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3/8/14 4:45 P

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Girls,Come join us on the Celebrate, Vent, support thread.
Becky and MJB -
It's nice to have you both on board. Being teachers you know we go through our periods of crazy busy - seems to be that with many of our group - but I do try to touch base and check in. Especially if someone is needing support.
Frances

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Hello,
I just joined this team. I teach fourth grade just north of Seattle. It's nice to be here.

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I just realized that I introduced myself on the wrong fórum this morning. I'll do a repeat performance here. emoticon

My name is Becky and I have been on SP for almost ten years....loosing and gaining back the same weight over and over again. Enough is enough!!! I decided to look for a group of positive people to help me on the renewed journey....and I came across your teacher's group. I am a preschool Montessori teacher/guide. I have a tiny school in northern Costa Rica...and we celebrate our 20th anniversary next year.

I am a very active 57 year old. Exercise is not a problema for me. I enjoy aerobics, walking, weight lifting, and belly dancing. My downfall is the food....and too much of it.

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you.

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Welcome Marsha -
I'm getting excited we have a few new people joining our happy little group. Teachers from all over the US and in a variety of different subjects and levels. Maybe you can give us a peak at what retired life is like. Join us on the main Celebrate, Support and Vent thread.
Frances

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Hi. My name is Marsha and I am a retired (2 years) Mathematics Facilitator/Coach/Teacher. I was a teacher trainer for over 10 years and taught 8th grade mathematics my last 2 years of service. Prior to that I taught every grade from 2-7. Since retirement I have not been as active, and I really need to get back into shape. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and discuss the state of affairs in our educational system.........once a teacher, always a teacher.

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Welcome Karla, How wonderful that Kansas has K - 12 Music education! It's been cut in so many places. Welcome and please join us where most meet on the Celebrate, Support and Vent thread.
We are but a year apart - I'm getting ready to turn double nickels and am in the best health of my life - in part thanks to sparkpeople!

If I may - I might try to pick your brain a little -as I write an elective class for my emotional support high school students - The Early History of Rock and Roll! It's exciting but can go in so many directions I get nervous too. Fortunately, I'm going to see Buddy Holly the musical tomorrow with my oldest daughter!

Join us on the main thread, see you there,
Frances

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8/3/13 9:38 A

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Hi Team. My name is Karla and I am a music teacher in NE Kansas. I teach K-12 everything in our district. This is a demanding and exhausting schedule but I love my kids and the work we do together. I am looking to keep my Sparkpeople goals this year as everything gets crazy. I will soon be 54 years old and need to get in better health (and shape) to keep up with everything.

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Good for you Barb, I think I picked up on some of what you just stated. I too am a history teacher in high school - but that's where the similarity ends - I'm a special education teacher whose specialty is emotional support - but along with that comes lower IQ's and some with average IQ's who never applied themselves.

Enjoy your vacation and congrats on the 75 pounds maintenance ~ at times that seems like the hardest part ~ although re- loosing the 10 I've put back on is pretty daunting too!

This page is a nice place to go back and check when we've forgotten or gotten distracted. Thanks for stopping by.

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I looked back thru the posts and guess I never really introduced myself although I've been on Spark People and around this team for a while. I'm Barb, a high school social studies teacher.. 21 years teaching in SE Arizona. This coming year I'll be teaching a "zero hour" US History class at 6:20 (we're somewhat remote so our athletes miss afternoon classes to travel on game days, so we try to accomodate those who want an early class...) as well as 3 AP US History classes and one section of AP Human Geography. I love what I do and love my school.

Otherwise I have two grown and married sons (two wonderful daughters in law) and a granddaughter who will be one year old next week. Life is very good.

And it is summer vacation so I'm over the end of year stress and frustrations.... back on the very straight and narrow. I've lost close to 80 pounds over the last year and a half and kept off 75 of it..so back in the harness, with about 50 more to lose.

But at least my knees aren't killing me, my doctor doesn't growl at me, I am in misses sizes instead of tents, and a stranger on the street leered at me the other day.... since I'm 63 that doesn't happen a whole lot!

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Welcome Lindsey - Please come over to the tread - 'Celebrate, Support and Vent - Sharing it all!' Most of us are getting caught up with end of the year stuff - but are here for each other as often as possible! There is a lot of experience here - in classroom around the country as well as in healthy living! Please come visit our main thread!
Frances

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5/3/13 10:10 A

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Hi ladies and gents!

My name is Lindsay, I'm a 27-year-old English teacher in Virginia. I teach English 10, both standard and inclusion.

