TEACHFIRST268's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEACHFIRST268 TEACHFIRST268'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/ Feb 2017 update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314392 Checking in after a long hiatus. Keeping it short and sweet because I'm using voice to text. Since the school year began weight is slowly creeping back on. It is now compounded by the fact that I had rotator cuff surgery mid January... My dominant arm/hand is in a sling. I've been out of work. I haven't been able to do my workouts and my eating has not been as good as it could be. I do have a recumbent bike, which I can't stand, but I've been working on increasing my minutes for the past co... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 10:19:27 EST I DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221343 Hello Sparkfriends! <BR> Soooo....I had my physical this week...Thursday morning to be exact (my youngest son's birthday). A little background: I've been going to this doctor (and her nurse) for 20 years. (This doctor delivered my youngest son, whose birthday it was that day.) This was the first time I have been super excited to get on the scale at a doctor appointment. <BR> <BR> Not only did I meet the goal weight she suggested to me 5 years ago (& that # was still a few pounds overweight... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 09:52:49 EST Don't jinx it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209192 Hi Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Dare I get my hopes up? As of this morning's weigh in, I'm .4 away from the Dr.'s recommended # given to me 5 years ago. Less than half a pound! According to my app I can expect to see it mid August. (I lose at an average rate of about a 1/4 lb per week) I'll be shouting from the rooftops when this happens...probably drive everyone crazy! But I don't care! I've been wanting to be able to say I've lost 80 lbs for so long, not 75, not 78,...80! I've accomplishe... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:29:02 EST Flatline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205849 Hi Sparkfolks, <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in a bit, but there's not much to report. I did complete a 3 week round of 21 Day Fix Extreme, including the more strict diet with carb reduction plan, and after all was said and done, I only lost a pound. I stuck to it but was getting mild headaches by the end of the day, felt cranky, and missed eating fruit! Needless to say, I didn't get the results I was hoping for, but I can say I gave it my best. I'm still sticking with the videos each day, ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:01:24 EST I'm going to get there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185596 Hello Spark Friends! <BR> I have finished Round 4 of my 21 Day Fix program. Here are the results. Drum roll, please: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7e52173-d67d-4261-8c5a-260a3dbfd2e4.jpg"> <BR> The picture is small here on Spark, but the key info: <BR> 4 Rounds <BR> 12 Weeks <BR> 12 Inches <BR> 22 lbs (from the Mon after Easter. The Sat prior is 19) <BR> <BR> Monday I am going to start a slightly different, more challenging program, 21 Day Fix EXTREME. The eating ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:17:34 EST One pound away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181027 Hello Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> The school year is wrapping up and I'm dealing with all the craziness that goes along with it. It's a lot of fun, but exhausting. I'll be working until 8 or so a couple nights this week to get my room packed up. Our building is going to be cleaned first so we're under the gun. I'm fine with that; it makes for a hectic week, but not having to go back in after school lets out is the light at the end of the tunnel. I just wish we didn't have to go back on the 2... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19:40:50 EST Round 3 Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173279 Hello Sparkfriends, <BR> <BR> Well, Round 3 results are in. I'm down 4.2 lbs this round. I saw an even lower # on Saturday (my spark weigh-in day), but I won't count it toward 21 Day Fix. I'm staying with Sunday weigh ins to monitor 21DF progress. That said, I'm still pleased that I saw it because I now know that since it made an appearance, it's on its way! <BR> <BR> Looking at the #s...From the day I started (the Monday after Easter), with 21DF I am down 15.4 in 3 rounds. That said, ... Mon, 30 May 2016 19:51:18 EST 5/22/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168228 Hello sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> Still plugging along, doing my early morning workouts and eating is on track. Next weekend with be the end of another round of 21 Day Fix. I'm cautiously optimistic for some good results. Hope to be back next weekend with a happy post! <BR> <BR> School is crazy with all of the end of year activities winding up and all of the assessments, so...many...assessments. It will all work out. It always does. I just don't like that adding to that is the stress of wr... Sun, 22 May 2016 16:02:54 EST 5/14/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162990 Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> It