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I am "normal."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

First, let me say I HATE the word "normal" and that's why it's always in quotes when I type it. I told one sparker that "normal" is as individual as fingerprints and I truly believe that. I am a special education teacher and "normal" takes on a whole new meaning in my classroom.

Secondly, I am not JUDGING anyone! I am merely stating an observation that I noticed today.

With all that said, I had to remind myself that I am "normal" on several occasions today. By "normal" I mean a healthy weight and a strong body. *Noticed I didn't say thin, skinny, waif, etc. but healthy!!

Maybe it's because teachers put in so much time taking care of others that they forget to take care of themselves. Maybe because of the long hours that it's easy to say that they are too tired to exercise. Or maybe because they spend so much time in the classroom that it's just easier to drive through a fast food establishment than to fix a healthy meal at home.

As I looked around today I couldn't help how unhealthy 80% of teachers are. (At least the ones in my sessions today.) Many were overweight and quite a few would be considered obese. Again, I am not judging!!

I know that many districts now have a health wellness program, but I really wonder how many actually participate and if they do, if they are honest with the program and themselves. I know if they had a wellness program 3 years ago, I probably wouldn't have participate or I would have fibbed about my progress just to get that $25.00 Visa gift card! (I love coffee and that's my reward to myself!)

Yesterday I gave the Sparkpeople.com website to one of the presenters. She stated she had still had 40 lbs to lose after the birth of her twins and that was 7 years ago. I simply said that SparkPeople sounded like a good fit for her and she should check it out. Besides doing that, I guess I can only lead by example and share my story with those that are interested in starting the journey to good health.

I also need to remind myself that I am "normal." I am in my weight range for my height, my BMI is in the healthy range and my blood pressure is great. I now run and have ran some races and hope to do a 1/2 marathon in the future. I feel good and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. I finally feel good about myself and I finally feel "normal." Ok, as "normal" as I can get...most of the time! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/31/2013 10:38AM

    I know it's so hard when we see others that really need to adopt new and healthy habits. My DH two sisters are coming to visit today for a week. Both are overweight but one in particular has been told by her doctor she needs to lose weight as she is pre diabetic. She says she wants to eat like me when she is here. But I don't think that will work as the two sisters really into their wine. I am going to show her sparks and see if I can get her into that.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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KANOE10 7/31/2013 8:30AM

    Great job on being normal. I am a teacher also and see lots of overweight people. You are right, very often people in the caretaking professions give to others, but don't spend time on themselves. Hopefully you can be a mentor !

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KALIGIRL 7/31/2013 8:09AM

    Here's to being healthy normal!

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MIRAGE727 7/31/2013 6:52AM

    I guess it's just a matter of relativity! Everyone I know doesn't consider me "normal!" I'm good with that!
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/31/2013 6:36AM

    All I could think about as I read this was the school that used to train teachers was called "normal school"... yes, my mind is warped. You are so much more than normal, YOU are extraordinary!

But isn't it great to get into the range where the BMI says "normal" or even "desirable", or, for sure, "healthy"?

As for mentoring those around us... when they ask, we share. We share from a standpoint of joy in our journey. I had a gal ask me yesterday if I would take her for a walk today, and I shall. She wants to learn to "eat healthier"... she is NOT overweight, but she has considerable health issues, and she wants to be ABLE to do things. She sees learning something about nutrition as a pathway to there from where she is now. One step at a time, I say... first comes desire, then action!

Spark on! Keep being that great example.

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PMRUNNER 7/31/2013 5:40AM

    On of the great things is when healthy eating and fitness become normal in our lives!

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IONA72 7/31/2013 3:53AM

    Keep up the good work, hope you can encourage more people to follow your path, emoticon

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KPETSCHE 7/31/2013 1:57AM

    Normal is as normal does! You've accomplished a lot to get to that "normal" state. Be proud of your accomplishments and keep trying to Spark others to join in!
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BARBIEE52 7/31/2013 12:01AM

    You are truly "normal". What wonderful things you can do for others, and you do!! Be sure when you are doing well like this, that you take the time to pat yourself on the back, and remember to take some time for yourself. I think most "normal" people do that..... emoticon (if they don't, they should) emoticon
Thanks for sharing this great blog.
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KONRAD695 7/30/2013 11:59PM

    Hate to tell you Mako- You are not normal! You are now any example of how to solve the problem! Good for you, but bad for those who don't get it. Keep pushing, keep running, and keep testifying as to how good you feel.

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MARYANNB25 7/30/2013 11:50PM

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