This is my third year teaching, and I love it. It is exhausting (both physically and emotionally), but I go to bed content every night.

I also coach fall and winter guard and two local schools.

So glad I found this group! :)

Linz

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18 lbs. (5%) - Reached Feb. 3
36 lbs. (10%) - Reached Mar. 24
54 lbs. (15%) - Reached May 25
72 lbs. (20%) - Reached Aug. 9
90 lbs. (25%) - Reached Oct. 27
108 lbs. (30%) - Next up!

This is only the beginning for me ...


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Welcome Jeannie! Please come over to the tread - 'Celebrate, Support and Vent - Sharing it all!'
That's where we do most of our chatting. You will fit right in, and hopefully get a former member who sometimes surfs but doesn't comment back - she too lives in GA.
I'm in PA - another is from around Baltimore, I think and Janey - is in California - it's interesting the various differences in other parts of the country.
Good Luck sparking, any questions or concerns - just ask. You will find the more you participate and get to know people the more supportive they are! And if you ever get to face to face meet some sparkers - DO IT! They are amazing!
Frances aka calidreamer76

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Hi! I'm Jeanne Traylor. I'm a 3rd grade teacher in Georgia. I'm new to Spark People and am excited to use all of its features and connect with fellow teachers! I have 4 four-legged children and a great hubby who loves to cook with me!

If it is to be, it is up to me.
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Thanks!

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Welcome Andrea,
Welcome to Teachers with an attitude and back to sparkpeople!

Most of the conversation occurs on the talk it up thread - it has last years date on it, and I may start a new one for all the new comers and the beginning of a new year - a Fresh start!

To be honest, this team has been quiet for a while - but we have a number of newbies that have recently joined and some veterans that poke in, I think as more people see we have some action they will interact more. I'm excited. See you on the talk it up or when I start it the Fresh Start thread.

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Hi-I just restarted sparkpeople and have been trying use all the different parts (the trackers and the message boards). I'm looking for an interactive team to join and hoping that this may be it. I have two weeks before school starts and I really want to keep up the weightloss during the school year. Take care
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Welcome, thanks for introducing yourself. We chat up at the top, some of us have been getting lazy about posting, but it really is great to have fellow teachers on the journey. Who else understands that we have to time our water consumption to the bell schedule?

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Hello ~ I am new to SparkPeople and was happy to see that there are other teachers here! I will be entering my 9th year as a teacher in a few weeks. I teach 1st/2nd Grade. Can't wait to learn more about the website and this team. Looking forward to losing weight and feeling great!! emoticon

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6/22/11 7:37 A

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Welcome,
It's nice to see someone whose been around the block a few times - in education and with all those points you are not a newbie to sparkpeople either.
It's been pretty slow around here - but most discussion is on the talk it up thread. I keep the check mark to alert me when someone replies to any of the threads on this team!
Good luck with school for you and school for your kiddos - don't know if I would want to do that at this stage - but I've thought briefly about it - but something different - maybe nutrition.
Hoping to get to know you better,
Frances

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6/22/11 7:18 A

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Hi ! I'm a 20 yr + elementary teacher who teaches 4th grade (gen.ed.)...Received a scholarship last August to go back to grad school to pick up licensure in Intense Intervention & get my Masters in Sp. Ed. in the process....so I'm pretty busy teaching school AND going to school...

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4/16/11 5:16 P

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Hi Bessy,
Where are you in TX? I have a BF in the Houston area. Last time I was there she introduced me to the BEST mexican food. I work with groups in grades K-5, and 3rd grade is one of my favorites! ~ Cheryl :)

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Welcome Bessy! Join us on the talk it up thread! Not too much activity - most are pretty busy w/ school. I try to check every so often - Any questions - send them my way!
Frances

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4/14/11 6:21 P

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Hiya! I'm in my 6th year of teaching elementary school (currently 3rd grade) in Texas. :)

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You are way upstate - I was within a stone's throw of NYC.

