TEACHLIZARD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEACHLIZARD TEACHLIZARD'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/ 5k's and my son! - Warning: Momma Bragging - lots of pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950594 So, long story. Many Parts. <BR> First part - Last May I ran/walked my first 5k and was ADDICTED. In December 2011, I completed my 3rd 5k and RAN the whole thing! My son, 3 years old, was at that race and got to see me finish. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. He was yelling and cheering and HUGGED me so hard. It was so great. I'm getting tears in my eyes just thinking about it now all these months later. Since then, he has talked about his Momma being a racer and has asked to ru... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 16:33:35 EST Stress induced eating machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706058 Oh my goodness. I am having a horrific week and up until tonight, I had kept the emotional eating beast at bay. But tonight, it escaped. <BR> I'm giving up and going to bed. Fortunately I am so tired, once I am in bed, I know I'll be out. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday, the end of this week and another day. I can start fresh again and hopefully keep ship this EE Beast off to Siberia... <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! <em>234</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:52:02 EST Week Two - Run for God good & Sugar challenge - not so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696422 I was the Sugar craving queen this week and it showed on the scale. Up 1 pound. I still tried to watch my intake, but was not as consistent as I should have been. No excuses, just me being not diligent. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> A little upset with myself, but not ready to give it up yet. So, today, is the first day of a new week and the first day of week 3. Last week is done and over - time to move on and not beat myself up. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get a "run" in on the treadmill today and... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 08:43:29 EST Week One Done - Sugar challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680423 I did it - one week with as little added sugar as I could muster. <BR> It was hard, not as hard as I thought. I really had to re-educate myself to look at the whole label. I have been focusing on Fat, Fiber, Protein, Carbs and Sodium. Now I look at the sugar too. <BR> VERY surprised by how much sugar is in my food, kind of surreal. <BR> <BR> Had a little problem with headaches at the beginning of the week, but I just really pushed getting in my water and figured most of it was because the we... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:59:24 EST OMG, what have I done - the sugar challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666600 I have been on a weight loss plateau for a really really long time. A few months ago, I started running (jogging) once a week and that seemed to kick start my weight loss again. Well, I haven't run since Christmas day and I haven't lost anything either - in fact, I've gained. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get at least one chance to get in a couple miles this week - but in case I don't or in addition too - my sister in law has challenged me to cut out processed sugar from my diet. <BR> <BR> HELP!... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:44:43 EST Goals, not resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653495 I am just over 5 pounds from goal and closing in on that illusive number. I have learned a lot this year. Mostly that a goal weight is only a number. I have only lost 5 pounds this entire year, but I have lost lots of inches, I have firmed up, I even did three 5k's and RAN the last one - the whole way!! <BR> <BR> So although I may not have made it to my goal weight in 2011, I accomplished so many other things - things that weren't even on my goal list. Things to make me proud of myself. <BR>... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 09:05:21 EST between the New Year and Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639651 I read this one on a friend's facebook page on Christmas day, and thought I would share it with my Sparkies... <BR> <BR> "People should focus less on what they eat between Christmas and New Year and focus more on what they eat between the New Year and Christmas." <BR> <BR> That is my hope for the New Year, to embrace this healthier living as a lifestyle and not as a temporary change to get to my goal. To focus on what I do everyday, day in and day out and not beat myself up on those special... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:23:51 EST Vacation from my vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634934 I need a vacation from my vacation. Today is only the my second day off and I am ready to run away with my son to somewhere else. <BR> <BR> I'm crying and it's only 8:40 in the morning. And it's not over anything my husband said, it's what he doesn't say and how he acts. My husband has ADD and although he takes meds and see's a counselor, he is in complete denial that what he does/doesn't do has any effect on our marriage. He thinks it's just time management issues and my "unnecessary" ange... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:55:43 EST from I think I can to I did - the sequel!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622998 I RAN the Jingle Bell 5k Run yesterday. Ran, the whole thing. From start to finish. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Probably not as big of a deal as I am making it out to be, considering I have actually been training for the Jingle Bell every Sunday for over 6 weeks. And have run several practice runs during that time. But that is why I was training, for this race. <BR> <BR> I did awesome. Not by anyone's standards but my own. 31 minutes and 27 seconds. 5 seconds behind my friend who I have been tr... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:10:51 EST The Wonderful Workout Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4601433 I have a couple of ladies that I have been lucky enough to get to know since I have been on my healthier me journey. We are an odd combination of women, from all different walks of life. Yet, we have a wonderful friendship. They understand the struggles of losing and maintaining the weight loss. They get how hard it is to, as a Mom, try and put yourself first. I am so very lucky to call them friends. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been training for a local 5k - Jingle Bell Run with these ladies. On... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 17:08:50 EST Thanksgiving: confessions and blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4598633 I have a confession to make. I DID NOT want to go anywhere for Thanksgiving. Not because I don't love my family, because I do. They are one of my greatest blessings. <BR> <BR> I didn't want to go anywhere, because I do not trust myself around an endless supply of food. There, I admitted it. I have a food addiction. I know, "big shocker!" I have been doing really good lately. I am off the weight loss plateau that I was on for MONTHS. A plateau that I built myself, again, because of food. I ha... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 07:59:33 EST from I think I can to I did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4582444 A few weeks or so ago, I read another members blog about finally trying to run a 5k. She had been following the SP 5k plan and had been doing great, but had wonder if she really could run the whole thing. Another friend gave her the advice of stop trying and just do. Her blog, of course, was filled with humor and inspiration as she told her tail of running that first practice 5k. <BR> <BR> I have been training for a local Jingle Bell Run in December. I have been doing my "okayest" to follow ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 16:13:11 EST Looking for my spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4575190 Been a little "absent" from Sparkpeople lately. <BR> I have no real excuse - so I'm going to use the one "that life is getting in my way." <BR> I was visiting everyday and drawing inspiration for my perspiration but lately I have just been going through the motions, making sure to get my login points and trying to keep my streaks going, but that's about it. <BR> <BR> I had a little down time today, was feeling blue and a little down on myself so I took the chance to log in and was reading s... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 19:47:12 EST I didn't recognize you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4537762 I attended a retirement party for a teacher I worked with for years. At the party, were several other teachers and staff members who also had retired in the last couple years and I had not seen much of. <BR> <BR> One friend, whom happens to be partially blind, came up to me and my son. She gave me a big hug and then told me this... "I didn't recognize you." I kind of chuckled and said "thank you, but I didn't think I'd changed that much." <BR> <BR> To which she responded, "You know, I don't... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 08:40:02 EST Oops I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526548 I knew it, I planned for it and I did it again. <BR> Yesterday was my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary dinner/party. <BR> I knew I was going to over do it ... and I did. And this morning I feel really bad about it, I'm being hard on myself and I need to remind myself that LIFE HAPPENS and that being perfect every day isn't a reality... <BR> <BR> But today is a new day and I'm ready to take responsibility for what I did yesterday. It's a beautiful day here in Michigan and I'm going outside to... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 09:52:48 EST a day for myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510530 Things have been a little stressed in my household lately. I recently told my DH that he needed to get back into counseling for his ADHD or he needed to find another place to live. <BR> About 10 days after that, I found out a former student had died from a drug overdose. The memorial was Tuesday. <BR> <BR> My husband had his first counseling appointment yesterday. I went the week before - because I obviously have some anger issues - tied to our marriage and his lack of acceptance of the part... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:58:18 EST Sadness and confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499243 I found out tonight that a former student passed away, it's looking like a OD. <BR> It's so sad to me, a life gone, that quickly ... <BR> <BR> He was a student in my broadcasting class. He wasn't the best student in the world, he had a lot of issues, a lot. I tried my best to reach him. When I would start to think I had, I was proven wrong. He had a lot of anger, was LD and had some other problems that you see too often with a special needs student. We butted heads on more than one occasion... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 22:34:35 EST ADHD, anger, emotions and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490693 As some of you may know, I'm struggling with my DH in our marriage. He was diagnosed with ADHD over a year ago at age 45. (It's really ADD for him, he doesn't struggle much with the hyperactivity part, but they no longer separate the two conditions.) <BR> <BR> I was already on my healthier life journey by then and when I look at the road bumps in my weight loss, most, if not all, have been tied to difficult times that tie to his disorder / diagnosis. No big shocker for many of us, that we ea... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 08:25:28 EST 2 down & 38 to go (not pounds either) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4488740 Made it through my first whole week of school. I'm exhausted <em>102</em> but feeling pretty good about my choices this week, although I wish I would have found more time to work out. <BR> <BR> I tried out the DVD - Walk away the pounds and really liked it. It might become my "go to" DVD along with my kettlebell one on days I cannot make it to the gym or to a class. <BR> <BR> Sill struggling with some personal issues with the DH, but I can't think about all that right now. I got a little ... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 19:06:50 EST Yucky & Lucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468317 Tomorrow(& Wednesday) school starts in my town. <BR> YUCKY because I'm a teacher ..... <BR> LUCKY for the parents that are so DONE with summer vacation. <BR> <BR> YUCKY because every spot in all 6 of my classes is filled (no prep period either) <BR> LUCKY because I have a wonderful job, close to home, teaching what I love to teach <BR> <BR> YUCKY because I have to leave my 2 1/2 year old son <BR> LUCKY because my sister in law takes care of him, in my home & has since he was born and she is... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:47:54 EST what a difference a week makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4453226 Last Sunday I was down in the dumps! I over did it at a friends wedding, when I had every intention of staying on track, and I was very angry with myself. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the support of my Sparkpeople and some of my workout friends, I turned it around. I had a great week, stayed on target and then... <BR> <BR> Today, I ran a 5K! My second one ever! And I came in 5th place for my age group (don't tell anyone there were only 10 people in my age group okay)! <BR> <BR> That's all - just w... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:58:03 EST Ironic - laughing instead of crying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450064 For over a year now I have been having to have my blood checked every couple months due to some health issues that started in January 2010. So, I got a letter in the mail today from my doctor's office. I was expecting it, because I had a blood draw about two weeks ago. Usually it doesn't say much ... this is up, this is down, this is good, this is bad. This time there was an extra piece of paper in the envelope - apparently, I now have high cholesterol. It was instructions on what I need to d... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:04:18 EST I know what I need to do - so why don't I just do it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4440062 I had a wedding yesterday. I had every intention of staying on plan and in no manner, shape or form, did I manage to do that. <BR> Today I am picking up the pieces. I feel crappy, I'm upset with myself. <BR> I read an article here just the other day about not beating yourself up. But here I sit doing just that. <BR> <BR> Well, enough already. I screwed up, I can't undo yesterday. <BR> Today is a new day, a new week. I can keep trying. I can keep moving forward. I can do this .... right? Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:59:17 EST