Wednesday, November 21, 2012
So tomorrow morning I am leaving for Puerto Rico. Yesterday was not the best day. My bf left for PR on Monday, but since teachers are in school through today I couldn't leave until Thurs morning. I was feeling a little crumby. Kids weren't terrible, but they weren't a joy to be around either. I was also seeing wonderful pictures he and his friends were posting up of all the fun things they are doing in PR (without me lol).
I feel like I am missing all of the action and by the time I finally get there from Thurs-Sat there won't be anything left for me. It also kind of sucks being alone without being able to hear from him or sleep with him. He is texting me a lot, but I was still kind of feeling down. Monday I had my first training session at Gold's and it was great. I decided yesterday to go to the gym too. It takes me around an hour and a half to get there after school (when I leave around 4). If I were to leave earlier it probably wouldn't take that long, but around the Baltimore area at that time traffic is terrible. I got to the gym and did the treadmill for a while. I needed to do laundry and pack, so I wasn't planning on staying for hours... but I am proud that I went and did something. I was also impressed that EVERYTIME I have gone into the gym (this was my 3rd time) the staff addresses me by name. The woman who signed me up saw me when she was talking to someone in the locker room and said, "Hi, Sara." She didn't have a computer where my name popped up and I wasn't wearing a name tag... she just remembered. Later when I was finishing on the treadmill she stopped by the machine and asked how my training session had gone. I was impressed. Of course if you act like you care about your members they are more likely to stick around, but still I was happy to see that they are making an effort to make me feel like a person and like I matter. It is still interesting to see how many incredibly buff and beautiful people are at this gym, but I think it's great. Watching the Raven's Cheerleader work out with the personal trainer in front of me is great motivation.
I got home, put in my laundry, and started to pack. Correction-- I attempted to pack. I didn't realize that my size had changed so much from the very end of Aug when I was in PR last. All of my summer clothes were XL's and all of my shorts were size 13 juniors. Now I am a medium shirt and a size 9 juniors. I know that I've been on the right path and it's been around 16 lbs lost since school started, but I didn't know that it was that big of a physical change.
Luckily, last weekend I found a jean skirt and 2 jean shorts from Pac Sun on sale that were in my size (they were all $6 each!). It was also cool because I've NEVER bought anything from Pac Sun. After stripping my closet and digging through everything I could find I was able to put together a few summery outfits. I was getting quite frustrated for a while, but I had to keep it in perspective that althought it sucks not having any clothes it would suck even worse to be that big again. Here are some of the things I came up with..
I am also really excited that a lot of people I know have been joining SP (and may even be reading this right now!). Two of them are friends from college that I haven't seen in quite a few years. They both hit me up on FB after I had been posting things about working out and posting skinny pics. The others are coworkers.
Overall, I am very excited to leave for PR tomorrow morning. This will be a huge test, since I won't be tracking my food. I think I am well equipped to make healthy choices and to stay on track towards my goals. See everyone in a few days:)
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
So far I am having a great week. I was able to use an english topic in my Algebra 1 class (ethos, logos, and pathos). We created a poster for an English teacher explaining how we used it in our class (in response to the letters we wrote her after she taped 300 mini golf pencils to every surface of my room as a joke because we disagree about whether or not teachers should give students pencils.) The kids were very excited and it was nice to branch out and include multidisciplinary content into my room.
As usual, it would not be a normal day without pictures of myself ;) Here are some more "muscle" pictures that I am going to use as my "pre Gold's gym" pictures. I am not upset with either one of them. Of course, I can find areas that need improving, but I am quite happy with how my body is progressing.
Here are pictures of my outfit today. It isn't anything ground breaking, but I like how my jeans are fitting and how my collar bones look.