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4/11/11 7:24 P

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I live in Delaware County. From PA, going north on I-81 to Binghamton, catch I-88 east and go about 65 miles, there I am! East Meredith is just outside of Oneonta, NY. emoticon

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Welcome Cheryl,
I'm curious about how far upstate you are - I was raised in Rockland County. When people are active it's on the talk it up thread. Stop by there.There is def. info for diabetics here, maybe even a team. Actually, the way I eat is similar to a diabetic - small snacks between meals - usually a protein and a fruit or veggie. I've learned to focus on what I can eat and set a goal of at least 6 fruits or veggies a day - that keeps me from too much other junk stuff. Good Luck and yell if you need anything!
Frances

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4/10/11 6:08 P

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Hi, I'm Cheryl and have been in the education field since 1993. Currently I am teaching intervention/enrichment for math/ELA, grades K-5. Small groups of students come to my classroom, a different grade level each period, certainly keeps me on my toes! I live in a tiny town in upstate NY. A friend has been talking about Spark for two years now, and I finally am "getting my feet wet, one toe at a time." I joined bc I want to live a healthier life. My husband is a diabetic, so I'm interested in news about that also. For anyone interested, I am over 50, married 37 years, four children, one grandchild, b'day 11/5,love to read, can play the piano, active in church. I hope to get to know you better :) ~ Cheryl

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Welcome Richele and I'm honored that our team is your first posting! Welcome to Sparkpeople and welcome to Teachers with an Attitude!
Most people visit and talk on the talk it up#14 thread.

Let me encourage you to get familiar with all the tools that Sparkpeople has to offer. And enjoy this new journey in your life! Any time I can help just let me know.
Frances

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1/15/11 1:48 P

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Hello ladies, I am Richele and I am in my 9th year of teaching. I began teaching 4th grade in Mississippi, but I now teach English as a Second Language to K - 1 students in Western North Carolina. We have just had an unexpected week long snow break. So, that's probably good bye to Spring break. "Oh bother!" as Pooh says. My doctor recently told me to lose 30 lbs or I'd have to start taking cholesterol meds. It is too high. Instead of losing, I've gained 10 pounds since October. I definitely need help losing weight and staying motivated. My nurse husband is not concerned about staying healthy. So he really isn't much help. I'm glad my twin sister recommended this site.



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Welcome Heather,
Come join us on the Talk it up #14 thread - and as you loose weight - give it to our Stout~Bambino, so you don't end up getting it back!
Good Luck with Student teaching and be careful with the snow and ice - saw a friend outside of Atlanta's home on Facebook - it looks pretty but I know most of y'all aren't used to it!
Frances

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Hi! I'm Heather. Still in Student teaching, actually, but I'm almost there!
I'll be in 5th grade here in Decatur, GA. I will graduate in May from Georgia State University with my BS in ECE. I hope to be 40 pounds thinner by then!
I am dedicated to being the best teacher I can be, which starts with taking care of me!


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2012 Races:
May 19 Kirkwood Spring Fling (39:52)
June 16 Possum Trot 10K (1:23:16)
July 14 ATC 4-miler
August 25 Run for the Park 5K
September 3 Big Peach Sizzler 10 K
September 22 ATC 10 miler
October 7 13.1 Atlanta Half marathon!!


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1/2/11 5:59 P

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Hi, everybody! Just signed up for SparkPeople to kickstart the new year. I am a Grade 7/8 teacher in a small town in Ontario.

So far, I am enjoying the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker, so I thought I'd try some of the "teams".

Looking forward to sharing my journey with like-minded teachers.



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Hi everyone. My name is Laurie and I'm a 7th grade math teacher. I am 2/3rds of the way through a 3 week break and (this may sound strange, but)I'm itching to get back. I don't do well with too much free time on my hands and I get bored very quickly. I've read 3 books and worked out for at least an hour every day. I feel pretty good about that but it's really nice to have other teachers to connect with.

My goals are to keep going to the gym at least 3 days during the week after school resumes, to take at least 30 minutes a day to read something for fun and to lose 30lbs by the end of May 2011.

I'm very excited about 2011!!

"Self pity is like chocolate. The older you get, the less you can afford." (Aurora Teagarden - Charlaine Harris character)

Goals/Rewards
170 lbs/ New Workout Outfit
160 lbs/ Professional Hair Coloring
150 lbs/ New Laptop (Macbook)

I wanna knock that Hula Girl off the other side of the island!!! =P


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Realized I never posted here.

I am an Elementary school teacher. Ive been teaching 15 years. I teach a mixed age classroom of students aged 9-11 years in Boston. I'm lucky, I get to design my own curriculum, and I keep my students for 4 years so I know them and their parents really well. Still can be stressful though.



Explore! Imagine! Create!

Struggle

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I'm Megan and in my 9th year of teaching in Southern California. I would like to lose the 50 pounds that I have gained since I started teaching (damn those snacks in the teachers lounge :) ). I've lost 20 pound before but gained it back when work got too stressful. Work is still stressful but this needs to be gone! Have a great day everyone!

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I'm Megan and in my 9th year of teaching in Southern California. I would like to lose the 50 pounds that I have gained since I started teaching (damn those snacks in the teachers lounge :) ). I've lost 20 pound before but gained it back when work got too stressful. Work is still stressful but this needs to be gone! Have a great day everyone!

