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Goal Setting and Meal Planning

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Here we are at the beginning of a new week! I've just finished planning out my lessons for the week. I'm teaching a new class at Kaplan and it's all about idioms! I have a book called "A Year in the Life of an ESL Student" and a list of some popular songs (all with idioms highlighted). I have the whole week's lessons planned. I know what I need to make copies of and what to put in a little power point presentation.

When I finished planning that I decided to look through all the recipes that I've saved on Pinterest (and there are many!) and plan some meals for the week. My breakfast will be a smoothie and a breakfast sandwich. I have some SmartOnes sandwiches stocked in my freezer just in case I'm feeling too lazy to make sandwiches from scratch. I also have lots of frozen fruit, some skim milk, and some greek yogurt stocked up. My lunches will be either a SmartOnes meal, a sandwich or wrap, or some bite sized snacks. All of this is aimed towards keeping me away from the hundreds of Dunkin Donuts and other fast food places near my school.

Dinners will be far more interesting. My boyfriend and I are experimenting with some different stuff to pull us away from our all pasta/meat/veggies all the time stuff. And it will certainly keep us away from ordering pizza or subs.

Here are the various things I'd like to try for dinner. We'll see if Boyfriend agrees!

1. Black beans and rice (or quinoa) with diced tomatoes seasoned with garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and cilantro.

2. White chili (made with white beans, salsa, chicken broth, cooked chicken, and some mozzarella cheese). I want to add a veggie to this, not sure what. Maybe some spinach?

3. Whole wheat pasta in a butternut squash sauce with italian sausage, fresh spinach, garlic, shallots, parmesan, and sage.

4. Turkey stuffed peppers (red bell peppers stuffed with ground turkey, black beans, corn, green pepper, tomato, garlic, onions, cilantro, and cumin topped with monterey jack cheese)

5. Boyfriend makes awesome pizza! He makes his own whole wheat crust and tops it with some sauce, lots of different veggies, and some cheese. Sometimes there's a little bit of pepperoni on there too. Not always. Anyway, his pizza has become a weekly staple for us.

I also plan on making some zucchini tots (with zucchini, egg, onion, sharp cheddar, and bread crumbs) and stuffed mushrooms (maybe with some laughing cow cheese stuffed inside). Those should be handy bite-sized things to keep around for snacks and lunches.

I also am setting a goal for myself this week. Before I eat anything I will think to myself "Am I hungry? Or am I reaching for this out of stress/boredom?" If the answer isn't hunger, I will not eat what I'm reaching for. I also need to get back to the gym a few times this week. I've been lax on it!


A little life update...

Friday, January 04, 2013

I realized today that I've been neglecting my blog! Can't have that. After my last post, things got extraordinarily busy at work. I got everyone Pre-k through grade 6, the grammar school chorus, and the middle school chorus ready for their Christmas concerts. It was split into 2 nights. Grammar school went on Monday, December 17. I was so proud of all the kids involved in it! It went very well despite how nervous (ok so terrified might be a better word) I was. The next day I had a rehearsal with the middle school chorus. I have honestly never met a less co-operative group of people in my life. Working with that particular group was NOT a good experience. However, they did pretty well in their concert. But I am quite glad it's over.

After Christmas, the regular music teacher was scheduled to come back from maternity leave. So I have moved on to teaching ESL for adults at a language school in Boston. I've been on staff there since the beginning of November. Until now I've just been called in to substitute on my days off. Starting Monday I'll be teaching my own class and proctoring placement exams. Not a lot of hours yet, but the pay is still good and as soon as more classes open up I'll get first dibs! The other teachers have been really welcoming and genuinely seem excited that I'm coming on board regularly from now on. I'm looking forward to the new chapter in my professional life!

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KONRAD695 1/5/2013 7:51AM

    Sounds like you've got through the stress and are moving in the right direction. I'm happy for you, and glad you're liking the new full time placement. emoticon

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SparkCoach challenge

Monday, December 03, 2012

So, to help me shed some of this extra weight I decided to try SparkCoach. Today's challenge is to not eat anything after dinner. I've been managing to do that pretty consistently, but it's a good reminder. I've been distracting myself with jewelry making or knitting or even playing a computer game until bed time. Might be a little more challenging since I'm on an antibiotic and I'm supposed to eat something with it, but I can make it something healthy like yogurt.

Other than that, let my busy season commence! I have 2 full weeks left in this job, then the 2 Christmas concerts, then I believe a half day of school. Time to brush off the conducting skills for the concert, it's good arm exercise anyway!

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KONRAD695 12/3/2012 2:41PM

    I love the Spark Coach. Log in every day. It helps add structure to my program.

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Today's meal plan

Sunday, December 02, 2012

My plan today is this:

oatmeal (1/2 cup dry)
blueberries (1 cup)
honey (1 tbsp)

Tomato/spinach/chickpea soup


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KONRAD695 12/2/2012 10:49AM

    WOW! That's almost my typical day. I sub the honey with sugar and the spinach with onions. Always have salad with lunch and dinner. Looks like you are fueled for a good day. Best wishes! emoticon emoticon

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IRISH421 12/2/2012 8:20AM

    emoticon Sounds good

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The Wonderful World of Stress

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Good morning! So I haven't posted for a couple weeks now. Work has been stressful with the children's concert coming up. I didn't realize it til recently, but I've been eating my way through it. I wouldn't mind if what I've been eating had any nutritional value at all, but it doesn't. Just ask the empty package of Oreos....

Can't do it anymore. My body is upset with me. My clothes are starting to feel too snug. I'm starting over today!

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KONRAD695 11/29/2012 3:03PM

    Glad you caught yourself. emoticon Don't forget to move that loaded gun out of the house. emoticon emoticon

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NAUSIKAA 11/29/2012 12:32PM

    my husband is a music teacher too and things get very intense right before a concert! Good for you for putting your foot down and deciding to put yourself first! You can do it!

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PUNKADOO 11/29/2012 10:31AM

    Isn't it amazing how easy it is for those moments to sneak up on us? I was tempted to let things go today too because I have a lot to do. Yesterday I had to really push to find those ten minutes to do something. Thank you for posting this and getting me off my tempted-to-blow-it-off butt. :)

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