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Loving Life!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

So I really can't remember a time where I was happier than I have been lately. I have been busy, but I feel great. I enjoy coming to work, I enjoy my students, and I enjoy my coworkers. I love coming home and cooking great meals. Last night I cooked up steak and made a chipotle inspired dinner. They were kind of like burrito bowls. I also made a recipe for the Puerto Rican oatmeal we had this summer. SOOOOOO good! It turned out perfectly. I have also been really surprised with my bf. He has been really nice. I'm not saying he wasn't nice to me before, but he was never one to really share his feelings or be a cuddly kind of person. Well lately he can't get enough of me! lol. He has been getting his work around the house done during the day so he can spend more time with me when I get home. He said last night that he couldn't wait for me to get home (in 8 years this is a first!). He smiles at me and cuddles on me before we go to bed. Last night we were laying there watching tv and out of nowhere he says "good lord, you are pretty". What!??? He says I am getting so skinny and I'm a joy to lay with now. He can wrap one arm completely around me now. He would compliment me from time to time before, but I've never seen him lose his train of thought and thrown off track just by looking at me a certain way. This past week he's also been talking about maybe saving up for a house and has been leaning towards some more serious commitment conversations. Maybe sometime in the next 0-5 years I'll be engaged:) lol. There were times that I wasn't sure if it was going to happen for me, but I stopped stressing over it and was letting life work itself out. It is really nice feeling appreciated and desired. I really couldn't be happier with things right now. I mean, this weekend he even went with me when I ran errands for the day and took my cat to the vet. He used to not even go to the grocery store with me, let alone to the vet with me! I told him I appreciated it and he said no problem and that he was just trying to support our family. lol. He's the cutest. We are going back to puerto rico for Thanksgiving and I can't wait. He will be there Mon-Sat and I'll be there Thurs-Sat (thanks public school system for only giving us off Thurs and Fri lol). Either way, I am very excited to go back. We are staying with friends vs a hotel this time, so that'll be even better. But enough jibberjabber from me. My goal for the day is to quickly skim through a 30 pg article and write my 2 pg reflection assignment on it. My class is at 5:00 tonight. I have time to work on it after school when I am finished coach class at 3:15 (I have to leave at 4 for class), but I would REALLY like to get it done before then. I need to go to target tonight to try to find an orange shirt for our AVID induction ceremony that's tomorrow. I don't really want to go at 8:00 after class, so if I could get my hw done before the end of the day I can go to target in between school and class. We shall see:) Ttyl spark family!

  
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JUDI_CUTIE 9/20/2012 1:10PM

    It is so great to hear you so happy!!!!!

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CLPURNELL 9/19/2012 4:33PM

    Awesome. you deserve it!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/19/2012 12:48PM

    Great to hear! Happy for you!! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 9/19/2012 12:17PM

    I love that you are so happy!! It is wonderful to hear! emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/19/2012 9:41AM

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I am glad you are super happy! Life definitely can change for the better sometimes! Keep up the great work!
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LDRICHEL 9/19/2012 9:40AM

    Love it!!! Love you!!!! Love your bf! You guys rock!

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RBETYOURASS 9/19/2012 9:23AM

    I swear healthy = happy, for you and those around you!
It truly does make a difference and glad you are experiencing the positive effects of a very proudly verbal boyfriend about it!
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~Rana


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OMMAMA7 9/19/2012 9:18AM

    Awesome! I'm sure he finds you more physically attractive, but I'm also just as sure that your new attitude and zest for life are equally, if not more so, attractive!! Seeing you conquer your goals and tackle new things is probably pretty hot and inspiring :) Being so impressed by you might be having him really appreciate how special you are and how lucky he is :) I know that my newfound confidence and happiness have helped all of my relationships including my marriage. It's pretty great to start feeling this way isn't it? Enjoy it, you deserve it!!! I'm very happy for you that you are so...happy!! :)

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/19/2012 7:13AM

    That is awesome, Sara! So happy to read all the good news!
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What a weekend