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Welcome tom the team and to sparkpeople!

Turkey Day 8k November 25, 2010--43:10
Turkey Bowl Run (5k) November 20, 2010--24:47
Rachael's Run (5k) November 13, 2010--24:45!
Spinx Run Fest Half Marathon October 30, 2010--1:59:56!
Moonshiner's 5k September 28, 2010--28:56
May 2010 5k--27:56
Swamp Rabbit 5k May 5, 2010--38:12
Race for More Space October 31, 2009--45:24


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THis will be my fourth year teaching, this year I will be teaching 3rd grade..

I joined yesterday after seeing the website on The style network.. I realized that to make this work I needed people around me that had the same goals. And here I am

I've been working out for about 5 weeks, with little visible results although I feel soooo good. SO that's what keeps me going.

I had triplets in 2006 and weigh the same as when I had them. Believe it or not I lost weight during my pregnancy.

But for the last 4 years it's been hard to eat right and exercise, now that they are older (and I joined the Y) it will be more doable. I'm motivated to do the work, But I need a HUGE push to change the diet.I'm so used to grabbing the quickest less work option.

I look forward to getting to know the others in this group as well.

Shay

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Hi. I'm new. And I'm a teacher. And I have attitude. ;)

I need to lose about 15 pounds. I *thought* I would have reached my goal before school started up again, but I have been foiled again. I'm a little skeptical of this whole online support group thing...but I thought I'd put a toe in the water and see what happens. Thanks for having me.

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Hi my name is Emily and I teach high school biology and chemistry. I am starting year number 9 (which is unbelievable to me). Last year I got my National board certification. However, my focus has been on my job and not on my health. I am hoping to change that for the better. Even with the addition of new responisbilities at school, I want to find a way to get a healthy balance in my life.

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My name is Jeni. I'm a few weeks away from starting my second year teaching middle school Spanish. The first year was pretty rough, I got my MAT in Teaching middle grade social studies and language arts but lost the position I thought I had due to budget cuts in my district. My minor I. College was Spanish so that's what I ended up teaching. My position for is year is not secure because after 3 failed attempts I have yet to pass the hardest test known to man (aka the PRAXIS Spanish Productive Language Skills test). If I don't pass it my contract is void after November 15.
Well, enough with the heavy. I absolutely love teaching and plan to do it for a while. I just turned 25 on July 4th...yes, a firecracker baby :). I am single...very, very single as in never had a date. I live at home so I can save money for my own future place and so I can travel in the summers. I absolutely love to travel and want to go someplace new both in the US and outside every summer.
I also love baseball and reading. I've read approximately 340 books (most of them young adult or children's literature) so far this year.
On the weight front...I got down to just under 140 but have gone back up. Part of that is muscle from starting an intense strength training plan with a personal trainer but at least half of it is from slacking off. My goal is to get back below 150, get trim and run half marathon in October.
I should have mentioned this first because it is the most important thing in my life. I am a child of God and strive to live my life as such. I would not be able to do anything without Him.
I look forward to participating I this group!

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I am another teacher with an attitude that needs to lose weight and STAY healthy! I teach 3rd grade in Independence, Missouri. I am often working too many hours and way too stressed. Although I love what I do the stress is sometimes so overwhelming, I turn to my food addiction as a sense of comfort. So here I am 45 and 40 pounds overweight. Looking for a group who is going through the same things to chat with and share with while I win this battle and become healthy! emoticon

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Sandy emoticon , sorry for the delayed welcome. I've had a busy week, we aren't done until Friday. The board has been fairly quiet of late, but hop on in and start the action. Maybe we've just been talking to ourselves too long and need new folks to join in.

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Hi, I'm Sandy. This is my 26th year of teaching, currently fifth grade but the whole gamut prior. Fifth is my favorite though! Also teach math methods course at a local university. As a math teacher I can't tell you how old I am, with the information you have, you need to figure it out! emoticon
Happily married mother of three - 17, 15, 11. College is on the horizon, and our summer plans revolve around checking out colleges (really? Nebraska? No offense Huskers)
I live in Illinois in the near west suburbs of Chicago. Today is the first day of my summer vacation! Woo-hoo!! It was a VERY STRESSFUL year, and I had one of the best classes ever! I can take ANYTHING the kids dish out, it is all the political,administrative stuff that drives me NUTS!
We also had two tragedies - a still-born full term baby which was horrendous, and a cheating husband. Both are close friends so it felt like it happened to me too.
My plan for the summer is to work on me, talk to y'all and get myself together.
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Hi everyone! My name is Jen. I am a 37 year old Speech Path working in one of our local elementary schools. I am wife to an amazing man and mom to the three best kids in the world ( just a little biased!) I love my job ( and not just for the summers!)However, I am in desperate need to start loving myself. Starting Monday I am taking the first step of my journey. Best of luck to all of you!

