DIANITAH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DIANITAH DIANITAH'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/ Cooking Peace Corps style. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784810 I was fortunate to find an apartment in my town while serving in the Peace Corps. Problem was, it had no refrigerator or stove. A co-worker lent me a small fridge and I just went out and bought a two burner counter top. Unfortunately, I can only use one burner at a time since using both causes it to trip a fuse. When I cooked spaghetti the other night, it took me over an hour and a half since it takes sooooooooooo long to heat things. I did cook enough for a few days so now I just have t... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:12:33 EST Peace Corps again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777967 I've been a way from SP for a while. My life has been in a whirl since April when I accepted a position with Peace Corps Response. <BR> <BR> Since May, I've quit my job, moved out of my condo and moved to another country. <BR> <BR> This is my second spin with Peace Corps. I served in Moldova from 1995-97. I was an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer. <BR> <BR> I now serve with Peace Corps Response, which are shorter term assignments for people with specialized skills. I am now working ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:14:28 EST Hiking boots as inspiration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678954 I am a finalist for an amazing job in a tropical country. I don't want to give details at the moment for fear of jinxing it. Even if I don't get this job, I will be traveling internationally in the next few months. Regardless of what happens, I know some hiking in wildlife reserves will be involved. <BR> <BR> I went to REI today to look at hiking boots. I haven't bought a new pair in almost twenty years. I still have my last pair. They are big, hulking and ugly! When I served in the P... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:27:29 EST Starbucks... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675676 I really do not like Starbucks at all (too many reasons to mention). I tend to patronize our incredible local coffee houses. As a teacher, I receive a lot of gift cards over the holidays. Many students opt for coffee since they know I enjoy it. How can I refuse such a thoughtful gift? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after running around I decided to stop for a coffee. I had no cash on me to go to my normal place but there is a Starbucks a few blocks from my house and I had one of my gift certifi... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:29:13 EST Easter Baskets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674989 I do not have my own children but I have five godchildren. I love creating Easter baskets for them but then obviously I am confronted by all those temptations. <BR> <BR> I went to Target last week and went a little crazy. I came home and realized that I had purchased some of my greatest temptations (yeah for the kids, right?). I thought this is bad! So I didn't open anything and took half of it back. I felt a little weird taking bags of candy back at first. Of course, they didn't bat a... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:25:09 EST So salty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674186 Okay so I'm playing on words here. <BR> <BR> If you are a bit "older" or less urban, you may not know "salty" has been around for a long time among urban teenagers to mean "you're wrong." I'm sure it has seeped into the suburbs/small towns too. <BR> <BR> I was feeling really salty yesterday. Literally and figuratively. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday I had eaten processed pre-made meals for two of my meals. One frozen/one boxed. UGH yesterday I felt so off and so thirsty. I woke up feeling salt... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:16:16 EST Next trophy level... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672531 I am just over 500 points away from Level 16. I find it amusing that I find getting points to be fun and motivating. Like many of you, I care about keeping my Spark streaks going. lol <BR> <BR> As I close in on a trophy, I'm always much more active on site. As a teacher, it is a good reminder to offer incentives to my students. Getting a good grade is kind of like reaching our weight loss goals. Still, we need a lot of smaller incentives to keep us going along the way. It doesn't matt... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:08:09 EST WOW! You look great!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670469 Yesterday I saw a friend of mine that I don't get to see very often. He is very happily retired and traveling the world. He is a fellow teacher, though, and fills in at my school when one of us in our department needs assistance. A colleague was out yesterday and Jim came in to help. <BR> <BR> Jim's been concerned about me because I'm going through a lot of changes and we keep in touch almost daily via social media and e-mail. He's very loyal. He hadn't seen me since before Christmas, d... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:10:59 EST Exercising in bad weather. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659835 The weather here has been in the 30s. Normally I would walk in that weather but the last few weeks I've been battling a bad case of bronchitis. Thankfully, it is almost gone. Still, sudden changes in temps (like going inside to outside) have always triggered my asthma and then it triggers a coughing fit. I'm so tired of treadmills! I loathe walking in one place. I cannot wait to get outside regularly again. <BR> <BR> Today is supposed to creep up into the 40s. I'm going to give it a t... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:23:35 EST The word "Diet" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659183 Our diet is simply the food that we eat. <BR> <BR> Still it's a loaded term for me. I hear "diet" and I think of deprivation and the obsession of my mom, aunts and grandmother to lose weight during my childhood. I was raised with the baggage of everyone being obsessed with what what they eat and their extra pounds. That word still triggers bad things for me. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate SparkPeople's focus on lifestyle change. Overwhelmingly, the blogs I read, the comments I read are a... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 09:27:36 EST Fat Chick Fashion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655628 Yesterday I thought I'd stop at Kohl's and pick up a new spring blouse or two to liven up my wardrobe. I rarely shop since I still have a size or two down in my closet. What a frustrating experience. <BR> <BR> First of all it irritates me so much when women's clothing is nowhere near the misses clothing. I can wear Misses sizes on top but still need women's sizes on the bottom. I'm so fed up with women's clothing being banished to the basement or far corner. I cannot believe that misses... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:01:29 EST Life Changes for a workaholic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651615 After 19 years of teaching, I gave notice to my school district that I would be leaving my job. <BR> <BR> Since then, life has been a roller coaster. A local newspaper featured my story because I've been a very involved and dedicated teacher. Former colleagues and students have been contacting me in droves. It's been reaffirming but emotional. I've found, though, that doing my job well means working myself into the ground. I'm actually home sick with bronchitis. I noticed my last blog... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:35:40 EST Stomach Virus Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595075 I've been away for a while and am glad to be back. <BR> <BR> Since the holidays, I've been re-dedicating myself to eating better. Honestly, I was doing well but struggling a bit with sugar. <BR> <BR> Four days ago, I developed a terrible stomach virus. My doctor diagnosed me today with the Norwalk "winter vomiting" virus. Oh fun. I know sometimes people joke about weight loss via illness but ugh we also know how awful it truly is. I'm glad I finally have some anti-nausea medication to e... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:08:52 EST Joy Journey Days 21-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473441 See my previous posts about my Joy Journey! <BR> <BR> Day 21 <BR> <BR> 20. Set a goal, then reach it. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 10 pounds by the end of September. You all can understand it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749328146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 22 <BR> <BR> 2. Play Like a Kid <BR> <BR> I keep various fun things on my desk, including play-doh. Great stress relievers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1451189792.jp... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 11:37:19 EST Joy Journey Days 12-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465097 See my two previous blog posts about my Joy Journey! <BR> <BR> Day 12 Discover a new smell. <BR> <BR> I love what I find in my organic food cooperative. This one is a blend of citrus, eucalyptus and tea tree. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1362487460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 13 Count your blessings. When I started writing, I realized I could go on for pages. Not just people but even things like electricity, running water, warm water. I lived without these t... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 18:19:15 EST 40 Days of Joy -- Half way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458705 In my previous post, I talked about a joy challenge I'm going to be doing. I have been logging in to SP daily but have been so busy to post blogs. I'll catch you up today and tomorrow. Here are days 3-11. <BR> <BR> Day 3 Lose yourself in a great book. Still working on this one: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2039947524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 4 Eat a cupcake. I even stayed in my calorie range! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:14:23 EST My new challenge: JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439657 So my friend Khary started doing life coach, Mei Mei Fox's 40 Days of Finding Joy in your Everyday Life. Here is the link of the original post. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/meimei-fox/ha<BR>ppiness-tips_b_2405608.html </link> <BR> <BR> It has been so much fun watching Khary post and tweet about his experience. It's been so great that Mei Mei wrote another article, just about him! Here's that link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/meimei-fox/ha<BR>ppiness-practice_b... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:56:16 EST Finally home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435749 After seven weeks, I'm done with my travels. I just returned from the University of Wisconsin, where I took a class. I've had an unbelievably fantastic summer. I head back to work in about ten days. I'm also looking forward to having a little more routine. That definitely helps my weight loss! <BR> <BR> Hello to everyone!! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 23:17:39 EST Prague/Praha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426227 You know how so many people tell you a book, movie, show is so great and then you finally go and it doesn't live up to the hype? Yeah, that's not true about Prague. <BR> <BR> I also went to the Czech Republic for the first time. Hard to believe a week ago I was walking around that magical city. Prague, or as said in Czech, "Praha" is a really special place. Having been to a lot of world capitals, many can spin your head. They are huge, dirty, loud, and fast-paced. Not Prague. It's a c... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:27:09 EST Back from England http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425080 Wow the time sure flew while I was gone. I really enjoyed my almost three weeks in the UK. I was so busy that I barely got on SP. Now it's time to get back to work. I haven't weighed myself yet since I was so bloated on the plane. Tomorrow I'll see how I did. <BR> <BR> I can't begin to list everything I did but here are a few things that I probably enjoyed most: <BR> <BR> Friends: I stayed with one of my former students from Moldova, where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer. One of ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 09:11:15 EST London Calling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402492 Of course I had to make the cliche Clash reference. <BR> <BR> I leave today on my second adventure for the summer. I arrive in London tomorrow morning. I will keep you posted with pics while there. <BR> <BR> Hoping to drop another seven pounds like I did in Costa Rica. Don't know with all that Guiness though. LOL <BR> <BR> Actually I've lost a lot of my taste for drinking lately. Only a few drinks in Costa Rica. I shall choose wisely. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:39:04 EST Hasta pronto Costa Rica. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401216 I had such a great time in Costa Rica. It was so hard to go as always. I'm hoping next time, it's to stay. As my friends were taking me to the airport, they were saying to come anytime....Christmas, Easter, any holiday. Then their son, my tico nephew, pipes up, "Auntie, you just come whenever you want." Oh my gosh...the tears! <BR> <BR> Here are some pics of my most beloved people: <BR> <BR> Here are my "nephews": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708083395... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:35:36 EST Thermal Waters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388993 I decided to splurge a bit and stay at a rather posh resort in Costa Rica. It's at the foot of Arenal volcano. The area is famous for its famous healing waters. The resort has close to 20 pools of all different temperatures. The area is just gorgeous. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l832282941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent the entire day at the springs, including an incredible massage/volcanic mud treatment in the middle of the rain forest. It was pouri... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:41:42 EST No more Caribbean! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384985 So I got back from Cahuita and it's been a twenty degree temperature drop since I got back to San José. I miss Cahuita already. <BR> <BR> I did get to enjoy my remaining time there. It was so humid there that my phone keys began to stick so it was hard to blog. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I spent much of the day at Cahuita National Park, where Playa Blanca is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52160738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was one of the only people in the park for seve... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:10:34 EST Caribe Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380362 So I I arrived safely yesterday to Cahuita, my favorite town on the Caribbean. The humidity is making my phone stick so please excuse mistakes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I saw a crocodile in one of the rivers from a bridge. There is just wildlife everywhere. I floated in the pool and watched the birds and listened to the monkeys. <BR> <BR> I was able to buy healthy food so I am mostly skipping restaurants. I bought some mangos yesterday which reminded me of the poem "Mango Juice" by Pat Mora. So... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 13:00:08 EST I will be here later today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378908 Just to tease you all... <BR> <BR> Playa Negra, Costa Rica <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1334780197.jpg"> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:44:29 EST Caribbean Bound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378604 So I leave tomorrow morning for a tiny Rasta town on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. It's probably my favorite place in the country (well one of them). I'll be there for five days. Cannot wait. No phone, TV, nada. Just me, the beach and a cabin. I will probably not have internet access for a few days so sadly my latest log-in streak will end at 70 days. It's okay. I need the rest more. <BR> <BR> SP needs a palm tree emoticon! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 00:37:32 EST Sloth-Perezosa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377402 As a Spanish teacher, I have always loved that the word in Spanish for the animal sloth is also the word for lazy, "perezosa." Since returning to Costa Rica on Saturday, I have been so lazy! I think I have finally shaken the jet leg, though. I really needed a serious rest. Tomorrow I will get back to my busier San Jose schedule of visiting friends and walking around the city. But today, I got as far as the patio to drink my café. Here is a funny picture of my friends' pet deer, trying t... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:56:52 EST Costa Rican food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376196 So I finally made it back "home" to Costa Rica. I arrived in the wee hours Saturday morning so I really feel like today is my first day here. I am staying with dear friends and they have a five year old and a five month old. My only activity has really been playing with them. The five year old has me running around the house with him. I also slept a lot...need my siestas thanks to the awful travel times I had. Really jet lagged and I normally do not get it. <BR> <BR> So glad to be arou... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 00:57:45 EST No trauma at the mall today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370719 So last week I was pretty down about a dress shopping trip. For my birthday, I got some gift certificates and went to cash in today. I really wasn't looking forward to it, nor was I optimistic. I found a pair of pants that I loved but only in a size down from where I was. They were even fitted. They slid on perfectly! Then at another store (which also carries misses) I found some tops another size down! I've always been a size bigger on the bottom. I had to return two things I receive... Tue, 28 May 2013 19:14:04 EST Vacation Anxiety? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369898 I tend to lose weight on vacation since I usually choose very active places to go. <BR> <BR> As a teacher I am fortunate to have a 10 week summer break. Although a student dear to me recently said, "Geez Ms. H, you work so hard for ten months for only two months of fun? You need to change that." Now, that is another blog. I also have to be extremely disciplined during the school year to save the money to pay bills and travel. <BR> <BR> This year, I'm doing it big. I've decided to d... Tue, 28 May 2013 00:30:19 EST Commencement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367160 So in my last blog post I was complaining a bit about finding the right dress for a graduation and two trips I'm taking this summer. It all ended up being a moot point since it was 40 degrees and I ended up wearing wool slacks and a nice shirt to graduation! <BR> <BR> While watching my beloved students graduate, I was thinking about how commencement really means beginning. It's a new beginning for the kids but also for me. I saw the excitement in their eyes and realized I want to feel tha... Fri, 24 May 2013 22:47:52 EST Bummer shopping trip, then... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364086 After losing almost ten pounds recently and two inches in my waist and three on my hips, I was looking forward to going shopping. All of my pants are sagging and I really needed a dress. I wanted a new dress to wear to my school's graduation but that I could also take traveling this summer. I'll be traveling for seven weeks in three different countries and need something easily washable. I also don't want to worry about wrinkles. So really I wanted a sundress or casual dress. I went to ... Wed, 22 May 2013 00:04:06 EST Decisions, decisions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355752 We make so many difficult food choices every day. I wanted to share one that I faced today. Today was my last day working with my seniors. They finish a week before the others. One of my seniors works for a specialty grocery store that is famous for its cupcakes. They are massive. Easily the calories of two or three homemade cupcakes. So after that boy's class I have my prep. I always have a healthy snack (my preferred being here). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 13 May 2013 23:15:36 EST Non-mother motherer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354206 Hoping all the mothers out there are having a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> I have had a great day so far. Had a delicious healthy brunch with my mom and our family. I've been getting texts, tweets, and Facebook messages from my former students all day, wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> I greatly appreciate this since I'm not a biological mother. I have been a mother-figure to countless students over the years. It's been an honor to do it. I am a godmother to three (one sadly being ... Sun, 12 May 2013 17:01:31 EST Non-weight changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353355 Spark Coach recommended that we write about non-weight changes we are feeling. My weight loss hasn't been quick but I feel so much better! Usually at the end of the school year, I am beyond tired. This year I have so much more energy. Sure I get tired, but I wake up with more motivation than I did even a few months ago. <BR> <BR> The big thing is that I seem more excited about the future than I have in a long time. I know I'm going to reach my goal eventually. I just have to remember t... Sat, 11 May 2013 19:37:11 EST Weighed in, didn't lose but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351715 So I'm at the exact same weight as last week. Those of you who have seen my recent entries know I hurt my back. So my exercise has been sporadic and not intense. <BR> <BR> Despite not losing weight, I'm proud of this past week because I ate well. I made good choices and cooked even though it hurt to be on my feet. <BR> <BR> It also reminded me how important exercise is to weight loss. I also measured myself and lost 3 inches off my hips and 2 off my waist! That was awesome. My clot... Fri, 10 May 2013 06:41:25 EST Cabin Fever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351297 Well my back is still bothering me but what's worse is being stuck in the house. My doctor is okay with me taking short walks, which I have done. Still I'm normally such an active person and spend so much time with so many people. I miss interaction, I miss moving around and being busy. <BR> <BR> I start physical therapy on Monday so I'm looking forward to getting back to normal and no more posts about my back! Thu, 9 May 2013 18:52:18 EST Frustrated but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350347 My back woes continue. After barely being able to walk yesterday, I went to the doctor today. I have muscle strain (not a surprise) and my doctor is ordering physical therapy. My back has been questionable since I got in a car accident 9 years ago. This is my third go round with PT. While I'm tired of not being able to do my regular exercise routine, it just illustrates how very important it is to strengthen your core. Hopefully the PT will get me back on track. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 8 May 2013 21:55:32 EST Teacher Appreciation Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348992 Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. Aside from free meal offers from unhealthy restaurants, it was a pretty quiet day. I got a lot of hugs and one of the basketball team captains brought me flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1569783450.