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Graduation Day

Friday, June 01, 2012

Today is the last school day for my school district, and the graduation ceremony for the students at my school. Since students actually graduate upon completion here, they can graduate any day of the school year. This day is always nice because everyone participating in the ceremony has to come in early for practice, so I get to see students that I may not have seen since August or September.

Today also presents a challenge since it is a VERY long day for the faculty & staff here. We have an early release schedule, so classes in the morning, the decorating for the ceremony tonight, a small amount of down time (of course not enough to go home & get ready), then the ceremony & reception. Faculty & staff serve food & drinks at the reception, so there's even more work. Plus the food itself, which always include my favorite pimento cheese sandwiches and cake with buttercream frosting (which I don't get at home due to family allergies).

It'll be a fun day despite being so long. And I'm grateful that this year it's on a Friday so I have the weekend to recover before coming back to sign out for the summer.

  
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JENNY_SWEET 6/3/2012 7:59PM

    Hey Sistah, I replied to your reply to your blog post a few entries ago.... just didn't want you to think your stalker forgot about you. Hell no. Just that work has cut down on my stalking opportunites ;-) Have a great week, Hottie, and I'll stalk you next weekend!

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Overwhelmed

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Yep, that's how I'm feeling today.

It's the end of the school year and as usual I'm not prepared for it (one drawback to working in a credit recovery school... everybody works the last 2 weeks so I don't have time to clean & sort - lol). And even though it's nearly summer, I still don't get a day off for another 3 weeks (another drawback is that I have to have full lesson plans in place before the school year starts).

We also went to a Rosary last night for DH's uncle. That has taken all the shine and luster off the week for all of us. I'm tired & emotionally wrought. I gave in to emotional eating last night... not bad stuff, just too much stuff. Really trying to stay on track today. But my head is fuzzy and I'm having a hard time focusing on anything.

Just working on hanging on right now.

  
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MARYINMAINE 5/31/2012 8:27PM

    I agree--sometimes you just have to tell yourself this is a time to get through and nothing more, then you'll get positive and motivated again afterwards. Today was one of those days for me too.

We can't be "on" all the time--we're human and we have lots going on in our lives, right?

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ANNFONTANELLA 5/31/2012 12:57PM

    Hang in there! I know how those weeks are. Try and make time to rest and relax and take care of yourself first...!

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Focusing on the Positive or Fighting the Seether

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

After a weekend of making really bad decisions and letting my id (a.k.a. the seether - yes, after the song) have too much control, I'm focusing on the things I did right and the new habits I've formed since embarking on this journey a year and a half ago...

1) I still ate fruits & veggies despite being off plan!

2) I had several meals that were strictly by the guidelines so that the ones that weren't didn't have as much of an impact.

3) When we took my DD for ice cream I ordered a small rather than the large I would have ordered in the past (and after seeing the small realized I'd have been happy with a mini).

4) Bought a Big Grab bag of chips (the ones that have 3 servings) and shared it between 3 people! Although I'm sure DD had less than a full serving & I had more, it's still a lot less than the whole bag!

Do I have things I still need to work on? Obviously. But it's identifying the fact that new habits are taking hold that helps motivate me to idenify the things that need work and change them, knowing that eventually they'll be a new habit too!

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GOLDENDOMER00 5/30/2012 10:15AM

    You are making such excellent choices. Moderation is key! Keep up the great decision-making!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 5/30/2012 2:47AM

    How boring life would be if we followed every rule, ate only the exact amount of chips that make up one serving, and didn't have ice cream now and then. You are so spot on in acknowledging that the new habits are taking hold and making you stop and think about what you need to improve on. This is how we grow. You are doing so well!

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TAMARA6905 5/29/2012 3:10PM

    Great Job at allowing yourself to feel good about the things you did RIGHT, instead of wallowing in self-pity or berating yourself over the things you did WRONG! We can't get it right 100% of the time, but as long as we try our best to make good decisions you know you're on the right track! Keep it up!

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BARNACLE1225 5/29/2012 12:01PM

    Rather than playing the "blame game" and look at fault you have instead asked yourself " How can I succeed?" Well done. Keep Sparking!!!! emoticon

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03BFISCHER 5/29/2012 9:58AM

    Good for you!! Being able to focus on the positives instead of dwelling on not following your plan to a tee. I say again, GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

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AMALLECO 5/29/2012 9:47AM

    Agreed!
I ate half the portions I normally would have even though I was eating things that I should have bypassed all together... Alfredo is my favorite!

Also I made sure to have some form of outdoor physical activity each day...
kayaking, golfing, walking...etc.

Alcohol intake was cut down extremely since past instances... emoticon

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The day after...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This is the most important day in anything and everything you do!

I had a bad day with food yesterday (thanks to a boat load of burritos & a chocolate cake left for us by DH's aunt). Today is the day after. I had the choice to keep splurging on home made yumminess, or to get back on plan and not feel terrible when I get back home tomorrow. I chose the later... I planned my food (after one minor slip first thing this morning), ate before visiting DH's aunt, and I've been snacking & staying full all day long.