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Hi everyone! My name is Alison and I am a kindergarten teacher at a child development center. I love what I do even though it can be stressful at times. It is my first year teaching kindergarten after years of teaching preschool. I have a very supportive boyfriend who works in computer programming, so he talks a lot about computer things I don't understand!! LOL. I have a rat terrier named Randy, who is the best doggie in the world! Can't wait to meet some of you! Thanks!

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Hi everyone! My name is Kelly, and currently I am an Instructional Strategist at an elementary school. I work with second through fifth graders on test-taking skills, and improving reading and math abilities/skills. Previously, I was a seventh grade reading and language arts teacher! My husband is the band director at the high school, and we were married last July. Thanks for letting me be part of your team, I am looking forward to it!

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Hello all, oops created a new topic b4 posting in this thread. I've done enough message board stuff I ought to know better. I'm Kelly, 6-8 communication arts teacher in rural Mo. Mommy to crazy 5 yr old little man: Trevor. Wife to even crazier full time vet student. I'm so glad to find a group with other teachers. Speaking of I need to get up and get to walking, so I'm monitoring the kids state testing while also getting in some steps on my pedometer. I'll be back to check out the team more later.

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Hi Team! I'm Casey and after 20 years of teaching elementary grades, I went to the dark side and became an administrator. I am superintendent/principal of a small district in rural northern California. In my first four years in this job I gained 60 pounds! Saying I eat to relieve stress is an understatement! Also, 10-12 hour days (and no summer vacation!) took away my exercise time! But since January I have been working hard to squeeze in exercise, and I am actually enjoying every bite of my low calorie food program. SP has been wonderful and I love the support and motivation from Spark Friends and teammates!

Together we can do this!


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Thanks so much! I am still trying to learn how these boards work and how to post. And congrats on 3rd place!

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Hi Kassy- That's the best reason--to be healthy for yourself and your family. Welcome.

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Hi, I'm Kassandra. I'm a 41 year old second-grade teacher. I have two daughters ages 17 and 12. I am divorced but engaged to be re-married. I gained quite a bit of weight after my second child was born. About 3 years ago I lost 50 lbs but gained about 30 back. I'm not really focused on a "target weight" but more on getting toned and getting rid of my belly. Most importantly, I am back into exercising and want to be healthy and around for my kids for many years.

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Cheryl,
We all have a different story - yet not so different. Your plate like many teachers is over-loaded. I would be happy to be your ear - post here or spark mail me. Most of the time we talk on the talk it up thread on the main page. I'm glad you posted here - returning people can check up on new members easier right here. Welcome to spark people and teachers with an attitude!
Sounds like you have a good plan - just take baby steps at incorporating healthy lifestyle into your daily life - exercise in the AM is also my choice as well - it's just easier than when I'm worn out at the end of the day. Good Luck and visit often.
Frances

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Hello, all! My name is Cheryl and I am looking to make 2010 my year to regain my former (slimmer) self. I'd also like to make a few positive mental adjustments, as well.

I teach high school honors English in the suburban Michigan area. This is my tenth year teaching (hard to believe!) and I still absolutely love it. The downside to teaching honors English, however, is the massive paperload. Add to that two small children (ages 4 1/2 and 17 months), a challenged marriage, new curriculum and loads of reshuffling district changes, and it is easy for me to see how I didn't have much time to exercise. Eating on the go didn't help, either.

I gained a lot of weight with my second baby, and never fully lost it. My goal is to be a healthy 149 pounds. I have been as small as a size 6 before (I'm 5'10") but would love to be able to achieve and maintain a nice size 8.

I have started working out at a local gym, and that does help. I meet with a trainer twice a week in the morning before school. My goal is to add in 60 additional minutes of cardio to those visits, but so far I haven't squeezed that in yet. I am still having a hard time balancing the seemingly weekly doctor appts. this winter, my daughter's gymnastics, marriage counseling, work, and life in general.

I belong to a weight competition group at my school, too, and am currently in 4th (out of 13) place. I am looking for guidance, support, and sometimes, simply an ear.

