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Sunday, June 07, 2009

So yesterday I volunteered at the annual summer games for special olympics and was absolutely inspired. I worked the track and field events. There were 86 year old athletes participating in events! Everyone was supportive of eachother and it is evident that they have been training for months. There was a relay team that finished a 4x100 relay in 49 seconds! There was also a boy who did a 5k in 21 minutes!!!!!! WOW! I am happy to break 40 lol. If individuals can go out there with motorized wheelchairs that are operated by head switches to do the slalom race then there is no excuse for me to quit.

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DIANEGETSFIT 6/8/2009 4:38PM

    I love how you're involved in community health. That's inspiring!

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SPEECHIED 6/7/2009 2:18PM

    Very cool! emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 6/7/2009 12:34PM

    Wow!I'm sure it was amazing to watch,very inspiring too

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TEACHINKIDS2 6/7/2009 11:37AM

    WOW! How inspiring...that is so emoticonto hear! A 5k in 21 mins WOW WOW! I'm with you on the 40 mins LOL haha...Bless you for volunteering!
Hats off to wonderful YOU!

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June Goals

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I love how my spark friend, Runner_tiff_07, creates goals for the month and at the end of the month she grades herself on how she did with each goal. I want to do this for June.


~FITNESS GOALS- I just started at Brick Bodies today. My goal for June is to go 4 days a week. I want to continue to run 5kís on the treadmill and build up my swimming ability. I meet with a trainer Friday so that I can learn how to use the weight equipment and figure out what settings are best for me. My goal for June is to use the information gained in that training session to work on both cardio and strength training. My goal is to also try out some of the classes. The Body Sculpt and Aqua Sculpt classes look interesting. Maybe I can work up to a spinning class, but weíll see how that goes. I also want to go to a nearby trail with my bike at least once during June. My bike hasnít been ridden since I was probably 13 and the only way I can get it to the trail is to talk my bf into putting it in his truck and driving me to the trail. Iím hoping that I can practice on my real bike on the road some time during this month so possible I can complete my 5k in August.

~APARTMENT GOALS- I hope to be completely unpacked by the end of June. I am moved from my old apartment and am just trying to organize and put everything where it goes. This is difficult for me because Iím not at the new apartment all the time. When I am here I want to relax. But I think by the end of June everything should be put away.

~NUTRITION GOALS- Since my accident I have gotten off track with my nutrition intake. I am not measuring like I used to and because of limited internet access have not been entering in my food. I have gradually allowed myself to make some poor food choices, but during the month of June I want to tighten that up. No more pizza and icecream as regularly as I am now. If I have to eat out then Subway would be a better choice. I also need to stop letting sodas sneak in (even though I wasnít too too bad and limited it to Sprite versus my old friend Mt Dew). Time to start drinking water regularly again.

~LIFE GOALS- I start teaching summer school at the end of June. This will be my first teaching experience where I am the actual teacher. It will be very exciting. I will be doing HS intro to algebra for 5 hour days. Itíll be a difficult class, but great experience for my classes Iím teaching in September. My goal is to be as prepared as possible by meeting with the Academic Interventionist assigned to work with me. I want my first week of lessons to be planned and have an idea of how I want to arrange my classroom and structure the day.

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 5/30/2009 9:50PM

    Yay for monthly goals! Glad I could be an inspiration for your own fitness journey :). I agree that specific goals tend to be helpful, but you're just getting back into the swing of things so I would start out slowly. Don't want to burn yourself out! Maybe next month you can do weekly goals to go along with your monthly goals (that's what I do). It'll help you see your progress as you go during the month and then you'll have a better picture of how you actually did once the month ends. Just a thought :). Anyway, I'm so glad to have you back! Whatever works for YOU will help you achieve your goals in the long run!

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SNEVIL1 5/30/2009 7:12PM

    ah. i see. i used to have specific goals when i was tracking everything in my "other goals" section, but then i stopped doing it because it was so time consuming. it wasn't practical for my life. however, the goals were a little different then the ones i just made. i tend to be an overplanner and i'm trying to be more spontaneous, so i think if i make it too strict then ill end up getting stressed out because "today is tuesday and i have to do 30 mins on the treadmill and 30 mins in the pool on tuesdays". i had a massive calendar where i literally said what exercises i would do every day of the month for several months... but i stopped doing that too. i'm going to see how this type of goals setting/self reflection goes and then alter as needed. however, i do like how your goal process holds you accountable so that you can clearly say yes or no if you met them. i might need to go in that direction if i start getting wishy washy about if im meeting my goals. thanks for sharing how you do your goals.

