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Back at it for real

Monday, April 05, 2010

I've only lost a few pounds since my last blog entry. I realize that I fell off track with the madness that is my life - teaching, coaching, grading, and sometimes even sleeping. I did lose a few pounds and maintain my weight, though, which is a much bigger accomplishment than my usual total weight gain during the first half of second semester.
Last year, that was that was the point when I ballooned to my heaviest weight, negating all the work I'd done for my wedding and adding an extra fifteen or twenty pounds. Last year's weight is what was left behind with my first 30 pounds. I'm back to where I was just before my wedding with these last few pounds, but I have 25 more to go.
In 25 pounds I'll be back in a healthy weight range for the first time since I made enough money in college to actually eat. I'll be back to where I was when I met my husband and went to school full time, student taught, and working full time. In 25 pounds I'll have lost nearly 60 pounds, which seems like such a huge number. 25 is more reasonable, I've already done it once ;)

So the schedule is as follows:
Monday: Nia class at the Y or swimming
Tuesday: Nia class at the Y or swimming
Wednesday: Running
Thursday: Running
Friday: Nia class at the Y or another class
Saturday: swimming
Sunday: walks with the dogs or hiking with friends

I feel odd writing it out. It's the same group of activities that did me so well last Spring and Summer, so I'm hoping the variations will keep me motivated. I get to add landscaping to the list for the next few weeks, too, so that should be enough grunt work to leave me craving the chlorine of the pool.

  


Back on Track

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

So, I've been a slacker recently. In October I was sick for what seemed like years, which left me in a workout lurch. In November, I got back in the swing a bit, but I haven't been great. I've managed to knock off a few more pounds, but I'm certainly not doing it at a pace that makes me happy, so I'm getting back to it.

I don't want to call it a resolution because that always seems to doom everything I do - granted, quitting smoking was a resolution 5 years ago and I stuck to that one. I'm upping the ante and going for another 30 pounds. I figure this will put me back to the weight I was when I started college after years of being a multi-season athlete, so that will do for me. According to BMI scales I should go another 50, but that seems so unreasonable to me since I've never been tiny - thanks muscles! I also feel that the fact that I went to Hawaii last week and wore a suit - even a bikini! - on the beach without feeling like a whale is a sign that I'm not destined to reach the middle ground of my "healthy" range.

So here we go. Another 30 pounds. If I stick to it and work out 4 days a week and eat like I've been eating - hurray for maintaining my loss even without working out regularly - I'll be done in April, just in time to enjoy summer in Colorado.

  
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FIT-AT-50 12/30/2009 9:31PM

    Congratulations! You've got the right attitude for continued success!

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30 Pounds Down, 20 To Go!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I haven't been as well behaved as I was all summer. Starting the year at a new school with new classes, new preps (4 of them!), new kids, and new stress has taken its toll. I managed to drop 10 pounds since the end of August, which isn't too shabby at all. I'd hoped to be done with the weight loss by January so that my body could stabilize and I could spend Spring toning up. I'll be at 50 pounds by the end of January, so I'm happy. I'm actually considering going beyond the 50, but right now my battle is getting back into full-flown weight loss mode. The big goal this week is to get past my "maintain" state-of-mind and get back into the gym before winter guard takes over my life and leaves my old routine a cloudy figment of my imagination. I think I'll start with my friend's hip hop class tonight :)

  
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CHEERFULLADY 11/11/2009 8:42PM

  Congrats on your successful weight loss so far. All the best to you in your teaching position as well. I teach too-part time for now.

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20 Pounds Down

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I am 2/5 of my way to my goal. I even survived the beginning of the school year and the disgusting amount of junk food made available to teachers. I've had pizza and beer with my colleagues but still managed to kick that last 5 pounds in the past 3 weeks! I've made it through the toughest part of the school year and have managed to ignore all the fast food catered in by DECA. I've packed a lunch ever day, I've had breakfast every day. I've even switched up my Starbucks routine by ditching the 200 calorie iced machiatto and going for an iced americano w/ soy. That craving comes in under 50 calories and totally does the trick. I'm so happy with myself right now. I know at this point that I can keep it up, even through the mid-semester slump! emoticon

  
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1LBDOWN 8/30/2009 9:36PM

  Great job!