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It seems to be a bigger day for elementary teachers. Still I love my job and am thankful for my students. Tue, 7 May 2013 19:30:28 EST @!#%& Snack Attack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347838 As a teacher, I eat breakfast and lunch very early in the day. I usually eat dinner around 4. A little while ago, I had the worst snack attack. Previously, if I had kept a bag of Doritos or some ice cream in the house, it would have been gone. I decided a while ago to only keep healthy snacks in the house and it's working. <BR> <BR> Tonight isn't my first snack attack. I'm glad I'm eating raisins, grapes, almonds, sugar-free rice pudding instead. <BR> <BR> So I ended up having 1 chedd... Mon, 6 May 2013 20:21:00 EST Healthy Cinco de Mayo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345866 I used to live in Mexico and did my graduate work there (Tampico and Morelia) and have great affection for this amazing country and people. While Cinco is a very non-celebrated holiday in Mexico (kind of like Flag Day here), I appreciate how Mexican-Americans have embraced it to show pride in their heritage. <BR> <BR> Every non-Mexican I know asks me what I'm doing for Cinco and sadly I'll be grading papers for my Spanish classes (yeah not that fun). I'll be skipping the margarita but have... Sun, 5 May 2013 02:24:29 EST Three weeks left... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345832 I'm a teacher and there are three weeks left of school. I'm exhausted. I went into work this morning. I spent four hours planning, writing exams, entering grades into the computer and grading. Then I came home and fell asleep for six hours! I can't believe it! I really must have been tired. I had planned to walk to my favorite coffee shop to grade during that time. That means Sunday is ALL work. Bummer. Still, only two weeks of classes and one week of exams. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em... Sun, 5 May 2013 00:53:52 EST Went over on my calories but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344925 I'm not mad at myself. I've been doing really well the last six weeks, being within my calorie range or close to it. I decided to have some Cuban for dinner. There is a fabulous place near my house. I got pulled pork, rice and beans. I hadn't planned on getting it for dinner so I didn't have a ton of calories left but you know what? I enjoyed every.single.bite. <BR> <BR> So I went over, I knew I would but I did track it all. It was eye-opening to see the total calorie count. I learne... Sat, 4 May 2013 00:24:46 EST Going meatless... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337699 I've been thinking about going vegetarian. I do like pork and chicken a lot. But there are so many reasons, moral, environmental, health-wise to going meatless. I have many friends who are vegetarian and they all say they feel so much better without meat. <BR> <BR> If you've gone vegetarian, how did it go for you? <BR> <BR> Tonight I had a delicious meatless meal. Black beans with red pepper and onion, baked tortilla chips, mango salsa, avocado and spinach. So fresh and yummy. <BR> ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:25:59 EST Ethnic Fest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336714 Today at my school was a huge annual event, Ethnic Fest. All the student groups bring in food, there are performances. Today we saw belly dancing, spoken word poetry, Irish dance and songs, a bboy crew, traditional Mexican dance, bachata dancing, etc. <BR> <BR> Many of the student groups also have booths where they sell traditional foods of their culture (or things that will just make money). For example, here's the Black Student Union selling soul food: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:46:40 EST Wasting Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335636 I have been spending too much time on the computer! I love social media and SP. I can spend hours on youtube and just get lost in music and documentaries. Luckily I'm walking 30-60 minutes a day now and then at least I feel I've earned that computer time. <BR> <BR> It's really rewarding to come on SP and keep track of the minutes. <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:46:25 EST It felt like spring... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334572 Went for a beautiful walk along Lake Michigan. It was only 50 degrees or so but felt downright balmy. Everyone was down at the lake, biking, walking, running. It almost felt like spring in the city! <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:30:11 EST Caught up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333256 I am a teacher. I teach in an urban school and class sizes are large. My smallest class is 32 and my largest class is 39. I love my job very much but at times the grading gets overwhelming. Over the past few weeks, I've been putting 6-8 hours in on weekends to try and get caught up. I finally am! <BR> <BR> Woot! <BR> <BR> The thing is tomorrow, two classes turn in essays and Friday three classes turn in projects. I won't be bored for long. <BR> <BR> <em>150</em> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:15:23 EST Cold... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330609 I'm really not a weather complainer but this spring has really frustrated me. It's hard to want to walk outside when it's snowing, raining or just simply cold. Fortunately I have a small gym in my building that has some bikes, treadmills and ellipticals. I just really dislike looking at a wall while I workout. <BR> <BR> I live about a block from Lake Michigan and this morning I went out to walk and the wind just cut through even my walking gear (the stuff that is super thin so you don't h... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 13:00:35 EST