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FITKAT2010 5/30/2009 7:04PM

    Sounds like you are going to be a busy gal.

For me, goals need to be specific. Such as: 16,000 steps per day minimum Sunday through Friday. 20,000 minimum Saturday with one outdoor walk of 1 1/2 miles. See what I mean. Very specific. Then, I can't kind of, maybe, perhaps possibly make it or not. LOL

Good luck on meeting all of your goals in June.


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Saturday, May 30, 2009

So as many of my friends know I was in a car accident at the end of January. Since then there have been many changes in my life and I started helping out more with my bf's 91 year old grandfather and basically living with them. I've worked out once in February, but have had quite a few months off without any exercising at all. Well I just joined a Brick Bodies by my new apartment and today was my first day there. It was wonderful... but guess what? I RAN A 5k ON THE TREADMILL!!!! I was almost done the C25k program, but have NEVER done a 5k. The longest I've jogged was 25 mins. The treadmill was so nice... it had little fans, a tv (which I had on the dance music channel lol), and a 5k loop setting where it showed you were you were at on a track and how much further you had to complete your 5k. It took me 42.5 mins (5 min warm up walk and 37.5 min jog/run). I am so proud of this accomplishment. I didn't think I could do it.... especially after having done zero exercising in months. Afterwards I swam for a little bit. My sister just got a job as a lifeguard at the gym, so it was nice swimming and hanging out with her. It was a fabulous day and I feel great. The gym is only a mile from my apartment and I am hoping to get into a routine so that once I start teaching in the area in Sept I can keep going after school. My triathlon I signed up for is in August. I'm not quite sure I'm going to be able to swim a half of a mile, bike 15.5 miles, and then run a 5k in 80 days.... but we'll see.


Graduation Speech!

Friday, May 22, 2009

So I officially graduated:) You can see my speech on the website Just click on the link on the right that says College of Education Commencement. My speech is about 30 minutes into the ceremony. I am very excited and can't wait to teach summer school in June:)

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JUDI_CUTIE 5/30/2009 8:15PM

    I am very proud of you!!! Good luck with teaching!

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BELG64 5/22/2009 9:03PM

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SPEECHIED 5/22/2009 6:57PM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and good luck to you as you embark on your future endeavors! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 5/22/2009 5:00PM

    Congrats to you! emoticon emoticon

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In need of support...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

So this has been a wonderful semester for me. I only have a month and a half until I graduate. Friday marked the first day of my school system's spring break, so that'll be nice. However, money is significantly becoming and issue for me. Right now I'm working an average of 6 hours a week (two hours at $7.25 and 4 hours at $14). I received money from my school in left over scholarships and grants, but my car accident drained a lot of my money. Right now I have a little over $2,000 to my name. I have to be out of my apartment by May 31st. I applied yesterday to another apartment and am hoping to move in May 15th. I graduate May 22nd, so I thought having half of the month would give me time to move everything. But now that means I have 1.5 apartments during the month of may. I'll owe about $575 for my current apartment and almost $960 for my new apartment's pro-rated month of may, security deposits, etc. Plus I have my gas and electric bill (usually about $30-50 after we split it), cell phone bill ($85), Comcast bill ($75 after we split it), and credit card payment (right now minimum payments have never been over $25. I only have about $800 worth of debt with over a $9,000 credit line, but I really do not want to mess up my credit since we want to get a house in a year or so). Plus food and gas. I'm just hoping I can get through until August. I already have a teaching job that starts Aug 25th, so I'll have a salary and will be fine, but I'm just worried about what to do until then. Once I graduate I can work 40 hours a week at my job at the college and I can probably get 7 hours a week with the boy with autism.... I just put out ads for tutoring and am meeting a family this afternoon, so maybe more people will call about that. I'm also in the system as a substitute in 3 counties, so after I graduate I can do that until the school year ends in June. I just don't know if it's going to work.... Needless to say, weight loss has been difficult right now. I am maintaining, but it would be nice to lose some more. I am still drinking water, but my food is not the good food I was eating before. I have managed to keep my bananas, apples, and grapes for snacks, but a lot of my meals are very high in carbs. I've been eating whatever I fix for my bf's grandfather and the food in the house is all frozen stuff (like TGIF potato skins, frozen chicken fingers, etc.) I made bean soup the other day, but a lot of it is frozen mac and cheese and lipton noodle packs. Also, he only has whole milk. I could buy myself skim milk for my cereal, but those little extras add up. I make sure I have lean cuisines for lunch, but my other meals are not that great. I try to cook recipes every once in a while, like BBQ chicken pizza, healthy lasagna, etc. but I can't afford the groceries. A 10 cent oodles of noodles is really looking good right now or grilled cheese that i can make with bread already in the house and cheese already in the house.... due to the desperate circumstances, but i donno. I am trying to watch serving sizes so that I won't gain weight, but its just been a lot to handle all at once. I have not been going out practically at all. I went out once with my friend from school because she was having a little bit of a rough time, but when I go out I only get one drink and try not to eat much to cut costs, but it's the end of my senior year. I probably will never see a lot of these people. I do want to spend time with friends, you know? So ya... that's what's going on right now. I am trying my hardest, but I just don't really know what else to do. I've already borrowed money from my mom this year after my accident. My parents don't have any money to lend. I wanted to take out a student loan again this year, but they said I "maxed out the amount of money I can receive per year" so they took it away. I'd like to know who determines how much money you need to survive when you're in college. It sucked because since I got so many scholarships they reduced some of the ones they had already given me so I didn't go over this magic number. UGH! I earned it, just give me my money. I just know if I truly sit down and add up all of my bills from now until the end of August it will be outrageous and I know I won't have enough money. I'm hoping that maybe if I don't figure out that actual number something miraculous will happen and things will work themselves out. We shall see emoticon

