Monday, March 24, 2014
Today started out kind of rough. As if Mondays aren't bad enough, sucky Mondays are even worse. I had several Home Visits scheduled today for my students, and I also drive a bus in the mornings and in the afternoons. Weeks ago, I arranged for someone to cover my bus route for the entire day, just so I wouldn't have to worry about it. I get to work this morning, go to the Admin Building to get a set of keys for a company car, and I find out someone has been looking for me. Of course, being a Monday, a whole bunch of people called in "sick." (It's amazing how many people only get sick on a Monday, or on a payday Friday). So the girl who was going to cover me had to drive her own bus, since someone called in. So I had to do my own bus, and the monitor was this annoying, chatty, older woman that I really don't like very much. She just yacks and yacks constantly, and even if you do say something, she interrupts you halfway through to add her own two cents, so she's not really listening to you. Plus, I've worked with her before, and she is one of those bare minimum kind of people...very lazy...she'll just leave when she's ready to go. It astounds me how some people even get to keep their jobs! Ok. END OF MY RANT. So I had to do my bus route. My first Home Visit was at 9am, and the bus gets back to school just before 9. The sub coming in to cover me was late showing up, so I didn't even get to leave school until a little after 9. I was FIFTEEN minutes late for that Home Visit! That is just about my biggest pet peeve -- punctuality. I'm really big on manners, so that's probably my first biggest pet peeve, but punctuality falls in that category for sure. I am NEVER late. EVER. I mean never, ever, ever! Gaaah! I felt so bad, but the mom didn't seem to care.
So, I finish that Home Visit and I realized I left my lunchbox in my classroom. Oh, and I also left my water bottle at home. Of course I did. Geez! So I ran back to school to grab my lunchbox, since it was on the way to my next Home Visit. While I was in my room, I found out one of my students is in the hospital and is going to have surgery. Poor little guy! So I headed out, and I stopped at a little gas station to grab a bottled water. I pull out my debit card, and the woman behind the counter said, "You have to spend $5 to use a debit card." Really?! I never carry cash, so I just told her I didn't have it, and then I went and put my water back. Amazing.
I was really dreading the next Home Visit. On Friday morning, the little girl from this home got hurt just before she entered my room. She was in another room, and bumped her forhead on a shelf (she was roughhousing) and it was pretty swollen and bruised (the teacher gave her an ice pack). My co-worker and I immediately decided we should call her mom. Hey, I'm a mom, and I would want to know if something like that had happened to my kid! I couldn't imagine having her get off the bus like that at the end of the day, and then finding out it happened in the morning. I'd have been pissed. So she picked her up and took her to the doctor (she's totally fine). Anyway, I hadn't seen this mom since Friday morning, and she can be a pretty scary woman. She is HUGE, and has a personality to match. She's never been anything but nice to me, but I would never want to be on her bad side, that's for sure. I also had to tell her that I'm worried this little girl might not be developing as fast as she should, and that we're recommending she go into D-K next year (developmental kindergarten). That's never an easy conversation to have with parents. I did touch on the subject (the psychologists are having their meeting with her on Wednesday), but I also made sure to focus on all the things the little girl CAN do, and things she's improved upon. I explained it's just much easier on everyone, especially her, if we can get her the extra help she needs as soon as we see that she's struggling. It's so much better to do it now, than just try to "wait it out." So that Home Visit went surprisingly well, and that made me feel a lot better.
I was really hungry for lunch today! I'm not completely sure why. My stomach was growling at about 10am this morning. I came home and just ate what I'd packed in my lunchbox. I watched an episode of Heavy and then headed out for my other Home Visits.
The rest of my day went pretty smoothly. The weather was very pretty, and I'm always grateful to see the sunshine, even if it was a little cold. They are calling for snow tonight and/or tomorrow. I'll believe it when I see it.
I noticed something funny today, something that's been kind of backwards this go-around. I keep telling myself, "I don't want to work out today. I think today will be a rest day." and then I go and workout anyway. Husband and I had that HARD, 76 minute workout yesterday, and I told myself I'd just rest today. Ha! I came home and did Part 1 of Jillian Michaels' Six Week Six Pack. I stupidly thought (again) that it wouldn't be too difficult -- at least not as difficult as her other workouts anyway. I keep forgetting who I'm dealing with here. It was a 36 minute workout, but boy oh BOY does that woman make ya work! She is brutal. She was actually yelling at you to keep going, really push yourself etc, the whole time. She was really hardcore. I LOVE IT. I love how she demands strength and 110% effort. She's not like these other workout video chicks who bounce around and giggle and don't even break a sweat. She is TOUGH. I need tough.