I am also excited to be encouraging some students this morning (that always makes me feel good). I am in charge of one of our houses for AVID (similar to the houses in Harry Potter). My house is always in last place in terms of our house points (which students gain or lose based on grades, good/bad decisions they make, etc.) Well, I am happy to say that only 4 out of 46 kids in my house had negative points for first quarter grades. I am also excited to say that 10 kids had negative points at interims, but brought their grades up to the positive range by the end of the quarter!!!! I made those 10 kids healthy goodie bags along with an encouraging note telling them that I am proud of how hard they worked and I know that they will have a great second quarter. These kids are the ones who struggle to get satisfactory grades and seem to feel beat down all the time. I think they will really like the uplifting message (and of course the snacks! lol). I feel like all of us need happy messages some times... even if what we did wasn't winning a national award or breaking a world record. By celebrating small successes we can give people confidence to strive for bigger successes... especially for people or students who aren't the ones who get recognized for honor roll, scholarships, etc. Here is a picture of my goodie bags..
I included a caprisun, a pack of sugar free orbit gum, a nature valley granola bar, a special k strawberry crisp bar, a 100 calorie pack of fudge stripe cookies, and a 100 calorie pack of cheez-it trail mix. Personally, I wouldn't eat all of that at one time and maybe next time I can get wild and crazy and throw some fruit in there... but considering that these kids eat from vending machines for every meal (i.e. Big Texas pastries, chips, candy, and soda- Plus there is a McDonald's literally across the street)... I think this is as dangerous as I could get into the healthy territory. We'll see if there are any complains lol.
Monday, November 12, 2012
This weekend was wonderful. I told you about what I did on Friday. I have another picture that goes with saturday. My dress was a hit. I got quite a bit of attention. I am not used to strangers interacting with me in public. I have always just felt invisible. No one has ever really spoken to me out and about (unless they accidentally bump into me). Now girls are complimenting my outfit in the bathroom and male friends are friendlier. lol, now I've also noticed that my female friends are not as friendly as they used to be. I guess that comes with increased male attention and honestly just tells me that I'm doing something right ;)
After our friend's party at the club we went across the street to another bar where our friend was djing. This bar is much different than the club we were at and I was definitely over dressed. When we first got there I think one girl was making fun of me and how I was dressed (most people in there were hipsters/hippies and were not dressed up). After being there for a little while two girls came up, grabbed my hand, and asked me to dance. I was surprised and, as usual, quickly declined. They tried talking me into dancing with them, but I said no. We had a friend who used to dance at a nearby strip club. My bf recognized the one girl who asked me to dance from the club and said she is a stripper. I was guessing that they probably wanted to make fun of me too and I never feel comfortable dancing. However, my bf noticed later that the girls were checking me out. He said "Sara, it's like I'm not even here. They don't want me. They want themselves a piece of you." haha. How flattering! I got hit on by a lesbian/bisexual stripper. Again, I guess that means I must be doing something right ;) lol. I am a little disappointed in how I acted when they asked me to dance. I kind of reverted back to old Sara. I need to loosen up and get used to dancing. Again, I'm not used to people talking to me, so when it happens I kind of freeze. My goal is to definitely work on this. I would've loved to dance with them and not shut down so quickly. This is going to be one of my goals that I want to work on.
The rest of the weekend was great. Sunday I went to a craft fair with my parents and then my bf and I went out to a Dominican restaurant with friends of ours. It was fantastic. I had a wonderful time.
Picture from when we went out to our friend's birthday. I love how my face is looking:)
Went to a craft fair with my parents. Got myself a necklace:)
Went to a dominican restaurant with friends. Quite tasty! I think I might try salsa lessons from an instructor who knows our one friend
I am very excited to share that I bought myself some art supplies. I was inspired after seeing an artist at the craft fair. He responded quickly to my email and I got the same supplies that he uses. I would really like to draw one of my pictures from puerto rico. http://deankuhta.blogspot.com/?m=1
I will update you on how this goes. I can't wait to start playing around with everything.
I am also very excited that my friend from school joined SP. She's ready to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make some changes:) Make sure you friend her and show her some SP love!!! MARLO82390
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