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EDUCGRAD 4/6/2009 9:50PM

    hang in there You have done amazing!! focus on the positive!Big hugs to you

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SNEVIL1 4/4/2009 3:27PM

    Thanks everyone. I do have a lot to be thankful for and this has been a fabulous year. I'm just trying as hard as I can and am afraid of what might happen if that's not enough. But it seems like things do come along when they need to and everything has a way of working itself out. Regardless of what happens, it'll happen quick so i'll just go with the flow. I think a goal I'm going to make for myself for the next few months is to be more careful with my serving sizes. I've relaxed a little bit on that. We shall see... Thanks again for being supportive. That's why i love SP.

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SPEECHIED 4/4/2009 2:10PM

    Sara, congrats on being asked to speak at graduation! That is wonderful!

It sounds like you have gotten a great job for the fall as well! In these hard economic times it sounds like you landed a dream teaching assignment!

You will be done with school and a graduate before you know it!

Please try to celebrate these amazing successes and don't let the money get you down! Also during this crazy tumultuous time in your life, if you maintain your weight celebrate! Once things settle down, and you have some regular income you can buy the groceries you need to make healthier meals. Take some deep breaths and things will work themselves out! You have so much to be proud of!
Take care, Deb

(I just took off all of the emoticons and now I think this will actually post!)

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SMILINGEYES2 4/4/2009 1:45PM

    You have so much on your plate right now. You will soon have one major piece off and that is school. Congratulations on graduating this summer; that is awesome. Hopefully, doors will open so you can get more work hours or another job to support yourself. Often the doors do not open until you need them to do so. The economy is so hard on so many right now. I can remember a time we were having to really stretch our money--at the time it was trying, now it brings a smile. You are a determined person who will make it over this hump.

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JUDI_CUTIE 4/4/2009 11:59AM

    Sara, I am so sorry to see how much trouble you are having.

Very soon, you will be working and making money. All of the things you are worrying about are temporary, and I believe you will make it through this time.

I would not worry too much about your weight right now. You have done great at losing, and you know how to eat for the long term. Dieting is expensive and it seems like your biggest problem right now is money, not weight, so do the best you can and try not to add "worrying" to your reasons to overeat. Just do the best you can and remember that you have skills that will last you a lifetime.

And do try to enjoy the end of college. Not all of this enjoyment needs to involve spending money and eating. Tune in to the people you will miss and make yourself some lasting memories of them in your mind.

And one last thing, I want you to remember what a remarkable woman you are. You are intelligent, sensitive, generous, fun. You have so much going for you. You deserve all good things, and the universe is going to come through for you!

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ARUFFIN1 4/4/2009 10:22AM

    You sound very frustrated and worried. This is the stuff of being an adult. Sometimes we have to prioritize and make choices that fit the short run so we can prepare for the long run. I certainly sympathize with your situation. However, worrying and binge eating, or making the wrong food choices won't help you...only hurt. You will make it through this! Sit down and make a plan. Use all of the resources you can think of to help you...don't be too proud to ask for help with groceries, gas, the necessities. If you ask and explain that this is temporary, people will be willing to help.

For support here, keep yourself logged in and surf the site. Help someone else through their struggle. Take the focus off of you for now. When you help others it will make you feel better about what you're going through. Do you pray? If not, now may be the time... emoticon
God bless you and find the lesson in this struggle.

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