MISSHARTUNG1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSHARTUNG1 MISSHARTUNG1'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/ Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290146 Good Morning. Today is Tuesday, January 3rd, and it is the first day back to school in the new year. I'm excited to see the kids. I had a wonderful vacation, but am ready to be back to routine. That's a good feeling! I'm starting the year off right with a solid plan of action. My lunch is packed, my planner is organized and I have the wonderful support of my hubby. <BR> <BR> We bought a new scale over the break. It is blue-tooth enabled and will really help show trends for me I think. For ex... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 07:48:05 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263117 I woke up ready to tackle the day! I love having the sun up in the morning again. I know that I will be shocked by the darkness tonight but I have a long rehearsal is a dark auditorium tonight so what's the difference! LOL! I over ate a bit yesterday. Not a binge, but not good either. I did, however, knock a few items off my to-do list that I had been procrastinating on and boy does that feel great! I am looking forward to a wonderful day at school with the kiddos, then and evening of maki... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 06:21:20 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261247 Yesterday I finally got myself moving! I did an extra 30 minutes of walking after school. I feel like I have a had a breakthrough! 30 minutes was nothing strenuous or taxing, but it was SOMETHING. My mindset needed to see it done to change gears! I also have laryngitis right now so I could have made a flimsy excuse, but instead I powered through to "get 'er done". Have a wonderful day, sparkfriends! Thu, 3 Nov 2016 06:21:02 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253859 Okay. Today is really the day of my doctor's appointment. I get so anxious over these things, it's ridiculous! I've stayed focused and motivated during the workdays this week and have felt great about myself sticking to packed lunches. Workout motivation, however has not caught up!! I really just need to crank my rear into gear. <BR> <BR> Plan for today: <BR> Teach <BR> Dr. Appt <BR> Pick up hubs <BR> Pick up/drop of instruments for repair at the shop <BR> Quick dinner <BR> Walk while he is ... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:29:04 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253331 I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon. After a day of teaching, my blood pressure will likely be higher than they like. But I will do my best to stay calm all day (I get excited when I teach though)! <BR> <BR> Actually they didn't call to remind me yesterday so if I don't hear from them by lunchtime today I plan on calling them to confirm. I don't want to drive to the next town over for nothing! <BR> <BR> My birthday present was ordered last night! Hubby bought me a laptop! I'm so ex... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:38:33 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252754 I have a to-do list. I have a plan. Lunch is packed. Food is logged. I have no reason not to succeed! I just need to squeeze in some extra movement after teaching and before Community band rehearsal this evening. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:26:39 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252462 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f92733ed-ea65-4319-9c21-00315c42dc87.jpg"> <BR> I have been generally unfocused for the last six months. I kept a wonderful exercise routine all summer, but paired it with eating too well. All good foods, just too much. Then school started and my exercise wanted. A couple weeks ago my allergies hit full force and I have been using it as a crutch. Not exercising at all and still eating way too much. I feel I have turned a mental corner this week... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:32:46 EST Thursday, Nov 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034611 It's been a decent but frazzled week. After our crazy busy weekend last weekend things have started to taper down for us, but I can tell I'm tired because I've made a silly mistake this week. Monday was a usual day with teaching and then a community band rehearsal in the evening. Tuesday I had a normal day teaching and then forgot an after school playground duty for late bus students. After my last class of the day I had to pack up real quickly because my room gets used by a club every other ... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:44:29 EST Friday, November 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031389 Friday the 13th and I teach all day in a Middle School. Eeek! <BR> <BR> Haha. Only kidding...I hope! Hubs and I had another rehearsal last night which meant a full evening out. We came home to a stubborn pellet furnace again so took the time to really give it a thorough clean. I think we may have found the cause of the stubbornness! Here's hoping. Tonight is the opening of the local musical. I hope it goes well. Last night was a bit shaky, but you know what they say: weak dress rehearsal lea... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:11:57 EST Thursday, Nov 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030835 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Up and at 'em today! I actually overslept this morning yet still managed to get out the door earlier that most mornings. Funny how that works...I overslept because I forgot to turn my alarm back on after yesterday's holiday. Luckily hub's was still on. Last night we got home from rehearsals and had a bit more trouble with out pellet furnace. We had a new burn pot installed last week. An 'upgrade' covered by warranty and it hasn't been igniting consistently. Grr. We pu... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 07:54:28 EST Blogging from the App http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030615 I don't know if this feature is new with the update or if it has always been here and I have simply not noticed until now. Either way, I am very pleased as it will encourage me to blog more. I journal nearly daily, but making it public may help me before accountable. I am loving the new app update that sends notification reminders to track foods. I need that! I am very proud of myself tonight. I got out of bed this morning and with the support and encouragement from my loving husband, i ....... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:33:06 EST Thursday 4.9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908167 Thursday 4.9 <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had such a wonderful, heartfelt post. I really opened up some fairly sensitive thoughts. I was all ready to publish the post and the server went down! I lost the whole thing. I simply didn't have the time or energy to recreate the blog. Plus, the moment had passed. It wouldn't have been the same. Lost blog or not, I am glad I was able to type the words when I did and even though the thoughts are not 'out there' at least the are out of me! So this morning I ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:57:34 EST Monday 4.6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906229 Good morning! I am a regular journal-er on paper but recently discover that with my tablet I can kill to birds with one stone so to speak. I can easily type and pace at the same time. My head becomes clear by getting my thoughts down on"page" and I get steps added to my Fitbit total! I know it is not vigorous activity by any means, but at least it has me up and moving! Busy day today but I need to get working so I will likely add more later by editing this same blog! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:00:57 EST Content http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819737 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785812031.jpg"> The last blog I posted was months ago! July I think? In that post I was feeling accomplished because I had made many appointments regarding my health. I am still proud of myself for doing that! It needed to be done! After keeping these appointments I am now on blood pressure medication, had follow up appointments regarding that and now sport glasses for reading. I am not pleased about the blood pressure meds and we haven't qu... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:02:49 EST Knocking my to-do list out of the park! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734423 I am on a roll today! So far I have: <BR> <BR> scheduled annual doc appt <BR> scheduled eye appt <BR> scheduled car appt <BR> changed name on internet acct <BR> changed name on credit card acct <BR> changed name with aaa <BR> left message to change name with insurance <BR> payed the internet bill <BR> <BR> These are all very big steps for me because I HATE talking on the phone. Loathe it. Despise it. Shudder at the thought of it! But there. It's done. <BR> <BR> Left to do today are the gen... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:36:03 EST 4/27/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681415 Wow! We are already at the end of April. This boggles my mind! I can't believe how quickly this year is flying by. <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of our week long stay-cation! It was wonderfully re-energizing. We did lots of relaxing, but made sure we were a bit active each day too. We went on walks (when it wasn't raining or snowing) and took ourselves to the gym! I am proud of us for that. I also am proud of how we ate. We only ordered in pizza once. Last night as a special treat and it... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:18:30 EST 4/9/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668753 Just updating my blog! <BR> <BR> Today will be long but satisfying when it is over. I have a regular school day to start, then I am sure I will have a student of two in for a last minute practice before tonight's coffee house performance. For this informal concert, the students were allowed to select their own song to perform. Then they had to rehearse it independently. The only part that I had was to give constructive feedback along the way. What they chose to do with that feedback was up t... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:03:31 EST plan ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641058 Today's SparkCoach challenge is to plan tomorrow's meals ahead. We are having dinner with friends so that part is out of my control. Instead I will plan for tonight's dinner now. <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Brown rice <BR> Chicken <BR> Homemade egg rolls (we made some last weekend and they were awesome! We tried freezing them, I hope they are just as good the second time around) <BR> <BR> Breakfast (Friday): <BR> 2 eggs/cheese omelet <BR> English muffin <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 6 inch veggie sandw... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:02:15 EST check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632676 It has been a while since doing a blog check in! Despite that, things are going very well. I've reactivated my gym membership and my Spark activity tracker is keeping me honest! I am getting so much better at tracking my food too. What do you know.….when I am consistent with the gym and tracking I see results! I also have a log in streak of 62 days! <BR> <BR> That being said we just went back to work after having q week off. I was diligent about working out and mostly diligent about tracking... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:00:28 EST Today's thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542558 I set three goals last week and met two of them 100%! The third goal was met at 50%. A good start, but it will be my main focus next week. <BR> <BR> Today I already ventured out to Walmart. I prefer to go bright and early as the store is much calmer and quieter at that time of day. I needed new basics. Socks, underwear and Jammie pants. I also chose some material to make a bag for a Christmas gift. <BR> <BR> Now that I am home I need a game plan to make the most of the day! After writing t... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:56:05 EST Wonderful Weekend and Special News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524819 I have had a wonderful weekend! Admittedly over in my calorie intake on both days. Saturday I didn't track because it was my birthday. I definitely went over with the frosted cookie I had but I could have done worse! We even made the cookie with just the mic and unsweetened apple sauce. No oil or eggs! But I also didn't meet my steps goal for the day. <BR> <BR> Today, we meet my parents for brunch. I got some lovely presents. My dad spoiled me with a ghinger rotary cutter for my sewing proje... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 18:09:21 EST Excited! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523390 I am very excited because my Spark <em>546</em> came in the mail today. I am a little bummed that it isn't compatible with my tablet, but I have it set up on my boyfriend's laptop and it isn't in his way at all! Also, I signed up for a year of SparkCoach and it came with 2 Spark DVDs and 5 ebooks! <BR> <BR> I am also excited because tomorrow is my birthday <em>144</em> and after a morning rehearsal I hope to get some sewing done. <BR> <BR> A third reason to be excited is because my pa... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:38:48 EST Early Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519045 Good morning. I am up and at 'em an hour before my alarm is set to go off. I woke feeling well rested and not too congested, a trend I hope continues, but also with a mile-long to-do list swirling around in my head! I figured I might as well get up and begin putting that list somewhere visible if I have hopes of completing it today... <BR> <BR> Pack a lunch <BR> Edit plans for third grade <BR> Organize weekly plans <BR> Call parent <BR> Grocery shop <BR> Plan workouts <BR> Rehearsal tonight ... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 05:39:07 EST Asthma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446641 Just a quick check in today. I've done a wonderful job of logging EVERYTHING so far this month. I've been diligent this summer with working out and being active. But my body has struggled. Every workout I finish thinking I could have done better if I could just catch my breath! I have used my rescue inhaler 20 minutes prior to working out as prescribed but I just wasn't cutting it. Today was the final straw. I went on a really very gentle hike. Used my inhaler prior and wasn't more than a few... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 15:42:17 EST Food for Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325199 I have just returned from grocery shopping and have a few thoughts to share. First being that I actually enjoyed grocery shopping today. Generally it is very much a chore for me but our lives have been so hectic lately that we have done a lot of dining out so I am anxious to begin cooking for ourselves again. I would like to state that I feel as though eating out is even going well! I have made some great choices and potion control is getting so much easier. It takes a lot less to feel full! ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:38:14 EST Important Articles of Clothing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304625 I have two articles of clothing that are motivating me right now. They are items that I already own and would love to wear again. <BR> <BR> The first is a fleece lined sweatshirt from LLBean. I can technically wear this now, but it does not zip up in a comfortable or flattering manner right now! My goal is to be able to wear this comfortably when camping this summer while sitting around the campfire! <BR> <BR> The second article of clothing is a nice pair of board shorts. They are soo cute,... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:06:12 EST I survived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289574 I did it! Last week was incredibly busy, but I made it though! The students all performed and behaved wonderfully and everyone left with smiles on their faces :) I will chalk it up as success in my book! I also had a few meetings with administrators to discuss scheduling for next year and travel funds and all that jazz. Neither meeting had the outcome of my choice, but nothing is set in stone yet either. I will keep my ear to the ground and ask for backing and or assistance if I need it. This... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:33:42 EST Plan of Attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281070 As I stated earlier this morning, I am feeling very anxious this morning about a crazy busy week coming up. What help me feel in control? To-do lists. They allow me to compartmentalize and prioritize. So here goes: <BR> <BR> To Do Sunday <BR> Convert Accompaniment Tracks <BR> Prep food for lunches and quick dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday <BR> <BR> To Do Monday <BR> Hang welcome signs in lobby of schools. <BR> Hang concert in progress sign on door at HTS. <BR> Set up extra chairs. ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 11:26:58 EST Anxious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280935 I am feeling anxious today! Name it and claim it right? I have a big week ahead. As a music teacher I am taking this week to provide my students with performance opportunities. For my students K-4, we have invited the student's grownups in to visit their music class. I call these Classroom Concerts. They are a wonderful experience for students at this age. I don't force my younger students on stage, we show off our abilities right in the music classroom. It also provides me with time and mate... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:22:57 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264906 Hello there! Just a quick update... <BR> I am still really enjoying my morning workouts. I'm not seeing the movement on the scale that I had hoped for, but I am seeing a huge improvement in my energy and outlook. I need to remind myself that numbers will improve with time too; I just need to be patient. <BR> My New Year Resolutions are still going strong (GO ME!!). Each morning I am doing my hair and make up for work and tackling chores throughout the week has made cleaning so much more manag... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:38:23 EST Today I... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5188925 signed up for the gym! I actually chose a gym that was not what I posted about on Tuesday! This one is about a mile or two further away, but still within 10 minutes from home and it has better hours (5:30am-10pm) a cardio room, a weight room, a pool, a hot tub, dry sauna and classes are included! With a discount for working in the school system it was only $5 a month more to join and if my boyfriend decides to join it is only $15 more! <BR> <BR> ALSO....I ordered some new workout clothes f... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 20:56:05 EST Gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183499 For Christmas my mother gave me money to put toward a gym membership! I'm very excited! I have selected one to check out that is only a couple of blocks from home. I am going to go talk to them tomorrow. Hours are a little tricky, as they don't open until six. My hope is to be able to use an elliptical/treadmill for 30 minutes (6:00-6:30am) during the work week and then go back to use weight machines after work. I'm going to ask about machine availability to make sure this is a realistic goal... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:21:15 EST