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As students were coming in to meet me when they walked through their schedules, I asked them to write their names and something about themselves that would help me remember them the first day of school. It usually takes me 3 weeks to master all ... Read more
Today my fitness minutes were quite unusual. I spent 40 minutes raking and bagging leaves, 20 minutes mowing the lawn, and 20 minutes frantically looking for my dog. Ginny (my scnoodle) was in the bathroom but couldn't get out and not roaming th... Read more
Have you ever been crabby? Today is one of those days. I only have 3 days left to myself and am feeling crabby. I think it's because something was planned for me today. It's not that I mind doing it, but I want to be the one to decide to do it. ... Read more
Staying on track...
It's been pretty easy to track my food and exercise and make mindful, nutritional decisions these past 5 weeks of the 5% challenge, but the real test begins when I go back to work. Yesterday, I sat in a professional development seminar for 7 hou... Read more
Tracking is essential...
I've realized this week how essential tracking my food is to meeting my calorie goals. Three days of haphazard tracking have given me a skewed sense of how I'm really doing with keeping in my range. One or two forgotten items can throw me off. I... Read more
Mustard and other stuff
I'm weird. I love to cook a hamburger patty (with avocado and tomato on top - after it's cooked) and dip it in BBQ sauce (sweet & spicy, please) and mustard. I made this for lunch and was looking at my calories while I waited for the burger to c... Read more
I ate cake.
Yesterday, I ate cake. I am actually happy about this because I realized it wasn't that big of a deal. I ate about 1/4 of a regular piece. It was ok. Icing is my thing, but this was the fluffy whipped cream kind. After eating it all, I didn't fe... Read more
Breaking the mental barrier today
Today, I was determined not to limit myself. I got off to a slow start (as usual) on the elliptical at the gym, but something cool happened. After trudging through the first 20 minutes of my 30 min, I suddenly felt more energized. After my cool... Read more
I just spent about an hour in Walmart walking around the store - talking to myself. First, I was mesmerized by the school supplies aisles. I love colorful binders, new pens/pencils, notebooks, and all that stuff. It's one way I psych myself up f... Read more
The less I do, the less I want to do. I've been doing pretty well on healthy eating but not as well on the exercise. I finally got up and started putting painters tape around the trim so we can prime and paint our bathroom, but it took me all da... Read more
Those SP Videos
Since I'm lazy (and it's hot here), I decided to do a few sp videos. Of course, I picked a few of the short ones so I didn't fizzle out before the end. The Coach Nicole chair core workout was relaxing so I decided to try the 5 minute Kathy Smith... Read more
It took me half the day to actually get to the gym. It felt like I was moving through mud the first 15 minutes on the elliptical but the feeling after the workout energized me. Goals for the new challenge week: 7-8 hours of sleep & 30 min. of ex... Read more
IKEA is good for my health
I love IKEA! Not only did I get in about 2000 steps looking at cool furniture and imagining how neat it could be to live in a tiny house/space (at least the cleaning part and neat, compact furniture), I also got to try their chicken meatball lun... Read more
Thank you, Fitbit!
I love, love, love my Fitbit. When I look down at it and see 899 steps because I've been sitting on my behind in front of a computer screen, it gets me up. When I see 7,962 steps and it's 8:30pm, it motivates me to take a 15 minute walk to reach... Read more
Pokemon Go app
I just spent 15 minutes walking with my grown son in the dark to catch Pokemon. This was fun and brought back memories of all of those Pokemon Gameboy games and cards we'd buy the kids. The bonus was an extra little walk. I wonder what I'll catc... Read more