SJACK06S's SparkPeople Blog SJACK06S's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Death by Clumsiness We had a majorly expensive tragedy at my house Friday night that may have resulted in a $1100 computer death. I spilled a glass of water on the keyboard of my beautiful, less than 2 years old MacBook Pro. He's now sitting in a rice bath. I am praying it will turn on. If not, we're going to Simply Mac Monday after work. At best, we're talking hundreds in repair and at worst a new $1100 'puter (I just can't fathom going back to PC). Either way, my savings account is going to be lower than it's ... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:06:30 EST On track I slipped today, but I caught myself! After school and Girls on the Run, I had to run to DG (smoke detector battery decided to die IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT). I looked at the Little Debbie treats. Kept moving. I ended up with a bag of fun size 3 Musketeers. That's not a bad choice for a chocolate fix. <BR> <BR> I ate 3 on the way home. That's, you know, 2 minutes at most BUT. I tracked them on MyFitnessPal and I've stayed away since. No downward spiral! AND it's PMS week! That ri... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:17:15 EST Broken Record Broken record here: last week did not go as well as I had hoped. BUT. Today I feel on track. I am going to conquer this week! <BR> <BR> The workout problem has been fixed: Girls on the Run. I'm frustrated that I can't run like I used to so I don't want to do it. But, I didn't lose my running mojo overnight and I'm not going to get it back overnight. The Girls on the Run 5k is November 8. I'll be training for it right along with the girls. I want to be able to just run 3 miles witho... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:29:35 EST Internet. I have internet. At home. Over Labor Day weekend, I moved. I went from the city to the tiny little farming town I work in. I now have a 3 minute commute. Heaven. It's heaven, I tell you. However, it took little local internet company nearly a month to come set up my internet. My cell phone bill is going to be astronomical. <BR> <BR> I use MyFitnessPal to track my food intake, FitBit to track my activity, and SparkPeople to track a little bit of everything. With 2 out of 3 of those o... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:07:10 EST I'll start NOW! I'll track and be mindful when school is out. <BR> <BR> I'll track and be mindful when I get home from Texas. <BR> <BR> I'll track and be mindful after camp is over. <BR> <BR> I work 5 days this week and have VBS?! I'll start next week. <BR> <BR> It's Wednesday already. Seriously. I'll start next week. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've had no direction and no structure in my life this summer. I have my summer serving job at night, but without tutoring I have no structure to my days. I'm go... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 23:53:23 EST Nope Last week was a Nope week. Nope, I didn't workout. Nope, I didn't track what I ate. Nope, I didn't stop putting junk food into my pie hole. <BR> <BR> This week is going to be a Yep week. Yep, I did get up at 4:30 and workout this morning. Yep, I did track my food. Yep, I didn't eat anything after dinner. <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yep, I did fully partake in all of the teacher appreciation goodies in the lounge. <BR> <BR> Only time will tell. Mon, 5 May 2014 20:29:32 EST Back in my routine I've had to work 2 days in a row. I'm throwing in the towel; I'm worn out. After 1- and 2-day work weeks for the past month, I'm not sure I can handle real work! On the plus side, my routine is BACK! I thrive on routine. My OCD side wants a predictable schedule. I've done much better eating-wise this week (after a ridiculous last week). I haven't been perfect, but I've made progress. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about Visalus shakes. Does anyone have any experience with them? They... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:31:35 EST Girl Scouts. Why. Today will be known as the Great Girl Scout Cookie Mishap. There are still some left. Not many, but some. The fortunate souls who survived my prep time are now safely tucked into the back of the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind. <BR> <BR> After an amazing weekend, I was all revved up for an amazing week. And then a sweet, innocent, little Girl Scout in my class walks in with the aforementioned cookies. And I have two more boxes coming from another budding entrepreneur. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:22:11 EST My Self-Inflicted Challenges It's amazing what I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. Sometimes my ultra-stubborn personality pays off. After a dismal week, I had an amazing weekend. I stayed on plan, tracked everything I ate, worked out hard, and stayed out of the kitchen. Now, as for why I can do that when I am home all day and not when I am at work 3/4 of the day is beyond me. <BR> <BR> I went grocery shopping while hungry today. Always a bad idea. I ended up bringing home chips (my #1 trigger food) and ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:24:49 EST Do Over Being a second grade teacher, I am well versed in the rules of do overs: <BR> 1. Things are not going your way <BR> 2. You have a [not so] valid argument that persuades your opponent <BR> 3. The louder person gets their do over granted <BR> <BR> <BR> I called a do over on myself. I have not been focused or motivated this fall. I love exercising, so I move a lot (especially while coaching - 2 workouts every Monday and Wednesday). But I wasn't monitoring, tracking, or bei... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:28:00 EST Back to the beginning! The beginning of school is always rough. My whole routine is thrown for a loop (as in, I have to go to bed before 3 AM and get up before noon... and you know, WORK). I thrive on routine so it always takes me time to adjust when I go from freedom to work (and work to freedom). I have a wonderful class this year that won't. ever. stop. talking. ever. I've given up on my fight and decided to research ways to harness their unusually strong vocal skills. <BR> <BR> Overall, I'm happy with my h... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 20:49:56 EST A new challenge starts in the morning. Last week didn't exactly go as planned, but it wasn't a total washout. I spent the week at my boyfriend's (5 hours from me - he just started grad school). I had high hopes of tracking and working out everyday. 50% of that happened. I started tracking at the beginning of the week, but that slowly faded out by Wednesday. I still ate pretty good, but most likely I went over my points allowance those days. I did go for a run or a long walk everyday, though. <BR> <BR> But it all starts over... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 22:00:33 EST Jinx! I'm afraid to write this down out of fear that I'm going to jinx myself, but this could be one of my best weeks yet! <BR> <BR> I have absolutely no cravings. I actually had to force myself to eat a snack last night because I was under 26 points for the day and find myself in the same situation tonight. My meals have been balanced and fulfilling. As I type, my belly is full of zucchini, squash, and eggplant casserole. I'm trying new things and mixing in my old favorites (French toast, any... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:03:04 EST Being a maid of honor is exhausting. And hazardous to my health. I've had a couple of "don't care" weeks with very little portion control or tracking and a lot of mindless eating and thoughtless decisions. My sister was home from Texas and won't be home again until her wedding in October. This last week was a whirlwind of wedding planning and maid-of-honor duties (which included buying her a new pair of shoes when she threw hers out the car window going 60 MPH down a rural highway). We ate out a lot as we were all over the eastern part of the state. <BR... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:24:55 EST Eating too little?? My weight has stalled again (see: January through March). I've continued strength training sessions with a trainer three days a week and I've lost 2 inches since I measured on June 16 (note to self: measure and record it all again). Gaining muscle is better than fat loss and it will all even out, but it's not helping with Weight Watchers and my ultimate goal of attending for free :) <BR> <BR> I'm actually concerned that I'm eating too little. I consistently earn 8-12 activity points wit... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:22:59 EST Bugs, spiders, mice, and kids. Last week I was a counselor at a camp for kids from low income families. Kids are referred by their teachers to attend this camp. There is no charge to families; it is ran entirely on donations, grants, and volunteers. I've been a counselor for 7 years and I always have as much fun as the kids! <BR> <BR> We returned to an old campground that we used to use this year. I refused to step foot on this campground and now I remember why. We had no hot water for the first 3 days. The cabins w... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 23:08:58 EST Week 1: Small Successes I am fairly proud of myself for this past week. I went downhill as the week went on, but overall, I did really good with snacking. I was worried about how being home all day would go. I wasn't perfect. There were things I didn't track and meals I didn't measure. But I never let myself get out of control. I want to do even better this week. I seem to set habits quickly but take forever to break them. If I don't set the precedence that summer is for snacking and take out, I know it wil... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:08:01 EST New Challenge: Accepted. Being out of school for the summer is a new challenge for me. Last summer I had high hopes for myself and didn't quite follow through. I lost less than 5 pounds the entire summer. There is no excuse for that! <BR> <BR> I get tons of exercise. I am a very active person. I hate sitting still! Between working as a waitress, gardening, running/gym, and deep cleaning the entire apartment from top to bottom, front to back, I will get plenty of activity in this summer. <BR> <BR> I fall apa... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:09:03 EST A Wintry Spring Day in March I have been in a major rut lately. And by lately, I mean for the past 3 months. I have not yet lost a single pound in 2013. That is not a good start to the year! I have been bouncing between 144 and 146 for 3, three, THREE months. I'm getting frustrated and at times, just think "Why bother?!" <BR> <BR> I'm also not tracking like I should be and I'm not managing my snacking like I should be. I know the problem is me. I'm going to blame the weather anyway. Winter has drug on for way to... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:17:36 EST Good Choices I am on board this week! I had a big drop at Weight Watchers last Thursday and it carried me through a successful weekend. My weekends are usually awful. That's the only time I see my boyfriend so food and activity goals are thrown to the wayside. I made some conscious good decisions this week while enjoying his company. I've kept my hands busy (Mario Kart, anyone?) instead of filling them with things to put in my mouth. Some of my proudest moments from the weekend: <BR> <BR> Friday ni... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 20:03:43 EST Week in Review My weight bounced back up this week after falling for 3 weeks in a row. I'm not too frustrated because i've come to realize that these fluctuations happen. Last week I was wearing a T-shirt and spandex running pants at my weigh in... This week work clothes (khakis and sweater). I didn't have a great week, but I know that had something to do with it. <BR> <BR> As far as work, I had a great first week back with my kids. I'm not sure who was reading with them over break, but they did a bett... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:11:46 EST 13 for '13 When I go back to school, my kids first writing assignment will be to write about 13 goals they have for 2013. After discussing how to set a good goal, they will list goals they have for school, home, hobbies, and behavior. I've decided to embark upon this same task for myself. It sets me up for a successful year and allows me to have a model to show my kids (Weight Watchers and Spark both emphasize the importance of developing allies...who better than 16 very honest 8-year-olds?!). <BR> ... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 01:19:36 EST My behavior chart Weight Watchers has revamped its weekly meetings. They now have a monthly theme and a habit to work on each week. Being OCD, themes thrill me. This past week was about snacking. This is my weakest area. I really think my first goal needs to address mindless snacking during my preps and after school. I procrastinate by snacking. Just setting a goal doesn't work for me I've learned; I need an extrinsic motivator until it truly becomes a real habit. I'm putting myself on a behavior plan ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:06:32 EST Last week = blech Last week was a total bust. It wasn't even Halloween that got me. I was just exhausted, stressed, and busy. Those three things are my downfall. That's when I reach for the quick, junky meals instead of the healthy meals. <BR> <BR> This past weekend, I went to Chicago with my boyfriend, his sister, and her husband. They have cousins that own a restaurant, and boy is their food good! I didn't make the best decisions, but I came back weighing less than what I did when I left. Walking a... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 18:35:49 EST Upside-Down Tracking I'm in a big rut. My weight has plateaued. I'll have significant drops, but it'll creep right back up again. I do great one week, but instead of using that high to maintain my motivation, I fall right off track again. I'm going to try upside-down tracking and start my "day" with dinner. This idea has come up several times during my WW meetings. 3:30 is my new cut-off time, instead of bedtime. After-school and evening snacking is out of control and it's killing me. Having points left a... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:37:12 EST What a week! First, I just have to brag on myself: Instead of going on walk/runs in which I alternate intervals of running with intervals of walking, I am going on runs! The past two days the only stopping I did was for traffic! I have been working hard this past year and it is starting to show, fitness wise! I am now working up to running an entire 5K. <BR> <BR> The weight hasn't been falling off as quickly as the endurance has grown. However, I'm learning about my body. I'll hover around a number... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:21:53 EST After-school snacking Update 1 I've conquered exercise. I've conquered running. I've conquered weight loss. They were long battles, but I've come to enjoy and look forward to outside runs and trips to the gym. With Weight Watchers help, I have lost 13 pounds since March and know how to eat right and manage my portions. <BR> <BR> Looking forward, I realized I have one large hurdle still standing in the way of meeting my weight loss goals: after-school snacking. As soon as the busses pull away, I dig into the kids' ca... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 12:18:48 EST September hurts. Aah, back to school time. I had a wonderful summer. Although I accomplished very little, I felt rested and ready to return to school. ...Then the little darlings walked through my classroom door. I think I will have a great class, when they get settled in. Right now, we're struggling with the whole listening and following directions thing. I mean, why do you need to do what your teacher says? Why can't 16 kids do what they want when they want how they want? <BR> <BR> I took last week ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:34:10 EST My car makes me fat(ter). Before I go to my Weight Watchers meetings, I always weigh myself at home, in the same clothes I'll wear to the meeting. I like to have an idea before I get there (I HATE suspense; I love reading mysteries but always read the ending first! No lie!). Somehow, in the 10 minute drive to the meeting I gain at least 2 pounds! I really prefer to go by my first-thing-in-the-morning-naked weight. It's just a number right?! I can manipulate it how I want! <BR> <BR> No matter the difference, I h... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 19:37:24 EST Midsummer Check-in I have to say I've had a lot of successes this summer, both scale and non-scale. I broke 150 atWeight Watchers (although I broke it a long time ago at home; I always weigh more on their scale than on mine). I finally got over my stubbornness and went to my doctor for my heel. Turns out its just tendinitis and after a couple days doing stretches for it and taking an anti inflammatory I'm running again! I'm a bit rusty, but we'll chalk it up to a learning experience and hopefully I'll remem... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 15:35:02 EST I'm here to attest to the importance of tracking Holy cow, take a week off from tracking your food and gain 3 pounds! I didn't think I was THAT bad. I know that bodies (especially female) fluctuate from time to time, and mine is prone to doing that, but it's never fluctuated that much. <BR> <BR> It's time to get back on the wagon. I'm on summer break, so there is no excuse for me to not soak up the sunshine (90 degree temps are my favorite!) while doing some hardcore workouts and cook up some healthy meals. <BR> <BR> My goal for th... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:44:45 EST End of school and vacay Today was my first workout since May 28. Between school ending and a trip to Texas, the workout regimen was put on the back burner. I rode my bike to my Weight Watchers meeting this afternoon. It was a gorgeous 85 degree day today and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to be outside today. Despite my activity neglect, I managed to lose 1.8 pounds! <BR> <BR> It is officially summer for me. This summer I want to focus on my health. I hope to meet my first weight goal of 145 pounds b... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:01:06 EST Staying the same was a good thing. Last Tuesday I came down with the cold from h-e-double hockey sticks. Coincidentally, I also had to stay at work until 8:00 that night for the spring concert/art show. It was fun, let me tell ya. I have a couple of germ-infested suspects in mind, but the perpetrator of this crime against teachers is yet to be determined. <BR> <BR> Point of this story is that my booty was affixed to the couch last week. In addition to this, it was teacher appreciation week. And the PBIS team made sure we ... Mon, 14 May 2012 18:50:27 EST I did it! I ran 2 miles without slowing down to walk! This was the first time in my life that I have accomplished that feat and I could not be prouder of myself! The best part is that I didn't even struggle. It got tough near the end... But I think that's because I knew I was almost done. Hmmm... What fitness goal do I set for myself now? I think I want to concentrate on my speed now, instead of distance. I want to better my time! Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:09:47 EST Fat Days It has been a long time since I've had a fat day. I've only lost 6 pounds, but I am here to attest that xit doesn't take much to make a big difference in how you feel! I used to get those days where I felt sluggish and that the whole world could see the fat roll hanging over my pants. I can't even tell you my last day like that. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Do I still slip up? You betcha. I stupidly bought my kids Air Heads for the candy jar. I love Airheads. But I have self-coping strate... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:38:28 EST My Biggest Trigger This week, I figured out my biggest trigger to mindless eating: exhaustion. When I am overly tired, I have absolutely no self-control. Case in point: Tuesday I was absolutely, ridiculously tired for no real reason (didn't stay up too late, not an overly stressful or active day). I had absolutely no control over my eating that night. I was constantly mindlessly wandering to the kitchen cabinets. Same for Friday. I came home from school dead-tired again (I knew the reason that time - st... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 23:02:37 EST First Weight Watchers Week My first full week of weight watchers resulted in a 1.4 pound loss. My daily goal is 26 points, which is also the minimum number of points you should eat in a day. So not only am I improving what I put in my body, but I am improving my math skills! I have to get 26 points, but I don't want to go over... it's tough getting that exact number! Weight Watchers also builds in an extra 49 points per week, but I try to save them for the weekends when I know I'll splurge and go out to eat. I als... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:19:53 EST Biggest Loser Week 1: 2.2 pounds down I feel that my first week of the Biggest Loser challenge was a success! I am down 2.2 pounds, which is more than I've lost in a long while (I was actually gaining there for awhile). That puts me in 2nd; the two guys are tied for 1st. Just being male gives them an unfair advantage. <BR> <BR> I controlled my eating last week. I exercised will power and told my sugar cravings to shut up. So far this week I have noticed less cravings. And when they do hit, I can ignore them and busy myself... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 19:31:41 EST Breathe in... exhale... tell boyfriend my weight... If only it was that easy! My boyfriend's twin sister, her husband, my boyfriend, and I have all decided to do a Biggest Loser contest together. We could all stand to lose few pounds so we're going into this journey together. <BR> <BR> Hurdle #1: Tell the boyfriend my true, honest weight. Funny. <BR> <BR> Hurdle #2: They all live in the same town an hour away from me (it's a distance relationship) so they can all support each other and I'm on my own. <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm seriously cons... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:54:50 EST Taking time to Unwind Life in second grade land is never dull. It is hectic, chaotic, crazy, rewarding, humorous, fulfilling, but never dull. There are days that I walk out of school with a bounce in my step, sure of my decision to become a teacher. Then there are days that I'm dragging as I stumble down the hallway ready to look for a new career path. We've had a few of those days in a row this week. <BR> <BR> My best unwinding strategy is to workout. I go straight to the gym from school (or I'd never go). ... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 22:12:42 EST 2012 and Beyond I'm going to sound like a cliche when I say "I don't make New Years' resolutions." I like to think I make future life resolutions. Each year, I try to set a life-long goal in the most important areas of my life. These goals aren't meant to be for January 1-5, or even for the year; I want them to become life habits that improve the quality of my life. <BR> <BR> So, for 2012, I hope to incorporate 1 new health-related, 1 new personal, and 1 new professional habit into my life. <BR> <BR> He... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:39:04 EST Numbers, Schmumbers There are some numbers you just want to see climb, like your checking account, or the amount of time before that big deadline. <BR> <BR> Then there are those numbers that you want to see declining, like your days until a vacation, or your student loan amounts. Or the numbers on your scale. It's really nice when the numbers on your scale go down, down down. <BR> <BR> It's not nice when the numbers on your scale go up, up, up. Which is what mine have been doing. <BR> <BR> I'm working ou... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 19:30:55 EST Can I Have a Room Change, Please? The first month of school is in the books. Tomorrow will be day #20 with my little friends. I have to admit (but don't tell anyone) that I'm starting to actually... like them! They wear me out, don't get me wrong, but they are sweet kids who like to please and want to work hard. <BR> <BR> On the other hand... at my school, our rooms are arranged in pods of 4. I'm in what I call the Menopause Pod. The other three teachers in my pod will be retired within a few years, but should be now. ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:17:18 EST Here we go again. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the first three weeks of school? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job. I just hate the first three weeks of it. I don't know my kids, they don't know me, I don't know my routine, they don't know my routine! I don't know my procedures, they don't know my procedures! It's just a rough time for all of us. Let's not even mention the incessant talking. If anyone has any good ideas for getting kids to stop talking, I'd love to hear them. I've tried every t... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:25:36 EST A Little Hiatus Third week in a row of triple digit temperatures? No thank you. I took a 45 minute walk this morning and thought I was going to die. It is too hot! For the last two weeks, it was too hot to even get in my car and drive to the gym. I'm burnt out on summer (didn't think you'd hear a teacher say that, huh?!). I love being outside, but 115 degrees is just too hot for me. I'm ready for fall and 70 degree temperatures. <BR> <BR> It's August, which means next week I'll be able to get back in... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 13:05:39 EST The Pits My eating has been in the pits this summer. Yet, I've lost weight. Therefore, my motivation to get my eating back on track = 0. The reason I've lost weight is becase I'm waiting tables as a summer job. I started working at this restaurant in college, and they happily* take me back every summer (* - I like to think). If you've never done it, let me let you in on a little secret: waitressing is a workout. A, long 5-6 hour cardio and strength training workout. I wish it was in the fitnes... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 21:34:35 EST I'm Back in Action My poor computer spent two weeks in the computer hospital! She had a bad virus and needed to detox. Just an FYI: My bank offers free virus removal to customers. I'm not sure if that's a small-town thing, or what, but I would have never known if my mom didn't work there. Something to look into if you ever find yourself in that horrible position! <BR> <BR> In the midst of that, I moved to a new apartment. When I moved into my previous apartment 2 1/2 years ago, it was a decent neighborho... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:27:38 EST Closure Casey, <BR> <BR> Yes, I am mailing your key back to you. I think it’s just an excuse to send you this letter (and hey, keys cost money and you know how I am with money). <BR> <BR> I am sad about how things had to end, but I want you to know I have no bad feelings towards you at all (might have been easier if I could have had a reason to be mad!). I can’t hate you for doing the right thing for yourself. <BR> <BR> I want you to know what a great person you are. I think you always und... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 01:18:54 EST Routine If you looked into my classroom on the day before school got out, you would see my kids doing reading, phonics, math, and writing. Yes, I was that teacher making the kids work! It was fun "work," by the way. However, I decided to keep my kids on schedule. I rationalized it by saying it will keep the kids calm and help them get through the last few days of school. <BR> <BR> Now, one week into summer I realize - staying on schedule kept ME calm! I thrive on routine. My daily routine is c... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:33:35 EST Night Owl I love my job, I really do. I love teaching and inspiring children to reach their highest potential. However, I also love summer break. I just don't understand how people work year-round! I don't think I could make it without having this long stretch of time off to rejuvenate and reenergize! <BR> <BR> I'm naturally a night person. I love, love, love staying up late into the wee hours of the morning and sleeping until PM returns the following day. This developed in my teens, like most k... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:29:20 EST