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Hi all-

I'm a Title I Reading specialist (former 3rd grade for 13 years and preschool before that)this year. Just finished my masters in May. Divorced in 2006 after losing both parents. Spent the next few years teaching, grad school, life coaching school, and EATING.

My life is pretty well on track now. I'm happy, life is good. I'm right in the middle of mid year assessments now, so I'm leaving work late and not getting to Curves consistently.

We've have a Biggest Loser Group at school and I've gone back to using South Beach as my eating plan.
I need to lose 30 pounds to get back to a healthy BMI.

I'm mid 50s with 3 grown kids that are out of the house One eats dinner with me most nights and will cook vegan food which I like-problem is he eats a lot of starch which I love and need to eat sparingly.

I hate winter-I live in VA, but grew up in FL-my state of choice.

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Hi, everyone,

My name is Samantha, and I teach high school English at an all-girls Catholic school. I love teaching, but I struggle with procrastination, paper grading, free food in the faculty lounge, lack of energy for exercise... oh, the list goes on and on! Really I just like reading out loud and standing in front of people talking about English!
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This year has been an especially stressful transitional year to a new administrative team, so I've had a LOT of Friday happy hours at the neighborhood bar. Talking shop (and not talking shop) and bonding with my coworkers has been great, but those liquid calories go down (and add up!) very quickly!!

I put on a lot of weight after I started teaching full-time about 10 years ago now, and I've been in and out of denial and in and out of several weight loss programs. I've committed to the Spark way of life now, and I'm ready for big changes in 2010.


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Hi everyone! My name is Hillary and I'm fat. I've been on and off diets and have run the gambit of excuses. I'm tired of it! Time to take a hard look at myself and start adopting (and keeping) healthier habits! I've been a teacher for 15 years. Currently, I'm an Assistive Technology specialist for a local school district. I've always taught special education, and our profession is highly stressful. I'm hoping to make some friends here and find a place to get support as I make this journey from "fat to fit"! emoticon

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I'm 31 years young and I teach 8th grade science and social studies in a full inclusion, team based school in Madison, WI. I fit my principal's definition of a middle school teacher, "borderline psychotic" :-)

At home I have 4 kids to take care of. My 2 children are almost 2 and 3.5 years old. My stepdaughters are 8 and 13. The 13 year old is VERY mature for her age, while the 8 year old has some serious issues. The 2 littlest ones are fearless and VERY inquisitive, thus they get into trouble ALL the time.

I would like to get to my goal weight of 160 by the end of the school year, 6/11/10. I am 5'6" and have a fair amount of muscle weight.

Jess from Fort Atkinson, WI


Changing, one step at a time, to ensure a healthy future for myself and my family.


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Welcome Megan -
We will support you - those that have time stop by the Talk it up thread. Join us.
Frances

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Hey all! I'm Megan and I teach 4th grade in Southern California. As with all teaching jobs no matter where you are, it is a challenge most days, but for some reason, we all stick with it....
I was really good about sticking with diet and exercise when I first joined spark but in June just fell out of my routine and have had a hard time getting back into it. I am determined to get back into it and stick with it this time.

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Welcome Heather,
As much time as you put in logging in your food, and stopping by your teams - you'll get back out in support and see results. Good Luck - and visit the talk it up thread often.
Frances

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Hi Everyone! I am Heather! I am a 25 year old 3rd grade teacher in Chicago. This is my first year teaching 3rd grade and if anyone in this group is from Illinois you know that 3rd grade is a benchmark year so it is pretty stressful! I have 30 extremely hyper, gifted children! They leave me tired at the end of the day!! :)

I am looking to lose 50 pounds in the first go around. I need lots of motivation and support. I tend to de-motivate and lose control!

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Welcome KM-
This is a great group of teachers of all sorts. You have the first step down - you are exercising -and you know what you are doing - that is counter productive. You CAN make healthy food fast - and I believe if you check out spark recipes - chef meg's section - she's got some or is going to be posting some 30 minute meals. She's a professionally trained chef - with training only a few in the World have.
Until you get to her - recruit your boys to do some prep work - but You can cook chicken tenders quickly - microwave brown rice is my favorite - and add whatever your favorite veggies as the chicken cooks (not the breaded kind).
Join us on the talk it up thread - and ask what works for the others - many are parents with children of all ages.
Frances

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Hi! I am a first year high school English teacher. I have two boys: 13 and 8. I train twice a week in the mornings with a trainer and I am starting to train for my second half-marathon.

My weight has not budged because of fast food and not eating correctly. I have been getting up at 5 am to work out and, by late afternoon, I am worn out. I am on a two week break (modified year around schedule) and I am really trying to get ahead of my lesson plans, setting a routine, and rest up!

