MJREIMERS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MJREIMERS MJREIMERS'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/ Roller coaster ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088917 That has been how life on my maintenance journey has been lately. Up and down. That goes for the scale, motivation, hot flashes, exercise, energy, eating, etc. <BR> <BR> Winter has always been a tough time of year for me. I just want to eat all that comfort food and stay snuggled up in my warm house. I still feel that way, but I've really been trying to watch the nutrition and I have an elliptical in my basement so no excuse not to exercise. <BR> <BR> I've been doing better this week, but i... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:34:44 EST Second snow day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086857 Today is my second day off from work due to snow. Needless to say, lots of snow shoveling going on. The hubby uses the snow blower, but I'd rather use the time as a workout! <BR> <BR> I've been averaging around 90 minutes of exercise the past two days. I always put in at least 30 minutes on my elliptical everyday. A little weight training and snow scooping rounds out the workout time. I am sore and I love it! <BR> <BR> Still watching the scale go up and down daily. Frustrating, but I rememb... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:56:07 EST Persistence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079462 I am really not a cold weather person. I appreciate the beauty of a new snowfall and one can have lots of fun, but it makes it very hard to run. I always seem to struggle, a bit, with my weight this time of year. My body seems to hold onto those calories, even when I am within my calorie range. However, I am persistent! I keep eating right and I keep moving. That is all I can do. Move more and try to eat a little less while keep at it. Our journey is full of ups and downs. This not only go... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 08:07:59 EST Old habits are becoming new again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075549 I have started picking up old habits. No, not "bad" ones...the GOOD ones! <em>334</em> I have been waking up, without an alarm, at 4:45 AM all this week. I then go downstairs and get on my elliptical for 30 minutes. I change the workout setting daily, so I'm not doing the same one over and over. <BR> <BR> Since I'm waking up before my alarm, I figure it's my body telling me that this is what it needs. I've always been a morning person and I do so much better when I work out first thing w... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:26:01 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072882 It's official, we closed on our old house on January 15th. <em>244</em> <em>104</em> FINALLY! <BR> <BR> It feels so good to only have one house payment, one utilities payment and one water bill. We paid off some of the bills we accumulated during the selling and buying of the properties. Whew! <BR> <BR> Winter is not being nice and I will admit that I haven't been motivated to work out. Bitter cold and having a cold has taken its toll. I have decided that I need to start getting up ... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:02:07 EST Temptations 0, Me 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067924 Today was "Taco Tuesday" at work. A taco bar with lots of deserts. It's a Tuesday, Fat Friday to be honest. Then, I had a union meeting. They always provide food/dinner since it goes until around 6:30 PM. Usually there are some healthy alternatives, but also not-so-good choices. Tonight it was "salads." Egg salad, chicken salad, ham salad, etc. <BR> <BR> Normally, I start out well. A spoon of this and a spoon of that, but then I lose it and just keep eating. NOT today!! I did try the desert... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 19:59:34 EST Speak up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058059 Many people I know have lost a loved one recently. Some comments, on facebook, are about not staying in touch as much as they would have liked or how their absence will be felt by so many. <BR> <BR> This made me think that we all need to speak up! There are many ways and reasons to do so. Of course, telling people how much they mean to you and that you love them is probably number 1. However, we need to also speak up when others hurt us. <BR> <BR> Telling someone that their words hurt or th... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:15:42 EST Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056499 This is the night that many will make a New Year's resolution to lose weight and get into shape. We all have probably done the same sometime in previous years. What makes 2016 different? We are here and thus have already begun the "get healthier" journey. We have made the commitment to be better and we are doing it for ourselves. We know that making a life changing decision can't be for our significant other, our kids, our work, etc. The only way we will succeed is to do it for ourselve... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 00:40:04 EST I need a 2x4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049756 A friend of mine says that sometimes it takes being "hit" with a 2x4 to get the message and to refocus. I feel like that's what I need. <BR> <BR> It's been a crazy past 2 months. Buying a house and moving away from my mom (she lived across the street), having the selling of our house postponed (now until January 4th), having weird weather, a very challenging class of students, plumbing issues in the new house, changes coming with age, holiday food everywhere, etc. has made it easy to eat ba... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 10:59:08 EST Really?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048096 It's been a bumpy past two months. Plumbing issues in the new house, kids rear ending others in an ice storm (nothing serious), and now the closing date on our old house has been postponed. Their lender wants all the repairs done prior to closing. We had agreed to pay part of their closing cost and they could fix the repairs on their schedule. <BR> <BR> I just want the house sold so that we can pay off the bills we've accumulated. Between the two houses our credit card is high and we are pay... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 21:18:37 EST 400 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041613 Yesterday was the 400th day that I have exercised 30 minutes or more. Some days I run, some days it's my elliptical, but I always walk! <BR> <BR> I haven't run for a while and I can tell I'm not in the same "shape" as I once was. It's been snowy and icy, but I know that's not really an excuse. However, as I get older I know I don't recover from injury as quickly so I'll stick with the elliptical until the streets are better. <BR> <BR> I'm happy that I've been committed to sticking with sta... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 08:11:26 EST I need a break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039232 We had a couple slow drains in the new house. During the Thanksgiving clean up the kitchen sink wouldn't drain. It finally did. Then, I was doing laundry and we had water poring through the garage. It was coming from under the laundry room floor. Yesterday, we had the drains and stack snaked. We also mentioned the major water issue. We had a second one co.e today. Both believe our main line has broken. The plumbing is original to the 48 year old house and we suspect they are correct. So f... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:02:52 EST 1 point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038555 I am a competitive person by nature. It's just who I am. I've learned to turn it into a positive thing, at times. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My latest self challenge was to spend all my sparkpoints! It's taken quite a while, but I succeeded today! I only have 1 point. Nothing is 1 point, so I DID IT! Ok, until I push post on this blog, but it's the thought that count. Right? <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend and keep moving happily. I think I'm going to wimp out and use my elliptical, as it's ... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:35:34 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038295 I could fill this page with the list of everything that I'm thankful for. Here are two of them! The first is the official sign that was put up Tuesday night! They will close on December 18th. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41d8333e-4642-41a6-b3c0-a7201b924ed2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The second is my greatest blessings. The middle child is my nephew and the other four are mine! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2173c756-2692-446b-a58b-7225b31706e8.jpg"> <BR>... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:10:02 EST Getting "it" back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034092 I have used my elliptical twice since we moved into our current house. I've ran about the same, maybe a little more. What I've discovered is, I am out of shape! <BR> <BR> I can really tell that I'm not in the same shape as I once was. The elliptical really has been kicking my butt. I seem to get a "harder" workout on it. Maybe it's because I can make the resistance harder or maybe it's because I really try to use my arms. All I know is that I have some work ahead in order to get back to wher... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:07:05 EST My dog's first 5K. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032757 Since I really haven't ran a lot in the past 6 weeks, I decided it was a great time to get my dog into running condition. I figured we could get into running shape together. <BR> <BR> We went out and I paced so that he could stay at a trot. We ended up running 3.52 miles with an average of 11.51 minute miles. I really didn't plan to go that far. I could tell he was getting tired toward the end. We only got honked at once and it was my daughters, and their friend, coming back from shopping ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:20:31 EST SOLD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031674 We sold our house last night!! It was on the lower end of our "range," but we are extremely happy and thankful. We agreed to paying for radon mitigation, if it's needed, but that's all they asked for. No closing costs!! <em>244</em> That alone makes it seem like we sold it for more. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the positive energy, good karma, and prayers! Happy moving! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:26:46 EST My first trail half marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028333 I haven't run for about a month. Today I was "crazy" and ran a half marathon trail run. It's my first 1/2 since I did my 12 runs in 12 months last year. I completely forgot some of the important things. I didn't take anything to eat while running. Duh! I also only had a 1/2 bagel for breakfast, lots of water and coffee.Duh! <BR> <BR> The course was REALLY hilly with several water crossings. I ran it with a friend, she started cramping and encouraged me to run on. I did and it was hard, but ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 18:37:41 EST Yes Lord, I am listening! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024267 For those of you that aren't spiritual, you may want to skip this one! However, I need to share. <BR> <BR> Here is a story of how I feel the Lord has worked in my life lately. Many of you know that my family has purchased a "new" house. It's actually older than our other one, but I love the character of older homes. <BR> <BR> We weren't really looking to buy a new home, but my husband's bad knees and the need for a double knee replacement prompted us to just look. (Our "old" house was my ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 16:04:29 EST Consistency http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023574 I have been pretty busy lately. Moving and setting up the "new" house has been a lot of work, but fun. We have downsized and are planning a big garage sale in the spring. <BR> <BR> I've been eating when I'm hungry and what I want. Last night I had a small ice cream sundae at 9:00. Some would say that's a snack, and it probably is, but I've figured out that it won't hurt. I didn't eat enough for quite a while and my body told me so. I was in my calorie range, but was always at the low end. I ... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 07:48:43 EST All moved in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021923 I haven't ran in a couple of weeks, but I am getting my workout in. We have completely moved into our "new" home. <BR> <BR> We started on Friday and and finished up on Sunday. I was so hopeful! While we were moving on Sunday we got a call that there was a showing at 2:00 PM that same day. It was 10 in the morning so we had 4 hours to move the big stuff and to really clean. We got out with only the piano left. <BR> <BR> I was really hoping for a bid, but no luck! It's been 30 days since we ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:11:47 EST A good tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016720 I haven't been "working out" per say. However, I have put in hours of cleaning and yard work so I am definitely getting enough exercise. I am three pounds below my goal weight so I know I'm still maintaining. <BR> <BR> I appreciate all the prayers, positive comments and reminders to stay faithful. I am and I feel much better about it all. I know that it well sell and I know the right family is out there. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> and happy moving. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 21:54:25 EST Signed papers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015900 Yesterday we signed papers on the "new" house. I felt really bad for my husband. I cried on the way there, made it through the signing, but cried on the way home. <BR> <BR> I am stressed about owning two houses. I am a little sad as our "old" house was my dream house and we finally got it to where we wanted it. I am moving away from my Mom who lives across the street from us. <BR> <BR> I felt bad for the realtor. She wanted to take a picture of us, but I am a horrible "faker." I stated I ... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 07:57:04 EST I won't lose the spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6014192 It's been a rough couple of days. I found out that a friend, that I had stuck by when no one else was, had lied and betrayed me. My daughter and I were there when she had her baby and have helped take care of the little girl. (I've posted about the little girl. My daughter is the Godmother.) She always said we were "soul sisters," but she is convinced a new boyfriend is more important. He has been verbally abusive and has put his hands on her. <BR> <BR> I feel terrible for the baby and for... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 07:42:53 EST I'm taking the phrase "life is good" and running with it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012814 We have another open house tomorrow and we've had three showings. No offers, but I feel that we just aren't "there" yet for the family this house is meant for. The sellers of our house are getting bids from several companies so it looks like the sellers are moving forward at getting the radon mitigated. <BR> <BR> I ran today. I ran 9.85 miles, but started out way too fast. I couldn't keep the pace, but I still managed to average 10 1/2 minute miles. It felt much better once I slowed a bit a... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:50:20 EST Postponed our closing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011814 We have postponed the closing on "our new house." There is a radon "issue" that needs to be fixed before we commit to this house. I really love this house, but if they can't fix it so that the mitigation system will actually take the radon out, we will have to walk away. <BR> <BR> To be honest, I am completely fine with this. When my husband asked the man that is doing the radon mitigation if he would allow his son to sleep in a downstairs bedroom in the house, the many said that he would no... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 20:10:21 EST Still no luck. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009358 The second Open House was a bomb. We had one person, a neighbor, come look. We've dropped the price $5,000 and I hope this will get it sold. <BR> <BR> I've eaten well, until today. A baby shower and late breakfast, plus a late dinner made for some bad eating choices. It's ok. My weight was good this morning and under my goal weight. I'll do better tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I'll keep praying that our houses sells and to a family that will love it as much as we have. It will be a busy couple of we... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:10:01 EST Second time around. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008276 We have another Open House this weekend. I hope the second time around will be more successful. Last week the painters were here painting the house, so many of the windows and the French doors were covered. This week should be a better presentation. <BR> <BR> I could use some prayers as we close on the new house on the 15th and we really need to see this house!! I hate the waiting, but I do have a good feeling that all will turn out ok. <BR> <BR> I am still around, but have been very busy. ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 22:49:44 EST Open House. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004950 Today is our open house. I'very been doing last minute touch ups and deep cleaning due to stress. I'm burning the calories! It rained most of last week so the painters are hete painting the outside. Ugh! I did make them cookies and only ate one. I pray we sell fast and for a decent price! Please send prayers, positive energy and good juju our way. Thanks sparkfriends! Happy moving! Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:15:35 EST I lost my blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004596 I wrote a blog yesterday, got my points and it promptly disappeared! I have no idea what happened. <BR> <BR> I had blogged about my husband getting under 250 lbs. He is at 249 lbs. Yes, I am proud of him, but after looking at his BMI of 32.something I realized he is in the obese range. That makes me sad. I want to grow old with him and even though he has lost weight and is off his cholesterol meds, he still needs to get healthier. <BR> <BR> I know many of us have faced this situation. We... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:49:37 EST I've been running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000500 I have been running 3 to 4 times a week with my "nonrunning" daughter. She decided that she wanted to get into shape. She did cross country in high school and hated it, but now she's running. <BR> <BR> When I run with her we run around 12 minute miles. Not fast, but it's still a good workout. Besides, we are doing it together. I mentioned she could run a 1/2, not a fast one, but she could definitely finish. She commented that she'd never even ran 5 miles, yet. <BR> <BR> She gave me "permi... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:54:14 EST We have a house! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998856 Well after walking away from the first house and looking around, the owners contacted us and took our offer! I think they realized we were the only ones looking at it. Yay for us! We move in next month, less than 30 days from our offer. <BR> <BR> Everything has just fallen into place. We had a guy come out and look at replacing part of our siding on Sunday and Tuesday he started and finished the same day. Had a house painter come bid on Tuesday and he'll start tomorrow, if it doesn't rain.... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 23:27:44 EST The answer is no, but that's ok. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997455 I went to my 30th year class reunion last Friday. It was ok. I saw some friends that I haven't seen for a while, but there was still "high school drama" where some wouldn't even look at others. Sad that after 30 years, people are still petty. <BR> <BR> We aren't getting the house we bid on. However, they are not working with us on it. So we let it go. There is other houses and this gives us time to put ours on the market. So we said, "No." <BR> <BR> I am also another year older, as of yes... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 18:54:58 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996256 It started out well, a nice 8.1 mile run with an average of 10.22 minute miles. A perfect day. One that you felt like you could just keep going. However, I had some important business to take care of. <BR> <BR> My husband and I put in a bid on a house. It's far from new. In fact, it's around my age, but it's been redone. It's a ranch style and is needed since my husband's knees are shot. He's been told to try to hold off for 10 years for a double knee replacement. (He's only 50, but has wor... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:20:52 EST We are all in this together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993658 I've shared happy times, sad times, good choices, bad choices, achievements and failures. The one thing that remains the same is all of YOU! <BR> <BR> After sharing a not-so-nice blog and reading the comments, it made me realize that even though our journeys are individual, we are all in this together. Our paths make take us different places, the scale may read a different weight, our fitness and health may all be very individual, but we are all here "fighting the fight." <BR> <BR> We are ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 20:37:49 EST Bad choices and paid for them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992940 I didn't eat well on Sunday. I ate a breaded chicken sandwich and fries after my daughter's soccer game. It tasted great, but I haven't eaten anything breaded for a very long time. In fact, I don't remember the last time I ate something breaded. <BR> <BR> Well, I paid for it. My body rebelled against this foreign food! I had bad cramps and, without being too graphic, spent time in the bathroom. I now know that a) I can't eat this type of foI od. b) I can't eat this heavy late at night. <BR>... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 20:07:39 EST Looking back in order to look forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990510 After reading several blogs tonight, I realize how fortunate I am. This journey is not an easy one for any one, but having maintained my healthy lifestyle for over four years now has brought me some insight. <BR> <BR> 1) Consistency is the key. It can be hard to keep eating healthy when you aren't seeing the progress you want. Keep eating healthy anyway! The scale isn't the only factor in success. How your clothes fit and how you feel are way more important than that number. You aren't defi... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 20:56:50 EST Good can always be found in challenges. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989789 I'm adjusting to my new students. Out of my nine, four are constantly making noises and/or talking. They are "good kids," just oh, so noisy. Most of it is their disabilities, but they can control some. Only two can work independently with a third, that is a sometimes. This leaves me really tired at the end of the day. <BR> <BR> The up part is I get LOTS of steps in. My average, without working out, is 12,000. If I do my elliptical or run it's twice that normally. So, there is always go... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:47:04 EST What the scale can't measure. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987429 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/582c8bba-9d0c-413e-9677-19767bfe20c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another good one to keep in mind. A scale can't measure our greatness and a number doesn't define us. We all have talents, beauty and greatness within. We mustn't loose sight of this when we step on the scale. <BR> <BR> If you feel bad when weighing in, then don't! Use other ways to measure. Tape measures, how your clothes fit, your energy level, etc. are other ways to see your progress. ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:27:04 EST Anniversary dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986805 Yesterday was my 22nd anniversary. Not bad for a guy that didn't want to get married or have kids. Not only did he get married, he has four kids. (Plus many that come in and out and call us their second parents.) Yes, I am a blessed woman! <BR> <BR> We went out for dinner and I made sure the daily calories were on the low range. I threw caution to the wind and went for it. Chips and salsa to begin with, the seafood stuffed enchiladas with rice and black beans for the meal. I finished up wi... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:58:48 EST Sad, disappointing news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986031 My younger daughter is a Godmother to a 6 month old little girl. We were fortunate to watch her being born and have helped take care of her since she was a newborn. Not only does my daughter and I love this little girl, but all of the kids adore her. She is truly a part of our family. <BR> <BR> We found out yesterday that her mom is going to take a promotion and move to Arizona. I am trying to be happy for her, but I am so incredibly sad. My daughter is crushed and very moody. I know it's j... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:21:38 EST A night time run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984157 I went out for a "short" run last night. It was the perfect weather with temps in the 60's and a light cool breeze. I started out nice and easy and thought to myself how much I've come to love running. I ended up running 8.45 miles! <BR> <BR> It was so nice and I felt so good so I kept going. I may have gone farther, but it was getting late. Not a speed pace, but around 11 minute miles. Again, I reminded myself that I am running for the simple joy of running! <BR> <BR> I LOVE running! I... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:36:25 EST Comparison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aeae3742-0bcf-43ae-bd81-98c4b6c31e87.jpg"> This is so true. There will always be someone thinner, more athletic, smarter, richer, etc. than me. However, I am thinner, more athletic, smarter, richer, etc. than many others. <BR> <BR> Comparing ourselves to others is continuing an unhealthy lifestyle. We need to choose to be ourselves and to be grateful for who we are, what we have and who support us. <BR> <BR> Thank you sparkfriends for your ... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:15:17 EST Saturday and an update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982823 I went to watch my oldest daughter's first scrimmage of the season. Most of the new recruits played, so she sat the bench a lot. She is not used to that! However, she understands the politics of the game and knows that the coach will play his recruits over some of the girls that he didn't choose. To be honest, I think she's ready to be done with soccer. She's played since she was around four and it's taken it's toll on her body. I guess it's a good thing she's graduating a year early! <em>2... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 20:53:27 EST Look what I found on my run tonight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982392 I was running a short 2 1/2 miles with my "nonrunning" daughter when this little thing caught my eye. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec606a12-03b7-4097-a378-c1d393a45dc5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He was only a sidewalk away from a very busy street. I had a great "catch," but he got me on the thumb. It's only a scratch, but it bled quite a bit. <BR> <BR> Poor thing is feral and I'm hoping to get him into a friend's house for fostering. She does wonders with the "little spitters" as ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:27:27 EST I signed up for my first trail 1/2 marathon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5981705 I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon trail style. I am running it with a friend. She hasn't run much this year, but we are doing it solely for fun. I can't wait. It's in November, so the weather should be perfect! Nice and cool, but hopefully no snow! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've been doing a lot of my kind of "cross training." This includes strength training, elliptical, walking, and running. Still only averaging between 10 and 12 minute miles, but I am running!! My new motto this yea... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:27:04 EST Moving so much, I'm losing weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980061 I struggled with three pounds all summer. No matter how much I exercised and watched what I ate, I couldn't get to the low end of my weight range. Not so anymore! <BR> <BR> My class is a challenge, and I still have two more coming that will be just as challenging. I am in constant motion this week since one of my paras had a family event to attend. It's up and down all day. Yesterday, I ate the other half of my breakfast for snack at 3:00 P.M. <BR> <BR> I can honestly say, I am tired! I... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:08:58 EST Surrounded by kids and I love it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978555 This is my 24th year of teaching. I was asked what kind of school I teach in. I teach in a public school, but in a self-contained special education classroom. I will have nine students this year. I have had students that range from "mild intellectually impaired" to students that have I.Q.'s in the high 20's to low 30's, otherwise known as "severe profound intellectually impaired." Others may Down Syndrome, Autism, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, or be medically fragile with G.I.... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 19:44:23 EST BUSY with all caps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977432 I don't think I have ever gone this long without blogging! I am back in school, can you tell? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I have seven students and I'm getting two more. I have a good, yet challenging group...at least my new ones are. The new students usually are and it's so great to see the progress they make. The other class only has five so they considered putting two from my third grade group back into the primary class since they were there last year. I told them no. I'll keep all of th... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:14:49 EST Getting rid of sparkpoints! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972151 I am on a new quest to give away all my sparkpoints. I love giving goodies and I'm trying to "spread the spark" to my sparkfriends. I hope to be under 100 soon. (It may take a while!) <em>211</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 18:49:19 EST