I also owned up to what I ate yesterday. I logged everything on here, and even though I was feeling like a complete pig, it turns out my calories were in maintenance range for me. =)

So, the day after, I'm doing great and headed to success again. Gotta remember my Friday goal of 157.6!

  
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GOLDENDOMER00 5/30/2012 10:25AM

    I'll admit it. I overindulged this weekend and still having a slightly difficult time getting back on track. I am working out but I have that feeling that I want to eat.....You are doing a great job!!!

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TAMARA6905 5/30/2012 8:00AM

    I'm with MJ! Those goodies would have been hard for me to pass up to, but what a lovely surprise to find out you were still in range!! Best of Luck reaching your Friday goal!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 5/30/2012 3:07AM

    Burritos and chocolate cake. I would have been sorely tested not to overindulge. Good for you tracking it all AND staying in at least maintenance range!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/29/2012 5:21AM

    Burritos are evil, and chocolate cake will always get you unless you pitch it out as soon as the party is over!

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CHICKYWANNA 5/28/2012 6:52PM

  you are so inspiring and you look great ! emoticon

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Plans & potatoes

Friday, May 25, 2012

Potatoes first!

Last night I made a dish that I haven't made since embarking on my weight loss journey. Of course I healthified it... coconut milk was replaced with light coconut milk, potatoes became a blend of potatoes, zucchini, squash, & eggplant. My son (6 and vegertable hater) was eating his chicken & bravely tried the cous cous. I asked him to eat some potatoes before he could be excused. I watched as he took a bite of zucchini and then asked how he liked the potatoes. His response was, "Great!"

Score one for Mom!!!

Plans...

We're going out of town again tonight, back to hubby's family house. That means more home cooking by his aunt. BUT I do have a plan, and added motivation now that my weight is back under 160. We cooked and left some food last time, so it's in the freezer waiting to be eaten. We're also planning to cook there for dinner tomorrow instead of going out to eat. I am giving myself a little slack while I'm there... I'm letting myself stray for 2 out of 5 meal/snacks a day, but within reason and trying to stay in calorie range. I'm so happy my scale is finally back under 160 (I gained NINE pounds between TOM and sodium retention) and I really don't want to undo the hard work I've done this week!

  
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JENNY_SWEET 6/3/2012 7:55PM

    Ha! I am so slow on the uptake these days, just seeing this now. I've been missing you too, Sweets! You and I have always been simpatico in our attitude and motivation. Plus I just like the hell out of you. ;-) I got on the scale yesterday after 2 weeks of avoiding it, only to find I finally broke through to the 150's instead of the gain I had prepared myself for...the scale just makes no sense at all!! But I was relieved to see that my plan of strict weekdays and weekends "off" seems to be working to at least maintain (hmmm, sounds suspiciously like the "5 out of 7" challenge!)

I actually only signed up to stalk you so haven't had time to set up a proper page yet... I have to be unemployed to care very much about that!! Maybe by July? ;-) Really hope you are well & wanted to let you know you are my hero. ;-) I'll be stalking you on the weekends for sure!

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NOONEY72 5/29/2012 9:26AM

    THERE you are!!!! I was beginning to feel like a nobody without my stalker. lol!!!! I looked for your page to friend you, but didn't find it.

My weight is looking like a bouncing ball right now with all the trips out of town. Time to buckle down & get it done. Good luck with your new job. Sounds like you're going into it with a great attitude! =) (Been missing you, girl!)

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JENNY_SWEET 5/27/2012 12:52PM

    Hey Sweets! I finally successfully stalked you to your new home. ;-)

Things became instantly crazy with the new job, but somehow I've managed to not undo all my hard work - been good with food, less so with wine, but that's my M.O., ha ha! But I've been doing the planning meals thing as well with the new job - I do a bunch of cooking on Sunday that takes us through the week. For us, eating out as a family is a rare treat - nowhere near once a week! I get home too late from work for us to eat as a family on weeknights, but we have "Friday night pizza" (which I've gotten so used to subbing in my own meal I don't pout through it as much as I used to) and our Sunday dinner is our big family affair. Last week I made an oven-stuffer roaster (which generates leftovers for the week as well), a side dish of rattatouie (I know that spelling is nowhere near close - but it's a great dish filled with veggies, and I added white cannellini beans & black beans to make it good for weeknight dinners) plus a quinoa, mango & black bean salad that is awesome for dinners & lunches through the week. Our fridge is busting at the seams on Sunday night, but by Friday it's all been eaten! I really enjoy finding new recipes to try for our "Sunday dinners", but I sympathize with your in-law situation. My babysitter does exactly what I want...but a price is paid, literally! ;-) I would never leave my kids in either of my parents care for more than 10 minutes (and given they don't live anywhere near us that's not even an option), so I envy you a bit in that. Would they be insulted if you started packing snacks with the kids to take with them? Could you do it under the guise of "We so appreciate you taking care of the kids, and thought packing snacks might make things easier on you' ? It's a dicey situation, for sure....

Anyway, hope you had fun this weekend!

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