OPTIMIST1948's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OPTIMIST1948 OPTIMIST1948'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/ Not quite Warrior Woman worthy, but at least Fighter Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649028 Feelin' junky all week. Started last weekend and I ended up going home from work early on Wed - with both blessings and kicks out the door from colleagues. My tonsils were so swollen they were squeezing in on my windpipe. I ended up in Urgent Care to have a strep test (No -just some random virus). <BR> <BR> I have First-Year-Teacher-Itis. The workload eats every single moment of free time and what little time I have left is for sleeping. For entertainment...I shower. As I write this I ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:35:57 EST The irony - I've actually lived in London http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625312 What City Should You Actually Live In? <BR> <BR> You got: London <BR> Let’s be honest, you probably look pretty good in a Burberry trench coat. You’re the type of person who loves city life, but without all the hype. Your ideal day consists of the Tate Modern, a pleasant evening at a nice restaurant, and a hot cup of tea before bed. <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/what-ci<BR>ty-should-you-actually-live-in?bffb </link> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:48:03 EST Sochi (Olympics) Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605691 So a few years ago, when the Olympics were in Greece I turned to my sister and said "I'm looking for an excuse to learn to make Greek food. Lets make a bunch of things we have never made before and watch the Opening Ceremonies." <BR> <BR> Neither one of us has looked back. China was particularly adventurous. I had to look up where Sochi was - its in Southern Russia on the shores of the Black Sea. So for this year's Olympics dinner we're going with an Ottoman Empire theme. There is a lim... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:59:36 EST My New Year's Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571613 Ugh. I feel like *crap* from all the *crap* going into my body and a general lack of time. Sadly, my school is on a college campus so I have access to the fancy-pants gym *with* a pool, but have I had time to even darken its doors? No. <BR> <BR> I am a pathetic person. <BR> <BR> My New Year's Resolutions - 3 parts. <BR> 1) Get back to tracking food. That's how my whole weight loss process started. I can carve out a little time for that <BR> 2) Stairs at work. 1 flight but 5x at lunch ... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:54:13 EST I see Triathletes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544721 Professional development day at my school. The district has hired some consultants to come in and teach us about implementing Common Core. During the breakout session, it comes up that our facilitator used to be a competitive athlete but seriously injured himself. What sports? Started in ice hockey, but switched to tennis and injured himself on the court. Me: "Funny, I started doing triathlons last year and I would have sworn that you were a triathlete. You have that build..." Him (pa... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:49:29 EST Stretching Sausage - An Eggplant Pasta Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534505 More quick and easy eats. <BR> <BR> I love Italian Sausage, but I feel guilty when I eat it because its mucho calories. Turkey sausage is a second - good, but just not the same. My parents gave me the last of the the eggplant from their garden and I made this last night and it was soooo good.... <BR> <BR> 4 Italian sausage links broken up <BR> 4c eggplant 1/2" dice (I peeled, but not a necessary step if the peel doesnt bother you) <BR> 1 medium onion, chopped <BR> 1-2 cloves garlic (which... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 04:27:14 EST 30 minutes to dinner Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532570 So cold. So cold here in NY yesterday. I am so very tired. I fell asleep last night at 8:30, sadly, not the first or last time. There has not been a skotch of exercise in weeks. My body is complaining. The evil demon work is going exceedingly well, and I am looking forward to the 3 day weekend, but I thought I would post last night's recipe for those that are thinking that a pizza is the easiest way out of a busy night. <BR> <BR> 1 onion chopped <BR> 2 stalks celery, chopped <BR> 1-2 ga... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 05:03:42 EST Running Speed (Part 2 - Geek Edition) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505493 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l560321354.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Actually, as mentioned previously, I'm not running anywhere recently. Still, when I find my way back, I'll still be this slow. Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:09:32 EST Event Report - Fall Foliage Bike Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5498092 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144236159.jpg"> <BR> Shhh. Hey there. Wanna get the same buzz and camaraderie as a race without the competition? Sign up for a bike tour. This one went though scenic farm countryside. All paved roads, some hills but nothing too steep or terrible. Route was well marked (but be careful, this is not always the case!) and on roads that were so sparsely traveled the local DPW hadnt even bothered to stripe them. <BR> <BR> This was a charit... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:26:39 EST How I drove 2 hours to sweat like a pig, drink salt water and meet a Spark Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481009 Last year, my and Doglady's first year of Triathloning - I did West Point and she did Sandy Hook. We both had an amazing time at our respective events. This year we were going to attend each other's. She was laid low by foot problems for West Point, but I still made it to Sandy Hook. <BR> <BR> I stopped to pick up my race packet on Saturday and was also able to drop off the bike. My first opportunity every and a nice little detail. Then I continued onto my aunt's house, a shorter 1 hour ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:25:08 EST Violating the "Rules" of taper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478551 Taper period: a period of rest and preparation for a big race. Typically carb and rest filled. <BR> <BR> Before my last race, I did a slothy taper - in other words, I used taper as an excuse to sit on my butt all week. And eat bread. Performance was identical to the year before. This weekend's Triathlon with DOGLADY down in Sandy Hook NJ, I'm breaking all the rules. <BR> <BR> I ran for 5 miles on Tuesday - hadnt run in a while, so it was a stretch distance. Thursday I went for an ST cl... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 11:16:23 EST The Truth About Pork Sausage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475132 There is a breakfast at work and I am bringing this breakfast casserole thing I make. (Its kind of like quiche, but with chunks of bread on the bottom instead of a crust.) I decided to use a tube of bulk pork sausage I had hanging around in the freezer from a $0.25 coupon. <BR> <BR> Being the good Sparker, I fried the sausage in a dry pan and then drained it thoroughly on paper towel. Yeah, I nibbled a piece or two, but not a whole lot. I was getting ready to finish assembly when I decid... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:31:41 EST Plus and Minus of making a Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467167 A little background before I start. I am motivated by training for races. It's what keeps me going. Unfortunately, I'm not made of money. (You either?) Also, I have a young child and a husband who works 6 days per week. I'm lucky enough that there is an assortment of family members close by for childcare, but you dont want to get the reputation of someone who likes racing more than their own kid. <BR> <BR> So this spring when I was looking over the calendar and making my decisions, I... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 20:10:38 EST Minor victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466226 Today I learned 2 important lessons: <BR> <BR> 1) if I dont get out and do my exercise in the morning, it wont happen. I need to just do it. Later...its a mess. I did manage to get some steps in on a curb while child was playing on the driveway, but not anywhere near the 8miles that was on the schedule. <BR> <BR> 2) I can be happy with an unsweetened iced tea from the drive thru. DH and Child have a thing for Wendy's Frostys when we go down to his mother's for Sunday dinner. Normally ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 22:42:54 EST Race Report: West Point Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459075 All I have to say is "Squee!" This race is so fun and well organized. If you are anywhere in the vicinity, its an awesome good time. The grounds are pretty. The water was 75, so wetsuit legal this year - surprising, considering the spate of chilly weather we have had recently. We gave a good long applause to the parathletes who were also doing the race. <BR> <BR> I'm going to keep this post pretty short. If you want to read more about West Point Tri - I'm going to direct you to last ye... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 17:40:22 EST Epic Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452741 Sunday, I had an EPIC day. So wonderful. Just have to share. <BR> <BR> 1) Got up ON TIME and went for a 8mile run. Yes there were a few walking breaks and I wont be breaking any speed records anytime soon (82 minutes). But I was out there and comfortable. The glorious weather helped: Low 70s and sunshine. My hip pain was no-where to be found. I've been remembering to stretch at more regular intervals and I believe that helped. <BR> <BR> 2) After breakfast and fooling around with Chi... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:09:09 EST The Slipshod Triathlete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451643 Last year this time, I was in PEAK form. I had a plan for training and eating that I followed meticulously. I looked great, I felt great. The West Point Triathlon was exciting and fun. <BR> <BR> This year its been alot more "meh...." I've had other events in my sights (Hudson River Swim, a potential half marathon in Sept) that have somewhat distracted me from true triathlon training. However, when I look over last year's training calendar, I'm seeing much of what I'm doing. So essentia... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:52:44 EST Adventure Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449581 We got back from vacation on Monday night. Tuesday was the "festival of laundry" but Wednesday *the funk* settled in. Neither Child nor I were in much mood to do anything. Tues and Wed I had planned to rise early to get some exercise in before DH left for work. Instead, I slept late. Wed, I forced myself to do a Hulu Yoga video. It was too cool to go in the pool, we spent much of the day fingerpainting, climbing trees and watching Sesame Street/ Nick Jr. videos on the computer. <BR> <B... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 07:04:04 EST Running Speed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448072 This might be the motivation I need to get off my rear-end... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347086501.jpg"> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 20:49:11 EST Hudson River Swim - Event Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436254 *Other* people PAY $1.50 to cross the Hudson. I swam across! <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Low 80, light breeze, water was in the mid 70. Very pleasant. Child was in the hands of Grandparents and "Splash in" time was 11:50, so I hung around, had a nice breakfast and then drove 3 miles to the Newburgh Waterfront. <BR> <BR> Check in was busy but orderly. At Station 1, we checked in, at station 2, turned in any remaining donations, Station 3, turned in emergency co... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 13:38:30 EST Considering Crossfit...(input requested!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435075 Last week I decided to switch up my run a little bit by going down THAT road instead my normal road. It didnt add any distance or elevation to my routine so I didnt think much of it. But it just so happens that I ran right past a CrossFit facility that is 1/2 mile from my house. <BR> <BR> A few months ago, Runners World (I think, it might have been Outside) did an article about using CrossFit to prep for a half marathon. <BR> <BR> I've been doing some research online. Basically it comes ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:05:10 EST Swimming across the Hudson River http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431081 On Saturday. Its about a mile. Yesterday I finally put my money on the table. A few friends and family are fiscally supporting me, but unless you are in a kayak on the river, there's not going to be much to see. <BR> <BR> So if you dont hear from me on Sunday - you'll know where to start dredging. <BR> <BR> PS. This is a fundraiser for charity. <link>https://www.riverpool.org/ </link> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:43:15 EST I dont enjoy working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427979 I dont enjoy working out. <BR> <BR> I enjoy not being fat. I enjoy a life without the limitations that weight put on me. And while my workout will end in a little bit, my fat was with me all the time. I'll take the momentary discomfort over those limits. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:19:44 EST Sister of the Century http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425004 Regular readers know my sister. She gave me my Garmin, she was the official support squad for last year's triathlons and she continues to be one of my biggest "roosters" (they crow, so you dont have to). Example, we went biking on a local rail trail a few weeks ago and the last 2 miles of the return I decided we needed to really *pound it.* The goal was to get speed up to 15mph. I ended up passing a guy who we were chatting with at the other end of the trail. Apparently, he looked on in ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:54:35 EST 6 months - Checking in with your New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410304 6 months ago it was cold, snow on the ground (here in the North East) Perhaps you went to a big party, watched fireworks. And a great number of us made New Year's Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Since starting Spark last year (I've been on for 18 months) I've managed to lose a bunch of weight and keep it off. Its the second part that has been really astonishing to me. After all, I started working again which really cut into my workout time. I've maintained at the 153 mark (with normal weight fluc... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 06:30:15 EST I bruised my ego in the pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404220 Ow. ow. ow. <BR> <BR> One of the things that irks me is my endurance during the forward crawl, I usually end up doing back stroke during a portion of my swim. My next "race" is a swim across the Hudson River as a goal to address the weakness. <BR> <BR> The workout sounded so simple in the book. 10! laps - ! is factorial -that means 10x9x8x7x6... So early yesterday morning I hit the pool, its a big 25m pool. The goal is not speed, but endurance. The 1st set is out crawl, backstroke on th... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:32:55 EST picnic lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401202 Going to the park with Child today. Packed: <BR> 3 plums <BR> snack bag full of veggies <BR> PBJ (for him) <BR> Hummus and multigrain chips (for me) <BR> Juice for him <BR> Water for me <BR> <BR> I am feeling very virtuous. (It makes up for eating 3 slices of pizza last night) Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:24:19 EST I get by with a little help from my friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398943 And with a few apologies to the Beatles. <BR> <BR> Most of this blog is for me, but the part for y'all is here at the beginning: dont be afraid to ask for help. Most of your friends are helpful people. That's why they are your friends. If you want a running partner, help setting up a program, even moral support when you go into the cafeteria to make good decisions...your friends will be there for you. <BR> <BR> I work with some *very large* men: our security staff. When a situation gets... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:12:16 EST Race Report: Orange County Classic 10K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390572 The Orange County Classic 10K has been going on for years and years and years. So I always knew about it, race weekend was always big coverage in the local newspaper. So when I decided to do it this year, it was a victory for me. I had *never* imagined that I would be in good enough shape to enter this race. 6 miles for fatty me? Eek! <BR> <BR> This race has African guest runners. 