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Good Observation, Bad Stomachache

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I was observed by one of the assistant principals today, and everything went well. I did a lesson on clothing items in German; I brought a basketful of clothes in and taught them the names, and then we played a game. The kids were great, everyone participated. I think it was the best lesson I ever taught; the kids actually asked me things in German, and they've only had one semester! I felt really energized afterwards, and the AP told me she really enjoyed it. Very cool. I've had a few observations in the past where the observer really didn't know what I was doing or why, but this one is really interested and positive. Nice change.
Unfortunately I'm a bit under the weather; my stomach is upset. I might have to take tomorrow off, but that's okay; I made it to the evaluation without getting sick, that was the most important thing.
I know I'm a good teacher, but (or maybe because of that) I really got worked up about the observation; I've been stressing over it for days. Now, I just feel happy and relieved - in spite of the stomachache.

  
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GREENGENES 2/7/2013 8:35PM

    Way to go. I understand the stress. I'm occasionally on the other end of the observation and try my best to minimize the stress. My observations are a follow-up to professional development programs I do so the observations are actually to evaluate US and how well we help the teachers. Nevertheless, I it is still stressful for them. Not surprisingly, the good teachers stand out, even when things don't go all that smoothly.

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MPETERSON2311 2/7/2013 2:49PM

    oh man just the words "observation" and "assistant principal" made my stomach churn. Those have never gone too well for me (in my opinion). First one I ever had, my principle was on his phone the whole time, the second one was 50/50 just because the differences in class periods were so different one boss loved it, one boss hated it.

Sounds like you did an emoticon job!

I hope your stomach feels better soon! Bless you for your teaching. I really do miss it somedays and at least I know caring people like you are stepping up and doing great jobs!

Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 2:50:08 PM

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DIET_FRIEND 2/6/2013 11:55PM

    It's great when observations go well.

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/6/2013 10:08PM

    I hope the stomachache was due to nerves and you're not getting sick. I hope you feel better real soon.

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LALMEIDA 2/6/2013 10:08PM

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Rapid Fire

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The blood sugar battles are in full swing. I woke up to a sunrise, an alarm clock that hadn't gone off, and sugar levels of 230. I popped my pills, wolfed down a slice of bread, jumped into the shower and then some clothes, watched by my angry birds who were wondering why I didn't let them out, and actually made it to work on time.
A little walk after my first class barely brought it down, so I took some glimeperide. It worked; too well, because by lunch, it was below 90. I guess the diabetes thought if it couldn't killl me with high sugars, it would try with low. I fought back with carb rich school lunch, catapulting it up to 190, too high again, just as my students started to act up. Not exactly a good day.
In the afternoon, I got a haircut, which made me feel much better, and my blood sugars gave in and went to 139. Battle won for now.

  
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KATI5668 2/6/2013 11:07AM

    sounds like the fine tuning process is on ...you will find a happy medium.
just sometimes it takes a while..be patient with yourself &

Fight ON..you are doing emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/6/2013 9:25AM

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SUSANBEAMON 2/6/2013 12:37AM

  that is too much swinging for me. not good. glad it stabilized finally.

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Another One Bites the Dust!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Are you ready?
Are you ready for this?
Are you hanging on the edge of your seat?

Another pound bites the dust!
Another pound bites the dust!
And another pound gone, and another pound gone,
Another pound bites the dust!

(with apologies to Freddie Mercury)

  
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INDNANNA1979 2/4/2013 11:35AM

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MPETERSON2311 2/4/2013 11:03AM

    LOVE IT!

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Diabetes Battle

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Well, obviously the diabetes got my declaration of war, because it fought back with a sugar level of over 240, which I drowned in the pool right away. After 35 minutes of swimming, it was down to a relatively tame 150 - still high, but not in the danger zone.
Since then, it has started of strong with high sugars of 150 to 170 in the mornings, but then lost steam throughout the day as I bombarded it with metformin, low-carb foods, veggies and meats, and swimming.
The battle is on.

  
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SUTERSPACE 2/3/2013 11:52PM

    Good going, way to fight back. Keep it up and stay active.

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MPETERSON2311 2/3/2013 10:02PM

    wow! you definitely fought that one off, thats so impressive!

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MOVEITMARY 2/3/2013 9:46PM

    It is so great to hear how your lifestyle change is producing RESULTS. Keep up the great work!

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WEARINGTHIN 2/3/2013 6:08PM

    I feel for you with the blood sugar issue. Last April, I went on a low carb diet. (Atkins). Since then my blood sugars have gone down into the normal range, and I am completely off of my diabetes medications, as well as one of my blood pressure medications.My doctor actually said I am no longer diabetic any more. Also lost 55 lbs. Feels great. Once in a while I struggle with the diet plan, but it is well worth it. Best wishes to you. Glenn

PS I was on Metformin at one time also.

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LUVLYLORELEI 2/3/2013 6:07PM

    In September of last year I was diagnosed with early-stage diabetes and I'm glad to say that after three months, as of my last visit to the doctor in December, I was able to completely kick my diabetes diagnosis in the butt.

For me diabetes never really had a chance to fully develop if my understanding of the whole process is right, but it was amazing to see how responsive my body was to the changes that I've been making here on Spark.

My A1C went from 6.3 to 5.5 in 3 months.

SparkPeople is amazing in my book. Anyway, I'm sure that you can kick your diabetes in the butt too if you keep at it. The time frame might not be the same, but no matter what, you can do it.

Good luck with your battle! You can win it! emoticon

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Of course you realize, this means war!

Friday, February 01, 2013


My body, my brain, and I have decided to officially declare war on the diabetes. There's three of us against one, so our chances are good. We're fighting on all fronts: nutrition, fitness, medication, weight loss, etc. Like all good warriors, we are going to learn everything we can about the enemy. SP is helping enormously with all the resources. In addition, I'm going to the dibetes expo in Denver and also signed up for a "Living with Type 2 Diabetes" class.
Diabetes, you are hereby informed that we are officially at war, and it will not end until we've run you out of our territory.

  
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KATI5668 2/3/2013 12:47PM

    great blog..super decisions...hang in there & achieve your goals.

emoticon .... emoticon ..can only be done 1 day at a time...

but CAN be done!

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SCHNOOTIE 2/2/2013 11:09AM

    LOL, you got your WAR face on. I love it. That's how I feel about my high cholesterol. God gave us tools to fix a lot of stuff with the abundance of resources He put on this planet. We would be fools not to utilize natural methods first and supplement with meds if all else fails. You can do this!!!!! Wishing you lots of success!

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MPETERSON2311 2/1/2013 10:34PM

    LOL another witty name of a blog- i LOVE IT, and the bugs bunny pic too...

GOOD for you! You will most def. win this war

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MOVEITMARY 2/1/2013 3:51PM

    You go!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SUTERSPACE 2/1/2013 3:22PM

    Woo hoo, diabetes doesn't stand a chance!!

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IOEINC 2/1/2013 1:54PM

    And you will win the battle!! Always keep that in mind!! But you forgot to include your heart too, because your heart has to be in it to win and it takes a lot of heart to do battle!!

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BATCHICK 2/1/2013 1:39PM

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BABCIATEA 2/1/2013 10:04AM

    hooray for our side

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