PURPLESPEDCOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PURPLESPEDCOW PURPLESPEDCOW'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/ Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158373 Time for a reality check with myself. I am fat. I am overweight. This is my reality. I need to decide what I want to do about that. <BR> Fact: I have been on Spark for SIX years and have not really lost any weight. Oh I would lose a pound or two and then gain it back again. <BR> Fact: I have diabetes and am on insulin which can make it hard to lose weight. <BR> Fact: I often feel that I have no control over this weight issue. <BR> Fact: I am leader on some teams but I am not active on... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:18:45 EST Working with the Nurse Practitioner- or Having a Nurse Practitioner work with you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136455 I saw my nurse practitioner today. I really like her. I have been having problems controlling my blood sugar level for months. We talked about some plans that I could do to help. First plan, increase my long acting insulin at night and not doing anything with my fast acting insulin. I explained my yesterday eating, numbers, and actions. Basically after lunch my blood sugar was at 243 so I did something I never do, I took 10 units instead of my prescribed 5 because I needed it down and d... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:20:04 EST Husband Grrrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117019 Yesterday we went to the zoo with the three kids. Yes it was expensive but I paid for it out of the money I earn babysitting. Hubby did not have a good time. Part of it might have been the cost and part of it is the four year old going on teenager! GS is at a hard age to deal with right now. He will pout and whine when told to do something (which his mom and I are in agreement on how to deal with it). He isn't always pleasant to be around. I get that. He is four and trying to figure o... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:56:19 EST Sending prayers to an unknown family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080365 When I arrived at my gym last night, an emergency vehicle was pulling up. I wasn't worried, last time it was due to someone injuring a shoulder during a work out. Tonight was different. I walked towards the treadmills and noticed four emergency workers (fire men I think) around a man on the floor. I walked to the other set of treadmills and saw that they were performing CPR! Two other crews of EMTs came in and after 20 minutes they got him loaded onto a gurney, still performing CPR, and ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:37:13 EST Frustrated and Worried Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048914 Husband had a doctor's appointment today and due to some findings at that visit, he is not allowed to return to work for at least <BR> week. Due to boss's harassment, my husband's blood pressure was 188/78. A letter was faxed to the HR department and there is nothing the boss can do about it! As far as we are concerned, husband is now retired. If the boss tries anything about Dec. 28, 29, 30 vacation days, husband is going to resign due to a hostile work environment. Husband has documen... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:15:07 EST Frustrated and Worried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048443 This week is my husband's last week of work. He gave notice two weeks ago and since then his boss has made his life a living h$#@. Husband's job is handling hazardous waste and worker's safety around hazardous materials. Boss wanted husband to find a consult company to write up EPA reports and has added other tasks on a daily basis. Husband found a company to interview for the EPA reports and boss canceled the interview. Yesterday, husband was told that if all the tasks weren't done by ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:15:54 EST Christmas Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044831 What I want for Christmas this year is one thing: respect for others. So many of the problems in today's society would be solved if everyone showed true respect for the other people they come in contact with. Respect for different religions, respect for different races, respect for different opinions, respect for authority, respect for the cashiers who are only doing their jobs, respect for people who work under you, respect for yourself. <BR> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:54:22 EST I am back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028790 It has been a rough end to October and beginning to November! <BR> Up date on the car: DH did win the bid on the company car which he will pick up on Tuesday. The credit union will send the check overnight and then we will pay for the tags and taxes. <BR> My computer allowed me to back up files and then quit. My SIL worked on it, but the recovery discs were corrupted and he has worked on it for a week. Today I bought a new laptop and am moving on. Will spend this evening reloading progra... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:11:43 EST This Grandma is too old for jumping over houses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019511 Took the grands to the mall today. Our mall has a small play area with things to climb on - a car, a boat, a caterpillar, and a house. The house is about 2 1/2 feet high with walls to climb up on and stairs that lead to the slide. It is is all built for the under 5 year old group. My 20 month old lost her footing on the stairs and fell onto her back. I ran over and went over the wall to get to her. First time she has ever fallen like that. She wanted to be held for a while and then she... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:26:55 EST Blessing from a neighbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998702 I arrived home on Monday to find this on my front step (minus the doll): <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6df18e4f-bd1c-4e5d-b60c-5a1081ef8e7d.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b9e5f12-078f-4db0-8f2f-70b91ce3c330.JPG"> <BR> I thought I knew who left it, but couldn't catch up with my neighbor. Today I finally did and found out that her grandfather made it for her over 50 years ago. She has kept it until she decided that it needed to be used and... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:03:23 EST You Make an Impression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995694 I shop Pandora charms a lot! Several times I have had the same young lady help me, and she has asked me before where she knows me from other than the store. Tonight she asked if I ever taught at Boston Elementary. I said yes I had. Well, it turns out she had been a student there and knew me from around the school. While I never had her as a student, I most likely did some special ed. inclusion in one of her classes. She definitely knew me from the playground because her kindergarten tea... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:52:49 EST Grandparent question - update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965087 I just heard that my 5 year old granddaughter thinks that I love her 18 month old cousin more than her. It isn't true, but how can I show her this? <BR> One of the problems might be that I am the one who cares for the 18 month old during the week. <BR> This Friday, I am picking the 5 year old up from her daycare early, getting the other two around 5. They are all spending the night and then we are all going to Chattanooga on Saturday. <BR> I am open to any suggestions to help her unders... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:56:25 EST Reset the diet (lifestyle) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963669 I admit that after 20 years of being diabetic, I have gotten sloppy on my eating. Today I saw my doctor and she wants me to carb count. My carb counting has consisted of trying to avoid them most of the day. She gave me some updated information and I am going to go back to the basics - weighing, measuring, and tracking. I will use the food tracker on Spark and then before I see her again in January, print off random days to show her what I am doing. I hope this jump starts my weight loss... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:51:27 EST Feeling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955986 No matter how old your children get, when they argue it hurts. Yesterday two of mine got into it over the use of the word "female" when talking about people. DD was saying it was insulting to all women because that is the term used for research while DS was asking what term should be used and was told "women". Then, when DS picked up his niece to play with, and she was laughing and saying put me down, he said how do you ask? and DD said she shouldn't have to ask as it is her body, and was... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:15:22 EST What Does a Grandma Do without the Grandkids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935735 I have a day without grandchildren today so I went shopping. I bought new area rugs for the hall <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a810e8-f08d-4e04-b85c-57f6ca16b935.JPG"> <BR> both look the same. I really like them. <BR> Then I saw rugs for the playroom: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abedbbba-98f4-4ad5-90cc-9426005b73be.JPG"> <BR> The five year old is learning to play hop scotch. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b9a1b4-c9... Thu, 28 May 2015 13:27:33 EST Happy Birthday, Maggie revised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912738 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933530680.jpg"> <BR> April 17, 2010 <BR> <BR> 5 years ago we welcomed our first grandchild into the world and we blinked and she is almost in kindergarten! We are so blessed that she now lives near us and we can see her often. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762444177.jpg"> <BR> She has grown so fast and keeps us on our toes. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:23:08 EST DGD2's 1st Birthday!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871472 We celebrated my granddaughter's 1st birthday today. Her official birthday is on Tuesday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676873156.jpg"> <BR> First the young guests helped her open presents. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017346437.jpg"> <BR> I love her shirt! This is the basket I got her for her stuffed animals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705755540.jpg"> <BR> She loved her princess balloon. <BR... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:03:30 EST Written on my Sparkpage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838993 <BR> 2015 <BR> <BR> I am putting my goals here where they are seen every time I come to my page. <BR> 1. no eating after 8 PM. <BR> 2. track everything eaten, no exception. <BR> 3. walk daily. <BR> 4. gym workout 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> It is time to get serious and stop denying the problem which is my relationship with food. <BR> It all begins tonight, no putting off until tomorrow any more! <BR> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:20:02 EST History of the Poem on my previous blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837594 During the desperate days of the Battle of Britain, hundreds of Americans crossed the border into Canada to enlist with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Knowingly breaking the law, but with the tacit approval of the then still officially neutral United States Government, they volunteered to fight the Nazis. <BR> <BR> John Gillespie Magee, Jr., was one such American. Born in Shanghai, China, in 1922 to an English mother and a Scotch-Irish-American father, Magee was 18 years old when he entered f... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:26:10 EST For my Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837564 In honor of my Dad - I miss you, Daddy. (1922 - 2008) <BR> <BR> High Flight <BR> <BR> Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth <BR> And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; <BR> Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth <BR> Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things <BR> You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung <BR> High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, <BR> I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung <BR> My eager craft through footless ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:53:23 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660674373.jpg"> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:37:42 EST Just Had to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769227 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1846060301.jpg"> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:11:58 EST Some Fun Pictures of my Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764459 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729868738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> watching the otters play <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140989823.jpg"> <BR> He loves this stream that is outside the aquarium. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104229343.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that she can sit up by herself, she is able to be involved at the children's museum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110619103.jpg">... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:22:33 EST Something I Need to Read Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108477919.jpg"> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:42:24 EST Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758293 I find myself sitting here watching GD2 jumping in her jumperoo while GS is napping upstairs. GD1 will be here in a couple of weeks. I should be jumping over the moon for joy. I retired and one reason was to be able to take care of them and I am not missing teaching at all. <BR> So, why am I sitting here with tears in my eyes while not liking myself at all. I don't like the way I look. I don't like my blood sugar numbers. I don't know how to eat, what to eat, how to exercise, what is w... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:17:13 EST My New Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756453 It is midnight blue with more features than I can count. I will have to read the manual on this one! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1788012688.jpg"> <BR> automatic doors and a sunroof! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498647070.jpg"> <BR> I now have room for 3 car seats and 2 extra people. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720381250.jpg"> <BR> leather seats and the front seats are heated. 3 different temperature zones Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:12:47 EST Have my challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720686 I have said for years that I want to inventory all the antiques that my husband and I inherited so that my children know what each item is and why it is important to the family. My dad did this so I am lucky that I have something to go with. However, when my sister and I went through his house after he died we had trouble finding some items because he did the inventory by category. I am going to do mine by room because I do not think I will be moving anything any time soon. This way, when... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:15:45 EST I need a challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720168 I have decided that I can't sit here on the days that I don't have the grands. I no longer need to make schedules or stuff for the new school year, so I think I need to make a challenge for myself for the next two months. So now what will be my challenge? I know it should be weight loss or exercise but I have lost motivation for those right now, which is the reason for the challenge. I have a reward if I meet the challenge. My plan is to post every day about my challenge. So I am turni... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:30:19 EST This is my new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714151746.jpg"> <BR> sweet little girl <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012828724.jpg"> <BR> grandson being silly <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606603847.jpg"> <BR> coloring the afternoon away <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017049780.jpg"> <BR> holding her head up and rolling over now <BR> <BR> My life is wonderful. Still trying to figure out ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:18:47 EST What is Happening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707015 I have one day left of work. I retire next week. I always thought I would jumping for joy at this point - no more paperwork, no more lesson plans, no more meetings, no more being hit or hurt by students, no more parents who don't seem to appreciate what I did. <BR> I am so happy that I get to spend time with my grands on a daily basis. I will have a relationship with them that my parents never had with my kids. I will be in their lives and they will be in mine. I am planning things to do... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:22 EST Starting Over for the New Phase of my Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701676 May 23, 2014 <BR> Once again, I start again. I have lost count of how many do-overs this makes. Maybe this time it will make a difference! I have my physical in a month and it won't be pretty if I don't get my act together. So, looking into ways to lose the weight and to increase the exercise....comes down to stop eating so much! DH was told today he will have to follow a low fat diet, so that means I will as well. I also want to cut back on my carbs. I am going to set my trackers up t... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:53:02 EST Retirement Gift from my School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743482689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This will get lots of use next year with my grandbabies! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:08:27 EST An unexpected day with a doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659555 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260698840.jpg"> <BR> first - check the baby's temperature <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759818688.jpg"> <BR> then, look at her eyes <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810139663.jpg"> <BR> don't forget to listen to her breathe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1986425479.jpg"> <BR> have to give her medicine <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:14:08 EST Making up Snow Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645534 My county finally came out with how the county will make up the snow days: <BR> students are forgiven all days, <BR> certified employees (me) will add June 3 and 4 to our year (they were furlough days, so furlough days were switched) plus 40 hours of flex time! So my last work day is June 4 - the day before my birthday. At least we have all of March, April, and May to make up the flex hours. <BR> paraprofessionals will have to work on May 30th and June 2nd and have 15 flex hours to document. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:56:18 EST A Day with DGS with pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637242 My DH and I took our DGS up to Chattanooga to visit the aquarium and the creative children's museum. We all had a blast all day long. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157590877.jpg"> <BR> first thing we got to do was pet a corn snake. I didn't realize how soft snakes are. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2018289669.jpg"> <BR> He loved watching the fish. We only got through one of the buildings today. Took 2.5 hours going at DGS's pace. <BR> ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 22:16:12 EST Winter Storm February 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1168566445.jpg"> <BR> Round one gave us at least 1/4" of sleet Tuesday night. Luckily, my DD and new DGD had been discharged from the hospital before this hit. As you can see, it was on the roads and sidewalks as well as the ground. I am glad that we had sleet and not the freezing rain other places got because we kept power. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1508405917.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of my backya... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:13:54 EST A Blessing Before the Storms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l218769498.jpg"> <BR> <BR> meet my new little granddaughter. She was born yesterday at 1:39 PM. Weight: 7 lbs 12 oz <BR> length: 18.5" <BR> Once she decided she was ready, she came very quickly. I am very glad that she decided Monday was the best day to be born because the state is ready for very bad storms tonight and tomorrow. <BR> Family is now home and resting. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:21:43 EST Georgia Had Snow Today - and What a Mess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145263197.jpg"> <BR> my front yard at 3:30, now you can't see anything but snow! <BR> Georgia is under a state of emergency! We had snow today that came in fast and heavy. Schools closed at noon in several metro counties and transportation was a nightmare. My little ones all made it home safe. It took me 2 and half hours to get home (normal time 30 minutes). Some students were not picked up or buses had to return to schools. My county ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 21:16:21 EST Just Called Me Confused! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604716 The state employees in Georgia are all covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield HRA health insurance now. What fun it has been to learn about how an HRA works and earning extra money for your account through wellness incentives. <BR> I thought I was doing well in starting to learn about things at the beginning of the month. Under United Healthcare, I had a co-insurance waiver program that paid for most of my supplies and medications for my diabetes. Being on insulin, that saves big bucks! So I c... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:15:27 EST Totally Frustrated with Doctor's office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601474 I saw my doctor's nurse practioner on the 8th. Got all my prescriptions written because as of the 1st I have new insurance. sent all prescriptions into the mail order service we are supposed to use, which I have used before without any problems. well since they got my prescriptions, I have had to deal with three problems. First my prescription for my syringes was written incorrectly. Dealt with that easily because I had ordered from there before. By the time I got home, there was anothe... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:06:35 EST New Baby is Going to Be Here in a Few Weeks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600516 DD1 had a shower yesterday for her expected daughter. Her friends were so sweet to throw her a shower since it is her second child. She got tons of clothes for her little girl. However, her MIL and I noticed no onesies or sleepers in newborn or 0-3 months sizes. So when I told DD1 to let me know what she still needed those were the sizes she had little to nothing in. MIL and I got together (love texting) and I went out today since it was a day off and headed to my favorite consignment sh... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:52:58 EST Spark Solution is ranked by US News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586151 For the first time Spark Solution was added to the diets US News ranks. Just thought I would pass on the link. PS. Spark was ranked at 13th out of 28 different diets. <BR> <link>health.yahoo.net/articles/nutrition/<BR>us-news-ranks-best-diets-weight-loss-h<BR>ealthy-eating-and-more </link> <BR> This what was said about Spark - "Follow the Spark Solution, and there’s a good chance you’ll shed pounds. The plan emphasizes a winning weight-loss combination of exercise and healthy, reduced-c... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 21:11:45 EST Another Thing the Diabetics Must Watch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559180 First some background: <BR> In October, my doctor took me off my long time medication for my restless legs and put me on Requip. Okay, worth a try. I had been on the other meds for years and taking one medication over two is cheaper. So I spent the next month weaning off of one medication and onto Requip. That was finished the beginning of November. And then I noticed that every afternoon, my legs would jerk and twitch. Then the pain started. Add in muscle cramps at night. I also was ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:13:57 EST Things a Special Ed. Teacher is Called on to do...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546355 After a long day of children not listening or following directions (more so than usual), I finally take my 2nd loaders down to wait for the bus. I have four kiddos with me. We are sitting and waiting very nicely when my KK student, jumps up and starts pointing down the hall and crying. He is nonverbal, so I start doing my "20 questions". He is insisting that we go back to the room. My room is in the front wing and we are in the back hall waiting. He is pulling me and trying to get me to... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:33:41 EST Have a Decision to Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539580 Background: <BR> 1) I have little to no cartilage in my feet which causes my toes to go in weird positions at times that was painful and hard to return to normal. This can happen at different times of the day, but is worse when walking or jumping. <BR> 2) The lack of cartilage also affects the top of my left foot which results in pain and burning. <BR> 3) I have restless legs syndrome which is uncontrollable movements occupied with pain, itching, burning and the need to move or walk. This c... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:42:20 EST I Am Disgusted...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528479 ...with myself. So weighing myself once a month is NOT going to work because I put on 4 pounds this month! So new plan time. <BR> Need to turn unhealthy habits into healthy ones. <BR> First up: no more snacking at night. That's it. One snack leads to a major binge so I have to stop with dinner. <BR> Next up: using Netflix to do strength training. I hope there are some videos on there to use. If not I will find a few DVD's to use and either way will buy hand weights to use at home. <BR... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:42:53 EST An Interesting Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527779 It was a wonderful day in my neighborhood today. My para had to leave to take care of a family emergency around 8:30 this morning. So there I was with 7 little kiddos to take care of and keep busy while being productive. This is because I teach students with autism and routine is very important. At first we thought she would be gone a couple of hours, so no problem I thought, and told the office not to worry about a sub for a couple of hours. So we did what work we could and I kept every... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:27:51 EST A Wonderful Day with DGS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524645 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280864855.jpg"> <BR> riding my foot powered bike <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1947494536.jpg"> <BR> clean out the pumpkin <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622717127.jpg"> <BR> finished product <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1103980720.jpg"> <BR> played with Mai Mai's Thomas train (I love Thomas) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 13:26:24 EST Way to do Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513431 I won a raffle basket at our fall festival on Friday night. It is a sports basket and I am using the items as Christmas gifts for my sons-in-law and my DS. The basket contained a tailgate table, a gift card to Dicks Sporting Goods, a Falcons hoodie, koozie, hat, football magnets, Braves hats (4), Braves, tee shirt, travel mugs (2), two pairs of flip flops, and two tomahawks. I have divided it all up and think it is good. Everything new so I am thinking I made a very good investment of 20 ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:46:27 EST Test Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503665 got my lab results today. <BR> cholesterol is good at 180 <BR> HDL is good at 49 <BR> LDL is good at 89 <BR> Triglycerides need work at 210 <BR> A1C is 6.4 <BR> Potassium is high and I am to stop any supplement with potassium and have it rechecked in two weeks. <BR> So right now, my multivitamin is out because of the potassium. Back to eating Cheerios for breakfast. <BR> More exercise is in order. Hello Wii! <BR> also track blood sugar and call in the numbers in two weeks. My fasting blo... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 16:28:31 EST