So anyway...after I worked out, I showered, and started dinner. Husband had to work late tonight, so it was just Daughter and myself for dinner. That was kind of nice! We sat at the table together (I'm really big on eating at the table, but sometimes if it's just the two of us, we might put on a show and just eat in front of the tv). I took my biggest wine glasses and poured us some La Croix and put a colorful straw in each glass. I had orange La Croix, so I added some sliced oranges, just to make the drink pretty. I didn't eat them. We had a nice dinner together, she put away the clean dishes from the dishwasher and loaded the dirty stuff WITHOUT COMPLAINING and dinner was so easy that I only had a couple of pans to worry about. So that was a nice way to end my day.
Now I'm just chilling in bed, getting ready to watch a little tv and read more in my "Unlimited" book by Jillian Michaels. I started it last night, and so far I like it. It's about making the most out of your life, and how diet and exercise is only one aspect of your life. I just love her. I love her whole attitude.
Before I forget (I almost did!) I weighed in this morning. Last week, I gained a few ounces somehow, and never lost it. At first, I felt a twinge of disappointment, but then I said to myself, "Hey, you lost TEN POUNDS during the two weeks you were on Phase One. Ten solid pounds. That is a great thing!" I refused to let those few ounces ruin the happiness I deserve to feel for losing ten pounds! I am almost certain that slight weight gain is pre-period weight, since it's a couple weeks off, and I always gain a little weight before and during my period. So I just didn't focus on that. I focused on my success! I lost ten pounds in two weeks! Woo hoo! :) That makes me so happy. I know how hard I've been working and I know how well I've been eating. For the first time in a long time, I feel like I'm doing all the right things. I just need to keep it up!!!
Husband gained 5 pounds somehow. We haven't really figured it out as to why. I'm confident that the healthy eating and exercising will pay off in the long term. He was pretty annoyed with that gain, and confused as well, but we're just going to keep on keepin' on. He mentioned more than once that his shirts are fitting him much better around his tummy area, so it's obvious that he's doing something right. Just gotta keep it up.
So, here's today's rundown:
Phase 1.5, Day 1
Breakfast: one "golden" egg, two strips turkey bacon, grapefruit La Croix.
Lunch: 4 turkey & cheese rollups, veggie sticks with dip (green peppers, celery, cukes), peanuts, 1 hard-boiled egg.
Snack: crunchy peanut butter, almond milk.
Dinner: roasted pork tenderloin, set on a bed of green beans with slivered almonds.
Dessert: two medjool dates. (These are just about my favorite things in the entire world. I savored each one of them. It took me a few minutes to eat just two dates, but I didn't want to wolf them down. Mmm, just thinking about them, I want more.)
Activity: Jillian Michaels Six Week Six Pack - Part One.
So that's Day 1 of Phase 1.5. It was a bit of a crazy day at first, and a tiring day...but I stuck with my program, worked out even though I was tired and sore, and DIDN'T have any wine...which I sooooo wanted! I wanted some wine so badly! I actually paused at the cabinet under the sink and thought about it for a minute. I thought, "I could have just a glass with dinner, or with my dates." Then I thought, "No. I'm not strong enough yet, so I have to resist it altogether. I don't want to do anything that will fill me with guilt." I'm so sick of letting myself down, and I just can't do it anymore. And you know? Those dates COMPLETELY satisfied me. Hell, I'd forgotten all about the wine when I got into those dates! They are simply scrumptious. I'm the only one in the house who eats them, too, so they are all mine and I don't have to share!
I hope tomorrow is a little less stressful and just as successful as today was.
BONUS: Tonight, Daughter randomly came up to me and hugged me and said she was proud of her dad and me, for trying to live a healthier lifestyle. That meant the world to me. I don't remember the last time someone told me they were proud of me...and I'm so glad she sees the example that we're trying to set. If that isn't motivation, I don't know what is.