NANCYPAT1's SparkPeople Blog NANCYPAT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Schedules are nice . . . BUT . . . It is really valuable to establish a schedule but it becomes a serious problem when things interfere with those routines, especially for the kids who have autism and have trouble adjusting to change. Today was one of those days. Wednesdays are always off because we have a different schedule than the rest of the week. We have class meetings normally on Wednesday so all the classes are shortened by five minutes and now, after six weeks of school, the kids are finally recognizing the fact Wednes... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:18:54 EST Unexpected NSVS It's hard to imagine how some things relate to weight loss. It's certainly easier to imagine how healthier eating might affect areas of my life that just don't stand out automatically when I think about my eating and exercising. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I discovered that my hearing is apparently good/normal. Last time I had a hearing test, there were several deficits in my hearing at certain tones and now with my asthma under better control and fewer allergy symptoms, it has improved. I also foun... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:00:51 EST Quick blog tonight I am completely wiped out tonight. My new student started today and did pretty well. My screamer was back in rare form, I think she is coming down with something. One of the others threw up on the bus and was running a fever of 101 this afternoon. Several of the other kids were out of sorts too. It was a Monday squared, they are tough days always but with the weather cooling off and being windy it was particularly challenging today. I'm heading to bed early in hopes of a good night sleep. Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:29:44 EST Starting a new week with a positive attitude Tomorrow will be the beginning of a fresh new week. I am both excited and a bit anxious with a new student starting in my class. I am also extending another student's time in school and getting ready to see how things go so I can extend another's time later this week. <BR> <BR> Things have really improved with one of my students moving out of my class completely. I still keep checking on him but he seems to be doing quite well with the greater challenges of the higher level classes. The ev... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:40:35 EST Knowing where I am is the first step to ensuring a brighter tomorrow Woke up early and headed out to the health fair. A lot of my friends were there and the services were inexpensive or free and quite valuable. <BR> <BR> I started with blood work and a diabetic eye exam. I wandered through the various tables with information and freebies. Then I went over to get my hearing checked - expecting to be told of significant hearing loss. I was completely shocked when told that my hearing is "NORMAL". I am sure the guy doing the testing thought I was crazy asking se... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:17:01 EST Frantically frenzied Friday Today was quite long and interesting. To start my day, I had a warning light show up on my dashboard, saying my tires were low on air. I called my son and asked if he'd check it out when he came into town to exercise. He did and it was nothing serious. In class, it was a fairly quiet and successful morning. The occupational therapist came to work with some of my students and the sessions went quite well. We discussed some things that might work for our students and because we get along well, ... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 22:33:41 EST Tantalizing Thursday tickling my fancy Today was a pretty good day for another rainy gray day. This week fall has really been making an appearance. The leaves are turning and blowing off the trees. The deer are visible everywhere. It's a little strange though, they seem to be a bit smarter than in the past. I haven't hit any yet this year - my record in the past is the day I hit THREE in one day. Seriously, I hit one after it jumped off a hill in front of my car, I checked the car and headed down the road and got about a hundred f... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:00:14 EST Weathered weary, whacky whimsical Wednesday Today started with wind and heavy rains. It was picture day at school and it was a Wednesday. We have a different schedule on Wednesdays because the entire school has class meetings to discuss bullying. We have a major focus on building stronger relationships in our school community. It is also the day that we have team meetings so we build stronger relationships with our coworkers as well as problem solving and strengthening our special education teams. So, we had a lot going on and my stude... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:12:01 EST It's worth whatever it takes to get where I'm heading Productive day - worked my regular day, did homebound instruction and then went to the fitness center for my session with my personal trainer. I got there early enough that I spent more than an hour on the NuStep machine pedalling along long enough to accumulate FOUR miles in addition to my normal steps. After that, I worked with my personal trainer for my half hour of intense strength training. I came home to a delicious dinner of scrambled eggs and a high fiber English muffin. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:31:20 EST Behind door number one is . . . Chaos, serenity, or drama?? Today was a teacher work day and I enjoyed the training sessions we had. They were right up my alley as they were part of a program we originally brought into our school about five or six years ago. It is called "Capturing Kids' Hearts". The main focus is on establishing relationships with our students first and thus making teaching them easier. Today was a refresher course to help us keep it current and for us to ask questions about the program so we can serve o... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 20:28:58 EST Even though you can't put Humpty Dumpty together again . . . You can gather the shattered pieces and create an unbelievably precious work of art with them. Our lives are a little like that. <BR> <BR> A decade ago (okay, eleven years ago) I was completely oblivious to the complete devastation about to come into my life. Imagine a priceless crystal bowl held high over all of our heads just waiting to be dropped to shatter on the floor. When it dropped, it was obvious that nothing would ever be as it had been only minutes before. That is what happened to... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 19:38:23 EST Saturday started I woke up only minutes later than I normally do so I'm slowly starting my day. I might go to the Taste of Romney and wander through making my lunch a series of tiny taste tidbits. Sips of wine, single nibbled, etc. Then I'll head to the fitness center to work off all the tiny treats that are very different from my everyday cuisine. It is a very small event, with only about 4-5 locations, but the last time my son and I went, we had a great time and did a lot of walking from place to place. <BR... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 08:15:28 EST Silence is golden Wow, today was a strange day. For most of the morning, our room was actually quite. My student who is no longer in my class and my other students is out for part of the day were both absent from my room - they are both very verbal and never stop talking or moving around. Without them in the room, my screamers didn't scream. They, in fact did a lot of work. We adults could focus on the kids who actually needed help rather than the other two constantly demanding attention. It's so easy to look ... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 21:36:11 EST I do love a rollercoaster, but occasionally I'd like to be on the lazy river Today started out with a whole string of potentially negative things, and then a coworker came in and we sort of grumbled mutually about the challenges we face. Then out of my mouth came these words. "I try hard to start the day with optimism and the realization that today could be fantastic. . .however unrealistic it may be. After all it's guaranteed to be a disaster if I start out negative." To start my day, I discovered that the sub for my aide was a no-show so I would be struggling and we... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 21:23:20 EST Wee little blog today I have started three times to write this blog but each time, I find myself whining or complaining. That's just not something that anyone wants to see. It also isn't ME writing, but just my wicked, weird whacky Wednesday taking over. So, I've decided to just say goodnight and sleep tight. Wed, 4 Oct 2017 21:22:41 EST Remember that blessings come in all forms It's weird and wonderful to realize that our blessings come wrapped in chaos, when we least expect them and sometimes disguised and a negative force. <BR> <BR> My day was somewhat trying in that we had many visitors to the classroom throughout the day. It is a brilliant initiative where observers come into all the classes in the school and score student involvement on what is going on in that first ten seconds in the room. Later they compile the data without indicating whose classroom any sc... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 21:01:49 EST Make sure you are creating a life, not marking time Sometimes I need to remind myself that the journey is what life is about, not just racing to the end of it. We are reminded frequently how fragile life can be. What with crazy mass shootings, terrorism, diseases, accidents, etc., the reminders are ever present and frightening at times. I'm not suggesting that we allow fear to control us, but rather that we treasure the moments and not just rush through them. <BR> <BR> This is an important part of making a lifestyle change rather than going o... Mon, 2 Oct 2017 20:11:17 EST Sometimes the best thing you can do is . . . . . .push harder. On the other hand there are times when the best thing is to take time to rest and recharge. I think that's one of the most important things I've learned over the years. I don't have to be superwoman. I need to push MYSELF out of my comfort zone, but I also have to take care of MYSELF. When I don't push enough, I take the path of least resistance and get lazy. But when I push MYSELF too far, I get sick or burned out. I have to recognize that I am no longer eighteen years old ... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:20:29 EST Saturday started slowly starting to stretch and strengthen - NSVS I didn't write in much detail about yesterday in my blog. In fact I left out MAJOR NSVS. I stuck my keys in my pants pocket after my workout only to suddenly realise my pants were falling off - I mean literally sliding down to bare my backside. LOL I guess I've been so busy lately that I didn't even realize that they'd suddenly stretched or grown larger. It's nice that apparently my dryer doesn't shrink my clothes but rather must stretch them. Well, unless I might be shrinking myself either b... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:04:07 EST Frenzied Friday fueled by fitness and faithfulness Today was one of those days. It was a day where if I had come straight home from school and collapsed, it would have made perfect sense. But instead, I soldiered on and did my homebound teaching and then went to the fitness center for an awesome tough workout. I did 45 minutes on the nuStep (sort of recumbent bike with arm action too. Then I did another 45 minutes of strength training. My personal trainer is on vacation and won't be back until the tenth of October. I could have seen another t... Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:13:33 EST Thoughtful Thursday thinking things through Today was another interesting day. Behaviors were mostly okay but moods were over kilter. I am getting some relief in that the principal has decided to send my two highest functioning students into other classes. One will be out for most of the day - not in general education but in higher special education classes. The other student will be out for two periods in the afternoon. That will actually help make the class more homogeneous since only one of the others talks functionally. The other s... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:36:48 EST Weird, whacky, wildly whimsical Wednesday Today was rather weird and whacky with whimsical highlights. Nothing big, nothing particularly exciting, but a lot of little chaotic bits and pieces. It's a good thing that I feed my immune system and keep myself strong, as I know that in the past I would have been in tears and tearing my hair out. <BR> <BR> My students were all out of sorts, whiny, and acting out. Nothing major but just little annoying and irritating things. We had a special education team meeting with the principal and aft... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 21:48:27 EST Tuesday takeoff tackling tasks tirelessly Today was one of those ordinary seeming days. The new schedule for my worst screamer started so the afternoon was much quieter. Three of my students had doctor's appointments that had them out for part of the day. The student who started yesterday did much better today. They brought him a little later in the day and he was in a really happy mood, so no restraints and a good session. <BR> <BR> My birthday wasn't a big deal but they were a lot of little things. We cut my cake for snack time, ... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 21:39:12 EST No Mundane Day This Monday Today was a jam packed day. It was anything but mundane. One of my students wasn't on the bus this morning and the other kids started talking all at once. It seems she was swinging very high on the swings and decided to wave with both hands and fell to the ground. She broke her left arm so badly that they needed to rush her into emergency surgery on Saturday. Then on Sunday, her right arm started hurting also, they took her back to the hospital only to discover that she fractured that arm as ... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:18:57 EST Serenity Sunday sets the stage for a sensational week Starting my week off with a quiet serene and spiritual Sunday. Church always provides me with food for thought, inspiration, and strengthens my emotional and physical health so I can meet the challenges of the week ahead. Gratitude and generosity were the main focus of the lessons and the sermon. Today was the kickoff of our United Thank Offering collection. The funds we donate go to mission work around the world. This will sound strange, but this collection used to be done differently - smal... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:34:46 EST Thursday and Friday and now facing Saturday Thursday is over. Friday is over and even Saturday morning is even over. Now I'm moving into the afternoon. Time doesn't stop whether the day is filled with disasters or delights. When we wake up to a new day, the potential for an amazing and exciting day is spread before us. Hope springs eternal and miraculously we manage to get through the good days, the bad days and all the mediocre ones as well. We have a choice to embrace the chaos and the screamers or to shiver fearfully and dread them.... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:47:40 EST Tumultuous Tuesday Like Monday, today was filled with challenges at work. I survived the challenges and managed to accomplish several small goals despite all the chaos. <BR> <BR> I completed more paperwork and started work on the IEP I have to write for Friday. <BR> <BR> I did my lunch duty and this year the students are much nicer and more polite than they were last year. I find myself actually enjoying the duty. I get to help supervise the general education sixth graders. Last year the class had a large g... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:38:28 EST Mundane Monday making progress despite the challenges Monday is typically a pretty mundane day. I accomplished a lot today despite the screamers, the whiners, and the attackers. My greatest achievement was to get my paperwork avalanche down to a manageable level. Completed dotting the "I"s and crossing the "T"s for a total of sixteen separate tasks. Each task required computer work, written work, and research. Then at the end of my day, a new teacher from the high school who has some of my students from last year came to visit and problem solve ... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:59:00 EST The weekend should have come quicker This week went on forever. I was ready on Monday to call it a week and let it go. Had a student suspended for two days this week. Extended the time for three other kids. Learned I'm getting two more students over the next couple of weeks. One has been homebound for the past two years, but they want to try him in school. The other won't be living in the residential facility, but has been in another facility out of state for several years - a place they send those kids who are too violent and a... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:04:32 EST Wandering whimsy This morning I woke up feeling better. Had a fever Friday and Saturday but woke up and the fever had broken. Still coughing and congested but not as bad. I slept a lot yesterday and still went to bed early, so sleep helped me tackle the bug. I also ate lots of freggies, drank lots of water, and upped my antivirus, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory supplements. It really helps me to recover quicker when my immune system is strengthened. <BR> <BR> My week at school went better than expected. I... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:59:20 EST Another personal trainer session today Very un-rambley blog. Did a half hour on the NuStep machine, increased my steps and did strength training today. Each session, my trainer has me doing something new and different. I was lifting free weights, doing something really really tough. I was lifting weights and then pressing them over my head. I was sweating like a hog by the time I was done. Each session cranks it up at least one notch. Ended with a serious core workout with BOSU ball. Justin has been great about keeping my workouts... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 23:32:33 EST Life changing moves My bil is slowly improving his health but still in rehab and having serious breathing and heart issues. My sister continues to be very worried. Prayers are helping and greatly appreciated. My big birthday on September third included my special Claire who turned three, a favorite aunt who turned ninety, and a dear friend from church who turned eighty. So some awesome things to celebrate. At school my all day screamers have settled down some and the screaming is no longer constant. Making progr... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:00:44 EST Quick blog after a busy couple of weeks We've gotten through the first two weeks of school. Some ups and downs but overall not a bad beginning. It's been hectic though and I started my homebound teaching this past week also. My students are less aggressive than last year but I have several screamers and they can really make my days LONG. This week ahead will be another busy one with a doctor's appointment on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling to get formal exercise in but have been getting lots of walking. Some high points... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 21:40:39 EST Quick blog post until I start to ramble Today was a long day. I started with a"Safety Care" training to learn how to manage extremely physically demanding behaviors in a safe and secure manner. It was intense and there were a lot of people in the training. Our principal had fruit trays for our staff - even though the special education department was in this training, we got invited to share during our break. It made the people from other schools a bit jealous, wondering where we got food. Our school climate is more like a family t... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:01:09 EST Life imitates my weight loss journey . . . I am truly blessed I know that many people think I am crazy for loving my job, my students, my coworkers, and even the administrators. They all drive me crazy. They all present frequent challenges to me, but I still love each of them. My students are loving, significantly challenging, and often annoying. They love school and learning except when they hate it and struggle with even basic concepts. They are often autistic, moderately to profoundly mentally impaired, and yet they try harder to accomplish basic tas... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:36:28 EST Fun day before school starts on Monday My friend and I went out together for the day together without anyone else going along. We bought stuff for our classroom. Then we went clothes shopping. I found a couple of skirts and got some blouses too. Dottie found some blouses too and I convinced her to try on some leggings. I told her they don't have to look slutty or show every wrinkle. She found four pairs that she decided to buy. I laugh when I think about it because both of us were adamant that we'd NEVER wear them and we both ... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:18:43 EST Wednesday working out without wear myself out - wisdom instead of worry Today was my second session with my personal trainer. After last week's fiasco, I came prepared. I ate before I left the house. I checked my blood sugar - made sure it was high enough to allow for a good workout without dropping too low. <BR> <BR> I arrived and my trainer asked if I wanted to try the same thing as last week or something new. I chose the devil I know because I was being cautious. Don't misunderstand me, I wasn't choosing an easy workout. Within minutes, I was sweating like cr... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 21:03:09 EST How'd this happen? I can't believe it. After my first session with my trainer, I wrote about overdoing it and a bad reaction. Now in retrospect, it has been almost four days and those days have been quite busy, but I am still feeling the effects of that reaction. <BR> <BR> First question is how'd I get so old? It feels like just yesterday I could workout for hours straight without any side effects. I can't ever recall being laid low by exercising. What nonsense is it that changes me from that to done in by a little bit of a wo... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 12:23:31 EST My first session with my personal trainer - As always, a rollercoaster day I started the day by going to get my new glasses. I love them. After that my son and I went shopping and did a lot of walking. I got rid of all my old makeup and replaced it today. They say that you should replace it after so long and even though I rarely wear makeup, I decided to put just a touch on for work this year. I even got nail polish and decided I'd start wearing that too. <BR> <BR> After the shopping, I went to my first session with my personal trainer. I told him what my goal is ... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 04:54:50 EST A startling discovery and amazing breakthrough I wish this could be short and sweet but as with most of my revelations, there is usually a long story behind them. For those who know and follow me, I apologize for the background story but without it, the story is not particularly interesting or revolutionary. Feel free to skip down the background if you like. <BR> <BR> First of all, I have lost a lot of weight quite a few times. Each time, before I reached my goal, I either stopped losing or started regaining the weight. I always have h... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 18:41:21 EST So much going on and the rollercoaster continues We had a fantastic trip and got to visit another family group this summer. We got home late Friday evening and went straight to bed. Got up Saturday and went to a birthday party for my two year old great great niece. When we arrived, my great niece who lives in North Carolina opened the door. She and her husband had come to her niece's party and brought their two girls (3 1/2, and 11/2) and her other sister's daughter (7) who I hadn't seen in six years. The two year old and her twin 2 month... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:16:33 EST Some people call these coincidences . . . I think they are affirmations from above I wish I had a nickel for each time something on my mind one day serves as the topic of my blog or a conversation with someone or just a niggling that won't go away, is the subject of a sermon at church, an article I read, or something someone asks me about a few hours or maybe even minute later. <BR> <BR> It happened again this weekend. I wrote my blog about finding peace. All of the readings at church plus the sermon and the hymns were about peace. Even the parting blessing that the pastor... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 01:45:15 EST Finding peace and a place of hope When I find myself struggling, I've found that finding a quiet place where I can find peace within my own heart does wonders to ground me and reconnect me with hope and love. I used to think I needed to set aside a block of time that I was just too busy for. Now I realize that it can be as short a block of time as two minutes. <BR> <BR> There's a process I read about where you take tiny breaks in the middle of a stressful day. First, if possible close your eyes and take four deep, slow brea... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 02:11:22 EST Join me in jumping for joy - not only a new day but a whole new month - July Just trying to get into an upbeat mood to start another new month. My trip to spend time with family will get me off to a good start. My family eats pretty healthy meals and not a lot of junk foods. My aunt used to be horrible with having so much food when we would visit that my sister and I took to telling all visitors that each was responsible for X pieces of pastry, Y pieces of fruit, and Z sodas each day of the visit. We didn't care if it was eaten, thrown out or given to the animals but ... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 03:00:10 EST Just a quick note tonight I am pretty tired tonight and getting ready for bed. Walking the walk and sharing the journey helps me and maybe even a few others along the way. <BR> <BR> I think the MOST important part of the journey is learning to love ourselves and give ourselves permission to enjoy our food again. When we feel guilty and beat ourselves up, it isn't long before we feel defeated and deprived. When we love ourselves and enjoy the journey, we feel satisfied and satisfied with healthier foods and it's easi... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 01:54:59 EST Planning is starting to make my trip more real I made hotel reservations for our trip today. We got a pretty good deal. Normally we stay with my aunt but there are too many of us coming this time. We are also starting to pack. I have to check with the drugstore tomorrow because I have meds that need refills while I'm gone. I hope they can accommodate me. <BR> <BR> We plan to leave around midnight on the Fourth of July so we get to our destination the next morning rather than later in the day. It's so much more fun when we start ou... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:36:35 EST Date set for my trip changed My sister called today and asked if maybe Ed and I could change the dates of our trip. I didn't even have to take a second to know I would agree to the change, but then she gave me her reason for asking. Her son is bringing a very special woman home with her daughter. Very good chance this may be his future wife. He has been seeing her for several years and my sister met her this spring and is pretty sure that she is his chosen one. He was hoping that my son Ed and I might be able to meet... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 01:31:27 EST Tried and true or tired and blue Sometimes it's just the little things that trip me up. It isn't that I don't know what I need to do, but more often than I care to admit, it is that I just don't do them. I go to bed with great plans but while I sleep my motivation seems to evaporate overnight. Some days I have the strength to find the grit that it takes to follow through but there are other days that leave me searching and browsing and unable to find the energy and strength to do it. <BR> <BR> I guess I am overestimating... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 01:39:25 EST Thinking about going on a long fast . . . NO, not stopping eating but rather a MEDIA fast. The news, television, and even comedians are a constant barrage of input. If the input was uplifting, positive, and productive, it wouldn't be so bad, but the constant images of brutality, savagery, and corruption. I did a month long media fast about fifteen years ago and was amazed at how little I missed it. I didn't stick my head in the sand but didn't watch television or read newspapers and I found my stress levels dropping. I heard bit... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:44:32 EST Just about me today I have been in emotional limbo this week. I have been anxious to plan some travel but at the same time, waiting for my friend to make her plans because I know she needs me to be here for her until she goes to visit her son and his family. She is incredibly strong and would never ask for support, but as she is sorting through her son's belongings and trying to get her house ready for the memorial service that will take place as soon as she returns from the visit to her older son. I know how ... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:32:47 EST