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Well, It's Officially the Weekend

Saturday, September 18, 2010



Grr... I feel like the picture because I have so much work to do!!!

So it's the weekend, but I have tons of work to do. When things are this hectic I find it helps to make a "To Do List" to organize my thoughts. So, here goes...

To Do This Weekend:

1. Go to the gym on Sat AM to
a) life weights on circuit and do push-ups
b) do my 120 various style crunches
c) jog on the treadmill or do another form of high intensity cardio for 30 minutes
d) swim for 30-40 minutes at gym
e) shower at gym

2. Walk Lila and Paisley

3. Clean House

4. Pay bills and balance checkbook

5. Submit for Flex Account reimbursement

6. Send out sympathy card in mail to relative

7. have friends over on Sat. night for card games, grilled talapia, salad, and salmon burgers

8. organize autumn/winter clothes and clean them if necessary

10. Make a healthy apple dessert recipe and an apple pork chop recipe (if time)

9. last but CERTAINLY not least... DO TONS AND TONS of lesson plans and general planning for school. This is a very critical time of the school year, I need to get off to the right start so I'm not behind all year!

10. Go to Price Chopper to get my Organic Valley products.

11. Get to bed at a decent time on Sunday night so I can wake up early and get to work by 7 a.m. on Monday morning as I have SO MUCH TO DO!

Well, that's my weekend in a nutshell! Wish me luck!

  
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ELLYN63 9/18/2010 1:23AM

   
Weekends are always busier than the work week, especially for teachers because we do bring our work home with us in addition to all the work at home that needs to be done. I always left my school work for very early mornings when no one else was up. This gave me some peace and solitude to plan my lessons. Marking was hard because while everyone was enjoying themselves, I was tied to the marking. But report card time was always the worst! argh.

But the TO DO list is good and helpful.

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ELLYN63 9/18/2010 1:23AM

   
Weekends are always busier than the work week, especially for teachers because we do bring our work home with us in addition to all the work at home that needs to be done. I always left my school work for very early mornings when no one else was up. This gave me some peace and solitude to plan my lessons. Marking was hard because while everyone was enjoying themselves, I was tied to the marking. But report card time was always the worst! argh.

But the TO DO list is good and helpful.

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ELLYN63 9/18/2010 1:22AM

   
Weekends are always busier than the work week, especially for teachers because we do bring our work home with us in addition to all the work at home that needs to be done. I always left my school work for very early mornings when no one else was up. This gave me some peace and solitude to plan my lessons. Marking was hard because while everyone was enjoying themselves, I was tied to the marking. But report card time was always the worst! argh.

But the TO DO list is good and helpful.

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Mushroom Soup

Sunday, September 12, 2010



It's a nice, chilly Sunday here in New York. Perfect for making mushroom soup! Last night I bought some varieties of mushrooms (Baby Bella, Oyster, Shiitake) and some scallions and some vegan Better than Bullion soup base. I am going to use Marsala wine, instead of Dry Sherry so hopefully the soup will still taste good. The recipe is from New England cookbook I bought at school last year. There is also a recipe for apple cider vinaigrette in there, which I hope to make today too (so I can take side salads to school for my lunches this week).

Other than that I need to prep lessons for school today. I also need to go through some bills and sort through some fall/winter clothes as I need to start bringing them out of storage, the weather is getting chilly here.

  
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NLMARSHALLJX 9/12/2010 11:27AM

    That looks De-lic-ious!! I'll have to wait until it gets a bit cooler here to try it, but I am always a fan of mushrooms.

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SISTAMME 9/12/2010 11:21AM

    Thanks and Thanks!

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SISTAMME 9/12/2010 11:21AM

    Thanks and Thanks!

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SHANNONSTILLS 9/12/2010 11:18AM

  I'm going try this!!! emoticon

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QUOOTIE 9/12/2010 11:18AM

    Soup looks yummy

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Welcome Autumn!

Friday, September 03, 2010



Well, it's almost time to start the school year. The year marks my ninth year of teaching and I'm feeling refreshed and looking forward to it. I've got a good workout routine and hope to stay motivated through the fall and long after. I feel good about my weight loss but need to lose 30 more pounds to be considered "normal" vs. "overweight" on the BMI charts. I want to make sure I go forward this season, not backwards.

The first step towards doing this is to work hard this weekend getting stuff done around the house and planning lessons/curriculum for school so I can start the year off on the right foot, instead of feeling stressed out and behind before I've begun. Wish me luck!

