BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog BDJOHNSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Did Not Skip My Walk Today! I woke up around 4:30 A.M. and considered it a dubious blessing. I'd made it past 3:00 this time, but it hampers my energy. Hmm. I went to the den and sat in my recliner with a book and turned on the lamp to reduce the possibility of waking everyone else up. I waited a few minutes before checking my blood pressure. Meh. I finished reading and went back to sleep. I woke up to my alarm clock and hit the snooze button. When it buzzed again nine minutes later, I turned off the alarm and the lamp ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:30:08 EST Awake Again I rolled over and saw it was around 3:00 A.M. I went back to sleep for about thirty minutes and awakened after a short dream. There was no preamble. I was in my backyard doing some yard work and heard noise. It sounded like snarling. A tan Chihuahua had burrowed through the little hole in my shared fence. The dog ran at me to bite me with its little sharp teeth, and I realized I had a little spade in my hand to protect myself. I woke up before there was any contact. I will be a little freak... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:04:33 EST Time to Get Serious I walked three miles yesterday and today. I believe I need to keep an eye on my blood pressure. I'll have to make an appointment to verify. Mama has battled hypertension for years faithfully taking her medication and monitoring her diet. My eternally thin middle sister has had it for a few years. 😲 Daddy developed it about 10-12 years ago but lost about 30 pounds to keep his under control. I now am waking up to the fact that I *really* don't want this and that I *absolutely* have to do somet... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:34:01 EST Thirteen Minutes I did not go walking today, but I did complete some strength training and stretching. And I managed to get 13 fitness minutes logged in as a result. 😎 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 08:27:05 EST Goal Met - Walking I walked for a little over four miles this morning with my friend who walks with me each summer break. She is a retired teacher who understands any situation I mention to her. I consider her a mentor and friend. <BR> <BR> <em>361</em> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:04:28 EST Yesterday Yesterday was my nine year Sparkeversary. I celebrated by eating a Whataburger spicy smoked BBQ burger. Had no idea until I woke up early this morning. Argh. My weight "loss" journey has turned instead into a desire for fitness. I started doing some strength training then fell off the wagon. Time to get up again. I want to be more flexible. This means stretching. I want to define my arms. This means exercise. I want my clothes to fit more loosely. This means sticking to my workout regimen. H... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 09:37:36 EST Rainy Friday Morning <img src=""> I am on summer vacation as a teacher. It is very much needed! The clouds cover the skies in the same manner that the rains cover the earth, sidewalk, and lawn. I have read my Bible and am now drinking a cup of coffee. This mug belonged to my husband's grandmother, so it is a treasure to me since we lost her three years ago. Now I am listening to the rain hitting my skylight and patio as I contemplate t... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:26:38 EST First Day of Summer 1. Took a 3 plus mile walk. <BR> 2. Worked on laundry for family. <BR> 3. Read my Bible. <BR> 4. Made and drank first cup of coffee to soothe morning brain fog. <BR> 5. Updated information on SparkPeople. <BR> 6. Did NOT wake up to go to school today! Woohoo! There is no school for me today, tomorrow, next week, or next month. Woohoo!!! Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:05:39 EST Last Day of 2016-2017 <img src="">I had the last day of school with my students. It is always bittersweet for me because some of those kids really tugged at my heart strings and made me love them. Others' personalities did not mesh as well with mine, so they were happy to see today arrive, too. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite students this year was a young man who wanted to be my equal, but he has to keep living to make that goal. I'll c... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 00:30:02 EST Last Day Tomorrow! The last day of the school year is tomorrow, and this means awards, games, movies, and yearbook signing. In less than 18 hours, I will have completed 22 full years as an educator. I am tired but triumphant. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 1 Jun 2017 23:00:25 EST Four Days Left If you don't count today as one of them, I have only four days left with my students for the 2016-2017 school year. I have had some good experiences, and some experiences have not been so good. I have to try to schedule a parent meeting with a mother whose child has consistently failed her core classes. We have notified her, and she is rebelling against our collective agreement (as a team of teachers and admins) that her child is in need of repeating the grade level since the child has gaps i... Tue, 30 May 2017 14:03:07 EST Seven! I have collected seven of those horn-blasted spinners. They get them back on the last day of school. The students who have the toys are not diagnosed with ADHD and needing a fidget as an accommodation. My colleagues and I want what little of the students' attention we can grab with only six instruction days remaining. The struggle is real. By the way, I am winning the competition among my group of teachers. The next highest number is six, and then it is five. <BR> <em>590</em> Tue, 23 May 2017 23:30:52 EST Japanese School My teaching partner and I are having our students experience what it is like to be in a Japanese classroom. They are leaving their shoes outside the door. They stand, bow, and greet me with "Good morning, teacher" or "Good afternoon, teacher," according to time of day. I am wearing my yukata kimono complete with the obi I tied myself. It has been a bit of an adventure as they research and learn about a different culture and mindset. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 May 2017 14:39:02 EST Friday! I am just glad today is Friday. We had a four-day work week with our students, and somehow, it feels longer than a five day work week. Go figure. I have two more classes, and then I'll be able to listen to my unacceptable rock music at ear-splitting levels without damaging the psyche of my young charges. They'd say, "Mrs. Johnson listens to THAT? (The Cult's Love album from 1985)" Ha ha ha!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:09 EST Another Night Wasted I fell asleep in my bedroom while my husband played his video game in the den. This has happened each night since Sunday evening. He stays up late. I wake up to the lamp still on in my room, and I hear the game's sounds and see the den light on. I get angry and get up out of the bed to go to the restroom, or get a drink of water, or go tell a grown man to go to bed. This ridiculous cycle does nothing but frustrate me. I have to get up in about three or four hours so that I can go teach middle... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:05:22 EST Just Eight Weeks In eight weeks, the second semester will be finished at Texas Tech, and then my son is back home again. I know my time with him considering this his own home base is limited. One day he really will move away to a new life, apartment, and job. But until then and even after, I plan to bake cookies he likes, find little things he needs at the store, and pray for his safety and well-being. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:55:50 EST Mama Bliss My son is home for spring break holiday this week. When I called yesterday to ask him when he and his ride were leaving, he had bad news: the ride fell through because the young man's parents surprised him with a plane ticket home. Oops! Hubby and I got ourselves dressed, fueled up the Explorer, grabbed snacks, and hit the road to Lubbock. Our son was understandably relieved we came to get him and disappointed about the abrupt change in plans. I am happy he is home and sleeping in his bed so ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:42:26 EST Back to Basics? I guess SparkPeople went back to basics with the new community feed. I find it overwhelming and will be glad when I can only see my friends' feed posts. Otherwise, it is quite public. There are no more bonus team spins. Aw, c'mon. That was my way of "gambling" and not losing. I rejoiced over the 50 points days and grumbled on the 1 point days. My points earnings will be slowed down as a result, but I guess that will be okay. I also see that message board posts and community posts earn three p... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:33:07 EST Clouds and Plans The grey clouds outside make me want to sleep and curl under a blanket in comfy sweatpants. Sigh. I have a coupon for Jo-Ann Fabrics to get a fabric cut for 50 percent off of the regular price. I'd like to buy some material of my son's college logo that I could make into a quilt. I will don my blue jeans and buy the material. It will give me a few extra steps for my walking today so that I won't be a complete couch potato today. Ha ha ha. Sun, 5 Mar 2017 16:32:17 EST Spring Break My spring break holiday technically begins at 3:35 P.M. when school ends, yet I know that I will not leave right away. I don't plan to be there still at 6:00 P.M. getting something done. I plan to work hard during my down time after my students finish their tests so that I can be out of the building at a good time for me. Work can wait since I have time next week but not access to copiers and printers. That will just have to wait this time. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 04:12:27 EST Bereft I miss my son's warmth, humor, and joy. It hurts to have my heart outside of my chest and six hours away. I know he misses me yet loves his independence. No Momma telling him to go to bed at three or four o'clock in the morning. No fresh-cooked bacon just down the hall. For me, there is no young man to poke in the arm while we sit on the couch together. No discussions about politics, alternate history timelines, economics, or collegiate football. No jazz music from a tenor saxophone or blarin... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:31:32 EST Best Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My best friends took me to dinner for my belated birthday dinner last night. They know that I am facing some personal challenges and love me anyway. I am grateful for their love and support these past twenty-three (or four!) years. Who really even remembers when we were not friends? I cannot. I love my Patti and my Robin! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:51:20 EST One More Day to Wait - ARGH! My son's ride home from college had a final rescheduled. Both young men are unhappy about this development, so they will come home on Thursday. The busiest day of my week. I literally cannot come home until after 8:00 P.M. that day. UGH! I have a department meeting after school and then must go keep the gate for the basketball game tomorrow night. I enjoy the extra funds; however, I do not want to miss too much time away from my son. I guess this is a part of life. I am not too patient right... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:44:24 EST Tomorrow He is Home! Today is the last full day without my son at home for the Christmas holidays. I look forward to seeing his face and hugging his neck after this much shorter separation following Thanksgiving break. Finals are finished, and he will spend today visiting the rec center and hanging with friends before catching a ride tomorrow. I will be praying for a safe journey for them and plan to expend some of my nerves tonight after work by baking some of his favorite cookies to have on hand when he arrives... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:30:35 EST A Solo Saturday of Sorts I plan to do some activities I am interested in doing today: baking, reading, napping, cleaning, etc. in no particular order. I made my trip to the grocery store and stocked up to prepare for my son's return from university on Wednesday. I need to make sure I sleep enough to stay up with an 18 year old young man of boundless energy. When he is here, I stay awake to talk to him. regardless of when he wants to talk. He is worth it. My policy with him will always be to talk when he wants to tal... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:08:09 EST A Bit of Dreaming as December Begins Much has happened during this year. I still walk two or three times a week when I am fortunate enough to sleep through the night and get up in the morning. Today was nice and cold (for Texas!) with the thermometer reading 38 degrees outside. I must be part Siberian Husky because I love the cold weather and have never experienced a "true" winter like my fellow citizens in northern states. I still want to see a New England autumn leaf display and feel the spray of the Niagara Falls upon my joyo... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:42:26 EST Homecoming, Part One Today my son comes home from Texas Tech after being away from us for three months. I have already made him a pecan pie and stocked up on apples, bananas, milk, and bacon. He has made do with food out west on that hornblasted meal plan. Don't get me started! Suffice it to say, I have homemade chicken and dumplings thawing in the refrigerator. I plan to feed him up the next three and one-half days and send him a little culinary love when he returns on Sunday. More anon. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:37:24 EST Busted! A mother of two of my former students and I are friends on Facebook. Tonight she tagged me in a post that read, "You know you have touched a child's life as a teacher when they say, 'Don't talk to me until I have had my coffee just like Mrs. Johnson.'" It made my evening! Now I am off to sleep (again!) in the recliner so that I won't disturb my husband with my tossing and turning. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:23:06 EST The Rain is Good I awakened just before 5:00 A.M. and went to get a glass of water. To my surprise, I heard rain and wind outside. That will not be a problem. I will not be donning a mackintosh to avoid a soaking walk this morning, but I can do a few stretches and take a stroll through the building today as we have an in-service/work day scheduled today. I will be planning out the next few weeks with my teacher partners and getting many items on my little checklist completed. I will leave on time today! <BR>... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 06:28:25 EST Learning a New Normal It has been three weeks since we took our son out to school at Texas Tech. He is adjusting to college life well. I had the opportunity to see his face via Facetime last week as we watched an NFL game. I sat with my back to the telly so that he could view the game's progress. My husband laughed at us but then told us about the NFL Mobile App. Now I can watch any game I want regardless of what game is on broadcast. We dine out a bit more often, and cooking is not the same joyous occasion it onc... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:52:45 EST Still Breathing <img src=""> It has been almost twenty-four hours since I hugged my son's neck to bid him "so long" for a little while. I missed his bright eyes and killer smile as hubby and I drove back home. We were quiet and contemplative but managed to laugh while listening to UB40's "Rat in Me Kitchen" on Sirius XM. I'd never heard that song before. Today will be tough seeing all of his pictures on the walls and display place... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 08:16:54 EST A Day of New Beginnings <img src=""> My husband and I will be driving our son out to Lubbock to begin his freshman year at Texas Tech. I am happy he wants his independence, yet part of me sees he is still a kid. Oy! LORD, we depend on Your mercy and protection as we drive today and return in a couple of days after making sure all is well. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:03:34 EST Last Free Weekend I have my classroom as ready as it will be for Monday when my new students arrive. I am feeling better after getting some goals accomplished with my room setup, meetings, and lessons written up by my new teaching partner. I still probably won't sleep too well tomorrow night because it is normal to be excited about the first day of school. I know myself too well. This is the 22nd time for me on this side of the desk. It's also kind of weird since it's my son's last weekend before we take him t... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 06:50:41 EST A Summer Cold Somehow I managed to catch a cold as I prepare for the school year and my son's departure to college. This is the week I need my energy to get tasks completed while I have "free time" instead of next week when I will have no time. LORD, give me the strength I need each day to get my list finished. In Jesus' Name. Amen. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:32:27 EST Progress We are still taking things one day at a time. I am praying for a breakthrough to happen in God's timing. I just want it sooner than later, as usual. <BR> <BR> Jeremiah 29:11 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 23:07:48 EST One Day at a Time We had a family crisis this week, and it robbed me of my appetite. As a result, I dropped between four and five pounds. I am taking my life one day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute at a time. One second at a time. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:08:16 EST Sleep is Overrated Why sleep when you can roll over at 2:32 A.M. and see the clock's digital readout? Why not hop online and write your sports blog? Why not jump on SparkPeople to get your login points? Why not read the book you have in your hand instead of stimulating your brain with writing coherent sentences? Why not go to your recliner with a glass of water and a blanket and sit under the ceiling fan until you fall asleep? Why not do it now? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>102</em> <em>40</em> <em>102... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:33:25 EST Big Walk Wednesday! I went walking this morning and logged in 4.33 miles. This was accomplished in 75 minutes. I feel proud of myself for taking the time to do the work. I saw 13 bunnies, 2 herons, and 4 ducks on my route. Counting cars is a bit tedious. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:45:56 EST A Day Away I went to bed last night with the notion that I did not have to exercise today. That's right. I decided to stay inside and tend to my house chores on my own schedule since I have no where to be today. I will hit the trail again tomorrow, but every now and then I take a day away and feel no guilt whatsoever. Time for a cup of coffee and a good book. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:23:08 EST First Run of the Summer I managed to run 1.52 miles in 18 minutes on the track at the school around the corner where I teach. It felt good to log in that time and drop 200 calories in less than 20 minutes. Woohoo! Thu, 9 Jun 2016 10:39:01 EST Summer Insomnia - Year Seven That's right. I have been dealing with insomnia since 2009, the year my son was in sixth grade. It started when we had reading and math tutorials for our state testing, and that made me nervous because I was not specifically trained to be a reading teacher. I was a history major who loved English (grammar, writing, and reading literature). Today has me concerned because one of my best friends is facing a major life change, and my son informed me yesterday that he is determined to attend Texas... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 04:25:21 EST Milestone Achieved <img src=""> Now I join the ranks of parents with high school graduates living in the house. My son graduated yesterday. Both sets of his grandparents were there to see it in person. My sisters and two of my brother-in-laws were there, too. It was wonderful to have my family around me as we marked this step in Trey's life. Thank You, LORD. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 04:37:01 EST 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