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So I had an interesting weekend. Friday I went to the track with my bf. That was nice. I haven't been to the track in a while and our first date was at that track in 2004. Saturday I had to work a wedding. It was pretty exhausting. Sunday I had a Sunday Funday with some coworkers. I went to her house at noon and we watched football at 1. Then we went out in the city. I left around 10:30. I drank and was originally planning on sleeping at her house, but around 7 decided I was getting kind of tired of the whole scene and some of my other friends had also left so I stopped drinking and went home that night. I really enjoyed seeing my friends and I have a new favorite, lower-calorie drink. It's grey goose citron with water and then you add that Mio Blueberry Lemonade liquid water flavor. The Mio is 0 calories and it is quite tasty. The only bad thing is that I gained 4 lbs after that night lol. I am sure a lot of it is water weight and should be going away in the next couple days. I am pretty certain I didn't gain 4 lbs of fat overnight... but it does kind of suck that I drank once in July and on my vacation in Aug and this is how one night of drinking impacts my body. I probably drink less than 10 times a year, can't I get a break!? The other thing that sucks is that I cut my toe really bad when I was walking back to my car. When I decided it was time to leave another person who is friends with my friend was also going to leave, so he walked with me back to her house so I could get my stuff. However, he was almost running he was walking so fast! I wasn't sure why he was walking that quickly (and I walk quickly myself!). I'm not sure if he was scared walking through the city or what, but I was having trouble keeping up with him. Well I stepped up onto a curb and didn't see that there was a brick border on the sidewalk. You know how in cities there are brick borders around trees on certain places of the sidewalk? Well there was a brick border on this part of the sidewalk near that curb, but the problem was there wasn't anything inside of the border... there was no tree or anything. It was dark and there was a car parked next to the curb, so I didn't see that the bricks were there. When I stepped onto the curb my toe slammed into the bricks since it was 2-3 inches higher than the curb should have been. I have a dime size flap sliced onto the front of my big toe and a cut on the top of my toe. It hurts really bad. But other than that the weekend was pretty nice. Yesterday we were off school for the Jewish Holiday so my bf and I had a nice lazy day. Took the cat to the vet and watched a movie. It was a lovely day. I have an incredibly busy week, so hopefully it goes quickly.









  
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CLPURNELL 9/19/2012 4:50PM

    Ouch hope that toe heals up soon. Sounds like an awesome weekend!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/18/2012 11:16PM

    Bless your toes heart! I hope you heal quickly! That looks really painful!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/18/2012 8:39PM

    Looking good...uhhh sorry about your toe! Hopefully that heals quickly:)

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KIMPY225 9/18/2012 10:55AM

    poor toe! I had a similiar cut once - I smashed my foot into the bottom of a shopping cart. Yikes!

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LDRICHEL 9/18/2012 10:09AM

    You look so great! So...are you sayin' no drinking on Saturday night at Fort 4 Fitness???

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/18/2012 8:50AM

    You are so flippin' cute, however your toe is not!
Blech!!!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/18/2012 8:16AM

    That certainly was a crazy weekend! You look great, but that too looks pretty gnarly, Hope it's doing better!

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Loving life and gym

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

So yesterday I went to the gym for the first time since school started. I went with a coworker. It was great! The only thing I noticed was that my spandex are getting too loose! I never knew that happened. When I put them on they felt ok... it's not like they were baggy... but when I started running on the treadmill I was having trouble keeping them up. Weird!





School is still going really well. I enjoy being here and I enjoy the kids. I've really enjoyed the work I've been able to do with AVID and I hang out in their class with them during my planning period. It's still a little bit of a mental break for me and forces me to just enjoy what I'm doing and enjoy watching other people teach versus focusing on grading and emails during my period off. I can see kids increasing their motivation because of me, which I love.

I came home last night and made a chicken, avocado, and cheese taco thing on whole grain tortilla. I heat the tortilla up in a pan so it gets crispier. I put the tortilla in foil, spread the avocado, add the chicken and cheese, and then fold the foil so it is like a taco. I let it sit for a few seconds so the tortilla stays folded like that. It is crunchier than a regular whole grain tortilla and SO tasty.

  
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EDUCGRAD 9/15/2012 9:08PM

    you're doing awesome!! taco looks so good.

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CLPURNELL 9/12/2012 4:05PM

    Awesome job at the gym and the taco looks delish!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/12/2012 12:32PM

    emoticon Keep rocking it! Yeah for loose spandex! Time for some new workout gear. You earned it!!

Glad school is going well and you're spreading the spark. Keep up the great work!!

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KIMPY225 9/12/2012 11:56AM

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That looks very good! Nice job on going to the gym!

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LYNSEY723 9/12/2012 11:52AM

    emoticon emoticon Looks yummy!

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OMMAMA7 9/12/2012 9:43AM

    Way to go!!

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LDRICHEL 9/12/2012 9:15AM

    Mmmm...I want to eat that.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/12/2012 8:29AM

    You look great and so does dinner!
So happy to hear that things are going so well for you!
Two more weeks...Woohoo!
Ok, a few days longer than two weeks, but still...
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weekend recap

Sunday, September 09, 2012

so i have been feeling very motivated in regards to my career... This is my first year officially with AVID. I stayed late after school with the AVID coordinator and bounced ideas off each other. Our theme this yr is super powers so i dressed up and posted what my super power is (i chose the power to motivate others).



