BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog BDJOHNSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thinking Time Sometimes I have cursed my insomnia that strikes at odd times during the week. I awakened thinking about the seating arrangement for my students in the computer lab. I have one in particular who is destructive and bears watching closely. He is right next to me and will be under constant vigilance. <BR> <BR> I am also thinking about the bills that are due and the money in the bank and my husband's underemployment. There, I've said it. I am also thinking about my son's college education that ... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:08:03 EST Wonders Never Cease I've been back to work this week, and that five pounds I gained over Christmas is nearly gone. I've walked around in my classroom and managed to get a couple of cardio walks this week. No other changes besides skipping sugar in my coffee and using liquid non-dairy creamer only. I like Café Mocha best right now. The Girl Scouts Thin Mints isn't my cup of tea, so to speak. <BR> <BR> <em>287</em> Thu, 7 Jan 2016 23:49:56 EST At Least Thirty Miles I'm tracking the miles I walk during the month of January and plan to post at least 30 miles of walking/running before February 1, 2016. I promised no resolutions, but this is a measurable goal I can track just for my benefit. I've logged just a bit over six miles. This is lovely because I had no idea how much I actually do walk and move about during the day. I predict an increase once I return to work with my students a bit later today. First, I must go back to sleep so that I am ready for ... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 03:03:26 EST No Weight Loss Resolutions for 2016 I made a resolution for 2015 that I would take care of my hair. I would do anything (within reason) to keep it healthy and encourage growth since it takes a while for it to show length. I managed to do well with it because of the commitment. <BR> <BR> For the year that begins one week from today, I want to simply be healthier. I want to be stronger by the end of the year and in better physical condition. If my weight reflects it, then it does. If it doesn't, then it doesn't. I just want to k... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:33:54 EST Middle School Blues I've taught middle school for twenty years. That's right. I've worked with pre-adolescent students my entire career. I work with them, but I don't want to be them. Sigh. Somehow, I've done something or am accused of doing something, and one of my workmates (I'll call her Mary) who used to eat lunch with me no longer does this year. Her best friend (Sally) followed suit as expected. That might be okay except that the one faithful lunch buddy (Allison) who ate with me all last year suddenly sto... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:33:40 EST I'm Still Here I just haven't written much and have even neglected my sports blog over the past few days. Life at school consumes my time and energy. Too much crazy stuff happening at once makes stress a constant health hazard. Students need help they aren't receiving from home. Teachers don't have the time during the day to meet every single need. More legislation and regulations drop down to increase the workload. I don't sleep as well as I used to seven years ago. Yes, for nearly seven years, I have been... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:39:33 EST I Ran! It's been nearly seven months since I wrenched my ankle while running. I was so happy to start out again. Today I racked up 1.63 miles on the legs with a morning run. The endorphins are running high right now. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:20:42 EST Squat Tracker, Part II Monday - 125 <BR> Tuesday - 150 <BR> <BR> I may double up and complete some more exercises later today. We'll see how I am feeling. ¡Ciao! Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:46:16 EST No Squats Yet, But Other Work is Done I worked in my kitchen dusting and cleaning my countertops, mopping the floor, and tidying the bric-a-brac. I cleaned the cabinet under my sink and the basket for cleaning supplies as well as repotted some plants in desperate need. I shredded some old papers and added some items to my Goodwill bag. I do feel accomplished even through appearances are deceiving about what I've done for the day with my housework. Of course, I put a load of laundry into the washing machine. That chore never, ever... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:07:26 EST Squat Tracker So far, I have paid over 400 squats for this summer vacation. Here is the breakdown: <BR> June 8 - 100 (4 minutes) <BR> June 10 - 50 (2 minutes) <BR> June 14 - 130 (5 minutes) <BR> June 16 - 140 ( 5 minutes) <BR> <BR> I have this insane goal of somewhere between 5,000-10,000 before school begins August 24. We'll see how it goes! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:04:28 EST Days of Grace My mother gave me some great advice about my vacation time. Because I tend to be a perfectionist and workaholic, I want to get everything done right away when my summer holiday begins. I am giving myself some days of grace. The laundry, cooking, and normal tidying will be complete, but the projects that take time, effort, and planning won't be accomplished in this first week. I can figure out my plans and begin to accomplish them, but I won't feel guilty if they're not all finished by Saturda... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:51:15 EST Just Six Calories Under Yesterday I managed to eat just six calories below my maximum range. Whew! I'll try to leave a few "on the floor" today. One of my friends is joining me on a walk today, so that will make it more fun as we take to the streets with our powerwalking. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 06:34:25 EST Within Range According to my calculations, I stayed within my caloric range today. I am happy that this occurred today. Now, I need to get some sleep so that I am ready for my youngsters tomorrow. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:46:41 EST Last Day of May Today dawned bright and beautiful with the sun shining brilliantly outside. Now, we can dry out a bit here in the Lone Star State and allow the waters to recede in flooded areas. Now, we can recover. My son and I are getting ready for the early morning worship service that begins at 9:00 A.M. We have a few errands to run afterwards, then it's a study day for him with a physics test and history project due this week. It is hard to believe we have five days left in the school year, but the rumo... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:24:01 EST Sleep Update I followed advice about using melatonin and SleepyTime tea, and it works for me usually. I've done this primarily during the school week so that I can be rational and reasonable when my excited youngsters are bursting with energy. On the weekends, I don't take anything just so I can sleep naturally whenever it's needed. Right now I'm up because the downpour startled me awake at 5:00 A.M. I already mopped the floor around 12:30 A.M., so I don't need to tackle that right now. I think I'll just ... Sat, 30 May 2015 06:23:01 EST Up Late Again I dozed off earlier this evening and awakened at 11:49 P.M. Yes, I am still awake at 1:15 A.M. This is madness. I will grab the Agatha Christie mystery I've been trying to read and suspend electronic interaction with SparkPeople and Facebook so that I will go to sleep and stop seeing/reading interesting information (during sleep time!) for the moment. I wrote lesson plans last night after a "discussion" with my seventeen year old son. It was a way to release pent-up energy without taking a ... Sun, 3 May 2015 02:16:41 EST Staying Put? Although I put in a request for a transfer nearly two months ago, nothing has happened, so I feel that I am to be at my current campus unless the LORD intervenes in a mighty way and clears the path for me. I will accept my place and bloom where I am planted. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:21:16 EST Transitioning I put in my request for a transfer to another campus and received my principal's blessing. I am relieved. I am fully aware that no one is irreplaceable. I am simply ready for another challenge at this point in my life. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 07:39:04 EST And Now for Something New? I will be informing my principal of my intent to request a transfer from middle school to high school level. I didn't meet the deadline last year, so I wasn't interviewed by any prospective employers, but I will be "Jilly-on-the-spot" this time. I think I have enough grey in my hair to teach high school. I may be the size of my students, but I won't be mistaken for one anymore. Ha ha ha! Years ago, I'd sworn to myself that I'd try once I hit a certain age. I've hit it and gone past it now, ... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:59:20 EST Foiled Again? We had some ice/snow/sleet descend in our area and shut us down for two days this week. I couldn't go for my morning walk, so I did some strength training. I relished walking around my school today, but it wasn't the same as my morning powerwalk. I look forward to getting up, getting kitted out for the cold, and getting some fresh air. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:09:06 EST Happy Birthday, Son! Seventeen years ago, I became a Mama to Trey. The time has flown by, and he is so grown up in so many ways yet still a kid in others. He still loves watching Looney Tunes cartoons, being covered with warm blankets, and playing video games. He's taking tough courses at school and doing well in them. The LORD blessed me with my young man, and so happy birthday, Son! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:35:24 EST No School Today We received the call last night that there wouldn't be school today. I am listening to the sleet pelting down on my office window, and I am glad I am not driving to school in this stuff. Yuck! I don't mind snow, but icy roads don't interest me. I had planned a test today, but it will be postponed. I did some strength training--finally! I plan to relax, do some laundry if the muse inspires, and watch silly programs that I've "taped" on my DVR. I need to just be l-a-z-y for once and cancel th... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:50:23 EST Follow-Up I talked to my assistant principal who had spoken to the student who took the other student's workbook. I have to just leave it be for now because other things have been happening with the student whose workbook was missing. I will let the sleeping dogs lie but be extra-vigilant in the hallway to make sure I see students putting their own property into their own lockers. It's time to move on. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 02:28:36 EST I Just Don't Comprehend. . . I reported an incident to my assistant principal. I didn't see any results, but she may have had more pressing issues to investigate. I found Student A's workbook (a required resource!) in Student B's locker. To my knowledge, no disciplinary action has resulted from my discovery. I don't understand. I will touch base with her today to find out what's happening so that I can at least gain some insight. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 06:03:06 EST Last Friday of January! It is the last Friday of January, so that means I won't see my students until next month. (rimshot) They usually laugh when I say that to them, but it's all good. I'll be going through their discussion questions after they finish their vocabulary quizzes. After that, we may practice on the lost art of cursive handwriting. I reminded myself several years ago that I do know how to write in cursive and that my students read print all of the time but need to learn to read cursive. I guess I am... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:05:05 EST Good Weekend So Far I made it to the grocery store and washed some of the laundry yesterday before my son and I went to my parents' house for a visit. We watched the playoff games for the NFL and were disappointed about the Panthers' loss in Seattle. My son is a huge fan despite the fact that he's never set foot in either North or South Carolina. Next year! <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 07:38:02 EST Wednesday! It's the first Wednesday of the year, and I feel a bit harassed trying to get my work put together for a substitute to come in and work with my kiddoes. LORD, please give me the energy I need today to be ready for Friday. Help me get my paperwork together for a smooth title transfer for Trey's car, too. In Jesus' Name, amen. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 12:13:46 EST A Little Accomplishment I completed strength training several days this week, and I am pleased with myself. I've also eaten some type of produce most days this week and logged in some good sleep time with most days getting at least six hours of sleep. I will do everything in my power to continue the trend. LORD, thank You for allowing me this time to work on me. <BR> <BR> Sat, 3 Jan 2015 07:42:00 EST First Friday of the Year I walked 2.06 miles in 33:47 and feel great. I think I need new running shoes to support my feet and legs. This time at home has been restorative for sleeping purposes. My Christmas decorations are still up and will remain until at least January 6, the Epiphany. I hope all who read this little entry have a wonderful day. Take care, and God bless. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 08:49:59 EST Au Revoir 2014 It is super early on New Year's Eve, and I am still not in bed. I guess all of the napping has caught up with me. I'm also excited because my son and I will visit one of my high school/college friends tomorrow at her home for lunch. She has horses, dogs, cats, chickens, etc. My agriculture-loving son will be in "heaven" with all of her critters. It is a great way to end 2014. My downer is that my husband still is sick with a nasty cold that won't let him go. He is taking his meds and st... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 01:13:57 EST It's Time for an Eye Doctor Visit I woke up this morning and realized I am having a terrible time focusing on the writing on my monitor. I dusted it to no avail. My glasses are for distance. I guess I'll call once they open up this morning and try to get in since I missed my annual checkup back in October. Yergh. Who knew that it would be overnight, literally? I guess the upside is that I keep moving forward and keep on living. More anon! Mon, 29 Dec 2014 08:18:39 EST I MISS Running I cannot believe how much I miss being able to run. It's taken me twenty-odd years to make such a statement, but my recent ankle sprain has me chomping at the bit to heal and return. I haven't even ventured to power-walk but have relied on strength training to provide the bulk of my fitness minutes this week along with my normal walking around at work as a teacher. <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:58:59 EST The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of The Feet I ran this morning and logged in 3.32 miles in 38:19 but managed to wrench my left ankle on an uneven sidewalk in the neighborhood. Grrrr!!! I've been icing it and keeping it elevated. I have a race in one week and want to be able to finish it. We'll see how the healing process goes this week. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <em>364</em> Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:11:54 EST Only 300 Minutes Left! I have only 300 minutes left to meet my annual goal of 12,000 fitness minutes. Perhaps I can make it to 13,000 for the year with a little extra effort during the last month. We'll see how it goes. I'm enjoying my last day of holiday by baking gingerbread men and decorating my house for Christmas while listening to NFL Red Zone. Woo-hoo!!! Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:26:10 EST Thanksgiving Perspective "Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! <BR> Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! <BR> Know that the LORD, he is God! It is He Who made us, and we are His; <BR> We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. <BR> Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! <BR> Give thanks to Him; bless His Name! <BR> For the LORD is good; His steadfast love endures forever, <BR> And His faithfulness to all generations." - Psalm 100 <BR> <BR> <em>28... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:20:21 EST I Ran My Race I signed up for and ran a virtual 5K this week. It was actually a wee bit longer. I ran 3.16 miles in 38:55. Thank You, LORD, for allowing me to run the distance. It has been three months since I officially started training for 5K distances. One of my friends wants me to try a half-marathon in March, but I am content with what I've done so far. Maybe when I'm fifty, I'll do a half-marathon. Ha ha ha! That reminds me; I still haven't registered for my 5K race on December 13. It's the Frosty 5... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:43:59 EST Two Runs So Far My first run was 2.12 miles on Monday for 24:52 on the track at the school around the corner. Today's run was 2.30 miles with a time of 28:29 on pavement in the wind. I felt good at the pace and had no desire to speed up. I think I like the cooler weather for running instead of the summer time simply because I am not still mopping up sweat fifteen minutes after a run. It was also nice because I finished before too many people were out and about. I could be alone with my thoughts. For some ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:09:16 EST Keeping Up I ran twice this week and feel good about myself. They weren't the long runs of last week but kept me in shape for any future races I plan to undertake. Feeling strong today! The picture below was taken last week as I reached the end of my 5K race. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 1 Nov 2014 07:36:59 EST Bed? I baked four batches of cookies tonight; half will go to work with me tomorrow. I hope I can drag my happy hide out of bed in the morning. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:39:45 EST Goal Achieved! I did my 5K race! My fellow staffers and I posed for a picture before the race began. I ran a 5K in 35:31 on pavement at an 11:27 mile pace for my birthday. That's pretty good, if I say so myself. That's me on the end in the bright yellow shoes. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>364</em> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:55:01 EST Last Training Run I planned to run at least two miles this morning, but something in me said, "Keep going!" I ran 3.2 miles in 37:48 and burned 427 calories for my trouble. The next time I plan to run will be on Saturday morning for my 5K race. I am elated but a bit sweaty since the weather was warmer than expected for late October, but it's Texas, so go figure! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:34:16 EST I Ran the Distance I ran 3.11 miles today in preparation for my 5K in one week. I just had to see if the legs had it in them, and they did. My time was 34:20, and I burned 435 calories. Whew! I have an ESL Supplemental certification test on Monday morning, so I think I'll save my next training run for Tuesday morning. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:08:13 EST Making Progress - Second Run of the Week I ran 2.73 miles in 31:38 and burned 374 calories for my efforts. It felt good even though I'd been up a little bit later than I expected. My race is in nine days, and I pick up my packet on Saturday. Woo-hoo!!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:30:56 EST First Run of the Week - October 14, 2014 I ran 2.65 miles in 31:04 this morning in 50-something degree weather. It was marvelous to return from a run without sweat coursing down my face. I think I am part-Siberian Husky after all. Ha ha ha! I've registered for my race on October 25 and plan to be in the jogging corral. The only competition is with myself to complete the course. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:33:52 EST Run Day - October 7, 2014 I didn't run yesterday when the lightning flashed as my alarm. I held off until today and ran 2.39 miles in 27:50ish and burned 329 calories. I feel accomplished despite the lack of sleep. LORD, thank You for the stamina to keep going. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>248</em> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:39:18 EST This Week's Progress - October 4, 2014 In 50 degree weather before the sun illuminated the sky, I ran 2.39 miles in 27:46 and burned 329 calories for the day. My race is in three weeks, and I had a 'flu shot on Thursday afternoon which explains my vitamin C addiction the past two days. Time for some more water, but the scale has been my friend today! Woo-hoo!!! I feel FANTASTIC! <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 08:06:03 EST Two Miles Done! My RunKeeper app freaked out but I knew approximately how much and how long I ran. It was definitely two miles of distance. I am training for a 5K race on Saturday, October 25, and I want to run the distance at least once before I run in the race. It's called the Gary Burns Fun Run, and it's held each year to raise money for the Frisco Education Foundation. Want more information? Check out the link below. ¡Ciao! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>n-run </link> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:30:26 EST High School Reunion I went to my 30th high school reunion last night. I had fun seeing everyone who attended. I just wanted to see folks in person and hug them in person. My wish was granted, and I am content. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:30:03 EST Third Run of the Week! I ran 2.18 miles in 25:05 and felt the same level of euphoria afterwards. I also don't feel fatigued right now. Woo-hoo! I am grateful that the LORD allowed me a good run today. It's been a long time since I have notched up that distance in one session. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:21:15 EST Run Number Two I ran 1.60 miles in 18:18 and burned 223 calories for my efforts. Woo-hoo! My goal is to run one more time this week for about the same distance. My rest was broken on Monday night, so Tuesday was a no-go. Today is a new day, and I feel good albeit still a bit sweaty while I cool off. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:35:53 EST