was a GORGEOUS day outside today! It would have been beautiful for a run, but my knee is in quite a bit of pain, so I figured I should rest it today. It had been a slight twinge for a week and a half or so, then yesterday morning's workout, on the very first time I lifted my leg to run in place during the warm up, it screamed in pain. It did not get better throughout the day...even taking 2 Aleve. I work on the third floor. I'm up and down at least 8 times a... Sat, 14 May 2016 19:25:38 EST This week's check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153853 Good morning! Trying to enter my first blog post from my phone/the app. (I'm even using the microphone feature!) After the scale being stuck and wiggling back-and-forth for several days, I was down a pound yesterday. I'm pleased with that. The reality of a slower rate of loss is now here. On my first round with the 21 day fix, progress was a bit quicker. It has slowed down, but I suppose that's to be expected. I'm running in a 5K this morning. I just checked the weather and it looks like... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:21:43 EST Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148545 ...working hard to keep it positive. Here's why I'm struggling: <BR> I saw a new low last Sunday. <BR> Monday I was back up .6 <BR> Tues down .2 <BR> Wed up .4 <BR> Thurs down .4 <BR> Fri up 1lb! <BR> This morning down .6 <BR> <BR> MADDENING! Weigh in's are Sat, so that low on Sunday doesn't "officially" count, but I did count it for my 21 Day Fix results. And after all is said and done, I'm back up .8 from that weight. That totally bums me out. However...from Sat. to Sat. I'm down .4. ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 10:17:58 EST Day 20 of 21 Day Fix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143777 Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Well, Saturday results are in, Day 20 of the 21 Day Fix. Yes, one day to go, but I weigh on Saturday mornings. (Actually, I weigh every day, but Sat. is the one that counts) I'll see what it is Monday to Monday, since I started this on the Monday after Easter, but the Easter gain/loss will be there, skewing the accuracy of the data. Total loss Sat to Sat was 5.4 lbs. My goal was 6 lbs. <BR> <BR> I suppose I'm pleased. One of my favorite quotes, "If you meet all of y... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:20:16 EST 21 DF, Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138516 Hello fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Week two has started the mental battle, that I am just so tiring of - to be honest. I'm sticking to the plan religiously. In addition to now drinking my coffee black (which one who knows me, knows what a monumental change this is), I also got up every morning at 5 am this week to get my 21 DF videos in! The week before I was doing it when I got home from school, late afternoon/early evening. It was just too much and things were starting to slip. So I got... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 13:02:41 EST Some progress...FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133236 Hello fellow Sparkpeople, <BR> <BR> I started day 6 of my 21 Day Fix (yes, I’m counting!) running a local 5K to support the town’s Education Foundation. I’ve done this race the last three years and this one was my slowest time yet. There’s a tiny bit of ‘aw rats’ in there, but tiny is all it is. I knew it going in, my weight has been creeping up and in turn, my times have slowed way down….what do I expect? That said, before I even ran this one, last night I registered for another 5K next... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:15:13 EST Flatline... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118268 Ugh. <BR> <BR> Yesterday brought the same weigh in as last week, which last week was up what I thought was a fluke of a half pound...but it has stuck around. I have been tracking religiously, getting most of my water in, and gradually trying to increase my activity. Frustrated is an understatement. I feel like I can only say “I'll stick with it, be steady and results will come” for so long. <BR> <BR> I went out with a couple friends (a coworker and former coworker) last night. One has ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 15:55:33 EST Still going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112643 Hi folks, <BR> <BR> Yesterday's weigh in had me up .8. It was a frustrating week. I just felt exhausted overall. I did stay in my calorie and nutritional ranges...tracked all my food. No real explanation for the gain. That's just the way it goes, I suppose. I'm in it for the long haul so I suppose I just have to keep pushing forward, but I don't like to see that (a gain) when I truly feel I've been staying on track. <BR> <BR> That said, I downloaded the Plant Nanny app yesterday. I tr... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 13:43:10 EST Slow and steady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106238 Down .6 this week. Works for me! I would love it to be more (hmmm, a 20lb loss this week would've been great! lhaha!), but I know that I've been keeping my eating within my range (including the carbs/fat/protein amounts) and I just have to stick with it. <BR> <BR> Other than getting in more exercise, which we keep going from -2 degrees one day to 50 the next, I'm not so loyal that I'll go out for a run on a frigid cold day. (I also had an appointment or meeting every day after school this... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:22:10 EST Out of DEFCON 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100600 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I was psyched this morning. FINALLY! The scale has moved. Down 2 lbs. This is a such a relief. Now see if you can follow this without me disclosing my weight publicly on the internet. (My husband doesn't even know what I weigh. I know. I have a hang up. It's a thing.) <BR> <BR> At my all time low I was fluctuating anywhere between a 4 and 8 in the one's place in a given decade. My warning numbers to me would be if I entered the next decade. Well, I've sat in... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:47:26 EST Feb 13, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094998 Hello Sparkworld, <BR> <BR> It's Feb vacation week and I want to post an update. Due to issues with my shoulder (rotator cuff/impingement/calcified tendonitis and arthritis) I’m trying to limit my time sitting at a keyboard to short bursts. It gets painful in my neck/shoulder/arm if I sit too long. My apologies in advance if this becomes a run on, less than eloquently written piece. My goal right now is to just put something up! <BR> <BR> It's been a busy road since starting the school y... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:04:30 EST 8/15/15 - Falmouth Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978508 Groan…so much for the 2 lbs lost last week. Theeeeeeeeeey’re back. Yup. Exactly where I was two weeks ago. I knew it was too good to be true. I NEVER get a loss that big. Last week’s weigh in likely caught me on a quick dip that needed to level itself out. Well last night, the night before I got on the scale…well, I ate a couple of my boys’ pizza crusts. Oh! And I had a couple of slices of turkey cold cuts with a slice of American cheese rolled up inside for lunch (don’t usually have th... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:13:58 EST 8/9/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974706 Hi folks, <BR> <BR> Hope you’re having a great weekend! The weather is beautiful today! Dare I say pleasant for a run? I got in my 5 miles. I say I’m not going to let time/pace bother me, but it still does. I know it won’t improve unless I lose more weight and start some strength training. Weight is always a work in progress, but have I done anything about strength training…nooooo. Wah, wah, wah… <BR> <BR> I had a great loss this week, though! 2 lbs! And how did I celebrate? 5 guys... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 13:26:28 EST 7/31/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969840 Hi fellow Sparkers! <BR> Whew, it’s a hot one! But it’s all good! I’m not shoveling! Happy to report I’m down 1.4 this week. I’ve been really sticking to eating smart and was hoping for a little more, but I’ll take it. I think back to the frustration of losses of 2 tenths, or 4 tenths of a pound….so given that, a pound a week (or slightly more) is just fine, thank you very much. 10 lbs in 10 weeks would be GREAT! Fingers crossed that I can make it happen! Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> On a... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:48:39 EST 7/25/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966487 Ok…So back to report…yesterday’s weigh in has me down just over a pound (1.4). I can’t claim the pound and half, it’s not 1.5! I was hoping for a little more, but that’s still a respectable loss. I just think back to the days when I’d see those nice 2, 3 lbs losses. Sigh…. I know, I know, the closer you get to your goal weight, the smaller the losses, it’s all normal, to be expected, blah, blah, blah…. <BR> <BR> I updated my ticker, too. It had been just over a month of ups and downs ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:49:24 EST 7/17/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962383 Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Quick check in: Though I haven’t been spending a lot of time here, I’m still trying to log in to spin the wheel most every day. <BR> <BR> LOVING summer! This past school year really did a number on me, physically and emotionally. If my job was to teach 6 and 7 year olds how to read, add and subtract, it would be the best job in the world. I get increasingly disheartened that this is less and less of what consumes my time. I am hopefully that I will find balance, and ... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:19:10 EST The Beast...and Go Patriots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857316 Since I don’t want to do any more correcting, I don’t feel like folding laundry, I WANT to eat – and I’m not hungry – I thought I’d jump on spark and do a quick check in. <BR> <BR> Today was the first morning I completely forgot to do my daily weigh in on my new app. I didn’t realize it until well after my breakfast and morning coffee. Just as well, I suppose. We celebrated my nephew’s birthday yesterday and I had a slice of Bertucci’s pizza (ONE…yay me!) but did eat two rolls, a couple ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:22:31 EST Clarification - but enjoying the downward trend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841417 It's been so nice seeing the scale drop 5 pounds the last 5 days! But I know this isn't reality or a path that will continue. I got very, very carried away with my eating leading up to, and on Christmas Day. I woke up the day after determined to STOP the madness and I got on the scale that morning. I realize what is coming off is likely water weight, not actual fat loss. However, that said, I will certainly enjoy the downward trend. :) <BR> <BR> I downloaded an app on my phone, "Happy S... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:33:45 EST Baby stepping my way back. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838853 Hope all is well with all my sparkfriends! I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season, filled with friends and family! <BR> <BR> I've been struggling in recent months, and things are spiraling...in the WRONG direction! Won't get all woe is me - won't beat myself up, because that's how I'd have handled it in the past, and it gets me nowhere...but I DO need to face it and not allow all my hard work to disappear. I'm off from school this week (thank God) so I'll be working on updating my p... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:41:10 EST Trying Food Tracking Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752304 Ugh. Stuck. Plateaued. <BR> For. <BR> A. <BR> Year. <BR> <BR> Winter was rough, but it’s now August, for God’s sake. The cool weather will be here again before you know it! I was hoping to see a little progress this summer. <BR> <BR> I’m finally back in a groove, having printed off a Spark you way to a 10k grid and hanging it on my fridge. I take great pleasure in crossing off each run I’ve done. For the last month, I’ve been getting out there consistently. (Yay me!) For those of yo... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 14:28:27 EST July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743438 Haven’t been here in a while, though I do try to log in and spin the wheel every day. I thought I’d take some time to seek out some positive ju-ju here, which is what I’ve been lacking. And I know the Spark community has just what I need! <BR> <BR> This was a ROUGH winter. Long, cold, dark. The past school year, though I had a GREAT class, the field of education and the tone in our building/administration has changed dramatically over the last few years. It has been a real struggle to s... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:43:47 EST May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686411 This past week was the first week back from April vacation. Went back Monday and hit the ground running. Whew! It was a long week! So, though it’s going to be an exhausting, frantic pace with all of the end of year assessments, evaluations, etc…there is now a light at the tunnel. What I like about this time of year is that there is more time for some FUN with the kiddos. This is probably my favorite time of the school year. The kids have come so far since September. They have more inde... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:18:34 EST April Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678662 It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in and my lack of consistency certainly has taken its toll. Though I feel like hanging my head, I’m trying to pep talk myself into pulling myself up by my bootstraps and press forward from where I am. This journey will never end. I need to reframe my thinking that facing bumps in the road does not mean I have failed. The ole’ “It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you pick yourself up” is what I keep trying to tell myself. <B... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:51:18 EST Reality Slap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630931 Just responded to a nice check in from _BABE_ and thought, wow...the timing couldn't have been better. You sparkfriends sure must have a sixth sense. <BR> <BR> I haven't been consistent with anything, including weighing myself, and I got on that darned scale this morning and it yelled at me. UGH! I can not undo all my hard work! But past experience also tells me that beating myself up over it, or wallowing in self pity, or acceptance that it 'can't' or 'isn't meant to be' won't work eith... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:29:11 EST Happy Groundhog Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612982 This blog has nothing to do with Groundhog Day, and I'm disappointed with the 6 more weeks of winter, but I have no creative juices this morning for a blog title. <BR> <BR> Here's what's on my mind today...what’s that expression…that path is paved with good intentions…? But I disagree… <BR> <BR> I hope, I try, I tell myself I’ll get better with staying active on this site…I have every intention of doing so, but it’s just not happening! <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> I can choose to look at thi... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:45:12 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590096 It’s been a while since my last update. It feels like I blink and another two weeks have passed. But this is life! I’m working on learning to juggle it all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I wasn’t doing too bad until just about two weeks before Christmas. Then the eating machine returned. I wasn’t very mindful of what I was putting in my mouth. I’d eat what I want, when I want, without thinking about whether or not I was hungry. That said, in years past, I would hav... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:35:44 EST Still plugging away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542773 Successful week…down 1.8, even if Spark says it’s 2 lbs. Now why can they round up for 1.8, but not a half pound for .4? Go figure. <BR> <BR> I’ve been really watching my eating this week (and no pizza the night before or french-fries two nights before weigh in this time!). I probably had a half pound loss last week, but all the sodium was masking it. So, I’m thinking between that and getting in a 5 mile run on Saturdays, which equates to exercising longer, it’s making a difference. I’m... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:24:34 EST A quick check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538331 <BR> Well…because I have time today and also for self-motivation purposes. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> First of all...Happy Veterans' Day to all. Thank you to all of those who have sacrificed so much! <BR> <BR> And now...putting this stuff down in writing to try and keep my brain in a positive place. I ran the 5 mile route for the second time earlier today. The good news is my back isn’t hurting nearly as much as it did the first time I ran it. Bad news is that I was slower than the firs... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:57:08 EST This week's check in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536764 Well, I’m trying to get back to some consistency here so here’s this week’s check in. It’s still a struggle sparking during the week. I won’t whine and complain about the 60 hour weeks. It is what it is, but I’m doing my best to stay afloat. Well, there’s even more of me TO float this week as I’m up .4 as of this morning’s weigh in. <BR> <BR> It’s no surprise, though. We went out for dinner at Red Robin Thursday night, and though I had a chicken Caesar wrap with dressing on the side, ... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 18:58:16 EST I ran 5 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531202 I ran 5 miles! <BR> I need to read that again. Yep. I did! <BR> <BR> You know what…I don’t care if the scale has gone up a few pounds over the last couple months…I RAN 5 MILES! <BR> <BR> There’s a turkey trot in town Thanksgiving morning. Last year a couple people asked if I signed up for it, if was going to participate in it. I was still getting accustomed to running a 5k (about 3.14 miles) and trying to not keel over at the end. I didn’t have enough confidence in myself to even con... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 19:11:29 EST Journey to this year's Flutie 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524088 Hi folks! <BR> Oh. My. Word. The Flutie 5k last weekend was awesome!!! <BR> <BR> (Warning…it’s a long one. A REALLY long one. Sorry for scattered thoughts, but time to empty the brain files.) <BR> <BR> This event is put on by the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism every year. I participated about 7 years ago, working on getting healthy and participating in a cause that meant a lot to me and my family (my youngest is autistic). This is when I first discovered Sparkpeople and was d... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 18:46:32 EST October Update! :o) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517883 Hi sparkworld! <BR> <BR> I haven’t been able to commit as much time as I’d like with the site, and it’s showing. I’m seeing peeks of my “danger number”…the next set of 10s on the scale. I will not and can not go back. <BR> <BR> Since reaching goal-ish range I’ve also been dealing with end of summer crisis, which has thankfully passed, and the start of a new school year. I LOVE my class this year; I lucked out with a great group – but the task masters and working environment turn what s... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:23:38 EST Aug 31st. Summer's done, but the fun has just begun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472022 <BR> Okay. Cool…hubby when to pick up my son. That means I can whip up a quick catch up blog. <BR> <BR> Enough time has passed. The month long, end-of-summer living nightmare has passed and thankfully everyone is alright. We made it through. Now we’re into the new school year, and though there are many, many issues with our building culture, administration and within our district, I am LOVING my new class already. They are so stinkin’ cute! I’m enjoying getting to know them and loo... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:12:52 EST Sorry for MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447465 Sorry for MIA <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s been a bit of a living nightmare the last two weeks. As this is a public forum and anyone can see what is written here I don’t want the possibility of even more drama and tragedy brought into our lives, so I won’t get into details today. <BR> <BR> All I can say is that I am hopeful that the worst is past us. The next two weeks will be difficult, but I’m hoping that I, my family, and our friends will all get through this. <BR> <BR> On the sunny side…give... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:04:19 EST Closet Clean Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434332 Well…this week’s weigh in is exactly the same as it was two weeks ago. I suppose I’ve hit maintenance. I’m okay with this for now and I think it’s good for me to learn to live this way for a bit. I’m just over 5 lbs away from the weight my Dr. recommended last November and though it still sticks in my craw a little bit, that I haven’t ‘finished’ this, I need to let a little of my perfectionism go and learn to live ‘in the now’. I think I’m ready for the transition of continue to eat and l... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:00:54 EST C'mon Sparkpeople! .4 counts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418683 Down .4 this week. It’s so close to half a pound! Send out one of those “Teachfirst268 lost 4 tenths of a pound” thingies, would ya SP? Don’t you know that it’s a step in the right direction? <BR> <BR> I’m teasing; I realize they have a system in place and due to many factors, some of which I haven’t a clue about, there is a rhyme and reason as to why it only goes out for half a pound and more. But honestly, there is some truth to what I’m saying. At this point in my journey, .4 IS wo... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:13:44 EST Finish at the 50 - Patriots Place 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410601 I wish I could eloquently articulate all I'm thinking and feeling, but I just don't have the brain power right now! I'll do my best not to ramble. <BR> <BR> I was very excited about this adventure. I was dressed and ready to race at 8:30 am. The thing is, the race didn't start until 5:30pm! So I wore my running clothes all day, who cares! I was 'in the zone'! <BR> <BR> Me, my husband, my oldest son, and my niece participated in this 5k. My folks came down to the house and watched my yo... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 12:08:57 EST Yahoo! Time to get back to work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404575 This morning’s weigh in brings a pleasant surprise. I hit an all time low of 74lbs lost. I’ve been up and down a few pounds over the last month or so, which I consider maintenance during such a hectic time of absolute craziness. To me, that alone is a success. Well, now that school is out it’s time to get back to work! I’ve made great strides, but I’m not finished. And what a great way to start out my new focused efforts, at my lowest weight, rather than having to take a few pounds off ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:56:14 EST I'm back! Jumping back in where I am! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402750 It’s been a while…too long for my liking, actually, but what are you going to do? When I can’t GET to the computer because of the piles and school bins and everything else that finds its way into this teeny tiny office, it means there are more pressing things going on. I’m working on shoveling out and hope to get crackin’ on cleaning up over the next few days. With the end of school year craziness, I’ve been in survival mode the last month or so, really. But it’s all good. I managed to m... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:32:02 EST Moving Forward Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360134 Well, I finally feel like I’m moving forward again….after weeks of up and down and up and down. It’s nice to see a new lowest number on the scale. Additionally, I’ve slowly been improving my time during my runs. We’ve been pushing a little harder, to the point that I’m gasping for air and feel like I’m going to get sick – which I hate – but hoping it will get easier if I continue to push. Running is NOT easy. There are days I love it and days I’m completely dragging, but I have found tha... Sat, 18 May 2013 11:07:45 EST Another maintain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353397 Guess it’s another round of maintenance…at least that’s what I’ll call it. I’m up a whopping .2. I can remember when mentally that would send me into a tailspin. Now it doesn’t have nearly the impact it once did. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I haven’t been eating horribly. I know I’ve been doing pretty well, to be honest. But if I want to get things moving in a downward trend again, I know what I need to do – which is start writing things down. I also need to ge... Sat, 11 May 2013 20:15:21 EST This week's ramblings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345389 A bit scattered this week – a variety of topics, if you will. Bored with one paragraph? Skip it and jump ahead to another! :o) <BR> <BR> Well, I’m back down 1.4 this week, just .2 away from my lowest. THAT has me feeling a little better about things…I was at the very beginnings of “Uh oh!” <BR> <BR> You see, I’ve lost and gained significant amounts of weight a few times in my life. Yet I’ve never quite ‘finished’ the job. I never really set a goal weight. I would just lose until I f... Sat, 4 May 2013 14:32:30 EST