1MATHTEACH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=1MATHTEACH 1MATHTEACH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 2013 Day 22 Sucks Getting Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219042 Well folks, I went to the clinic last night and the verdict is in. I have strep throat. Bleh. I am currently on antibiotics and had to take a day off of work. I hate missing work. There's always so much to do to get caught back up. Oh well, I consider myself lucky. Apparently one of the senior girls has mono. Things could always be worse! <BR> <BR> A downside to my throat being so raw is that I haven't been able to eat much. An upside is that I haven't been that hungry. Yesterday I... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:52:02 EST 2013 Day 20 That Answers That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216438 I am sick. I have a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, a fever, and I'm weak. My issue is that the timing of everything makes me think that either a) I don't have the flu, I have an infection that's causing this; or b) I have 2 issues...the flu AND an infection. <BR> <BR> Anybody know...is swollen lymph nodes BEFORE sore throat and fever and everything else part of the flu? Mon, 21 Jan 2013 02:28:14 EST 2013 Day 19 A Crap-tastic Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215034 Well, I have pretty much had a bad day all around. I ate horribly, hardly any nutrition. I didn't get my planned breakfast muffins made. Spent the day at the shop doing nothing but staring at the computer screen. And I have two sore spots on my neck which makes me think my lymph nodes are swollen again. Argh! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Ok, enough of the self pity. At least the sun was out and I got to have the office door open due to the warmer temperatures. It was enjoyable ... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 00:58:00 EST 2013 Day 18 Winding down the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213810 It's been another busy week for me. I am anticipating the arrival of April 7 because that will mean that prom is over. I didn't even go to my own prom and this year I get to help plan it. On the bright side, the student officers are super helpful and they're supposed to be doing most of the work anyway. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, I sat down with something planned out to say and now that I'm here on my blog...I can't seem to remember. Oh well, maybe after a good night's sleep. I'm trying a new reci... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:32:56 EST 2013 Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5212389 Well, I made it through Thursday. I only have to make it through one more day and then it's a 3 day weekend! I am just counting the days until April 7. Then prom will be over and all I will have left to do as class sponsor this year will be to help serve cake and punch at the baccalaureate service in May. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to wonder if I've bitten off more than I can chew at work with this remediation class I just started teaching this week. 2 semesters of Algebra 2 crammed into one se... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:01:23 EST 2013 Day 16 Oh come on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210893 I managed to miss blogging yesterday, thus not meeting one of my goals for January. I guess if I only miss one then it's all good. <BR> <BR> I was grading papers last night and came across 3 students who had copied their answers from another student. They showed their work brilliantly...the problem was the work was for a different problem. Then on top of that, I only had 5 of the 18 students show up for remediation this morning. I was on a roll that carried me through the whole day. Bef... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:23:46 EST 2013 Day 14 The Internet went out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208248 I didn't get a chance to post last night because my Internet went out on me. This was painful because I couldn't finish out my day with my fellow sparkers. <BR> <BR> The track team started their "spring" workout schedule yesterday and boy did they make me feel lazy! There I am plugging away on the treadmill and in come about 20 teenagers. Normally this wouldn't be a big thing but instead of the normal routine of warm up and then go run, they popped in one of the Insanity workout disks. I ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:31:55 EST 2013 Day 13 YUM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205712 Well, I didn't get the pizzas made because...hmmm...I can't think of any reason other than I just didn't get motivated to do all that work today. I'm trying to keep an accurate measurement of the number of calories I eat so anything I cook involves weighing and measuring. 15 mini pizzas worth of that was just not something I felt like tackling today. <BR> <BR> However, I did make this recipe today. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=2347622 </link> It is a reci... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:17:44 EST 2013 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204524 Well, I managed to log everything I ate but I didn't get all of my cleaning done today. I just have a few..things to do so it should be easy to bust it out tomorrow. I also want to make a bunch of.mini pizzas and freeze most of them for future meals. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my weekly weigh-in and to be honest, I know if is going to be bad. I have REALLY got to kick my butt in gear! For now though it is time to wish you all a good night. Sun, 13 Jan 2013 04:31:43 EST 2013 Day 11 Work Week Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203019 So it has been a long week at work. I have taken on the challenge of trying to teach a full year worth of Algebra 2 material in 1 semester. I will see these kids every other day until the end of May. I'm not quite sure what I was thinking. One of my coworkers actually asked me what I was smoking when I agreed to that and if I would share. Haha! I know they were joking but I have to agree. I think I had a momentary lapse of sanity. Oh well, I've agreed to it so I shall make the best of... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:40:33 EST 2013 Day 10 A bit late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201645 Things got hectic yesterday and I forgot to post. January is supposed to be a slow month for me but it's sure not turning out that way. <BR> <BR> I have to make a correction to the blog I posted for the 9th...it should have said the iPhone was unveiled by Steve Jobs. It sounds kinda funny to say Steve Jobs was unveiled. I guess that's what happens when I try to post blogs from my phone when I'm tired. <BR> <BR> And now...on to the day! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:53:58 EST 2013 Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199728 Free at last! Haha, I finally took the last of my antibiotic this morning. It is going to be so nice to not have that medicine feeling messing with me all the time. <BR> <BR> A bit of trivia...today in history Steve Jobs was unveiled at a convention in San Francisco. I wonder if he knew at that time just how crazy popular the phone would be. I don't have one myself but I know at least half of my students have them. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:42:39 EST 2013 Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198004 I can't believe it's only Tuesday! I put in 12 hours at school alone. At least I didn't have to cook since there were plenty of leftovers. The rest of this week should be calmer and I will actually have a chance to work out. <BR> <BR> Here's to good health! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:03:55 EST 2013 Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195800 Another long day! School kept me hopping until I finally got to leave around 6. Lots of running from one task to the next. I didn't get the chance to work out like I had planned. I'm not going to get the chance tomorrow either as I'll be in meetings until 7. It keeps me out of trouble! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:01:11 EST 2013 Day 6 - Where did the weekend go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194026 I have been cleaning ALL DAY! Ok, so maybe not ALL day, but I started an overhaul on the bedroom (which of course would have to include the bathroom) at 2 and here it is almost 10. I threw my dinner together and stuck it in the oven between sweeping the floor and mopping it. I have 2 more loads of laundry to dry and then I'm good for today. A very productive (and tiring) day. <BR> <BR> I can tell the water retention from the steroids is starting to wear off. My knees aren't aching so ba... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:49:12 EST 2013 Day 5 - Never enough time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192512 It doesn't seem to matter how I budget my time, I never seem to have enough time to get everything done. At least I've learned to take some down time and let the non-essential things go. After working at the shop today, the boyfriend and I have spent the evening catching up on favorite shows. <BR> <BR> 4 more days of this stupid antibiotic to get through. What doesn't kill me makes me stronger... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 01:27:15 EST 2013 Day 4 - MAN, my knees hurt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190743 Ok, so I hadn't set off to do this originally but I think I'll make this a goal for January: I will blog every day even if it's just a random update about how my day went. I think (I hope) that it will make me feel more accountable and keep me more on track. <BR> <BR> I took the last of the steroid this morning and I can't say that it's too soon. My knees are killing me from all this extra water weight I'm carrying around. My feet and ankles are swollen too. (I know, probably tmi!) <BR> ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 21:54:37 EST 2013 Day 3 - There's NO way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188893 I write this on Thursday night. I weigh myself on Sunday mornings but out of curiosity I weighed myself after school today. I've gained 14 pounds! There's no way! Someone PLEASE reassure me that it's the antibiotic and steroids. There's no possible way I've even eaten 14 pounds worth of calories in 5 days let alone 14 pounds worth over what I need every day. I know I've increased my water intake. So maybe? <BR> <BR> Just feeling a little defeated tonight... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:37:03 EST 2013 Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186766 I have made it through most of the day. I'm tired since I seem to be having a reaction to the antibiotic that causes me to be wide awake about half an hour after I take it. I was up until 2:30 this morning and my alarm went off at 5. Only 6 more nights like that to live through! <BR> <BR> I did get a workout in today despite my energy level dropping sometime after lunch. I did all 30 minutes on the treadmill in the gym. It's been a couple months since I've worked out so it took me a bit... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 18:48:59 EST 2013 Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184764 I did so well to start out last year. By the end of May I had lost 50 pounds. I lost about 6 more sometime in June just to gain back 16 by the end of the year. In total in 2012, I lost 40 pounds. My goal for 2013 is to not be satisfied with maintaining that 40 pound loss but to recommit myself to being healthier (which includes getting MORE weight off). I would like to not only lose another 50 pounds but I would like to participate in my first 5k with my dad. <BR> <BR> I'm starting the ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:48:52 EST Today I promise I will not quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056319 "Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> <BR> I pledge to stay in ... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:52:38 EST Back on the wagon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002010 I never completely fell off. I was just hanging on for dear life to the tailgate while life drug me through the mud. Ok, so that seems a bit over-dramatic. Especially since nothing tragic happened this summer. I just wasn't trying this summer. Apparently I need the structure of a routine and as soon as that structure is gone (along with my easy-access workout area), my best intentions go out the window. Luckily the school stuff starts up again this week for me. (Nothing like having to ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 13:45:35 EST Completely frustrated with myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4939629 I started off so great. I surpassed my primary goal of getting below 300 pounds (a 32 1/2 pound loss) by the end of the school year. I started in January and hit my goal mid-march. I made it all the way to 52 pounds by May 25...graduation day. I felt so great putting on a dress I hadn't worn in 5 years. Today...almost a month later...I'm bouncing around at that same weight. I'm staring down the barrel at the lowest weight I've been in 7 years and I've hit a brick wall. Or so I thought.... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:15:59 EST Good Morning, World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4871712 Here I am, up 45 minutes before my alarm would go off. I've spent the past 15 minutes of it sitting here grumbling about my boyfriend's habit of leaving the tv on in the room when he goes to sleep because that's what woke me up. I've come to the conclusion, however, that life's too short to let the stupid little stuff aggravate you. I have plenty to deal with each day. Too much to make the tv noise be more than just something to get me up and going. Besides, without it waking me up early... Tue, 8 May 2012 06:42:06 EST There's no calories in it...and a long overdue update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868786 So my favorite quote this week came from my boyfriend's mom. She told me there was a big salad in the fridge for dinner and there were no calories in it. Interested in how she achieved this, I go to the fridge to discover a huge chef salad. If I had to estimate, it was 3/4 ham, cheese, and hard boiled egg, and 1/4 lettuce, tomato, and carrot shreds. She apparently has decided that if you don't put salad dressing on it, it doesn't have any calories. It makes me glad that she's fine with m... Sun, 6 May 2012 11:28:10 EST Must...eat...cookie...ARGH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768689 I enjoy Girl Scout cookies...I really do. There's not many people around who hadn't had a good cookie from the girls in green (or blue, pretty sure one of my sashes were blue). And yes, I did buy 2 boxes (one Thin Mint and one Shortbread) when one of my students asked me. Normally I find that even if I bought a box, I can pretty much ignore them most of the time and have a couple here and there as a treat. I realized the other day that I still have a box of cookies stashed from 2 years ag... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 14:04:37 EST A failed attempt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766353 I tried to make salsa chicken for the first time today but it seems I'm having a bit of a problem with my slow cooker. It's burning anything I put in there. I read somewhere online that if food burns in the slow cooker it's because there's not enough liquid. I actually followed the recipe to the letter. Well, that's not true...it called for 1/2 cup of water and I actually put in a bit more than that. The only thing I can think of is that I used one of the slow cooker liners and that mayb... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 23:41:15 EST Slightly Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764462 I've been getting more and more frustrated lately at something that affects my weight loss journey. I search for a food on the nutrition tracker and it either comes up with nothing or it comes up with 20 versions of the same thing. Then, of the 20, not one is even right! How difficult is it to copy from the nutrition label to the nutrition tracker? It's understandable for something like homemade spaghetti sauce. But when you buy a package of string cheese and it says that there are 120 c... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 00:41:38 EST Yes, I weigh myself every day...no, I'm not crazy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762114 I use a website, it's <link>www.physicsdiet.com </link> and it lets me weigh every day without losing my mind from watching my weight fluctuate. I weigh every morning and log it on SP and on PD. PD takes the weight and uses a weighted average to calculate my "current weight". Here's the chart from their website of all my weigh-ins since I started on January 4th: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238263385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Each > represents my weight for a given day. Th... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:03:11 EST I may have a problem... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748011 A lot of people have trigger foods. Something they like to eat that will cause them to want to eat more. I identified one of mine today and I never would have done it if I hadn't been paying more attention to what I've been eating lately. Grapes...of all things... <BR> <BR> I have eaten probably a pound of grapes today and while I'm full, I found that I'm ready to make myself another sandwich. What the heck? They're grapes...little round bites of yummy. Fruit, healthy even! I guess I'... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:44:12 EST Holding Steady... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739895 With all the stress in my life lately it's been a struggle to start my diet and get the weight starting to come off. I've been able to do it with the help of everyone here at SP. Last Saturday, my grandma finally passed. It's a relief for her but she leaves behind a LOT of people who loved her. I drove the 400 miles home Saturday to be with them while we laid her to rest. <BR> <BR> I was fully aware of what I was going to face going into this (I didn't get overweight just after I left ho... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 10:37:26 EST Almost... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4732757 I almost talked myself out of working out today. I haven't gotten many workouts in this week between school activities (Read that as I worked out ust once on Wednesday.) and knew I needed to get my butt...and the rest of me...moving to help me get in better shape. After all, if it doesn't move, it's gonna eventually stop moving. So I promised myself I would just do 20 minutes instead of my usual 35 of cardio and 2 weight machines. Once I got there and hit the 20 minute mark I just kept t... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 17:30:09 EST I need to say I'm sorry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731180 Week 5 ended on Tuesday. 5 weeks of counting calories and sweating it out in the training room at school. I've lost just over 23 pounds. And it's all thanks to SparkPeople and my awesomely amazing friends on here that help me stay motivated. <BR> <BR> I need to apologize to these friends for not being around very much these last couple weeks. I haven't been able to stay active in my teams forums or stop to comment on as many blogs and activities as I would like. For this I am sorry. I ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 19:17:45 EST End of Week 3/Beginning of week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704210 My official weigh-in weight today was 317.4. That means I have lost 14.8 pounds in 3 weeks. I think that's just awesome! I have a confession though, I'm using this weight-loss attempt also known as a lifestyle change as an excuse to cook for myself again. <BR> <BR> Ever since I moved in with my boyfriend (together now for 3 1/2 years) and his mom (we live with her because she has health issues and can't live alone), she has been cooking the majority of the meals while I cooked twice a wee... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:57:11 EST Success?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687183 Tomorrow is my official weigh-in day. It'll be 2 weeks. I was talking to one of my co-workers today about random work stuff. Somewhere in the middle of the conversation, she looks at me and asks "Have you lost weight?" She didn't know I've started this weight loss journey so her comment left me with a really awesome feeling that the changes I've made are starting to show. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:35:48 EST Wake-up Call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679310 I knew I was overweight...the numbers don't lie. So I made the plan to get moving more and eat better. I don't look in the mirror except to check to make sure I don't have food in my teeth or something on my face. Like I said, I knew I was overweight. <BR> <BR> So, when I pulled up the picture that I had my boyfriend take of my on my first day of my new weight-loss journey, it hit me in the head. Who IS that person? That is NOT the person I see in my head every day. <BR> <BR> I started... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 22:32:12 EST