BDJOHNSON's SparkPeople Blog BDJOHNSON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Off Day Today I ran and unexpectedly walked yesterday, so today is my day to be "off" from cardio exercise just to recover a bit. The scale was friendly this morning, and that's a good start to the work week. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:09:18 EST A Good Start to the Week I ran 1.61 miles in 18:07 today before going to church with my son. It did my body and soul a world of good to know that I've already logged in some serious exercise time. Normally, I don't like to run on Sunday mornings, but today it felt good to get out there. My goal is to run twice more this week. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:09:43 EST Second Run of the Week - September 11, 2014 I ran 1.38 miles in 16:18 including a bit on the street with most on the track to preserve my knees. It felt good to finish and say, "I've done it." Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:39:57 EST First Run of the Week - Sep. 8, 2014 I didn't have time to walk to the track, run, walk a couple of laps, and then walk home, so I simply ran in the neighborhood then walked when finished. I logged 1.35 miles in 15:47 today. It felt good. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:26:59 EST Second Run of the Week I was so dead-dog tired yesterday that I hit my snooze several times, much to my husband's chagrin. Last night I slept better, so I felt that I was able to run this morning. I ran 1.31 miles in 15:46 which is slower than earlier this week, but I could feel that I wasn't going as rapidly. I also knew that it's not the speed but the stamina that determines success. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:33:02 EST A Labor Day Run I ran 1.31 miles in 14:47 today and burned 185 calories. On that last quarter mile, I really wanted to just stop and walk, but I kept going somehow. My big glass of water and some time cooling under the ceiling fan are my rewards today. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:39:18 EST In 15 Minutes I managed to run 1.32 miles this morning according to my RunKeeper application on my smartphone, and I did it at a pace of 11:26. That is an accomplishment for this little girl. The other accomplishment is that the scale slid in the right direction this week. Woo-hoo! I think I'll celebrate with a baked potato at dinner tonight. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:21:19 EST Another Mile Run I ran 1.07 miles in 12 minutes yesterday, and it was good to finish up. I think my body liked the track's surface instead of the concrete on the streets, but going 'round like a rat in a cage sometimes seems kooky. I'll manage. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 06:24:51 EST One Mile Monday After waking up around 3:00 A.M. and heading to my recliner, I set my alarm and began to read my novel. Once it woke me up from a dead sleep, I made myself go out and run 1.01 miles using Runkeeper to help me track the distance. I burned 131 calories in 12:41. I feel proud of my accomplishment. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:30:57 EST School Schedule Time Already? My son is in jazz camp this week, and he has to be there by 8:30 A.M. every day, so I am on work mode as far as waking up goes. Next week, I have a work shop on Monday and Tuesday. My son's high school band camp begins next Monday at 8:00 A.M. We will be juggling schedules and pick-ups then because our faithful old Honda's A/C is on the fritz, and it's summer time in Texas. On we go! Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:57:58 EST Half-way Mark We will have hit the half way mark of 2014 at 12:00 P.M. today. We will have exactly 182.5 days left. Random fact of the day. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 09:40:59 EST Mama's Birthday Today is my mother's birthday. She and her high school friend went on a trip over the week, so Daddy had to pick her up yesterday. They'll be driving back home and arrive this afternoon. My family and I plan to be there to wish her a happy birthday and hug her neck after not seeing her for a week. I have missed her! Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:36:10 EST Baseball Fan I went to watch my now former students play in the championship game for their league, and they managed to win with only eight players. What determination they showed! I am almost as proud as their parents as you can see in the picture below. I will miss these boys in class next year! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:50:04 EST There are No Coincidences I was out walking and ran into a wise friend walking her little Scottish Terrier known as Scooter. He enjoyed sniffing out rabbits and exploring the lawns as Dee and I talked and walked. I shared something that is a struggle for me, and her counsel was to pray about it. Those were the words I needed as I headed back to my home. I turned on my praise music and listened to songs by BeBe and Cece Winans, Mahalia Jackson, Michael W. Smith, and Kim Hill before I opened my front door. The combinati... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:47:17 EST Not Good for Me Falling asleep before 11:00 P.M. and then awakening in the wee hours is detrimental to my health. I just know it. My blood pressure was elevated today at work; I had the nurse check it. I'll have to check it again in about six hours. Pray that my numbers are better. Ugh! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 02:24:41 EST