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Welcome Carla,
First I'd like to direct you to the General Discussion forum. Talk it up # 11 is where most of the team stops by to chat - just jump right in.
We have people from all over the country with all kinds of levels of experience. A few are or have been elementary - Lisa and Annie come to mind - so if you have any questions just post them.
Some are back already - I had my first day of in-service today!
My kiddos start on the 24th.
As you get healthier you'll find more energy for your home darlings as well as your school darlings.
Welcome and good luck,
Frances

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I am a first grade teacher from Michigan. This will be my 7th year teaching. I drive an hour each day to get to my school in Indiana. I love where I teach, but am not ready for summer to end! I have two young children. I took two graduate classes (reading) this summer as well as about 2 full weeks of training. Kids start on Tuesday (Aug. 18). I am currently finishing up training and will prepare my room this week, while trying to get this healthy eating and exercise routine down! I turned 30 this year, and realized while on vacation last week that I need to lose some weight and get healthier!

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emoticon To all our newer members. Hope to see you all jump in to the Talk it up #11.
Tauruslly - hope you are able to find relief from your heat! To bad you can't come to SW Penna - as it's cool here - had to put on long pants, a long sleeve t-shirt and socks when I got home this evening - sorry don't mean to tease - but we shouldn't be this cool in the end of July!
Some of us may be headed back in a week or two others have about a month of freedom left - Enjoy what is left and start some healthy habits while you can!
Frances

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Hi Everyone,
I've been teaching elementary for 8 years (everything from K-4)and I have been tentatively assigned 3rd grade for next year. My husband and I just bought our first home. We don't have air conditioning yet (Southern California necessity) so this summer we've been roaming around looking for cool places to hang out. I'm sure the AC will be installed in time to go BTS. emoticon Stay cool everybody!

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Howdy all! My name is Mary Jo and I teach 7th grade life science...hence the scigeek handle. I have a great deal of fun with my students but I too am full of attitude and tend to "mom" my students when they need it. I love to read, especially murder mysteries and have several authors that I follow. I enjoy geocaching and made my 100th find this year! I live in Minnesota and have most of my life. My husband is in the Air Force and currently activated in Indiana. I have 3 daughters that are just finishing college, 2 done and 1 to go! I have just joined SparkPeople and have not yet made it a week but I am feeling like this is a good fit with my own attitude and personality.

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Hi!

I am a third grade inclusion teacher who loves to read. Unfortunately you don't burn a whole lot of calories when you read, which is my favorite activity, and so I'm here to rid myself of all the extra pounds that I've put on over the years. I hope to develop healthy habits over the summer break that will stick with me through the school year and beyond.



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Hey! (That is how we say "hello" in Norcross, Georgia.)

I am a Middle School Math teacher, currently 6th grade. I find that each year I gain more, and it is harder to lose. I really need to loose and now that I am on summer break (Hurray!) I have no excuse.

My teen son and college aged daughter are both at home and I want to be a good example. (Teach by modeling.) Hopefully I will get a good start, or re-start, this summer and carry the momentum with me all through the coming school year.
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Hi, My name is Jessica and I am a preschool teacher to 20, 3 and 5 year old children. I am married and have 2 great children, 16 years and 8 years. This is my first year at the school I am currently at and I am working 9 - 5:30 and I am finding it hard to fit working out and eating right into my crazy schedule.
I am 35 years old, and I am TIRED!!!!! I went shopping last night and then decided it was time to either starve myself or get healthy! I choose the healthy thing. Eating is much too fun :)
I look forward to getting to know more from this team and look forward to getting healthy. Cheers to all of us teachers!

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Hi, I'm in my 5th year teaching, but only 2nd with a contract [before I was a long term supply]. I have a 2yo active boy at home, and have really been looking after him, DH, our new [to us] home, and my students/school before myself. Now that I know that I will still be at m school next year, and for the foreseeable future, I'm ready to be selfish and look after my needs.

I'm just over 30 [maybe by a year], and love to read. I also love to nibble while i'm reading-chips, cookies, whatever. So it has been really hard not to snack while I read.

I live in a pretty rural area, so I'm doing all my working out at home, and if my son is with me [usually when I'm not at work] I cannot take a walk- we go at his pace, and I refuse to walk with him on the side of the highway. I'm looking forward more to the spring and getting out to the porch to exercise.

I am also really excited to find some more teachers with 'tude! I've got enough to go around.

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Be brave when others cower.
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Hi!

First year high school English teacher here who has been trying to balance those challenges with the challenges of weight loss and keeping healthy.