Then i posted a blog of spending an hr reading. The kids are earning points by documenting activities like studying, reading, etc., so if i can do it they can.



Some kids i was bothering over the weekend posted a blog and did some activities themselves:) yesterday i chaperoned football and then got lunch with the avid coord and our former student. She is going to be a mom in 2 days, but is still fighting to finish her goal of earning a degree. It was a great lunch and so refreshing to see her!



Last night the bf and i went to a neighbors party. They hold it in a barn and there r hundreds of ppl! There were frozen margarita machines, two live bands, a beer truck, etc. It was bigger than any event or wedding ive attended. It was fun. Heres my outfit.




My bf found this pic when i started bartending two yrs ago (may 2011). Just a reminder of how far ive come :-\ its not my heaviest weight, but heavy enough.




  
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CLPURNELL 9/10/2012 2:22PM

    You've done awesome!!! Glad the school year is going well!

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PATSYB7 9/9/2012 9:43PM

    You're rocking that outfit, girl! You have come so far--congratulations! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/9/2012 8:52PM

    Hot Mama!
Sounds like a fun weekend and I LOVE your super power!!
Super cute pic!
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HDHAWK 9/9/2012 8:18PM

    Very cute outfit and big changes! Pictures really make those changes easier to see.

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SNEVIL1 9/9/2012 6:47PM

    It still surprises me to see my face in pics. Im still expecting it to look bigger. Its nice for once to be surprised that u look smaller than expected in pics vs looking bigger than u thought.

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LDRICHEL 9/9/2012 6:31PM

    Sexy mama!

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finally normal again!!!

Friday, September 07, 2012

So this morning my weight was 158.8, which puts me in the normal bmi range again:D

I was going to try not to post outfit pics today since it's dress down Friday... BUTTTTT since this is my first day of normal weight I HAD to post pics:) Sorry LDRICHEL lol.





My food is still going great. I am still doing protein shakes in the mornings. My classroom is going outstandingly. By Wednesday I had all of my copies made for the next week... I am keeping up with everything and staying on top of that. I got slightly ahead with my grad school work, so my main focus for the rest of Sept is to get back into my exercise routine. We can do this!


Update: So kids are still coming up to me in disbelief. It is such a weird feeling. One kid asked a friend if it was really me because he didnt know who I was. One little grl gave me a hug and said she loves hugging skinny people. That was sweet. Three other boys that i taught a few years ago were walking with me on their way back to class and asked what i was doing. I said working out and eating good food. They said "no that cant be it. That never works. U must be smoking weed" (lol oh lovely hs children lol). I love compliments, but i also love feeling great. I have energy and i am not hungry during the day. I am excited about my job. Excited about wearing clothes. Excited about seeing people and trying new things. Life is great:)

  
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CLPURNELL 9/10/2012 2:44PM

    You have done a great job!!!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/9/2012 6:11PM

    So happy for you!!!!

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RASLALIQUE 9/8/2012 9:16PM

    This is very exciting to see! Sometimes I get to thinking it's not really possible and then I see posts like this and start to believe again. emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 9/8/2012 11:10AM

    Congrats on being in normal range,You have worked so hard,it is paying off. emoticon You look great,glad you are getting some compliments.that's always encouraging emoticon emoticon

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JUDI_CUTIE 9/8/2012 10:57AM

    You look amazing!

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OMMAMA7 9/7/2012 5:57PM

    Nice - congrats on everything!!!

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TANYAP71 9/7/2012 3:34PM

    Congratulations! You are doing so well!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 9/7/2012 12:03PM

    Slammin' sista!!
Don't let LDRICHEL boss you around!
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LDRICHEL 9/7/2012 10:33AM

    Ahahaha! GIRL! Don't you apologize! You strut your stuff and BE yourself!!! I love you for it!

Hottie.

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KIMPY225 9/7/2012 10:20AM

    Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 9/7/2012 9:47AM

    You are doing awesome and you look great!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 9/7/2012 9:26AM

    emoticon Keep rocking!!!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/7/2012 8:02AM

    Whose awesome and amazing in her skinny jeans on Friday!!!!! Rock it out lady!!! You look great with your in the normal emoticon range self! Lol

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/7/2012 7:39AM

    emoticon That's great : )

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/7/2012 7:24AM

    emoticon emoticon Great job on all you're doing! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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LEMOW23 9/7/2012 6:56AM

    Congrats! I like the colors of your outfit. You look really slim here.

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PATSYB7 9/7/2012 5:33AM

    Yay for you! Congratulations! emoticon

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