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Where I am in October

Sunday, October 14, 2012

I've been trying to get myself back into the healthy-eating and exercising groove lately. The beginning of the school year really threw me for a loop. Since I joined SP last March, this is the first beginning-of-the-school time that I have experienced, and I was unprepared for how off-track I would get. I was just SO TIRED and stressed and running in every direction. Along with teaching full-time, I work part-time at the library 2 nights a week and I have class one night a week (I'm in grad school). Thank goodness I don't have any children--the poor things would be eating cold soup out of the can and wearing dirty clothes.

I am starting to get into a routine, though, and I am also getting creative about being more active all through the day. When my students have their gross motor time, I throw and kick balls with them and just try to stay moving. When I take bathroom breaks (always a relief, for any teacher on the planet!), I walk to the bathroom that is farthest from my classroom. Not only do I get more steps, but I get a few more seconds of blessed QUIET.

Now that cooler weather has arrived, I want to do my walking outdoors, rather than indoors. My dog seems enthusiastic about it too. Yesterday, I took a walk with the dog in the morning, a walk with my husband a little later, and a short walk by myself later in the day. I had over 10,600 steps by bedtime last night.

I just joined the healthy cooking challenge, to help myself focus more on meal planning and increasing vegetables and grains in our meals. My husband is a big meat-eater, and, when he cooks, our meals generally feature a big piece of some kind of meat with a starch and a veggie. I'm trying to balance that out with soups, stews, and casseroles full of vegetables, with a little meat thrown in. I also have some smaller plates stashed away that I am going to start using for my meals. We have these ginormous dinner plates that encourage mega-portions, and that is just a bad idea for me. I know that when I come home from work or class and I am tired or stressed, I want to EAT. I don't need the temptation of a plate the size of a hub-cap.
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    I like the sound of your casseroles, more veggies the better.
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    This all sounds great! Lots of activity and walking, balanced meals with plenty of veggies, controlling portion size....awesome job!!

    1863 days ago
    Good job on getting a routine going!

    And AMEN on the plate point. I started using salad plates, and I am definitely eating much more reasonable portions. That 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes doesn't look so miserly on a smaller plate emoticon

    Hope things keep getting smoother, and remember, you can do this!
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    I had to giggle at the "plate the size of a hub cap" comment. My hubby picks stuff like that too.

    You have so much going on, I'm so happy you are getting it under control. It is hard, it takes work and time. You are moving in the right direction and that is WONDERFUL. I know you will get things into a regular groove.
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    i love that you are eating on smaller plates, that you are trying to eat more vegetables and that you walked 10000 steps emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1864 days ago
    Your hubby sounds a lot like mine! In order to get more veggies into our diet, I have to jump in there and cook too or we'd be eating meat and bread all the time. Sounds like you're finding lot's of great little tricks to get your exercise in every day. I'm a big believer in lot's of mini workouts during the day too. You'll get into the groove!

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    1864 days ago
    You sound like you are getting back on track . It's a journey for life, so need to enjoy it too… Good Luck!
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