I am 30 in a month...eeek! and single. I love to travel and am heading to DC for my birthday, London this summer (also for my birthday), Cleveland this summer to walk in the 3 day cancer walk, and California this fall. I am hoping to get one more trip in there but I am currently in the process of searching for my first home and might soon find my income very limited.

I am a crazy reader and enjoy writing when I have the time.

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Wow! You must be really handy. Sounds like you turned your flat into a palace. Such talent. It must have taken a lot of work. I think it would be difficult to leave a place that I put so much work into, but a wonderful comedy writing boyfriend would be very strong incentive.

Best wishes for a wonderful Spark journey. Your trip to Peru is great motivation. You'll want to keep up with the students.
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Hello!

I'm Sarah, I'm 28 and teach biology at an international 6th form college in Oxford, UK. I live with my sister in what was a flat with no heating, carpets and crap electricity, but through our hard work now has electrics that don't electrocute and underfloor heating so we keep warm :)

I have a wonderful boyfriend who's a comedy writer, and he keeps me entertained, and hopefully we're going to move in together in August.

I'm trying to lose weight so I can take a group of students out to Peru to do conservation, so I need to be really fit!

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Hi!!

I'm Heather, a happily married mom to five wonderful children (14,11,9,3,8 mo). I live south of Cleveland, Ohio and teach high school science at a local high shool. I currently have the honors and AP chemistry students - although they are great kids, the job can be really challenging at times.

This place seems like the place for me. My students think I'm funny (not 100% sure I agree), and I definitely have a lot of attitude. With five kids and a full-time job, I'm also borderline crazy - so you never know what to expect. HaHa

-Heather

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I'm Julia, a 40-year old mother of two, happily married, 7th grade language arts teacher. I live in Corona in Southern California, and teach about 45 minutes from home in Moreno Valley. I love my students and "Teachers With an Attitude" couldn't be a better team for me to be on because I've got a ton of 'tude.

I love to laugh, sing, read, have fun, learn, and teach! Lucky me I get to do all of that every day!

Julia:

Life is too short not to LIVE OUT LOUD!


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Hello,

My real name is Ann and I live in Wasilla, Alaska. Yes, home of Sarah Palin. I was born and raised in Iowa, moved to McAllen, TX for one year, and have lived in Alaska since 1984! I met my dear husband here, got married (eloped) in Hawaii, and had two beautiful children. My daughter will be 21 in a few months, and works locally as a hairdresser. I'm very proud of her and glad she is living close by. My son will be 17 next month. He is severally visually impaired. He learns braille and uses a cane. However, this has not slowed him down at all. He wrestles, swims, hunts, and has an icredible sense of humor.
I teach regular ed 3-5th grades. This year I took on the challenge of a 4/5 split. I'm not impressed with the concept at all!
I have been all over the place on weight, however, I am at my highest now. I will turn 50 in 2 years and don't want to be a fat 50 year old woman. I have been a memeber of this group and the original TWAs on another diet membership for, golly, I think 6 years now. That is most of my story, however, I could probably go on and on!

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Briefly, I live in a relatively rural part of Southern California. I am a Resource Specialist. After many years at the middle school, I switched to elementary last year and am discovering a whole new world. With RtI, my focus is keeping kids out of the special ed rat race if possible, while continuing to support those who really need it. Good quality intervention trumps years of labeling. I live with my husband and we have one son still at home, with another who lives nearby and visits regularly with either his laundry or appetite or both. Two stepsons and a daughter complete the family, all living out of town. Daughter is married, and she and hubby have five kids between them. My picture shows me holding youngest granddaughter on the day she was born.

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Ok team,
At the request of a few of you and because we have a few new members I'm starting a new thread where we can post who we are, where we live and what we teach, birthday (so I can send you a happy little email) and anything else you want the team to know about you.
Let's keep the conversation to the talk it up thread, so when a new member joins they can see who we are and get through this quickly.
Maybe after we have a few entries - I'll or someone else can copy and paste them all to one page - just a thought.

I'll start:
I'm Frances, I teach therapeutic emotional support high school students - History. I've been teaching for 20 years all in SW Penna. I have 3 children all grown - My girls live in different parts of Pittsburgh, my son - the middle child - lives near Lancaster, PA approx. 4 hours away. I have a 'wasband' - who has lived apart from me for a number of years. I haven't divorced him for fear of having to split my retirement with him. But with the new me, I'm beginning to rethink that. So it's just me, my 3 cats and two turtles. Anything else you want to know, go to my spark page.

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Emotional Support High School History - SW Penna.

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