a little alligator off in the distance. I got out my binoculars and I could see it. I did not take a picture of it was far away and little.

Suddenly I heard a car coming down the path. It was around 8:00a The path to the pond is not very wide and I thought it was unlikely the park maintenance would be working so early on Sunday. I know trouble makers also come to the park to party because I have seen the beer cans but it was around 8:30 a. It was not the park people.

It was a big car with handicapped sign.
They could not back out of the trail. I do not know how they got there. I was a little nervous because I did not know what was going on. I was by myself no one was around except this car. there were 2 older people and they had a handicap sign so hopefully if there was trouble I could out run them. The car kept trying to back out. They could not drive the car backwards at all. At one point they almost backed into the pond. After many tries the car finally got out of the trail and headed on the service road out of the park.

I went to the park office by now it was open. I told the rangers. They said many people get confused and drive onto the paths. One of the rangers went out to check and make sure they were gone. I am glad I had my camera. I got the number to the park to call if I see people again were they should not be. I do not like closer encounters of the human kind.

All and all I really had a great day. It was about a 4 mile walk and the temp was only around 85 do a nice morning. Now home and off to church.

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KEEKEE1ST 8/22/2011 11:25AM

    What an amazing adventure. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the pic of the alligator!

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SPARKY1944 8/16/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks for sharing your walk. Your pictures are lovely. The gator looks quite large. You're wise to keep your distance. I agree that it can be nerve-wracking to meet up with people in places you least expect to, especially when alone. Enjoy the park and stay safe.

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LINDAKAY228 8/16/2011 8:23AM

    I loved the blog and all the pics! It's funny sometimes how we would rather have an encourter with the animal kind rather than the human kind LOL. I can't imagine living in the midst of alligators but I know some people do. It looks like a very interesting place to walk and I'm so glad you had a great walk and also took us along with you!

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IDLETYME 8/15/2011 7:30AM

    Thanks for letting us go on you trip. Lovely pictures! I hope the "handicapped" people came out okay! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/14/2011 5:21PM

    Homework done thanks to Estero's post:

They did find this during the night walk:

Forbes Silkworm Moth - only found in the US and
mainly South Texas

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MNNSAIDE 8/14/2011 5:17PM

    Nice walk Becky - and without my guidance!!!

The little gator is one of 3 baby's - I'm sure the mom
was very close by watching your every move!!!

Butterfly - I will need to look it up - almost looks
like a Witch Moth -

Surprised you were able to get in so early!

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DIDMIS 8/14/2011 4:40PM

    Quite a walk Becky. I like the pictures.

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