BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BDJOHNSON BDJOHNSON'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/ A Bit of Dreaming as December Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274700 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271005 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252697 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247698 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237741 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225774 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb052e6a-ead9-49c6-becd-130ff6b03975.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224124 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bfc3503a-f0fd-48d8-9c66-75b903258e52.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221271 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220115 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206095 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204985 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185510 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183422 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182562 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179602 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178052 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176708 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ffa0ee4-a291-4c82-91ec-0f00f60bbac5.jpg"> 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141906 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063638 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059592 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052768 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026431 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022988 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953801 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949725 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947786 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946239 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943081 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942156 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937182 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936615 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921615 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920490 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886036 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884671 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882805 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881617 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104963295.jpg"> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:35:24 EST No School Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880965 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870438 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. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869137 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865693 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851577 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848568 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844506 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843666 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841655 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840391 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831711 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828599 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