  
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SISTAMME 9/4/2010 4:26PM

    Well today so far I've gone to the gym where I jogged for 30 minutes on the treadmill, then did sprints for 10 minutes (30 seconds on and 30 seconds off at a time). Then, I did my 20 pushups on the bar and my 120 crunches on the gym floor. Came home, walked my dogs (1.5 miles). Then, I mowed the lawn and am now cleaning the house. So, I'm off to a good start but there is still so much to do including:

1) sort through my clothes in the closet and put away some spring clothes that I know I won't be wearing

2) try on and bring up fall/winter clothes from the basement bins

3) plan lessons/schedule for school and finish typing notes and info on students

4) develop an exercise plan/routine for the fall (there are new gym classes and such so I need to redo my routine - I also wanted to try jogging on my own outside on certain nights and I need to get back into swimming a couple times per week)

5) develop a nutrtion plan and input calories of foods commonly eaten into fitday or spark so I can attempt to track how many calories I consume as I've never done that yet!

6) personal care including conditioning treatment for hair, exfoliate, and trim nails.

7) pay bills and balance checking account.

UGH... I would prefer it if all this could be done before Tuesday (the first day of school), but we'll see! If I can get a good amount of it done I will feel refreshed and clear headed going into the new school year. It doesn't take long for stress to creep on at the beginning of the school year but having these routine things out of the way will certainly help with this.

I don't know about you guys, but I always feel that there is a never ending list of chores that need to be done from owning a house and two dogs!

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GRATEFUL4TODAY 9/4/2010 2:39PM

    I am a teacher too! It certainly is a challenge to set a schedule for yourself where you make time for YOU - fitness and healthy eating the whole year round are SO important!

It is great to see other people here making this a priority and I am looking forward to conquoring the fall without falling into the comfort food trap.... hmmm, I think that will be my next blog topic!

Keep up the good work! Oh, and I love that fall picture on your post!

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LINDENSGIRL 9/3/2010 6:40PM

    Happy September! I wish you the greatest school year ever!

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ANIHAKA 9/3/2010 3:34PM

    Best wishes for the new term. emoticon

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SUZIEGREY 9/3/2010 3:18PM

    Good luck for the new term.
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Things I Love: Hiking

Sunday, October 04, 2009



Haven't had time to blog in a while but thought I'd chime on to say that my husband and I took time out last Saturday to go hiking a nice steep mountain. It was fun but a serious workout. It was definitely worth it once we made it to the top. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope to do this sort of things more often, especially now that the fall colors are coming out in full.

  
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JAZZYNUME 10/12/2009 11:36AM

    Sissy:
Good for you girlfriend. I think of you in my out of the box moments and wonder how you are doing. You have been so great being there to share your story and words of wisdom and encouragement through this journey
Im glad you took some time to stop, relax and enjoy the views from your hike.
What a reward



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SISTAMME 10/6/2009 7:32AM

    oh that's too bad. We have plenty of mountains around here :) It is a SERIOUS workout. I struggled most of the way up... it's like major stair climbing although it's probably easier than using a stair climber machine as you are hearing and seeing beautiful sights and sounds versus staring at a blank wall in a gym! Thanks for the comment.

Sissy

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SADWHITEWOLF 10/6/2009 7:14AM

    I love walking and I love nature trails, I've never gotten to do any serious hiking but it sounds like a really fantastic way to get fit.
No mountains where I live though

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1.8 lb loss this week

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ok, so I lost 1.8 lbs this week. Not a fantastic number but at least it's a loss. I wish I could pull some more big number losses but it's just not happening right now. Worried about Memorial Day of course as I'll be out of town and probably not making the best food choices. Overall, I'm doing OK with my weight loss.

  
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NIGHTHWAK 5/20/2009 4:02PM

    Awesome work! Congrats.

1.8 lbs. IS A BIG DEAL. Don't minimize the effort, work and planning that went into it. That's how this happens, 1. 1.3, 1.5, 1.9 lbs. at a time. So BRAVO!

When I was actively losing (I've maintained an almost 50 lb loss for over 9 years now) I can tell you that I was PETRIFIED by holidays. ANY holiday! But, as you go along, you begin to realize that if you WANT to be successful and lose the fat once and for all you simply HAVE to change how you eat, EVEN on a holiday.

Here's how I'd trick myself. I'd say, "THIS holiday (say, 4th of July) I am going to eat on plan. Yes, it will be a challenge, but I will bring my own food and not eat what is at the BBQ. I will concentrate on things other than food and if I find it too hard I will leave early. But I will NOT give in. Because when I wake up the day AFTER the holiday I will have the satisfaction of knowing I ate ON PLAN and DID IT. If I want to eat off plan I can do it next year. THIS year I will eat healthy, no junk."

Good luck. You'll do fine. Don't let the holiday be an excuse for you to go back to your old way of eating. I predict you'll have ANOTHER loss next weigh in.

Again, good work!

Whatever it takes,
~nh

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