TEACHERSUZY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEACHERSUZY TEACHERSUZY'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/ A Happier Human Being! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647966 I'm not making any resolutions this year. I'm just going to try to stay focused on the things that make me a happier human being; such as: <BR> *Making time for family and friends. When I die, no one will remember what I did at work or the things I had. They'll only remember the good times we spent together. <BR> *Letting worries go. So much time and energy wasted on worrying about the what ifs. Let go of the things that you are not in control of anyways. <BR> * Trying to eat healthy. My bo... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 10:11:24 EST Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612221 Since school started, I've hit a weight loss plateau. My job as a teacher is fulfilling, but sucks away all of my time. I work all day, and grade, do paperwork, and do data entry all evening. I have only been exercising on Saturdays and Sundays. This, I feel, is the reason for my plateau. Since my diet has been good and I'm still not losing weight, I've decided to try Medifast. Both my brother and sister-in-law have lost at least 40 pounds each in the last 2 1/2 months by following Medifast.... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 19:12:42 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601082 It was so great to get together with family this weekend! I wonder why we don't get together more often? Having a day on the calendar marked Thanksgiving makes people all over our country set aside time to spend with their family. Imagine what we could do if we used our calendars better! <BR> As I type, I am writing down a half hour walk for tomorrow. <BR> Tuesday can be a ZUMBA tape with my husband. That will be a hoot! <BR> Wednesday will be a tromp through the woods with my pup. <BR>... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 11:10:06 EST Hibernation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4578441 I think I'm part bear . . . all I want to do is eat carb rich food and sleep. I do great all spring and summer, then really struggle to make good choices this time of year. I wish I could live someplace warm so I would have more reason to get my butt out from under a blanket, off the couch, and moving. Help! Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:25:07 EST Fall bounty of goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569459 Candy, apple pies, sugar cookies, pumpkin rolls...oh, how do I resist you!!! First, there's Halloween and all the mini chocolate treats calling my name. Next comes Thanksgiving with its bounty, and then Christmas with all its baking. This time of year is SOOO hard! I am trying to be good, although I am making more bad choices than ever. It's time to muster up every bit of willpower I have. I do not want to quickly gain back all those hard lost pounds! Sat, 5 Nov 2011 10:09:23 EST Fall Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4527475 I have been living up to my decision to reset my priorities! <BR> With this gorgeous weather, my husband Andy, dog Lucy, and I put in about 9 miles at Mohican State Park here in Ohio on Saturday. The sun was streaming through the beautifully colored leaves, the river was babbling as it flowed over the stones, squirrels and chipmunks were gathering nature's bounty. There's nothing like a walk through the woods! <BR> Today, my husband and I took the motorcycle out for what may be our final ri... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 21:50:13 EST Priorities Reset! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487051 Well, my normally low blood pressure was through the roof! <BR> As I sat at the doctors Wednesday explaining to him how my life and blood pressure had changed in only a month's time, I realized that I had been so focused on caring for others that I had left out caring for myself. I was so busy trying to be the best teacher, best mom, and best daughter when I should have included being the best to my own body. Yes, my daughter and mother are facing illness right now, but I shouldn't make myse... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:04:39 EST Lord, give me strength...stressful few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472632 After such a terrific summer full of great nutrition, physical activity, and total relaxation life has decided to slap me upside the head! <BR> I started back to work with 27 students, one legally blind, one ODD, a few ADHD, and one functioning with first grade skills who attended many schools last year. I am a regular fourth grade teacher and feel totally overwhelmed by the needs of the students in my classroom. I spend EVERY day 7:15 - 5:00 at school trying to modify work as the district f... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 22:48:43 EST I miss my vacation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453462 I took my dog Lucy on an 8 mile walk at a local state park today. After my vacation this summer, nothing in Ohio would qualify as a real hike. I wish I was independently wealthy and then I could stay on vacation hiking every beautiful place. <BR> I <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448086854.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153630341.jpg"> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 21:31:25 EST Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4437236 I have had a wonderful summer off of work. It allowed me the time and energy to establish healthy eating and exercise patterns. I was able to renew my mind with time to read, my body with energy to work out, and my spirit with time for friends and family. <BR> Now, THUD! BACK TO REALITY! I've spent the last few days getting ready for the school year to begin. I've spent time looking at achievement scores, reading levels, and literacy files. It takes knowledge and skill to figure out how... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 18:21:05 EST I hiked over 100 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4426087 I just got back from an amazing vacation! My husband, two college aged kids, and I took our hiking guides and went to the Tetons and Yellowstone. Every day we hiked a trail (or two) that totaled between 10 and 16 miles! We hiked past geothermal features, through canyons, along rapids to waterfalls, and even to the tops of mountains! We saw elk, moose, bison, pika, marmot, sandhill crane, wolves, black bear, and even a grizzly! On one trail, I forded a stream that reached my upper thigh! Imag... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 11:43:48 EST Not Quite a ZUMBA Queen - Ha! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4392679 I've been attempting P90X with my daughter and we needed a break (sore arms, legs, abs, feet, etc. etc. etc.) , so I ordered the ZUMBA tapes. Yeh, I know, the fun infomercial sucked me in and made me think that I too could dance. <BR> <BR> WRONG!! I put the DVD in and the Latin rhythm started. The people on T.V. were shaking their hips and grooving their arms and abs to the beat. I looked like I was having convulsions! <em>246</em> I looked over at my daughter and she was convulsing too s... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:07:32 EST Missing cat!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390158 My one year old Brittany spaniel (Lucy) adopted a stray cat last Fall. It was terrified of people, but would love up one side of Lucy and down the other. It was (and still is) a beautiful orange-cream, long haired cat with slanted copper eyes. <BR> We didn't feed it at first, hoping it would find its old home, but when it got thinner, I broke down and started feeding it. Lucy and the cat became best friends and gradually, the cat my daughter called Cassie accepted the love my family ... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:42:41 EST Doubling Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386227 Whew! I had a terrific 24 year anniversary yesterday with my husband and friends. Today, instead of regretting the food and drink "fun" I had yesterday, I got busy recouping. P90X this morning and a 4.7 mile hike on the little hills of a local metropark this evening. Tomorrow, my daughter and I are going running at dawn before visiting my mom. I vow to no longer let one day of indulgence derail my plans and goals and today proves that I am capable! Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:45:49 EST 10 Pounds Gone!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4380683 Just when I was starting to lose my motivation, I stepped on the scale and "poof" ten pounds gone in about a month! I now have a renewed drive to lose the rest. I realized that losing weight gave me much more satisfaction than a ten minute ice cream cone. My body is adapting to my new eating plan. If I'm being totally honest with myself, the cravings for diet Coke, ice cream, cookies, and chocolate are not as strong as they were a month ago. I can do this! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 09:15:44 EST The Demon Ice Cream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362929 My husband decided to buy berry gelato (which I can deal with) and mint moosetracks (which has been calling my name from the freezer all day!). I thought I had the willpower to stay away, but yesterday I found out I didn't! Back on track today. I've tried to stay out of the house as much as possible. Now, I'm writing this blog instead of indulging. I can't wait till he eats it all! When, oh when, will I have enough willpower for my family to have my diet nightmares in this house??? Thu, 14 Jul 2011 16:59:29 EST I Can't Sleep!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357099 Why is it that when I work out after 5 P.M. I can't sleep??? You would think that weights and an hour of P90X plyometrics would tire me out. Nope... up until 1:00 last night, up at 5:30 this morning. Aargh! Oh well, I'm going for a walk before the outside temperature cranks up again. Maybe my body is just resetting its metabolism. Tue, 12 Jul 2011 06:28:50 EST Stress Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4351312 I just realized I don't eat for the reasons you're supposed to eat - to stop hunger and gain nutrients. I am an emotional eater. When I am stress free, I lose weight. When I have to deal with family, friend, or work drama, I EAT - A LOT! It doesn't even matter what it is I'm consuming. It's like I'm trying to fill a big pit of tension that nothing satisfies. It is so hard to break this habit. I am working hard to run for my shoes and go for a walk instead of running for the fridge. This is so... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 12:51:16 EST Weekends are hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4342424 Why is it that I can be so motivated during the week and then lose it on the weekend??? Now, there's a little voice in the back of my head telling me I've already blown it and I'll never lose weight. Even though it's hard to do, I'm not going to let a lapse of motivation and good choices let me down. I'm ignoring that voice and going to work out really hard today!!! Tue, 5 Jul 2011 12:03:30 EST I realized I can make it happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337336 Well, the weekend is here. The one I've been dreading... and it's not so bad after all. I can go out to eat and go to parties because I am in charge of my life and what I eat. No one who matters comments about my lack of drinking or my choice of food. I think this time I have given up the excuses and poor choices that have been keeping me heavy. I am in charge! I can change! I can do it! And, you know what? It feels good! Sat, 2 Jul 2011 14:11:44 EST Help the Weekend is Coming!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332538 I have had an excellent week! I've walked at least 3 miles a day, I've lifted weights, and I've even tried P90X two days (insane). I've stayed on my diet all week too, so the results are showing on my scale. BUT NOW THE WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!!! I have 3 parties in three days this weekend and feel like I want to skip them. I'm afraid I'll eat/drink too much because there's no way to track and plan out my food/drinks ahead of time. I don't want to be that person, you know the party pooper/dud ... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:19:27 EST Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4330569 Why is it that weight is so easy to put on, but so difficult to take off? After seeing recent photos of myself, I realized that enough is enough! I was shocked to see what I actually looked like. No more mindless eating and sedentary lifestyle for me! I am currently working my butt off (literally) in order to lose those pesky pounds. I now track my nutrition and exercise daily. When I track, I'm more conscious of the decisions I'm making. Tracking helps give me the willpower to say no to tho... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:11:01 EST