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ODDBODKIN 8/30/2009 9:31AM

    Congratulations on navigating the beginning of the school year so well. I know how hard it is.

Since I joined Spark People over a year ago, I have been serving on the school's wellness committee, and I think we've made a lot of inroads into what teachers see for breakfast and lunch on inservice days. Baby steps, but rewarding nonetheless. The holidays are really hard for me because of all the temptations, as are the parent-provided meals during conference weeks. Seems like wherever we turn, someone's trying to fatten us up!

I'm impressed with your resolve, and with your success. It's wonderful that you have found a way to enjoy your Starbucks without ruining your lifestyle. That's what it's all about, really--making adjustments that can last a lifetime.

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MRSGWYNN 8/30/2009 12:43AM

    Excellent! You have found a way around the "food comfort" in the teachers' lounge! You teachers deserve all the support and nurturing society can provide: I just wish we could do it in some way more nutritious than donuts and cookies! Take pride in your strength and strength from your pride. Thank you for investing in our children.

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PATJ7084 8/29/2009 4:17PM

    Congratulations on your fantastic weight loss emoticon

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L.A.PRINCESS 8/29/2009 3:19PM

    emoticon Keep it up!

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JOANNDAVIS1 8/29/2009 3:01PM

    Congratulations!!! Keep it up one step at a time. emoticon

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KIMISTRY1 8/29/2009 2:57PM

    Congrats! Consistently making the right choices really pays off!

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LINDAGRAVEL 8/29/2009 2:51PM

    Congrats on your weight lose.You can do the rest just be positive.Have a good day friend.

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Teachers and Food

Friday, August 07, 2009

I don't understand why, when I'm in teacher mode, I'm so much less resistant to eating things I know I shouldn't. I also don't understand why teachers are always presented with food that isn't healthy! I've spent the past 2 days in inservice and have been rewarded with chocolate bars, donuts, and an assortment of cakes and brownies. I did ok - I managed to stay just within my range yesterday and will squeak by today with a SUPER low calorie dinner and some extra time at the gym, but it's frustrating and not easy. I need to find a way to transplant my summer eating brain into my teacher brain and be more cognizant of my choices and their impact on my health. I'm a stress eater, and my job is stressful, but I've battled that for two years and just want to be able to say I'm winning for once.

I have another week of inservice to get through before classes start. The district I now work for feeds us well during inservice, but I think I need to stash a granola bar or two in my bag to avoid the "oh my god, I'm so hungry" or "blood sugar is crashing" grab for whatever is closest to me.

Anyone have good suggestions on snacks I can eat a) on the run and b)without being that annoying girl making all the noise? I'm a big fan of salty and sweet things.

  
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ODDBODKIN 8/8/2009 8:10AM

    I truly admire you for trying to resist. I know how hard it is. Seems like there are certain times in the school year when food is always available, whether at inservices or in the teachers' lounge.

I think it is a great idea to take your own snacks. Sometimes our district will serve breakfast if it's an all day inservice, so I try to take in my own yogurt and granola to eat there instead of their bagels or doughnuts. Works fine for me. I keep a stash of goodies at school so I can pull something out when something else is tempting me. The district's wellness committee is working to get healthier food served, too. There is usually some fruit available now, and occasionally some yogurt. Maybe our inservice meals will eventually get healthier.

It doesn't make sense to me for them to serve unhealthy choices for their meals. People get really groggy in meetings afterwards. Everyone seems to want to just curl up and take a nap.

Good luck in fighting all of those temptations! I don't know if it's any comfort to know that you are not alone. . . . Enjoy the school year!
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CHELLELEIGH 8/7/2009 6:27PM

    Hi,

I was looking through random blogs and found yours. I know what you mean with the food rewards. You did a great job have a cupcake! lol That's not going to help our waist lines tho.

You can always stash an apple or banana in your bag without worry about it getting to banged up.

How about homemade trail mix so you can fulfill that craving of salty and sweet. Also you can pop some popcorn and put it in a ziplock or divide up some cracker and cheese and keep a small cooler in your bag. Just a few ideas to get you through your rough week ahead. Good luck!

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