DWSCHUYLER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DWSCHUYLER DWSCHUYLER'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/ Still Obsessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817423 Cold out, so decided to go to our HS football game. Yes, I really wanted to go. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342657620.jpg"> <BR> So I dressed really warm, probably for subzero temperatures instead of the 20-30 degree range. My husband was laughing at me, but he always tells me (since I am pretty much always cold... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1364247460.jpg"> <BR> While I wasn't "embracing the day," I was enjoying friends, family, an... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:18:40 EST Brains and Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816983 Can't go wrong with a great philosopher - Dr. Seuss! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2121271808.jpg"> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:20:42 EST Nothing to Do with Anything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816345 Just ran across this and have no excuses except I love all things Disney and strong women. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1031140020.jpg"> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:25:34 EST Realism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1003658421.jpg">. Yesterday - working outside in a T-shirt. Today - listening to the wind blow and not wanting to get out of bed! Need to readjust my sails! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:46:08 EST Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814723 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1918747530.jpg"> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 08:32:22 EST Attitude - Good or Bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813973 If you are a teacher, you know that days defined as "Professional Development Days" are usually deadly boring. I go into them with a bad attitude and come out with a worse one. Since the "agenda" was emailed to us on Friday, we have, once again, been angry that no one seems to listen to us as to what will be helpful. Today is especially annoying because someone decided that it would be a great idea to, instead of a four-day weekend, bring us in and then give us Veterans Day off tomorrow. ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:40:50 EST Unexpected Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813523 I am always a little sad this time of year. We have a beautiful view off of our deck which is surrounded by green fields in the summer. Sunrise in the morning and deer, turkeys, and an occasional fox can be seen at dusk. Chairs are put away now and this is the view... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1388659619.jpg"> <BR> I started cutting back bushes, perennials, etc. yesterday (yes, I know I should have done it a while ago!) and I found one of my hydrangea bushes ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 10:28:23 EST Don't Be Average! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813147 I hate the words mediocre and average in my professional life. Why am I so accepting of it with my health? As many of you know, one of my goals this month is at least 10,000 steps every day. I basically picked it because that's a number I heard thrown about and I wanted a goal that I could learn consistency with. Better than average in something inspires me, so this image is going to help me this month. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670042692.jpg"> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:37:35 EST Still Hanging In There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812805 OK, today was pretty bad as far as eating goes. No, it was really bad! However, I managed to drink 8 glasses of water and walk just a little above 10,000 steps. I just reminded myself I am not focusing on food, but water and steps for my November goals. So...to change my perspective, I was successful. I feel better and tomorrow will be even better! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l114127583.jpg"> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 21:30:49 EST Properly Set Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812166 I know it has only been 6 days, but I am feeling good about my two November goals. I am being focused and determined and plan on keeping it up. It has not been easy every day. I have found myself finishing up my steps while watching a favorite TV show and not letting myself head for bed until my last bit of water has been drunk. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1804635151.jpg"> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:30:40 EST Planning Eventually Equals Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931211401.jpg"> Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:19:58 EST Making Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810451 When I am tempted to go to bed before I drink that last glass of water or take those last few steps, I will remember this... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l672180292.jpg"> Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:06:44 EST Expect Slow Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809715 I am an impatient person regarding my personal life. I do not like to wait for things. I need to accept the fact that I will not get rewards every day unless I break down my ultimate goal into tiny successes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941277193.jpg"> Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:23:24 EST Invisible into Visible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809112 Yesterday I set 2 small, definitely achievable, goals for November. Very few people will know those goals. They will be invisible. Hopefully...no, I am not going to say hopefully. They WILL manifest themselves into something visible - attitude change, energy, health, weight loss, whatever. I am open to all possibilities. Bring it on! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466275615.jpg"> Sun, 2 Nov 2014 06:56:20 EST Goal Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808502 This morning I changed my goal board. What I did is counterintuitive to my personality. I am a " jumper-inner," which usually stands me in good stead. I'm wondering if it is hindering me, in this case. I have been at a plateau for a long time now. Since I have come back to SP, I have been more aware of my food choices, exercising more frequently, and logging in every day. While I am not a perfectionist and don't stress when "life gets in the way" of these, since there has been no change ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 06:45:24 EST It's Over for Another Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808245 For those of you who are not teachers, but were or are parents, think when your child(children) was around 6 six years old and it was Halloween. Now times that by 20+. Halloween in a first grade classroom is chaos at best. I made it through another year, but am exhausted - admiring costumes and candy, comforting those who did not have a costume or treat to share. We were all thankful it was on a Friday because then we probably won't hear every single detail on Monday, just the highlights!... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:15:42 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807749 I absolutely hate bats. We have an old barn pretty close to our home. If you are sitting out on the deck at dusk, you will see a lot of them fly out. Yes, I know all the good things they do. Maybe it's because we have had one in the house a few times. Yuck, although it is comical to see my husband chasing it around! Having said all this, I think this photo is amazing! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1340425125.jpg"> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:47:00 EST Serve and Score! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806721 Last night I went to watch our HS volleyball team play in the semi finals. The coach is a good friend of mine who also teaches with me. I taught her daughter who plays college volleyball now and I have 3 former students that play on the team now. Since they won, I found a quote in honor of them that I can also use! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606513304.jpg"> <BR> On to section finals on Friday night! Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:44:32 EST Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806119 Today I make things happen, not wait around and see what happens to me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l149406685.jpg"> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:29:28 EST Stubbornness = Perseverance? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805929 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431356321.jpg"> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:14:45 EST Winnie the Pooh - Inspiring? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348181157.jpg"> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:20:17 EST Motivation from Alice in Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804689 Into children's books quotes right now. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l775746240.jpg"> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:34:19 EST Challenges - Embrace Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803738 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1251972905.jpg"> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:16:31 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803159 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1290701351.jpg"> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:21:31 EST I Can Do This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802573 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1646883479.jpg"> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:57:38 EST Hard Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801914 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2065407107.jpg"> <em>198</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:01:36 EST Recommitted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801240 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257192664.jpg">. Can't wait to get to this! <em>521</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:43:00 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801057 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106853087.jpg"> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:51:36 EST Happens Every Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448419 I started teaching summer school a week and a half ago. I have these 9 kids only 3 hours a day 4 days a week for 4 weeks. I love to teach, but these nine kids mostly spend the time looking blankly at something. I depend a lot on building relationships, but there isn't enough time in this situation. While I have not regretted agreeing to do this, I was basically thinking just get this over and I can get on to the "main event" - fall. Yesterday only 4 of them showed up. I was upset at fir... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:29:55 EST Life and Baseball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447245 There is a city less than 10 miles from us that has a minor league team and it is as minor as you can get and still be part of the majors! We went to a game last night and I have always loved the atmosphere there. Tickets less than $8, relatively cheap food, parents with young kids all over the place. These players get paid very little. They hope to be successful and break into the big leagues, but sometimes that doesn't ever happen. There was one player that I noticed had been on the te... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 06:48:10 EST Mindfulness and Paying Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446033 Today my adult son from Texas comes home for a week. All right, it really isn't HIS home any longer, but... I am beyond excited to see him since it has been since Christmas. Since he has sort of a routine to visit all his favorite food places to visit while he is here, it sort of presents a problem. He is not expecting me to spend time making elaborate meals, that's good. He is expecting us to join him at his favorite places, that's bad. I have a plan, which 6 months ago I would not have... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 06:25:02 EST Enjoying My Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444837 While my head knows that this is MY journey and no one else's, it can be hard not to compare with other people. Questions go through my head. Why am I not losing weight? Why is my weight going down when others are losing more? How do some find so much time to exercise? This is my journey and I can only worry about things I can control. I can control what I eat, whether I work out that day, whether I use a combination of cardio and strength training, and whether I drink the recommended a... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 06:11:33 EST Rest, Relaxation, Working Out, and Eating Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443898 On the spur of the moment, my husband suggested that we take the day and drive to the Finger Lakes. Now one of my great pleasures is visiting wineries once or twice a year (not so much my husband's, since he hates wine!). It was a gorgeous day and I began to think about how taking the time to relax is also so important. I know I went on a vacation early on in the summer, but it wasn't restful. Absolutely fantastic, yes, but not relaxing! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:50:06 EST Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5442979 This was me yesterday - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659739461.jpg"> <BR> All day. I had a bad sinus headache that hurt whenever I moved. Stayed drugged up the entire day. Slept all day and all night. I know that my body was telling me I had to do it, so I listened. Here's the thing - I know I feel better and can do some things today. Maybe not all of them, but at least some of them. But, I don't want to. Staying in bed yesterday was wonderful. <img src="... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 07:31:55 EST Stress vs. Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440607 Give up stress and make a goal of laughing every day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l698003395.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1158440494.jpg"> <BR> Have a healthy, happy day! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 06:13:17 EST Jogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439351 Nothing serious here. Just a quote that I found by one of my go-to philosophers: Charles Schultz. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028497285.jpg"> <BR> Have a healthy and safe day! <em>30</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:29:37 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438128 Whew! It was quite a morning yesterday. We only have the kids from 9-12, but it certainly felt like the entire day! No major problems, but attention issues with all of them, to some degree. For most of the time I have them broken down into 3 groups of 3, but even then... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2002670342.jpg">. <BR> <BR> Decided I am not looking for greatness (good thing!), but I can be consistent! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 05:14:15 EST At the Risk of Sounding Sappy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436936 Today I begin teaching summer school. I have the the 9 neediest children coming from Kindergarten into First Grade. Extremely needy academically, of course, but also needy from the lack of parental support and with behavior problems to boot! I am definitely not looking for a pat on the back because this is what I am meant to do. I always want my previous year's kids back because they know the routine, my expectations, and my concern for them. This group does not know me and I only have 1... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:32:15 EST Exhilarated Tiredness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436069 I have been experimenting with walking/jogging (all right, experimenting is probably a strong word because I have only done it twice). I managed to start off with a mile and a half straight, walked/jogged around the HS track, and mostly walked home with about a half mile of jogging for a total of at least 3 miles jogging. Needless to say, my body wasn't used to it and I was tired. <BR> <BR> I had forgotten that this was the night that I was going to see a HS summer camp theatre productio... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:16:36 EST Weird Mood Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434967 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763758865.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l937963448.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740288065.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l760243776.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505636428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And with that being said, I am going out for a walk this morning! Sat, 27 Jul 2013 08:08:09 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5433920 So many people have said that this is a journey, not a destination, but I have never thought of this in terms of an end product of success. I need to go back and check my goals. Are they goals that have to do with the destination or goals that have to do with the journey? My major goals should not be about the destination, I believe, because that implies to me that when you reach that goal, you are done. Instead, my goals should be about some things that I will keep on doing with end poin... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 07:02:59 EST Outpourings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432684 I am truly blessed! I have my family and friends who are wonderful. It has been my SFs lately who have offered advice, questioned me, supported and encouraged me. It truly helps when people have gone or are going through the same thing you are. I am beginning to realize that this whole calorie thing may stall me for a quite a while until I figure it out (feel free to hit me on the head with that fact over and over again!). If I didn't have all of you here, I probably would have given up ... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:10:47 EST Ridiculously Amazing Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431433 I am not sure I am "making" my day ridiculously amazing, but really just noticing things that make the day amazing! Examples of this just yesterday: husband texting me for no reason at all <em>220</em> , sitting at my desk yesterday getting ready for summer school and realizing that I am doing exactly what I was meant to do, <em>150</em> , having a professional conversation with a woman who used to be my son's girlfriend in HS and being able to help her with teaching resources, havin... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:57:20 EST Ridiculously Amazing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430248 Before I head out the door, I need a plan. No, not a plan for eating, nor a plan for getting my water in, nor a plan for exercise time. I need a plan for this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2146330111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Imagine what your life would be like if you set out to do this every day! Every day is amazing and, in the rush of things, we sometimes forget to notice that. <BR> <BR> What if we all took the time to notice and be thankful for all things in ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:29:57 EST OK, OK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429004 I was right. Number wasn't the way I would have liked it to be...up 1.5 pounds. I used the Fitbit to check calories burned during exercise, so I know I was closer than just guessing like before. I always ate 1200-1500 calories with a good balance. The new tracker says I wasn't eating enough, but I didn't believe it. Yesterday it said I should have eaten between 1700 and 2200 calories based on how much i worked out. I guess I am going to try to do what it says. I did eat 1600 yesterday.... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:10:22 EST Worrying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428015 Tomorrow is weigh-in day and I am worried. I know, it's just not about the weight! I have worked out every single day and worn my Fitbit so I know exactly how many calories I have burned. I have never been closer to the exact proportions of carbs, fats, and proteins as this week. I have never been as close to 1200-1500 calories as this week. I feel great. Why am I worried? I am afraid the scale won't be my friend and, while that will not deter me in any way, I won't be happy! One thin... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 08:22:29 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427134 Last night we had terrific thunderstorms all around us with lots of wind. The flowers are flattened, but the air is cool and smells so fresh! I'll take it! <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138320767.jpg">. "Out of the mouths of babes." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1165813933.jpg"> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 08:32:48 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426224 Yep, my blog is going to be about weather. We don't have air conditioning, so we are hot. We have a well, so we are being very careful with our water (which pretty much means only quick showers)! I have nothing but admiration for all of you who have this all the time. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1780601616.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l263565272.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1616368408.jpg"> <BR> and my ve... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 09:22:59 EST Follow the Leader http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425043 Have always loved this quote. I have embraced this philosophy in my professional life, but never in my personal life. Now, instead of following people that aren't where I need to be to become healthy, I am trying to forge my own path. Tracking has become a way of life, working out as soon as I get home, another way, staying in touch with friends here, another. I am forging a new path little by little. Yay! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62285409.jpg"> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:36:19 EST 10 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423791 Catching up from Spark Solutions, I read about the "all-or-nothing" philosophy we have towards exercise. I used to have that, but right now I feel guilty when I don't work out and usually get it in. I have just made it a habit this summer since I have had more time off. Now that I am headed back to school, I am concerned about making time, but the concept of, even if you don't think you do, make only 10 minutes in your day somewhere. I promise my thinking is changed and that WILL happen! ... 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