'nuff said. <BR> <BR> Training was ...not good at best, spotty at worst. But I've gotten tired of compla... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:52:50 EST Seeking Biking Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374919 My job is a total of 3 miles from my house. Occasionally I have to carry things, but usually its just me an my lunch. I would really like to start biking. Does any Sparkers have advice on this: particularly not arriving at work as a sweaty mess? Do you bring clothes and change or just try to take it easy. Where do you park? How do you broach the topic with your boss, do I even need to? <BR> <BR> Thanks Biking Sparkers! Sat, 1 Jun 2013 19:25:10 EST A few thoughts from yesterday's trail run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369020 Yesterday I did the trail run at my MILs house. Its been a while, and I remembered having an epiphany last year on this exact trail. (Blog date is Aug 6th "Aliens have eaten my brain") I realized that running was coming easier. <BR> <BR> Now that was after a summer of running and working hard. Yesterdays run was not nearly as easy - so for curiosity I looked up my time for that "easy" run vs yesterday's harder run. <BR> <BR> Both times: 27 min. <BR> <BR> **blink-blink** <BR> <BR> I f... Mon, 27 May 2013 07:30:25 EST A fine day to bake some bacon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360909 Bacon??!? I can hear the teeming millions gasp. Bacon is verboten on this website. Its evil incarnate! Delicious, fatty, smokey bacon.... <BR> <BR> Bacon is definitely a "sometimes food" I only buy it 1-2x per year. And today was a perfect day to handle the prep. Its cool and dampish, great excuse for firing the oven. <BR> <BR> 1) on a rimmed baking sheet, put a cookie cooling rack. <BR> 2) lay out the bacon. Top with a second cooling rack. <BR> 3) In a cold oven, bake the bacon. 3... Sun, 19 May 2013 09:34:07 EST Race Report: Spring Dual Against CF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351408 Once upon a time there was a little boy named Eammon who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Its a genetic disorder where your lung goo is extra thick and you are basically strangling on snot your entire life. <BR> <BR> You have a mother who loves you, because hey, who wouldnt, and because she's frustrated with your disease she decided to hold a fundraiser for CF research. Only she doesnt have a raffle or a charity ball or even a 5K. No. Eammon's mother is a Type A Overachiever. (I like her ... Thu, 9 May 2013 21:15:30 EST Run slow, run long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350288 I've had something of a setback recently. Back in Feb. I developed a cough that wouldn't quit. I coughed so hard I strained a rib. I was in so much pain one night I almost took myself to the hospital. Through trial and error, I've learned that I can control the cough with antihistamine (allegra is my preferred tipple), which means it must be allergy. With that, some horse strength muscle relaxers and pain pills, I'm hopeful that I can start to heal... well at least until recently when I... Wed, 8 May 2013 20:50:28 EST The accidental vegetarian http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344765 Actually I had what I call a "Meat As Condiment" day: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Beans, egg and toast (no butter) <BR> This is why I cant be a true vegetarian: I always use a bit of pork for flavoring my beans. In this case it was ONE Italian sausage for an entire pot (2 cans) of beans - roughly 8 servings. <BR> <BR> Lunch: Rice & beans, salad, green beans from the lunch lady (fresh, in a butter sauce), an orange. <BR> <BR> Snack: PBJ on wheat <BR> <BR> Dinner: Eggplant Parm, salad and a mango... Fri, 3 May 2013 21:23:01 EST Somedays you need a smile. A genuine smile. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334599 <link>cheezburger.com/tag/Restoring-Faith-<BR>in-Humanity-Week </link> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:04:04 EST Not ready - doing it anyway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329443 In one week (exactly) I will be participating in my 4th endurance event. For the first time, I really am worried that my lack of training will overcome my will. <BR> <BR> Fridays are supposed to be Brick days: Bike then run. I was so tired that instead I sat on a chair and drank water while I chatted with my father and sister. (They had cocktails and I couldnt even manage that) We had a bit of a walk about the yard surveying the garden, but I was so bloody tired because of work and the-mi... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 08:51:15 EST Awesome quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317135 There are a million reasons why you can't. Focus on the few reasons why you can. <BR> <BR> Kara Goucher <BR> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 12:24:21 EST Water, water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308073 I had a 2 pt spin this morning so a quick bloggy-poo to get me over the hump to a bonus spin. I'm a sucker for that bonus wheel...but anyway. <BR> <BR> My school services the emotionally disabled. Some of them are not very clean. One day, about my 2nd week, the head of security discretely pulled me aside after seeing me drink from one of the public water fountains and strongly encouraged me not to use that as my daily water source. <BR> <BR> "Most of us have a bottle that we refill for... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:16:56 EST Runner's World Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5300592 You don't love running when you first start because it hurts. Your legs hurt, your lungs hurt. But once you make the decision and start to move forward, you become a different person. It's not about having to hit your goal weight to start feeling good again. <BR> <BR> Ben Davis, Founder of bendoeslife.com <BR> <BR> (Just a few words of wisdom for those of you considering running programs!) <BR> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:10:49 EST Golum Runs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296610 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012435205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I'll stop posting these running jokes when they stop being funny.) Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:14:19 EST Rethinking Treat Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290312 "Psst. Has it been a rough day? Kiddos or DH getting under your skin? Finances stretched and the car making a funny noise? <BR> <BR> "You deserve a treat. Come on! Have a cookie....or 8...maybe some icecream?" <BR> <BR> How many times in my pre-SP days have I heard that? For a while it seemed like my car automatically went through the McD drive thru for a 3pack of cookies. I noshed on a bakery donut while I did my food shopping. Ate icecream because DH was having some and it sounded... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 21:00:51 EST Making Insomnia work FOR you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284807 Woke up ~45 min before I needed to. Choices: <BR> 1) Try to go back to sleep...then I'll be all groggy and weird. <BR> 2) Go fart around on computer....guilt. I didnt exercise yesterday and I had been thinking about adjusting my sched for AM exercise. Clearly this was the morning to try it out. <BR> <BR> Went for a nice 20 min walk with interspersed periods of running. The point was to just get out, not have a full blown sweat session. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good. Will report back later... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:19:39 EST Alarm Clock for Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277929 Too bad I have a dumb phone that wont do this for me...(but still, this may be the incentive I need to start exercising in the mornings) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703030676.jpg"> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:21:31 EST In which I learn a thing or 2 about convenience foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267664 They are not always more convenient. <BR> <BR> The origional plan for dinner this evening was a pot of soup - either pasta fagiole or Chicken Alphabet Noodle. Possibly a ham chowder. In a fit of industriousness I had even pre-chopped the vegetables. <BR> <BR> While at the grocery store, I decided the soup idea was going to be too much work. I picked up some premade chicken sliders and frozen sweet potato fries (and tater tots too. Hey, I have a 6 year old. Dont judge me.) We needed a ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:52:16 EST Update: not working for "free" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266482 FYI for those of you that care: <BR> This is an update to my 2/12 blog about working for "free" <BR> <BR> They decided to pay me! (I think they were just seeing if they could get away with it.) I had to fill out the paperwork for back pay today, so it may still be a bit before I can collect the money. Everyone in the building: Union, colleagues, principal were relieved that the situation is resolved. <BR> <BR> Through the situation I was a *professional.* We had a week break for Preside... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:02:43 EST The Pancake Problem (and solution!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261885 I love pancakes. My family loves pancakes. Pancakes are a great Sunday breakfast item. <BR> <BR> I've worked out a fairly lowfat/ high fiber recipe that the entire family eats with no complaints.... <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I was having a personal problem because I was always overloading my calories and was hungry again 2-3 hours later. It was a protein problem (once I started tracking my macronutrients, I started understanding my patterns alot more.) Now I'm not going to make 2 breakfa... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 09:22:04 EST Would you work for "free"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248162 Not food or fitness related. Any seeking that content are advised to move along. <BR> *** <BR> I am a trained certified experienced teacher. I have been unable to find a job for 2 years. During this time I have battled depression, anxiety and feelings of low self-worth. <BR> <BR> I took my current position as a teacher's aide because it will allow me to stay in the education field, doing what I love, even if its not at the ideal location or the ideal job within that field. When I was off... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:41:37 EST Its been rough winter so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244728 Lesson. If Ihadstarted my weightloss journey this year instead of last, I dont think I would have made it. Last year was the winter that wasn't. Mild temperatures meant I could get outside most days. While I'm thrilled to be working and productive member of society, the scheduling challenges mean I am definetly loosing fitness. <BR> <BR> And its making me CRAZY. <BR> <BR> I remember taking one day and just hiking for 3 hours. (Of course, now I cant find the blog posting) I was able to ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 06:43:18 EST A must for every romantic out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234930 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=aTLySbGoMX0 </link> Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:16:40 EST