BOUTTIME24's SparkPeople Blog BOUTTIME24's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stress Busting Challenge: blog entry #2 I need a career change. I've been teaching preschool for the most of the past 14 years. There are three things that have been bothering me the most. First, I feel fake. I'm not happy to be there, but I have to wear a smile. Second, I'm bored. Nothing is new to me anymore. Third, children have become so disrespectful. The way children are allowed to treat us is uncalled for. Even as an adult I wouldn't treat/speak/disrespect a person like that. It drains me to even think about going to work ev... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:14:43 EST I've joined the Stress Busting Challenge: blog entry #1 Today...Hm? Today's stress: I can't get any time alone. It's actually a regular stressor in my life. I wish I could have time by myself. But I feel guilty for that. I always complain that I need more time with our kids, that we need more time as a family, then I complain to be alone...? I don't know, I really just want to sit here, but every time I begin to have a thought or begin to relax, one of my kids or my fiance interrupts with a need, want, question, or (from our toddler) a demand. It... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:23:43 EST Never Thought I'd Say This... I want to go back to work!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't spent much time at work the past three weeks. I'm an assistant at a preschool and, with the Holidays & and brutally cold weather, we haven't had too many students attending. I enjoy my job, but I've always thought it would be nice to be home with my own kids (1.5 & 6 years old). <BR> <BR> Now, it could be because this is the wrong season to be out of work, but I really just want to get back to our normal schedule. I give stay at home parent... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 18:12:47 EST One Year Today!! I've been a SparkPeople member for one year!! It's been a long year that went by quickly, if that makes sense. When I started here with SP I knew I found something great! This website gave me the information & tools I needed to get me started and continue on my journey. The other members here gave me the support I needed throughout the year. Thank you SP and Sparklers! <BR> <BR> But I can't give all the credit to SP. I've seen success and setbacks, but never quit. I've had to change things u... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 11:15:35 EST What is Weight Loss Success? I set out to lose 75 lbs and accomplished it. I have even settled slightly below my goal weight. I like to claim success, but as I work to maintain this weight loss I wonder..."Am I really SUCCESSFUL?" <BR> I feel as though I have small successes every day. And that's the way I like to look at it in the smaller picture. The extra few steps I put in or the brownie I traded for an apple are choices I consider successful. But what about the big picture? <BR> I just recently had someone tell me... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 21:30:30 EST Disney World here we come! We leave this weekend to go to Disney World for my daughter's 5th Birthday!! I am so excited! Just as excited as she is! I can't wait to see the look on her face, hear her beautiful little laugh, and watch her do her Happy Dance when we walk toward the Disney Castle for the first time. <BR> <BR> It's going to be warm there which is a much needed break from this Northern cold weather. There will be sunshine (a little rain), warm air, and blue skies. <BR> <BR> I know we'll have a great time ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:56:46 EST Putting Myself Together! On Saturday mornings my oldest daughter has dance class. The morning is usually chaotic for me as I struggle to wake up, make breakfast, straighten the house, and get both the Girls together to leave the house (with the oldest ready for dance). I don't take much time to get myself together. I potty, brush my teeth, put my hair back in a ponytail, and well...I stay in my pajamas. No shower, no make-up, barely remember to put on some deodarant. <BR> Well, I'm relieved that today has been diffe... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 11:09:28 EST Progress! Progress, large or small, is still progress. I'm 4 pounds down and so excited! I haven't seen progress in my weight loss in MONTHS. <BR> I'm new here to SparkPeople so I'll tell you a bit about myself. I recently turned 30. Seven months before that I gave birth to my second daughter. My oldest is 4 years older than her. Even before I had my first baby I wasn't "skinny" in fact, I've always been "thick." I've been told (not recently) that I must "carry my weight well" because I didn't look a... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:41:59 EST