DREESE0421's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DREESE0421 DREESE0421'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/ Day 155: The REAL ME and Being Honest with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538305 I cannot believe I have allowed myself to fall so far behind in my blog and my SparkPeople commitment. It has been 39 days since I last logged in and 39 days since my last day of activity. I have not exercised as I should, I am not counting calories and I am NOT following the plan of healthy living. So many promises to myself have been broken. So many days have been wasted. <BR> <BR> Though I have not gained any weight back, I have not lost the weight I planned on either. So either way, I ha... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:26:04 EST Day 119: The Real ME and Time In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505846 I cannot believe it has been more than a week since my last blog. Time sure knows how to get away from me. Life can sometimes overwhelm and cause me to take time off whether wanted or not. My time off was not wanted, but taken anyway. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with exercise. I have exercised two days a week but my other attempts always seem to fail. I dislike getting home at 6:00 from work. Working almost 12 hour days can be very draining. But until I find my groove, there is nothing I... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 09:53:16 EST Day 110: the Real ME Ready for Business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498500 Well I did it again. Something I told myself I wouldn't. But it did. I allowed myself to get off the exercise wagon and have been feeling the repercussions from it. <BR> <BR> Tired all the time, eating badly, moping around...It has been AWFUL!!!!!! <BR> <BR> BUT NO MORE! Today I am returning to exercise. <BR> <BR> I was so glad to see the Facebook entry about Indoor Walking with Jessica Smith. I clicked on it and walked with her. It was fun and easy. I was able to get my heart rate up the... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:53:26 EST Day 103: The Real ME and Tolerance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491812 Tolerance. It seems to me that tolerance is used a little too often in the world. We must show tolerance for religious faiths not like our own, sexual preferences, political beliefs, etc. <BR> The definition for tolerence according to dictionary.com is "a fair, objective, and PERMISSIVE attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, for example, differing from one's own". <BR> <BR> I do not mind being fair and objective. I believe that Jesus came to the world t... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:04:47 EST Day 102: The Real ME and Getting Back on the Exercise Wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490808 I missed it! I really wanted to blog on Day 100 of my weight loss journey but did not have time to do so. UGH! Oh well. Today will have to do, after all, 102 days is a grand milestone. <BR> <BR> So, I have completed five weeks of school and five weeks of exercising frustrations. I have allowed my tired self to talk my healthy self out of exercising every afternoon. It seems that I am easily swayed by lack of motivation. <BR> <BR> I have been looking at my day and trying to understand why I... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 06:05:20 EST Day 97: The Real ME Celebrating the Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486010 As I look over my accomplishments gained through SparkPeople, I find myself wanting to change my attitude a little. Maybe it is just me, but I tend to always look at how far I need to go, rather than celebrate how far I have come. In fact, I think I do that in many areas of my life. <BR> <BR> But that is not healthy at all. If all I am doing is looking at what is ahead of me, how can I see and reflect on what God has done in me since Day 1? I cannot. <BR> <BR> I am not the same person as I... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:05:23 EST Day 96: The Real ME and Figuring it All Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485238 Another weekend is here and I find myself in a moment of truth. I contemplate my life and wonder if what I am doing is what I was created for. Looking at the pros and cons. Deciphering whether or not I am making the right decisions. If I am making a difference. Or am I wasting my time. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have these moments of pondering. I guess one could call it reflection. To be honest, I sometimes call it a gripe session. Yes. I tend to look at my failures and wonder what I am doing wrong or... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:52:57 EST Day 94: The Real ME and Finances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483345 I am doing rather well working my SparkPeople plan. I do admit that exercise could be more of a habit with me, but overall, I am working the plan and will not beat myself up over it. I did manage to exercise yesterday and feel good about moving forward with it. <BR> <BR> Today I need to have a breakthrough in another area: my finances. <BR> <BR> I know that God has the best plan for me to get out of debt and stay out of debt. It is called tithing. All he asks of me is to give back to Him th... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:06:21 EST Day 89: The Real ME Enjoying Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478489 I have discovered something unsettling. Something that I might get used to if not careful. I am losing weight without exercising. Uh oh! <BR> <BR> My mind is saying. Yea! But my heart is trying to keep my mind in check. You see it understand that maybe I am losing weight without exercise, but this will not always be the case. So, I need to ensure that exercise is part of my daily routine. <BR> <BR> There lies the problem... <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I have 28 more pounds until I reach ... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:08:11 EST Day 87: The Real ME: Tired but Productive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476415 I came home yesterday very tired. My district loves meetings. They must think that we love them too because we have so many. After school, during our planning period, whatever. We have meetings. <BR> <BR> I have discovered why I do not like meetings. They are unproductive and seem to waste valuable time. Most itinerary can be presented via email. My planning period should be for planning. I should be able to make needed copies, look over the day's lessons and make sure I am prepared on all ... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 06:19:28 EST Day 85: The Real Me and Approaching Another Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474216 I am thrilled! I am approaching another weightloss milestone. It is so excited to see where I was and where I am. Losing 43 pounds is something so special to me. I look at the many others who have traveled this road before me and look great and feel so much healthier. I also look forward to those. <BR> <BR> I want to celebrate how far I have become. I can look at myself and see some remarkable changes. My saddle bags are not as big as they once were. I am elated about that. Oh how the saddle... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 06:05:56 EST Day 84: The Real ME and Celebrating Labor Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473228 Today is Labor Day. I do not have to work and it is always nice having an additional day off in the week. But I must admit, I do not celebrate Labor Day. It just is another day of the week for me. I think it might be for many people because I am discovering many do not even know why there is a Labor Day holiday. <BR> <BR> This holiday is said to be started in the labor unions. The actual founder of the holiday is not agreed upon or really known. It could have been Matthew MaGuire or Peter M... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 08:16:03 EST Day 82: The Real ME and dealing with Setbacks in the Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471626 I do not like being a negative Nellie, but I knew this day would come. The day when I came home so tired, that exercise was not going to be done. The day that I would not have time to track my food, nor care about what I was eating because of being so busy. These are the days I was not looking forward to. The days that my routine would have to be modified to get the desired results but took no action to change it. <BR> <BR> I wake up at 5 am every weekday morning. I make my breakfast, read m... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:07:07 EST Day 75: The Real ME Trying to Get it all Done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5464687 My first week of school has ended and I must say I am weary. I have been at school until 6pm most every day. I get to work at 6:45 am and get my room ready. After school I am making copies, preparing for each class and then go home. By this time I am exhausted. But with the help of my daughter I am exercising most afternoons. <BR> <BR> To my delight, I lost weight this week. I am assuming since I am on my feet most of the day, I am keeping active. Even though I am exercising, I am not at my... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 08:37:03 EST Day 69: The Real ME and Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458679 This is the last weekend of summer break for me. I decided to take it easy. I know that we should exercise at least 10 minutes every day, but something within me felt okay with resting this weekend. I have surpassed my workout minutes for the week, so that also helped me to make my decision. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself and finally escaped my plateau. I am on my way! There is something very powerful about breaking free of something that feels like a burden. Mine was 187 pounds. I couldn't budg... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 08:36:44 EST Day 66: The Real ME and Something New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455757 I admit it. I was tired when I came home yesterday. I should have stayed in my classroom to complete the rooms decor, but I wanted to go home. So I did. <BR> <BR> I had to start on dinner because I did not clean the crockpot from the day before and then went in to my daughter's room. I asked her if she was ready to go. Reluctantly, she said yes. However, she came to me and asked if we could only do one workout instead of the two. After reflection, I asked her if she wanted to try something n... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 06:54:27 EST Day 65: The Real ME and Adjusting to Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454718 Today is the third day of my new school year. I had to change my exercise plan to afternoons rather than my desired mornings. I must admit it is not the easiest thing to do. <BR> <BR> I come home hungry and because I cook in the crock pot, I smell deliciousness as soon as I open the front door. But, I get my daughter and we exercise. So far, I am doing well. I am noticing that I do not have the normal energy that I would in the morning, but I continue on. <BR> <BR> My daughter fights tooth ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:03:05 EST Day 63: The Real ME and the New School Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452471 Okay. I am psyched for the new school year. I have a new attitude and have made some progress this summer on my Real ME journey. This last week has thrown me for a loop. I ate too many calories and had to do so many errands for my oldest's return to college. So much of it required money and eating out. I hate weeks like that. One day is bad enough, but a whole week of it is awful. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today will be the start of moving into another chapter. Work is added to the schedule. My youn... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:02:31 EST Day 59: The Real ME and Pushing Myself to Greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448650 Boy I really had to push myself this morning to exercise. I was not as tired as last Thursday's workout but I am engaging all muscles and it tires me out. But I pushed through and made it. <BR> <BR> I started to wonder how many times I have quit during a difficult time. I mean it would have been so easy just to sit on the couch and do nothing, but something, stronger than my will, took over and I was able to see it through to its completion. Only 42 minutes, but it was well worth my effort ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:28:39 EST Day 58: The Real ME and Real Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447420 Next week begins the 2013-2014 school year. Knowing what little time I am given to get my classrooms, (Yes I meant plural) in order, I am going a few hours everyday this week to get it done. Many teachers are in their room before our pay period starts to get things prepared for our lovely students. <BR> <BR> So I got up when my body woke up. No alarm for me yet. Ate my breakfast, read my Bible, prayed, got dressed and did my 53 minutes of Hip Hop Abs and got ready for school. <BR> <BR> As ... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:27:30 EST Day 57: The Real ME Dealing with Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446250 I did not eat like I should yesterday. In fact it was the first day I decided just to eat...whatever. Even in my lack of control state, I chose healthier foods. Hummus, pinto beans and only one helping of ice cream. I am looking at myself with bewilderment. Have I grown up? Is the Real ME taking charge and making decisions based on healthy living? <BR> <BR> The answer is...Yes. I am very shocked. I am on Day 57 of this journey and although I am no where close to where I want to be, I am plea... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:00:48 EST Day 55: The Real ME: Putting My Happy Weight to the Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443946 I completed one month of Hip Hop Abs. I enjoyed working out with Shawn T and felt as though I was pushing hard the last week. Hips, Thighs, and Bins really did me in. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had to weigh in, take pictures, and measure. I was so excited! I worked hard and felt better than I have in a long time. I was confident that the numbers would be good. <BR> <BR> I got on the scale. Since I started July 1st, I lost 2.5 pounds. Not what I was hoping for, but better than no... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:54:02 EST Day 53: The Real ME and My Happy Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441888 So today SparkCoach asked me to determine my happy weight. Not the weight that the charts say I should fall into, but the weight that I feel as though I have made a difference, feel healthy, and do not stress. In other words, if I stop losing weight, where could I land and be content? <BR> <BR> Please understand that is not all about the pounds. It is a mind set that I must commit to. Being happy comes in different forms. I could wear a size of clothing that I only dreamed about, be able to... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:12:35 EST Day 51: The Real ME Praying with Total Belief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439480 I do my best to read my Bible everyday. As a Christian, I cannot live without hearing from God. There are so many distractions in the world, I have to be God-focused and cannot do so if I do not spend time with Him and through His Word. <BR> <BR> I am currently reading my favorite book, James. This time I am reading a different version. I have signed-up for YouVersion (www.bible.com). They have different versions of the Bible you can read. I noticed they offer the ERV (Easy to Read Version)... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:48:52 EST DAY 50: The Real ME and Saying Hello to My Future Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438375 Today in SparkCoach I was told to visualize my future self 10 years from now and have a conversation with her. I was told to ask myself some important questions; Would my future self say to not bother. "It isn't worth it." Or "Do what it takes. It is worth the struggle." In my mind, I picked the latter. In fact, I told myself that the struggles and trials were worth it. Set high goals because you CAN achieve them. Do not sell yourself short. I look good 10 years from now. I wear a size 8. Wow... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:51:22 EST Day 49: The Real ME Acknowledging Bumps in the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437397 I must admit, when it comes to running a race, I lose my breath. I huff and puff and then I have to slow down and then, ultimately, I have to stop to catch my breath. It is a vicious cycle. Sometimes the exertion is so intense I completely fall apart and break down. It is just more than I can take. <BR> <BR> This is one reason why I do not like to run. Walking is much easier on my knees and my lungs. I know that it is a good thing to get your heart pumping fast. But I can accomplish that in ... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:05:24 EST Day 48: The Real ME Creating New Goals to Keep me Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435998 I cannot believe I have been on this journey for almost 7 full weeks. It does not feel that long. And personally, I am so thrilled that I have been able to stay focused. I know some of you might not think 7 weeks is that long of a time. It is less than two months. But for me, it is a milestone. <BR> <BR> The hardest part for me is staying on track no matter what. The old me would give up if the results were not showing their face as quickly as I wanted. The old me would eat something unhea... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:06:52 EST Day 47: The Real ME and Sharing the Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435093 Ok. What is going on?????? Last night I could not sleep but 15 minutes at a time. I was up so much I feel exhausted this morning. And the clincher: I was hungry so often yesterday. At least, I perceived it to be hunger. <BR> <BR> I know that everyday is not going to be easy. There will be times I wake up and look at exercise with dread or desire that donut or bagel with cream cheese for breakfast. I understand that my mind will wonder and go back to the "good ol days"; at least what it sees... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:18:19 EST Day 46: The Real ME Counting Down the Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434001 I am not sure if I am excited, happy, scared, or hopeful. Probably a little of all the above. August 12th begins my Professional Development for the new year and August 19th is when the youngsters return to school. <BR> <BR> Every year I look forward to the new possibilities. I welcome the same students back and meet and greet the new. For me it is another year to fix what did not work well last year and to tweak what needs a little tightening up. <BR> <BR> The summer is the time I reflect... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:42:11 EST Day 45: The Real ME and Waiting on that Miracle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432876 My husband got some bad news yesterday. He has been working so hard at his job. They offered gift cards for working every four hours of overtime. He has been working 80 hours a week. He found out that they ran out of money for the promotion and he will not get over $800 that he worked for. He cannot get his time back and he feels lied to and alienated. He had plans for that money. He needed it to put the down payment for a car for my daughter to go to college. He is so disappointed. <BR> <BR... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:35:16 EST Day 44: The Real ME and Having the Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431919 Yesterday I wrote about what a mustard seed does. I compared how a mustard seed grows into a large plant even though the seed itself is so tiny. Now I want to speak about the plant in general. <BR> <BR> Did you know that "mustard was known for its medicinal benefits before the popular culinary uses. Greeks used mustard paste to cure toothaches, boost appetite and improve blood circulation?" <BR> Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/mustard-pla<BR>nt-facts.html <BR> They are al... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 13:33:04 EST Day 43: The Real ME and Having the Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430460 I read Hebrews 11 this morning and it knocked my socks off. I have read Hebrews before, but I consider this book to be one of the more difficult to understand like Revelation. In fact, I am still trying to get my head around chapters 8-10. But 11 spoke to me so boldly and authoritatively. All I can say is WOW! <BR> <BR> The entire chapter is about faith and those who had faith in The Bible but never experienced the full promise. "They did not get the things God promised his people. But they ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:37:44 EST Day 42: The Real ME and Applying The Sunday Message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429546 It was so wonderful being able to go to church yesterday. I love my church so much. Every Sunday I learn something new that I need to apply to my life. Isn't that what life is all about? Finding ways to better oneself? For me it is finding ways to be more like Christ. That is my earthly mission. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we learned how all of us wear camouflage. The actual definition of the word is a device or strategy of concealment. Christians blend in with our surroundings in our work and other... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:24:00 EST Day 41: The Real ME and Getting Back in the Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428037 Ahhhhh! It is so good to be back home. There is something to be said about sleeping in my own bed, feeling welcome to do whatever I want or need to to, sitting at my dining room table and having access to my cupboards and closet. <BR> <BR> Yes. I am a homebody. I love staying home. You can ask my children and they will tell you I love being home where I can be the queen of my domain. I mean visiting is fun, but I like the comforts and familiarity of home. <BR> <BR> Today I get to go to my ... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:47:57 EST Day 39: The Real ME and The Other Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426309 Well I allowed the past to meet up with my present yesterday. Yes. It happened. There is nothing I can do about it today. But yesterday was NOT supposed to happen. <BR> <BR> My Real ME met up with my other me and it was not a good interaction. Have you ever heard the saying, Misery loves company? Or Evil corrupts. Well, I had my share of both yesterday. <BR> <BR> I cannot blame anyone other than myself. I allowed the two to break bread together. I invited the other me into the room. It wa... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:36:32 EST Day 37: The Real ME and Feeling Fine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423918 Yesterday was day two of walking with my daughters. My youngest asked me if we could shorten our walk for today. I looked at her with my perplexity and asked, "Why?" She said that her legs hurt even while she was sitting down. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry. But I had to laugh. She is only 16 and she was complaining about pain. I, on the other hand, am 49 and am feeling fine. I have no outlandish pains. I mean, yes, my calves are sore and my gluts were very tired after walking up hills, something we d... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:45:32 EST Day 36: The Real ME and Finding Ways to Stay in Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422759 I missed blogging yesterday. Sleeping in another person's home tends to get me off track. But I am so glad that it did not KEEP me off track. My daughters and I exercised and made healthy choices. <BR> <BR> My girls and I went for a walk. My youngest, however, was headstrong about only walking for 40 minutes. I told her that I had a walking path around the neighborhood but did not know how fast it would take us to complete it. Well, the walk was 60 minutes. They were so surprised. They walke... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:31:02 EST Day 34: The Real ME: Dealing with Wrong Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420547 Oops I did again. I was unable to say no. I said yes to the strawberry shortcake. It looked so delicious and I haven't had cake in over 30 days. So I made the decision to say YES! <BR> <BR> Was it good? Oh yes it was. The strawberries were juicy and the right amount of tart, the whipped topping was NOT Cool Whip. So creamy and dreamy. And the cake was moist and full of flavor. I enjoyed every bite. <BR> <BR> Now the consequence for my actions. Hmmmm what will the punishment be? I know! I wi... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:38:01 EST Day 33: The Real ME and The Real Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419615 Today I venture off to Atlanta to visit family and pick up my oldest daughter. I love visiting family. I do not like the drive there, but it is a time to talk with my youngest daughter for 5 1/2 hours. Sometimes she is open to share and other times she just wants to listen to music. I am hoping for a little of both this afternoon. <BR> <BR> When I visit, I stay with my sister Anne Marie who lives in the house I grew up in. That house brings back so many memories. Some good and some not so ha... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 09:02:07 EST Day 32: The Real ME and Discovering the Importance of Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418813 Well here I am in month number 2. I had a goal to be down 10 more pounds by August 12th. That is when teachers start back to school in my district. I wanted to be smaller than when I left. <BR> <BR> I will be less weight, and have less inches. I just measured my waist and was pleasantly surprised that I lost 1/2". Hip Hop Abs really does work. But I wanted a really nice head start as I gradually neared my end goal of 150 pounds. <BR> <BR> But as I look at the scale and realize that I will... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:55:48 EST Day 31: The Real ME and the Past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417568 As I celebrated one month of healthy living yesterday, i found myself in a quandary last night. A battle of the wills, no less. I was NOT hungry, but I began thinking of myself pre-healthy living, and how I ate all the time. I mean this was every hour for no apparent reason. I would eat, eat, and eat. It was like my stomach would never get full. NEVER! So, I kept eating. <BR> <BR> I have been looking at my daily consumption and patting myself on the back for a job well done in staying withi... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 08:35:49 EST Day 30: The Real ME and Forming a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416486 I cannot believe it is already Day 30 of my new healthy life. A whole month. I heard somewhere that a habit is formed after doing it consistently for 30 days. Do I dare believe that I have actually created a healthy habit in me? Why yes I do! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> I would like to thank the academy and my family and friends. And of course SparkPeople!!! Without SparkPeople I would never have reached this milestone. Believe me, this is a milestone for me. All th... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:14:05 EST Day 29: The Real ME and Following Through... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415275 Yesterday, I decided that I would do my best at combating laziness. I said that I would try a different recipe each day to keep me in a standing position instead of sitting on my bed or couch with eyes glued to the television. So, I searched the Sparkrecipe website for a chicken dish. <BR> <BR> Chicken enchiladas caught my eye, but I noticed that I did not have all the ingredients for any of the recipes mentioned. But I did not give up. No! Instead I decided to concoct my own. I decided that... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 08:58:29 EST Day 28: The Real ME: Dealing with Laziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414155 Summer. The warmth of the sun, the beauty of nature, a relaxing break for us teachers. AH! I love summer and all it has to offer me. However, one thing that I find myself doing that is not like the rest of the year is sitting down. <BR> <BR> During the school year I am moving and standing in my classroom. We are not allowed to sit while teaching. We must be engaged in the teaching process as the students are demonstrating knowledge in the learning process. I am constantly in motion during t... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 10:01:10 EST Day 27: The Real ME: Being Strong and Holding On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413070 I have almost completed three weeks of this new journey. Some days have been easier than others. In fact, some have been so incredibly hard. There were days when I could barely say NO to the extra calories. I just gave in without any fight at all. Those are the days that scare me most of all. <BR> <BR> As a Christian, I have learned that I am in a constant battle. I battle myself between good and evil. So much of this world tries to deceive all of us into thinking it is copacetic to choose t... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:14:27 EST Day 26: The Real ME and Moderation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412311 Moderation. A girl's best friend for living a healthy life. This has not always been the way I treated diet and exercise. No. I thought that the way to lose weight and keep it off was due to exercising at least an hour a day and deprivation of certain foods. It was no wonder that I always seemed to find my lost pounds. And I wan't even looking for them. I allowed myself to fall into the trap of believing there were good and bad foods and that in order to look good, I had to exercise all the ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:15:01 EST Day 25: The Real ME and Learning to Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411327 I know I may be putting the cart before the horse, but I am happy. I am finding it easier to choose the healthier foods even when eating at a restaurant. There are so many desirable, fattening choices out there. So, when I decide to look the other way and eat healthy, I applaud my efforts and thank God for all the help beating the temptations. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I celebrated the 4th by going to Myrtle Beach for the day. (We are so blessed to live so close that we do not have to take a... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 09:18:06 EST Day 24: The Real ME and Celebrating the 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410382 Ahhh! Another 4th of July to celebrate this great country. Backyard bbqs and picnics and, of course, fireworks. When I was younger, these celebrations were larger in comparison to today's. Of course, I think everything is bigger when we are kids. Today, of course, I look forward to ways to celebrate that offer fewer calories. I think today will be bbq garden burgers. <BR> <BR> This great country of ours is worth celebrating. Many lost their lives ensuring us the freedoms that so many take f... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 08:31:57 EST Day 23: The Real ME and Looking Forward to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409406 I love to look at my calendar and create countdowns. As a teacher I always do this for the end of the year. Now, I know what you non-teachers might be saying. Shouldn't teachers look forward to every day that they teach? Yes we should. But, sometimes it just isn't that easy. <BR> <BR> Perhaps you are thinking of your own children and saying, mine are angels and are always respectful and do what they are asked. I thank God for your children. Unfortunately, they are the exception, not the no... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:00:23 EST Day 22: The Real ME and Living Victoriously http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408398 There is something miraculous about losing weight and seeing it on the scale. I know we are told not to rely solely on the scale movement. We should measure all parts of our body and determine the change in our ability to exercise more and more. But I am amazed at my attitude when I see a movement in the scale to my favor and also when it moves upward. <BR> <BR> I have studied the way I respond to positive and negative scale stimuli. Last week I noticed my weight rising rather than lowering ... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:00:18 EST